Relationship Goals - May 18 & 19

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

RELATIONSHIP GOALS 

THE FOUR MOST IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP GOALS:

  • CHRIST CENTERED

  • PURPOSE DRIVEN

  • PROBLEM SOLVING

  • COVENANT KEEPING

RELATIONSHIP GOAL NUMBER TWO: PURPOSE DRIVEN

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”” Genesis 1:27-28 NKJV

ONE OF THE GREATEST THINGS ANY RELATIONSHIP CAN HAVE IS A UNIFIED DRIVING FORCE.

“This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.” Genesis 2:24-25 NLT

THE PROBLEM:
WHAT GOD WANTS TO UNITE AND THE DEVIL WANTS TO DIVIDE Genesis 3:1-13

“And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” Mark 3:25 NKJV

THE QUESTION:
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UNITE AND UNTIE?

“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 NLT

THE CHALLENGE:
FINDING YOUR MISSION TOGETHER
”Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together.” Psalm 34:3

THE TWO MOST POWERFUL FORCES THAT UNITE US:

  • A COMMON MISSION

  • A COMMON ENEMY

ASK YOURSELVES:

  • WHAT DO WE LOVE?

  • WHAT DO WE HATE?

  • IF WE HAD A MISSION WHAT WOULD IT BE?

  • IF WE HAD AN ENEMY OR INJUSTICE TO REMOVE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

  • HOW CAN WE GUARD AGAINST STRIFE?

“Therefore, if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:1-5 NIV

1)    STAY UNITED IN CHRIST.

2)    BE LIKEMINDED BY BECOMING TEACHABLE.

“Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; yes, strife and reproach will cease.” Proverbs 22:10 NKJV

3)    PUT SELFISH AMBITION IN CHECK BY PRACTICING HUMILITY.

“By pride comes nothing but strife.” Proverbs 13:10a NKJV

“For as the churning of milk produces butter, and wringing the nose produces blood, so the forcing of wrath produces strife.” Proverbs 30:33 NKJV

 

Relationship Goals - May 11 & 12

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and l
earn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.”
Matthew 11:28-29 (NKJV)

RELATIONSHIP GOALS

THE FOUR MOST IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP GOALS:

  • CHRIST CENTERED

  • PURPOSE DRIVEN

  • PROBLEM SOLVING

  • COVENANT KEEPING

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”” Ephesians 6:1-3 NIV

I) HOW CAN I SHOW HONOR?

1) HONOR YOUR MOTHER BY GIVING ACCEPTANCE.

“Christ accepted you, so you should accept each other, which will bring glory to God.” Romans 15:7 NCV

2) HONOR YOUR MOTHER BY GIVING APPRECIATION.

“Now, brothers and sisters, we ask you to appreciate those who work hard among you, who lead you in the Lord and teach you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:12 NCV

3) HONOR YOUR MOTHER WITH GIVING AFFIRMATION.

“For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.” 2 Corinthians 3:9 NKJV

II) WHAT MAKES THE COMMANDMENT TO HONOR SUCH A BIG DEAL?

 BECAUSE PARENTING IS A PURPOSE DRIVEN MISSION

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it.”” Genesis 1:27-28a NKJV

“Go therefore and make disciples.” Matthew 28:19a NKJV

“As for parents, don’t provoke your children to anger, but raise them with discipline and instruction about the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4 CEB

Relationship Goals - May 4 & 5

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE

“He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31 (NKJV)

RELATIONSHIP GOALS

“Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” Amos 3:3 NKJV

 AVOID THE ROMANTIC MYTH I WANT TO BE LIKE THEM.

 FOUR IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP GOALS:

  • CHRIST CENTER

  • PURPOSE DRIVEN

  • PROBLEM SOLVING

  • COVENANT KEEPING

I) WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CHRIST CENTERED?

  • IF YOU WANT TO GET ONE THING RIGHT IN LIFE MAKE JESUS THE ONE.

““Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:36-38 NIV

  • IN A CHRIST CENTERED MARRIAGE, JESUS IS YOUR NUMBER ONE AND YOUR SPOUSE IS YOUR NUMBER TWO.

