Continuing His Mission Through Koinõnia (Community)

Speaker: Tyrone Jones

 Scriptures: Acts 2:40-47 and Hebrews 3:12-14 (New King James Version)

 

1.      Koinõnia will be revealed.

2.      The reason for Koinõnia will be identified

3.      Result of Koinõnia will be discussed. 

 

Koinõnia is a community of believers who participate in “the life of Christ.” They are working towards being like Christ and imitating Him.  They are able to move through this journey with the help of the Holy Spirit. 

            

a.       The community of believers will share in communion and in the crucified life of Jesus = Koinõnia.

b.      The community of believers will give back by sharing in providing for the needy (those less fortunate); 2 Corinthians 8:3-4

c.       The community of believers will share in the suffering of Christ; Philippians 3:10

 

In sharing in the life of Christ, He becomes more visible and the believers will start to experience more of God.  As a community of believers, it is important to know that the community is essential.  Within the community there is protection and connection. The community encourages, alerts, and identifies obstacles that may be in the way. Be mindful that the community must have the “DNA of Christ.”  

 

 Hebrews 3:12-14

 Why do we need Koinõnia?

There are 5 areas where Koinõnia is essential

a.       Evil—This happens when seeking God is unimportant and the heart is wicked

b.      Unbelief—This happens when pursuing God becomes less desirable

c.       Hardened Heart—This happens when your heart resists God

d.      Sin—This happens when there is a preference for something else before God; falling short of the Glory of God

e.      Deceitful—This happens when there is dishonesty, or when being misled; leads to sin

 

What helps to fight against the areas above?  A few examples listed below:

·       Small group bible study and prayer

·       Church services not only on Sunday

·       Staying connected to the Word of God and His people

·       Prayer and fasting; becoming close and connected to God

 

Results of Koinõnia—Acts 2:40-43

 

a.       Verse:41—People were baptized, 3000 souls were added to them

b.      Verse: 42—they continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship, breaking of bread

c.       Verse: 43—Many wonders and signs were done (souls were saved)

d.      Verse: 47—Praising God and having favor; the Lord added to the church those who

 were being saved

            

 

 

Continuing His Mission Through Prayer

Speaker: Tyrone Jones

Scripture: James 5:13-18 (NKJV)

We must recognize the value of prayer. Prayer should not just be a ritual.  It is one of the most valuable resources God has given us. 

 If we don’t pray, we don’t have any power to accomplish the mission God has for us. 

 We must pray without ceasing.  It should be our desire to pray. It is important to realize that our prayers may look different. For example, praying in our “prayer closet” or praying while working or working out…a small statement of thanksgiving to God.

 

James speaks to us and tells us to do the following:

 Verse 13: If you’re suffering>>>Pray!

·       Prayer should be the 1st option not he last resort.  It should be a priority.

·       Prayer brings you before the throne of grace and can experience God’s grace (Hebrew 4:16).  Grace helps you deal with the issues (endure).

·       Praying doesn’t guarantee everything will go your way.  Sometimes the situation will be (or seem to be) as it was before you prayed. 

·       Prayer helps you connect with the Holy Spirit.

·       Praying will allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the Word to you and show you how to apply the Word to your life. 

 

Verse 13: If you’re cheerful>>>Pray!

·       Cheerful prayers can be synonymous to praise (sing psalms).

 Verse 14: If you’re sick>>>Call the Elders and Let them pray, anointing with oil in the name of the Lord.

·       Don’t just call on anyone, but be wise in your choosing (those who will pray to God and not gossip about your downfalls). 

·       The oil is used to refresh, sooth, and help with the healing process of your soul (just as oils do in the natural). 

·       Sometimes you need help to get to Jesus like the man confined to his mat in Mark 2.  He has the assistance of others to get to Jesus (putting a hole in a rough, read Mark 2).  The faith of others helped make him whole. 

 

Don’t give up! Stick to it (the mission)!

Sometimes God will allow things to happen to mature us and get us prepared for the “next Level” of our mission. 

Verse 15: Save the sick>>>Prayer of faith

·       Pray in a way that is consistent with the will of God

·       The will of God is developed through time by studying His Word, coming to church and hearing His Word, rehearsing His Word, and committing his Word to memory.

·       When those intercede for us and temptations and situations are presented, the Lord will raise us up. 

 

 Sins will be forgiven, if you pray.

