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Purpose | New Year’s Eve Special (12.31.19)

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“And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.”
Exodus 12:1-2

 The Lord reset the calendar for the children of Israel before He freed them.

 This was their last night in bondage. They also took the passover meal that we know today as communion.

 

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17

 1 Corinthians 10, teaches that all the things done in the Old Testament were an example of things we should do.

 Sometimes it can be easy for us to forget that when a believer accepts Christ, they have a new birth, they have new redemption and new life, they have a new spirit.

 Let’s believe God for something new in this new year. God specializes in making all things new.

 

“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
Isaiah 43:18-19

 Don’t get caught up in the old things. If we’re not careful, we allow our tradition to rob us of truth.

God can’t do a new thing when we are caught up in the old things.

God knows how to speak in a today generation voice. Don’t force an old way on a new life.

 “Sing a new song” is recorded six times in the book of Psalms and once in the book of Isaiah yet many people don’t want to join a church that is singing a new song. They want the old song that doesn’t take any mental effort to remember and sing.

 When God says something in His word more than once, He is trying to get through to you.

 New means better!

 

“Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.”
Isaiah 42:9-10

 You can’t do anything about your past. This scripture tells us to look forward to new things.

 The other scriptures where “Sing a new song” is recorded is: Psalm 33:3, Psalm 40:3, Psalm 96:1, Psalm 98:1, Psalm 144:9, and Psalm 149:1

 

“Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.”
Matthew 9:14-17

 Jesus didn’t need to heal the same way every time he healed. He healed one blind man as he was running toward him while he healed another by putting mud on his eyes.

 We want to force our old way onto their new. How many believers were choked Putin church because we try to force an old way on them. Don’t try to make new believers fit into old tradition.

 “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.” Mark 7:13

 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,” Philippians 3:13

 “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62

 Genesis 40 & 41 details the story of Joseph and how he toiled as a slave but eventually went from the prison to the palace. He named his firstborn “Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.” Genesis 41:51. When God told Moses to build the temple, Judah (which means praise) was placed at the entrance in the East. Manasseh (which represents our past) was placed as far away from Judah at the back of the temple on the West (Numbers 2:1-31). If you were to try to access God through Manasseh, your past, you would be on the back side of the temple on the opposite side of the entrance. God has called us to access Him through Judah, our praise!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 – 6:30PM Service

Faith in the Fire | Vol 2: Pt 4 (12.29.19)

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“That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know. For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.”
1 Thessalonians 3:3-5

 The enemy wants to use trial to get you out of the things of God: prayer, church, etc.

 Many people will quit church when they are going through a trial but they don’t quit work.

 You will be most tempted when you are going through affliction.

 Face your fire with an expectation for wholeness, not a quick fix. A quick fix leaves you in the same position.

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Peace does not mean the absence of a trial. Peace is not feeling good about a bad thing. Peace = wholeness!

 Often times, trials move a person to make poor decisions in the midst of the trial.

 

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

 This passage defines peace.

 When you speak of biblical peace, you are talking about wholeness.

 Complete wholeness exists mentally, physically, and spiritually. When there is a lack of peace in one of these areas, there is not wholeness.

 Sin has a way of making you watch your back! Proverbs 28:1 tells us that the wicked flee when no one pursues them and this is how sin positions your mind.

 Biblical wholeness is your mind (soul), body, and spirit.

 

“Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.”
Acts 3:1-8

 Quick fixes don’t bring wholeness!

 The enemy wants to give you a pacifier to satisfy us for a while but El Shaddai wants to satisfy us with milk.

 Quit believing God for pacifiers when He is trying to give you the milk!

 Fractured people don’t need each other, they need Jesus! Two halves don’t make a whole when it comes to people. God wants to take two whole people and then make them one.

 When the man at the gates received wholeness in his legs, he began worshipping the Lord in the temple.

 We should ask ourselves, if God brought that thing into our lives that we’ve been believing for, would we be found praising Him.

 God can bring the thing you’ve been believing Him for when you are in line with His will and giving it to you won’t alter the course of where He intends for you to be.

 

“In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.”
John 5:3-8

 When you have an excuse, you’re justified in that status. It keeps you in the situation.

