Presentation on theme: "Giants in Our Lives Two Perspectives On whom or on what"— Presentation transcript:
1 Giants in Our Lives Two Perspectives On whom or on what 1 Sam. 17:11, 241 Sam. 17:26On whom or on whatshall you focus?
2 A Whole Land Of Giants OR Focus on God Focus on Giants Brings Faith, Brings Fear,which is Death to our spiritsFocus on GodBrings Faith,which is Life to our spiritsORFear makes us exaggerate.We Cry, Complain, Doubt and Rebel because of fear.
3 The Clear Choice! Take God at His Word, choosing faith over fear. “So without faith, it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Heb. 11:6Take God at His Word,choosing faith over fear.
4 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, Though the fig tree shall not blossom, and the vine shall not have fruitThough the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat;Though the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:Yet I will rejoice in the LORD,I will be joyful in the God of my salvation.Hab. 3:17, 18
5 Why We Can Chose Faith Take Risks! Trust and Obey! Make a Memorial to God!Take Steps!
6 "Fear is the path to the dark side.” Overcoming Fear"Fear is the path to the dark side.”Yoda, Star WarsBad FearParalyses youHOT!DON’T TOUCH!Good FearProtects you
7 Remember how you got there! Snap Shots of FaithRemember how you got there!The DisciplesHard HeartsProudMisunderstood AuthorityDoubted Jesus’ AuthorityThe CenturionCaring HeartHumbleUnderstood AuthorityBelieved in Jesus’ AuthorityRemember how you got there.
8 What We have Learned So Far Keep your eyes on Jesus.You have the choice to obey or rebel.Take God at His Word, choosing faithover fear.Rejoice in the Lord no matter what.Make your Life a Memorial to God.Focus on the Invisible, not only the Visible.I am like a Turtle on a fence post.
10 What came first, the chicken or the egg? POP QUIZ – What came first, the chicken or the egg?How do quizzes make you feel?Stressed, surprised, ???
11 The Philip Test [John 6:5-7] When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowdcoming toward him, he said to Philip, “Whereshall we buy bread for these people to eat?”He asked this only to test him, for he alreadyhad in mind what he was going to do.Philip answered him, “Eight months’ wageswould not buy enough bread to each one tohave a bite!”Pop Quiz – That is what Philip received.What we need to understand about tests is they come from God and He only gives them to help us/ to confirm our faith.How did Philip do? Our answer shows us whether or not we’ve learned to live with Kingdom Mentality.Are we so earthly bound like Philip that we are oblivious to the Kingdom dimension or to learn to have His thinking?So how do we do this – We need to move in the direction of wisdom.
12 Kingdom Mentality [James 3:13-4:10] Who is wise and understanding among you? Lethim show it by his good life, by deeds done in humilitythat comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envyand selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast aboutit or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not comedown from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of thedevil. For where you find disorder and every evilpractice.But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first ofall pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive,READ
13 Kingdom Mentality [James 3:13-4:10] full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.Peacemakers who sow in peace raise aharvest of righteousness.What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’tthey come from your desires that battle within you?You want something but don’t get it. You kill andcovet, but you cannot have what you want. Youquarrel and fight. You do not have, because you donot ask God. When you ask, you do not receive,because you ask with wrong motives, that you mayspend what you get on your pleasures.READ
14 Kingdom Mentality [James 3:13-4:10] You adulterous people, don’t you know thatfriendship with the world is hatred toward God?Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the worldbecomes an enemy of God. Or do you thinkScripture says without reason that the spirit hecaused to live in us envies intensely? But he givesus more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proudbut give grace to the humble.”READ
15 Kingdom Mentality [James 3:13-4:10] Submit yourselves, then, to God.Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.Come near to God and he will come near to you.Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify yourhearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail.Change your laughter to mourning and your joyto gloom. Humble yourselves before the LORD,and he will lift you up.READ
16 Kingdom Mentality James 3:13-18 James 4:6-10 Repentance & Brokenness before the LordJames 4:6-10Humble ourselves (Submit to God)Resist the devilCome near to GodJAMES 3:13-18Our sins tend to be these internal ones that come from Earthly Mentality, such as pride, envy, anger and selfishness.We need to live in a constant state of repentance from these in order to gain the wisdom from above. (Phil. 2)JAMES 4:6-10Humility – vs. 7 Submit to God, I Peter 5:7 Casting all your cares on Him, for He cares for you. BUT you can’t start there, back up to vs.6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s might hand …Humility comes from wisdom and the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.Resist – vs. 7 Stand strong, we have to try, the average Christian doesn’t even try.Again we need to think about the self talk that is going on in our heads. The devil uses that self talk to influence. We have to replace our old belief (self talk) with God’s truth. (Romans 12:2)Come near to God – vs.8 How do we do that? What’s it look like?We need to understand that it might be easier to resist the devil than to come near to God. Ron Dunn says, “I’m not denying spiritual warfare with satanic powers. I am only saying, I find it easier to say ‘no’ to the devil than to say ‘yes’ to God.”Let’s look Moses in Exodus 3:1-3
17 The Burning Bush [Exodus 3:1-3] Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro hisfather-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led theflock to the far side of the desert and came toHoreb, the mountain of God. There the angel ofthe Lord appeared to him in flames of fire fromwithin a bush. Moses saw that though the bushwas on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought,“I will go over and see this strange sight –why the bush does not burn up.READ
18 GO OVER AND SEE THIS STRANGE SIGHT another translastion says, TURN ASIDE. Moses stopped what he was doing (shepherding his father-in-law’s flock) to see what was up. He was interrupted during his regular activities to pay attention to God’s presence.Just think if he would have not stopped what he would have missed – God’s calling on his life, really knowing God, the Exodus – leading Israel to the Promised Land.
19 The Burning Bush [Exodus 3:4] When the Lord saw that he had goneover to look,God called to him from within the bush,“Moses! Moses!”And Moses said, “Here I am.”God spoke to Moses only after Moses had “turned aside”/“gone over”.Moses could have looked the other way. We have choices to make during our busy days. They require humility & submission in order to “turn aside” so God may speak to us.
20 Kingdom Mentality The goal of our Kingdom thinking is for us to express the character and goodness ofJesus in our whole being.Every moment in our lives is a moment to learnfrom God and gain His thinking and wisdom.Where is the burning bush in your life?The thing in our life that makes us ask,“Where are you God in my life?”GOAL – the goals of our Kingdom thinking is for us to express the character and goodness of Jesus in our whole being. (Romans 8:29)EVERY MOMENT – Our lives are not compartmentalized – this is spiritual and this is the other normal part of my life. We shouldn’t reduce the tools for spiritual growth to only Bible study and prayer. Brother Lawrence was a monk in the kitchen and learned to clean pots to the glory of God. He has a great book worthy of reading, Practicing the Presence of God. God wants to use all of our lives.
21 Elizabeth Barrett Browning Earth is crammed with heaven.And every common bush afire with God.But only he who sees it removes his shoes.The rest sit around it and pluck blackberries.PRAY
22 Reflection Ask God for eyes to see His presence in our lives. Ask Him to give us His wisdom to see allthe parts of our lives as tools in His handsto conform us to the image of Jesus Christ.Ask Him to give us Kingdom Mentality.As we close let’s take a few minutes of silent prayer together. Let’s ask God for eyes to see His presence in our lives. Ask Him to give us His wisdom to see all the parts of our lives as tools in His hands to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ. Ask Him to give us Kingdom mentality.