God is BIG! So August is the slowest month for business at my job. But this year was different…The month started with a double bonus from the month of July because we had the best sales in the history of the store and when that happens we receive a double bonus. Then, the second week I received a check for $2500, and today I received a check for $2650 and an email from my boss stating that we had just broke the record for August sales, another double bonus. This is just an amazing month, I just continue to tithe and believe for big things and God just rains down blessings. My sister had a bad month financially and now I can bless her because I have been blessed. I AM BLESSED, HIGHLY FAVORED, EMPOWERED TO PROSPER AND LIVING IN DIVINE HEALTH ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE!
My friend was buying a new car and told me he would just trade in the old car or sell it for $500, well I thought it might be a good opportunity for me, my family could sure use another vehicle, so I checked the value on Kelly Blue Book and it was valued at $2800 in fair condition. I decided I had to tell my friend the value, truthfully I wanted to steal it for the $500, but I had to do the right thing. So I told my friend the value, and he was taken back by the news. A couple of days later he told me he didn’t want to deal with the hassle of trying to sell the car so he would still offer it to me for $500. I was so happy and excited, the car did have some leaks and needed front tires, but for the price I wanted to gamble on it and fix it up. So a couple days later he called and said he was at the dealer buying a new car and wanted to know if I wanted the car or if he should trade it in, I wanted it but I knew i had to discuss it with my wife first, so I called her and we couldn’t agree that this car was a good decision, so I was angry and I called my friend and told him thanks but I can’t buy the car. Later that night he called me and said that I have always been a good friend and more than generous with him, so if I want the car I could have it for free. WOW! I was blown away, He gave me the car for free!
So I dropped the car at the mechanic and he fixed it up, it needed a gasket and some ‘o’ rings for the cooling system, nothing major. I put new front tires on it and my wife loves the car. Looking back its just another awesome blessing from God. I was taught at Life Christian Church that I am blessed, highly favored, empowered to prosper and walking in devine health all the days of my life, I have received these words, I recite them and believe them and it is working for me. The more I testify and give the glory to God, the blessings keep coming. Its becoming insane! And I love it, Thank you so much for sharing these truths, I just wasn’t aware we could have heaven on earth.
Feardom: Fear of Man
Sunday October 14, 2012
by: Pastor Tracy
Intro: really, the sketch is true! We so many times are unaware that we are cooperating with in fear. We hope, through this series, to uncover fruits of fear so we can locate it and stop allowing fear to operate in our lives.
- Adam clothed in God’s Glory-love, acceptance, wisdom, and confidence. Life was effortless because he did everything with the glory.
- When he sinned, the glory lifted. For the first time he was aware of only himself and he realized himself was not enough! His response-I was afraid!
- Pool example
- Realized he was not enough
- Knew he did wrong and was expecting punishment
- I john 4:18 (NKJ)There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.
- The revelation and awareness of God drives out fear
This week: we are going to uncover the subtlety of the fear of man
- Proverbs 29:25 (NKJ) The fear of man brings a snare (trap set for a small animal), But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.
- Fear of man: Includes not only the fear that people will hurt, humiliate, ridicule or reject you, but the yearning to impress others of to be admired.
- Ex. Can’t get close, exaggerate
Let’s look at the life of Saul the first king of Israel:
Great beginnings: Saul’s background
- Although tall and handsome he saw himself small and insufficient
- Verse least of the tribes (1 Sam. 9:20- Israel’s future is in your hands)
- At his coronation he was hiding among equipment (1 Sam. 10:24)
- God came upon him and changed his heart: He actually prophesied
- God changed his heart and anointed Saul for the purpose of reigning
over His people (1 Sam. 9:17). To reign meant to keep within bounds the idea being to keep the nation within the limits of God’s direction and purpose.
