e have written so much about Satan in this column and some fellow believers have asked; why are we spending so much time on Satan? First, these are not my own writings in the sense that these are Holy Spirit-directed articles, so I take no orders from anyone but the One who sent me; My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Second, because it is spiritually advantageous and indeed beneficial to our Christian Walk to know more about our enemies and their deceptive wiles, because Satan is the reason why we are engaged in spiritual warfare in the first place. When you have a formidable enemy and you are slack or even attempt to efface and deny his existence as some people in the world do today, you are a dead meat. As a matter of fact, Our Lord Jesus Christ spoke more about Satan and his demons and hell fire than heavens. Thirdly, those who criticize us for writing much about Satan and outwardly display perfunctory view of his darkened kingdom are often times unmasked by the Holy Spirit as Satanists masquerading as angels of light. So what we are doing here is in tandem with scriptural command: "Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them" (Ephesians 5: 11).
There are darkened spiritual hegemonic forces running this world and Satan is responsible for ninety-percent of the evils, tears, sorrows, wars, murders, carnage, chaos, deaths, anarchy, wickedness, butchering, and blood-letting plaguing our world today. The kingdom of God has been suffering violence from the fall of Adam and Eve, through disobedience which brought human beings, without exception, under the tyrannical sway of Satan till Our Lord Jesus Christ came to bail us out (Luke 19: 10). The entire world's viviparous to Adam and Eve, irrespective of race has not inoculated anyone from the malevolent activities of Satan and his minions. Satan is real and is active in our world. May be, his origin is worth reiterating once again.
In the far distant street of history, the Bible says God Almighty existed by Himself as the Great Alone as God The Father, God The Son and God The Holy Spirit in His Triune Being (Job 38, 39). Then He decided to have companions; He created the angels in different categories. The Bible identified three of such high-ranking angels known as archangels: Michael, Gabriel and Lucifer. The latter; Lucifer was described as "son of the morning," literally an archangel in charge of praise and worship which are the foods of God Almighty. We do not know how long this relationship lasted until Lucifer and the other angels under him decided to rebel against their Maker. While the Bible didn't provide us with a timeline, it revealed the reasons why Lucifer rose against God Almighty.
The Bible revealed that Lucifer was created by God Almighty with 10 elements: gold, ruby, topaz, emerald, chrysolite, sapphire, beryl, turquoise, onyx and jasper (Ezekiel 28: 16). He and the lesser angels he commanded were loyal until Lucifer, on account of his beauty and elegance decided to rise against God Almighty. They became over-ambitious, and Lucifer in particular was too proud because of his beauty (Isaiah 14: 12-14). Lucifer and his rebels said they wanted to be like their Maker: to be worshipped and obeyed like God Almighty knowing full well ONLY God Almighty should be worshipped and obeyed (Exodus 20:1). Since God Almighty and these rebellious angels could not stay in the same heavens; as the local saying: "two sovereignties can never exist in a community, that will be recipe for disaster," Lucifer and his rebellious gangsters were driven out of heavens (Ezekiel 28: 16). But Lucifer and his hordes didn't take kindly to their punishment; they provoked a war in heaven (Revelation 12 ) because they didn't want to lose their positions but Michael, one of the archangels (Jude 1: 9) that God Almighty commanded to lead the war against Lucifer and the rebels triumphed (Revelation 12: 7) and Lucifer and his minions lost their heavenly abode (Revelation 12: 7-9). This Lucifer hitherto known as "son of the morning," or also called "morning star," (Isaiah 14: 12) henceforth became Satan or the devil (Revelation 12: 9) literally, "one who opposes God Almighty," while those once loyal angels under him now turned rebellious spirits became "Satan's angels," "foul or fallen angels, " evil spirits"(Revelation 16: 13). A place of torment and hardships known as hell was then prepared for Satan and his rebellious spirits (Mathew 25: 41). Hell was not created for human beings, but if God Almighty is God of Justice, even to Satan and his rebels, then it stands to reason that all human beings who follow Satan have automatically taken him as their lord, either consciously or unconsciously and should follow Satan to where and his fallen angels will eventually spend eternity. This is not complicated at all; it is as simple as that.
