The Real Gospel

The Real Gospel
Romans 1:16-17

Intro: Have you ever heard the gospel? A better question is, “Have you ever seen the gospel, or have you ever experienced the gospel?

Here is a radical truth that would get you kicked out of most churches: Sin is not an issue with God! The Lord isn’t waiting for us to ask Him to forgive us of our sins. The sins of the entire world—past, present, and future—have already been forgiven. Even a man like Adolf Hitler had grace extended to him! Jesus loved Hitler and paid for his sins just as He did for yours and mine. God is no respecter of persons (Rom. 2:11).

God has already done His part; it is now up to you to receive the truth by faith and make it a reality in your life. Amen!

John the Baptist said, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29

In John 16:8-9, Jesus said,

“And when Holy Spirit is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on Me.” John 16:8-9

The church often misinterprets this scripture and preaches that the Holy Spirit is here to convict you of all your sins. He is here to convict you of the single sin of not receiving Jesus as your Savior. The only conviction is that of believing in Jesus Christ.

the only sin that is going to send people to hell is the sin of rejecting Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.

King David had a revelation of God before his time. Ill. Example: Psalm 95 he refers to people in his day and ours: “Today if you will hear His voice do not harden your hearts like Israel did in the wilderness when they tested God.” When they had trouble like lack of water they would say, “Is God among us or not?”

In this Psalm David wrote God’s response. Therefore, I swore in My wrath, “They shall not enter into My rest.” Psalm 95:11

Note God had wrath. What was His wrath about? The wrath of God was because of their unbelief about God!

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. For it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16

Gospel means good news. It is the power of God for salvation!

Salvation = soteria = deliverance, preservation, healing, safety, etc.

What makes the gospel the power of God? See the next verse.

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith. As it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’   Romans 1:17

The gospel is powerful because it reveals the righteousness of God or God’s way for a man to become right with Him!  Once you believe and receive that Jesus died in your place then the power of the gospel is activated in your life! Faith activates the grace of the gospel.

Yet to all who received Him, to them gave He the power to become sons of God . . .  John 1:12

This power to become a son of God is grace. Grace is the power of God and the power of God is grace.

G –God’s
R – Riches
A – At

C – Christ’s
E – Expense

Think of it this way—grace is what God does; faith is what we do. It takes both working together to receive salvation.

You don’t break free from sin by focusing on how bad sin is. You focus Him and come to Him.

Come boldly to the throne of grace that you may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.  Heb. 4:16

If you try to live the Xn life while being sin conscious you will live in fear and uncertainty and eventually drop out of church and avoid God. But if you get established in the true gospel of righteousness then you will become unshakeable and bold about coming to God in time of need.

         Ill. I see many get baptized and then the devil tempts them more than ever to distract them. If they are not established in the gospel they start to stay away from church because they gave in to temptation. The very place they need to run to for help is the place they feel guilty and condemned. This is the devil’s deception and his attacks on them. They are vulnerable because they are not established in the gospel.

A life established in the gospel that reveals the righteousness of God will be one that is unshakeable when the enemy attacks. Through Isaiah God spoke to Israel that was flip flopping with God. God wants this for you now.

In righteousness you SHALL BE established . . . Isa. 54:14

What does it mean to get established in God’s righteousness?

Jesus said, Seek ye first the kingdom of God and HIS RIGHTEOUNESS . . .

THERE ARE ONLY 2 KINDS OF RIGHTEOUNESS:

SELF RIGHTEOUNESS – leads to strife and works and death.

GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS – is a gift -  Jesus.

YOU are living in one or the other this very moment. If you are living in self righteousness or self dependence in any area of your life you will notice you are worried there, fearful there, strife there, no joy, no life.

Speaking of unsaved Israel God says,

For being ignorant of God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to the righteousness of God.  Romans 10:3

Ignorant = without knowledge – they don’t know what you know. There will be people you are around this week who don’t know about God’s righteousness and the power of the gospel. You need to invite them to a church where they will hear the truth.

If they are not established in God’s righteousness, then they either become hard hearted and deny there is a God or:

-        Look to religion for answers and get deceived into religious works is what make you right with God.

-        Look to performance and behavior and good deeds as righteousness.

Neither of these are God’s righteousness.

Notice what Isaiah said will happen when one day you become established in righteousness.

 In righteousness you shall be established. . . indeed they will surely assail you fiercely. . . No weapon formed against you shall prosper. . . This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and THEIR RIGHTEOUSNESS IS FROM ME, SAYS THE LORD.”  Isa. 54:14-17

When you are established in the righteousness YOU WILL BE ATTACKED BUT YOU WILL NOT BE OVECOME BY THE ENEMY. Are you established in God’s righteousness because you know the truth of the gospel? “The just or righteous shall live by faith.”

-        ILL. Enemy attacks and you slip into sin. “What about your sin?” Now that you know you have the gift of no condemnation and the gift of righteousness, how will this change the way you respond to condemnation and discouragement that come when you fail? Yes, I have sinned but I am still the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and my performance does not change that! In fact, thanks for reminding me I am going the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace to break this habit.

The gospel can be explained by one verse of scripture:

“He who knew no sin, became sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Cor. 5:21 

We are made righteous by Jesus – grace – God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense.

For if by (Adam’s) trespass death reigned through him, then how much more will those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness REIGN in life through Jesus Christ.  Romans 5:17

Many start out saved and then slip back into works and strife to make things happen.

“Remember from whence you have fallen and repent and return to the first works” Rev. 2:5

ill. The Galatian Xn fell from grace by slipping back under law and works. Paul spends 4 chapters correcting them about grace before he ever mentions the fruit of the Spirit in chapter 5.

Concl: Your life is either manifesting fruit of the Spirit or works of the flesh.

The gospel is all about the grace of God. I can’t but He can. I couldn’t but He did.

Unfortunately, many people are hearing a message of law or works instead of the good news of the gospel. How did you respond the first time you really heard the good news of the gospel?

-        Don’t you think God wants to use you to tell them what you discovered? At the very least He wants to use you to invite someone to a church where they will hear the true gospel.

-        Will you commit to invite 5 people this week by simply giving them one of these cards? Not will you do it for your church, not will you do it for me, but will you do it for Jesus’s sake? Do you think He will help you? You owe the world around you – the gospel.

Finding the Ancient Path of Rest and Grace

Finding the Ancient Path of Rest and Grace

The Lord Himself said to rebellious Israel through Jeremiah the prophet,

“Ask for the ancient paths where the good way is and walk in it and you shall find rest for your souls. But they said, “We will not walk in it.”  Jer. 6:16

          God wanted His people to find this rest from Him, but they refused. Years later when Jesus shows up and addresses the people of God He tells them the same thing.

Come unto Me all ye who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. . . You shall find rest for your souls.”

 Who is He addressing? People living under the demands of the Law.

Rest is offered but rest must be found by us.

This rest is found by a revelation of the grace of Jesus Christ. “Now I see!”

Last week we learned that mercy is given at God’s throne but grace also must be found.

“Let us then come with confidence (boldly) to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrew 4:16

Rest and grace are not the same. Rest is trust in the promises of God and grace is receiving the ability of God.

There is an ancient path that Noah found, Moses found it, David too.

It has always been around since the beginning of time, yet it must be found by us. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord – Gen. 6:8. Noah was not a perfect man, yet God spared him and his family from destruction. Abraham and Sarah both lied and yet God still used them –grace. Moses asked God to use someone else yet found grace – Ex. 33:17. David lusted, lied, killed, adultery and yet found grace.

These ancients found both grace and rest before the new covenant was given. What is it about them that they found grace and rest where others who may not have done as bad of things as they did, yet did not find grace?

Last week I shared about Abraham when God told him to offer Isaac as a sacrifice. Most movies show Abraham in agony about this. But the truth is I don’t think he was in agony because he believed the promise of God that Isaac was the promised seed. For God’s promise to come true Isaac had to be alive. Abraham did not know how, or details but he trusted God and rested in God’s promise even when he is told to sacrifice his son. Isaac asked, “Where is the sacrifice?” Abraham said, “God will provide Himself the lamb.”

          As Abraham lifted the knife to slay his son the angel stopped him.

“Then Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked . . .” Gen. 22:13

HE FOUND GRACE after He first rested in the promise of God.

The greatest test of faith is when we are told to do something without any explanation of the details of how it will work out. Abraham’s part was to stay in faith that rests and then he found grace to do what he could not do on his own.

First he rested (SETTLED God’s Word in His heart) then he found grace. God provided Himself a ram that would take Isaac’s place.

Ill. The Promised land of rest was a land where God promised Israel houses they did not build, vineyards they did not plant, cities they did not build, wells they had not dug, olive trees they did not plant. For 40 years Israel wandered in unbelief that God would be that good to them in providing everything they would need in abundance to live the life He called them to live. Things He already provided for them!

Only one place in the Bible we are told to fear and it is referring to the example of the Israelites who died in the desert because they would not believe God and enter His rest and the promise land.

“Therefore since the promise of entering His rest remains, let us fear lest any of you should seem to come short of it.” Heb. 4:1

We are to fear coming short of entering God’s rest today. It is possible we could miss it. Israel did and missed the promised land. If we come short of entering His rest, we will not find the grace (ability of God) for our breakthrough.

Since Jesus has finished all the work of God on the cross, what are we to rest in? His finished work: Enter His rest – it is finished.

1.   We are righteous by His finished work.

2.   We are saved by His finished work.

3.   We are healed by His finished work.

4.   Everything we need for life and godliness is provided

How did Abraham receive from God? By believing what God said. He had to believe God and trust even though it looked impossible. He did not consider His body, age, circumstances. He considered what God said more powerful than what he felt or saw!

Today believers still have to labor against unbelief to believe God is that good and that Jesus’s work is complete. They are trying to complete a completed work, finish a finished work, and to defeat a defeated devil.

          There are believers working to produce their own righteousness, or their own healing, or their own success and victory. We have to believe what God’s Word says instead of what we see of feel.

“For being ignorant of God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to the righteousness of God.”  Romans 10:3

This is the same context where we tell people how to be right with God. You believe in the finished work of Jesus on the cross in your heart and confess that with your mouth that Jesus is Lord you shall be saved. Jesus bore my sins and penalty and gives me His righteousness.

“For being ignorant of ­­_____________ and seeking to establish their _____________, they did not submit to the ______________.”  Romans 10:3

Replace with salvation, healing, victory, God’s leading, God’s provision.

In healing you find grace.

You tube clip on Hebrew word for healing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rafwZdhpqGo

Jesus bore my sickness and disease and gives me His health. I believe this and meditate upon it and speak it to myself.

In all these things our will is involved. Isaiah 1:19 says,

“If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.” Isa. 1:19   

“Willing” involves a decision. Willing means I have made up my mind to believe God. I have determined, I will live in divine health, I am not willing to be sick or stay sick.” Obedient means I am saying the same things God says.

Example of healing: The head and mouth agree and speak of the strong sacrifice of grace found by us.

-        Believing right and speaking right. In time the manifestation of healing comes.

 “Through faith and patience you receive the promise.” Heb. 6:12

“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under the law but under grace.” Romans 6:14

“For sin (sins ‘results = sickness, disease, depression, poverty) shall not have dominion over you . . .

The only “work” left for us to do today is to enter His rest. We are to enter rest in Jesus, as Noah entered the ark, Jesus, our true ark, who will carry us through tempestuous waters.

First You enter rest (faith) then find grace (ability).

Ill. Few people in the bible are called great by God. But when He calls someone great it is because of their faith. The Centurion who told Jesus just speak the Word You don’t have to come to my house. Then an OT example of a mother God calls a great woman. 2 Kings 4 she is told by Elisha since she has no son that God wants to give her a son. She says to him please don’t give me false hope. A year later she bears a son as her gift from God. Years go by and the young boy dies in her arms from aneurysm. Without panic she tells her husband she has to go see the man of God now. He asks is everything ok? She responds, “It will be alright.” She knows God gave her this child and now goes to Elisha and says, “Didn’t I say to you don’t give me false hope?” Elisha does not know the child has died. She did not say it either. He sends his servant to lay his staff on the boy. The woman says, I will not leave her without you. Scripture says “She CAUGHT his feet.”  CAUGHT – used to describe a battle scene indicating she would not budge. Women tend to have this kind of perseverance that men do not have. So he got up and went with her. When he got to the house Elijah saw the boy was dead. He lays on top of the boy, prays and walks the floor and stayed there until the child came back to life!

Here’s the point:

1.   She rested and trusted God was in charge.

2.   She did not make any negative confessions.

3.   She did not understand why this was happening, but she would not let her outwards circumstances upset her inward faith.

4.   She did not budge from resting in the goodness of God and as a result she found grace that raised her son from the dead.

Concl: She found the same ancient path that Noah, Moses, Abraham, David found. The ancient path of rest and grace that Jesus set us on when we fist got saved.

The question is are you still on it today so you will find the grace you need for your breakthrough? The Bible says remember from where are you fallen and we need to remember where we got out of rest because that's where our problem began. Get back to the path of resting in the promises of God then you will find grace.

Don’t Limit God   Part 2

Don’t Limit God   Part 2

Pic of book

The way you see yourself may be a way you are limited God in the way He can work in and through your life. Many of the Hebrews couldn’t enter the land and life God promised them because they saw themselves different from the way God saw them. Moses sent 12 spies into the Promise land and they came back to give report. Two spies said it is awesome and we can do this with God. Ten said no way. They saw themselves as grasshoppers in a land of giants (Number 13:33).

          Someone defined “leadership” as influence. Everyone has influence over someone. Whoever has the greatest influence over you is leading you. I like watching the news but there comes a time I have to shut it off because it is influencing me to lose hope. Smith Wigglesworth would not allow a newspaper into his home!

          Sunday morning Pam was sharing about quenching the Spirit of God by resisting giving God our dance, our praise, our shout, because of our feeling at the moment. Quenching the Spirit is limiting God.

Pic of great cloud of witnesses scripture

Bible indicates heaven’s witnesses are watching us sometimes on earth. They must wonder at us sometimes! Why don’t we go for it, take more chances, take the risk, go all out and be radical in your witness, in your giving and in your living.

If you are ever going to experience God’s will for our life, you need to see yourself the way He sees you. You are limiting God through the way we see yourself.

“As a man thinks (imagines) in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7

Our lives go the way of our thoughts. If we want to change, the answer is first to remove the limits of our wrong thinking, because the way we think will direct the course of our lives.

Ill. I don’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings with what I am about to say. Everyone’s situation is different. I am just sharing my observation here. I have noticed that when a Xn gets injured or hurt badly physically and maybe can’t work or do the same work as before, often times they settle for less than God’s best. If they apply for disability it is almost like a life sentence they are putting on themselves. We believe God for healing so how can I pray for someone to be healed if they have already accepted they are going to be permanently disabled?

If you are imagining yourself disabled for the rest of your life, and this is not God’s image of you – are you not limiting God?

Ill. My dad died at 48 of heart problems. When I got close to 48 I started thinking I may have heart problems too. But this type of thinking limits the healing God wants to do in our bodies. Most people think if it is this way in their family then it will be that way for them! We need to change the way we think like the world.

          If you are sick you don’t have to read everything about your sickness. Don’t focus on it but rather focus on what God’s Word says. Put scriptures where you see them all the time, speak them to yourself, and shut off all that negative stuff that limits God.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, TO GIVE YOU AN EXPECTED END.” Jeremiah 29:11

God has a perfect plan for our lives. Whether your parents saw you coming or not God had a purpose for every child. Everyone influences someone!

          Ten of these 12 spies influenced the whole nation of Israel and quenched the zeal to take the Promise land.

“Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.”  Psalm 78:41

God was ready to do the supernatural with their lives and yet they shut Him down by not willing to risk, step out of the boat and move forward.

God will always be calling you to do something bigger and beyond yourself. If you can do it on your own, then it is not God.

I think all of us have missed opportunities God had for us yet because of the fear of man we missed out. We limit god by what we think.

“Moses was a hundred and twenty when he died and his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.” Deut. 34:7

ill. We need to be careful with our words. We say things like, “I’m over 40- 50 -60- 60 -80 and things are suppose to start going wrong in my body. We compare ourselves with ourselves thinking this is the way it is suppose to be. God warned Israel about this type thing.

“If thou shalt say in thine heart, these nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?”  Deut. 7:17

This was what Israel was saying in themselves and it affected them.

“Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or THINK, according to the power that works in us.” Eph. 3:20

(according) means “to the degree of the power that is already working in us.”

We determine the limit of God’s power in us and through us. God always moves flows through people. All the great revivals were the result of one person who pressed in and fought through unbelief and struggles until they saw miracles.

Sometimes the greatest on-going struggles we have in this life are the very areas of breakthrough where God wants us to press in and learn revelation from Him so we can help others.

Some of you are praying for your life to change because you have no joy. You may be depressed because you are not doing what God is calling you to do. God may be pulling you in one direction and you are going in another.

          We must change the image we have on the inside of us. I believe I must do this myself. I think too small and I am moving to change that as of now. I don’t know how long this will take but I have to take the limits off of God in my own life and ministry.

Concl: You need to be thinking about the path you are on.

“Am I really where I am supposed to be? Am I doing what I am supposed to be doing? Am I on target or am I off course?

Don’t be content with just surviving or just getting by. There is more to live than that. You need to have a purpose that moves you to be willing to take risks to try things. Most people play it too safe and are not willing to take a risk and try anything. Life’s biggest failure is when we play it too safe like the 4 lepers sitting outside the city gate of Samaria.

“Why sit here until we die?”

The vast majority take their potential to the graveyard.

A risky prayer:

“Father, please show me this week one area of my life where I am limiting You. Don’t let me continue to live this way. Help me to commit the rest of my life to whatever You want me to do. Help me to say this and mean it:

God, I’ll go anywhere. I’ll do anything . . . whatever You want me to do, I’ll do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” 

Finding Grace

Finding Grace

  Intro: Today is the 3rd message on grace.

Our new mission purpose statement: Presenting Jesus, the revelation of grace and truth that transforms lives.

