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Encountering His Virtue

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Luke 8:40-48 (TPT) When Jesus returned to Galilee, the crowds were overjoyed, for they had been waiting for him to arrive. Just then, a man named Jairus, the leader of the local Jewish congregation, fell before Jesus’ feet. He desperately begged him to come and heal his twelve-year-old daughter, his only child, because she was at the point of death. Jesus started to go with him to his home to see her, but a large crowd surrounded him.In the crowd that day was a woman who had suffered greatly for twelve years from salow bleeding. Even though she had spent all that she had on healers, she was still suffering. Pressing in through the crowd, she came up behind Jesus and touched the tassel of his prayer shawl. Instantly her bleeding stopped and she was healed. Jesus suddenly stopped and said to his disciples, “Someone touched me. Who is it?” While they all denied it, Peter pointed out, “Master, everyone is touching you, trying to get close to you. The crowds are so thick we can’t walk through all these people without being jostled.” Jesus replied, “Yes, but I felt power surge through me. Someone touched me to be healed, and they received their healing.” When the woman realized she couldn’t hide any longer, she came and fell trembling at Jesus’ feet. Before the entire crowd she declared, “I was desperate to touch you, Jesus, for I knew if I could just touch even the fringe of your robe I would be healed.” Jesus responded, “Beloved daughter, your faith in me has released your healing. You may go with my peace.”


She had issues upon issues….
1- Physical Issues
2- Financial issues
3-Mental & emotional

She had issue upon issue but encountered grace upon grace.

How do I encounter the virtue of Jesus?
1-Take the risk

2-Press through
“She wasn’t focused on where she was at, she was focussed on who she was going to!”

James 4:8 (NIV) Come near to God and he will come near to you.

“We don’t touch Jesus with our hands…We touch Jesus with our faith"

“Faith alone attracts and receives the energetic influence of God at all times.”-Adam Clarke's Commentary

3- Come clean
“You may have been asking God to reveal Himself to you, however, He may be asking you to reveal yourself to Him.”

This is what we get…
“Beloved daughter, (IDENTITY) your faith in me has released your healing. (WHOLENESS) You may go with my peace. (His PEACE)


2 Corinthians 5:15-17 (NLT) He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
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The Highway of Holiness

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“Spiritual issues cannot be solved with natural solutions.”


The solution is revival.
Isaiah 35:1-10 (NLT) 1
Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses. 2 Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy! The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon, as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon. There the LORD will display his glory, the splendor of our God. 3 With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. 4 Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” 5 And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf. 6 The lame will leap like a deer, and those who cannot speak will sing for joy! Springs will gush forth in the wilderness, and streams will water the wasteland. 7 The parched ground will become a pool, and springs of water will satisfy the thirsty land. Marsh grass and reeds and rushes will flourish where desert jackals once lived. 8 And a great road will go through that once deserted land. It will be named the Highway of Holiness. Evil-minded people will never travel on it. It will be only for those who walk in God’s ways; fools will never walk there. 9 Lions will not lurk along its course, nor any other ferocious beasts. There will be no other dangers. Only the redeemed will walk on it. 10 Those who have been ransomed by the LORD will return. They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness.


THE HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS
Matthew 7:14 (NIV) Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Hebrews 12:14 (NLT) Without holiness no one will see the Lord.

1 Peter 2:4-12 (NIV) 4 As you come to him, the living Stone--rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him-- 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame." 7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone, 8 and, "A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the message--which is also what they were destined for. 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11 Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.


The Highway of Holiness
1. A Determined Purpose
“Is your life set aside for Gods purposes, Or Have you set him aside for yours?”
“The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever”-Westminster Shorter Catechism

2. A Drastic Difference
1 Peter 1:14-16 (NIV) 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy.”
Aliens and strangers”
OUT OF Darkness Into light.”

Matthew 15:7-8 (NIV) 7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: 8 "'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

Titus 1:6(NIV) They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him.

