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Summary: These are five spirits that limit God’s work in the believers life and the church.

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5 SPIRITS THAT LIMIT GOD

INTRODUCTION:

PS 78:41

I COR 10:6-13

THESE ARE THE 7 SPIRITS THAT LIMIT CHRIST

JAMES 3:13-15

DEMONS DON’T JUMP ON YOU FROM ONE DAY TO THE NEXT. – LIKE FLEAS

THE PROCESS OF THE DEVIL’S INFLUENCE ON YOU IS BY INVITATION.

THE DEVIL DIDN’T MAKE YOU DO ANYTHING – YOU INVITED HIM IN.

BEGAN BY:

1. EARTHLY REASONING – THINKING, RATIONALIZING LIKE THE WORLD – “EVERYBODY IS DOING IT”

2. SENSUAL REASONING – MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON 5 PHYSICAL SENSES.

EX – LOOKS GOOD, SOUNDS GOOD TO ME.

I HAVE A FUNNY FEELING ABOUT THAT –

KEEP ON 5 SENSES.

3. DEMONIC WISDOM – JAMES 3:13

1) PRIORITIES OF THE WORLD

2) PLEASURES OF SENSES

3) PERVERSITY OF DEMONIC POWERS

ALL CONFUSED

THEN YOU FOLLOW I COR 10:6-12

THEY SAW THE MIRACLES OF GOD

EX –

THEY DIDN’T WAKE UP THINKING THEY WOULD REBEL

THEY BEGAN LIKE YOU AND ME.

EVEN BETTER THAN US.

THEY PLAYED THE HARLOT

HOS 4:6 – 2 COR 2:11

SHOW US THE METHODS OF SATAN:

7 SPIRITS:

SATAN NEVER SAYS “DON’T LISTEN TO GOD”

HE WILL LIMIT CONTACT WITH HIM.

FROG IN KETTLE – CAJUN – BOILED IN ECSTACY

I. SPIRIT OF COMPARISON –

EX – TV – TEENAGERS – MICHAEL JORDAN, BRITTANY SPEARS,

SOAPS – GOOD LOOKING MEN AND WOMEN.

NUM 13:27-29 – READ

GOD NEVER ASKS US TO COMPARE OURSELVES – WITH SATAN – V31-33

EX – THERE IS NO WAY I CAN :

1. TAKE THIS LAND

2. KICK SMOKING HABIT

3. STOP DRINKING

COMPARISON: = PRIDE – ONLY SIN THERE IS NO GRACE FOR

A. PERSON OF CHRIST

B. PRIORITIES OF CHRIST

C. PRIDE – SETS IN

I DON’T HAVE TO BE SO ON FIRE

WHAT COMPARISONS DO?

2 COR 10:12 – COMPARISON = SIN

1. TAKE FOCUS OFF GOD – ONTO SOMETHING ELSE

2. TAKES FAITH FROM GOD

3. TAKES FIRE FROM LIFE

EX – YOU SIT IN FRONT, THEN MIDDLE, THEN BACK.

COMPARISONS

1. DISTRACTION

2. BREADS DISCONTENTMENT – UPSET THAT THINGS AREN’T WHAT THEY SHOULD BE

3. BRINGS DOUBT

4. BRINGS DECEPTION =

DISTORTED VIEW OF REALITY....YOU DON’T NEED THIS....

5. LEADS TO DESTRUCTION

EX – PASTOR DOESN’T NOTICE YOU LEAVE

II. COMPLAINT – WHEN YOU MOUTH

EX – WHEN YOUR MOUTH DISRESPECTS GOD AND AUTHORITY – PR 18:21

GOD RATED COMPLAINT UP THERE WITH IDOLATRY AND ADULTERY.

EX – NUM 14:1-5 – 2 ½ MILLION ADULTS BOOHOOING ALL NIGHT.

SELF PITY – “NOBODY LOVES ME”

EX 15: BITTER WATER – THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO CLEAN OUT PARASITES.

GOD NEVER LEADS YOU TO A BITTER EXPERIENCE UNLESS HE HAS A CLEANSING AND PURGING IN MIND.

EX 16:1-8 – POT ROAST

EX 17:1-7 – NO WATER – 1 COMPLAINT AFTER THE OTHER

YOU WILL NEVER PROGRESS IN GOD WITH A MOUTH THAT COMPLAINS – CRUCIFY IT!

EX – LADIES – STOP ABOUT HUSBAND – YOU MAY NOT HAVE HIM TOMORROW.

EX – MEN – MY WIFE – YOU MAY NOT HAVE HER TOMORROW

III. COVETEOUSNESS – LED BY YOUR EYES, EARS, APPITITES.

“I WANT IT – BAD!”

SATAN WILL ACCOMADATE YOU!

NUM 11:4-6

CRAVE FOR ONLY GOD’S PRESENCE

NUM 11:31-34 – QUAIL

PS 78: - MEAT AND LEANNESS TO THEIR SOULS

GOD SENT PLAGUE BECAUSE THEY COMPLAINED ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THE QUAIL.

DO NOT INTERPRET SO CALLED ANSWERS TO PRAYER AS BEING IN THE WILL OF GOD.

GOD DOES NOT ALWAYS SMILE ON US WITH ANSWERED PRAYER

IV. COMPROMISE – EX 32:1-5

DELAY – IT’S NOT HAPPENING FAST ENOUGH

ROOT OF COMPROMISE = IDOLATRY AND STUBBORNESS


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