POINT #1 Protect what you allow inside in your heart and mind
APPLICATION #1 Renew the consecration of your eyes - your ears, and how your managing your thinking: work it OUT!
POINT #2 The most important ability in the work of the Lord is availability
APPLICATION #2 Look for opportunities in your sphere of influence
ATTACK #1 They attempt to demoralize Nehemiah by devaluing his efforts (Neh. 4:1-3)
ATTACK #2 They threatened the people with bodily harm to create confusion (Neh 6:8-11)
POINT #3 Renew your allegiance to the authority of THE KING (Jesus!)
APPLICATION #3 THE KING is in the REVIVAL business - He has given us victory over the enemies of death and sin - so do Revival things!
POINT#1 Nehemiah was deeply moved with the heart of God for his generation
APPLICATION #1 We are NEHEMIAH’s in our generation: we need to understand “the wound of humanity” at its source
POINT #2 Nehemiah was “Prayed-Up”- Prepared & Willing
APPLICATION #2 God Blesses the making of plans (it’s the difference between living reactive Vs. proactive!)
“Once I identify the Priorities that are to define my life: it clarifies my Calendar (usage of time/ “redeem the time”)- and therefore fuels my Calling- builds my Confidence- expands my Connections- improves my Competence- strengthens my Character and increases my Commitment!”
POINT #3 Expect opposition!
APPLICATION #3 Beware of diversions/ distractions from fighting the “Good FIght of Faith!”
POINT #4 It takes a TEAM to make the DREAM
APPLICATION #4 Every “Stone” makes a difference: every prayer, every dollar, every demonstration of love, every invite, every availability saying “here I am send me”
POINT #5 HOLD ONTO THE PROMISES OF GOD!
APPLICATION #5 What promise of God are you holding onto today?
POINT #1 Let us RISE in PRAYER!
APPLICATION #1 God purposed PRAYER to be a first priority not last RESORT
POINT #2 Prayer coupled with FASTING - turns down the background noise in life - while turning up the VOLUME of GOD’S voice!
APPLICATION #2 “Do you need a BREAK-THRU?” “Are you carrying a burden for the SALVATION of a loved one?”
POINT #3 Prayer is a PREP for new BEGINNINGS...
APPLICATION #3 In this month of September- let us be “the REMNANT” - and LET US RISE IN PRAYER & pray the PROMISES of God! (Isaiah 40:31; Matthew 9:35-38; Luke 11:13)
POINT #1 The Lord Wants To Touch Our Lives Over and Over
APPLICATION #1 Cut out the default “it’s all’s good ... no big deal ... no problem ... no worries” and in THIS moment in your heart pray, “Lord, I need your touch today!” (Eph. 5:18; James 4:10)
POINT #2 There is the TOUCH of Revelation (& Illumination!)
APPLICATION #2 Ask the Father for more illumination of the greatness of Jesus!
POINT #3 There is the TOUCH of further clarity in God’s plan
APPLICATION#3 Where is the Lord having you to suffer that others might be blessed?
APPLICATION #31/2 Being radically committed to the allegiance of Jesus is the difference the world needs: Live for an audience of ONE!
POINT #4 There is the TOUCH of Security in God’s plan
APPLICATION #4 Stake your TRUST on the the FAITHFULNESS of the Lord!!
Five Perspectives on How Context Impacts Our Understanding of Communion
#1 The Jesus & Nisan 14 Passover Connection
#2 Jesus linked God's plan from eternity past through eternity future thru Israel.
#3 Jesus inaugurated the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31-37 at the Cross that was given to Israel thru which the world is invited into.
#4 Communion in Context helps course-correct Constantine's corruption!
#5 The Context of Communion helps equip the church in the work of evangelism to Jewish friends that following Jesus the Messiah is not a "new religion," but the fulfillment of God's plan.
POINT #1 The Spirit inspires pro-activeness to live our God-given potential found in God’s purposes!
APPLICATION #1 BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT: “God has not given us the Spirit of fear (paralysis) but power, love and a sound mind!” (Eph. 5:18; 2 Tim. 1:7)
POINT #2 It is the Spirit who stirs up the people of God to action!
APPLICATION #2 Question: “What is the Holy Spirit stirring up in your life?”
POINT #3 Do not despise the days of “small things!”
APPLICATION #3 Our small step of faith and obedience is used in a BIG way by the Spirit: so take the step when the Spirit stirs you up!
