THE INFUENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

07-03-2013

“In the last days, God said, I will pour out my Holy Spirit upon all mankind, and your sons and daughters shall prophecy, and your young men shall see visions,and your old men dream dreams.  Yes,the Holy Spirit shall come upon all my servants men and women alike……” (Acts 2:17)

“One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God.  They picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they weredone with Him. The scientist walked up to God and said, “God, we’ve decided that we no longer need you.  We’re to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don’t you just go on and get lost.” God listened patiently and kindly to the man and after the scientist was done talking, God said, “Very well!  How about this?  Let’s have a man making contest.”  To which the man replied, “Ok, great! But God added, “Now we’re going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam.”  The scientist said, “Sure, no problem” and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt.  God just looked at him and said, “No, no, no.  You get your own dirt!”

THE GREATIST GIFT

For the past 3 weeks we have been sharing with you about your natural abilities and spiritual gifts. I told you how valuable you were in the eyes of God and how important you were to Him in ministry. You are His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10), His handiwork, His work of art – “ you are one of a kind masterpiece”.  In our quest to discover our gift we must first discover God’s Holy Spirit in us, as Christians, is our greatest gift from God. The Holy Spirit is our unity with God, our source of communication from God, and the guarantee that we are His children.  Who is leading you? “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are Sons of God.- And so we should not be like cringing, fearful slaves, but we should behave like Gods very own children, adopted into the bosom of His family, and, calling to Him, “father, father.  For His Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are really Gods children.  And since we are His children, we share His treasures.  For all God gives to His son Jesus is now ours to”. (Romans 8:14 LV)

The Holy Spirit is promised to those who receive Jesus Christ as Savior.  “Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for remission of sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38-39)

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS PROMISED TO THOSE WHO ASK

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13).  The only limitation to God’s Holy Spirit in you is you.  For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. (John 3:34)  The Holy Spirit produces rivers of liquid life inside of you.  “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood up and cried out, saying, “if anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  “he who believes in Me, as the Scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. “ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” (John 7:37-39)

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GIVEN TO YOU SO THAT YOU CAN BE A BLESSING TO OTHERS.

“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the prophet of all:…..(1Cor. 12:7) – But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. (1Cor 12:11)

Jesus said in Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lords favor.”

THERE ARE SEVEN IMPORTANT PROMISES THAT CHRISTIANS CAN COUNT ON RECEIVING FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT- SEVEN MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD- SEVEN SPIRITS OF GOD

  1. The Holy Spirit shall remain with you forever
  2. 2. The Holy Spirit gives you wisdom
  3. 3. The Holy Spirit gives you understanding
  4. 4. The Holy Spirit gives you counsel
  5. The Holy Spirit gives you power (faith)
  6. 6. The Holy Spirit gives you knowledge
  7. 7. The Holy Spirit gives you delight in the fear of the Lord

(Isaiah 11:1-4 NKJV) “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.  The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and power, The Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight is in the fear of the Lord, And He shall not judge by the sight off His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears; But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall he slay the wicked.

·     The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him –(Jesus had the Spirit with out measure (John 3:34)

  • Shall descend upon Him, and remain upon Him

“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever; “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.” (John 14:16-17 NKJV)

THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING

Wisdom –chokmah: Skill and insight, knowledge to accomplish and perform;

The word of wisdom might be defined as a supernatural revelation of the mind and purpose of God communicated by the Holy Spirit that reveals something.

1Corinthians 12:8- for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit…

Understanding – Discernment, the ability to separate and judge righteously truth from falsehood, and good from evil.  To comprehend, have insight, perception, and the ability to use information wisely. 1Corinthians 12:10- …to another discerning of spirits…

Wisdom and understanding are both needed in all types of work and ministry for it to be successful. Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; (Proverbs 24:3). Wisdom is a creative idea, an insight; but understanding is needed to accomplish the goal.  Wisdom may see hidden information, but understanding knows why, and how to deal with the information.

In Exodus 31:25 we read about a man named Bez-alel- “I have filled him The Spirit of God, with ability, intelligence, and knowledge in every kind of craft….”

THE SPIRIT OF COUNSEL AND POWER

Counsel- advice, plan, advisement, counsel, purpose 1 Corinthians 12:10…. to another prophecy

Might- force, valor, victory, mastery, might, power, strength

“To another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles….” (1Corinthians 12:9-10)

Counsel and power go together because power is faith, and faith comes by hearing a word from God through the Holy Spirit.  The just shall live by faith because when they receive a word from God through the Holy Spirit they obey and produce fruit that glorifies God.

THE SPIRIT OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE FEAR OF THE LORD

Knowledge- is the supernatural revelation of the existence, or nature, of a person or thing, or the knowing of some event, given to us by the Holy Spirit for a specific purpose.  Knowledge of the deep things of God, to perceive.  “..To another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit” (1Corinthians 12:8)

  • The fear of God is the beginning of the knowledge of God.  It is impossible to know God without having the most awesome trembling respect of Him.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)

Ephesians 1:17-19 NKJV –that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ , the Father of Glory, may give to you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him……”

HIS DELIGHT IS IN THE FEAR OF THE LORD

The reverential fear of God causes us to perfect holiness in our lives, knowing that we will reap what we sow, knowing that God will chastise the children He loves as a good Father does, helps us to stay close to God.  Holiness is delightful because we then have the joy of a clean heart and right relationship with our God.  “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and Spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of the God. (2Cor 7:1)

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THE NATURE OF FAITH

12-7-03 Doggett

“What is faith?  It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen.  It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us even though we cannot see it up ahead.” Hebrews 11:1 (Living)

A great flood of water suddenly came upon a small town, in which caused many in this town to evacuate.  A religious man looked out of his first floor window and noticed a man in a rowboat shouting unto him “Get in the boat I’ll row you to safety “Get in, Get in!”The religious man replies, “No I have faith in God, He will save me.” Later the water rises to the second floor and a speedboat comes by and the guy tells him to get in I’ll take you to safety.  The man again responds that he has faith in God and that ‘God would savehim. With the water at the roof level the man is now standing on top of the chimney when a helicopter throws down a ladder “the pilot using a bull horn shouts down to the man “Grab it, Grab it, Grab it!” Again the man turns down the request for help stating that he had faith in God, and that God would save him.  The man drowns and arrives at the gates of heaven with broken faith and says to Peter, I had belief that God would save me but he didn’t and I have been let down.”  St. Peter chuckles and responds, “I don’t know what you are complaining about, God sent you a row boat, a speed boat and a helicopter, “What more did you want?

NATURAL FAITH / SPIRITUAL FAITH

  • “God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3 (KJV)
  • “…..not everyone has faith”. 2 Thess. 3:2 (NIV)
  • “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen” Heb 11:1
  • “Now without faith it is impossible to please Him” Hebrews 11:6

Sound like a contradiction, Not at all, All people live by faith, society is built on a foundation of faith. We drink water out of a faucet with perfect confidence that it is safe.  We eat food in a restaurant, confident that it is not contaminated.  We drive down two lane highways trusting the other guy to control his vehicle.  We put our money in banks trusting them not to lose it.  We cross bridges, go under bridges, get on airplanes, get into boats, go up in high rise buildings, we trust doctors and nurses with our lives, we submit to the surgeons scalpel entirely by faith.  This kind of faith is What’s called “NATURAL FAITH”.  Natural faith is often mistaken for Spiritual faith. Natural faith trusts itself to things seen, in the realm of the natural senses and in the word of others.  Paul says, “All men have not faith” (2 Thessalonians 3:2).  Untold numbers who exercise faith in the natural realm have no faith in the Spiritual realm.  Natural faith rests itself wholly on things, things visible and things temporal.  “SPIRITUAL FAITH” rests itself in things unseen, things invisible and things eternal

FAITH TOWARDS GOD

“Let us stop going over the same old ground again and again, always teaching those first lessons about Christ. Let us go on instead to other things and become mature in our understanding, as strong Christians ought to be. Surely we don’t need to speak further about the foolishness of trying to be saved by being good, or about the necessity of faith in God;” Hebrews 6:1 (Living)

In repentance one turns from sin, while in faith one turns toward God.  They are like the two sides of a coin; they belong to each other in a Biblical conversion.  The writer of Hebrews states for us the absolute importance of faith when he says “without faith it is impossible to please God, for he that comes to God must believe that He is (Hebrews 11:6). This is faiths beginning.  Faith must begin with the fact that God is, and that He rewards those that diligently seek Him.  Nothing can be known or received of God unless man first believes that God is.

HEAD FAITH (What faith is not) / HEART FAITH (What faith is)

Head faith is simply agreement to a set of historical and doctrinal facts about Christ, God and the Bible.  Multitude of religious people “believe” in the Bible, God and Christ but it is merely a mental assentto facts without any real heart faith in Christ.

