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The way Satan tries to steals our hearts
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 1 In the course of time, Absalom provided himself with a chariot and horses and with fifty men to run ahead of him.
2 He would get up early and stand by the side of the road leading to the city gate. Whenever anyone came with a complaint to be placed before the king for a decision, Absalom would call out to him, "What town are you from?" He would answer, "Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel."
3 Then Absalom would say to him, "Look, your claims are valid and proper, but there is no representative of the king to hear you."
4 And Absalom would add, "If only I were appointed judge in the land! Then everyone who has a complaint or case could come to me and I would see that he gets justice."  
5 Also, whenever anyone approached him to bow down before him, Absalom would reach out his hand, take hold of him and kiss him.
6 Absalom behaved in this way toward all the Israelites who came to the king asking for justice, and so he stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
    (2 Samuel 15:1-6)  
 
David loved Absalom very much, yet the one whom he loved attempted to steal his own father’s kingdom. 2 Samuel 15 it is a prefect typology of Lucifer’s rebellion and…
 it is also a biblical depiction of how Satan proceed today to steal our hearts, to destroy God’s authority in our life, to control humans by projecting a faulse picture about God and His love.
 
Absalom is here a type of Satan. As he fulfils this type, he will be trying to take the true kings kingdom. He wants the kingdom that belongs to God. This is what Satan has been trying to do for the ages. Absalom is seen “stealing the hearts of the men of Israel” so that he can be the king in his father’s stead… And then kill him…

I. HE TRIES TO STEAL YOUR HEART BY CHANGING YOUR FOCUS
One of the easiest sins for the Christian to commit is for that person to take his eyes off of Jesus (Hebrews 12:1, 2). Satan knows this and makes every effort to change your focus causing you to take your eyes off of the true king! Notice the following ways that this happens.

      A. Satan Uses DISTRACTION to Change Your Focus. (Read. 1, 2)
Absalom was a very attractive young man, but was also very cunning, crafty and ambitious. He coveted his father’s kingdom. You can mark it down, anytime one is jealous of someone else or covets what someone else possesses, that is of Satan. Such was the case with Absalom as type of Lucifer. Lucifer was jealous on Jesus position, as equal to God and he plan to take it. The Spirit of Prophecy reveals some of his evil insinuation and dirty tricks used before he revolted openly. And how many angels believed him? Every one in three!... Billions and billions of billions, we don’t know the exact number but we know it was a third from all angels…
 
Absalom prepared chariots and horses and had men to run before him to cause the subjects of the kingdom to take their eyes off of the true king and then to look at him, instead. He used this as a means to gain their attention. Just think of the many different ways that Satan tries to both distract and to attract people to himself. He uses pleasures, sex, worldly entertainment, sports, work, materialism, and even family activities to attract people to himself. These things in a proper setting can have wholesome and quality values, but underneath the perverting influences of Satan can be an awful distraction. If whatever it is hinders your walk with Christ or causes you to become unfaithful to church, it is a danger. Weakening the Kingdom and attacking God’s authority. 

B. Satan Will Use DECEPTION to Change your Focus. (Vv. 3-4)
Satan is the great counterfeiter and the “father of lies”. He began his masterful work of deception in the Garden of Eden when he said, “Yea, hath God said” (Genesis 3:1) when God did not say it. He will be cast into the Lake of Fire with this sentence upon him: “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet.” (Revelation)
Absalom lied telling the subjects of King David that there was no one commissioned by the king to hear them. He also told them that if he were king and if he was made judge in the land that he would do them justice. Satan is also like that. He will tell you how miserable you are serving this God and his church. He will tell you that your sin is not all that bad. He will tell you that if everyone else is doing it, it must be alright for you to do it. Satan will also whisper and tell you that the Lord does not hear you when you pray. He will tell you that the Lord no longer performs miracles. Miracles are a thing of the past, he will tell you. Make me your kind –is Satan saying – and yu will se how much I care about you.
I want to tell you even as I speak, that the devil is a deceiver and a liar! I want to say it loud enough so that every demon commissioned by Lucifer himself to bring us down, can hear it. THE DEVIL IS A LIAR!

C. Satan Uses DISCOURAGEMENT to Change Your Focus. (V. 3B., 4)
As Absalom continued his lies, he told them that there was “no man deputed of the king to hear thee.” Satan enjoys using negatives to discourage the True King’s subjects. He will tell the preacher that his sermons are no longer relevant to his listeners. He will tell the Sabbath School student that he/she is losing the time here. Satan will tell you that either you are too young are that you are too old to serve God. He enjoys telling someone who is praying for a lost loved one that it is too late for that person to be saved…
 
Satan wants the young person to think that God cannot find you a proper spouse. He will tell you that no one in the Church cares anything about you. He will tell you that God will not forgive you of your sin. I am witnessing to a relative right now who is at the point of breaking his family, and thinks that he is too evil to be saved.
These are some of the ways that Satan uses to get your eyes off of the True King. This is the reason that Hebrews tells us when we take our eyes off of Him and we become discouraged to “lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.” (Hebrews 12:12, 13). Then we are told to look diligently “unto Jesus” (14).
 
