STRAIGHT UP DEDICATED

African Proverb “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the nation and its destiny”.

Samuel 1:11-18

Oh, God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
If you’ll take a good, hard look at my pain,
If you’ll quit neglecting me and go into action for me
By giving me a son,
I’ll give him completely, unreservedly to you.
I’ll set him apart for a life of holy discipline.

12-14 It so happened that as she continued in prayer before God, Eli was watching her closely. Hannah was praying in her heart, silently. Her lips moved, but no sound was heard. Eli jumped to the conclusion that she was drunk. He approached her and said, “You’re drunk! How long do you plan to keep this up? Sober up, woman!”15-16 Hannah said, “Oh no, sir—please! I’m a woman hard used. I haven’t been drinking. Not a drop of wine or beer. The only thing I’ve been pouring out is my heart, pouring it out to God. Don’t for a minute think I’m a bad woman. It’s because I’m so desperately unhappy and in such pain that I’ve stayed here so long.”17 Eli answered her, “Go in peace. And may the God of Israel give you what you have asked of him.”18 “Think well of me—and pray for me!” she said, and went her way.

I. Hannah made a vow to God

II.  Hannah gave her son to God to serve God. 

1 SAMUEL 1:24 Then she took him up to Shiloh, bringing also the makings of a generous sacrificial meal—a prize bull, flour, and wine. The child was so young to be sent off! 25-26 They first butchered the bull, then brought the child to Eli.

III.  Hannah gave her son to worship God.

1:27 Hannah said, “Excuse me, sir. Would you believe that I’m the very woman who was standing before you at this very spot, praying to God? I prayed for this child, and God gave me what I asked for. And now I have dedicated him to God. He’s dedicated to God for life.”  Then and there, they worshiped God.

IV.  Hannah gave herself to God.

2:1-2 Hannah prayed: “I’m bursting with God-news! I’m walking on air.  I’m laughing at my rivals. I’m dancing my salvation.2-5 Nothing and no one is holy like God, no rock mountain like our God.”

How can you be a mother who trusts God with her children?

How can you make a commitment to lead your children to serve God?

How can you be a model and example to your children of a life spent worshipping God?

Your relationship with God through Christ fuels your trust, commitment, and life.

THE FLIP SIDE OF FEAR AND FAITH

MATTHEW 14:22-36

22-23 As soon as the meal was finished, he insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he dismissed the people. With the crowd dispersed, he climbed the mountain so he could be by himself and pray. He stayed there alone, late into the night.

24-26 Meanwhile, the boat was far out to sea when the wind came up against them and they were battered by the waves. At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. They were scared out of their wits. “A ghost!” they said, crying out in terror.

27 But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.”

28 Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.”

29-30 He said, “Come ahead.”

Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”

31 Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?”

32-33 The two of them climbed into the boat, and the wind died down. The disciples in the boat, having watched the whole thing, worshiped Jesus, saying, “This is it! You are God’s Son for sure!”

34-36 On return, they beached the boat at Gennesaret. When the people got wind that he was back, they sent out word through the neighborhood and rounded up all the sick, who asked for permission to touch the edge of his coat. And whoever touched him was healed.

FEAR IS ONLY NATURAL

STORMS DON’T REPRESENT BEING OUT OF GOD’S WILL

27 But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.”

FAITH COMES BY HEARING - ROMANS 10:17

HEBREWS 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

WITHOUT THE WORD (JESUS) WE CAN’T RESPOND IN FAITH

FEAR IS ONLY NATURAL, BUT FAITH IS SUPERNATURAL

PETER HEARS AND IS FILLED WITH FAITH

28 Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.”

PROXIMITY TO JESUS PRODUCES PARTICIPATION IN THE SUPERNATURAL

29-30 He said, “Come ahead.”

Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN WHAT YOU SEE CONTRADICTS WHAT YOU HEAR?

31a Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. 

JESUS DOESN’T HESITATE / JESUS ISN’T INTIMIDATED / JESUS ISN’T DISTANT

IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT JESUS

WE OFTEN FIND OURSELVES FACING FEAR IN THE MOST FAMILIAR SITUATION

EVEN IN THE MOST FAMILIAR SURROUNDINGS                                 

WE ARE NOT CAPABLE WITHOUT THE GRACE OF JESUS

“Christ bade Peter come, not only that he might walk upon the water, and so know his Lord's power, but that he might know his own weakness.” MATTHEW HENRY

31 Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?”

 

OF LITTLE FAITH — NOT A REBUKE

LEXICON MATT 14:31 “OF LITTLE FAITH” —  FAILING TO HEAR

WHEN JESUS SAYS YOU CAN, YOU CAN

32-33 The two of them climbed into the boat, and the wind died down. The disciples in the boat, having watched the whole thing, worshiped Jesus, saying, “This is it! You are God’s Son for sure!”

34-36 On return, they beached the boat at Gennesaret. When the people got wind that he was back, they sent out word through the neighborhood and rounded up all the sick, who asked for permission to touch the edge of his coat. And whoever touched him was healed.

