Part 2: Understanding the Hurt and Hindrances in Your Own House, 08.16.18

Series Title: Overcoming Toxic Relationships

Part 2: Understanding the Hurt and Hindrances in Your Own House

Joseph and His Brothers

Synopsis of Bible Study 08/08/18

Genesis 50:20 says  “20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”

I.          Introduction

  1. Relationship hurt is one of the most heartbreaking things you can ever experience in life. The pain of relationships can introduce you to a level of hurt beyond your human comprehension. You find yourself asking the following questions:
    1. “Why did they do it?”
    2. “Why me?”
    3. “What is it about me that causes them to do this to me?”
    4. “Is there something wrong with me?”
    5. “Why now?”
  2. There’s nothing more painful than receiving a hurt from your own house. Even if you try and distance yourselves from the family member, your path has to still cross at times. At the very least, you have to attend family functions.
  3. There is a lot of brokenness found in family hurt.
    1. Psalm 34:18 (NKJV) says 18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as [a]have a contrite spirit. – God is right there and has a remedy for you. God does not want you to stay in that place that you are.
  4. Cutting ties with your families members is not impossible nor is it against biblical principles.
    1. In the bible, Leban and Jacob went their separate ways.
      1. Genesis 31:49 (NKJV) 49 also Mizpah,[a] because he said, “May the Lord watch between you and me when we are absent one from another. –

II.          The Cost of Favor

A.    The coat of anointing is attractive and costly

  1. Joseph’s father gave him a coat of many colors. This coat represented Joseph’s anointing. The coat of anointing is attractive, but it is
    1. Genesis 37:1-3 (NKJV) 37 Now Jacob dwelt in the land where his father was a [a]stranger, in the land of Canaan. 2 This is the history of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors.- As a father, Jacob had love for all of his kids, but he saw something special inside o Joseph.
  2. The coat he gave Joseph was to mark the favor that rested upon him. Whether you know it or not, you have a coat on you, when favor/anointing is upon you.
    1. When you walk in a new space and people don’t like you, it is because of the coat that is on you.
    2. You must know that you must wear your coat.
  3. Often people miss that you are more than the coat that they see on you. Psalm 90:17 (NKJV) 17 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands
    1. People often look at what is on you externally and they think if they take it, it takes the anointing off of you. This is not true. When favor is on you, it’s on you.

B.     Those closest to you will not always celebrate your dreams

  1. In ancient times, dreams were often associated with messages from deities. Joseph was a dreamer and he had dreams that would give insight to the future of Israel; however, his dreams were not welcomed by his brothers.
    1. Joseph was a dreamer. His dreams wasn’t welcomed by his brothers. This made them hate him even more.
  2. Joseph had a problem. He was a dreamer.
    1. Dream one – The first dream was the sheaves. They bowed down. Genesis 37:6-8 (NKJV) 6 So he said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: 7 There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.” 8 And his brothers said to him, “Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. – Joseph told his brothers that they would have to bow down to him one day. They hated him for this.
    2. Dream twoGenesis 37:9-11 (NKJV) 9 Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.” 10 So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?” 11 And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.– In Joseph’s dream, the moon and stars bowed down to him. This meant that even Joseph’s parents would have to bow to him. His father rebuked him for this dream, but he kept the matter in his mind. Joseph’s brothers hated him even more for this dream.
  3. You have to keep your dreams to yourselves sometimes.
    1. The more you tell a hater about your dreams, the more they envy you, because it reminds them of what they are not doing.
  4. Some people don’t have the capacity to share your dreams. You got to know who to share your dreams with and when to share them.
  5. Don’t underestimate the level of pain your family can cause you. The pain from your own house is deep, but God can still heal it.

III.          The conflict with Family

A.    Don’t’ underestimate the level of pain your family can cause you.

  1. Psalm 147:3 (NKJV) 3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their [a]wounds.- The Binding of wounds. This doesn’t mean God will immediately erase all the pain in you. God heals the brokenhearted And binds up their [a]wounds- Let’s look at the first part, the broken hearted. Ex-Ever broke a bone? Just like the doctor, God gives you a cast to keep the broken place still, so that it will heal properly.
    1. God needs you to be still so you can heal properly. If we keep running all over the place while we are broken, just like the broken bone, we might heal, but heal crooked.
  2. The stuff in your family is so deep, you might be healed, but you’ve got to be healed properly.
  3. You’ve got to be honest about your hurts.

Reasons family hurt can be so painful:

  1. We think our family member will be here unconditionally. We expect people in the street to do us wrong, but we never expect it from family.
  2. Shared history gives our siblings an unending supply of embarrassing moments in our childhood. Some people can tease you and tease you causing more and more hurt.
  3. Family members tend to depend on each other for support, advice, and finance, but they never help you.
  4. We tend to distance ourselves less from family members when they hurt us compared to our friends.

Common aspects of hurtful family environments

  1. Aggression – If I got to fight at home and work too, then that’s too much fighting.
  2. Lack of affection – Stop marrying people and afterwards, shutting down the shop.
    1. If a man or women leaves for work and they are full, they are less likely to stop by McDonalds, Krystals, or Wendys on the way. (You’ll catch this later on…)
  3. Neglect – Includes not ignoring the other. Even your children, don’t need to be neglected. If you don’t pay attention to you loved one, they will get attention somewhere else. There is someone always waiting for an opportunity to step in.
  4. Violence – You have the responsibility to report abuse in your house.

B.     Family hurt may be damaging to your heart, but it won’t delay God’s plan

  1. Joseph was hurt by his brothers, but it did not hinder God’s plan for him.
    1. Romans 8:28 (NKJV) says 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.- Sometimes it can be hard to deal with family hurt.
    2. Remember 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NKJV) says 8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—

IV.          The Conviction of Faith

A.    God will call you to help the ones who hated you

  1. The fact that you are here today is evidence that God is at work in your life.
    1. Job 16:6 (NKJV) 6 “Though I speak, my grief is not relieved; And if I remain silent, how am I eased?- We need to notice that after suffering hurt that was supposed to hinder him, Joseph kept his integrity. You have to continue being yourself, even though you are hurt.
  2. After many years, Joseph had to face his brothers again. The same brothers that tried to harm him, had to later face him.
    1. Years later, Pharaoh asked Joseph to interpret his dreams. When Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, Joseph told him that it meant that there would be 7 yrs of famine and then 7 yrs of plenty.
    2. Joseph was elevated after interpreting the dream. During the 7 yrs of plenty, bread was stored. When the famine came, people had to come and see Joseph to get food.
    3. During the famine, guess who had to come and get food from Joseph? You guessed it. Joseph’s brothers had to come to him for the
    4. Jacob sent Joseph’s brothers to Egypt to get bread, not knowing who was handing it out?
      1. Matthew 5:44 (NKJV) says 44 [a]But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,– We can’t come down from what God’s words says. Joseph was second in power to Pharaoh. You don’t use your place of elevation for a moment of retaliation.

