Connecting with God: The Lord’s Prayer – Part 3
“Give us today our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11 (NIV)
“Here is the ocean, vast and wide, teeming with life of every kind, both large and small. They all depend on you to give them food as they need it. When you supply it, they gather it. You open your hand to feed them, and they are richly satisfied.” Psalm 104:25-28 (NLT)
“Hard work pays off, mere talk puts no bread on the table.” Proverbs 14:23 (Msg)
“But Jesus told him, ‘No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”Matthew 4:4 (NLT)
“He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” Luke 22:19 (NLT)
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO DEPEND ON GOD?
4 TRUTHS TO REMEMBER
“GIVE us this day our daily bread.”
“Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” James 1:17 (NLT)
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NLT)
“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” Matthew 7:9-11 (NLT)
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 (NLT)
Connecting With God: The Lord’s Prayer – Part 2
SOURCES OF STRESS
“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 (NIV)
SURRENDERING TO JESUS MEANS...
“Let go, and know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (GW)
“If a person’s thinking is controlled by his sinful self, then there is death. But if his thinking is controlled by the Spirit, then there is life and peace.” Romans 8:6 (ICB)
“…I have learned to be satisfied with the things I have and with everything that happens. I know how to live when I am poor, and I know how to live when I have plenty. I have learned the secret of being happy at any time in everything that happens … I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13 (NCV)
“Surrender yourself to the Lord, and wait patiently for him.” Psalm 37:7a (GW)
“…Give yourselves to God... surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes.” Romans 6:13 (TEV)
“God will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.” Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
“The Lord takes care of those who obey him, and gives them eternal rewards that last forever. They will survive through hard times and will have more than enough even in a time of famine.” Psalm 37:18-19 (TEV)
Jesus: “…You must give up everything you have to be my follower.” Luke 14:33 (NCV)
“But let me assure you that no one has ever given up anything…for love of me and to tell others the Good News, who won’t be given back, a hundred times over… and in the world to come he shall have eternal life.” Mark 10:29-30 (TLB)
Connecting With God: The Lord’s Prayer – Part 1
“This is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” Matthew 6:9 (NIV)
WE CAN CONNECT WITH GOD BECAUSE...
1. HE IS A ________________________________________________________.
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who honor Him…” Psalm 103:13 (NIV)
“Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you!” 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
“So don’t worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat? …or what shall we wear?’… Your heavenly Father knows you need these things.” Matthew 6:31-32 (NIV)
2. HE IS A ________________________________________________________.
“Every good and perfect gift … is from the Father … who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 (NIV)
“Even if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13 (NIV)
“…God will never go back on his promises.” Romans 11:29 (TLB)
“My God is changeless in his love for me…” Psalm 59:10 (TLB)
3. HE IS A ________________________________________________________.
“God did this so people would … reach out for Him and find Him, since He is not far from each of us.” Acts 17:27 (NIV)
4. HE IS A ________________________________________________________.
“For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 (NIV)
“(God) is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of – infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes!” Ephesians 3:20 (TLB)
GOD SENT JESUS TO MAKE THE CONNECTION:
“God is on one side and all the people on the other side, and Christ Jesus, himself man, is between them to bring them together, by giving his life for all mankind.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6 (TLB)
“We are children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.” Galatians 3:26 (TLB)
TO WIN THE INVISIBLE WAR I MUST…
THE 6 PIECES OF SPIRITUAL ARMOR
“So stand ready, with the Belt of Truth tight around your waist…” Ephesians 6:14a
“…with the Breastplate of Righteousness protecting your chest.” Ephesians 6:14b
“On your feet wear the Shoes of Good News, prepared to share the Gospel of peace.” Ephesians 6:15
“At all times carry the Shield of Faith; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One.” Ephesians 6:16
“Put on the Helmet of Salvation...” Ephesians 6:17a
“…and take the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” Ephesians 6:17
OPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS-Part 4
Angels: “You will find the baby... lying in a manger.”
Shepherds: “Let’s go and see!” Luke 2:12 + 15 (NIV)
“Wise men came from the east asking, ‘Where is the baby...? We have come to worship him.’” Matthew 2:1-2 (NLT)
GOD’S GIFTS TO YOU THIS CHRISTMAS
1. YOU CAN FIND ___________________________.
“Today your Savior was born... He is Christ, the Lord!” Luke 2:11 (NCV)
“... All who believe in Jesus will be forgiven of their sins through his name.” Acts 10:43 (NCV)
2. YOU CAN FIND ___________________________.
“Those who love your teachings will find true peace...” Psalm 119:165 (NCV)
