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Will Sync

Can the human will be the supreme authority? In this sermon we discuss how God provides tests to modify the will.

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Will Sync

Text: Genesis 22:1-17

1.0 Preliminary points about tests: v 1-2

Genesis 22:1-2 Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.”

1.1 Certainty of tests.

Exodus 16:4 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction.

Deuteronomy 6:16 Do not put the Lord your God to the test …

John 6:66

1.2 Builds Character

James 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.

1.3 Increasing Intensity:

2.0 Why does God test us?

2.1 To see the Expression of our Faith in Him.

Genesis 22:5, 7, 8 Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go over there; and we will worship and return to you.” 7 Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” 8 Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.”

Genesis 21.12 But God said to Abraham, “Do not be distressed because of the lad and your maid; whatever Sarah tells you, listen to her, for through Isaac your descendants shall be named.

Hebrews 11:17-19: By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; 18 it was he to whom it was said, “In Isaac your descendants shall be called.” 19 He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type.

1 Peter 1:7 so that the proof of your faith … even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Psalms 135.6 Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.

2.2 To see the Enhancement of our Fear of Him.

Genesis 22:12 He said, “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

Hebrews 12:28-29 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.

Exodus 20.20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.”

2.3 To see the Extent of our Fondness for Him v.2

Genesis 22: 12, 16 you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.

Deuteronomy 13:3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

John 21 – do you love me more than these.

3.0 Synchronous Wills v9ff

3.1 Abraham and God – Me and God

v.2 He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.”

3.2 Abraham and Isaac – God and Jesus

9 Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

The Father’s choice:

Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,

The Son’s choice:

John 10:11, 17 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep…For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again.

Luke 22:42… yet not My will, but Yours be done.”

This Means War

We are at war and our enemies are not those that are obvious.

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This Means War

Text: Ephesians 6:10–24

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.

Ephesians 1:19, 3:20.

Philippians 4:13

 

  1. The Battle is Real. V. 11

11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

Gal 5:17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

 

  1. The Enemy is Wickedly Strong (and strongly wicked) v. 12

12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

John 12:31 “Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.

2 Corinthians 4:4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Ephesians 2:2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.

Isaiah 14:12–15 “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations! “But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol, To the recesses of the pit.

Revelation 12:9   And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

 

Rev 12:3; Rev 5:11

Job 1:7   The Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.”

Isaiah 37:36 Then the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies!

 

Revelation 2:13

Daniel 10:20

 

  1. The Armor is Spiritual v. 13-20

13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

2Co 10:4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.

14 Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

3.1 Truth

2Co 1:12; 1Ti 1:5, 18; 3:9.

 

3.2 Righteousness

2 Cor 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

 

15 and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;

3.3 Preparation of the gospel

16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

3.4 Faith

1 Cor 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

1 Peter 5:9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.

Rom 10:14

 

17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

3.5 Salvation. Phil 2:13. 1 Cor 9:27 but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified,

2 Ti 2:22

3.5 Word of GodMt 4:4, 7, 10 Ps 119:11 Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.

18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.

3.6 Prayer

Matthew 26:41 “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

 

19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,

20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

21 But that you also may know about my circumstances, how I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make everything known to you.

22 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know about us, and that he may comfort your hearts.

23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love.

Tychicus carried the letters to Ephesians and Colossians.

 

1 John 3:8b The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.

1 John 4.4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

 

The Prayer of Jesus

One of the most encouraging things is that, as we pray to God, Jesus is also praying for us.

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The Prayer of Jesus

1.0 Inactive Peter (Reasons for failure)

1.1 Self-confidence

Luke 22:33 But he said to Him, “Lord, with You I am ready to go both to prison and to death!”

Galatians 6:14 But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Philippians 3:8-11 I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,

and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,

10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;

11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

1.2 did not take the warning seriously

Matthew 26:35 Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You.”

Proverbs 29:1 A man who hardens his neck after much reproof Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.

1.3 Failed to watch and pray

Matthew 26.41,43,45. 41 Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

43 Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.

45 Then He came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.

2.0 Proactive Jesus / The prayer of Jesus

2.1 Did not stop Satan from sifting but offered to strengthen Peter from succumbing.

II Corinthians 12:7 Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself!

2.2 Prays for us.

His prayers:

*Intercession – before we sin – John 17:15, 17:24; Hebrews 7:25

*Advocacy – after we sin – I John 2:1; Romans 8:34

2.3 Why didn’t Jesus’ prayer work?

Luke 22.61,62: The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly.

Isaiah 42.3 a bruised reed he will not break and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.