 When Jesus instructed the lame man to “rise” he was telling the man to change his posture and position.

 

“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out.”
Acts 16:25-28,36-37

 When Paul and Silas were in prison, they did not allow the prison to change them. That’s how they got to the “and suddenly” moment when God caused an earthquake that shook the foundation of the prison and opened the doors.

 Even thought the doors were open, they did not leave. That would’ve left them in an unsure position on the status of their freedom. Would soldiers still come after them? Instead they waited until the magistrates came in person and brought them out, free to go.

 Sometimes we can get settled with situational freedom.

 “Go in peace” meant that Paul and Silas were completely free versus being free only because the doors opened.

 When God brings wholeness into your life, Satan will be under your feet. “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” Romans 16:20

Master Checklist for making decisions include the will of God. The Will of God will:

1. always cause you to be in line with His word. (Isaiah 55:11)

2. cause you to be lead in peace. (Isaiah 55:12-13)

3. cause you to go out with great joy. (Isaiah 55: 12-13)

4. always bring Him glory.

 When you are enduring a fire or a trial, get a vision for wholeness.

Sunday, December 29, 2019 – 8:00AM and 9:45AM Service

True Story | Christmas Special (12.25.19)

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“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”
Galatians 4:4-5

 Jesus’ birth did not begin with the day he was born. His life and ministry were spoken of long before his arrival.

 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

 By the fourth chapter of Genesis, Eve was convinced that Cain, the baby she was expecting, was the one promised of God.

 “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” Genesis 3:15-16

 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
John 1:1

 The gospels are not the beginning of the biology of Jesus.

 All of the details of Jesus’ life were written in the Old Testament before he was born.

 “Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,” Psalms 40:7

 “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.” Hebrews 10:7

 “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.” Luke 24:44

 If you really want to know who Jesus is, refer to the scriptures that he used to reveal himself to his disciples.

 Prophets, priest, kings, and fisherman all wrote details about Jesus that all lined up.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
John 1:1

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
John 1:14

 John 1:1 and John 1:14 reveal so much when studied together.

 Read up to the first comma of each passage together, then read up to the second comma of each passage together, and then read up to the third comma of each passage together:

In the beginning was the Word, | And the Word was made flesh, |and the Word was with God, |and dwelt among us,|and the Word was God | and we beheld his glory

 The number four has to do with something God is doing in the earth.

 The fourth clause in the Lord’s Prayer references His will in earth.

 The fourth commandment tells us to rest from works

 The four gospels are used to speak of and reveal Jesus to the world.

 Matthew, a tax collector, traces Jesus’ genealogy back to Abraham and writes to reveal Jesus as a King. This account records the Magi, Kings from the east coming to the birth of Jesus.

 Mark, a servant, records no genealogy but writes to reveal Jesus as a servant. This account shows the servanthood of Jesus.

 Luke, a physician, declares that Jesus is also a man with a history traced back to Adam and Jesus’ relationship to humanity. The announcement of Jesus’ birth was first revealed to shepherds who, in this time, were considered of low importance. This account highlights that the gospel is for everyone and no one is excluded.

 John writes of Jesus being God manifested into every promise!

 The word reveals Jesus’ incarnation, humiliation, exhalation, and adoration.

 Jesus was God made flesh.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 – 6:30PM Service

Faith in the Fire | Vol 2: Pt 3 (12.22.19)

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Trust: in the presence of Fear

“The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.”
Nahum 1:7

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Isaiah 26:3

 Trust is the next step up from faith.

 Trust makes us search inward.

 Isaiah 55:8 – God thinks higher than we do. Trust bridges the gap between His way and understanding versus our lack of understanding.

 Trust brings anticipation and expectation.

 Confidence, according to Webster’s Dictionary 1828, is defined as: A trusting, or reliance; an assurance of mind or firm belief in the integrity, stability or veracity of another, or in the truth and reality of a fact.

 “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” Hebrews 10:35-36

 

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
Proverbs 3:5

 

“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord ? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.”
Proverbs 30:5-9

 God knows how much we could handle before we would deny Him or before we would steal. This scripture is asking God to give us what is right for us, not too much and not too little.

