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YOU MUST OVERCOME A DEFEATED SPIRIT, MINDSET AND ATTITUDE

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There are too many believers with a defeated sprit, mindset or attitude.

A defeated sprit, mindset or attitude can…
* hinder God’s blessing.
* lead to anxiety and insecurity.
* cause unbelief.

Defeated Spirit
Oppression is often the source of worry, stress, or anxiety. Demon oppression involves a demon attacking a person spiritually. Demons will try to cause a person to worry or fear. The Bible is very clear about where worry and fear come from – they do not come from God. A defeated spirit is often characterized by a sense of helplessness, hopelessness and worthlessness.

2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”

Psalm 42:5 NKJV
“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.”

Psalm 42:11 NKJV
“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.”

Psalm 43:4-5 NKJV
“Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy; And on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God. Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.”

Don’t allow Satan or the other fallen angels (demons) to gain access into your life through worry or fear.

1 Peter 5:6-7 NKJV
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

Psalm 55:22 NKJV
“Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be
moved.”

God has told us in His Word, not to worry and that worrying does not help.

Matthew 6:25-34 NKJV
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble”

Oppression over a long period of time can lead to depression. Depression can come from several things: a physical reason/disorder, a demonic attack, or by opening the door to demonic influences through sin. Not all depression comes from a physical or mental disorder, and not all depression come from a demonic influence. However, it does not matter where it comes from because Jesus paid the price for freedom from all oppression and depression.

Hebrews 4:15-16 NKJV
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Instead of worrying about something, a believers needs to immediately give the problem or situation to the Lord. Not only can He work things out, He sympathizes with us. In Him we will always find the exact help we need, mixed with mercy and grace.

Defeated Attitude
A believers attitude has an effect on them, both physical, psychological and spiritually. We are instructed to have the same attitude as Christ.

Philippians 2:5
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”

People with a defeated mindset or attitude…
* are unable, or unwilling, to forgive themselves.
* desire to blame others
* dwell on the past.
* engage in self-defeating talk
* fear failure.
* fear making mistakes.
* make negative assumptions – about themselves and/or others.
* make negative comparison with others.
* tend to have a victim mentality.

Your attitude will determine your victory, or lack of it. The twelve spies are a good example of this.

Numbers 13:1-3 NKJV
“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.” So Moses sent them from the Wilderness of Paran according to the command of the Lord, all of them men who were heads of the children of Israel.”

Numbers 13: 27-33 NKJV
“Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

Numbers 14:1-34 NKJV
“So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.” Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel. But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” And all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Now the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of meeting before all the children of Israel. Then the Lord said to Moses: “How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them? I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.” And Moses said to the Lord: “Then the Egyptians will hear it, for by Your might You brought these people up from among them, and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, Lord, are among these people; that You, Lord, are seen face to face and Your cloud stands above them, and You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. Now if You kill these people as one man, then the nations which have heard of Your fame will speak, saying, ‘Because the Lord was not able to bring this people to the land which He swore to give them, therefore He killed them in the wilderness.’ And now, I pray, let the power of my Lord be great, just as You have spoken, saying, ‘The Lord is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.’ Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.” Then the Lord said: “I have pardoned, according to your word; but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord– because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice, they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it. But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it. Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwell in the valley; tomorrow turn and move out into the wilderness by the Way of the Red Sea.” And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who complain against Me? I have heard the complaints which the children of Israel make against Me. Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you: The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above. Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in. But your little ones, whom you said would be victims, I will bring in, and they shall know the land which you have despised. But as for you, your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness. And your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years, and bear the brunt of your infidelity, until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness. According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection.”

Moses choose twelve men and sent them to spy on the land of Canaan. The twelve men found that the land is rich and fertile, that giants lived in the land, and that the cities were large and fortified. Upon their return Caleb and Joshua had a good report concerning the land and a winning attitude, however the other ten gave a negative report and they had a defeated attitude. The people chose to go with the defeated attitude and it cost them the promised land. For forty years they wandered around in the desert. Like them, there are believers that seem to always be wandering around, never getting anywhere. God has many promises for them, but they are hindered because of their negative attitude.

Inability to overcome temptation and sin.
A believer should not be under the power of sin. God, through Jesus, has given us the victory over sin. Sin in the life of a believer dishonors the name of the Jesus, cause you to not experience true joy and power, and it destroying your testimony.

James 4:7 NKJV
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

It is possible to resist the devil or God would not have instructed us to. Resist means to withstand, strive against, or oppose in some manner. If a believer wants the devil to flee from them, they must first submit to God and they must resist the devil. Resisting the devil must be accompanied by submitting to God. The devil will not flee from a disobedient or unsubmissive believer – they will not see victory over temptation.

There will always be temptations that come our way. When they do come, don’t play with them. It is not a sin to be tempted, but it is a sin to act upon that temptation.

