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Apr 18, 2021

Reading God’s Word

 

 

“SO IT IS WITH FAITH: IF IT IS ALONE AND INCLUDES NO ACTIONS, THEN IT IS DEAD. BUT SOMEONE WILL SAY, “ONE PERSON HAS FAITH, ANOTHER HAS ACTIONS.” MY ANSWER IS, “SHOW ME HOW ANYONE CAN HAVE FAITH WITHOUT ACTIONS. I WILL SHOW YOU MY FAITH BY MY ACTIONS.” SO THEN, AS THE BODY WITHOUT THE SPIRIT IS DEAD, ALSO FAITH WITHOUT ACTIONS IS DEAD.” JAMES 2:17-18;26 GNT

 

CONFESSING SINS REGULARLY: REPENTANCE

 

READING & STUDYING THE BIBLE

 

YOU SACRIFICE GROWTH WHEN YOU CHOOSE THE EASY WAY OUT

 

330,222,422 Americans as of 2020

9% = 29,720,018

 

Approx. 205,000,000 proclaimed believers of Jesus in America

29,720,018 = 14%

  

  1. READING THE BIBLE DRAWS US CLOSER TO GOD

 

“IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD, AND THE WORD WAS GOD.” JOHN 1:1-5 NIV

 

  1. READING THE BIBLE GIVES US DIRECTION

 

 

“I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD, WHO TEACHES YOU WHAT IS GOOD FOR YOU AND LEADS YOU ALONG THE PATHS YOU SHOULD FOLLOW.” ISAIAH 48:17 NLT

 

“I WILL GUIDE YOU ALONG THE BEST PATHWAY FOR YOUR LIFE. I WILL ADVISE YOU AND WATCH OVER YOU.” PSALM 32:8 NLT

 

“YOUR WORD IS A LAMP TO GUIDE MY FEET AND A LIGHT FOR MY PATH.” PSALM 119:105 NLT

 

IF WE FOLLOW GOD’S GUIDANCE IT WILL LEAD US TO PEACE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS

 

  1. READING THE BIBLE BRINGS US HEALING

 

“MY CHILD, PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT I SAY. LISTEN CAREFULLY TO MY WORDS. DON’T LOSE SIGHT OF THEM. LET THEM PENETRATE DEEP INTO YOUR HEART, FOR THEY BRING LIFE TO THOSE WHO FIND THEM, AND HEALING TO THEIR WHOLE BODY.” PROVERBS 4:20-22 NLT

 

“YOU WILL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE” JOHN 8:32

 

  1. READING THE BIBLE GIVES US NOURISHMENT

 

“PEOPLE DO NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE, BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT COMES FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD.” MATTHEW 4:4 NLT

 

 

  1. READING THE BIBLE REMINDS US OF WHAT GOD THINKS OF US

 

“I KNEW YOU BEFORE I FORMED YOU IN YOUR MOTHER’S WOMB. BEFORE YOU WERE BORN I SET YOU APART AND APPOINTED YOU AS MY PROPHET TO THE NATIONS.” JEREMIAH 1:5 NLT

 

“..BUT YOU ARE GOD’S CHOSEN TREASURE – PRIESTS WHO ARE KINGS, A SPIRITUAL ‘NATION’ SET APART AS GOD’S DEVOTED ONES. HE CALLED YOU OUT OF DARKNESS TO EXPERIENCE HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT, AND NOW HE CLAIMS YOU AS HIS VERY OWN…”1 PETER 2:9 TPT

 

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Apr 11, 2021

EVERYONE HAS A DREAM, BUT VERY FEW HAVE EXECUTION

 

'So it is with faith: if it is alone and includes no actions, then it is dead. But someone will say, “One person has faith, another has actions.” My answer is, “Show me how anyone can have faith without actions. I will show you my faith by my actions.” So then, as the body without the spirit is dead, also faith without actions is dead.' James 2:17-18,26 GNT

 

8 ATTRIBUTES OF A DISCIPLE

1. THEY ENGAGE IN THE BIBLE

2. THEY OBEY GOD AND DENY SELF

3. THEY SERVE GOD AND OTHERS

4. THEY SHARE JESUS WITH OTHERS

5. THEY HAVE A FAITH IN GOD

6. THEY SEEK AND WORSHIP GOD

7. THEY BUILD A RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS

8. THEY ARE UNASHAMED ABOUT THEIR FAITH

 

THE KEY TO GROWTH IS THE POWER OF PROGRESSION

 

 

ACTIONS OF A DISCIPLE

CONFESSING SINS REGULARLY: REPENTANCE

 

'For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. ' Romans 3:23 NLT

 

I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. Philippians 3:12 NLT

 

ADDRESSING ONLY THE ACTION OF SIN IS LIKE TAKING IBUPROFEN TO HEAL A DISEASE.  IT MAY TEMPORARILY RELIEVE THE SYMPTOMS, BUT IT NEVER FIXES THE ISSUES.

