Sunday, July 19th

Unspotted

 

  • The world is dark, the message of God’s plan and purpose is light, life-giving light.
  • This is a great time to renew our minds to God’s will for us.
  • The message of the world is very discouraging, God’s voice is always encouraging.
  • We’re in the midst of a great spiritual awakening and need to look to God’s Word to receive it.
  • These times seem overwhelming to our flesh, but reveals to us that the devil will always overplay his hand.

 

James 4:1-10 NKJV

1 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. 4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, 6 But gives grace to the humble.” 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

  • Submit to God
  • Resist the devil and he will flee from you
  • Flip the equation…
    • Submit to your circumstance
    • Resist God’s Promises and the devil sets up camp

8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

 

2 Peter 1:1-4 NKJV

1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

  • Through the Promises God has given us, we are partakers of the divine nature.
  • It’s all in and through the knowledge of God’s Word.

 

James 1:16-27

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. 18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.

27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

  1. Stay in the Word and let the Word stay in you.
  • Limit the amount of media and opinions directed at and feeding your fear.
  1. Stay full of the Holy Spirit.
  • Pray in the Spirit and your understanding of the Word.
  • Limit the amount of media and opinions directed at and feeding your fear.
  • You receive the power and ability of God when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.
  • SUPERNATURAL POWER!
  1. Live by the law of love.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;

7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

 

  1. Obey the Great Commission.
  • The main reason the devil tries to obstruct us is to keep us from our commission.
  • Our #1 duty is to make God known throughout the world.
  • God’s heart is to reach the lost.

 

Matthew 28:18-20

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

This is our time to shine!

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