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December 05, 2018
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. So, today we continue with a Christmas Edition of First Things, going back to the First Thing in Matthew 1:18-25
Although it appears to be the FIRST THING, we have to go back further to some 300 references to the Messiah, written over 1,000 years, fulﬁlled in Christ. The truth of the written Word of God is found in the prophecies fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth in the 30+ years of His life, many fulfilled in one day of His life!
The words in Isaiah 7:14 written hundreds of years before the birth of Christ… “Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold; the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”
In Isaiah 9:6… “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (NLT)
Genesis 3:14-15 “The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all the cattle, and more than any animal of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat All the days of your life. And I will put enmity (open hostility) between you and the woman, and between your seed (offspring) and her Seed; He shall [fatally] bruise your head, And you shall [only] bruise His heel.” (AMP)
God passes judgment on the serpent, Adam, Eve. The bad news for the devil is there is no good news. The good news for Adam/Eve is her Seed would crush the serpents head. God had a plan!
You see when the enemy comes, God always has a plan! Isaiah 59:19 “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift a standard against him”! So, when we see the birth of Christ the seed of Satan is still in opposition to the seed of the woman (Herod kill all the boy babies in Bethlehem two and under). The crucifixion of Jesus was the bruising of the heal of Christ. Satan felt victorious in killing the Son of God on Passover! But…! Christ ripped the gates off hell and walked out trampling death, hell and the grave under his feet. Crushing the head of the enemy! God had a plan!
This is more than a story, a fairy tale; It’s God’s plan. His plan is our redemption, our salvation.
Jesus’ name is not used in Genesis 3:15 but He is the Seed of Mary, the Son of God (Genealogy Matthew 1 – IMPORTANT).
In Genesis 3:15 it was the seed of woman…Matthew 1:25… Joseph had no sexual relations with her until her (seed) son was born.
When God wanted to save the world, He sent His Son! God had a plan! The One who would crush Satan would be a King, born of a Virgin, in an obscure little town.
Only He could break the curse of sin. God had a plan FIRST! God was up to something. Four hundred years of silence. Faith had been reduced to religious activity. It was a dark time!
The enemy will tell you there is no hope; he is a liar! Romans 5:1-11
November 26, 2018
“The main thing is to keep the main the main thing.” What is the main thing in your life? What is the “first thing” that pushes all non-essentials out of the way? People want to know God’s will for their lives, and when people ask about God’s will, they’re typically thinking about what they should do next in a particular area of their lives or a particular location. Who should I marry? Where should I go to school? Which job? Where should I live?
But these are all “number two’s” when it comes to God’s will. His perfect will is, first and foremost, that we give thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV).
The verse says we are to give thanks “in” everything NOT “for” everything.
John 6:11 “Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and passed them out to the people. Afterwards, he did the same with the fish. And they all ate until they were full.”
Giving thanks FIRST enters a situation IN the will of God thereby activating faith for the supernatural.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
- Philippians 4:6-7
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
“Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.”
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.”
Why should we give Him thanksgiving?
1) He Forgives
Psalm 103:3 “Who forgives all my iniquities; who heals all my diseases…”
2) He Heals
3) He Redeems
Psalm 103:4 “Who redeems your life from destruction; who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies…”
4) He Satisfies
Psalm 103:5 “Who satisfies your mouth with good things; so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
Want to be in the perfect will of God? IN everything give thanks for this IS the will of God in Christ Jesus our Lord!
November 19, 2018
“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” Jesus, in the book of Matthew, gives us seven “first things” First Things First = The Power of Spiritual Alignment! First Seek the Kingdom (Aligning our Priorities), First Remove the Log (Aligning our Attitudes), First be Reconciled to your Brother (Aligning our Relationships) First Bind the Strong Man (Aligning Our Authority). Today we look at First the Greatest Commandment (Aligning our Heart with Gods Heart). Matthew 22:37 (NKJV)
What does it mean to love God with all our hearts?
- RECOGNIZE THAT OUR AFFECTIONS DETERMINE OUR DIRECTION…
- UNDERSTAND THAT OUR AFFECTIONS FOLLOW WHAT WE TREASURE…
- Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.”
- Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.”
- AIM TO MAKE JESUS YOUR GREATEST TREASURE…
- Philippians 3:8 “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”
How do you love the Lord with all your soul?
Loving the Lord with all our heart has to do with affection, loving the Lord with all our soul has to do with devotion.
- Make Godly choices…
- Choices flow from what we treasure most.
- Love the Lord with all your soul by pursuing His Word…
- Love the Lord with all your soul by a life of humility in attitudes and speech…
- “Meekness is power and privilege under control. It speaks of restraint in the use of power except to promote love. Meekness is not to be confused with weakness which is the absence of strength.” - Mike Bickle
The language of the mind is images.
