Satan is the father of lies. He is the master liar. What makes us think we can outsmart him? He’s fooled everyone but Jesus!
5 The wise prevail through great [Holy Spirit] power, and those who have knowledge [of the Holy One] muster their strength [from Him]. 6 Surely you need guidance [from Mr. Holy Spirit*] to wage war [against the forces of evil, and against our own evil desires], and victory is won through many advisers [both human and biblical].
This morning, I am giving the message at TNT Chapel. It’s a Homeschool Co-op that meets at our church on Tuesdays. We have a chapel service for them–we even have a worship band made up of the students! I will be teaching about TRUST, particularly what NOT to trust.
Don’t Trust Your Feelings, Your Knowledge, or Your Perceptions.
Each of these categories can be tricked or fooled by nature and by Satan. I will give three examples:
- An airplane can be guided in fog by the instruments even though the pilot may be fooled into thinking that the gauges are off.
- When traversing through a house of mirrors, don’t bump your nose (like I did!).
- There is an exercise for balance where a person stands on one foot and, while looking straight ahead, moves his eyes slowly down, then front, then up, then front, then to the right, then front, then to the left, then front. If he can do it without falling over, he is a very “balanced” individual! Try it with the other foot…
There is a passage, 2 Timothy 2:11-13, that teaches us who we can trust:
11 Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with him,
we will also live with him;
12 if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
he will also disown us;
13 if we are faithless,
he remains faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.
I will ask the youth to give me the end of each phrase, “If we died with Jesus, then we will also ____________” and so on. The trick comes in the last verse where God cannot disown Himself and must remain faithful. In the verse, “deny” means “to refuse, contradict, refuse to affirm or to confess (identify with), to disown.” Using Matthew 10:32-33, we discover that to deny means to deny Jesus as Lord and Savior, to refuse the His invitation for salvation, to contradict His statement of our sinfulness, to refuse to confess Him as Lord and to identify with Him, and to disown Him by refusing the entry of the Holy Spirit. It’s a salvation issue.
Being faithless is what Jesus called the disciples out in the boat in Matthew 14:31, “You of little faith [My little faithless ones], why did you doubt?” It’s not a salvation issue, but a trust issue. Once we trust Jesus for salvation and the Holy Spirit enters our lives, quickening our spirits, and giving us new life (we are born again), there is no denying (disowning) us by Jesus before the Father (as in Matthew 10:33). It’s now a family matter.
Don’t believe me? How about John 14:16,
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor [Mr. Holy Spirit] to help you and be with you forever—
So, we are not to trust our senses (they are easily fooled), our knowledge (it’s always partial), our perspective (it’s always limited), or our opinion, or even someone else’s opinion. We must Trust Jesus and what He has told us in His Word.
Trust Jesus; read your Bible.
Abba, I pray that this lesson will sink into their brains and trigger a hunger and thirst for Your Word and for righteousness. I caught the “bug” so many years ago; may they catch it, too. Amen.
*I use the moniker, “Mr. Holy Spirit,” because the Holy Spirit is a Person and not a Thing. He is just as much God as the Son is, and just as much the Son as God the Father is. They are equals and one with each other. The are ONE. They are the TRINITY.