The Grateful and The Generous | Pt 1

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

2 Timothy 3:1-5 

  • List of signs to be aware of in the last days.
  • Matthew 24.
  • A sign of the last days is that men will be unthankful. 

Why is being unthankful a sign of the last days?

“But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.”

Luke 6:35 

  • Being unthankful is connected with the evil.
  • God is still kind to all!
  • Men will be unthankful because men are evil. 
  • A Kingdom culture is a culture of being thankful. 

“Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”

Romans 1:19-21 

  • When we see a creation. we know there is a Creator.
  • God reveals Himself by things that are made.
  • The first step of moving away from God is when we are not thankful. 
  • Being thankful is the most important thing in our relationship with Him (bringing Him glory).
  • When I am not thankful, I am alienating myself from God.
  • Vain = empty, pointless, without purpose.

Result of Rejection of God

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”

Romans 1:21-25 

What if you woke up and you only had what you were thankful for the previous day?

“Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”

Psalms 29:2 

  • Psalms 100:4.
  • Worship is surrender. It’s done in the holy place.  

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

Psalms 100:1-5 

  • The first thing we must know is that He created us. 
  • Man is not the product of himself. 
  • We get into God’s presence with thanksgiving. 
  • Thanksgiving → Praise → Worship. 
  • Thanksgiving begins with what I can see in my life
  • Praise has nothing to do with what I see, it’s everything I know!
  • Worship = complete surrender. 

“I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his people, In the courts of the Lord’s house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the Lord.”

Psalms 116:17-19 

  • It’s not always easy to give thanks. Thanksgiving is an offering. 

“That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.”

Psalms 26:7 

Righteousness of Faith | Pt 4

“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”

Philippians 3:7-9 

  • When you read about the righteousness of God, it gives you right standing with God. 
  • Romans 3:10 – there is no righteousness in and of ourselves.
  • Romans 6:23.
  • Romans 3:23.
  • There is a death debt all of mankind owes to God.
  • Jesus’ death paid the debt!
  • Psalms 23.

Rightness = I’m represented.

Righteousness = God is represented.

Your rightness can alienate people from your life. True righteousness draws people to Him. 

The quality of your life will never go beyond the quality of the relationships in your life. 

  • Ministry of reconciliation – the ministry every believer has been given.

“A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”

Psalms 37:16, 25 

  • III John 2.
  • Those in relationship with Him are His seed.
  • A righteous man is a child of God.
  • When you have this understanding, it will cause you to stop comparing and competing with other people. 
  • Freedom comes when you understand the righteousness of God.

“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”

James 1:19-20 

  • Proverbs 15:28.
  • II Cor. 10:4.
  • God wants us to have a prepared life, but we must study/process before we answer. We have to be slow to speak.
  • When you get caught up defending yourself, you cannot be a representation of God. 

People first judge our flesh before they can ever judge our spirit. 

“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”

James 3:13-18 

  • You don’t have to know everything. 
  • Peace comes from sowing peace.
  • Matthew 5:9.
  • Our objective is reconciliation. 

“To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.”

Romans 2:7-11

“To those who by patient persistence in well-doing [springing from piety] seek [unseen but sure] glory and honor and [the eternal blessedness of] immortality, He will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and self-willed and disobedient to the Truth but responsive to wickedness, there will be indignation and wrath. [And] there will be tribulation and anguish and calamity and constraint for every soul of man who [habitually] does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek (Gentile). But glory and honor and [heart] peace shall be awarded to everyone who [habitually] does good, the Jew first and also the Greek (Gentile). For God shows no partiality [undue favor or unfairness; with Him one man is not different from another]. [Deut. 10:17; II Chron. 19:7.]”

Romans 2:7-11 

  • When I am not in right standing with God, my conscience is defensive.
  • When we honor God and do what He calls us to do, He has our back. 

“When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence. For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.”

Psalms 9:3-4 

  • If we are in His righteousness, He will prove we are right. We don’t have to prove ourselves!
  • Isaiah 48:17-18.

There are rewards to righteousness: 

Proverbs 10:2-3, 11, 16, 21, 24, 28, 30, 32.

