"Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."
The Fields are white and the laborers are
2. C.H. Spurgeon said, "If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;
1 John 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
1 John 5:19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
1 John 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
I want to talk about the freedom that living a holy life will give
you from the power of the enemy.
Some Christians are beaten and harassed by the enemy, and they don't seem to know how to gain the victory. And they read in the Bible where it says: "Resist the devil and he will flee from you", but they don't know how to resist him.
A great part of claiming and walking in victory is simply the decisions we make to be holy - to live holy lives.
2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
2 Corinthians 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple
of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I
will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be
The whole subject of holiness, coming clean before a Holy God, is absolutely vital; especially in the days we are living in. The Church needs to always be reminding herself of this, as this is God's great requirement of us - but the message becomes all the more urgent for us as we see the days getting darker.
Jesus is clearly coming very soon, and we must be in a state of readiness for His return. To be unashamed when He comes.
A.W.Tozer wrote .. "God's holiness is not simply the best we know infinitely bettered. We know nothing like the divine holiness. It stands apart, unique, unapproachable, incomprehensible and unattainable. The natural man is blind to it. He may fear God's power and admire his wisdom, but His holiness he cannot even imagine."
God does not say: "Be holy, and I'll make it worth your while." Not even "Be holy, and I'll bless you." NO. God says in His law (Leviticus 11:44 - and it's reiterated in the New Testament in 1 Peter 1:16) .. "Be holy FOR I AM HOLY." Holiness is God's essential character. The journey of the believer is INTO HOLINESS. It's about becoming more and more distinct and separate from the fallen condition of this world. The opposite of holiness is "SAMENESS". To be unholy is to be just the same as everybody else. Our lives should be a stark contrast to those around us who have not come into right relationship with God.
A Holy Life brings us freedom from the powers of evil.
That statement assumes that there IS a real enemy. A personal being whom the Bible calls the devil or Satan, and he is our adversary.
According to 1 peter 5:8 our spiritual enemy is very real. You need to be aware that Satan hates what you are now setting out to do with God. He is terrified you might actually get clean before God and fully empowered by the Holy Spirit.
When we talk about the devil being our adversary, we're talking about not only him but all the demons of hell who serve in his rebellion with him. Because, you see, Satan is a finite being - he was created by God as an angel. So his abilities are not at all like God's. He is not omnipresent - he can only be in one place at a time. He doesn't know everything - he can't see the future, he only knows what God has said. He can't read your mind at all.
So, when someone says, "The devil's really been opposing me," it's unlikely that he himself has been at them personally - but his forces most certainly are always at work to oppose us.
Ephesians 6:11 also mentions the "wiles of the Devil" He will often use your busy schedule, he uses guilt, discouragement, he will tell you whats the use? You might as well give up you are a failure. He will sometime tell you that sins grip is way to strong on your life and you will never be free.. But listen Satan is a Liar. And he is already defeated.
The wonderful thing about being a Christian is that we have tremendous freedom from their schemes. We are called to live in victory, and not be led a dance by the enemy.
John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
God never brings conviction upon us to condemn us but rather to set us Free.
Here in this passage we read together, 1 John 5:18-21,
notice the phrase: "we know". That is the key phrase of this whole letter that
John wrote. It appears 15 times through the five chapters. 1 John, you see, is a
letter about assurance - the certainties of the Christian life. The things we
can "KNOW" and be absolutely confident in.
The first thing "we know" is that ..
1. We are set apart from SIN.
Verse 18 - "We know that whoever is born of God does not sin;"
That's a big statement isn't it? Do we NEVER sin? I know I still fall into sin from time to time. I'm certainly not perfect, and I'm sure you would say the same. So what does this mean?
Well, obviously John understood that Christians are not perfect, because he wrote in chapter 1:9, "If we confess our sin He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." In chapter 2:1, he says, "If anyone sins we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ."
But note his language is "IF" we sin, not "when" we sin. Sin ought to be the exception to the rule for the Christian. And as we grow in our relationship with God it ought to be less and less a part of our lives.
So when John says, "We know that whoever is born of God does not sin" - he is talking about HABITUAL sin. Sin cannot be the normal course of our lives if we claim to be born of God. "IF" we sin, it is an abnormality - an aberration.
What John is saying here is linked with the previous verses (16 and 17), which speak about "sin leading to death". Now that's a big subject in itself, but suffice it to say that this refers to the willful rejection of Jesus Christ.
IF I sin as a Christian, I am not willfully rejecting Jesus as my Saviour - I have fallen for temptation. But the person who sins habitually is not living as a follower of Jesus at all - so they are still in willful rejection of Him. They cannot have truly been born of God.
So, we know (says John) that whoever is born of God does
not sin. This gives us assurance that we are protected against Satan's attack:
".. but He who has been born of God keeps him and the wicked one does not touch
What a promise here about the security of the believer. The enemy doesn't touch him. We are protected - the enemy cannot have any access he desires into our lives (cf: Job).
Job 1:8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Job 1:9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
Job 1:10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
Job 1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
You see, the entry point for the enemy's attack in our lives is sin. (eg: Eph 4:26-27 .. "In your anger do not sin .. give no place to the devil.") When we sin we give a place for the enemy to work.
The number one way the enemy works is through accusation and condemnation. When we sin, he condemns us to bring guilt, and break our fellowship with God and send us into the spiral of sin.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Through holiness - living the normal Christian life of fleeing from only sin - we have freedom from the enemy. He has no place to attack us - we are secure in Jesus' hands.
The second thing "we know" is that ..
2. We are set apart from the WORLD [verse 19]
"lies in the lap of.." - the picture here is of a baby lying in it's mother's lap.
The world is
being nursed and nourished by Satan.
But this is NOT our position. We are not under the sway of the wicked one - in his kingdom and under his rule (we used to be!). NO! We are now "OF GOD". He is our King. We are citizens of another world.
This gives us assurance that we are exempted from Satan's authority.
Hear me very clearly this evening - SATAN HAS NO AUTHORITY OVER YOU IF YOUR ARE A BELIEVER. Jesus has the authority. When you live a holy life it gives a great assurance that you live with - you are God's child, and Satan has no right to rule you.
Whenever I see a Christian who is always fearful that the enemy is controlling them - or might control - I know that one of two things is true: either (1) they have not been taught correctly what the Bible says and they don't understand their true position, OR (2) they are living with sin in their lives, and so their assurance is being eroded.
Thank God - we're not under Satan's dominion any longer. We are children of God.
It is also important for me to make note that this is a daily process of growth and not a onetime event. Some sins and Strongholds could take some time to see the full manifestation of victory.
Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Romans 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.