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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”.

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

Today’s Bible verse comes 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. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

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.

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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

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