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CREATING ADVERSARIES
SERMON STARTER
          The Christian life is full of what seems to be paradoxes. In my flesh an adversary is anyone who opposes my own prejudices, convictions and beliefs. I am to fight the devil, but to love and pray for my human enemies. I am at odds with the devil, the world and myself. I hate to fight, but I am born into this physical and spiritual life as a result of a struggle.
          The contemporary world attempts to distract us and takes us away from God and His Kingdom of Love.
I believe in hating the sin, but loving the sinner. The popular news media, however, loves to attract viewers and advertisers, by taking believers away from the spirituality of Jesus and into the divisive world of hatred and revenging. Notice the stereotypical words that are used to entice us away from the Gospel:
Gay-Haters
Homophobes
Pro-Family
Bigots
          The most recent example of how the Gospel of Jesus is subverted by the secular world is what has happened to Chik-fil-A, a Christ-based business that uses Christian principles of kindness, accommodation,
service and solicitude in the practice of their business.
Chik-fil-A's franchise owners, S. Truett Cathy, Chairman, CEO and his son, Dan Cathy, President, COO are both born again believers.Cathy is a member of the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Georgia, and also has taught Sunday School there for more than 50 years. He has testified that the Bible is his guide-book for life.
          Their businesses are closed Sundays so employees can spend time with their families and worship God.
The Cathy's support Focus on the Family and
Many other evangelical-based charitable groups.
They are deemed by Gays as "Hate Groups." The Cathys are in good company.
          Jerry Fallwell was a preacher that homosexuals loved to hate. Fallwell, however, was involved in what I call, Homophobic baiting. Online more than once Fallwell said,
          “God made Adam and Eve and NOT Adam and Steve”
Fallwell, like the Cathys, was driven away from the Gospel message by the pummelling hateful words of the gay community. The message of Jesus is "Good News," not what I call "The Curse." I become involved in doing God's job of convicting sinners when I condemn sinnerful people.
          Technically, they're already condemned by their sinful choices and attitudes. My job is to preach good news. In today's sermon we see John the Baptist preaching the Gospel,
"Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world."
John is distracted and attempts to do God's job and loses his perspective and ultimately his life.

Pastor Phil  <><<

 

August 5, 2012 – Sheepfold Ministries
Pastor Phil Roland

CREATING ADVERSARIES
Mark 6:14-24 - Matthew 5:38-45
“An adversary is anyone who opposes my own prejudices, convictions and beliefs. I am at odds with the devil, the world and myself. I hate to fight, but I am born into this physical and spiritual life as a result of a struggle.” 
  Pastor Phil   <><<
John and Jesus used the same message
I. THE GOSPEL MESSAGE OF JOHN AND JESUS – Matt. 3:12
“In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,
and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!"        Matt. 3:12

Two Parts to John’s Message:
A. THE CURSE – “Repent. . .”
                        1. Repent – Change your thinking, attitude, mind-set
                        2. Change your behavior
                        3. “You’re heading in the wrong direction!”
                        4. “Your present destination is Hell!”
B. THE CURE – “The Kingdom of God is at Hand!”
                        1. “A-B-C” – The Gospel Good News of Jesus
2. ACCEPT – Jesus Christ into your Heart
3. BELIEVE - God raised Him from the Grave
4. COMMIT – Your life to Him
C. REPENT - John the Baptist became hung up on the "Curse"
            1. Fine Line between Conviction and Condemnation
            2. God has already condemned the sinner, but died for them
            3. We don’t need to do God’s Job
            4. The Holy Spirit’s work is to convict men of sin

II.  JOHN’S PROBLEM WAS HIS DEVOTED FOLLOWERS
“And John himself was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5  Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him 6  and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.” Matthew 3:4-6
            A. John was an Evangelist, didn’t know what to do with his Followers
                        1. Evangelists are not organizers / Promoters
                        2. John was God’s Preparer of the Way for Jesus - Matt. 3:3
“For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying:
"The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the
  LORD; Make His paths straight.'" 
            B. John was the last of the Old Testament Prophets
                        1. His Followers loved the Legalism of his message
                        2. God’s Policeman, “You have broken God’s Law!”

