Summary: Sermon about denying our perception of sin and worldliness and start percieving things as God would percieve them
II Tim 3: 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. 10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, (THIS IS WHY A TV PREACHER CAN’T BE YOUR PASTOR) 11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. (ONE OF THE TESTS OF A MAN OF GOD IS ENDURANCE UNDER EXTREME SPIRITUAL CONDITIONS) 12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. THE ANSWER 14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
UNDERSTAND RIGHT UP FRONT: Spiritual warfare is VERY real! Avoiding it does not keep you safe.
We don’t have to FEAR the DEVIL = But we must understand him!
Trying to stay ignorant is NOT a valid strategy. Ignorance may be bliss, but it will not protect you!
Deception = 1 a : the act of deceiving b : the fact or condition of being deceived
2 : something that deceives : TRICK
God spoke to me in prayer a few weeks ago… When a soul begins a walk with me… it becomes TRICK or TREAT!
( isn’t it interesting that demonic Halloween would come up with that slogan? )
The first level of temptation that comes to us is a TREAT. We are offered the delicacies of our flesh.
PLAIN OLE SIN!
Titus 2: 11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
And we would have to admit that denying ungodliness and worldly lust, living soberly, righteously, and Godly, in this present world does, at best, cause us to be considered a peculiar people.
Mark 4: 18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
It is true that MANY people do not want to abstain from worldly lusts in order to walk with God.
HOWEVER, it is also true that MANY MILLIONS are willing to do so! (Not everyone is hedonistic)
MY POINT: Once we have resisted and rejected the treat… we will
be offered a trick!
Nothing new here… Lucifer has been at work doing this for 6,000 years!
I Tim 2: 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
Notice: being deceived does not free you from sins penalty.
Because we have been given the tools needed to survive.
•No one wants to be deceived…
•No one plans on being deceived…
•But seducers will wax worse & worse. Deceiving and being deceived… Even deceivers will be deceived. Wow?
WHAT DRIVES THIS? A Lying Spirit! -------- Here is a foundational truth…
John 8: 42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.