A Blessed Life, Part 2, Sep 25, 2011

– in order to live a blessed life, I need to recognize that I am already blessed.
1. You’re a seed (Gen. 8:22) – coming to church is sowing a seed. I’m sowing into my future harvest.
– if I have a bad attitude toward something/someone, I’m sowing a bad seed.
– God, show me where to sow what You’ve already given me
– rock or sand? (Matt 7:21-27) – v.22: people had works, and knowledge of God, but the practice of their life didn’t please God and obey Him.
– how do I repsond to the Word of God? if I don’t obey, I’m building my house on the sand. A blessed person is one who acts on what the Word of God says. “Bess those who curse you…”
2. Blessed people refuse to trust in the strength of man or take matters into their own hands (Jer. 17:5-11) – blessing comes when I put my trust and confidence in God, not man (v.7)
3. Blessed people refuses to lean on their own understanding (Prov. 3:5-10) – in John, Jesus washes His disciple’s feet and He tells us to do the same.

A Blessed Life, Sep 18, 2011

Why does God want to bless us?
1. To make us a blessing (Gen. 12:1-3, Rev. 5:9-10)
  – I am blessed to be a blessing, giver, etc.
  – to get the blessing may requires a leaving (Ps. 119:115)
  – we’re contantly sowing in our life and so we need to sow what we want to reap.
2. God wants to establish His covanent in your life (Deut. 8:1-20)
  – v.17, avoid spiritual pride and forgetting God in your blessings. Why? v.18
  – all our ability to do things is from God to bless our lives so we can bless other4s
  – v.19-20, warning – pride is the greatest danger in the christian life. Satan fell due to pride
  – the pride of face is obnoxious, the pride of race is fulgar, but the worst pride is the pride of grace
  – pride will remove the blessing quicker than anything.

Dr. David Shibley, The Great Commission, Sep 11, 2011

– the greatest thing I can do is to love the people of the world like Jesus does.
The Great Commission, Matt 28:19, Mark 16:16, Luke 24:47-48, John 20:21, Acts 1:8
10 reasons for why we go to the ends of the earth:
1. we go because Jesus is worthy (3 John 7)
2. we go because the Father is longing (2 Peter 3:9)
3. we go because the Spirit is moving (Habakkuk 1:5)
4. we go because the harvest is ripe (John 4:35) – when it’s harvest time, nothing is more important than harvesting until the season ends.
5. we go because people are lost (John 3:16, 2 Thess 1:7-9)
6. we go because nations are deserving (Rev. 15:4)
7. we go because we are commissioned (Matt 28:19)
8. we go because we will give an account before Christ (2 Cor. 5:10) – what am I doing with the resources God has given me?
9. we go because of the promises of God (Numbers 14:21, Habakkuk 2:14)
10. we go because we have a destiny (1 Peter 2:9)

More information about Dr. Shibley’s ministry can be found at www.globaladvance.org

Rewired, Part 7, Sep 4, 2011

– make sure to get context when hearing a word or a sound bite. Be a Christian that thinks through things that are presented to you and vie3w the context of what’s being said.
Romans 12:13-21
– v. 13, practice makes perfect, but improper practice makes things imperfect. Practicing hospitality takes practice.
– v.14, retaliation is stuck in our mind, we need to get it out
– renew your mind, out of curse mode and into bless mode
– God’s love in me isn’t easily offended
– v.15, why is it so hard to rejoice when others are blessed, instead of feeling resentment, or jealosy?
– learn to mourn with those who mourn instead of trying to get them to get over it
– v.16, get along with everyone as much as it depends on you. Wait and honor one another.
– we’re depraved when we think or show superiority above anyone else
– v.18, are you a peacemaker? Stop speaking for others and stop letting others speak for others.
– v.20-21, this is the heart of a Christian with a renewed mind
Ps. 92:12-15, we need to take what we’ve learned from Romans 12 and plant it in our hearts so it can be nourished and grow. Otherwise, we won’t grow as Christians and miss the best God has for us.