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February 15, 2022 1:00 am
The Bible says Satan is like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But he can’t get in unless the door is open. In this message, we conclude an overview of ten doors where Satan harasses us. Pastor Lutzer offers five truths to overcome the enemy’s attacks and not allow any foothold. We can walk in the light by putting on the full armor of God and completely submitting to Him.Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Rain forests looking to Jesus Bible says Satan is like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
You can't get in unless the door is open.
Believers can either open the door or slam it shut today will learn about some of these doors and find out how to set the deadbolts properly from the Moody Church in Chicago this morning to win with Dr. Erwin Sir was clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line in a series on God's double today will hear part two of 10 doors. Let the serpent master loser. I believe we've come to door number four Dave, I'd like to answer your question more generally, by the way I love your imagery about using the dead bolt on these doors but I want to emphasize the fact that Satan always wants to get a stronghold in our lives because of sin that we tolerate. So no matter what door were talking about. The answer is always the same. The confession and the dealing with sin. I've written a book entitled God's devil. I wrote to encourage believers so that they might understand that God is not only competitive with Satan. Of course, but overwhelmingly powerful that Satan cannot do anything without God's approval. I wrote this so that Christians would be encouraged in their walk for a gift of any amount. It can be yours. You can go to RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337 out the end of this message.
I'm going to be giving you this contact info again. For now, let us listen together as we learn once again Satan's tactics and God's answer number four. Fear.
I'm thinking of, particularly here, irrational fear, irrational fear and paranoia such as the case of Saul that we spoke about briefly last time. Also in Luke chapter 22 I find this very interesting verse 31, where Simon and Simon Satan have desired to have you, that he might sift you like wheat and Peter ends up being unable to witness for Christ and unable to identify himself with Jesus Christ he's terrorized is afraid that if Jesus Christ goes to the cross, he may have to go to the cross and that, therefore, when a servant girl comes and says don't you belong to his company. He denies it three times and ends up swearing in supply but notice that the devil was involved irrational fears, sometimes even rational ones where there is an souls case this tremendous overwhelming sense of jealousy, the feeling that everybody is against you.
The interpretation of events that make you fearful beyond all rationality and comprehension. Number five is guilt. It's guilt. Zechariah chapter 3 verses 1 to 7, though the Bible says there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus. Satan always wants to have you doubt God's ability to thoroughly cleanse you and forgive you and that's why you've heard me comment earlier about the number of letters that we receive your about the unpardonable sin. Somebody's always thinking that he has committed a sin that is too great for God to forgive and then you have Christians who have confessed their sins, and yet they are awash with guilt because they don't of the difference between cleansing and forgiveness like the woman who said to me, I had an abortion and though I have confessed the sin of thousand times. I still feel follow from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. That dear woman was forgiven because the promise is there but she was not clan. He forgives us and he cleanses us he gives us a brand-new conscience he he washes us subjectively, subjectively speaking, he washes us clean so that we can look into the eyes of our heavenly father and know that we have been spoken. Clean all how the devil hates that he wants you to use guilt for another reason that I shall point out in just a few moments number six. Yet such things as drugs.
Here we could put alcoholism, but I'm thinking also of psychedelic drugs. The whole Eastern meditation. Now the Bible doesn't say anything about drugs per se because I could tell, it drugs at least were not known in those days, but what you find is people who want to empty their minds and they want to empty their minds and think about nothing that were supposed to meditate in the law of God day and night, but that means we have content people who want to empty their minds find that spirits come in with my wife and I were on that cruise to Alaska in the lecture was being given regarding the sum of the Indian customs of having the experience of in light then talked about the need to empty the mind and how drugs could help bring that about. Just ask Adolf Hitler so you won't have a chance to but if you were to die, he would tell you that Deanna already drugs to put them in touch with the powers number seven Folsom religions. Both religions and folks just remember this if in any part of the world you are ever visiting as a tourist or as a missionary and you come to at Temple or you come to a statue or a shrine, and people are bowing down before it. Always remember they are worshiping demons it says in first Corinthians chapter 10 verse 21st Corinthians 10 verse 20 that that the pagans who worship idols pulses.
They worship the demon if we had time we could prove that from the Old Testament God says wherever there is idolatry behind the idolatry is demons. It's interesting that in the Psalms that clarifies that it says that our fathers, our forefathers who worshiped idols were worshipers of demons and don't be full because somebody says well you know they're not actually worshiping this idol of the stone or wood. They are just venerating it. I don't be fooled by that. That is also idolatry, and behind it is demonic worship volatile worship the Lord thy God, only thou shall not bow down. Thou shall not serve any representation of God because God is a jealous God. I have visited a few countries of the world. I was in the Far East many years ago and that there were some people with us and they wanted to go into this said pagan temple justice tourist to look around and I suppose that's okay. I don't judge those who do it, but I said I'm not going in because I knew that that pagan temple were ancestors were worship was a habitation of demonic spirits and I thought it best to respectfully decline going inside number eight all forms of occultism and this includes so many things that we can't even begin to mention them all. But Lucas listen to what God thinks of some of these things. Let me read it to you and I'll give you the passage I am reading when you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. There shall not be found among you, anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, no even divining or witching for water when we are out on the farm years ago. As kids we used to, which for water and I don't know whether or not it worked.