Righteousness of Faith | Pt 3

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Matthew 6:33

  • There is a reward for seeking righteousness. 
  • Jesus was laying out what the culture of His Kingdom will look like.
  • You can’t separate the Kingdom of God from the Righteousness of God.
  • Psalms 97:2.
  • Romans 14:17.
  • Hebrews 1:8.
  • As I seek God’s kingdom, I am seeking His righteousness. 
  • Matthew 6:21.
  • When I seek His Kingdom and righteousness, all things will be added to my life. 

Instructed in Righteousness:

Righteousness is right standing with God. 

Romans 3:10.

Isaiah 64:6.

I don’t have right standing with God outside of Jesus. 

Difference between standing right with God and standing right for God: 

Relational = Right standing with God.

Representative = I re-present Him with the way I live. 

The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.”

Proverbs 15:28-29 

  • Too few believers live out a Kingdom mindset.
  • Why is study essential? It helps us learn how to represent the heart of the Father.
  • Too many believers offer too many opinions that they have not studied. 
  • We study the Word of God to know the answer. 
  • God has not called you to live by the opinions of others, He has called you to live by the truth of His Word. 
  • We should not take our opinion and go into God’s Word to seek an answer. We should lay our opinion on His altar and seek truth from His Word. 
  • God cannot educate us if we go to Him thinking we know everything!
  • We must be willing to stay in His Word and not change with the winds of doctrine. 

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17

  • We need instruction in Righteousness. 
  • Hebrews 5:13.

“I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.”

Psalms 119:106 

  • Righteous Judgement – where God has already judged a thing. 
  • No matter what the world says, I can’t move off of what God says.

“Righteous art thou, O Lord, and upright are thy judgments. Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.”

Psalms 119:137-138 

  • The Word is the instrument of righteousness that can resolve all debates. 

“I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.”

Psalms 119:158 

  • Truth is not relative.
  • God’s Truth does not change.

“Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.”

Psalms 119:160 

  • Revelations 16:7.
  • Revelations 19:2.

“With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.”

Isaiah 26:9 

  • What is my motive?
  • His Word (when applied to your life) will change your life. 
  • Our hearts desire should be to get His Word out in order to advance the Kingdom.

“The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.”

Proverbs 12:26 

  • You cannot excel without excellence.
  • Excellence is influential.

“The [consistently] righteous man is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked causes others to go astray.”

Proverbs 12:26 

“In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.”

Proverbs 12:28 

  • John 10:10.
  • Abundant life is found in righteousness. 
  • It benefits society when righteousness is exalted.

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

Proverbs 14:34 

“For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for? And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?”

Deuteronomy 4:7-8 

  • For a nation to be great, they must position themselves in the righteousness of God.
  • We have an impact on people when we stand right for God, even if those people don’t believe. 
  • II Thess. 2:10-12.

“Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king’s son. He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment. The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.”

Psalms 72:1-3 

  • Psalms 34:21.

Righteousness of Faith | Pt 2

“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”

Romans 10:1-3

  • When we establish our own righteousness (rightness), we have not followed the Word/Will of God.
  • When we don’t know, we then begin to establish our own righteousness (self-righteousness/rightness).
  • Romans 3:10.
  • His righteousness gives us right standing before God (His Blood).
  • I John 1:9.
  • II Corinthians 1:20.
  • Access was provided through Jesus’ shed blood.
  • Just because you have been given right standing doesn’t mean you are standing right for God.
  • Relationship and Representation are the two keys. 
  • What is disciplined and what is celebrated – any culture can be defined by these two things. 
  • Matthew 5-7 – laying out the culture of His Kingdom. 
  • Romans 12:2. 

“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)”

Romans 5:17 

“Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 5:18-21 

  • The Bible is God’s instruction manual for righteousness.  
  • II Timothy 3:16 – instruction in righteousness (comes from the Word). 
  • When you have the written Word of God on anything, you don’t need anything else.
  • Adam made me a sinner, Jesus made me righteous!
  • The name of Jesus gives us right standing and access. 
  • Matthew 7:21.
  • Why aren’t more believers living out or standing up for the righteousness of God?
  • Vs 14 – death reigned on all men (the penalty fell on all men and payment for that sin became available to all men). 
  • Jesus died for what I used to do.
  • God doesn’t hear us because of rightness, but because of right standing through Jesus. 
  • Jesus keeps us in right standing all the way to Heaven. 
  • Proverbs 23:7 – we become the product of what we think. 
  • If you don’t want something in your life, you can’t let it in your heart. 
  • Relationship with Him gives us the ability to live out a life for Him. 

