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Visit our website and learn more about harvest firstname.lastname@example.org double uses is with great effect visit so we bring Christians down diversity in your search for the Q enemy exploits our weakness and then he condemned Mr. Gregori urges us to recognize temptation. We just because the breathers dangled in front of you doesn't mean you've done anything wrong. When you take a bite. Many of us have shown without even realizing scammers admit long on your time. Find a weakness. Satan is like practicing a lot longer today on a new beginning for Greg Laurie warns his tactics and strategy believers. We are under the protection of your Bibles and Revelation chapter 12 the title of my messages. Angels and Demons Revelation 12, verse seven, war broke out in heaven Michael and using those file with the Dragon and the Dragon and his angels probably did not prevail.
There was a place found for them any longer in heaven. For that great Dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the devil, who deceives the whole world. He was cast of the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say no subagent of strength in the kingdom of our God and the power of his Christ to come for the accuser of the brethren, who accuses them before God did night is been cast down, and they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony, and he did not love their lives to the death.
Verse 12 therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you that dwell in them.
Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the seal for the devil is come down you having great wrath, because he knows he has short time versus we learn a lot about the double.
The devil knows his days are numbered. The Dell knows his days are numbered verse 12 he knows he has a short time.
This might come as a shock to you but the devil is quite Orthodox in his theology. By that I mean if I were to interview the devil which I would never want to do. I think you might be surprised by his answers. If I were to say to the double loop server. Let me ask you this. Do you believe the Bible is the word of God if he was honest he would CSI do I believe every word of it. I hate every word of it. I'm in rebellion against it, but I believe it's the word of God because the Bible says the demons believe in trouble if I would ask the double double due believe Jesus Christ is the son of God, he would say absolutely because during the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. Satan said to Christ, since you are the son of God.
Why don't you turn about to do a piece of bread and so forth. So he acknowledges these things, he knows his days are numbered.
He's filled with rage and he wants to write as much havoc as he possibly can in Revelation 12 God gives the order for Michael a higher ranking angel than the devil did take out the trash. By the way, the devil is not the equal of God. I think sometimes people think there's God there's a double you know God is omnipotent God is omniscient God is on the presence of God is omnipotent, which reads all powerful that's true. We think the doubles all-powerful to know the devil's limits to his power.
God is omniscient, which means all-knowing Satan is not all knowing that we know something God is omnipresent, which means it can be everywhere at the same time, the devil can only be in one place at one time. He's not the equal of God, and in fact he isn't even as powerful as Michael the Archangel, because Michael is the one that takes out the trash and kick some out of glory J Michael Bonaparte for angels and I like their God's secret agents.
They would say give the glory to God right to see you Michael you prompted us on with the grammatical construction of the phrase in the Greek care indicate Satan starts this. In other words, it can be translated. Michael and his angels had the fight Dragon devil chooses off Michael why why would you try to get into if I was someone who could pulverize you. I don't know maybe because sin makes you stupid. And maybe the devil is diluted from owner thinks he can be Michael and now he suffers is great defeat here something now the devil doesn't want you to know the devil does not want you to know he attacks with accusation we need to understand his tactics going back to the story of Joe, the angels appear before God. God says to Satan. What if you been up to the double answers. Then the Lord says, have you considered my servant Job, a perfect and upright man, one that fears God and shuns evil, Satan says was paraphrase of give me a break. Job follows you because you give me cool stuff he follows you because you blessed let me a little time with will see what is really made of the Lord allow the devil to bring a series of hardships in the life of Joe. Joe came through with flying colors.
But the point is, the doubles their attack counterpoint accusing and that's what he does with us. Verse 10 says a Revelation 12 the accuser of the brethren, who accuses them before God is been cast down. The devil uses this with great effect. This is how we brings Christians down first TTM shoe and he put some horrible thought in your mind at the worst imaginable time like right now writing a boom thought right there some evil, twisted thought it would come from the double sending delicate where that come from I don't know, and you are such a hypocrite. Why are you even sitting here at church a ride. Maybe I should leave you leave right now.
We it's not a sin to be tempted. It's not the bait that constitutes sin. It's the buying just because the betas dangled in front of you doesn't mean you've done anything wrong. That's when you take a bite of the bait and then you're hooked. And then you're in the frying pan with some vegetables right so the point is rejected know where it came from. I reject that that's not from God. Gillette supplied a different way so the devil says to either to go ahead and commit this sin. No one will ever know you'll totally get away with it you can trust. Remember Jesus or so is it okay yeah will do you do it now. The devil comes back.
You are the worst Christian of all time. Don't even think about opening the Bible, it would be hypocritical of you to read the Bible right now it would be so wrong of you to even pray you don't even think about going to church and what will those are all lies. That's the accuser of the brethren. That's the very moment you immediately go to the Lord in prayer and ask him to forgive you of your sin. Lesson Satan will always use your sins and a hateful way to drive you away from Christ. The Holy Spirit will convict you of your sins in a loving way to always bring you to Christ. Here's how you overcome the double verse 11 Revelation 12 the overcame him by the blood of the Lamb by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives that that that they overcame the devil by the blood of the Lamb with resentment means the only reason I can approach God right now is because of the blood that was shed for me by Jesus Christ. I bring this up because sometimes even we who have known the Lord for a while can get into a little work, self-righteousness, strip trip, that's a 60s word is in it. What your trip, you said we get into the work self-righteousness trip. What is it while it is a trip you trip there. You get hung up there may think like what I been a good Christian this week. I read my Bible every day and I prayed and I even told someone about Jesus and how Lord I come before you feel so deserving. But then you mess up you don't read your Bible, you don't praying you do what you shouldn't have done, you still come because the only way I have access to the throne of God.
