Defeating Unholy Spirits

Idols – The Sin Beneath The Sin

 

Matthew 22:37-39

37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

 

Exodus 20:4-5

4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them,

 

Putting God frees us from the of idolatry.

 

Idolatry: Anything we , , and more than God.

 

Behind every sin in our life is an idol that is the war to sit on the of our .

 

Romans 1:21-23

21 For even though they knew God [as the Creator], they did not honor Him as God or give thanks [for His wondrous creation]. They became worthless in their thinking [godless, with pointless reasonings, and silly speculations], and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory and majesty and excellence of the immortal God for an image [worthless idols] in the shape of mortal man and birds and four-footed animals and reptiles

 

Jeremiah 17:9-10

9 The hearts is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Who can know it? 10 But I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind. Even to give every man according to his ways. According to the fruit of his doings.

 

Ezekiel 33:31

They come to you as people come, and they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not practice them; for with their mouth they express loving devotion, but their heart goes after their (unlawful) gain.

 

Matthew 15:8-9

8 ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 9 Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’

 

Galatians 1:6-7

6 I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News 7 but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.

 

Matthew 7:13-14

13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

 

Are we seeking God for what He can do for us? Are we idolizing the more than the of the gifts?

 

Colossians 3:5-6

5 So put to death and get rid of the evil longings of your earthly body [with its sensual, self-centered selfishness] immorality, impurity, sinful passion, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry [because it replaces your devotion to God]. 

6 Because of these [sinful] things the [divine] wrath of God is coming on the those of disobedience [those who fail to listen and who routinely and stubbornly disregard God’s authority]

 

Acts 7:39-43

39 But our ancestors refused to listen to Moses. They rejected him and wanted to return to Egypt. 40 They told Aaron, ‘Make us some gods who can lead us, for we don’t know what has become of this Moses, who brought us out of Egypt. 41 So they made an idol shaped like a calf, and they sacrificed to it and celebrated over this thing they had made. 42 Then God turned away from them and abandoned them to serve the stars of heaven as their gods! In the book of the prophets it is written, Was it to me you were bringing sacrifices and offerings during those forty years in the wilderness, Israel? 43 No, you carried your pagan gods.

 

Joshua 24:14-15

14 “So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone. 15 But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

 

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Jonah 2:8

Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love and everlasting life. 

 

1 John 5:21

Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts. Keep yourselves from idols means keep yourselves from trusting, obeying, revering, and following, or worshiping—anyone or anything other than God himself.

 

John 7:38

He who believes in Me [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Me], as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being will flow continually rivers of living water.

 

The of all idolatry is a , heart. We think we are most important. We think everyone, including God, exists to our will, meet our needs, and fulfill our .

 

Ezekiel 14:3

Son of man, these leaders have set up idols in their hearts. They have embraced things that will make them fall into sin. Why should I listen to their requests?

 

Only belongs on the of our .

 

2 Corinthians 5:14-15

Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. 15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.

 

 

 

 

Defeating Unholy Spirits

Demonic Division

 

Hebrews 12:8

8 If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all.

 

Luke 11:17

17 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall.

 

If we take division , we cannot say we take unity .

 

Galatians 5:19-21

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

 

The of divisiveness is a which contains jealousy and selfishness.

 

James 3:14-16

14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying.15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.

 

The Church Must…

(1) Agree on the of .

 

Genesis 3:1

The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”

 

Diabolos | Diabolane

To split; To be a splitter

 

Revelation 12:3

3 Then I witnessed in heaven another significant event. I saw a large red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, with seven crowns on his heads. 4 His tail swept away one-third of the stars in the sky, and he threw them to the earth. He stood in front of the woman as she was about to give birth, ready to devour her baby as soon as it was born.

 

The Church Must…

(1) Agree on the designer of division.

(2) Agree on the of division

 

The more dangerous something is, the more serious you are in telling others to stay away from it.

 

Romans 16:17

17 Watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teachings, teaching things contrary to what you’ve been taught, stay away from people like this.

 

Titus 3:10

10 If people are causing divisions among you, give a first and second warning. After that, have nothing more to do with them.11 For people like that have turned away from the truth, and their own sins condemn them.

 

1 Corinthians 1:10

10 I appeal to you, brothers,[a] by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.

 

When we are divisive as followers of Jesus Christ, we our .

 

James 13:34-35

34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

 

The Church cannot disciples when we are not like disciples.

 

Proverbs 6:16-19

16 There are six things the Lord hates—
    no, seven things he detests:
17 haughty eyes,
    a lying tongue,
    hands that kill the innocent,
18 a heart that plots evil,
    feet that race to do wrong,
19 a false witness who pours out lies,
    a person who sows discord in a family.

 

The Church Must…

(1) Agree on the designer of division.

(2) Agree on the dangers of division

(3) Understand “the why” behind devils plan to the church

(a) Satan knows the power of

 

Genesis 11:5-6

5 But the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower the people were building. 6 “Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them!

 

The Church Must…

(1) Agree on the designer of division.

(2) Agree on the dangers of division

(3) Understand “the why” behind devils plan to destroy the church

(a) Satan knows the power of unity

(b) Satan knows how a unified church is to

 

John 17:20

20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.

 

The Church Must…

(1) Agree on the designer of division.

(2) Agree on the dangers of division

(3) Understand “the why” behind devils plan to destroy the church

(a) Satan knows the power of unity

(b) Satan knows how important a unified church is to Jesus

(c) Satan knows the of a church

 

Acts 4:32

32 All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had.

 

When you think about suffering, what comes to mind? Do you envision bedraggled children with distended stomachs, a hospital patient hooked up to life-sustaining medical equipment, or a courageous veteran dealing with the aftermath of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Adversity seems to be a common denominator to human existence, but what does the Bible have to say about suffering?

Jesus spoke to His disciples about suffering. One of the most well-known verses reads, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24 ESV). The Greek word for cross in this verse is staurós. It refers to the crossbeam which the lowest criminals carried as they trudged toward their execution. The cross symbolized degradation and indescribable pain as well as sacrifice.

While the invitation to eternal life is free, it comes at a price–certain suffering.

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