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The Devil We Abhor Part 2

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June 1, 2020 1:00 am

The Devil We Abhor Part 2

Running to Win / Erwin Lutzer

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June 1, 2020 1:00 am

It’s clear the devil is having a field day. Evil is running rampant. But a day is coming when a long-delayed sentence of doom will be carried out. In this message we’ll hear about Satan’s present activity, and then his ultimate end.

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From the Moody Church in Chicago this morning when Sir was clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line. Master loser since the devil knows he faces like a fire.

Why does he persist in making his new works. You know, Dave. There's something about evil that it cannot exist can Ewing to do wrong, even if the consequences are disastrous. Satan can read the Bible. He knows where he is going and it only makes him angry and he wants to use this opportunity to somehow fight against God. Even though his judgment is going to be worse there so much that we can learn from the Scriptures regarding the war that is going on in the spirit world. You know my friend. If you been listening to running to win. You know that we are committed to sharing good biblical doctrine with people because we believe that it is a doctrine based on the word of God, that changes people's lives, but it's because of people like you that we can continue. Would you consider becoming an endurance partner that somebody who stands with us regularly with their prayers and with their gifts.

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Thanks in advance for helping us and that we go to the pulpit of Moody church where we learn more about our enemies. Satan but also his eventual demise. There is many strategies out there to deceive us, as there are interests among Americans.

Now he has a session and then in extreme cases, there is invasion where people are actually possessed by the devil. You have a remarkable story about this in Mark chapter 5, where a demonized man Jesus. I'll just tell you about it.

You've already read it. I'm sure but the man is is cutting himself and he's trying to kill himself and he is so strong that no one can subdue him and he's torn off all of his clothes and he's he's in the tombs because he loves the idea of death. Satan loves the idea of death, and he likes to be in the following places and so this man is there and immediately sees Jesus and the demon within him says we know who you are you holy one of God that the demon has to it so you have temptation you have obsession and eventually you have invasion people are demonized. They have demons sometimes you can tell it by the way in which they look at you.

But let me give you some of the characteristics of what Satan wants to produce within our heart, he wants to produce self-hatred. You're so awful you should cut yourself you should commit suicide. You're so terrible and furthermore shameful look at what you've done and you call yourself a Christian, you believe that God can accept you after what you have done. You are such a great hypocrite, but not even God wants to have a thing to do with you what he's trying to do is to make a wedge between us and God and then to have a victim mentality and a people like this have all kinds of interrelational problems. Nobody can ever get along with them if they have friends they push them away through the most absurd kinds of behavior and their expectations are literally out of this world that no one can beat and they think that it's always somebody else's demons, leading us to those kinds of nonproductive empty relationships and nobody can get along with us and we always think it's their fault. Now let's think for a moment folks about the doorways and I'm going to be elaborating on this in the evening service.

The doorways that Satan uses to get a foothold in our lives. There's leave at least a dozen or more. I shall mention two or three, in passing, let us suppose for a moment that you are standing at the end of the street and Jesus is at the farthest and and that's where the celestial city is that's heaven and you're a Christian, you have to walk from here to get to Jesus, but on both sides of the street.

There houses so you're walking along and Satan cannot impede you. He cannot stand in your way of walking to Jesus, but what he wants to do is to distract you, wants to put those ideas in your mind that he wants you to accept so from one house he's calling and saying you have to read your Bible. Really, it's true. Don't worry it's boring anyway. Don't read it so well, you know that's a possibility. Another house calls out you you know there's sex over here.

Sure, it's not within marriage. But then God knows that you have needs and what does the Bible have to say about this anyway, just go ahead and do your own thing go along a little more you hear some drugs when you get involved in drugs or alcohol as a middle help you to escape and on and on we go and we have these voices calling at us these ideas in our minds. These distractions that keep us from Jesus and impede our way to the holy city that we can reject those he wants us to become so obsessed by all that he has told us he wants us to become obsessed with the occult. Sure, you can play with the Ouija board you can see, of which you can see a fortuneteller it's all just kind of make believe and so you got all of these voices that are shouting at you all the time. Television constantly. The voices get hooked on this a watch of this and on and on we go to the holy city, and where we are constantly bombarded by temptations so that is his method. Let me hurry to you to tell you about his defeat. However, the triumph of Jesus. Colossians chapter 2 says he disarmed all principalities and all powers and triumphed over them in it.

The Bible says that Jesus did that on the cross. I want you to visualize the serpent that loathsome beast as he is.