3. YOU CAN FIND ___________________________.
“God makes us ready for heaven... when we put our faith in Christ to save us... The one who finds life will find it through trusting God.” Romans 1:17 (TLB)
“Christ, God’s Son, has come to help us understand and find the true God.” 1 John 5:20 (TLB)
“You will find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)
OPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS-Part 3
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ …“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’” Matthew 25:34-40 (NLT)
“There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore, I command you to be open handed toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.” Deuteronomy 15:11 (NIV)
THREE WAYS TO SHOW I CARE FOR THOSE IN NEED
1. REFUSE __________________________________________________________________.
“It’s criminal to ignore a neighbor in need, but compassion for the poor – what a blessing.” Proverbs 14:21 (Msg)
“In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.” Luke 5:12-13 (NLT)
2. ASK _______________________________________________________________________.
“Give to those who ask and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.” Matthew 5:42 (NLT)
3. FOCUS ____________________________________________________________________.
“Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2 (NIV)
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19-20 (NLT)
“I assure you when you did it to one of the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to Me.” Matthew 25:40 (NLT)
OPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS-Part 2
“I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” Matthew 25:40 (NLT)
“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses? Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40 (NLT)
FOUR STEPS TO LOVING MY NEIGHBOR
1. ASK _______________________________________________________________________.
“You must be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate.” Luke 6:36 (NLT)
“Search me oh, God, and know my heart. Test me and know my anxious thoughts.” Psalm 139:23 (NIV)
2. SHOW _____________________________________________________________________.
“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” Romans 12:10 (NLT)
3. BE __________________________________________________________________________.
“Don't be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!— harvests a crop of weeds. All he'll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God's Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.” Galatians 6:7-8 (MSG)
“Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all that He has done.” Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
4. RESPOND ___________________________________________________________________.
“Dear brothers, what’s the use of saying that you have faith and are Christians if you aren’t proving it by helping others? Will that kind of faith save anyone? If you have a friend who is in need of food and clothing, and you say to him, "Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat hearty," and then don’t give him clothes or food, what good does that do? So you see, it isn’t enough just to have faith. You must also do good to prove that you have it. Faith that doesn’t show itself by good works is no faith at all—it is dead and useless.” James 2:14-17 (TLB)
“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12 (NLT)
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35 (NLT)
OPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS-Part 1
“When you did it to one of the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to Me.” Matthew 25:40 (NLT)
“If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Timothy 5:8 (NIV)
Four care packages that I can give to my family
1. _______________________________________ MY FAMILY.
“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my request for all of you with joy.” Philippians 1:3-4 (NLT)
2. _______________________________________ MY PARENTS.
“Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. ‘Honor your father and mother.’ This is the first of the ten commandments that ends with a promise. If you honor your father and mother, ‘things will go well for you, and you will have a long, full of blessing.’” Ephesians 6:1-3 (NLT)
3. ________________________________________ MY FAMILY.
“Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”Ephesians 4:32 (NLT)
“And forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. If you forgive those who sin against you, your Heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:12, 14-15 (NLT)
4. __________________________________________ TO MY FAMILY.
“Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38 (NIV)
“We love each other, because He loved us first.” 1 John 4:19 (NLT)
“Singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:19-20 (NLT)
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)
3 THINGS THAT KEEP US FROM BEING THANKFUL.
WHAT WE LEARN ABOUT THANKSGIVING FROM THE BIBLE
1. THANKSGIVING __________________________________________________________.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.”Psalm 100:4 (NLT)
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1 (NIV)
“Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.” Romans 1:21 (NLT)
2. THANKSGIVING ___________________________________________________________.
Thanksgiving Should Include 3 Things:
1.) THE _________________________ OF LIFE.
2.) THE _________________________ OF LIFE.
3.) THE _________________________ OF LIFE.
3. THANKSGIVING IS ________________________________________________________.
Why Is Thanksgiving Expected?
1.) IT’S THE MARK OF A ____________________________ CHRISTIAN.
2.) IT’S A MARK OF A _______________________________ CHRISTIAN.
3.) IT’S A MARK OF A _______________________________ CHRISTIAN.
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.”2 Corinthians 4:8-9, 16-18 (NIV)
LIVING IN THE GOODNESS OF GOD-Part 12
“Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, AND I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6
“…It is through grace that we have been saved. And God has given us a PLACE WITH CHRIST IN HEAVENto show for all ages to come GOD’S GOODNESS TO US because of Christ…” Ephesians 2:5-7
WHAT IS HEAVEN?
HOW IS HEAVEN DIFFERENT?
“No eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard, and no mind has ever even imagined what God has prepared for those who love him!” 1 Corinthians 2:9
WHAT WILL WE DO IN HEAVEN?
1. WE WILL BE ___________________________________________________________________________.
“…There will be one huge family reunion with the Master.” 1 Thessalonians 4:17 (Msg)
2. WE WILL BE ___________________________________________________________________________.
“…know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward for serving Christ.” Colossians 3:24
Hebrews 10:35, 1 Peter 1:4, John 12:26
3. WE WILL BE ____________________________________________________________________________.
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You’ve been faithful with a few things; I will now put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!” Matthew 25:21
2 Timothy 2:12, Revelation 22:3-5