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June 19, 2019 3:00 am
Father and son were climbing a mountain, and then they came to a place where the climbing was so difficult and even dangerous, and the father asked the son to wait while he investigated the road ahead, but halfway through this treacherous road is the father gingerly navigating he heard a voice submitting freeze in place and the voice was that of his son right behind him saying choose a good path. Dad, I am coming right behind you.
I think of this one thing parents can be sure of it.
Is this that their children are following in the pass.
The children are watching where they're going and following them, whether we like it or not it's a fact that our children are watching what we do more than what we say to them, and if our children see us to put our trust in God they going to grow up putting their trust in God. If our children see us to be contented and to be at peace with God to be thankful to God for all the blessings that is given us, our children are going to grow up to be contented and to be at peace with God. Thankful to God for all the blessings that is given them. If our children hear us speak the truth.
All of the time they gonna grow up speaking the truth all of the time when our children see us say the same thing to people's faces as we do behind their backs. They gonna grow up to do the same.
Please hear me right when the Bible talks about generational sin as far as I am concerned, it does not necessarily mean something genetic as much as it is a learned behavior.
Abraham lied about Sarah his wife. Not once but twice. What does Isaac do he lies about his wife Rebecca in the same fashion. The grandson son and grandson Jacob lied to his father Isaac lying has become a generational sin and that family. Why, because children and grandchildren are watching their parents there watching their grandparents and they're seeing what they're doing, far more than they instructed in say of illustrate this for a moment by telling a story story happened after Pres. Lincoln was assassinated. Mrs. Lincoln summoned Mr. Parker, who was his body guard of the time into her room. Why will you not at the door to keep the assassin out. She demanded Mr. Parker with his head bowed down he he replied.
He said I have bitterly repented of it but I didn't believe that anyone who tried to kill so good a man in such a public place and that belief made me careless. I was attracted by the play that I did not see this as session entering the bar, you should have seen him, you had no business to be careless. Mrs. Lincoln said this while she fell back on her pillow and covered her face with her hands and with deep emotions. She said go now. It is not you that I can't forgive, it is the assassin I'm telling you the story for a reason and it is to tell you this, Ted.
The president son had spent that miserable night beneath his daddy's desk in the executive office after he heard the dialogue between his mother and the bodyguard. He was heard to be saying if Pa had lived, he would have forgiven the man who shot him. Paul forgave everybody know whatever your views and Lincoln is you have to believe in you have to understand that the young son had been watching his dad had been listening to his dad have been observing his dad and he knew that his dad was a forgiving man. I want to tell your fathers and mothers.
Please listen listen very carefully because when I'm telling you is the truth of the word of God like you, the real legacy we give our children is not money is not material possessions.
It is not prestige or frame, but the real legacy that will be thought children is our walk with God. That is a real legacy in this series of messages entitled how God works. We have a huge example of how children not only watch their parents but they follow in the parents footsteps. Ahab and Jezebel lived a godless lifestyle so that the children Ahab and Jezebel compromised their faith in the worship of Yahweh, and they made Yahweh to be in the image of bail and their children did the same second Kings chapter 1 after Ahab died, his son Hezekiah became king and in less then two years on the throne. Two years. That's it.
He was leaning into a latticework and he fell through that S from the upper chamber in the palace and Samaria, and he was seriously injured. So he sent messengers out telling them to grow to inquire of Beelzebub, the God of Akron whether I'm going to recover from this injury, or am I going to die like father like son. I could not help as I was sitting there before God and trying to prepare this message from the word of God.
I couldn't help but think of Isaiah, perhaps saw his daddy celebrating all the Jewish holidays, but privately he trusted in bail at Hezekiah perhaps saw his father pay lip service to his Jewish heritage and privately he talked more about radio than Yahweh at Hezekiah perhaps saw his daddy King Ahab go to the Jewish temple on Saturday but then for the rest of the week he bowed to the idols of Jezebel at Hezekiah perhaps observed how I have his father had his own brand of religion is old idea of God's own brand of morality, his own brand of ethics and desire followed in his father's footsteps. Listen to me. Children are watching the world is watching. They want to know how a Christian walk.