POINT #1 “...all Israel will be saved...” (Romans 11:26-27)
POINT #2 Non-Jewish followers of Jesus (Gentiles) are engrafted into a divine plan that was revealed to ISRAEL and promised to ISRAEL -- a plan that is unfolding through the Messiah of ISRAEL (who is the King of ISRAEL and the world) -- who will one day rule from the city of Jerusalem in ISRAEL - at which time the entire world will be impacted from ISRAEL all the way into eternity (Vs. 16-18)
POINT #3 Blindness in part has happened to the nation of Israel, but there will be a future extraordinary restoration of the nation of Israel (“life from the dead”) to live out it’s full potential! (Vs. 12-15; 28-36)
POINT #4 The church is not to forget their “roots” but is to live in a way that provokes the Jewish people to jealously in the worship of the Lord God of Israel- the Messiah of Israel! (Vs. 11)
(1.) Demonstrate unconditional love and share the Gospel with both Jew and Gentile (Romans 1:16-17)
(2.) Remember the message is not calling Jews to convert but to be complete in the Messiah, Jesus (Jeshua!) Mt 5:17-18; Jeremiah 31:31; Romans 10:1-4
(3.) Believe the whole Bible (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
(4.) Support Zionism- the belief that Jews have a right to a national life in the land of Israel!(1 Chron. 16:17-18; Ez. 26:24; Romans 9:1-5; Joel 3)
(5.) Fight anti-semitism: A Christian stands against the ignorance and madness of racism and anti-Semitism. (Zechariah 2:8; Duet. 7:7-9a)
(6.) Celebrate “Communion” in its context (a Passover Seder) which will not only bless believers but equip the church to better communicate to Jewish friends that the Gospel is the unfolding plan of God (Luke 22:19; 1 Cor. 11:24)
(7) Support THE REMNANT -Jewish believers- in Jerusalem! (Romans 15:22-29)
POINT #5 There has always been a small number (remnant) of descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who have worshipped the Lord God of Israel- just as there are still a small remnant of Israel who are the Jewish followers of Jesus today! (Romans 11:1-5)
POINT #1 Like sheep - we are “lost” - we don’t find God - God finds us and rescues us!
APPLICATION #1 Today, we MUST see the world thru the lens of the heart of our heavenly Father who sent His Son to find and rescue the lost!
POINT #2 The world is made up of “big brothers” and “little brothers” both of which are “lost” living an illusion.
APPLICATION #2 What we are all really longing for is relationship and intimacy with the Heavenly Father.
POINT #1 From eternity past, a divine “Peace Plan” was in place for eternity future!
POINT #2 Christians are called to model THE PEACE PLAN today (“the new man”) as a preview of what is to come at the 2nd Coming of Jesus.
APPLICATION #1 Let it sink in: As a Christian, you have the same spiritual DNA and the same Heavenly Father as every Christian past, present and future.
APPLICATION #2 Listen and learn and love your brothers and sisters.
APPLICATION #3 In the essentials, unity. In the non-essentials, liberty. In all things, love!
POINT #1 What we often call ISOLATION is God’s incubation (which means life is developing and growing sometimes without any outer perceptible signs)
APPLICATION #1 Believe More (Romans 8:31-39)
APPLICATION #2 Move Forward In the New Covenant
POINT #1 Every Follower Of Jesus is in the Plan of God and on a Divine Mission
APPLICATION #1 A follower of Jesus on divine mission “picks up sticks” to the benefit others and the cause of Christ!
POINT #2 A Follower Of Jesus Will Experience Opposition!
APPLICATION #2 What Is The Lord Calling You To Shake Off? Is it...
Discouragement—I’m ready to give up. (“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 “This I call to my mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21–23
Resentment—I can’t forgive. (“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13)
Fear—I’m filled with insecurity. (“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7)
Isolation—I am all alone. (“I [the Lord] will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5)
Guilt—I am filled with shame. (“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1)
Failure—I can’t picture future success. (“In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37)
Stress—I am overwhelmed by life’s pressures. (“In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37)
Stress—I am overwhelmed by life’s pressures. (“In this world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33)
Weary—I am weak and exhausted. (“The Lord is the strength of my life.” Psalm 27:1)
Opposition—I am under attack from the enemy. (“The one who is in you is greater than the one that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4)
Confusion—I lack wisdom and don’t know what to do. (“God generously gives wisdom to those who ask Him for it.” James 1:5)
POINT #1 The Lord’s love is an in-depth rescue thru multiple layers in our life that is purposed to lead to greater intimacy with Him.
APPLICATION #1 Pursue the answer to the question, “Why am I angry?”
POINT #2 The more we try to control the circumstances outside of our lives yourself, the more out of control we become.
APPLICATION #2 Focus on what you can control!
POINT #3 The Lord loves people which means He chooses to attach Himself to them!
APPLICATION #3 Like Jesus on the cross: start with PRAYER for those who need the Lord!
POINT #1 The Lord PURSUES us because He loves us (He initiates “the 2nd chance”) - wants us to experience our full POTENTIAL (which not only benefits us but others as well) - which is found His PURPOSES for our life!
APPLICATION #1 Identify a specific regret.. failure .. sin .. discouraging or demoralizing season in your past ... and practice “forgetting” and looking forward to new growth and possibilities in the Lord (i.e. Like a New Yorker “Forget about it!”) Phil. 3:13-14
POINT #2 Our small steps of obedience - God blesses in a BIG way!
APPLICATION #2 Make this your prayer, “Lord I am willing to take that right step and I pray that my willingness to do so would be strengthened with greater resolve by your Spirit!”
APPLICATION #3 Pick up the cross and follow Jesus (Matt. 16:24-26)
#1 To carry a cross in the first century meant that you were an outcast- a scourge of society- and object of derision- the ultimate minority!
#2 Today, to carry the cross means to be willing to be the minority in living a bold and godly life (because our difference is the needed hope for man)!
#3 To carry the cross means that our aim is not primarily to be liked, or not to offend, but to live for an audience of One, the Lord Jesus!
#4 To carry the cross in our culture means to we willing to be called a “hater” because it’s coming from a culture of relativism, hedonism, atheism, sensualism, etc (Yes! I “Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.” Romans 12:9)
#5 To carry the cross means like Paul that we are willing to warn, “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” Acts 17:30-31