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Oct 22, 2019

 

3 AREAS SATAN MOST INTENSELY ATTACKS:

 

·        YOUR MIND

·        YOUR EMOTIONS

·        YOUR WILL

 

The Lord is my shepherd I have all that I need. Psalms 23:1

 

So then, surrender to God. Stand up to the devil and resist him and he will turn and run away from you. Move your heart closer and closer to God, and he will come even closer to you. But make sure you cleanse your life, you sinners, and keep your heart pure and stop doubting. James 4:7-8 TPT

 

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23

 

WHAT GETS YOUR ATTENTION GETS YOUR HEART, AND THAT DETERMINES THE COURSE OF YOUR LIFE.

 

MISPLACED ATTENTION WILL LEAD TO A FALSE SENSE OF HAPPINESS.

 

HOW DO WE ALIGN OUR HEARTS?

 

1.  PASSIONATELY PURSUE JESUS.

 

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN YOU & WHAT YOU LOVE DETERMINES WHETHER YOU HAVE THE CAPACITY TO ALLOW SOMETHING TO SEPARATE YOU FROM WHAT YOU LOVE.

 

If you love me, keep my commands. John 14:15 NIV 

 

In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome…Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:3;12 NIV

 

TEMPTATION OR COMPROMISE DOESN'T EXPOSE OUR WEAKNESSES IN WILL POWER, BUT THE WEAKNESSES IN OUR RELATIONSHIP.

 

INTIMACY WITH GOD IS WHAT PRODUCES INNOCENCE IN OUR LIVES.

 

For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

 

2. OBEDIENCE LEADS TO A THRIVING RELATIONSHIP, NOT COMPLIANCE.

 

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. Matthew 5:17 NIV 

 

Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. Luke 9:23-24

 

..and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. Matthew 6:12-13

 

** 1 degree of separation Slide **

 

3. MAKE THE COMMITMENT TO LEAVE THE PAST IN THE PAST.

 

But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62

 

I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead… Philippians 3:12-13

 

Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life…  Deuteronomy 30:19-20

 

 

INTIMACY IS A RESULT OF CONSISTENCY.

Oct 16, 2019

3 AREAS SATAN MOST INTENSELY ATTACKS:

 

YOUR MIND

YOUR EMOTIONS

YOUR WILL

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. Mark 12:30

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:13-17

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2

“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 ESV

DEMOLISHING THE STRONGHOLD OF THE MIND:

1. IDENTIFY THE STRONGHOLD

“Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.” 2 Timothy 2:26 NLT 

“When he (the devil) lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44 ESV 

____ MATERIAL/FINANCIAL STRONGHOLD

____ ADDICTIVE/HABITUAL STRONGHOLD 

____ PERSONAL/PHYSICAL STRONGHOLD 

____ RELATIONAL STRONGHOLD

____ SPIRITUAL STRONGHOLD

2. IDENTIFY WHO YOU WANT TO BE.

“The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants...These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions... When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these...  But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:17-22

 

THE MORE YOU PRAY AND READ THE BIBLE, THE MORE GOD’S CHARACTER RUBS OFF ON YOU! 

“A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.” Proverbs 21:22 NIV 

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.  2 Corinthians 10:3-4 ESV 

 

Oct 8, 2019

WE LIVE IN A PHYSICAL WORLD, AND A SPIRITUAL WORLD.

 

“The problem is most people overestimate or underestimate spiritual warfare. Funny how the devil likes when we over believe or under believe just don't bible believe” C.S. Lewis 

 

4 TRUTHS ABOUT THIS SPIRITUAL BATTLE:

 

  1. THERE IS A REAL ENEMY.

 

Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. Ephesians 6:11

 

THIS REAL ENEMY WANTS TO DESTROY YOU.

 

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith. 1 Peter 5:8-9 NIV

 

Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. Ephesians 5:11 NIV 

 

2. WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME BATTLE.

 

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

 

THE DEVIL’S GOAL IS TO DIVIDE US.

 

Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A family splintered by feuding will fall apart. Luke 11:17

 

I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.  1 Corinthians 1:10

 

Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. John 13:35

 

3. OUR STRENGTH IS IN THE LORD.

 

Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11

 

So one night the king of Aram sent a great army with many chariots and horses to surround the city. When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha. 2 Kings 6:14-15

 

“Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” 2 Kings 6:16

 

Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. 2 Kings 6:17

 

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

4. THE ENEMY IS SUBJECT TO OUR GOD.

 

The Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. 1 John 4:4

  THE HIGHEST AUTHORITY IS THE NAME OF JESUS.

 

When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!” “Yes,” he told them, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning! Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy… Luke 10:17-19

 

 At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth. Philippians 2:10

 

  • THE AUTHORITY OF THE WORD

 

  • THE AUTHORITY OF THE BLOOD AND THE CROSS

 

And they have defeated him (devil) by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. Revelation 12:11

 

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

 

DAILY FILL YOUR MIND WITH GOD’S PROMISES, AND DAILY PROCLAIM GOD’S PROMISES.

Oct 1, 2019
  • CAN I SLEEP IN HEAVEN?

And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.” Revelation 19:9

Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he ate it as they watched. Luke 24:41-43

  • WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO SHARE YOUR FAITH AT A JOB THAT DISCOURAGES FAITH AND DOESN’T ALLOW YOU TO DISCUSS GOD?

 ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:39

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. Colossians 4:5-6

  • WHY DOES GOD LET THERE BE SO MUCH BAD IN THIS WORLD?

“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered—how fleeting my life is.” Psalms 39:4

Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. Romans 8:18

… by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 NIV

And they have defeated him (devil) by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. Revelation 12:11

God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. Revelation 21:4-5

  • IN EXODUS, WHEN GOD TURNED THE NILE TO BLOOD, WHAT BLOOD TYPE WAS IT?
  • CAN YOU SERVE GOD AND BE IN AN UNMARRIED SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP? 

Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Romans 6:1-2

We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin….Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Romans 6:6-7;12

  • ARE ANIMALS IN HEAVEN?
  • IF YOU ARE A BELIEVER AND YOU ARE DEALING WITH SOMETHING SUCH AS DEPRESSION AND IT PUSHES YOU TO SUICIDE, DO YOU GO TO HEAVEN? BECAUSE NUMEROUS PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY I WILL SEE THEM HEAVEN. WHERE DOES THAT STAND IN GOD’S EYES?

Suicide is a permanent irreversible attempt to solve a temporary problem in which most people don’t want to die they just want their pain to end!

  • HOW DO YOU FULLY “GIVE IT TO GOD” WHEN ANXIOUS, FEARFUL, OR DOUBTFUL?

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7 NKJV

Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. Philippians 4:11-12

  • IF GOD FORGIVES AND FORGETS MY SINS, WILL I STILL FACE JUDGEMENT ON THOSE SINS?

And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins. Hebrews 8:12

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Sep 25, 2019

Pastor Mike speaks on spiritual ruts

Sep 24, 2019

Pastor Tyler speaks on how to forgive.

Sep 11, 2019

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. Proverbs 22:6

 

57% MORE TEENS ARE MORE SLEEP DEPRIVED TODAY THAN IN 1991

 

SLEEP DEPRIVATION IS LINKED TO COMPROMISED THINKING AND REASONING, SUSCEPTIBILITY TO ILLNESS, WEIGHT GAIN, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY.

