The unseen things of God can be clearly understood by the seen things.
"The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
~1 Samuel 3:10 These are the lessons about God that my son Samuel – who is two - is teaching me
When God leaves the room he will be coming back.
Sometimes crying works.
Sometimes it doesn’t.
You can’t always recognize good people and bad people. You have to trust your parent’s judgment.
If you don’t take rest when you should you just become more troublesome for those around you.
God has to change our poopy diapers every day and he usually distracts us while he does it.
When God gives us medicine we should not spit it out. He is just going to give it to us again.
Sometimes we choke a little bit when God gives us harder food to eat.
Eventually, God is going to take the bottle away.
When God leaves us with a sitter for awhile we should do what the sitter says. He knows what is going on and will be right back.
Sometimes when God leaves the room he has only left to prepare something to bring back to us.
Most of the time when we think God is gone he is only 3 feet away watching us from the corner.
God can tell when you are really hurt and when you are just being fussy. Your cry is different. When you are really hurt he comes, when you are being fussy he may just let you fuss.
Sometimes we pee on God and don’t know it. He doesn’t care anyway.
God wants us to say things that we mean, not just repeat what he says without knowing the meaning.
I have come to the conclusion that having babies is more about the parent that the baby. It is the parent that really grows. That is why babies don’t have a memory for a couple years. God doesn’t want them knowing how stupid parents can be at times.
Most of the time God only wants a smile in return for his work.
You get quiet and hide when you are doing something wrong.
God will praise you for your accomplishments. After that he will not continue to praise you for nothing.
God likes it when you look for him.
God is always looking for you.
Sometimes the obstacles in your path are there for reason.
Both your mistakes and accomplishments are truly insignificant to his power. His concern is rather the directions your heart is taking you.
I believe the greatest example of how you would run the world if you were God is seen through treatment of your children… because to them you are a god. They have nothing unless you provide it to them whether physical, emotional or spiritual need. From the moment they are born they are helplessly at your mercy. All you must do to ensure their destruction is nothing. The fact that someone interceded at your birth to meet your needs is… itself… a miracle.
- If you leave them then you would be a god who abandons his creation.
- If you abuse them then you are a god who creates for the purpose of enjoying the defeat of something that can’t defend itself.
- If you make fun of them then would be a god who creates for sport.
Sometimes we do things just to reveal our power, like throw you up in the air. This may cause you to have fear, but it is not done for fear but to show you that daddy is greater than your fear.
A spanking from your dad and a mean bully punching you feel completely the same, but occur for completely two different reasons. If you don’t just trust your dad you run the risk of seeing your dad as the bully.
The proof that you believe is that you do what is said.
Spend some time learning how to ask properly for things. God will give them to you faster when you do this. Just pushing his hand in some general direction and getting mad is usually unproductive.
The chocolate shakes are not the problem. They were made for you to enjoy. But you cannot eat only chocolate shakes and eating too many of them will make you sick.
If it is easy to become jealous of someone with a toy who is happy. You want take it from them… not because you want the toy, but because you want the happiness. If you can have the happiness without the toy then nothing can ever make you insecure.
When I pray I must make sure that it is even in line with my will as much as it is Gods. God doesn’t answer prayer sometimes because our prayer isn’t even really in line with what we truly desire. He is not sitting around making us “guess” what his will is until we guess right. He desires to grant us things in our heart. The problem is that we don’t even really know what is in our heart. I have no problem granting Samuel something that he requests but I am going to make sure that he really desires it before I even attempt to provide the thing that he desires.
If Samuel wants to ask something “in my name” he is simply asking for something that I would ask for him. This is praying in Jesus name. Basically, this means: Am I praying as Daddy would pray.
If God is giving more attention to a different child it does not mean that he loves us less. It simply means the other child needs the attention for reasons we cannot determine.
Most of our life is simply learning how to talk and walk well. I am still learning this process myself.
I play “open door… close door” with God more than I should.
There is nothing you really want in the toilet. Stop trying to get in there.
Sometimes we learn how much we can handle by stuffing too much in our mouth.
Being placed in the bouncer appears wasteful, but has a purpose. It does not mean
That God doesn’t want to be with us.
The fancy things that the world provides us are no match for the simple things that we find lying around our father’s house.
Glorifying our father is glorifying ourselves. In other words, whatever we give him comes right back to us and usually in better shape.
