Renovating the Heart of Kingdom Leaders - Part 4

Agreeing with the Devil

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In the fourth episode of the “Renovating the Heart of Kingdom Leaders” series, trauma therapist Adam Young returns to the Gary Wilkerson Podcast to discuss the impact of a person’s unique story and life experiences. This week, they look at how Satan uses accusations and how Christians can respond to them.

DISCLAIMER: The advice discussed in this podcast episode is not a replacement for professional counseling.

Key Points from the Podcast

  • Adam Young encourages listeners to pay attention to the accusations that come at them during their day—the statements that name you and make you feel bad about yourself.

  • We have the choice to either renounce or join the accusations that come at us. We can choose to agree with what either Satan or God says about us.

  • When an accusation touches a wound in the heart, we often counter it by overcompensating and trying to prove that the accusation isn’t true.

  • Satan’s attacks and accusations aren’t typically directed at your weaknesses, but at your strength, glory, and beauty.

  • If you find the place where you feel the most shame, you will find the place where you most uniquely reflect the glory of God.

  • When we make agreements with the accusations spoken about us, they become the lens through we see ourselves and the world.

  • Breaking free of accusations requires repenting from joining in a curse against something that is actually quite beautiful about you.

  • The Bible tells us in Acts that repentance is a gift from God.

  • Robust repentance requires addressing the root, not the symptom. For example, you can repent because you lied to someone, or you can repent of why you feel the need to lie.

  • Christians are called to be people of deep heart change, and that requires confronting and healing from the wounds you have experienced in your life.

Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

Revelation 12:10–11, John 14:30; Isaiah 61:1–3; Acts 5:31; Philippians 3:13; Matthew 5:4

Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

Episodes in this podcast series:

About Adam Young

I met my wife at the College of William and Mary. We have been married for 24 years and have two children, a son (age 10) and a daughter (age 13).

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with master’s degrees in social work (Virginia Commonwealth University) and Divinity (Emory University). I currently serve as a Fellow with The Allender Center, and I am the host of The Place We Find Ourselves podcast.  

My approach to therapy has been shaped primarily by Dan Allender, Daniel Siegel, Allan Schore, Pat Ogden, and Bessel van der Kolk. You can find their works on the Books page.

Activities I enjoy include mountain biking, skiing, soccer, and painting (canvas, not houses).

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About Gary Wilkerson

Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

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