B.     You don’t get to choose who receives the bread of blessing

  1. You can prevent somebody from getting a blessing, just because of what they have done to you.
    1. Hebrews 10:30 (NKJV) 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” [a]says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”,
    2. Luke 6:27-28 (NKJV) 27 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.
    3. Proverbs 25:21-22 (NKJV) 21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; 22 For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the Lord will reward you., – Go on a bless them that have done you wrong!

V.          Conclusion

  1. You make them feel worse, because of your kindness. You do not have to retaliate.

 

  1. When you see Joseph elevated, you can only imagine what Joseph was thinking when he saw them.
    1. Psalm 23:5 (NKJV) 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.- Look at Joseph’s elevation. What do you do, when your own family who did you wrong, come to a place where they have to beg for your help?
  2. Our response should always be this. Genesis 50:19-20 (NKJV) 19 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. – In other words, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for my good. Stop trying to get even and watch how God will bless you.
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Taking Care of You: , Bible Study 06/20/18

 

Dealing with Mental, Physical, and Emotional Health and Wellness

Synopsis of Bible Study June 20, 2018

Delivered by Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, DMin.

www.mtzionnashville.org

3 John 2 says, “2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”

I.          Introduction

  1. Many of us pour ourselves into other people so much, we end up neglecting ourselves. This is noble and admirable, but at some point, you have to access your needs and pour back into yourself.
  2. Audre Lorde wrote “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.” The point is, we want you to live.
  3. Self-care is important. You are not taking care of yourself just for you, it’s also for the people that depend on you.
  4. Genesis 2:2-3 (NKJV) says 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.- God thought enough of his work that He Himself, took some rest. If God took time to rest, so should we.
  5. Music works in harmony. There are a lot of notes and chords written down, but really, there is no music or rhythm without a rest (which is a pause in the music) being used throughout the composed music.

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  1. A lot of time we mask issues behind being busy. Nobody drives a vehicle and turns the corner, without atleast touching the brake. They at least tap the brake.
  2. Some people go through life without ever pausing. When God created everything, He even stopped to celebrate himself. He stopped and looked and said, “It was good”. Know that it is ok to celebrate yourself.
  3. It’s really about your mentality (your mind). You have to learn to take control of your thoughts.

II.          Be Transformed in Your Thinking

A.    You got to take control of your thoughts.

  1. 2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; – Images/imaginations are pictures. Taking control of your thoughts is about taking control over what you are thinking in your life.
  2. For example, if you want to get rid of scary thoughts, then stop watching scary movies.
  3. Scary movies are the things we allow to enter our mind that are not of God. Scary movies also referred to as images or imaginations, get into your mind through your gates. These gates are your eye gates, your ear gates, or your ear gates. Then the images stack up and clutter your mind. As a result of the stacking of these images, you produce ungodly thoughts.
  4. The Bible says that any man born of a woman is but a few days of trouble. This means we are born slanted towards trouble. If we are slanted towards trouble, then it is guaranteed that trouble will come our way.
  5. Some people aren’t able to be creative anymore, because they have filled their minds up with clutter.
  6. Three ways to take your thoughts captive:
  7. Accept responsibility for your thoughts. Philippians 4:8 (NKJV) says 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.– You have a choice to respond positivity or negatively. One bad event can ruin your whole day if you let it.
  8. Your mind not just your behavior, must change. You can change addresses and still be in the same mindset you are . Romans 12:2 (NKJV) says 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
  9. Choose to focus your thoughts on the right things. Colossians 3:2 (NKJV) says 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. You got the right not to want negative stuff around you.

B.     Remain positive by surrounding yourself with positivity.

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV) 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.- Have an environment around you that is so positive. This throws people off guard!
  2. Ephesians 4:29 (NKJV) says 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary [a]edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.- What you release is what you will attract.
  3. Systematic theology – God has a system. His word doesn’t return to him void. It accomplishes what he sent it to do. Even when God sent the Word in flesh, it returned back to him. Jesus, the Word is sitting at the right hand of Jesus right today. In like manner, when you send out a word, know that it is coming back to you.
  4. The words you speak, create a greenhouse in your life. When you release the word, it comes back to you as a harvest. This is the reason the bible says so much about your mind and guarding your tongue.
  5. Mental health is so important. You have to make sure that you keep your head together. What you listen to, what you watch, and what you say, all contribute to what your mind thinks.

III.          Be Trained with the Care of Your Body

A.    Treat your body like a temple

  1. 1 Corinthians 6:19 (NKJV) says 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?-Your body is a housing of the essence of who you are and the God in you. The Holy Spirit, God in you, lives inside your body. God was above us, then he was with us (in the form of Jesus), and now God is in you (In the form of the Holy Ghost). We can tell how you value the essence of who you are, simply by looking at how you treat your temple.
  2. Would you intentionally allow rodents and filth inside the baby’s crib? No, because you value your baby’s life. If you were to get a new car and you don’t smoke, would you allow somebody to smoke inside it? No, because you value your car. Strangely, there are some people who value their car more than they value their temples.
  3. You can’t ask the Lord to enlarge your territory if you don’t have the health to work it. The majority of people that pastor today are either morbidly obese or chronically ill. We are digging our graves with a fork.
  4. What healthy habits do you practice daily?

Grade yourself with a grade of A-F on the following questions.

