99Relapses Podcast Episode #12- Show Transcript
Hi, I’m James Egidio, welcome to the 99Relapses podcast. The podcast that moves you from recovery to discovery through the grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is episode number 12, part one titled Satan’s worldly strategies in your addiction.
In this episode I will discuss Satan’s worldly strategies and how they influence your addiction. But just to recap episodes, number 10 and number 11. I had discussed the characteristics of who Satan is and how he’s described in the Bible. I had also mentioned that Satan shows up in very inconspicuous ways not so obvious ways he doesn’t show up in the mythological or Hollywood version with the cloven feet the tail, horns and the pitchfork. I also mentioned the origins of Satan as a fallen angel and I finished with how Saint has showed up in communist regimes with Bible burnings and persecutions of the Christian Church. However, that did not ever stop the Christian Church from coming back even stronger, demonstrating that Jesus Christ is more powerful than any communist country and definitely more powerful than Satan. In these next two episodes, I will discuss how Satan infiltrates institutions like family, faith, education and society using vehicles of the government, media, and entertainment to influence your decisions and derail your sobriety towards addiction.
You’re probably asking yourself, what is this podcast about satan’s worldly strategies have to do with my addiction? And that’s a good question, a lot of the information that you’re here and seeing the world and how you process that information determines and dictates how you are influenced to make both good and bad choices and if there was ever a time to see how Satan is working over time to dismantle family, faith and society and institutions is now. If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, now as the time to do it.
The analogy that I like to use for this particular podcast specifically is, I like to use the analogy of being a weatherman, putting out severe hurricane warning or evacuation plan for your safety and that is when you. Are confronted, let’s say for instance, with the warning of a hurricane weatherman puts it out there you can react in one of two ways. With the storm when you’re warned about it and that is you can stay in the storm which represents the world and suffer the consequences of that storm or you can evacuate to safety for peace and sobriety. With the hope of eternal life with Jesus Christ. I also want to add that with these two particular episodes, number 12 and number 13. I’m not going to make any apologies as to what I’ll be presenting in the next, these next two episodes. This podcast, the 99 relapses podcast is based on biblical truth and I don’t feel that I need to compromise with the worldly ways nor change what is written in the Holy Bible, because I feel that I’m not doing you the listener, any justice to a path of sobriety. If I change the verbiage or I conform to the worldly way. It may seem like some of the things that I’ll discuss in this particular podcast are personal or sound political, but they’re not. What they are is there a warning as to the perilous times that we live in this day and age?
And the way I like to define this Satanic influence is with the word cognitive dissonance, which. Is a word from psychology and it’s defined as a state of conflicting beliefs or thoughts that cause discomfort and dissonance of course affects people when the intensity of a person’s belief system contrasts with their behavior and according to this theory, It’s this discomfort that motivates us to change our behavior to match our beliefs so you have to remember as a Christian we don’t live in this world and one of the best biblical verses that resonates with this truth that comes from 1 John 2:15-17 which reads do not love this world nor the things it offers you. For when you love the world. You do not have the love of the father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure. a craving for everything we see and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the father, but from this world. And this world is fading away along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
In previous podcast episodes, number two and three I had mentioned that when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior into our life and the more you lean into his teachings with faith that is of course, by reading the Bible And the more you’ll receive what I have mentioned is this precious gift of what’s called wisdom and discernment and this discerning spirit gives you this ability to see the world more clearly through the lens of God and godly ways in order to make the right choices. And this is due to being in dwelt with the holy spirit, that is Jesus Christ living within you, that leads you in that direction and there’s two verses that lay this out so clearly and one comes from the apostle John in 1 John 1:5-10 and it reads this is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you. God is light and there is no darkness in him at all. So we’re lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness. We are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other and the blood of Jesus, his son. Cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we’re only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth but if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just, to forgive us, Our sins and cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
I put together two podcast episodes that were titled is addiction sin? And I highly encourage you to go back and listen to those if you haven’t listened to those already. We get into this mindset when we’re in the middle of our addiction feeling sorry for ourselves and a I know a lot of the secular programs play on that, sympathy of addiction and and blaming other people and in and putting the blame and not taking responsibility not owning it, not confessing up to the fact that addiction is sin, don’t get me wrong our addictions do stem from from past previous hurts and hang ups and I’ll get into that personal identity and anger and not an unfinished business of forgiving others that may have treated us with some discontent. We have to, as Christians, take responsibility and own up to our addiction and we have to go to the cross we have to confess to Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior that it is in and asked for forgiveness with the understanding that there are some deep seeded issues that we may have experienced in the past and that we have to get those resolved, but we resolve those through the cross. Another verse. I want to read to you. It comes from 1 Thessalonians 5:6-8 and it says, so be on guard, not asleep, like the other stay alert and be clearheaded. Night is the time when people sleep and drinkers get drunk. But let us who live in the light be clearheaded protected by the armor of faith and love. And wearing as our helmet, the confidence of our salvation. And those words in that verse ring true when I read Ephesians chapter six. Putting on the full armor of God in the last episode. With this all being said, we live in very perilous times and we have to realize that we live in probably one of the greatest countries of the world . We have to go back to basics in this country and realize that the United States was the only country founded on Godly principles that provided moral fiber and moral foundation to this country and as you can see, Satan has been working over time to infiltrate society as a whole, in many, like I say, many institutions and because the United States, was founded on Godly principles it allows us to freely practice our faith without having to worry about being persecuted by governments like in China and throughout the rest of the world.
