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Independence Day: Resurgence | Sermon Notes

AtTheMovies_MainToday, we are going launching a new series called, “At the Movies!” Each Sunday we will take a current blockbuster movie and use it as a parable to tell the amazing story of God’s Good News!

This is fourth of July weekend, so obviously we are going with  INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE

This movie is a sequel to the original 20 years ago. There was an alien attack on the world in 1996 and a crew led by Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum fought back to reestablish their independence from alien occupation.

Now, in 2016 there has been a resurgence of domination, fear, and possession.  The aliens represent an occupation of evil that strips humanity of its dignity, creativity, and most of all our independence.

The aliens are huge, multi-layer, extremely quick and intelligent. Obviously, more power than humans and can maintain complete control over humans. Our guns are big enough. Our money doesn’t matter to them. Our beauty, Athletic skill, education, means NOTHING to them. Aliens are not intimidated at all. When your spaceship lands on the Atlantic ocean (the whole Atlantic ocean) there isn’t much that earthlings can do.

In reality, there IS a force that dominates humanity.   There is a force of darkness that descended on the planet many years ago.

The devil has been fighting us for millennia. Breaking up marriages, pitting us against each other, spreading diseases, violence erupting, natural disasters, greed is a contagious power that eats away the soul and spirit of humanity

The good news is that we can be FREE from this grip of the devil.  JESUS CHRIST came to the earth to live as one of us and fight the fight.  Jesus Christ took on our sins and brokenness and nailed it to the cross.

Colossians 4:13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

When wondering how to apply this VICTORY of JESUS to our life, the story of America’s independence has an amazing parallel. Tomorrow, we will be BBQing, shooting fireworks, hanging out at the River.

Ironically, on July 4, 1776, a battle was not won. A Document was voted on. It wasn’t even signed (it was signed a month later). We celebrate our DAY of Independence, not on a battle day but instead as the day our make-shift congress voted on a document.

BUT It was more than a document. It was a declaration! A Declaration is a statement asserting or protecting a legal right.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown…

  • They made it known formally or officially. They revealed or made it manifest.
  • They stated emphatically or authoritatively.
  • “Not longer will we be dictated, ruled, controlled, by the King of England.”
    The king didn’t have their interest in mind.

When you declare something it begins to manifest. IT IS TIME THAT WE DECLARE OR ASSERT OUR LEGAL RIGHT AS GOD’s Kids.

1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm (profess), for God can be trusted to keep his promise.

Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

What do you need to be independent from?  Because Jesus literally lived a sinless life and then willingly gave his life for the sins of all the world, then we have a legal right as God’s kids to live a life of freedom!
We declare to OURSELVES, our PEERS, our ENEMY our independence from:

  • OUR SIN
  • OUR EMOTIONS
  • OUR MINDS
  • OUR APATHY

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

WHAT ABOUT WHEN THERE IS A RESURGENCE?

Sometimes, even after the devil has been defeated in your life, he will rear his ugly head and act like it never happened.

What do you do in a resurgence?

John 8:35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.

John 8:44 …He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.

THE DEVIL IS A LIAR.

When temptation comes your way, you need to say, “Oh, Hell NO”!

Do you know John Dickinson or Robert Livingston? They both did not sign because they clung to the idea of reconciliation with Brittan.

 

Sermon Notes | Declare Your Independence

Here is a sermon I preached in 2005.  Basic premise: we celebrate July 4th as ‘Independence Day’, however it is important to realize that this day was NOT the day we won the battle.  It was simply the day we DECLARED our independence.  There was a lot of blood shed and battles that continued after July 4th.

 

What is July 4th – Independence Day.

A battle was not won.  A Document was voted on.  It wasn’t even signed.

We celebrate our Independence Day as the day our make-shift congress voted on a document.

It was more than a document.  It was a declaration!

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

  • They made  it known formally or officially. They revealed or made it manifest.  They stated emphatically or authoritatively.
  • Not longer will  we be dictated, ruled, controlled, by the King of England.
    The king didn’t have their interest in mind.

When you declare something it begins to manifest.

Digestion begins when food is placed in your mouth.

What do we need to be independent from?
Declaration – a statement asserting or protecting a legal right.
WE DECLARE TO OURSELVES, OUR PEERS, OUR ENEMY
I.  Declare independence from SIN.
The Lord Forgives and then asks us to stop sinning.
take the mind into captivity.
2 Corinthians 101By the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” when away! 2I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world3For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 6And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.

John Piper says that sin (lust for example) “gets its power by persuading me to believe that I will be more happy if I follow it. The power of all temptation is the prospect that it will make me happier.”

Charles Spurgeon says What settings are you in when you fall?  Avoid them. What props do you have that support your sin? Eliminate them.  What people are you usually with?  Avoid them.  There are two equally damning lies Satan wants us to believe: 1) Just once won’t hurt. 2) Now that you have ruined your life, you are beyond God’s use, and might as well enjoy sinning. “Learn to say no.”

Benjamin Franklin said It is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.

Romans 13:14, “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”

Physical Consequences of Sin

  • Broken Homes – divorce, abuse
  • Broken Bodies – Addiction- Satan has used alcohol, drugs, sex, to addict God’s people.
    Health- As a result of our sin, our health is often affected.
  • Broken Relationships-Sin messes up our relationship with him and others.

II.  Declare independence from your minds
Satan knows the battle for our souls begins in the mind.
The book of James clearly tells us that we sin when we are enticed and dragged away by
our sinful desires which start in the mind.
THE DARKEST PLACES OF THE WORLD ARE NOT BACK ALLEYS OF HARLEM, PARIS OR MEXICO CITY, BUT THE MINDS OF PEOPLE.
A dark alley is just a dark alley until a dirty mind enters it.  

California trip – gas 3.26/gallon – A dirty mind can pollute the streets of Beverly Hills.
Satan would love nothing more than to enslave us to our thoughts and desires, so that we
cannot love the Lord with our mind.

God wants us to be free mentally. Phillipians 4:8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things

God instructs us to think on whatever is lovely, whatever is noble, whatever is admirable.

We can only experience freedom in Christ mentally when we fully give our minds to God.

John 8:35 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
III.  Declare independence from your Emotions
not just talking to the women! Men and their trucks

Satan also tries to enslave us to our emotions.
Anger– he loves for us to be filled with anger and hatred toward others.
Jealousy– he loves for us to envy and lust after other things.
Guilt- he loves for us to dwell on our sins even after God forgives us.

IV.  Declare independence from Spiritual Apathy
another area of attack by satan is apathy. He doesn’t care if we are church-goers so long as we aren’t effective Christians. He doesn’t want us reading our Bible, praying, witnessing, worshipping.
He wants us to be Christian in label only.

God’s goal is to make us free in heaven with Him for eternity. God tells us how we can
become free:

**Believe in Jesus.  **Confess  Jesus. **Repent of our sins. **Be baptized into him.

TRUE FREEDOM COMES WHEN YOU ARE INHABITED BY GOD’S SPIRIT

God can free us, His Holy Spirit can help us live a controlled life. When we love him with all our heart (the seat of the emotions.)
He gives us the Holy Spirit to guide us, to encourage us, to rebuke us, to help us grow spiritually.

Do you know John Dickinson or Robert Livingston?  They both did not sign because they clung to the idea of reconciliation with Brittan.

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