“So you see, it isn’t enough just to have faith. You must also do good to prove that you have it. Faith that doesn’t show itself by good works is no faith at all–it is dead and useless.     [18] But someone may well argue, “You say the way to God is by faith alone, plus nothing; well, I say that good works are important too, for without good works you can’t prove whether you have faith or not; but anyone can see that I have faith by the way I act.”     [19] Are there still some among you who hold that “only believing” is enough? Believing in one God? Well, remember that the demons believe this too–so strongly that they tremble in terror! [20] Fool! When will you ever learn that “believing” is useless without doing what God wants you to? Faith that does not result in good deeds is not real faith.”  James 2:17-20 (Living)

FAITH IS NOT PRESUMPTION

“Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.” Psalm 19:13 (KJV)

Presumption means to take for granted, to suppose to be true without having positive proof. It means to be arrogant, over confident. Presumption is often mistaken for faith because it imitates faith.  By faith the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, but the Egyptians presumed to do so and were drowned (Hebrews 11:29).  The faith of Israel was in thereceived Word of God.  The presumption of the Egyptians was to imitate the faith-action of Israel without having received a word from God.  Presumption is to imitate the faith-actions of others without personally having a Word of God Quickened in your heart.

FAITH IN ONESELF

The principle is “Faith towards God”, not faith in oneself.  Much “faith” preaching today teaches man too have faith in himself, his own abilities and latent soul powers.  This kind of faith makes man his own savior and god.  However, the Bible shows that true faith is in God, through Christ.

WHAT IS FAITH?

“Faith” simply means “trust, assurance, confidence in another and another’s word.”  Faith towards God is simply to trust God. To trust His Word and to have confidence in Him that His Word is true and that He will keep it.  It is to wholly trust and rely on God and His Word.  There is but one true and proper source of faith, the Word of God.  If faith is not built upon the Word, it can never stand the storms and tests of life. The key verse to this fact is Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”

To truly hear the Word is to hear the Lord Jesus Christ speaking to our hearts by the Spirit. The living Word is the Christ of God. He is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2)

TWO ELEMENTS INVOLVED IN FAITH

(1)   INTELLECTUAL ELEMENT– It is impossible to have faith without knowledge, though it is possible to have knowledge without faith.  When a person hears the word of faith, it brings the knowledge of God, Christ, salvation and redemption just like it’s doing this morning in this class.  This is to create faith not mental assent, as I have already noted

(2) THE EMOTIONAL ELEMENT- this is the response of the heart to the truth of the Gospel. Feelings must not be mistaken for faith, but faith will involve feelings.  God’s order is fact, faith and feelings, never feelings and faith.  The Christian life is not to be governed by feelings, but neither is it to be without feelings.  Faith is solidly founded on the fact of the Gospel, not feelings. The feelings will follow the faith.

“They believed His words; They sang His praise” (Psalms 106 12 NKJV)

FROM FAITH TO FAITH

The New Testament shows that there are various aspects of faith, and the believer is to proceed from “Faith to faith” until he comes to the fulness’ of the Son of God.

  • SAVING FAITH-saving faith is God’s gift to the repentant sinner that he might be saved.  This aspect of faith is passive.  Here the person trusts Christ and His word for salvation  “For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it. Ephesians. 2:8 (TEV)

FRUIT OF FAITH- thisaspect of faith is spoken of as a fruit of the Spirit.  It is more of an active faith.  It is faith with obedience.  Passive faith trusts the Word when it can do nothing.  Active faith obeys the word when God has spoken it (turn read Hebrews 11: 8-10, 17-19,28,30,31; Luke 5:4-6; Galatians 5:22)

GIFT OF FAITH

This aspect of faith is spoken of as a fruit of the Spirit.  It (1 Corinthians 2:1-13).  It is among the nine spiritual gifts and is a supernatural impartation of faith for the miraculous.  This faith involves speaking the Word.  It is given to members in the body of Christ “as he will”(manifestation).  It is not to be mistaken for the other aspects of faith.

PERFECT FAITH

I believe that this aspect of faith will be manifested when the saints come to perfection, when every doubt and measure of unbelief will be driven from the heart. It is then that the word will be made flesh in the believer and no unbelief will be manifested, for all will come to full faith.

Can’t you see? His faith and his actions worked together; his faith was made perfect through his actionsJames 2:22 (TEV)

This is how the believer will go from “faith to faith”. Jesus was The Word made flesh and no element of doubt and unbelief was ever found in Him.  This is God’s will for His people.  Unbelief came by the fall, by man hearing the word of unbelief through the lips of the serpent (Gen 3:1-6).  Faith comes by redemption, by hearing the word of faith from the lips of the Lord Jesus.

DEGREES OF FAITH

When a person repents and accepts Christ as his Savior, and receives saving faith, then he has to move into the life of faith.  The justified are to live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4)

The Bible indicates that there are degrees or measures of faith.  It is God’s will that all move on in the life of faith and indeed go from faith to faith.  This can only be as a person maintains the life of faith in a personal relationship with Christ and His Word, the source of continuing faith.  Here is a list.  “The Measures of Faith”

No Faith(Mark 4:40)- Little Faith(Matthew 8:26; 14:31)-Weak Faith(Romans 14:1)

Dead Faith (James 2:17)- Vain Faith (1Corinthians 15:14)- Great Faith (Luke 7:9)

Fulness of Faith (Acts 11:24)- Steadfast Faith (Colossians 2:5)- Rich Faith (James 2:5)

Strong Faith (Romans 4:19-20)- Measure or Proportion of Faith(Romans 12:3-6; 1:17)

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GOD SEEKS TRUE WORSHIPPERS, NOT JUST WORSHIP

10-26-03 Doggett

“But say, tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here [at Mount Gerizim], where our ancestors worshiped?” [21] Jesus replied, “The time is coming, ma’am, when we will no longer be concerned about whether to worship the Father here or in Jerusalem. [22] For it’s not where we worship that counts, but how we worship–is our worship spiritual and real? [23] Do we have the Holy Spirit’s help? For God is Spirit, and we must have his help to worship as we should. The Father wants this kind of worship from us” John 4:20-24 (Living)

A college student was in a philosophy class, where there was a class discussion about whether or not God exists, The professor had the following logic:  “Has anyone in this class heard God?” Nobody spoke.  “Has anyone in this class touched God?”  Again, nobody spoke.  “Has anyone in this class seen God?” When nobody spoke for the third time, he simply stated, “Then there is no God.”  The student didn’t like the sound of this at all, and asked for permission to speak. The professor granted it, and the student stood up and asked the following questions of his classmates: “Has anyone in this class heard our professor’s brain? Silence.  “Has anyone in this class touched our professor’s brain?” Absolute silence. “Has anyone in this class seen our professor’s brain?”  When nobody in the class dared to speak, the student concluded, “Then, according to our professor’s logic, it must be true that our professor has no brain!”

The Sacred and the Secular

Last week here in Sunday school our lesson talked about believers Coming Back To The Heart of Worship. Marion’s message was a powerful one, entitled “It’s All About Him.” These two teaching taught us that our eyes must be fixed on Jesus and not on ourselves.  We learned in Sunday school that most Christians have segmented their lives into the sacred and the non-sacred, or secular.  When we go to church and lift our hands and sing, that is sacred.  But when we are standing in the line at Wally World (Wal-Mart) patiently waiting our turn to be served as Christians we are honoring God, giving him glory.  This approach to life has hindered us from becoming true worshippers of God.  As Christians we must see all of life as sacred.  We talked about how for many of us we needed to repent for our wrong approach to worship.  Many have shifted the emphasis from the condition of the heart of the worshipper to the expertise of the musicians, singers and dancers.  We sung the song by Matt Redman – I’m coming back to the heart of worship- I’m sorry for the things that I have made it.

“Well, I’ll tell you why. It is because you must do everything for the glory of God, even you’re eating and drinking” 1 Cor. 10:31 (Living)

God is not seeking just Worshippers God is not seeking worshippers because the world is full of worshippers.  Even though the first commandment says, “YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME” (Deut 5:6) Many Christians are still placing things before Him, worshipping houses, land and cars.  They are not putting God first in every area of life. God is looking for people whose minds and hearts are bent toward Him.  It’s critical for His true worshippers to understand that.  One reason I think some people have trouble worshipping is because they’re afraid of what somebody else is going to think about them.  We have to keep in mind that real worship means we’re focused on Jesus. We’ve come into complete God consciousness and are praising Him- not worrying what somebody else is thinking. True worship cannot be told to worship. You cannot be told to worship- it’s best when it is spontaneous, when comes out of a lifestyle of worship 24/7.

Worship is Not Tied To A Place

The Samaritan woman on John 4:19 was saying that the ability to worship was tied to a place. She wanted to know what the best place was to go in order to truly worship God.  Was it Jerusalem or was it Samaria?  Now before you snicker at her primitive ideas of worship and think that she is a bit naïve in thinking that worship is tied to geography, we need to understand what Jesus says.  He says to her, “You are right it is a place but it is a not a geographical one.  It is a spiritual place that those who are going to worship me must get to so that they can worship Me.”

