IT’S A COSTUME or THE BULLY WITH NO BACKUP

I walked into my local grocery store and there was the TV personality, Ellen, in the frozen food aisle. She wasn’t “dressed for TV.” Later that week I was driving by the airport and looked over at the guy in the car next to me:  one of the male strip dancers of “Thunder from Down Under.” He wasn’t in his costume either. We see people all the time here in Vegas who are not in their performance costumes. Did you know that the devil and his demons have different personas and put on costumes too? If we’re smart we can see who they really are: characters putting on an act. It’s a convincing one, yes, but we have the authority to expose and deflate them.

Here’s a little history about the devil’s Strip show:

The devil started off as an angel and was designed to do God’s will. He was originally supposed to help mankind. He was created as the angel of light. Light makes things grow. Things are made clear in the light. Lucifer was to illuminate things for mankind. But God is the ultimate authority. Next in authority is mankind: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion.” Then comes angels (both the good ones and fallen angels).

We’ve been taught wrongly about the authority of angels and demons because of a mistranslation of scripture. The devil asks, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels” (Ps 8:4-5).

Where it says “a little lower than angels,” the word “angels” is the word Elohim, which is God the Creator. This verse should read: “For thou [God] hast made him [man] a little lower than Himself.”

Lucifer didn’t like the idea of being subservient to anyone, and certainly not to men. He didn’t want to do what God created him for. He didn’t want to help mankind; he wanted to rule over him and be worshipped by him.

Isaiah 14 takes a look back in the devil’s history and gives us the true story:

“Thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (Is 14: 12-14). The Message reads: “I’ll take over as King of the Universe!”

To “sit upon the mount of the congregation” means to sit at the top, above all beings and be the one to judge them. (See Psa 82:1 and Psa 75:2.) Lucifer liked that idea—to be the bully on the throne and make all the decisions concerning mankind.

But he couldn’t do that because there’s only one God over all. And because of Lucifer’s transgression, he was tossed out of heaven: “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Rev 12:9).

Adam had dominion on the earth but he got tricked by the devil and ended up giving up his power. But Jesus came as a man into the earth and was able to take back dominion for anyone who would believe in Him.

So where is the devil now? He would like us to believe that he is still running things. He brings false accusations and slander (Rev 12:10). He causes confusion, discouragement, sickness, pain, all kinds of destruction and so many other horrible things to mankind. He will do anything he can to put fear into people’s lives and get them to turn against God or on the other hand, tempt them with the tastiest sensual delights they can imagine. In Vegas terms, the devil deceives mankind by putting on his big scary monster costume or his brilliant glistening showgirl, stripper outfit.

But legally he has no authority over any Christian. He is a bully with no backup. He’s a doomed being who puts on a costume to look way more powerful than he really is. But it’s up to us to let him know that we know what he’s up to. We have to exercise our Christ-given authority to put him down. We can’t let the devil or his minions trick us into thinking they are mightier than we are or that they have any legal authority to be involved in our lives.

Isaiah tells us that in the end, the devil will be totally exposed for who he really is. All the costumes will come off and everyone will realize that it was all an act. He and his devil spirits will be annihilated forever.

“They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; Thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcass trodden under feet” (Is 14:9-19).

The devil and his demon spirits are legally under our feet now. We don’t have to wait till the end to expose and deflate. Every single time they come up in their costumes to threaten us or tempt us, we need to remember who they really are, underneath those crazy costumes and we need to strictly send them away.

I’m currently learning how we can even send them to outer darkness and lock them up until the judgment day. Now that’s exciting to me and very serious too. The name of our Jesus Christ, the blood He shed for us and the Word of God are our weapons to use, and they work. We need to learn more about and practice putting the bullies down, stripping them of their costumes and deflating their pretend authority every time!

Love, Carolyn

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