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What The Serpent Wants From You Part 1

Running to Win / Erwin Lutzer
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February 10, 2022 1:00 am

What The Serpent Wants From You Part 1

Running to Win / Erwin Lutzer

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February 10, 2022 1:00 am

Many of us feel that God doesn’t love us or that He’s alienated from us. Although Satan is a defeated foe, he’s “out on bail” for now, trying to destroy each of us. Understanding his tactics is crucial. In this message, we’ll receive pastoral counsel through five truths when we face spiritual attack. If we belong to God, we are not under the curse of Satan. 

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Race is looking to Jesus, founder and perfecter of our Satan is a defeated foe out on bail until his final sentence is carried out.

In the meantime he wants to mess on your life. Understanding his tactics is crucial today while he screams of an enemy who walks about like a roaring lion from the Moody Church in Chicago.

This is with Dr. Sir was clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line will hear another message on God's double the incredible story of how Satan's rebellion serves God's purposes. Give us a heads up on what the serpent wants from you. Will Dave in a single sentence the serpent wants to cut us off from God. He wants us to break fellowship with the Almighty, and the way he does.

That is to plant lies into our minds about God so that we begin to doubt God's goodness, and we begin to trust ourselves in some very deceptive ways as a matter fact in my book entitled God's devil. I have an entire chapter that details what the serpent wants from us and I go into detail also of the kind of bait that he uses so that we fall for his deceptions now for a gift of any amount. This book can be yours. It's entitled God's devil.

Here's what you do go to RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337 and now let us listen carefully as we learn more about what Satan wants from us and his deceptions. All of us know that we are indeed in a spiritual battle what's in it for safe while this harassment why all of this activity when he knows that he has already been one of the things that Satan wants to do. He always wants to do is to separate the soul from God. He wants us to be separated from God. As believers, as best he can, through guilt and through a sense of alienation feeling that God doesn't love us because we aren't good enough.

He wants the unbelieving world to be separated from God and for them.

The Bible says he blinds the minds of those that believe, not less. The light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ, should shine unto them. He wants people to be like. He is independent, evil. He always calls bad. Good and good bad thoroughly evil, and he like us to be as much as possible like he himself is that's his goal but let me tell you that his method. It is always to make sin look good. That's the way he works. People are always saying what can you tell whether a problem is demonic or whether it's just our sin nature often you can't. Sometimes you can but frequently you can't because he works through the sin nature. He makes sin look appealing. He makes sin to appear as if it's a real good deal. Satan is the sin seller and he'll tell you that if you follow me if you do your own will.

If you do your own thing and fulfill your own desires cannot always be consulting with God. You'll really be better off because if you follow God, you might be lonely you might be single. You might be in despair and think of all the pleasures you might miss. And so that's the battle, what is his motive. I want you to know today that he is angry he is very angry at God because he wants to be like God in never is going to be like God and knows that so is angry at that. He's angry because God purchased us at high cost out from under his domain. As we learned last week in Jesus Christ defeated him. So he's angry with us any and he uses us to get back at God. Now in the history of theology.

What you find is there have always been two extremes. On the one extreme there are those who have just done away with Satan, and they have underestimated him. I think that the way it was when I was growing up. You heard a couple of messages about Satan. I went to seminary and studied Satan in theology class and we memorize the notes and wait but those notes on an exam somewhere. God knows where that exam is today and day. Clearly he's not telling.

But he would be the only one who would know and so and so that was was done but was there.

