March 1, 2009 Free In Christ, So Why Go Back? [contd.]

Free in Christ, So Why Go Back?

 

Let me frame this lesson with some illustrations of the title.

 

John 5.14 records Jesus’ words to the paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda He had just healed: ‘Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.’

 

In John 8.11, He repeats these words to the adulteress: ‘…go and from now on sin no more.’

 

For these, and us, the ‘game of life’ is tied after Jesus saves us from some deception of satan. 

This is the state of Israel in Isaiah 40.1-2.

 

God says, I give you double blessings for all the trouble that sin brought you.  Yet, Israel went back.  See Proverbs 26.11

 

Jesus explained His words to the paralytic when He addressed some Pharisees and scribes in Matthew 12.43-45.  

 

What made the ‘last state of that man…worse than the first’?

Note the last sentence of verse 45.  The moral: you should expect multiplied worse conditions if you return to the scene of the crime!  Don’t blame God; you asked for it!

 

Why do we go back?

satan never stops his deceptions!  he just waits for our weakness to be revealed! 

Jesus explained this is John 16.33.  See Matthew 10:22 also

 

satan will continue this until he is cast to the ‘the lowest depths of the Pit’ (Isaiah 14.12-15).

 

1 John 2.15-17 tells us that we love this life too much.  

 

What is missing when this happens?

 

Jesus prayed that you would be ‘in the world but not of the world’ (John 17.15-16).

 

Jesus illustrated this in Mark 7.20-23.  See James 4.1-4 and Romans 6.16.

 

Solomon illustrates this in Proverbs 4:14-17 and in Proverbs 6:12-19.

 

Who are your friends?

 

What are their habits?

 

God warned the wandering Hebrews about this in Leviticus 18.1-30.  Verses 6-23 read like scenes from television soap operas and comedies and motion pictures.  This is the love of the world!  Verses 1-5 and 24-25 are a warning and encouragement.

 

In Leviticus 20.1-27, God repeats the offense and its proper punishment.

 

God wants you to go back, but to be holy, like Him. 

See Leviticus 19.1-2 and Leviticus 20.7-8, 24, 26

 

You must conquer sin!

These were God’s words to Cain in Genesis 4.7. 

 

Sin greets you with every turn of our paths, for reasons explained above. 

 

But, God says you are to conquer it! 

 

Don’t ask Him to do it! 

 

Remember Luke 10.19  

 

He wants you, too, to see the wake of satanic debris described in verse 17. 

 

Remember, also, Jeremiah 51.20-23.

 

Jeremiah 6.16 encourages you to stop when you sense satan offering a tantalizing morsel to a fleshly lust; don’t go there! 

 

Paul gives us thoughts to think in Philippians 4.8-9 and explains why in Romans 6.14 (and Romans 5.20-21).

 

Note the last instruction in Psalm 110.1-2. 

 

Does God want to make His enemies His footstool through your conquering sin? 

 

Consider Ephesians 2.10 and Luke 19.13 (King James Version: ‘Occupy ‘till I come!’)

 

‘Free at last, free at last; thank God Almighty I’m free at last.’

(Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King)

 

I expect that Galatians 5.1 was a text for Dr. King’s statement.

 

What a declaration for us! 

Paul goes on to discuss ‘yokes’ which may ‘entangle’ you again. 

 

But, Christ has made you free! 

Could this have been a second intention of Dr. King’s statement?

 

What is the foundation that Jesus established for your freedom in John 8.31-32? 

See Psalm 119.45 also. 

 

Where does truth come from?  Romans 10.17

 

How do Jesus’ words in John 15.7 illustrate His statement about freedom? 

 

Is Deuteronomy 8.18 the same message?

 

The Apostle Paul, again, states your freedom in Romans 8.1-2. 

 

What shackle is thrown off when you become free? 

 

How important is that to you?

 

How do Jeremiah 23.28-30 and Psalm 119.99 give the same warning and encouragement regarding freedom?

 

Is it true – no more struggles with sin?

Jesus seems to be stating this in Matthew 11.28-30. 

You struggle against satan and his sin in your own power and will fail. 

But, walking with Jesus results in freedom and rest, even while overcoming the enemies along your paths. 

Compared to the weight of sin, His ‘yoke’ and ‘burden’ are feathers!  (No bad after-taste and no harmful side-effects!)

I like Isaiah’s acknowledgement in Isaiah 26.3. 

 

How practical is Isaiah 26.12 for your daily life?

 

Jeremiah 9.23-24 and Matthew 6.33 say the same thing about your struggle with sin.  How will this change your life style and to conquer?

 

Free at last!  No going back!  Praise God!!!

