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Thursday, August 31, 2023

Authority Over the Darkness - Statements of Truth - 11 - Purity 1135

Authority Over the Darkness - Statements of Truth - 11  - Purity 1135

Purity 1135 08/31/2023 Purity 1135 Podcast

Purity 1135 on YouTube: 



Good morning,

Today’s photo of the moon breaking through the clouds over the tons-mast power tower and farmland off of Waite Rd in Easton NY comes from yours truly as I did my best to capture the magnificence of last night’s “super moon” while I was out walking the dog and literally skipping in the moonlight as the joy of being out in the nighttime air provided its own brand of energy.  I apologize for the quality of the photo, My phone’s camera isn’t the greatest, but the fact that I was even able to get this photo is a testimony of how super the moon was last night because most of my previous attempts at capturing nighttime skies have been dismal failures.  A white dot with an all-black background doesn’t really convey the magic moment of a full moon so I am thankful that although the clouds obscured our view of the moon, they provided a setting for its light to shine all the same.  

Well, it’s Thursday and after last night’s Celebrate Freedom Growth Group meeting at Starpoint Church, I am reminded that even though we may never be perfect in adequately reflecting God’s love and light, when a group of Christians comes into a setting of mutual support where we are attempting to practice heart-focused discipleship and encourage one another in our attempts to overcome our hurts, habits, and hang-ups, the Lord uses the setting and our collective experiences to really let His light shine.  While there could be much darkness to talk about in a “recovery” group, our group is designed to focus on the light in the darkness, the victories being won a day at a time, and the very real presence of God in our lives.   

While it was a mixed bag of testimonies with some celebrating victories and others admitting to continued challenges, the fact that we were together to support one another was enough to create an atmosphere of peace and joy despite the difficult circumstances that many of us are facing.  Some of us are in the painful stages of transition because of divorce, and some have recently suffered physical pains of aging, medical issues. or injuries, some are dealing with court issues, and others are dealing with the struggles of the normal course of raising children or dealing with family, but when we focus on who we are in Christ and how we are trusting God to help us, we can see past the pain and know that God is with us, and we have great hope for where He is leading us.  We know there is power in the name of Jesus and when we stand on the truth of God’s word, proclaim it over our lives, and live according to it, we can watch the darkness flee.     

And that brings us to our current series – Statements of Truth – that springs from the last portion of Step # 2, Deception Vs. Truth, of the Steps to Freedom in Christ by Dr. Neil Anderson            

That step deals with Deception, and because we have completed the process of examining, confessing, and renouncing all of the ways we have been deceived. the good doctor prescribes a healthy dose of truth for us:

Anderson introduces the Statements of Truth by stating: 

“For two thousand years Christians have known the importance of verbally and publicly declaring truth. Read aloud the following statements of truth, and carefully consider what you are professing. You may find it helpful to read them aloud every day for at least six weeks, which will help you renew your mind to the truth.”

So for our current series, we have presented each of the Statements of Truth from Step 2 of the Steps to Freedom in Christ, one at a time, and today is the 11th and last one! We are declaring them verbally and publicly, because we, like the Christians who have gone before us over the last two thousand years. know the importance of doing so. 

We are also sharing the statement’s associated Bible verses and sharing our thoughts about what each Statement of Truth is telling us, why they are important, and how they apply to our lives as Christians.  

So today’s Statement of Truth is:

11.  I believe that the Lord Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth, and He is the head over all rule and authority. I am complete in Him. I believe that Satan and his demons are subject to me in Christ since I am a member of Christ's body. Therefore, I obey the command to submit to God and resist the devil, and I command Satan in the name of Jesus to leave my presence.

And the Bible verses listed with this statement are: 

Matthew 28:18 (NKJV)
18  And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

Ephesians 1:19-23 (NKJV)
19  and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power
20  which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
21  far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
22  And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,
23  which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Colossians 2:10 (NKJV)
10  and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

James 4:7 (NKJV)
7  Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

While today’s statement of truth highlights the reality of the spiritual battle that we are in as Christians, it also proclaims the power of our faith because of Christ’s supremacy and how our faith in Jesus has made us complete and given us a measure of His power and authority to overcome the evil one.   

As I have traveled along the path of Christian discipleship, I have tried to “know God more: and to live authentically as a Christian as much as I can. As I have attempted to live by faith, one of the questions I would ask,  as I read the word of God and meditated on the various principles and doctrines of our faith, was: “What do I do with this?”