CREATING ADVERSARIES, cont., p.2

C. John’s followers were often Angry People
                        1. Felt slighted, cheated, rejected and rebuffed by their culture
                        2. Took John’s message, blended it w/politics to fight Injustice
                        3. Seduced John from his mission by “Shadow Boxing” w/Evil
            D. John’s followers were “Sycophants”
1. Self-seeking, Servile Flatterers; Fawning Parasites
2. They were "Toadys,” and "Yes Men"
E. John’s message led to Legalism,  Letter of the Law People
                        1. John’s message wasn’t complete, but led to Christ
                        2. He was God’s Herald calling people to Holiness/ Repentance

III.  JOHN TARGETED THE SINNER, BUT FORGOT HIS OWN
      MESSAGE
            A. John forgot the Cure and Preached the Curse – Mark 6:18
    “For John had said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
                        1. Temptation for any preacher to attack sinners – John 3:17
"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world,
 but that the world through Him might be saved.”
                        2. John could have been influenced by his Sycophants
                        3. He obviously forgot his message
B. Herod became an Irresistible Target
                        1. He was curious about John the Baptist
2. Herod believed him to be a prophet and Holy Man
3. He was a “God Fearer,” but feared everything but God
4. Herod was a weak, miserable, passive coward
5. He was influenced by the NT version of Jezebel
            C. Herod was a  NT "Ahab," but incredibly more evil
                        1. He was an adulterer, who gave lip service to morality
                        2. He made Henry the Eighth of England look benign
                        3. Execution and death were ordered at his whimsy
 
 IV.  JESUS TAUGHT US TO NOT RESIST EVIL PEOPLE
38 "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'
39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also."    Matthew 5:38,39

            A. Resisting Evil People empowers them
                        1. God resists them by convicting them of their sinfulness
                        2. God's Holy Spirit is His "Hound from Heaven"
                        3. He pursues them relentlessly until they surrender to His Will
            B. Believers take a "Passivity-by-Choice" approach to sinners
                        1. We aren't passive, but "go the extra mile" with injustice
                        2. We are "Actors," and not "ReActors"
                        3. We are "Meek" people - Matt. 5:5
                                "Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth."
                        4. Meek = PROUIS = "Violence under Christ's control"

CREATING ADVERSARIES, cont., p.3

            C. Love your enemy with Christ's Love
            "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good
             to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and
             persecute you,"
                        1. Four Commands of Jesus regarding enemies
                        2. Love, Bless, Do Good, Pray for enemies

SUMMARY STATEMENTS:
1. The Gospel of Jesus both convicts sinners and draws them to Jesus
2. With our 24-Hour News Cycles bombarding us with negativity, it's easy to be distracted away from the Gospel's Good News
3. We must preach the Cure and not dwell unhealthily on the Curse
4. No permanent change in people or culture will happen from spewing negativity about sin and sinners
5. Only God's Holy Spirit can change human hearts
6. Let's get out of the way so God can do His job

 

 

CREATING ADVERSARIES
Mark 6:14-24 (NKJV)
14 Now King Herod heard of Him, (Jesus) for His name had become well known. And he said, "John the Baptist is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him."
15 Others said, "It is Elijah." And others said, "It is the Prophet, or like one of the prophets."
16 But when Herod heard, he said, "This is John, whom I beheaded; he has been raised from the dead!"
17 For Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife; for he had married her.
18 For John had said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
19 Therefore Herodias held it against him and wanted to kill him, but she could not;
20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just and holy man, and he protected him. And when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.
21 Then an opportune day came when Herod on his birthday gave a feast for his nobles, the high officers, and the chief men of Galilee.
22 And when Herodias' daughter herself came in and danced, and pleased Herod and those who sat with him, the king said to the girl, "Ask me whatever you want, and I will give it to you."
23 He also swore to her, "Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom."
24 So she went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask?" And she said, "The head of John the Baptist!"

