She asks the question: How are we living between the Cross and the Return of the Lord? One way we are to live is by being separate from the kingdom of darkness, the world, and death, and being separated to the Word and the Lord (John 17:17; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18). God not only forgives your sin, but He forgets them. After salvation, you need to repent when you sin, be water baptized, and be baptized in the Holy Spirit. She quoted Romans 1:18-20 and told about Pilgrim’s Progress. What are you seeking in your life? What do you dream about? Seek the Lord first. Another way we are to live is in faithful, continual service, which includes work and suffering. Refuse evil and choose to do good (Isaiah 7:14). Jesus was obedient (Hebrews 5:8). If you cannot obey your parents you can see, how are you going to obey God you cannot see? What you start, finish. We are all in full time Christian service. Number three way to live: personal holiness. We are heading to a wedding feast, the marriage supper (Revelation). Prepare for the bridegroom, and make yourselves ready. (Matthew 22:3-14; Isaiah 61:10; Revelation 3:4; 19:7-9; 2 Timothy 3:1-6). Take heed to yourself that you are not deceived. Number four: God wants us all together before His return (Hebrews 10:24-25). We need other believers to cause us to grow, to change, to encourage, to build each other up, and to correct. Number five: global evangelism. Pray and bring more into the kingdom. Ask God how to reach them. Number six: endurance. Do not forget your first love (Philippians 2:1-18). Get ready for Jesus’ return (Matthew 25:6; 1 Corinthians 2:10). Spend time with the Father. Karen Burrows shared two testimonies of God’s intervention and provision.
Everyone can create an atmosphere that brings in the presence of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:11. How do we do that? We can do it by ministering to the Lord through praise and prayer (Psalm 22:3; 1 Timothy 2:8; Acts 16:9-10, 25). Envy, strife, offenses, and trespasses change the atmosphere for the negative (James 3:16; 1 Peter 3:9). We must believe that we receive our requests when we pray and say them (Mark 11:23). Be intentional and available to praise, worship, and obey the voice of the Holy Spirit. Pray in tongues and meditate on the Word. Keep on growing in the things of God, being faithful, consistent, and serving in His kingdom. Glory in the Lord (1 Corinthians 1:25-31). God will anoint you to do with His ability what you know to do. Default into praise and speak the name of Jesus. Get to know Him (Philippians 3:7-10). He gave us the Holy Spirit and His anointing (John 14:16-17; 1 John 2:20, 27).Take responsibility to hear for yourself from the Holy Spirit, and to pray, to sing psalms, and to call for the elders (James 5:13-14). Take heed to yourself that you are not deceived (John 14:6; 16:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12). Pastor Karen shared about the transgender group at Hempfield High School. Romans 1:18-26. Position yourself to do the right thing before it happens. You are an anointed son of God, so worship, be thankful, and glorify the Lord, staying full of God. Luke 19:10. Identity is an issue in the world and the church. Realize you are a son of God, that you are forgiven, and you can please God. Pastor Karen told of the victory she experienced by taking authority and speaking victory when she accidently hit a child. Compound your spirit of praise and DO NOT BE PASSIVE! Ephesians 2:4-6. Jesus needs you to do the work on the earth. We permit our problems by not praying, confessing, and taking authority. Sowing and reaping is the law of the kingdom (Galatians 6:7). You cast out demons; you do not pray about them (Mark 16:17). Abide in the vine and be fruitful. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is internal. It develops character to match the operation of the gifts of the Spirit. John 4:14; Proverbs 4:23; John 15:1-17; 1 Kings 17:1. Walk with the Lord in a greater way. Pray in the Holy Spirit. Let the Lord reveal what is in your heart. She urged us to listen to Do You Pray in Tongues for an Hour? by Dave Robeson on YouTube.
John 17:1-5 is Jesus’ prayer to His Father. In 17:3 He prayed that we may know the Father and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life. Eternal life Scriptures: John 3:16; 3:36; 5:24; 6:47; 10:27-29; 11:25-26. His followers were willing to give their lives. Base your faith on the Word of God, not on experiences. Jesus’ second prayer was that we may be one as He and the Father are one (John 17:11). We were crucified with Christ. John 16:7, 13-15; Romans 8:11; Galatians 5:16; Philippians 3:10-14; Titus 2:11-15; 3:3-7. Jesus is praying that you be in the world, but not of it. The third prayer is in John 17:13- that we may have Jesus’ joy. Nehemiah 8:10; Hebrews 12:1-3; Psalm 16:11; John 14:23; John 15:11-12; Philippians 2:1-2, 16-17. His fourth prayer, in John 17:13 was that God should keep us from the evil one. John 10:10; Matthew 6:13; Luke 10:19-20; Jude 16-21. His fifth prayer was that God would sanctify us by His truth (John 17:17). 2 Timothy 3:16; Revelation 19:13; John 14:6; John 4:23-24. Are you willing to give your life for the truth? What are the signs of the end of the age? Take heed not to be deceived. Stay in the truth of the Word, and be accountable to each other. The sixth prayer is oneness in John 17:21-23. The seventh prayer is that we would be with Him, and that we might behold Jesus’ glory. Jesus wants to share His glory. Romans 5:1-2, 8:16-24; Philippians 3:20-21; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 4:16; 5:17. Look to Jesus, and you will become like Him, glory to glory. The final prayer is that the love with which God loved Jesus may be in us, and Jesus in us. Love casts out all fear. Give others the Word of God. They need the fruit of the Spirit. Love is the doctrinal knowledge of truth. Jesus never compromised truth for love. Agree with Jesus’ prayers in John 17, and you can have them, 100% guaranteed.