As a disciple of Jesus Christ, we are not necessarily concerned with just learning what the Teacher has taught us through His words and example, we should also seek to put the wisdom of His ways into practice and apply them to our lives.  

So while we could acknowledge that Jesus has all power and authority over heaven and earth, we should ask: what does that have to do with me? 

Well, Jesus passed that authority on to us. The verses that follow Jesus’ proclamation of all authority in Matthew, tell us to go and to make disciples.  We are to use Jesus’ authority to spread His teachings and to make others to be well-versed in His ways.  That’s a very practical application of His authority.  We aren’t telling other people our philosophy of life; we are sharing the truth of God’s word straight from the Messiah’s mouth.  I didn’t say it, Jesus said it. I can tell you that we are to love God, love our neighbors as ourselves, and to love our enemies because Jesus said it.  I can tell you to forgive others because Jesus said to and because God has forgiven us because of Jesus. 

However, God’s kingdom is an everlasting, all-encompassing – physical and spiritual kingdom, and the power and authority of Jesus extends beyond just sharing His teachings. His authority and power can also be effectively used to defeat the unseen spiritual forces of darkness – demons – that actively tempt, deceive, condemn, and accuse us.  If we submit to God, we can resist the enemy and tell him to flee!

The Steps to Freedom in Christ is a process in which we can exercise the authority we have been given in Christ over demons.  Through prayerful confession and renunciation, we can break the permissions we have unwittingly given to the enemy and tell them to leave us.  People who have gone through the Steps to Freedom in Christ have literally been set free from demonic oppression. 

Christ also gives us the power and authority over sin in our lives as well. We have the authority to “go and sin no more” but we have to exercise that authority over sin to be free from it.  When we fall into sin, we are proclaiming that sin has authority over us but when we act on the truth that we have been freed from sin, we have authority over it. We have to believe that God has given us His power and authority to say no to sin and then actually live according to it! IF we can say no to sin one time, it proves we have the power and authority over it and we just have to continue to exercise it to demonstrate God’s power and authority in us.

In Christ we have been made complete, but if we don’t exercise our authority in Christ we won’t fully experience our freedom or the abundant life that God has for us.

In Christ, We have been set free and been given the power and authority to live free, but we have to use it to experience it.

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verse comes from the section on Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Isaiah 28:1-4 (ESV)
1  Ah, the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim, and the fading flower of its glorious beauty, which is on the head of the rich valley of those overcome with wine!
2  Behold, the Lord has one who is mighty and strong; like a storm of hail, a destroying tempest, like a storm of mighty, overflowing waters, he casts down to the earth with his hand.
3  The proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim will be trodden underfoot;
4  and the fading flower of its glorious beauty, which is on the head of the rich valley, will be like a first-ripe fig before the summer: when someone sees it, he swallows it as soon as it is in his hand.

Today’s verses fall under the seventh point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Alcohol & Drug Abuse.

 7. God's wrath was upon Israel for its sin of drunkenness.

Today’s verses come from the Old Testament and refer to God’s judgment on the northern kingdom of Israel, aka Ephraim. The northern kingdom fell to the Assyrians in 721 B.C. and today’s verses indicate that one of the things that God judged them for was drunkenness.  

Does God really care about whether we get drunk or not, really?  Yeah, he does.

“Drunkards of Ephraim” is not a term of endearment here, it is a judgment.  It’s something that the people of Ephraim were proud of but was actually something to be ashamed of and was one of the things the northern kingdom was punished for by God. 

God doesn’t punish virtues or “bad habits”. God punishes sin.  And so the northern kingdom’s fall shows us that God’s wrath will fall on those who have the sin of drunkenness. 

The good news is that faith in Christ covers our sins. We can be forgiven, but the whole counsel of God indicates that even though sin can be forgiven, God’s people are to not persist in them. Christians are to repent of their sins and go and sin no more.  For the sin of drunkenness, that means we are to go into recovery and stop getting drunk.

So let the “drunkards of Ephraim” teach you a lesson – drunkenness is a sin. It is a sin, worthy of God’s wrath and it must be forgiven through faith in Christ and repented of.   

