Day 40 (2011)
0:30 - Sacrament of Communion - beautiful communion prayers
10:40 - Contact point of faith - communion - Cheerio in milk
➡ 12:00 - I want to establish something today. We’ve been building on healing and God’s will to heal. We’ve been talking about getting out beyond ourselves and loving people around us and making an impact on our society.
Get Outside of Yourself - Step Out to Love
12:30 - Self-centered thinking keeps you from getting outside of yourself - consider the interests of others - One of the paradoxes of thinking for yourself is that you never get outside of yourself. You get trapped thinking about me, myself and I and rarely do you step out beyond you. It’s just all self-concern and your immediate family and everything you need to make your day blessed. When you are gripped by a thought pattern like that you’ll find that rarely do you even think outside yourself or even notice people outside of yourself.
13:00 - Jesus wants us to grow beyond that. Go ahead and be to others what you are desiring in your own life. Consider the interest of others, not only your own. Consider others more highly than yourself. It’s Philippians 2.
13:40 - Philippians 2 - The Lord had me read this and this only for 13 weeks. Don’t go anywhere until this becomes who you are.
14:20 - Letting your Bible knowledge take the place of knowing Him.
14:45 - Have the mindset of Christ - Spending 13 weeks in Philippians 2 was a big deal because in v.5 it says let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. What he is revealing here is the mindset that Jesus walked in - what made Jesus tick. What took Him to the cross. What made Him do what He did. What made Him function like He functioned. What made Him say the things He said. It’s the heart of God in Him. And it says, let this same mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus. So the Bible is revealing the heartbeat of God - the mindset of Christ. And He is telling me that I can have that. I don’t know about you but I want to get inside the mind of the Lord Jesus and live from there. Here is the part that excites me, that that is even possible - that God would even let me in on that. Sounds like God wants us to be like Him.
15:45 - Live from a heart of humility - This whole chapter is about humility - living from the heart of humility - considering others - recognizing the work of Jesus - being encouraged by that - showing mercy - taking on the mind of God who laid down His life and made Himself of no reputation (Jesus is God reference).
16:10 - We grew up seeking reputation - Jesus made Himself of no reputation - From when we were very young we are trying to find reputation. And that is why some of us are hurting so bad because we don’t feel like we fit in and measure up and are lovable. Jesus made Himself of no reputation and made Himself a servant and washed His disciples feet. Peter had a hard time with it because he didn’t understand it - human pride.
16:45 - Having feet washed.
19:00 - Philippians 1:27 - Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; - Your life can be a manifestation of Truth - Being a Christian is more than a confession. Paul talks about their conduct. It’s more than receiving a blessing from the Lord. Your life lived is a big deal - the example you set for others. You are the picture of Christ on some level, to the people you love on. You are the manifestation of truth. That’s a humbling thing.
19:55 -You can have impact on lives - You can speak truth into someone’s life and it can change their whole life and destiny - just because you spoke in due season - just because the Spirit of God in you ministered to one person, it could change the course of their life. They could have a testimony at the end of time that pivots on what you said or did. You might not even realize the impact of what you said - of what God did through a seed that was sown.
20:40 - Love sincerely - Evangelism - simply loving sincerely. We’ve made it difficult. We’ve been under evangelistic pressure. There are a lot of people who feel unworthy, unqualified, unequipped to evangelize. But we don’t understand evangelism in it’s simplest, most powerful form. And it is called loving sincerely. If your goal is just to love people, the Spirit of God will do well with that. God can do the impossible with a seed sown in faith.
21:30 - Little things done in love matter - God uses them - some feel like what they are doing is insignificant. “Well, that is pretty hard to follow.” We are comparing ourselves among ourselves. We underestimate the value of the “small” things done in love. When you walk away God is more real in that person’s life than He was a minute ago.
22:30 - Don't be discouraged if you don't get miraculous results immediately - When I had God reality, my whole world changed. Before that I had knowledge of God. If God uses you to impart a higher level of God reality into someone’s life, how do you measure that? Is that insignificant just because they didn’t get out of a wheel chair? It’s all the same. It’s all the power of God. Hopefully this will encourage your heart to begin loving people effectively in simple ways.
23:20 - v.27 - Unity v. Uniformity - We're not all the same but living for the same goal - One spirit / one mind - How is that possible when we all have different giftings and different callings in our life - different pursuits, heartbeats - and it’s all God? Because we are all living for the same goal - to manifest Christ and to walk in God’s love. And the reason we all woke up this morning is to be found in His image. That’s the common denominator. The goal of all of our instruction is love. We are all pursuing to be Christ-like. That’s what makes us one - walking in His love in the midst of our diversity.
24:15 - It’s not uniformity, it’s unity. Uniformity is what Hitler was trying to do. Uniformity is everybody looking the same. Unity is everyone in their uniqueness and diversity looking like Jesus.
24:40 - Be the best you - So look like Jesus and be the best you. Be the best of who you are. That’s what make you amazingly special. When you lose sight of that and try to be like somebody else, you are deceived and you lose the root value of your created value. Just walk like Christ in your own preferences, tastes, etc. But you wake up for the exact same reason as other Christians - to manifest Him. That’s what makes us one. In our great diversity, there is strength in unity.
