05-14-17 – “Mother’s Day, Honor”

05-14-17 – Mother’s Day!

The Value of Mother’s – https://youtu.be/HB3xM93rXbY

Every year the 2nd Sunday in May is designated as a day to celebrate Mother’s!   A special time that we as a Nation have set aside to show our Mother’s how much they are appreciated, and a special day to honor her.  

 

This idea of “honoring” Mom wasn’t started by man, or our Nation.  It was initiated by God…  And it wasn’t once a year!

 

Exodus 20:1-11 NLT – 20 Then God gave the people all these instructions: “I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.You must not have any other god but me. “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on thosewho love me and obey my commands.

“You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name. “Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you.11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.

 

The first 4 Commandments God gave the Israelites were about their relationship with Him.   The last 6 are about their relationship with others.  (Love God – Love Other)

 

In the 5th Commandment… notice who’s first on the list!  

  1. 12 Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land theLordyour God is giving you.

 

Have you ever noticed it’s the only one of the Ten Commandments with a promise!

 

It isn’t just an “Old Test.” commandment, written just for the Nation of Israel. 

Ephesians 6:1-3 NLT – 6 Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”

 

God was teaching them the value of Family…  to learn obedience, respect, authority, loyalty and to Worship Him! 

 

The Family unit (according to God’s design) is the foundation and bedrock of any society.  And once the Family unit begins to break down everything else in society begins to crumble.   As the family goes – so does society.

 

AND, Mother’s have TREMENDOUS influence and impact in the family… especially Mothers who are:  Surrendered to God, Sacrificing for Him, Serving Him, and Sharing their Faith in Him.  A Godly Mother is the closest thing to God’s love on earth!

 

Mother’s (and Father’s) feed the soul of a child as they grow and develop with Safety, Nurturing, Basic Trust, a sense of Belonging, and Love.  And Mothers are the primary influence in those early years.

 

Mother’s DESERVE to be honored for their impact and influence. 

 

Honor = To show great value, great respect, admiration, appreciation for or toward that person.

 

We never stop honoring…  At some point we grow up and move out and we’re no longer under their authority and no longer have to be obedient…   However, we never stop “honoring” our Father and Mother. 

 

My Mom.  Most of the time she doesn’t really know who I am now… however, I KNOW WHO SHE IS!   Therefore, my brother and I honor her by making sure she’s cared for properly.

 

NOTE: Some folks may not have had great parents, even good parents.  Some of you may not have had a great Mom, or even a good Mom.   For some, your Mother may have treated you harshly or may not have even been there. 

 

Are we STILL supposed to honor her?  Yes.  God didn’t say honor them if they were great or good or treated us good… He just said to honor them.

 

ILLUSTRATION: Commander in Chief: Many of us may not agree with our Commander in Chief…  may not even like Him.

Or the previous Commander in Chief.  But the fact remains that he’s our Commander in Chief and therefore we should honor and respect him.

 

The same applies with honoring our Mother.  We should honor her and as a result we will be blessed by God!

What if you don’t know your real Mother?  Well, honor the person in your life that was the closest thing to a Mother to you.

 

If you do know her, but don’t have a relationship with her, now would be a great time to start.  On this Mother’s Day be an example and a witness to her of the Grace of God! 

 

Choose to honor her because you choose to honor God.  It’s a great act of Surrender and Sacrifice to do so.   

 

The opposite of honoring her is to dishonor her and there are significant consequences for that!  Proverbs 20:20 NCV – Those who curse their father or motherwill be like a light going out in darkness.

 

Jesus was a great example for us of honoring his Parents and his Mother. 

Luke 2:41-52 NLT – Once per yr. they travel to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover.  One year, Jesus is 12, they go to the Feast and they’re headed home and he’s missing.  They’ve been gone a day and he isn’t with any of the relatives in the caravan!  They go back to Jerusalem.

After 3 days…  they find him in the Temple courts sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions.  Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.

When his parents saw him they were astonished.  His Mother said to him, Son why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been frantically searching for you.

49 “But why did you need to search?” he asked. “Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?”  50 But they didn’t understand what he meant. 51 Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And his mother stored all these things in her heart. 52 Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people. 

 

From age 12 until he was 30, Jesus was obedient to his parents and grew is wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and all the people.   

 

And even on the Cross as Jesus was being crucified, He honored His Mother by making sure she was taken care of.   

John 19:26-27 NLT – 26 When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.”27 And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.