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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  The Holy Spirit By A.W. Pink.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase A.W. Pink’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for $0.99 (https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Spirit-Arthur-Pink-Collection-ebook/dp/B008CM5292/ref=sr_1_3?crid=AHKAQOM39CTN&keywords=a.w.+pink+the+holy+spirit&qid=1684376225&sprefix=a.w.+pink+the+holy+spirit+%2Caps%2C96&sr=8-3) 

A.W. Pink’s The Holy Spirit

22 - The Spirit Assuring

Inclining Hearts to Love God

“Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father” (Gal. 4:6). Because they had been eternally predestined unto the adoption of sons (Eph. 1:4, 5), because they were actually given to Christ under that character in the Everlasting Covenant (John 17:2; Heb. 2:13), at God’s appointed time the Holy Spirit is sent unto their hearts to give them a knowledge of the wondrous fact that they have a place in the very family of God and that God is their Father. This it is which inclines their hearts to love Him, delight in Him, and place all their dependence on Him. The great design of the Gospel is to reveal the love of God to His people, and thereby recover their love to God, that they may love Him again who first loved them. But the bare revelation of that love in the Word will not secure this, until “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us” (Rom. 5:5).

It is by the gracious work of the Holy Spirit that the elect are recovered from the flesh and the world unto God. By nature they love themselves and the world above God; but the Holy Spirit imparts to them a new nature, and Himself indwells them, so that they now love God and live to Him. This it is which prepares them to believe and appropriate the Gospel. The effects of the Spirit’s entering as the Spirit of adoption are liberty, confidence, and holy delight. As they had “received” from the first Adam “the spirit of bondage”—a legalistic spirit which produced “fear;” their receiving the Spirit of adoption is all the more grateful: liberty being the sweeter because of the former captivity. The Law having done its work in the conscience, they can now appreciate the glad tidings of the Gospel—the revelation of the amazing love and grace of God in Jesus Christ. A spirit of love is now bred in them by the knowledge of the same.

The blessed fruit of receiving the Spirit of adoption is that there is born in the heart a childlike affection toward God and a childlike confidence in Him: “Whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” The Apostle employs in the original two different languages, “Abba” being Syrian and “Father” being Greek, the one familiar to the Jews, the other to the Gentiles. By so doing he denotes that believing Jews and Gentiles are children of one family, alike privileged to approach God as their Father. “Christ, our peace, having broken down the middle wall of partition between them; and now, at the same mercy-seat, the Christian Jew and the believing Gentile both one in Christ Jesus, meet, as the rays of light converge and blend in one common center—at the feet of the reconciled Father” (O. Winslow).[1]

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Join our “Victory over the Darkness”, “The Bondage Breaker”, "Freedom in Christ" series of Discipleship Classes via the mt4christ247 podcast!

at https://mt4christ247.podbean.com, You can also find it on Apple podcasts

(https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mt4christ247s-podcast/id1551615154). The mt4christ247 podcast is also available on Google Podcasts, Amazon Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartradio, and Audible.com. 

These teachings are also available on the MT4Christ247 YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@MT4Christ247

Email me at mt4christ247@gmail.com to receive the class materials, share your progress, and to be encouraged.

My wife, TammyLyn, also offers Christian encouragement via her Ask Seek Knock blog (https://tammylynask.blogspot.com/ ),  her Facebook Group: Ask, Seek, Knock (https://www.facebook.com/groups/529047851449098 ) and her podcast Ask, Seek, and Knock on Podbean (https://feed.podbean.com/tammalyn78/feed.xml)

For those who require the assistance of a Deeper Walk International Prayer Minister to experience healing or your freedom in Christ, I highly recommend Christy Edge’s Life on the Edge Freedom Prayer Ministry. You can schedule a session by going to : https://cedge216.wixsite.com/life-on-the-edge     

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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship



[1] Arthur Walkington Pink, The Holy Spirit (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, n.d.).

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

No Problem Too Big For God - Statements of Truth - 10 - Purity 1134


No Problem Too Big For God - Statements of Truth - 10  - Purity 1134

Purity 1134 08/30/2023 Purity 1134 Podcast

Purity 1134 on YouTube: 



Good morning,

Today’s photo a roaring fire in front of a rustic red barn and a massive pine tree with a magnificent sunset sky in the background comes to yours truly as I stopped burning brush, from a recently downed, similarly massive, pine tree, long enough to enjoy the moment, capture it with a few quick pics and to realize just how blessed I was in life, despite the trials and hard work that come with it sometimes.    

When I discovered that one of the huge pine trees in my backyard cracked in collapsed on the morning of August 19th I initially made inquiries to a friend who is in the landscaping business whether or not he removed trees. He indicated that he didn’t but that he knew a “tree guy” that might be able to help me out.  However, I live quite a distance south of my friend and his tree guy associate and a couple days later, my friend told me his contact determined I lived too far away to help.  

