Freed by Truth, Part 1, Feb 23, 2014

1. God desires truth in our inward being (Ps. 51:6, John 8:31-32)
  – He wants the truth to go from the head knowledge to heart knowledge
  – speak truth in the lives of thoes around you
2. abiding in truth will set you free
  – continuous abiding in truth and obeying God will keep you continuously in freedom
  – “Some secular pychologists focus on self-esteem with the goal of simply feeling good about ourselves. A biblical self-concept focuses on self-worth based on an accurate perception of God, ourselves, and others.” Dr. Steven Riser
  – we need to udnergo a transition from a (works) a “have to” mentality to (grace) a “want to” mentality
  – God desires to get to the root and replace the lie with truth
3. your internal belief system interprests your perception (Num. 13:30-33, Prov. 23:7)
  – emotion always trumps reason
  – people make decisions based on their emotions and then rationalize them
  – belief systems bring forth your emotions – when we get changed on the inside, it begins to show on the outside
– four general lies people tend to believe – from Robert McGee in his book “The Search for Significance”.
1. the performance trap – “I must meet certain standards in order to feel good about myself.”
  – becasue I’m justified, I don’t have to fear failure
  – true grace comes in our lives and we want to do the right thing

Consequences: the fear of failure; perfectionism; being driven to succeed; manipulating others to achieve success; withdrawal from healthy risks, anger, resentment, pride, depression and low motivation.

God’s Answer: Justification (by grace through faith)—just as if I had never sinned. Romans 5:1: “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Because of justification, I am completely forgiven and fully pleasing to God, I no longer need to fear failure.

Results of God’s Solution: Increasing freedom from the fear of failure; desire to pursue the right things: Christ and His kingdom; greater love for Christ and desire to please Him through loving and serving others.

2.The Approval Addiction: “I must be approved (accepted) by others to feel good about my­self.”

Consequences: the fear of rejection; attempting to please others at any cost; overly sensitive to criticism; withdrawing from others to avoid disapproval, being easily manipulated, codependency; control, depression, etc.

God’s Answer: Reconciliation—brought into a right relationship with God.

Colossians 1:21-22: “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behav­ior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation…”

Because of reconciliation, I am totally accepted by God. I no longer have to fear rejection. God is at peace with me.

 Results of God’s Solution: Increasing freedom from the fear of rejection; willingness to be open and vulnerable, able to relax around others; willingness to take criticism; desire to please God no matter what others think.

How does God feel about me? 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: Substitute the word “God” for the word “love”.

My Heavenly Father is: (1) Very patient and kind; (2) not envious, never boastful; (3) not arrogant; (4) never rude nor self-seeking; (5) not quick to take offense; (6) keeps no score of wrongs; (7) does not gloat over my sins but is glad when truth prevails; (8) knows no limit to His endurance, no end to His trust; (9) always hopeful and patient

Being In, Feb 16, 2014

– you can wish yourself out of a season and miss what you’re to learn in that season
– what or who is in you? God wants to get in us and wants us to get into Him
– here’s a few scriptures about being “in”
1. John 16:33 – I don’t get to pick and choose my trials in life, but I do get to choose peace or turmoil
2. called to be in the world but not of the workd (John 17:9-18) – if you’re not evangelizing/influencing others, then you’re being evangelized/influenced
3. we are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) – a species that never existed before – if we don’t yield to that, it won’t happen
4. I am complete in Him who is the head of all principality and power (Col. 2:10) in Him, we find our completeness, nothing else
5. I am alive in Christ (Eph. 2:5)
6. I am free from the law of sin and death (Rom. 8:2)
7. I am holy and without blame before Him in love (Eph. 1:4, 1 Peter 1:16)
8. I have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16, Phil.2:5)
9. I have the peace of God that passes understanding (Phil. 4:7)
10. I have the Greater One living in me; greater is He Who is in me than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).
11. I have received the gift of righteousness and reign as a king in life by Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).
12. I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened (Ephesians 1:17,18).
13. I have no lack for my God supplies all of my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
14. I can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one with my shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16).
15. I can do all things through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13).
16. I show forth the praises of God Who has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).
17. I am God’s child?for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God, which lives and abides forever (1 Peter 1:23).
18. I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ unto good works (Ephesians 2:10).
19. I am a doer of the Word and blessed in my actions (James 1:22, 25).
20. I am a joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17).
21. I am more than a conqueror through Him Who loves me (Romans 8:37).
22. I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11).
23. I am a partaker of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:3,4).
24. I am an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).
25. I am part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people (1 Peter 2:9).
26. I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).
27. I am the temple of the Holy Spirit; I am not my own (1 Corinthians 6:19).
28. I am forgiven of all my sins and washed in the Blood (Ephesians 1:7).
29. I am crucified to the world and the world is crucified to me (Gal. 6:14) But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Lessons in Quietness, Feb 9, 2014

– be still and know that He is God (Ps. 46:10) – Hebrew is “raphah” to sink, relax, let drop, abandon, abate, refrain, to be quiet
– be silent, God is in His holy temple (Hab. 2:20) – silence: hacah to hush, be silent, hold peace, hold tongue, be still
– being still implies meditation
– listen for the still small voice (1 Kings 19:12)
– remove the noise (Matt. 9:18-26)
– let God arise and speak (Mark 4:35-41) – the same Jesus that was in the boat with the disciples is the same Jesus that is in your heart now
– Jesus wants to speak to the storms in your life that’s going on inside of you, He wants to calm the storm in you and He wants to calm the storm around you. But you have to know which one needs calmed first. Sometimes God’s going to calm the storm in you before He calms the storm around you.

It’s the Best Life, Feb 2, 2014

– what you believe about God will determine your future
– number one attribute of God is kindness – it leads us to repentance
Ps. 65:11 (NLT) NKJV says that our paths will drip with abundance
Ps. 119:68, Gen 1:28 – very first thing God did was bless Adam and Eve
Ps. 111 talks about the person of God, Ps. 112 talks about the people of God
– hallelujah – praise – it changes the atmosphere of our life – it redirects the focus from me to He (Josh 6:20, Ps. 100:4)
– qualities of a blessed life:
1. fears the Lord (Ps. 112:1) – fear, not in the being afraid sense, but in honor, revere, obey, and trust (Deut. 30:19-20 NLT) – God’s given us a choice
2. loves God’s Word (v1) (Josh 1:8-9 MSG) – trust and obey by being in God’s Word – God is with you every step you take
3. family is blessed (v2) a great legacy is the successful example of your life (Ps. 37:25-26) – what we do today matters, it will influence generations
4. welth and riches are in their house (v3) (Ps. 35:27 – God takes pleasure in blessing you) Prov. 10:22 – the key is what we put first, generous people look for ways to bless others, it is a lifestyle
5. their difficult times are blessed (v4) (Ps. 46:1, 23:4, Heb 13:5 NIV, Isa 26:3 NIV) – we live from the inside out