Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Gift of Giving (12/5/10)

Sermon Text: John 3:16 - 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Sermon Title: The Gift of Giving

Point 1: God gave us the gift of the Law – Deut. 8:11 Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.
a) Let us know we don’t measure up
Point 2: God gave us the gift of His Word – Deut 8:3 - 3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
a) Creates Dependency
Point 3: God gave us the gift of an Inheritance – Galatians 3:18 For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.
a) We cannot earn it, it is ours through relationship
Point 4: God gave us the gift of His Son – John 3:16 - 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
a) We have eternal life and relationship.
Point 5: God gave us the gift of Success – Gen. 24:12 - 12 Then he prayed, “LORD, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.
a) We have…
Point 6: God gave us the ability to get wealth– Deut. 8:18 - 18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Eccl 5:19 - 19 Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.
a) We have…
Point 7: God gave us the gift of conditions “if” – Deut 11:27 - 27 the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today;
a) We have …
Point 8: God gave us the gift of headship – Deut 28:13 - 13 The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.
a) We have
Point 9: God gave us the gift of victory – 2 Chronicles 20:15
He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.
a) We have ….
Point 10: God gave us every good and perfect gift – 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.
a) We have….
Point 11: God gave us the gift of wisdom and understanding – James 3:13 - [Two Kinds of Wisdom] Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.
a) We have…
Point 12: God gave us the gift of deliverance – Isa 66:9 - 9 Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?” says the LORD. “Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?” says your God.
a) We have…
Point 13: What do we give God?
We should give him our lives!
Conclusion: The gift you will receive will be changing a generation! How that that compare to a 3DFlat Screen TV. How does that compare to a Wii? How does that compare to clothes? How does that compare to a new phone?

The Gift of Giving: The Reward

Sermon Text: Matt 6:4KJV - so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Sermon Title: The Gift of Giving: The Reward
Point 1: Fulfillment – 6:2-3 - 2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
Whenever people gave to those in need during biblical days many would make a big deal. They would literally broadcast it like a parade. It was as if they wanted God’s glory for doing it.
When you give with the attitude of look at me, you set up a little “g” god situation.
The person who receives will unwittingly thank you and you will unwittingly receive the thanks. If you are not careful you will bask in the moment. Those words of thanks belong to God. And in the heart of the recipient they now placed you in God’s place.
POINT 2: Sustainment – 6:25-34 - 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
In Jesus discourse, notice Jesus makes the argument that when you give at a minimum, God will reward you with the basis of life.
Point 3: Advancement – vs. 33 - 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. When you give the reward you receive is the advancement of God’s agenda. God’s agenda is funded by God’s people.
Matthew 13:58 - And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
Jesus also said in Matthew 10:14 - If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.
Let’s review Sunday sermon on the cost of compassion.
1) Compassion is Need not Worth;
2) Compassion Feels;
3) Compassion Does;
4) Compassion Costs;
5) Compassion Demonstrates.
Luke 10: 35 The next day he took out two denarii[a] ($40 today) and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
Corinthians 16:2 - On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
STORY ONE - Several years ago in Chicago, Joseph Kratzle, a service elevator operator in an apartment house, recovered two checks for $114,000 that had been lost by the tenant in the apartment house where he worked. His reward was a fifteen cent tip and a solicitous offer to put iodine on the cuts on his hands that he received while searching through fourteen trash bags and garbage cans. The job took three hours, he said. Mr. Kratzle accepted the fifteen cents. But declined the offer of first aid. He administered his own treatment when he returned to the basement from the tenant’s apartment. The checks were in envelopes, that had been placed by error with a bundle of letters to be discarded.
It was not Mr. Kratzle’s first experience at finding valuables. Years before, when he had been employed as a window cleaner, he was working in the Federal Reserve Bank, and found a package on the floor. It contained $83,000 in cash. That adventure was more profitable. The president of the bank gave Mr. Kratzle twenty-five dollars. God is not that stingy with rewards. He has His reward when he comes.
• Revelation 22:12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.
• 1 Cor. 3:13-15 - 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
STORY TWO: There is an epitaph on a tombstone that reads: “What I SPENT, I LOST. What I SAVED, I LEFT. What I GAVE, I HAVE.” As we INVEST in the Kingdom of God, we assure for ourselves an ETERNAL REWARD.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

God Idea: The Morning After

NLC LC@AL 11-17-10

Sermon Text:  Numbers 16:28b
Sermon Title:  God Idea:  The Morning After
The morning after the Israelites saw the miracle of the death of the 250, the manifestation of the events of that day and ran because they got the message; they act like they got a hangover.  They accuse Moses of murdering God’s PEOPLE? They act like they can’t remember anything.  How do you completely miss what God was doing?  How do you get up and flip the script on God.  After all God has done then you confuse what you saw. 

