07/09/17 – “Our View of God”

07/09/17 – Our View of God…

 

Does the way we view things have influence and impact in our life… the way we live our life?  Our decisions, choices, fears…

  • “First Impressions…”
    • Freedom Biker Church.
    • Fayetteville – Army Town…
    • Motorcycles… and they people who ride them.

 

In Marketing they say you only have 7 seconds to make a good impression.    Think about that… in 7 Seconds someone is going to sum you up! 

 

How we view things has a tremendous impact and influence on how we live and respond to life and the type of person we are  

 

What’s your view of God? 

– Judge                                     – Best Friend/Home boy          – Man upstairs

– Grandfatherly        – Body guard – Protector         – Vending Machine

 

Baylor Univ. conducted a study years ago and discovered there were 4 basic views that Americans had about God.

Authority God:  Angry Father or Judge just waiting to catch us doing something wrong and ZAP us!

Benevolent God: Grandfatherly figure… Non-judgmental.  No matter what we do He just loves us and God would never punish us, he loves us too much.

Critical God:  He is going to judge us one day after this life… but really isn’t involved with our lives here on earth.

Distant God:  A Cosmic Force.  Created everything, set the world in motion and left us for ourselves.

 

 

Those describe our view of God but that doesn’t describe God does it! 

God describes Himself in His Word and that’s really the only “correct” way to look at Him!

  1. OmniscientDid you know God can’t learn anything! He has never learned anything! HE CAN’T  He already KNOWS EVERYTHING! 

 

All knowing.  There is nothing HE doesn’t know, or is not aware of.

 

Heb. 4:13 NLT – 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.

Psalm 147:5 NLT – How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension!

 

 

  1. Omnipotent – Limitless in His power. There is NOTHING God can’t do or create.

Isaiah 40:28 NKJV – Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.

Luke 1:37 CSB – For nothing will be impossible with God.

 

How Powerful…

He’s Self-Sufficient/Self Existent.   Needs nothing but Himself to exist.  He IS life, time, space, matter, energy, light… He has never nor will He ever have a need… OF ANYTHING.

Jer. 32:17 CSB– Oh, Lord God! You yourself made the heavens and earth by your great power and with your outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for you!

 

He’s Sovereign.  He does what He wants, when He wants, as He pleases and nothing will stop Him.   There is no law or standard that God observes… HE is the standard.

Psalm 115:3 –  Our God is in the heavens, and he does as he wishes.

Psalm 103:19 – The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom rules over all.

 

He’s SUPREME.  (That’s NOT a Large with everything on it.)   It means there is NOTHING and NO ONE like Him, who compares to Him, or who is greater than He is!

Isaiah 46:9 NLT – Remember the things I have done in the past.  For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me.

 

  1. Omnipresent – Everywhere all the time. There’s no place that God isn’t!

Jer. 23:24 NLT – Can anyone hide from me in a secret place?Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” says the Lord.

Prov. 15:3 CSB – The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,observing the wicked and the good.

 

He’s Eternal.  Uncreated!”  Psalm 90:2 ESV – Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

 

 

  1. Omnibenevolent – Absolute Holiness, Purity and Goodness. There is nothing unholy, impure or bad about God or in God!

Exodus 15:11 NLT – “Who is like you among the gods, O Lord—glorious in holiness, awesome in splendor,performing great wonders?

Psalm 47:8 NKJV – God reigns over the nations;God sits on His holy throne.

1 Sam. 2:2 NLT – No one is holy like the Lord!There is no one besides you;there is no Rock like our God.

 

He’s Perfect HOLINESS and He has never, nor will He ever change!  He can’t!  He always keeps His word and His promises. ALL His promises.

Numbers 23:19 NIV – God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

 

 

Yeah, but isn’t it REALLY impossible to know what God is like? 

To an extent, because we’re Human and we can only comprehend so much.  However, God HAS revealed Himself to us.   

Colossians 1:19 NLT – 19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, 20 and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

 

Hebrews 1:3 NLTThe Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.

 

To have a correct “view” of who God is…  Look no further than Jesus.  Jesus is the Answer!

 

John 14:6-9 NLT – Jesus told him (Thomas), “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is.  From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!

 

Why is having a “right view of God” so important

An incorrect view of God distorts our view of “Self?”

A “right” view of God puts God at the center of the universe and we revolve around Him!

An incorrect view of God (usually a diminished view) puts US at the center of the universe…  And all things revolve around us!  (Another word for that…  “SELF CENTERED” or PRIDE.)

 

Isn’t that where our sin comes from?  Our Self Centeredness or our Pride!   Why did Satan fall from Heaven?  Pride.   I will, I want, I can, I can’t, I must…  The focus isn’t on God but on us!

 

Proverbs 16:5 NLT – The LORD detests the proud; they will surely be punished. 

James 4:6 ESV –  … God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

 

An incorrect view of God distorts our view of “Sin?”

If we are the center of the universe…  all things revolve around us.  It can’t possibly be a sin to satisfy my needs, desires, wants, will and my way!

 

At this point we begin to determine what’s acceptable and unacceptable behavior, what is and is not sinful. 

