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Day 3 Evening Session (Matthew 7)

What does it means to know God?

Matthew 7:21: Not everyone who cries out Lord Lord, will enter the Kingdom.

There are many who think they are safe, but they are dangerously deceived.

4 out of 5 Americans say that they are Christians.  They are committed it the name only.

Matthew 4:17 Repent

Matthew 4:19 Follow Me

Characteristics of Jesus:

– Jesus is the center of history, Jesus is fully human, Jesus is fully divine, Jesus is the sovereign of the wise, Jesus is the shepherd of the weak, Jesus is Savior King, Jesus is the righteous judge, Jesus is filled with God the Spirit, Jesus is loved by God the Father, Jesus is the sinless one, Jesus is the light of the world, Jesus is the hope for all nations, Jesus is the authorative teacher, Jesus has authority over disease, Jesus has authority over natrue, Jesus has authority over demons, Jesus has authority over sin Jesus has authority over death.

-This Jesus is worth so much more than nominal Christianity.

– Jesus is not a poor puny savior wanting you to accept him as Savior.

– Jesus does not need our acceptance.  Jesus does not need us at all.  We need Him.

– When you encounter this King, everything changes. (Mac Truck Illustration)

1.) Turn from your sin (Repent)

– We admit we are sinners before God.

– Sorrow over sin.

– Desire our life to honor Him.

2.) Turn from yourself (Renounce)

– Disciples leave their jobs and their families.

– Leaving safety and security as you know it.

– Stating your life belongs to Jesus now, not yourself.

– It costs to follow Him, It is not easy.

3.) Trust in Jesus as the Savior who pursues us by His grace.

– It is not a checklist following Jesus.

– We have nothing in us to draw Jesus to us.

4.) Trust in the Lord who leads you for His glory.

– The cost of not following Christ is far greater than following Him.

– If you can trust Him to save you, you can trust Him to Satisfy you.

Matthew 13:44: He has found something worth giving everything else up for.

– Jesus is worth losing everything for.

– Repent for the glory of God, and the good of yourself.

 

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Day 3 Morning Session (Matthew 4:1-11)

Two Kingdoms:

1.) Kingdom of Light

2.) Kingdom of Darkness

– The Bible does not say ignore the Devil, but to resist the Devil.

– Satan leads us to the slaughter like a cow goes to the slaughter.

– When you think about Satan, do not think about pitch fork, Satan does not have to “make” you go into destruction.

– Satan just tries to convince you that you are OK and comfortable.

– The stakes in the spiritual war are eternal.

Temptations

The first temptation is if God is your Father, why are you hungry?

3 Ways We are Tempted

1.) Fulfill our wants apart from God’s will.

– Temptation in the Garden of Eden.  God given desire for food filled in an ungodly way.

– Satan takes our God given desire and twists it.  Food -> Gluttony, Sleep -> Laziness, Sex -> Lust, Porn, Promiscuity, Relationships, Friendships……

– Desires are not evil, but doing it outside of God’s will is.

– When we seek to meet our desires outside of God’s will we are saying to God, that you are not enough and I know how to better satisfy myself better than you can.

2.) We are tempted to question God’s Character and to twist God’s Word.

– Flee sexual immorality, not see how close you can come to the line.

– Satan says if God really loves you, He would not withhold this from you.

3.) We are tempted to settle for temporary pleasure, rather than for an eternal treasure.

– This is us saying to God that we know what is better for me.

– The problem is that our desires are too weak, it takes too little to please us.

– We need to seek after God’s treasure so that we can be most satisfied.

– We are settling for mud pies when God offers a buffet at the King’s Table.

– The bread of demons always destroys.

a.) What we think leads to delight leads to destruction.

b.) What we think leads to freedom leads to slavery.

– No one says the drug addict is free.

c.) What we think leads to life actually leads to death.

– The punishment for a small crime is not based on the sin, but the greatness of the one offended against.

d.) He a life that we could not live.

e.) He died the death that we deserved to die.

f.) He conquered the enemy we could not conquer.

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