TANGO 20190217 - EP 02 - LOVE & RESPECT

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TANGO 20190217 - EP 02 - LOVE & RESPECT

TANGO

Great relationships are like a dance; they move with passion in an interwoven heartbeat. This series of movements provide a lifetime of shared experiences, growth, beauty and style. Great dances require practice, learning the instinctive flow of your partner, encountering conflicting steps and learning recovery. When a couples life is out of sync, breakdowns begin to happen. The repeated impact causes callouses to grow on the heart. To be great at the dance, how do couple’s repair the soul well? In this short 3-week preaching series, the messages are made to inspire, challenge, and encourage you in your relationships whether you are single, dating, or married.

EPHESIANS 5:33 NKJV Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so LOVE his own wife as himself, and let the wife [see] that she RESPECTS [her] husband.

1 PETER 3:1-2 ESV Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be WON without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your RESPECTFUL and pure conduct.

“A woman will talk to a husband in the home in the way that a man would never talk to him. He can’t believe she can be so belligerent, so disrespectful. … So he withdraws. To him, that is the honorable thing to do.” – JOHN GOTTMAN 

According to John Gottman’s extensive research, 85% of husbands eventually stonewall their wives during conflict.

 

 “Men hear CRITICISM as contempt;

women feel SILENCE as hostility.”

-JOHN GOTTMAN

 

THE BAROMETER FOR

DIS-RESPECT IS ANGER

 

THE BAROMETER FOR

LOVELESSNESS IS UNATTUNEMENT

 

ACTIVATION

OUT OF EVERYTHING WE TALKED ABOUT TODAY,

WHAT IS YOUR ONE NEXT STEP THAT YOU NEED TO TAKE?

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TANGO 20190210 - EP 01 - MYTHS OF GREAT RELATIONSHIPS (FOUR HORSEMEN)

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TANGO 20190210 - EP 01 - MYTHS OF GREAT RELATIONSHIPS (FOUR HORSEMEN)

TANGO

Great relationships are like a dance; they move with passion in an interwoven heartbeat. This series of movements provide a lifetime of shared experiences, growth, beauty and style. Great dances require practice, learning the instinctive flow of your partner, encountering conflicting steps and learning recovery. When a couples life is out of sync, breakdowns begin to happen. The repeated impact causes callouses to grow on the heart. To be great at the dance, how do couple’s repair the soul well? In this short 3-week preaching series, the messages are made to inspire, challenge, and encourage you in your relationships whether you are single, dating, or married.

MYTHS OF GREAT RELATIONSHIPS

  1. Less disagreement equals greater closeness.

  2. We must resolve ALL our problems to have a GR.

  3. Our greatest threat is our personality flaws.

  4. We must have an equal 50/50 load.

  5. We must meet a sexual relation quota.

  6. Having babies will solve the closeness problems.

  7. If it is GREAT, it will require minimal work.

 

HOW WOULD YOU

LIKE TO KNOW WITH CERTAINTY

THAT YOUR RELATIONSHIPS

WILL GROW TO GREATNESS?

 

MATTHEW 19:7-8 AMP They said to Jesus, “WHY then did Moses command [us] to give a certificate of DIVORCE and thus to dismiss and repudiate a wife?” 8 He said to them, “BECAUSE OF THE HARDNESS (stubbornness and perversity) of your HEARTS Moses permitted you to dismiss and repudiate and divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been so [ordained].”

 

4 HORSEMEN OF APOCALYPSE

CONTEMPT

CRITICISM

DEFENSIVENESS

STONEWALLING

 

THE POWER OF BIDS

  • Couples who had DIVORCED had “TURN-TOWARD BIDS” 33 PERCENT of the time (3 / 10).

  • The couples who were STILL TOGETHER had “TURN-TOWARD BIDS” 87 PERCENT of the time (9 / 10).

 

#1 FACTOR - CONTEMPT

Couples who are focused on

criticizing their partners

MISS A WHOPPING 50 PERCENT

of positive things their partners are doing,

and they see negativity when it’s not there.

 

KINDNESS ILLUSTRATED 

DISASTERS

“You’re late. What’s wrong with you? You’re just like your mom.”

 

MASTERS

“I feel bad for picking on you about your lateness, and I know it’s not your fault,

but it’s really annoying that you’re late again.”

 

PRACTICING KINDNESS

  1. See love as an energy, not a formality!

  2. See kindness as a muscle, not a fixed trait.

  3. Nurture tenderness with a love map. (Click Here)

  4. Be generous about your partner’s intentions.

  5. Be generous celebrating your partners good news.

  6. Prioritize church ecosystems (Groups)

 

ACTIVATION

OUT OF EVERYTHING WE TALKED ABOUT TODAY,

WHAT IS YOUR ONE NEXT STEP THAT YOU NEED TO TAKE?

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RADIOACTIVE 20190120 - EP 02

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RADIOACTIVE 20190120 - EP 02

TODAY’S EPISODE:

MODEL OF BEHAVIOR

  1. HEART

  2. CORE BELIEFS (EMOTIONAL BELIEFS)

  3. CONSUMING THOUGHTS

  4. COMPULSIVE BEHAVIOR (HEALTHY OR UNHEALTHY)

 

THE ENERGY

THAT POWERS OUR ENTIRE BEING

IS EITHER FEAR OR LOVE!

 

THE BIBLE - HEART

IDENTITY is generally synonymous

with the Bible’s use of the word “HEART.”

NEUROSCIENCE - THE BRAIN’S LIMBIC SYSTEM

IDENTITY is generally synonymous

with neuroscience’s use of the

LIMBIC SYSTEM of the brain

(fight, flight and freeze).

 

SYNONYMS OF IDENTITY

NEUROSCIENCE – LIMBIC SYSTEM

THEOLOGY – HEART

PSYCHOLOGY – IDENTITY

 

The healing balm for our wounds is only found in:

INTIMACY

with GOD,

OURSELVES

and OTHERS.

ONLY INTIMACY RESTORES IDENTITY!

 

RADIOACTIVE COMES FROM TWO WORDS

  • “Radio,” which means access or transmission of radiant energy, or in a radius

  • “Active” which means “compelled movement.”

  • EXPRESSING RADIANT ENERGY THROUGH ACTIVATIONS!

 

  • I’m waking up

  • Feeling it in my bones

  • Enough to make my systems blow

  • Welcome to the revolution, the new age

  • I’m RADIOACTIVE!

LOVE

IS AN

ENERGY!

JOHN 15:9-12 TPT (Jesus said) I LOVE each of you with the same LOVE that the Father LOVES me. You must continually let my LOVE NOURISH YOUR HEARTS. 10 …for I continually live NOURISHED and EMPOWERED by his (the Father’s) LOVE. 11 My purpose for telling you these things is so that the JOY that I EXPERIENCE will FILL YOUR HEARTS with OVERFLOWING GLADNESS! 12 So this is my command: LOVE each other DEEPLY, as much as I have LOVED you.

 

GOD LOVES YOU

WITH ENERGY,

NOT JUST FORMALITY!

 

A RENEWED MIND

AND A RESTORED SOUL

ARE POWERED BY

ACTIVATIONS OF LOVE!

 

1 JOHN 4:16 NKJV …GOD IS LOVE, and he who ABIDES IN LOVE abides in God, and God in him.

 

LOVE IS THE

ENERGY FORCE

WITHIN

GOD’S NATURE!

 

MATTHEW 22:37-39 TPT Jesus answered him, “LOVE the Lord your God with every PASSION of your heart, with all the ENERGY of your being, and with EVERY THOUGHT that is within you.” … “LOVE your FRIEND (NEIGHBOR) in the same way you LOVE YOURSELF.”

 

GALATIANS 5:6 NKJV (Paul said) … but FAITH Working (GR – energeo = energy) through LOVE.

 

WE ARE NEVER HEALTHIER,

OR MORE LIKE GOD,

OR IN TOUCH WITH HIS NATURE,

THAN WHEN WE ACTIVATE LOVE

TOWARDS OTHERS, AND EVEN SELF!

 

MY VALUE AND IDENTITY

IS IN THE CAPACITY TO LOVE!

 

LOVE IS THE PUREST ESSENCE OF SELF,

AND IS THE FOUNDATION FOR ALL

PERSONALITY, GIFTINGS AND TALENTS!

 

OUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS,

TALENTS AND ABILITIES

BECOME RADIANT WHEN

ENERGIZED BY LOVE!

 

1 CORINTHIANS 13:3 NKJV And though I BESTOW ALL MY GOODS to feed the poor, and though I GIVE MY BODY TO BE BURNED, but HAVE NOT LOVE, it PROFITS me nothing.

 

LOVE IS AN

ENERGY FORCE,

NOT

A BEHAVIOR!

 

LOVE IS RADIANT ENERGY

TO GOD, TO YOURSELF AND TO OTHERS

… EVEN YOUR ENEMIES!

 

1 CORINTHIANS 8:1 NKJV Knowledge puffs up, but LOVE EDIFIES (GR - builds).

 

LOVE WAS NEVER INTENDED

TO BE A FORM OR PRETENSE!

 

LOVE REALLY,

WITH REALISM, WITH ABANDON,

STEPPING THROUGH FEAR AND

TREPIDATION, BREAKING THROUGH

FORM AND PRESENTATION!