Then when I came into my first pastorate, I began to have a more realistic view because when you begin to counsel and you begin to see expressions of demonic activity before your face begin to realize that this battle is a whole lot more real than I realized. But today we live in a time when I think that the opposite error is now in effect and that is where people are overemphasizing Satan or I should say perhaps not overemphasizing him, but they are rather over estimating his ability and his strength listen to some people. And you almost get the impression that he is some kind of a second God then God and the devil are duking it out and in the and, yes, God will win, but it's almost a close call all the way along the Rhine and there's some wrong theology that is being taught in what is known as the deliverance ministries now. I believe in deliverance and in the next two messages in this series I we are going to be speaking about bad about resisting and about spiritual deliverance, but there's been some wrong theology that's been communicated what I like to do today is to give you five truth is that I know that you didn't maybe bring notebooks with you, but you should write these down somewhere five truth is that we can hang onto will turn to some passages of Scripture. Some I will simply stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance and of what I'd like you to do is to pretend are you good at pretending what you to pretend that you're not here listening to a sermon, but that you are in my study and were sitting across from one another about five or 6 feet between us and that you're looking into my eyes and I'm looking into your eyes I try to look into your eyes. When I preach and you probably are trying to look into mind that some of you folks are sitting too far back to do that and we're just having a talk today is its time to talk to the pastor and were just chitchatting but were chitchatting about truth and what I have to say I want you to take seriously.

Sometimes we say to one another what you want to tell you something but don't take it personally. While I want you to take this personally.

Just between us. Here we go.

Truth number one. Satan cannot act independently of God. He cannot act independently of God. You listen to some people today and you would think that Satan is autonomous, as if he has such freedom. He can just harass people at will, and God is in heaven just simply saying, well, after all, he is the prince of this world and I've got a let him do it.

No, that's not the way it is. Think with me, Satan and God had this little conversation about Job one day and they're discussing Job and God is saying, look, he's a great man and he loves me and turns away from evil and things as you have a take everything he has a way and will curse you got this okay Satan let's test Joe you take everything away but don't touch his life. So Job's children die. God even gave Satan there the authority to take the lives of Job's children awesome power. Yes.

Awesome power, but Don under the providential guidance and direction and limitation imposed by God. Later on Joe passes the test, Satan comes to him and says to God, that is, well, you know I touch his life.

You haven't touched him, he will curse you goddesses.

Go ahead touch his body, but you can't take his life and the Satan smites him with boils from top to bottom. You know that I frequently ask people. This I did when I preach that series of messages on the book of Job. Where did Job's trial come from God or the devil will the answer is that the immediate cause was the devil. But the ultimate cause was God so that when Job was wrestling there in the ashes.

He was wrestling with God because he knew that it was God who had tested him how you think about that. It's not as if Satan could just take on one of God's children without asking permission to do it when they Satan was looking at Peter and he thought, you know this Peter is so rash is always making these promises. He's got a little edge to him and never met people who have an edge to them. Some of you live with a person like that.

They have maybe even more than one edge to them. And Satan said to himself, I'd like to see Peter fall. I'd like to see them deny Christ. What did Jesus say in Luke chapter 22 Simon, Simon, Satan hath desired to have you, that he might if you like wheat, but I prayed for you that your faith might not fail. And when you are restored to be stronger because of it. I noticed that Satan couldn't attack Peter willy-nilly. He had to go to Christ. I almost get the impression that he came begging to Jesus and said, give me a chance to test Peter and Jesus gave it to them. Now you think of the implications than if that is true, and it is true. If Satan cannot act independently of God.

Think of what that means for some of you who live under the fear that you have been cursed because of your genealogies or because of a curse that has been put upon you IN another pastoral staff member counseling, a lovely young couple love the Lord Jesus Christ who came to us in fear, fearing that someone in another country, who hated them. That's an intricate story, but but had put a curse upon them because this person was profoundly evil and they even wondered whether there was a car accident in their life for health problems that resulted from this curse will the answer is this people may put curses on one another and certainly Satan has the power to curse and there are witches who cast spells. But if you are a believer in Jesus Christ. Your destiny does not rest in the hands of's Satan your desk in the rest in the hands of God. God is the one who determines how long you are going to live. It is not up to Satan to somehow attack you and to do, you win.

If you feel that you have a curse. Probably that theater if anything is going to be worse than the curse itself, and I suggest what you do is you commit yourself to God and say God I belong to you, and I reject any of these curses or the fear of curses because I do not belong to the devil.