- Kings were required to write out a copy of the law and keep it before them to help keep them humble and not seeing themselves above their fellow brethren. THE WORD AND SPIRITUAL FRIENDS (SMALL GROUPS) KEEPS US IN THE BALANCE ZONE OF NOT THINKING TO HIGH OF OURSELVES OR NOT THINKIN GTOO LOW
- The king was to stay close to the Word and the Prophet for his own safety.
- Saul is a picture of us: God’s came and changed our heart through the new birth that we could do the impossible. We are nothing insecure, fearful all kinds of baggage then we give our lives to Jesus a. As God’s spirit came on Saul so God’s spirit comes in us and changes us
- His first battle was a great win; Samuel went in to battle with him
- It is a work of grace. The problem is that Saul did not continue; he allowed the fear of man to derail him
Saul’s fall because of the fear of man
1 Samuel 15:1-2(Message)
1-2 Samuel said to Saul, “God sent me to anoint you king over his people, Israel. Now, listen again to what God says. This is the God-of-the-Angel-Armies speaking:
2-3 “‘I’m about to get even with Amalek for ambushing Israel when Israel came up out of Egypt. Here’s what you are to do: Go to war against Amalek. Put everything connected with Amalek under a holy ban. And no exceptions! This is to be total destruction
Saul doesn’t obey:
1 Samuel 15:7- (Message)
7-9 Then Saul went after Amalek, from the canyon all the way to Shur near the Egyptian border. He captured Agag, king of Amalek, alive. Everyone else was killed under the terms of the holy ban. Saul and the army made an exception for Agag, and for the choice sheep and cattle. They didn’t include them under the terms of the holy ban. But all the rest, which nobody wanted anyway, they destroyed as decreed by the holy ban.
God regrets making Saul king: why Saul is hurting himself and the people. In this Holy War, all the spoil was considered a sacrifice to God. Saul taking the best of what belonged to God was rebellion.
10-11 Then God spoke to Samuel: “I’m sorry I ever made Saul king. He’s turned his back on me. He refuses to do what I tell him.”
Saul sets up a monument in honor to himself and pretends to make sacrifices to God
11-12 Samuel was angry when he heard this. He prayed his anger and disappointment all through the night. He got up early in the morning to confront Saul but was told, “Saul’s gone. He went to Carmel to set up a victory monument in his own honor, and then was headed for Gilgal.”
By the time Samuel caught up with him, Saul had just finished an act of worship, having used Amalekite plunder for the burnt offerings sacrificed to God.
Saul acts as if he obeyed God
13 As Samuel came close, Saul called out, “God’s blessings on you! I accomplished God’s plan to the letter!”
Samuel responds saying, “What is this bleeding of sheep and the mooing of cows?”
14 Samuel said, “So what’s this I’m hearing—this bleating of sheep, this mooing of cattle?”
Saul begins to defend and blame others saying saved the best to offer sacrifices to God
15 “Only some Amalekite loot,” said Saul. “The soldiers saved back a few of the choice cattle and sheep to offer up in sacrifice to God. But everything else we destroyed under the holy ban.”
Samuel interrupts Saul saying He didn’t obey God rather he greedily darted at the spoil that belonged to God! You consumed fro yourself that which was holy to God.
16 “Enough!” interrupted Samuel. “Let me tell you what God told me last night.”
Saul said, “Go ahead. Tell me.”
17-19 And Samuel told him. “When you started out in this, you were nothing—and you knew it. Then God put you at the head of Israel—made you king over Israel. Then God sent you off to do a job for him, ordering you, ‘Go and put those sinners, the Amalekites, under a holy ban. Go to war against them until you have totally wiped them out.’ So why did you not obey God? Why did you grab (swoop down) all this loot? Why, with God’s eyes on you all the time, did you brazenly carry out this evil?”
Saul defended himself again saying he did obey God utterly destroying the Amalekites, and that the best was kept to sacrifice to God
20-21 Saul defended himself. “What are you talking about? I did obey God. I did the job God set for me. I brought in King Agag and destroyed the Amalekites under the terms of the holy ban. So the soldiers saved back a few choice sheep and cattle from the holy ban for sacrifice to God at Gilgal—what’s wrong with that?”
