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The rivals of worship and the battle for human affections

We were made to give ourselves whole heartedly in love

  • It is impossible to discuss healthy attitudes related to worship and not view the sermon on the mount as one of our primary sources of healthy instruction.
  • Our human emotions and affections were meant to be given. You have heard some say “I have an addictive personality” That is not an isolated problem, that is a human problem.
  • There are many things in life that battle for our affections. Entertainment, people, hobbies. its a real war. The Father and Satan are fighting for your effections, and you determin the winner.

The fathers is seeking for worshipers.

People who will bow their hearts, minds, souls and their strength to the Lord regardless of circumstances. ie: bad sound, bad mix, too loud, too quiet, favorite songs, feeling emotionally drained, ashamed etc. None of these excuses hold weight before the throne. You might as well say this

“I didn’t worship the king because I was too busy observing the circumstances.” The father wants Revelation 4 worshipers, not critical observers.”

[biblegateway passage=”John 4:23″]

But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.

  • The father is seeking those who will worship him. It is a priority to his heart. In our human thinking we often get caught up in human process for building the church, ministries and worship teams. The Father is seeking those who will connect with him at the heart. This is the number one invitation to humanity.

[biblegateway passage=”Matthew 22:37-38″]

And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and oremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

  • Its said that if you focus too much on your relationship with God you will forget to Love people and participate in the great commission
  • It is the opposite. Throw yourself into Loving God with all your heart and you will burn for lost people, burnt out Christians and the nations. The more your affections are in tune with Gods affections the effective you will be in inspiring people to Love Jesus wholeheartedly.

Rivals of a vibrant heart in worship


[biblegateway passage=”Zechariah 3:1″]

Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.

  • We can observe the old testament principle of how the Lord responds when the enemy accuses us. If the Lord rebukes the accusation, then we must also.
  • The enemy strives to keep believers in sin cycles in order to keep us preoccupied with our own failure. If we are overcome by shame we cannot be free to love and worship Jesus with confidence that is gifted to us by the holy spirit

False expectations

[biblegateway passage=”Zechariah 4:10″]

For who has despised the day of small things? But these seven will be glad when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel—these are the eyes of the Lord which range to and fro throughout the earth.”

Unmet false expectations are one of the primary reasons believers lose zeal for their assignment. Obstacles such as finance, people level of influence can derail the believer if our hearts are not prepared to deal with the disappointments that come with working for ministry.

We must get a vision for giving ourselves fully to our assignment in the Lord regardless how small or big it gets. We have to own our part of the branch and be all in to be most effective.

Story: People wanting melissas position as worship leader because of notiriety


[biblegateway passage=”James 4:2-3″]

You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.

  • Being envious of another person’s gift that creates quarreling and fighting. Gaining prestige and position for our own pleasure has impure motives.
  • We have to trust that the Lord will position us according to his will, and the position he wants us in is our highest possible assignment. It requires humility to fully give our energy under someone who is less gifted than you are.
  • We do not have to unseat or block people from ministry positions.


[biblegateway passage=”Proverbs 19:11″]

A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.

  • Being offended is actually a much deeper issue related to the character of the person that is offended.
  • We lost all of our rights to be offended at the cross because Jesus has paid for every offense
  • This does not mean that we can’t have healthy disagreements that involve tender communication, mercy, humility and forgiveness. [biblegateway passage=”Ephesians 4:2-3″]

Story: The time I yelled at Ben during worship practice.

Dull heart

[biblegateway passage=”Isaiah 6:10″]; [biblegateway passage=”Matthew 13:15″]

‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.’  “Render the hearts of this people insensitive,
Their ears dull, And their eyes dim, Otherwise they might see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their hearts, And return and be healed.”

  • We can become spiritually bored when we are not pressing into God for extended periods of time. Time in the word, prayer and personal worship is critical to effectively ministering and pouring into others. You cannot give to others what you yourself do not have. Shame is one of the primary factors that play into spiritual boredom.

Story: Many days I have showed up to worship practice or worship sessions spiritually unprepared. It is easy to hide on a worship team and be spiritually dull. But you can’t fake the holy spirit out.


[biblegateway passage=”Mark 7:21-23″]

 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries,  deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.  All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.