26:00 - Accept & encourage one another - I see Jesus in you - Don’t look to approve of other Christians. Look for Jesus in Christians.
26:15 - You know Jesus don’t you? It shows. There is no way that you can’t see it - Encouragement.
The Faith - Armor - The Good Fight of Faith
27:30 - v.27 - The faith - walk in the finished work of Christ - the faith of the gospel - contending for the faith - walking in the faith - keeping the faith - He’s not talking about fighting the devil. He’s talking about standing in the finished work of Christ and knowing who you are because of Him - walking in the finished work of Christ - wearing your righteousness - the armor of God.
28:00 - Armor of God - Eph. 6:10-18 - He’s not literally talking about fighting the devil. He’s talking about wearing your armor to maintain your identity in the midst of deception, lies, feelings and emotions. There are schemes of the devil to pull you away from your identity in Christ. So contending for the faith and fighting the good fight of faith and standing fast is in the midst of no matter how you feel and how it appears and what it seems. You’ve been made right with Christ. And you need to put on that belt of truth, the helmet of salvation, that breastplate of righteousness and don’t let anybody pierce your heart but Him. So the armor is protecting you in the finished work of Christ and every piece of armor is symbolic of the finished work of Christ.
28:50 - The good fight of faith - stand in truth in the face of lies - Fighting the good fight of faith has nothing to do with you punching the devil in the mouth. It has to do with you standing in the truth in the face of a bunch of lies. We spend a lot of time waring with the devil. If we would spend that much time securing our identity, we would have already won the fight we were trying to win. Don’t shadow box. There is a lot of shadow boxing in the church wondering why you are not hitting anything.
29:40 - Submit to God / Resist the devil - It's one step - Your goal is to submit to God, not to resist the devil. We say, resist the devil and he will flee. It doesn’t say that. It says, submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee. So it’s a one step program. When you have submitted to God, guess what you have done? Resisted the devil. If you are walking in a truth, you can’t be in a lie. If you are walking in the light, you can’t be in the dark. So in submitting to God, you have already won. And we are fighting the devil.
30:45 - v.28 - And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.
30:50 - Fear not - Live from love - Not in any way terrified - because it is a perfect love place. This is not the usual way we live and think. We are problem driven - only praying because of what is wrong instead of because we are in covenant and what has been made right. We are moved by despair, fear, frustration, worry. And we are trying to find faith through those motivations. No wonder we are striving and discouraged and depressed instead of enjoying the gospel.
32:30 - You’ll see the devil for who he is and you won’t be terrified. And to the devil it is proof of his coming destruction. It’s the evidence of the salvation of God in your life.
32:45 - Evil spirit manifesting - I was so aware of how saved I was. A boldness came into me. What do you have to do with me, I’ve been bought with the blood of Jesus Christ.
34:50 - Evidence of his destruction but confirmation to me of salvation. It’s not just a confession any more. It’s the reality of my life.
35:00 - Living in fear - messes with your conscience and confidence - I guess I must not be established. Nit picking, self-condemnation - When something is trying to beat you down and tell you who you are not, then lift up your voice and proclaim truth of who you are.
35:30 - The mind is where the war is. This is the battleground. This is the devil’s playground if you let him swing. He will go around on the merry-go-round so long that it will make you dizzy.
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35:55 - v.29 - For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; -
36:05 - Don't take trials to heart and get you discouraged or out of faith - Don’t take sufferings / persecution personally. Don’t take trials and circumstances to heart. And please don’t ever question God’s love because of what you are going through. God’s love is affirmed because of what Jesus went through. So for you to question God’s love based on circumstances - you are picking your life back up to challenging instead of submitting your life to Him.
36:30 - v.30 - Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me. - He is talking about persecution for the gospel not sickness or disease.
36:35 - 2:1,2 - If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. - He’s talking about being like minded again. Sounds like we ought to all be on the same page instead of all different motivations.
37:00 - Ministry zeal at the expense of others - Don't use people - motives - We use people to fulfill our dreams. We cross lines and live at the expense of others. We don’t even realize what we are doing - just trying to get our heart-cry fulfilled. Have you ever seen anyone so zealous that they will do anything to get their dream fulfilled. But we are supposed to come from this one mind, one love, one accord. It’s good to have zeal but there has to be a love behind it. It can’t be at the expense of others. Doing things that the world does, to get things to happen - controlling, manipulating. That’s when you have stepped out of bounds. That’s when you are trying to build a kingdom instead of ministering one that is already here. Don’t get trapped - so caught up in your personal dream that you are willing to do anything to make it come to pass. You will fail to be a blessing. You will disregard the dreams in others.
38:35 - v.3 - Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. -
39:00 - Always and never - You grew up hearing don’t ever say always or never but the Bible is filled with this language. He’ll never forsake you. He will always be with you. That’s because the enemy doesn’t want you to put your trust in anything.
39:30 - Language we grew up with - Don’t get your hopes up. What you see is what you get. You made your bed now you’ve got to sleep in it. What you don’t know won’t hurt you. Every one of those phrases is anti-gospel.
