March 22, 2009 Building The Footstool For Jesus’ Feet

Building the Footstool for Jesus’ Feet

Psalm 110.1        Matthew 22.44            

Mark 12.36         Luke 20.42-43

Acts 2.34             1 Corinthians 15.25    

Hebrews 1.13     Hebrews 10.13

What is a footstool?

A piece of furniture upon which to prop your feet off the floor.

It has either three or four legs for stability.  Without one leg, the footstool wobbles or falls and does not perform its function.

It symbolizes a person at rest.  So, we visualize Jesus at rest.

We rest upon the three truths of Christianity:

Jesus’ virgin birth      Luke 1.30-38

His atoning death     John 12.32-33

                                    Hebrews 10.12-13

His bodily resurrection     Luke 24.1-9

Thus, we rest upon Jesus for earthly and eternal salvation (Acts 4.12).

Who are Jesus’ enemies?

1 John 2.15-17 ‘lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life’

2Corinthians 4.3-4             John 14.6

Matthew 4.1-10                    Ephesians 6.17

Revelation 19.15               1 John 3.8b

Acts 10.38                        Colossians 2.15

How will Jesus’ enemies be made His footstool?

Psalm 110.2         Luke 10.19         

John 17.18                Revelation 12.11

Ephesians 3.10      Ephesians 1.22-23

God is depending upon you to build the footstool with the demons you overcome – sickness, poverty, contentions, etc.  So, overcome satan!!!!!

March 15, 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! 

Revelation 2.1-29   Revelation 3:1-22   Revelation 12:11

 

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).

 

Pretend that you are Solomon’s son/daughter listening to Proverbs 4:23

 

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?  Consider also Psalm 1:1-6

 

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!!!

March 8, 2009 Free In Christ, 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! 

Revelation 2.1-29   Revelation 3:1-22   Revelation 12:11

 

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).

 

Pretend that you are Solomon’s son/daughter listening to Proverbs 4:23

 

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?  Consider also Psalm 1:1-6

 

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!!!

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

 

January 18, 2009 Discerning The Spirits Around Us

Yes, spirits are all around us. 

[youversion]Romans 8.14[/youversion] says that we, followers of Jesus, are led by the Holy Spirit. 

In [youversion]Hebrews 1.14[/youversion]., the Apostle Paul writes that angels are ‘ministering spirits’ sent to help us followers. 

But, Jesus warned about evil spirits around us for deceptive purposes; see [youversion]Matthew 24.24[/youversion].. 

John, the Apostle, also warned that demonic spirits had already gone into the world; see [youversion]1 John 2.18[/youversion]. and [youversion]2 John 7[/youversion]. 

Have you seen them? 
If not, why not?

Some demonic spirits are easily identified.

Paul lists some demons in his contrast of flesh from spirit in [youversion]Galatians 5.19-23[/youversion].

We read the stories about ‘flesh-driven’ demons in our newspapers and magazines. 

The base nature of mankind encourages the historic definition of news: dog bites man. 

We have seen ‘Spirit-led’ newspapers fold for lack of subscription and advertising. 
People like the salacious!
We watch the adventures of ‘flesh-driven’ demons in R-rated movies and in reality television, soaps, and dramas. 
We are told and believe that they portray real life. 
And, so, society follows their devolution.
Have we become so accustomed to the activities of ‘flesh-driven’ demons that we no longer fight back but, even, look forward to seeing their abuses of mankind?

Remember God’s standard stated by Solomon in [youversion]Proverbs 8.13[/youversion].

Some demonic spirits are not so easily identified. Paul says that this is so because we are not mature. 

Consider [youversion]Hebrews 5.14[/youversion].. 
Mature believers can distinguish good from evil demons because they learned the difference and practice/use/exercise the gift of discernment regularly.

What do mature believers use? 
John discusses this in [youversion]2 John 7[/youversion]. and [youversion]1 John 4.1-6[/youversion].

John was dealing with the problem of false teachers who had attacked the body of Christ. 

They gave enough of the ‘commonly known’ Biblical facts but warped these with their additional teachings, just like the serpent did with Eve. 

Paul condemned this in [youversion]Galatians 5.1-6[/youversion]. and [youversion]1 Timothy 4.1-7[/youversion].. 

Peter discusses this problem in [youversion]2 Peter 2.1-22[/youversion].. Luke commends the believers in Berea for searching the Scriptures for validation of what their teachers taught; see [youversion]Acts 17.10-12[/youversion]..  See [youversion]Revelation 2.2[/youversion]. for Jesus’ commendation.

How will we know if a pastor or teacher is ‘false’? 

Know the Word of God, especially [youversion]John 14.6[/youversion]., and compare what is said and written.

Still other demonic spirits are more subtle.

Remember Paul’s admonition in [youversion]Colossians 2.8-10[/youversion]. as you consider Jesus’ discernment in the following situations. [youversion]Matthew 22.15-22[/youversion].:

Jesus sees the demons in the Pharisees’ question about paying taxes to the Roman government. [youversion]Matthew 22.23-33[/youversion].:

Jesus unravels the demons teachings through the Sadducees’ question about marriage in Heaven. 
Read His similar argument in [youversion]Mark 10.1-9[/youversion].. [youversion]Matthew 22.34-40[/youversion].: Jesus outwits the demons in the lawyer’s question about the greatest commandment.
[youversion]Matthew 22.41-46[/youversion].: Jesus asked the Pharisees the ultimate commitment question, akin to the question in [youversion]1 John 4.1-6[/youversion]..