  • Slander defiles our inner man and hinders us from connecting with God in the necessary ways to lead others in worship. Criticism shifts our dialog with God from being God focused to people focused. Getting free from every form of criticism frees our hearts to connect with God and people in more effective ways.

Pre-occupied mind.

[biblegateway passage=”Matthew 6:22-23″]

The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

  • What we allow into our eyes affects our minds and our hearts. We can fill ourselves up with darkness if we are willing to look upon that which is impure.
  • There is a growing trend amongst believers, that those who are mature in the faith can handle watching tv shows that are promiscuous and provocative. As society is taking a radical and aggressive turn for publishing immoral material the church must take a radical stand for purity and holiness
  • Our minds meant to be occupied with information. The Lord specifically designed us to be fascinated with the knowledge of him. It is easy to be swept in the secular narrative of what is pure, right and good. [biblegateway passage=”Proverbs 2:1-8″]

Story: It’s okay to have other things that we enjoy in life, but they cannot dominate our thoughts. For years I allowed sports to navigate my schedule and commitments even if it disrupted my assignment in the Lord.

Practical principles for the biblical worship order.

The first thing David did when he became king was prioritized worship in the nation of Isreal.

[biblegateway passage=”1 Chronicles 25:1-8″]

25 Moreover, David and the commanders of the army set apart for the service some of the sons of Asaph and of Heman and of Jeduthun, who were to prophesy with lyres, harps and cymbals; and the number of those who performed their service was: 2 Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah and Asharelah; the sons of Asaph were under the direction of Asaph, who prophesied under the direction of the king. 3 Of Jeduthun, the sons of Jeduthun: Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah and Mattithiah, six, under the direction of their father Jeduthun with the harp, who prophesied in giving thanks and praising the Lord. 4 Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti and Romamti-ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth. 5 All these were the sons of Heman the king’s seer to exalt him according to the words of God, for God gave fourteen sons and three daughters to Heman. All these were under the direction of their father to sing in the house of the Lord, with cymbals, harps and lyres, for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman were under the direction of the king. 7 Their number who were trained in singing to the Lord, with their relatives, all who were skillful, was 288.

Separated for the service: David set apart singers and musicians to a full-time occupation.

  • Set a structure that makes it difficult for any person to join a worship team. People generally gravitate to serve on worship teams because it is a ministry that gains personal attention. Require commitments that go beyond simply showing up for practice and worship sessions.
  • Create a vision that worshipers, singers, and musicians will buy into.
Who should prophesy: We seek to operate in the prophetic by giving expression to impressions given by the Spirit.
  • Prophesy is simple if you keep it biblical. Repeat biblical phrases and allow the holy spirit to rest on them.
  • The temptation to wait for something incredible or supernatural to happen will prevent you from flowing in the spirit. Don’t over think it.
  • Prophesy with your instrument. (Testimony of guitar part at Jubilee Assembly of God)
  • Creating melodies or musical tension according to the declarations that flow from the word
  • Simple phrases and bible verses. The Lord is already in agreement with them.
  • There is a remarkable connection between the Holy Spirit, the human heart, and music
  • Music gives expression to the emotions of God and human beings.


  • Worship is about magnifying Jesus. It is not a ministry to people or a congregation but an offering from the body to the Lord.
  • Worship is is a ministry to the Lord. We aim at ministering to him in song, love and adoration.
    [biblegateway passage=”1 Samuel 2:11″];

Under the direction of:

  • Being under the direction requires a family interaction and dynamic. Those on worship teams should be personally invested into each other and challenge each other to go deeper in the Lord.


  • Taking instruction requires humility and submission.
  • Understanding team dynamics, relationships, honor systems
  • training program. Submitting yourself to a leader for correction and instruction
  • Biblical studies and understanding of biblical themes, so you can effectively communicate during times of worship

Skillful : Skill is necessary for creativity to flow. Artist s will not thrive without being creative , as t his is where the fun and energy are . The creativity of music with Holy Spirit interaction is powerful. Without relational flow in a worship team, creativity will not reach it s highest potential.

Practical responsibilities of worship team members.

Committing to a sermon on the mount lifestyle will position your worship team to be the salt and light that will usher people to the throne of God with minimum resistance.

The human heart is generally bothered. If the worship team is bothered and then the congregation is filled with people who are bothered, it becomes more and more difficult to be lead by the holy spirit during corporate worship. Unforgiveness, bitterness, criticism, hard hardheartedness make it difficult to connect with the Lord and the long term effects are spiritual boredom and a dull heart.

