Spiritual HIV – RTD # 4

Preached by Andrew Smellie, October 28, 2007

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God has given us the cure to all spiritual diseases!

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The most deadly of the Religiously Transmitted Diseases Andrew has preached about the past four week’s is Spiritual HIV. However, unlike the actual Human Immunodeficiency Virus which today remains incurable, the cure for Spiritual HIV exists through Jesus. Spiritual HIV kills your spiritual immune system by hardening your heart so you don’t fear God, get open and honest about your sin, or identify soul-suffocating pride.

The great news is that in Psalm 103:1-5, David praises God for all His benefits–that He forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases! He also:
-Redeems us!
–Crowns us!!
—Satisfies us!!!
—-Renews us!!!!
It’s because of this love that God has for us and the healing power that can cure what is incurable by man’s power, that God expects us to humble ourselves and joyfully submit every day to his diagnoses and treatment plans! How spiritually healthy are you today?

“Spiritual HIV”
Preached by Andrew Smellie
Sunday, October 28, 2007

Mark 8:11-21
• You are not immune from a Religiously Transmitted Disease.
• You have got to decide to repent.
• You have got to make sure that you are giving your best to God.
• You have got to keep your eyes on the sacrifice of Jesus.
• The most deadly of the Religiously Transmitted Diseases is Spiritual HIV.
• Unlike the Human Immunodeficiency Virus which remains incurable, the cure for Spiritual HIV exists through Jesus.
• Without Him, sin would kill all of us.
• Spiritual HIV kills your spiritual immune system of fearing God, of being open and honest about your sin, and identifying soul-suffocating pride.

1. The hardening of your heart.
Question: Where does Satan attack first?
• Once Satan attacks and has got your heart, a lack of integrity and an abundance of vanity are not far behind.
Question: What did Jesus do? (Mark 8)
Question: Did He cave in?
• Jesus did not cave in, but instead, He admonished and rebuked His disciples about their lack of faith.
Question: Have you ever seen people trying to explain away the miracles of God’s presence in your life?
• The problem that the Pharisees had is that they had already decided not to believe. They chose not to have faith.
• People love their sin and do not love righteousness. (Hebrews 11:6)
• Faith due only to miracles is not true faith in God.
• God wants to refine your faith. (Hebrews 11:6)
• True faith is not testing God to see if He will give you the answers.
Question: Doesn’t the world seem enticing?
• How quickly you forget about what you were like before you became a disciple of Jesus Christ.
• You can have faith in church but what about when you are out there living your life?!
Question: Are religious people stealing your faith?
Question: Is the world stealing your faith?
• Jesus’ apostles were so spiritually dense that they thought that Jesus was referring to bread (when they forgot to bring some).
• Yeast puffs things up.
• Therefore, Jesus’ reference to yeast could have been referring to the pride of the Pharisees.
• You always need to be reliant and dependant on God. (1 Corinthians 8:1-3)
• Sincere love of God means needing God and putting our faith in Him.
Question: Why is the hardening of your heart dangerous?
• Because you become spiritually dense and it is hard to penetrate your heart.
• Your heart is so hard that you are not sensitive to your sin.
Question: How can your heart be hard if you really fear God?
• It is hard to walk the Christian life.
Question: Did you have any control over the skin color that you had when you were born?
• Your power is given to you by God. (like Pilate’s)
Question: Do you stand in fear of God?
• If you have spiritual HIV, then you rely on worldly reasoning.
• If you have spiritual HIV, then you do not listen to advice given by those who walk according to God’s standard because you think that you know better.
• If you have spiritual HIV, then you can even get deceived by reading God’s Word and being lulled into thinking you are healthy.

Hebrews 3:7-19
• Your spiritual walk is like being in the desert until you go to heaven.
• This life is a time of testing. (Hebrews 11:6)
Question: How do you keep your heart soft?
• You can do all of these religious things, but God would say that your heart is far from Him.
Question: Is your faith in God?
• Your obedience is inspired by faith.
• In many verses, the Bible warns you about the hardening of your heart.
• Make sure that your heart is not hard – test yourself.
Question: Are you really being faithful in God’s power or are you just playing the part?
• Satan does not stop attacking your faith.
• If you do not have people in your life, then you will continually be deceived.
• Do not allow Satan to harden your heart.

2. A lack of integrity.
Psalm 25:1-22
• Integrity is being what you say you are.
• Honesty is God’s way.
Question: Do you see the heart of David here?
• Psalm 25 is a psalm of integrity.
• David recognized his need for God.
• A man of integrity sees his sin for what it is.
• David did not try to hide his sin.
Question: When was the last time you confessed your sin?
• Integrity keeps you being consistent in walking His way.
• Who you are behind closed doors is who you are.
• Who you are when no one is watching is who you are.
• This component of spiritual HIV is thinking that you can fool people.

1 John 1:8-10
• The hardness of your heart causes you not to want to confess your sin.
• Talk about your life with other people.

Proverbs 11:3
Question: Do you see how the lack of faith leads to that duplicity?
Question: Why do people lie?
• Because they do not believe that God can work.

Proverbs 6:16-19
• Once you lie and cover up your sin, the scheme gets bigger and bigger.
Question: What does a lack of integrity accomplish?
• Without integrity, you are a fraud.
• Understand what it means to clean the inside of your cup.
• You got to feel free in God’s mercy.
• Decide not to wear any more masks and decide to be transparent about your life.

2 Timothy 3:1-9
• You think that you can fool people, but it will be clear to everyone.

3. An abundance of vanity.
Psalm 10:1-18
• Your vanity and your pride lures you into wanting to live independently of God.
Question: Are you really walking with God?
• God will break those who are sinful and wicked.

Luke 18:9-14
• The challenge is sometimes you can become self-righteous.
• When you start to become boastful and arrogant about who you are, you are in danger of going to hell.
• When you realize that you deserve nothing, you will be peaceful.
• When you think that you deserve something, you become vain.
• But yet God wants to make you significant and to be next to Him.
• The world wants you to be subtly prideful about things, like: where you went to college, your career, family history, etc.
Question: Who cares about where you went to college?
• You got to be humble about who you are.
• You got to be grateful for the work that you can do.
• Being smart does not mean that you have integrity.
• There is a difference between knowledge (just head knowledge) and wisdom (the application of knowledge).
• In the case of spiritual HIV, the good news is that God has a cure.

Psalm 103:1-22
Question: Do you remember that you are dust?
• When you are right before God, that is how you will be.
• God wants to redeem your life from the pit.
Question: Will you obey His precepts?
Question: Are the benefits of disobeying God worth going to hell?