Going Up to Claim Cities | Going Up Week 2 | Pastor Andrew Cromwell

May 21, 2023   /   Pastor Andrew Cromwell   /   Koinonia Church

Going Up to Claim Cities | Going Up Week 2 | Pastor Andrew Cromwell

Isaiah 2:2-3 ESV: It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.”

Revelation 4:1 NIV: After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”

Genesis 1:2 ESV: The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

The earth was

  • Unformed and void
  • A formless wasteland
  • Chaotic
  • A shapeless chaotic mass

The city was

  • Unformed and void
  • A formless wasteland
  • Chaotic
  • A shapeless chaotic mass

Genesis 1:2 ESV: The earth was without form and void,

Genesis 1:2 ESV: The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.

Psalms 107:10 NASB: There were those who lived in darkness and in the shadow of death, Prisoners in misery and chains.

Psalms 69:2 ESV: I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me.

Genesis 1:2 ESV: The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Our Enemy: The Darkness

  1. Darkness can be and is often region specific.

    Matthew 4:16 NKJV: The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.”

  2. Darkness affects .

    John 1:5 NKJV: And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

  3. Darkness affects .

    John 8:12 ESV: Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

  4. Darkness can people.

    John 12:35 ESV: So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.

  5. Darkness is strengthened through .

    1 John 2:11 ESV: But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

  6. Darkness is .

    Matthew 24:12 NIV: Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold…

  7. Darkness people through evil spirits.

    Mark 5:5 ESV: Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones.

The Good News: Darkness Can Be Defeated

  1. Darkness can be .

    John 12:46 ESV: I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.

    Colossians 1:13 ESV: He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son…

  2. Darkness will .

    1 John 2:8 ESV: At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.

Dismantling Darkness

  1. Know this is the .

Acts 26:18 ESV: to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

2. Get a healthy which understands both the spiritual and material realm.

Ephesians 6:12 ESV: For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

3. the spiritual darkness and open a gate to heaven through prayer!

Genesis 28:15-17 ESV: Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.” And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

4. that the gospel is powerful to deliver people and places from evil influences.

Colossians 1:13 ESV: He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son…

 

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