Introduction: Be encouraged to know that Jesus wants your joy to be full. Rejoice in the God of our salvation. Rejoice because of the life that we have in Him. He said I give you my joy that your joy may be full. Confidence in his faithfulness gives you peace with all you have to deal with in this life! God is faithful! He cannot lie! His word is true and cannot pass away. Receive the incorruptible seed of the word of God. We trust that your hearts are open and receptive to the word of God today.
2 (message begins here): The spirit of the lord is putting strong emphases on the last days, especially this sign of the last ; false Christs, false religions The main last day sign of end time is the Spirit of Deception
1Timothy 1 - false Christs, false gospel, another spirit, many spirits that are all inspired by the Anti-Christ spirit.Paul reminds us to be encouraged, to stand for the truth, to contend for the faith.
Don’t let down your guard. 3 Don’t let the deceitfulness of sin and works of the enemy, wiles of the devil and deceptions cause you to draw away from your steadfastness in Christ. We focus on this and continue in that vein/stream. Get an understanding of what it really means to have a true revelation of Christ that brings a true relationship with Christ.
Knowledge has greatly increased in this information age. There are no limits, no limit to the amount of information available in these last days.
Stand firm on the truth of God.
4 Satan is the prince of the power of the air Influence through all type of medicines and ideas of destruction. But you must hear the spirit of the Lord.
If you continue in my word John 8:31,32 Jesus said, “If you continue in my word. then are you my disciples indeed and the truth shall make you free.” Hoy Spirit leads us into all truth.
Paul begins his letter to Timothy by really focusing on doctrine - the standards of God’s word.
5 Paul Admonishes Timothy to contend for the faith and maintain the true doctrine of Christ. To realize that there are many who are trying to pervert the truth of God’s word. He admonishes Timothy re: the calling on him to maintain the true doctrine.
1 Timothy 1:3-6 3As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 4neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
6 Many who name the name and are involved in ministry, are yet lead astray. All false doctrines, are from same source, infiltrating the body of Christ. Information that is not of the spirit will not bring change in a person’s heart, nature, character. 1Tim 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
Information ministers to the mind and the soulish man but not to the heart.
7 Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. The word is quick and powerful, piercing asunder We have a mind to obey God and our motives are sincere, love is pure. if we have a selfish mindset, self-esteem, demanding what we deserve it brings destruction. God alone We must be sincere for God and.
8 People gain knowledge without understanding. They are more satisfied with an informed mind than a converted heart. The more they know the greater their sense of self-worth, but no change of heart. We are becoming more satisfied with knowledge and nature rather than information about the manifestation of God’s presence. New Age religion focuses on self-esteem. We pledge allegiance to all sorts of things: the flag, rep resenting allegiance to citizenship of America, the nation, America’s politics and the Constitution.
9 There is compromise and lack of focus on God’s purpose. Many even in the body of Christ are polluting God’s word. There is lack of focus on God’s eternal purpose. They are more focused on the politics. (who’s going to get appointed) and We have patriotic commitment to the constitution rather than commitment to God. It is more important whether you be conservative or liberal, democrat or republican. We bring greater division even in the body of Christ. Why are people under such pressure and pressuring others?
10 Corruption and darkness had been prophesied where there is more division In these last daysloyalty is based on our culture, and bloodline instead of the blood of Christ. John 18:36: Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews
The falling away and darkness had been prophesied but God is always faithful to his people. There is more division among those who name the name of Christ. 11 There is more cultural focus on natural bloodlines. But we are a chosen generation, delivered out of darkness. We are one in Christ with a common destination, a common destiny. Not dependant on the temporary legacy of a nation. This world is not our home, this is not the end. We have a glorious future, a home in heaven not built by man’s hands, eternal in the heavens, we shall forever be with the Lord. Thank God for rights and privileges for laws and peace but our focus must be on salvation of souls. …. 12 God’s desire is that all be saved. There is an eternal plan and heavenly destination, but If we don’t accept Christ as savior the alternative is to be lead into eternal damnation and separation from God. It's all about the heart, about the souls,
The souls of man and our responsibility as representatives, We represent the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and will soon will be brought back home. The world’s way – the cares of this life, deceitfulness of riches choke out the word Many depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of man.
13 Jesus says to love your neighbor as yourself, but our focus on everybody expressing themselves. We want to speak and be seen. Dominates time
New Age teaching/focus: “I Am worthy therefore I determine what is valuable to me”
Vain gangling: lot of words with no eternal value
The enemy has a lie for everything that is true
14 *God has not given us the spirit of fear Paul taught many will want to be teachers Take heed to what you hear Guard your heart with all diligence Be mindful of what you allow your ears to hear and your eyes to see Make a covenant with your eyes that you will not look at what will lead your away from Christ. We must contend for the faith and be on guard. God has a plan.
