I am the Door - Apr 21 & 22

OPENING THE DOOR TO A BETTER LIFE

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 NKJV

TURNING CONFLICT INTO A BETTER RELATIONSHIP  

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9 NIV 

“What is the source of conflict among you? What is the source of your disputes? Don’t they come from your cravings that are at war in your own lives? You long for something you don’t have, so you commit murder. You are jealous for something you can’t get, so you struggle and fight. You don’t have because you don’t ask. You ask and don’t have because you ask with evil intentions, to waste it on your own cravings.” James 4:1-3 CEB

THREE PHASES OF CONFLICT

  • RECOGNITION: WE HAVE A PROBLEM. 
  • REACTION: IT’S WORSE THAN I THOUGHT. 
  • RESOLUTION: WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

 THREE STEPS TO WALK THROUGH THE FIRST PHASE OF CONFLICT

1)    DON’T BACK OFF: AVOIDANCE

“Open rebuke is better Than love carefully concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend…” Proverbs 27:5-6a NKJV

“Honest correction is appreciated more than flattery.” Proverbs 28:23 CEV

2)    DON’T BACK DOWN: APPEASEMENT

“So watch yourselves! “If another believer sins, rebuke that person...”  Luke 17:3a NLT 

“Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ...”  Ephesians 4:15a NLT

3)    DON’T BACK OVER: AGGRESSION

“Whoever loves to argue loves to sin. Whoever brags a lot is asking for trouble.” Proverbs 17:19 NCV 

CONFLICT MAY BE PAINFUL, BUT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE HURTFUL.

·      RIGHT TIME

“The right word spoken at the right time is as beautiful as gold apples in a silver bowl.” Proverbs 25:11 NCV 

““Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.” Ephesians 4:26-27 NKJV 

·      RIGHT TONE

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 NKJV

·      RIGHT PLACE

““If your fellow believer sins against you, go and tell him in private what he did wrong. If he listens to you, you have helped that person to be your brother or sister again.” Matthew 18:15 NCV

 

I am the Door - Apr 14 & 15

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:9-10 NKJV

OPENING THE DOOR TO A BETTER MARRIAGE

WIVES CAN ….

1)    OPEN THE DOOR BY BEING A HELPER.

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

 “Fathers can give their sons an inheritance of houses and wealth, but only the Lord can give an understanding wife.” Proverbs 19:14 NLT

2)    OPEN THE DOOR BY SHOWING HIM RESPECT.

“… and the wife must respect her husband.”  Ephesians 5:33b NIV 

“A quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping on a rainy day.” Proverbs 27:15 NLT

“It is better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.” Proverbs 25:24 NKJV 

“Better to dwell in the wilderness, Than with a contentious and angry woman.” Proverbs 21:19 NKJV 

3)    OPEN THE DOOR THROUGH SEXUAL INTIMACY.

“The husband should fulfill his wife’s sexual needs, and the wife should fulfill her husband’s needs.” 1 Corinthians 7:3 NLT

“Do not deprive each other of sexual relations unless you both agree to refrain from sexual intimacy for a limited time so you can give yourselves more completely to prayer. Afterward, you should come together again so that Satan won’t be able to tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” 1 Corinthians 7:5 NLT 

4)    OPEN THE DOOR BY COMING INTO AGREEMENT.

“Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:22,

 “Wives, understand and support your husbands by submitting to them in ways that honor the Master. Husbands, go all out in love for your wives. Don’t take advantage of them.” Colossians 3:18-19 MSG

“Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:1-4 NIV

“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. “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 18:18-20 NKJV

I am the Door - Apr 7 & 8

OPENING THE DOOR TO A BETTER LIFE

“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:9-10 NKJV

OPENING THE DOOR TO A BETTER MARRIAGE

“For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church.” Ephesians 5:25-29 NLT

FIVE WAYS A HUSBAND CAN OPEN THE DOOR FOR HIS WIFE

1)     GIVE HER YOUR ATTENTION. — He gave up his life for her    

“This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” Genesis 2:24 NLT

“Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.” 1 Peter 3:7 NKJV

2)    GIVE HER WORDS OF AFFIRMATION. —  washed by the cleansing of God’s word

“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT

3)    SHOW HER ACCEPTANCE. —  a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” Romans 15:7 NIV

“Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.” Romans 14:13 NIV

4)    GIVE HER AMNESTY. — without fault

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 NKJV

5)    SHOW HER AFFECTION. — No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it

“Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.” 1 Corinthians 7:3 NKJV

Easter at Capital

I AM THE DOOR
OPENING THE DOOR TO A NEW LIFE.