Don’t fight God for the empty bottle. He is just taking it so he can fill it again.
Give God your time and money. It is basically putting it into a savings account for yourself.
I expect Samuel to question my judgment because he lacks the capacity to fully understand what I am doing. I don’t expect him to question my love for him in the decisions that I make.
Samuel and I define things differently. He defines love as carrying him everywhere he goes. I define love as teaching him how to walk. He doesn’t like my definition, but when he sees it he will realize my definition was better.
I may not be able to reach something, but if I can get ahold of my daddy’s hand he can reach it for me… Sometimes he pulls his hand away because I can reach it for myself. I am just being lazy.
I don’t expect you to come up to me. If you would like me to come down to you just put your hands in the air and babble.
I want to give you things when I see you give your little brother things.
The first game of hide and seek was played by God and Adam. Samuel and I play it same way.
When you go into a room by yourself, and close the door so no one sees you- you are king, and it feels good to be king – until you realize that you can’t open the door. It is then a very good thing that your father knows where you are even when you don’t want him follow. Sometimes your father will let you stay in that room until you cry out for him to open the door. That way you learn that being lord over your life isn’t quite as appealing as it appears it will be.
Proverbs 29:18 tells us, “Where there is no vision, the people perish, but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. “, that word, “Vision”, used to mean, the ability to see, but over the years, I have discovered that the ability to see sometimes actually hinders true vision. That word Vision – actually means “prophetic utterance”, so where there is no prophetic utterance over your life, you will cast off restraint and run wild. People that are up and down, and have no endurance, are people without vision. They have no word, with which to apply faith towards, and that’s why they cannot endure. And because the church, at large, has no prophetic edge, we must be progressive in our legalism as a preventative measure. And we start giving messages about what you shouldn’t do, instead of what you’re called to do. You shouldn’t drink, shouldn’t smoke, shouldn’t have sex before you’re married, shouldn’t watch certain shows. But giving you a list of things you cannot do does not push you into what you are supposed to do. When you have vision, you automatically start cutting things out of your life that have the potential to get you off course Relationship issues with young people are really vision problems, you’ve lost sight of your vision. Most of you are called to do great things for God. Preach, teach, serve, be an evangelist, Intercessors or whatever. Our responsibility is not only to our own calling, but to keep the vision alive so that others can walk into their purpose. In Luke 16:19-31 (NIV), it tells us that "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 "The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.' 25 "But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.' 27 "He answered, 'Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.' 29 "Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.' 30 " 'No, father Abraham,' he said, 'but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.' 31 "He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.' " First of all, I want to say that there is nothing wrong with being rich. Being rich did not send this man to hell, in fact, Ecclesiastes 10:19 NKJV says, “…… money answers everything”. What sent this man to hell, was that his money was his god and his purpose. And the fact that need was at his gate daily, and he did not meet it shows you what he worshipped. It’s vital you see the importance of gates. We all have gates. Verse 20 again tells us, “At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores”. A gate is a doorway, a passageway that gets you spiritually from one dimension to another. The Kingdom is a gate. Gates open so we can walk through them, and when you are given the opportunity to minister and do not, you have just traded his will for yours. Wanna see your gate? Look up Matthew 25:34-46… That’s your gate. We all have access to someone or something that we have the ability to affect. We think it’s bad enough going to hell, as this man did, but there’s something in the story worse than going to hell… Look at verse 23 again, “In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.” The Bible says Hell is: a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 8:11-12), An eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. (Matthew 25:41), A place where the worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched (Mark 9:47-48), A place where souls are not burned up (1 Peter 3:4), A place with gates and bars (Matthew 16:18) Damon Thompson says that “God doesn’t send people to hell, God sends sin to hell. If you choose to hold onto your sin, you go with it, but it’s your choice.” We think that’s the end, but it’s not the end. Going to hell, eternal separation from God is horrible, but there is something worse. What’s worse is that you get to see what you missed. The anguish of hell is the anguish of knowing – eternally – that you could have chosen differently, but didn’t. But that’s still not the end of the story… Verse 27 gain, “He answered, 'Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.' Did you see it? Warn them!!! Warn them about what? About everything you know…. This is the cry of the lost, the cry of those who didn’t chose rightly, the cry of those who had the opportunity but lost it, and if we were to ask them what they would say today, it would be one thing, Christian, WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME? You knew, and you didn’t tell me? You knew God could heal my body, and you didn’t tell me? You knew God could deliver me from my addiction, you knew about Heaven, and miracles, and true joy and you didn’t tell me? You knew about forgiveness, and getting rid of my hatred, you knew I was molested and you knew God could heal my mind and hurt, and you didn’t tell me? You knew about true loving covenant relationship and all you did was label me a whore, but you knew… Where is your vision for those just outside of your Gate??