 Based on;

“For the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17

 Note: Law came through a servant. Grace and truth came through the Son of God Himself. We have established that our foundation of being made right with God is and always has been by grace through faith.

I love the sign Esteban did on the front of our church windows. “If you could earn it, why did He have to die?” It answers the question that men must ask to begin to understand the grace of God. Either Jesus paid for all of your salvation, or you have to make up the difference.

Grace is so amazing that Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones said,

“If your preaching of the gospel of God's free grace in Jesus Christ does not provoke the charge from some of antinomianism, you're not preaching the gospel of the free grace of God in Jesus Christ.” 
― D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

If when you teach about the grace of God your listeners don’t believe it’s too good to be true, you’re not teaching grace.

The gospel is not a balance of law and grace. Romans 11:6 reveals one will cancel out the other.

Under Law God said, “I will by no means clear the guilty. I will visit their sins upon the third and fourth generations.” Ex. 34:7

Under grace God said, “I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Heb. 8:12

Did God change? No. He is still the God of justice, but He satisfied His justice Himself through Jesus death on the cross.

  The law is man centered: “You shall not have any other gods before Me. You shall not make graven images, you shall not take the Lord’s name, you shall not break the Sabbath.”

Grace is Jesus centered: “I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God and they shall be My people. I will be merciful. I will remember their sins no more.”

Under Law you were disqualified by disobedience.

Under Grace you are qualified by Jesus’ obedience.

Under law you made right when you did right.

Under grace you are made right when you believe right.

Review last week:

We need not fear if people are taught grace that they will not try to obey God and go off into sin.

“For sin shall not have dominion over you. For you are not under law but under grace.” Romans 6:14

 ill. If someone says they are living under grace and the leave their wife for a mistress they are not under grace but under the dominion of sin! If sin is in dominion then you are not under grace! The revelation of Grace gives you to the power to break free from the cycle of sin.

 We look at one of the Hebrew words for repentance which is Teshuvah. This Hebrew word shows the God’s definition is for repentance.

“Because of the cross (kindness, goodness of God), return to grace.”

 When I sin I don’t run and hide from God unless I am living under Law. If I found revelation of Grace of God I run to Him. I confess “I can’t but You can.” Turning to the cross and finding grace for power over sin.

 Ill. Jesus just finished sermon on Mount where He corrected the way the Pharisees had interpreted the Law of God. He put the Law of God back up to the high standard no man could keep. Then in chapter 8 He is coming down the mountain and meets a leper who was probably hiding out listening to Jesus preach. A leper was a man with a hopelessly incurable disease. He represents you and I being judged by the Law of God. The Law was intended to make you realize you are hopelessly and incurably diseased with sin. It is to bring you to your only hope – Jesus.

          “Lord, If You are willing, You can make me clean.”

 His statement reveals he does not know Jesus is grace and truth. It is where most of us live now. He knew by hearing of Jesus’ miracles that He could heal him. His question was not about Jesus ability. His question was about God’s willingness to help a sinner like him!  His question reveals he does not know the love of God.

Knowing God’s love for you will make you strong and able to take bold chances with your life.

“The people who do know their God shall be strong, and carry out exploits.”  Dan. 11:32

 -         Because Daniel knew the truth about God and what He is really like, he did many exploits. An angel addressed him as “O Daniel, a man greatly beloved.” Dan. 10:11 So one thing for sure! Daniel knew God greatly loved him. That gave him courage!

-         The more you know God’s great love for you the less you fear!

Ill. King David. His name David means “the beloved of the Lord”. Every time he heard his name it was like God saying, “Remember who you are! You are the beloved of the Lord.” He became an awesome worshipper. He had a revelation of God before his time. He changed the way of worship from the Tabernacle of Moses to the Tabernacle of David.

David radically changed how to approach God because he had a revelation of the love of God. If you look at Tabernacle of Moses and compare to Tabernacle of David it was radically different.

-         Moses Tab had outer court and furnishing but not David.

-         Only high priests in holy place – Levites all minister before ark

-         No instruments, singing, dancing, shouting – yet all in David’s.

-         Daily animal sacrifices – no animal sacrifices after dedication.

The point is knowing God’s love and personally encountering grace of God changes everything. David did some radical sins. But he also experienced radical grace! “How blessed is the man whom the Lord will not impute iniquity.” Psalm 32:2.   Paul like this and quoted it again in Romans 4:8 “Blessed is the man whom the Lord will never reckon sin to his account.”

David found grace before the new covenant was established.

Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord before NC established.

Abraham found grace by faith in OT time too.  God said Moses found grace in His sight.

How do you find grace in the OT under the Law?

If you are not careful you will take John 1:17 to mean before Jesus, God only operated by law. But now in the New Covenant things have changed and it is all by grace. How wrong to see the OT was by law and the NT is by grace. The OT was certainly law focused and the NT is grace filled, true. But then you have to ask, did God change when Jesus came to earth? Has God always been gracious or did that change with Jesus?

“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.”  2 Tim. 1:9

 God has always been gracious but the full revelation of grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. The complete expression of grace and truth is in Jesus Himself.

Even though people in OT did not see Jesus as a human dying on the cross for them, they saw God’s strong  grace and love for them providing the grace for them to be helped.

-         Abraham said to Isaac – “God will provide Himself a ram sacrifice.” Not knowing any details how but He knew God is grace.

-         Noah believed God would provide salvation through a way – later to be known as an ark. No details how but he knew God was gracious.

-         David was a great sinner but He knew God’s radical grace. He wrote, “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute sin.”

-         Moses saw backside of God. What was that?

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Bible says Moses spoke to God as a man face to face. Not a human body because God is invisible and Spirit.

Goodness – grace – merciful was the backside of God.

 Moses revelation was the law of God. Romans declares the Law of God is holy therefore it is good. The Law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul. The Law reveals the holiness and righteousness of God. The end of the Law was what Moses saw as the backside of God, which God declared was Goodness, grace, and merciful. This Law brings us to the full and complete revelation of God in Jesus.

What does the face of God look like?

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God IN THE FACE OF JESUS CHRIST. 2 Cor. 4:6

How do we deal with sin in the church?

          No one living in sin is living in grace! Sin is destructive. Those who insist on continuing to live in sin usually quit church because it is hard to keep sinning against a loving Savior. We do not take sin lightly. Everyone is welcome but when we see sin we point the sinner to the cross where their sins were punished. Go to Him and confess your weakness and ask for His grace to help you overcome. Keep on going even if you continue until you find grace.

Let us come with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy AND FIND GRACE to help in time of need.

Heb. 4:16

How did Noah find grace? “Lord, I can’t but You can!”

How did David find grace after such sin? “Lord, I can’t but You can.

If Moses, who only had the revelation of the Law of God, saw the backside of God was goodness, grace, and mercy. What will you find in the face of Jesus? Grace and truth.

Ill. Woman caught in adultery brought to Jesus to be condemned.

She found grace that day. Do you think she said, “Boy that was close. I dodged that bullet, now I can go back to adultery!” She was so mesmerized by her encounter with grace and truth that she was changed forever! When you find grace at His throne you will repent instantly.

Ill. Like Zachaeus when Jesus came to his house. He was so moved by Jesus grace and love for him that he spontaneously stood up in front of family and friends and declared to Jesus, “Lord, half of my wealth I am giving to the poor and if I have cheated anyone I will repay them four times the amount I stole.” Jesus must have laughed and said, “salvation has come to this house today. This is the reason I came.

If people will come to God’s throne of grace today they will receive mercy and they can also find grace from him to be set free from any habit.

Concl: the greatest revival will be when people find the grace of God.

Don’t Limit God 

Don’t Limit God 

Book Cover pic

The book is about how God has called us to do something beyond ourselves that require that we take risks. Israel in the wilderness is the main example and how they missed God’s plan for them because of fear and worry. They wanted to play it safe.

God wanted to do so much more with the Israelites who wasted their life and died in the wilderness short of the promise land. God had planned to bring Israel into the Promise land in one year, not forty.

They sent out spies who said there are giants in the land. As a result, they refused to go and delayed God’s plan for that nation for 40 years. They limited God.

“Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.”  Psalm 78:41

          God doesn’t just sovereignly make things work in your life. We play a major role on whether or not God’s will and plans will be carried out. When we are living in God’s will then we are able to say there is no explanation for the accomplishments in my life other than God is doing it. It is not my great education, IQ, charisma, ability or talent, it is supernatural.

“For you see your calling brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many nobles are called.” I Cor. 1:26

ill. You know that encourages me because I qualify. I like to encourage people to step out of the boat and do what they know they can’t do themselves.

-         I was so shy in school I could not raise my hand to ask the teacher a question. Here I am a preacher today.

-         I didn’t want to be a preacher but an officer in MC. To get an endorsement for Bible College from my church I had to preach a sermon. My first sermon was a disaster. If you had been there you would have told me to keep my job or go back into the USMC. You would have seen zero potential for me to be a preacher!

I think all of us have missed God at sometime or another because we looked to our own ability and made that the limit to what God can do with us.

We need to learn to be still and shut out the world so God can speak to us. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

          Most people are too busy or have too much going on in their lives to be able to hear Him. No one told me to do this.

Ill. Elijah witnessed an earthquake, fire and mighty wind so strong it broke rocks, but God wasn’t in any of them. He was in a still small voice.

This is the main way God speaks to us. We have to be still.

I think we should all take time to get still and ask God,

Is there something more? Am I doing what You called me to do?

You may not hear a voice. For me many times it is an inner knowing. When I had to make a decision to either re-up another 4 years in MC or get out and try to go to school on the GI Bill, I agonized over the decision. One day while on my knees and my head in my hands I was begging God just to tell me the right thing to do. Suddenly in my mind I saw a sign like with light bulbs flashing and it said one word,

SIGN (love) pic

“Education”.

I took that as from God and made my decision. So we got out and moved to DB for me to go to JR. college.

Ill. As we start moving in the direction we believe God is leading we must stay flexible and not have our mind made up how things will turn out. I thought now for sure I knew I was going to college four years and back in the MC as an officer.

“We may make our plans but the Lord determines our path.” Prov. 19:9

ill. Astronaut Jim Irwin landed on the moon. He said you might think head to the moon was a straight shot. We had to make a course correction every time minutes. We had a range of 500 miles on the surface of the moon that we had to land in. When we landed we were just feet away from missing a 500-mile landing strip.

The point is if your heart will be flexible before God and ask for His will to be done with your life then you may have to make many course corrections but you will finally get to the place God has planned for you to be. It is so important to be listening to God even when you make plans to go a certain direction. We can’t afford to get our hearts so overcrowded with stuff and cares of this life that we can’t hear God when He suddenly calls upon us for some assignment.

Most of you probably don’t have this verse underlined in your Bible.

“And there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here Lord.” Acts 9:10

What would have happened if God had called Ananias’ name and he was in such a state that he was preoccupied with bills, or thinking so much about a business deal, or worried about some family problem that he could not hear God’s still small voice?

          God may have used someone else, but the point is what if your life so overwhelmed with the cares of this life that you couldn’t hear God if He were shouting?

          How many times has God called our name and because we were doing something else we could not say, “Lord, here I am.”?

Our lives must become conducive to consciously unplugging from other things and listening to God.

We should take time and even special times of fasting and praying and not distracted by TV or other things to ask God some questions:

Am I really where I am supposed to be? Am I on target or off course?

Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice”. He did not say, “My sheep can hear my voice.”

 God is speaking. God is giving directions. It takes time to discern the will and direction God is showing. Sometimes we are not hearing maybe because we are drowning out His voice with other things?

Hearing God will involve taking risks.

“What if I was to do something risky, I might die!” But what is the difference between dying and having a slow death due to being miserable and bored doing nothing and taking no risks?

Some people fear what God may ask them to do. If God called them to Africa, then they would love it, it would be awesome.

Some people are failing because they are not doing anything. They are playing it too safe. 2 Kings 7 is a good example:

-         4 Leprous men at city gate outside city dying. Syrian army enemy camp over the hill keeping city in siege. Famine in the city.

“Why sit here until we die?”

If we go into the city there is no food and we die. If we go to the Syrian camp, they either kill us or give us food. In the morning they started towards the Syrian camp. When they got there the camp was empty and no man was there. The Lord had made the noise of chariots to be heard by the Syrians and they fled. They ate and plundered the camp. They said we do not good to keep this good news for ourselves. Went to the city and became heroes.

          The point: They took a chance, a risk. Fear of failure is real but a greater fear is to live your life playing it too safe.

How do you get rid of fear?

Ill. Safest place is center of God’s will.

In the book Andrew Wommack tells about a woman in his Bible college who wanted to go on a mission trip the school had. Her husband would not let her go because he was afraid of her flying. She stayed home in submission to her husband even though she told him she heard God. While everyone was on the mission trip, she was driving home and a teenager fell asleep while driving and crossed the road into her lane and killed her. The point is the safest place in all the world is in the will of God. Her husband lives with that guilt.

-         There will always be risk. We don’t have time to waste that is not seeking and following what we believe to be the will of God.

I guarantee if you hear form God What He wants you to do with your life it will scare you. It will always be beyond what you can do yourself.

We all need to say and mean it: God I will go wherever You want me to go and do whatever You want me to do. Then follow through on it.

Ill. God will probably give you small tests at first like, “go and witness to that man.”  If you freeze and say I can’t do that because I don’t know what to say, you will never find God’s will.

          You take the first step towards the man even if you don’t know what to say. Just start talking and see where the conversation goes.

Ill. Giving out gospel tracts – I don’t force a conversation. I just give it and see what happens next. Sometimes the door opens and other times not.

Ill. The other day I believe the Lord told me to go see a neighbor of mine who is a JW. I had not plan of words to say. I just went and we had a nice conversation and he opened up a few places where it could have become a debate but the Lord did not send to me debate with him. Not sure why God had me go there still.

I believe there is so much more potential in all of us than we have ever tapped into. Someone said if you want to go to the place that has the most potential, go to the graveyard. The vast majority of people take their potential to the graveyard.

I have to ask myself if I am reaching my full potential. I don’t believe I have. WE have spent 35 years in ministry and 33 of those full time. I think 35 years has been preparation for what God will have us do next!

We all need to commit ourselves to say to God,

“God I will go anywhere. I will do anything. . . whatever You want me to do, I will do!”

Concl: If you haven’t reached that place then you are limiting God. Take the limits off God and watch what He will do with you.

Saved by Grace and Kept by Grace

Saved by Grace and Kept by Grace

Our mission purpose statement:  Presenting Jesus, the revelation of grace and truth that transforms lives.

“For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”  John 1:17

Intro: One of the things I am concerned about for this church in the future is for it to stay grounded in grace and truth. There is a reason God named this church Grace Tabernacle. Even though when we began we did not have the revelation about grace as much as we do now. Still we did realize the need to have freedom to flow with the direction of the HS in our services. Being free from the bondages of legalism and traditions of men found in denominations.

          Denominations are not evil. But denominations are walking in the revelation their founder found and then they place boundaries around those values as if God is limited to doing things this way we discovered.

Ill. When people get saved they usually experience an immediate change in many areas of their lives. Many of these changes are short lived and many fall back into the sins they were set free from. This makes new believers question the reality of their salvation.

          Whether or not we sin should never be the means for questioning our salvation! We did not get saved by getting ourselves free from sin – it was a revelation of the grace of God and our faith in that is what set us free from wrong thinking and legalism of religious works.

“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14

If you were living under the Law, then yes whenever you sinned you would need to get another sacrifice ready to quickly postpone punishment until the Lamb of God would come and bring you into Jubilee and pay off all your sin debt once and for all.

But you are under grace – the New Covenant signed and sealed with the blood of Jesus Himself. Because of this, you are free of the law of sin and death. Are their consequences for sin? You are inviting His chastisement upon your life.

 

The change that happened in our life came because we simply believed God. So why not continue to believe?

 

“Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh?”  Gal. 3:3

You are not saved by grace and then brought into holiness by works.

Trying harder is not the answer!

Song: Jesus on the inside working on the outside, O what a change in my life – 3 X’s.

How do you get what is on the inside to the outside?

In the OT God prophesied through Ezekiel of the age of grace time we live in today.

“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.” Ezk. 36:26

When you are born again or from above 2 things happen in you:

1.    Your spirit is made new – righteous, holy, sinless, complete.

2.    Your heart is made new “flesh” – sensitive to God.

Your heart is the channel through which the life of God flows from our spirit into all areas of our life. Guard your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life.

If we lose the joy of our salvation, lose hope, lose love it is not because we lost salvation, but because of the condition of our heart.

Ill. Someone says I got saved and was on fire for God. Somewhere along the way things began to change. I lost my desire for the Word, for church, pray and worship. I did not have the joy and peace I once had.

          Maybe a counselor would say that you were a baby Xn then and now you need to grow up and do what you know you should do. That advice sounds reasonable, but the truth is you lost those feelings because your heart changed. God has not changed. Salvation has not changed. Your heart changed.

          The advice most people get here is to get back into works and out of grace. Roller Coaster Xnty begins here. No wonder people give up

You got saved by grace = unmerited favor freely given.

Now you must learn to continue in grace = unmerited favor freely given.

Under Law God said:

“I will by no means clear the guilty, but I will visit their sins to the third and fourth generations.” Ex. 34:7

Under grace God said:

“I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Heb. 8:12

LAW                                                        GRACE

Given by Moses a servant             Given by Son
Reveals what man ought to be     Reveals who God is
Letter of Law kills                            Spirit gives Life
Demands righteousness                 Provides righteousness
Old Wineskin                                   New Wine
Sins remembered                            Sins remembered no more
Curses for disobeying                    Jesus removed the curse
Your obedience required               Jesus’ obedience qualifies us
Justified by works                          Justified by faith

Jesus preached the difference between Law and Grace in Sermon on Mount. The Pharisees had re-interpreted the Law of God to where it was humanly possible to keep it. But Jesus raised the standard back to where God put it – to bring man to the end of himself.

-         Pharisees thought as long as you have not committed the act of adultery, you have not sinned, which is the letter of the Law. Jesus revealed the Spirit of the Law to the higher standard, so that people would see their need for a Savior.