 

What’s the greatest way to teach our kids to honor their mother?   By letting them see their Mother Honored!   Father’s, Husbands, Men… honor your mother…  and the Mother of your Children!

 

  1. Love Her! Unconditional love because she’s your Mother.

 

  1. Provide for her Security and Protection! – What need does she have? Does she know you’re there for her?

(Note: Love and Security are the top two basic needs for a woman!)

 

  1. Spend Quality Time with her. Undivided attention focused on her.

 

  1. Spend more time talking and “listening” rather than doing stuff. Women need communication. It provides intimacy and emotional support.

 

  1. Be her Shepherd! (As Christ was our Shepherd!) She needs to know she has a man she can count on and trust.  A godly man who would give up his life for her as Christ gave up his life for the Church!

 

  1. Be Transparent. None of us are perfect.  We all make mistakes and will continue to make mistakes.  Encourage your Mother/Wife and don’t let her be consumed by guilt!  Romans 8:1 – So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

 

  1. Help her. Give her a break.  They work non-stop.   Do something special for her more than once a year!

 

  1. Be more thoughtful. It makes her feel valued and lets her know you care.  Most of the time it’s the little things that mean the most.

 

  1. Get away! Sometimes we need a break from things.  Even if it’s a couple of hours.  Give her some time to rejuvenate and refresh… She will be a better Mom for it!   If you can do that together it’s even better.  (This goes for your Mom and your Wife!)

 

  1. Have Fun! Life is too short to be so serious and/or work all the time.   Be intentional about adding some fun into your life.  It breaks down barriers, improves communication, creates intimacy and draws our families closer together.

 

Mom’s…  Happy Mother’s Day!  We honor you today and want to let you know how much we appreciate you and value your impact and influence!  We praise God for you!

05-07-17 – “Sacrifice”

Sacrifice – Part 2.  How to be a living Sacrifice…

What kind of Sacrifice are we?    One that’s Living… Holy… and Pleasing to God.

 

Romans 12:1-2 – CSB – Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present (offer) your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

 

Today I want to share some “practical” things we can do in order to be that Living Sacrifice. 

 

  1. Everything we do is worthless unless we are “Surrendered” to Him.

 

Absolute and complete Surrender.  If we haven’t done that in our heart, mind, soul, body then at best these things just make us a more “religious” person.

 

And… it’s NOT the relationship that I want or think is right with God… but the one that HE wants. 

James 4:7 – Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 James 4:10 – Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

Proverbs 23:26 – My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.

 

 

  1. God’s Word renews our mind!

Hebrews 4:12-13 NLT – 12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

Romans 10:17 NIV – Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

 

John 17:17 NLT – 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.

 

2 Timothy 3:16 NLT – 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

 

 

How are you going to get the nourishment and nutrition your body needs if you don’t eat?   

 

What happens if put the wrong things in your body… a lot of junk!   We become unhealthy, we don’t function properly, we get sick and and we eventually die!

 

Spiritually, the same thing happens to us without the Word of God!

 

 

  1. Prayer:

How do we develop the best relationship with someone?  YOU SPEND TIME WITH THEM

 

Mark 1:35 NLT35 Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.

 

Why did Jesus need to pray?  He needed time with the Father!  He was God but he was fully human!  He was tempted and tried and tested just like we are!  (Hebrews 4:15)

 

IF Jesus needed to spend time in prayer how much more do we! 

Do you ever wonder why PRAYER and FEEDING ON GOD’S WORD are the two hardest things for us to do!  WHY!?   

 

BECAUSE IT TRANSFORMS US!  And we get to know the HEART of God Himself!  Our Sacrifice means nothing if we aren’t first spending time with Him to develop the right relationship.   IF we aren’t Surrendered first…

 

 

Luke 10:38-42 NIV38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

 

 

  1. Take ACTION! Do what you can do and “DO IT NOW!”

 

Colossians 2:4-6 MSG – 6-7 My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.

 

There is a direct connection to our Obedience and the transformation that takes place in our life!

 

John 14:21 NLT – 21 Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”

 

 

Remember the Definition of Faith? Believing the Word of God and “ACTING” on it, no matter how I feel because God promises good results!

 

Hebrews 11:6 NLTAnd it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

To be a “LIVING” Sacrifice means we have to be a people of ACTION! 

 

James 2:19 NCV – 19 You believe there is one God. Good! But the demons believe that, too, and they tremble with fear. 20 You foolish person! Must you be shown that faith that does nothing is worth nothing?