  • EVERYONE HAS SOMETHING AT THE CENTER OF THEIR LIFE.

  • WHATEVER IS AT THE CENTER

  • INFLUENCES MY BELIEFS AND VALUES

  • INFLUENCES MY DECISIONS, ACTIONS AND ATTITUDE

  • INFLUENCES MY INFLUENCE AND IMPACT

“Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness.” Colossians 3:15 MSG

II) HOW CAN I MAKE CHRIST THE CENTER?

1) PRAY WITH YOUR SPOUSE/FRIENDS.

 ““Also, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about something and pray for it, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. This is true because if two or three people come together in my name, I am there with them.”” Matthew 18:19-20 NCV

  • KEEP IT SHORT.

  • KEEP IT CONSISTENT.

  • KEEP IT REAL/HUMBLE.

2) GET INTO COMMUNITY.

“Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.” Psalms 92:13 NKJV

 “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.” Psalms 12:26 NKJV

Relationship Goals - April 27 & 28

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE
“Train up a child in the way he should go and
when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)

RELATIONSHIP GOALS 

WE ARE WIRED FOR RELATIONSHIPS.

“Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is right for him.”” Genesis 2:18 NCV

“Two people are better than one, because they get more done by working together. If one falls down, the other can help him up. But it is bad for the person who is alone and falls, because no one is there to help. If two lie down together, they will be warm, but a person alone will not be warm. An enemy might defeat one person, but two people together can defend themselves; a rope that is woven of three strings is hard to break.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NCV

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP CAN MAKE LIFE.

  • MORE REWARDINGThey get more done by working together.

  • MUCH SAFER. If one falls down, the other can help him up.

  • MORE MEANINGFUL. If two lie down together, they will be warm.

  • MUCH STRONGER. Two people together can defend themselves.

“Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?” Amos 3:3 NLT

GOD’S INCREDIBLE PROMISE:

THE POWER OF THE EARTH IS TO THOSE WHO CAN AGREE.

““I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about something and pray for it, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. This is true because if two or three people come together in my name, I am there with them.”” Matthew 18:19-20 NCV

“But the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower the people were building. “Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them! Come, let’s go down and confuse the people with different languages. Then they won’t be able to understand each other.”” Genesis 11:5-7 NLT

HOW CAN I IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF MY AGREEMENT?

1)    HUMBLE YOUR SELF AND SEEK TO UNDERSTAND.

“Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.” I Peter 3:7 NKJV

2)    HUMBLE YOURSELF AND SEEK TO OPEN UP AND BE KNOWN.

“Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”” Genesis 3:9-10 NKKJV

“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so God can heal you. When a believing person prays, great things happen.” James 5:16 NCV

HOW IS MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?

  • DO I SEEK TO KNOW HIM?

“I love those who love me; those who seek me will find me.” Proverbs 8:17 CEB

  • DO I SEEK TO OPEN UP TO HIM?

““Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Revelation 3:20 NLT

The Mystery of Easter - Apr 20 & 21

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.”
Psalm 32:8 (NKJV)

THE MYSTERY OF EASTER

“Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’”” Luke 24:1-7 NKJV

 CHRISTIANITY MAY NOT BE PLAUSIBLE BUT IT’S UNDENIABLE.

  • There is no plausible explanation for the church.

  • There is no plausible explanation for the fame of Jesus.

CHRISTIANITY ISN’T PLAUSIBLE BECAUSE JESUS’S MESSAGE IS A PROBLEM.

1)    He never advocated a political revolution.

““Well then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”” Luke 20:25 NLT

“Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world….”” John 18:36a NKJV

 “So Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no fault in this Man.””
Luke 23:4 NKJV

2)    He never advocated liberation from the status quo.

““Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”” Matthew 5:17 NKJV

3)    He made his message all about himself.

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”” John 14:6 NKJV

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”” John 11:25-26 NKJV

4)    When Jesus died no one believed his message.

 “Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!””
Matthew 26:74a NKJV

“But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.” Luke 24:11 NIV

“Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.” Luke 24:12 NIV

WHEN DID THE DISCIPLES BELIEVE?

