Unshakeable Convictions

Posted: November 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

Today we are continuing our series called “Unshakeable”. In the series we look at men and women in the Bible who stood firm or acted courageously when the odds were against them.  Week 1 we talked about Ehud the left handed judge. Being left handed was unique and it enabled him to do something for God. Last week Rachael did an amazing job talking about Rahab and the cord of hope, covering unshakeable hope. This week we will be in Daniel chapter 1 talking about 4 boys; Daniel, Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego.

Several years ago, I was in a car accident.  I was parked along the curb and ran into a store. When I came out, I checked my mirrors and pulled out only to side swipe a freshly painted el camino.  It turns out he worked at the local paint and body down the street. MY take on the whole thing was that I didn’t hit him, he shouldn’t have been there. The police arrived and didn’t care for the other driver and his story wasn’t matching up.  One of the officers pulled me aside and said, “right now it looks like it is your fault, unless you tell me you saw him change lanes and then it will be his fault. So tell me again what you saw.” So I once again explained to him what happened. The officer again stated “sir, listen to me……..now tell me again what you saw.” I answered him saying, “no I heard you, I did not see him change lanes, so I can’t tell a lie. My integrity is too important.”

How much is your integrity worth to you? At what point are you willing to compromise your convictions.

This whole story is about 4 young boys, teenagers and their convictions.

 

Daniel 1:1-20 “During the third year of King Jehoiakim’s reign in Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. The Lord gave him victory over King Jehoiakim of Judah and permitted him to take some of the sacred objects from the Temple of God. So Nebuchadnezzar took them back to the land of Babylonia and placed them in the treasure-house of his god. Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, his chief of staff, to bring to the palace some of the young men of Judah’s royal family and other noble families, who had been brought to Babylon as captives. “Select only strong, healthy, and good-looking young men,” he said. “Make sure they are well versed in every branch of learning, are gifted with knowledge and good judgment, and are suited to serve in the royal palace. Train these young men in the language and literature of Babylon.” The king assigned them a daily ration of food and wine from his own kitchens. They were to be trained for three years, and then they would enter the royal service. Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were four of the young men chosen, all from the tribe of Judah. The chief of staff renamed them with these Babylonian names: Daniel was called Belteshazzar. Hananiah was called Shadrach. Mishael was called Meshach. Azariah was called Abednego. But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods. Now God had given the chief of staff both respect and affection for Daniel. But he responded, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has ordered that you eat this food and wine. If you become pale and thin compared to the other youths your age, I am afraid the king will have me beheaded.” Daniel spoke with the attendant who had been appointed by the chief of staff to look after Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. “Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,” Daniel said. “At the end of the ten days, see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king’s food. Then make your decision in light of what you see.” The attendant agreed to Daniel’s suggestion and tested them for ten days. At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king. So after that, the attendant fed them only vegetables instead of the food and wine provided for the others. God gave these four young men an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom. And God gave Daniel the special ability to interpret the meanings of visions and dreams. When the training period ordered by the king was completed, the chief of staff brought all the young men to King Nebuchadnezzar. The king talked with them, and no one impressed him as much as Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. So they entered the royal service. Whenever the king consulted them in any matter requiring wisdom and balanced judgment, he found them ten times more capable than any of the magicians and enchanters in his entire kingdom.”

 

1. Daniel was determined not to defile himself. Vs

This part of the story is all about food. They were 4 teenagers who weren’t willing to break their diet. I have tried diets, all of them. If you put a good home made dessert in front of me, that diet goes out the window. These are Jewish boys. There diet is not about weight loss, or vegan or gluten free. They weren’t lactose intolerant. Their diet is about Biblical instruction. God had given clear instruction in the Bible about what a Jew could or could not eat. (Lev. 11:3-24) They are at the king’s table. It’s not at hometown buffet, where it’s easy to pass because your not sure what it is.  The king’s table is equivalent to the fanciest restaurant you can think of. It has the finest of foods, the best money can offer. These teenage boys show restraint. Why? Their convictions. They were not willing to compromise what God had asked of them.

a.  His desire to live biblically was greater than his desire to lived comfortably.
If you only hear one thing this morning hear this.  Their desire to live biblically was greater than their desire to live comfortably.  They  chose conviction over comfort. It was only about food, it wasn’t even money or promotion

Think about that, they said no to the king. Have you ever compromised your integrity because someone in authority over you asked you to? I have, and I have regretted it later.

