Synopsis of Bible Study 12/03/08
Delivered by Bishop Walker
It is important for those of us with strong heads to hear this kind of word. There are people that we all know that rest their case on their point. They believe that they are the only ones right. There has to be a point where we begin to surrender to our will and give to God’s will so that we may function the way he wants us to. God wants to establish his purpose through us. To understand this, a good place to start is Genesis 12. 1 Then the LORD told Abram, “Leave your country, your relatives, and your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you. Gen 12:1 (NLT) -This scripture is about what God wants to do through Abraham. Like Abraham, we are insignificant to what God is trying to do through us. It is all about God’s glory.
- People that have not been born yet will be blessed because of you. . 2 I will cause you to become the father of a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and I will make you a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you.” Gen 12:2-3 (NLT). People that have not been born yet will be blessed because of you. Their blessings will be the fruit of your obedience. We must take notice of the lineage of Abraham. All the blessings his lineage experienced was a result of the blessing placed on Abraham. Everyone born after Abraham benefited from the blessings placed on Abraham. Remember, the blessing God would bestow on Abraham’s family has little to do with Abraham, but much to do with God. Just like Abraham, these blessings will only come if we do what God says do.
- Don’t hold up the blessings of the Lord by putting yourself in the way. We have to get “us” out of the way. The essence of what God is only manifests if we move our self from “self-centeredness” to “God-centeredness”. When you are self- centered everything revolves around you. That makes it impossible for you to focus on God
- God will bless you and say you can have it all, except for one little area. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Gen 2:16-17 (KJV) -God will bless you and say you can have it all, except for one little area. The funny thing about it is, that seems to be the one area we want to go to first. Ex-When we were little, our parents would give us a whole room to play in, but they would tell us to stay out of one particular drawer. As soon as they left the room, we run to that very drawer and say, “wonder what is in there?”
- The Devil needs a vessel in order to operate 1 Now the serpent was the shrewdest of all the creatures the LORD God had made. “Really?” he asked the woman. “Did God really say you must not eat any of the fruit in the garden?” “Of course we may eat it,” the woman told him. 3 “It’s only the fruit from the tree at the center of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God says we must not eat it or even touch it, or we will die.” 4 “You won’t die!” the serpent hissed. 5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened when you eat it. You will become just like God, knowing everything, both good and evil.” 6 The woman was convinced. The fruit looked so fresh and delicious, and it would make her so wise! So she ate some of the fruit. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her. Then he ate it, too. 7 At that moment, their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they strung fig leaves together around their hips to cover themselves. Gen 3:1-7 (NLT) -The Devil needs a vessel in order to operate. The Serpent had the characteristics for the assignment. The Serpent was a subtle creature. This is why Satan used the serpent to enter so he could approach Eve. In like manner, Satan will use you if you have the characteristics for the assignment. Whatever your issue is, he will enlist (or use) you for that assignment.
- Why did Satan start with a question? He started with a question, because it required an answer. This helped ensure that he had a willing participant. When she answered, this opened her up for deception. Why would Eve talk to something not on her level? Ex-“Did God really say you must not eat any of the fruit in the garden?” 2 “Of course we may eat it,” the woman told him. Gen 3:1-2 (NLT). Eve was like some people in church, she could quote scripture; but there was no power of dedication or application. In other words, she knew what God said, but she didn’t know it well enough not to allow the meaning to be twisted.
- In verses 3-5 Satan and Eve started challenging the word of God. This is the same Devil that just got thrown out of heaven. 3 “It’s only the fruit from the tree at the center of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God says we must not eat it or even touch it, or we will die.”4 “You won’t die!” the serpent hissed. 5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened when you eat it. You will become just like God, knowing everything, both good and evil.” Gen 3:3-5 (NLT). Ex-You, are not living like you want to live. You realize what the word of God says, but you try to justify what you are doing. Maybe you will do it this time, but not again or I just did it because I was lonely are some things you find yourself saying. There is so much more that you can have. Following God’s word sometimes challenges our ego and our self reliance.
- When you let the Devil starts speaking into your ear, stuff you hadn’t thought about before starts looking good. When we open our self up to temptations, we start developing new issues. 6 The woman was convinced. The fruit looked so fresh and delicious, and it would make her so wise! So she ate some of the fruit. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her. Then he ate it, too. Gen 3:6 (NLT). When you allow Satan to get in your ear, you start to justify your actions by saying God set the standards too high. You minimize the integrity of God’s word just to justify your actions. Eve took fruit to her husband who was out of place in the first place. His place was to watch over Eve (cover her). The second thing that Adam done wrong was not saying anything about eating the fruit when Eve brought it to him. As the man of the house, he should have reminded Eve of the command that God have given them about not eating the fruit.
- The Devil wants you to live your whole life covered up. 7 At that moment, their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they strung fig leaves together around their hips to cover themselves. Gen 3:7 (NLT). Adam and Eve did not know they were naked until they allowed sin to come into their lives (by eating the fruit). People don’t even know the real you, because like Adam and Eve, we know how to cover our sin up. Will the real you please stand up! That is what sin does. It lures you in and then makes you hide it. Satan made them think God was keeping something from them. This was the lure. The fig leaves represent the covering up of the sin.
Self centered traits
Life focused on oneself
Proud of oneself
We depend on our self & our own abilities.
We seek acceptance from the world
We look at our circumstance through human perspectives
God centered traits
Life is focused on God
Humble our self before God.