 

We no longer accept God as the Ultimate and Absolute Authority, or as the Truth!  Therefore, we no longer accept God’s definition of sin.

 

That’s what Paul was referring to in Romans 1:21-23 NLT21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies.25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.

 

 

An incorrect view of God distorts our view of “Salvation?”

If we elevate SELF and Sin is reduced to something that’s insignificant then what’s the purpose of Salvation?  Isn’t that also reduced to something insignificant?

 

Salvation?  Saved from what!?   Romans 1:25 – 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.

 

NOTE: Worship isn’t eliminated.  We’re going to worship because we were created to worship.  The problem isn’t worship it’s the “object” of our worship!

 

An incorrect view of God causes us to worship other things, people, places, ideas, philosophies, etc… rather than God!  

 

CONCLUSION:

The message applies to everyone here today (self-included).  We all have “our” view of God.  Therefore, we all have room to grow spiritually as we move from “our” view to a Biblical view of God.

 

We need to change the way we view God our impression of Him!   Maybe that’s why some of us are struggling… we have this incorrect view of God which is creating issues with how we look at Self, Sin and Salvation and that causes significant issues with our Surrender, Sacrifice, Serve and Sharing our Faith!

 

A.W. Tozer said “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”   That thinking shapes us, molds us, makes us, and determines our direction in life.

07-02-17 – “Sharing Our Faith” – Part 2

07-02-17 – Sharing Our Faith – Part 2

The result of a life that’s Surrendered to Christ, Sacrificing for Christ, and Serving Christ is one that SHARES their Faith in Christ! 

We Share Visibly…  We are to be “salt and light” to the world!   His Witnesses… His Ambassadors… Making Disciples…   People need to see Christ in us and in our life.

We Share Verballywhen God orchestrates the opportunity, we share about Christ and the Gospel and the Truth of God’s word.   (And, sometimes we may get to share verbally before they see our Walk.)

Our walk gives credibility to our talk.   It’s the most powerful witness and testimony we have.  People may argue with us and disagree with what we say… but they can’t argue and disagree when we’re living a Surrendered life for Christ, Sacrificing for Him and Serving Him!  

God can use anything but He cannot use me if I do nothing and say nothing!  God cannot use my SILENCE!

Statistics:  LifeWay Sept 2016 –

  • 73% who attend Church one or more times a month believe they have a personal responsibility to Share their Faith.
  • 75% of those say they feel comfortable being able to Share the Gospel.
  • 52% of those have only shared their Faith once in the past year.
  • Less than 25% pray for people to come to know Christ.

If followers of Christ are Surrendered, Sacrificing and Serving…   Why aren’t more Sharing their Faith!

 

Some reasons why…

1. I’m not living it so I don’t feel like I should Share anything

How many of us have made some mistakes, stumbled and fell as we’ve tried to live our life for Christ?   We don’t always get it right do we? 

Even in our mistakes, the times we stumble and even fall… God CAN use that…  Think about the great men of God like Abraham, Moses, David, Peter, Paul…   What do they have in common?

They made mistakes, failed but they also moved forward in FAITH!   Their mistakes/failures didn’t stop them from becoming great men of God and great men of Faith!

We also are going to make mistakes, stumble, and fall down at times…   But, what we do next says more about our Faith than our mistake!  And, IF God can use those men, He can use US!

Phil 3:13-16 NLT – 12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.  13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. 15 Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. 16 But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.

When we stop Sharing our Faith because we stumble, make mistakes, and even at times fail… we’re backing up!

 

2. Fear – Fear of Rejection, Persecution, loss of job, friends, family… Fear of saying the wrong things, making mistakes, failure, making a fool out of myself…  not knowing enough, knowing the right things…  fill in the blank!

Isaiah 41:10 NLT – Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.  I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Psalm 56:3-4– When I am afraid, I will trust you. I praise God for his word. I trust God, so I am not afraid. What can human beings do to me?

Joshua 1:9 NLTThis is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

2 Timothy 1:7 NCVGod did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control.

Fear is nothing but the devil!

 

3. Knowledge & Training We don’t know enough to SHARE.

John 16:13-14 NLT – 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. 14 He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me.

SHARE WHAT YOU DO KNOW and let the Holy Spirit guide you into all TRUTH!

What’s your story?  If there’s one thing you know it’s you and your story!

  • Life before Christ.
  • How you surrendered to Christ.
  • Living in Christ.

Share the Gospel… Every follower of Christ needs to be able to Share the Gospel and do so in 1 – 3 minutes.

 

4. The Wrong Focus, Priority –  As Followers of Christ what is our daily focus and priority?

Does anything glorify and honor God more than being Surrendered to Him, Sacrificing for Him, Serving Him and Sharing our Faith in Jesus Christ… Being a Visible and Verbal witness for Him on daily basis?

 

5. Complacency, Apathy – Many just don’t care if people know Christ! What other conclusion can we make? 

  • Less than 25% of Followers of Christ are praying for lost people.
  • 52% have only shared their faith once in the past year.

