Find the light fan the flame

I am so excited about what God is doing at Liberty Church. We have direction and are progressing forward. Get ready we will find the light and fan the flame. šŸ”„ 
1 Kings 15:3-4

3   And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father. 

4   Nevertheless for David’s sake did the LORD his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem:  

For the covenant and the righteousness of the great grandfather David, God still established the kingdom of the wicked great grand child Abijam. Their was still a light in his generation though he chose not to walk in it. 
1 Kings 15:11-14

11   And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father. 

12   And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made. 

13   And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron.  

14   But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the LORD all his days. 
And though Asa grew up in the house of an idol worshipper and in the presence of perversion he still became a Godly and righteous king.  
It looks like we have lost 2 maybe 3 generations to the devil, because of the righteousness and the covenant of the grandfathers and great grandfathers there is still hope for the lost children of today. 
Don’t underestimate the power of living right. 

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Which side of the trail are you on?

What side of the trial are you on?
Trials come to all people. Your religious belief, your social standing, your color, your race, your education, your geographical location, and level of your faith will not prevent Trials from happening. 
Trails happen. You have probably experienced this recently, and if not, get ready you are most likely going to shortly. 
Trail has many names. 
1. Disaster
2. Tragedy
3. Temptation 
4. Strife
5. Debt
6. Disease 
7. Stress
Just to name a few but this list could go on and on. What is the trail that you are facing today? Don’t feel that you are alone because we are all facing trials of different kinds and different times. 
The most important thing for you and I to remember when we are in the middle of a trial is to know which side of the trail we are on. 
Please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not talking about the side before or the side after the trial. Rather, i’m talking about, the world side or God’s side of the trial. 
2 Peter 2:9-10(ESV) “then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials,[a] and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge[b] in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority. Bold and willful, they do not tremble as they blaspheme the glorious ones,”
Trials will happen to all, but it is the godly that will be rescued and brought out of the trial. Those that are unrighteous will remain is a state of punishment.  
We must all come to a point where we tremble in repentance. We must chooses to come to God’s side by agreeing with the word and receive forgiveness and strength. Me must come out of whatever oppressive spirit has come to test and try you. 
If God be for me who can be against me. 

What’s The Big Deal About Prayer?

As a pastor I have heard this comment many times throughout the years, especially after a powerful time with the Lord at one of our services. Someone would approach me and say something like this, Pastor service was amazing today and feel like I can conquer the world I just wish that I could maintain the strength throughout the week.  
Have you ever felt like that.. you’re not hiding out anymore instead you were saying where is the devil i’m gonna tear him up. It is good to have times like that it wets your appetite. You tasted and Saw that God is good. 
To maintain strength and to get stronger in anything you must practice. You must practice the presence of God. 
Statistics say that Only 54% of Christians pray daily. 16% pray weekly and the rest pray seldom or they don’t know. I want you to understand they are talking about just saying a prayer. 
This could mean praying over a meal or saying a prayer at night with their children. 
So what’s the big deal about prayer?
Prayer is the conclusion and the presupposition of relationship with God
Prayer is the key to relationship with God and prayer is the result of a relationship with God. 
4 Benefits of prayer.  
1. Prayer keeps you from fainting. 

Luke 18:1

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 

To faint – Greek: ekkakeo…to be wearied, exhausted, or spiritless…it means to be, as one who is dead though you are alive. 
We are not dead when we are in Christ Jesus, we are alive in him. 
When a Christian become like an unbeliever he has fainted. 
We don’t faint because we renew the inward man everyday

2 Corinthians 4:16

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 

2. Prayer is a privilege to the believer only

Prayer = communication with God on a close intimate level. 
John 15:15

Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 

A servant is one who carries out the orders of the master. It is possible to be a nonbeliever and still be used by God to carry out his plan. Roman soldiers Who nailed Jesus to the cross, though they didn’t believe, were still caring out the perfect plan of God. 
God is sovereign and he is in charge. His word will be established his plan will come to pass believers and unbelievers unlike will bring the plan of the Lord to completion. 
We are not those who only serve God… but we are those who have become the friends of God. We are not those who simply carry out the plan of God unaware, but we have been given the ability to know the secrets of God’s plan, and the ability to willfully carry out the most powerful demonstrations of God’s desire. 
Think about it…