 

NEARLY 25% OF TEENAGERS (13-18) STRUGGLE WITH DEPRESSION, AND SUICIDE IS THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH AMONG TEENAGERS.

 

TEENAGERS CONSUME 2700 HOURS OF SCREEN TIME A YEAR.

 

THE AVERAGE PERSON HAS ONLY 5,840 AWAKE HOURS A YEAR. 

 

THAT MEANS 46% OF A YOUNG PERSON'S LIFE IS IN FRONT OF A SCREEN.

 

For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have conquered the world!” John 16:33 TPT

 

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2

 

ONLY ABOUT 10% OF YOUNG CHRISTIANS ACTUALLY BEAR THE QUALITIES OF A RESILIENT DISCIPLE. 

 

  1. EXPERIENCE INTIMACY WITH JESUS

 

2. CULTURAL DISCERNMENT

 

3. MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS

 

4. VOCATIONAL DISCIPLESHIP

 

5. COUNTERCULTURAL AMBITION

 

MORE THAN A THIRD OF 11 TO 18-YEAR-OLDS SAID THEY HAD ASKED THEIR PARENTS TO STOP CHECKING THEIR DEVICES.

 

OF PUPILS WHO HAD ASKED THEIR PARENTS TO PUT DOWN THEIR PHONES, 46% SAID THEIR PARENTS TOOK NO NOTICE.

 

82% OF STUDENTS FELT MEALTIMES SHOULD BE DEVICE-FREE.

 

22% SAID THE USE OF DEVICES STOPPED THEIR FAMILIES ENJOYING EACH OTHER’S COMPANY.

 

So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us. We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. Hebrews 12:1-2 TPT

 

Fully embrace God’s correction as part of your training. Hebrews 12:7 TPT

 

Now all discipline seems to be more pain than pleasure at the time, yet later it will produce a transformation of character, bringing a harvest of righteousness and peace to those who yield to it. Hebrews 12:11 TPT

 

So be made strong even in your weakness by lifting up your tired hands in prayer and worship. And strengthen your weak knees, for as you keep walking forward on God’s paths all your stumbling ways will be divinely healed! Hebrews 12:12-13 TPT

 

YOU CANNOT BE A HEALTHY PARENT WITHOUT FIRST BEING A HEALTHY CHILD.

 

When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased. Luke 3:21-22 NIV

 

  1. IDENTITY
  2. You are my Son

 

2. AFFECTION

whom I love

 

3. AFFIRMATION

with you I am well pleased

Sep 4, 2019

While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. 2 Corinthians 5:4

 

He has planted eternity in the human heart. Ecclesiastes 3:11

 

For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live. Philippians 1:21-24

 

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

 

THE REALITIES OF HEAVEN

“How you think about Heaven affects everything in life-how your prioritize love, how willing you are willing to sacrifice for the long term, how you view suffering, what you fear or don’t fear.” John Burke

1. A PERFECT IDENTITY

Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:12-13

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.  Psalm 139:13-14

2. A PERFECT COMMUNITY

May your Kingdom come; may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10 GNT

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself. The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments. Matthew 22:37-40

 

After all, what gives us hope and joy, and what will be our proud reward and crown as we stand before our Lord Jesus when he returns? It is you! Yes, you are our pride and joy. 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20

Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home. Luke 16:9

3. A PERFECT CITY

“See, I will create new heavens and a new earth… for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more. They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb will feed together…They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the Lord. Isaiah 65:17-25

So he took me in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and he showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God and sparkled like a precious stone—like jasper as clear as crystal. The city wall was broad and high, with twelve gates guarded by twelve angels. I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light. Revelation 21:10-12;22-23

4. A PERFECT CHOICE

Luke 15:11-19

Luke 15:20-24

1 Peter 3:18

 

And I will give to each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name that no one understands except the one who receives it. Revelations 2:17

 

Aug 28, 2019

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? Matthew 16:26

 

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 9:25-27

 

8. WE ARE SOLEY MOTIVATED TO POPULATE HEAVEN

We live and breathe the Great Commission and will do anything short of sin to see people accept the gift of Jesus in their lives!

 

When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Mark 2:17

 

"The church is not a museum of saints, but a hospital for sinners." Ann Landers

 

  WE UNDERSTAND THAT EVERY PERSON MATTERS TO GOD.

 

He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 2 Peter 3:9

 

Luke 15:1-7 

 

   WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE MUST BREAK A FEW RULES.

 

Matthew 12:9-14

 

When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings. 1 Corinthians 9:22-23 

 

  WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES.

 

When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:1-5

9. WE PASSIONATELY PURSUE THE VISION

God has given us a big vision that is much bigger than ourselves and we are passionate about creating a culture that desires to see that vision become reality.

 

God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. Ephesians 3:10

 

FIND JESUS

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.  John 10:10-11

 

WE WILL GO FROM ATTENDERS TO INVITERS.

 

FIND FREEDOM

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. Psalms 34:18

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble; A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10;12

 

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16

 

WE WILL COMMIT TO AN AUTHENTIC COMMUNITY

 

FIND PURPOSE

It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. Ephesians 1:11-12 MSG

 

WE WILL DISCOVER OUR UNIQUE DESIGN 

 

 MAKE A DIFFERENCE

But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. Acts 20:24

 

 WE WILL PARTNER WITH EACH OTHER TO POPULATE HEAVEN.

Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames. 1 Corinthians 3:12-15

Aug 20, 2019

YOU CAN EITHER BE INFLUENCED OR BE INFLUENTIAL.

“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:13-16

YOUR TITLE MAKES YOU A MANAGER, BUT YOUR PEOPLE MAKE YOU A LEADER. 

1. WE FIND CONFIDENCE IN AUTHENTICITY

2. WE HUNGER FOR GROWTH

3. WE GRASP THAT EXCELLENCE REFLECTS CHARACTER

4. WE LAVISH OUR GENEROSITY

 

5. WE ARE SERVANT LEADERS.

"Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.” -Jesus. It is not about us, but the people we lead and we spend our energy inspiring and empowering them. 

“Only a life lived in the service of others is worth living” Albert Einstein

Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him; After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, “Do you understand what I was doing? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them. John 13:1;3-5;12-17

✓     SERVING STARTS WITH ME.

Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

✓     SERVING STARTS WITH BEING FAITHFUL WITH THE SECRET OPPORTUNITIES.

“You can map out a fight plan or a life plan. But when the action starts, you’re down to your reflexes.  Thats where your road work shows.  If you cheated on that in the dark morning, you’re getting found out now under the bright lights.” Joe Frazier

✓     SERVING STARTS WITH THE INSIGNIFICANT AREAS EVERYONE ELSE IGNORES.

If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. Galatians 6:3

GREAT OPPORTUNITIES OFTEN DISGUISE THEMSELVES IN SMALL TASKS

6. WE ARE SOLUTION-ORIENTED.

Anyone can identify a problem, but leaders identify solutions. A problem is just an opportunity for growth and a step to the next level as we discover the solution.

