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 (AMP Spiritual knowledge), 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 (AMP grasp) 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.’ Acts 7:51 “You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did. THE PROBLEM IS SPIRITUAL DEAFNESS. GOD SUMMED IT ALL UP TO THE PROPHET JEREMIAH Jer 7:23 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 IS THE KEY FACTOR FOR SUCCESS IN OUR WALK WITH GOD HEARING IS NOT BASED ON INTELLIGENCE. WE DON’T HEAR GOD’S VOICE WITH OUR PHYSICAL EARS. WE HEAR GOD’S VOICE WITH OUR HEARTS. 1 Cor 3:16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 3 DISTINCTIVE FEATURES OF HEARING GOD’S VOICE. 1) HEARING GOD’S VOICE IS PERSONAL 2) HEARING GOD’S VOICE IS INTANGIBLE 3) HEARING GOD’S VOICE IS PRESENT THIS WAS THE LIFESTYLE OF JESUS HIMSELF Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of disciples, That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple. THE TONGUE OF THE LEARNED IS THE TONGUE OF THE SPIRIT. NIV “He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.” 5 The Lord GOD has opened My ear; And I was not disobedient Nor did I turn back. DEVELOPING “A HEARING HEART” 1 Kings 3:9 So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” THE HEBREW LITERALLY SAY’S, “A HEARING HEART” CULTIVATE AN INWARD SENSITIVITY TOWARD GOD ATTENTION AND HUMILITY” (Prov 4:20) Prov 5:1 My son, give attention to my wisdom, Incline (Bow) your ear to my understanding; Prov 22:17 Incline (Bow) your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your (HEART) mind to my knowledge; TPT Listen carefully and open your heart. Drink in the wise revelation that I impart. 1)YOUR UNDIVIDED ATTENTION... 2) HUMILITY/TEACHABLITY. Ps 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE REQUIRES TIME AND QUIETNESS. Ps 46:10 Be still (cease striving), and know that I am God: TPT Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God. IN THE STILLNESS WE HEAR HIS VOICE. THIS STILLNESS IS GOING TO REQUIRE TIME. WAITING ON THE LORD. Ps 62:1 My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation. 5 My soul, wait in silence for God only, THIS IS WHERE WORSHIP IS KEY. Ps 95:6 Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. 7 For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you would hear His voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts, PREPARATION FOR HEARING GOD’S VOICE IS BEST ACHIEVED BY WORSHIP. DRAWING CLOSE TO THE LORD SHOULD BE OUR LIFETIME PURSUIT. JAMES SAY’S, THAT WILL REQUIRE HUMILITY (James 4:6,7,8,10)
Eyes & Ears
Part 8 - Developing the spiritual ear
November 21, 2021 • Pastor Bracken Christian
Attitudes for 2022
January 26, 2022
1. Be strong & Know your strengths. 2. Be Ambitious. 3. Be Positive. 4. Be Organized. 5. Be constantly learning. 6. Be/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. Be not a failure You can’t avoid Conflict , but you can build character. Don’t work for your worth. You work because you know your worth! 8. Be Grateful. 1Th. 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 9. Be Persistent and work hard. Prov.12:24 The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor. Prov. 6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, Prov. 6:7 Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, Prov. 6:8 Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest. Prov. 6:9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? A little folding of the hands to sleep— Prov. 6:10 A little sleep, a little slumber, Prov. 6:11 So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, And your need like an armed man. Prov. 24:30 I went by the field of the lazy man, And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; Prov. 24:31 And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down. Prov. 24:32 When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction: Prov. 24:33 A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest; Prov. 24:34 So shall your poverty come like a prowler, 10. Be Confident Heb. 10:35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. Heb. 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” Prov. 3:26 For the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught. 11. Be spiritually desperate for God. Matt. 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 12. Be mournful Matt. 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. 13. Be content with who you are Matt. 5:5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. 14. Be Hungry for God Matt. 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. 15. Be Merciful Matt. 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. 16. Be Completely Sincere Matt. 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. 17. Be a peacemaker Matt. 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. 1 Peter 3:11 Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it 18. Be okay with persecution Matt. 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matt. 5:11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Matt. 5:12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 2Tim. 3:12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. Rom. 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 18. Be Successful, But don’t be done.
Jesus The Coming King
January 23, 2022 • Pastor Bracken Christian
Mal 3:1 Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the LORD of hosts. 2 “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 fullers’ soap. John 14:1 Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. Rev 1:8 I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Heb 10:35 Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.* 37 For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay. 38 But My righteous one shall live by faith; and if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him. Luke 18:8 when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” OUR EXPECTATION OF HIS COMING MOTIVATES US TO BROTHERLY LOVE, HOLINESS, DEVOTION, FAITHFULNESS, SERVING, AND SOUL WINNING TITUS CALLED THE RETURN OF JESUS “OUR BLESSED HOPE” (Tit 2:13) WHEN THE CHURCH IS NOT LOOKING WITH ANTICIPATION FOR ITS “BLESSED HOPE” ITS STANDARDS OF HOLINESS WILL ALWAYS BE BELOW THOSE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT. 2 Tim 4:6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8 in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. IT’S VITAL TO UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH AND THE 2ND COMING. Luke 17:26 -30 JESUS TELLS US IT WILL BE LIKE THE DAY’S OF NOAH AND LOT. WHEN HE COMES FOR THE CHURCH HE WILL NOT COME TO EARTH. WE (HIS BODY) WILL MEET HIM IN THE AIR AND BE ESCORTED TO HEAVEN. 1 Thess 4:15 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 not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. THE COMING OF THE LORD FOR HIS BRIDE IS A PROMISE. 2 Cor 1:20 For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; Therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. 2 Pet 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. 3:3 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” 7 But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. 3:1 This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles. Hosea 5:14 For I will be like a lion to Ephraim (northern kingdom) And like a young lion to the house of Judah (southern kingdom). I, even I, will tear to pieces and go away, I will carry away, and there will be none to deliver. 15 I will go away and return to My place Until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me. 6:1 Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us. 2 “He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, That we may live before Him. 2 DAY’S REFERS TO 2000 YEARS OF CHURCH TIME... THE 3RD DAY WOULD REFER TO THE MILLINIUM WHERE WE RULE AND RIEGN WITH HIM. 3 So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth.” James 5:7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. 8 You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. THE 2ND COMING Matt 24:29 But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron. Ps 149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, 7 To execute vengeance on the nations And punishment on the peoples, 8 To bind their kings with chains And their nobles with fetters of iron, 9 To execute on them the judgment written; This is an honor for all His godly ones. Praise the LORD!
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.