Gregory Dickow - Silencing the Voices of the Enemy
Accusation, which is what I want to attack and what I want us to attack the accusations that are whispers in our minds. Accusation works through a voice, and the voice is a voice of condemnation that will constantly tell you that you are a failure or that you failed. It'll tell you how your heart is not right with God. It'll tell you that if you don't read your Bible every day, you aren't serious about your relationship with God. It will tell you that you aren't serious about your faith if you don't study more and if you don't pray more, and if you don't read more, and if you don't witness more, it'll tell you that you're not holy enough.
You see, the accusation of the enemy doesn't come in the form of accusing you of, of to do sinful things. It comes in a disguised voice of religion. You're not living wholly enough. You're not living godly enough. You haven't done enough for God, which is a complete slap in the face of what Jesus did on the cross since he did it all for you to listen to a voice that says you haven't done this enough and you haven't done that enough, is to say that Jesus hasn't done enough for you. Because remember, our Christianity is not about the promises that we make to God. It's all about the promises that he makes to us. If you want to make a promise to God, do that because you choose to. And you want to. Out of love for him back because of his love for you. But your promises to God do not matter to God.
They might matter to you, but they don't matter to him because he's his because his relating to us is not built upon our promises. His relating to us is completely built on his promises. He relates to us based on the arrangement he's made with us. He doesn't relate to us based on an arrangement we make with him. Boy, you get a hold of that. It frees your mind from having to make these deals all the time with God, because that's what the voice of the accuser is constantly trying to do and trying to remind you, you're not smart enough, you're not good enough. You don't have enough of this. Satan is a deceiver. He's a murderer. The Bible says he comes to steal, kill and destroy. He's a thief. He's a murderer, and he's a destroyer. And he's the exact opposite of God. God gives. He doesn't take. Satan takes. He doesn't give God. God brings life. He doesn't kill. Satan kills. He doesn't bring life.
And God builds up. He doesn't tear down. Satan tears down. He doesn't build up. He's the exact antithesis of what God is. God builds you God God gives to you, and God brings life to you. This Satan is the exact opposite. His name, the name for Devil in the Bible is actually Diablo's. In the Greek language is Diablo's. It comes from two words that are put together in the Greek language Deeyah, which is where we get the word diameter from Dédé and BOLO's Bialosky, which is where we get the word ball to hurl something or to throw something. So he throws and hurls. This is what Satan does. He throws and hurls accusations that you until he penetrates DNA, until he gets into the the word is the word to penetrate.
So he continues to hurl accusations and hurl things about how you don't measure up until it penetrates and you are defeated on the inside and once you're defeated on the inside, look. Oh yeah, it's right. I don't do enough. I don't pray enough. I don't read enough. I don't do this enough. I don't do that enough. I don't witness enough. You see, all of our witnessing and sharing of the gospel should be because we're so inspired by how merciful God has been to us that we should want to tell others not because we're trying to fulfill the religious duty of the accuser, telling us we don't do this enough because then everything we're doing is rooted in trying to be self-righteous before God rather than simply accept his gift. What voice are we going to listen to? Are we going to listen to the voice of the accuser telling us what we don't do? Or are we going to listen to the voice of God telling us about what Jesus has done? You have to you have to decide which voice you're going to pay attention to.
So God builds up, it's the opposite of what Satan does. Look, Satan, the accuser uses the Bible to beat people up. He uses the Bible to thump and to to to to load people up with rules, to load people up with their failures, to load people up with what they need to do, to load people up with how far far how far they fall short. And that is just not God's way. The devil will accuse you of how wrong you are and then he'll accuse you by telling you how right you are. So Satan works from every angle that he can. He'll tell you all you're right. And you're you have and you you know, and what we need to realize is God's right. And our job is to agree with him. Our job, our responsibility is not to be right. Our responsibility is to agree with God, which is what humility and what worship really is. Our worship is not just our singing. That's like just about the the outflow, the overflow of our worship.
To worship God is to agree with God because you could lift your hands and sing beautifully like an angel. But if you're out of agreement with the way God thinks, you're not worshiping him because you're not surrendering your life to him, which is the which is the most private and sacred thing that you have in this universe, is your thought life. It's the most private and sacred thing that you have. And to submit it to God is worship. It's the most intimate. It's the greatest intimacy that you can have with God on this earth is not to just sing and be, you know, crying tears of of of of adoration for him, although there's nothing wrong necessarily with that. But if that if those tears of adoration are absent, of submitting your private thought life to to the Lord, then it's not really worship meaning. And when I say submitting your private thought life, I'm not saying don't mistake that as you can never have a bad thought. And that's you're not worshiping God if you have a bad thought.
We all have thoughts. We all have thoughts. Seventy thousand or so every day. And many of them are negative. So it's not. Well, if you until you get all of them and make all those thoughts positive, you're really not worshiping God with all your mind. No, that's not true. When you what what worshiping God with all your mind is, is to be is to just step over into that place where I agree with God. God said Jesus is Lord. I agree. And the moment I agree, guess what I got saved. The moment I agreed with God. Jesus is Lord. I didn't make him Lord. I just agreed with God that he's Lord I. So the moment I agree with him I'm safe. The moment I agree with him that by his stripes I'm healed. I'm healed.