We have been given the opportunity to speak with God and to hear His voice. We have been given the opportunity to give and to receive on a truly spiritual level. 
There are many Christians who take scheduled Time for devotions. Their time may consist of reading the Bible or a special devotional guide or listening to the preaching of God’s word from their favorite preacher. Or Listening to Christian music. 
These things are good but I want to tell you there is even a better way A deeper way. 
Reading devotion books are good listening to preachers Messages is well and good, But if you don’t take time to pray and seek God yourself, the only word you will get from God is the word that comes through the mouth of the prophets. And you have a limited your self to an old testament relationship with God. 
You should not limit your relationship with God to the word that comes from the prophets mouth. 
Example: this is what Israel did when they said to Moses to go to the mountain and here from God and then come tell us. 
3. Prophecy is fulfilled through prayer

It is good to hear a word from God from the mouth of a prophet, but even Prophecy is fulfilled through prayer if it is to be personally effective in your life. 
When God reveals something to you prophetically (through dream, through vision, through personal revelation, through anointed preaching) it is your prayers that will stop it or your prayers that will bring it to pass.  

The angel of the Lord spoke a prophetic message to Mary she responded in prayer let it be according to your words. 
Prayer is the response necessary to testify of your agreement with the plan of the Lord
4. Prayer is a hidden path and a secret place
Job 28:7-8

7   There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture’s eye hath not seen: 

8   The lion’s whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it. 
there is a path where the enemy cannot find you. You can’t be seen from overhead you can’t be seen from those on the earth and the devil himself can’t locate you. 
 The vultures are circling the dying – there is no dying on this path

The whelps are those of the fierce lion

The children of the devil

The Devils kids can’t harm you here.  
Jesus called the religious leaders that brought accusation an attack against him the children of the devil. He told them your father is the devil. 
When you find the presence of God the devil can’t find you. 

Proverbs 27:12

If I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear me

Job 21:14-21

Job 15:4 They cast off fear and re-strain prayer

Job 27:8-10

Psalm 14:4
Zephaniah 1:6 they have turned back from the Lord

Resisting The Spirit Of RebellionĀ 

Resisting the Spirit of Rebellion!
One of the greatest forces that you will fight in your life is Rebellion 
The spirit of rebellion is lucifer’s spirit at work in this world. 
Opposing forces that arise to stop the forward movement of God’s mission. 
Rebellion is a weapon that hinders the forward motion of an individual And ultimately the local church. 
Rebellion turns a person into a weapon. 
We must recognize the scheme of the enemy and refuse to become a weapon in the hands of our enemy. 
Dictionary definition 

Rebellion -The act or process of resisting authority or control. 

Defiance, insubordination, disobedience, resistance, revolt, uprising, insurgents. 
The Bible refers to a Rebellion as being stiffnecked, stiffhearted, and also likens it to the sin of witchcraft. 
Stiffhearted vs. stiffnecked 

Inward Rebellion in the heart 

outward rebellion 

Rebellion hardens the heart 
Ezekiel 2:4

For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.  
Acts 7:51

Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. 

Rebellion starts in the heart and then will manifest openly if not dealt with. 
God says rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft

1 Samuel 15:23

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.  

Rebellion separates.

At the root of all division is rebellion. 

Power is in unity the anointing is in unity Satan knows that if he can bring division he hinders the anointing and he weakens the individual in the church. 
3 types of rebellion

Rebellion against God and his word- A resistance against the directives and the desire of God in your personal life. 
Rebellion against church authority-A resistance against the mission of the local church. 
Rebellion against natural authority- A resistance against parents, teachers, employer, government officials or laws of the land, police officers, etc. 
Romans 13:1-7
How do we recognize the process of  

rebellion?

Psychology calls it the 3Rs

Resistance rebellion refusal
Resistance – unconscious thinking (you didn’t plan to meditate upon this, these thoughts just come to your mind) this may be a natural and unintentional feeling against a certain leading of your authority. 

