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1 In Prison Spiritually In Prison Spiritually 2 Tim. 2: Tim. 2:24-26

2 In Prison Spiritually 2 Tim. 2:24-26, “ 2 Tim. 2:24-26, “The Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.”

3 In Prison Spiritually Introduction. A. There are many who are imprisoned in both body and soul. In “jail” two ways. Introduction. A. There are many who are imprisoned in both body and soul. In “jail” two ways. B. It is very sad for the body to be imprisoned, but it is even more sad when the soul or spirit is in Satan’s prison. B. It is very sad for the body to be imprisoned, but it is even more sad when the soul or spirit is in Satan’s prison. C. Satan has millions of captives and the work of teaching and preaching the gospel is to free them from those chains. C. Satan has millions of captives and the work of teaching and preaching the gospel is to free them from those chains.

4 In Prison Spiritually D. Jesus’ mission: Luke 4:18, "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed.” D. Jesus’ mission: Luke 4:18, "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed.”

5 In Prison Spiritually Ephesians 4:8, "When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.“ Ephesians 4:8, "When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.“ Christ conquered every thing that had conquered mankind… He led captive all that had held men in captivity. Christ conquered every thing that had conquered mankind… He led captive all that had held men in captivity.

6 In Prison Spiritually Christ set us free by bringing “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5) Christ set us free by bringing “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5) So that now we can live under “the perfect law of liberty,” James 1:25; 2:10. So that now we can live under “the perfect law of liberty,” James 1:25; 2:10.

7 In Prison Spiritually I. Satan can imprison God’s people… but only in body. The spirit remains free. I. Satan can imprison God’s people… but only in body. The spirit remains free. Gen. 39:20, “Joseph's master took him and put him into the prison” because of the lie of Potiphar’s wife. Gen. 39:20, “Joseph's master took him and put him into the prison” because of the lie of Potiphar’s wife. But Joseph’s spirit was not imprisoned. But Joseph’s spirit was not imprisoned.

8 In Prison Spiritually 1 Kings 22:27, Micaiah told Ahab that he would be defeated in battle. 1 Kings 22:27, Micaiah told Ahab that he would be defeated in battle. The king said, “ Put this man in prison and feed him sparingly with bread and water.” The king said, “ Put this man in prison and feed him sparingly with bread and water.” But Ahab couldn’t imprison the spirit of this brave prophet. But Ahab couldn’t imprison the spirit of this brave prophet.

9 In Prison Spiritually Luke 3:19, 20, John rebuked king Herod for all his evils and said that it was not lawful for him to have his brother’s wife. Luke 3:19, 20, John rebuked king Herod for all his evils and said that it was not lawful for him to have his brother’s wife. So Herod “ locked John up in prison,” but he could only put John’s BODY in prison. So Herod “ locked John up in prison,” but he could only put John’s BODY in prison.

10 In Prison Spiritually Acts 5:18, The Saducees “ laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the public jail ” for preaching Christ and the resurrection, and they even beat them. Acts 5:18, The Saducees “ laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the public jail ” for preaching Christ and the resurrection, and they even beat them. But “ they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. ” (5:40, 41). But “ they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. ” (5:40, 41).

11 In Prison Spiritually Acts 16:23, “they threw them (Paul and Silas), into prison” because they cast out the spirit of divination of a woman who brought her owners much money. Acts 16:23, “they threw them (Paul and Silas), into prison” because they cast out the spirit of divination of a woman who brought her owners much money. “ put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks” v. 24. “ put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks” v. 24. They were miserably chained, but marvelously free in spirit. How do we know? They were miserably chained, but marvelously free in spirit. How do we know?

12 In Prison Spiritually Because v. 25 says that “ at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. ” Because v. 25 says that “ at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. ” Does that sound as though their “ spirits ” were bound? Does that sound as though their “ spirits ” were bound?

13 In Prison Spiritually II. Imprisoned – not the body, but far worse: the spirit. II. Imprisoned – not the body, but far worse: the spirit. 2 Tim. 2 : 25, 26, “ 2 Tim. 2 : 25, 26, “ that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.”

14 In Prison Spiritually Acts 8:23, Simon, “ you are in the gall of bitterness and the bondage of iniquity. ” Acts 8:23, Simon, “ you are in the gall of bitterness and the bondage of iniquity. ” And very sad to say but he has lots of company. Millions are in “bondage” to Satan. And very sad to say but he has lots of company. Millions are in “bondage” to Satan.

