by Terry J. Hallock

The Truth the Devil Doesn't Want You to Know
Terry J. Hallock
John 5:16-30
June 10, 2001

John 5:24 is the heart of this teaching. "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life." In that verse there are five spiritual truths the devil doesn't want you to know because if you do they will liberate your life from chains of defeat and that is something the devil cannot even stand to contemplate. In John 10:10 Jesus tells us that the devil's sole purpose is to "steal, kill, and destroy." His mission is to steal your joy, kill your hope, and destroy your life. He wants you to remain imprisoned by suffering, defeated by despair, and empty of hope.

Thus he will fight tooth and nail to keep you from knowing anything that might frustrate his destructive purpose for your life. In fact, if we were to have begun our reading at verse one of John 5 we would not only have been given a visible example of the spiritual power Jesus unleashes in verse 24, we would also have seen how much the devil hates those truths because they change lives.

In those first few verses of chapter 5 we are introduced to a man crippled for 38 years. Each and every day he was carried to a pool of water just outside the Temple in Jerusalem. He was placed in that spot because the commonly held belief was that each day an angel came and stirred the waters in that pool. Whoever got in to the waters first as they were being stirred would receive healing and deliverance. Well this poor cripple tried each and every day for 38 years to be first in the waters and yet each and every day his efforts failed and his paralysis remained. Then Jesus showed up, asked one simple question - "Do you want to get well?" - and uttered one direct command - "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk." The Word tells us that "at once" the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked!

Now here's how much the devi ...

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