Recognizing Your Friends And Enemies: P.5 (7.11.18)

 

Psalm 119:98 
Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.

Opposition is opposed position.

We must recognize that God uses relationships to advance a vision, purpose and assignment.

The enemy wants to use relationships to hinder the will of God in your life.

Psalm 110:1
The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

God will use your enemies to elevate you.

You are either known by the enemy that defeats you or by the enemy that you defeat.

We must recognize the importance and the power of relationship.

John 15:18-21
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.  Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

Luke 14:28-33
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it ? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it , all that behold it begin to mock him, [30] Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

There is a price to every position that God has called you to.

The one who sets the price for your position is your enemy. God gives you whatever you need to get there. Find the strength and wisdom from His Word.

Matthew 20:20-22 
Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him , and desiring a certain thing of him. And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.  But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.

When the Lord laid out your destiny, He factored in what the enemy would do.

Nehemiah 4…Nehemiah wouldnt get off wall and stop building.

Daniel 6… 10 Daniel continued to pray and seek God.

Don’t get engaged with the enemy and allow it to take you out of the position you have been called to.

God has already factored in the tactics of the enemy, and He will use them to get you to where you belong.

James 4:7
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

John 10:10
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. [10] Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Victory over the enemy will glorify God.

The enemy’s attacks on your life are seasonal.

Ecclesiastes 3:8
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

What are you willing to overcome to take the position God has called you to?

You must defeat your enemy, or your enemy will defeat you.

Don’t argue with your enemy.

The best way to defeat your enemy is to lead them to Jesus.

John 7:19-20
Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me? The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee?

1 Corinthians 2:8
Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Look past the people that are in front of you that are driven by the enemy.

Don’t let the enemy be the excuse for you not doing what God has called you to.

Do what God has called you to do because that is what the enemy is trying to stop. If you honor God, especially in the face of opposition, He will always honor you!

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4 Ways To Find The Will Of God In Your Life: P.4 (7.8.18)

Matthew 6:9-10
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Step 1: God’s Word is His will
Step 2: Godly counsel will confirm God’s will

It is important to have a safe circle of influence in your life. Your circle of influence should make living for God easier, and not living for Him harder.

Life moves at the speed of relationship – Pastor Jeremiah Woods

Relationships are like a river that take you places throughout your life.

Proverbs 11:14
Where no counsel is , the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Proverbs 24:6
For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.

If you want to be safe in a decision or direction, get Godly counsel.

Matthew 11:28-30
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Meekness is not weakness. Its power under control.

It takes meekness to give counsel and receive counsel.

True counsel, thats given by God, is an anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 11:2
And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord ;

Isaiah 10:27
And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

The anointing is the burden removing yoke destroying power of God.

Godly counsel removes burdens and destroys yokes.

Weaknesses attract relationships that will allow the weakness to grow.

2 Corinthians 6:14 
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

Not all counsel is from God. Test the counsel you get by weighing it against the Word. Also, inspect the fruits of the person who gives it. How has the advice they are giving worked out for them in their life?

Isaiah 8:19-20
And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

The Blessed Nation (7.4.18)

 

Psalm 33:12 
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord ; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

The answer to anything you are going through is to seek the Lord.

Better to be humble and seek Him than be proud and think you don’t need Him.

Acts 17:22-33
Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD . Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men , in that he hath raised him from the dead. And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter . So Paul departed from among them.

Everything that exists came from God. He is the creator of all things.

Psalm 82:8 
Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.

Daniel 4:17,34-35
This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men. And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

God will not ignore the remnant.

Psalm 75:6-7
For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

JESUS IS :
Luke 7 superior to political power
Luke 8 superior to religious power
Luke 19 superior to economic power

4 Ways To Find The Will Of God In Your Life: P.3 (7.1.18)

Matthew 6:9-10
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

God’s will is not automatic in life. We have to seek it and pray for it. It’s something to be sought after.

You can have as much of the Kingdom in your life as you want. It all depends on how much of your own will you are willing to lay down for His will. The more dominion you give the King, the more kingdom you’ll get.

1 John 5:14-15 
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

You can’t separate the will of God from the Word of God.

You can’t violate the Word of God and be in the will of God.

Isaiah 55:6-11 
Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord , and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord . For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

God is a revealing God.  He wants to reveal Himself and His will to you.

God’s Word delivers His thoughts and His ways. You can’t sit under the Word of God and not see the results of it.

Ps 119:133, 165

Don’t mistake God’s peace for happiness. They are not the same thing.
Happiness is based on what is happening. Its contingent on circumstances-which are subject to change. Something may feel good, but if your mind doesn’t have peace with it, it’s not God’s will. Don’t try and fill a void in your life with worldly happiness at the sacrifice of God’s peace.

Biblical peace is wholeness in your mind, body and spirit. True peace and joy comes from the Lord. His peace isn’t determined by circumstances. You can have peace in any circumstance. When he gives you fulfillment, it will be in agreement with your mind, body and spirit. You can count on God’s peace to remain steady.

There is a reward to walking in the Will of God: unshakeable peace and joy.

Isaiah 55:12
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Galatians 5 tells us that both walking in the flesh or in the spirit both reap a separate harvest.