The devil has a plan, too. turmoil, but God has not given us the spirit of fear, 15 Take heed to what you hear. Guard your heart with all diligence, be mindful of what you allow your ears to hear, your eyes to see. They bring information into your spirit make a covenant with your eyes. Wherever God has a vision the devil has a plot. God already told them what his plan was., The devil came with the lie. The very heart of the soul of man before the fall of man. Satan’s deception: You will not surely die. Age/ Dispensation of innocence followed by the Age of Conscience. In the beginning Man was Covered in the Shekinah glory of God. After the fall they were under the dispensation of Conscience 16 Now whatever gives me sense of value. Whatever my conscience deems right. new age teaches that there is no judgment. even in the church, no teaching about hell and eternal damnation. Only about how you are deserving, entitled to receive joy and blessings. Only because of His mercy and his grace, nothing to boast in of ourselves. born in sin, shapen in iniquity. No right to demand anything from God. Cannot earn the blessing of the lord the love of God keeps us and helps us maintain a life in this natural world. there is a great compromise that is happening. People don’t want to think that they are accountable. There are consequences to our actions. 17 Judge of the quick and the dead. He is the judge. We believers will stand before him at the judgement seat o Christ. Unbelievers stand at the great white throne judgement. those whose names are not written in the lamb’s book of life will be throne into hell. every knee shall bow and every tongue confess. That Jesus Christ is Lord. We shall give an account of ourselves no other name, no other mediator but the man Christ Jesus. “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE” No man can come o the father but by me.
18 Paul told Timthy, “preach the word…the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine…” I Tim 4:2 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
The first things and last things Paul said to Timothy. “Watch in all things, do the work of an evangelist.”
19 Information is on the increase People are gaining knowledge but lacking understanding. Knowledge puffs up, gives a sense of pride. Knowing who I am, how much I’ve proven myself. People are searching.
The sacrifice of the flesh to earn and be pleasing to God. Information is head knowledge while Revelation is heart Rhema Word, revealed word. Natural man receives not the things of God. Revelation by the spirit of God 20 The Word spoken by Holy Men of God will bring forth fruit by the Holy spirit. There will be a performance of what was promised The Word brings forth a reality Peter a man – saw Jesus in the flesh, walked with him. Matt 16 Jesus asked his disciples, who do men say I am. Today they say you are good leader, prophet, one of many messiahs Peter said they say you are Elijah, a great prophet, etc. like John the Baptist, exposing sin commanding repentance 21 renegade, non-conformist, isolate from the world like Elijah, raising the widow’s son a miracle worker of signs and wonders like Jeremiah, weak, meek, and lowly, always weeping Jesus did weep over Israel, did work miracles, etc. Jesus asked, “Who do You say that I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of God.” He had revelation, heart knowledge.
Not just based on testimony of others, but on his own experience Walking with Jesus. 22 Peter had a desire to know Him. Get into the word yourself, read about Him in Matthew, Mark Luke, and John epistles. Peter had Seen Jesus feed the multitudes.
Experienced it himself, “If you bid me come.” read for yourself what Jesus did and said. fed the multitudes 23 1 Corinthians 2:4-6 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught: Paul says to us, “My preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but with power and authority.”
Live the word, testify,. 24 know him as a healer: Say, “By the stripes of Jesus I was healed”. as a deliverer: was bound by drugs, he is a provider, when there didn’t seem to be a way, God is a faithful. a counselor. When I didn’t know the way, He showed me the way out Cause others’ faith not to rest in man’s wisdom. We are raising up a people with true manifestation of His love and His power.
9 Matt. 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I 25 I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (*Upon this rock I will build my church see a fulfilment of his every promise revelation and understanding by the spirit. Powers of darkness have no power over you.)
Overcome by the blood of the lamb. Walk in provision and grace. We have keys to the kingdom and access to the throne of grace! Knowledge of the true God. We already declare his faithfulness. We will see a fulfilment of his promises. 26 Understanding by His spirit insight and revelation and understanding We overcome him by the blood of the lamb and love not our lives until the death We are walking in understanding and relationship with access into his presence at any time. We must share the gospel with others who are desiring to know Jesus.
Don’t get distracted. Hebrews 10:23-25 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. *…..more as the day approaches He is coming soon! Rev, 22:12 Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to render to each man according as his work is.
Occupy until He comes. Be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.
We will receive revelation, understanding by the spirit and find ourselves walking in victory over the wiles of the devil The gates of hell shall have no power over you when you get understanding ofChrist in YOU. You will find yourselves always walking in victory with access into His presence.
information and knowledge is on the increase. Men are gaining knowledge but lacking understanding. Knowledge puffs up. Degrees and accomplishments give a sense of self-worth. Many don’t understand who Jesus is. They think of him as only a renegade, a non-conformist. Isolated from the world. Miracle man, like a Jeremiah the weeping prophet - rejected.