 

DON’T ESCAPE THE MOMENT,

WHATEVER IT IS,

TO BE FULLY PRESENT!

 

1 PETER 1:22 NKJV (Peter said) …obeying the truth through the Spirit in SINCERE LOVE of the brethren, LOVE ONE ANOTHER FERVENTLY with a PURE HEART

 

1 PETER 1:22 NKJV (Peter said) …obeying the truth through the Spirit in SINCERE (GR = anupokritos – without hypocrisy – not pretending – not being an actor) LOVE (GR = philadelphia – emotional love) of the brethren, LOVE ONE ANOTHER (GR = allelon – mutual – reciprocal) FERVENTLY (GR = ektenos – ardent – deep – intense – not formal) with a PURE (GR = katharos – without protective or prejudiced walls/barriers) HEART

 

LOVE RADIATES PAST

THE TRAUMA WOUND,

AND BEAMS HEALING

FROM THE HEART!

 

INTIMACY

(in to me I see)

 

INTIMACY IS…

SHARED EXPIENCE

MOMENTS OF MUTUAL CONNECTION

SPARKLING PRESENCE

 

IF YOU WANT A FUN LIFE,

HAVE A FERVENT LOVE LIFE!

 

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

 

JOHN 15:9-12 TPT (Jesus said) I LOVE each of you with the same LOVE that the Father LOVES me. You must continually let my LOVE NOURISH YOUR HEARTS. 10 …for I continually live NOURISHED and EMPOWERED by his (the Father’s) LOVE. 11 My purpose for telling you these things is so that the JOY that I EXPERIENCE will FILL YOUR HEARTS with OVERFLOWING GLADNESS! 12 So this is my command: LOVE each other DEEPLY, as much as I have LOVED you.

 

Happiness is not

a final destination,

but a barometer

of how

functionally aligned

we are to

God, ourselves and others.

 

CALL TO ACTION

 

Out of everything we talked about today,

what is your ONE NEXT STEP that you need to take?

(Pull out your phone and email it to yourself right now. NAME THEM!)

 

PRACTICE BEING RADIOACTIVE THIS WEEK TO

Hostile

Dismissive

Rejecting

Disinterested

Hurtful

PEOPLE!

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RADIOACTIVE 20190113 - EP 01

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RADIOACTIVE 20190113 - EP 01

RADIOACTIVE

  • Are you happy?

  • Is life fun?

  • Do you breathe in the moments of life, or are you discontented by the present as you pursue the future?

Every January the gyms fill up, the diet programs kick in and people focus on annual plans. Goals of becoming healthier, fulfilling dreams, fixing broken relationships, and going for “the gold medal” are front and center. What if God could take us on a journey of discovery, showing us the power that is deep inside? What if we knew we were created RADIOACTIVE? What if we lived in every moment, compelled to action by an energy previously unknown?  

Jesus shared an idea that often is overlooked, or even overcomplicated; he shared the power of love. He made love to be the greatest and most important of all human pursuits. He showed love as something beyond a discipline, or a behavior. He showed love as an energy, a force of God’s nature within every human heart. In RADIOACTIVE we will see the emphasis Jesus placed on this idea of love, it’s power and the profound impact it has on extensive happiness, living in every moment being fully alive.   

TODAY’S EPISODE:

WHERE WE HURT,

WE HARDEN!

WHERE WE HARDEN,

WE BECOME UN-HAPPY!!

 

RESPONSES TO REJECTION

  1. I MUST BE THE PROBLEM.

  2. I’LL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO BE ACCEPTED. (ANXIOUS)

  3. I’LL NEVER TAKE A RISK AGAIN. (SHUT DOWN)

  4. I’LL NEVER LET PEOPLE HURT ME AGAIN. (AVOIDANT)

  5. I RAGE!

 

HAVE YOU EVER

BEEN A FIRECRACKER-DUD TO OTHERS?

 

RADIOACTIVE COMES FROM TWO WORDS

  • RADIO: Access or transmission of radiant energy, or in a radius

  • ACTIVE: Compelled movement.

EXPRESSING RADIANT ENERGY

THROUGH ACTIVATIONS!

 

EPHESIANS 3:14-20 AMP [Paul prayed] I bow my knees [in reverence] before the Father [of our Lord Jesus Christ]... 16 May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be STRENGTHENED and SPIRITUALLY ENERGIZED with POWER through His Spirit IN YOUR INNER SELF, [indwelling your INNERMOST BEING and personality],17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. And may you, having been [DEEPLY] ROOTED and [SECURELY] GROUNDED in LOVE, 18 be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints (God’s people) the WIDTH and LENGTH and HEIGHT and DEPTH of His LOVE [FULLY EXPERIENCING that AMAZING, ENDLESS LOVE]; 19 and [that you may come] to know [practically, through PERSONAL EXPERIENCE] the LOVE OF CHRIST which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without EXPERIENCE], 20 Now to Him who is ABLE TO [carry out His purpose and] DO SUPERABUNDANTLY MORE than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], ACCORDING TO HIS POWER that is AT WORK (GR – energeo = energy) WITHIN US

ROMANS 5:5 NKJV Now hope does not disappoint, because the LOVE of God has been POURED OUT IN OUR HEARTS by the HOLY SPIRIT who was given to us.

1 CORINTHIANS 13:3 NKJV And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but HAVE NOT LOVE, it PROFITS me nothing.

1 JOHN 4:16 NKJV And we have known and believed the LOVE that God has for us. GOD IS LOVE, and he who ABIDES IN LOVE abides in God, and God in him.

EPHESIANS 3:20 AMP Now to Him who is ABLE TO [carry out His purpose and] DO SUPERABUNDANTLY MORE than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely BEYOND our greatest PRAYERS, HOPES, or DREAMS], ACCORDING TO HIS POWER that is AT WORK (GR – energeo = energy) WITHIN US

I PETER 3:8-11 NLT 8 Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. LOVE each other as brothers and sisters. Be TENDERHEARTED, and keep A HUMBLE ATTITUDE. 9 Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it (NKJV – “you will INHERIT a BLESSING” // GR – “to PARTAKE of HAPPINESS”). 10 For the Scriptures say, “If you want to ENJOY LIFE
and SEE MANY HAPPY DAYS, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. 11 Turn away from evil and DO GOOD (GRFEELING AWAKENED by what is JOYFUL and HAPPY). Search for peace, and work to maintain it.

 

WHERE WE HURT, WE HARDEN!

WHERE WE HARDEN, WE BECOME UN-HAPPY!!

 

HAPPINESS IS NOT WHO OR WHAT WE CONTROL;

IT IS ACTIVATING DIVINE ENERGY IN EVERY MOMENT!

 

CALL TO ACTION

 

Out of everything we talked about today,

what is your ONE NEXT STEP that you need to take?

(Pull out your phone and email it to yourself right now. NAME THEM!)

 

PRACTICE BEING RADIOACTIVE THIS WEEK TO

Hostile

Dismissive

Rejecting

Disinterested

Hurtful

PEOPLE!

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SPECIAL GUEST:  BLAINE BARTEL

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SPECIAL GUEST: BLAINE BARTEL

BLAINE BARTEL

For the past several years, Blaine Bartel, with the support of his wife Lori, has been actively coaching men who are struggling with porn and sexual brokenness. He has discovered a gift of grace to help these friends do the work of resurrection and reinvent a life previously unimagined.

You may be aware of some of Blaine’s accomplishments.

  • He was considered the “Youth Pastor of America.”

  • He hosted a national television show for more than a decade.

  • He became a best selling author. 

  • He led the largest weekly student gathering in America. 

This is what the public knew about Blaine.

What they didn’t know is that Blaine hated who he had become. Behind the curtains of his success was a man who was overcome by an unbreakable sexual addiction, severe clinical depression and marital brokenness. Eight years ago, he walked away from everything he had built and accomplished in an attempt to try to discover a life that was worth living.

After a desperate attempt to end his life, he was placed in an addiction recovery center in Phoenix, Arizona for 30 days. After hearing Blaine’s story, Dr. Ralph Earle, one of the nations leading sexual addiction specialists, told Blaine, “You are the poster child for sexual addiction. I honestly don’t know if you will ever get free.”

This was the beginning of a radical life transformation that would demand all Blaine had to give in order to fully encounter the resurrected life. Today, if you ask Blaine what his greatest achievement is, he will share this extraordinary seven year drama of the dusty, winding road up the mountain of recovery.

Blaine and Lori reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma, love hanging out with family and friends and have a weakness for reality shows. Along with his speaking and coaching, Blaine is a writer and has recently released a brand new book entitled, “Death by a Thousand Lies.”

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WHY I FAST

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WHY I FAST

TODAY’S NOTES

How you begin a year

has a lot to do

with how you finish a year!

 

Let’s launch 2019

from the healthiest position possible.

 

We are coming out of the gates with…

  • Our hearts on fire

  • Our emotions being healthy

  • Our vision being clear

  • Our faith being charged

We want to start the year from a position of …

  • Our greatest place of contentment and peace

  • Our greatest attunement to spiritual things

  • Our greatest surge of joy and hope 

Every year we begin the year at LifePointe with a 21-day spiritual fast.

