Grace and Peace be unto you, through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus Christ. Today is Day Number Three (3). This is a big deal. I congratulate you on this milestone. I am rejoicing with you and I look forward to hearing your testimonies of what God has done. Today I want to continue with our discussion on Faith. We are sharing a bit of what I shared at church on Sunday morning. Now, I want to personally invite you to be our guest this Sunday Morning at In His Presence Family Worship Center. Our Sunday morning service begins at 8:00 AM and we are done by 9:45. Come and join us this Sunday, 1673 Dean St., Brooklyn NY. You will be glad you did. Now let’s take a look at the text.
Matt. 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
We left off hearing Jesus’s disappointment when he heard that his disciples could not heal the boy possessed with a demon. The text says that the boy’s father said ‘I brought him to your disciples and they could not heal him’. Jesus reacted by saying:
Matt. 17:17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
Yesterday we spoke about what is meant to be a part of that faithless generation. Today, let’s look a little further. Faithless and Perverse generation. The key hear is not much different than what we looked at yesterday. Our generation affects all of us, whether we realize it or not. These guys were his disciples and could not do what they were expected to do because they are part of a generation that is faithless and perverse. They believe Jesus is God and were still affected.
Well, what does perverse mean? It stems from the word pervert. In the original Greek, it is:
GK G1406 | S G1294 διαστρέφω diastrephō 7x
to distort, turn away; met. to pervert, corrupt, Mt. 17:17; Lk. 9:41; to turn out of the way, cause to make defection, Lk. 23:2; Acts 13:8; διεστραμμένος, perverse, corrupt, erroneous
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So, when one perverts something, one distorts, one turns away, one corrupts. Now, you can distort was is established already. Meaning, a thing would have to be established, somehow what is right is already determined. You cannot corrupt, distort or pervert what does not exist. For example, it may be established that when conducting an election, the person with the most votes, wins said election. That would have to be set as a paradigm. To pervert it, there can be no ambiguity as to whether this is right. Perverting the process then means, knowing what is right, and doing what you know to be wrong, and developing an ethos to justify it.
Jesus is saying we are not only a faithless generation, but we know what is right and distort it to suit our fancy. We know what we are doing is wrong and we reason it away by saying I don’t feel fulfilled doing right. So, we twist the meaning of right to suit our needs. Beloved, Jesus is saying to us, we will not be able to adequately deal with demons in our life if we consistently distort what we know is right just to be able to feel good about the wrong we do. Our lives matter. If we distort God’s word to suit our sensibility, how can we be expected to deal with demonic attack? Our generation is perverse. We have accepted abortion, adultery, pre-marital sex, homosexuality. We even like it when candidates for President lie, denigrate and belittle others just to get into office. Just look around and see how perverse we are. God is saying even the believers are affected by this. You cannot live right and be comfortable with perversion. Live for God. Live like God says you should live and watch the power of God show up in your life. Demons must flee but we have to have faith and throw off the effects of our generation. You can do it. Radically live for Christ and watch the change. You are a chosen generation.
1Pet. 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Beloved, through faith this is who you are. No longer defined by this perverse generation. I declare you a chosen generation.
Remember, take one day at a time. This year we are following our Bishop H. Curtis Douglas and doing 7 days. Remember, drink all the water you can drink. Make sure it is at least 8 glasses of water. Also, you may have one bowl of soup, preferably after three (3) PM. Just do today. Do not try to fast all 7 days at once. Let tomorrow take care of tomorrow. Make sure you are using your prayer list. Pray for the things you are looking for in 2017. Also, plan now to bring someone to church with you on Sunday. Whatever church you belong to you need to bring someone with you. Certainly, if you do not have a church home we would be honored to have you as our special guest. Join us at 8 AM every Sunday and every Wednesday at 7 PM at In His Presence Family Worship Center on 1673 Dean St. Brooklyn NY. Our website is www.ihpfwc.org. We would love to see you.
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