Showing posts with label Lies of the Enemy. Show all posts
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Saturday, January 27, 2024

The Myth of Good People, Dead and Suffering - Purity 1259

The Myth of Good People, Dead and Suffering - Purity 1259

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of a flock of geese or duck on an unknown lake on what appears to be a frigid sunrise morning comes to us from an unknown FB friend who shared this white, pink, and purple delight on social media back on around January 4th of 2021.  If this beauty is yours give us a heads up and we will give photo credit where photo credit is due by updating the blog after the fact. 

Well, it’s Saturday and even though I rather enjoy the upturn in temperatures and the soggy rain January we have received in upstate NY over the last few days, I can still appreciate the beauty that comes from chiller temperatures and the stillness of the near freezing conditions that seem to be part of the beauty of today’s photo. Those trees seem to be frozen and even the waterfowl in this photo are swimming, the snow on the shoreline of this lake reveals that it's still cold outside.  Today’s photo is a paradox of sorts where the elements seem to contradict one another – cold but not that cold, freezing but not frozen and that contrast has me thinking of the paradox of appearances and reality when man tries to take control over or craft a narrative around life that is more shadows and fog rather than actual facts causing us to question our experience of reality as we are tempted to “believe the lie” of accepting someone’s second hand report.  Sometimes the truth of the details is left out of the story people tell themselves and others causing us to accept an interpretation of reality that is more myth than truth, causing us to live in denial or unwittingly to believe a narrative that is more speculation or spin doctoring than real.

This phenomenon of dealing with the cognitive dissonance that comes from knowing the dirty secrets or actual facts of a situation and seeing people deceived by a sentimentalized or factually modified version of the events that portray people in a certain light  or that gives the impression of things being a certain way when they really weren't that way has really come to bear this week as I have been reading about the dangers of being deceived in Dr. Neil Anderson’s Discipleship Counseling and have seen people “telling tales” about certain people or certain events that aren’t necessarily true. 

The recrafting of reality is more common than you might think.  An example of this can surround when someone dies.  In our grief, the difficult or less than flattering details that surround the deceased are sometimes forgiven or forgotten as the fact of their departure causes us to not want to “speak ill of the dead”.  This can also happen when someone who is less than kind suffers a loss or tragedy that they are partially responsible for.  “Poor Joe” or “Poor Jane”  who have died or who are walking through trials and tribulations may not have been so “poor” – they may have been quite nasty in fact and they may have wittingly or unwittingly sowed the seeds of the bad fruit that has sprouted in their lives.  

While I don’t wish to kick anyone when they are down or to soil the reputation of those who have gone into eternity “too soon” –( it’s always too soon, right? Oh Poor Sam, was 91 years young.. seriously? – anyway..) , I think that we do a huge disservice to ourselves for accepting false images or ignore the facts of the case when suffering comes.  Instead of believing the myth of “only the good die young” or that people suffer the slings and arrows or outrageous fortune, I feel that we would actually be honoring the dead and suffering among us by keeping it real.  

Joe was somewhat of a jerk. He rejected God, did things his way, ignored common sense about life, and died in part by his own poor decisions.  

Jane may be suffering now but she too failed to follow the Lord, failed to do what was right, failed to forgive, ignore facts and common sense, failed to foster her relationships with love, and made selfish or foolish decisions that have led to her current trials and tribulations.  

Poor Joe and Poor Jane are truly poor – not because they are dead or are suffering – but because they were lied to – they believed that they could live according to their own rules and live independently of God – and now the testimony of their lives causes the discerning to realize just how untrue the story of their being “good people” really is.  If all I can say about someone after they have died revolves around their personal preferences, hobbies, and how they were “nice” or the “life of the party”, I shudder to think how they will fair at the judgment seat of Christ. If people’s obituaries fail to mention faith or Jesus as a part of their earthly lives, I fear they will be denied in heaven. 

Where do I get that?  From the words of Jesus.  He said in

Matthew 10:32-33 (NKJV)
32  "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.
33  But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

Yikes, makes you wonder about people whose obituaries talk about their sports teams, hobbies, and general disposition, or who just give a list of relatives but make no mention of our Heavenly Father or Jesus.  And perhaps more scary is the fact that people will miss that fact and think it was a “good obituary” when in fact it could be all the evidence we need to tell us that this departed person is most likely in hell.

