Matt 13:11 Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12 For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 15 for the heart of this people has become dull, with their ears they scarcely hear, and they have closed their eyes, otherwise they would see with their eyes, hear with their ears, and understand with their heart and return, and I would heal them.’ John 7:37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” Genesis 2:10 Say’s a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers. 4 DISTINCT RIVERS OF THE Holy Spirit. RIVERS; PISHON (Edification), GIHON (Revelation), TIGRIS (Power) & EUPHRATES (Intercession). GIHON – MEANS TO LABOR TO COME FORTH. IGNORANCE IS THE BREEDING GROUND FOR DECEPTION. DECEPTION INCLUDES THE ILLUSION OF KNOWLEDGE. Heb 1:1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3 MAIN DISPENSATIONS RECOGNIZED IN THE BIBLE. 1) THE DISPENSATION OF THE PATRIARCHS… Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Issac and Jacob. GOD DEALT WITH INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THEY RELATED DIRECTLY TO GOD. 2) THE DISPENSATION OF LAW God dealt with the nation of Israel and put them under law. 3) THE DISPENSATION OF THE GOSPEL OR GRACE, DIRECTED TO THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE. THIS DISPENSATION REQUIRES AN INDIVIDUAL RESPONSE. ONE REQUIREMENT IN EACH DISPENSATION *(HEARING HIS VOICE)* ISRAEL AT THE WATERS OF MARAH Exodus 15:26 And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer. ISRAEL CAME TO THE BASE OF MOUNT SINA Exodus 19:3 Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel: 4 ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. 5 Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; 6 and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ THE BENEFITS; BECOMING A UNIQUE PEOPLE, LIVING ON A HIGHER LEVEL, LIVING IN PROVISION AND BLESSING UNKNOWN TO OTHERS 3 PHASES OF GOD DEALING WITH ISRAEL 1) GOD BROUGHT THE PEOPLE TO HIMSELF… 2) GOD SAY’S, I WANT YOU TO OBEY MY VOICE. 3) IF YOU’LL KEEP MY COVENANT. YOU’LL BE A KINGDOM OF PRIESTS MOSES WORDS TO ISRAEL JUST BEFORE ENTERING CANNAN Deuteronomy 28:1 Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the (VOICE OF) LORD your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. 2 All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey (VOICE OF) the LORD your God: THE OPPOSITE: 28:15 But it shall come about, if you do not obey the (VOICE OF) LORD your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you WE DECIDE WHAT WE WANT BASED ON OUR HEARING AND DOING. GOD CONFIRMED THIS TO ISRAEL THROUGH JEREMIAH AND THE IMPORTANCE OF HEARING. Jer 7:22 For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices. 23 But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.’ 24 Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward. HEARING AND OBEYING IS THE KEY TO WALKING IN THE BLESSINGS John 10:3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.” THE BASIS OF OUR RELATIONSHIP IS HEARING AND FOLLOWING 16 I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd. 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; THERE ARE 3 THINGS THAT MARK OUT THE TRUE FOLLOWERS OF THE LORD. THEY HEAR HIS VOICE, HE KNOWS THEM, AND THEY FOLLOW HIM. WHEN WE TRULY HEAR FROM HEAVEN IT CHANGES OUR STANDARDS, OUR VALUES, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE WAY WE LIVE. 3 DISTINCTIVE FEATURES OF HEARING GOD’S VOICE. 1) HEARING GOD’S VOICE IS PERSONAL 2) HEARING GOD’S VOICE IS INTANGABLE 3) HEARING GOD’S VOICE IS PRESENT
Eyes & Ears
Part 6 - The Blessing Of Hearing
November 7, 2021 • Pastor Bracken Christian
Mindsets For Success
January 19, 2022
Be A Better You in 22 Dress for Success. 1. Know your strengths. Psa. 139:13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. Psa. 139:14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 2. Be Ambitious. Phil. 3:13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, Phil. 3:14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 2Tim. 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 3. Be Positive. Gal. 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Prov. 4:18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. Psa. 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Phil. 4:8 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. 4. Be Organized. 5. Be constantly learning. Phil 4:11 AMP Not that I m implying that I was in any personal want, for I have LEARNED HOW TO BE CONTENT (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. 1 Tim 4:8 AMP For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come. 6. Have a Strong Support System. Proverbs 20:6 AMP Many a man proclaims his own loving kindness and goodness, but a faithful man, who can find? Prov. 18:24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. 7. Know failure and success go together.
