THE CORE OF LIFE Pt 4

Boldness, Authority & Love

1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not knowGod, for God is love.

 

16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence (BOLDNESS) in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

 

BOLDNESS IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS NOT AN OPTION.

 

BOLDNESS IS THE RESULT OF KNOWING. 

 

THE FOUNDATION OF OUR FAITH IS A REVELATION OF LOVE.

 

YOU CANNOT BE BOLD BEYOND YOUR REVELATION OF LOVE! (GOD)

 

Dan 11:32 the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.

 

FAITH IS INSEPERABLE FROM KNOWING GOD

 

FAITH IS A LIVING TRUST IN LIVING LOVE.  

 

THERE IS NOTHING STRONGER IN THE WORLD THAN LOVE

THERE IS NOTHING STRONGER THAN GOD

 

16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this, love is perfected with us,

 

THE MOST CHALLENGING THING FOR CHRISTIANS TO BELIEVE IS GOD’S GREAT LOVE TO THEM.

 

17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence (BOLDNESS) in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

 

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out (throws) fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

“Your Race to Destiny” Pt 3

MESS Isaiah 40:28 Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. 29 He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts.

30 For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. 31But those who wait upon god get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, they run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.

 

WE MISS OUT ON WHAT GOD HAS FOR US BECAUSE WE GET WEARY.  (Gal 6)  WE STOP RUNNING

 

NAS Heb 12:1Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of god. 3 for consider him who has endured such hostility by sinners against himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

 

MESS 3 When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. that will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

 

PSALM 37:4Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.”

5 Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.

 

23 The steps of a man are established by the Lord; and he delights in his way

 

ONE MORE THING THAT WILL HINDER YOU IN YOUR RACE IS PRIDE!

 

NLT James 4:7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw close to god, and god will draw close to you.

10 When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor.

 

4 POINTS TO RUN YOUR RACE

 

  1. WISDOM – NLT Prov 4:12 If you live a life guided by wisdom, you won’t limp or stumble as you run.

 

PASSION 12 Your progress will have no limits when you come along with me, and you will never stumble as you walk along the way.

 

PSALM 119:32 I SHALL RUN THE WAY OF YOUR COMMANDMENTS,

FOR YOU WILL ENLARGE MY HEART.

 

1Pet 2:8 And the scriptures also say, “he is the stone that makes people stumble, the rock that will make them fall.” they stumble because they do not listen to god’s word or obey it, and so they meet the fate that has been planned for them.

 

NAS Psa 119:165 those who love thy law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble.

 

  1. FAITH – YOU CAN’T EVER GET AWAY FROM IT.

 

3 X’S IN NT… THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL LIVE BY THEIR FAITH!

2 Cor 5:7

 

YOU ARE ALWAYS GOING TO HAVE SOMETHING AHEAD OF YOU THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE!

 

  1. YOU HAVE TO STAY FOCUSED

Amp Matt. 6:22 The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness.

 

WHERE THERE IS NO VISION PEOPLE PERISH

 

4. HAVE SOME FORCE

 

YOU HAVE TO HAVE MOVEMENT!

 

FAITH WITHOUT ACTION IS DEAD!

 

FOUR LEAPERS 2 Kings 7

 

Luke 17 – TEN LEAPERS

“Your Race to Destiny” Pt 2

Passion Isaiah 40:28 Don’t you know? Haven’t you been listening?

Yahweh is the one and only everlasting God, the creator of all you can see and imagine! He never gets weary or worn out. His intelligence is unlimited; He is never puzzled over what to do! 29 He empowers the feeble and infuses the powerless with increasing strength. 30 Even young people faint and get exhausted; athletic ones may stumble and fall. 31 But those who wait for Yahweh’s grace will experience divine strength. They will rise up on soaring wings and fly like eagles, run their race without growing weary, and walk through life without giving up.

 

running in the plan of god – walking in the spirit of god.

 

many of us miss out on what god has for us because we get weary.  gal 6

 

PASSION Heb 12:1 As for us, we have all of these great witnesses who encircle us like clouds. So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us.

2 We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection.

 

2 things that hinder you from your destiny.  weights (wounds) & sin

 

sin is compromising what is right and following your fleshly desires.