Similarly, those who are suffering now may be more worthy of our critical discernment than of our sympathy. Their story of woe perhaps should be considered as a cautionary tale more than a tragedy.  The adage of choosing to sin, choose to suffer can be true in subtle ways that may not seem apparent to “good people”. 

I am listing a link’s 100 verses about the consequences of sin ( , on the blog today to remind us that we should attempt to be right with God, but beyond the verses that tell us that sin leads to death and separation from God, I want to share: 

James 4:17 (NKJV) which says
17  Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.


Galatians 6:6-9 (NKJV)
6  Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.
7  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
8  For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
9  And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Now while this second passage points to eternal life through sowing to the Spirit, let’s not miss what it says about reaping what we sow in connection with the fact that it is sin to know what is good and choose not to do it.  The corruption we reap from a life in the flesh – a life lived according to our own rules, independently of God, not only has eternal consequences but can also point to the corruption of bad consequences and suffering loss in the world of the living.  While some of us may not be desperately wicked by relative standards, we when fail to obey the Lord’s ways for our lives – those loving, selfless, forgiving, righteous, and holy ways – we may very well reap a harvest of bitterness from our selfish choices. 

Death doesn’t erase the fact that people were sinful, selfish, or separated from God and neither does suffering loss or tribulations excuse the failure to heed God’s word or to walk by faith in the power of the Holy Spirit.

“Poor Joe” or “Poor Jane” should not necessarily be remembered fondly or sympathized with because of their few positive qualities in light of the reality of their lives of abject rebellion to and rejection of God’s plan for redemption and righteous recommendations for living.

I don’t mean to play the “blame game” but the “misfortunes” of those who fail to follow the Lord may not be so outrageous. And portraying worldly selfish people with no regard for the things of God in their lives as “good people”  in their death is not only a lie but is an active campaign against the gospel of Jesus Christ. While only God knows the eternal destinies of those who go into death, if someone’s life doesn’t confess Jesus before men, we can realistically expect that “Poor Joe” or “Poor Jane” are suffering in hell regardless of the sentimental platitudes that family and friends speak on their behalf.  

I know these are really cheery thoughts for a Saturday but deception is the game that Satan plays and when we fail to consider the truth of someone’s life or the suffering that results from a life lived apart from God and His ways, we join in league with the spiritual forces of darkness that would like to lull us to sleep and to believe the lie that “all dogs go to heaven” or that God accepts people based on their merits or through an all inclusive universal grace that puts the evil with the good and the godless with the faithful.

Our lives matter. Our choices matter. And while we shouldn’t accost the grieving with the hard truths regarding those whose dye has been cast, we shouldn’t believe the lie that those who lived without God on earth will be with Him in heaven for eternity.  

And likewise, while we shouldn’t disparage those who are suffering because of their failures to live a life that was blameless, we should encourage them to learn from their mistakes and lean on the Lord to guide them in the way they should go for the road into the future. 

Remember to challenge the “stories” that the world is telling you and to not only reject the lie that are being said, but be ready to tell people the truth and to do it with love.  


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

Today’s Bible verses come 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. ( )

This morning’s meditation verses come from the section on Communication, Gossip, and Lying.

Proverbs 10:19 (NASB)
19  When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.

Today’s verse is the third of five passages of scripture that fall under the fifth point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Communication, Gossip, and Lying.

5.     Be quick to listen, slow to speak.

Today’s verse tells us that there is a danger to saying too much. The more words we speak the more likely we are to say something that isn’t necessarily true. We like to tell our side of the story to support what we believe and in our zeal to support our narratives we may embellish certain aspects of a situation to paint things in a different light or we may choose to leave out certain details that aren’t flattering or useful to our agendas.   

So Proverbs tells us to restrain our lips to be wise.  One piece of advice regarding speaking that I recall from my walk through life – in other words I forget the source material for this advice or there are many – is to think before we speak and to ask ourselves some questions about what we are about to say before blurting it out.

Is what I am about to say: 

True? Helpful? Necessary? Or Kind?

If the answer to those questions is “No”, we should probably exercise our right to remain silent or ask ourselves what the consequences will be if we don’t speak and pray to the Lord to guide us in the way we should go.  

Many words may lead us into transgressions so examine what you “need to say” and rely on the Lord to show you when to remain silent or when to proclaim the truth with love.   


