We Write the Narrative – Season of Holy Spirit Activation YOU ARE A SPIRIT Part 3 – GO ON OFFENSE!

Bible Verse:
Matthew 16:13-‬20

Preacher:
James M. Moody

Date Preached:
08/27/2017


READING FOR VIDEO MONITORS: Matthew 16:13-‬20

Sunday

8/27

Proverbs Ch. 27; Matthew 16: 13-28

Monday

8/28

Proverbs Ch. 28; I Corinthians 10: 1-13

Tuesday

8/29

Proverbs Ch. 29; II Corinthians 10: 1-18

Wednesday

8/30

Proverbs Ch. 30; Isaiah 28: 1-28

Thursday

9/1

Proverbs Ch. 1; Exodus 17: 1-16

Friday

9/2

Proverbs Ch. 2

Saturday

9/3

Proverbs Ch. 3

I AM A SPIRIT WHO HAS A SOUL AND I LIVE IN A BODY!

I AM NOT A SOUL

I AM A SPIRIT

I AM NOT A BODY

I AM A SPIRIT

I AM A SPIRIT WHO HAS A SOUL AND I LIVE IN A BODY!

Matthew 16:13-‬20 – 13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”‬‬

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[b] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[c] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[d] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[e] loosed in heaven.”20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Christ’s mandate to go on the offensive is spoken in His description of the church, …and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Mt. 16:18c). Gates don’t take territory they defend it from those on offense making an attack. 

We are to take the fight to the enemy. God cannot use us to build His kingdom as long as we are in a state of being harassed by the enemy. Simply defending ourselves means we are not advancing the kingdom

Our response to Christ’s mandate is largely determined by our response to Christ’s question, “But what about you?” … “Who do you say I am?”  

  1. Matthew 16:18 The Greek word for Peter means rock.
    1. Then Christ responded, “You are Peter [petros, which means little rock],
    2. and upon this rock [petra, means very great rock, referring to Christ Himself]
    3. I [pointing to Himself] will build My church” (vs. 18).
    4. Most people assume here that Christ is building His Church on Peter. But this is not the case. Christ is the great “Rock” upon whom the Church is built
  2. Matthew 16:18 Hades is the realm of the dead
    1. Hades lies within the earth, so that one has to go down to it. It is a prison and is locked with a key which Christ holds in his hand (Rev. 1:18). The gates “will not close to imprison (in death) those who belong to the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
    2. You’ve already won! I’VE ALREADY WON!
  3. Matthew 16:19 will be bound…loosed Or will have been bound…loosed
    1. We are spirits who have souls and live in bodies.
    2. We can call that which is real in the spirit realm into reality into the physical realm.
      1. This is what we do when we pray the prayer of faith
      2. This is what we do when we prophesy
      3. This is what we do when we heal
      4. This is what we do when we operate by faith and not by sight
    3. We do the bidding/will of God here on earth. THAT’S GOING ON OFFENSE!

DEFENSE

the enemy will come at you in the same area

Satan attempted to destroy Joseph of the Old Testament at times when Joseph was ascending or thought things were going well. First, by pride symbolized by his coat of many colors. Then, contempt by his brothers dipping his coat in blood. Finally, deceit by Potiphar’s wife, who used Joseph’s coat as false evidence in her claim of Joseph attempting to rape her. The common “thread” was his “threads”. The enemy attempted to use the same thing to block Joseph from fulfilling God’s “Process, Promise, and Purpose” for Joseph’s life. If he could get him to quit. Get him to turn bitter and negative. Get him to stop blessing others. Get him to abandon God and God’s plan. And the enemy will come at you in the same area where he’s had success in getting you to stumble in the past.  

But God!
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:12-‬13)

So we fight from victory, not for victory

Jesus has already defeated Satan and given us the victory. You have already won! Your healing. Your deliverance. Your freedom. Your family. Your finances. Your marriage. Your job. It makes a difference when you know you fight from victory instead for victory.  It’s time to go on offense!

GO ON OFFENSE

  1. II Corinthians 10: 4For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; (KJV)
    1. God has given us spiritual weapons to go on offense.
    2. The weapons God gives us are supernatural possessing the very power of God.
    3. God connects us (spirits) with Himself (Spirit) through our use of the weapons God gives us for the pulling down of strong holds.

I AM A SPIRIT WHO HAS A SOUL AND I LIVE IN A BODY!

 

 

SPIRITUAL PRAYER LANGUAGE AS A WEAPON!

  1. Isaiah 28: 11-12a – For with stammering lips and another tongue
    He will speak to this people,
    12 To whom He said, “This is the rest with which you may cause the weary to rest,”
    And, “This 
    is the refreshing”

    1. Depression, suicidal thoughts, insomnia, chronic sinusitis, gastritis, and panic attacks result in us taking sleeping pills, alcohol, and other drugs aimed at simply managing or controlling the conditions we face caused by fear, stress, anxiety. 
    2. God then gives the offensive weapon to counter stress, anxiety, and related illnesses – praying in tongues. (v. 11-12)
    3. Praying in tongues ‎brings rest and refreshing. (v. 11-12)
      1. Praying in tongues is a conversation with God and the believer conducted by Holy Spirit.  
      2. For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. ‎(1 Corinthians 14:2 NIV)
      3. Praying in tongues builds up the believer.  
      4. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. (1 Corinthians 14:4 NIV)
    4. Explain how I pray in tongues when fear, anxiety, doubt, and insecurity crop up on Sunday mornings before I share the Word.

PRAISE IS OUR WEAPON!

  1. Exodus 17: 8-13 – The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. 9Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”  So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.
    1. The story of Moses standing with the rod of God held high in his hands at battle with the Amalekites is symbolic of praise as our spiritual weapon. 
      1. The rod, like praise, served to join man and God in the work of the Lord.
      2. The rod, like praise, served to increase the confidence of the people in their God.
      3. The rod, like praise, served to teach the people dependence upon God for their success.
      4. The rod, like praise, served to teach the people the need to be holy and devout. 
    2. Moses did not take up a defensive position such as posting guards around the people and waiting for the Amalekites to attack them. He ordered Joshua to “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites.
      1. Moses’ hands remained lifted in a posture of praise before God. And as long as his hands were lifted, the Israelites were winning.
      2. With the help of Aaron and Hur, Moses continued to maintain his posture of praise even when fatigued.
        1. We’re not to praise God only when we feel like it or when things are going our way, but even
          1. When we’re weary – praise Him!
          2. When the job is not going well – praise Him!
          3. When there are problems in the family– praise Him!
          4. When school isn’t working– praise Him!
          5. Take the fight to the enemy– praise Him!
          6. Go on offense– praise Him!
          7. Praise is a weapon, so – praise Him!
          8. On the count of 3, get up on your feet and give God 30 seconds of crazy praise. 1 – 2 – 3 PRAISE HIM!
        2. Support your pastor in prayer. When he remains in a posture of praise the whole congregation wins!

I AM A SPIRIT WHO HAS A SOUL AND I LIVE IN A BODY!

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