30 Year Anniversary - Feb 16 & 17

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE
”The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe.”
Proverbs 18:10 NKJV

Pastor Casey Treat

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.” Hebrews 11:1-4 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

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

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He fore- knew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:28-29 NKJV

““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. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” says the Lord, “and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,” says the Lord, “and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.”” Jeremiah 29:11-14 NKJV

30 Year Anniversary - Feb 2 & 3

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE
Delight yourself also in the Lord, and
He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4

Pastor Sergio De La Mora

2 Kings 7:3-4 (NLT)

SURRENDERING TO THE NEXT LEVEL!

Laying your life down in tender surrender before the Lord will bring life, prosperity, and honor as your reward.” Proverbs 22:4 (TPT)

[Jesus said,] “All who seek to live apart from Me will lose it all. But those who let go of their lives for My sake and surrender it all to Me will discover true life!” Matthew 10:39 (TPT)

How To Surrender To The Next Level!

1. Surrender To Making Room For The Next!

[Jesus said,] “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” John 16:7 (NKJV)

“My son, throw yourself into this work for Christ. Pass on what you heard from me to reliable leaders who are competent to teach others.” 2 Timothy 2:1-2 (MSG)

"Enlarge your house. You are going to need a bigger place; don’t underestimate the amount of room that you’ll need. So build, build, build.” Isaiah 54:2 (VOICE)

2. Surrender To The Process Of Preparation!

[Jesus said,] “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”  John 14:2-3 (NKJV)

 [Jesus said,] “There is urgency in all this. If you’re apathetic and complacent, then you’ll miss the moment of opportunity.” Luke 12:35

3. Surrender To The Pursuit For Growth, Not Control!

[Jesus said,] “I surrender My own life, and no one has the power to take My life from Me. I have the authority to lay it down and the power to take it back again. This is the destiny My Father has set before Me.” John 10:18 (TPT)

“I know our lives are in Your hands. It is not in us to direct our own steps — we need You.” Jeremiah 10:23

Wherever you seek control, God can’t be in control!

You will either have control or growth, but you can’t have both!

“You shut God out…Plotting the future as if you knew everything. 16 You have everything backward!” Isaiah 29:15-16 (MSG)

4. Surrender To The Revelation That What We’re Part Of Is Bigger Than The Part We Play!

“Then He [Jesus] walked a short distance away, and overcome with grief, He threw Himself face down on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if there is any way You can deliver Me from this suffering, please take it from Me. Yet what I want is not important, for I only desire to fulfill Your plan for Me.” Matthew 26:39 (TPT)

“The source of revelation-knowledge is found as you fall down in surrender before the Lord.” Proverbs 15:33 (TPT)

5. Surrender To Letting A New Era Supersede An Old Season!

“Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Father, I surrender My Spirit into Your hands.” And He took His last breath and died.” Luke 23:46 (TPT)

“The best thing to do [with your old life] is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. 14 God's Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go! Romans 8:13-14 (MSG)

“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19 (NKJV)

Audacious Faith - Jan 26 & 27

AUDACIOUS FAITH  

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE
Being confident of this very thing,
that He who has begun a good work in you
will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:6 NKJV

ACTIVATING YOUR FAITH

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

WITHOUT THE HOPE OF VISION FAITH HAS NOTHING TO WORK WITH.

1)    GOD USES VISION TO ACTIVATE OUR FAITH.

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

 ·  THERE IS SOMETHING POWERFUL ABOUT A DREAM.

 “Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. So he said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.” And his brothers said to him, “Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.” So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?” And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.” Genesis 37:5-11 NKJV

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

2)    SOMETIMES OUR VISION NEEDS TO BE CORRECTED TO ACTIVATE OUR FAITH.

“I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected. Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
Habakkuk 2:1-3 NKJV

“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.” I Corinthians 2:9-10 NKJV

HOW TO GET GOD’S VISION

·      Get into a place and posture
·      Watch to see
·      Listen to hear
·      Align when corrected
·      Write it down
·      Run and wait

3)    SOME PEOPLE NEED THEIR VISION RESTORED TO ACTIVATE THEIR FAITH.

· IS IT TIME FOR YOU TO DREAM AGAIN? 

“Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.” Mark 8:22-25 NKJV

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.” Genesis 1:1-4 NKJV

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.