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Sunday November 25, 2012 Weekend Service - 10:30am Sunday December 23, 2012 “KIDZ Life Christmas” – 10:30am Monday December 24, 2012 “Christmas Eve at TLC” – 5:00pm. 2012 Holiday Service Schedule. Sunday, November 11, 2012. Dr. Jennifer Reid.
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Sunday November 25, 2012 Weekend Service - 10:30am Sunday December 23, 2012 “KIDZ Life Christmas” – 10:30am Monday December 24, 2012 “Christmas Eve at TLC” – 5:00pm 2012 Holiday Service Schedule
Sunday, November 11, 2012 Dr. Jennifer Reid
Missing God’s Purpose for your Life through Disobedience Presenter: Dr. Jennifer E. Reid Date: November 11, 2012
PURPOSE • Purpose (Noun)-A deliberate intension (1 Peter 4:3 (New King James Version) 3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries) 2. Purpose (Verb)-Foreordained-This lays stress upon the personal interest which God had set forth for us
Disobedience 1. The condition of being un-persuadable 2.The condition of failing or refusing to hear • Carelessness in attitude is the precursor or forerunner of actual disobedience (Jer. 11:10; 35:17; Acts 7:57) 3. Unwilling to be persuaded (Luke 1:17; Acts 26:19; Rom. 1:30; 2Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:16; 3:3) 4. Unruly (Titus 1:6, 10; Heb 2:8) 5. Refuse to be persuaded (Some of us just have to learn the hard way-We do not take telling-So we suffer needlessly)
What is God’s Purpose for your life? • Jeremiah 29:11 (New King James Version) 11 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. 3 John 1:1-3 (New King James Version) 2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth.
Obedience: The act of conforming to the command of a superior out of regard for his/her authority Proper response to God’s acts, promises, and commands Conformity with what God prescribes, not only automatically, but driven out of love and gratitude. God’s laws and promises are build upon obedience Salvation without obedience is empty There is no life of victory without obedience
Obedience • The Key to: • Salvation • Victorious living • God’s blessings • Peace of mind • Prosperity and • Joy in the Holy spirit
The necessity of obedience to Salvation: Romans 5:19 • 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. • Our inheritance: A sin nature-A natural desire to be disobedient (we are born in sin and shaped in inequity (Romans 5:19 (King James Version) • 19For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous
Importance of Obedience • 306-Obedience laws (moral and civil laws) • 61 commands- Family (honor of father and mother) • 32 commands- False religion • 84 commands- miscellaneous (love of neighbor, respect of persons, tattoos) • 61commands- murder • 96 commands-sex (including homosexuality ) • 75 commands-Neighbor • 436 commands-Health • 6 commands- Rebellion • 26 commands- Humane • 107 commands-Conquest • 42 commands -property • 14 commands – Business • 60 commands- Justice • 50 commands- Slave
What does All this mean? • Exodus 19:5(NKJV) • 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. • Exodus 23:21-22 • 21 Beware of Him and obey His voice; do not provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions; for My nameis in Him. 22 But if you indeed obey His voice and do all (Pastor talked about God wants it All, not part-time lovers) that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.
Deuteronomy 11:1 Love and Obedience Rewarded • 1 “Therefore you shall love the LORD your God, and keep His charge, His statutes, His judgments, and His commandments always. • Deuteronomy 11:26-28 • 26 “Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: 27 the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you today; 28 and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.
Obedience Activates A Wide Open Door of Blessings and Possibilities
Isaiah 1:19-20 • 19 If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; 20 But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken. • Jeremiah 7:23 • 23 But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.’ • Jeremiah 26:13 • 13 Now therefore, amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God; then the LORD will relent concerning the doom that He has pronounced against you.
Acts 5:29 • 29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men. • James 1:25 • 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
Obedience Preferred Before Sacrifice • 1 Samuel 15:22 • 22 So Samuel said: “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.
