PLANTED LIKE A TREE

Psa 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season, And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.

 

Jer 17:5 Thus says the LORD, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind And makes flesh his strength, And whose heart turns away from the LORD. 6 “For he will be like a bush in the desert And will not see when prosperity comes, But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, A land of salt without inhabitant. 7“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD And whose trust is the LORD. 8 “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit.

 

Psa 92:12 The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13Planted in the house of the LORD, They will flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green, 15 To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

 

3 AREAS TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE POSITIONING PROPERLY; MEDITATION ON THE WORD, TRUSTING IN THE LORD AND BEING PLANTED IN A LOCAL CHURCH

 

I PETER 5:6 “humble yourself under…”

 

WE MAKE DECISIONS, CHOICES ON A DAILY BASIS THAT POSITION US OR KEEP US IN POSITION TO WALK IN PROMISES AND FLOURISH.

 

SIX QUESTIONS THAT WILL DETERMINE WHETHER YOU WILL FLOURISH IN THE DAY’S TO COME.

 

  1. ARE YOU PLANTED? Ps 1:3 Jeri. 17:8    Ps 92:13*

IF YOU ARE NOT PLANTED, YOU CANNOT GROW.

 

  1. HOW EASILY CAN YOU BE UPROOTED?

 

Jer. 17:8 “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream

 

I Peter 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.

 

Rom 12:4 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8 or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. 9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

 

3.CAN YOU TAKE THE HEAT?

 

Jer. 17:8 “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes

 

2 Cor 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.

 

Psa 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous; But the LORD delivers him out of them all.

 

  1. IS YOUR SPIRITUAL HEALTH A PRIORITY?

 

Jer. 17:8 “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green

 

Psa 1:3 its leaf does not wither

 

Psa 92:14 They will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green,

 

NEVER TAKE YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE FOR GRANTED.

YOU CANNOT SURVIVE AS A SEASONAL CHRISTIAN.

  1. ARE YOU RULED BY THE SEASONS?

 

Jer 17:8 “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought

 

PLANTED PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT SEASONS ARE A SPECIFIC PERIOD OF TIME AND STAND FIRM.

 

Eph 6:13 stand in the evil day.

 

Nlt Eccl 3:1 There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven. 8 A time for war

  1. IS GIVING A LIFESTYLE? JER 17:8 Nor cease to yeild fruit.

 

Nlt Psa 92:14 Even in old age they will still produce fruit

 

FRUIT IS FOR OTHERS.

IT REVEALS IF THE TREE IS GOOD OR BAD.

Acts 20:35 IS THAT “we are blessed to be a blessing”.

 

2 Cor 9:10 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food, will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; 11 you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God.

 

ARE YOU PLANTED?

HOW EASILY CAN YOU BE UPROOTED?

CAN YOU TAKE THE HEAT?

IS YOUR SPIRITUAL HEALTH A PRIORITY?

ARE YOU RULED BY THE SEASONS?

IS GIVING A LIFESTYLE?

How to Receive Anything Pt 5

Knock Pt 2

 

Luke 11:9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will beopened to you.

 

THE 1ST STEP TO RECEIVING ANYTHING FROM GOD IS LOCATING HIS WILL.

STEP #2 ASK… IN FAITH

STEP #3 SEEK…

 

STEP #4 KNOCK…

 

Luke 11:9 So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.

 

Luke 11 JESUS IS INSTRUCTING HIS DISCIPLES IN PRAYER

 

5 Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’

 

8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

 

Knox TRANS… “Because of his shameless asking”

NEB “The very shamelessness of his request” 

 

James 2:17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.

 

18 But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works (deeds, action) ; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works (by what I do).”

 

THE PARALYTIC AND THE 4 MEN WHO GOT ON THE ROOF?

JESUS SAW THEIR FAITH!  

 

THE WOMAN WITH THE ISSUE OF BLOOD.  PRESSED….

 

DR LILIAN B YOMENS; GOD DELIGHTS IN HIS CHILDREN STEPPING OUT OVER THE ACHING VOID WITH NOTHING UNDERNEATH THEIR FEET BUT THE WORD OF GOD.

