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Worship and Sacrifice

Simple Discipleship

This is the third week is the Simple Discipleship series.  Here are the first two messages in this series.

  1. Being a Leader/Disicple
  2. Intimacy/Love of God

Here is the topic of study for next week:

Worship and Sacrifice

  • My notes can be found here: Simple Discipleship Week 3
  • Here is the Audio Teaching from Feb 17, 2016: http://lwcburleson.sermon.net/main/main/20609931

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As we begin learning about Worship and Sacrifice, we must first ask ourselves,

What is Worship?  

What is Sacrifice?

If we do not have a proper understanding of these things, then as we discuss them, we will never come to a true understanding.  My prayer is that as we investigate the scriptures, that we will understand even more the meaning of these and how we can apply them to our lives.

Worship – Honoring and lifting high another as higher than yourself out of a heart of love in response to God’s word, act, or nature.

Sacrifice – Giving up completely something that is greatly important to you for the benefit of another because you love them.

Here, I am talking specifically of the worshiping God, but we worship and lift high so many things that are undeserving.  Food, sleep, money, fashion, entertainment, sports, people, can all be worshiped in spite of not being worth it.  In this one statement, you may be feeling judged and your toes may feel stepped on, but this is the reality of the matter in my life as well as the lives of so many others.

We have a struggle in the morning when our alarms go off whether we will rise and spend time with the Lord worshiping Him or worship the god of sleep that is so seductive especially when it comes time to make the decision.  I could go on and on about each one of these, but every time we choose these things over obedience to God and love for Him, we are worshiping them and lifting them high as the important things in our lives.

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In 2 Chronicles 21, we come to learn that we worship God when we accept His word and are obedient without doubting or questioning what He says.  Jehosophat had no direct command of God to put His worshipers on the front lines.  They did it out of an act of obedience and thus worshiped God by being obedient and trusting in the word of God.

In Genesis 22, Abraham is called to sacrifice his son that God had just revealed was the son of promise.  Abraham trusted God in such a way that as they went to the mountain in Vs. 5 Abraham says we go to worship.  Abraham’s heart of sacrifice is a true act of worship to God.  He was willing to give whatever God asked in obedience out of his great love for Him.

In John 4,

What Jesus mean to worship God in Spirit and truth?

  • God wants a constant communion with you in the day to day.  He does not want you to worship Him in a church or at your house only, but in the Spirit everywhere you go in every situation that you are in.
  • God wants you to be honest with Him.  You cannot fool God.  He sees the thoughts and intentions of your heart.  If you are giving Him something small and seemingly mediocre out of a good heart, it is greater worship than giving the very most you have out of a wrong heart. (1 Cor 13:3)

In Malachi 1, God desires our very best.  If we bring God half-hearted worship out of duty, these things are not pure and holy and actually dishonor and disrespect God.  He would rather no one worship than to have duty-filled worship out of grudging hearts.  He wants pure and holy worship that is a true witness to who He is.  This only comes when we are giving God our best out of a willing and loving heart.

In 2 Samuel 24, David reveals that God is blessed by our sacrifice more than he is blessed by our excess.  We see this concept over and over throughout the Bible that when we give God something valuable to us, that is true worship.  Those giving because they have extra does not impress God.  Jesus states this in a different way when talking of the widow in Mark 12:41-44. God desires our pure and holy sacrifice so He can bless us with better than our very best!!!

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Finally, in Luke 7, a “sinner” probably a prostitute comes in to the middle of the pastors and elders of their day.  She humbles herself completely to the judgmental and critical thoughts and stares and worships Jesus.  This “sinner”  sacrificed more and gave more in worship than anyone else around.  Because of her sacrifice and true heart of worship, her sins are forgiven, and she is saved.  She was forgiven much and so loved much.  The fact that she loved much caused her to sacrifice her most valuable possession and her pride as an act of worship to Jesus.

Does you love cause you to sacrifice your pride and valuables in worship to the Lord? 

Nothing I have spoken is out of judgment or condemnation, but Holy Spirit has even convicted me in studying these things.  Our love for God will always lead us to a true worship which is displayed in what we are willing to sacrifice for our True Love.

