Growing Pains

Growing Pains

GROWING PAINS

 

WHO ELSE REMEMBERS GROWING PAINS IN YOUR VISION?

 


THEY ARE NORMAL, STRETCHING, BUILDING MUSCLE & BONE MAKES US FORGET WE ARE GROWING

 

2 Corinthians 6: 1-13 Now, since we are God’s coworkers, we beg you not to take God’s marvelous grace for granted, allowing it to have no effect on your lives. For he says, I listened to you at the time of my favor. And the day when you needed salvation, I came to your aid. So can’t you see? Now is the time to respond to his favor! Now is the day of salvation! We will not place obstacles in anyone’s way that hinder them from coming to salvation so that our ministry will not be discredited. Yet, as God’s servants, we prove ourselves authentic in every way. For example: We have great endurance in hardships and in persecutions. We don’t lose courage in a time of stress and calamity. We’ve been beaten many times, imprisoned, and found ourselves in the midst of riots. We’ve endured many troubles,  had sleepless nights, and gone hungry. We have proved ourselves by our lifestyles of purity, by our spiritual insights, by our patience, and by showing kindness, by the Spirit of holiness and by our uncritical love for you. We commend ourselves to you by our truthful teachings, by the power of God working through us, and with the mighty weapons of righteousness—a sword in one hand and a shield in the other. Amid honor or dishonor, slander or praise—even when we are treated as deceivers and imposters—we remain steadfast and true. We are unknown nobodies whom everyone knows.

We are frequently at death’s door, yet here we are, still alive! We have been severely punished yet not executed. We may suffer, yet in every season we are always found rejoicing. We may be poor, yet we bestow great riches on many. We seem to have nothing, yet in reality we possess all things. My friends at Lubbock, our hearts are wide open to you and we speak freely, holding nothing back from you. If there is a block in our relationship, it is not with us, for we carry you in our hearts with great love, yet you still withhold your affections from us. So I speak to you as our children. Make room in your hearts for us as we have done for you.

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he who keeps the law, he is blessed.

THIS IS WHERE GOD HAS CALLED US

Ephesians 4:11-13 And he has appointed some with grace to be apostles, and some with grace to be prophets, and some with grace to be evangelists, and some with grace to be pastors, and some with grace to be teachers. And their calling is to nurture and prepare all the holy believers to do their own works of ministry, and as they do this they will enlarge and build up the body of Christ. These grace ministries will function until we all attain oneness in the faith, until we all experience the fullness of what it means to know the Son of God, and finally we become one perfect man with the full dimensions of spiritual maturity and fully developed in the abundance of Christ.

 AREAS FOR GROWING

1. LOVE

John 13:34A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another
Pro 10:12  Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

1Corinthians 13:13  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

2 .HEARING…… NOT JUST SPIRIT!

2Peter 3:3First off, you need to know that in the last days, mockers are going to have a heyday. Reducing everything to the level of their puny feelings, 2Peter 3:4they’ll mock, “So what’s happened to the promise of his Coming? Our ancestors are dead and buried, and everything’s going on just as it has from the first day of creation. Nothing’s changed.”
2Peter 3:5  They conveniently forget that long ago all the galaxies and this very planet were brought into existence out of watery chaos by God’s word.

John 16:13  However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth. For He shall not speak of Himself, but whatever He hears, He shall speak. And He will announce to you things to come.

Jeremiah 33: 3 Call unto me and I will show you great and mighty things.

John 10:27  My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

3. OBEY

1Samuel  15:22  And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of ram.

Luke 7:8  For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

Luke 7:9  When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

IF IT IS IMPOSSIBLE IT PROBABLY GOD

Mark 9:23  Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Colossians 1:5 Your faith and love rise within you as you access all the treasures of your inheritance stored up in the heavenly realm. For the revelation of the true gospel is as real today as the day you first heard of our glorious hope, now that you have believed in the truth of the gospel.

Philippians 3:14 I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus.

HAVE YOU LOST YOUR VISION?……..BUSY= BROUGHT UNDER SATAN YOKE!
Psalm 92:10 Your anointing has made me strong and mighty.
You’ve empowered my life for triumph
by pouring fresh oil over me.