Point 1:  Interpretation
The move of God always needs interpretation.  The day after the people ran in fear, vs. 34 - 34 At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, “The earth is going to swallow us too!”
They accused Moses of murder.  Vs. 41 -  41 The next day the whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. “You have killed the LORD’s people,” they said.
They completely misinterpreted the message and move of God. 
At first you wonder how they could misinterpret that?  Then when you think these are the same people right after 10 plagues grumbled.  Here are the same people who after the Red Sea swallowed Pharaoh and his army grumbled.  This is the same people who complained right after their dinner of manna from heaven, quail and water from a rock.  This is the same people whose clothes did not wear out in the desert and saw God lead them with a pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night.  They saw Moses meet with God face to face.  They got the original copy of the word of God written by the finger of God. 
The interpretation in the text; God is in control and he will not permit his congregation/community to be divided.  How do I know its God?  Ask yourself; does it add, increase, bring peace, fix, etc.  Then it’s God.  Don’t be confused like the Israelites. 

Point 2:  Intercessionvs. 45-46 - 45 “…. And they fell facedown.  46 Then Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer and put incense in it, along with burning coals from the altar, and hurry to the assembly to make atonement for them. Wrath has come out from the LORD; the plague has started.”
Interpretation didn’t work so Moses had to start interceding for Israel. Notice something Moses is praying for people who raised up against him.
a)    Light up
b)    Lace up – Aaron laced up his sandals and ran into the midst of the people.  Aaron literally stood between the living and the dead. 
c)    Line up – Aaron lined up with the people who couldn’t stand him. 

Point 3:  Interruptionvs. 48-50 - 48 He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped. 49 But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah. 50 Then Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance to the tent of meeting, for the plague had stopped.
After the intercession the plague was interrupted.  The plague only claimed 14,700 lives.  It was on its way to claiming more.
The wages of sin is death and the gift of God is eternal life.  Look what the word says in the MSG bible in James 1:13 Don't let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, "God is trying to trip me up." God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one's way. The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare-up of our own lust. Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer.
God is able.  In order for God to do it follow Moses and Aaron’s lead. 
a)    Recognize the plague

b)    Remain at the Temple to get in God’s face

c)    Ratchet up their prayers/requests

Conclusion:  Don’t wake up the morning after God has showed himself with a miracle, manifestation and message and forget it was God.  If you do remember Interpret; Intercede and God will Interrupt. 