  • Accept the smallness of your assignment
    [biblegateway passage=”Zechariah 4:10″]
  • Submit with humility (Related to skill, gifts and popularity) [biblegateway passage=”James 4:10″]
  • Honor your commitments (Do not waiver with poor excuses)[biblegateway passage=”Matthew 5:37″]
  • Be reliable in small and great tasks [biblegateway passage=”Luke 16:10″]
  • Resist bitterness, criticism and slander (team, team members)[biblegateway passage=”Matthew 5:22″]
  • Commit to consistent prayer times, fasting, the word and personal worship times. [biblegateway passage=”Matthew 6:5″]; [biblegateway passage=”Matthew 6:16″]
  • Nobody can hold you back from your assignment (Potential)
  • Prepare for mundane. Commit to faithfulness regardless how it feels. [biblegateway passage=”Revelation 2:10″]


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Fathers Day

Mothers day sermons – Moms are awesome and dads needs to step it up
Fathers day sermons – Moms are awesome and dads needs to step it up

Story – Rafa, Luka and Dominic being born

My wife went 2 weeks past her due date. Rafa was born in our home, under strenuous circumstances

[biblegateway passage=”Proverbs 22:6″]

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

The way a child should go is to go where his or her God given gifts lead them in life. If fathers are spiritually bored and burnt out its difficult to know where your child should go. It takes insight, tenderness and wisdom to hear the cry of a childs heart.

  • My kids love vanilla ice cream, they didnt like Chocolate for a while, if I try to force them to like chocolate when vanilla is readily available they can become frustrated.
  • It’s like trying to deposit pesos into an american bank.

How do we train our children?

  • Consistency in what we say and what we do. If you say it, do it! Be on time and make commitments. DON’T question MOMMY “FATAL ERROR”
  • Investing T-I-M-E, how kids interpret Love.
  • Repent often! When you do something wrong, say it’s wrong. Children forgive and it teaches them a safe and healthy way to confess.
  • Tell them what Jesus is telling you. (Beatitudes)

[biblegateway passage=”Ephesians 6:4″]

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Admonition – warning and authoritative. He is the final authority.
Let your children to see that you also submit to the fathers authority.

When we read Ephesians 4-6 we have to understand that it is in relationship to everything said in Ephesians 1-3

Ephesians 1-3 How believers are loved.

Ephesians 4-6 How we are called to live. With the understanding that we are loved.

[biblegateway passage=”Ephesians 4:1″]

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called

He means in light of everything I said before (1-3), respond in this way. Recieve following instruction with the understand that you are loved and are operating in the grace of the father.

What paul calls believers to in ephesians 4-6 is only possible by how believers are loved in ephesians 1-3

[biblegateway passage=”Ephesians 1:6″]

to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

Without the foundation and paradigm of grace and love that Paul establishes in Ephesians 1-3, the latter half of his letter becomes a “to do” list that condemns. As we believe that we are “accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:6), we become free at the heart level to engage in the grace of God without condemnation related to our failure or inadequacy.

How do we provoke our children?

  • Setting unrealistic expectations
  • Consequences that go beyond the offense
  • Not following through on what we say
  • Giving them “what” without the “why”

TV time “The Why” in the VanDerLinden home

I was building a farm house table this week and Rafa my oldest son started talking to me about TV shows and characters in a video game. And I said to him, that TV and media time is fun but it shouldn’t be your highest priority because it shifts your inner dialog.

  • You think about the next time you will engage media.
  • You dwell on the story you engaged.
  • You talk about the story to other people.
  • You will fantasize about a fake world and disengage from a real one.
  • But the fake show, with the fake characters and the fake storyline rarely ever produce real fruit in our lives.

Our minds we created for more.

  • Our minds were meant to create,
  • Our minds were meant to explore new opportunities.
  • Our minds are meant to be challenged.

My wife comes out to look at the table and she was impressed the first thing she says to the kids. “Look what you can accomplish when you don’t waste your time on video games and TV.”

Story – DONT TOUCH IT! Rafa Window Sill Table Saw

[biblegateway passage=”Malachi 4:6″]

And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers,

  • Filling out hospital forms, kids birthdays and SSN
  • Taking the kids to the ER (let bleed out)
  • A mothers heart is turned.