 God will not ruin us or give us something that would destroy us.

 

“The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. I will call on the Lord , who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.”
2 Samuel 22:3-4,31

 Jeremiah 17:7

 Psalms 5:11

 

“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”
Psalms 56:3-4

 Trust – you don’t have it until you have relationship such as worship, the word, and prayer.

 How can you trust God when you don’t know Him, haven’t spent time with Him?

 Transparency breeds trust. God is very transparent with us through His word. He tells us that we will have trials.

 

“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.”
Psalms 62:5-8

 

“In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.”
Psalms 71:1

 God does not author confusion. Sometimes we can become investigators trying to make sense of what God is up to or figure out how He will work something out.

 He has called us to trust, even when we don’t see the answer and know the outcome.

 Trust eliminates confusion, God has an expected end for me (Jeremiah 29:11).

 

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord , He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”
Psalms 91:1-3,5-8,10-11,15-16

 There are many benefits and promises tied to this passage. As a believer, you can profess these promises over your life.

 

 We are wired not to trust.

 You have to trust God, you can’t read His text messages!

 There may be times when we are looking for a feeling or some sign that we should trust Him. We go into worship expecting a certain posture or the words to a certain song to ignite a feeling. Sometimes you feel nothing because He won’t let you have that physical touch because you need to trust Him even when you can’t feel Him.

 

“Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord . His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.”
Psalms 112:6-8

Sunday, December 22, 2019 – 9:45AM Service

Put On: Armor of God | Pt3 (12.18.19)

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“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
Ephesians 6:10-18

 We do wrestle, but not against flesh and blood!

 Put on the whole armor of God! The armor is a metaphor. The purpose of this armor is for war and the awareness that we are in a war.

 For us to comprehend the concept, we must understand to the point of application. Anytime you don’t understand something’s purpose, abuse is inevitable.

The Helmet of Salvation

What worries you, masters you

“Bless the Lord , O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:”
Psalms 103:2

 It is a benefit and favor that God gives when He forgives us. There is no merited request that we can offer the Lord because all that we are and all that we have is by His grace.

 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

 David had to remind himself of all the befits that God offers. If we don’t do this, the enemy will wear us out.

 Salvation is a helmet so that thoughts of the enemy don’t penetrate my head without first going through the thoughts of God and the word of God that’s on my mind.

 There are some thoughts that come to our mind that need to hit us and bounce off. There are thoughts that don’t need to stick.

 The helmet protects our thoughts and allows us to move on His word.

 

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
Philippians 4:6-9

 Don’t worry!

 Instead of worrying turn to prayer and supplication (a type of prayer rooted in supply) with a thankful and grateful heart and let God know what your requests are.

 Once you give Him your care, He gives you peace. Pour out of you mind and life things that don’t belong there.

 Many people don’t live with a renewed mind because they won’t let go of the old one [mind]. Be willing to give thoughts and mindsets over to God so that He can give you a new one.

 Proverbs 23:7 – You end up becoming the product of what you think.

 You can be anything God called you to be, you have to set your mind on what He called you to be. You cannot let the culture of this world tell you who you are, you must allow what God says about you to define who you are.

2 Corinthians 10:5 – You have to cast down every thought and imagination that rises against the knowledge of God. You can only cast down when you know the knowledge of God! How can you cast down thoughts that rise against the knowledge of God if you don’t have the knowledge of God? There’s nothing there to check that thought when you don’t have the knowledge of God.

 Verse nine says that what we’ve learned (studied), and heard, and seen Him do is what we should do and the God of peace will be with us. We have to study to learn, we have to be in the word.

 Hosea 4:6 – God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

 Isaiah 5:13 – God’s people go into captivity because they have no knowledge.

 Think on what you have heard after you have learned the word. When you have sat under the word, be able to apply what you’ve learned in your life.

 

“And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand. But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pi–hahiroth, before Baal–zephon. And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord . And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord , which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.”
Exodus 14:8-13

 Reprove means to convince! The first role of the Holy Spirit is to convince us to believe. He also convinces us to righteousness.