1 Peter 1:13-23; 2 Peter 1:2-14; Colossians 2:6-7 Walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith. God is looking for growth. He sets members in the body (1 Corinthians 12:18). Psalm 92:12-15. We are God’s currency in His kingdom. Glory in that He knows and understands you (Jeremiah 9:23-24). Know who God is. His motive is love, and He is a giver. Who is God to me? Fight to know the Savior. Be renewed in the spirit of your mind. Put on the new man (Ephesians 4:20-25). There is a difference between faith and presumption. Put faith in the living Word. Faith produces joy. Joy is not based on circumstances. The Bible characters overcame by faith (Hebrews 11). Abraham was not weak in faith. Giving glory to God strengthens us in faith. Thank Him and give Him glory. The joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Offer the sacrifice of praise to God (Hebrews 13:12-13). Act on the Word! Blessed is the man who endures temptation (James 1:12). God does not tempt. Man is drawn away by his own desires. When desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin brings forth death. Do not be deceived. Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father through obedience. Karen Burrows gave an example of how we are tempted by the enemy in the flesh. Submitting to God increases you and gives you freedom. We build on the foundation of Jesus with gold, silver, and gems. The fire will test each one’s work. Examine yourself. God wants you to operate in His Spirit. (1 Timothy 6:12; Ephesians 6:10; 2 Timothy 1:7; Philippians 3:7-14) Ephesians 2:7 in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
Jesus means God saved. Jesus chided to be saved. What are you doing while you are waiting? His birth brought God to us. Repentance comes first. Then there’s belief. Baptized in water and the Holy Spirit are important.
John 1:1 Isaiah 7:14 Philippians 2:5 Acts1:9 John 6:38 John 3:16 2 Peter 3:4 John 3:3 Acts 2:38 Matthew 4:17 Romans 10:9-10 Ephesians 5:18 John 1:12 Acts 10:38
Jesus Christ is the one true God. There’s a famine in the land and that is the Word of the truth. There are two types of people. The saved and the unsaved. What is this and what must I do with it? It’s like a canoe rowing against the tide. If anyone wants to be more spiritual you have to be the first to repent. God gives grace to the humble. It’s not ok to pretend. We only have today. With liberty without responsibility is bondage. You can try to hide from God. Don’t be like Adam and Eve running from God but, to run towards God. Is the living Word written on your heart? Virtue is high moral standards. Knowledge is practical understanding of the Word of God. Get in or get out. You can’t control other people. Stop playing the blame game. It’s like putting yourself in a prison cell and throwing them the key. Get sober minded and understand the truth. I want fruit to abound. Be encouraged in your identity in Jesus.
Matthew 24:35 John 6:68 Hebrews 13:8 John 1:1-5, vs. 14 John 17:2 1 John 2:24 1 John 2:4 1 John 2:6 1 John 2:16 1 John 4:2 Colossians 2:15 Matthew 4:4 Joshua 1:8 3 John 1:2 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Hebrews 4:1-2, vs. 12-16 2 Peter 1:1-13
The best is yet to come. He gave him a commandment. God gave man a choice.
Genesis 1:26 Genesis 2:15-17 Genesis 3:15 Revelation 13:18 Revelation 5:9 John 3:16 Hebrews 10 John 1:14 1 Corinthians 5:21 Philippians 2:5 Psalms 81:11 2 Peter 1 John 3:16 2 Corinthians 5:17 Isaiah 53:6 Hebrews 9:26 Romans 3:22 Romans 5:10-11 Galatians 3:13 1 Peter 1:18-19 Colossians 1 Luke 10:19 1 Peter 2 John 21:26 1 Peter 1:3 Romans 6:5-6 John 20 Colossians 3:1
Karen Burrows spoke about repentance and what it means to truly turn from sin. It is the change of mind. Thinking and doing something different to turn from sin. You have free will and are master of your decision. If there are parts of your life that you feel like it’s not pleasing to the Lord, then change it. If your tongue is your problem bring it under submission and in line with the Word of God.