The key to healthy relationships with our children is developing long term trust.

  • A single failure doesn’t make a relationship Don’t condemn yourself
  • Stick to the long vision, be committed to your child’s immediate and long-term choices

[biblegateway passage=”Matthew 7:7-12″]

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.

[biblegateway passage=”Matthew 19:14″]

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

“Because I said so” doesn’t cut it. Every question from a child is an invitation to go deeper in relationship with them. Answering questions and giving the deeper answers in authority structures builds a confidence in your child that they can trust you. That you not only have reasons, but you have answers to hard questions. It is healthy for children to view their parents as wise, and it is wisdom to give answers to questions that provide the why behind the what.

When we don’t give good answers to our children we shift their inner dialog and how they process in 3 ways.

  1. Mom and dad do not provide real answers to deep questions.
  2. Mom and dad keep secrets, because they don’t want me to have fun.
  3. Mom and dad will hold me back from what I really want.

Kids drill down with questions because at their core they want to know who their mommy and daddy are.

Every time your child asks “why” they are truly asking for you to express yourself in a deeper way to them. Take the bait. This is how a child builds his or her relationship with you.

By answering the questions consistently when they are young you are building a history of trust and also developing a deeper intimacy with your children

If we only give 1-dimensional answers for difficult questions, as they get older, they will no longer ask, the invitation to relationship with them will diminish. They will ask their friends, their boyfriends, their girlfriends, social media.

[biblegateway passage=”Matthew 7:7-12″]

[a]Ask, and it will be given to you; [b]seek, and you will find; [c]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. Or what man is there among you [d]who, when his son asks for a loaf, [e]will give him a stone? 10 Or [f]if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

  • Jesus thats a stupid question
  • Jesus is actually pointing to two of the primary sources of income in Isreals culture Grain Farmers and Fishers
  • Both provide sustinance and require skills to aquire
  • Bread in this instance represents long term goals, vision and relationship
    • Requires long term planning
    • Plant the wheat
    • Wait for it to grow
    • Harvest the wheat, grind the weat, then make bread
    • The benefits and rewards are long term that require patience and stamina
    • Unlike fish, grain can be stored for long periods of time ( Long term oppritunities, hard work and effort)
    • If you fail at farming you need to start over. Do we offer help?
    • What are our childrens long term visions and goals?
      • What do you want to do? (Monster Truck Driver)
      • How do they relate to the Lord
      • Are we teaching them Matthew 22:37-38
    • Do we give them a stone? A heavy burden, long term weight.
      • Let them figure life out on their own
      • Let them navigate their relationship with the Lord prayer, worship etc. by themselves
      • Don’t provide any input or direction to the dreams of their heart
  • A fish represents short term goals and vision and relationships
    • Go fishing today
    • Catch fish today
    • Eat fish today
    • The benefits and rewards are immediate and are the building blocks of relationship (Stole the mints)
    • Fish cannot be preserved for long periods of time (New oppritunities every day)
    • If we fail at fishing, we can immediately try again (Dust off)
    • What are our childrens short term visions and goals?
      • Whats your favorite color
      • Who is your best friend
      • What is your favorite thing to do
      • What was your favorite thing you did today
    • Do we give them a snake? A snake does immediate damage, strikes fear and bites.
      • Not giving them the time of day
      • Letting them deal with rejection and insecurities on their own
      • Making them problem solve on their own


  • When we teach them, we teach them it’s okay to fail and try again.
  • We teach them to be patient and wait.
  • We teach them what bait to use and WHY,


  • When we let them figure it out on their own we make the susceptible to bitterness and defeat
  • the storms of life will poison them, they wont have the courage try again after failure
  • They will always remember the sting of failure and loneliness


  • We have already planted the seeds and (we can teach them how to prepare for your future)
  • we have harvested the crop (we can share with them life skills)
  • We have reaped the benefits of the crop with nourishment (reaping the benefits of hard work)


  • Is a burden to carry. A child will always carry a fathers stones because of admiration. Even if the stone is hindering the child.
  • A stone is a symbol of death usually placed on a the grave of a loved one to mark a visit. When we give our children stones we are communicating a passive influence on their life.

As long as your kids are asking you questions, you will have a place of influence with them.

