“Think big – Believe big”

Eph 3:20 Now to him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us

 

AMP Eph 3:20 Now to him who, by (in consequence of) the [action of his] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out his purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]

 

Mark 9:23 “All things are possible to him who believes”

 

GOD WILL PERFORME FOR YOU.  YOUR JOB IS TO BELIEVE!

 

YOU CAN’T BELIEVE BIG AND THINK SMALL

 

ROBERT FROST (POET) –

“SOME MEN SEE THINGS AS THEY ARE AND SAY, “WHY”?  I DREAM OF THINGS THAT NEVER WERE AND SAY, “WHY NOT”.

 

PHILIPPIANS 4:13 – I CAN DO…

 

JOHN WOODEN A GREAT BASKETBALL COACH – “DON’T LET WHAT YOU CAN’T DO INTERFERE WITH WHAT YOU CAN DO”

 

GENERAL GEORGE PATTON SAID, “IF EVERYONE IS THINKING A LIKE THEN SOMEBODY ISN’T THINKING”

 

WITHOUT BIG THINKING YOU WON’T MAKE A LOT OF PROGRESS IN YOUR LIFE.

 

ONE ASPECT OF THINKING BIG IS THAT YOU START SEEING PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS BIGGER AND BETTER THAN THEY SEE THEMSELVES.

 

A BIG THINKER SEES BEAUTY WHERE OTHERS DON’T

A BIG THINKER SEES OPPORTUNITY WHEN OTHERS ONLY SEE PROBLEMS

A BIG THINKER SEE’S ANSWERS WHEN OTHERS ONLY SEE QUESTIONS OR DON’T EVEN KNOW THE QUESTION YET

 

OUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS THE ULTIMATE BIG THINKER

 

4      THINGS BIG THINKERS DO

 

  1. THEY ALWAYS CHECK WHAT THEY ARE ASSUMING

 

DO I DO THE WORD?  AM I OK?  AM I DOING ALL I CAN?

 

YOU CAN’T SQUANDER TIME AND THEN EXPECT TO REAP A GREAT FUTURE

 

IS THERE SOMETHING IN MY LIFE I HAVE ACCEPTED THAT IS NOT TRUE?

 

IS MY LIFE LINNING UP WITH THE WORD?

 

2. CHALLENGE TRADITION

 

THAT’S JUST THE WAY WE’VE ALWAYS DONE IT.

 

IT TAKES COURAGE TO CHALLENGE TRADITION…

 

3. NURTURE CURIOSITY – “WHAT COULD BE”

 

DIVINE DISCONTENTMENT NEEDS TO BE NURTURED PERSONALY, IN BUISNESS AND SPIRITUALLY

 

4. ALWAYS KEEP THINGS SIMPLE

 

Psa. 131:1 Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty; neither do I exercise myself in matters too great or in things too wonderful for me.

 

BIG THINKERS DO COMPLIATED THINGS BUT THEY KEEP IT SIMPLE…

 

Habakuk 2:2 – MAKE IT PLAIN – SO YOU CAN RUN WITH IT…  YOU CAN’T RUN WITH SOMETHING THAT IS COMPLICATED.

 

THINKING BIG IS A SPIRITUAL RESPONSIBILITY

 

The Rhythm of Life

RHYTHM IS CRITICAL.  

RHYTHM DEFINED AS; A PARTICULAR MUSIC PATTERN, A REGULAR PATTERN, PATTERN FOR REPETITION 

SYNONYMS: PACE, TIME, TEMPO, PULSE

A good rhythm in life will cause you to have inner balance that results in continual rest, freshness, and energy?

JESUS WORD ON RHYTHM:

Matt 11:28 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you REST. Take my yoke upon you…and you will find REST for your SOULS.

An acronym for the word “R.E.S.T.”: 

  1. “R” – Maintain your ROUTINE.

ROUTINE is something you can repeat thousands of times.  (HABIT)

  1. Morning routine—coffee/Bible reading, walk/pray, exercise.
  2. Work routine—No more than 50 hours a week.
  3. Family routine—Weekly date night, family night, 15 minutes quality time daily per child.
  4. Meal routine—At least one family meal per day,
  5. Sleep routine—A good 8 hrs

 

  1. “E” – Manage your EMOTIONS.