Corrine speaks of the miracle of her dog being healed of a tumor on its face. Caleb gave a testimony of being healed of the pan in his stomach. Nathan gave a testimony of being healed of peanut allergy. Vera gave a testimony of bring a fish back to life. The was a testimony given about a healthy baby having a good report after it being reported that the baby having birth defects. Shannon gave testimony of shoulder pain that wasn’t hers that God had her pray for a friend that was dealing with the issue. Jim mentioned about a miracle that happened at Cracker Barrel. Nikole gave testimony about healing of the back of a family member. She also gave testimony about receiving a gift for Costco Membership. Katie gave testimony about receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Jon gave testimony of his wife liver enzymes and A1c being normal. Corrine’s husband gave testimony of his back being healed. Stay calm consistent in being a doer if the word. Carol gave a testimony of an older man in a retirement home had received Jesus before he passed. She also gave a testimony of a man healed of kidney stones. Conrad gave a testimony of being healed from a work injury.
Two steps forward and one step back. The Lord says it is progress. Disciples are those following after the Lord Jesus Christ. What is it that you see that you want to follow after? What you don’t honor in Jesus you will not receive and what you don’t honor in the body of Christ you will not receive. Karen Burrows read from 1 Corinthians 10:31, Hebrews 12:32, 1 Corinthians 9:24, Philippians 2:16, Hebrews 3:6. Your today will build your tomorrow. How desperate are you today? Karen read out of Matthew 3:2. True repentance in the Lord is making a change. God honors giving and changes something in you that you don’t even know needs changing. You won’t see victory if you bought into the lie of the enemy. Some of us are not even aware of the double territory in us. we attend the word, abide in the vine, and come under the Holy Spirit today. Consistency is praise, prayer, and obedience. You need to be far sited and understand why you are here. Do live far sighted. Get into the heart of the Father. A relationship is two ways. Embrace today and make it important.
Karen Burrows referenced Proverbs 18. The way you become what you think you are through emotions and feelings does not make you a good master. Karen read out of 2 Corinthians 5:17 and Colossians 1. Karen mentioned that if you are double minded you are not receiving anything from the Lord. Karen read from Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 6:16, and James 4:7. Passive and distracted is how we have become. You want to think of the word of God until it becomes your rut. Karen read from Psalms 138:2, Philippians 2:9, Ephesians 1:7, and Revelation 12:11. Kevin Burrows read from Deuteronomy 4:16
Karen Burrows talked about letting self decrease and God increase in our lives. She also mentioned that culture does not change the Bible. As the church we have become lukewarm. Churches are embracing sin and are saying that it is ok. Tolerance is not the Bible. It is the truth and love of God that sets the captive free. Karen mentioned that oil an water do not mix. We should not tolerate sin in our lives. We are to be seed planters. Karen read out of 2 Timothy 3:16. We got to draw the line in the sand. Love the sinner but, hate the sin. Karen read out of Hebrews 4 and 1 Timothy 1:2. You are responsible for how you live your life and how to grow up in God. Karen read out of 2 Timothy 4:2-5, Romans 10:8-10, Romans 14:11, and John 3:3. You must be born again!
Karen Burrows mentioned that the Father looks at your heart. She read out of 1 Peter 1:23, the word of God is incorruptible. Karen read out of John 3:3 and Matthew 7:21. 2 Peter 3:9, all shall come to repentance. If you could get to heaven by your good works then, why would Jesus be sent to the cross? He is the only way to the Father. You come into communion with the Lord Jesus Christ. Karen read out of 2 Corinthians 5:17. Karen talks about true forgiveness. It is when you don’t bring up someone’s past. Philippians 4:7, rejoice in the Lord. R+L-W+P+T is to rejoice add love subtract worry add praise plus thanksgiving believe it and say it.
Karen Burrows talked about how change is good. Transforming power of the Holy Spirit. seeks, convicts, and sanctifies. You go to want and know that you need the transformation. You have to discern between good and evil. 1 Corinthians 2:10 and Ephesians 4:29-30, that is a command. Karen read from 1 Corinthians 12:11, John 14:26, Romans 14, and Romans 8:26. Karen read from Matthew 6:33, we often get the cart before the horse. Karen read from Romans 12:1-2, John 4:24, John 14:26, John 10:10, and 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Correction will keep you track. Recognize, repent, and think less of me and more of Him. Karen encourages us to be good receivers of what the Holy Spirit is saying. Karen read form Hebrews 13:8, make it a priority in your life. Galatians 5:22, It’s our job to renew our minds. It is the Father’s will that no one shall perish. There needs to be redemption, reconciliation, and relationship. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is for your personal edification. Make a melody in your heart to the Lord. True worshipers should worship in Spirit and truth!