-         Angry with your brother you have committed murder.

Who can stand righteous under God’s holy laws? No one. The law was the old covenant that was to move us forward to find the new covenant of grace.

When Jesus finished preaching the sermon on the Mount the bible says 8:1 He came down from the mountain. This is important for us to spiritually recognize He did not stay up on the mountain, He Himself came down to where we live.

          At the bottom of the mountain the first person He meets is a man with leprosy. Leprosy is an incurable disease then and you were ostracized from society. He is a picture of you and me before we were washed from sin by His blood.

          Maybe he was hiding a distance away from the crowds listening to Jesus teach. Those with leprosy were not welcome in public places because the disease was contagious.

          As Jesus came down the mountain the man took a great risk and stepped out on the path in front of Jesus.

“Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Mtt. 8:2

Notice he did not doubt Jesus could; he doubted He would.

Without hesitation Jesus touched the Leper.

Under the Law those with leprosy are considered unclean. They make the clean unclean if they touch them. But under grace Jesus makes the unclean clean. Under Law sin is contagious and you must keep yourself from sinners!  Don’t let a sinner contaminate you.

          Under grace righteousness and God’s goodness are contagious.

We do not need to fear that being under grace will bring licentiousness or people will commit even more sin.

“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” Romans 6:14

This is clear when you are under grace sin will not dominate you!

Sin – hamartia = failing to hit the mark. You could say sickness, disease, addictions, bondage are all forms or missing the mark of the glorious life God has for us.

When will this happen? When you are not under law but grace.

The idea that grace will allow people to live in sin without restraint is a perversion of how grace works. You can’t be under grace and not be holy any more than being under water and not getting wet.

Ill. How is works is like this. When you get saved you still have some bad sinful habits. You try everything you know but still have some. Every time you do it you feel guilt and shame. One person described their situation like this. They were addicted to smoking and marijuana. Every time they used they would say, “Thank You Lord, that I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!”  It was only after they quit trying to quit and trusted in God’s grace that it finally happened. The desires eventually went away. Grace did what will power and self control did not. Why? Because God has declared:

“Sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” Romans 6:14

Does this mean we don’t have to repent? No.

Sin is destructive. The consequences of committing sin is not God punishing you any more than putting your hand in a fire gets you burned.

“The strength of sin is the law.” I Cor. 15:56

If you live under law you will know condemnation, guilt, and fear when you sin. You are missing the mark of where God intends for you to live. This sin is so unlike who you really are.

Ill. Remember a young man in this church gave a glorious testimony being free from drugs. He was sincere but not long after that he fell back into drug addiction. Quit coming to church and felt condemnation, failure, hypocrite. He got buried under guilt and condemnation. Somehow the HS kept coming to him and telling him that God still loves him and Jesus finished work still avails for him. His motto became, “Lord, I can’t but You can.” He started confessing what God’s Word said even when he went back to using drugs. He would say, “I know I messed up and made a bad choice, a sinful choice. But, “I am still the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.” He also confessed, “Sin shall not have dominion over me for I am not under law but under grace.”

          It seemed silly to say this even while he sinned. He still prayed, still sang worship songs, started reading Bible again, even while he was using! He even quit thinking about trying to quit using drugs. He would say every day, “Lord, I can’t but You can, and sin shall not have dominion over me, and Jesus’ finished work still avails for me.”

          It took some time but one day he realized he had not used drugs for a long time. Then he knew the urges were gone. He realized he was free indeed. God had not abandoned him because of His addiction. He never abandoned God. He kept coming to Him even in His addiction. That is where most people make their mistake – they run away from God or some religious people chase them away.

You need to understand how lasting repentance works.

Ill. Peter had been out fishing all night and caught nothing. What happened next stunned him.

When Jesus finished speaking He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your NETS for a catch.” 

Simon answered Him, “Master we have worked all night and have caught nothing. But at Your word I will let down THE NET.” LK 5:4-5

 Reluctantly he obeys. Suddenly their net was full AND TEARING. And other boats came to help them bring in the supernatural catch so much they began to sink.  Blown away by what He sees Peter knelt before Jesus and said,

“Depart from me Lord, for I am a sinful man.” Luke 5:8

Now what came first: Peter’s repentance or God’s blessing? Under the New Covenant God blesses you first with favor and overflowing love to bring you to repentance.

“. . . the goodness (kindness) of God leads you to repentance.” Romans 2:4

Side note: Jesus told Peter to let down your nets – plural. Peter said “at Your Word Lord, I will let down my net – singular. No wonder the nets began to break.

I believe in preaching repentance. One word for repentance in Hebrew is Teshuvah =5 Hebrew letters create a picture.

Tav – picture of a cross

Shin, and Vav, and Bet = return to the house

Hei – 5th letter of Hebrew alphabet number of grace

PIC of HEBREW letters for repentance.

“Because of the cross (of Jesus), return to grace.” 

Repentance is about returning to God because we see His goodness and grace demonstrated to you on the cross of Jesus.

Ill. Prodigal son returned to His father’s house out of need but found grace and goodness waiting for him.

-         So you are struggling with sin habits. Repent by turning to the cross and seeing that sin already punished in the body of Jesus and you receive unmerited favor for this weakness. This is practicing true repentance by running to Him not away from Him. He is your solution, answer. Return to His loving embrace.

“Sin shall not have dominion over you. For you are not under law but under grace.” Romans 6:14  

Only God can change hearts and lives. You can change some things but not the heart. Unless you learn to receive grace to change, your life will be full of frustration and failure of trying this program or that one. You can go from seminar to seminar and from counselor to counselor looking for the secret that will change your heart.

An encounter with Love Himself is what changes hearts. We will love Him once we find out He first loved us!

I can never adequately describe God’s love to you through words. But the HS can speak to you in ways beyond words.

God still deeply loves you despite your failings.

Concl:  Today because you see the cross which manifests God’s love for you – return to His grace.

          Today if you have been trying to quit a habit, I encourage you to return to the truth of God’s grace. What the Lord Jesus has done for you is greater than all your failings. You are deeply loved. Let a revelation of His grace wash over you again and again.

Ill. I had a vision during soaking time that I was standing under a water fall of God’s love. It was so refreshing and cleansing and invigorating.

Pic of waterfall

Then I saw this water turn into blood of Jesus and I heard the Lord say

My love is My blood and My blood is My love.

Pic of Blood

I don’t know how long it will take you to experience the freedom you desire. But keeping yourself in faith in God’s grace is the only way you will see the freedom you desire. All the glory will come and go back to God. He alone will save, deliver, and make you whole. Today I urge you to run back into His arms like this picture in our foyer and in my office.J

Pic: Jesus holding man

 

 

Prayer and Fasting

Teaching on prayer and fasting.  

Review: Last week taught on the motive or the “why” question we should ask ourselves about fasting. The answer to “why fast” was revealed in the scripture when the disciples could not cast out demon from a boy even though they had been having success in others.

This kind cannot come out except by prayer and fasting.  Mark 9:29

“This kind” is not referring to the demon but to the subject of unbelief the disciples had in them that was hindering their success.

          Verse 19 “O faithless generation . . .”

          Verse 23 “If you can believe . . .”  

2 kinds of unbelief:

1.   Ignorant unbelief - Romans 10:3 and 14-16.

Speaking of Israel Paul writes, “For being ignorant of God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to the righteousness of God. Christ is the end of the law unto righteousness for everyone who believes.”  Romans 10:3-4

“How shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? . . . “So then faith comes by hearing, and by hearing the word of Christ.”  Romans 10:14 and 17.

Side note: KJV “Word of Theos God” but NAS, NLT, NIV more accurately translate as “Word of Christ”.  What’s the difference?

          NT and New Covenant focuses on Christ and His grace or finished work of God. Paul said in Acts 10:32 “So now brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”

-        What is able to build you up? The Word of His grace – finished in X.  “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.”  Col. 3:16

Hear messages full of grace and the finished work of Jesus. Hear your sins have been forgiven. Hear that you are already the righteousness of God in Christ. Hear that whatever your diagnosis you are the healed of the Lord. His words of grace impart faith and hope to you.

Back to review Mark 9. The disciples could not cast out this demon, but it was not because of ignorant unbelief because they were casting out demons from people. But this one they couldn’t. Their question and our question should be why are we not receiving what God promised us?

-        The problem is not on God’s end – it must be something in us.

2 kinds of unbelief:

1.   Ignorant unbelief 

2.   Natural unbelief – dominated by 5 senses of sight, sound, smell, taste, touch.

They cast demons out of others and saw the manifestation. This time they use their authority and they don’t see anything so they revert to unbelief and maybe said, “I don’t see anything changing.”

Jesus’s answer was revealing the purpose behind fasting. Fasting with prayer is to deny your 5 physical senses and strengthen your inner man. Fasting was for the purpose to deaden the 5 physical senses and pay more attention to the Spirit.

Why should we have times of fasting and prayer: To weaken the domination of the physical senses and to strengthen the inner man.  

2nd “Why?” question.

Why pray?

If your answer is, “Because God wants us to”, you have already become religious and may not have the right motive for prayer.

Jesus’ first teaching on prayer is Matthew 6:

“When you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners that they may be seen of men.”  Matthew 6:5

-        The religious motivation of prayer is that it is something I should do. Prayer is like a religious workout. I work out at the gym because I should exercise to be healthy.

-        Dictionary defined prayer as a religious exercise!

Defining prayer:

1.   Talking to God.   

2.   Conversation with God.

3.   Paying attention to God.

-        Lectio Divina

-        Journaling

-        Soaking

Why am I doing this?

“But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking (or long time in prayer).” Matthew 6:7

Prayer becomes religious and vain repetition when you try to use it for something God never intended.

Many people believe the longer I pray the better. Not necessarily. Only twice in NT did Jesus pray all night.

Prayer with God should be something you enjoy and not a labor. You can pray with your eyes open, closed, kneeling, standing, driving, talking out loud or quiet. Don’t limit your relationship to God to times of prayer or church. Walk and talk with Him throughout your day. Don’t be religious about prayer making it only special times.

Prayer should include thanksgiving for all God has done for you.

Praise for who God is to you now.

Asking and receiving things you need from God.

“For your Father knoweth what things you have need of, before you ask Him.”  Matthew 6:8

Have you ever prayed, “O God the doctor said . . . and then you give Him all the details of that report?

Ill. The Lord interrupted Charles Capps one time in prayer saying, “Charles, what are you doing?”

“I’m praying.”

“No, you’re not. That’s complaining!”

Many are releasing the power of death into their lives by their tongues speaking negative things.

Jesus never intended what we call the “Lord’s prayer” or the model prayer to be recited like it is in church. Actually it is not a NT or New Covenant prayer. Jesus taught us to pray in His name in John 16:23-24 and here it is not done.

“forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation.” Mtt. 6:12-13

-        This is not a New covenant prayer. Your sins have been forgiven once you have believed and received Jesus. This was spoken before the cross. HS led Jesus into temptation on our behalf and He overcame the devil. Today if you are being led into temptation you can be sure it isn’t God.

What if you prayed more like this: “Father I thank You that Your name is above every name? Cancer has a name. Heart disease has a name. These things the doctor told me are in body have names. You are above them all. Thank You that You are greater, stronger, and more powerful than all this.” Spend another 5 minutes just praising Him for His greatness. Then by the time you are ready to put a requests before Him it is so small in comparison to you magnifying God that now you are ready to claim your healing.

Focus on the problem and it will grow. Focus on God (who is your solution) and your vision of Him will increase.

A huge amount of prayer should be praising God.

One of the original words for “prayer” means “worship”. Another word for prayer literally means “to kiss the face”. Prayer is loving and communing with God.

Sometimes prayer can be hard because of spiritual opposition trying to discourage you in prayer. Prayer is a mysterious thing and yet it is the will of God that we all become a house of prayer.

Prayer is co-laboring with God on earth.

Pray for your pastor to speak God’s Word and lead God’s church.

Prayer is preparing the way of the Lord.

Pic of railroad tracks

Ill. Watchman Nee said prayer is rails to a train to run on. The train is the power but it can only go where the rails have been laid. Unless we pray there are no rails for God’s power to reach the destination.

Ill. God already declared the Day of Pentecost would come and He would pour out His Spirit on men. But after Jesus ascended the people devoted themselves to prayer until the Day of Pentecost came. At first their were over 500 eye witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus but on Pentecost their were 120 in the upper room praying.

          What were they praying? We don’t know for sure but my guess is they were praying for what Jesus said He would do in Acts 1:8 quote.

Not knowing exactly what this would look like, yet they were laying down tracks for the power train of HS to come just as Jesus said He would do.

What kind of prayer should our requests be?

1.   First to find the will of God in His Word.

2.   Then pray the will of God be done – lay down the tracks for God’s power train to run on!

3.   When the Pastor is about to preach you should be laying down tracks like, “Lord, inspire the Pastor with life giving words form you. Give him power from You overcoming every obstacle and hindrance the enemy would send. Protect him from the attacks of the enemies tricks and schemes. Make the message fruitful for souls to be saved, lives changed by You speaking to and through him to us.”

Prayer confession:

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for the gift of prayer and for teaching me how to use it. Thank You for teaching me that there is more to life than what I can see or feel. I am learning not to react or be moved by what I see, feel or experience. I have the God kind of faith. God’s Word is in my heart and in my mouth. I have spoken my faith and I believe I receive Your answer. Though I haven’t yet seen the physical results, I know I have them and am unmoved by negative feelings.

Thank You God, that Jesus is my High Priest in heaven, and He said I can have whatever I say that is agreement with Your will. So, I ask that You begin to teach me how to pray in faith believing Your Word over all my situations. From this day forward, my prayers are laying down tracks for Your powerful answers to be manifested in my life. All the glory belongs to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Our Mission Purpose Statement

Our Mission purpose statement:
Presenting Jesus, the revelation of grace and truth that transforms lives.

This is based on John 1:17-18.

“For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only Son, who is at the Father’s side, has made Him known.” John 1:17-18.

Amplified adds to this saying, “Jesus has revealed God and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known.”  Amp.

The Law of God are the things God showed Moses what man must do to be right with God and the Law showed us the holiness of God.

-        Moses first encounter with God at burning bush was a partial revelation of His holiness.  

-        With the Law had a blessing and a curse. Deut. 28.

-        Later a Pharisee legalistic man named Saul encountered Jesus and wrote,

“So the Law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.” Gal. 3:24

          The Law of God (commandments) was only a partial revelation of God. But Jesus (Yeshua) is the full and complete revelation of God.

“God, who at various times and in diverse ways spoke long ago to the fathers through the prophets, has in these LAST DAYS spoken to us by His Son, . . . through whom He made the world. He is the brightness of His glory, the express image of Himself, and upholds all things by the word of His power.”  Heb. 1:1-3 Modern English Version

ill. Jesus invited Peter, James and John to a mountain for a revelation. There they saw Moses the law giver and Elijah the prophets talking to Jesus. Jesus face shined as the sun and His garments white. Then Peter spoke up, “Lord it is god we are here. If You wish we will build 3 booths, one for You, Moses and Elijah.” Scripture says “While Peter was still speaking suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them and voice from the cloud said, “This is My Beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him!”

The point is Jesus is the full and complete revelation of God. Jesus is perfect theology. John 1:17 is declaring a change has taken place because of Jesus. Bible divided into 2  - OT and NT.

“The OT is the NT concealed, the NT is the OT revealed.” OT was the roots. NT in X is the fruits.

“Whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.”  Romans 15:4

-        The fruit of the OT will produce encouragement and hope. At one time the OT was the only scriptures the NT church had until Jesus came and brought grace and truth about God.

All history is divided with Jesus. Calendar B.C. and A.D. Although this was implemented several centuries after Christ the idea is Jesus changed everything. More specifically everything changes at the cross of Jesus.

          You must remember when Jesus walked on earth He lived under the Law of sin and death or the Old Covenant. He is the only human who ever fully obeyed the Law of God. He did what the first Adam failed to do. But the cross of Jesus is the dividing line of the time of Law and the new covenant of grace.

Some things ended at the cross.

Some things changed at the cross.

Some things went through the cross.

Some things were transformed at the cross.

Some things began at the cross.

1.   Some things ended at the cross.

-        The Tabernacle as the place God dwelled – now our bodies.

-        The Feasts that were commanded to be kept as acts of righteousness.

-        People of God were called servants but now called sons.

-        Sacrifices of animals.

Sacrifices never removed sin – it postponed the penalty for another year on Day of Atonement. You brought sacrifices based on what was prophesied that would one day come – Lamb of God.

          All the books of the OT have types of Jesus displayed. He is the theme of all the OT. If you know the Bible but don’t know Jesus, you have missed the point.

          The requirement of the Law demanded blood sacrifices to atone or cover sin temporarily. We don’t sacrifice animals anymore because the Lamb of God has come and on the cross He said, “It is finished.”

2.   Some things changed at the cross.

Sabbath – one day a week commanded no work.

-        Every 7 years – land rest no planting.

-        Every 7th seven was Jubilee (49 years) all debts were to be forgiven, slaved freed, land rest for a whole year and trust God to provide. This Sabbath keeping was a Law to be in right relationship with God and there was a curse if you did not keep it. Breaking the Sabbath could mean being cut off from Israel.

While the principle of rest is important in a 7-day work week by God’s design of the human body – we are no longer under Sabbath keeping laws. Both Sabbath and Jubilee changed at the cross.

“Let no man judge you regarding food, or drink, or in respect of a holy day or new moon or Sabbath days. These are shadows of things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.” Col. 2:16

When Jesus began His Ministry He said these words,

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me . . . to declare the favorable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18

          “The favorable year of the Lord” = Jubilee year

Both Sabbath and Jubilee changed at the cross from a day to an everyday lifestyle mark on the people who met Jesus.

3.   Some things went through the cross.

Obedience is blessed by God went through the cross.

Faith in God pleases Him.

Plans and purposes of God.

4.   Some things were transformed at the cross.

- Levitical priesthood changed to priesthood of believers.

