Flies in the Ointment
Sunday April 18, 2021
Ecclesiastes 10:1; Mark 14:3; Malachi 3:8; I Peter 4:8; Isaiah 50:4; Exodus 29:38; Genesis 1:2; Acts 2:2; Matthew 26:34
What smells sweet can be changed to something putrid if flies get into that ointment. The Bible says, in the same way, just a little bit of folly can do the same in your life. Certain Christians look good externally, but inwardly they are very weak. We have to continue to grow up in the faith.
Three Types of Flies in the Church:
1. Butterflies- the biggest externally, but the weakest internally. Butterfly Christians cause people not to be attracted to Jesus. Samson was a butterfly externally, yet inwardly he was weak.
2. Robber Fly- Big fly that makes a big noise, but he gets really quiet when he is stealing from the other flies. We steal when we do not pay the tithes that the Bible commands us to offer to God. Robber flies take a lot, but they do not contribute.
3. Mosquito- Mosquitoes are the most dangerous. They bite, but they have no teeth. They use their long tongue that functions like a needle with one intent---to penetrate the skin and remove the blood. They remove the blood and replace it with poison. All mosquitos are after one thing---blood. The mosquito kills over one million people every single year worldwide.
1. You have to be intentional about how you deal with mosquitos. It is dangerous when we allow the “mosquitoes” of this world to get into our lives and into our families.
2. Sin and mosquitos have one thing in common-they both want to take away the blood. The blood is what brings redemption. Don’t let sin take the life out of you.
3. You must address the “mosquitos” of this life every day all day. Don’t allow the blood to be lifted off your families. Apply the blood of Jesus to your families twice a day.
4. We must get the altar back in our lives and in our families. Chase away the mosquitos of this life.
5. If you don’t exterminate the mosquitos of this world they will kill us. You cannot allow sin to enter into your life.
6. Make sure there is no standing water in your life---make sure it is moving. Spiritual inactivity stagnates and becomes the breeding ground on spiritual mosquitoes. You move the water when you make an offering every morning and every night---praise and worship. Acknowledge Jesus in your home every day. Stagnation brings death.
7. When you learn who Jesus is, you can’t help but become emotional---and your water will move. Start running and chasing after God. Still and stagnant spiritually describes too many in the Body of Christ. Does it describe you?
8. You need a fresh move. It’s not enough to know---you have to feel it. There is a miracle in movement. When the water is flowing and the wind is blowing the mosquito has to move on. Praise---worship---get into your word.
9. Your body is God’s temple. Don’t allow water to settle in your life and leave puddles everywhere---compromise and carnality create puddles for the “mosquitos” to take up residence.
10. The number one repellent of the flies in this world is the anointing with fresh oil. The anointing kills all of the flies of this life and every attack of the devil. Anoint yourself with oil every day (Ecclesiastes 9).
Give God some time in the morning and in the evening to deal with the mosquitos sent to attack and infest your life and your family’s life. You must be intentional about guarding the culture of your life. Draw near to the Lord every day. There are areas in all our lives where we have allowed the devil to plant the eggs of the flies sent to harm you.
Ask God for a fresh anointing every day. Don’t allow your water to become stagnant. Don’t be a breeding ground for sin. Remove the puddles that have developed in your life. Go after God with all your heart and ask the Lord for a fresh move. Ask God to remove the swamps that are forming in the weak areas of your life. Lift your voice and praise Him. Become hungry for a move. Ask the Lord to trouble the water in your life again. Ask God for a fresh wind and another move of the Holy Spirit again.
Dr. Mark Rutland
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