 

2. “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities” Luke 16:10.

a. Faithful in the little things – The food prepared them for the furnace.

b. What are your non-negotiables?

Look at the results.

 

3. “No one impressed him as much” vs 19

a. Being faithful in the food prepares you for the fire
2 chapters later the king builds a statue, a gold statue 90 feet tall. He then orders everyone to bow and worship this statue. Daniel isn’t mentioned in this part of the story but Rad Shad and Benny are. They don’t bow down which gets them thrown into a furnace so hot that it kills the guys who put them in. Yet they walk out without a scratch, in fact they don’t even smell like they have been at an outdoor BBQ. Not only do they not get burned but while they are in the furnace the king sees 4 figures of them in the fire. It was the Lord.
God intervenes when you obey His Word. I am convinced that because they said no to the food and were faithful in the little things, they were able to say no to worship.

b. Faithful in the little prepared him for the lion (6:4)
Three chapters later Daniel gets thrown into a den of lions. Like his three friends, he refused to compromise his convictions. His desire to live Biblically was greater than his desire to live comfortably. Once again God intervenes.

These next few points are not in your notes.
How do you take a stand like that?  How do you say yes to the right thing and no to the wrong thing.

1. Recognize that the Holy Spirit, the third member of the trinity, fully God, lives in you. In John 16:8 it says part of his job description is to convict the world of sin. That voice inside your head that says don’t do that, that is the Holy Spirt. If you are a Christian, He lives in you.

2. It becomes easier to say no, the more you say it. But you have to say it. James 4:7 says resist the devil and he will flee from you.

3. It starts in the small things. Small areas of compromise will lead to larger areas of compromise,  small areas of conviction will lead to larger areas of conviction.

4. Ask the Lord to help you. Sometimes we don’t know what is right and what is wrong. The lines have become so blurred. John 16:13 tell us that the Holy Spirit that lives in you will guide us into all truth.

 

What are your non-negotiables?   Where do you need to take a stand?   What do you risk gaining? Losing?

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Unshakeable Uniqueness

Posted: November 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

The Test
Judges 3:1-6 “These are the nations that the Lord left in the land to test those Israelites who had not experienced the wars of Canaan. He did this to teach warfare to generations of Israelites who had no experience in battle. These are the nations: the Philistines (those living under the five Philistine rulers), all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living in the mountains of Lebanon from Mount Baal-hermon to Lebo-hamath. These people were left to test the Israelites—to see whether they would obey the commands the Lord had given to their ancestors through Moses. So the people of Israel lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, and they intermarried with them. Israelite sons married their daughters, and Israelite daughters were given in marriage to their sons. And the Israelites served their gods.”

God gives us a test to bring out our best. For the Israelites these were comfortable times, good times. But then they gave in to the ways of those around them.

  1. How to fight – There will be trials and tests in which God is teaching you how to fight.
    Ephesians 6:12 “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
    The first rule of fighting is to know your enemy. Our enemy is not flesh and blood, its spiritual. So we don’t fight physically, we fight spiritually. We fight through prayer. Drop an SDB bomb on the enemy; Specific Direct and Bold Prayer.
  2. Stay true –  Part of their test was to see if Israel will stay true. When things get tough will they bail out on God. It is important to God that you stay strong, that you hold on to Him when things get tough.

Israel fails the test. They intermarry, which is a big no-no for Israel, and they worship other Gods. They fail the test.