40:15 - Curse words using God, teach you all through life, that God damns and that when bad things happen, God is behind them. So people that are atheistic use God’s name a lot. Isn’t that amazing how that is laced into our language because of the devil. Because he wants men to subconsciously think that God is a damner. He wants God blamed for pain.
41:20 - Selfish ambition - It’s alright to have ambition in the Lord. But you can’t let it cross the line into selfish ambition. Why? Because we have denied ourselves.
41:35 - Lowliness of mind - It’s a form of humility. It’s not thinking low of yourself in the sense of identity and character. It’s just not pushing and shoving yourself above others.
42:00 - Better than themselves - The difference being walking in a room to be noticed and appreciated or walking into a room to love everybody there. Many people walk into the room to be affirmed, to get something, to get noticed.
42:40 - People do strange things to get attention - Some people put on a sad face just to get attention and get stroked. It’s manipulation. You don’t need sympathy.
43:30 - Putting on demonic possession for attention - to get a crowd around them - to get cared for. And there was no demonic spirit at all. And there is the whole church, praying and praying - rebuking and binding. Deep deficit of identity and attention. To get you to FEEL like people care.
44:20 - The demon possessed man - he built his life around that - he could get the attention of the whole room on him - no spirit there.
45:10 - Don’t try to find your identity through others first. Find it through relationship with God first. Identity through others is real muddy until identity through relationship with God is established.45:45 - v.4 - Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. - Talking to every one of us. What a good, healthy way to live. That’s why Jesus came. He was thinking of us. He sure wasn’t thinking of Himself when He was born to die. He lived His whole life for us.
46:25 - He came as a man - He didn’t shortcut anything as a man. He emptied Himself and came as a man. Made Himself of no reputation. He released Himself from all the rights and privileges of being found in the form of God. He was anointed by God. If He didn’t come as a man, He would not need to be anointed. He comes out of the wilderness in the Spirit and power. Well I thought He would have already been that - He’s God. He became a man. Isn’t that amazing?
47:40 - Jesus always operated as a man in right relationship with God. Did Jesus forgive the paralytic man’s sin as the Son of God or as a man? He called Himself the Son of man. To show you that the Son of man has power to forgive sin… When He commissioned us in John 20:21+ He said, As the Father sent me, I send you. He breathed on them and said receive the Holy Spirit. And said, If you forgive the sins of any they shall be forgiven. So He is passing on His heart.
48:40 - Unforgiveness is inconsistent with giving His love - So if you walk in unforgiveness how are you going to give His love? And how are you going to minister like Jesus did when Jesus walked in mercy and love? He says if you retain the sins of any they will be retained. Why? Because you are not going to walk in love. You are going to hold men accountable. And you are going to get self-righteous and legalistic.
49:00 - Jesus forgave as an authorized man - Now, you forgive - When Jesus forgave sin, He had the authority to forgive sin because He came and represented the Father. But yes He actually did that as a man. He passed that torch in John 20. He did it as a man empowered by God. He had total authority to do that. He said it is the Father speaking to me. The things I do, I don’t do them on my own authority, I’ve been sent by God.
49:20 - So God sends Him as the lamb. He’s the total expression of the mercy of God and the forgiveness of sin. So of course He is in the perfect position to say, Take heart your sins are forgiven.
49:40 - So you can say, your sins are forgiven?
See past the unbeliever's sin - Love is greater than where they have been - You forgive their sins so that you can minister grace and love. That’s why an unbeliever can be healed, even if they didn’t repent yet. Because you see them beyond their sin. You see them for mercy. He didn’t just die for your sins but for the sins of the whole world.
49:55 - Does that entitle them to eternal life? Well they have to repent and come to the knowledge of truth and give their life to Jesus and all of that. But you can minister to a person through the mercy of God and the forgiveness of sins. If you don’t see them for their face value and you see them for their value in Christ, you can minister love to people. That is what God did to this young man. He overlooked sin - He went past the sins of man and ministered mercy to the man. We can do that and we’re going to talk about that today. We can do that in every instance where we meet people out there on the streets.
50:30 - We are busy trying to get everybody saved. And Jesus told us to preach the kingdom is here and heal the sick. Why? To reveal the mercy of God. To reveal that love is greater than where they have or haven’t been. The goodness of God leads men to repentance.
51:00 - Jesus is seeing past the law of sin and death. And the law of the Spirit of life in Christ is already functioning and He hasn’t even died on the cross yet.
51:10 - To answer the question - What she is asking… The authority to do that certainly came from God. He’s representing God when He is doing that. But He’s still a man. He told us to follow Him and that the things He did we shall do.
51:25 - Forgiving sin v. Remitting sin - John 20:21+ - The first thing He said after He said, As the Father sent me, I send you… After He breathed on them… He says if you forgive the sins of any - He is not using the word remit - He said, son your sins are forgiven - in other words, I see past your sins. The word remit - only God can remit sins - and that is where you could stumble.
