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Are You In Good Hands?

April 15, 2018 • Jason Smith

Title: Are you in good hands? Bottom Line: Our relationship with God can be summed up by three things: TRUST, INTIMACY, SURRENDER. Luke 23:46- And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, “Father, into your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last. NKJV 1- Moment of TRUST Once trust is broken it takes time to reestablish, but the great news is-you can trust again! Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge(trust) Him, and He will direct your paths. NKJV The key is trusting so that we can understand, in order that we don’t rely on ourselves, but we fully depend on Him, and the outcome is the assurance of being in the will of God. Psalm 20:7 “Some trust in chariots and horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 9:10 “Those who know your name trust in you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” 2-Moment of INTIMACY “Father, into your hands, I commit My spirit.” Jesus proved to us that we can and are allowed to have an intimate relationship with the Father. There was a moment of INTIMACY because there was a lifetime of TRUST. Intimate- to be personal. A devotion to someone. He wasn’t rebelling, he was just obeying. 3-Moment of SURRENDER “He gave up His Spirit” Jesus had to give up His Spirit so He could be present with the Father. Not a sign of giving up, but a sign of leaning in. A life of surrender is the ultimate sign of trust and intimacy. The greatest control is when you’ve let it go and you’ve surrendered it to God. When life seems to be out of control, God’s hands are strong enough and big enough and gentle enough to give you that assuring touch that He is in control. Exodus 15:6 “Your right hand oh Lord is majestic power, your right hand oh Lord shatters the enemy.” Psalm 31:8 “and you have not given me over into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a large place. “ Genesis 14:20 “God has delivered your enemies into your hand.”

The Fight Is Fixed

April 8, 2018 • Albert Almore

“Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.”” John‬ ‭19:28‬ ‭NLT‬‬ “A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips.” John‬ ‭19:29‬ ‭NLT‬‬ “When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” ‭‭John‬ ‭19:30‬ ‭NLT‬‬ THE FIGHT IS FIXED * The Arrangement THEN GOD SAID... Genesis 1:26 When you’re re living a holy & righteous life it doesn’t matter what people SAY ABOUT YOU, the only thing that matters is what God SAID ABOUT YOU! STOP CHASING DOWN WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT YOU and START CHASING DOWN WHAT GOD’S WORD has already said about you! “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!” Psalm ‭139:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬ “I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!” Psalm 139:18‬ ‭NLT‬ “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness... Genesis 1:26 NKJV Let them have DOMINION OVER the fish of the sea, OVER the birds of the air, and OVER the cattle, OVER all the earth and OVER every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”” Genesis‬ ‭1:26‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ The arrangement from day one was for us to live our lives OVER THE ATTACK never UNDER IT. Frustrations are the breeding grounds for new opportunities. “But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, BUT YOU LACKED OPPORTUNITY.” Philippians‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ “As an eagle stirs up its nest, Hovers over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up, Carrying them on its wings,” Deuteronomy‬ ‭32:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; HE WILL CRUSH YOUR HEAD...”” Genesis‬ ‭3:15‬ ‭NIV‬‬ Satan came to interrupt the arrangement, Christ came to restore it. But when the right time finally came, God sent his own Son. He came as the son of a human mother... Galatians 4:4 Satan can’t REARRANGE what God has already ARRANGED to win! Christ made an arrangement to DIE ON EARTH so that we could LIVE WITH HIM IN HEAVEN. "It is finished.” John 19:30 Jesus paid in FULL the debt that our EMPTY sins accumulated. “THEN JESUS SHOUTED OUT AGAIN, and he released his spirit.” Matthew‬ ‭27:50‬ ‭NLT‬‬ We fight FROM victory not FOR victory!!! Death couldn’t take Jesus OUT, so Jesus had to let death IN. “AT THAT MOMENT the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart,” Matthew‬ ‭27:51‬ ‭NLT‬‬ * Access Has Been Granted “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” Matthew‬ ‭6:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬ “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew‬ ‭6:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬ * All Authority Has Been Released “When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!” Matthew‬ ‭28:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬ “Jesus came and told his disciples, “I HAVE BEEN GIVEN ALL AUTHORITY in heaven and on earth.” Matthew‬ ‭28:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬ “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Matthew‬ ‭28:19‬ ‭NLT‬‬ “Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”” Matthew‬ ‭28:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬ The reservations that you have about yourself, doesn’t change the reservations that God has made for you. Your INPUT doesn’t change God’s OUTPUT. “And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” Luke‬ ‭10:18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ “Behold, I GIVE YOU THE AUTHORITY to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke‬ ‭10:19‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ You can be in a storm but the storm doesn’t have to be in you. You’ve been assigned this storm to show the world that the waves and the wind still obey His NAME. Have you accepted this arrangement? What storm are you facing this morning? What’s your fight?

