Come and sit with Jesus

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Luke 10:38-42 NIV[38] As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. [39] She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. [40] But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” [41] “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, *“you are worried and upset about many things,* [42] but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is *better*, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Keep the priority your relationship with Jesus

Philippians 3:8-9 NLT
[8] Yes, *everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.* For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ [9] and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.

Step into His presence and give Him what’s in your heart

Psalm 62:8 NLT
[8] O my people, trust in him at all times. *Pour out your heart to him*, for God is our refuge.

Serve Him out of a place of joy and vision

Psalm 100:2 NKJV
[2] *Serve the LORD with gladness* ; Come before His presence with singing.

Confidence from God

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God Word : knowing what God has done in your life gives confidence in life and leadership

Key story : an uneducated beggar is healed and stands up to an angry religious group

John 9:6-9 NLT
[6] Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. [7] He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing! [8] His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?” [9] Some said he was, and others said, “No, he just looks like him!” But the beggar kept saying, “Yes, I am the same one!”

Know what he’s done for you

John 9:24-25 NLT
[24] So for the second time they called in the man who had been blind and told him, “God should get the glory for this, because we know this man Jesus is a sinner.” [25] “I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the man replied. “*But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!*”

Follow Jesus

John 9:26-28 NLT
[26] “But what did he do?” they asked. “How did he heal you?” [27] “Look!” the man exclaimed. “I told you once. Didn’t you listen? Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, *too*?” [28] Then they cursed him and said, “*You are his disciple*, but we are disciples of Moses!

Stand firm in your faith

John 9:29-30 NLT
[29] We know God spoke to Moses, but we don’t even know where this man comes from.” [30] “Why, that’s very strange!” the man replied. “*He healed my eyes, and yet you don’t know where he comes from?*

Deep relationships

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John 14:9a NLT
[9] Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and *yet you still don’t know who I am*?

Love tangibly
1 John 3:16,18-19 NLT
[16] We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. [18] Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; *let us show the truth by our actions.* [19] Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.

Live honestly
Ephesians 4:14-15 NLT
[14] Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. [15] Instead, we will *speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ,* who is the head of his body, the church.

Forgive continually

Luke 17:4 NLT
[4] *Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day* and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.”

You are a part of God’s family!

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God Word – You can make a choice to be part of God’s family. Don’t sit on the fence but choose to be a son and daughter of the House.

Main story – the early church understood their identity had changed and started living differently as sons and daughters of God’s House.

Ephesians 2:19-22 New Living Translation (NLT)
So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirits.

Strangers
Foreigners
Citizens
God’s family

Acts 2:42-47 New Living Translation (NLT)
42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. 43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

1 They devoted themselves
2 They had a sense of awe and was expectant!
3 They were generous to the core.
4 They shared life together.
5 They had a heart to draw people in.

Loving the soil you’re planted in

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Loving the soil you’re planted in

God Word : You can’t move forward if you hate where you are. Choose to see what God sees in your situation.

Main Story : Uzziah loved his city (loved the soil) even though it was a broken city. So he built into something great and God blessed him.

2 Chronicles 26:3a,5-10 NIV
[3a] Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-two years. [5] He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success. [6] He went to war against the Philistines and broke down the walls of Gath, Jabneh and Ashdod. He then rebuilt towns near Ashdod and elsewhere among the Philistines. [7] God helped him against the Philistines and against the Arabs who lived in Gur Baal and against the Meunites. [8] The Ammonites brought tribute to Uzziah, and his fame spread as far as the border of Egypt, because he had become very powerful. [9] Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate, at the Valley Gate and at the angle of the wall, and he fortified them. [10] He also built towers in the wilderness and dug many cisterns, because he had much livestock in the foothills and in the plain. He had people working his fields and vineyards in the hills and in the fertile lands, *for he loved the soil.*

2 Chronicles 26:15 NLT
[15] And he built structures on the walls of Jerusalem, designed by experts to protect those who shot arrows and hurled large stones from the towers and the corners of the wall. His fame spread far and wide, for *the LORD gave him marvelous help, and he became very powerful*.

Decide to love where God’s planted you

Decide to flourish where God’s planted you

Decide to sow where God’s planted you

John 3:16 NIV
[16] For God *so loved the world that he gave* his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Godly decisions

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Godly decisions

1 Corinthians 16:5-7 NLT
[5] I am coming to visit you after I have been to Macedonia, for I am planning to travel through Macedonia. [6] Perhaps I will stay awhile with you, possibly all winter, and then you can send me on my way to my next destination. [7] This time I don’t want to make just a short visit and then go right on. I want to come and stay awhile, if the Lord will let me.