 

CREATING ADVERSARIES, p.2
Matthew 5:38-45 (NKJV)
38 "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'
39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also.
41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.
42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.
43 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'
44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

 

JONATHAN CRING
It was simple. “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.”
·         Repent—time for a change.
·         The Kingdom of God—God is with us.
·         Is at hand—now, not leftovers from yesterday or pipe dreams about tomorrow.
            It was confrontational, edifying and urgent—all at the same time. It was so relevant that even Jesus of Nazareth made his way to the Jordan River to be baptized by the messenger, John. It was so important that Jesus borrowed the message to begin his own work.
It was successful.        Why? Because it escaped condemnation by speaking of a general repentance for all, welcoming conviction. It alleviated complaining about circumstances by asking people to find God in their lives—at the point of contact. And it removed religion from being a matter of history or a foretelling of the end of the world to a “daily bread” experience. As long as John shared this message, he was powerful.
            Of course, the problem was, John was surrounded by angry people. These individuals felt slighted, cheated, rejected and rebuffed by the society around them. So they had developed a way of blending politics and religion to fight back against the injustice and evil they perceived in their culture. John, being a man, unfortunately was influenced by these frustrated folk.
            You see, they wanted him to speak out against the evil that had befallen the Jewish nation and be specific in his criticisms rather than demanding a general repentance from all of God’s children. So John, in a weak moment, targeted Herod as an adulterer for taking Herodias as his wife when she was already married to his brother, Philip.
            (A careful study of the subject will show you that in actuality, the situation was much more complicated than at first viewing, and the marriage was not quite the adulterous affair that was presented by the ardent and angry Jewish religious community.)
John gave in to rumor, fear and piety and attacked Herod, He got personal. He got in Herod’s bedroom.
            Now, let me explain something to you that you probably already know about people. If someone invites you to their house, you come to the door and the first thing you do is knock to request entrance. You certainly don’t barge in. And then, upon being ushered into the home, you normally are taken to the living room, that particular setting that most households determine to be generally acceptable for receiving folks and welcoming conversation. If you’re lucky, you might end up in the dining room to enjoy a meal in fellowship. Sometimes people become so comfortable with you that they will allow you to go into their kitchen, and make yourself at home, acquiring your own ice and retrieving a personal request. After spending some time in the home, you might ask to use their bathroom, although you can make your host or hostess quite nervous with the request, since they find that to be a very personal area and usually decorated to their liking and kept in a status of their own selected disarray.
            But no one ever asks to go to someone’s bedroom. It’s just not done. It’s a private area for sleep, personal effects and pleasure. You wouldn’t even think about it.
            In like manner, it’s not surprising that when John decided to take his message from the living room or the dining room of humanity into the bedroom of the king, fireworks flew. 
            It’s too bad. Because as you look in Mark the 6th Chapter, verses 17-20, John had made an impact on this king. Matter of fact, it says that Herod feared John. He had a depth of reverence for the work of the prophet. Herod found John to be “a just man.” What a great statement. The king thought John had a sense of fairness and equality. He also considered John to be holy. In other words, he knew that John had a divine message—a needful one.
            It goes on to say that Herod observed John. In other words, he did what all secular people do—he watched to see if John’s lifestyle matched his sermons. And when it did, he had great respect for him. So Herod responded to him. That means that this king was affected and had decided to consider the words of this Jordan River prophet.
            And finally, we are told that Herod was glad for the friendship. John had achieved something that every person of spirit desires—to have a covenant with a king who has the power to affect people’s lives.
            But all of that was gone in a moment when John succumbed to the pressure of the religious politicians of his day and decided to point the gun of his gospel in the face of the king and attack him personally. The end result was that John was arrested and imprisoned. And after Herodias, who had a great quarrel with him, finally got her way, John was beheaded.
            It was all unnecessary. John made a mistake.
And we are led to believe that Jesus saw it happening—because even though he was also baptizing in the River Jordan near John, the scriptures tell us that Jesus pulled away and went elsewhere, and that shortly after that departure, John was arrested.

*Did Jesus hear that John began to rail against King Herod?
*Did Jesus notice that the message of “repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand” was being abandoned in favor of tirades against adultery?
*Did Jesus escape the foolishness of such an endeavor to maintain the integrity of his own mission?
*Did he sit down and have a conversation with John, warning him of such folly?