 

 

James 4:17 NLT – 17 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.

 

A lot of people are “waiting” on God to do something when in fact the answer to their prayer, their situation, their problem, their spiritual maturity and growth happens when THEY take ACTION and become the “LIVING” Sacrifice God wants them to be!   

 

 

  1. Accountability: (Most of us cringe when we hear that word.)

The Body of Christ can’t and won’t function properly when isolated from one another!  Like the human body…  it’s designed to work together in harmony.  And it’s a form of protection.  It protects the individual, the Body of Christ, and HIS Name!  

 

Romans 12:3-5 CSBFor by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one. Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another.

 

Galatians 6:1-2 NLT – Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Loving others as we love ourselves…. Laying our life down for one another.)

 

Colossians 3:16-17 NLT – Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives.

 

Proverbs 27:17 NLT – As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

 

James 5:16 NLT – 16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

 

 

Hebrews 10 mentions 3 things are mentioned that we need to do to persevere in our FAITH!  One is Accountability.

  1. By Drawing close to God with sincere hearts, (His Word and Prayer!)
  2. Hold without wavering, or unswervingly to the Hope that we have because Jesus is faithful…
  3. Accountability in the body of Christ.

 

Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

 

 

CONCLUSION:

If we simply focus on being Surrendered and a Living Sacrifice in these 5 areas…  we will become Transformed and the Living Sacrifice that God wants us to be. 

 

BEWARE of thinking it’s too simple or “I got this.”  If that’s the case… you need to go back to Surrender!

 

How are you “increasing in measure” in each of these areas?   

  1. The right relationship with Jesus Christ… the Relationship HE WANTS! Surrender.

 

  1. Feeding on the Word of God.

 

  1. Staying connected and aligned with Him in Prayer.

 

  1. Instant Action & Obedience to Him.

 

  1. Accountability to ensure that I honor God with my Actions.

 

04-30-17 – “How To Live a Surrendered Life”

04-30-17 – “How To Live a Surrendered Life”

By: JD Tew

RECAP…

What does it mean to Surrender? It’s giving myself to God.  God owns me.  Not part of me, He owns all of me!

 

The first thing He does is…  Install a new heart!  It’s not a “restored” improved heart… A NEW HEART!  

 

John 3:3 – Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”   Not a physical birth, but a spiritual birth that comes in and thru Jesus Christ!

 

Ezekiel 36:26 NLT – And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.

 

We surrender receive a new heart…  we surrender our life for His life in us… to become HIS and live for Him! 

 

Galatians 2:20 – My old self has been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.  So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

 

2 Corinthians 5:15-20 NLT – 15 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.

 

How do we LIVE for Christ once we receive this New Heart?  Paul tell us…

 

Romans 12:1-2 CSB – Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present (offer) your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

 

With this NEW HEART we LIVE a life of Sacrifice!

 

What does it mean to Sacrifice? 

 

Defined:  It means to surrender something as an offering to God.   

 

We’re all accustomed to making sacrifices. 

  • Parents sacrificing their wants and desires in order to give their kids a better life…
  • We sacrifice certain foods for better health.
  • We sacrifice for all kind of things… to buy a motorcycle… or parts!

However, Spiritually, I think we’ve reduced Sacrifice to “Time and Money.”

  • I sacrifice my “time” for God… to Study God’s Word, to Pray, to Serve.
  • I sacrifice by giving my “money” to the Church… or some cause that honors God.

 

IS that what it really means to LIVE For Christ and be a LIVING SACRIFICE?   One that’s HOLY and pleasing to God!

 

People who don’t even know Christ sacrifice their time and money for a good cause? 

  • Are they a Living for Christ?
  • Are they Holy and Pleasing to God?

 

What does it mean to be a Living Sacrifice?

 

We present ourselves to God and refuse to conform to the world, the pattern of the world… We become a Living Sacrifice that’s Holy and Pleasing to God.

 

1 John 2:15-17 NIV- 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life

—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

God doesn’t tell us to give up things for the sake of giving things up… He wants us to give them up for the only thing that is worth having, the only thing worth living for…  which is HIS SPIRIT and the Abundant Life of Christ in us!

 

Only Sacrifices out of Surrender and Obedience to God are Holy and Pleasing to Him.

