Audacious Faith - Jan 19 & 20

AUDACIOUS FAITH

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 NKJV

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 NKJV

AUDACIOUS FAITH IS THE WILLINGNESS TO TAKE A RISK

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

SIX FACETS OF AUDACIOUS FAITH

1)    AUDACIOUS FAITH IS BELIEVING WHEN I DON’T SEE IT.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 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

“While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 NKJV

Case study of Caleb. Joshua 14:7-11.
·      What they saw and said. See Numbers 13:32-33.
·      What Caleb saw then. See Numbers 13:30 and Numbers 14:8.
·      What Caleb said and saw 45 years later. See Joshua 14:12.

2)    AUDACIOUS FAITH IS OBEYING WHEN I DON’T UNDERSTAND IT.

“It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before...”. Hebrews 11:7a NLT

 If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done. Ecclesiastes 11:4 TLB

3)    AUDACIOUS FAITH IS GIVING WHEN I DON’T HAVE IT.

“It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.” Hebrews 11:4 NLT

4)    AUDACIOUS FAITH IS PERSISTING WHEN I DON’T FEEL LIKE IT.

“It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.” Hebrews 11:27 NLT

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16 NKJV

5)    AUDACIOUS FAITH IS THANKING GOD BEFORE I RECEIVE IT.

“By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.” Hebrews 11:30 NKJV

6)    AUDACIOUS FAITH IS TRUSTING GOD WHEN I DON’T GET IT.

“All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. For God had something better in mind for us…” Hebrews 11:39-40a NLT

Audacious Faith - Jan 12 & 13

AUDACIOUS FAITH

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own
understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 NKJV

AUDACIOUS FAITH IS THE WILLINGNESS TO TAKE A RISK

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

SIX FACETS OF AUDACIOUS FAITH

1)    AUDACIOUS FAITH IS BELIEVING WHEN I DON’T SEE IT.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 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

“While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 NKJV

Case study of Caleb. Joshua 14:7-11.
·      What they saw and said. See Numbers 13:32-33.
·      What Caleb saw then. See Numbers 13:30 and Numbers 14:8.
·      What Caleb said and saw 45 years later. See Joshua 14:12.

2)    AUDACIOUS FAITH IS OBEYING WHEN I DON’T UNDERSTAND IT.

“It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before...”. Hebrews 11:7a NLT

 If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done. Ecclesiastes 11:4 TLB

3)    AUDACIOUS FAITH IS GIVING WHEN I DON’T HAVE IT.

“It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.” Hebrews 11:4 NLT

4)    AUDACIOUS FAITH IS PERSISTING WHEN I DON’T FEEL LIKE IT.

“It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.” Hebrews 11:27 NLT

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16 NKJV

5)    AUDACIOUS FAITH IS THANKING GOD BEFORE I RECEIVE IT.

“By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.” Hebrews 11:30 NKJV

6)    AUDACIOUS FAITH IS TRUSTING GOD WHEN I DON’T GET IT.

“All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. For God had something better in mind for us…” Hebrews 11:39-40a NLT

Audacious Faith - Jan 5 & 6

AUDACIOUS FAITH 

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE
“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

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 NKJV

 AUDACIOUS:
SHOWING A WILLINGNESS TO TAKE A RISK
A WILLINGNESS TO DO SOMETHING BOLD OR COURAGEOUS

 “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” Zechariah 4:10a NLT

 WE GET TO DETERMINE THE USE OF OUR FAITH

”According to your faith let it be to you.” Matthew 9:29b NKJV

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

“Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith!” Matthew 15:28a ESV

“But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”” Mark 9:22-24 NKJV

FIVE ELEMENTS OF AUDACIOUS FAITH

1)    AUDACIOUS FAITH COMES FROM YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.”” Mark 11:22 NKJV

 2)    AUDACIOUS FAITH NEEDS THE SUBSTANCE OF HOPE.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 NKJV

 “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18 KJV

3)    AUDACIOUS FAITH COMES FROM HEARING GOD’S WORD.

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17 ESV

4)    AUDACIOUS FAITH HAS A LANGUAGE.

“Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:23-24 ESV

“Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”” Numbers 13:30 NKJV

“But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.” Numbers 14:24 NKJV

“Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak.” 2 Corinthians 4:13 ESV

“But the centurion replied, "Lord, I don’t deserve to have you come under my roof. Just say the word and my servant will be healed. I’m a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and the servant does it." When Jesus heard this, he was impressed and said to the people following him, "I say to you with all seriousness that even in Israel I haven’t found faith like this.”” Matthew 8:8-10 CEB

 5)    AUDACIOUS FAITH COMES FROM TAKING ACTION.

“But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?... Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?” James 2:20, 22 NKJV

Radical Love - Dec 29 & 30

 

RADICAL

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies...,”. Matthew 5:43-44a NIV

 WE CAN HAVE ENEMIES WITHOUT EVEN TRYING

“Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” The Jews answered Him saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”” John 10:31-33 NKJV

 “He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.” I John 2:9-10 NKJV

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  Matthew 5:43-48 NIV

 HOW CAN I LOVE MY ENEMIES?

