FBCWest 353 | Evil Spirits and the Holy Spirit
Recorded On: 09/15/2019
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and truth.”
“I Love You, Lord”
PRAISE AND WORSHIP
SCRIPTURE READING – Psalm 29:1 - 4
“He Has Won”
“There is Power”
GIVING OF SELVES AND OUR OFFERINGS
SPECIAL MUSIC – By Pru Hungate
PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD
MESSAGE Pastor Joe
“THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF JESUS THE MESSIAH”
“Evil Spirits and the Holy Spirit”
Time of Reflection
PRAYER TIME –
“Family of God”
Jesus goes throughout Galilee
Luke 8:1 Soon afterwards, He began going around from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him,
Luke 8:2 and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses: Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
Luke 8:3 and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means. Parable of the Sower
Healing of a demon-possessed man
Matthew 12:22 Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man spoke and saw.
Matthew 12:23 All the crowds were amazed, and were saying, "This man cannot be the Son of David, can he?"
Matthew 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons."
Matthew 12:25 And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, "Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand.
Matthew 12:26 "If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand?
Matthew 12:27 "If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason they will be your judges.
Matthew 12:28 "But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Matthew 12:29 "Or how can anyone enter the strong man's house and carry off his property, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. The Unpardonable Sin
Matthew 12:30 "He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
Matthew 12:31 "Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven.
Matthew 12:32 "Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come. Words Reveal Character
Matthew 12:33 "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.
Matthew 12:34 "You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.
Matthew 12:35 "The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil.
Matthew 12:36 "But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.
Matthew 12:37 "For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." The Desire for Signs
Matthew 12:38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from You."
Matthew 12:39 But He answered and said to them, "An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet;
Matthew 12:40 for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Matthew 12:41 "The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
Matthew 12:42 "The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.
Matthew 12:43 "Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it.
Matthew 12:44 "Then it says, `I will return to my house from which I came'; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order.
Matthew 12:45 "Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation." Changed Relationships
Matthew 12:46 While He was still speaking to the crowds, behold, His mother and brothers were standing outside, seeking to speak to Him.
Matthew 12:47 Someone said to Him, "Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You."
Matthew 12:48 But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, "Who is My mother and who are My brothers?"
Matthew 12:49 And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, "Behold My mother and My brothers!
Matthew 12:50 "For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother." /r/n
Transcript of Service
And to give you kind of again reminder of the timeline.
This is between.
The first Passover of his.
Public ministry and the second Passover of his public ministry.
But I wanna kinda stop initially.
And remind us of something.
There is this.
Christian doctrine called?
The Trinity now, the word Trinity is not found in the Scriptures.
And it's one of those things if you try to describe it, you become a heretic.
Because there's no real way to describe the Trinity.
And yet it.
It's real in its actual.
Anna's resolve when we take a look at Jesus is life and ministry. We have a tendency to think of him as this guy this good guy who then we do called the son of God, who ministered and kind of wanders around and does all these miracles and he becomes any dispar. Stenson is raised from the dead and becomes our savior and we kind of divorce them. If you will from the rest of the Trinity while he's here on Earth.
But as we've looked at the beginning and through Jesus's Ministry He.
God the father said this is my son.
Listen to him.
Jesus himself during his ministry says.
I see what the father is doing and I do that, so all of Jesus's ministry is focus. If you will on what God the father's doing and God, the son accomplishes what the will of God, the father is.
But that doesn't leave out God the Holy Spirit in in today's.
Message Lucy how the spirit is involved in Jesus's ministry. So when Jesus is ministering is the father son and Holy Spirit, ministering is just out this man, Slash God, who does good on Earth.
And so the first few verses are going to take a look at kind of following his his life ministries in Luke Chapter 8. We look at the first 3 verses than any well move to the other part as soon afterwards. He began going around from one city and village to another proclaiming and preaching the Kingdom of God, so we see again Jesus.
Is on this circuit ministry usually through Galilean and other places and he continued he doesn't set up?
A big massive building or tent at for all the people that come to him. He is going out and about.
Which is something we should consider we're always thinking about well? How do we get people in church?
Well, one of the things to get people in church is to go out to them and minister to them.
Following Jesus is model of going.
Geez, where was oftentimes whole hung up on the various ministries and miracles and whatever but yet Jesus concentrate on preaching?
The Kingdom of Heaven.
The Kingdom of God and the 12 were with him and also some women who had been healed.
We've been healed.
Of evil spirits in sickness, Mary, who is called Magdeleine from whom 7 demons had gone out and Joanna. The wife of choose a inherit Stewart and Susanna and many others who are contributing to their support out of their private mean and so we see these group.