“I am the door.” John 10:9am NKJV

7 I AM STATEMENTS OF JESUS

  • I Am The Bread of Life. John 6:35
  • I Am The Light of The World.  John 8:12
  • I Am The Door. John 10:9
  • I Am The Good Shepherd. John 10:11
  • I Am The Resurrection And The Life. John 11:25
  • I Am The Way, The Truth, and The Life. John 14:6
  • I Am The True Vine. John 15:1

GOD WANTS TO OPEN THE DOOR TO A NEW AND BETTER LIFE FOR YOU

“Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away—for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.” Mark 16:2-6 NKJV

  • A DOOR CAN BE A SYMBOL OF TRANSITION.
  • A DOOR CAN BE A SYMBOL OF A NEW BEGINNING.
  • A DOOR CAN BE A SYMBOL OF FRUSTRATION

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18 NKJV

3 THINGS YOU CAN EXPECT WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH THE DOOR OF CHRIST

“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:9-10 NKJV

1)    HE PROVIDES SALVATION.

“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved…” John 10:9a NKJV

The payment for sin is death. But God gives us the free gift of life forever in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 NCV

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT

2)    HE PROVIDES SECURITY.

“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:9 NKJV

3)    HE PROVIDES SATISFACTION.

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

“Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.” Romans 5:1-2 NLT

ONE MORE DOOR TO CONSIDER.

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

A Place to Go- Mar 24 & 25

GOD WANTS US TO GO AND FILL HIS HOUSE 

“Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!”” Luke‬ ‭14:15 NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬

“Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Luke‬ ‭14:16-23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

GOD WANTS US TO GO TO OUR CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE AND BRING IN...

1.    THE BLIND: HELPING PEOPLE GET PAST THE IMAGE BARRIERS
“If the Good News that we preach is hidden, it is hidden only to those who are lost. The devil who rules this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe. They cannot see the light of the Good News…” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:3-4‬a NCV‬‬‬‬

2.    THE POOR: HELPING PEOPLE GET PAST RELATIONAL BARRIERS
“A man was lying there who had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw the man and knew that he had been sick for such a long time, Jesus asked him, “Do you want to be well?” The sick man answered, “Sir, there is no one to help me get into the pool when the water starts moving. While I am coming to the water, someone else always gets in before me.”” John‬ ‭5:5-7‬ ‭NCV‬‬‬‬‬‬

3.    THE MAIMED: HELPING PEOPLE GET PAST HURTFUL BARRIERS
“My dear friends, if you know people who have wandered off from God’s truth, don’t write them off. Go after them. Get them back and you will have rescued precious lives from destruction and prevented an epidemic of wandering away from God.” James‬ ‭5:19-20‬ ‭MSG‬‬‬‬‬‬

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

“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

A Place to Go - Mar 10 & 11

YOU ARE PART OF GOD’S SECRET PLAN

“God wanted to make the glorious riches of this secret plan known among the Gentiles, which is Christ living in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27 CEB

 · GOD WANTS US TO GO INTO OUR CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE TO BE HIS WITNESS

THE WOMAN AT THE WELL  

See John 4:4-42.

“"Come and see a man who has told me everything I’ve done! Could this man be the Christ?" They left the city and were on their way to see Jesus.” John 4:29-30 CEB

“Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” John 4:35 NIV

“And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” John 4:39 NKJV

· GOD WANTS US TO BE PREPARED TO TELL OUR STORY

“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 3:15b NIV

“Live wisely among those who are not believers and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.” Colossians 4:5-6 NLT

WHY YOUR STORY IS SO IMPORTANT?

1)    YOUR STORY IS UNIQUE.

“Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story…” Psalm 107:2a NIV

2)    YOUR STORY IS PERSONAL.

“Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me.” Psalm 66:16 NLT

“Listen carefully. I’m speaking sober truth to you. I speak only of what I know by experience; I give witness only to what I have seen with my own eyes. There is nothing secondhand here, no hearsay.” John 3:11 MSG

3)    YOUR STORY IS POWERFUL.

“He answered, “I don’t know if he is a sinner. One thing I do know: I was blind, and now I see.”” John 9:25 NCV

“But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.” 1 Peter 2:9-10 MSG

4)    YOUR STORY CAN BE LIFE CHANGING.