51:50 - It just hit me what you asked - about remitting. Jesus said take heart son your sins are forgiven. So He is saying is, “I’m here representing the heart of God towards you and I don’t see you for sin, I see you for the way God sees you - your created value. I’m going past your sins. I’m passing over your sins. And I am going right to the core of God’s love for you - bam! - and he takes his bed and walks. It’s powerful.
52:20 - Jesus is the redemption of man - the second breath into man - The first thing He tells His disciples is, if you forgive the sins of any, they shall be forgiven. That’s what He told them after He had risen from the dead, put His blood on the mercy seat and breathed life back into His people. When He breathed on them it takes you to the garden when God breathed into man and man became a living being. Jesus is the redemption of man. Jesus is the second breath of God to man. He brought life back. He redeemed us back to what we were created to be. It must be important to God to have His life inside of us. It cost His Son to get that life back inside us. That is something to be treasured.
53:10 - He paid the most extreme price and then rose from the dead - separated from God - judged as sin - to crush it’s power forever.
53:20 - Jesus walked in faith - The whole time He was doing it by faith. Coming to the earth as a man in the first place. He faced death by faith. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.
➡ 54:50 - Regeneration (born again) v. baptism of Holy Spirit - Breathes life back into disciples - not the baptism of the Holy Spirit but the regeneration of their spirits. They are born again. Two separate things. We are going to talk about that at some point in this school.
55:20 - Regeneration - born again - God breathed life back into us - John 20 - Now they have the nature of God. Man fell - died. Now man can live again. God can live in us again. We are lacking nothing in Him. When He breathes on man, it is the picture of the garden before sin because the blood is there now speaking and there is no sin.
56:00 - Walk in love and forgiveness - See people as Jesus saw you - It’s amazing that after He breathes on them the very first thing out of His mouth is if you forgive the sins of any… What is He saying? Walk in my love. See people like I see you. Love people like I have loved you. Follow my example. Become like me. Be my children. If you forgive the sins of any, they will be forgiven.
56:50 - So when Jesus forgave the sins of that man, was God forgiving? Absolutely. Did Jesus instruct us to walk in the same manner? - and that God is in the realm of forgiveness so that we are not presumptuous if we say, I forgive you. Who gave us permission? Who told us to live that way?
57:10 - There is no permission for retaining sins - If you retain the sins of any, they are retained. I had trouble with that. God, there is never any permission for unforgiveness. You never say anywhere not to forgive. So why is He mentioning retaining sins? If we get legalistic and hard-hearted, where is the heart of God going to come from?
57:50 - Legalism in the church - We made it works instead of grace.
58:20 - Debriefing - We are heady. Not many are responding to the message. What am I doing wrong. We don’t understand / trust the working of Holy Spirit.
59:00 - Trust the working of Holy Spirit - Jesus trusted the working of Holy Spirit - the wooing of Holy Spirit. During the trial and crucifixion. Trusting the unveiling work of the Holy Spirit. He was trusting that one day we would understand the good news and repent.
59:30 - Holy Spirit convicted the crowd at Peter’s preaching - On the first day of preaching, Peter tells them, you killed the Son of God. And Holy Spirit touched that. They were cut to the heart. The people that yelled “Barabus” were undone. God’s not angry, He is saying, come into the light. They were being illuminated by Holy Spirit through Peter’s preaching. There is no denying, no hiding. They crucified their Savior. They judged the Son of God. They killed their long awaited Messiah. They fulfilled scripture. And now they realize it.
101:15 - Holy Spirit convicts - Conviction - brokenness over sin is an ok place for a season. I saw my wretchedness and I owned up to it.
101:45 - Repentance is waking up to truth - changing your mind - Not always a boo-hooing but a waking up to truth. Repentance is more than crying, "I’m sorry God." Repentance is changing your mind. That is what happened to the crowd that heard Peter preach. What shall we do? We’re cut to the heart. We killed our only hope. He came to save us and we killed Him. Peter says to them, if you break down the language, Change your mind and wish you didn’t. Be baptized for the removal of your sins. And you can all be sons even though you killed the Son.
102:50 - Peter didn’t retain sins - It sounds like Peter understood forgiving sin because he held them accountable, Holy Spirit is illuminating them but he did tell them that they couldn’t come in. Peter doesn’t turn them away. That would be retaining sins.
103:15 - Hardness in the church - retaining sins - It’s a sad day when the body of Christ gets a hard heart. It’s a sad day when life sculpts us instead of the gospel. If you start carrying around little hurts, it’s amazing how foggy things get. You will see people through those filters - little unresolved conflicts. And you won’t see them through the mercy of God.
104:05 - To answer the question - You don’t remit sin, but you forgive sin. The blood remits sin.104:15 - Remission of sin - John 1:29 - Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! The world didn’t do anything but sin. He takes away. The fact that He was here reveals God’s heart of mercy. He is willing to show mercy. And as soon as your heart says, I receive it, everything is washed clean.
104:50 - v.5-7 - Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: -
Release others instead of judging - Sometimes we are so busy trying to represent God and we really represent the way we see things, our own self righteousness. We hold people to a standard that we are living by and it’s not even bringing freedom - it’s bringing a hardness to our heart so we judge instead of release. We hold people accountable. You want them to jump through a hoop first because that’s how you live.