 

Heb 3:18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.

 

UNBELIEF KEPT THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL FROM ENTERING IN.

 

Romans 4:12 and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also follow in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham which he had while uncircumcised.

 

GOD LEADS IN STEPS… 

 

WHEN GOD TOLD ABRAHAM TO GO, HE WENT OUT NOT KNOWING.

 

IN JESUS MINISTRY

 

John 4:50 Jesus *said to him, “Go; your son lives.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started off. 51 As he was now going down, his slaves met him, saying that his son was living.

 

John 5:8 Jesus *said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.”

 

Mark 3:5 After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He *said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.

 

HE COULDN’T DO IT BUT HE DID…  SAME FOR US…. TAKE A STEP

 

JAIRUS DAUGHTER…

Mark 5:41 Taking the child by the hand, He *said to her, “Talitha kum!” (which translated means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”).

 

Acts 3:6 But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” 7 And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened.

 

Acts 14:5 And when an attempt was made by both the Gentiles and the Jews with their rulers, to mistreat and to stone them, 6 they became aware of it and fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe, and the surrounding region; 7 and there they continued to preach the gospel.

 

8 At Lystra a man was sitting who had no strength in his feet, lame from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. 9 This man was listening to Paul as he spoke, who, when he had fixed his gaze on him and had seen that he had faith to be made well, 10 said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he leaped up and began to walk.

 

DEAD FAITH WON’T GET YOUR BILLS PAID OR YOUR BODY HEALED.

 

NEVER GET FIXATED ON SOMEBODY’S REPORT OF IMPOSSIBLITY.

Defending Your Benefits

Col 2:9 For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,

10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; 11 and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; 12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.

 

THE DEVIL WILL TRY TO ENFORCE THOSE DECREES ON YOU.

 

2 Sam 23:11 Now after him was Shammah the son of Agee a Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered into a troop where there was a plot of ground full of lentils, and the people fled from the Philistines.

12 But he took his stand in the midst of the plot, defended it and struck the Philistines; and the Lord brought about a great victory.

 

WE MAY NOT HAVE A BEAN PATCH TO DEFEND TODAY BUT WE DO HAVE A SPIRITUAL KINGDOM ALONG WITH BENEFITS TO DEFEND.

TOO MANY CHRISTIANS AREN’T ENJOYING BENEFITS OF KINGDOM.

 

Luke 12:32 Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.

 

Luke 17:21 For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

 

WE ARE HEIRS OF A SPIRITUAL KINGDOM

 

THE BENEFITS BELONG TO US.  (Ps 103, Ps 68:19)

 

Amp 1 Cor 2:9 but just as it is written [in Scripture], “Things which the eye has not seen and the ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, who obey Him, and who gratefully recognize the benefitsthat He has bestowed].”

 

THE ENEMY HAS NO RIGHT TO STEAL WHAT BELONGS TO YOU!

THERE IS A FLOW OF THE KINGDOM

Rom 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

 

RIGHTEOUSNESS IS A GIFT…

 

Rom 5:17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

 

RIGHTEOUSNESS MAKES YOU CONSCIOUS OF JESUS VICTORY

THE KINGDOM FLOW IS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND YOU ARE TO DEFEND WHO YOU ARE BY DECLARING WHAT JESUS DID FOR YOU.

GOD WANTS TO BRING OUR FUTURE INTO OUR PRESENT BASED ON WHAT JESUS DID FOR US IN THE PAST.

 

THERE IS A BOLDNESS THAT GOES WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS! (Pro 28:1)

PEACE IS SOME OF THE FRUIT OF YOUR INHERITANCE

 

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.  (NO REPLICA)

 

THERE ARE THINGS WE DO TO MAINTAIN AND WALK IN THE PEACE OF GOD

 

Rom 12:8 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.

 

JOY IS THE NATURE OF THE KINGDOM

DON’T YOU LET THE ENEMY STEAL YOUR JOY!

John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

How to Receive Anything Pt 4

“Knock” Pt 1

 

Luke 11:9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will beopened to you.

 

THE 1ST STEP TO RECEIVING ANYTHING FROM GOD IS LOCATING HIS WILL.

