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The Lord, Your Physician

November 30, 2022 • Pastor Bracken Christian

Exodus 23:25 But you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water; and I will remove sickness from your midst. 26 There shall be no one miscarrying or barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days. ONE OF HIS REDEMPTIVE NAMES “JEHOVAH RAPHA” (HEALER) 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.” AMPC I am the Lord Who heals you. YLT for I, Jehovah, am healing thee. THERE IS A PRESENT TENSE REALITY IN THESE DECLARATIONS “I AM” Psalm 107:20 He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. Isaiah 53:5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. 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. APPLYING THIS SPIRITUAL REALITY REQUIRES USING THE TOOL OF FAITH TO RECEIVE WHAT’S ALREADY BEEN PROVIDED.  Prov 4:20 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body. THE HEBREW WORD (HEALTH) IN THIS VERSE IS (MARPE) MEANING; MEDICINE, REMEDY AND A CURE. WE FAIL TO SUBSITUTE OUR BELIEF IN HEALING FOR THE ACTUAL TAKING OF GOD’S MEDICINE – HIS WORD. HEALING MEANS; RECOVERY FROM A WEAK OR DISEASED STATE. A MIRACLE REQUIRES FAITH AS WELL AS RECOVERY BUT A MIRACLE REQUIRES EXTRA. ANOINTING, GIFTINGS, MINISTRY GIFT ETC. WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT EVER GAIN BY A GIFT OF THE SPIRIT YOU CAN OBTAIN BY FAITH IN THE REDEMPTIVE WORK OF CHRIST.  THE WORD OF GOD HAS BEEN PROVEN TO HEAL, BUT IT MUST BE TAKEN ACCORDING TO DIRECTIONS.  THE WORD OF GOD IS A HEALING AGENT.  FOUR THINGS WE CAN DO TO SIPHON THE POWER OF GOD FROM HIS WORD THAT WILL BRING A HEALING AND A CURE TO ANYTHING. 1. FEED ON GOD’S WORD THE WORD OF GOD CONTAINS WITHIN IT THE CAPACITY TO PRODUCE HEALING.  JESUS SAID, MY WORDS ARE SPIRIT AND LIFE (John 6:63) THE WORD ACCOMPLISHES ITS PURPOSE TO PRODUCE (Isa 55:10-11) THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND ACTIVE (Heb 4:12). (Jordan translation) – “The word of God is alive with energy.” 2. RECEIVE HEALING MEDICINE IS NO REPSECTER OF PERSONS. THE WAY EACH PERSON’S BODY RECIEVES IT AFFECTS ITS ABILITY TO HEAL.  WE RECEIVE HEALING BY TAKING THE MEDICINE THAT PRODUCES FAITH.  3. USE ACCORDING TO THE DIRECTIONS NO MATTER HOW GOOD THE MEDICINE IS, IT MUST BE TAKEN ACCORDING TO THE DIRECTIONS OR IT WILL NOT WORK.  THE SAME IS TRUE WITH GOD’S MEDICINE, HIS WORD.  Prov 4:20 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart. IT IS ONLY AS GOD’S WORD ABIDES IN YOUR HEART THAT IT PRODUCES HEALING IN YOUR BODY.  HIS WORD MUST PENETRATE YOUR SPIRIT THROUGH MEDITATION (ATTENDING, HEARING, LOOKING, AND PONDERING) TO PRODUCE HEALING IN YOUR BODY. TLB Prov 4:20 “let them penetrate deep within your heart” Mark 4 THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER JESUS COMPARED THE WORD OF GOD TO SEEDS PLANTED IN THE GROUND OF YOUR HEART.  ONCE IT IS PLANTED, IT NEEDS WATER OR REPETITION SO IT WILL SPROUT, GROW, AND DEVELOP FRUIT. 4. GIVE GOD’S MEDICINE TIME TO WORK KEEP TAKING IT AND GIVE IT TIME TO WORK. INSTEAD OF PICTURING YOURSELF WEAK AND SICK. BEGIN PAINTING A PICTURE ON THE CANVAS OF YOUR HEART OF A HEALTHY BODY.  GOD’S MEDICINE WILL WORK POWERFULLY IF YOU GET IT INSIDE OF YOU. 