Here are four unique ways to love the Lord with our minds…
- The mind is the learner, not the leader.
- A. W. Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
- Isaiah 63:7 “I will tell of the kindnesses of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us.”.
- 1 John 3:18 “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”
- Love Him with what our hands find to do…
- Love Him with our eyes and what they see…
- Love Him with ears to hear…
- Love Him with feet to go…
- Love Him with our mouth to speak…
November 13, 2018
Text: Philippians 3:12-14: 4:13
Philippians 3:12-14 (New King James Version) 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:13 (New King James Version) 13 I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.
Introduction: There are two times when a person stops: after a defeat and after a victory. You must maintain your forward momentum and not lapse into relaxation.
Life Lesson: One of the greatest prizes of victory is the opportunity to do more.
It is a great achievement that you have graduated from The School Of Ministry: now seize the opportunity to do more!!
Life Lesson: The more you do, the more you can do. “Perhaps it is a good thing that you haven’t seen all your dreams come true. For when you get all you wish for, you will be miserable. To be reaching out, to remain unsatisfied is a key to momentum.” John L. Mason
10 years from today, what will I wish I had done now?
Am I deliberately planning to be less than I am capable of being?
Am I willing to give up what I have in order to become what I could be?
4 Things I must do now to keep going forward:
1. I must decide on pursuit – v12a, v13a
Philippians 3:12-13 (New King James Version) 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
a. Keep pursuing God
(1) Devotions with God
(2) Ministry to others
(3) “Reader are Leaders” – John Maxwell
b. Keep pursuing growth
c. Keep pursuing your giftedness
LET GO OF WHATEVER MAKES YOU STOP!!
2. I must discern my purpose – v12b
Philippians 3:12 (New King James Version) 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
a. Life Lesson: “the purpose of life is to have a life of purpose.” Robert Byrne
Purpose: the unique reason for your being on earth in which you bless others and glorify God. DNA/FINGERPRINTS NO ONE ELSE HAS; A PURPOSE NO ONE ELSE HAS!!
b. 5 things will reveal my purpose:
(1) What has God revealed to me in prayer?
(2) What is my passion?
(3) What gives me pleasure? – What am I good at?
(4) What gives me pain? – What am I grieved by?
(5) What gives me a promotion? – What gets me ahead?
Keep searching; keep going: LET GO OF WHATEVER MAKES YOU STOP!!!
3. I must determine to be persistent – v13b, 14a; 4:13
Philippians 3:13-14 (New King James Version) 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:13 (New King James Version) 13 I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.
a. The root meaning of success is “to persevere” to follow through.
b. Life Lesson: You will be judged by what you finish, not by what you start.
c. Fact: 90% of all failures result from people quitting too soon.
d. Persistence ignores momentary setbacks: “forgetting the things which are behind”
e. Persistence does not get overconfident with past accomplishments.
f. Persistence requires focus and broken focus is one of the main reasons for failure.
g. Persistence requires patience: one battle at a time; one slice at a time.
h. Life Lesson: You always uncover opportunity by applying persistence to possibilities.
BE PERSISTENT: LET GO OF WHATEVER MAKES YOU STOP!!
Earl Nightingale said, “A young man once asked a great and famous older man, “How can I make a name for myself in the world and become successful?” The great and famous man replied: “You have only to decide upon what it is you want and then stay with it, never deviating from your course no matter how long it takes, or how rough the road, until you have accomplished it.” Winners simply do what losers don’t want to do. Success is largely a matter of holding on after others have let go.
4. I must be dedicated to purity – v14b
Philippians 3:13-14 (New King James Version) 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
“……the upward call of God
a. My commitment to the Lord – Commitment is doing what you said you were going to do long after the mood that you said it in has worn off.
b. The call of the Lord: all are called to make disciples as we are on a mission. During 9-11, a group of first responder firemen and policemen watched as the South Tower had fallen but they decided to stay in the North Tower, knowing it would inevitably fall as well. What compelled them? They were compelled by a focus and a mission to save lives. Not only were they on a mission, but they owned the mission. When you own a mission, sacrifice is a given and everything is but a shadow in comparison. Has The Great Commission captured your heart; drive you to prayer? What are you willing to sacrifice for the mission? What are you willing to walk away from in order to accomplish your particular mission?
Life Lesson: True fulfilment is the pursuit of your mission and purpose.
c. The call to remain pure and faithful:
The Upward Call Of God Is:
(1) to maintain holiness of character especially when no one is looking
(2) to preach the truth in spite of criticism and persecution: “if there is no controversy in your ministry, there is probably very little content in your preaching.” Al Mohler
In Conclusion, keep going forward by these 4 things:
1. Decide on Pursuit
2. Discern your purpose
3. Determine to be Persistent
4. Be dedicated to Purity
Let Go Of Whatever Makes You Stop!!
