8 Days of Prayer and Fasting, Dec 30, 2007

8 Days of Prayer and Fasting
There’s some old stuff in our lives that need to be cut away

The number 8 represents new beginnings in the Bible
2 Sam. 5: 17-20, David first asks God what he should do
– I need God to breakthrough so I can breakout

Break out in:

Day 1 – Our Reach
  – my reach (my world or sphere of influence)
  – Matt. 4:19, Prov. 11:30, 2 Thes. 3:1

Day 2 – Prayer for the Upcoming Elections
  – we need righteous and God fearing people in office
  – Prov. 29:2, 1 Tim. 2:1-3, Ps. 75:4-7

Day 3 – Pray for the Release of Spiritual Gifts
  – Using the spiritual gifts God gave me to glorify Him in my actions and my world
  – Acts 10:38, 1 Cor. 4:20

Day 4 – True Religion
  – walking out what we do toward widows and orphans
  – being in the world but not of the world
  – James 1:27

Day 5 – Wisdom
  – out of wisdom can come wealth when we use the talents God gave us
  – Deut. 8:18

Day 6 – Generosity
  – in being grateful and in what God’s given me
  – Prov. 11:24-26

Day 7 – Rapid Spread of the Gospel Across the Earth
  – release of workers bringing the Gospel to all the world.
  – Matt 24:14, Ps. 122:6

Day 8 – Unity
  – when people come together to glorify God with one purpose and work together
  – being a unifier in the home and at work
  – Rom. 12:16; 15:6, Phil.1:27; 2:2, Ps. 133

Breakthrough in my family begines with me
“If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land;” Isa. 1:19

Your Gift To God, Dec 23, 2007

Your Gift To God
Romans 12:1-2

God’s gift to us is His Son, but what is my gift to God?

1. Your Body (Rom. 12:1-2)
  – By not being confomred to this world
  – God, use my hands to do your will, my eyes to see what you see, my mouth to say what you say, my feet to go where you want me to go, and my thoughts to be like your thoughts.

2. An acceptable sacrifice (Phil. 4:10-18)
  – I’ve learned that I can be content in everything (v.13)
  – Is a sweet smelling aroma to God.
  – Give cheerfully without expecting anything in return.

3. A heart of forgiveness (Matt. 5:23-24)
  – God has freely given us forgiveness, we should do the same to others.

4. A life of grace (Titus 2:11-15)
  – Not legalistic, but a person of grace just like the grace God gave me.
  – It teaches me to live a godly life.

The Greatest Gift, Dec 16, 2007

The Greatest Gift
A Christmas Focus Part 3
Isaiah 9: 1-7 – Prophetic word of Jesus coming

1. God’s gift is from His love (John 3:16, James 1:17, 2 Cor. 9:15)
  – Need to restore the awe

2. God’s gift is great and unsolicited (Rom. 9:32)
  – Whatever I need, while I still need it, God provides it (Rom. 5:8)
  – Some Christmas gifts are based on specific requests, but not salvation (Eph. 2:8-9)

3. God’s gift is unlimited (Heb. 2:9, Rev. 22:17)

4. God’s gift is unchanging (Heb. 13:8)
  – Jesus Christ is God’s gift
  – His grace, sovereignty, forgiveness is unchanging
  – His gift doesn’t need batteries, or upgrades

5. God’s gift must be received (John 1:1-13)
  – Not only do I receive this gift but this gift receives me.
  – This gift can also be rejected (John 1:11, Rev. 3:20)

Is God Enough?, Dec 9, 2007

Is God Enough? or is it God plus ________?
Ps. 73

Asaph is writing and he’s honest with God asking why the wicked seem to prosper.
– Why am I keeping myself pure and doing all these things for God when the wicked don’t do any of these and they seem to prosper?
– We stand on the truth that in the end, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. God wins.

Consider…
1. How my communication impacts others (v.15)
  – struggles in a marriage shouldn’t be seen by the children, they’re not capable of handling the situations.
  – If I’m in a bad place, I need to find someone that’s been through the same thing to help lift me and get me back on track.

2. That I can have a transforming experience in the temple (v.16-20)
  – Justice delayed is not necessarily justice denied.

3. That God is with me and HE IS ENOUGH (v. 21-28)
  – It’s not me holding God’s hand becuase I’ll grow weary and let go, but it’s much better that God’s holding my hand. He doesn’t grow weary.
  – It’s not God plus a job, or God plus a marriage, but it’s just God and God is enough. Not just enough when I have this or that, but God is enough now, and will always be enough.
  – Let God be my desire this season amidst all the hustle and bustle.

“Everything depends on where you start. If you begin by envying the prosperity of the wicked, the human mind can ‘interpret’ the data so as to rule God out, to charge him with unfairness, to make piety and purity look silly. But if you begin with genuine delight in God, both in this world and in the world to come, you can put up with ‘flesh and heart failing,’ and be absolutely confident that, far from being the victim of injustice, you are in the best possible position: near to the good and sovereign God” (D. A. Carson, “How Long, O Lord?” p. 143).

A Christmas Focus “One Thing”, Dec 2, 2007

A Christmas Focus “One Thing” (Psalms 27)

– Purity of heart . . . to desire one thing
– Lord, help me to get re-focused on the important reason for Christmas

1. David sought the one thing (Ps. 27:4)
  – to be in the presence of God
  – it’s there that I get perspective and re-focused (re-callibrated)

2. Moses wouldn’t go without it (Exodus 33:15)
  – God, if you’re not with me, I don’t want to go there: job offer, marry that person, teach another class, etc.

3. John the baptist understood it (John 3:30)

4. Mary chose it (Luke 10:42)
  – There’s always going to be stuff to do, but when God is in my presence, I choose to be at his feet.

5. A blind man experienced it (John 9:25)
  – God’s presence is to be experienced
  – Am I experiencing God? I need to desire it.

6. Paul persued it (Phil. 3:13-14)
  – Is God above all that I desire?
  – Christmas is nothing without Christ

7. A richman refused it (Mark 10:21-22)
  – Is God against riches? Absolutely not. Look at the Abraham and Job
  – God is after what’s holding me back from Him.