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.
IMMEASURABLY MORE WHERE THAT CAME FROM
Eph 3:20 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, Eph 3:21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
DO I HAVE A MORE MINDSET OR SCARCITY MINDSET?
1. Do I see myself as ____________ or ____________?
Dt 8:6 Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and revering him. Dt 8:7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; Dt 8:8 a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; Dt 8:9 a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.
2. Do I give out of ____________ or ____________?
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.
2Co 9:7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
3. Do I give out of ____________, or is it ____________?
1Ti 6:17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 1Ti 6:18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 1Ti 6:19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
4. Do I want to ____________ or ____________?
Jn 6:32 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. Jn 6:33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Jn 6:34 “Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.” Jn 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
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.
1) JESUS IS THE __________ AND __________. (Revelation 1-3)
Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen. 8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." Revelation 1:7-8
2) JESUS IS THE _______________ OF GOD. (Revelation 4-5)
Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders…9 And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. Revelation 5:6,9
3) JESUS IS THE RIGHTEOUS _______________. (Revelation 6-18)
• The Seal Judgments (Rev 6, 8:1-2)
• The Trumpet Judgments (Rev 8:2-9:21, 11:15-19)
• The Bowl Judgments: (Rev 16:1-21)
Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say: "You are just in these judgments, you who are and who were, the Holy One, because you have so judged…" Revelation 16:5
4) JESUS IS THE ___________ OF___________. (Revelation 19-20)
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Revelation 19:11-16
5) JESUS IS THE _______________. (Revelation 21-22)
One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb." 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God…23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. Revelation 21:9-10, 23
JESUS WENT ALL IN FOR YOU
Ro 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Ro 5:9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! Ro 5:10 For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Ro 5:11 Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
TWO FACTS ABOUT JESUS THAT
DRAMATICALLY IMPACT OUR LIVES:
1. JESUS WAS _______________!
1Co 15:1 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 1Co 15:2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 1Co 15:3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance : that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 1Co 15:4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 1Co 15:5 and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. 1Co 15:6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 1Co 15:7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
2. JESUS IS _______________!
1Co 15:8 and last of all he appeared to me also…
1Jn 5:11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 1Jn 5:12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
Ro 10:9 …if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Ro 10:10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
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.”
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) 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.
Ex 15:3 The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name.
WHERE HAVE ALL THE WARRIORS GONE?
Eze 22:30 “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.
TWO PRINCIPLES EVERY WARRIOR MUST KNOW
1) EVERY WARRIOR HAS A ___________ TO ___________ FOR.
Ne 4:14 After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”
2) A WARRIOR WITHOUT A CAUSE TO FIGHT FOR WILL FIND THE WRONG __________ TO FIGHT __________.
Ac 8:3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.
TWO WAYS YOU’LL HAVE TO FIGHT
1) SOMETIMES YOU ____________ A ____________.
Jdg 16:28 Then Samson prayed to the LORD, “O Sovereign LORD, remember me. O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” Jdg 16:29 Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, Jdg 16:30 Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.
2) SOMETIMES YOU ____________ A ____________.
Dt 20:3 He shall say: “Hear, O Israel, today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. Dt 20:4 For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”
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
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
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