Misplaced Worship

Worship is misplaced when people revere the sanctuary.  How can you tell when this is happening?  You can tell when people fight over pews, get upset over the P.A. system or argue over material things at the church.  Worship is also misplaced if people adore a person, such as a pastor, music leader or any other type of minister instead of God.  When people find out their pastor or music leader is not perfect and the leave the church, then where was their focus?  We need the people her at Abundant Life to understand that they are not to place their focus on a person, pastor, elders, minister of music or church leaders.  We’re not worthy of worship.

Worship is misplaced if people clamor for power on committees, or care more about church programs than to give reverence to God.  The devil is working overtime in getting people to misplace their worship.

Worshipping In Spirit And In Truth

When people worship in spirit, they are worshipping in sincerity and from the heart.  A lot of people miss it by about 18 inches-their worship is all in their minds and, not their hearts.  There are four requirements to worshipping in spirit. They are:(1)  To be born again, (2) to give adoration and praise to God, (3) to maintain a repentant and contrite heart toward God and, (4) to focus on God

In the many churches in our country, the minds of our people are focused on a thousand different after church things like where are they going to eat after church service.  Who’s going to win the ballgame today?  People focus on the problems in their marriage, the praise team etc.  We are to focus on the Lord Jesus Christ.  To worship in truth means people are willing to confront, confess and abandon their sins.  Worshipping God in truth is worshipping Him with a with a honest heart

True Worshippers Will Worship In The Good Times And The Bad

Think back with me thousands of years ago to a story we find in 2 Chronicles 20.  A King by the name of Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, hears that there are three countries that have gathered their armies and are coming to annihilate him.  He knows that there is no possible way that he can stand against them, so he sent messengers out and gathered the people together in Jerusalem, and prayed.

We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.” 2 Chron. 20:12 (NLT)

God responded by speaking to a priest, who said this:

But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out there tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!” 2 Chron. 20:17 (NLT)

How did they react?

Then King Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground. And all the people of Judah and Jerusalem did the same, worshiping the Lord. 2 Chron. 20:18 (NLT)

Before they even saw the results, they fell on their faces and worshipped God.  Do you have anything to be grateful for these days? A new baby, a friendship that’s brought you a lot of joy, your job, a raise, a promotion, an answer to prayer?  There’s only one proper response to that: to worship God.  Sometimes before we’ve even experienced a blessing of God, we catch a glimpse of his majesty and power.  Has that ever happened to you?  You then fall on your face before God and say, “Wow! You are a mighty God. I’m so glad I know you and can worship you”-have you ever experienced that?  We have many reasons to worship God this morning but lets look at the flip side of that you know The Story of Job

True Worship Cannot Be Stopped

One day, Job received word that his oxen and donkeys were all stolen, and all of his farmhands were killed except for one.  No sooner had he received this message than another messenger arrived, announcing that all of his sheep and shepherds had been killed, except for one.  Then another messenger came telling him that his camels and servants had all been killed, except for one.  If this wasn’t bad enough, a final messenger came with the news that his children were killed in an accident, and they were all dead.

How would you react? Here’s what Job did:

Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground before God. [21] He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be stripped of everything when I die.  The Lord gave me everything I had, and the Lord has taken it away.  Praise the name of the Lord!”  Job 1:20-21 (NLT)

Question: Did Job feel like worshipping God at that moment?  Probably not I think that Job had so conditioned himself spiritually that he knew the only way to order his life at its lowest point was to worship God.  His was not a heart that felt worship, but was a heart that needed it. A TRUE WORRSHIPPER CANNOT BE STOPPED REGUARDLESS OF THE DISASTER- THEY KEEP THEIR FOCUS ON GOD

What about David in the Psalms?  How many times do you begin to read a Psalm and hear David cry out to God?  His life is a mess; his enemies are all around him; he can’t sleep; his life is wasting away and a remarkable thing happens as he begins to worship God.- all of a sudden his entire attitude has changed. Although outward circumstances have not changed, all of a sudden something inside of him has changed.

Psalm 95:6 (NLT) Come, let us worship and bow down.Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, Psalm 96:9 (NLT)

Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor.Let all the earth tremble before him. Psalm 138:2 (NLT)

I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I will give thanks to your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness, because your promises are backed

by all the honor of your name.

Jesus isn’t just looking for worshippers, the world is full of them.  He is looking for true worshipper who will worship Him in Spirit and Truth.  Are you a true worshipper?  What do you idolize?  Do you have any other God’s before Him.  Make the commitment and become a true worshipper today

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JUDGEMENT VERSES RIGHTEOUSNESS

The prophets of doom , gloom and judgement are prophesying that God will destroy America, God will destroy America. Books are wriitten by these men of God about the coming judgements, but some have forgotten to write about the Mercy of God. Other prophets are prophesying the out pouring of blessings and abundance that are coming upon our lives,but many have forgotten to write about God’s judgement for sin, lawlessness and disobedience. These conflicting prophesy’s could confuse the average bible believer. Who’s right? Well both contain some truth; the prophets of JUDGEMENT and the prophets of MERCY. The truth is God will judge all sin and rebellion however if America repents and makes the turn or that individual repents before God and has a change of mind God will have mercy and will send His favor and blessings. If you are saved, this should excite you: In James 2:13 “MERCY REJOICETH AGAINST JUDGEMENT ”, and the word “rejoiceth” means to “boast against” and “exalt against…to glory against.” It is like this. Mercy brags against judgment and though JUDGEMENT WANTS US DEAD according to the Law of God. MERCY WANTS US TO LIVE because of the LOVE OF GOD!

Prophets of Judgment screams DIE! Prophets of Mercy screams LIVE!
Prophets of Judgment screams DO! Prophets of Mercy screams DONE!

Look at Psalm 85:1-13 and notice v.10 “MERCY AND TRUTH are met together; RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PEACE HAVE KISSED EACH OTHER .”

Where did Mercy and Truth meet and Righteousness and Peace Kiss? Read Eph. 2:4-18 and note v14-18. When Christ died on the cross, MERCY AND TRUTH MET …Truth said “the sinner shall die.” Mercy said… “THE SAVIOUR DIED FOR THEIR SINS.” RIGHTEOUSNESS SAID, “Then I am satisfied.” PEACE SAID, “there is no more condemnation and kissed Righteousness.” Judgment said, “My work is done” and Mercy “rejoiced.”

If you are still lost, TRUTH AND RIGHTEOUSNESS still call for Judgment, until your sin has been forgiven through the Blood of Christ. You are under the Judgment of God until you have received Christ as your own personal Lord and Saviour. The moment you receive Christ, Mercy (HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS) rejoiceth against Judgment. Get yourself under the blood of Jesus and out from under God’s judgement, the Law of sin and death. Speaking Truth In Love!

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HIDDEN TREASURE

(Transcript) 8-3-03 Doggett

“…the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field” Matthew 13:44

“ A young boy had just gotten his driving permit.  He asked his father, who is a minister, if they could discuss the use of the car. His father took him to his study and said to him, “I’ll make a deal with you.  You bring your grades up, study your Bible a little and get your hair cut and we’ll talk about it.” After about a month the boy came back and asked his father if they could discuss the use of the car.  They again went to the fathers study where his father said, “Son, I’ve been real proud of you.  You have brought your grades up, you’ve studied your Bible diligently, but you didn’t get your hair cut!”  The young man waited a moment and replied,  “You know Dad, I’ve been thinking about that.  You know, Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, and even Jesus `had long hair”.  To which his father replied, “Yes, and they walked everywhere they went”.

THE ENLIGHTENED CHURCH “ I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints…” Ephesians 1:18

I read in a newspaper, not long ago, of a beggar who died penniless.  He was accustomed to having nothing, living in condemned buildings and always lacking sufficient food and clothing.  Loneliness and poverty were certainly his continual companions. After his death, the local officials searched the appropriate records in order to notify the man’s relatives. Much to their surprise, they discovered that the man they thought was just a tramp was actually heir to an extremely large sum of money.  Apparently, he never knew it.  He could have had all the good things of life, but instead, he lived and died in squalor and destitution.  This was an awful tragedy.  But there is a tragedy far worse that happens continually.  Children of God, ignorant of the riches of their inheritance, often live like beggars spiritually; slaves to circumstances and sin, when they should be living like kings in the abundant life that Jesus promised. Apostle Paul wrote to the church of Corinth “Now concerning spirituals brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant” (1Corinthians 12:1 )

TREASURE IN A FIELD …”.The Kingdom of heaven is like……..”(Matt 13:44)

It our above scripture it is vitally important that we realize this particular reference to the Kingdom Of Heaven is not just referring to a place that the soul of a believer goes to at the moment of death.  It is referring as well to a spiritual realm of intimacy with God that we can walk in and live in…. right here, right now!

This treasure is in us.  All that the King does and is contained within the seed of God in us. This hidden treasure was initially the revelation of who Jesus is.  Now, this treasure, having been transferred to our hearts, is the ever unfolding revelation of “Who we are in Christ”.

