Praise Before The Breakthrough

Message Notes

God word – praise comes before the breakthrough

Story – Jericho walls (will summarize)

Application – Let our 1st response be to praise

Praise Before The Breakthrough

Joshua 6:1-20 NIV
[1] Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in. [2] Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. [3] March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. [4] Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. [5] When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.” [6] So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant of the Lord and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it.” [7] And he ordered the army, “Advance ! March around the city, with an armed guard going ahead of the ark of the Lord.” [8] When Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets before the Lord went forward, blowing their trumpets, and the ark of the Lord’s covenant followed them. [9] The armed guard marched ahead of the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard followed the ark. All this time the trumpets were sounding. [10] But Joshua had commanded the army, “Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout! ” [11] So he had the ark of the Lord carried around the city, circling it once. Then the army returned to camp and spent the night there. [12] Joshua got up early the next morning and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. [13] The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward, marching before the ark of the Lord and blowing the trumpets. The armed men went ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ark of the Lord, while the trumpets kept sounding. [14] So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days. [15] On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. [16] The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! [17] The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent. [18] But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. [19] All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the Lord and must go into his treasury.” [20] When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city.

Praise Prepares the Heart

James 3:9-12 NIV
[9] With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. [10] Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. [11] Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? [12] My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Praise is Faith Building

Hebrews 11:1 NIV
[1] Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Praise Is The Language of Heaven

Revelation 19:4-6 NIV
[4] The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried: “Amen, Hallelujah!” [5] Then a voice came from the throne, saying: “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both great and small!” [6] Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.

So How Should We Praise God?

1.Praise Him Because He Is Good

Psalm 135:1-3 NIV
[1] Praise the Lord. Praise the name of the Lord; praise him, you servants of the Lord, [2] you who minister in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God. [3] Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.

2.Praise Him Before and After The Victory

Judges 1:1-2 NLT
[1] After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the LORD, “Which tribe should go first to attack the Canaanites?” [2] The LORD answered, “Judah, for I have given them victory over the land.”

3.Praise Him For His Son

Ephesians 1:6-7 NLT
[6] So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. [7] He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.

“I Want A Heart Like God’s Heart”

Message Notes

Acts 13:22 (NIV)
22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’

A Wrong Heart Will Keep You From God’s Plan
Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)
13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

A Right Heart Will Be Blessed
Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)
13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Jesus Wants To Help Our Hearts

(Mark 4:1-9 NET) Again he began to teach by the lake. Such a large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the lake and sat there while the whole crowd was on the shore by the lake. (2) He taught them many things in parables, and in his teaching said to them: (3) “Listen! A sower went out to sow. (4) And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. (5) Other seed fell on rocky ground where it did not have much soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep. (6) When the sun came up it was scorched, and because it did not have sufficient root, it withered. (7) Other seed fell among the thorns, and they grew up and choked it, and it did not produce grain. (8) But other seed fell on good soil and produced grain, sprouting and growing; some yielded thirty times as much, some sixty, and some a hundred times.” (9) And he said, “Whoever has ears to hear had better listen!”

(Mark 4:13-20) NET) He said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? Then how will you understand any parable? (14) The sower sows the word. (15) These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: Whenever they hear, immediately Satan comes and snatches the word that was sown in them. (16) These are the ones sown on rocky ground: As soon as they hear the word, they receive it with joy. (17) But they have no root in themselves and do not endure. Then, when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, immediately they fall away. (18) Others are the ones sown among thorns: They are those who hear the word, (19) but worldly cares, the seductiveness of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it produces nothing. (20) But these are the ones sown on good soil: They hear the word and receive it and bear fruit, one thirty times as much, one sixty, and one a hundred.”

1.Heart gone hard

-I used to have that one

-What can change it?

John Maxwell “Change is inevitable”. 3 ways:

-Hurt enough to change

-Exposed to a new way of thinking (culture) long enough to change

-Learn enough to change

Key to change this heart = hunger for something more!

(Matthew 5:6 WE) God makes happy those who are hungry and thirsty for what is right and good. They will be filled.