They want to know how a leader walk for when I Hezekiah got into trouble. What did he do did he go down to the living God, Yahweh asked for help. No minister look to find if there is a God here know that his famous find Elijah so he can pray for me know when he got into trouble.
He went to consult bells about. In fact, he can go further than this. In the history of Israel.
When the kingdom was split after the death of King Solomon. One of Solomon's boys. Jeroboam, who became the king of the northern kingdom. The kingdom of Israel was such a wicked boy was such an evil king that he had set the theme for the next 19 canteens to be wicked and evil desire was no different. He turned to the occult for the revelation about the future, my friends, I want to tell you there are millions upon millions upon millions of Americans today who are turning to the psychic hotline and to the psychic networks enter channeling all kinds of cultic powerful counsel and some of them go to church on Sunday. There are so many skeptical journalists today on recent times they have brought their household seal of approval on these so-called traders in channeling the dead and the tragedy is listen carefully, God is not amused. God does not take blood thinner likely in the very fact that he is patient and that he is merciful and that he is waiting. It doesn't mean that he is not angry in this series of messages entitled how God works. I wanted to look at how God deals with the Hebrew king with the Jewish king. The king of Israel who consulted the occult and God might be patient, but he will always have the last word. Can you Hezekiah when he was injured. He wanted to know what is going to dial if so the first thing he thought about is what he heard from his daddy and his daddy always bail very seriously, so he sends these messengers to Akron where they had a God, God is Beelzebub and the worship that God is going to ask him because he's not to be the God of the future and an invitation to my daddy, I want to find out my going to die or magenta live with all the boys left over that the father's even small boys scary heard about young Billy who was allowed to sit in his father seated the dining room table when his daddy was out of town on business and he was really excited to be sitting at the chair but is slightly older sister was not very excited about that and she resented this fact and she resented this arrangement and she sneered and she said saw you are the father tonight. What is 2×7 and without a moments hesitation Billy's reply in a nonchalant way. I am busy. Ask your mother, and her desire was imitating his father Ahab. Instead of coming in brokenness and contrite heart, Yahweh, God, instead of coming in brokenness and repentance and asking God to heal him, asking God to forgive him. He went to inquire of the God of the flies for. That's what Beelzebub means, let me explain that to you and tell you what Beelzebub is all about. You know he is mentioned in the Old Testament 4×4 times. All of them in this chapter. Second Kings chapter 1 you see it in verse two, verse three verse six and verse 16.
The all here in one chapter, Beelzebub is strange and eerie name.
As with my sound was a very powerful God.
And when you know that he was a storefront, you will understand what I'm talking about earlier in the series of messages I told you what bail me bail means Lord our God, and in the Hebrew language. The words of Bob as a verb, means I fly effect is the same in Aramaic and in Arabic in its very ugliness that word means the God of the fly, Beelzebub, that's what it means the God of the flies. Akron was one of five major cities and Philistine and it was the center of worshiping of Beelzebub not only the God of the flies, but he was called the God of the future. Why was that so big because back in the Middle East in those days used to have plagues all flies and I'll talk about a plague I am talking about millions and millions and millions of flies that go everywhere.
I'm telling you this is like the worst horror movie that you've ever seen.
I'm in the flies are in your food on your face on your body on your bed in the streets in the home and you cannot get rid of them. They did not have appellants Megan needs to be terrified of the plague of the flies and they believe that Beelzebub was the God of the fly and Beelzebub sent these plagues when he is angry and, therefore, in order to appease him to stop these plagues. They would absolutely bow down and worship him in order to resend the plagues and appease bills above, Beelzebub was also known to supposedly know what's going on and knows the future. So what you do if you want to know there is a romance in the air. If you want to know that if you going to come into some money or not. If you want to know if your job is secure or not. So what you do it all the 900 numbers you get one of the prophets or prophetesses of Beelzebub and most research says that those people's predictions are 80% wrong. Another 20%.