What Would You Do?

March 25, 2018 • Jason Smith

Title:  What would YOU do?  (Father forgive them for they know not what they do) Luke 23:32-34 "Two others—criminals—were also led away to be executed with Him. 33 Whenthey arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified Him there, along with the criminals, one on the right and one on the left. [34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgivethem, because they do not know what they are doing.”][a] And they divided His clothes and cast lots." HCSB *Instead of retaliation, Jesus offers intercession Point #1:  Forgiveness is the KEY to freedom Matthew 6:14-15 "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." Unforgiveness LOCKS us up. Colossians 3:13 "bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must forgive."NKJV **I'm tired of being oppressed, depressed and possessed with unforgiveness.  I forgive because I want my freedom! Point #2:  the MAN in the Middle Luke 23:33- "And they hung him BETWEEN two criminals." What's standing in BETWEEN you and your freedom? -your ex -your boss -your mother or father -church hurt, a pastor, a leader in the church -yourself or a decision you have made -selfishness -pride -anger -fear -disappointment -shame and guilt John 20:19-20-"On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” John 14:12- "Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." v.20- "Having said this, He showed them His hands and His side.  So the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord." **Unforgiveness is the criminal that can cripple us from walking upright in forgiveness. Mark 11:25- "And whenever you stand praying, FORGIVE, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses."   Jesus is the one God used as a direct access to himself He used him as a detour that leads us away from unforgiveness and into our freedom. Point #3:  Forgiveness is a BREATH of fresh air John 20:21-23 "Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” What would you do?

Don't Forget The Mission

March 18, 2018 • Jason Smith

Don't Forget the Mission “Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” John 19:28 NLT "I THIRST" “And “he MUST” NEEDs to go through Samaria.” John 4:4 KJV **When others go out of their way to AVOID YOU, Christ makes it His mission to CONNECT WITH YOU. *YOU ARE A MUST! *You're not a MISTAKE, you're a MUST Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. John 4:6 NIV “When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” John 4:7 NIV “(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)” John 4:8 NIV "Will you give me a drink?" Point #1:  CONVERSATION **Prayer is the GREATEST OF PRIVILEGES and the LEAST OF BURDENS. “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,” Psalm 8:3 NIV “what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” Psalm 8:4 NIV“ ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV “The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. )” John 4:9 NIV “Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” John 4:10 NIV ““Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?” John 4:11 NIV **Our God is never out of moves as long as you’re not out of faith! "I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 NKJV “Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water WILL BE THIRSTY AGAIN, John 4:13“The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” John 4:15 NIV “He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” John 4:16 NIV “You have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”” John 4:18 NIV ““Sir,” the woman said, “I CAN SEE that you are a prophet.” John 4:19 NIV POINT #2:  CONVICTION **Condemnation tells you that YOU’RE WORTHLESS. Conviction tells you YOU’RE WORTH SO MUCH MORE POINT #3:  CONVERSION “They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”” John 4:42 NIV “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I WAS THIRSTY AND YOU GAVE ME SOMETHING TO DRINK, I was a stranger and you invited me in,” Matthew 25:35 NIV “I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’” Matthew 25:36 NIV ““Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, OR THIRSTY AND GIVE YOU SOMETHING TO DRINK?” Matthew 25:37 NIV “When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?” Matthew 25:38 NIV “When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’” Matthew 25:39 NIV ““The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40 NIV DON'T FORGET THE MISSION- PEOPLE ARE THIRSTY!