“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”” Matthew 19:26 NKJV

 FOUR KINDS OF LOVE TO UNDERSTAND

·      EROS – PASSIONATE ROMANTIC LOVE

·      PHILIA – AFFECTIONATE PLATONIC LOVE

·      STORGE – PARENTS LOVE

·      AGAPE  - UNCONDITIONAL LOVE    

3 RADICAL THINGS YOU CAN DO TO RELEASE GOD’S AGAPE LOVE

 1)    PRAYING FOR MY ENEMIES

        KEEPS MY HEART OPEN TO GOD’S LOVE

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you...”  Matthew 5:43 NIV

2)    TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK

         KEEPS ME FREE FROM BITTERNESS

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”  Matthew 5:38-42 NIV

 “Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.”  John 10:39 NIV

 3)    BLESSING MY ENEMIES

        KEEPS ME FROM BEING OVERCOME BY EVIL

“Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  Romans 12:17-21 NKJV

 

Radical Love - Dec 22 & 23

EXPERIENCING THE GIFT OF GOD’S RADICAL LOVE

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge.” Ephesians 3:17-19a NIV

“So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:6-7 NKJV

WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S LOVE WHEN WE MAKE ROOM

1)    WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S GIFT OF LOVE WHEN WE MAKE ROOM IN OUR HEART.
HIS LOVE SHOWS UP AS HOPE.

“and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:5-8 ESV

“The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”” Lamentations 3:19-24 NLT

2)    WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S GIFT OF LOVE WHEN WE MAKE ROOM IN OUR LIVES.
HIS LOVE SHOWS UP AS LEADERSHIP.

“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” Matthew 1:23 NLT

“Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 3:5 NKJV

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9:6 NIV

3)    WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S GIFT OF LOVE WHEN WE MAKE ROOM FOR HIS FAMILY.
HIS LOVE SHOWS UP AS COMMUNITY AND SUPPORT.

“God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.” Psalm 68:6 NIV

Radical Love - Dec 15 & 16

RADICAL LOVE

SO WHAT IS RADICAL LOVE? AN EXTREME VIEW OF LOVE

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16 NKJV

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”  1 John 3:16 NIV 

WHY IS LOVE SO IMPORTANT? LOVE IS WHAT MATTERS MOST

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NIV

 “Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14 NIV

THE DISCOVERY OF RADICAL LOVE IS A JOURNEY GOD IS INVITING US TO EXPLORE

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge…” Ephesians 3:17-19a NIV

THREE DISCOVERIES ABOUT GOD’S LOVE 

1ST DISCOVERY: GOD IS WITH ME.

““The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).”  Matthew 1:23 NIV

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”  Psalm 46:1 NIV

2ND DISCOVERY: GOD LOVED ME WHILE I WAS HIS ENEMY.

“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 ESV

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.” Luke 6:27-29  NIV

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”  Luke 6:32-35 NIV 

3RD DISCOVERY: GOD GIVES TO ME KNOWING I CAN’T REPAY HIM.

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.”  II Corinthians 8:9 NKJV

“But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” Luke 14:13-14 ESV

5 Habits - Dec 8 & 9

FIVE HABITS FOR LIFE CHANGE

THE HABIT OF SEEKING GOD

“… he asked him, ‘Of all the commandments, which is the most important?’” Mark 12:28b NIV 

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 NIV

A BIG QUESTION TO CONSIDER: WHAT IS GOD LIKE?

“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being…” Hebrews 1:3a NIV

“If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” John 14:7-9 NIV

JESUS’ DISPOSITION TOWARDS PEOPLE IS THE SAME AS GOD’S DISPOSITION TOWARDS PEOPLE

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:16-17 ESV 

TWO BENEFITS OF WORSHIP

1)    WHEN WE WORSHIP GOD WE GIVE HIM WHAT HE DESIRES.

“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” John 4:23 ESV

 2)    WORSHIP IS A LIFESTYLE THAT RELEASES SUPERNATURAL POWER.

“Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.” Psalm 8:2 NKJV

“When I cry out to You, then my enemies will turn back; This I know, because God is for me.”  Psalm 56:9 NKJV

“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains were loosed.”  Acts 16:25-26 NKJV

THREE SIMPLE HABITS YOU CAN PRACTICE IN YOUR WORSHIP 

1)    PRACTICE PREPARING YOUR HEART FOR WORSHIP.

“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.” Matthew 15:8-9 NIV

2)    PRACTICE PUTTING GOD FIRST.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 NKJV

3)    PRACTICE SURRENDERING YOUR TO GOD.

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1 NIV 

WORSHIP CAN HAVE MANY EXPRESSIONS, BUT TRUE WORSHIP ISN’T A STYLE. IT’S OUR RESPONSE TO THE VALUE WE PLACE ON GOD’S WORTH.