105:30 - We are forgiven to forgive - It’s impossible to receive His forgiveness and walk in His forgiveness without ministering His forgiveness. The reason you forgive others is because you have been forgiven. You are enjoying your freedom of forgiveness. You understand you are forgiven and the response of your heart is forgiveness.
105:50 - You have to receive His forgiveness - So when people have a hard time forgiving it reveals that they are not walking in a good place with God, receiving His forgiveness and His love. So they are seeing through, judging through that relationship problem. If you are having a hard time being merciful, it’s because you are not receiving mercy. You don’t understand God is merciful towards you. If you ever taste the goodness of mercy, you will want to pour mercy on people.
Persecution & Suffering
106:50 - v.8 - And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. -
Walk in humility through persecution and suffering - What humility - He’s the Son of God and He is here as man. The cross - a horrible death.
107:35 - Just like Paul - Paul was beaten a bunch of times. After you get that first beating and you know the second one is coming… Your flesh knows what is coming. That thing whacks you and you know there are 38 more coming.
108:10 - Just like Jesus - Movie - The Passion - It’s not just a gory movie. It’s the reality of His love. We need to understand that it cost blood. We need to be sober and not be in denial. His beating was probably worse than that movie. Jesus knew it was coming and He did it anyway. He wasn’t escaping through death. He knew the beating wasn’t going to kill Him. He couldn’t even escape through death.
109:10 - Suicide - rooted in deception / extreme selfishness / despair and disheartenment. Escape. The condition of the heart can fall prey to that stuff.
110:00 - Motives - People do things for different reason. You can’t rise higher than your motive. Your motive determines how high you fly.
110:20 - v.9 - Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: -
Jesus’ motive was love - Our redemption was the joy that was set before Him - not to get highly exalted. The joy that was set before Him was the redemption of humanity, not that His name would be above every other name. We are the joy. He sees us as we were intended to be. We judge ourselves based on life. Jesus’ motive in humbling Himself was not to get to the top seat.
111:50 - Jesus came to serve - not to be exalted - The greatest among you is the servant of all. You don’t serve to be exalted. You serve because love serves. He didn’t come to be served, He came to serve.
112:20 - Let your motive in serving be love - not to get to the top - If your motivation in cleaning toilets is to get to the top, there is no love in cleaning the toilet, you are just trying to go up through the ranks (self). But if your motive is humble, God sees that and He begins to lift that up and impart to that and exalt that. He exalts love.
113:00 - Your need should not be to climb to get into an exalted place, but to get into Him and live from where He lives. And you will be right where you need to be.
113:20 - Vowed not to do itinerant ministry - bad impression - people doing itinerant ministry as a career.
115:00 - Call to be full time pastor. I’m not a pastor. I’m a warehouse worker in love with Jesus. Asked 3 times. I want you to do this.
115:30 - Your joy in life should come from Him and salvation, not other stuff. Otherwise you can lose that joy and now you are bummed again. I just don’t want to live that way.
117:15 - Too many calls - people can be hurt when calls aren’t returned - demands on time.
119:00 - v.10 - That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; - That’s a high exaltation. Every knee. Not some knees.
120:10 - In that day we will see the devil for who He is and we will say, "him?" I want that revelation now. No fear.
121:45 - v.11 - And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. -
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122:00 - v.12 - Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. - He exalts Jesus and puts Him in His rightful place, then he says, Therefore… He directly talks to us because we are connected to Him and one with Him.
122:05 - Work out your salvation with a reverence - sober minded, keeping Him in right esteem - proper place. Not growing slack and weary in your heart.
122:20 - v.13 - For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. -
Give yourself to Him - incorporating Him will not bring change - You have to give yourself to Him. If you incorporate Him into your life you are in trouble. That won’t work. His work in you won’t happen. If you just pray a prayer to go to heaven, this won’t be realized.
123:00 - But if we give ourselves to Him, He is going to be able to manifest who He is through us to the world.
123:20 - v.14 - Do all things without murmurings and disputings: - Why are we going to do that? He is actually talking about your life lived. He is not even talking about your congregation or church life. He’s talking about your life. He’s talking about everywhere you are - especially your workplace. Why is that important?...
124:00 - v.15 - That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; -
God is working through you to make His goodness known - It must be possible to live in such a way that the world finds no blame in you. Living no compromise, no multiple choice, your eye is single, you are wholly given to Him. You are in communion with Him. And you are going to your workplace understanding that God is working in you to make His love and goodness known to the world.
125:10 - Adversity is the time you shine - It’s not about how your work day is going or how your bosses are treating you. When they are mistreating you, that’s the time to walk in mercy - that’s the time to manifest Jesus. When things are not fair, that’s the time to walk like Christ. And the devil will squeeze you hard enough to see what’s really inside of you. And satan would love for you to manifest something outside of Christ so he could continually accuse you. Then you feel condemned, wonder if you are saved and cut yourself off from intimate communion. So you don’t put yourself in that place.
