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Wednesday, August 9, 2023

“Talk to Me” – A Regression into the Dark Side - Self-Deception Series 27 – Purity 1116


“Talk to Me” – A Regression into the Dark Side - Self-Deception Series 27 – Purity 1116

Purity 1116 08/09/2023 Purity 116 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of grey and green coastal shoreline and blue-green waters of the Atlantic Ocean, underneath a pleasant cloud-filled blue sky comes to us from Pastor Andy Elmes as he shared this scene on social media, from somewhere along the Cornwall coast in the United Kingdom while traveling with his family, yesterday.  With a view like this, you can understand why Andy reported he was “Loving Cornwall” and his “Time to just Breathe In.”

Well, It’s Wednesday and I figured Andy’s Cornwall Coastal Cliffs were enough of a hump to visually represent our arrival at the midpoint of my last full week of vacation.  As I consider that it’s “It’s all downhill” from here as I begin the slow descent toward work next week, I am going to do my best to slow things down and just breathe in the peace that this break from work has given me.  

The last couple of days of this vacation were actually spent doing a fair amount of work as I finally put pen to paper to chronicle my “client experience” that is required for Deeper Walk International’s School of Prayer Ministry. A few months ago I went through 6 sessions of prayer ministry with Christy Edge in which we invited the Lord into my past to provide His truth and healing to some memories and misconceptions from my childhood. I spent the last two days writing a report about how the Lord cleaned out my closet with His light of truth and love.  Even though the outcomes were exceedingly positive, recalling and writing about how I processed and resolved some painful experiences I had suffered through and lies I had believed because of them in my childhood was emotionally draining and after I was done I was looking for a way to decompress and have some fun.  

So after dinner last night, I decided to go to “regress” a little by going back to the movies to see “Talk to Me”, an Australian horror film about some teenage kids making a “Tik Tok challenge” out of demonic possession! It turned out to be absolutely terrifying, a little disturbing, and one of the best horror films I have seen in quite some time because it accurately portrayed the dangers of meddling with the occult and how “the spirits of the dead” are actually malevolent demonic entities, although you would have to have a spiritual warfare world view to discern that.  Part of the story documents how one of the characters is deceived into believing that a spirit they contact is their departed loved one, only to discover too late that it’s a lie and that the “spirit” they thought was there to provide comfort and guidance was actually plotting for their destruction. 

“Talk to Me” was well done but didn’t end well as it didn’t have a happy ending. It disturbed me quite frankly because while it was a macabre fantasy film, the spiritual realities that it inadvertently revealed are more truth than fiction. I would recommend it as a cautionary tale and object lesson of why you don’t dabble with the occult and you don’t attempt to talk to the dead because there are no such things as “friendly ghosts”, as every reported paranormal experience, if examined closely, would reveal a demonic agenda to deceive, kill, steal, or destroy.   Unfortunately, the bad ending of “Talk to Me” is all too real as people are being deceived by the world, the flesh, and the devil and trust in themselves or the things of this world instead of finding safety in God’s kingdom by putting their faith in Jesus Christ.

Part of my enjoyment of the horror genre for me lies not in my decision to take them seriously. Unlike others who relieve themselves of the tension created by these depictions of evil by joking or reminding themselves “these things aren’t real”, I choose to not only “suspend my disbelief” but fully enter into the experience by reminding myself that, even though the stories on the screen may have bad effects, gaps in logic or consistency,  or deviate from the truth of the spiritual forces of darkness, there is evil in the world and not all of it lies in the hearts of men and the only thing I comfort myself with is the knowledge that I know the Lord and have His protection as my heavenly Father.

So, Lord, forgive me for my walk on the dark side last night. Although I consider these jaunts into the secular world of entertainment to be “research” in some regards, I know that “regressing” to enjoy the things that entertained me as a child or before I came to Christ, is not good because, as Christians, we are directed to not look back, to move forward, and to put away childish things.

And that brings us to our current series on Self-Deception, where we have decided to investigate some of the ways we deceive ourselves by walking through Step 2, Deception Vs. Truth, of the Steps to Freedom in Christ to see what ways we may have been deceived by “the world” and ourselves and in what ways we have wrongly defended ourselves. 

So we present the fourth of the  “Ways to Wrongly Defend Yourself”:

4. Regression

The Steps to Freedom in Christ describes regression as “reverting back to less threatening times.”

As I stated above, as Christians we are to pursue spiritual maturity by putting away childish things. While we should have “childlike faith”, we aren’t commended for being “babes in Christ” and are encouraged to grow in maturity progressively from “sons” to “fathers”, and to “elders”.   This is the appropriate direction for our life journey after all and is made clear to us when we encounter someone “not acting their age”.  

