The Remnant | Pt 2

September 28, 2020

Remnant = what is left over, what remains. 

“And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. And they did all eat, and were filled.” 

Mark 6:35-42 

· So many times we focus on what we don’t have or what we have lost in our past. 

· The enemy got Eve to look at what she didn’t have and that led to the first sin. 

· The one thing Eve could not have, she wanted. 

· The enemy has not changed his tactics from the beginning of time until today. He wants us to focus on what we don’t have and what we have lost so that we can’t see what God has for us. 

· All God needs is a Remnant. 

· God will never ask you to be faithful over what you don’t have. 

· What do you have? Write it down and let God use it. 

· Miracles are worked through the Remnant! 

· There is a pattern of God saying, “show me what you have.” 

· Psalms 126:5-6 – bringing His harvest with Him. 

· God will take what remains and make change. 

· God will always use the Remnant in our lives. 

· When you hear the Word of God, it’s beneficial no matter your age. 

“And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.”

Mark 6:44 

· The miracle in feeding the 5,000 is not just the bread and fish, but the use of the little boy who wasn’t even counted in the 5,000! Only men were counted, not the women and children. God will use people who are not even counted. 

· Reference story: Samuel anointing David. 

· God looks on the heart and not the outward appearance of man/woman. 

· God takes weak things to make strong things. 

· I Samuel 9:21. 

· We can all be discounted to greatness. 

· Focusing on what you don’t have will cause you to get discouraged. 

“And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.” 

Mark 6:39 

· God always causes His sheep to sit in green pastures. 

· Psalms 23. 

· To get to the mountain top, you have to go through the valley. 

“And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.” 

Mark 6:40 

· When we experience loss, God brings order to our lives. 

· We need order in our lives to bring out the best in what remains. 

· The valley causes chaos, order brings the mountain top experience. 

“And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.” 

Mark 6:41 

· If we are ever going to be successful, we must be thankful for what we have now. 

· Give thanks for where you are and the places you have left behind. 

· If you will be thankful for the not enough, God will bring you into a season of more than enough! 

· God will use other people to bless and enrich your life. 

“And they did all eat, and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes.” 

Mark 6:42-43 

· Jesus started with the Remnant and after feeding everyone, He still had a Remnant. 

· Jesus chasing the boy was intentional. God never does anything that isn’t intentional. 

· We serve a God that is a God of more than enough. 

· Ephesians 3:20. 

· He doesn’t just want our head above water, He wants us walking ON the water. 

· God gave them more than what they needed. 

“And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.” 

Mark 6:45-46 

· Jesus sent the twelve disciples away and then He went to pray. 

· Jesus was numb from ministry. 

· There is a burden in a blessing. 

· Restoration needs to occur after a big victory. 

“And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.” 

Mark 6:47-48 

· He told them to go to the other side. 

· The storm told them they could not get to where Jesus said they were to go. 

· Jesus at no point lost track of them. 

· Jesus would have passed by them until they called to Him for help. 

· Hebrews 11:1 – Jesus can’t bless you without faith. 

· God will always position Himself to bless you but He is waiting on you to activate your faith. 

· Sometimes as believers we just want God to do it because He knows, but it takes FAITH to activate His protection and blessing. 

· Wind, darkness, and a storm stood between them but it never stopped God to get to them. 

· Everything that had the disciples afraid was under Jesus’ feet – He was walking on the waves. 

“But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:” 

Mark 6:49 

· Sometimes God will show up in ways we didn’t even see coming. He doesn’t always show up in a way that you easily recognize. 

· They called out to Jesus based on His Word. 

“For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.” 

Mark 6:50 

· Just hearing the Word comforts everything. 

“And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.” 

Mark 6:51-52 

· God knew when they were going to face hard times. 

· Because the disciples forgot the miracles of the past day, they didn’t have the faith to face the trials of today. 

· In the boat was a Remnant of what God was able to do. 