DID THE WIND BLOW YOU OFF COURSE — OR WAS THE STORM MEANT TO SEND YOU WHERE YOU NEEDED TO BE ALL ALONG

SOMETIMES YOU GO THRU THE STORM TO GET WHERE YOU NEED TO BE    

SOMETIMES YOU GO THRU THE STORM TO BE WHERE                                                     SOMEONE ELSE NEEDS YOU TO BE

JOHN 5:24  “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.

 

GETTING PAST THE PAST

2 Samuel 9:1-8; 13  One day David asked, “Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive - anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”  2) He summoned a man named Ziba, who had been one of Saul’s servants. “Are you Ziba?” the king asked.  “Yes sir, I am,” Ziba replied.  3) The king then asked him, “Is anyone still alive from Saul’s family?  If so, I want to show God’s kindness to them.”  Ziba replied, “Yes, one of Jonathan’s sons is still alive.  He is crippled in both feet.”

4) “Where is he?” the king asked.  “In Lo-debar,” Ziba told him, “at the home of Makir son of Ammiel.”  5) So David sent for him and brought him from Makir’s home.  6) His name was Mephibosheth; he was Jonathan’s son and Saul’s grandson.  When he came to David, he bowed low to the ground in deep respect.  David said, “Greetings, Mephibosheth.”  Mephibosheth replied, “I am your servant.”

7) “Don’t be afraid!” David said. “I intend to show kindness to you because of my promise to your father, Jonathan.  I will give you all the property that once belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will eat here with me at the king’s table!”  8) Mephibosheth bowed respectfully and exclaimed, “Who is your servant, that you should show such kindness to a dead dog like me?”

13) And Mephibosheth, who was crippled in both feet, lived in Jerusalem and ate regularly at the king’s table.

Don’t let the pain of your past hinder you from pressing on in life. 

How do we get past the pain?

Forgive those who hurt you and forgive yourself

The only reason we still deal with the pain is because we keep holding on to it  

When we learn to forgive – we can move forward into our promised blessings

Philippians 3:13 One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead

As long as you keep holding on to the past hurt - your past will keep holding on to you

Be Honest About Where You Are

Know That the King Is Looking for You

Make Up Your Mind to Go To the King

Let Your Crippled Past Be Hidden In Christ

Where you are now is not where you have to stay.

Song of Solomon 2:4 He placed me at His banquet table,
for everyone to see that His banner over me declares His love.

BETTER TOGETHER III

BETTER TOGETHER III

I CORINTHIANS 13:1-8; 13 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 

13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

HAVE WE LEARNED TO LOVE?

CONNECTION

    CHOOSE/PURSUE CONNECTION

    LOVE LANGUAGES

    CLEAN UP OUR MESS

    I MATTER/SO DO YOU (POWERFUL PEOPLE)

    CREATE A SAFE SPACE

COMMUNICATION

    SEND/RECEIVE CLEAR MESSAGES

    “WHAT DO. YOU NEED?”

    UNDERSTAND VS. AGREE

    REACT/RESPOND

BOUNDARIES    

    HEALTHY BOUNDARIES = HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

    PRIORITIES - LEVELS OF INTIMACY

WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISPLAY THE LOVE OF THE FATHER

    LIKE JESUS - WHEN THE WORLD SEES US, THEY SHOULD SEE THE FATHER’S HEART

JOHN 13:34-35 Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

WHAT DOES THAT LOVE LOOK LIKE?

LOVE LOOKS LIKE

    CONNECTION OVER CONDEMNATION

    COMMUNICATION OVER CONTROL

WILL YOU BE SOMEONE WHO KEEPS YOUR LOVE ON?

     

BETTER TOGETHER II

BETTER TOGETHER II

MARK 10:46-52

Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. 

47 When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 “Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him.

But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.”

So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” 50 Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.

“My Rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”

52 And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.

LIFE IS STRESSFUL

    LIFE IS FULL OF WELL MEANING PEOPLE

SETTING BOUNDARIES DOESN’T DISQUALIFY US FROM THE KINGDOM

WE CAN’T HAVE A HEALTHY LIFE WITHOUT HEALTHY BOUNDARIES

NOT EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO OUR LIVES

    LEVELS OF ACCESS

JESUS LIFE

JESUS FIRST PRIORITY - FATHER

    COMMUNITY - DISCIPLES

        CIRCLE - PETER, JAMES AND JOHN

            CORE - JOHN - THE BELOVED

        CORE - SPOUSE

        CIRCLE - KIDS, FAM

        COMMUNITY - FRIENDS, CHURCH, CO-WORKERS

WHEN YOUR LEVELS OF ACCESS ARE OUT OF ORDER YOUR LIFE IS OUT OF ORDER

 

CONNECTION IS A CHOICE

    JESUS CHOSE US

BETTER TOGETHER

COMMUNICATING IN CONFLICT

ECCLESIASTES 4:9-12

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:

10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?

12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.    

“Conflict is to a relationship what disease or injury is to a body.”

GOING THRU CONFLICT IN A HEALTHY WAY CAN STRENGTHEN CONNECTION

PROVERBS 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

WITHOUT CONFLICT, WE WILL NOT FACE OPPORTUNITIES TO GROW

WILL WE ALLOW CONFLICT TO HELP US GROW, OR TEAR US APART?

THE GOAL: BUILDING A CONFLICT-RESILIENT CONNECTION

THE GUIDELINES OF HEALTHY COMMUNICATION (IN SERMON NOTES)

    — Our first goal in a conversation is to understand one another.

