2005 - Touchet Baptist Church, Touchet, Washington - Pastor Mike Paulson - 2005
Learning the way of God more perfectly - Acts 18:
Take heed therefore that the light which
is in thee be not darkness.
Paul was tired of his and all the battles 'within' - are you?
We are his workmanship - Ephesians 2:4-10
2b. Now we have God's Spirit
as well - Romans 8:9,10
(P.S. Note that music affects ALL of the above, whether lost or saved)
Yes, Paul does warn us about:
...what you build upon your foundation - I Corinthians 3:10
...your liberty cause someone to stumble - I Corinthians 8:9
...pride - I Corinthians 10:12
...bite and devour one another - Galatians 5:15
...make sure you fulfill your ministry - Colossians 4:17
But... and more importantly today...
Paul warns in II Corinthians
11:4; Galatians 1:6-9
...about someone preaching another Jesus
...receiving another spirit
...accepting "another" and "any other" gospel!
Any other gospel is a perverted gospel and the person who brings that stuff is accursed - don't go with him!
Yes, we always go to I John 4:1-3
to show folks with a false gospel, etc. how to prove their bible,
their church, their sermons, their preaching, the books they read, their walk, etc.
can be of the spirit of antichrist. Luke 8:12, etc.
Let's read them more closely - and a few other verses Paul warns about
when it comes to this 'another' Jesus, another spirit... towards US!
II Corinthians 11:1-4
Now, let's also read the following and see that they really are directly
applied TO those who call themselves Christians, also!
I Timothy 1:4 - Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
Titus 1:14 - Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
I Timothy 4:1-7 - Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils...etc.
turn "Christians" from truth
cause them to swerve and turn aside to vain janglings and vain babblings
depart from the faith
bear with 'him'
not obey the truth - Galatians 3:1-3
build again their things previously destroyed - Galatians 2:18
brings us into bondage - Galatians 2:4
walk disorderly among us - II Thessalonians 3:11
spoil us - Colossians 2:6-8 (see 20,22)
THIS SPIRIT IS A RELIGIOUS SPIRIT!
(did we have a religious interest when we were lost?)
II Timothy 3:5 - Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
from such turn away - Ecclesiastical Separation (not always an enemy, etc. II Thessalonians 3:13-15)
OT existence then, why not today...?
Deuteronomy 18:10,11 - There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
Leviticus 19:31: Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.
Leviticus 20:6 And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.
Leviticus 20:27 - A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.
Isaiah 8:19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?
Isaiah 19:3 And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards.
Matthew 12:43; Mark 1:23; 5:2; 7:25; Luke 4:33, etc.
and when they left, some went back in later -
worse than ever!
Luke 11:24,26 - When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
Sure, Jesus did cast them out...
And Paul cast them out, too!
Acts 16:18 -And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
And so, we also need Jesus Christ and Paul to deal with them in and around us today! But on a daily basis - who do you serve? who do you follow? We fight it all through the Book today! I Corinthians 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
Yes, still - even though we are saved - otherwise why would Paul warn us!
Hold fast the form of sound words, which
thou hast heard of me,
in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
II Timothy 1:13
And they that are Christ's have crucified
the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Romans 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Colossians 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
and so many more...
But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and
make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
The soul is taken care of and we have the Holy Spirit!
But the flesh is still
open for business
for this 'spirit' to play religion!
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver
me from the body of this death?
I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God;
but with the flesh the law of sin.
Make sure you are following
the right light!
Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.