Matthew 24:10-13 (NKJV) “And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
The enemies agenda is destruction
The enemies strategy is division
The enemies tactic is offense
3 people in the Bible who were MAD at their brother.
1. The Prodigal son and the Older brother: Pride
Luke 15:28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
Proverbs 13:10 “pride leads to arguments.”
2. Cain and Able: Jealousy
JEALOUSY = resenting God’s goodness in other’s lives while ignoring God’s goodness in my own life.
James 3:15-16 “For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.”
3. Jacob and Esau: Hurt
Psalms 55:12-13 “If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide. 13 But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend…”
3 Choices to make if you are MAD at your brother.
1. Choose celebration over competition
Romans 12:15 “Rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn”
I Samuel 23:17 Jonathan said.. “Don’t be afraid my father Saul will not lay a hand on you. You will be king over Israel, and I will be second to you”
You can’t rejoice with someone and be jealous of someone at the same time.
2. Choose trust over suspicion:
The more times we are hurt the more we tend to see people as potential for pain.
I Corinthains 13:7 ISV “love… bears up under everything; believes the best in all; there is no limit to her hope, and never will she fall.
3. Choose God’s faithfulness over fairness
I Corinthians 6:6-8 MSG “I say this as bluntly as I can to wake you up to the stupidity of what you’re doing. Is it possible that there isn’t one levelheaded person among you who can make fair decisions when disagreements and disputes come up? I don’t believe it. And here you are taking each other to court before people who don’t even believe in God! How can they render justice if they don’t believe in the God of justice? 7-8 These court cases are an ugly blot on your community. Wouldn’t it be far better to just take it, to let yourselves be wronged and forget it? All you’re doing is providing fuel for more wrong, more injustice, bringing more hurt to the people of your own spiritual family.”
MAD at the World
Matthew 24:10-13 (NKJV) “And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”
- How do I know if I’ve gone MAD?
- Overly critical
Matthew 7:3-4 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?”
B. Constantly placing blame
C. Victim Mentality
D. Write off entire groups of people
2. What causes us to be MAD at the world?
Matthew 24:10 “And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another”
B. Unmet expectations
3. How do we stop the MADness?
One word that changes everything…
Philippians 2:6 “Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”
Matthew 10:39 “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”
10th Anniversary Service
Genesis 1:18 “Then God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it.”
4 things that we can do better together.
- Pray together
Matthew 18:19-20 “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. 20 For where two or three gather together as my followers,[h] I am there among them.”
2. Work together
Ecclesiastes 4:8-12 “there was a man all alone;
he had neither son nor brother.
There was no end to his toil,
yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.
“For whom am I toiling,” he asked,
“and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?”
This too is meaningless—
a miserable business!
Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
3 things you need…
a. You need help.
b. You need to help others
c. We need to help each other
3. Grow together
Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
I Samuel 16:12-13 “Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.” So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David.”
1 Samuel 23:15-16 “…David …learned that Saul had come out to take his life. 16 And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God….”
2 Samuel 12:7 “…Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!”
4. Play together
Eccles 3:1-8 “There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh…”
Zechariah 8:4-5 MSG “ A Message from God-of-the-Angel-Armies: ‘Old men and old women will come back to Jerusalem, sit on benches on the streets and spin tales, move around safely with their canes—a good city to grow old in. And boys and girls will fill the public parks, laughing and playing—a good city to grow up in.”
Psalm 133:1-3 (NLT) “How wonderful and pleasant it is
when brothers live together in harmony!
For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil
that was poured over Aaron’s head,
that ran down his beard
and onto the border of his robe.
Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon
that falls on the mountains of Zion.
And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing,
even life everlasting.”