This Generation

PARENTING, TEENS, AND MINISTRY

 

Psalm 71:18 Yes, even when I am old and gray-headed, O God, forsake me not, [but keep me alive] until I have declared Your mighty strength to [this] generation, and Your might and power to all that are to come.

 

KEEPING YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH…. STRATEGIES…

 

YOUNG PEOPLE AGES 18-29 – STATISTICS SAY 75% LEAVE THE CHURCH – ONLY 25% STAY

 

THE KEY’S THAT HELP THE 25%’ERS

 

  1. STRONG FAMILY TIES  – DINNER TOGETHER, SERVING IN CHURCH

 

  1. ENTRUSTED WITH RESPONSIBILITY

 

  1. EXPERIENCE GOD IN THEIR HOMES…. PARENTS LEADING THE WAY

 

  1. AN ADULT IN THEIR LIVES INFLUENCING THEM.

 

RELATIONAL BONDING IS THE BIG KEY WE SEE IN ALL OF THESE

 

Deut 6:6 These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Moving Forward Through the Madness

Spiritual progress

 

Kjv Psa 18:28 For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. 29 For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.

 

Mess Psa. 18:28 Suddenly, GOD, you floodlight my life; I’m blazing with glory, God’s glory! 29 I smash the bands of marauders, I vault the highest fences

 

Ex. THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL FACED THE RED-SEA

 

OUTWARDLY IT CAN LOOK AS IF YOU HAVE COME TO AN END BUT SPIRITUALLY YOU KEEP MOVING…

 

NOTHING CAN STOP YOU FROM MOVING FORWARD SPIRITUALLY BUT YOU

 

Phil. 4:11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

 

TPT “I’m trained in the secret of overcoming all things”

 

Ex. Mark 5 – JAIRUS CAME TO JESUS TO ASK FOR HIM TO COME AND HEAL HIS DAUGHTER. 

THIS MAN DIDN’T ACCEPT HIS CIRCUMSTANCES

 

PAUL’S NOT TEACHING, “GIVE UP AND ACCEPT EVERYTHING THAT COMES YOUR WAY”

 

THINGS CAN BE HAPPENING SPRITUALLY WHILE NOTHING SEEMS TO BE GOING ON NATURALLY

 

SPIRITUAL ACTIVITY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ACTIVITY THERE IS!

 

DON’T LET NEGATIVE CIRCUMSTANCES ROB YOU OF YOUR CONTENTMENT AND PROGRESS

 

MOVE THROUGH THE MADNESS

 

  1. PRAISING GOD IN DARK TIMES IS ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO TURN OUR CIRCUMSTANCES AROUND

 

SATAN WANTS TO STEAL YOUR JOY

Neh 8:10 the joy of the LORD is your strength.

 

“JOY IS NOT BASED ON CIRCUMSTANCES”.  OUR JOY IS BASED UPON WHAT WE KNOW

 

TO MAINTAIN JOY WE’VE GOT TO MAINTAIN A KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S WORD

 

Kjv Acts 8:4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. 5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. 6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.  8 And there was great joy in that city.

 

JOY COMES AS A RESULT OF HEARING THE WORD

Kjv John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

 

Rom 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.    (Ps 94:12-13) Power to keep calm

 

JOY IS NOT A FEELING… IT’S A KNOWLEDGE… SOMETHING YOU KNOW. YOU DON’T HAVE TO FEEL IT.

 

IF YOU TAKE AWAY THE WORD YOU TAKE AWAY THE SOURCE OF JOY

 

Kjv Phil 1:25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith

 

FAITH IS NOT A FEELING AND JOY IS NOT A FEELING

Kjv James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations

 

YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO SPEND YOUR LIFE CHASEING FEELINGS!

 

FAITH BELIEVES IN SPITE OF WHAT YOU FEEL

 

Kjv Acts 16:23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely

 

24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. 25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

Prayer -Pastor Brody Christian

-Does It Work?-

 

JAMES 5:6 

“THE PRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS PERSON IS POWERFUL AND EFFECTIVE”

 

MARK 11:42 

“THEREFORE I TELL YOU, WHATEVER YOU MAY ASK FOR IN PRAYER, BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED IT AND IT WILL BE YOURS”

 

WE HAVE TO REMEMBER ITS HIS WILL BE DONE, NOT OURS

JESUS TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES TO PRAY LIKE THAT.  (MATTHEW 6:9)

 

THERE ARE TIMES WHERE NO IS THE BEST ANSWER FROM GOD.

