O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born.
A NEW AND GLORIOUS MORNING
I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. 21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 22 Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." 25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; 26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:20-26
A NEW DAY WITH CHRIST BRINGS
1) EXACTLY WHAT YOU _______________.
I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." Lamentations 3:24
2) THE _______________ TO KEEP GOING.
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him… Lamentations 3:25
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
3) THE _______________YOU’RE _______________.
…it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:26
…The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here… Romans 13:11-12
1. Jesus calls the _______________ and _______________.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
2. Jesus calls the _______________.
On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 …For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:12-13
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
WHAT DOES JESUS HELP US BECOME?
1. JESUS HELPS US BECOME MORE _______________.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith… Hebrews 12:2
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17 ESV
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 3 For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior… Isaiah 43:2-3
2. JESUS HELPS US BECOME MORE _______________.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22
Happiness depends on _____________, but joy depends on ___________!
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you… Luke 2:10-11 NIV
3. JESUS HELPS US BECOME MORE _______________.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever… Isaiah 9:6-7 NIV
For we don't live for ourselves or die for ourselves. 8 If we live, it's to honor the Lord. And if we die, it's to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Romans 14:7-8 NLT
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23 Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'” Matthew 7:21-23
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel"—which means, "God with us." Matthew 1:21-23
EMMANUEL—GOD WITH US
1) GOD ____________ WITH YOU.
The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Luke 1:28
2) GOD ____________ WITH YOU.
But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. Genesis 39:21 NKJV
3) GOD ____________ BE WITH YOU.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35, 37-39
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished."… John 19:30
…and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Matthew 13:39
For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end… Hebrews 3:14 NKJV
…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
• Always believe the ____________ for the future.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV
Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all who were carried away captive, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 Build houses and dwell in them; plant gardens and eat their fruit. 6 Take wives and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, so that they may bear sons and daughters—that you may be increased there, and not diminished. Jeremiah 29:4-6 NKJV
• ____________ to the future.
My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Psalm 45:1 NKJV
• ____________ to the future.
Questions for Personal Reflection
• What’s an “ending” in your life that you need to keep walking toward?
• What do you need to say to your future? How have you seen the power of faith-filled words stir up joy in someone’s life?
• What do you need to let go of from your past? How has this kept you from living in the joy that God intends for you?
1. JESUS PROVIDES THE ____________ LEADERSHIP MODEL.
2. LEADERSHIP OCCURS ANY TIME YOU ATTEMPT TO INFLUENCE THE ____________, ____________ OR ____________ OF SOMEBODY ELSE.
3. EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP STARTS ON THE INSIDE, WITH YOUR ____________.
Mk 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
4. ____________ ____________ IS THE ONLY MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP APPROACH THAT ____________ VALIDATED FOR HIS FOLLOWERS.
Prov 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish. (KJV)
Jn 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
"Faith gets you to heaven, but it's your works that bring heaven to earth." - Tony Evans
Jn 13:35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
FIVE HABITS OF JESUS
A – _______________
C – _______________
T – _______________
S – _______________
4. ____________ ____________
5. TRUST THE ____________ ____________ OF THE FATHER.
Lk 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
BURN THE PLOWS
1Ki 19:19 So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. 1Ki 19:20 Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother good-by,” he said, “and then I will come with you.” “Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?” 1Ki 19:21 So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant.
Jn 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
1) An Invitation To A Higher _______________.
1Ki 19:19 So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him.
2) An Invitation To A Deeper _______________.
1Ki 19:20 Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother good-by,” he said, “and then I will come with you.” “Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?”
3) An Invitation to a Greater _______________.
1Ki 19:21 So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant.
2Ki 3:9 So the king of Israel set out with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. After a roundabout march of seven days, the army had no more water for themselves or for the animals with them. 2Ki 3:10 “What!” exclaimed the king of Israel. “Has the LORD called us three kings together only to hand us over to Moab?” 2Ki 3:11 But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of the LORD through him?” An officer of the king of Israel answered, “Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah.” 2Ki 3:12 Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the LORD is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
1. A GREAT NEED CAN BE A ____________ IF IT LEADS YOU TO A DEEPER ____________ ON GOD.
2Ki 3:13 Elisha said to the king of Israel, “What do we have to do with each other? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother.”
