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June 11, 2021 1:00 am
Our bad habits create prisons of our own making. The walls we build keep us from being all that we could and should be. But God wants us to be free. That’s why He’s made for us a way of escape. In this message we hear final thoughts on breaking the chains that bind us.Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Rain forests looking to Jesus our bad habits create our own making walls we build. Keep us from being all that we could be and should be. God wants us to be free. That's why he's made for us a way of escape today.
Final thoughts on breaking the chains that bind you from the Moody Church in Chicago. This is when with Dr. Erwin Sir, whose clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line pastor Luther, some may say that for them.
Deliverance is not possible.
What would you say to what you know Dave is a pastor before I said anything to them. I would want to listen to their story. I want to understand them better because there's so much hurt in the world is not only the hurt that people have done, but the hurt that others have done to them. So I'd like to know why it is that they feel this way but then of course I would give them hope. I would remind them that the Bible actually talks about God even delivering a lot from Sodom and Gomorrah and how the Lord is able to deliver people out of temptation. God is a God of deliverance and we have to believe and we have to trust his promises that might not be easy it might involve, of course, accountability. But at the same time I say with confidence.
You don't have to stay where you are. God is taken.
Many people out of the mire repacked as the Bible says and has set their feet on a rock. I believe that these messages that have been here on running to win are a great blessing to you when you consider having these messages permanently so that you can share them with your friends and all those who might be interested for a gift of any amount they can be yours.
Here is what you do go to RTW offer.com that's RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337 I'm going to be giving you that contact info again because today is the last day that we are making this sermon series available to you how to break as stubborn habit. Let's listen carefully his grace knows how much you can take and if you are in a sinful habit that is too much for you it is because you yourself steer your way into that situation or else you can say I don't have to commit that sin, I might say just to clarify that even if you brought yourself into that situation tonight.
You can decide to get out of it because nobody has to perpetually live in defeat because the provision has been made for victory.
But I want you to realize that it is important for you to accept temptation and even thank God for it as a choice and an opportunity to choose for him was talking to someone who was involved in in deep sin, deep sin. It was an incredible situation and this person said I couldn't extricate myself from it. Until I realize that even if I were tempted from now until the day I would die I would thank God for that temptation and I would thank God that I had the opportunity to choose for him and eventually that person broke that sinful habit.
Through the help of the Holy Spirit. So don't think that spirituality that you're going to reach a certain plateau where you will never be tempted. No, you will be tempted.
But spirituality is the ability to know how to handle it.
Second observation is this. We are tempted, in a moment of weakness.
We are tempted, in a moment of weakness watching those moments of weakness.
Notice it says that when Jesus had fasted 40 days and 40 nights. He then became hungry and the tempter came and said to him, if you are the son of God, command that these stones become bread.
When did he tempt Jesus when Jesus was desperately hungry. Satan tempted him in an area where Jesus was going to be weak because it was there that Satan thought he could win his victory. Now I don't know what your area of weakness is but oftentimes Satan comes to us just in a time when we are in emotional stress. No have you ever found people who perhaps lose their temper and they say well just everything went wrong.
The kids were bad. You heard about the man who decided to buy his wife some flowers.
One day, just out of the blue and that she met him at the door and there he was with these flowers and that she said all know she does. She said this is awful. She says the kids been bad. The roast is burned, I had some friends over some company in the house wasn't cleaned up and now my husband comes home drunk. Well moral of the story is husbands do that more often so that your wife will be a shock to her system but here's the thing you spine. People who have all of the struggles all of these things a very bad day. The kids are bad.
The roast is burned and so they blow up and they begin to blame their circumstances and begin to say well it was because of these things that I blew up.
Actually, you can never blame your circumstances. Did you know that because your circumstances are neutral. It is you that has lost his temper in is you that has to bear the responsibility for that and it is at those moments of weakness. However, Satan likes to exploit this and likes to tempt us and a moment of weakness is when you are very, very frustrated many of you say well I have my moments of weakness than all the time. Well, maybe you do, but those are the moments to watch and the moment to watch is not only when you are frustrated but also when you have just been victorious those of the moments you member the children of Israel at AI they had just conquered Jericho the city had just fallen down and then they said well that is, they had conquered Jericho and they said let's go and capture AI and they did not receive counsel from the Lord, but they sent an army up there and the Army was soundly defeated in 18 men were killed. Why, because of the self-confidence that the victory of Jericho generated all if you have one. A great spiritual victory. Watch and pray that you do not fall into temptation because it is at that moment that you are most vulnerable. 1/4 observation and that is this, that every temptation must be dealt with immediately. Every temptation must be dealt with immediately.
