The Power of Asking September 14 & 15

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE

““Those who obey me will dwell securely,
untroubled by the dread of harm.”
Proverbs 1:33 (CEB)

THE POWER OF ASKING

“Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24 NKJV

I. JESUS WOULD USE QUESTIONS TO CALL PEOPLE INTO THE FAITH ZONE.

“Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.” John 6:5-6 NIV

II. JESUS WOULD USE QUESTIONS TO CALL PEOPLE INTO WISDOM.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5 NIV

SIX QUESTIONS JESUS ASKED THAT WE SHOULD ANSWER:

1)    “WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?” Matthew 16:15

2)    “WHAT IS IT YOU WANT?” Matthew 20:20-22 NIV

“Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” “You don’t know what you are asking.”” Matthew 20:20-22 NIV

3)    “WHO IS MY MOTHER, OR MY BROTHERS?” Mark 3:33 NKJV

“And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.”” Mark 3:34-35 NKJV

4)     “WHY DO YOU CALL ME, ‘LORD, LORD,’ AND DO NOT DO WHAT I SAY?” Luke 6:46 NIV

5)    “AND DO YOU NOT REMEMBER?” Mark 8:18 NIV

“Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” “Twelve,” they replied. “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” They answered, “Seven.” Mark 8:17-20 NIV

6)    “DO YOU LOVE ME?” John 21:17

BONUS STUDY QUESTIONS:

Ask yourself if God is using any of these questions to call you into faith or wisdom.

“Why are you afraid?” (Mark 4:40)

“Do you believe that I am able to do this?” (Matt. 9:28) 

“Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:25)

“Why do you think evil in your hearts?” (Matt. 9:4)

“Why did you doubt?” (Matt. 14:31)

“Is that your own idea, or did others talk to you about me?” (John 18:34)

“Why do you ask me about what is good?” (Matt. 19:17)

“Why do you involve me?” (John 2:4)

 “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:6)

“Does this offend you?” (John 6:61)

“Did I not choose you?” (John 6:70)

“Why do you not understand what I say?” (John 8:43)

“Do you understand what I have done for you?” (John 13:12)

“Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?” (Luke 12:25)

“So if you have not been trustworthy with worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” (Luke 16:11)

“When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8)

“You do not want to leave too, do you?” (John 6:67)

“Are you asleep?” (Mark 14:37)

The Power of Asking September 7 & 8

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE

““Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”
James 4:10 (NKJV)

THE POWER OF ASKING

“Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24 NKJV

“For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.” Matthew 6:8 NKJV

BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF ASKING

  • GOD GIVES THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL FAVOR TO ASK.

“And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be, when you go, that you shall not go empty-handed. But every woman shall ask of her neighbor, namely, of her who dwells near her house, articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing; and you shall put them on your sons and on your daughters.” Exodus 3:21-22 NKJV

  • GOD TELLS SOLOMON TO ASK.

“…the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”
1 Kings 3:5 NKJV

  • JEHOSHAPHAT GATHERS THE PEOPLE TO ASK GOD FOR HELP.

“So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD.” 2 Chronicles 20:4a NKJV

  • GOD SAYS ASK ME FOR THE NATIONS.

“Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.’’ Psalms 2:8 NKJV

  • ELISHA ASKS FOR A DOUBLE PORTION.

“And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”
2 Kings 2:9 NKJV

  • PAUL SAYS,

“Yet you do not have because you do not ask.” James 4:2b NKJV

CAN WE ASK FOR ANYTHING WITHOUT CONDITIONS?

“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew 21:22 NKJV

HOW TO UNLOCK THE POWER OF ASKING:

1)    WHATEVER WE ASK FOR MUST BE GOOD IN GOD’S ESTIMATION.

“Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”
Matthew 7:9-11 NKJV

2)    WHATEVER WE ASK FOR MUST BE ACCORDING TO HIS WILL.

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” 1 John 5:14-15 NKJV

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19 NKJV

3)    WHATEVER WE ASK FOR MUST BRING HONOR TO GOD.

“If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:14 NKJV

“You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.” John 14:13 NL 

4)    WHATEVER WE ASK FOR MUST ENGAGE THE MIND AND REQUIRE ACTION.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
Matthew 7:7-8 NKJV

 

Guest Pastor Mary Turner August 31 & September 1

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE

““God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
Psalms 46:1 (NKJV)

 Forgiveness

“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:9 NLT 

Forgiveness is remembering how much you’ve been forgiven. 

“Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32 NLT

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Colossians 3:13 NLT

“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.” Romans 4:7-8 NLT

“I wrote to you as I did to test you and see if you would fully comply with my instructions. When you forgive this man, I forgive him, too. And when I forgive whatever needs to be forgiven, I do so with Christ’s authority for your benefit, so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.” 2 Corinthians 2:5-11 NLT     

Forgiveness is letting go of your right to get even.

“Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord.” Romans 12:19 NLT

Forgiveness is responding to evil with good.

“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” Luke 6:27-28 NLT 

Forgiveness is repeating the process as long as necessary.

“Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!”” Matthew 18:21-22 NLT

Matters of the Heart August 24 & 25

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE

““He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Psalms 147:3 (NKJV)

MATTERS OF THE HEART

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 NKJV

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.” Matthew 12:35 NKJV

REVIEW:
THE ISSUE                                THE ANTIDOTE

Guilt and Shame                         Confession
Anger and Resentment              Forgiveness
Greed                                          Generosity
Jealous                                         Asking God
Fear                                             Love of God

BRINGING FORTH THE TREASURE OF PASSION FROM YOUR HEART

PASSION IS THE POWERFUL EMOTION OF DESIRE.
THE CHALLENGE:  OUR PASSION CAN BE HEALTHY OR UNHEALTHY.

“Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.”
John 2:17 NKJV

“For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.”
Romans 10:2 NKJV

 “I was so enthusiastic I tried to hurt the church.” Philippians 3:6a NCV

PASSION IS THE OBJECT OF MY DESIRE BUT PURPOSE IS THE REASON FOR MY DESIRE.

“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

HARNESSING THE POWER OF PASSION

1)    PASSION IS THE EMOTION THAT BRINGS CLARITY AND DIRECTION TO MY LIFE.

“For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth.” John 18:37b NKJV

 “Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” James 1:8 NIV

2)    PASSION IS THE EMOTION THAT MOVES ME.

“And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.” Matthew 14:14 NKJV

 “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” Matthew 9:36 NKJV

 3)    PASSION IS THE EMOTION THAT CAUSES ME TO PLACE A DEMAND ON MY GIFTING.

“And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?” 1 Samuel 17:29 NKJV

“Now Eliab, his oldest brother, heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.”
1 Samuel 17:28 NKJV

4)    PASSION IS THE EMOTION THAT YOU SUFFER AND SACRIFICE FOR.

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:2 NKJV

Matters of the Heart August 17 & 18

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE

““No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgement You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the LORD.”
Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV)

MATTERS OF THE HEART

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 NKJV

ONE OF THE ISSUES OF THE HEART EVERYONE MUST DEAL WITH IS FEAR.

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25 NIV

WE MUST INTERPRET, IS MY FEAR A HEALTHY OR UNHEALTHY FEAR?

“But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:14 NKJV

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 NKJV

UNHEALTHY FEARS ARE IRRATIONAL AND TORMENTING.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

Arachnophobia- Fear of spiders
Aerophobia- Fear of flying
Claustrophobia- Fear of confined spaces
Dentophobia – Fear of dentist
Venustraphobia -Fear of beautiful women
Ecclesophobia -Fear of the church
Pedophobia-Fear of children
Octophobia – Fear of the figure 8
Luposlipaphobia – Fear of being pursued by timber wolves around a kitchen table while wearing socks on a freshly waxed floor

WHAT AM I AFRAID OF?

“Jesus responded, ‘Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!’” Matthew 8:26a NLT

AM I AFRAID OF:

  • DYING

  • BEING ALONE

  • PEOPLE NOT LIKING ME

  • BEING HELPLESS

  • COMMITMENT

THE ANTIDOTE TO UNHEALTHY FEAR:

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10 NKJV

THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS TO…

1) RECOGNIZE WHO HE IS
2) KNOW HIS LOVE

 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18 NKJV

 “Let all who fear the Lord repeat: ‘His faithful love endures forever.’” Psalms 118:4 NLT

 “But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.”
Psalms 33:18 NIV

 3) TRUST HIM

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV

Matters of the Heart August 10 & 11

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE

“The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times
of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust
in You; for You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.”
Psalm 9:9-10 (NKJV)

MATTERS OF THE HEART

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life.”
Proverbs 4:23 NKJV

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind.” Jeremiah 17:9-10a NKJV

ONE OF THE MOST SINISTER AND DEADLY EMOTIONS OF THE HEART IS JEALOUSY.

WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF JEALOUSY?

“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” James 4:1 NIV

THIS HEART DISEASE LEAVES US NEVER SATISFIED.

“You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight.” James 4:2a NIV

TWO EMOTIONAL SIGNALS OF SATISFACTION:

  • IT TELLS US WE CAN STOP NOW.

  • I CAN ENJOY MY LABOR.

“Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!’’
Genesis 1:31a NLT

“I am not telling you this because I need anything. I have learned to be satisfied with the things I have and with everything that happens. I know how to live when I am poor, and I know how to live when I have plenty. I have learned the secret of being happy at any time in everything that happens, when I have enough to eat and when I go hungry, when I have more than I need and when I do not have enough. I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13 NCV

WHAT DO I DO WITH MY HEART’S APPETITES AND DESIRES?

1)    BRING ALL YOUR HEART’S DESIRES TO YOUR CREATOR.

You do not have because you do not ask God.” James 4:2b NIV

“May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose.” Psalms 20:4 NKJV

“You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:14 NIV

“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” John 16:24 NIV

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24 NIV

“casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NKJV

2)    LEARN TO ACCEPT NO FOR AN ANSWER BUT TRUST HIM FOR SOMETHING BETTER.

“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” James 4:3 NIV

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father.” James 1:17a NKJV

Matters of the Heart August 3 & 4

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE

“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
John 14:2-3 (NKJV)

MATTERS OF THE HEART

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life.”
Proverbs 4:23 NKJV

THE SUBTLE HEART DISEASE OF GREED

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
1 Timothy 6:9-10 NIV

“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.”
1 Timothy 6:17 NKJV

WHY DO YOU THINK GOD HAS GIVEN YOU SO MUCH?

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JESUS WARNS US AGAINST THE SUBDUCTION OF GREED.

“Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15 NIV

“And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.””
Luke 12:16-21 NIV

THREE MISTAKES THAT MAKE HIM A FOOL:

  • HE MISSED THE GOD FACTOR.

  • HE ASSUMED HIS ABUNDANCE OF STUFF MEANT AN ABUNDANCE OF TIME.

  • HE THOUGHT HE OWNED IT.

 
THE REMEDY

4 HABITS OF GENEROSITY:

“Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.” 1 Chronicles 29:11-14 NIV

1)    PRIORITY GIVING

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10 NIV

2)    PERCENTAGE GIVING

3)    CHEERFUL GIVING

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NIV

4)    SPONTANEOUS GIVING

“Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.” Matthew 5:42 NLT

 

Guest Pastor Eli Moreno July 27 & 28

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE

“Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.”
Proverbs 16:3 (CEB)

PEOPLE CAN BE MEAN.

Acts 28 tells us about Paul who was accused of being a murderer…just after saving the lives of everyone on the boat. This gave room for the enemy to strike at Paul’s heart.

He strikes:

  1. A heart that is VACANT.

  2. A heart that is WARM.

  3. A heart reminisces more on the MEMORIES of the PAST than the HOPE for the FUTURE.

“When a demon is cast out of a person, it roams around a dry region, looking for a place to rest, but never finds it. Then it says, ‘I’ll return to the house I moved out of,’ and so it goes back, only to find that the house is vacant, warm, and ready for it to move back in. So it goes looking for seven other demons more evil than itself, and they all enter together to live there. Then the person’s condition becomes much worse than it was in the beginning. This describes what will also happen to the people of this evil generation.” Matthew 12:43-45 TPT

What do we do? YOU SHAKE IT OFF!

“Once everyone was accounted for and we realized we had all made it, we learned that we were on the island of Malta. The natives went out of their way to be friendly to us. The day was rainy and cold and we were already soaked to the bone, but they built a huge bonfire and gathered us around it. Paul pitched in and helped. He had gathered up a bundle of sticks, but when he put it on the fire, a venomous snake, roused from its torpor by the heat, struck his hand and held on. Seeing the snake hanging from Paul’s hand like that, the natives jumped to the conclusion that he was a murderer getting his just deserts. Paul shook the snake off into the fire, none the worse for wear. They kept expecting him to drop dead, but when it was obvious he wasn’t going to, they jumped to the conclusion that he was a god!” Acts 23:1-6 MSG

LIFE CAN BE HARD.