“No,” the king of Israel answered, “because it was the LORD who called us three kings together to hand us over to Moab.” 2Ki 3:14 Elisha said, “As surely as the LORD Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not look at you or even notice you. 2Ki 3:15 But now bring me a harpist.” While the harpist was playing, the hand of the LORD came upon Elisha 2Ki 3:16 and he said, “This is what the LORD says: Make this valley full of ditches.
2. GOD IS NOT A _______________. GOD IS YOUR ONLY _______________.
- Transformation happens through _______________ in the _______________ of God.
3. YOU HAVE TO _______________ SOME _______________.
2Ki 3:17 For this is what the LORD says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. 2Ki 3:18 This is an easy thing in the eyes of the LORD? He will also hand Moab over to you. 2Ki 3:19 You will overthrow every fortified city and every major town. You will cut down every good tree, stop up all the springs, and ruin every good field with stones.” 2Ki 3:20 The next morning, about the time for offering the sacrifice, there it was—water flowing from the direction of Edom! And the land was filled with water.
1) GREATER THINGS ARE _________ IN THE MIND AND HEART OF GOD FOR ____.
2Ki 4:8 One day Elisha went to Shunem. And a well-to-do woman was there, who urged him to stay for a meal. So whenever he came by, he stopped there to eat. 2Ki 4:9 She said to her husband, “I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God. 2Ki 4:10 Let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us.” 2Ki 4:11 One day when Elisha came, he went up to his room and lay down there. 2Ki 4:12 He said to his servant Gehazi, “Call the Shunammite.” So he called her, and she stood before him. 2Ki 4:13 Elisha said to him, “Tell her, ‘You have gone to all this trouble for us. Now what can be done for you? Can we speak on your behalf to the king or the commander of the army?’ ” She replied, “I have a home among my own people.”
2) GOD _______________ OUR OBJECTIONS IN FAVOR OF HIS GREATER PURPOSE.
2Ki 4:14 “What can be done for her?” Elisha asked. Gehazi said, “Well, she has no son and her husband is old.” 2Ki 4:15 Then Elisha said, “Call her.” So he called her, and she stood in the doorway. 2Ki 4:16 “About this time next year,” Elisha said, “you will hold a son in your arms.” “No, my lord,” she objected. “Don’t mislead your servant, O man of God!” 2Ki 4:17 But the woman became pregnant, and the next year about that same time she gave birth to a son, just as Elisha had told her.
3) THE ROAD TO GREATER THINGS IS RARELY ______, BUT GOD IS ____________.
2Ki 4:18 The child grew, and one day he went out to his father, who was with the reapers. 2Ki 4:19 “My head! My head!” he said to his father. His father told a servant, “Carry him to his mother.” 2Ki 4:20 After the servant had lifted him up and carried him to his mother, the boy sat on her lap until noon, and then he died.
4) YOU CAN EITHER PLAN THE ______________ OR EXPECT A ______________.
2Ki 4:21 She went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, then shut the door and went out. 2Ki 4:22 She called her husband and said, “Please send me one of the servants and a donkey so I can go to the man of God quickly and return.” 2Ki 4:23 “Why go to him today?” he asked. “It’s not the New Moon or the Sabbath.” “It’s all right,” she said. 2Ki 4:24 She saddled the donkey and said to her servant, “Lead on; don’t slow down for me unless I tell you.” 2Ki 4:25 So she set out and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel. When he saw her in the distance, the man of God said to his servant Gehazi, “Look! There’s the Shunammite! 2Ki 4:26 Run to meet her and ask her, ‘Are you all right? Is your husband all right? Is your child all right?’ ” “Everything is all right,” she said. 2Ki 4:27 When she reached the man of God at the mountain, she took hold of his feet. Gehazi came over to push her away, but the man of God said, “Leave her alone! She is in bitter distress, but the LORD has hidden it from me and has not told me why.” 2Ki 4:28 “Did I ask you for a son, my lord?” she said. “Didn’t I tell you, ‘Don’t raise my hopes’
5) GOD IS THE FINAL ____________.