15 In Prison Spiritually We mentioned Acts 16:23. At first that jailer was imprisoned in his sins. We mentioned Acts 16:23. At first that jailer was imprisoned in his sins. But at midnight he obeyed the gospel and was set free (free from his sins). But at midnight he obeyed the gospel and was set free (free from his sins).

16 In Prison Spiritually A. Satan cannot imprison our spirit unless we permit it. A. Satan cannot imprison our spirit unless we permit it. Compare demon-possession. Took control without the permission of the people. Compare demon-possession. Took control without the permission of the people. Satan enters people now (just as he entered Judas and Ananias) but only with our permission. Satan enters people now (just as he entered Judas and Ananias) but only with our permission.

17 In Prison Spiritually B. First he deceives us. 2 Cor. 11:3, “ B. First he deceives us. 2 Cor. 11:3, “But I fear that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” 2 Cor. 4:4, “blinds” people so that the light of the gospel won’t shine on them. 2 Cor. 4:4, “blinds” people so that the light of the gospel won’t shine on them. He confuses us, misleads us, gets our thinking all twisted. He’s a liar, Jn. 8:44.

18 In Prison Spiritually He convinces us that it’s o.k. to do what we want to do, that it’s worth it, that the consequences aren’t that bad. He convinces us that it’s o.k. to do what we want to do, that it’s worth it, that the consequences aren’t that bad. He convinces us to go with the majority.. Everyone believes this, or does this, that makes it all right. He convinces us to go with the majority.. Everyone believes this, or does this, that makes it all right.

19 In Prison Spiritually C. 2 Cor. 11:14, 15, “he transforms himself into an angel of light… his ministers transform themselves into ministers of righteousness.” Horns, pitchfork? C. 2 Cor. 11:14, 15, “he transforms himself into an angel of light… his ministers transform themselves into ministers of righteousness.” Horns, pitchfork? So world is full of false teachers who deceive with “logical, plausible” teaching. So world is full of false teachers who deceive with “logical, plausible” teaching. “Just a matter of interpretation.” “Like different highways to your destination.” “Just a matter of interpretation.” “Like different highways to your destination.” Satan has millions of religious P.O.W.s Satan has millions of religious P.O.W.s

20 In Prison Spiritually Eph. 6:11, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles (schemes, tricks, deceptions) of the devil.” Eph. 6:11, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles (schemes, tricks, deceptions) of the devil.” Eph. 2:2, Satan “works in the sons of disobedience.” Eph. 2:2, Satan “works in the sons of disobedience.” Has many servants – those who do his will want others to do likewise. Has many servants – those who do his will want others to do likewise. Could be close relative, friend. Could be close relative, friend.

21 In Prison Spiritually D. James 1:14, the real source of the problem: “Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lusts and enticed.” D. James 1:14, the real source of the problem: “Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lusts and enticed.” We ourselves provide the raw material through which Satan works to deceive and tempt us. We ourselves provide the raw material through which Satan works to deceive and tempt us.

22 In Prison Spiritually He tempts us with something we want or want to do which can only be obtained by disobeying God He tempts us with something we want or want to do which can only be obtained by disobeying God But “it’s worth it”; or our excuse sounds good; somehow we can justify ourselves. But “it’s worth it”; or our excuse sounds good; somehow we can justify ourselves. “That’s no worse than what other members do, everyone has faults.” “That’s no worse than what other members do, everyone has faults.”

23 In Prison Spiritually E. Another very powerful tool is “the deceitfulness of riches” (Matt. 13:22). E. Another very powerful tool is “the deceitfulness of riches” (Matt. 13:22). 1 Tim. 6:9, “fall into a temptation and a snare … drown men in destruction…” 1 Tim. 6:9, “fall into a temptation and a snare … drown men in destruction…” Satan knows that covetousness is idolatry (Col. 3:5), and that this will cause God to reject us. Satan knows that covetousness is idolatry (Col. 3:5), and that this will cause God to reject us. Be careful of overtime… time/half… double time… lots of extra $ … Matt 6:33. Be careful of overtime… time/half… double time… lots of extra $ … Matt 6:33.