In fact, Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount ([youversion]Matthew 5-7[/youversion].) is a confrontation with demonic spirits!

What are several lessons about discerning demonic spirits that we learn from Jesus’ exchange with them in [youversion]John 8.30-47[/youversion].?

Be in the world but not of the world, as Jesus said in [youversion]John 17.14-15[/youversion]., by following the Holy Spirit ([youversion]Romans 8.14[/youversion].) and by listening for His voice ([youversion]Isaiah 30.21[/youversion].). 

We hear what we listen for!

 

January 11, 2009 The Word of Knowledge

The Word of Knowledge

 
[youversion]1 Corinthians 12:8[/youversion]. tells us that another spiritual gift of the Holy Spirit is the word of knowledge.  The word of knowledge is illustrated in Scripture as very practical and strategic in its circumstance.

 

Definition: The word of knowledge is the Holy Spirit’s understandings of some fact or event that could not possibly be known by the servant He tells, which is to be told to the one who needs to know.

[youversion]John 14:26[/youversion]. [youversion]Isaiah 11:2[/youversion]. [youversion]Isaiah 11:9[/youversion]. [youversion]Ephesians 4:13[/youversion]. [youversion]Romans 8:14[/youversion].

 

Illustrations of the Holy Spirit telling someone what he did not know and for the benefit of someone else

[youversion]2 Kings 6:8-12[/youversion]. [youversion]2 Kings 5:20-27[/youversion]. [youversion]1 Samuel 10:1-9[/youversion]. [youversion]Daniel 2:17-23[/youversion]. [youversion]John 4:17-18[/youversion]. [youversion]Acts 4:36-5:10[/youversion].

 

What are your illustrations of the Holy Spirit giving you a word of knowledge – some fact needed for your school, work, home, or relationships with family or friends?

 

What does this tell us about God?

 

How do the following verses help us to prepare to hear a word of knowledge?

 

Praise God!!!

January 04, 2009 The Word of Wisdom

The Word of Wisdom

In our world of tolerance for another’s beliefs, a fundamental question is: how do we know whose opinion is wisdom? Just listen to the differing philosophies the next time you are in Starbucks or Panera Bread. This was the debate in sinful Corinth, in ancient Asia Minor, that prompted the Apostle Paul to write his first letter to them. So, I ask you this question: who do you listen to for wisdom?

 

Natural versus Spiritual Wisdom

[youversion]1 Corinthians 1:20-25[/youversion]. [youversion]Jeremiah 13:10[/youversion]. [youversion]Jeremiah 8:8-9[/youversion]. [youversion]Hosea 14:9[/youversion]. [youversion]1 John 2:15-16[/youversion]. [youversion]Matthew 15:3-9[/youversion]. [youversion]1 Corinthians 1:2[/youversion]. [youversion]1 Corinthians 2:14[/youversion]. [youversion]Acts 17:30-31[/youversion].

 
Paul is not dismissing the philosophies of the Jews, he is dealing with the fundamental issue: they did not recognize the Messiah they were looking for.
[youversion]John 14:11[/youversion]. [youversion]John 15:24[/youversion]. [youversion]Deuteronomy 18:18[/youversion]. [youversion]Exodus 34:10[/youversion]. [youversion]Acts 23:6-10[/youversion]. [youversion]1 Corinthians 2:6-8[/youversion]. [youversion]John 3:16[/youversion]. [youversion]John 14:12-14[/youversion]. [youversion]Ephesians 3:10[/youversion].

 
Paul states in [youversion]1 Corinthians 1.24-25[/youversion].: Christ Jesus is the power of God and the wisdom of God!  Man’s wisdom comes nowhere close! 

[youversion]1 Corinthians 2.4-5[/youversion].

 
‘But we have the mind of Christ’

([youversion]1 Corinthians 2.16[/youversion].)!

 
What does this mean?

Paul explains in [youversion]1 Corinthians 2.12-13[/youversion]. [youversion]1 John 2.27[/youversion].

 
The advantage we have Paul explains in

Ephesians [youversion]4.14-15[/youversion]. [youversion]Colossians 2.8-9[/youversion]. [youversion]Romans 16.17-18[/youversion].

 
Jesus reassured us of His abiding and powerful presence, in

[youversion]Matthew 28.20[/youversion]. [youversion]Mark 16.20[/youversion].

 
As He said, make your joy complete; see

[youversion]John 16.24[/youversion].

 

The Holy Spirit is the giver of ‘the word of wisdom’

([youversion]1 Corinthians 12.8[/youversion]).

 
for the common good

([youversion]1 Corinthians 12.7[/youversion]).

 
Wisdom is simply seeing things from God’s perspective.
 
God’s wisdom is THE absolute standard for judging all thoughts and deeds.

[youversion]2 Corinthians 10.3-6[/youversion]. [youversion]Hosea 14.9[/youversion]. [youversion]Jeremiah 7.23[/youversion].

 
Therefore, see from God’s perspective and follow His instructions

([youversion]Isaiah 30.21[/youversion].)

 
Praise God!!!!