Mess Prov 14:30 A sound mind makes for a robust body, but runaway emotions corrode the bones.

Many of us are “rest-less.”  Our emotions are out of rhythm because of the stress of schedules, finances, family and cell phones

2 key’s for emotional balance:

1.Perspective—Push EVERYTHING in your mind out into eternity and see how it compares.  

LEARN TO LIVE YOUR LIFE BASED ON THE WORD.

  1. Margin—Space your life out better.  Don’t schedule every minute of the day.  Build in some margin in case something goes wrong.
  2. “S”-Remember the SABBATH.

God made the seventh day for man.  

Your SOUL needs a SABBATH:

  1. Personal day off—One day a week to take care of personal things.2. Weekly Sabbath—One day a week where you meet the Lord and gather with family.
  2. Annual vacation—At least two weeks of total reset with your family.

Heb 4:9 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. 11Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

  1. “T”-Conquer your THOUGHTS.

2 Cor 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

Eph 6:16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Satan bombards your mind, dropping seeds of “un-rest” into your mind.  

HERE’S SOME STRATEGIES TO CONQUER YOUR THOUGHTS:

1.TAKE YOUR THOUGHTS CAPTIVE—You must “capture” every deadly, negative thought… 

(ADDRESS IT) Rebuke that thought out loud, commanding the source of fear, bitterness, or whatever to leave your mind immediately. 

2.TRUST IN THE LORD — “Trust” is a word for a baby laying back in the arms of its mother.  Lean on the Lord, relax and put your confidence in His love, care, and provision for your life.

Prov 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will direct your path.

“GIFTS DESIGNED FOR A KING”

WHAT COULD YOU POSSIBLE GIVE TO A KING THAT HAS EVERYTHING?

 

THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY

“Our finest gifts we bring, to lay before the King”

“So to honor him, when we come”

“Little baby, I am a poor boy too”

“I have no gift to bring that’s fit to give our king”

“Shall I play for you.  Mary nodded, the ox and lamb kept time”

“I played my drum for him, I played my best for him”

“Then he smiled at me, Me and my drum”

 

Matt. 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

 

OUR GIFTS ARE AN EXPRESSION OF OUR LOVE AND WORSHIP

 

  1. GOLD 

 

  1. THIS YOUNG CHILD WAS A KING.  KINGS ARE TO BE HONORED

 

THE 1ST GIFT YOU SHOULD GIVE TO HIM IS YOUR HEART, WORSHIP HIM AND RECEIVE HIM AS KING AND LORD, –

 

  1. THE 2ND MEANING WAS TO PROVIDE FOR JOSEPH AND MARY TO TRAVEL TO EGYPT – TO SUPPLY FOR THEIR NEEDS

 

THE 2ND THING IN CONNECTION WITH GOLD IS TO MAKE SURE THERE’S PROVISION IN HIS HOUSE. OUR GIFTS HONOR HIM. 

 

  1. THE 2ND GIFT MENTIONED IS FRANKINCENSE

 

THE 2ND GIFT YOU SHOULD CONSIDER IS WORSHIP

 

FRANKINCENSE REPRESENTS WORSHIP

 

THEY WORSHIPED THE LORD FROM THEIR TREASURIES.

 

Ex. MARY BROKE HER ALABASTER BOX… SHE DIDN’T SING A SONG

 

Phil 4:18 Paul said the Philippians offering came up before God like a fragrant aroma, sweet smelling, well pleasing to God

 

YOUR GIVING REFLECTS YOUR HEART!  IT ALSO AFFECTS YOUR HEART!

 

WORSHIP PROVIDES A HABITATION FOR GOD TO “SPEND CHRISTMAS WITH YOU”

 

Nas John 4:23 “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.

 

FRANKINCENSE IS 2 WORDS – FRANK / INCENSE

 

In Ex. 30:34-35 The LORD told Moses to certain spices with pure frankincense to make an incense that would be pure and holy.

 

Rev. 5:8 And when He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, having each one a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

 

GIVE THE LORD SOME EXTRA WORSHIP THIS CHRISTMAS AS A GIFT

 

  1. THE 3RD GIFT THEY PRESENTED WAS MYRRH

 

THE MYRRH – HE WAS ONE THAT WAS BORN AND DESTINED TO DIE.