Satan and his fallen angels want to be praised and worshipped like their Maker and their Maker: God Almighty has not hidden the fact He is a Jealous God and so He has graciously created Hell for Satan and those following him to do their thing there; unfortunately, that place is not good at all and that is why God Almighty, as a Loving and Compassionate Father is asking us who have known this truth to appeal to you reading this piece not to go along with Satan to that horrible place. You deserve to be with Our Loving and Caring Father in heaven. Hell is not supposed to be where you will end it all, it can be avoided, and you don't have to go there. However, the choice is ultimately yours; we can shout, implore, warn, appeal which is what preaching is all about but we cannot force you, not even God Almighty can force you not to go to hell with Satan, but it's up to you.
In these end times, what God Almighty Father is doing is raising up obedient sons and daughters, He created as He always does to go around the world to appeal to their fellow sons, and daughters of God to come to Him as a Loving Father and be with Him in heavens as their final eternal home. God Almighty is not sending any human being to hell; anyone who ends up in hell after this temporary sojourn on earth has him/herself to blame but not God, because He warned them. As Our Lord and Savior said in John 12: 48: "There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words: that very word which I spoke-like the one you're reading here now which Jesus commissioned me to write every week in this column-will condemn him at the last day."
The last day is not in the far distant future; no, it could be TODAY-that is; the very day you close your eyes and are dead, that is your last day and mine too. God Almighty, your Maker and the One who spoke those words in John 12: 48 above will ask you only one question: "Did you hear about Me-Jesus Christ-when you were on earth and what did you do with Me? Period! Your political power, chains of university diplomas and degrees, houses, mansions, cars, bank accounts, fame, popularity, prestige, people's opinion about you, your opinion about yourself, how good, moral and gentle you are, your religion, your philanthropic activities, your generosity, your brilliance, the name of your church, your denominations, your pastor's name etc. will be irrelevant, don't take my words for it but the Word of Life; the Holy Bible.
These are the eternal truths Satan and his rebellious spirits do not want people of the world to know and have therefore proceeded to organize the world system in furtherance of this ant-God mission. Satan is alive and well in the world today and indeed lives in his headquarters where he directs his anti-God and anti-human activities (Revelation 2: 13: I know where you live - where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city -where Satan lives." Although Satan used to roam about on the earth some time ago (Job 1: 7), but in the 6th Century, Satan ceased to be a vagabond. He has a throne in a city of the world where he directs his malevolent activities against God Almighty and human beings on earth today.
WHERE DOES SATAN LIVE IN THE WORLD TODAY?
Throughout the Bible, one potent indicator or act that entitles a person to lay claim to a land is the use of stone or a structure resembling a domain or a building. Even in the affairs of human beings, morally and legally, tussle over a land or a dwelling recognizes what is called eminent domain or the advantage one derives from primary acquisition and entitlement(s). In ancient times, people used stones to prove claimant to a land or landed property. In Genesis 28: 10-17, we read about the journey of Jacob who became the nation of Israel and how Our Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him during his flight to Padan Haran and how he used stone to build an altar to the Lord in Bethel this way: "Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Haran, When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the LORD, and he said: "I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it."
After Our Lord Jesus Christ as God The Son in the Old Testament made this promise to Jacob, in order to affirm the Lord's promise, Jacob did something remarkable to lay claim to that land in Genesis 28: 18-22: "Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. He called that place Bethel, though the city used to be called Luz. Then Jacob made a vow, saying, "If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father's house, then the LORD will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God's house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth."
The stone Jacob erected at Bethel was the proof of God's promise, Jacob's affirmation and practical demonstration that the land of Canaan would belong to his descendants and that promise was eventually fulfilled 450 years later (Genesis 15: 12; Acts 13: 20). When the Decalogue was delivered to Moses, it was delivered on two tablets of stone. In Exodus 34: 1; "The LORD said to Moses, "Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke," and "So Moses chiseled out two stone tablets like the first ones and went up Mount Sinai early in the morning, as the LORD had commanded him; and he carried the two stone tablets in his hands. Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation. Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped" (Exodus 34: 4-8) See also Deuteronomy 5: 22; 9: 9.
