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Supernatural Lifestyle of Forgiveness

A. 2 types of injured relationships,

  • Deeply broken – These types of relationships usually include emotional and physical abuse that require a long and committed work to mend the relationships To walk in forgiveness or to be forgiven from these situations will take a deep commitment with perseverance. Often when people think of walking in forgiveness they only think about their deeply broken relationships.
  • Wounded – Wounded relationships are most common and most over looked. These relationships require a level of attentiveness and tenderness to the spirit. Wounds are usually created by words we speak and how we speak them. Judgmental, criticism, Jealousy.

B. Sermon on the Mount

  • It’s important to note that Jesus does not exhort us to walk in momentary forgiveness. Forgiveness is a preemptive attitude that we carry with us. As we mature in the spirit we learn to walk in a way that we are prepared to forgive rather than be surprised by offense.
  • To unpack Jesus model for walking in forgiveness we have to have a fundamental understanding of his teaching in the sermon on the mount.
  • 8 active attitudes ( The beatitudes) We are promised a blessed and happy life if we aim our heart at these 8 activities that Jesus is highlighting.
  • 6 temptations that will derail the 8 beatitudes from actively flowing in our life. Anger (Mt. 5:21-26), adultery (Mt. 5:27-30), disregarding relationships & marriage (Mt. 5:31-32), false commitments (Mt. 5:33-37), retaliation (Mt. 5:38-42), apathy to mistreatment (Mt. 5:43-47).
  • 5 kingdom activities

C. Mercy

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Matthew 5:7
  • The beatitude I would like to focus on is merciful, the merciful are guaranteed mercy.
  • we can measure our level of mercy by how much mercy we have on ourselves. I can never have more mercy on someone than I have on myself.
  • Do I have a low self view. Do I often feel like a failure, am I critical of the way other people do things and strategies they employ in the home, work or ministry?

D. Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:13-14
  • For the salt and light to be effective in our life we have to actively pursue the 8 beatitudes.

E. Considered Great in the Eyes of God

19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:19

F. Four points of Forgiveness

#1. Forgive Quickly

” Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison.”

Matthew 5:25

#2. Bless your enemies

44Bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you…

Matthew 5:44
  • This exhortation reveals to us that we have a deficiency in our relationship with the Lord. We often do not feel like being helpful to someone who hurt us and will put energy in to avoid it.
  • When we avoid this part of forgiveness we allow ourselves to walk with a residue of bitterness, because we have not walked out the full path of forgiving someone.
  • This is why we often times feel like there is still a problem with those we have forgiven. The blessing breaks the curse and heals the wound. ie: Kind words, selfless acts, gifts, service

# 3. Acti

G. Practical application

First recognize the legalism in our own life.

1. How do I respond to small disappointments? Do I hold a grudge, make them feel poorly, make them think about what they did? (children) Do we put people in a “time out”. Do I tell other people about my offense. The amount of active mercy we have in this life is measured by how respond to people when they fail or disappoint us.

2. Do I feel like God rejects me when I fail? (Romans 8:1) Do I struggle to worship, pray, read the word or connect with my community when I have failure or sin in my recent history?

3. Am I bothered by people who do not share my convictions. Commitments to prayer, fasting, resisting media certain dietary habits etc.

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The Goodness of God and the Power of Grace

TESTIMONY AND ANALOGY

  • 2004 Fighting with my parents and putting my fist through a photo. Jesus, why am I messed up, broken and way do I feel this way? I thought you were good!
  • Analogy of steering wheel heater
  • Jet fighter cockpit

FOUNDATIONS OF ROMANS 6

  • Romans chapter 6 is possibly the most comprehensive chapter in the Bible on personal transformation. It contains descriptions of what has become legally available to us the day that we were born again (John 3:3) and how we cooperate with the grace of God so that we can walk in the “Newness of life“(Romans 6:4).
  • Paul writes his letters is in layers. He makes a point, builds on the foundation and then reaches back to previous points for his ultimate conclusions.
  • Paul objects to common rebuttals to his teaching. Dismantling arguments so that they cannot be used against the primary thrust of his teaching.

JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH

  • Faith in what?
  • Justification Romans chapter 3:20-5:21 describe how we became the “righteousness of Christ” (2 Cor 5:21).
  • Steve explained this to me on a napkin.
  • The human makeup is of 3 different parts. Body, Soul and Spirit or Flesh, Emotions and Spirit.
  • The Body is our physical make up, cravings and appetites. The Soul is our emotions and expressions. The Spirit is our eternal being (needs saving, where the spirit dwells).
  • Paul summarizes Romans 3-8 in 2nd Corinthians 5:17-21

1 Thessalonians 5:23
23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • The problem is that every human being is born spiritually dead. Our spirit has no connection with God.

Genesis 2:17
17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Romans 5:17
17 For if, because of one man’s trespass (Adam), death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

  • Because of our inherent spiritual condition we need to be reconciled to Christ (2 Corinthians 5:18) to stand before God with no condemnation (Romans 8:1)
  • Because we have been reconciled to Christ we have now been justified before God. We were given the full righteousness of God in our spirit. When justified by God we are justified fully, freely and with finality. We no longer need to justify ourselves before God. Jesus blood Justifies us, because we now have a his living spirit inside of us we are fully righteous in the site of God. This allows us to reign in life (Romans 5:17) with victory over sin.

Ezekiel 11:19
19 And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh,

John 3:3
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.

John 3:8
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is
born of the Spirit.

Romans 8:10
10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

  • Our spirit has been born again and made alive and the holy spirit has been reconciled to our born again spirit.
  • The reconciliation of the holy spirit in us is the basis of our salvation.
  • When God looks at us he now sees us as fully righteous because of his righteous spirit inside of us.
  • Our failure and emotional darkness cannot taint this living spirit inside of us. It is the full gift of righteousness that is living in us because it is God’s righteousness.