126:45 - When you mess up make it right with men - apologize - And if you find yourself slipping into weakness, be humble, take responsibility for it and say to whoever is involved, "I really apologize for yesterday. That was outside of character. Just asking you guys to forgive me. I’m growing." They will hear that.
127:45 - Live a life - not just doctrine - Former coworker months later - persecutor - really mad - Holy Spirit working - You are the first Christian that lived up to what he said. I lived a life - not just preached a doctrine. They were the ones initiating discussions of doctrine. My life was there to back it up. And it gave them the ability to hear.
131:15 - Lord did I do enough in the workplace? I was co-laboring with God. Lived 2.5 years before them so that their ears could be unstopped.
132:40 - Sowing seed - no pressure involved - I sowed. Another will reap. I am not under evangelistic pressure. I am not under the pressure to win my workplace. And then you are setup to fail. Because it doesn’t look like you are winning. I am called to love them and model Jesus. That is all I am called to. Just go and be real and let my conduct be worthy of the gospel and consider others more highly than myself.
133:20 - The fruit of that time in the workplace - discipling, transformations, salvations - That was never my agenda.
134:00 - BREAK
135:45 - Church service with pastor who lost a child - pastor weeping.
137:00 - In prayer - saw face of lady - right timing - He blinded me to her being present in the service.
138:20 - People pastor - It was almost like you couldn’t preach freely because of what you knew. Don’t try to send a message with your preaching.
138:45 - It all has to do with being pure.
Speak Out of What is Real In You
138:55 - v.15 - Live and speak from the reality of God in your life - your life lived is powerful. Let your light shine. Let your life be lived and then your words carry the weight of the revelation you are walking in. It’s a whole different realm. That’s why when Jesus opened His mouth, they said, "No one ever spoke like this man speaks." Why? Because He was speaking out of who He was not just what God was saying.
141:20 - I preach out of the reality and revelation of my life. There is a greater conviction in me - a greater faith - greater passion - greater reality. It carries a different weight in the spirit. Each seed producing after it’s own kind. Knowledge stimulates knowledge. Revelation can go into the hearts of people and birth. We don’t need great sermons. We need lives lived. And the lives lived preach way louder than any sermon.
142:10 - It’s good for people to see a life that relates to what you are saying. Rather than dropping the bomb on them because you are convicted about talking to them about Jesus, yet your life stumbles them. And they say, oh, you go to church?
142:40 - 11 Christians came out of the closet at work.
143:00 - Don't hide the light inside you - 007 Christians - It’s possible to go to work and just fit in, letting the environment shape you instead of going by the Spirit to your job.
143:35 - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at work - hated work before saved; happy at work after saved.
144:30 - Security guard at work talking about Jesus - twisted theology - rage - didn’t get threatened - told him how much God loves him.
Apparent Failure - Believe for Impact
146:40 - You can't judge ministry results by immediate outward appearances. At the end of His time, Jesus didn’t have all that many followers. 120 in the upper room, out of thousands and thousands healed. But after He was raised from the dead thousands and thousands were added in short order. If you only look at immediate results you are going to miss the working of Holy Spirit. And you are going to let intellect talk you out of faith. It’s important that you get this because it is what keeps you encouraged.
147:40 - When Jesus is on the cross, if Jesus introspects and debriefs it looks like He failed. They just turned Him over to death. It doesn’t look like anyone loves Him. Even His faithful ones were scattered and afraid. And they are running for their own lives. He taught for three years by example - loving not your own life. And even the disciples scatter. It looks like failed ministry. But faith is way deeper than that.
148:40 - We’ve been trapped doing stuff and weighing it, doing stuff and weighing it, trying to figure out how to do it right. We are revealing that we are not rooted and grounded in love and established in faith. We are not settled. We are groping.
149:00 - Believe that your lifestyle of love is having an impact - Living with impact a lifestyle of love. When do we just believe that sincere love is having an effect on the community? (Leaven in bread) But Christians get caught up in unbelief. The whole goal of our instruction is love.
150:20 - Jesus was not changed by apparent failure - It looks like Jesus failed on the cross. Pharisees - you saved others, save yourself. He’s not here to save Himself. He is here to save them. He never changed His mind despite the criticism, the mocking. He just kept loving. It’s fallen flesh at it’s worst. Forgive them Father. They know not what they do.
151:15 - Jesus showed this amazing love in the face of injustice and we still take things personally and get hurt. How about we follow Jesus and get free? So that we understand that if they understood, they would not be speaking that way. It’s that simple. That should cover everything. So your heart should be compassion for them not angry towards them. Because if they saw what you see they wouldn’t be speaking what they are speaking. So you are not moved by it. Love never fails.
Sowing Seed - Trusting Results to Him
152:00 - The effects of Jesus’ ministry was yet to be seen. It’s seeds planted in the hand of God.
➡ 152:05 - Mark 4 - We are going to teach a little bit about living effectively in a lifestyle of love.
152:15 - Approaching people - When you meet people - goodness, kindness, good works, politeness.
