Hindrances To Revival #6 PERVERSION

October 18, 2014


 

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Day 10 of 24/24

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SCRIPTURE

And don’t forget Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with immorality and every kind of sexual perversion. Those cities were destroyed by fire and serve as a warning of the eternal fire of God’s judgment.
~Jude 7

QUOTE

Two things God abhors above all other things- the perversion of sex and worship.
~Bertha Smith
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Isaiah the prophet said, Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! A reprobate is a person who has lost the ability to distinguish between right and wrong. A pervert is a person who has inverted right and wrong. They do wrong and call it right. Evidence of the perverted mind is all around us:

  • We go unbelievable extremes to protect one polar bear or one spotted owl but think nothing of killing millions of unborn babies while they are in the sanctity of the womb.
  • We discourage traditional family values as if they are wrong and promote gay and lesbian marriage as if it is right.
  • We [society] condemn those who denounce perversion and accuse them of hate, even to the point of making it a crime; We glorify those who sanction or promote perversion making them a folk hero. {In other words, the day is coming when Christians will be put on trial for Quoting Jude 7 or Romans 1:26-27 and it will be called a “Hate Crime.” Since when is it a crime to hate sin?}
  • We cry out to God in times of national crisis but go back to our wicked ways as soon as the crisis passes.

This morning, as I was praying: I began thinking about thinks that would change if America had a spiritual awakening. I think the first two things on the list of a spiritually renewed America would be to stop abortion and to sanction biblical marriage. We are in desperate need of REVIVAL but we aren’t desperate.

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  • SUNDAY IS PINK OUT OR PINK IT UP!
  • Deacon’s meeting at 8:00 [Confirmation of Jeff Bass]
  • FRONT PEW SHOWER for Sav-A-Life this Sunday. I was going to run a list of items you can bring but the list is gone. I know you can bring diapers. This is a good cause and we need to give them our support. We appreciate Sally leading us. I think this is a JUDEA PROJECT.
  • We have another SAMARITAN PROJECT coming October 25. Gary and team are going to Birmingham to carry blankets, coats etc. I don’t like to ask you to bring two things on one Sunday but this is the last Sunday before the project.
  • Sunday night, following praise and worship, we will lay hands on Jeff Bass
  • Today we pray for STUDENTS. Pray specifically for REVIVAL to break out among them.

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EXTRA

OVERCOMING BETRAYAL

Scripture: Genesis 37:18-27, NLT

18 When Joseph’s brothers saw him coming, they recognized him in the distance. As he approached, they made plans to kill him. 19 “Here comes the dreamer!” they said. 20 “Come on, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns. We can tell our father, ‘A wild animal has eaten him.’ Then we’ll see what becomes of his dreams!”

21 But when Reuben heard of their scheme, he came to Joseph’s rescue. “Let’s not kill him,” he said. 22 “Why should we shed any blood? Let’s just throw him into this empty cistern here in the wilderness. Then he’ll die without our laying a hand on him.” Reuben was secretly planning to rescue Joseph and return him to his father.

23 So when Joseph arrived, his brothers ripped off the beautiful robe he was wearing. 24 Then they grabbed him and threw him into the cistern. Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it. 25 Then, just as they were sitting down to eat, they looked up and saw a caravan of camels in the distance coming toward them. It was a group of Ishmaelite traders taking a load of gum, balm, and aromatic resin from Gilead down to Egypt.

26 Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain by killing our brother? We’d have to cover up the crime. 27 Instead of hurting him, let’s sell him to those Ishmaelite traders. After all, he is our brother—our own flesh and blood!” And his brothers agreed.

Genesis 39:1-2, NLT

When Joseph was taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelite traders, he was purchased by Potiphar, an Egyptian officer. Potiphar was captain of the guard for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master.

 

THOUGHT: God is always working even when it appears that He is not. [Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.” John 5:17]

QUESTION: What does sibling rivalry look like at your house? {Do you think it is real or imagined?}

LESSON: Joseph was betrayed by his brothers–Jacob was betrayed by his sons. Obviously there are some bad feelings [hatred] coming from Jacob’s older 10; they don’t have a problem with Benjamin but they despise Joseph. What are some of the contributing factors to this ill will?

