18 May 2014 - Notes for Pastor Ray Bevan's Sermon - New Creation Church - It's Time to Silence the Bullies!
"Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God." (Luke 18:35-43 NKJV)
Christianity is not the sacrifice we make, it's the sacrifice we trust in. That sacrifice is Jesus's finished work at the cross.
The bully of sin will try to threaten a believer. However, we as believers don't have to bow down to the bully of sin. We are already pardoned, but many believers wrongly believe the accusations of condemnation from Satan. There is now therefore no more condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Where sin abounds, grace superabounds.
The grace in us shouts louder than the bully of sin shouts at us.
Hebrews 6:19-20 - The bully of sin issues the threat of separation from God. We are anchored by Jesus. He has gone behind the veil ahead of us into the very presence of God as our forerunner. Our salvation can never be lost.
"This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek." (Hebrews 6:19, 20 NKJV)
Nothing can ever separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.
Matthew 18:2-4 - "Impossible" is not in the vocabulary of a 5 year old child. When we have the great faith of little children, nothing is impossible with God.
2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:2-4)
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Be blessed and walk in divine favor,
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