At that point, I got the sense that I was supposed to take care of this problem on my own and I decided that I would be my own “tree guy”. I have a chainsaw, a Sawzall, a hand saw or two, and I have a burning barrel to dispose of wood.  I don’t really do much with the back hill that is my back property and because the felled tree isn’t really an emergency I decided to commit myself to “doing it myself” – little by little bit by bit – and purchased a “lumberjack pair” of a large handsaw and log splitter axe to deal with the larger trunk areas of the tree – which I am still waiting to receive.  And even though I have limited time I have made what I would consider great progress with three cutting and burning sessions. 

This latest episode with “the tree” reminds me that sometimes you find yourself in a situation where there are no quick fixes and that are going to require patience and a sustained effort for an undetermined amount of time.

When my divorce was finally signed in 2019, I came to the realization that the marital house was lost, I wasn’t going to receive much of anything when and if it sold, and I had to find a new place for my kids and I to live. I was in debt at the time and immediately started working two jobs with vague hope that I could eventually reduce my debt, save money for a down payment, and qualify for a second mortgage. My initial efforts were paltry in comparison to the “mountain” I had to move to buy a new place, but I pressed in and did all I could to work toward that dream and leaned on the Lord every single day to receive His strength for the journey ahead and even received His peace and joy in the midst of it all.  Long story short, one blessing led to another, which snowballed to a place where I was debt free and moved into my place down by the River about 9 months after I signed the documents that ended my marriage and caused me to pay support and work two jobs to survive.  And of course, there was a little thing called Covid-19 that happened to fall right in that time frame, but God was faithful, and He taught me all about what can happen when you decide to walk with Him through life and how even the biggest challenges are overcome when He is with you.

So yeah there is a pretty big tree in my backyard, but I know that with sustained effort and faith in the Lord, you can overcome anything or at least endure it until He makes a way. That’s the truth, so help me God.

And that brings us to our current series – Statements of Truth – that springs from the last portion of Step # 2, Deception Vs. Truth, of the Steps to Freedom in Christ by Dr. Neil Anderson            

That step deals with Deception, and because we have completed the process of examining, confessing, and renouncing all of the ways we have been deceived. the good doctor prescribes a healthy dose of truth for us:

Anderson introduces the Statements of Truth by stating: 

“For two thousand years Christians have known the importance of verbally and publicly declaring truth. Read aloud the following statements of truth, and carefully consider what you are professing. You may find it helpful to read them aloud every day for at least six weeks, which will help you renew your mind to the truth.”

So for our current series, we are presenting each of the remaining 2 Statements of Truth from Step 2 of the Steps to Freedom in Christ, one at a time, We are declaring them verbally and publicly, because we, like the Christians who have gone before us over the last two thousand years. know the importance of doing so. 

We are also sharing the statement’s associated Bible verses and sharing our thoughts about what each Statement of Truth is telling us, why they are important, and how they apply to our lives as Christians.  

So today’s Statement of Truth is:

10. I renounce all selfish goals and choose the ultimate goal of love. I choose to obey the two greatest commandments: to love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love my neighbor as myself.

And the Bible verses listed with this statement are: 

Matthew 22:37-39 (NKJV)
37  Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'
38  This is the first and great commandment.
39  And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'

1 Timothy 1:5 (NKJV)
5  Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,

Today’s statement of truth focusses on the centrality of love in our faith. Christianity was never meant to be a religion  - a list of do’s and don’ts, ceremonies, and traditions.  Our faith is rightly understood to be a love relationship between us and God. 

John 3:16 (NKJV)
16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

God’s love for us is shown in His Son Jesus and the symbol of that love is the Cross of Christ, where God demonstrated just how much He loved us with sacrificial atonement that cost the life of His beloved Son.  

One thing we may not realize because hindsight is 20/20 and we get blinded by the things we know after the fact, is that Jesus said these words!   This passage of scripture is from a conversation Jesus had with a befuddled and confused Nicodemus. And although we know the end of the story and what Jesus was pointing to,  we can’t blame Nicodemus for being confused.

In hearing how Jesus was saying that people who believed in Him would be “saved” and not perish, He may have been a little nervous that Jesus was some wild revolutionary who was confessing a desire to rule and reign on the earth with a thinly veiled threat of violence for anyone who didn’t “believe in Him”.   In the same passage, Jesus says that he, the Son of Man, (talking about Himself In the third person – uh oh) came down from heaven.  So Nicodemus may have been a little unsure whether or not this “miracle worker”, Jesus,  may have been a little unbalanced. 