STEP #2 ASK… IN FAITH

 

James 4:2 You do not have because you do not ask

 

Matt 18:19 Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.

 

STEP #3 SEEK… LOOK FOR IT…

 

BBE Heb 11:6 without faith it’s not possible to be well pleasing to Him, for it’s necessary for anyone who comes to God to have the belief that God is and that He is a rewarder of all those who make a serious search for Him.

 

STEP #4 KNOCK…

 

Luke 11:9 So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.

 

Luke 11:1 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. 3 ‘Give us each day our daily bread. 4 ‘And forgive us our sins, For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.’”

 

5 Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’

 

JESUS STARTS OUT TALKING ABOUT PRAYER… THEN USES THIS STORY AND ENDS UP WITH ASK…SEEK…KNOCK…

 

8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend,

yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

 

THIS WORD IN THE GREEK “PERSISTENCE” MEANS; WITHOUT BASHFULLNESS. 

IT’S PROPER TO USE THE WORD BOLDNESS…

 

Knox TRANS… “Because of his shameless asking”

 

NEB “The very shamelessness of his request”

 

KNOCKING IS ACTION.

 

8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

 

9 So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Identification With Christ

Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

 

MSG I identified myself completely with him. 

 

MY COMPLETE AND TOTAL IDENTITY COMES FROM JESUS CHRIST

 

TPT My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of his cross crucified me with him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives his life through me—we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, and dispenses his life into mine!

 

Matt 16 Jesus asked who do you say that I am?

 

WHO YOU ARE IS WRAPED UP IN WHO HE IS.

 

WHERE ARE PEOPLE GETTING THEIR IDENTITY FROM? 

 

GENETICS, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL

 

YOUR IDENTIFICATION IN CHRIST TRUMPS ANY NATURAL DETERMINISM

 

Romans 5:12-21 The Bible is about 2 men.

 

THE SAME LAW THAT AFFECTED ALL MEN.  GOD ALLOWED IT TO AFFECT ALL MEN THROUGH CHRIST.

 

GOD’S WORK IN CHRIST FAR EXCEEDS ANY DAMAGE DONE TO US BY ADAMS FALL.

 

WE HAVE TO BECOME AWARE OF OUR CHANGE OF IDENTITY! 

 

DIVINE IDENTITY IS CONNECTED TO DIVINE DESTINY…

 

OUR REACTION TO THE WORD OF GOD IS OUR REACTION TO GOD HIMSELF.

 

AMP Phm 1:6 [And I pray] that the participation in and sharing of your faith may produce and promote full recognition and appreciation and understanding and precise knowledge of every good [thing] that is ours in [our identification with] Christ Jesus [and unto His glory].

 

KJV That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

 

2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

 

Gal 2:20 IS A CONFESSION OF FAITH.

 

TRANS – “I died there”

 

PAUL PRAYED THESE Ephesian prayers Ch 1& 3

3:17 “That Christ may dwell in your heart through faith and you become rooted and grounded in love…”

The Spirit of Faith

Rom 8:1 Therefore there is 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.

1 THERE’S LIFE IN JESUS

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.
3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.

2 JESUS IS THE GIVER OF LIFE

11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

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

THE GREEK WORD ZOE: THE GOD KIND OF LIFE

THAT LIFE WAS BREATHED INTO MAN IN THE GARDEN (Gen)

3 WE LIVE IN AND REIGN IN THAT LIFE

Rom 5:17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

18 So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.

PAUL REFERING TO MINISTRY SAID, THE SPIRIT WILL GIVE LIFE

2 Cor 3:6 who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

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”— 14 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.

A BIG KEY TO MAINTAINING THE LIFE

Rom 8:6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,

John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.

Moving Forward

Pastor Brody Christian

 

1 Cor. 13:8-13    msg

8-10 Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

11 When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

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.

 

2 Peter 3: 11-18 msg

11-13 Since everything here today might well be gone tomorrow, do you see how essential it is to live a holy life? Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival. The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that day—but we’ll hardly notice. We’ll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heavens and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness.