    — My thoughts, feelings, and needs are valuable and important, and so are yours.

    — I do not participate in disrespectful conversations. When my thoughts, feelings, and needs are devalued in a conversation, I will stop the conversation and set a clear boundary. Until respect is restored, I will not participate.

    — We need to communicate our true feelings and needs to establish trust and intimacy.

     — It’s my job to tell you what is going on inside me, and your job to tell me what’s going on inside you. We do not have powers of telepathy or the right to assume we know one another’s motives, thoughts, feelings, or needs.

    — Our first goal in a conversation is to understand one another.

    — The best way to communicate my feelings and needs to you is to use “I messages” and clear, specific statements that show what I am feeling and experiencing.

     — I will not expect you to know my feelings and needs unless I have communicated them to you.

    — I will not make judgment statements or tell you how you must change in order to meet my needs.

    — When you communicate your needs to me, it is my job to listen well so I can understand what you need, how my life is affecting you, and what I can do to meet your needs.

    — I am committed to protecting and nurturing our connection. I will do what I need to do in order to keep moving toward you—no matter what.

    — It’s my job to manage my heart so that I can respond to you in love and cast out fear in our relationship.”

APPLY

WHAT DO WE DO WHEN CONFLICT GETS UGLY? (THESE SEEM FOREIGN) 

  1. WHAT DO YOU NEED? 
  2. SEND AND RECEIVE CLEAR MESSAGES
  3. COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN/SET BOUNDARY
    1. EACH CONVERSATION NEEDS
      1. ONE SPEAKER
      2. ONE LISTENER
        1. NO ONE LISTENING = NO CONVERSATION
        2. “Most problems are solved in the momentum of protecting connection.” DANNY SILK
          1. BEING AN ACTIVE LISTENER = PROTECTING CONNECTION

LISTENING PROVES YOU BELIEVE THE BEST IN YOUR CONNECTION

KEEPING YOUR LOVE ON, NO MATTER WHAT

JUST AS CHRIST DID FOR US

ROMANS 8:34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

 

DEATH TO LIFE

JOHN 5:19-24 So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. 

20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. In fact, the Father will show him how to do even greater works than healing this man. Then you will truly be astonished. 

21 For just as the Father gives life to those he raises from the dead, so the Son gives life to anyone he wants. 

22 In addition, the Father judges no one. Instead, he has given the Son absolute authority to judge, 

23 so that everyone will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son is certainly not honoring the Father who sent him.

24 “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.

LIFE IS ALL ABOUT MOVING

    LIFE TO DEATH

EPH 2 - WHAT WE THINK IS LIVING, IS ACTUALLY BEING DEAD IN SIN

WHEN WE BELIEVE IN CHRIST WE MOVE

    FROM DEATH TO LIFE

JOHN 5:24

    FROM GRACE TO GRACE

JOHN 1:16 And now out of his fullness we are fulfilled! And from him we receive grace heaped upon more grace!

JESUS CAME ON A MISSION

    REVEAL THE TRUE NATURE OF FATHER’S GOODNESS

    RECONCILE US TO FATHER & CARRY HIS HEART     

I JOHN 3:14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.

THE FRUIT OF OUR LIVES  SHOULD BE THE ESSENCE OF THE KINGDOM

SIMPLE GOSPEL: LOVE GOD -- LOVE PEOPLE 

Mark 12:30-31 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

BE SEEN AND BE KNOWN

    BY LOVE - JOHN 13:35

 

IT'S COMPLICATED VIII

IT’S COMPLICATED VIII

HEBREWS 4:12-16 For we have the living Word of God, which is full of energy, and it pierces more sharply than a two-edged sword. It will even penetrate to the very core of our being where soul and spirit, bone and marrow meet! It interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of our hearts. 

13 There is not one person who can hide their thoughts from God, for nothing that we do remains a secret, and nothing created is concealed, but everything is exposed and defenseless before his eyes, to whom we must render an account.

14 So then, we must cling in faith to all we know to be true. For we have a magnificent King-Priest, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who rose into the heavenly realm for us, and now sympathizes with us in our frailty. 

15 He understands humanity, for as a Man, our magnificent King-Priest was tempted in every way just as we are, and conquered sin. 

16 So now we come freely and boldly to where love is enthroned, to receive mercy’s kiss and discover the grace we urgently need to strengthen us in our time of weakness.

TALKING IS NOT COMMUNICATING

“If connection is the priority, then the goal of communication cannot be agreement, because then one person has to disappear when there is disagreement. ”

UNDERSTANDING > AGREEMENT 

“If I understand your heart, then I can respond to your thoughts, respect your feelings, and help to meet your needs.”

HOW DO WE DO THAT?

    MOVE PAST FACTS AND CLICHES

    MOVE INTO FEELINGS AND NEEDS

HEAD LEVEL TO HEART LEVEL COMMUNICATION

    COMMUNICATING FEELINGS AND NEEDS

WHEN WE DON’T HONOR OUR CONNECTION’S FEELINGS & NEEDS

    WE ARE MANIPULATING AND CONTROLLING

“YOU SHOULD JUST CALM DOWN AND BE LIKE ME.”