5 Habits - Dec 1 & 2

FIVE HABITS FOR LIFE CHANGE

THE HABIT OF SHARING CHRIST

“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” 1 Timothy‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬

PRACTICING THIS HABIT TAPS INTO THE UNLIMITED POWER OF GOD

“If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord — and he will repay you!” Proverbs‬ ‭19:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

THE GREATEST GIFT YOU CAN EVER GIVE SOMEONE IS THE GIFT OF CHRIST

“God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life.” John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NCV‬‬‬‬‬‬

GIVING THE GIFT OF CHRIST IS OUR MISSION

‘’Jesus said to his followers, “Go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone.”” Mark‬ ‭16:15‬ ‭NCV‬‬‬‬‬‬

“For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”” Romans‬ ‭10:13-15‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬

“After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”” Luke‬ ‭10:1-2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬

4 EXERCISES TO HELP US SHARE THE GOSPEL.

1) MAKE A PRAYER LIST

“Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.” Romans‬ ‭10:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬

2) BUILD BRIDGES WITH PEOPLE

“Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’ The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’ So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ ‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied. The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’ Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’ ‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied. He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’ The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” Luke‬ ‭16:1-9‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬

“When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭9:22-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬

3) BE PREPARED TO SHARE THE GOSPEL

“… Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter‬ ‭3:15‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬‬‬‬‬

4) 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

5 Habits - Nov 24 & 25

Habit Of Serving God by Serving Others

You Were Created For A Purpose

“Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work.” Jeremiah 1:5 NCV

“In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world.” John 17:18 MSG

  1. I MUST ABANDON ALL DISTRACTIONS

“Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62 TLB

4 of the biggest distractions that will cause you to miss God’s plan for your life:

I. Fear

“Go wherever I send you and speak whatever I tell you to. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I, the Lord, will be with you and see you through.” Jeremiah 1:7a-8 TLB

II. Wallowing In Your Past Mistakes and Failures 

III. Worrying About What Other People Think Of You

“The only person you should try to be better than is who you were yesterday.”

“Let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work well done and won’t need to compare himself with someone else.” Galatians 6:4 TLB

IV. YOUR PLANS ARE A DISTRACTION

“Turn me away from wanting any other plan than yours…” Psalm 119:37a TLB

“Let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up…” Hebrews 12:1b TLB

1.      How badly do you want to be what God has created you to be?
2.   What are you willing to remove in order to get it?

“You aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want. John 5:40 MSG

2. I MUST ADOPT GOD’S PURPOSE 

“… give yourselves completely to God—every part of you… you want to be tools in the hands of God, to be used for his good purposes.” Romans 6:13 TLB

3. I MUST ANTICIPATE GOD’S HELP

“He will always give you all you need from day to day if you will make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.” Luke 12:31 TLB

 

 

5 Habits - Nov 17 & 18

FIVE HABITS FOR LIFE CHANGE

 “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8 NLT

  •  THE HABIT OF SEEKING GOD: WORSHIP

  • THE HABIT OF BELONGING TO GOD’S FAMILY: MEMBERSHIP

  • THE HABIT OF GROWING UP SPIRITUALLY: MATURITY

  • THE HABIT OF SERVING GOD’S FAMILY: MINISTRY

  • THE HABIT OF SHARING CHRIST: MISSION

 HOW DO I DEVELOP THE HABITS THAT HELP ME GROW UP SPIRITUALLY?

 “For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29 AMPC 

“There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.” Hebrews 5:11-14 NLT

I) SPIRITUALLY FIT PEOPLE START THEIR DAY SPENDING TIME WITH GOD. 

“My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.” Psalm 5:3 NKJV

“Worship GOD if you want the best; worship opens doors to all his goodness.” Psalm 34:9 MSG

“... in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11b ESV

II) FOUR THINGS TO PRACTICE WHEN SITTING IN GOD’S PRESENCE. 

1) PRACTICE BEING THANKFUL.

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Psalm 100:4 NKJV

“This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 NKJV 

2) PRACTICE CASTING ALL YOUR CARES ON HIM IN PRAYER.

“Casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 ESV

3) PRACTICE LETTING HIM KNOW ALL YOUR HOPES AND DREAMS.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God…” Philippians 4:6 NKJV 

“Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 NKJV

4) PRACTICE THINKING ON HIS PROMISES.

“I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart so I won’t sin myself bankrupt.” Psalm 119:11 MSG 

III) SPIRITUALLY FIT PEOPLE SPEND TIME FEEDING ON GOD’S WORD

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…” 2 Timothy 3:16 NIV

GOD’S WORD IS….

  • FOUNDATION FOR MY LIFE                MATTHEW 7:24-25

  • ROAD MAP FOR SUCCESS                   JOSHUA 1:8

  • SWORD FOR PROTECTION                  EPHESIANS 6:17

  • FOOD FOR STRENGTH                        MATTHEW 4:4

  • OUR TEACHER                                     2 TIMOTHY 3:16