VIDEO The Enemies We Face, Part 1, The Structure of Satan’s Kingdom

Derek Prince
Aug 14, 2014

In this probing four-part series, Derek Prince exposes the origin, structure and operation of the kingdom of darkness—and presents the keys to overcoming it victoriously.

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Stones of Remembrance

Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced. Psalm 105:5

Some mornings when I go online, Facebook shows me “memories”—things I’ve posted on that day in previous years. These memories, such as photos from my brother’s wedding or a video of my daughter playing with my grandmother, usually make me smile. But sometimes they have a more profound emotional effect. When I see a note about a visit to my brother-in-law during his chemotherapy or a picture of the staples across my mother’s scalp after her brain surgery three years ago, I am reminded of God’s faithful presence during difficult circumstances. These Facebook memories nudge me towards prayer and gratitude.

All of us are prone to forget the things God has done for us. We need reminders. When Joshua led God’s people towards their new home, they had to cross the Jordan River (Joshua 3:15–16). God parted the waters, and His people walked through on dry land (v. 17). To create a memorial of this miracle, they took twelve stones from the middle of the riverbed and stacked them on the other side (4:3, 6–7). When others asked what the stones meant, God’s people would tell the story of what God had done that day.

God, help me to trust You with both the present and the future.

Physical reminders of God’s faithfulness in the past can remind us to trust Him in the present—and with the future.

God, thank You for Your faithfulness to me over many years! Help me to trust You with the present and the future as well.

How can you create physical, daily reminders of God’s faithfulness to you? Share it with us in the comment section at odb.org.

By Amy Peterson 

Becoming a Prodigal

Luke 15:11-19

The Prodigal Son’s journey away from home began with a desire. Perhaps he wanted to leave behind some of the restrictions that come with living under a parent’s roof. Or maybe he wanted more money to pursue life’s pleasures with friends. Whatever the case, his desire gave birth to self-deceptive reasoning, which assumes, There’s no harm in what I am doing. I deserve this. That thinking led to a decision—to prematurely ask for his inheritance—and to his departure, both from home and from what he had been taught.

A Christian who has turned away from God follows a path similar to the prodigal’s. It begins in our mind with a craving for something other than what we have. The longer we allow the idea to linger, the stronger our desire becomes. When we cling to a yearning that is outside of God’s protective will, then we likewise deceive ourselves and find ways to justify what we want. We will base decisions on our faulty reasoning and move away from the Lord to fulfill our self-centered dreams. Like the wayward son, we may enjoy the pleasures of the world for a time, but ultimately, we will find ourselves without the essentials common to all mankind—unconditional love, security, and a meaningful purpose for living.

We have an enemy who seeks to divert us from the heavenly Father’s will, to a mindset that places desires above God and “flesh” tendencies that prefer pleasure over obedience. To avoid self-deception, make Scripture your basis for living—and adjust your thought life and choices accordingly. (See Rom. 12:2.)

The Heart of Our Understanding

“Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.” (1 Corinthians 14:20)

The wise man wrote long ago, “With all thy getting get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7). However, we need to be sure that the understanding we acquire is not perverted by the spirit of this world. When Paul wrote to the Ephesians, he emphasized the contrast between a darkened understanding and a spiritually illuminated understanding.

“Walk not as other Gentiles walk,” he exhorted, “in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” (Ephesians 4:17-18). A blinded heart produces a darkened understanding.

Paul prayed, rather, that God would give them “the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened” (Ephesians 1:17-18). We need an understanding enlightened by the Holy Spirit, not darkened by a hardened heart.

By the same token, as today’s verse commands, we should seek to attain a mature understanding of the things of God, not remaining stagnant at the elementary level of understanding. It is dishonoring to the Lord who called us into His family to remain spiritual children. We should exhibit the faith of a little child, and be as free from malice as a little child, but in understanding we must grow! “For when . . . ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again . . . the first principles of the oracles of God . . . who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:12, 14). “Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). HMM

Thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities

Isaiah 42:24,25

When Ahaz was dead, and Hezekiah had newly ascended the throne of Judah, we can well conceive of Isaiah as pleading with the people to reform. Observe the gentleness of his persuasions.

Isaiah 42:24, 25

Both Israel and Judah had suffered severely through their sins. Israel was uprooted by the Assyrian, and Judah had been deprived of its men by hundreds of thousands, till only a mere handful remained. Surely it was time to learn wisdom and give up the idols which so greatly provoked the Lord.

Isaiah 43:1-7, 22-28

Lest they should fear that the Lord would not be favourable to them if they returned, the prophet poured forth a stream of gracious promises in his Master’s name.

Isaiah 43:1-7

Sin had made them captives, but eternal love had redeemed them, and in the time appointed the banished ones would return. Ought not such loving words to have touched the hearts of the men to whom they were spoken? Do they touch ours? They belong to all believers: do we love God for speaking so graciously to us?

Isaiah 43:22-24

The temple had been shut up. None cared to honour the good Lord, but all were bent on provoking him. What a charge these words contain! We naturally expect to hear sentence pronounced, and the criminals led forth to execution; but mark and marvel at the unexpected love, the boundless grace!

