HCSKL 2010 Notes >
0:00 - Opening prayer - God we worship you. Father we thank you. We turn our hearts to you. We ask for a Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You. We desire that our hearts be enlightened - not just our heads be stimulated - but our hearts be enlightened - that You would literally touch us with truth in such a way that we would see and become. We just ask you for that grace in our lives. If it is your good pleasure to give us the kingdom, surely you'll illuminate our understanding and cause our lives to be and realize everything that you've done through your Son, Jesus. Thanks for making us sons. Thank you for creating us in your image. Thank you that you are a God of goodness, mercy and grace. And we receive it and thank you for it. We acknowledge You. Thank you in Jesus' name.
➡ 1:10 - We've been just looking at the heart of love and what love is and what love isn't. And we are still talking about it and will be talking about it all week long. And probably for the rest of our lives because it's why we are on the planet actually. It's why we are alive - to manifest the nature of God (love). That's the priority reason. Everything else that you do is in the light of that truth. You do what you do in light of that truth. And everybody you pass by and are in contact with - it's always love. You are not going to touch people wrong if that is where you are living from. You are going to sow good seeds and produce life.
1:55 - And when you get thrown into complicated situations you will respond like Christ. Jesus needs to be in the midst of everything. And that's how He is when He is in your life. It's just a big deal to think that way. In all you do - carrying the nature of God with you and the heart of God so that you mark people with who He is - with His presence. I really believe that's why the Spirit of God lives in us. When I look in the word, I can't see a lot of other reasons. It's to make us look like Him.
2:35 - You say... but I say... - Jesus brought a whole new perspective, a new way of thinking - So I want you to see Matthew 5... It's very important. It's been on my heart for a while but we haven't gotten there because other things have popped up. It's amazing in Matthew 5 and even 6 - He uses this phrase, "You have heard it said... but I say..." "You say... but I say..." Some of it is referring to the language through the law and just what people have always heard. Matthew 5:21, 27... So Jesus is changing the language. He is changing the way we are to think. He's bringing a whole new perspective. He came and said, "Listen, you guys are used to thinking this way but this is the way to think.
3:55 - He does it over and over again. Which means that we were carrying a whole different language and mindset than truth. Because He is the truth. If you and I honor and believe that He is the truth, and He is saying, "You say... but I say..." that probably should matter. What He is saying is "This is the truth of the matter. You seem to think this - the way that seems right to man - but this is the way that it really is."
4:40 - v.38 - Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: - We grew up with that. "If you mess with me, I am going to mess you up." That kind of stuff.
5:10 - v.39 - But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. - Do you hear the authority behind what He is saying? But I tell you... Is He talking literally or figuratively? You could sit and debate that all day.
5:35 - There is a heart in fighting back. It's called vengeance - getting even. And there is a place where you overcome evil with good.
6:00 - v.40-42 - And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. -
6:20 - v.43-44 - Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; -
Catch the heart of thinking - This reveals a heart. There is a heart in this that you have to capture. You have to be careful that you don't just paint a bunch of scenarios - "Well, what about...?" That's what we tend to do with something like that in the word. We'll be challenged by something like this and we'll say, "Yeah, but now you tell me what about...?" Catch the heart of what He is saying.
7:20 - v.43 - Love your enemies - People are not your enemies - Remember, you are not at war with flesh and blood. So He is talking about people appearing to be your enemy - working against your benefit, your betterment. But people are not your enemy. In the NT, new covenant reality, you do not war against flesh and blood. Why? Because Jesus died for every man. Every man has the possibility of eternal life and the value of being a son and the opportunity to repent and be saved. Everybody. Don't forget that. Or you will curse and not bless. You'll decide the value of people because of what they've done or not done.
8:45 - v.45 - That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. -
You look just like your Father - Look why you do this. It's more than a principle to follow. What He is saying is: so that it is revealed that you are His son and you are just like daddy - that the Father is seen in your responses.
9:20 - If we were God we would probably just let the sun rise on the Christians until the other people would just get a grip. It sounds like a good idea. But then they would only get a grip so that the sun would shine on them not because they loved God. So God in His goodness leads men to repentance. [Extended discussion] He doesn't want to inspire you to Him because of what He can do for you - but for who He is.
10:30 - So He is talking about your appearance to the world - your responses in life - your effectualness to men. Does He mean so you can affirm yourself as a son or so people see that you are son? So that your life is a testimony and witness of the heart of God. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. - Mt.5:16.
11:00 - Praying from the right place - Anybody can have an attitude. Anybody can stand in "rightness". Anybody can have issues. You are not spiritual to have those things going on. But who is willing to love and show mercy and make peace? Who is willing to look past the controversy and see the best value in people so that when you pray you are actually praying from all of the right places. And your prayer leaves and goes higher than your ceiling.
11:35 - Motives in prayer - A lot of stuff that we pray doesn't get much higher than the ceiling because of where it comes from (motive). Like praying for people that spitefully use you... You might be amazed at the number of prayers that seemingly went up to God because of being spitefully used. They came out of hurt, self-sorrow, the indignance toward the person spitefully using. "God would you straighten them up." There are many Psalms like that.
12:20 - Father forgive them prayers are rare - Rarely do you find people with understanding that will kneel in a bedroom and get quiet and pray and even weep and say, Father, forgive them. They don't know what they are doing. If they saw your goodness, they wouldn't live the way that they are living towards me. If they really understood your heart and your nature and your reason for creating us there is no way that they could say what they just said. And I thank you for protecting my heart in the truth of what you have revealed to me. And I am asking you to show them mercy. That's probably a rare Christian prayer in times of trial.
13:00 - God change them prayers from frustration are common - "God you need to show them how wrong they are. Straighten them out." That's what we do. And it doesn't help your heart towards that person when you're praying that way. Then you will just watch their life (looking to see if God is answering your prayer). And the only way that you see that person is through that motive.