 

1 Samuel 15:22 NLT22 But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.

King Saul was told by God to destroy the Amalekites and everything they own. (Men, Women, Children, infants, cattle, sheep, donkeys, camels…  to leave nothing alive.)

 

But King Saul doesn’t obey God.  Saul takes the King alive, kills everyone else.  Then he takes the best of the sheep, cattle, fat calves, and lambs to sacrifice for God.

 

Unfortunately some of us can be like King Saul.   We manipulate God’s word and do what we want to do rather than Surrender and Sacrifice to obey God… We do what’s right in our own eyes… and we claim obedience when we really aren’t!

 

Sacrifice without Obedience to God ISN’T a Sacrifice!  It’s NOT really SURRENDER either! 

 

When we lay our life down for God and others we become a living Sacrifice that’s holy and pleasing to God.

 

John 15:13 ESV – Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

 

1 John 3:16 – By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

 

Jesus emptied Himself and gave up (Surrendered) His Throne… became a Sacrifice for God and us that we may have Eternal life!  AND, we’re supposed to do the same!

 

When we Sacrifice from a heart that wants to express that love to Him… we become a Living Sacrifice Holy and Pleasing to God.

 

Mark 14:3-9  NIV – While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.  Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages (300 Denarii) and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.

“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

                                    

SACRIFICE crucifies the Natural man and allows the Supernatural man to grow, develop, and mature… and we become a Living Sacrifice, Holy and Pleasing to God.

Matthew 16:24-26 (Luke 9, John 12) – 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 26 For what will it benefit someone if he gains the whole world yet loses his life?

There’s a constant battle between the Natural and Supernatural in the life of a Believer, and the Natural can only be eliminated (or turned into Supernatural) through Obedient Sacrifice… which only happens if we are SURRENDERED!

It’s not us or any power in us that does this.  It’s the Power of the Holy Spirit once we’ve Surrendered to Jesus Christ! 

  • God the Father did His part by providing a Sacrifice for sin!
  • Jesus did His part for God and us by paying the price for sin. (Death on the Cross.)
  • The Holy Spirit did His part by giving us a new Heart taking up residence in that New Heart!
  • What’s our part? What’s our responsibility?  SACRIFICE!

Conclusion:

More often than not, I think we’re too focused on what we’re getting from God rather than what we’re giving Him.

If we turn that around and focus more on what we’re giving God through  a life of “Sacrifice” (Living lives that are not “conformed” to this world…)  We will begin to live lives that are Holy and Pleasing to Him, and as a result we will become the men and women that God wants us to be!  

THAT is our True and Proper Worship! 

 

04-23-17 – “Expecting Together ~ Our Good & His Glory!” – Bill Johnson

 

We’ve just celebrated Easter. ~Passion week~
FROM: Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem!
THEN: His crucifixion on a hill outside of Jerusalem.
Good Friday ~ Which was a dark Friday for the disciples!
~ Where Triumph turned to Trials.
and Praises turned to Pain.
TO: Resurrection Sunday!
~ The stone is rolled away and the Light of the World
walks out of that darkness!
~ He is Risen!!!
~ The penalty is paid!
~ Our sins are forgiven!! ~ IF Jesus is you Lord & Savior.
~ Our Greatest Triumphs Comes Through Trials!
~ That Peace that surpasses all understanding,
Pours out through the Pain that seems overwhelming!
~ It was true for Jesus & it’s true for you and me!
How do you follow baptism service on Resurrection Day ~ the very
picture of NEW LIFE in Christ!!!