Matthew 21:28-32 NKJV
“But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said to Him, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him.
Attitude towards all aspects of your life can assist or disqualify you from walking in purpose, vision, identity, promise, blessing, health, fruitfulness, authority, power, favor.
First, notice that Jesus’ parable involves two sons with the same father.
The number “Two”, in scripture represents a division.
· Adam and Eve
· Day and night
· Isaac and Ishmael
· Flesh and Spirit
· Old and New Covenant
The significance of two sons is the fact that they are sons of the same father. In other words, division in the same house. It’s the father’s house. If you’re gonna develop the character of a son or daughter of God, the first thing you have to do is think rightly about Him, about His church, about yourself, and about your calling. But if you don’t deal with the heart level issue of your own attitude, you will view every one of the other things as optional, and as non-applicable.
Attitude is a byproduct of value you’ve attached to a thing, and that value is usually a conclusion based on how the subject is benefitting or hindering you. Our attitude towards things that benefit us is generally good because we know the end result is good for us… like birthdays, Christmas, going on dates, etc. When it doesn’t seem good, our attitudes stink, like going to the doctor, or paying taxes.
Again, if attitude is a result of value placed on a subject, then your attitude towards God should be that He is real, He is alive, He is powerful, He wants to spend time with you constantly, He is holy, He has given you grace to live pure and holy, He is sovereign, sufficient, jealous, faithful, just and mighty.
If you have trouble studying your word, it’s not a time management issue, is a disobedience issue, because you don’t value your father enough to do what is necessary to know Him better. When your life begins to reflect this kind of attitude, you are positioning yourself correctly to begin to bear Kingdom fruit.
The same concept goes for your attitude towards others. Again, if attitude is a result of value placed on a subject, then your attitude towards others should be compassionate, friendly, pursuing, inclusive – not excluding anyone, loving the person, do not tolerate the sin. We are not trying to create a building full of dysfunctional people. We are called to raise a generation of equipped sons and daughters of God, filled with power and authority.
God wants you to develop the attitude that all the world has to offer pails in comparison to the true knowing of He who is faithful.
Philippians 3:7-8 NKJV
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ
When your behavior places any and everything over your faithfulness to God and His house and His work, you are testifying to me, and everyone else that it has more value than your faith does. Attitude is value placed on a subject, and when you chose things of the world over God, you are placing your affections on that… Is any of those things wrong? NO. But they must find their place in order of importance.
I can deduct how valuable your love for God and His house is simply by what time you show up to church, IF you even show up. We take the position that we should have options in our level of devotion, but that is not Kingdom. When you begin to love the house of God, you are properly positioning yourself to manifest Kingdom as a true son or daughter of God.
