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Reversing Addiction Consequences

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January 21, 2021 7:00 am

Reversing Addiction Consequences

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January 21, 2021 7:00 am

Many Christians live their life like POWs prisoners of war unable to break free from the sins that hold them hostage. But in this lesson, Dr. Tony Evans says there is an escape plan in the works, and it comes straight from Scripture.

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Dr. Tony Evans is there's a way to escape the flaws and failures that keep us trapped celebrating. This is the alternative Dr. Tony Evans, author, speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the alternative.

Many Christians live their lives like spiritual POW unable to break free from the sins that hold them hostage. There's an escape route in place to come straight from Scripture. Let's join Dr. Evans as he tells us about it. I want to talk about the consequence of the diction that shreds my soul kills relationships because you find yourself caught. That's not you, there is somebody in your circle of influence who finds themselves addicted the biblical word for what the world calls addiction is strong. Thus ritual nature of the addiction. Stay with me here. I want you to follow me to second Caribbean's chapter 10 verse two says that when I am present. I need not to be molded with the confidence with which I propose to be courageous getting some God's as if we well according to the flesh, for though we walk in the flesh, we do not walk according to the flesh for the weapons of our warfare are not the flesh, but divinely powerful for the distraction of fortresses we are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. The problem of addiction has to do with a lofty thing. See the phrase he said this lofty thing in those five have been raised against the knowledge of God, so let me define the lofty thing. The Greek word in the abortive partition. We want to have to classrooms in the same space we allow the petition. This petition is lofty. It goes from the floor to the ceiling and we close it to divide the room so that we can have two separate classes as opposed to having one bigger class. So we divided the way lofty thing now. The reason we divide the room if all the information that's happened room doesn't cross over to the meeting in capital. We want the content to be prorated so that one room is not enough bearing with another room. What Paul is saying is the reason why we stated David is because of our partition in the mind. There is a blockage in the mind. He says speculations and thoughts raised the petition against the knowledge of God. So what made that Nancy set up a partition in the mind so that the true God can't get through because he partial all your thinking. Your speculation and your thought, no matter how many started you here it can cross over to the other room because the other room with contradictory information that may be what the knowledge of God to cross over into calls with other information on the half of the room because that information, knowledge, and speculation against the knowledge of God. So the lofty thing if contradicting what God says what God thinks so that it doesn't go all the way through. So what happens is that the enemy is able to keep the truth of God from infiltrating your thought patterns so that you had everyone's moment and defeat unlovable. Now the biblical word for this lofty thing is double mindedness is the job of Satan to keep you thinking into waves at the same time.

Mind you, getting God's thoughts on Sunday and is in the room you have his thoughts on Monday because if he can get you to have God's thoughts on Sunday but getting his thoughts on Monday. He can keep God's thoughts from penetrating all of you. Therefore, God's thoughts don't last long so if that's the problem. We do this we begin now to remove the petition so there is no longer a division in the mind that now God's knowledge flows through and the fortresses destroyed and all the speculation is holding me hostage. He says in John chapter 8 verse 31 and 32. If you continue in my words.

Your truly my disciples and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.

Only are going to be freed by the truth today that nobody will disagree with that said another way, you will only be freed by the truth, not what you believe to be true. We Will run right, I know my truth and what has your truth gotten you know know know it's not what you believe to be true. Not talking about truth, some truth truth about the truth. Truth refers to an absolute standard by which reality is measured. It is an absolute standard by which reality is measured and truth always sits outside of you and one of the raisins. People stay in stronghold because they're living on truth. Truth on some TV programs truth on some cultural truth and not the truth. The absolute standard by which reality is revealed here is one of the biggest falsehoods that keep us in custody and locked up spiritually stronghold a spiritual addiction and that is trying to get the flesh to fix the flesh. Paul said in the Scripture we just read is the greatest.

We do not walk according to the flesh, the flesh can't fix the flesh, you can try to manage it and try to force it down.

