The Battle Begins Here

The battle we fight is not a battle in the flesh, but a spiritual battle that begin in the battle field of our minds. The battle begins here.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NLT
3 “We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do.  4 We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.  5 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.”
1. Strongholds In Our Mind Must Be Broken.
2 Corinthians 10:5 NLT
“We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.”
Note: You can’t control your actions until you control your thoughts.
2. Our New Mind Must Be Developed
Romans 12:2 NLT
 “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
3. Renewal of the Minds Takes Time.
Exodus 23:30 NLT
 “I will drive them out a little at a time until your population has increased enough to take possession of the land.”
Note: we don’t have to suffer from condemnation when we make mistakes in our spiritual journey.
Romans 8:1-2 NLT  1 “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.  2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”
4. Be Positive
Romans 8:28 NLT “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT “Always be joyful.  17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

A Storm In Life – What Are You Going To Do?

(Matthew 14:22-33 TPT) As soon as the people were fed, Jesus told his disciples to get into their boat and to go to the other side of the lake while he stayed behind to dismiss the people. (23) After the crowds dispersed, Jesus went up into the hills to pray. And as night fell he was there praying alone with God. (24) But the disciples, who were now in the middle of the lake, ran into trouble, for their boat was tossed about by the high winds and heavy seas. (25) At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came to them, walking on the waves! (26) When the disciples saw him walking on top of the water, they were terrified and screamed, “A ghost!” (27) Then Jesus said, “Be brave and don’t be afraid. I am here!” (28) Peter shouted out, “Lord, if it’s really you, then have me join you on the water!” (29) “Come and join me,” Jesus replied. So Peter stepped out onto the water and began to walk toward Jesus. (30) But when he realized how high the waves were, he became frightened and started to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he cried out. (31) Jesus immediately stretched out his hand and lifted him up and said, “What little faith you have! Why would you let doubt win?” (32) And the very moment they both stepped into the boat, the raging wind ceased. (33) Then all the disciples crouched down before him and worshiped Jesus. They said in adoration, “You are truly the Son of God!”
– Sent on ahead – next season
A storm in life: They are still together, but in trouble
(v.27) 3 words of Jesus:
1.Be Brave
(Matthew 9:22 NIV) Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
‘tharseo’ —> tharsiete !!!
2.I am with you
(Matthew 28:18-20 NIV) Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. (19) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
3.Don’t Be Afraid
(2 Timothy 1:7 NIV) For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
‘Don’t have spirit of fear (phobia)”
Peter goes where no man has gone before …
(Matthew 14: 28-31 TPT) Peter shouted out, “Lord, if it’s really you, then have me join you on the water!” (29) “Come and join me,” Jesus replied. So Peter stepped out onto the water and began to walk toward Jesus. (30) But when he realized how high the waves were, he became frightened and started to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he cried out. (31) Jesus immediately stretched out his hand and lifted him up and said, “What little faith you have! Why would you let doubt win?”
Then they were at the other side of the storm:
(Matthew 14:32-33 TPT) And the very moment they both stepped into the boat, the raging wind ceased. (33) Then all the disciples crouched down before him and worshiped Jesus. They said in adoration, “You are truly the Son of God!”

I Want a Heart Like That One! Lessons From Parable of the Sower

(Mark 4:1-9 NET) Again he began to teach by the lake. Such a large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the lake and sat there while the whole crowd was on the shore by the lake. (2) He taught them many things in parables, and in his teaching said to them: (3) “Listen! A sower went out to sow. (4) And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. (5) Other seed fell on rocky ground where it did not have much soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep. (6) When the sun came up it was scorched, and because it did not have sufficient root, it withered. (7) Other seed fell among the thorns, and they grew up and choked it, and it did not produce grain. (8) But other seed fell on good soil and produced grain, sprouting and growing; some yielded thirty times as much, some sixty, and some a hundred times.” (9) And he said, “Whoever has ears to hear had better listen!”
(Mark 4:13-20) NET) He said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? Then how will you understand any parable? (14) The sower sows the word. (15) These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: Whenever they hear, immediately Satan comes and snatches the word that was sown in them. (16) These are the ones sown on rocky ground: As soon as they hear the word, they receive it with joy. (17) But they have no root in themselves and do not endure. Then, when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately they fall away. (18) Others are the ones sown among thorns: They are those who hear the word, (19) but worldly cares, the seductiveness of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it produces nothing. (20) But these are the ones sown on good soil: They hear the word and receive it and bear fruit, one thirty times as much, one sixty, and one a hundred.”
1.Heart gone hard
-I used to have that one
-What can change it?
John Maxwell “Change is inevitable”. 3 ways:
-Hurt enough to change
-Exposed to a new way of thinking (culture) long enough to change
-Learn enough to change
Key to change this heart = hunger for something more!
(Matthew 5:6 WE) God makes happy those who are hungry and thirsty for what is right and good. They will be filled.
2.Heart gone fearful
Key to change this heart = Holy Spirit power
(2 Timothy 1:7 NET) For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.
(Isaiah 43:2 NET) When you pass through the waters, I am with you; when you pass through the streams, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not harm you.
3.Heart gone crazy greedy (in a new season of life)
Key to change this heart = perspective of life and happiness
(Matthew 6:33 NIV) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
4.Heart gone into growth, maturity, satisfaction, fruitfulness
“I want a heart like that!”
So key to heart care = Change thinking
(Mark 1:15 ERV) He said, “The right time is now here. God’s kingdom is very near. Change your hearts and lives, and believe the Good News!”

