Promotion: Satan’s “Blessing”
Promotion is a wonderful thing. When God promotes you, you get what’s coming to you (in a good way) and has been for a long while.
When God promotes you, no naysayer can bar your way, after all, the Scripture says:
There is also God-ordained promotion that comes from diligence, giftedness, and hard work.
But what about the promotion that doesn’t come from God or hard work? Where does that come from. I’ll tell you: straight from hell. To put it even more bluntly, from Satan.
We see a picture of this during Jesus’ temptation.
(KJV puts things in such a way that other, more modern translations never could.)
As Bishop Tudor Bismark would say, the devil took Jesus into--not onto--a high mountain to show Him his machine, the systems and inner-workings of the world. In short, Satan offered Jesus the world on a platter, on one condition: that he “bow down” and worship Satan.
Now most people these days don’t literally bow down and worship or sell their souls to Satan. And those that do, I believe, are few and far between: singers, celebrities, athletes, diplomats, you get the idea. And, of course, those involved in Satanism and other branches of the Occult. However, I submit to you that serving Satan doesn’t necessarily require a formal agreement. In fact, there are many who serve him whilst thinking they serve God. (Scary isn’t it.)
God’s Word tells us that we are to not only hear the Word or know it, but to actually DO it. We are to be obedient and not rebellious to God and His Word. We are to be with God, not against Him. What the Apostle James says tells us this: we can be familiar with the Word and even with God, but not belong to God. So if this is you and you are in a constant state of promotion and exaltation, one can only wonder the true source behind it: God or Satan.
How Do We Discern between Godly & Demonic Promotion?
I should start by saying that this test can be used in other areas to test spiritual gifts (i.e. speaking in tongues, prophecy, words of knowledge, words of wisdom, etc.), spiritual demonstrations (i.e. healings, miracles, signs, and wonders), and angelic visitations, etc. In all things we are to test the spirits to see whether they are of God.
We are also to test or judge the fruits of the person in question.
Examine the person in question: do they have an authentic relationship with God? If married, is their marriage intact? If in a non-marital relationship, is the couple engaging in sexual acts? Are they tithing and giving offerings consistently? Do they have a foul mouth? Do they have consistent, questionable friends? Do they have a drinking problem. Do they frequent bars and clubs? Do they have a pornography problem? Are they in a constant state of rebellion to God’s Word?
If the fruits exhibited from the person in question are of the Spirit of God, then you can rest assure their promotion is from God. If they are the fruit of another, unholy spirit, then you can be sure the promotion is not. Judge accordingly.
Why Would Satan “Bless” Someone
Some may wonder why Satan would “bless” someone. The answer is simple: if he can get people to feel blessed without God, then they will come to believe that they don’t need God. And Satan wins.
Let’s pray all those blinded by the “god of this world” will have their eyes opened, in Jesus’ name, amen.