2.Heart gone fearful

Key to change this heart = Holy Spirit power

(2 Timothy 1:7 NET) For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.

(Isaiah 43:2 NET) When you pass through the waters, I am with you; when you pass through the streams, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not harm you.

3.Heart gone crazy greedy (in a new season of life)

Key to change this heart = perspective of life and happiness

(Matthew 6:33 NIV) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

4.Heart gone into growth, maturity, satisfaction, fruitfulness

“I want a heart like that!”

So key to heart care = Change thinking.

(Mark 1:15 ERV) He said, “The right time is now here. God’s kingdom is very near. Change your hearts and lives, and believe the Good News!”

A Storm In Life – What Are You Going To Do?

Message Notes

(Matthew 14:22-33 TPT) As soon as the people were fed, Jesus told his disciples to get into their boat and to go to the other side of the lake while he stayed behind to dismiss the people. (23) After the crowds dispersed, Jesus went up into the hills to pray. And as night fell he was there praying alone with God. (24) But the disciples, who were now in the middle of the lake, ran into trouble, for their boat was tossed about by the high winds and heavy seas. (25) At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came to them, walking on the waves! (26) When the disciples saw him walking on top of the water, they were terrified and screamed, “A ghost!” (27) Then Jesus said, “Be brave and don’t be afraid. I am here!” (28) Peter shouted out, “Lord, if it’s really you, then have me join you on the water!” (29) “Come and join me,” Jesus replied. So Peter stepped out onto the water and began to walk toward Jesus. (30) But when he realized how high the waves were, he became frightened and started to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he cried out. (31) Jesus immediately stretched out his hand and lifted him up and said, “What little faith you have! Why would you let doubt win?” (32) And the very moment they both stepped into the boat, the raging wind ceased. (33) Then all the disciples crouched down before him and worshiped Jesus. They said in adoration, “You are truly the Son of God!”
– Sent on ahead – next season

A storm in life: They are still together, but in trouble

(v.27) 3 words of Jesus:
1.Be Brave
(Matthew 9:22 NIV) Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
‘tharseo’ —> tharsiete !!!
2.I am with you
(Matthew 28:18-20 NIV) Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. (19) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

3.Don’t Be Afraid

(2 Timothy 1:7 NIV) For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
‘Don’t have spirit of fear (phobia)”
Peter goes where no man has gone before …
(Matthew 14: 28-31 TPT) Peter shouted out, “Lord, if it’s really you, then have me join you on the water!” (29) “Come and join me,” Jesus replied. So Peter stepped out onto the water and began to walk toward Jesus. (30) But when he realized how high the waves were, he became frightened and started to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he cried out. (31) Jesus immediately stretched out his hand and lifted him up and said, “What little faith you have! Why would you let doubt win?”
Then they were at the other side of the storm:
(Matthew 14:32-33 TPT) And the very moment they both stepped into the boat, the raging wind ceased. (33) Then all the disciples crouched down before him and worshiped Jesus. They said in adoration, “You are truly the Son of God!”

The House With A Heart For Me

Message Notes

Matthew 21:12-17 (NIV)
12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.
13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”
14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.
15 But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,“they were indignant.
16 “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.
“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read,
“‘From the lips of children and infants
you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?”
17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.

God’s House Is …

A House of Prayer

Matthew 18:20 (NIV)
20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

A House of Healing

Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.

A House of Praise

Psalm 150:1-6 (NIV)
1 Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.

3 Ways To Have a Heart for the House

I Have A Heart for the House Because the House Had a Heart for Me First

1.Be a Part of the House

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,
25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

2.Play A Part In The House

1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

3.Let’s Build the House for Future Generations

2 Chronicles 6:7-11 (NIV)
7 “My father David had it in his heart to build a temple for the Name of the Lord, the God of Israel.
8 But the Lord said to my father David, ‘You did well to have it in your heart to build a temple for my Name.
9 Nevertheless, you are not the one to build the temple, but your son, your own flesh and blood—he is the one who will build the temple for my Name.’
10 “The Lord has kept the promise he made. I have succeeded David my father and now I sit on the throne of Israel, just as the Lord promised, and I have built the temple for the Name of the Lord, the God of Israel.
11 There I have placed the ark, in which is the covenant of the Lord that he made with the people of Israel.”