Karen Burrows speaks about what honor means respecting the gifts each person has. You are well able to be a lover of people. Karen read out of Romans 1:16. If you are not pressing into the Holy Spirit you could be deceived. There is an importance to knowing the word of God. Get into the righteousness of God and in the peace of God. The revivalist is in you. The power of the Holy Spirit is in you. We don’t need to look to someone else to light a fire in you because He is already in you. Karen read from Luke 24:46, you got to talk to yourself and build yourself up. It is acceptable to admit that you are wrong. Karen read from Acts 2:38, the power of God comes from the filling of the word of God. Joshua 1:8, It’s God’s will that you read His will everyday. Karen read from Acts 19:1-6, don’t allow the devil to disconnect the Holy Spirits from you. Karen read from Luke 3 and Luke 4. Speak the Word of God. Karen read from John 14:16-17, Romans 8:26, Jude 20. People’s lives are at stake and it is important to have the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. How can you pray in the Holy Spirit if you had not been baptized in the Holy Spirit? God the Father needs you to be personally edified. Why is it important that we build up the most holy faith? It’s the hear of God. Karen read from Ephesians 6.
Karen Burrows mentioned that you can choose, we have the choice today. Karen read out of John 8:31. She mentioned that our experiences do not change the word of God. Experiences do not form the word of God. Experiences come and go. If you want more faith, then you need to get more word. What is inside of you is what will come out. Revelation 19:13, Father of faith is Abram who was then named Abraham being the Father of Many Nations. Karen mentioned that God honors our faith. 2 Peter 1:2, knowledge of the word of God. He says “I am, I is the healed”. Karen read from Numbers 13. Karen referenced John 5. She mentioned for us to get out of the murmuring and complaining because if you stay in that place, then the voice of God becomes faint. Karen encourages us to take our problems and look at it, we may even have to repent. Karen read out of 2 Corinthians 1:20. Go to the Father with His word. You got to know the word first so you know what and how to go to the Father with about your situation. Karen read out of Romans 4:2 and Romans 4:18. Declare God’s word, walk alongside Him. Get to a place where what Jesus says about you is greater! A person of faith is a person of gratitude. Look at what the word says and it is equivalent to being supreme.
Karen Burrows mentioned that you can’t just assume that because a person goes to church are truly saved and has a relationship with Jesus. Karen talked about praying in our prayer language.
Karen Burrows speaks about how we get to do and learn in the flesh right now. There are three things that are on the Father’s heart. In Genesis 3 Eve believed a lie before she had sinned. The devil is trying to undermine and under value the word of God in your life. Before a person sins they believe a lie. The bible says to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. We have to discern between God thoughts and devil thoughts (truth or a lie). Karen gave the example of whenever she heard it was the flu season she always got prepared for it and always got the flu but, then found out about the truth of God’s healing power. Karen referenced 1 Peter 2:24. Jesus legally came on the earth to do whatever with what He gave them. Number one problem God had is the very gift He gave humanity, which is free will. Number two problem God had is that His kids’ mindsets, the way they think. Once you get born again, it is the beginning of discipleship. We are learning the ways of the Lord. Change is not just a six letter word. We are to be moving from glory to glory and faith to faith. You have to let go of the lie in order to grasp the truth. Intentionally let go of the lie, unbelieve the lie; get the word of God; come into agreement with God, and figure out where the lie started. We all have the free will to make the decisions. If you stay with the truth you will have a sure foundation. Salvation is vertical, it is between the person and God. The heart is God’s business. Karen reads out of John 8:44. Karen read out of 2 Peter 3:9, 1 John 1:7, and Ephesians 1:17. Forgiveness is where we start. I want to forgive because I know I should but, I do not want them to get away with it. Karen shares what the Lord has for the church body. “I want them to have the sense of injustice. To be aware of what they are doing. I feel somehow that if I forgive them they are not going to understand and that they will do it again.” It is not the Father’s heart for sin to be done repeatedly. Karen read out of Mark 11:25. Forgiveness is a decision of your heart. Forgiveness is not an emotion. Karen references John 20:23. Retain means to keep possession of. If you retain sin it will make you to what that sin is. Loosening and forgiving or containing and retaining. 2 Timothy 4:13, we see a change of judgement to mercy. Mercy triumphs judgement. The power of sin has the power to transform into something itself. Ephesians 2:1, trespass is an offense against a person it’s horizontal (with the brother and sisters); James 5:16. Do not rehearse the curse. Karen read out of Matthew 18:15, Luke 11:4, and 1 Corinthians 3:1-15. Holiness is being transparent. Keep your eyes on the Father. Jesus Christ is your sure foundation. Everyone has the responsibility of how their foundation is built!
