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Established Lives in Unstable Times

 
Established Lives in Unstable Times

June 12, 2011

Reference scripture: 1 Peter 5: 8-10 & James 5: 8

Today we are living in unstable times. Politically, economically, globally and spiritually, there seems to be no confidence in tomorrow’s future. In spite of these uncertainties in our world, God wants us to have a confidence for our lives and families. He wants us to establish our lives in unstable times.

Establish – to set, make firm, solid, cause to stand, to strengthen, (ref. Luke 22: 32)

Four things to establish our lives in unstable times

  1. We must realize that trials and troubles are coming but they won’t last forever.

    And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.      1 Peter 5: 10

  2. Remember that Jesus is coming.

    You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.       James 5: 8

  3.  Stay connected to the Church (with each other)

    For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established—  that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.      Romans 1: 11

  4. Believe in God’s word.

    … and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.”   2 Chronicles 20: 20

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Locked Doors and Lost Hopes

“And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was
walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who
followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again,
he began to tell them what was to happen to him”   Mark 10:32

 

April 24, 2011 – Week 3

Reference scripture: John 20: 18-29

  1. The resurrection reminds me there is hope when hope seems lost. Look at Mary Magdalene;
    – First one to the empty tomb
    – She’s seeking and clinging to Jesus
    – God chooses to use a shady woman to do His will
    – She is completely forgiven of the past  “God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,“   Colossians 2:13
  2. The resurrection reminds me that Jesus is with me.
    First day of the week (He’s there in the first day)

    – His presence comes to calm our fears (to bring peaceYou will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”   Isaiah 26: 3– His presence comes to bring us direction
    – His presence comes to bring us power
    – Ultimately His presence comes so that we are not around “No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you will also live. When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”  John 14: 18-20
  3. The resurrection reminds me when my confidence is shaken, Jesus looks for me.
    The patience of Jesus

    – Calls us by name
  4. The resurrection reminds me that those who believe are blessed.
    Our faith brings blessing (happiness)

    – We will live forever

What Was In The Cup?

“And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was
walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who
followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again,
he began to tell them what was to happen to him”   Mark 10:32

April 17, 2011 – Week 2

Reference scriptures: Matthew 27: 1-50

God allowed us all to see the great anguish of His Son.

“He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressedHe told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”   Matthew 26: 37-38

 What was in the bitter cup that Jesus would experience?

1. Betrayal and desertion by the ones He loved
    – Judas betrayed him (Matthew 26: 47)
    – Disciples deserted him (Mark 14: 50)
    – Peter denied him (Luke 22: 60) 

2. Shame and suffering
    – Humiliated
      “And they stripped off His clothes and put a scarlet robe on Him.”
     
Matthew 27: 28

   – Mocked and beaten
     “They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head
      again and again. 
After they had mocked him,…”
     
Matthew 27: 30-31

     “…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that
      was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame,…”
     
Hebrews 12:2 

    Crowd turned against him
      ‘“What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked.
       They all answered, “Crucify him!”  “
Why? What crime has he committed?”
       asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!
      
Matthew 27: 22-23

 3. Sin of all mankind
     – Devastating effects on all of mankind
     – Jesus became sin
       “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;
        and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
   Isaiah 53: 6

       “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might
        become the righteousness of God.”
    2 Corinthians 5: 21

     – Separation from the Father

        “From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.
        
About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema
         sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken
         me?”).
    Matthew 27: 45-46 

4. Jesus would give His life freely for all
        “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it
         up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.
         I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.”
       
John 10: 17-18

        “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he
         suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him
        who judges justly.”  
1 Peter 2: 23

         “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that
          whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal
 life.”
        