 

John 19:38-39 Joseph of Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus, asked Pilate for the body of Jesus; Nicodemus came also, who had first come to Him by night; bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds weight. 40 And so they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in linen wrappings with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.

 

“IT’S ONLY TO THE DEGREE THAT WE DIE TO SELF, THAT HE CAN TRULY LIVE IN AND THROUGH US.” 

3RD GIFT – OBEDIENCE

 

Ex. IN Esther 2:12 MYRRH IS ONE OF THE SUBSTANCES USED IN THE PURIFICATION (BEAUTIFICATION) OF WOMEN

 

MYRRH WAS AN OIL – PART OF THE MIXTURE OF HOLY OIL

Ex. 30:23 “Take also for yourself the finest of spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels…

25 “And you shall make of these a holy anointing oil, a perfume mixture, the work of a perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil.

 

AS YOU DIE TO SELF IT IS LIKE A PERFUME TO THE LORD

Rom 12:1 I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

 

2Cor. 2:14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.

My Redeemer Lives

Job 19:25 As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.

 

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.

14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

Ps 107:20 SAID, “He sent his Word and healed them and delivered them from all destruction”. 

 

21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness,

And for His wonders to the sons of men! 22 Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, And tell of His works with joyful singing.

 

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS IS ANNUAL; THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST IS ETERNAL. 

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS IS SENTIMENTAL; THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST IS SUPERNATURAL. 

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS IS A HUMAN PRODUCT; THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST IS A DIVINE PERSON.

 

Isaiah 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;

And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

 

Matt 1:21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

 

Luke 1:68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people,

 

Luke 2:30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation, Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, A Light of revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”

 

John 1:29 “Behold the Lamb of God who take away the sin of the World”

 

JOB 33:28 “He has redeemed my soul from going to the pit, And my life shall see the light.’

 

THE SAVIOR CAME TO BUY US, REDEEM US FROM THE CURSE AND KINGDOM OF DARKNESS.

 

Gal 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on A tree”— in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

 

Col 1:13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

 

1 Pet 1:17 conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

 

THE WORD REDEEM MEANS; TO BUY BACK, TO RANSOME

 

IN THE OLD TESTAMENT IT REFERRED TO RELATIVES IN FINANCIAL TROUBLE OR DEATH OF THE MAN IN MARRIAGE – “A KINSMAN”

 

Ex. STORY OF RUTH AND BOAZ

 

Ruth 3:11 Now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you whatever you ask, for all my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence.

 

BOAZ IS A PICTURE OF JESUS WHO IS OUR KINSMAN – OUR REDEEMER.

 

AS YOUR REDEEMER, NOT ONLY IS JESUS WILLING, BUT HE ALSO HAS THE POWER TO RESTORE TO YOU ALL THAT YOU HAVE LOST.

 

Jer 50:34 Their Redeemer is strong, the Lord of hosts is His name;

He will vigorously (Thoroughly) plead their case So that He may bring rest to the earth,

 

YOU CAN BE REDEEMED FROM ANY SITUATION!

 

JUST LIKE RUTH LAY AT BOAZ FEET, THE FEET OF JESUS IS THE PLACE OF REDEMPTION AND BLESSING.

 

Ex’s, IN THE GOSPELS LIKE JAIRUS, & THE SYRO-PHOENICIAN WOMAN WHO FELL AT JESUS FEET. 

 

YOU’VE GOT A BOAZ THIS CHRISTMAS!  JESUS!

 

Isaiah 35:9 But the redeemed will walk there, 10 And the ransomed of the Lord will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion, With everlasting joy upon their heads. They will find gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away.

 

Lamentations 3:58 O Lord, You have pleaded my soul’s cause;

You have redeemed my life.

 

Psalm 107:2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary

“Yielding” Pt 2

“Yielding” Pt 2 

NKJ Titus 3:2 speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.

NAS showing every consideration for all men.

AMP to be forbearing (yielding, gentle, and conciliatory), and to show unqualified courtesy toward everybody.

WNT but yield unselfishly to others and constantly manifest a forgiving spirit towards all men.

KJV shewing all meekness unto all men.