Now the 12 get all the credit if you will because they will eventually Lovin oven will become the.
Apostles there others there at least 2 others who were with Jesus. The entire time. Because when they lose Judas. They will pick from that, and they want someone who has been with Jesus and them. The entire time. So again in the various films. I don't know it's because they're trying to cut down on budgetary cost. Whatever we usually see Jesus and 12 people wandering around well. There's more than 12 people with Jesus and In addition, not only 2 are there his disciples.
Eventual Apostles, but there are women who are vital to the ministry because they're contributing out of their resources.
For the ministry.
And sometimes that's one of the most vital things somebody do single well. I can't go out. I can't do this. I can't do that, well there are 2 things you can do.
And never move.
One you can pray.
Until you can get.
Now I wanna stop there. 'cause everybody goes well when I come to church all you ever talk about his money.
I'm done with talking about money alright so they're contributing to Jesus the support.
So then let's take a look at Matthew Chapter 12, starting with verse.
So while Jesus is doing these things administrating then it even possessed man who is blind and mute was brought to Jesus?
I wanna watch it kind of stop there. 'cause we read past that, but think about this individual.
It's bad enough.
That is blind, I mean that is blind, which means he can't see.
And he can't speak, but you can't communicate.
He can't see what's going on and he can't communicate what's going with inside.
And on Top of that E Demon possessed he has this evil spirit, so he is.
To put it mildly in a world of her both physically and spiritually.
And they brought him to Jesus and he heals him so that the mute man spoke and saw Jesus would he.
Provide provides the entire healing.
Yes, not only did he?
Remove the demon possession from the man, but healed him so that he could see and healed him so that he could speak.
All too often where we think about Jesus is just doing one thing.
Jesus makes this whole.
And all the crowds were amazed.
And they were saying, this man cannot be the son of David Penny so they're starting to wait a minute.
Maybe what we have been taught maybe what we have read from the scriptures of those who that we're able, the reader or here in synagogue because their interpretation of the scriptures when it came to the Messiah. But that he would be this on a David and the son of David was a warrior King.
He started out defeating Goliath.
An if you need it.
Another giant there was wrong.
And they're going to make but wait a minute this David's a warrior King.
This guy goes around and healing.
Maybe we have to change our thinking about.
The Messiah is.
Now, Unfortunately, Pharisees would have none of that.
But when the Pharisees heard this.
They said this man cast out demons only by Bills Obel.
Of the demon.
So they attribute.
Jesus is miracles and his.
Conquering over evil spirit.
By Satan himself.
And knowing their thoughts.
Jesus said to them.
Any Kingdom divided against itself is laid waste.
In any city or house divided against itself will not stand.
Is Satan cast out Satan? He is divided against himself? How then will his Kingdom stand?
So his 1st argument in essence is.
If you have war within your own Kingdom or within your own House of your household your Kingdom is weakened.
In the history of our country. We have acknowledged that way back. Benjamin Franklin said. Surely we shall all hang together or we will all hang separately.
Abraham Lincoln talked about a house divided against itself. We understand the concept. And when the nation is at war. It is no longer strong.
So Jesus the same from a logical point of view, if I were that.
Then Satan's Kingdom.
Will be laid wait and then he provides a second argument.
If I buy buildable passed out demons by whom do your sons cast them out.
Because well wait a minute your sons into this. I don't think he's talking about the DNA since I think he's talking about those who are there disciple?
And they go around casting a trying or at least attempting to cast out demons. And those of you have seen some movies about demon possession see how.
The struggle happens and there's all this prayers in Jesus this goes.
So he says.
If I do it by Satan.
And who do your sons do it by.
So he places are right at home.
They will be your judges.
If their casting out demons by the spirit and power of God.
And they were judged.
Notice this, but if I cast out demons by the spirit of God.
Then the Kingdom of God, has come upon you.
This is where again Jesus not only does and sees what the father is doing his power his ability comes through the spirit of God. So God the father God, the son and God, the Holy Spirit is all involved in Jesus's ministry.
He's not just some guy who's water around and he's not just a good teacher and he's not just a miracle worker, he is not only the son of God he is God.
And his ministry in his life is coldly.
He's not divorced from it.
And he said to them if I then do.
Casting out of demons by the spirit of God.
Then the Kingdom of God is come upon you.
Or how can anyone enter the strongman style?
And carry off his property unless he first bind the strongman and then he will plunder his out so Jesus is said.
In order to do these things you must be strong and that is what the power of God through the Holy Spirit has given me and I'm able to do these things.
