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February 28, 2021 7:00 am
Worship in the word with pastor Robert today were starting a series called free in this series. Pastor Robert discusses the different kinds of doors we might inadvertently leave open how we can close them and what Jesus meant when he said we shall be free.
While this is an incredible message. So let's join Pastor series called free indeed. I'm basing a series only Scripture that if your job reference them. John 836 is he whom the son makes three is free and the only thing was very, very important for you to be here and why Satan will do everything he can to stop you from hearing this series in particular because he does not want to get caught and when a thief is caught, he has to restore what he has stolen; that Scripture Proverbs are not not making that up. He doesn't want to get caught and most believers are not free in the because they don't believe that they can indeed be in bondage when Jesus makes this statement in John 836 is actually speaking to believers. So, is it possible for a believer to be in bondage were going to answer that question Mark chapter 5 verse one then they came to him then I came to the other side of the sea to the country of the Gadarenes. This is the city of Gandara so they called it the Gadarenes that lived there only come out about immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit.
And this is one of the ways the Bible refers to a demon who had his dwelling among the tunes. In other words, he lived in the cemetery and no one could bind him not a new change because he'd often been bound with shackles and chains and the chains have been pulled apart by him and the shackles broken in pieces. Neither could anyone tame him and always night and day. He was in the mountains and in the tunes crying out and cutting himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped him word worship Roscoe Mayo the Great Lakes to bow down and he cried out with a loud voice, saying, what about it with you, Jesus not only say seven therefore I say this verse seven. This is actually the demon talking through the voice of the man that this is the demon talking and you will understand why because of what he says and the next verse tells Jesus authority spoken. Before this, we just can then reverse order in the writing verse seven and he cried out with a loud voice and said this is the demon talking, what have I to be with you, Jesus, son of the most high God, I implore you by God that you do not torment me safe I would be the man because Jesus would form in my that's the spirit. Talking and in verse eight tells us Jesus Artie said something for four he said to him, summer, Sadie had already said to him, come out of the man, unclean spirit of Jesus Artie told come out and he's the one about a new with you.
Please don't torment me. Verse nine.
They asked him what is your name outlet look at Megan for moment is not talking to the man is talking to the demon that's in the land and and the demon answers yes and what is your name and he answered said my name is Legion for we are many. This let you know Legion is a Roman word which means 6826 soldiers referred to a troop of soldiers, 6826 located this guy was demonized, my name is Legion for we are men. Also he begged him earnestly that he would not send him out of the country. Demonic spirits like to stay where they are to have a strong vote now large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains so all the demons, not just one now all the demons begged him, saying, send us to the swine, that we may enter them and he wants Jesus gave them permission.
Then the unclean spirits went out and in the swine. There were about 2000 at least 2000 demons, and the herd ran violently down the steep place in the sea and drowned in the sea, so those who fed the swine fled, and they told it in the city and in the country and they went out to see what it was that it happened. Then they came to Jesus and saw the one who had been demon possessed and had the Legion city and clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid you thought it would say, and they were happy and those who so I told them how it happened to him who had been demon possessed completely define that word today and about the swine. Then I begin to plead with him to depart from their region. You would think that would apply to him start teaching seminars or something and we got in the boat. He had been demon possessed begged him that he might be with him. However, Jesus not permit him but said him go go home to your friends member. He didn't live at home.
He lived in the mountains and the cemetery and tell them what phase the Lord has done for you, and how he has had compassion on you and he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him and all Marvel now just a couple things here. One is Decapolis is not a city of 10 cities Decca meaning 10 from the Greek word is actually to Greek cities.
Polish me like a Metropolitan area Metroplex is where we get that that turn from so this guy goes and proclaims what happened. These demonized and you get set for demon possessed a get set for fantastic sport there.
Couple things I want to talk about his stories. Okay, here's the first one, number one, there really are demons because Jesus set this man free of the word demon is in the Bible.
New King James version 82 times are some valid versions. 80 times that you're simply that they translate the word little differently in those versions. 61 times. It's in the Gospels.
We got it. The word in the Gospels where Jesus is directly dealing with the mentor talking about things, Jesus himself coming to talk about the one of the reasons that I think that so much of the Gospels is because no one ever have authority over demons until Jesus can and he had authority and the he begin to immediately confront demonic strongholds in bondage.
Demons are come from the fallen angels K1 third fell just like that math man my mind I thought wow that means for everyone that's against Mayfair to formic so we got about number 2 to 1 just just so you know and it's not that baby say waving to do one more their tough only say they're not as tough as you think.
In Jesus name, because when God decides to throw Satan in the pit. He doesn't even come and do it himself. The only send one angel of demons came from from fallen Angels they are disembodied spirits listen they're looking for a body they enter bodies.
They inhabit bodies.
They were in the body of this man, not a soul or spirit.
They were in his body. Okay, there are demons special data.