-10 commandments were transformed from the letter of the Law to the Spirit behind the Law. Example: Jesus’ teaching on sermon on Mount, “You heard it said – anger and adultery Law. But I say unto you” – He gave the Spirit of the Law over the letter of the Law.

- The curse of the Law ended and was transformed into the chastening or disciplining as sons.

- Tithing as a law is transformed into a kingdom of God principle. Tithing is mentioned in NT very little as examples. There is blessing in tithing 10% as long as you don’t do it as under law.

Under law you were cursed if you did not do this. Today you are not under a curse but you are also not under the blessing if you do it by faith hearing from God. Your finances will have God’s help if you let Him lead you to do it His way. Tithing takes faith and it is a kingdom principle but not a law with a curse attached if you don’t – you just don’t get the blessing of seeing how He can multiply what you have left when you follow His plan.

5.   Some things began at the cross. 

Born from above Spirit

Holy Spirit Baptism

Great Commission and baptism

Holy communion

Church

Speaking in tongues and spiritual gifts

Apostles, Prophets, Evangelist, Pastor, Teacher offices

Elders and deacons

Son ship

          Spirit-led and directed living

The cross makes the difference!

Our Mission purpose statement:
Presenting Jesus, the revelation of grace and truth that transforms lives.

 “For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only Son, who is at the Father’s side, has made Him known.” John 1:17-18.

Concl: Today you may have discovered you are living under the hardship and bondage of trying to keep the law. The truth is no one but Jesus has ever been able to keep the Law.

When you see by revelation what God has done for you in sending Jesus – God in the flesh Himself – to come and pay your penalty so you can have a right relationship with Him – you have to fall in love with Him. There is no one like Him.

Today maybe your eyes have been opened to truth you never heard before.

Grab that truth and come to this altar and talk to God about it.

          Make sure your heart is good soil not hardened so that you will not obey God’s prompting by the Spirit. Something in you is saying – go forward, move, receive this revelation and your life will see transformation. Humble yourself – do it now.

          God’s Spirit gently prompts us – He does not push us. It is a gentle tug or nudge. When God’s Spirit nudges you the moment you hesitate from doing what He is leading – your heart begins to harden to the things of God. Don’t wait to understand – just obey.

I wish I had heard a message like you heard today over 40 years ago. It would have saved me a lot of trouble in legalism, hardship.

Fasting (The Purpose)

In the sermon on the Mount Jesus taught about fasting.

“When you fast, do not be like the hypocrites . . .” Mtt. 6:16

          Fasting – not feeding the body for spiritual purposes, had been practiced for a long time before Jesus.

-        Day of Atonement told to deny yourself – maybe fasting in Leviticus 23:26-28. I Samuel 7:6 – about repentance not penance. (On the board write repent - When God shows us we have sinned then we re-pent or change our way of thinking and return to the Penthouse or God’s higher way of thinking.

-        Ill. Luke 18 Pharisee boasted he fasted twice a week. Why? Somehow he was establishing self righteousness.

The purpose of fasting is not:

1.   Penance or punishing yourself.

2.   Making you more righteous or right with God.

3.   Earning some favor with God by fasting.

I think Jesus revealed the purpose of fasting in Mark 9

          Paraphrase the account in Mark 9.

Listen and pay close attention to Jesus’ words. Larry Lea use to say, “Read the red and pray for the power.” Meaning read the words of Jesus that are in red in your Bible. The father of a demon tormented son told Jesus I brought my son to Your disciples but they could not cast it out.

Some important points to note:

1.   Everyone including the father knew this was a demon.

2.   The disciples were given power and authority to cast out demons and had been successful at doing it.

“O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.”  JESUS

Obviously Jesus expected better from His disciples!

“Jesus would not allow them to make an excuse for a swing and a miss!”  Bill Johnson

Paraphrase: So they brought the boy to Jesus and he manifested full blown. Jesus asked the father how long has this been going on? The father said since childhood the demon has thrown him into the fire and the water to kill him.

          The father pleads with Jesus, “But IF You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” He obviously does not know Jesus is God.

Jesus said, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”   Mark 9:23

This puts seeking a solution for an on-going problem back on our plate.

“If you can believe. . .”

Next Jesus rebuked the demon (calling it a mute and deaf spirit) and cast it out. My thoughts: A mute spirit – it would not speak to the disciples said to identify itself. It would not listen to them – deaf. But it had to listen to Jesus and obey.

“The spirit cried out and convulsed him greatly. But it came out of him. . .”  vs 26

The disciples asked Jesus privately, “Why couldn’t we cast him out?”

Jesus’ answer reveals the real root purpose of fasting.

“This kind cannot come out except by prayer and fasting.” Vs 29

People often think Jesus is saying, “This kind of demon only responds to prayer and fasting” but that is not what He is saying

-        Prayer and fasting do not drive out demons or else Jesus would have told us to do it that way. They had been casting our demons using Jesus’s name (authority), and faith in His name.

Mathew 17 and Luke 9 give more details about this same incident.

In Mathews account when the disciples asked Jesus why they could not cast out the demon Jesus said the reason was

“Because of your unbelief . . .”  Mtt 17:20

How could Jesus say they had unbelief when they had been using His name and faith to cast out other demons?

There are different kinds of unbelief:

1.   Ignorant unbelief because you lack knowledge of the Word of God. This is solved by: Romans 10:17, 2 Peter 1:4.

2.   Natural unbelief from being more dominated by your 5 physical senses. All their life they had been taught to live by their 5 senses told them. They were dominated more by what they were seeing in the natural rather than what God had told them in Luke 9:1 (their commission to cast out demons, and heal the sick).

Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief. Truly I say to you if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, move from here to there, and it will move. And nothing will be impossible for you. But this kind (of unbelief) does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”  Mtt. 17:20-21

          If you translate that this type of demon will only come out if you pray and fast, then you slip back into works and out of grace.

But when you see that Jesus is saying this kind of unbelief only comes out by pray and fasting you see the real purpose behind fasting.

Fasting – the denial of food is for the purpose to deny your 5 physical senses from dominating your life. Prayer added is to strengthen your spirit man to dominate your body and soul.

Fasting without adding more purposeful prayer is just a diet.

Fasting with extra time in prayer will sensitize your spirit and desensitize your body from dominating your life.

Unbelief can get into a believer’s heart and the result is unbelief hardens a believer’s heart. How then does unbelief get into a believer’s heart?

The heart is the place where we believe and make choices.

“For with the heart man believes. . .” Romans 10:10

“Guard (Keep) your heart with all diligence, for out of IT are the issues of life.”  Proverbs 4:23

Picture on the board of circles of body, soul and heart and spirit.

Spirit – the divine nature of God- fruit and gifts from here with your newly created human spirit. All treasures of wisdom and knowledge dwell here. Called the Inner man.

          Your spirit has gates outward towards your heart but nothing can come inside your spirit because it is sealed and kept from contamination (Eph. 1:13).

Heart = the place you believe God and make choices.

          Your heart has gates from the spirit to affect it. But the heart also has other gates from the soul and the body that can affect it in a negative way. “Guard your heart with all diligence for out of it…”

“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

Soul – your mind that needs to be renewed with the Word. Your emotions and will need to yield to the spirit inside you. The soul has gates open from the heart inside and from the outside coming in from the body.

Gates to the soul and to the heart:

1.   The Eye gate – records 87% of all impressions

2.   The Hearing gate – records 7% all impressions

3.   The Smelling gate – records 3.5% all impressions.

4.   The Taste (mouth) gate – records 1% all impressions.

5.   The Feel gate – records 1.5% of all impressions.

Are there any gates you are not guarding that are getting to your heart? If so, what are you going to do about it?

Prayer: Heavenly Father. You made me a spirit being who has a soul and lives in a body. I am to become more spiritual minded than worldly or physically minded. You told me to guard my heart. Tonight I am asking You to show me areas where my heart unguarded and allowing the enemy to come in and influence me. I will repent where you show me and take back the ground I have surrendered to the enemy. I will begin diligently guarding all the gateways to my heart as You have commanded me. As I do this I will become more and more spiritual, wise and discerning, so that I may carry out Your assignment upon my life. Thank You for the enlightenment You have given me tonight. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Uncovering Satan’s tactics against you Part 5 “condemnation attacks”

Uncovering Satan’s tactics against you

Part 5 “condemnation attacks”

 

Many Xns do not live in grace but try to live in a mixture of law and grace. The result of this mixture is confusion and attacks of condemnation from the enemy working against you.

 

Example: In OT Daniel (man of God) worked for a king who operated his kingdom according to the law of the Medes and Persians. Whenever a law was signed by the king then it was irrevocable even by him! Some other govt leaders who were jealous of Daniel set up the king to make a law that no one could pray to any other god but the king himself. They knew Daniel (whose name means “God is my judge”), prayed 3 times a day in an open window to God Almighty. Once the king signed the law they told him about Daniel and the king was grieved because he loved Daniel and now how to carry out his own law, which meant Daniel was to be placed overnight into a lions’ den. If he died it was a sign of his guilt, but if he survived it was a sign of his innocence.

You know the end of the story. Daniel was put in the lion’s den because of the kings’ own law. The king hated this because he loved Daniel and trusted him.

But the point is this. Because a king’s throne is established in his own laws. If the king does not obey His own law, there is no righteousness or justice which is the foundation of a kingdom. Without a foundation the kingdom will crumble or fall apart.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne.”

Psalm 89:14

Clouds and thick darkness surround Him. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.” Psalm 97:2

 

If God’s Law (Word) is not fulfilled, then He forfeits His right to rule over His creation. Satan knows this and he is a legalist that is trying to trap God, people, with God’s own law. He is an expert in the Law, not because he loves the law of God, because he doesn’t. But he made himself a custodian of the law of God in order to use it for his own selfish agenda.

Do you think Satan really cares about the law of God being kept?

 

Satan is and has always been after God’s throne. To us this looks silly for him to think he (a created being) can get God’s throne. But in his sin deceived mind he still thinks it is possible and is still going for it.

 

Daniel was put in the lions den and miraculously was unharmed. The king saw this miracle and declared “Truly Your God is God! Bring your accusers!” They were now the ones condemned.

 

The point is this. Condemnation always comes from the enemy.

 

Anytime condemnation is coming at you or from you, it is inspired by that legalist Satan. Do you really want to agree and cooperate with him?

Jesus warned, “For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged, the standard you use in judging, is the standard by which you will be judged.” Mtt. 7:2 KJV/NIV

 

Ill. The Pharisees brought a woman caught in the act of Adultery to Jesus. The Law says she is to be stoned to death, what do You say?

Did they really care about the law of God being kept?

Scripture tell us He step down and wrote on the ground. Some say it was stone pavement and He wrote with His finger as if to say, “I AM the One who wrote the Law with My finger on the ten commandments. Since you pretend to be custodians of the God’s righteous Law, let me expose your lack of righteousness.

He who is without sin, cast the first stone!”

He was not compromising His law. Yes, stone her according to the Law, but only the one without sin.

Scripture reveals He stooped down again and wrote on the ground a Second Time! Interesting: Remember there were 2 sets of ten commandments. First set God wrote and gave to Moses and Moses broke them when he returned to the camp and saw Israel in idolatry with a golden calf. 2nd time God gave Moses ten commandments and this time god instructed him to place them under the MERCY SEAT.

 

Pic of law inside and under Mercy. https://www.google.com/search?q=the+law+of+God+under+the+mercy+seat&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiK4oPtwI_aAhULyVMKHWyuCgkQ_AUICigB&biw=1440&bih=803#imgrc=bklmqm0CZkgCqM:

 

Why?

Because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13

 

Jesus said to the adulteress woman, “Woman where are your accusers?

Who is called the accuser of the brethren in the Bible?

In Genesis Satan accuses God of holding out to Adam and Eve.

In Job he is accuses Job of only loving God because he has been protected by God.

In Jesus’ wilderness he accuses Jesus of not proving He is the Son of God – prove it.

In Zechariah 3 he accuses Joshua the high priest.

In Rev. 12 he is called the accuser of the brethren and is cast down.

Point is anytime we let condemnation spew out of our mouths we are agreeing with and working with and for the devil. Condemnation is his main business. Mercy is ours! This does not mean we ignore sin!

 

Neither do I condemn thee, go and SIN NO MORE.”

 

The devil pitches a fit and says, “How can Jesus forgive her and let her go? There is no righteousness here if you ignore her sin!”

 

But a few days later when Jesus was on the cross – there was the righteousness for her. He paid for her sin.

 

Back to Daniel. When King Darius made that law it was irrevocable, even though scripture says he loved Daniel.

Human love was powerless against the Law of God.

But in the New Covenant the Law of God was powerless against the Love of God. The cross silences the accuser.

 

God fulfilled His own law through Jesus and our sin debt was paid forever!

Ill. Once you pay off your house you don’t continue to send house payments. It is paid. Obligation is fulfilled.

 

For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.”

Hebrews 9:15

 

 

 

As a result of this new covenant from Christ:

There is therefore now no condemnation for them who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

 

When the accuser comes to your mind saying things like, “You know why this happened? Because last week you sinned doing this or that. Now this sickness is because of what you did.

 

You must always stop trying to defend yourself. Instead point to the cross and say, “I’ve done wrong but that is my payment for me.”

Ill. When you believe this way even your physical body will notice a difference. Your body is very sensitive. Auto –immune diseases are your body fighting against something it should not. When you let the cross be your meditation then your conscience gets flushed out and cleared and your mind and body have peace.

The devil acts like he is still the custodian of righteousness and accuses you of your sins. He says things like, “You are not worthy. You don’t deserve the good life. You deserve bad things happening to you.”

 

Ill. Story tell – you are on death row. Your lawyer comes with good news. A person has agreed to take your place. Look through your cell window and see Him hanging there in death for your punishment. He has already died in your place. Will you accept His death for your payment for your crimes? Yes. You start walking out of prison and the prosecutor sees you and begins to rail at you. You cannot go free because you broke this law and that and crimes. You simply say,

Talk to the hand” and keep right on walking in freedom.

 

Concl: With accusations come feelings of guilt and shame. Many of you being attacked by the devil over sins of yours that have been paid. We have a tendency to receive bad news faster than good news?

 

All the judgment due you was exhausted on the cross. All not just some of your sins have been judged and paid and now you are free to go.

 

But if you keep playing those old guilt and shame records in your mind. “I should have been a better parent. I should have done this or that then you are giving Satan an avenue to attack your physical health.

 

Some of you blame yourself for things your children are going through. Maybe you are still angry with yourself for not spending enough time with them or losing your temper, or blaming yourself for some behavior problem they now have.

Parents your hands are too small. There is so much you cannot so for your children. The most important thing you can do is forgive yourself and point them to the Savior. Your children have their own journey to find with God.

You must get God’s peace in your heart and mind so you can enjoy His health and healing.

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:16

A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body.” Proverbs 14:30

 

 

 

You need to purge your conscience of sins memory by seeing God’s great sacrifice of His Perfect Son.

 

Hebrew word for healing is Rapha.

The root verb of Rapha is “to relax, to let go” = to relax your grip, your worries, and allowing His supply to flow to them.

 

Get A Grip On Your Lip!

Get a grip on your lip!

Hebrews 4:14

 

Intro: Christianity is called the “great confession”.

So then we have a great High Priest who has passed into heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us HOLD FIRMLY TO OUR CONFESSION.” HEBREWS 4:14

 

What is our confession? It began with Romans 10:9-10 quote.

Confess = to say the same words as God is saying.

Words are containers that either carry faith or fear and they produce after their kind.

God’s ways are so contrary to our way of thinking because we don’t know Him very well yet. We begin our walk with God by faith in confessing, agreeing with His Word and then continue our journey with God as a walk of faith all our lifetime. This will require that we get a grip on our lip.

For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Romans 10:9-10.

 

The mouth confesses what God is saying. Listen and agree.

God MADE Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might be MADE the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Cor. 5:21

 

If you are a new Xn or have been doubting your salvation you should be confessing this scripture out loud every day. Ill. What do you think would happen if when doubting your salvation came to you that you spoke out loud, “No weapon formed against me shall prosper, for my righteousness is of the Lord.” Isa. 54:17 ?

 

 

In God’s eyes you are not an old sinner anymore. You are the righteousness of God in Christ. The more you say this out loud the more confident you become. It may not feel right at first but it is the truth.

Spoken words program your spirit either for success or defeat.

We must learn to release faith words not fear words.

God and angels and Satan and demons are listening to the words that come out of your mouth because it reveals what you really believe. Jesus said, “By your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned.” Matt. 12:37

 

 

Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth.” Proverbs 6:1-2

 

 

Faith filled words put you over.

Fear filled words take you under.

 

God’s methods may seem strange to us because we don’t know Him very well yet. This is how faith works in every area of your life.

The facts say you are sick. God’s Word says you are healed. Whose report are you going to believe? If your faith is weak then fear begins to tighten its grip on you. What should you do?

The Word goes to work once it is in our mouth and in our heart. None of the blessings of God work automatically until we exercise faith to receive. The written Word of God was first the written Word so that it could become the spoken Word by us.

 

CONFESSION PRECEDES POSSESSION

 

  • Salvation, healing, Promise land, all the promises of God.

For example:

Abraham believed in God, but he was having trouble believing God!

 

In Gen 15 Abram said, “Lord what will you give me seeing I am childless and Eliezar my servant is my only heir?” Note is was in believing what God promised is what got a man right with God even in the O.T. So God took Abram outside at night and gave him a picture or vision of his descendants to help his heart start believing he would have his on biological son and descendants from him. “Abram believed God and He credited it to him as righteousness.” Gen. 15:6

 

  • Your destiny has to be seen in your heart before you can start believing God for it. Open the eyes of my heart – Eph. 1:17.

 

In addition to this God told Abram that he brought him out of UR of the Chaldeans (idolatry) to give you this land to possess it. Abram asked, “How shall I know that I will possess it?”

Then God told him to get some animals to make a blood covenant. This would put to an end forever any question because God was binding Himself to a blood covenant. This is like saying I I will fulfill my vow or die. Abram prepared the animal sacrifices split in middle.

