Walking by faith

Exposing Satan’s Master Scheme: To Be Like God WITHOUT GOD

Satan’s #1 goal is to keep us away from God at all costs. His #1 strategy to achieve this goal is to get us to believe that we become “like God” because of what we DO. This is the great “DO to be like God” lie, related to Satan’s lie “I will make myself like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:14, ESV). It ultimately leads to believing, “I can be like God, WITHOUT GOD”.

In this provocative series we trace the origins of this diabolical strategy of “DO to be like God” all the way back to Satan’s own fall, when he was the great archangel Lucifer. We also examine how Satan used this same strategy with our first parents, Adam and Eve, turning them away from God. Then we look at the perfect Man, The Lord Jesus Christ and His radical counter to Satan’s “DO to be like God”, when He said that He can DO NOTHING of Himself (John 5:19). From there, we look at the great secret of Jesus as perfect Son of Man: His union, oneness, with His Father. We learn further that union with Christ is the great secret of the real Christian life.

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[Part 1 of 5]  Satan’s #1 goal in our lives is to keep us away from God at all costs. How does he achieve that goal? What is his master strategy to keep us away from God? The way that Satan frequently works in our lives is by hiding inside something that on the outside looks good, but is in fact deadly. In this episode, we expose Satan’s Master Scheme. In this study, we explore:
  • Satan’s prime tactic to achieve his #1 goal of keeping us away from God is by deceiving us into trying to be “like God” based on what we DO.
  • To understand how this happens, we look at two origins of the lie “DO to be like God”: the fall of Lucifer (who became Satan) and the fall of our first parents, Adam and Eve.
  • We examine in depth Origin #1, the fall of Lucifer: “I will make myself like the Most High”.
[Scriptures: Isaiah 14:12-14, Ezekiel 27:12-19] [This episode is a part of the “Exposing Satan’s Master Scheme: To Be Like God WITHOUT GOD” series] CC by-nc-nd 2016 Mark D. VanOuse This recording is under a Creative Commons copyright license.

[Part 2 of 5] On the surface it looks so good. But in reality, it’s the deadly, cunningly deceptive scheme of Satan to keep us away from God: focusing on trying to be like God by means of our doing. In this episode, we examine Origin #2 of this diabolical scheme: the fall of our first parent’s Adam & Eve, and what that has to do with us today:

  • How Satan managed to get Adam and Eve to turn away from God and toward sin, even though they had no history of sin and lived in an environment of face to fellowship with God, surrounded by His goodness.
  • How sin springs to life when the law comes in, which is centered on DO AND LIVE.
  • How we are led into sin by trying to be like God without God, caught up in doing to be “like God”.
  • How false, unbiblical notions of sanctification are evidence of Satan’s scheme to keep us away from God, by distracting us with DO to BECOME LIKE GOD.

[Scriptures: Genesis 3:1-19, 1 Cor 1:29-31, Rom 7:14-25]

[This episode is a part of the “Exposing Satan’s Master Scheme: To Be Like God WITHOUT GOD” series]

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This recording is under a Creative Commons copyright license.

[Part 3 of 5] Satan’s #1 goal is to keep us away from God, at all costs. And his #1 tactic to achieve that goal is so subtle, seemingly so good, that we miss it entirely: He tries to get us to be LIKE GOD WITHOUT GOD, by having us believe that we become like God because of what WE DO. In this episode we look at The Perfect Son of God and Son of Man, Jesus, and how He countered that lie. We delve into:

  • Important warning signs that the devil is keeping us away from God by distracting us with trying to DO to become like God.
  • Satan’s failed schemes against Jesus, the Perfect Man, and how Jesus countered those schemes, which were centered on “DO to become like God”.
  • Jesus #1 counter to Satan’s “DO to become like God” tactic: “I can do NOTHING of Myself” (John 5:19)

[Scriptures: Luke 4:1-13, John 5:19,15:5]

[This episode is a part of the “Exposing Satan’s Master Scheme: To Be Like God WITHOUT GOD” series]

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This recording is under a Creative Commons copyright license.

[Part 4 of 5] If Satan’s #1 strategy to keep us AWAY FROM God is to have us believe that we must DO to be LIKE GOD… then what is GOD’s way and plan for us? In this episode we explore God’s brilliant plan in the new creation: not “just you”, but the NEW YOU in union (one) with Christ:

  • We examine the reality of Christ’s oneness with His Father in John 17. This is BEING based not on “doing” but on UNION WITH GOD.
  • What it means when the Bible says that we CONTAIN Christ: as earthen vessels, branches of the vine, in Last Adam (Christ), temples of the Holy Spirit, slaves of righteousness, members of the body of Christ, as the wife (bride) of Christ, as the Father is in Christ.