2Ki 4:29 Elisha said to Gehazi, “Tuck your cloak into your belt, take my staff in your hand and run. If you meet anyone, do not greet him, and if anyone greets you, do not answer. Lay my staff on the boy’s face.” 2Ki 4:30 But the child’s mother said, “As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her. 2Ki 4:31 Gehazi went on ahead and laid the staff on the boy’s face, but there was no sound or response. So Gehazi went back to meet Elisha and told him, “The boy has not awakened.” 2Ki 4:32 When Elisha reached the house, there was the boy lying dead on his couch. 2Ki 4:33 He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the LORD. 2Ki 4:34 Then he got on the bed and lay upon the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out upon him, the boy’s body grew warm. 2Ki 4:35 Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the room and then got on the bed and stretched out upon him once more. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes. 2Ki 4:36 Elisha summoned Gehazi and said, “Call the Shunammite.” And he did. When she came, he said, “Take your son.” 2Ki 4:37 She came in, fell at his feet and bowed to the ground. Then she took her son and went out.
Jas 4:6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: â€œGod opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.â€
â€¢ NAAMANâ€™S A __________________.
2Ki 5:1a Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the LORD had given victory to Aramâ€¦
â€¢ NAAMANâ€™S GOT _______________.
2Ki 5:1b He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.
2Ki 5:9 So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elishaâ€™s house. 2Ki 5:10 Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, â€œGo, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.â€ 2Ki 5:11 But Naaman went away angry and said, â€œI thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 2Ki 5:12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than any of the waters of Israel? Couldnâ€™t I wash in them and be cleansed?â€ So he turned and went off in a rage.
â€¢ NAAMANâ€™S WILLING TO MISS OUT ON A ____________.
2Ki 5:13 Naamanâ€™s servants went to him and said, â€œMy father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, â€˜Wash and be cleansedâ€™!â€
â€¢ NAAMANâ€™S A LOT LIKE _______________.
2Ki 5:14 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy. 2Ki 5:15 Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God . He stood before him and said, â€œNow I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel.
â€¢ JESUS UNDERSTOOD WHAT IT MEANS TO BE ______________.
WHERE DID YOU LOSE YOUR MOMENTUM?
- Our momentum slips away in the ___________________.
- Greater isn’t ________________ or _________________.
GOD’S RECOVERY PLAN
2Ki 6:1 The company of the prophets said to Elisha, “Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. 2Ki 6:2 Let us go to the Jordan, where each of us can get a pole; and let us build a place there for us to live.” And he said, “Go.” 2Ki 6:3 Then one of them said, “Won’t you please come with your servants?” “I will,” Elisha replied. 2Ki 6:4 And he went with them. They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. 2Ki 6:5 As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water. “Oh, my lord,” he cried out, “it was borrowed!” 2Ki 6:6 The man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. 2Ki 6:7 “Lift it out,” he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it.
1) Realize that you can’t get your ____________ back on you own.
2) Cry out to ___________________.
IF YOU CRY OUT TO GOD, ASKING HIM TO RESTORE YOUR MOMENTUM…HE WILL ANSWER YOU EVERY SINGLE TIME!
3) By God’s grace, go _______________and identify where you got ________ _____________.
PRAYER: GOD, HELP ME TO SEE THAT NO MATTER HOW MUCH I STRUGGLE DAY TO DAY, THAT I’M NEVER FARTHER THAN A PRAYER AWAY. GOD, HELP ME BE GET BACK TO THE PLACE WHERE I BELONG IN YOU!
Pr 24:16 For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.
Lk 23:32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. Lk 23:33 When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Lk 23:34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
LET’S GET PERSONAL
- We sin not because of a lack of _______________, but because of a lack of _______________ in our hearts.
How is this true in your life? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
“FATHER, FORGIVE THEM EVEN THOUGH THEY KNOW
EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE DOING!”
Mt 18:21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Mt 18:22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
Eph 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Eph 5:1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children Eph 5:2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
- If you don’t give ____________, I don’t believe you really have ____________.
Do you truly know the extent to which you have been forgiven, and the price that was paid for your forgiveness? _________________________________
Are you offering forgiveness the same way that you have received forgiveness? ___________________________________________________
Pray: God, I praise You for delivering me from my past and making me a new creation in Jesus Christ. I pray that You will help me open my eyes to the full extent of Your forgiveness. Give me the vision to follow You as my guide as You continue making me new every day. Amen.
1) On one side, a criminal ____________ ____________ at Jesus, ____________ ____________ for not saving himself.
Lk 23:39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: â€œArenâ€™t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!â€
Mk 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.â€
2) One the other side hung a criminal who ____________ the fact that he ___________ _____ ____ ___________â€”but Jesus didnâ€™t.
