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The Desert, The Devil And You Part 2

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June 23, 2021 1:00 am

The Desert, The Devil And You Part 2

Running to Win / Erwin Lutzer

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June 23, 2021 1:00 am

Sometimes, we are tempted to take the easy way out of a trial, even though we know that the easy way is not God’s way. Jesus, hungry and thirsty, was offered all the kingdoms of the world if only He would worship Satan. Sometimes we see a quick solution to our crisis, and we are tempted to dishonor God to meet legitimate needs.

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Rain forests looking to Jesus in perfect or hungry and thirsty. Jesus was offered all the kingdoms of the world. If only worship Satan, we to sometimes see a quick solution to our crisis and attempted to dishonor God to meet legitimately. Today lessons we can take home from an encounter with from the Moody Church in Chicago. This is running to serve as clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line after losing some may say that of course Jesus could tell Satan to take a hike while we who are weaker might find it tough to resist taking the easy way out date. You know when I hear you asked that question.

I think the answer is more complicated than simply a yes or no on the one hand, we must remember, however, that Jesus was tempted in all points such as we are. The Bible says in the book of Hebrews. That doesn't mean that he experienced every single temptation that we do but he did experience them in categories that fit the kind of temptations that we indeed do endure. Is it possible for us to say no to the devil yes more difficult than Jesus. Perhaps, but the authority has been given to believers, we can tell Satan be gone.

Just as Jesus did.

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Now let's listen carefully as we once again go into the wilderness to see how Jesus confronted Satan is saying Jesus. There is an easier way to get the kingdom then to die and be on across because you can take a shortcut and if you take a shortcut you can be wealthy, you can own the kingdoms of this world and you can be powerful so you don't have to do it with integrity. You don't have to do it following the father's plan. No, you simply go ahead and do it worship me and I'll give you of course Jesus said no to that. And he made the statement, you shall not put the Lord your God to the test and then he says, begone, the Satan, for it is written, you shall worship the Lord your God only, and him only shall you serve. While what he's saying is no another parenthesis giving you plenty of them today. Aren't I will. Satan ever get this. Will he ever be worship absolutely fact in one of the messages I meant to talk about whether or not we would have enough faith to trust him even if we were to live in the tribulation. But the Bible says there Satan's puppet antichrist. All that dwell upon the face of the earth shall worship him, except those whose name written from before the foundation of the world in the Lamb's book of life. He'll get his worship 008 is going to be so short because it will be interrupted by the glorious appearing of Jesus Christ to the Mount of olives in triumph and in power and the glory will all be his and his alone. So Jesus passes the test, Jesus says, I believe that I am God's beloved son in me. He is well pleased, and I can believe that without any evidence without any miracle without any shortcut to somehow get possessions and money.

I can believe it, with integrity, because all that matters to me is that I please the father. I find it interesting that it says here in verse 11.

Now that this temptation was over. By the way and look at says and Satan departed waiting for more opportune time.

Sometimes new Christians think that if you encounter Satan and you are victorious. Once you've got it made no he will be back in a more opportune time. But in verse 11 it says and angels came and ministered to him. God sent angels and the angels. I'm sure said to Jesus, we're not here to catch you, though they'd been glad to do it. If so ordered were not here to catch you but we are here to bless you were here to bless you. Who knows, maybe we'll find out someday. Speculation is fast, was over after 40 days and 40 nights. Maybe they even laid the table for him and they had a banquet.

We don't know.

But God is the one who sent angels and said an affected Jesus when you are most desperate when you are most hungry when you pass the test. I will be there for you with these kinds of blessings.

I began this message by telling you I was going to tell you what's really going on in the spirit world in your life and in mind.

So here it is, and you've already picked up on it. The devil is saying, in effect, as he did in the book of Job. Do you see someone so they hold fast their integrity. They go to church, but if you take something away from them.

If you take their children. If you take their possessions they will curse you to your face God is saying wait a moment way to I have people who are going to believe every word that comes out of my mouth.

And if you're here today as a Christian, or your listening by whatever means, whether it's on the media, the Internet, whether it's by radio, listen to me very carefully.

