Whose Ladder Are You Holding - Aug 18 & 19

WHOSE LADDER ARE YOU HOLDING?

NO LEADER CAN FULFILL HIS CALLING WITHOUT A TEAM

THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT WE ARE DEPENDENT UPON EACH OTHER FOR SUCCESS

"For in fact the body is not one member but many… But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty...”” 1 Corinthians 12:14, 20-23 NKJV

GOD TELLS MOSES THE VICTORY OF MY PEOPLE DEPENDS ON YOU LIFTING UP YOUR ROD

THE SYMBOLISM OF MOSES ROD. Exodus 17:9-13

  • SYMBOLIC OF WHAT IS IN OUR HAND
  • SYMBOLIC OF GOD” S PURPOSES
  • SYMBOLIC THAT NO LEADER CAN KEEP THE ROD LIFTED CONTINUOUSLY WITHOUT A TEAM

“And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD. Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.” And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.”’” Exodus 14:10-16 NKJV

MOSES BEGINS TO IMPLODE UNDER THE WEIGHT OF HIS CALLING

“And Moses said to the Lord, “Why are you treating me, your servant, so harshly? Have mercy on me! What did I do to deserve the burden of all these people? Did I give birth to them? Did I bring them into the world? Why did you tell me to carry them in my arms like a mother carries a nursing baby? How can I carry them to the land you swore to give their ancestors? Where am I supposed to get meat for all these people? They keep whining to me, saying, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ I can’t carry all these people by myself! The load is far too heavy! If this is how you intend to treat me, just go ahead and kill me. Do me a favor and spare me this misery!””  Numbers 11:11-15 NLT

GOD’S RESPONSE TO MOSES: GET A TEAM

“The Lord said to Moses, “Assemble seventy respected men who are recognized as leaders of the people, bring them to me at the Tent of my presence, and tell them to stand there beside you. I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take some of the spirit I have given you and give it to them. Then they can help you bear the responsibility for these people, and you will not have to bear it alone.” Numbers 11:16-17 GNT

7 WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT A LEADER

1)     PARTNER WITH YOUR PRAYERS

“And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.”  2 Corinthians 1:11 NLT

2)     PARTNER WITH YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT

“Kind words bring life, but cruel words crush your spirit.”  Proverbs 15:4 GNT

3)     PARTNER BY JOINING THEIR TEAM

“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.  Ecclesiastes 4:9 NLT

 4)     PARTNER BY BEING CONSISTENT

“Trusting unfaithful people when you are in trouble is like eating with a broken tooth or walking with a crippled foot.”  Proverbs 25:19 NCV

“Never get a lazy person to do something for you; he will be as irritating as vinegar on your teeth or smoke in your eyes.”  Proverbs 10:26 GNT

5)     PARTNER BY BEING TRUSTWORTHY

“That is why I am sending to you Timothy, my son in the Lord. I love Timothy, and he is faithful. He will help you remember my way of life in Christ Jesus, just as I teach it in all the churches everywhere.”  1 Corinthians 4:17 NCV

6)     PARTNER BY BEING A PROBLEM SOLVER

“But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”” Matthew 14:16 NKJV

7)     PARTNER BY BEING GENEROUS

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:21 NKJV

"Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.”  Philippians 4:15-17 NKJV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whose Ladder Are You Holding - Aug 11 & 12

WHOSE LADDER ARE YOU HOLDING? 

“And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.” Exodus 17:9-13 NKJV

“For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14 NKJV

GOD WANTS TO AWAKEN OUR HEARTS TO
MOVE US TO THE THINGS HE CARES ABOUT.

“But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”” Matthew 9:36-38 NKJV

NEHEMIAH: A LEADER THAT GOD COULD MOVE

1)     GOD WANTS TO MOVE US TO PRAYER.

“Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem. They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.” When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.” Nehemiah 1:2-4 NIV

2)     GOD WANTS TO MOVE US TO IDENTIFY.

“Let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.” Nehemiah 1:6-7 NIV

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.” Hebrews 4:15 NIV

3)     GOD WANTS TO MOVE US TO INTERCEDE.

 “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’” Nehemiah 1:8-9 NIV

 “The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully oppress the stranger. So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 22:29-31 NKJV

“And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”” Luke 22:31-32 NKJV

4)     GOD WANTS TO MOVE US TO PARTNER.

“Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” I was cupbearer to the king.” Nehemiah 1:11 NIV

 

A Place to Worship - Jul 28 & 29

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED GOD WHERE ARE YOU?

WORSHIP IS A JOURNEY INTO HIS PRESENCE.

“Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.

 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again. And the angel of the LORD came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.” So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God. And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” So he said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.” Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.”

And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”” 1 Kings 19:2-13 NKJV

1)     THE JOURNEY TO WORSHIP CHANGES WHAT I SAY.

“in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV

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

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” Hebrews 13:15 NIV

2)     THE JOURNEY TO WORSHIP CHANGES WHAT I SEE.

“Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”” Jeremiah 1:11 NKJV

“Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!” Matthew 6:22-23 NLT

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13 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

3)     THE JOURNEY TO WORSHIP CHANGES HOW I RELATE TO OTHERS.

“And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also." 1 John 4:21 NKJV

“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.” Acts 2:1-6, NKJV

“We hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” Acts 2:11 NKJV

“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:19-20 NKJV

“Indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,” that the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.” 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 NKJV

A Place to Worship - Jul 21 & 22

HAVE YOU EVER FELT DISCOURAGED?

TRUE WORSHIP CAN RENEW YOU

“I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.” Acts 13:22b NKJV

HOW DAVID ALLOWED WORSHIP TO RENEW HIM ON ONE OF THE LOWEST DAYS OF HIS LIFE.

Read 1 Samuel 30:1-27.

“So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. I Samuel 30:3NKJV

1) HE WEPT AND GOT IT ALL OUT.

Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.” I Samuel 30:4 NKJV

 2) HE ENCOURAGED HIMSELF WITH WORSHIP.

Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.”    I Samuel 30:6 NKJV

“Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;”. Psalms 95:2a NKJV

·       WORSHIP TRAINS US TO RESETS OUR FOCUS.

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

·       WORSHIP TRAINS US TO RELEASE GOD’S REFRESHING.

“But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.””  John 4:14 NLT

“That no flesh should glory in His presence.” 1 Corinthians 1:29 NKJV

“That, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”” 1 Corinthians 1:31 NKJV

3) HE INQUIRED OF GOD AND GOT DIRECTION.

“So David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”” 1 Samuel 30:8 NKJV

4) HE RECOVERED ALL.

“So, David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, and David rescued his two wives. And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all.”  I Samuel 30:18-19 NKJV

5) HE REFRESHED OTHERS.

“But David said, “No, my brothers! Don’t be selfish with what the Lord has given us..” 1 Samuel 30:23a NLT 

A Place to Worship - Jul 14 & 15

A PLACE TO WORSHIP

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A BAD DAY?

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”  Ephesians 6:13 NKJV

HOW CAN WORSHIP MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHEN YOU ARE HAVING A BAD DAY?

THE STORY OF KING JEHOSHAPHAT

“It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat. Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you…”” 2 Chronicles 20:1-2a NKJV

 1)     HE HUMBLED HIMSELF TO SEEK GOD WITH ALL HIS HEART.

“And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.” 2 Chronicles 20:3 NKJV

“For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” 2 Chronicles 20:12b NKJV

2)     HE PRAYED AND ASKED GOD FOR HELP ACCORDING TO HIS WORD.

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

“Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.’” 2 Chronicles 20:15b NKJV

3)     HE PRAISED THE LORD FOR THE BEAUTY OF HIS HOLINESS.

“And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever.”” 2 Chronicles 20:21 NKJV

“Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!” 1 Chronicles 16:29 NKJV

·       OUR PRAISE PREPARES A PLACE FOR GOD’S PRESENCE.

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, And from the words of My groaning? O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; And in the night season, and am not silent. But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.” Psalm 22:1-3 NKJV 

·       OUR PRAISE ALLOWS GOD TO STRENGTHEN US IN OUR WEAKNESSES.

“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

“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV

“Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.” 2 Chronicles 20:22 NKJV

THE RESULT: TRUE WORSHIP PRODUCED A VALLEY OF BLESSING.

“When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies, and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much. And on the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berachah, for there they blessed the LORD; therefore the name of that place was called The Valley of Berachah until this day.”   2 Chronicles 20:25-26 NKJV

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Place to Worship - Jul 7 & 8

A PLACE TO WORSHIP
HOW DO WE WORSHIP GOD IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH? 