 

6. Christians don’t really see the need for Evangelism

 

LIFEWAY STATS: Sept. 2016 –

  • 60% of Christians say everyone eventually goes to Heaven. (Evangelicals were higher at 64%)
  • Only 50% of Christians agree that only Jesus gives us eternal life in Heaven.
  • 64% of Christians say God accepts the worship of all faiths.
  • 51% of Christians say the Bible was written for a person to interpret as he/she chooses.

7. We don’t want to offend anyone…   The gospel IS offensive. (WE shouldn’t be offensive but the Gospel is!)

1 Corinthians 1:18,23 – 18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.   23 So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.

 

8. I’d rather you be offended spend eternal life in Heaven than not offended and spend eternity in Hell!

9. A lot of Christians don’t know any lost people and/or won’t associate with them if they did…and they think that’s OK!

John 17:18 – Jesus said, Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.  John 20:21 – As the Father has sent me I’m sending you.

 

 

How in the world are we going to Share our Faith (Visibly and Verbally)… Be His Witness, Be an Ambassador, Be Salt and light in the world…  if we aren’t in the world. Not part of the world but in it!

 

These are just a few reasons we don’t share our faith…  You know what they all have in common?

They’re all from the devil!  He’s deceiving us to keep us from SHARING OUR FAITH and the Gospel!

The Devil doesn’t want you to SHARE “ANYTHING” about Jesus Christ even if we mess it up and make mistakes!   He wants you to be SILENT!

Again, what’s the only thing God CAN’T use?   Our SILENCE!

 

CONCLUSION:

As we wrap up today I want to encourage you to Share your Faith!  And recognize where the power to do that comes from!

 

We don’t open people’s hearts and minds to the things of God, the Truth of God, God’s Word and the Gospel.  Only the Holy Spirit of God does that…   He simply needs us to SHARE about our Faith!

And even in SHARING our Faith, the Holy Spirit guides us, leads us and directs us with what to say.

 

Paul, who wrote half of the New Test., an extremely bold witness for Christ, who was probably the best at Sharing the Gospel said this…

 

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 NLT – When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan.For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit.I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.

 

Like Paul, we don’t have to rely on our power, strength, education, wisdom, humor, illustrations, and expertise.   We rely on the Holy Spirit of God… All we do is Share our Faith and the Gospel!   

 

Here are some things you can pray for …

IF you don’t know Christ today in a Personal Relationship, your greatest need today is to accept Him as the Lord and Savior of your life!

  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to begin working on those in your circle of influence. Family, Friends, Co-workers, Neighbors, Classmates, Others…  Pray for people by name.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom to see where He’s working.
  • Pray for a passion, a boldness and a willingness to Share your story and the Gospel… to accomplish the work the Holy Spirit has started in their life!
  • Pray that you will be intentional about SHARING YOUR FAITH!

06-25-17 – “Sharing Our Faith”

06-25-17 – Sharing Our Faith

If we’re SERIOUS about Christ, our Relationship with Christ, Following Christ…  there are some things that are going to be evident in our life.    

 

We are “Surrendered” to Him: 

I completely and absolutely yield my rights… my wants… my ways… my will to the authority of Jesus Christ.

In every area of my life (Spiritually, Mentally, Emotionally and Physically) I am Surrendered!

 

We Sacrifice for Him:

I’m not living for myself anymore… I’m living for Christ.

I’m crucifying the “natural man” on a daily basis!   Allowing the Supernatural man (The Holy Spirit in us) to grow, develop, mature and thrive in our life.

 

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.

 

We Serve Him:

Why?  Because Jesus paid the price for our sin by dying on a cross for us.  He was God’s sacrifice and ours.   Because of the Mercy and Grace of God in Jesus Christ, we SERVE Him.

 

How do we Serve?

  • Passionately! With everything we’ve got!

 

  • And with our S.H.A.P.E
    • S – Spiritual Gifts
    • H – Hearts Desire
    • A – Abilities
    • P – Personality
    • E – Experiences

 

We Serve Christ as we Serve others…   Who?

  • The Body of Christ.
  • Those who don’t know Christ.

 

My Surrender, Sacrifice, Service…  is a daily continuous cycle or process (INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP) until the day we die.  It’s NOT “once and we’re done.”   It’s everyday…

 

 

The result of that Relationship, of the Surrender, Sacrifice, and Service is the SHARING of our Faith!   

 

SHARING of our Faith in Christ is the ACT of daily Surrender, Sacrifice and Service to the Lord.

 

What do I mean by that….  there are basically two ways we Share our Faith in Christ.   What we do and what we say.  We Share Visibly and Verbally. 

  1. We Share Visibly: What I do (day in and day out on a consistent basis) speaks volumes about my Faith in Christ even if I never say a word! 

2 Corinthians 4:4 – The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

When people “see” me… when they see my life…  when they see my family…  when they see the things I do…  Do they “see” Christ?!  What do my actions my life, my lifestyle communicate? 

 

Matthew 5:14-16 NLT – 14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

John 15:4-5 NLT – Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. “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.

Ephesians 5:8 ESV – For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.

James 2:14-16 MSG– 14-17 Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?

Acts 1:8 NLT – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

 

A Witness isn’t someone who has their relationship perfect with the Lord!   A Witness is someone with first-hand knowledge and experience of Him or with Him!