If you're a believer. God says I love you today that you are my beloved son, you are my beloved daughter and in you. I am very well pleased that I can't be what it says in the book of Ephesians we have been graced in the beloved one. You see, God loves us and he loves us and it's independent of performance that hears what the devil does in our lives. He has two different major ways to get at us one as circumstances, injustice fired from a job, unable to make ends meet. As my friend indicated humbling us going through times of distress. Personal conflicts God takes us through that and that's one way that the devil tries to get us to disbelieve that we are still precious to God. After all-you are precious to God he do something for you. Indeed, we let this go on just year after year after year. That's one thing the devil uses and then for us to use as something else that he could have never used for Jesus, but he uses it for us and that is guilt you see is the accuser of the brethren then went as he accuses during the day and during the night and this is what happens. Christian falls into sin their soul is sullied to their soul is defiled and then on what to do. They say to themselves you know God must be so mad at me is no use me really connecting with God because I may do the same thing again and so not properly understanding the gospel. They are led to despair and that devil when because he has separated your soul from the father. There is no fellowship when you have a defiled soul.

I've learned that long ago. How can you look into the eyes of your heavenly father and tell him how much you love him and how much you appreciate his grace and forgiveness of all that you have been your mind.

Their memories of impurity and and sins that you've committed you just say I don't even want to go there and so you may come to church and sing the right songs and listen to the right prayers you leave unchanged. How should we handle that. Should we say will devil you know why I just want to verify one thing I'm not as bad as so-and-so you know if you really want to compare people you go into my bosom, and you find something good and then you presented to Jesus in the devil's is great and he has you for lunch, dinner, supper and dessert is not the way you handle it the way you handle it is you go back to the gospel that says that we are accepted in Jesus and there is nothing that I can do to make God love me less and nothing that I can do to make him love me some Dale Pridgen entire message on that for you unbelievers who didn't clap very loud. John 17 that was left them, as thou hast loved me, you belong to Christ, you are permanently and totally loved and so you come back to Christ and you come back to him and you rely on the work that he did on the cross and don't you dare pull something nice out of your bosom and say what you know.

I did have my devotions this morning so I'm not that bad it's not the basis. The basis is what Jesus did for us, and because he won.

We win even when we fail, that is the good message of the gospel. So how do we counteract the devil. The word of God.

It is written, what is written, and I look in your eyes. We all look at me for just a moment pretend I'm not saying this, but God is your my beloved son, in your by beloved daughter, in whom I am very well pleased. Hunger no miracles, no way to confirm the faith by some dramatic event, but you live by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God.

And when Satan comes and remind you of your past you remind him of his future. I have often quoted Romans eight in my own life. Begone, Satan I say, for it is written, who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect. It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns it is Christ that died, gave, rather, that is risen again, who is even now on the right hand of the throne of God also maketh intercession for us. You can't corner me on this guilt thing. I am a sinner and I did wrong. But Jesus cries blood and sacrifice is great enough and wonderful enough to set me free God. But we also use the work of God. Colossians chapter 2 says that when Jesus Christ died on the cross.

It says that he disarmed all principalities and all powers and made a show of them openly triumphing over them in it you sale Pastor Luther I am so weary. I am so weary of the stress. I am so weary of the pressures. I am so weary physically, mentally and emotionally I can't fight the devil anymore, but hear me when I tell you, you don't have to Jesus did and he won. So we lay hold of the fact that Jesus is the winner in the context but then there's also the people of God you say. Well Pastor Luther Jesus but the devil alone in the desert I can fight my own demons along well. Like I say, newsflash, you're not Jesus, but also think of this when Jesus was in his most difficult temptation when Jesus was assaulted emotionally in a way that he was never assaulted in the temptation in the desert when he was there in the garden of Gethsemane, sweating as it were great drops of blood. When Jesus was there. Then what happened.

He asked the disciples and said come and watch with me, watch me help me bear my burden. Even Jesus needed others in a moment of it as special grief and heartache and agony. Who are we that we think we can do without the prayers of others, and the commitment of other people.