“The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. “You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.” But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”” John 4:19-26 NKJV

WHAT IS GOD LOOKING FOR?  TRUE WORSHIPPERS

1)     WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO WORSHIP GOD IN TRUTH?

“All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.” Psalm 119:160 NIV

“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17 NIV

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV

 ·       SOME PEOPLE TRY TO WORSHIP GOD WHILE QUESTIONING HIS LOVE.

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

“We love Him because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 NKJV

 ·       SOME PEOPLE TRY TO WORSHIP GOD BY REDEFINING HIM.

“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.” Romans 1:25 NIV

·       SOME PEOPLE TRY TO WORSHIP GOD WITH ZEAL BUT LITTLE TRUTH.

“For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.” Romans 10:2-3 NIV

2)     WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO WORSHIP GOD IN SPIRIT?

“Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”” John 3:5-6 NKJV

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.” Ezekiel 36:26-27 NKJV  

·       IT INVOLVES MY WHOLE HEART

“Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!” Psalm 103:1 NKJV

 ·       IT INVOLVES MY BROKENNESS

“The sacrifice God wants is a broken spirit. God, you will not reject a heart that is broken and sorry for sin.” Psalm 51:17 NCV

·       IT INVOLVES MY GLADNESS

“Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” Psalm 100:2-3 NKJV

·       IT INVOLVES GIVING GOD MY CONSENT

““For with God nothing will be impossible.” Mary said, “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be unto me according to your word.”” Luke 1:37-38 MEV

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” John 16:13 NIV

3)     DOES MY WORSHIP PRODUCE THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT?

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV

“Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts.” Psalm 145:2-4 NKJV

A Place to Worship - Jun 30 & Jul 1

JOHN 4:1-24 IS A BEAUTIFUL STORY ABOUT WORSHIP.

“Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”” John 4:7 NIV

“The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)” John 4:9 NIV

“Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”” John 4:10 NI

“The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?”” John 4:11 NKJV

“Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”” John 4:13-14 NKJV

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24 NKJV

SO WHAT IS WORSHIP ANYWAY?

“‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.” Matthew 15:8-9 NLT

TRUE WORSHIP IS THE INNER VALUE AND RESPOND WE PLACE ON GOD’S WORTH

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” Matthew 13:44 NIV

4 WAYS WE ARE TO RESPOND TO GOD IN WORSHIP

·      WE CAN RESPOND TO GOD WITH OUR POSTURE.

“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.” Psalm 95:6 NKJV

·      WE CAN RESPOND TO GOD WITH OUR MOUTH.

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” Hebrews 13:15 NKJV

·      WE CAN RESPOND TO GOD BY LISTENING.

“He says, “Be still, and know that I am God.”” Psalm 46:10 NIV

·      WE CAN RESPOND TO GOD WITH OUR OBEDIENCE.

“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

Father's Day - Jun 16 & 17

GOD WANTS YOU TO EXPERIENCE HIM AS FATHER

“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven…’” Matthew 6:9a NIV 

“Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.” Colossians 3:21 NKJV

·       GOD WANTS YOU TO EXPERIENCE HIM AS FATHER AND HELP HIM REACH OTHERS.

“And He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” Malachi 4:6 NKJV 

FIVE WAYS GOD WANTS US TO EXPERIENCE HIM AS FATHER

1)    GOD WANTS YOU TO EXPERIENCE HIM AS A CARING FATHER. 

“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, “Abba, Father.” For His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.” Romans 8:15-16 NLT

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NLT

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ … your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” Matthew 6:31-32b NIV

2)    GOD WANTS YOU TO EXPERIENCE HIM AS A NURTURING AND GUIDING FATHER.

“And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4 NKJV

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9 NIV 

3)    GOD WANTS YOU TO EXPERIENCE HIM AS AN AFFIRMING FATHER.

“And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”” Mark 1:11 ESV

“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church…” Matthew 16:18a NKJV

4)    GOD WANTS YOU TO EXPERIENCE HIM AS A CORRECTING FATHER.

“And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as His children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when He corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes each one He accepts as his child.”” Hebrews 12:5-6 NLT

5)    GOD WANTS YOU TO EXPERIENCE HIM AS A RESTORING FATHER.