Samuel says Obedience/listening to God is more important than sacrifice or lavish religious rituals…..
Saul finally confesses the truth
24-25 Saul gave in and confessed, “I’ve sinned. I’ve trampled roughshod over God’s Word and your instructions. I cared more about pleasing the people. I let them tell me what to do.
- Saul chose the acceptance/glory of man instead of the glory of God
- This marred his decision making capacity
- Although God set Saul up for success the fear of man prevented his destiny
- Jesus was moved by God’s voice not the accolades of men: Mark 1, a revival breaks out…. He became a rock star! The next day the disciples found Jesus informing him the people were looking for Him; he told them the were leaving there to go to the next city!
Fear of man simply defined and it’s roots
- I want and need the approval and acceptance of man
- I want you to think I have it all together and I’m all that
- I want you to think I can be and do all that…I need you to admire me
- I’m deeply afraid of being rejected or humiliated!
- Fear of rejection: active
- I ‘m going to do and say things you really like so that you don’t reject me. I don’t feel good about me so I need you to feel good about me so I can feel good about myself
- We’ll even compromise standards (girls do this all the time to keep a guy just to avoid rejection)
- Fear of rejection: non active- fear of intimacy
- I’ve been so hurt that I will not make myself vulnerable again, I will not be transparent. If I get close you will see how worthless I am and reject me as well. I will not get bit again
With out the Word and acting on the Word fear will reign, trap and destroy us
Proverbs 29:25 (NKJ) The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.
- Me: rejected by dad, recognizing the fear of man- the pride in it, Laura, Tammy
- In all instances it was the Word and acting on the Word that broke fear
- Afraid to address our spouse, children or friends for fear they may reject us or things will get uncomfortable
Effects of the fear of Man
- Idolatry. When we care about what man thinks more than what God thinks, we turn people into idols that we worship—seeking to please them in order to earn their approval or respect.
- Ineffectiveness. When we fear man we neglect God’s calling for us and we lose focus on executing the tasks in front of us because we’re too preoccupied with what others are thinking.
- Lack of love. When we’re overly concerned with “getting it right,” we turn people into projects to accomplish. We withhold our compassion and grow reserved and calculating in our pursuit of people.
- Fakeness. If you’re overly motivated by the opinions of others, you won’t act like yourself. You’ll be a chameleon, adapting yourself to any situation for the sole purpose of fitting in.
- Apathy. Fear man and you’ll quit taking risks because of the potential for embarrassment in failure. If an endeavor is unlikely to succeed, you’ll never take the chance. In other words, you’ll never do much of anything.
- Dishonesty. It’s tough to speak truth into someone’s life because the truth can be painful. If we fear somebody’s response, however, necessary words will remain unsaid because we care more about ourselves (being liked) than we do about the person (seeing Jesus work in their life). This negligence always creates more long-term damage than the hurt it avoids in the present.
- Isolation. Fear of man won’t let you delegate anything because others might not do a good job (or they might do a better job), which could reflect poorly on your performance and reputation. Fear of man compels you to control everything—even if that means going it alone.
- Decision Paralysis. When we live out of fear rather than out of the convictions God has given us, we spin in circles unable to move forward.
Solution: you are accepted in the beloved
FEED ON THIS:
I john 4:18 (NKJ) There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear. The revelation and awareness of God dries out fear- Growth track
Ephesians 1:5-6 (NKJ)
5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. (You don’t matter, God does!)
The most radical treatment for the fear of man is the fear of the Lord. God must be bigger to you than people are…. Regarding other people, our problem is that we need them (for ourselves) more than we love them (for the glory of God). The task God sets for us is to need them less and love them more.