“For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true...” 1 Thessalonians 1:5a NLT

“Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.” Psalm 105:1 NLT

Vision Weekend - Feb 24 & 25

VISION WEEKEND

 “And the Lord answered me: "Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.” Habakkuk 2:2 ESV 

WHEN GOD GIVES VISION

  • THE VISION SHOULD BE CLEAR
  • THE VISION SHOULD GIVE US SOMETHING WE CAN RUN WITH 

“But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” 1 Corinthians 2:9-12 NKJV

WHY DO WE EXIST?

“TO GATHER IN THE UNCHURCHED AND DISCIPLE THEM INTO FULLY DEVOTED FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST “

HOW WILL WE FULFILL THE VISION?

WE CAN FULFILL OUR VISION BY PURPOSELY LIVING OUT OUR FIVE VALUES

1)    WE WILL FULFILL OUR VISION BY LOVING GOD THROUGH WORSHIP

“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38 NKJV

  • Our initiative: To build God a home to be loved and honored in our community

2)    WE WILL FULFILL OUR VISION BY GETTING TO KNOW GOD THROUGH FELLOWSHIP

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20 NIV

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NIV

“But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”” 1 Corinthians 12:18-21 NIV

  • Our initiative: To continue to resource our church family with small group study materials and equip people to host both small groups and support groups. 

3)    WE WILL FULFILL OUR VISION BY GROWING IN CHRIST LIKENESS

The best gift you can give to anybody including your self is to grow up in CHRIST.

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29 NKJV

  • Our initiative: The launch of our expanded family ministry April of 2018.

4)    WE WILL FULFILL OUR VISION BY SERVING GOD THROUGH SERVING OTHERS

““Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’” Matthew 25:37-40 NLT

  • Our initiative: In March celebrate the one-year anniversary of the PEACE Center.

5)    WE WILL FULFILL OUR VISION BY SHARING CHRIST WITH THE LOST

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 NIV

  •  Our initiative: To have our largest Easter harvest ever by mobilizing our church with “A Place To Go”

FOUR THINGS I AM ASKING YOU TO DO (TO RUN WITH)

1.     I AM ASKING YOU TO PRAY.  THIS IS A YEAR OF PRAYER

““I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NIV

 2.     I AM ASKING YOU TO BE GENEROUS

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

 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” Malachi 3:10 NIV

3.     I AM ASKING YOU TO SERVE GOD’S FAMILY

“…. whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,” Mark 10:43b NIV

4.     I AM ASKING YOU BE A BRINGER OF PEOPLE

“He said to them, “Come and see.”” John 1:39a NKJV

Purpose of Prayer - Feb 17 & 18

OVERCOMING DISCOURAGEMENT WITH
VISION, PRAYER AND COURAGE.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18 KJV

HOW SHOULD I PRAY WHEN I HEAR DISCOURAGING NEWS?

NEHEMIAH’S PATTERN OF PRAYER

“… Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.” Nehemiah 1:2-3 NKJV

1)    ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO AWAKEN YOUR HEART

“So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.” Nehemiah 1:4 NKJV 

2)    BASE YOUR PRAYER ON GOD’S CHARACTER

“Then I said, “O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of unfailing love with those who love him and obey his commands… !” Nehemiah 1:5 NLT 

3)    CONFESS BOTH INDIVIDUAL AND CORPORATE SIN

“Listen to my prayer! Look down and see me praying night and day for your people Israel. I confess that we have sinned against you. Yes, even my own family and I have sinned! We have sinned terribly by not obeying the commands, decrees, and regulations that you gave us through your servant Moses.” Nehemiah 1:6-7 NLT

4)    CLAIM GOD’S PROMISES IN PRAYER

“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

5)    BE VERY SPECIFIC WITH WHAT YOU WANT IN PRAYER

““O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honoring you. Please grant me success today by making the king favorable to me. Put it into his heart to be kind to me.” In those days I was the king’s cup-bearer.” Nehemiah 1:11 NLT 

“The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.”” Nehemiah 2:4-5 NIV

Purpose of Prayer - Feb 10 & 11

Purpose of Prayer

How to Receive A Miracle

“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So He began teaching them many things. By this time it was late in the day, so His disciples came to Him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But He answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to Him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?” “How many loaves do you have?” He asked. “Go and see. [How much bread is in the crowd]” When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.” Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So, they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then He gave them to His disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.” Mark 6:34-44 (NIV)

“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So, He began teaching them many things. By this time, it was late in the day, so His disciples came to Him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But He answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to Him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages!”” Mark 6:34-37b

1) I Admit That I Have A Problem/Need

a) The Disciples Procrastinated

“… it’s already very late.” Mark 6:35b

Procrastination NEVER solves problems it only magnifies them…

b) We Avoid Responsibility

“Send the people away…” Mark 6:36

c) We Worry About Our Problems

“But He answered, “You give them something to eat.” They said to Him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages!”” Mark 6:37

2) I Assess What I Already Have

“How many loaves do you have?” He asked. “Go and see. [How much bread is in the crowd]” When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”” Mark 6: 38

3) I Give God What I Have.

“Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”” John 6:9

How did the boy give?

  • Willingly
  • Cheerfully
  • Immediately

Why don’t we give like that?

  • We’re worried we might go hungry
  • We Think “What is the use?”

God will use whatever I give Him.

“Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then He gave them to His disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.” Mark 6:41

4) I Expect God To Multiply What I Give Him

“They all ate and were satisfied…” Mark 6:42

“… and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish.” Mark 6:43

 

 

Purpose of Prayer - Feb 3 & 4

Who is Calling the Plays?

“So he answered me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by strength or by might, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of Hosts.”” Zechariah 4:6 (HCSB)

There is a difference between talking to God and talking with God.

“The heavens were made by the word of the Lord, and all the stars, by the breath of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into a heap; He puts the depths into storehouses. Let the whole earth tremble before the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it came into being; He commanded, and it came into existence.” Psalm 33:6-9

God wants to bring some things into existence through you.

“Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” Genesis 1:3

“Then God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.” Genesis 1:9

“Then God said, “Let the earth produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds.” And it was so.” Genesis 1:11

“Were not the Cushites and Libyans a vast army with many chariots and horsemen? When you depended on Yahweh, He handed them over to you. For the eyes of Yahweh roam throughout the earth to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are completely His. You have been foolish in this matter. Therefore, you will have wars from now on.” 2 Chronicles 16:8-9

A play calling system in American football is the specific language and methods used to call plays.

God is wanting to be the one to call the plays in your life.

“Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.” Psalm 139:16

1. Conversation with God strengthens my relationship.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.  Don’t consider yourself to be wise; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. This will be healing for your body, and strengthening for your bones.” Proverbs 3:5-8 (HCSB)

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own (The best place to be is when you don’t know). Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all.  Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!” Proverbs 3:5-8 (MSG)

2. Study the playbook.

The play calling system comprises tactics for making calls for individual plays and communicating those decisions to the players. There are some decisions God is trying to communicate to you.

“How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked or take the path of sinners or join a group of mockers! Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night. He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears its fruit in season, and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” Psalm 1:1-3 (HCSB)

“Be strong and courageous, for you will distribute the land I swore to their fathers to give them as an inheritance. Above all, be strong and very courageous to carefully observe the whole instruction My servant Moses commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or the left, so that you will have success wherever you go. This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do.” Joshua 1:6-8 (HCSB)

3. Prayer is a way to call a timeout.

“Now the Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he walked in the former ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals but sought the God of his father and walked by His commands, not according to the practices of Israel.” 2 Chronicles 17:3 (HCSB)

“After this, the Moabites and Ammonites, together with some of the Meunites, came to fight against Jehoshaphat. People came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast number from beyond the Dead Sea and from Edom has come to fight against you; they are already in Hazazon-tamar” (that is, En-gedi). Jehoshaphat was afraid, and he resolved to seek the Lord. Then he proclaimed a fast for all Judah, who gathered to seek the Lord. They even came from all the cities of Judah to seek Him.” 2 Chronicles 20:1-4 (HCSB)

When we walk in the path of God we are blessed.

4. Make the decision to look up.

“Our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this vast number that comes to fight against us. We do not know what to do, but we look to You.” 2 Chronicles 20:12

5. Throw a tailgate party.

“In the morning they got up early and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa. As they were about to go out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem. Believe in Yahweh your God, and you will be established; believe in His prophets, and you will succeed.” Then he consulted with the people and appointed some to sing for the Lord and some to praise the splendor of His holiness. When they went out in front of the armed forces, they kept singing: Give thanks to the Lord, for His faithful love endures forever. The moment they began their shouts and praises, the Lord set an ambush against the Ammonites, Moabites, and the inhabitants of Mount Seir who came to fight against Judah, and they were defeated.” 2 Chronicles 20:20-22 (HCSB)

The battle is already won!!!!