13:10 - [Example]
14:25 - Change my spouse! - Spouses do this all the time. [Praying for the spouse to be changed.] Why isn't he changing? And they get more frustrated. Their heart grows further away from their spouse because they are so fixed on what is not changing. I've seen that motive thing going on in prayer hundreds of times. And because it's prayer, people feel like it's contacting God and right with God and that they are being spiritual in the matter. "Hey, I'm praying." Yes, but where are you praying from? It's not heaven. It's hurt, the flesh, natural wisdom.
15:20 - Man who wants get wife back - Give her something of God to be attracted to - That's not your priority of prayer. The focus should be on you right now, not her. Why don't you give God something for God to bring her back to? Because if God can work Himself in you in such a way that when He looks at you and sees Himself, He will attract her to Himself in you and draw her to who He is in you. Why do you think that God would be compelled to draw her back to just you? Why would He even want to bring her back? He got it for a little bit but then turned inward again and got self-centered. He would pray about her misconduct and then he would look and keep calling me. "Why isn't my prayer working? Probably because it's amiss your own lusts and desire type prayer - James 4:3.
16:35 - Ask amiss prayers - Self-centered prayers - James 4:3 - Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. - Your prayers are not answered when it's amiss your own lust and desire. When you just need somebody to change for your sake you've lost sight of the value of the person, selflessness and honestly, you've lost sight of love. When the prayer is just how God moving on them will benefit you and make your day better don't even bother praying that stuff. You'll do injustice (disservice) to your own heart. You'll actually teach yourself... It will be one of those, "You have heard it said..." You will camp in that arena instead of "But I say to you..." You want to make the transition into "But I say to you..."
17:10 - This stuff goes on in the church every day. Wrong motives in prayer. Hurt motivated prayer.
17:35 - Look to the life of Jesus - He is the truth - Jesus came in love and said, "Listen, you guys think this way but this is the truth." That's why we look to the life of Jesus because if we didn't have the life of Jesus to look at we wouldn't have much to say - nothing to say.
18:00 - Why do we do these good things? So the world sees God in our lives. So the world sees who God is. That's the bottom line. Because it's the heart of God to do these things. And we're his children.
18:30 - It doesn't sound like it hinges on the other person. These scriptures don't sound like they have anything to do with the other person. When you get your eyes on what someone else is doing you are going to get deceived really quickly. You're going to be a "yeah but" person.
The Goodness of God leads Men to Repentance
21:00 - v.45 - That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. - He makes His sun rise on the evil. This scripture touched me years ago - the goodness of God. If I didn't understand I would think, "Man, it would be pretty cool to just rain on the Christians. And let everybody else know that hey, you are not right. You need to change." But that is like the strong arming way we have lived our whole lives. Just cut somebody off and maybe they will change their mind. Well, they changed their mind but will they ever change their heart. Do you see why God doesn't move the way that we sometimes think it ought to be?
21:45 - Malchus' ear - The goodness of God leads men to repentance - I teach about Malchus and his ear being cut off. Do you see why Jesus might just put back on his ear without saying anything to him? That's the most powerful thing that you can do. The most powerful thing that could be done when they were getting ready to take Him to be crucified - fix him and not say a word. In that scenario, most Christians would have a whole lot to say to him - lots of scriptures. But it's the goodness of God that leads men to change - Rom. 2:4.
22:25 - Jesus puts his ear back on and rebukes His own disciple - for Peter's self-motivation. Why does He fix the ear without saying anything? Because when Malchus' heart changes, when he makes a repentance turn in his life, it's for the purpose of who God is, not for what God can do for him.
23:00 - That's why we walk in love and don't strong-arm people into the kingdom. That's why it's not a heaven vs. hell issue. It's a love issue. A lot of ministries would have a big altar call over Malchus' ear. Jesus just fixed the guy's ear. And then they took Him anyway. See what faith does? See what faith looks like?
23:40 - Trust that your expressions of love will eventually have eternal impact - That's what faith looks like. For the joy that was set before Him... - Heb. 12:2. Sowing a seed like that in a man's life that he might live forever - even if Jesus takes the hit. "I have just paved the way for this man to live forever." Do you see the power of the gospel? "And even though it doesn't look like Malchus is responding right now, I'm trusting it will hit home and change his heart one day."
24:10 - Love is not conditional - Whether you see immediate results or not - "Yeah, but they're not changing." Stop doing what you are doing with pretense. Do it because it is sincere and you love them. Stop making it conditional on them changing. If they change you'll keep doing it. Argh - legalistic blah. I thought love never fails. It's why we're all sitting here with the Spirit of God in us.
24:45 - Sow seeds of love in faith - Because faith works through love - So Jesus fixes Malchus' ear, sowing the seed of love and faith that works through love, believing that his heart would respond in time. That would empower us to live by faith and to get our eyes off of the circumstances and the dispositions and the words and the actions. Because if you keep taking them to heart, it will subvert faith and get you trapped in "rightness" and you will just respond like a mere man. And then love will be subverted.
New Perspective (cont.)
25:35 - v.46-47 - For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? - Your brethren - Those that treat you in a way that makes you feel good. Do you know how we call groups cliques? The people you grow comfortable with. If that is the only group you are comfortable with and associating with because of what you are receiving from it... Don't even the tax collectors gather in their little circles like that?
26:20 - v.48 - Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. -
Moving towards perfection - Perfect - complete. That word "perfect" stumbles us sometimes. Note in my Bible at James 3 for "perfect" - It refers to that which has reached an end, which is finished, complete, perfected. It signifies consummate soundness. And includes the idea of being made whole. When applied to believers it denotes maturity. It's not perfection. It's arriving to a goal. It's consummating a goal, crossing a finish line. So the desire of God is to save you so that you are born again and back into His nature, His kingdom, His love, His heart and the manifestation of His nature.
27:45 - So if we live this way that Jesus is talking about it brings us to that place - (perfection). That's the fruit that we are looking for in our lives.