Prayer is your entrance to your spiritual walk.

Prayer is an intimate communication with God.

  Verse 16: Confess trespasses and pray for each other that you may be healed

  Verse 17-18: Elijah was an example of praying the scripture and being in the will of God.

 

An example of how to pray

1.      Start with thanking God. This will lead to an attitude of gratitude

2.      Pray for the needs of others. 

3.      Pray with faith, thanking God for the outcome. 

4.      Pray the scripture. Quote was God has said.

 

 

 

 

Continuing His Mission

Speaker:Tyrone Jones

 Scripture: John 14:15-18; Ephesians 5:15-21; Acts 1:8 (NKJV) 

 

We all have a mission just as Jesus and His disciples had a mission.

 The core base of your mission is love (John 14:15-18).

 Verse 15: If you love me keep my commandments. 

  • Love produces a desire to know His commandments and to keep His commandments

 It is important to note that Jesus says although you are on a mission, you won’t be alone. 

  • The father will give you another helper, the Holy Spirit.

  • Without the Holy Spirit, you cannot continue the mission.  The Holy Spirit is the helper. 

  • He helps us to be Christ like.  Holy Spirit allows the new nature to manifest and grow spiritually…to the disciple God has called us. 

 Utilize the Helper on a daily basis helping to execute your mission (Ephesians 5:15-21).

  • The Holy Spirit allows us to see thing from spiritual eyes.  It will assist us; the Holy Spirit is our counselor.

  •  The Holy Spirit leads us into our purpose (mission).  He leads us into the things of God and reveals the things of God. 

 

Walking with Holy Spirit gives us ability to know God’s will—discernment.

  • The Holy Spirit illuminates the Word to transform us.  He is our intercessor. 

  • It is important to note that the Holy Spirit will not violate our humanity.  He will convict us, but won’t simply stop things from happening.  We must yield and follow Him because he won’t “trump” our will. 

 

Be filled with the Spirit and under His influence and He will lead and guide our walk and talk

  • The Holy Spirit allows us to see the root of the problem and helps us to walk in the direction God guides. 

  • Receive the power of the Holy Spirit.  We must be filled daily as we are what you call “leaky vessels.”  If we are filled, we are able to be a witness. 

 

Summary: Continue His Mission 

1.      Love and obey

2.      Utilize the helper

3.      Walking Carefully (with the Holy Spirit)

4.      Coming under the influence of the Holy Spirit

 

Obedience Produces

  Speaker: Joseph Lewis

Scripture: Luke 24: 49-53

Key components of our redemption is ascension (the bodily ascending of Christ from earth to heaven).

  1. Expectation: Mark 16:14-20

  1. Mark 16:17—You can be in a situation/bad company and because of the protection of god, it will not harm you.

  2. Lack of faith and refusal is contrary to expectations

  3. Everyone looks at signs that are confirmed by the Word.  Celebrate the signs, but don’t stop there. Keep the end goal in mind.  Don’t lose sight; just glorify the blessings.

  1. Confirmation: Act 1:3-4, 8-11

  1. Jesus give the Holy Spirit which added strength and firmly established our power

  2. The ultimate reward is when he comes back.

  1. Exultation: Luke 24:49-53

  1. Show or feel a lively or triumphant joy: rejoice exceedingly

  2. Having a Holy Spirit can give  you power to pray for the sick and they will be heeled


Being obedient allows you to fulfill your role in God’s plan.  

Obedience leads to authority.

Our ultimate reward is heaven.

In the meantime our job is to witness to others.  Celebrate the blessings so we can get our ultimate rewards.  God didn’t leave us without help.


Obeying His Orders

Pastor Tyrone Jones

Scripture: Matthew 28: 16-20

Obeying His order

  1. God has given us a commission/assignment to enforce His handbook here on the earth

  2. The battle is the enemy and Satan is warring against us.

  3. We are God’s umpires and referees of the world.  Just as umpires and referees have the power in a game or a meet, so does God give us the power in the “game of life.”

  4. Press on in  spite of

  5. We have authority if we are connected to Jesus.  We get the benefits because we are connected to Him.  We must know the rules which come from the Word. We have authority

      1. Go make disciples

      2. Baptize them (publically identify with the death and resurrection of Jesus)

      3. Teach them to obey


April 21st-A Surprise Filled Morning

Pastor Tyrone Jones

Scripture: Mark 16:1-8

Title: Surprise Filled Morning

Highlights:

Verse 3: Mary Magdalene and Mary mother of James and Salome had a dilemma. After Jesus

was killed and placed in the tomb, they were going to the tomb to anoint Jesus. There was a

major question that needed to be answered for them before getting to the tomb. Who will roll

the stone away? The stone was about 2000 lbs.

