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? _________________!
2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Genesis 1:2
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever- 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. John 14:16-17
But it is actually best for you that I go away, because if I don't, the Counselor won't come. If I do go away, he will come because I will send him to you. John 16:7 NLT
WHY ARE SO MANY LIVING A SPIRIT-LESS LIFE?
• SOME AREN’T _______________ OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." Acts 19:1-3
• SOME _______________ THE HOLY SPIRIT.
"You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit! Acts 7:51
…I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12
…Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles 18 to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God… Acts 26:17-18 NLT
THE LAW, THE LOVE, THE LIGHT
• THE LAW REVEALS OUR _______________.
At dawn [Jesus] appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him… John 8:2-6
• THE LOVE REVEALS GOD’S _______________.
…But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. John 8:6
When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7
Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you…” John 8:8-11
…Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:11
• THE LIGHT REVEALS OUR _______________.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. John 12:46
Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. Micah 7:8
THE MAKING OF A CHAMPION
Mk 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
THREE THINGS THAT MAKE A CHAMPION FOR CHRIST
1. Champions believe Jesus is the __________ __________ to eternal life.
Jn 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Jn 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Jn 3:18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. Jn 3:19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Jn 3:20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. Jn 3:21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”
2. Champions allow their __________ impact their __________.
Ac 3:1 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Ac 3:2 Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. Ac 3:3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Ac 3:4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” Ac 3:5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Ac 3:6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Ac 3:7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. Ac 3:8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.
3. Champions boldly allow their __________ and __________ impact the __________!
Ac 4:29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Ac 4:30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” Ac 4:31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” John 11:25
Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha… 3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” John 11:1, 3
When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” John 11:4
1) DEAD IN YOUR _______________.
Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” John 11:16
2) DEAD IN YOUR _______________.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. John 11:20
3) DEAD IN THE _______________.
On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days… 21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” John 11:17, 21
But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask. John 11:22
Jesus said to (Martha), “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:23-26
THE RESURRECTION IS NOT AN EVENT—IT’S A _______________.
When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” John 11:43-44
DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?
…“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” John 11:25
THEY WILL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD
Ex 13:17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” Ex 13:18 So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle.
• GOD’S WAY IS THE ____________ WAY
Ex 14:1 Then the LORD said to Moses, Ex 14:2 “Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon. Ex 14:3 Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ Ex 14:4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.” So the Israelites did this.
• GOD’S WAY IS THE ____________ WAY
Ex 14:13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. Ex 14:14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Ex 14:15 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.
• FAITH IS ABOUT ____________ ____________ YOUR HAND
Ex 14:16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. Ex 14:17 I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. Ex 14:17 I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. Ex 14:18 The Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”
• FAITH IS TRUSTING THAT GOD’S GOT ________ __________
Ex 14:19 Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, Ex 14:20 coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.
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.
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. - 1 Corinthians 13:12 NLT
How Do We Live in the ____________, Trusting God for the ____________?
When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” 4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” - Matthew 11:2-6
Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist...” - Matthew 11:11
In the Doubts of ____________, We Will Trust in God’s ____________!
“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.” - Jeremiah 29:11
Our Faith is in ____________, Not in the ____________ We Want.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. - Ephesians 3:20-21
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.”
1. Listen. "I will stand at my watch an dstation myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he (God) will say to me...Habakkuk2:1
2. Write it Down. "Then the Lord replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets..." Habakkuk 2:2
3. Wait. "For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks fo the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for or it; it will certainly come and will not delay." Habakkuk 2:3
"But these things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time apporaches when the vision will be fulfulled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!" Habakkuk 2:3
God's delays are not God's denials.
If it's not God's time, you can't force it!
When it is God's time, you can't stop it!
See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright - but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness. " Habakkuk 2
"But the Lord is in his holy temple." Habakkuk 2:20