UNDERSTAND — APPRECIATE — VALIDATE

    POWER (CHOICE)

    RESPONSE (EMPATHY, THOUGHT AND COURAGE)

    CONNECTION THRU ASSERTIVE COMMUNICATION

“WHAT DO YOU NEED?”

HEBREWS 4:14-16 

14 So then, we must cling in faith to all we know to be true. For we have a magnificent King-Priest, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who rose into the heavenly realm for us, and now sympathizes with us in our frailty. 

15 He understands humanity, for as a Man, our magnificent King-Priest was tempted in every way just as we are, and conquered sin. 

16 So now we come freely and boldly to where love is enthroned, to receive mercy’s kiss and discover the grace we urgently need to strengthen us in our time of weakness.

 

JESUS UNDERSTANDS — APPRECIATES — VALIDATES

    (V14) SYMPATHIZES WITH OUT WEAKNESS

    (V15) UNDERSTANDS — HE FACED EVERYTHING WE HAVE, AND WON

    (V16) ALLOWS US FREE CONNECTION TO LOVE, MERCY AND GRACE

    (V16) VALIDATES US WITH STRENGTH

 

LOVE IS BOLD

HOPE IS BOLD

    COME BOLDY AND FREELY TO SALVATION

IT'S COMPLICATED VII

 

PROVERBS 18:21 Your words are so powerful that they will kill or give life, and the talkative person will reap the consequences

LUKE 6:43-45 “You’ll never find choice fruit hanging on a bad, unhealthy tree. And rotten fruit doesn’t hang on a good, healthy tree.  44 Every tree will be revealed by the quality of fruit that it produces. Figs or grapes will never be picked off thorn trees.  45 People are known in this same way. Out of the virtue stored in their hearts, good and upright people will produce good fruit. But out of the evil hidden in their hearts, evil ones will produce what is evil. For the overflow of what has been stored in your heart will be seen by your fruit and will be heard in your words.

DEUTERONOMY 30:19 ”Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!

“Fear of truth is the great hijacker of communication.” DANNY SILK

BIG IDEA: COMMUNICATION IS KEY TO MAINTAIN CONNECTION

POWERLESS PEOPLES LIVES ARE FULL OF

    MISUNDERSTANDINGS & BEING MISUNDERSTOOD

THREE WAYS POWERLESS PEOPLE COMMUNICATE - PASSIVE/AGGRESSIVE/PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE    

 PASSIVE - OFTEN PASSIVE COMMUNICATORS SEVER TIES IN HOPES THEIR NEEDS WILL BE MET

AGRESSIVE

"Aggressive communicators know how to get what they want. They are large and in charge because they are the biggest, loudest, scariest one in the room.” DANNY SILK

PASSIVE-AGRESSIVE

“The passive-aggressive communicator’s core belief is: “You matter & No, not really!” DANNY SILK

ASSERTIVE COMMUNICATION

“You matter and so do I.”

“What happens to you matters to me.” Irene Mask

EQUAL PARTICIPATION

    DIFFERENT BUT EQUAL

TALKING IS NOT COMMUNICATING

“The quality of what you are building is ultimately up to you.”

JESUS CAME — PUT HIS LIFE ON DISPLAY — COMMUNICATED LOVE & MERCY

   JESUS IS THE ULTIMATE ASSERTIVE COMMUNICATOR

NO MATTER WHAT OUR REACTION, HIS RESPONSE IS LOVE

“NOTHING YOU CAN DO WILL STOP ME FROM PURSUING CONNECTION WITH YOU.” - JESUS

 

IT'S COMPLICATED VI

ROMANS 14:13-19 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. 

14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. 

15 For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. 

16 So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. 

17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 

18 Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. 

19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

POWERFUL RELATIONSHIPS SHARE COMMON GOALS

COMMON GOALS ARE UNATTAINABLE WITHOUT UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE

“You are not me and I am not you. You get to be you and I get to be me in this relationship.”

WE DON’T HAVE TO UNCONDITIONALLY ACCEPT BAD BEHAVIOR

    IT DOES MEAN - WE ARE BOTH FREE TO BE POWERFUL IN THIS RELATIONSHIP

“No matter what you do, I am going to pursue the goal of connection with you.”

YOU CAN NOT CONTROL OTHER PEOPLE

FOR CONNECTION IN SOME RELATIONSHIPS - WE MUST AGREE TO DISAGREE

        “EQUAL BUT DIFFERENT”

UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE AND UNCOMMON LOVE AS A FOUNDATION

“the pillars of love, honor, self-control, responsibility, truth, faith, and vision”

CREATES AN ATMOSPHERE OF PEACE 

    SHALOM - “a powerful Hebrew word” - PEACE - GREETING

DIVINE ORDER // DIVINE HEALTH // DIVINE PROSPERITY 

IT MEANS EVERY PART OF YOUR LIFE —

    BODY // SOUL // SPIRIT

        RELATIONSHIPS // DREAMS // WORK —

            IS GROWING AND THRIVING

SHALOM IS

ROMANS 14:17 righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. THAT’S FATHERS DESIRE FOR YOU

DIVINE ORDER // DIVINE HEALTH // DIVINE PROSPERITY 

IN EVERY PART OF YOUR LIFE —

    BODY // SOUL // SPIRIT

        RELATIONSHIPS // DREAMS // WORK —

IT'S COMPLICATED V

Luke 15:1-7

Many dishonest tax collectors and other notorious sinners often gathered around to listen as Jesus taught the people.                         2 This raised concerns with the Jewish religious leaders and experts of the law. Indignant, they grumbled and complained, saying, “Look at how this man associates with all these notorious sinners and welcomes them all to come to him!”