 

2. We Share Verbally: (Some form of communication) whether spoken or written about our Faith in Christ and/or the Gospel.

This is the easiest part of Sharing our Faith!   IT IS!  What’s easier… to do it, to live it, or to talk about it!

 

Matthew 28:18-20 NCV – 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All power in heaven and on earth is given to me. 19 So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach them to obey everything that I have taught you, and I will be with you always, even until the end of this age.”

1 Peter 3:14-16 NLT – 14 But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. 15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. 16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.

Colossians 4:5-6 NLTLive wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive (gracious, kind, seasoned with salt) so that you will have the right response for everyone.

 

We are more effective and influential in Sharing the Gospel when we walk the walk before we talk the talk!

 

1 John 1:5-7 CSB – This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in him.If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” and yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth. If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

CONCLUSION:

The only WRONG way to share our Faith is if we don’t share it!

The only thing that God can’t use is if we do nothing and say nothing!

 

God may orchestrate the opportunity to share our Faith verbally before someone can visibly see our walk.  I’m not suggesting that we have to be walking it before we can talk about it!  However, I’m convinced the “BEST” method of evangelism and Sharing my Faith in Christ is to be Surrendered to Him, to Sacrifice for Him and Serve Him!

 

People LISTEN because they see evidence!  The walk proves the talk to be reliable, credible and trustworthy!

 

What is my walk communicating about my Faith in Jesus Christ?  What is my walk Sharing with the world about Jesus Christ?

06-18-17 – “Father’s Day”

Father’s Day 2017

VIDEO – Dad, A Hero!  http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=FJ11J1NU

This idea to honor our Father & Mother wasn’t started by man, or our Nation. It was a God thing.
The first 4 Commandments God gave the Israelites were about their relationship with Him.  The last 6 are about their relationship with others.

In the 5th Commandment… notice who’s first on the list!  Exodus 20:12 NLT – “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

Again, it’s the only one of the Ten Commandments with a promise!

The Family (according to God’s design) is the foundation and bedrock of any society. As the family goes – so does society.
Fathers WE have tremendous influence and impact on the Family!  We play a significant role in our child’s spiritual, mental, emotional and physical development.

 

  • 63% of all youth suicides are from Fatherless homes.

 

  • 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from Fatherless homes.

 

  • 85% of children who show behavioral disorders are from Fatherless homes.

 

  • 80% of rapists with anger problems are from Fatherless homes.

 

  • 90% of repeat arsonists are from Fatherless homes.

 

  • 71% of H.S. Dropouts are from Fatherless homes.

 

  • 75% of patients in Chemical abuse centers are from Fatherless homes.

 

  • 70% of youths in “State operated Institutions” are from Fatherless homes.

 

  • 85% of all youth in prison are from Fatherless homes.

 

  • 71% of teen girls who become pregnant are from Fatherless homes.

FATHER’S WE “DO” MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!

We aren’t perfect and we make mistakes.  There’s a lot of things I didn’t do that I should have done.  Things I shouldn’t have done that I did. I certainly don’t feel like I was a very good Father or role model for my kids.  CERTAINLY not a HERO!

In spite of our mistakes… bad choices and our pride… God can still use us and our mistakes to His glory!  Romans 8:28-29 NLT – And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.

Maybe you didn’t know your Father, have a Father in the home, or have a very good experience with your Father… Whatever the situation was, someone was a “Father Figure” in your life or the Man you looked up to.  Choose to honor him today because we choose to honor God!

If you don’t have a very good relationship with your real Father, choose to honor God today…  call Him to wish Him Happy Father’s Day.  Honor him today because you choose to Honor God!
 

Ways to honor our Father.

1. Forgive him. Show him mercy as God has shown us mercy.

2. Show him Respect. (We are to show respect whether he’s earned it or not.)

3. Love him.  Isn’t that what Jesus did for us… Romans 5:8.

4. Spend some quality time with him.  Build a relationship.  YOU take the initiative.  God will honor you for it!

5. Learn his story…  there are some thing you may not be aware of.

6. Acknowledge the good (If nothing, at least you were born!)

7. Above all…  let him see Christ in you.   What happened in your past, in your childhood or even now doesn’t determine who you are and what you do!

Father’s, I want to encourage you today.  Just like that video…. You are the SUPER HERO, the WARRIOR in your story, in your family. No one else can be! No one else will be…. And if the world needs anything today… it’s Godly Heroes and Warriors!

British politician Edmund Burke once said, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” (I would change that to say all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for “Godly men” to do nothing.”)

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William Jerry Boykin who served at the Commanding General for US Special Forces Command at Fort Bragg from 2000 – 2003, and who is also a follower of Christ, said this about Warriors.

“Here’s what a warrior is.  It’s not the guy who is armed with an AR15 and 30 rounds mags.  The Warrior is someone who says: “This is what I love.  This is what I hold dear.  This is my family.  This is my country.  This is my faith.  And this is what threatens is.  This is the enemy.  You will NOT hurt what I hold dear.  You will NOT hurt what I love, without coming through me.”