 

The number one predictor of success is grit, the ability to overcome adversity, challenges, obstacles that ultimately create our success. – Jon Gordon

EASE AND COMFORT ARE THE ENEMIES OF GRIT.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

✓     WE GATHER THE FACTS.

“What a shame—yes, how stupid!—to decide before knowing the facts!” Proverbs 18:13 TLB

✓     WE ARE OPEN TO NEW IDEAS.

“The intelligent man is always open to new ideas. In fact, he looks for them.” Proverbs 18:15 TLB 

WE LEAN ON GOD.

"If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don't ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success.” Proverbs 3:4-6, TLB

7. WE ARE UNAPOLOGETICALLY LOYAL-

We are more than a team we are family and we love, respect, support, and defend each other in that way.

 

 WE DO NOT ALLOW NEGATIVE THOUGHTS AND WORDS TO BECOME A PUBLIC SPECTACLE.

✓     I WILL FIRST GO DIRECTLY TO THE PERSON INVOLVED AND NO ONE ELSE. 

“If a brother sins against you, go to him privately and confront him with his fault. If he listens and confesses it, you have won back a brother.  But if not, then take one or two others with you and go back to him again Matthew 18:15-16 TLB

✓      I WILL NOT HANG OUT WITH NEGATIVE PEOPLE.

“Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

✓ 

I WILL SPEAK WORDS OF LIFE.

“The tongue has the power of life and death” Proverbs 18:21

OUR MISSION IS TOO IMPORTANT, AND OUR WORDS TOO POWERFUL, TO SPEAK CARELESSLY AND RISK DAMAGING PEOPLE.

Ephesians 4:29

Aug 15, 2019

1.  WE FIND CONFIDENCE IN AUTHENTICITY.

 

2. WE HUNGER FOR GROWTH.

 

For we naturally love to do evil things that are just the opposite from the things that the Holy Spirit tells us to do; and the good things we want to do when the Spirit has his way with us are just the opposite of our natural desires. These two forces within us are constantly fighting each other to win control over us, and our wishes are never free from their pressures. Galatians 5:17 TLB

 

 WE ARE NOT CONSUMERS, WE ARE CONTRIBUTORS. THE CHURCH DOES NOT EXIST FOR US; WE EXIST FOR THE WORLD!

 

God’s marvelous grace imparts to each one of us varying gifts and ministries that are uniquely ours. So if God has given you the grace-gift of prophecy, you must activate your gift by using the proportion of faith you have to prophesy. If your grace-gift is serving, then thrive in serving others well. If you have the grace-gift of teaching, then be actively teaching and training others. If you have the grace-gift of encouragement, then use it often to encourage others. If you have the grace-gift of giving to meet the needs of others, then may you prosper in your generosity without any fanfare. If you have the gift of leadership, be passionate about your leadership. And if you have the gift of showing compassion, then flourish in your cheerful display of compassion. Romans 12:6-8 TPT

 

CHURCH WAS NEVER MEANT TO BE A SPECTATOR SPORT. 

 

 3. WE GRASP THAT EXCELLENCE REFLECTS CHARACTER.

We will be stewards of the blessings we have been given and honor God and the people of Bloom by giving our absolute best.

 

 “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted…that all of the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

 

EXCELLENCE IS JUST BEING A GREAT STEWARD.

 

DREAMS ARE RECEIVED ON OUR KNEES, BUT ARE ACHIEVED ON OUR FEET.

 

So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

 

Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” James 2:17-18

 

 If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.  Luke 16:10

 

 4. WE LAVISH OUR GENEROSITY

We believe it is better to give than to receive and we will give generously of our time, talents, treasures, and our testimonies.

 

 GENEROSITY IS GRATITUDE IN ACTION

 

 ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:35

 

Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. Haggai 1:5-7

 

 For even during a season of severe difficulty and tremendous suffering, they became even more filled with joy. From the depths of their extreme poverty, super-abundant joy overflowed into an act of extravagant generosity. For I can verify that they spontaneously gave, not only according to their means but far beyond what they could afford. They actually begged us for the privilege of sharing in this ministry of giving to God’s holy people who are living in poverty. 2 Corinthians 8:2-4 TPT

 

BEING GENEROUS IS NOT SOMETHING WE DO. BEING GENEROUS IS WHO WE ARE!

 

But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity. Isaiah 32:8

 

 3 KEY ELEMENTS OF GENEROSITY:

1. WORDS

2. ACTIONS

3. GIVING

 

 TAKE HOME

 

I AM GOING TO LIVE OUT STEWARDSHIP AND GENEROSITY WITH MY:

 ·        TIME

 ·        TALENTS

 ·        TREASURES

 ·        TESTIMONY

Aug 8, 2019

“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” Matthew 13:3-9

 

GOOD INTENTIONS BY THEMSELVES ARE NOT ENOUGH FOR GROWTH.

 

 

IF YOU AIM AT NOTHING, YOU WILL HIT IT EVERY TIME! -ZIG ZIGLER

 

 

1. WE FIND CONFIDENCE IN AUTHENTICITY.

We are fearfully and wonderfully made!  We are not striving to be something we are not,  but learning to discover our unique gifts to help impact the Kingdom of God.  

 

 

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 3:10

 

For you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.” 1 Peter 2:9-10

 

 

ONCE YOU LOSE THE REASON TO EXIST, YOU PHYSICALLY STOP EXISTING.

 

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:10

 

HUMAN METRICS ARE BASED ON STATISTICS AND COMPARISONS; HEAVEN’S METRICS ARE BASED ON STEWARDSHIP AND INFLUENCE.

 

QUIT DISQUALIFYING YOURSELF BECAUSE YOU COMPARE YOUR WEAKNESSES TO OTHERS’ STRENGTHS.

 

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 1 Corinthians 12:7

 

2. WE HUNGER FOR GROWTH.

We must have a teachable spirit that strives to be the best versions of ourselves. Everything that grows must be stretched, broken down, and built back up.

 

I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover. Philippians 3:12 TPT

 

I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this… Philippians 3:13 TPT

 

Ø  YOU HAVE TO INVITE GOD INTO YOUR GROWTH.

 

However I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. Philippians 3:13 TPT

 

  •   YOU HAVE TO HAVE A VISION FOR YOUR FUTURE.

 

I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus. Philippians 3:14 TPT

 

  • YOU HAVE TO BE SOLD OUT

 

Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. James 1:6-8

 

TAKE HOME

Jul 3, 2019

Power of Expectation

 

God has really been tugging at my heart to talk about expectations and the effect that they can have on our spiritual, mental, and even physical wellness. We will be going through a couple different stories in scripture, but I want to start in Matthew ch. 11:2-3

 

Let’s take a look… John the Baptist is in prison and he hears about all of these miracles that Jesus is doing but then he says “SO” which means…what you are getting ready to hear is based on what you just heard – he, John, heard what Jesus was doing….what was he doing, you might ask… healing the sick, blind eyes were being opened, deaf ears were being unstopped. John the Baptist hears this “SO” he questions Jesus’ identity. remember what it says in verse 3 – he says, are you the messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else.” 

 

WHAT or WHO WAS JOHN EXPECTING?

 

We can pretty well assume that his expectations were out of line from what Jesus was doing because John asks that question right?…so who was right?