I belong to God, who is Satan to say to you, you're going to die at the age of 26 he has no right to say it.

He has no right to destroy you. It says in Hebrews chapter 2 very clearly that Jesus came to render powerless that's what my Bible says to render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil you belong to Christ. All let's take care and turn in your Bibles to Exodus chapter 20, a passage of Scripture that I think has often been misinterpreted and misused and has been used by the devil to give them license to do things that he has no right to do. You'll notice it says in the 20th chapter of Exodus, verse five it speaking about the curse of idolatry and idolatry is a curse that says you shall not worship them nor serve them. For I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children. On the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love me and keep my commands.

I cannot count the number of times people have asked me about this passage, they say to themselves. I was brought up in a cultic home.

I have a bad background. There are generational spirits in our family, and there may be just yesterday I read about a little girl two or three years old uttering obscenities that she could not have learned in a normal way. So there are generational spirits, yes, but if you are a believer in Jesus Christ. Two things about this passage very quickly. It was pointed out to me, actually by our associate pastor Darryl Worley, to whom God is given a very keen mind.

Notice what the text actually says that I will visit the iniquity on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, so if you meet somebody like that you say old are you a God hater, and if there a believer. They'll be shocked and safe. No, I'm not going to love God and whatever it is that is being spoken about here does not apply to you. It says that the curse is if there is a curse on those who hate me, to the third and fourth generation.

And if you belong to God, you have no reason to be under the curse of Satan. I've had people tell me that Satan actually uses this passage of Scripture to harass God's people, and they live in defeat.

They say to themselves, will you know my family was so bad and we got all these problems is nothing that I can do except to simply accept it because this is going to go on for at least three more generations. I would say in the name of Jesus Christ.

Rebuke that kind of the spirit. Rebuke that kind of unbelief and negativism and say to yourself as a Christian I belong to God. My destiny is with him. He is mine, and I am his kind, who shall separate us from the love of Christ. I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, right, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Jesus Christ our Lord.

My dear friend if you are a believer you have a whole new identity. You are now in Christ. Nothing can touch you in Christ. Unless God approves it a curse maybe put upon you. If the curse even worked and you die in accordance with it would be within the providential hand of a loving father, God loves you as one of his children.

You are his and Satan cannot touch you without his express written consent.

I don't know if it's written, but it is express that is consent when our children were younger we used to take them to the zoo. All parents have the responsibility of taking their children to the zoo.

I remember our children, just like all others we go over to the lion cage you have a child about two or three no daddy I don't see the lion. The lion's going to get but you walk confidently over to the lion cage. Why because children see only the lie that's all they say but you're an adult and you not only see the lion. You also see the bars there. Many people today all that they see is the lion they think to themselves that Satan has so much authority, he cannot will cast spells. He can bring about death and God has nothing to do with it.

My dear friend, I want you to know that he is the lion who seeks to me made of our absolutely key is a loose but God keeps him on a leash. He cannot tempt Job. He cannot tempt Peter without express consent.

He cannot act independently rejoice. If you are a believer, for you have triumphed over his lies. That's number one. Are you ready for number two ready or not here we go number two God uses Satan, God uses Satan to discipline the disobedient. He uses Satan as a means of discipline. How many times I quoted and you're going to hear it. No doubt from me many more times the words of Martin Luther that the devil is God's devil take your Bible and turn to first Samuel chapter 18 first Samuel chapter 18. This is the story of Saul you know I'm preaching a series of eight messages and I'm sure that that is enough. But in my heart I'm saying.

If I really did justice to the topic. It would be more like a dozen messages or 15 because Saul himself almost merits an entire message. First Samuel chapter 18 verse 10. Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon soul and he raved in the midst of the house while David was playing the harp with his hand. As usual, and his spear was in Saul's hand and Saul hurled the spirit David and said I will pin them to the wall. What's going on in the text and evil spirit from the Lord.