A God Idea: Whose Time Has Come

Wednesday, November 3rd
LifeChanging At Another Level Bible Study
Bishop Dudley

Sermon Text:  Numbers 16:28b - 28Then Moses said, "This is how you will know that the LORD has sent me to do all these things and that it was not my idea:
Sermon Title:  A God Idea: Whose Time Has Come
From time to time something unthinkable gets started and nothing can seem to stop it.  Every now and then the force of a plan, a vision, a movement takes hold in the hearts of men and women; and it becomes alive.  Someone said, “There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”  Someone else said you cannot kill an idea.  You cannot put it in prison; you cannot destroy it, strip it naked and make it ashamed to appear in public.  And when that idea is from God, Jesus said the gates of hell won’t even prevail.
Point 1: U R A God Idea
            Like Israel in the text is a God idea whose time has come so are you and I. A God idea takes time, temperature, totality.
(a)          Time: It took Israel generations to evolve
1)    Abraham Isaac, Jacob (generational)
2)    400 years oppression (temperature)
3)    40 years in wilderness (totality)
(b)          A God idea emanates and radiates God’s glory. Beautiful mountains, crash of the seashore, a computer solving problems, a skyscraper touching the sky, a parent parenting well, a home full of joy, prosperity, more than enough, external life and all God ideas that literally glow in the dark.
His people are his idea. The Promised Land is his idea and with every God idea comes opposition and a plan to overcome opposition.
Point 2: Opposed
            Israel was opposed from within; you too will be opposed from within.
Romans 7:7-21 - 7But I can hear you say, "If the law code was as bad as all that, it's no better than sin itself." That's certainly not true. The law code had a perfectly legitimate function. Without its clear guidelines for right and wrong, moral behavior would be mostly guesswork. Apart from the succinct, surgical command, "You shall not covet," I could have dressed covetousness up to look like a virtue and ruined my life with it.  8-12Don't you remember how it was? I do, perfectly well. The law code started out as an excellent piece of work. What happened, though, was that sin found a way to pervert the command into a temptation, making a piece of "forbidden fruit" out of it. The law code, instead of being used to guide me, was used to seduce me. Without all the paraphernalia of the law code, sin looked pretty dull and lifeless, and I went along without paying much attention to it. But once sin got its hands on the law code and decked itself out in all that finery, I was fooled, and fell for it. The very command that was supposed to guide me into life was cleverly used to trip me up, throwing me headlong. So sin was plenty alive, and I was stone dead. But the law code itself is God's good and common sense, each command sane and holy counsel.  13I can already hear your next question: "Does that mean I can't even trust what is good [that is, the law]? Is good just as dangerous as evil?" No again! Sin simply did what sin is so famous for doing: using the good as a cover to tempt me to do what would finally destroy me. By hiding within God's good commandment, sin did far more mischief than it could ever have accomplished on its own.
 14-16I can anticipate the response that is coming: "I know that all God's commands are spiritual, but I'm not. Isn't this also your experience?" Yes. I'm full of myself—after all, I've spent a long time in sin's prison. What I don't understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can't be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God's command is necessary.  17-20But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can't keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don't have what it takes. I can will it, but I can't do it. I decide to do good, but I don't really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don't result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.  21-23It happens so regularly that it's predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God's commands, but it's pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.
 24I've tried everything and nothing helps. I'm at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn't that the real question?  25The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.
Point 3: Plan to Overcome
            Moses’ plan to overcome was to remind his enemies he/what he was doing was a God idea.
            When you remind the enemy you are a God idea you also remind yourself. When you remind yourself you rekindle the word to start the passion not to be denied. You restore your faith in God. You rehearse his word in your heart. You represent his word in the earth. You renovate the old thoughts of failure and turn them into new thoughts of success. You refurbish what was turned down. You replenished for the long haul. You are recommitted to the fact you are a God idea.

Hidden Hurts...Public Deliverance

Wednesday, October 23,  2010
Sermon Text:  2 Sam. 6:23
Sermon Title:  Hidden Hurts Public Deliverance
Emotions are always present.  Emotions are a part of life they just aren’t supposed to control your life.  For some of us, we hide them in hopes they would go away but you must be willing to be healed publically. 
In the text, Michal was barren until the day she died.  The text seems so unkind to her to let that be the last words said about the wife of David.  But deep behind the text is lurking her hidden hurt and pain.  Now like the leaves, she is about to show her true colors.  Behind this bitter woman is some hidden hurt.  2 Sam. 3:13-16  13 "Good," said David. "I will make an agreement with you. But I demand one thing of you: Do not come into my presence unless you bring Michal daughter of Saul when you come to see me." 14 Then David sent messengers to Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, demanding, "Give me my wife Michal, whom I betrothed to myself for the price of a hundred Philistine foreskins."
 15 So Ish-Bosheth gave orders and had her taken away from her husband Paltiel son of Laish. 16 Her husband, however, went with her, weeping behind her all the way to Bahurim. Then Abner said to him, "Go back home!" So he went back.

Point 1: Isaolated – 2 Sam 6: 16 As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she despised him in her heart.  Unresolved hurt will cause you to isolate yourself.  On this glorious day the kings court was in full glory, but Michal is in the palace peaking out of the window.  She chooses to be alone. Isolation is a guarantee pain will penetrate every area of your life.       One of the first things some like to do when they have been hurt is withdraw.  Refuse to be touched.

