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Living Free Freedom Prayer

  1. 1. Living Free Dave Buehring
  2. 2. A Brief Overview <ul><li>Living Free </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kingdom Worldview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spiritual Strongholds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spiritual Transactions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weapons For a Freedom Lifestyle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Habits For The Journey </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Kingdom Worldview
  4. 4. Kingdom Worldview <ul><li>Your worldview provides the context for how you choose to live your life </li></ul><ul><li>Your worldview is the sum or your assumptions and perspective that determine the way you spend your time and resources </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Your worldview is shaped by culture, your family, and your faith </li></ul><ul><li>Walking in freedom is a lifestyle choice rooted in a Kingdom worldview </li></ul><ul><li>A Kingdom worldview frames how you understand reality and determines what you believe about yourself </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>A Kingdom worldview is shaped by Scripture (God’s character and the ways of God) </li></ul><ul><li>The Bible helps us understand that God desires to demonstrate His kingdom rule on earth </li></ul><ul><li>The Bible makes it clear that Satan is always opposed to the rule and reign of God </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><ul><li>“ The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” John 10:10 (NIV) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A Kingdom understanding of reality is that spiritual warfare is real and we must engage in it </li></ul><ul><li>The Spirit of God and Satan are at war against each other – and we must remember that Satan is a fallen angel </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Satan is aggressively seeking to destroy you, rending your life useless, and rob you of your rightful inheritance ‘in Christ’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Your enemy the devil prowls around like roaring lion looking for someone a to devour” 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV) </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>A Kingdom worldview underscores the fact that your inheritance ‘in Christ’ is rooted in the fact that you are a child of God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Now you are no longer a slave but God's own child. And since you are his child, everything he has belongs to you.” Galatians 4:7 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Your inheritance ‘in Christ’ is your Kingdom identity as one who is favored of God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ You have been chosen, predestined, redeemed, forgiven, adopted into God’s family, accepted in the beloved, made a joint heir, given the Holy Spirit as a seal and guarantee.” Ephesians 1:3-14 </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>A Look at ‘in Christ’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Read Ephesians 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: ‘in Buehring’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A ‘roof’ or ‘covering’ of blessings and opportunities that are not earned nor deserved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free from sin, no fear of death, eternal life, authority over Satan, deposit of the Spirit, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Your identity is rooted in the truth about who God says you are </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God says you’re a ‘saint’ (one who is declared righteous) who sometimes sins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Satan says you’re a ‘sinner’ because you sin </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Walking in truth about who you are affects how you act </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God says your beliefs about yourself determine your behavior </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Satan says your behavior tells you what to believe about yourself </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><ul><li>“ I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14 (NIV) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Your inheritance ‘in Christ’ in the Kingdom includes everything you need to live the Christian life </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><ul><li>“ As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive his own glory and goodness! And by that same mighty power, he has given us all of his rich and wonderful promises. He has promised that you will escape the decadence all around you caused by evil desires and that you will share in his divine nature.” 2 Peter 1:3-4 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><ul><li>God says you get what you need from what He has done for you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Satan says you get what you need by what you do for yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our flesh always tries to meet its needs – ‘lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life’ – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 John 2:16 </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Walking in a Kingdom worldview of who you are ‘in Christ’ is ultimately an act of worship to God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I thank you, High God--you're breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration--what a creation!” Psalm 139:14 (MSG) </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Jesus’ worldview was centered around the ‘breaking in of the Kingdom’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ If you enter a town and it welcomes you, eat whatever is set before you. Heal the sick, and tell them, ‘The Kingdom of God is near you now.’” Luke 10:8-9 (NLT) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jewish concept of the Kingdom </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Jesus came to earth to establish the Kingdom of God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The central message of Jesus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>224 in the gospels / 130 in Matthew </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mt.4:17 – Jesus: “Repent, for the kingdom…is near” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mt.4:23 - preaching the good news of the kingdom </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mt.6:10 – Your kingdom come </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mt.6:33 – seek first the kingdom </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Parables: ‘The kingdom of Heaven is…’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mt.13:24 – like a man sowed good seed in his field </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mt.13:31 – like a mustard seed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mt.13:33 – like yeast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mt.13:38 – like good seed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mt.13:44 – like treasure hidden in a field </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mt.13:45,46 – like a merchant looking for fine pearls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mt.13:47 – like a net that was let down </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mt.13:52,53 – house owner new and old treasures </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><ul><li>Mt.16:19 – keys of the kingdom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mt.18:1-4 – greatest in the kingdom? