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Taking Back What The Enemy Has Stolen!

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Sermon shared by Kirk Devine

September 2001
Summary: The first message from the "And You Shall Recover All" series dealing with recovering and restoring what the devil has taken from us as a body of believers. Series based on 1 Samuel 30:1-8
Audience: Seeker adults
Sermon:
Sep-01

TAKING BACK WHAT THE ENEMY HS STOLEN!
1 SAMUEL 30:1-8

This ministry was founded on what Jesus said is John 10: 10... And because of what the Lord tells us in that scripture, we have adopted a little saying that has come to be known as our motto and our creed... It is something that we confess and profess each week... It is the mandate that I believe God has given us for this and hour... We are simply, “Taking Back What The Enemy Has Stolen...!” But what does that really mean...? What does it really mean to Take Back What The Enemy Has Stolen...? In order to understand what this means, we must first understand what has been taken from us... (Understand John 10:10)

Likewise, our text gives us a great example of what it means to take back what rightfully belongs to us...
The text tells us that when David and his men returned from the battle, he found his family taken captive and his home burned to the ground. David and his army were so consumed with grief, they wept until they had no more power to weep. His soldiers even talked of stoning him. But even in the midst of this time of trial, David was able to find strength in the Lord; the Bible says that (v 6), "David encouraged himself in the Lord". After he encouraged himself, the Bible says that he prayed to God for instruction...

God answered him with the words that are recorded in verse 8; “Pursue: for you shall surely overtake them, and without fail recover all...!” I like this text because its symbolizes the power we have through Jesus Christ to recover what we have lost... Through this text, we discover that we are able, just like David, to recover everything that the enemy has stolen from us... The reason we are able to recover all is because of what Jesus Christ did for us at Calvary… What Jesus did at Calvary not only gives us eternal life, but it also gives us the power to recover all... The first reason is because Christ’s death...


I. REMOVED WHAT SIN DELIVERED

Understand that because of what Adam did in the Garden, we stood guilty and condemned (Gen 3:14-19) But through Christ we are justified by His grace… The power of sin alienated us from relationship and fellowship with God... (God cannot dwell in the midst of sin…) There are some consequences to sin… I’ve discovered that sin delivers…

Separation…

Reprobation…

Damnation…

But through Christ’s death, the power of sin over us is removed... Paul tells us that, "There is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the spirit” (Rom. 8:1-11)... (Deal with text…) IOW even though Adam’s actions delivered us into the hands in of the enemy and the power of sin, we are able to recover our relationship and position in God through Christ Jesus… Not only that, but Christ’s death...


II. RENEWED WHAT SIN DEFORMED

"If any man be in Christ he is a new creature…” (2 Cor. 5:17)... In the fall of man, sin totally deformed us all… Sin
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