Acts 16:6-10 NLT
[6] Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time. [7] Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there. [8] So instead, they went on through Mysia to the seaport of Troas. [9] That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was standing there, pleading with him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” [10] So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once, having concluded that God was calling us to preach the Good News there.

1 – Keep God first (His kingdom)

Matthew 6:33 NIV
[33] But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

2 – Live with Godly character (His righteousness)

3 – Step forward in faith and humility

2 Timothy 1:7 NLT
[7] For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT IT?

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(Jeremiah 29:11-14a NIV) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (12) Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. (13) You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (14) I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.

(Matthew 7:7-8 NLT) “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. (8) For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

1. SEEK GOD FIRST

2. SEEK CONTINUALLY

3. SEEK STRONGLY (BELIEVING FOR AN OUTCOME)

(Mark 7:24-29 NIV) Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. (25) In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet. (26) The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. (27) “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” (28) “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” (29) Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”

1. SEEK GOD (YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER)

(Isaiah 55:6 NIV) Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

(Luke 12:31-32 NIV) But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. (32) “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.

2. SEEK GOD’S PLANS AND AMBITION FOR YOU

(Romans 15:20 NIV) It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation.

(2 Corinthians 5:9 NIV) So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.

(Matthew 6:19-21 NIV) “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. (20) But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. (21) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

3. SEEK PASSION, GIFT, FRUITFULNESS

(Philippians 3:13-14 NIV) Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, (14) I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

4. AVOID SELFISH AMBITION

(James 3:16 NIV) For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

In Jesus, you are on the winning side

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John‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭NLT‬‬
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.

 

Joshua‬ ‭1:2-7‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them. I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you— from the Negev wilderness in the south to the Lebanon mountains in the north, from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west, including all the land of the Hittites.’ No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you. “Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.

Go forth and fight with courage

1 Timothy‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.

Listen to the right voices

Matthew‬ ‭26:36‬ ‭NLT‬
Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.”

Sing out a song of praise

Psalms‬ ‭103:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.

Reflectors of Jesus

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(2Corinthians 3:13-18 NKJV) unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. (14) But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. (15) But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. (16) Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. (17) Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (18) But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord

Christian life is supernatural – always

(Ezekiel 36:26-28 NKJV) I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. (27) I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. (28) Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.

(John 3:1-8 NKJV) There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. (2) This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” (3) Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (4) Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” (5) Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (6) That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (7) Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ (8) The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Our one part is an “unveiled face”

(1John 1:5-7 NKJV) This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. (6) If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. (7) But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

(John 1:17 NKJV) For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

(Luke 18:10-14 NKJV) “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. (11) The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. (12) I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ (13) And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ (14) I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

 

(Mark 2:17 NKJV) When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Refract Jesus

(Galatians 5:22-25 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. (24) And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (25) If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

(Matthew 12:33 NKJV) “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.

Increasing our capacity

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Exodus 18:13-23 NLT
[13] The next day, Moses took his seat to hear the people’s disputes against each other. They waited before him from morning till evening. [14] When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he asked, “What are you really accomplishing here? Why are you trying to do all this alone while everyone stands around you from morning till evening?” [15] Moses replied, “Because the people come to me to get a ruling from God. [16] When a dispute arises, they come to me, and I am the one who settles the case between the quarreling parties. I inform the people of God’s decrees and give them his instructions.” [17] “This is not good!” Moses’ father-in-law exclaimed. [18] “You’re going to wear yourself out-and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself. [19] Now listen to me, and let me give you a word of advice, and may God be with you. You should continue to be the people’s representative before God, bringing their disputes to him. [20] Teach them God’s decrees, and give them his instructions. Show them how to conduct their lives. [21] But select from all the people some capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes. Appoint them as leaders over groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten. [22] They should always be available to solve the people’s common disputes, but have them bring the major cases to you. Let the leaders decide the smaller matters themselves. They will help you carry the load, making the task easier for you. [23] If you follow this advice, and if God commands you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures, and all these people will go home in peace.”

1 – Identify your ‘Jethro’s’

Exodus 18:7 NLT
[7] So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law. He bowed low and kissed him. They asked about each other’s welfare and then went into Moses’ tent.

2 – Get a bigger perspective

Exodus 18:8 NLT
[8] Moses told his father-in-law everything the LORD had done to Pharaoh and Egypt on behalf of Israel. He also told about all the hardships they had experienced along the way and how the LORD had rescued his people from all their troubles.

3 – Listen to the right voices