(You must take these thoughts captive as soon as you are aware.)
Rebellion- conscious thinking. At this point you have yielded yourself into the hands of your enemy as a weapon to stop forward progress in your own life and also in the church. 
Refusal- establishment of mental boundaries against the direction of your authority. The mind has decided if certain things are asked for demanded I will not participate. 
This is division. Satan has successfully removed this “refusing” person from the effectiveness of Gods plan. Forward movement is hindered for this person individually, and if this person is a leader of the church satan has used this person to hinder the direction of the local church. This is a very unhealthy state to be in. 

Opposition from below – satanic opposition

Opposition from without – Worldly culture opposition

Opposition from within- opposition from your inner circle your leaders. 

Even Jesus had a Judas

Korah’s rebellion 

Numbers 16 – levites rose up against Moses and Aaron 
Numbers 16:3

And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?  

Refusal

Numbers 16:12

And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab: which said, We will not come up: 

Lucifer spirit- out right blatant uprising

Jezebel spirit- manipulative behind the scenes rebellion

We cannot understand or fight against rebellion if we don’t understand authority
Romans 13:1-7

1   Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.  

2   Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 

3   For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 

4   For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 

5   Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 

6   For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 

7   Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. 
We must replace a spirit of rebellion with The heart of An armourbearer

Here is an example of how perfect unity brings victory. 
1 Samuel 14:6-7

6   And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few. 

7   And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart. 

1 Samuel 14:12-13

12   And the men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his armourbearer, and said, Come up to us, and we will shew you a thing. And Jonathan said unto his armourbearer, Come up after me: for the LORD hath delivered them into the hand of Israel. 

13   And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet, and his armourbearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan; and his armourbearer slew after him. 

The Life of a Giant Killer

Giants were actually and historically real. 
Tales about Giants are in every culture. 

The Bible also talks about giants in numerous places. Many churches talk about David and Goliath, but many Christians think of it as a parable rather than historical. These were not tall tales they are actual events. 
Genesis 6 tells us where these giants came from. Sons of God came unto the daughters of men and their kids were giants. 

The Sons of God are the fallen angels. God promised Adam and eve that he would send a deliver to destroy The evil that sin has unleashed upon the earth and upon all mankind. This deliver would be The seed or the child of a woman. Ever since this promise in Genesis 3:15 Satan has been trying to destroy the children. The generation of the Giants is nothing more than Satan’s attempt to stop the prophecy of Gods word by perverting the purity of the woman’s seed with Angel human hybrids.   
This is why God had no mercy upon the descendants of the Giants. The Canaanites the Hittites the Jebusites etc. etc. etc. this is why God commanded that they must be destroyed from the very youngest to the very oldest. There was no mercy for these descendants. Because these Giants were simply the demonic creation of Satan himself. They were not fully human. 
The Moses generation Saw the giants, they recognized what they saw but were unwilling to combat it. 

The Moes generation understood 

bondage and deliverance 

understood miracles signs and wonders

understood glory -tangible presence of God

understood supernatural provision 
If we are going to move into the fullness of the promise that God has prepared for us, if we are going to take nations rather than just wander in the wilderness, we must learn from the mistakes of Moses generation. We must understand what Moses’ generation had such a hard time understanding. 
The Giants are not the lack of provision for sickness and disease the Giants are demonic entities and demon infused people. 

They had a hard time understanding 

1. spiritual authority- they had a hard time excepting their leaders and God has appointed. They felt as though they needed a say in the direction in the vision of the ministry. Two or more visions create division. 

2. fellowship with God (Contribution, Participation, and communion- intimate exchange)

3. conquest

4. sanctification 

5. Faith in God in spite of impossible circumstances
Moses generation ministered and served. 

To be a minister or a servant means to perform multiple small tasks repetition and to become a rower to move a boat forward. 
Moses his generation moved the boat forward

The Joshua generation Rose up to take their promise and destroy the satanic opposition against them.  
The Joshua generation understood forbearance and promised delayed. 
They were waiting around until Moses died and his generation. 

The Saints of God and his miraculous power has been spread abroad. The Giants knew of the power of God that they were up again but for 40 years they did not see the exercising of God’s power in battle they only saw all the exercising of God’s power in provision, healing
Hunger is not a giant

Thirst is not a giant

Sickness and disease is not a giant

Joshua generation- Their future was not the wilderness their future was the promise. 
It is always the youth and those that possess a different spirit That will lead the church into the future promise. 
It is those that refuse to move forward that inherit only what they have been living in for the past 40 years. 