What Up Fam?

March 11, 2018 • Jason Smith

Title:  WHAT UP FAM?? Family- Defined as a group of, usually of the same blood(but do not have to be), who genuinely, trust, care about and look out for each other.  Not to be mistaken with relatives sharing the same household who hate each other. REAL family is a family that cannot be broken by any means. (urban dictionary) LUKE 8:19-21  Then Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him, but they couldn't get to him because of the crowd.  Someone told Jesus, "your mother and your brothers are outside, and they want to see you."  Jesus replied, "My mother and my brothers are ALL those who hear God's word and obey it." TRUE FAMILY Point #1- Are in TUNE with your situation Matthew 10:38- "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered." NKJV Psalm 139:2-4- "For you know when I sit down or stand up.  You know my thoughts even when I'm far away.  v.3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.  You know everything I do.  v.4 You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord." NLT Jeremiah 1:5- "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." NIV A spiritual family: -they do life with us -they speak life into us -they hold us accountable Point #2- Are on TOP of your situation John 19:25-27- "Standing near the cross where Jesus' mother, and his mother's sister, Mary and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, "Dear woman, here is your son.  And he said to his disciple, here is your mother."  And from then on this disciple took her into his home."   Isaiah 41:10- "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." NIV True family expects nothing in return, want hold it over your head, and does things without wanting recognition. Point #3:  Are on TARGET with His plan Luke 8:21- Jesus replied, "My mother and my brothers are all those who hear God's word and obey it."  NIV "If you love me, obey what my Word says." Acts 13:36- "For David served his own generation, by the WILL of God." 2 Peter 3:9- "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." Proverbs 11:30- "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise." John 14:15- "If you love me, keep my commandments." True family is NOT about- -our skin tone -our dialect -our culture -our traditions BUT it's our TARGET! Matthew 12:48-50 "Jesus asked, who is my mother?  Who are my brothers?  Then he pointed to his disciples and said, Good, these are my mother and my brothers.  Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brothers and sister and mother." Luke 2:49- "I MUST be about my Father's business." Matthew 7:21-"Not everyone who calls out to me, Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven.  ONLY those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter." John 1:11-12- "He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. v.12-But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God."

My God My God Why Have You Forsaken Me?

March 4, 2018 • Jason Smith

Title:  My God My God why have you forsaken me? Matthew 27: 45-46  "From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.  About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice; Eloi Eloi lama sabachthani?  which means; My God My God, why have you forsaken me? Point #1:  Jesus wasn't making a declaration of ABANDONMENT, but a declaration of ACKNOWLEDGMENT Matthew 26:53- "Do you think I cannot call on My Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?  "I am here and I'm not going anywhere." Hebrews 13:8- "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Psalm 22-1- "My God my God, why have you forsaken me?" Point #2:  Jesus was making a declaration of your EMANCIPATION 2 Corinthians 3:17 "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is FREEDOM." The cross is a portrait of freedom.  The cross emancipated us into right standing with the Father. Matthew 28:20- "Behold, For I am with you to the end of the age." Joshua 1:9- "Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."NIV Harriet Tubman:  "I would have freed more slaves, but they didn't know they were slaves." Point #3:  Jesus was making a declaration of your RECONCILIATION Psalm 13:5-6  "But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.  I will sing the Lord's praise, for he has been good to me." Romans 5:10- "For while we were enemies we were reconciled to God... The cross that was to bring a dead end, was a means to bridge the gap between us and our creator. John 14:18- "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." NIV