HAVE WE DONE OUR BEST? / UNTAPPED POTENTIAL

Last week’s teaching focused on the “Parable of the Talents” outlined in the book of Matthew chapter 25.  We learned that we have an amount, we must give an account, an dwe must make out life count.  God wants you and me to be all that he has purposed.  The greatest threat to being all you could be is satisfaction with who you are.  There are many individuals who have buried their talent, gifts, and abilities- “yes, just like a real cemetery burial”. They have settled for less than the best what a tragedy!

EXPOSING YOUR GLORY “God is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20)

Our common goal in life is to release the glory that God placed within us.  There is no greater purpose in life than to expose your personal glory.  It is a fact of creation that everything possesses its own glory and exists for the purpose of manifesting that glory.  We must all strive to “be in our glory”.  Last week I noticed that one particular flower in our yard (Rose of Sharon) were in full bloom.  Whether it’s a flower, a bird, a butterfly, we have all experienced their moment of glory. These glories exist in everything andeveryone. The glory of a boy is a man; the glory of a girl is the woman.  Every animal, plant, star, and human being possesses glory consistent with their purpose for being.  Even the Creator Himself is said to be full of glory.

DON’T BURY GOD’S GLORY “…You wicked lazy servant! Matthew 25:26-30

Glory is the full expression of the true nature of a thing. Tragically, many people die and never fully express who they were. The seeds of glory are hidden within us.

The wealthiest spot on earth is not the diamond mines of South Africaor the oil fields ofSouth America, but the cemetery.  Graveyards all over the world are great repositories of lost treasure: unwritten books, unpainted paintings, uncomposed music, unpenned poetry, unrealized dreams, unfulfilled hopes, unexpressed ideas, unreleased potential, and unfinished growth.  Every day thousands of people go to their graves without ever having revealed their true or full glory.  Whether due to poverty, ignorance, oppression, illness, spiritual blindness, procrastination, or just plain disobedience, multitudes of people either fail or never have the opportunity to fully become everything God meant for them to be.  They take their hopes and dreams to the grave and their glory dies with them.

CONTAINERS OF GLORY/ JARS OF CLAY

“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But wehave this treasure in jars of clayto show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.  We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in ourbody.” (2 Corinthians 4:6-10)

For many of us, our “jars of clay” are very ordinary looking, perhaps even unimpressive; not the kind of vessel in which anyone would expect to find treasure.  It would be like concealing a diamond in a shoebox.  Paul did say –“we have this treasure in jars of clay”to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.  We must first discover (ascertain, determine and unearth) this great wealth of wisdom and knowledge that is veiled in mystery, hidden deep down in the secret chambers of the regenerated spirit; then we must bring it forth.

“Electricity has always existed, but it had to be discovered.  Gravity, friction, inertia, and the other natural laws of the universe have always existed; but they had to be discovered”.

“Jesus said- “ A good man out of the good treasureof the heart brings forthgood things.” (Matthew 12:35)

We are walking, talking treasure chests, a “casket of Jewels”/ “Bars of bones” full of the diamonds, rubies, pearls of gifts to be brought forth.  This is His glory and God does not want us to take that treasure with us to the grave.  He didn’t place His glory in us for it to end up buried in a cemetery.  God hid His treasure in “jars of clay” but He doesn’t want it to stay there.

GOD’S PURPOSE / HIS INTENT “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10)

The Master Creator and Designer established His purpose for each item in creation and built into each the ability or potential to perform and fulfill that purpose or assignment.

For example, the purpose for seeds is to produce plants, therefore, by design; all seeds possess the ability and potential to produce plants.

This ability to reproduce does not, however, guarantee that the seed will produce a plant.  This is a tragedy of nature.  The destruction of a seed is in essence the termination of a forest.  This principle is applied to all God’s created beings. You were created because there is something that God wants done that demands your presence on this earth.  You were designed and dispatched for destiny. This destiny and purpose is also the key to your ability.  You were created with the inherent abilities, talents, gifts, and inclinations to fulfill this purpose.

YOU ARE GIFTED

Each year thousands travel to the ancient city of Rome to visit historical sites frozen in time. One of the most sought-out sites is the Sistine Chapel.  Tourists come by the busloads to look at and photograph the work of the great master Michelangelo.  The masterpiece painted on the ceiling of this revered chapel has become one of the great wonders of the world and serves as a standard for developing artist. What is this work that generates so much attention and pride?  It is simply the glory of a man.  It is the manifestation of the hidden glory of the artist.  In other words, Michelangelo filled the earth with his glory and left the essence of his life and nature in the earth.

Many people walk around with their masterpiece in their minds, buried under wishful thinking, procrastination, fear, excuses, and intimidation.  What a tragedy!  Suppose Michelangelo had died with these works of art in his mind.  What a waste that would have been.

OUR GOAL IS TO “DIE EMPTY” “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do” (John 17:4)

As long as we are alive the possibility exists for us to reach our full potential.  God has endowed us with gifts, talents, and abilities, and He wants us to use them for His glory and for mankind’’ good.  We should strive to freely pour out all that is in us in unselfish service to the world.  If we fully express ourselves in this life, as God desires, we will not take any unfulfilled potential with us to the grave.  Our goal should be to “die empty”.

Your glory is who you really are, The “ultimate you,” the true person hidden inside that no one has ever really seen.  Your full glory is everything you were born to do that you haven’t done yet; everything you’ve dreamed but haven’t accomplished yet.  Once recognized and revealed your full glory will bring your life satisfaction than anything else.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” Psalms 19:1

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A GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES

(Transcript 12-21-03)  Thomas Doggett

“ Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us”. Hebrews 12:1

This scripture above implies that “The Heroes of Faith”listed in Hebrews chapter 11 are watching us from the grandstands of heaven encouraging us in our faith.  Some preachers used to preach that these witnesses have filled a big heavenly stadium and we are running in a track down here and they’re rooting us on.  The picture here is that they are witnesses to the validity of living faith.

THE GRANDSTANDS

In a race everyone runs, but only one person gets first prize. So run your race to win. [25] To win the contest you must deny yourselves many things that would keep you from doing your best. An athlete goes to all this trouble just to win a blue ribbon or a silver cup, but we do it for a heavenly reward that never disappears. [26] So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I fight to win. I’m not just shadowboxing or playing around. [27] Like an athlete I punish my body, treating it roughly, training it to do what it should, not what it wants to. Otherwise I fear that after enlisting others for the race, I myself might be declared unfit and ordered to stand aside. 1 Cor. 9:24-27 (Living)

Many of us have participated in sports at one time or the other, can you remember those days?  Years ago I remember playing high school football, basketball as well as running track.  Here recently, some of our own young men in the Lord were a part of a local little league football team, (ages 5-7) where they won the recognition of City Champions!  Congratulations to all these young athletes. In writing this lesson, I’m reminded of the years past, when running the 440 relay at Courter Technical High, I would scan the crowds to see if any of my friends were watching me, I’m certain these young men did some scanning as well.  Have you ever scanned the crowds to see who was encouraging you as you ran your race? Think back for a moment and reminisce- now take a look through the crowd.  Whose face do you see?  Maybe you see the face of grandma or grandpa, or the face of your mom or dad.  Maybe you see the face of a spouse or mentor. Maybe you see the face of a boss or a schoolteacher or a scout leader or a Sunday school teacher or Pastor cheering you on.  When I look back, I see the face of my mother.  She was the voice of encouragement for me.  She was like a female Moses laying down the law on us rowdy kids.  She told me once something that I will never forget, and that is, “You can accomplish anything in life that you want, with God’s help.” She is there in the crowd.  Who was it that encouraged you to continue in the faith?  Who encourages you today!

DAVID IS IN THE CROWD

“What more should I say? I don’t have enough time to tell you about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets. [33] Through faith they conquered kingdoms, did what God approved, and received what God had promised. They shut the mouths of lions, Hebrews 11:32-33 (GW)

Down towards the front and over to the right is a man standing there who looks like he owns the place, the kind of a man who looks like he never lost a battle, yet he appears somehow humble at the same time. It’s David.  What a race he ran! He learned how to depend on God at an early age while tending sheep.  While he was as shepherd, David and God defeated bears and lions that tried to get David’s sheep.  While still a shepherd David and God defeated the giant Goliath in front of all the armies of Israel and the Philistines.  David was strong in faith and so sure of God was David that David responded to the giant’s taunts with these words: MY God will give you into my hands.

David’s dependence on the trustworthiness of God grew into love for God.  David loved God with all of his heart. David wrote love songs to God. Even in times of despair, of which there were many for David, his love did not wane. For twenty years David was God’s outlaw as King Saul chased him all over the countryside.  Then David became God’s chosen King.  While David was King he lost his footing and involved himself in a plot so steamy that not even soap operas would dare to use it.  It involved an affair with a neighbor’s wife, a murder, a cover –up and the loss of a child.  Yet through it all, David remained God’s man and when he saw he couldn’t hide, David threw himself on God’s mercy.  David ran the whole of his race with God and did it in such a way that he was called a man after God’s own heart.  I want to run my race as David did.  I want to loveGod as David did.  I want to dance before God as David did, not caring who is watching.  I want to cling to God and God’s great mercy even when I fall.  I want to do my life with God, run my race with God, and do great things for God and with God just as David did, How about you?