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 “According to Your Word: Morning and Evening Through the New Testament” By Stephen F. Olford – A Collection of Devotional Journals: 1940-1941.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase Olford’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for less than $10 at many sites.


“If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give
to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and
come, follow Me.” – Matthew 19:21

The Lord's desire for this young man was that he might prove not only the good and acceptable will of God, but also the perfect will of God. “If you want to be perfect.” What then had the young man to do?

William Cowper had to say from a heart experience:

The dearest idol I have known,
Whate'er that idol be
Help me to tear it from Thy throne,
And worship only Thee.1

What the Lord wanted from this young man was not his riches so much, but the unreserved surrender of his heart and body. Instead, he chose the fleeting treasures of time in place of the pleasures of eternity. He denied himself the possession of eternal life for the temporary enjoyment of earthly riches.

Continue to remind me, Lord,
to strive for Your perfect will in my life.[1]

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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Celebrate Freedom Discipleship Course - Lesson 3 - The Enemy

Good morning,

This morning instead of my normal "Purity" Encouragment, I have decided to launch the next lesson of the Celebrate Freedom Discipleship Course.  As I stated previously:  "I developed the Celebrate Freedom Discipleship Course in 2020 as part of my master’s thesis in Christian Counseling to “fill in the gaps” of the Christian Twelve Step/ Celebrate Recovery – Teaching Curriculums by introducing concepts of Christian Discipleship that I found important in my walk of faith and in my recovery over alcohol, drugs, sex addiction, and food addiction." We hope it encourages you to follow Jesus and to overcome any hurts, habits, and hang-ups that still persist in your lives. 

God Bless You All,

M.T. Clark


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Celebrate Freedom Discipleship Course - Lesson 3: The Enemy

Discipleship Principle 3 – We must know that Satan and demonic entities are real and seek to destroy us by influencing the way we think. We must be aware of their tactics to be victorious over their attempts to deceive, tempt, accuse, or condemn us by knowing who we are in Christ and by living according to our faith.

The Bible documents the existence of Satan and evil spirits on the earth and the following verses show us that the enemy can even influence the thoughts and actions of people who want to follow the Lord, people like:

Judas - John 13:2  And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray Him,

David -1 Chron 21:1  Now Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel 

Peter - Matt 16:23  But He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."

If Satan could influence these men, Christians must recognize that the battle with the enemy takes place is in our minds, and that the things we think or feel could be caused by the enemy. In our recovery, we can see that the temptations and negative mind states we experience that drive our hurts, habits, or hang-ups may come from very real “personal demons!”


2 Corinthians 2:11 (NIV) 11  in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

Whether negative mind states or demonic oppression, there are common aspects of experience that are present in people who suffer and seek to mask their pain or comfort themselves with unhealthy substances or relationships like:

·       Depression

·       Constant temptation

·       Low self-esteem

·       Tormenting “voices” or thoughts

·       Anger – Rage – Hatred – Sarcasm

·       Fear – Anxiety – Guilt - Shame

·       Distorted thoughts about God

So, are these negative states of mind, just us, or could demons be influencing us to do wrong and make decisions that can harm and potentially kill us? Individual cases vary but the good news is that remedy of faith, Christian living,  and spiritual warfare overcome these problems whether they come from the flesh, the world, or the devil.

Enemy Tactics - To defeat the enemy, we must know how he operates.  The following are the ways he seeks to lead us into darkness and keep us from being who God made us to be. The battle is in and for the mind.


2 Corinthians 11:3 (NKJV) …. as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

As this scripture tells us, Satan is a liar and has used this attack since the original Fall of man.  His deceptions are cunning because they are often partially true.

For those in recovery, the fact of Satan’s lying ways should cause us to do two things:

·       Always seek the Truth.  To protect ourselves, we test any information we are given by the Bible’s standards for morality and whether it is factual.  Also, Christ as the embodiment of Truth is our example and can be called on to deliver us from temptation and to give us strength.

·       Always practice the truth. – If we are turning from our old ways to God’s way for our lives, we must make a personal commitment to always be honest.

Ephesians 4:25-27 says 25 Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another. 26 "Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.

=================================================================The enemy’s goal is to use lies to keep us locked in our vicious cycle of temptation, sin, accusation, and condemnation.


Matthew 4:1 tells us that “Jesus was …. tempted by the devil.”  