Welcome To The Future

November 27, 2022 • Pastor Bracken Christian

NAS Prov 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law. Amp Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; 1. WHAT IS VISION 2. WHERE IT COMES FROM AND WHY YOU NEED IT. 3. HOW TO GET IT 4. WHAT VISION WILL PRODUCE IN YOUR LIFE 5. WHAT TO DO TO BRING YOUR VISION TO PASS. Hab 2:2 Then the LORD answered me and said, “Record the vision And inscribe it on tablets, 1. WRITE IT DOWN...  COMMUNICATE IT...  ARTICULATE IT...  HAVING A TRUE VISION IS OF LITTLE VALUE UNLESS IT CAN BE COMMUNICATED WITH CLARITY AND CONSISTENCY. AMP Philemon 6 the participation in and sharing of your faith may produce and promote full recognition and appreciation and understanding and precise knowledge of every good [thing] that is ours in [our identification with] Christ Jesus [and unto His glory]. Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; MSG Let's keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Heb 10:23 THE WORD CONFESSION (PROFESSION) THE Grk WORD “HOMOLOGIA” - THIS MEANS TO SAY THE SAME THING.    “HOMO” MEANS SAME KIND... “LOGIA” MEANS WORDS KEEP SAYING THE SAME THING. THE Grk WORD “LOGOS” HAS TO DO WITH A CONCEPT, OPINION, IDEA, AND EMOTION. IF YOU CONFESS HIS WORDS YOU ARE AGREEING WITH HIS WAYS, HIS HEART, PURPOSE, CONCEPTS, OPINONS OR EMOTIONS.  THE WORD CONFESSION “HOMOLOGIA” NOT ONLY MEANS TO SAY IT LIKE GOD SAYS IT, BUT MORE SPECIFICALLY IT MEANS TO SEE IT LIKE GOD SEES IT, FEEL IT LIKE GOD FEELS IT, KNOW IT LIKE GOD KNOWS IT. 2. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO RUN...  Hab 2:2 Then the LORD answered me and said, “Record the vision And inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run. RUN WITH PURPOSE AND AIM...  1 Cor 9:24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Heb 12:1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, VISION IS THE CATALYST FOR ENDURANCE Heb 12:1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross 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. 2 Tim 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. WE HAVE TO LEARN TO ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE (2 Tim 4:3). YOU’RE BLESSED WHEN YOU ENDURE TEMPTATION (James 1:12). Matt 10:22 You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved. LOVE ENDURES ALL THINGS (1 Cor 13:7).  WE ARE TO BE VISIONARIES NOT AMBITIONARIES VISIONARIES STAY PLIABLE.  Prov 16:3 Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established. 3. YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PREPARE THE STRONGER THE VISION THE MORE TIME MAY BE NECESSARY TO GROW YOURSELF, TO HARNESS THE VISION. PERSONAL GROWTH – PACKING FOR THE TRIP HOW TO PREPARE AND GROW 1. CHOOSE A LIFE OF GROWTH 2. START GROWING TODAY 3. BE TEACHABLE 4. FOCUS ON SELF-DEVELOPMENT NOT SELF-FULFILLMENT. 5. NEVER STAY SATISFIED WITH CURRENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS 6. BE A CONTINUAL LEARNER. IT TAKES TIME 7. DEVELOP A PLAN FOR GROWTH. 8. PAY THE PRICE.

It’s Time for a Breakout

November 23, 2022 • Pastor Bracken Christian

Micah 2:13 The breaker goes up before them; They break out, pass through the gate and go out by it. So their king goes on before them, And the LORD at their head.” NAS 2Sam 5:19 Then David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Wilt Thou give them into my hand?” And the LORD said to David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.” 20 So David came to Baal-perazim, and defeated them there; and he said, “The LORD has broken through my enemies before me like the breakthrough of waters.” Therefore he named that place Baal-perazim. Baal-perazim means “Lord of the breakings through” IT IS THE LORD’S WILL TO BRING YOU BREAKTHROUGHS Luke 18:27 “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.” 29 there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come, eternal life.” GOD SPECIALIZES IN THE IMPOSSIBLE Ps 34:19 “THE LORD DELIVERS” Job 5:19 From six troubles He will deliver you, Even in seven evil will not touch you. THERE ARE SOME REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON’T EXPERIENCE BREAKTHROUGHS THE AVG BELIEVER CANNOT PROVE (EXPLAIN BIBLICALY) WHY THEY BELIEVE WHAT THEY BELIEVE. THE AVG BELIEVER ALLOWS THEIR EXPERIENCES, CIRCUMSTANCES TO ESTABLISH (SHAPE) THEIR THEOLOGY AND DIRECTION Isa 58:6 Is this not the fast which I choose, To loosen the bonds of wickedness, To undo the bands of the yoke, And to let the oppressed go free And break every yoke? 7 “Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry And bring the homeless poor into the house; When you see the naked, to cover him; And not to hide yourself from your own flesh? 8 “Then your light will break out like the dawn, And your recovery will speedily spring forth; And your righteousness will go before you; The glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. 3 TUDES TO MAINTAIN FOR BREAKTHROUGH 1. CHECK YOUR ATTITUDE “YOUR ATTITUDE IS ALL OF YOUR THOUGHTS PUT TOGETHER AND REFLECTS YOUR STATE OF MIND” 2 Cor 9:7 “God loves a cheerful giver” Mess “God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.” Amp “God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift].” WHAT KIND OF ATTITUDE DO YOU HAVE WHEN IT COMES TO GIVING? MONEY IS A TOOL…  FAITH IS AN ATTITUDE Gal 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. Mess “So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit. Ps 98:4 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises. BREAKTHROUGHS COME IN THE ATMOSPHERE OF JOY! (ATTITUDE) 2. CHECK YOUR GRATITUDE 1 Thess 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Col 2:6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. ALWAYS STAY THANKFUL IN EVERY SITUATION!Phil 4:6 TRAIN YOURSELF TO WAKE UP THANKFUL! 3. CHECK YOUR MAGNITUDE Mal 3:10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. WHEN IT COMES TO THE TITHE, THE TITHE LEVELS THE PLAYING FIELD FOR EVERYBODY - THE TITHE IS 10% STATISTICS SAY ONLY 10-15% OF BELIEVERS TITHE THE IMPORTANCE OF MEASURE Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” Mess Give away your life; you'll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. 2 Cor 9:6 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. YOU’RE NOT BUYING YOU ARE SOWING, YOU ARE WORKING A MEASURE THE IDEA OUT THERE THAT THERE IS A SOMETHING FROM NOTHING KIND OF GOD IT IS AN ALMOST NON-EXISTENT PRINCIPLE THAT GOD CREATES SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING.  TOO MANY CHRISTIANS ARE HOPING GOD WILL CREATE SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING YOU HAVE TO PUT SOMETHING IN…  Luke 6:38 “Give…” (Principle) Amp For with the standard of measurement you use [when you do good to others], it will be measured to you in return." PRINCIPLE; WE EXPERIENCE WHAT WE PREPARE FOR. 2 Kings 4:1 Now a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord; and the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.” 2 Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” 3 Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels at large for yourself from all your neighbors, even empty vessels; do not get a few. 4 And you shall go in and shut the door behind you and your sons, and pour out into all these vessels, and you shall set aside what is full.” 5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons; they were bringing the vessels to her and she poured. 6When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not one vessel more.” And the oil stopped. 7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons can live on the rest.” HER PROVISION ENDED WHERE HER PREPARATION ENDED WE EXPERIENCE WHAT WE PREPARE FOR