· The testimony of your life is about what you have come through. What has the Lord done in your life and you still have the remains? 

· We must pull from the leftovers and the Remnant. 

· When you apply the Word, your faith begins to apply miracles. 

· The miracle is still in what remains. 

· We are what is left for Him to do the work through!

The Remnant | Pt 1

September 23, 2020

Remnant = what is left over, what remains. 

In a society where we are trained there is strength in numbers, that is not the case with the Kingdom. 

God has always used the remnant to do a great thing. 

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

Matthew 7:13-14 

  • I’d rather be numbered with the few and find life than be numbered with the great and find death. 
  • We live in a world that values the many, verses the few. 
  • Our flesh seeks out popularity and acceptance.
  • God always uses what remains to do amazing things.
  • The value of life does not rest in the “all”. 
  • With God nothing is proportional !
  • All God needs is a remnant to do supernatural things !
  • With the mindset of us trying to qualify ourselves, we fall short.

“After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.”

Luke 10:1-3

  • God does not give us assignments based on our proportion and ability. 
  • You can allow the size of the harvest to keep you from laboring/reaping it.
  • If you had all the wisdom, you wouldn’t need God!
  • He has already equipped and empowered you for your assignment.

“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

Romans 8:31 

  • Quit trying to compare what you have and don’t have. 
  • Luke 4:17
  • His anointing is greater than anything that comes against us.
  • The Story of Nazareth
  • John 6 / Mark 6
  • God always direct our attention to what we do have and not what we don’t have. 
  • Elijah – sent to the women/all she had
  • God doesn’t need the barrel full, He just needs the remains. 
  • Man sinned because they focused on what they didn’t have. 
  • Psalm 126
  • You can’t make a decision on what you don’t have, but on what you do have. 

Feeding the 5,000

  • God used the fish and loaves from the boy who wasn’t included in the 5,000. Only the men were numbered, not the women and children.
  • Will we be the only one that remains?
  • The disciples were more focused on what they didn’t have.
  • God is looking for those that have not even been counted!

Story of David

  • David was the 8th son of Jesse.
  • When Samuel came to visit Jesse’s son, to anoint them king, David was left in the fields. He wasn’t counted or included in the line up for Samuel to chose from.
  • David was the left over; the youngest of the sons to Jesse.
  • God is always looking for the Remnant!

There is a call on the Remnant and we must answer the call. 

Quit counting and comparing yourself to others. 

Jesus said to go after the least of these. 

“And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”

Matthew 17:14-21 

The Beginning of Sorrows | Pt. 9 (Wednesday 4.22.20)

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.”
Matthew 24:1-4

 We have been in a time that Jesus foretold of called the beginning of sorrows.

 These are the “birth pains” of the earth foretelling of the end of time.

 

“Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.”
Luke 11:52

 The word of God is alive. It is not a history book that points to past events alone. The Bible is also a book of prophesy. The word of God is being manifested and coming to pass…we are currently living IN the Bible days!

 What separates Jesus from any other prophet is that every aspect of his life was foretold of before he was ever conceived. (Hebrews 10:7)

 For every prophesy that indicated that Jesus was coming there are eight that tell us he s coming again.

 We’ve studied the Satan wants control of three domains: Religious, Economical, and Political. We’ve also recently studied “Faith in the Fire” and “Praying the Word”. Amos 3 says that nothing would come upon the earth before it is revealed to His prophet. We’ve been prepared for this season.

 The body of Christ must know what is written and speak the Word of God over our 40! We’ve been given the authority to speak the word according to Psalm 50:16

 In this passage, Jesus mentions “keys to knowledge”. Things in the Bible were sealed until the end times: “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.” Daniel 12:4

Based on Pastor’s study, these are The “Keys” to Knowledge that he has discovered in the word:

1) The Holy Spirit (John 16:13)

2) Let the Bible teach the Bible (Isaiah 28:10)

3) Use the Old and New Testament (Matthew 13:52)

4) Discover the Patterns in the Word (Psalms 40:7, Hebrews 10:7)

5) Always look for Jesus (John 5:39)

 

“Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:”
Isaiah 28:9-10

 The Word is compared to milk, honey, bread, and meat…all things we consume. If we want knowledge we must eventually come off the milk.

