The Humiliation of Falling
Into Satanís Temptations
1Cr 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].
Luk 8:13 They on the rock [are they], which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
This Testimony is to a dear brother in Christ who is discouraged because of falling into one of Satanís temptations. I am posting it on my Website because the Lord has shown me that with the bombardment of sexuality all around us, a lot of folk have been drawn into this temptation which Satan has perfected to its highest state of the art enticement in this end-time.
I prayed much over how to respond to this dear brother, and about three a.m. this morning, I was given what I present below in response to our brotherís confession. I donít know if you picked it up, but months ago another dear brother alluded to having the same problem and requested prayer. So you are not the only one in this predicament and I am writing to all who are striving to become one of the 144,000. We need to learn to strive as unto blood against our foe who constitutes principalities in high places. But our God is higher!
Ephesians 6:12 - For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
---- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 2010 8:58 PM
Subject: [AdventistHotIssues] Brian's Confession
I am about to reveal something humiliating to me. I strongly feel that I will not inherit the kingdom of God because of it. I have failed to see the exceeding sinfulness of sin which is a requirement to sigh and cry for the abominations in the church. I have had a relapse of secret vice a deadly "soul and body" that is why I have not the courage to respond all the time to this forum. I still have membership in the church this may be why. I am very self condemning but know this, forum, that if you do not see me in heaven it will be because of this very thing.
I saw that some forum members posted some articles liking to how zinc is lost in the system because of secret vice, but I need to feel sorrow for the sin itself rather than the consequences or suffering resulting from the sin. Pray for me forum for this is all you can do about this I feel. I have a lot of knowledge of God's word but I have failed to be sanctified by it? I fail to put it into practice and I am very ashamed for being caught up in a temptation that is common to man. I think I am too proud to come to Christ and learn of him? I compare myself to others and feel that my humanity without Christ is better than theirs even if without Christ all will receive damnation.
What can you say to me? Am I not like a self-confessed Judas among you? Will not Christ ask me in that day where is my wedding garment and I will be speechless?
We could all reveal something very humiliating about ourselves. It may be that your confession will be the means of helping others to overcome one of Satanís most pernicious temptations at the end-time. In his perfected state of the art temptation in this area, he has tapped into one of our basic needs and that makes it all the more ruinous in its potential insidiousness. God has promised us that He has made a way of escape from all lusts of the flesh. But we are also told that we must play a cooperative role in exercising the will.
"No one can believe with the heart unto righteousness, and obtain justification by faith, while continuing the practice of those things which the Word of God forbids, or while neglecting any known duty....As God works in the heart, and man surrenders his will to God, and co-operates with God, he works out in the life what God WORKS IN by the Holy Spirit, and there is harmony between the purpose of the heart and the practice of the life. Every sin must be renounced as the hateful thing that crucified the Lord of life and glory....It is by continual surrender of the will, by continual obedience, that the blessing of justification is retained." E.G. White, Selected Messages, Vol. 1, pp. 396-397.
We are told that Jesus overcame by a continuous submission of His will to the Fatherís will.
Mind, Character, and Personality Volume 2, page 691, paragraph 3
Chapter Title: Decision and the Will
Holy Spirit Does Not Take Place of Will.--The Spirit of God does not propose to do our part, either in the willing or the doing. This is the work of the human agent in cooperating with the divine agencies. As soon as we incline our will to harmonize with God's will, the grace of Christ stands to cooperate with the human agent; but it will not be the substitute to do our work independent of our resolving and decidedly acting. Therefore it is not the abundance of light, and evidence piled upon evidence, that will convert the soul it is only the human agent accepting the light, arousing the energies of the will, realizing and acknowledging that which he knows is righteousness and truth, and thus cooperating with the heavenly ministrations appointed to God in the saving of the soul.--Lt 135, 1898. 692 EGW
Dear and precious brother in Christ, you have expressed the desire to follow Godís counsel to covet to prophesy, by we must first die to self so we can be used by the Holy Spirit. Letís consider some very encouraging news:
"Nearest the throne are those who were once zealous in the cause of Satan, but who, plucked as brands from the burning, have followed their Saviour with deep, intense devotion. Next are those who perfected Christian characters in the midst of falsehood and infidelity, those who honored the law of God when the Christian world declared it void, and the millions, of all ages, who were martyred for their faith. And beyond is the "great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, . . . before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands." Revelation 7:9. Their warfare is ended, their victory won. They have run the race and reached the prize. The palm branch in their hands is a symbol of their triumph, the white robe an emblem of the spotless righteousness of Christ which now is theirs." E.G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 665.
Iím sure the 144,000 will be nearest the throne, but yet they are like brands plucked from the burning. This is good news! In order that my further points donít become consigned to oblivion in elongated paragraphs, I am going to bullet them for easy review.
Here is what I was inspired to say early this a.m. I keep a small hand held tape recorder by my bedside and here is what I was told to say. There are around 66 points.
∑ You are a very intelligent person and God needs you in His Army. I was shown that God is calling you to His vineyard to do a very special work for Him. Jesus has had a difficult enough time getting a bride. Letís do all in our power with the aid of His Holy Spirit to help the bride make herself ready. Softly and tenderly, by His still small voice, Jesus is calling. What is your answer to Him?
∑ Jesus is calling everyone of us to be His bride. We know too much for any other position. Letís be faithful to His pleading call.
∑ The Spirit of Prophecy advised against masturbation for a good reason. The enervating effects of that habit are not conducive to our best service potential in the Lordís work.
∑ The apostate new movement condones masturbation. That is a good reason to question it.
