Cease Striving and Receive, Sep 26, 2010

Ps. 46:1-10

– we need to listen for the voice of God and let it bring peace to the troubled waters
– God wants to prosper me so I can prosper others
– as Christians, we’re not individuals, but grafted into the body of Christ
– we’re called together to do something for God

A holy passivity
– we must receive before we can give (1 Cor. 11:23)
– can’t get something from God if I’m tryingt to hard to get it myself

Blocks to receiving:
– rebellion/unteachable (Jer. 7:28)
– stubbornness (John 1:11; 3:11; 12:48) – not receiving because God didn’t do it exactly the way we wanted Him to do it
– carnality/natural man (1 Cor. 2:14)
– doubht (James 1:5-8; 4:3)

Rewards of receiving:
Prov. 10:8, Prov. 19:20, Matt 10:41, John 20:22, Acts 1:8 (so we can receive power so we can be a witness), Acts 10:43, Rom. 5:17, Rom. 8:15 (adopted and not given to fear) Rom 15:7 (receive others) Mark 11:24 (believe and you’ll receive) Luke 18:41-42

How to receive:
– like a child
– repentance
– meekness (James 1:21)
– coming (Matt 11:28; Heb 4:16)
– we need to remove blocks so we can receive from God

Dale Gentry, 2nd Service, Sep 19, 2009

Luke 11:5-10

– nothing is impossible, with God, all things are possible to those who believe
– God doesn’t give you a prophetic word to tease you, but to move you from the natural, to the super-natural
– when you receive a prophecy, first you hear it, then you see it, then you speak it, and then you do it
– the Holy Spirit is always at work on your behalf
– a lot of Christians are willing to settle for less than what God’s called them to do – or what God has for them

From Comfortable to Committed, Part 4, Sep 12, 2010

From Comfortable to Committed, Part 4
Developing Commitment

– are we only commited to God when a crisis occurs?

6 things to understand:
1. it usually springs out of a struggle
  – these 4 men were castrated, victims, and still chose to follow Jesus

2. it’s a result of choice, not condition

3. starts with the little things – daniel starts by no eating the king’s food
  – Jesus said if you aren’t faithful in the little things, you won’t be faithful in the big things
  – king David started out with small compromises before committing adultery and murder
  – people fall into sin step by step (Samson and Delilah)
  – if you can’t stand up and say no to the kings food, you won’t say no to the idol

4. make your decision before it arises (Dan. 3:16)

5. trust in God (Dan. 3:28)
  – Nebuchadnezzar would never know about God if the 4 men wouldn’t trust God
6. you must be single-minded
  – whatever your mind is fixed on, you will drift in that direction
– I’m not just trying on God to see if he’s comfortable, I’m totally committed to God
– single-mindedness is not always popular or politically correct, but Jesus was single-minded

From Comfortable to Committed, Part 3, Sep 5, 2010

Heb. 12:12-16 God calls us to be a healer, and a peace maker. The root of bitterness, causes everything around it to be influenced in a wicked way. If you have resent in you, there’s bitterness.

Crossroads in your commitment
Dan 3:12-15

Things at issue:
– do we believe this enough to die for it? Can God deliver us?
– what would it hurt to bow down just one time?
– security is at stake
– identity: who am I? What is this going to do for me?
– popularity: what is everybody else going to say?

Four characteristics of crossroads:
– a personal decision must be made
– the decision will always cost you something – possibly friendship
– others will be influenced by it (“you may make it alone, walk it alone, but you never make a major commitment that doesn’t influence or affect others”)
– a place where God comes closest to us (Daniel 3:15)

Concept #1: our God is able (v.17)
Concept #2: God expects us to do right, regardless of teh consequences, even if you touch us and we go up in smoke (v.18)

Three results of commitment:
1. You will be tried and tested (Dan. 3:19-23)
2. God will be glorified (Dan. 3:24-29)
  – no commitment, no power
  – no commitment, no miracles
  – no commitment, no annointing
  – “there is a relationship between our ability to die for God and His willingness to deliver us”
3. God will bless our lives (Dan. 3:30)

“You can choose your choices, but you don’t have the luxury of choosing your consequences”
“It is at the crossroads of life that we either confirm or compromise our commitment to God.”