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Warrior: By Pastor Chad Benson

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Ezekiel 22:30 God said “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.”

Exodus 15:3 “The Lord is a, a warrior; the Lord is his name.”

Matthew 10:34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

1. Every warrior has a cause to fight for.

Nehemiah 4:14 “Then as I looked over the situation, I called together the nobles and the rest of the people and said to them, “Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes!”

2. The warrior who abandons his cause becomes passive.

Genesis 3:6 “Eve also gave some to Adam. He was, with her, and he ate it.”

Psalm 78:9 “The warriors of Ephraim, though fully armed, they turned their backs and they fled when the day of battle came.”

3. The warrior who pursues his cause becomes filled with passion.

John 2:13-16 “When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

5. The passionate warrior always has someone to protect.

Nehemiah 4:14 “I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”

6. The passionate warrior has a kingdom to advance.

Matthew 11:12 “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing and forceful men lay hold of it.”

Allen Redpath said. “Before we can pray, “Lord, Your Kingdom come,” we must be willing to pray, “My kingdom go”.

Joel 3:9 “Say to the nations far and wide, get ready for war. Call out your best warriors. Let all your men advance for the attack. Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Train even your weaklings to be warriors. Come quickly all you nations everywhere. Gather together in the valley, and now, O Lord, call out your warriors.”
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ABBA: Honoring Dad

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Psalm 40:1-5 I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.

3 Qualities Shared by heavenly Father & My Earthly father

  1. Rock-Solid

He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.”

Psalm 46:1-2
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.

  1. Awe-some - Expressing or Inspiring Awe.

“Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare. “

A God of Wonder
  • “We love to be fascinated! God put that desire inside of us because He is revealing the endless wonder of his reality in our lives through the journey of knowing him.”


One of our emphasis at Overflow: Discovering the Wonder of God.
  • “God is to hiding things from us he is hiding thing for us” -Bill Johnson

  • Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.


3. Dedicated.
“Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust.”

Hebrews 6:16-19
Now when people take an oath, they call on someone greater than themselves to hold them to it. And without any question that oath is binding. God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls….

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ABBA: Royal Identity

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James 1:16-18 So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.

The Accuser will always Question 2 things….
1. What God says.
“Did God really say…”
2. What God says about you.
“If you are the SON of God.”

“The problem is not not that the enemy comes to you and speaks and accuses and allures you. He wouldn't be attacking you if you were no threat to his kingdom.The problem comes in when we believe that deceiver.”

Not because of what is wrong with you, it is what is right within you!

1 Peter 2:4-12 You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. As the Scriptures say, “I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem, chosen for great honor, and anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Yes, you who trust him recognize the honor God has given him. But for those who reject him, “The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.” And, “He is the stone that makes people stumble, the rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them. But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.” Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.

Because God is your Daddy….
1. You are Approved!

  • You are not a victim….you don’t eat scraps. You feast on Gods abundance.

  • THE FACT THAT THE KING PICKS YOU MAKES YOU ROYALTY!

  • Chosen: Eklektos - Elected, selected by implication favorite chosen, elect.

  • “Most people try to find approval through accomplishment or by how many people know their name, laugh at their jokes, retweet their post, like their status, how many call on their birthday, or if others say they are pretty. That may be how the world measures approval but my God approves of you before you do one single thing.”


Matthew 3:16-17 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."
  • Bringing God pleasure does not come from performance it comes from position.

  • We don’t function for Gods approval we function from Gods approval.


  1. You are an Anointed Saint.

  • “A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE BELONGING TO GOD.”

  • A NEW Creation...Got Changes our Identity! He’s a name changer!

Colossians 1:21-23 You who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.
  • “Just sinners” When that statement is made its usually a False humility statement in an effort to make light of the sin issues in our lives.

  • I Timothy 1 Paul mentions that “worst of sinners”...he is referencing his history.

  • Believers are referred to as saints over 40 times in the NT.

2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

3. You are Royal Ambassadors
2 Corinthians 5:20 We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us….
Ambassadors: Highest rank representative of the King in this world.

A. We have an Kingly etiquette/manners
  • We do not live as common men do. We have a code, a standard not because we are better than everybody else but because we belong to God.

B. We have kingly Authority.
  • No to demand or disgrace but to EMPOWER!

  • We rule like Jesus. Not from a pompous throne but w/ dirty hands & calloused knees.

  • You have the permission to treat others right when they do you wrong.

  • Forgiveness. Kindness. Golden-RULEness.

  • We are dead to that old, ugly, corrupt, carnal, mean, spoiled, ungrateful nature.


C. We bring kingly Value.

  • Destroying the Darkness by Loving the world!

  • “Everybody wants a King like Jesus.”


“Being a good Ambassador does come farm ambition or determination it just comes from a response of children who know who they are and function in that reality.”

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At the end WW2, much of Europe lay in ruins. Buildings had been bombed and burned out, streets lay under dust and rubble, and many orphaned children wandered the streets, picking among the ruins for clothes and food.
           Early one morning, an American soldier was driving his jeep through the war-torn streets of London, England. As he turned a corner, he spied a little boy, dressed in rags. The boy stood with his nose pressed against the steamed window of a pastry shop. Inside, the cook was working a large lump of dough for a fresh batch of donuts.
            The soldier pulled his jeep to the curb and stopped. He got out of the jeep, strode into the little shop and bought a dozen donuts. Then he turned on his heels, left the store, and extended the bag fresh donuts to the boy. “Here,” he said. “I bought these for you.”
            The boy looked at the soldier with wide-eyes and took the bag. But as the soldier started to return to his jeep, he felt a hearty tug on his coat. He turned back and faced the boy.      
“Mister,” the boy asked, his eyes still wide. “Are you God?

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ABBA: Fearless Children

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Romans 8:15-16 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.

Orphan issues…
Insecurity, jealousy, anger, the root of those things...fear
“Does concern ever control you, your fears limit you?”

  • Fear of Rejection. Being liked or accepted

  • Fear of Abandonment.

  • Fear of Failure (fear of being out of control, Anger)

Most of us cover our fears by fears off as anger

The problem of Fear: Fear is bondage that control us.
  • There are 530 Medically documented types of phobias

  • Fear vs fright

  • Fear is learned….rooted in tainted experience.

  • Fear sets in whenever we feel out of control, children have no need for control because their will is yielded to their parent.


Children:
  • My Children have very little concern….No fear rules their life.

  • They don’t worry about what other people thing bills. They know we got it.


Mark 10:13-16 One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.

"A child like faith is not something we must not grow out of.”

Things that wont help our fears...
  1. Masquerading fear as Anger.

  2. Worrying

  3. Complaining / Whining.

4. By Being “Independent”

There is no reason to Fear because...
1. We are His
James 1:16-18 So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.
  • If we are His than we are His responsibly.

  • “Our confidence and comfort does not come from our performance it comes because we have yielded our life to God as our good and wise Father.”


2. We can Trust Him
  • God is Nature is immutable.(unchanging)

  • He is worthy of our trust.

  • Our greatest demonstration of faith is when we say God: “Only you can!”

Luke 12:22-32 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things? “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.

3. We are perfectly Loved
1 John 4:16-18 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

  • Fear has to do with punishment & punishment was poured out on the cross.

  • It is hard to walk in confidence trusting a Father that would punish a child with sickness or poverty!?

  • He is a good and loves us perfectly



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