We really rattled the audience with the setup…
I stood at one side of the stage holding a rifle, and my son Tom stood about 100 feet away on the other side of the stage, and he was holding a balloon.
Do you see where this is going?
But the audience didn’t have all the facts. See, it was pellet rifle I was holding, and there was no pellet in the gun.
Tom had a little pin in his hand.
The moment I pulled the trigger on the empty pellet rifle, Tom used the little pin to pop the balloon.
So to the audience, it LOOKED like I had shot at the balloon.
We had effectively set the stage. We evoked emotions. We got a reaction. We really rattled the audience.
But it was all just a setup.
We were making a point.
See, you and I have an enemy that despises us, and he’s not playing games. He wants to take us out. He wants to stop the Kingdom of God from manifesting, and he wants to hinder the plans of God for your life.
He is against you.
First Peter 5:8 warns us: “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
He’s not looking for the unbelievers, because he already has them. No, he’s looking for the believers.
He’s looking for you.
So what should you do?
How can you be alert?
First, you need to know what you’re looking for. You’ve got to know his tactics. You’ve got to understand his methods. Because he can really set you up if you’re not paying attention.
And that’s exactly the point Tom and I wanted to make.
Just like our little setup with the empty gun and the little pin, the enemy will set up schemes and scenarios to play YOU like a fiddle if you don’t know the truth.
John 10:10 tells us that the enemy only comes to steal, kill, and destroy.
But you don’t have to fear.
Satan has no authority—zero. And he has no right to your life.
The Bible says in Hebrews 2:7-8 that God put everything under our dominion.
God crowned Adam with glory and honor, and he ruled in the earth realm under delegated authority. Adam had delegated authority until he sinned. Then he gave his crown away to Satan. But God sent Jesus to restore the delegated authority.
Look through the Word of God. It doesn’t talk about spiritual warfare against Satan.
Because he’s already been defeated.
And because you’re in the Kingdom of God, Satan can’t touch you.
The King James Version of 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he MAY devour.”
“May” means expressing the possibility, expressing permission, or expressing a wish or hope.
That’s why Satan has to set up schemes and tactics. He has to lure you OUTSIDE of God’s legal jurisdiction—outside of God’s safety, protection, and authority—so that he MAY devour you.
In Genesis 3, we see one of the tactics he’s been using since man was created—deception.
Satan asked Eve, “Did God really say you must not eat of any of the trees in the Garden?”
It was a setup.
And it’s a trick he’s still using.
You don’t have to look any further than popular television programs or the top-grossing movies or popular music lyrics to really see that.
The enemy portrays what is good as bad and what is bad as good, and people keep buying it.
It’s not an accident; it’s a tactic, a setup.
Satan wants to desensitize you.
Because what you consider normal, you’ll never fight against.
Satan is also deceiving people into thinking that what they drink, eat, snort, shoot, chase, or go into debt for will make them feel happy, glorified, worthy, and accepted. And those “carrots” he dangles can all look really good in the moment.
But those are setups too.
Because Satan knows that if he can get people to forsake what God says and go after what he says instead, they’ll reap his destruction.
Here’s the thing friend: You are the door of your life.
You have the authority.
You just have to know what to stay alert to and how to stay alert.
Friend, you’re in a battle—a spiritual battle.
But you’re not alone. The entire government of God is backing you up.
But you MUST be alert and on guard.
You must understand this clash of kingdoms.