14-16 So, my dear friends, since this is what you have to look forward to, do your very best to be found living at your best, in purity and peace. Interpret our Master’s patient restraint for what it is: salvation. Our good brother Paul, who was given much wisdom in these matters, refers to this in all his letters, and has written you essentially the same thing. Some things Paul writes are difficult to understand. Irresponsible people who don’t know what they are talking about twist them every which way. They do it to the rest of the Scriptures, too, destroying themselves as they do it.

17-18 But you, friends, are well-warned. Be on guard lest you lose your footing and get swept off your feet by these lawless and loose-talking teachers. Grow in grace and understanding of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Glory to the Master, now and forever! Yes!

IF YOU’RE REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT CHANGING THE WORLD, YOU NEED TO BE CONSUMED WITH JESUS CHANGING YOUR LIFE 

 

WE NEED TO GO FROM A VISITATION RELATIONSHIP TO A REVELATION RELATIONSHIP

 

3 MIND SETS TO HELP YOU MOVE FORWARD

  1. REALIZE YOU CAN’T ALWAYS HAVE EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT, SO YOU NEED TO MOVE FORWARDS ANYWAY 


2 PETER 3:11 “Do you see how ESSENTIAL it is to live a holy life”

Essential – absolutely necessary; extremely important 

 

THE GOAL IN LIFE IS TO GET WHAT I WANT TO LINE UP WITH WHAT GOD WANTS!

WHEN SEEKING DIRECTION & MOVING FORWARD, BE CAREFUL WHO YOU LISTEN TO….FIND PEOPLE WHO WILL TELL YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO HEAR, NOT WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR!

  1.     REALIZE THAT NOT EVERY FIGHT IS YOUR FIGHT. SO MAKE SURE YOU’RE FIGHTING THE RIGHT FIGHT 

JOB 17:9 “THE RIGHTEOUS KEEP MOVING FORWARD, AND THOSE WITH CLEAN HANDS BECOME STRONGER & STRONGER”

IF YOU’RE GOING TO BE IN A FIGHT, MAKE SURE THE HOLY SPIRIT IS LEADING YOU 

  1.     REALIZE GOD IS DOING MORE THAN YOU THINK HE IS SO KEEP FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT

2 Timothy 6:12 fight the good fight of faith

1 cor. 13:12“you can only see part of this.”

DON’T LET A BAD SEASON, DESTROY THE WHOLE STORY! 

How To Receive Anything Pt 3

Seek

 

THE 1ST STEP TO RECEIVING ANYTHING FROM GOD IS LOCATING HIS WILL.

 

AMP Eph 5:17 Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.

 

THE REASON WRONG STUFF IS HAPPENING IS BECAUSE MAN HAS A FREE WILL AND CAN CHOOSE.

KEY #2 ASK… IN FAITH

Matt 7:7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

 

KEY #3 SEEK…

 

Heb 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

 

MSG anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.

 

NKJ Isaiah 45:19 I have not spoken in secret, In a dark place of the earth; I did not say to the seed of Jacob, ‘Seek Me in vain’

 

AMP I have not spoken in secret, in a corner of the land of darkness; I did not call the descendants of Jacob [to a fruitless service], saying, Seek Me for nothing [but I promised them a just reward].

 

Deut 4:29 But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.

 

1 Chro 28:9 As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.

 

2 Chro 15:2 and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the Lord is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.

 

4 But in their distress they turned to the Lord God of Israel, and they sought Him, and He let them find Him.

 

Jer 29:11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

 

14 I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord

 

SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND.

SEEKING IS WHERE SOME WORK COMES IN…

DEFINITION TO SEEK:  TO MAKE AN EFFORT TO FIND.  TO MAKE AN EFFORT TO LOCATE.  TO MAKE AN EFFORT TO DISCOVER.

LOCATE THE WILL OF GOD…  ASK… THEN SEEK….

(Heb 11:6)  BBE “He is a rewarder of those who make a serious search for him”

 

OUR SEARCHING IS NOT JUST A HEAD SEARCH BUT A SPIRIT LEAD SEARCH.

 

Luke 15:8 Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’

 

WHY DON’T PEOPLE SEARCH TILL THEY FIND?

Ps 119:2 How blessed are those who observe His testimonies,

Who seek Him with all their heart.