  • For clarity, this fast is about setting ourselves apart to seek God.

  • It is NOT focused on who can go severe food deprivation. Everyone can tailor their food needs to their own desires.

  • We have created an entire system that ANYONE can engage, that will create radical advancement in their hearts experience with God.

In 2019 we want our spiritual lives to be at the priority, the core and center of our existence. We want to be “seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” to set the tone for everything else that is going to happen in our year.

PERSONAL BENEFITS OF FASTING

Every year during the fast I get…

  • Enlightenment

  • Clarity

  • Insight

  • Overwhelming connection with God

  • Confidence

  • Cleansing of toxins (emotionally and physically)

  • Fortitude to do what I need to do the rest of the year

  • Power

  • Attunement to divine intellect

  • In a moment God can fix things you couldn’t manage in a lifetime

 

AUTHENTIC SELF – PROTECTED/PROJECTED SELF

COLOSSIANS 3:9-10 NIV Do not lie (project falsehood) to each other, since you have taken off your OLD SELF with its practices 10 and have put on the NEW SELF, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

 

Our journey is to grow

from the false Self

toward the wholeness of the true Self.

 

1 PETER 1:22 NKJV (Peter said) Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in SINCERE (unfeigned, undisguised, without hypocrisy) love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart…

Throughout history, from Adam to each one of us today, we have used every means to color our projections, to protect ourselves. We use…

  • Money

  • Fame

  • Success

  • Power

  • Attraction

  • Busy-ness

  • Avoidance

  • Confrontation

  • Shutting Down

…to protect ourselves. And the world gets a spun up version of ourselves, a version that we know isn’t even true. So the world gets a reduced, sterilized, filtered and hidden version of the divine greatness of God’s grace inside of us. We rob our generation from the joy that is our AUTHENTIC SELF.

 

SO WHY DO I FAST?

JOEL 2:12-13 AMP Therefore also now, says the Lord, turn and KEEP ON COMING to Me with ALL YOUR HEART, with FASTING, with weeping, and with mourning [UNTIL EVERY HINDRANCE IS REMOVED and the broken fellowship is restored].

So why do I fast? Why do I set aside focused intensity with God, with exploring the recesses of my heart, with seeking clarity – which is so much more than just not eating food?

I fast because I find that fasting helps me discover - without striving, without some complex processing – it’s almost as though it surprises me every year – that I am never closer to my TRUE SELF – I’m never a better image bearer of the divine image and likeness of God - THAN WHEN I FAST LIKE THIS. 

  • It is being connected with God everyday

  • It is being in community with a bunch of people doing it with me

  • It is stripping off the emotional toxins

  • It is shutting down all the voices from media in my life – no TV, social media goes dark, no news, youtubes, escaping into entertainment

  • It is replenishing my heart with layers of intimacy

What I notice is that I don’t get snagging goobers anymore. All the clutter and the junk that weights down my mind and heart is cleansed. And I’m not TRYING to be my AUTHENTIC SELF, it is simply the spiritual fast components have stripped all the masks, walls, pretenses off.

It is simply…

  • 21-Days of Worship

  • 21-Days of Prayer

  • 21-Days of Encouragement

  • 21-Days of Devotions

  • 21-Days of Revival Type Meetings

  • 21-Days of washing in the water of God’s Word

  • 21-Days of intentionally opening my heart in genuine humility

  • 21-Days of pressing into places my restless flesh has avoided

  • 21-Days of the Holy Spirit’s anointing drawing and affirming me

  • 21-Days of an Awakening 

…and at the end of 21-Days I find that at the end of it…

  • I am so content

  • I am so peaceful

  • I am so clear

  • I am so renewed

  • I am so connected

  • I am so seen and known

  • I am so happy

  • I am so pleased to be me – I’m not trying to be something else 

There is a contentment that words cannot describe. There is a fulfillment that I am experiencing that doesn’t happen through achievement. It happens in this 21-Days of ever growing momentum with my God, and with my friends – with this Jesus who is REAL and has REDEEMED me with power.

 

CALL TO ACTION - POINTE.INFO/FAST

GUIDES

  • What is fasting?

  • Why fast?

  • What are you fasting?

  • How intense?

  • How do i lead at home?

  • Foods & recipes

  • Special advice

RESOURCES

  • Fasting calendars

  • Daily devotionals

  • Workshop courses

  • And more!

 

EVENTS

  • Man Up Weekend (Jan 4-5)

  • Red Ink Revival (Jan 11-13)

  • Sunday Night Firepit (Jan 6)

  • Wednesdays Awakenings

  • Friday Prayer/Worship (Jan 18)

  • Start Track Renewal Event (Jan 20)

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A CHRISTMAS STORY

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A CHRISTMAS STORY

A CHRISTMAS STORY

Christmas is finally here! Christ followers everywhere will gather to remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus. So what is up with the Christmas story. Everybody has seen the Nativity scene. There is a donkey, a shepherd, a few sheep, 3 kings, a treasure chest, Daddy Joseph, Mama Mary, and baby Jesus in a cradle-nest made of tree branches. Oh, and don’t forget the barn that looks like a thatch bus stop. What does it mean? Are the stories behind the story interesting? Does any of it matter?  

The Biblical Christmas story is like watching a mystery theater; every scene has a twist. As this puzzling drama unfolds, the characters emerge with fascinating pasts. They are players injected into God’s plan to solve the suffering of the ages. This suspenseful piecing together of the Nativity’s characters and circumstances makes the birth of Jesus a thriller, leaving each of us a newfound purpose and power to make a difference. In A Christmas Story, we shift our eyes from surface ideas of the manger to reveal God’s ultimate masterpiece of Redemption.

LUKE 2:1-20 NKJV And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in SWADDLING cloths, and laid Him in a MANGER, because there was no room for them in the INN (guest chamber). 8 Now there were in the same country SHEPHERDS living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an ANGEL of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the SIGN TO YOU: You will find a Babe wrapped in SWADDLING CLOTHS, lying in a MANGER.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a MULTITUDE OF THE HEAVENLY HOST praising God and saying: 14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” 15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

 

PROPHECIES

  • 40 AUTHORS

  • 1,500 YEARS

  • 66 BOOKS

  • 1,000+ PROPHECIES

  • 300+ MESSIANIC PROPHECIES

 

PROPHECIES – THE ODDS

  • KILLED BY LIGHTNING STRIKE (2x107)

  • BECOMING PRESIDENT (1x107)

  • METEORITE LAND ON HOUSE (1x1014)

  • 8 MESSIANIC PROPHECIES FULFILLED (1x1028)

 

OUTLINE NOTES

  • PROPHICIES

  • JOSEPH

  • MARY

  • MARY AND JOSEPH

  • BETHLEHEM

  • SHEPHERDS

  • JERUSALEM – TEMPLE BABY DEDICATION

  • MAGI

  • KING HEROD

  • MAGI

  • JESUS

  • YOU

 

1 JOHN 4:17 NKJV Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because AS JESUS CHRIST ISSO ARE WE in this world.

 

CALL TO ACTION

What is your ONE NEXT STEP that you need to take?

SHARE THE CHRISTMAS STORY! 

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MERRY STRESSMAS 2018 - RELATIONSHIPS

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MERRY STRESSMAS 2018 - RELATIONSHIPS

MERRY STRESSMAS  

  • What stresses you out during the Christmas season?

  • What turns the celebration of Christ into an emotional meltdown?

  • Maybe it is schedules, budgets and/or toxic interpersonal situations?

The good news is that there tools, principles and wisdom to rise above these situations. When we approach stress with a “victim’s mentality” we are vulnerable to biological, mental and relational viruses. However, when we approach stress as a challenge to overcome, we enter with the health of a Jesus-disciple.

Join us for our annual holiday preaching series at LifePointe called, MERRY STRESSMAS, DON’T LET THE GRINCH STEAL CHRISTMAS. Discover with us how to reach the other side of the holidays being healthy, happy and holy!

TODAY’S MESSAGE

PSALM 37:4-6 TPT Make God the utmost delight and pleasure of your life, and HE WILL PROVIDE FOR YOU WHAT YOU DESIRE THE MOST. 5 Give God the right to direct your life, and as you trust him along the way YOU’LL FIND HE PULLED IT OFF PERFECTLY! 6… He will manifest AS YOUR JUSTICE, as sure and strong as the noonday sun.

 

QUESTION

At the end of the holidays,

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO HAVE EXPERIENCED,

or how do you want to have benefited?

 

PRINCIPLE

Expenditures/gifts should

HONOR the joy in relationships,

not BE the joy in relationships.

Gifts CELEBRATE relationships,

not FIX relationships!

 

FACT

WHERE DOES STRESS COME FROM?

Stress is rooted in our

desire to control

something or someone!

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PATH TO BEING STRESS FREE

 

1.  SELF AWARENESS – ATTUNEMENT

PSALM 77:6 KJV [Asaph said in a time of deep distress]  COMMUNE with MINE OWN HEART:  and my SPIRIT made DILIGENT SEARCH.

 

PRINCIPLE

You cannot CHANGE,

or FEEL DIFFERENTLY about,

what you DO NOT ACKNOWLEDGE.

You have to NAME IT to TAME IT!