Well, if you've been following our argument so far. What else with the text say, except that the evil spirit was from the Lord. He can't act independently but here was so consumed with jealousy filled with rage at David he would not accept the fact that God had abandoned him as king and had stripped them of the title and he hated David and wanted to kill him. God says, in effect, Saul. If this is the way you're going to act if this is the way it's going to be. I'm going to send you an evil spirit who is going to take that jealousy and that hatred and that paranoia because he became very paranoid and I'm going to I'm going to magnified. I'm going to let us spirit harass you. That's a judgment for your sin that you are unwilling to repent of.

So what can you prove that in the New Testament. I knew you'd be asking that's I'm ready for you. First Corinthians chapter 5 first Corinthians chapter 5 you have a man living in immorality actually incest. He is involved, apparently sexually with his stepmother and the apostle Paul is upset with the church for knowing about it and not doing anything about it and that in itself is an entire message but notice what he says in verse five. I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh that his spirit may be saved in the day the Lord Jesus Christ. He's a believer. Paul says we have to cut them off from the fellowship, and in cutting them off from the fellowship we are abandoning him to the devil and the devil is going to harass him.

The devil is going to judge him why that his spirit may be saved, that he may be brought to his sentences and depend God is going to make it so miserable and use the devil to make it miserable that the man in desperation will finally repent and give them say what you think that there are evil spirits today that are used by God like this for believers answers yes I believe that years ago I was counseling a man and you know these cases are very difficult. We as a staff talk about our philosophy of counseling and and about our needs and it's difficult really is. But he couldn't sleep at night. He had insomnia he had depression, he told me he was up 4 o'clock in the morning praying and it didn't do any good. He was memorizing Scripture. And here's the man is being literally eaten alive. He is he is being harassed and I had no idea what his problem was, couldn't find it asking all the right questions, give me all the right answers. What was weeks later, when his life became unraveled. He had been having an affair. During this period of time, and I believe that no matter how secret it was, no matter how well guarded.

It was, no matter how he thought for sure no one would find out that because he was a believer. God's is under to make this man this so miserable that he'll finally come clean, that his spirit may be saved in the day of Jesus Christ. I'll use Satan to do it. So number two is God uses Satan to discipline the disobedient. Maybe David even experienced this when he said regarding his sins, day and night was thy hand, a heavy upon me and the number three number three God uses Satan, God uses Satan to purify, to purify the obedient. I'm giving it to you slowly enough so that you can write it down. God may use Satan to purify the obedient. I have frequently pondered that passage in the second Corinthians chapter 12 which we will not turn to but it's there and write it down where the apostle Paul is a thorn in the flesh, he said, is a messenger of Satan to buffet me that's interesting three times. The apostle Paul prays to the Lord and says Lord take this from me and and God says to him, my grace is sufficient for the my strength is perfected in your weakness.

You know this is pastor Luther. Isn't it wonderful to know that ultimately Satan is under God's control and how does Satan tempt us well to put it in a single sentence I would say this, he always makes sin look good to us and so we are deceived in my book entitled God's devil.

I have an entire chapter on doors, doorways, let me put it that way, through which Satan can gain some kind of a foothold in the lives of believers.

Do you know what those doors are well if you want an exposition of them. They are in that chapter but also how we close those doors. My ultimate purposes. Of course, is that we might walk in victory for a gift of any amount. This book can be yours.

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Learn how the devil tempts us and how we can say no once again that contact information. RTW or you can call right now 1-888-218-9337 thanks in advance for helping us as we get the gospel to thousands upon thousands. You can write to us running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 Satan wants us to think he has godlike powers but God wants us to see Satan as being on a short leash. Satan cannot trip you up. Unless God gives the okay there is no heavenly conflict between equal powers of light and darkness.

There's just God. Next time more on how God uses the devil to accomplish his purposes in the lives of believers.

This is Dave McAllister running to win is sponsored by the Moody Church

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