  1. Sometimes GOOD PEOPLE offend us.

  2. The PAIN is REAL.

  3. You can still choose to Get Over It.

From there Jesus took a trip to Tyre and Sidon. They had hardly arrived when a Canaanite woman came down from the hills and pleaded, “Mercy, Master, Son of David! My daughter is cruelly afflicted by an evil spirit.” Jesus ignored her. The disciples came and complained, “Now she’s bothering us. Would you please take care of her? She’s driving us crazy.” Jesus refused, telling them, “I’ve got my hands full dealing with the lost sheep of Israel.” Then the woman came back to Jesus, went to her knees, and begged. “Master, help me.” He said, “It’s not right to take bread out of children’s mouths and throw it to dogs.” She was quick: “You’re right, Master, but beggar dogs do get scraps from the master’s table.” Jesus gave in. “Oh, woman, your faith is something else. What you want is what you get!” Right then her daughter became well.  Matthew 15:21-28 MSG

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO GET? “GET OVER IT!”

Matters of the Heart July 20 & 21

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE

“Cast your burden on the Lord — he will support you!
God will never let the righteous be shaken! ”
Psalm 5:22 (CEB)

MATTERS OF THE HEART

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life.”
Proverbs 4:23 NKJV

THE HEART DISEASE OF__________________ AND __________________

“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on the cause of your anger. Do not give the devil an opportunity.” Ephesians 4:26-27 NET

“Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.”  Hebrews 12:15b NLT

FORGIVENESS IS THE __________________TO BITTERNESS AND RESENTMENT

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV

THREE APPROACHES TO FORGIVENESS

·      I KNOW I SHOULD

·      WHY SHOULD I ?

·      I TRIED

JESUS TACKLES THE ISSUE OF FORGIVENESS

 “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”” Matthew 18:21-35 NIV

FOUR HEART EXERCISES TO HELP YOU TO FORGIVE


1)   
__________________WHO YOU ARE ANGRY WITH

“Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry?’’ Genesis 4:6a NIV

2)   
__________________WHAT THEY OWE YOU

“That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, “Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.” Hebrews 3:10 NIV

3)   
__________________TO CANCEL THE DEBT

“Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” Colossians 3:13 NKJV

4)    DON’T _________________YOUR OFFENSE

“For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13 NKJV

Matters of the Heart July 13 & 14

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.
And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”
1 John 5:4 (NKJV)

MATTERS OF THE HEART

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life.”
Proverbs 4:23 NKJV

THE FIRST STEP TO HEART HEALTH IS TO ASK GOD TO EXAMINE OUR HEARTS.

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalms 139:23-24 

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:33-37 NKJV

ENEMY OF THE HEART “GUILT AND SHAME’’

“Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” Genesis 2:25 NIV

THE STRUGGLE WITH SHAME IS COMMON.

“I live in disgrace all day long, and my face is covered with shame.” Psalms 44:15 NIV

  • Adam and Eve, the shame of being exposed. Genesis 3:10

  • Sarah and Abraham, the shame of barrenness. Genesis 16

  • Gideon, the shame of his family. Judges 6

  • Mephibosheth, the shame of his disability. 2 Samuel 9

  • David, the shame of adultery. 2 Samuel 11

  • Women with the issue of blood; shame of impunity. Mark 5:24

  • Blind Bartimaeus, the shame of being a beggar. Mark 10:46-52

  • Judas, the shame of betrayal. Matthew 27:3-5

THREE HEART HEALING EXERCISES FOR GUILT AND SHAME:

1)    ACCEPT GOD’S FORGIVENESS AND LOVE.

“In You, O LORD, I put my trust; let me never be put to shame.” Psalms 71:1 NKJV

“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Hebrews 9:14 NKJV

2)    BRING YOUR GUILT INTO THE LIGHT.

“When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.” Psalms 32:3-5 NIV

“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT

“And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” James 5:15-16 NKJV

3)    MAKE AMENDS WHERE POSSIBLE.

“Do the things that show you really have changed your hearts and lives.”
Matthew 3:8 NCV

“Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house.”
Luke 19:8-9a NKJV