We didn't have equipment to dig the well where the twig went down some of you know that experience. Well, there was another man who was doing it, and he began to talk to the twig and that you believe that that thing was ripped out of his hands and according to his testimony flew at least 30 feet from him supposed to be divining for water witching for water, at which Bible has a few things to say about those things or anyone who practices witchcraft or one who interprets omens or a sorcerer, one who cast the spell or medium or spiritist are ones of coals of the dead. Listen to this for whoever does these things is just detestable to the Lord and because of these detestable things the Lord your God will drive them out before you. God will judge you, they are detestable. Anybody who reads a horoscope is rebelling against God, they are shaking their fist in God's face and sank. I'm not looking to you to guide me.
I am looking to the stars that is detestable in the sight of God and who can even begin to mention all of the new age skewers for ailments. My parents in Canada Saskatchewan, Canada. Some of you can't even pronounce Saskatchewan in an area that is so flat and so sparsely populated that you would be convinced that sin hasn't even come up that far north, and if it has you think that would be frozen solid, walked into a health food store because they wanted some health foods and some I want to say pills but the correct word would be vitamins and would you believe that the woman behind the counter wanted to know the birth date of them so that she could look at her occult chart to know which ones would be best for them.
Occultism and the New Age movement is ancient occultism with a friendly American face almost as many ways to be involved in the occult, almost as their interests among Americans. Number nine despair and hopelessness. Absolute despair listen to me very carefully now and you can turn here sometime when you have time to reread that fifth chapter of the Gospel of Mark.
You talk about a hopeless situation. A man among the tombs wants to be isolated whose thinking of committing suicide and cutting himself and mutilating his body despair and hopelessness.
If you believe a lie of the devil. It becomes truth for you will remember that if you believe the devils lie, it becomes truth for you that is to say, you think it's the truth. Devil likes to bring hopelessness.
My situation is hopeless. I'm not able to find any way out. There is no way out. God has abandoned his responsibilities in the world. The promises of God can no longer be believe I am utterly hopeless.
Where is the escape hatch. Let me die let me die, hopelessness, despair, that's not not of God is not of God. Number 10 sexual impurity of the Bible says in first Corinthians chapter 7 verse five that husbands and wives. For example, should maintain their proper sexual relationship lest Satan tempt you. It says and what do we have to say today about eroticism about heightened the sexual desires about those who find themselves within insatiable lust and desire for pornography in all forms of sexual aberrations. I was at a conference yesterday and a young pastor was there and and just telling me what had been uncovered in his small church, frightening among some people who would appear to be some mighty fine Christians. All of those things that lie hidden and the sexual deviations of various sorts and kinds and and motivated by a heightened euphoria which drives relentlessly and and causes people to take all kinds of gambles to fulfill their lusts and desires. Let me know give you five truth is that we must hang onto five truths number one. I know this is very basic but you must be convinced, absolutely convinced of Christ's triumph over all this mess. You say, let's not hard to believe because it says in Ephesians that he has ascended above all principalities and powers in every name that is named. Obviously, Christ is triumphant, but I know that that's obvious is not that breed hope. If Christ is triumphant and if we have been placed in him as the Bible says that we too are seated at the right hand of God the father does not that give hope to those of you who are writhing in despair, believing that you have to be locked into the battle and never win second, and this is a toughie now just hang on, you must move from darkness from darkness into light and that is the place where most people stumble.
You see, when the Bible says in Jesus is the one who said in John three when he said that men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil, and he says anybody who does evil deeds hates the light, neither comes to the life lest his deeds should be exposed.
What is the darkness about which Jesus Christ speak what is darkness.
Darkness is secrecy. Darkness is secrecy. Darkness is that Shane that binds people those chains I know I've use the illustration before of the man who saw me in Washington DC when I was there many years ago and said I have to talk to you and it was raining and we shared and umbrellas. We walked around the block $400 a month on pornography and he said I'm not giving you my name nobody knows about this you're flying back to Chicago tomorrow. You're the only man in the world who knows what I'm doing and he wouldn't give me his name, I tell you that there is not much hope for a person like that, no matter how often he spills his heart before God and what happens is there in the darkness there in the secrecy there. In the hidden places that are so skillfully covered packed is the devils workshop.