Genesis 3:4-5 tells us that the enemy lied and tempted Eve by saying, "You will not surely die.  For God knows that in the day you eat of it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

If the devil tempted Jesus, he would certainly tempt you and me. From the first temptation of Eve in the garden, we can discern a few things about his methods. When the enemy tempts us, he:

·       contradicts God’s word.

·       attempts to convince us to meet legitimate needs in illegitimate ways.

·       often exaggerates the desirability of the object of temptation to the exclusion of other aspects of it or from the consequences of giving into temptation. 

So, when we are tempted, we need to follow our first principle and seek the truth. If it is against God’s word, we need to stop and refuse.  If the immediacy of giving in is being pushed, we need to pause and contemplate the consequences of giving in. 

Will giving in go against what you what you want as a follower of Jesus Christ?

Will it result in eventual shame, guilt, or emotional, mental, or physical pain?  

1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us that  “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

If we examine our desires, thoughts, and experiences as they happen, we can:

·       see when we are tempted,

·       challenge the temptation with the truth, and

·       stop the vicious cycle in its tracks.

We take “the way of escape” by changing what we are thinking, and what we are doing, or by physically leaving where we are.  Since coming to faith in Christ we have been set free, but we need to believe it and take the “way of escape.”

If we say no to temptation one time, we prove we are free. Sustained victory is just continuing to believe that we are free and repeating that victory, one day at a time. This is how our freedom can be won and maintained: through our faith


That seems simple enough, but can it really work? With God nothing is impossible, but we have to cooperate with Him and understand the sin that so easily besets us. 


1 John 5:18-19  We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.  We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

These verses tell us that the whole world is under the sway of the wicked one but the Christian is different. Those who put their faith in Jesus are born of God and have the power to say no to sin.  To help us to make that truth a reality, we must understand sin.  

Sin is meeting legitimate needs in illegitimate ways. Sin is “missing the mark”, by not living according to the way God’s word instructs us. God does not deny us pleasure, but He does prohibit that which will harm us or lead us into darkness.

For every need we have, God has a plan to meet it. The need for sustenance is met in nutritious food and drink. The need for intimate love is met in marriage. The need for joy is met with enjoyment, gratitude, and contentment for the things God has provided and for the fellowship we have with Him and others who know and love Him.

The Bible makes it clear that Christians do not make a practice of sinning.  To be in harmony with who we are in Christ and God, those in recovery need to embrace their freedom from sin and turn from the old ways that would associate them with the enemy. To do this we need to do two things: We must love the Lord and learn to hate our sin.

John 14:15 (NKJV)  15 "If you love Me, keep My commandments.

·       Love - We need to love God and make our obedience to His word an expression of our love for Him./  The way we live and communicate with God is our relationship with Him. Our obedience demonstrates that we understand and love Him.

Psalm 119:104 Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore, I hate every false way.

·       Hate – We need to change the way we think about our sin. We need to hate it.

Our substance or sin of choice is something we find pleasure in. We enjoyed the sensations of our sin and that is why walking away can feel so unnatural. 

However, if we honestly look at our sin, we will see that there was a good deal of pain, desperation, and suffering involved with it.  Our sin’s darkness was revealed by its bad consequences. Our not following God’s ways leads to shame, guilt, loss, and pain.

To hate our sin, we must look at the truth of how bad it truly was and change how we think and feel about our sin. We must remember the consequences and learn to hate our sin for what it is: a lie and a trap of the enemy who seeks to destroy us.


 Revelation 12:10 …. the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.

When we sin, the enemy is delighted and uses our sin to accuse us of not being “real Christians” and that we are not free from sin. He claims that our failure proves that sin is a fact of our life that we cannot escape. If we believe him, we stay in bondage.


Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Condemnation is a feeling of “strong disapproval”. While accusations usually cease after sins are committed, the enemy keeps a steady stream of condemnation in the afflicted person’s mind to keep them in chains. What we may think of as negative self-talk could be assisted or created by the enemy’s influences.  His condemnations make us feel low, but he is only setting us up.

When we are low enough, the enemy is there to lie and tempt us to sin once again, completing the vicious cycle of deception, temptation, sin, accusation, and condemnation!

But the good news is that when we are in Christ there is hope because the battle has already been won by Jesus. We just must use the authority He has given us and claim our victory. 


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.

Luke 10:17 (NKJV) 17 Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name."

Christ’s victory on the cross has been passed on to those who have faith in Him. We have the authority to cast out evil spirits, say no to sin, and live a victorious new life.

