8/5/18 – The Wall – Part 3 – When The Enemy Attacks

The Wall Series

When the Enemy Attacks

Sermon Setup

After a string of kings who “did evil” in the eyes of God, Jerusalem was overrun by Enemies. The last legitimate king, Jehoiachin, became the servant of king Nebuchadnezzar.

Opening Passage

2 Kings 24:8-9 (NASB)

Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Nehushta the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem. 9 He did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father had done.

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 in the name of Jesus.

Amen

  1. He did evil in the sight of the Lord

Unrepented sin can open the door to the enemy’s attacks.

James 4:17 (KJV)

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Clarity on Sin

1 John 5:16 (NASB)

If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this.

The Sin that Leads to Death is to intentionally reject Christ.

Hebrews 6:4-6 (NASB)

For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.

The Only Unforgivable Sin is the One You Won’t Ask Forgiveness For

John 6:37 (NASB)

All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.

Take the Sin of Unforgiveness as an Example

Matthew 6:15 (NASB)

But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

Ephesians 4:26-27 (NASB)

Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not give the devil opportunity.

Anger turned sin sounds like, “I’m mad and I’m not going to forgive!”

That gives the devil the opportunity he needs to attack you without God’s protection!

Hebrews 12:14-15 (NASB)

Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;

Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

Matthew 18:32-35 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Then summoning him, his lord *said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’ 

34 And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. 35 My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”

This is not a sermon on unforgiveness as much as I’m asking you to examine yourselves and get forgiveness of anything that could be “evil in the sight of the Lord.”

  1. The king of Babylon took him captive

2 Kings 24:10-12 (NASB)

At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon went up to Jerusalem, and the city came under siege. 11 And Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon came to the city, while his servants were besieging it. 12 Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of Babylon, he and his mother and his servants and his captains and his officials. So the king of Babylon took him captive in the eighth year of his reign.

John 8:31-36 (NLV)

He said to the Jews who believed, “If you keep and obey My Word, then you are My followers for sure. 32 You will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” 33 They said to Jesus, “We are children of Abraham. We have never been servants to anyone. What do you mean when You say, ‘You will be free’?”

Like most Christians today, I once believed that I couldn’t be influenced by Satan because I’m FREE!

34 Jesus answered them, “For sure, I tell you, everyone who sins is the servant of sin because sin has a hold on him. 35 And the servant does not belong in the house. The son belongs in the house. 36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free for sure.

The enemy will take us captive through spiritual strongholds (from trauma) and generational curses (predispositions.)

2 Kings 24:9 (NLT)

Jehoiachin did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, just as his father had done.

Stories

I can share with you a “two in one” example of the above. My father had abused my mother and I was traumatized and the enemy took the opportunity to influence me to seek comfort through food which is also a generational curse on my family creating a predisposition in me.

What’s the answer? If the Son makes you free, you will be free for sure.

  1. None remained except the poorest

2 Kings 24:13-14 (NASB)

He carried out from there all the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king’s house, and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold which Solomon king of Israel had made in the temple of the Lord, just as the Lord had said. 14 Then he led away into exile all Jerusalem and all the captains and all the mighty men of valor, ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and the smiths. None remained except the poorest people of the land.

The Enemy Only Cares About the Things that Have High Value or Threaten Him!

1 Corinthians 3:11-15 (NLT)

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ. 12 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. 14 If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15 But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.

Satan wants your gold, silver, jewels, he is unconcerned with your wood, hay, or straw!

The poor things in life, low value, low impact, temporal things are not what the devil is after; it’s the high value, high impact, eternal things he wants to take from you.

Take inventory this week of the areas Satan is attacking you and realize what he wants to rob you (and everyone else of)

  • Marriage
  • Money
  • Health
  • Mind!

Story

I highly prized my ability to think! It almost ended with my blowing my brains out. Now I understand the Bible more than ever and I ask God what He wants.

What’s the Solution?

“no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ”

I pray everyday to have the mind of Christ in my decision making.

Invitation for Salvation

Heads bowed, and eyes closed…

If you don’t have that foundation of Christ, then your life is like the foolish man who built his house on the sand.

Matthew 7:24-27 (NASB)

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”

VS24 says, “everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock”

Do you know what words Jesus had just said?

Matthew 7:23 (NLV)

Then I will say to them in plain words, ‘I never knew you. Go away from Me, you who do wrong!’

Q: Do you know that would break Jesus’s heart to have to say that?

John 5:24 (KJV)

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Psalm 18:2 (NLT)

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.

That’s Who Jesus is to the Christian believer and that’s who He wants to be to you today.

Q: Will you come to Him today?

S: There are three simple steps to salvation…

Luke 13:5 (NKJV)

…unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

You must repent.

Romans 10:9-11 (NKJV)

…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 

Repent, confess and believe! It’s that simple.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, today I repent of all my sins and I receive your grace and forgiveness. Be my rock, my fortress, and my savior. Thank you for your sacrifice on the cross Lord. I believe in my heart that you died for my sins, I believe you rose from the grave and I know you are coming again. I won’t to spend eternity with you in heaven. I will serve you all the days of my life. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me! Amen

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