In spite of our mistakes, bad choices, pride, and what seems like failure… God hasn’t given up on us, isn’t finished with us!  He can still use us to have influence and impact.  He hasn’t forsaken us, hasn’t forgotten us, hasn’t left us…  He hasn’t lost the battle!  IN FACT HE WON!  AND, He’s equipped us through His Spirit (The Holy Spirit) to fight… to be a Warrior, to be HIS Warrior!   (Do you know Him today?!  Father’s, Men are you on the right team?!)

Exodus 15:3 NLT – The LORD is a warrior; Yahweh is His name!

Rev. 19 – Jesus is coming back and He’s not coming as the Lamb but as the LION of God – a Warrior!

1 John 5:4 MSG – Every God-begotten person conquers the world’s ways. The conquering power that brings the world to it’s knees is our faith.

 

 

What do Gods Warriors fight for?
– Faith
– Family
– Friends
– Freedom in Christ!
How do we fight?

1 Samuel 17:45 ESV – Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted.

Ephesians 6:11 ESV – Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 ESV – Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

Jeremiah 20:11 ESV – But the Lord is with me as a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble; they will not overcome me. They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed. Their eternal dishonor will never be forgotten.

Joshua 1:9 NIV – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Revelation 2:26-27 The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father.

Proverbs 14:26 – “He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.”

Judges 6:12 – “The Lord is with you mighty warrior…”

FATHERS… YOU ARE THE MAN!  YOU ARE A HERO…  YOU ARE A WARRIOR…  AND WE CELEBRATE YOU!  There is NO weapon or strategy of Satan to defeat the man, the Father who is Surrendered to God, Sacrificing his life for God and Serving God!

In Crosswalk Devotion this past week:  10 Things that Father’s, God’s Warriors need to focus on:

1. RECOGNIZE there’s a War going on and we’re in it!

2. We need to “KNOW” our Commander in Chief and Stay on HIS side!  Jer. 9:23-24 ESV – “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”

3. Recognize the Enemy!  We have three and we will fight battles with them the rest of this life!

•       Satan
•       Self
•       Society

4. In Christ, we have ALL we need… and HE supplies all we need!

5. Stay FIT for the Battle!  (Spiritually, Mentally, Emotionally, Physically)

6. Keep your Armor on! (Eph. 6:10-20)

7. Train daily…  become “Skilled” with your weapons!  (God’s Word and Prayer!

8. Time is short… don’t waste time fighting for things that aren’t important.  Eph. 5:15-17 NLT – So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.  Make the most of every opportunity in these evils days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the LORD wants you to do.

9. Our Victory comes one battle at a time, one day at a time.

10. We are more successful, effective, and we overcome when we fight as a Band of Brothers!

06-11-17 – “Put The Kickstand Down” – Bill Johnson

Put The Kickstands Down…

 

Vacation

WE ALL NEED THAT! ~ Time to recharge, get refreshed and rejuvenated for the work ahead. I had my idea on what to preach on today, but as I prayed about it, God had a different idea.

*REST*…. JUST  PULL OVER, STOP  &  PUT THE KICKSTAND DOWN

As we are surrendered, sacrificing, serving and sharing…. we need to take the time to look out for our own spiritual health! 

  • When you’re sleepy ~ When you’re exhausted ~ When your worn out ~ When you’re Undone

JUST PULL OVER ~ STOP ~ PUT THE KICKSTAND DOWN! (Don’t forget) ~ REST

 It’s true spiritually too!

  • God rested ~ Gen 2:3 ~ So God blessed the 7th day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had.
  • Jesus did it ~ Luke 5:15b-16 ~ great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely (deserted) places to pray.
  • In the Garden of Gethsemane Matt 26:36 ~ Sit here while I go over there and Not once, but 3 times!
  • Jesus tells us to as well ~ Mark 6:31-32 ~ The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to rest.
  • Not to mention it’s a commandment ~ Exodus 20:8-10a ~ Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work…

 

 

  • If you don’t, you’re going to end up burned out and ineffective.
    • Burnout defined as ~ An exhausted state in which a person loses interest in a particular activity and even in life in general. Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, social, and spiritual exhaustion. It can lead to diminished health, social withdrawal, depression, and a spiritual

 

  • Wrapped up in our REST is our PEACE!

 

  • I was there in 2015. No Rest ~ No Peace. Ongoing problems in my marriage, Stepped down as Assoc Pastor, Separation, Why was I even here? Static in the Attic… Couldn’t even think…
    • Have you heard JD says sometimes it takes a whole take of gas to relax….
  • Packed up and went to the Outer Banks camping ~ alone…
    • 2 tanks and 3 days and still needed another day!

 

  • I needed to Recharge, Get Refreshed….. And GET A FRESH VIEW OF GOD….
    • Because my problems seemed bigger than my God!!
    • So I read my bible, listened to worship music, prayed, watched the sun rise, hung out on the beach, rode around on my motorcycle, went to church, AND stayed an extra day!
  • But I came back with a fresh view of God ~ a CORRECT view of

 

  • Summer time seems to be the busy time! Rides, Renovation, Vacation, Kids out of school, feel more like a taxi service than a mom or dad!
    • Money starts running short ~ just like your patiences…
      • Life pulls in so many directions….
    • Trying to stay connected to God….. but life is soooo busy….