ONCE OUT BUT NOW IN THE GRANDSTANDS

“ Faith led the prostitute Rahab to welcome the spies as friends. She was not killed with those who refused to obey God.” Hebrews 11:31 (GW)

Rahab grew up apart from God. She didn’t know God. Her people worshipped other gods- small-g kind of gods,rain gods fertility gods and sun gods.  One day two men came to her house seeking a place to stay.  She knew right away who they were.  The strangers were Israelites.  She told them that she knew that God was with them. Although Rahab had grown up without God and lived her life away from God, she recognized God when she saw his work. I will help you, she told the men, if you help me.  She protected the spies, and when the Israelites conquered her city of Jericho, they spared Rahab, her parents, her brothers, her sisters, and all their families because Rahab had helped the two Israelite spies. Rahab had been excluded from the race, but when she saw her chance to get in the race, to be a part of what God was doing, she jumped at the chance and in doing so she became one of the ancestors of Jesus.  I want to run my race as Rahab did.  I want to be a part of what God is doing.  I want to be able to recognize God and choose God.  I want to be used by God to save my family.  I want to run my race as Rahab did how about you?

ABRAHAM’S IN THE STANDS

“Abraham trusted God, and when God told him to leave home and go far away to another land that he promised to give him, Abraham obeyed. Away he went, not even knowing where he was going.”Hebrews 11:8 (Living)

As you look towards the back of the grandstand you will see an old man standing, leaning on his walking stick.  It looks like…..yes, I think it is…it is Abraham.  Seeing him standing there I think back to the race he ran.  It is a strange race for we don’t see Abraham doing anything at all for God until he is in his retirement years.  It was not until after his struggles that Abraham is quiet enough to hear God’s voice.  It was not until after achieving what he thought he could achieve, or at least trying hard to achieve it, that Abraham had time to hear God’s voice.  In this time of quiet for Abraham, God called him and said Abraham I want you to move.  God promised Abraham land and descendants (this was puzzling, because Abraham had no children), and that through him God would bless all the families of the earth. Abraham struggled with God through his retirement years as to how God was going to do all this; but even in the mist of the struggle, Abraham never let go.  Abraham ran his race with God in such a way that his retirement years brought more blessings to more people than all his working years put together. I want to run my race as Abraham did. I want to know that it is never too late to turn to God. I want to know that I’m never to old to be used by God. I want to run my race as Abraham did and have my later years outshine my earlier years.

PETER AND MARY MAGDALENE ARE IN THE GRANDSTANDS

Jesus said, “Come!” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. Matthew 14:29 (GW)

I see Peter, the big fisherman.  I want to run my race as Peter did.  I want to walk on the water with Jesus in the storm, as Peter did, rather than stay in the warm, dry, safe comfortable boatIT TAKES FAITH TO WALK ON WATER. I want to get back up, as Peter did, after I make mistakes.  I want to run my race passionately, from love, as Peter did.  I want to run, as Peter did.  I see Mary Magdalene.  I want to run my race from love as Mary did.  I don’t want to run my race because I have to, or think I should, or fulfill some kind of duty or obligation or responsibility.  I want to run my race passionately, from love, as Mary did, responding to a love from God shown in Jesus unlike any I have ever known before. Like all the rest of the people in those grandstands, I want to run my race in away that makes a difference for now and for all time and encourage those who come after me to run harder and faster and not abandon the race when they hit a wall and think they can’t go on anymore.  For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as we did when we first became Christians, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. Hebrews 3:14 (Living) I want to run my race in such a way that others will want to join me and run the race to.

DON’T GIVE UP! /KEEP RUNNING

“The person who has God’s approval will live by faith.  But if he turns back, I will not be pleased with him.” [39] We don’t belong with those who turn back and are destroyed. Instead, we belong with those who have faith and are saved.”  Hebrews 10:38-39 (GW)

Others have endured before us, they are our examples of accomplishments. “ All these great people died in faith. They did not get the things that God promised his people, but they saw them coming far in the future and were glad. They said they were like visitors and strangers on earth. Hebrews 11:13 (NCV) theseall died in faith having not received the promise but seeing them afar off.  We have received better promises. The promise of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Salvation by faith, deliverance from the powers of darkness, redemption through his blood, forgiveness of sins, reconciliation, Heir of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ, eternal life and many many more promise.

“ But Christ, as a Minister in heaven, has been rewarded with a far more important work than those who serve under the old laws because the new agreement that he passes on to us from God contains far more wonderful promises” Hebrews 8:6 (Living)

JESUS THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 (KJV) Jesusis our Hero!  He laid aside the weight of worldliness, the weight of negative attitudes and the weight of selfishness.  His mission was one leading to joy.  He brought God’s gift to mankind. and no suffering was going to deter Him from accomplishing the task before him.  Jesus won the race and now he’s enjoying the joy seated on the throne.

ARE YOUR EYES FIXED ON JESUS?

Are you seeking to grow in your faith?  Do you know Jesus better now than a year ago?  May Paul’s testimony be ours at the end of our lives. “I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith. [8] The prize that shows I have God’s approval is now waiting for me. The Lord, who is a fair judge, will give me that prize on that day. He will give it not only to me but also to everyone who is eagerly waiting for him to come again.” 2 Tim. 4:7-8 (GW)- Until then may we say with Paul: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith…….I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12-14)
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WHY SIT HERE UNTIL WE DIE?

(Transcript 8-9-05) Thomas Doggett valleyoftheson.com

“Now there were four lepers sitting outside the city gates.  ”Why sit here until we die?” they asked each other. 2 Kings 7:3 (Living)

AGGRESSIVELY PURSUING GOD

“From the time of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful people have been seizing it. Matthew 11:12 ”

“Hello?  Mr. Doggett This is Mike from Picture-Perfect Window Company.  How are you today?”  Sound familiar?  It always seems as though telemarketers (whether they’re window companies, lawn companies, insurance agents, or credit card companies) call at the most inopportune times.  You would think that cold-calling people would have to be the most unproductive way of drumming up business.  Yet it seems as if my family gets at least three or four of these annoying calls a night—right in the middleof dinner.  Still, companies use telemarketers because they know that if they sit around waiting for more business, they will more than likely not get it.  They have to be aggressive.  Turn Read 2 Kings 7:3-19

The bible tells a story about four men who sat at the entrance of the city’s gate dying with leprosy, an incurable disease which causes terribly visible swelling and sores on the skin, only then to eat inward to the bones.  These lepers sat outside of the city because they were not permitted to live within the city because of this contagious and incurable disease.  These men were faced with a fatal disease, they were outcasts, and they were starving because of a famine in the land.  This type of dark and gloomy life and no perceived future would make the average person throw in the towel and just give up on life – but not these men.

And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die? If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.”  (II Kings 7:3-4)

Sitting and examining their situation, they realized that just simply sitting and doing nothing would result in having and being nothing, so they asked themselves the question, “Why do we sit here until we die?“  They knew that if they entered the city, they would die because of the famine.  They also knew that if they sat there and did nothing, that they would die as well. What did they do?  They made the decision to ACT. Regardless of their gloomy circumstance, they got up from were they were and decided to do something to change their situation.  They made the choice to face their obstacles and do something different.  They went into the city realizing that difficulties may be ahead, for if the city dwellers spared their lives, they would live, and if not, they would die–but given the situation that they were in, things were not going to just get better.  Our opening verse scripture and its surrounding story focuses on the way the four Samaritan lepers thought and acted on their situation.  They realized that no one was going to offer them food in the midst of a famine, and if they were going to get rid of that gnawing in their stomachs, then they would have to take matters into their own hands.  If they maintained the unchanging status quo, then they were going to get the same results that they had been getting—no food and ultimately death.  They realized that they would have to be aggressive.Illus: Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. — Will Rogers

GOD WILL WORK IN YOUR SITUATION IF YOU MAKE THE DECISION TO ACT

“I will place on his shoulder(Jesus) the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open Isaiah 22:22 (NIV)”

God will open wonderful doors of opportunity for the believer who will obey His word.  He will also close door in situations where the enemy is trying to enter your life  hinder you.

Continuing our story:  Upon entering the city, to their pleasant surprise, no one was there, because God had caused the city dwellers to abandon their tents.  Because of their decision tochange their situationand the decision to act, these hungry dying men when into a tent, and feasted as they ate, drank, and carried off silver, gold, and clothing.  However, it did not end there, after putting away the silver, gold, and clothing, they entered another tent and again met great fortune.

You, just like the lepers, may be in your decision place today.  If you are in a place, or situation that seems lifeless, regardless of where that place may be, or how things look, ask yourself the question, why do I sit here until I die? Take a good look at where you are, and where you want to be.  Then take the necessary steps to find yourself in that desired place.  Because in the midst of misfortune – choice, and then action will find you reaping the great benefits that God has purposed for your life.