 We are all looking to be convinced and in conversations we are either convincing someone or being convinced.

 In the passage above, the children of Israel were still worried about the enemy although they witnessed all that God did when they were delivered out of Egypt.

 Stop worrying about the enemy and get your helmet back on!

 Put on the helmet of salvation and know that the enemy that you once saw, you will see no more!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 – 6:30PM Service

Faith in the Fire | Vol 2: Pt 2 (12.15.19)

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“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
James 1:2-4

 When patience is finished, you either got what you wanted or you don’t want that thing anymore.

 

“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)”
Hebrews 10:23

 “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;” Romans 10:8

 Faith is in your heart and mouth. There is a spiritual and powerful relationship between the heart and mouth.

 Fire has a way of bringing whatever is in your heart to your mouth.

 Don’t cancel out your prayers and profession when the moment gets tough.

– Proverbs 15:23

– Proverbs 12:14

– Proverbs 18:7

– Proverbs 21:23

 So how do you respond to the trial?

 A trial makes the heart and mouth marry.

 “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)” Hebrews 10:23

 This scripture reminds us that we’ve claimed our faith and profession. Now we hold to it.

 Verses 35-37 God needs us to be consistent and patient. If we are not, we don’t please Him (Hebrews 11:6).

 There are things that time won’t dismiss in your life. Time doesn’t allow us to see the reality of our future. Its there but I have to let time reveal what’s real.

 God will not forget vision even if it is delayed by time. God is not moved by time, He stands outside of time. (Isaiah 46:10)

 

“And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea. And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him. And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.”
Mark 5:21-30,35-39,41

 There is no future for the person who accepts their present.

 The enemy wants use their trial to make you stay where you are.

 Verses 29-30, there was an immediate deposit and withdrawl happening simultaneously.

 Jesus is the intersection where those who’ve had it good and those who’ve had it bad meet. No one’s past matters!

 In verse 35, Jairus hears that his daughter is dead and is encouraged not to trouble Jesus any further. He is told to stop what he is doing.

 God is not going to change His plan because of what the enemy has done or even what we’ve done. He is not taken by surprise. He factors in what the enemy does.

 You can’t shock God! He is not intimidated by our mess!

 

Sunday, December 15, 2019 – 9:45AM Service

Put On: Armor of God | Pt 2 (12.11.19)

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“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
Ephesians 6:10-18

 Last week, we covered characteristics mentioned in scripture that we are encouraged to put off:

 Romans 13:12 – cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Colossians 3:8 – put off anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

 One of the reasons we need to put on the armor of God is so that we are able to stand against the wiles, or strategies, of the enemy. (Also refer to Isaiah 54:17 for God’s promise)

 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

Verse 12 teaches that our warfare is not against flesh and blood. We are to put ourselves in a posture/position (and uniform) that shows our awareness of warfare.

 The enemy’s ultimate goal is to separate us from the purpose and plan that God has for our life. “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” 2 Corinthians 4:4

 Opposition is nothing more than opposed position. You are a purpose with a name! Wherever you are sensing the most opposition is likely the place God has called you to be and the enemy is launching his greatest attack against it. God wants to be glorified in your life, that is His ultimate plan for your life.

 If the enemy can mock the Lord through us, if he can misrepresent Christ through us, he is happy to use your life to take the glory of God away. However, men should see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).

 1 Peter 5:8 says “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” The enemy can’t devour everybody, so, make up your mind to be one that he can’t devour.

 “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1 – The enemy wants us separate from the presence of God which is the master key to life!

 You can walk in righteousness and still be you!

 The the sword of the spirit, the only offensive weapon, with you into prayer. Notice that you are “taking” the sword of the spirit, and the helmet of salvation.

 

 

The Helmet of Salvation

What worries you, masters you

“Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. Bless the Lord , O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Bless the Lord , O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.”
Psalms 103:1-6

 Salvation comes from the greek word soteria which is a benefit package given to the born again.

 One of the most important parts of the armor which protects our head.

 When you put on the helmet of salvation to walk in victory. You don’t put it on to be a victim and walk in defeat. It is for representation of the kingdom.

