Eagle Christians

Message Notes

(Isaiah 40:30-31 NKJV) Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, (31)But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

1.Born to Fly!

(Genesis 1:27 NKJV) So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

(Romans 5:1-2 NKJV) Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (2)through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

(Romans 5:8-11 NKJV) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (9)Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. (10)For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. (11)And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

 

2. Learning to Fly

(Deuteronomy 32:11) “like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions.”

(Ezekiel 36:27 NKJV) I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.

 

3.Renewed to Fly again

(Psalms 103:5 NKJV) Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

A Love that Last

Message Notes

1. A love that last starts and remains in Jesus.

John 3:16 NLT
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

Note: the fact that Jesus died for us while we were still living in sin shows that love is an act of the will and not a feeling in the heart.

John 15:4 NLT
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”

Note: the Greek word for remain is “meno” and translates “to remain, abide, stay, wait.”

Note: We abide in Him: by regular fellowship with God and believers, staying in the Word, and not loving the world.

2. A love that last places the needs of others before itself.

Philippians 2:3-4 NLT
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”

3. A love that last flows in abundance from a clean heart.

1 Timothy 1:5 NLT
“The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.”

Proverbs 4:23-26 NLT
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path.”

4. A love that last freely forgives.

Colossians 3:13 NLT
“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”

1 Corinthians 13:7-8 NLT
“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!”

Parats – The Power of honor in Breakthrough

Message Notes

(Proverbs 3:9-10 NETS) Honor the Lord from your just labours, and offer him of your firstfruits of righteousness. in order that your storerooms may be filled with an abundance of grain, and that your vats may gush with wine”.

-“Parats” – to gush out, break out.

-Also: became…prosperous, breakthrough, spread everywhere (even abroad), grow, increase, outburst, overflow, opens up.

(Psalm 23:1,5-6 NKJV) The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. (5)You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. (6)Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.

(Psalm 66:12 NKJV) You have caused men to ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water; But You brought us out to rich fulfillment.

“Honor with your righteous labour”

Your pain, anguish, distress, hard work, your hard earned stuff.
… And give it up to God – honor, knowing the source and strength is from God,
All passions, gifts, energy, time, relationships – all good things are from God.

(James 1:17 NKJV) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

-so … Work for the Lord

(Colossians 3:23-24 NKJV) And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, (24)knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

1.Abraham – picture of honor and abundance

-If he obeys, blessed to be a blessing

(Genesis 12:1-3 NKJV) ‘Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. (2)I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. (3)I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

-Honors God as king, no place for the devil.

(Genesis 14:17,24 NKJV) ‘And the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley), after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him. (24)except only what the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men who went with me: Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.”

2.Old Testament agricultural people – “Bring the choice first fruits of your soil”

(Exodus 23:19 NASB) “You shall bring the choice first fruits of your soil into the house of the Lord your God. “You are not to boil a young goat in the milk of its mother.

3.Jesus’ shows the way – Treasure (honor) what is real and lasting

-Treasure (honor) what is real and lasting

(Matthew 6:20-21 NKJV) but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. (21)For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

-Worry is the opposite of honor.

(Matthew 6:31-34 NKJV) “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ (32)For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. (33)But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (34)Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

-Let’s pray the lord’s prayer.

(Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV) In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. (10)Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. (11)Give us this day our daily bread. (12)And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. (13)And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Zacchaeus – 4 Priorities

Message Notes

(Luke 19:1-10 NKJV) Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. (2) Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. (3) And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. (4) So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. (5) And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” (6) So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. (7) But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” (8) Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” (9) And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; (10) for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

1.Jesus
(Luke 19:1 NKJV) Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.

2.Life – Breakthrough
(Luke 19:2-6 NKJV) Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. (3) And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. (4) So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. (5) And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” (6) So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.

(1Thessalonians 5:16 NKJV) Rejoice always,

3.Honor God
(Luke 19:7-8 NKJV) But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” (8) Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.”

(1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 NKJV) pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

4.Live by passion
(Luke 19:9-10 NKJV) And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; (10) for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

(Philippians3:14) I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

 

Maximizing The Power Of God

Message Notes

(Hebrews 4:12 NLT) For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

(John 12:36-37 NLT) Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.” After saying these things, Jesus went away and was hidden from them. (37) But despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in him.

Your Own Experience

–How do you feel about new beginnings?

–Your experience cannot exceed God!

(Acts 10:13-16 NLT) Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.” (14) “No, Lord,” Peter declared. “I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean. ” (15) But the voice spoke again: “Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.” (16) The same vision was repeated three times. Then the sheet was suddenly pulled up to heaven.

(Matthew 18:3-4 NLT) Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. (4) So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Your Pain From The Past

(Exodus 4:1 NLT) But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you’?”

(Acts 7:22 NLT) Moses was taught all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was powerful in both speech and action.

(Isaiah 30:26 NLT) The moon will be as bright as the sun, and the sun will be seven times brighter—like the light of seven days in one! So it will be when the Lord begins to heal his people and cure the wounds he gave them.

For Your Own Benefit

– God tells us to prepare for eternity now

(John 12:24 NLT) I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.
(Psalm 1:2-3 NLT) But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. (3) They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.

Connect Group Questions & Prayer

What does the word of God mean to you?

What makes it hard to receive the word of God smoothly?