3 In response, Jesus gave them this illustration:

4–5 “There once was a shepherd with a hundred lambs, but one of his lambs wandered away and was lost. So the shepherd left the ninety-nine lambs out in the open field and searched in the wilderness for that one lost lamb. He didn’t stop until he finally found it. With exuberant joy he raised it up and placed it on his shoulders, carrying it back with cheerful delight!         6 Returning home, he called all his friends and neighbors together and said, ‘Let’s have a party! Come and celebrate with me the return of my lost lamb. It wandered away, but I found it and brought it home.’”

7 Jesus continued, “In the same way, there will be a glorious celebration in heaven over the rescue of one lost sinner who repents, comes back home, and returns to the fold—more so than for all the righteous people who never strayed away.”

LOVE LANGUAGES HELP US HIT THE TARGET IN OUR RELATIONSHIPS

HOW DO WE RESPOND WHEN YOU DON’T HIT THE TARGET?

DEFENSE (FIGHT FLIGHT OR FREEZE)

    ALL DEFENSIVE MOVES - REACTION

    CREATES DISTANCE (BREAKS CONNECTION)

    THE SPACE IN BETWEEN IS WHERE ANXIETY LIVES

HOW DO WE RESPOND WHEN YOUR ______ DOESN’T HIT THE TARGET?

OFFENSE

    CREATES DISTANCE (BREAKS CONNECTION)

    THE SPACE IN BETWEEN IS WHERE ANXIETY LIVES

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE SAYS                                                                                                         “NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, I AM GOING TO PURSUE THE GOAL OF CONNECTION WITH YOU.”

 

STOP

JAMES 1:19-20 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. 

THINK

PHILIPPIANS 4:8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

ACT

1 JOHN 4:19 TPT Our love for others is our grateful response to the love God first demonstrated to us.

JESUS - (MATT 26) RESPONSE VS REACTION GARDEN GESTHEMANE

    REACTION - IF ANYWAY POSSIBLE, NO

    RESPONSE - NEVER THE LESS, YOU WILL BE DONE

 

IT'S COMPLICATED IV

 5 LOVE LANGUAGES GIVE OUR LOVE A TARGET                                                                  WORDS - TOUCH - ACTS - TIME - GIFTS

“I CARE ABOUT YOUR SOUL, SPIRIT, BODY, RELATIONSHIPS, YOUR DREAMS AND YOUR DESTINY.” DANNY SILK (YOU VERSION DEVO)

2 CORINTHIANS 3:17-18 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

RARELY, DO WE MAKE DISTANCE THE GOAL OF OUR RELATIONSHIPS                                                        WHEN WE AREN’T ON PRACTICING ON PURPOSE -- WE DRIFT

DISTANCE IS DISCONNECTION

THREE NATURAL REACTIONS TO PAIN                                                                                        FIGHT - FLIGHT - FREEZE                                                                                                                       ALL OF THESE REACTIONS HAVE THE SAME GOAL - DISTANCE

HOW WILL YOU REACT WHEN PAIN COMES?

FEAR BASED CONTROL TEACHES THAT ONLY ONE PERSON AT A TIME GETS TO BE POWERFUL

POWER IS NOT CONTROL

 SUPERNATURAL - RESPONSE > REACTION

    POWERFUL PEOPLE DON’T REACT - THEY RESPOND

RESPONSE DOES NOT COME NATURALLY

POWERFUL PEOPLE ARE NOT SLAVES TO INSTINCT

    POWERFUL PEOPLE DON’T DO WHAT COMES NATURAL OR NORMAL

        POWERFUL PEOPLE ARE EXTRAORDINARY

POWERFUL PEOPLE RESOND WITH LOVE IN THE FACE OF PAIN AND FEAR

    “RESPONSE-ABILITY” (NOT REACT-ABILITY)

RESPONSE IS LEARNED SKILL - REACTION IS INSTINCT (UNLEARNED)

POWER IS A CHOICE

FROM THE BEGINNING GOD’S PLAN FOR US IS TO BE EMPOWERED TO FIND FREEDOM THRU CHOICE    

GOD RISKED REJECTION BY GIVING YOU CHOICE

GOD’S #1 GOAL IS CONNECTION WITH YOU

    NOTHING - EVEN PAIN AND DEATH - WOULD STOP HIM

“THE MORE GOD FILLS YOUR LIFE, THE MORE FREEDOM YOU HAVE"

2 CORINTHIANS 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

JOHN 14:12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.