Welcome To The Future

November 20, 2022 • Pastor Bracken Christian

Prov 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish WHAT VISION WILL PRODUCE IN YOUR LIFE (benefits) 1. CONFIDENCE YOU WILL HAVE TO FACE DELAYS IN LIFE WITH CONFIDENCE 2. JOY JOY GIVES YOU ENDURANCE (STRENGTH), STAMINA  3. DISCIPLINE 1 Cor 9:26 Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 27 but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. WHY DOES AN ATHLETE DISICIPLINE THEMSELVES? THE DREAM! DON’T WRESTLE WITH DISCIPLINE, WRESTLE WITH VISION.  4. VISION PRODUCES PROVISION 5. VISION PRODUCES HOPE (EXPECTATION) (Christ in you the hope of glory – Col 1:27) VISION REPLACES FEAR WITH ENERGY AND HOPE.  Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; Rom 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Ps 27:13 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. 1 Thess 4:13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. Eph 2:12 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. FAITH IS OUR BRIDGE BETWEEN TWO REALMS. (Heb 11:1)  TO GET THE ETERNAL TRUTH TO LINE UP IN THE NATURAL WILL REQUIRE FAITH (EXPECTATION) PEOPLE BECOME DISSOLUSIONED IN THE WAITING PROCESS.  THERE IS A WAY TO WAIT THAT SHORTENS THE DUE SEASON OF MANIFESTATION AND HELPS US TO ENJOY LIFE WHILE WE WAIT.  EXPECTATION HELPS YOU MAINTAIN A PLACE OF CONTENTMENT. Phil 1:19 for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope... CONTENTMENT IS SOMETHING THAT IS LEARNED AND PAUL SAID I HAVE LEARNED IN WHATEVER STATE I AM IN TO BE CONTENT (Phi 4:11) WHEN YOU ARE EXPECTING... TODAY BECOMES A GOOD DAY.  EXPECTATION IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF OUR FAITH AND OUR WALK WITH GOD. VISION IS ENTERNALIZING A PROMISE AND EXPECTING IT TO COME TO PASS.    NEGATIVE EXPECTATION ALWAYS COMES THROUGH REPETITIVE DISAPPOINTMENT.  WEBSTERS – (DISAPPOINTMENT); THE FRUSTRATION OF EXPECTANCY THE ENEMY WORKS TO FRUSTRATE US.    WHEN WE LET DISAPPOINTMENT SET IN WE STOP EXPECTING. WE STOP PRAYING, WE STOP BELIEVING, WE START COASTING. Micah 7:8 Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I fall I will rise; Though I dwell in darkness, the LORD is a light for me.  6. VISION IS THE CATALYST FOR ENDURANCE Heb 12:1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross YOUR DESTINY WILL REQUIRE ENDURANCE.  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. 2 Tim 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. WE HAVE TO LEARN TO ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE (2 Tim 4:3). YOU’RE BLESSED WHEN YOU ENDURE TEMPTATION (James 1:12). Matt 10:22 You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved. LOVE ENDURES ALL THINGS (1 Cor 13:7).

