RelationShifts V, Bible Study 03/16/16


Relationshifts V

“The new you”

Synopsis of Bible Study 3/16/16

Delivered by Bishop Walker

 

The whole premise of this series was reminding us that relationships go through shifts. Know that everyone in your life, will not be able to go where you are going.

The world tries to make you feel guilty for being new. In fact, you might hear someone tell you that you are acting “brand new”, but know that this is actuality a compliment. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) says 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. –  There are strategies that we have to follow in order to be free or otherwise, “new”. We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.

Howard Truman wrote “Being free is the ability to deal with the realities of one’s own situation as not to be overcome by them”. This simply reminds us that we have to learn how to let go of the past, embrace the future, and then go into the right direction.

Preparation is required

  1. There are no short cuts to becoming new. God wants everything that is old to be removed. In other words, everything not like God, has to be removed.
  2. God is the refiner. He will deal with the things that are not designed to connect with you. Malachi 3:2 (NKJV) says “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire And like launderers’ soap. – God wants you free of contaminants so that you can be free to worship.
  3. God takes us through the fire to get us where we need to be. You are gold, but life causes you to no longer look like gold. Purification requires us to go through the process of being liquefied, so that you can be purified. This is the only way you can reach your full potential. Ex – You are not like you are supposed to be when God finds you, so God takes you through the fire which is the process of refinement. Things attached to you and bring down your value. The liquefy process causes the impurities that have attached to you to come to the surface, so that they can be skimmed away.
    1. We don’t know how to let people go, so God takes us through the fire so that they will let you go. Some people, God allows to purposely fall out your life!
      1. Psalm 139:23-24 (MSG) says 23-24 Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about; See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong— then guide me on the road to eternal life. – In order to become true, you got to be willing to go through a spiritual audit.
    2. We all like to have stuff cleaned up around areas that we don’t want touched. Ex – Everybody has that one draw in the kitchen or the laundry room that is considered the junk drawer. You throw anything in there and nothing in it goes together. You kind of keep that drawer closed off to the public. You will clean everything around this drawer spotless, but the drawer always stays in the same shape. This is how we deal with God as well. Everything is good except __________. We want God to overlook that place we filled in the blank with. That ___________ place is the one think about us that stays messy no matter how clean we are in every other aspect of our lives. This is why the Psalmist asked the Lord to examine him.
  4. It’s a process. The length of the process depends on your level of commitment. The fire is important! God takes you through this process, but if you keep jumping out of the fire, you constantly reset the clock. This means if God is taking you through a process and you jump out of it, then you have the start the process all over. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV) says 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. – If you remain consistent, you will come into the newness of the “new you” faster. You got to be able to stay in the process!