 This is what will give us strength to go into the field and do battle.

Studying the word line upon line, precept upon precept, we are able to get a deep understanding of the word.

 

“Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the Lord, the first, and with the last; I am he.”
Isaiah 41:4

 In every generation there is a need for salvation and a need for Jesus. Sometimes we get so comfortable that we forget this.

 A prophetical picture of the last day church was the church of Laodecia.

 There is something about crisis that helps people realize that their life is not as secure as they thought it was. This is where God can take something bad and turn it for good.

Genesis 5:1-29 details the generations from Adam to Noah. The name in each generation is translated into the condition of man and tells the story of Jesus’ coming. The names defined give us: Man was appointed mortal sorrow but the blessed God shall come down teaching, his death shall bring the despairing comfort and rest.

Generations

 

“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
Jude 1:14-15

Enoch prophesied of judgement coming. He was pointing to the return of Jesus seven generations after Adam and long before Jesus came.

 

“Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.”
1 Peter 3:20-22

 Jesus compared his return to God’s long-suffering in the the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37)

The Lord could have judged the earth at any time but he was long-suffering.

 

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
2 Peter 3:3-5,8-9

What God is foretelling will come!

God is holding back His judgement for the saving of souls.

 

And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:”
Genesis 5:21-22

MethuselahAge

MethuselahName

 

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2 Thessalonians 2:7 KJV

“For the mystery of lawlessness (that hidden principle of rebellion against constituted authority) is already at work in the world, [but it is] restrained only until he who restrains is taken out of the way.”
2 Thessalonians 2:7 AMPC

 We are a modern day Methuselah called to advance God’s kingdom until the last soul enters in. At that point, the church will be taken out of the earth and judgement will fall.

 We are here with a purpose.

Pastor Tyler Wooten | Can’t Touch This (Sunday 4.19.20)

“The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.”
Psalms 92:12

“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:13

 We, as believers, are liken to a palm tree. Palm Trees provide:

1. Shade. A palm tree provides shade and rest for the weary.

 Our duty is to represent Jesus. Just as much as we find rest in Jesus, the world should find rest in us. We should be a safe place, a place of peace and rest.

2. Fruit. Year-around the palm tree produces fruit.

 We should prosper in times like this. We can produce fruit when we are planted in Jesus. We are called to produce fruit no matter the season.

3. A palm tree will use elements from a storm as stimulants for growth.

 An example would be the rain off of a storm would be used for growth instead of the palm tree being flooded or drowning in the rain water. We should use this season for growth.

4. Palm trees know how to bend and not break in a storm.

 We are flexible and should be able to bend and not break you. We can be adaptable to any season that comes.

5. A palm tree will dig to find water. It tells its roots to go deeper until it finds water.

 Digging spiritually is necessary.

 Your secret place of worship, prayer, sacrifice, and devotion are places that the devil can’t go with you. The devil doesn’t know how to go deep!

 What’s around you may be affected but what’s in you doesn’t have to be.

 When you feel weary, it may be because you are not digging. There is no lack of water beneath the surface, only a lack of digging.

 D.I.G. = Do It God!

“And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac’s servants digged a well.”
Genesis 26:25

 There was sacrifice, surrender, worship, a place of devotion and pursuit of God.

 We are designed to DIG!

 We can be quarantined BUT our dig can’t be quarantined!

 If you’ve missed your DIG, you’ve missed everything. Your DIG is time with God, it is your relationship with Jesus.