 

The Pattern

  1. Turning away –  A forgetting of God, a complacency, a trust in other things
  2. The crying out – Things don’t go well for them. So they return and cry out to God
  3. Godly intervention – God hears their cry and either does something himself or sends someone
  4. The victory – Whatever the trial, it is beaten
  5. Peace – In the home once again

 

The Rescuer

  1. The tribe of Benjamin (the small tribe, the youngest and the least) –
    Let me help you understand the 12 tribes of Israel. Imagine you inherit a large piece of land and you have 12 sons. You say, “You take this portion over there, you get this, and you get this…” etc. They all build and govern as they see fit.  But they are still brothers, they pick on each other and they disagree. Benjamin being the youngest, maybe because he was picked on, is a little cantankerous. He hides his brothers enemies, he holds out on different decisions. The tribe of Benjamin does not have the best reputation. Some other people you may have heard of that are Benjamin’s include, King Saul,  Apostle Paul,
  2. Known for swordsmanship- They were fighters, bar room brawlers. MMA was their hobby. So God used his background, his skills, but also one more thing…
  3. Left handed – It was not common for someone to be left-handed, it actually was considered a physical defect. Most people were often forced to be right handed.  But Ehud used this to his advantage.
    When you go see the president, you have to pass through security. Metal detectors, pat downs,  and so much more to make sure you are safe. In this time in history you opened the left side of your cloak to show you had no sword. Right-handers draw from the left side. Since Ehud was left handed he carried his sword on the right side where no one else did and it was undetected.
    It didn’t matter that he was from a small and young tribe with a mediocre reputation. A lot of us disqualify ourselves because of where we are from, or how we were raised.
    It didn’t matter about his disabilities.  God used his disability for His glory

 

What makes Ehud unshakeable – He celebrated and used his uniqueness for God’s glory

We are going to close with Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

The word masterpiece here is the Greek word ‘poema’. It is where we get your word poem. It’s a thing of beauty, an expression from the artist. God created this beautiful you to fulfill the good things He already has planned. There is a purpose for your life and He created you unique so you can fulfill that purpose. Have you looked back and looked down on your origin or upbringing? Or maybe your physical attributes? The Lord wants you to change your heart and mind and to see yourself as the rescuer He has raised for this moment.

 

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The Church as the Body

Posted: November 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

We have purchased a new property and this is now our home.  We all own this, care for it, grow it. We are the church.
But what does that really mean?

1 Corinthians 12: 12-27 “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.”

The strength of the Body is our Diversity (1 Corinthians 12:12-27)

  • Origin- We all come from a different place. The way we were raised, the traditions we had cultural and familial. The beauty of the body is how different we are. I love to learn about cultures different than mine. I like learning about their language and food. Take an interest in another’s background. Here is a great prompt, “Tell me your story”
  • Gifting – We are all different. We can’t have a body of all eyes, no ears, or all mouths. I always narrow it down to, with people or for people. A classic example of with people or for people is Mary and Martha. One gets mad, “she is not serving you the way I am”. But Jesus says we need both kinds, with people and for people. That is our strength, and the danger is when jealousy begins to rise up. Us working together in unity is the church so when we have a victory we all celebrate the victory because we all played a part.

Build a new relationship today. Look at a name tag, move during hugfest and meet someone new.

 

The strength of the Body is our Connection
Relationship – how do we grow?

  • Come early, an extra 10 minutes and hang out front to connect
  • Invite people over for lunch (make a crockpot meal that morning  and ask the Lord who to have over)
  • Serve (more connections are made serving alongside on another)
  • Attend events (sign up for 242)

(don’t isolate and don’t wait) look to be a friend not look for a friend

Torn ligament a severed relationship and now we are limping need surgery

  • Rehab and Recovery
  • The life of the Body is in the blood (Lev 17:11) without blood there is no forgiveness.(Heb. 9:22) No bad blood between us
  • Things that sever; condemnation, judgement, religiosity (thinking about were better)
  • Things that strengthen; love, forgiveness and grace

Mend a relationship today.

The Strength of the Body is the Head (Colossians 1:18)

  • Without the head there is no direction
  • We don’t have a mind of our own.
  • There is no movement without engaging the head first. Our mission as a body is to fulfill the vision of the head. The head will always direct, the body’s job is to respond
  • Separate but one, linked together through relationship, serving in love grace and forgiveness to fulfill the vision and direction of the head who is Jesus Christ.

