To Awaken the Hearts of Men to Fierce Dependency upon Christ!!
Part One: The World Awake my Glory Psalms 57:8 Context: 1 Samuel 22:1 Ephesians 5:14 Awake O Sleeper…. Kavode…..”Weighty”
A Walk Thru Psalms Psalms 16:9-11 Psalms 30:11-12 Psalms 57:5 Psalms 57:11
The Driving Pursuit Two Driving Forces: Avoid Rejection or Keep Peace Love Value Worth Acceptance Security
Solomon Syndrome Solomon’s Example Power Popularity Possesions Pleasure
The Heart of Man Divided Grieving for Solomon’s chasing the wind “He was foolish, I will learn from his mistakes” “I could accomplish it better!”
“If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” - C.S. Lewis
The Covering There is another way!!! Eccl 3:11 He has also set eternity in the hearts of men!
Psalms 140:7 Oh Lord my God, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle.
Day of War David Benaiah The Fire Strength Courage Power
You were made to house fire! The glory of man is best revealed when a man is fully operating under God’s mighty covering!
Fireteam Questions What grabbed your heart in this session? What stuck out? In what ways do you see yourself yearning to avoid rejection or keep the peace? In what ways do you see yourself pursuing glory? How do you change the strategies we use to pursue glory?
Part Two: The War The war rages! The next level of alertness 2 Kings 6:8-18 The unseen is revealed
The Enemy’s Hatred We bear the mark of the King If you are associated with the King you adopt the enemies of the King Because we are the King’s men….we are the focus of the enemy’s attacks
Know your enemy He knows your weakness He knows your temptations He knows when to tempt He knows when to attack He knows how to attack
The Spiritual War The spiritual become physical The Father of Lies The deceit sets in 2 Cor 10:3-5
Spirit vs Flesh Where does your allegiance rest 1 Cor 10:13 the verse of promises
“No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all, you find out the strength of the German army by fighting against it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness — they have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means — the only complete realist.” ― C.S. LewisC.S. Lewis
The Rescue Mission You are not left alone to defend yourself Deity saw fit to invade and engage the battle
God has landed on this enemy-occupied world in human form. The perfect surrender and humiliation was undergone by Christ: perfect because He was God, surrender and humiliation because He was man.C.S.Lewis
Calloused Hearts The Gospel 1 Thess 5:9-11 The Cross Divine Focus Isaiah 53:10 Your Freedom
Shekinah Kavode Glory came near The High Priest Hebrews 4:14-16 The longing for our glory to be awakened found its answer
Lesser Loves The enemy attacks Idolatry Proverbs 25:27 The roots of worship
An idol is whatever you look at and say, in your heart of hearts, “If I have that, then I will feel my life has meaning, then I’ll know I have value, then I’ll feel significant and secure. There are many ways to describe that kind of relationship to something, but perhaps the best one is worship. (Keller)
The bible uses three basic metaphors to describe how people relate to the idols of their hearts. They love idols, trust idols, and obey idols. (Keller)
Letting your heart affections sleep in the wrong bed! Rotten Idols Socially Acceptable Idols Religious Idols The constant striving for failed results
Fireteam Questions You probably will not enter physical war with the man next to you. What does a fireteam practically look like? Why are fireteams not present today? What does the attack of the enemy look like personally for you? The enemy desires isolation through shame, guilt, and fear…how do we fight against that?
Part Three: The Warrior The Man beneath the armor. Hebrews 10:10 John 3:18 Romans 8:10 Colossians 1:22
True worship comes from knowing the truth of Who’s you are! The invisible made visible! The Glory is Awakened
Fierce Dependency You are a mirror….not a light! Romans 8:11 Resurrection Power The war demands fierceness in our dependency Study of Ephesians 1 & 2-In Christ
Humility Leads the Charge You must learn to listen before you speak Follow before you lead Become weak to be strong Die before you can live
Consciously Aware John 15 Remain Alert Knowledge of the King and my affection for him dictates my behavior! Victory over temptation
Obedience Unleashed Obedience is not passivity Abiding is not sitting and doing nothing. God is very active and if you are allowing Him to live through you, you will be bold in knowing which actions to take.
Ferocious Love The greatest act of love The Creator indwelling the man Moment by moment intimacy The Spirit within you awakens your glory The design is fulfilled
Fireteam Questions How can you position yourself to realize your glory awakened this week? How do you utilize what you’ve heard this weekend? How can you spure on another on to good deeds this week? You can go back to asleep or remain awakened….what is your decision?
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