1. Hello, listening friends.
2. We are delighted that you tuned in to listen to us this day.
3. We’re always glad to hear from you,
4. and to hear how this program is impacting your life.
5. Those of you who are following with us, we have been going through a series of messages from the Lord's Prayer,
6. and we are coming close toward the end;
7. and I want to begin by telling you a story.
8. There was an elderly lady known for her godliness.
9. She was, also, known for finding something good to say about everybody.
10. Two young men made a bet that this godly lady would not have something good to say about a certain person.
11. One called the bet, and the other accepted.
12. They walked up to her and they said, "Good morning, Mrs. So and So.
13. What do you think about the devil?"
14. Well, the lady cocked her head up over to one side and said,
15. "Well, there’s one good thing about him. He is always on the job."
16. In many ways, all of us wish that he was not always on the job;
17. but, because he’s always on the job, Jesus taught us to pray, “Deliver us from evil.”
18. The Evil One has many names in the Bible;
19. but the one thing that made the devil to be the devil is the sin of pride.
20. As the chief angel in Heaven, he thought that he would unseat God and take His place.
21. Pride is what got him from being the chief angel to being the chief evil.
22. Pride is what got him out of Heaven into the pit of Hell.
23. Pride is what made the devil to be the Evil One.
24. In fact, evil is synonymous with pride.
25. One of Satan’s greatest deceptions is to make the very core of evil, which is pride, to be acceptable.
26. If I were to ask you, “What was David’s greatest sin?”
27. most of you would say, "Adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband, Uriah."
28. Now, this is the sin of the flesh, and four people died because of the sin of the flesh.
29. We, often, focus only on the sins of the flesh and, somehow, ignore the sins of the spirit;
30. but both sins are equally averse in the sight of God.
31. In fact, because of David’s sin of the spirit, 70,000 people died.
32. The Evil One’s goal is always to get to our will and control it.
33. We saw in the last message that, with Adam and Eve, the devil began with deceiving the mind,
34. or, by attacking the body, as in the case of Job;
35. but, ultimately, he must go to the will.
36. Now, Jesus was not giving us some random thoughts in the Lord's Prayer;
37. but, rather, He is giving us logical and sequential petitions.
38. First, "lead us not into temptation,"
39. then, "deliver us from the Evil One."
40. First, "keep our minds from being attacked,"
41. then, "protect our wills."
42. First, "keep our bodies from being tempted,"
43. then, "stop the Evil One from getting to our wills."
44. Now, sometimes, Satan by-passes the mind and goes straight into the will;
45. but that’s not always the case.
46. In David’s sin of the spirit, the Evil One went straight to his will.
47. David’s mind was not deceived.
48. David was not suffering physically.
49. The kingdom was in great shape;
50. so, when he rebelled against God, he did it with his eyes wide open.
51. My listening friends, listen to what I’m going to tell you.
52. There are so many Christians who are intellectual Christians.
53. Intellectual Christianity will satisfy your mind, but never changes your life.
54. There are other Christians who are emotional Christians.
55. Emotional Christianity is made up of changed feelings.
56. Unless they are on an emotional high, they feel that God has forsaken them;
57. but God wants the whole of the inner person to be committed to Him in order to be delivered from the Evil One.
58. God wants an intelligent mind.
59. God wants a fervent heart;
60. but, above all, God wants an obedient will;
61. and this petition, "Deliver us from the Evil One," has to do with our will.
62. Satan’s original sin was the sin of pride in the will.
63. In the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 14, verses 12 to 14, five times Satan says, “I will...”
64. and what he is always busy doing, every single moment of every day, is trying to duplicate his sin of pride in every one of our lives.
65. Let’s look at David’s life.
66. David was feeling important when Satan approached him with the suggestion that he should number the people.
67. In 1 Chronicles, Chapter 20,
68. it records the number of great victories, including the capturing of a crown, which was placed on David’s head.
69. David won many victories, but he lost the war.
71. Because Satan used these victories to inflate David’s ego and lead him to evil, which is pride.
72. "Lead us not into temptation,"—that’s the sin of the flesh.
73. "Deliver us from the Evil One,"—that’s the sin of the spirit.
74. No wonder the Apostle Paul tells us, in 2 Corinthians 7:1,
75. In Luke 15, the prodigal was guilty of the sin of the flesh;
76. but his proud, critical, legalistic older brother was guilty of the sin of the spirit.
77. Christians are often quick to condemn the sin of the flesh, and we should;
78. but, somehow, we go easy on the sin of the spirit.