Scriptures: John 17:20-26, John 15 & others

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[Part 5 of 5] While Satan’s plan to keep us away from God is devious — by distracting us with DOING to be like God — God’s REALITY for the new order of our being is INFINITELY better than DO — it is CHRIST IN YOU, the hope of glory. In this episode we learn:

  • That we don’t live “for” Christ, but Christ HIMSELF is our life, who is IN us (1 Cor 1:27)
  • The zenith of Christian living is because of our union with Christ, who lives through us, AS US.
  • Living by The Spirit vs. living by the flesh (our humanity)
  • God is not interested in you “becoming”. Believer, you ARE because Christ IS.
  • The NEW ME: a humble vessel, honored to carry and manifest The Lord Jesus Christ!

[Various scriptures]

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This recording is under a Creative Commons copyright license.

The Real Reason Behind Trials: The Testing of Our Faith

The subject of suffering frequently comes up in Christian teachings. Many times the speaker will quote a passage like Romans 5:3-4
3 And not only [that], but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Then they go on and on about “the value of suffering”: God is using suffering, hardship, difficulty to improve our character, refine us, make us stronger, make us “more Christ-like”.
They have it completely wrong.

The Just Shall Live By Faith – Pt 10 (Hebrews Pt 40)

[Hebrews 11:23-29]  In this episode, we look at the faith of Moses, the man of God who was called of God to forsake Egypt and bring deliverance to God’s people from the hand of Pharaoh. Over and over again we see that by living by faith, Moses:

  • Had a godly response, despite fearful situations.
  • Identified with God and His people, not the world.
  • Kept steadfast, even in the face of persecution.
  • Had the forward look of faith and hope.
  • Forsook Egypt, didn’t fear wrath of the king, led the people out of Egypt and through the Red Sea.

The Just Shall Live By Faith – Pt 9 (Hebrews Pt 39)

[Hebrews 11:13-22]  How did they do it? How did those memorialized in Hebrews Chapter 11 live in such a way that God selected them and their story as examples of faith? The answer: they lived by faith. In this episode we:

  • Remember the important context of Hebrews 11 — the full book of Hebrews, centered on CHRIST and His finished work.
  • How knowing the promises of God and embracing them gives us great assurance that leads to God-pleasing, triumphant faith
  • How to face the impossible task, like Abraham, and see victory.

 

The Just Shall Live By Faith – Pt 8 (Hebrews Pt 38)

[Romans 4:13-25]. In this episode we discover FAITH GROUND ZERO. This is the epicenter of faith — true, saving faith, the righteousness of faith. The Bible points to Abraham as the prime example of one who demonstrates “the just shall live by faith”. We’ll see that real faith is focused on God Himself, rests on grace, strengthened by glorifying God and convinced by the ability of Almighty God Himself.

The Just Shall Live By Faith – Pt 4 (Hebrews Pt 34)

[Hebrews 11:3-6] The Bible declares it: THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH. In this panoramic episode, we see what living BY FAITH can accomplish:

  • We take a sweeping view of all of Hebrews 11, extracting out of every “by faith” or “through faith” verse what living by faith accomplishes.
  • In Hebrews 11:3 we dig into the great significance of understanding BY FAITH that God is the creator of all.
  • In Hebrews 11:4 we find out the reason why Abel’s offering was righteous, while Cain’s offering was evil.
  • In Hebrews 11:5-6 we explore the very important reasons why “without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God”

The Just Shall Live By Faith – Pt 3 (Hebrews Pt 33)

[Hebrews 11:1-2. This episode continues the mini series “The Just Shall Live by Faith”, within our ongoing Hebrews series.] In this episode, we learn:

  • God in His grace, through Jesus, has supplied ALL. Therefore, we have all NOW. Faith takes and personally appropriates what God has already richly supplied.
  • What faith is NOT.
  • Faith is the substance — ground of confidence, guarantee — of things hoped for.
  • Faith is the EVIDENCE of things not seen.
  • Hebrews 11 is not about faith “heroes”, but rather ordinary people who lived by faith in the goodness of God.

 

The Just Shall Live By Faith – Pt 2 (Hebrews Pt 32)

[Hebrews 11 intro, Heb 10:38-39]

What IS faith? That’s a very important question to answer, since the Bible is clear that “the just shall live by faith” (Hab 2:4, Rom 1:17, Gal 3:11, Heb 10:38). In this episode we dig into this question and discover that there are two aspects of faith:

  • First, faith looks to the PERSON of the living Lord Jesus Christ: Christ IN US the hope of glory and we IN CHRIST, giving us completeness NOW.
  • Second, faith acknowledges and enjoys the perfect, finished work of The Lord Jesus Christ.

