Pastor Steve Williams : Christian Superstition in 3D

Unhealthy Faith · 45:28 · Recorded July 17, 2016

Christian Superstition in 3D

Colossians 2:3-10 (NIV) …In whom [Jesus] are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how orderly you are and how firm your faith in Christ is. 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. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. 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.

Faith is based on revelation, not on tradition, supposition or superstition.

2 John 1:9 (TLB) If you wander beyond the teaching of Christ, you will leave God behind; while if you are loyal to Christ’s teachings, you will have God too.

Faith is my heart response to God, not a manipulative scheme for more.

1. Experiencing DIVINE DISCIPLINE.

Misbeliefs, superstitions & the truth:

Someone took all your payback.

1 John 2:1 (Phi) If a man should sin, remember that our advocate before the Father is Jesus Christ the righteous, the one who made personal atonement for our sins (and for those of the rest of the world as well).

Romans 8:1, 33 (Phi) No condemnation now hangs over the head of those who are “in” Jesus Christ…Who would dare to accuse us, whom God has chosen? The judge himself has declared us free from sin. Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us!

His hand corrects & redeems in love.

Hebrews 12:5-6, 10-11 (NCV) “Don’t think the Lord’s discipline is worth nothing, and don’t stop trying when he corrects you. The Lord disciplines those he loves.” …Our fathers on earth disciplined us for a short time in the way they thought was best. But God disciplines us to help us, so we can become holy as he is. We don’t enjoy being disciplined. It’s painful, but later, after we’ve learned from it, we have peace, because we start living in the right way.

2. Overcoming the DEVIL & DEMONIC.

Misbeliefs, superstitions & the truth:

You’re forever tied to the greatest conqueror!

Romans 8:37-39 (NLT) Despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

James 4:6-7 (TEV) But the grace that God gives is even stronger. As the scripture says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” So then, submit yourselves to God. Resist the Devil, and he will run away from you.

Luke 22:31-32 (NAS)  “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat;  but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail.”

Your growth in discipleship is key!

2 Corinthians 11:3 (NAS) “I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”

3. Handling DEDICATED DOLLARS.

Misbeliefs, superstitions & the truth:

Malachi 3:8-12 (NAS) “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you! Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and test me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground…,” says the LORD of hosts.

I’m honoring God with & for my wealth.

Deuteronomy 14:23 (TLB) The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives.

Proverbs 3:9 (TLB) Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of all your income, and he will fill your barns with wheat and barley and overflow your wine vats with the finest wines.

I’m reflecting a disciple’s priorities.

  • Quickly brainstorm with your group to make a list of the most commonly held superstitions. Who was the most superstitious person you’ve known?
  • In 2 Corinthians 5:7, The New Century Version renders the scripture, We live by what we believe, not by what we can see.How is this statement true of superstitions & “misbeliefs?” How does genuine faith differ from superstition, and how do you think people confuse them sometimes?
  • Which of the areas of superstition Steve touched on in this message do you find yourself especially vulnerable or needing to grow? How would you like to see progress in this area(s) this year?
  • How does the way God seeks to “discipline to correct us” differ from the way parents often punish children?
  • An old comedy show featured the line “The Devil made me do it!” How does this answer wash with God according to scripture?
  • What attitudes about money mentioned today have you heard people express most? How does God’s Word change the way you think about it?
  • This week focus on helping your kids learn to believe Jesus’ words and live by the light of God’s Word & ways. Help them to understand that living according to superstitions, misbeliefs and fears is not the way God made us to live, but he wants us to know and live in the light of the truth. Make a fun learning event by trying to walk with them through a dark room or your dark garage without bumping into anything. Then let them use just a small light from a phone or flashlight. Help them see that Jesus came to give us light for living when we follow the truth. Work together to memorize (depending on their age) one of the following passages: John 8:12; John 8:31-32; Proverbs 4:18; Psalm 119:105.
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