79. We go easy on pride.
80. We go easy on stubbornness.
81. We go easy on gossip.
82. We go easy on envy and jealousy;
83. but, oh, listening friends, I want you to understand what I’m going to tell you.
84. The sins of the spirit are just as bad as the sins of the flesh,
85. and we need to be on our guard for both.
86. If Satan did not spare the Lord Jesus Christ from tempting Him with pride, he is not going to spare you or spare me,
87. for the Bible tells us that Satan tempted Jesus by offering Him the world, if He would bow down and worship him.
88. Pride glorifies man and robs God, and we need to be ruthless in resisting pride by crying to the Lord, "Deliver us from the Evil One."
89. Listen, friend. I want to tell you something that is very important.
90. When God blesses you financially, the devil is going to come to lead you into the evil of thinking that you did it yourself and that it is your money.
91. At that moment, you need to pray, "Deliver me from the Evil One."
92. When God blesses you with a brilliant mind, the devil will come to lead you into evil, thinking that you had something to do with it.
93. Your prayer should be, "Deliver me from the Evil One."
94. When God has blessed you with one or more of the gifts of the Spirit, the devil is going to come and lead you to the evil of thinking that this is because of something you did.
95. You should cry, "Deliver me from the Evil One."
96. When God blesses you with success in whatever you do, the Evil One is always there to tell you that you, and you alone, deserve everything coming to you.
97. At that moment, your cry must be, "Deliver me from the Evil One."
98. Do you think that the mule on which Jesus was riding to enter into Jerusalem may have thought, just for a moment, that all of the cheering and all of the waving of the palms and all of the praising was for him?
99. I always remind myself of this;
100. so, what was wrong with David’s numbering of the people?
101. After all, Moses, in Exodus 30, numbered the people of Israel.
102. Ah, but there is a big difference.
103. God asked Moses to conduct a census, that each male, twenty-five years of age and up, would pay a ransom.
104. It was an acknowledging of God’s deliverance from Egypt;
105. but, in David’s case, he numbered the people for his own glory, not the glory of God.
106. Be very careful who gets the glory in your life.
107. It was pride that motivated David’s action.
108. Satan got hold of David’s will, and inflated his ego, and led him into sin.
109. Oh, that our cry should be, "Oh, God, deliver us from the Evil One."
110. Let me tell you a few things as I conclude.
112. we are delivered from evil by the death and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
113. The death of Christ delivered us from the penalty of sin; but don’t ever forget that His death delivered us from the power of sin.
114. Whenever you feel that you are unable to overcome the power of sin, or the power of addiction, or whatever it may be, it would be for one of these three reasons:
115. you are not asking for God’s power,
116. or, you don’t want God’s power to work in you,
117. or, you have believed Satan’s lie that you cannot resist him.
118. The Bible said, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
119. Many of the problems that Christians get themselves into is when they reverse this formula.
120. They try to flee from the devil, and, then, they try to resist temptation.
121. When a slave is set free, it may take him awhile to accept that his former master has absolutely no claim over him whatsoever;
122. but, sooner or later, he has to exercise that freedom.
123. He has to look his former master in the eye and say, "Get out. You have no claim on me..."
124. and that is why only believers in the Lord Jesus Christ can pray this prayer with confidence, that God will answer, "Deliver us from the Evil One."
125. We are, in effect, saying, "Lord, You have delivered us from the Evil One eternally. Now, continue to deliver us daily."
126. "Lord, You have delivered us positionally. Now, deliver us continuously."
127. The second thing I want to tell you is this:
128. we are delivered from the Evil One because of Jesus’ intercession on our behalf.
129. Hebrews 7:24 and 25 tells us that the Lord Jesus Christ is able, for all time, to save those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
130. Jesus is interceding for you right now;
131. so you can pray with confidence, "Deliver us from the Evil One."
132. The third thing I want to tell you is this:
133. pray "Deliver us from evil" is much easier to be answered in the context of fellowshipping with other believers.
134. The community of believers are a community of a covenant—not only a covenant with God, but a covenant with one another.
135. Church is not a bunch of individuals who come together on Sunday—often late—and do their duty and go home.
136. This is the wrong concept of the church.
137. The church are those who have been bought by the blood of Jesus Christ.
138. The church are those who feel deeply a sense of responsibility toward one another.
139. The church are those who are united together for mutual encouragement,
140. for mutual accountability,
141. for mutual responsibility,
142. for mutual prayer support.
143. It is together we can become strong and wise and not become a prey to the Evil One.
144. It is my hope that you will go and find a group of believers in a church and join them.
145. Until next time, I wish you God’ richest blessings.