Resist Him – Fight

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

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5  casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6  and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

These verses tell us that even though we have authority over the enemy, we must resist him. Our battlefield is the mind. Resisting the enemy involves challenging every thought that would tempt, accuse, or condemn us as untrue. Proclaiming and living according to truth and our identity in Christ is our means of victory.  Our tactic is to stand on the truth of God’s word and reject any thoughts that would come against us. When we have the truth of God’s word as our foundation for living, we can break the enemy’s vicious cycle and begin living in the Spirit where God guides us into a virtuous cycle that bears witness of the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives.

The Holy Spirit indwells all believers and motivates us to live according to God’s will for our life which results in “good works” such as refusing to sin, reading the Bible, praying, going to church, doing acts of kindness or service, being generous, being loving, forgiving others, sharing the gospel, and seeking to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives.  The good works confirm that the word of God is true and that we are new creations, and this encourages us to endure and to continue to follow Christ regardless of circumstances. Living our lives for God confirms our identity in Christ which encourages, and motivates us to progressively follow Him into more freedom.

To break the vicious cycle that has plagued our lives, we must live out our new lives in Christ by renewing our minds to think and act according to God’s way for our lives, replacing our hurts, habits, and hang-ups with the hope, love, and joy that comes from living a life that is infused with meaning and purpose from God.


Wrap Up

In this lesson, we presented the fact that as Christians we all have a common enemy in Satan and the forces of darkness. He seeks to destroy us but will settle for making us ineffective by keeping us in bondage to our sin.  The enemy’s primary tactic is deception. If we believe the enemy’s lies rather than the truth of who we are in Christ, we make ourselves vulnerable to his attacks. 

The battlefield is the mind as scripture has indicated that the enemy can put thoughts into our consciousness to deceive us, tempt us, accuse us, and condemn us.  The enemy uses our weaknesses against us and causes us to stay locked in our “vicious cycles” through a cyclical strategy to tempt us into sin only to accuse and condemn us to make us prone to another subsequent fall. 

The fact that these are spiritual attacks makes it difficult to discern if we are just battling our flesh or if it is indeed an enemy agent that is continually pulling us into darkness.


The good news is that the remedy for either one is the same. We are to resist the enemy by appealing to the Truth of God’s Word and who we are in Christ. If we continually seek the truth, we will see the enemy’s lies for what they are and reject them.  We rely on God to show us His will and ways for our life.

We can further confound the enemy by renewing our minds to hate our sin and grow our relationship with God so our obedience to His will for our lives becomes an expression of our love for Him. 

When we live life in the Spirit, we will be guided by Him into good works which will confirm our identity in Christ and encourage and motivate us to continue to live a righteous life. Through our cooperation with God, our vicious cycle is ended, and our virtuous cycle of abundant living can replace it. 

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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

Thursday, May 25, 2023

I Need “the One” to Complete Me!– Lies of the Enemy #40 – Purity 1052

I Need “the One” to Complete Me!– Lies of the Enemy #40 – Purity 1052

Purity 1052 05/25/2023 Purity 1052 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of a trio of people gathered near a tree on the shores of Lake Ontario to take in a magnificent sunset sky comes to us from Celestial Blue Photography as Rocco Saya captured this scene back on May 22nd of 2020, commenting at the time that the people were “6 feet apart!”, albeit with a “winking emoji”.  

Well, It’s Thursday and as my “ministry night” has shifted from Thursdays, to Tuesdays, to Wednesdays over the years, I’m not really sure which day of the week I should share a “pathway photo” to encourage my friends (that’s you) to get on or to stay on the path of Christian Discipleship but while I mostly shared this photo because of its epic beauty, it does have a shoreline walkway on display to visual represent the path that leads to amazing things and a life filled with the fruit of the Spirit.  

Last night, I led the Celebrate Freedom Growth Group in a quieting and “affirming” exercise with the intention of leading my newest friends to find a moment of peace and to encourage them to embrace what their Heavenly Father says about them. 

After the group’s initial prayer and “ice breaker”, I decided to step out in faith and tried to lead the group into an “experiential knowledge” of their identity in Christ.  Instructed the group to relax and to let go of the stress of the day, to shake it off, and to release it by doing “box breathing” – to inhale and exhale with a 4 second count and holding the breath for 4 seconds in between. If you’d like to give it a try, inhale 1,2,3,4 – hold it 1, 2,3,4, exhale 1,2,3,4 – hold it 1,2,3, 4 – and repeat.  For those who don’t like counting or that counting becomes a distraction, I advised to just take deep breaths in and out. 