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mt.24:14 – gospel of the kingdom preached in the whole world </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lk.10:9 – heal the sick – kingdom is near you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lk.17:20,21 – kingdom within you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jn.3:5 – how to enter the kingdom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jn.18:36 – kingdom not of this world </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><ul><li>Ac.1:3/6– spoke about kingdom for 40 days/didn’t yet get it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ac.8:12 – Philip preached good news of the kingdom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ac.19:8 – Paul speaking about the kingdom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ac.28:23 – explained/declared the kingdom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ac.28:31 – boldly preached the kingdom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ro.14:17 – righteousness, peace and joy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Re.1:6 – made us to be a kingdom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Re.11:5 – kingdom of this world – kingdom of our Lord </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Re.12:10 – enemy hurled down because kingdom comes </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Defining the Kingdom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Normal usage: a territory over which a monarch rules - a realm in which the will/power of a king are expressed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biblically: ‘the arena in which Jesus rules and His will is being done’ </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>One of the ways that Jesus expressed the Kingdom was by confronting evil and the powers opposed to God’s rule </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 John 3:8 (NIV) </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Jesus’ ministry demonstrated a Kingdom understanding of living in one world affected by two realms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Natural Realm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The visible realm of the material – all that you can perceive through the natural senses </li></ul></ul></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><ul><li>The Spiritual Realm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The ‘heavenlies’, the invisible realm of the spirit – all that is invisible in the natural realm </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The realm of God, the Holy Spirit, angelic beings, and demonic beings </li></ul></ul></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>The interface of the natural realm and the spiritual realm can be referred to as ‘The Excluded Middle’ </li></ul><ul><li>The Kingdom reality is that you live in this ‘Middle’ ground </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>Both realms are completely real </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Events in one bare directly on events in the other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The realm of the heavenlies is not visible to the physical eye. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heavenlies Your Natural Realm World Realm </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>Walking in freedom involves bringing God’s heavenly Kingdom reality to bare in the physical realm of your life here on earth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ For the Kingdom of God is not just fancy talk; it is living by God's power.” 1 Corinthians 4:20 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>Life in the Excluded Middle reflects the realities of the interplay between the realms of heaven and earth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Job and Daniel provide ‘behind the scenes’ insights into the interplay of the two realms </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. <ul><li>Job’s physical world collapses , from his perspective </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Job's sons and daughters were having a feast in the home of his oldest son, when someone rushed up to Job and said, &quot;While your servants were plowing with your oxen, and your donkeys were nearby eating grass, a gang of Sabeans . . . </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. <ul><ul><li>attacked and stole the oxen and donkeys! Your other servants were killed, and I was the only one who escaped to tell you.&quot; That servant was still speaking, when a second one came running up and saying, &quot;God sent down a fire that killed your sheep and your servants.. . . </li></ul></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><ul><li>I am the only one who escaped to tell you.&quot;  Before that servant finished speaking, a third one raced up and said, “Three gangs of Chaldeans attacked and stole your camels! All of your other servants were killed, and I am the only one who escaped to tell you.&quot; </li></ul></ul>
  34. 34. <ul><ul><li>That servant was still speaking, when a fourth one dashed up and said, &quot;Your children were having a feast and drinking wine at the home of your oldest son, when suddenly a windstorm from the desert blew the house down, crushing all of your children. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.&quot; Job 1:13-19 (CEV) </li></ul></ul>
  35. 35. <ul><li>What could account for Job’s collapsing world? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bad luck – Make the best of the bad hand he was dealt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He was a closet sinner and needed to clean up his life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The sun and rain fall on both the righteous and unrighteous </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only God really knows… </li></ul></ul>
  36. 36. <ul><li>What is the perspective behind the scenes in Heaven prior to Job’s world collapsing? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan the Accuser came with them. &quot;Where have you come from?&quot; the LORD asked Satan. And Satan answered the LORD, &quot;I have been going back and forth across the earth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>. . . </li></ul></ul>
  37. 37. <ul><ul><li>. . . watching everything that's going on.&quot; Then the LORD asked Satan, &quot;Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth--a man of complete integrity. He fears God and will have nothing to do with evil.&quot; Satan replied to the LORD, &quot;Yes, Job fears God, but not without good reason! You have . . . </li></ul></ul>
  38. 38. <ul><ul><li>. . . always protected him and his home and his property from harm. You have made him prosperous in everything he does. Look how rich he is! But take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!&quot; “All right, you may test him,&quot; the LORD said to Satan. &quot;Do whatever you want with . . . </li></ul></ul>
  39. 39. <ul><ul><li>. . . everything he possesses, but don't harm him physically.&quot; So Satan left the LORD's presence.” Job 1:6-12 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  40. 40. <ul><li>What happened behind the scenes to increase Job’s hardship? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ You tried to trick me into destroying him, but it didn't work.&quot;  Satan answered, &quot;A human would do anything to save his life. But what do you think would happen if you reached down and took away his health? </li></ul></ul>
  41. 41. <ul><ul><li>“ He'd curse you to your face, that's what.” God said, &quot;All right. Go ahead -you can do what you like with him. But mind you, don't kill him.&quot; Satan left God and struck Job with terrible sores. Job was ulcers and scabs from head to foot.” Job 2:1-7 (MSG) </li></ul></ul>
  42. 42. <ul><li>What is the reality Job experienced back on Earth ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>So Satan left the Lord’s presence, and he struck Job with a terrible case of boils from head to foot. Then Job scraped his skin with a piece of broken pottery as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to him, &quot;Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? . . . </li></ul></ul>
  43. 43. <ul><ul><li>. . . Curse God and die.&quot; But Job replied, &quot;You talk like a godless woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?&quot; So in all this, Job said nothing wrong.” Job 2:7-10 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  44. 44. <ul><li>What did Job experience in the physical realm as a result of Satan’s activity in the heavenly realm? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dramatic health problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Destructive weather systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loss of property/possessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problems with neighbors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children dead; Marital conflict </li></ul></ul>
  45. 45. <ul><li>What can we learn from Job? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Satan is aware of the activity of individuals on earth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Satan has no authority to act in individual lives on his own </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Satan can gain access to an individual’s life by specific permission from God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nowhere is Job told what is going on in the spiritual realm </li></ul></ul>