 Along the way people may try to:

1. There will be those who discourage our DIG. They may challenge your prayers.

2. There will be those in life who try to discredit our DIG. The greatest witness is to just be yourself.

3. There are those who will try to dampen our DIG.

4. There are those who will deepen our DIG. They give accountably and we need major accountability in this season. We need to be this for others as well.

 We should never:

1. We should never desert our DIG.

2. We should never delegate our DIG. You have to DIG for yourself. You can’t live a life being spoon fed. This is not the job of your pastor or your spouse. We are responsible for our own relationship with Jesus.

 We should:

1. We should devote ourselves to our DIG. We have to consecrate our time and space to meet with God.

 Jesus himself got up early to spend time with God. If Jesus had to DIG, we also must DIG.

 You can touch a lot of things, but you can’t touch my DIG.

 When you know how to DIG, you won’t succumb to the pressures of the world.  Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, King David, and Job are only a few from scripture who knew how to DIG.

 Once you know how to DIG, you discover who He is. You will discover whose you are. You start discovering purpose.

SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2020 – 8:00AM Service

The Beginning of Sorrows | Pt. 5 (Sunday 3.29.20)

“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
Matthew 24:1-8

 Successful people know how to adapt to seasons. Ecc 9:13 reminds us that a wise man knows how to make a judgement call based on the season that he is in.

 We can get so caught up in routines that we won’t break that routine. If we’re not careful, we expect tomorrow to look like today and next Sunday to look like this Sunday. We have to be sensitive to seasons, there is nothing that is certain when it comes to tomorrow. We are to take no thought for tomorrow.

 A sorrow is a birth pain. It comes from the Hebrew word, “Odin” which is a pang or throe, especially of childbirth–pain, sorrow, travail. These “birth pains” are leading us up to the end of time. The closer we get to the end of the world, the closer together and more intense these signs will become.

 What is happening right now (coronavirus) Jesus already spoke on and warned us about.

 Its our job to continue to be who God called us to be in every season. Will we come out of this better, wiser, and more determined than we went in?

 

“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.”
Thessalonians 5:1-10

 The end of time comes like birth pains on a woman with child leading up to the delivery of that child (the return of Jesus).

 For those who have been born again, Jesus’ return will not overtake us like a thief in the night because he has told us in his word what to look for. It will overtake unbelievers like a thief in the night.

 

“The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?”
Matthew 16:1-3

 Jesus said that we should be able to tell the times and what is going to happen by the signs in the earth.

Reading the word of God is like reading tomorrow’s newspaper today.

 

“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

 Man will run to and fro and knowledge will be shared and increased! Some things will not be understood until knowledge is increased. Our ability to share knowledge instantaneously across the globe is a fulfillment of prophesy in itself.

 The word will test you to see if you really believe what you say you believe. Isaiah 53:1 says whose report will you believe?

 As much as you would store up bread in times of famine, we need to store up the word in our hearts in times of famine.

“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. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
John 16:7-13

 The first role of the Holy Spirit is to convince us to believe, the second is to convince us to righteousness, the third is of judgement.

 The Holy Spirit is God’s prophetic voice. We should not be surprised or unprepared about any of this. Nothing should overtake us in our ignorance.

 God is who He says he is. Only a God who stands outside of time could predict the end from the begining.

 There is going to be a harvest. These days are a prelude to revival!

SUNDAY, March 29, 2020 – Online Service

The Beginning of Sorrows | Pt. 2 (Wednesday 3.18.20)

“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;”
2 Timothy 4:1-3

 There is something about a trial that will make the main thing the main thing again!

 Be instant in and out of season…when we can gather and when we can’t gather.

 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

 This is an opportunity for the body of Christ to rise up and declare the Word of God!

 Stop saying “Oh me” and say “Amen” to the promises of God! “

 In Isaiah 53:1, the question is asked “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?”  The arm of the Lord will be revealed to them that believe the report.

 FEAR is nothing more than False Evidence Appearing Real. Threats and issues may be real but they don’t have to have power over us. Just because “its” out there, “it” doesn’t have to get you!