Point 2: Interpret vs. 20 - 20 When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, "How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, disrobing in the sight of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!"
When David returns home he tries to help Michal understand the importance of today’s events.  He tried to put it in context for Michal.  Michal has her own interpretation.  When you interpret life through your hurt/pain, you see things that don’t exist. 

Point 3:  Impotent. Vs. 23 And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death
The worst thing that could ever happen to a woman during the biblical days outside of rape/murder was being barren.  The writer simply drops the bombshell and moves on to the next story.  The writer does so because it’s rather obvious. 

If you are impotent/barren and nothing is happening in your life could it be you have hidden hurt?  Invite Jesus in your life.  Invite Christ in for public deliverance.  Invite Jesus in so you can get your joy back.  Invite Jesus in so he can deal with the hidden hurt so your true colors will shine through. 

The Spirit of Emotions 10/13/2010

Sermon Text:            2 Timothy 1:7 - 7For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
Sermon Title:            The Spirit of Emotions
For everything that is godly the Enemy has a counterfeit. Faith in God is of course godly. The counter of faith is fear. In our previous scriptures Jesus connected the dots for us. He told the disciples Matt 8:26-  26He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.  He said they shouldn’t be afraid and they had half of faith. Jesus told Peter a similar thing in Matthew 14:31 -  31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?". Paul said it best God in our text, God did not give you a spirit of fear. Emphasis on spirit. So all of my human emotions hurt, pain, pleasure which grow out my soulish realm carry a spirit that has its own negative anointing. This means I have to be vigilant to increase my godly anointing which ultimately increase my faith. My faith will always lead to godly living and increased power.
I want you to see how the spirit of emotions can take over the people of God and delay his purpose/agenda individually/collectively in the earth. This is seen best by the story of the Israelites Num 13:26-33 - 26 They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 They gave Moses this account: "We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. 28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan."
 30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, "We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it."
 31 But the men who had gone up with him said, "We can't attack those people; they are stronger than we are." 32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, "The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. 33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them."
The children of Israel are on the verge of something big. They are minutes and miles away from the Promised Land. All they need is the anointing of faith to walk into Canaan and possess the land. But another anointing shows up and tries to counter the faith anointing. There is a show down. Let’s see who wins. In one corner there is Emotions. In the other corner there is Faith.
Emotional Anointing
Faith Anointing
Deminishes - vs 33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them."
Makes you think small, seem small, and act small. You shrink
When your emotions grow….the Israelites emotions got the best of them.
Enlarge VS27 They gave Moses this account: "We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit.
Caleb saw the big things of God
Deteriorates VS 32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, "The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size.
Emotional anointing can break down the entire moral, strength and confidence of the entire move of God.
Empowers VS  30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, "We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it."
Faith strengthens in the fall of problems.

Delays 14:1-41 That night all the people of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. 2 All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, "If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! 3 Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn't it be better for us to go back to Egypt?" 4 And they said to each other, "We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt."
40 years verses a few days all because of emotions
Excellerates VS  30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, "We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it."

God does a quick work

Who are you listening to? Whoever you are listening to is going to increase the anointing/spirit in you. I John 3:21 -  21Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 
This will help you understand confidence in God to do Ps 34:4 -  4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me;  he delivered me from all my fears. Comes by which anointing growing.
I can certainly do this. I can certainly live right. I can certainly be in control of my emotions. I can certainly have what God wants me to have. I can certainly be healed, delivered and set free. I can certainly…… And it starts with me feeding the spirit of faith and starving the spirit of emotions.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Why Do I Half Believe

Lesson Summary – 6 Oct 10
Lesson Text:  Matt 8:26
Sermon Series:  Whole and Not Broke”
Lesson Title: “Whole and Not Broke:  Why Do I Half-Believe?