Otherwise, we got cut out a lot of the Bible. I love Jesus in ministry there. There is a horrible heretical line of thought that there were really cheap demons, but Jesus pretended to cast demons out because the culture believed in demons when he was here you can find missing in several commenters, but like I let Lenny Lenny read you on this about one commenter says, but demon possessed people. These are persons afflicted with especially severe diseases, either bodily or mentally whose bodies know what, what's this heresy in the opinion of the Jews demons had entered and their care was thought to require the expulsion of the as if they believe that Jesus pretended to go along with our that's a desecration of the Scripture, though never get caught up in something like that. Let me read you a a few scriptures Matthew 816, when EMEA come, they brought to him. Many who were demon possessed. As the Bible says they were doing with possessed any cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who would take what would Bob say cast nothing were there. Matthew nine 3233 as they went out, behold, they brought him a man knew and demon possessed and when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke and the multitude marveled, saying it was never sing like this in his room. Matthew 1718 and Jesus rebuked the demon and get came out of him and the child was cured from that very hour. Mark 314 and 15 then he appointed 12, that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons.
Mark 612 and 13 so they went out and preached that people should repent, and they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and building Mark 1617 and these signs will follow those who believe in my name they will cast out demons.
They will speak with new terms of your Cypress White CS Lewis says that there are two groups of people that Satan absolutely loves and gets excited over the skeptic and the superstitious is a little like there are people who see a demon behind every bush that there superstitious people. But there are people who say that demons don't exist. Never have existed, or they don't exist today. They just existing Jesus that the skeptic, and here's what CS Lewis says Satan loves both those dots because they're both embodiments are both in the section that there are people that when I start talking, not demon settle pastor. Let's not talk about that stuff in there other people. If you like abilities get into the good stuff. Okay listen to me if you're here on those camps, you need to move to the middle in the wrong camp right were not skeptics and were not superstitious. We don't deny them, but they are there, and Jesus came to set us free. You'll never get free if you don't know that you can be among Jack Hayford says it this way, you can't cast out the flesh and you can't disciple of the he can't cast out the flesh and you can't disciple a demon. In other words their people and simply say it's just the flask you just need more discipline in your life and the other site. Now you got a demon and and. And the reason that you can't, you know I do this or do that or do this. That's because you got demon and and and they try to think that deliverance is answering like here's the age-old debate. Do we need discipleship. Deliverance is the answer. Yes, because you can't cast out the flesh and you can't disciple of the human eye.
Following its both when I realized that I had demonic bondage in my life I was saved. I love the Lord. Debbie and I were married I got got saved after we got married I started leaving ministry. I was still very, very much in bondage to lust and even immorality.
And yet I was saved was in my early 20s, and James Robison started sharing with me in his home about demons and shortly Scripture after Scripture at the Scripture that demons can take Christians in the in bondage and I remember we had ice cream I'm in red eyes. I remember saying to Metro Boston way way way way because I can see where is going. I sent you saying I have demons and James and his very gracious voice at all. You got a whole flocculant and I got so upset and it's never happened since it never had before. I let my ice cream out you know I'm just sat there thinking I got demons discuss content in my gut, I got demon that would happen, the more he went to the Lord, listen to me, the more hope I had because I thought liking it from the solicitor.
We don't get upset when I'm telling you that you could have a problem in this area you get excited because the great thing is, Jesus takes your problems, and 3030 years of this revenue ministry 3333 years now and only people I've ever seen.
The can't get free are the people that wanted myth among pension people. If you listed minute you get for someone that there really are demons.
Number two, they really do enter people they really do enter people of John T and I will get the Lieut. moment John T and Jesus said verse one most assuredly mostly shirtless is very true. I'm telling he does not enter on, you know, sort, enter the sheep follow what Lenore with deceitful reps. It would not be where the sheep are believers, intricacy by the door and he's the door, but climbs some other way into the sheepfold.
That's where they're going the same as a thief and Robert and verse 10 we know the thief does not come except to steal, kill and destroy.
Here's what he saying that they can get him he can't come through me. But in getting some other way, and he will do everything he can to get into the sheep. Some other way and he doesn't copy does not company not want to miss what the verse I think you know the Bible says the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy its order says that not really the were going all the reclaimed year, but says he does not come except in other words, he cellular me tell you, the only reason she's coming every time he comes he's going to steal from you kill your destroy Jesus else. Very emphatic. This ligature okay. Can a Christian be demon possessed. Well let's explain this word and go back to original language. The word demon possessed it in the Greek is Damo nine which would be the word demon so mine means to possess. So to translate it demon possessed is okay.