The only way I will ever have access to the throne of God, past, present and future is through the blood of the Lamb because Jesus died for me. Hebrews 1019 says, dear friends, boldly enter heaven's most holy place because of the blood of Jesus. This is the new life-giving way that crisis open up for us. The sacred curtain by means of his death, Greg Lord will have the second half of his message in just a moment. Everybody what are you doing this weekend. I like to hang out with you at harvest and home service syndrome. It is a time of worship and Bible study exclusively designed for people that are viewing in from all over the place so you can be a part of our extended congregation at Harvest at Home. Join us this weekend Saturday and Sunday for Harvest at Home@harvest.org we're learning today.
How to avoid the doubles traps and snares as Pastor Greg brings us a message called Angels and Demons. I got a really wonderful letter the other day from a young lady, age 14, and she's been raised in the church and she started listening to me and I just got a 14-year-old is listening to me actually I love it when younger people are listening and dies. She said you know sometimes I feel so bad for the bad things I've done and then when I print you preach.
I just realize that God can forgive me.
I'm reminded of that over and over again. I think I'm glad she's getting that message no matter what you've done you can go to Jesus right now if you come the right way through the blood of the landlord. I've said I admitted I own it. I blew it. I'm sorry you paid the price for this sin. I churn from that sin. The Bible says if you walk in the light as he is in the light you up fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses you from Alston verse John 190 verse every Christian should memorize, but I just forgot it. No idea for someone.
Nine if we will confess our sins he is faithful and just to what forgive us our sins and cleanse us from some bad things cleanse us from all unrighteousness, all, not some all so what is it mean to confess means I just agree with God but so you and I going get a burger after church and in and out of course I wanted to go to Chick-fil-A, but they're close on Sunday.
The guts good thing I guess. But it was they were open sometimes. Honestly that's sacrilegious anyway. So we get a burger. I said I was an amazing burger you say I agree that was an amazing burger.
We agreed we confess by that I mean you agreed with me and I agreed with you, so God says that is sin, and I hate it. You say I agree with you. God, that is sin, and I hated to if you will confess your sin if you will agree with God in his assessment of sin is faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness to other things that God says the memo you like why don't have to get married. I'd rather just have sex with this guy or this girl. I think it's okay and I will just move in together will live together God's armor. Then always, I'm fine with that. God is our Dean marriage for a man and a woman to leave their father and mother and be joined to each other in this bond of marriage for you so I'm okay with the will, God sent okay with it. So basically if you're living that way you're living in sin outside of the will of God.
Listen if you live in sin and don't repent of that sin that separates your communication with God is very important that you get this sorted out because the Bible warns about giving the devil a foothold giving the devil a foothold. Ephesians 427 says don't give the devil an opportunity to lead you into sin or another translation says don't give the devil a foothold then goes on to say how you give the devil a foothold by holding a grudge by nurturing anger by harboring resentment by cultivating bitterness by holding a grudge. I can give the devil a foothold say why hold a grudge because a person dripping down so I'm holding the crunch will you know what, that's wrong, you're giving the enemy a foothold you should forgive them for they don't deserve forgiveness. Okay, do you know but that's beside the point.
Just about then no, don't hold a grudge you know why you're not hurting them, you're hurting you right number two it says nurturing anger nurturing anger, you might be angry but you nurturing your poor little gasoline on it in a way you will most like to be angry.
I know certain people are always mounted someone always mounted someone. This happened not happen there.
The people out there get road rage all the time right don't nurture your anger.
Thirdly, harboring resentment, harboring resentment, finally cultivating bitterness.
See the problem with bitterness is better. People are not content to be bitter alone, though they are a lot better party of one we have your table, but the bitter people are always spreading the bitterness. Do you think that person should do thus and so you because I don't and in their sort of spreading it around.
No, don't do these things because when you do these things according to the Bible you giving the devil a foothold. Okay, they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb by the word of their testimony just means that they were moving forward. Listen, the best way to not go backwards is to move forward. The best way to not lose ground is to gain ground in the way we gain ground as a Christian as by the proclamation of the gospel in the armor of God spoken of in Ephesians 6 were told to put on the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the sword of the Spirit, then this is having your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
Put on your gospel shoes so the way a Roman soldier would advance would be through marching forward that would have these boots with cleats and then that would give them the ability to gain ground. So the way we overcome the devil as to the blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony and they loved not their lives to the death. They knew their lives belong to God. One last thing about angels. They rejoice when a sinner turns from their sin it comes to Jesus. Jesus said there is joy in the presence of the Angels over one sinner who repents you want to get the Angels partying right now you want to get the Angels excited believe in Christ but your faith in him. I'm talking to somebody right now the discomfiture under the burden of guilt and sin you've done things you know you shouldn't have done. You don't know how to get rid of this burden you need to get to the root of the problem which is your sin, you need to confess your sin and say God I call it what it is I'm tired of rationalizing that I'm tired of making excuses for I need your help. Maybe or under the control of a vice. I mentioned drinking it could be drugs it to be so many other things that have a stranglehold on you. You think you've sort of conquered it, but it comes back to bite you and you don't know how to get over you can't do it on your own or maybe you're here as a person is never heard any of these things before this whole idea of a God in heaven who loves us and supernatural world of angels and demons is all new to you but it's all true.