  1. Stay hydrated
  2. Get enough sleep daily
  3. Ge adequate down time/ rest
  4. Learn to say no
  5. Eat more meals in a relaxed state
  6. Find more ways to laugh
  7. Spend more time in nature
  8. Get daily light exposure
  9. Move your body daily with exercise
  10. Limit and reduce how much sugar your consume
  11. Learn to manage overall stress
  12. Exercise your mind
  13. Learn a mediation technique that works for you
  14. Let go of unrealistic expectations.
  15. Find how to make yourself happy

 

Things to think about

  1. What is preventing me from leading a healthier life?
  2. What life adjustments are needed for me to include healthy habits into my life?
  3. Which of the healthy habits listed do I need the most in my life.

B.     Your body requires intentional care

 

  1. Maintenance is so much cheaper than repairs.
  2. God gave an amazing diet. He fed it to the Children of Israel when they were in the wilderness. He gave them Manna in day, which is carbs and He gave them meat at night, which is protein.
  3. It’s important to watch you emotional health too. This is your heart. The stuff in your heart can make your head go left. Think about it. Nobody ever thought they would be stalker. It just kind of happened. Noone ever thought they would be one to key a car, but it happened!

IV.          Be Transparent about Your Emotional Wellness

A.    Being truthful about your heart leads to healing

  1. If don’t deal with your emotions, you can become implosive.
  2. How you know?
  3. Arrive at personal choices and decisions– not based on emotions.
  4. Live and work independently. A person that has their emotional wellness in check, is not needy or clingy.
  5. Form independent relationships with others. – Some of the closet friends I have, I don’t call every day.
  6. Take on challenges. – People that are not emotionally well, are withdrawn.
  7. Mange your life in personally rewarding yourself- You can’t just go to work and not stop to enjoy your life. Nothing works without reward.
  8. John 10:10 (NKJV) 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.– God wants you to prosper in your health and in your mind.

 

B.     Nothing is done without spiritual health

  1. Psalm 116 New King James Version (NKJV)

Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death

 

116 I love the Lord, because He has heard My voice and my supplications. 2 Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.

3 The [a]pains of death surrounded me, And the [b]pangs of Sheol [c]laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow. 4 Then I called upon the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!”

5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful. 6 The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me. 7 Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

8 For You have delivered my soul from death, My eyes from tears, And my feet from falling. 9 I will walk before the Lord In the land of the living. 10 I believed, therefore I spoke, “I am greatly afflicted.” 11 I said in my haste, “All men are liars.”

12 What shall I render to the Lord For all His benefits toward me? 13 I will take up the cup of salvation, And call upon the name of the Lord. 14 I will pay my vows to the Lord Now in the presence of all His people.

15 Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints.

16 O Lord, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have loosed my bonds. 17 I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the Lord.

18 I will pay my vows to the Lord Now in the presence of all His people, 19 In the courts of the Lord’s house, In the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

[d]Praise the Lord!

 

 Lessons from Psalm 116:

  • v. 1 Believe in Him.
  • v. 2 Cry out to Him.
  • v. 9 Follow Him.
  • v. 13 Drink Him.
  • v. 14 Obey Him.
  • v. 16 Serve Him.
  • v. 17 Thank Him.
  • v. 18–19 Live for Him.

 

I see myself like a pitcher. Every day I show up, there are cups waiting for me to pour into them. The more cups you have, the more I have to be under the fountain, so that I may pour out. The bigger your request, the more you have to stay under the fountain.

If you have a lot of cups to fill, then you have to continuously be under the foundation.

You got to get to place where you allow God to fill you up. There are times you get tired and want to leave the fountain, but you still pour out.

Sometimes you are only operating on pure condensation because you are good at what you do. This means that you are functioning, but you are not full. So you go back to the fountain to be filled up, so that you are not counterfeit.

Lots of people try to function without the fountain, but you just can’t. We’re able to do what we do, because God constantly fills us up.

God wants you to operate at the optimal level all the time. Get your body together, and get your heart right, allow yourself to be so spiritually focused, that you will come to get a word, no matter who is delivering it. Make sure you stay under the fountain.

 

 

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How to Release Bitterness, Bible Study 06/06/18

Synopsis of Bible Study June 6, 2018

Delivered by Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, DMin.

I.          Introduction

  1. Ephesians 4:31-32 (NKJV) 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, [a]clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. –
  2. There has to be consequences going forward. How many people can say they have been a recipient of God’s forgiveness?
  3. Bitterness can go undetected for years. This will cause you to have issues within your spirit. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”
  4. Bitterness limits what God will do with you and through you.
  5. Bitterness can cause you to harbor resentment.
    1. When you think about the pain and what happened in your life, you have to reconcile it with this.
    2. 37:1-2 (NKJV) says 37 Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb. – Stop worrying about who did you wrong. Don’t trip over those people who constantly do you wrong either. God will treat them like grass. When the time is right, He will cut them down.
    3. You have to let God be God and you be you.

II.          The Root of bitterness

A.    How Does Bitterness Begin?

  1. It begins with an offense. Proverbs 18:19 (NKJV) 19 A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a castle. – Bitterness is a result of unresolved issues. What started as a small infraction grew and eventually turned into bitterness.
  2. Get in your spirit, what or whom has offended you. Matthew 18:15-17 (NKJV) 15 “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ 17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.-
    1. (Verse 15) -If someone offends you, don’t let it fester. You are supposed to go to them and try and work it out. You don’t email them or text them. You go to them in person. Explain what they did and how it affected you. Often they will appreciate that you came to them.
    2. (Verse 16) – If going to them by yourself doesn’t work, then take someone with you the next time. Bring someone that can be a witness that you are on the up and up. Bring someone that isn’t interested in taking sides.
    3. (Verse 17) – If they still will not hear you, then tell the church. Go to the Deacons and Elders and let them mediate the situation between you. If they will not hear you after this, then wash your hands of the situation and move on. You might have to depart like Leban did in the following verse. Genesis 31:49 (NKJV) 49 also Mizpah,[a] because he said, “May the Lord watch between you and me when we are absent one from another.  .- You have to come to a place where you say, I did everything that I could in this situation.
    4. You got to learn to let people go and release the bitterness from them.
  3. Bitterness is not the starting point, it is the end result.

