(You can’t outsmart Satan, but you can only overcome him through Christ Jesus.)
Luke 22:3, “Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve.”
It is not possible for you, as a person, to outsmart Satan; you can only overcome him through Christ Jesus, but you cannot play game with Satan and outsmart him. That was what Judas Iscariot did, and he regretted it. Judas needed money, and he wanted to have it by all means, and so he thought he could play game with Satan and get the money from him. Judas thought he could get the money from Satan and then run away with the money to Jesus, since Jesus would always be there to forgive and help, and Satan is always there to offer the money; so he thought he could play a smart game on Satan by collecting the money and then run to Jesus.
But the true is that, it doesn’t work that way, because we can’t mock God by willingly going against His word, and we can’t make fool of Satan by playing game with Him. Judas decided to sell Jesus and get the money, hoping that they would not be able to arrest Jesus, and he would have gotten the money from them; he believed the priests and Pharisees would be the looser, and he would get the money and still have Jesus Christ. He might have thought, “It’s absolutely impossible for them to arrest Jesus, never possible. Jesus who performed a lot of mighty miracles, who walked away several times they attempted to kill Him? Oh never, they can’t arrest Him. Since our agreement would just be for me to betray Jesus, and it is left to them to arrest Him; if they fail to, that is their problem, but then I would have gotten the money in my account. This is a golden chance for me to make money and get my dreamed properties and materials.”
But things didn’t work out as he planned and played it. He lost Jesus, he lost the money, he lost his position in the ministry, he lost God’s purpose for his life and he lost eternal life, everything! Matthew 27:3-5, “Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.”And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!” 5 Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself.”
The same trick Satan used to deceive and destroy Judas Iscariot, he is using with so many followers of Jesus today. You need money, you need car, you need house, or you need a job, a position or promotion; you need admission, traveling documents or contracts; you need marital partner or children, whatever you need, Satan knows them. As you are trusting God for everything, then Satan would bring sinful suggestions and ungodly opportunities to you, that, “You can get the money, though in a sinful or satanic way, but after you get the money all you need to do is to run back to Jesus for forgiveness, God is always merciful, He will forgive you and you will retain the money.” Does that not sound beautiful for many people to consider? But it is a trick from the pit of hell.
He will also suggest that you can give the sinful demand to get the job, contracts, admission or documents, “just for you to get what you want and after that you go back to Jesus for forgiveness. Is it not just for a day or once? And you get what you need for life and go back to Jesus? You better be wise. The Bible says wisdom is profitable to direct, be wise!”
Satan may also suggests that you can marry the person, though not genuinely saved, but “after you get married, he or she will be saved, you can help her or him to be saved and then you serve God together” Satan will also tell you that you can give premarital sex so that you don’t loose the person. “No one will know, and after that you ask God to forgive you and get married. You have nothing to loose as long you are wise.”
The secret is that, every suggestion that you should commit sin or compromise your faith to get what you want, and after all ask God to forgive you, such suggestion is originated from Satan to deceive you and ruin you, he is trying to make another Judas Iscariot out of you. It was Satan who deceived Judas to do what he did. Luke 22:3, “Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve.”
You cannot eat your cake and have it at the same time, you cannot mock God and make it, and you cannot play game with Satan and outsmart him. Judas Iscariot tried it, and he could not retrieve his way back, he lost everything. You must be wise to be warned not to become another Judas Iscariot of this generation, by thinking you can quickly get something in a sinful or satanic way and quickly get back to Jesus; you may never find your way back again, Judas could not make it back even though he cried and was remorse.
This trick of Satan of “Go Against God And Go back To Him After you Get What You Want” is an old trick and so deceptive; he even attempted to use it against Jesus Christ. In the wilderness, he came to tempt Jesus Christ, that Jesus should fall down, and God would be there to go Him. Luke 4:9-12.
The suggestion of Satan that you can quickly fall and God is there to raise you up is an act of tempting God, and you must not turn to such so that you will not be turned to pieces.
After you are saved, never attempt to succumb to satanic suggestion to play game with your soul; never think of going quickly into sin to get back to God; that will be a dangerous trip. “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.” Hebrews 10:26, 27.
Wait upon the Lord for what you need, and be content with what you have. Never yield to the trick of Satan to take a short trip to sin to trap you. Do not be another Judas Iscariot, and do not become another Esau.
“Lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.” Hebrews 12:16, 17.
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