“He had astonished them with his sorceries” (Acts 8:11).
We know that the apostles did amazing miracles in the name of Jesus; many were healed. At the same time Simon, the sorcerer, was able to do some amazing things in the power of the devil. So what did the apostles say and do when they heard what Simon was doing? Did they try to adjust what they were doing to outdo Simon? Did they say, “As long as he does not bother us, we are fine?” NO! Peter confronted Simon:
” Repent …that your heart may be forgiven” ( Acts 8:22).
Please do not forget that when we are faced with the tricks and apparent miracles from the evil one, we still have the power – in the name of Jesus – to overcome him, but we need God’s weaponry to fight the battle. We will never win spiritual battles with natural weapons.
Sometimes it is really easy to blame Satan for all the problems in our lives. God does allow difficulties into our lives in order to strengthen our faith in Him; we do need to know the difference. The forces of evil will come at us like a legion, but when this happens remember that Jesus is the Lord and Savior of your life. He (Jesus) who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world. The devil is powerful, but not all-powerful. He is not omniscient or omnipotent. When we are grounded in the Word of God we will be able to discern if our experience is from God or from the evil one.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
The following can help you discern false teaching – what is from God and what is from Satan:
- Scripture test: Always verify any teaching with the Word of God.
- Savior test: Are we studying about Jesus or is it another savior being taught?
- Spirit test: Are we talking about the Holy Spirit or some other spirit?
- Source test: Is the source of the teaching from the Bible?
- Salvation test: Is there any other salvation apart from Jesus being taught?
- Sanctification test: What does the teaching say about a sanctified life?
Please do not base your faith on feelings; base your faith upon the Word of God!
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine.