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A wonderful heritage

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Jeremiah 16:19-20 NLT
[19] LORD, you are my strength and fortress, my refuge in the day of trouble! Nations from around the world will come to you and say, *”Our ancestors left us a foolish heritage, for they worshiped worthless idols.* [20] Can people make their own gods? These are not real gods at all!”

David established it

1 Kings 14:8b NLT
[8] But you have not been like my servant David, who *obeyed my commands and followed me with all his heart and always did whatever I wanted.*

Solomon built on it

1 Chronicles 22:11-13 NLT
[11] “Now, my son, may the LORD be with you and give you success as you follow his directions in building the Temple of the LORD your God. [12] And may the LORD give you wisdom and understanding, that you may obey the Law of the LORD your God as you rule over Israel. [13] *For you will be successful if you carefully obey the decrees and regulations that the LORD gave to Israel* through Moses. Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or lose heart!

 

Rehoboam destroyed it
2 Chronicles 10:8 NLT
[8] But *Rehoboam rejected the advice of the older men and instead asked the opinion of the young men who had grown up with him and were now his advisers.

Unchangeable in Changing Times

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Jesus, an anchor for the soul, safe and secure

“that’s cute, but don’t tell anybody about it”. – Kodak

“there will never be enough problems or enough work to keep any more than one or two of these high speed machines busy.” – IBM

 

“Edison’s Light bulb was good enough for our Transatlantic friends (USA) , but unworthy of the attention of practical or scientific men”. – British Parliament

“Airplanes are interesting scientific toys but they are of no military value” – WW1 General

1 – Who can we rely on?

2 – So, God said

I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
(John 14:6)

I am the Lord, I don’t change
(Malachi 3:6)

We can be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind
(Hebrews 6:17)

3 – So, go tell someone

(Psalm 145:4)
“One generation shall commend your works to another,
they will tell of your mighty acts

(Psalm 145:17-19)
The Lord is righteous in all his ways and loving to all he has made. The Lord is near to all who call on him to all who call on him in truth, he fulfils the desires of those who fear him and he hears their cry and saves them.

 

4 – No one else can save!

“There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
(Acts 4:12)

Feeding the 5000 – 5 perspectives

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1 – The multitude – Hunger

John 6:1-5a NLT
[1] After this, Jesus crossed over to the far side of the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. [2] A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick. [3] Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with his disciples around him. [4] (It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration.) [5] Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him.

2 – Philip – the ‘truth-teller’

John 6:5b-6 NLT
[5b]Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” [6] He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.
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John 6:7 NLT
[7] Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!”
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3 – Andrew – the ‘possibility-thinker’

John 6:8-9 NLT
[8] Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. [9] “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”
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4 – The little boy – ‘Generosity’

5 – Jesus – ‘Compassion’

John 6:10-13 NLT
[10] “Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) [11] Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. [12] After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” [13] So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.

There’s a whole lot of joy in Gods Kingdom

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The fruit of the spirit

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

The disciples had joy

(Luke 10:17-20 NKJV) Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” (18) And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. (19) Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (20) Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

Jesus had joy

(Luke 10:21 NKJV) In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.

(Psalm 100:2 NKJV) Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.

(Psalm 118:24 NKJV) This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.

(Psalm 126:5-6 NKJV) Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. (6) He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him.

What do you see?

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Jeremiah 1:4-10 NLT
[4] The LORD gave me this message: [5] “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” [6] “O Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” [7] The LORD replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. [8] And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the LORD, have spoken!” [9] Then the LORD reached out and touched my mouth and said, “Look, I have put my words in your mouth! [10] Today I appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms. Some you must uproot and tear down, destroy and overthrow. Others you must build up and plant.”

Jeremiah 1:11-12 NLT
[11] Then the LORD said to me, “Look, Jeremiah! What do you see?” And I replied, “I see a branch from an almond tree.” [12] And the LORD said, “That’s right, and it means that I am watching, and I will certainly carry out all my plans.”

New heart, new desires

Ezekiel 36:26 NLT
[26] And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.

Psalm 37:4 NLT
[4] Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.

Align your heart

Jeremiah 32:40 NLT
[40] And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good for them. I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me.

Dream big and make bold moves

Our Father, Our Provider

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‭1:4-9‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan.”

A Father who gives us an identity and unconditional love

‭1 John‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭NLT
“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.”‬‬

A Father who gives us an amazing plan for our lives

Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

A Father who gives us a Home for us to grow

Psalms‬ ‭92:13-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬
“For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green.”

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

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(Psalm 100:2 NKJV) Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing.

(Philippians 4:13) I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

(Philippians 4:11) I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

(Philippians 4:12) I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

1. Know God And His Word

(Psalm 119:103) How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

2. Know Your Strengths and Limitations (passions and non-passions)

3. Go Through Life With Others In Church

(Romans 12:15) Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

A worthy calling

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Ephesians 4:1 NLT
[1] Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.
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Jesus has given you special gifts

Ephesians 4:7-8 NLT
[7] However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. [8] That is why the Scriptures say, “When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people.”
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1 Peter 4:10-11a TPT
[10] Every believer has received grace gifts, so use them to serve one another as faithful stewards of the many-colored tapestry of God’s grace. [11] For example, if you have a speaking gift, speak as though God were speaking his words through you. If you have the gift of serving, do it passionately with the strength God gives you, so that in everything God alone will be glorified through Jesus Christ.
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Grow and mature through service

Ephesians 4:11-13 AMP
[11] And [His gifts to the church were varied and] He Himself appointed some as apostles [special messengers, representatives], some as prophets [who speak a new message from God to the people], some as evangelists [who spread the good news of salvation], and some as pastors and teachers [to shepherd and guide and instruct], [12] [and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church]; [13] until we all reach oneness in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, [growing spiritually] to become a mature believer, reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ [manifesting His spiritual completeness and exercising our spiritual gifts in unity].

“Jesus, how can I add the most value to your church?”

 

Ephesians 5:25-27 NLT
[25] For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her [26] to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. [27] 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.

What an awesome place!

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Genesis 28:17b NLT
“What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God, the very gateway to heaven!”
Psalm 84:10 NLT
A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.

1 – Choose to be passionate!
2 – Serve with joy
3 – Give God our best
4 – Take responsibility
5 – Always include others

What does the voice of God sound like?

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What does the voice of God sound like?

Matthew 4:4 NKJV) But He answered and said, “It is written, ’Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

Colossians 2:13-15 NLT
[13] You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. [14] He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. [15] In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

1. The Voice of a Father

(Matthew 3:16-17 NKJV) When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

2.The Voice that knows your name, in your language

(I Samuel 3:10 NKJV) Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”

3. The Voice that Lifts, ‘strengthening, encouragement and comfort.’

(I Corinthians 14:1-3 NKJV) Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. (2)For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. (3)But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.

4. The Voice that Loves, forgives, accepts

(John 8:10-11 NKJV) When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” (11)She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

(John 1:42 NKJV) And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.

1. Journaling. The word of God is close

(2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, (17)that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2. Prayer

(Habakkuk 2:1 NKJV) 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.

3. Decides to love what God loves

(Psalms 122:1 NKJV) I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord .”

4. Prophecy – See it, Hear it, Speak the obvious

(Acts 2:17-18 NKJV) ’And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.

(Genesis 15:5-6 NKJV) Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” (6)And he believed in the Lord , and He accounted it to him for righteousness

5. Grow Course and Gift Assessment

Serve in Your Passion Area

(Romans 12:6-8 NKJV) Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.