February 22, 2009 Free In Christ, So Why Go Back?

Free in Christ, So Why Go Back?

 

Let me frame this lesson with some illustrations of the title.

 

John 5.14 records Jesus’ words to the paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda He had just healed: ‘Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.’

 

In John 8.11, He repeats these words to the adulteress: ‘…go and from now on sin no more.’

 

For these, and us, the ‘game of life’ is tied after Jesus saves us from some deception of satan. 

This is the state of Israel in Isaiah 40.1-2.

 

God says, I give you double blessings for all the trouble that sin brought you.  Yet, Israel went back.

Jesus explained His words to the paralytic when He addressed some Pharisees and scribes in Matthew 12.43-45.  

 

What made the ‘last state of that man…worse than the first’?

Note the last sentence of verse 45.  The moral: you should expect multiplied worse conditions if you return to the scene of the crime!  Don’t blame God; you asked for it!

 

Why do we go back?

satan never stops his deceptions!  he just waits for our weakness to be revealed! 

Jesus explained this is John 16.33. 

 

satan will continue this until he is cast to the ‘the lowest depths of the Pit’ (Isaiah 14.12-15).

 

1 John 2.15-17 tells us that we love this life too much. 

 

What is missing when this happens?

 

Jesus illustrated this in Mark 7.20-23.  See James 4.1-4 and Romans 6.16.

 

God warned the wandering Hebrews about this in Leviticus 18.1-30.  Verses 6-23 read like scenes from television soap operas and comedies and motion pictures.  This is the love of the world!  Verses 1-5 and 24-25 are a warning and encouragement.

 

You must conquer sin!

These were God’s words to Cain in Genesis 4.7. 

 

Sin greets you with every turn of our paths, for reasons explained above. 

 

But, God says you are to conquer it! 

 

Don’t ask Him to do it! 

 

Remember Luke 10.19  

 

He wants you, too, to see the wake of satanic debris described in verse 17. 

 

Remember, also, Jeremiah 51.20-23.

 

Jeremiah 6.16 encourages you to stop when you sense satan offering a tantalizing morsel to a fleshly lust; don’t go there! 

 

Paul gives us thoughts to think in Philippians 4.8-9 and explains why in Romans 6.14 (and Romans 5.20-21).

 

Note the last instruction in Psalm 110.1-2. 

 

Does God want to make His enemies His footstool through your conquering sin? 

 

Consider Ephesians 2.10 and Luke 19.13 (King James Version: ‘Occupy ‘till I come!’)

 

‘Free at last, free at last; thank God Almighty I’m free at last.’ (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King)

 

I expect that Galatians 5.1 was a text for Dr. King’s statement.

 

What a declaration for us! 

Paul goes on to discuss ‘yokes’ which may ‘entangle’ you again. 

 

But, Christ has made you free! 

Could this have been a second intention of Dr. King’s statement?

 

What is the foundation that Jesus established for your freedom in John 8.31-32? 

See Psalm 119.45 also. 

 

Where does truth come from?  (Romans 8.17)

 

How do Jesus’ words in John 15.7 illustrate His statement about freedom? 

 

 

Is Deuteronomy 8.18 the same message?

 

The Apostle Paul, again, states your freedom in Romans 8.1-2. 

 

What shackle is thrown off when you become free? 

 

How important is that to you?

 

How do Jeremiah 23.28-30 and Psalm 119.99 give the same warning and encouragement regarding freedom?

 

Is it true – no more struggles with sin?

Jesus seems to be stating this in Matthew 11.28-30. 

You struggle against satan and his sin in your own power and will fail. 

But, walking with Jesus results in freedom and rest, even while overcoming the enemies along your paths. 

Compared to the weight of sin, His ‘yoke’ and ‘burden’ are feathers!  (No bad after-taste and no harmful side-effects!)

I like Isaiah’s acknowledgement in Isaiah 26.3. 

 

How practical is Isaiah 26.12 for your daily life?

 

Jeremiah 9.23-24 and Matthew 6.33 say the same thing about your struggle with sin.  How will this change your life style and to conquer?

 

Free at last!  No going back!  Praise God!!!

February 15, 2009 Jesus is Lord and satan Is Defeated! (contd.)

Jesus is Lord and satan is defeated!

 

What do you do with the evil spirits you discern influencing your mind or attacking body?

 

Overcome them!

1 Corinthians 9.26-27

Romans 12.1-2

 

What if it’s another person they are influencing and s/he does not want to give them up?

Acts 16.16-18

 

Can this work with institutions?   

[youversion]Proverbs 21.1[/youversion] 

 

Let’s discover what Paul and Solomon knew.   You must see yourself as God sees you.