  46. 46. <ul><ul><li>Satan’s access to people’s lives appears restricted by God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heavenlies Job’s Natural Realm World Realm </li></ul></ul>
  47. 47. <ul><li>Daniel provides another example of how life on earth is affected by what transpires in the heavenlies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ And he said to me, 'O Daniel, you who are loved very much, understand what I am about to tell you, and stand up. For I have now been sent to you.' When he said this to me, I stood up shaking in fear. Then he said to me . . . </li></ul></ul>
  48. 48. <ul><ul><ul><li>Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind on understanding and getting rid of your pride before your God, your words were heard. And I have come because of your words. But the ruler of Persia stood against me for twenty days. Then Michael, one of the leading princes of . . . </li></ul></ul></ul>
  49. 49. <ul><ul><li>. . . honor, came to help me, because I had been left there with the king of Persia.” Daniel 10:11-13 (NLV) </li></ul></ul>
  50. 50. <ul><li>What can we learn from Daniel? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Answers to prayer may be hindered by demonic activity in the heavenlies realm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There is warfare in heaven between angelic and demonic beings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Warfare in heaven is a reality that affects life on earth </li></ul></ul>
  51. 51. <ul><ul><li>Angels may be assigned in response to prayer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God assigns His angels to accomplish His purposes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heavenlies Daniel’s Natural Realm World Realm </li></ul></ul>
  52. 52. <ul><li>Question: Do bad things ‘just happen ’ to people? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conflict in marriages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strained relationships between parents and children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Church tension and division </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unusual difficulties at work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oppressed corporate worship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Persistent lack of joy and zeal </li></ul></ul>
  53. 53. <ul><li>A Kingdom worldview continually references a heavenly battle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  54. 54. <ul><li>Our lives on earth are lived in a war zone that we cannot see </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV) </li></ul></ul>
  55. 55. <ul><li>Our 24-7-365 relationship with Satan is not unlike the realities of a real war: ‘fight or be taken out’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” John 10:10 (NIV) </li></ul></ul>
  56. 56. <ul><li>Your combat guide to survive and be victorious in this warfare are the Scriptures – the Word of God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4 (NIV) </li></ul></ul>
  57. 57. <ul><li>Our approach to warfare is not according to the ways or dictates of our culture and the world around us </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:4 (NIV) </li></ul></ul>
  58. 58. <ul><li>Walking in a lifestyle of freedom involves bringing God’s Kingdom reality to bear in the realties of our lives here on earth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Walking in holiness means something </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Being in the Word means something </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prayer/fasting means something </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Obedience means something </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How we treat people means something </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fulfilling the Great Commission and making disciples means something </li></ul></ul>
  59. 59. <ul><li>Advancing God’s Kingdom and walking in freedom should be the normal Christian life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Christ has set us free! This means we are really free. Now hold on to your freedom and don't ever become slaves of the Law again.” Galatians 5:1 (CEV) </li></ul></ul>
  60. 60. <ul><li>Jesus came to give us life to the max! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy. I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest.” John 10:10 (CEV) </li></ul></ul>
  61. 61. <ul><li>God uses the life and freedom we walk in to attract others to Christ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV) </li></ul></ul>
  62. 62. <ul><li>God uses our lives to DISPLAY to the heavenlies His unsearchable wisdom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ God's purpose was to show his wisdom in all its rich variety to all the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms. . . .This was his plan from all eternity, and it has now been carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord .” Ephesians 3:10 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  63. 63. <ul><li>A lifestyle of freedom is part of Jesus’ mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the downtrodden will be freed from their oppressors, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Luke 4:18-19 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  64. 64. <ul><li>Jesus links His mission to our Kingdom assignment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Jesus repeated his greeting: ‘Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I send you .’” John 20:21 (MSG) </li></ul></ul>
  65. 65. <ul><li>A lifestyle of walking in freedom is meant to be passed to others </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The person who trusts me will not only do what I'm doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I've been doing. You can count on it .” John 14:12 (MSG) </li></ul></ul>
  66. 66. <ul><li>When you live a freedom lifestyle you continue the ministry of Jesus – destroying the works of the devil </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out.” Matthew 16:1 (MSG) </li></ul></ul>
  67. 67. <ul><li>We have a glorious mission: to bring God glory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.” Romans 1:5 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  68. 68. <ul><li>The Kingdom perspective in life is one of sitting, walking and standing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ For he raised us from the dead along with Christ, and we are seated with him in the heavenly realms – all because we are one with Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  69. 69. <ul><li>“ Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,  with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love…” </li></ul><ul><li>Ephesians 4:1-2 (NASB) </li></ul>
  70. 70. <ul><li>“ Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:10-11 </li></ul>
  71. 71. <ul><ul><li>“ W e are living in a part of the universe occupied by the rebel. Enemy-occupied territory – that is what this world is.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign of sabotage.&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity </li></ul></ul>
  72. 72. Spiritual Strongholds
  73. 73. Man and Sin <ul><li>Man – Made in the Image of God – Gen.1:26-27 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Man was made out of the dust of the ground (Gen.2:7; 3:19). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If our physical bodies were, in fact, reduced to dust, the minerals would value less than $100. Our true worth exceeds physical attributes. We are infinite valuable because God breathed life and spirit into us (Gen.1:26-27). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Man is unique from the rest of creation in that he is made in the image of God, capable of having relationship with the Creator. </li></ul></ul>
  74. 74. <ul><li>Man – Made to Reflect the Image of God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Together, men and women reflect God’s being (Gen.1:26-27). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Men and women were made to reflect God’s character to the world around them, revealing His love, grace, truth, mercy, holiness, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Men and women demonstrate the dominion of God by stewarding creation (Gen.1:26). </li></ul></ul>