I really think like a better translation is demonized, but to translate demon possessed is okay other than the fact that we did not and teach people at the work assessments here because there are two Greek word for possession one is ownership. This is not the word for ownership of this word means to gain mastery over map mastery would be the exact literal but let me give some synonyms that to gain control over to have power over that their District Court is used another place. New Testament, Luke 2119 it says by your patients possess your souls pick it what it when Jesus will be saying owners also because he told us to give our souls to him. He said if you don't lose your soul and you will is given what the Bible says you bought with a price. You don't hear you are not your own urine belonging so Jesus would be say and in the end times, which is what this chapter shall not, you need to own your soul. Again, the site owner so he saying gain the master of your soul. You need to gain control of yourself. That's what this work assessments. That's what message that's up so can a Christian be owned by a demon. Note were owned by God, but can a Christian be under the control of a demon when they only reject couple of other definitions of this word that say it pretty well fires definition says it means to be under the power of a demon. This is this is defining Damo 909. The Greek word to be under the power under the mastery under the control of the demon in a certain area like it want like maybe Luster unforgiveness or bitterness and resentment are gluttony or whatever the area could make a living. I does it this way. This is definition. One cannot speak of a person being possessed by a demon. This is defining or a more appropriate expression may be the person possesses or has a deep in other instances and idiomatic phrases employed the demon rides the person on the demon commands the person just you don't don't don't know writer handling disasters question. Is there an error in your life. You just can't get the victory is an area of your life that you feel helpless and powerless. Is there an area of your life SCN that you have confessed over and over and over and over and over and over, and I don't have enough time to keep saying over and over and over again and told Don I'll never do again but you keep doing it. Okay can I say this to you lovingly wake up during bondage that is not really doing so I will have a weakness in that area had a 20 years is not a weakness during bondage. I can set you free free to set you free. If you don't know during bondage. So you have to know your mom and I let's say that when you came to church today. You left the door or window open in your house and when you go home you find there's a thief in your house is very very simple question is that the phone your house note.
But guess what he is in your house so you few Old Testament types of limitations 110 says the adversary. Obviously that represents like our enemy, our adversary, the adversary has spread his hand over all her that is not my dear throat, which be a type of does it replace the church with a type of the people of God, the church, all her pleasant things and watches for see the people of God. She, the church has see that the nations representing the enemy. Enter her sanctuary. Those whom you commanded not to enter your assembly, but that it they entered limitations for 12 the keys of the earth and all the inhabitants of the world would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy could get her the gates of Jerusalem. If you going to see it says, but he did when he entered Joel to verse nine. What swatches are cleared if they run to and fro in the city they speaking of the swarming locust the covenant you eat everything up.
They run to and fro in the city, they run on the wall. Now watch this. They decline in two. The houses climbed into budgets out into the houses, they enter at the windows like a thief. So now listen to me. If you're starting to get depressed don't get depressed because there really are demons, they really do enter people. But here for three Jesus really does cast them out, he rented us out.
Now go to LinkedIn by LinkedIn verse 17 Jesus said 670. He said the 12 hour power over demon things that seven year and then verse 17 says then the 70 returned with joy, saying… What they said mortgage talking Jesus now even the demons are subject to us in your name and he said they really cannot because here's what he says anything that I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven with him when he when he rebelled against my father. He was out quicker likely, some not impressed by Satan creatively. Behold, I give you the authority I gave you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, their types and shadows again. He doesn't mean snakes and stinger critters. This name is all subjects not demons, serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this mode. Usually, I thought about this incident exciting part, that the spirits are subject to you, but I do notice the spirits are such this word by the lake, subjugate obedience, submissive slaves. That's what makes obedience submissive slaves in the name of Jesus know. Rejoice that the spirits are subject you, but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
In that hour. Jesus rejoice in the spirit and said I thank you father, Lord of heaven are that you have hidden these things in a room of words. These things from the wise and prudent. In other words, the white people who think they're smart and revealed them to the Spates's young disciples. Even so, father Fortson Goodner suck notice. Except father, thank you hidden these things were, they just talking and come authority over things that he said I know God that the smart people don't believe there to believe that we have authority over, but these precious babes as young believers they know I saw it I understand I thank you Lord for that spirits are subject in his name. You might be starting to feel like oh I may have a problem in the area that you and I want you to feel bad about someone to show you one more thing we were finished.
See, we don't have a problem. Only God has the power what the enemy does is focus on our weakness in our history. So when the you can get free unlimited from you. Afraid because I really got bondage stronghold.
Mr. KI just want to remind you, this man was they Mark five restarted. He was demonized allegiant 6826 eight. He lived naked in the cemetery. Okay, so none of you are as an bondage as this guy.
I know that you close such so none of you are as an bondage as this guy so will show you sent me to give you hope.
Verse six says when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped appears on tape. Satan does not have the power to stop you from coming to Jesus, that's totally different if he could not anyone because… If you're an bondage.
If you have a difficult in your life. If you have a weakness if you have an area of C and you can't stop you get right, you probably bondage in that area under the influence. But Jesus set you free.
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