Verse 4: Surprise 1. When they reached the tomb, the stone was already rolled away and

Jesus was gone

Implication: God will remove the obstacles for you (Jesus can work it out).

Verse 5: Surprise 2. They saw a young man (angel) clothed in a long white robe when they

entered the tomb (not a dead body), sitting on the right side (place of

honor).

Implication: God sends people our way

Verse 6: Surprise 3. The Angel let the women know that he has Risen.

Implication: God will send people to you to deliver you an important message. You

must listen and believe.

Verse 7: Peter was singled out separately from the disciples even though he would

betray Jesus 3 times and Jesus knew this fact.

Verse 8: Humanity is shown in this verse. How will we respond to the news that

Jesus is resurrected?

God had a plan to work all things out!

He will move things forward for you!

The women take the lead in this scenario and tells the disciples that Jesus is ALIVE!

Destroying Debt 1. Getting My House In Order Part 8

Title of Message: Destroying Debt 1. Getting My House In Order Part 8

Speaker: Tyrone Jones

Text: Multiple passages

 

Facts on Debt In America

1.     Average household owes more than $16,000 on credit cards

2.     Total student loan debt is over one $ trillion dollars.

3.     Average family is over $132,000 in debt!

4.     We finance car loans longer than what they are worth. Average car loan is 6 years or longer

5.     21% of Americans plan to die in debt!

Dangers/Results of DEBT

1.     Debt enslaves you and take you hostage.  You become a prisoner.

a.      Proverbs 22:7 Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.

2.     Destroys relationships; creates strife in marriages,

a.     #1 reason for divorce

3.     So easy to get into debt but difficult to get out of it.

a.     Credit is so accessible. Credit card companies target the vulnerable.

b.     Most Americans have at least one credit card before 21.

c.      Average US consumer has at least 3 credit cards

d.     Credit card companies making over $1300 off of us per year

4.     It is easy to fall into the trap of debt and we don’t know how to manage it!

a.     Proverbs 6:5 “Save yourself like a gazelle escaping from a hunter, like a bird fleeing from a net.

5.     Debt hinders my ability to sow into the KINGDOM!

6.     Excessive DEBT over long periods of time show that we are POOR STEWARDS!

a.     Proverbs 27:23 Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds

7.     Excessive DEBT shows that we are IMPATIENT!  We jump into debt instead of waiting for the Lord to provide for us.

a.     Isaiah 40: 31 But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

b.     Lamentations 3:25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

c.      Psalms 37:9 For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

8.     DEBT shows that we lack CONTENTMENT!

a.     I Timothy 6: Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.

There is a WAY OUT of Debt! (Not just hitting the powerball, lotto, etc!)

1.     Be disciplined in how we use our finances.

a.      It is helpful to also have an accountability partner if we struggle with being disciplined with our finances.

b.     Saying NO to some stuff today so tomorrow will be better!

2.     Change my thinking!

a.      Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

3.     Borrow Biblically!  Be Biblical

a.      Don’t take out loans longer than 7 years!

Deuteronomy 15:1-6 (NLT) “At the end of every seventh year you must cancel the debts of everyone who owes you money. This is how it must be done. Everyone must cancel the loans they have made to their fellow Israelites. They must not demand payment from their neighbors or relatives, for the Lord’s time of release has arrived. This release from debt, however, applies only to your fellow Israelites—not to the foreigners living among you “There should be no poor among you, for the Lord your God will greatly bless you in the land he is giving you as a special possession. You will receive this blessing if you are careful to obey all the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today. The Lord your God will bless you as he has promised. You will lend money to many nations but will never need to borrow. You will rule many nations, but they will not rule over you.

4.     Be Generous!

a.      Deuteronomy 15:10  10 Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.

b.     Proverbs 22:9: Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.

c.      Proverbs 11:24-25 There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered!

Bible Verses About Debt

Romans 13:8 Let no debt remain outstanding except the continuing debt to love on another..

Proverbs 22:7 The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.