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

Romans 6:1-4 

  • We’re raised to walk in newness of life!
  • There is no new life until we’ve associated with His death. We have to die to our old self. 

“For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.”

Romans 6:5-9 

  • When we associate with His death, it means we are no longer serving sin. 

“For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”

Romans 6:10-14 

  • Baptism does not seal our salvation. Jesus is the author and finisher of our salvation.
  • Newness of life transitions flesh to honoring God rather than self. 
  • There is a danger of returning to what God delivered you from.  
  • God never changed the authority of scripture, He never made the law illegal. 

“What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.”

Romans 6:15-20 

  • I show the world who I serve by what I yield to. 
  • Your testimony is greater than your vengeance. 
  • It’s more important that you represent the Father than your rightness.
  • Iniquity always leads to greater iniquity. 
  • Romans 1:17.
  • Faith always leads to faith. 

“What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 6:21-23 

  • The result of the right standing Jesus gave me should result in right standing for God.

The only people who see the Kingdom of God are those that have been born again!

The power of the Gospel saves you but also changes you. 

If your representation of righteousness convicts me, that’s not your fault, that’s my sin. 

When Churches change doctrine, we damage society. 

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-12 

  • Romans 3:23.
  • Jesus offers a free gift called right standing.
  • When you come to Jesus, you walk away different than you were before you came.

The conviction of sin causes you to go see Jesus. 

“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”

Matthew 25:31-41, 46 

Righteousness of Faith | Pt 1

“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

Romans 10:1-3

  • Jeremiah 3:15 – knowledge and understanding. 
  • Understanding goes beyond knowledge. 
  1. Righteousness 
  2. Self-Righteousness 
  3. Rightness
  • There is a difference between righteousness, self-righteousness and rightness.
  • A question we need to ask ourselves is, “Am I just trying to be right?”
  • In my rightness, have I stepped out of the righteousness of God?
  • There can be a false standard of what we assume is righteousness. It’s important that we first understand the righteousness of God.

Romans 3-6.

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”

Romans 3:10 

  • In and of ourselves there is none righteous.
  • God doesn’t just have attributes of righteousness; He IS righteous. 

“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

Isaiah 64:6 

  • Our own righteous ways are self-righteous. 

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”

Psalms 23:1-3 

  • He restoreth my soul (relationally). He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake (representative). You don’t get the second without the first.
  • The righteousness of God will either be about becoming relationally righteous or representatively righteous.
  • Something is between us if we are not right with God.
  • Adam hiding from God is the first broken relationship with God.
  • Conviction of sin tells us we are not in right standing with God.
  • Man has never had the ability to satisfy the debt owed to God.
  • Romans 6:23 – you cannot put a death debt with life. 
  • Genesis 3:21 – offering of the Lamb – atonement – paid the debt Adam owed God.
  • Genesis 4 – difference in the lamb and fruit of his labors.
  • Right standing with God would not come by work, but a price of death (lamb over fruit).
  • Jesus paid our debt and only asks we re-present Him in all we do. 
  • True righteousness is for His name’s sake.
  • Righteousness is all about representation. If I don’t walk in righteousness, I misrepresent the One who rescued me. 
  • The condition of the sheep is a reflection of the shepherd.  

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.”

John 16:7-12 

  • Romans 6:16-18 – when I was in sin, I was free from righteousness. 
  • “Free from righteousness” means you lived a life at one point in sin.
  • When you accept Christ, you become free from the power of sin. 
  • Many believers have not allowed God to liberate them from the sin mindset.
  • If the enemy can keep you separated relationally, you will never know the representative lifestyle. 
  • Where your heart is there is your treasure. 
  • You can’t represent Jesus until you have a relationship with Him. 
  • Religion vs. Relationship à Relationship comes from Right Standing.
  • Romans 10:3.

