WHAT SATAN CAN DO AND HIS LIMITATIONS: EVENTS IN THE GAMBIA AND OTHER AFRICAN COUNTRIES IN 2017?
isgraced and shellacked Mr. Yahya Abdulaziz Junke Jammeh of The Gambia didn't fall this year. He began to crack as far back as 2012 when we warned him in this column on Monday January 12, 2015 to stop boasting that he would rule the country forever http://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/011215.html. The warning came after some Gambians reached out to inquire of the outcome of the December 1, 2016 presidential elections a year away. We told those who reached out to us that the election would be Mr. Jammeh's last in The Gambia. An earlier article to Mr. Jammeh had been written here also to this effect, but many Gambians and Mr. Jammeh himself didn't take it seriously, because they thought our prophecies would not take place: (http://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/010214.html). As Jammeh goes into exile with public obloquy, he should remember our open letter to him also in this column on Tuesday December 13, 2016 which foretold his immediate future: http://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/121316.html If politicians, political leaders and those in positions of authorities will listen to the Voice of the True Lord God Almighty through His messengers and do right, our contemporary world would have been better. There are some spiritually-dimwitted souls that take our writings as political analyses and neglect our prophetic writings to their peril. As Jammeh goes, he should be lucky he is still alive. There were two options we gave him in our last open letter to the dictator: stay put in The Gambia and die or leave and live.
This brings us to this week's spiritual message, which believers and non-believers alike should better pay attention to in the journey of life. Satan is powerful to a certain extent; there are things he and his demons can do in the lives of human beings and in nations around the world. Anyone who says Satan or the devil is a figment is doomed. The great bete noire of the world and his malevolent finks are alive and kicking on this earth. We are not glorifying Satan as some of our Born-again Christian-BAC friends would say, but stating the obvious so people of the world should "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, roams about, seeking whom he may devour" (I Peter 5:8). If you're a Christ-hater and will not even want to hear the good news of the saving grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Satan and his demons already have you in their pockets. If you're a Christian and live your life cavalierly, playing with sins and playing church, Satan and his malevolent hordes will have you for supper. Here are 12 basic things Satan and his demons can do in the lives of human beings and in the affairs of nations on the earth.
First, Satan is the god of this contemporary world and hence has the power to give you political power. You can become the president, governor, senator, congressman or woman, mayor etc in your area of the world, if you're ready to pay his price. In 1980, Mr. Samuel Kanyon Doe, a master sergeant in the Liberian Army fortified himself with charms and voodoo and invaded the presidential mansion in Monrovia butchering President William Richard Tolbert. Doe began an orgy of blood-letting never witnessed in the annals of that beautiful nation until Charles Ghankay Taylor went over the top. Satan opened the macabre chapter of Doe in Liberia in 1980 and disastrously ended it in 1990-just a decade-and took him to the Nether Gloom. Space would not permit us to chronicle the political power given to Idi Amin Dada of Uganda, Muamar Gadhafi of Libya, Jean-Bedel Bakassa of Central African Republic, Mobutu Desire Sesezeko of Zaire (now DRC), Sani Abacha of Nigeria and numerous misbegotten cretins who inflicted pains, misery and carnage on their people. Satan planted these and many more at the pinnacles of power, just as Satan himself disclosed: "… the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me." (Matthew 4:8-11). Does it mean all those in government are installed by Satan? No. How then do you know those installed by Satan from those planted and raised up by the True Lord God Almighty? Simple; read this: "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan (mourn)" Proverbs 29:2 NKJ). It is possible for the True Lord God Almighty to put a person in political power and the leader starts on a Godly note and Satan can hijack such government as we read in I Kings 11:4,6, 9: "For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods;… Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and did not fully follow the LORD, as did his father David. So the LORD became angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned from the LORD God of Israel…" There are 12 things to look out for when a person or government installed by the Jehovah Lord God Almighty deviates and the government is hijacked by Satan and his demons. We will disclose the 12 things in this column presently, if you keep reading us.