Psalm 37:21 The wicked borrows and does not repay, But the righteous shows mercy and gives.

Matthew 5:42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

Luke 6:35 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.

Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Proverbs 22:26–27 Do not be one of those who shakes hands in a pledge, one of those who is surety for debts; if you have nothing with which to pay, why should he take away your bed from under you?

 

Watch Your Speech. Getting My House In Order Part 7

Title of Message: Watch Your Speech. Getting My House In Order Part 7

Speaker: Tyrone Jones

Text: James 3:2-12 (NLT)

Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself. People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! 11 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? 12 Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.

 

Introduction

Don’t just focus on what we put in our mouth (DIETS), be as equally and more concerned about what is coming out of our mouth!  There is power in what we speak.  Once we speak words, we cannot take them back.  We cannot hit the rewind button. With that said, we must be mindful of the words we speak.

 James 3:3-5: We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. 4 And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.

 ·       Facts about horses: Horses weigh 840-2,200 pounds, 6 feet in height, 8 feet in length, can run/gallop up to 25-30 mph; fastest horse ran 55mph, can jump 6-8 feet, can jump over 27 feet

·       Facts about ships: weigh about 2,200 tons!  1 ton is about 2000 pounds!

·       Facts about tongues: average tongue is about 3-4 inches long

 In the example of the bit in the mouth of the horse and the rudder in the ship, we see that a small thing can have a great impact.  The same is true for our tongue. Though it is a small member of the body it can create great havoc if not used correctly.

 James 3:6  And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.

 My tongue can be set on fire by HELL. Satan himself can influence the words in my mouth.

·       When I use my tongue to tear someone down, offer counsel that is not biblical, or bring glory to man instead of God, I am allowing myself to be influenced by Satan.

·       In Mathew 16:23, Jesus rebukes Peter and calls him Satan because Peter was speaking something that was against the will of God.  Even though Peter had great intentions, he spoke against God’s will.  This lets us know that we should pray and think before we speak. When we counsel others, we must make sure that we speak the heart of God instead of our opinions that are dictated by our feelings! Our tongues can be set on fire by hell itself and pull people away from God through the advice we give.

 Supporting Scriptures

Matthew 12:33-37  33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

 James 3 :7  People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.

 The staff at Sea World can tame killer whale, lion, crocodile, beast, but no one can take the tongue.

 James 3:9-12 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! 11 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? 12 Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.

 ·       We cannot claim to love God but speak ill about the very ones that were created in His image.

·       We can’t praise God with our mouth and curse men who have been made in the image of God with that same mouth!

·       Our heart is the source of our words.  Mathew 12:34 reminds us that the mouth speaks from the abundance of the heart.  If our hearts are impure, our words will reflect that.

·       God is not telling us to bite our tongues, He’s telling us that we must have heart surgery so that our hearts can be purified.

·       When we focus on just biting our tongues, the ill feelings towards others are still there.  Biting our tongues doesn’t get to the root of what is going on in our heart.  Our heart is changed by the power of the Holy Spirit, and we can then use our mouth to be used for God’s glory.

 Supporting Scriptures

Matthew 12:34 For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks

 Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked.
Who really knows how bad it is? 10 But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives.
I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”

 Ezekiel 36:26 26 And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.[b] 27 And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.

 Psalms 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me

Proverbs 15:28The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

 Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else,  for it determines the course of your life.

 Colossians 1:16 God made my tongue for Him. All things created by Him and for Him.

 Avoid Using Your Tongue In The Following Ways

1.     Avoid idle talk because we will have to give an account for all that we say.

a.      Mat 12:34-37 KJV - 34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

2.     Avoid gossiping

a.      Spreading rumors especially about someone private’s affairs

3.     Avoid complaining

a.      Complain: to express dissatisfaction; finding fault

b.     Complaining is the opposite of rejoicing

4.     Avoid slandering/smearing/defaming others

a.      Avoid making false statements, trying to damage someone’s character, and damage their reputation.      

How Should I Use My Tongue?

·       Sing praises to God. Use your tongue & gift of speech to praise God.

·       Use your tongue to Pray to God

·       Use Your tongue to proclaim the gospel and tell others about God.

·       Use your tongue to Bless others by speaking words of encouragement, offering comfort, speaking life into their dead situation!

·       Confess with your mouth that Jesus is LORD!