  1. Jacob had married sisters so the rivalry began with them. They competed for Jacob’s love and approval. Can you see how marrying sisters would intensify the problem?
  2. Joseph was an exceptionally gifted child but he knew it….just a tad on the arrogant side.
  3. Jacob showed favoritism…made Joseph a coat of many colors. Coat was a visible and daily reminder that Joseph was special, different…coat took many hours to make because of the dye. Much more expensive than what the others wore.
  4. Joseph’s arrogance comes out in his dreams…Dreams reveal that Joseph will someday rule his brothers.
  5. Jacob used Joseph as a spy?

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION

  1. Joseph is sold into slavery and Jacob is deceived: both are victims in a sense but how much of this did they bring on themselves? Were they completely innocent?
  2. It is hard to imagine brothers hating brothers to the extent that they would consider murder but things happen and sometimes siblings grow apart. What are some of the factors that contribute to brothers growing a part instead of growing closer? 1.In-laws 2. Distance 3. Commitment to Christ
  3. Jacob used Joseph to spy on his brothers: would you be upset if you knew someone was spying on you? If so, Why?
  4. What does it feel like to be betrayed? What emotions did Joseph have? [1] Fear [2] Anger [3] Sadness [hurt and disappointed]
  5. Where do we find betrayal most often these days? {I know it happens in other places like work but I see it most often in marriage and especially in divorce}
  6. What is the tendency or the common response of the betrayed? [without question, I would say bitterness]
  7. What drives the feelings of bitterness? [Injustice, clinging to our emotional pain]
  8. Joseph never gave in to bitterness: how does a person who has been hurt so deeply avoid bitterness? [You let go of the hurt and embrace Jesus. Focus on Jesus not justice. It is true that we reap what we sow and some day the person who inflicted the injury will pay but we don’t live to see that day[Justice]; we live for Jesus.
  9. Joseph’s brothers not only sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites, they lied to their father. How long did this lie stay covered? [20 years] Was God at work during this time? [getting Joseph in a position to save two nations]
  10. Of all the betrayals in history, which one would you rank first?
  11. How did Jesus handle betrayal?

EXTRA: Story of Betrayal

Benedict Arnold (January 14, 1741 – June 14, 1801) was a general during the War for Independence who originally fought for the American but defected by stealth to the Brits. While a general on the American side, he obtained command of the fortifications at West Point, New York which became the site of our U.S. Military Academy in 1802.  West Point overlooked the cliffs at the Hudson River and was a strategic Fort. Arnold intended to surrender West Point to the British and defect to the British side where he had been promised a commission of brigadier general in the British Army. A courier was intercepted by the Continental’s who had the details of the plan. Word reached Arnold before his arrest could be executed and he fled to the British in New York. He did serve the British admirably but never got the recognition he craved.

Benedict Arnold was a brave soldier and fierce fighter: he was proven in battle but his greater love was recognition and reward. He did not share Washington’s love for God and Country. When congress failed to promote him, Arnold became visibly upset. Arnold had good rapport with Washington but not with other officers. Some of them spied on him and stirred up a stink leading to a full investigation before congress. This really ticked Arnold off who felt betrayed and unappreciated. All the charges were dismissed but the damage had been done. General Washington gave him an upbraid calling his behavior “imprudent and improper.” Washington believed that Arnold had not been given proper recognition for his heroics on the field of battle and wanted to restore him in good faith so he appointed him to command the Fort at West Point.

The treachery of Benedict Arnolds betrayal was that Washington had trusted him as a friend and fellow soldier. Arnold should have declined Washington’s offer, resigned his commission and the defected quietly. Full of anger and resentment toward the Congress and fellow officers, he intended to use his new assignment to betray the entire county. Arnold escaped capture and eventually took refuge in England where he was not treated as a hero, but as a traitor.

When you think about it: there are some similarities between Arnold and Judas: they were both motivated by greed and glory.

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