Isaiah, Waiting on the Lord, Feb 28, 2010

Isa 40: 1-31
Waiting on the Lord – to wait, hope for, expect, to look eagarly for, to lie in wait for, to linger

– when we wait on God, it’s not passive, it’s actively waiting.

2 Peter 1:4, Ps. 27:14, Prov. 20:22, Lam. 3:5, Habakkuk 2:3, Acts 1:4, Rom. 8:25

– renew: to cut off, to spring up, to change, to go on forward

Raise Your Expectations, Feb 21, 2010

– expectation builds atmosphere
– see yourself as a thermostat (see the current temperature and make a change)
– set our thermostats to expect God working
– during testing periods, the enemy takes advantage with a strategy to discourage (i.e. Job’s wife saying, “Just curse God and die”)
– our future is linked with an expectation of God moving
  – set our thermostats to high expectations of God on the move

10 things we should believe and expect for:
1. the Lord is going to raise up a standard against my foes (Isa. 59:19)

2. my spirit to arise with glory and oppression and depression to break for me (Isa 60:1)
  – not allowing my external realities to dictate my internal realities – no matter what’s going on around me, I hold on to the truth of God

3. expect the Lord’s presence to rest on me (Isa. 60:2)

4. new vision to arise within me (Isa. 60:2-4)

5. new joy to overwhelm me (Isa. 60:5)

6. that the “camels” are coming to my house with new supply
  – the world is in recession, I’m just going through it – not stopping
  – Phil. 4:19 – my camels are coming

7. expect praise to begin to cover my region, breaking the power of desolation (Isa. 60:6)

8. I expect God to loose strength and supply to come to my building project (Isa. 60:9-10)

9. new favor to come upon me, and new doors and connections to open for me (Isa. 60:11)

10. I expect and believe that the spirit of porverty that has been holding my gates shut to let go and expect the provision to come open and stay open (Isa. 60:11)

Coram Deo, Feb 14, 2010

Coram Deo (in the presence of God, or in the face of God)

I’m living all of my life under God’s authority
John 4:24 – Just because we don’t see God doesn’t mean He doesn’t exist

2 Concepts of God’s Presence:
1. God’s presence is everywhere (omnipresent)
  Ps. 139:1-12; 2 Chron. 16:7-9; Ps. 11:4; Prov. 5:21; 15:3; 1 Peter 3:12

2. God’s Manifest Presence (powerful presence of God at specific times and reasons
  John 18:6; Acts 9:4; Rev. 1:17; 2 Chron. 7:1-3; Acts 10:22; 1 Sam. 19:18-24; Ex. 34:30; Matt. 17:2-8

Turn up your awareness of God’s presence

4 Things to turn up my awareness of God’s presence
1. renewed desire for holiness (Isa. 6:5; Ps. 139:1-4, 23-24)

2. a sense of joy and pleasure (Ps. 16:11; Acts 3:19; 9:31)
  – if you’re angry a lot, you’re worshipping at the wrong place

3. a sense of awe and silence when we encounter the presence of God (1 Kings 8:10-11; Ps. 46:10)

4. a sense of boldness and strength (Acts 2:25; 4:31)
  – if you’re easily shaken, you’re looking to the wrong thing for strength
  – in the presence of God is boldness
  – in the presence of God is strength (Ps. 120)
  – I’m not going to give in to fear

Everything Must Bow in His Presence, Feb 7, 2010

1 Sam. 5:1-12;7:1-6
If God doesn’t have every place in my life, then He doesn’t have any place in my life

False gods in America today:
Baal . . . the god of sex
Mammon . . . the god of money
Molek . . . the god of violence

Col. 3:5 “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”

Pleasure, power and possessions have replaced statues, but are just as powerful in diverting people from God.

Idols will . . .
1. always disappoint you and me (Jer. 10:14, Habbakuk 2:18-19)
2. dominate you and me (also called addictions) (1 Cor. 12:2)
3. deform (change) you and me – we become like that which we idolize (Ps. 115:8)

What happens when you worship God?
1. delight you and me – fulfillment
2. deliver you and me – the truth will set you free
  – set us free from the idols
3. develope you and me (2 Corl. 3:18)

Whatever you love, you’re going to become more like. So if you worship Christ, you become more like Him.