 

PRINCIPLE

Often we AREN’T BATTLING

the OTHER PERSON,

but our own WOUND-BASED NARRATIVE.

 

  • SELF-QUESTION #1 - What does this person, group, event or environment DO TO ME?”

  • SELF-QUESTION #2 - “How long does it take me TO GET BACK TO ZERO after I have been with this person, group, event or environment?”  

  • SELF-QUESTION #3 - “What JUSTIFICATIONS do I wrestle with?”  

  • SELF-QUESTION #4 - “Why do I KEEP THINKING about this? Why do I get DYSREGULATED EMOTIONALLY with this?”  

  • SELF-QUESTION #5 - “Is this GOOD STEWARDSHIP of my energies?”

 

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2.  DIFFERENTIATION – BOUNDARIES

 

DEFINITION

BOUNDARIES, in a broad sense, are the lines or things that mark a LIMIT, BOUND, or BORDER. Boundaries are the realization of our own person apart from others. This sense of separateness forms the basis of personal identity.

 

PRINCIPLE

GROWTH in BOUNDARIES means growth in…

EMOTIONAL Intelligence

SOCIAL Intelligence

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3.  LOVE – GENEROSITY OF HEART

COLOSSIANS 3:12-14 TPT … Be MERCIFUL as you endeavor to UNDERSTAND OTHERS, and be compassionate, showing kindness toward all. Be gentle and humble, unoffendable in your patience with others. 13 TOLERATE THE WEAKNESSES of those in the family of faith, FORGIVING one another in the same way you have been graciously forgiven by Jesus Christ. … 14 For LOVE IS SUPREME and MUST FLOW THROUGH each of these VIRTUES. Love becomes the mark of TRUE MATURITY.

 

HOW TO STAY HAPPY!

REMEMBER WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT:

LOVE is the answer to HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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CALL TO ACTION

What is your ONE NEXT STEP that you need to take?  

  • Begin soothing/spiritual/self-care exercises

  • Invite safe family/friends into your stress

  • Decide in advance what you want each event experience to be

  • Prepare to limit exposure to dysregulating experiences

  • Take the Science of Freedom Workshop to understand yourself

  • Go with the energy of love generously flowing from the heart

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MERRY STRESSMAS 2018 - MONEY & BUDGETS

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MERRY STRESSMAS 2018 - MONEY & BUDGETS

MERRY STRESSMAS  

  • What stresses you out during the Christmas season?

  • What turns the celebration of Christ into an emotional meltdown?

  • Maybe it is schedules, budgets and/or toxic interpersonal situations?

The good news is that there tools, principles and wisdom to rise above these situations. When we approach stress with a “victim’s mentality” we are vulnerable to biological, mental and relational viruses. However, when we approach stress as a challenge to overcome, we enter with the health of a Jesus-disciple.

Join us for our annual holiday preaching series at LifePointe called, MERRY STRESSMAS, DON’T LET THE GRINCH STEAL CHRISTMAS. Discover with us how to reach the other side of the holidays being healthy, happy and holy!

TODAY’S MESSAGE

QUESTION #1

At the end of the holidays,

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO HAVE EXPERIENCED,

or how do you want to have benefited?

 

FACT

During the holidays

Americans are notorious

TO SPEND INORDINATE AMOUNTS OF MONEY

on things that later

INDUCE INORDINATE AMOUNTS OF STRESS!

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QUESTION #2

What is a HEALTHY PERSPECTIVE

for relating with money

that will support long-term emotional peace?

PRINCIPLE

Money will either be YOUR servant,

or YOU will become money’s slave!

 

PRINCIPLE

Money will either be YOUR servant,

or YOU will become money’s slave!

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YOU get to decide!

 

Matthew 6:21, 24 KJV (Jesus said) For where your TREASURE is, there your HEART will be also … 24 No one can SERVE TWO MASTERS; for either he will HATE the one and LOVE the other, or else he will be LOYAL (DEVOTED) to the one and DESPISE the other. You cannot serve GOD and MAMMON.

SYNONYMS

SERVE God, LOVE God, DEVOTE to God

OR

SERVE money, HATE (not love) God, DESPISE God 

REFLECTION

Which of these statements

create more anxiety in you?

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“There is no God?”

“There is no money?”

 

PRINCIPLE

MONEY decisions

are

SPIRITUAL decisions!

 

PRINCIPLE

Expenditures should

HONOR the joy in relationships,

not BE the joy in relationships.

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QUESTION #3

To stay healthy

do I have to commit

to a SPENDING PLAN?

 

WHAT IS A BUDGET?

A budget is a SPENDING PLAN,

rather than a SPENDING REACTION.

A budget is FORWARD THINKING,

NOT paying off PAST STUFF.

 

WHAT A BUDGET IS NOT…

  • Having money left over at the end of the month.

  • Having the ability to pay my bills on time.

  • Having the ability to pay my credit card off every month.

  • Using the money I have today to spend on discretionary things when I know other large essential expenditures are coming due in the months ahead.

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QUESTION #4

To be healthy emotionally

HOW MUCH SHOULD I SPEND

for the holidays?

 

AVERAGE CHRISTMAS SPENDING

1.6% OF HOUSEHOLD INCOME

(REASONABLE – DÉCOR, MEALS, GIFTS, ETC.)

$25,000 = $400

$50,000 = $800

$100,000 = $1,600

 

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QUESTION #5

How do I manage

the financial stress

I FEEL RIGHT NOW?

 

PRINCIPLES

  • Emotional self-care

  • Differentiation

  • Relational connections

  • Love/serve the less fortunate

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CALL TO ACTION

What is your ONE NEXT STEP that you need to take?

 

  • Aggressively begin soothing/self-care exercises

  • Invite family/friends into your stress

  • Serve the less fortunate

  • Create a budget (before 2019)

  • Go to a Financial Peace Seminar

  • Begin tithing (10%), or start percentage giving towards 10%

  • Reduce debt by selling something

  • Get a second job (income stream)

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MERRY STRESSMAS 2018 - TIME & SCHEDULES

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MERRY STRESSMAS 2018 - TIME & SCHEDULES

MERRY STRESSMAS  

  • What stresses you out during the Christmas season?

  • What turns the celebration of Christ into an emotional meltdown?

  • Maybe it is schedules, budgets and/or toxic interpersonal situations?

The good news is that there tools, principles and wisdom to rise above these situations. When we approach stress with a “victim’s mentality” we are vulnerable to biological, mental and relational viruses. However, when we approach stress as a challenge to overcome, we enter with the health of a Jesus-disciple.

Join us for our annual holiday preaching series at LifePointe called, MERRY STRESSMAS, DON’T LET THE GRINCH STEAL CHRISTMAS. Discover with us how to reach the other side of the holidays being healthy, happy and holy!

TODAY’S MESSAGE

STRESSORS

  • WEATHER

  • EVENT PLANNING

  • FOODS

  • FAMILY

  • TRAUMA MEMORIES

  • MONEY

  • COMPARISONS

 

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

  • OUTDOOR DÉCOR

  • INDOOR DÉCOR

  • ELF ON SHELF

  • SANTA

  • GIFTS

  • COMMUNITY SVC

  • CHARITIES

  • PARTIES

  • MEMORIES

  • LIGHTS TOURS

  • FAMILY PHOTOS

  • CHRISTMAS EVE

  • CHRISTMAS DAY

EPHESIANS 5:15-17 NKJV See then that you walk CIRCUMSPECTLY (GR – exactly, accurately and diligently), not as fools but as WISE, 16 redeeming the TIME, because the days are EVIL (GR – full of labors, annoyances and hardships; pressed and harassed). 17 Therefore do not be UNWISE (GR – without reflection; acting rashly), but understand what the WILL (GR – commands, precepts and pleasures of) of the Lord [is].

 

Manage your TIME

and you will manage your LIFE;

abdicate to CHAOS

and chaos will manage YOU!

 

WHAT TO DO?

 

1 - DECIDE what YOU WANT at the end of the HOLIDAYS

  • IDENTIFY what is MOST IMPORTANT

  • DEFINE desired SHARED EXPERIENCES

  • SEEK first things FIRST

  • DECIDE for DISTRACTION FREE

  • BE in the MOMENT

 

2 - COMMIT to HEALTHY PRINCIPLES of TIME MANAGEMENT

  • Make a PLAN - Own the CALENDAR

  • ROCKS, Pebbles and Sand

  • Manage ENERGY

  • Recognize the TRADE-OFFS

  • Say “NO” – Be EXACT

 

IMPORTANT/URGENT MATRIX

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CALL TO ACTION

Write at least one sentence this week that answers these questions:

What SHARED EXPERIENCES do I want

to have had by the end of the holiday season?

What do I desire

to FEEL and KNOW when it is all over?

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UNBREAKABLE PROMISE - PART 4 - WHY BLOOD???

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UNBREAKABLE PROMISE - PART 4 - WHY BLOOD???

TODAY’S PREACHING

PROMISES, PROMISES?

GUARANTEES?

GOOD INTENTIONS? 

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BIBLICAL PROMISES = ESTABLISHED FACTS

(Not future GOOD INTENTIONS or MYTHICAL FANTASIES)

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31,173 Scriptures / 30,000+ Promises? / 8810 Promises

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HEBREWS 8:6 NKJV … (Jesus Christ) is also Mediator of a BETTER COVENANT, which was established on BETTER PROMISES.

