Jacob: The dreamer and promise

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Jacob: The dreamer and promise

1.The dreamer and promise

(Genesis 28:12-15) He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. (13) There above it stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. (14) Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. (15) I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.

-He was not very nice person at this stage of his life

-He was in a place of conflict at this time. …And God shows up

-God confirms the promise to him right there (before he had a chance to become nice=grace). ‘I am with you’

2.The Dream

(Genesis 28:16-17) When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” (17)He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”

a. The House of God
-A bit of heaven on earth

b. The Gate of Heaven
-an open door to heaven

(Matthew 6:9-13) “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, (10) your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (11)Give us today our daily bread. (12)And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (13)And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

-the dream can occur anywhere! Anytime! Anyhow!

Jesus message to Lifehouse Churches

(Matthew 28:19-20) 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.”

Stages as a church for ‘Heart for the House’.

1.We’ve got a promise.

2.We’ve got a dream

3.We’re got a plan

4.We’ve got an opportunity

Lifegroup Questions & Prayers

1.Are you ready for the promises of God?

2.Are you ready for the open doors from God.

3.Let’s pray and give thanks.

Financial Freedom – Leaving a Legacy

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Financial Freedom – Leaving a Legacy

A Good Steward – Handling God’s Money, God’s Way, for God’s Kingdom

1 Corinthians 4:2 (NIV)
2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

Matthew 25:23 (NIV)
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

What Does The Bible Say About Money?
-Stay on a Budget
-Avoid Debt
-Have Good Relationships

-Save and Invest
-Give and be Generous

7 Steps To Financial Freedom
1. Get A Plan For Your Money – Budget Each Month

2. Save a Beginner Emergency Fund

3. Get Out of Debt – The Borrower Is Slave To The Lender

4. Save a Full 3-6 Month Emergency Fund

5. Invest for the Future

6. Pay Off Your House Early

7. Build Wealth, Be Incredibly Generous and Leave A Legacy

5. Invest for the Future

Rather than living month to month or paycheck to paycheck, it is wise to have a plan for the future.

Matthew 25:19-21
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

6. Pay Off Your House Early
Any extra money you have now can be used to pay off your house ahead of schedule, allowing you to build more wealth in the future.

Proverbs 24:27
27 Put your outdoor work in order
and get your fields ready;
after that, build your house.

7. Build Wealth, Be Incredibly Generous and Leave A Legacy
The more blessed we are, the more of a blessing we can be to others.

2 Corinthians 9:7
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Proverbs 13:22
“A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.”
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As For Me and My House …
Joshua 24:15 (NIV)
15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

The Language of Heaven

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The Language of Heaven

Your Words Create Your Reality

Hebrews 11:3 (NIV)
3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)
21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
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What Is The Language of Heaven?

Faith Filled

2 Corinthians 4:13 (NIV)
13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak.

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Uplifting

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.

Proverbs 12:25 (NIV)
25 Anxiety weighs down the heart,
but a kind word cheers it up.

The Word of God

Ephesians 6:17 (NIV)
17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Financial Freedom – How To Get Out Of A Mess

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Financial Freedom – How To Get Out Of A Mess

A Good Steward – Handling God’s Money, God’s Way, for God’s Kingdom

1 Corinthians 4:2 (NIV)
2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

Matthew 25:23 (NIV)
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
What Does The Bible Say About Money?

Stay on a Budget

Avoid Debt

Have Good Relationships

Save and Invest

Give and be Generous
Money Myths Busted

1. (Busted) Money is the Root of Evil
1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV)
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.
2. (Busted) It’s Harder for Rich People to Enter Heaven

Luke 18:24–25 (NIV)
How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

3. (Busted) God Doesn’t Care About My Money
Luke 12:34 (NIV)
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

7 Steps To Financial Freedom

1. Get A Plan For Your Money – Budget Each Month
2. Save a Beginner Emergency Fund
3. Get Out of Debt – The Borrower Is Slave To The Lender
4. Save a Full 3-6 Month Emergency Fund
5. Invest for the Future
6. Pay Off Your House Early
7. Build Wealth, Be Incredibly Generous and Leave A Legacy
Step 3. Get Out of Debt – The Borrower Is Slave To The Lender

You will never be able to move into financial freedom as long as you have the weight debt around your neck.

Proverbs 22:7 (NIV)
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.
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Proverbs 6:1–5 (NIV)
(1)“My son, if you become surety for your friend, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, you are snared by the words of your mouth;(2) you are taken by the words of your mouth. (3)So do this, my son, and deliver yourself; for you have come into the hand of your friend: Go and humble yourself; plead with your friend. Give no sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids. Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, and like a bird from the hand of the fowler.”

Months Until Debt Freedom = Total Debt / Monthly Savings

Step 4. Save a Full 3-6 Month Emergency Fund

There will be financial emergencies and job losses in life, and you should be ready for them when they come.

