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Time With God

Matthew 6:5-6 (MSG)

January 12, 2020 • Pastor Jason Isaacs

Secret Success | Part 2 - Time With God Big Idea: If you create a place to meet God, God will meet you there. Matthew 6:5-6 (MSG) “And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat? Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace." Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 4 Instructions For Prayer 1. Be Quiet 2. Be Alone 3. Be Simple 4. Be Honest How To Hear From God 1. Read God’s Word 2. Learn God’s Truth 3. Listen for God’s Voice George Mueller's Questions To Help You Begin Praying 1. Is there any example for me to follow? 2. Is there a command for me to obey? 3. Is there any error for me to avoid? 4. Is there any sin for me to forsake? 5. Is there any promise for me to claim? 6. Is there any new thought about God? What is your routine to meet with God this year?

Fasting

Matthew 6:16-18 (NLT) • January 19, 2020 • Pastor Jason Isaacs

Secret Success | Part 3 - Fasting Matthew 6:16-18 (NLT) Big Idea: Fasting is the choice to be hungry so you can feel more hungry for God. Matthew 6:16-18 “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. Luke 14:15-18 Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, “What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God!” Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’ But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’ 19Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ 3 Reasons We Shouldn’t Fast 1. To punish yourself 2. To manipulate God 3. To feel superior 3 Reasons We Should Fast 1. To test our hunger for God 2. To learn how to depend on God 3. To experience more of God

Right Things. Wrong Reasons.

Matthew 6:1-4 (NLT) • January 5, 2020 • Pastor Jason Isaacs

Secret Success Part 1 - Right Things. Wrong Reasons Big Idea: The most rewarding things that we will ever do will be things that very few people see. Matthew 6:1-4 (NLT) “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. Romans 3:21-22 But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. Jeremiah 17:9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? 3 Warnings Jesus Gives: 1. Watch Out! 2. Don't be a hypocrite. 3. People's approval will never be as rewarding as you think. How rewarding does your relationship with God feel?