1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-25 NKJV …the Lord Jesus on the [same] night in which He was betrayed took BREAD; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke [it] and said, "Take, eat; this is MY BODY which is BROKEN FOR YOU; do this in remembrance of Me." 25 In the same manner [He] also [took] the CUP (OF WINE) after supper, saying, "This cup is the NEW COVENANT in MY BLOOD. This do, as often as you drink [it], in remembrance of Me."

HEBREWS 9:22 NKJV And according to the law almost all things are PURIFIED WITH BLOOD, and without SHEDDING OF BLOOD there is NO REMISSION (OF SIN).

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ADAM 

GENESIS 2:7 NKJV And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the BREATH OF LIFE; and man became a LIVING BEING.

LEVITICUS 17:11, 14 NKJV For the LIFE OF THE FLESH [IS] IN THE BLOOD, … for it [is] the BLOOD [that] makes ATONEMENT for the soul. ... 14 for [it is] the LIFE of all flesh. Its BLOOD sustains its LIFE.

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EVE

GENESIS 2:18, 21-23 NKJV And the LORD God said, "[It is] not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him." ... 21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his RIBS, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the RIB which the LORD God had taken from man HE MADE INTO A WOMAN, and He brought her to the man. 23 And Adam said: "This [is] now BONE OF MY BONES And FLESH OF MY FLESH; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man."

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ADAM AND EVE SINNED

GENESIS 2:16-17 NKJV And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, … 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 6:23 NKJV For the wages of sin [is] DEATH

GENESIS 3:21 NKJV Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of SKIN, and clothed them.

LEVITICUS 17:11, 14 NKJV For the LIFE OF THE FLESH [IS] IN THE BLOOD, … for it [is] the BLOOD [that] makes ATONEMENT for the soul. ... 14 for [it is] the LIFE of all flesh. Its BLOOD sustains its LIFE.

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CAIN AND ABEL

GENESIS 4:2-5 NKJV …Now ABEL was a keeper of SHEEP, but CAIN was a tiller of the GROUND. 3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an OFFERING OF THE FRUIT of the ground to the LORD. 4 Abel also brought of the FIRSTBORN OF HIS FLOCK and of their fat. And the LORD RESPECTED ABEL and his offering, 5 but He DID NOT RESPECT CAIN and his offering.

HEBREWS 11:4 NKJV BY FAITH ABEL offered to God a MORE EXCELLENT SACRIFICE than CAIN

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ABRAHAM - ISAAC

HEBREWS 11:17-19 NKJV By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten [son], 18 of whom it was said, "In Isaac your seed shall be called," 19 concluding that GOD [WAS] ABLE TO RAISE [HIM] UP, EVEN FROM THE DEAD, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.

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MOSES

EXODUS 12:5, 7-8, 11-14 NKJV 'Your LAMB SHALL BE WITHOUT BLEMISH, a male of the first year. You may take [it] from the sheep or from the goats. ... 7 'And they shall take [some] of the BLOOD and put [it] on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. 8 'Then they shall EAT THE FLESH on that night; roasted in fire, with UNLEAVENED BREAD [and] with bitter [herbs] they shall eat it. ... 11 'And thus you shall eat it: [with] a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It [is] the LORD'S PASSOVER. 12 'For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I [am] the LORD. 13 'Now the BLOOD SHALL BE A SIGN for you on the houses where you [are]. And when I see the BLOOD, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy [you] when I strike the land of Egypt. 14 'So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall KEEP IT AS A FEAST to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.’

PSALM 105:37 NKJV He also brought them out with silver and gold, And [there was] NONE FEEBLE among His tribes.

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JESUS

GENESIS 3:15 NKJV (God said to the serpent, Satan) And I will put enmity Between you and the WOMAN, And between your seed and HER SEED; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel."

1 PETER 2:22, 24 NKJV (Jesus Christ) Who committed NO SIN, Nor was deceit found in His mouth; ... 24 who Himself BORE OUR SINS in His own body on the TREE, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness--by WHOSE STRIPES YOU WERE HEALED.

JOHN 19:30 NKJV …(Jesus said) "IT IS FINISHED!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

REVELATION 13:8 NKJV - 8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of THE LAMB SLAIN from the foundation of the world.

COLOSSIANS 1:14, 20 NKJV … in whom (Jesus Christ) we have REDEMPTION through His BLOOD, the forgiveness of sins. ... 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made PEACE through the BLOOD OF HIS CROSS.

1 PETER 1:18-19 NKJV …knowing that you were not REDEEMED with corruptible things, [like] silver or gold, from your aimless conduct [received] by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST, as of a LAMB WITHOUT BLEMISH and WITHOUT SPOT (Exodus 12:5).

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BLOOD COVENANT

=

PROMISES

=

ESTABLISHED FACTS

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TIME TO ACTIVATE

Read/Pray/Live the PROMISES as COVENANT FACTS with God!

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COMMUNION TABLE

1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-25 NKJV …the Lord Jesus on the [same] night in which He was betrayed took BREAD; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke [it] and said, "Take, eat; this is MY BODY which is BROKEN FOR YOU; do this in remembrance of Me." 25 In the same manner [He] also [took] the CUP (OF WINE) after supper, saying, "This cup is the NEW COVENANT in MY BLOOD. This do, as often as you drink [it], in remembrance of Me." 26 For as often as you eat this BREAD and drink this CUP, you PROCLAIM THE LORD'S DEATH till He comes. 27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks [this] cup of the Lord in an UNWORTHY MANNER will be guilty of the BODY and BLOOD of the Lord. 28 But let a man EXAMINE HIMSELF, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks in an UNWORTHY MANNER eats and drinks JUDGMENT to himself, NOT DISCERNING THE LORD'S BODY. 30 FOR THIS REASON many [are] WEAK and SICK among you, and many SLEEP (HAVE DIED).

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NEXT WEEK’S NEW SERIES – MERRY STRESSMAS: DON’T LET THE GRINCH STEAL CHRISTMAS!

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UNBREAKABLE PROMISE - PART 3 - THE NEW COVENANT IS FAR BETTER!

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UNBREAKABLE PROMISE - PART 3 - THE NEW COVENANT IS FAR BETTER!

TODAY’S PREACHING

PROMISES, PROMISES?

GUARANTEES?

GOOD INTENTIONS? 

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HEBREWS 8:6 NKJV … (Jesus Christ) is also Mediator of a BETTER COVENANT, which was established on BETTER PROMISES.

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BIBLICAL PROMISES = ESTABLISHED FACTS

(Not future GOOD INTENTIONS or MYTHICAL FANTASIES)

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31,173 Scriptures / 30,000+ Promises? / 8810 Promises

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WHAT IS A COVENANT

A covenant is a binding agreement between two parties, based in both intimacy and law, promising blessing and cursing; and even death to the one who breaks it.

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A COVENANT IS MORE THAN A CONTRACT

  1. Agree to terms

  2. Select representatives

  3. Cut Blood

  4. Exchange Clothes (Robes - Identity)

  5. Exchange Belts and Weapons (Strength)

  6. Walk unto Death (Sacrificial Animals)

  7. Pronounce Blessings / Cursings (Oaths/Vows)

  8. Seal of Covenant (Most Prized Possessions)

  9. Exchange Names

  10. Commemorate by a Memorial Sign (Piling stones, Planting Trees, Rainbows)

  11. Have a Covenant Meal Together (Ingest Food = Ingest Me)

  12. Exchange of Oldest Male Child

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OLD COVENANT – NEW COVENANT 

HEBREWS 8:6 NKJV … (Jesus Christ) is also Mediator of a BETTER COVENANT, which was established on BETTER PROMISES.

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OLD COVENANT

  • Protection

  • Reward

  • Great Name

  • Financially Prosperous

  • Legacy

  • Health

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HEBREWS 8:9-10 NLT This COVENANT will not be like the ONE I MADE WITH THEIR ANCESTORS when I took them by the hand and led them out of the land of EGYPT. …10 But this is the NEW COVENANT I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS in their MINDS, and I will write them on their HEARTS. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

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NEW COVENANT (BETTER)

  1. Forgiveness

  2. Born again

  3. Complete righteousness

  4. Eternal life

  5. God inside us

  6. God’s laws inside

  7. Mind of Christ

  8. Sons & daughters of God

  9. Joint heirs with Christ

  10. Jesus’ spiritual authority

  11. Baptism/filled with Spirit

  12. Do the works of Jesus (greater)

  13. No more animal sacrifices

  14. No more circumcision

  15. One law of love

  16. Saved by grace/faith

  17. Protection

  18. Reward

  19. Great Name

  20. Financially Prosperous

  21. Legacy

  22. Health

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PSALM 89:34 NKJV My COVENANT I will NOT BREAK, nor alter the WORD (PROMISE) that has gone out of My lips.

