Witchcraft in the Church (Growthpoint Week 5 Notes)

For those in my Growthpoint class, I am posting my notes here (randysthoughts.wordpress.com). This series is base on the book “Exposing Witchcraft in the Church” by Rick Godwin.

Week 5

 Deliverance From The World

-Success, according to our culture, is defined has financial and social prosperity (aka, being rich and popular among our peers).

-True success is fulfilling God’s purposes for your life. Jesus did this and, if we should try to do the same.

A. DELIVERANCE FROM THE WORLD ORDER

-The New Testament uses 3 different Greek words for the English word “world”.

-The first Greek word refers to “the inhabited earth” and it is the physical geography around us.

-The second Greek word (cosmos) refers to an “order, arrangement or adornment.” It doesn’t refer to the physical earth but rather an ordered belief or system. It is a figure of speech meaning a realm where certain thing operate in a certain way.

-On the night He was betrayed, Jesus prayed for his disciples. In John 17:15 He says, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” Jesus was praying that His disciples would escape the influence of Satan and his ordered system of beliefs that operate in rebellion against God.

-The spirit of this world, Satan, obscures the work of the cross and all the things freely given to us by God. The spirit of the world obscures, the Spirit of God reveals to us the free work of the cross.

-Through the cross, Jesus has delivered you out of the power of that world system into a different order. The church is called an “ekklesia”, which means “the called out ones.”

B. THE RESULTS OF DELIVERANCE FROM THE WORLD’S SYSTEM

-When we refuse to agree with the world’s system and give in to it, we instead “seek first God’s kingdom, and all these thing are added” to us. It can lead to some conflict, but Jesus told us that the world would hate us because it first hated Him (and a servant is not greater than his master).

-The idols of the world’s system are: success, popularity, wealth, power, pleasure and comfort.

-When we live with an eternal perspective, what matters most is what God thinks, or what our peers think?

C. DELIVERANCE FROM THIS PRESENT AGE

-The third Greek word for “world” is “eon”. This word refers to “an age or measure of time.”

D. THE PRESENT EVIL AGE IS COMING TO A CONCLUSION

-In Matthew 13:37-43, Jesus tell the parable of the sower and the seed. He talks about the enemy that snuck and sowed weeds amongst the wheat. He tells us that He will send His angels down, at the “end of the age” to pull up the weeds.

E. SATAN IS THE GOD OF THIS PRESENT AGE

-2 Corinthians 4:3-4 says, “And even if our gospel is veiled it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

F. THE CARES OF THIS WORLD MAKE US UNFRUITFUL

-In the earlier parable in Matthew, it says, “…but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.” The word “wealth” here is the Greek work “eon” that we have mentioned before means “an age or measure of time”.

G. CHANGE BEGINS FIRST IN THE MIND

-Romans 12:2 says, “and be not conformed to this world (eon): but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Deliverance From Ourselves

-For the most part, our worst enemy is ourselves. It was that way for the apostle Paul.

A. TWO TENDENCIES, A COMMON STRUGGLE

-For the most part, people respond to one of two self-motivators:

  1. An Unhealthy Self-Image – “I’m nothing; I’m a nobody; I’ll never amount to anything.” Such self-deprecating feelings are not the result of an inferiority complex–they arise out of a self complex. It makes everything about our lack of worth or ability, and not about Christ’s ability.
  2. Overbearing Pride – People who struggle with pride wrongly believe, “I can do all things–not necessarily through Christ. Interestingly enough, the focus is again on self, not on Christ.

B. KEY TO THE BATTLE: CONTROL OF THE SELF

-“Self” has two favorite people: me and I. Self has two favorite phrases, “I want” and “give me”.

C. A DECISION AND A CONFESSION

-We must make the decision to die to self (new every day)

-We need to confess, like Paul did, that “I am crucified with Christ”.

D. REMEDY FOR THE FLESH – EXECUTION

-What is God’s remedy for the flesh (old man)? “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Galatians 5:24).

-We don’t send our old man to church, to bible study, or memorize scripture, to reform him; we don’t give him counseling. We kill him. Anything short of execution, will not take care of the problem. The old man can’t be tamed, and he cannot be reformed.

E. SHORT-TERM PAIN FOR A LONG-TERM GAIN

F. EVEN SPIRITUAL THINGS CAN BE ROOTED IN SELF

-Some people work hard in a ministry or give large gifts to the church. Surely that makes their efforts pleasing to God, right? Sometimes people do spiritual things (right things) for the wrong motives.

G. THE CROSS: THE INTERSECTION OF GOD’S WILL AND MY WILL

-There are points in our lives where we have to decide to whether to do what God wants us to do, or what we want to do.

CONCLUSION: CROSSING THE BRIDGE

-For some believers, the cross has certainly worked FOR them, but it’s done very little IN them.

-It’s only as the cross completes its work within our lives that we can be released from the influence of witchcraft. The cross breaks the power of manipulation, domination intimidation, control, legalism, and condemnation.

 

 

 

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