It is those that operate with fearless faith and recognize the true Giants of their generation. They will possess nations for the kingdom of God. 

Collective Ethics and morality matters

When our church collectively begins to live right our love affection benevolence and numbers increase greater and sooner. 

Please read the verse below and the breakdown of each word in this text. It is amazing sometimes what gets lost in translation. 

Philippians 1:9
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

Indeed, this, I am offering prayers to God, in order that, your love- affection, benevolence, and love feast or gathering of Christian believers, may increase in number, greater in degree and sooner,…greater in degree and sooner, By and because of, correct knowledge of ethical and Devine things, and also moral discernment, and in, collectively all together, ethical matters.

The Process of God

The process of God

Galatians 6:9
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Well doing – don’t be weary, don’t faint
Shall reap- in the due season

Ecclesiastes 3:1
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Galatians 6:7
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

The Bible says…Your the head and not the tail. On top and not beneath…. but God cares about how you get there.

He that finds a wife finds a good thing….But God cares about how you find one and where you find one and how you approach marriage.

All of Gods promises and in order to walk in His fullness takes process.
If you need healing if you need deliverance if you need blessing you must go through God’s processing

The process is just as important as the final results.
The process will help you maintain results

It is nice to get there but you must know how you got there. So you may teach others to get there and that you may maintain the position where you are

What matters is processing

If you want to go to a new place you must map out your direction then remember along the way so if you want to go there again you’ll remember how to get there.

If you were doing the process of what you’re supposed to be doing and you don’t see the results don’t worry you’re about to get the mother of results.

You must answer the call. -the call may come through the formal preaching of the word as it is today. Or it may come on your own time as the Lord reaches out to engage your attention.

Can you hear the spirit calling?

You must choose to pick it up you must choose to listen you must choose to open up your heart your spirit your eyes your ears.

I have never received a call from God to do something when I was out of line with him. Only a call for repentance. When I walked away from his desires I was disconnected from his call. I had to recognize that I was with no signal and I had to find a place where I could have reception. There is always signal at the place of repentance. The emergency number still works. 911 call for help!

We must be as one who is expecting his call. Always looking at the phone waiting for it to ring. I don’t want to miss this call.

I.e.: Malachi’s first mission trip to Switzerland. I missed his call from the airport.

You must come into agreement with the plan. And You must respond affirmatively

How does he know that you are in agreement unless you respond affirmatively

You must resolve to obey the direction given.
You must choose to come into agreement with Gods plan but also Gods way.

I.e.: i’m doing it who cares if it’s done the way they want me to get it done, as long as it gets done. There’s a difference between completed and excellent.

Excellence is sacrificed, when you don’t want to follow the process you’ve been instructed to follow, in order to accomplish the plan.

Some people try to attain Gods plan their own way. Like Abraham tried to bring God’s promise to pass naturally. Hagar was not God’s plan Ishmael was not God’s promised son.

Sometimes you need someone else to catch the miracle to bring about your miracle. The real miracle was not Abraham the real miracle was to be done in Sarah his wife.

When you don’t follow the instruction of God to do things his way and to acquire things his way. Do you know what the Bible calls this?

1 Samuel 15:22-23
22   And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
23   For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

!!!!!!!!Following Gods process is serious!!!!!

Witchcraft
Witchcraft is obtaining through process that is outside of God’s process or will -not biblically-based. God’s word is his will.

Do not use witchcraft as the foundation for your building.

Some people have great highs and great lows. They seem to hit rock bottom cycles.
It’s because their foundation is incorrect.

If you build a relationship outside of the plan of God you have tried to succeed by witchcraft. Your relationship is founded on witchcraft. And then you’re surprised when things don’t work out.

Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.

What some of you need to realize is the reason that the devil is running your life is because you’re practicing witch.

When you attain according to God’s process it does not mean that you won’t be attacked but every attack yields promotion.

You cannot stop a man who does things God’s way. You will be fighting God himself.