You can come into a relationship with Jesus Christ right now and be forgiven of every sin you've ever committed, but I told you what you have to do if you will confess your sin is faithful and just to forgive you your sin and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Jesus died on the cross for you and for me, for us because he loves us Jesus and for God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have ever lasting life God loves you. God wants a relationship with you. He welcomes you with open arms. All you have to do is admit your sin and realize Jesus died for you and put your faith in him or if you fallen away from the Lord, you need to come back to him and say I'm sorry Lord and he will forgive you were to give you an opportunity to do that. Maybe there's somebody here today who would just say I need Jesus. I don't know what will happen when I die I want to go to heaven. I want to get rid of this guilt and the sin I want to fill this hole in my life. Maybe there's some of that would say I've messed up. I know it's right and that's Christ to come in my life, but I've turned away from him or done something I know I should not of done and I want to recommit my life to Jesus.
I want to come back to Jesus I need is cleansing out that your desire. I want you to pray this prayer after me and you could even print out loud, pray these words Lord Jesus, I know that I've sinned against you, but I know you died on the cross for my sin and you shed your blood for me so I come to you now asking you to forgive me of my cleanse me clean me Lord, thank you for all that you've done for me. Thank you that you've heard this prayer I ask you now in Jesus name Greg Laurie important prayer with those making a change in the relationship with the Lord today. If you made that change.
Today we want to follow up with you and send what we call our new believers growth package, it will answer many of the questions you might have help you get started in this new life with the Lord will send it to you free of any charge when you call us at 1-800-821-3300. That's a 24 hour phone number again 1-800-821-3300 or go online to harvest.org and then we want to mention Pastor Greg's brand-new book called Lenin, Dylan, Alice and Jesus as a look at the life stories of so many famous music artists whose lives self-destructed and Patrick so my look at all the trouble that those people get into and say yeah that's why I don't even listen to the crowd anymore, but often their struggles are common struggles. That's right and there's some things we can learn from them is not right. Oh sure, these are just people. When the day is done, and they go behind the closed doors of where they live there just regular people like you and I are, they have the same struggles they have the same insecurities they have that they have the same questions and just because they have all these things doesn't mean that there Be a fact. That's why so many of them turned to drugs or other things because they're not finding the fulfillment in the things they may have thought they would find fulfillment in a lady wrote a book talking about hitting the high note and she referenced different people who had great success in their careers, like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. And she said the reason they turned to drugs is because they couldn't hit the high note anymore by that she was not speaking of literally kidding. I note, but they could maintain that level of excitement and euphoria that they may have experienced when it first started for them. You sort of adjust to that you become acclimated to that. So then you say what is the next high note. What's the next accomplishment. What is the next mountain to conquer. Then you conquer that, then you say what's the next thing to do. What's the next car I should driver what's the next house I should live in her house as I should buy our yacht. I should have then you accomplish that you seek what's in the and on and on it goes and it just empty empty empty. The Bible says there is nothing new under the sun was welcome Muggeridge once said, all news is old news happening to new people and you would think that rock stars would look of the lives of other rock stars who have crashed and burned and say I'm not going to do that but get so many of them do so. It's a story of people were searching, but many of them have found the Lord. Tragically, many of them have not found the Lord so this book looks at both sides of that and what happens with the decisions you make in life. I think though ultimately it will be a very encouraging book for you to not give up praying for people you know that are not yet believers listen, this would be an excellent book to give to anyone you know who is not a believer but the rev fan of rock music because I think this book will really speak to them.
Yeah, that's right. And again.
It's called Lenin, Dylan, Alice, and Jesus is subtitled the spiritual biography of rock 'n' roll health that loved one. Learn from the mistakes of these high profile music icons and avoid heartache and tragedy. It's a book with some strong warnings, but it's also a book of strong hope as well and would like to send you Lenin, Dylan, Allison, Jesus, to thank you for your donation right now, it's your investments in this outreach that allows to keep bringing Pastor Greg's insights each day. So call us today at 1-800-821-3300. That's a 24 seven phone number 1-800-821-3300 or go online to harvest.org next time to spend a little more time discussing Pastor Greg's finding new book, Lenin, Dylan, Allison, Jesus be a fascinating conversation. Join us here on a new beginning. Pastor and Bible Greg Laurie and I new beginning as a podcast, made possible by harvest partners, helping people everywhere know God if this show has impacted your life. Share your story leverage you on your favorite podcast and help others find help