IT'S COMPLICATED III

HEBREWS 4:14-16 So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

RELATIONSHIPS NEED GOALS TO BE POWERFUL

IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOUR GOALS ARE YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEM

    POWERFUL PEOPLE TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEMSELVES/RELATIONSHIPS    

YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN CONTROL YOUR GOAL

GOD DOES NOT USE FEAR OF PUNISHMENT OR PAIN TO DISTANCE HIMSELF OR TO EXERCISE CONTROL

JEREMIAH 31:3 Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”

GOD DEMONSTRATES THAT PROBLEMS CAN’T BE SOLVED WHILE DISCONNECTED

    PSALM 46 - EVER PRESENT HELP IN TIME OF NEED

A STRONG LOVING CONNECTION REDUCES THE ANXIETY IN A RELATIONSHIP

“…pour water on the fires of your fears and throw gasoline on the passion of your dreams.” Kris Vallotton

5 LOVE LANGUAGES

    GIFTS

    CONNECTION:  YOU KNOW ME AND ARE THINKING OF ME EVEN WHEN I                      WASN’T AROUND

    DISCONNECT:  YOU DON’T CARE BECAUSE YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW                                     ME OR GIVE ME A PASSING THOUGHT.

    TOUCH

    CONNECTION:  I FEEL CONNECTED WHEN WE ARE TOUCHING.

    DISCONNECT:  I FEEL REJECTED AND NEGLECTED WHEN YOU DON’T                            TOUCH ME.

    ACTS OF SERVICE

    CONNECTION:  I FEEL LOVED WHEN YOU TAKE CARE OF THINGS THAT ARE             IMPORTANT TO ME.

    DISCONNECT:  YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT ME, BECAUSE YOU DON’T CARE                        ABOUT THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO ME.

    WORDS OF AFFIRMATION

    CONNECTION:  I FEEL LOVED WHEN I BELIEVE THAT YOU LIKE ME.

    DISCONNECT:  I FEEL REJECTED WHEN YOUR WORDS ARE HARSH.

    QUALITY TIME

    CONNECTION:  I FEEL LOVED WHEN YOU SHOW INTEREST IN ME.

    DISCONNECT:  I FEEL REJECTED WHEN YOU DON’T VALUE MY INTERESTS.

CLEAN UP YOUR MESSES

HEBREWS 4:15-16 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

MERCY - FORGIVENESS

GRACE- EMPOWERS ME TO MANAGE MY OWN MESS

IT'S COMPLICATED I

I JOHN 4:7-19 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us.

LOVE IS A CHOICE

CHOICE IS AN EXERCISE IN POWER

POWERFUL PEOPLE PRACTICE ON PURPOSE

POWERFUL PEOPLE CHOOSE TO LOVE NO MATTER WHAT

“Choosing empowers us. Powerful people take responsibility for their lives and choices.  Powerful people choose who they are going to be with, what they want in life and how they are going to accomplish it.” Danny Silk ‘Keep Your Love On’

BIG IDEA: CHOICE

A POWERFUL PERSON ISN’T POWERFUL BECAUSE THEY CONTROL OTHERS. THE ARE POWERFUL BECAUSE THEY CHOOSE TO CONTROL THEMSELVES. 

        GRACE - EMPOWERS

JOHN 7:38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

POWERFUL PEOPLE ARE NOT CONTAMINATED BECAUSE THEY ARE A CONSTANT OUTFLOW OF POWER LOVE AND SELF-CONTROL

POWERFUL PEOPLE HAVE A MISSION AND VISION FOR THEIR LIFE 

POWERFUL PEOPLE ARE COMFORTABLE IN THEIR OWN SKIN

POWERFUL PEOPLE SAY

    I WILL - I DO - I AM

POWERLESS PEOPLE SAY

    I CAN’T - I HAVE TO - I’LL TRY

     LACK OF POWER LOVE AND SELF-CONTROL LEADS US INTO FEAR

I JOHN 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

    WE ARE ALL STILL BEING PERFECTED IN HIS LOVE

FEAR IS CHOOSING TO BELIEVE THE LIE OF THE ENEMY  

    INSTEAD OF THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD

YOU CAN BE LOVED - BECAUSE CHRIST CHOSE TO LOVE YOU

I JOHN 4:19 We love because he first loved us.

YOU CAN BE POWERFUL - IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD (I TIM 1:7)

            

(RE)VOLUTION IV

(RE)VOLUTION IV
Mark 8:27-9:1
27 Jesus and his disciples left Galilee and went up to the villages near Caesarea Philippi. As they were walking along, he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
28 “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other prophets.”
29 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”
Peter replied, “You are the Messiah.”
30 But Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
31 Then Jesus began to tell them that the Son of Man must suffer many terrible things and be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but three days later he would rise from the dead. 
32 As he talked about this openly with his disciples, Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things.
33 Jesus turned around and looked at his disciples, then reprimanded Peter. “Get away from me, Satan!” he said. “You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”
34 Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. 
35 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. 
36 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? 
37 Is anything worth more than your soul? 
38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
9 Jesus went on to say, “I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Kingdom of God arrive in great power!”

L I V E  &  L O V E   L I K E   J E S U S

JOHN 14:9 Jesus replied, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don't know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you?    

IF WE LOOK LIKE JESUS, WE LOOK LIKE HEAVEN

“The world’s greatest revolutionary never killed anyone. He never threw a rock, burned a flag or planned an insurrection. He was sentenced to death and went to His execution w/o struggle or defiance. The power of love, humility and servanthood cannot be overestimated.”  Lou Engle

BE REVOLUTIONARY
L I V E  &  L O V E   L I K E   J E S U S

HEBREWS 12:2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

 DO WHAT HE DID //  SAY WHAT HE SAID

MATTHEW 9:35 Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness.