 

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. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it… Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Romans 7:18-20;24 NLT

 

Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 7:24-25 NLT

 

1. REPENTANCE CAUSES A DEEPER PURSUIT OF JESUS

 

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN YOU AND 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

 

COMPROMISE DOESN'T EXPOSE OUR WEAKNESS IN WILL POWER, BUT OUR WEAKNESS IN OUR RELATIONSHIP

 

2. REPENTANCE IS THE COMMITMENT TO LEAVE THE PAST IN THE PAST

 

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 NLT

 

When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, searching for rest. But when it finds none, it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds that its former home is all swept and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before. Luke 11:24-26 NLT

 

3. REPENTANCE DRIVES COMPASSION

 

We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love.  2 Corinthians 6:6 NLT

 

'Our High Priest (Jesus) is not one who cannot feel sympathy for our weaknesses. On the contrary, we have a High Priest who was tempted in every way that we are, but did not sin.

Let us have confidence, then, and approach God's throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.' Hebrews 4:15-16 GNT

 

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Apr 5, 2021

And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! 1 Corinthians 15:17-18 NLT

 

But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Luke 24:1-6 NLT

 

THE RESSURECTION IS REVOLUTIONIZING HISTORICAL EVENT

 

It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several other women who told the apostles what had happened. Luke 24:10 NLT

 

Then he (Jesus) 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 NLT

 

THE RESSURECTION SHOWS THAT ALL THE BIBLE POINTS TO JESUS

 

They stopped short, sadness written across their faces… Luke 24:17 NLT

He was a prophet who did powerful miracles… Luke 24:19 NLT

But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel… Luke 24:20-21 NLT

 

Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:25-27 NLT

 

They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32 NLT

 

And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem Luke 24:33 NLT

 

THE RESSURECTION GIVES US HOPE FOR THE FUTURE

 

HOPE THAT THE FUTURE IS THERE

 

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 NLT

 

HOPE THAT THE FUTURE IS PERSONAL

 

And he (Jesus) said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ Luke 24:46-47 NLT

 

THE RESSURECTION SHOWS THAT JESUS IS THE TRUE KING

 

So they worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy. Luke 24:52 NLT

 

Mar 28, 2021

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 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 28:18-20 NLT

 

Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord!” he replied. The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.” Acts 9:10-12 NLT

 

Ananias protested, “Master, you can’t be serious. Everybody’s talking about this man and the terrible things he’s been doing, his reign of terror against your people in Jerusalem! And now he’s shown up here with papers from the Chief Priest that give him license to do the same to us.” Acts 9:13-14 MSG

 

But the Lord said, “Go…” Acts 9:15 NLT

 

But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel.” Acts 9:15 NLT

 

You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. John 15:16 NLT

 

So Ananias went and found Saul. Acts 9:17 NLT

 

He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 9:17 NLT

 

Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. Acts 9:18 NLT

 

And immediately he (Saul) began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is indeed the Son of God!” All who heard him were amazed. “Isn’t this the same man who caused such devastation among Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem?” they asked. “And didn’t he come here to arrest them and take them in chains to the leading priests?” Acts 9:20-21 NLT

 

1. God’s Callings Takes Trust

 

As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one!  Acts 9:3-7 NLT

 

It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8 NLT

 

2. God’s Calling Takes Deeper Faith

 

And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 NLT

 

 

3. God’s Calling Causes Growth

 

You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. Hebrews 5:12 NLT

 

But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep. “How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. Luke 19:41-42 NLT

Mar 21, 2021

Failure  - Peter

Who is Your One? – Week 3 

“FOR THE SON OF MAN CAME TO SEEK AND SAVE THOSE WHO ARE LOST” LUKE 19:10 NLT

 

“JESUS CAME AND TOLD HIS DISCIPLES, ‘I HAVE BEEN GIVEN ALL AUTHORITY IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH. 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 28:18-20 NLT

 

FAILURE DOESN’T DISCRIMINATE

 

TODAY’S GRACE TRIUMPHS OVER YESTERDAY’S FAILURES

 

“THEN JESUS SAID TO THEM, ALL OF YOU WILL BE MADE TO STUMBLE BECAUSE OF ME THIS NIGHT, FOR IT IS WRITTEN: I WILL STRIKE THE SHEPHERD, AND THE SHEEP WILL BE SCATTERED.” MARK 14:27

 

“BUT AFTER I HAVE BEEN RAISED, I WILL GO BEFORE YOU TO GALILEE. PETER SAID TO HIM, ‘EVEN IF ALL ARE MADE TO STUMBLE, YET I WILL NOT BE.” MARK 14:28-29

 

“JESUS SAID TO HIM(PETER), ‘ASSUREDLY, I SAY TO YOU THAT TODAY, EVEN THIS NIGHT,

“BUT HE SPOKE MORE VEHEMENTLY, ‘IF I HAVE TO DIE WITH YOU, I WILL NOT DENY YOU!’ AND THEY ALL SAID LIKEWISE.” MARK 14:31

 

“THEN SIMON PETER, WHO HAD A SWORD, DREW IT AND STRUCK THE HIGH PRIEST’S SERVANT, CUTTING OFF HIS RIGHT EAR…” JOHN

 

“AND SIMON PETER FOLLOWED JESUS, AND SO DID ANOTHER DISCIPLE. NOW THAT DISCIPLE WAS KNOWN TO THE HIGH PRIEST, AND WENT WITH JESUS INTO THE COURTYARD OF THE HIGH PRIEST. BUT PETER STOOD AT THE DOOR OUTSIDE. THEN THE OTHER DISCIPLE, WHO WAS KNOWN TO THE HIGH PRIEST, WENT OUT AND SPOKE TO HER WHO KEPT THE DOOR, AND BROUGHT PETER IN. THEN THE SERVANT GIRL WHO KEPT THE DOOR SAID TO PETER, ‘YOU ARE NOT ALSO ONE OF THIS MAN’S DISCIPLES, ARE YOU?” HE SAID, “I AM NOT.” ” JOHN 18:15