We can’t be sure. All we do know is that Jesus pulled himself away from the Jordan at just about the time that John was detained. Here is the mistake that John made:
Pressured by the angry mob of religion, he began to preach the curse instead of the cause.
It still happens today. Ministers are continually pummeled by their congregations, society and the twenty-four-hour news cycle to speak out against present iniquity and abandon the good news that God loves mankind and He has come to seek and save the lost.
It’s happening right now. A fine, Christian man from Chick-Fil-A has made a stand over what he considers to be an overwhelming evil. This is a free country. He has every right to do so. I’m not even debating whether his statement against gay marriage is right or wrong. It’s immaterial. He has taken our faith down a path where we once again are focusing on the curse rather than the cause.
Preaching general repentance allows for the hearer to be convicted instead of condemned. Conviction is a good thing. It gives people a chance to come to themselves and make a decision to change because they feel the tugging of the spirit. Condemnation is a gun to their heads, telling them that they either will comply with the wishes of the edict, or lose their souls.  TURN OR BURN
Needless to say, no human being is good when threatened.
It is the responsibility of those who preach the gospel to maintain the cause and avoid turning it into a curse. I am not intelligent enough to separate the wheat from the tares. I am not righteous enough to decide what is of the sheep and what is goat-like.
 My message is, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.”  It is pointed to the need for transition without blaming any one person or group for the evil of our time. It includes me. I, too, need to repent. Jesus, himself, submitted to the message and was baptized.
But when you tell a king that he is an adulterer, be prepared for his wife to be infuriated and for that king to give in to her demands.
What do I wish had happened with the owner of Chick-Fil-A? Four things:
1. Keep making great sandwiches. That’s what God has called you to do—let folks know you do it as unto Him. There is no law against that and no objection.
2. Continue to maintain your testimony by closing your stores on Sunday like you always have. That in itself is a statement that your employees and their families deserve that day for personal time and spiritual reflection.
3. Take your personal money, if you so desire, and invest it in the political system, which does battle against the evil you consider to be at large. It’s your money. It’s your time.
4. But don’t presume to speak for the Kingdom of God by focusing on people’s bedrooms before you’ve spent any time in their living room or breaking bread in their dining rooms.
You may ask, can anything really change unless we stand against it, preach hard about the sin and rail against those who propagate it? It all depends on whether you believe that the Holy Spirit changes people or if we do it, through words and the ballot box. I have never seen any permanent change in our society brought about by the pulpit spitting at the problem or some law prohibiting the activity.
You have to change the heart, my friends.
John forgot that. He lost the heart of his message and it cost him his head.
Our dear brother at Chick-Fil-A did absolutely nothing for the cause of the Kingdom of God. He angered those he attacked and good citizens everywhere will come to their aid. That’s what we do in America—we eventually undergird the underdog.
Until we have pastors in this country who are not afraid to stand up to angry congregation members and insist that we stay on the cause instead of changing it to a curse, we will constantly be apologizing for being out of step and fail to be on the cutting edge of true change, which begins in the hearts of men.
Very simply stated—stay out of the bedroom or be prepared to lose your head. Instead, come to the door, enjoy the living room, fellowship at the dining room table, and let people figure out the bedroom by discerning how your message applies to their lives.
If we spend our time trying to decipher right and wrong, we will end up honoring the curse instead of sharing the cause. I offer no personal criticism for the man from Chick-Fil-A. I am so happy that he has the right to believe as he desires. But when he starts to speak for the faith and connotes that Jesus, who is a friend of sinners, has suddenly changed his venue to welcome only saints, then I must ask him to step back … and make me a chicken sandwich.
Don’t be guilty of preaching the curse and losing sight of the cause.