We deny nothing of God
We seek God first.
We seek his will in all circumstances.
- We need the Lord’s guidance. 11 Teach me how to live, O LORD. Lead me along the path of honesty, for my enemies are waiting for me to fall. Psalms 27:11 (NLT)
- God has an investment in you. 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the wonderful future he has promised to those he called. I want you to realize what a rich and glorious inheritance he has given to his people.19 I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Eph 1:18-20 (NLT). God left his power with those who believe. He gave us power to live in this world. We must open our eyes that we may know God’s will for our life so that the glory of the Lord will come through us and manifest in the earth realm.
- You are a representative of Christ. Christ died because he was not manipulated by the world. When your will is of God, you will always be in conflict. When you are doing God’s will, you will be persecuted. This is what it means to move through God’s will. How many of us have set out to do something for God and simply blew it? 1 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God’s right hand in the place of honor and power. 2 Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. 3 For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. Col 3:1-3 (NLT)
- How many people will admit that they have missed God? If we would be honest, all of us have missed God at one time or another. The higher you go up in spiritual offices, the harder it is to admit that you missed what God called you to do. This doesn’t make you a bad person. God is not through with you yet.
Examples of how people missed God
- Here is how Moses missed God. 11 Many years later, when Moses had grown up, he went out to visit his people, the Israelites, and he saw how hard they were forced to work. During his visit, he saw an Egyptian beating one of the Hebrew slaves. 12 After looking around to make sure no one was watching, Moses killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand.13 The next day, as Moses was out visiting his people again, he saw two Hebrew men fighting. “What are you doing, hitting your neighbor like that?” Moses said to the one in the wrong. 14 “Who do you think you are?” the man replied. “Who appointed you to be our prince and judge? Do you plan to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?” Moses was badly frightened because he realized that everyone knew what he had done. 15 And sure enough, when Pharaoh heard about it, he gave orders to have Moses arrested and killed. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and escaped to the land of Midian. When Moses arrived in Midian, he sat down beside a well. Ex 2:11-15 (NLT)
- In verse 11, Moses watched his people labor. Moses saw someone treating his people bad, so he killed him and buried him in the sand. In verse 13 – 15, Moses got ahead of God’s plan for his life. He wanted to deliver his people his way (by killing his people’s oppressor). God had another way planned out for him and his people. God wanted to deliver his people. You can do the right thing at the wrong time and God might not bless it.
- Ex-One example of this is the preacher that gets so excited to do God’s work, he organizes his own church. 10 yrs later the only members are them and their family. They simply failed to wait on God.
- Ex-Peter cut off a soldier’s ear when they came to arrest Jesus, but Jesus put it back on. Jesus could not die in the garden. According to prophesy he had to die on the cross. If he had died in the garden, then God’s plan could have been ruined by the prophesy not coming true. Every event in your life is setting you up for what God is going to use you for. You need to be patient and wait on God. He has a plan. Even Pharaoh tried to kill all the males, because he knew God was going to raise up someone to deliver his people (God’s plan). Moses was drawn out of river so that he would be saved. In fact, his name means drawn out. He was saved from being killed so God could use him to deliver his people. We are not the same person in God as we were in the world. God will get you to a place where you know it is all about him.
God’s way is better than our way?
- We have to learn to do it Gods way. It is not that we think we can do anything of lasting value by ourselves. Our only power and success come from God. 6 He is the one who has enabled us to represent his new covenant. This is a covenant, not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old way ends in death; in the new way, the Holy Spirit gives life. 2 Cor 3:5-6 (NLT)-Our competence comes from God. Bishop Walker explains to us all the time that he is not competent enough to do what he does. He is only able to do what he does, because he chose to do it God’s way. Remember its Jonah that gives us an example of our way vs. God’s way:
- Jonah gets thrown off the ship and a fish is prepared to swallow him. This fish represents the place that holds a person until they are willing to say yes. God prepared a place for him, because Jonah couldn’t swim. He prepared this fish so Jonah could get himself together instead of drowning. It is in this place that Jonah prays. Some of us right now are like Jonah. We are trying to talk to God and God isn’t saying anything back. God is just waiting on us to say one word. That is for us to say “yes”. Whenever you say yes, you will irritate what’s holding you will have to give you up.
- Therefore, the big fish had to vomit Jonah up after he said yes. The fish moved from where he was originally and vomited Jonah upon the land. Just like this, aren’t you glad God didn’t release you where he found you? God picked us up and placed us into a new place.
- The fish has vomited Jonah and know Jonah has vomit on him. He is in the right place, but his has vomit on him. For us the vomit could be the mess we were delivered from or the hurt we experience. It could even be the addiction we have. Thank God he looked beyond the vomit we had on us. The good thing to know is that this is only residue left from what we were delivered from. This is why we cannot be critical when people first give their life to Christ. They could have been out all night getting high or could have just gotten out of jail, but this is no longer who they are. What you see is simply residue from where they have come from. Some people like Jonah have been kicked off a ship. It could have been friendships, relationships, or any type of ship, but the key thing is they were forced to call out God. People are sometimes cynical of you because they can’t see past the mess you had on you.
- The word of the Lord came to Jonah. 1 Then the LORD spoke to Jonah a second time: Jonah 3:1 (NLT). God gave Jonah more than one chance to answer. God will give us another chance to answer the call. God never stops talking to you.
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.2 Chron 7:14 (KJV). If we answer God’s call and turn from our mess, God promises that he will heal our land.