Colossians 2:9-10
For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him,

THE REIGN OF SIN AND THE REIGN OF GRACE

Romans 5:18-21
18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  • The reign of sin and the reign of grace are two vast ideas. in Adam and in Christ (Romans 5:12) or Under Law and Under Grace (Romans 6:15) or slaves of sin (Romans 6:20) and slaves of Righteousness (Romans 6:18).
  • Paul develops this truth in Romans 5:12-21 so we can understand how God views the human race. All humans are in one of two legal positions before him “in Adam or “in Christ”
  • There are 4 benefits to living in the reign of grace .
    1. Accepted by God with affection. He likes us. There is no condemnation (Romans 8:1)
    2. We receive the indwelling spirit with all of it’s benefits (Galatians 5:22). We can now resist sin and oppression (anxiety, depression, guilt, shame and self hatred) in the deep recesses of our heart. HOOK MOVIE! The Holy Spirit gives us the authority to stop negative emotions and sinful desires before they run their full course.
    3. We have the authority to call on the name of Jesus, We are now spiritually enthroned with Jesus and have access to him through prayer (Ephesians 2:6)
    4. We have a eternal purpose. Our works done in faith will pass from this age into the next (Luke 3:17), (1 Corinthians 3:12-15)
  • The opposite is true for the reign of sin.
    1. We were under condemnation before God, because we were accountable to the Law. Romans (3:20)
    2. We were powerless before sin (in the heart) all humans are capable of restraining themselves and not acting out, but it requires to Holy Spirit to walk in liberty in our heart (Romans 6:16).
    3. We were in darkness, we had no ability to understand God or his Word. We could choose to agree with it or disagree with it but it could not have a lasting impact on our hearts. (Romans 1:11-18)
    4. We had no lasting purpose. No hope of a future with God. (John 8:24), (John 12:48), (Psalm 78:32-33)

ROMANS 6 SANCTIFICATION

  • The foundations of Justification and the reign of sin and grace are keys to understand Romans 6
  • First we must address Paul’s objection to a common rebuttal to the good news of Justification and the grace of God. “If this justification, truly frees us from the reign of sin. “Paul objects to this rebuttal 3 times in Romans 3:8, Romans 6:1, Romans 6:15
  • to Interpret Romans 6 correctly we have to understand Romans 6:2 and Romans 6:11

Romans 6:2
By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

  • If we misinterpret this verse we will misinterpret the rest of the chapter. We have to honor the context! that Paul has been describing for the 3 previous chapters, “the reign of sin”.
  • Sinful desires in us did not die. You only need to be a believer for about 15 minutes to know that is simply not true.
  • This is not mind over matter. “Say it till it’s true” No! We have died to the reign of sin.
  • If he is talking about sinful desires than the rest of Chapter 6 becomes unnecessary.

ROMANS 6:1-10 OUR LEGAL POSITION

  • Summary of v1-10 Whatever is true of Jesus as he stands before God is true of all who are in Christ.

ROMANS 6:11-13 COOPERATING WITH GRACE

PRINCIPLE #1: KNOWING (FAITH) Romans 6:11
11 So you also must consider (firm agreement) yourselves dead to (the reign) sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

  • Our spirit was dead and now its alive through reconciliation. We are now in the reign of grace.

PRINCIPLE #2: RESISTING (REPENTANCE) Romans 6:12-13a
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members (body) to sin as instruments for unrighteousness,

  • We don’t put ourselves into position with people or places that en flame sin in our flesh.
  • We can’t depend on our flesh to deliver us from temptation.

PRINCIPLE #3: PURSUING (LOVE) Romans 6:13b
13bbut present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.

  • We present our members by serving the Lord, honoring people and engaging the great commission. Even the smallest acts are considered presenting our members. Jesus exhorts us to fast, pray and give in the Sermon on the Mount.

FINAL POINT

  • The brilliance of these points is not found in one them, it is found in all 3.
  • When we choose one at the exclusion of the other we end up with a distorted grace message.
  • We can resist sin, but not pursue God in love – Legalism
  • We can Love God and people but not resist sin – Licentiousness
  • We can resist sin but lack identity in God with no confidence in our spiritual condition – defeatism
  • We can be deeply communal and deeply missional but not place our hearts before him – Burn out
  • Its the beauty of all 3 points together that puts our hearts in a place of cooperation with the Grace of God and gives us confidence to stand before him.

KNUCKLE STORY

2 Corinthians 6:1
Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.

Titus 2:11-14
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

ROMANS 6:15-23 – OUR LIVING CONDITION

  • What we experience as we cooperate with the grace of God.
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How important is the word of God

Every bible verse that implicates the word of God

Jas 1:18 In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be [fn]a kind of first fruits [fn]among His creatures.

Jas 1:21 Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all[fn]that remains of wickedness, in [fn]humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.

Jas 1:22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

Jas 1:23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his [fn]natural face in a mirror;

1Pe 1:23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

1Pe 1:25 BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER.”
And this is the word which was [fn]preached to you.

1Pe 3:1 In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives,

1Pe 2:8
and,
“A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE”;
for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.

1Jo 2:14 I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

1Jo 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

1Jo 2:5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:

1Jo 2:7 Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard.

Rev 1:2 who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.

Rev 1:9 I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.

Rev 3:8 ‘I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name.

Rev 3:10 ‘Because you have kept the word of My [fn]perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of [fn]testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole [fn]world, to [fn]test those who dwell on the earth.