 Victor or victim are a result of what has overcome. Either you’ve overcome thoughts or thoughts have overcome you.

 Reference Hebrews 2:1-3

 The salvation package of Psalm 103 is found in verses 3-6.

 There is nothing in life worth gaining that would keep your soul from heaven.

 

“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;”
Hebrews 2:1-3

 You have to always have your helmet on: your salvation.

 Do not neglect your salvation! Refer back to the benefits package from Psalm 103 and remind yourself to bless the Lord.

 Without salvation, how will you escape hell or the warfare that comes at you?

 Put on the helmet of salvation. You can’t do this without the word or by going through the motions.

 The helmet protects your mind from all the thoughts that the enemy would try to plant.

 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.” Proverbs 23:7

 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23

 Whatever you let in your mind, if left there long enough, it takes over. This is why we need the helmet of salvation.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 – 6:30PM Service

Faith in the Fire | Vol 2: Pt 1 (12.8.19)

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“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”
James 1:2-3

 We need to know how to respond to trials.

 What needs to be added to your trial to equal joy?

 What you say & how you answer in a trial can be held against you.

 There is a relationship between your mouth and your heart. (Matthew 12:37 and Proverbs 18:21)

 Choices are confirmed and established by your mouth! If you are asked if you want pizza or hamburgers, you have to choose with your mouth.

 “A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!” Proverbs 15:23

 

“Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.”
Psalms 50:23

 We have to break the habit of negative confession.

 God will bring to pass what you speak into your life.

 If you want to see the salvation of God, you’ve got to speak right.

 

“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.”
Mark 11:22

 Until you get the first thought right, don’t speak the first thought.

 Your faith should dictate your trial.

 Stop saying “God knows my heart.” You have to speak right! (Romans 10:8-17)

 Hear the word, meditate on the word, and confess the word!

 It is mentioned in this passage to speak to the mountain (obstacle) and it will be moved!

 Verses 20-21 – Jesus spoke to a tree. Earlier in verses 13-14, Jesus answered it. The tree left him hungry, he said no one else would ever eat from it.

 Speak the word over it!

 

“Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:”
2 Corinthians 1:4,8

 God will deliver you so that you can help deliver others.

 The right answer, when added to the trial brings joy!

 Give your trouble, trouble!

 There wouldn’t be a thing in this world if God hadn’t spoke. He saw everything He said.

 “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” Hebrews 1:3

 Speak His word over all your “nouns” (persons, places, things)!

 

Sunday, December 8, 2019 – 9:45AM Service

Put On: Armor of God | Pt 1 (12.4.19)

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“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
Ephesians 6:10-18

 God tells us to put the whole armor on, however, he tells us above all to take the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit.

 In Isaiah 11:2, the Holy Spirit offers seven anointings and might is one of them listed.

 The enemy is strategic in his warfare. The wiles of the devil just means the strategies of the devil. You most see his strategy when you have made a decision to follow Christ.

Every one of us were created with a purpose. The ultimate purpose that each one of have is to bring God glory. (Psalm 8:1-4, Matthew 5:13; 16) Whatever position God has for you, the enemy will oppose that position. The enemy’s objective is to get man out of the presence of God.

 Bad religion says that you can work your way to God. Sin separated us from God, we are redeemed only by Christ. When man sinned, he lost relationship with God. Jesus came to restore the relationship that God desired to have with man.

 When it comes to anything that enhances your relationship with God, the enemy will oppose you! Three things the enemy will oppose:

 Your prayer time

 When you are in the word (at home, church, wherever)

 Corporate gatherings/assembly for worship

 We have a promise that no weapon formed against us will prosper (Isaiah 54:17). This tells us that the enemy forms and works on weapons.

“The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”
Romans 13:12-14

 Before you put on the armor, put off the works of darkness.

 When you “put on” something new or clean, you have to “put off” what is old or dirty first. If you don’t “put off” the things that God has called you to “put off” and you only wear something for a couple of hours or on a Sunday, you’re just a put on!

 

“Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.”
Colossians 3:8-9

 Can you image someone in a Jesus t-shirt with curse words spewing out of their mouth? You should put off filthy communication before you try to put on things that represent Christ.