If these men are acting on Gods authority you will not to be able to stop them. If they are not they will surely fall.

Acts 5:33-40
33   When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.
34   Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;
35   And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.
36   For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.
37   After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.
38   And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:
39   But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
40   And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
Follow the supernatural process get supernatural results 

What does a real Christian look like

Throughout church history there has been many changes to the perception of what a Christian should look like and should act like.

Well meaning people, myself included, have taken the word of God and tried to give a relevant interpretation to Scripture.

For those whose eyes are not open and those whose spiritual senses have not been activated. They rely upon another person’s vision. Who in turn do the very best they can to in detail describe what a Christian looks like what a Christian acts like and what are the expectations of one who bears the name of Christ Jesus.

Man is the judge of the outward appearance but God is the judge of the heart.

Much of the present church has been divided into two camps. These two camps have their headquarters in extremes.

Camp 1:
You have the very liberal – Rejection of rules, unrestrained and free living. It’s my own journey, it’s my own faith, it’s my own life. Don’t judge me.
Camp motto: God is love full of mercy and grace.
All things are viewed through the lens…we are all Gods people, he loves us, no worries.

Camp 2.
You have the ultra conservative- legalistic rule writing measuring stick watching pharisee.
Camp motto: God is Holy full of righteous Judgement
All things are viewed through this lens… cross the T. Dot the I. Make sure you don’t miss a beat God is always watching.

The motto is true in both camps. They stand firmly upon truth. They are often unmovable because they so strongly believe in their motto. They have both feet upon 1/2 of the revelation.

We see in part and understand in part.

Camp 3- God wants us to be somewhere in the middle of these two extremes. These truths are not opposed to one another. God wants both of these rocks these pillars of truth to be the foundation of every believer. Place a foot firmly upon each motto.

Love-A compelling driving desire for relationship (closeness, fellowship, intimacy- and are culture everything is presumed sexual, this is not in a sexual way but rather affection confidence and strong and strengthening attachment)

1 John 4:7-11
7   Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8   He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9   In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10   Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11   Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

Mercy-suspended or stayed and or delayed judgment. You don’t get what you do deserve.

Titus 3:3-5
3   For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
4   But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
5   Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Grace-transforming power. You get what you don’t deserve.
Grace – unmerited favor
Grace- enabling power

Grace gives the power to be accepted by God even with your past record.

In other words it doesn’t matter who you used to be what you used to do what you used to think about God yourself others or the world around you.

It doesn’t matter because Grace is not only here to justify you. Grace is here to transform you into another image.

So what you look like before the transformation doesn’t matter. His grace is sufficient for you.

I have confidence in his grace
HIs Grace has the power to transform me
It is all sufficient.

Grace gospel that is not transforming is a perverted Gospel.

Grace is our teacher and transforming power

Titus 2:11-15
11   For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12   Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13   Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14   Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15   These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

When you recognize you have missed the mark cry out for Gods grace that you may be transformed into his image.

I do not have confidence in my own will, my own abilities, my own flesh, but I do have confidence in your grace and your all sufficient power to make me into the image of yourself.

Some may trust in horses some may trust in chariots but we will trust in the name of our Lord

Holiness-separated and set apart from the world and from the crowd for a special purpose.
Those that reject holiness have consented to a life of average living. They reject the ability to do things the average person cannot do.

1 Peter 1:13-19
13   Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14   As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15   But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16   Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
17   And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
18   Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19   But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Righteousness-right action from one in a righteous state. None righteous no not one. Our righteousness is but filthy rags

2 Corinthians 5:18-21
18   And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19   To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20   Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21   For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Righteousness is not so much about what you have done, but more about what he has done in you.

We work the works of righteousness only when it is Christ’s work working through us.

Judgement- condemnation and justification.
The applying and the removal of penalty

Temporary judgement and eternal judgement.

Matthew 25:14-30

Matthew 25:23
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Matthew 25:28-30
28   Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29   For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30   And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

We are not free from effort
Our job is
0. To have confidence or faith in Christ Jesus his sacrifice and his grace

0. To have a Clear conscience before God
Perfect before God perfect in conscience sprinkled and removed the evil conscience and replaced with a clear conscience before God

0. Receive sonship and the restoration of sonship by understanding your identity of what Jesus has done and accomplished for you on the cross This brings the best out of you.