 

 Reflection Questions:

How do you tend to use your tongue? Are you a complainer?  Do you find that you both bless God and curse those made in His image? If you struggle with your tongue, we encourage you to pray and ask the Lord to give you a clean heart.

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Hearing Under Pressure

Title of Message: Hearing Under Pressure. Getting My House In Order Part 6

Speaker: Tyrone Jones

Text: Genesis 22:1-14  (NLT)

22 Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called. “Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.” “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day of their journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. “Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.”So Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them walked on together, Isaac turned to Abraham and said, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “We have the fire and the wood,” the boy said, “but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?”“God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together. When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. 10 And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. 11 At that moment the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!”12 “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.” 13 Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. 14 Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

 

Introduction

It is critical to be able to hear the voice of God when you are under pressure.  We spend a lot of time focusing on speaking/talking/praying to God, as we should.  However, it is also important that we focus on how on how to HEAR and LISTEN to God!

·       In order to have an EFFECTIVE relationship, there must be EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

o   Don’t just talk to God, but also LISTEN to HIM

o   Focus on what God has to say to us

o   Must practice hearing from God (What does His voice sound like)?

·       Revelation 3:13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

·       Natural ears & spiritual ears (inner ear – hearing the inner voice)

o   We cannot hear God when there is so much noise!

·       Must be able to hear God if we are going to walk with Him

o   He’s our GPS! If we can hear Him, He will show us how to navigate through any situation!

·       Don’t run to phone friends or Social media. Go to God first. He will talk to us, but we must let Him in.

·       When the stakes are highest, it is important to hear God.

·       God will give us tests/assignments to see if we position ourselves to hear His voice!

 

 22 Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called. “Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.” “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”

 Tests are opportunities for our hearing to be fine-tuned. They are training opportunities!

o   God will TEST us, Devil tempts us!

o   Tests are used to develop us, to see where we are spiritually, and they also help to develop our faith.

o   God brought Abraham through various test.  God used these tests to develop Abram into Abraham. 

§  Piece by piece, part by part, month by month, year by year!

o   Genesis 22 details the biggest test of Abraham’s life, the test to offer his promised son Isaac as a burnt offering.

§  In a burnt offering, the animal was first tied and bound and then set on fire as a sacrifice to God.  The sacrifice was burnt before the Lord.

o   God is using the test to train Abraham how to hear His voice under pressure

o   Tests are training opportunities! God uses tests to train our ears to hear His voice.

 

The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day of their journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. “Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.”

 

GOD WILL SPEAK TO US AS WE WALK WITH HIM!

o   God may not give you all the DETAILS in the beginning.  In Genesis 22:2, God tells Abraham to go to one of the mountains that God will show him.

o   Too many DETAILS can FRUSTRATE your FAITH!

o   Too many facts can hinder/deter your faith!

·       God will use both the DESTINATION & the JOURNEY to develop our ability to hear His voice.  Too often we focus on the destination and miss that God is teaching us a lot on the journey.

o   As we walk with God, he will give us more. He will show us the way and guide us each step we take.

o   If we have courage to take a step into the unknown, God has the power to bring about the impossible!

o   Can you walk with Him? Can you trust Him even if you don’t have all the details?

o   God will give you more details as we walk with Him, as we move in faith.

o   Once we begin walking, God will fill us in on the next moves!

·       Can we ENDURE THE SILENCE? Though He speaks to us at pivotal moments in our life, there are times when God is silent. In the silence, He is developing us. He doesn’t talk just for talking sake.

o   God will put us in certain tests to train our inner ear to hear His voice

§  It can be uncomfortable and inconvenient.

o   During uncertainty, Abraham is called to trust God and he is called to hear by the inner ear. 

On the third day of their journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. “Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.”

 

CONSECRATION requires SEPARATION.

§  Consecration/separation is required during pressure situation

§  Amid difficulty, I may need to separate myself from others!

·       Not everyone will understand!

§  Abraham told his servants to stay with the donkeys so that he and his son could go higher, go to worship.

§  There comes a point where God will require us to separate from people we know so that we can go to a higher place to worship!

·       Certain relationships will hinder our ability to hear from God

§  Some people will have to stay behind with the donkeys, mules, etc, figuratively speaking.

§  You cannot have dedication without separation

·       Faith will bring us to a place where we may have to separate from others so that we can get closer to God to hear His voice.

§  The closer you get to God’s will/destination, the smaller the crowd becomes in your life.