II. HE TRIES TO CHALLENGE YOUR FAITH. (Vv. 5, 6) 

Absalom was drawing attention to himself causing the subjects of David to make a comparison. He was visible everywhere, runing up and down, while king David was busy with kingdom pressing problems. And the Israelites became familiar with Absalom presence at the gate, day after day, after day...They could have seen the charisma of this “new king to be” and said, “He is young and available to help us. This teaches us that Satan can put things before us that will be appealing to the eye causing us to question our faith. There are many movements that are out there in the religious world which are painting “Old Time Religion” as a fading, fragile relic of the past. I have come too far to swap in what has gotten me to where I am. I am still content with the hymns that tell about the blood and the Book. I thank God for a Bible that may seem old and antiquated to some who now prefer a sleeker and a slimmer model, but I am going to stick with the Classic. My old Bible has done me quite well and I will trust it to the very end!

III. HE TRIES TO STEAL YOUR HEART SO THAT HE CAN CONTROL YOUR FUTURE. (v. 6)

Satan not only wants you now, He wants all of your tomorrows. He wants your future. One of the greatest aspects of walking in the faith is the hope of the future. There is so much that I anticipate because of the “Promise Book”. Satan wants to rob you of your future. “Let’s make a deal”. If you sell all that God can give you starting from this day and going throughout all of eternity for what Satan can give you for just a miserable lifetime, is it worth it? Are you really willing to make that kind of trade? I have not found anything that Satan has that I want…

A. He Offers Only That Which Is Temporary. (V. 6)
I know this is so, because Satan is only temporary. He cannot offer anything beyond his own existence except the lake of fire. Even the pleasures of sin are for only a season. God had ordained David to be king and even his son could not dispose of his kingdom until God was through with him.

B. He Offers Only That Which Is Trash. (V. 6)
Satan’s very best is only trash; God’s very worst is still treasure. I read the stories of the “rich and the famous” who seemly have everything but really have nothing. Have you noticed how out of that group that so many do not even have stable home lives. They will often have multiple marriages and miserable homes. They have wealth, but they also have woe. I can assure you there is more to life than just making a living and acquiring great wealth. Would it not be much better to make a life that has true value and worth? There are those of you who are here who are letting Satan steal your hearts, just as Absalom stole the hearts of those who were subjects to King David. Please, give your heart to Christ completely; don’t let Satan have your heart…
 
Learning from Absalom.  Let's will read the description of the young man Absalom – II Samuel 14:25, 26. “Now in all Israel there was no one to be praised so much for his beauty as Absalom; from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him. When he cut the hair of his head (for at the end of every year he used to cut it; when it was heavy on him, he cut it), he weighed the hair of his head, 200 shekels by the king’s weight.” See Lucifer's description in Isaiah... Proud, ambition, gelosy...

Absalom’s next step was to go for the throne and that meant he had to overthrow and kill his own father. Because no one can serve to masters in the same time, or two kings... So he schemed to get his father killed. The lust for power was overpowering. In chapter 15 we read that he put together a major army to capture his father.
 
Then 15:13, 14 reads, “A messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the Israelites have gone after Absalom. Then David said to all his officials who were with him at Jerusalem, “Get up! Let us flee, or there will be no escape for us from Absalom. Hurry or he will soon overtake us, and bring disaster down upon us and attack the city with the edge of the sword.” David in self-defense prepared an army to fight against his own son. What an ugly family struggle they were in when Absalom deployed his army with the intention of killing his father.

The last section we will read reveals the outcome of the battle and makes clear the truth of Solomon’s words in Proverbs that, “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

The final passage is from chapter 18: 6-10 and 17, 18. “So the army went out into the field against Israel; and the battle was fought in the forest of Ephraim. The men of Israel were defeated there by the servants of David, and the slaughter there was great on that day, 20,000 men. The battle spread over the face of all the country; and the forest claimed more victims that day than the sword.

Absalom happened to meet the servants of David. Absalom was riding on his mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great oak. His head caught fast in the oak and he was left hanging between heaven and earth, while the mule that was under him went on. A man saw it, and told Joab, “I saw Absalom hanging in an oak.”

They took Absalom threw him into a great pit in the forest, and raised over him a very great heap of stones. Meanwhile, all the Israelites fled to their homes.”

What a strange way to die. Only God could have arranged the defeat Absalom and his army experienced that day! I want you to read with me James 1:13-15 that gives us an understanding of what contributed to Absalom’s failure. “No one, when tempted, should say, “I am being tempted by God” for God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself tempts no one. But one is tempted by one’s own desire, being lured and enticed by it; then, when that desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and that sin when it is fully grown, gives birth to death. Do not be deceived, by beloved.”

I want you to think about the question, “How can I keep from ruining your life like Absalom did?” God’s word will instruct you and all of us today.

Absalom may have been the most handsome man in Israel but his sin was he allowed his good looks to go to his head. Pride crept in. And once we start feeding pride it will grow and grow and make our heads swell so that our minds will be squeezed. We’ve all seen people with big heads and little spirits. You see once we entertain one enticement it will only lead us further and further away from being in the center of God’s will.

Jesus says “I tell you all who exalt themselves will be humbled but all who humble themselves will be exalted.” May God help each one of us to see that when we allow enticements and tainted desires to grow within us, just as Absalom did, they will “give birth to sin and sin when it is fully grown gives birth to death.” May God’s truth come clear and plain to us today.

God, on the other hand, makes a strong appeal to us, “Brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God which is your spiritual worship.” That’s how the Lord will keep us from going down the path of ruin. We cannot fail when we give him our total lives. May God help us respond wholeheartedly to his appeal.