  75. 75. <ul><li>Man – Made to be Free </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God’s original intention was that man should be aware of good only, that he would walk in obedience and blessing. By choosing to disobey God in the garden, man was introduced to sin and evil. Because of this choice man began to reap the consequences of sin. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In Christ, we are free to fellowship with God, we are free from sin and bondage, we are free to enjoy creation, we are free to live according to God’s personal design, we are free to do God’s will. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In Christ, we are free to make choices, free to obey God. (True freedom involves choice. If there is no option but to do God’s will, freedom is only a word.) </li></ul></ul>
  76. 76. <ul><li>Human nature is inherently sinful. Scripture tells us, “There is no one righteous, not even one… all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:10, 24). </li></ul><ul><li>So, what is sin? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sin is willful rebellion against God, His will, and commands (Is.53:6; Eph.4:18). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sin is a personal act against God, turning away from Him and His purposes (Ps.51:4). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sin is failing to live up to God’ intentions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sin is failing to do what you know is right to do (Jam.4:17). </li></ul></ul>
  77. 77. <ul><li>Sin’s Nature—Unbelief </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the garden, the serpent laid the seeds of unbelief by asking, “Did God really say?” (Gen.3:1). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sin is often a mix of truth and error with just enough truth to make it an attractive lie (Gen.3:1-5). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disbelieving who God is and what He has said lies at the root of every sin; it is a failure to have faith in God (Rom.14:23). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sin entered the world when mankind turned its back on who God is and what He had said and was carried away by what was forbidden (Gen.2:15-17). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A note on temptation: when anyone allows something forbidden to become an object of focused attention, it may soon become so alluring that everything else is abandoned, including God. </li></ul></ul>
  78. 78. <ul><li>Sin’s Nature—Pride </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the garden the serpent said, “You will be like God” (Gen.3:5). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The sin of Lucifer was one of pride, ambition and self-exaltation—to be like God (Is.14:12-15). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Temptation focuses on self (my interests), seeking to fulfill our own potential (my goals, gifts and dreams) and desires (lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life) (1Jn.2:15-17). </li></ul></ul>
  79. 79. <ul><li>Sin’s Nature—Disobedience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the garden they ate of the fruit in direct disobedience to God (Gen.2:15-17; 3:6-7). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sin is not in opposition to a rule, but in opposition to a person—God. At the core of every sin is a turning away from the love of God. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disobedience is the fruition of sin, rising from the fertile soil of unbelief and pride. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sin’s progression: unbelief in the mind moves to pride in the heart and bears the fruit of disobedience in the will. </li></ul></ul>
  80. 80. The Consequences of Sin <ul><li>Sin takes man through a maze of detours, separating him from open fellowship with God. When we lend ourselves to sin, we’re held within its grasp longer than we would have expected. All sin has consequences. </li></ul><ul><li>Sin Leads to Futility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Futility breeds darkness and confusion in man’s thoughts and actions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Man pursues a course of absolute selfishness, forgetting God in the pursuit of everything else. </li></ul></ul>
  81. 81. <ul><li>Sin Leads to Idolatry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When God is removed from our lives, something else takes His place in our hearts. When we choose sin, we dethrone God and crown a counterfeit as king of our lives. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This always results in immoral thoughts and actions (Rom.1:24-27). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sin Leads to Guilt </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deep within man he knows he is guilty—the conscience is the inner court of judgment that produces the guilty or not guilty verdict. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The only way to freedom from guilt is through repentance and forgiveness (1Jn.1:9) </li></ul></ul>
  82. 82. <ul><li>Sin Leads to Punishment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the garden, there was the blaming of others to avoid punishment (Gen.3:9-13). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whenever sin occurs there are consequences that will follow (Num.32:23; Gal.6:7). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sin Leads to Separation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sin results in spiritual death which separates man from God (Gen.3:23-24). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There resides within the heart of man a haunting sense that things should not be this way. </li></ul></ul>
  83. 83. <ul><li>Sin Leads to Estrangement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Man’s relationship with God has been broken. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Man is estranged from relationships with others, finding his condition one of aggressiveness towards the people in his life. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sin Leads to Bondage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Men and women no longer enjoy the freedom God gave them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sin has become the master enslaving its object (Eph.2:1-3). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Man is stuck, absolutely incapable of reconciling himself to God. </li></ul></ul>
  84. 84. The Biblical Realities of Sin <ul><li>Our sinful choices alter our life circumstances, sometimes even complicating the life circumstances of those whom our sin impacts. All sin simultaneously produces one same effect—a separation from God. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Man has a sinful nature and therefore ‘a bent’ towards sin (Rom.7:14-25). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone has sinned and has fallen short of God’s glory (Rom.3:23-24). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each person is responsible for his or her own sin (Ez.18:4, 20). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The results of sin are spiritual and physical death and eternal separation from God (Rom.6:23; Rev.20:11-15). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Man is absolutely incapable of being made right with God and desperately needs a Savior (Tit.3:3-8). </li></ul></ul>
  85. 85. Satan’s Exploitation of Sin <ul><li>Satan looks for a ‘right of access’ to bring his influence to bear in the lives of people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pride (Is. 14:12-15) – ‘I wills’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unbelief (Gen.3:1) – ‘Did God really say…?’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deception (Mt.4:1-11) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exploiting Relational Issues (Gen.37-50) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discouragement & Condemnation (1Ki.19) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distraction (Lk. 10:38-42) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strongholds (Eph. 4:25-27) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Satan gains access as a result of personal sin or the effects of generational sin, etc. </li></ul>
  86. 86. <ul><li>So, what are spiritual strongholds? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strongholds are anything in your life that opposes God’s word, God’s will, and God’s ways </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strongholds are entrenched patterns of thoughts or recurring sinful behavior against which you feel powerless to change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ed Silvoso: ‘A stronghold is when you know something is contrary to the will of God and you feel powerless to change it.’ </li></ul></ul>