Pic of Abram driving buzzards away. https://www.google.com/search?q=genesis+15+covenant&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjBv_3E4aPaAhUN3FMKHcNPDwgQ_AUICygC&biw=750&bih=683#imgrc=23IIL0OOw99SDM:

He had to drive away the buzzards from trying to get the sacrifices. God put Abram to sleep to quit asking questions and gave him a vision of God walking through animals binding Himself with a covenant. God is covenant bound to Abraham and his seed.

 

For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could vow by no one greater He vowed by Himself . . . that we might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.” Hebrews 6:

 

 

To help the process in Genesis 17 God changed his name. from

Abram = exalted father

Abraham = God added a part of His name to Abram. The Hebrew letter HEY, which means BEHOLD, or What comes from, to reveal.

 

God’s sacred name = Yod Hey Vav Hey – Yahweh

 

 

Hebrew letter HEY is 5th letter of Hebrew alphabet. 5 = grace, God’s ability. Hey in written form looks like a man with both hands raised.

HEY is said to represent God’s creative power in His breath.

Just as God breathed on Adam and he became a living soul. God breathed on Abram a part of His name and HEY – behold ABRAHAM became a father of a multitude.

 

This made Abram to Abraham – father of a multitude. Even Sarai’s name God changed to Sarah meaning mother of nations.

 

Why? So they would start confessing what God was promising by covenant. Words are powerful when you hear them enough you begin to believe them.

 

God may put something in your heart that you are to start speaking. Ill. Jon Moorehead testimony he said he thought he heard the doctor tell him if he would walk 100 steps that he would not need insulin. After he walked 100 steps he told his doctor this and the doctor said that is absurd I never told you that. Jon heard it in his spirit from God and thought it must have been the doctor. It gave him hope to push and persevere. The day he took 100 steps the nurse checked his blood sugar and he did not need any more insulin. Did he hear from God? Yes. God planted a vision in his heart what to believe God for and then had him start muttering or speaking it to himself to build his faith.

 

The devil comes to steal and kill and destroy and will try to use your words against you. “Anything you say can and will be used against you.”

let us HOLD FIRMLY TO OUR CONFESSION.” HEBREWS 4:14

This implies someone is going to try to take away your confession and get you to waver from faith.

Pic of bull rider

Ill. Like a bull rider in a rodeo. He positions himself on that bull and gets his hand in a glove and wraps it around that rope and holds on because he knows he is going for a wild ride. Once the enemy knows you got a grip on God’s Word he is going to do everything he can to shake you lose and change your mind.

Some of you need to get happy in order to be able to receive from God. “He has made me glad not sad.” You have been your own worst enemy by the negative words you have been speaking. You have been snared by the words of your own mouth.

God wants you to laugh again at impossibilities.

God named Abraham’s son Isaac which means laughter. Laugh in the face of the devil and laugh again.

Sure we get attacks from the devil and all kinds of oppression on earth all because we are in covenant with God. You are the righteousness of God Himself.

In righteousness you shall be established, you shall be far from oppression, for you will not fear, and from terror, for it shall not come near you. Indeed, they will SURELY ASSAIL YOU FIERCELY, BUT NOT FROM ME. For whoever assails you shall fall for your sake.”

Isaiah 54:14-15

Modern English Version

 

Child of God you are established in God’s righteousness. You are far from oppression and you shall not fear terror. Oppression, fear and torment will try to gather together against you, but the Lord did not send them. Sickness, poverty and depression will try to come it must be resisted by you.

 

So then we have a great High Priest who has passed into heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us HOLD FIRMLY TO OUR CONFESSION.” HEBREWS 4:14

 

The devil wants to take you for a ride and shake you lose of your confession of faith in Jesus. We need to help one another when we hear negative words to GET A GRIP ON YOUR LIP.

If God promised it? - Don’t settle for plan B.

f God promised it? - Don’t settle for plan B.

 

Intro: We are living in the most amazing time in history when soon we will experience the return of Christ on the earth and every eye will see Him.

SO, WHAT TIME IS IT ON GOD’S PROPHETIC CLOCK?

Jesus was 2,000 years ago. Abraham was 2,000 years before Jesus, and Adam and Eve were 2,000 years before Abraham. So, the Garden of Eden was 6,000 years ago. The book of Genesis says, God created the heavens and the Earth in 6 days and He rested on the seventh. “Beloved do not be ignorant of this one thing, that a day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” 2 Peter 3:8

It’s been six days, and the seventh day is dawning. What time is it? It’s time to wake up! The Lord is coming soon.

One day it will be to late to . . .

Then it will be too late to say you’re sorry, too late to forgive your brother, too late to love and live and get involved in God’s ministry like He has been telling you to. It will be too late to pray, too late to read God’s Word, and too late to stop living as if God did not exist. It will be too late to get serious about God.

This year is the prophetic 70th year of Israel existing as a nation since If you ever want to know where we are on God’s calendar then watch what is happening to Israel.

After King Solomon the kingdom of Israel was divided and then after that various empires have occupied the land and there was no nation of Israel in existence until May 15, 1948, 70 years ago this year! French people had France, Germans had Germany, but Jews had no nation, no homeland, they were scattered.

1903 The Turks occupied the Holy land. A Jewish man named Theodore Herzl embarked on a quest to establish a homeland for the Jews who were scattered all over the world. Through negotiations with Great Britain offered a plan for 5000 square miles of land in Uganda, (modern day Kenya, Africa) to be a place to resettle the Jewish people. This was not the plan Theodore Herzl had in mind.

Some told him to be glad for what you can get and take the deal now and begin with it. Others said this is not what God promised us – don’t settle for it. 2 years later the Prime Minister of Great Britain met with the leader of the Zionist movement named Chaim Weizmann trying to convince the Jews to take the land in Uganda and stop being so stubborn. The story goes like this;

Weizmann said to the British PM. “Suppose I was to offer you London instead of Paris.” Puzzled the PM said, “We already have London.” Weizmann said, “Exactly, and we have already had the land of Israel when London was just a swamp.” His point was, God had given this land to the Jewish people. The point is, when God promises something don’t settle for plan B.

The enemy wants us to settle for plan B. The enemy makes things look impossible and this wears on us over time. We may tend to cave in and agree that we should just settle for what we can get.

Maybe there are some things you do have to accept that were not things God has promised.

  1. You may have to accept your adult child may not fulfill their destiny. They have free will.

  2. Your marriage may be over and your spouse has remarried.

  3. Your loved one died and is not coming back.

  4. You lost your job and you are not getting it back.

Maybe these are things you hoped for but God did not necessarily promise them to you. Don’t waste time depressed - Move forward! But when you have a promise from God – don’t settle.


 

When young man David killed the giant Goliath, David cut off Goliath’s head and put in on a stake outside the walls of a city called Jebus. 1 Sam. 17:54 he brought it to Jerusalem but could not get inside it so planted it outside the city walls.

PIC of David holding up Giant head.

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Why did he do this? Israel lives in the Promise land but not have all of the Promise land. People known as Jebusites (descendants of Ham’s – Noah’s son that was cursed, son who was Canaan - Canaanites) occupied city of Jebus that we know today as Jerusalem. So Israel under King Saul had the land of Israel but not the city of Jerusalem. Even some Benjamites, (Israeli’s) lived with the Jebusites in this city and were willing to compromise to live there with them in ownership of the city. So David puts Goliath’s head on a post outside the city walls of Jerusalem.

David is making a statement by putting Goliath’s head on a post outside walls of Jerusalem. He is telling the Jebusites that God Himself gave this land to our ancestor Abraham and this miraculous victory of conquering Goliath is a sign to you – we will not settle for less than what God has promised us.

Even today the Arabs believe the Jebusites are their ancestors and they claim Jerusalem belongs to them.

David took the armor of Goliath into his tent and the sword to the tabernacle tent of God as a trophy of God’s grace and victory ( 1 Sam. 17:54). We do not know where Goliath’s head was buried but tradition says it was Golgotha – hill Jesus was later crucified on.

In Gen. 3:15 God said to Satan,

I will put enmity (hostility) between you and the woman, between your offspring and her offspring, her offspring will bruise your head, and you will bruise His heel. Gen. 3:15

This is the first clue as to why Jesus was crucified at a place called

Calvary – Greek word for cranium.

Golgotha – the place of the skull. Gospels of Matthew, Mark and John.


 


 


 

PIC of Golgotha:

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1800’s archeologist discovered this place outside city Jerusalem.

Could it be that years later Jesus was crucified on this same spot where the serpent bruised His heel but the thud of the cross going into the ground on skull hill was the crushing of Satan’s head?

In David’s time a few years later he would capture the city of Jebus and it was called Jerusalem the city of David. He was the king who took down that stronghold. Why?

He did not settle. He lived by this saying.

If God promised it? - Don’t settle for plan B.

 

Some of you God wants you to have victory in the place of your skull! There are strongholds in your life that are saying to your mind,

“You’ll never make it. You’re not good enough, strong enough, smart enough, just settle for what you got.

2 things you need to ask yourself:

 

  1. Am I going to believe in what I see or in what God says?

 

 

Do not throw away your confidence, which will be greatly rewarded. For you have need of patience, so that after you have done the will of God, you will receive the promise. For in yet a little while He who is to come will come and will not wait. Right now, the just live by faith; but if anyone draws back My soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who draw back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the saving of the soul.” Hebrews 10:35-39

 

 

You have to ask yourself – Am I one who believes only in what he can see or am I of those who believe what God says?

 

2nd question you have to ask yourself.

 

  1. If I am one who believes what God has said, am I acting on what He said for me to do?

You can’t have it both ways – believe God but not do what He says. You have deceived yourself and may be shocked when He returns that you are not saved. You believed in Him but so does the devil!

 

Conclusion: Some you here today maybe visitors would say you are right with God because you believe in Him and maybe because you try to live right. I would warn you today that is not what God says a man must do to be right with God.

  1. Listen to what God says – His Word not what people say.

  2. Believe what God says rather than your mind/feelings.

  3. Act on and do what God says today! That is your only hope.

God has spoken through His written word this.

No one earns righteousness with God – it is a gift from God made available on His terms.

No one grows into righteousness through time – it is a gift you receive at a moment in time when you accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord.

 

The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart. This is the word of faith that we preach: that if YOU CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH JESUS IS LORD, and BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART THAT GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, you will be saved, made right with God. For with the heart one believes and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10

 

God is telling you plainly that 3 steps of action required by you:

  1. Listen 2. Believe 3. Act on it now – today.

 

Get your speaker hooked up to your believer – mouth to what you really believe and trust God for.

 

Lead in prayer of receiving Jesus.

Invitation to step out publicly unashamed that you are a believer who believes If God promised it – I don’t want to settle for less.

 

 

The Prayer of Enablement


The Prayer of Enablement

Ephesians 3:14-21

 

2 prayers Paul prayed for the Ephesian church that God liked so much He recorded it in His Word for us to pray for ourselves.

Eph. 1:16-23 is the Prayer for Enlightenment is summarized as:

To Know God Personally

To Know God’s Plan

To Know God’s Power

 

My prayer for my grandkids while they were visiting this week. I would go into bedroom while they were asleep and pray my inheritance prayer for them. If I had an inheritance prayer for my grandchildren it would be this;

  1. Know God personally and present Him your body as a sacrifice every day in order to discover His will for your life.

  2. Learn to let the Spirit lead you in all decisions. Grow in prayer.

  3. Walk with God by faith not your feelings. Feelings lie.

  4. Make sure you stay protected from Satan’s lightning strikes by keeping yourself rooted and grounded in the love of God flowing for you and through you to others. Learn to forgive quickly.

 

 

 

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A righteous man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” Proverbs 13:22

 

First, you have to be enlightened about God and His will for you.

 

 

Ill. Much of my early life as a new Christian, I was frustrated with God about not getting God’s direction for my vocation or career. What am I to do? I remember saying many times, “I want to do great things for God.” I was zealous and focused on the doing more than the being. Please just tell me! Over time I realized finding God’s will is impossible if we we don’t do it His way. I have had to learn God

Finding God’s enablement for your life first involves:

  1. Presenting your body to God as a daily living sacrifice. (Romans 12:1).

 

People pray, “Lord, do whatever You have to do to make me serve you.” That is not a proper prayer. You cannot pray and make this happen. You cannot have people lay hands on you for this to happen.

You have to present your bodies as a right now living sacrifice in an open contract without knowing your future vocation.

  • Jesus’ clear requirements for becoming His disciple.

  1. Deny yourself.

  2. Take up your cross

  3. Follow Me into your unknown future, right now in your present circumstances you get to decide the sacrifice He is asking you to bring.

 

Most sacrifices were dead sacrifices but this one is a living one, not a one-time deal, an on going sacrifice daily to Him with many course corrections along the way. The starting place is a living sacrifice. Living sacrifices tend to crawl off the altar.

 

This is how Paul was able to find enablement from God to live out His plan. This is what Paul’s second prayer in Ephesians is about, God’s enablement.

 

For this cause (reason), I bow my knees unto the Father unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,” Eph. 3:14-15

 

For this reason, = look back to previous verses. Verse 1 “Prisoner of the Lord”. Because Paul has been given revelation about God’s person, plans and power, he is now a minister and preaches that plan to people, yet with great opposition.

  • It would not be wise to think when you move in God’s direction for your life that you would not experience opposition.

“Don’t lose heart at my tribulations for you” Eph. 3:13

“I bow my knees” – I deny myself the right to understand why things happen to me. I take up my cross, and follow Him.

 

Finding God’s enablement for your life first involves:

  1. Bringing Him your daily Living sacrifice. (Romans 12:1).

  2. Being Led by the Spirit.

For as many as are LED by the Spirit of God, these are the (Mature) sons of God.” Romans 8:14

Many Xnx fall short here because they try to live for God rather than let God live through them. The key to the Xn life is learning how to depend upon the HS for our strength. This requires developing your prayer life in order to hear and recognize God.

Paul’s prayer here in chapter 3 is all about the enablement God gives us to be able to do this. Verses 14-19 is one long sentence. Here is just a portion.

That He would give you power to be strengthened in the inner man” vs 16

 

This strengthening the inner man is not the spirit, because that part is complete when you are born again and perfect in X. This is in the heart and soul and personality of the believer. The spirit is already complete (Col. 2:10) and does not need strengthening.

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith . . .” vs 17

 

The heart is comprised of the spirit and the soul of man. When X comes into our hearts at salvation that is in our spirit which is part of our heart. Paul is praying that the presence of Christ that is already resident in our spirit will become overflow into our soul and renewing our minds, and wills. Notice one key phrase how this happens!

 

That Christ may dwell in your hearts BY FAITH . . .” vs 17.

 

Most Xns don’t like doing anything by faith. They would rather have Christ dwell in their hearts by felling than faith. Faith will produce feelings sometimes, but feelings are not faith. The average Xn does not feel the presence of the Lord and then does not believe He is REALLY there.

Examples of prayers of unbelief: “Lord, we ask You to be with us today, or WE ask You to go with us throughout this week.” This goes all the way back to feelings. HE promised He would never leave us, so any prayer that assumes His absence is unbelief.

By feelings or by faith?

Paul is praying instead of us being dominated by feelings that we will renew our minds and perceive by faith that Christ is dwelling in our soul.

 

that you, being rooted and grounded in love may be able to comprehend . . . and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge . . .” vs 18-19

 

 

This is our vital responsibility as people who have tasted and seen the love of God for us. While we were yet sinners He loved and died for us.

We are to get ourselves so rooted and grounded in His hessed/agape love that can overcome Satan’s lightning strikes when they happen.

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Ill. Jesus described Satan as falling like lightning, or lightning strikes – suddenly, fierce, without warning. Florida is known as the lightning capital of the world by NASA.

Point: You can’t stop a lightning strike but you can be protected if you are grounded when it happens. Heaven is the only place you will never experience Satan’s sudden lightning type attacks through people or circumstances. Your enemy is not flesh and blood.

If you and I will get grounded in God’s love for us and walk in love and forgiveness with each other, then the damage Satan intends to cause will not be effective.

Satan’s lightning strikes are inevitable. When they do happen it can reveal about who and what is grounded in love! You may not be able to stop a lightning strike but you can make sure you are grounded in the love of God!

 

to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge . . .” vs 19

Sounds like a contradiction. But the word “know” is GINOSKO which means to experience this love not just know about it.

 

The end result of experiencing this love of God personally is

that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.” Vs 19

God’s love is the key to opens everything that God is and wants to be in our life. When we let His love flow through our lives to express love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self control - then there is NO LIMIT on what God can do in and through us.

 

But if we shut down and try to control who we will show love and how we will show the love of God then we shut down the fullness of God from flowing through us.

 

So a true revelation of God’s love will make us experience the fullness of God! So it also means a lack in being full of God is due to a lack in experiencing God’s love flowing freely through my life. I can literally shut down and limit God from working in and through my life by shutting down His love from flowing through me. This is especially true in harboring un-forgiveness, or bitterness towards anyone.

 

Example: “Again and again they limited God, preventing Him from blessing them.” Psalm 78:41 Passion translation

 

 

Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. . .” vs 20.

It is not true that God will do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think PERIOD> He ties this verse of His ability to the power that works in us.

First, God’s power works in us so that He can work through us!

 

 

Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,” vs 20.

 

 

The HS is the power of God working in us by faith according to His Word through the conduit of love. This power comes from inside from the indwelling Savior of Love released by faith.

 

Concl: Nothing works if love is not flowing. Faith won’t work, gifts, prayer, worship!

I saw something during Eddie James night here at GT. Faith has to be released in some way before anything of God happens in the natural. It is different for each individual. God deals with us as individuals and wants us to move, take our next step in faith that He is leading us.

It may look silly to those outside of faith. Jericho march, dance before the Lord, sing songs at the midnight hour, build an ark, give and it shall be given to you.

 

If I had an inheritance prayer for my grandchildren it would be this;

  1. Know God personally and present Him your body as a sacrifice every day in order to discover His will for your life.

  2. Learn to let the Spirit lead you in all decisions. Grow in prayer.

  3. Walk with God by faith not your feelings. Feelings lie.

  4. Make sure you stay protected from Satan’s lightning strikes by keeping yourself rooted and grounded in the love of God flowing for you and through you to others. Learn to forgive quickly.

