Synopsis of Bible Study 11/12/08
Delivered by Bishop Walker
Being a champion is about mindset. It is about approaching life victoriously. It is an attitude of confidence. There is a certain way people walk, when they know God. They walk as champions. They realize that nothing is too difficult as long as they have God in their lives. 27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. Luke 18:27 (KJV).
We look at challenging things and think we don’t have the time or resources to overcome them. The things we go through have little to do with us and lots to do with God. We have to remember, even though we can’t do it, God can. With God, all things are possible.13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Phil 4:13 (KJV). Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity. One translation of Phil 4:13 says “we are ready for anything that can make us strong. There is nothing we can’t handle, because we have strength of God”. 12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 1 Tim 1:12 (KJV).We have to realize that God wouldn’t put us in front of something that he didn’t feel we could achieve. If he put you in front of it, then he knew you could achieve it, so it really comes down to our own mindset.
1. I can believe. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Heb 11:6 (KJV). Without faith, it is impossible to please God. We have to believe God can do it, before he does it. We have to visualize ourselves winning. Example: Michael Jordon had a coach that made the whole team visualize winning, before they actually played the game. Michael and his teammates always believed that this played a large part of them winning so often. Michael Jordan adopted this idea for himself and as a result, he became one of the most notorious basketball players of all time. We need to adopt this habit as well. We need to visualize ourselves coming out of our situations and our dilemmas, before God actually brings us out.
In Mark 9:22-24, there was a father who had a son that was demon possessed. The Father came and asked Jesus for help. 17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; 18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. 19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. 20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. 21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. 22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. 23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. Mark 9:17-24 (KJV). One thing the father said was that he believed it was possible that his son could be healed. The father also says help my unbelief or in other words, the part of me that has doubt because of what I see. Our faith makes our deliverance possible. A lot of time, we say we have faith, because we haven’t been thru anything. It is easy to believe while all is well, but what about when things get tight. You can’t just believe when things are manageable. Anyone can do that. You have to believe when things are out of control too.
Ø Do you believe God has made you equal to your dilemma?
Ø Do you believe God will make your impossibilities you possibilities?
Ø Do you believe you are more than a conqueror?
2. I can change. We get to point where we have begun to encounter people that believe they are always right. As champions, we should always be open to positive change.
o You cannot change, because you already tried to change. Just because you have tried before and was unsuccessful, doesn’t mean that you can never change.
o It is not my responsibility to effect change in the life of others. It is all of our responsibility to make this world a better place and to bring others to Christ.
o I am not as bad as it seems. One of the tricks of the Devil is to try and justify that what you are doing is right, when you know in your heart it is wrong.
a. We have got to always strive to be like Christ. When you come before God, you are sometimes transparent. 18 And all of us have had that veil removed so that we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more. Cor 3:18 (NLT).
b. Because of God’s cause, we offer changes to take place. We have come to a point where we realize the importance of putting on our new man and taking off the old. 21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Eph 4:21-24 (KJV). One thing that is often significant of our old self is our language. Our language often is what gets us caught into bondage in the first place. You might not realize it, but you can be in new place, but still be holding on to the anger of an old place. God gave us a new word for a new place. It was given to Adam and Eve in the garden. Satan pulled Adam and Eve into an old place by talking Eve into tasting the fruit. Tasting the fruit caused us to move from paradise, to a place full of sin. You can be in church every Sunday, but talking to people that is pulling you into an old place. Example: Remember Diction refers to talking such in the word “addiction”. When you are addicted to something, you are saying whatever you are addicted to is talking to you and trying to pull you back into what you are trying to give up. Changing your language is like changing your crowd. We have got to remove people that are trying to talk to you in your old language (in other words the way you used to be). If people can’t see the new you, then the old you will be what they know.
o Establish the truth about who you are. Bishop Walker says he looks at himself as simply Joseph. This is who he really is. Through God, he happens to be Bishop of Mt Zion Baptist Church. He is able to separate the two and recognize who he really is.
o Recognize the challenge of knowing who you are. Don’t let people define who you are.
o Have a predetermined response to negative stimulus. Don’t try and get people to like you, that don’t you. Example: “Bless you!” You can’t convince people that you are not who think you are. You need to have a default response to negative comments. A good default expression could be “God Bless you”.
o Eliminate misbehavior. This is a big area of struggle. Some things you can’t do anymore if you are going to change and be a champion. Example: Remember the brick cell phone. What would it look like to see someone drive up in a 2008 Chrysler 300 and then step out with a brick phone or better yet, you look inside and they are sporting an 8 track player? The two just don’t match. New stuff and old stuff doesn’t fit together. Likewise if you say you’ve changed, yet you act in our old ways, this is confuses people into not knowing who you are. It simply doesn’t match.
o Glorify God with your outcome. Before you do anything, ask yourself “if I do this, will God be glorified by this action”?
o Be accountable to those who love you. Normally we run from people the people that love us, and run to the people that accommodate us.
