6/3/18 – The Promise – Part 4 – The Promise of Freedom Pt. 2

The Promise Series
Part 4 The Promise of Freedom II

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Introduction

Luke 4:18 (NASB) abbreviated
… preach the gospel to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed…

Greek for Oppressed is thrau’-ō meaning to break or shatter.

Jesus was saying He came to help hurt, broken… oppressed people because they are either poor or captive or blind… or all three!

Broken people have one (or all) of these three common traits and Jesus came to set them free!

Today is part two of that message, The Promise of Freedom!

Opening Passage

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NASB)
Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself!
8 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with
persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father
I pray that today’s message
transition from a head knowledge into a heart revelation
and through the power and the person of the Holy spirit
renew our minds and transform our lives with Your word
in the name of Jesus.
Amen

1.You Are Free to Fight and Win!

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NASB)
Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself!

Here’s what we know…
Paul’s thorn in the flesh was a messenger from Satan!
It was given to him.
It tormented him.
As Paul said, keep him from exalting himself… twice!

Q: So what was Paul’s weakness?

GREEK for Weakness is ä-sthe’-nā-ä meaning, lack of strength or infirmity.

of the body
its native weakness and frailty
feebleness of health or sickness
of the soul: lack of strength or capacity needed…
to understand a thing
to do things great and glorious
to restrain corrupt desires
to bear trials and troubles

His weakness was obviously a lack of strength or capacity to stay humble considering the great revelation he’d been given, or as Paul put it, “to keep me from exalting myself”

God was preventing Paul from messing up his calling with pride and haughtiness, which we know Paul was prone to.

8 Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with
persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Q: So, if I’m weak, how am I free to fight? I’m so glad you ask!!!

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NLV)
It is true, we live in a body of flesh. But we do not fight like people of the world. 4 We do not use those things to fight with that the world uses. We use the things God gives to fight with and they have power. Those things God gives to fight with destroy the strong-places of the devil. 5 We break down every thought and proud thing that puts itself up against the wisdom of God. We take hold of every thought and make it obey Christ.

How to Fight… and WIN!

Ephesians 6:11-17 New Life Version (NLV)
Put on the things God gives you to fight with. Then you will not fall into the traps of the devil. 12 Our fight is not with people. It is against the leaders and the powers and the spirits of darkness in this world. It is against the demon world that works in the heavens. 13 Because of this, put on all the things God gives you to fight with. Then you will be able to stand in that sinful day. When it is all over, you will still be standing. 14 So stand up and do not be moved. Wear a belt of truth around your body. Wear a piece of iron over your chest which is being right with God. 15 Wear shoes on your feet which are the Good News of peace. 16 Most important of all, you need a covering of faith in front of you. This is to put out the fire-arrows of the devil. 17 The covering for your head is that you have been saved from the punishment of sin. Take the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.

The Two Ways We Fight to Win Are…

Remember where the fight is, “It is against the demon world that works in the heavens.”
Remember your weapons!!!
Truth, Satan is a liar and cannot withstand the truth!
Righteousness, being right with God keeps you protected! Keep your life aligned with the Word and stay obedient to the Holy Spirit and you cannot be harmed.
Peace, when we walk with peace (regardless of our circumstance) it confuses the enemy!
Faith, trusting God always allows you to obey even when it makes no since. Satan cannot forecast your movements when you walk by faith and not by site!

Story

A few months ago, I sent an innocent text to fellow minister who totally misunderstood it’s meaning. Their response put me into a pride-fest!

I finally recognized what the enemy was up to and I started the fight!

I WON! And, I’m free to do so every time!!!

2. You Are Not Free From Consequences.

1 Peter 2:16 (NIV)
Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.

We are to be free like Christ was free. He never misused His freedom, but sometimes we do.

There are always consequences! For lost and saved people.

The consequence for lost people is eternal death in hell.

The consequence for saved people is loving discipline from our heavenly Father.

We are free from the sin from the power sin once had over us that blinded us, but because God loves us we are not free to sin without consequence.

Hebrews 12:1-12 (NLV)
All these many people who have had faith in God are around us like a cloud. Let us put every thing out of our lives that keeps us from doing what we should. Let us keep running in the race that God has planned for us. 2 Let us keep looking to Jesus. Our faith comes from Him and He is the One Who makes it perfect. He did not give up when He had to suffer shame and die on a cross. He knew of the joy that would be His later. Now He is sitting at the right side of God. 3 Sinful men spoke words of hate against Christ. He was willing to take such shame from sinners. Think of this so you will not get tired and give up. 4 In your fight against sin, you have not yet had to stand against sin with your blood. 5 Do you remember what God said to you when He called you His sons? “My son, listen when the Lord punishes you. Do not give up when He tells you what you must do. 6 The Lord punishes everyone He loves. He whips every son He receives.” 7 Do not give up when you are punished by God. Be willing to take it, knowing that God is teaching you as a son. Is there a father who does not punish his son sometimes? 8 If you are not punished as all sons are, it means that you are not a true son of God. You are not a part of His family and He is not your Father. 9 Remember that our fathers on earth punished us. We had respect for them. How much more should we obey our Father in heaven and live? 10 For a little while our fathers on earth punished us when they thought they should. But God punishes us for our good so we will be holy as He is holy. 11 There is no joy while we are being punished. It is hard to take, but later we can see that good came from it. And it gives us the peace of being right with God. 12 So lift up your hands that have been weak. Stand up on your weak legs.

3. You Are Called to Freedom.

Galatians 5:13 (NASB)
For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Greek for Called is kä-le’-ō meaning…
to invite
to bear a name or title (among men)

Q: What name do you think we’ve been invited to bear? A: Jesus!

You and I have been invited (not made) to bear the title of FREE men and woman in Christ Jesus!!!

Galatians 5:1 (NASB)
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

Conclusion

1 Timothy 6:12 (NASB)
Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

A father is encouraging his son to fight the GOOD fight!

2 Timothy 4:6-8 (NASB)
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8 in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.

Invitation for Salvation (heads bowed eyes closed)

Today, your heavenly father is calling you to fight the GOOD fight for freedom! Freedom and eternity in a hell that was never made for you! Freedom from the chains of sin that have kept you bound up all if your life and kept you away from what God made you to be… a free person in Christ who also fights for the freedom of others! That’s what you were made to be! Free people can free people!

Can you say with confidence, like Paul, “there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness?

If the answer is not, “absolutely pastor, I and absolutely confident in that… then you need to pray this prayer with me today.

Prayer for Salvation or Renewed Commitment

Heavenly Father, I’ve a prisoner, I’ve been a captive and I’m calling on you to set me free today. You sent your Son, Jesus Christ, to die in my place on a cruel cross. To die and be resurrected so that I could have freedom in this life and a crown of righteousness in eternity with you. In accordance with your word, I confess my sins, I repent of them all and I believe within my heart in the simple gospel message, the good news of…

John 3:16 (NASB)
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Today, I receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior over all my life. Amen

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