Lk 23:40 But the other criminal rebuked him. â€œDonâ€™t you fear God,â€ he said, â€œsince you are under the same sentence? Lk 23:41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.
Salvation is to be delivered from the ______________, where we deserve to be ____________.
â€ Lk 23:42 Then he said, â€œJesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.â€™â€ Lk 23:43 Jesus answered him, â€œI tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.â€
La 3:21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: La 3:22 Because of the LORD'S great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. La 3:23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
A NEW 24
Col 2:6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, Col 2:7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Col 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. Col 2:9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, Col 2:10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.
HOW MUCH WOULD YOUR LIFE CHANGE IF YOU HEARD HIS VOICE?
- God is _______________ at us!
- He wants us to come in and share a ____________ with Him.
THE SAVIOR TOOK TIME TO AVERT HIS EYES
- He takes time on the cross to make ____________ for relationship.
- We know we will never __________ __________ on this journey.
Jn 19:26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,”
Jn 19:27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
TRUE RELATIONSHIPS ARE NOT BUILT ON RULES TO FOLLOW
- _______________ can only take you so far in your walk with Christ.
Mt 27:51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.
- You can never fully experience Him if He is relegated to the _______________ in your life.
- Open your eyes to His _______________, and embrace the _______________ He eagerly desires with you!
GOD HAS NOT ONLY SAVED ME, HE HAS FAVORED ME
- Jesus didn’t die for us simply because He had to, He ____________ to!
Jn 15:15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. Jn 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Jn 15:17 This is my command: Love each other.
THE GREATEST MOMENT OF ______________ THAT ANYONE COULD EVER EXPERIENCE
Mt 27:46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
THE ONLY WAY TO GET THE _______________ OF GOD TO FLOW FROM A LIFE IS TO _______________ IT.
Lk 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
HE’S BEEN WITH US __________ __________.
Jer 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
2Co 4:8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 2Co 4:9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2Co 4:10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 2Co 4:11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. 2Co 4:12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you… 2Co 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 2Co 4:17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 2Co 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
JESUS WAS _______________ SO THAT YOU WOULD NOT HAVE TO BE!
Jn 14:15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command. Jn 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— Jn 14:17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. Jn 14:18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Jn 14:19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. Jn 14:20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Jn 14:21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”
Prayer: Jesus, I thank You for being forsaken so that I wouldn’t have to. I pray that You will help me to recognize Your presence in everything I face today. Let me accept my troubles as temporary and look ahead toward the eternal reward that outweighs and overshadows everything else. Amen!
Jn 19:28 Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” Jn 19:29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.
• THERE IS A SPIRITUAL _______________ ALL AROUND US.
Lk 19:41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it Lk 19:42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.
• EVERYWHERE JESUS _______________, HE _______________ ON PURPOSE.
Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Ps 69:21 They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst.
Ps 49:15 But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself.
• WE THRIST AND ARE _______________ BECAUSE WE DRINK FROM THE WRONG WELL.
Jn 4:10 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.”Jn 4:11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?
• IN HIS _______________, JESUS RELEASED THE GREATEST ANOINTING OF HIS LIFE.
Heb 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Heb 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
THE GREATEST ___________ IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND
Jn 19:30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
THE SALVATION OF GOD CAN ONLY BEGIN WHEN OUR HUMAN _______________ ENDS
Mt 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Mt 16:25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. Mt 16:26 What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?
CHRISTIANITY IS NOT SPELLED “D-O” or “D-O-N-‘-T”…IT IS SPELLED “___-___-___-___”
TETELESTAI (te-tel-les’-ty): to end, _______________, finish, discharge a debt.
• A Servant returning to his master, “I have ________.”
• A Merchant declaring, “The debt is _________ in full.”
• A Priest examining a lamb for sacrifice, “It is ______.”
Col 2:13 When you were dead in your sins…God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, Col 2:14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. Col 2:15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
THE CRUCIBLE REVEALS EVERYTHING
Pr 17:3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.
THE CRUCIBLE IS THE PLACE WHERE SUBSTANCES ARE REFINED, _______________, AND _______________.
Jas 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, Jas 1:3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Jas 1:4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
JOURNEY FROM SHEPHERD ______TO ISRAEL’S GREATEST ______
1Sa 16:12 So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one.”
Ac 13:22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ Ac 13:23 “From this man’s descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised.
THE CRUCIBLE REVEALS _______________.