 

 

I saw something during Eddie James night here at GT. Faith has to be released in some way before anything of God happens in the natural. It is different for each individual. God deals with us as individuals and wants us to move, take our next step in faith that He is leading us.

It may look silly to those outside of faith. Jericho march, dance before the Lord, sing songs at the midnight hour, build an ark, give and it shall be given to you.

 

e.g. woman who touched Jesus’s garment. God was dealing with her privately – she had no scripture telling her to do this. She could not just pray and ask Jesus to come and heal her. She had to move and do something. For her it was just touch Him. Her faith caused her to do something out of the ordinary for her. But remember Jesus’ words?

Who touched me? Many were touching Him but this one touched Him by faith and that moved Jesus. He said to her, “Go your faith has made you well.”

God will whisper things to you that you need to do because your faith needs to be activated. Jesus is drawn to faith.

Faith is like a battery in a car. When you turn the key power form the battery goes through the cables to the starter turning the flywheel. But you must turn the key or push the button. RISK.

Faith does not work without you, and God does not work without your faith.

It’s okay to say to God, “Father I think you may have been telling me to do this or that. Would you tell me again if that is You or not? Then act accordingly.

Some you need to come and talk to God about something that has been coming back around to you for a long time. Either you are hearing God or you are not. Talk to God, make a decision and act on it.

 

He made us hungry for more because He wants us to experience the fullness of God in our hearts and lives. Everyone should be hungry enough to come to this altar and ask for more of Him flowing in and through us.

Stopping the cry inside you

Stopping the Cry Inside You

 

Blessed (fortunate) is the man whom You discipline and instruct, O Lord and teach out of Your law, that You may give him power to keep himself calm in the days of adversity, until the pit of corruption is dug for the wicked.” Psalm 94:12-13 Amp.

 

I’ve heard people say that don’t believe in God simply because of all the evil in the world happening to innocent people. Sometimes this comes from the mouths of people who once believed but have suffered great disappointment or tragic loss. I don’t mean to diminish the pain of someone’s suffering but you can be angry at God, accuse Him, or refuse to serve Him, but you can’t decide He no longer exists. To deny He exists doesn’t make God leave the room. IT only deadens your awareness of Him and your need for Him in daily life.

It’s funny to me when I encounter someone who denies God exists it is like they get angry at me for believing in Him or trying to tell them about Him. How could you get angry over someone who is not real?

We were all born as babies who cry. Doctors say crying is the physical act that clears the lungs at birth and help breathing. That may be the physical reason but what is the psychological reason? What motivates him to cry? Why not just breath or gulp in air?

Maybe the answer to why a baby cries van be best solved by identifying what causes the baby to stop crying. Watch a crying newborn as the mother cuddles him, speaks softly, make him feel secure. The result is universal around the world!

God created us to need love, acceptance, value and security.

Why did God create humans with these needs?

Because He intends to be the One to meet those needs.

In a way the baby’s cry for love will continue throughout life.

  • In teenage years they look for friends who accept them. This cry for acceptance may take on the form of wearing weird clothes or strange hairdo’s. The point is humans have a tendency to do whatever it takes to stop the crying on the inside for love, acceptance, to be valued, and security.

  • Young adult years people may seek love through promiscuous life, drugs, or whatever.

The cry never stops until we discover that only God can meet these needs. The danger for us is we may know this but then try to fill this need in us with other things or ways instead of just a relationship with God. Substitutes for God – idols, people, money, career, busyness, fame, recognition, whatever makes us feel loved, secure, valued, or accepted.

God loves the fact He has given us free will and choice. Love that does not have a choice is not love. In the garden of Eden there were 2 trees in the middle. Man had a choice to believe and trust God or not.

When man made the decision to choose other things instead of trusting in God chaos came into our world. Sin, sickness, lack, disappointment, loss, criticism, betrayal, Cain murdered his own brother, and from there things got worse. The cry of the human heart got louder! We are missing something or missing someone!

Not until chapter 4 of Genesis

Then men began to call (cry out) upon the name of the Lord.” Gen. 4:26

 

I don’t agree with people who say God sends bad things into our life to make us turn back to Him. What about Job? Job is about holding to our faith in a good God in the midst of our trials that we don’t understand.

What is important is not that you understand but that you trust God when you don’t understand. Problems reduce life to the most basic elements. What is most important here! Don’t make the mistake that if God really loved you He would deliver you out of a painful situation. God did not deliver Paul or other disciples from some painful situations because He had an ultimate purpose in mind.

God will not take away pain if it serves a greater purpose in your life. Instead He will walk the path of pain with you and comfort you with His Presence.

 

Isn’t the ultimate aim of life to know God experientially and by knowing Him we will love and trust Him?

They that know their God shall be strong and do exploits.”

Dan. 11:32

 

Ill. Daniel loved God and it got him in a lion’s den. What gave him his boldness not to back down from praying to God or die? Boldness is a by-product of knowing God well!

  • 3 Hebrew children threated to burn in fiery furnace. They did not back down. Why? They knew God well.

If I react to the devil, then the devil has influence over me.

  • David knew God well. It wasn’t his first rodeo when he met Goliath. He had been through some lion attack, bear attack in life and knew God. Israel backed down from Goliath because they did not know God well.

 

“Blessed (fortunate) is the man whom You discipline and instruct, O Lord and teach out of Your law, that You may give him power to keep himself calm in the days of adversity, until the pit of corruption is dug for the wicked.” Psalm 94:12-13 Amp.

 

When you find yourself going through trials you did not cause or understand why it is happening to you – consider it training to know God is better than you thought. He may be weaning you off some stuff. Training you to stop the panic and learn to stay calm because you are not alone. The greater One lives in you to stop your crying.

Maybe your next exploit is that you remain unusually calm when everyone else panics!

“Surely I have calmed and quieted myself as a weaned child with his mother, my soul is as a weaned child. Let Israel hope in the Lord from henceforth and forever.” Psalm 131:2-3

 

Weaned – not given what the child wants but what the child needs. A weaned child does not cry when it does not get what it wants.

Ill. Israel’s history was to run to other nations and get them to help them fight their enemies larger than them. God wanted them to hope and trust in Him alone. They had to learn the hard way that was not God’s way. Over and over scripture says, “They cried out to the Lord and He delivered them”. Once they got weaned from looking to man for help they rested in faith in God and saw exploits – miracles. This last verse 3 is a declarative statement – Let Israel hope in God forevermore!

 

Life is like the wind. Jesus said you don’t know where the wind comes from and where it goes next. We only know our destination is ultimately heaven. Our assignment is to abide in a love/trust/faith relationship while we are on our way to heaven from earth. The enemy may send all kinds of adverse winds that are contrary to our destination. We have to learn to navigate through adverse winds here in this life.

4 adverse winds we must navigate through:

 

  1. Disappointment – How will you navigate through this?

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire realized is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12

 

Dis – out of – appointment.

If your life is not settled on living and abiding in Him then when disappointment comes it can crush you. He is looking for people who will trust Him when disappointment comes and come to Him and He will stop your crying.

 

  1. Loss – How will you navigate through loss?

God never expects you to deny the pain. He only wants you to deny loss having influence over trusting God through it.

Ill. Know of people today who had loss of loved one and can’t get past it. They are stuck in grief.

 

This is a moment you must grab as a believer! You may never have an opportunity to offer a sacrifice of praise like this again in your lifetime. Satan will steal it by getting you to focus on you instead of God. Job did this well! He worshipped God in this moment and was able to keep moving. Some of you are still grieving instead of worshipping Almighty God. Grief has become your idol! You go there instead of giving God worship!

  • Will you come to Him and let Him stop your crying?

 

  1. Criticism – how will you navigate through it?

Some criticism may have some truth in it that we need to hear. Other criticism is just an attempt to distract you and you should ignore it. Ill. One Pastor in town criticized GT and me and Terry when began. I said ignore it. If you jump to defend yourself then God won’t defend you.

Ill. Nehemiah’s critics “Come down to a meeting in the valley of Ono (strength). I can’t come down I have a great work to do.

He refused to get pulled into an argument and criticism that wasn’t worth his time. The enemy is after your energy, time, and you should not give it to him.

You tube clip Ain’t nobody got time for that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGxwbhkDjZM

 

Will you come to Him and let Him stop your crying?

 

 

 

  1. Betrayal – how will you navigate through it?

Only people close to you can betray you. Jesus had it. Paul had it and you will too. Will you come to Him and let Him stop your crying?

 

Concl: He wants you to trust Him for everything. If he does not stop the pain, then He has a greater purpose for you. Stop the crying inside you. Trust Him through this. You’re gonna be alright if you come to Him.

Blessed (fortunate) is the man whom You discipline and instruct, O Lord and teach out of Your law, that You may give him power to keep himself calm in the days of adversity, until the pit of corruption is dug for the wicked.” Psalm 94:12-13 Amp.

 

  • We are moving into uncertain days ahead. All these things we experience on earth are just opportunities for promotion into a higher and greater relationship with Him.

  • How big of an anchor would you need for a toy boat in a bathtub?

What about a pool? What about an ocean? Hope in God is to be your anchor. The evidence of it in your life will be obvious to all who watch you navigate through disappointment, criticism, loss or betrayal. You have a deep cry inside you that God wants to cuddle, love, and give you the security to know – you can stop crying now.

Exposing Satan’s Plans Against You Part 3

Exposing Satan’s Plans Against You

Part 3

 

Review:

WE know between Gen. 1:1 God created and Gen. 1:2 “earth was without form and void (wasteland) - a lot of time must have elapsed.

We know that Satan and his followers were cast down out of heaven to the earth and their presence is what made the earth formless and void.

God created man in His image and in a special place on the earth that God created for him called the garden of Eden. This garden was the ultimate expression of beauty and peace.

Outside the garden was so different. It was without order and and the blessing contained in Eden. God placed man in the Garden with a mission.

When you are in submission to God’s mission, you become commissioned for the GREAT COMMISION.

 

 

Be FRUITFUL and MULTIPLY; (replenish) FILL THE EARTH and SUBDUE it.” Gen.1:28

 

4 THINGS identify their commission:

  1. Be fruitful - productive. Ill Jesus’ only destructive miracle was cursing a fig tree for not having any fruit. Even though it was the time of year the figs would not have been ripe, He at least expected the fruit to exist and be forming.

  • “If a man abides in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” Jn 15.

 

  1. Multiply – they were to have children and extend the boundaries of the garden. Because they had delegated authority they could extend Eden to cover the earth.

  2. Fill the earth – reveals God’s target was all of earth. You can only imagine the earth had Adam and Eve not sinned!

  3. Subdue it – Outside the Garden was chaos and under the influence of Satan and his demons. For this reason, a military term is used to describe their assignment. In a sense they were born for war that would bring the earth under their control in submission to God.

 

The reason they needed to subdue the earth was because it was under the influence of the powers of darkness. God could have destroyed the devil Himself, however He chose to defeat darkness through His delegated authority, made in His image, who were lovers of God by choice.

 

Ill. We see this similar thing with Israel. God gave them the Promise land – basically it is yours, I’ve given it to you. There are squatters there who think it is their land. They will resist you but don’t fear I am with you. I am going to give the land to you little by little, so that you can handle it.

 

This too was a huge assignment just like the assignment given to Adam and Eve. The original plan has never been aborted. It has been fully realized in the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. He said,

All authority has been given Me in heaven and earth. God therefore. . .” Mathew 28:18

Jesus fulfilled His promise to the disciples when He said,

I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.” Mtt. 16:19

 

 

Kingdom means King’s domain.

 

 

Their authority depended upon their relationship with God. As long as they were under God’s authority they had His delegated authority!

 

When you are in submission to THE mission, then you become commissioned FOR THE GREAT COMMISION.

 

Ill. Remember the Roman soldier who asks Jesus to come and heal his servant? Jesus agreed to go with him. Then the soldier said, “Lord it is not necessary for you to come to my house. I know how this thing works because I myself am a man under authority, and I have soldiers under authority to me. I say to one go and he does what I say.” Jesus replied I have not seen great faith like this in all of Israel. “Go they way, as you have believed so be it unto you.” The servant was healed that very hour.

 

Because the Roman soldier recognized and honored Jesus’ authority and he knew how authority worked, he knew all Jesus had to say was a word – and it would be done. Just give the word and You don’t have to go to my house – just give the command!

 

THE FALL

 

Satan didn’t just force his way into the garden and take possession of Adam and Eve! He couldn’t because he had no dominion or authority over them. Man was given authority and power to take dominion over the earth. He would have to deceive Adam and Even some way to get to their authority.

He walked upright and talked their language in the form of a serpent, not like a snake. He talked and seemed to make sense about eating forbidden fruit.

He has to get them to agree with him against God.

When we agree with the devil we empower him.

 

Paul wrote “You are slaves to the one whom you obey.” Rom. 6:16

With that one act man fell from ruler over the planet to a slave and possession of satan. Satan is still after God’s throne.

 

4000 years later Satan tempts Jesus (2nd Adam) in a similar way. Listen to what he says to Jesus.

All this authority I will give to You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I will give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”

Luke 4:6

 

Satan is saying, “I know what You came for Jesus. You want to get back the authority over the earth that Your boy surrendered to me. Just worship me and I’ll give it back to You!”

Why would Satan want Jesus to bow to Him? To get God’s throne.

 

God declared to Satan way back in the garden of Eden on the day man fell due to sin. “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed. It shall bruise your head, and thou shalt bruise His heal.” Gen. 3:15

 

Satan did not understand what God was going to do in declaring that He will use the woman’s seed to give him a mortal head wound to kill him.

“Seed of the woman?” - mystery, hidden wisdom.

 

Satan thinks it must be Cain and Abel so he causes strife.

 

Satan listens to prophecy and gets clues. Abraham was prophesied to by God that his seed would be slaves in a foreign land for 480 years. When that time comes he knows a deliverer would be born. He inspired Pharaoh the thought to kill all Hebrew male children 2 and under.

Moses was born and hid and protected by God.

 

4000 years later Satan knows a deliverer is coming from prophecies. He does not know anymore about the future than you or I do from prophecy. So at the time he believes a king will be born king of the Jews, he gives Herod the same idea – kill all the Hebrew males 2 and under so that will eliminate a take over by the Jews of your kingdom.

 

 

Satan is not omniscient but he watches and makes an educated guess. Many make the mistake that Satan is the opposite of God. No he is a created being and is in no comparison to God. “There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof is the way of death.”

 

Back in the garden of Eden, Satan denied God’s Word in front of Adam and Eve. “You shall not surely die!” They bought his lie and chose to obey the devil instead of God and ate what God said not to. When they made that choice – they changed masters. The Word of God says,

Know ye not that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey?” Rom. 6:16

 

 

 

Trials are designed to help us determine who we trust, who our master will be. Are we going to trust God when disappointments come, when loss comes, when criticism comes, or worse when betrayal comes?

 

God chose the redeem man with a man.

Think about it like this. An innocent lamb’s blood could not equal a human’s blood, man, the highest creature made by God.

All a lamb’s blood can do is provide a temporary covering over man’s sin but it cannot remove it.

For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sin.” Heb. 10:4

 

Atonement = covering

Yom Kippur – a yearly sacrifice

 

It would have to be man’s blood to pay for man’s sin. There is no other way!

 

God Himself stepped down from glory to earth as a man.

Phil 2 tells us He emptied Himself of His rights as God and took upon Himself the limitations of man. While Jesus never stopped being God, He did take on human flesh to complete the assignment that man failed to finish.

 

Satan was defeated by a Man – the Son of Man = God the Son

Son of Man – term used by Jesus describing His humanity.

Son of God – used to describe His divinity.

 

Jesus defeated Satan by living a sinless life and with His sinless death He made an overpayment for the wages of sin forever!

 

 

His resurrection has conquered everything including death, hell and the grave! As we join our life to His and accept His sacrifice as ours we now enjoy His victory over the enemy.

 

Our focus must not be on our unworthiness but His worth.

Not our unfaithfulness but His faithfulness. Not our inability but His ability.

Our identity begins with a revelation of Him not us. When we see what He has done on our behalf we begin to see our great worth.

 

Concl:

 

God took a great risk in giving us free will and choice of whether to serve Him or ignore Him.

Our freedom of choice is so valuable to God that He actually has to restrain Himself from manifesting His Presence in a way where our freedom of choice would be removed!

There is coming a day when God will reveal Himself in fullness and even then the devil and demons will bow the knee and declare He is Lord.

For now, God has chosen to veil Himself to see who will voluntarily worship Him. So the question is, “Do you want to volunteer to submit yourself to Him now while He is invisible?

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION:

Heavenly Father,

I bow and submit my life into Your hands. Please take the remainder of my life on earth, and use it to make a difference in this world. Help me see that there is more freedom in Your kingdom, than outside it. There is more freedom under Your rule, than in doing as I please.

Your kingdom operates different than the world. In Your kingdom we rise by going low, we receive by giving, and we live by dying to ourselves. May Your kingdom come and destroy the kingdom of darkness through my life and service to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Know God’s Person, Plan, and Power

Know God’s Person, Plan, and Power

Ephesians 1:16-23

 

Intro: Paul as spiritual father prays this for the church. It has 3 main parts.

  1. I pray that God may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of HIM. Vs 17

Pray that we will know God’s person – personal experience. Intimacy as face to face, eye to eye.

 

  1. I pray that the eyes of your understanding being enlightened that you may know the hope of His calling for you. Vs18

Pray for our eyes to see the hope of God’s plans for us.

Adversity and affliction come from the enemy who opposes you finding the hope, plans God has for you.

There is no spiritual progress without spiritual opposition.

Hope is an anchor to the soul. Hope is not wishful thinking but confident expectation of good. Whenever anyone loses hope it is because they believe a lie from the enemy.

Even when you have made a mess of your life, if you repent and turn back to God there is hope.