B. Stages of Bitterness:

The stages of bitterness are as follows:

  1. You become oversensitive to a verbal remarks, action, or lack of action.
  2. You develop hurt feelings easily.
  3. You display repulsive feelings toward a person at the thought or sight of them.
  4. You have frequent rehearsal of the hurt and pain. You always find a way to bring the situation up.
  5. Alienation of a person that wronged you. You don’t want to have anything to do with them.
  6. Verbal slander against the person that wronged you.
  7. You have a lack of obedience to God regarding those who do wrong against you. Matthew 5:44-45 (NKJV) says 44 [a]But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.- Pray for those who have done you wrong. God doesn’t want you to wish bad things on anyone.
  8. You start becoming like the one you despise. A victim that doesn’t get help, becomes a Hebrews 12:15 (NKJV) 14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; – It is at the root. The enemy is trying to get at the root. Think about your life as a seed. You anger keeps growing, and rooting, and branching, until it finally becomes bitterness.

III.          The Residue of Bitterness

A. Characteristics of a Bitterness

 

  1. Like a tree, the roots have grown into other people’s neighborhood. It starts impacting every area of your life.
  2. Bitterness is not always visible. The more time that passes, the harder it is to control. The offense is trying to control your actions.

 

  1. The following are characteristics of a person who is dealing with bitterness:
    1. Cares very little for the person he or she is bitter against.
    2. Often found to be very sensitive. They become very sensitive. They don’t even want to hear the name of the person they are bitter against.
    3. Can be ungrateful. Because they are so offended, they develop a spirt of entitlement, based on what they’ve gone through.
    4. Gives empty flattery and harsh criticism.
    5. Holds grudges and finds it difficult to forgive. People still hold grudges from stuff that happened in high school.
    6. Displaced stubbornness or a sulky attitude.
    7. Will help no one and complains sometimes, when asked for help.
    8. Experiences mood extremes. One day they’re on a high and one day they are low.

B. The Effects of Bitterness

“Bitterness does more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than the vessel from which it is poured.” -unknown

“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host.” – Maya Angelou

“Nothing consumes a man more quickly than the emotion of resentment.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

 

  1. What if you turn on a water hose and brown water comes out first. What does this symbolize? The answer is, you can be the most anointed Musician, Singer, or Preacher, but all the people will ever concentrate on is the brown in the water. The brown in the water is your People can’t get what they need from you, because the brown water (bitterness) is in the way.
  2. Bitterness can be a mental disorder. You can get in a vicious cycle over this. This causes you begin to feel devalued over and over again. As a result, you put your life on hold based on what was done to you. This is giving the offender authority over your life.
  3. *You will never experience release of bitterness, until you stop waiting on an apology. If you are waiting on them to apologize, then you are still carrying it around. Do you have time to hold your life up for that long?
  4. The hurt cannot bring you to a place of action. Nothing consumes a man more than resentment.
    1. Ephesians 4:26-27 (NKJV) 26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give [a]place to the devil.- God gives you permission to be angry, but don’t let the offense move you to action. Don’t sin as a result of your anger. The moment you do, you allow Satin to manipulate the moment.
    2. Hebrews 10:30 (NKJV) says 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” [a]says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”- Let God deal with it. He will deal with it in His own way.
  5. Do not act in a way that is sinful. Some say they will never be a stalker, but every stalker never thought they would one day be a stalker. No car-scratcher ever thought they would one day scratch a car.

IV.          The Resolution of Bitterness

A.    Deal with Your Hurt

You got to deal with the hurt. Psalm 139:23-24 (NKJV) 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.- Lord show me myself. We are good at camouflaging hurt behind religion. If you got chicken pox, we can put a suit on you and you will look good, but underneath, you still have chicken pox.

The Holy Spirit is the true Convictor and he will show you where you are in the process. He can make you face whatever you have been trying to avoid.

Your hurt can start producing hurt. You got to come to a place where you learn how to release people from your life. Learn how to forgive and live.

B.     Forgive and Live

“Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it. Bitterness paralyzes life; love empowers it. Bitterness sours life; love sweetens it. Bitterness sickens life; love heals it. Bitterness blinds life; love anoints its eyes.” -Harry Emerson Fosdick. the longer you hold on to bitterness, the longer it hold son to you. betterness  is a slow death. nothing will grow around you and you will corode from the inside out. you need to let it go.

V. Conclusion

  1. Proverbs 14:10 (NKJV) 10 The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy.-Each person knows his own sorrows and joys. To be free of bitterness, you got to just let it go.
  2. You have to come to a place where you see this as a sickness. If the doctor says you have cancer, they said they can get it. You can’t let it sit, because it could metastasize. You want the doctor to get it now.
  3. Bitterness is the same. You can get it now or you can let it fester. Psalm 51:12 (NKJV) 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.-The reason you don’t have joy and it is controlling your life is because you are letting bitterness control you.
  4. Today God is going to release you from your bitterness. You need to bring it to the altar.

 

 

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SOS: Selflessness, Obedience and Self-Control

Part II: Obedience

 

Synopsis of Bible Study 05/23/18

Delivered by Bishop Walker III

I.                Introduction

  1. I want that cake, but my goals won’t be met, if I have it. You have two decisions on your hands. Who wins? Does my “ought not” win or does my “want to” win?
    1. The tension here is real. In order to justify our “want to,” we often blow off our “ought nots”.
    2. In order to justify my “want to”, I create something that turns my “want ” into a “need”. This makes me justify it to my “ought not”.
  • Example: “One-piece won’t hurt me” or “I worked out all week long and I owe myself this piece”. Even though I know that this piece of cake is threat to me reaching my goal, I have allowed these statements to soften the blow and now I have made my wants into a need.
  1. The conflict between my flesh and my spirit is something we all have to struggle with.

Romans 7:15-19 (NKJV) says 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.

  1. We see disobedience by Adam and Eve in the garden. Genesis 3 marks the first act of disobedience in history.
    1. Out of Genesis 3, we must understand two words. They are Instigated and Activated.
    2. Satan was the instigator concerning Adam and Eve in this text. Instigating doesn’t mean anything until you act on it.
  2. There is a formula tucked away in the following scripture. Genesis 3:1-3 (NKJV) 3 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”

 

The formula:

  1. 1st part – The serpent was more cunning than Adam and Eve.
    1. Human beings and snakes are on two different levels. Satan used the serpent to tempt Adam and Eve, because he was cunning. Satan only uses things that are beneath us to try and trip us up.
  2. 2nd part – That which is beneath us starts talking to us. The snake spoke to the woman.

Genesis 3:4-5 (NKJV) 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”- This reminds you that there is something beneath you always wanting to talk to you and wanting to convince you that you are missing out on something.