            “He replied, ‘on you of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then He got up and
rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.”  Matt 8:26 NIV

Signs of emotional wholeness
·         No fear
·         Strength
·         Not easily shaken
·         Stable, unmovable

If you are waiting for the right time, it is really about fear
·         Fear breaks wholeness
·         Fear affects equilibrium (balance); will not do all you need to do
·         Fear contaminates your walk, talk, and thoughts
o   Elisha was afraid; sat under the broom tree
§  Stopped carrying out the mandate on his life
§  Inconsistent thoughts; not characteristic of one who called down fire from the
o   Disciples were afraid; in room behind closed doors, forgot everything they saw/knew
§  Jesus walking on water
§  Healing
§  Delivering
§  Mount of Transfiguration
§  Calmed seas
§  Called Peter out to him on water
·         When life happens, worry steps up
o   Worry:  the doorway to fear
o   Wondering if it will work out

·         Context ~
o   Disciples on a ship 680 ft below sea level; the sea that Jesus said to the disciples “let's go to the other side”
o   Without warning, weather went from clear to stormy
§  Without warning – life
§  At the exact time Jesus is sleeping in the bottom of the boat
o   Recurring event; earthquake in addition to winds
o   They are together, lives in eminent danger; prime time for emotions and fear
o   Why are you so afraid, as translated by Lightfoot (NT scholar), why do you half-believe?
§  Not that I don’t believe at all, but I don’t believe it all

What do you do when life happens (without warning)

1)      Decide not to fear
·         Fear cancels faith
·         The moment you become afraid, decide not to be afraid (make up your mind)
·         Ps 118:6, Eph 6:16, Ps 91:7, 11-12
·         Gates to Fear
o   Your will
o   Your words
o   Your eyes
o   Your ears

2)      Understand God’s protection
·         Isa 43: 1-2 (memorize)
·         Rom 8: 31 – 32
·         Jude 1:24

3)      Develop confidence in God’s promise
·         2 Pet 1:4
·         Weak faith muscles; lack of use causes atrophy
·         Work the muscles, must have faith
o   Battle of confidence is in the mind
o   Fill it with the word of God; builds confidence
o   There will be a warfare; renew the mind
§  2 Cor 10:5
§  Gal 6:9
§  Gen 8:22

4)      Live in God’s perfect love
·         1 John 4: 17 – 18
·         Agape: God-like love; no conditions or requirements
o   He will keep me no matter what
o   Even if I mess up; allows me to act on faith

3 D's of Debt

Lesson Summary – 29 Sept 10
Lesson Text:  Prov 22;7
Sermon Series:  Whole and Not Broke”
Lesson Title: “The 3D’s of Debt”

            “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” Prov 22:7 NIV

The 3 D’s of Debt
1.      Direction
2.      Drown
3.      Delay

1)      Direction ~ 2 Kgs 4: 1-7
·         You must be willing to take direction
o   One of two positions --  not knowing or knowing and not applying
·         Desperate housewife; husband died, creditors want to take sons to satisfy the debt
·         Man of God gave her instructions
o   Use what you have (oil) – deliverance, time, patience
o   Debt relief in her hands
o   She did not follow directions
§  Sent sons to collect jars
§  Ran out of jars; did not know how many jars she had
·         Man of God told her to sell the oil, pay debts, and live on what was left
o   Got only a portion of the overflow; lived on enough versus more than enough
o   Limited herself by not following directions
·         Ps 119:105 – remain in the dark
·         Ps 119: 11 – hide the Word in your heart
·         John 8:32 – the truth will set you free

2)      Drown ~ 2 Kgs 6:5
·         Context of the text
o   Building a larger church for God; more room for the Lord
o   Axe head:  very valuable tool, difficult to make, and is borrowed
·         The axe head fell in the water and sank to the bottom
·         Man of God threw a stick in the very place where the axe head fell and it swam to the top
o   Do God’s work and God is obligated to take care of your stuff

3)      Delay ~ Prov 22:7
·         God’s desire for us is an abundant life – John 10:10
·         Money = time
o   Minimum wage -- $8.25/hr; 1 hr of your life is worth $8.25
o   Debt takes time to pay off; time you can’t get back
o   Can’t move into destiny because time is subtracted from your life – the rich ruler (John 10: 17 – 22)
§  Told to sell all had and give to the poor, then he would have treasure in heaven
§  Went away sad because he had great wealth; he could not move into his destiny  because he was not willing to pay debt
§  Acts 5:5, Gen 5:16

Family Exercise

    worship (online only) please complete the Life Application from the sermon.  See attached or below.   Family Exercise – Virtual Family S...