And if you're taking notes. This is the one that should be underlined in red. Notice that Jesus, as soon as Satan presented this to them. Jesus did not stop to consider it.
He didn't necessarily stop to debate it but he simply said it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God. And I want to talk to you very plainly tonight because one of the problems that we have in our society is sensuality and sensual temptation and I want to stress in the strongest possible words that you must deal with those thoughts that come into your mind at the very moment that they enter.
That's the time to deal with those thoughts and to say I reject those thoughts in the name of the Lord Jesus, that is the time do not say to yourself well I will enjoy these immoral thoughts for a while and then afterwards I'll back out of them. If you say that I'll tell you what will happen. You can reject the thoughts but the desires of your body. Continue and because the desires of the body continue.
Consequently, those thoughts will reappear and reappear and reappear because you have set in motion certain desires which cannot be rejected like that thoughts can be desires take longer and I want to give you a little bit of practical advice here. If you reject those thoughts immediately in the name of the Lord Jesus.
If the desires have already been set in motion which is to say that you have sinned, the thing to do immediately is to confess your sin immediately.
Don't wait until you get home at night. Don't wait until you have a more convenient season. Whether you're riding on a bus or whether you're walking down the street no matter where you are, instantly, confess your sin. Here's why. Because the Bible says if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us. Did you know that if you confess your sins immediately.
God will actually cleanse the desires of your body so that your thought life will be able to get back on on the right course because you see God not only can deal with the mind, he can actually deal with the cleansing process of the soul. And that's why it is so desperately important to deal with temptation immediately immediately. Oh how I've had to learn that because sometimes I thought to myself, well in a while I'll confess my sins because you think I'll put it off and you think to yourself, you know, I'm embarrassed about this. Why should I confess my sins immediately but listen, you're going to have to end up confessing that sin. Anyway, so why not do it immediately, then not only will you be forgiven, but also God will take the desires and cleanse them. He will do that subjectively in your soul as you apply first John 19 I refer again to a man who had was a homosexual and he said to me he said sometimes. I had to confess my sin perhaps four or five times per minute. The temptation was so strong, but eventually he said as Satan gave up on me and that man today is delivered, but the time to use first John 19 is not at some future moment, but he immediately deal with that sin and you will find that it will not gain the root in your life and how important that is. Now that is true regardless of whether the sin is sensual or other kinds of sin to deal with it immediately is very important now for last observation and that is this that victory is one by our authority by our authority. Now perhaps you are struggling in Samaria. Some thought comes to your mind and you say I reject that thought in the name of the Lord Jesus. And just like that that pot is back.
Perhaps some of you are experiencing a spiritual struggle that is so intense that is so great that even when you reject thoughts they come back to you immediately. Now, when you encounter that it could well be that you are not merely dealing with your sinful habits, but that you are dealing with the devil. You'll notice that Jesus here did not argue with the devil. But Jesus constantly quoted the word of God and finally Jesus said to him in verse 10 he gonna Satan, for it is written, you shall worship the Lord your God and serve him only minutes is than the devil left him, and there may be times in your experience in your life where you have to use this formula and simply say be gonna Satan, for it is written, and then quote a verse of Scripture that relates direct light to the problem that you are facing now. Sometimes people think that the way in which you deal with the devil is to simply shout a verse of Scripture, Adam, and it'll do the work. Know it won't. It is in the matter of having a shouting match and the person who can shout the loudest will win, you shout a verse of Scripture of the devil, and he my child one back as he did in the case of Jesus Christ. The power of the word of God is not that it is some sort of a fetish that we can simply throw at the devil the power of the word of God is simply this, that when we bring our lives under the authority of the word of God is then that we have the ability to exercise authority. Remember the centurion.
He says I am a man who has authority and I can say to so-and-so that you go and he goes, but the centurion says I am also a man under authority and as we bring our lives in subjection to the word of God and bring them under the authority of the Scriptures, then we can say with confidence be gonna Satan, for it is written, and the Satan must flee when we use truth that boldly he must flee when we use truth that boldly and there are passages of Scripture that talk about the fact that we are seated with Jesus Christ and heavenly places and adjust as Satan is under Jesus Christ's feet so he is under hours because we are there with him. If we so to speak in boldness say be gone.
Satan, for it is written, and it's amazing what sometimes happens in people's lives when they exercise their authority. I think that one of the best-kept secrets in the Christian church is the authority of the believer and people do not realize that they have that authority.