Rev 6:9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained;

Rev 19:13
He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

Rev 20:4
Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of [fn]their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

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Overcoming Anger

Ive spent most of my adult life and christian life as an angry and bitter human being. It has not been until the last 5 years of my walk with the Lord did I truly believe Jesus could help me overcome it. There are a few things I think that are important to understand in regards to anger and how to overcome it.

It’s often promoted within Christianity that in order to overcome a negative emotion or negative aspect of life we have find the root of the issue that is causing the. The issues are all typically tied together in some unconquerable knot that creates an immense amount of confusion for anyone in bondage. Weather it be anger, bitterness, depression, self hatred or anxiety, each of these are intricately tied together and the only way to get free of any of it is to have our mind in a constant state of renewal and reformation Romans 8:1

Revelation #1 Identify the root.

I think there is a time and place to identify people, places and circumstances that have wounded us and marked us in a negative way. Identifying these negative memories can become helpful in the process of restoration and living in the fullness of forgiveness. However, I have found that the enemy uses these instances as a strategy over a long periods of time to continually point to people and places as the source of our negative emotions such as anger. “You are angry because of your Dad, because of the things he said and did to you.” ” You are angry because you were bullied and embarrassed regularly in school.” I have found that I can’t allow myself to continually point to these circumstances as the source of anger. Though these instances helped create deep wounds in my life, each negative circumstance in my history has only brought to the surface that which was already in me. These circumstances didn’t create the anger that simply gave expression to something that was already lurking deep in my heart. The same thing that lurks deep in every human heart.

My past circumstances might have created an avenue to allow anger to be expressed more openly while another persons anger is expressed in a completely different way. Most of us are angry and we don’t even know it. The anger smolders on the back burner and we might not see it come to a full boil, therefore think we are free from it or that it is not an issue. It’s important to note that Anger can be expressed in other ways besides rage and outbursts. Such as how we spend money, proving others wrong, speaking with bitterness, proving a point, sarcasm, light whispering, defilement in speech, how we express ourselves in our speech, motivating ourselves with the chip on our shoulder, the list goes on. All of these are expressions of anger. Though they might not be blatant outbursts of rage they create a serious disconnect from the tenderness and humility with the heart of the Father. Look at the standard Jesus sets forth for anger in Matthew 5:21-26. It’s the first negative human expression Jesus addresses in the sermon for a reason, its a really large issue that goes mostly unnoticed. We have a tendency to make light of it while Jesus compares it and even categorizes it as murder.

Paul refers to it as the root of bitterness Hebrews 12:15. Though it lays underground were we can’t observe it, given the right circumstances the root will spring up and defile our situations and relationships, this is huge for the family dynamic. The exhortation here is that we would deal with these secret issues in our heart by leaning on the fruit of the spirit, a fruit that has healthy roots, that when they spring up it creates peace and tenderness in our relationships Galatians 5:22. Our commitment as believers is that we would work together with him through these issues. Paul warns us that if we do not partner with him regarding these issues we are taking the grace of God in vain. As believers have an abundance of power (Holy Spirit) to overcome and yet we don’t use it. 2 Corinthians 6:1. To say it more plainly, we are believers who live like unbelievers, wilting under the pressure of emotional bondage while intellectually agreeing with the freedom of the Holy Spirit yet never experiencing it in our heart mind and emotions because we don’t want to “go there”.

It’s important to identify the real root of the problem. The day I stopped blaming my history and the people in my past is the day I took the biggest step forward in walking in freedom. This is much easier to do when we recognize the root of the issue is much more ancient and deep seated than our past negative experiences. The root of the issue started in Genesis 3 with Adam and Eve’s rebellion. Adam loved darkness. Jesus made it abundantly clear in John 3:19 “and men loved the darkness rather than the Light”. To get to the deeper roots of the issue I have to stop blaming my Dad, Mom, peers and experiences and know that deep in my own heart I loved darkness and that is the root of any anger issues I have. Jesus came to liberate me from that love of darkness and by default free me from all the expressions that come with that darkness. To overcome, I have to truly repent of my own depravity and that is where freedom truly lies. I am not a sum total of my negative life experiences but a son of God, a God who is truly capable of helping me overcome darkness. Satan wants me to continue to point to my history and blame that so that I never see the deep underlying issue and the key to freedom which is that desperately need Jesus and as I press into him his power helps me overcome. By identifying the root in Genesis 3 it creates a level playing field for all humanity. Instead of comparing ourselves and circumstances among ourselves, we can see ourselves in the same story with the same root issue. Man has fallen, we loved darkness. Jesus came to give us a new option as light.

Revelation #2 Breaking down sin barriers.

I don’t like to prioritize a renewed mind over a resolve to resist sin or that we should resist sin in order to get a renewed mind. I think both of these truths should coincide with each other and be happening at the same time. All believers should be seeking to renew their mind and say no to sinful opportunities at all times Romans 6:11-14. Incorrect thinking leads to sinful actions and sinful actions lead to incorrect thinking. If we take our God given authority over one of these areas we will most likely start on a path to victory in both areas.

5 years ago Richard confronted me in regards to purity and pornography. I watched the conquer series once and my pornography addiction was important. This is important, because I did not know it at the time, but this was the blanket that laid over my inability to walk free in Christ. The cycle went something like this. Feel inadequate>Engage pornography>Feel Shame >Shame converts to self hatred>self hatred and shame lead to outbursts of anger>Anger leads to feeling inadequate and the cycle starts all over again. In the end the cycle creates a spiritually dull and spiritually bored believer that does not walk in the power to overcome weaknesses of the flesh. Without taking a serious stand against this one area of failure I had zero chance of ever overcoming anger. Pornography fed the anger more than I could have imagined. After Richard gave me the conquer series in 2014 I have not engaged pornography in anyway and have made a covenant with my eyes to shut down, close, turn off or unfollow anything that opposes that covenant.

