SEVEN // Part 1 of 7
Bible Text: John 8:36 | Speaker: Parkey Cobern | Series: SEVEN |
Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you really will be free. /// John 8:36 (HSCB)
Palm Sunday, we wrote down the things in our lives that we wanted to see be placed under the lordship of Christ. The staff went through and prayed over the cards, and them we ceremoniously burned them at the end of service on Good Friday. This new series is a follow up to those cards.
For those who have already received Jesus as your Savior, He has already set you free through what we just celebrated—His death on the cross and resurrection into new life. Another point is that freedom in Jesus comes through faith and obedience to His direction. We will be observing some truths from the Word of God, but first, let’s open with this prayer:
Father, I acknowledge Your presence in this room and in my life. You are all knowing, all powerful, and always present God. I am dependent upon You, for apart from You I can do nothing. All authority in heaven and on Earth has been given to the resurrected Christ. Because I am in You, I share in that authority. I ask You to fill me with Your Holy Spirit and to lead me into all truth. I pray for your protection and guidance. By the end of these seven weeks, I will be experiencing more freedom than ever before. In Jesus name, Amen.
Today, we will start this seven week series with a look at counterfeits, demons, and influences. The first step toward freedom is to renounce all past or present involvement with occultic practices, addictions, ungodly influence, and reliance upon self as a solution to your problems. In essence, this means that you renounce any activity which offers guidance through any other source than the absolute authority of the Bible. It doesn’t matter if you were involved in these things ignorantly or willfully — you need to close all doors to anything other than the operation of the Holy Spirit and obedience to the Word of God. This is more easily identifiable by things like horoscopes, ouija boards, palm reading & fortune telling, magic, evil eye, spells, Satanism. spirit guides, and tarot cards. Spiritual practices like these include dependence upon spirits or things outside the Spirit of God for guidance and help. This extends beyond to other ungodly influences in our lives, not just occultic practices. Some of these things might be so well hidden, we don’t realize them feeding our flesh and opening the door for the enemy to attack us with fear, nightmares, and complacency. Here is a simple directive that can assist with this:
Watch what you are putting into your mind.
Whatever you watch or listen to will go into your mind and will work toward creating your experiences. If you are experiencing depression, stay away from depressing input. If you are experiencing lustful thoughts, stop watching lustful stuff. The enemy works effectively in that he know if he cannot send you to hell, then he wants to render you ineffective in the kingdom of God! He does this by stealing the fruit of the spirit from your life. Closing the door to demonic and fleshly influence is an important part of freedom. Now, let’s wrap this first teaching up by praying.
Lord, I confess that I have participated in these wrongful practices: (name them now). I know they were evil and offensive in Your sight. Thank You for Your forgiveness. I renounce any and all involvement in these things, and I choose to believe that Satan no longer has any rightful place in my life because of the involvements. In Jesus name, Amen.
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