Dereck’s Message on Sunday 10th December
REVERSE THE CURSE
In the journey of life there will always be challenges.
This is a given.
We live on
a fallen planet.
THERE IS ONLY ONE CONSTANT.
There is One who never changes.
There is one whose word never changes.
It is written in Psalm 119 v89
“Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven. NASB.
Classic Amplified says
“Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven [stands firm as the heavens].
GOD AND HIS WORD ARE CONSTANT.
“But the Word of the Lord (divine instruction, the Gospel) endures forever. And this Word is the good news which was preached to you.
GOD CANNOT LIE.
HIS WORD NEVER CHANGES.
If the foundation of your understanding and reasoning is based on this truth, your life will be stable.
You will know the difference between solid ground and sinking sand.
SO THEN THIS IS THE TRUTH
It is written in 1Cor 15 v 57
“but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
GOD GIVES US victory.
Through The Lord Jesus Christ
Let us look at Mark 1v 21-27
“And they entered into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He went into the synagogue and began to teach. And they were completely astonished at His teaching, for He was teaching as One Who possessed authority, and not as the scribes. Just at that time there was in their synagogue a man [who was in the power] of an unclean spirit; and now [immediately] he raised a deep and terrible cry from the depths of his throat, saying, What have You to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are–the Holy One of God! And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hush up (be muzzled, gagged), and come out of him! And the unclean spirit, throwing the man into convulsions and screeching with a loud voice, came out of him. And they were all so amazed and almost terrified that they kept questioning and demanding one of another, saying, What is this? What new (fresh) teaching! With authority He gives orders even to the unclean spirits and they obey Him!”
The man was under the power of an unclean spirit.
The man was in the synagogue with the spirit.
The man was probably there on a regular basis. It was custom.
No one seemed to realize it.
Jesus did not take the man out of the synagogue.
He chased the spirit out the man.
The spirit recognized the Truth.
God gave Jesus authority and The Lord Jesus has given us the same authority.
That is why we can say in 1Cor 15 v57
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
HOW DID JESUS DO THIS?
He did it on the cross.
He paid the price for us.
Let us look at Gal 3v 13-14
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us-for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE "- in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
WE HAVE BEEN FREED.
WE HAVE BEEN LET OFF.
WE HAVE BEEN EXONERATED
WE HAVE BEEN LET OFF THE HOOK.
What is the curse of the law?
GLAD YOU ASKED!
Let's look at Deut 28 v15-38
“"But it shall come about, if you do not obey the LORD your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you: "Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country. "Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. "Cursed shall be the offspring of your body and the produce of your ground, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock. "Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out. "The LORD will send upon you curses, confusion, and rebuke, in all you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, on account of the evil of your deeds, because you have forsaken Me. The LORD will make the pestilence cling to you until He has consumed you from the land where you are entering to possess it. The LORD will smite you with consumption and with fever and with inflammation and with fiery heat and with the sword and with blight and with mildew, and they will pursue you until you perish. The heaven which is over your head shall be bronze, and the earth which is under you, iron. The LORD will make the rain of your land powder and dust; from heaven it shall come down on you until you are destroyed. "The LORD shall cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you will go out one way against them, but you will flee seven ways before them, and you will be an example of terror to all the kingdoms of the earth. Your carcasses will be food to all birds of the sky and to the beasts of the earth, and there will be no one to frighten them away. "The LORD will smite you with the boils of Egypt and with tumours and with the scab and with the itch, from which you cannot be healed. The LORD will smite you with madness and with blindness and with bewilderment of heart; and you will grope at noon, as the blind man gropes in darkness, and you will not prosper in your ways; but you shall only be oppressed and robbed continually, with none to save you. You shall betroth a wife, but another man will violate her; you shall build a house, but you will not live in it; you shall plant a vineyard, but you will not use its fruit. Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, but you will not eat of it; your donkey shall be torn away from you, and will not be restored to you; your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you will have none to save you.
WE HAVE FREEDOM.
IT WAS BOUGHT AT A PRICE.
ACCEPT IT BY FAITH.
“Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.
Another translation says it is for freedom that Christ has set is free, no longer to be yoked to a yoke of slavery.