The process of getting my wife and son a green card was difficult. Through this journey my faith has been made stronger. I imagined this as if we had set sail on a boat headed to our destination. Our destination was getting the green cards, once we set sail the Lord blew our ship towards the right direction. We chose not to hire a lawyer against worldly advice, because we knew with God we didn’t need a lawyer (this was for this instance, because we felt led this way). Now once our boat settled we were just sitting in the water, well we couldn’t just sit there and expect God was going to push us the whole way, we had to start rowing. So we printed out the papers, we prepared them ourselves, it was hard and frustrating, but God opened our eyes to be able to understand the questions and fill out the forms properly. I believe it took me over a week or two to have everything filled out along with supplying the required evidence. There were some issues from my past as well as my wife’s that brought some rough seas to our journey, but we stayed the course, we received confirmation that our papers had been received and within a certain time we would be called in for a interview. I believe it was a period of 3 months, during this time we saw many dark clouds form, heavy thunder and rain, many times we though our ship might sink, but we continued to remember that our God loves us and even though we are out in the middle of the ocean and we can’t see land, our God is faithful.
We finally received the letter for the interview, we prayed a lot, we prepared ourselves and headed out. We had so much confidence because our God is good. Well the interview was terrible, everything from beginning to end, the lady was really mean, rude, and nasty. It really took me by surprise, we left there uncertain about what had happen, they made us feel like criminals, I almost thought we were going to be put in jail, when we got outside I thought “what happened!” did we pass? did we get the papers? We were so confused, we called the hotline and they said the next step was for them to check our background and to verify our evidence. However, our friends who had been through this process thought we should have been given an answer. So at this point our ship was damaged, we were lost and we weren’t sure which way to go, but we knew how to pray and that’s what we did, and our ship started moving once again.
So, after more phone calls we were told to expect an answer within 90 days. (One important thing to remember is my son’s biological father is expecting to have his son for a couple months in the summer (in a different country). But he can not leave the country until he receives his green card. This process can get very messy and take a very long time, and we didn’t want to get into a situation with my son’s “other” father.) So our ship is pretty large but we are rowing along with prayer, but then we started learning a new way to pray. Life Christian Church was teaching to believe, thank, receive and praise. They were so convincing, they back it all up with Bible verses that made it so clear. We started to pray this new way, our old way was something like “we need, we want, but if it be your will, and no matter what we will accept the outcome” basicly we were praying a prayer of accepting failure. So, this new way of praying was working for my family in many areas so laying in bed one night my wife and I agreed we needed to pray our new way over these papers, our victory prayer.
Well we threw the paddles over board and fired up our motor! Our boat started hopping waves, we were cruising. Storms would roll in but God would clear the skies of doubt. Ok, so to wrap this story up it was time for us to see land, and we saw it it was good land, the enemy tried to convince us it was bad land and sail a different course, but we rejected his word. Almost daily we checked the status of our case by the internet without any answer , and even 1 day ago my wife called the hotline and was told that they had no info for us and in 15 days we would receive a notification. We rejected it, and ‘bam’ today the green cards came.
I know some people won’t get it , but let this be a blessing to the people who do. We received the green cards by supernatural works of our God. I’m convinced God had our papers pass through the system, He didn’t allow anyone to see any fault or error, and the papers made it through and were approved. This was made possible by prayer, thanks to my wife and son joining with me and thanks to Life Christian Church for teaching us how to pray victoriously.
I’m blessed, Highly favored, empowered to prosper, living in divine health all the days of my life. Amen
Finally I have a few minutes to write and I wanted to share how my ‘ring toss victory’ came about (you have seen the prize right? LOL – I am attaching the pic below just in case)
We were at SeaWorld and Julian wanted to play the ring toss. So I bought a big bucket of rings because that way we got a small “prize” no matter if we win or not. And Kata really liked the small doggie she got;-) So we started tossing. The bottles were not too far and there were many of them but the trick was that right below the narrow top there was a wide glass part that made the landing ring jump right off. The angle had to be just perfect for it to stay on. I was aiming really carefully and hit the bottle twice within the first 10 tosses but the ring jumped right off. Now I knew why nobody was getting it even though there were many people trying. Plus in two days I have not seen a single person strolling around with that huge stuffed animal on their heads (or strollers:-). Ok so I said out loud: “Holy Spirit, I can’t do this by myself. But you know exactly at what speed and what path I need to throw that ring to stay on the bottle. Thank you for guiding all my muscles in my arm so that the ring stays on.” I kept tossing but this time, I was not really aiming, it was sort of careless. And just a few tosses later…bingo! It was on there and I don’t even know how it happened. And the ring landed exactly on the one bottle I had in mind (even though previously my rings landed on several different ones – they were really close together). And from the reactions of the staff and everyone around I understood it didn’t happen that often that somebody would win.