Submit To God’s Authority
Submit means to place oneself under the authority of another. When we submit to God, we surrender our lives to His authority and control. All areas of our lives are to be submitted to God and placed under His authority. Sometimes believers do not walk in total victory is because they haven’t totally submitted to God and His authority. Instead of giving God every area of their lives they try to hold back a certain part of it to control themselves. With God it is all or nothing – He will not be a partial ruler or a co-ruler.

Commit To The Lord
When a believer truly commits to God they can live in victory. They can calmly and fearlessly confront, and overcome any situation that may arise. If you want to walk in victory commit yourself to God.

* Commit your sprit, mind and attitude to God
* Commit your past, your present, and your future.
* Give God control of your life and the lives of your family.
* Don’t hold anything back from God.
* Give God your sins and your failures.
* Give God your hopes, dreams and plans.

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Return To The Lord And Be Blessed

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2 Chronicles 30:9  NKJV    

“For if you return to the Lord, your brethren and your children will be treated with compassion by those who lead them captive, so that they may come back to this land; for the Lord your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn His face from you if you return to Him.”

         Throughout the Bible we see where there were times that God raised up a person or a group of people that called for the people to repent and to return to the Lord. Hezekiah called for the remnant (those who had survived the attack of the enemy) to repent. If they obeyed and repented, they were told that their brethren and their children would return to them from captivity.

2 Chronicles 30:8  NKJV    

“Now do not be stiffed-necked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the Lord; and enter His sanctuary, which He has sanctified forever, and serve the LORD you God, that the fierceness of His wrath may turn away from you.”

          The people were to yield themselves to the Lord, enter into His sanctuary, and to serve the Lord.

I. Yield Yourself To The Lord

The people were to yield (submit) to the Lord. When you submit to someone you willingly come under their authority. When you yield yourself to the Lord, you submit yourself to His power, control and authority.

James 4:7  NKJV    

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

A. Submit to the Lord’s power

We should submit to the Lord’s strength, might, and influence. All power belongs to the Lord and comes from the Lord. The Lord’s power is so strong that there is nothing too hard for Him.

Jeremiah 32:17  NKJV    

“Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by

Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.”

Psalm 21:13  NKJV    

“Be exalted, O Lord, in Your own strength!

We will sing and praise Your power.“

Psalm 62:11  NKJV   

  “God has spoken once,

Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God.”

Revelation 19:1  NKJV    

“After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, ‘Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!’ ”

We should seek the Lord for our strength and submit to it.

1 Chronicles 16:11  NKJV   

  “Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!”

1. When we submit to the Lord, His power can save us. He has the power to make us safe from harm, danger or loss. He has the power to set us free from sin and its results.

1 Corinthians 1:18  NKJV    

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

For those who humbly accept (by faith), the gospel of the Good News, the Lord’s power will save them from death (spiritual) and impart eternal life.

2. When we submit to the Lord, His power can deliver us. When faced with desperate situations, the Lord will give you the strength that you need and His power will deliver you. His power is stronger than that of the darkness. He can deliver you from the dominion (power, rule or control) of darkness (evil).

Colossians 1:13-14 NKJV   

  “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”

3. When you submit to the Lord, His power can keep you.

Ephesians 6:10-13  NKJV  

   “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the veil day, and having done all, to stand.”

Our strength alone will not keep us. We must rely the power of the Lord. We are empowered by God’s strength.

Colossians 1:10-12  NKJV    

“That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualifies us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

1 Peter 1:5  NKJV   

  “Who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

4.  When you submit to the Lord, His power can (and will) resurrect you into glory. By the Lord’s power, everyone will be resurrected, either  to everlasting life or everlasting damnation.

1 Peter 1:3-4  NKJV    

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.”

B. Submit to the Lord’s control.

He alone has the power and right to direct and guide us. If we submit to His direction, He will show us the right path and help us to stay on it. God will be our guide, if we allow Him, and He will give continuous direction for the course set before us. If we try to control our own lives in essence we are telling God that we can do a better job of it than He can.

C. Submit to the Lord’s authority.

The centurion understood authority. He knew that when someone in authority gave an order it was to be carried out immediately, without question. The person giving the order did not have to check to see that it was done or do it himself. All he had to do was speak the ‘word’ and it would be done. The centurion knew that Jesus’ ‘word’ alone was enough to heal his sick servant.

Luke 7:6-10  NKJV   

  “Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying, ‘Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But  say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.’ When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, ‘I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!’ And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick.”

Jesus marveled at the centurion’s faith. Because of his faith, in the authority of Jesus, his servant was healed.

Authority: the right to control, command, or make decisions, power to enforce obedience, or jurisdiction.

He has the right to control us, command us and make decisions for us. He also has the right to enforce obedience and to be our judge and jury.

Psalm 9:8   NKJV   

  “He shall judge the world in righteousness,

And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness.”

