God First – Wk 3

One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. (‭Psalm‬ ‭27‬:‭4‬ ESV)

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (‭Philippians‬ ‭3‬:‭13-14‬ ESV)
But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” (‭Luke‬ ‭18‬:‭27‬ ESV)
When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” (‭Luke‬ ‭18‬:‭22‬ ESV)
But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (‭Luke‬ ‭10‬:‭41-42‬ ESV)
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. (‭Psalm‬ ‭27‬:‭4‬ ESV)
Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” (‭Mark‬ ‭10‬:‭28-31‬ ESV)
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (‭Philippians‬ ‭3‬:‭13-14‬ ESV)
He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” (‭John‬ ‭9‬:‭25‬ ESV)

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Lessons from 1 Chronicles – Wednesday Teaching

So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the Lord in that he did not keep the command of the Lord, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. He did not seek guidance from the Lord. Therefore the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse. (‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭10‬:‭13-14‬ ESV)

Now these are the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he could not move about freely because of Saul the son of Kish. And they were among the mighty men who helped him in war. They were bowmen and could shoot arrows and sling stones with either the right or the left hand; they were Benjaminites, Saul’s kinsmen. (‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭12‬:‭1-2‬ ESV)

And some of the men of Benjamin and Judah came to the stronghold to David. David went out to meet them and said to them, “If you have come to me in friendship to help me, my heart will be joined to you; but if to betray me to my adversaries, although there is no wrong in my hands, then may the God of our fathers see and rebuke you.” Then the Spirit clothed Amasai, chief of the thirty, and he said, “We are yours, O David, and with you, O son of Jesse! Peace, peace to you, and peace to your helpers! For your God helps you.” Then David received them and made them officers of his troops.

All these, men of war, arrayed in battle order, came to Hebron with a whole heart to make David king over all Israel. Likewise, all the rest of Israel were of a single mind to make David king. And they were there with David for three days, eating and drinking, for their brothers had made preparation for them. (‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭12‬:‭16-18, 38-39‬ ESV)

Then let us bring again the ark of our God to us, for we did not seek it in the days of Saul.” All the assembly agreed to do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people. (‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭13‬:‭3-4‬ ESV)

Now, therefore, thus shall you say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be prince over my people Israel, and I have been with you wherever you have gone and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall waste them no more, as formerly, (‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭17‬:‭7-9‬ ESV)

David said to Solomon, “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house to the name of the Lord my God. But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have waged great wars. You shall not build a house to my name, because you have shed so much blood before me on the earth. Behold, a son shall be born to you who shall be a man of rest. I will give him rest from all his surrounding enemies. For his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days. He shall build a house for my name. He shall be my son, and I will be his father, and I will establish his royal throne in Israel forever.’

David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying, “Is not the Lord your God with you? And has he not given you peace on every side? For he has delivered the inhabitants of the land into my hand, and the land is subdued before the Lord and his people. Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God. Arise and build the sanctuary of the Lord God, so that the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the holy vessels of God may be brought into a house built for the name of the Lord.” (‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭22‬:‭7-10, 17-19‬ ESV)

God First – Wk 2

Daniel 3:1-12 ESV King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, whose height was 90 feet tall and 90 feet wide… 2 Then King Nebuchadnezzar sent to gather the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces to come to the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 3 Then the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces gathered for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up… 4 And the herald proclaimed aloud, “You are commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, 5 that when you hear the sound of every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6 And whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace.” 7 Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, all the peoples, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 9 They declared to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever! 10 You, O king, have made a decree, that… 11 whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into a burning fiery furnace. 12 There are certain Jews: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men, O king, pay no attention to you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.

Proverbs 3:6 ESV In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 
Proverbs 3:6 TLB  In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.
Romans 12:1-2 ESV I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 
Matthew 6:24 ESV “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.
Matthew 6:1-3 ESV  “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. 2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Daniel 3:30 ESV Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.

Daniel 3:27-28 ESV And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men. The hair of their heads was not singed, their cloaks were not harmed, and no smell of fire had come upon them. 