November 12, 2018
Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV)
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Luke 6:46-49 (NKJV) “But why do you call Me, “Lord, Lord, and do not do the things which I say.?
"Whoever comes to Me, and hears my sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built his house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”
Key Take Away #1
Jesus here teaches that there will be three kinds of people in the future established church.
Key Take Away #2
We are guaranteed to overcome any crisis in life if we obey what Jesus says.
1. The ______________ In The Church – v46
a. They talk the talk but do not walk the walk
b. They want Jesus as Savior but not as ________.
c. They allow their confession to sabotage their obedience.
Example: “I can’t forgive, it’s not in my nature”; “this is the
the way I am, and I’m not going to change.”
d. Jesus says, “Lord, Lord” twice to show mankind uses
the double emphasis when there is an _____________.
2. The _________________ In The Church - v47-48
a. Note the degrees of ____________ – v47
(2) __________: passive, aggressive hearers
(3) __________: applies the Word to their lives. – James 1:22 “But be doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
b. Note the description of an _____________ – v48a
(1) The house is their Christian life: our everyday
actions affect the stability and structure of our house.
(2) The foundation is the decisions one makes in life.
We must make decisions based on the Word.
You and I are the product of our decisions
We need to beware of decisions that would put a sinkhole in our foundation and potentially destroy our spiritual house.
(3) To do this, they must dig past their self-will by the
________ and enabling _______ of the Holy Spirit;
they dig past their feelings; even their upbringing,
and become a doer of God’s Word – James 1:22
c. Note the deluge (flood/crisis) that __________ - v48b
(1) The inevitability of floods/crisis – “And when the flood arose.”
(2) The intensity of the floods/crisis – “the stream beat vehemently against that house.”
4 Types Of Floods That Will Hit
(4) ___________ – death, divorce, disease, unemployment, rebellious children, addictions, etc.
d. Note the dependability of the Rock – “and could not shake it for it was founded in the rock.” (The Rock is Jesus and The Word of God)
As leaders, we are to prepare and equip our people to overcome the floods and storms that life presents, not always to be the lifeguard who rescues them.
We must train our people to need us less and less.
3. The __________________ In The Church – v49
a. These have ___________ with God – v49a “But he who heard and did nothing…”
b. These have ___________ to God – v49b “is like a man building a house without a foundation…”
I believe these are saved but in danger of being lukewarm. “Partial obedience is disobedience.”
c. These have __________ from Satan – v49c “against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”
(And people call these hypocrites in the church, and they turn off people from getting saved; these are those who are always in battles; up and down Christianity; they never dig deep past their self-will and are washed away by life’s floods)
November 05, 2018
“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” Jesus, in the book of Matthew, gives us seven “first things” First Things First = The Power of Spiritual Alignment! First Seek the Kingdom (Aligning our Priorities), First Remove the Log (Aligning our Attitudes), First be Reconciled to your Brother (Aligning our Relationships), and today we look at part 2 First Bind the Strong Man (Aligning Our Authority). Matthew 12:29 (NKJV)
In some way by the strong man who comes to steal, kill and destroy according to John 10:10.
He comes to “steal”: You used to have it, now it is gone.
He comes to “kill”: It was alive at one time, growing/bearing fruit now it is dead.
He comes to “destroy”: There was something in your life that could have been powerful. The enemy stopped it, destroyed it, hindered it or crippled it.
1 Samuel 30:1-8
In Matthew 28:18 Jesus says, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth..” He then says to “Go”; In the book of Mark He said “Go” “In My Name, you will...” Jesus has bound the strong man we, as the Church, are positioned to plunder the strong man’s house. Yeshua Hamishia has won the victory over Satan; He defeated him in His life, with His substitutionary death on the Cross, in His resurrection and His ascension to the throne of God.
Nothing the enemy has tried to steal from us belongs to him; he is a thief. God has already bought us with a price by the power of the cross, the blood of Jesus Christ, the resurrection, now the same Spirit that raised Him from the dead can live inside of us! Satan uses manipulation/deception to steal, but we use the power of truth to recover all he has taken.
1 Samuel 30:17-19 (So David recovered ALL)… Don’t lose your fight, don’t be discouraged, get up; encourage yourself in the Lord, strengthen yourself in the Lord, position yourself, ask of the Lord then Go recover all! Recover what?
1) Recover relationships the enemy has sought to destroy
- The words from Isaiah the prophet ring in my ears, “Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations…”
- Recover your marriage, relationship with your children, parents, siblings, friends. BELIEVE! Say it with me “BELIEVE”! Believe that all relationships that belong in your life will be restored so God can use these relationships to build His Kingdom.
