It Won’t Work! – Lies of the Enemy #26– Purity 1038
Purity 1038 05/09/2023 Purity 1038 Podcast
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Today’s photo of a “stormy” sunset gulf-side scene comes to us from Dave Baun Photography as Dave shared this photo of what I know to be the Brighton Jetty on St. Vincent’s Gulf in Adelaide South Australia back on April 24th as his first offering to a friend’s “my life is good challenge” where he was tested to share photos of things that give Dave joy for ten 10 days, without explanation.
Even though Dave didn’t give an explanation and I have never been to the Land Down Under before, I know this is the Brighton Jetty in South Adelaide because Dave has shared photos from this location before. I have never met Dave in the flesh or even spoken to him before but his joy has become my joy because he was willing to share it. And while I don’t have any plans as of yet to travel to Australia, the likelihood of me “going there” is increased because of what Dave has shared.
Well it’s Tuesday and I am awash in restless anticipation of what will happen tomorrow as I have been preparing for the first meeting of the Celebrate Freedom (recovery/discipleship) Growth Group that is scheduled for tomorrow at 6:30pm at Starpoint Church in Clifton Park. While I have to admit to being a little nervous about this new ministry opportunity, I am hopeful that the testimony, teaching, and encouragements that I offer will encourage others to “go there” in terms of pursuing their freedom in Christ and a deeper relationship with the Lord.
The purpose of this blog and podcast is to share the joy that I have found from walking in the Spirit, living the lifestyle of a Christian disciple, a follower of Jesus, in hopes that my joy will become someone else’s joy – that my constant testimony and encouragements regarding the goodness of God will increase the chances of others to “go there” with their faith life.
But I understand that this lifestyle of faith may be foreign territory to many and realize that they don’t only have to get over their fears of the unknown, they may also have to fight the good fight of faith to silence the “voices” that discourage them from “going there”. Just yesterday one of the people who signed up for the new group weeks ago, one of the first to register, contacted me to tell me that they “can’t make Wednesdays right now.” And while I understand things change and anything could lie behind this decision to not go to a recovery group, I also know that there is someone who doesn’t want this person to go: the enemy and they will be diligent to convince this person that “There is No day that will work for them – right now or ever.”
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 #26: It Won’t Work.
This is lie that the enemy will use to stop us from getting free. What won’t work? What do you got? Because the enemy will use this lie about any and all aspects that surround the things that you can do to increase your joy, freedom, or spiritual, mental, or physical health.
The enemy is out to kill, steal, or destroy our joy, our peace, or very lives after all. So he considers it his job to convince us of how the solutions that come to our attention just won’t work.
The time is no good – It won’t work.
The place is no good – It’s too far away, the building’s layout bothers me, the room temperature is no good – It won’t work.
The program is too restrictive – It won’t work.
I’m too busy – It won’t work.
There’s always tomorrow for freedom to come true…. HAHAHA – That won’t work either!! – The enemy knows as he maniacally laughs at your “attempts” to free yourself.
It might work for a while… but It won’t work!
So the enemy keeps at it and keeps us from experiencing the new life that God has for us.
And that’s the key here guys. THE LIFE THAT GOD HAS FOR US. – This isn’t a plan to get fit or to clean up our own act or to pull ourselves up by the boot straps…
A life of freedom in Christ is a lifestyle of surrendering to the Lord’s wisdom and ways to live and its not for a time or a season, its forever. And while that may seem daunting at first, when we realize that because our life in Christ is a continuous never ending journey we can find peace because we don’t have to strive of chase after it – we can take it one day at a time and receive what the Lord has for us one step at a time.
And even though we are well versed about all the ways things haven’t worked before, we can relax because the decision to follow the Lord puts the results on Him. We agree to follow Him one day at a time and keep going in His direction, trusting that we can have peace each day in His presence and be assured that He is progressively leading us to a better place from where we started.
So don’t believe the enemy’s lie that it won’t work, we are not “working it” anymore, we are just following God’s way now, knowing His way is the way we should have went in the first place and that while we might not get everything right as we go, we can have peace knowing the Lord will faithfully guide us to His plans and purposes for us. When we get there, we can testify how the Lord’s way “works”.
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 :
John 12:26 (NLT2)
26 Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.
Today’s verse encourages us that we must follow Jesus. We have to be where He is! So that means church on Sundays, I would think, but perhaps more importantly it means that we are on the “same page” with Jesus in terms of what we believe and how we live our lives.
Jesus promises us that God will honor us if we follow and serve Jesus’ causes. So let’s not “just believe” in Jesus, let’s choose to follow Him to be in His presence and to receive the honor that comes from walking with Him.
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
III. Causes of Attraction To Satanic Worship
B. Root Cause
The Process Church of the Final Judgment, a satanic cult, teaches that Christ and Satan will work through their “differences” and finally come together after the final judgment. Followers of The Process believe that gruesome murder and perverted sex can hasten the final judgment. Ultimately, satanists buy into the lies of Satan himself … the promise of ultimate power.
“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
“Satanic power is alive and makes me feel significant. Satan gives me control over my life and power over my circumstances, as well as over others.”
Satanic power is limited—God’s power is limitless. Satan’s power is temporary—God’s power is eternal. My significance comes through receiving Christ into my life—Christ, who literally displayed supernatural resurrection power. I’ve given control of my life to Christ, allowing His power to work through me.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (2 Peter 1:3–4)
The Need for Salvation
Everyone knows what it is like to be sincere and to be sincerely wrong. If you have looked to Satan as your ultimate source of power and now realize you’ve been deceived, you’re not alone. Many people have discovered the truth of Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” Fortunately, it’s not too late for God to save you from spiritual death. In fact, God’s power is the only power that can permanently save you.
God—the God of the Bible—possesses supreme power. Jesus, who is God, was raised from the dead by supernatural, resurrection power. The Bible even says that Jesus has “angels, authorities and powers in submission to him” (1 Peter 3:22).
The Bible also says that all people have sinned and that our sins separate us from God. Jesus, who never sinned, has the power to fully forgive the guilt of your sins. If you put your trust in Jesus—giving Him control of your life—you will receive His supernatural power to overcome Satan and any sin.
If you want to enter into a life-changing relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, you can pray the following prayer of salvation.
Prayer of Salvation
God, thank You for creating me, caring about me and not giving up on me. I now see that I have been blind to the truth. Based on the Bible, I know that Satan doesn’t win in the end. He and his demons all meet destruction. Ultimately, his power is totally destroyed—only Your power remains.
I admit that my pride has warped my view of You, and my thirst for power warped my view of truth. Please forgive me for all my sins.
Now I see the phenomenal victory that Jesus won over Satan. He not only withstood Satan’s many temptations to sin but also became the only sinless sacrifice who could die for my sins and the sins of the entire world.
I also see that the death of Christ on the cross reflects victory, not defeat. From the moment Jesus shed His blood on the cross, Satan’s doom was sealed. He had no more opportunity to thwart Your plan of redemption.
Jesus, thank You for all You went through to become my Savior and Redeemer. Thank You for personally dying on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins. Please come into my heart to be my Lord and Savior. I give You complete control of my life. Change me inside out and make me the person You want me to be. I claim the promise that greater is Jesus who is now in me than Satan who is in the world.
In the powerful name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
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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), 12–13.