What are motives are is what God wants us to pay attention to. Jen speaks out of 2 Corinthians 9:7. Jen questions why people tithe? Is it because it is our duty? Those are all wrong motives. In our giving we want faith to be tied behind it and to trust God.
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Looking at the book of John where Jesus washes the feet of the disciples. Peter didn’t want Jesus to wash his feet. Jesus said to him that if he doesn’t let him wash his feet then he has no part of Him. John 13:12. A servant isn’t greater than his master. There is a great reward for those who go and for those who send out the missionaries.
Practical ways and how to flow in the holy spirit. 1. Atmosphere: As believers we have a big role in what our atmosphere is like. Psalm 22:3, Hebrews 13:15, and 1 Timothy 2:8 Karen Burrows spoke out of. Be eager or fast to obey the word of God. The world claps but saints praise. Praise and honor in reverence to God creates the atmosphere here in which He inhabits. Acts 16 talks about how Paul and Silas chose to pray and praise. Karen also spoke out of Mark 11 where it talks about giving praise and Acts 13:2 where it talks about fasting and praying. 2 Chronicles 20:3-seeking the Lord and its importance. The battle belongs to God. Praise is powerful. Reverence the Holy Ghost 2. Availability: Jeremiah 7:23 Obeying His voice. Karen speaks about knowing how to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit. Karen gave a testimony where the Lord spoke to her and if she hadn’t been obedient the outcome could have been worse. You have to be listening to the Holy Spirit. Meditate on the Word of God and throughout the whole day stay in communication with the Lord. Take a Word break. God is not looking for ability He is looking for availability. “He’s not looking for the shiny star,” said by Karen. 1 John 2:20 and vs. 27. Take care of the problems at seed level and don’t wait for it to become a mountain. Our tongue is the biggest weapon and should not be as a believer. As children of God our tongue have been redeemed and is to be used to praise the Lord, edify and build each other up. Karen gave a testimony on speaking what she wanted in the turmoil of a situation. In times of loneliness encourage yourself in the Lord, praise Him, and speak His name out loud. Anointing, authority, and speaking the name of Jesus is how to live victorious. 3. Baptism of the Holy Spirit: Ephesians 2:4-6. All of Jesus’ orders must be carried out in the body. Mathew 18:18 and Colossians 2:6 Karen spoke out of.” Be a friend, make a friend, and bring a friend to Christ,” Karen gave a testimony of where God had used her right where she was at in LA Fitness. 4. Abiding: walking in the fruit of the Spirit is the root of manifesting the Spirit are attributes we have to develop. When making yourself available God will use you. You can have as much of Jesus as you want!
John 10:10. Jesus is the Life-Giver. He said, I AM the life.” We have the “Son” in us. The Word was with God. The Word was God. All things were by the Word. Jesus is the Word. The Word was life, and the life was the light of men (John 1:1-4). Our tongues were made to create. Our words create our world. Death and life are in the power of our tongues. We are producing either life or death. Speak life to your possessions. Value God’s Word. Jesus said, “I AM the living water” in John 4:10, 13, and 14. The water that He gives is a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. Jesus said, “I AM the bread of life.” He is the living bread of heaven. The bread of life is the Word of God. When we speak, we should be speaking life. The words that Jesus spoke are spirit and life (John 6:63). Jesus said, “I AM the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25, 26). Do you believe Jesus can resurrect the dead parts of your life? In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life.” There is only one way to God, the Father, and that is through Jesus, the Son of God. In Acts 3:12-15 Peter called Jesus the Prince of life (the Prince of Peace). The life-robbers in men’s lives are: 1. The traditions of men (The way you thought your whole life.) 2. Condemnation (There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.) 3. Legalism (The law. We are set free by the Spirit of God. 2 Corinthians 3:6). 4. Sin (Colossians 3:1-5). [We watched the video by Toby Mack about speaking life.] We speak life to the darkest, deadest parts of our lives. Speak hope, life, and love. The Life-Giver is inside of you. Encourage yourself by what God says about you. Be a good believer in the Word. The Word washes His life in you. Feed on the Word of God (Joshua 1:8). Jesus spoke the already written Word, because He valued it. We are to be spiritually-minded (Romans 8:6). We default to something and that tells us who we are. If you default to the negative, repent. Say, “I am a child of the living God. Help me.” The book of 2 Corinthians tells us how to live out the New Covenant. We are born from above. Jesus never leaves us. Speak life. Ezra prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord (Ezra 7:10). We are called to be strong believers. All of heaven is attracted to the Jesus in you. We are separated to the Lord. Moses said that he would not go without God presence. I want to be aware of God’s presence with me always. [We practiced speaking life to the others in the congregation.]