RECALL • Romans 5:19 • 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. • 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. I • Hebrews 5:7-8 • 7who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, 8 though He was a Son,yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
Battle Ground for Learning Obedience Obedience in the Home • Ephesians 6 Children and Parents • 1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. • Colossians 3:20 • 20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord
It is important that the older men and women in the church position themselves to be able to teach the young men and women • Those who should be examples, must be mindful that they have an audience constantly watching them. If they are not worthy of respect, it will cause the young to question the keeping power of God. • Likewise we must be a good witness for Christ on our jobs • Arrive to work on time • Be honest in business • Be accountable
Civil Obedience: Escape from man’s Judgment • Romans 13:1-2 • Submit to Government • 1Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. • Hebrews 13:17 • 17Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
Deliberate Practice Focused thought and practice of one’s field of expertise: • by setting specific goals, obtaining feedback, and concentrating on technique and outcome. (Dubner, 2007)
Deliberate Practice Challenges • Isolation • Overcoming resistance to independent work • Boredom • Consistency • Benefits occur over extended time • Exceptional performers have 10 yrs of experience
5 Conditions of Blessings and Curses (Deut. 28:1-68) If you will: • diligently obey the voice of the Lord • Observe and do All His Commands • Walk in His Ways • Do not go aside from any of the words of God to the left or to the right • Do not go after other gods to serve them. Then He Will
Blessings Curses 1. Set you above all nations of the earth 2. Blessed in the city 3. Blessed in the field 4. Blessed children/off spring 5. Blessed produce of your grounds 6. Increase of your cattle/herd 7. Increase of you flock 1. Cursed in the city 2. Cursed in the field 3. Baskets and storehouses cursed 4. Children will be cursed 5. Crops will be cursed 6. Herds/cattle will not increase 7. Flocks will not increase
8. Basket/storehouses full of good things 9. Blessed in All good things 10. Complete victory over your enemies 11. Abundantly fertile and productive land 12. Established as holy to God 13. Witness and example to all people 14. All nations will be afraid of you 15. Prosperous in goods, in children. In stocks, in crops 16. The Lord will open to you All His Treasures 8. You will be cursed when you go in 9. Cursed when you go out 10. God will send cursing and confusion 11. Vexation will be upon you 12. You will be rebuked 13. You will not prosper in anything you do or set your hand to 14. You will be destroyed 15. You will quickly perish
17. Rain in due season in All the land 18. All the work of your hands will be blessed 19. Prosperous enough to lend, you will not need to borrow 20. The Lord will make you the head and not the tail 21. You shall be above All men and never beneath them
Deliberate PracticeThe Jerry Rice Story • Small town high school football player • All-Star team • Mississippi Valley State University Scholarship • Set many NCAA records • Named to All-American Team • NFL perceived Rice was not fast enough • 15 teams declined to sign him • San Francisco 49er’s signed him
Deliberate PracticeThe Jerry Rice Story • “Greatest Receiver in NFL History” • Holds Records for: • Total receptions • Total touchdown receptions • Total receiving yards (>50% higher than 2nd place) • Played 20 seasons • Played until age 42, when most players exit in the 20’s
Deliberate PracticeThe Jerry Rice Story • He worked harder • Sprinted while others walked • Continued to practice after other players went home • 6 day/wk rigorous off-season workouts • Cardiovascular work • Weight training
Deliberate PracticeThe Jerry Rice Story • Identified areas of focus • Run precise patterns • Evade defenders • Out jump others to catch ball • Out muscle tackler • ………..not speed
Deliberate PracticeThe Jerry Rice Story • Spent 1% of time playing football • Spent 99% of time • Conditioning • Classroom • Reviewing game films • Working on areas of focus • Supported by coaches, but he did the work • The work was not fun • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vZMPdagSCU&feature=PlayList&p=7653D30EE52474E6&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=11
Passion, Practice, Performance Whatever your choice of career or position GM Mother Wife F r I e n d Pastor Minister Garbage collector NURSE Teacher
Why is Obedience and Discipline so important to our success in Christ Jesus? • 2Tim 1:4-16 • 2Tim 3:16-17 • Matt 7:23-25 • Matt 23:3
So you ask, how do I know if my life and walk is in obedience?” • Rule #1: Always assess yourself! • Self-examination is key to ensure the appropriate reflection • Only God knows the condition of the heart, so through Him you can assess your position and state and therefore request a change or thank Him for a life of obedience.
What does it mean to Assess? • Review • Evaluate • Judge • Appraise • Measure • Calculate • Review your current state and condition by your results and evaluate it • Judge if you need to change or continue • Measure the results in light of your evaluation and those you trust • Calculate the risk, rewards or benefits to yourself and those who are directly or indirectly affected (what are people close to you saying-Listen)
So How Do I live God’s Purpose for my life or know His Will? • Besides Praying and staying connected You must OBEY the Word of God and be obedient to those who have rule over you Matt. 6:25-34 “The greatest secret to living effectively on earth is understanding the principle and power of priorities (Monroe, 2006).
“Our life is the sum total of all the decisions we make every day, and those decisions are determined by our priorities…How we use our time each day eventually defines our lives…The greatest tragedy in life is not death but life without a purpose…Life with the wrong priorities…Life greatest challenge is knowing what to do…The greatest mistake in life is to be busy but not effective…Life ‘s greatest failure is to be successful in the wrong thing…Success in life is measured by the effective use of one's time…Time is the true measure of life…How you spend your time determines the quality of your life and death (Monroe, 2006).
“Correct priority protects your time…Correct priority protects your energy…Correct priority protects your talents and gifts..Correct priority protects your decisions…Correct priority protect your discipline…Correct priority simplifies your life…Failure to establish correct priority causes you to waste your two most important commodities: Your time and energy (Monroe, 2006)
So in conclusion, How do I ensure God’s Purpose for my life through obedience? • First-Seek-This means to pursue, study, explore, understand, learn, and consider. • Second-Make the Kingdom first-The kingdom must be our first priority-The principal thing to place before all others as important. • Seekers-Must have a desire to know, and possess a passion for the object of their search. (Monroe, 2006).
God established only two priorities for mankind: • The kingdom of God • The righteousness of God Kingdom-The governing influence of Heaven on earth and righteousness-the right alignment and positioning with that government authority. (Monroe, 2006).
So we must passionately: • Obey and endeavor to be Disciplined • Reflect on our own actions and behaviors • Assess yourselves by examining your Positionality in life • Inspire others through your life of obedience and discipline • In order to Nail it!! We must be Obedient, Disciplined and engage in Deliberate practice.