â€¢ When you hear God speak, do you hear it as an ____________, or an ____________?
Jnh 1:1 The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: Jnh 1:2 â€œGo to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.â€ Jnh 1:3 But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD.
â€¢ Donâ€™t call things what they ____________, call them what __________ says they are.
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.â€
Jnh 3:2 â€œGo to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.â€ Jnh 3:3 Jonah obeyed the word of the LORD and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very important cityâ€”a visit required three days. Jnh 3:4 On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He proclaimed: â€œForty more days and Nineveh will be overturned.â€Jnh 3:5 The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.
â€¢ We want ____________ for ourselves, and ____________ for everyone else.
Jnh 4:1 But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. Jnh 4:2 He prayed to the LORD, â€œO LORD, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Jnh 4:3 Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.â€ Jnh 4:4 But the LORD replied, â€œHave you any right to be angry?â€ Jnh 4:5 Jonah went out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. Jnh 4:6 Then the LORD God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the vine.
â€¢ Are you consumed with your ____________, or are you consumed with your ____________?
Mt 12:38 Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, â€œTeacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from you.â€ Mt 12:39 He answered, â€œA wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. Mt 12:40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Mt 12:41 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now one greater than Jonah is here.
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)
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.
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!”
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.
27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” 28 When (Jesus) had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored. Matthew 9:27-30
WHAT KIND OF FAITH HONORS GOD?
1) FAITH THAT ____________ WHEN IT DOESN’T SEE.
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 NLT
28 When (Jesus) had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Matthew 9:28
2) FAITH THAT ___________ WHEN NOTHING __________.
2 Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God. Colossians 4:2
3) FAITH THAT ____________WHEN IT DOESN’T MAKE ____________.
22 You see that (Abraham’s) faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. James 2:22
4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ… 2 Corinthians 4:4 NLT
DON’T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM
Ge 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” Ge 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Why should we remember where we came from?
1. It will put your ____________ in its proper ____________.
Isa 51:1 “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD? Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn.
2. It will keep you in perfect ____________.
Mt 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Mt 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
3. It will bring you ____________ to your rightful ____________.
Lk 15:17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! Lk 15:18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. Lk 15:19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ Lk 15:20 So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
Lk 15:21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ Lk 15:22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Lk 15:23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. Lk 15:24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
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.”
If your enemy can’t destroy you, he will distract you.
Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies found out that I had finished rebuilding the wall and that no gaps remained—though we had not yet set up the doors in the gates. 2So Sanballat and Geshem sent a message asking me to meet them at one of the villages in the plain of Ono. Nehemiah 6:1-2 NLT
What we call an opportunity, God often calls a distraction.
The fifth time, Sanballat’s servant came with an open letter in his hand, 6and this is what it said: “There is a rumor among the surrounding nations, and Geshem tells me it is true, that you and the Jews are planning to rebel and that is why you are building the wall. According to his reports, you plan to be their king.” Nehemiah 6:5-6 NLT
You will never do big things if you are distracted by small-minded people!
I replied, “There is no truth in any part of your story. You are making up the whole thing.” They were just trying to intimidate us, imagining that they could discourage us and stop the work. So I continued the work with even greater determination. Later I went to visit Shemaiah …. He said, “Let us meet together inside the Temple of God and bolt the doors shut. Your enemies are coming to kill you tonight.” But I replied, “Should someone in my position run from danger? Should someone in my position enter the Temple to save his life? No, I won’t do it!” 12I realized that God had not spoken to him, but that he had uttered this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.13They were hoping to intimidate me and make me sin. Then they would be able to accuse and discredit me. Nehemiah 6:8-13 NLT
And I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” Nehemiah 6:3 ESV
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.
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.
Jn 5:1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews. Jn 5:2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Jn 5:3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. Jn 5:5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. Jn 5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” Jn 5:7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Jn 5:8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” Jn 5:9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
THE LONGER A PROBLEM PERSISTS…
• THE MORE _______________ YOU BECOME.
• THE MORE _______________ YOU MAKE.
• THE MORE YOU LEARN TO _______________.
DO YOU WANT TO BE WELL?
Jn 5:8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” Jn 5:9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
I DON’T WANT TO HEAR YOUR _______________,
I WANT TO SEE YOUR _______________.