Sand or Rock, Seeking The Lord’s Heartbeat

What Makes Satan the Maddest?

We have all met individuals with a charismatic personality. These individuals are eloquent, persuasive and smooth talkers with abundant knowledge of God’s Word. They have their Bibles, shirts, necklaces and other outward appearances to sway you into thinking that they are extremely religious.  They can even quote many Scriptures and reference other’s religious sayings on social media since Sunday after Sunday they park themselves in their church pews. These individuals can bring the erupting volcano of emotions to convince you that they are true, genuine followers of Christ.

James 2:19You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that, and shudder.

When individuals call themselves a Christian, what is Jesus looking for in their character and conduct?  What is the one ingredient in a true follower of Christ, an individual that has a personal relationship with Jesus, which sets them apart from the charismatic religious person, an individual that is plastic and superficial?

John 14:23-24Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teachings. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”

Jesus said that His followers show their love for Him by obeying Him. Love is more than lovely words; it is commitment and conduct. Jesus is more concerned about our walk than our talk. What we do cannot be separated from what we believe.

Matthew 7: 21-29 – “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 your. Away from me, you evildoers?’ “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

Judas and Peter were both chosen by Jesus to be His apostles. John 6:70Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” Both of these apostles faltered and stumbled. One betrayed Jesus and the other one denied Jesus. One built his foundation on the sand and the other built his on the Rock.

Both of Jesus’ apostles demonstrated what they believed with their actions.

Matthew 26:14-16Then one of the Twelve, the one called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

Matthew 26:47-49While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.

Acts 1:18With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out.

Luke 22:31-34 – “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”

Luke 22:60-62Peter replied, “Man I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Mark 16:5-7As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said, “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you!”

Are you a Judas, the foolish builder who builds his house on sand? Are you a Peter, the wise builder who builds his house on the Rock, Jesus Christ?

Do your words of claiming to be a follower of Christ match your actions? Are you like Judas a vessel Satan uses to steal, destroy, and kill? Are you like Peter and obey Jesus’ teaching? What makes Satan the maddest? Which apostle made Satan the maddest?

Are you making Satan mad or are you aligning yourself to be his tool?