 

“NOW THE SERVANTS AND OFFICERS WHO HAD MADE A FIRE OF COALS STOOD THERE, FOR IT WAS COLD, AND THEY WARMED THEMSELVES. AND PETER STOOD WITH THEM AND WARMED HIMSELF…THEREFORE THEY SAID TO HIM, “YOU ARE NOT ALSO ONE OF HIS DISCIPLES, ARE YOU?” HE DENIED IT AND SAID, “I AM NOT!” JOHN 18:18,25

 

 

“ONE OF THE SERVANTS OF THE HIGH PRIEST, A RELATIVE OF HIM WHOSE EAR PETER CUT OFF, SAID, ‘DID I NOT SEE YOU IN THE GARDEN WITH HIM?” JOHN 18:26

 

“PETER THEN DENIED AGAIN; AND IMMEDIATELY A ROOSTER CROWED.” JOHN 18:27

 

 

“THE LORD TURNED AND LOOKED AT PETER. THEN PETER REMEMBERED THE WORD OF THE LORD, HOW HE HAD SAID TO HIM, “BEFORE THE ROOSTER CROWS, YOU WILL DENY ME THREE TIMES.” SO PETER WENT OUT AND WEPT BITTERLY.” LUKE 22:61-62 NIV

 

“BUT WHEN THE MORNING HAD NOW COME, JESUS STOOD ON THE SHORE; YET THE DISCIPLES DID NOT KNOW THAT IT WAS JESUS. THEN JESUS SAID TO THEM, ‘CHILDREN, HAVE YOU ANY FOOD?” THEY ANSWERED HIM, “NO.” JOHN 21:4-5

 

“AND HE SAID TO THEM, “CAST THE NET ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BOAT, AND YOU WILL FIND SOME. SO THEY CAST, AND NOW THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO DRAW IT IN BECAUSE OF THE MULTITUDE OF FISH.” JOHN 21:6

 

“THEN THE DISCIPLE JESUS LOVED SAID TO PETER, ‘IT’S THE LORD!” WHEN SIMON PETER HEARD THAT IT WAS THE LORD, HE PUT ON HIS TUNIC (FOR HE HAD STRIPPED FOR WORK), JUMPED INTO THE WATER, AND HEADED TO SHORE. THE OTHERS STAYED WITH THE BOAT AND PULLED THE LOADED NET TO THE SHORE, FOR THEY WERE ONLY ABOUT A HUNDRED YARDS FROM SHORE…” JOHN 21:7 NLT

 

“WHEN THEY GOT THERE, THEY FOUND BREAKFAST WAITING FOR THEM – FISH COOKING OVER A CHARCOAL FIRE…” JOHN 21:9 NLT

 

HE KNOWS WHO YOU ARE

HE WANTS YOU TO BE HEALED

HE WANTS A COVENANT RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU

 

“THE SERVANTS AND OFFICERS WHO HAD MADE A FIRE OF COALS STOOD THERE…THEREFORE THEY SAID TO HIM, “YOU ARE NOT ALSO ONE OF HIS DISCIPLES, ARE YOU?” HE DENIED IT AND SAID, “I AM NOT!” JOHN 18:18,25

 

YOUR PAST FAILURES DO NOT DEFINE YOUR FUTURE

 

SIMON(PETER) SON OF JOHN, DO YOU LOVE ME MORE THAN THESE?”

 

“YES LORD,” PETER REPLIED, “YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU.” THEN FEED MY LAMBS,” JESUS TOLD HIM. JESUS REPEATED THE QUESTION: “SIMON (PETER) SON OF JOHN, DO YOU LOVE ME?” “YES, LORD,” PETER SAID, “YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU. “THEN TAKE CARE OF MY SHEEP,” JESUS SAID. A THRID TIME HE ASKED HIM, “SIMON SON OF JOHN, DO YOU LOVE ME?” PETER WAS HURT THAT JESUS ASKED THE QUESTION A THRID TIME. HE SAID, “LORD YOU KNOW EVERYTHING. YOU KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU.” JESUS SAID, “THEN FEED MY SHEEP.” JOHN 21:15-17 NLT

 

  1. REVEAL

 

“SEARCH ME, GOD, AND KNOW MY ANXIOUS THOUGHTS; AND SEE IF THERE IS ANY HURTFUL WAY IN ME…” PSALMS 139:23-24 NASB

 

  1. REPENT

 

“FOR EVERYONE HAS SINNED; WE ALL FALL SHORT OF GOD’S GLORIOUS STANDARD. YET GOD, IN HIS GRACE, FREELY MAKES US RIGHT IN HIS SIGHT.” ROMANS 3:23-24

 

  1. REJOICE

 

“I HAVE NO GREATER JOY THAN THIS: TO HEAR THAT MY CHILDREN ARE WALKING IN TRUTH.” 3 JOHN 1:4 CSB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 14, 2021

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 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 28:18-20 NLT

 

'Rather, he must enjoy having guests in his home… Titus 1:8 NLT

 