            NoOne is better than anyone else,             Jonathan
The  Adversarial  Spirit
SERMON STARTER

I have spent a great deal of emotional energy attempting to oppose those who oppose me. Over the years I have come to understand how futile that effort actually is.  Our world is filled with people who will oppose you no matter what you do or what you stand for.  The controversial anti-homosexual Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas exhibits the adversarial spirit.  The 70-member church, led by the Rev. Fred Phelps, has protested the military funerals of U.S. troops, believing that their deaths are God's punishment for America's tolerance of homosexuality.
Last month, the group released a music video entitled "God Hates the World." Sung to the tune of "We Are the World," the song changes the chorus to:
"God hates the world and all her people,
you, every one, face a fiery day for your proud sinning.
It’s too late to change His mind,
you lived out your vain lives,
storing up God’s wrath for all eternity."
What about John 3:16?
          From Christianity’s inception the pages of Christian history run red with the blood of martyrs who have laid down their lives in defense of their faith. Look at the obvious history of those who encountered the adversarial spirit:
1) Jesus – He was harassed from his birth. The adversarial crowd finally nailed Him to a cross.
2) The disciples – All be two died a martyr’s death.
3) The martyrs of the early church (Fox’s Book of Martyrs)
4) Contemporary martyrs in every land         
          a) Richard Wumbrand  “Voice of the Martyrs” documents
how people are dying every day on this planet for
their faith in God.
          b) Zola Lovett – His literature captures the injustice of
anti-Semitism in the Middle East today. Jews are
hated there just because they are Jews.
Satan is the true author of the adversarial spirit. He declared war on the human race as soon as God created man. Followers of Jesus know the true nature of that war.
C.S. Lewis wrote in “Mere Christianity” that Christians live in enemy territory and are engaged in guerrilla warfare against Satan. I know personally the nature of that war and have been engaged in it for more that 40 years of my adult life. This sermon reminds us there is Good News: “We win.” I cheated. I read the end of The Book.

 

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ILLUSTRATION OF THE ADVERSARIAL SPIRIT

Richard Wumbrand, a Romanian pastor who suffered in prison for fourteen years, once told a story that he had heard from a fellow prisoner. It had helped him through his most difficult times of torture.

The brother told him: " I once went to a circus and witnessed a most impressive scene. A sharpshooter placed a burning candle on his wife's head. he then stepped out of the center of the arena and, from quite a distance, shot the candle off her head.

After the show was over. I approached her and asked if she was ever afraid the arrow would strike her. She replied, ' Why should I be? He was aiming at the candle, not at me."

When Pastor Wumbrand heard this story he thought, " Why should I be afraid of the torturers? They don't aim at me, They may beat my body but my real being is Christ within. I am seated with him in heavenly places, and therefore they cannot touch my real person. From this incredible viewpoint I can look down and see the futility of their efforts."

Pastor Wumbrand lived through years of suffering and had neared death many times.  But he was encouraged with this simple lesson and even flourished spiritually because he knew his place with Christ was secure, no matter what happened to his body.

Persecution, though indescribably painful, has its limits. Neither physical nor emotional trauma can destroy the deepest parts of who we are.

What we carry on the inside is the most valuable part of ourselves- our souls. Christ's spirit lives within us and protects our soul from emotional and physical harm. True, our enemies may strike us and even kill our bodies.

However, when our enemies take a swipe at us, they are really mangling the name of Christ- the one who lives within. And he can never die again.

However personal and pointed the opposition, it is really a part of a bigger picture. The battle may involve us. but it concerns an over arching war between good and evil.

”Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.”   Matthew 5:11

 

 

THE ADVERSARIAL SPIRIT

 

HONOR THE CAUSE: "The Kingdom of God is at hand"
                                      (Good News!)
DO NOT

HONOR THE CURSE - "Repent"
                                      (Let me name your sins!)

