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Overcoming Strongholds in Others (35 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Kingdom
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Romans 1:18-32; 2 Corinthians 10:1-6; Romans 8:18-21
This week, we will explore how our understanding of the spiritual realm enables us to bring the same freedom we have received to the people around us.
- Focus on verse 28 for unbelief leading to a depraved mind.
2 Corinthians 10:1-6
- Focus on verse 4 for our spiritual weapons of divine power.
- Focus on verse 21 for God's children releasing the Earth from bondage.
EQUIP: Overcoming with the knowledge of God.
Teaching Point 1: The consequence of unbelief is a depraved mind shut off to the things of God (Romans 1).
Paul wanted to equip believers to help other people overcome the lies that were keeping them away from God. He longed to see the Roman world in revival. He knew if he could reach the Romans with God's truth, the Good News would transform their world!
Everyone is given a fair chance to see God and His goodness. ''They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God'' (ROMANS 1:19-20).
Instead of recognizing and worshipping God, humanity often creates ''God substitutes.''
''Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn't worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like'' (ROMANS 1:21).
People try to create their own version of God, but serving false gods leads only to a pointless, hopeless existence. When Paul wrote his letter to the Romans, they worshipped the Emperor Ceasar as God. Today in the western world, many people are humanists, which means they are focused on man instead of God. God is ruled out, and man is placed on th ...
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