SHARE GOOD NEWS // BRING HEALING (BE SEEN BE KNOWN)

LOVE LIKE HE LOVED

PHILIPPIANS 2:1-8 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.                                                 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.                 

BE REVOLUTIONARY
L I V E  &  L O V E   L I K E   J E S U S

THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY THING OF ALL

        R E S U R R E C T I O N - THE ULTIMATE SIGN OF HOPE
            
RESURRECTION ISN’T RESUSCITATION, 

RESURRECTION IS GOING THRU DEATH AND COMING OUT ON THE OTHER SIDE - VICTORIOUS!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(RE)VOLUTION III

I CORINTHIANS 13:1-8; 13  If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.  3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud  5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 

13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

LOVE IS STILL THE REVOLUTIONARY IDEA

JESUS - PREACHING LOVE FOR GOD AND MANKIND

MATTHEW 22:36-39  “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” 37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’  38 This is the first and greatest commandment.  39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 

NOTHING ELSE MATTERS - IF YOU DON’T HAVE LOVE

    THREE PRIMARY TYPES OF LOVE

    EROS

    PHILOS

    AGAPE

AGAPE - a caring or godly concern for someone even if you do not know or like him

GOD = LOVE

I JOHN 4:8 - GOD IS LOVE

CROSS = LOVE

JOHN 15:13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

CHURCH = LOVE

GALATIANS 6:2 Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

SAVED PEOPLD SERVE PEOPLE - BISHOP LARRY MASK

 

FORGIVE NO MATTER WHAT

    I COR 13:5 keeps no record of wrongs

PREFER NO MATTER WHAT

    (last week) LOVE = GOODWILL, ESTEEM

     LOVE IS INCONVENIENT

         TAKES UP YOUR FREE TIME - REQUIRES YOU TO SACRIFICE

ACCEPT NO MATTER WHAT

I COR 13:4-7 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 

5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 

6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

 

ST. FRANCIS PRAYER OF PEACE

Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort, than to be comforted.

To understand, than to be understood.

To love, than to be loved.

For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.

It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(RE)VOLUTION II

 

II TIMOTHY1:3-7  3 I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.  4 As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy.  5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.                                                 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

IT WORKS IF YOU WORK IT

II TIMOTHY 1:6 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 

THIS GIFT IS THE SUPERNATURAL KEY TO LIVE IN THE NATURAL WORLD. 

IT WORKS IF YOU WORK IT

PASSION IS NOT A GIFT, PASSION IS A CHOICE

II TIMOTHY 1:7 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

POWER - LOVE - SELF CONTROL

POWER

    ABILITY  

        EVERY TIME YOU SAY YOU CAN’T…

            IF YOU HAVE CHRIST, YOU CAN

    ENERGY

    STRENGTH 

ROMANS 8:11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

IT WORKS IF YOU WORK IT

LOVE  

“Power divorced from love quickly becomes destructive.” NT Wright 

    BENEVOLENCE

    GOODWILL

    ESTEEM

        THE ABILITY TO LOVE MANKIND

 MISSION - BE SEEN // BE KNOWN

JOHN 13:34-35 “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

SELF CONTROL

    SENSIBLE (GOOD JUDGEMENT)

Proverbs 4:6-7 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. 7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. 

PASSION IS A CHOICE

THREE WAYS TO FAN THE FALME. 

    LOOK UP

        KEEP YOUR EYES ON CHRIST. 

            KEEP YOUR EYES OFF MAN - HE’LL LET YOU DOWN

            KEEP YOUR EYES OFF STUFF - DRAG YOU DOWN

            KEEP YOUR EYES ON CHRIST - ALWAYS LIFT YOU UP

    SHOW UP

        HEBREWS 10 - FELLOWSHIP LIFTS YOU UP

        ECCLESIASTES 4:9-12  - FRIENDS PICK YOU UP

    DON’T GIVE UP    

PROVERBS 24:16 The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.

    FAN FLAMES OF PASSION ON GOD’S GIFT

        POWER // LOVE // SELF-CONTROL

    FAN THE FLAMES ON GOD’S GIFT BY

        LOOKING UP

        SHOWING UP

        NOT GIVING UP

(RE)VOLUTION I

NUMBERS 6

22 Then the Lord said to Moses,                                   

 23 “Tell Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special blessing:

24 ‘May the Lord bless you and protect you.

25 May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.

26 May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’

27 Whenever Aaron and his sons bless the people of Israel in my name, I myself will bless them.”

 

rev·o·lu·tion

ˌrevəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n/

A dramatic and wide-reaching change in the way something works or is organized or in people's ideas about it.

REVOLUTIONS HAPPEN WHEN PEOPLE REALIZE THIER LIFE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE HOPELESS

LAMENTATIONS 3:22-23 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

rev·o·lu·tion

ˌrevəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n/

The movement of an object in a circular or elliptical course around another or about an axis or center.

