Week 6 | Kryptonite
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5 Pax continued the book study at Celery Fields at 6:15 for the sixth week of this 3rd F gathering. This week officially marks the halfway point for this book. We should all make the effort to ensure we are all caught up through chapter 14 before continuing to the 2nd half of the book.
The reading assignment was chapters 13-14.
- Kryptonite: – Known disobedience to the word of God is Idolatry & Spiritual Kryptonite
- Idolatry is never when a believer falls into sin, but when they are given over to sin. What is the difference?
- God offers us a new life with a new nature. Did you realize it’s possible to not be prone to sin but prone to righteousness?
Chapter 13 – Kryptonite!
- Idolatry is known disobedience to the will of God
- Achan coveted and took some of the spoils
- Corinthian church satisfied their own carnal desires
- The tolerated kryptonite prevented supernatural life
- Hearing but not obeying is deception and creates a veil over our hearts.
James 1:22 (NKJV) But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
- Deceive: to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid.
- We cannot pick and choose scriptures to our liking.
- Not embracing the entire Word of God is deception.
- Hearing the Word of God but not obeying, will cause you to forget who you are in Christ.
James 1:23-24 (NIV) Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
- This is like behaving one way in church or small group and then after leaving behaving like the rest of the world.
- Embracing Kryptonite is holding back Jesus from the rest of the world.
- Why are the lost not attracted to us? Do they see a living powerful King among us?
- The root of all idolatry is hardening our hearts to God.
- What role does Gods voice have in your life?
- Is your prayer one-sided or conversational?
- Invite God to have a conversation with you.
Chapter 14 – Sin
Isaiah 59:2 (NLT): It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.
- The Hebrew word for sin used here is Awon: Twisting or perverting deliberately
- This alienates us from divine virtues required to live a Godly life.
- There is a door to sin, it is called desire.
Genesis 4:7 (NLT): You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.
- Sin is regarded as deadly
Romans 6:16 (NLT): Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.
- God appeared to Solomon twice yet he still later worshiped false Gods.
- How could someone who has seen God turn to false Gods? Deceit.
- Intentional Sin leads to Practiced Sin. Describe this process.
- God will reach us through pastor, spouse, friend or difficult circumstances.
- Sin easily trips us up
Hebrews 12:1 (NLT): Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
- We must cut-off all opportunity of sin that easily trip us up.
Mark 9:43-47 (NLT): If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hell with two hands. 45 If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one foot than to be thrown into hell with two feet. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out. It’s better to enter the Kingdom of God with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell,
- What are some things in your life you need to cut-off?
- God disciplines us. It is painful, but good for us.
Hebrews 12:5-6 (NLT) And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you.6 For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”
Hebrews 12:10-11 (NLT) For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. 11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
- Sin is deceptive. It is a distraction and hindrance to our relationship with Christ.
- What are the areas in your life where you have begun to lose vision of His desire for you?
- The next week’s reading assignment is Chapters 15-16.
- Please read through Chapter 16 (no more than one chapter per day) by next Saturday 8/4.
Thought for the week:
The Strength of Sin. How can you master sin (not be a slave to it)? Can the devil make you do something? How can you be sure to have an authentic relationship with God?