Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Write Your Warplan

 

October 28th Wednesday echurch

Pericope:  John 17:6, 20 - John 17:6 - “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,

Sermon Text: [Pt 6 Write your Warplan] John 17: 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,

Prayer 1: When You are feeling overwhelmed:

1 Kings 3:7-10 - 7 “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. …

10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.

God’s Answer: 1 Kings 3:11-15 - 11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. 14 And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life...

a)  God gave Solomon what he asked for

b)  God gave Solomon what he didn’t ask for

c)   God gave Solomon more than enough

Prayer 2:  Dear Lord open the doors for us to build a church for your glory and saving souls.  Make the vision a reality.  Enlarge our territory with land, people and influence to plant NLC.  Cancel the enemy's plans to stop NLC.  Give us wisdom and stamina.  Give us prosperity and favor.  Give us cooperation and unity.  Give us a spirit of sacrifice and a mind for kingdom building.  Give us a spirit of followship and loyalty.  Give us souls and we will care for them with all our might.  Give us this O'Fallon-Metro East community and with your help, we pledge our lives to win it for you.  Give us a church planting anointing that will change lives in our lifetime.  It is in Jesus name we pray, believe, and declare it done!  Amen!  God bless you!

a)  God gave me what I asked for

b)  God gave me what I didn’t ask for

c)   God gave me more than enough – more than I asked for

Prayer 3:  Prayer of Thanksgiving

Phil 4:6 - 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

1 Thes 5:16-18 - 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

a)  Ask

b)  Add

c)   Thank

Prayer 4: Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;
taking, as Jesus did,
this sinful world as it is,
not as I would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right
if I surrender to Your will;
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Amen.

a)  He prayed in faith…

b)  When faith didn’t change the answer…

c)   He didn’t change his behavior he became the answer…

Prayer 5: Prayer for Healing and Deliverance –

Hebrews 4:16 - Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Psalm 30:2 NKJV O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me.

Prayer 6: Prayer for Prosperity

John 10:10 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.

3 John 1:2 - Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

Prayer 7: Write Your Own

Using the Lord’s Prayer – do likewise –

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread

and forgive us our debts and we forgive

our debtors,

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil,

for thine is the kingdom and the power

and the glory, forever. Amen.

1)  Keep a running conversation – 1 Thes 5:17 - pray continually,

2)  Schedule prayer times throughout the day – Ps. 119:164 -  Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws.

3)  Get up with gratitude – James 1: 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.; 1 Cor. 4: 7 For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

4)  Hallow his name – Matt 6: 9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven,  hallowed be your name,

5)  List your needs at lunch

6)  Ask for forgiveness at dinner – Ps. 139:23-24 - 23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

7)  Ask for direction – 1 Cor. 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.; Ps. 32: 5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave    the guilt of my sin.

8)  End the day in a truth – Prov. 10:27 TLB - 27 Reverence for God adds hours to each day; so how can the wicked expect a long, good life?

Sunday, October 25, 2020

It's Complicated

 

Pericope:  Numbers 21: 4-9 4 They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; 5 they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!” 6 Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. 7 The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. 8 The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.

Sermon Text:  Numbers 21: 9 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.

Sermon Title:  Its Complicated

Point 1:  Quick assessments aren’t always the best assessments.  Vs 4, 5 4 They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; 5 they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”

Vs 5 5 they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”

James 1: 19 said we should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger. Paul told Timothy 5: 22 don’t lay hands on any man suddenly. 

Point 2:  There is a purpose in the punishment. Vs 6-7 6 Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. 7 The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

1: God sent venomous snakes that bit many of them, many died others got sick.

2: They cried out to Moses to pray the snakes away.

3: They confessed their sin of complaining against God and Moses. Now they had to deal with the consequences.

Numbers 16: 31-33 31 As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart 32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households, and all those associated with Korah, together with their possessions. 33 They went down alive into the realm of the dead, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community.

1 Timothy 5: 20 20 But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove before everyone, so that the others may take warning.

Point 3:  Its not always what you think. Vs 8 8 The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.”

Point 4: The power is in the original. 2 Kings 18: 4, John 3: 14-15

4 He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan). 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.

John 3: 14 – 15 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him..

John 6:48 – 51 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

Life Application:

1: Look and live

2: Wilderness living will reveal the real you

3: Obedience simplifies life

A Joyrful Noise

Pericope :  Psalm 100: 1-5 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singi...