Second, Satan and his demons can make you to be fantastically rich in monetary terms. Just as the True Lord God Almighty can give wealth and financial prosperity to those who serve and worship Him, Satan can also do the same (Jeremiah 12: 1). There are 7 things to look out for in people made rich and wealthy by Satan and his demons: they are boastful and arrogant; they do not protect the interests of the orphans; they mock the physically-challenged or disabled; they do not support the cause of the widows, they discriminate against foreigners, they oppress the poor; they do not allow or accept the supremacy and sovereignty of the True Lord God Almighty over their lives and they perpetrate oppression and injustice (Psalm 94: 1-7).
Third, Satan has the power to make people live long. In other words, longevity is not only the divine covenant of the BACs. Just as the Lord God Almighty can give long life to His true children, Satan can do also; Ecclesiastes 8:12: "Although a wicked person who commits a hundred crimes may live a long time, I know that it will go better with those who fear God, who are reverent before him."
Fourth, Satan and his demons can inflict pains, sicknesses and diseases on the human body, both believers and unbelievers. Not all diseases and sicknesses are demonic; most diseases and sicknesses that afflict unbelievers are demonic and some suffered by believers have demonic origins. Sins, unholy lifestyle, and disobedience are the three major causes of sickness for the unbeliever (Proverbs 1: 7,22-33). For the believer and BAC, here are the three major causes of sicknesses and diseases: Careless words: James 3:6: "The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one's life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell."]; carelessness (James 5:14-15); unconfessed sins and unholy lifestyle in the flesh (I Corinthians 11:27-30).
Fifth, Satan and his demons have the power to stop and prevent human beings from giving their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. 2 Corinthians 44:4: "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." Satan can only prevent, but doesn't have the power to take over the will of the unbeliever. This is very important. In other words, anyone who really and genuinely wants to do God's Will can commit to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior just as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ disclosed in John 7:17: "Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own." Consequently, it isn't because an unbeliever can't commit his or her life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; but he/she doesn't want to, period! For the regenerated soul, BAC, Satan has the power to remove the word of God from your heart and mind; Mark 4:15: "Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them." So how do you defeat Satan and his demons in this area of your Christian life? Do what the True Lord God Almighty commanded us in Joshua 1: 6-9:"Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
Sixth, Satan and his demons have power to control, influence and exercise authority in varying degrees in the lives of non-believers, whether acknowledged, unknown or ignorant. This is not an opinion, but a spiritual fact. How? Just look at the unspeakable, unbelievable, grotesque, elfish and eyesore behaviors of unregenerate souls that boggle the mind and beggar the imaginations. Satan and his demons know those that are not saved, those who pretend to be saved and those that are genuinely saved and covered by the Blood of Jesus. Mark 1:21-28: "They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, "What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are-the Holy One of God!" "Be quiet!" said Jesus sternly. "Come out of him!" The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, "What is this? A new teaching-and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him." News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee."
Seventh, Satan and his demons can prevent the BAC from evangelism. Don't think you're spiritually fourteen feet tall in spiritual walk and take the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ for granted. Your mouth can be shut and Satan can immobilize you from being useful in the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. " But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. For we wanted to come to you-certainly I, Paul, did, again and again-but Satan blocked our way" (I Thessalonians 2:17-18).
Eight, Satan and his demons make unbelievers to do what ordinarily sane human beings shouldn't do, because they do not have the power on their own strength to override the influence of demonic forces in their lives. That is why the Word of God said; "It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret" (Ephesians 5:12). They don't even do it in secret anymore these days, but openly and shamefacedly. For the believer, Satan cannot make you do evil and those things contrary to the commandment of the Lord God Almighty but can tempt you. That is how far he and his demons can go. James 1:12-15 and I Corinthians 10:13: "No temptation[c] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[d] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[e] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it."