 

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The Church as the Bride

Posted: November 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

“O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.” Jeremiah 18:6

 

You are not defined by your failure, you are shaped by it.  Freedom from the lie of the enemy who constantly whispers in your ear “you are this”.
Change my heart oh God.  You are the potter, I am the clay.

Today we are going to look at Ephesians 5 & Revelation 19:6-10

A picture of Marriage:
Ephesians 5:21-30 “And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything. For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. And we are members of his body.”

Men we are the Headship, the umbrella. It is our responsibility to be in tune with our wives. We need to make time for couch time. Our marriage can either be a duel or duet.

Marriage is about Sacrifice

  • God said this knowing that one of the greatest needs of a woman being the weaker vessel is that feeling of security that is found in knowing that she is loved.
  • We talked about the need of the man, to be in control and feel that he is capable.
  • So the woman needs to feel that she is secure because she is loved supremely by her husband.

When the marriage begins to fall apart you can usually trace it’s disintegration back to disobedience to these commands. This is the way it works when going backward.

  • In this hypothetical case let us say that the husband is not giving to his wife the assurance that she needs of being loved supremely. He has been so busy with his concerns over his job, and providing for the family that he has neglected showing his love and concern for her.
  • He becomes preoccupied and fails to communicate his feelings adequately. It is hard to admit that you are worried or concerned about your job. You want her to think that you are in control, and able to handle anything that may come along.
  • She interprets that lack of communication and worry that you cannot share with her, as a sign that your love for her is waning. She begins to suspicion that maybe someone else has come into your life.
  • She then begins to ask probing questions which irritate you because she does not believe your answers. If you are late getting home from work she wants to know if you were alone in the office or was there someone else there with you.
  • You are now being challenged and you must arise to the challenge by showing that you are in control and you are very capable of handling things yourself. This is often manifested in an aloofness, which only confirms her suspicions that you do not love her anymore. This brings greater insecurity to her which causes you to become even colder and more aloof, and on and on until every decision that you make is challenged. This is interpreted by you as a lack of confidence in your manhood which you counteract with greater coldness. Marriage has now become a duel and swords are drawn at every issue.
  • If you try to be nice and say let’s go out for dinner, she thinks that you probably have a waitress on the string that you want to see.

This is how it works when it is going forward.

  • First of all let me say that it is impossible to affirm your love for her too much.
    God said to Eve, “Your desire shall be to your husband.” She desires desperately the love and approval of her husband. When she is all dressed up and asks, “Honey do I look alright?” She is not looking for a “Ya, fine,” answer. She wants you to say, “You look smashing sweetheart, I’m so lucky to be married to such a gorgeous doll.”
  • When she is completely secure in your love, she will cease challenging your decisions.
  • The more she submits to your leadership, the easier it is for you to demonstrate your love for her, the more you demonstrate that love, the easier it is for her to submit to your decisions.
  • When you share with her some idea you have and she responds, “Well honey, I don’t know if it is good or not, but I trust you, and you are so smart, you do what you think is best. You spontaneously throw your arm around her and say, “I am so blessed to be married to the most beautiful and gracious girl in the world, I love you angel.” And she melts like ice cream on the 4th of July.
  • Marriage is no longer a duel, but a duet, living in harmony.

 

A picture of Purity:
Rev 19:7 “Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself.”

Prepared the bride has made herself ready.  Remember all of the preparations that go into a wedding?  Most brides would say the dress is one of the most important aspects.  Grooms would say the cake and the honeymoon.
But it is about the dress. White as a symbol of purity. So is the church preparing themselves for this wedding. The day the groom comes for his bride. How is a bride defiled? If her devotion lies elsewhere she is not giving the groom her whole heart or a pure heart.

Where does your devotion lie? 2 Cor. 11:2-3 “For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ. But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent.”

Devotion Litmus Test

  1. What’s the first thing you think about in the morning?
  2. What’s the highest priority on Sunday?
  3. Who or what do you turn to when problems arise?
  4. Is it all yours? Or is it all God’s?

A picture of Relationships – Rev. 19:9 “And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.”

