Silencing Satan -

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Gospel Meeting
July 31st – August 3rd
Greg Dismuke - Speaker
Silencing Satan
James 4: 7 & 8
Silencing Satan
• “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil
and he will flee from you.
• Draw near to God and He will draw near to
you. Cleanse [your] hands, [you] sinners; and
purify [your] hearts, [you] double-minded.”
James 4:7-8
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• Folks come to Elders, preachers, and counselors all
the time with Questions of ;
• Why did it happened?
• What did I do?
• And most importantly - How can I make it Stop?
How can I make it end.
• To give answers to these questions would seem to
be a most difficult task – depending on where you
are coming from with the answers.
• But in reality and for the most part – it is a simple
task to do if one is willing to turn to God for the
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• We must realize where all the “problems”
come from and when we do that - we will
also discover what it will take to find and
receive the answer and the relief sought
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1. While attending OVC one of my classes centered in
on the “Wisdom Literature” books of the Old
Testament. (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and
the Song of Solomon)
2. I was given an assignment to write about the
“message” found in the Book of Job.
3. Of course as I soon found out there is no single
message in the Book of Job, rather there are many.
4. This evening I would like to talk to you about one
of those messages.
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• The Book of Job is grouped into what is called “THE
• There are no actual Commands within these
passages, rather WORDS of Wisdom, Words that if
listened to can bring one a better life while here on
the earth.
• Although the book does seem to center on and about
the questions and answers surrounding the suffering
of mankind. Good and Evil, as it were, it also tells us
something about their Source – Satan.
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• I want us to turn our minds to one of the many
messages that comes through –
The Silencing of Satan. Can this actually happen?
• This morning in the lesson I presented on the
Blessings of Prayer we talked about praying for
Extraordinary Things, just as James mentions
regarding Elijah in JAMES 5:17 and as it references I
KINGS 17:1. He was a man just like you and me and
yet prayed for it to not rain for 3.5 years due to the
sins that Ahab and Israel had committed.
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• Extraordinary things can happen for the
True Worshipper of God.
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3. Have you ever faced a serious incident in your life
and wondered why it happened, why is it
happening and asked –
Why is it happening to me?
Have you ever asked – “Where is all of this coming
More Importantly - Have you ever asked the Question “When Will It All End or How Can I make it end?”
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• Consider – if you will –
• James 5:11 tells us to look back at Job…..
“You have heard of the Perseverance of Job
and seen the end intended by the Lord – that
the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.”
• Job 42: 10 – 17 tells us of the way that God
blessed Job after all that he had endured.
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• There is a series of lessons that I teach every so
often – especially to “Singles Again” classes
entitled “21 Reasons Bad Things Happen to
Good People”
• Loss through death and/or divorce is a horrible
experience – at the time you just don’t think
there could be anything worse that could
happen to you.
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• But this feeling isn’t limited to Death and
Divorce, it encompasses every “BAD THING”
that happens to “ANYONE.”
• Why do things Bad Things happen to Good
• Where does it all come from?
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• Paul tell us in Ephesians 6:12 & 13 12 “For we
wrestle not against flesh and blood, but
against principalities, against powers, against
the rulers of the darkness of this world,
against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour
of God, that ye may be able to withstand in
the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
We don’t wrestle against Flesh and Blood, We
wrestle against Satan.
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• How real do you believe that Satan is?
• The Book of Job gives us so much information about
this that it is a never ending source of inspiration for
those Good folks who suffer bad things in their lives.
• We are told in the Book of Job what Job never knows
• Who did what to him and why!
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• I want you to NOTE HOW ACTIVE SATAN IS in the
introduction to the story of Job. He is carrying on
a conversation with God about Job. DO you think
that he does this regarding you and I ?
Satan Mentioned 12 times from Chapter 1: 6- 2 :7
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• Talking to God about Job, 1:6-9 - 2: 1-4
• Making his challenges about Job - 1:9,10,11 - 2:4-5
• Note Job’s reaction in these first Two Chapters - 1:20 – 22
2: 8-10
• He WORSHIPPED GOD 1:20, 2:10
• He did no sin, nor charged God with any wrong 1:22, 2: 9
• Job drew near to God and Satan was silenced
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• JAMES 4:7 – 8 “Submit yourselves therefore to
God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to
you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify
your hearts, ye double minded.”
• James 5:11 tells us to look back at Job….. “You
have heard of the Perseverance of Job and seen
the end intended by the Lord – that the Lord is
very compassionate and merciful.”
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• What was the “end intended by the Lord?” (Of
course 42:10 – 17)
• Is that all God intended?
+++ Note that after Job 2:7 SATAN IS SILENCED +++
• We never hear from Satan again from this point
on in relationship to Job in the Book of Job.
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• Why is that?
• What does that tell us?
• Can Satan be silenced in our lives?
• James 4:7 …. “ Resist the Devil and he will
flee from you.”
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• Believe in the Integrity of God and that
Extraordinary Things can happen to ordinary
people JAMES 5:17
• Hold on to your own Christian Integrity as Job
did, JOB 2:3
• Don’t let anyone cause you to question that
Integrity as Jobs wife tried to do to him - 2:9
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• When every thing is falling down around you
Job 1 :20, 2:10
And you can “SILENCE SATAN”.
What Must You Do To Be Saved?
Hear The Word Of God
Romans 10:17
Believe His Word
Mark 16:16, John 8:24
Repent of your sins
Luke 13:3, Acts 2:38
Confess your belief Romans 10:10, Acts 8:37
Be Baptized
Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38
For the Remission of Your Sins
Acts 22:16
Galatians 3:26, 27
Live Faithfully
Titus 2:11-14

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