LID#2-Basis Assurances fir en Neie Believer
Dëst ass den Dr Ed Hoskins, deen Iech bei Lessons in Discipleship begréisst, eng Serie entwéckelt fir nei Gleeweger an hirem chrëschtleche Glawen etabléiert ze ginn.
For our session today, we are looking at Basic Assurances for a New Believer. First, let me tell you a little about myself. I’m a retired physician. I spent XNUMX years in family medicine and student health. I became a Christian XNUMX years ago and was helped early in my Christian faith by the Navigators, an international non-denominational Christian organization, whose stated goal is “To know Christ and to make him known.” I’ve been on associate staff with that organization since XNUMX. Lessons in Discipleship is a compilation of what I learned during that time. Today’s session is Basic Assurances for a New Believer.
To start with, coming to know Christ through Jesus is a wonderful experience and all the angels of heaven rejoiced. However, there was one person in the universe made extremely angry by your decision – Satan. He’s also called the ‘accuser of our brothers’ in Revelations, chapter XNUMX:XNUMX. The Bible says, ”For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night…” Satan hates a new believer’s decision to follow Christ.
Every Christian must be prepared to meet Satan’s very specific lines of accusations.
When Jesus started his ministry on earth at age XNUMX, Satan verbally attacked him with three specific temptations listed in Matthew chapter XNUMX. It began after Jesus fasted for XNUMX days and XNUMX nights. Each time Satan attacked, Jesus responded with a quotation from God’s word, “It is written.” And then he quoted scripture, usually from Deuteronomy. Over the last XNUMX years, I’ve noticed five of the most common satanic accusations for every new Christ-follower. You may not experience all of these five, but you will certainly experience one or more of them. The first one has to do with our salvation. Satan wants you to doubt this. He would like you to think that you are not really saved. The second one has to do with prayer. Satan wants you to doubt God’s ability to answer your prayers. Satan may whisper, “God doesn’t really hear you. He’s too busy.” Satan’s third attack has to do with temptation that usually has to do with your past and unwholesome activities you may have been involved in. Satan may whisper, “Some temptations are too powerful for you to resist. You’re weak. You cannot escape your sinful nature.” Again, that’s another lie from Satan. Christ promises that when we come to know him, we become a new creature. Another attack of Satan is that “You are too sinful. You’re a horrible person. God could not possibly forgive all of your sins.” A fifth attack (lie) has to do with guidance. Satan may whisper, “God, won’t guide you in this life. You’re on your own.”
So how do we defend ourselves against Satan’s lying attacks? The answer is by memorizing and quoting scripture just as Jesus did. Let’s look at the very first one having to do with salvation.
Satan’s first attack: “You’re not really saved. You just had the emotional experience.” What is our defense? Memorize the following verse by memorizing, word-perfect, all three parts, topic, reference, and verse. To fix it firmly in mind, quote the reference at the start and end of each verse, just like the back and front end of a ship. Repeat the reference ‘fore and aft’, like this:
“Assurance of salvation, I John XNUMX:XNUMX-XNUMX.
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I John XNUMX:XNUMX-XNUMX”
Let’s go on to Satan’s second accusation. This one has to do with prayer. Satan may whisper, “God doesn’t really hear your prayers.” Again, it’s another lie from Satan. What is our defense? The answer: memorize the following verse and reference ‘fore and aft.’
“Assurance of answered prayer, John XNUMX:XNUMX.
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John XNUMX:XNUMX”
Let’s move on to our third temptation. Satan my whisper, “Some temptations are just too powerful to resist. You’re weak. You can’t escape your own sinful nature.” What is our defense? Answer – The truth. Memorize and use the following reference and verse ‘fore and aft.’
“Assurance of Victory over Sin, I Corinthians XNUMX:XNUMX.
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are attempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. I Corinthians XNUMX:XNUMX”
Now let’s look at Satan’s fourth major attack. He may whisper, “You’re just too sinful. You’re such a bad person. God can’t forgive all of your sins.”
Well, once again it’s hard to defend. But our answer lies in God’s truth. Memorize the follow verse ‘fore and aft.’
“Assurance of forgiveness, I John XNUMX:XNUMX.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. I John XNUMX:XNUMX”
A schlussendlech wëll de Satan datt mir Gottes Leedung an eisem Liewen bezweifelen. Dir sidd net eleng. Gott versprécht seng Hëllef. D'Verteidegung ass erëm d'Wourecht vu Gott. Memoréiert de folgende Vers mat Thema a Referenz.
“Assurance of Guidance, Spréch 3: 5-6.
Vertraut op den Här mat Ärem ganzen Häerz a leet net op Äert eegent Verständnis; an all Äre Weeër unerkennen hien, an hie wäert Är Weeër direkt maachen. Spréch 3: 5-6 "
Loosst eis zesummefaassen wat mir aus dëser kuerzer Presentatioun geléiert hunn. Als éischt stellen all Gleeweger dem Satan seng Uklo vir. Zweetens ass eis Verteidegung Gottes Wuert. Awer sidd virbereet well dëst net nëmmen eng Kéier ka geschéien. Et wäert méiglecherweis méi dacks geschéien. All Kéier begéint dem Satan säin Ugrëff mat der Wourecht vu Gott. All memoriséiert Vers ka vum Hellege Geescht an eiser Verteidegung benotzt ginn. Dräi, iwwerpréift Är Verse deeglech. Denkt drun 3 x 5 Kaarten ze benotzen. Dat ass wat ech ëmmer nach maachen.
Dat schléisst d'Presentatioun vun haut of. Mir gesinn Iech d'nächst Kéier fir eng aner Sessioun vu Lektioune am Jüngerschaft wa mir d'Thema vum Living the Balanced Christian Life, d'Rad Illustratioun ofdecken.
Merci datt Dir komm sidd an en Deel sidd. Bis déi nächste Kéier, bleift de Jesus no. Hien ass derwäert.