What Does the Voice of God Sound Like?

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(Matthew 4:4 NKJV) But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

1. The Voice of a Father
(Matthew 3:16-17 NKJV) When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

2.The Voice that knows your name, in your language

(I Samuel 3:10 NKJV) Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”

3. The Voice that Lifts, ‘strengthening, encouragement and comfort.’

(I Corinthians 14:1-3 NKJV) Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. (2)For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. (3)But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.

4. The Voice that Loves, forgives, accepts

“Woman, who condemns you? Go and sin no more.”

(John 8:10-11 NKJV) When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” (11)She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

5. The Voice that draws us into a better future

(John 1:42 NKJV) And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.

How do I grow in this?

1. Journaling. The word of God is close

(2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, (17)that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2. Prayer
I waited

(Habakkuk 2:1 NKJV) I will stand my watch And set myself on the rampart, And watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer when I am corrected.

3. Decides to love what God loves

(Psalms 122:1 NKJV) I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord .”

4. Prophecy – See it, Hear it, Speak the obvious

(Acts 2:17-18 NKJV) ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.

(Genesis 15:5-6 NKJV) Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” (6)And he believed in the Lord , and He accounted it to him for righteousness

Abraham – stars
PsViv – Wave Vision

5. Grow Course and Gift Assesment

Serve in Your Passion Area

(Romans 12:6-8 NKJV) Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Reaching Out

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(Matt 28:19-20 NET) “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

1. Share The Good News

(Mark 16:15-16 NLT) And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.”

(Matthew 9:37-38 NLT) He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

2. Let’s Be Bold In Our Faith

(Joshua 1:9 NIV) “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

(2 Timothy 1:7 NLT) For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

3. Run The Ultimate Race

(2 Timothy 4:2-5 NLT) Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths. But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.

(2 Timothy 4:7-8 NLT) I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return.

We Are Called

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(Ephesians 1:3-4 NKJV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (4) just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
My calling
(Isaiah 42:6 NKJV) I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles,
(called – OT – 800 times and NT – 225 times)
1.God chooses to choose people
a. A King: David’s story:
(1 Samuel 16:6-13 Voice) When they came, he noticed the eldest son, Eliab.
Samuel (to himself): Surely this is the one the Eternal One will anoint. Eternal One (to Samuel): (7) Take no notice of his looks or his height. He is not the one, for the Eternal One does not pay attention to what humans value. Humans only care about the external appearance, but the Eternal considers the inner character. (8) Jesse called his son Abinadab and brought him to Samuel. Samuel looked at him. Samuel: The Eternal has not chosen him either. (9) Then Jesse brought his son Shammah in front of Samuel. Samuel: The Eternal has not chosen him either. (10) Jesse walked seven of his sons in front of Samuel, and each time, Samuel refused them because the Eternal One had chosen none of them. Samuel (to Jesse): (11) Are all your sons here?
Jesse: All but the youngest. He is off keeping the sheep. Samuel: Send for him, and bring him here. We will not sit down until he arrives. (12) Jesse sent for the youngest son, David, and he came in front of Samuel. He was a handsome boy, with a healthy complexion and bright eyes. Eternal One: Rise and anoint him, because this is the one. (13) Then Samuel took the horn filled with olive oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and the Spirit of the Eternal fell strongly on David and remained from that day on. Samuel then left for Ramah.
b. A skilled artist: Bezalel’s story
(Exodus 31:1-5 Voice) Eternal One: (2) Look, I have a special calling upon one of the sons of Judah. His name is Bezalel (the son of Uri, son of Hur). (3) I have filled him with God’s Spirit, gifted him with wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and skills with a variety of crafts. (4) He is an expert designer and works well with gold, silver, and bronze. (5) He is able to cut and set gems, work with wood, and skillfully perform any craft needed to help construct the congregation tent and its furnishings.
c.12 ordinary guys’ story
(Luke 6:13 NKJV) And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles:
d. Our story:
(John 15:16 NIV) You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
(1 Corinthians 1:26-31 NET) Think about the circumstances of your call, brothers and sisters. Not many were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were born to a privileged position. (27) But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. (28) God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, (29) so that no one can boast in his presence. (30) He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, (31) so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
2.Q&A: Why does God choose??? …He is God, that’s why!
(Romans 9:15-16 NIV) For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” (16) It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.
(Romans 9:20-21 NIV) But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?'” (21) Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?
3.What should we do?
(Romans 12:1-2 NIV) 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. (2) 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.
-Say yes to God’s call
-Change your thinking
-Know his Will and do it

Your Next Step

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Ephesians 4:11-15 (NIV)
11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,
12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christmay be built up
13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.
15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

Next Steps Take You From Elementary to Maturity
Hebrews 6:1-2 (NIV)
1 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,
2 instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

Next Steps Take You From ‘Baka’ to Strength
Psalm 84:5-7 (NIV)
5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.