  1. “Satan is ever seeking to inject that poison into our hearts to distrust God’s goodness – especially in connection with his commandments. That is what really lies behind all evil, lusting and disobedience.” – A. W. Pink
  2. Satan must then skew the consequences. Once you feel like you miss something it creates This works much like addiction. In the word addiction, we find diction (mean to communicate or talk to you). Anyone that has ever dealt with addiction will tell you that whatever they are addicted to, keeps talking to them.
  3. The serpent told the woman that she wasn’t going to die. Disobedience leads to death. Relationships, careers, and other things die cause of disobedience.
  1. 3rd part – The serpent agitates. The Devil never tempts you with his third string. The Devil will always throw at you the best he has to offer.

II.              Avoid Running from His Purpose

A. Don’t disobey God trying to obey man

  1. Acts 5:28-29 (NKJV) says 28 saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!” 29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.-There are many of us that find ourselves in situations where we are conflicted between obeying man and obeying God. God’s purposes for your lives supersedes our plans.

B. His purpose for your life supersedes your plans

Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)  says 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. – God has plans for you to exceed what you understand.

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV) says 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.- Here is your hashtag#. If you can think it, it is not big enough for God.

  1. God needs you to be obedient for his plan to playout in your life. Ex- The Waze navigation app helps navigate the quickest route home. Sometimes it will send you down backroads, trying to help you avoid traffic or bottlenecks.
    1. Bishop tells of a time where he disobeyed his Waze app. The app told him to detour, but looking down the road, he didn’t see anything. Traffic was moving and the highway looked clear. Instead of obeying the Waze app and detouring, Bishop kept going. Eventually, he saw why the Waze app wanted him to detour. Traffic eventually came to a dead standstill. What Bishop was not taking into consideration is Waze could see much further down the road than he could. Bishop did not display faith in his Waze app. Waze was trying to help him avoid conflict, because it could see what was going on further down the road. Waze is able to see what we cannot.
      1. In like manner, we got to walk by faith and not by sight. God sees much further up the road, than we can see.
    2. Ex2- Bishop tells the story of when he first come to Nashville. He was looking for a church. God showed Bishop a red brick church so Bishop walked into Mt Zion on Jefferson St. When he got inside, he didn’t see many people his age, so he turned around and left.
      1. Bishop went to another church down the street. Not even an hour into the service, God sent Bishop back down to Mt Zion. When he walked in this time, a woman asked him if he was a preacher. She then proceeded to take him by the wrist and take him to the Pastor. Later, he became Mt Zion’s only Associate Minister. Years later, he became the Pastor and Mt Zion has grown to be over 30,000 members strong. Who would have thought?
      2. Imagine if he hadn’t obeyed God and gone to Mt Zion? We would not be reading this right now. When getting to promise, know that youu might not get to the path in the way your thought you would.

III. Accountability is Required for His Plan

A. You can’t reject His plan and accept His provision

Deuteronomy 28:15-20 (NKJV) 15 “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you: 16 “Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country. 17 “Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 18 “Cursed shall be the [a]fruit of your body and the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. 19 “Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out. 20 “The Lord will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me.-There ae consequences for disobeying God . If you continue to disobey God, then curses will overtake you. When you disobey God, your whole life is going to be jacked up!

 

 

B. Sacrifice is not a substitute for obedience

  1. When you understand sacrifice, you know that it is not a substitute for obedience- 1 Samuel 15:19-23 (NKJV) 19 Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord? Why did you swoop down on the [a]spoil, and do evil in the sight of the Lord?” 20 And Saul said to Samuel, “But I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and gone on the mission on which the Lord sent me, and brought back Agag king of Amalek; I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. 21 But the people took of the plunder, sheep and oxen, the best of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.” 22 So Samuel said: “Has 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 heed than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of [b]witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.” -Obedience is better than sacrifice. Saul was rejected by God from being king, because he was disobedience.
  2. Incomplete obedience is disobedience too. You can’t half do what God wants you to do and be considered as being obedient. God wants complete obedience.

IV. Accept and Respond to His Precepts

A. Obedience requires a demonstration of faithfulness

  1. “He who had never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.” – Aristotle
  2. There are benefits to obedience.

B. The benefit of obedience is the blessing

Isaiah 1:19 (NKJV) says 19 If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; God will protect you form your enemies.

Exodus 23:22 (NKJV) says 22 But if you indeed obey His voice and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries. -If you stay high when they go low, God will fight battles on your behalf.

The Rewards of Obedience:

  1. God will protect you from your enemies.
  2. Exodus 23:22 (NKJV) 22 But if you indeed obey His voice and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.
  3. Long life is promised to the obedient. Deuteronomy 4:40 (NKJV) 40 You shall therefore keep His statutes and His commandments which I command you today, that [a]it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may [b]prolong your days in the land which the Lord your God is giving you for all time.”
  4. Long life is tied to your obedience. You actions alone however does not control how long you live. The sovereignty of God does that. Ex- Let’s assume God said you will live to be 105. That would be God’s plan for your life. Can we mess with that?

Let’s assume you make a decision to eat fried food every day, drink sodas all the time, and then chased it with sweets every day. By the age of 40, your doctor is saying that they are seeing platelets in your arteries. You don’t worry about it, because the Lord told you that you will live to be 105.

By the age of 50, you need a triple bypass and you have now come down with diabetes. Still you are not concerned, because you have the promise that you will to be 105.

By the age 51, you are dead! What happened to the promise that you would live to be 105? The answer is this, the Lord can take it away, because of the decisions that you made.

This also affects your children. When you live life making bad decisions, you can normalize this bad behavior. Your kids saw this to be normal behavior and this dysfunctional behavior turned into a generational curse. Now at the age of 30, they have honey buns and sodas and the cycle is starting again with them. Your disobedience can cause a curse.

How many of you have some area in your life that if you overcame it, you would be in good shape? Imagine you had a big bag full of marbles. Let’s say for the sake of argument, there were 80. Imagine that each marble represented a year of your life. Imagine every year on the same day, you have to automatically give up a marble. Now let’s imagine that you go shopping at a store called Carnality. This store contained the things that your flesh wanted to do. Imagine every act of disobedience you bought, cost a certain amount of marbles. For example, cigarettes, would cost 1 marble, and drugs 3 marbles. Perhaps drinking cost you 2 marbles. Now remember, you have to give up a marble every year. When your marbles ran out, then your life would end. How willing would you be able to act on your disobedience, when you saw how quick your marbles were depleting?