  • Sex
  • Drugs
  • Death
  • Fitting in
  • Suicide
  • Depression

What if this was Jesus approach to his relationship with us? Because I said so? How often would we ask questions, Jesus longs for us to ask deeper questions.

If your kids no longer ask you questions, ask them.

  • What do you want to be?
  • What are your goals?
  • Who do you want to be like?
  • What is your favorite song?
  • Who is Jesus to you?

Kids spell Love like this T-I-M-E

Who can resist a savior that pursues you when you have no interest in him. Who can resist a savior who that doesnt stop when your nailing him to the cross.

2 Timothy 3:1-5

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.

The patience of the Lord

The real point is that the Lord does not exasperate us. The enemy does, and we also exasperate ourselves.

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The constitution of the kingdom and the peril of legalism

[biblegateway passage=”Matthew 15:1-3″]

Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They do not wash [their] hands when they eat a meal.” He said to them in reply, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? …

Jesus then quotes the prophet Isaiah

v7 ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

The confusing thing about the Life of Jesus

  • His rejection of the Religious leaders (mistaken for rebelling against the laws of Moses)
  • and his obedience to the moral law.
  • Jesus was not against following the commandments and the Law he was against following the Laws with incorrect and devisive motives.
  • We obey the Law through command of Matthew 22:37-38. When we obey this command it produces 8 virtues in our lives that lead us into spiritual maturity. These virtues can be found in Matthew 5,6,7.

Legalism when misunderstood, paralyzes people in two ways. 

  • Fear that exerting focused energy will result in ritualism and dead works. People embrace licentiousness, and disreegard all instruction from the Lord, Jude 2,.
  • Legalism creates fear that if you do nothing you will not be saved. You have to earn Gods love and salvation (Extreme Legalism)

When we don’t repent of poor choices it produces legalism in us.

We try to build walls of protection to prevent us from falling into unfavorable circumstances again. We then have to perform and create systems to keep the walls of protection in place.

History and Background Legalism and the Traditions of Men.

The siege of Babylon was prophesied in the following chapters.

  • Habbakuk 1:6
  • Joel 2:1-11

The first Babylonian siege of Jerusalem 597 BC
The final Babylonian siege of Jerusalem 587-586 BC

[biblegateway passage=”Ezekiel 20:23:24″]

Nevertheless I swore to them in the wilderness that I would disperse them among the nations and scatter them in other lands,  because they did not carry out my ordinances, but rejected my statutes and desecrated my sabbaths, having eyes only for the idols of their ancestors.

[biblegateway passage=”2 Kings 17:13″]

The Lord warned Israel and Judah through all his prophets and seers: “Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees, in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your ancestors to obey and that I delivered to you through my servants the prophets.”

In response to the siege of Jerusalem and the 70 years of captivity, the Religous leaders of Isreal begin to adhere to “The Traditions of Men”

  • They built the temple
  • few more prophets

500 years of silence

  • Final prophets (Malachi) and New Testament 500 yrs.
  • No known prophets bringing word of the Lord.
  • Undoubtedly legalism and religious leaders become more corrupt in this time with no prophets of accountability.
  • After 500 years of silence from heaven, the 2 most radical prophets in the Bible appear on the scene. John the Baptist and Jesus

The Traditions of Men

Its like a map legend to understanding the gospels.

Jesus “breaks” the sabbath?

[biblegateway passage=”Matthew 15:1-9, Mark 7:1-23″] Eating with unclean hands
[biblegateway passage=”Matthew 12:10, Mark 3:2″] Healing the withered hand
[biblegateway passage=”John 5″] Jesus heals at the pool of Bethesda
[biblegateway passage=”John 9:14-16″] Jesus heals the blind man with dirt and spit
[biblegateway passage=”Luke 6:2″] Picking grain in the grain fields

[biblegateway passage=”Matthew:23:4″]

They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger.

By creating these “hedge laws”, they were breaking the very command of God.

[biblegateway passage=”Deuteronomy 4:2″]

“You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take anything from it, that you may keep the command­ments of the Lord your God which I command you”

Jesus first ministry opportunity Legalism and Licentiousness

John 3 – Nicodemus
John 4 – The Samaritan Woman

It is no accident that Jesus first two ministry opportunities are both examples of extreme responses to God. Nicodemus represents the most legal form of relating to God and the samaritan woman represents the life of compromise and rejecting God.

Jesus ministers to both of them and impacts their lives profoundly. I believe the Holy Spirit is saying I am inviting both extremes into the family and everyone in between.

The 8 attitudes of the kingdom

Jesus settles the issue of Legalism and Love

The 8 beatitudes, when expressed sincerely, through a believer can often times be off-putting and seemingly promote legalism. However, Jesus makes a clear distinction on the difference between whole hearted obedience and legalism. The beatitdues are the 8 virtues that Jesus is leading every believer into so we can be the salt and light of the earth v.13. Make no mistake, the man we love and worship is calling us to obey these commandments whole heartedly and to promote them in others.

The sermon on the mount is the intended fruit that the mosaic law was intended to produce through responding to the Lord in relationship. The religious leaders turn the law into an observance instead of invitations to the Fathers heart.

To walk in the full obedience of the kingdom values laid out in Matthew 5,6, and 7 we voluntarily give ourselves to the beatitudes of Matthew 5

Matthew 5:13 Being the Salt and Light will be burdensome if the 8 beatitudes are not operating in your life to some degree. Not perfectly, but the reach in our heart for them is sincere and determined.

If you make the 8 beatitudes the preoccupation of your mind and heart your life will naturally become a salt and light to this world. You won’t have to try, you will naturally exhibit and demonstrate the character and culture that Jesus promotes in his kingdom. You will in effect, be most effective.

The sermon on the mount is the summary message of the most important things Jesus wanted us to receive in his teaching.

  1. If you want to embrace what Jesus wanted you to embrace in terms of lifestyle choices. Sermon on the mount.
  2. If you want to disciple people in Kingdom values. Sermon on the mount.
  3. If you want to know how to be a faithful disciple. Sermon on the mount.
  4. If you want to know how to overcome anxiety, fear, and depression. Sermon on the mount.
  5. If you want to know how to live a life of peace, happiness, and satisfaction. Grab ahold of the sermon on the mount and never let go!

The Supernatural power of the beatitudes

    • The sermon on the mount is the most masterful teaching  He plants the beatitudes and seeds
    • The human heart is naturally bothered and unsatisfied. These virtues are the best medicine for depression, anxiety, worry, fear…
    • Every human heart longs for happiness the beatitudes lead us into a life of peace.
    • Our hearts and minds are constantly preoccupied with other things.
    • We have to be patient. The beatitudes grow
    • The 8 beatitudes are like a table of contents. Learn and teach them in almost every Bible narrative.
    • The Blessings are not generic. They are designed invitations.

The Holy spirit is always leading us to the 8 beatitudes.

    • Sometimes kicking and screaming

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

  1. Blessed are the poor in spirit
    To be poor in spirit is to recognize all that is available in the glory of God and soberly evaluate how little we are walking in, in comparison to ALL that is available. We will always desperately need Jesus.
  2. Blessed are those who mourn
    Spiritual mourning is seeing the gap and being bothered enough, that we determine we are going to do something about it. We don’t make excuses for our lack of zeal and come up with unbiblical reasons why we need to relax and draw back from pressing in. Instead, we push in harder and deeper we continue to Ask, Seek and Knock.
  3. Blessed are the meek
    The meek are those who recognize that all they have and own are from God and they use it for God. Their time, their money and energy. This is in essence, loving the lord with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength. Every opportunity, blessing, and position comes from him, It’s not mine, it’s his.
    The meek resist critisism in all circumstances.
  4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
    We view righteousness to the spirit like food to the body. When we view righteousness as a requirement to spiritual nourishment we will hunt for, defend an protect it.
  5. Blessed are the merciful
    Being merciful requires our hearts to be alert at all moments. Mercy is not a one-off idea of being nice to people who are unfortunate. Mercy is how we treat people when they have wronged us or when they make mistakes that are costly. In the small parts of life. We must be eager to be merciful.