It’s Time For A Breakout

November 16, 2022 • Pastor Bracken Christian

Micah 2:13 The breaker goes up before them; They break out, pass through the gate and go out by it. So their king goes on before them, And the LORD at their head.” Isaiah 54:1 Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child; Break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed; FAITH WILL ALWAYS BE REQUIRED.   NAS 2Sam 5:19 Then David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Wilt Thou give them into my hand?” And the LORD said to David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.” 20So David came to Baal-perazim, and defeated them there; and he said, “The LORD has broken through my enemies before me like the breakthrough of waters.” Therefore he named that place Baal-perazim. Baal-perazim means “Lord of the breakings through” IT IS THE LORD’S WILL TO BRING YOU BREAKTHROUGHS AS LONG AS YOU ARE MOVING FORWARD YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE BARRIERS NIV 1 Thess 2:18 For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way. WHAT MAY LOOK BLOCKED OR LIKE AN IMPOSSBILE SITUATION IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD. (Mark 9:23, Luke 18:27)  THE GREATEST BREAKTHROUGH EVER WAS JESUS ON THE CROSS 2 Cor 6:2 “Today is the day of salvation” - That includes deliverance. REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON’T EXPERIENCE BREAKTHROUGHS THE AVG BELIEVER CANNOT PROVE (EXPLAIN BIBLICALY) WHY THEY BELIEVE WHAT THEY BELIEVE.  CAN YOU TAKE ME TO SOME SCRIPTURES THAT YOU HAVE FIRMLY FIXED IN YOUR HEART? (3 John 2) THE AVG BELIEVER ALLOWS THEIR EXPERIENCES, CIRCUMSTANCES TO ESTABLISH (SHAPE) THEIR THEOLOGY AND DIRECTION IF YOUR BELIEVING SHIFTS WHEN YOU RUN INTO BARRIERS THEN IT WASN’T A VERY SOLID BELIEF.  IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE FINANCIAL BREAKTHROUGH IS FOR YOU BIBLICALLY IT WON’T COME TO YOU! WHAT YOU BELIEVE REALLY COMES DOWN TO WHAT’S COMING OUT OF YOUR MOUTH WHEN YOU’RE IN YOUR CAR OR AT HOME. THERE IS A PUSH THROUGH TO GET OUR BREAKTHROUGH THERE IS A PUSH THROUGH ASPECT OUR GOAL IS TO GET TO A PLACE OF FAITH SO WE CAN MOVE OUT! SMITH WIGGLESWORTH “God will pass over a thousand people to get to someone in faith” 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. PROSPEROUS MEANS; TO BREAK FORTH AND MOVE FORWARD 3 LEVELS OF SUCCESS 1. SURVIVAL – THIS IS WHERE A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS ARE… THE LOWEST LEVEL… THERE ARE PEOPLE WORLD WIDE WHO AREN’T HERE…  2. SECURITY – YOU MOVE FROM SURVIVAL TO SECURITY!  THIS IS THE MAJOR GOAL OF MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN AMERICA THIS IS A DANGEROUS LEVEL OF SUCCESS.   IF YOU ARE A BELIEVER AND THIS IS YOUR GOAL… IT’S WRONG! 3. SURPLUS  YOU WILL NEVER GET TO SURPLUS IF YOU ARE UNWILLING TO RISK SECURITY.  GOD IS THE GOD OF SURPLUS AND HE WANTS YOU LIVING IN SURPLUS THE GREATEST JOY IN LIFE IS BEING ABLE TO BLESS AND HELP OTHERS.  IF YOU’RE JUST LIVING IN SECURITY YOU WON’T HAVE A MINDSET TO LIVE IN SURPLUS.  TO RECEIVE BREAKTHROUGHS WE HAVE TO START THINKING DIFFERENT.   ARE YOU WILLING TO RISK GETTING RID OF SOME WRONG THINKING SO YOU CAN BREAK THROUGH? 

Break the Silence

November 13, 2022 • Pastor Bracken Christian

Job 23:17 But I am not silenced by the darkness, THE ENEMIES GOAL... KEEP CHRISTIANS QUIET GOD GIVES US HIS WORD TO PUT IN OUR MOUTH AND SPEAK IT. Job 23:12 I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food. 14 For He performs what is appointed for me, And many such decrees are with Him.  GOD’S WORDS ARE HIS DECREES.  Ps 107:2 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 3 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary L.B. YOMENS; God has tied himself irrevocably in the execution of divine purpose. He has made man’s faith a determining factor in the work of redemption.  “UNDERSTANDING HOW FAITH WORKS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING” “WE SHOULD BECOME PROFICENT IN THE USE OF THAT WHICH SHOULD BE NORMAL FOR THE BELIEVER.” Mark 11:22 And Jesus *answered saying to them, “Have faith in God.  23 Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. Rom 10:8 But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 16 However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, “LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. HE IS REFERING TO Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed our report and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?  SPEAKING IS AN ACT OF FAITH THAT RELEASES THE POWER OF GOD. Luke 17:5 JESUS ANSWERED A QUESTION FROM THE DISCIPLES CONCERNING FORGIVENESS.   THEY SAID, LORD INCREASE OUR FAITH.  JESUS SAID, “If you had faith like a mustard seed you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you.” Heb 4:14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Rom 10:6 Says, But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows: “DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, ‘WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN?’ (that is, to bring Christ down), 7 or ‘WHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE ABYSS?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).” 8 But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART” 2 Cor 1:28 ALL THE PROMISES ARE YES & AMEN.    FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH WILL REQUIRE A GOOD CONFESSION (1 Tim 6:12). IF YOU GET QUIET YOU LOSE BY DEFAULT 2 Cor 4:8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— 13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, WE BELIEVE AND WE SPEAK. THAT’S HOW FAITH WORKS. Job 22:28 You shall decree a thing and it will be established for you and light shall shine on your ways. THE POWER IS IN GOD’S WORD. (Prov 18:21) Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge” THE HEBREW WORD “DESTROYED” MEANS; TO SILENCE MANY PEOPLE ARE SILENCED.  Jer 3:15 Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding.   Jer 23:4 SAY’S, THE RESULTS OF BEING FEED ARE; YOU WILL FEAR NOR MORE, NOR BE DISMAYED OR LACKING.  FAITH REQUIRES HAVING A PLATFORM OF RESPONSE.  Prov 22:17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your mind to my knowledge; 18 For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, That they may be ready on your lips. 19 So that your trust may be in the LORD,  HAVING A PLATFORM OF RESPOSE HELPS YOU TO RELEASE AUTHORITY AND THE WORD OF FAITH.  Heb 13:5 for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,” 6 so that we confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?” BECAUSE WE’VE BUILT A PLATFROM BASED ON THE WORD OF GOD. SPEAKING BECOMES NORMAL.  IF YOU WANT TO WIN THE WAR CONCERNING YOUR FUTURE IT WILL REQUIRE NOT JUST BELIEVING BUT SPEAKING.