3 Barriers To Taking Next Steps

Our Past
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Our Perspective
Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Our Doubt
Jeremiah 1:4-7 (NIV)
4 The word of the Lord came to me, saying,
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
6 “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.

What Is Your Next Step?

Getting Planted in the Local Church
Sunday Attendance

Solidifying Your Faith
Baptism

Putting God First
Tithing

Iron Sharpening Iron
Connect Group

Discovering Your Gifts
Grow Course

Make a Difference
Dream Team

Helping Others Grow
Leadership

We Are Better Together

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(Luke 10:33-37 NIV) But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. (34) He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. (35) The next day he took out two denariie and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ (36) “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” (37) The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

1.Who is the Samaritan?
a.It is us? (“maybe …. I have done it sometimes ….I wish I could do more though”).
b.Is it Jesus? “(of course it’s Jesus – but he calls us into his plan to bless people”).
c.The local church (“the only sustainable example of Jesus’ love is the local church”).
“There is nothing like the local church when the local church is working right.” —Bill Hybels.

2.We Can’t do it all ourselves
-we need to be part of a team bigger than us.
-and we want to be a contributor to the plan!
(Romans 12:3-5 NKJV) For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.(4)For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,(5)so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.

3.So what’s my part?
(Romans 12:6-8 NKJV) Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; (7)or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; (8)he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

-Grow course and gift assessment (especially the 7 motivational gifts).
prophecy, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leading, mercy

The Samaritan story today

1.Travelling along life and seeing need – all gifts needed. (workplace, uni, family, connect group).

2.Having compassion – all gifts needed

3.Went over to him – 1st responders – all gifts needed. (encouragers of hope).

4.bandaged – serving, mercy.

5.gave oil and wine to heal – serving, givers, mercy

6.put on his donkey – serving, giving, leadership,

7.brought to inn and gave instructions – leadership

8.gave generously – giving

9.offered to follow-up – encouragement, prophecy,

10… and teaching? Well, that’s what I’m doing right now. Let’s do it, plan it, teach it, spread it.

(Luke 10:37b NKJV) Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

(Ephesians 1:22-23 NKJV) And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, (23)which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Easter 2018: Part 2 – Jesus: Lord Over Sin 

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(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.


-Japanese kanji for sin. (parts ‘net’ covering ‘brokenness’ = hopelessness)
-In English sin is also a difficult word to understand
-Ancient Greek: ‘To miss the mark’, ‘always fall short of the target’ (picture of target and missed arrows)

(Romans 3:23 NKJV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

(Romans 6:23 NKJV) For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

犠牲
-Japanese kanji for sacrifice (gisei) includes animal sacrifice. This is also true for ‘religion’ (shuukyou) kanji.

(Hebrews 10:3-4 NKJV) But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.

1.The only way to get free forever of sin and its effect is the once-for-all perfect sacrifice Jesus = Easter!


-Righteousness (Japanese kanji = lamb covering me)
(John 1:36 NKJV) And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”

(Mark 10:45 NKJV) For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

(Hebrews 9:28 NKJV) so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

2. Jesus: The way of the cross

(Luke 23:32-47 NKJV) There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. (33) And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. (34) Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots. (35) And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.” (36) The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine, (37) and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.” (38) And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. (39) Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” (40) But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? (41) And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” (42) Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” (43) And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” (44) Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. (45) Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. (46) And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ ”Having said this, He breathed His last. (47) So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!”

(John 19:28-30 NKJV) After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” (29) Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. (30) So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

3. Now I’m free

(Roman 7:24-25 NKJV) O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? (25)I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

(Romans 8:1-2 NKJV) There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (2) For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
(Romans 5:8-9 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.

Jesus Lord Over Sickness and Evil In our Lives 

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esus is the healer
(1500 years before Jesus – ‘Jehovah Rapha’)
(Exodus 15:26 NKJV) and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”

Matthew 8 – Our healing foretold
“I desire it, be cleansed”
(Matthew 8:3 NKJV) Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

“I will come and heal him”
(Matthew 8:7 NKJV) And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”

“as you have believed, let it be done for you!”
(Matthew 8:13 NKJV) Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.

