Summary: A spiritual battle rages, Satan will is a dealer of pain and fear if we give into his temptations, God on the other hand, Heals the hurts we have from our past...He can set us free!
The Hurt Dealer vs. the Hurt Healer
Pastor Glenn Newton
February 20th, 2011
Text: Matthew 12: 22-32
MT 12:22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. 23 All the people were astonished and said, "Could this be the Son of David?"
MT 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons."
MT 12:25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28 But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
MT 12:29 "Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house.
MT 12:30 "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. 31 And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
This sermon title comes from something I heard last night at the concert, the Pastor who came and gave the invitation to the 15,203 people who were in the Tulsa BOK Center…he gave his personal testimony and it was powerful. He shared how he was born in a mental institution, his mother was an insane, drug addicted prostitute…he was given up for adoption, his new forever family adopted him for $200. He said he remembers feeling so lucky to get a new chance, with a new life…but his new father was not the kind of father you would dream about as a being a good Dad. His Dad would get drunk and beat Tony Nolan, and he would tell him that he wished that he could get his $200 dollars back…he would tell Tony that he wished he would have never adopted him….As you can imagine Tony was in a lot of pain….as he described it last night….the Hurt dealer was messing up his life, his life was full of hurt, hate, drugs, and all the things Satan offers as quick fixes for our pain….but these things just end up bringing more pain.
At the age of 20 years old, in 1989, Tony found himself at the end of his rope, and in church at the invitation of a friend…He heard the Pastor talk about a Heavenly Father who was the Hurt Healer, a healer who Loved Him… A Hurt Healer who Loved Him so much that He sent His One and Only Son to Die of the Cross for Him….Tony Nolan was a desperate, sin scarred man who needed someone to Love him….He found Jesus, He found a Father who would love Him no matter the Cost, He found the One who could heal all the hurts the enemy had inflicted on his life. What a great testimony of Grace and Healing. (Testimony was heard at WinterJam Tour in Tulsa on Feb. 18th, 2011)