Monday, May 8, 2023

I Don’t Have a Problem – Lies of the Enemy #25– Purity 1037

I Don’t Have a Problem – Lies of the Enemy #25– Purity 1037

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of the sun sitting on top of a cloud formation as its light illuminates the green grass and the decorative well in the side yard of my place “down by the River” comes to us from yours truly as I deliberately walked around the corner of my house to capture what I knew would be a worthwhile sight as the sun was riding high this past Friday afternoon upon my arrival home from work.   My presence at River House was atypical for a Friday because when I don’t have to work on Saturday, like I did this past weekend,  I normally  go north to my countryside home to be with my wife. But even though I was tired and had things to do in doors, when I realized that there was something good just around the corner I made a point to take the time to appreciate it.    

Well, It’s Monday again and my one day weekend flew by but I was blessed by it all the same as my wife and I had our humble countryside home to ourselves on Saturday evening and we spent yesterday in each other’s company at church and at a picnic with a short hike in the afternoon.  What our time together lacked in quantity, was made up for in quality of one another’s presence.    

But that was yesterday, and it is not only back to work and back to reality, today I have the added excitement of having to pull things together in terms of preparing to lead the recovery/discipleship growth group – Celebrate Freedom – at my church in two days.  This afternoon I plan on going to the church to check out the facilities of the classroom I will be teaching in to know, experientially, what I can do and what I can’t do in the place.   Our meetings will include a time of worship and while the classroom’s have television monitors – I need to know if I can utilize them to “do worship” via lyric videos on YouTube or if I will have to use my wife’s karaoke machine and hand out lyric sheets.    Assurances and the intellectual knowledge that “I could (probably) do that” is not enough. I may not be from Missouri but when it comes to running a recovery ministry, you need to just tell me what I could do – you need to “show me” what I can and will do. I have to see and do it for myself – so I can know experientially – I can do this!   

I have also finally taken the time to review the first lesson that I will be teaching on Wednesday night on Denial. Although I taught from the Celebrate Recovery Material regularly for 5 years at my previous church.  I haven’t reviewed these lessons since the fall of 2020, when I made the executive decision to make the recovery ministry a CFM (Community Freedom Ministry) which led to the mt4christ247 podcast, my marriage to TammyLyn, and to becoming an online  Discipleship Course Leader for Freedom in Christ Ministries.  So even though I knew I could lead a recovery ministry again, I took time last night and this morning to “experience” the read through of the first lesson from the Celebrate Recovery curriculum.  I need to know more than the fact that I could do it, I needed to the know I can do it by reading through and “teaching” the material.  

The Celebrate Recovery material is good and after a few alterations to the verbiage here and there to satisfy my focus on Trusting the Lord and pursuing freedom rather than just doing “recovery”, I feel confident that I will be ready to encourage the new group to trust the Lord to help them with their “hurts, habits, & hangups”. 

The first step to freedom from our problems, of course is getting past our denial – by admitting we have a problem and asking the Lord to help us to overcome it.     

And as I am still in the midst of our current series on the “Lies of the Enemy”, which is an examination of some of the common lies, sometimes sneakily whispered into our minds as “first person” statements, that the enemy tells us to cause us to doubt our faith, lose our peace, cause division, or influence us to not follow the Lord with the way we live our lives.  – I have decided to shine a light on our denial for what it really is- just another big lie of the enemy. So,  

Today’s big lie is:

Lie #25: I Don’t Have a Problem.  

Whether this lie is in reference to the spiritual realm – where the enemy would have you  deny any need of a Savior – or if it is told in reference to sinful or selfish choices that separate us from God or others,  the lie of “I Don’t Have a Problem” – which is also classic denial – seeks to keep us in the darkness of our current bondage or broken state and prevent us from experiencing the new abundant life of peace and joy that the Lord has made available to all who put their faith in Jesus.   

While this lie is an effective lie to keep people from pursuing spiritual matters or a relationship of faith with God at all, it also operates in the confines of church buildings and the hearts of some who would claim to be “Christians”.  

While we can see how “I don’t have a problem” can lead non believers to follow it up with a “I don’t need God – or Jesus” proclamation.   “I don’t have a problem” can also be used by those who claim to be “followers of Jesus”.   I use that phrasing purposefully because it is the term my pastor, Roscoe Lily, uses to describe “Christians disciples” – we are not just “believers” we are “followers of Jesus” because its verbiage indicates that we don’t just believe that what Jesus said was true, we actually try to apply His teachings to our lives.   We believe it and so we try to live out our faith.  

However, some “Christians” believe in God’s forgivenesss, mercy, and grace to cover a multitude of sins so much that they have fallen into the error of  “Cheap Grace” which is “belief without repentance” -  They proudly claim they are sinners saved by grace  and do nothing to reduce or change the sinful activities they do.   They reason – I don’t have a problem” – because Christ paid for their sin and so they sin-and confess and thank God over and over for His mercy and love but refuse to follow His guidance to seek sanctification through repentance.   