We are to occupy for the Lord. It is about how you finish. We need to see and hear the Word, so that we get it and maintain it. When we have the knowledge of Jesus Christ, which is the Word of God, grace and peace are multiplied to us. The Bible is our instruction manual. If you want to know God, get to know His Word. His Word in us causes us to change and grow (2 Peter 1:2-4). We receive His divine power through His Word. We have been called to glory and virtue. We belong to the Lord and should live like His children, seeking first His kingdom. God’s #1 problem with us is that of our wills. His #2 problem with us is changing our minds. The truth will set you free, but you can decide to either be a spectator or a participator. Participators receive more. What do you think about all day? The first temptation was doubting the Word. We are to meditate on, act on, and speak the Word (Joshua 1:8). Satan puts lying symptoms on our bodies. They are lies because Jesus already bore all our sicknesses. Doubt is taking a second thought. I believe the truth, and I say the truth. It is written! Find a promise in the Word for your problem, because there is one truth will change your situation. The Word is an infallible truth and anchor. Believing the Word is faith. God wants you to have faith in Him. Remember, no situation is bigger than God. Hebrews 5:13, 14 say that we should exercise our (spiritual) senses to discern good and evil. Do not let the world live in you, but renew your mind with the Word (Romans 12:1, 2). Use your imagination for God, by seeing yourself doing the things that Jesus did. Hell is the absence of God. God will use whatever you have, even if it is just a smile. Think big. Give more, Get into the Word and fan the fire of the Word of God. Allow the Lord to speak to you about your faith life. Develop the muscle of faith and exercise faith every day, so you have faith-fitness. Finish strong. Will He find faith? Offering Message (Josh Yoder): Psalm 37:21-26 (AMP) I am righteous and deal kindly with other. I am able to give. Money is a tool to bring people to the Lord. Our inheritance is all those who we bring to salvation in Jesus Christ. Your giving affects the next generation. You can receive when you get excited about the Lord.
You are significant to this body of believers, and you are important to the plan of God. God planted you here, and you are to bloom and grow here. We have to agree with the way God does things. He thinks good things about you. John 10:10 says that God is good, and He only does good things. Satan is bad and only does bad things. Psalm 103:1-5 reminds us to not forget God’s benefits, such as forgiveness of our iniquities and healing of our diseases. Is the blood of Jesus enough to forgive you of all your sins? We should not be under condemnation. God convicts because He loves us, but Satan condemns. Satan wants to take away the Word of faith and God in you. He knows the blood of Jesus defeated him, but he does not want you to know it. Greater is He who is in you. You will have a fight with Satan, when you agree with God’s Word. The three most important things to do are 1) be born again, 2) be baptized in the Holy Spirit, and 3) (Romans 12:1, 2) and be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Think like the Father. Be a participator and give God glory every day. The kingdom is in you (Romans 14:17). Righteousness, joy, and peace are in you. Do not waste His blood. Do not fellowship with demons by complaining and murmuring. The Greater One lives in you. You are an atmosphere-changer. Take Jesus wherever you go. You touch people in your sphere of influence who need Jesus. You kids and others are watching you. You have what you need for victory. Karen shared her goals at the beginning of the year to hear God more clearly and to be more like Jesus. God convicted her of something that she needed to lay on the altar. God told her that He is most interested in her journey to reach her goal. Every day He encourages her (and us) in righteousness, joy, and peace. God told her He would teach her how to reach her goals, that it would be full of adjustments, and that she would learn by her mistakes. God is interested in our learning how to keep what we receive from Him, whether it is healing or something we knew He wanted us to do. Allow Him to teach you how to do what you need by His Word. Truth moves facts; facts are subject to change. The Word is forever settled in heaven. Your circumstances have to change according to the Word. He has delivered us from destruction (Psalm 103:4). He has crowned us with loving kindness and tender mercies. We represent Him. He satisfies our mouths with good things so that our youth is renewed like the eagles. Eat live food in the natural and let your words be speaking life. When we complain, we fuel the enemy. Instead, speak out loud the Word. Every time you confess weakness, disease, or failure you magnify the enemy above the Father, and you destroy your confidence in the Word. Do not have two confessions: one that is assenting to the Word and a different one that confesses pain, etc. That second confession nullifies the first. The fight of faith is to gain mastery over your confession. Satan does not know what you think, but he does hear what you say. Scriptures: 2 Corinthians4:13 (I believe, therefore I spoke.); Psalm 118:17 (I shall live and not die and declare the works of the Lord.); Romans 4:17 (Call those things that be not as though they were.); Psalm 91:12 (God is my refuge.); James 4:7 (Submit to God; resist (speak against) Satan, and he must flee.). Our tool of victory is our mouths. Talk more out loud My Word. God looks over His Word to perform it.
