Our Father, Our Provider

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

‭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

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

(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

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

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.
‭‭

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.”
‭‭
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.
‭‭
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!

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

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?

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

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.

Just talk to Jesus

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

Matthew 21:22 0NKJV
[22] And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

What is Prayer?

Matthew 6:5-6 NLT
[5] “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. [6] But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

Matthew 6:7-8 NLT
[7] “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. [8] Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!

Pray like Jesus

Matthew 6:9-13 NLT
[9] Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. [10] May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. [11] Give us today the food we need, [12] and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. [13] And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.

1 – Just talk to Jesus

2 – Take the rules off prayer

3 – Be yourself

4 – Pray guilt-free

You Make A Difference

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 GW
Love is patient. Love is kind. Love isn’t jealous. It doesn’t sing its own praises. It isn’t arrogant. It isn’t rude. It doesn’t think about itself. It isn’t irritable. It doesn’t keep track of wrongs. It isn’t happy when injustice is done, but it is happy with the truth. Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up.

 

We learn and grow when we lead.

Luke 2:52 AMP
And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and men.Your life is an example.

Proverbs 22:6 NIV
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Love never fails.

1 Peter 4:8 AMP
Above all, have fervent and unfailing love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins [it overlooks unkindness and unselfishly seeks the best for others].

Breaking the cycle

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

 

God looks beyond the mess

Luke 15:20-24 TPT
[20] “So the young son set off for home. From a long distance away, his father saw him coming, dressed as a beggar, and great compassion swelled up in his heart for his son who was returning home. So the father raced out to meet him. He swept him up in his arms, hugged him dearly, and kissed him over and over with tender love. [21] “Then the son said, ‘Father, I was wrong. I have sinned against you. I could never deserve to be called your son. Just let me be-‘ “The father interrupted and said, ‘Son, you’re home now!’ [22] “Turning to his servants, the father said, ‘Quick, bring me the best robe, my very own robe, and I will place it on his shoulders. Bring the ring, the seal of sonship, and I will put it on his finger. And bring out the best shoes you can find for my son. [23] Let’s prepare a great feast and celebrate. [24] For this beloved son of mine was once dead, but now he’s alive again. Once he was lost, but now he is found!’ And everyone celebrated with overflowing joy.

The goal: More good days

Proverbs 15:24 NKJV
[24] The way of life winds upward for the wise, That he may turn away from hell below.

We need a godly friend or two (accountability)

James 5:16 NIV
[16] Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Proverbs 2:11 NIV
[11] Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.

2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT
[7] We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

Into the light

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

Psalm 67:1-7 NIV
[1] May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us— [2] so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. [3] May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you. [4] May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth. [5] May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you. [6] The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us. [7] May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.
‭‭

 

1 – Turn to Jesus

Psalm 80:3 NIV
[3] Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.
‭‭

 

Job 33:30 NIV
[30] to turn them back from the pit, that the light of life may shine on them.

 

2 – Lift up your head

Romans 8:1-2 NIV
[1] Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, [2] because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
‭‭

Psalm 3:3 NIV
[3] But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.

3 – Open your heart

Matthew 9:20-22 NIV
[20] Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. [21] She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” [22] Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

We Are Called

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

(Ephesians 1:3-4 NKJV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (4) just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

(Isaiah 42:6 NKJV) I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles,

1. God chooses to choose people

(1 Samuel 16:6-13 Voice) When they came, he noticed the eldest son, Eliab. Samuel (to himself): Surely this is the one the Eternal One will anoint. Eternal One (to Samuel): (7) Take no notice of his looks or his height. He is not the one, for the Eternal One does not pay attention to what humans value. Humans only care about the external appearance, but the Eternal considers the inner character. (8) Jesse called his son Abinadab and brought him to Samuel. Samuel looked at him. Samuel: The Eternal has not chosen him either. (9) Then Jesse brought his son Shammah in front of Samuel. Samuel: The Eternal has not chosen him either. (10) Jesse walked seven of his sons in front of Samuel, and each time, Samuel refused them because the Eternal One had chosen none of them. Samuel (to Jesse): (11) Are all your sons here? Jesse: All but the youngest. He is off keeping the sheep. Samuel: Send for him, and bring him here. We will not sit down until he arrives. (12) Jesse sent for the youngest son, David, and he came in front of Samuel. He was a handsome boy, with a healthy complexion and bright eyes. Eternal One: Rise and anoint him, because this is the one. (13) Then Samuel took the horn filled with olive oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and the Spirit of the Eternal fell strongly on David and remained from that day on. Samuel then left for Ramah.
(Exodus 31:1-5 Voice) Eternal One: (2) Look, I have a special calling upon one of the sons of Judah. His name is Bezalel (the son of Uri, son of Hur). (3) I have filled him with God’s Spirit, gifted him with wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and skills with a variety of crafts. (4) He is an expert designer and works well with gold, silver, and bronze. (5) He is able to cut and set gems, work with wood, and skillfully perform any craft needed to help construct the congregation tent and its furnishings.

(Luke 6:13 NKJV) And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles:

 

(John 15:16 NIV) You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

(1 Corinthians 1:26-31 NET) Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position. (27) But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. (28) God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, (29) so that no one can boast in his presence. (30) He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, (31) so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

2. Why does God choose? …He is God, that’s why!

(Romans 9:15-16 NIV) For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” (16) It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.

 

(Romans 9:20-21 NIV) But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” (21) Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use??

3. What should we do?

(Romans 12:1-2 NIV) 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. (2) Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

A – Say ‘yes’ to God’s call

B – Change your thinking

C – Know His will and do it