July 29, 2018
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:
- He speaks to their fears
- God is specific on how the enemy will attack
- God reminds them they won’t have to fight in the battle
“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
- He moves in to fight for them
- 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
4) 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
July 21, 2018
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
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?
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.”
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 18:21Death 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.”
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.’”
July 01, 2018
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,
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.