His Grace Most Rev. Samuel Abidoye
His Grace Most Rev. Samuel Abidoye
By His Grace Most Rev Dr S.A. Abidoye
Exodus 20:3 says, “You shall have no other gods before me.” The Devil has always been trying to overshadow his Creator. The Bible has revealed to mankind, everything we need to know about Satan; and it was because of his un-trustworthiness that he had to be driven from heaven according to Revelation 12: 7-11 which says, “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”
The above shows us who Satan, the Devil was, and what he was doing before God drove him into the world. However, the war in heaven referred to above, was an ongoing one. Jesus Christ followed the Devil into the world to continue the battle. Here too, Jesus Christ conquered the Devil by His death on the Cross of Calvary, as His Blood was poured out for the sin of the whole world. Not relenting, Jesus Christ carried the fight into Hell, where He again defeated Satan. This, He did by preaching to those in Hades and ransoming them from the power of death, and finally, by waking up from death himself! When He arose, He declared in clear language in Matthew 28: 18, “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”
When the Devil realised that he had no more real power, he decided to find a way to deceive human beings so that he can lure them to eternal destruction. He was smart enough to realise that all is not lost so far man is allowed to make choices. He devised a very simple formula; and the tool he is using now is money! He is using the love and lust for money and what money could do for people to draw people to his side and the dark kingdom. It was as if the Evangelist who sang a song in Yoruba language entitled “Amana Tete mabo”, got tired of the atrocities people are doing for and with money, when he went to the studio to record that label. May God bless him abundantly in Jesus Christ name.
The Devil is using money as a means of entrapping people. The race to acquire money is the main passion of many throughout the world, but that of Nigerians is even worse. The poor are becoming poorer, and as a result, they are ready to do anything for money. It is unfortunate that even respected men of God have thrown their hat into the ring, and are competing with politicians on who can acquire the highest loot. God does not want us to be poor, especially, we Christians. He tells us how to be comfortable without running after money. You and I do not need to become the Devil’s servant to be comfortable. I have once talked to you about how you can become rich.
The way you can be comfortable and remain a child of God is to follow the way I showed you before. Those people hoarding money must know that money is not everything and will not be taken to heaven. People should stop embarking on fraud, deceit and other bad practices to acquire wealth. Our Creator has promised to bless you if you learn to give to God’s work as stated in Luke 6:38. You are to start the ball rolling by first paying your tithe before using any part of your income. Again, in Malachi 3:8-12, the Bible describes step to step, how you can be rich without being fraudulent. Before you complain, try Him, and if He fails, call me names.
Jesus Christ Himself warned us about these people who would try to deceive us, warning us never to believe them. They try to tell us about exoteric techniques that can give material and spiritual satisfaction outside the word of God. Please, do not believe them. The Second Coming of Jesus Christ is at hand, and I assure you, except Jesus Christ returns soon, the Devil might actually succeed in luring too many people into hell for the good of humanity. My brothers and sisters, obey and follow God, run away from Satan and his tricks.
* His Grace Most Rev. Dr. S.A. Abidoye is the Spiritual Father and Chairman of the Cherubim & Seraphim Movement Church Worldwide.