 

Jeremiah 51 is God’s call of Israel to arms to destroy the influence of wicked Babylon. 

 

Jesus spoke to the Apostle John about the destruction of the world system, called Babylon, in Revelation 18

 

Both Babylons illustrate the truth of

Jeremiah 13.10

 

Thus, Jesus calls His followers to not participate in such wickedness, in Revelation 18.4

 

Literally, you are to become God’s description of Israel in

Jeremiah 51.20-23

 

In this picture, you can see yourself in the hand of God being used against the forces of wickedness in the venues of your life in the world (John 17.15) – from the military and government to the economy. 

 

 

(How does the picture change in the venues within your mind and body?)

 

This is a broadening of God’s call in Jeremiah 1.7-10. 

 

Note, especially, verse 9. 

 

Here you see part of the explanation of the Apostle Paul’s encouragement in

2 Corinthians 10.3-6.

 

As God’s ‘battle axe’, your weapons are mightier than those of the flesh and include God’s words in your mouth. 

 

 

How is this like the description of Jesus in Revelation 19.15?

 

What other weapons, in addition to His word (Ephesians 6.17 and Hebrews 4.12-13),

 

do you have which are ‘mighty in God’? 

Ephesians 6.10-18

1 John 5.4

Acts 4.12

Philippians 2.9-11

John 16.24

Matthew 28.18

Luke 10.19

James 4.7

James 5.16b

1 Kings 17.1

1 Kings 18.41-46.

 

What is the result of your fight with God’s mighty weapons? 

 

Look at what you will have done in

 

2 Corinthians 10.5.   Ephesians 4.14-15   

2 Peter 1.2-4           1 Corinthians 10.12-13

 

What picture did Jesus paint of this in Matthew 16.18?

 

God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt illustrates the fight and your victory.

Exodus 3.7-10

Exodus 6.1-3             

Exodus 9.13-16

 

Exodus 10.1-2 God is El-Shaddai and Lord. 

He provides for your every need, and He is overcomes through you.

 

Tell everyone!

 

What evidence of these two points and of Exodus 12.12 do you see in the Red Sea crossing in

Exodus 14.1-31           Philippians 2.12-13

February 8, 2009 Jesus is Lord and satan is defeated!

Jesus is Lord and satan is defeated!

What do you do with the evil spirits you discern influencing your mind or attacking body? 

Overcome them!     1 Corinthians 9.26-27         Romans 12.1-2

What if it’s another person they are influencing and s/he does not want to give them up? Acts 16.16-18

Can this work with institutions?      [youversion]Proverbs 21.1[/youversion] 

Let’s discover what Paul and Solomon knew.        You must see yourself as God sees you.

Jeremiah 51 is God’s call of Israel to arms to destroy the influence of wicked Babylon.

Jesus spoke to the Apostle John about the destruction of the world system, called Babylon, in Revelation 18

Both Babylons illustrate the truth of Jeremiah 13.10

Thus, Jesus calls His followers to not participate in such wickedness, in Revelation 18.4

Literally, you are to become God’s description of Israel in Jeremiah 51.20-23

In this picture, you can see yourself in the hand of God being used against the forces of wickedness in the venues of your life in the world (John 17.15) – from the military and government to the economy.  (How does the picture change in the venues within your mind and body?)

This is a broadening of God’s call in Jeremiah 1.7-10.  Note, especially, verse 9. 

Here you see part of the explanation of the Apostle Paul’s encouragement in 2 Corinthians 10.3-6.

As God’s ‘battle axe’, your weapons are mightier than those of the flesh and include God’s words in your mouth.   How is this like the description of Jesus in Revelation 19.15?

What other weapons, in addition to His word (Ephesians 6.17 and Hebrews 4.12-13), do you have which are ‘mighty in God’?  Ephesians 6.10-18          1 John 5.4   

Acts 4.12                      Philippians 2.9-11

John 16.24                    Matthew 28.18

Luke 10.19                        James 4.7

James 5.16b                1 Kings 17.1

1 Kings 18.41-46.

What is the result of your fight with God’s mighty weapons?

Look at what you will have done in 2 Corinthians 10.5.

Ephesians 4.14-15      2 Peter 1.2-4   1 Corinthians 10.12-13

What picture did Jesus paint of this in Matthew 16.18?

God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt illustrates the fight and your victory.

Exodus 3.7-10          Exodus 6.1-3            Exodus 9.13-16

Exodus 10.1-2 God is El-Shaddai and Lord.  He provides for your every need, and He is overcomes through you.  Tell everyone!

What evidence of these two points and of Exodus 12.12 do you see in the Red Sea crossing in

Exodus 14.1-31              Philippians 2.12-13