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Summary: The Church has enough enemies without us attacking our brothers and sisters in Christ.

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For He Who is not Against You is For You

Luke 9:50

Aug. 12, 2007 FBC, Chester Mike Fogerson, Pastor

Introduction

A There are a lot of things done in Jesus’ name that He has nothing to do with.

1 Jim Jones, David Koresh...actions of church people, too.

2 Not all church splits, policies, attitudes, spirit glorifies God

3 Jesus’ name is used, but He’s no where around.

B Other times, God’s moving/blessing/anointing us, & we discount the move/blessing/anointing because it doesn’t have a particular brand on it (SBC).

1 God only moves with/blesses/anoints Baptists!

2 Sadly, many Lutherans, Catholics, Methodists, Assembly of God, non-denominational, Pentecostals probably believe the same thing (God only blesses their group).

a Feel threatened by perceived competition

b Maybe feel a sense of self-importance brought on by spiritual arrogance (intellectuals vs. emotionals)

C A similar thing happened with Jesus’ disciples.

1 And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. 2 And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing. Luke 9:1-2 (NASB) Given authority & power over all demons & to heal.

a If demons still exist, would Jesus give His followers any fewer weapons to battle the enemy today?

b I believe if you are following Jesus, that anointing/power/ authority over demons & disease is still a weapon against the enemy today.

2 In 9:28, Jesus takes 3 disciples up the mountain & leaves 9 at a base camp (remember what He gave them: authority & power over demons & disease). Some eight days after these sayings, He took along Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. Luke 9:28 (NASB)

a The 3 had a moment with God (Transfiguration), the 9 had a fight with each other (pride, greatest, most important, top dog, running the show).

b I believe they were so busy with pride, they couldn’t operate in the authority, blessing, power, Jesus had given them.

c After Jesus & the 3 come down from the mountain, a man told on the disciples!

aa And a man from the crowd shouted, saying, "Teacher, I beg You to look at my son, for he is my only boy, 39 and a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly screams, and it throws him into a convulsion with foaming at the mouth; and only with difficulty does it leave him, mauling him as it leaves. 40 "I begged Your disciples to cast it out, and they could not." Luke 9:38-40 (NASB)

bb The boy’s need is to be released (obviously), the father’s need is to get his son healthy.

cc Your people couldn’t do anything for me! Why?

I believe there are two reasons (transitional sentence)

I Out of focus

A Jesus healed the boy & the people were amazed at the greatness of God. And they were all amazed at the greatness of God. Luke 9:43 (NASB)

1 What an atmosphere for revival, evangelistic harvest

a Jesus tells His disciples about the cross. "Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men." Luke 9:44 (NASB)

b It should have driven them to their knees, humbled, stirred them-NO!


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