- The question isn’t ____________ we are going to experience the crucible, rather how we are going to ____________in the midst of it!
- We often ask, “____________?” God says, “There is no other way I can ____________ in your life what I know you __________ and what you ultimately ___________ without this crucible.”
2Co 4:8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 2Co 4:9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2Co 4:10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 2Co 4:11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. 2Co 4:12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
WHAT’S THE PURPOSE OF THE CRUCIBLE? _________________!
IMAGE vs. CHARACTER
LED BY AN _______________
1Sa 8:6 But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. 1Sa 8:7 And the LORD told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. 1Sa 8:8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. 1Sa 8:9 Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do.”
1Sa 9:2 …Saul, an impressive young man without equal among the Israelites—a head taller than any of the others.
GOD’S SURPRISING _______________
1Sa 13:14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD'S command.”
1Sa 16:6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD'S anointed stands here before the LORD.” 1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
THE _______________OF THE MATTER
1Co 1:26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 1Co 1:27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 1Co 1:28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 1Co 1:29 so that no one may boast before him.
Ps 78:70 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; Ps 78:71 from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. Ps 78:72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
FEAR vs. FAITH
The Real _______________
- Everyone has a _______________.
- Will you face your Goliath with the heart of _______________, or the heart of _______________?
One Day At The _______________
1Sa 17:8 Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. 1Sa 17:9 If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” 1Sa 17:10 Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” 1Sa 17:11 On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.
Whom shall I _______________?
Ps 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? Ps 27:2 When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Ps 27:3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.
Dressed for _______________
1Sa 17:38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 1Sa 17:39 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. 1Sa 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.
The _______________ Belongs to the Lord
1Sa 17:42 He looked David over and saw that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome, and he despised him. 1Sa 17:43 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 1Sa 17:44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” 1Sa 17:45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 1Sa 17:46 This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 1Sa 17:47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
Theme: When trying to discern Godâ€™s ______________, we often value and open door more than we value ______________!
A Divine ________________?
1Sa 13:14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD'S command.â€
Davidâ€™s Golden _______________.
1Sa 24:3 He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. 1Sa 24:4 The men said, â€œThis is the day the LORD spoke of when he said to you, â€˜I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.â€™ â€ Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saulâ€™s robe. 1Sa 24:5 Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. 1Sa 24:6 He said to his men, â€œThe LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD'S anointed, or lift my hand against him; for he is the anointed of the LORD.â€ 1Sa 24:7 With these words David rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.
Living By the Appearance of _____________ vs. Living in ____________.
1Sa 24:8 Then David went out of the cave and called out to Saul, â€œMy lord the king!â€ When Saul looked behind him, David bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground. 1Sa 24:9 He said to Saul, â€œWhy do you listen when men say, â€˜David is bent on harming youâ€™? 1Sa 24:10 This day you have seen with your own eyes how the LORD delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, â€˜I will not lift my hand against my master, because he is the LORD'S anointed.â€™ 1Sa 24:11 See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. Now understand and recognize that I am not guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life. 1Sa 24:12 May the LORD judge between you and me. And may the LORD avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you. 1Sa 24:13 As the old saying goes, â€˜From evildoers come evil deeds,â€™ so my hand will not touch you. 1Sa 24:14 â€œAgainst whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog? A flea? 1Sa 24:15 May the LORD be our judge and decide between us. May he consider my cause and uphold it; may he vindicate me by delivering me from your hand.â€
Discerning, Waiting, an ______________.
Ps 15: [God] honors those who fear the LORD, who keeps his oath even when it hurts.
DESPAIR vs. RESOLVE
The Despair of Sudden _______________
1Sa 30:4 So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. 1Sa 30:5 David’s two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 1Sa 30:6 David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God.
The Despair of Causing _______________
1Sa 22:22 Then David said to Abiathar: “That day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, I knew he would be sure to tell Saul. I am responsible for the death of your father’s whole family. 1Sa 22:23 Stay with me; don’t be afraid; the man who is seeking your life is seeking mine also. You will be safe with me.”
The Despair of Being _______________ at God
2Sa 6:8 Then David was angry because the LORD'S wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah. 2Sa 6:9 David was afraid of the LORD that day and said, “How can the ark of the LORD ever come to me?” 2Sa 6:10 He was not willing to take the ark of the LORD to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it aside to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.