  • Not His message

  • Not His miracles

  • Not at the cross

  • Not at the empty tomb 

THEY BELIEVED WHEN THEY SAW HIM ALIVE.

“The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”” John 20:25-25 NKJV

 “And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”” John 20:26-29 NKJV

The disciples four-point message

  • You killed Him

  • God raised Him

  • We saw Him

  • You should say your sorrow and repent

CHRIST’S INVITATION

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20 NKJV

Good Friday - April 19

REMEMBERING CHRIST

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you…”  Philippians 1:3 NKJV

“And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”” Luke 22:19 NKJV

THREE THINGS JESUS WANTS US TO THINK ABOUT  

1)     I WANT YOU TO KNOW ME.

“And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Matthew 10:30 NIV

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 NKJV

2)     I WANT TO HELP YOU.

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  John 10:10b NKJV

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25 NKJV

“Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established…” 2 Chronicles 20:20b NKJV

 3)    I HAVE A PLAN FOR YOU.

“But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”” 1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” Jeremiah 1:5a NIV

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV 

Battle For Your Seed - Apr 13 & 14

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE
“Every scripture is inspired by God and is useful
for teaching, for showing mistakes, for correcting, and
for training character, so that the person who belongs
to God can be equipped to do everything that is good.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (CEB)

HOW WE CAN HAVE MAXIMUM IMPACT FOR EASTER

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.” 1 Corinthians 15:10-11 NKJV

1)     PEOPLE WILL COME IF YOU INVITE THEM. 

“And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”” John 1:46 NKJV

“Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” John 4:29 NKJV

2)     PEOPLE WILL COME IF YOU BRING THEM.

 “Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them…” Mark 10:13 NKJV

“Andrew brought his brother to Jesus. And when Jesus saw him, he said, “Simon son of John, you will be called Cephas.” This name can be translated as Peter.” John 1:42 CEV

“Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”” Mark 2:3-5 NKJV

3)     PEOPLE WILL COME IF YOU FEED THEM.

“Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.”” John 6:26 NKJV

 

THE BATTLE FOR YOUR SEED 

THE STORY OF THE TWO PRODIGALS 

THE YOUNGER SON

Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’” Luke 15:11-19 NKJV

THE FATHER

“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.” But the father said to his servants, “Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” And they began to be merry.” Luke 15:20-24 NKJV

 

THE FATHER SAW HIM AND HAD COMPASSION:

1)     HE COVERED HIS SHAME

2)     HE RESTORED HIS IDENTITY

3)     HE GAVE HIM DIRECTION

4)     HE CELEBRATED WITH HIM

THE OLDER SON

“Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ But he was angry and would not go in…”  Luke 15:25-28a NKJV

THE FATHER

But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, “Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.” And he said to him, “Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.” Luke 15:28-32 NKJV

THE FATHER CAME LOOKING FOR HIM AND PLEADED WITH HIM:

1)     YOU HAVE MY PRESENCE, BUT YOU DON’T ENJOY IT

2)     YOUR PARTY ENDED WHEN YOU LOST YOUR GRATITUDE

3)     IT IS RIGHT TO CELEBRATE THIS BROTHER OF YOURS

Battle For Your Seed - April 6 & 7

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE
“And you will seek Me and find Me,
when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:13 (NKJV)

THE BATTLE FOR YOUR SEED IS THE BATTLE TO STORE UP A SPIRITUAL LEGACY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION.

“Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren.” Proverbs 13:22a NLT

THE BATTLE OF THE THIRD GENERATION IS FOR SPIRITUAL MOMENTUM.

“When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. Therefore, I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” II Timothy 1:5-7 NKJV

GOD PROMISES TO VISIT OUR SEED IN THEIR GENERATION.

“But the LORD’s love for those who respect him continues forever and ever, and his goodness continues to their grandchildren.” Psalms 103:17 NCV

 GOD VISITS ABRAHAM’S GRANDSON JACOB.

“Meanwhile, Jacob left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran. At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone to rest his head against and lay down to sleep. As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway. At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants. Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.” Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!” But he was also afraid and said, “What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God, the very gateway to heaven!”” Genesis 28:10-17 NLT

GOD REVEALS HIMSELF AND GIVES FOUR PROMISES.

“Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.”” Genesis 28:16 NKJV

““What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God!””
Genesis 28:17 NLT

1) THIS PLACE BELONGS TO YOU.

““I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants.”” Genesis 28:13NLT

2) YOUR SEED WILL BE NUMEROUS.

““Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south.””
Genesis 28:14 NLT 

3) YOU WILL BE A BLESSING.

““And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants.”” Genesis 28:14b NLT

4) I WILL BE WITH YOU.

““What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.”” Genesis 28:15 NLT

JACOB’S RESPONSE

“The next morning Jacob got up very early. He took the stone he had rested his head against, and he set it upright as a memorial pillar. Then he poured olive oil over it. He named that place Bethel (which means “house of God”), although it was previously called Luz. Then Jacob made this vow: “If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the Lord will certainly be my God. And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God, and I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me.”” Genesis 28:18-22 NLT

“The Lord is always kind to those who worship him, and he keeps his promises to their descendants.” Psalms 103:17 CEV

Battle For Your Seed - March 30 & 31

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.” John 10:27-30 (NKJV)

THE BATTLE OF THE SECOND GENERATION IS YOUR CHILDREN’S BATTLE.

1)     FOR THEIR OWN PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

“Then the LORD appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.””  Genesis 26:2-5 NKJV

2)     THEIR BATTLE AGAINST FAMILIARITY

Parable of the prodigal. Luke 15:11-32

“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’” Luke 15:17-19 NKJV

3)     THEIR BATTLE AGAINST INFERIORITY

“And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham. He called them by the names which his father had called them. Also Isaac’s servants dug in the valley, and found a well of running water there. But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek, because they quarreled with him. Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that one also. So he called its name Sitnah. And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth, because he said, “For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”” Genesis 26:18-22 NKJV

4)     THEIR BATTLE FOR COMPASSION   

Understanding God’s forgiveness. Luke 7:36-50

THE BATTLE OF THE SECOND GENERATION IS A PARENT’S BATTLE TO BUILD A BRIDGE WITH YOUR CHILD.

-Bridges help us cross over barriers
-Without bridges it’s a long way around
-Without bridges we need someone on the other side

THE GOOD NEWS

When we establish a covenant with God he establishes a covenant with our children.

“But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children.” Psalms 103:17 NKJV

 

 

Battle For Your Seed - Mar 23 & 24

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”
Romans 8:1-2 (NKJV)

THE BATTLE FOR YOUR SEED

THE BATTLE FOR YOUR SEED IS A BATTLE TO STORE UP A SPIRITUAL INHERITANCE.

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” Proverbs 13:22a NKJV

“For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”
Exodus 20:5b-6 NKJV

“And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.” Romans 11:23 NIV

THE BATTLE FOR YOUR SEED IS A BATTLE FOR THREE GENERATIONS.

“Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”” Exodus 3:6 NKJV

WHAT IS THE BATTLE OF THE FIRST GENERATION?

1)    THE BATTLE OF THE FIRST GENERATION IS TO LEAVE.

“The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.”” Genesis 12:1 NIV

  • TO LEAVE YOUR PLACE

“Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”” Numbers 14:3b-4 NIV 

  • TO LEAVE YOUR PEOPLE

“Yes, Lot was a righteous man who was tormented in his soul by the wickedness he saw and heard day after day.” 2 Peter 2:8 NLT

  • TO LEAVE YOUR FAMILY

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24 NKJV

2)    WHEN WE LEAVE BY FAITH WE OFTEN DON’T HAVE A MAP.

“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.” Hebrews 11:8-9 NKJV

“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, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV

 “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2a  NKJV 

3)    THE BATTLE OF THE FIRST GENERATION IS TO ENTER AN AGREEMENT WITH GOD.
(Abraham’s covenant-Genesis 15:1-18)

“And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.”
Genesis 15:6 NKJV

“On the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram….” Genesis 15:18a NKJV

“For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.”  Romans 4:3-5 NLT