April 20, 2015

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April 16, 2015

Ministers of Salvation

In Mark 1:14-17, we see the Lord Jesus stepping into the beginning of His ministry. "14) Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15) and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” 16) And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 17) Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Jesus launched His ministry with the message of the Kingdom of God and how people could enter into it.  One of the first things Jesus does is to invite others to join Him in getting this message out.  In verse 17, He tells Peter and Andrew, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men."

There are two key truths the Lord Jesus reveals to us as His ultimate purpose for us all.  First, we are to be a follower of Jesus.  We are to pattern our life and lifestyle after Him.  Our goal should be to be like Jesus.  Second, we are to mature in our faith walk to the place that we too can do the works of Jesus and begin to reproduce others into the Kingdom of God.

The ultimate maturity is not just having faith for our things, but becoming a witness for Jesus.  It is time for the church to become fishers of men again.  To do this, every Believer is going to have to begin seeing yourself as a minister of salvation.  I invite you to study the notes provided below and allow God's Word to reveal to you that you are a minister of reconciliation, and that you are a fisher of men. 

Ministers of Salvation

I)       You must first see yourself as a minister.

A)   Mark 1:17 - As we follow Jesus, His ultimate goal is to mature us to a place we can do His works and reproduce after Him.

B)   II Corinthians 5:17-20 (AMP) - Two Things

vv.17-19 - We are now new creations, reconciled to God our sins are blotted out.

vv.18-20 - We are now ministers of reconciliation, representing Jesus and His message to the world.

v.20 - We are Christ's ambassadors. We are fishers of men.  The ultimate of maturity is becoming a witness for Jesus, not having faith for things.

II)      We must have a lifestyle of evangelism to be effective.

A)   II Corinthians 5:18 (AMP) - By word and deed we bring others to Christ.

B)    I Timothy 4:12-16 - Paul tells Timothy to live the lifestyle of a Believer.

v.16 - You can't witness to others what is not real to you. 

You don't witness to others just to win them over or to do your Christian duty.

You witness out of the life and love of God that is real in you.

You want others to experience in their lives the love and forgiveness of God.

1)     II Timothy 3:10-11 - Paul lived what he preached in both good and bad times.  This gave Paul credibility when he spoke to others.

C)    Acts 2:40-47 - Early Believers were taught to live and share their faith. They were to be fishers of men bringing others to Christ.

v.42 - They got into the Word and got involved in church.

v.46 - They lived their faith in church and in their home.

v.47 - They lived it, witnessed it, and brought others to Christ.

1)    Acts 4:29-31 - They prayed for God to strengthen them in their commitment and walk in the Lord and His Word.

Our witness to others is always going to flow out of what is real to us.

April 02, 2015

Realizing Our Hopes

I Corinthians 13:13 says, "And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." These are living spiritual forces of the Kingdom of God that are in operation today. I believe all three are important but in this lesson, I want to pay particular attention to hope. Hope is defined as "to anticipate with pleasure, expectation, confidence." We could say hope is joyful and confident expectation.  There is much adversity and great spiritual attacks being launched against the church. Believers are being tried and persecuted for their faith.  I believe these attacks are sent to steal our hope and to bring us into dispair and hopelessness.  But to be hopeless is to say God is helpless, and He is not helpless.

So, in this Easter Season, I encourage you to study these notes and listen to this message on, "Realizing Our Hopes."   As we feed our spirit on the Word of God, it will cause us to have high hopes which in turn will give us strong faith that will then defeat the adversary and bring us great victories. 

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Realizing Our Hopes

I)     Everything we receive from God begins with hope.

A)    I Corinthians 13:13 - Abide (Greek) - continues, lives, to be present.  These are living spiritual forces in operation today.  All three are important.

1)    Faith - To trust in and act on God's Word.

2)    Love - God's nature and character.

3)    Hope (Greek) - To anticipate with pleasure, expectation, confidence, joyful and confident expectation.

B)    Hope is built on two things.

1)    I John 3:1-3 - Hope is built on our relationship with Jesus and truly believing He will come again.

v. 3 - This affects the way we live. (purifies, cleanses, sanctifies)

a)    Ephesians 2:11-23 - Without Jesus, there can be no real hope. This is why satan attacks and tries to separate you from Jesus.

b)    Proverbs 13:12 - Discouragement comes when hope is lost.

2)    Romans 15:4 - True hope is built on the Word of God.  The Word teaches us God's will for us.  This truth gives us our hope and expectation.  It gives us goals and vision for our life to have what God said we could have.

C)    Hebrews 11:1 - Hope sets the goal for our faith.  We start with hope (joyful, confident expectation), then we act in faith to receive it in our life.