3. A Dependance on Grace

How dependent upon grace determines what we say yes to what we say no to.
Titus 2:11-12 (NIV) 11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,

4. A Declaration of Jesus

Matthew 16:13-19 (NIV) 13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" 14 They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." 15 "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" 16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 17 Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."


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

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Holistic holiness

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Revelation 4:6-11 (NLT) In the center and around the throne were four living beings, each covered with eyes, front and back. 7 The first of these living beings was like a lion; the second was like an ox; the third had a human face; and the fourth was like an eagle in flight. 8 Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty— the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.” 9 Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever), 10 the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever). And they lay their crowns before the throne and say, 11 “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.”

The central characteristic of God- Holiness.

What is holy/ holiness?
Holy: “Opposite of that which is which is common or profane.”
HOLY: OTHER THAN, OR UNCOMMON, DIFFERENT.

HE IS WHOLY HOLY
Moses sang it this way….
Exodus 15:11 (NIV) "Who among the gods is like you, O LORD? Who is like you-- majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?
When we try to make him like us him we distort our view of his holiness.”

Jesus is Holy
John 6:69 (NLT) “We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.”

What does Jesus say about virtues?

Mark 12:28-34 (NLT) 28 One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The LORD our God is the one and only LORD. 30 And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” 32 The teacher of religious law replied, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth by saying that there is only one God and no other. 33 And I know it is important to love him with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbor as myself. This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law.” 34 Realizing how much the man understood, Jesus said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.


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According to Jesus, we are morally bankrupt before God if we ignore the first command.
“You can keep the second command without keeping the first but you cannot keep the first without keeping the second.”

Wholistic Holiness: Heart, soul, mind, & strength.
The biblical standard of Virtue is holiness.
1 Peter 1:15-16 (NIV) Just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy.”

Jesus opposed self-righteousness in any form:
Self righteousness is any righteousness that can be claimed without Gods grace.

Luke 5:32 (NLT) I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.
Embracing Holiness
1. Yield to God’s righteousness
David understood holiness this way…
Psalm 24:3-4 (NIV)
Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart…
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV) God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
“Jesus came and got his hands dirty to get our hearts clean.”

2. Commit to Sanctification
Holiness is not a eviction, it’s an invitation.”
Hebrews 10:14 (NIV) By one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. (Who are being sanctified)
Sanctification- Progressively growing in a life that is set apart for God.
“Holiness is not something that people do, but something that God does in them.”

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Weapon of Worship

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Weapon of Worship
“Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s. Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz. You will find them at the end of the valley, east of the wilderness of Jeruel. You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them and the Lord will be with you.” -2 Chronicles 20: 15-17
Before The Battle:
  1. He speaks to their fears
  2. God is specific on how the enemy will attack
  3. God reminds them they won’t have to fight in the battle
4) He calls them to obedience

“And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise him in holy attire, as they went before the army, and say, ‘Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.’ And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so they were routed. For the men of Ammon and Moab rose against the inhabitants of Mount Seir, devoting them to destruction and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they all helped destroy one another… none had escaped.” -2 Chronicles 20:21-23
During the Battle
  1. He moves in to fight for them
- Their worship preceded their victory
  1. God completely defeated the enemy

Things that can weaken our weapon of worship:
1) You are surrendered to the wrong thing
“Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.” - Psalm 22:3
  • When you worship you invite Victory Himself into your battle
  • You are one surrender away from victory

2) Your eyes on the promise not the Promise Keeper
- We don’t worship God because we’ve gotten what we want; we worship God because HE is what we want.
- “For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” -2 Chronicles 20:12
3) We are defining God by our circumstances
      • God doesn’t change when your circumstances do


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) We are praising out of obligation not revelation

-He is limitless so if you get bored of worshipping you took your eye off of Him

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Possess the Promise

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Promise: a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen

God gives us His promises in Many ways:
Through His Word
Through His Prophets
Through His Whisper

2 Corinthians 13:1 This will be the third time I am coming to you. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.”