  87. 87. <ul><li>A stronghold is a ‘fortressed base of operations’ for the enemy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. ” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ephesians 4:26-27 (NKJV) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The word ‘place’ (topos) or foothold, or opportunity, refers to jurisdiction where one has gained rights </li></ul></ul>
  88. 88. <ul><li>A stronghold is a place in your life where Satan has right of access to assert his influence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ And don't sin by letting anger gain control over you. Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil.” Ephesians 4:26-27 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  89. 89. <ul><li>What’s the process by which strongholds are built? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>THOUGHTS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DECISIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ACTIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VALUES </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LIFESTYLE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BONDAGE </li></ul></ul>
  90. 90. <ul><li>What are strongholds made of? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal sin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Believing lies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generational sin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word curses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Soul ties </li></ul></ul>
  91. 91. <ul><li>1) Personal Sin </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sin from doors you open </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sin from doors left open after you come to Jesus Christ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sin from doors forced open by violation and victimization and subsequent sinful reaction </li></ul></ul>
  92. 92. <ul><ul><li>“ And that's the way it was with us before Christ came. We were slaves to the spiritual powers of this world. . . And now that you have found God (or should I say, now that God has found you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual powers of this world?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Galatians 4:3, 9 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  93. 93. <ul><ul><li>What kind of sin? All kinds! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fear ( James 3:14-15) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jealousy/Ambition ( James 3:14-15) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Opposition to truth (2 Timothy 2:25-26) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Temporal man-centered pursuits (Matthew 16:23) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lying (John 8:43-45) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Worldliness (Ephesians 2:1-2) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  94. 94. <ul><ul><ul><li>Idolatry (1 Corinthians 10:20-21) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Laziness (1 Timothy 5:13-15) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hypocrisy, Greed, Lying (Acts 5:3) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Materialism (1 Timothy 6:9) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Violated Conscience (1 Timothy 1:19-20) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Immorality (1 Corinthians 5:1-5) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>False Religion (2 Timothy 3:5) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Deceit (2 Corinthians 11:13-15) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  95. 95. <ul><ul><li>And a host of others: Anger, Condemnation, Control, Critical Spirit, Entitlements, Fear, Hopelessness, Independence, Inferiority, Jealousy, Passivity, Pride, Rebellion, Rejection, Self-Hatred, Self-Obsession, Shame, Unbelief, Unforgiveness, Victimization </li></ul></ul>
  96. 96. <ul><li>2) Believing Lies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Believing anything contrary to God’s truth revealed in Scripture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UNFORGIVENESS – believing the lie that unhealed wounds that result in bitterness, anger and resentment toward others do not have an effect on me </li></ul></ul>
  97. 97. <ul><ul><li>UNBELIEF – Believing the lie that I know better than God what I can and can’t do and that I cannot really trust His promises to me </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FEAR – Believing the lie that it is normal to have a large amount of anxiety about everything and everyone, including God </li></ul></ul>
  98. 98. <ul><ul><li>INFERIORITY – Believing the lie that I am less important and have less value than everyone else and that I always come up short </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SELF-HATRED – Believing the lie that there is something wrong with me and that it is okay for me to have anger and disgust against myself </li></ul></ul>
  99. 99. <ul><ul><li>HOPELESSNESS / DEFEAT – Believing the lie that there is no possibility to solve or overcome my problems or that anything good will every come to me </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>INSECURITY – Believing the lie that I can never be sure of myself or feel safe or secure or be free from fear and anxiety </li></ul></ul>
  100. 100. <ul><ul><li>“ Don't let anyone lead you astray with empty philosophy and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the evil powers of this world, and not from Christ.” Colossians 2:8 (NLT ) </li></ul></ul>
  101. 101. <ul><li>3) Generational Sin </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The scriptures clearly state that the effects of sin and righteousness can be passed down from one generation to the next generation </li></ul></ul>
  102. 102. <ul><ul><li>“ Don't bow down and worship idols. I am the LORD your God, and I demand all your love. If you reject me, I will punish your families for three or four generations. But if you love me and obey my laws, I will be kind to your families for thousands of generations.” Exodus 20:5-6 (CEV) </li></ul></ul>
  103. 103. <ul><ul><li>Generational sin can be passed down from either side of your family line </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generational sin acts like a snare that holds you back from walking in freedom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pay close attention to recurring patterns in your life, and that of your family </li></ul></ul>
  104. 104. <ul><li>4) Word Curses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do we mean by ‘a curse’? Something that has been spoken over or against you and has lodged in your heart that is contrary to the will and word of God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 (NASB) </li></ul></ul>
  105. 105. <ul><ul><li>A curse, in Old Testament culture, was characterized by a power, force, or energy expressing itself in hurt to be feared and shunned </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Curses were considered a wish for misfortune on one’s enemies that resulted in tangible negative consequences </li></ul></ul>
  106. 106. <ul><ul><li>Curses can come from others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Those in authority in your life </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Parents, teachers, coaches, bosses, etc . . . </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Through slander </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Generational issues </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider and be aware of the ‘tapes’ that play over and over in your mind </li></ul></ul>
  107. 107. <ul><ul><li>Curses can be self -inflicted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Words you speak over yourself can give access to the demonic </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Even embracing things such as song lyrics that are words of self-destruction can have affect on you </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pay close attention to your ‘self-talk’ and what you believe about yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I am stupid; I can never be like; I will always be poor; I always rush ahead </li></ul></ul></ul>