While I understand that we have liberty and that in some ways there is no harm in enjoying the things we did as children, like coloring, collecting comic books, or playing with toys, the extreme cases of “regression” show us that this isn’t right. The further you go into “childish things”, the more it is clear that this behavior isn’t necessarily where we should be going.

In our warped society today, there are grown men that enjoy dressing up as babies. These deluded individuals have found comfort in abandoning their adulthood and unfortunately, there are others that encourage their regression. 

I know that’s an extreme example but it’s out there and it highlights that although we can enjoy our freedom to fondly reminiscence about our childhoods and even perhaps indulge in the things we like to do as kids, we should realize that there is possible danger there.  

When we pursue childish delights we run the risk of being an escapist by denying reality or by simply choosing to stop growing in the wisdom or into the purpose that God has for us.  

If you honestly believe the “all I really need to know I learned in kindergarten”, you have been deceived. God doesn’t call us to go back to innocent childish times and neither does He call us to “lay down and die”. He has welcomed us into His eternal kingdom, and we are to grow into the fullness of Christ. Our responsibility is to be built up and become equipped to do God’s work and build up His church.  

Ephesians 4:13 (NLT2) tells us
13  This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

So while we all may need to take a break and blow off some steam with a little play from time to time, we should watch ourselves to make sure we are progressing, and not regressing, when it comes to our overall purpose in God’s kingdom and becoming “mature in the Lord”.


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

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

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This morning’s meditation verse comes from the section on Affliction, Discipline, Chastisement, & Trials.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NASB)
13  No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

Today’s verse fall under the thirteenth point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Affliction, Discipline, Chastisement, & Trials

 13. “God will never give you more than you can bear.” 

Today’s verse encourages us that when we are relying on the Lord, His help will allow us to endure temptation.  

Okay, I’m about to throw a flag and penalize the late John G. Kruis, for being offsides here….

Today’s verse is encouraging. It does tell us we can endure. And while I could extrapolate an explanation on how “giving into despair” could be “giving into the temptation” of not trusting the Lord, I have a little bit of a problem with this verse being used to support the true principle that “God will never give you more than you can bear” because frankly even upholding that conclusion demands some extrapolating to make us see its truth.   

I guess the idea that “God will never give you never give you more than you can bear” is true in an ultimate sense because we are always secure in His love and the ultimate protection of His eternal kingdom.  To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, thank God, because there can and will be situations in life that our bodies, our hearts, or our minds won’t be able to bear.   I would say that if we examine some of the excruciating things Christians have suffered throughout history we might be a little more comfortable by changing that sentiment to : “God will never give you more than you can bear in your spirit.” because quite frankly there is documented evidence of “broken hearts, minds, and bodies” that would challenge whether or not God gave us some things we could “bear”.  

Granted, the sufferings we survive can be seen as things we were able to bear. Obviously, we survived! We bore them! Even if we are minus some body parts or some mental, emotional, or physical capabilities afterward– we bore them, praise God!    

But some people don’t survive, their bodies couldn’t bear what they went through, and some suffer violence and perish. Thus we look to heaven to see that all though we die, we live because of Christ.

So yes in these instances – we bear it – we live and bear it,  or we die and bear it.  

But one of the things that we may have trouble bearing is the loss of loved ones, and their absence from our lives is rather unbearable.  In our grief, it sure doesn’t feel like we can bear it. In our physical or mental suffering, it sure doesn’t feel like we didn’t get a raw deal from God.  It sure doesn’t feel like our pain is something we can bear.  

However, that principle – that God will never give you more than you can bear” is true all the same.  

Although those words could be cold comfort to someone who is suffering if they test them by drawing close to the Lord, they will discover that “His grace is sufficient, and when we are weak, He is strong” and that He will comfort and empower us with His presence and His strength and that if we ask for His help we will receive it.  

When you have faith and call on God to help you, He will be faithful, although I can’t tell you exactly how in every situation.  Some are healed, some live with suffering, some are restored, and some remain broken. Some are given more time and life here on earth,  Others are called into eternity – suddenly or slowly. But because of Jesus, we know that God is for us and will never leave us or forsake us. And even though we may suffer greatly, when we seek His help and presence in our lives, we can even take a Bible verse out of its proper context and use its underlying truth to help us to endure and one day proclaim with confidence that God will never give you more than you can bear.


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  The Holy Spirit By A.W. Pink.

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A.W. Pink’s The Holy Spirit

18 - The Spirit Indwelling

The Evidences of the Spirit’s Indwelling

What are the evidences and fruits of the Spirit’s inhabitation? First, wherever the Spirit dwells, He does in some degree mortify and subdue the evils of the soul in which He resides. “The Spirit (lusts) against the flesh” (Gal. 5:17), and believers “through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body” (Rom. 8:13). This is one special part of His sanctifying work. Though He kills not sin in believers, He subdues it—though He does not subdue the flesh as that it never troubles or defiles them any more, its dominion is taken away. Perfect freedom from its very presence awaits them in Heaven; but even now, animated by their holy Indweller, Christians deny themselves and use the means of grace which God has appointed for deliverance from the reigning power of sin.

