January 29, 2017 Sermon - RBC
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Scripture Reading: Matthew 19:16-30

We are not ignorant of Satan’s devices.

Job 1:7-11

And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.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?9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?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.11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

 

To and fro—hurriedly, rapidly going back and forth. Fear for nought—Satan assumes wrong motivation, doubts a person can actually just be doing the right thing purely. God is the reward of the true believer. Satan still assumes this and is more often than not right—take away a man’s prosperity and you often take his religion too. Satan knows that external things motivate people. Job proves that man can overcome Satan when his priorities are right.

Genesis 3:1-6

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

 

Satan is the god of this age, man didn’t listen to God. Man, who was given responsibility to subdue earth, put the world under Satan’s power.

From the beginning Satan gets people to doubt God’s word. All the trees were good for food, but she was tricked into thinking this one was better. Eve has a desire to know more, which is fine, but she does not wait on God to teach.

“The history of every temptation, and of every sin, is the same; the outward object of attraction, the inward commotion of mind, the increase and triumph of passionate desire; ending in the degradation, slavery, and ruin of the soul”

Outward temptation by good looking stuff and inward ambition join forces

1 John 2:15-17

 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

 

You cannot love things in the world {seeking happiness or fulfillment from physical things}and God at the same time.

Lust of flesh—any motive or action not arising from will of God. Fleshly appetite,

Lust of eyes—seperating out any moral or godly importance and enjoying the view, lustful gazing

Pride of life—boasting in and using things for self-promotion instead of as stewardship. pride (vainglorious display) The world is passing away, don’t base your salvation or fulfillment on temporal things. Follow God’s will, not earthly minded sin. It’s stupid to desire what doesn’t last.

1 Timothy 6:6-12

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred [wandered] from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

 

Raiment—covering, clothing and roof. If you can take things with you after death, then contentment is out! Content—sufficient. Will be rich—Not simply a vow of poverty or asceticism, but a non-desire for material things. They won’t just be tempted, they will fall for temptation. Love of money—covetousness, loving physical things rather than God. Erred from faith—missed the mark. Man of God—don’t follow the world, don’t covet earthly things, flee from them! Fight and lay hold—run to win, aim for the prize.

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