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SATAN’S LIES

 
I thank Ray Sturdivant for giving me a copy of his self-published book entitled Beating the Devil with His own Stick. To give credit where credit is due, obviously, I got my series title from Ray’s book and I have incorporated many of his thoughts into this message series.

I thank Ray Sturdivant for giving me a copy of his self-published book entitled Beating the Devil with His own Stick. To give credit where credit is due, obviously, I got my series title from Ray’s book and I have incorporated many of his thoughts into this message series.

 

Let’s practice June’s memory verse …

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
— John 10:10 (NIV)

Read …

Genesis 37:12-20

Soon after this, Joseph’s brothers went to pasture their father’s flocks at Shechem. When they had been gone for some time, Jacob said to Joseph, “Your brothers are pasturing the sheep at Shechem. Get ready, and I will send you to them.”

“I’m ready to go,” Joseph replied.

“Go and see how your brothers and the flocks are getting along,” Jacob said. “Then come back and bring me a report.” So Jacob sent him on his way, and Joseph traveled to Shechem from their home in the valley of Hebron.

When he arrived there, a man from the area noticed him wandering around the countryside. “What are you looking for?” he asked.

“I’m looking for my brothers,” Joseph replied. “Do you know where they are pasturing their sheep?”

“Yes,” the man told him. “They have moved on from here, but I heard them say, ‘Let’s go on to Dothan.’” So Joseph followed his brothers to Dothan and found them there.

When Joseph’s brothers saw him coming, they recognized him in the distance. As he approached, they made plans to kill him. “Here comes the dreamer!” they said. “Come on, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns. We can tell our father, ‘A wild animal has eaten him.’ Then we’ll see what becomes of his dreams!”

Genesis 37:25-36

Then, just as they were sitting down to eat, they looked up and saw a caravan of camels in the distance coming toward them. It was a group of Ishmaelite traders taking a load of gum, balm, and aromatic resin from Gilead down to Egypt.

Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain by killing our brother? We’d have to cover up the crime. Instead of hurting him, let’s sell him to those Ishmaelite traders. After all, he is our brother—our own flesh and blood!” And his brothers agreed. So when the Ishmaelites, who were Midianite traders, came by, Joseph’s brothers pulled him out of the cistern and sold him to them for twenty pieces of silver. And the traders took him to Egypt.

Then the brothers killed a young goat and dipped Joseph’s robe in its blood. They sent the beautiful robe to their father with this message: “Look at what we found. Doesn’t this robe belong to your son?”

Their father recognized it immediately. “Yes,” he said, “it is my son’s robe. A wild animal must have eaten him. Joseph has clearly been torn to pieces!” Then Jacob tore his clothes and dressed himself in burlap. He mourned deeply for his son for a long time. His family all tried to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. “I will go to my grave mourning for my son,” he would say, and then he would weep.

Meanwhile, the Midianite traders arrived in Egypt, where they sold Joseph to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Potiphar was captain of the palace guard.

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How is Satan attacking Joseph’s value, identity, maturity and purpose?

How does Satan plant lies and reinforce lies through pain? What pain? What kind of lies might Satan be whispering into Joseph’s ear?

How might these lies have become a stronghold in Joseph’s life? A stronghold is when we personalize and internalize one of Satan’s lies. His lie becomes our truth.

Why are Satan’s lies directed to pollute and derail our purpose and destiny? How can his lies reveal our purpose and destiny?

How is God a master a jiu jitsu? How do we see it in Joseph’s life? How do we see it in the cross of Christ?

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Read …

Genesis 39:1-9

When Joseph was taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelite traders, he was purchased by Potiphar, an Egyptian officer. Potiphar was captain of the guard for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt.

The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. Potiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did. This pleased Potiphar, so he soon made Joseph his personal attendant. He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned. From the day Joseph was put in charge of his master’s household and property, the Lord began to bless Potiphar’s household for Joseph’s sake. All his household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished. So Potiphar gave Joseph complete administrative responsibility over everything he owned. With Joseph there, he didn’t worry about a thing—except what kind of food to eat!

Joseph was a very handsome and well-built young man, and Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. “Come and sleep with me,” she demanded.

But Joseph refused. “Look,” he told her, “my master trusts me with everything in his entire household. No one here has more authority than I do. He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.”

Genesis 39:19-20

Potiphar was furious when he heard his wife’s story about how Joseph had treated her. So he took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king’s prisoners were held, and there he remained.

Once again, we see that God is a jiu jitsu Master. How is God using the attack of Satan to move Joseph into and prepare Joseph for his destiny?

But does Joseph see this?

Corrie ten Boom described life like the underside of a tapestry. What did she mean by that?

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Share your answers to these homework questions …

  • How has Satan attacked you?

  • What lies has he spoken into your soul?

  • What do these lies reveal about your destiny?

  • Have you turned one of his lies into your truth?

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