Boundaries with Satan

With Satan
Pastor Stephen "Red" Shumate
December 3rd, 2017
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Boundaries with Satan
**This series is based on the book Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend. 

Matthew 4:1-11 (csb)
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 Then the tempter approached him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city, had him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written:
He will give his angels orders concerning you, and they will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
7 Jesus told him, “It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God.”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 And he said to him, “I will give you all these things if you will fall down and worship me.”
10 Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and began to serve him.

Satan cannot make us sin.
When Satan tempted Jesus, he took him up on a mountain and tried to CONVINCE Jesus to jump to prove that He was the son of God. Jesus resisted this temptation.  But notice here that Satan didn’t FORCE Him to jump.  He didn’t put a sword to His back and push Him off. He simply tried to convince Him to jump on His own. 

Similarly think back to the story of Eve.  When Satan tempted Eve, he did just that, he tempted her.  He didn’t force her to eat the fruit, instead he convinced her to eat the fruit. 

And this is exactly what he will do to us.  He cannot make us sin, but he will try will convince us to sin.  Sometimes he does this by making it seem that we have no choice… Sometimes he will make the sinful things look VERY enticing and other times he will make sin look completely harmless… Sometimes he will get in our face and pressure us… or sometimes he will cause storms to blow around us (especially if he has influence over your friends)… But he CANNOT MAKE US SIN.

This means we must set some boundaries and the farther away that we set those boundaries the better.  The farther away from us Satan is, the less his pressure and influence affect us.  If we cannot see him or hear him, then he cannot pressure us. 

Then once we set these boundaries we must enforce them. 

Enforcing Boundaries with Satan
The way we enforce the boundaries we set with Satan is by using the armor of God (Ephesians 6:16-17).  And in the armor of God, the only offensive weapon we have that we can use to drive Satan back behind the boundary that we set is the word of God.

This means we must know it, learn it, read it and become extremely familiar with it.  If we don’t, then all we can do is be in a constant state of defense.  We will be in a continual state of trying to protect ourselves with the shield of faith and the helmet of salvation from his relentless barrage of flaming arrows. 

But staying in a constant state of defense is exhausting.  And when we are exhausted, eventually one of his flaming arrows will get by our defense and hit us.  So, we must learn to use the word of God against our foe.

Satan’s boundaries for you
Quite simply, Satan doesn’t set any boundaries for us.  He will let us come as close to him as we want.  And there are some of people who like to get dangerously close with Satan and who like to flirt with temptation.  But this is dangerous and will one day lead to us getting burned. 

What part of your life, do you need to set a boundary for Satan?

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