But as hard as it may have been for Nicodemus to understand at the time, everything Jesus said was true but how it was true was still a mystery and an unfulfilled prophecy at the time.    

God’s great love wasn’t expressed in the establishment of some earthly kingdom. His great love was demonstrated by a costly sacrifice that allowed sinful men to be accepted into His eternal kingdom.  

And so now that we know the truth of God’s great love for us, we who believe in Jesus to love Him right back with every depth of our being – with our minds, hearts, and souls – and to share the love of God by loving our neighbors as ourselves.   

But just as we are not forced to believe in Christ, we must freely choose God’s ultimate goal of love. We must choose to obey God’s call to love Him and our neighbors as ourselves.

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verse comes from the section on Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Proverbs 23:32-35 (ESV)
32  In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder.
33  Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter perverse things.
34  You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, like one who lies on the top of a mast.
35  “They struck me,” you will say, “but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake? I must have another drink.”

Today’s verses fall under the sixth point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Alcohol & Drug Abuse.

 6.  Consider the sad picture of a drunkard. (The Bible tells it like it is!)

Today’s verses were shared yesterday under point #5 of our counseling reference guide, “Heavy Drinking Brings Misery” but Mr. Kruis must have thought that the wisdom from this passage in Proverbs bore repeating, this time with the emphasis on just how sad the alcoholic’s plight is. Alcoholism causes misery and it is sad to see how the one addicted to alcohol will be drawn back to drink even though it causes them to suffer.  

Ironically yesterday, without looking ahead, I actually repeated Kruis’ sentiment in point number six “The Bile tells it like it is!” – I used those exact words without knowing it when I considered how accurately this passage of scripture relays scenes from an alcoholic’s life. 

However, sad this picture of a drunkard’s life may be though, I know that there is great hope even for the saddest among us when we decide to surrender to God and ask for the Lord’s help to deliver us from alcoholism’s darkness.   What we think is sad and just impossible to overcome ( I must have another drink!) is possible for God to heal.  

So I again encourage those with alcohol or drug addictions to seek the Lord’s help and to join a recovery program where you can place your faith in Jesus as your higher power and experience your freedom in Christ through His strength and guidance.  

 The Lord set me free after living most of my life in bondage to booze and I know He can do it for anyone willing to follow Him into freedom.

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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  The Holy Spirit By A.W. Pink.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase A.W. Pink’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for $0.99 (https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Spirit-Arthur-Pink-Collection-ebook/dp/B008CM5292/ref=sr_1_3?crid=AHKAQOM39CTN&keywords=a.w.+pink+the+holy+spirit&qid=1684376225&sprefix=a.w.+pink+the+holy+spirit+%2Caps%2C96&sr=8-3) 

A.W. Pink’s The Holy Spirit

22 - The Spirit Assuring

“Received the Spirit of Adoption”

Turning now to the positive side: believers have “received the Spirit of adoption, whereby they cry, Abba, Father:” they have received that unspeakable Gift which attests and makes known to them their adoption by God. Before the foundation of the world God predestined them “unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself” (Eph. 1:5). But more—the elect were not only predestined unto the adoption of children—to actually and openly enjoy this inestimable favor in time—but this blessing was itself provided and bestowed upon them in the Everlasting Covenant of grace, in which they not only had promise of this relationship, but were given in that Covenant to Christ under that very character. Therefore does the Lord Jesus say, “Behold I and the children which God hath given Me” (Heb. 2:13).

It is to be carefully noted that God’s elect are spoken of as “children” previous to the Holy Spirit’s being sent into their hearts: “Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts” (Gal. 4:6). They are not, then, made children by the new birth. They were “children” before Christ died for them: “he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; and not for that nation only, but that also He should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad” (John 11:51, 52). They were not, then, made children by what Christ did for them. Yea, they were “children” before the Lord Jesus became incarnate: “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same” (Heb. 2:14). Thus it is a great mistake to confound adoption and regeneration: they are two distinct things; the latter being both the effect and evidence of the former. Adoption was by an act of God’s will in eternity—regeneration is by the work of His grace in time.

Had there been no adoption, there would be no regeneration: yet the former is not complete without the latter. By adoption the elect were put into the relation of children; by regeneration they are given a nature suited to that relation. So high is the honor of being taken into the family of God, and so wondrous is the privilege of having God for our Father, that some extraordinary benefit is needed by us to assure our hearts of the same. This we have when we receive the Spirit of adoption. For God to give us His Spirit is far more than if He had given us all the world, for the latter would be something outside Himself, whereas the former is Himself! The death of Christ on the Cross was a demonstration of God’s love for His people, yet that was done without them; but in connection with what we are now considering, “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us” (Rom. 5:5).