Ninth, Satan can give you a woman or husband as companion to make you commit fornication and live as you like. It is his specialty and that of his demonic agents to make you live lose and immoral life, shack up together outside matrimony and love it. Free sex is the reward of the wicked and it feels good, but only the True Lord God Almighty can give you a loving husband and virtuous wife. There are 12 characteristics of a virtuous wife: she must be a believer; love and fear the Lord Jesus Christ; love her husband with single devotion, very trusting and faithful, diligent and hardworking, inwardly beautiful and sensible, humble, family oriented and ready at times to protect her household from harm, doesn't hide her money from her husband, honor the husband, generous to the poor and open her hands to the needy and "wash the feet of the saint" (Proverbs 31-10-31 and I Timothy 5: 10). Similarly, there are 12 characteristics of a Godly husband: he's a believer and follower of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, he's actively working and fulfilling the calling of the Lord on his life, he loves his wife unconditionally, he provides for his household, does not have sex with any woman who he isn't his wife, he's ready to give his life for his wife, because he loves her totally and faithfully, after the Lord, his wife is next, never lays his hands on his wife to beat or harm her, treat and nourish her like his ribs, provides spiritual leadership in prayer and fear of the Lord, must be worthy of his wife's trust and fidelity, and must respect and honor her significant order with resolve never to humiliate or divorce her ( Genesis 2: 24, Mark 10:9, Ephesians 2: 25, Colossians 3:19, I Corinthians 7:3-33, and I Timothy 5:8).
Tenth, Satan can make you feel happy by making things happen in your life, but it will be shot lived. Satan and his demons cannot give you joy, because only in the Presence of the True Lord God Almighty can joy, real joy be found: "You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand" (Psalm 16:11). There are 10 differences between happiness and joy. Happiness is from Satan to give human beings immediate high whereas joy is from the True Lord God Almighty. Our Lord Jesus Christ never promised us to be happy, but promised us "unspeakable joy." (I Peter 1:8); happiness is temporary while joy is permanent (Job 20:5); happiness depends on situations, events and circumstances while joy is unmoved by situation and circumstances; happiness can be lost but joy is eternal; happiness is about the flesh while joy is about the spirit; joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit while happiness is not (Galatians 5:22); happiness is external while joy is internal; happiness can be induced but joy cannot; happiness can be created by human beings in conjunction with Satan and his demons, but only the Lord God Almighty can and do create joy and finally, happiness can be transferred, but joy is un-transferrable.
Eleventh, Satan and his demons can give you a job, but the True Lord God Almighty doesn't give His own job but work. "The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it" (Genesis 2:15). Most people in the world, and lamentably BACs-Born again Christians too- do not know there are differences between work and job. There are 14 differences between a work and a job namely: A work is your talent which your Creator has already given you before you were ever born and you're supposed to use here on earth while job is isn't (Matthew 25: 14-30); work is innate, job is learned; work glorifies your Maker, because He gave it in the first place, whereas job glorifies self (James 1:17); work is discovered through the University of the Holy Spirit while job is taught and known through the University of Humans and Campus of Experience (Galatians 1:11); work is not something you thrust yourself into but are called into it and you do not choose it on your own unlike job which you decide to do on your own (Mark 3:13: "Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him"). The True Lord God Almighty only blesses our work, but not our job (Deuteronomy 28:12: "The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands." When you're working, how much you make in financial and monetary terms are determined by the Holy Spirit Who blesses you accordingly, whereas at your job place, you either set your own salary and remunerations if you're self-employed, or your salary and remunerations are determined by your company, firm, organization or employer (Genesis 8:22: "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease." When you work, you make your living from it and the True Lord God Almighty Who called you requires you to pay heavenly taxes known as tithes but when you have a job, it's up to you (I Corinthians 9:14: "…the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel"). When you're doing the work, He has given you, anywhere you're doing that work; you'll be noticed and you have no rivals whereas when you have a job, you will strive to be promoted by your company, firm, employer or organization (Matthew 5: 14-16: "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven). When you work, the Holy Spirit is your Supervisor and He plans your schedules accordingly whereas, at your job place, fellow human(s) are your supervisors and superiors and do your schedules (Acts 13:2: "While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them"). When you do His work, ennui and languor have no place, since you will love it, because He is a masterpiece who doesn't put round pegs in round holes, whereas at your job, you may hate it, but you need to pay the bills and so keep on at it (2 Corinthians 4:7-12: "Now we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this surpassingly great power is from God and not from us persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you."