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!” Then Jesus answered his thoughts. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have something to say to you.” “Go ahead, Teacher,” Simon replied. Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silver to one and 50 pieces to the other. But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?” Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.” “That’s right,” Jesus said. Luke 7:39-43 NLT

 

“I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Luke 7:47 NLT

 

a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”' Luke 10:38-42 NLT

 

1. SITTING DOWN AT JESUS’ TABLE MEANS HE KNOWS WHO YOU TRULY ARE

 

“Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.” Luke 19:5 NLT

 

Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!” Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” Luke 19:8-10 NLT

 

2. SITTING DOWN AT JESUS’ TABLE MEANS HE WANTS YOU HEALED

 

Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. Matthew 9:10 NLT

 

But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?” Matthew 9:11 NLT

 

When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” Matthew 9:12 NLT

 

LIFE CHANGE HAPPENS IN THE PRIVATE MOMENTS NOT PUBLIC AND THOSE MOMENTS ONLY HAPPEN THROUGH A RELATIONSHIP

 

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 9:13 NLT

 

 

3. SITTING DOWN AT JESUS’ TABLE MEANS HE WANTS A COVENANT RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU

 

On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

 

In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again. 1 Corinthians 11:24-26 NLT

 

So let each individual first evaluate his own attitude and only then eat the bread and drink the cup. For continually eating and drinking with a wrong spirit will bring judgment upon yourself by not recognizing the body. This insensitivity is why many of you are weak, chronically ill, and some even dying. 1 Corinthians 11:28-30 TPT

 

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...Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.' John 13:12-17 NLT

Mar 7, 2021

For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost. Luke 19:10 NLT

 

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 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 28:18-20 NLT

 

1. AUTHENTIC RELATIONSHIPS ARE PURSUED

 

So he (Jesus) left Judea and returned to Galilee. He had to go through Samaria on the way. Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar… John 4:3-5

 

YOUR GOD SEES YOU

 

I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. Psalms 139:7-10 NLT

 

I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved. And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.' 1 Corinthians 10:33-11:1 NLT

 

2.AUTHENTIC RELATIONSHIPS SEE THE POTENTIAL UNDERNEATH THE PAIN

 

near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.”He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” John 4:5-9

 

Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? John 4:10-11 NLT

 

And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:18-19 NLT

 

And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?” Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”

“Go and get your husband,”Jesus told her. “I don’t have a husband,”the woman replied. Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!” John 4:10-18 NLT

 

JESUS CARES MORE ABOUT YOUR HEART THAN HE DOES YOUR COMFORT

 

…When sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. James 1:15

 

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come… Luke 4:18-19

 

3. AUTHENTIC RELATIONSHIPS WANT OTHERS TO EXPERIENCE THE FREEDOM THEY HAVE RECEIVED

 

The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming””the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus told her, “I Am the Messiah” The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” So the people came streaming from the village to see him. John 4:25-26;28-30

 

 

Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. You know the saying, “Four months between planting and harvest.” But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! John 34-36 NLT

 

 

 

Feb 28, 2021

The God Who Is Our Shepherd  - Psalm 23

 

“SOME NATIONS BOAST OF THEIR CHARIOTS AND HORSES, BUT WE BOAST IN THE NAME OF THE LORD OUR GOD.” PSALMS 20:7 NLT

 

“PRAISE THE LORD, MY SOUL, AND FORGET NOT ALL HIS BENEFITS” PSALMS 103:2 NIV

 

RIGHTEOUS

SANCTIFIER

BANNER OF VICTORY

PEACE

HEALER

PROVIDER

 

THE GOD WHO IS OUR SHEPHERD

 

“THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, I LACK NOTHING. HE MAKES ME LIE DOWN IN GREEN PASTURES, HE LEADS ME BESIDE QUIET WATERS, HE REFRESHES MY SOUL. HE GUIDES ME ALONG THE RIGHT PATHS FOR HIS NAME’S SAKE. EVEN THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE DARKEST VALLEY, I WILL FEAR NO EVIL, FOR YOU ARE WITH ME; YOUR ROD AND YOUR STAFF, THEY COMFORT ME.” PSALMS 23:1-6 NIV

 

“THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD…” PSALMS 23:1 NIV

 

“THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, I LACK NOTHING.” PSALMS 23:1 NIV

 

THRIVE IN THIS LIFE

 

GOD IS YOUR SHEPHERD

 

A SHEPHERDS MAIN OBJECTIVE IS TO MAKE SURE HIS SHEEP ARE TAKEN CARE OF

 

“WHEN A LION OR A BEAR CAME AND CARRIED OFF A SHEEP FROM THE FLOCK” 1 SAMUEL 17:34 NIV

 

“ I WENT AFTER IT, STRUCK IT AND RESCUED THE SHEEP FROM ITS MOUTH.” 1 SAMUEL 17:35 NIV

 

“WHEN IT TURNED ON ME, I SEIZED IT BY ITS HAIR, STRUCK IT AND KILLED IT” 1 SAMUEL 17:35 NIV

 

 

YOU HAVE A SHEPHERD

 

THE LORD IS OUR RELATIONAL SHEPHERD

 

“I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD; I KNOW MY OWN SHEEP AND THEY KNOW ME, JUST AS MY FATHER KNOWS ME AND I KNOW THE FATHER. SO I SACRIFICE MY LIFE FOR THE SHEEP.” JOHN 10:14 NLT

 

“THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, I LACK NOTHING” PSALM 23:1 NIV

 

HE MAKES ME LIE DOWN IN GREEN PASTURES…” PSALM 23:2 NIV

 

THE LORD IS OUR PROVIDING SHEPHERD

 

SHEPHERD ALWAYS KNOWS WHATS BEST FOR HIS FLOCK

 

NO FEAR

NO FRICTION FROM WITHIN THE FLOCK

NO PARASITES

NO HUNGER

 

“…HE LEADS ME BESIDE QUIET WATERS, HE REFRESHES MY SOUL.” PSALM 23:2 NIV

 

THE LORD IS OUR GUIDING SHEPHERD

 

GOD JUST WANTS US TO TAKE A STEP

 

WHAT IS ONE BABY STEP THAT GOD WANTS ME TO TAKE?