The fruit of the spirit will be a reward of walking in the will of God.

1 Chronicles 13:3,7,9-12 
And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in the days of Saul. And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza and Ahio drave the cart. And when they came unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.  And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God.  And David was displeased, because the Lord had made a breach upon Uzza: wherefore that place is called Perez-uzza to this day. And David was afraid of God that day, saying, How shall I bring the ark of God home to me?

1 Chronicles 15:12-16
And said unto them, Ye are the chief of the fathers of the Levites: sanctify yourselves, both ye and your brethren, that ye may bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel unto the place that I have prepared for it. For because ye did it not at the first, the Lord our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order.  So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel. And the children of the Levites bare the ark of God upon their shoulders with the staves thereon, as Moses commanded according to the word of the Lord . And David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers with instruments of musick, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy.

Doing the Word of God will bring peace and joy into your life.

2 Samuel 6:1-7 
Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.  And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the Lord of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims. And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.  And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark. And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.  And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it . And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.

David had a good idea, but didn’t go about it the right way. The Word already said how the Ark should be transported. We have to stop bringing our own good ideas to God and expecting Him to bless them, but getting mad if He doesn’t. If we just do things God’s way first, we will reap a harvest of peace and joy!

Recognizing Your Friends and Enemies: P.4 (6.27.18)

Every relationship in life is making something easier. God uses relationships to accomplish things He wants done.

It is important to recognize what types of relationships are in our lives. It helps us to correctly manage our expectations. You’ll expect more from those you are closest to.

Any relationship that has a purpose will, at some point, be targeted by the enemy.

Psalm 55:12-14
For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him:
 But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.

The number one tool the enemy uses against relationships is offense. He wants to drive a wedge in our relationships and get us offended at each other. His ultimate goal is to get us offended at God.  Our job is to live with an attitude of forgiveness. No matter how close we are to another human, eventually they will let us down. Jesus is the only one capable of never letting us down.

Matthew 11:6
And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

Three types of friends:

1) Confidants:
They’re the friends who are with you for life. You can be real with a confidant because there is complete trust and transparency in the relationship. You can share your mess and be vulnerable with a confidant, knowing they wont hate you for it, or use it against you. They are like the “friend that sticks closer than a brother.”

2) Constituents:
A constituent isn’t necessarily for you. Rather, they are for the same thing you are for. You join forces because you both have the same objective. It’s the objective that brings you together- not each other. If you ever stop being for that thing, the relationship will hurt, because the common denominator was the objective. Constituents are not bad people. You just can’t put the expectations of a confidant on a constituent without ending up offended.

Sometimes God will put people in your life to help you reach an objective. Once that objective is fulfilled, the friendship fizzles out. Thats okay. Appreciate the time they helped get you through.

3) Comrades:
They are not for you–nor are they for the thing you are for. The comrade shows up in your life when they find out that you are against the same thing they are against. You come together out of a mutual opposition to something. Comrades join ranks to oppose something. God will bring comrades in your life when what you are opposing is right.

God can turn friends into any of these categories at any time. Its important to recognize what category a person is in during the current season so that you can correctly manage your expectations of them.

 

4 Ways To Find The Will Of God In Your Life: P.2 (6.24.18)

Matthew 6:9-10 
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Deuteronomy 30:19 
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

Matthew 26:42 
He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

Had Jesus not submitted to the will of God we would not have salvation.

Ask for God’s will before you do something.

NUMBER ONE: The will of God is the Word of God.

The will of God will never contradict His Word. Never.

If you want to discover the will of God, get into the Word of God.

Psalm 119:89
For ever, O Lord , thy word is settled in heaven.

Matthew 24:35 
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Psalm 119:133
Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

Psalm 119:169
Let my cry come near before thee, O Lord : give me understanding according to thy word.

1 Timothy 6:3-5
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

Isaiah 55:6-11
Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord , and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord . For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

When you get under the Word of God things will begin to change.

If you want God’s will to be done in your life, get under the Word.

Proverbs 3:5-6 
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Once you have God’s Word, you have God’s will.

2 Timothy 3:13-16
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Isaiah 8:19-20
And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.cm

Deuteronomy 32:1-3
Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: Because I will publish the name of the Lord : ascribe ye greatness unto our God.

Isaiah 30:20-21
And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

Job 19:23 
Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!

Recognizing Your Friends & Enemies: P.3 (6.20.18)

There are places in life that God wants you to go- but you can’t get there by yourself.

Matthew 11:28-30 
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

2 Corinthians 6:14-15
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

John 15:13-15
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

1 Samuel 18:1-4 
And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.

2 Samuel 9:1-3
And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan’s sake? And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he . And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet.

Don’t let a crippled mindset keep you from receiving what God wants to impart to you.

God is not calling you for what you can do for Him, but for what He can do for you.

Jesus is not phased by the condition you are in.

2 Samuel 9:4-8
And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lo-debar. Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar. Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant! And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am ?

2 Samuel 9:9-11 
Then the king called to Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy master’s son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house. Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits , that thy master’s son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy master’s son shall eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.  Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king , he shall eat at my table, as one of the king’s sons.