The Blessed Life

November 6, 2022 • Pastor Brody Christian

1. HAVE A PASSION LEVEL THAT MOVES YOU TO EXTREMES 2. BE YOU. & ONLY YOU! MATTHEW 5:13-16 13 “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. 14-16 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. MULTIMASKING IS SOUL TASKING, IT'S HARD WORK BEING SOMEBODY YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE. ONLY IN THE REAL JESUS WILL YOU FIND THE REAL YOU, AND ONLY IN THE REAL YOU WILL PEOPLE SEE THE REAL JESUS 1 PETER 4:7-11 7 The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. 8 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. 10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. 1 Samuel 17:38-40 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head.39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. How Far you go and how much you grow is not just determined by what you believe about God, it is equally impacted by what you believe about you You will always behave in a way consistent on the way you see yourself WHEN THE ENEMY CAN’T CHANGE WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT GOD, HIS NEXT STEP IS TO GET YOU TO CHANGE WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT YOU 1 Samuel 16:1 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” DAVID'S ABILITY CHANGED, BUT HIS RESPONSIBILITY HASN’T CHANGED THERE’S NO PROMOTION WITHOUT PRESSURE WHEN YOU'RE HAVING TROUBLE IN YOUR PRESENT, YOU HAVE TO DRAW FROM THE LESSONS YOU LEARNED IN YOUR PAST 1 SAMUEL 17:40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. 3. YOU NEED A REVELATION THAT GOD HAS CALLED YOU TO A LIFE OF GREATER THINGS

Jesus’ Check List For The Love Walk

November 2, 2022 • Pastor Joey Hamlin

Ezekiel 25:15-16 (KJV) Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred; Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast. The expression “give place to wrath” means to allow God to take care of it for you, to submit passively in a spirit of nonresistance.—to stand back and let the wrath of God take care of it. Vengeance is God’s right and privilege. “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” The bible refers to it as “The OLD HATRED”. (NLT) Long standing contempt. (MSG) all those centuries of stored-up malice. (ERV) They let their anger burn inside them too long. Matthew 5:43-45 (KJV) Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, 1. bless them that curse you, 2. do good to them that hate you, and 3. pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Check list for walking in Love: 1. Bless (simply means to speak good of) 2 do good (as you are led and as opportunity presents itself) 3. Pray for How will I know I have forgiven someone? Bless - My choice to forgive others is choosing not to voice grievances and frustrations about them to others or rehearse them to myself. God will take that as a sign of your love and forgiveness toward them. My forgiveness is choosing not to talk about them (what they did or said) in my home or anywhere else. And choosing rather to speak words of life and blessing over those who have wronged me. 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. Forgiveness is a decision you may have to make every day for a season. Some have the idea that they never actually forgave if the feelings of forgiveness don’t last past 24hrs. The flesh lusts after the spirit, that means the flesh will challenge your decisions of faith and love daily “so that you cannot do the things you would”. Galatians 5:17 Loss of feeling doesn’t equal insincerity, but the mind will continually have to be renewed and built up in the Word of God to stay in love and in an awareness of the freedom to love. What does the love of God look like? 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Amp Love endures long and is patient and kind; Love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, Is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); It is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in me) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; It is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails…

The Blessed Life

October 30, 2022

AMP-BLESSED (happy, fortunate, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous-with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions}. Matt. 5:1 Message When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down Matt. 5:2 and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said: Apprentice-one bound by indenture, to serve another for a period with the intention of learning. 1. The blessed life is a life of Humility 2 Chronicles 20:12 Amp. O our God, will You not exercise judgment upon? For we have no might to stand against this great company that is coming against us. We do not know what to do but our eyes are on you. Ex. 14:14 NKJV The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 1 Corinthians 13:5 AMP (love)…It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly and does not act unbecomingly). Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking:….. Heb. 6:10 NKJV For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. 1 Thess 4:11 AMP To make it your ambition, and definitely endeavor to live a quietly and peacefully, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we charged you. John 3:30NKJV He must increase, but I must decrease. 2. The Blessed life is to Mourn, to express sorrow Matt. 5:4Message “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. 2Cor. 7:10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. Desperate-employing extreme measures to escape defeat! Insanity-doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Psalm 73:26 AMP My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the Rock and firm Strength of my heart and my portion forever. 3. The blessed Life is a life of Contentment Matt. 5:5 Message “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. Content-Satisfied, gratified, happy James 1:19-20 AMP Understand [this], my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener], slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry, For a man’s anger does not promote the righteousness God wishes and requires]. Col. 3:13 Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. 1Pet. 5:6 Message So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Be a funnel factory Luke 12:15 NKJV And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”