Try to make a New Year's resolution you can promise you that will do it again. You can talk to yourself. You can go to the counselor you can take medication but if it's a spiritual issue. What will do is go to the thing that's the problem to fix the problem. This is no what you must do first and foremost is continuing my truth of the word continue means to hang out by stating to loiter. That's what the continue or bind, you must abide in the truth abide in the truth we visited we come when listening to the word of God. Most of us will note next Sunday what we heard this because we don't abide in it, visited no recent to have victory over the master of sin, you must abide in the truth. So if you are battling something in your life and your Christian is not a Christian is a whole other ballgame. Could you have the spirit to help you if you are a Christian you have the spirit but the spirit is the spirit of truth to you got abide in the truth. So here's what I want you to do this week. Every day I want you to read Romans six, seven, eight, that those three chapters Romans 670, why is Roma 678 is will tell you the truth about the master call soon. Whatever that sin is in chapter 6, Paul is going tell you about your new identity and crises will tell you you been baptized with Christ and you are not who you used to be because were buried with him in baptism raise with them into a new life so that sin is a lie to you and tell you to ship your identification in your notice in Christ and therefore does not consider your old person. Dan is going tell you, you must now identify yourself as Jesus Christ identifies you look on the chapter 7 and is compiled like struggle.

I had some things in my life is what it is, which is good. You can put your stuff in the chapter he says and I struggled in the thing I didn't want to do the things I didn't wanted to Come back and I resisted and showed up again until I got chapter 8 and understood the power of the Holy Spirit that the law of the Spirit is greater then the law of sin and death, so that in verse 13 he said I have no longer any obligation to the flesh when I understood that I got this supernatural peace when it's time to the truth. Dr. Evans will come back with advice for believers who read the Bible, but have a hard time understanding its message that's coming up after these thoughts from Tony on 40 years of faithfulness that so many ways that God is demonstrating his faithfulness to me into this ministry over these 40 years, you know, there were times when we just weren't sure we were going to make it.

We got down to our last paycheck. After that there was no money to pay anyone. I remember a Starbucks special prayer time and asking God to intervene and then out of nowhere a donors heart was touched they wrote us a note and said God placed it on my heart to send you this gift was able to sustain us until we were able to rebuild so I am not a doubter about the greatness of God going to speak and I'm certainly grateful for all the friends he's given us who been faithful to. I'm very grateful for 40 years, seen his kind hand faith is the urban alternative is celebrating 40 years of God's faithfulness.

Look forward to seeing where he leads us in the future right now. I wanted let you know that today's message is part of Tony's powerful series you turn reversing spiritual consequences. This series is proven to be a valuable resource to help undo the negative results of bad choices and that's why he's written a new book to further illuminate the matter is called U-turns reversing the consequences in your life and it's the perfect complement to what we been learning about today the book and 12 message series focus on parts of your life or you may have taken wrong turns areas like fear and anxiety financial challenges addiction issues since they passed down through generations and more.

Regardless of where you've been and where you're currently heading these powerful lessons can get you moving in God's direction, so we're offering them as our gift to you.

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Dr. Evans has put together again. You can get all the details when you call 1-800-800-3222 or visit Tony I have her contact information for you again after part two of today's lesson and this it's beyond this Sunday sermon a chance to really dig into the Bible and the kingdom in a new way anytime and anywhere because it's all online. The Tony Evans training center, in-depth courses, all kinds of topics cultural transformation intro to expository preaching June Josh Hebrews, Old Testament, New Testament, and so much more. These are sermons their teaching courses to help you engage understand Scripture and not just to hear about, but to explore the kingdom of God on your own. Find out Tony ever you saying think what I mean. Agreement understand and understand.

Do you take medicine you don't understand you go to the doctor you say I'm hurt.

He writes a prescription, you don't know what he wrote to the pharmacist you get the medicine you will know all the stuff that's in that medicine, but what you do with you ingested you to use with its warm even when you don't now. Sure, we ought to seek to understand the word of God while you are taking the time to see if you just keep taking it in and continue with the ability to do it. If you continue in so if you're going with something. If you are a believer this week.