He grinds himself and and as he in anger is trying to take advantage of the man who is victorious over him and this man called Jesus takes his heel and just stomps it into the asphalt on the serpent's head and just turns, turns his heel and all that the serpent can do is to is to nip is to nip his heel. That's all that he can do and his head is crushed in the sand in the dirt and grime and Jesus comes and shows who's boss over the serpent and so Jesus wins the victory, he wins it in at least two different ways. First of all, Jesus redeems a company of people you see when Satan fell. He thought to himself I know God is just, he can't let bygones be bygones and therefore there's no way that humanity is going to be redeemed because they fell along with me ever since the Garden of Eden and therefore they are all headed to my eventual fate to share held with me so he's thinking that and here Jesus comes along and buys people from every tongue and race and every color and every ethnic group, Jesus buys these money dies on the cross and then Satan knows that these miserable sinners are going to be exalted above where he was in the heavenly realm as we learned last week and Satan is absolutely angry with us because we represent the redeemed company purchased by Jesus and he hates Jesus and he hates God and he hates you and is out to do as much damage as he possibly can. But Jesus won the victory and there was nothing that Satan could do.

He was helpless in the presence of Jesus.

He could not stop Jesus from doing what Jesus wanted to do. Praise God. And then he knows that he's headed for the pit. He knows that every single day is a day closer to the lake of fire that he so richly deserves.

We have many things that have been written about hell Milton said that the devil rebuild because he would rather be a king in hell than a servant in heaven. Milton was wrong. For this reason, believe me, there are no kings in hell. Satan will not be a king hell and then you have the words of Dante in the infernal. Dante says the demons are going to be walking along you know with pitchforks and they're going to be tormenting people listen to me very clearly the Bible says this, Revelation chapter 20 verse 10. Satan is thrown into the lake of fire, and the lake were there is sulfur and fire and he will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Believe me, in hell. Satan is not going to be the torment tour he's going to be the torment did you know humiliation in all shame that proud being will be brought down and today he knows that his doom is sure because Jesus Christ's victory is on contested so pastorally, otherwise, he still allow them to do so many is so much damage in the world.

When you see lightning you see it immediately. Almost when it happens but the thunder takes a little while to get here because sound doesn't travel as fast as light. When Jesus died on the cross. That was the lightning. The thunder is on its way. Satan. Satan has already been defeated. His sentence has been commuted. God's is for a little while and then allow him to be out on bail and that's all.

But it's all done so don't feel Repent. He doesn't want to repent. The lake of fire is where he is headed and he can change the bad idea to rebel against God. God was going to show for all of eternity that the idea of taking him on and saying I am going to be like the most iodine go to be my own.

God is always fraught with consequences that are out of your hands. The law of on intended consequences.

So Satan today is a defeated being. He's a hapless player and again met in a drama that's God's from beginning to end and all that he can do is to wait for his doom. In fact, during the tribulation.

He's got me thrown out of heaven. Thereby, Michael, and remember he and Michael were colleagues back in the days when when Lucifer was a choir director.

They were colleagues. The Bible says that after he is thrown out of heaven. He is so angry because he knows that his time is short and it says that the people overcame him by the word of their testimony by the blood of the line. Praise God praise God. My alone out here or there somebody else out there. So what I want us to do today as we conclude, is to look at the book of James.

What does the book of James. Tell us as to how we have to war against this evil being who seeks our destruction. The Bible says that he takes ideas God's ideas and actually can snatch the word of God out of our minds because remember, your mind is not just a physical substance. It's also a spiritual substance and therefore our minds actually exist in the metaphysical realm and that's why he can put ideas into our minds and that's why he can take ideas out of our minds if we let him.

Jesus told a parable in which he said that Satan came and snatched the word of God out of people's minds are some of you find it almost impossible to memorize Scripture. You can memorize cub averages very very easily sail. That's because they're so low. But listen. Sorry about that cub fans with some of you can't memorize Scripture because the battle for your mind is so intense. Some of you been involved in the occult. Some of you know what spirit guides are. So what we do very quickly first James says this in chapter 4 verse seven chapter 4 verse seven.

By the way, I should begin with verse six. Therefore, it says God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. That's where it begins. Verse seven submit yourselves therefore to God.

You repent of all of the sins you repent of the door ways in which you have allowed Satan in you repent of those early stages in which he was able to gain a foothold and to make you all pressed and obsessed and you spend as much time repenting as you need to list all of the things that you have done that a given entry to an evil spirit to harass you to control you to direct you and you submitted to God become without any agenda without any idea that you are able in some way to hold back some part of your life from the sovereignty of Jesus. The Bible says that we should submit to God and then it says resist the evil one and he will depart from you and if he doesn't depart keep resisting resisting resisting resisting when Jesus was confronted with the enemy in the desert member that story. Jesus said be gone.