Wondrous and blessed fact that, God manifests His love to the members of His Church in precisely the same way that He evidenced His love unto its Head when He became incarnate, namely, by the transcendent gift of His Spirit. The Spirit came upon Jesus Christ as the proof of God’s love to Him and also as the visible demonstration of His Sonship. The Spirit of God descended like a dove and abode upon Him, and then the Father’s voice was heard saying, “This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”—compare John 3:34, 35. In fulfillment of Christ’s prayer, “I have declared unto them Thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith Thou hast loved Me may be in them” (John 17:26) the Spirit is given to His redeemed, to signify the sameness of the Father’s love unto His Son and unto His sons. Thus, the inhabitation of the Spirit in the Christian is both the surest sign of God’s fatherly love and the proof of his adoption.[1]

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Join our “Victory over the Darkness”, “The Bondage Breaker”, "Freedom in Christ" series of Discipleship Classes via the mt4christ247 podcast!

at https://mt4christ247.podbean.com, You can also find it on Apple podcasts

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These teachings are also available on the MT4Christ247 YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@MT4Christ247

Email me at mt4christ247@gmail.com to receive the class materials, share your progress, and to be encouraged.

My wife, TammyLyn, also offers Christian encouragement via her Ask Seek Knock blog (https://tammylynask.blogspot.com/ ),  her Facebook Group: Ask, Seek, Knock (https://www.facebook.com/groups/529047851449098 ) and her podcast Ask, Seek, and Knock on Podbean (https://feed.podbean.com/tammalyn78/feed.xml)

For those who require the assistance of a Deeper Walk International Prayer Minister to experience healing or your freedom in Christ, I highly recommend Christy Edge’s Life on the Edge Freedom Prayer Ministry. You can schedule a session by going to : https://cedge216.wixsite.com/life-on-the-edge     

“The views, opinions, and commentary of this publication are those of the author, M.T. Clark, only, and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of any of the photographers, artists, ministries, or other authors of the other works that may be included in this publication, and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of any entities the author may represent.”

Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship



[1] Arthur Walkington Pink, The Holy Spirit (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, n.d.).

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Not Doing What You “Know” You Should - Statements of Truth - 9 - Purity 1133

Not Doing What You “Know” You Should - Statements of Truth - 9  - Purity 1133

Purity 1133 08/29/2023 

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of “the last sunset of the cruise” comes to us from Rebekah Habinowski who shared this scene from her family vacation cruise, on social media back on August 19th along with the sentiment to “go big or go home”. Although in the same post, Rebekah also admitted that while their 14-day European vacation to Italy, Greece, and Turkey, was a wonderful way to close the summer, her family was also very ready to be back home with Cooper, the family dog.  So even though we can explore and see all kinds of wonders in this world in many ways there is no place like home for finding peace.

Well, It’s Tuesday and while I have not made my way to experience a Mediterranean cruise yet, you can put it on the bucket list I suppose but before that my wife and I have agreed in principle to join our church’s planned tour of the Holy Land in February of 2025.  I’m not sure what the details are as of yet, but Jerusalem is only an hour’s drive to the Mediterranean and I would imagine that we just might get there.  

Anyway that’s over a year away from now, but that reminds me of the importance of making long-term plans.  I have often said that you never do what you never plan and while wishing and hoping and imagining can fill our minds with delight, it’s better to actually do what you want to do rather than just talk about it.  

As I will be facilitating the Celebrate Freedom (Recovery/ Joyful Discipleship) Growth Group meeting tomorrow night, I know that our emphasis can be on doing things “one day at a time” but I also know that it’s not a bad idea to anticipate good things in the future.  Last week, I made a bold prediction and made the commitment publicly to have victory over my food addiction for 1 year on August 18, 2024. While I am less than 2 weeks into that plan, I can report that I have been successful at logging my food intake and staying within my food plan’s limits and am celebrating that fact this morning by just “feeling good”.  While I wrestled with this particular issue for all my life, I decided that since I was leading a recovery group I would get serious about having victory over it once and for all.  So I am taking things one day at a time and keeping my eye on the prize and can’t wait to see what things will look like in 2024 when I stay the course.   