 

THAT DOESN’T MEAN OUR PRAYERS AREN’T ANSWERED…IT JUST MEANS GOD KNOWS SO MUCH BETTER

LUKE 18:1-14 

18 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray,one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

 

WHAT YOU DO CAN NEVER OUTDO WHAT GOD HAS DONE

WHAT YOU’VE DONE CAN NEVER OUTDO WHAT GOD HAS DONE

Comparison can ruin you when it comes to prayer

Jesus promised his followers that persistence in prayer would be rewarded

Keep Praying

-Pastor Brody Christian

 

ACTS 12:12-16

12-14 Still shaking his head, amazed, he went to Mary’s house, the Mary who was John Mark’s mother. The house was packed with praying friends. When he knocked on the door to the courtyard, a young woman named Rhoda came to see who it was. But when she recognized his voice—Peter’s voice!—she was so excited and eager to tell everyone Peter was there that she forgot to open the door and left him standing in the street.

15-16 But they wouldn’t believe her, dismissing her, dismissing her report. “You’re crazy,” they said. She stuck by her story, insisting. They still wouldn’t believe her and said, “It must be his angel.” All this time poor Peter was standing out in the street, knocking away.

16-17 Finally they opened up and saw him—and went wild!

 

 

  1. BELIEVE THAT GOD CAN DO SO MUCH MORE WHEN YOU PRAY 

 

 

PAUL SAYS

1 COR. 13:12-13

12 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

 

 

1 KINGS 18:41-45

 

  1. GOD IS WORKING WHILE YOURE ARE PRAYING

 

 

GOD WAS WORKING ON THE FIRST TIME THE SERVANT WENT DOWN THE MOUNTAIN. HE JUST COULDN’T SEE IT

 

JOHN 5:17

“MY FATHER IS ALWAYS AT HIS WORK TO THIS VERY DAY, AND I TOO AM WORKING”

 

The Blood of the Lamb Pt. 2

The Blood’s Provision

2 Cor 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

 

JESUS PROVIDED 2 MAIN VICTORIES OVER SATAN

  1. HE MADE IT POSSIBILE FOR US TO OBTAIN FORGIVENESS OF SIN

  2. TO RECEIVE GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH.

 

Rom 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.   NOTICE THAT PHRASE… “JUSTIFIED BY HIS BLOOD”

 

THERE ARE AT LEAST 3 OTHER THINGS THE BLOOD DOES FOR US

CLEANSING

 

Nas 1 John 1:7 but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

 

THE FIRST RESULT IS FELLOWSHIP WITH ONE ANOTHER,

THE SECOND RESULT IS THAT WE ARE CLEANSED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS.

THE BLOOD OF JESUS DOES NOT CLEANSE IN THE DARK, BUT ONLY AS WE WALK IN THE LIGHT.

HOW DO WE WALK IN THE LIGHT?

WE MUST WALK IN OBEDIENCE TO THE WORD OF GOD.

Psa 119:105 Thy word is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path.

WE MUST HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH ONE ANOTHER.

Eph 4:15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ,

 

WALKING IN THE LIGHT CONSIST OF TWO ACTIONS PUT TOGETHER.

1 WALKING IN OBEDIENCE TO THE WORD OF GOD

2 WALKING IN TRUTH AND LOVE WITH FELLOW BELIEVERS

“AS I WALK IN THE LIGHT, THE BLOOD OF JESUS IS CLEANSING ME FROM ALL SIN NOW AND CONTINUALLY”

SANCTIFICATION

TO SANCTIFY MEANS “TO MAKE HOLY” – TO MAKE HOLY MEANS: “TO SET SOMETHING APART TO GOD”

Heb 13:12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.

 

THE USE OF BLOOD FOR SANCTIFICATION IS CLEAR IN THE PASSOVER

 

Ex. 11:4 And Moses said, “Thus says the LORD, ‘About midnight I am going out into the midst of Egypt, 5 and all the first-born in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first-born of the Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the first-born of the slave girl who is behind the millstones; all the first-born of the cattle as well. 6 ‘Moreover, there shall be a great cry in all the land of Egypt, such as there has not been before and such as shall never be again. 7 ‘But against any of the sons of Israel a dog shall not even bark, whether against man or beast, that you may understand how the LORD makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel.’

 

THIS SEPERATION (DISTINCTION) WAS BECAUSE OF THE BLOOD!

 

“THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS, I AM SANCTIFIED, MADE HOLY, SET APART TO GOD.  THE DEVIL HAS NO PLACE IN ME, NO POWER OVER ME, NO UNSETTLED CLAIMS AGAINST ME.  ALL HAS BEEN SETTLED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS”

 

INTERCESSION

 

Heb. 12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.

 

THE BLOOD OF JESUS CRIES OUT, NOT FOR VENGEANCE BUT FOR MERCY.