And then Jesus says something here that we don't really.
He was not with me is against me.
We think that if we're neutral.
Neutral people are not neutral they're opposed to God.
If you're not with me, you are against me.
There's no neutrality when it comes to the Kingdom of God for the power of God.
And he who does not gather with me scattered.
Not only are you?
Theoretically no longer neutral your work is against what I'm doing. I'm attempting to gather in in your scattering.
You're working against me, even in your so called neutrality.
We are there with God?
Or opposed to him.
I say to you.
Any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people.
But the blasphemy against the holy against the spirit shall not be forgiven.
That is what we call the unpardonable sin. There is we have this notion that God is up. There wanting to forgive everything and it doesn't matter what we do is just OK and he is a forgiver of sins.
But there is a thin, he will not forgive and that is a blasphemy against.
The Holy Spirit.
Whoever speaks a word against the son of man, it shall be forgiven him.
But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, he shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or the age to come.
It's a permanent.
Now, if you initially take a look at the OR you go Oh wait a minute. They just spoke against Jesus. They said well Jesus did these things.
They were speaking against Jesus no because Jesus that I do. These things by the power of the Holy Spirit, an you have blasphemed the Holy Spirit.
Because my power comes not from me, but from the Holy Spirit and you just said that the Holy Spirit Power was in essence agent.
And we will see in the weeks to come.
Manifest this lack of forgiveness.
Now I remember when I was a young, a young person.
When I heard about this.
I kind of panicked.
'Cause the last thing when you know you're a center the last thing you want is never to be forgiven.
Even if you don't want to come to Jesus at particular you're saying well someday. I'll come to Jesus. I just want to live my life, the way I do, but
But I want forgiveness eventually but I still wanna have fun so we're still hoping to have forgiveness, but the idea that you'll never be forgiven is scary.
And I remember
As young man there and I won't tell you his name. Those of you of my age will probably know who is there is this gentleman who was on television. He was called Reverend and then I won't say his name and he had a TV ministry and he was a very.
Guardian ghost person and and it was all pretty much God wants you to be wealthy and God wants all these things that if you send me lots of money, you'll be wealthy and any whatever and I said.
That, he was in a Christian.
I did I.
Bad because I judge what he was doing and maybe he was a Christian just maybe whatever and I kind of panicked.
Let me tell you on first hand experience.
If you panic.
You didn't commit them pardonable sin.
Does God no longer wants to draw you to him?
He keeps distance.
The fact that you're afraid that God won't come to you means you didn't commit the unpardonable sin.
There's certain things.
There we shouldn't say.
Says either make the tree good.
And is fruit good or make the tree bad and his fruit bad so for the tree is known by its fruit.
Again, we are to be fruit inspectors primarily of our own life.
But also those who claim to preach the word of God.
And so this Reverend that I was Speaking of head bad fruit.
And then general meet Jesus, who never wanted to irritate anybody, you brood of Vipers.
Panda sounds like, John.
But again this is meat mild Jesus, who never gets in just once every you brood of fight new root of snakes.
Not just bad not just Terrell, you being evil and these are the Pharisees. These are the religious establishment. These are the people who are preaching and teaching in the synagogue and performing all these things in the temple you being evil.
Speak what is good?
For the mouth speaks out of without which fills the heart. The good man brings out his good treasures. What is good and the evil man brings out of his evil treasures? What is evil?
The fact that your branding my ministry out of Satan tells you exactly what's in your heart.
You're not interested in whether I am the son of God. You're not interested whether our animus diet. You're interested in keeping your power.
But I tell you.
That every careless word that people speak.
They shall be given accounting for what it is in the day of judgement now.
The things I say.
The things you say?
You will bring an account.
Which means I probably mean need to speak less in the car?
As I say a lot of bad things in the car specially when idiots are out there driving around with me.
And I'll have to render an account.
And that could be uh, yeah, Lord, yeah, yeah, yeah, I did that, too Oh yeah.
So maybe we should talk less.
And listen more is then we have less to give an accounting of.
But I tell you that every careless word that people speak they shall give an accounting for it and the day of judgment.
Or by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned.
I like much better when Jesus to.
For God so love the world that he gave his only begotten son that those who believe in him should not perish but have ever loved. I love that those messages.
This is equally is true.
I want a drum down too.
Now, when the unclean spirit goes out of a man. This is Jesus still talking. It passes through waterless places seeking rest and does not find it.
Jesus saying This is what happens after a spiritual battle.
If the evil spirit.
Is cast out?
In essence goes through water, he goes through the desert. The representation beer being here is the lack of blessings of God.
