Attached to Satan, Separated from God
How does a person get separated from God and attached to Satan? Quite simply all we have to do is stop obeying God and start listening and doing what those voices are speaking to us that are contrary to God’s Word and before long we will discover that Satan has moved into our life and has started running things. The longer we allow him to hang around in our life, the more embedded he becomes, and the more embedded he becomes, the harder it becomes to move him out. Satan is like a little splinter of wood that gets under the skin. If it isn’t removed, before long it becomes firmly embedded by working itself down deeper through the underlying layers of skin. At some point the splinter will get so deep it hits tissue and when it works itself down to the tissue level it will cause a lot of pain and it will have to be surgically removed.
The Old Testament prophet Isaiah writes in Isaiah 59:1-15 “Behold the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. (God is saying, I’m here to help you, but you won’t let me.)
Your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perversity. No one calls for justice, nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; they conceive evil and bring forth iniquity. They hatch vipers’ eggs and weave the spider’s web; he who eats of their eggs dies, and from that which is crushed a viper breaks out. Their web will not become garments, nor will they cover themselves with their works; their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. The way of peace they have not known, and their is no justice in their ways; they have made themselves crooked paths; whoever takes that way shall not know peace. Therefore justice is far from us, nor does righteousness overtake us; we look for light, but there is darkness! For brightness, but we walk in blackness! We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes; we stumble at noonday as at twilight; we are as dead men in desolate places. We all growl like bears, and moan sadly like doves; we look for justice, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far from us. For our transgressions are multiplied before you, and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are with us, and as for our iniquities, we know them: In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.”
Isaiah wrote these words hundreds of years before Christ visited the earth, and he wrote them because God’s people wouldn’t repent of their wickedness so He could intervene and make things right between them.
Isaiah began his writings with a promise from God in chapter one of his book, “Wash yourselves, make yourself clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red as crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land, but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
Israel didn’t repent of their sins and they were devoured by the sword more than once. Let’s hope America is smarter because what Isaiah wrote in the 59th chapter is a vivid description of life in America today. We have evil in our hearts and innocent blood on our hands, but the answer is still the same; repent and turn from our wickedness, or we, too, will be devoured by the sword.