John 3: 16


His Triumph, My Victory

“And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was
walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who
followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again,
he began to tell them what was to happen to him”   Mark 10:32

April 10, 2011 – Week 1

Reference scriptures: Mark 10: 32-34 & Mark 11: 1-11

  1. The presence of Jesus
    – Jesus’ determined look (Isaiah 50: 7)
    – His disciples were amazed
    – Fear of losing a child
    – His followers were afraid
     
  2. The prediction of Jesus
    Detailed description to the disciples of Jesus’ death

    – He would be betrayed
    – He would be sentenced by the Sanhedrin
    – He would be handed over to Pilate
    – He will be mocked and spit upon
    – He will be beaten and crucified
    – 3 days and He would rise
      
  3. The prophecy of Jesus
    – Jesus’ request for the colt

    Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”  Zechariah 9: 9 
  4. The people’s expectation of Jesus
    – For the Messiah to come

    – For the Messiah to deliver them
    – The people’s praise and excitement    
  5. The purpose of Jesus
    – To complete his Father’s mission

    – To deliver the people from their sins and to restore their relationship to the Father

The Landmine of Good Works

“Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil”    Ephesians 6:11

April 3, 2011 – Week 4

Reference scripture: Ephesians 2: 4-10

“For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received (all had a share and we were all supplied with) one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift (heaped) upon gift.”  John 1:16

Definition of Grace:
Free unmerited favor and love of God. It is the spring and source of all benefits that we receive from God.

What we receive because of God’s grace?

  • God’s forgiveness  (Ephesians 1:7)
  • God’s power  (Acts 11:23)
  • God’s peace and grace  (New Testament 17 times)
  • God’s protection  (2 Corinthians 12:9)

What can we do to become a partaker of God’s grace?

  1. First thing needed to receive God’s grace is HUMILITY.
    Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.'”   1 Peter 5:5
  2. Second thing needed to receive God’s grace is BOLDNESS.
    Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in the time of need.”   Hebrews 4:16
  3. Third thing needed to receive God’s grace is FAITH.
    “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”  Romans 5:1-2 
  4. Fourth thing needed to receive God’s grace is KNOWLEDGE.
    Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.”    1 Peter 1:13

my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.”    Hosea 4:16

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches od his glorious inheritance in his holy people,…”    Ephesians 1:17-18


The Landmine of Un-forgiveness

“Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil”    Ephesians 6:11

March 27, 2011 – Week 3

Reference scripture: Matthew 18: 21-35

Peter asked a great question.
Lord how many times should I forgive another person?

Jesus Teaches Us
  1.  Set no LIMITS on Forgiveness.
    No, not seven times,” Jesus relied, “ but seventy times seven.  Matthew 18:22
    “Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.”    Luke 17:4 
  2. Don’t FORGET that you have been forgiven.
    “Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt.”   Matthew 18:27

     Why is it so hard to forgive?
    • Because of  a hard heart
    Because of a loss (Expectations don’t hold up/promises not fulfilled)

    Because of little things that build up

  3. Forgive and PROSPER
    “Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it seperates close friends.”    Proverbs 17: 9
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The Landmine of Compromise

“Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil”  Ephesians 6:11

March 20, 2011 – Week 2

Reference scriptures: Genesis 13: 10-13 & 19: 4-14

  • Compromise begins with lust
    “Lot took a long look at the fertile plains of the Jordan Valley in the direction of Zoar.”  Genesis 13: 10 “For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the Father but from the world.”  1 John 2: 16   

  • Compromise will lead to loss
    “They also carried off Abram’s nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living in Sodom.”  Genesis 14: 12

 

What did Lot lose? What could we lose?

 1. Ability to reason
   “Look, I have two virgin daughters. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do with them as you wish.”  Genesis 19: 8

2. Moral Authority
    “So Lot rushed out to tell his daughters’ fiances, ‘Quick, get out of the city! The Lord is about to destroy it.’ But the young men thought he was only joking.”  Genesis 19: 14

3. God’s presence
   “Then she cried out, ‘Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!’ When he woke up, he thought, ‘I will do as before and shake myself free.’ But he didn’t realize the Lord had left him.”  Judges 16: 20


The Landmine of Fear

“Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil”  Ephesians 6:11

March 13, 2011 – Week 1

Reference scriptures: Isaiah 41: 8-14, 2 Timothy 1:7 & Luke 12: 1-8

  1. Be aware of the enemy’s strategies.
    “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”. 1 Peter 5:8Some unhealthy fears people have
    – Fear of speaking before people

    – Fear of the future
    – Fear of losing a child
    – Fear of the dark
    – Fear of death  
  2. Fear of having no SECURITY
    “Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.’ “  Genesis 15:1
  3. Fear of FAILING
    “This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged . For the Lord your god is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9
  4. Fear of MAN
    “Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.”  Proverbs 29:25MaFear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.