Summary: Satan is DEFEATED, Jesus came to DISARM the devil! Now, we should be FREE from the POWER of Satan, POWER of SIN and POWER of DEATH. We are SAVED! Therefore we should be FREE from the works of the Devil! Such as FEAR, WORRY and DOUBT!
We are CALLED and CHOSEN by God to take back the AUTHORITY of Man OVER ALL CREATION which Adam had lost.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
When Adam sinned, the AUTHORITY of man OVER ALL CREATION was gone. The sin was caused by DISOBEDIENCE.
There are 4 Keys of RESTORING that AUTHORITY:
1. The GREAT PLAN of God for Human.
Genesis 1:1; “In the BEGINNING God CREATED the heaven and the earth.”
It was God who created the UNIVERSE
“For by HIM were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by HIM, and for HIM.”
It was all because of CHRIST!!!
a. CHRIST as the CENTER
“God’s secret PLAN has now been revealed to us; it is a PLAN CENTERED on CHRIST, DESIGNED long ago according to His good pleasure. And this is His PLAN: At the right time, He will bring everything together under the AUTHORITY of CHRIST—everything in Heaven and on earth.
“In EVERYTHING we do, we do it for d’ GLORY of GOD. We should learn to PUT GOD FIRST in every DESCISION we make.”
b. Our POSITION in CHRIST
“Because of CHRIST, we have RECEIVED an inheritance from God, for He chose us from the Beginning, and all things happen just as DECIDED long ago.”
“Before God laid the earth, God had CHOSEN us to be His Adopted SONS & DAUGHTERS in CHRIST.”
c. The PURPOSE
“God’s PURPOSE was that we who were the first to TRUST in CHRIST should PRAISE our Glorious God.”
“God CREATED us in the likeness of His OWN IMAGE because He is looking for someone to WORSHIP Him in SPIRIT and in TRUTH.”
The TRUTH is the Word of God!!!
2. The GREAT POWER of God Works Best in our WEAKNESS.
Genesis 1:2; “And the earth was WITHOUT FORM, and VOID; and DARKNESS was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
“There are times that we feel we have been FORSAKEN. Always remember that God PROMISED that He will NEVER FORSAKE US.”
“Each time he said, "My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness."So now I am glad to boast about my WEAKNESSES, so that the power of Christ may work through me… For when I am weak, then I am strong.
a. God Hides Great Things in NOTHING
1 Corinthians 1:26(NLT)
“…He CHOSE those who are POWERLESS to shame those who are powerful. God chose those things DESPISED by the world, things counted as NOTHING at all…”
If you feel yourself ‘NOTHING’, aren’t you excited to know what God HIDES from you?
“Start doing the things you THINK you can’t. The things that you’ve never done before.”
b. God Uses an IMPERFECT Person to Accomplish His Will
1 Corinthians 12:22 (NLT)
“In fact, some of the parts that SEEM WEAKEST & LEAST IMPORTANT are really the MOST NECESSARY.”
ALWAYS THINK POSITIVE. God is not weak in dealing w/ Us.
Be Strong and Courageous. God did not gave us the Spirit of FEAR and TIMIDITY.
FEAR is the no. 1 ENEMY.
c. We need to be BROKEN
2 Corinthians 12:7(NLT)
“…But to keep me from getting PUFFED UP, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from getting PROUD.”
“Discipline is PAINFUL. Those who love discipline LOVES WISDOM.” (BODYBUILDING)
FAILURES are prerequisite to a GREAT SUCCESS. FAILURES, teaches HUMILITY
“If you are afraid of FAILURE, then you will never GROW.”
3. The GREAT LIGHT of God’s Glory in the Midst of DARKNESS.
Genesis 1:3-5; And God said, LET THERE BA LIGHT: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light, Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
NIGHT- Tribulations, Persecutions, etc…
DAY-Blessings, Prosperous, Victorious, etc...
“God multiplies what we LOST as long as we remain FAITHFUL in Serving Him.”
a. CHRIST is the LIGHT
“I have come as a LIGHT to shine in this DARK world, so that all who PUT THEIR TRUST in Me will no longer remain in DARKNESS.”
“We will never be put to shame again, as long as we remain FAITHFUL to the LORD.” (ISAIAH 61:7)
b. God Lifts Up the HUMBLE
“He made Himself NOTHING, He took the HUMBLE position of a slave… He OBEDIENTLY HUMBLED Himself even further dying in a criminal’s death on a cross. BECAUSE OF THIS, God RAISED Him up to the heights of heaven & gave Him a name that is above every other name, so that every knee will bow… & every tongue will confess that Jesus CHRIST is LORD…