Now, my salvation, though, I'm saved the moment I agree with God, I don't act saved all the time. I don't look saved all the time. I don't treat other people, saved all the time. But I'm still saved because I agree with God. And then my life catches up to my agreement as I maintain that agreement. In the same way, when I agree with God that I'm healed by his stripes, I may not look healed. I may not feel healed, I may not act healed. But I agree with God and that is true worship to God. I surrender by agreeing with what God says about me and what God says about you, for that matter. I agree with what God says about me. That's worship, that honors God. And as I maintain that worship Romans twelve one and two talks about that's real worship. And that's what transforms us through the renewing of our minds because we agree with God.
This form of humility is how we overcome the accuser. And when pride comes in and says, well, you were wronged and you were mistreated and you were mishandled and you better and you need to do this, we don't need to take matters into our own hands when it comes to how we've been treated or how we've been mistreated or how we've been misunderstood. We need to trust God with that stuff, like turn that stuff over to God, you'll silence the devil accusing you and accusing others in your mind, you'll silence that when you simply just trust God, trust him, surrender your thought life to him. Ultimately, what the devil is after is he wants you to live in condemnation. He wants see the Bible even says, I know that we're kind of going off in two different directions here. I'm talking about condemnation and not listen to the accusing thoughts that you're not enough and you haven't done enough.
But then the opposite side of that is pride, where you think I have done enough and I have humility. Is Jesus did enough not I didn't do enough or I did enough. It's neither of those. When you when you have the one I didn't do enough, you feel unworthy and you condemn, you feel condemned. And when you say I did enough, then you're in pride. And the Bible says when a person gets in pride, they become condemned to. So ultimately, Satan achieves the goal in either case by getting you condemned from not doing enough or thinking you have done enough and now you're condemned either way, because in one way you have false humility. I haven't done enough or woe is me. And one way you have pride. I have done enough and God's way is Jesus did enough, receive him as your substitute and just agree with him and worship him and be thankful and be humble and be grateful and be somebody that simply agrees with God and Satan can't he can't mess with you then can't mess with your mind.
Then he can't swing you in those places from condemnation to pride and self-righteousness back to condemnation. And that's the cycle that Satan wants to work in your life. And maybe this maybe this doesn't minister to you the way it ministers. And I'm sharing you sharing with you out of my experiences from Scripture and from my own personal life that this is what this is what I've experienced. I've experienced these. He brings you down with all the memory of what you haven't done and then tries to exalt you by getting you to think, well, but I've done this and I've done this and I've done that. And now you're in pride and over here you're in false humility. Both of them are the same thing. They're listening to the wrong voice and they're coming into agreement with the wrong voice because a condemned heart is a prayer. Less heart. You won't pray with faith, we talked about that last week, a condemned heart is an unhappy heart.
We talked about that in Proverbs, in Romans 14:22. A condemned heart is a trapped heart trapped by sin. Jesus first. Took away the condemnation from the woman caught in adultery, first he took away the condemnation and then he freed her from her sin to go and sin no more. First, he dealt with the condemnation. I don't condemn you. That freed her mind from condemnation, then that freed her life from the bondage of the sin. The first bondage she delivered her from was the condemnation, not the sin. First, he delivered it from the condemnation. I don't condemn she was caught in her sin. They caught they Jesus didn't catch her in her sin. The religious people caught her in her sin in the very act of adultery. How did they find her in the very act of adultery unless they were doing it, too?
But here's the point. But here's the point. Jesus didn't free her from her sin. First, he freed her from the condemnation of it. So she could be free from the power of it and in our lives, he doesn't he knows that we're caught in our sin, but he doesn't condemn us. He says, I don't condemn you. There's no condemnation for those that are in Christ. But now that you know that there's no condemnation, the power of being free from condemnation is what gives you the power to be free from the behavior, the freedom in your mind that I'm not condemned by it. It doesn't condemn me. Even if you commit a sin, it does not condemn you. Your sins do not condemn you. God does not condemn you. What condemns you is your heart condemns you.
But the Bible says and first, John, three to one, that God is greater than your heart. God is greater than your heart. So agree with God. Don't agree with your heart. You see, your heart is not honest all the time. Your heart doesn't know the truth all the time. Your heart just knows what it feels and knows what it does and your heart condemns you. You did this wrong and your heart is like the judge. Your heart is the is the is the is the judge. Mennel is as judgmental as anything can be towards you is your own heart. So your own heart condemns you. But God is greater than your heart. And what I'm telling you is worship means agreeing with God.