As the years have passed and more time has been placed between now and the last time I had engaged pornography I began to feel the fruit of the spirit grow in my life. It was there before, but dormant. Everyday I feel cleanliness on my conscious and my spirit, I can feel the power of making choices based in righteousness as I am no longer nagged by a secret sin that at one time loomed over my life like a dark cloud. My confidence in the Lord has grown and I have grown in self confidence as well. I have found that I like myself more, because I have discovered God actually likes me and takes pleasure in my life. I think this is where we find boldness before his throne. Sin clouds our minds from receiving his kindness and prevents us from feeling his pleasure over our lives. The feelings can’t really be described, but I can say that I love the way it feels and that I want to grow in it even more. Ephesians 3:11-12, Hebrews 4:16

I think this is an important point because I believe many families and households are crippled in this one area. Wives are often times pressing into the Lord with more zeal than husbands and it creates a spiritual imbalance of frustration and bondage. the wife ends up frustrated, the husband feels inadequate, the cycle continues. Men, husbands and fathers have to stand for holiness and righteousness for the family dynamic to work in our individual homes and for the family dynamic to work in the body of Christ. If we truly want to walk in an awakening we need to shut down the issue of pornography body wide, this will require for us to intentionally wake up (reject apathy) and then strengthen what it is that remains Revelation 3:2. I think we are often times waiting on the Lord to do this for us, the Lord will not say “no” to sin for us, we have to determine in our hearts and in our minds that we love him and we want to obey him in the power of the spirit. Or we will be stuck in bondage for decades. When Paul exhorts us to consider ourselves “dead to sin and alive in Christ” Romans 6:11 He is telling us to reject sin on purpose, not wait for it to go away.

Revelation #3 Freedom is often times progressive.

In the first 15yrs of my walk with the Lord I often found myself extremely frustrated that I could not break freak from the cycle of anger. I believed I should have a one time miracle and then walk in freedom from that point on. Once I began to see it was a process instead of viewing my failures through a lens of shame I viewed them as a opportunity to learn how to respond correctly. Though I do not have nearly as many outbursts or fits of rage as I used to, there are still times when those feelings come to surface. Because of the levels of freedom I am currently walking in I have faith that Jesus has a long term plan to help me be free of responding in anger or anger being the first thing I feel when I am upset. Since getting free of pornography here is the strategy that I believe the Lord has given me to help me over come.

1. “Deliver me from temptation.” What a gift Jesus has given us in this prayer. That we can be preemptive about our weaknesses and pray for them well before they have an opportunity to surface. I often pray when I am not angry that Jesus would deliver me from the temptation of manifesting anger or even feeling angry. I have found that by praying this prayer Jesus delivers me more often than not in moments that would have sent me into the downward spiral of Rage or frustration. This also gives me confidence that he actually listens to me when I talk to him and he responds. What an amazing God he is.

2. When I fail I repent quickly. regardless of how justified I feel about being upset, I have committed to putting the onus on myself. I have to ask the questions “What did I bring to the conversation that wasn’t right”. Many times while arguing with Melissa I have stormed out the door only to be convicted to walk back in 2 minutes later and apologize, regardless how “right” I feel about the points I was arguing. This often leads to a more meaningful conversations where we can both express ourselves in a clearer more meaningful way.

3. Don’t blame others. If anger manifests itself through me it is nobody else fault. Nobody made me do it. It was me, I did it, and its a failure. That is how I have committed to saying it to my wife and to my kids. “I failed, I’m sorry, will you forgive me.” Usually some variation of that.

4. Run straight back to God and ask not only for his help but to feel his closeness. I don’t put myself in spiritual time out. I go straight back to him and asked to be strengthened in this area.

5. I still struggle with anger. But I believe Jesus wants me free of it and I believe he can free me from it with my cooperation. I only fail if I give up on the process Jesus has me in to get free.

Revelation #4 Fruit of Relationships.

Melissa and my own children have been victim to my anger more than anyone else. As I walk in more and more freedom I begin to see them trust and respect me more. Especially with Melissa, She has known me for 15yrs and was with me when I was at my worst. She still carries emotional wounds created by me and my lack of self control. She is however learning to trust me more in the past few years and trust that my responses are going to be different than they were in the past. I still fail from time to time, I am not perfect but I believe I am on the right trajectory. Most importantly I have begun to trust myself and how I will respond in unfavorable circumstances or disagreements. For many years I lived in fear of not knowing when I was going to respond poorly again, as though the bogey man in the closet could come out at anytime. The Holy Spirit is truly good and gracious he suffers long with us and is incredibly committed to the process of our freedom.

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Weapons of warfare

Personal testimony

Introvert, isolated, made fun of, bullied, punched, gay.

We often all struggle with negative thoughts toward ourselves that are related to circumstances we have grown up in or have become accustomed to. It takes the power of the holy spirit to reverse our negative thinking and agreements with lies from the enemy.