Finding Rest

Message Notes

Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Only Jesus Can Bring Rest for Our Souls
3 John 1:2 (NIV)
2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

Right Decisions are Harder at First but Lead to Life
Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV)
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Old Ways Need To Be Replaced With New
Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV)
22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;
23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

4 Areas To Replace and Find Rest

1. Lies for Truth
Ephesians 4:25 (NIV)
25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

2. Anger for Forgiveness
Ephesians 4:26-27 (NIV)
26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

3. Idleness for Diligence
Ephesians 4:28 (NIV)
28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work,doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

2 Thessalonians 3:11-13 (NIV)
11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.
12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat.
13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.

4. Criticism for Encouragement
Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

No More Stinking Thinking!

Message Notes

(John 10:10 Passion) A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect—life in its fullness until you overflow!

What did Jesus say to people about their new “full” lives?

Story 1: Woman with a painful past smells amazing now

(Luke 7:48-50 NIV) Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” (49) The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” (50) Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Story 2: Crazy guy healed & returning home with a great story

(Luke 8:35-39 NIV) and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. (36) Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. (37) Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left. 38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, (39) “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

Story 3: Lady caught in a bad situation finds surprise protector

(John 8:10-11 NIV) Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” (11) “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Renewing of the mind overcomes “stinking thinking”

(Romans 12:1-2 NIV) Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (2) Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

How? 3 Tools to change “stinking thinking”

1.Think on The Bible

(Joshua 1:8 NIV) Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

(Psalm 1:2-3 NIV) but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. (3) That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.

2.Accept Water Baptism

(Romans 6:4-6 NLT) For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. (5) Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. (6) We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.

3.Take Communion with absolute confidence of his foreignness & healing

(1 Corinthians 11:23-26 NLT) For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread (24) and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (25) In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” (26) For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.

(1 Corinthians 11:27 NLT) So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.

Eat and drink “unworthily” = “Stinking thinking” eg. “I am not good enough”.

“worthily” is right thing = right thinking

(Romans 8:1-2,5-6 Voice) Therefore, now no condemnation awaits those who are living in Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King, (2) because when you live in the Anointed One, Jesus, a new law takes effect. The law of the Spirit of life breathes into you and liberates you from the law of sin and death. (5) If you live your life animated by the flesh—namely, your fallen, corrupt nature—then your mind is focused on the matters of the flesh. But if you live your life animated by the Spirit—namely, God’s indwelling presence—then your focus is on the work of the Spirit. (6) A mind focused on the flesh is doomed to death, but a mind focused on the Spirit will find full life and complete peace.

Enlarging Your Capacity

Message Notes

Isaiah 54:2-3 NIV
[2] “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. [3] For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.

Moses Has A Capacity Problem

Exodus 18:13-23 NIV
[13] The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening. [14] When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?” [15] Moses answered him, “Because the people come to me to seek God’s will. [16] Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God’s decrees and instructions.” [17] Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. [18] You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.

Jethro Has The Solution

[19] Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. [20] Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. [21] But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. [22] Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you.

Enlarging Our Capacity is Good for Us and Good for People

[23] If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.”

5 Ways To Enlarge Your Capacity

1. Identify Your Jethro

Mark 10:17-22 NIV
[17] As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” [18] “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. [19] You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’ ” [20] “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” [21] Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” [22] At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

2. Remind Yourself of the Goodness of God

Psalm 103:1-5 NIV
[1] Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. [2] Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— [3] who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, [4] who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, [5] who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

3. Ask Yourself “What Am I Really Trying to Accomplish?

1 Timothy 3:1-4 NIV
[1] Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. [2] Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, [3] not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. [4] He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect.