 

  • Some trials God has actually ordained that you walk through in order to learn to trust Him. Disappointment, loss, criticism, betrayal.

 

3. Pray that you know by experience the surpassing greatness of God’s power towards us.

 

Summarized this prayer for us to personally know:

 

 

 

  1. Know God’s Person

  2. Know God’s Plan

  3. Know God’s Power

 

You have heard two other messages from Eph. 1 prayer about knowing God’s Person and about knowing God’s plan. Today is about knowing God’s power.

What comes to mind when we think of God’s power towards us is maybe healing the sick, raising the dead, or casting out demons and that is part of the reason He gives us power, to do the works of Jesus.

Ill. Disciples came back from mission trip excited over the power of God they discovered they had. His instructions were vague. Go and don’t carry any money, extra shoes, and don’t stop to visit with anyone along the way. “Whatever house you enter say ‘Peace to this house’ meaning [Freedom from all the distress that result from sin be with this family]. If they receive your peace, then your peace will rest upon them. Heal the sick and say to them the kingdom of God has come near you.

The seventy returned with joy saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name!” Jesus said, “I saw it as Satan falling like a lightning flash from heaven. Behold I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy. Verse 21 Then Jesus rejoiced greatly in the HS. Wonder what that looked like?

Nevertheless, don’t rejoice that demons are subjected to you, but rejoice that your names are enrolled in heaven.

  • He is saying don’t rejoice in your accomplishments for God, but rather rejoice in what God has done for you! This discourages pride as in Jeremiah 9:23-24, I Cor.1:26-29, 2 Cor. 10:17.

 

We have a tendency for pride whenever we operate in the power God gives us to see a miracle. Somehow to our flesh this becomes a badge of approval from God at least in our minds. We think it validates us. We are given gifts not because we earn them or have even proved that we can handle them. It is the sovereign decision of God to give gifts to whomever He chooses.

 

God has a different idea for us to experience power. He wants us to experience the same power that raised Jesus EVEN from the dead.

 

It’s interesting that when Paul describes this power God he uses the resurrection of Jesus from the DEAD.

Notice what he did not say. He did not say the surpassing greatness of His power towards us that made the blind to see, or that fed 5000, cleanse the lepers, or that made a gold coin show up in a fishes’ mouth to pay taxes, or that made a lame man walk, or anything else where Christ’s power was manifest.

Instead he focuses on Jesus’ resurrection from the worst thing that could ever happen to Him.

Death for Jesus was not just taking a nap for 3 days in a tomb. It was God the Son being separated from God the Father. It was taking on the sin of the whole world, all the world’s sickness at one moment in time and having it piled on Jesus all the sin, sickness, and evil and corruption in the world in one moment in time. This was Trinity’s worst nightmare but all knew it had to be done. It was the only way to rescue mankind from the justice of God that would mean eternal separation from God in hell.

Pic of Christ under the weight of the cross. https://www.google.com/search?biw=1440&bih=803&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=_l-hWtWlI47BzgK056SIAw&q=Jesus+crushed+under+the+weight+of+the+cross&oq=Jesus+crushed+under+the+weight+of+the+cross&gs_l=psy-ab.12...9970.13731.0.15653.16.15.1.0.0.0.113.1452.2j12.14.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..1.0.0....0.I3e3RPvL-F4#imgrc=_JDG3pdsLJeAtM:

 

The point is this; this same power that brought Jesus and Father through the worst nightmare of history- lives in us for the same reason.

When your worst nightmare shows up in your life you already have the power of God that overcame His worst nightmare, living in you enabling you to have His victory in your trial or adversity.

Jesus did not escape the cross – He “for the joy (of obtaining the prize) set before Him endured the cross, despising or ignoring the shame, and is now seated . . .” Heb. 12:2

 

That same verse is telling us how Jesus was able to humanly endure all that He did and at the same time telling us how we can endure our own crucifixion and shame.

“Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith . . .” Heb. 12:2 Amp.

 

In the KOG pain has a purpose. God may allow adversity to shape you ands strengthen you like a trainer puts weight on you to build strength.

God sent a lion, then a bear to David. When David conquered them then his confidence in God grew. He became stronger out of adversity that he went through. When the lion came at him and he conquered it – then he grew in lion strength. When the bear came he grew in bear strength. All this prepared him for Goliath.

Whatever adversaries we face and conquer, we then take from them their strength and it becomes ours. The spoils of war are the strength with which the enemy comes against us, and now their strength becomes our increased or added strength.

 

This is a radical way to look at trials and troubles in your life. This is why James wrote “Consider it all joy my brethren, when all kinds of trials and troubles come your way.” I have yet to find many people who get excited about a trial they are going through! This requires a whole different perspective and mind change.

 

Warning: whatever is overcoming you is taking your strength and making it stronger to continue to overcome you later.

Whatever overpowers you enslaves you.” 2 Peter 2:19 CEB

 

 

Most of our prayers are about our comfort. God is not all that interested in our comfort, but He is interested in Conforming us to the image of His Son.

 

To know the hope of His calling is maintaining confident expectation in God, so that I can remain in a place of trust when disappointments come, when loss comes, when criticism come, or worst betrayal come.

 

We have resurrection power in us for this reason! In fact, we may not discover resurrection power until we experience the fellowship of His sufferings. Most breakthroughs do not happen until we have to come to the end of ourselves. This can be hard but necessary so that like Paul who learned and we must learn,

That the power may be of God, and not ourselves. 2 Cor. 4:7

 

What’s the goal of life? Paul said,

That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings being conformed to His death. Phil. 3:10

 

Both King David and Paul set good examples of us of how to handle trials and suffering you don’t understand.

David had his world falling apart and living in the wilderness hiding for his life from King Saul and now even the men who were broke, busted and disgusted that he had raised up. His mighty men of David. These guys turned against him and he is totally alone in the wilderness. There he “strengthened himself in the Lord.” How we don’t know. But he did write many psalms in this time. One of them is

Psalm 42, 43 where he is very depressed. He says,

“I shall again (still) praise Him.”

Praise” in Hebrew = Yada – to throw a spear and is described as thrusting hands upward making a prophetic sign of breakthrough.

 

I am not going to stay depressed, disappointed. Instead I am going to press through into Your heavenly atmosphere.

What you dwell on, you dwell in.

 

Concl:

 

First I need to speak to the bride of Christ here today and listening on podcast. You like Queen Esther are here on planet earth for such a time in history as this. God’s plans for your life are for this time in the earth.

Has it ever occurred to you that our job on earth is to prove the will of God? To show other people what He is like. We are to cause unbelievers to be provoked to jealousy so that they want the same relationship with God that we have.

We have supernatural power residing in us. We don’t have the right to say that “we are only human”. Paul rebuked the church for behaving like “mere men” I Cor. 3.

The gates of hell are located in our minds anytime we agree with the enemy. I empower him and surrender my strength to him when I agree with him about anything instead of agreeing with God. I empower demonic forces and become a gate through which the enemy can steal, kill, destroy in my life and in others.

We must change the way we think because God is greater than this.

Ill. Years ago in this church on a Sunday morning service I was beginning to preach then a wave of God’s glory swept over me unlike anything I have ever known. Immediately I began to weep and could hardly catch my breath. All I could say is, “We are not ready, we are not ready! He is coming and we are not ready!” I wept the whole service. I was undone.

I was reminded of this the other day. I wondered since then are we anymore ready?

Last week, I mentioned the parable of the 10 virgins. Five ran out of oil of intimacy and missed the feast of the marriage supper. They had to go buy oil – it costs you something. You exchange your time, energy, life for it. This represents your passion/hunger for God and the things of God.

There seems to be a difference between the church and the bride of Christ.

Ill. If you have ever been around a bride to be. You can talk to her about the super bowl, but she is not interested in that. You can talk to her about politics but again she has no interest in it. She is preoccupied with her wedding plans and being ready for the Bridegroom. She has no interests in worldly things. All that is on her mind is my wedding day is coming. I don’t see that mind set in many in the church.

I guess you have to decide do you want to be a church or the bride of Christ? You may need to stop some things, or get rid of some things and downsize your complicated life to keep it simple and focused on your real purpose. I suggest you come to the altar and make some sacrifices that you know He is asking you to give up.

After all your purpose in life can be summed up to 3 things.

Know Him personally.

Know His plan.

Know His power.

An “Open Contract” with God

An “Open Contract” with God

Ephesians 1:16-23

Intro: I hope to convince you to say yes to God today before you even know what He wants you to do or any details.

          If you won’t and try to play it safe you may miss the adventure of a lifetime! For example: Russ (here last week) in 2015 I was given opportunity to go to Israel. I believe a man was to travel with me. I prayed and ask and then during soaking one night here at GT HS had me ask Russ. Will you go to Israel? Ask God. He did and said HS told him yes to commit but he did not have finances. All we had was God said to say yes. Next finances came. There in Israel God spoke to Russ that he would be back and spend a year! How? Financially? Job?

          Came home and he kept working on how for a year. Eventually arranged to leave his work and use what money he had even through he did not have enough for a year in Israel. One snag after another and today he is involved working with a solid ministry and the bonus is he got the wife of his dreams. All this because He said yes without knowing the details of how he would be able to do it.

          We did similar thing in packing up and going to Bible College. Not enough money – just a yes to God’s strange call w/o understanding.

          At end of this message I hope you will say yes to God before you know what He is asking you to do. If you don’t say yes now you may miss the adventure or a lifetime.

Ephesians is a letter written by Paul to a church in a city of Ephesus. In it he is explaining how we “In Christ” people are to rule with Christ in the Kingdom of God. Watchman Nee book “Sit, walk, stand”.

Sit with Christ– place of resting in identity with Christ’s accomplishments. Walk in Christ is the daily application, and standing in Christ is the maturity of dealing with all kind of spiritual opposition.

          Paul started this church and as a church father prays for them like they were his children. In fact, two of his prayers are in Ephesians that reveal the Father heart of God for His children.

Eph. 1:16-19 KJV.

This prayer request is that we God’s people would realize, grasp, understand, and utilize some things God has already given us. What are they?

1.    That God would give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation in deep intimate knowledge of Him.

2.    That we understand the hope God is calling us to; that is the rich inheritance He has for us.

3.    That we might know His unlimited great power in and for us as demonstrated by Christ’s resurrection.

Life here on earth is all about us getting to know Him (God). Not just about Him but firsthand experience in knowing Him yourself.

          You can spend your whole life chasing career, money, the good life. But at some point you will have to face the reality that all those good things you have will never fill the place that the Creator designed in your heart for Him.

          Once you’ve tasted the Lord then you are forever ruined for the ordinary life. Life without God is meaningless! What’s the point? The creature was created by the Creator and Paul’s first part of this prayer is that we might know God intimately.

“And this is Eternal Life, that we might know You, the only true and real God, and likewise to know Jesus Christ as the Messiah, Whom You sent. . . that we might have Jesus’ joy and gladness filling our hearts.”  John 17:3, 13, 23 KJV/Amp

          The relationship between the Father and the Son is most amazing. There is no competition, no stair step down like Father, Son, then HS.

           This kind of relationship does not just happen because you show up. It comes to those with hunger who say, “there’s got to be more than this.” He put an on going hunger for more of Him in you.

You have to make time for love making with God. If you wait till the end of your day to spend time with God, you will be too tired for love making. The problem is we get distracted with other things. We have an Americanized Xnty that is lukewarm at best. We think a Christian is anyone who believes in Jesus. Do we really know Him? This is our primary purpose in life!

          The devil knows the Bible better than most Xns. Other people may know the Bible better than you. Does that mean they are closer to god than you? No. You should know the author of the Bible because He is your ABBA and you’re His son. Passion will drive you to do things others won’t do.

1.    Pray for a spirit of wisdom and revelation in deep intimate knowledge of Him.

Be careful what you ask for! He will see to this.

This sets the stage for everything else in your life. Jesus is not just an addition to your life – He is your Life = oneness with Him.

2.    Pray that we understand the hope God is calling us to; that is the rich inheritance He has for us.

God’s hopes are hidden or else it could not be hope. Hope that is seen is not hope. His hope is not hidden from us but for us. The hope of His calling is an ever unrolling of a scroll with our name on it.

An inheritance is what you get when someone dies and leaves it for you. For us Jesus has died and given us a rich inheritance. Some of it we get now and some reserved for later depending on how well we steward the first part of our inheritance.

The first part of our inheritance Jesus has for us is that we are no longer orphans without a Father. We are welcomed into the family of God to be a son via a spiritual re-birth of Holy Spirit.

          Have you been born from above? If so you have HS as a down payment or guarantee of your inheritance in heaven, showing you’re are a Son of God.

          Galatians 3 tells us the Law (commandments) was like a school teacher that brought us to the realization of faith in God’s grace for salvation.

          Galatians 4 talks about HS is now our Tutor or Governor while we are still a minor or child. Time on earth is about us maturing to become mature sons of God so we can receive the rest of our inheritance when we leave this world. God’s hope is our maturity in the Spirit-led and directed life now.

“For all who are LED by the Spirit of God are the (mature) Sons of God.”   Romans 8:14

          Receiving your full inheritance is not just going to heaven, that is your home. It has to do with how you are stewarding your life now in your present circumstances to be mature enough to be led by the Spirit rather than by circumstances, feelings or flesh.

          The Father has been generous in giving us the HS as the down payment in good faith as the first part of our inheritance. We have His life living in us now.
The question heaven has for us is this:
What are you doing with your inheritance?

Are you wasting it on yourself like the Prodigal son? Are you using it for yourself alone? What are you doing with the gifts, abilities, talents God has given you to use?

In Matthew 25 Jesus teaches 3 parables and all tie together as one message. Parable of ten virgins – 5 were ready for the Bridegroom and 5 ran out of oil because they were not expecting Him to return so soon.

Parable of talents: Master gave servants talents or gifts: Gave one 5, another 2, another 1. HE went away and when he retuned expected profit. The unprofitable servant was the only one cast to outer darkness. Parable of sheep and goats divided when Son of Man returns. His sheep on rt hand He says, “Come inherit the kingdom prepared for you … for I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you took me in, I was in prison. Then the righteous shall say Lord when did we see you in this way? When you did this …

This is not so much randomly giving help to a homeless person, but it could be. The point is this, you laid down your life so HE can do the things through you that He wants done!

What will you do with your inheritance? 
Pray that we understand the hope God is calling us to; that is the rich inheritance He has for us.

If you will learn to let the HS lead you instead of you leading– He will take you places you never dreamed. He will arrange divine appointments with people you never could have made happen. He will give you encounters you would have never imagined.

January 10th this year Pam and I felt like God was asking us for Pam not to go to work for now and lay that down and focus on getting things organized at church, visiting people, and whatever other things He would lead us to do. We said yes without knowing any details. He unfolds each day and sets our agenda and we follow.

When we give up some things we want or want to do we don’t lose.

Do you think the little boy that gave up his lunch to Jesus to feed the multitude, went away hungry?

 Pray to have intimate personal revelation of Jesus.

Pray to know His plans/His inheritance for you.

Pray to know the unlimited greatness of His power in us and for us which He demonstrated when He raised Christ from the dead.

 Know His Person

Know His Plans

Know His Power

ConcL: ill. Joined MC with plan to be military police. Ended up going in “open contract”. But it was the best thing – got me where God had man share gospel and I got saved and everything changed.

          I am saying to you. Go to God with “open contract”. For the next month, 3 months, 6 months I will do whatever You tell me. I will lay aside my goals, plans, agenda and be open contract. Try this for one month or 3 before you make a lifetime commitment. This is measurable.

Exposing Satan’s Plans Against You 

 

Exposing Satan’s Plans Against You

Everything in this world breaks down and degenerates in time. Hot coffee turns cold, bodies get older and break down through time.

          We live in a fallen world – fallen what what God created.

God now does not have full control over everything that happens here. He gave authority to man. Man was given dominion over the earth, but man gave it to the devil. Enter sickness, disease, death, pain, suffering.

Because you are made in God’s image – Satan hates you.

          You want to see God in full control? Go to heaven – no hospitals, no prisons, no funeral homes.

          Does God have an answer for a fallen world? Yes.

“And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening, life-giving Spirit. But is was not the spiritual life which came first, but the physical and then the spiritual.

The first man is of the earth, earthly minded; the second man is the Lord from heaven. Now those who are made of the dust are like him who was first made of the dust (earthly minded); and as is the Man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven (heavenly minded).”  I Cor. 15:45-48 KJV/AMP

Board  write out:

First Adam                                     Last Adam

Had human nature                          Had Heavenly nature (God’s)

From earth                                        From heaven

Made a living soul                           Living Spirit

Earthly minded                                 Heavenly minded

When Adam fell (sinned) all of creation fell with him. Animals for the first time started eating animals, snakes bite people.

When Jesus comes back to earth

Pic of Isaiah 11:6-8 11
Pic of child riding lion. 

When Jesus comes back to earth to rule and is in charge the world will be different.

Between Gen. 1:1 and verse 2 a lot of time must have elapsed.

Gen. 1:1 In the beg G created h and e.

Gen. 1:2 The earth was without form and void (an empty waste) . . .

Why was it an empty wasteland? Something happened between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2.

Notice what God said to man after He created them.

“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, and REPLENISH THE EARTH, and subdue it . . .” Gen. 1:28

 

ill. If I ask you to replenish my coffee cup what am I asking? To re-fill it again. This hints that the earth was already filled with something or someone and God wants man to replenish it. What could it have been?

Angels: Various types

We know God created the angels, which are spirit beings that have celestial bodies.

Seraphim – Isaiah 6 perform priestly duties around God’s throne.

Arch Angels – Michael guards Israel (Daniel). Gabriel brings Good news (gospel) announces Jesus’ birth. Arch Angels are chief or leader angels.

Cherubs Cheribim is plural  - are angels known for their power and beauty. Not fat naked babies. Guarded Eden after man removed. Ezekiel chapter 1. They move at speed of light and have 4 faces: Lion, ox, man, eagle. Some say 4 gospels are Mathew (Lion gospel), Mark (ox), Luke (man), John (eagle or heaven).