∑ The fleeting sensation of any orgasm is not worth the loss of salvation.
∑ We look upon the rich young ruler and think him foolish for choosing his many possessions instead of Christ, but what is more foolish than choosing an ethereal orgasm in lieu of Christ?
∑ We need to concentrate on dying daily like Paul, lest in preaching to others we are lost ourselves.
∑ We are told that when the final events really break upon us, we would rather die than sin. So letís press toward that mark!
∑ We should not hesitate to sigh and cry for all the abominations because we still have faults and defects, for such faults are not unpardonable sin as are the abominations we are to sigh and cry for.
∑ Ellen White sure sighed and cried for all the abominations all the time she was still eating oysters. This is just an example of the above point. We should not use this example to excuse our defects, but it is encouraging to know that she was not perfect while sighing and crying for all the abominations.
∑ When Jesus told Mary Magdalene to go and sin no more, that meant two things. She had not committed unpardonable sexual sin, and it was indeed possible for her to cease from such very tempting sin.
∑ Scientists have found that every time we commit an act a bouton is formed at the endings of the nerves in the brain. So, sow an act, form a habit. It takes about three weeks of abstinence to begin to effect a change in a habit and lessen the strength of the bouton(s) established by a habit.
The American Heritageģ Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth
∑ It wonít be long until the latter rain is poured out, but it wonít be visited upon those who are not overcoming known sin. We are too near home to slack off now to become stony ground hearers of the Word only.
∑ It is Satanís objective to accuse us day and night before the throne of God, but we have a God who is more powerful. Let us not be discouraged by the depravity of Satan, any more than we are discouraged by his agents teaching falsehoods.
∑ Letís remember that the disciples had faults right up close to the time of the outpouring of the Early Rain on the Day of Pentecost, but they laid aside those faults and differences and received the Holy Spirit.
Ellen White said that God chooses weak and erring me. Weak and Erring -- "As the Elder Brother of our race He (Christ) knows that the messengers whom He sees fit to send are WEAK, ERRING men but to all who give themselves wholly to His service He promises divine aid." E.G. White, Acts of the Apostles, p. 56.
∑ Consider that Elijah lost faith and ran from Jezebel after such a huge demonstration of Godís power in his behalf on Mt. Carmel! So take courage friend, we are all weak and erring.
∑ Awhile back, I recommended the Christian movie entitled FIREPROOF. It stars Kirk Cameron. In the movie he is a married man who becomes addicted to porn and almost loses his wife to a doctor where she works. He finally takes the TV and computer outside and demolishes it with a baseball bat. It is better to enter heaven with a demolished TV and computer, than to not enter at all! J If you have to go that far, do it!
∑ I have found personally that to look at pornographic material is the big step down. If you will prevent that act, you wonít fall near as easily or at all. By beholding we are changed and that is a much more powerful force than most realize.
∑ Letís all remember than any sin willfully persisted in can become unpardonable by grieving away the Holy Spirit. Ellen White said God does not have a list of graded sins, so your sin dear Brother, is no worse than anyone elseís. We are all in the same boat! Let us continuously ask ourselves if our pet sins are worth the loss of eternal life.
∑ Ellen White said coffee drinking is a sin. I never have any coffee in the house, but when I go to a restaurant that I know has good coffee, I am satanically tempted to drink it. Please pray for me. I need to overcome this sin.
∑ It can help greatly to practice the presence of Jesus. The Rothschildís set a place at their table for Satan whom they worship. How many Christians do this? Would you masturbate in front of Christ? Would I drink coffee in front of Christ? No!
∑ As I said earlier, Satanís greatest potentiality for ensnaring us is wherein our basic needs are involved such as appetite and sex, and a wrong appetite/diet can feed the other. Ellen White said that one of the last things we will overcome is appetite.
∑ You need to get out of the apostate new movement and forums that would remove you if you gave them the full truth, such as Ulicia Unruhís forum. Seeing others make excuses for the apostasy of the new movement is no inspiration to you and what you must do to fulfill the condition of sighing and crying for all the abominations.
∑ We are approaching the greatest time of trouble ever to visit planet earth, and we will need the covering protection that is found only in Godís hedge of protectionóobedience to His commandments so that the Holy Spirit may remain with us as our protector and guide.
∑ Ellen White said considering the terrible events that are coming upon us, we would rather die than sin, so press on to that mark. You wonít care a thing about masturbating then and I wonít care a thing about a cup of coffee! Press on!
∑ If Jesus needed moment by moment power from His Father, what do we need?! And we never know when our lives will be snuffed out. In 2000, I slid on black ice into the front wheels of a Semi truck loaded with two trailers of lumber. I could have been killed instantly.
∑ I invite you to pray a very serious prayer that I have prayed since the inception of my ministry in 1986. I have asked God to do to me whatever I need, whatever it takes, to save me. Be ready and willing to accept the consequences of that prayer and God will answer it. P.S. I always pray that whatever He has to do to me wonít have to be too bad! J
∑ With the world events that are transpiring all around us, WE CAN SEE THE FINISH LINE DEAR BROTHER. Donít drop out of the race now. You qualified for the race by overcoming a difficult hurdleóaccepting present truth. Now carry on because we can indeed see the finish lineópraise God Almighty, we can see the FINISH LINE! Keep your eyes focused on the finish line! Jesus coming in the clouds of heaven!
Matthew 6:13 - And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.††
†Luke 11:4 - And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.††
God bless you dear friend and brother in Christ. May God send His Holy Spirit to buoy us up to the end of the race is my incessant prayer for all of us.