We gotta make sure we do it right. We only have one life on earth at this. We gotta make it count. Everybody has a song, a call, a book unwritten. Everybody has someone he or she loved but never had the courage to tell. We all go through life with words unsaid and things we didn’t take action on.
14 You do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
Life is but a vapour. It goes by really quick, really fast. I want to encourage you today. We don’t get our lives straightened our until we get our minds straightened out. The battle is fought between the two appendages hanging of our head. We win through the battle of the mind or we lose through the battle of the mind. I want to impress upon you the absolute necessity of getting your thinking inline with God’s Word. You can’t have a positive life with a negative mind. Come to God’s House. Get to know His Word. Get rid of all the emotional cancer so you can totally be free and hear the Doctor, Jesus, say, ‘You have a clean bill of health. Everything is in remission. It’s not coming back again.’ Those are liberating words so that you and I don’t have to come to that emotional cemetery.
We’re changing the way we think so we change the way we live so we can change the outcome of not only our life, but other people’s lives. We don’t want our dreams to be buried alive. We don’t want songs to be unsung. We don’t want our poems to be unwritten. We don’t want our relationships to fall apart.
Eventually we all die and when we accept Jesus Christ as our Saviour we go to Heaven, but for now we have to live our life to our best ability, to find out what God wants us to do – to forgive, to drop the pose, to let go of all the negativity as soon as we see the first indication of the seed of emotional and relational cancer.
What are you holding against you? ‘I can’t believe I did it again. I’ve tried this self-help group 7 times. I can’t remember how many times I’ve tried to stop that addiction. I’ve been married 4 times. Man, I asked God to forgive me, but I’ve done it again.’
Listen, God has forgiven you. He said, ‘I’ve taken your sins and have thrown them as far as the East is from the West; never to be remembered again.’ In other words, He is resurrecting us to a new life. That’s what baptism is all about, right. We go down and identify with his death (his burial) and then we come up (his resurrection) and we are a new creation in Christ. Our flesh still looks the same, but what happens on the inside is change. What happens on the outside is slowly in progress of change. Stop internalizing and thinking what you have done. Forgive yourself today because your Father has already forgiven you!
I love you. God loves you. But you have to love yourself. You have to love yourself enough to forgive yourself – and you are worth it because you are God’s child. God wouldn’t have let his Son die if He thought you weren’t worth it. He wouldn’t call me to speak into your life if He would think that you’re not worth it. So let’s forgive ourselves and everybody today, and understand that we’re just having a little bit of time left and enjoy that time.
The sooner we get on it, the faster God can begin His creative miracle to get rid of the little bit of cancer, of emotional cancer that has started, before it get metastasized, before it can’t be stopped. The enemy works diligently to set up strongholds in our mind and he does it through a strategy of deceit; well-laid plains of deliberate deception to get us to hurry-up and take-on offence of what people say and do to us.
(part 4 – change now)
God Begs You To Change
Ephesians 4v31 (AMP) 31 Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind).
Why is God always warning us about bitterness, rancor, anger, rage? Because He knew that this is the thing that would kill us. I think sometimes, ‘Ok this is my problem, but it’s not because of me, it’s what’s going on around me. That’s my problem, all those people around me are the problem.’ But really often it is not the things around me that is the problem, but just the thing that is on the inside me that is really the problem. I’m internalizing issues and it is causing me to react instead of acting according to God’s word.
Is God begging you to change today? Do you have emotional cancer? Ask yourself that question.
When you realize that you are forgiven and that heaven is your home – that this is the best life you ever gonna have, but you’re right now gotta your whole life to live. It is time to forgive, to let go, to let it drop and embrace the pain of the past. It made you stronger and it’s not gonna kill you.
We have to embrace the fact that sometimes we think that what’s going on around us is the problem. The battles, the divorce, they fired me, they tried to harm me. Now what’s going on around me, is not necessarily the problem. What oftentimes going on inside us is the problem. So what should we do? We change that, the Bible says, we renew our minds by studying the Word of God.
We’re changing the way we think so we change the way we live so we can change the outcome of not only our life, but other people’s lives. We don’t want our dreams to be buried alive. We don’t want songs to be unsung. We don’t want our poems to be unwritten. We don’t want our families not to be embraced.
God is not trying to hurt us by saying, ‘Forgive, don’t worry about it, let it drop.’ What He says is, ‘Wait a minute, be on the lookout in whatever you do.’ It’s a beautiful thing. There is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun. It’s really a city where the lamp is a light, with streets of gold and gates of pearl, angelic beings, where the sun never sets and it’s always twilight of the evening – it’s wonderful and glorious. But guess what, so is this life right now. This life right now is the only life that you and I have to say, ‘Let’s embrace the grace that we have to run our race.’ To say, ‘I let go of all the little things that held me back and let’s forgive everybody, including myself.’
(part 3 – Forgive yourself)
Setting Up Roots In Your Mind
We all have negative thoughts that set up roots in your mind, but God wants you to change and get rid of it so you can become that miracle of healing. God does supernatural things for people and heals them but we have to become obedient in what He tells us to do.
It’s pretty amazing how the enemy and the inner me is working against us to allow the pain of the past, how people have done you wrong or how the circumstances are against you, sets up root in your mind and you can have mind cancer long before you ever realize it.