 

•   How Do We DO IT……

  • When you’re sleepy ~ When you’re exhausted ~ When your worn out ~ When you’re Undone…

How DO we  JUST PULL OVER ~  STOP and PUT THE KICKSTAND DOWN ~ AND

REST?

 

  • Look back at Revelation Ch10, Perhaps give a little different application… or just a reminder.
    • Meaning doesn’t change ~ application can….
  • John gets a break from the prophecy from God… (1st Interlude) Three times through Revelation John get a chance to recharge, get refreshed and rejuvenate before he begins again…
    • He had see Jesus in all his
    • Received the letters to the
    • Seen the death of around 1/2 of the worlds population over 2 separate
  • 12 Times John had said “Then I saw” and he still had 32 more times to go!

 

The Angel and the Little Scroll

Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head, and his face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire. He had a little scroll open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the land, and called out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring.

 

When he called out, the seven thunders sounded. And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”

 

And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven and swore by him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, that there would be no more delay, but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.

 

Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, “Go, take the scroll that is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”  So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll. And he (The Angel) said to me, “Take and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.”  And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it. It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter. And I was told, “You must again prophesy about many peoples and nations and languages and kings.”

 

Walk through it in smaller bites to see how God uses this time to refresh, recharge & reignite John’s passion for his purpose in The Revelation of Jesus Christ!

 

What we want to leave with ~ The 4 Things we Need to be able to PULL OVER, STOP, PUT THE KICKSTAND DOWN & just REST!

 

  • Pull Over ~ Get A Fresh View of God ~ See the Majesty of God
    • Transcendence ~ excellence, supremacy, incomparability, matchlessness, peerlessness,

You have to have an accurate view of God for this world to make sense!

Little God ~ BIG PROBLEM’S ~ BIG GOD ~ Little problem’s ….. Perspective!!

 

Rev10:1-3a ~ 1Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head, and his face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire. 2 He had a little scroll open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the land, 3 and called out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring.

 

  • God gave John a fresh view of himself by letting him see his mighty angel!
  • Might Angel ~
    • Wrapped in a cloud (superman’s cape)
    • Face like the sun. 2 Cor 3:18 niv ~ And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever- increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the
    • Legs like pillers of Fire (Exodus led Israel with a cloud by day and pillar of fire by night!)
    • R foot in the sea, L foot in the land (Greatness of his size)
    • Little scroll open in his hand ~ (His size & His has a word for John)

 

  • For your perception of God to remain accurate, it has to be refreshed!
    • Problems and people can begin to pile up on
  • God doesn’t change, but our view does…
    • Things that suck the size out of God…..
      • Small things ~ Song of Solomon 2:15 ~ Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in
      • Sidetracks ~ Sometimes we’re involved in so many “good” things that we lose sight of the God things that HE has for us!
        • When life gets busy ~ Get back to the basics!

 

 

  • Single track ~ Our obligations… Those times when our focus is so much on where we’re going that we can’t see what God is doing around us… Eph 2:10
  • Life Suckers ~ You need a Life Saver, but all they do is suck the life out of you! Take and never give, until you have nothing left to give and then they’re gone!
  • Life Sucks ~ We are broken people in a broken world and we are not immune from the difficulties of this life. Horrible things happen to Christ followers too!
    • Rom 8:28 niv ~ And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his
  • If your problems are growing then your God is shrinking ~
    • Get away with God ~ Know who He is

Have an encounter with Him ~ Focus your heart and mind on Worship!

  • Indescribable – Encountering the Glory of God in the Universe by Lou Giglio & Matt Redman

 

When you’re Sleepy, Exhausted, Worn Out, Undone,  you have to ~  Pull over

~ Stop  ~ Put the Kickstand Down ~ and…

  • Pull Over ~ Get A Fresh View of God
  • Stop ~ Hear The Word of God (for YOU)

 

Rev 10:3b-4 ~ When he called out, the seven thunders sounded. 4 And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”

  • Over and over through scripture God’s voice is depicted as Four times in Revelation, In 1&2 Samuel, in Psalm 18:13 ~ The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.
  • Then John heard to seal up what was said – Don’t write it
  • We don’t know what it was… but it was a personal word for John…
    • What we do know is that John heard it, understood it, and was ready to write it down and God said no…. It was a personal word for John….
    • …And God has a word for you!
  • Let me say right now ~ Not every thought that pops into your head is a word from God!!!
    • We have an enemy ~ He is like a roaring lion seeking whom he can devour!

 

  • If you have someone running around telling you how God told me this and that…and they don’t explain how… be cautious….
  • Ways God typically “speaks” to us…

 

 

Method Frequency Test
From Word of God Itself. (Bible) 1000x   very common Don’t test it! just do it!
From Word through a person. 100x   less common Be Humble & receive it. Check it to the Bible.
From a Person.

Does not contradict the Word

10x   not common Check it Carefully.
From the Holy Spirit to Our Spirit 1x  uncommon Check the Bible Very Carefully Check with other mature Christians.
In a Dream to my Mind 1/10x   very uncommon Be Extremely Cautious Check every way!