152:25 - Hit by car as a child - Dan’s passion for gardening. Grandmother’s canning. I was a city boy, walking all over the streets when I was 6,7,8 years old. Not always a good thing. Cousin hit and killed by car. Dan hit by car at same intersection going to football practice. Under the car. Probably 10 or 11 yrs old. Dan’s friend sees Dan go under car and takes off to practice and tells everybody he is dead. I’m ok. Mother’s hugs. Runs to football practice. They cancelled practice. Standing in circles mourning Dan’s death - crying. Laps... start running. At least he’s alive. I did get hit. Coach stops him from running.
158:00 - The only reason I told you that story was because of the way it was in city life - so I grew up walking everywhere. I went to grandmas all the time. I am a canner. 20 jars of peaches, tomatoes. I’m not sure why I told you that story, it had something to do with seeds and gardening.
200:00 - Dan’s grandparents. Did their graveside services. Grandpa never raised his voice to me. Together 70 years. Storybook grandparents.
202:00 - Mark 4 - v.26 - And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; -
202:20 - Approach out of sincere love - When you approach people in public, it could be the smallest thing. You just don’t understand what people are going through. How God is working in them. You don’t have to figure it all out. Just be sincere. Let your love be sincere. It may be a lot of little things from a lot of different people that leads them to being born again.
203:00 - Lady in grocery store - you are the third person in a month.
203:30 - It may look small on the outside but it is not. It may look insignificant, but it’s not.
203:40 - Trust His plan - Then we do that debriefing thing and think we need to have a better plan. With our ministerial prowess today we would have sat down with Jesus to help him improve His technique. We would try to tell Him how He could be more effective. Especially at the cross, we would have weighed His fruit and tried to tell Him how He could have done a whole lot better.
204:20 - Sow seed and trust Holy Spirit is working - Here is what Jesus did in His whole ministry: He sowed seeds and ministered truth into the hearts of men so that Holy Spirit could work and lead men concerning sin, righteousness and judgement. Holy Spirit is the One that saves people. You don’t save anybody. You give them a real encounter with Him, with love. You sow seed. You water seed. Sometimes you are watering instead of sowing. You don’t even need to know which you are doing. Just be sincere and love people.
205:15 - Seed needs time to incubate - Babies are conceived in a womb and they camp out there for a while. And there is a time to be born. God is cultivating and nurturing hearts. You say, “Yeah but, time is short.” Don’t let that intellectual thought take you away from trust in the mercy of God. He hasn’t blown the trumpet yet, because one more might be saved. You be patient. Keep doing what God is telling you to do. You live upright and be sincere.
205:40 - Don't try to force the issue - trust God's timing - There are people who are trying to get people saved, that took a stand in religion and tried to convict people and tell them they need to be saved. And their very life was the reason that people wouldn’t receive their word. Their attitude, their condemnation, their very life.
206:00 - Guy at work - helped Dan in the beginning - Dan’s life convicted - I question what I even am.
207:15 - So God is birthing people. God is grooming people. God has people in His spiritual womb. You’d be amazed at what is going on in the minds of men all the time.
207:25 - He convicts us because He loves us - because God loves people, there is conviction on the earth. When I wasn’t living right, I knew it every day. Why? Because the I love you never turned off. If He would have turned it off, I would have walked straight into darkness.
207:40 - Mad at conviction - Throwing Bible against the wall - God is way bigger than my emotional outbursts.
210:25 - Mark 4:21 - And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? - A light is lit to shine.
210:45 - v.22 - For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad. -
Shine the light inside you - You are lit up to shine. You haven’t come to the light to be hidden. You have come to the light to be seen. And you are not trying to turn yourself on and shine on people. You have a relationship with God and you are lit up in Him and you are walking in love and that is light in a dark world. It’s His divine nature in the midst the corruption of lust and selfishness. It’s considering others more highly than yourself. It’s living in goodness and kindness and tender mercies. It’s manifesting the nature of God.
212:00 - Doing things for people when they have treated you badly has an impact - It’s doing things for people and they can’t get over why you would do it for them. That crushes stuff.
212:15 - Talking to the guys at work - when you get away from the group, your wheels are all spinning.
213:00 - v.26 - And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come. -
When the seed is planted Holy Spirit is working - We are scattering seed, going to sleep by night, we are not even sure how but Holy Spirit is working. You didn’t come to the knowledge of truth one day and get saved just because you said, I think I am going to live for Jesus. You might be amazed at how, over the course of your life, God was sowing into you and working in you. Sometimes it would make you frustrated and even more rebellious, but God never backed off on love. And He wooed, spoke wisdom, poured out grace, changed your mind, drew your heart to Him and you surrendered. That is the working of His Spirit. It’s not because you said, I think I am going to pull it all together and live for Jesus. No man comes unless he is drawn.
214:45 - The clay yields - Of course clay has to yield. You yield to the drawing. God builds desire in you. He woos you to where His goodness works desire in you. I don’t believe He stops that in a man for the rest of his life. I believe God is doing that even on a deathbed - even if that had been hard as could be - there is some kind of wooing some kind of drawing - some kind of opportunity.
