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Binding the Power of Darkness

Mark 3:20-30

A House Divided Cannot Stand
20 And he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they were not even able to eat a meal. 21 And when* ⌊his family⌋ heard this,* they went out to restrain him, for they were saying, “He has lost his mind!”
22 And the scribes who had come down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul!” and “By the ruler of the demons he expels the demons!” 23 And he called them to himself and* was speaking to them in parables, “How can Satan expel Satan? 24 And if a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom is not able to stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he is not able to stand, but is at an end! 27 But no one is able to enter into the house of a strong man and* plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man, and then he can thoroughly plunder his house.
28 “Truly I say to you that all the sins and the blasphemies will be forgiven the sons of men, however much they blaspheme. 29 But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit does not have forgiveness ⌊forever⌋, but is guilty of an eternal sin”—30 because they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.” 

SINS TO AVOID:

  1. Looking down at your family member. We should always support our loveones for their endeavor to glorify God.  
  2. Do not judge the ministry of other people. Each one is responsible to God alone. We are answerable to God alone, likewise others too are also responsible to God alone, and not to us. 
  3. Calling the works of the Spirit of God demonic is unforgivable. For me, this means not believing on the ministry of the Holy Spirit. 

PROMISES TO CLAIM :

  1. Jesus had tied up the strong man (Satan) because the Lord  Jesus Christ is stronger. Satan and the power of darkness has no power over the lives of Christians because our Lord Jesus Christ had already defeated Satan.

EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW:

  1. Always seek the presence of God – in good times and in bad times. 

COMMANDMENTS TO OBEY :

  1. Believe in Holy Spirit and His ministry. 

SOME OTHER TEACHINGS:

  1. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit of God has no forgiveness. 
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The Inner Voice

The Four Voices by Bro Joseph
SERMON NOTES:

1st voice – the voice from heaven
from Jesus — go and make disciples
voice – teaching them to obey

Matthew 3:1. And a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased

“Jesus must increase , I my decrease.”
Where are the lost in Guangzhou?

2nd Voice within you. Luke 15:17-20 – “… and he arose, and came to his father.”

3rd  Voice – voice from out there

Acts 16:9
And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. There stood a man of Macedonia, and begged him, saying, come over into Macedonia, and help us.

4th Voice – The voice from below

Luke 14:24-28 – the rich man begged Abraham for Lazarus to dip his finger on water and let it drop to cool his tongue.

Psalms 126:5-6
5 Those who sow with tears
shall reap with rejoicing.
6 He who diligently goes out with weeping,
carrying the seed bag,
shall certainly come in with rejoicing,
carrying his sheaves.

 

This DUA bible study guide focused on the inner voice (the 2nd voice).

 

Passage: Luke 15:17-20

Luke 15:17-20English Standard Version (ESV)
17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.

 

DISCOVERY:

  1. What is the man’s situation in verse 17? Why did he thought about his father’s hired servants?
  2. How did the man showed his humility in verse 18 & 19?
  3. How did the father treated his son in verse 20?

 

UNDERSTANDING:

  1. How did the man realize to go back to his home in the midst of poverty? Did anyone tell him?
  2. How does the man’s humility helped him? The father ran to his son even before the son can speak (verse 20) – so do you think the father’s reaction would change if the man is not humble? Why or why not?
  3. Who do you think owns this inner voice that the man heard?

 

APPLICATION:

  1. If we are confused or hopeless, how can we listen to the inner voice? How can we hear it?
  2. What hinders you from doing what the inner voice tells you? How can you overcome this?
  3. How can we stay humble if we are really good about one thing or how can we show our humility if we won in a contest?