Heart Position

October 19, 2022 • Pastor Bracken Christian

“Heart Position” Pt 6 Positioning ourselves Pt 3 OUR PURSUIT OF FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD DETERMINES THE QUALITY OF LIFE WE LIVE AND LIGHT WE WALK IN. WHAT ARE THE BASICS OF STAYING CLOSE? THE LIFESTYLE OF PRAISE... Psalm 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Heb 13:15 by him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to god continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. MESS Psa 50:23 It’s the praising life that honors me. As soon as you set your foot on the way I’ll show you my salvation.” PRAISE CHANGES THE CLIMATE AROUND YOU. TOO MANY CHRISTIANS ARE TRYING TO GET A HARVEST FROM A DRY CLIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF FOCUS. REMEMBER JEHOSHAPHAT - 2Chr. 20:1Now it came about after this that the sons of Moab and the sons of Ammon, together with some of the Meunites, came to make war against Jehoshaphat. 2 Then some came and reported to Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, out of Aram and behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar (that is Engedi).” 3 Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4 So Judah gathered together to seek help from the Lord; they even came from all the cities of Judah to seek the Lord. 12 O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but OUR EYES ARE ON YOU.” 15 Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s. 17 You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.” WHEN WE’RE PRAISING WE’RE TAKING OUR POSITION A LOT OF PEOPLE AREN’T SEEING WHAT THEY NEED TO SEE BECAUSE THEY ARE SEATED TOO FAR BACK IN THEIR OWN DESIRE. 20 When they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the Lord your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.” 21 When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in holy attire, Vs 17 SAID, “Go out and face them”. THIS POSITION OF PRAISE IS SOMETHING YOU CHOOSE… NOT SOMETHING GOD ASSIGNS YOU. PRAISERS ARE PEOPLE WHO KNOW HOW TO KEEP SINGING WHEN THEY DON’T SEE WHAT IS DESIRED. ADVANCEMENT DEPENDS ON POSITIONING… 21 When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in holy attire, (The beauty of holiness) (Holy array – attire) as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” 22 When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed. PRAISE IS A FLOW OF FAITH… PRAISING… PUTS GOD IN ACTION… YOUR ARE NOT PRAISING UNTIL HE IS YOUR FOCUS. Ex. PAUL AND SILAS IN Acts 16:25 Praising in Jail; earthquake hit THE PRAYER OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP IS TO MINISTER TO HIM, WHICH WILL IN TURN DO SOMETHING FOR YOU. (Acts 13) YOUR FOUNDATION IS WHAT DETERMINES HOW HIGH YOU CAN GO Ex. THE CARES OF LIFE WILL EAT AWAY AT YOUR FOUNDATION. WE PRAISE BECAUSE WE OWE OUR EXISTENCE TO HIM!

Welcome To The Future

October 16, 2022 • Pastor Bracken Christian

WHAT VISION WILL PRODUCE IN YOUR LIFE 1. CONFIDENCE YOU WILL HAVE TO FACE DELAYS IN LIFE WITH CONFIDENCE (Heb 10:35) 2. JOY JOY GIVES YOU ENDURANCE (STRENGTH), STAMINA 3. DISCIPLINE 1 Cor 9:26 Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 27 but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. DON’T WRESTLE WITH DISCIPLINE, WRESTLE WITH VISION. WHEN A VISION IS IN PLACE... A SENSES OF URGENCY IS PRESENT... PROCRASTINATION FEELS LIKE SIN... TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. 4. VISION PRODUCES PROVISION TO BE BLESSED IS GOD’S METHOD OF PROVISION GOD BLESSED MAN... BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY... (Gen1:26) Gal 3:29 BECAUSE WE BELONG TO CHRIST WE ARE BLESSED WITH ABRAHAM’S BLESSING. WE ARE HEIRS. MOST PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET MORE MONEY WHEN THEY OUGHT TO BE FIGURING OUT HOW TO WALK IN THE BLESSING. Gen 1:29 Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; The Hebrew; Seeding seed. The seed you sow for your harvest. JACOB UNDERSTOOD THE SPIRITUAL DIMENSION 1. HEBREWS UNDERSTOOD THE BLESSING OF THE FIRST BORN. 2. RIGHT BEFORE ISAAC SENDS JACOB AWAY LISTEN TO WHAT HE TELLS HIM. Gen 28:3 May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples. 4 May He also give you the blessing of Abraham, 3. WHEN JACOB DEPARTS ON HIS JOURNEY ONE NIGHT AT THE RIGHT PLACE HE LAYS DOWN AND HAS A DREAM. Vs 22 This stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.” JACOB WAS GIVING GOD A CHANCE TO PROVE HIMSELF. 4. WHILE HE’S WORKING FOR LABAN GOD SHOWS HIM HOW TO MULTIPLY THE SPOTTED AND SPECKLED LIVESTOCK. 5. Gen 32 JACOB WRESTLES WITH GOD – FOR BLESSING. Vs 27 So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed.” Vs 29 And God blessed him. CH 35 GOD CALLS HIM ISRAEL AND BLESSES HIM AGAIN. 2 CHAPTERS THAT DEAL WITH THE GRACE FOR FINANCES 2 Cor 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; ANOTHER WORD FOR GRACE IS (FAVOR) THE PROBLEM – IS OUR THINKING... FIRST COMES THE VISION... THEN COMES PROVISION GOD SUPPLIES... FUNDS... WHAT HE CALLS YOU TO DO... NEVER LET MONEY DICTATE WHAT YOU CAN AND CANNOT DO IN LIFE ONE OF HIS REDEMPTIVE NAMES IS; JEHOVAH JIREH; OUR PROVIDER PROSPERITY IS HAVING ENOUGH OF GOD’S PROVISION TO COMPLETE HIS PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE.

