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March 14, 2021 8:00 am
Welcome to worship in the world would cost around. We are working our way through a series called free indeed what Pastor Robert talks about the schemes of the enemy.
The doors we leave (and what Jesus meant when he said we shall be free will. Today Pastor Robert assuring about one of the biggest doors open to the just pride is incredible message. So let's join pass Robert now when a series called free indeed. The title of today's message is permission granted. Do we ever as believers grant site permission to come against us are to take us bondage in an area, but were also going to answer the question this message does God ever grant Satan permission to take us bondage in an area and I want you to think about for moment the Old Testament of God's people sinning, and God granting the enemy permission to take his people into bondage and his people, then crying out to him and him releasing them from that bondage, teaching them right so I see some raised eyebrows as your thinking about that. What does that mean I will will look aboard and say what it means like we talked about that Satan is a thief and Jesus said, is always looking to come in some other way. Joel said he he he comes in through Windows I comes in through an open door. I want to tell you a little deal with this one open door but three definitions of it in this message. But the number one open door. The last thing believers, even mature believers open the door to Satan in this area is the area of pride. So here here's number one. Pride is trusting in your own strength. Now look at Luke chapter 22 beginning in verse 31 Luke 23 verse 31 and the Lord said, Simon, Simon, indeed, Satan has asked for, you will come back to the Lord asked that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you that your faith should not fail sale sounds like when you go through the sifting and when you have returned. That would obviously locate that he would fall away when you have returned to me straight then your brother.
This is an amazing passage of Scripture New Testament, Jesus saying to a believer, Satan has asked permission to sift you like wheat but not a lot. I pray for you when you come back, strengthen your brothers. This word asked me to ask for something, and to receive what one asked for to ask for it with success to ask and receive. In other words, this can be translated. Satan asked and received permission to sift you like motherboards.
He has a right. He has a light in your life. There's an open door in your life Simon and what would that open door beef. I personally think it was that he trusted his own strength. I personally think that he had pride and the reason I think that is because of the conversation that takes place right before this war. Chapter 14 verse 27 says then Jesus said to them, all of you all of you will be made to stop because of my because of the dislike for it is written quote Scripture to cite this, it's already been written. So this is going to happen. I will strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered, but after I've been raised. I will go before you to Galilee. Peter said to him, even if all are made to stumble yet I will not be Jesus said to him, surely I say to you that today even this before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times, but he spoke more like arrogant like if I have to die with you, I will not deny that I show you little more pride. Matthew 16 verse 21 from that time Jesus began to show to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and the chief priests and scribes, and be killed anyways the third day.
Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, feeling pretty good about yourself to rebuke Jesus saying, far be it for you, Lord. This shall not happen to you, but he wants this carefully in your Bible turned and said to Peter said to Peter, get behind me Satan you are an offense to me, for you're not mindful of the things of God and things are meant that that doesn't help open our eyes to something Jesus looked the right element and said to the man behind me Satan you addressed Satan in the mail addressed in over one of you will be your theology will he was only in and around and behind them.
But Jesus, you have to build the Scripture Jesus said to get on the site but it's arrogant to supply trusting his own strength.
Do you realize when I came to arrest him. One of the disciples cut off a soldier's ear will take a guess who it was Peter. Peter you know I cut his ear off because he missed his head hundred soldiers that in Peter is going to take all one sort, that's trusting your own strength but because of this Jesus sentence and things got right is coming that he's coming. Could you open up the door to and then Peter does something like we talked about the first message under the influence totally out of character for himself. He did not destroy all disciple that's willing to take on the whole garrison soldiers turns around and denies Jesus to the teenage waitress nanny mature believers fall into this trap and walk with the Lord a long time and they begin to trust in their own strength to resist temptation. So 1.
Pride is trusting Meryl Streep. By the way, first Corinthians 1012 says therefore let him who thinks he stands take a lesson fall case number two.
Pride is trusting in your own righteousness. Pride is trusting in your own righteousness, no feedback to Job, chapter 1 there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among the and the Lord said to Satan, from where you come just like Nancy Morgan said, from going to and fro in the earth and from walking back and forth on this is what we said last week he goes about like a roaring lion, seeking to emulate about the Lord said to Satan, have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like you only oath, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil so Satan answered the Lord said, what does Job fear God for nothing. You made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has a Riverside you have blessed the work of his hands and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out your hand and touch all that he has and he will surely quote you to your place in the Lord said to Satan, behold, all that he has is in your power, I would say that granting permission only. Do not lay a hand on his person. So Satan will now in the presence of the Lord. It's very difficult passage understand but it's really not that difficult when you read the rest of the book for 32 chapters 31 Job. He has three friends that show up to try to comfort him unit unit will be experienced by the but in essence they do speak a lot of truth they say to them over and over and over again Job are you sure there's not an open door. Are you sure there's no calls that the enemy was able to use against you and Joe says nope nope nope nope I have not done these things and I have done these things. Any list of things that he hasn't learning. List the things that he has done a says no no no no. Chapter 32 there's a young man named Eli. That's been sitting there the whole time listening will pick it up at that. Joe chapter 32 verse one. So these three men ceased answering Job watch. Here's the answer to the whole book, because he was righteous in his own eyes, then the wrath of Elihu, the son of a hard word person of something else of the family ran was aroused against Joe, his wrath was arousal. Watch carefully again because he justified himself rather than God. He justified himself rather than God.
