“I Will Never Be Enough.” – Lies of the Enemy #7– Purity 1019
Purity 1019 04/17/2023 Purity 1019 Podcast
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Today’s photo of a flowering tree under a cumulus cloud filled blue sky and the light of a mid afternoon sun comes to us from yours truly as I decided to capture this springtime scene upon my arrival to my countryside home after a day well spent, worshipping the Lord at church and in the presence of my beloved wife.
Well, It’s Monday again and even though my shifted tour reduced my weekend to a single day, my wife and I made the most of the time we did have together by doing what we normally do, going to Bible study and church, and then tried something new by stepping out to enjoy the splendor of a wonderful springtime day in God’s creation at Garnsey Park in Rexford. We then enjoyed some good food and one another’s company by having lunch together at the Olive Garden in Clifton Park before I had to get back to my place down by the River to be ready for another week of work.
And I’m glad we did get to enjoy the weather yesterday because the forecast calls for showers proving once again that we have to be intentional about enjoying our lives, here and now, and that we have to be aware of what’s going on around us so that we don’t miss our opportunities to do so or allow our inattention to our circumstances to cause us to suffer. And as much as we should have an eye on the skies to be prepared for changes in the weather, we should also to pay attention to our thoughts and the conditions of our spiritual atmosphere.
Our thoughts have a direct relationship to our emotions and if we are thinking “Oh no, It’s Monday or oh no, It’s going to rain , today!”, we shouldn’t be surprised if our emotions are anxious or depressed. Thus we recommend a daily practice of gratitude, intentionally giving thanks to God for the good things we do have, rather than dwelling on negative circumstances or the things we lack.
Of course, this is good practical advice, don’t dwell on the negative, but unfortunately when we are afflicted with negative or condemning thoughts it may not be all our own doing. Scripture indicates that Satan and the demonic forces of darkness can tempt, accuse, and deceive us. Just like we should be prepared for what the day may hold for us by looking at the sky or checking the local weather forecast, we are well served in knowing how the enemy operates so we can resist his efforts to steal, kill, and destroy us or our peace.
So, let’s continue to resist the devil, by continuing our current series,which is an examination of some of the common lies the enemy tells us to cause us to doubt our faith, steal our peace, or to choose not to follow the Lord with the way we live our lives.
So today’s big lie is:
Lie # 7: I Will Never Be Enough.
This lie comes straight from the enemy’s mouth and I mean that quite literally. I am currently enrolled in Deeper Walk International’s school of prayer ministry and our current course of study is on spiritual warfare prayer. On Thursday evening, our cohort was introduced to the confrontational spiritual warfare prayer method that is based on the teachings of Dr. Karl Payne’s book, Spiritual Warfare: Christians, Demonization, and Deliverance. And when I say introduced, I don’t mean that we just had a lecture. Thursday night, we watched a video of a prayer minister lead a participant through the process to confront and cast out demons that were afflicting him.
The participant had demonic entities afflicting him in the areas of the occult, generational sins, unforgiveness, and soul ties. Thankfully, Payne’s process of spiritual warfare prayer utilizes the power and authority that we have in Christ and establishes the rules of engagement in such a way that the demons are bound and cast out without much fan fare. If you are imagining “The Exorcist” or other demonic possession movies, you would be relieved to know that when we use the authority that Christ has given us wisely, the enemy is rendered powerless and has no choice but to obey the commands to leave and the process looks more like an interrogation than and exorcism.
In the session we viewed, demonic entities were cast out in each of the four areas where the participant was afflicted, after the demons were commanded to reveal themselves, asked about what their purpose was, and when the participant’s “foothold causing” sins and underlying circumstances that gave the enemy permission to afflict them were confessed and canceled, they obeyed the command to leave.
In the area of the occult, the dem when the demon was asked “what lies do you tell X?” The demon answered: “It will never be enough. I will never be enough.”
The implication is that no matter what the participant did in his life, he would never be satisfied. He could never be happy. He would never be accepted. No matter what he tried to do or managed to accomplish in life, he would never be enough.
Unfortunately, our materialistic society fully supports this lie of the enemy. The field of marketing is built on it! Advertisers cleverly craft their advertisements and marketing campaigns to cause us to feel that we need something we don’t have. Although their ads promise we can get what we need by purchasing their products or services, our experience has taught us that “we can’t get no satisfaction” from the things we buy.