Our Lord Jesus Christ described Himself as the Stone the builder rejected who has become the capstone (Psalm 118: 22; Mathew 21: 42; Mark 12: 10 and Luke 20: 17). While Apostle Peter was explicating further in his two treatises said, Our Lord Jesus Christ is a precious stone to those of us who believe in Him, but to those who do not believe in the Saving Grace of His Name, Our Lord Jesus Christ and Savior is the stone rejected by the builder that has become the capstone (cornerstone in other translations) (I Peter 2: 7). Throughout the Holy Bible, when Stone or Rock is used, both denote Strength, Power, Claimant and Resident. The Ark of the Covenant which was the very presence of God Almighty in the congregation of the Israelites only contained one thing: stone tablet which contained The Decalogue.
The utopian ambition of Satan is to be like his Maker; God Almighty and so he constructed his own stone in the 6th Century and stationed it for all his worshippers to pray to him, albeit ignorantly but nevertheless sinful before the True God Almighty who warned His children: ""I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. "You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand [generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments" (Exodus 20: 2-6). Standing at 43 feet high, and 42.2 feet in diameter all round, the Black Stone, scented continuously, is home to 3 million pilgrims annually-the largest in the world-and worshippers go there and say they are stoning Satan who sits on top and cracks up, because every stone cast at him is an evidence against each pilgrim that he/she has a portion in Satan's lot in the Final Judgment. Satan identifies each of his own by directing them to look up to him when they pray five times daily and has commanded that the Name of God Almighty and His Son, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ must never be mentioned and proclaimed in the city he Satan-lives. This may be incredulous to some to believe but if you empty yourself truly and are desirous of knowing the real truth and not the false truth handed to you by your fathers from Satan, the devil, your eyes will be opened to this truth. For those who sincerely and genuinely want to know the Eternal Truth, we are talking about a place we are all familiar with; where Christianity is outlawed, the Name of the Maker of the heavens and the earth; Our Lord Jesus Christ is an anathema and telling others about Him and His Saving Grace is a sin to Satan, punishable by death penalty and you will be beheaded for telling the Eternal Truth.
HOW DOES THE DEVIL OPERATE? Satan is not omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient as our God Almighty and thus cannot be in all places all the time and at the same time (Job 1: 7). Because he is a creature, he cannot read the human mind; he does not know what is in the human mind/heart so to compensate for those two out of his numerous inadequacies; he relies on menageries of spiritual subordinates and human beings to further his plans on the earth. He has three plans for the earth: (1) turn the whole of the human race against God Almighty on earth so that no one will be calling on God's Name. If he is able to achieve that, he can then appeal to God Almighty to leave him and his rebellious spirits on the earth instead of being confined to hell, but as long as, even one human being on earth is worshipping the True God Almighty, Satan is in trouble. (2) Perpetrate evil upon evil, move human beings to fight, murder and butcher themselves that the human population will be depleted, or stop the human procreation through homosexual practices to a level that the coming of God's Judgment will be delayed and prolonged which will also prolong the confinement of Satan and his fallen spirits to hell, and lastly (3) provoke crises which will lead to war on earth and everything will be destroyed (Revelation 20: 7-10).
Satan employs these tools to further his anti-God and anti-human goals on earth namely: Deception, Fear, Lie, Murder and Theft. There are three fallen spirits that work directly with Satan in his opposition to all that are Godly on earth. Because he cannot be in different places simultaneously, information travels so glacially in the kingdom of darkness. Beelzebub referred to as the prince of demons (Mathew 12: 24) supervises the other demons and also monitors the activities of principalities and the rest cadres of the Satanic world. Death and Hades are fallen spirits too (Mathew 16: 18) and they assist Satan in keeping the souls of those who have rejected the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ till the Day of Judgment (Revelation 6: 8). As the False Prophet and the Beast are the two arms of the unholy trinity of Satan that will be destroyed in the bottomless pit (Revelation 19: 20), similarly, the foul spirits of Death and Hades would suffer similar fate. (Revelation 20: 14). Death is a foul spirit and Hades takes over the human souls handed over to him in hell. We have plenty to disclose and their pictures as revealed to me by the Holy Spirit in this column in the weeks and years ahead.