 

 Let me ask what happens when you go one way, but God goes another? 

 

What happens when your expectations for what you want God to do are not in God’s plan for you? What happens when your expectations are off and you expected God to do something for you that he never said he would do. Let me tell you this: Pastor Jeremy Foster said,

 

GOD MAY NOT ALWAYS LIVE UP TO YOUR EXPECTATIONS, BUT HE WILL ALWAYS LIVE UP TO HIS WORD. – Jeremy Foster

 

If he said he will never leave you he will never leave you. 

If he said he will never forsake you, he will never forsake you.

 

  1. ASSESS & REFLECT

 

PERSPECTIVE INFLUENCES EXPECTATION 

 

 Your perspective of a situation directly influences your expectations of that situation.

 

Lets go back to vs 2

 

Matthew 3:13-14

 

There’s that word SO again! This is a pretty clear example of what John thought of Jesus. He clearly explains that he knows the extent of who Jesus is and that’s why he’s questioning Why in the world am I baptizing you!? You should be baptizing me! 

 

Obviously, if we are here we aren’t in a physical prison, but I believe that the battles we face can feel a whole lot like we are imprisoned to them. But How many times while we are in church or at a conference or lifegroup or something holy….we feel like we can see what we need to. But the second that we get into a “prison” it all changes.

 

Assess. Find out where your perspective is right now because heres what I know: 

AN UNHEALTHY PERSPECTIVE WILL ALWAYS CAUSE YOU TO DOUBT WHERE YOU’RE GOING

 

Set your expectations right. 

 

Assess and reflect on where your perspective sits. 

 

  1. REMEMBER WHAT GOD HAS DONE

What would your perspective look like and how would it effect your expectations if you always remembered what God has done for you? 

 

In Mark ch 4 - Jesus and his disciples are crossing the Sea of Galilea. Now the Sea of Galilea is surrounded by mountains, and what normally happens is cold air comes down the side of the mountains and it meets the hot air from the sea and MASSIVE storms comes up out of nowhere. This is exactly what is happening in Mark ch 4 and the disciples are FREAKING OUT. THIS IS IT THIS IS HOW WE’RE GOING TO DIE.

 

But Jesus wakes up and the bible says that he rebukes the wind and the waves, right we’ve all heard this story, but he goes on to look at his disciples and he says, “how do you still have no faith” 

 

NOW Here’s the thing though – Jesus isn’t asking them that just because he calmed the winds and the waves, he’s saying How do you still have no faith based off of EVERYTHING YOU’VE SEEN ME DO TO THIS POINT. 

 

What would it have looked like for the disciples if when that storm hit and they’re all WERE GONNA DIE, if one of them said “NO WERE NOT, JESUS IS IN THE BOAT, DO YOU REMEMBER HIM HEALING THAT GIRL, FEEDING ALL THOSE PEOPLE, CALLING OUT THAT DEMON? No we’re good, we’re going to be ok” let me tell you this church:

 

STORMS CAN BE SCARY, BUT JESUS IS WITH US

 

Your prison can be REALLY scary, but JESUS is with you! Sometimes what you have to do is look back on all the things he’s ALREADY DONE! 

 

IF GOD HAS BEEN FAITHFUL TO YOU IN THE PAST, HE IS GOING TO BE FAITHFUL IN THE PRESENT AND IN THE FUTURE. 

 

 

So you need to assess where you are at, remember what God has done, and last but not least, trust what God will do…So number 3: 

 

  1. TRUST THAT GOD WILL DO IT

Trust that God will do it. This is super hard…this might be one of the hardest ones. Going back to my last point: 

 

 IF GOD HAS BEEN FAITHFUL TO YOU IN THE PAST, HE IS GOING TO BE FAITHFUL IN THE PRESENT AND IN THE FUTURE. 

 

Gods promises are yes and amen and like numbers say’s: God Is not a man so he does not lie and he does not change his mind. He is there for you and promises that he always will be. You just have to trust that. 

 

He doesn’t care what failure you walked in here with…Let me tell you this right now…

GOD CAN OVERCOME YOUR FAILURE IF YOU CONTINUE TO HAVE FAITH 


God can overcome your failure if you continue to have faith! 

Jun 25, 2019

Be the LIGHT

  • There is this question that I literally get asked ALL THE TIME!! “Are you always this happy?”
  • Deathly afraid of public speaking my entire life!! 
  • It’s amazing what God will do with your life if you surrender it fully to him!
  • Back to the question “Amber, are you always this happy”

-God has freed me from brokenness, so for the most part.. the answer is YES! How could I not be?

  • The Bible says:

“For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!”

Ephesians 5:8 NLT

  • This was me! 

Full of darkness!

-Kid (parents divorcing)

-Teenager (looking for love in all the wrong places)

-Then God saved me and called me to be a light!

  • The bible says:

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.

No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

Matthew 5:14-16 NLT

  • So, if God has saved you from darkness, and has called you to be light you must not hide under a basket, but be placed on a stand! (Don’t have time for you to hide)
  • My question for you is, ARE YOU HIDING UNDER A BASKET? 

-If the answer is YES, then WHY? ( I HAVE FELT ALL OF THESE!)

  • Is it FEAR? 

-He says not to fear, He is with us. 

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

  • Feeling UNQUALIFIED? 

-Moses didn’t feel qualified either! Anytime I am called to speak and I feel unqualified to do so I remember this story. 

“Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.” Exodus 4:10-11

  • Feeling UNWORTHY? 

-He says, YOU are chosen and YOU are his child! 

“…for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

-We serve a God who looks beyond your mistakes, He looks beyond your qualifications. His word says you are CHOSEN, you are His CHILD!

-It is time to stop HIDING under the BASKET! 

-But how?

  • You need to be connected to the RIGHT SOURCE!

-What source are you plugged into? (WRONG source, your light will go out)

“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.” Ephesians 3:16

God will give you unlimited resources and he will empower you and give you strength IF you are connected to HIM!

-Make sure you are connected to the God as your source, because the world will slowly burn you out and your light will fade. 

  • You need to have CHILD-LIKE FAITH!

-When I think of having childlike faith I think of this story about our youngest daughter Bella.

- But that’s one of the things I love so much about children! They believe BIG! They have BIG faith!! Can us adults have faith like a child? Actually God calls us to! Look at what he says!

“About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. 3 Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 18:1-4

  • You need to go ALL IN!
  • Summer series! Stories about summer. Carson with swimming lessons. 
  • Some of you have just been sticking a toe in the water. GO ALL IN! Stop hiding under the basket! Go ALL IN and be the light God has called you to be! 
  • You need to BATTLE through the trials!

-They will come. They have come for me. Joy has to come from Jesus NOT circumstances)

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.” Romans 5:3

-Endurance has developed in me. And through it all, I felt the closes to Jesus

  • You need to STRIVE to be like JESUS!

-Jesus was the best example of being a light!

-Jesus was making friends every where he went. 

-(Story of Matt not letting me go into gas stations)

-EVERYONE is important. Everyone matters. Everyone deserves a friend, and everyone deserves to see the light of Jesus. 

  • If we are NOT changing what’s going on beyond these walls of this church, then we are missing it!

Ask yourself this question: Are you hiding your light under a basket? Or are you making sure your light is out on a stand?

