Message by Pastor Percy Ocansey – Walk2live.com
Gen. 2:17; “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die”.
The tree of the knowledge of good and evil signifies everything apart from God and it also signifies Satan indirectly, because Satan is hidden at the back of the things that are apart from God.
Satan, however, is subtle, always staying at the rear. If Satan wants to trouble you, he will not do it openly and frankly. He will do it subtly, acting through another source. Satan often utilizes the Bible by operating through the letters of the Scriptures. John 19:7; “The Jews answered him, we have a law, and BY OUR LAW he ought to die because he made himself the Son of God”. Everything apart from God, including good things, scriptural things, and religious things; whether it is good or evil, as long as it is not God Himself it can be utilized by Satan.
The things apart from God fall into three categories: knowledge, good, and evil. Suppose you have the intention of doing certain thing which to you is good and deep in your spirit, however, you have the sense not to touch it and not to do it. You are not convinced by this inner sense which forbids you to do it and you go to one of the elders saying, “Brother, look at this good thing I have in mind to do. It is very good. Why don’t I have the peace to do it?” The key word here is PEACE. The elder may say, “It does not matter whether or not you have the peace. You should do it because it is good.” If the elder gives such a reply, he will certainly be an elder of knowledge, not knowing the principle of life.
Our principle as believers walking under the influence of the heavens; is not good and bad, right and wrong. Our principle is life. If you do not have peace within, it means that the Spirit of life does not agree with what you intend to do. You need to cooperate with Him. If you do, you will receive life.
Matthew 16:21-23; “From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. 22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. 23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men”.
Peter was an honest, faithful disciple; he loved the Lord Jesus very much. When the Lord spoke of His coming crucifixion, Peter took Him and began to rebuke him, saying, be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. The Lord Jesus turned to Peter and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan’. It was not Peter that was speaking but actually; it was the Satan in Peter. It was the same Satan in Judas that betrayed the Lord Jesus.
Dear Lord of all mankind forgive our wrong ways and help us to identify and do that which is good and comes from you alone through Jesus Christ name we pray. Amen.