    • The story of closing the church and people not showing up to do it.
    • John and James want to call fire down from heaven. Luke 9:51-56
  6. Blessed are the pure in heart
    To be pure in heart is to be pure in thought word and deed. Our secret motives and outward communication must come from the spirit. Purity gives us spiritual clarity.
  7. Blessed are the peacemakers
    Peacemakers find every means necessary to build a bridge between conflicting parties and a critical spirit. A peacemaker does not allow the momentum of slander pass from ear to ear but does everything to snuff out the flame of criticism by introducing reconciliation to all situations. We do not all the momentum of negativity and criticism of others be carried through our mouth. It stops here! with me.
  8. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
    As you embrace these attitudes you will be challenged and tested in each one and often. Everytime we respond correctly we are working out that spiritual muscle to get stronger and stronger. Our obedience will be tried and tested.

V11 You will be insulted, rejected and live in reproach by both unbelievers and believers if you live and promote the 8 beatitudes.

Salt and Light

V13. We are the salt and light as a result of embracing the 8 beatitudes.

V19 Jesus goes on to say, Whoever minimizes these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called “least”. Whoever follows them and teaches others to do the same will be called “great in the kingdom of heaven“.

Flowers in a garden. Jesus ramps it up!

Reject 6 negatives(Round up) They will kill the 8 beatitudes in our lives.
Embrace 5 positives(Miricle Grow) They will give the 8 beatitudes nutrients to grow in our lives.

The six negatives to reject are in Matthew 5

  • Anger (5:21-26) criticism and murder
  • Immorality (5:27-30)
  • Disregarding the sanctity of marriage (5:31-32)
  • Not keeping our commitments(5:33-37)
  • Retaliating (5:38-42) self defense, enemies etc
  • Being passive in our love to our enemies (5:43-47).

The Five positives are to embrace in Matthew 6

  • serve
  • give
    charitable deeds: giving service and/or money, (6:1-4, 19-21)
  • prayer (6:5-13)
  • bless our adversaries (fullness of forgiveness, 6:14-15; 5:44)
  • fasting (6:16-18).

It’s not too much to think about or remember. These are the keys to personal emotional freedom. Set your mind on what is pure, right and holy. We want these 8 beatitudes to become the preoccupation of our mind.

[biblegateway passage=”Philippians 4:8″]

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

Jesus Final Thoughts Jesus ramps it up again!

Do not worry! Don’t worry about your position, your resources. About others being more blessed than you, about you receiving credit. What about me!?! Matthew 6

Do not Judge. Don’t judge others who will not or are not as committed to the 8 beatitudes and the principles in the Sermon on the mount. Loose the spirit of critisism. Matthew 7

If you worry and you judge it will completely shift the inner dialog that you have with God about the virtues to the negetive circumstances of everyone elses lack of commitment. It will steal the life out of the message and you will lose your salt and your light.

Jesus is not asking us to intellectually agree with what he deems as healthy lifestyle choices he is inviting us to a real culture of change and humility where we go low and lift up others, impacting everyone and the culture around us. He is inviting us into a radical committment of humilty and life style choices.


Jesus called us to live out the eight Beatitudes as we resist 6 temptations and pursue 5 kingdom activities that position us to freely receive more grace. Wedo all this with confidence in His rewards and His provision We do this without criticism of others who pursue God with less intensity or who oppose us (7:1-6), while we seek Jesus to intervene in our relationships (7:7-12). We do all in the fear of God, knowing that our love and obedience will be tested. By walking in these truths, we will impact society, be great in His eyes, receive treasures in heaven, and live in this age with our hearts exhilarated in His grace.

Study Links:

Traditions of the Elders

Nicodemus and the Samaratan Woman


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The fruit of forgiveness.

John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

When the enemy comes to kill steal and destroy it’s not about him destroying our circumstances. Like I had an Xbox and somebody stole it, or my cell phone came up missing. The enemy comes to steal our attitude and our resolve to live in purity, righteousness, and self-control. He wants us to measure our unfavorable circumstances and then disqualify ourselves and Jesus so we quit our assignment in the Lord.

The enemies primary strategy is to accuse you before the father and to yourself. He also accuses the father before you.

1 Peter 5:8

Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

The belief that our assignment is simply one thing, one job, one ministry and that it must be large and powerful to be important, will only lead us to a place of false expectations and perpetual disappointment. The enemy wants us to live with false expectations so when the circumstances don’t play out in the time or the way that we anticipate we will give up on ourselves and the Lord and enter into spiritual coasting, which results in spiritual boredom.

Our assignment shifts and changes through all seasons in our lives. In some seasons we focus more on our family, children. In other seasons we focus more on friends and community, and in other seasons we focus more on ministry and outreach. It’s never one or the other and the degrees of each one varies depending on where you are in life.