At the end of the Last Supper, Jesus prayed…..
It was going to be Jesus last time to pour into the disciples.
HE KNEW IT.
If you knew, what would you say?
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Expecting Together ~ Our Good & His Glory!
I had the privilege of preaching at FBC Hickory 2 wks ago.
God KNEW it was Greg’s last sermon even though he didn’t. We’ve
see how mightily God has used it!
What could be more important than Jesus prayer for us in John 17?!
Focus on 20-26 ~ UNITY ~ With God and Each Other
TITLE ~ “Expecting Together ~ Our Good & His Glory”
*** GET THIS! *** It’s in the unity of the Church (who’s the
church?) with GOD & EACH OTHER that we experience, know and
represent the Glory of God and the Love of God.***
~ When we come united for His purposes, He is lifted up, and all
men and women will be drawn to him!
~When HIS purposes are fulfilled through us, our purpose is
fulfilled!
~ God’s goal for God’s kids is Our Good and His Glory!~
If you want to get the Good ~ Stand up under the pressure &
stand together!
Jesus prayer for all believers ~ John 17:20-26 nlt
20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will
ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will
all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and
I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe
you sent me.
22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one
as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they
experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent
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Expecting Together ~ Our Good & His Glory!
me and that you love them as much as you love me. 24 Father, I
want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am.
Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me
even before the world began!
25 “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and
these disciples know you sent me. 26 I have revealed you to them,
and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them,
and I will be in them.”
• 17:20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for
all who will ever believe in me through their message.
• Jesus was up against the reality of the cross and was living
expectantly…. Did you see it?? who WILL ever believe.
• Even though the disciples would abandon him at the cross….
Jesus knew that they would turn the world upside down!
• He went to the cross knowing that His work would be complete!
• Not only for the Disciples ~ but for us as well.
• That’s why he was able to surrender his will to the Father’s!
• “Not my will, but thine be done”
• He lived EXPECTANTLY!
• 1 ~ We are to Live Expectantly! ~ Expectantly ~ “An excited
feeling that something IS about to happen!”
• Are you living expectantly?
• Rom 12:12 ~ Rejoice in our Confident Hope!
• Msg ~Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully
expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.
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Expecting Together ~ Our Good & His Glory!
• Vs 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—
as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us
(why) so that the world will believe you sent me.
• 2 ~ There is Opportunity in Unity (not for unity, but in unity)
• Jesus prayed for UNITY ~ If the prayer of the righteous man is
powerful and effective ~ don’t you believe the prayer of the One
in whom we have our righteousness are answered?
• Don’t miss what Jesus says: OUR unity is to be the same as God
the Father & God the Son. AND That WE are to be IN CHRIST &
IN THE FATHER as they IN each other!!!
•ARS ~ I am so into you I can’t think of nothing else!!
• It’s in that oneness, that the world will know that the Father
sent His Son, to shed his blood, so your sins & mine could be
forgiven! The perfect sacrifice!
• Our unity with each other and with Christ is contingent on our
SURRENDER to Him as LORD!
•Access to His throne of grace comes from being His
subject.
• Everyone will eventually have access to God’s throne!
• Either His THRONE OF GRACE now & forever,
• or his THRONE OF JUDGEMENT when this life is over!
• Paul wrote in Eph 4:1-6 ~(The How) As a prisoner for the Lord,
then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have
received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing
with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of
the Spirit through the bond of peace. (What our unity is based
on —>) There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were
called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith,
one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and
through all and in all.
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Expecting Together ~ Our Good & His Glory!
•Religion says we must all be the same.
•Relationship says we must all be united.
• Not of sameness ~ His church is made of every tribe,
nation and tongue.
•But of oneness ~ The reality of who we are in Christ and
the purpose for which he saved us! Christ is the
cornerstone of our faith! It really is just JESUS!
• We get to be Christ’s representatives on earth. Jesus said it
is in our unity that the world will know that He is the
Messiah!
• Who we have in common is greater than any of our
differences!
•Are you committed to being surrendered to the LORD and
submitted to each other?
• We are to be a peculiar people!
• The world demands their rights and imposes their will.
• WE defer our ways and will to Christ and each other!!