THE BLOOD OF JESUS HAS MADE PROVISION FOR REDEMPTION, FORGIVENESS, JUSTIFICATION, CLEANSING, SANCTIFICATION AND INTERCESSION ON OUR BEHALF.

CONFESSION BY GRACE RYERSON ROOS

THE BLOOD OF JESUS PURGES ME OF EVERY DEFILEMENT OF THE ENEMY.

THE BLOOD OF JESUS KEEPS AND GUARD MY MIND DAY AND NIGHT.

THE BLOOD OF JESUS PREVENTS DECEPTION AND ABORTS EVER ATTMEPT OF THE ENEMY TO DECIEVE ME.

THE BLOOD OF JESUS IS MY DIVINE COVERING AND PROTECTION AGAINST ALL THE FIERY DARTS OF THE EVIL ONE.

THE BLOOD OF JESUS IS ALIVE!  SO FULL OF LIFE AND GRACE, IT PERFECTS THAT WHICH CONCERNETH ME, RECONCILING EVERYTING IN ME TO THE PERFECT WILL OF GOD EVERY DAY AND IN EVERY WAY.

Victory Over Death

THERE ARE 7 BILLION PEOPLE ON THE PLANET.

ON AVG. AT LEAST 2 PEOPLE DIE EVERY SECOND

EACH DAY – 156,000 THOUSAND PEOPLE WILL DIE

EACH YEAR – 57 MILLION PEOPLE WILL DIE

 

1 Cor 15:57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

THE PREVIOUS 56 V’s TELL US WHAT WE HAVE VICTORY OVER.

 

1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.

 

12 Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.

IF HE WAS NOT RAISED FROM THE DEAD, THERE IS NO SALVATION.

 

14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 15 Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised;

17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied. 20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.

 

21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, 24 then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death.

 

DEATH IS NOT A FRIEND.  DEATH IS AN ENEMY.

THERE’S COMING A TIME WHEN DEATH (THE LAST ENEMY) IS GOING TO BE DESTROYED.

 

35 But someone will say, “How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?” 36 You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies; 37 and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own.

 

IT’S LIKE A SEED WHEN YOU PLANT IT… OUT OF THE DEATH COMES NEW LIFE

 

42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.

 

WE ARE TO BELIEVE, WHAT HAPPENED TO JESUS BODY IS WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN TO OUR BODY IN THE FUTURE.

 

49 Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.

 

50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.

51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

 

53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory.

 

VICTORY IS GOING TO GULP DEATH UP AND IT WILL BE NO MORE.

 

55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

 

57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  (VICTORY OVER DEATH)

The Blood of the Lamb

Nas John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.

 

SATAN HAS 3 OBJECTIVES; STEAL, KILL & DESTROY

 

THE 2 MAIN VICTORIES OVER SATAN

  1. HE MADE IT POSSIBILE FOR US TO OBTAIN FORGIVENESS OF SIN

  2. HE MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO RECEIVE GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH.

AMP Heb 10:22 In fact under the law almost everything is cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness [neither release from sin and its guilt, nor cancellation of the merited punishment].

 

Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

 

Rom 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

NOTICE THAT PHRASE… “JUSTIFIED BY HIS BLOOD”

 

JUSTIFY AND JUSTIFICATION ARE KEY WORDS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.

TO JUSTIFY ACTUALLY MEANS; “TO MAKE RIGHTEOUS, TO AQUIT FROM SIN, TO HOLD GUILTLESS”

DEFINITION OF JUSTIFICATION – “THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS, I AM JUSTIFIED – (JUST-AS-IF-I’D) NEVER SINNED”

 

2 Cor 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

 

THE BIBLE REFERS TO THE BLOOD AS A WEAPON OF VICTORY

 

Eph. 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace,

 

2 THINGS ARE PROVIDED FOR US BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS; REDEMPTION AND FORGIVENESS OF SINS

TO MAKE THESE PROVISIONS EFFECTIVE IN OUR LIVES WE HAVE TO MAKE THE APPROPRIATE TESTIMONY.

 

PSALM 107:2 SAY’S “Let the redeemed of the lord say so, whom he has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.

 

WE MUST USE OUR PERSONAL TESTIMONY.

 

“THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS, ALL MY SINS ARE FORGIVEN. THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS, I HAVE BEEN REDEEMED OUT OF THE HAND OF SATAN”

 

Rev. 12:10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night. 11 “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death.

 

1 Pet. 1:17 And if you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each man’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay upon 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.

 

UNDER THE OLD COVENANT, THE BLOOD OF THE PASSOVER LAMB WAS APPLIED TO THE HOMES OF ISRAELITES.