Last, and just an important is our attitude towards ourselves. The Israelites leave Egypt and go South because they would have ran into Philistine territory if they went straight to promise land because they had a slave mentality. The purpose of the wilderness is that Israel’s attitudes die or they die. We have to break that off, and you need to think rightly about who God says you are. If you are saved, you are not a victim. In fact, the Bible says alot about who you are. The Bible says that in Christ:
· You are God's child (John 1:12)
· You belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20)
· You are a member of Christ's Body (1 Corinthians 12:27)
· You are assured all things work together for good (Romans 8:28)
· You been established, anointed and sealed by God (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
· You are confident that God will perfect the work He has begun in me (Philippians 1:6)
· You are a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20)
· You have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7)
· You are born of God and the evil one cannot touch you (1 John 5:18)
· You are blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)
· You were chosen before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4, 11)
· You are holy and blameless (Ephesians 1:4)
· You are redeemed (Ephesians 1:8)
· You are forgiven (Ephesians 1:8; Colossians 1:14)
· You have purpose (Ephesians 1:9 & 3:11)
· You have hope (Ephesians 1:12)
· You are sealed with the promised Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13)
· You are salt and light of the earth (Matthew 5:13-14)
· You are a minister of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-20)
· You are seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6)
· You are God's workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)
· You have peace (Ephesians 2:14)
· You have access to the Father (Ephesians 2:18)
· You are a holy temple (Ephesians 2:21; 1 Corinthians 6:19)
· You are a dwelling for the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:22)
· You share in the promise of Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:6)
· You can approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12)
· You know there is a purpose for my sufferings (Ephesians 3:13)
· You can grasp how wide, long, high and deep Christ's love is (Ephesians 3:18)
· You are complete in God (Ephesians 3:19)
· You have been called (Ephesians 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:9)
· You can be humble, gentle, patient and lovingly tolerant of others (Ephesians 4:2)
· You can mature spiritually (Ephesians 4:15)
· You can have a new attitude and a new lifestyle (Ephesians 4:21-32)
· You can be kind and compassionate to others (Ephesians 4:32)
· You can forgive others (Ephesians 4:32)
· You don't have to always have my own agenda (Ephesians 5:21)
· You can honor God through marriage (Ephesians 5:22-33)
· You can parent my children with composure (Ephesians 6:4)
· You can be strong (Ephesians 6:10)
· You are dead to sin (Romans 1:12)
· You are never alone (Hebrews 13:5)
· You are united with other believers (John 17:20-23)
· You are promised eternal life (John 6:47)
· You are victorious (I John 5:4)
· You are chosen and dearly loved (Colossians 3:12)
· You are free (Romans 8:2; John 8:32)
· You are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37)
· You are healed from sin (I Peter 2:24)
· You are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
1 Samuel 19:1-10
Jonathan talks to Saul. Convinces him that David is good. Saul agrees and vows not to attempt to kill David.
· David returns to his place in the King’s court playing his harp.
· What inside of David caused him to trust this word after all that had happened?
When people hurt us we put up our guard.
· David is in such covenant with Jonathan that he is willing to follow his word and walk into an environment that is dangerous and be in the company of someone who is openly against him.
· Covenant can take you into a place that doesn’t look like the right place at all.
Vs. 10 – Saul attacks him again.
· And David is faced with a choice: get frustrated at what I thought was God’s will but seemingly isn’t…
· Or trust…
Works vs. Fruit.
· Works is something you do to get in right standing.
· Fruit is something produced out of right standings
· Your corporate display is an indication of your individual pursuit.
o “all fruitfulness flows from a place of intimacy” – Heidi Baker
Body – one
· Individual evaluation determines overall function.
6-8 – Paul’s idea of gifts :
· Showing Kindness
Paul’s list has nothing to do with self-glorification, but Paul’s “gifts” all are indications of our involvement with people. Community. Love god, Love others.
· These gifts are bi-products of our love for God, and love for others.
Vs. 9 – love – confess your sins to one another. Trust
· the most untrustworthy people are the ones who have to pretend to be trustworthy.
Vs. 10 – take delight in honoring each other.
· Do you get enjoyment out of putting other people first?
· It humbles you. The last shall be first.
· Discipline leads to desire, and desire leads to delight.
o Delight yourself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart
Romans 12:11 – Lazy – work hard, serve enthusiastically
Vs. 12 teaching is more about demonstration than communication (1 Corinthians 4:20)
· Hope, patience, persistence
· Keep praying = communion
· “keep” communicates that you have already started.
Vs. 13 – If GOD’S people are in need, help them.
· This should not even be a second thought if a fellow Christian is in need.
· For non-Christians, we should seek direction. We never want to bless what God has cursed.
o Many people try to manipulate
o Am I doing things that god is not telling me to do?
o Jesus said, “I do nothing I haven’t seen the Father do.”
§ The Father = intimacy – demonstration – faith – evidence.
The writer of Hebrews is taking time throughout the first chapter to emphasize the greatness of prophets and angels, but to show that Christ is far greater than either.
In that writing we find amazing revelation of Biblical truth.
God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance (verse 2). In Biblical times, inheritance was given at a time of maturity, so that the son may be able to construct his house onto his father’s in order to be ready to go and get his bride… So, inheritance was given at maturity, not death. God didn’t have to die for Jesus to receive this, he was saying, basically, everything you create, you can have as yours once it has come into maturity….
Verse 3 – the Son sustains everything by the power of his command.
· His command is His word.
· He gave one command, the greatest is to love God, love others. All others fall under this command
· So, His command is Love…. He sustains everything by the power of His command to Love.