27:50 - Your thinking that has to change - Now how important is this if Jesus came saying, "Look, you guys say it is another way, but this is the way that it is." You've got to take this to heart and not get weary in my teaching of it - again and again. It's just to easy to think the way that we've always thought - to feel the way that we have always felt and to react the way that we have always reacted. We've been trained to love ourselves - protect ourselves - think for ourselves (for our benefit) - pick out faults - live in "rightness". We've been trained in the way that we have "heard it said."
28:35 - TV talk shows - The world's mindset - Somebody told me years ago, when they heard me preach, "Do you realize what is going on with all of the TV talk shows? It's the total opposite of everything you are preaching." I flipped a couple on. It could just make you cry. Hopefully you don't just sit and watch them. They will corrupt your soul so badly. They put tragic, horrible sin-driven, self-driven situations up there of hurt and pain and devastation and then they cry their stories and fume and vent at one another. And then the audience gets caught up in it and they are judges - passionate here and sympathetic there - and hating this... "What do you think audience?" It's like everybody standing for their rights - and everybody "he said, she said" - and you deserve death and mad and angry and hurt. And even when the audience cheers for someone you realize that nobody is winning. They've already all lost. It broke my heart.
30:00 - I flipped on 3 different talk shows and every one was the same horrible thing - man, standing for his "rights." Building that mindset in the world - that if you cross me you will get your due. It's all about me. That's what the message was in every talk show.
30:35 - So you will be complete as your Father is complete.
➡ 30:40 - I want to go to 1 John but since we have to pass by 1 Peter 2, let's stop and check in with Peter. We could even look at Philippians 2 quickly...
32:20 - Phil. 1 - v.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; - You embrace the gospel and it changes your conduct. One mind - I believe he is saying that we all understand why we are Christians.
32:45 - Striving together for the faith of the gospel - That means to hold on to the purpose for which you are born again and not be distracted in the world - not be distracted in circumstances and trials - not be distracted when people close to you go off the deep end and do crazy things - not be distracted when stuff around you doesn't make sense. Isn't that what moves us? Those things? And then we get forced into praying for all of our ducks to line up so that we can be OK again. And now we are driven by life instead of being a product of the finished work of Christ.
33:25 - He wouldn't write like this if it weren't possible - one mind, one spirit.
Perspective of Truth
33:35 - 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. - Not terrified - Why? Because you are saved. You're in covenant. You don't love your own life. You're manifesting love. And it's never about the enemy. It's about the answer that has already come. You win by the answer.
33:55 - You don't win by resisting the enemy. You win by submitting to God. Because submitting to God is resisting the enemy.
34:30 - Perspective of truth - The eye is the lamp - Everything is after your perspective. Because the eye you look through is the life that you live. How you are doing depends on how you are seeing. The eye is the lamp of the body - Mt. 6:22. If your eye is single (healthy) - looking through the way, the truth, the life - your whole body is flooded with light. It doesn't say, "Unless of course you are faced with many issues and challenges."
35:00 - Twisted perspective - If your eye is not looking through that single way, it says that there is darkness. It says, if the light in you is darkness... That means... You were created for the light. But "if the light in you is darkness" that's perversion. "How great is the darkness" that means how twisted is your view - how far off has your view become. You're not seeing clear any more.
35:25 - That happens simply if you just take one thing personally. That happens simply if you just fix on the wrongness of something long enough. It will start make you start feeling "right" and there are feelings and rights attached to that. And all of the sudden you start losing sight of the value of the people involved. You can't get what they said out of your mind. And "If they are Christians, how can they do that?"
36:00 - Gossip - Under the guise of a purpose of prayer - Next thing you know you are telling a friend and saying, "I just need a friend to talk to. I'm sharing this so we can pray." Telling them your hurt and pain. Reliving it and it becomes even more of a stronghold of an issue. And before you know it you have told six more people for the purpose of prayer and they tell more people for the purpose of prayer. That's how it works. I've seen it way too often.
37:05 - Hurting hearts - We're still taking account of suffered wrongs - And the only reason it's possible is because we are not dead to ourselves. We are still taking account of suffered wrongs. And we are living by natural knowledge. You do not want to spread that kind of fire. That's strange fire. It's gossip.
37:35 - Looking for justification and confidence to stay hurt - It's a justified in it's mind, hurting heart. You are justifying in your mind, your hurting heart. And there is no healing. So after you talk to the 6th person the hurt is so much more secured in your heart than it was before. Because you just went through the pain six more times. And you just got the "Oohs, aahs, and Oh mys" from six more people. And you've found strength in your pain to stay there. You've just found confidence to stay there. And it's destroying you.
38:10 - What should be my response when I get hurt? -
Beginning to feel hurt is a red flag for thinking of yourself - I'm going to challenge you here. You said, "If I've been hurt..." Here is what I want to challenge you with. If you even feel like you are beginning to be hurt, let that be a red flag - sound the alarm moment. You are thinking of yourself! Get a grip... before you say anything.
39:30 - [Example - Learning what someone thinks about you.] If you find yourself in that spot, I believe Holy Spirit will come and do the rescue thing or at least give you the awareness that this is not a good place (thinking of yourself). i'm believing for the conviction of the Holy Spirit. What we have to do then is let our conduct be worthy of the gospel - like we just read. And, Oh my goodness, Lord. I just started to drift - as if that had anything to do with who I really am. But I so thank you that You have affirmed who I am. You've affirmed my value. I want people to like me, God. But I don't need man's approval in that sense and I don't take this personally. Father, I don't know why they are thinking that. I don't even know why they said that. But here's the deal: I need to see if I can iron this out or talk to them privately...
40:45 - Whether to speak privately - Don't vent your hurt - And in some cases you have to be careful with that - that it doesn't come across justifying - self-defending - proving them wrong - protecting yourself. That doesn't fly real well in the church because a lot of people when they do that private thing, they vent their hurt. "I can't believe you said that. Why would you say that? Look, I want to make peace. I forgive you." Sometimes you need to let things die and drop and respond by grace through faith as if it never happened - without being plastic. Be sincere. Pray for those. Do good to those. Bless and don't curse.