2) Recover personal promises God has given you through His Word
- 2 Corinthians 1:20 “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”
- Promises God has given you are circled in your Bible, notes written in the margin; sent from a friend or loved one; taught to you by someone in this building. Scriptures connected to a promise God gave you!
- Don’t give up, don’t lose your fight, go recover! Trust the Word of God!
3) Recover prophetic words the enemy has stolen
- What prophetic words regarding your life, your future have you given up on?
4) Recover the spirit of faith that perseveres, faith that overcomes
- Romans 1:17 “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘the just shall live by faith.”
- Matthew 9:29 “Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.”
5) Recover belief in the supernatural power of God
6) Recover loss, patience and wisdom in finances
7) Recover the wasted years
- Joel 2:25 “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust and the chewing locust. My great army which I sent among you.” God promised Israel that He would restore everything that had been taken, even the years.
8) Recover the joy of the Lord
- Psalm 30:5 “For His anger is but for a moment, His favour is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
- Psalm 51:12 “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.”
- Proverbs 12:25 “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad!” Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart does good like the medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” Joy, laughter brings healing!
Align your Authority, First Bind the Strong Man, recover all today; Relationships, Personal Promises, Prophetic Words, Faith, Belief for the Supernatural, Finances, Wasted Years, Joy!
October 29, 2018
“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” Jesus, in the book of Matthew, gives us seven “first things” First Things First = The Power of Spiritual Alignment! We have been discovering the power of “first things”. First Seek the Kingdom (Aligning our Priorities), First Remove the Log (Aligning our Attitudes), First be Reconciled to your Brother (Aligning our Relationships), and today we look at First Bind the Strong Man (Aligning Our Authority). Matthew 12:29 (NKJV)
The strong man who comes to steal, kill and destroy according to John 10:10.
2 Corinthians 2:11 tells us we are to be alert lest Satan should take advantage of us, for we are not ignorant of his devices. What in your life has the enemy come to steal, kill and destroy?
He comes to “steal”: You used to have it, but now it is gone. He has taken it from you; it no longer exists in your life.
He comes to “kill”: It was alive at one time, growing and bearing fruit but now it is dead.
He comes to “destroy”: There was something in your life that could have been powerful; transformational. The enemy stopped it, destroyed it, hindered it, crippled it.
1 Samuel 30:1-4… David made some terrible choices without consulting the Lord in 1 Samuel 27. He decides the only way get away from Saul is to go to the land of the Philistines, Israel’s enemies. Ziklag was a real place with a real address in the South region of Judah.
When David fled from Saul, he and his 600 men sought refuge with Achish, a King of the Philistine city of Gath. This is the same David anointed by Samuel. This is this the same David that Killed the Giant with a sling/stone. The Same David stands before a Philistine King; he has dragged 600 of his finest men in humiliation/ dishonour. He has brought them to the enemies camp begging for a place to sleep in safety like a dog.
David didn't care anymore, as long as he didn't have to worry about SAUL. The enemy will tell you if you'll come on over you can stop looking over your shoulder. You can chill, kick back, enjoy the good life. I am here to tell you he is a liar.
When you start looking for a place to run from God, the enemy always has somebody near who will take you to Ziklag!
1 Samuel 27:1 " Now I shall perish someday by the hand of Saul".
Lie #1: You will die before your time
David became convinced that GOD was going to let him die! That was a lie. If you listen to the devil' s lies long enough he will eventually tell you one that you start to believe. The Truth was David was God's choice to lead Israel (I Samuel 16:12-13). God has his hand on you and nothing, or nobody can destroy you until you accomplish the work God has His hand on you to do!!
Lie #2: THE DEVIL WILL PROVIDE FOR YOU…
I Samuel 27:6-7
David risked his life, the lives of His men, their families every day just to stay. The Philistine leaders found out about him told ACHISH TO SEND HIM HOME! David and his men were humiliating themselves marching in the shadows of a Philistine battalion; the Amalekites burned Ziglag to the ground! The enemy will use you foolishly, humiliate you publicly and destroy everything you own, steal everything you love. He is a liar! Caedmon’s Call lyrics “This world has nothing for me, And this world has everything All that I could want And nothing that I need.” Jesus came to give you life and life more abundant.
David figures it out in the ruins of Ziklag 1 Samuel 30:6-8 I’m sure the devil thought he had him, no way of getting out of this one! But God! The enemy missed the favour of God on David; he missed David would come to himself, he missed that David would remember the battle is the Lords. The enemy missed David remembering who he was in the Lord. The enemy forgot what was possible when David encouraged himself in the Lord, delighted himself in the Lord, called upon the name of the Lord. Right then and there, David FIRST Bound the Strongman. He repented, He strengthened Himself in the Lord, asked of the Lord, did what God said! BE - KNOW - DO, FIRST THINGS FIRST!