(I am receiving so many questions now that I have decided to send out the answers on Sunday, while the normal articles go out on Wednesday.)
- Does the devil know God, since he doesn’t have the Holy Spirit? I think he knows Jesus as the son of God when he tempted him in Mt 4. We also have Satan’s encounter with God in Job 1.
Since his downfall Satan has lost his ability to know God. There is nothing in him God can speak to. If he knew Jesus he wouldn’t have tempted Him, or expect Him to worship him. If he knew Jesus came into the world to redeem mankind he would have done all in his power to prevent him going to the cross. Instead he actually made it happen. If he knew God he would have known that God had the best interest of Adam and Eve at heart by commanding them to stay away from the forbidden fruit. Instead he accused God as devious and selfish like himself.
If he knew God he wouldn’t have challenged Him to torment Job. Satan doesn’t live in a world where people are devoted because of love, but for gain; and if that gain was withdrawn they would become hostile. Unfortunately many people, including some in the church, have swallowed Satan’s lies into serving God only for what they can get out of it. “ But godliness with contentment is great gain” (1Tim 6:6).
- How can we push the focus of our youth to reading the Bible instead of looking for social media stories?
We cannot push anyone to read the Bible. It’s a love affair that comes from the inside. This is my story. As soon as I got saved I just fell in love with Jesus, and I couldn’t put the Bible down. I had no encouragement from anyone. There was just a deep hunger within me. And I was 19. The reason our young people are more keen on social media, loud music and motivational speakers is because things have changed in the heavenlies. In the 60s/70s it was hard being a Christian. Persecution and discouragement came principally from parents and relatives. It was the young praying for their parents to be saved. Now it’s the other way round mostly. In the UK and the US there were scores of Bible Colleges and missionary training schools packed full of young people. Parents were accusing us of ‘throwing our lives away’. And indeed we were, and we didn’t care.
Can you see why my heart’s cry for revival, and the reason behind these articles, is for the Holy Spirit to return to the Church? We have the numbers but we lack the passion. “Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning; they were sawn in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and ill-treated – 38 the world was not worthy of them” (Heb 11:36-38). Dynamic young people of the 60s/70s are the leaders of today. Can you imagine where the church will be in 20 years’ time when the crop of young people we have today step into main leadership? Prayer meetings were for pleading with God to visit us. Now they are for material success and protection from the enemy. O, how we need a Holy Spirit visitation now.