 

“HE GUIDES ME ALONG THE RIGHT PATHS FOR HIS NAME’S SAKE.”

 

THE LORD IS OUR GUIDING SHEPHERD

 

“I KNOW, LORD, THAT OUR LIVES ARE NOT OUR OWN. WE ARE NOT ABLE TO PLAN OUR OWN COURSE.” JEREMIAH 10:23 NLT

 

“BY YOUR WORDS I CAN SEE WHERE IM GOING; THEY THROW A BEAM OF LIGHT ON MY DARK PATH. IVE COMMITTED MYSELF AND ILL NEVER TURN BACK FROM LIVING BY YOUR RIGHTEOUS ORDER” PSALMS 119:105-106 MSG

 

“EVEN THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE DARKEST VALLEY, I WILL FEAR NO EVIL, FOR YOU ARE WITH ME; YOUR ROD AND YOUR STAFF, THEY COMFORT ME.” PSALM 23:4 NIV

 

THE LORD IS OUR PROTECTING SHEPHERD

 

YOUR ROD AND YOUR STAFF, THEY COMFORT ME

 

FOR GOD HAS NOT GIVEN US A SPIRIT OF FEAR, BUT OF POWER AND OF LOVE AND OF A SOUND MIND” 2 TIMOTHY 1:7

Feb 21, 2021

'Some nations boast of their chariots and horses, but we boast in the name of the Lord our God.' Psalms 20:7 NLT

 

'Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits ' Psalms 103:2 NIV

 

THE GOD WHO HEALS

He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.” Exodus 15:26 NLT

 

THE GOD WHO PROVIDES

'Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). Genesis 22:13-14 NLT

 

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1

 

FEAR IS CONQUERED BY FAITH AND FAITH IS FUELED BY TRUST

 

One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, “My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared the Lord. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves.” 2 Kings 4:1 NLT

 

1. GOD CARES ABOUT YOUR SITUATION

 

'The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.' Psalms 34:17-18 NLT

 

“What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. 2 Kings 4:2 NLT

 

Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things. Psalms 81:10 NLT

 

But no, my people wouldn’t listen. Israel did not want me around. Psalms 81:11 NLT

 

2. YOUR MINDSET MATTERS

 

“Tell me, what do you have in the house?” 2 Kings 4:2 NLT

 

“Nothing at all…" she replied. 2 Kings 4:2 NLT

 

“Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied. 2 Kings 4:2 NLT

 

3. WE DO THE GIVING AND GOD DOES THE MULTIPLYING

 

And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.” So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. Soon every container was full to the brim! “Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons. “There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing. When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.” 2 Kings 4:3-7 NLT

 

 

4. WHEN WE STOP GIVING GOD STOPS PROVIDING

 

“Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons. “There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing. 2 Kings 4:6 NLT

 

'Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “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 and for the sake of the Good News, 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?”  Mark 8:34-37 NLT

Feb 14, 2021

Psalms 20:7 NLT

 

Psalms 103:2 NIV

 

GOD IS MY BANNER OF VICTORY

Moses built an altar there and named it Yahweh-Nissi (which means “the Lord is my banner”). Exodus 17:15 NLT

 

Mark 10:27 NLT

 

GOD IS OUR PEACE

'And Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and named it Yahweh-Shalom (which means “the Lord is peace”). Judges 6:24 NLT

 

Matthew 21:21-22 NLT

 

Victory in God comes from believing in God’s promises, and Peace comes when you know that God has your best interest at heart.

 

John 16:33 NLT

 

Mark 4:35-37 NLT

 

Mark 4:38 NLT

 

Mark 4:38-40 NLT

 

1. You have to believe the canoe will float.

 

Romans 4:18-24 NLT

 

Hebrews 11:17-19 NLT

 

2. Do you understand what a paddle really does? 

 

Exodus 14:10-12 NLT

 

Exodus 14:13-16 NLT

 

3. The Key to canoeing is balance

 

James 1:6-8 NLT

 

Philippians 4:7 NLT

 

Philippians 4:4 NLT

 

"Feelings are important in many areas but completely unreliable in matters of faith“ Eugene Peterson

 

Philippians 4:4-6 NLT

 

Philippians 4:7 NLT

 

Philippians 4:8-9 NLT

 

4. Who is in your canoe matters

 

1 Corinthians 15:33 NLT

 

Proverbs 27:19 TLB 

 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

 

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

 

Feb 7, 2021

'Some nations boast of their chariots and horses, but we boast in the name of the Lord our God.' Psalms 20:7 NLT

 

'Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits ' Psalms 103:2 NIV

 