2 Corinthians. 10:4-5
4For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity [firm agreement] to the obedience of Christ. (2 Cor. 10:4-5)

  • Not carnal – The strength of our our own resolve to do better.
  • Mighty in God – The weapons are powerful and come from God. We need supernatural help.
  • Pulling down strong holds – Pulling down areas in our heart that the enemy has taken ground.
    • The comparison Paul is making here is a fortified city or built brick by brick. Lie upon lie.
      • The grace of God doesn’t apply to you. You’re too messed up.
      • Your too unique for God to help you.
      • The word of God has no power.
      • Jesus loves everyone except you.
      • Everyone else gets it, you don’t get it.
      • You’re hopeless.
      • You’re a hypocrite.
      • You’re going to sin again
      • If people really knew you, they wouldn’t like you.
      • People don’t really like you.
      • God is going to expose you for who you really are.
      • Nobody understands you or knows how you feel.
      • Everyone is better than you.
      • You should quit trying.
      • Your life is worthless and has no meaning.
      • Jesus will never satisfy you.
      • Jesus didn’t die for you.
      • You are on your last chance with God.
      • You blew it.
      • You will never walk in victory or freedom.
      • You’re a failure.
      • You should give in and hurt yourself.
      • (Extreme cases) Self harm and suicide.
  • Satan builds this stronghold to keep Jesus out
    • Satans primary strategy is to keep us operating in shame by reminding us of our recent failures.
  • Casting down arguments and high things – Lies about Jesus, his leadership and who you are in God, insurmountable arguments crafted by the enemy.
  • Every thought into captivity – We don’t allow lies to overtake or to roam free in our mind.
    • Lies about ourselves, lies about other people, lies about Jesus.

Satan has 2 legal access points to your thoughts.

1. Sin Make no mistake. When we sin, Satan has access to to create confusion and chaos. This is one of the primary ways Sin shipwrecks our lives.
2. Incorrect doctrine or beliefs of about Jesus.

Though we received the spirit and have been fully justified because of the cross our mind still has a lot of wrong ways of coping with negative emotions and circumstances. We need to take a pro active approach to renewing our mind.

1 Peter 5:8 (NASB)
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith.

  • Be sober-minded – Have your mind full of truth the word
  • Prowls like a roaring lion – Hes all talk and intimidation, he uses fear tactics to pull us into his lies.
  • Seeking someone to devour – The enemies main plain is to isolate you and then attack you.

http://lionalert.org “Most successful hunts are on dark nights in dense cover against a single prey animal”

2 Corinthians 1:6
And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain— for He says,

  • Many believers do not ever use the weapons or the power given to them.
  • Live like unbelievers in their approach to negative circumstances and emotions
  • instead of leaning into the power of God they double down on their own resolve (Carnality).
  • Depression, anxiety overwhelming sadness, thoughts of harming yourself.
  • Wait it out and let it dissipate,
  • Satan has no mercy, often times we can think that because we are sad or having a tough season the enemy should have a cease fire.
  • There is no cease fire. He continues his demonic attacks regardless of how you feel
  • He will surround  you with 4 sad friends, so that you can all vent together further defiling your heart and your mind, throwing you into a deeper pit of confusion.
  • This is what it means to receive the grace of God in vain.
    2 Corinthians 1-10
    6 And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain— 2 for He says,

    “At the acceptable time I listened to you,
    And on the day of salvation I helped you.”

    Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation”— 3 giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited, 4 but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, 5 in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger, 6 in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love, 7 in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left, 8 by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; regarded as deceivers and yet true; 9 as unknown yet well-known, as dying yet behold, we live; as punished yet not put to death, 10 as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.

  • Unusual amount of or sadness, loneliness, insecurity isn’t because of ADD, hormones, bad food. Its a flaming arrow, a demonic attack and we need to learn how to extinguish it.

How to use the weapons Jesus has Given you.

3 weapons of warfare

1. The Holy Spirit – A helper
2. The Grace of God – Fruits of the Holy Spirit
3. The Word of God – Authority and sword of the spirit Ephesians 6:17.

Ephesians 5:25b-27
…as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.

John 17:17
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Ephesians 6:16-18
16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

Hebrews 4:12
12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Jesus resisted Satan 3 times

Luke 4

  • v3 Turn these stones to bread – Self indulgence
  • v6 Worship Satan  – A kingdom, unprecedented glory, honor and power
  • v9 “If” you are the son of God throw yourself down – Question your identity ,who you are in God, create insecurity, plant the ideas of self harm and suicide.

Jesus replies all 3 times using the sword of the word. “It is written”

  • v4“It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.“
  • v8‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’
  • v12 ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’

Jesus doesn’t try to devise a slick answer, sulk in sadness or respond out of his own power. He combats it with the word of God.

Paul tells us that the way we are transformed

Romans 12:2
2 But be transformed [emotions] by the renewing of your mind. (Rom. 12:2)

How do we renew our mind and go to war with the demonic strongholds? By continually speaking and meditating on the word of God.

Matthew 12:37
37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Proverbs 18:21
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

  • What we speak with our mouth directly effects what believe with our mind.
  • The way change the thoughts in our mind is to speak true ones with our mouth. This is how we extinguish flaming arrows.
  • Over time this will tear down the strong holds of the enemy stone by stone.
  • This process has a cascading effect. When our mind gets renewed it changes how we respond emotionally. Depression, anger, anxiety, sadness and loneliness begin to dissipate we begin to experience greater measures of Love, Joy, Patience, Peace, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control

John 8:32

32“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (Jn. 8:32)

Luke 24:32
They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?

Jeremiah 23:29

29 “Is not My word like fire?” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?

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When Jesus Manages your Finances

Fear of God 3 components.

Proverbs 9:10
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

  • God sees

Proverbs 15:3
The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the duty of all mankind. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

  • He cares

Isaiah 46:6
even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you.I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.

  • He Acts

Isaiah 64:4
From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.

Deconstructing the lies about having wealth.

  • Being rich or wealthy is not the problem. Lacking humility in the context of wealth is the problem.
  • The problem is that if our heart is not healthy we will dismiss kingdom principles in favor of wealth.
  • Being poor does not automatically make us humble and being wealthy does not automatically make us favored.