-        They are guardians of God’s throne. God resided in Eden.  They guarded Eden by removing Adam and Eve and standing guard not to re-enter.

Ezekiel prophesied to a earthly King of city of Tyre who was a personification of evil like Satan. In fact God describes Satan in this prophecy.

“You are full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering. Every precious stone was thy covering, the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes.

. You were the anointed cherub that covers. . . You were on the mountain of God. You were perfect in your ways until iniquity was found in you. Your heart was proud and lifted up because of your beauty . . . I cast you to the ground.” Ezekiel 28:12-17

 

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! . . .

For thou has said in thy heart

5 I will’s of Satan pic

Rev. 12:4 says 1/3rd angels fell with Satan.

Satan was a high ranking angel named Lucifer in heaven that covered something. Law of first mention reveals cherubs guarded entrance to Eden. Guarding what? Maybe God’s throne? His kingdom righteousness? WE don’t know.

We know Moses told by God to make an ark with a mercy seat and two cherub angels on top.

Exodus 25:19-20 KJV.

Pic of mercy seat and ark

          Inside this ark was the ten commandments written in stone.

God gave ten commandments twice!

          First time given to Moses who in righteous anger threw down tablets and broke them when saw people in idolatry.

          Second time God gave Moses ten commandments in Deuteronomy 10:1-4. This time put them in the ark under the mercy seat.

Once a year on Yom Kippur the HP sprinkles blood on mercy seat. Why did God tell Moses to put the law under the mercy seat?

He is saying to us, “I don’t want to see the law that men broke. I want to see the blood and have mercy.” Cherubim are angels that cover the mercy seat with the blood is sprinkled.

What does God want from me?

What does God want from me?

Eph. 1:16-23

Intro: Have you ever wondered what exactly does God want from you? His answer is, He wants you. He chose you for His bride. He wants you to know Him.

Paul’s prayer that we should pray for ourselves.

K. Hagin prayed this 6 months and life totally changed. I’ve been praying this for the past 3 weeks for you and me.

“I do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of ____. By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light that you may know what is the hope of ___ calling, and what the riches of the glory of ____ inheritance in the saints, . . .”  Eph. 1:16-17

What are the 3 missing words?

Him, His, His

The goal of life is all about knowing Him intimately and deeply, as He really is. I remember when I first loved Jesus because I had a revelation of His love for me. He put a hunger in me for Him, so that only He can satisfy it. It was like a love affair began. After a while I got busy with duties and noticed the love affair had faded. Not because of lack of love, but because I became too busy with duties.

          Some of the busyness came from Xn duties. What’s wrong with being busy for the Lord’s service? (See I Cor. 13:2-3. Doing all these sacrificial things profits me nothing!)

          Service separated from relationship = zero

The enemy tries to get us to focus on living the Christian life more than on Christ Himself!

You tube video clip of Lucy in the candy factory

Salvation is not just a matter of Jesus coming into our lives. This idea keeps man the center with Jesus as an addition or enhancement. To become a Christian means we enter into HIS LIFE.

-        John 14:6, John 15, Galatians 2:20, Colossians 3:3-4, Acts, 17:28

God’s glory is manifested when Christ is manifested in and through us.

PIC of vase and flowers

We are the vase that is to display His life. For this to happen we must follow the words of John the Baptist. “He must increase and I must decrease.” (The decrease only happens as we hand over control, ownership, including our trials and suffering to Him.)

          Ill. Married to Pam 42 years this 9-11. Do I know all there is to know about her after 42 married years? No. Every year I am amazed that our love grows deeper every year. It’s the same way in knowing God. I’ve known God for 42 years also and I can tell you there is no bottom to this well. He is calling us into a deeper love, “rooted and grounded in love.”

What does “knowing Him deeper” look like?

          Example: After the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus two discouraged disciples walked the road to Emmaus. A stranger joined them on their walk. They did not recognize it was the resurrected Jesus. He asked why they were so depressed.

          They said haven’t you heard the news. Jesus of Nazareth, Who was a mighty prophet of God was just crucified by the Romans because of the chief priests and our rulers who condemned Him to death. We had hoped that He would free Israel from Roman rule but they killed Him.

-        To them, Jesus was simply a means to an end to make their lives more comfortable – better, an enhancement.

-        Because of their wrong beliefs they were depressed/defeated.

-        If they had believed the prophets, then they would have understood that God orchestrated all this and be rejoicing!

We need fresh eyes to see what God wants us to see.

 It’s been 3 days and now some ladies who went to the tomb said they found His body missing, and they also said they saw a vision of angels which said He was alive. Others who heard this went to tomb themselves and saw the body was gone but did not see Him alive. Then Jesus said to them,

“O fools and slow to believe and trust in all the prophets have spoken: Wasn’t it necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things before entering into His glory and majesty?”  Luke 24:25-26

We still face the same challenge as they:

1.   Not having spiritual revelation of HIM in His Word.

2.   Slow in believing His Word.

God does not want us to read the Word just to find out what we need to do and go away with a bunch of laws to do. He wants to open the scriptures to see Him.

How can we see Jesus in the Word?

“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets He explained to them all the scriptures about how they were referring to Him.”

-        Story tell verses 28-30. Drawing closer to Emmaus (which means warm springs). Reading Word washes, uncovers what is covering your spiritual eyes from seeing Jesus.

-        He ate with them and broke bread giving thanks to God and suddenly

“Their eyes were opened, and they knew Him; and He vanished out of their sight.”   Luke 24:31

Why did He vanish? It is more important for us to see Him by faith in His Word than in the flesh. If the disciples’ faith in Jesus was based only on seeing Jesus in the flesh, then what hope would we have?

The eyes of our heart must see Him. An unseen Christ is unexperienced, untasted to see how good He really is.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart be enlightened . . .” 

Eph. 1:18 NAS

ill. Lady (Victoria) –  witnessed to her she asked me if I ever seen Jesus myself, in person – I said YES – I had to explain not in physical like you think but I have seen Him. I don’t think she believed me. My first revelation of Jesus is what began a chain reaction of changes still being made in my life today for the better.

Ill. One time I asked God where do You want me to read in Your Bible today? HS said to me – Pick any place and I’ll meet you there! I’ve read the Bible through many times. But there are things there you have already read but you did not see until HS reveals it to you.

It is the ministry of HS to bring us revelation of Jesus. Jesus said of HS

“HE (Holy Spirit) shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you.” John 16:14

How do we see Jesus in the Word?

It is not education you need, but revelation.

Start praying Ephesians 1:17-ff pray for yourself daily.

Lord, I ask You to give me the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the deep intimate knowledge of You. I ask you to flood the eyes of my understanding with light, so that I may know what is Your hope in calling me to Yourself. . .

Watch what will happen in the next few weeks:

“HE (Holy Spirit) shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you.” John 16:14

ill. I believe when Jesus walked these 2 disciples through Genesis He took time in Genesis 22 where Abraham offered up his son Isaac. Hidden in this is a beautiful picture of what Jesus came to do.

     Maybe he said it like this. What Abraham and Isaac arrived at the place of sacrifice, Isaac looked directly at his father and said. “Papa, I see the fire, and the wood, but where is the lamb?” That question must have ripped Abrahams heart down the middle. He calmly replied, “My son, God will provide Himself a lamb.” He was speaking more prophetically than he knew!

     When he was about to slay his son, God said, “Don’t slay him but look.” He saw a male lamb caught in the thicket of thorns by it’s horns.

“Abraham lifted up his eyes and LOOKED (perceived, considered). .”

Gen. 22:13

     He saw something that he could only see by revelation from God.

He saw a prophetic vision of the true Lamb of God, that God would provide Himself as the sacrificial Lamb. How do I know this?

Ill. In Jesus’s day the Pharisees mocked Him after He said these words. Jesus said, “Abraham rejoiced to see My day. He saw it and was glad. ” You are not fifty years old, and you claim to have seen Abraham? He replied, “Before Abraham was, I AM.”  John 8:56-58

What did Abraham rejoice at? Revelation from God. That day on Mount Moriah Abraham saw a prophetic picture of Jesus (God Himself) would become His Sacrificial Lamb. So from this revelation he called the place Yehovah Yireh – God will see to it, or the Lord will provide.

Concl: Why is this important for us? God told Abraham, “Now I know that You love ME because you have not withheld your only son, the son you love from Me.

Do you know why God said that and it is recorded for us to read those same words?

It is so we today can believe and say with confidence,

“Dear God, now I know that You love me because You have not withheld Your Only Son, the Son Whom You love dearly, but You gave Him us to die on the cross for me, as my Sacrificial Lamb.

Did you know this – I mean really see this today. It is what the HS has received from Jesus to reveal it intimately to you.

     Don’t forget in Abraham’s case God stopped him from sacrificing Isaac. In Jesus’s case, no one stopped the sacrifice. No one spared God’s heart the grief. The entire story reveals the Father’s heart for you.

God does not treat sin lightly. It must be judged to the fullest extent of God’s law. The wages of sin is death with no appeal. When you see Jesus unveiled in the scriptures like this you will occupied with Him. I pray you have your own Emmaus walk with Jesus. Let Him bathe you in His Word and open the eyes of your heart.

Life is all about Him and His calling to you.

     We need fresh eyes – HS to flood our hearts with His light to see Jesus in everything we are involved in.

Like a GPS when you fail to follow the instructions to your route.

It will say, Recalculating route

Maybe you hear the HS whispering this idea to you today. Get back to the love affair you once had with Jesus. I have been praying for all of us Eph. 1:17 prayer. 

Viva La Resistance

 

Viva la Resistance  

Intro: WWII General Charles DeGual broadcasted a famous speech across radio Viva la Resistance – meaning continue the struggle or resistance of the Nazi’s invading to take over France. This was a time France almost gave up and the Nazi’s won.

Some of you have not had a certain breakthroughs needed yet. Even though you have prayed you don’t see any changes. You are tired from the long ordeal of struggle. You have fought a good fight but nothing seems to be getting any better. You are thinking about quitting. The word of the Lord to you is “continue the struggle and stand against the enemy’s plan-

Viva la Resistance!

        I hope to encourage you to get back to prayer with reset book.

Heard people say things like, “I don’t understand that ever since I committed to going to church it seems like things got worse in my life!” Many of them give up and backslide. They need this encouragement Viva la Resistance!

Shout it out as your war cry!

Even the Apostle Paul who had a dramatic conversion and calling from God experienced this. Why is it so hard to do what God has called me to do? Why am I having so much trouble doing God’s will? Why isn’t God helping me? Maybe He is, by letting you have a Revelation: Things are not as they appear.

Ill. Most people pray or try to pray. Why is this so hard? Hard to stay focused? Maybe you’re not alone with God after all?

-      You try to witness. Maybe even trained but then you freeze. Or you try to share your testimony and get your words all jumbled up. Why is it so hard to do what God wants you to do?  

 Jesus taught that He came to give us abundant life. When people first heard this they must of thought – wonderful – now life will be better! But oddly just prior to saying this in the same breath He declares, but there is another invisible person, a thief, lurking in your neighborhood who is planning on stealing, killing and even destroying your destiny. In other words – you have opposition!

        Ill. Sarah had wallet stolen this week in her safe neighborhood a thief broke into many cars and stole things.

Yet many Christians without any regard there is a dangerous thief secretly out to steal from you is like sticking your head in the sand in unbelief. We live in a fallen world – we experience attacks of Satan attempting to kill, steal and destroy us.

That is why the Apostle Paul, a spiritual giant, Visions, 3rdheaven, preacher, teacher, wrote 2/3rds NT, started churches, pleaded with the church, “Pray for me that God give me utterance to make known to people the mystery of the gospel as I should.”

        Okay Paul, if you know God called you to do this – what’s the problem? Just go and do it! Paul would say you don’t understand all that is involved here. The day I committed my life to God and His will is the day I found out I had an enemy. From now on I know, there is no such thing as coincidence.

You sense of urgency in his voice when you read his letter.

“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with various kinds of prayer. We must keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, praying for all Christians; and pray for me, that utterance may be given me that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, as I ought to speak.”

Eph. 6:18-19 Amp/KJV

“Various, (all) kinds of prayer” ill. Car to mechanic with only one screwdriver? Special tools designed to reach that spot. Certain kinds of prayers help us reach certain spots other prayers don’t reach. Prayers of declaration, praise, thanks, tongues, etc.

Rt word at rt time, the rt person in the rt place is like Atomic bomb to the enemy’s opposition and plans.

          I don’t think we (church) can reach our destiny without going deeper into prayer. Almost 15 years of GT and we have had almost every kind of opposition inside and out you can think of to try to choke us out financially, division, disappointment, disagreements. Ministry is not for the faint of heart. My friend (An Evangelist) who as minister visits all the area churches told me one time – don’t think you are the only one. I know of this and that happening in almost every church.

          Every church that is trying to move with God has opposition!

          Ill. When first opened this building we had a conference with some big name speakers/musicians and in one night the building packed. One couple shared with ushers with tears that Ten years prior they drove by this spot and HS told us to begin a church here. Why didn’t they? I don’t know

 –Paul said his plans to go to Thessalonica were thwarted by Satan!

-      You Men from being the spiritual leader at home. Keep you from coming to church, having time alone with God, etc.

-      Maybe the strife in your marriage is not just you two.

-      Maybe the pressure you feel is not just you!

You made a commitment to God – good. Now you feel the struggle and the pressure. Don’t give up - Viva la Resistance

-      You were made for the struggle!

Why doesn’t God stop this? God is not a child abuser. He knows what He put in you. You have what it takes but you don’t realize it.

          WE need to encourage one another to not give in to pressure!

There is a real devil – and it’s not one of your relatives! Ill. A husband use to come home drunk every night. One Halloween she thought she teach him a lesson. She dressed up in devil suit and jumped out at him in the yard when he walked home drunk. He said, “Who are you?” She snarled I am the devil. Are you afraid of me? He said, absolutely not, I’ve been married to your sister for 40 years.

Seriously the devil is an invisible spirit being. The word devil describes what he tries to do:  

Devil – Diabolos – Dia = to pierce all the way through

                                Ballo = to throw

“To throw something again and again until it has pierced through.”

Ill. His method is to work behind the scenes to assault your mind, emotions, body, over and over again until he gets through. What he has tried before he will circle back and try again. Bible tells us what to do. Recognize what is happening is spiritual attacks!

“Submit yourself to God, RESIST THE DEVIL, and he will flee.”

James 4:7

          I know your tired of his mess. But you can’t quit now. Don’t think that if you quit that the enemy will back off of you! That is a lie.

He is already defeated – war is won – you don’t fight the devil for victory but from victory of the cross and resurrection of Jesus.

Even though he is defeated he still comes to mess with you.

But listen to God - If you will resist him the right way – he will flee your presence.  

“Resist” = anti – against,  histemi – to stand.

Stand on the truth. Don’t cut and run. Don’t quit. Just stand there and say, Viva la Resistance

Ill. Stay alert - Don’t let him pull on your emotions to get into strife and hurry, and worry, and fear. You see what he is orchestrating and the trouble he is trying to cause so You see same bait as before where you got pulled into his net. Satan I see you! Last time you got me offended at someone and pulled me down for a long time.– I refused to take offense, I refuse to get jealous, I refuse to get angry and hurt, bitter. . .Do just the opposite instead of giving into the tempter – resist how?

What does this resisting the devil look like?

Not a fighting stance like you might think. It is simply to stand in and with the truth. That’s all. Viva la Resistance

        If I lose my cool I use some verses to get it back quick.  

One of my bring me back to my place verses is Isa. 30:15

“In repentance and rest is your salvation,

In quietness and confidence is your strength,

But you would not.”  Isa. 30:15

“In returning to Me and resting in Me you shall be saved;

In quietness and in trusting confidence shall be your strength.” AMP.

This is what the Christian like is to look like.

Calm – Confident – Committed yourself and the matter to God.

We shock the devil by not reacting like we use to. We are not rattled, frazzled. We are alert to the schemes of the devil. We calmly, confidently commit the matter at hand to God, and with piercing eyes we pull out our 44 magnum – which is all prayer – the most powerful weapon on earth, and point it directly at him. He has been caught now.

Pic: Eastwood

“The devil is a punk!” Dan Delibro (The Godfather of GT)

What happens next?

 “He will flee” 

Why? Because he is a thief who realizes you recognizes him – he flees like to escape the consequences of being found out. God is telling us ahead of time this is how things will work out if you do it My way.

Push-back –  God allows the enemy to bring us opposition to train us to stand up to him – we are made for struggle with him we get stronger and better at life when we maintain our resistance against the devil by just standing on God’s Word no matter what.

        Ill. Boot camp PI – I seriously was thinking of trying to escape boot camp. I thought if I told my congressman what was going on it would be a good idea. The pressure was great. But today I am so glad I did not run away from the pressure and opposition.

Ill. I learned when I started preaching there was great spiritual opposition. Why is there such spiritual opposition to try and stop or hinder preaching? Rt word at rt time like Atomic bomb! I am a better preacher today because of the opposition.

“The devil is seeking someone to pressure and make them cower and run. Resist him by being firm in the faith. But after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace who has called you to His glory, will Himself complete you and make you what you ought to be.”  I Peter 5:9-10 Para.

Concl: So today I just believe God wanted me to tell you something and encourage all you who have been going through a long battle. Don’t give up. The pressure may be the very thing you need to become the strong man or woman of God you will need to be in the days ahead.

Viva la Resistance

We need fresh eyes to look at the problems that plague our lives so we can face them God’s way. Right now you may not see any good coming out of your trial. If you quit, you will never see it. One day it could be that the pressure was the very thing that made you strong enough for what you will face in the future?
My Prayer for Today

Lord, because You have given me the promises of Your Word and the right to use Your name, I refuse to let the devil bombard my mind any longer. Right now I stand up to resist him, oppose him, and put him on the run. Devil, you will no longer have free access to my mind and emotions, for I am standing up to resist you. I tell you to GO in Jesus’ name! And, Heavenly Father, I thank You so much for giving me the great privilege of using Your Word and the authority of Jesus’ name.            Viva la Resistance!