God’s original intent for the church. (Genesis 1:26-28, NKJV)
  • The church, in the beginning, was the same as it is today, not a building it’s a people.
  • In the beginning, a couple created by God for God and God’s purpose, which was and it to be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it.
  • The church is a gathering of people celebrating Jesus as the living Son of God, to love and serve God, that results in a movement of God locally and throughout the earth which also results in people getting baptized.
The original intent and purpose for the church after the flood. (Genesis 8:1, NKJV; Genesis 9:1, NKJV)
  • The church, in the beginning, was the same as it is today, it is not a building, it is a people.
  • We come to church and learn to be the church.
  • Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. (Genesis 11:1-9, NKJV; Genesis 9:1, NKJV)
  • The devil gets us to focus on ourselves and leads to confusion and destruction.
  • Right priorities help us get into the right position with God-Right Position brings the right prosperity. (Matthew 6:33, NKJV; 1 Corinthians 14:32-33, NKJV)
God’s original intent and purpose for the New Testament Church? (Acts 1:8, NKJV; Acts 2:1-8, NKJV)
  • Commit to being the church where you are. (1 Corinthians 10:31, NKJV; John 10:10, NKJV; Matthew 16:18, KJV)
  • Oppression is one of the ways the devil tries to destroy the church and families.
Understanding oppression will come.
  • Oppression – to be held down or suppressed in such a way as to cancel, control, or limit your divinely ordained potential.
  • Everyone is created with potential in order to maximize your abilities to be used under God.
  • The devil wants to bring oppression –God wants to bring freedom.
  • There is a battle going on that we can’t see, but sure can feel. (Ephesians 6:10-12, NKJV; 1 Peter 5:8, NKJV)
  • Satan tries to control by deceiving with temptation and by denying the truth. (John 8:32, NKJV; John 8:36, NKJV)
  • Satan most often used guilt, doubt, and anxiety to try and bring about oppression. (John 8:44, NLT2; Acts 10:37-38, NLT2)
  • The old testament is a physical picture of spiritual battles and application. (1 Corinthians 10:11, NKJV; 1 Corinthians 10:11, TLB)
  • The devil sends taskmasters to afflict and burden or oppress because they were fruitful and increase abundantly and multiplied. (Exodus 1:6-11, NKJV; Exodus 3:7-12, NKJV)
  • Remember we are God’s people. (John 1:12, NKJV)
  • Call out and pray for help and deliverance. (Romans 10:12-13, NKJV; Psalm 50:15, NKJV; Matthew 6:9-13, NKJV; John 14:12-14, NKJV)
  • Ask for help. (Matthew 18:20, NKJV; James 5:13-16, NKJV; Deuteronomy 32:30, NKJV; Leviticus 26:8, NKJV)

Spiritual Checklist

  • Are you reading the Word of God? (Joshua 1:8)
  • Are you standing in obedience on the promise? (Joshua 1:8)
  • Are you proclaiming God’s promises of faith? (Joshua 1:8)
  • Have you repented of all known sin in your life? (Isaiah 55:7)
  • Have forgiven everyone who may have offended you? (Matthew 6:14-15)
  • Are you tithing on your first fruits? (Proverbs 3:9; Mal. 3:9-10)
  • Have you asked God for what you need? (1 Timothy 5:5)
  • Do you trust God to take you through the problem and into your provision? (Psalm 78:7; Prov. 5:6)
  • Are you praising Him while you are in the problem? (Exodus 15:2; Psalm 7:17)
  • Are you ready to let God choose what His best is for you? (Psalm 47:2-4; Joshua 24:15)
  • Are you ready to stop rebelling, complaining, and griping? (1 Samuel 15:23; Deuteronomy 9:7)
  • Are you reading and looking at things you should not?
  • Have you learned to summit to those over you?
  • Are you loving your wife like Christ loved the Church? (Ephesians 5:25)
  • Is there fruit in your life? (How’s your fruit life?)

“Our Problem Can Never Be Greater Than Our Provider?”


Action Steps to shorten your stay when in a problem.

  • Acknowledge the problem.
  • Take responsibility 
  • Be willing to work.
  • When you are wrong, admit it.
  • Control your tongue
  • Get off your pity pot.