 The helmet of salvation is for protection. There are things in the world that we don’t need in our minds and the helmet of salvation protects us from those things. Also, the helmet shows what team you’re on! We shouldn’t be wearing the team Jesus helmet all while anger, wrath, and filthy words are coming out of our mouth.

 Verse 9 says that we’ve put off the old man who lies, we shouldn’t be liars!

 Let’s say you are in prayer and asking and believing for God to do something in your life. What if in that prayer, you acknowledged and asked for forgiveness for the things in the past that have kept you from Him. Then, you are acknowledging your willingness to “put off” old things before you attempt to “put on” His blessing on top of the old you. Make yourself empty and ask Him to remove your thoughts and replace them with His will.

 There are things that we need to put off before we put on what He has for us to walk in. Be willing to acknowledge the things that we need to put off that are not in line with His will.

 Example: to put on love, you need to first put off hate. To put on meekness, put off pride. To put on truth, put off lying.

 

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
Ephesians 6:11

 No matter what you are facing, God has destined your life to bring him glory. Scriptures for reference:

 According to 1 John 5:4-5, you were destined to overcome the world.

 You are strong and overcome the evil one as promised in 1 John 2:13-14.

 Matthew 12:20 promises that God does not discard you because you are “bruised”. God brings forth victory. He doesn’t cut you off, He still uses you regardless of your past. your history does not define your destiny. Put off the things that lead you to that and put on the armor that will protect you.

 You have victory in Jesus over all enemies, even death (1 Corinthians 15:57).

 God does not plan for the enemy to be your undoing, He plans for the enemy to be your footstool.

 God has destined you for victory!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 – 6:30PM Service

 

Faith in the Fire | Vol 1: Pt 6 (12.1.19)

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“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”
1 Peter 1:6-7

 Is my trial based on persecution (for righteousness sake)?

 Is my trial the rest of what I have been planting (good or bad seed)?

 If we’re sowing bad seed, we’ll walk in a bad harvest.

 Could this trial be something that God will use to purge something out of me.

 Could the Lord be using it to prove something?

 Prove His word to us?

 Could the Lord be using the trial to produce something in your life?

 Psalms 105:17-19 speaks of Joseph and his trial.

 There will be days when our lives don’t look like the image we built off the word.

 Will we let the trail change us or will we let it produce faith.

 

“And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:”
Hebrews 6:11

 For faith to be functional and operable, there are seven things that must be defined: (7 Things that define faith)

1. Faith begins with a decision.

2. It’s not faith if you’re not hearing the word. (Romans 10:17)

3. Meditate on what I’ve been hearing. The enemy wants to replace the word with fear and anxiety. (Proverbs 23:7)

4. Confess the word! It needs to come out of your mouth. (Matthew 12:38 & Romans 10:8)

5. Act on the word!

6. Apply the pressure of patience. Patience is to stay under, to remain, to endure.

7. Expect! Expectation determines what you’ll apply patience to.

 Don’t stop what you’ve been doing. We will never inherit His promises if we don’t remain patient.

 Don’t let the trial change the vision, what you’re confessing, what you’ve been meditating on.

 The trial tests patience!

 Patience is today’s expense (price) at tomorrows gain (benefit).

 Don’t stop what you’ve been doing. We will never inherit His promises if we don’t remain patient.

 

“Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”
Hebrews 10:35-39

 The will of God is the word of God. After you’ve done the word of God, you’ll receive the promise.

 Will you stay true in the to the word or give up, cave in, and quit?

 The just shall live by faith is mentioned four times in the word: (1) Habakkuk 2:4, (2) Romans 1:17, (3) Galatians 3:11, (4) Hebrews 10:38

 Your situation does not dictate your faith, your faith dictates your situation.

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”
James 1:2-4

 “worketh” means to employ

 The trying of my faith employs patience.

 But let patience – allow patience.

 How do you know when patience is complete? It is complete when (1) we don’t want the thing we were waiting for anymore, or (2) we got what we wanted.

Sunday, December 1, 2019 – 9:45AM Service