  108. 108. <ul><li>5) Soul Ties </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A soul tie is relationship that goes beyond biblical boundaries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A soul tie involves departure from normal parameters in one or more areas of a relationship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Soul ties result in unhealthy relational bonding </li></ul></ul>
  109. 109. <ul><ul><li>“ And we said to my lord, 'The boy cannot leave his father; if he leaves him, his father will die.' &quot;So now, if the boy is not with us when I go back . . . and if my father, whose life is closely bound up with the boy's life, sees that the boy isn't there, he will die.” Genesis 44:22, 30-31 (NIV) </li></ul></ul>
  110. 110. <ul><ul><li>A soul tie can have an unhealthy, inappropriate, and unbiblical influence on the person or family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Soul ties are spiritual in nature and carry a great capacity for influence and power in one’s life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.” Jonah 2:8 (NIV) </li></ul></ul>
  111. 111. <ul><li>Strongholds, regardless of what they’re made of, are barriers keeping you from your inheritance </li></ul><ul><li>Strongholds can keep you from obedience and advancing the Kingdom </li></ul><ul><li>Strongholds can keep you on the ‘sidelines of life’ </li></ul><ul><li>Strongholds can keep you from finishing well </li></ul>
  112. 112. <ul><li>‘ A stronghold is when you know something is contrary to the will of God but you feel powerless to change it’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Ed Silvoso </li></ul><ul><li>Strongholds to consider: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Sin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Believing Lies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generational Sin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word Curses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Soul Ties </li></ul></ul>
  113. 113. Spiritual Transactions
  114. 114. <ul><li>It is it important to tear down strongholds because they are barriers that keep you from walking in the freedom of who you in Christ and from enjoying the inheritance God has for you </li></ul>
  115. 115. <ul><ul><li>“ Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.” Hebrews 12:1 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  116. 116. <ul><li>You need spiritual weapons to dismantle spiritual strongholds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ We are human, but we don't wage war with human plans and methods. We use God's mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil's strongholds. ” 2 Corinthians 10:3 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  117. 117. <ul><li>Strongholds are dismantled by exercising spiritual weapons to tear them down </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ With these weapons we break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God. With these weapons we conquer their rebellious ideas, and we teach them to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  118. 118. <ul><li>When you exercise the spiritual weapons you’ve been given you posture yourself for Divine intervention </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Now, the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, he gives freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  119. 119. <ul><li>A freedom lifestyle begins when you choose to address strongholds in your life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ He gives us more and more strength to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, &quot;God sets himself against the proud, but he shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  120. 120. <ul><li>Freedom starts out of the mouth of the one calling out to God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.” 2 Timothy 2:22 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  121. 121. <ul><li>Spiritual transactions in the heavenly realm go into affect as you call out to God in faith </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19 (NIV) </li></ul></ul>
  122. 122. <ul><li>Spiritual transactions are the means by which you grow in Christ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV) </li></ul></ul>
  123. 123. <ul><li>Spiritual transactions occur whether or not you fully understand everything or not </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual transactions occur regardless of your emotions </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual transaction occur when you act in faith and obedience to God’s Word </li></ul>
  124. 124. <ul><li>Strongholds are dismantled when you exercise confident faith </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ It's impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 (MSG) </li></ul></ul>
  125. 125. <ul><li>Faith translates into obedience and action </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ If we know the right thing to do and do not do it, we commit sin.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>James 4:17 (NIV) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You must have a zero-tolerance for passivity in acting upon God’s Word </li></ul></ul>
  126. 126. <ul><li>Strength to address strongholds keeping you freedom begins with humility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ He gives us more and more strength to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, &quot;God sets himself against the proud, but he shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  127. 127. <ul><li>A freedom lifestyle is a walk of aggressive resistance to the enemy rooted in a sure promise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ So humble yourselves before God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  128. 128. <ul><li>Standing on God’s promise of His presence is motivation to choose pursuing Him with a pure heart </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you hypocrites.” James 4:8 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  129. 129. <ul><li>Spiritual transactions necessary to a freedom lifestyle assume a willingness to take responsibility for sin you’ve committed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Let there be tears for the wrong things you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy.” James 4:9 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  130. 130. <ul><li>Humility, honesty, and dependence on the Lord are essential to a freedom lifestyle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor.” James 4:10 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  131. 131. <ul><li>To tear down spiritual strongholds: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You must want nothing less than abandoned pursuit of God and His freedom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You must be ready for God to go anywhere in your life </li></ul></ul>
  132. 132. <ul><ul><li>You must be ready to be completely honest, to confess sin, to repent, and to exercise the authority you have in Christ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You must aggressively use the biblical weapons you’ve been given to dismantle spiritual strongholds </li></ul></ul>
  133. 133. Weapons For A Freedom Lifestyle
  134. 134. <ul><li>The starting point for getting armed is making a lifestyle decision </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. ” Ephesians 6:11 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  135. 135. <ul><li>Your choice to live a lifestyle of freedom is under girded by assurance that as a child of God you have all the resources you need </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Now you are no longer a slave but God's own child. And since you are his child, everything he has belongs to you.” Galatians 4:7 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  136. 136. <ul><li>God has given you everything you need to live a lifestyle of freedom and tear down any stronghold keeping you from your inheritance in Christ and effective ministry </li></ul>
  137. 137. <ul><ul><li>“ As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive his own glory and goodness! And by that same mighty power, he has given us all of his rich and wonderful promises. He has promised that you will escape the decadence all around you caused by evil desires and that you will share in his divine nature.” 2 Peter 1:3-4 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  138. 138. <ul><li>Freedom from strongholds is expressed out of the mouth of the one who is being held captive </li></ul><ul><li>Tearing down strongholds involves using your spiritual weapons to dismantle any jurisdiction Satan has in your life regardless of the origin </li></ul>
