Sunday, November 05, 2017
What is true freedom?
Mark Hughes pastor www.ChurchOfTheRock.caMost North Americans have 4 Bibles gathering dust.
So Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, "If you live by what I say, you are truly my disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." They replied to Jesus, "We are Abraham's descendants, and we've never been anyone's slaves. So how can you say that we will be set free?" Jesus answered them, "I can guarantee this truth: Whoever lives a sinful life is a slave to sin. A slave doesn't live in the home forever, but a son does. So if the Son sets you free, you will be absolutely free.
John 8:31-36 GW
What is true freedom? If you sin you are a slave to sin.
When you do something stupid you say it's a free country.
Czech Republic claims to be very free. A young woman rode the bus naked every day. Lots of men wanted to be on that bus.
Satan uses the enticement of pleasure.
Adam and Eve disobeyed. The fruit was good.
Not everything that the world offers—physical gratification, greed, and extravagant lifestyles—comes from the Father. It comes from the world, and the world and its evil desires are passing away. But the person who does what God wants lives forever.
1 John 2:16-17 GW
Sin is something good overdone. Too much of a good thing makes you sick. Sin.
Sex. God created it. It's good. It's beautiful.
God blessed them and said, "Be fertile, increase in number, fill the sea, and let there be many birds on the earth." So God created humans in his image. In the image of God he created them. He created them male and female. God blessed them and said, "Be fertile, increase in number, fill the earth, and be its master. Rule the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that crawl on the earth."
Genesis 1:22, 27-28 GW
The original intent was sex between a married man and woman.
We live in a sex crazed world. Can't tell right from wrong.
All sin has consequences. Samson was the Judge of Israel.
The Spirit of God gave him strength.
Samson went to Gaza. There he saw a prostitute and slept with her. After ⌊leaving Gaza⌋, he fell in love with a woman in the Sorek Valley. Her name was Delilah. The Philistine rulers came to her and said, "Trick him, and find out what makes him so strong. Find out how we can overpower him. We want to tie him up in order to torture him. Each of us will give you 1,100 pieces of silver."
Judges 16:1, 4-5 GW
He spent the night with a prostitute but God didn't leave him.
God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we've done wrong.
1 John 1:9 GW
Delilah worked him. Fool me once 4x before they got him. He was addicted to her.
He thought there were no consequences. Eventually he got caught.
1984 book Orwell
Brave New World said the rulers would enslave the world with pleasure. Huxley was Orwell's teacher.
SOMA was a drug to keep people happy. Why do governments fall over each other approving dope? Marihuana. Marijuana. Pot.
4.5b prescriptions last year in NA. Have we taken it too far?
Mark was losing his voice and went to an ENT ear nose throat specialist. He prescribed a Proton Pump Inhibitor drug. Acid reflux. Daughter told him to Stop the talking. Stopped talking and never took one pill. Make lifestyle choices.
Look at the word of God. The Truth shall set you free.