24 In Prison Spiritually F. Still another powerful deception is to convince members that God is happy with minimum service. F. Still another powerful deception is to convince members that God is happy with minimum service. Just so you attend for an hour on Sunday in order to partake of the Lord’s Supper and give something. Just so you attend for an hour on Sunday in order to partake of the Lord’s Supper and give something. Like saying, “blind, lame, sick animal all right for an offering to God.” Mal. 1:8. Like saying, “blind, lame, sick animal all right for an offering to God.” Mal. 1:8.

25 In Prison Spiritually The greatest and best can be deceived: David, Peter, any member, elder, preacher, teacher… The greatest and best can be deceived: David, Peter, any member, elder, preacher, teacher… 1 Cor. 9:27, “lest I become disqualified.” 1 Cor. 9:27, “lest I become disqualified.” 1 Cor. 10:12, “let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” 1 Cor. 10:12, “let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”

26 In Prison Spiritually III. Sins are chains for the spirit. III. Sins are chains for the spirit. Gal. 5:19-21, “works of the flesh… fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, wrath, selfish ambitions…” Gal. 5:19-21, “works of the flesh… fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, wrath, selfish ambitions…” To practice such is to be in Satan’s prison, our spirit in shackles… be his captives. To practice such is to be in Satan’s prison, our spirit in shackles… be his captives.

27 In Prison Spiritually Eph. 4:30, “ Eph. 4:30, “ Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.” Bitterness, holding grudges, resentments are chains that keep the spirit imprisoned. Bitterness, holding grudges, resentments are chains that keep the spirit imprisoned. If and when insults, wounds, injustices embitter us, we become chained, imprisoned by them. If and when insults, wounds, injustices embitter us, we become chained, imprisoned by them.

28 In Prison Spiritually Therefore, Eph. 4:32, “ Therefore, Eph. 4:32, “ And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you. To pardon is to free the spirit, remove the chains from the soul. To pardon is to free the spirit, remove the chains from the soul. If we will be kind, gracious, merciful, the spirit will be as free as the birds of the air. If we will be kind, gracious, merciful, the spirit will be as free as the birds of the air.

29 In Prison Spiritually Phil. 3:13, “ forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” Phil. 3:13, “ forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” Forgive and forget. Otherwise, the spirit remains in shackles. Forgive and forget. Otherwise, the spirit remains in shackles.

30 In Prison Spiritually Anger is a prison. Willingly we let it enter to imprison our spirit. We are not free. Anger is a prison. Willingly we let it enter to imprison our spirit. We are not free. We are enslaved by the person that causes it. He controls us. We are enslaved by the person that causes it. He controls us. Therefore, Eph. 4:26, “ Be angry and do not sin; do let the sun go down upon your wrath. ” Therefore, Eph. 4:26, “ Be angry and do not sin; do let the sun go down upon your wrath. ” Or else we wind up in the prison of malice Or else we wind up in the prison of malice Don ’ t sleep in jail! Don ’ t sleep in jail!

31 In Prison Spiritually Maybe we’re like Jonah -- we think we “have a right” to be angry. Maybe we’re like Jonah -- we think we “have a right” to be angry. “I have a right to be jealous.” “I have a right to be jealous.” “Well, I needed a drink.” “Well, I needed a drink.” “I can’t change, it’s just the way I am.” “I can’t change, it’s just the way I am.” “I can’t forgive him/her. You just don’t understand.” “I can’t forgive him/her. You just don’t understand.”

32 In Prison Spiritually IV. Also the tragedies of this life can shake us to the roots IV. Also the tragedies of this life can shake us to the roots Loss of a loved one. Or loss of health. Loss of a loved one. Or loss of health. Cancer or other dread disease is discovered (in us or in a loved one). Cancer or other dread disease is discovered (in us or in a loved one). How do we react? Are we obsessed with such? How do we react? Are we obsessed with such?

33 In Prison Spiritually 1 Cor. 7:29-32, “ 1 Cor. 7:29-32, “those who have wives should be as though they had none; those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they did not possess, and those who use this world as not misusing it. For the form of this world is passing away. But I want you to be without care.”

34 In Prison Spiritually Such things can imprison us. They can be chains that prevent the normal activities and especially spiritual activities. We can remain paralyzed. Such things can imprison us. They can be chains that prevent the normal activities and especially spiritual activities. We can remain paralyzed.