 

psa 37:4Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.”

 

one of the primary signs of your destiny is the desires of your heart.

 

Psa 37:5 Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.

 

CONSTANTLY QUESTIONING GOD’S WILL.

 

COMMIT MEANS TO SELL OUT – GO FOR IT.  100%

 

Psa. 37:23 The steps of a man are established by the Lord; and he delights in his way

 

he delights in my way – not when i do nothing

 

3 THINGS TO RUN YOUR RACE

 

  1. faith – you can’t ever get away from it.

 

everything you do or need to do you’re going to have to use your faith.

you are always going to have something ahead of you that is impossible!

 

  1. you have to stay focused

amp Matt. 6:22 The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness.

 

stay around the people god has called you to be around.

 

  1. ex. sprinters are focused on the finish line.

 

you need to be focusing on your destiny… run your race.

 

3. HAVE SOME FORCE

YOU HAVE TO HAVE MOVEMENT!

 

GOD DIRECTS YOUR STEPS

 

“MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN” – FAITH WITHOUT ACTION IS DEAD!

 

FOUR LEAPERS 2 Kings 7

 

ten leapers  luke 17

“Your Race to Destiny” Pt 1

Nlt Is. 40:28 Have you never heard or understood? Don’t you know that the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. 29 He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak.

 

30 Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up.

31 But those who wait on the LORD Will find new strength; They (he – she) will fly high (mount up) on wings like eagles, They (he – she) will run and not go weary, They will walk and not faint.

 

AMP Eph 2:10 For we are God’s [own] handiwork (his workmanship),recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which he prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which he prearranged and made ready for us to live].

 

AMP Eph 5:15-17 Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),

making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.

Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the lord is.

 

SO MANY MISS OUT ON WHAT GOD HAS FOR THEM BECAUSE THEY GET WEARY.

 

Nlt Heb. 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. 2We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish.

 

2 THINGS THAT WILL HINDER YOU IN YOUR RACE

 

  1. WEIGHT – WEIGHT’S ARE THE STRESS, ANXIETY, WORRY AND STUFF OF LIFE THAT YOU TRY TO CARRY THROUGH LIFE.

 

PAUL SAID, “I FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT, I FINISHED MY COURSE, I’VE KEPT THE FAITH”.

 

  1. AND THE SIN

 

SIN HINDERS PEOPLE FROM RUNNING THEIR RACE.  (DESTINY)

 

SIN IS COMPROMISING WHAT IS RIGHT AND FOLLOWING YOUR FLESHLY DESIRES.

 

PSALM 37Delight yourself in the LORD; AND HE WILL GIVE YOU THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART”.

 

ONE OF THE PRIMARY SIGNS OF YOUR DESTINY IS THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART.

 

REVIEW!

WAIT ON THE LORD… FOR NEW STRENGTH… FOR YOUR DESTINY!

 

LAY ASIDE ANY WEIGHTS, AND SINS…

 

DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD… YOUR DESIRES WILL SURFACE AND YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF FULFILLING DESTINY!

THE CORE OF LIFE Pt 3

Being a refresher

 1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

 

John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 

WE’VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT LOVE IS THE CORE OF OUR LIFE!

 

A BIG INDICATOR THAT WE ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK IS JOY!

 

John 15:12 This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

 

2 BASIC WAYS PEOPLE LIVE IN THE EARTH

PEOPLE EITHER LIVE BY THE LAW OF THE FLESH OR THE LAW OF CHRIST

 

Gal 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.

 

Luke 9:23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

 

24 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.

 

THE LOVE OF GOD GIVES YOU THE CAPACITY TO ENDURE AND SACRIFICE WHATEVER IT TAKES IF IT BENEFITS THE KINGDOM.

 

IF YOU ARE GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION WITH LOVE THERE IS JOY.

 

SECONDLY IF YOU ARE REALLY OPERATING IN THE GOD KIND OF LOVE IT BENEFITS SOMEBODY ELSE.

 

Ex. PAUL TALKED ABOUT EPHAPHRADITIS

Rom 15:1 Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves.

 

2 Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.