James 5:1-8
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you.

Isaiah 3:13-15
13 The Lord has taken his place to contend, he stands to judge peoples. 14 The Lord will enter into judgment with the elders and princes of his people: “It is you who have devoured the vineyard,
    the spoil of the poor is in your houses. 15 What do you mean by crushing my people, by grinding the face of the poor?” declares the Lord God of hosts.

Faith of a Mustard Seed

  • We want to get the God story for our finances.
  • I want all the money that God wants me to have, not one cent more or one cent less.
  • It takes faith to walk in a supernatural lifestyle, believing for miracles. It takes that same faith to grow in trusting the Lord with our finances.

Matthew 13:31-32
31 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

  • A mustard seed is the beginning of faith. We do small acts.
  • God intervenes in small ways that help increase our faith overtime
  • It creates a history in God that we can rely on to build our faith and trust in God for greater miracles.
  • We step out in small ways to begin that story. Pray for the sick and give 10%.
  • The reason God asks for a percentage is so that giving doesn’t burden us when our life circumstances change.

Give and it will be given. We have to give. Give with Expectation

  • Giving starts the conversation
  • ALL ARE QUALIFIED! Skilled, unskilled, ADD, dummies, smarties.
  • Giving welcomes the Lord to influence our finances
  • Giving breaks covetousness off of our hearts

Luke 6:38 New King James Version (NKJV)
38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

  • Ancient merchants shrewd
    • Shrewd to get the upper hand
    • Shrewd as in savvy.
  • Jesus gives according to his vast riches. He gives a good measure.
  • He presses down the produce in the container to remove the air pocketts.
  • He shakes the produce together to make more room
  • He fills the container again
  • Then he fills up our bosom or Lap. A pocket in the clothing.
  • He wants us to then give, like he gives.

ANGIE TESTIMONY

Wealth is in finances and in honor

  • Our heart has to grow in humility at the same level of our position of honor.
  • The deeper questions we ask, the deeper answers we get.
  • Jesus is waiting for us to ask.

Matthew 19:23
It’s harder for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven

  • Jesus warns that it is difficult to be rich in money and in honor.
  • Why? Because our hearts are attached to the money we possess.
  • It’s How we use finance that staggers our our hearts.
  • If we use our finance primarily for self indulgence it bends our heart to crave self indulgence.
  • If we use our finance as an expression of compassion and our heart grows in compassion.
  • This breaks off break off unperceived bitterness and Covetousness.
  • I’m not bitter! or covetous! Delayed money is the ultimate test of bitterness and covetousness.

Matthew 19:20

16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

3 questions!

  1. Teacher, what good thing must I do to be saved?
  2. Which ones?
  3. All of these I have kept, the young man said
  • What do I lack? I know many believers that say they don’t really get convicted about how they spend money or what they watch or how they spend their time. But I would ask, are you persistently asking Jesus for direction.
  • It takes the rich young ruler to go three questions deep before he gets the answers he is looking for.
  • Jesus is not addressing every single person that has acquired wealth, nor is it a comprehensive teaching on what to do if you are wealthy.
  • Jesus is convicting the rich young ruler of covetousness, presumption and misguided honor.
  • This provides a model for prayer.
  • If we ask basic questions we get basic answers if we ask challenging questions we get challenging answers.

Questions we can ask Jesus!

  • Jesus what do you think about how I manage my finances?
  • Jesus what do you think about how I manage my time?
  • Jesus what am I lacking that would be a great help to me to walk in deeper places with you and have deeper experiences in the Holy Spirit?

Budgeting

  • Giving first and formost. Obedient in giving and generosity.
  • Giving doesn’t simply release wealth it releases strategies to make wealth.
  • Pay off debts that you can and be aggressive about it. It relieves a weight and burden that helps up hear the Holy Spirit more clearly.
    Proverbs 22:7

Budget testimony – Consumer credit counseling

Truck alternator testimony.

$10 Mouse testimony.

Nike soccer shoes testimony.

Wallet giving. Nobody rejects it.

$2000 testimony

Some people believe God does not love them and he wants to break that off through blessing them financially.

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Loving God with all of our money

We  have to contend for what we want to keep.

First commandment, supernatural lifestyle.

Matthew 22:37-38

Our assignment and our circumstances were never meant to excite us.

If we prioritize our circumstances and assignment above first commandment love we are destined for burnout

We can discuss the practical steps to living a prosperous and free financial life. But the first thing we have to always address is our heart related to finance.

Its better to deal with our personal finances as an on road to the heart of God rather than a burden that we must be obedient to.

We don’t tithe because the Bible says so or Dave Ramsey says so. We tithe because its an on road to pressing into the holy heart of God.
All of our giving and blessing should be done in the context of relationship and the first commandment and not out of duty.

Luke 3

Revelation 3

1% testimony

Launching products for missionaries testimony.

Karen’s declarations

Its easy to become content or lukewarm in our giving and not press into a deeper relationship with Jesus. The dialog matters more than the amount.

The question for the believer isn’t how do I get more money, its how do I love God with what I have? How will I respond once I am prosperous.

Revelation 3:14-21

“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Revelation 3:14-21

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.

  • Everything Jesus says is true and trustworthy. This is important because even as seasoned believers we can find it difficult to believe some of the things Jesus says.