This attitude of “I don’t’ have a problem” because of Jesus – is extremely common in our churches today and accounts for what should be surprising research findings that “saved Christians” lifestyles are not significantly different from their unsaved – nonbelieving – non-religious neighbors.   Cheap grace makes the church as dirty as the rest of the world, with unrepentant Christians (another oxy-moron) claiming their “not perfect, but forgiven status.”  This attitude covers everything from secular worldliness to the sins of the flesh, as people use there “faith” to excuse their sin. As hypocritical as this attitude is, it seems to be on the rise as more and more churches are affirming or excusing blatant sinful lifestyles and practices all in the name love or for the purpose of sharing the “gospel of Jesus”.  

The problem is that Jesus said to do something more than just to believe the gospel.   In

Mark 1:15 (NKJV) Jesus said
15  … "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."

We are to believe in the gospel and we are to repent.  

So don’t believe the lie that “ I don’t have a problem”, if you don’t have Jesus as your Lord and Savior.   And don’t believe that lie, if because you have Jesus, you think that you can continue in the practices, activities, or lifestyles that the Bible calls sin  - works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21, or an abomimation (Leviticus 18:22).

Instead, look at your life honestly, and if there are attitudes or actions that contradict what the word of God says, admit that you do have a problem, to God and to a trusted brother or sister in Christ, and ask them to help you to change.   God can help you with all of your problems but the first step is to tell Him -  I have a problem and I need your help.


For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple apologetic will provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, .


Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verses are :

Luke 12:8-9 (NLT2)
8  “I tell you the truth, everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, the Son of Man will also acknowledge in the presence of God’s angels.
9  But anyone who denies me here on earth will be denied before God’s angels.

Today’s verses speak to the fact that if we believe in God and have made Jesus our Lord and Savior, we will be outspoken about our faith. 

Here Jesus tells us that His followers will also be His witnesses by acknowledging our faith in Him publicly, with the warning that those who deny him here on earth would be denied in eternity. 

The Apostle Peter springs to mind as a case study here. He of course out of fear denied Christ three times but after Jesus was resurrected and all doubts of Him being the Messiah were gone, and after Peter received the Holy Spirit, Peter’s days of denial were gone as He became a vocal and outspoken evangelist and leader of the church of Christ to the point martyrdom.  

So as Christians, we must speak about and live out our faith by being a witness of Jesus Christ. When we acknowledge Him on earth, we will be acknowledged by Him in eternity.  We can have the full assurance of or salvation and place in God’s kingdom when we witness for Christ.


As always, I invite all to go to where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from  “Satan, Demons & Satanism: A Sinister Reality” By June Hunt.

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Satan, Demons & Satanism

A Sinister Reality

by June Hunt

III.    Causes of Attraction To Satanic Worship

A.  The Pitfall of Pride

What motivates a person to participate in the sinister realm of satanism? How is the flame of evil kindled in a disciple of darkness? To understand such depravity of the soul is to understand the primary downfall of Satan. Created by God as a “guardian cherub … full of wisdom and perfect in beauty” (Ezekiel 28:14, 12), Satan’s heart became darkened with pride as he sought ultimate power.

“Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.”

(Ezekiel 28:17)

Isaiah 14:13–14

The angel of light lusts for




The disciple of darkness


Power …






“You [Satan] said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven.’ ”




—believes in supernatural power to achieve personal goals


Recognition …






“I will raise my throne above the stars of God.”




—desires personal glory and exaggerated attention


Independence …






“I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.”




—refuses to submit to the sovereign authority of God


Defiance …






“I will ascend above the tops of the clouds.”




—challenges God with bold, insolent actions and attitudes


Exaltation …






“I will make myself like the Most High.”




—exalts self egotistically as God over the lives of others


“In the pride of your heart you say, ‘I am a god.’ ”

(Ezekiel 28:2)

Q “Since Satan knows so much about Scripture—even well enough to quote it—why doesn’t he know that his fate is sealed?”

Ezekiel chapter 28 describes Satan before he rebelled against God as “the model of perfection, full of wisdom.” More than just knowledge, wisdom is appropriately applying knowledge to life. However, pride corrupted his phenomenal wisdom, and today, while Satan still possesses certain knowledge, his arrogant pride has not only contaminated his wisdom but has also created a calloused heart much like that of a pathological liar with a seared conscience.

“Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.” (Ezekiel 28:17)[1]

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[1] June Hunt, Biblical Counseling Keys on Satan, Demons & Satanism: A Sinister Reality (Dallas, TX: Hope For The Heart, 2008), 11–12.


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