So you have a choice to make. When your heart condemns you about something you did, your heart is telling you the truth. You really did that, but it's condemning you over it. And God is greater than your heart. And he sent Jesus to pay for it already. It's already paid for. So God doesn't condemn God doesn't condemn you for what you've done. Your heart condemns you for what you've done. But God is greater than your heart. And that's where you have to make the choice. I come into agreement with God, not my heart.
See, you don't need to agree with your heart all the time, your heart, like you don't want to you don't want me to agree there are some things in your heart you wouldn't even want me to agree with. So you don't have to agree with them either. Your heart is not God. God is greater than your heart. If the voice of the devil is the accusing voice, then how do you distinguish between the condemnation that the devil accuses us of and the conviction of the Holy Spirit? How do you how do you how do you differentiate between condemnation and conviction? Here's how to do it. And I'll close with this concept here. But the accusing spirit of the devil always points to the problem, even though your sins or the thing that you're dealing with has been washed away by the blood of Jesus, the accusing spirit will always point to the problem. The Holy Spirit will always point to the solution.
This is the difference. The to be the conviction of the Holy Spirit is not, well, the Holy Spirit, really, and I've heard preachers I used to say this forgive me if you heard me preach this, because I don't believe this, but I've heard preachers say as recent as recently, that's pretty recent. Say, well, you know, if the Holy Spirit convicting you about something, some sin in your life, you need to go ahead and just repent of that right now like you should. Why are you waiting for the Holy Spirit to get on your case about something that you know is wrong anyway? Because the Holy Spirit doesn't get on your case about stuff. Well, what does the Bible say? The Holy Spirit convicts us concerning our sin. The the word convict is the word to convince, to convince, to convince. It's the assurance.
The AMP are the the original Greek word. It assurance and conviction are the same thing. It's the assurance the Holy Spirit gives you assurance that Jesus paid for your sin. That's conviction. Conviction is assurance. It's not conviction is not guilt. Conviction is not feeling bad. Conviction is not the Holy Spirit. Putting his finger on something.
Hear me now, child of God. The conviction that we've been told by religion has told us even charismatic religion has told people the Holy Spirit is putting his finger on scene in your life by convicting you of it so that you can turn from it. I'm going to tell you something. If you if a person if a human being does something wrong, they should turn from it. Without the Holy Spirit putting his finger on something, the Holy Spirit doesn't need to put his finger on something you already know what you did is wrong. You have the power to turn from it without the Holy Spirit putting the spotlight on what you did. That is not my Holy Spirit. That is not God's Holy Spirit. That's not the Holy Spirit that lives in me. That's not the Holy Spirit that baptized the believers in the Book of Acts.
And the first thing that happened when he baptized them was they preached with power, healed the sick, and signs and wonders happened and people rose from the dead and got in Peter's shadow so they can get healed and put Paul put handkerchiefs. They put handkerchiefs on Paul's body, rubbed it on sick people, and they were healed. That's what the Holy Spirit did. The Holy Spirit brought healing. The Holy Spirit brought power. The Holy Spirit brought a supernatural prayer language. The Holy Spirit brought boldness. The Holy Spirit didn't make them feel bad about their sin or point out or put a spotlight on their sins. Stop it. You know that spotlight, little window in your computer spotlight. That's not what the holy you can spotlight something in computer.
The Holy Spirit is not that spotlight. He doesn't spotlight your sins. He assures you. That your problem is solved by simply believing that Jesus paid the price, if you go back and read John 16, you'll find that's exactly what he says. The Holy Spirit convicts us concerning sin because we believe not on Jesus. The Holy Spirit convinces someone that they have not been believing in Jesus and that's how they get born again. Wow. I haven't really been believing in Jesus. I need Jesus. I get born again. That's the Holy Spirit. Convincing somebody concerning sin, concerning righteousness. The Holy Spirit convinces us about righteousness because I'm going to the father. He said, I'm going to the father. You're no longer going to see me.
So I can't tell you these things. But the Holy Spirit will remind you about you being righteous in Christ. And concerning judgment, the Holy Spirit. We'll convict you concerning judgment or convince you that the ruler of this world has been judged. This is what the Holy Spirit convinces us, convinces us that we have not where we have not believed. He shows us where he shows. He showed us where we did not believe. Then he convinces us about righteousness. You're the righteousness of God. You're the righteousness God. You're the righteous God. And then he convinces us, hey, the ruler of this world has been judged. I am here to assure you Satan has been judged. The ruler of this world has been thrown down.
Stop letting him accuse you. Stop letting him rule in your minds. You rule over him. You reign over him through the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. That's how the Holy Spirit does his convincing and does his work in our lives does not put a spotlight on your sin. Your sin has been washed. He does not put a spotlight on you being judge. He's saying the ruler of the world has been judged. He does not put a spotlight on what you've done wrong. He puts the spotlight on you to the fact that you are the righteousness of God in Christ when you're born again. That's the difference between the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the condemnation of the enemy, where he beat you down and put your nose and your failures and your shortcomings in your haven't done enough and have haven't done enough and and have done this too much and haven't done this as much as you should. That's the condemnation of the enemy. And we're not putting up with it.