REVOLUTION HAPPENS WHETHER YOU ARE PARTICIPATING OR NOT

“WHAT YOU DON’T MANAGE WILL MANAGE YOU” KRIS VALLOTTON

YOU HAVE A GREATER POWER TO BLESS YOUR CHILDREN THAN ANYONE ELSE

HEBREWS 7:7 And without question, the person who has the power to give a blessing is greater than the one who is blessed.    

A FATHER BLESSES HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN (MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU…)

A LEADER BLESSES HIS SUBJECTS (GOD BLESS AMERICA)

A PASTOR BLESSES HIS CONGREGATION (BLESSED COMING IN, GOING OUT)

IT’S OUR OBEDIENCE TO FATHER (GREATER) THAT INVOKES BLESSING (FAVOR) ON US (LESSER)

FAMILY IS AN AREA THAT REQUIRES WE USE THE AUTHORITY GIVEN TO US BY CHRIST TO BLESS AND SEE PROSPER

PROMOTION - POSITION - PRIORITY

PROMOTION (WHAT) 

    DON’T COMPLIMENT ON GIFTING - COMPLIMENT ON CHARACTER

 GALATIANS 5 - LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS,     GENTLENESS AND SELF CONTROL (CHARACTER)

POSITION (WHERE)

“CONTROL OPPORTUNITY, RESOURCES, PERMISSION”

PRIORITY (WHY)

HEBREWS 10:24-25 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

PROVERBS 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go;  even when he is old he will not depart from it.

 

 

THE ARRIVAL IV

ISAIAH 7:11-14 “Ask the Lord your God for a sign. It can be anything you want.” 12 But Ahaz answered, “I won’t ask; I wouldn’t think of testing the Lord.” 13 “Listen now, descendants of David,” Isaiah said. “Isn’t it enough that you try the patience of mortals? Must you also try the patience of my God?  14 So the Lord himself will give you this sign: A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and she will name him Immanuel [God Is With Us]

THE BOY WHO SAVED THE WORLD

    OUR CULTURE IS OBSESSED WITH SUPER HEROES

MATTHEW 1:21 “She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

LUKE 2:10 ”Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.

JESUS, BEING BORN FULLY HUMAN

    SHOWED US THE POSSIBILITY TO BE EVERYDAY HEROES

JOHN 3:16  “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

 

THE ARRIVAL III

THE ARRIVAL III - JOY

ISAIAH 35:1-10 Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses. 2 Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy! The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon, as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon. There the Lord will display his glory, the splendor of our God. 3 With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. 4 Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” 5 And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf. 6 The lame will leap like a deer, and those who cannot speak will sing for joy! Springs will gush forth in the wilderness, and streams will water the wasteland. 7 The parched ground will become a pool, and springs of water will satisfy the thirsty land. Marsh grass and reeds and rushes will flourish where desert jackals once lived.    8 And a great road will go through that once deserted land. It will be named the Highway of Holiness. Evil-minded people will never travel on it. It will be only for those who walk in God’s ways; fools will never walk there. 9 Lions will not lurk along its course, nor any other ferocious beasts. There will be no other dangers. Only the redeemed will walk on it. 10 Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness.

WE KNOW THE REAL JOY OF XMAS ISN’T THE PRESENTS, BUT THE PRESENCE OF THE FAMILY

    HAPPINESS IS BASED ON WHAT HAPPENS

    JOY COMES FROM PRESENCE 

Psalm 146:5 Joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the LORD their God.

ISAIAH 35 FORETELLS THE JOY UPON CHRIST’S ARRIVAL

GLADNESS. NEW GROWTH IN BARREN PLACES. STRENGTH TO THE TIRED,  AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE WEAK.  JUSTICE, HEALING AND PROVISION.  ACCESS, PROTECTION AND REDEMPTION.

THAT JOY IS NOW AVAILABLE IN OUR HEARTS BECAUSE OF HIS BIRTH

AND CAUSES US TO LOOK FORWARD TO HIS FINAL RETURN

"The birth of Christ is the central event in the history of the earth -- the very thing the whole story has been about." -- C.S. Lewis

JOHN 8:12 JESUS IS LIGHT

LIGHT BRINGS JOY

LIGHT BRINGS HEALTH

LIGHT BRINGS WARMTH

LIGHT BRINGS DIRECTION

PSALM 119:105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.

WHEN JESUS IS REVEALED IN OUR HEARTS WE CAN SING WITH JOY LIKE MARY IN LUKE 1

LUKE 1:46-55 46 Mary responded, “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. 47 How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! 48 For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed. 49 For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me.             50 He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him. 51 His mighty arm has done tremendous things! He has scattered the proud and haughty ones. 52 He has brought down princes from their thrones and exalted the humble. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands. 54 He has helped his servant Israel and remembered to be merciful. 55 For he made this promise to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children forever.”        

Her willingness to REJOICE or FIND JOY in this complicated situation is why we see the angel speak of her in LUKE 1:28 “highly favored”

    YOUR PAST IS PREPARATION FOR YOUR PURPOSE

2 Corinthians 4:7-9 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. 8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.  9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.                                                                          

IT’S THE PRESENCE OF JESUS IN YOUR LIFE, THE ADVENT, THE ARRIVAL

THAT SHINES THROUGH THE COMPLICATION AND TESTIFIES OF THE JOY THAT IS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE FOUND IN CHRIST