Ok I know this is silly. It cost me $40 to send that thing home, because it wouldn’t fit in the car and now that we have it at home I don’t know where to put it because it takes up half a room;-) But to me it was really significant. It confirmed and let me experience what I have been learning. So that’s why I decided to drag the huge ladybug home so I have it here as a reminder: I can’t do anything but He can. My job is to get mySELF out of the way. And if He is not ‘too busy’ to get involved with a silly insignificant game at an amusement park, how much more with the important things:-)
These topics will be discussed in this series:
1. False Evidence
2. Fear of Rejection
3. Fear of Loss
4. Fear of the Unknown
I just thought I would share a little good news in my life. I have been really praying and searching inward about my life’s calling and what I would be really good at, because I’m needing to make a career change. I’ve been struggling for quite some time with this tossing and turning inside myself to do something really profitable and moral at the same time. I was toying around with some ideas and just couldn’t decide what to do. I spoke to college counselors and friends asking advice about certain fields and still coming up sort of empty. Last year, I passed my real estate course at the very top of my class and took the state exam and passed it the very first time!! Not an easy task from what I have been told.
I started to venture out in real estate and quickly became discouraged and also lacked the finances to pay my board fees, etc. I chose to lay down the real estate career and just continue on with my current business. My business has continued to be profitable and has met our needs currently, but I just feel that there is more out there for me.
Last week, a reminder card came in the mail telling me that I have a course that I have to take in order to keep my license current for real estate and as I read it, I couldn’t help but wonder if I should take the course. I have been declaring God’s love for me over my life and telling God that I know he loves me and because he loves me, I have favor and grace and mercy and prosperity every day. I have also been asking God to reveal himself to me and speak audibly to me, because I have struggled with some indecisiveness. As I put this card into my Bible I said to myself, “I’m going to seek God and pray about this class.” My husband and I have been getting up every morning to pray over our lives and our children’s lives. We have never done this in the 7 1/2 years that we have been married. That in itself is a miracle!
The very next day after putting this card in my Bible, a local pastor that I have known for over 15 years called me and said I’ve been thinking about you for a couple of days now and wanted to call you and see how you are doing. Now this pastor is also a very profitable man, because he and his wife are both realtors and very busy!! Without me mentioning real estate to him, he began telling me why I need to continue my career as a realtor!! I think that was the audible voice that I’ve been praying for and the answer to my prayers as to what career change I needed to make!!!! We also have wanted to move closer to town and that has also been on our prayer list. As a realtor the thousands of dollars that we would save is unbelievable.
God has a plan to give me a hope and a future and to make me prosperous beyond my dreams. I just have to trust him and keep speaking his word into action! Thank you all for teaching us such tremendous things that remind us to speak into fruition what God wants us to have!
Three simple words.
God is good.
This afternoon I received some news that was not very good. Following the
advice that I have learned from Life, I turned it over to God.
Within minutes of trusting that God would guide me as I prayed for a word to
stand on, I was interrupted by a page on my company cell phone. I did not
recognize the number, but the text was so simple, \”God is good\”. Turning
back to my bible I opened to the book of John, chapter 14, Jesus, the Way to
Trusting God; knowing that indeed God is good all the time, and accepting
that revelation is always in His timing are proven principles to build on.
I do not always understand why things happen, but I know without a doubt
that through faith understanding comes through believing.