HOW TO TRIUMPH OVER SATAN: Satan thrives on the earth through deception, and has constructed a contrived elaboration of such satanic lies and manipulations to perpetuate his oppression, repression and possession of human beings. Take for example, someone who is sick and the sickness defy medical diagnosis and the patient is advised to seek for spiritual solution. Any ailment that medical doctors cannot ascribe to physical and medically-verified and scientifically-based analyses certainly come from Satan. Of course, the cause(s) of such ailments can also be certainly traced to disobedience to the laws of God Almighty guiding human behaviors on earth known as sin. Because Satan operates a labyrinthine web of deception and lies, the patient is taken from one spiritualist to the other until the spiritualist on the highest rank in Satanic kingdom is able to "cure"-which simply means, the last spiritualist appeals to Satan to remove the punishment for the disobedience which is the name of the disease. The patient is temporarily relieved only for a relapse later, may be with a new punishment-ailment. The merry-go-round continues until the Devil claims the soul of the person. Satan and his minions hate God Almighty and human beings. They love to watch human beings suffer. A man could only give what he has, and so Satan doesn't have love, affection, hope, faith, joy, gentleness, humility, forgiveness, genuine wisdom, peace, and all that are Good and Godly. He is bitter, miserable, angry, and full of vengeance and so gives all these to those who, either deliberately or ignorantly serve or follow him.
No religion can give you hope of surviving and outliving Satan. No degree of self-will and personal determination can equip you to defeat Satan here on earth and the hereafter. You may not believe it but it doesn't change the fact that you will die one day, so also, you may not believe it, but it doesn't change the real Truth that only in the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ can you overcome Satan and his fiendish accomplices. You are either on the road to Hell or Heaven; you're either serving Satan (willingly or unknowingly) or serving Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Forget about all those canvassing other routes to Heaven; they are all lies and deceptions of Satan. If there are many routes to Heaven and to God Almighty as some spiritual racketeers and religionists are insisting, then God Almighty must be the greatest comedian out there. He must be held responsible for the billions of souls that are perishing and going into hell every day; because He gave wrong signals by telling human beings that there are many routes to make it to His Heavenly abode. But if God Almighty indeed truly said: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son," (John 2: 16-18), its either this is the most contrived and deceptive statement ever invented in the Holy Bible or the most basic truth declaration on the destiny of every human being on earth. It can't be both. The choices are two diametrically-opposed which present every human being with two forks on the road to eternity: Jesus is the ONLY Way or there are OTHER WAYS. If Jesus Christ said: "I am the way, and the truth and the life; No one comes to the Father except through Me," (John 14: 6); that is like drawing a line in the sand for every human being on earth. With such declarative statement, it's either this Jesus Christ is the Real One or the Greatest Lunatic that has ever lived. He couldn't be both. If He really was and is the Real Deal, then those that are perishing into hell everyday only have themselves to blame.
To triumph over Satan, take these three steps: (1) acknowledge that you've messed up thoroughly; you've flouted the laws of God and are a bad child. That is what we all are: bad children who have disobeyed their Loving and Gracious Father, God Almighty. Tell Him you're sorry and want Him to forgive you through the Blood of Jesus. Accept you're guilty if He were to judge you, and own up you do not deserve to be with Him because you stink through your disobedience. That is the meaning of repentance-a change of heart. Since you cannot come to Him on your own terms, you need a Name you can use for Him to consider your appeal for forgiveness. Admit it, you need an attorney. Every person facing a secular judge for a heinous crime needs an attorney; more so now you're facing the Great Judge; God Almighty. Do not postpone it because you will face Him one day, I guarantee you. That day is your death so make up while you are still here instead of waiting till when you are dead and that will be too late. The Great Judge is sitting right now, and before He leaves for the chambers, tell Him: "I'm sorry for all my disobedience to Your laws. I've messed up and I'm ashamed and should not be called Your child. Please forgive me Heavenly Father and take me back unto Your family in the Mighty Name of Jesus." Do not forget to add those three words: "Mighty Name of Jesus." If you're really serious to make it anew with this Good Father, do not come to plead or give excuses for your misbehavior. Here is what His Book says: "That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." (Romans 10: 9-10). But you ask: Can't I use another name? Well, if you know of anyone who lived, died and came back to life and said: "I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me," (John 14: 6), then you can use the name but as far as I know, Jesus Christ was and still is the only Name and Person who uttered those words. So use the Name. That is the only Name the Father will hear and listen. He is your lawyer and advocate now so plead His Blood. Make sure you do this openly in a church, or where a lot of people will see you. But why openly for everyone to see you, you may ask? Because Satan won't believe you are really sincere. He will mock you and say you are not real. Jesus too will not believe you; why are you afraid to be seen openly with your lawyer, attorney and advocate anyway? He is the ONLY lawyer, attorney and advocate you've got, unless you're not really sincere. "But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven," (Mathew 10: 33).