I then invited them to keep breathing, to relax, to close their eyes if they wished to, and to listen as I told them that I was going to read through the who I am in Christ list but that I was going to read through it as if addressing them personally by changing the verbiage to “You”.  I told them that the Who I am in Christ list was based scripture and in essence it is what God wants us to know about ourselves as His adopted children.  I wanted the group to listen to the list and invited them to embrace what the list had to say about who they are, personally.    And so to repeat the exercise – if you’re listening – or reading this – breathe in and out – and try to receive – in your Spirit – what the Lord has to say about you.   

Who You are in Christ.


            You are God’s Child (John 1:12)

            You are Christ’s Friend (John 15:15)

            You have been justified (Romans 5:1)

            You are united with the Lord and one with Him in Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17)

            You have been bought with a price; You belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20)

            You are a member of Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12:27)

            You are a saint (Ephesians 1:1)

            You have been adopted as God’s child (Ephesians 1:5)

            You have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:18)

            You have been redeemed and forgiven of all your sins (Colossians 1:14)

            You are  complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10)



            You are free forever from condemnation (Romans 8:1)

            You are assured that all things work together for good (Romans 8:28)

            You are free from the condemning charges against you (Romans 8:33-34)

            You cannot be separated from the love of God (Romans 8:35, 38-39)

            You have been established, anointed, and sealed by God (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)

            You are a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20)

            You are hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)

            You can find grace and mercy to help you in time of need (Hebrews 4:16)

            You are born of God, and the evil one cannot touch you (1 John 5:18)  

You have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7)

You are confident that the good work God has begun in you will be perfected (Phil 1:6)



            You are the salt and light of the earth (Matthew 5:13-14)

            You are a branch of the true vine, a channel to Jesus’ life (John 15:1,5)

            You have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16)

            You are a personal witness of Christ (Acts 1:8)

            You are God’s temple (1 Corinthians 3:16)

            You are a minister of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-20)

            You are God’s coworker (2 Corinthians 6:1)

            You are seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6)

            You are God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)

            You may approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12)

            You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength (Philippians 4:13)


If you have made Jesus your Lord and Savior, and you know in your heart if you have, every single one of these things are true about you. And I pray for the Holy Spirit to work in your heart and mind to embrace and accept who you are in Christ. Amen.

This is our new life in Christ, so believe it, receive it, and decide to live it.  

I personally love the Who I am in Christ list and practice it daily. Some of the statements speak louder to me at different times but today I want to point to the last statement under the “I am Accept in Christ” section – I am complete in Christ.

 If we have placed our faith in Jesus – we are complete.  And while the world, the flesh, and the devil strive to tell us that we are lacking or that we need to do something to be complete – Christ says “It is finished” and we are made whole – made complete in Him.   

And that 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. 

We’ve decided to end this series as a 40 day devotional so today is the last day and I have decided to take on perhaps the biggest lie of the enemy – the one that tells you that there is something or some “ONE” out there that will “complete you” other than your relationship with God.  

Sorry, Jerry Maguire, the idea that you “complete me” is a lie from the pit of hell because if I believe that and focus on finding my “ONE” or my “QUEST” or My “IDOL”  or whatever to the exception of seeking the Lord, I will discover that my searching and worshipping one of God’s created things – or something I created or built up in my mind as “The IDEAL” – will eventually separate me from God and consign me to perdition as I rejected the only One who truly knows me and who will never leave or forsake me.   

So today’s big and final lie, in this series is.

Lie #40:  I Need “the One” to Complete Me!

Again, as we examine the enemy’s lies that would lead us astray we have to admit that the things he uses to ensnare us are often good or true in some ways but because he is evil, Satan will call what is evil good and will use good things for evil.  

Our need for human companionship or fulfillment are good things but the enemy entices us to make us put our focus on those “good things” only and thus giving them “godlike” status in our lives because we rest our hearts and minds on them rather than God.   With the “myth of the ONE”, Satan takes our desire to be loved and accepted and makes it the all consuming passion of our lives.   