 The word of God doesn’t change just because our situation or position changes.

 

“I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Philippians 4:12-13

I am instructed: When you don’t have the word of God in your life, you don’t know how to go through things.

 Everything we go through will not be tailor made for us. When things are not going our way, will we still be who God called us to be? Are you still the head and not the tail? Are you still above only and never beneath?

 Jehosephat put confidence in two things, the name of the Lord, and the word of the Lord.

 

“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, But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 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: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
2 Timothy 3:1-2,10-17

 The word knowledge represents a conviction and oneness in truth. This is demonstrated in Genesis 4 where Adam knew Eve and she conceived and bear a son. This verse in 2 Timothy shows that in the last days, people will be ever learning but not have the knowledge of God.

 When we stand on the word, believe it and have hope in the word of God we become one with the word in these perilous times. Adversity will make you one with God.

 When times are hard, you’ve got to stick with what you’ve learned.

 If the body of Christ is broken and defeated, how will the world receive hope.

 We cannot be defeated. Let the word of faith come out of your mouth and confuse the enemy.

 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3 – When our mind is really on Jesus, we should walk in peace.

 We are living epistles. The living word. Our lives need to reflect the glory and goodness of God. We need to be medicine to the people around us.

 The enemy wants us all offended at each other and eventually at God.

 There are many believers who only have a physical connection with Jesus and no spiritual connection. John 6:26-29 gives an account of people who only followed Jesus for the bread he gave them, not for him or the miracles he did. Don’t let this be you!

 What will we convey to the Lord in hard times?

 God looks at the remnant who is ready to be used for His kingdom!

Rise up! This is the threshold to revival!

 

Declaration of Psalm 91 over your life:
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord , He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord , which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
Psalms 91:1-16

 

 

Declaration of 2 Chronicles 20:9 over your life:
If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.
2 Chronicles 20:9

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – 6:30PM Service

Purpose | Pt.5 (2.9.20)

“There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.”
Proverbs 19:21

 God’s plan will stand.

 

“And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:27-28

 It’s ok if your plans are not going as you planned, God will use it.

 God has a way of using things we didn’t plan to prepare us for His purpose.

 We need a reconciliation on what’s in our minds and what’s in God’s heart.

 Hebrews 7:25 – “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

 verse 28: all things work together for His will.

 Ecclesiastes 3:1 – “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”

 When you step into something too soon, it can hurt you.

 Stop judging your life by age and experience. Only God knows when you are ready for the next season.

 God specializes in allowing you to make big mistakes in a small room instead of big mistakes in a big room.

 Make a decision that God will be the potter and you will be the clay.

 

“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:”
Philippians 2:7

 Three things that are plaguing the body of Christ: Preference, Praise & Promotion. Problem occur when we prefer ourself over others, expect and feed off the praise of men, and seek promotion.

 Titles are a handicap. You’re not defined by one title. The enemy likes to get you in one spot, focused on one title so that if it doesn’t work out you’ll focus on that failure.

 God establishes your purpose.

 

“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David. And David enquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.”
1 Samuel 30:6-8

 David encouraged himself in the Lord.

 verse 2: If you look back, the explanation as to why David was sad was that he failed in his role as king and it resulted in all the women and children, including his own, being taken into captivity.

 You never know how God will take what is in your life today and use it for where He is taking you.

 David slew Goliath as a shepherd. He went back to that place to encourage himself.

 verse 8: David, the king, became David, the shepherd, again.

 In the end, by the instruction of the Lord, David recovered all that was lost!

Sunday, February 9, 2020 – 9:45AM Service

Marriage Conference | Night 3: Session 1 – Pastor James A. McMenis (2.7.20)

“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.”
Romans 13:8

 Live with the mindset that love is a debt that you never pay off. Since love is a debt that you never pay off, you are always making payments. The debt doesn’t get satisfied.

 Eight times in the Old Testament, God says that we should love our neighbor as ourself.