Promises in God Word:
God Promises to Provide
God Promises Healing
God Promises Peace
God Promises Freedom from Sin
God Promises the Holy Spirit

Realties of God’s Promises:

Promises are blessings, but not every blessing is a promise.
Promises are generational.
Promises are larger than just for meeting our desires.
Promises are worth fighting for!


God Gave the Promise to Abraham

Genesis 15:1-
7
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”
But Abram said, “Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!”And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
Then He said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.”



“God gives us a desire, when we begin to speak to Him, it turns in to a dream, and when He tells us it will happen, that is when it becomes a promise!”



Confirmed it to His Son Isaac
Genesis 26:3
Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.


Reconfirmed it to His Son Jacob
Genesis 28:13
And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants.


Numbers 13:1,2 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.”


What Kept the Children of Israel from Receiving the Promise?


Fear/Doubt
Numbers 13:31
But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.”


Naysayers/Negative Talk
Numbers 13:32
And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”


Unwillingness to Fight/Giving Up
Numbers 14:2,3
And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.”


How can you Ensure YOU receive YOUR Promise?
Never forget what God has promised you.
2 Peter 1:4
And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires


Speak life over your promise.
Proverbs 18:21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Prepare in your time of waiting.
1 Corinthians 9:25
All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.

1 Samuel 7:12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”

Stay Holy.
1 Thesselonians 4:7,8
For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.

Be willing to fight and continue to fight.
Joshua 1:10
Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, “Pass through the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess.’”
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Life Unscripted

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We can focus on our selves in a self centered way or we can focus on our selves in a Christ centered way.

In the Kingdom of God it’s an exchange of identities.

John 9:23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me,
Deny himself

Where does Jesus lead us with His cross?
To Golgotha. To Die.

We surrender our rights and become love.

Choose to take up your new identity, you in Christ and Christ in You.

2 Peter 1:3-9 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things

We have all things we need to walk through this life in Godliness.
Why?
Because they are in Christ, and Christ is in us by the Holy Spirit.

Salvation isn’t meant to be a ticket to heaven, it’s a entry point into relationship with Jesus.

Shortsighted: Only seeing things

We take the distorting lenses of self centeredness off and we see through the clear lens of the Gospel.

You wouldn’t have a desire to do good, if your heart hadn’t already been changed by the truth.

Let the Holy Spirit be the decider of your thoughts.

1 John 4:12 No one has seen God at any time

“The blessed John the Evangelist lived in Ephesus until extreme old age. His disciples could barely carry him to church and he could not muster the voice to speak many words. During individual gatherings he usually said nothing but, "Little children, love one another." The disciples and brothers in attendance, annoyed because they always heard the same words, finally said, "Teacher, why do you always say this?" He replied with a line worthy of John: "Because it is the Lord's commandment and if it alone is kept, it is sufficient." - Jerome, 4th century Church Historian

John 17:22 And God’s glory is to manifest through our lives as we walk aware and engaged with the Holy Spirit in us and our mission to manifest His love.

”The substance of your faith is your life lived” - Dan Mohler

1. Fear is Wrong Self Focus -

2. Being Entitled is Wrong Self Focus -
The world owes us nothing and we owe the world an encounter with Jesus.

3. Your life can be Profuse -
John 1:25 And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

4. What we can Get from God vs. Giving Joyfully
James 4: 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

The church isn’t meant to be a luxury cruise, it’s meant to be a rescue boat.

5. Don’t let the Enemy take the fight out of you.

In the Kingdom we are at war.
1 John 5:19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Jesus ultimately has won the war but we must fight each battle and not give up.

The will of God is evident in the life of Christ, He healed all!

Luke 4:40 When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them.

Col 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God

Jesus is what the will of God looks like.

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