The Relationship PLAGUE
February 12, 2017 • Jason Smith
Title: The Relationship PLAGUE Isaiah 53:4-5 “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Category 1: Staggering Statistics *90% of children ages 8-16 have viewed pornography *40 million Americans regularly visit porn sites *Porn sites get more visitors each month than Netflix, Twitter, and Amazon COMBINED *The average age of first viewing of porn is 11 years old *Pornography has the same affects on the brain as do drugs *Pornography is the most dangerous enemy to marriages *Pornography is a $160 Billion dollar industry. It makes more money than the NFL, NBA, and the MLB combined. *Pornography reaches across all demographics. Men, women, teens, and senior adults *50% of pastors struggle with porn *64% of Christian men and 15% of Christian women look at porn at least once a month *68% of divorce cases involve pornography Category 2: 7 Reasons why Porn isn't healthy 1-It changes the Brain 2-A porn habit can become worse and worse 3-Porn can get addictive 4-Porn can RUIN your sex life 5-Porn is just one big LIE 6-Porn is INSEPARABLY linked to prostitution and sex trafficking 7-Porn will SERIOUSLY affect your personal life Category 3: The HOPE and the HEALING 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it.” How to receive the Hope and Healing A-Recognize IT IS A PROBLEM B-Take ACTION. "Go to the EXTREME" show this video https://youtu.be/5QZMRR7nZZs. (3:26) minutes 1-Renew your mind. Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will 2-Set up BOUNDARIES 3-Be ACCOUNTABLE to someone James 5:16 “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.” Ephesians 4:17-24 “Therefore, I say this and testify in the Lord: You should no longer walk as the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their thoughts. They are darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them and because of the hardness of their hearts. They became callous and gave themselves over to promiscuity for the practice of every kind of impurity with a desire for more and more. But that is not how you learned about the Messiah, assuming you heard about Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus. You took off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires; you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds; you put on the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth. " 4-REPEAT DAILY
the KEY INGREDIENT
February 5, 2017 • Jason Smith
the KEY INGREDIENT When a person is filled with the Spirit of God, everything in life has a new quality! A person's relationship with Jesus cannot be fulfilled apart from the filling of the Holy Spirit. For those who are not a follower of Jesus: It's time you make a decision. It's time you begin walking WITH God and stop walking AWAY from God! John 16: 7-11 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.” The Holy Spirit serves as: -Our Constant Presence -Our Comforter -Our Counselor Ephesians 5:18 Do not get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless living, but be FILLED with the Holy Spirit. You cannot be filled with the Holy Spirit, on a daily basis, unless you empty yourself of you, on a daily basis. What are the results of being filled with the Key Ingredient and how does it help us to have successful relationships? Galatians 5:22-25 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are in Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Being filled with the Holy Spirit takes the effort off of you and puts it on the Holy Spirit. "The same attitude that brings you to Jesus(repentance and surrender) is the same attitude that keeps you walking with Jesus! And that has to be a daily decision you make.