 The two most important things that God commands us to do in scripture is to love God and to love your neighbors as yourself.

 There are five love languages to speak to your spouse: (1) Words of Affirmation, (2) Physical touch, (3) Quality time, (4) Acts of Service, (5) Gifts

 Keep making payments!

 Stop making statements like, “you should know I love you.”

 We are called to keep paying on the love debt until Jesus comes back.

“And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.”
Luke 10:25-28

 The man in this passage was looking for a way to get out of the commandment to love.

“So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.”
Ephesians 5:28

 Adam was the head, this is why God called out to him and not Eve after they sinned.

 If you’ve not received the love of God, you will struggle to give love to others. Your capacity to love will be limited until you know God’s love.

 No one can fill your love tank but Jesus!

 Don’t be a depleting person.

 Knowledge removes ignorance, love removes hate, and light removes darkness.

 You cannot make a love withdrawal when the balance is zero. If you see someone at a zero balance, make a deposit.

 What gets on others when they are around you?

“And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. 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. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:”
Luke 6:31-33,35-38

 The spirit produces love.

 Don’t try to find a loophole.

 When you don’t communicate love, you remove joy from the relationship.

 A marriage cannot have peace without joy and there is no joy without love.

 Whatever is coming out of you is returned to you.

 Psalms 45:7-8 & Hebrews 1:9

 Whatever is coming out of your life is different when you’ve been with God.

 Get in fellowship with God so that you can offer them something that didn’t already come from them. When they pour into you, don’t just give back what they already gave to you. Give them something fresh, an overflow from your relationship with God.

Matthew 10:8 – “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”

Proverbs 18:24 – “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;”
Ephesians 5:25

 When I submit to Jesus, I submit to his love.

 If men loved their wives as Christ loved the church, wives would submit.

John 15:12 – This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

 The body doesn’t work independently of the head. Stay in the will of God even if your spouse is not. Pray and ask the Lord to align them.

Marriage Conference | Night 2: Session 2 – Pastor James A. McMenis (2.6.20)

“But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.”
2 Kings 5:11

When our expectations are not met, we can become offended.

 We come into marriage with preconceived ideas which can come from:

1. Our parents and how we saw marriage.

Ephesians 6:4 – “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

Proverbs 14:1 – “Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.”

 Ask yourself, “Have I brought strongholds into my marriage that are not biblical?”

2. Tradition

Mark 7:13 – “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.”

3. Culture

 Marriage should be a picture of Christ and the church. Your marriage should not be defined by what’s going on in today’s culture.

Romans 12:2 – “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

 Culture can also be established in movies which make men more emotional and women more sexual. Its not reality.

4. Church

 Just because you heard it at church, doesn’t make it true. It has to be based on the word.

 In the following scriptures, there was a lot going on and lot being said. Jesus points to all the things that people had heard and that seemed normal but he pointed them back to what he says on the matter.

Matthew 5:21,27,33,43 – “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.”

 Let the word of God be the foundation of what I expect in marriage.

 

“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”
Genesis 2:16-18

 God gave Adam a help meet. Meet means that she was proper, suitable and fit for him.

 Eve was also a spiritual help to Adam. God saw a man that needed help right after a command of death was given.

 We get the complete image of God when man and woman come together.

“And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,”
Matthew 19:4

 In this passage, Jesus endorses the origin of marriage from Genesis.

 There is no offense when there is no expectation.

 The closer you get, the higher the expectation.

 There is always the capacity to be offended with extended time/relationships.

“Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the Lord hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.”
Malachi 2:14

 Marriage is to produce Godly seed or Godly fruit.

 Sin is selfish, you cannot be selfish and be married.

“They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.”
Matthew 19:7-8

 Divorce was suffered or allowed only due to the hardness of heart. The enemy wants our hearts to be hard.

 We have to break the spirit of offense.

Psalms 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.”