I'm sure is good guess, but it doesn't matter. Many of our people in this country feel good. $50 later and they feel good about talking to somebody who supposedly guess I could knows the future. They feel good until they get the telephone bill and then the really get sick of heard people say this is just harmless fun. It is not harmless fun. Listen to him return with Mick to Matthew chapter 12 am going to tell you about this harmless fun. Matthew 1222 marketing your Bible cross-referenced with their you going to find information as to who Beelzebub is.
Who is that fortuneteller where is that fortuneteller is coming from. What is is God of the flies is all about the Bible, so they brought to Jesus, a blind, mute demon possessed. Jesus healed them saw he could both talk and see a marvelous release of marvelous deliverance of a blind speechless prisoner of demon. In verse 23. All of the people were astonished and they said could this be the son of David, what do they mean by this. Every faithful Jew knew that when the Messiah comes, is going to deliver them from the power of Satan. Every faithful Jew understood that the mark of the Messiah ship is going to be power over Satan power over the demons and what they were saying.
Can this be the Messiah. Can this be the son of David that people were absolutely ecstatic at what has happened within keep going and look at the predictable reaction of the Pharisees is not barred Beelzebub the prince of demons that this fella casts out demons. That's what we talk about Jesus and Jesus knew what they were thinking.
He rebuked them. He rebuked their unbelief. And he told that Satan does not cast out Satan that a kingdom that is divided cannot stand in the point is this.
The Lord himself acknowledged the reality of that sinister demonic force known as Beelzebub the prince of demons, and when you are even tempted to look up the horoscope or on a psychic hotline, or consult paternalist or use Ouija boards or tariff cards or have counseling from a new age counselor you are dealing with a storefront of Beelzebub. Satan himself, you're opening yourself to such dangers that I cannot even explain young people listen to me.
I want to tell you, young and old, that this is not harmless fun in getting you are playing with fire you attempting God, you are opening yourself up to demonic forces. Look at verse three of second Kings one, the angel of the Lord comes to a large and speaks to him and he said, arise meet these messengers. The king is sending them and this must be on the Mount, and the reason I think it's what he was sitting on Mount caramel is because it's about halfway between Samaria and crawl, so he stopped him halfway. And the king knew that they didn't make it all the way down there and he sent them back is gone. Tell your king is it because there is no God in Israel that you're going to inquire of Beelzebub, the God of Akron. Now, there has been 10 years from the top and we saw Elijah confronting Ahab and Naboth.
From that time on that has been 10 years.
Elijah is now ready to confront the second-generation of this godless family. Elijah gets up and he meets these messengers on the way down to Akron and he tells them exactly what the Lord told him there is no God in Israel that you're going down to consult Beelzebub, the God of Akron. This is what the Lord said, you will not leave the bed on which a lot you will certainly die. Imagine the scene messengers go back to Kenya has I and to deliver the bad news.
This guy met us and that he said will describing he knew it. Is it that has a larger. He's been a pain in the side of my father, his now pain in my side to tell you, my dear friends, I wanted to listen carefully. Some of you know this already. Some of you have noticed that when you live a godly life in the midst of your ungodly family members or ungodly business associates or ungodly neighbors wherever you might be you are a pain in the side I don't go out of your way to be one you really are. The reason you are. One is because your very nature of godly walk.
The very nature of your godly living has become a painter that has become a challenge and a frustration to them is both intriguing and irritation. It is both an enigma and a review and eventually they have to act one of two ways. They either gonna repent. Are they gonna be more angry is that they are going to turn to God will be enraged and this is happening right here in this passage of second Kings chapter 1 with Isaiah, Elijah's message and review him could make him a parent and he could turn to God, but he didn't. He became enraged to become angry and he rejected God altogether. This king like his father, rather than repent at the word of the living God. He chose bitterness and anger toward the man of God. So the king sends another company 50 to eliminate Elijah. Verse nine, the captain said to the man of God. The king says come down. You got understand the Hebrew language. This is insinuating this is disrespectful versus being irreverent, this is scornful this is rude. This is contemptuous way of speaking to the prophets of the nation today. This will be like equivalent to look at somebody's in Hellier goody two shoes come down and Elijah said well if on the man of God, my fire come down from heaven and consume you and the 50 of them with this.
And you like to do that sometimes.