Hell

Hell

HELL

American who believe in God and hell
1968 66% believe in hell……. 98% believe in God
2018 64%  believe in hell…… 79% believe in God
41% CALL THEMSELVES BORN AGAIN
58% Millennia’s believe in God
Hell = the nether realm of the devil and the demons in which condemned people suffer everlasting punishment
LIES FROM THE DEVIL
Hell Scares Off Spiritual Seekers

Hell Sounds Harsh

Hell Doesn’t Feel Fair

Deuteronomy 32:22  For a fire is kindled in My anger, And shall burn to the lowest hell; It shall consume the earth with her increase, And set on fire the foundations of the mountains. 

Matthew 25:41  “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels

2Peter 2:4  For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; 

2Peter  2:5  and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; 

2Peter 2:6  and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; 

2Peter2:7  and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked 

2Peter 2:8  (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)— 

2Peter 2:9  then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, 

2Peter 2:10  and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, 

2Peter 2:11  whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord. 

1Corinthians 10:13  No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 

Rev 3:5  He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. 

Rev 20:15  And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. 

John 3:5 Jesus answered, “I speak an eternal truth: Unless you are born of water and Spirit-wind, you will never enter God’s kingdom realm. For the natural realm can only give birth to things that are natural, but the spiritual realm gives birth to supernatural life!

Luk 18:28  Then Peter said, “See, we have left all and followed You.” 

Luk 18:29  So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 

Luk 18:30  who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.

QUESTIONS WE ASK UNBELIEVERS

1. ARE YOU SAV?….. WORSE QUESTION…. EVERYBODY IS SAVED!

2. HOW IS YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE ?

3. WILL YOU SPEND ETERNITY IN HEAVEN?

Church Hurts

Church Hurts

CHURCH HURTS?

Psalms 46:9 Even my ally, my friend, has turned against me. He was one I totally trusted with my life, sharing supper with him, and now he shows me nothing but betrayal and treachery. He has sold me as an enemy.

PASTOR, YOUTH PASTOR, CHURCH LADY, ELDERS, DEACONS, SPOUSE, FRIEND, ETC.

Lady in Plainview Nursing home, lady called her jezebel because of red dress

Matthew 18:6   But if anyone abuses one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for him to have a heavy boulder tied around his neck and be hurled into the deepest sea than to face the punishment he deserves!

Romans 12:19 Beloved, don’t be obsessed with taking revenge, but leave that to God’s righteous justice. For the Scriptures say: “If you don’t take justice in your own hands, I will release justice for you,” says the Lord.

HOW DO YOU GET PAST CHURCH HURTS

1. FORGIVE!

Matthew 6:14 “And when you pray, make sure you forgive the faults of others so that your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you withhold forgiveness from others, your Father withholds forgiveness from you.”

Matthew18:21-22  Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”  Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

2. BE HEALED

Nehemiah  4:2  And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish—stones that are burned?”

Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, and he has anointed me to be hope for the poor, freedom for the brokenhearted, and new eyes for the blind, and to preach to prisoners, ‘You are set free!’ I have come to share the message of Jubilee, for the time of God’s great acceptance has begun.”

Mat 12:28  But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 

DO NOT STOP HALFWAY, CAST OUT THE SPIRIT!

3. RESTORE OR BE RESTORED

Galatians  6:1   My beloved friends, if you see a believer who is overtaken with a fault, may the one who overflows with the Spirit seek to restore him. Win him over with gentle words, which will open his heart to you and will keep you from exalting yourself over him

RESTORE=to complete thoroughly, that is, repair adjust: – fit, frame, mend, make perfect ,join together, prepare,

Romans 8:1 So now the case is closed. There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in life-union with Jesus, the Anointed One

4. DON’T ALLOW FLESH TO RULE

Romans 8:7 In fact, the mind-set focused on the flesh fights God’s plan and refuses to submit to his direction, because it cannot! For no matter how hard they try, God finds no pleasure with those who are controlled by the flesh. But when the Spirit of Christ empowers your life, you are not dominated by the flesh but by the Spirit. And if you are not joined to the Spirit of the Anointed One, you are not of him.

2 Corinthians 10:5 We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One. Since we are armed with such dynamic weaponry, we stand ready to punish any trace of rebellion, as soon as you choose complete obedience.

5. WALK IN THE SPIRIT

Galatians 5:16  I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh

Philippians 3:13-14 I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus.

DO YOU HAVE CHURCH HURTS? GET RID OF THEM!