It is an amazing authority that God delegates to us as we bring our lives under the authority of the word of God. We can exercise that authority. Some of you parents are praying for unsaved young people, or maybe your children are out in the world involved in all sorts of iniquity. The best way that you can pray for them is not merely to sale God change them, but you as a parent as a high priest before God what you want to do is intercede on their behalf and to say in the name and the authority of Jesus Christ. We as parents take back the ground that our young person is given to Satan we take that background as a priest before God. I've seen some of the most amazing answers to prayer. When parents pray just that boldly because their young people perhaps are in a position where they aren't going to do it and so the parents like we as priests before the living God. We not only intercede for our young people by asking God to change them. But we need by faith stand between heaven and hell for them and we take back that ground that is your authority as a believer and God answers.
Such boldness on our part. Now I want to conclude with simply saying that the best way that you can insulate your life from Satanic attack is through righteousness.
You know the Bible talks about the breastplate of righteousness. You know that some of you may be experiencing demonic activity in your life but the real reason that you are experiencing. It is because there is some sin in your life that you haven't really dealt with.
I remember talking with someone who had such demonic activity in their life that they were so deeply agitated that sometimes those spirits had to be rebuked, just in conversation.
That's the intensity with which this person was in spiritual struggles, and I was giving them all sorts of ways to deal with Satan and that nothing helped. And finally, I asked this person.
I sit is there some sin that you have not told me about that you have never been able to put under the blood of Christ in this person said yes and they told me about an incident in their past where there was an immoral relationship and they had never been able to gain victory over that and that guilt was so exploited by the devil. Now, when the Satan accuse you all tell you when he does it he does it. During the night, and he does it during the day. You remember that verse in Revelation. He says he accuses the saints day and night that once this person was able to see the victory of the blood of Jesus Christ and acclaimed by faith that the blogger had indeed cleanse them from that sin and that there was no way that that sin could ever be held against them again because God's forgiveness is so complete a remarkable thing happened. The demonic activity ceased. In most cases, what is really at the root is some sin that people have been dealt with. If you intend to have any victory in breaking your sinful habit.
If you intend to be victorious in the struggle that we have with satanic powers.
You must deal with sin and you tell a lot of people that and they say, if that's what I've got to do. I'm not going to do it because dealing with sin is painful and you can go to all sorts of conferences and have all sorts of remedies but you will never be free in your spirit until you deal with sin. So first of all, except the fact that you will be tempted recognize and be very very cautious in moments of weakness when you've been victorious or when you're under strain and pressure deal with the temptation immediately like Jesus did and deal with it by bringing your life under the authority of the word of God like Christ did.
Jesus Christ life was lived under the authority of the father.
Therefore Jesus could exercise authority and say be gonna Satan, for it is written and you can exercise that authority to as your life deals with sin and then your life is brought into subjection to the living God, and you will learn that in the process of breaking that sinful habit. God will teach you things that are just tremendous. That's why I'm so excited when I talk to people when people come with problems. I always look for sin because they're such a good remedy for that and the thing that God wants us to do is to use these sorts of struggles to teach us things about himself that we would know otherwise. So rejoice, don't look so sad to some of you be exceedingly glad, for God is going to do great things in your life as you apply the word of God to your life. Now there may be some of you here who have never known what it is to ever put your sins under the blood of Christ because you're not even save you in a moment were going to be singing a song and if you have never accepted Christ as your Savior. You ought to get out of your seat and follow the counselors to these rooms and to say Lord Jesus you died for me and I am a sinner and I accept you tonight how you do that you do that, and I encourage you to because you will discover freedom and forgiveness from the only one qualified to do those things for us. Let's pray together. Our father, we thank you so much that you have given to us. Your word says you have given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.
I thank you that there is not one person here tonight to ascend to my chores into deep sin for you because you anticipated all of the uglies of life. When Jesus died on the cross help us father as we try to break our sinful habits as we dedicate ourselves to you and your word and as we deal with sin. We pray in Jesus name, amen. You know my friend is a pastor. I don't want to give the impression that all that you need is Bible verses in order to overcome your sinful habits, or your hurt. Oftentimes their emotional needs that only other people can meet as you share as you pray together and of course oftentimes the scars of the past. Continue but they continue as scars not open wounds. I believe that this series of messages can be of great help to you as you begin to understand the scope of what God wants to do in your life and the holiness he wants to bring about in all of us for a gift of any amount. These messages can be yours.
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It's not a one-man show in this ministry certainly is not the ministry of the church, or a person or an organization. It is your ministry, and together we are running to that famous finish line.
You can write to us at running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 Erwin lutes has concluded, breaking the chains of bondage, the last of four messages in his series on getting to know next time a series on famines, deserts and other hard places guidance for facing life as it gets harder and harder to bear.
Thanks for listening, Dr. Erwin lutes are this is Dave McAllister running to win his monster teacher