When you look back over your life at what disobedience cost you, fooling with some people, you realize that you lost years off your life.

  1. Increase is promised to those who fully obey God.
  2. Increase is promised to those who are obedient. Deuteronomy 28:1-2 (NKJV)28 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:- Either you will have blessings or curses overtake you.
  3. Favor and a good name is promised to those who are obedient.
  4. Proverbs 3:1-4 (NKJV) 3 My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands; 2 For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you. 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, 4 And so find favor and [a]high esteem In the sight of God and man.- You need favor and a good name. You don’t need to be that person that everyone dreads showing up.
  5. Favor isn’t fair, but it sure is fun.

V. Conclusion

*“There is no more deadly peril than disobedience; States are devoured by it, homes laid in ruins, armies defeated, victory turned to rout.” –Sophocles**

Characteristics of Obedient Christians:

  1. Obedient Christians will know the Lord’s power. Acts 5:11-14 (NKJV) says 11 So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things. 12 And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch. 13 Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly. 14 And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women,
  2. Obedient Christians obey God over and above civil authorities.

Romans 13:1 (NKJV) 13 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.

1 Peter 2:13-14 (NKJV) 13 Therefore submit yourselves to every [a]ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.

  1. Obedient Christians boldly proclaim the message of life in Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV) 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Romans 1:16 (NKJV) 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel [a]of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

Exodus 19:5 (NKJV) 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.

  1. Everyday you wake up you have choices. You don’t get to always control the choices that you face, but they are there. You have to make decisions based on your values. Sometimes you will make the wrong decision.
  2. You have to always think about the consequences. If we think about the consequences, it helps us to make better choice, when God tells you to be still, move, or rest, trust him and stop being rebellious. Obedience is where your blessing is. For some of us, if we hadn’t disobeyed, we wouldn’t be where we are right.

 

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Selflessness, Obedience, and Self-Control series, Bible Study 05/16/18

“Selflessness”

Bible Study 05/16/18

Delivered by Bishop Walker III

I.                Introduction

 

  1. Mark 10:44-45 (NKJV) says 44 And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
  2. Philippians 2:3-4 (NKJV) says 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
  3. In order to understand Selflessness, it is a good idea to compare it to s
  4. Selfishness is characterized by concern or care of only for It describes the made up word, I-istic. I-istic is the thought that everything revolves around what I want or need.
  5. When you receive Christ, you must know that Christ’s selflessness must become part of yourself. Putting this into practice, you move from a state of me to
  6. Selflessness is at the highest form of humility. It is the giving of something not knowing that it will be rewarded or payed back.
    1. For example, if you gave something to someone and you keep reminding them of it, then this is not an example of selflessness. Selflessness is doing it, because it is in your nature to do it. In other words, you don’t expect anything in return.
  7. If you do something with expectation, then you did it out of selfishness not selflessness.
    1. John 3:16 (NKJV) says 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. – God gave His son to us
    2. Romans 5:8 (NKJV) says 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.- God extended love to us, not having assurance that we would love him back.
  8. In the concept of love, you have the Lover and Lovee. The Lover is the giver of love. The Lovee is the recipient of that love. Love is measured by the Lover, not the Lovee. The Lover will love the Lovee until the Lovee learns to love them back. God loved us, before we knew to love him.
    1. Philippians 2:5-8 (NKJV) says 5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it [a]robbery to be equal with God, 7 but [b]made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.- He humbled himself. This suggests that selflessness is only possible where there is humility. The opposite of humility is pride and pride goes before destruction and it feeds the ego. You can’t worship, if you are being worshipped.
  9. The root of selfishness is sin. Sin separates us from God. If you are separated from God, then your ego must be fed. This makes you think you don’t need God and as a result, you won’t serve God.
  10. Selfless people are seen as heroic, because nowadays, this is something you don’t see every day.
    1. It’s funny, people that don’t’ have anything to be arrogant about, are the very people who are arrogant. It is all about attitude.

II.              The Attitude of Being Selfless

  1. Psychotherapist, F. Dian Barth, states that the two primary characteristics of selfishness are as follows:
    1. Being Concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself.
    2. Having No regard for the needs or feelings of others.
  2. Selfless is being concerned about others. How many of you grew up with siblings? When you are selfless, you want to make sure everyone has eaten, before you eat the last piece.
    1. Romans 12:2 (NKJV) says 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.– This is an issue of culture.
  3. You can’t allow yourself to be influenced by culture. The church should influence culture, not the other way around.
    1. If you conform to culture, then you will be spiritually deformed, and therefore cannot perform.
    2. Philippians 2:4 (NKJV) says 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. – Selflessness is concerned about others. Selfishness is concerned only about one’s self.
  4. Your decisions matter. Your decisions affect other people.
    1. What about the things you post on Facebook for example. The decisions you make now can mess you or somebody else up 5 to 10 yrs down the road.
      1. 1 Corinthians 10:24 (NKJV) 24 Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.- When you think of only yourself, you are still in an immature state.

III.            The Action of Bestowing Selfless Love

  1. 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 (NKJV) 13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body [a]to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not [b]puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, [c]thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.– Love is an act of selflessness
  2. 3 things
  3. Your gifts are not a replacement for walking in love.
  4. Love is not an act, it consists of action.
  5. Love is not self-serving or selfish, love is selfless.
  6. Galatians 5:14 (NKJV) says 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
  7. Proverbs 3:27-28 (NKJV) says 27 Do not withhold good from [a]those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so. 28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it,” When you have it with you.
  8. Philippians 2:13 (NKJV) 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

IV.           The Approach to Being a Selfless Leader

Bishop tells the story of being called to preach when he was 20. He was planning to be a lawyer, when God first called him. At first Bishop resisted the call. Bishop interpreted the call as him having to give up his plans to do what God wanted him to do. For him, the struggle was in giving up me for we.

Being 20 yrs old, Bishop wondered if he could put the call off for a while, so he could live a little first. Finally Bishop said yes to God. He was finally willing to submit, but then he was introduced to the scripture that teaches “To follow Christ, he must first deny himself”.

