SOUTHERN BIBLE INSTITUTE
GOSPEL AND ACTS
IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE
REQUIREMENTS OF THE COURSE
Dealing with a Paralyzing Situation
Mark 2: 1-12
DUE: 17 APRIL 2014
Satan called a worldwide convention of demons. “We can’t keep Christians from going to church. We can’t keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth. We can’t even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their savior. So let them go to their churches, let them have their covered dish dinners, BUT, steal their time, so they don’t have time to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ. Distract them from gaining hold of their Savior and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day! Keep them busy in the non-essentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds. Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow. Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work six to seven days a week. Keep them from spending time with their children. As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work! Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still and small voice. See to it that every store in the world plays non-biblical music constantly. This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ. Keep skinny beautiful models on the magazines and TV so their husbands will believe that outward beauty is what’s important, and they will become dissatisfied with their wives. Keep the wives too tired to love their husbands. Give them headaches too! If they don’t give their husbands the love they need they will begin to look elsewhere. That will fragment their families quickly! Keep them busy busy busy! Crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek Power from Jesus.” “BUSY” means: B-eing U-nder S-atan’s Y-oke
We need to understand that Satan cannot occupy a believer but he can sure have influence in the life of a believer. If we become too busy for God and we are being under Satan’s yoke, then we are eventually going to “SLIP”. (S-alvation L-osing I-ts P-urpose) Somewhere between the Cross of Christ and the Kingdom to come we remain and somewhere between the Cross of Christ and the Kingdom to come, Satan is operating and we have to always be on the lookout for his tactics. I am afraid that this type of activity has invaded the hearts and minds of believers all over the world. When it sets in it paralyzes our spiritual walk, and therefore this passage of scripture explains how to, “Deal with a Paralyzing Situation” 1. When families begin to fall apart, that’s a paralyzing situation. 2. When children are abused and neglected, that’s a paralyzing situation. 3. When addiction rules on life, that’s a paralyzing situation. 4. When Church becomes just something to do, that’s a paralyzing situation. 5. When believers fight with one another, that’s a paralyzing situation. 6. When salvation loses its purpose within the believer, that’s a paralyzing situation.
These are just a few things that stun the Church, but when it stuns the individual it stuns the Local and Universal Church. The local church being the visible regenerated believers in one location, and the Universal Church being the visible and invisible (dead from Christ) all over the world. History:
I believe that we can learn a lesson on how to deal with the issues that paralyze our spiritual walk with God. In the gospel according to Mark, we see that Jesus healed a paralytic man. Mark records a stream of healings in the opening chapters of his gospel. Christians have often wondered, is there healing for us today? The bible clearly indicates that God can heal. Mark’s gospel is the shortest of the four and in this powerful prose, Mark tells story after story about Jesus. Many of the stories bear the mark of eyewitness...
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