How to Be Victorious Against Temptation

(Jeremiah 29:11 NLT) For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
(1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT) The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
1.Know The Enemy
(John 10:10 NLT) The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
2.Know That The Temptation Is Real
3.Know That You’re Weak
(2 Corinthians 12:10 NLT) That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
4.Get Connected To Church
(Ecclesiastes 4:12 NLT) A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
5.Don’t Think About Temptation, Think About The Goodness Of God
(2 Timothy 2:22 NLT) Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.
(Philippians 4:8b NLT) Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
6.Declare The Word Of God
(Matthew 4:10-11 NLT) Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’” (11) Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.
(John 16:33 NLT) I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Power of Your Testimony

I am not ashamed of the Gospel
(Romans 1:16 NKJV) For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
The man born blind
(John 9:1-7) Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. (2) And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (3) Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. (4) I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. (5) As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (6) When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. (7) And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.
1st time testimony
(John 9:8-9 NKJV) Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?” (9) Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.” He said, “I am he.”
2nd time testimony
(John 9:11 NKJV) He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.”
3rd time
(John 9:15 NKJV) Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”
4th Time
(John 9:24-27 NKJV) So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.” (25) He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” (26) Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?” (27) He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?”
5th time
(John 9:30-33 NKJV) The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! (31) Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. (32) Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. (33) If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.”
-Every time he gave details of truth
-Every time he defended his story
-Every time he knew more about who is Jesus
-Every time he got bolder
The conclusion of the story
(John 9:38 NKJV) Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.

Forgiven Much, Graced Much….Love Much

1.The scene
(Luke 7:36-40 NIV) When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. (37) A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. (38) As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. (39) When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner. (40) Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said
2.The parable
(Luke 7:41-42 NIV)“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. (42) Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave (graced) the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
-he graciously forgave them both (NASB)
-the kind banker graciously wrote off the debts and forgave them all that they owed. (Passion)
(Ruth 4:8-11 NIV) So the guardian-redeemer said to Boaz, “Buy it yourself.” And he removed his sandal. (9) Then Boaz announced to the elders and all the people, “Today you are witnesses that I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelek, Kilion and Mahlon. (10) I have also acquired Ruth the Moabite, Mahlon’s widow, as my wife, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property, so that his name will not disappear from among his family or from his hometown. Today you are witnesses!” (11) Then the elders and all the people at the gate said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the family of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem.
(Luke 7:43 NIV) Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven (graced).” You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.
3.The Big Truth: Grace and Forgiveness – leads to love and service
(Luke 7:44-50 NIV) Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. (45) You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. (46) You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. (47) Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” (48) Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” (49) The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” (50) Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Serve the Lord with gladness
(Psalm 100:2 NKJV) Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.

Real Life-How To Get Along With Difficult People


– Definition of “Difficult People”
– See how you can change and how you can bring a change to people around you
Things To Know
– Everyone Is Unique
(Romans 12:4-5 NLT) Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, (5) so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
– Everyone Thinks They’re Right

(Romans 14:16 TPT) So don’t give people the opportunity to slander what you know to be good.
– Know The Power Of Words

(James 3:5 NLT) In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.
Things We Can Do
– Don’t Payback Evil By More Evil

(Romans 12:17 NLT) Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.
– Keeping Doing Right Things Before God

(Ephesians 6:12 NLT) For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
– Find A Common Ground

(Ephesians 4:29 NLT) Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
– Forgive That Person

(Ephesians 4:32 NLT) Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
– Pray For That Person

(Philippians 4:6-7 NLT) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (7) Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
– That’s How You Can Be The Light
(Matthew 5:14-16 NLT) “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. (15) No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. (16) In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Are You Encouraged? … Then Encourage Others!