HEBREWS 6:12-20 NKJV … imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the PROMISES. 13 For when God made a PROMISE to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, HE SWORE BY HIMSELF, 14 saying, "Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you." …17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of PROMISE the immutability of His counsel, confirmed [it] by an OATH, 18 that by TWO IMMUTABLE THINGS, in which it [is] IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD TO LIE, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the HOPE set before [us]. 19 This [HOPE] we have as an ANCHOR OF THE SOUL, both sure and steadfast…

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TIME TO ACTIVATE

Read/Pray/Live the PROMISES as COVENANT FACTS with God!

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UNBREAKABLE PROMISE - PART 2 - WHAT IS THE OLD COVENANT?

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UNBREAKABLE PROMISE - PART 2 - WHAT IS THE OLD COVENANT?

TODAY’S PREACHING

PROMISES, PROMISES?

GUARANTEES?

GOOD INTENTIONS? 

 

BIBLICAL PROMISES = ESTABLISHED FACTS

(Not future GOOD INTENTIONS or MYTHICAL FANTASIES)

 

31,173 Scriptures / 30,000+ Promises? / 8810 Promises

 

HEBREWS 8:6 NKJV … (Jesus Christ) is also Mediator of a better COVENANT, which was established on better PROMISES.

WHAT IS A COVENANT

A covenant is a binding agreement between two parties, based in both intimacy and law, promising blessing and cursing; and even death to the one who breaks it.

 

A COVENANT IS MORE THAN A CONTRACT

  1. Agree to terms

  2. Select representatives

  3. Cut Blood

  4. Exchange Clothes (Robes - Identity)

  5. Exchange Belts and Weapons (Strength)

  6. Walk unto Death (Sacrificial Animals)

  7. Pronounce Blessings / Cursings (Oaths/Vows)

  8. Seal of Covenant (Most Prized Possessions)

  9. Exchange Names

  10. Commemorate by a Memorial Sign (Piling stones, Planting Trees, Rainbows)

  11. Have a Covenant Meal Together (Ingest Food = Ingest Me)

  12. Exchange of Oldest Male Child

 

OLD COVENANT – NEW COVENANT 

HEBREWS 8:6 NKJV … (Jesus Christ) is also Mediator of a better COVENANT, which was established on better PROMISES.

HEBREWS 8:9-10 NLT This COVENANT will not be like the ONE I MADE WITH THEIR ANCESTORS when I took them by the hand and led them out of the land of Egypt. …10 But this is the NEW COVENANT I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the LORD: I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

 

WHAT IS THE OLD COVENANT?

  • Abraham’s Covenant

  • Moses’ Covenant

 

ABRAHAM’S COVENANT (GEN 12-17)

  • Protection

  • Reward

  • Great Name

  • Financially Prosperous

  • Legacy

  • Health


MOSES’ COVENANT (EX 19-34)

  • Protection

  • Reward

  • Great Name

  • Financially Prosperous

  • Legacy

  • Health

DEUTERONOMY 28:1-2, 15, 20-22, 25 NKJV (God said) If you FULLY OBEY the LORD your God and carefully follow all his COMMANDS I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these BLESSINGS will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:

4 Have a fertile womb; crops and livestock will be blessed

5 Your business will be blessed

7 The Lord will protect you from your enemies

8 You will be blessed in bank accounts and other storage houses of blessing; the  circumstances of economies won’t matter to you

9 The LORD will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in his ways.

13 The LORD will make you the head, not the tail.

 

However, if you DO NOT OBEY the LORD your God and do not carefully follow all his COMMANDS and decrees I am giving you today, all these CURSES will come upon you and overtake you:

  • The Hebrew language, the original text here, does not have a “causative” verb but only a “permissive”. It should say, “God will allow…”  

  • Since the directive is clear, YOU hold the power to initiate blessings and YOU have the power to initiate the cursing. God ONLY allows what you and I initiate.

17 You won’t enjoy your work/labor

18 You won’t be able to get pregnant, and you will struggle in both finances and vocational successes

20 You will lack of peace, wisdom and clear decision-making and have no safety or protection or security of future

21 You will have sickness, disease and physical weakness

23 Nothing will be easy, no favor, no momentum

24 Opportunities will be hard, impossible, and hopeless

25 Shame, regret, oppression will be the norm along with fear, faithlessness, question, skepticism

26 You will experience isolation, aloneness, separation

28 You will have darkness, confusion, mental and psychological breakdowns

29 You will have complete failure and be victimized with nor oversight or justice

30 Your spouse will be given to sexual rape.

31 Your dreams will be taken from you

32 You will experience literal and spiritual child abductions

34 You will find yourself meditating on your regrets and intense emotions of injustice

36 Your religion will not make sense but be forced upon you

37 You will have embarrassment, shame, rejection, humiliation

38 Everything will be against you and nothing will work out for you

39 Unforeseen, pest-like things will spring up. When you do everything right, something will happen to undermine it.

40 You hopes will begin to get up. But in the last minute you will have them crushed.

41 You will be captivity to drugs, alcohol, to people/spouses who don’t like you, literal child abductions, kidnappings, etc.

42 New and multiplied problems will arise from places you will be surprised by

43 Everyone else gets promoted and are favored over you, while you continue to stagnate and find no favor

44 Others will be in control over you and have tentacles that harass your life

46 Your failure will not be merely natural, you will have miracle level and supernatural failure.

48 Your work and vocation will be intense with oppression

50 Life will have no compassion or empathy from anyone who has the human power to change it)

61 Any disaster that can be conceived will happen to you

 

GALATIANS 3:13-14, 29 NKJV CHRIST has REDEEMED us from the CURSE OF THE LAW, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed [is] everyone who hangs on a tree"), 14 that the BLESSING OF ABRAHAM might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the PROMISE of the Spirit through faith. ... 29 And if you [are] CHRIST'S, then you are ABRAHAM'S SEED, and HEIRS according to the PROMISE.

 

TIME TO ACTIVATE

Read/Pray/Live the PROMISES as COVENANT FACTS with God!

 

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UNBREAKABLE PROMISE - PART 1 - WHAT IS A COVENANT?

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UNBREAKABLE PROMISE - PART 1 - WHAT IS A COVENANT?

UNBREAKABLE PROMISE - NEW PREACHING SERIES

  • What is your promise for life and eternity?

  • What does God think about you?

  • Does God change in moods and seasons?

In UNBREAKABLE PROMISE we discover the power of a COVENANT. While contemporary ideas of a “promise” express future intentions, God has taken us back to the Cross of Christ where He swore by Himself. What that means is God isn’t bolstering hope around what He intends to do; He has committed His entire being and existence in what He has already done. For God to change His mind about you - about your future, or your daily nurture, or your freedom – He would have to self-destruct.

The power of this COVENANT, that Jesus has invited us into, is that we never have to question God’s will for our protection, health, strength, prosperity and contentment. The CALL on our lives will lead us to uncomfortable and inconvenient places, often surrounded with sufferings in obedience to God. However, the COVENANT has forever established our welfare as we fulfill the CALL. This series will change the way you think of God, yourself and the provisions He has generously provided!

 

TODAY’S PREACHING

PROMISES, PROMISES?

GUARANTEES?

GOOD INTENTIONS?

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MODERN USE OF PROMISE

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FOCUS ON THE FUTURE

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GOD’S PROMISES

31,173 SCRIPTURES

30,000+ PROMISES ???

8810 PROMISES

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EXAMPLE PROMISES FROM GOD 

  • FORGIVENESS - 1 JOHN 1:9 NKJV If we confess our SINS, He is faithful and just to FORGIVE us [our] sins and to CLEANSE US from all unrighteousness.

  • WISDOM - JAMES 1:5 NKJV If any of you lacks WISDOM, let him ask of God, who GIVES TO ALL LIBERALLY and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

  • PROVISION - PHILIPPIANS 4:19 NKJV And my God shall supply ALL YOUR NEED according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

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WHERE ARE PROMISES ROOTED?

PSALM 89:34 NKJV My COVENANT I will NOT BREAK, nor alter the WORD (PROMISE) that has gone out of My lips.

HEBREWS 6:12-20 NKJV … imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the PROMISES. 13 For when God made a PROMISE to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, HE SWORE BY HIMSELF, 14 saying, "Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you." …17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of PROMISE the immutability of His counsel, confirmed [it] by an OATH, 18 that by TWO IMMUTABLE THINGS, in which it [is] IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD TO LIE, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the HOPE set before [us]. 19 This [HOPE] we have as an ANCHOR OF THE SOUL, both sure and steadfast… 

2 THINGS:  The PROMISE and the OATH (COVENANT)

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WHAT IS A COVENANT?

A covenant is a binding agreement between two parties, based in both intimacy and law, promising blessing and cursing; and even death to the one who breaks it.

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3 KINDS OF COVENANTS

  1. Business Contract

  2. Power-Downward Agreement

  3. Unconditional One-sided Oath

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REASONS TO COVENANT

  • Protection for Weaker Tribe

  • Business Partnership

  • Devoted Affection/Friendship

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COVENANT PROMISES – UNBREAKABLE PROMISES

PSALM 89:34 NKJV My COVENANT I will NOT BREAK, nor alter the WORD (PROMISE) that has gone out of My lips.