5 negative life stories that shaped my view of the father.

Moments that mark our lives. All of our lives have moments that mark us, both positive and negative trends, over time they shape our worldview. They shape how we think, about places, friends, family and God. We can identify the moments in our lives because they are clear to us, we remember them well. The place, the feeling the time of day. These are moments we sometimes need to revisit as the Lord highlights them

1. Age 6-7 My grandfather pulled my hair (The Father is not Safe)

I loved my grandfather, he lived across the street from me…

  • Build stuff
  • Fix stuff
  • Let us use his driveway to play
  • Sang songs to us
  • Did camp fires
  • Let me help him gardenMy grandfather was typically a safe place for me in my early childhood, however one day he must have been having a bad day one day…

2. Early Childhood My parents were emotionally unstable (The father is Angry)

Both of my parents were sexually abused, my dad at the age of 4 by an uncle and my mom from the age of 11 to 13 by an in-law

  • Mental abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • My dad would call me geek the meek
  • Retards
  • Mother Effers
  • Flying Eff heads

I loved my parents even through the mental and sometimes physical abuse. I could share many stories of how my parents really pulled through some adversity, but they had some obvious character flaws as I was growing my

3. Age 11-12 My grandfather dies (The father Abandons)

It was a normal day, I had woken up early. before everyone else in my family. I stayed in my room lamenting going to school again that day. I hated school. I went to breakfast. I remember people coming into my house, my mom, my dad and my pastor was there. I didn’t think much of it as I was eating a bowl of cereal our pastor informs us that our Grandfather died of a massive heart attack in the middle of the night.

This was the first major loss of my life. It left me with a deep hole and I mourned a long time. My grandfathers death stuck me in a way that I could have never expected in my young life

  • No More building stuff
  • No more fixing stuff
  • No more songs
  • No more gardening
  • No more safe placeLooking back now I love to think of the times that I had with him. I learned an incredible amount from him in a short time. 2 Weeks before he died, he had told my mom that he was surprised at how hard of a worker I was and that he really enjoyed spending time with me.

4. Bullied in School (The father does not protect)

I hated school almost more than everything. I rarely ever got good grades, I was bullied a lot and because of the unstable home environment I was afraid of most adults especially men. There was a trouble kid. I sat next to him in home economics. Sometimes he sat behind mind. Any time the teach was not looking he would punch my arm as hard as he could. Sometimes 3 or 4 times. The other classemates would ignore it. Or he would flick my ears.

  • Punch my arm as hard as he could
  • Sometimes 3 or 4 times
  • Flick my ears
  • I was afraid to stand up for myself
  • As this was happening daily it would fill me with rage.
  • Embarressing
  • Ashamed that I didnt know how to defend myself

Bullying is nothing to scoff at. “Touphen up”, “Fight back”, The peril of bullying is that it is designed by the enemy to destroy lives fully. It will make people draw back, or shrink back in their confidence in life and before the Lord.

5. Age 21-22 Premarital Sex (Lack of maturity)

Between the time of middle school and and hight school graduation I got Saved.

  • After graduation I played in a rock band
  • Had my own apartment
  • Was seeking the lord
  • I quit the band
  • Moved to Missouri
  • My relationship with the Lord was amazing. You could not put a piece of paper in between me and him
  • Prayer, Fasting, Reading the Word, Evangalizing
  • Met Melissa and I knew we were going to get married
  • Started having premarital sex
  • Premarital sex isnt a joke, it is scandolous and it will delay your assignment in the lord.
  • Guys, putting woman in this position of compromise is a direct reflection of your leadership, It actually shows that you are not mature enouph to handle the leadership position in marriage. Being a husband is about leading with honor, dignity and protection

6. Kicked out of Church (God Shames)

7. Almost Divorced (Not worthy of Gods Love)

Zechariah 4

 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan[a] standing at his right side to accuse him. 2 The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”

3 Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. 4 The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.”

Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.”

5 Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord stood by.

6 The angel of the Lord gave this charge to Joshua: 7 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here.

8 “‘Listen, High Priest Joshua, you and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch. 9 See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes[b] on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.

10 “‘In that day each of you will invite your neighbor to sit under your vine and fig tree,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”