“If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.”

1 John 2:29 

  • The standard we must represent is the King of Kings.
  • Don’t allow a church, organization, group, or society to set the standard of righteousness. 
  • You can’t get right with God without Jesus.
  • Atonement = made one with God through Jesus.

“Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.”

1 John 3:7 

  • Righteousness out of me is a direct result of the source.

“In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.”

1 John 3:10 

  • You will represent whoever you have the closer relationship with.
  • Whose life am I manifesting? Whoever I have the relationship with.
  • Ephesians 4:24.
  • Ephesians 5:9.
  • II Timothy 3:16.
  • Hebrews 5:13.
  • Hebrews 12:11.

God made man in His image to represent and reflect Him. My whole goal in life is to bring Him glory in all that I do. I am God’s senate of His Kingdom; I represent Him everywhere I go. 

How can I live out righteousness when I am told I have to leave my righteousness at church?

“Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”

Romans 6:13 

“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.”

Romans 6:16, 18-19 

“For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 6:20-21, 23 

“That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 5:21 

The Remnant | Pt 7

We have to learn to live as wheat in a world filled with tares. 

“But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews. And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?”

Nehemiah 4:1-2 

  • The enemy will always mock what remains. 
  • Isaiah 61 – beauty for ashes.
  • It’s easy to focus on losses, but we have to turn our focus on what remains. 
  • God will always place His blessing on what remains and multiply the remnant.
  • God will pour out His blessing on the Remnant Church.
  • If He be for you, what can be against you? No weapon formed against you will prosper. 
  • Our mission is to advance the Kingdom of God.
  • Matthew 3:9.
  • God can raise up anyone to take your place. He’s not limited.
  • I don’t make God who He is, He makes me who I am. 
  • Do you really believe that what remains is enough? Do you believe it can be used again?
  • Psalms 126:5.

We must get aggressive with advancing the Kingdom. 

God is not changing our assignment based on what is going on in the world around us. 

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.”

Isaiah 61:1-5 

  • Quit counting people and things out. 
  • Not only can He revive the ashes, He will make it beautiful!

How can you vote on what God already legislated?

The closer we get to the last days, the more opposition we will face in advancing the Kingdom. 

“And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,

And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?”

Luke 4:1, 14-22 

  • They will speak against anything that appears to be small/limited. 
  • God won’t give you beauty and forget the ashes it came from!

“The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Acts 10:36-38 

  • God anointed what the people mocked. 
  • The people were looking at the natural, God was looking at the supernatural.
  • The enemy wants to mock every time we get a vision of advancing the kingdom
  • The Bible is filled with people God used that the people mocked. 
  • God knows what story He is writing in your life. 
  • “For God was with Him!”

The Remnant | Pt 6

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

Daniel 12:4, 8-10 

  • Only the Holy Spirit can open the seal of the Word for us to understand. 
  • The Times has established the ability for eyes to see everything. 
  • Seal the Book – Luke 4/Isaiah 61 – the scripture fulfilled in their ears. Jesus closed the book. 
  • When Jesus opens and closes the Book, He is saying that He is the only one who has that authority. 
  • In these last days, it’s important to hear what the Spirit is saying. 
  • The expansion of knowledge is an end time prophesy. 
  • We have knowledge so easily accessible to us, but so few know the Lord.
  • It’s possible to hear but not understand. 
  • God has called us to be wise and purified. 
  • The dividing line between the saved and lost will only widen.
  • It’s a choice to be part of the Remnant. 

A common theme in both the Old Testament and the New Testament is that there will be a Remnant that remains. 

6 Things that describe the Remnant Church:

  1. Word Based
  2. Kingdom Minded
  3. Counter Culture (Romans 12:2)
  4. Persecuted – for the standard of righteousness in our lives (Matthew 5)
  5. Unashamed – live out your faith (Romans 1:16)
  6. Courageous (Joshua 1:6,9)

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 

  • Jesus doesn’t return until there is a falling away. 
  • If you have not fallen away, you are the Remnant. 

“Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:”

2 Thessalonians 2:5-8 

  • The Holy Ghost holds all authority and power, exercised through the Church. 
  • God is looking for a Remnant that knows who they are!
  • Revelations 4:1.
  • Hell cannot break loose yet because the Church is still here. 
  • God’s Power, Spirit and Word is always a step ahead of the enemy. 
  • You can’t endorse what God has condemned and think that it will be blessed.
  • God is always going to secure His Remnant before He brings His judgement. 

“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:”

2 Thessalonians 2:9-13 

  • All that God said is happening!
  • The enemy wants to silence what is truth. 

The Remnant | Pt 5

“And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me. Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.”

Judges 7:2-3 

  • So many times we believe the strength is in the majority. 
  • “If God be for you, who can be against you?”
  • God sets up the victory so He can get more Glory!
  • It’s so easy to look at what’s lost, but God always blesses what remains. 
  • The more impossible it may look, the more glory God can get. 
  • Habakkuk 2:1-4.
  • We exist to bring God glory!
  • He will do strong things through weak people.
  • God can do anything in your life that you won’t take the credit for.
  • Satan wants to kill your testimony. 
  • John 12 – Pharisees say they must kill Lazarus. 
  • The miracle in your life leads people to Jesus. 
  • Are you a Lazarus?
  • Fear and Faith cannot coexist.
  • Courage is the response to fear.
  • God tells Joshua five times that he needs courage. 
  • You cannot have courage without faith. 

“And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go. So he brought down the people unto the water: and the Lord said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink. And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water. And the Lord said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.”

Judges 7:4-7 

  • The 300 that remained had a warrior mindset. They were ready to battle and operated in discernment. 
  • God is no respecter of persons. 
  • II Timothy 1:7.
  • Luke 16:10 – you can only manage what you have left in your life. 
  • When God looks at this earth…all He needs is what remains.

God doesn’t need the majority, He just needs a Remnant!

“And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;”

Acts 17:6 

  • The earthly church had a reputation.
  • They were radical.

“Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.”

Acts 17:7 

  • They lived in a hostile time.
  • The disciples had an allegiance to the King of Kings. 
  • We need a reputation of turning society upside down for Jesus. 

6 Things that describe the Remnant Church:

  1. Word Based
  2. Kingdom Minded
  3. Counter Culture  
  4. Persecuted 
  5. Unashamed 
  6. Courageous 

John 17 – in the world but not of the world. 

When the Church fears persecution, it sides with the standards of the world. 

“And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.”

Acts 4:7-14 

  • This addresses the political and religious authorities.
  • Wholeness in our life points directly to Jesus.

“But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it. But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.”

Acts 4:15-21 

  • The enemies methods have never changed. Then and now he has tried to silence the church. 
  • Psalms 2. 

“And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?

And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,”

Acts 4:24-25, 29 

The Remnant needs Boldness!

“And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”

Acts 4:31 

“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”

Psalms 2:1-3 

“Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”

Psalms 2:12 

The Remnant | Pt 4

The pattern of God’s Word is always addressing what we have rather than what we don’t have. 

We can’t experience God’s blessing when we focus on what we don’t have. 

God can pour out His blessing on what remains. 

You can only manage what God has already put in your life. 

God is focused on The Remnant (what remains). Will we be found faithful?

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

2 Chronicles 7:14 

  • God is addressing who He has. He’s talking about those that remain. 
  • There is no salvation outside of the name of Jesus.
  • Humility= submitting to the Word and Kingdom of God. 
  • Matthew 6:33.
  • You don’t have the power to turn from wickedness until you seek Him first. 
  • Focus at what remains. God can take the people and what remains in your life to bless your life. 
  • The enemy that wants us focused on what we don’t have. 
  • All God needs is The Remnant of His people. 
  • God has never needed the bigger majority to win anything. 
  • Matthew 6:9.
  • We don’t have the power to leave wickedness without the strength of the Lord. 
  • Forgiveness of sin= personal. Heal their land= corporate.
  • Other people can benefit from our land being healed. 
  • The real healer is Jesus and all He needs is His people. 
  • Acts 16.
  • God is able to bless everyone just to get to you. 
  • When there are still people naming the name of Jesus, there is still hope. 