Last week, others in the group announced their intentions to take on challenges they haven’t taken seriously as well, and it is encouraging to be a part of a community that is committed to growth and supporting one another in our efforts to be free of our particular hurts, habits, and hang-ups.  

One person at our group however is at the “willingness stage” I think, maybe.  They marveled over how they knew what habit  they had to quit but how “for some reason” they just didn’t do it.  I encouraged them to go to the Lord in prayer and ask God to help them make that decision and to give them the strength to follow through by doing what they said they “knew” they should do.  

I’m familiar with that sentiment of course. I “knew” I should have quit drinking years before I did but mental knowledge and a heart’s conviction are two different things. To know the “truth” intellectually and experientially is the difference between denial and remaining in bondage and acceptance and pursuing freedom.  So I pray the Lord helps them to “get there” because while I can’t make someone pursue their freedom, I know the Lord would be faithful to help them if they ask Him to help. 

Saying we know what we have to do and choosing not to do it is really lying to ourselves.  When we say we know what we have to do and don’t do it really means we don’t want to do it and while our capacity and ability to accomplish the task before us, when we don’t even try, it reveals we don’t want to.   

As for bad habits and negative mind states like anxiety or depression, God doesn’t want you living there. That’s the truth and He will help those who ask Him for it and decide to follow Him to experience the truth of His power that can be experienced right now.   God will show us the truth that will set us free, but we have to seek Him and follow Him to “know” it.   

And that brings us to our current series – Statements of Truth – that springs from the last portion of Step # 2, Deception Vs. Truth, of the Steps to Freedom in Christ by Dr. Neil Anderson            

That step deals with Deception, and because we have completed the process of examining, confessing, and renouncing all of the ways we have been deceived. the good doctor prescribes a healthy dose of truth for us:

Anderson introduces the Statements of Truth by stating: 

“For two thousand years Christians have known the importance of verbally and publicly declaring truth. Read aloud the following statements of truth, and carefully consider what you are professing. You may find it helpful to read them aloud every day for at least six weeks, which will help you renew your mind to the truth.”

So for our current series, we are presenting each of the remaining 3 Statements of Truth from Step 2 of the Steps to Freedom in Christ, one at a time, We are declaring them verbally and publicly, because we, like the Christians who have gone before us over the last two thousand years. know the importance of doing so. 

We are also sharing the statement’s associated Bible verses and sharing our thoughts about what each Statement of Truth is telling us, why they are important, and how they apply to our lives as Christians.  

So today’s Statement of Truth is:

9.    By faith, I choose to be filled with the Spirit so that I can be guided into all truth. I choose to walk by the Spirit so that I will not carry out the desires of the flesh.

And the Bible verses listed with this statement are: 

John 16:13 (NKJV)
13  However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

Galatians 5:16 (NKJV)
16  I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Ephesians 5:18 (NKJV)
18  And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,

Today’s statement of truth tells us that we have to “choose to be filled with the Holy Spirit” so that we can be guided into all truth. That’s a spiritual journey that involves prayer, seeking God’s presence, meditating on God’s word, and following Him to where He leads.  However, this also involves making the constant and continuous decision to  not carry out the desires of the flesh.  Spirit living and fleshly living are at odds with one another, and we simply cannot expect to be filled with the Spirit if we are still slaves to the flesh.  

I just saw a meme this morning that declared that “those who walk in the flesh have pleasure, those that walk in the Spirit have power.” And that is the truth.  For those who have experienced the manifest power and infilling of the Holy Spirit in their lives, a common “step” that led to that encounter is repentance – turning from the world and its pleasures – renouncing sin and turning to God.  

In my case, it was only after I went into recovery that I had a life-changing experience with the Holy Spirit that erased any and all doubts of the Lord’s existence, the truth of Christianity, and the depth of God’s love for me.  Talk about a game-changer! There is nothing like experiencing the Holy Spirit’s manifest presence to lead you to follow the Lord all the days of your life.  

So choose to be filled with the Holy Spirit and do not carry out the desires of the flesh and wait and see how the Lord will lead you into all truth by showing you that He is with you and where He is there is peace, love, and power!

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verse comes from the section on Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Proverbs 23:29-35 (ESV)
29  Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?
30  Those who tarry long over wine; those who go to try mixed wine.
31  Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly.
32  In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder.
33  Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter perverse things.
34  You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, like one who lies on the top of a mast.
35  “They struck me,” you will say, “but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake? I must have another drink.”

Today’s verses fall under the fourth point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Alcohol & Drug Abuse.