0. Deny ourselves and worldly and fleshly lust
0. Be salt and light ambassadors for Christ

Are there areas in your life yet to be yielded.

Fit to follow

There are many sings of aging. 
Gray hair 

Wrinkles 

Moving a little slower

One of the greatest signs of aging is reminiscing. 

It is a sign that you have been around for awhile. You want to reminder self and enlighten others about the days when you were younger stronger. For a moment you relive your prime. 
Well I have noticed that I have been reminiscing a lot more recently. 
I look at the Man in the mirror and I have come to a sobering thought. I will never be 20 again. Lol. 

Any of you older people notice how much more difficult it is to lose weight the older you get?

Naturally my fit may turn to fat. 

I thank God that spiritually, fitness has nothing to do with age and maturity. 

Luke 9:57-62

57   And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. 

58   And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. 

59   And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 

60    Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. 

61   And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. 

62   And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. 
Fit for the kingdom- you cannot long for that what you have left behind when you turn the follow Christ you must turn all the way. 

He is your rabbi. Teacher. He has a responsibility to teach you and to provide for you. 
If you want to be fit to follow you must : hold on, press forward, follow anywhere, and don’t look back

Hold on- we must Apprehend what is apprehending us. Life presents you many opportunities to let go. Satan brings opposition in hope that you will Let go. It takes determination. It takes some grit.  
I.e. Like hanging on to a rope tubing behind a speed boat 
Hang on don’t let go

One of the fathers of the Argentina revival said talking about when you get it whatever you do don’t let go of it. 
Press forward –

Philippians 3:14

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 
I.e.: Like moving a heavy object

Follow anywhere-

Peter said I will follow you anywhere 

John 13:37-38

37   Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake. 

38   Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice. 
Don’t look back-

Lots wife

Genesis 19:26

But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. 
You cannot move forward while your heart is still in Sodom 

You must have forwarded vision

You are fit to follow when you are 100% surrendered to God. When your attention on him. 

It is God makes you fit  

Opposition to the Word of God and effective preachingĀ 

A traveler was in a foreign land, for the purpose of our story we will call him Jack. One day in a crowd of people a mysterious man approached Jack and whispered something into his ear and walked away. Jack knew that he had been given information that had the potential to change his life forever. The secret that he had been given had the potential to bring health, prosperity, and great freedom to his family and to the world.  As he was pondering the magnitude of the potential of these spoken words, his meditation was interrupted by the screeching of car tires. As He turn towards the noise he realize the car was about to run him over. Quickly he maneuvered out-of-the-way of the reckless car and bearly escaped with his life. Standing to his feet he dusted himself off and went on his way. Moments later he had a strange feeling that he was being followed. As he ducked into a shadow to avoid being seen suddenly a hand covered his mouth and he was dragged to a nearby car gagged and blindfolded. Yesterday life was pretty much normal. What was it that changed, he wondered. Why did people all of the sudden want to destroy me? I dont even know these people,  how could they hate me so much. Why would they be against me? As you ponder these things It suddenly occurred to him. It isn’t me they hate it is the word that I’m carrying. 

The word God is precious.  The word has purpose, it is powerful, and has great potential to prosper those that hear it and hold it. 
Isaiah 55:8-11

8   For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 

9   For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 

10   For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 

11   So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 

God wants His Word to be effective in us. He desires the word to grow and to bear fruit in our lives. 
The Devil wants to stop the Word at every opportunity he is given.  Why?Because faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God.  Satan aggressively attacks at every stage, hoping to stop the word and ultimately destroy faith. 

Romans 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 

Effective preaching has the Potential to prosper. The word is a seed. When properly planted it has the potential to increase faith and therefore prosper the individual, The land in which this individual lives, and the kingdom of God worldwide. 

The word is under attack. It’s not you it’s the word. 

In Luke 8 there is a parable of a farmer who sowed seed in ground of varying conditions. In this parable the seed is the preaching of God’s word. The ground is the hearts of men. 