If you have completed this first step to overcome Satan, now follow it with (2) step. Accept by Faith that you're now forgiven by your Father because Jesus Christ and His Blood have spoken to the Father and you're now part of His family. That family is so large and His children are many so look out in your neighborhood and join one of those family groups called church. Tell the pastor there you've taken the first step above and you want to know whether that first step above is real. Look for a Bible and begin to read it. Be sincere and do not be bothered about what Satan will be telling your mind. Then the final step (3) talk to your Father now as you will address your parents; "I've come back home to you now, my Father, manifest yourself to me," and wait unto Him no matter how long it will take, He will talk to you, trust me.
You see, unlike our earthly parents who will see every day, this Heavenly Father is far, far above them and anything on earth that He doesn't need to prove His existence and because He is so Awesome and Humungous in power and in everything, He cannot and can never be seen with the naked eyes. Similarly, He doesn't show Himself first to us but want us to show Him we love Him and trust Him then He will show Himself to you the way you can understand Him. Now tell Satan to get lost. You're no more under his power and influence; although he will still be doing everything in his limited power to bring you under his control, but let him know you have a Father bigger than Satan now and you're free and heaven bound. Your eyes have opened. NEXT WEEK: We zero in on the second level of Satan's hirelings: principalities.
WORLD PROPHECY: This is huge! Something of global importance, an earth-shattering event and a cosmic occurrence is in the offing in the world. I don't know what it is but the Holy Bible has predicted it and we shall all see it with our very eyes soon. This event is part of end-time prophecy and it's about to take place very, very soon in the next 12 to 24 months. I don't know what it is; I repeat again, I wasn't shown what it is but again, it's HUGE. The whole world will be shocked; from the rising of the sun to the setting of the sun; from the East to the West; from the South to the North, the planet earth is about to witness a catastrophic event. The Divine Hand of God Almighty, the Creator of the heavens and the universe, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is about to intervene in the affairs of humanity. The world media, the commentariat, the scientists, the astrologers, the men and women of earthly wisdom and their ilk will be talking their heads out but will not be able to explain but those who know the True God will be unshaken and unperturbed. What is it? I wasn't shown but was only told (Luke 21:11 & 25).
ISSUE OF THE WEEK: The Prostitute That Turned Her Life Around.
The story of how a worldly lady in Nigeria, Caroline Sam a.k.a Maheeda turned her life around should be a warning to all those who think it's all over for them and can't chart a new beginning. Maheeda was once the weird Bad Girl of Nigeria with her songs as she told her conversion experience to The Sun of Nigeria but she listened to the Word of Life and became a born again Christian to the Glory of Our Lord and Savior. Hear her: "Yeah, I was a prostitute and I'm not ashamed to say it. Its past tense and we all have our past. The beauty of it is that if Christ has done something in your life and you can't say it, what is the need? I think I went through all that so I can really speak out. I have been through all that so I can speak, talk to the girls who are still into it and make myself an example. Although, it's not nice for people to hear and it's not something to be proud of but for the sake of those prostitutes' outsides, I have to say it."
An orphan girl abandoned by her biological mother at a tender age, abused and neglected; forcing her to take to prostitution in Lagos. She slept with many men and turned to music to give her life what could not satisfy, then Caroline met Jesus, the Repairer of broken lives, the Game Changer of life and the only One that can restore us back to the original purpose we were created for by God Almighty, Caroline has accepted Christ into her life. Read Caro's changed life as told Wole Adepoju (http://odili.net/news/source/2013/mar/8/508.html) and remember that no matter how far you are way gone in the drudgery and emptiness of life, the Saving Hands of Jesus Christ can recycle you. As The Master told the Pharisees and Sadducees; prostitutes and sinners heard the Good News and repented and came back home because they are the poor in spirit, but those who think they are rich in spirit and do not need God's Grace are entering into hell and damnation because of smug spiritual pride. Learn from Caro's change of heart and as she said, it doesn't matter your sordid past, Jesus Christ is not interested about your past, however ugly and putrefied but He is interested in your future. Will you let Him today? The choice is yours.