Emotional cancerEphesians 4v31 (AMP) 31 Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind).
God says, ‘I don’t want you to rehearse all the things over and over in your brain.’ What we are doing is, we are creating a root. For instance, a tree has lots of leaves and is making noise in the wind. Do you know how the tree survives? It’s the root. There is a root that goes down deep in the fertilisation of the soil. They are so big and are the life giving supply for water and nutrients. That is a positive thing when it comes to the tree. But man it is negative when it comes to you and me when we are thinking about negative things. God says, ‘Be on the lookout because that enemy of yours, the enemy of your soul, bitterness, wrath, unforgiveness, it will get you and sets up root in your mind way before it sets up in your brain.’ I’m talking about emotional cancer.
Oftentimes we are ignoring the doctors advice. Who is the great physician? It’s Jesus. What are His words? How can we avoid hearing the words ‘It’s metastasized, It’s terminal?’
UNFORGIVENESSMark 11v25 25 “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Forgive that person. Let it drop. That’s what our doctor says. Life is but a vapour and all of us are here for a few short days in the scope of eternity. Everybody has dreams, aspirations, callings, books that never wrote down, songs never been sang because they weren’t able to forgive.
Some of the attributes of unforgiveness are:
- Comparing. ‘I got really bad feelings because they grow faster in success, they laugh at his jokes, mom loves him more than me.’ These are all little signs, early detection phase, of something that we need to get rid of.
- Complaining. A lot of times we are complaining because we are mad at the situation; nothing seems to happen and all things seems to happen for the people around us.
- Criticizing. ‘This is what they need to do. If they only did this, then…’
All these things keep us competing and contending and what it does, it plants seeds that produce negative roots in our minds – it causes emotional cancer. If it is detected early, you can get rid of it. If it metastasizes, you got problems. If it becomes terminal, it is really big.
(part 2 – God begs us to change)
Our culture is rife with stories of young people who have exhibited destructive behavior, even those who were raised in ‘decent’ families. In recent years, some of the greatest atrocities have been committed by teenagers.
One of the most obvious examples of the connection between media violence and teen behavior occurred on April 20, 1999. After murdering 12 students and a teacher, and wounding 23 others at Columbine High School, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold committed suicide and sealed the vault of their journey on this horrific day in history.
Unfortunately this Millennial generation is a generation of young people with whom this is happened more often than it should. Beginning with Columbine (1999), the Virginia Tech Massacre (2007), the Batman movie Theatre shooting in Colorado (2012) and the recent Connecticut School Shooting (December-2012) it seems that this is part of their narrative, a generation marked by these unfortunate tragedies. || Read more
|Our Father which art in heaven||Your new family (God is the Father who loves YOU) – From Him you receive your new and only true identity|
|Hallowed be thy name||You worshipping Him and walking into His presence|
|Thy Kingdom come||Your new life – It’s not something material or physical – It’s your new life that is Spirit filled|
|Thy will be done in earth||Your are a servant of God. Serving Him, by serving others. So His will be done in earth…|
|Give us this day our daily bread||Personal devotion… His Word is our daily bread|
|Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors||We are forgiven through the blood of Christ, so do we need to forgive others … It’s not about eternal forgiveness… because we already received that… but it is about our attitude and fellowship towards people|
|Led us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil||On a personal level –> Being a witness. The light of the world. Become not only Spirit-filled but also Spirit-led. Spirit-led means listening to the Holy Spirit (that inner voice) and stepping out, fishing on the other side of the boat, even though it feels uncomfortable. On a church level –> Outreach|
|For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever, Amen||Gloryfing God through living the God-1st-Life as well as leading others to experience a God-1st Life|
13. Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16. but they were kept from recognizing him. [Luke 24v13-16]
Jesus has been risen from the death. Two disciples walking a 7 mile journey from Jerusalem to a town called Emmaus. They were discouraged and down. Jesus was walking with the disciples, but they didn’t recognize Him because they didn’t believe. As shown in verse 19-24, they know what Scripture says about the Messiah and start to explain to the visitor to Jerusalem (v18) – which is actually Jesus himself – what has happened:
“He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. […] they crucified him, but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. […] It is the third day since all this took place. […] the women went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. […] Then some of us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said.” [Luke 24v19-24] || Read more
#1 most common answer why people would go to church:
“If I knew I could experience God.”
Ironically, the purpose of corporate worship is to experience God. Our engagement with God is not just singing, we are engaging God. God has designed worship where we can experience Him, His presence. Worship is a means to an end where the end is an encounter with God.
The ancient city of Nineveh was one of the oldest and most flourishing and magnificent cities earth had ever seen. But its greatness was short-lived. It became a city that lost itself in sin and depravity. So has currently been the fate of many cities in Europe and the United States.
The apostle Paul warned us that in the last days, men would not endure sound doctrine. This is truly the depth to which we have fallen as a culture. We live in a culture that has no longer any absolute truths. Today’s culture bases everything on relativisms and particulars. The result of this culture is chaos.
Our cities are full of teenagers and young adults that are lost in sin, but God’s heart yearns for her and her people. As God did for Nineveh in the midst of their depravity, He wants to proceed to invade the lives of our people with grace and love. || Read more