Jesus submitted to the authority of the Father, and the Lord expects us to yield (submit) to his authority also. When we do not submit to the authority of God (or the authority that He has placed over us), it is the same as telling God that we know better than Him concerning the situation or the running of our lives. Submitting (yielding to God) and faith go hand in hand. When you do not submit to God you show a lack of faith in Him. Faith without works is dead.

James 2:20-22 NKJV   

  “But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?”

You can not have faith in God without yielding to Him or obeying Him (works). Abraham yield to God. He submitted to God when he offered his son on the altar. Abraham was justified by his faith and obedience (works) working together. It is impossible to please God without faith.

Hebrew 11:6  NKJV  

   “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

II. Enter His Sanctuary

The people were to enter into the Lord’s sanctuary.

Sanctuary: the most sacred part of any place of worship, a place of refuge or protection.

Sacred: belonging to or dedicated to God, holy, worthy of reverence, dedicated to some person object or purpose, something that must not be violated or disregarded.

           They were to return to intimate fellowship with God again. They were to return to their first love. The sacred intimacy that they once had with the Lord was to be restored. Just like the church of Ephesus they had turned away from their love of the Lord and to the Lord.

Revelations 2:4  NKJV   

  “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”

         They were to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover, Lord’s Supper, communion or love feast).

2 Chronicles 30:13  NKJV   

  “Now many people, a very great assembly, gathered at Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the second month.

A. Sacred intimacy requires the removal of idols and alters (holiness). The people removed the altars that they had used to worship false gods.

2 Chronicles 30:14  NKJV    

“They arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and they took away all the incense altars and cast them into the Brook Kidron.”

         The people took away the altars. They had to decide who they were going to serve. They had to make a conscious decision. We too, must decide who we are going to serve. Are we going to serve the Lord or are we going to serve an idol?

Joshua 24:15  NKJV   

  “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, wither the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Deuteronomy 30:19  NKJV   

  “I call heaven and set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.”

B. Sacred intimacy requires spiritual preparation and dedication. Not only did the people make physical preparations for the Passover, they made spiritual preparations also.

2 Chronicles 30:15  NKJV   

  “Then they slaughtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth day of the second month. The priest were ashamed, and they sanctified themselves, and brought the burnt offerings to the house of the Lord.”

Prior to the Passover, the people would remove all the leaven from their homes, and during the Feast of Unleavened Bread they would not eat any bread (or food) with leaven in it. Sometimes in the Bible, leaven refers to sin (the influence of sin / evil).

Exodus 12:15  NKJV   

  “Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.”

The people were to be sanctified (set apart for God). We also, are to sanctified and set apart for God and unto God.

Matthew 16:6  NKJV    

“Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.”

Sin (no matter how little it seems to us) has a tremendous negative influence. We are not to tolerate sin. If it is not removed from our lives (or church) it grows.

Matthew 13:33  NKJV    

“Another parable He spoke to them: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like

leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.’ ”

Sin is a lot like yeast. When you put yeast in bread dough it expands (rises).

Galatians 5:9  NKJV    

“A little leaven leavens the whole lump.”

Left unchecked, sin can contaminate everything that it comes in contact with.

1 Corinthians 5:6-8  NKJV    

“Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”

We must remove sin (the influences of sin / evil) from our homes. The church will not be any different than our homes. If there is sin in our homes, then there will be sin in our churches. God does not have a double standard.

C. Sacred intimacy requires you to return to the Lord’s table.

You must not violate or disregard what was given to you by the Lord (the Lord’s Supper).

2 Chronicles 30:21  NKJV    

“So the children of Israel who were present at Jerusalem kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with great gladness; and the Levites and the priests praised the Lord day by day, singing to the Lord, accompanied by loud instruments.”

Communion is a very sacred and intimate time between you and God.

III. Serve The Lord

The people were to serve (minister to) the Lord. We, too, are to serve the Lord. We are to minister to Him (worship) with all our heart and all our soul.

Deuteronomy 10:12  NKJV   

  “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”

Psalm 2:11  NKJV    

“Serve the Lord with fear,

And rejoice with trembling.”

Conclusion:

If the people obeyed, they would be blessed and if they disobey, they would be cursed. If they obeyed, the wrath of God would be turned away from them.

2 Chronicles 30:27  NKJV    

“Then the priests, the Levites, arose and blessed the people, and their voice was heard; and their prayer came up to His holy dwelling place, to heaven.”

          One blessing was that their voice would be heard, and that their prayers would come up to His holy dwelling place. If there is sin in our life, our prayers will not be heard (other than the prayer for forgiveness). A Christian can not have ongoing sin in their lives if they want to have an effective prayer life.

Psalm 66:18  NJKV    

“If I regard iniquity in my heart,

The Lord will not hear.”

          God is once again raising up people that are sounding a cry for God’s people to “Return to the Lord!” To yield themselves to the Lord, to enter His sanctuary and to serve Him.