  139. 139. <ul><li>Tearing down strongholds begins in the arena of your thought life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ We are human, but we don't wage war with human plans and methods. We use God's mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil's strongholds. . . </li></ul></ul>
  140. 140. <ul><ul><li>. . .With these weapons we break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God. With these weapons we conquer their rebellious ideas, and we teach them to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  141. 141. <ul><li>Spiritual Weapons You Can Use: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Confession </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repentance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forgiveness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hearing God’s Voice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spiritual Authority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prayer </li></ul></ul>
  142. 142. CONFESSION <ul><li>Confession is a willingness to be honest and transparent about your sin to God </li></ul><ul><li>Confession is verbally agreeing with what God calls sin </li></ul>
  143. 143. <ul><li>Confession is the door to receiving forgiveness and cleansing from sin </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9 (NIV) </li></ul></ul>
  144. 144. <ul><li>If you are unwilling to confess your sin you open yourself to deception </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:7 (NIV) </li></ul></ul>
  145. 145. <ul><li>Confession make genuine fellowship with others possible </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ But if we live in the light, as God does, we share in life with each other. And the blood of his Son Jesus washes all our sins away.” 1 John 1:7 (CEV) </li></ul></ul>
  146. 146. <ul><li>Confession, as part of your lifestyle , opens the door to healing in all areas of your life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed.” James 5:16 (MSG) </li></ul></ul>
  147. 147. REPENTANCE <ul><li>Repentance is the key for entering into the power, joy, and freedom of a transformed life </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Repentance is the foundation of all spiritual growth.’ </li></ul><ul><li>- Alexander Solzhenitsyn </li></ul>
  148. 148. <ul><li>Repentance leads to freedom – salvation, life, and REFRESHING </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Now it's time to change your ways! Turn to face God so he can wipe away your sins, pour out showers of blessing to refresh you.” Acts 3:19 (MSG) </li></ul></ul>
  149. 149. <ul><li>The Old Testament meaning is a change of direction and implies an image of a 180° turn </li></ul><ul><li>The New Testament meaning is a change of mind, a change of belief system; a turning from something to something else </li></ul><ul><li>Repentance is the first step into a Kingdom life </li></ul>
  150. 150. <ul><ul><li>“ Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  151. 151. <ul><li>Repentance results in new thinking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Romans 12:2 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  152. 152. <ul><li>Repentance results in new thoughts and beliefs, new words and actions, and eventually new emotions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything – and I do mean everything – connected with that old way of life has to go. . . </li></ul></ul>
  153. 153. <ul><ul><li>. . . It's rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life--a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.” Ephesians 4:22-24 (MSG) </li></ul></ul>
  154. 154. FORGIVENESS <ul><li>Forgiving others who have sinned against you keeps you from being bound by unforgiveness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ And should you not have had pity and mercy on your fellow attendant, as I had pity and mercy on you? . . . </li></ul></ul>
  155. 155. <ul><ul><li>. . . And in wrath his master turned him over to the torturers (the jailers), till he should pay all that he owed. So also My heavenly Father will deal with every one of you if you do not freely forgive your brother from your heart his offenses.” Matthew 18:33-35 (AMP) </li></ul></ul>
  156. 156. <ul><li>Walking in forgiveness begins with you taking the first step </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it's not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive – only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins.&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mark 11:25 (MSG) </li></ul></ul>
  157. 157. <ul><li>Walking in forgiveness can make you wise to the attacks of the enemy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ When you forgive this man, I forgive him, too. And when I forgive him . . . I do . . . so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are very familiar with his evil schemes.” 2 Corinthians 2:10-11 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  158. 158. <ul><li>Walking in forgiveness frees you to show compassion to others </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32-33 (MSG) </li></ul></ul>
  159. 159. <ul><li>Receiving forgiveness after you confess your sin is God’s means to release you from the guilt of your sin </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask your aid.” Psalm 86:5 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  160. 160. HEARING GOD’S VOICE <ul><li>A freedom lifestyle assumes an intimate relationship with the Lord </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Then he told me, `The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and hear him speak.” Acts 22:14 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  161. 161. <ul><li>A lifestyle of freedom assumes a measure of faith and expectation that God wants to speak with you </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The LORD God gives me the right words to encourage the weary. Each morning he awakens me eager to learn his teaching.” Isaiah 50:4 (CEV) </li></ul></ul>
  162. 162. <ul><li>Hearing from God assumes you are listening if He has something to share with you </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Happy are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home! For whoever finds me finds life and wins approval from the LORD.” Proverbs 8:34-35 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  163. 163. <ul><li>Hearing from God assumes you have the capacity to do so </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me.” John 8:27 (MSG) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God.” - Brother Lawrence </li></ul></ul>
  164. 164. <ul><li>How do you hear God’s voice? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Through the Scripture – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105 (NLT) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Listening to it </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reading it, memorizing it </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Studying it, meditating on it </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Impressions to read certain portions </li></ul></ul></ul>
  165. 165. <ul><ul><li>By the Holy Spirit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leading and guiding </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Whether you turn to the right or to the left, you will hear a voice saying, ‘This is the road! Now follow it.’” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is. 30:21 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Impressions – Acts 20:22 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Conviction – Jn. 16:8 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Peace – Col.3:15 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  166. 166. <ul><ul><li>By Waiting on God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In the place of worship – Acts 13:1-3 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In the place of prayer – Lk. 6:12-16 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In the place of prayer w/fasting – Dan.9-10 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Waiting for God’s counsel – Ps.106:13 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Waiting in dependence to act on our behalf – Is.64:4 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  167. 167. <ul><ul><li>Through People </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Listening to the Lord as other people speak, act, obey </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jethro to Moses in Ex.18 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Through spiritual leaders – Acts </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Through people functioning in their spiritual gifts </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  168. 168. <ul><ul><li>Through Spiritual Gifts and Supernatural Means </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Discernment – 1 Cor.12 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Prophetic words – 1 Cor. 12 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Words of Knowledge – 1 Cor. 12 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Words of Wisdom – 1 Cor. 12 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Visions – Acts 10:9-28 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dreams – Mt. 1:20 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  169. 169. <ul><li>How do you cultivate hearing God’s voice? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a responsive heart – Mark 4:1-20 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make spending time with the Lord a priority – Luke 10:41-42 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask the Lord to speak to you – Luke 11:13 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice, practice, practice! </li></ul></ul>