We camped some time ago I was watching what I think is one of the best channels on television. It's the animal channel is sale. Pastor Luther just use your zapper and go through there a lot of channels out there that might in some sense be described that way by going too fast for some of my tongue about the real animal channel and I saw something I said while I hope I can draw the picture for you. Wish we could flesh it on the screen but it's a little too gruesome anyway. But I'll describe here you have a herd of buffalo may be I don't know I'll say hundred 200 out of and here are five or six lions who notice that one of the buffalo is just away from the word may be two or 300 feet, maybe a little farther to lions. Actually, all of them run toward this buffalo. Two of them take one takes one back leg. The other takes the other back leg and they hang on for dear life in this massive beast begins to slow down soon as he slows down other liens On his back, others begin the process in his underbelly, and you can just begin to visualize what happened that one lion doesn't understand buffalo very well. He goes for the buffalo's head. Bad idea.

The buffalo puts his head down like this and just up with his horns and he threw that lion in the air, probably six or 8 feet in fact, the commentator said that the lion died the next day you never want to tackle buffalo at the horns now.

What interested me is there buffalo payroll standing.

No one is grazing just staring, just staring, I don't know what or not.

Buffalo can think never been one never talk to one.

But if they can think they're probably thinking this, I'm sure glad that's not me. What a picture of Satan's the splitter.

The splitter first of all he wants to split people from the church and from other believers.

I'll tell you how he does it he does it, primarily through anger and bitterness. You've been hurt in church. Other Christians have hurt you. Other Christians have not appreciated you. In fact, things have been done and you've experienced injustice at the hand of Christian and so your say to yourself. So much for believers enough to have anything to do with those hypocrites.

The lion who is trying to devour us licks his chop sentences right. I got them split from the herd and he wants to use that bitterness in your life and that anger and that disposition to do it and then he does it and then he begins to attack you in other ways you know once you're cut off from the herd, you're vulnerable to all kinds of other things in. Unfortunately, sometimes Christians hear about it. Or maybe they even say it in safe mode.

You know what so-and-so is going through. I I'm sure glad it's not happening to me.

Listen, if those buffalo had decided as a herd to take on those liens and blundered toward them.

The liens would have fled with all that they possibly were because the lions were no match at all for a herd of buffalo with our horns blazing taking care of those liens we need one another in the church you're going through a trial and God is saying to you, you need to share that request with someone you need somebody to help you bear your burdens. I've been through it. I know what some of you are going through your going through times when you don't even have enough faith for yourself because you've been so assaulted by the devil. Somebody else has to believe and trust with you and that's why today here at the Moody church.

We have prayer partners and I'm going to ask them right now to stand in the aisles and if you're in the balcony. If you go up the stairs in the atrium area you're going to find prayer partners. There because in a few moments were going to be singing a hymn together and I want you to share your need with a prayer partner will not only pray today but promise to pray for you all week.

This is not an opportunity to receive counsel. It's an opportunity to in a sentence or two to say my heart is heavy today because of ABCD. Would you lift me up in prayer. If you see that there are some lines that are long, go anyway because we have other prayer partners will step in. Let me say also.

Some of you couples I speak to the man you should be a leader. Take your wife's hand and say were going for prayer together because the devil is splitting us, splitting us from God, splitting us from other people and splitting us from each other. The splitter cannot win.

We will not let the splitter split. We will hang in to every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. And if you're Christian, God says I love you and Jesus died for you.

If you're not a believer in Christ today you come forward to tell somebody.

I want to be saved in these prayer partners will help you. Let us pray together. Father take these words, we thank you that Jesus triumphed were Adam failed Adam in a beautiful garden, Jesus in a desert conquered and for that we are deeply grateful. Now we ask that the Holy Spirit is been given to the church may speak to all of us. Our hearts and remind us that we all need prayer, one with another, may many people today respond and say we come we want the devil to win. We want Jesus to try bring us all back into fellowship with the father we pray in Jesus name amen my friend today. This is Pastor Luther hope that you understand how critical this series of messages is perhaps you missed some of the messages or you would like to hear these messages again and again for a gift of any amount they can be yours. Here is what you do go to RTW that's RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337. Let me explain that the reason that running to win exists is to help people make it across the finish line is you have frequently heard us say but more than that. We want resources in your hands and in your home that will not only bless you. But bless others. We exist to help you in the struggles the challenges and in your walk with God and that's why we've made this series of messages available, famines, deserts and other hard places that I have to tell you that for a gift of any amount.

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