•Because a body that turns against itself is cancerous.
• If left untreated it will kill you!
• 2a~ Prays For His Glory in US (Opportunity in unity)
• 22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be
one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May
they experience such perfect unity that the world will know (1)
that you sent me and (2) that you love them as much as you
love me.
• Unity is a spiritual thing…. We can’t achieve it on our own.
• It’s only in our unity with God through Jesus that we can
have unity with each other!
• We receive glory from Christ that we can demonstrate
the glory of Christ to others.
• Thayer’s Greek Lexicon: Doxa ~ 168 ~ magnificence,
excellence, preeminence, dignity, grace. The kingly
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Expecting Together ~ Our Good & His Glory!
majesty which belongs to God as supreme ruler, majesty in
the sense of the absolute perfection of the deity.
• 2 Cor 3:18 ~ And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the
glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same
image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes
from the Lord who is the Spirit.
• Jesus prays that we know the Love of God so we might be
the Love of God to a broken and dying world.
• It’s in that, that the world will believe the Father sent the
Son as the Savior of the world!
• 2b~ Prays For Our Home
• 24 Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with
me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me
because you loved me even before the world began!
• Praying that we would be with Him and know the fullness of
His glory ~ to know Him as we are known.
•Claiming full deity – fully God.
• We see his glory in part displayed now on the Cross…
Completing the purpose for which he was sent… That we
might receive eternal life through Him!
• It’s only in knowing and experiencing God that we can
demonstrate and display anything of God’s eternal attributes
or fulfill his purpose in our lives.
• 3 ~ He’s not done with us yet!
• 25 “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do;
and these disciples know you sent me. 26 I have revealed you
to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will
be in them, and I will be in them.”
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Expecting Together ~ Our Good & His Glory!
• In closing his prayer, It all comes back around to our
relationship with Jesus.
• God’s love and the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit
working in us and through us to live out His purposes in our
lives ~ for our good and his glory!
• From The Bible App, John Piper Devo ~ As far back into eternity as
God the Father has loved the Son, there has been an infinite Holy
Spirit of love and delight between them, who is himself a divine
Person. Therefore, as Jesus prays for the church in John 17:26, he
asks his Father for nothing less than the Holy Spirit when he says,
“I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it
known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in
them, and I in them. The most glorious of all truths that we will
discover is that when the Holy Spirit comes into our lives, he
comes not merely as the Spirit of the Son, nor merely as the Spirit
of the Father, but as the Spirit of infinite love between the Father
and the Son, so that we may love the Father with the very love of
the Son, and love the Son with the very love of the Father.
• Did ya catch it in the middle of V26 ~ I will continue to do so!
• Eph 2:10 says that “We are God’s workmanship (NLTMasterpiece),
created anew in Christ Jesus to do the good
works he prepared in advance for us to do!”
• You see, God’s not so much in the restoration business ~
More so in the Re-creation business ~ He makes things
NEW.
• In Christ ~ You’re a New Creation ~ God’s Masterpiece ~
His Poiema ~ beautiful poem ~ His crowning achievement!
You are dearly loved and precious in his sight.
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Expecting Together ~ Our Good & His Glory!
• The wonderful thing is that He’s not done with you yet!
• He wasn’t done with you when you were lost in your sin!
• …when He called you to himself and saved you by grace
through faith in Jesus.
• He wasn’t done with you when you fell back into the mud
and muck of this world and rolled around in it until you
stunk just like it.
• HE lifted you up and washed over yourself again with
his grace saying “No satan, you can’t have this one
he/she is mine.”
• And He’s not done with you yet, regardless of the trials and
tribulations ~ the pain and the lose that He has allowed in
your life.
• He will lift you up and restore your peace and joy every
good thing that he has purposed for you!
• James 1:2-3 ~ Consider it all joy, my brethren, when
you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing
of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance
have its perfect result, so that you may become
perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
• Endurance (Patience) ~ Hupomone’ ~ Steadfastness,
Constancy. The idea of standing up under the
pressure.
• Jesus said it just before he prayed ~ John 16:33 ~ I have
told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here
on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take
heart, because I have overcome the world.”
•Close/Band
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Expecting Together ~ Our Good & His Glory!