Heart Position

October 12, 2022 • Pastor Bracken Christian

THE LORD INVITES US TO COME... AND FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM. 1 John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. OUR PURSUIT OF FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD DETERMINES THE QUALITY OF LIFE WE LIVE AND LIGHT WE WALK IN. AMP Psalm 71:3 Be to me a rock of refuge in which to dwell, and a sheltering stronghold to which I may continually resort (Come) IN GOD WE HAVE OUR OWN PRIVATE RESORT. “A PLACE OF RESORT” WHAT ARE THE BASICS OF STAYING CLOSE? (RIGHT HERE IN Ps 71) Vs 6, 8, 14, 23, 24 THE LIFESTYLE OF PRAISE... APPRECIATION AUTHORIZES INTIMACY Psalm 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Ps 42:8 The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life. MESS Psa 50:23 It’s the praising life that honors me. As soon as you set your foot on the way I’ll show you my salvation.” PRAISE CHANGES THE CLIMATE AROUND YOU. TOO MANY CHRISTIANS ARE TRYING TO GET A HARVEST FROM A DRY CLIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR MOUTH or LIPS – Psa. 109:30 With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to the lord; and in the midst of many I will praise him. Heb 13:15 by him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to god continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. NOTICE THE CONNECTION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF FOCUS. REMEMBER JEHOSHAPHAT - 2Chr. 20:1Now it came about after this that the sons of Moab and the sons of Ammon, together with some of the Meunites, came to make war against Jehoshaphat. 2 Then some came and reported to Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, out of Aram and behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar (that is Engedi).” 3 Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4 So Judah gathered together to seek help from the Lord; they even came from all the cities of Judah to seek the Lord. 12 O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but OUR EYES ARE ON YOU.” 15 Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s. 17 You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.” AMP – Take your positions! WHEN WE’RE PRAISING WE’RE TAKING OUR POSITION – SEE BETTER PRAISE POSITIONS YOU! THERE’S SOMETHING TO BE CAUGHT BASED ON YOUR POSITION. A LOT OF PEOPLE AREN’T SEEING WHAT THEY NEED TO SEE BECAUSE THEY ARE SEATED TOO FAR BACK IN... THEIR OWN DESIRE. 20 When they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the Lord your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.” 21 When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in holy attire, THE ENEMY IS GOING TO DO ALL HE CAN TO STOP THE PLAN AND PURPOSES OF GOD. Vs 17 SAID, “Go out and face them”. YOU FACE THE ENEMY KNOWING WHO YOU ARE AND WHO GOD IS. THIS POSITION OF PRAISE IS SOMETHING YOU CHOOSE… NOT SOMETHING GOD ASSIGNS YOU. ADVANCEMENT DEPENDS ON POSITIONING… 21 When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in holy attire, (The beauty of holiness) (Holy array – attire) as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” 22 When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed. WHAT YOU DO EVERY DAY IS WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE YOUR ARE NOT PRAISING UNTIL HE IS YOUR FOCUS. THE PRAYER OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP IS TO MINISTER TO HIM, WHICH WILL IN TURN DO SOMETHING FOR YOU. (Acts 13)

The Benefit of Vision

October 9, 2022 • Pastor Bracken Christian

OUR OUTLINE 1. WHAT IS VISION 2. WHERE IT COMES FROM AND WHY YOU NEED IT. 3. HOW TO GET IT (LOCATE GOD’S PLAN) 4. WHAT VISION WILL PRODUCE IN YOUR LIFE 5. WHAT TO DO TO BRING THE VISION TO PASS. THERE ARE THREE PURPOSES FOR HAVING VISION. 1. A VISION, WHICH EVERY PERSON CAN HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE WHICH INCLUDES ALL OF GOD’S PROMISES. 2. A VISION GOD GIVES, HIS PLAN AND WILL FOR YOUR LIFE/ (MINISTRY) -- A VIEW OF YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE. 3. VISION -- CORPRATE VISION FOR A CHURCH, MINISTRY OR BUSINESS. WHAT VISION WILL PRODUCE IN YOUR LIFE (benefits) 1. CONFIDENCE LIFE OF MOSES; Exodus 3:11 – Ch 5 HE HAD CONFIDENCE CONFIDENCE REMOVES PRESSURE. 2. JOY (Prov 29:18) “HAPPY” Heb 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. VISION TELLS ME WHERE I’M GONNA BE. Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. JOY PRODUCES ENDURANCE (STRENGTH), STAMINA Nehemiah 8:10 The joy of the Lord is your strength 3. DISCIPLINE Prv 29:18 Where there is no vision the people cast off restraint (No discipline). WHEN A VISION IS IN PLACE... A SENSES OF URGENCY IS PRESENT... PROCRASTINATION FEELS LIKE SIN... TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. AS CHURCHES, AND PARENTS... WE’VE BEEN GUILTY OF PREACHING DISICIPLINE WITH NO VISION. DISCIPLINE WITHOUT VISION CAN PRODUCE BURN-OUT... 1 Cor 9:24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 25 Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 27 but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. WHY DOES AN ATHLETE DISICIPLINE THEMSELVES? THE DREAM! Phil 3:12 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