41:35 - If we see clearly the actions or words of others won't touch us - Participant comment - If we have our identity right, then hurt won't even get to us.
41:40 - That's the whole key.
41:40 - Participant comment - Prov. 4:23 - Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are (flows) the issues of life. - So if you are in right relationship with God, it won't even touch you.
41:50 - If your identity is secure and you are in right relationship with God, what people say can't even touch you. It won't even hurt you. That's why if you are starting to get hurt, the warning signal ought to be going crazy. Because I'm taking on a false identity. I'm letting something determine me (define me) outside of truth (Christ). It's a sign of picking up - resurrecting the dead - picking up what was dead - and letting it live again.
42:15 - We tend to justify our hurt - Now the problem can be that we've been taught so much another way. We've heard it said... We start justifying (our hurt). When things cross a certain line we "yeah but" it enough in the sense that we confront truth and embrace a right to be less than the nature of God. "Yeah, but when is enough, enough. They should know better by now." And all of the sudden you are the one carrying out justice and vengeance instead of just peacemaking and walking in love.
42:55 - Sometimes in the most serious situations, people assess it and become prosecuting attorneys in their minds. And they lay out a case that allows them to be less than the heart of God. And then they pull people into that. "How would you feel? Well, put yourself in my shoes. Well, you don't know how much I was hurt."
43:20 - Counseling - Why are you so hurt? - I hear that in counseling often, "Yeah but you don't understand how much that hurt me." I respond, "Yes, that does concern me. I want to know why you are so hurt?" "What do you mean, why am I so hurt? Didn't you hear what I just told you they said to me?" "No, I did hear that. I'm wondering why you are so hurt. Why does that hurt you? Let's get to the nitty gritty of that. Let's forget about what the said." "Forget about it! Are you kidding me?" "Yes, let's forget about that for a minute. I want to know why you are so hurt. So they are your barometer? So you are only as good as they speak of you? So your life hinges on them - on men? Now I understand. What about your relationship with God." "Well, I'm a Christian. What are you saying that I'm not saved?" I've been in those conversations. I've heard every possible scenario.
44:15 - Justifications and support - Just die to yourSELF already - I've laid this out for people behind closed doors and they "yeah but" it as if it is not even there because they have their case so laid out that if you don't agree with them you're an enemy because they have a lot of support by now. Sometimes with tears you are like, "Would you just die already? Because you are really dying a slow death here. Would you just die. Die."
44:50 - They are losing. With all of their efforts to win and prosecuting mindsets, they are losing the whole time. No matter how right they are they have already lost.
45:10 - You don't see Jesus standing for His rights - You don't see Jesus do that at all. How right was Jesus when He was being crucified? When He was being persecuted? When He was on trial with Pilate and the Pharisees? How right was He the whole time? Totally right. There was a point where He wouldn't even answer their questions or speak into their twisted motives because He would have just fed their twisted motives. He already knew He was right and He just entrusted Himself to God. And like a sheep, without a word - silent - went to the slaughter. We've got to learn from that.
45:40 - When you defend yourself you put others in the position of judge - Sometimes you speak and you have to give somebody your 2 cents - a piece of your mind. And it is fueling a fire. It's actually giving them firepower. As soon as it looks like to man that you are defending yourself, it gives them the right - you put the mantle of "judge" on them. When you defend yourself, then they start to assume the right to judge your defense. You have to be very careful that you are not seen defending or justifying.
46:10 - Perspective that allows hurt - how it affects me - Back to the question (38:10) - If you find yourself allowing yourself to be hurt... Hurt is not the kingdom of God. So if you are finding yourself hurt, that is a major warning signal that you are looking through the flesh. You are looking through a situation of how something is affecting me - keeping my mind on how it affects me - how it pertains to me - me, me, me, me. So then if that is the case, you can be hurt. But if you're alive to manifest Christ and you're alive to lay down your life for others because greater love hath no man than this then it's not about that (me, me, me).
46:55 - Looking to the life of Jesus to understand perspective that allows hurt - How else could Jesus continue to do what He did? Do you understand that He went into cities and healed their sick and behind the scenes the people, not just the Pharisees, there was a lot of division among them. Many were saying He is awesome. Others were saying that He was a blasphemer. There was a great division among the people. When He preached John 6, many that had followed walked away. Isn't it amazing that in the face of all of that, when they brought the sick, every single one of them was healed. Do you know what we would do without the truth? Without the knowledge of Jesus?
47:55 - Jesus knew everything that they were saying. He knew what was in the hearts of men. Did He still do good? - still love them? - still forgive them? - did He still die on the cross?
48:10 - Mt. 18:15 - Confront sin privately first - How should we address it when this doesn't happen? - There are a whole lot of spiritual phrases to justify not going to them privately first. This would be a good thing to start doing... People will come to you, "I'm uncomfortable coming to you but I feel like I need to get somebody to pray. I hope you don't think this is gossip but... You know so-and-so... I can't believe what they said and I was hoping you could pray." "So do you know that they said that? Did you talk to them? Did you hear them say that?" "Well no. But my friend was there and she said that they said it." "Well, I don't even know that to be true then, hon. Why don't we just call her and find out what she said. Let's call her right now."
50:10 - The seed of gossip - "Have you gone to them privately? Then why are you coming to me? How am I supposed to respond? You are just sowing that in my soul now. And if I didn't have a clear view on Christ - if I wasn't growing in Him - now I have to deal with the seed that you are dropping into my soul."
50:35 - [Scenario - You have to deal with the seed of gossip that is sown into you.]
51:35 - [Another scenario - We see people through the lens of that gossip.] I deal with this way too often as a pastor. We get into the way of the world and the mind of the world and it's just like a Christian soap opera if we are not careful. And where is the genuine love? But we will have our meetings. We cannot afford to function that way as the body.