-“Encouragement is like Oxygen!

(2 Corinthians 1:3 NAB) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement,

Compassion – A strong emotional strength, (and so strong desire to respond)

(John 3:16 NKJV) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Encouraged (Or Comforted)

– (10x in these 5 verses)

-a calling close beside to lift

-advise so wise that it could be used in court for us

-coaching ‘for the win’.

(a caring comfort – leaving Thailand)

(a close encouragement – (Isa 7:9b) Fireman.)

(Isaiah 7:9b NIV) If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.

(a defence lawyer’s advise in a tough situation. – standing in temptation).

(2 Corinthians 1:4 NAB) who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God.

(2 Corinthians 1:5 NAB) For as Christ’s sufferings overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow.

(2 Corinthians 1:6 NAB) If we are afflicted, it is for your encouragement and salvation; if we are encouraged, it is for your encouragement, which enables you to endure the same sufferings that we suffer.

(2 Corinthians 1:7 NAB) Our hope for you is firm, for we know that as you share in the sufferings, you also share in the encouragement.

1.Peter Is Encouraged

– Peter is lifted when Jesus speaks his first word to him after the resurrection.

(Mark 16:7 NKJV) But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”

2.Peter Encourages Others On Day Of Pentecost

(Acts 2:36-39 NKJV) “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (37) Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (38) Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (39) For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

The Encouragement Of The Scriptures Encourages

(Romans 15:4 NKJV) For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

Church Encourages

(1 Timothy 4:13 NKJV) Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

Who Wants to Come for Dinner With Jesus


– It’s going to be a riot
– It’s going to be interesting
– It’s going to be a roller-coaster
– It’s going to be awesome!

(Matthew 26:6-13 NKJV) And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, (7) a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. (8) But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? (9) For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.” (10) But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me. (11) For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always. (12) For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial. (13) Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”

Who were there?
1.Simon the Leper. (1)
2.The woman with the alabaster box (Mary). (1)
3.The disciples (incl. Judas Iscariot) (12)
– indignant: (moved with displeasure, because something is wrong)

-saying ‘What a waste’. (something cut off, loss, ruined). ‘Now she’s ruined everything!”
– sold for much!
– Were the disciples bad? No, but influenced by one person who was negative (Judas)
– ‘Some are saying …” (=1 0r 2 including the speaker)

– ‘Everyone’s saying …’ = (2 0r 3 including the speaker)

By their fruit

(Matthew 7:16 NKJV) You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?

Fruit of the spirit

(Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

-Why bring weariness?
-A beautiful work she did (worked at to do) to me (into me)
-She did it for my burial (She understood the moment, the time, and took the opportunity to bless God)

2 results:
-The woman is remembered as awesome!
-The disciples learnt a valuable lesson
-What a great party? What’s next?
-One person with Jesus is always a majority!

Let’s Make Jesus Leap For Joy!


(Luke 10:21 NKJV) In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.

– Background story

– 72 others

(Luke 10:1-2,9 NKJV) After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. (2) Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. (9) And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

(Luke 10:17-20 NKJV) Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” (18) And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. (19) Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (20) Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
– “At that very hour, Jesus full of joy through the Holy Spirit …” praised (without reservation – openly and joyfully, no holding back, to celebrate)

– What is this “jump for joy”?
(84x OT , 16 NT agalliao)

more + jump, more + springing up (inside and outside)

David loved to ‘jump and sing’ (Psalms: 57x)

(Psalm 100:2 NKJV) Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.

(Psalm 118:24 NKJV) This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.

(Psalm 126:5-6 NKJV) Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. (6) He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him.


(Acts 2:26 NKJV) Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope.

-quoting Ps 16

Philippian Jailor

(Acts 16:34 NKJV) Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.


(Revelation 19:7 NKJV) Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.

– Why did Jesus ‘jump for joy?”

1.Jesus is like that!

(Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

2.72 more disciples joined in the mission. People were blessed. And came back to Jesus excited!

(Matthew 16:18 NKJV) And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

3.God is actively unveiling truth to hungry people