Pastor Sydney read Ephesians 2. We are members of God’s household. He dwells in each one of us. Resurrection is a now reality. He is alive in me. Karen Burrows’ sermon message: Colossians 1:12-14 says that God takes us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God. Jesus was the firstborn of many sons. I am of God. We are called to be a testimony of God (Colossians 1:25-28). He made known the mystery, which is Christ in me, the hope of glory. The Jehovah Witnesses do not believe that Jesus came into our my flesh. Galatians 2:20 also notes that Christ lives in me. He gave His life for me. We are to behold the new (2 Corinthians 5:17). Think upon the resurrection power that is in you. Walk in the Spirit of truth. Romans 6:11; Romans 8:37. Are you still thinking the old thoughts? Satan wants to know if you know he is defeated. You are a child of God. Renew your mind (Romans 12:1-2). God is pleased with you because of the righteousness of Christ in you. I present my body as a living sacrifice. My Father is God. Do not think like the world, but change the way you think. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Discern between good and wrong thoughts. You can come against temptation like Jesus did, by declaring what the Word says. To do that you need to know the Word (Joshua 1:8). Get into the Word everyday. The Body of Christ needs to rise up in the resurrection power. We are all valuable pieces of a puzzle. The love of God is in our hearts. He was long-suffering, and so can you be. You are seated in a place of authority. Ephesians 1 tells us that God has blessed us with spiritual blessings. You are adopted and accepted. Adopted children are taken in at a higher level of love. We are loved by the Father. We are in relationship with God. He lives in us. We are delivered from the power of the enemy. The devil has nothing over us (Ephesians 6:12). We have the authority and power. We pray the will of the Father. Successful prayer is saying to the Father what is in the Word. Speak the word that addresses your problem. Symptoms are a lie from hell. Present the truth to the Father and agree with the Word. Declare: I am coming out of this! Debt? Repent and speak the Word. Make the word a vital reality in your life. The more you sow, the more you become like the image of God. He has given us the right to be the children of God. He has redeemed us from the curse of the law. Believe and do it.
Make the Word of God personal: God so loved “me”. The first key is that God has given you authority over your emotions. God wants us to use our emotions for His glory. If you blame other people for your life, you’ve locked yourself in, and you will never change. The other person and you are both victims. (Deuteronomy 28; 2 Timothy 3:2) Thankfulness is a big deal to God. You are not a byproduct of your circumstances. Instead of praying for God to change your circumstances, God wants you to change in those circumstances. God uses the rough times of our lives to develop our character, our love level, and our integrity. How is your heart? You can take charge of your heart, your emotions. Remember the Word of God, and you can be cheerful all the time. The Word can become you. Hearing the truth can be hard. Let not your heart be troubled (John 14:1). Emotions follow what you’re thinking. Your emotions are controlled 100% by what you think. Unpleasant tasks and daily drudgery can still bring joy (2 Corinthians 4:17-18). It’s the little things in life that map out your destiny and develop your character. Do your job with all excellence and as unto the Lord. God is building you for something greater. Circumstances come and go. People are not the problem (Ephesians6:12). Our battle is not with people or with ourselves. Satan is your problem in other people and in yourself and in circumstances. Jesus is the problem-solver. You can love the person who has hurt you. Generational curses can come down, but you can rebuke whatever spirit came through the blood-line. Cast it out of you and don’t let that function in you. Other people have to seek for deliverance and healing for themselves. Plant seeds in your life that will give a harvest of God. You’re the master of your emotions. Speak to yourself (Philippians 4:4; Matthew 11:12). No one can take your joy. You give it away. Temptation is not sin (James 1:13-15). Temptation is hearing something from the enemy, usually accusation, accusing you or accusing someone to you. Sin is when you talk about what you were tempted with. Every man is tempted 1) when he is drawn away by his own desires and 2) enticed, then 3) when lust has conceived (in your heart) it 4) brings forth sin, and sin 5) brings forth death. Lust is enticement, a pressure, a strong desire. Lust is our wanting something that is anti-God. Sin is always emotional. This is the progression of how your emotions get out-of-whack. Sin is not smart. Your emotions are the drivers of your actions. God gave us imagination, the creative part of our minds, to be used for Him. Imagination is the power to form images, to envision, to visualize. You can’t get anything from God that you can’t visualize in the spirit. Use your imagination and be specific with God and be detailed in the visualization of what you want to be. Satan tries to counterfeit what God does in our imagination. There are bad imaginations. We are to take every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of God (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). A stronghold is like having ruts and grooves in your brain. Fear is a demonic spirit, which is the opposite of faith. Satan reinforces a fear in your life to where it becomes a memory, a ridge in your mind. The memory of a fear is just as real as the real thing you’re afraid of. People often are afraid of things, but don’t know why. It’s in their brain as a memory. You have to do something about a memory of a fear. The love of God casts out all fear. Ask God to help you love other people, and you won’t have fear. Strongholds stop the work of God. We have to cast down imaginations against God. You need to say, “You will not have dominion over me. I am a conqueror. I am the head and not the tail.”You have to cast it down for yourself. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life- is not of the Father, but is of the world (1 John 2:16). Imaginations are seeds and can grow and control all the areas of your life. Take care of problems at seed-level. Deal with your problems. Don’t give Satan an inch. The key to casting down imaginations and controlling emotions: 1) Matthew 6:31 -33 We never accept a thought until we speak it. James 4:6-7 Submit to God. Resist the devil, and he must flee. God extends His grace and mercy to us when we admit that we’ve blown it and are humble. 2) Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus came against the enemy when He said, “It is written.” Speak the Word of God aloud. 3) Take personal responsibility. You master your own emotions. You choose to be in joy and to love. You can be powerful if you choose to walk in the God-kind of love to those who don’t love you. We overcome the devil by the blood of Jesus and by the word of our testimony, and not loving our lives to the death (Revelation 12:11). You’re not looking for someone to love you first or to pat you on the back. Forgiveness is a principle of heaven (Mark11:25). Forgive the sin in the other person and love the person.