Jesus took our internal pain and our sicknesses
(Matthew 8:16-17 NKJV) When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, (17) that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.”

600 years before Jesus
(Isaiah 53:4-5 NKJV) Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. (5) But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

Question: What are ‘the stripes’?
Answer: The day of the cross 2 things happened.

1.The whipping (the stripes)
(John 19:1-4 NKJV) So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. (2) And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. (3) Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands. (4) Pilate then went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him.”

2.The cross
(John 19: 13-16 NKJV) When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus out and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha. (14) Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” (15) But they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!” (16) Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away.

So…Let’s celebrate The Lord’s Supper and thank Jesus for healing

(1 Corinthians 11:23-30 NKJV) For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; (24) and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” (25) In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” (26) For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. (27) Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. (28) But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. (29) For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. (30) For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.

Love That Changes The World – “Love That Gives”

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(Luke 10:30-37 NLT) Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. (31) “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. (32) A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side. (33) “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. (34) Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. (35) The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’ (36) “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. (37) The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”

Picture Of Love That Takes From Each Other / Picture Of Love That Gives To Each Other

How can we be like the Samaritan in this story?

1. Feeling The Love That Was Modeled By Jesus

(1 Corinthians 13:4-8a NIV) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (5) It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (6) Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (7) It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (8) Love never fails.

No need to be perfect, just commit to this type of love as your lifestyle (Decision)

(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.

(1 John 4:9-10 NLT) God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. (10) This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

2. Look At The Present From The Eternal Perspective

Difference Between Priest, Levite, Samaritan.

Naturally in the world, we think about “how is this going to benefit me if I give or do something for them”

(2 Corinthians 9:6-7 NLT) Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. (7) You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

Dynamo

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Acts 1:8 (ERV)
8 But the Holy Spirit will come on you and give you power. You will be my witnesses. You will tell people everywhere about me—in Jerusalem, in the rest of Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world.”

Dunamis – Miraculous strength, power, or ability

Dynamic
Positive in attitude and full of energy and new ideas.

Dynamite
a high explosive

Dynamo
an extremely energetic person.

God is Our Dynamo Source

2 Timothy 1:7 (ERV)
7 The Spirit God gave us does not make us afraid. His Spirit is a source of power and love and self-control.

You Can’t, But YOU Can

2 Corinthians 12:9 (ERV)
9 But the Lord said, “My grace is all you need. Only when you are weak can everything be done completely by my power.” So I will gladly boast about my weaknesses. Then Christ’s power can stay in me.

Our Gifts Release God’s Dynamo Power

2 Peter 1:3 (ERV)
3 Jesus has the power of God. And his power has given us everything we need to live a life devoted to God. We have these things because we know him. Jesus chose us by his glory and goodness,
4 through which he also gave us the very great and rich gifts that he promised us. With these gifts you can share in being like God. And so you will escape the ruin that comes to people in the world because of the evil things they want.

How Can We Increase the Dynamo?

1. Get Into the Word
Hebrews 1:3 (NIV)
3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being,sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

2. Discover and Use Your Gifts

www.mylifehouse.com/growcourse

3. Live with Faith for Miracles Every Day

Matthew 13:58 (ERV)
58 Jesus did not do many miracles there, because the people did not believe in him.

Adopted As Sons

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(Ephesians 1:3-6 MSG) How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.

-Blessings all around

-Called to be adopted

-3 important things to know about adoption law.
(1) The adopted person lost all rights to his old family. In law, the old life of the adopted person was completely wiped out. For instance, legally all debts were cancelled; they were wiped out as though they had never been.

(2) The adopted person gained all the rights of a fully legitimate son in his new family. In every way, and in the most legally binding way, he got a new Father and family name.

(3) It followed that he became heir to his new father’s estate. Even if other sons were afterwards born, who were real blood relations, it did not affect his rights. He was co-heir with them.

So …

1. We are taken out of the family of Satan. He has no more claim upon us.

2. We have The Father’s name and authority put upon us.

3. We have access to the Father at all times.

4. We have been chosen by the Father’s delight, and continually live in his love.

5. The Father protects you.

6. The Father provides for you.

7. The Father educates all His children till they become mature. This includes learning and discipline.

8. Lastly, we are co-heirs with Jesus.

(Romans 8:17 NKJV) and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

So … let’s live like sons!