Take A Stand - Honesty

Tom Harding

Sermon Notes

One of the biggest challenges we have to our democracy is the degree to which we don’t share a common baseline of facts.

-President Barack Obama


Logismoi — thoughts, thought patterns 


Our fight with the devil is first and foremost a fight to take back control of our minds from their captivity to lies and liberate them with the weapon of truth.


John 8:44–45

For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe me! 


Deceptive Ideas (Devil) > Disordered Desires (Flesh) > Sinful Society (World

--John Mark Comer


Action--See, desire, take 

Response--Hide or honesty


Genesis 3:6–8

The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. 

At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. 


Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death...


Joshua 7:13

For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Hidden among you, O Israel, are things set apart for the Lord. You will never defeat your enemies until you remove these things from among you. 


Reality — sin is not private, ever, and we cannot keep it from impacting others.


Joshua 7:20–21

“It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. Among the plunder I saw a beautiful robe from Babylon, 200 silver coins, and a bar of gold weighing more than a pound. I wanted them so much that I took them. They are hidden in the ground beneath my tent, with the silver buried deeper than the rest.” 


Achan (Troublesome) was executed in Achor (Trouble).


Romans 5:12

When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. 


Romans 5:19

Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous. 


Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. 


Jesus came to die for what you have been trying to hide.

Jesus came to heal what you have been trying to conceal.

Jesus came to give peace from whatever forced you into hiding.