Gods blessings are looked at at.
The rain comes the rain falls on the just, and the unjust. But it's the blessings of God and God and Jesus is saying when this evil spirit goes. He's not finding any blessings of God. He's going through the desert through the waterless places.
Seeking rest and he does not find it, then it says.
I will return to my house from which I came, and when it comes it finds it unoccupied swept and put in order.
So this evil spirit or some reason leaves.
The person who had the evil spirit, cleans out he turned over a new leaf, he does.
Sweeps out his house it's clean it's it's there.
But he doesn't allow someone else to occupy it.
If you will, the temple is empty of any resident.
Then it goes, and takes along with it 7 other spirits more wicked than itself and they will go in and live there and the last date of that man becomes worse than the 1st.
You see when you come.
To understand that you are a Sinner God is not asking for you to turn over a new leaf.
That is not asking you to get your life back together. God is not asking for you to make you a better you.
God saying that me enter in.
That means well within you and I will give you rest and I will change you and I will make you who you need to be and I will be your protector. No one will enter the the house because I am the strongman.
With any comparison, he says.
That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.
They think if they follow the law that they do all these things that are going to be fine and Jesus is saying no it won't.
You may clean the house you may Polish the silver.
But the wrong spirit will occupy it.
You will either be occupied.
By those who are opposed to Jesus?
Are those who are for him?
Since I didn't want to end on that.
I chose the to look at the following verses.
And while he was still speaking to the crowd behold. His mother and brothers were standing outside seeking to speak to him.
Now his mother and Brothers oftentimes show up.
Are good Catholic brothers and sisters?
Think that Jesus was the only.
Product of Mary.
And so they said say that.
Mary was a Virgin before after and always.
Here, the scriptures clearly in that each other wise and to say, Oh well. There, there, not talking about his his half brothers like James and Jude and others.
Uh this verse doesn't make any sense 'cause. He's saying people are not related to Maine or like people related to me.
So these are now Unfortunately during Jesus's ministry.
Headed to think he was crazy.
They didn't follow him.
And they would frequently come to because they thought he was little crazy to bring him home.
That's one of the reasons why we can believe in the resurrection.
As the resurrection changed James view of who Jesus is.
He went from unbeliever. I think My Brothers Crazy, too, he's the Sonic The Living God.
So they come.
And they want to speak to him.
And someone said to him, Behold your mother and your brothers are here, standing outside seeking to speak to you.
But Jesus answered the one who was telling him and said.
Who is my mother?
New or my brother.
If you look at it from a pure is is like you gotta know your mother is she raised.
You lived in the house, so you were 30 with your brother.
Making a point.
Yeah, who is my mother and who are my brothers and stretching out his hand towards his disciple.
Towards his disciple and see her and said Behold my mother and my brother.
Now this to me is that I'm remarkable statement.
I could understand if he said Behold my brother.
Because brothers are kind of whole equal.
They said Behold my mother.
And my brother.
Because my mother has some authority.
Behold my mother and my brothers, pointing to his disciple.
Well, whoever does the will of my father who is in heaven?
In case you don't understand, which father were talking about whoever does the will of my father in heaven?
He is my brother and sisters and mother.
We love to talk about.
We love to talk about race.
You don't like so much talking about doing the will of God.
And to be a part of the family of God is to do the will of God.
Now in case you think Oh, he's talking. We gotta do all that anger Mamacita.
It's amazing people, said well what is the will of God?
Tell us throughout well, I got one of the things the will of God is is to treat our body's sanctifying this whole.
One of the wheels of God is to believe that Jesus is the son of God.
That God raised him from the dead.
And that we are to confess he is our Lord.
We have been commanded it is his will that we love one another as Jesus has loved us.
We're even told where to pray for people that that is God's will. We're told that words to pray for our government that is go throughout the scriptures that tells us what the will of God is.
But you see we generally don't want who love each other. The way Jesus loved us 'cause then I gotta give up my right.
And I'm mad at you, I want to be mad at you.
I want to give you How dare you treat me that way. I wanna hold onto it, he said. Not all on anything love.
See the will of God and do it.
And then we can say.
Jesus is my brother.
Is not just my Lord? He's my brother? His we're family we're not DNA? I'm family because of his blood on family because I do the same will that he did.
And when I do the same world that he did then. the Holy Spirit gives me the same power that he has to conduct myself the way Jesus.
We're going to sing a song.
I'm so glad.
But I'm apart.
No, the family of God not because.
But because he's wonderful and giving me the opportunity to be in his family.
I'm in his family 'cause I am.
And continue to try to do.
The will of the father.
And all gods people said.