Daniel 3:15-16 ESV  …And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?”16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand.”
Daniel 3:28 ESV Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,

Lessons from 2 Kings – Wednesday Teaching

And Elisha saw it and he cried, “My father, my father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces. And he took up the cloak of Elijah that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. (‭2 Kings‬ ‭2‬:‭12-13‬ ESV)

Then he took the cloak of Elijah that had fallen from him and struck the water, saying, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” And when he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over. (‭2 Kings‬ ‭2‬:‭14‬ ESV)

When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another.” Then the oil stopped flowing. (‭2 Kings‬ ‭4‬:‭6‬ ESV)

And they poured out some for the men to eat. But while they were eating of the stew, they cried out, “O man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they could not eat it. He said, “Then bring flour.” And he threw it into the pot and said, “Pour some out for the men, that they may eat.” And there was no harm in the pot. (‭2 Kings‬ ‭4‬:‭40-41‬ ESV)

Now there were four men who were lepers at the entrance to the gate. And they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? (‭2 Kings‬ ‭7‬:‭3‬ ESV)

And Jehoash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all his days, because Jehoiada the priest instructed him. (‭2 Kings‬ ‭12‬:‭2‬ ESV)

He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin; he did not depart from them.

He also did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. He did not depart from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin, but he walked in them. (‭2 Kings‬ ‭13‬:‭2, 11‬ ESV)

And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. He did not depart from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin. (‭2 Kings‬ ‭14‬:‭24‬ ESV)

In the thirty-eighth year of Azariah king of Judah, Zechariah the son of Jeroboam reigned over Israel in Samaria six months. And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, as his fathers had done. He did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin. (‭2 Kings‬ ‭15‬:‭8-9‬ ESV)

And Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.

“Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found. For great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.” (‭2 Kings‬ ‭22‬:‭8, 13‬ ESV)

God First – Week 1

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭6‬ ESV)

And everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success. (Proverbs 3:6 TLB)

And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. (‭Exodus‬ ‭20‬:‭1-3‬ ESV)

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭22‬:‭37-40‬ ESV)

In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success. (Proverbs 3:6 TLB)

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33 ESV)

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. (‭Exodus‬ ‭20‬:‭2‬ ESV)

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭21‬ ESV)

…The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your life. (Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB)

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? (‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭25‬ ESV)

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. (‭Psalm‬ ‭43‬:‭5‬ ESV)

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (‭1 Peter‬ ‭5‬:‭7‬ ESV)

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (‭James‬ ‭4‬:‭8‬ ESV)

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭13‬ ESV)

Lessons from 1 Kings – Wednesday Teaching

Jesus Revealed

Key Points

– Don’t let your problem define you

– Invite the right people

– Carry a sword

– Don’t forget the garden

– Don’t let darkness intimidate you

– Under-sell & Over-deliver

– Don’t run from Jezebel

– Call somebody

– Give your heart wholly to the Lord

Scripture References

1 Kings 1:1-4 (ESV)

Now King David was old and advanced in years. And although they covered him with clothes, he could not get warm. Therefore his servants said to him, “Let a young woman be sought for my lord the king, and let her wait on the king and be in his service. Let her lie in your arms,[a] that my lord the king may be warm.” So they sought for a beautiful young woman throughout all the territory of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunammite, and brought her to the king. The young woman was very beautiful, and she was of service to the king and attended to him, but the king knew her not.

1 Kings 1:10 (ESV)

10 but he did not invite Nathan the prophet or Benaiah or the mighty men or Solomon his brother.

Kings 3:24-26 (ESV)

24 And the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So a sword was brought before the king. 25 And the king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other.”26 Then the woman whose son was alive said to the king, because her heart yearned for her son, “Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means put him to death.” But the other said, “He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide him.”

1 Kings 6:33 (ESV)

33 So also he made for the entrance to the nave doorposts of olivewood, in the form of a square,

1 Kings 6:35 (ESV)

35 On them he carved cherubim and palm trees and open flowers, and he overlaid them with gold evenly applied on the carved work.

1 Kings 8:12 (ESV)

12 Then Solomon said, “The Lord[a] has said that he would dwell in thick darkness.

1 Kings 10:7-9 (ESV)

but I did not believe the reports until I came and my own eyes had seen it. And behold, the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity surpass the report that I heard.Happy are your men! Happy are your servants, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! Blessed be the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and set you on the throne of Israel! Because the Lord loved Israel forever, he has made you king, that you may execute justice and righteousness.”

