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    Sunday
    Jun172012

    Notes for Today's Message: DIY Prayer

    DIY: Things Jesus Did that You can Do!

    Praying to Shape Your Story

     

    Write Down three things you can’t do for yourself… Things that only God can do.

     

    •  Relationship
    • Breaking free from Something
    • Healing
    • Restoration
    • Financial breaththrough
    • Job

     

    God never taught his disciples how to preach.  He taught them how to pray.

    1.         Jesus prayed for others. In Matthew 19:13, we read, "Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them."

    2.         Jesus prayed with others. Luke 9:28 reads, "[Jesus] took Peter, John and James with Him and went up onto a mountain to pray."

    3.         Jesus prayed alone. Luke 5:16 reads, "But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed."

    4.         Jesus prayed in nature.

    5.         Jesus could pray as a sprinter or a marathon runner. 

    One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. Luke 6:12

    6.         Jesus prayed regularly. This insight is gleaned from a passage cited earlier, Luke 5:16: "Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed." The prayers of Jesus were heartfelt. (John 17)

    7.         Jesus prayed based on His knowledge of God and His truths. In John 4:24 Jesus said, "God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

    8.         Jesus taught persistence in prayer. "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up" (Luke 18:1)

    9.         Jesus knew that not all his prayers would be answered as expected. Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

     

     

    1. Prayer is our greatest weapon.

    The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  2 Corinthians 10:4

     No weapon that has been made to be used against you will succeed.
You will have an answer for anyone who accuses you.
This is the inheritance of the Lord’s servants. Their victory comes from me,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 54:17

    2.  Prayer is an act of persistence.

    "Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7

     

    Persistence demands patience, waiting.   This is the ground of spiritual growth, spiritual vitality, and health! Because our natural inclination is to use God and not to love God, only frustrations in prayer can purge and purify our desires.

    3.  Prayer must be tied to faith.

    If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." Matthew 21:22

     Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be.  Mark 11:24

    "The reason why we obtain no more in prayer is because we expect no more. God usually answers us according to our own hearts." 

    4.  There’s power in praying in Jesus name.

    And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:13-14

    In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 16:23-24

    "To pray in Jesus' name means to pray in his spirit, in his compassion, in his love, in his outrage, in his concern. In other words, it means to pray a prayer that Jesus himself might pray."

     At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.

    Philippians 2:10

    (Satan can’t stand this!)

    5.  We cannot trust our own merits, instead of Jesus. God will not meet a person on the basis of his own merits.

    You might say… “I’ve been Good, why won’t you answer my prayers.”

    He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?   Romans 8:32

     6.   We must put away the works of habitual sin for God to listen.

    If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. Psalm 66:18 

    7.  Prayer is remaining with Him

    If you remain in me  and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  John 15:7

     This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15

     

    Without Him-  Nothing

    With Him- Everything

    8.  Access happens through thanksgiving.

    Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!  Psalm 100:4

    Deliver us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to Your holy name and glory in praising You. Psalm 106:47

    Violence shall no more be heard in your land, nor devastation or destruction within your borders, but you shall call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.  Isaiah 60:18

    When things seem dark, Praise the Lord

     

    Friday
    Mar302012

    Notes for Sunday: Frequency- Tuning into Worship

     Psalm 46

     

    1 God is our refuge and strength,

       an ever-present help in trouble.

    2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

       and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

    3 though its waters roar and foam

       and the mountains quake with their surging.

     

    Worship is when we know the promise of God. 

     4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

       the holy place where the Most High dwells.

    5 God is within her, she will not fall;

       God will help her at break of day.

    6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;

       he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

     

    Worship is when we realize the power of God

     7 The LORD Almighty is with us;

       the God of Jacob is our fortress.

      8 Come and see what the LORD has done,

       the desolations he has brought on the earth.

    9 He makes wars cease

       to the ends of the earth.

    He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

       he burns the shields with fire.

    Worship draws us to the person of God.

    10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

       I will be exalted among the nations,

       I will be exalted in the earth.”

     11 The LORD Almighty is with us;

       the God of Jacob is our fortress.

     

    The greatest sin we could commit is making worship be about us and not about Him.

     

    • Worship daily
    • Worship together
    • Worship alone
    •  Worship silently
    • Worship desperately.
    •  Worship loudly.
    •  Worship holistically.
    •  Worship sacrificially.

     

     

    Worship without sacrifice is not worship.  Romans 12:1

     

    21 “I hate, I despise your religious festivals;

       your assemblies are a stench to me.

    22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings,

       I will not accept them.

    Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,

       I will have no regard for them.

    23 Away with the noise of your songs!

       I will not listen to the music of your harps.

    24 But let justice roll on like a river,

       righteousness like a never-failing stream!

    Amos 5:21-22

     

     

    10 “Must-do’s” of Worship

     

     

    • I must give up control.
    • I must stop selfish ambition
    • I must  end my bitterness
    • I must want it bad.
    • I must stop looking around.
    • I must stop wondering what other people think.
    • I must identify idols and burn them up..
    • I must let go of traditions of men.
    • I must be willing to change.
    • I must bring somebody with me.

     

    Tuesday
    Jan102012

    Getting Into Shape Sermon Listening Sheet

     What does a human have in common with the moon?

    2 Corinthians 3:18: “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

    God created you to be unique.

    Romans 12:2: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a newness in all you do and think.”

     

    1. Discern who you are .
    Have you ever been around an individual who always thinks they’re right?

    2. Celebrate diversity .

    3. Recognize dependency.


    There are so many ways that we are different from each other. That’s how God designed us.

    • ·       Spiritual Gifts (Special Abilities)
    • ·       Heart (Holy Passion)
    • ·       Abilities (set of talents)
    • ·       Personality (how you do it)
    • ·       Experiences (Parts of your past God intends to use)

      I’m shaped differently than you, and you’re put together differently than I am. And that’s a good thing.

      3. Recognize our dependency


    Sunday
    Jun082008

    a little poem for the sermon....

    Jesus told of a day at the end of the age
    when all of mankind will be on judgement's stage
    He'll separate the good from the bad
    Not by how many lessons we've had
    not by how many sermons we've preached
    or by how many already saved people we've reached
    many who'll look upon Jesus that day
    And with zealous pride thousands will say
    haven't we followed the plan by the book
    open the portfolio please, take a look
    we've cast out demons, we've proclaimed- yes it's true
    and God will reply I do not know you.
    I was sick and you never looked after me.
    I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat
    I was in prison and you never darkened my door
    I was thirsty and never a drink did you pour
    I was naked and freezing on cold winter days
    And you gave me nothing but Christian clichés
    When did we see you, the crowd will all wonder
    naked, cold, hungry, starving, imprisoned down under?
    Then there eyes will be opened and yes they will see
    What you did not do for them you did not do for me.
    This contest isn't a race to see who will be first
    but who can stave a lost persons thirst.