Steps for new direction

  1. You got to have the right mindset. Your mind will quit 100 times before your body will. Philippians 4:8 (NKJV) states 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.
    1. Write down 3 things you know that you need to let go of in order in order for you to become the real you. On that list of 3, whatever doesn’t lineup with the scripture, scratch it out!
    2. If you listed something that is now scratched out, then was it there in the first place? This experiment shows how we allow our minds to be consumed with so many things that block our bandwidth. These things cause us not to be able to receive from God.
  2. Find a reason to commit – You have to get rid of the old you to become the new you. You have to commit to challenge in life. Deuteronomy 7:9 (NKJV) says “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments; – Commitment is the cousin of We often struggle with being committed. Being Commitment is hard. Often we don’t commit, because you don’t know the value of being consistent.
    1. Example 1: We will decide that we are going to eat right and that we are no longer eat any honey buns, fried food, or ice cream. We go to the gym and we work hard and then we go to the gas station. While inside the store, we see a rack filled with honey buns, we see a freezer full of ice cream, and we smell some fried food in the deli. All of a sudden, we start justifying why we should get the very thing that we are tying to get rid of. What we don’t know is that every time we grab that thing we are trying to get away from, we reset the clock.
    2. Example 2- You Come to church and you receive a word which gets you fired up about the new you. On your way home, you call somebody that you said you were going to let go of. Every time you do this, you reset the clock on the plan that God has for you. You’ve got to have consistency with your commitment.
    3. Consequences can fuel your consistency. One way to keep from going back on your commitment is to ask yourself, “Do you really want to go back to the hell that God delivered you from?” We must think of the consequences.
  3. Focus on what’s important. You got to elevate your thinking. High thinking and loyalty in low places don’t match. Ex- How did the cat catch he bird? The cat was at the bottom of the tree and the bird was at the top of the tree. The cat did tricks and entertained the bird at the bottom of the tree. The bird eventually forgot his purpose was to be up high. Every trick the cat performed, he got closer and closer to the bird. Finally, he was close enough to snatch the bird. You can end up being a victim to what is beneath you if you are not careful.
  4. You got to plan well. You Got to get an understanding for where God is leading you. You plan so you don’t make emotional decisions. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV) says Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him,
    And He shall direct[a] your paths. – We plan to win!
  5. Take one step at a time – Planning means taking one step at a time. What got you in your old life is saying yes to too much stuff. The new you only does that which is related to your assignment. If it is not part of your assignment, why is it on your schedule? Just because it is a good thing, doesn’t mean you got to die trying to do it. If you try to do too many things that are not part of your assignment, you can end up burning yourself out, and not be effective at the thing God really called you to do.
  6. Invest wisely. 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NKJV) says But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. – Investments you make in you life now, you will reap from now.
    1. Two investments:
      1. There are two investments you can make in the Kingdom. They are bountifully and sparingly – Sow sparingly in kingdom, you won’t reap bountifully. Be frugal, but not cheap. For example, you got to be the first investor in your vision. How you invest in your business, will set the pace for others that sow in your business.
    2. Be willing to make sacrifices – You can’t put all your money on you and not into your business. That’s what kills you being the new you. You got to pour back into your vision. It’s about sacrifices. Some people lament cause they are in college broke. Well, you are supposed to be broke in college. This is a temporary broke state. You have to sacrifice. The bible says in Romans 12:1 (NKJV)12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. – After sacrifice I come ready to serve.
    3. Find accountability .Titus 2:7 (NKJV) says in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility,[a] – Name 2 people that can hold you accountable for what you do. Who can check you? You ought to at least have two people in your life that you allow to check you. You got to be at a place where you hold yourself accountable. You need somebody that you can call and get a accountability from.

Positioned for results

  1. You got to be intentional about your future. In Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV) it 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.
  2. Your investments today yield fruit for tomorrow. 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.”- The seeds you sow now, are yielding your future. The money you save in your 20s, 30s, and 40s , will help you in your 50s, 60s, 70s. The stuff you didn’t save in your 20s, 30s, and 40s, you are hating yourself for in your 50s, 60s, and 70s. The things you put in your body in your 20s, 30s, and 40s, you will pay for in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. You got to learn that it will take a little time, but will pay off.
  3. When you are in Christ, a new life is guaranteed. Ephesians 2:4-6 (NKJV) But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, – Imagine winning in every area of your life. If your character is not new, it is like the Beverly hillbillies when you get to the place God promised you. You are the hillbillies residing in Beverly Hills.
  4. A new life calls for a new environment. 2 Corinthians 6:15-18 (MSG) 14-18 Don’t become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That’s not partnership; that’s war. Is light best friends with dark? Does Christ go strolling with the Devil? Do trust and mistrust hold hands? Who would think of setting up pagan idols in God’s holy Temple? But that is exactly what we are, each of us a temple in whom God lives. God himself put it this way: “I’ll live in them, move into them; I’ll be their God and they’ll be my people.
    So leave the corruption and compromise; leave it for good,” says God. “Don’t link up with those who will pollute you. I want you all for myself. I’ll be a Father to you; you’ll be sons and daughters to me.” The Word of the Master, God. – In closing, do you know who you are? When you change, your environment changes. When you change, you might have to reintroduce yourself to those who can’t handle it.
  5. We are chosen generation. 1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV) says But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

 

 

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I consider myself a Christian with an envangelistic calling. I like music, art, and computers. I belive that God gives us our gifts so that they may be used for his glory. It is my desire that everyone in the world comes to know God and have a personal relationship with him by means of music, evangelistic ministry, and by understanding the word of God.
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