Challenges:

  1. Invite someone to church!
  2. Invite someone into your home! 
  3. Share your testimony with someone!
  4. Join the Dream Team!
Jun 19, 2019

Fatherhood is of course for those men who actually have children through conception or adoption, but Fatherhood is actually the call of every man that is a part of the body of Christ.  We are called to reflect the Nature of God which Jesus’ references God as in The Lords Prayer.

 

Matthew 6:9

 

Psalms 68:5

 

1950 4.7% of Children were born out of Wedlock

Today that number has risen by 1700%

 

NATIONAL CENTER OF DISEASE CONTROL STATISTICS

·        85% of children that show behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes (20x the National Average)

·        90% of all American inmates are men

·        Over 75% of said inmates grew up without a father

·        63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (5x the National Average)

·        90% of homeless and runaway children come from fatherless homes (32x the National Average)

·        71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes (9x the National Average)

 

When you remove fathers from a home society gets ill.  We need to be fathers to a fatherless generation! I am going to say something that is definitely not PC in today's world, but a genderless world is dangerous! Men and women are different and different doesn't mean bad, but beneficial because we complete each other.

 

Genesis 2:18 NIV

 

The Hebrew word used here for “Helper” is found 17 times in the Bible.  Referenced twice for women and 15 Times for God. “Suitable” in Hebrew really means something opposite of you that really completes you. 

 

Genesis 2:22-24

 

So they are joined as one.  They are married and they complete each other.  God created us specifically with a purpose which means our genders and biological makeups are on purpose and there are powerful qualities we each bring to complete each other!

 

Women are more natural when it comes to nurturing, with empathy, mercy, compassion,  and peace.  When a child typically gets hurt typically runs to mom and when they want protection or a display of strength they typically run to dad! Now dudes we need to strive for more empathy, mercy, compassion, and peace.

 

THE ROLE OF A FATHER

 

Colossians 3:21

 

1. FATHER’S MUST PROTECT CHILDREN FROM DISCOURAGEMENT

 

The word implies losing heart, lack of motivation, spiritless, disinterested, with no purpose in life. Don’t be the kind of father who raises that kind of person. Instead, develop a style of fatherhood that produces the opposite of discouragement.

 

 WE LEAD THEM TOWARDS HOPE

 

Matthew 6:24

 

Psalms 20:7 TPT

 

 WE LEAD THEM TOWARDS JOY OVER HAPPINESS

 

Happiness is fickle and fleeting it comes from the root word is from hap which means chance.  Human happiness dependent on the chances and changes of life, something which life may give and which life may destroy. However, Joy is a heart thing… It is a mindset.

 

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. - Viktor Frankl

 

Psalms 4:7-8

 

Can we be the type of men that show our children our devotion to God even in difficult times that we are not slaves to emotions, but servants to our God and that even in the midst of extreme difficulties we know God will work all things together for those who love him! We know he gives us peace beyond understanding!

 

 WE LEAD THEM TOWARDS THEIR GOD-GIVEN CALLING

 

We need to teach young people that they are not accidents or afterthoughts. They are not less important, but they have been given a God-given calling to make an eternal difference in the Body of Christ.  That they have been given spiritual gifts to make a heavenly difference a part of Gods community! We need to build their confidence not in themselves, but in their God and the identity God has for them! 

 

Hebrews 13:21

 

2. FATHER’S MUST NOT MISUSE THEIR AUTHORITY

 

Colossians 3:20-21

 

You ever heard the statement “Do what I say not what I do”? They are going to do what you do despite what you say and the biggest misuse of our authority is we don’t model the things of God we just mouth them!  Our kids look at us and they see that we make everything a bigger priority over God in our lives. If God is an afterthought to you then most likely He will be of no thought to your children when they grow up!

 

WE CAN EITHER BE A GREAT EXAMPLE OR A HORRIBLE WARNING

 

Men who go to church, read the bible and pray statistically in this nation have the lowest divorce rate, the lowest adultery rate, and the lowest abuse rate. Also, have the happiest life and best intimacy in a relationship.

 

The Highest divorce rate people practice 2 different religions.   Lowest both serve and active in the same religion.

 

Men who are Active believers. Surveys by sociologist

More expressive with their kids

More emotionally engaged in marriage

Desire to have a healthy legacy

Religious attendance associated with more empathetic behavior towards spouse and kids because they Understand there is sin and implement more grace to their spouses and children.

 

  WE HAVE TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE WITH A KINGDOM MENTALITY

Jun 19, 2019

We find Paul, here he's a little bit older and he's been through some “stuff”. By this point, he's like, hey, look, I figured some things out. This brings me to my first point:

I am not a hostage to my environment.

Listen to what Paul says in verse 12,

"I want you to know, dear ones, about what happened to me…"

Phil. 1:12 (a)

Listen to what he says to close out that verse:

"I want you know, dear ones, what has happened to me has not hindered, but helped my ministry of preaching the gospel, causing it to expand and spread to many people."

Phil. 1:12

And the word that he uses for expand is the word that actually means to move forward and to make progress in spite of severe opposition. What if God is more interested in changing YOU than changing your situation? Sometimes God will use the very situations that we would pray away to do the things that can only be done in situations that we would not choose.

I am not a hostage to my circumstances.

Paul says in verse 13:

“For now the elite Roman guards an government officials overseeing my imprisonment have plainly recognized that I am here because of my love for the Anointed One.”

Phil. 1:13

"I'm in chains for Christ. "I know it looks like I'm chained to these guards, "but actually, these guards are chained to me." This chain goes both ways, so I've been preaching in this prison, and don't worry about Paul, and don't circulate a petition to get Paul outta prison, 'cause I'm doing work up in here. can you say the same thing about the situation that you're in today that you feel stuck in? Are you so busy asking God to get you out that you miss the fact that God is trying to get in? Because Paul has reached that point in his life. He's got his priorities straight. He says, "I am put here," verse 16. I'm put here not by Caesar, not by the people who threw in this prison for preaching. I'm put here, I'm not a hostage to how I feel, I'm not a hostage to what I want.

“because they know I’ve been destined for the purpose of defending the revelation of God.”

Phil. 1:16

Even if people mean it for evil, God will use it for good. So I'm not a hostage to what people think about me. You know how you can tell Paul has reached that point that he's no longer a hostage is because of what he says

"…what does it matter…?"

Phil. 1:18

Paul said, "I'm not a hostage to my expectations. "I'm not a hostage to my plans "because I'm committed to God's purpose."And Paul said,

"For what does it matter as long as Christ is being preached?”

Phil. 1:18

Paul said, "as long as Christ is being preached." So even if I'm in this prison, I don't feel sorry for myself because God is using this too. It is in your weakness that his strength is made perfect. So if the situation doesn't change, God, change me, and use me, and "I'm in these chains right now," Paul said. But if God can use these chains of my situation to change somebody else's life, then God, use the chains.

I’m not a hostage to this world.

Paul's saying in the letter, I'm already out. I'm not outta prison yet, but I'm already free. My situation hasn't changed yet, but my spirit is free.Then he makes a shift. And it's weird because he doesn't know what's gonna happen next. I'm not a hostage. God's gonna use me here, God's gonna use me there. If he leaves me, he has something for me to do. If he takes me, he's done with me. I'm good either way.