'And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”' Matthew 3:17 NIV

 

'Then you will ask in my name. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf, for the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God.' John 16:26-27 NLT

 

GOD IS RIGHTEOUS

 

'And this will be his name: ‘The Lord Is Our Righteousness.’ Jeremiah 23:6 NLT

 

'Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. ' Philippians 3:8-9 NLT

 

1. SPIRITUAL SLAVERY IS A CHOICE

 

'Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living… Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy.' Romans 6:16,19 NLT

 

'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. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin.' Romans 6:6,10 NLT

 

2. SPIRITUAL SEPERATION IS A CHOICE

 

'When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. ' Romans 6:20-21 NLT

 

'But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death...' Romans 6:22-23 NLT

 

3. SALVATION IS A CHOICE

 

'For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.' Romans 6:23 NLT

 

GOD IS OUR SANCTIFIER

 

'Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. ' Galatians 5:24-25 NLT

 

'And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” ' Joshua 3:5 NKJV

Jan 31, 2021

 

 

“IF I WANTED TO BOAST, I WOULD BE NO FOOL IN DOING SO, BECAUSE I WOULD BE TELLING THE TRUTH. BUT I WON’T DO IT, BECAUSE I DON’T WANT ANYONE TO GIVE ME CREDIT BEYOND WHAT THEY CAN SEE IN MY LIFE OR HEAR IN MY MESSAGE, EVEN THOUGH I HAVE RECEIVED SUCH WONDERFUL REVELATIONS FROM GOD. SO TO KEEP ME FROM BECOMING PROUD, I WAS GIVEN A THORN IN MY FLESH, A MESSENGER FROM SATAN TO TORMENT ME AND KEEP ME FROM BECOMING PROUD. THREE DIFFERENT TIMES I BEGGED THE LORD TO TAKE IT AWAY. 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. THAT’S WHY I TAKE PLEASURE IN MY WEAKNESSES, AND IN THE INSULTS, HARDSHIPS, PERSECUTIONS, AND TROUBLES THAT I SUFFER FOR CHRIST. FOR WHEN I AM WEAK, THEN I AM MADE STRONG” 2 CORINTHIANS 12:6-10

 

I CAN WORK WITH THAT

 

“…BECAUSE OF MIDIAN, THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL MADE FOR THEMSELVES HIDEOUTS IN THE MOUNTAINS—CAVES AND FORTS. WHEN ISRAEL PLANTED ITS CROPS, MIDIAN AND AMALEK, THE EASTERNERS, WOULD INVADE THEM, CAMP IN THEIR FIELDS, AND DESTROY THEIR CROPS ALL THE WAY DOWN TO GAZA. THEY LEFT NOTHING FOR THEM TO LIVE ON, NEITHER SHEEP NOR OX NOR DONKEY. BRINGING THEIR CATTLE AND TENTS, THEY CAME IN AND TOOK OVER, LIKE AN INVASION OF LOCUSTS. AND THEIR CAMELS—PAST COUNTING! THEY MARCHED IN AND DEVASTATED THE COUNTRY. THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, REDUCED TO GRINDING POVERTY BY MIDIAN, CRIED OUT TO GOD FOR HELP.”

 

“ONE DAY THE ANGEL OF GOD CAME AND SAT DOWN UNDER THE OAK IN OPHRAH THAT BELONGED TO JOASH THE ABIEZRITE, WHOSE SON GIDEON WAS THRESHING WHEAT IN THE WINEPRESS, OUT OF SIGHT OF THE MIDIANITES. THE ANGEL OF GOD APPEARED TO HIM AND SAID, “ GOD IS WITH YOU, O MIGHTY WARRIOR!”GIDEON REPLIED, “WITH ME, MY MASTER?...”

 

DOUBT

 

“IF GOD IS WITH US, WHY HAS ALL THIS HAPPENED TO US? WHERE ARE ALL THE MIRACLE-WONDERS OUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS TOLD US ABOUT, TELLING US, ‘DIDN’T GOD DELIVER US FROM EGYPT?’ THE FACT IS, GOD HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH US—HE HAS TURNED US OVER TO MIDIAN.”” JUDGES

 

 

ANGER

 

“THEN THE LORD TURNED TO HIM AND SAID, ‘GO WITH THE STRENGTH YOU HAVE, AND RESCUE ISRAEL FROM THE MIDIANITES. I AM SENDING YOU!’” – JUDGES 6:14 NLT

 

 

AUTHENTICITY IS AN EXPRESSWAY TO THE PRESENCE OF GOD

 

“THE LORD IS CLOSE TO ALL WHO CALL ON HIM, YES, TO ALL WHO CALL ON HIM IN TRUTH” PSALMS 145:18 NLT

 

“GIDEON SAID TO HIM, ‘ME, MY MASTER? HOW AND WITH WHAT COULD I EVER SAVE ISRAEL? LOOK AT ME. MY CLAN’S THE WEAKEST IN MANASSEH AND IM THE RUNT OF THE LITTER.” “GOD SAID TO HIM, ‘I’LL BE WITH YOU. BELIEVE ME, YOU’LL DEFEAT MIDIAN AS ONE MAN.” JUDGES 6:16 MSG JUDGES 6:15 MSG

 

DO NOT BE AFRAID OR DISCOURAGED, FOR THE LORD WILL PERSONALLY GO AHEAD OF YOU. HE WILL BE WITH YOU; HE WILL NEITHER FAIL YOU NOR ABANDON YOU.” DEUTERONOMY

“GOD SAID TO GIDEON, “YOU HAVE TOO LARGE AN ARMY WITH YOU…” JUDGES 7:2 MSG

 

“…MY POWER WORKS BEST IN WEAKNESS…” 2 CORINTHIANS 12:9

 

GOD CAN’T BLESS WHO YOU PRETEND TO BE

 

“THEN HE SAID TO THEM, “YOU LIKE TO APPEAR RIGHTEOUS IN PUBLIC, BUT GOD KNOWS YOUR HEARTS. WHAT THIS WORLD HONORS IS DETESTABLE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD.”