Second, wherever the Spirit dwells, He produces a spirit of prayer and supplication. “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Rom. 8:26). The two things are inseparable: wherever He is poured out as the Spirit of grace, He is also poured out as the Spirit of supplication (Zech. 12:10). He helps Christians before they pray by stirring up their spiritual affections and stimulating holy desires. He helps them in prayer by teaching them to ask for those things which are according to God’s will. He it is who humbles the pride of their hearts, moves their sluggish wills, and out of weakness makes them strong. He helps them after prayer by quickening hope and patience to wait for God’s answers.

Third, wherever the Spirit dwells He works a heavenly and spiritual frame of mind. “They that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Rom. 8:5–6). The workings of every creature follow the being and bent of its nature. If God, Christ, Heaven, engage the thoughts and affections of the soul, the Spirit of God is there. There are times in each Christian’s life when he exclaims, “How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with Thee” (Ps. 139:17, 18)—such holy contemplation is the very life of the regenerate.

But, says the sincere Christian, If the Spirit of God dwelt in me, could my heart be so listless and averse to spiritual duties? Answer, The very fact that you are exercised and burdened over this sad state evidences the presence of spiritual life in your soul. Let it be borne in mind that there is a vast difference between spiritual death and spiritual deadness: the former is the condition of the unregenerate, the latter is the disease and complaint of thousands of the regenerate. Note it well that nine times over, David, in a single Psalm, prayed, “Quicken me!” (119). Though it be so often, it is not so always with you: there are seasons when the Lord breaks in upon your heart, enlarges you affections, and sets your soul at liberty—clear proof you are not deserted by the Comforter![1]

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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, October 12, 2022

The Witch and the King - Purity 860


 The Witch and the King - Purity 860

Purity 860 10/12/2022 Purity 860 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of the greener than green grass on the hillside below Edinburgh Castle in the United Kingdom comes to us from a friend who decided to cross the Atlantic Ocean for a vacation with a friend and shared this photo on social media yesterday.

Although the skies over said castle seem foreboding, and this scene is “hilly” rather than mountainous, I was drawn in by that vibrant green grass and decided that this “hump” of rock built into a fortress had enough novelty and beauty to adequately visually represent our arrival to the summit of another work week.  So happy Hump Day or “Latha Crom” in Scottish Gaelic.  Now don’t be saying that to any Scots today to seem cool because even though I said it, it may not translate well – as Google Translate interpretted that phrase as “Lean Day” when I ask for the English translation. So much for the accuracy of Google Translate, so be warned.  

This photo and the fact that we are in the “spooky” month of October had me thinking of Hamlet seeing the ghost of his father and had me misremember my knowledge of Shakespeare and led to me doing a failed search for a line in Shakespeare’s work that included the word “Edinburgh” as in ‘get thee to Edinburgh” or something like that but according to my search of the Complete Works of Shakespeare on my kindle app, Edinburgh appears 0 times in all his works.

Anyway I also thought of Macbeth and Shakespeare’s use of witches to offer their prophecies of doom.  And yeah, even though that play takes place in Scotland, all of the action takes place north of Edinburgh.   Not that any of this matters, Edinburgh wasn’t on  on my thoughts this morning until I saw my friends photo, but I was thinking about ghosts and witches.

As the Lord direct our steps, I just happen to be studying 1 Samuel 28 this morning which tells the story of Saul, the doomed king of Israel, in his desperation going against the word of God and seeking out the help of a witch to contact the departed spirit of Samuel for a “word from the Lord.”  

John MacArthur’s commentary on the text pulls no punches and says that even though the Christian understanding of “ghosts” and the contacting of the dead by spiritist is best understood as deceiving spirits that are in league with Satan, Macarthur stands on the word of God as true and states that Saul’s encounter with Samuel was a special miracle allowed by the Lord in this one instance.  For the Lord’s purposes, Samuel’s spirit was brought forth to speak to Saul.   

1 Samuel 28:12 (NKJV) tells us
12  When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice. And the woman spoke to Saul, saying, "Why have you deceived me? For you are Saul!"

The witch of Endor’s reaction reveals that this “conjuring” was not like her usual brand of magic. But beyond this surprise, Samuel’s words reveal that, unlike other supposed spirits brought forth by mediums and spiritists that speak of a happy place where faith in Christ isn’t required,  He was indeed sent for the One True Holy and Righteous God.  