  170. 170. <ul><ul><li>Shut out distractions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ God is our true Friend, who always give us the counsel and comfort we need. Our danger lies in resisting Him; so it is essential that we acquire the habit of harkening to His voice, or keeping silence within, and listening so as to lose nothing of what He says to us. We know well enough how. . . </li></ul></ul></ul>
  171. 171. <ul><ul><li>. . . to keep outward silence, and to hush our spoken words, but we know little or interior silence. It consists in hushing our idle, restless, wandering imagination, in quieting the promptings of our worldly minds, and in suppressing the crowd of unprofitable thoughts which excite and disturb the soul.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Francois Fenelon </li></ul></ul>
  172. 172. SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY <ul><li>You receive authority at salvation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.” Romans 1:5 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  173. 173. <ul><ul><li>“ If you are doing kingdom business, as a kingdom Christian, living a kingdom life, you have kingdom authority.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Tony Evans </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Authority is the delegated right to rule </li></ul><ul><li>Power is the inherent ability to do and act (real strength, might, force) </li></ul><ul><li>Your only source of power to exercise spiritual authority is the Holy Spirit </li></ul>
  174. 174. <ul><li>The authority you exercise is Christ’s authority, not your own </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.” Colossians 2:9-10 (NIV) </li></ul></ul>
  175. 175. <ul><li>Your authority as a believer is based on your position ‘in Christ’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  176. 176. <ul><li>When you walk in Christ’s authority you should expect that it will make a difference in ministry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, &quot;Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name! &quot;Yes,&quot; he told them, . . . And I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy . . . Nothing will injure you. ” Luke 10:17-19 (NIV) </li></ul></ul>
  177. 177. <ul><li>The Holy Spirit is the source of your power </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere -in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  178. 178. <ul><li>Exercising your authority is not an option but a responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>You are responsible to exercise authority over that which is in your God-given sphere </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous. . .” Psalm 125:3 (NIV) </li></ul></ul>
  179. 179. <ul><li>Listening to and obeying the Lord provides you with the right to execute authority </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;I assure you, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. But I do nothing without consulting the Father.” John 5:19, 30 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  180. 180. <ul><ul><li>“ The limitation of Satan’s power on earth is based on a joining together of the will of God and the will of man. When the sovereignty of God is linked to the obedience of man, the will of God is put into effect, and when that happens Satan is checked.” - McCandlish Phillips </li></ul></ul>
  181. 181. PRAYER <ul><li>The Four R’s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Repent – owning your sin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Receive – God’s forgiveness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resist – the enemy of your soul </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Replace – with God’s truth </li></ul></ul>
  182. 182. <ul><li>Guided prayer using the Four R’s can provide a pathway to facilitate spiritual transactions </li></ul><ul><li>The Four R’s tether spiritual transaction to a biblical basis </li></ul><ul><li>The Four R’s serve as a model to help others know how to stand on God’s Word – easily to replicate </li></ul>
  183. 183. <ul><ul><li>Repentance unlocks the door to freedom by removing the right of access the enemy has in a particular area of your life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Receiving God’s forgiveness breaks the hold of guilt over past sin </li></ul></ul>
  184. 184. <ul><ul><li>Renouncing lies you have believed, in the places of your life where the enemy has tried to exercise his influence over your thinking, beliefs, values and actions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exercise your authority in Christ to resist the enemy </li></ul></ul>
  185. 185. <ul><ul><li>Replace the lies of the enemy with God’s truth based on His Word </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Replace commitment to sin with commitment to holiness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Renew your commitment and desire to pursue the Lord with all your heart </li></ul></ul>
  186. 186. <ul><ul><li>Ask and receive in faith a fresh infilling of the Spirit to enable you to walk in His ways </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rejoice in the abundant grace, peace, and freedom that you have received </li></ul></ul>
  187. 187. Habits For The Journey
  188. 188. Habits For The Journey <ul><li>Walking in freedom is a lifestyle decision </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. ” Ephesians 6:11 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  189. 189. <ul><li>Spiritual Habits For The Journey : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Worship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faith </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fellowship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accountability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prayer Pathway </li></ul></ul>
  190. 190. WORSHIP <ul><li>Living a freedom lifestyle is an act of worship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Take your everyday, ordinary life--your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life--and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Romans 12:1 (MSG) </li></ul></ul>
  191. 191. FAITH <ul><li>Exercising your faith results in intimacy with the Lord </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better.” 1 Peter 1:5 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  192. 192. FELLOWHIP <ul><li>Walking in freedom facilitates genuine fellowship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ But if we are living in the light of God's presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin.” 1 John 1:7 (NLT) </li></ul></ul>
  193. 193. ACCOUNTABILITY <ul><li>Living a lifestyle of freedom requires being connected with others </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Let's see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (MSG) </li></ul></ul>
  194. 194. PRAYER PATHWAY <ul><li>The Four R’s provide a prayer pathway to facilitate spiritual transactions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Repent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Receive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Replace </li></ul></ul>
  195. 195. Walk Free! <ul><li>“ We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better.” Colossians 1:9-10 (NLT) </li></ul>