When Jesus returns, the groom is coming for His bride which is the church.  Vs 9 says blessed are all those who are invited.  Think for a moment.  If you were to get married today, who would you invite?  Would they be able to come? The ticket to this wedding is salvation. Your job between now and when this wedding takes place is to make sure your guests can attend.
Matt 24:14 “And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.”

Who will you invite?

How to invite?

  • Personal-   a FaceBook invite while great is not personal. 82% will come if personally invited.
  • Consistent- don’t force don’t berate pray and invite
  • Timing- open opportunities

 

How to lead someone to Christ- Look into the term ‘Romans Road’. It is a series of scriptures in the book of Romans that walks you through salvation.
Or even use the Gospel Bracelet.

 

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The Church as the Hospital

Posted: November 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

Matthew 9:10-12

“Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?” When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.”

Why do people go to a hospital? (first we must recognize there are different types of sickness)

  1. Spiritual – Lost, confused, don’t know were you fit. Life seems empty and hopeless (you haven’t found the abundant life of Jesus)
  2. Social – Angry, bitter, lack of forgiveness, feeling like the victim
  3. Emotional – Depression, no-joy, self-loathing, emotions are out of balance
  4. Physical – Illness, disease

Sickness is not permanent, it is temporary. When you are sick you go to the doctor.   Every Sunday church is full of people who are coming to see the doctor.
However when they come are they telling the doctor everything? The greatest lie Christians tell is, “I am fine.”

We are all on a journey toward wholeness.
What does wholeness look like?

Matthew 9:1-7 “Jesus climbed into a boat and went back across the lake to his own town. Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.” But some of the teachers of religious law said to themselves, “That’s blasphemy! Does he think he’s God?” Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts? Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” And the man jumped up and went home! Fear swept through the crowd as they saw this happen. And they praised God for sending a man with such great authority.”

I get to spend a lot of time in Hospitals, yet I rarely see the doctor. Usually the doctor is busy working, diagnosing, prescribing, healing. The nurses are the ones I see the most. They are caring, available, comforting, administering. Nurses are no different than the church.  WE have one doctor.  In fact He is referred to as the great physician.  He uses his nurses to care and comfort, to touch and minister. Every Sunday we are full of patients and nurses.  Most days I am a nurse, some days I am a patient.

Patients:

  1. Be a good patient – it’s ok to not be ok
  2. Admit that your hurting – be honest, give a real pain level
  3. Don’t let the symptoms affect your whole body
  4. Do what the Doctor prescribes
  5. Continue your follow up appointments

 

Nurses:

  1. Be a good nurse
  2. Be available
  3. Ask questions – introduce them to the Great Physician
  4. Pray – take the need to Great Physician
  5. Follow up Care

Psalm 103:1-5 “Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!”

How is your pain level? Are you sick? Let’s come before the doctor today.
Nurses get ready be available to assist the sick.

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Sanctification

Posted: November 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

Two weeks ago we covered ‘Redemption’, one man’s trash is another’s treasure. Last week we talked about ‘Justification’, just as if we never sinned.  This week we are continuing our series on ‘What does that mean?’, and we will be talking about ‘Sanctification’.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”

 

Sanctification Defined

  1. Separate and dedicated – (separate from profane and dedicate to God) Set apart for a special purpose, like china, or a living room. Set apart for something unique and special. You have been set apart as something special, a unique purpose. Lives as a separate one.
  2. The actions of your daily life
  3. Set apart for a purpose – What is my purpose? For people in our congregation like Bob and Larry it’s blowing leaves and mowing grass. We have other members of our church like Sonya and Dave who come and clean or fix up our paint. And still others like Andy and Dorene who run ministries and prays over every chair before our Sunday morning services. They are all people who have found their purpose serving the church.
  4. Why do some not know their purpose – They have never been told what it is so they are just waiting. Some try but then feel shame or guilt. Some become complacent or lazy not wanting to look. Others feel like they are not wanted and so they never step out.

 

Three Phases of Sanctification

  1. Positional – I Cor 6:11 “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” From the moment you accepted you were born again. From dichotomy to trichotomy because your spiritual nature was awakened. You were dead but now you are spiritually alive.
  2. Practical – Phil 1:6 “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” We need to daily live it out. That means saying yes to the right things and no to the wrong things.
  3. Promotional – This is completed when we are promoted to Heaven and become holy like Christ is holy.