1 Samuel 28:16-19 (NKJV)
16  Then Samuel said: "Why then do you ask me, seeing the LORD has departed from you and has become your enemy? 17  And the LORD has done for Himself as He spoke by me. For the LORD has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor, David.
18  Because you did not obey the voice of the LORD nor execute His fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore the LORD has done this thing to you this day.
19  Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with you into the hand of the Philistines. And tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The LORD will also deliver the army of Israel into the hand of the Philistines."

Saul had disobeyed the Lord and lost the kingdom and when he decided to use a witch to get a “word from God”, He got more than he bargained for. He got the hard truth that he already knew and he got a prophecy of doom that came to pass.  

Saul’s story reiterates the truth of the word of God spoken in:

Leviticus 19:31 (NKJV)
31  'Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

Leviticus 20:6 (NKJV)
6  'And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people.

Saul disobeyed God repeatedly and through this dabbling in occult practices, he was learned that his days were numbered.    

So as we go further into the month of October, I would just like to point out that there is no “good magic” or “good witches”. The practices of mediums, spiritists, and witches are denounced by the word of God and Christians should warn their friends and family to have nothing to do with any occult practices that promise knowledge of the future, a word from departed loved ones, or the casting of spells for good or ill.  Those who practiced such things are deceived or have actually made a covenant with Satan and are thus separated from God.  

And as much as we may be entertained by films like Hocus Pocus 2 or Hereditary and view such things as harmless fiction, we have to realize that God didn’t consider them to be harmless and commands his people to shun such practices.    

So as a person how loved a good scare, and still do, I would just say that to ask for the Lord’s guidance in the things that you expose yourself to and to seek to apply His word to your life to be wise.  

What I used to watch for entertainment, I now watch with a critical eye to see how the enemy operates and the reveal lies that our society is believing.  

The scariest things that I have seen lately is not the movies that depict the spiritual forces of darkness but the reaction of our youth who disbelieve the existence of God and who seem unable to discern good from evil and have sympathy for the devil.  

So keep walking and talking to God and encourage others to know the truth of God’s word and what it says about witchcraft and to avoid it as it defiles all that it touches.


Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

2 Timothy 2:21 (NLT2)
21  If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.

Today’s Bible verse speaks of the importance of purity in the walk of a Christian and how remaining pure prepares you to be used for the Lord’s good work.  

So yes, we should remain undefiled avoiding witchcraft as stated above, but this encouragement from the Apostle Paul directs all of us to be pure for the use of our Lord.  

So we are to avoid sin, particularly sexual sin.  Any sexual activity outside of the interactions between a man and a woman untied in marriage is sin.  Our sins make us impure. They defile us. 

But the good news is that Christians have been washed clean by the blood of Jesus. So all the sins we commit are covered by our covenant relationship with God through faith in Christ.   And if we sin, anew, we simply have to go to the Lord and confess it to reestablish our harmony with Him.  

But we shouldn’t take our forgiveness and use that as a license to sin. Instead we should listen to the abundance of scripture that directs to repent of our sins and to live a life that is good, clean, and holy.  

We benefit so much from living a godly life. Abstaining from sin keeps us free from guilt and shame and give us peace and joy in their place. 

But the best benefit to a pure life is that the Lord will invite you to work for Him and guide you into good works to further your relationship with Him and His will on the earth. 

So repent of your known sins, avoid defiling passions and things of the occult, and live pure life through God and for God,  


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 Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “Discipleship”, also known as “The Cost of Discipleship”

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Bonhoeffer’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available on many websites for less than $20.00.

Chapter Six

The Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 5

On theExtraordinaryof Christian Life

The Beatitudes – Continues

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Disciples live with not only renouncing their own rights, but even renouncing their own righteousness. They get no credit themselves for what they do and sacrifice. The only righteousness they can have is in hungering and thirsting for it. They will have neither their own righteousness nor God’s righteousness on earth. At all times they look forward to God’s future righteousness, but they cannot bring it about by themselves. Those who follow Jesus will be hungry and thirsty along the way. They are filled with longing for forgiveness of all sins and for complete renewal; they long for the renewal of the earth and for God’s perfect justice. But the curse upon the world still conceals God’s justice, the sin of the world still falls on it. The one they are following must die accursed on the cross. His last cry is his desperate longing for justice; “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” But a disciple is not above the master.[27] They follow him. They are blessed in doing so, for they have been promised that they will be filled. They shall receive righteousness, not only by hearing, but righteousness will physically feed their bodies’ hunger. They will eat the bread of true life at the future heavenly Supper with their Lord.[29] They are blessed because of this future bread, since they already have it in the present. He who is the bread of life is among them even in all their hunger. This is the blessedness of sinners.[1]

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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

[1] Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Discipleship, ed. Martin Kuske et al., trans. Barbara Green and Reinhard Krauss, vol. 4, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2003), 106.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Bondage Breaker Lesson 8

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