The myth of the One  can make us obsessive – to hold tightly to our “One” if we should find them – or to lead us to despair if “Mr. or Ms. Right” hasn’t come around yet.  This myth can also lead us into sexual sin as we decide to try as many “ONE”’s as we can to make sure we haven’t overlooked anyone. The desperate search can make us depressed and even make us “addicted to love” as our search for true love is corrupted and compromised into sexual sin and striving to find meaning in one of God’s created beings rather than Him.  

The myth of the One tells us that somewhere out there in this world there is a soulmate for each one of us who when we find them will completely fulfill us – making us “complete”.   While scripture encourages marriage, it doesn’t really indicate that husbands and wives are the means to our fulfillment – Christ is – He completes us.  

The myth of the ONE – can also be transferred to the realm of personal accomplishments or obtaining possessions.  Being diligent in amassing wealth or prestige can make us feel powerful, wise, or important.  But in the final accounting, all the possessions of this world or accomplishments of men will mean nothing when we are called into eternity.  We can’t earn or buy our Salvation. Only faith in Jesus can do that.    

I know I always tend to go to the “ultimate things” in my blog because frankly we need to be concerned with the “next thing” =what happens when its all been said and done. And while I will encourage people to seek after their dreams and to find happiness in their personal relationships and through accomplishing their goals or obtaining and enjoying their “stuff” – I feel compelled to make people aware that those things are temporary and the things that really matter are the unseen spiritual realities – God and His kingdom and that we need to seek Him and find our way – His way Jesus – to live.  

So don’t believe that lie that “I need the ONE to complete me”  unless you know that the One that completes us and gives us eternal life is Jesus Christ.   In Christ, we have everything we need so seek Him and follow Him to see what good things come when you decide to answer His call and purpose for your life.


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 verse is:

Psalm 92:1 (NKJV)
1  It is good to give thanks to the LORD, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;

Today’s verse tells us that it is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to His name! 

This is our spiritual practice guys – to give thanks and to sing God’s praises.  Gratitude – thanksgiving – keeps us grounded in the “good news” of all that the Lord has done for us. It leads to joy.  

Singing likewise has been proven as a means to joy and I would say that singing worship songs to the Lord – with sincerity and feeling – can move our knowledge of God and His presence and love for us from our minds to our hearts.  

So practice these things.


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Today we continue sharing from  The Holy Spirit By A.W. Pink.

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A.W. Pink’s The Holy Spirit  

4 - The Deities of the Holy Spirit

Correct views of the Divine character lie at the foundation of all genuine and vital godliness. It should, then, be one of our chief quests to seek after the knowledge of God. Without the true knowledge of God, in His nature and attributes, we can neither worship Him acceptably nor serve Him aright.

“Names” Describe Character

Now the three Persons in the Godhead have graciously revealed Themselves through a variety of names and titles. The Nature of God we are utterly incapable of comprehending, but His person and character may be known. Each name or title that God has appropriated unto Himself is that whereby He reveals Himself unto us, and whereby He would have us know and own Him. Therefore whatever any name of God expresses Him to be, that He is, for He will not deceive us by giving Himself a wrong or false name. On this account He requires us to trust in His Name, because He will assuredly be found unto us all that His Name imports.

The names of God, then, are for the purpose of expressing Him unto us; they set forth His perfections and make known the different relations which He sustains unto the children of men and unto His own favored people. Names are given for this intent, that they might declare what the thing is to which the name belongs. Thus, when God created Adam and gave him dominion over this visible world, He caused the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air to pass before him, that they might receive names from him (Gen. 2:19). In like manner, we may learn of what God is through the names and titles He has taken. By means of them, God spells out Himself to us, sometimes by one of His perfections, sometimes by another. A very wide field of study is here introduced to us, yet we can now say no more than that the prayerful and diligent searcher will find it a highly profitable one to investigate.

What has been said above serves to indicate the importance of the present aspect of our subject. What the Holy Spirit is in His Divine Person and ineffable character is made known unto us by means of the many names and varied titles which are accorded to Him in Holy Writ. A whole volume, rather than a brief chapter, might well be devoted to their contemplation. May we be Divinely guided in using the limited space which is now at our disposal in writing that which will both magnify the Third Person in the blessed Trinity, and serve as a stimulus unto our readers to give more careful study and holy meditation to those titles of His which we cannot here consider. Possibly, we can help our friends most by devoting our attention to those which are more difficult to apprehend.[1]

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