1)    Romans 4:17-22 - Hope and faith working together bring us great victories.

v.18 - When it looked hopeless, he re-established his hope by going back to God's Word to him.

v.19 - He got his eyes off the problem and back onto God. (Problems are hope thieves.)

v.20 - He rejoiced even before he had it.  (joyful, confident expectation)

v.21 - He stayed with God and never broke fellowship with the Lord.

v.22 - He realized his hope and received his blessing. 

 

 

December 17, 2014

God Inhabits Our Praises II

Psalm 150:6 says, "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!"  Every believer is to be a praiser.  We were created by God to be instruments of praise unto Him. Psalm 22:3 says, "But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel."  God inhabits the praises of His people.  One translation says that God is enthroned in our praises.  So if I want to experience God's presence and power in my life, I must learn to praise Him.

Psalm 63:3 says, "Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You."  Praise must be an outward expression from us to God.  We must voice and put action to our praise for it to become real praise to the Lord.  In today's lesson I want to give you nine Biblical methods of praise.  Study this outline and let the word instruct you on how to lift up your praise in a way that is pleasing to God.

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God Inhabits Our Praises II

I) Nine Biblical Methods of Praise

A)    Ephesians 5:17-20 - Praise must be an outward expression from us to God.

vv.17-18 (AMP) - It is God's will that we be filled and stimulated - unctioned, motivated, led by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is to be the dominate influence in our attitude and actions.  Stimulate (Webster) - to raise, or excite to activity or increased activity.

B)   9 Ways to express our praise - Speaking, Singing, Thanking, Shouting, Clapping Hands, Playing Instruments, Spiritual Dance, Singing in the Spirit, Lifting Hands.

1-3) vv. 19-20 - Speaking, singing, thanking the Lord are ways we express praise to Him.

4) Psalm 63:3-4 - Praising the Lord with your voice.  Lifting up your hands to Him.

vv.2-4 (MSG)

a) Psalm 134:1-2 - Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord.

5) Psalm 47:1 - Clap your hands and shout unto God with a voice of triumph.

v.1 (AMP) - Voice of triumph and songs of joy.

6-8) Psalm 150:1-6

vv.1-2 - We are to praise God in His Sanctuary for His mighty acts and greatness.

a) Psalm 100:1-4 - Come before His presence with singing, thanksgiving and praise.

vv.3-5 - Praise God with instruments,  v.4 - Praise Him in the dance.

9) I Corinthians 14:12-15 - Be filled with the Spirit and praise God by singing in the Spirit.

C)    Psalm 22:3 - God inhabits the praises of His people.

1) II Corinthians 3:17 (AMP) - Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

 

 

December 10, 2014

God Inhabits Our Praise

In Luke 2:7-14, we see the birth and the announcement of Christ's birth into this world. What a night this was as the saviour of the world came to us when we could not come to Him. Since, the excitement that filled both heaven and earth in these verses: "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

In verse thirteen it says the heavenly host were praising God. Later in verse twenty it says the shepherds returned glorifying and praising God. This was truly a night of praise.

In Luke 24:52-53 we read, "And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen." After the resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus the disciples were continually praising God. Then all through the book of Acts, the early church was continually praising God. Praise flowed out of their hope and relationship with the Lord Jesus.

We  too are to be praisers and worshippers of God. Psalm 33:1 says, "Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful."  I encourage you to study these notes on praise. Set yourself to have a praise attitude. You will find that praise is a key to releasing to you the victory and bringing defeat to your enemy.

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God Inhabits Our Praise

I)     Praise and Thanksgiving Release the Manifestation of the Holy Ghost

A)   Ephesians 5:17-20 - God's Will is that we be filled with and stay filled with the Holy Spirit.

vv. 19-20- By speaking, singing, and thanking God in praise and thanksgiving, we stay filled with the Spirit and walk in God's presence.

1)    Psalm 22:3 - God inhabits the praise of His people.

You are never so close to God as you are when you are praising Him.

B)    I Thessalonians 5:18 - In everything give thanks.  Praise and thankful attitude is to be our lifestyle in every thing, every day.

II)    Praise is a Sign of God's Presence and Liberty in Our Lives

A)    Luke 24:45-53 - A sign of salvation in early disciples was their praise life.  They were transformed into praisers.

B)    Acts 2:46-47 - Early Church was a praising Church.

They praised God daily in Church and in their home.  God gave them favor and people got saved.

C)    Acts 5:40-42 (AMP) - Praised God in good and bad times.

vv. 41-42 - They refused to let opposition shame them or bully them into being quiet. They praised God and stood their ground.

III)   Praise Releases God's Blessing and Defeats the Enemy

A)   Matthew 21:12-16

v.16 (MSG) - Jesus approved their praise with healings and miracles.

We are to become His instruments of praise.

1)    Psalm 8:2 (MSG) - Jesus quoted strength as praise.

Praise overcomes the enemy and releases God's anointing and power.