Ye Are Gods Sermon - Pastor Steve Winter

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Luke 13:1 ∂ There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?

3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?

5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

29 ∂ And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

Genesis 2:8 ∂ And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 2:16 ∂ And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

God warned the man not to eat of the forbidden fruit. It was man (actually woman) who chose to defy God and bring sin into this paradise world that God had created for them. Don't blame God for sin, that was mankind's choice to bring sin into the world and corrupt God's perfect paradise. God really gave mankind

free will just as we have free will and great power to do good or evil.

John 10:34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

Jesus here reveals that He is the Jehovah God of the Old Testament. Don't misunderstand that verse, but consider, does not man not have the power to create life and to kill? God gave mankind a measure of "god like" power. How many are sitting now for the rest of their lives in prison because they made a bad decision and used their "god like" power to destroy.

Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

We are responsible for what we do and say.

Sin is not fair. Sin was not the will of God. One person drives drunk and an innocent family gets killed on the highway, is that fair? No, but you better believe it happens.

The enemy is sin.

Proverbs 14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

How many women have destroyed their own homes and security with their own hands (or in many cases mouths, and that can be said of both men and women.)

How many use their "god like" power of speech to tear down and destroy without really intending to?

James 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

(Of course that is not talking about people obeying Gal 1:8 and cursing false preachers, but that is a different topic.)

You want to hear something really scary, pay close attention here:

Matthew 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

We need to be very careful what we say. If we knew a tape recorder was running that would be played before God Himself would we talk any differently? Well guess what?

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

2 Peter 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

Of course "conversation" means much more than "speech" in the above verse but that does not mean that it excludes speech in any way.

Many underestimate the "god like" power that they have with simply their speech. Are men not convicted of crimes based upon the words of witnesses?

Many will be familiar with this next verse:

Exodus 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Why is that so important? It is because of the power we have to do both good and evil. So many young people are ensnared by the devil because they do not grasp the concept of the power they have to do things that cannot ever be changed and the devil deceives them into destroying their lives and often several other people's.

Did not God speak the world into existence? We, created in the image of God need to be aware of the power of our words and our great responsibility. None of us is three separate persons either, eh?

John 10:34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

That does not mean that we are "God" at all. But God did make man in His image and He gave man free will to do good or evil.

If this seems like a stretch, consider, would you be here if a couple of people had not used their "god like" power to make a baby?

This is not something that gets preached very often and can be misunderstood, but it is important for people to realize their great power AND the responsibility and consequences that will result.

And, don't forget about that tape recorder either. But what if that tape recorder also recorded your thoughts as well as your words?

Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

All things! God also sees the imagination of your heart.

Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

A good verse for a television sermon but I won't dwell on that now.

Ezekiel 8:12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The LORD seeth us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth.

13 ∂ He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do.

14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORDíS house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.

15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.

16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORDíS house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.

But this is not an Easter sermon so I won't dwell on that now, either.

The point is that, "He knows when you've been sleeping, He knows when you're awake, He knows when you've been bad or good...." well you get the idea, but it isn't Satan or "Santa" who knows those things about you like the world would think, but rather Jesus who knows all.

Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Now all that would be good for an Xmas heathen holiday sermon, but I won't dwell on that now, either.

The devil is making monkeys out of a lot of people. The devil wants to lower peoples self-esteem to the point that they believe they are just highly evolved monkeys rather than beings created in the image of God with god like powers.

Think about it. It doesn't matter much what a monkey does morally or ethically, does it?

For so many, too many people, by the time they figure out the power that they have to do permanent harm to themselves and to others (often those they love) it is too late for them.

The drunk driver still retains his or her "god like power" to kill and maim regardless of how he or she "feels".

Sin isn't fair. One person drives drunk and innocent people get killed. Don't blame God for all that as it was mankind who used his/her god like power to bring sin into the world.

1 Timothy 2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

Good verses for preaching a sermon why God has separate rules for men and women, but I won't dwell on that either right now.

Understand that what you do and say most certainly does matter and you really do have power to create and destroy. That is why it is so important to live for God and have the leading of the Holy Spirit and study the Word of God , that we may perceive that which is good and that which is evil.

Keep the faith, and don't forget that tape recorder is running.

Pastor Steve Winter