· That’s why faith, hope and love abide, and Love remains, because He Sustains that which will remains….
Numbers 13:17-33 (NKJV)God is a God of Promises:
- Supplier of need - Philippians 4:19 "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus".
- He promises grace: 2 Corinthians 12:9
- He promised us to live in victory: 1 Corinthians 15:57 - "but thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ".
- He promised to work for your good. Romans 8:28 - all things work together for good to those who love and serve Him faithfully
- Matthew 5 - 7 - sermon on the mount promises the Kingdom to those who will listen ad understand.
- Psalm 105 is an entire song of God's faithfulness concerning His promises.
After 400 years of slavery under Egypt, the Israelites are free, and heading toward the promise
And now, people of a promise are at the threshold of walking into that promise.
- You can imagine the thoughts and questions rolling through their heads
- You can imagine the fear mixed with excitement...
Reality: Most people never live in the promise that God gives them when they first start out.
- Most pastors started out wanting to raise the dead, and see a city changed, and believed in that dream, they believed in that promise of God over their life.
- But something happened along the way.
Moses begins to question details because he wants to know what he’s getting into before he gets into it.18
... see what the land is like: whether the people who dwell in it are
strong or weak, few or many; 19
whether the land they dwell in is
good or bad; whether the cities they inhabit are
like camps or strongholds; 20
whether the land is
rich or poor; and whether there are forests there or not.
This seems like an innocent request, but in reality, the spiritual principle that we need to learn.
- We like to know what we're getting into, because if God's plan doesn't work, we can have a plan "B" ready.
- This is what we do.
- We try to find something that looks remotely like the promise anticipating that when it doesn't happen, at least we can claim that what we have is in God's plan.
Jesus said, "For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough
to finish it
" Luke 14:28
And we use this verse to get out of walking by faith.
This is not counting the cost....
- Counting the costs requires you taking inventory of what you have, not what is in the way.
- Counting the cost is making sure you have grain in the storehouse in case of a drought, not reacting to the drought because you’ve not prepared in advance.
- counting the cost is internal, not external....
- The behavior of the enemy should not affect your pursuing of your promise.
- resistance will be there if the promise is true.
Moses wants a report of what the promise of God looks like, because he wants to know what he's getting into.
Count the cost!! - Look internally.. - Do I believe the promise of God to the point where what is in front of me does not scare me?
Moses' inquiry of the promise caused doubt in most of the people....27
Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is
its fruit. 28
Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are
strong; the cities are
very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.
They report that when we get to what is promised, it will be as promised, great!!
Verse 27 - The fruit when we get there will be great
- When we get to where God has promised, the fruit will be great
- greater than it is now!
- But we have to get there.
- The fruito God's promise is BIGGER than you could imagine....
and many times the greatness of the fruit is outweighed by the obstacles in getting to it
- Yes, there is great fruit, but there are things there that we don't want to fight to have it.
<span>Excuses we use:</span>
1. Current inhabitants have strongholds.
Verse 28 - Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are
The promise is there, but something has a strong hold over it...
- God's promise is for you and your house to serve the Lord, but where they are, there seems to be other inhabitants, and they have a stronghold
2. Assignment is impossible and too big.
Verse 28 - the cities are
The cities represent our assignment - fortified = impossible
3. generations of perversion
Verse 28 - descendants of Anak there.
Descendants indicates generations.
Anak was a race of giants that were products of "The sons of God coming together with the daughters of men." - Gen 6:4
So, great perversion caused an entire race to be born..
and there are generations of this perverse generation living in what we are promised!!!
And we can use the excuse that this area is too far gone.
- That it's under a curse...
How in the world do you win the war when what you face is far greater than you imagined...?30
Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”
1. You silence the voice of doubt..
If what you are saying is not helping me get to where God wants me, I chose to remove your voice from my ears.
- anyone can see what's wrong with something
- any idiot can point out problems
If you listen to people long enough you will not only begin to believe them, you will begin to behave like them..
2. Walk by faith
we are well able to overcome it.”
Numbers 14:6-9 (NKJV) 6
But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were
among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; 7
and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is
an exceedingly good land. 8
If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ 9
Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are
our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is
with us. Do not fear them.”
He saw the same thing as the others, but what he saw, he saw from a different place…
Change your perspective!!! “The Lord is with us, do not fear them.”