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EVERYONE HAS AN ALLEGIANCE
OUR ALLEGIANCE IS TO GOD
Matthew 12:30 "Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters."
Luke 9:50 "Do not stop him," Jesus said, "for whoever is not against you is for you.”
Romans 16:17-18 "I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people."
Matthew 16:23 "Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns."
OUR ALLEGIANCE IS TO JESUS CHRIST
— JESUS IS GOD
Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before me."
2 Corinthians 5:20 "We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God."
Romans 10:9 "If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
1 Timothy 6:15 "Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;"
Revelation 17:14 "These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful."
2 John 1:1-10 The Father and the Son are inseparable.
9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them.
Hebrews 1:8 The Father calls the Son God.
"But about the Son He says, "Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom"
John 8:58 Jesus Claims to be the voice of the burning bush [I AM]
"Very truly I tell you," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"
John 5:18 - The Pharisees try to kill Jesus for making himself equal with God
Luke 5:20 - only God can forgive sins
“your sins are forgiven you”
John 20:28 Thomas worshiped Jesus “My Lord and My God!”
Revelation 19:10 "Worship God for the spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus."
John 6:62 - Jesus, alive In Heaven before He was born
“What then if you should see the Son of Man Ascend to where He was before?”
— JESUS before family
Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you."
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. 47 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” 48 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
ALLEGIANCE REQUIRES SUBMISSION.
Allegiance is to declare yourself as a subordinate. We are Below Christ. We must do things HIS WAY. -
John 14:23 "Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them."
JESUS IS THE RIDER ON THE WHITE HORSE, THE COMMANDER AND CHIEF OF HEAVEN.
11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.
SOLDIERS OF CHRIST
2 Timothy 2:3-4
3 Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.
WE HAVE ARMOR
Ephesians 6:10-18 [Phil says highlight all kinds of prayer for all the saints]
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people."
WE ARE NEW CREATIONS IN HIM
2 Corinthians 5:17-20
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not [d]imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
OUR BATTLEGROUND IS SUPERNATURAL
Ephesians 6:12 "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."
THE ENEMY IS OUT TO GET US
1 Peter 5:8 "Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."
DON’T BE DOUBLE MINDED
"14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work."
James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways
FUNCTIONING ACCORDING TO OUR ALLEGIANCE CAUSES HEAVEN ON EARTH.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18
"17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord."
SIDE NOTE - IS God speaking to me? When was the last time God said no to you?
ETERNAL LIFE & PROVISION IN THIS LIFE
29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”