Reclamation of areas in your life, that you surrendered to Satan – doing it God’s way.
Do you believe in the Satan? Do you believe in demons?
Ephesians 6:12 - For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
What does this scripture mean to you?
Do you believe this scripture is literal or figurative?
Mark 5:1-13 - Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.”
For He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!” Then He asked him, “What is your name?”
And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains. So all the demons begged Him, saying, “Send us to the swine, that we may enter them.” And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea.
Do you believe in possession? Do you believe in exorcisms?
These are just a few examples of areas where we can surrender ground to Satan.
Greed – Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. Ephesians 4:28
Notes from a fellow deacon: "Look after each other so that none of you will miss out on the special favor of God. Watch out that no bitter root of unbelief rises up among you, for whenever it springs up, many are corrupted by its poison." Hebrews 12:15 The next time you are hurt by someone, realize the gravity of the crossroads where you find yourself. Choose grace instead of bitterness. Then you will be free to move past the hurt, and a root of bitterness will not be given opportunity to grow. Therefore my friends, let,s try to live in peace with everyone, seek to live a clean and holy life. Rid yourself of any anger, bitterness and hatred. May those who will come in contact with you today come to know the kindness of the Father. Blessings.
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. Ephesians 4:31
Immorality – could go so many directions with this, but one area…
I still struggle in this area – making jokes that are lude – or off-color – and I know better.
Ephesians 5:3-4 - But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
I’ve read this, I understand this. What do I really get out of it? A cheap laugh? Acceptance?
All of these are part of the spiritual battle that we deal with every day.
It is important to understand this spiritual battle and that we resist temptations to sin. When we are convicted by the Holy Spirit, we must remember to Repent of our sin. It’s at that time that we submit to God’s justice and plead for His mercy.
Psalm 147:11 - The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy.
Repenting of our sin is the first of several steps in God’s plan. It takes us listening to the Holy Spirit – that still small voice in us. Not the one that says – oh hey, you can do it a little and it’s ok… It’s the one that says, this isn’t God’s plan for you. And once we finally HEAR the Holy Spirit, we have to chose to do what’s right.
So, right now – I chose to follow God’s will. *Get down on my knees
This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. Ephesians 4:17-19
*Prayer and confession*
2. Make a full confession to God.
The greatest offense is the offense against God when we violate His Law. Violating the Law brought about the need for atonement through the death of His Son, Who took the punishment for our sins on the cross. When making confession, we should name our sins with the terms God uses, such as fornication or lust, not physical involvement or attraction. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9).
3. Claim the blood of Christ.
Because Christ died on the cross in our place, we can accept His shedding of blood, which provided the remission of our sins. And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. (Hebrews 9:22). Colossians 2:14–15 explains that at the crucifixion, Satan had before the cross a “handwriting of ordinances,” which listed all the sins by which he had authority to condemn us. However, Christ took it from Satan and blotted it out with His own blood.
4. Ask God to take back surrendered ground.
God has written His Law in our hearts. Therefore, when we violate a portion of His Law, we give away a portion of our souls through that violation. Satan uses his new authority over the surrendered ground of our souls to bring his philosophy into our thinking. With Satan’s deceptions, we distort God’s Law in our hearts to justify our sin. Scripture speaks of those who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them (Romans 2:15). Once we accept the blood of Christ, Satan loses his claim to the ground of our souls. We then need to ask God to take the authority over that ground.
5. Make confession to appropriate authorities.
Once we have made our hearts right with God, we need to go to our human authorities and those who have been directly affected by our sin to request their forgiveness. - Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23–24).
6. Tear down “strongholds” of false ideas.
Although God has retaken authority over the ground of our souls, we still have the “strongholds” of false ideas and the distorted understanding of God’s Law which we accepted to justify our sin. We must identify these strongholds in our thinking and tear them down. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, (II Corinthians 10:4–5).
In order to identify these strongholds in our thinking, it is important to memorize and meditate on the portions of God’s Word that deal with the sin committed. As we receive God’s Word into our souls, we are able to reestablish His truth in our hearts. Receive, please, instruction from His mouth,
And lay up His words in your heart. (Job 22:22).
7. Build up “fortresses” of truth.
Once we have made wrong decisions and violated God’s Law, it is easier to fall back into the same sin again. In order to guard against this, we must go beyond the basic commitments of right and wrong and establish higher standards through disciplines that will guard the previously lost ground in our souls from further defeat.
Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you.
Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you.
Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.
Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil. (Proverbs 4:23–27).
8. Be ready for opportunities to share with others.
Conviction takes place when God measures our wills and the direction of our lives with His desire and purpose for us. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.. (I Corinthians 15:10.)
So, I will close us out in prayer and afterwards if you would like to pray about anything, please feel free.
II Kings 6:17 - And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then theLORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
Matthew 12:37 -For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
Luke 6:45 - A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
1 Corinthians 3:18 -Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.
Psalm 101:3 -I will set nothing wicked before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
It shall not cling to me.