The Scriptures affirm the importance of words. God spoke and created the earth, and He created man in His image. He upholds all things by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3). We are partakers, co-laborers, and joint-heirs with Christ. We have Jesus as a High Priest. Let us hold fast to our confession. We’ve been made kings and priests. Your words have power, and your tongue is the fruit of a root in your heart. There is a confession unto faith, when you speak the Word to believe, but there is also a confession of faith, which is when you can’t be made to doubt. Be convinced that your words are important and believe your own words. Don’t speak half-truths, saying things like, “I was just kidding”. Speak the truth. God doesn’t want us to bless Him and then curse people. Only you can control your complaining. There are two laws that govern your words: the law of sowing and reaping (Galatians 6:7) and the law of increase (2 Corinthians 9:6). God will back up the Word that we speak, if our hearts are right. Cross over the line and stop blaming others. We are transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). Your assignment is to write three things that you want Jesus to do in your life this year. Call out what you want. Preach to yourself and others by confessing the Word of God, because it is a creative force. Both God and Satan want your thoughts and words. Scriptures used: Genesis 1:1-3, 26; Isaiah 55:11; Job 22:28; Hebrews 3:1; Revelation 5:10; Psalm 125:3; Hebrews 4:14; Matthew 9:29; Colossians 2:6; Proverbs 6:2; James 3:9-12; 1 Peter 4:11; James 1:6-7; Romans 4:17; Luke 4:18; Psalm 19:14.
Karen shares her personal testimony of a changed life being lived by faith in the Living Word. As she spoke she gave powerful nuggets for living a life of faith in God. Mary did not question God when the angel told her she would conceive a child by the Holy Spirit. She said, “Let it be according to your word.” Zacharias, however, did not believe what the angel told him and became dumb until he spoke out the name of his son, John, agreeing with the Word of God given by the angel. The Word is God’s language. It’s how we get to know our Father. You must say, “Yes”, for Jesus to move into your life. Get rid of the “ruts” in your brain. You are in a fork in the road. You can choose truth, or you can go the way you’ve been going. Everyone has one of two fathers: the devil or God. The devil wants the Word out of your life, which is the fight of your faith. Do not question God’s Word. Let the Word become alive to you. Give God permission to change you.
Mary Beth Rutter had a Word before Karen preached. Text: Romans 1:21. We can stay full of God. The first way is to glorify Him. To glorify Him is to magnify Him. God is bigger than your problem, sickness, disease, whatever, and when we glorify Him, our problems shrink. Magnify the Word over your problem. Renew your mind and your talk to speak the Father’s language. God loves you now as much as He ever has or ever will. Love God and love others as you love yourself. God’s Word trumps everything in your life. Secondly, be thankful and have a thankful heart (Ps. 103; 100; 2 Tim. 3:1-5). If you can’t be thankful for the people you see, how can you be thankful for God, whom you can’t see? The anecdote for complaining: when a thought comes, discern if it’s from God or the devil, and then pray in tongues. Thirdly, God wants our thoughts, and you must discern where they are coming from. Use your imagination for Him, meditate on truth, and put more value on what He says than what others are saying. Picture yourself doing what He wants you to do. Finally, keep your heart right (Matt. 23:25-26). God is more interested in your heart than even your actions.
A former Catholic woman who has had many challenges, shares about praising and being intimate in worship with our Father God. In those times, He speaks to you, and He exposes what’s in you, and then He gives you the answer, so you can work through it, and He gets the glory. He is a just God, so He’s already prepared the victory for us.