- I can be loved by God & love others. Some people have children that don’t even realize that you love them. They think because you get on to them all the time, you don’t love them. 34 A new commandments I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:34-35 (KJV).Our responsibility in life is to love folk. We can’t receive from God what we won’t give ourselves.
- I can forgive and be forgiven. Forgiveness is to refrain from penalizing one for what they have done. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (KJV). , 3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. Luke 17:3-4 (KJV).We must be quick to forgive. The scriptures remind us that we must forgive in order to receive forgiveness. The problem that most people have forgiving is that they think they can’t put a person in check. You can rebuke the sin, but you still must forgive the person.
o Not emotional-You must forgive even if you don’t feel like it.
o Not forgetting-Only God has the ability to forget an act. You don’t necessarily have to forget what has been done, but you are required by God to forgive. You can remember, so that you never let it happen to you again!
o Not trust-You are not automatically restored by forgiving. You can forgive someone, but God doesn’t make us trust them. This might be something that has to be re-earned.
- I can rule my thought life. You will have more trouble with your mind while you are doing spiritual things. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 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; 2 Cor 10:3-5 (KJV). Imaginations are pictures. Pictures will pop in your mind no mater how spiritual you are, but you have to bring those pictures into captivity. ,
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phil 4:7-8 (KJV)-Example: The doctor sees something on your x-ray. They say they are not sure what it is, but you make up in your mind that it is something more. Before you know it, you have made yourself sick. We have go into our situations thinking good things. We need to think things of peace.
- I can make a difference. 14 In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can speak a word of blame against you. You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of crooked and perverse people. Let your lives shine brightly before them. 16 Hold tightly to the word of life, so that when Christ returns, I will be proud that I did not lose the race and that my work was not useless. Phil 2:14-16 (NLT). We are here to be a blessing to someone else. We have been sent to do something special on behalf of God.
- I can accomplish great things. 12 “The truth is, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. John 14:12 (NLT). Jesus doesn’t want us to be co-dependent on people. He wants us to tap into the power he left for us. He said we would do greater things than him.
- I can be a finisher. 6 As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 2 Tim 4:6-7 (NLT). I finish what I start says the Lord. When God sent his son, he gave back what the Devil stole from us in the Garden of Eden. Example: Bishop tells the story of he and his team (basketball) being down my 10pts. He explains that little by little, his team begins to come back. Eventually they win. He states the problem is that the opposing team starts out strong, but finishes weak. They simply cannot close. Closing is about preservation. When dodging lots of things, you have to learn how to focus on one thing.
- Stand in the midst of adverse circumstance. 12 For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. Eph 6:12 (NLT). Any champion of faith studies their enemy so they can prepare. When the bible speaks of putting on the whole armor of God, all the members of the armor mentioned refers to the front of us. You are designed to stand your ground and not run.
- I can defeat the enemy. Example: Muhammad Ali fought Joe Frazier one time. Ali was just taking punches, because he knew eventually he would knock him out. Champions never wonder if they are going to win. They know they will win. Champions don’t fight for victory, they fight from victory. The fight from victory that they have already won. 4 But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won your fight with these false prophets, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. 1 John 4:4 (NLT). What is in you is far greater that what is happening around you. We don’t realize the Devil is defeated foe. Example: A father and son were driving along in a car. A bee gets inside the car. The son is scared of the bee and keeps running from the bee. The Dad grabs bee and allows the bee to sting him, then he releases it. The bee starts back buzzing around in the care the boy continues to run from it. The father tells the son there is no longer any need to run from the bee, because he already took the sting. He told the son that it would be a matter of time before the bee dies. God has taken the sting from our enemy, so we do not have to run. The sting of the enemy has already been taken and eventually the enemy will fade away.