When you work, you're not fundamentally concerned about food, clothing and shelter, because in addition to your earthly remunerations; you are eternally-concerned while job is only for food, clothing and shelter (Matthew 6:31-33: "So, do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Work is what the Lord God Almighty has given you, but job is what you've chosen. Work is what you know and can confidently affirm that the Lord God Almighty has given you to do while job is what you think is your calling. Work is what the Lord God Almighty has already created in you to do to glorify Him here on earth whereas job is what you've chosen on your own to glorify yourself and your Creator. Work continues after your death but job ceases as soon as you breathe your lost here on earth. When you're working, you are not alone, because the Owner of the work ensures you have a protégé to mentor so His work can continue and outlive you but job can be solo. Work that is approved by the Lord God Almighty must expand the kingdom of God on earth and bring unbelievers to the saving grace of the King of kings and Lord of lords whereas job doesn't have to. Finally, at your job, the specter of lay-off and being fired always hunt you and even if you're self-employed, your firm or company can suffer adverse recesses or in case of economic recession, government can lay you off or you can be voted out like Mr. Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia and other defeated politicians. But when you're working for His Highest and Utmost, you can never be unemployed; Hallelujah! (John 15:4, 16: "Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me….You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit-fruit that will last-and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you."
The twelfth and final thing Satan and his demons can do is give you all you need for today, but exchange it for your future and eternal destination. The True Lord God Almighty is the Only One Who can guarantee you eternal life. Immediately you close your eyes and wake up on the Other Side, your fate is in no more on yourself, but will be decided by two people: God Almighty and Satan, period. Where you spend, your eternity will be decided here and now by you. Revelation 22: 10-17: "Then he told me, "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy. "Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you[a] this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star." The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let the one who hears say, "Come!" Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life."
NEXT WEEK, WE WILL EXAINE WHAT SATAN CANNOT DO TO HUMAN BEINGS; BELIEVERS AND UNBELIEVERS ALIKE.
Letters This Week:
Dear Sir ,another one on of your Prophecies for 2017 which you released just few weeks ago, for the New Year has just been fulfilled in Ekiti State. You predicted that there would be a government imposed curfew in one town in the state over Obsahip tussle and right now Sir, this is happening before our very eyes. Governor Ayodele Fayose has just imposed a curfew on Ekiti town over kingship crisis. The news can be read via this link:
Dear Dr Fayemiwo I am an ardent reader of your weekly column articles, in the Nigerian World but one thing I discovered was that the articles could be very lengthy. I feel It would have been nice if they were a little bit concise. Please take note----From Mr. Ope Kehinde via [email protected]
Thank you Mr. Kehinde for being one of our regular readers and please keep it up. We hope to continue to minister to your intellectual and more importantly, you spiritual needs. I don't agree with you that our weekly column articles are too lengthy depending on what you mean by lengthy. I want you to understand that this is not a newspaper or magazine rather we write our articles for the Internet. There are much to say and explain in spiritual matters to cater to the eclectic tastes of our weekly readers. Thanks and remain blessed in the Lord.
Dr Moshood Ademola Fayemiwo is Chancellor and Provost; The Jesus Christ Solution Center Training School & Bible College in Cameron near Texas which will take-off later this year. He can be reached at [email protected]. His contact number is: 254-605-4035. Website: www.jesuschristsolutioncenter.com