PEW WARMERS / VIEW FROM THE PEW

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (NIV)

The expression “pew warmer” is a familiar word to most Christians, who have learned over the years some of the ‘Christian’ jargon.  Now many churches don’t even have pews, but they still have ‘pew warmers’.  For the uninitiated, they may be defined as “those who do nothing more for the Lord than sit in church on Sunday” and, sad as it may seem, they are the most common, garden variety Christian in our country today. In a decade of harvest and outreach, at a time of God’s Spirit moving on hearts in a deeper way, they sit, detached and very often critical, guarding their seat lest it be stolen in the middle of a meeting!  The deceiving thing is that they look the same, and sound the same as those serving God, at least until you look a little deeper.  They may sit praising Him; they usually have a comment about how everybody should be doing it.  They very often love God, and are right into positive words, faith, and showing love to the brethren.  So what’s missing?  They are people who refuse to act –Members who sit back to receive without getting up to give. Of course it is tempting to sit back, to take it easy, to let others do the work.  The result however is devastating.  First of all to the church, because there is more work than a few so-called experts can handle.  But also for those who think they can sit back and watch.  Non-involvement means dying for both the church and those members, who unlike Jesus, seek to be ministered unto, rather than to minister.  Why sit here until we Die?

THE COMFORTABLE PEW

Means that the burdens of the ministry are left for the shoulders of a few.  And it will result in quick burn-out.  It will result in, sometimes, severe criticism on the part of those who do nothing.  And that will bring more discouragement to hard workers.  And one more result may be that those who stand back will live on the edge of the church, always in danger of falling over the edge and losing it all. But the Bible has news for us.  Being a member of the church means that you, according to your ability take part in the ministry of the church.  No one is exempt, not even those who think there is nothing they have to contribute.  Every church member has been given at least one gift.  So what we need to do is to: DISCOVER YOUR GIFTS and use them for the glory of God- Why sit here until we die?  Make a contribution to the church- Serve the Lord with gladness!

BODY GIFTS

“I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. John 17:4 (NIV)”

In 1 Corinthians 12:11, Paul, writing about the Spirit giving gifts, says: “He gives them to each person.” And that gift is a body gift.  By that he means that these gifts are given to the body of Jesus for the work of the church.  It is important for us to think about the fact that together all members form the body of Jesus. And of that body, Jesus is the Head.   What does that imply’?

When Jesus was with us, here on earth, He finished the work that He came to do.  He opened the way to the Father, the way home. He removed the terrible road block formed by our sin.  That however did not mean that nothing remained to be done.  For instance there are children who need to be informed that the way home is open.  They need an invitation to come back to the Father.  They need to be guided.  Furthermore all God’s children need to be prepared for living at home.  They need that simply because they know naturally how to live in this world, but they have to learn anew how to live in the home with their Father.  They need to be integrated into the body; they need to learn about fellowship, and many other aspects of living with and for God. They need to learn how to live in the kingdom; they need to learn how to assist in the coming of that kingdom. So Jesus, when He had to return to heaven, from there to rule His church, sent us the Holy Spirit in His place.  The Spirit came to live in our hearts, to transform us, or sanctify us for living at home. By His very nature, He remains in the background.  He works behind the scenes. There He encourages us to do the work of Jesus, to finish what is still left uncompleted: Gathering all the nations in, calling all men to give God the glory, uniting into the body of Jesus.   No more spectators-No More Bench Warmers- Get in the Game! –Why sit here until we die!

BEING AGGRESSIVE ABOUT WHAT WE BELIEVE / THE GRASSHOPPER AND THE ANT

“As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. John 9:4 (NIV)”

I know we all have heard the story about, “The Grasshopper and the Ant.” The grasshopper in the story is considered a lazy insect, while the ant is looked upon as industrious and economical. As the story unfolds, during the summer while the days were pleasant and sunny, the grasshopper would sing and play and have a merry good old time, never thinking about tomorrow!  One day the grasshopper decided to visit the ant. Upon his arrival, to his surprise, he found the ant hard at work.  He said to the ant, “Why do you work so hard? Why don’t you rest and have a good time like me, and enjoy the beautiful summer days?

The ant replied, “I must work in order to be prepared when the stormy days shall come.”

So the grasshopper went away as idle and as unconcerned as before, singing, playing and sleeping the fine sunny day away, while the ant was busy preparing for the chilly winter days that would surely come.  Soon a change began to take place.  Cold winds began to blow, and snow covered the ground.  This stopped the grasshopper’s dancing and singing, it stopped his playing.  For he became cold and he had no shelter, so he went around to see the ant to get some food and shelter from the cold; but the ant said, “Not so, I have but enough for myself, you have spent your time in idleness throughout the summer days, now it is cold, and winter has set in.

It is too late, “The door is shut!” Let me ask you which of these two was the wiser?

I believe we all will agree it was the ant! You will admit that the grasshopper was unwise.   So what is the meaning to this parable?  It is saying to adults, children, and our youth; it is not wise to wait until you become men and women to give your hearts and your time to God.  No it is not wise to play when you should be learning and getting involved in the work.  To the young while you are young, give your hearts and your time to God.  While you are young, give of your best to the Master, give of the strength of your youth, start preparing while you can give Him a full life; I know how easy it is not to take life serious, we all have been young, but remember the lesson of the grasshopper, for sure as there is spring and summer, there will be a fall; and when the fall is over, winter is not far behind!  See Matthew 25:1-13  story of The 10 virgins

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, Matthew 25:1-13- Philip. 2:12 (NIV)

Why Sit Her Until We Die? Make your decision today  To Act!

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SURELY THE LORD IS IN THIS PLACE

(Transcript 10-26-03)  Thomas Doggett V.O.S

WHERE EXACTLY IS GOD?

If we could ask a fish where is water and he would tell you water is everywhere. The same would be true if you could ask a bird where is air and he would tell you it is everywhere. The same is true about God, He is everywhere. King David said in Psalm 139:7-12 “Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence? [8] If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. [9] If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, [10] even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. [11] If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”[12] even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”

From our human perspective, it can be difficult to imagine a being that has no size, no dimensions. God does not have to “spread Himself thin” to fill the universe.  He is fully and equally present in all parts of His creation at all times.  However, there are also times in Scripture when God’s presence seems especially localized. Once their sin had been found out, Adam and Eve tried to hide themselves from God (Gen. 3:8) Later, Cain “went away from the presence of the Lord” after murdering his brother (Gen. 4:16). One of the most striking references to God’s presence is found in Exodus 33.  After being told by God that His presence would go with Israel, and that He would give them rest, Moses communicates that He would not lead the Israelites away from Mt. Sinai unless God’s presence went with them.  “How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” Exodus 33:16 (NIV)

WHERE’S GOD?  Where there is love there is God because God is love

Two little boys were best friends at church, but they both had a reputation for getting in trouble.  One Sunday, one of the boys was home sick, but the other boy, not wanting to let his friend down, was twice as bad as normal.  As he was running through the sanctuary after church the Head Deacon grabbed him and angrily said, “Where’s God?! The little boy way frightened and didn’t know what to say. The head deacon continued, “I want you to go home and think about it and I didn’t want you to come back until you can tell me where God is.”  The boy went home and called his sick friend on the telephone.  “Guess what,” he said.  “They’ve lost God, and they’re trying to blame that on us, too.

THE PRESENCE OF GOD

“You make the path of life known to me. Complete joy is in your presence. Pleasures are by your side forever” Psalm 16:11 (GW)

We talk about the presence of God, and we sing about it- “Surely the Presence of the Lord is in this Place.” Not long ago I overheard a couple of people discussing a particular meeting they had attended.  The description they gave included this statement,  “God showed up”.  Let me ask you here today in this service, are we merely waiting around, hoping He’ll show up?  Let me ask you, is God here today, Is he here in this class or are we merely waiting around, hoping He’ll show up?  Christian Theology teaches us that God is both “transcendent” and “imminent”- He is outside of us, beyond us, other than us.  He is also very near to us; He is “Omnipresent”- always present everywhere.  Regardless of what you or I may be feeling at this very moment, we are indeed in the presence of God.

WORSHIP IS NOT GEOGRAPHICAL PLACE

Last week we talked about the Samaritan woman in John chapter 4:14 who said to Jesus that the ability to worship was tied to a place. She wanted to know what the best place was to go in order to truly worship God.  Was it Jerusalem or was it Samaria?  She believed that worshipping God was tied to geography. Jesus said to her, yes you are right it is a place but it is not a geographical one.  It is a spiritual place that those who are going to worship Me must get into so that they can truly worship me in Spirit and truth. But say, tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here [at Mount Gerizim], where our ancestors worshiped?”[21] Jesus replied, “The time is coming, ma’am, when we will no longer be concerned about whether to worship the Father here or in Jerusalem. [22] For it’s not where we worship that counts, but how we worship–is our worship spiritual and real? [23] Do we have the Holy Spirit’s help? For God is Spirit, and we must have his help to worship as we should. The Father wants this kind of worship from us. [24] But you Samaritans know so little about him, worshiping blindly, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes to the world through the Jews.”