54:05 - What do I do when a customer repeatedly lies and refuses to pay? Is it OK to tell other vendors? -
Rather than gossip approach them in sincerity - Can I encourage you in something. I certainly wouldn't drop his name to everybody to protect them all. I would go to him - talk to him and be real with him and share your concerns. [Conversation scenario]
55:40 - Here's the deal. When we're talking to someone, not just because it's the Christian thing to do, because it's become what our heart is, there is a grace on that. We're not just speaking because of Christian principle but out of the reality of our heart, it just carries a whole different weight.
56:10 - Hurting for that person - Approaching in sincerity - [Conversation scenario] You are going to make a name for yourself and then no one will come do the work. Your life is more than that. Why would you live this way? You can talk that passionately with people...
Letting go of being "Right"
57:00 - VP who cursed Dan - Don't just stand in "rightness" - He yelled at me like you wouldn't believe - cussing. He had me marked in his mind. I called him about it. I didn't budge. I wasn't intimidated. That's his mode of operation - intimidation. My identity is more than that. I understand what is going on. I'm not threatened. [Conversation] When it was all said and done he was talking to me like a friend. It was because I stood my ground and realized where all of this was coming from. And I spoke into it. "Well, I go to church." "Well that's a tragedy if you go to church and confess that to people and act this way." Something shifted. Didn't break but something shifted. If I had fought back it would have been ugly. "I'm hearing you." If you are not secure, when you are attacked like that, you will fight back.
1:04:15 - Don't let things like that (intimidation and accusation) sow seed into your life because then what you are giving birth to looks like that.
1:04:20 - Participant comment - I've been through similar stuff. The Lord said, "Go and apologize for your attitude towards him."
1:05:40 - It's about more than whether you are right or wrong - Are you manifesting Me? - Getting beyond "rightness" in your mind toward someone else. "Why would I apologize for acting this way. How else am I to act after what he did?" There is a common thought there that justifies everything we are feeling. And look what a Father does to a son (the participant), "It's really not about that at all. It's about who I am in you and who you are in Me. And it's about your responses in life. And being seen as an innocent child - doing all things without grumbling and complaining and shining light and letting men see. And you've stepped out of the demonstration of who I am. So go make it right and apologize for your response to him." Why? Because where (the participant) is concerned it's always about (the participant) and Christ in him. It's not about what happened other than that reaction - who did what - who said what. It's his response (that is at issue).
1:06:35 - Have you heard me teach about in adversity it's always your response. It's always about how Christ looks in your life. It's always about you manifesting Him.
1:06:50 - So the participant is in a process where God is realigning, re-motivating and showing him the purpose of his salvation.
1:06:55 - Participant's follow up comment - The enemy would love it if we got a bunch of these CDs and sent it to him.
1:07:05 - Hearing a sermon for someone else - That's hearing a sermon for someone else because you are hurt by them - irritated by them - frustrated by them. So a lot of people sit in church and hear a sermon and think, "Boy, I wish that guy was here." When you are thinking, "Boy, I wish that guy was here," you need to deal with the issue towards that guy.
1:07:30 - Hearing a sermon for a spouse - Spouses are notorious for this. They will sit and think, "Why isn't he paying attention right now? He so needs to hear this." "Don't you know that the devil is distracting her right now. And God is speaking to her. [Intercession in tongues] Loose her you blinding spirit. Come off of her." And now 20 minutes goes by and you haven't even heard the sermon because you are praying in tongues and trying to bind the devil off of your wife so that she hears what God's trying to say to her.
1:08:20 - Or you get in a car with a friend. "What did you think of the sermon today? I just wish my husband John was listening. The one God was preaching to wasn't even paying attention." People live that way.
1:08:35 - So yes, you would love to just get him a CD and send it to him to straighten him out.
1:08:45 - Let go of being "right" - Become like your Father - "righteous" - These things are real to us but God's heart and God's answer is so much different than what we are thinking sometimes. And He is saying, "You need to get a grip and see and what I need you to do right now is to apologize on your behalf for how you responded. It's not even about how wrong he was. Why are you responding like this when you are my son?" So that you may be sons of your Father... "Redeem sonship in this and be humble because that's exactly what I would do if I responded the way that you did. Go make it right." The only reason that you would stumble over that is because of holding on to a "rightness" or assessing this in a prosecuting way and being so justified in your response because they are so wrong that it makes you right. And your goal is not to be "right" but to be "righteous".
1:09:55 - "Righteousness" - 2 senses: 1) Right before God - 2) Expression of His nature - Let me just explain "righteousness" real quick. Righteousness - To be right with God. You are walking in right standing with God. To be righteous in expression - to manifest the fruit of righteousness is any expression of the nature and character of God. Righteous - to be right with God in the sense that God has made us right. He became sin so that we could become the righteousness of God - 2 Cor. 5:21 - so that we could bear righteous fruit. What is that? The nature and character of God.
1:10:45 - Right before Him - God makes you right with Him so that you can look like Him - so that you can manifest Him. It's a whole lot more than getting right with Him so that we can be blessed more by Him.
1:11:00 - There are two sides of "righteousness" Righteous - in the sense of being made right with God - no sense of guilt, condemnation or shame - two have become one. You have an ability through the blood of Jesus to stand in His presence and be right in His sight for the purpose of producing righteousness. You are made righteous to produce righteousness.
1:11;40 - Righteousness - Expression sense - Righteousness in the expression sense - any expression of the nature and character of God. That's a righteous work. Working righteousness. Manifesting Him.
1:12:10 - So it was not about what that fellow said [1:04:20]. It's about who I am in you (and through you). Manifest righteousness in this situation. Reveal me in this situation. Father, I thank you that you love him. I bless him and I don't curse him. And God I don't even want him marked in my mind that way. Because you paid an eternal price for him. You shed the blood of Jesus. Forgive him. He's not seeing who he really is. And I thank you for your mercy over his life. And I bless him. And I ask God that you truly touch him and that you prosper him in spirit, soul and body. See what I mean? Then you start hooking up to people's value.