Often times, when we reflect on this parable, we think of the condition of the heart. Although it is so important to make sure that our heart is ready to receive the word of God, today let’s focus on another aspect of this parable. What are the things that hinder us from growing, prospering, and producing fruit. What is the attack on the word that we must guard against. 

In all of these examples the people heard the word preached. There are some that will reject the initial preaching of the word and the seed is not able to be embedded in the hearts of these individuals. But many of these received the word of God however they did not grow properly and did not produce fruit.  Why?
You are responsible for your own spiritual growth

You cannot blame anyone not the preacher not your brother or sister in Christ not your economic situation not the country that you live and not the family you come from. 

Luke 8 There are 4 stages in this parable. 

Stage 1 The initial planting. Luke 8:5&12

The first seed was cast on the road where people walked on it and the birds stole away. The devil steals the preaching of the word from their heart so they cannot believe the preaching of God’s word and be saved. 
The seed was trampled- No respect for the preaching of the word.  No value in the word. Because The word is not precious to them they don’t treated with the respect it deserves. They are unaware that they are trampling maybe because they were preoccupied with other things. How can you be more focused. Get the sleep you need block out other thoughts that are distracting. 

The seed was stolen- as soon as you get out of church you can’t even remember what was preached. Even one week later you can’t recall what you have learned.  You can combat this by taking notes, reviewing, and meditating

Stage 2 the watering -Luke 8:6&13

Other seeds fell on the rock it grew but then died because it had no water. These people received the word gladly and started to grow. Then they stopped believing and turned away from God in the time of trouble because they did not have deep roots. 

1 Corinthians 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 

Water is refreshing. You must hear and hear again. You must have the word continually refreshed by some more similar preaching. 

Psalms 119:9-11 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. 

Stage 3 the weeding and protecting the plant- Luke 8:7&14

Other seeds fell among the thorns the seeds grew but then later the weeds choked out the good plants. These people hear the teaching but Worries riches and pleasures of life kept them from growing and they could not produce good fruit. 

Some work has been given to it up to this point. 
Cares – missing and broken things bring cares and concerns. We must weed them out by proclamation of Gods word. 

Riches- you must be careful to still be desperate in your prosperity. False security in wealth and natural strength and power will end in spiritual ruin. You can have wealth and possession as long as they don’t have you. You must learn to depend upon God when there are other things available to turn to. 

Pleasures-  seasons and times of celebration are good but don’t become a pleasure seeker. Excess of entertainment can waste time and resources that can ultimately interfere with your study worship and spiritual growth. 
Stage 4 fruit bearing – Luke 8:8&15

Some seed fell on the good ground The seed grew and made it 100 times more grain. These people were honest in their heart they received the word of God and with patients they produced good fruit. 

Everyone fights through every stage. Those that endure till the end bear fruit. 

This is what you have been waiting for. 
You must pursue growth 

When you hear the preaching of the word it is delivered in seed form. You must make a commitment and put forth the effort necessary to pursue grows in the area which you have received the word seed. 
Some other thoughts to spur growth 

Romans 8

There is now therefore no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus Who walk not according to the flesh but according to the spirit. 

We must recognize where we are. 

We must commit to health plan. The in Jesus plan. His plan is his word 

We must walk it out spiritually and not fleshly. 
I am a temple in which God dwells
I am a gate in which God releases heavenly supernatural power into the earth

Internal blocks have to do with what you believe about yourself about God and the circumstances of life. 

Right believing produces righteous action. 

When you believe right about yourself you will do right. 

When you believe Wright concerning God you will open the door for God’s righteous Ness to be worked in you. 

When you believe right about your circumstance you will operate in corrective action to make your circumstance right. 
We must preach the word of healing
We must administer healing power

We must promote continual healing in our own selves.  

Without condemnation we must recognize where we are. If you have a broken leg and you’re hobbling along no need for ridicule just know you’re hobbling along it’s where you are at this moment. It doesn’t mean you have to stay like this but you must do what is necessary to bring proper healing so in the future you’re no longer hobbling.  

This same principle will work in your emotions in your mental capacity and in your spiritual life

There is now therefore no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus Who walk not according to the flesh but according to the spirit. 

We must recognize where we are. 

We must commit to health plan. The in Jesus plan. 

We must walk it out spiritually and not fleshly.