15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

  • The enemy uses a misunderstanding of this verse to condemn believers that by being spit out of Jesus mouth they are losing salvation.
  • Jesus is evaluating their spiritual condition not threatening them.
  • Hes contending for their greatness.
  • This verse is not about salvation, it’s talking about their spiritual condition.
  • Only Jesus can define our spiritual condition.
  • Lukewarm, means to no longer contend for the first commandment, but to be content with their circumstances.
  • Ideal circumstances and favor from God does not inherently mean things are going well spiritually
  • The Ladocians did not have a source of fresh water. They built and aqueduct that channeled water in from 2 nearby cities. Hieropolis for its hot springs and Colossae for its cold springs

17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

  • The laodicians church and city was very wealthy (Their actual living condition)
  • Jesus reveals to them their living condition.
  • Its easy to think that if our business or ministry is blessed that we must be doing well spiritually. Jesus exhorts this church to not confuse the 2
  • Wretched – Calloused
  • Miserable – Spiritually bored
  • Poor – Lacking an intimate connection with God

18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

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Zechariah 3-4 Grace to walk in Assignment and Destiny

How to read the Bible

  • God centered view
  • Contextual view
  • Self focused view

Reading a self focused view first can lead to unpredictable and unreliable results. Its very difficult to see ourselves in the biblical narrative if we do not understand the relevant context.

Book of Zechariah

  • If you are a prophetic person then Zechariah is the book for you.
  • Zechariah is the second to last book of the Old Testament.
  • 14 chapters and 8 prophetic dream visions.
  • The visions go together in pairs. Vision 1 & 8, vision 2 & 7, vision 3 & 6, vision 4 & 5
  • The book of Zechariah takes place just after the 70yr Babylonian exile (586BC) Prophesied by Jeremiah (Jeremiah 25:11, Jeremiah 29:10)
  • Approximately 42,360 Jews returned to Israel to build the temple. This is decreed by Cyrus the Persian King who overthrew Babylon. (Ezra 1:2-4; cf. also 6:2-5)

Main Characters

  • Zechariah – Prophet that is receives 8 visions and delivers Gods messages to Israel.
  • Joshua – Isreals high preist High preist
  • Zerubbabel – political and spiritual leader. Royal heir to davids throne.

Building of the temple

  • Zerubbabel immediately begins work on the temple foundation and after finishing the foundation
  • The Israelites are opposed by the samaritans who inhabited the land while Israel was in Exile.
  • King Cyrus who released the initial decree to build the temple is dead and the samaritans write a letter to the new Persian king and get him to write a decree to stop work on the temple for 17yrs. (Ezra 4) The people lose heart.

Zechariah 3

  • Cleansing of Israel’s leaders and people from sin. Its a fresh start, with full authority is reestablished to Israel’s leaders necessary to finish the task at hand. (Romans 6)
  • Joshua is opposed by Satan. (Guilt and shame) using our past record of failure to disqualify us.
  • How can you use a man like this to build your glorious temple? He is a failure!

Zechariah 3:1

 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

Ezra 5:3-4

“Who authorized you to rebuild this temple and to finish it?” They also asked, “What are the names of those who are constructing this building?” But the eye of their God was watching over the elders of the Jews, and they were not stopped until a report could go to Darius and his written reply be received.

Zechariah 3:2

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?”

Ezra 6:12

Darius edict to Tattenai the Governor of the Trans-Euphrates

  • v6 Stay away from there!
  • v7 Do not interfere with the work on this temple of God!
  • v8-9 Their expenses are to be fully paid out of the royal treasury, from the revenues of Trans-Euphrates, Whatever is needed must be given to the Jews daily without fail.
  • v11 Furthermore, I (Darius) decree that if anyone defies this edict, a beam is to be pulled from their house and they are to be impaled on it. And for this crime their house is to be made a pile of rubble.
  • v12 I Darius have decreed it. Let it be carried out with diligence.

Read Ezra 5-6

Zechariah 4

  • Israel’s leaders are commissions to walk in their God given assignment and to embrace the small components of their God given destiny.
  • Being faithful in small and unrecognized things.
  • Speaking grace is to speak with kindness into all situations and have authority over your own heart. We cannot expect to have authority over external storms if we don’t have authority over our internal storms. Luke 8:22-25
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Market Place Prayer

Prayer Point #1: Pray for God’s people to turn from sin and be the salt and light of the kingdom of God in the marketplace

Matthew 5:13-16

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Prayer Point #2: Pray for believers to be empowered with Holy Spirit boldness in the marketplace

Acts 4:29-30

“’Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.’ And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”

Prayer Point #3: Pray for our companies to have the resources and provision needed to fulfill their purposes in the kingdom of God

2 Corinthians 9:8

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”

Prayer Point #4: Pray for the leaders and the team members of the organization to be empowered in grace to work with a spirit of excellence, wisdom, commitment, generosity, humility, and faith.

Titus 3:1-2

“Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.”

Prayer Point #5: That financial means would be released to build the infrastructure and tranportation necessary to make contact with unreached people groups.

Isaiah 19:23-24

In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.

24In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25whom the LORD of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”

Prayer Point #6: Pray for the release of ideas and inventions that further the great commission and the Kingdom of God. Ideas that will create more revenue to provide for the needy.

James 1:27

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”

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Power to walk in victory over sin

Introduction

Prayer to overcome demonic fog and darkness on this message. Jesus plum line our hearts

The gift of Grace is the power to walk in victory over sin and darkness. Grace was not given to us so we can make excuses or excuse ourselves from our sin.

  1. Testimony of Anger – Is God Good?
  2. Story of steering wheel heater

Our human frame is made up of 3 parts

  • Body – Our physical makeup cravings and appetites
  • Soul – Our emotions and expressions
  • Spirit – Our eternal being

1 Thessalonians 5:23

23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are very familiar with our Body and Soul, however. Our spirit was dead before Christ made it new.

Genesis 2:17

17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”

Ephesians 2:4-5

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

Romans 8:10

10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.