Read chapter 6, seven and eight the book of Romans all over again and let them see how you because when you continue in my word, you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. It becomes popular, so it's been ingested and we will do that we listen to us Sunday church something he just said, if you will continue in my word to hang out.

The truth will make you free. But in verse 36 and sense.

So if the son makes you free, you will be free and be in the first one. The truth will make me free, but in the second one the sun sets me free. So what happens between being made free and being set free and was the Deborah between being free and free and differently if somebody comes in you in jail and comes up to you and says someone is just posted bail for you so somebody is pay what you need to get out now now now I'm free but you still in jail free because they have been posted. But you're not.

But you are free but then I got to do paperwork paperwork so between being free and being the word of God post bail but the son has the key to the lock bail makes you free.

The son sets you free. It is rarely the knowledge of the Bible. It is the relationship that produces the experience of the freedom that you have Hebrews chapter 4 verse 12 the word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword says it's alive.

The book is alive is about, but it's alive with the book does put Hebrews 412. She says it was for 12 book, the word of God when taken in my soul and spirit. The reason why we stay trapped in certain things is because the soul and spirit are not divided they all mixed up Del Valle intertwine because things have not been separated so that which is God is God and that which is not is not so.

We got all mixed depth, but he says with the word of God coming. It separates the soul and the spirit so that they become two distinct realities and you know what's what was done what I want to do this and do it make sense that cuts between the two children to segment but then after he said that it comes to verse 13 and he said all things may bear before his eyes.but in verse 13 he thought about 20 takes the word written and God the person when the word connects with the written word. So not only bail posted but Jesus comes with the key when the sets you free.

You are operating in the 24 $0.34 when June. They said he has risen indeed the same in the because Jesus Christ never stop living after he died on the cross is not on the cross was very much alive on Saturday as it was on Friday.

The Scripture says that on Saturday he went to Seo to preach victory to the so that it so Jesus Christ was ever live on Sandy as he was off on Saturday was still laying in the tomb was spiritually alive, but he was not likely alive, but as the prisoner would say on Sunday morning. The little while before day job was already true became was already real. You could say it's one thing to be in jail and have somebody posted bail. All job and stop when folks see you walk out of the jail house and say that you are free freedom on Sunday morning in 1863 Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation but folk in Texas and Louisiana and saw didn't find out about it till June 19, 1865. So that was between legal freedom and the experience of freedom, not because the proclamation had been sometimes it was God's fault didn't know about so one reason you can stay is because nobody told you to be free on the cross, Jesus enjoy emancipation trust price is ready want to know what to put this in no time. You know freedom is free is free and only if you continue you continuing this is where you call on like a great man. Years ago, 19 3303 if you have an experience the freedom that comes from having your sins forgiven your life turned completely around drop by Tony Avenue and start org today and click on the link that says Jesus there. Tony will explain to you exactly what it means to become a real Christian connect you with information and free resources you can use to start your new life. Don't wait. Drop by Tony Avenue today and while you're there, be sure to request your copy of that special package I mentioned earlier Tony's brand-new U-turns book and 12 message teaching series on CD and digital download there. Yours is our thank you gift when you make a donation to help support Tony's ministry. Just visit Tony before the special, limited time offer runs out or collar 24 hour resource Center at 1-800-800-3222 and let one of our team members help you. And don't forget Dr. Evans is also put together a companion U-turns Bible study kit complete with custom video sessions onto DVD discs.

You can find out more from one of our resource team members at 1-800-800-3222 or go online to Tony when next time Dr. Evans will tell us about the biblical cure for the epidemic of debt that cripples families ruins marriages and threatens our economy. I hope you join us, the alternative with Dr. Tony advances brought to you by the alternative celebrating 40 years of faithfulness, thanks to the generous contributions of listeners like you

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