 

The Process of Sanctification

  1. Travel in the right direction – Gal 2:20 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.” Are we continually striving to draw closer to the cross? Some have grown up close to the cross their whole life but they are living a life moving away from the cross. Some grew up knowing nothing about the cross but became Christians and are doing everything they can to draw close to the cross. Others know about the cross and have accepted but have not decided if they want to live moving away from or towards the cross.
  2. Training vs Trying – 1Timothy 4:7 “Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly.” The Greek words means to exorcise vigorously. Find a rhythm and routine for your life that works. Read your Bible, pray everyday, and go to church.
  3. Fulfill your purpose – “In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work” 2 Timothy 2:20-21
    Imagine china that never gets used. Just like that china you have purpose, fulfill it.
  4. Any good work – “Nothing is above you and nothing is below you.” Col 3:23.

“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.” John 17: 15-19

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Father’s Day 2017

Posted: November 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

This week I got the call no dad ever wants to get. My son was in a car accident and because his phone was destroyed a stranger offered to call me for him. By the time they got a hold of me he was already being seen by the paramedics. After a few stitches he ended up being fine but I was nerve wracking nonetheless.

I am a little humbled to talk about being a dad when I haven’t always gotten I right. I have said things that hurt and watched my kids spirit close up. I have hurt their feelings. Thankfully God gives us instructions on how to succeed as dads.

“Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king.”  1 Peter 2:17

 

Some versions say to honor everyone and honor the king, love the brotherhood. We want to be part of something bigger than us. You are, you are part of a brotherhood.  A band of brothers. Anyone grow up in a home of all women? You have brothers, brothers in Christ.  We are close and we are men. We grunt, we growl, we fight, we feel, we lead. We are men. God created us in his image. I know men who have sat with the most powerful men in business, most powerful actors and actresses. Our brotherhood has an opportunity to influence, to shape kings.

 

1 Samuel 30

Honor Explained

  1. To receive and to give
  2. Fear God, honor all (1 Peter 2:17)
  3. Salute the un-salutable- To salute means to lift mask or show no weapon.  Lower ranking officials always salute first, however we see in 1 Samuel that David, the highest ranking official, saluted first.

Life had just smacked them in the face. Where do you turn? While others got bitter David got better because he found strength in the Lord. When others were too tired to go on, David led into battle because he found strength in the Lord. David saluted as the higher ranking officer because he found strength in the Lord.

Honor Showed

  1. God
    • Money (Proverbs 3:9)- you can’t serve both. You honor God with your money, God honors you with His. Men you lead the way in your giving.
    • Mind (Psalm 19:14)- have the mind of Christ, the way we think. We often have a thinking problem. There is a constant battle with self, the flesh and the spirit. (Two wolves.  Which ever you feed the most)
  2. Family
    • Words (Psalms 49:3)- build up, compliment. Dads, your daughters need to hear you tell them that they are beautiful and loved.
    • Time- kids spell love time (quality, intentional, present)
    • Humility (Proverbs 18:12)- I am sorry and I forgive you.
  3. Service (John 12:26)

Honor Lived

  1. God First, Intentional and Disciplined
    • Set apart a daily time to be with the Lord.  I think morning is better because it will make you better through your day.   I tried the evening and I spent most of my time confessing and repenting.
  2. Desire Family over Self
    • Kids spell love TIME
    • Dads need to get on the ground and do what your kids do. Everyone in the room all on some sort of a device is not quality time.
    • Reclaim the table. 1 night a week make the decision to have dinner together as a family, at a table, with no electronic devices.
  3. Balance through Serving
    • Feel the joy of giving
    • Men should be serving somewhere
    • Time, talent, treasure, touch

Honor Demonstrated
This Sunday we are giving you coins to demonstrate the honor we show you as dads. Traced as far back to Rome, a soldier that fought extremely well was given a gold coin as a bonus. To this day the military still gives coins to give honor to a job well done.  Men we want to honor you for a job well done.

 

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