YOUR FIRST STEP INTO YOUR DESTINY STARTS WITH LOVE

YIELDING TO LOVE HELPS US OVERRIDE OLD HABITS BY RELEASING THE NEW NATURE AND “BEING KIND TO ONE ANOTHER” Eph 4:32

W.E. VINES – (KINDNESS) – ALSO MEANS GOODNESS IN THE SENSE OF WHAT IS UPRIGHT; RIGHTEOUS…

IT SIGNIFIES NOT MERELY GOODNESS AS A QUALITY, RAHTER IT IS GOODNESS IN ACTION, EXPRESSING ITSELF IN DEEDS, IN GRACE AND TENDERNESS AND COMPASSION, IN SWEETNESS OF DISPOSITION, GENTLENESS IN DEALING WITH OTHERS, BENEVOLENCE, AFFABILITY.

THE WORD DESCRIBES THE ABILITY TO ACT FOR THE WELFARE OF THOSE TAXING YOUR PATIENCE.

DEVELOP THE HABIT OF YIELDING TO THE GOD NATURE INSTEAD OF THE FLESH. 

WEBSTER – KINDNESS – HABIT OF BEING KIND, SYMPATHETIC, FRIENDLY, GENTLE, TENDERHEARTED, GENEROUS, AFFECTIONATE, COURTEOUS.

Jude 17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19 These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.

PAUL SAID IN Romans 8 “Nothing can separate us from love of God”

YOU CAN SEPARATE YOURSELF BY SENSUALITY AND CARNALITY

WHEN SENSES RULE – PEOPLE GET OFF INTO SIN AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THEY OPEN THEMSLEVES TO DECEPTION BECAUSE THEY BASE THEIR LIVES ON THE NATURAL WORLD.

Phil 2:1 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 

THE SAME MIND IS; HUMILITY… THE SAME LOVE IS; ATTITUDE

YOU’LL NEVER LEARN TO WALK IN LOVE WITHOUT HUMILITY

3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 

GAL 5:13 Through love serve one another 

4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 

AMP (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust,with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).

13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. 18 You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.

19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition. 20 For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus. 22 But you know of his proven worth, that he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel like a child serving his father. 23 Therefore I hope to send him immediately, as soon as I see how things go with me; 24 and I trust in the Lord that I myself also will be coming shortly. 25 But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger and minister to my need; 

26 because he was longing for you all and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 27 For indeed he was sick to the point of death, but God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, so that I would not have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I have sent him all the more eagerly so that when you see him again you may rejoice and I may be less concerned about you. 29 Receive him then in the Lord with all joy, and hold men like him in high regard; 

30 because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was deficient in your service to me.

“Who has believed?” Pt 4

Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed our message (Report)? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

Isaiah 53:3 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of Pains and acquainted with Sickness; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 4 Surely our Sicknesses He Himself bore, And our Pains He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.

NOTICE THE WORDS – STRICKEN, SMITTEN, AFFLICTED, PIERCED, CRUSHED (BRUISED), CHASTENING, SCOURGING (STRIPES)

Vs 7 OPPRESSED AND AFFLICTED & Vs 8 “the stroke”
10 But the Lord was pleased To crush (Bruise) Him, putting Him to (Sickness)

THESE WORDS HAVE THE PICTURE OF BEING HIT BY SOMETHING

SICKNESS IS REFERRED TO AS A CURSE

ACCORDING TO Is 53 JESUS WAS SMITTEN AND AFFLICTED OF GOD.

7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.

THE DEVIL ONLY HAS A LEGAL RIGHT TO OPPRESS THE GUILTY, TO AFFLICT THE UNRIGHTEOUS!

Acts 22 – Story of Paul in Jerusalem and there was an uproar in the temple and the religious people were about to kill him. The roman soldiers took him

24 the commander ordered him to be brought into the barracks, stating that he should be examined by scourging so that he might find out the reason why they were shouting against him that way.
25 But when they stretched him out with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, “Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman and uncondemned?”
26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and told him, saying, “What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman.”
27 The commander came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman?” And he said, “Yes.” 28 The commander answered, “I acquired this citizenship with a large sum of money.” And Paul said, “But I was actually born a citizen.”
29 Therefore those who were about to examine him immediately let go of him; and the commander also was afraid when he found out that he was a Roman, and because he had put him in chains.