Let’s pray!

The Road to Success

Message Notes

(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.

(Matthew 13:3-8 NCV) Then Jesus used stories to teach them many things. He said: “A farmer went out to plant his seed. (4) While he was planting, some seed fell by the road, and the birds came and ate it all up. (5) Some seed fell on rocky ground, where there wasn’t much dirt. That seed grew very fast, because the ground was not deep. (6) But when the sun rose, the plants dried up, because they did not have deep roots. (7) Some other seed fell among thorny weeds, which grew and choked the good plants. (8) Some other seed fell on good ground where it grew and produced a crop. Some plants made a hundred times more, some made sixty times more, and some made thirty times more.
What is the road to success? What is success?

The Road Obviously Looks Different For Everyone
(1 Corinthians 12:7 MSG) Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people!

(Romans 12:4-5) For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, (5) so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

Look Ahead On The Road That’s Been Given To You
(Philippians 3:13-14) Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, (14) I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Picture of looking ahead = Picture of pressing on

The Road Of Embracing Responsibilities
(Luke 9:23-24) Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (24) For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.

The Road To Success Has Right Kind Of Sacrifice
Discerning whether or not to sacrifice
(Proverb 4:23) Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Prophetic Birth Of Jesus

Message Notes

– Messiah Will Lead The People

(Genesis 49:10 NLT) The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from his descendants, until the coming of the one to whom it belongs, the one whom all nations will honor.

Born In Bethlehem

(Micah 5:2 NLT) But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel, whose origins are in the distant past, will come from you on my behalf.

– Born Of A Virgin

(Isaiah 7:14 NLT) All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).

– Works Of Jesus

(Isaiah 35:5-7a) And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf. 6The lame will leap like a deer, and those who cannot speak will sing for joy! Springs will gush forth in the wilderness, and streams will water the wasteland. 7The parched ground will become a pool, and springs of water will satisfy the thirsty land.

…Everyone Was Excited, BUT…

(Luke 2:7-8 NLT) She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. (8) That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.

There’s A True Meaning

(Philippians 2:6-8 NLT) he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. (7) Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, (8) he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

(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.

(John 3:16 NLT) “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

That’s Why It’s The Time To Celebrate For All People

(Luke 2:10-11 NLT) but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. (11) The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!

Jospeh & Mary’s Unexpected Turn

Message Notes

Matthew 1:18-25 NLT
“This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.”

Note: Joseph & Mary’s life took an unexpected turn. Engaged, Mary pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit, Joseph contemplates divorce. What steps should we take when our life takes an unexpected turn?

1. Seek God in Prayer
Note: Stop and pray during any unexpected turn. Pray for wisdom guidance, and God’s help.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

2. Godly Perspective
Note: When life takes an unexpected turn get God’s perspective.

Note: Perspective was one of the reasons Jesus was able to endure the cross (Hebrews 12:2). He looked past the pain to the joy that was set before him.

Note: It is often easier to see from a high position verses on the ground. (i.e: birds eye view)

Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

3. God’s Providence
Note: Despite how your circumstance may look God in his providence is still in control of your life. The circumstances behind Christ birth were all part of God’s plan.

“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.”

Change Is Part Of Life

Message Notes
Discovering purpose in my sales days.
“You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” Zig Ziglar
Only Jesus stays the same!
(Hebrews 13:8 NIV) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
1.Change – (repent) = meta-noia – “change the mind”
(Matthew 3:2 NIV) and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
(Matthew 4:17 NIV) From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
(Acts 3:19 WEB) “Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, so that there may come times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord,
2.Change – Metamorphosis – Caterpillar to butterfly
-sperm and egg to human – beautiful!
Romans 12:1-2
「Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.」
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-Don’t BE conformed … by the world
-BUT BE transformed (metamorphosis) … by The Holy Spirit in you!
(2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NIV) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
– kainós – properly, new in quality (innovation), fresh in development or opportunity – because “not found exactly like this before.”
*We’ve never been here before’.
(Titus 3:5) he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
Living according to your Word
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.
Knowing purpose in your life
(Proverbs 29:18) Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.
Worship
(2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NIV) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

That’s My Daddy (Praying Like Sons And Daughters)

Message Notes

(Luke 11:1-4) One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” (2) He said to them, “When you pray, say: “ ‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. (3) Give us each day our daily bread. (4) Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’”

Our Father in heaven ….
-Praise
-Purpose
-Provision
-Peace
-Protection

1.God as “Father” Foreshadowed in OT 15 times

(Isaiah 9:6) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

(1 Chronicles 29: 10) David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, Lord, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.

(Isaiah 64:8) Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

(Malachi 2:10) Do we not all have one Father ? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our ancestors by being unfaithful to one another?

(John 5:17-18) In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

2.Invited into close relationship in NT by Jesus.

Jesus uses ‘The father” 120 times in John.

Over 30 times Jesus describes self as “Son of God’ or ‘the son’ 30 times.

(John 5:17-18) In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

3.Paul invites us into in praying as sons

(Romans 8:14-17) For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (16) The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. (17) Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

My prayer journey…
1.First Simple and personal

2.Then Complex and mystical

3.Then Long and disheartening; or Early and impossible.

4.Finally confident in Simple and personal (again). Start your prayer with “My father in heaven …”
-Achievable
-Sustainable
-Powerful