'…If they preach him with mixed motives or with genuine love, the message of Christ is still being preached. And I will (1) continue to rejoice because I know that the lavish supply of the Spirit of Jesus, the Anointed One, and your intercession for me will (2) bring about my deliverance. No matter what, I will (3) continue to hope and passionately cling to Christ, so that he will (4) be openly revealed through me before everyone’s eyes. So I will (5) not be ashamed! In my life or in my death, Christ will (6) be magnified in me. My true life is the Anointed One, and dying means gaining more of him. So here’s my dilemma : Each day I live means bearing more fruit in my ministry; yet I fervently long to be liberated from this body and joined fully to Christ. That would suit me fine, but the greatest advantage to you would be that I remain alive. So you can see why I’m torn between the two—I don’t know which I prefer. Yet deep in my heart I’m confident that I will (7) be spared so I can add to your joy and further strengthen and mature your faith. When I am freed to come to you, my deliverance will (8) give you a reason to boast even more in Jesus Christ.'

Phil. 1:18-26

8 times. Some of us have a faith that is held hostage to the outcome and if we see our progress and sense our progress, then we press in and press on. Paul said, "I'm not a hostage to that outcome. "I trust God in the process.We have to remember, God is there through the highs and lows of our lives. Which brings me to my take-home:

Trust the process

 

Jun 5, 2019

There is a sticky question many Christians struggle with: Is depression a sin?

This particular question is posed to me by more people than perhaps any other when trying to understand what is going on emotionally with themselves or with someone close to them. The situation isn't helped by well-meaning Christians who don't understand depression saying things like: "You just need to have more faith," or "There must be sin in your life, or you wouldn't feel like this," or even "If you'd pray harder (read the Bible more, have a deeper walk with the Lord), you wouldn't have this problem." To someone who already feels guilty about everything, this just piles on even more guilt.

[My Story] 

I have found that sometimes it’s pastors who are most likely to suffer with depression. That’s because often times they are much more sensitive to sin and to evil in themselves and their world. They are also the ones most overcommitted in their service of the Lord, which makes them special targets for satanic attacks.

But are they right? Is depression a sin, or a picture of sin in our life? I answer that with an unequivocal no!

  1. Suffering from depression is not a sin.

Where does this idea come from? We can trace this idea all the way back to John 9:3 where Jesus heals a blind man. 

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

The man was thrown out after the Pharisees questioned him. Jesus replied, 

35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”

37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”

38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.

 

Many people will ask this question, “What sin have I committed that has brought me depression?” We need to remember the word’s of Jesus. “Neither this man nor his parents sinned. This happened so that the power of God might be displayed in your life. 

  1. How you respond to depression will determine if there is sin.

While sins in the past can contribute to depression, suffering from depression and its effects are not. Viewing depression as sin in and of itself prevents individuals from seeking treatment. There is a huge GUILT that comes into play. It also ignores the fact that many Christians may respond to depression in unhealthy ways. 

  1. Depression is not always a spiritual attack.

Just because someone is feeling spiritually dark, does not necessarily bean there is a spiritual cause of these feelings. There are physiological components that come into play. Continue in ministry.

How do we deal with depression?

  1. Speak the promises of God over yourself every day. (Dr. Emoto if time permits.) 60% water
  2. Talk to your physician.
  3. Stay connected with family and friends.

My favorite scripture. 1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Who is chosen? Who is a royal priesthood? Who is a holy nation? Who is God’s special possession?

Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world. Jesus knows your suffering. He experienced more suffering than any of us will ever know. I want to give you hope. Hope that the Church has suffered from this and come out on the other side. Hope that your story will bring others hope in their lowest times. Hope that they can bring God glory in the darkness. I want to pray over you today.

The light is coming. 

The weight is being lifted.

Our true identity is being revealed.

Our purpose is being revealed.

We are starting to feel strength rise up in us.

The fog is being lifted.

Chains are breaking.

Freedom is yours.

Victory is in reach.

 

Jun 3, 2019

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love?

Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. Romans 8:35-37

 

 

IF YOUR FAITH IS TIED TO THE REWARD OF THE PROMISE INSTEAD OF THE LOVE OF THE PROMISE, THEN YOUR FAITH WILL BE SURFACE, AND YOUR FAITHFULNESS WILL BE TEMPORARY!

 

MOST BELIEVERS NEVER WALK IN THE PROMISES OF GOD BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BYPASS THE REFINEMENT OF GOD!

 

These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 1 Peter 1:7

 

HE CANNOT BE A GOD THAT LOVES AND A GOD THAT IGNORES BECAUSE THEY CONTRADICT THEMSELVES.

 

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. Romans 5:3-4

 

 

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me— now let me rejoice. Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Psalms 51:7-10

 

 

1.

WE ARE FAITHFUL NO MATTER OUR CIRCUMSTANCES.

 

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

 

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty. Philippians 4:11-14

 

 

2.     WE ARE FAITHFUL BECAUSE WE STAY PERSISTENT WHEN NOTHING CHANGES.

 

hope means that we must trust and wait for what is still unseen. For why would we need to hope for something we already have? So because our hope is set on what is yet to be seen, we patiently keep on waiting for its fulfillment. Romans 8:24-25 TPT

 

One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”

Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! Luke 1-8

 

3. FAITHFULNESS STARTS SMALL AND BECOMES MONUMENTAL.

 

Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees. Then he said to his servant, “Go and look out toward the sea.” The servant went and looked, then returned to Elijah and said, “I didn’t see anything.” Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.” Then Elijah shouted, “Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!’” And soon the sky was black with clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm. 1 Kings 18:42-45

 

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39

 

TAKE HOME

 

·        GOD DOESN’T EXPECT PERFECTION, BUT HE DOES DESIRE PROGRESSION.

 

Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works. James 2:26

 

When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience. Now that I’m separated from you, keep it up. Better yet, redouble your efforts. Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you… Philippians 2:12-13 MSG

 

TAKE YOUR FAITH ONE DAY AT A TIME. 

 

TODAY LET ME HONOR GOD BY THE WAY I LIVE.

 

 

 

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May 14, 2019

Romans 8:18-21 TPT

 

 

Romans 8:23-25

 

HOPE IS CHEAPENED IF IT IS DEFINED BY OUR CIRCUMSTANCES AND NOT BY OUR TRUST IN GOD.

 

 

    GOD RESPONDS TO OUR TROUBLES.

 

Psalms 34:17-19

 

    GOD STILL HEALS.

 

Acts 4:30

 

    GOD RESTORES OUR SOULS.

 

2 Corinthians 5:17

 

    GOD DESIRES TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE THROUGH US.

 

John 14:12

 

HOW DO WE WALK IN THE POWER OF GOD?

 

Romans 8:26 TPT

 

• THE HOLY SPIRIT KNOWS AND ASKS FOR WHAT WE NEED.

 

Romans 8:26 TPT

 

• THE HOLY SPIRIT KNOWS AND ASKS FOR GOD’S WILL.

 

Romans 8:27 TPT

 

• THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVES US CONFIDENCE DESPITE OUR CIRCUMSTANCES.