However, we’re also seeing in real time how Satan is slowly as I mentioned eroding away at our institutions, such as, family, faith and society as a whole by using the media, government and education and large corporations as a vehicle for destruction because that’s what Satan is all about. He’s about destruction. He’s about deceiving, dividing and destroying and he instills those those tools with fear, doubt and worry.
As Americans, we take for granted the ability to practice our faith without being persecuted, getting pulled into the world away from God and not realizing that the United States of America was founded as one nation under God and the only country in the world founded on these godly Christian principles. What I would like to do is read to you a few examples as to how the United States was founded on these Godly principles which may be of some interest to you as I read them.
Before I read these, I want to bring something up that is interesting and that is over the last few years we’ve seen where people have been attacking our history the United States history for what it is and because this great country, whereas the United States of America was found on Godly principles and it all pointed to God and Godly principles and that’s the reason why there’s been this direct attack on our history, of this country. Now I’m not saying that the history of the United States is flawless and without any fault. The era of slavery was horrible, it was horrendous but these groups want to wipe out I believe, personally, the Christian Church and family values and this country was founded on.
And we continue. I say we, but people continue to take God out of this country and every. Every institution. And when I read these or read some historical Timeline of how this country was founded on godly principles. I’ll read one, starting with this one
on November 11th of 1620 prior to embarking for the shores of America, the Pilgrim signed the Mayflower compact. That declared. Having undertaken. For the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith in honor of our king and country a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern parts of Virginia.
On July 4th, 1776. America’s founding fathers. After appealing to the laws of nature and of. Nature’s God. To justify their separation from great Britain, then declared we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
In 1781 Thomas Jefferson, the author of the declaration of independence and later the nation’s third president in his work titled notes on the state of Virginia wrote God who gave us life, gave us Liberty and can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis. a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God that they are not to be violated. But with his wrath. Indeed. I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just that his justice cannot sleep forever.
On May 14th, 1787, George Washington, as president of the constitutional convention, rose to admonish and exhort the delegates. and declared. If to please the people we offer, what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterward defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair the event is in the hand of God.
On July 21st, 1789 on the same day that it approved the Establishment Clause concerning religion. The first Congress of the United States also passed. The Northwest Ordinance providing for a territorial government for lands Northwest of the Ohio river, which declared religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.
On September 25th, 1789. The first Congress unanimously approved the resolution calling on president George Washington to proclaim a national day of Thanksgiving for the people of the United States by declaring a day of public Thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts that the many signal favors of all mighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a constitution of government for their safety and happiness.
On November 19th. 1863, president Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg address. On the site of the battle and declared it is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us. That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion. That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain that this nation under God should have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people by the people for the people shall not perish from the earth.
So as I read these you can see that where we were in history and where we are today are two totally different places and you can see why things are going in the direction that they’re going in this country, because we’re taking God out of this country. We’re influencing people through mass media through the internet, through social media. through the news and so on and so forth. And it’s completely destroying and decimating us. And this is the work of Satan.
I’m going to take a short commercial break And when i come back i’ll discuss more about Satan’s worldly strategies in detail 📍
Okay, welcome back to the 99 relapses podcast. Moving on. I’d like to finish this episode by discussing what is spiritual warfare as well as. Internal spiritual warfare, which is personal battles that lead to rebellion and addiction as well as external spiritual warfare that is worldly spiritual warfare that can and will potentially influence or trigger addiction through temptation from the world in the worldly ways. So as you can see. The lines clearly been drawn in the world today, and it’s not political differences. It’s not social differences. It’s not cultural differences or even economic differences.
As you can clearly see, and I hope all of you listeners can clearly see that this is Good versus evil. And it’s not about, Vaccinated versus unvaccinated. This is not about, Democrat versus Republican. This is about the time where people and I pray and I hope they see that they have to accept faith. And godly principles and what we were originally founded on otherwise we’re going in a direction that there’s no turning back and unfortunately it’s more obvious now than it ever was because everything is out in the open and as cynical as it may seem and sound but it’s very true for believing Christians. Is we’re in an awesome time as Christians because we’re experiencing a time where the Bible is literally being played out in real time you talk about virtual reality this is virtual reality of the Bible unfolding right before our eyes and we’re in these perilous times and we have these choices to make, and we can’t be sitting on the fence with this. In fact, there’s a verse that comes from revelation. From the church or Laodicea. That talks about sitting on the fence in your faith. And I’ll read it to you. I just wanted to actually make this a point to read in this episode, because I think it’s important. To know. And to read to you, the listener and it goes like this. It’s reads in Revelation 3:14-22. Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. That is the message from the one who is the amen. The faithful and true witness the beginning of God’s new creation. I know all the things you do that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other. But since you are like Luke warm water, neither hot nor cold. I will spit you out of my mouth. You say I am rich I have everything I want I don’t need a thing and you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you’re not be shamed by your nakedness and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. I correct. And discipline everyone I love so be diligent and turn from your indifference. Look, I stand at the door and knock if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in. And we will share a meal together as friends. Those were a victorious will sit with me on my throne just as I was victorious and sat with my partner and with my father on his throne. Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.
