You Will Always Struggle with This! – Lies of the Enemy #27– Purity 1039
Purity 1039 05/09/2023
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Today’s photo of a tranquil lake scene that highlights a mountain like reflection of the sky comes to us from a currently unknown Facebook friend who shared this photo on social media on or around April 16th. At present I don’t know who the photographer is, I was almost certain it was Fred Dimmick or one of the other “usual suspects”, but my limited search this morning failed to confirm the source. So if this beauty of a shot is yours and you want me to give credit where credit is due, let me know and I will edit the blog post to give you my thanks and apologies.
Well it is Wednesday, and I used today’s mountain like reflection to represent the arrival to another hump day, and as I will be launching a new Christian recovery ministry tonight ( the Celebrate Freedom Growth Group at Starpoint Church meets tonight at 6:30pm) I am also using it in the hopes that the Lord will use this group to “move mountains in people’s lives.
And just like I wish to give credit to where credit is due with today’s currently unknown photographer, I also would point out that the freedom I have frim my previous “hurts, habits, and hang ups” is only because of God. If the Lord didn’t call me out of the darkness of a false religion and my lifestyle of the sins of the flesh, I would have never gotten sober and found the freedom and continuous peace and joy that I have today.
While I had seasons in my pre-Christ existence where I managed to stop drinking for a few months, I was “powerless to control my tendency to do wrong thing” and because I “wasn’t that bad… all the time” I remained in the bondage of my addictions and mired in denial.
One of the sayings about being a drunk is: “I don’t have a drinking problem. I drink. I get drunk. I fall down. No problem. So brazen is this form of denial, you can even get that saying on a T-Shirt (in multiple colors, long sleeves, short sleeves, tank top, sweat shirt, or pullover hoody) – You can be a drunk for all seasons. You can boldly display your depravity, where what should be your shame, becomes your pride. What should be your bad habit, becomes your identity.
Rather than taking your alcoholism for the serious problem that it is, it becomes a joke. But I know from experience, the tears of a clown when there is no one around, and how the high times of drunkenness and drug addiction are surrounded with desperation, anxiety, anger, and confusion. Being an addict is no laughing matter… and even though the people locked in addiction know they have a problem don’t necessarily know they can be free from it. They may have heard that their addiction is hereditary or and they will “always struggle” with the things that they deny are a problem.
And this brings us to our current series 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. So with this current situation in mind, I present
Today’s big lie is:
Lie #27: You will ALWAYS struggle with this!
This LIE is so pervasive that mental health professionals, doctors, and pastors who are supposed to encourage healing and the ability to be well have been known to say it. In some circles, addiction is considered a chronic addiction, and to be fair, I guess in some ways it is, meaning that now that I have a huge amount of evidence that proves that I “have a problem with drugs and alcohol”, it will be wise of me to never partake of those things again.
When I talk about being free of addiction and that we don’t have to struggle with “this” anymore – I don’t mean that all has been cured and I can resume with “social drinking” or “casual sex” again – I suppose I could give it a try but knowing what I know about alcohol, drugs, sexual immorality, myself, and God – I know that those habits are wrong and that I can find my peace and have my needs met in legitimate rather than illegitimate ways.
I reject the lie that I will always struggle with “this” because I don’t struggle anymore and as hard as it may be to believe I’m serious when I say that. Temptations to drink, to do drugs, or to be sexually immoral are so few and far between in my life now that they are practically nonexistent and if any fleshly suggestions try to come into my mind, they are quickly dealt with and rejected as a fleshly impulse or a temptation from the enemy.
Alcohol, drugs, and sexual immorality are things that I don’t do or even entertain in my mind anymore because I know:
A: they are sin,
B: I know the negative consequences involved with them from experience,
C: they are not who I am anymore and
D: they would disrupt the harmony that I have with the Lord.
When you know all these things, in your heart and mind, those sins of the flesh become “non-negotiable negatives” – as in their rejection has become so natural, and the thought of them are so abhorrent, that I don’t even have to “Just say no.” because they have become logical impossibilities for me. Its not a matter of debate because there are no circumstances that I can conceive of that I would desire to ever do those things again.
Of course, this is not my doing, this is the result of the word of God renewing my mind and that of the Lord turning my heart of stone into a heart of flesh because He called me out of the darkness and compelled me to trust and follow Him.
We don’t have to “always struggle with this” but to be healed and free we have to exchange our broken lives of darkness for the life of hope, love, joy, peace, and light that the Lord has for those who follow and live for Him.
So don’t believe the lie that you will always struggle with this. Instead decide to “always follow the Lord” into the abundant life that He has for you.
For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple apologetic will provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .
Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.
This morning’s meditation verse is :
Acts 1:8 (NLT2)
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Today’s verse are the words of Jesus who testifies of the power we receive when we walk in the Spirit and decide to be His witness.
When we put our faith in Christ, we receive the Holy Spirit and when we decided to follow Him we can live through His power and the transformation that comes to our lives will cause us to be witnesses of His goodness, mercy, love, and power.
As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org 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
IV. Steps To Solution
Remember on early television broadcasts how the “bad guys” always wore the black hats? You could tell who would win by the color of their clothes. In Revelation 3:4, the Bible tells us that the followers of Christ will be robed in white. In contrast, followers of Satan are known for wearing black. The Bible also tells us who wins in the end … and it’s not the boys in black. Satan has already been defeated. He is trying to defeat as many of Christ’s followers as possible before he meets his ultimate end—the lake of fire.
“Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
A. Key Verse to Memorize
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
(1 Peter 5:8)
B. Key Passage to Read and Reread
1 John 3:7–10
“Do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.”
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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship
 June Hunt, Biblical Counseling Keys on Satan, Demons & Satanism: A Sinister Reality (Dallas, TX: Hope For The Heart, 2008), 14.
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