John 4:20-24 (Living) “But say, tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here [at Mount Gerizim], where our ancestors worshiped?” [21] Jesus replied, “The time is coming, ma’am, when we will no longer be concerned about whether to worship the Father here or in Jerusalem. [22] For it’s not where we worship that counts, but how we worship–is our worship spiritual and real? [23] Do we have the Holy Spirit’s help? For God is Spirit, and we must have his help to worship as we should. The Father wants this kind of worship from us. [24] But you Samaritans know so little about him, worshiping blindly, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes to the world through the Jews.” John 4:20-24 (Living)

See JACOB” GEN. 28:10-22 Let’s turn in our bibles and read the account of Jacob.  Many have come here to today and like Jacob wonder if God showed up. —They are not aware of the Lords presence. They have taken the stones (a type of Gods word and they have used them as pillows and they have fallen fast to sleep in Zion (the church).  Jacob was in a place that came to be known as Bethel (House of God).  Have you ever said to yourselves or someone “Where is God? Or I cannot feel His presence- I cannot sense His presence.  If you have you may not have been in the right place-  The Spirit.  When you find the place of His Spirit you will experience the “Place” the environment of His presence for in His presence is fullness of joy; at His right hand are pleasures forever.

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“OUTBREAK”- CONTAGIOUS BELIEVERS

(Transcript 5-23-04) Thomas Doggett V.O.S Ministeries

“Finally, brothers, pray for us that the Lord’s message may spread quickly, and be received with honour as it was among you;”……… 2 Thes. 3:1 (NJB)

OUTBREAK – Contagious Christianity

“And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also…” Acts 17:6 (KJV)

Outbreak: a sudden, violent bursting out, the outbreak of war; an epidemic or near, epidemic, an outbreak of small pox.  Epidemic: a disease, which becomes widespread in a particular place at a particular time; an occurrence, generally unpleasant, which is widespread or intense.

In the book of acts we will find that after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of day of Pentecost the church became contagious.  There was epidemic of the word that began to spread throughout the region were Paul and Silas were ministering.  The enemies of the early church Christians stated that the Christians have turned the world upside down.  They were on fire for God. This type of contagious faith spreads because of the powerful presence of God in a person’s life as a result of being infected. and becoming contagious. The were going from house to house spreading the gospel (Acts 20:20)

CONTAGIOUS FAITH: GET INFECTED

“From you the Lord’s Word has spread out not only through the province of Macedonia and Greece but also to people everywhere who have heard about your faith in God.We don’t need to say a thing about it. [9] They talk about how you welcomed us when we arrived. They even report how you turned away from false gods to serve the real, living God [10] and to wait for his Son to come from heaven. His Son is Jesus, whom he brought back to life. Jesus is the one who rescues us from {God’s} coming anger. 1 Thes. 1:8-10 (GW)

In the letters Paul writes to the Thessalonians church we find his description of a people who exhibited a contagious faith. Every Kingdom believer ought to be infected with it, every believer should be incubating it, and the world needs to be infested by it.  Every person here in this meeting can realize the potential to have a heavenly impact on this world when they are filled with a faith birthed in a hunger for God and empowered by His response. Usually when we use the word contagious it describes something that we want to flee from. The reason for that is because when you hear this word contagious being used it is often used as an adjective for sickness, disease, or parasite.  When we say someone is contagious what we’re really saying is that you can “catch”what they’ve got. If they have a cold and they are contagious what we are saying is that the cold virus they have can be easily transferred from them to you.  Most people don’t stick around those who are labeled contagious because people who are contagious will always infect someone else with what they are carrying unless they are quarantined.

The reason why I am using the word contagious is not to say that faith is like a virus or bacteria or parasite but to say that contagious faith has similar characteristics to a contagious virus or bacteria or parasite. Contagious faith (like contagious sicknesses or disease) is caught, grows and spreads.  However there is an important difference- an imposed quarantine is somewhat successful in preventing the spread of contagious sickness or disease but quarantine will never prevent contagious faith!

So, contagious faith is caught (or received)- a person is infected by it; it grows (or increases) – it incubates in its host; and finally, contagious faith spreads (or multiplies)- as it infects others who come in contact.

CONTAGIOUS FAITH IS CAUGHT BY HANGING AROUND A CARRIER

“Because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. [6] You became imitators of usand of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit”. 1 Thes. 1:5-6 (NIV)

When people learn that someone has a contagious illness and is sick they avoid contact and keep their distance. Most of us tend to avoid getting too close to those with a contagious cold or flu or disease because we know the risk is greater of catching what they’ve got the more we are in their presence.  If we would think back to the day when we began walking down the path to your salvation. Who was the persons who nudged you in the right direction towards Jesus?  You probably saw something in the person who got close to you and awakened a desire within you that you never had before.  There was something about what they said and more importantly something about the way they lived that infected you.  The Apostle Paul; was a Christian with a contagious faith who infected the Thessalonians church because of his close proximityto them.  The church began to imitate (follow) Paul, Silas, Timothy and Jesus by becoming like the one being imitated and continuing on to being like them infecting everyone they would meet.

That means that Paul and Silas caught what Jesus had and Timothy caught what Paul had and we catch should catch what the early church had.

RECOGNIZE DIVINE APPOINTMENTS ARRANGED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

“An angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get ready and go south to the road that leads down to Gaza from Jerusalem—the desert road.” [27] So Philip got ready and went. On the road he saw a man from Ethiopia, a eunuch. He was an important officer in the service of Candace, the queen of the Ethiopians; he was responsible for taking care of all her money. He had gone to Jerusalem to worship. [28] Now, as he was on his way home, he was sitting in his chariot reading from the Book of Isaiah, the prophet. [29] The Spirit said to Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” Acts 8:26-29 (NCV)

It is exciting serving the Master (Jesus). You will find yourself in certain places that you would not have imagined, sharing your faith.  The Lord took Phillip from a large camp meeting in Samaria where multitudes were being delivered and coming to Christ to the desert to meet one man.  God will place you to the path way of others to infect them with the gospel.  Paul preached to eunuch because of the appointment set up by God.

“That night Paul saw in a vision a man from Macedonia. The man stood and begged, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” [10] After Paul had seen the vision, we immediately prepared to leave for Macedonia, understanding that God had called us to tell the Good News to those people.” Acts 16:9-10 (NCV)

MATTHEWS PARTY

[22:1] Jesus again used stories to teach the people. He said, [2] “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding feast for his son. [3] The king invited some people to the feast. When the feast was ready, the king sent his servants to tell the people, but they refused to come.  [4] “Then the king sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited that my feast is ready. I have killed my best bulls and calves for the dinner, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.’  [5] “But the people refused to listen to the servants and left to do other things. One went to work in his field, and another went to his business. [6] Some of the other people grabbed the servants, beat them, and killed them. [7] The king was furious and sent his army to kill the murderers and burn their city.  [8] “After that, the king said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready. I invited those people, but they were not worthy to come. [9] So go to the streetcorners and invite everyone you find to come to my feast.’ [10] So the servants went into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.  [" Matthew 21:10 (NCV)

“After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. "Follow me," Jesus said to him, [28] and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.  [29] Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. [30] But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”  [31] Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthywho need a doctor, but the sick. [32] I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:27-32 (NIV)

After Matthew’s conversion he threw a banquet and did the unheard- of.  He invited both his religious and irreligious buddies.  Matthew (Levi) threw a party after he was radically transformed by his encounter with Jesus and as a result had an immediate concern for his friends who were not yet committed to Christ.   His natural desire was to help his friends find what he found.   I believe Jesus is compelling his servants in this passage (contagious Christians) to begin to rub shoulders with the irreligious people and invite everyone who will come to the banquet. It would be great to throw a banquet and invite the spiritual haves (saved) and the have-nots (unsaved). Your religious friends and irreligious friends.  Purposefully invite a mixed crowd- then have a party with a purpose.

Let them know what they are coming to.  Don’t hide your light or put away your salt.  Salt must touch something to have its effect. Contagious Christianity is friend to friend person to person, neighbor to neighbor. There is no need to scheme. Let them in on the details of the banquet.

THE WOMAN AT THE WELL BECAME A CARRIER

Then the woman left her water jar and went back into the city. She told the people, [29] “Come with me, and meet a man who told me everything I’ve ever done. Could he be the Messiah?” [30] The people left the city and went to meet Jesus. John 4:28-30 (GW)

Jesus met a Samaritan woman at Jacobs’s well who came out to draw water.  When Jesus spoke to her and asked her for a drink of water she was alarmed and said to Him that the Jews had no dealings with the Samaritans- (she was surprised that he would talk to her).  Jesus spoke about the natural well of Jacob and Himself being a spiritual source of living water.  He told her in essence to lower her water pot in him and she would never thirst again. Jesus then began to reveal to her what he knew about her life.  Jesus was contagious, he infected her .  The Samaritan woman had three things going against her: she was a Samaritan, she was a woman, and she was living an immoral lifestyle.  Back then, anyone of these would be enough to disqualify her from being taken seriously by society but Jesus infected her and she became contagious.  She ran into the city to spread these truths to others, and infect them even with her current profile. .