 

Lam 3:25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,

To the person who seeks Him.

 

Prov 28:5 Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the Lord understand all things.

 

Amos 5:4 For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel,

“Seek Me that you may live.

Moving Forward Through the Madness 7

“HOW TO GET FULLY PERSUADED 2”

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.

SPIRITUAL ACTIVITY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ACTIVITY THERE IS!

1. PRAISING GOD IS ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO MOVE ON

2. CONFIDENCE – BEING FULLY PERSUADED – CONVICTION

NIV Rom. 4:20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.

PERSUADE MEANS: TO CONVINCE, TO AGREE, TO BELIEVE, HAVE CONFIDENCE, TO TRUST

KEY WORDS ON “HOW TO GET FULLY PERSUADED”

17 (As it is written, “a father of many nations have I made you”) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist. 18 In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, “so shall your descendants be.” 19 without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of sarah’s womb; 20 yet, with respect to the promise of god, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to god,

KEY – STEP #1 HOPE: A CONFIDENT AND FAVORABLE EXPECTATION

ONE TRANSLATION SAY’S, WHEN IT LOOKED IMPOSSIBLE. HE BELIEVED IT WAS POSSIBLE.

KEY OR STEP #2 CONSIDERED

19 Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated (considered) his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb;

CONTEMPLATED – CONSIDERED MEANS: TO FIX ONES EYES OR MIND UPON….

KEY OR STPE #3 WAVER / STAGGERED

Vs 20 yet, with respect to the promise of god, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to god

STAGGERED MEANS: ALTERNATING OR ZIGZAG, STAND UNSTEADY, TO WAVER OR BEGIN TO DOUBT – TO JUDGE BETWEEN TWO

ABRAHAM DIDN’T WAVER BETWEEN THE 2… IN FAITH ONE DAY AND OUT THE NEXT

GOD’S WORD (HIS PROMISES) ARE THE FINAL AUTHORITY

James 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8 being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

WHEN YOU KNOW GOD’S WORD IT WILL CEMENT YOU IN A SINGLE DIRECTION

KEY – STEP #4 NOW WE’RE GONNA CALL – TALK TO THINGS

Rom. 4:17 (as it is written, “A father of many nations have I made you”) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.

WADE’S TRANS – “The God who makes the dead live and issues His summons to non existing things as though they were already existing”

WHEN YOU TALK/CONFESS, CALL, YOU ARE ISSUING A SUMMONS FOR THOSE THINGS YOU NEED AND DESIRE TO APPEAR…

WHEN YOU ARE PERSUADED AND TALK BASED ON GOD’S WORD IT CARRIES THE SAME AUTHORITY AS IF JESUS HIMSELF WAS SPEAKING

FAITH ISSUES A SUMMONS FOR THINGS TO APPEAR

Heb. 3:1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession;

HE’S THE PERSONAL GUARANTEE

GET PERSUADED AND ISSUE A SUMMONS

Vs 20 “He praised God for the blessing before it ever happened”

How To Receive Anything Pt. 2

ASK

 

Matt 7:7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

 

Matt 6:8 So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

9 Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.

 

UNDERSTANDING THE WILL OF GOD IS THE FIRST KEY TO RECEIVING – ANYTHING.

KEY #2 ASK… IN FAITH

AMP JAMES 4:2 You do not have, because you do not ask.

 

Matt 18:19 Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.

 

WE NEED TO KNOW THE WILL OF GOD SO WE CAN AGREE AND ASK.

James 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

 

6 But he must ask in faith without any doubting,

 

IF YOU ARE GOING TO ASK IN FAITH YOU ARE FIRST GOING TO HAVE TO KNOW THE WILL OF GOD.

 

IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO JUST ASK.

ASKING IN FAITH IS ASKING WITHOUT WAVERING.

6 for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.

 

7 For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8 being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

 

WHERE CAN WE FIND THE WILL OF GOD… 100% IN THE WORD

NOTICE HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS WHEN IT COMES TO THE HOLY SPIRIT AND HIM HELPING US WHEN WE DON’T KNOW THE WILL OF GOD.

 

Rom 8:26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.