“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.”’ 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 15:17-24 NKJV

I am the Door - Jun 9 & 10

OPENING THE DOOR TO FINANCIAL PEACE

 THE STEWARDSHIP OF SUCCESS

“I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:17b NKJV

“But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.” Deuteronomy 8:18 NIV

1)    WEALTH IS A GIFT. 

“When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.” Deuteronomy 8:10-18 NIV

“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. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.”” Exodus 3:21-22 NKJV

2)    WEALTH IS RELATIVE.

“People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish.” Psalm 49:20 NIV

3)    WEALTH IS A RESPONSIBILITY.

““Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” Luke 16:10-11 NIV

AVOID THE PITFALLS OF MONEY:

  • THE LOVE OF MONEY CAN PULL ME AWAY FROM GOD AND INTO INDULGENCE.

“People who want to be rich fall into all sorts of temptations and traps. They are caught by foolish and harmful desires that drag them down and destroy them. The love of money causes all kinds of trouble. Some people want money so much they have given up their faith and caused themselves a lot of pain.” 1 Timothy 6:9-10 CEV

  • MONEY WILL MAKE ME HAPPY.

“Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness! The more you have, the more people come to help you spend it. So what good is wealth—except perhaps to watch it slip through your fingers!” Ecclesiastes 5:10-11 NLT

  • MONEY WILL GRANT ME SECURITY.

“Be wise enough not to wear yourself out trying to get rich. Your money can be gone in a flash, as if it had grown wings and flown away like an eagle.” Proverbs 23:4-5 GNT

  • MONEY WILL MAKE ME MORE IMPORTANT THAN OTHERS.

“And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”” Luke 12:15 NKJV

4)    WEALTH IS A COMMITMENT.

“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” Joshua 1:8 NLT

“Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.” Proverbs 10:4 NIV

BE DILIGENT

  • TRADE YOUR TIME
  • TRADE YOUR ABILITY
  • TRADE YOUR WISDOM
  • TRADE YOUR MONEY

WORSHIP GOD WITH YOUR WEALTH

“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.” Proverbs 3:9 NLT

“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:21 NLT

 “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:7-8 NKJV

I am the Door - Jun 2 & 3

The Hidden Blessing in Plunder

“He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do and keep me from all trouble and pain!” And God granted him his request…”” 1 Chronicles 4:10 NLT

Bless Me

Expand Me

Be with Me

Protect Me

“But if he is caught, he must pay back seven times what he stole.” Proverbs 6:31NLT

“And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.” 1 Samuel 30:8 KJV

Prosperity is getting back what the enemy has stolen from you AND much, much more.

“And now see what the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir are doing. You would not let our ancestors invade those nations when Israel left Egypt, so they went around them and did not destroy them.” 2 Chronicles 20:10

This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow, march out against them.” 2 Chronicles 20:15-16

The Lord brought about a great victory:

"King Jehoshaphat and his men went out to gather the plunder. They found vast amounts of equipment, clothing, and other valuables—more than they could carry. There was so much plunder that it took them three days just to collect it all!” 2 Chronicles 20:25 NLT

“The whole countryside is open to you. Take your choice of any section of the land you want, and we will separate. If you want the land to the left, then I’ll take the land on the right. If you prefer the land on the right, then I’ll go to the left.” Genesis 13:9

“The victorious invaders then plundered Sodom and Gomorrah and headed for home, taking with them all the spoils of war and the food supplies. They also captured Lot—Abram’s nephew who lived in Sodom—and carried off everything he owned.” Genesis 14:11

“They recovered all the plunder along with nephew Lot and his possessions, including the women and the people.” Genesis 14:16 MSG

“… the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.” Proverbs 13:22 NKJV

Abram took possession of the wealth of Sodom and Gomorrah without ever entering Sodom and Gomorrah.

God used an attack of the enemy to transfer finances into the hands of Abram.

What the enemy meant for evil God turned it around for good.

““And blessed be God Most High, who has defeated your enemies for you.” Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the goods he had recovered.” Genesis 14:20

“Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: I anointed you king of Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. 8 And I gave you a house, and your wives and children, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah;” 2 Samuel 12:7

“And I gave you a house, and your wives and children, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added that much again.” 2 Samuel 12:8

“The Lord will conquer your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven!” Deuteronomy 28:7 NLT

When YOUR enemy attacks you THE LORD will conquer YOUR enemy.