Proverbs 6:6–8 (NIV)
“Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which, having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest.”

Proverbs 21:20 (NIV)
The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.

Don’t Give Up!

Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Financial Freedom Pt 1

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Financial Freedom Pt 1

1 Corinthians 4:2 (NIV)
2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

Matthew 25:23 (NIV)
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

7 Steps To Financial Freedom

1. Get A Plan For Your Money – Budget Each Month

2. Save a Beginner Emergency Fund

3. Get Out of Debt – The Borrower Is Slave To The Lender

4. Save a Full 3-6 Month Emergency Fund

5. Invest for the Future

6. Pay Off Your House Early

7. Build Wealth, Be Incredibly Generous and Leave A Legacy

1. Get A Plan For Your Money – Budget Each Month

A budget is telling your money where to go, not wondering where it went.

Proverbs 21:5 (NIV)
5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

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The difference between success and stress is living on less than you make.

Luke 14:28 (NIV)
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?

2. Save a Beginner Emergency Fund

Save 100,000 yen ($1000) as an emergency fund so you don’t have to borrow money and go into debt, or use credit cards, in a tough time.

Proverbs 21:20 (NIV)
The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.

Matthew 25:1-10 (NIV)
1 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.
4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.
5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

Martha, Martha ….

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Martha, Martha ….

(Luke 10:38-42) As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. (39)She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. (40)But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” (41) “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, (42)but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

1, This story is so mundane – Our ordinary lives are of interest to Jesus

2, The family, house, community situation is where he wants to work first

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

3, Martha, Martha = love and calling to respond

(Exodus 3:4) When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.”

4, One Word from Jesus can change everything. Are you listening for it?

So Finally
1, Know Jesus loves and wants to interact in your house/family life

2, Invite his blessing into your family

(Psalm 100:4) Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

(Luke 10:5-6) “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ (6)If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you.

3, Understand different personalities – strengths and weaknesses

4, Listen to his simple word of wisdom and change

(Revelation 2:7) Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

Grace Is Leading Me

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Grace Is Leading Me

2 Corinthians 4:15 (NIV)
15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Grace Involves People
-We wouldn’t need grace if we didn’t have to do life with people.

John 21:15-17 (NIV)
15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.

Grace Leads To Thanksgiving
-Unthankfulness blocks the flow of grace.

2 Corinthians 9:14-15 (NIV)
14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Colossians 2:6-8 (NIV)
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Grace Overflows (Margin)
-We need to make room for God to move.

Romans 5:15 (NIV)
15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!

Luke 5:37-38 (NIV)
37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.
38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.

Developing A Praise ‘Muscle Memory’

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Developing A Praise ‘Muscle Memory’

Muscle Memory: What Is It?

-Speak To Your Soul

(Psalm 103:1-5) 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.

-Why? Because the Lord is SO good!

(Psalm 103:6a) The Lord gives righteousness and justice

(Psalm 103:8a) The Lord is compassionate and merciful

(Psalm 103:11) His unfailing love …great as the height of the heavens above the earth.

(Psalm 103:12) He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.

(Psalm 103:13) The Lord is like a father to his children.

Give Thanks Always!

(1 Thessalonians 5:18) Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Even In The Hard Times

(Habakkuk 3:17-18) Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, (18) yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

(Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV) The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; (23) they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lifegroup Questions & Prayer

1.Are you committed to developing your praise muscle memory?

2.Are you able to praise God at all times?

3.Let’s pray to grow in this area.

My Grace Is Enough

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My Grace Is Enough

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

You’re Not Perfect and It’s OK!

Romans 3:22-24 (NIV)
22 This righteousness is given through faith in[a] Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:6 (NIV)
6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Open Up Your Weakness To Jesus

Exodus 15:26 (NIV)
He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.”

Less of Me, More of Jesus

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

Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

I Am The God Who Is Healing You – Jehovah Rapha

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I Am The God Who Is Healing You – Jehovah Rapha

Healing Waters Of Marah

(Exodus 15:22-25a) Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. (23) When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (24) So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?” (25) Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink.

(Exodus 15:26) He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.”
-Latin: ‘omnipotenti medico’ all powerful doctor

– “I am the Lord who heals you.” (Hebrew: Jehovah Rapha)

-‘I the Lord am healing thee’. (Young’s: translation)

-“I’ = emphasis

-ALL diseases protection.

-Now and Ongoing

-God is healing, while protecting from disease (Both actions at same time)

-He heals people because he loves them. A father’s heart

-for God’s sake too.

-for you and me (sing) this is from Jehovah Rapha to me personally

Physical And Emotional Healing

(Acts 10:38) how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

God – Healer Of Non-Christians And The World

(Acts 17:22-23) Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. (23) For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.

God Is Close To You

(Acts 17:27) God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.