HEBREWS 6:12-20 NKJV … imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the PROMISES. 13 For when God made a PROMISE to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, HE SWORE BY HIMSELF, 14 saying, "Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you." …17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of PROMISE the immutability of His counsel, confirmed [it] by an OATH, 18 that by TWO IMMUTABLE THINGS, in which it [is] IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD TO LIE, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the HOPE set before [us]. 19 This [HOPE] we have as an ANCHOR OF THE SOUL, both sure and steadfast…

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WHAT A PROMISE REALLY IS!

PROMISES ESTABLISHED BY OATH

IMPOSSIBLE TO LIE

VOW OF DEATH

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COVENANT USE OF PROMISE

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FOCUS ON THE PAST

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1 JOHN 1:9 NKJV If we confess our SINS, He is faithful and just to FORGIVE us [our] sins and to CLEANSE US from all unrighteousness. 

JAMES 1:5 NKJV If any of you lacks WISDOM, let him ask of God, who GIVES TO ALL LIBERALLY and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

PHILIPPIANS 4:19 NKJV And my God shall supply ALL YOUR NEED according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

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TIME TO ACTIVATE

Read/Pray/Live the Promises as a Covenant Partner! 

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(RE)PRESSED GOD - PART 4 - Gifts of the Holy Spirit

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(RE)PRESSED GOD - PART 4 - Gifts of the Holy Spirit

TODAY’S PREACHING

1 THESSALONIANS 5:19-21 KJV QUENCH (extinguish) NOT the (HOLY) SPIRIT. 20 DESPISE (displace or set aside, regard lightly, or not esteem) NOT prophesyings. 21 PROVE ALL THINGS; hold fast that which is good.

JOHN 16:7 NKJV [Jesus said] Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to YOUR ADVANTAGE that I go away; for if I do not go away, the HELPER (Comforter, Counselor, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, and Standby) will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

2 CORINTHIANS 13:14 MSG The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the INTIMATE FRIENDSHIP of the HOLY SPIRIT, be with all of you.

DESIRE FOR HIM

1 CORINTHIANS 12:1, 31 NKJV Now concerning SPIRITUAL [gifts] (things pertaining to and of the Holy Spirit), brethren, I do not want you to be IGNORANT: ... 31 But EARNESTLY DESIRE the best gifts…

1 CORINTHIANS 14:39-40 NKJV Therefore, brethren, DESIRE EARNESTLY to prophesy, and DO NOT FORBID to speak with tongues. 40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

EARNESTLY DESIRE (covet) comes from the Greek word root ZELOS which means to be ZEALOUS or have warmth of feeling towards.  It is an intense desire! Here it refers to a positive energy pocket.

 

CATEGORIES OF GIFTS

23 SPIRITUAL GIFTS

  • 5 MINISTRY – OFFICES (FUNCTIONAL)

  • 9 MOTIVATIONAL – GRACE TALENTS (FUNCTIONAL)

  • 9 MIRACLE EMPOWERMENTS – CHARISMA – GRACE GIFTS (OPERATIONAL)

 

FUNCTIONAL GIFTS

God designed you to fulfill a specific “function” in the church and gifted you accordingly. The MOTIVATIONAL and MINISTRY GIFTS that you POSSESS. These are gifts that are YOURS. They ARE PART OF WHO YOU ARE, a part of your personality. You operate in them all the time, intentionally or unintentionally.

14 FUNCTIONAL GIFTS

  • 5 MINISTRY OFFICES (FUNCTIONAL) - Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor & Teacher

  • 9 MOTIVATIONAL GRACE TALENTS (FUNCTIONAL) - Administration, Encouragement, Giving, Helps, Hospitality, Intercession, Leadership, Mercy, Service

OPERATIONAL GRACE GIFTS

The operational gifts are available to all believers as opportunities arise. If God determines there is a need, and you are available, then God will partner with you in one of these gifts. YOU DO NOT “OWN” OPERATIONAL GIFTS. THEY ARE NOT PART OF YOUR MAKE-UP. THEY ONLY HAPPEN AS GOD SOVEREIGNLY WILLS (positive sovereignty).

3 REVELATION GIFTS

  • Word of Knowledge

  • Word of Wisdom

  • Discerning of Spirits 

3 POWER GIFTS

  • Special Faith

  • Gifts of Healings

  • Working of Miracles

3 COMMUNICATION GIFTS

  • Prophecy

  • Tongues

  • Interpretation of Tongues

1 CORINTHIANS 12:1-11 NKJV Now concerning SPIRITUAL GIFTS (operations of the Spirit), brethren, I do not want you to be IGNORANT… 4 There are DIVERSITIES OF GIFTS, but the same SPIRIT... 7 But the MANIFESTATION of the SPIRIT is given to EACH ONE for the profit of all:  8 for to one is given the WORD OF WISDOM through the Spirit, to another the WORD OF KNOWLEDGE through the same Spirit, 9 to another (SPECIAL) FAITH by the same Spirit, to another GIFTS OF HEALINGS by the same Spirit, 10 to another the WORKING OF MIRACLES, to another PROPHECY, to another DISCERNING OF SPIRITS, to another different kinds of TONGUES, to another the INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES. 11 But one and the same SPIRIT WORKS all these things, distributing to EACH ONE individually AS HE WILLS (as he determines – NIV).

 

COVET THESE GIFTS

1 CORINTHIANS 12:1, 31 NKJV Now concerning SPIRITUAL [gifts] (things pertaining to and of the Holy Spirit), brethren, I do not want you to be IGNORANT: ... 31 But EARNESTLY DESIRE the best gifts…

1 CORINTHIANS 14:39-40 NKJV Therefore, brethren, DESIRE EARNESTLY to prophesy, and DO NOT FORBID to speak with tongues. 40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

 

TIME TO ACTIVATE

  1. GENUINELY DESIRE all that the Holy Spirit is (no prejudice)

  2. LEARN about the Holy Spirit & His Gifts (LifePointe Workshops)

  3. TAKE STEPS of faith to encounter Him (LifePointe Revivals)

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(RE)PRESSED GOD - PART 3 - The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

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(RE)PRESSED GOD - PART 3 - The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

TODAY’S PREACHING

1 THESSALONIANS 5:19-21 KJV QUENCH (extinguish) NOT the (HOLY) SPIRIT. 20 DESPISE (displace or set aside, regard lightly, or not esteem) NOT prophesyings. 21 PROVE ALL THINGS; hold fast that which is good.

JOHN 16:7 NKJV [Jesus said] Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to YOUR ADVANTAGE that I go away; for if I do not go away, the HELPER (Comforter, Counselor, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, and Standby) will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

2 CORINTHIANS 13:14 MSG The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the INTIMATE FRIENDSHIP of the HOLY SPIRIT, be with all of you.

DESIRE FOR HIM

1 CORINTHIANS 12:1, 31 NKJV Now concerning SPIRITUAL [gifts] (things pertaining to and of the Holy Spirit), brethren, I do not want you to be IGNORANT: ... 31 But EARNESTLY DESIRE the best gifts…

1 CORINTHIANS 14:39-40 NKJV Therefore, brethren, DESIRE EARNESTLY to prophesy, and DO NOT FORBID to speak with tongues. 40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

EARNESTLY DESIRE (covet) comes from the Greek word root ZELOS which means to be ZEALOUS or have warmth of feeling towards.  It is an intense desire! Here it refers to a positive energy pocket.

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN

The primary work of the Holy Spirit WITHIN YOU is to SUPPORT you in your own personal life; guidance, joys, peace, refreshment, help, counsel, comfort, etc.

JOHN 14:16-17 KJV [Jesus said] And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  17 … for he dwelleth with you, and SHALL BE IN YOU.

2 CORINTHIANS 6:16 KJV [Paul said] …as God hath said, I WILL DWELL IN THEM, and WALK IN THEM; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

1 JOHN 4:4 KJV [John said] … greater is HE that is IN YOU, than he that is in the world.

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT UPON

The primary work of the Holy Spirit UPON YOU is to EMPOWER you in WITNESSING Christ to your network of relationships. One of the most provocative, profound and heart-hitting statements used in Scripture about the Holy Spirit is “baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 

ACTS 1:4-5 NKJV And being assembled together with them, (Jesus) He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the PROMISE of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me;  5 for John truly BAPTIZED with water, but you shall be BAPTIZED with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."  

MATTHEW 3:11-12 NIV (John the Baptist said) I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will BAPTIZE you with the HOLY SPIRIT and with FIRE.

ACTS 2:1-4 KJV And when the DAY OF PENTECOST was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it SAT UPON each of them. 4 And they were all FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, and began to speak with other tongues, as the SPIRIT GAVE THEM UTTERANCE. 

Here we have another expression, “FILLED with the Holy Spirit,” used synonymously with “BAPTIZED with the Holy Spirit.” 

ACTS 10:44-46 NKJV While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit FELL upon all those who heard the word. 45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been POURED OUT on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.

Peter himself describing this experience in Jerusalem, told the story in this way…

ACTS 11:15-17 NKJV And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit FELL UPON them, AS UPON US at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, 'John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be BAPTIZED with the Holy Spirit.'  17 If therefore God gave them the SAME GIFT as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?"

Here Peter distinctly called the experience which came to Cornelius and his household, being “BAPTIZED with the Holy Spirit.”  Thus we see that these expressions are all synonymous.