And if we have been around the block a few times, we understand that earthly relationships, career accomplishments, and travel or euphoric experiences also fail to “be enough” to give us fulfillment. Because of the impermanent nature of the world and because of our spiritual make up, these circumstantial variables will always fail to “be enough”.
As we stated in a previous post in this series, the best lies are often based on truth but never are truthful enough to point to THE TRUTH, Jesus Christ, and the fact that the only meaningful peace that we will be able to find is the peace that He gives us. Through faith in Christ we have peace with God and it lasts for eternity. The peace, meaning, and purpose that will be enough is found in God’s kingdom and we can only enter into it through Jesus.
Today’s Big lie, that “I will never be enough” is only true when we try to “be enough” through obtaining circumstantial happiness on the earth, through our own efforts, and ignore the big picture and the call of God on our lives to find peace with Him.
To understand that we can’t accomplish enough to be enough, Read Ephesians 2, which points out that we are saved by faith, not because of our works.
2:8-9 (NKJV) tells us
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
When we are in Christ, we are accepted because of our faith. Our faith in Christ makes us enough! There is nothing to accomplish! We are complete in Christ.
But if we fail to live according to who we are in Christ we can forget this. We can be deceived by the world, the flesh, and the devil. So we have to follow the Lord and know we are complete already, in Christ. The Apostle Paul tells us as much in:
Colossians 2:6-10 (NLT2) where the word
6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.
7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
8 Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.
9 For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.
10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
In our union with Christ, we are complete. We are enough.
So resist the lies of the enemy, and keep walking and talking with God. Let your roots grow down in Him and your faith will grow strong in the truth of what you were taught – that you are complete in Christ! In Him, we are enough!
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:
2 Peter 3:9
9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
Today’s verse was presented by our resource for “When you wonder why Christ hasn’t come back yet…”
We actually touched on this verse last week when we examined 2 Peter 3:8, that told us that a thousand years was as a day for the Lord, and we needed verse 9 to tell us that God’s timing is not fast or slow, but always on time. And that the reason Christ hasn’t come back yet is because of God’s merciful and graceful desire for more to be saved.
So, while we wait for Christ’s return, we should enjoy our salvation and allow the Lord to use us to share His truth and love with others to bring them into His kingdom.
So, be a light in the darkness, think of all who don’t have the light of Christ and you will see your life in the light of God’s grace and that will cause you to be thankful and to endeavor to share the good news in hopes of saving some.
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 A.W. Pink’s “The Sovereignty of God.”
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THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD
By ARTHUR W. PINK
It now remains for us to offer a few closing reflections and our happy task is finished.
God’s sovereign election of certain ones to salvation is a MERCIFUL provision. The sufficient answer to all the wicked accusations that the doctrine of Predestination is cruel, horrible, and unjust, is that unless God had chosen certain ones to salvation none would have been saved, for “there is none that seeketh after God” (Rom. 3:11). This is no mere inference of ours but the definite teaching of Holy Scripture. Attend closely to the words of the apostle in Romans 9 where this theme is fully discussed: “Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved.… And as Isaiah said before, Except the Lord of hosts had left us a seed, we had been as Sodom, and been made like unto Gomorrah” (Rom. 9:27, 29). The teaching of this passage is unmistakable: but for Divine interference Israel would have become as Sodom and Gomorrah. Had God left Israel alone human depravity would have run its course to its own tragic end. But God left Israel a “remnant” or “seed.” Of old the cities of the plain had been obliterated for their sin and none was left to survive them; and so it would have been in Israel’s case had not God “left” or spared a remnant. Thus it is with the human race: but for God’s sovereign grace in sparing a remnant all of Adam’s descendants had perished in their sins. Therefore, we say that God’s sovereign election of certain ones to salvation is a merciful provision. And, be it noted, in choosing the ones He did God did no injustice to the others who were passed by, for none had any right to salvation. Salvation is by grace, and the exercise of grace is a matter of pure sovereignty—God might save all or none, many or few, one or ten thousand, just as He saw best. Should it be replied, But surely it were ‘best’ to save all, the answer would be: We are not capable of judging. We might have thought it “best” never to have created Satan, never to have allowed sin to enter the world, or having entered to have brought the conflict between good and evil to an end long before now. Ah! God’s ways are not ours, and His ways are “past finding out.”
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 Arthur W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God (Swengel, PA: Bible Truth Depot, 1949), 249–250.