Devices of the Devil
As a matter of fact, I believe that Halloween is one of the masterstrokes of Satan, to make us believe that all of this is just so much of a fairy tale. And I want to tell you that the devil is real. He's not something to be laughed off and not something to be caricatured, and not something to be joked about. The devil is a decided fact. The devil is a destructive force. But thank God, the devil is a defeated foe. And greater is He that's in us than he that is in the world.
Now, the book of Nehemiah is the story of the rebuilding of the walls around Jerusalem and the people of God saw a task that ought to be done and they said let us arise and build. Now, I want to say that the idea for the building of the walls of Jerusalem did not originate in the brain of Nehemiah, but in the heart of God. And they were simply thinking God's thoughts after him. And it was not Nehemiah's program, it was God's program. And therefore Nehemiah could say if ''God be for us, who can be against us?'' And so, he said, ''the God of heaven, he will prosper us, therefore we his servants will arise and build.'' But every time the people of God say let us arise and build, the forces of the evil one say, ''let us arise and blast.'' When the people of God have a mind to work, the enemies of God have a mind to wreck, and the book of Nehemiah, the first six chapters tell of the devices of the devil, the things that the devil did to try to stop the people of God.
Now, the Bible is not out of date, the Bible is not old-fashioned. It's just as modern as today's newspaper and a whole lot more accurate, so if you want to know what the devil is going to do, find out devil has done; there is no need for a child of God who has a Bible to be ignorant of the devices of the devil. Paul said, ''We are not ignorant of the devil's devices.'' By way of review and recapitulation, I want us to see some of the poisoned arrows that the devil had already ...
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