35 In Prison Spiritually Sometimes members of the church remain unnecessarily chained in their homes or at the side of loved ones in the hospital or funeral home and are incapable of attending services. Sometimes members of the church remain unnecessarily chained in their homes or at the side of loved ones in the hospital or funeral home and are incapable of attending services. When they need God the most, they stay away from worship. When they need God the most, they stay away from worship.

36 In Prison Spiritually They do not nourish the spirit with Bible study and worshipping God because it is in the prison of worry over their own illness or that of some family member. They do not nourish the spirit with Bible study and worshipping God because it is in the prison of worry over their own illness or that of some family member.

37 In Prison Spiritually They do not permit such illness or death of a loved one prevent the other activities. They do not permit such illness or death of a loved one prevent the other activities. They can still go to the store, work, do almost everything else. They can still go to the store, work, do almost everything else. But they’re too sad or grief stricken to attend services to worship God. But they’re too sad or grief stricken to attend services to worship God.

38 In Prison Spiritually V. The worst kind of imprisonment. V. The worst kind of imprisonment. 2 Pet. 2:4, “delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment.” 2 Pet. 2:4, “delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment.” Luke 16:24, the rich man was “tormented in this flame.” His body was buried and felt nothing, but his spirit was tormented. Luke 16:24, the rich man was “tormented in this flame.” His body was buried and felt nothing, but his spirit was tormented.

39 In Prison Spiritually Imprisoned – body and spirit in hell. 1 Cor. 15:52, “ the dead will be raised incorruptible. ” Imprisoned – body and spirit in hell. 1 Cor. 15:52, “ the dead will be raised incorruptible. ” That body cannot be consumed by fire. That body cannot be consumed by fire.

40 In Prison Spiritually Mark 9:43-48, “ where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched …” Mark 9:43-48, “ where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched …” Some mock at physical worms that eat dead bodies and a physical fire in physical darkness. Some mock at physical worms that eat dead bodies and a physical fire in physical darkness.

41 In Prison Spiritually Many believe that if it’s figurative language it can be forgotten as not having reality. Many believe that if it’s figurative language it can be forgotten as not having reality. Figurative yes, but also real. Not fiction, fable, imaginary, but fact, reality. Figurative yes, but also real. Not fiction, fable, imaginary, but fact, reality.

42 In Prison Spiritually Gehenna, Valley of Hinnom, where refuse burned – fire never went out and worms eating flesh never ended. Gehenna, Valley of Hinnom, where refuse burned – fire never went out and worms eating flesh never ended. Also scene of gross and cruel rites of heathenism, including burning of children to the god Molech. Also scene of gross and cruel rites of heathenism, including burning of children to the god Molech. Jesus used the term referring to the hell of eternal fire. Jesus used the term referring to the hell of eternal fire.

43 In Prison Spiritually It is descriptive language to convey to the human mind the thought of the maximum degree of pain, of torment, of torture (“weeping and gnashing of teeth”)… It is descriptive language to convey to the human mind the thought of the maximum degree of pain, of torment, of torture (“weeping and gnashing of teeth”)… … of the depths of desperation (like the rich man of Luke 16)… of the most horrible remorse… … of the depths of desperation (like the rich man of Luke 16)… of the most horrible remorse… … of the most repugnant (of worms eating rotten flesh).. of total darkness… … of the most repugnant (of worms eating rotten flesh).. of total darkness…

44 In Prison Spiritually Conclusion. Conclusion. Ps. 102:19, 20, “ Ps. 102:19, 20, “ From heaven the LORD viewed the earth, To hear the groaning of the prisoner, To set free those who were doomed to death.”

45 In Prison Spiritually Millions in spiritual prison – willingly. Millions in spiritual prison – willingly. Satan confuses, deceives - riches, excuses Satan confuses, deceives - riches, excuses He has countless servants – be careful. He has countless servants – be careful. Main source of temptation – own lusts Main source of temptation – own lusts Big lie: minimum service acceptable. Big lie: minimum service acceptable. Sins – chains, shackles, fetters. Sins – chains, shackles, fetters. Worst prison of all – eternal fire of hell. Worst prison of all – eternal fire of hell. Beware of another lie: time enough yet. Beware of another lie: time enough yet.

46 In Prison Spiritually Rom. 6:17, 18, “ Rom. 6:17, 18, “But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”


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