Satan, for it is written, then then be gone.

Satan, for it is written in the Bible says in the book of Luke that Jesus said that three times quoting Scripture and then it says and the devil departed waiting for a more opportune time. He'll be back and he'll be back and he'll be back, but the more you resist him and the more Scripture. You quote and the more you bring yourself under the authority of Jesus, the more he must back off and his power becomes weaker. So Pastor Luther why does God even allow us to be in such fights. I love what the Puritans said they said that Satan is given to us that we might fight against him and be victorious in order to increase the joy and the happiness of the saints to increase the joy and happiness of the things you say but the devil is winning so many victories today. Listen, the devil is always defeated.

Even when he wins victories is torment in hell will only be that much greater.

That's why are you single move that the devil makes against God. Eventually he will pay for he is never the winner.

It only appears that way for a while.

As always, it submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil. Chapter 5 James says that what you need to do is to confess your faults one to another. There is a sense of accountability. There is people who are involved in various addictions and sins were to confess their sin to a small group would pray for them, you'd see mighty deliverances that take place because the devil hates exposure. He always wants secrecy and darkness because he wants to work undercover and then you live a whole life of praise.

Satan cannot take praise.

That's why told the people.

Last Sunday evening.

You know I have the hallelujah chorus on in your apartment or in your house play loudly the spirits don't like it I can assure you the Angels, but the devil doesn't.

That's why in the Old Testament when Saul was tormented by an evil spirit. David would play on his harp and sanity would return to Seoul for a little while, but because Saul didn't deal with his sin, it would always come back.

We're in a cosmic battle that is unbelievable if her eyes were opened we would be surprised at what is going on in the spirit world. But God sends his angels and God sends his presence and God sends his spirit to us so that we can be victorious against the devil whom we of horror and don't you like the fact that he's headed to the pit for ever and ever and ever. We all know those wonderful words written by Martin Luther, though this world, with devils filled the should fret. We will not fear for God has willed his truth to triumph us the Prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him. His rage we can endure furlough.

His doom is sure one little word shall fell him and I and I commend to you today a little six letter word CHR I ST the little word that fills praise God. Let's pray. Father, we want to thank you today for the triumph of Jesus want to thank you today that there is no question but that the loathsome serpent has indeed been crushed, we thank you that for every's victory Satan has in this world. He is defeated many times over in the world to come.

We thank you today that we can stand with Jesus against him and to do so victoriously deliver father those who are struggling with evil spirits deliver those father who are going through times of great pain and may they be able to identify the doorway into an identified the means that was used in date and the lie that was told them grant that all God. We pray in Jesus name we ask a man a man this is Pastor Luther, my friend. How do you think that Satan does his work will the New Testament teaches that he does it often times through false doctrine, especially doctrine as it relates to Jesus Christ were living at a time when there are so many different opinions about Jesus and many of these opinions are absolutely false. Would you like to know more about these lies that are being accepted in our culture. I've written a book entitled slandering Jesus six lies. People tell about the man who said he was God in this book I deal with issues like whether or not Jesus was actually crucified. Whether or not he was buried in the state in the tumor, whether he was raised. But in addition, is he, indeed, the only way to the father. These are the kinds of questions that I answer in the book, slandering Jesus for a gift of any amount. It can be yours.

Here's what you do go to RTW that's RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337 ask for slandering Jesus 1-888-218-9337 it's time again for you to ask pastoralists or questions you may have about the Bible or the Christian life. Pastor Luther, today's question is short. It comes from Bruce who lives in Michigan. He asks is the prince and power of the air television. Well, yes, sometimes we think it is, you know, the Bible refers to Satan as the prince of the power of the air and when radio was invented there were some Christians who thought will that's exactly proof that radio is of the devil, because he is the prince of the power of the air. Well that's not true, of course, there are those who actually know how to explain radio waves, they are not demonic, but having said all that, it is important for us to realize that when it comes to television.

It can be the means by which the prince of the power of the air enters our homes.

All of those programs that we watch the impurity, the violence, the occultism that is the way in which Satan gains in entry into our homes. He is the prince of the power of the air. He doesn't come through radio or television waves or whatever means of communication there is in the atmosphere, but he does come to us through modern technology. That's why we have to keep our hand on the mouse or our hand on that button. Thank you Dr. Luther if you two would like to have a question answered. You can go to RTW and click on ask pastoralists are, or you can call us at 1-888-218-9337 that's 1-888-218-9337.

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