• Even David had moments of darkness, but they were just that ~
Moments…. … and it’s hard to see in the dark
• Psalm 27:13-14 ~ I would have despaired unless I had believed
that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the
living.
Wait for the LORD;
Be strong , and let you heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the LORD
Alter Open
When we: are surrendered to Jesus Christ
live Expectantly Together
There is so much opportunity in unity
Praise God ~ He’s not done with us yet!!
The best is yet to come!
Romans 5:8 declares, “But God demonstrates His own love toward
us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 10:9, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord,
and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you
will be saved.”
Romans 10:13 “for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will
be saved.”

04-09-17 – “Surrender…Part 2”

Surrender Part 2 – 04-09-17
Surrender?

We been conditioned to believe Surrender is bad… when in fact it’s the best thing (only thing) we can do to be where God wants us to be to become what He wants us to be!

What does it mean to be surrendered?  It means to give up my language, my emotions, my stuff, my attitude, my good works!  NO!  God wants me…  ALL OF ME!

 

Does God own the house…  letting me live as His servant…  or is the Title still in MY NAME…  It’s MY PLACE and Jesus is my roommate or my guest?

Galatians 2:20 NLT My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

It’s through Surrender that we receive the power (Holy Spirit) and performance (Abundant life in Christ!) 

 

Think about your motorcycle…
What IS the power and performance of your motorcycle?  (Battery, Exhaust, Fuel Mgmt system, Handlebars, Paint job!)  It’s the Engine!
If your engine isn’t set up properly and running right you have no power… you have no performance and it’s extremely frustrating!  Where’s the JOY in that?

Do you want your Engine running at optimum Power and Performance? 

 

 

So, Spiritually…  How does this apply to us?   What’s our engine?  

Proverbs 4:23 NLT – Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

 

NIV – Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

 

Our heart is the engine of our life…  It’s the inner man, the soul of a man…  Our heart controls our will, our wants, and our ways.  Everything we do, say, think, etc… is generated and comes from the Heart.

Matt. 15:19 NLT – For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.

 

Ezekiel 36:26 ESV – And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

 

Matt. 22:37 NIV – Love the Lord your God with all your heart

 

Our ENGINE (the Heart) is where the Power and our Performance comes from!   It’s important that we understand that…
Diagram:  V-Twin Motor and how it works.

 

 

 
               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suck – “Intake.”

Spiritually: So we’re only as good as what we’re putting into our Heart?

  • Fuel = God and His Word.
  • Air = Our Obedience to it!

Bang –  “Squeeze and Compression”

Spiritually: IF we’re Surrendered to God’s design and specs…

  • Christ (the Fire), Fuel (God’s Word), Air (Obedience to God’s Word)…
  • When those are compressed it creates Tremendous Power (BANG!)
  • If NOT set up right there’s a bang but it can damage us, our lives and those around us!

Blow   “Exhaust or Performance”

Spiritually:  The result of the Power which is the Abundant life in Christ in our life!

  • Sacrifice, Service and Sharing our Faith!

It’s a Constant Cycle… 

 

Adjustments need to be made from time to time to ensure it is within spec.

 

IF we’re SURRENDERED to God’s design and God’s set up of the Engine of our heart there is tremendous POWER and PERFORMANCE! We see a life of Sacrifice, a life of Service and a life that Shares their Faith in Christ!

 

2 Peter 1:3-8 NCVJesus has the power of God, by which he has given us everything we need to live and to serve God. We have these things because we know him. Jesus called us by his glory and goodness. Through these he gave us the very great and precious promises. With these gifts you can share in God’s nature, and the world will not ruin you with its evil desires.

Because you have these blessings, do your best to add these things to your lives: to your faith, add goodness; and to your goodness, add knowledge; and to your knowledge, add self-control; and to your self-control, add patience; and to your patience, add service for God; and to your service for God, add kindness for your brothers and sisters in Christ; and to this kindness, add love. If all these things are in you and are growing, they will help you to be useful and productive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Don’t let looks deceive you!  There’s tremendous POWER and PERFORMANCE when we’re SURRENDERED!

We tend to look at the outward appearance of things… the outward appearance of a man.  AND, we tend to work on “external things” to improve Power and Performance.

 

We add things a lot of things into our life that don’t give us the POWER or PEFORMANCE that we need!  All it does is add to our frustration and weighs us down…

 

Proverbs 21:2 ESV – Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart.

 

Heb. 12:1-2 NLT – Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame.  (Surrender!) Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

 

What’s the purpose of a Motorcycle?  To ride!

Every time Chick gets on “the Wreck” he expects Power and Performance.

 

That bike is Surrendered to him for his purposes and his pleasure… and designed for the way he rides.  The same applies with us.  We were created for God, for His purpose and pleasure.

 

It doesn’t matter who, what, why, when, where or how God wants to use us.

 

It doesn’t matter what’s on the outside… Who I am, where I’m from, my successes, or failures…  Cosmetic parts… Paint Job… Scratches, Dents, and Dings…  1 Samuel 16:7 ESV – For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”

 

The First thing, # 1 thing God does in us and with us… is Engine work (Heart) to give us the Power (Holy Spirit) and provide the Performance (The Abundant life in Christ). 

But we have to Surrender to it!

 

Matthew 15:8 – These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

 

Jeremiah 17:9-10 NLT – “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? 10 But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”

 

Psalm 139:23-24 NLT – 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.

 

Psalm 51:10 ESV – Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

04-02-17 – “Surrender”

04-02-17 – Surrender…

 

Last week, I shared that most people are looking for Happiness… to fill the emptiness or the void in their heart, soul.   And most try to fill it with things in the world, of the world.   It NEVER satisfies because you can’t fill something that can only be filled by God himself!