He goes on for several chapters. Chapter 33 verses like nine, he says, surely you have spoken in my hearing, and I've heard the sound of your words you said I heard this come out of your mouth saying I am pure without transgression. I am innocent and there is no iniquity in me that he would've had to be Jesus for that picture and any he concludes this important conclusion, he says in Job 36 verse three I this is likely the government talking I will describe righteousness to my maker. Here's the sin was the open door in Job's life. He was righteous because of what he did not because of who you again. Mature believers fall prey to pride in this area because when we get saved we could say we are righteousness comes from God because we were righteous we are not righteous because of what we do righteous by the blood of Jesus Christ his son alone is the only reason were righteous. When you begin to believe and trust in your own righteousness to hear here's what you Jesus that you use that once fell at the Pharisee and he was in church praying in the center came in, and this was his prayer, God, thank you, but I'm not like others. Thank you Lord for comparative Joe does for 31 chapters Jesus compare anybody watch what you got just a few things that God said to Job's if you would wanted to be in Job's shoes that that Job 38 verse one then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge.
Put that in a simple version for you. Just paraphrase it. God said what idiot is talking right now you prepare yourself like a man, and I will question you and you shall answer me. Watch this watch what God says where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth… Vascular tell me if you have understanding who determined its measurements on the listen to the sarcasm.
Surely you know stretch line upon it words foundations facet related cornerstone verse 12. Had you commanded the more recent your days beginning called the dog to note life. One version says suddenly, verse 22. Have you ever entered the treasury of snow will keep the snow using the treasure of hell. Verse 24 is a good offer.ask what worry is like diffused verse 34.
Can you lift up your voice to the clouds than among its water may cover you.
Can you tell it when the rank that I can can you send out like that they may go inside you. Here we are. One version says is likely come to your throne and asked where to strike verse 26. Does the hawk fly by your wisdom offor the South is the eagle mount up at your command like it's just line the guardians it with the statement. Joe chapter 40 verse eight would you condemn me that you may be justified.
Can you imagine.ask when you condemn me. You may be justified in the course. Job repents, please hear me.
I've seen a lot of mature believers begin to trust in their own righteousness. And here's the point. A lot of really all righteous as far as their living and I believe in righteous living. Because unrighteous living opens the door to the demonic, so I believe in living righteously, living righteously make us righteous.
Only the blood of Jesus.
That's so pride is stressing on strength, probably stressing your own righteousness.
Number three pride is trusting in your own wisdom first Kings chapter 22. This will be one of the most amazing passages you ever see in your Bible ever.
This is talking about Ahab when he was king of Israel. Number eight have married Jezebel. Jezebel had 850 prophets, but they lost their heads to Elijah would be what would say that Elijah showed up, called Fargo more milk or milk. She took care of them should they will in her payroll.
Ahab had 400 prophets in his bedroom. He took care of them, fed them to grow good so that they will prophesy good things is very important understand this.
Listen carefully, because there are a lot of leaders that keep key people around them.
That will tell them is not wise. Leaders so Ahab is the king of Israel. He asked Jehoshaphat the king of Judah to come visit. Jehoshaphat was a good kick. AI was a very `very very very bad or wicked. Ahab says this conversation.
I let's go attack the King of Syria and get back right loftily at the city should be honest and to Josh that says process. The prophet, and so Ahab pulses 400 prophets earlier's payroll and they said yes no yeah, God will be with you and Josh that says any of the prophets element will pick it up at that first Kings 2270 Jehoshaphat said, is there still a prophet of the Lord here that we may inquire of him.
So the king of Israel said to Josh that there's still one man my Kea. This is not like other workbook is a different prophet and his name is my Kea not Micah mate of the solid M law by whom we may inquire of the Lord a lot to but I hate him because he does not prophesy good concerning the evil so he said let's call it anyway to bring out of prison. Ahab put in prison three years earlier, Betsy Dolan.you make God mad 0.so I have put in jail for that verse 15 then he came to the king and the king said to him, mate, or shall we go to war against right loftily or shall we were afraid and inserted going prosper for the Lord will deliver it into the hand of the king, so the king said to him, how many times I make you swear that you tell me nothing but the truth in the name of the Lord, basically saying you like. As a matter what I say and he said, so here's the trick now. I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains that she had no Shepherd Berliner when they have no shepherd. Wolf attacks and the Lord said, these have no master. Let each return to his house in peace. The Lords don't go to war with this king you will combat unit below and the king of Israel said Jehoshaphat tell you he will not prophesy good concerning the medieval said therefore hear the Lord of the Lord. I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by on his right hand and on his left now must not discriminate because I know the host of heaven first Angels. What many people don't realize is there. Sometimes it refers to the fallen angels also notice that there standing in the Lord's right hand and on his left.