Isaiah 43:25

This the Lord proved to be true by the blessing which he gave to his repenting people under Hezekiah. But O the depths of the mercy set forth in this verse. Jehovah himself has pardoned his people, for his own name’s sake! He has voluntarily passed an act of indemnity and oblivion which buries all their sins. Who can now despair? Whosoever believeth on the Lord Jesus is already reconciled, and his sins are gone for ever. Glory be to God for this! yea, glory for ever.

Isaiah 43:26-28

Their former miseries were the fruit of their sins, and therefore they were bound to confess their transgressions, and plead the promise of pardon. Lord, we will do the same.

 

Till God in human flesh I see,

My thoughts no comfort find;

The holy, just, and sacred Three

Are terrors to my mind.

 

But if Immanuel’s face appear,

My hope, my joy begins;

His name forbids my slavish fear,

His grace removes my sins.

 


Lord, I, too, wandered from thy ways,

And knelt at stranger shrine:

I’ve called another name, “belov’d,”

And nigh forgotten thine.

 

The feeble reed on which. I leaned

A sword of judgment proved,

And pierced the soul that wandered far

From him whom still I loved.

 

Behold mine idols, perish’d all!

Here mourning now I stand:

I lift my contrite heart to thee,

And bless thy chastening hand.

 


We praise, we worship thee, O God;

Thy sovereign power we sound abroad:

All nations bow before thy throne,

And thee, the great Jehovah, own.

 

O holy, holy, holy Lord,

Thou God of Hosts, by all adored;

Earth and the heavens are full of thee,

Thy light, thy power, thy Majesty.

 

Glory to thee, O God, most high!

Father, we praise thy Majesty;

The Son, the Spirit, we adore;

One Godhead, blest for evermore.

 


“Fear not, I am with thee, oh be not dismay’d!

I, I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;

I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,

Upheld by my righteous omnipotent hand.

 

“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,

The rivers of grief shall not thee overflow;

For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,

And. sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

 

“The soul that on Jesus hath lean’d for repose,

I will not, I will not desert to his foes;

That soul, though all hell should endeavour to shake,

I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!”

 


Captain of thine enlisted host,

Display thy glorious banner high;

The summons send from coast to coast,

And call a numerous army nigh.

 

A solemn jubilee proclaim,

Proclaim the great sabbatic day;

Assert the glories of thy name;

Spoil Satan of his wish’d-for prey.

 

Bid, bid thy heralds publish loud

The peaceful blessings of thy reign;

And when they speak of sprinkled blood,

The mystery to the heart explain.

 

Chase the usurper from his throne,

Oh! chase him to his destined hell;

Stout-hearted sinners overcome;

And glorious in thy temple dwell.

 


Music, bring thy sweetest treasures,

Dulcet melody and chord,

Link the notes with loveliest measures

To the glory of the Lord.

 

Wing the praise from every nation,

Sweetest instruments employ,

Raise the chorus of creation,

Swell the universal joy.

 

Far away be gloom and sadness;

Spirits with seraphic fire,

Tongues with hymns, and hearts with gladness,

Higher sound the chords and higher.

 

To the Father, to the Saviour,

To the Spirit, source of light,

As it was, is now, and ever,

Praise in heaven’s supremest height

 

God’s Gracious Act For Us

The Word was made flesh… and dwelt among us. (John 1:14)

We do well to remember that mankind is only one order of God’s beings or creatures. So we wonder: How could the Infinite ever become finite? And: How could the Limitless One deliberately impose limitations upon Himself?

In the book of Hebrews we learn to our amazement that God took not upon Him the nature of angels, but He took upon Him the seed of Abraham.

We would suppose that God in stepping down would step down just as little as possible. But instead He came down to the lowest order and took upon Himself the nature of Abraham—the seed of Abraham.

I like what John Wesley said concerning this mysterious act of God in stooping down to tabernacle with us: we should be sure to distinguish the act from the method by which the act is performed. Do not reject a fact because we do not know how it was done, Wesley advised.

With the saints of all ages, we do well just to throw up our hands and confess: “Oh Lord, Thou knowest!”

 

Gaining by Giving

“The liberal soul shall be made fat.” Prov. 11:25

If I desire to flourish in soul, I must not hoard up my stores, but must distribute to the poor. To be close and stingy is the world’s way to prosperity, but it is not God’s way, for He saith, “There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, and it tendeth to poverty.” Faith’s way of gaining is giving. I must try this again and again; and I may expect that as much of prosperity as will be good for me will come to me as a gracious reward for a liberal course of action.

Of course, I may not be sure of growing rich. I shall be fat, but not too fat. Too great riches might make me as unwieldy as corpulent persons usually are, and cause me the dyspepsia of worldliness, and perhaps bring on a fatty degeneration of the heart. No, if I am fat enough to be healthy, I may well be satisfied; and if the Lord grants me a competence, I may be thoroughly content.

But there is a mental and spiritual fatness which I would greatly covet, and these come as the result of generous thoughts toward my God, His church, and my fellow-men. Let me not stint, lest I starve my heart. Let me be bountiful, and liberal; for so shall I be like my Lord. He gave Himself for me: shall I grudge Him anything?

 

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