I Need “the One” to Complete Me!– Lies of the Enemy #40 – Purity 1052
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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 ACCEPTED 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 SECURE IN CHRIST
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 SIGNIFICANT IN CHRIST
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, https://crossexamined.org/ .
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.
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.
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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.
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