3 For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.”

 

Rom 16:1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea; 2 That you receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and that you help her in whatever matter she may have need of you; For she herself has also been a helper of many, and of myself as well.

3 Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who for my life risked their own necks, to whom not only do I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles;

 

1 Cor 10:23 All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.

 

31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God; 33 just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved.

 

Matt 7:12 In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

 

THERE ARE PRACTICAL WAY’S THAT YOU LAY YOUR LIFE DOWN FOR OTHERS.

 

1 Cor 16:13 Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done in love.

 

15 Now I urge you, brethren (you know the household of Stephanas, that they were the first fruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves for ministry to the saints

AN MVP LIFE

Gal 6:10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

 

Heb 13:16 And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices god is pleased.

 

3 John 3:11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. the one who does good is of god; the one who does evil has not seen god.

 

AN MVP LIFE IS DETERMINED BY

 

  1. THE RELATIONSHIPS THAT I FORM

 

WHEN YOU INTERACT WITH OTHERS AN EXCHANGE IS BEING MADE.

Ex. ENERGY, EMOTIONS, IDEAS, AND VALUES.   (Prov 13:13)

 

RULES FOR A RELATIONAL MVP

 

  1. GET ALONG WITH YOURSELF (Gal 5:14)

 

  1. VALUE PEOPLE

YOU CANNOT MAKE ANOTHER PERSON FEEL IMPORTANT IF YOU SECRETLY FEEL THAT HE OR SHE IS A NOBODY.

 

Rom 12:9-10 Love from the center of who you are; Don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; Hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

 

16 Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.

 

  1. MAKE THE EFFORT TO FORM RELATIONSHIPS

THE RESULT OF A PERSON WHO HAS NEVER SERVED OTHERS? LONELINESS.

 

  1. UNDERSTAND THE RECIPROCITY RULE

(YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW)

 

5 FOLLOW THE GOLDEN RULE

TREAT OTHERS THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED.

 

  1. THE DECISIONS THAT I MAKE

GOOD DECISIONS SOMETIMES REAP DIVIDENDS YEARS INTO THE FUTURE, WHILE BAD DECISIONS HAVE A WAY OF BOOMERANGING ON US.

 

“MAKE EVERY DAY YOUR MASTERPIECE.”

 

TWO INGREDIENTS ARE NECESSARY FOR EACH DAY TO BE A MASTERPIECE:

DECISIONS AND DISCIPLINE.

 

THINK OF DECISIONS AS GOAL-SETTING AND

DISCIPLINE AS GOAL-GETTING.

 

GOOD DECISIONS – DAILY DISCIPLINE = A PLAN WITHOUT PAYOFF

DAILY DISCIPLINE – GOOD DECISIONS = REGIMENTATION WITHOUT REWARD

 

GOOD DECISIONS + DAILY DISCIPLINE = A MASTERPIECE OF SUCCESS

 

  1. THE EXPERIENCES THAT I ENCOUNTER

 

WE NEED GOD EXPERIENCES

 

WHETHER TRIUMPHS OR TRAGEDIES, OUR LIVES ARE MOLDED BY A SHORTLIST OF PROMINENT EXPERIENCES.  

 

WE ARE DEFINED NOT SO MUCH IN THE MOMENT OF EXPERIENCE ITSELF AS IN OUR RESPONSE TO THE EXPERIENCE.

 

DO WE QUIT OR REBOUND?

DO WE HARBOR BITTERNESS OR CHOOSE TO FORGIVE?

DO WE BLAME OR IMPROVE?

 

  1. EVALUATE EXPERIENCE

DRAW UPON EXPERIENCES TO GROW AND GAIN WISDOM.

 

  1. MANAGE THE EMOTIONAL ASPECTS OF EXPERIENCE

 

PIVOTAL MOMENTS COME WITH A FLOOD OF EMOTIONS, POSITIVE, AND NEGATIVE.

 

  1. SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH OTHERS

 

1 THE RELATIONSHIPS THAT I FORM

2 THE DECISIONS THAT I MAKE

3 THE EXPERIENCES THAT I ENCOUNTER

 

A LIFE IS NOT MEASURED BY YEARS LIVED, BUT BY ITS USEFULNESS.