That right there says it all about sitting on the fence in your faith and like I say, now, if you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior, now’s the time to do it.
Everything’s out in the open. Like I said And the Bible is definitely being played out in real time for all of us to see. And it’s unfolding right before our eyes, which of course obviously validates the truth of the Bible. And this truth is being revealed in today’s world and it was best described in
John 18:37, where we’re Pilate said, So you are king Jesus responded by saying, you say I’m a king. Actually I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who loved the truth. Recognize that what I say is true.
The battle of good versus evil is described in spiritual warfare. And it’s been going on since time began, but again, It’s in the open and unfolding right before our eyes. And we have to realize that.
So what is spiritual warfare? Spiritual warfare is best described, simply as Satan’s influence over the world and in the Bible in 1 John 5:19 which reads. We know that we are children of God. And that the whole world is under control of the evil one.
John 12:31-32. Jesus says the time for judging this world has come. When Satan, the ruler of this world will be cast out.
In John 14:30, Jesus says I don’t have much more time to talk to you because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me.
And in John 16:9-11, Jesus says the world’s sin is that it refuses to believe me. Righteousness is available because I go to the father.
So you have to realize that when we have a close, personal relationship, with Jesus Christ. We must remember that Jesus Christ has the authority over all of the spirit world and then keep in mind that there’s two components of spiritual warfare. There’s the internal, spiritual warfare which has that spiritual battle going on inside us personally with our sin nature and that I laid out episodes number eight and nine, which of course leads to rebellion, anger and addiction. Which is what we’re born with and this manifests from the things that we process and relate from past hurts and hangups, which I mentioned a little earlier in this podcast and of course this leads to our behavior.
Is best described in Galatians 5:16-21, which reads. So I say, let the holy spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the spirit wants. And the spirit gives us desires that are opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other. So you are not to carry out your good intention. But when you are directed by the spirit, you’re not under obligation to the law of Moses. When you follow. The desires of your sinful nature, the results are clear sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before. That anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the kingdom of God.
That’s internal spiritual warfare. External spiritual warfare is best described as the worldly Satanic attacks from the enemy and this is spiritual warfare that is around us all day, every day. That tries to divide us and deceive us into temptation through influences outside influences and these are beyond our control and it’s how we filter these things and process these things in our mind that lead us into our behaviors. And this tries to create what I described at the beginning of this episode is a sort of cognitive dissonance if we allow it. And you got to realize that Satan uses all the tools in his arsenal in order to influence your thoughts and your behavior and actions in order to separate you from God’s love and sacrifice and that’s that fear, that doubt and that worry in order to deceive, divide and destroy you. And I’ll get into this in greater detail as I go into the next episode, which is number 13, but for now, I’d like to thank you for joining me in this episode.
I would like to end this podcast with a prayer. Heavenly father. I just give you so much. Thanks and praise Lord. I lift you up to the highest throne knowing that you are the almighty God. You are the maker of the heavens and earth. We’re an omnipotent God omnipresent, loving God, a God continues to give us strength and courage each and every day to get through our addictions.
and Lord as I pray I thank you so much for your son Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior our Messiah, our king of Kings, our Lord and Lord, our prince of peace who you brought here in a physical body to be sacrificed at the cross and who shed, his blood for our sins and that we’re to go to the cross and repent and ask for forgiveness, knowing that when we get caught up with an addiction, it is sin.
And we know that the enemy attacks. We know that we’re indwelt with the holy spirit and that. That is so powerful to overcome these addictions that we are faced with and Lord, as I pray. We just thank you so much for living in a country the United States of America that’s one nation under God that was originally found on the godly principles, Christian principles and that we have to continue to go back to those principles and go back to the basics of those principles, knowing that this country has been under the protection of God and it’s a Godly country and that the enemy is attacking from every angle and we know that, and we know that we have to continue to ward him off through prayer and through knowing that son, Jesus Christ wins in the end. We know that he’s the most powerful, the sits on the highest throne he’s God, our Messiah. We are so grateful and thankful for that. And I’m so grateful. And thank for that.
And Lord, I thank you for this opportunity to be able to present this podcast to those that are listening in. I ask that you place a hedge of protection around everyone. That’s listening to this podcast. And protect them. From their addictions and have them come to terms with their addiction through our Lord and savior Jesus Christ and i just thank you so much again and your son’s name Jesus Christ Amen.
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