Sometimes we go to God with our limited budget. We need a God vision. 

God wants to do such great things in our lives that draw the lost to Him. 

“Moreover concerning the stranger, which is not of thy people Israel, but is come from a far country for thy great name’s sake, and thy mighty hand, and thy stretched out arm; if they come and pray in this house; Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for; that all people of the earth may know thy name, and fear thee, as doth thy people Israel, and may know that this house which I have built is called by thy name.”

2 Chronicles 6:32-33 

  • The stranger comes to see what great things God has done. 
  • Your faith is what draws people in. 
  • We need the people of God to use His name so He can do great things for His glory. 
  • Why would a stranger want to follow you to church when you are oppressed, depressed, and in a mess? 
  • We need to become Kingdom Advancers. 

“When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the Lord thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people, And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them; For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.”

Deuteronomy 20:1-4 

  • Micah 5:2.
  • He’s talking to the entire city even though it’s small. 
  • Micah was prophesying about Jesus. 
  • God can do something big out of something little. 

“And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”

1 Kings 19:13-14 

  • Focusing on what you’ve lost will send you into depression and into a cave.  
  • God’s voice drew Elijah out of the cave. 
  • Any time God asks a question, He already knows the answer. 
  • We have to transition our mindset from Victim to Victor. 

“Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.”

1 Kings 19:18 

  • God has more leftovers than we think He has. He has things we don’t even see.
  • God is always looking at his leftovers (what remains). 
  • Romans 11:2-5.
  • You don’t know what God has already put in His arsenal. 

“God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.”

Romans 11:2-5 

  • Even in this present time, there is a Remnant left. 

The Remnant | Pt 3

October 11, 2020

Remnant = a small remaining quantity of something. 

The enemy specializes in getting us to focus on what we don’t have or what we should have. God specializes in working miracles of what remains in our lives. 

“Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.” 

Matthew 15:21-28 

· Every time Jesus does something it’s a setup and intentional. 

· All we need is a Remnant to rise up in our family, our city, and our nation. 

· We can’t be discouraged of all that is occurring around us. God can use YOU, He doesn’t need the majority. 

· Vs. 27 – the dogs eat of the remnant, the scraps, the leftovers. 

· The leftover is still bread. The crumbs are still part of the bread, and God blesses the crumbs from the bread. 

· The crumbs offer as much power as the full loaf when God places His blessing on it. 

· The daughter was made well by the remains. 

· Just because it’s left-overs doesn’t mean God is not in it. 

· The path to God is narrow and few follow it. 

· It’s God’s blessing on your life that secures you, not the crowd! 

· God does not see as man sees. Those overlooked are seen by God. 

· Psalms 123:1-6

· Setbacks set up the remnant for comebacks! Look at what you have remaining. God always uses what remains. 

· Even if your faith is as small as a mustard seed, it still has potential. 

· You can take a seed and do the right thing with it and God can multiply it. 

· Seed never loses its potential. 

“These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

Matthew 10:5-6

“Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” 

Luke 15:1-7 

· Jesus will not be satisfied until the lost sheep is brought home. 

· Never discount your value to The Father. 

· Don’t ever think there is not enough left in your life for God to save you. 

· What we have does not add value to our life. God doesn’t want us for the things we have. 

· Be careful not to compare and compete with others, 

“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;” 

1 Corinthians 1:26-27 

· God will use people that are weak to confound the mighty. 

· God can do anything in your life that you are not willing to take credit for. 

· Don’t believe the naysayers. 

“And Israel beheld Joseph’s sons, and said, Who are these? And Joseph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them. Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them. And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed. And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth. And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near unto him. And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn. And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day, The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head. And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head. And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations. And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh. And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers. Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.” 

Genesis 48:8-22 

· All intentional – first born blessing comes through the right hand. 

· God is always showing us that just because it looks like it’s going a certain way, He never shows favoritism. 

· God sees all things and aligns you to receive His blessing. 

· The double portion blessing falls on all who are faithful to the Word. 

· Just because you’re under someone’s shadow doesn’t mean that God doesn’t know you exist.