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Feb 24, 2016

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. Isaiah 43:2

 

THERE IS INCREDIBLE POWER THAT COMES FROM FACING IMPOSSIBLE PAIN.

 

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 23:18 NIV

 

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.  Hebrews 6:19 NIV

 

“What oxygen is to the lungs, hope is to our survival in the world.” -Billy Graham

 

HOPE IS A CONFIDENT EXPECTATION, A JOYFUL ANTICIPATION, AND AN ACTIVE ENERGIZING ENTHUSIASM.

 

(The Anchor) It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever. Hebrews 6:19-20

 

1. HOPE HAS A ROPE

 

THE CONNECTION IS JUST AS VITAL AS THE ANCHOR ITSELF

I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:25-27

 

But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. John 16:7

 

OUR ADVOCATE, OUR CONNECTION, OUR ROPE IS THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

2. TO BE EFFECTIVE THE ROPE HAS TO BE TIGHT

 

Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Galatians 5:25

 

TAKE HOME

 

When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation. Proverbs 10:25

 

  • ILLUMINATE YOUR HEART WITH TRUTH

 

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! Psalms 27:13-14 NKJV

 

  • ASSEMBLE WITH GOD’S PEOPLE

 

Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God. Psalms 97:13 NKJV

 

For your heart will always be where your riches are. Luke 12:34

 

But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God,just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy. Philippians 2:17

 

THERE IS POWER IN THE EXCHANGE! WHEN WE SHIFT OUR PREFERENCES TO WORSHIP AND WHEN WE SHIFT OUR PRIORITIES TO HIS KINGDOM.

 

  • CUE THE EAGLE

 

Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:30-31

 

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. Psalms 73:26

 

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don't know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. Romans 8:26

Feb 18, 2016

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. Isaiah 43:2

 

THERE IS INCREDIBLE POWER THAT COMES FROM FACING IMPOSSIBLE PAIN.

 

1. LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING

 

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

 

IF WE TRUST OUR SENSES WE WILL LEAN ON OUR TRAGEDIES INSTEAD OF OUR GOD

 

You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5

 

2. ETERNITY BECOMES VISIBLE BY FAITH

 

Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:6-7 NIV

 

YOUR FAITH SEES POTENTIAL WHERE YOUR BLINDSPOTS SEES PERIL

 

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28

 

3. NEARSIGHTEDNESS MUST BE CONSTANTLY CORRECTED

 

THE BATTLE FOR YOUR EYES IS WON THROUGH YOUR EARS

 

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 NKJV

 

4. SEEING THE INVISIBLE YOU CAN DO THE IMPOSSIBLE

 

WHEN YOU LET GOD GIVE YOU A SUPERNATURAL VISION YOU WILL POSSES A SUPER HUMAN STRENGTH!

 

By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. Hebrews 11:33-34

 

Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half,and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated.  Hebrews 11:37

 

Looks can be deceiving

Eternity becomes visible by faith

Nearsightedness must be constantly corrected

Seeing the invisible, you can do the impossible

 

TAKE HOME

 

  • GET YOUR EARS RIGHT

 

 

Feb 10, 2016

Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty! Proverbs 14:23

 

IF YOU DON’T MAKE IT A PRIORITY IT WILL NEVER BE A REALITY

 

And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. Romans 7:18-20

 

Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Romans 7:24

 

Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 7:25

 

1. ARE MY CHOICES DESTROYING ME?

 

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12 NIV

DON’T SETTLE FOR TEMPORARY CRAVINGS AND PASS A  GREATER FEAST THAT CAN TRULY FULFILL YOU!

2. AM I HURTING MY WITNESS

For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man. 2 Corinthians 8:21 NIV

 

LETS LIVE A LIFE THAT IS SO ATTRACTIVE THAT PEOPLE WANT TO EXPERIENCE WHAT WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED

3. AM I DISHONORING GOD?

Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ? Should a man take his body, which is part of Christ, and join it to a prostitute? Never!  1 Corinthians 6:15

 

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8 NIV

 

In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.2 Timothy 2:20-21


TAKE HOME

 

  • OFFER YOURSELF TO GOD DAILY

 

I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Romans 12:1

 

  • WITHDRAW WEEKLY

 

“If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” The mouth of the Lord has spoken. Isaiah 58:13-14 NIV

  • LIVE PURPOSEFULLY

Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.1 Corinthians 9:24-27

  • REFLECT HONOR

 

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Feb 2, 2016

Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty! Proverbs 14:23

 

IF YOU DON’T MAKE IT A PRIORITY IT WILL NEVER BE A REALITY

 

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6:6-10

 

1. DO I FIND MY SECURITY IN GOD OR MONEY?

 

Trust in your money and down you go! But the godly flourish like leaves in the spring. Proverbs 11:28

 

Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6

 

MONEY IS A TOOL NOT A LIFE-SOURCE AND SUCCESS BASED ON WHAT WE DO WITH IT NOT ON THE AMOUNT WE HAVE ACCUMULATED.

 

2. DO I FIND MY IDENTITY IN GOD OR MONEY?

 

Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” Luke 12:15

 

“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.” Luke 12:21

 

Those who love money will never have enough. Ecclesiastes 5:10

 

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalms 139:13-14

 

3. DO I FIND MY ANSWERS IN GOD OR MONEY?

 

IF WE NEVER IDENTIFY OUR NEGATIVE MINDSETS WE WILL NEVER ADOPT PRACTICAL WAYS OF GROWTH.

 

The Lord is near to those who are discouraged; He saves those who have lost all hope. Psalms 34:18 GNT

 

TAKE HOME

 

  • BE HONEST WITH OURSELVES

 

Sincerity and truth are what you require; fill my mind with your wisdom. Psalms 51:6 GNT

 

  • DEVELOP A PLAN

 

A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. Proverbs 27:12

 

  • DO IT NOW

 

I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2 NIV

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