Portraits Of Our Heavenly Father, June 17, 2007

Jesus is a portrait of God (John 14:6)
1. Jesus (v.6-7) “I am the Way, the Truth, the Life”

2. Father is a seeker (2 Chronicles 16:9)
   a- He is seeking loyal hearts
   b- Father is seeking worshipers (John 4)
   c- Father is a seeker of the lost (Luke 19:10)

3. Father of compassion (Ps. 103:8-9)

4. Waiting Father (Luke 15:11-32)

The Face Of Rebellion Pt 2, Jun 10, 2007

1. Pride (v.17)
  – refusing to see myself the way I really am (root of pride)
  – refusing to believe what God says about me (root of rejection)
  – cut off the roots by using the Truth

2. Witchcraft (v.23)
  – games of trying to manipulate people

3. Stubborness (pushy)
  – doing it anyway
  – I don’t have to push others to do what I believe
  – idol of a perfect marriage

4. Fear of man (v. 24-25)
  – afraid of what others think and say
  – people pleaser but forgetting to please God first.

5. Desparation (v.27)
  – wrong kind of desparation will leave me holding a piece of cloth
  – when I’m broken, I’m done making excuses

Most of the time, I’m in too great of a hurry to do what God wants. What do I do?  Turn, Run, Flee

The Face Of Rebellion Pt 1, Jun 3, 2007

1 Samuel 15
Partial obedience is not good.
We need to be careful that we don’t ambush or set people up.
If God has told me to remove something from my life, I need to remove it completely.

1. Do I have any of these qualities and characteristics in my life? (rebellion and manipulation)

2. Are there people in my life that I allow to manipulate me or others?

A face of rebellion is:
v. 8-9 deliberate disobedience
v. 9 partial obedience
  – we tend to think that partial obedience is okay, but it’s not.
v. 12 egocentric (focused on me, me, me, me, me)
  – Saul setup a monument to himself
  – some people get mad when they’re embarassed (example of egocentric)
  – we need to be able to laugh at ourselves
v. 13 self-deception
  – I don’t even know I’m decieving myself
  – I need to pray for a revelation to see self-deception
v. 15, 21 blame shifting
  – Saul blamed the soldiers for not completely obeying God
  – examples are me saying “I’m not responsible” or “It wasn’t my fault/choice”