1:13:00 - Forgiveness - Participant comment - Forgiveness - When we forgive a person it releases them for God to deal with them. Jesus didn't defend Himself before Pilate. When we defend ourselves we are kind of taking over from God. I'll be my own defense - as opposed to Him being our defender. With forgiveness, similarly, we try to take God's place when we don't forgive.
1:14:05 - And you can't do that without becoming more self-conscious. You're self-preserving, self-centered. It throws you back to to that place of self. The scripture that we are going to look at in Peter is the very thing that you are saying.
1:14:20 - When you walk in love forgiveness is not an issue - Love takes no account of a suffered wrong - On the issue of forgiveness - I would love to see us grow into a place and I believe this is the way Jesus lived... You don't have to try to forgive when love becomes perfected in your life. You're not trying to forgive everyone. It's not even about trying to forgive because you are walking in love. Love takes no account of a suffered wrong. We should have a different response when we are dead to ourselves and we are living for the nature of God. It should make us cry inside (for the other person). There should be a prayer for mercy - there should be a covering and a blessing over them in prayer. Expression of good over evil - a gentle word to overtake a harsh word.
1:15:30 - I really believe that the gospel is intended to get us to a place where we are not having to deal (struggle) with every issue and try to find a place of forgiveness. Where do we even reserve the right not to forgive when we have been forgiven of everything.
1:15:50 - The unforgiving servant - Mt. 18:23-35 talks about the man that was forgiven of everything that he owed. And then a fellow servant owed him something and he held him accountable and threw him in prison. That actually means that he shut him up in his heart and marked him that way in his heart if you look at that in a spiritual sense. Other fellow servants were appalled by this and they told the master. The master called him on the carpet. "I forgave you of everything that you owed. Shouldn't you also have forgiven your fellow servant seeing that I forgave you of everything?" He called him an evil and wicked servant and had him bound hand and foot and had him cast into outer darkness and tormented by the tormentors.
1:16:40 - Unforgiveness can bring darkness and torment - Man that's like demonic oppressors - soulical stuff. You throw yourself into a place of outer darkness and inner torment when you don't walk in forgiveness. It's a horrible place.
1:17:05 - v.35 - So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. - There is no place of protection there. You put yourself there. To every person who does not forgive from the heart... That means that you heat is transformed by the gospel. So the door to not forgive should be forever closed. We're just walking in love.
1:17:25 - Just walk in love - We're walking in love. We're not having to try to forgive. Why? Because love doesn't take an account of a suffered wrong. But until we grow to that place where it is a walking, living revelation, there are times where we are confronted with stuff and taken aback and feelings. So it doesn't condemn us. We realize where it is trying to take us and we don't go there. We recover by staying in truth. You know that I've heard it said... But You say... and I am with You. Then you bless and ask for wisdom and you do whatever God tells you. And sometimes you need to go and apologize.
1:18:10 - [Apology example conversation]
1:19:10 - When everybody is walking in that place (of love) there is no conflict. We can all live that way. What if we just all grow up into Him and our hearts become love. And it's my life laid down for you and your life laid down for me. And we owe each other nothing but to love. Do you hear the spiritual harmony in that? Do you hear the door closed to offense, to hurt, to he said, she said?
1:19:50 - So the "person" doing us wrong is not really the person standing in front of us but the devil behind them? -
Forgive them Father - They know not what they do - Yes, That's the key to love. Walking in love allows you to see the enemy behind people. It separates... What was Jesus' response in the greatest act of injustice that there ever will be? Forgive them Father. He didn't have to think about it. They don't know what they are doing. They are blind. Truth has not overtaken their hearts. God don't hold this against them. There is something yet for them to see. If they saw what that is, they wouldn't do this to me.
1:20:45 - Repentance at Peter's preaching - And because Jesus took that stand, conviction is on the earth and His prayers are before the throne and Holy Spirit's coming and moving on men. And a short time later you see three thousand of them getting born again - cut to the heart - knowing that they crucified the Son of God. "We are cut to the heart. What should we do?" "Change your mind and wish you never did. And you can be a part of the family and be filled with the same Spirit that raised Him from the dead." That's the love of Papa.
New Perspective - Mind of Christ - For the Expression of the Father
1:22:20 - Phil. 1 - v.27-29 - 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; 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. For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; -
Suffering - At odds with this world - Suffer for His sake - That means you're left in the world - in a perverse and crooked generation that's ruled by lust. You're here to shine the light and set an example and turn the tables so that men see truth. It's impossible to be in the world and not suffer in that sense like Christ did because it was light in a dark place. It was truth in the face of lies. It was righteousness (manifesting the Father) in the face of "rightness" (I'm right. You're wrong.). So if they hated Him they will hate us etc.
1:23:20 - Don't go out and create your suffering - That doesn't mean you go out and provoke persecution to feel like you are doing a good job. There are some people like that. They will preach to make people mad and say, "See. I must be right on. Look how they hate me." I know whole groups of people that do that.
1:23:45 - Suffer for His sake - That means to suffer for His cause.
1:23:35 - v.30 - Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me. -
1:23:40 - Philippians 2 - v.1-3 - 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. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. -
We died to self - So we can look like Him - Let nothing be done through selfish ambition. Why? Because we died to ourselves. We're not in this for us. It's not what God can do for me. It's how I can look like Him and and be like Him.
1:24:40 - If that becomes your prayer and your communion with God, the ability to be vulnerable and hurt, in a moment would be wiped away. Because then my motive would be something totally different and it doesn't see hurt. When I am walking in love it changes my perspective.
1:25:10 - v.4 - Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. - Get out beyond yourself.
1:25:25 - Mind of Christ - Watch this... I hear a lot of Christians say, "I've got the mind of Christ." And it almost sounds haughty. I don't know where we got that in the church.
1:25:35 - v.5 - Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: - He is defining what was in Christ's mind. That's pretty important. It's His motivation. It's the way He thought. It's the wellspring He lived from.
