Sunday, February 14, 2016

Pleasing God Series – Truth

Pleasing God
        Series – Truth

Luke 4
18  "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19  To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD."

Jesus came to Proclaim and Deliver

Why? Because The devil came to Deceive and Imprison

Lies hold us captive – Truth sets us free …
·        The devil wants to tell you a lie and put you in prison.
·        Jesus wants to tell you the truth and deliver you from prison.
·        Who are you going to believe?

The devil tells you the reason you don’t have a better life is because you don’t have enough money.
·        But the Bible says - Luke 12:15  A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.

The devil tells you the reason you aren’t happy is because of all the bad things that have happened to you.
·        But the Bible says - Habakkuk 3
17  Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
18  Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19  The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

The devil wants you to believe that God is your problem.
·        But the Bible says - Job 2:9-10
9  Then Job’s wife said to him, "Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!"
10  But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

The devil wants you to believe you won’t have enough.
·        But the Bible says – Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

The lies of the devil imprison men and hold them captive in fear – the truth of God will set men free.

The devil will tell you that you can’t do it … you can’t make it!
·        But the Bible says – Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
·        John 8:44 tells us that the devil is a liar and when he speaks, he speaks for himself and not for God because there is no truth in him.  But thank God …

1 John 3:8  … For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

Jesus came to destroy the lies of the devil by proclaiming the truth and setting the captives free. Without regard as to what the devil may have been saying or what lies you have believed, the Bible says:

John 8:32  "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

God is pleased when you know the truth … this is the truth!

Deliverance is a miracle
1.   Purchased by God
2.   Paid for with the blood of His Only Son
3.   Given to the Children of God
4.   Received by faith

Additional Notes:

2 Corinthians 6:2  For He says ... " Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

Today is the day that you can decide to stop believing the lies of the devil and start believing the Truth of God’s Word. Jesus came to set the captives free. Freedom and deliverance belong to the Children of God.

If you are a Born Again Believer in Jesus, you are a Child of God and you have the Truth living inside you. The Holy Spirit will be a continual guiding light in your life. The faith you have in Jesus will bring many challenges in life but God will see you through each one and bring you to victory after victory.

Every time the devil tries to put you in some prison remember that he is a liar and that the Truth has set you free.

If you are not yet a Believer in Jesus who is the Son of God and the only Savior of the world –
1.   Have an honest talk with God and ask Him to tell you the truth.
2.   You don’t have to take my word for it but don’t take anyone else’s word either.
3.   Your eternity is important enough for you to know for yourself.

Jesus came to give us:
·        Light; Life; and Love
While satan is spreading:
·        Darkness; Death; and Hatred

Don’t be deceived into serving the god of hatred, darkness and death.

But also realize … just being good and for all the good and fluffy stuff like save the oceans and whirled peas won’t get you to heaven. No amount of good makes God. Only a relationship with the one Creator of the Universe through His only Son Jesus can secure a person’s eternity. There is a God and you can know Him. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you today!