4. Give Up To Go Up

Hebrews 12:1 NIV
[1] Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

5. We Are Better Together

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NIV
[9] Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: [10] If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

Jesus’ Amazing Advice on Investments and Rewards

Message Notes

-Parable of the ‘what’ and the ‘who’

A. The building guys’ key question of life “What shall I do?”

B. Jesus Key question: “Who will get it?” which includes “why is that important?”

(Luke 12:15-21 NKJV) And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” (16) Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. (17) And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ (18) So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. (19) And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’ (20) But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ (21) “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

The builder guy =In 3 sentences – He used self language 19 times – in 19 seconds of talking – what a boring person!

(myself, I ,I, my) + (I, I, my, I, I, my, my) + (I, me, myself, myself, I, I, I, I)

-No talk of God

-No talk of his wife

-no talk of his children

-no talk of the cost in time and effort

-no talk of ‘Who’?

-Who will get it?

-Government? Banks? Family tug-of-war?

or:

-next generation

(Proverbs 13:22 NKJV) A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

-and needy people

(Luke 6:35 NKJV) But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.

-What’s God’s view of money, investment and Heaven?

Time past <———— l * l —>————————————>>>forever in heaven.

(*=my life on earth)

-Jesus spoke 15 times about rewards. He spoke about:

A. Positive rewards

“Great is your reward in heaven”.

(Matthew 5:12 NKJV) Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

B.No rewards.

-“No reward from your Father in heaven”… ‘They have their reward”

(Matthew 6:1-2 NKJV) Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. (2) Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

-Motivated by reward and loss

(1 Corinthians 3:12-14 NKJV) Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, (13) each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. (14) If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.

-Differentiation of quality of work

-Reward or loss

Let’s invest into the Who! Eternity investment is the Why?

-God

-Relationships

-Needy people

-Find purpose and passion

(Revelations 22:12 NKJV) And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.

Are You Encouraged? … Then Encourage Others!

Message Notes

-“Encouragement is like Oxygen!

(2 Corinthians 1:3 NAB) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement,

Compassion – A strong emotional strength, (and so strong desire to respond)

(John 3:16 NKJV) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Encouraged (Or Comforted)

– (10x in these 5 verses)

-a calling close beside to lift

-advise so wise that it could be used in court for us

-coaching ‘for the win’.

(a caring comfort – leaving Thailand)

(a close encouragement – (Isa 7:9b) Fireman.)

(Isaiah 7:9b NIV) If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.

(a defence lawyer’s advise in a tough situation. – standing in temptation).

(2 Corinthians 1:4 NAB) who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God.

(2 Corinthians 1:5 NAB) For as Christ’s sufferings overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow.

(2 Corinthians 1:6 NAB) If we are afflicted, it is for your encouragement and salvation; if we are encouraged, it is for your encouragement, which enables you to endure the same sufferings that we suffer.

(2 Corinthians 1:7 NAB) Our hope for you is firm, for we know that as you share in the sufferings, you also share in the encouragement.

1.Peter Is Encouraged

– Peter is lifted when Jesus speaks his first word to him after the resurrection.

(Mark 16:7 NKJV) But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”

2.Peter Encourages Others On Day Of Pentecost

(Acts 2:36-39 NKJV) “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (37) Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (38) Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (39) For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

The Encouragement Of The Scriptures Encourages

(Romans 15:4 NKJV) For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

Church Encourages

(1 Timothy 4:13 NKJV) Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

Living in the FOG (Favor of God)

Message Notes

Psalm 5:12 NIV
[12] Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

God is Good!

Psalm 106:1 NIV
[1] Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

With Jesus We Are Winners

Colossians 2:13-15 NIV
[13] When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,
[14] having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.
[15] And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

God Will Give You Double for Your Trouble

Job 42:10,12,15 NIV
[10] After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.
[12] The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part…
[15] Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.

How Can I Live in the FOG?

1.Start Your Relationship with Jesus
John 3:16 NIV
[16] For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

2.Surround Yourself With People Who Will En-Courage You

Proverbs 27:17 NIV
[17] As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

1 Corinthians 14:3 NIV
[3] But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.

3.Keep a Clean Heart

Ephesians 4:26-27 NIV
[26] “In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
[27] and do not give the devil a foothold.

Matthew 18:21-22 NIV
[21] Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” [22] Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.