Make War Lesson #3

Posted: February 28, 2013 by Brandon Fisher in Make War Lessons
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Make War

2.24.13 & 2.27.13

Lesson #3

Big Idea:  The heart of the matter is a matter of the heart.

Main Points:

  • External expressions of sin are the fruit of internal sins of our heart.
  • The goal is not simply behavior modification but heart transformation.
  • The Spirit of God has the power to change your life from the inside-out.

Review Points:

  • We wrestle not only against flesh & blood but against a darkness behind the darkness.
  • Generally speaking, we fight to believe the truths of the gospel over the lies of Satan.
  • Temptations are offers from Satan to get good things in a bad way.
  • Good soldiers practice using their weapons until it becomes instinct.
  • Tomorrow’s battles are won or lost based on today’s preparation.

Sword Drills:

  • Matthew 5:21-22—21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.
  • Matthew 5:27-28—27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
  • Jeremiah 17:9—9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
  • Proverbs 4:23—23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
  • Luke 6:45—45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
  • Galatians 5:22-23—22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Make a list of sins:

  • Lists will likely include many of the 10 commandments:
    • Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not lie, do not covet.
  • Ask youth to be specific—What sins have you committed in the past?
    • I cheated on a test.
    • I broke a promise and spread a secret that no one else was supposed to know.
    • I punch a girl in the mouth.
    • I stole a shirt from Park City.
  • Share lists.

What causes someone to sin?

  • What would motivate someone to murder?
    • Get justice.
    • Get power.
    • Get safety.
    • Anger.
      • When do you get angry?
      • Answer:  When something you love is taken from you.
  • Ask youth:  What would motivate you to cheat on a test?
    • Get a good grade.
    • Have fun rather than study.
    • Lazy.
    • Don’t think you’ll get caught.
  • Let’s go deeper:
    • Could pride be the motivation behind getting a good grade?
      • I’m important. I’m smart.  Smart people get good grades.
      • I’m not like those stupid kids who get bad grades.  I’m better than them.
      • No one can tell me what to do.  I’m the boss of me.  My teacher is stupid anyway.
      • Could greed be the motivation behind getting a good grade?
        • If I get good grades, I can get into a good school, get a good degree, get a good job, and finally be able to buy all the things I want.
        • If I get all As, my parents promised to buy me a car.
        • Seven Deadly Sins:
          • Pride, Greed, Envy, Lust, Rage, Sloth, Gluttony.

Underneath external sins, are internal sins.

  • External expressions of sin are the fruit of internal sins of our heart.
    • There are invisible sins that give birth to visible sins.
    • This is why Jesus said it’s not only wrong to murder, it’s also wrong to be angry.
    • This is why Jesus said it’s not only wrong to commit adultery, it’s also wrong to lust.
    • There are sins in our heart that produce sins in the flesh.
  • Galatians 5:19-24—19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
    • What external sins so you see in this passage?
      • Sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, etc.
      • Where do they come from according to Galatians 5?
        • Answer:  Desires of the flesh.
        • Inside our hearts are desires mixed with lies on how those desires can be fulfilled.
          • Deep down we want people to love us.
          • And we’ll believe Satan’s lie that people will only love us if…
            • We’re smart—so we cheat.
            • We wear cool clothes—so we steal.
            • We look better than other people—so we brag about ourselves.
  • Galatians teaches us that sins begin in our heart.
  • What kinds of desires motivate your actions?

What does Galatians teach us about the solution to sin?

  • We need the Spirit of God.
    • In the same way that evil deeds are the fruit of evil desires, so good deeds are the fruit of good desires.
    • The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self control.
    • To produce good fruit, we need a good heart.
  • People tend to focus on behavior modification to stop ourselves from sinning.
    • Example:  Have a problem with pornography?
      • Unplug your computer.
      • Download an online filter.
      • Only use the computer when family is around.
      • There is nothing wrong with these approaches in general.
        • In fact they are probably wise if you have a problem.
        • But they miss the heart of the matter.
          • Until you address the sin in your heart that is leading you to look at pornography, you’ll continually find ways to sinfully satisfy the desires of your flesh.
          • You’ll find another way to access porn.
          • Or you’ll find another external sin that meets your deepest desire.
          • Perhaps instead of porn, you turn to drugs or alcohol.
          • Or maybe, you’ll use video games or sports or work.
  • Yes, sinful desires in your heart can lead you to produce “good fruit.”
    • Remember the desires that caused some people to cheat?
    • Those same sinful desires can cause some people to study really hard.
    • Those same sinful desires can cause some people to be really, really nice—because they desperately want people to like them.
    • Those same sinful desires can cause some people to look really religious.
  • This is the problem with sins of our heart.
    • Sometimes sin looks like a drug dealer.
    • Sometimes sin looks like a Sunday school teacher.
    • The sin in our hearts will use whatever it can to get the think it wants.
    • Sometimes by being very, very bad; sometimes by being very, very good.
    • There are some people in here who may have very squeaky clean lives but very sinful hearts.
      • Jesus called them whitewashed tombs.
      • On the outside they’re nice and white, but on the inside they’re full of death.
      • This is my story in high school.
        • If you come on the retreat, you’ll hear a fuller story, but this is it generally:
        • I wanted people to like me, so I was nice, I did my homework; I respected my teachers (to their face anyway); I went above and beyond what people wanted me to do.
        • Sure, I didn’t drink in high school or have sex in high school, but you know why?  I never had the chance.
          • In fact, if I was ever given the opportunity, and I thought someone might like me more if I did do those things, I probably would have done it.
          • People looked at me and thought I was a good kid.
            • The scary part is no one thought I needed Jesus.
            • I looked like I already had him.
            • But I didn’t.
            • I only had sinful desires that produced fake fruit.
            • I didn’t need a change of behavior, I needed a change of heart.
  • More than a change in our behavior, we need a change of our hearts.
  • Are you a white-washed tomb?

The Spirit of God has the power to change your heart:

  • Here is how the Spirit changes your heart:  It reminds you of the truth of the gospel—that your deepest desires are already met by Jesus.
    • If you want to be loved, the Gospel tells us that someone loves you so much that he was willing to die so that he could be with you forever.
    • If you want to be valued, the Gospel tells us that someone finds you more precious than life itself.
    • If you want to be included, the Gospel tells us that we are counted as family with God.
  • When your heart has been changed by the Spirit’s power,
    • You don’t need to make yourself look better than other people, because God already thinks you’re lovely.
    • You don’t need to get good grades or cheat because God already thinks you’re significant.
    • You don’t need to lie to protect your image because God has declared you righteous.
  • This is how the Spirit of God changes hearts:  He preaches the gospel to your heart.
    • He reminds you of your breastplate of righteousness, your helmet of salvation, your shoes of peace, your shield of faith.
    • He reminds you of the good news that all your deepest desires are met fully in Jesus.
  • How are you allowing the Gospel to be the thing that motivates your actions?

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