Credit: James MacDonald

 

 

  • When things start piling up ~ you need to seek God and get a word from

Proverbs 8:17 Hebrew Bible ~ I love them who love me, and those that seek me earnestly find me.

 

•          When you’re Sleepy, Exhausted, Worn Out, Undone,  you have to ~  Pull over ~ Stop

~ Put the Kickstand Down ~ and…

  • Pull Over ~ Get A Fresh View of God
  • Stop ~ Hear The Word of God (for YOU)
  • Put the Kickstand Down ~ Anticipate The Judgement of God (For John)

 

Rev 10:5-7 ~ And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven 6 and swore by him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, that there would be no more delay, 7 but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.

  • The Mighty Angel took an oath….Swore by Him who lives forever…
    • Judgement is coming!
  • Jesus is returning!
  • There would be no more delay….
  • The end would be fulfilled just as the prophets has announced!
  • For John it was “Anticipate the judgement of God”
  • For you & I, it’s the fulfillment of his revelation to
    • Our response is the same either way… leave room for Him to work!
  • What is it that has you exhausted, worn out, undone?
  • What is the word you have from the Lord about it?
  • It may seem like a delay in your situation… It lingers…. I’ve been praying…
  • Don’t take matters into your own hands…

 

  • Habakkuk 2:3 niv ~ For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not

 

When you’re Sleepy, Exhausted, Worn Out, Undone,  you have to ~  Pull over ~ Stop

~ Put the Kickstand Down ~ and…

  • Pull Over ~ Get A Fresh View of God
  • Stop ~ Hear The Word of God (for YOU)
  • Put The Kickstand Down ~ Anticipate The Judgement of God (For John) (For us, the fulfillment of his revelation)
  • Rest ~ Embrace The Call of God

 

Rev 10:8-10 ~Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, “Go, take the scroll that is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” 9 So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll. And he said to me, “Take and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.” 10 And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it. It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter. 11 And I was told, “You must again prophesy about many peoples and nations and languages and kings.”

 

  • God told John to go and take the little scroll ~ the personal word for him ~  and eat
    • Sweet in John’s mouth, but Bitter in his stomach….
      • Have you ever noticed this life is many times bitter sweet?
      • Work, Relationships, Your Kids, or Parents, even this Christian walk…

 

 

  • We are not exempt from the trials and tribulations in this life because we are Christians. But we do have a hope and joy that other do not….
    • James 1:2-4 ~ Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking
    • So much of our growth in our faith comes from standing up under the pressure of the trials God has allowed in our
    • PSALM 46:10 ~ Be still, and know that I am
  • It’s in the receiving of our word from God that our view of God is made true;
  • That our faith grows and our strength is returned and we receive the Good that God promises and He receives the Glory that He deserves!
    • That is how we can STAND! That is how we can REST In the LORD!
  • Even though it was a bitter sweet word from God, John did what he was told to do….
    • You must again prophesy about many peoples and nations and languages and kings…
      • John’s vision wasn’t over, but his break, his time with the kickstand down was…
    • “YOU MUST” “You must again” (v11)
    • Time to get back to your calling
    • Enough of a break, there’s work to be

 

 

  • What must you do?
  • What is God desiring for you to do, or continue doing with Him that’s causing such unrest in your soul…. Sleepy, Exhausted, Worn Out, Undone…
  • Are you Resting in the Lord, Trusting Him to empower you to do what he has

called you to do?

 

  • Maybe it’s just time to weed… do a little spring cleaning and get rid of some of the junk that accumulated over the winter… Run some little foxes out of your .
  • Maybe it’s some leaches that have been sucking the life out of you for to long… always

taking and never returning.

  • Maybe shift some priorities…
  • Maybe sifting some sin out of your life…

 

 

  • I don’t know….. BUT GOD DOES!
  • He knows exactly what’s going on with you, even better than you do. And he is present and desires to recharge, refresh and rejuvenate you for the work he prepared for you before you were even born…
    • Eph 2:10 You are God’s masterpiece, created anew in Christ Jesus, to do the good works he prepared in advance for you to do!

 

  • The 1st place to start is whether or not you even have a relationship with the
    • James said “You say you believe in God, good, even the demons believe, and they ”
  • The question is: Do you know him as LORD? IS HE LORD OF YOUR LIFE?
  • John 3:16 ~ For God so loved the world that he gave His only son, that whomever believes on Him shall not perish, but have everlasting
  • Romans 10:9 ~ If you declare with your mouth “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart

that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

  • Dont miss out on all that God has intended for you by settling for the cheap imitation this world has to offer!
    • Don’t miss out on the REST that only HE can
      • Don’t miss out on the BEST that he has purposed for your life.

06-11-17 – “Serving” – Part 3 – Serving Others

Serving God – Part 3.  Serving Others!

 

Why do we Serve?   If we’re Surrendered to Christ, if we’re willing to Sacrifice our life for Him… then we belong to Him, we are not Servants or Volunteers…  We’re His Slaves and it’s out DUTY to SERVE the Master!

 

How can we Serve?