Remember, Jesus said, when the Son of Man comes in his kingdom to put sheep on his right don't notice the host of heaven is always right and those lips show you one more scripture about the post. 11 stay where you are the original lessee understand that sometimes the host of heaven represents the fallen Angels as well. Second Kings 21 verse one Vanessa was 12 years old when he became king anyway 55 years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Epps of all I needed evil in the side of the Lord, according to all the abominations of the nation from the Lord cast out before the children of Israel. He rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah, his father had destroyed.
He raised up first for bail and made a wooden image as Ahab wrestlers king but is limited by the way, as Ahab king visually done and he worshiped all the host of heaven and serve and worship angels. He also built altars in the house of the Lord which Lord said in Jerusalem on the put my name any altars for all the host of heaven and the true courts of the house of the Lord. Also, he made his son pass through the fire practice to say used witchcraft and consulted spiritist and meetings, worship demons, so remember my Kea set I saw the Lord sitting on the throne and the host of heaven spinning on his right enemies left. It's important understand that there were some fallen angels are because of what you got sick.
We just writing Job where where Satan was standing in front of the throne of God and God gave him permission to get something something right so much for storing first Kings 22 verse 20 and the Lord said will persuade Ahab to go up that he may fall right loftily. Someone spoke in this manner.
Another spoke in a spirit work on the spirit.
This is came forward and stood before the Lord. I said I will persuade him.
Then the Lord said to him, what, why, so he said I will go out to be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his fault. That's not a good Holy Spirit.
But what he will spirit lying spirit and the Lord said, you shall persuade him and also prevail….But orders do a big go out and do so. Therefore, look, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth. All these prophets of yours and the Lord has declared disaster against you. This is amazing past the first couple things on the understand first voluntary standards in control. There is not a battle between God and the devil.
The devil is a created me. God is the creator God is in charge and God will use the enemy to fulfill his purposes. Sometimes God is completely and totally in charge of everything you have Lord sitting on his throne, and a lying spirit in God giving him orders God's in control when you open the door because you trust in your own wisdom that you're smart enough and you don't listen to people who say stop stop stop, you're in trouble. This wisdom, by the way at J St. talks about trace three verse 14 says, but if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not mow so I guess the truth will watch carefully. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic is a demon talking to you. You think it's got because you trust in your own wisdom and not in the Lord. No one can correct you are smarter than everybody. You're smarter than everyone else to provide you pride you have an open door, you have an open door.
There's no doubt about it. So would God ever grant permission for Satan to attack a believer absolute.
We just saw with Peter. He said Satan asked if he was given permission.
He asked for Job and then you got Ahab but here he very carefully.
Why would God listen very carefully. It's always that's all it's always always for your good parent ever spank a child sure for his good because you don't want to go 1. Proverbs 1619. Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall, subscription only quoted Obama says pride goes before a fall will say that set a haughty spirit goes for fall said pride goes before destruction, so will you have pride in your life what's going to happen and be destroyed. So what is God doing in his grace so that you going to bondage so they did not say God 73 God set you free. If you cry out to be continuing pride will be destroyed when it's it's like pushing someone out of the way of an oncoming bus they're going to fall down on the pavement, but they get scratched up. Maybe breakable but they didn't get killed exact what God got say I don't want you to be destroyed.
Think about this Peter and Joe had Satan come against but they repented.
Peter became one of the preeminent apostles in the New Testament church. Joe had everything. Satan still restored by twice as much, but I have been repaired but watch the Scripture first Kings 22 verse 34. Now a certain man drew a bow at random and instruct the king of Israel between the joints of his arm may have died but God warned in God's perhaps he told us going to happen if you don't listen to say this will you remember, pride is stressing your own strength, your righteousness, your words listen. Pride is a trap strong, the righteous and the wise following treatment. If you don't trust in the Lord Street the Lord's righteousness in the Lord what you just take a moment to think about what classroom which and listen to what the Holy Spirit is seen if you want to connect with us or check out some of Pastor Roberts. Other messages please visit Pastor Robert.com and if you haven't already, go follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as we can be a part of your community. Thank you again for joining us today. Next time, Pastor Robert will discuss some other doors that believers open to the enemy and the weight we hope you have a peaceful and blessed