Luke 10: 38-42 (TPT) As Jesus and the disciples continued on their journey, they came to a village where a woman welcomed Jesus into her home. Her name was Martha and she had a sister named Mary. Mary sat down attentively before the Master, absorbing every revelation he shared.
Mark 4:9 (NIV)"He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
Mark 4:13-14 (NIV) …Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? The farmer sows the word.
Mark 4:20 (NIV) …Seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop--thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown."
The listening lifestyle
Switching From Hearing to Listening.
John 10:27 (NIV) My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
- “If we aren’t listening, we aren’t following.”
1 Samuel 3:1-11 (NIV) 1 The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions. 2 One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the LORD called Samuel. Samuel answered, "Here I am." 5 And he ran to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me." But Eli said, "I did not call; go back and lie down." So he went and lay down…10 The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening." 11 And the LORD said to Samuel…
1. QUIET DOWN
Mark 6:30-34 (NLT) 30 The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. 31 Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. 32 So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone.
- Get past the noise and quiet down.
Psalm 46:10 (NIV) Be still, and know that I am God.
2. OPEN UP
Revelation 3:20 (NLT) “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.
Matthew 13:14-15 (NIV) ...ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people's heart has become calloused….
- Jesus is not offended by your honesty.
3. LEAN IN
- Make the switch, form close to closer & deep to deeper.
John 13:23-26 (NKJV) 23 Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24 Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke. 25 Then, leaning back on Jesus' breast, he said to Him, "Lord, who is it?" 26 Jesus answered, "It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it." And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
“We listen best by leaning in close.”
4. Stay tuned in.
1 John 1:1-3 (NIV) 1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched--this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
Two tendencies in a hostile culture:
Matthew 24:12 (NIV) Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.
1. React in Anger
2. React in Fear
“As believers we don't live in reaction we live in response.”
So we must switch from reactive to responsive.
We respond in faith.
Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) It is impossible to please God without faith.
“A life of faith is responding to Gods heart in every situation.”
John 13:36-38 (NLT) 36 Simon Peter asked, “Lord, where are you going?” And Jesus replied, “You can’t go with me now, but you will follow me later.” 37 “But why can’t I come now, Lord?” he asked. “I’m ready to die for you.” 38 Jesus answered, “Die for me? I tell you the truth, Peter—before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.
Matthew 26:69-75 (NIV) 69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. "You also were with Jesus of Galilee," she said. 70 But he denied it before them all. "I don't know what you're talking about," he said. 71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another girl saw him and said to the people there, "This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth." 72 He denied it again, with an oath: "I don't know the man!" 73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, "Surely you are one of them, for your accent gives you away." 74 Then he began to call down curses on himself and he swore to them, "I don't know the man!" Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: "Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." And he went outside and wept bitterly.
Then we see a change…He made the switch from Fear to fierce.
Acts 2:14 (NIV) Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd…
Exactly what Jesus prophesied to him in Matthew 16
Matthew 16:15-28 (NIV) 15 "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.
Core values to switch from Fear to Fierce.
Proverbs 28:1 (NIV) …The righteous are as bold as a lion.
Focus on him and who you are becoming.
When you understand your identity it changes the WAY you function.
John 21:15-17 (NLT) 15 After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. 16 Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said. 17 A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.”
“Our Purpose is responding to loving Jesus by loving what he loves, taking care what He cares for.”
Peter was struggling with shame and regret.
“Nothing says I love you like I trust you.”
Acts 1:8(NIV) You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.
Acts 4:31 (NIV) 31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
Paul to Timothy:
2 Timothy 1:3-7 (NIV) 3 I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline
Matthew 3:8 (NIV) Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.
Repentance- Change your mind.
Repentance is flipping a switch!
Throughout the Scriptures:
John the Baptist:
Matthew 3:1-2 (NIV) 1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea 2and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."
Matthew 4:17 (NIV) From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."
Acts 3:19 (NIV) Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.
REPENT FOR THE KINGDOM IS NEAR.
🚦2019 Year of the Green Light.
Genesis 12:1-4 (NLT) 1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” 4 So Abram departed as the LORD had instructed
1. The promise of dominion(new territory)
2. The promise of reproduction
3. The promise of blessing & increase
Galatians 3:26-29 (NLT) 26 For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on the character of Christ, like putting on new clothes. 28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.
Dominion, reproduction, blessing.
The light is green!
2 Corinthians 1:19-20 (NLT) 19 Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” He is the one whom Silas, Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what he says. 20 For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.
“Going and growing ain’t always easy.”
1. From Hype to Hope
Hebrews 10:23 (NIV) Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Isaiah 49:23 (NIV) Those who hope in me will not be disappointed.
2. From Waiting ON to Trusting IN
Isaiah 40:31(NIV) But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
“Waiting on drains, waiting upon fills.”
Timing can be tricky…
1. Often timing has more to do with us than it does God.
“Don’t call your delay God’s timing.”
“Don’t call your distractions God’s timing.”
2. Often times the fulfillment of promises due to our failure to participate.
3. Trusting Gods timing means He is working and so am I.
God’s job is to fulfill our job is to be faithful.
Hebrews 11:11 (NIV) By faith Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren--was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise.
3. From Idle to Accelerate
When God speaks we move.
“Delayed obedience is disobedience.”
“You cant experience the Gospel without Go.”
ITS GO TIME!!!!!
1. Because of Christ
James 2:23 (NIV) "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend.
Jesus doesn’t simply want obedient followers, He wants intimate friends.
Mark 3:13-14 (NIV) 13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. 14 He appointed twelve--designating them apostles--that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach.
Luke 10: 38-42 (TPT) As Jesus and the disciples continued on their journey, they came to a village where a woman welcomed Jesus into her home. Her name was Martha and she had a sister named Mary. Mary sat down attentively before the Master, absorbing every revelation he shared. 40 But Martha became exasperated by finishing the numerous household chores in preparation for her guests, so she interrupted Jesus and said, “Lord, don’t you think it’s unfair that my sister left me to do all the work by myself? You should tell her to get up and help me.” 41 The Lord answered her, “Martha, my beloved Martha. Why are you upset and troubled, pulled away by all these many distractions? Are they really that important? 42 Mary has discovered the one thing most important by choosing to sit at my feet. She is undistracted, and I won’t take this privilege from her.”
Switching to the better way
1. Urgency for Intimacy.
James 1:22 (NLT) But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.
John 15:14-15 (NIV) 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
We are functioning as friends.
-“He isn’t calling you to be busy he is calling you to be fruitful”
-“Business is the enemy of fruitfulness.”
-“Doing for Jesus will never substitute being with him.”
The result of intimacy takes us from being busy to being fruitful.
John 15:4-5 (NIV) 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing
2. Centrality over priority
Matthew 6:33 (NLT) Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Luke 10:25-28 (NIV) 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 26 "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" 27 He answered: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" 28 "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live.”
“God isn’t looking to be first on your list he is looking to be the center of your life.”
“We don’t fall in love we grow in love.”
Growth happens by lingering at his feet.
3. Lingering over Laboring
Psalm 27:4 (NIV) One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
“Lovers will always outwork, outlast, & outclass laborers."
John 15:5 (NIV) Apart from me you can do nothing
Lingering is the better way…
Ministering to Jesus is the greater ministry!
1 John 4:19 (NIV) We love because he first loved us.
John 13:8-9 (NLT) 8 “No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.” 9 Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”