Jesus The Healer
January 16, 2022 • Pastor Bracken Christian
Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Matt 8 A LEAPER ASKED, IF YOU ARE WILLING YOU CAN MAKE ME WHOLE... Lev 14 THE DETAILS FOR THE OFFERING OF HEALING FOR A LEAPER. Mark 1 PETERS MOTHER IN LAW AND MANY CAME FROM ALL OVER TO BE HEALED... HE HEALED THEM ALL Luke 4:40 While the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and laying His hands on each one of them, He was healing them. John 4 A ROYAL OFFICAL WHO’S SON WAS SICK CAME TO JESUS AND ASKED FOR HELP. JESUS SAID, GO YOUR WAY YOU SON LIVES. AND THE MAN BELIEVED HIS WORD. JESUS IS A HEALING JESUS THE GREEK WORD SALVATION AND THE WORD HEALED ARE THE SAME. (AN ALL-INCLUSIVE WORD HE CAME TO DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL 1John 3:8 The Son of God appeared (was manifest) for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil. JESUS WAS THE WILL OF GOD IN ACTION Acts 10:38 “You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him. Isaiah 53:1Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? YLT Isaiah 53:3 He is despised, and left of men, A man of pains, and acquainted with sickness, And as one hiding the face from us, He is despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely our sicknesses he hath borne, And our pains--he hath carried them, And we--we have esteemed him plagued, Smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 And he is pierced for our transgressions, Bruised for our iniquities, The chastisement of our peace [is] on him, And by his bruise there is healing to us. Matt 8:16 When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES.” HEALING IS NOT A RESULT OF WHAT WE CAN DO. IT’S A RESULT OF WHAT JESUS HAS ALREADY DONE. 1 Pet 2:24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. ONE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT REDEMPTIVE NAMES OF GOD IS “JEHOVA RAPHA” THE LORD OUR HEALER (Exodus 15:26). John 3:14 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. Numbers 21 GOD COMMANDED MOSES TO CONSTRUCT A BRONZE SERPENT AND PLACE IT ON A POLE... THIS WAS A TYPE AND SHADOW OF JESUS TAKING THE CURSE OF SIN AND SICKNESS UPON HIMSELF. Gal 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”— 14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Psalm 107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary 20 He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. Psalm 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; 3 Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; 4 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; 5 Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle. John 6 JESUS REFERRED TO HIMSELF SEVERAL TIMES AS THE BREAD OF LIFE.
January 12, 2022 • Pastor Bracken Christian
NAS 2 Cor 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. THE NEED FOR TRANSFORMATION CHANGE SHOULD BE AN ONGOING EXPERIENCE. A PROGRESSIVE EVENT HERE... “FROM GLORY TO GLORY” CHANGE / TRANSFORMATION IS SOMETHING THAT WON’T HAPPEN UNLESS WE ACTIVELY PURSUE IT. 3 TYPES OF CHANGE – “HAPPENS TO US, HAPPENS AROUND US AND THOSE WE MAKE HAPPEN” WITHOUT CHANGE YOU STAGNATE. WITHOUT ONGOING TRANSFORMATION GOD CAN’T PROMOTE HIS PURPOSE IN OUR LIVES. THERE ARE TWO WAYS THE WORD REQUIRES US TO CHANGE 2 LEVELS OF CHANGE THAT HAVE TO OCCUR IT BEGINS WITH THE RENEWING OF THE MIND. KJV 2 Cor 5:17 therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. THIS IS AN ONGOING PROCESS – WE NEVER ARRIVE… NLT Rom 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. THE MOMENT YOU BECOME A CHRISTIAN, CHANGE IS MANDATED BY GOD WHEN WE GET SAVED, WE NOW HAVE FOR THE FIRST TIME THE CAPACITY TO CHANGE! PAUL CALLS THIS; PUTTING ON THE NEW MAN! THE FIRST INDICATOR THAT WE HAVE REALLY MADE A COMMITMENT TO THE LORD IS THAT THINGS BEGIN TO CHANGE BECAUSE WE UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO TAKE CERTAIN STEPS IN OUR LIFE TOWARD CHANGE. NAS Rom 7:15 for that which I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. 16 But if I do the very thing I do not wish to do, I agree with the law, confessing that it is good. 17 So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which indwells me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the wishing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19 For the good that I wish, I do not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish. 22 For I joyfully concur with the law of god in the inner man, 23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind, and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! who will set me free from the body of this death? 25 Thanks be to god through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of god, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. THE LAW OF THE MIND IS THIS; WHAT WE MEDITATE ON IS WHAT PRODUCES BEHAVIOR. JOSH 1:8, GEN 11 YOUR MIND HAS THE CAPACITY TO PRODUCE IMAGERY CONSISTENT WITH YOUR DESIRE AND THAT GIVES LIFE, DIRECTION, MOTIVATION AND MOMENTUM. IT’S A “LAW”! THE LAW OF THE MIND IS THIS; “THE THINGS YOU IMAGINE TO DO IS WHAT YOU WILL DO” NAS Rom 8:5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the spirit, the things of the spirit. 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of god, for it is not even able to do so; 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Josh 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. THE LAW OF THE MIND IS THE WAY WE OVERCOME THE TENDANCY TO DO WRONG! WE’VE GOT TO BEGIN THINKING ON THE RIGHT THING! WRONG BEHAVIOR IS ALWAYS ROOTED IN WRONG THINKING! AMP 2 Cor 3:18 and all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [who is] the Spirit. THE WORD ALTERS OUR BEHAVIOR. KJV Eph 4:23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 and that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. PUT GOD’S THOUGHTS IN YOUR MIND. ISAIAH 55:8-9 THINK ON THE WORD TILL IT ALTERS YOUR BEHAVIOR IN EVERY AREA. MARRIAGE, SELF, WORK, FINANCES, HEALTH, RELATIONSHIPS KJV Phil 4:8 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. CHANGE BEGINS BY PUTTING THE WORD OF GOD IN YOUR MIND