I'm so grateful that God is God, king still with Dr. print he sends another 50 and this Capt. does the same thing in the same thing happens in the first group comes in. The captain of the full GroupWise.he said look, the king may be a full the other captains may have been fools. I am not going to be a fool and he comes in humility and in respect to the man of God asking him to come and you know what happened. God said to him because of the humility of this Capt. go with his ideological down with my life is no longer afraid like he was with Jezebel you know why because he's now growing in obedience to the word of God and his going on the authority of the word of God. He waited for word from the Lord. The Lord said, you go there, he goes all the way to the king's bedroom and he looks a banana set design of God in Israel that you send consultants to consultant inquire of Akron's God, Beelzebub, I'm telling you you going to drop dead and he drops. Some of you probably saying why in the world do you get these obscure passages from the Bible and you make an issue of them. Today I want to tell you why. In all seriousness, because I believe that our God is the same yesterday today and forever, and the way we see God at work in the Scripture should teach you should teach me to know what pleases him. And what displeases him what honors him. What dishonors him. The very fact that you acted quickly back then it should not make us think now that he is not acting again like that. In fact, what is happening here was a fulfillment of God's warnings hundreds of years before. If you look at Leviticus 1931. Listen to it. God said do not turn to mediums or seek out spirit this for you will be defiled by them and in Leviticus 20.
In verse six, God said, I will set my face against the person who turns to the medium. In the spirit God's judgment is not an arbiter judgment. God's judgment on the comes after all the warning.
Whether you are in the generational sin and whether you feel caught up whatever you feel and that you're in the bondage. It would be erroneous. It would be untrue if I will stop here because the Bible gives us the good news and the good news is found in the rest of Matthew chapter 12, where we saw how Jesus delivered this man from demon possession where he was accused of being an agent of Beelzebub is what Jesus told the Pharisees verse 29 of Matthew 12 how can anyone interest strange man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first lies up the strongman and then he can rob his house is what Jesus is saying that he knew the Lord Jesus Christ, the son of God has entered into Beelzebub's very house and he bound him, and he set out his demons and out, he sent out his minions of hell scurrying and running here and there and everywhere releasing his people from captivity. Philippians tells us that the Lord Jesus Christ disarms a principality he disarmed the powers he disarmed them from their weapons, which they used against God.
Only Jesus Christ has the power to set you free today why because by going to the cross of Calvary. Jesus disarmed Satan by going to the cross of Calvary. Jesus bound the strongman and he no longer have hold over Jesus's people. Whatever bondage you are under today whether you feel it's been a generational bondage or personal bondage. Jesus can set you free.
Right now, from those generational bondage the sins that bound you that harassed you and maybe now binding and harassing your children, you can be set free. That is a good news of the gospel from the strongholds that you seeing in your parents life with which you yourself still struggling.
Jesus can set you free. You no longer have to live in fear. You no longer have to live in anxiety. You no longer have to take a pill to pop you up in the pill to make you sleep and the question is this the you want to be freed. They want to be freed from anger and resentment and self-pity they want to be freed from the controlling spirit. You will be freed from spirit of criticism. A critical spirit. You will be freed from the strongholds in your life. Jesus has already bound the strongman on the cross.
The fact that you have not felt its effect is because you have not come under the blood of Jesus Christ and what you need to do is to come under his power. Shall we stand father, you know, our hearts, you know, the very depths of our hearts and our feelings are not emotions father you know where we stand spiritually with you, and therefore we can fake it with you love God, I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus in the power of that name to be changed, broken today. Father I pray there be a strength that like we've never known before to stand up under your blood and in the power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Father God. We know that your promises are true. We know that your promises are right and we know that you cannot live because your God. Therefore, Lord Jesus, we come to you every one of us to stand under that authority and will ask you to power and strengthen these servant of yours as we stand here, Lord Jesus, declaring that we are free men and women ready to serve you with all of our hearts. Father God, I pray that in the mighty name of Jesus and I thank you for answering this spring.
In Jesus name, amen. Thanks for listening to this message from Dr. Michael. You sat recently featured on leading the way. If you'd like to know more about us, please visit LTW.org that's LTW.Ward