215:30 - Trust His mercy - I never assume someone is lost (for good). I rejoice in His mercy. If you lose a loved one and believe they are lost, that is a sad day. That doesn’t profit anything. Rather I would resort to the mercy of God and time will tell, but all the more reason for us to live sober and run the race worthy of a prize instead of getting into depression over the loved one you think is lost.
215:55 - Deathbed experiences - God is at work - amazing mercy and love - Nobody knows what is going on in the hearts of people right up until the moment they die. I could tell you some amazing deathbed stories where their faces lit up and they die.
216:20 - One lady that was afraid to live her salvation - she was abused - now she feels condemned - she has disease that is killing her fast and she feels like it is judgement - Holy Spirit came - 40 min later she died - looked like their was a light inside of her face - God met her right where she was at.
220:40 - Lady said I am ready to go - How is that your choice? I just want to go, all my kids are saved. Well, somebody else's kids may not be. Don’t pray for me. I don’t want healing. I want to go. Painful end.
221:40 - Death is not your decision - Sometimes you don’t have the privilege to make that decision. When you reach 70, God is not saying ok you’ve reached 70, now pull the plug. All my kids are saved, I got everything I want. Well maybe it is Him who works in you to do His good pleasure. And maybe it is not your choice at that point. So you step out of grace and there was no grace in her death. But there was a ridiculous grace in this other lady’s death and she was backslidden, afraid and broken. What I am highlighting is God’s amazing mercy and unfailing love.
222:30 - Participant’s healing testimony. Mother’s leg grew. Missing hip joint. 80 years old. You look so different.
227:00 - Be encouraged - Holy Spirit is working - I’m just preaching at that healing service, but what God was doing was way bigger than what you could imagine. Sowing seed. There is more going on than what meets the eye. We ought to always be encouraged and be excited because the kingdom is in us and we are giving Him to people.
227:25 - I know of a testimony of a 4 yr old girl born without bones from the waist down. Prayed. Bones in 3 days. Got up and walked on 3rd day.
➡ 228:20 - So I want to stay real simple on loving people and touching people.
228:20 - Love as you go - You are not trying to win the whole world and turn the world upside down. You are not just trying to get the big things healed - paralysis, etc. Let’s just grow in love. Let’s start loving people and touching people as we go. And being encouraged to ask people if you could pray for them.
228:40 - Respond to harshness in humility - The worst they can do is tell you no. I have had people say nasty things to me and I’ll just come back with something so soft and humble it will make them feel bad for acting that way and they will even let you pray for them.
229:00 - “Boy, you are really nosy aren’t you. Mind your own business. Why do you care?” “Honey, I am not nosy at all. Jesus changed my life a few years ago… He showed me the value of people and to love people and I was hoping you would let me pray for you.” As I was talking I realized that she had grown up in the church and had become hard. The way I approached her revealed her heart. I didn’t address all that. I saw that but my place was to love her not to just set her straight. So I prayed and Jesus’ presence came on her and healed her. It was beautiful. She lashed out at me and still got healed.
229:50 - One man I asked him if I could pray said, “Man, get out of my face. I don’t even know you man.” He was in the city. I shared a word of knowledge. Lady intervened helped persuade him. Crowd gathers. “Oh, go ahead.” Hit by car. No medical care. Weeping. Man was shocked that he could walk normally. That’s my Jesus. He loves you. Now he hugs and won’t let go. Lady on porch overheard. Can you help me too? Arthritis. Lifting arms. Move of the presence of God. Preached.
236:40 - Give them an encounter with the Lord - I didn’t “lead them to the Lord” - prayer to go to heaven - I gave them the Lord. Holy Spirit knows exactly what to do now. We probably watered and seeded. But who gives the increase? God gives the increase.
237:00 - Reaping / water baptism - It's about transformation - dying to live - If they had asked what must we do to be saved, I wouldn’t have prayed a prayer to go to heaven with them, I would have taken them to some water. I would have talked about dying to live, denying self, give your life back to Him and let’s go find some water and baptize you so you can be born again. It’s not a prayer to go to heaven and life stays the same. It’s the transformation of life.
237:30 - Baptisms - in hotel swimming pools. In bathtubs. Teen from NY - backed out of the room.
239:30 - You reap because seed was sown - We are sowing seeds. Sometimes we are reaping where we haven’t even sown. We are reaping because somebody sowed. You aren’t reaping because you are a hot shot evangelist. You are reaping because somebody sowed. It’s not because you are holding conferences on how to reap. You are misunderstanding, if you think it’s because you are a great evangelist… There are intercessors paving the way. There are people sowing. And you are privileged to walk into the effects of the faith of the body of Christ. Don’t ever miss that or you will be proud in your ministry.
240:30 - v.30+ - And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? - This is how we should picture the kingdom of God. - It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: - So you could see it so small that it is too insignificant to plant. - But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it. - When it is sown, it grows - into the largest.
241:20 - No seed is insignificant - Jesus is saying, the kingdom of God should be pictured like this. If you take a small seed and place it in the hand of God - sown in love by faith - and you can’t possibly measure it because the Spirit of God is now moving. So sow seeds everywhere you go. Just love people.
243:40 - Closing prayer