In denying himself, he found out that his fraternity brothers no longer wanted to invite him to the parties anymore. Bishop would walk into places and everyone would start hiding their smokes and their alcoholic beverages. This made Bishop feel like he was no longer normal.

This caused Bishop’s flesh to start rebelling. Bishop finally decided to go to God about it. God reminded Bishop that it was He that made him, not himself.

  1. Everything you do should be a result of your call, if you are truly working in purpose. If you go to work, is your vocation, but what you do while you are at work is part of your call. In other words, you can take a sabbatical from your vocation, but not your call. You can’t run from your, because your call will chase you down. For example, we have heard people say, “I used to be a Minister”. How in the world can you “used to be a Minister”?
  2. For those who are thinking about quitting your ministry, here’s a word that should help you. Luke 9:62(NKJV) says 62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”- When it comes to kingdom assignment, you keep plowing no matter the situation. If you think about yourself and not the assignment along with the people that your assignment affects, then you will eventually get tired and quit.
  3. 1 Corinthians 9:19 (NKJV) says 19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more;- Selflessness means I don’t have my own agenda.
  4. Philippians 2:21 (NKJV) says 21 For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.- To get past the I-istic phase, you realize that you are chosen to do this. You have to know that it’s not all about you.

 

  1. 14 Characteristic of selfless leader
  2. Leaders ask questions and listen carefully.
  3. Leaders bring other with them on the journey.
  4. Leaders create a leadership environment to foster learning and growth.
  5. Leaders encourage and build up others.
  6. Leaders do what’s right even when it’s unpopular.
  7. Leaders are quick to work on and develop themselves.
  8. Leaders recognize the growth of others.
  9. Leaders recognize wisdom.
  10. Leaders recognize that talent is never enough.
  11. Leaders focus on the right things.
  12. Leaders are persevering.
  13. Leaders fail forward.
  14. Leaders act courageously.
  15. Leaders make decisions early and manage them daily.
  16. Luke 6:38 (NKJV) says 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”- What you release in earth and into others, will be released back to you.

V.             Conclusion

  1. 1 Peter 3:8 (NKJV) says 8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be [a]courteous;- ,
  2. Luke 6:35 (NKJV) says 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, [a]hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
  3. Conclusion story

Bishop explains, he had this moment with God and something came into his head. He had gotten tired of investing and pouring into people just to be hurt. Bishop had the question, “Should be nonrelation”? He had simply become tired of people.

 

The Lord was like, “So is this where we are”? Jesus said if they slap you, turn the other check. This simply means if they disrespect you, let them do it again. God said to Bishop, “Don’t let what people did to you, change you”. If you allow what people have done to you, change you, then you cut off a portal of blessing. Everything you have and have encountered is a direct result of who you are.

 

God said, “You can’t allow those few people change who you are”. Some of them you want to give them a piece of your mind. God said to Bishop, “Let it go. Let it go”. He says, “Cast your cares upon me, for you”. He continued to say, “Come unto me those who are heavy laden and I will give you rest”.

 

God said, “You can’t be selflessness with the guarantee that they will give it back to you. You got to continue being who you are”. Bishop was on the verge of slipping into a dark place.

  1. Galatians 6:9 (NKJV) says 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. – If you do not let it break you, change your, or effect you, it will pay off. Jesus said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”.
  2. Your blessing is still in being kind, loving, and authentic. It is not about you, it is about being a blessing to somebody else.

 

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Death, Hell, and Heaven Part III, Bible Study 04/25/18

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Heaven

Synopsis of Bible Study 04/25/18

Delivered by Bishop Walker III

 

John 14:2, “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”

 

I.                Introduction

Heaven is a real place. It is where God’s people will dwell after this life is over.

Studies show that nearly 80% of people believe that there is a Heaven and 82% of people expect to go to heaven.

“To speak of heaven is to affirm that the human longing to see God will one day be fulfilled – that we shall finally be able to gaze upon the face of what Christianity affirms to be the most wondrous sight anyone can hope to behold.” –Alister McGrath

“To enter heaven is to become more human than you ever succeeded in being on earth; to enter hell, is to be banished from humanity.” –C. S. Lewis

In heaven you will be your truest form of yourself, because you will be in the presence of God. Sin disconnected you from your real creation. When you die and go to heaven, you will be reconnected with your real God intended self.

Two words to remember about Heaven: Rest and Peace.

7 Biblical Facts about Heaven:

  1. It is God’s dwelling place. Psalm 33:13 (NKJV) says13 The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. – Heaven is the place where we believe God lives.
  2. It is where Christ is today Acts 1:11 (NKJV)  says 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
  3. Is where Christians go when they die. Philippians 1:21-23 (NKJV) says 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 For[a] I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
  4. Is the location of the Father’s house. Luke 23:43 (NKJV) says 43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
  5. Heaven is a city designed and built by God. Hebrews 11:10 (NKJV) says 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

II.              What is heaven?

Heaven used to express several things in the bible.

A.    Heaven an area above the earth.

Genesis 1:8 (NKJV) says 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.

Genesis 11:4 (NKJV) says 4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

  1. The bible gives us revelation regarding the 3 heavens.
  2. The first heaven is where the birds fly. It is the natural sky.
  3. The second heaven is where the stars and the moon rest. This is the area that we also consider to be outer space.
  4. The third heaven is beyond human reach. This is where we believe the Throne of God exists.

B.     Heaven is the dwelling place of God.

  1. Genesis 28:17 (NKJV) says 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!”
  2. Revelation 21:2 (NKJV) says 2 Then I, John,[a] saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.,
  3. Revelation 21:10 (NKJV) says 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy[a] Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, – Heaven is a real place.
  4. John 14:23 (NKJV) says 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.– God wants us to experience heaven on this side as well as the afterlife.

C.     Heaven is used interchangeably with the name of God in Heaven.

  1. In the Parable of Prodigal son, Luke 15:21 (NKJV) 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
  2. John 3:27 (NKJV) says 27 John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.