1:25:45 - v.6 - Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: -
He didn't come with pomp and fanfare - In other words, something to be held onto, esteemed for, to be equal with. He didn't come expecting you to bow down and serve Him and honor Him as God. He laid that down and became a bond servant and took on the likeness of flesh. He didn't come sounding trumpets and preceded by angels. He didn't come in the way that we would think a king would come. Why? Because He is coming for more than you just to esteem Him and honor Him. He's coming to restore us back to who we're called to be and what we're called to be. So He came and lived that (showed us what it's like to live in union and communion etc.). He came and lived in the likeness of flesh. He made Himself look of no reputation. He called Himself the Son of Man.
1:26:40 - v.7 - but emptied Himself, having taken the form of a servant, having been made in the likeness of men. -
1:26:50 - Bond servant - Taking the form of a bond servant - I didn't come to be served but to serve - Mt. 20:28. It's totally the opposite of what we would see (expect).
1:27:00 - Washing Peter's feet - Peter was freaked out. "There ain't no way that you are washing my feet. Never." Jesus said, "If I don't wash your feet you have no part in me." "Well, not just my feet then - my hands - my head. Just wash me!"
1:27:20 - Be humble to receive what He has done - If you are too proud to let my finished work serve you with life and serve you with mercy and forgiveness and new identity and fresh hope, then you can never have a place in me because you can't work your way to me in your own strength. If you are not humble enough to receive what I have done for you and you don't let me wash you with the water of my word, and just be who I say you are, then you can't have any part in me.
1:27:50 - Do you see how powerful that is? Do you see what that all means? He's not talking about washing feet in a bowl. He's not talking about an ordinance, a ceremony. If you don't let my life serve you, to bring you life... If you don't let who I am and rightly see who I am wash over you and mold you and shape you and become your identity, then you have no part in me.
1:28:30 - v.8 - And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. -
1:28:40 - v.9 - Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: - Therefore - because of these things. Exalted - Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: - 1 Peter 5:6.
1:29:00 - v.10-12 - That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and thingsin earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 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. - You - He is connecting him and you because this is true for him.
129:25 - v.13-14 - For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: - grumbling and arguing.
129:40 - v.15-16 - 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; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. -
We are here to express His nature - Remember, so that you may be sons of your Father. Why are we going to live this way? So that we can be seen as sons. What makes us sons? The finished work and the blood of Jesus. But what makes us be seen as sons? When we express the nature of God - when we look like Papa - when His DNA is flowing through us. Or we are confessing Christians that go to church and have many issues.
1:30:30 - BREAK
Perspective Changing - Becoming Love
➡ 1:30:40 - Let's look at 1 Peter 2 because of the topic that we've been on... I want you to see how many places this kind of language is in your Bible. Right now I am getting bombarded by Romans 12. There is scripture everywhere...
1:31:05 - Reading Romans 12 - v.17-20 - Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. -
1:31:45 - If your enemy is hungry feed him - What do you mean? Am I supposed to fuel him up so he can hurt me - destroy me? He can't hurt you - because you are in Christ. You are sealed forever. The worst that could happen is... nothing. We get so fixed on natural realities.
1:32:30 - v.21 - Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. - Not with "rightness" but with good.
1:33:00 - Romans 13 - v.8-10 - Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. -
1:33:40 - Die and Become love - So if your goal in Christianity isn't that, you'll become religious. You'll have a form of these things and deny their power. You want to be the real deal. You don't want to be a Christian for you. You're a Christian for His image. God forbid that you are just a Christian for you. That's going to be a rough place. Satan will abuse you there. Heckle you there.
1:34:25 - 1 Peter 2 and we will close there.... You've heard me teach this a lot. But I want to end with it because the whole class time has gone this way (along this line of thinking).
1:34:45 - Steward your heart - This is stuff to keep your heart stewarded. Guard your heart for out of your heart flows the issues of life - Prov. 4:23. You want Jesus to own and possess your heart.
1:35:00 - v.20 - For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. - The hardest times growing up were when you meant good but it was read for evil. When we tried to do something nice but people interpreted it as evil, we freaked out. We were a wreck, "No, I didn't mean that. I was trying to do good." Do you know why we freak out so bad? Because the real intent of why we were doing good was how it pays us off and how people see us because we are fighting and struggling for identity. We're doing good for our sake so that people see us as good. And when they see us as wrong we take it as a personal hit and freak out because it's costing us identity that we're so desperate for.
1:36:00 - If your motive is love, you can't get hurt because it doesn't take account of a suffered wrong. So your good is still good. [Example scenario] If you do good because of doing good, and someone misreads it, my good is still good before the Lord. And the seed still carries the weight that it carries to produce after its own kind no matter how they respond to it immediately.m
1:36:45 - But if my good has something to do with how someone responds and my need of that response, then I'll be dictated by their response (how well I think I am doing). Then my good is in question. Is it for your sake or for His name sake or is it for me? This is why identity is so important. This is why knowing who you are is so important. Because these things we've done our whole lives. We've done good thing...
1:37:10 - I'm giving this to you for me - I use the illustration - Christmas time - It's the weirdest time of the year for some people. They go out of the way to do good things for other. But when the people don't appreciate what they did, they are devastated. Why? Because they are scrambling for identity. And they are trying to get people to affirm them in their giving. They stand in a line for hours and spend money that they don't have and then the person they bought the gift for doesn't like the color and you cry because, "I thought you liked that color." Why are you crying if they are honest and don't like the color. I thought you bought it to bless them. You ought to be glad that they are honest. Take it back and get the color they like. Why are you feeling sorry for yourself. Who did you get the gift for? Them or you? Some of that stuff needs to be challenged and driven out of the temple.
1:38:05 - If you do good and suffer and yet take it patiently... Love is what? Patient. So if you are doing things in love you will take it patiently.
Called to Suffer
1:38:25 - Your calling - To suffer for doing good - Look at verse 21. Everyone wants to know their calling all the time. "Prophesy my calling." OK...
1:38:35 - v.21 - For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: - Your calling - to suffer for doing good. It's in your Bible. Don't try to find an eraser.