 5. Heavy drinking brings misery.

Today’s verses are a picture of the life of a drunk and it’s not a pretty picture. The alcohol industry sells its wares by showing parties with smiling faces of beautiful people, but it rarely indicates the pain of the morning after and all the negative consequences that come from abusing alcohol. The broken families, the depression, sexual sin, loneliness, the anger, and the fear that plague alcoholics will never be highlighted by a multi-billion dollar industry that profits from addiction.  And not forget the lost lives from accidents cause by drunkenness….

Anyway, the Bible tells it like it is and for those who are trapped in the vicious cycle of alcoholism, you already know you should quit, and I encourage you to avoid heavy drinking and to go to the Lord and to a recovery program to stop the pain of alcoholism and to find your freedom in Christ

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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  The Holy Spirit By A.W. Pink.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase A.W. Pink’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for $0.99 (https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Spirit-Arthur-Pink-Collection-ebook/dp/B008CM5292/ref=sr_1_3?crid=AHKAQOM39CTN&keywords=a.w.+pink+the+holy+spirit&qid=1684376225&sprefix=a.w.+pink+the+holy+spirit+%2Caps%2C96&sr=8-3

A.W. Pink’s The Holy Spirit

22 - The Spirit Assuring

“Not Received the Spirit of Bondage”

Now, in verse 15, the Apostle both amplifies and confirms what he had said in verse 14: there he shows the reality of that relationship with God which our regeneration makes manifest—obedient subjection to Him as dear children. Here he brings before us further proof of our Divine sonship—deliverance from a servile fear, the exercise of a filial confidence. Let us consider the negative first: “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear.” By nature we were in “bondage” to sin, to Satan, to the world; yet they did not work in us a spirit of “fear,” so they cannot be (as some have supposed) what the Apostle had reference to; rather is it what the Spirit’s convicting us of sin wrought in us. When He applies the Law to the conscience our complacency is shattered, our false peace is destroyed, and we are terrified at the thought of God’s righteous wrath and the prospect of eternal punishment.

When a soul has received life and light from the Spirit of God, so that he perceives the infinite enormity and filthiness of sin, and the total depravity and corruption of every faculty of his soul and body, that spirit of legality which is in all men by nature, is at once stirred up and alarmed, so that the mind is possessed with secret doubts and suspicions of God’s mercy in Christ to save. Thereby the soul is brought into a state of legal bondage and fear. When a soul is first awakened by the Holy Spirit, it is subject to a variety of fears; yet it does not follow from thence that He works those fears or is the Author of them: rather are they to be ascribed unto our own unbelief. When the Spirit is pleased to convict of sin and gives the conscience to feel the guilt of it, it is to show him his need of Christ, and not to drive unto despair.

No doubt there is also a dispensational allusion in the passage we are now considering. During the Mosaic economy, believing Israelites were to a considerable extent under the spirit of legal bondage because the sacrifices and ablutions of the Levitical institutions could not take away sins. The precepts of the ceremonial law were so numerous, so various, so burdensome, that the Jews were kept in perpetual bondage. Hence, we find Peter referring to the same as “a yoke which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear” (Acts 15:10). Much under the Old Testament dispensation tended to a legal spirit. But believers, under the Gospel, are favored with a clearer, fuller, and more glorious display and revelation of God’s grace in the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Evangel making known the design and sufficiency of His finished work, so that full provision is now made to deliver them from all servile fear.[1]

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These teachings are also available on the MT4Christ247 YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@MT4Christ247

Email me at mt4christ247@gmail.com to receive the class materials, share your progress, and to be encouraged.

My wife, TammyLyn, also offers Christian encouragement via her Ask Seek Knock blog (https://tammylynask.blogspot.com/ ),  her Facebook Group: Ask, Seek, Knock (https://www.facebook.com/groups/529047851449098 ) and her podcast Ask, Seek, and Knock on Podbean (https://feed.podbean.com/tammalyn78/feed.xml)

For those who require the assistance of a Deeper Walk International Prayer Minister to experience healing or your freedom in Christ, I highly recommend Christy Edge’s Life on the Edge Freedom Prayer Ministry. You can schedule a session by going to : https://cedge216.wixsite.com/life-on-the-edge     

“The views, opinions, and commentary of this publication are those of the author, M.T. Clark, only, and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of any of the photographers, artists, ministries, or other authors of the other works that may be included in this publication, and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of any entities the author may represent.”

Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship


[1] Arthur Walkington Pink, The Holy Spirit (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, n.d.).