Beware of Undercurrents

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:5-13; Romans 15:4; Exodus 31:18 – 32:22

1. Defining Undercurrent

Undercurrent:

  • A current of water below the surface, moving in a different direction from any surface current
  • An undercurrent is not an obvious hazard but strong undercurrents can be very dangerous
  • Some undercurrents are fast and strong enough that they actively pull you along with them

Recognizing an Undercurrent –

  • Water with an undercurrent is more likely to be still or have only small waves due to movement of water under the surface
  • You may see clumps of debris or streaks of mud or sand moving through the water

Defining an Undercurrent of a Different Kind:
An underlying feeling or influence, especially one that is contrary to the prevailing atmosphere and is not expressed openly

  • Something below the surface
  • Moving in a different direction
  • Not an obvious hazard, but can be very dangerous
  • If strong enough can pull you along with them
  • Movement under the surface

2. When Undercurrents Exist in the Church:

A. Gossip – Spreading of unfavorable information about someone else

  • Making negative comments about someone that doesn’t need to be said
  • Will what I am about to say tend to tear down or build up the person I’m about to talk about?

B. Slander – Making a false statement or misrepresentation about another person that defames or damages the person’s reputation

C. Sarcasm and Ridicule (“just kidding”) – speech that tends to put down, humiliate, belittle or hurt another person

D. Complaining – Not happy with what God is allowing in my life at this moment

E. Discontentment

F. Frustration – The result of some immediate event that has blocked plans or desires

G. Undermining God’s Established Authority

H. Cliques – Small exclusive circle of people

I. Unforgiveness

  • Resentment – Anger that is held on to (internalized)
  • Bitterness – Smoldering resentment, animosity

J. Critical or Judgmental Spirit

  • Looking to find fault with someone or something

K. Negativity

  • Glass stays half empty person

L. Controlling – Seeking to control others or circumstances to our advantage or to get what we want

M. Carrying out ministry in the flesh

3. The Danger from Undercurrents in the Church:

A. Division
Strikes at the heart of unity and being in one accord as a body

B. Distraction

  • God’s glory is diminished
  • The gospel and reaching the lost are not priority
  • The hand of God is not acknowledged

C. Desertion (from the truth and application of God’s Word)

D. Derailment

  • Those on the sidelines that are being exposed to the undercurrents
  • Those that are being influenced or pulled along by the undercurrents

E. Dissolution (a breaking or into parts; disintegration) – Church Splits

Living the Reality of God

Here are the completed notes from the Sunday Morning Worship Service August 7, 2016:

Scripture: Hebrews 11:6

Wake up to the presence of the living God!

1. God exists – Hebrews 11:6 “Believe that He is”
The God of Scripture is the only real and true God who exists

  • A deep conviction that God is real.

2. Apply an understanding of who this God really is to life:

“O God, who is like unto Thee!” -Psalm 71:19b

  • Infinite – Limitless (Jeremiah 23:24; 1 Kings 8:27)
  • Holy – Separate, set-apart, absolute purity (Isaiah 6:3; 1 Peter 1:16)
  • Eternal – Everlasting, always was, always is, always will be (Deuteronomy 33:27)
  • Immutable – Unchanging (Malachi 3:6)
  • Omniscient – All knowing (Psalm 139:3)
  • Omnipresent – Everywhere present (Psalm 139:7)
  • Omnipotent – All powerful (Revelation 19:6)
  • Righteous / Just – Always does what is just and right (Deuteronomy 32:4)
  • Faithful – Firm, certain, trustworthy, dependable (Deuteronomy 7:9)
  • Wise – The ability to rightly apply knowledge (1 Timothy 1:17; Jude 25)
  • Sovereign – Absolute control, supreme authority and sole ruler (Psalm 135:6)
  • Merciful – Compassion, pity, not getting what we deserve (Ephesians 2:4)
  • Gracious – Unmerited favor, getting what we don’t deserve (Ephesians 2:7, 8)
  • Love – Seeks the highest good of the one loved, unconditional, sacrificial (1 John 4:8)
  • Wrath -Righteous indignation at all evil, execution of judgment on unrighteousness (Romans 1:18)
  • Incomprehensible – No one can remotely understand and comprehend God (Isaiah 55:8)
  • Glorious – Weighted down with brilliance, brightness, radiance, shining (Psalm 8:1)

3. What the reality of God’s existence means to you personally:

A. God knows all about you

B. God absolutely loves you

C. God has a plan for your life (that plan unfolds in the pages of Scripture)
Conform you to the image of His Son – Romans 8:29

  • This begins with salvation
  • Serve Him with your life – Ephesians 2:10; 4:11, 12; Matthew 28:19, 20
  • Glorify Him in all you do – Revelation 4:11; 1 Corinthians 10:31

4. How God is completely missed

A. Going through the motions
B. Complacency
C. Not taking sin against God seriously
D. Not being intentional about your relationship with Him
E. Not being intentional about spiritual growth
F. Not making God’s plan – a part of your plans
G. Atmospheric revival but unchanged lives
Warning About Demon Faith – Scripture: James 2:19

  • The devils (demons) believe and tremble
  • Counterfeit Faith – Faith that does not result in salvation
  • They believe in God
  • They face His judgment – Matthew 8:29b

What is Demon Faith?

  • Belief in the one true God and tremble at its implications

Demons know the identity and truth about Jesus
Demon Quotes:
“I know Thee who Thou art, the Holy One of God” – Luke 4:34b
“Thou art Christ the Son of God” – Luke 4:41
“Jesus I know” – Acts 19:15
Demons have a belief that does not change their direction

  • Demons tremble but do not repent
  • Saving faith brings repentance, which results in change

2 Reasons Demon Faith does not result in Salvation:

  1. Demons believe in God, but are in rebellion against Him
    One third of heavens angels joined Lucifer in rebellion against God
  2. Demons believe in God, but want nothing to do with Him
    Demon Quote: “Let us alone, what have we to do with Thee, Thou Jesus of Nazareth”-Luke 4:34a

Ministry Information for John Craddock

Our church is very grateful for John Craddock who led our Fall Revival this year.  John has been a longtime friend of Corner Stone and a devoted servant of our Savior.  Please continue to lift him up in your prayers as he prepares to embark on some new ministry efforts God has laid on his heart in the very near future.  

To learn more about John and his ministries, please check out the links below:

Ministry Web Site:  IncouragingWord.com

Incouraging Word on Facebook

American Preservation Network on Facebook

To contact the ministry by mail write to:

Pastors Partner
1728 1/2 Arkansas Avenue
Lynchburg, VA  24501