Boundaries Sermon 2 – SELF Defence Class!

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Carrying on from:

  • Boundaries Sermon 1
  • Tuk’s series on Spiritual Warfare
  • Empower series on 1 Timothy 1

From our previous lesson on Boundaries, we discovered that there are some things which it is good to protect.

e.g.1. Thou shalt not steal, implies a God-given right to private property ownership.

e.g.2. Thou shalt not murder, implies a right to life.

But a Right always implies a Responsibility.

e.g.1. Ownership of property requires a duty of care (responsible to ensure your property does cause anybody harm).

e.g.2. Sanctity of life requires a duty of care – it takes a village to raise a child.

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From Boundaries, these were called our FAB = Feelings, Attitudes & Behaviours. The way that God made us. As long as we are in alignment with God’s Word, then our soul is worthy of preservation, because God made it that way.

The following serves as a James-created guide only; it’s not Scripture.

  • Soul = our lives. The “ghost within the machine.”
  • Emotions = our upbringing. Those experiences which shaped our personalities.
  • Loves = our future. Those things which we choose to cling to.
  • Feelings = our present. Because these are temporal (temporary) should be measured carefully. But can be an accurate first glimpse into what God wants for my life. The closer we get to God, the more accurate our feelings should become.
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Even when faced with impossible odds, never give in. You and God make a majority.

I Samuel 14:6b . . .for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few.
Psalm 91:7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at they right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
II Chronicles 32:7-8a Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for . . . all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him: With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God to help us, and to fight our battles.
Romans 8:31b . . . If God be for us, who can be against us?
I John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

 

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Satan is not god. He can’t be everywhere. He isn’t omnipresent. He has a lower-archy (opposite of a hierarchy) of helpers. The Bible talks about 1/3 of angels chose to fall with Lucifer. The Good News is:

a)2/3 of angels are still loyal to God; and

b)Jesus has already defeated him. We’re just mopping up after the battle.

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Give example of feeling spiritual oppression in bed, shortly after conversion to Christianity. I had never ever felt anything like that before, when I was in his camp. He only needed to make an appearance, when he was losing me.

This picture is good, but not great, because Jesus didn’t just turn away from Satan, but actively resisted him with Scripture.

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Apologia = reasoned account, not an apology. We’re not sorry that we’re saved. We’re glad.

If they won’t accept your reasoning, you have to let them walk away, like the Prodigal son.

 

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This is a hard teaching. Your fleshly desires do not want to do what God desires you to do. You are at war within yourself. The key to doing what you know is right, is to be led by the Spirit of God. The key to this is to get into the Word.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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•The world needs more Lerts!

•God sends negative people into our lives as a sort of sandpaper ministry. They smooth off the rough edges.

•The only way to evaluate whether they have a point, or you have the right to defend yourself, is “Am I in alignment with the Word of God?”

•1 Timothy 1 – Paul mentors Timothy. We all need someone we can trust to bounce off ideas.

•Conversely, the best way to learn a lesson is to teach it. If someone (little) is watching your behaviour, it forces you to behave better.

•Be: Diligent, Determined, Disciplined!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christianity is the only true religion of peace. The closer you get to Christ, to more peaceful to become. Islam teaches Holy War against the Infidel. Christianity teaches Love your Enemy.

My study of 1 Timothy 1 this week has taught me that Grace is greater than the Law.

  • The Law condemns.
    • A condemned man is angry.
    • An angry man will dig in and become wilful.
    • A wilful man will do harm to himself and others.
  • Grace forgives.
    • A forgiven man is grateful.
    • A grateful man will be generous and obedient.
    • A generous man will help himself and others.

I went to see Star Wars Episode 1 3-D with Tane yesterday. It reminded me of some things I had forgotten.

  • The Force as a metaphor for God, is a pretty good one, but not perfect.
    • Only God is good. The Force must be in “balance” which is an Eastern philosophy.
  • Yoda’s mantra that “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering” is not entirely true.
    • “Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” is Gospel truth.

For a Peace that Surpasses all Understanding, only a living, vital relationship with Jesus can give you this.

(Call up the CD.)

Altar-call for people desiring to live a victorious life, through overcoming the schemes of the devil for their lives.

Or people experiencing opposition from people around them, and need a breakthrough.

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