 

Romans 8:28 TPT

 

HOW DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT PRAY FOR US?

 

• WE MUST BE BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT.

 

 

Acts 19:1-3 TPT

 

 

John 20:19-22

 

Luke 24:36;49

 

Acts 1:4-5

 

 

Acts 8:14-17

 

 

1 John 5:7-8

 

 

WE ARE DESTINED TO LIVE A SUPERNATURAL LIFE, NOT A NATURAL ONE.

 

HOW DO WE GET FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT?

 

1. REMOVE ALL OBSTACLES.

 

Acts 2:38-39

 

2. ASK FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT TO FILL YOU.

 

Luke 11:13

 

3. RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT BY FAITH.

 

Ezekiel 47:3-5

 

Hebrews 11:6

 

4. SEEK HIM DAILY.

 

2 Corinthians 13:14 MSG

May 11, 2019

Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions. Matthew 7:20

 

 

For the Holy Spirit makes God’s fatherhood real to us as he whispers into our innermost being, “You are God’s beloved child!” Romans 8:16 TPT

 

For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. Romans 8:16 NLT

 

 

3 WAYS THE HOLY SPIRIT AFFIRMS WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN AS WE START MAKING LIFE-GIVING LIFESTYLE, HEART, & MINDSET CHOICES:

 

 

1. LIFESTYLE CHOICE - WE WAGE WAR AGAINST SIN.

 

So then, beloved ones, the flesh has no claims on us at all, and we have no further obligation to live in obedience to it. For when you live controlled by the flesh, you are about to die. But if the life of the Spirit puts to death the corrupt ways of the flesh, we then taste his abundant life. Romans 8:12-13 TPT

 

 

Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Romans 12:9

 

Listen, you lovers of God! Hate evil, for God can keep you from wrong and protect you from the power of wickedness. Psalms 97:10 TPT

 

 

YOU HAVE TO GET TO THE POINT WHERE YOU LOVE THE FREEDOM FROM YOUR SIN OVER THE CONVENIENCE OF YOUR TEMPTATION.

 

“Don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. Ephesians 4:26-27

 

Do what is good and run from evil so that you may live! Amos 5:14

 

 

Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life. Ephesians 4:22

 

 

✓     NEGATIVE OR INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIPS

 

✓     NEGATIVE WORDS

 

✓     NEGATIVE ENVRIONMENTS

 

✓     NEGATIVE MINDSETS

 

 

2. HEART CHOICE - SUBMIT TO THE HOLY SPIRIT'S DIRECTION.

 

The mature children of God are those who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:14

 

Now, those who are mature in their faith can easily be recognized, for they don’t live to please themselves but have learned to patiently embrace others in their immaturity. Our goal must be to empower others to do what is right and good for them, and to bring them into spiritual maturity. For not even the most powerful one of all, the Anointed One, lived to please himself. Romans 15:1-3

 

 

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

 

 

MINISTRY IS THE PATHWAY TO MATURITY.

 

 

What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?; So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” James 2:14;17-18

 

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 1 Corinthians 12:7

 

 

 

3. MINDSET CHOICE - WE CRY OUT TO GOD OUR FATHER.

 

And you did not receive the “spirit of religious duty,” leading you back into the fear of never being good enough. But you have received the “Spirit of full acceptance,” enfolding you into the family of God. And you will never feel orphaned, for as he rises up within us, our spirits join him in saying the words of tender affection, “Beloved Father!” Romans 8:15

 

 

 

 

TAKE HOME

 

And since we are his true children, we qualify to share all his treasures, for indeed, we are heirs of God himself. And since we are joined to Christ, we also inherit all that he is and all that he has. We will experience being co-glorified with him provided that we accept his sufferings as our own. Romans 8:17 TPT

 

IS MY MOTIVATION IN BUILDING THE KINGDOM OF ME, OR THE KINGDOM OF GOD?

 

 

May 5, 2019

THE EIGHTH CHAPTER- Week 1

 

 

I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Romans 7:21-24

 

 

So who has the power to rescue this miserable man from the unwelcome intruder of sin and death? I give all my thanks to God, for his mighty power has finally provided a way out through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One! So if left to myself, the flesh is aligned with the law of sin, but now my renewed mind is fixed on and submitted to God’s righteous principles. Romans 7:24-25 TPT

 

 

So now the case is closed. There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in life-union with Jesus, the Anointed One. Romans 8:1 TPT

 

 

LIFE-GIVING MINDSETS

 

1. WE HAVE A NEW RELATIONSHIP.

 

…Those who are joined in life-union with Jesus, the Anointed One. Romans 8:1 TPT

 

 

You don’t belong to yourself any longer, for the gift of God, the Holy Spirit, lives inside your sanctuary. You were God’s expensive purchase, paid for with tears of blood, so by all means, then, use your body to bring glory to God! 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 TPT

 

Since a great price was paid for your redemption, stop having the mind-set of a slave. 1 Corinthians 7:23 TPT

 

2. WE HAVE A NEW FREEDOM

 

For the “law” of the Spirit of life flowing through the anointing of Jesus has liberated us from the “law” of sin and death; God sent us his Son in human form to identify with human weakness. Clothed with humanity, God’s Son gave his body to be the sin-offering so that God could once and for all condemn the guilt and power of sin. So now every righteous requirement of the law can be fulfilled through the Anointed One living his life in us. And we are free to live, not according to our flesh, but by the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit! Romans 8:2-4 TPT

 

 

 

3. WE HAVE A NEW LEADERSHIP

 

Those who are motivated by the flesh only pursue what benefits themselves. But those who live by the impulses of the Holy Spirit are motivated to pursue spiritual realities. For the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set controlled by the Spirit finds life and peace. In fact, the mind-set focused on the flesh fights God’s plan and refuses to submit to his direction, because it cannot! Romans 8:5-7 TPT

 

 

WHATEVER MOTIVATES YOU NOW, OVER TIME YOU WILL MANIFEST.

 

Lord, I passionately love you and I’m bonded to you, for now you’ve become my power! Psalms 18:1 TPT

 

When I was at my weakest, my enemies attacked—but the Lord held on to me. His love broke open the way and he brought me into a beautiful broad place. He rescued me—because his delight is in me! Psalms 18:18-19 TPT

 

I’ve kept my integrity by surrendering to him. And so the Lord has rewarded me with his blessing. Psalms 18:24 TPT

 

4. WE HAVE A NEW POWER

 

But when the Spirit of Christ empowers your life, you are not dominated by the flesh but by the Spirit. And if you are not joined to the Spirit of the Anointed One, you are not of him. Now Christ lives his life in you! Yes, God raised Jesus to life! And since God’s Spirit of Resurrection lives in you, he will also raise your dying body to life by the same Spirit that breathes life into you! Romans 8:9-11 TPT

 

 

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

TAKE HOME

 

 WE VALUE WHAT WE PRIORITIZE.

 

Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Luke 12:34

 

Apr 16, 2019

PAR·A·DOX: A SEEMINGLY ABSURD OR SELF-CONTRADICTORY STATEMENT OR PROPOSITION THAT WHEN INVESTIGATED OR EXPLAINED MAY PROVE TO BE WELL FOUNDED OR TRUE.