1:39:00 - Suffering - At odds with the world - For this you were called... Why? Because you are in the world but not of it. I do not pray for the world but for those whom you have given me - John 17:9. And then Jesus goes on to pray that we are empowered to rightly represent Him in the world. He didn't pray for the world, He prayed for us. Why? He said, "Don't weep for me. Weep for yourselves - Luke 23:28. He wants us to be formed in Christ. He wants us to be raised up in Him.
1:39:30 - We were called to this (suffering). Why? Because the world is being corrupted through lust. It's a self driven world. It's every man for himSELF. We have escaped the corruption in the world through lust by receiving His divine nature - 2 Peter 1:4. So He wants to leave us here (in the world) but it automatically calls into suffering for doing good.
1:39:55 - Keep doing good - It will bear fruit - Sometimes men will use your good - misuse your good - misread your good. But if it is good, it's good. And if it doesn't change, it's coming from the right motive because love never fails. And it's all with the intent of sowing seed into humanity that one day they might see and one day they might understand.
1:40:15 - Don't become like them - If you draw lines, if you cut short, you make yourself like them. Then you agree with their wisdom and then you're testimony loses power in their sight because you are just like anybody else. There's no sanctification in it. If you just stand for "rightness" then you are just like the man that doesn't go to church. Anybody can stand for their rights. Who cares if you go to church, we're both living from the same well.
1:40:45 - You are following Him - He suffered, leaving us an example - Look, you were called to suffer for doing good. That's so funny because we all want a spiritual calling and this is a spiritual calling. Why are you called to suffering? Because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example. Do you see how intense it is to follow Him? Do you see how important it is to follow Him and to not just say that you believe in Him? Not to just call on His name to get your prayers answered? You're following Him.
1:41:40 - You have a colon after "steps" because he is going to list the steps...
Sin wants to Reproduce in You
1:41:45 - v.22 - Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: -
He is not talking about perfection - Don't let sin against you produce sin in you - He's not talking about perfection. He's simply saying don't ever let sin against you produce sin in you. That's deception.
1:42:00 - Did Jesus let what was happening against Him determine who He was? Or did already determining who He was determine how He responded to everything coming against Him? We lamely justify our reactions because we get our eyes on all of the trouble and the people and the stuff they shouldn't have said. And we let what is happening against us begin to multiply in us.
1:42:40 - Sin wants to multiply in you - There is a scripture in James that says, Judgement is without mercy and where no mercy is given, no mercy is received - James 2:13. What it means is you'll become the very thing you lock in on and judge. The very thing you find fault with, you'll be found expressing. Isn't that heavy. The only thing that keeps us from being that is mercy. And when you show mercy you'll be found in mercy. But when you cut off mercy and don't show mercy, you'll walk in judgement and you'll become the very thing... You'll actually manifest the thing you find fault with. You'll function in the same heart.
1:43:20 - You look just like what you are angry about - People come to me hurt, angry and frustrated and they have every reason and right. And they look just like the person they are pointing at. And then you have to break that news to them with tears. [Conversation scenario]
1:44:15 - Nor was deceit found... He probably wasn't gossiping.
Trust your Cause to the Lord - No Self-defening
1:44:25 - v.23 - Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: -
He trusted His cause to the Lord's judgement - He is not becoming His own defense. He simply committed Himself to Him who judges righteously. So He knew the truth of all things before God and His heart did not condemn Him and that was His strength - knowing that one day all things would be revealed.
1:45:20 - Trusting your cause to God - Not self-defending - Police officers came to the house and question - Spotting deer with son. 5 witnesses that you were driving around shooting a rifle out the window. What can you say to that. I'm a Christian. It means something to me. Why would 5 people say this? I have no defense or justification. Praying. I won't be a cat in a corner. You can charge me with this and put me in jail but it won't change the truth of who I am. One day before all men the truth will be revealed.
1:49:30 - Reacting in fear - Failing to shine - Here's what we do if we get charged with something like that, "Oh my God. What about my name. What am I going to do in prison?" And we say, "God, I thought you loved me!" We forget about Joseph. We forget about all kinds of things. And we fail to be an example - no matter where were at and what we are going through. We fail to shine integrity. And all of the sudden satan has exposed us. And it really is all about us. I wouldn't ask for this kind of thing but I would live through it. And I promise you, all along the way people would know who Jesus is, just because of the accusation.
1:50:15 - Or you let the devil wreck you and everyone around you. And then God is small then and your praise is kind of meaningless. And it's all about you.
1:50:30 - Police officers (cont.) - The 5 were young people drinking and their stories didn't mesh.
1:50:50 - So you don't run afraid. You trust Him who judges righteously. And you don't let what you are going through dictate who you are. You let what He went through dictate who you are.
1:51:00 - Police officers (cont.) - Two friends were there at the time and they listened to the whole thing. Son came in. He was real little. They question him. They treated him so well. Prayed afterward - thanksgiving. We believe you however we still have complaints. We can't ignore the affidavits. They never let me know that the case was dropped. Ran into them later. But I didn't suffer because of not knowing.
1:55:15 - v.23 - Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: -
Jesus went the extra mile - Falsely accused and yet died for their sin - If you would go on and read you would find that - in His body... bearing our sins in His body on a tree - 1 Peter 2:24. So Jesus went even the extra mile. After being accused wrongly, then He even died in our place taking our sin that we committed into His flesh that He never committed sin with. He totally took the hit. So that we, having died to that mentality, that identity, that way of life called sin, would be able to live righteous and be restored back to His nature. By His stripes we are healed - Is. 53:5.
➡ 1:56:40 - We talked about love all week - what it is - what it isn't - the life of Jesus - talked about countless illustrations of mindsets and life and God vs. man stuff.
1:57:10 - Meditation exercise - Take some time now to meditate on Jesus - His response in life - how pure and good He was - how He meant good but how people misread Him - how He was so secure - how love is so perfected - how love never fails. Reflect on times that you have been hurt in life and have validated the hurt vs. where God is taking you now.
1:57: 45 - Extended closing prayer / meditation time revisiting and praying though the teachings from today's session.