The Path To Progress

September 25, 2022 • Pastor Bracken Christian

Philippians 3:8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, 9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. TPT 15 So let all who are fully mature have this same passion, and if anyone is not yet gripped by these desires, God will reveal it to them. 16 And let us all advance together to reach this victory-prize, following one path with one passion. THE PATH TO PROGRESS IN CHRIST 1. PAUL SAID, THAT I MAY KNOW CHRIST 2. THAT I MAY BE FOUND IN HIM – Seeing who you are and have in Christ 3. THAT I MAY KNOW HIM. AMPC 3:10 [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, THE BOOK OF PHILIPPIANS WAS WRITTEN 30 YEARS AFTER PAUL MEET JESUS. PAULS PRODUCTIVITY AS A CHRISTIAN WAS BASED ON THIS PATTERN FOR PROGRESS. THAT I MAY KNOW HIM; IN THE PARAMETERS OF 3 THINGS THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERING BEING MADE CONFORMED TO HIS DEATH THERE’S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KNOWING ABOUT CHRIST AND KNOWING HIM. JESUS DID MORE THAN JUST COME TO TEACH. HE SAID, I CAME TO DIE. MAN’S GREATEST NEED WAS NOT FOR A TEACHING OR A LESSON. MAN’S GREATEST NEED WAS LIFE... EVERY RELIGION OFFERS LESSONS BUT ONLY JESUS GIVES LIFE. THE CENTER OF CHRISTIANITY IS NOT JESUS TEACHINGS. THE CENTER IS WHAT HAPPENED ON THE CROSS, HIS DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION. YOU CAN KNOW ABOUT HIM FROM STUDYING THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT BUT IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HIM YOU MUST MEET HIM AT THE CROSS. THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RESURRECTION IS DETERMINED BY THE NATURE OF HIS DEATH. WHAT HAPPENED ON THE CROSS? EVERYTHING JESUS DID, HE DID IT FOR US. JESUS WAS NOT A MARTYR, HE WAS A SUBSTITUTE. AS A SUBSTITUTE HE TOOK OUR PLACE. HE DIED OUR DEATH. HE TOOK OUR SIN. HE TOOK OUR CURSE. HE TOOK OUR SHAME. WHEN JESUS WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD, THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION IS; THAT EVERYTHING GOD DID IN CHRIST, HE DID IT FOR US. THE GOSPELS GIVE US A PHOTOGRAPH OF REDEMPTION. BUT PAULS LETTERS GIVE US AN X-RAY IN PAUL’S LETTERS HE SAID, I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me (Gal 2:20). OUR IDENTITY COMES TOTALLY FROM JESUS CHRIST. PAUL SAID, “THAT I MAY BE FOUND IN HIM” Vs 9 THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST WAS THE GREATEST DEMONSTRATION OF POWER EVER RELEASED IN THE UNIVERSE. JESUS WAS THE FIRST MAN TO ENTER THE DEATH EXPERIENCE WHICH WAS SEPARATION FROM GOD AND MASTER IT.

Heart Position

October 5, 2022 • Pastor Bracken Christian

1 Pet 2:4 And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 9 But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; James 4:7 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. OUR PURSUIT OF FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD DETERMINES THE QUALITY OF LIFE WE LIVE AND LIGHT WE WALK IN. THIS WORSHIP IS A LIFESTYLE WE LIVE. DAVID SAID, “It is good for me to draw near to God” (Ps 73:28). Matt 11:28 Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” NKJV Psalm 63:8 My soul follows close behind You; KJV My soul follows hard after thee: NASB My soul clings to You THE SEPTUAGINT GREEK OLD TESTAMENT RENDERS THIS VERSE; “My soul has been glued to you” THE HEBREW WORD IS Dabaq. To cling to, to adhere to firmly as if with glue. It also is used in a loving and devoted way to mean “to be attached to someone or something by the heart strings.” A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL “CLEAVE” TO HIS WIFE (GEN 2:24) WHAT ARE THE BASICS OF STAYING CLOSE? THE LIFESTYLE OF PRAISE... Psalm 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all. Ps 42:8 The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life. MESS Psa 50:23 It’s the praising life that honors me. As soon as you set your foot on the way I’ll show you my salvation.” ISAIAH 61:3 The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting PRAISE CHANGES THE CLIMATE AROUND YOU. IT’S THE ATMOSPHERE ADJUSTER. TOO MANY CHRISTIANS ARE TRYING TO GET A HARVEST FROM A DRY CLIMATE Ps 68:1 Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered, IF YOUR LIFE IS DRY AND DEPLEATED YOU NEED TO LET GOD ARISE! Psa 107:21 Let them praise the lord for his great love and for all his wonderful deeds to them. 22 Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and sing joyfully about his glorious acts. THE LACK OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING IS A SPIRIT OF THE LAST DAYS. KJV Psa. 92:1 it is a good thing to give thanks unto the lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, o most high KJV Psa. 107:21 oh that men would praise the lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 22 and let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing. PRAISE EXPRESSES APPRECIATION, GRATTITUDE, HAPPINESS AND AFFECTION LUCIFER WAS ORIGINALLY IN CHARGE OF THE MUSIC OF HEAVEN. Ezk 28:13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The ruby, the topaz and the diamond; The beryl, the onyx and the jasper; The lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald; And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets, Was in you. On the day that you were created They were prepared. THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR MOUTH or LIPS – Psa. 109:30 With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to the lord; and in the midst of many I will praise him. Psa 63:3 Because your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will praise you. 4 So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in your name. 5 My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth offers praises with joyful lips. Psa 71:8 Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honor all the day. Psa. 47:1 O clap your hands, all peoples; shout to god with the voice of joy. Heb 13:15 by him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to god continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

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