 Offense is based on expectations. Unfulfilled expectation turns into anger. Unfulfilled revenge turns into bitterness.

“A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.”
Proverbs 18:19

 When we are offended, we put bars up. Then, we don’t let that person in until they have paid what we thing they should. Until then, they don’t get access.

 Those bars turn into your own prison.

 It leads to your own bondage due to offense.

 There are four basic needs for all people: (1) acceptance, (2) identity, (3)security, and (4) purpose. We must rely on God to ultimately meet these needs so we don’t put unrealistic expectations on others to meet the need.

 

If two are to become one…

 Both must be adaptable. I am able to change or be changed in order to be a better fit or work better in a certain situation.

 Both must have empathy. Empathy is the ability to care about what someone else is feeling. It helps you to be sensitive to your spouse’s needs. There is too much water in the world for your spouse to leave home thirsty!

Marriage Conference | Night 2: Session 1 – Chrissy McMenis (2.6.20)

Two choices we have in Marriage:
God’s Original Plan vs. Marriage under the curse

“And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;”
Genesis 2:21

 This passage gives us the Bible’s first mention of marriage which is God’s original intent.

 God’s original design was oneness.

 Adam and Eve were naked, they exposed all of themselves to one another with no shame.

“Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
Genesis 3:1-14,16

 Under the curse, we are deceived to believe that control is better than being dependent on God.

 Once sin entered man, Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves together. They were the only ones there but they covered themselves. There was shame between the two of them and shame between man and God.

 There was shame, blame and condemnation.

 Verse 16: Be careful that the desire doesn’t rule. What this means is that under the curse, the woman would desire her husband but he would rule over her. As women, be sure not to allow the curse to give you an overwhelming desire to have a husband or for your husband to fulfill you. Your value and worth comes from God, not man.

Marriage in the New Testament

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.”
Ephesians 5:18-28

 When we are filled with the Spirit, it is a constant cycle of being filled.

 As a woman, submit all that you are as a woman to your husband. As a man, submit all that you are as a man to your wife. Both the husband and the wife bear a part of God’s image. When we come together, that image is complete. If we allow  all that God put in us to lift one another up, our spouse can be all that God has called them to be.

 We can look at the relationship of Christ and the church as an example of how we are to treat our spouse.

 If we are walking in our marriage in shame, blame, and condemnation, we are walking in the curse.

 The great news is that because of redemption, you can choose to walk in blessing instead of curse at any moment.

How to walk in a Grace-filled Marriage & Family

Six Declarations to live by:

1. My primary source is God. My value and identity are in God.

 In the garden, they trusted God for all their needs. On your worst day, you are just as valuable to God.

 John 4:7 – The woman at the well was looking to be filled by men but when she encountered Jesus, she had the opportunity to be filled by Jesus and never thirst again.

2. I am filled by His Spirit, not by the performance of others (or my children).

 Don’t buy into the lie that you are only good enough once you’ve done enough.

Ephesians 3:16 – “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;”

 Under the curse, our spouse is our supply. Under grace our greatest needs are met by God.

Galatians 5:15-16 – “But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”

Galatians 5:21-22 – “Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,”

Without the Holy Spirit, we will resort to marriage under the curse!

3. My spouse and my children are gifts to me.

4. My worth is not based on my performance.

 Don’t be concerned about appearances, they do not define you as a mother, father, wife, or husband. Be concerned with what God thinks of you, not others.

 The people around us need to know that they are more important than the screen (phone).

Romans 5:8 – “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

 Christ delighted in you and delivered you.

Proverbs 8:19 – “My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.”

5. I can separate my spouse’s identity from their behavior.

6. I can speak the truth in love!

 We should be able to find the solution in the word.

 Matthew 5:9 says blessed are the peacemakers, not peacekeepers.

 Don’t just be silent, deal with issues.

 Check your heart and motive.

 Revelation 2:2,4 shows us a way to deal with issues. Give three compliments and only one complaint.