We also learn that we are “believers”, not because we believe, but because GOD has MADE us that way! This is all because of the perfection of JESUS and HIS FINISHED WORK.

Note: This series, “The Just Shall Live by Faith” is a mini-series, which is part of the ongoing series, “Hebrews: The Glory of The New Covenant”

The Just Shall Live by Faith

Many Christians silently struggle, wondering, “Why isn’t my Christian life working? Why am I struggling? Why do I feel so defeated? Is the victorious life just a mirage?”

The missing key to the victorious Christian life is one of the most important truths in all The Bible: THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH. In this ground-breaking series, we “connect the dots” between the love of God, the grace of God, the perfection of Jesus and His finished work and how we receive the incredibly rich blessings of God by living by faith. This series is sure to encourage you and revolutionize your life!

Note: this series is currently under development and is a sub-series in the “Hebrews: The Glory of the New Covenant” series:

 

  • The Just Shall Live by Faith – Part 1. In four key places in the scripture we read, “the just shall live by faith”. The language of faith appears 677 in the New Testament. From God’s perspective, living by faith is essential to pleasing Him (Heb 11:6) and successfully living the Christian life. Why? In this groundbreaking episode, we’ll learn how living by faith is intimately tied to the grace of God and the finished work of our Lord Jesus. You’ll learn essential keys to living victoriously by faith!

 

  • The Just Shall Live By Faith – Part 2[Hebrews 11 intro, Heb 10:38-39]

    What IS faith? That’s a very important question to answer, since the Bible is clear that “the just shall live by faith” (Hab 2:4Rom 1:17Gal 3:11Heb 10:38). In this episode we dig into this question and discover that there are two aspects of faith:

    • First, faith looks to the PERSON of the living Lord Jesus Christ: Christ IN US the hope of glory and we IN CHRIST, giving us completeness NOW.
    • Second, faith acknowledges and enjoys the perfect, finished work of The Lord Jesus Christ.

    We also learn that we are “believers”, not because we believe, but because GOD has MADE us that way! This is all because of the perfection of JESUS and HIS FINISHED WORK.


 

  • The Just Shall Live By Faith – Part 3. [Hebrews 11:1-2] In this episode, we learn:
    • God in His grace, through Jesus, has supplied ALL. Therefore, we have all NOW. Faith takes and personally appropriates what God has already richly supplied.
    • What faith is NOT.
    • Faith is the substance — ground of confidence, guarantee — of things hoped for.
    • Faith is the EVIDENCE of things not seen.
    • Hebrews 11 is not about faith “heroes”, but rather ordinary people who lived by faith in the goodness of God.

  • The Just Shall Live by Faith – Part 4. [Hebrews 11:3-6] The Bible declares it: THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH. In this panoramic episode, we see what living BY FAITH can accomplish:
    • We take a sweeping view of all of Hebrews 11, extracting out of every “by faith” or “through faith” verse what living by faith accomplishes.
    • In Hebrews 11:3 we dig into the great significance of understanding BY FAITH that God is the creator of all.
    • In Hebrews 11:4 we find out the reason why Abel’s offering was righteous, while Cain’s offering was evil.
    • In Hebrews 11:5-6 we explore the very important reasons why “without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God”

  • The Just Shall Live by Faith – Part 5. [Hebrews 11:7-10] The ancients — people like Abel, Enoch, Noah and Abraham — didn’t have Bibles, churches, Christian books, CD’s or podcasts. But they had the living God. Their faith looked to Him and His righteousness. In this episode:
    • We examine the faith of godly Noah who, even though in a wicked generation, built the ark because of godly reverence.
    • We begin to look at Abraham who learned to walk by faith, even though he had failed many times. His faith looked to the God who blessed him and called him to a land of promise, which he did not know.
    • We’ll learn a powerful truth for our own lives: it’s not how great these people of faith were, but how great is GOD and HIS righteousness and grace.

The Just Shall Live By Faith – Pt 1 (Hebrews Pt 31)

[This episode is part 1 of a mini-series called, “The Just Shall Live By Faith”. It is also a continuation of the “Hebrews: The Glory of the New Covenant” series. Note, this podcast is based on our article, “The Necessity of The Just Shall Live By Faith“, found on the www.DailyInChrist.org website.]

The just shall live by faith“. Six powerful and vital words that are often neglected by the vast majority of Christians. Living by faith is non-optional with God. In four key places in the scripture we read, “the just shall live by faith”. The language of faith appears 677 in the New Testament. From God’s perspective, living by faith is essential to pleasing Him (Heb 11:6) and successfully living the Christian life.

Why? In this groundbreaking episode, we’ll learn how living by faith is intimately tied to the grace of God and the finished work of our Lord Jesus. You’ll learn essential keys to living victoriously by faith!