“Many Samaritans in that city believed in Jesus because of the woman who said, “He told me everything I’ve ever done.” [40] So when the Samaritans went to Jesus, they asked him to stay with them. He stayed in Samaria for two days. [41] Many more Samaritans believed because of what Jesus said. [42] They told the woman, “Our faith is no longer based on what you’ve said. We have heard him ourselves, and we know that he really is the savior of the world.” John 4:39-42 (GW)

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RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH

(Transcript 12-28-03) Thomas  Doggett V.O.S

“So what can we say that Abraham, the father of our people, learned about faith? [2] If Abraham was made right by the things he did, he had a reason to brag. But this is not God’s view, [3] because the Scripture says, “Abraham believed God, and God accepted Abraham’s faith, and that faith made him right with God.” Romans 4:1-3 (NCV)

I have personally noticed that many who are in the body of Christ are suffering from a complex; a inferiority complex.  They do not feel worthy to come into the presence of God.  I have heard many Christians proclaim “I’m just an ol’ sinner saved by grace.”They have a sinner’s mentality. With this mind set, they bear up under the load and just try to do the best they can.  I have had Christians say to me after I asked how they were doing: “I’m just trying to make it through to the City.” What they meant by that expression was they were doing their best just to make it to Heaven.  Some think that they must struggle and strive just to get to Heaven as if it all depended on them.  They think that if they can perform enough on earth God will be pleased.  If they can do just enough good things they will be righteousness enough to approach God’s Throne.  Are you just a sinner saved by grace? Is your salvation based upon how good you perform or your faith in Christ Jesus? Is there a hesitancy that exists in your heart about approaching God’s Throne?  The consciousness of sin brings condemnation (see Romans 8:1)

As Christians if we see ourselves as sinners, we will shrink down at the thought of standing in the presence of a Holy God.  If we see ourselves as sinners, there is no confidence in us to even approach God’s Holy Throne. No, we are not born into the family of God as sinnersWE WERE SINNERS, BUT NOW WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE.

SIN CONSCIOUSNESS MUST BE DESTROYED IN US

“Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.” 1 Cor. 15:34 (KJV)

As Christians we must come to realize in our consciousness that there is no sin, there is no separation, and there is no barrier that can keep you from being the righteousness of God. Righteousness is not based on mans efforts, but on God’s provision.  Yes Christian’s sin, but if they do, it doesn’t change the fact that they are the Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. If we sin, we are commanded to come boldly unto the throne of grace to confess our sins knowing that He is Faithful and Just to forgive us of our sins and cleans us from all unrighteousness (Hebrews 4:16, 1John 1:9 KJV).  Before you can ever have a proper fellowship with God, that sin-consciousness in you has to be destroyed.  You will never have a proper fellowship with God, and you will never have the joy of God flowing in you as long as you have sin-consciousness.  As long as you are always aware of you sin and weakness and your inability to please God, it separates you from the consciousnessof God.  We must have Faith in the Fact that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus regardless of how we feel.

RIGHTEOUSNESS CONSCIOUSNESS

“You are partners with Christ Jesus because of God. Jesus has become our wisdom sent from God, our righteousness, our holiness, and our ransom from sin. 1 Cor. 1:30 (GW)

What religion has not taught us is the reality of righteousness.  Those who have not experienced God’s righteousness know that they are sinful and do not know how to rid themselves of it.  When we receive the revelation and realization of Kingdom of God redemption and righteousness it releases us from a consciousness of guilt. Once you lose your sin consciousness you will find yourself free from all of the bondages of sin.

  • “So there is now no condemnation awaiting those who belong to Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 (Living)

  • “When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!” 2 Cor. 5:17 (Living)
  • “God made Him ( Jesus) who had no sin to be sin for us,so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor. 5:21 (NIV)
  • “For just as through the disobedience of the one man[Adam] the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man [Jesus] the many will be made righteous.” Romans 5:19 (NIV)

God has given us His righteousness.  In our carnal mind we have no access to God (Rom 8:7).  How can you have joyous fellowship with God if we have a sin consciousness?  A sin-consciousness will always make you feel inadequate and inferior and unable to approach God, and be unable to be in His presence. What you believe will determine how you live and act in conduct and behavior.  If you believe that you are still a sinner your mindset will be geared toward the fear of failing God.  You will find yourselves then working to try to please God.  We must declare by faith that we are His Righteousness because God says we are His Righteous.

SAVED THROUGH FAITH

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– [9] not by works, so that no one can boast. [10] For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephes. 2:8-10 (NIV)

God says that you and I are His workmanship!  Is God’s workmanship unrighteous?  No!  It is not possible.  His workmanship in us by Christ is a perfect and complete work. The Holy Spirit created you righteous the very moment that you were born again.  YOU WILL NEVER BE MORE RIGHTEOUS THAN YOU WERE THE MOMENT YOU RECEIVED THE LIFE OF GOD IN YOUR SPIRIT THROUGH THE NEW BIRTH! Right standing with God, then is His gift to us. A gift that we are to receive by faith is a gift that walks in it by faith, and grows in our understanding of it by faith.  How can we say that we are just ol’ sinners saved by grace in the light of God’s Word?  Or, after understanding the awesomeness of what He has done for us through Christ, how can we even begin to work or perform good enough to pay for God’s righteousness?  We can not. We simply accept, believe, and walk in the light of this truth by faith.

THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY HIS FAITH

“For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:17 (NIV)

Every evil demonic spirit in the universe will try to implant into your mind the lie that the Just shall live by their works of righteousness.  As long as you listen to the accuser of the brethren in your mind you will always be defeated and fall under the accusations.  You don’t have to have any faith in yourself.  You need Faith in Christ. Everything you need is within you. Your spirit is one with His Spirit. Begin to speak the truth from your spirit and watch how quickly revelation will come to you. Apostle Paul said his desire was that Israel might be saved.  He said in Romans 10:2-4 (NIV)  “For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. [3] Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. [4] Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. How do you submit to God’s righteousness? Well, It’s not by having good conduct! You submit to God’s righteousness by believing what God said.  It is that’s simple. Because if you believe what God says you will stand in the righteousness of what the Word says, and you will not listen to the accuser of the brethren.  You see, every lyingdeceiving spirit, will try to convince you that you are not worthy.  And in yourself, your adamic nature you are not worthy, and will never be worthy; but you don’t have to feel inferior if you know the truth, because righteousness is in Christ alone.  Christ in you is the righteous one. We stand upon His merit, upon His righteousness and upon the finished works of Calvary.

BOLD AS A LION

“ The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1 (NASB)

When you receive the consciousness of God’s righteousness, you will be as bold as a lion.  You won’t be like the cowardly Lion of Oz that cowered in his approach to the throne. You won’t walk in a hospital room and be timid and afraid that you might offend somebody or that you have got to be careful about talking about Jesus.  The Righteous are as bold as a lion.  If you have the consciousness of being as righteous as Jesus is, that means that there are no demons that can stand in your presence, there is no sickness, and there is no disease that can stand in your presence.  If you will get hold of the fact that you are Now (Now Faith Is) the righteousness of God in Christ, it will forever change your life. No longer will the devil hold you down under the lie of condemnation.  No longer will you hesitate to approach your Fathers Throne. No longer will your prayers go unanswered.  NO LONGER! Praise God!  You will walk as a conqueror in life.  Your fellowship with God will be close and sweet.  The lives of other people around you will be affected positively because you know who you are and who’s you are.  I know what I am saying is true, it may not be our experience but that does not nullify the Word of God.

WALKING IN TOTAL RIGHTEOUSNESS

Kingdom citizens…….. yes, all of you here in this building need to know if not already that your spirit is totally righteous if you are God’s child.  Quit focusing on your shortcomings and sins, begin to focus on His righteousness. Begin to focus on your right standing with God. Walk in the spirit (your inner man) and you won’t fulfill the lusts of your flesh. Focus your life on the inward man who is hooked up with God.  Live yourlife from the inside out, not the outside in.  Many have been focusing on the wrong thing.  Focus on God’s Word!  Look at what God has done for you and is doing in you instead. Look at who God says you are in His Word, not what the world, other people, circumstances or the devil says you are. Renew your mind with God’s Word! (Romans 12:2)

You are created for victory!  Your very nature is the nature of the Lord Jesus Christ! How can you cower down and identify with what you used to be any longer. Rise Up! Take your place in the family.  Start acting like who you really are!  You are God’s very own child!  You have a right standing with your Father! Hallelujah!

You can approach the very Throne of God where nothing is impossible.  You can approach Him because He has made you the Righteousness of God in Christ.  Don’t stay away another minute.  Hold your head high and raise your hands up in praise.  Today and everyday, GOD WANTS YOU TO BODLY APPROACH THE THRONE OF GRACE!  (Hebrews 4:16).  Know that you are the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD BY FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS! Praise God Forever! Blessings to all in Jesus!

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