Moving Forward through Self-Recovery Spiritual Opposition

by Michelle Dyett-Welcome

in Bible Lessons, Oneness in Christ

Moving Forward through Self-Recovery

 

Selfrecovery

 

Greetings Redden Rams of the Most High God!

Before we begin our lesson I would like us to set an atmosphere of praise. This is important for praise pierces darkness. It pierces through the heart of the enemies kingdom. It pierces through the obstacles and hindrances he has placed in our way.

The song we will use throughout this series to set the right atmosphere is Praise Him by Donnie Harper.

Praise him

1 Praise him, praise him, praise him, praise him!

Jesus, blessed Savior, he’s worthy to be praised.

From the rising of the sun

until the going down of the same,

he’s worthy, Jesus is worthy,

he’s worthy to be praised.

2 Glory! Glory! In all things give him glory.

Jesus, blessed Savior, he’s worthy to be praised.

For God is our rock,

hope of salvation;

a strong deliverer,

in him I will always trust.

3 Praise him, praise him, praise him, praise him!

Jesus, blessed Savior, he’s worthy to be praised.

From the rising of the sun

until the going down of the same,

he’s worthy, Jesus is worthy,

he’s worthy to be praised.

Praise him, praise him, praise him, praise him!

Jesus, blessed Savior, he’s worthy to be praised.

“In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” 2 Timothy 2:25-26 

Many in the body of Christ are in captivity, they are in the “snare of the devil”, or they are continually “taken captive by him at his will” and they do not realize it. They are bound by familiar emotions, actions habits, decisions, or philological positions that are influenced and guided by the enemy.

I would like us to focus on a few key words in the scripture the first is “oppose themselves.” This phrase according to the Greek meaning is to place oneself in opposition or against something. It is to institute or put something else in place of a thing. When we look further into the root meaning, we learn that it means to dispose of one’s own affairs through “the channel of an act.”

Channel of an Act

The channel of an act occurs by a certain means, it’s for a certain reason, on the account of something, at a certain time, or in a specific place. To be more precise, the opposition of one’s self occurs because an individual chooses to lay down, lay aside, or to carry no longer, what he or she had agreed to uphold. 

There are several instances in the Bible where the people of God opposed themselves and laid down what they agreed to uphold. Some were able to recover themselves others were not!

  • Spiritually: Samson, Peter, Saul, Balaam, Eve and Adam
  • Emotionally: Moses and Cain
  • Physically:  Moses, David, Judas, Eli
  • Financially: Rich young ruler, Ananias and Sapphira
  • Socially: Samson,Eli, and Peter

Spiritual Opposition

Spiritual Opposition can occur when a person decides to choose which part of the Bible; they will believe or live by. As believers, we have consented and agreed to embrace and to live by the full and complete Word of God.

When we select what we will follow, we are telling God that there is something flawed about his word. Or that his Word may be good for others but we are the “exception” and deserve special consideration.

Let us not be deceived, the spiritual core of such an action is rebellion and disobedience when we know and refuse to do. From before, the beginning of our world rebellion and disobedience was an opposition to the things of God that resulted in a fall.

Satan was flung out of heaven and cast down toward the earth (Isaiah 14:12-14, Ezekiel 28:14-18). If we follow the same course, his fate will be ours. God is not partial (Acts 10:34). His standard is eternal. Therefore, we are to uphold his standard in its totality.

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We are called to live lives of sacrifice. This means we are to live on a higher level than just a physical or temporal existence. We are to spiritually discern what is truly important and what is not and then choose to follow the spiritual course.

“But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.” 1 Corinthians 2:15

We are to judge and examine all things spiritually, by doing so we will make spiritual decisions, draw spiritual conclusions, and act according to the spirit which no man can judge only the spirit of God.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1

To be a living sacrifice is to pour one’s self out for others as Christ has poured himself out for us. In essence, we should be willing to sow what is temporary (our discomfort, dislike, preferences, desires, or will) in order to reap what is eternal. We should not horde our time or possessions for our real and true inheritance is spiritual, and our sacrifice is our reasonable duty.

Other Examples of Spiritual Opposition: 

  • Living in the past
  • Doing what you know is wrong
  • Refusing to do what God has commanded you to do

We will close this lesson with the name of Jesus. There is something about his name that frees, heals, delivers, and sets demons to flight. 

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus there is something about that name

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus

There’s just something about that name

Master, Savior, Jesus

Like the fragrance after the rain

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus

Let all heaven and earth proclaim

Kings and kingdoms shall all pass away

But there’s something about that name.

Prayer

Father we thank you for the opportunity to turn from waywardness. We thank you for knowledge which will keep us from perishing. We thank you for your mercy and grace toward us. Lord we choose this day to do our duty. To believe in your complete word. To uphold your word and the kingdom.

We desire for you to be glorified with our life in its fullness. Help us Lord to stay the course. Keep us from being carried away by the deceptions and misinterpretations of the enemy. Help us to be dividers of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). Lord we bless you in Jesus name amen.

 

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary L. Ball February 23, 2017 at 6:18 PM

Two awesome songs and a wonderful beginning to a study that I’m sure will benefit us all.

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Michelle Dyett-Welcome February 27, 2017 at 1:15 PM

Praise the Lord. I pray that it does as well.

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