The Despair of Overwhelming _______________
2Sa 19:1 Joab was told, “The king is weeping and mourning for Absalom.” 2Sa 19:2 And for the whole army the victory that day was turned into mourning, because on that day the troops heard it said, “The king is grieving for his son.” 2Sa 19:3 The men stole into the city that day as men steal in who are ashamed when they flee from battle. 2Sa 19:4 The king covered his face and cried aloud, “O my son Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son!”
The story of David and Bathsheba says a lot about ___________ ____________, but its lessons are much broader than that. At its core, it’s really a story about ______________ vs. ______________. And that’s a battlefield for all of us!!
Phase One: Spend Some Time With The ___________.
2Sa 11:8 Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him. 2Sa 11:9 But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master’s servants and did not go down to his house. 2Sa 11:10 When David was told, “Uriah did not go home,” he asked him, “Haven’t you just come from a distance? Why didn’t you go home?” 2Sa 11:11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my master Joab and my lord’s men are camped in the open fields. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and lie with my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!”
Phase Two: Eat, Drink, and __________ Some More.
2Sa 11:12 Then David said to him, “Stay here one more day, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. 2Sa 11:13 At David’s invitation, he ate and drank with him, and David made him drunk. But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his mat among his master’s servants; he did not go home.
Phase Three: If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try ____________.
2Sa 11:14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. 2Sa 11:15 In it he wrote, “Put Uriah in the front line where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.” 2Sa 11:16 So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were. 2Sa 11:17 When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David’s army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died.
A PATTERN AND A _______________
1Co 10:11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. 1Co 10:12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 1Co 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
Ps 32:3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. Ps 32:4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.
God _______________ His Man
2Sa 12:1 The LORD sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, â€œThere were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2Sa 12:2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 2Sa 12:3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. 2Sa 12:4 â€œNow a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.â€
The _______________ Revealed, Then the _______________
2Sa 12:5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, â€œAs surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this deserves to die! 2Sa 12:6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.â€
2Sa 12:7 Then Nathan said to David, â€œYou are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: â€˜I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 2Sa 12:8 I gave your masterâ€™s house to you, and your masterâ€™s wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 2Sa 12:9 Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 2Sa 12:10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.â€™
2Sa 12:13 Then David said to Nathan, â€œI have sinned against the LORD.â€
Ps 32:1 Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Ps 32:2 Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.
Grief, Confession, and _______________
Ps 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Ps 51:11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Ps 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
MEANING, PURPOSE, AND SIGNIFICANCE ARE FOUND ONLY BY ALIGNING OUR LIVES WITH GOD’S PURPOSES, IN LIVES COMMITTED TO FOLLOWING JESUS CHRIST!
SEEING THE _______________ THROUGH THE _______________
Mt 9:35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. Mt 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Mt 9:37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
GOD CREATED YOU _______________
Mt 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
WHY THE CHURCH _______________
Mt 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Mt 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Mt 28:20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
If we are not _______________ _______________ in God’s great mission in the world, then we have missed the very thing He created us to do!
WHY SHOULD I FOLLOW HIM?
- God ____________ you to join Him in changing the world
- God has a dream for this world that Jesus called the ______________________________
- God created you to play an important role in His kingdom ______________
- You will never find your deepest _______________ in life until you find your place in _______________ God’s kingdom
Jn 20:21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8
• WITHOUT CHRIST, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A _______________ HEART.
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? 10 “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind… Jeremiah 17:9-10
They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity… Ephesians 4:18-19
• WE ARE NOT JUST A _______________ FAMILY.
• WE ARE A CHRIST-_______________ HOME.
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. 10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. Psalm 119:9-10
How can our family stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. 10 We will seek you with all of our hearts; do not let us stray from our commands. Psalm 119:9-10 (edited toward family)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¦At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:16-17 NLT
WHY DONÃ¢â‚¬â„¢T WE FEEL NEW?
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ OUR _______________.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ OUR _______________.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ OUR _______________.
HOW AM I MADE NEW IN CHRIST?
1) WE ARE _______________ FROM OUR _______________.
In [Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace... Ephesians 1:7
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
2) WE ARE _______________ FROM OUR _______________.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¦(The Lord) has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisonersÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Isaiah 61:1
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
3) WE ARE _______________ FROM OUR _______________.
Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like GodÃ¢â‚¬â€truly righteous and holy.
Ephesians 4:21-24 NLT
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
Don't lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. Colossians 3:9-10 NLT