1 Kings 19:1-3 (ESV)

1 Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.”Then he was afraid, and he arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.

1 Kings 19:19 (ESV)

19 So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen in front of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and cast his cloak upon him.

1 Kings 11:4 (ESV)

For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.

Scripture References – 5/17/15

The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” (John 12:12-13 ESV)

 Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6 ESV)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV)

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 ESV)

 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13 ESV)

When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:30 ESV)

Scripture References – 5/13/15

But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord. (‭1 Samuel‬ ‭1‬:‭15‬ ESV)

In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his spirit was troubled, and his sleep left him. (‭Daniel‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬ ESV)

So in the morning his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was none who could interpret them to Pharaoh. (‭Genesis‬ ‭41‬:‭8‬ ESV)

He had two wives. The name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other, Peninnah. And Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children

And her rival used to provoke her grievously to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb. So it went on year by year. As often as she went up to the house of the Lord, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat.

She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. (‭1 Samuel‬ ‭1‬:‭2, 6-7, 10‬ ESV)

But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the Lord had closed her womb. (‭1 Samuel‬ ‭1‬:‭5‬ ESV)

For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there. (‭1 Samuel‬ ‭1‬:‭27-28‬ ESV)

When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. (‭John‬ ‭11‬:‭33‬ ESV)

After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” (‭John‬ ‭13‬:‭21‬ ESV)

Sermon Notes: The Past Lane

REMEMBER is a STRONG word. It evokes memories of all sorts: Memories can be PRECIOUS, but they can also be PAINFUL.

There are THREE WORDS in Scripture that are captivating:

Remember Lot’s wife. (‭Luke‬ ‭17‬:‭32‬ ESV)

There are NO GENDER OR AGE SPECIFICATIONS ON WHO SHOULD REMEMBER HER, we are just told to remember her.

IT IS NOT A SUGGESTION IT IS A COMMAND.

WHO IS SHE? WE DONT EVEN HAVE HER NAME.

Although some rabbinical commentaries give her the name, EDITH. Meaning “blessed” and “at war”. This name definition would make sense.

Remember Lot’s wife. (‭Luke‬ ‭17‬:‭32‬ ESV)

IT MAY BE THE MOST DRAMATIC ILLUSTRATION THAT JESUS EVER USED IM A SERMON.

BUT WHY? WHAT IS THERE TO REMEMBER?

JESUS gives some CONTEXT:

Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it. (‭Luke‬ ‭17‬:‭28-33‬ ESV)

BEFORE YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LOT’S WIFE, YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT LOT.

–>>>GREENER GRASS SYNDROME

And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) (‭Genesis‬ ‭13‬:‭10‬ ESV)

1- At the altar with Abraham
2- Blessed beyond room to contain it
3- Looking toward Sodom
4- Tents pitched towards Sodom
5- Living in Sodom
6- Rescued from captivity
7- Went right back to Sodom
8- God destroyed Sodom
9- Intercession saved Lot although he lost everything.

THIS PROGRESSION DID NOT TAKE PLACE OVERNIGHT.

And because lawlessness (SIN) will be increased, the love of many will grow (WAX) cold. (‭Matthew‬ ‭24‬:‭12‬ ESV)

Have you LOST YOUR FIRST LOVE? Do you need to return to your first love?

We love because he first loved us. (‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭19‬ ESV)

But Jesus did not tell us to focus on remembering Lot; we are told to REMEMBER Lot’s wife.

Why did she look back? I don’t know, why do WE look back?

She changed lanes. She began traveling in the Past Lane. If you happen to be in the Past Lane, here is how you switch lanes and get back in the Fast Lane towards your destiny of victory and deliverance:

1- It is OK to grieve
Isaiah 53:4

2- Ask forgiveness.
1 John 1:9

3- Cast vision for the future.
Proverbs 29:18

When she turned around she cast off the restraint of vision for tomorrow and focused on yesterday. 

Her desire for the past was greater than her vision for the future. 

WHY ARE WE TOLD TO REMEMBER LOT’S WIFE? BECAUSE HISTORY IS GOING TO REPEAT ITSELF.

“Whatever God has for you, it’s not behind you” -Beth Moore

You are meant to be the salt of the earth. Every time you look back, you become a pillar of immobilized salt and the story of your deliverance can not be used as effectively to heal others.