Life After the Change: The God of Discipline pt 2 (sermon outline)

Life After the Change: The God of Discipline, pt 2 Universal Hagar’s Spiritual Church Youth Sunday Service—National Headquarters—Detroit, Michigan Sunday, February 5, 2012 Rev. George H. Latimer-Knight, B.Sc.

Text: James 4:7; Luke 11:24-26 — Reference: Luke 11:14-28

“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” — Earl Nightingale (1921-1989)

1. The Initial Change

  • James 4:7 — “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
    • So often people seek to resist and rebuke the devil. This is not the first move.
    • The initial change is to submit to God, his word, and his ways.
    • Once we submit to God then we will have the (ever-increasing) power to rebuke the devil!

2. The Life to Be Lived

  • Luke 11:24-26 — Break this down as deeply as possible. Very important to discipline ourselves to not only get rid of bad habits but to replace them with good ones.
    • (24) When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man,
      • You rebuke the negativity out of your mind and life.
      • he walketh through dry places, seeking rest;
        • The evil spirit you rebuked cannot find rest because it needs a body to work through.
      • and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my housewhence I came out.
        • The evil spirt, condition, bad habit, or whatever it is, will return back to you!
      • (25) And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.
        • The that negative force comes back it will find you clean and renewed. Yes, it will find that you have been doing some praying and fasting.
      • (26) Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wickedthan himself;
        • In response to finding you in a better shape, it (the initial negative force) will strengthen itself with seven kindred spirit worse than it.
      • and they enter in, and dwell there:
        • How did they get back into your life? Why did you allow them to come back and take up residency in your life.
      • and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
        • You may have started out drinking here and there, for example. You join the church and decide to stop drinking. You’re feeling good about and proud of yourself. But after a while you find yourself binge drinking.
        • You can end up worse off after the initial change, if you don’t submit to God first.
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