§  God will talk and speak to you when we are alone!

So Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them walked on together, Isaac turned to Abraham and said, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “We have the fire and the wood,” the boy said, “but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?”“God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together.

·       God gives you confidence as you journey with Him! 

o   Abraham shows trust when he talks to his son Isaac

o   Abraham was not worried about the provision, He knew God would provide!

o   Confidence comes from an inner knowing when you are in the center of God’s will

o   Confidence comes when I walk with Him

o   Confidence comes when I trust Him and He shows up!

·       God allow difficulties (tests, opportunities, training centers) where we learn to hear and trust him while we are walking in those dark places.

 When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. 10 And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. 11 At that moment the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!” 12 “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.”

Must be able to hear a NOW word

o   Abraham hears a NOW word not to kill Isaac. He heard the word at just the right time, in the moment he needed to hear it!

§  NOW words come when I am near God

§  NOW words come when I obey God

§  NOW words come when I worship God!

Don’t kill your dreams because you are deaf to the Lord’s voice!

o   As he raises his knife to slay his son, he gets a NOW word to refrain from killing Isaac (his dream/his promise)

o   If Abraham couldn’t hear God, he would have killed his son

o   Sometimes folks kill their dreams because they can’t hear God!  We get distracted and allow things to hinder our ability to hear His voice.  As a result, we end up killing our dreams because we cant hear God’s voice to get the directions we need.

God did not want Abraham’s son, He wanted Abraham’s ear.  In other words, God wanted Abraham’s obedience, his heart.

§  God wants to know that if things must change, are we willing to listen and obey?

§  God says if I interrupt your plans, will you be able to hear and will you obey? 

o   God had a ram in the push.  There was provision on the other side. Everything that Abraham needed was on the other side. Abraham was able to receive those instructions because of his ability to hear and obey God.

 

Reflection Questions

How are you responding to the test you are now facing?  Do you see it as opportunity for your faith to grow?  Are you allowing the separation to take place in your life that is necessary for you to go higher in worship?  Does God have your ear, does He have your obedience?

Can You Hear Him? Getting My House In Order Part 5

Title of Message: Can You Hear Him? Getting My House In Order Part 5

Speaker: Tyrone Jones

Text: 1 Samuel 3 New King James Version (NKJV)

Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, 3 and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the Lord where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down, that the Lord called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!” So he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” And he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” And he went and lay down.

Then the Lord called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” He answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” (Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.)

 And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did call me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

 10 Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”

11 Then the Lord said to Samuel: “Behold, I will do something in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. 12 In that day I will perform against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. 13 For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knows, because his sons made themselves vile, and he did not restrain them. 14 And therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.”

 15 So Samuel lay down until [c]morning, and opened the doors of the house of the Lord. And Samuel was afraid to tell Eli the vision. 16 Then Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son!” He answered, “Here I am.”17 And he said, “What is the word that the Lord spoke to you? Please do not hide it from me. God do so to you, and more also, if you hide anything from me of all the things that He said to you.” 18 Then Samuel told him everything, and hid nothing from him. And he said, “It is the Lord. Let Him do what seems good to Him.”

 19 So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the Lord. 21 Then the Lord appeared again in Shiloh. For the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.

 

Proverbs 15: 31 The ear that hears the rebukes of life Will abide among the wise. 32 He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding. 33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility. NKJV

 

Proverbs 18:15 The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Proverbs 20:12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD has made both of them!

Proverbs 21:13 He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be answered.

Proverbs 28:9 He who turns his away his ear from listening to the law, even his prayer is an abomination!

 

 Background  - The voice of the Lord is our GPS (Geo Positioning System). We should follow God like we follow our GPS system

·       GPS leads us, shows us how to navigate to get to our desired destination.

·       When we make the wrong turns, GPS re-routes us and guides us to our destination

·       Must have an ear to hear the voice of the Lord.

·       We cannot get our house in order if we are unable to hear the voice of the Lord!

 

Eli & Samuel

o   Eli was the priest. His eyes were growing dim & the lamp of God was going out in the tabernacle of the Lord. The ark of God which represented the presence of God was housed in this place.

o   The fact that the light was going out and the priest’s eyes were growing dim was indicative of what was going on in the nation of Israel.  They were drifting from God. 

o   The word of the Lord was rare in those days & there was no widespread revelation.

o   The priest’s vision was growing dim; Eli had lost his sight both naturally & spiritually.

o   Eli’s sons had committed many transgressions.  He was aware of their transgressions, but he did deal with it!