Reign of Sin and reign of Grace

Romans 5:21

19 For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. 20 The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The reign of sin and of grace are not poetic realities or lofty ideas. These reigns are legal realities. Every human is in one of these two reigns.

It is impossible to be in both reigns at once. We are not disqualified from the reign of grace when we fail.

  1. The reign of sin came through one man, Adam. Every human is born into the reign of sin.
  2. The reign of grace and gift of righteousness came through the second Adam, Jesus. Once we are brought into this reign we stand fully justified before God.

reign- to possess or exercise sovereign power

Being under the reign of sin is like being under a tyrant or a cruel monarch because it places you under the law.

These 2 legal positions are our only options when we stand before God. We will either stand condemned or we will stand fully accepted.

5 benefits to the reign of grace

  • God’s acceptance with affection Romans 8:1
  • Indwelling Spirit Romans 8:10, Ezekiel 11:19
  • The fruit of His presence in us is love and peace Galatians 5:22
  • Authority Ephesians 2:6
  • Divine destiny We have a lasting purpose in God that goes beyond our physical death Luke 19:17

2 words that are difficult to understand in Romans 3-8

  • Justification
  • Sanctification

Justification. We were given the full righteousness of God in our spirit. When justified by God we are justified fully, freely and with finality. We no longer need to justify ourselves before God. Jesus blood Justifies us, because we now have a his living spirit inside of us we are fully righteous in the site of God. This allows us to reign in life with victory over sin.

We are reconciled to Christ

Romans 5:10

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Romans 5:17

17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

Ezekiel 11:19

19 And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, 20 that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them. Then they will be My people, and I shall be their God.

  • With the new spirit inside of us Jesus progressively wants to transform our lives.
  • For the most comprehensive teaching in the Bible on personal transformation we must read Romans 3-8. Most importantly within those chapters is Romans 6, specifically verses 11-13
  • Paul summarizes Romans 3-8 in 2nd Corinthians 5:17-21

Sanctification. Jesus puts us through the process of freeing our bodies and our souls from the burdens and weight of life (sin). He is committed to getting us to walk in confidence before the throne while making all things new.

Our Spirit was reconciled to Christ when we gave our lives to him. Jesus is making all things new according to the spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:17

17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.

The plan of the enemy

2 Corinthians 10:4-6

for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

  • Ditch #1 – Legalism. I can earn my way to heaven if I am good person.
  • Ditch #2 – Licentiousness. Give us a false confidence in the grace of god. A grace that overlooks your sin

3 Principles to overcome darkness (Sanctification)

Romans 6:11-13

PRINCIPLE #1: KNOWING (FAITH)

11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

  • Romans 6:1-10
  • Getting free from sin and being anointed to Love God are the same thing. Paul says it 2 different ways to grab the attention of everyone in his audience.
  • We must have the revelation that before The Holy Spirit lived in us we had no chance of salvation because our spirit was dead
  • When we received Jesus we were reconciled to him in his resurrection and into new life through the spirit. The problem is that we don’t always feel it.

1 Corinthians 6:15-17

17 But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

PRINCIPLE #2: RESISTING (REPENTANCE)

12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13a and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness;

  • We must go to war with sin and temptation. We do not make peace with sin or excuses for it. We call it what it is and declare war on it. “God knows my heart.” “Boys will be boys.”
  • We do not present our members to sin, eyes, legs, arms. We don’t put ourselves into positions with people or places that enflame sin in our flesh. 10×10

PRINCIPLE #3: PURSUING (LOVE)

13b but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

  • We present ourselves to God with confidence that our dead spirit is no longer in us but have been given a living spirit and that new living spirit has been reconciled to the Holy Spirit.
  • We present our members by going to places that serve the lord, that honor people and engage the great commission. Even the smallest acts in our life when done unto the Lord are considered presenting our members. The most important way you can present yourself to God is PRAYER!
  • ex: Van ministry, opening doors at church, helping your mom do the dishes. Encouraging a brother or a sister, Playing on worship team. Small favors, blessing others, giving time, energy and effort.

These three principles, over time create a deep and intimate friendship with the holy spirit.

Do not neglect one principle for the sake of the others.

  • Some people go hard after understanding and studying God
  • Some people go hard after resisting sin
  • Some people go hard after loving God
  • We don’t get to pick our favorite, we must do all three in order for any of them to work in fullness.

How to cooperate with the Spirit (Practical Application)

When we think of walking in victory over sin we must not only think of the outward of expression (behavior) of sin but the inward cause. What is it in our hearts that causes us to agree and participate with darkness?

  • We are not looking for simple behavior modification.
  • We need Jesus to touch the deep and secret areas of our heart to truly have victory.

Galatians 5:22-25 (ESV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.

  • The day we were joined to the spirit. A full deposit of the spirits gifts was made to us. Not in part, but in full. 100%!
  • We activate these gifts in us by having a conversation with the holy spirit about them.
  • Over time by accessing the gifts of the Holy Spirit in this way We gain confidence and boldness in the presence of God.
  • If  you don’t believe in the creative miracle that is done in you, it is extremely difficult to believe that Gods creative miracles can be done through you.
  • If we do not access the fruit of the Spirit

Hebrews 12:15 (NASB)

15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;

2 Corinthians 6:1 (ESV)

6 Working together with him [God, holy spirit], then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.

We must work together with the spirit to cultivate the empowerment of our body and emotions.

  • This is the mark of spiritual maturity. When we are predominately motivated and oriented by our spirit. When we are no longer dominated by our flesh and emotions.
  • God does not do it for us. That is presumption.
  • This is not legalism. It is how we live with power and confidence on our hearts and lives to overcome and help other people overcome.

End anger testimony