I'm not saying that you should share it publicly. I'm not saying that you should willy-nilly tell whomever, but I believe that God has somebody for everyone with whom you can share your personal struggles who will be trustworthy and pray with you that this problem. This addiction brought to the light will will be exposed, and then those who walk in the light, the devil's power to Shane meant to hide will be broken. Number three you know what you have to do when you're really counseling people and and they've got chronic problems and I'm not saying that this works all the time.
But here's a fundamental question absolutely fundamental that I have to answer and you have to answer when you and I struggle with our sins. And when we lose those battles with the devil.
Here's a question for you.
Are you willing am I willing to do or whatever and that's the word to underline to do what ever is necessary to be free. That's the question that's why point number three is we must move from partial to complete submission complete submission seems like an alcoholic is not willing to do everything or what ever to be free, unless unless he's bottomed out unless he so desperate that finally he says okay now whatever, and I like when he says that there's hope. Now were getting to hope so you see what we need to do is to move to complete submission number four is, of course, the armor of God, and in this series, I will not even be able to comment on it because it is there in Ephesians and it just begs to be preached. Let me point out that putting on the armor of God means yes we accept Christ as the breastplate of our righteousness. We put on the shoes shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. We put on the helmet of salvation, which is the word of God.
We take the sword of the Spirit, but then also it says above all happen to forget everything you know you're running out the door in his eye. He forgot everything's is a bubble, taking the shield of faith.
Faith in the fundamental belief that we are really up against a defeated foe who has told us we could never win, and we take it from him rather than from God and that's why often we are defeated and in ancient times when they went forward.
You know with the shield of faith, I'm told that those shields were beveled, that is, they were linked together so that when an army will marched you basically had a whole wall but was marching in unison to conquer. That's what we are is a body of Jesus Christ.
By the way, I have to put my shield into your shield. They have to be linked together. Yours has to be linked to mine and and that's that's the way in which were going to win this we can win this alone.
I can't win it alone.
What we need is one another that the strength of the body. The ability of the body to intercede the ability of the body, to pray the ability of the body to come to those in the deepest hour of need and the number five it says, praying at all times in the spirit, and of course we can do a lot of different things, but we have to pray in the spirit with the spirits promises believing that God is with us trusting and just keep praying and praying and praying and and we've seen here at the Moody church God do some wonderful things during prayer meetings.
The prayer meetings in which there has been faith and trust and belief and commitment. This story comes to us from England was a man who is doing a great feat in a circus and a large crowd of thousands watched as the serpent came and wrapped itself around the man and then suddenly in the stillness they could hear bones cracking as the man was crushed by that serpent that he thought he had trained he had gotten that serpent when it was only about 10, 2 feet long and he had trained and worked with it and he thought he had it training at the time he could've crushed it but he just let the serpent go serpent crushed him.
He developed confidence and it let's pray together. Father we ask in Jesus name that you will come and deliver your people when you come. Father, we have prayed for this mayor blessed Holy Spirit be here to speak a word of deliverance for the truth shall set you free. Old father we come, needy sinners, having been bloodied and bruised by the enemy. Some come hopelessly to receive hope others come helplessly.
We all come helplessly pray today father that your people would experience the freedom of the spirit.
The breaking of the strongholds of sin. We thank you that you do break those courts.
We thank you father for the instances when we have almost heard chains fall off of people and we ask that in these moments. You will bring to us the guidance of the leadership of your spirit. Pray in Jesus name, amen. My friend, this is Pastor Luther. Let me ask you a question are you blessed as a result of the ministry of running to win the messages touch you influence you help you give you direction.
It's because other people have also invested in this ministry you know is I was thinking about the conclusion of this message, I was reminded of the way in which our mother.
That is the mother of the listserv family, how she prayed for us as children frequently. She prayed old God. We pray that our children might shake sin off just like Paul shook the viper into the fire.
You remember that story there in the book of acts. What we must do is to recognize that Satan is out to defeat us to crush us, but God is greater and Jesus won a victory over him. That's why I've written a book entitled God's devil. It emphasizes the sovereignty of God in spiritual warfare and I think it will be of tremendous help to you now for a gift of any amount. This book can be yours and as I mentioned a moment ago. The reason that running to win can continue is because of people like you who support this ministry. Here's what you can do. Go to RTW offer.com that's RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337 that's RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337 you can write to us running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 running to win is all about helping you understand God's roadmap for your race of life.
Many Christians have given the devil a foothold in their lives.
As a result is often tragic, believers were burdened by satanic influence not remain in bondage. Next time some crucial answers to those who've already let the devil gain a foothold. Don't miss a cure for the serpent's poison for Dr. Erwin Luzerne this is Dave McAllister running to win his sponsor by the Moody church