 

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33

 

 

THE PARADOX OF JESUS’ BEATITUDES Blessed are the peacemakers... Matthew 5:9 NIV

WHAT WE TEND TO BELIEVE: Blessed are those that are protestors; those that fire up their base!

 

 

PUBLIC CRITICISMS NEVER CHANGE ANYONE.  HOWEVER, PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS IN LOVE DO.

 

 

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9 NIV

 

 

ALL 3 VERSES ON ONE SLIDE

And the God of peace will swiftly pound Satan to a pulp under your feet! Romans 16:20 TPT

Now, may the God of peace and harmony set you apart, making you completely holy. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 TPT

Now may the God of peace—who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus… Hebrews 13:20

 

And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Galatians 4:6

 

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. Romans 8:14

 

You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:43-45

 

AS GOD’S CHILDREN WE ARE CALLED TO STRIVE FOR PEACE AS WE…

 

LOVE OUR ENEMIES

But I say, love your enemies! Matthew 5:44

 

PRAY FOR THEM

Pray for those who persecute you! Matthew 5:44

 

REJECT SELECTIVE PEACE

If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. Matthew 5:47

 

STRIVE TO BE THE BIGGER PERSON

Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Romans 12:18

 

THE PARADOX OF JESUS’ BEATITUDES Blessed are those who are persecuted because righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10 NIV

 

Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies. 1 Corinthians 15:43-44

 

 

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11-12 NIV

 

 

If you were to give your allegiance to the world, they would love and welcome you as one of their own. But because you won’t align yourself with the values of this world, they will hate you. I have chosen you and taken you out of the world to be mine. John 15:19 TPT

 

 

“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! Revelation 3:15-16

 

 

Be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. James 1:6-8

 

 

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?  Is anything worth more than your soul? Matthew 16:24

 

TAKE HOME

 

➡  DAILY INVITE GOD TO BE THE LORD OF YOUR ENTIRE LIFE.

 

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

Apr 10, 2019

PAR·A·DOX: A SEEMINGLY ABSURD OR SELF-CONTRADICTORY STATEMENT OR PROPOSITION THAT WHEN INVESTIGATED OR EXPLAINED MAY PROVE TO BE WELL FOUNDED OR TRUE.

 

 

THE PARADOX OF JESUS’ BEATITUDES: Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7 NIV

 

WHAT WE TEND TO BELIEVE: Blessed are those that are forgiven, for they will be shown mercy.

 

'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' Acts 20:35

 

THE OPPOSITE OF MERCIFUL IS SELF-PRESERVATION AT THE COST OF OTHERS.

 

Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?” When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Matthew 9:10-13

 

One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!” The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Luke 9:25-29

 

Then a despised Samaritan came along… Luke 10:33

 

4 STEPS OF MERCY:

 

1. WE MUST SEE THE DISTRESS.

…Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man... Luke 10:33

 

2. RESPOND WITH COMPASSION.

…he felt compassion for him. Luke 10:33

 

3. COMPASSION LEADS TO ACTION.

…Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. Luke 10:34

 

4. MERCY IS GIVEN DESPITE DIFFERENCES.

The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’ Luke 10:35

 

“Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.” Luke 10:36-37

 

Mercy (Greek word Eleos) is kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to relieve them.

 

THE PARADOX OF JESUS’ BEATITUDES: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.  Matthew 5:8 NIV

 

WHAT WE TEND TO BELIEVE: Blessed are God’s favorites, for they will see God.  

 

Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. 1 John 4:11-13

 

 

WHEN DISCIPLES PURSUE THE PRESENCE OF GOD, AND THEN START POURING OUT THE THINGS OF GOD INTO OTHERS INSTEAD OF HOARDING IT FOR THEMSELVES, A REVIVAL IS THE RESULT!

 

HOW CAN WE LOVE GOD WITH ALL OUR HEARTS?

And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations. Ezekiel 36:26-27

 

 INVITE THE HOLY SPIRIT TO SHOW YOU.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Psalms 139:23-24

 

 INVITE THE HOLY SPIRIT TO CHANGE YOU.

 Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Psalms 51:10

 

 INVITE THE HOLY SPIRIT TO FILL YOU.

 

 

TAKE HOME

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23

 

WHAT WE CONSUME WILL EVENTUALLY CONSUME US.

 

Apr 3, 2019

PAR·A·DOX: A SEEMINGLY ABSURD OR SELF-CONTRADICTORY STATEMENT OR PROPOSITION THAT WHEN INVESTIGATED OR EXPLAINED MAY PROVE TO BE WELL FOUNDED OR TRUE.

 

 

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes. Romans 12:2 TPT

 

 

THE PARADOX OF JESUS’ BEATITUDES: 

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 NIV

 

THE WORLD’S CREED IS MORE LIKE: Blessed are the unconquerable, for they will inherit the earth.

 

 

➡  MEEKNESS IS SIMPLY POWER UNDER CONTROL

 

 

But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity. Psalms 37:11 NIV

 

 

  • HUMAN NATURE SAYS: I AM IN CHARGE, BUT THE PARADOX OF THE DISCIPLE SAYS: GOD IS IN CHARGE

 

Give God the right to direct your life, and as you trust him along the way you’ll find he pulled it off perfectly! Psalms 37:5 TPT

 

  • HUMAN NATURE IS TO BE ANXIOUS UNTIL THERE IS A SOLUTION, BUT THE PARADOX OF THE DISCIPLE IS TO HAVE PEACE KNOWING THE SOLUTION WILL COME

 

Quiet your heart in his presence and pray; keep hope alive as you long for God to come through for you. And don’t think for a moment that the wicked in their prosperity are better off than you Psalms 37:7 TPT

 

  • HUMAN NATURE IS TO SEEK JUSTICE, BUT THE PARADOX OF THE DISCIPLE IS TO SEEK GRACE.

 

Stay away from anger and revenge. Keep envy far from you, for it only leads you into lies. Psalms 37:8

 

 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

 

 

THE PARADOX OF JESUS’ BEATITUDES: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 NIV

 

THE WORLD’S CREED IS MORE LIKE: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for success, for they will be filled.

 

He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

 

 

➡  THE QUESTION EVERY DISCIPLE MUST ANSWER IS: WHERE DOES MY SATISFACTION COME FROM?

Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels. And they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the seats of honor in the synagogues. Matthew 23:5-6

 

If you love me, obey my commandments. John 14:15

 

O God of my life, I’m lovesick for you in this weary wilderness. I thirst with the deepest longings to love you more, with cravings in my heart that can’t be described. Such yearning grips my soul for you, my God! I’m energized every time I enter your heavenly sanctuary to seek more of your power and drink in more of your glory. For your tender mercies mean more to me than life itself. How I love and praise you, God! Daily I will worship you passionately and with all my heart. My arms will wave to you like banners of praise. I overflow with praise when I come before you, for the anointing of your presence satisfies me like nothing else. You are such a rich banquet of pleasure to my soul. Psalms 63:1-5 TPT

 

TAKE HOME

 

➡  I WILL SURRENDER NOT OUT OF DUTY OR OBLIGATION, BUT OUT OF DELIGHT AND OPPORTUNITY!  SO WHERE DO I NEED TO SURRENDER?

 

 

 

 

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