From My Mail Bag This Week
Thank you Man of God for your weekly blessings. Please keep up the good work. You are touching some many lives. I have a question; Man of God, do you believe in Predestination? --- MOG Nigeria.
MOG, the Bible did not use the word; "predestination," as human beings understand and refer to it to mean that, each human being has a fixed future that can never be changed. The generic meaning of "predestination" simply means; God Almighty the Creator has purposed that all human beings shall have power, authority and dominion on this earth based on the covenant or agreement that He had with Man; the generic umbrella of the human race (Gen 1: 26; 28). Based on that covenant, God Almighty's ordained purpose has not been vitiated, even though Adam and Eve, the first representatives of the Man that God Almighty had the agreement with disobeyed God's commandment. Consequently, in furtherance of God's original purpose stated in Genesis 1: 26 & 28, every human being that is born into this world through Adam and Eve, our First Parents, has a part to play in bringing this God's purpose to fruition on earth. As He told Jeremiah: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations," (Jeremiah 1: 5).
Every human being has a purpose as God did to Jeremiah because He's not a God of favoritism. Each human being's assignment is already determined in his/her mother's womb BUT Satan too also has a purpose or an assignment for every human being that is born into this world. The two assignments are certainly different, and as a human being you too have a say on whether you want to carry out the assignment that God has ordained for you or the one that Satan wants for you that is manifestly contrary to that of God. In other words, no human being is a robot or an automaton that can be pushed to do either of these two-diametrically opposed missions on earth. God Almighty cannot force you to carry out His purpose for you on earth because of His love, and genuine love does not coerce (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8). Satan too cannot force or compel you to do his purpose, but he can distract, entice, deceive, beguile you or lie to you but the way God Almighty has set up the system, neither He nor Satan can override the will of any human being on earth. Your duty as a human being is to discover your Godly purpose on earth.
No one can discover your purpose on earth for you but you, and if you are really, I mean really serious to discover it; ask God Almighty and He will reveal it to you. Whether you will do His will is another matter entirely, but no human being on earth is put on this planet earth without a purpose. I didn't discover my own assignment until Friday February 14, 1997. Once you discover God's purpose on earth for you; in other words, the reason for your existence, other pursuits pall into insignificance. Life becomes more meaningful because, you now know why you are here and you go for it. No matter the assignment, you'll enjoy it and are content to carrying out that assignment. That is your destiny and that is what you are going to be asked on that Day when you appear before the Judgment Seat of Our Lord and Savior. These words by Our Lord Jesus Christ will then become meaningful while you are still alive here carrying out your destiny: "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers! (Mathew 7: 21-24). The Will of God is His purpose for you and your purpose is your destiny, period! That is the meaning of predestination as used in the Holy Bible, so discover yours and go for it, do not delay.
This is great theological piece. My take is that we can only regain the lost paradise in our individual lives when we shun evil and do what is right in the sight of God. Bless God! ---Mr. Ogedengbe, Nigeria.
Thanks Mr. Ogedengbe, but if we have to explain what God says by every person's take, we may end up with more than 3 billion takes in the world. In other words, we cannot explain God's Words by individual opinion. The way we can regain paradise as God Almighty said in the Bible is belief in His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, obey and serve Him and you shall be saved. Remember the self-righteous man who asked what good things must we do in order to enter paradise? Our Lord Jesus Christ told him to belief in the One who God Almighty has sent, because candidly, no one can by him/herself efforts shun evil. Remember evil is Satan and you can't take him on your own so you need the One Person who took Satan on and defeated him on the Cross of Calvary and made a public show of him and that only One Victor is Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Grab Him and hang unto Him, and you will make it to paradise. Trust me, Mr. Ogendengbe, Jesus is the only One that can take you to paradise because He owns paradise.