 

OUR HYSSOP IS OUR TESTIMONY

JESUS LAST SUPPER WAS A PASSOVER MEAL!   A COVENANT MEAL

Overcoming discouragement Pt 3

“Things To Do”

 

CHANGING YOUR FOCUS CAN CHANGE YOUR FEELINGS

 

THERE ARE THINGS WE NEED TO DO WHEN WE GET DISCOURAGED

 

  1. RE-EXAMINE THE REASONS FOR YOUR BELIEFS.  

 

2 Cor 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?

 

  1. EXAMINE YOUR PRESENT INFLUENCES.

 

WHO’S TALKING TO ME?  

WHAT HAVE I BEEN HEARING?  

WHAT HAVE I BEEN WATCHING?

WHAT ARE MY FATIGUE LEVELS? 

 

SATAN IS REFERENCED IN DANIEL AS ONE WHO WEARS OUT THE SAINTS. (Dan 8:25)

 

WHO ARE MY ASSOCIATIONS? 

WHO’S SPEAKING INTO MY LIFE? 

 

  1. WHAT HAS BECOME MY DOMINANT FOCUS?

 

IS THERE A PROBLEM THAT HAS BECOME SO BIG YOU HAVE STOPPED SEEING YOUR SUCCESSES? 

 

FOCUS ON THE GOAL, THE VISION, NOT THE MESS IN THE PROCESS. 

 

WHAT’S TAKING YOUR ENERGY AND YOUR TIME? 

 

  1. DISCOVER WHAT OTHER MEN HAVE OVERCOME IN LIFE.

 

1 Pet 5:9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.

 

A RIGHTEOUS MAN FALLS 7 TIMES AND GETS BACK UP

 

DONALD TRUMP

PETER DANIELS

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

 

  1. REMIND YOURSELF THAT FEELINGS ARE TEMPORARY

 

FOCUS CREATES FEELINGS,

ENVIORNMENT CREATES FEELINGS,

MISTAKES CREATE FEELINGS,

PAIN CREATES FEELINGS…

 

FEELINGS ARE NOT FACTS… THEY ARE EMOTIONS.

 

DISCOURAGEMENT IS A FEELING AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH REALITY.

 

  1. REVIEW YOUR SUCCESSES

 

WHERE HAVE I SUCCEDED IN MY LIFE?    YOUR LIFE HAS A COLLECTION OF SUCCESSES.

 

YOU NEED TO REVIEW THE MOUNTAINS YOU HAVE CLIMBED, THE GOLIATHS YOU HAVE DEFEATED.

 

LOOK BACK AND SAY, WHAT HAVE I COME THROUGH?  WHAT HAVE I OVERCOME? 

 

DISCOURAGEMENT IS A SEASON AND FOCUS DECIDES IT’S LONGEVITY!

 

OVERCOMING FEAR  – 2 IMPORTANT KEYS… RESIST AND REPLACE!

 

Daniel 4:7  SAID, “How does a man break off iniquity?  By acts of righteousness.” 

 

REPLACE WHAT YOU’RE HEARING…

 

  1. REMIND YOURSELF THAT IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MOTIVATE YOURSELF

 

LEARN TO TALK TO YOURSELF.

LISTEN FOR GOOD COUNSEL…

READ… STUDY…

CHANGE WHAT YOURE LOOKING AT

 

ASK YOURSELF QUESTIONS TO MOTIVATE YOURSELF

WHAT DO YOU WANT? 

WHO DO YOU NEED TO TRUST?

 

YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOMETHING TO REACH FOR….

 

QUESTIONS INCUBATE GREATNESS

5 Reasons You Will Flourish In Church

Ps 92:13-14 “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall FLOURISH in the courts of our God.  They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be FRESH and FLOURISHING”

1. You have gifts you need to develop

 

Matt. 23:11 “But the greatest among you shall be your servant.

 

Mess 11 “Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant.

1 Pet 4:10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

We flourish when we serve.

2. The internet is not a safety net

Rom 12:15Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep” 

Who is the human face of Christ you turn to when all hell breaks loose in your life?

We flourish when we connect.

3. Sheep do not live alone

Acts 20:28Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood”

We flourish when we are overseen.

4. God goes to church

1 Cor 14:26 When you come together, every one of you has a song, a doctrine, a revelation…

 The Holy Spirit “shows up” when the church “comes together.”  

We flourish when we come together with the church.

5. Your children develop spiritually

In the church setting they learn corporate worship, hear life changing teaching, and develop a weekly Sabbath.

Psalm 34:11 Come, you children, listen to me ;I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

We flourish when our children learn to honor God.