 

  1. BE HONEST WITH WHERE YOU’RE AT

 

“BEHOLD, YOU DELIGHT IN TRUTH IN THE INWARD BEING…” PSALM 51:6 ESV

 

  1. SURRENDER IT TO GOD

 

“…“GOD OPPOSES THE PROUD BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.” SO HUMBLE YOURSELVES UNDER THE MIGHTY POWER OF GOD, AND AT THE RIGHT TIME HE WILL LIFT YOU UP IN HONOR. GIVE ALL YOUR WORRIES AND CARES TO GOD, FOR HE CARES ABOUT YOU.”

 

 

  1. KNOW WHO YOU ARE THROUGH HIM

 

THE ANGEL OF GOD APPEARED TO HIM AND SAID, “ GOD IS WITH YOU, O MIGHTY WARRIOR!

 

“WE HAVE BECOME HIS POETRY, A RE-CREATED PEOPLE THAT WILL FULFILL THE DESTINY HE HAS GIVEN EACH OF US, FOR WE ARE JOINED TO JESUS, THE ANOINTED ONE. EVEN BEFORE WE WERE BORN, GOD PLANNED IN ADVANCE OUR DESTINY AND THE GOOD WORKS WE WOULD DO TO FULFILL IT!”

 

 

  1. CLAIM YOUR VICTORY

 

 

“FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD IS THE ONE WHO GOES WITH YOU TO FIGHT FOR YOU AGAINST YOUR ENEMIES TO GIVE YOU VICTORY.’”

Jan 24, 2021

 

“When we live outside of a healthy community, we not only lose others. We lose ourselves...Who we understand ourselves to be is dramatically affected for better or worse by those we hold closest to us. We only truly come to know ourselves in the context of others. The more isolated and disconnected we are, the more shattered and distorted our self-identity. We are not healthy when we are alone. We find ourselves as we connect to others.” Erwin McManus

 

Studies show 3 out 5 Americans are lonely.

63% of men to be lonely, compared with 58% of women.

Social media use was tied to loneliness as well, with 73% of very heavy social media users considered lonely, as compared with 52% of light users.

 

4 THINGS THAT DESTROY RELATIONSHIPS

 

1. Selfishness destroys relationships 

 

James 4:1-2 NLT

 

Proverbs 28:25 GNB

 

2. Pride destroys relationships

 

 Proverbs 13:10 NLT  

 

Proverbs 16:18 NLT

 

Proverbs 16:18 MSG

 

3. Insecurity destroys relationships

 

Proverbs 29:25 MSG

 

4. Resentment destroys relationships

 

Psalms 73:21-22 NLT

 

Hebrews 12:15 NLT

 

3 BENEFITS OF A LIFE-GIVING COMMUNITY

 

Psalms 133:1-3 NLT

 

1. THERE IS AN ANOINTING IN OUR LIFE-GIVING RELATIONSHIPS

 

Psalms 133:2 NLT

 

The Christian needs another Christian who speaks God's word to him. He needs him again and again when he becomes uncertain and discouraged, for by himself he cannot help himself without belying the truth. He needs his brother man as a bearer and proclaimer of the Divine word of salvation. -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

2. THERE IS A HOPEFUL ANTICIPATION IN OUR LIFE-GIVING RELATIONSHIPS

 

Psalms 133:3 NLT

 

3. THERE IS A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN IN OUR LIFE-GIVING RELATIONSHIPS

 

Psalms 133:3 NLT

 

1 Corinthians 11:24-26 NLT

 

1 Corinthians 11:28-30 TPT

Jan 17, 2021

ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH

 

JULY 2019 8.2% OF ADULTS SHOWED SIGNS OF ANXIETY DISORDER

JULY 2020 36% OF ADULTS SHOWED SIGNS OF ANXIETY DISORDER

 

2 Timothy 1:7

 

THE 4 MISTRUTHS OF FEAR

 

1. FEAR TELLS US WE CAN’T MATCH THE SIZE OF OUR PROBLEMS

 

1 Samuel 17:4-11

 

1 Samuel 17:23

 

1 Samuel 17:26

 

Ephesians 1:4

 

Ephesians 2:10

 

Philippians 4:7

 

Philippians 4:19 ESV

 

2. FEAR TELLS US GOD DOESN’T CARE ABOUT US

 

Mark 6:45-51

 

Psalms 34:15 NIV

 

Psalms 33:18

 

“Peace is a belief that exhales.  Because you believe that God’s provision is everywhere - like air.” Ann Voskamp

 

3. FEAR TELLS US WE CAN’T REALLY CHANGE

 

Genesis 28:10

 

Genesis 28:11-15

 

Genesis 28:16-19

 

YOU CAN RENAME THE SITUATIONS IN YOUR LIFE BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN NAMING RIGHTS!