Rev 12:11 They overcame the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony

HE WAS SILENT SO WE COULD SPEAK! HE SUFFERED SO WE COULD BE HEALED. HE TOOK IT SO WE COULD BE FREE!

YOU HAVE TO RISE UP AND SAY, “I AM THE REDEEMED”. Ps 107:2

Yielding

Eph 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

 

WNT For ours is not a conflict with mere flesh and blood, but with the despotisms, the empires, the forces that control and govern this dark world–the spiritual hosts of evil arrayed against us in the heavenly warfare.

 

MESS For ours is not a conflict with mere flesh and blood, but with the despotisms, the empires, the forces that control and govern this dark world–the spiritual hosts of evil arrayed against us in the heavenly warfare.

 

OTHER TRANS – We wrestle, We are not fighting, our Struggle,

 

Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

19 for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

 

Matt 16:13-1816 You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

 

21 From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day. 22 Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” 23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”

 

NLT 23 Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”

 

1 Cor 13:8 Love never fails

 

REAL LOVE IS EXPRESSED IN ACTION NOT JUST EMOTION!

 

Matt 14:13 Now when Jesus heard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself; and when the people heard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities. 14 When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.

 

HE ATTACKED THE PAIN AND SUFFERING WITH COMPASSION!

 

JESUS ON THE CROSS

 

  1. HOW COULD JESUS RESPOND TO THE TREATMENT HE WAS RECEIVING?

 

JESUS KNEW THAT PEOPLE WERE NOT HIS ENEMIES

 

HE WON THE FIGHT – THE WAR WITH COMPASSION.

 

HE WASN’T MOVED BY THE EMOTIONS OF THE MOMENT BUT BY THE COMPASSION OF GOD

 

YIELD TO LOVE NOT HUMAN EMOTION OF THE MOMENT!

“Who has believed?” Pt 3

Isaiah 33:24 And no resident will say, “I am sick”; The people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity.

 

YOU CANNOT BOLDLY RECEIVE BY FAITH WHAT YOU ARE NOT SURE BELONGS TO YOU.

 

Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed our message (Report)? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

 

THE ARM OF THE LORD IS SYMBOLIC AND REPRESENTS THE MANIFEST POWER OF GOD.

Isaiah 51:9 IT IS THE STRENGHT OF GOD.

52:10 IT IS THE SALVATION OF GOD

 

Isaiah 53:3 He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of Pains and acquainted with Sickness; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 4 Surely our Sicknesses He Himself bore, And our Pains He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.

5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.

 

NOTICE THE WORDS – STRICKEN, SMITTEN, AFFLICTED, PIERCED, CRUSHED (BRUISED), CHASTENING, SCOURGING (STRIPES)

 

THESE WORDS HAVE THE CONOTATION OF BEING HIT BY SOMETHING

 

THE WORD STRIPES – SCOURGING IS ACTUALLY THE WORD BRUISE

 

1 Pet 2:24 By his stripes (Bruise) This word is only used once in NT.

 

6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him

 

7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment He was taken away; And as for His generation, who considered That He was cut off out of the land of the living For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?

 

9 His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His deaths, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth. 10 But the Lord was pleased To crush (Bruise) Him, putting Him to (Sickness); If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand. 11 As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the spoil with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.

 

THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE SICKNESS IS REFERRED TO AS A CURSE

 

THE CURSE IS PUNISHMENT FOR BREAKING GOD’S LAWS.  (REBELLION OR DISOBEDIENCE)

 

GOD IS A JUST GOD – Rom 3:4

 

SICKNESS, DISEASE AND PLAGUES ARE USED IN TERMS OF SCOURGING OR BEATING OR A WHIPPING

 

Deut 28:27 The Lord will smite you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors and with the scab and with the itch, from which you cannot be healed. 28 The Lord will smite you with madness and with blindness and with bewilderment of heart;

 

TO SMITE IS TO STRIKE… TO HIT SOMETHING

 

Micah 6:13 So also I will make you sick, striking you down,

Desolating you because of your sins.

 

Hosea 6:1 Come, let us return to the Lord. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.

 

ACCORDING TO Is 53 JESUS WAS SMITTEN AND AFFLICTED OF GOD.

 

GOD WAS STRIKING HIM WITH THE SPIRITUAL SOURCE AND CAUSE OF ALL SICKNESS AND DISEASE