 

Our JOY, Real Happiness was lost in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned.  (The Relationship was broken!) Real Happiness doesn’t take place unless the Relationship with God is restored… and that only happens through Christ.

 

It’s the Right Relationship with Him… Living a life of Faith in Him (Thru Truth and Obedience to His Word) we fill the void and emptiness and experience REAL HAPPINESS and JOY!    The Thermostat is set!

 

I wanted to share that last week before this week’s topic of Surrender because the Devil deceives and lies to us so much and many times we buy into it and believe it!   IF we don’t expose the lie… we may NOT see the TRUTH!    

 

 

What does it mean to Surrender?   What is Surrender?

Definition:

  • “To yield to the power, control or passion of another upon compulsion or demand.”
  • “To give up completely or agree to forgo especially in favor of another.”
  • “To give oneself up into the power of another”

 

Surrender is NOT giving up my language, my emotions, bad habits… my things.  What are we giving up?   Ourselves!

Surrender means I give up all rights…  I cease resisting and submit…. to an authority, power greater than ourselves.  I give up My WILL, My WAY… 

 

Proverbs 14:12 – There is a way that seems right to a man but that way leads to death.

 

There’s no such thing as “partial” surrender! We’re either surrendered or we aren’t!   We’re either all in or we aren’t!   

We can be compliant and still not be surrendered!  That’s Religion! 

 

When we Surrender it means we give up all our rights to ourselves.  We absolutely, completely yield to the authority of Christ in every area of our life.  Spiritually, Mentally, Emotionally and Physically.  It means Jesus Christ owns me.  

 

Romans 12:1-2 NCV –  So brothers and sisters, since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship. Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.

 

 

The Battle of Surrender isn’t external, it’s internal!  It’s a battle of the will!  Who will I surrender to?

Galatians 2:20-21 NIV –  20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

 

John 15:5-11 NLT – “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.

“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!

 

 

The only way we become “authentic” followers of Jesus Christ is to surrender…  deny ourselves…  resist our will and our way and do what HE wants.   God doesn’t want my language, my stuff, my bad habits, my emotions, my sin…   God wants ME!!

There’s also an “initial” Surrender to Christ, but then we have a daily choice to Surrender.  It’s not a “once and your done.”

As we grow in our Relationship with Christ and our Faith (Trust & Obedience) we learn to Surrender (REMAIN IN HIM) more and more… which brings a deeper more intimate relationship with Christ and greater Faith!

John 3:30 NLT – (John the Baptist) He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.

 

Galatians 5:24 – 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their own sinful selves. They have given up their old selfish feelings and the evil things they wanted to do.

 

 

The more we surrender the more we empty ourselves of our sinful nature and the more we are filled with the Holy Spirit of God!   

 

Someone once said, The greatness of a man’s power is measured by his surrender!

 

There are a lot of “excuses” why people won’t or don’t Surrender their life to Christ!

  • I’ve got time… I’ll give my life to Christ when I’m older and “settled down.”

 

  • I don’t want to miss out or give up things that make me “happy!” (And be some miserable Christian.)  Now you see why we addressed that issue last week.

 

 

The Number 1 reason most won’t or don’t Surrender… isn’t an excuse at all.  

 

THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT!  John 3:19 NASB – 19 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.

 

We’re buying into the same lie Satan used with Adam and Eve…  If we Surrender to Christ we’re losing out… losing something… being “restricted” from REAL HAPPINESS and JOY!   So, we love the darkness!  We love our way, our will!

 

In Christ, when we SURRENDER TO HIM we don’t lose, or give up anything!   It’s the complete opposite!   We Gain!   It’s not “defeat” it’s VICTORY!

 

When we refuse to Surrender…  we’re saying we’re better off without God…  I’m better off doing things MY way than doing things God’s way.

When we refuse to Surrender…  even in the small areas of our life… WE lose,

 

When we refuse to Surrender to Christ WE become the barrier…  WE become our own worst enemy to God…  To the Power and Abundant Life that Christ came to give us!

 

We will only go and grow as far in our Relationship and in our Faith as we’re willing to Surrender.

Surrender is key that unlocks the door to the Power and Abundant Life (Performance) Christ wants to give us!

 

Luke 9:23-25 NCV – 23 Jesus said to all of them, “If people want to follow me, they must give up the things they want. They must be willing to give up their lives daily to follow me. 24 Those who want to save their lives will give up true life. But those who give up their lives for me will have true life.