Our real ADVERSARY is the devil
Don't have to oppose the devil and his crowd
            They will grind their teeth when we're around
Unnecessary to curse our adversaries, God has already cursed and    condemned them because of their lifestyles and their choices

DO WHAT JESUS SAYS

RESIST NOT EVIL
Matthew 5:39

 

 

 

Sheepfold Ministries, May 20 2007
Pastor Phil Roland
The  Adversarial  Spirit
Ephesians 4:17-32
“Healthy Christians surrender to Christ their desire to revenge. The spiritually immature feel the need to “get even.” It is the Spirit of Our Age.”          Pastor Phil
AVERSARY = HEBREW = xfT = AYTZ-OR = To Straighten
                   To Press Upon / To Compress / To Bind Together
                   To Press With A Siege / To Cut With A Knife
SATAN = HEBREW = RhM = SA-TAN = Accuser / Opponent
ANTI-CHRIST SPIRIT:  Hell, Death and Jezebel
WE ASK OURSELVES THREE QUESTIONS?
I.  WHERE DOES THE “ADVERSARIAL SPIRIT” COME FROM?
          A. GOD - Numbers 22:22-24
          “Then God's anger was aroused because he (Baalam) went, and the Angel of the
LORD took His stand in the way as an adversary against him. And he was riding
on his donkey, and his two servants were with him.”
                   1. Refiner’s Fire / Fuller’s Soap - Mal. 3:2,3
          "But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He
            appears? For He is like a refiner's fire And like launderer's soap. He will
            sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi,
And purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the LORD An
            offering in righteousness.”
                   2. Purpose: Purifying and Cleansing
          B. US - We can become our own adversary!
                   1. Sowing and Reaping – Galatians 6:7
                   “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that
                        he will also reap.”
                        2. What you “do” or “do not do” can create an adversary
                   3. PROCESS:    
                             a. Rebellion (Sin) - 1 Sam. 15:23
                             “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as
iniquity and idolatry.”
                             b. Hostility
                             c. Revenging
          C. DEVIL -          1 Peter 5:8,9
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a
roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith,
knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the
world.”

 

THE ADVERSARIAL SPIRIT, cont.
II.  ARE “PEOPLE” MY ADVERSARY?
          A. No!  The one within! See 2 Cor. 10:4,5
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling
down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself
against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the
obedience of Christ”
          B. God loves all the people of the WORLD! - See John 3:16
          C. Can I Become My Own Adversary?
                   1. If I walk in Rebellion
                   2. If I Am Led By Emotions – (Thinking Must Rule)
                   3. If I Am Led By My Own Stubbornness
                   4. If I Will Not Listen to the Gentle Reasoning of the Holy Spirit

HOW TO AVOID BEING LED BY The  Adversarial  SpiriT:
I.  KNOW WHAT WE OPPOSE - Eph. 4:17-24
          A. We Oppose Worldly Thinking - vs. 17-19
          B. We Oppose Our Former Selves - Vs. 20-24
                   1. Corruption
                   2. Deceitful Desires
II. REMEMBER WHAT WE “PUT OFF” - Vs. 25-32
          A. Lying - v. 25
                   1. Speak the Truth in Love - Eph. 4:15
                   2. Get Real!
          B. Wrath - V. 26
                   1. Do not Allow ”Satanic Footholds” - v. 27     
                   2. Do Not Allow Revenging Thoughts
          C. Put Off Stealing - V. 28
          D. Put Off Unwholesome Talk - V. 29
          E. Grieving The Holy Spirit - V. 30
          F. Unhealthy Anger - V. 31
III. DO “PUT ON” - V. 32
          A. Kindness
          B. Compassion
          C. Forgiveness

 

 

 

The  Adversarial  SpiriT,  TEXTS:
EPHESIANS 4:17-32
17  So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.
18  They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.
19  Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
20  You, however, did not come to know Christ that way.
21  Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.
22  You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;
23  to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
24  and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
25  Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
26  "In your anger do not sin" : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
27  and do not give the devil a foothold.
28  He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.
29  Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
30  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31  Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
32  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
5:1  Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children.

 

 

 

Num 22:22  But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the LORD stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him.
Num 22:23  When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, she turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat her to get her back on the road.
Num 22:24  Then the angel of the LORD stood in a narrow path between two vineyards, with walls on both sides.
Num 22:25  When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam's foot against it. So he beat her again.
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Mal 3:2  But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire or a launderer's soap.
Mal 3:3  He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness,
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1 Sam 15:23  For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king."
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1 Pet 5:8  Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
1 Pet 5:9  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
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2 Cor 10:4  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
2 Cor 10:5  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
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