“DON’T LET THE DEVIL FOOL YOU!”

2 Corinthians 11:1-15
 
You might as well know it; the devil is on your trail. Think of it…he is like a lion out for prey.
 
I. THE DEVIL IS CUNNING AND DECEITFUL
 
He comes in many disguises and names: He is called:
 
The ACCUSER in Revelation 12:10, “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”
 
The ADVERSARY in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
 
The ANGEL OF THE BOTTOMLESS PIT: Revelation 9:11, “And they had a king over them, [which is] the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue [is] Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath [his] name Apollyon.”
 
He is called BEELZEBUB in Matthew 12:24, “But when the Pharisees heard [it], they said, This [fellow] doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.”
 
BELIAL in 2 Corinthians 6:15, “And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?”
TOMORROW WE WILL LOOK AT EIGHT MORE NAMES THE DEVIL IS CALLED, DON’T MISS THIS SERIES!

“DEVELOPING BIBLICAL RELATIONSHIPS IN OUR MINISTRY!”

So, as in a marriage, teamwork is required in any kind of leadership.

DEVELOPING BIBLICAL RELATIONSHIPS IN OUR MINISTRY AND SOCIAL LIFE. VERSES 9, 10, 18.

Greek, Philoxenos – Philo – loving.  xenos – stranger.  Or loving a stranger.

  1. Practicing hospitality.

Romans 12:13, “Distributing to the necessity of the saints; given to hospitality.”

Hebrews 13:2, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

1 Timothy 3:2, “A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach.”

Titus 1:8, “But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;”

  1. Practicing forgiving one another: Matthew 18:21-35

Ephesians 4:32, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

  1. Practicing consistency in every area

Cleanliness, proper and modest dress, courtesy and kindness, well-behaved, etc.

“DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS IN LEADERSHIP!”

Read Proverbs 17.
Don’t let your relationships grow stale.
We covered the importance of developing Relationships in the Home.
Realize that everyone is a leader in verse 7.
Most important qualities are integrity and character in verses 26-28, 19:6-11.
Look to the right examples for leadership in verses 20:24-28.
It takes at least two for leadership: leader and follower.
Mattew 18:19, “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.”
In leadership –watch your ego! In a marriage it will drive her away or make a wimp out of a man. If you will make a commitment to your wife, nothing in this world can drive you apart. Then whatever we do is to keep us together.
Only by pride cometh contention in verses 19:13, 27:15. We must trust, commit and accommodate each other. Watch the spirit of competition with other marriages, businesses or churches. Remember that we are all servants to the same Master.

“DEVELOPING BIBLICAL RELATIONSHIPS.” Part 2.

Read Proverbs 17:1-6.

If we do not add to our relationships and they grow stale. We replace one for the other.
Husband and wife as lovers need to add new relationships between each other. The same is true with father and son and mother and daughter. We need more than one relationship.

Example: Husband and wife, friend, counselor, confidant.

Watch: Husband – wife and friend. Mother – daughter and friend. Father – son and friend. Then the son becomes like a Dad.

In other words: Father and son become like brothers. Mother and daughter become like sisters. Soon daughter will be like Mom.

The more relationships we have, the greater chance we have of making it. Why? Son pushes Dad in a wheelchair like Dad used to push son in a buggy.

I believe God wants us to add to our relationships. Dad – daughter – friend.

Don’t go through life with just one relationship: Husband – wife, Mom and Dad, etc. Add to it.

When I left real estate I added the pastorate. I did not forsake all I learned as a real estate broker, then I added by teaching in a Bible College. Brother Hyles once told me that my experience as a businessman would help me more than eloquence in preaching, the preaching part will come. What am I saying? Don’t let your relationships grow stale.

“DEVELOPING BIBLICAL RELATIONSHIPS!

Proverbs 16-20. Please read chapter 17.
 
Prov. 16-20 gives us a high moral and ethical standard of life.
 
Developing proper Biblical relationships between husband and wife, brother and sister, pastor and people, master and servant.
 
There are many relationships the Christian must learn to develop in order to be a mature Christian. What happened in America that has caused the lax attitude on church attendance and applying the principles of the Word of God?
 
1. We failed to practice them, that’s all.
2. We failed because the home has failed.
3. We have given up the leadership in the home.
4. We have relinquished our authority in the home, in some cases by default.
5. We lack in leadership in the home.
 
1. DEVELOPING THE RELATIONSHIPS IN THE HOME
 
Most important is to “love one another.” Verse 1
Second is to submit to one another. Verses 6, 25.
Third most important is to trust and believe in one another.
 
We wonder why our relationships grow stale. We have to have several relationships between family members, as we do with God:
 
We are His creation – creatures.
We are, each of us, one of His children.
We are His people.
 
A Biblical Relationship is mostly built one on one.

DESIRE AND FAITH! Conclusion!

Hebrews 11:1-16

John Newton, Author of “Amazing Grace” in time of shipwreck … remembered.

III. DESIRE EMBRACED THEM!

What did they embrace? The wonderful promises of God.

IV. DESIRE BROUGHT ACTION!

That’s what we need today – ACTION. Four important truths about their faith…

A. Their Faith was a VISIONARY FAITH.
1. They saw the Promises of God afar off…not by sight, but in their
hearts and minds.
2. They saw a better country…heavenly.
B. Their Faith was a GROWING FAITH.
1. They were thankful for the privilege of seeing it.
2. They confessed that they were just passing through.
C. Their Faith was a WORKING FAITH.
1. They actively sought the Promised Land.
2. They did not just sit, talk and wait on God to give it.
3. They didn’t just ignore it, thinking they deserved it.
D. Their Faith was an ENDURING FAITH.
1. They never returned to the country they left behind.
2. They separated themselves from the world and stayed on course for
the Promised Land. That is…they kept their hearts and minds on it.
3. They did not return to the Old World when they had a chance.
4. They endured to the end, and went to the grave believing in the great
hope of God for the Promised Land.

Romans 4:21 “And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”
2 Timothy 1:12, “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”

How is your DESIRE and FAITH?

“DESIRE AND FAITH!” PART 2

Hebrews 11:13-16.
 
As we said yesterday, success is not always what one might imagine; in fact, a report given many years ago and still true today proved it takes: 5% information, 30% perspiration, 65% inspiration. In other word’s it is not what you know, but how you apply what you already know, and how much desire you have to accomplish your goal.
 
These men were driven by DESIRE, not by outside forces.
 
I. DESIRE GAVE THEM SIGHT!
 
Having seen them afar off
We too are only strangers and Pilgrims on earth. Faith looks to the future. Anyone can go back into the world; if satisfied with things in the world, but the child of God by faith goes onward to a better country.
 
We often feel like failures: John the Baptist did not feel worthy to tie the shoe latched of Jesus. Jesus said of John the Baptist, “never was a man as this man.”
We must see the goal or fulfilled promises by faith. The devil is trying to get our eyes off the goal, because sometimes DESIRE is all we have, but we must see it and then others will.
 
In verse 17 Abraham saw it in Isaac, and Isaac later saw it in Jacob, and Jacob saw it in Joseph, etc. The Bible says that, “We walk by faith and not by sight.”

II. DESIRE EMPOWERED THEM!
 
Desire empowers us to be fully persuaded. Don’t lose sight of it. The devil wants you to look at a problem and say you can’t do it. What we cannot do, God will.
 
Deuteronomy 15:15, “And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day.”
CONCLUDED TOMORROW!