§  1 Sam 2:12 “Sons of Eli were corrupt taking more than what was allotted during the sacrifices

§  1 Sam 2:21 Eli sons were fornicating with the women who laid at the door

o   Eli was told by a man of God that judgment would come to his house because he honored his sons Hopni & Phineas more than God!

§  I Samuel 2:29  29 Why do you kick at My sacrifice and My offering which I have commanded in My dwelling place, and honor your sons more than Me, to make yourselves fat with the best of all the offerings of Israel My people?’

§  1 Samuel 2:34 34 Now this shall be a sign to you that will come upon your two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas: in one day they shall die, both of them. 35 Then I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who shall do according to what is in My heart and in My mind. I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before My anointed forever.

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o   While the sins of Eli’s sons are mounting up, Samuel is growing in both stature and favor with the Lord

§  1Sam2 (26 And the child Samuel grew in stature, and in favor both with the Lord and men.)

§  Samuel is serving in the Lord’s house and serving Eli the priest 

 Serving positions us to hear from God

Although Samuel was serving in the house of the Lord, the scripture says that he did not yet know the Lord.

§  Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.

o   It is possible to do the work but not know the Lord of the work!

o   Samuel does not yet know to hear from the Lord!

o   How many of us attend church and do the work of the Lord, but don’t hear from God?

o   But as young Samuel serves, he is going to learn how to hear from God!

 

 

When I serve, I hear more!

o   You will begin to hear when you are serving!  It is in the process of serving in the temple that Samuel hears the voice of God.

o   There is a blessing when you come to church, but an even greater blessing when you serve.  

o   When we serve, more is REVEALED to us, God begins to speak to us in the process of our serving.

o   We get a greater revelation of our gifts and how to operate in them when we serve.

o   God does not want us to just come and watch. Sometimes God will fix our complex situations in the process of us serving.

o   Blessings will come not based on my talent but based on my service to the Lord!

  We can learn various lessons about hearing  God’s voice from the three times Samuel ran to Eli.

 that the Lord called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!” So he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” And he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” And he went and lay down. 

·       When we first begin to walk with God, the voice of God will sound like your teacher

o   When you are a servant, you become conditioned to respond to your duty. Even though it was night, Samuel ran to Eli when he thought he was being summoned.

o   Samuel was so used to his teacher’s voice and he assumed that it was Eli calling him.

o   The voice of God will sound like the one who taught you when you are first learning to hear the voice of God!

 

Then the Lord called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” He answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” (Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.)

 

·       It is God who is calling us, but we are running to FLESH!

o   It was God calling Samuel but instead he ran to Eli (flesh)

§   This scenario is representative of us running to flesh when we hear the voice of God.

o   God is calling you deeper, but you are running to flesh

o   It is God who is disturbing your rest and telling you that I have more, that I have a higher purpose for your life, but we keep running to FLESH!

o   Flesh can never respond to the call of God; Flesh will leave you disappointed

o   What God is about to do, no flesh can handle! That is why we are disappointed

o   You need help from God, but you keep going to FLESH!

o   God is calling us but we are running to the wrong source (boyfriend, friend, etc.)

 

 

And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did call me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

 10 Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”

 

Samuel was young and could hear a sound that Eli could not hear!

o   Youth are sensitive!

o   Revolutions often starts with youth

o   Samuel could hear the voice of the Lord, but Eli did not.  Eli perceived that it was the voice of the Lord calling Samuel even though he no longer could hear it (indicative of his spiritual state).

Eli perceived that the Lord had called Samuel. Samuel needed an Eli in his life to instruct him on how to discern and respond to the voice of the Lord. Samuel needed a mentor!

o   Eli instructed Samuel on how to respond to God.

1. Make himself available for God to speak (Go, lie down)

·       Instead of running to ELI, Samuel instructed to lay still and listen

·       We can hear God when we are silent, and still. 

2. Respond to the word of God (Speak, Lord)

3. Humble himself before God and His word (Your servant hears!)

 

 

Reflection Questions:  Have you positioned yourself to hear the voice of God?  Do you have difficulty hearing the voice of God?  What are some things that have prevented you from hearing the voice of God in the past?  Do you respond with obedience when God speaks?  Are you still long enough to hear the voice of the Lord?