  • “…FILLED with the Holy Spirit…” (ACTS 2:4)

  • “…the Holy Spirit FELL…” (ACTS 10:44)

  • “…BAPTISM with the Holy Spirit…” (ACTS 11:16)

  • “ …God gave them the SAME GIFT…” (ACTS 11:17)

Other expressions are also used to describe this blessing, such as …

  • “…RECEIVE the Holy Spirit…” (ACTS 2:38; 19:2-3),

  • “…the Holy Spirit CAME UPON them…” (ACTS 19:2-6)

  • “…the GIFT of the Holy Spirit…” (HEB 2:4; 1 COR 12:4, 11, 13)

  • “I send THE PROMISE of my Father upon you…” (LUKE 24:49; ACTS 1:4)

  • And “CLOTHED WITH POWER from on high…” (LUKE 24:49)

 

BENEFITS OF “TONGUES”

  1. It is a distinct communication with God

  2. Insightful praying about God’s plan for life

  3. Builds up, sharpens and edifies the inner life

  4. Expands worship to God

  5. Stimulates faith

Along with several more spiritual benefits.

 

HOW TO ACTIVATE

  1. Genuinely desire all that the Holy Spirit is (no prejudice).

  2. Ask God for the baptism in the Holy Spirit and all His gifts.

  3. Take steps of faith to encounter Him (like you see in Scripture).

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(RE)PRESSED GOD - PART 2 - The Spirit Within

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(RE)PRESSED GOD - PART 2 - The Spirit Within

TODAY’S SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW

PASTOR MONTE KNUDEN - BIO

Pastor Monte Knudsen is a man on fire for God! He and his beautiful wife Peggy have 6 children of their own and have been foster parents for 15 years. Born and raised on a small farm in Harlan, Iowa, he now pastors Faith Christian Outreach Church in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. In more than 30 years of ministry, he has traveled all around the world preaching, teaching, and singing about what it takes to become a victorious Christian. Monte has a heart to bring God’s healing mercies to this generation. He has been a catalyst of physical and emotional healing in the 30-plus years he has been ministry. Miracle-level testimonies are consistently experienced as Jesus is glorified. Monte’s inspirational talks are filled with wisdom, knowledge and compassion. He is also a recording artist with the giftings of a psalmist. He and his wife Peggy have 6 children and have been foster parents for over 15 years.

  1. Who is the Holy Spirit to you; not just theologically, but experientially?

  2. How would you “define the relationship” you have with Him?

     

  3. Is it important to you HOW you mentally view the Holy Spirit, in terms of your attitude towards Him? If so, why?

     

  4. One of the most mysterious and amazing things Jesus prophesied to the believer is that the Holy Spirit would actually live inside them. What does that mean to YOU? HOW do you integrate this as a reality in everyday life (husband, dad, friend, entrepreneur, pastor, etc.)?

     

  5. It is easy for us all as Christians to say we believe the Holy Spirit lives in us. What are some examples you see of how we allow gaps between what we want to believe and what we actually have integrated/activated into our lives?

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(RE)PRESSED GOD - PART 1 - Define the Relationship

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(RE)PRESSED GOD - PART 1 - Define the Relationship

(RE)PRESSED GOD - NEW PREACHING SERIES

Who is the Holy Spirit to YOU?

  • Is He an "it"?

  • A mysterious mist?

  • A scary presence?

OR

  • Is He a comforter?

  • Counselor?

  • Helper?

  • Guide?

  • Friend?

The writers of the first century encouraged us to earnestly desire a depth in relationship with Him. They wanted us to…

  • Not be ignorant of Him

  • To be attuned whereas not to grieve Him

  • To not to take Him for granted

Ultimately these leaders said we should pursue shared experiences that move us towards intimacy with Him. That is wild!  

  • HOW would we do that?

  • Is this even something you and I even desire?

Maybe we should DTR (define the relationship). Maybe we should clarify for ourselves just how vulnerable and trusting we want to be.

We won’t need a DTR until we begin to expect more from the relationship. If we want shared experiences…  

  • Deeper intimacy

  • More availability of His power and wisdom

  • Help with responsibilities in life and His ready defense

…it will require us to have a greater hunger and commitment to know Him.

We can turn from a conscious suppression of Him, or an unconscious repression of what He is all about, to know Him for who He is.

  • He comes with mystery.

  • He comes with power.

  • He comes with gifts.

Will He remain repressed to us? Or, will we press in to share in all He is? You may find the beginning formation of an addiction for the Holy Spirit.

 

TODAY’S EPISODE NOTES:

PRINCIPLE:

As we grow in increased EXPECTATION FROM a relationship,

we are pressed for increased DEFINITION WITHIN the relationship. 

PRINCIPLE:

We aren’t prepared to COMMIT to a relationship

if we aren’t prepared to CLARIFY the DTR question.

REAL REASONS WE DON’T DEFINE THE RELATIONSHIP (DTR)

  1. Unsure of what we really want

  2. Fear of commitment

  3. Unacknowledged desire for secular things

  4. Fear of failure

  5. Fear of other’s opinions

  6. Fear it isn’t really real

  7. Emotional connections are too difficult

  8. Fear of weirdness

2 CORINTHIANS 13:14 NKJV The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the COMMUNION of the HOLY SPIRIT [be] with you all. Amen.

2 CORINTHIANS 13:14 MSG The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the INTIMATE FRIENDSHIP of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.

 

WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?

  • HE’S A PERSON

JOHN 14:16-20 NKJV [Jesus said] And I will pray the Father, and He will give you ANOTHER HELPER (Comforter, Counselor, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, and Standby) , that HE may ABIDE WITH YOU FOREVER-- 17 the SPIRIT OF TRUTH, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees HIM nor knows HIM; but you know HIM, for HE dwells WITH you and will be IN you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. 19 A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I [am] in My Father, and YOU IN ME, and I IN YOU. 

  • HE HAS A PERSONALITY

    • KNOWLEDGE

      1 CORINTHIANS 2:11 For what man KNOWETH the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the SPIRIT OF GOD.

    • FEELING – EMOTION

      ISAIAH 63:10 But they rebelled, and VEXED his HOLY SPIRIT

      EPHESIANS 4:30 And GRIEVE not the HOLY SPIRIT of God

      ROMANS 15:30 and for the LOVE of the SPIRIT,

      1 THESSALONIANS 1:6 having received the word in much affliction, with JOY of the HOLY GHOST:

    • WILL

      1 CORINTHIANS 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame SPIRIT, dividing to every man severally as HE WILL.

  •  HE HAS ACTIONS THAT ARE DESCRIPTIVE OF A PERSON

Here the Holy Spirit is set before us, not as an impersonal enlightenment that comes to our mind, but as a person who searches and whispers out of the depths of His own wisdom.

  • KNOW THE HOLY SPIRIT AS A PERSON

2 CORINTHIANS 13:14 NKJV The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the COMMUNION of the HOLY SPIRIT [be] with you all. Amen.

2 CORINTHIANS 13:14 MSG The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the INTIMATE FRIENDSHIP of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.

 

HUNGER FOR HIM

1 THESSALONIANS 5:19-21 KJV QUENCH (extinguish) NOT the SPIRIT. 20 DESPISE (displace or set aside, regard lightly, or not esteem) NOT prophesyings. 21 PROVE ALL THINGS; hold fast that which is good.

1 CORINTHIANS 12:1, 31 NKJV Now concerning SPIRITUAL [gifts] (things pertaining to and of the Holy Spirit), brethren, I do not want you to be IGNORANT: ... 31 But EARNESTLY DESIRE the best gifts…

1 CORINTHIANS 14:39-40 NKJV Therefore, brethren, DESIRE EARNESTLY to prophesy, and DO NOT FORBID to speak with tongues. 40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

EARNESTLY DESIRE (covet) comes from the Greek word root ZELOS which means to be ZEALOUS or have warmth of feeling towards.  It is an intense desire! Here it refers to a positive energy pocket.

 

BE ATTUNED TO HIM - HAVE EARS TO HEAR

REVELATION 2:7 NKJV (Jesus said) He who has an ear, let him hear WHAT THE (HOLY) SPIRIT SAYS to the churches…

MATTHEW 13:14-16 NKJV (Jesus said) And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: “HEARING you will hear and shall not understand, And SEEING you will see and not perceive; 15 For the HEARTS of this people have grown DULL. [Their] ears are HARD OF HEARING, And their EYES THEY HAVE CLOSED, Lest they should SEE with [their] eyes and HEAR with [their] ears, Lest they should UNDERSTAND WITH [THEIR] HEARTS and turn, So that I should heal them.” 16 But blessed [are] your eyes for they SEE, and your ears for they HEAR;

 

REAL REASONS WE DON’T DEFINE THE RELATIONSHIP (DTR) - HOLY SPIRIT

  1. Unsure of what we really want

  2. Fear of commitment

  3. Unacknowledged desire for secular things

  4. Fear of failure

  5. Fear of other’s opinions

  6. Fear it isn’t really real

  7. Emotional connections are too difficult

  8. Fear of weirdness

 

TIME TO ACTIVATE - DEFINE THE RELATIONSHIP TODAY 

  1. Unknown God

  2. Distant Acquaintance

  3. Close Acquaintance

  4. General Friend

  5. Close Friend

  6. Covenant God

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