D.    Kingdom of God is used interchangeable.

  1. Matthew 4:17 (NKJV) says 17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
  2. Mark 1:15 (NKJV) says 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”- You can’t have a kingdom without a king.
  3. When you think about a kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven is a theocracy. It is governed by our King, which is God.
  4. We live in a democracy, governed by folk we have elected to lead us.
  5. In a theocracy, the leader elects you. Paul says we’re the elect of God. You didn’t choose him, he chose you.
  6. Majority rules in democracy. In a Theocracy, the king speaks and it is so.
  7. While you are sitting in a democracy, above your head in Heaven where there is a Theocracy. There is One that sits on the throne.
  8. In the kingdom there, there is no sickness, poverty, or etc…
  9. Jesus declared that he came to preach the gospel of the kingdom. He also the kingdom is at hand.
  10. When Jesus comes to the earth, he brings the kingdom of God, the theocracy in the earth.
  11. When Jesus preaches his first sermon, known as the Sermon on the Mount, he says when you pray, pray “Our father, which are in Heaven ….Thou Kingdom come, Thou will be done, in earth as it is in Heaven.
  12. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his rightness and all these things will be added to you. – You must see yourself as a kingdom citizen not of this earth, but in Heaven.
  13. You began in Heaven, not on this earth. If you didn’t why do you call funerals a homecoming?
  14. You are traveling here on your way back home. Any Theology that tells you that you have to struggle and it will be over by and by, then this is a Theology that is meant to oppress you. What is happening now, God meant for it to happen right now!
    1. John 10:10 (NKJV) says 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
  15. These principles we have baffle people. We operate off of different laws than those who are not saved. Regular folk operate on acceptance, but we operate on faith. Life is a rehearsal, of things to come. We try to have heaven here.
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III.            Who Will Encounter Heaven?

 

  1. The Father, the Son, and the Angels are there.
  2. The Old Saints are there.
  3. Those that believed that the prophet was coming are there.
  4. The very moment a person transitions (dies) who was in Christ, they instantly awake in the presence of the Lord.
    1. You ever had a loved one to suffer, you can find comfort in know that when they let go, they instantly awake in God’s presence
    2. 2 Corinthians 5:7-8 (NKJV) says 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.,
    3. Philippians 1:21-22 (NKJV) 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell.- Paul was like I can’t wait to get to god.
  5. Those who will receive peace and rest
  6. How many of you have had a work month that was so stressful, all you could think of was your vacation on the other side of it.
  7. Death is not something a believer should fear. It is something that we should embrace.
  8. You haven’t lost someone. When you lose something, you don’t know where it is. When you lose someone in Christ, you know they are in God’s presence.

 

A.    The Dead in Christ

  1. Those that died prior to Jesus’ second coming. They will enjoy Him in life and in Heaven. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-16 (NKJV) says 13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.[a] 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.- Notice the order. People who have died before Lord comes back, will be the first to get up when He returns.
  2. They will awake from their sleep by the Trumpet of God.

B.     Those who will be caught up.

  1. There will be those who will not see death
  2. 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 (NKJV) says 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
  3. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-16 (NKJV) says 13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.[a] 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.- They will be those who will be raptured. There will be those that come with the Lord and those who are caught up.
  4. 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 (NKJV) says 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.- Those who die in Christ is going back to him. Your flesh will not be allowed to go. God blew his breath in you. When you take your last breath, your soul and the breath God gave you will go back to him.
  5. You were intended to live forever. Sin brought about death. We are immortal, because our soul continues to live.

 

IV.           What will we experience in Heaven?

A.    Will We Know Each Other in Heaven?

  1. We will be the same person with all the imperfections removed.
    1. Jesus give us a hint of this. He says suffer the little children to come unto me for such is the Kingdom of Heaven.
  2. Like a baby, the only thing that corrupts them is us. That baby doesn’t know hate or racism. A parent, adult, or culture puts the corruption in them.
  3. Heaven is our origination and our destination.
  4. Everybody want to go to Heaven, but nobody to die wants to go right now.

B.     Will we have a body in Heaven?

  1. Bodies in heaven:
  2. Imagine that streets will be with disembodied souls. This view held by the Hell-istic culture.
  3. Many argue that the bodies in Heaven will be naked. They will not give rise to shame or sexual lust.
  4. In Heaven, we will be cloth in the finest garments.
  5. Radical Islam was told if you died for a cause, you will have a certain amount of virgins when you go to heaven.
  6. How will you know if you going to heaven?
  7. In John 14:6 (NKJV) it says 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.- ,
  8. John 10:9 (NKJV) says 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.- Jesus says he is the access pint. You got to go through Jesus to get to Heaven.
  9. The scripture says we got to go through the Son. You have to be saved. Being a Christian is the access point to Heaven.
  10. What do you do with people like Gondi? He wasn’t a Christian, but he lived more Christian then most Christians do. He says he would have be a Christian, until he met one.
  11. The church is the bride of Christ. Jesus is the groom. People love Jesus, but hate his wife.

 

V.             Conclusion

  1. Isaiah 65:17 (NKJV) says 17 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.
  2. Isaiah 66:22 (NKJV) says 22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth Which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the Lord, “So shall your descendants and your name remain.
  3. Revelation 21:1 (NKJV) 21 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.

 

Everyone in this place will either be caught up or they will die. If you die, you instantly wake up in Heaven or Hell in a transfigured body. If you wake up in Hell, you will be burning where there will be gnashing of teeth or you will wake up in peace in the Presence of God.

When the trumpet blows, those that are already dead in Christ will wake up from their rest. Jesus will descend from the Third heaven to First heaven. He will come back on a cloud. When the Jesus left, the angels said, “Jesus would return in the same way in which he left”.

If you are caught up (also referred to as the Rapture), two will be in the field and one will be taken. People will walk around and realize that they have been left behind. After this, plagues and torment will come upon this earth.

 

Later, the first heaven and the earth will be changed (remade). You can’t cognitively comprehend this event that will take place. Once Lucifer and all the demons are defeated, they will all be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternal damnation.

 

Heaven (the New Heaven) will come down into this space we call Earth. There will be paved with gold. There will be no sickness and the will be no night there, because the sun will shine forever.

 

If you have problems worshiping here on Earth, you will be out of place there, in Heaven. In the end of days, Heaven is not what we are going to. Heaven will come down to Earth.

 

The same paradise we lost in the Garden with Adam, God will allow us to see again. It will be New. All things will pass away and be replaced with something new.

 

Being in this place (called Heaven) eternally will be amazing. All the attention will be going to the Lamb that was slain is Heaven. We thank God we are on our way to a place called Heaven!

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