 

4. FEAR TELLS US WE ARE ALL ALONE

 

1 Kings 19:13-14

 

1 Kings 19:15-16,18

 

Deuteronomy 31:6

 

Matthew 26:37-38

 

James 5:16

Jan 10, 2021

 

 

 

'When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.” Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy! Restore our fortunes, Lord, as streams renew the desert. Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.' Psalms 126:1-6 NLT

 

TOO MANY TIMES WE LET THE NEGATIVITY OF OUR PRESENT CONNECT HYPOTHETICAL DOTS IN OUR FUTURE

 

'When the Lord brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.” Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy! Restore our fortunes, Lord, as streams renew the desert. Psalms 126:1-4 NLT

 

'Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8 NLT

 

I am the Lord, and I do not change… Malachi 3:6 NLT

 

God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through? Numbers 23:19 NLT

 

'The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.”’ Isaiah 40:8 NLT

 

JOY IS CULTIVATED WITH A HEALTHY REMEMBRANCE AND NURTURED BY AN ANTICIPATION OF WHAT GOD WILL DO NEXT!

 

Restore our fortunes, Lord, as streams renew the desert. Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.' Psalms 126:4-6 NLT

ALL SUFFERING, ALL PAIN, ALL EMPTINESS, ALL DISAPPOINTMENT IS SEED: SOW IT IN GOD AND HE WILL, FINALLY, BRING A CROP OF JOY FROM IT. -EUGENE PETERSON

1. WHAT LIE DO YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE TO MAKE YOUR NEGATIVE FEELING TRUE?

He (devil) was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44 NLT

We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One. 2 Corinthians 10:5 TPT

2. DO I TRULY FEAR GOD BY BEING IN AWE OF HIM?

'How joyful are those who fear the Lord - all who follow his ways! You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be!' Psalms 128:1-2 NLT

3. WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT?

'If God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks. If God doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap. It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves? Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift? the fruit of the womb his generous legacy? Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows are the children of a vigorous youth. Oh, how blessed are you parents, with your quivers full of children! Your enemies don’t stand a chance against you; you’ll sweep them right off your doorstep.  Psalm 127:1-5 MSG

4. ARE YOU CARRYING THE WEIGHT ALONE?

'He was despised and rejected - a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.' Isaiah 53:3-5 NLT

'Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”' Matthew 11:28-30 NLT

Jan 3, 2021

We are launching a brand new series today titled emotions of 2020. I know as soon as the Clock Struck midnight on New Year's Eve a collective sigh of relief that 2020 has been closed in a new chapter 2021 has begun. Pastor Mike is going to break down over the next four weeks The emotions we have been feeling in 2020. We kick this first week off with anger.

Nov 23, 2020

PastorMike interviews Preston Ulmer founder of the Doubter's Club

Nov 2, 2020

Pastor Tyler speaks on forgiveness this week.

Oct 13, 2020

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. Matthew 7:1-2 NLT

 JUDGEMENT IS NOT DISCERNMENT, BUT CONDEMNATION.

But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep. “How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace”… Luke 19:41-42 NLT

'Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.' I Corinthians 11:1 NKJV

“You can't love and judge at the same time. It's impossible to ascribe unsurpassable worth to others when you are using others to ascribe worth to yourself.”  -Greg Boyd

'“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.' Matthew 7:3-5 NLT 

NOTHING LOOKS MORE RIDICULOUS TO THIS WORLD THAN A HYPOCRITE

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. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord… Romans 7:18,24-25 NLT

HOW DO YOU MOVE FROM JUDGMENT TO INFLUENCE?

1. YOU MODEL AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 NLT

'It was Moses’ practice to take the Tent of Meeting and set it up some distance from the camp. Everyone who wanted to make a request of the Lord would go to the Tent of Meeting outside the camp. Whenever Moses went out to the Tent of Meeting, all the people would get up and stand in the entrances of their own tents. They would all watch Moses until he disappeared inside. As he went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and hover at its entrance while the Lord spoke with Moses. When the people saw the cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, they would stand and bow down in front of their own tents. Inside the Tent of Meeting, the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend… Exodus 33:7-11 NLT

MOSES PRAYED FOR GOD’S PRESENCE

'One day Moses said to the Lord , “You have been telling me, ‘Take these people up to the Promised Land.’” Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place. ' Exodus 33:12,15 NLT

MOSES PRAYED FOR GOD’S DIRECTION AND PURPOSE

let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. Exodus 33:13 NLT

MOSES PRAYED FOR GOD’S GLORY

And he said, “Please, show me Your glory. Exodus 33:18 NKJV

HOW DO YOU MOVE FROM JUDGMENT TO INFLUENCE?

 

1. YOU MODEL AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

2. YOU BUILD TRUST

You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. Matthew 7:9-11 NLT

PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW YOU ARE WITH THEM AND FOR THEM 

  • BE CONSISTENT
  • BE DEPENDABLE
  • BE OPEN

     3. SPEAK TRUTH IN LOVE

'For I wrote to you with many tears out of an extremely troubled and anguished heart — not to cause you pain, but that you should know the abundant love I have for you. ' 2 Corinthians 2:4 CSB

Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. Galatians 6:1-3 NLT

But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled. Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!” Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. Luke 19:7-9 NLT

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