  1. Passionately!
  2. We can Serve God most effectively with our S.H.A.P.E
  • S – Spiritual Gifts
  • H – Hearts Desire
  • A – Abilities
  • P – Personality
  • E – Experiences

 

We don’t use our SHAPE for ourselves, to serve ourselves…  We Serve Christ as we Serve others

Author Jim George said, “There is no impact without contact.”

 

To SERVE effectively (the way Jesus wants us to SERVE) we have to be involved, engaged, and connected with PEOPLE! 

Matthew 4:19 – Jesus said, Follow me and I will make you Fishers of Men.  The Message (Follow Me); The Method (Being made by Christ); The Motive (A Fisher of Men.)

 

There are two primary groups we Serve or Minister to. 

  1. The Body of Christ.

Romans 12:10-11 NIV – 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

1 Peter 4:10 NLT – 10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

Galatians 5:13-14 NLT13 For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. 14 For the whole law (Bible) can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

 

The Church will never be what it’s supposed to be unless we learn how to serve one another.  If we can’t minister to and serve one another in love…  How in the world are we going to reach the lost?

 

 

  1. The World or the Lost! Those who don’t have a “relationship” with Jesus Christ.

 

Matthew 20:27-28 NCVWhoever wants to become first among you must serve the rest of you like a slave. 28 In the same way, the Son of Man did not come to be served. He came to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many people.”

Romans 5:8 NLTBut God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (John 3:16… For God so loved the World…)

Acts 1:8 NLT – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

 

The world is full of people who don’t know Christ and for many the only thing that will change their mind and heart toward Him is when they see people who are Surrendered to Him, Sacrificing for Him and Serving Him!  It’s in our SERVICE where they see the Surrender and Sacrifice.

 

 

Before we just “dive-in” there are some things we need to do that will help us be more effective.  

  1. Pray: Pray for Wisdom, Discernment, Guidance, Strength, Endurance.

Proverbs 3:5-7 NIV – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.

James 1:5-6 NLT – If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.

Psalm 119:105 ESV – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

John 16:13 NLT – When the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all truth…

  1. Wait for God… Be Patience but don’t Procrastinate:

Many of those doors are already open for us to Serve…  We just need to be observant and look to see where God is already working.

God’s working everywhere.  All we have to do is join Him.  Don’t get ahead of God but at the same time don’t be lagging behind.  God’s timing is perfect!

 

When we wait on God it’s so much easier, resources come, wisdom is given, there’s unity and harmony and it’s almost effortless.    

 

Isaiah 40:31 NKJV – But those who wait (trust, hope) on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

 

 

  1. Be Proactive and Plan: If you’re shooting at nothing you’re going to hit it every time! (And the sad part is you might think you’re making progress!)

A lot of people think it’s unspiritual to Plan.   I don’t need a plan… let’s just trust the Lord.   We’re letting the Holy Spirit lead.

 

We “Plan” projects, vacations, events, activities, rides, birthday parties, evenings out, meals, etc…  Our calendars are FULL of Plans!   We “PLAN” everywhere else but we won’t “PLAN” to SERVE?

 

When we plan we are more effective, more efficient, and we accomplish our objective more often with a Plan.

 

If we Plan “worldly” things why wouldn’t we want to be effective and efficient in Serving God!?  Is it really unspiritual that we should “PLAN” to our “best” to Serve God?

 

Proverbs 21:5 NLT – Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

Proverbs 11:14 MSG – Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.

Luke 14:28 ESV – For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?

We CAN go to the extreme and have everything planned to the point the Holy Spirit has no room to work or do anything.   That’s not planning, that’s restricting God. 

 

  1. ACT on it!  Start INVESTING your Gift!  

 

Don’t dig a hole and bury what you’ve been given by God!  Use it, start investing it for Him!

More often than not, it’s not the Fantastic, the Phenomenal, the outrageous…  It’s in the little things…  the day to day menial tasks of everyday life where God wants me to SERVE Him, to honor Him!

 

If we aren’t serving God faithfully in the little things…  why would we be expecting some Fantastic, Phenomenal or Outrageous assignment from God!?

 

 

  1. We Serve the Lord by serving others. We don’t serve ministries, programs, a process, agendas or ‘to do’ lists…

 

Ministry is about People.  We need to be intentional and focused on the People God puts into our lives! 

 

The body of Christ: John 13:35 MSG – Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”

 

The world, those who are lost: Romans 12:20 –   … “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

 

  1. Prepare for Problems You think the devil is just going to stand by and let us serve one another and reach people for Christ and do nothing!

 

James 1:12 ESV – Blessed is the man who remains steadfast (doesn’t give up, give in, keeps going) under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

 

Ephesians 6:11 NLT – Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.

 

CONCLUSION:

More than anything, the devil wants to keep us the Body of Christ from Serving…  from using our SHAPE to Serve God!  Why?   

 

  • Think of the influence and impact our Serving would have on the world.
  • Think of how the Church (and each one of us) would grow, develop, mature in our relationship with Christ and become more like Him as a result of our SERVING.
  • Think of the issues in the world that could be addressed and possibly eliminated if all God’s people SERVED.
  • Think of the number of people who would be introduced to Jesus Christ? Who would Surrender their life to Christ… simply because we Served.