Ask Holy Spirit these questions and be obedient in what He is speaking:

Are you giving your very best to God?  This is true worship.

What is God calling you to sacrifice to love Him and worship Him in a deeper way?

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May you be blessed with knowing more of the Love of God than ever before, and may you receive the fullness of the blessing that comes through true worship and sacrifice.

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

 

 

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A Moment in Time…

It has been a very challenging season for us over the past few months.  First of all, we would like to apologize for not being more up to date on posting as well as sending out monthly newsletters since the one we sent out in September.  The day that Katie began to work on the newsletter for October, our computer that contains just about everything we do for ministry stopped working mysteriously.  We have had to wait too long for the means to get it fixed and returned to us in a usable form.  But praise the Lord, we are now up and running again!!! 🙂

Coming back to “normal” non-missionary life has been difficult in many ways.  As we were traveling, we were standing on the word of the Lord to go, and we obeyed that word to the best of our ability.  Now that we are back, it has been hard to understand what God has for us here and what He is saying next for work and ministry.

Although it has been a challenging time, we have been privileged to be able to carry on ministering in many different ways.  We are privileged to be a part of leadership in Encounter God’s Presence (EGP).  Formerly, this was an annual youth camp and leadership retreat, but now it has been developing into weekly meetings and numerous youth rallies across our network of churches.  Katie has been involved in the organization and administration of things as well as being able to use her prophetic gifting to give words at several events.  Recently, we traveled with an EGP team to Hobbs, New Mexico to put on a rally for the youth.  Over a hundred youth came together and worshiped, prayed, and sought the Lord together.  During this time, many were ministered to, and Katie even got to pray and watch as a young girl’s leg grew out.  This along with her prophetic words touched the lives of many youth there.

Hobbs Youth Rally

This church invited the team to lead worship the next morning so that the entire congregation could be a part of what God was doing.  We went early to pray and prepare our hearts to be filled with His presence and then give out what we had received.  God had been speaking to me during this weekend a word that I was able to share with the worship team before they were able to minister to the congregation.  During the service that followed, the power of God was displayed throughout the church and the pastor gave up his message to allow the Holy Spirit to minister as the worship continued to usher in the Kingdom of God!!!

Worship at Hobbs First Assembly

The word that God had been speaking to me was a simple phrase, “A Moment in Time Changes Everything!!!”  As I meditated on this word, God began to reveal more.  We live our lives from moment to moment never really knowing what will come next and not being able to change what has been done in the past.  Each moment, we are given the opportunity to be obedient to the Lord and the Truth that we know.  Each moment in time changes what will come next for better of for worse.  As we are faithful to the Lord and His word to us, our moment in time will come into contact with another person’s moment in time and they will be changed by the Presence of the Lord we carry with us.  These life changing moments may not seem different than any other moment, because it is not even us doing anything but being obedient to the Lord.  This obedience to Him allows Holy Spirit to flow supernaturally through us to whomever we come into contact with.

In Acts 9:10, we come upon “a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias”.  He appears to be no special person, not a pastor or leader in a church.  He was a certain disciple like you and I are supposed to be.  He was spending time listening to the Lord and allowing his spirit to be filled by the presence of God.  When he got a word to go and pray for a man named Saul, he did not even really want to.  He had heard of all the evil horrendous things that Saul had done in the name of God, and did not want him to be healed.  This would be a bit like God telling you to go and pray for a well known member of ISIS.  Nevertheless, because of his relationship with the Lord he was obedient.  Saul was miraculously healed and chose to follow the Lord.  Ananias, a relative nobody, had a moment in time that God’s power and presence was able to be infused into Saul’s life, and this changed everything!!!  Saul became Paul and later became a traveling missionary and church planter, was appointed as an apostle, brought the word of God to the Gentiles, and wrote most of the letters that still influence us to this day.  Ananias gained a mighty eternal inheritance of all of these things because of a simple act of obedience that he did not even really want to do.  His moment in time still influences us today and changed all of eternity!!!

We can see all kinds of these life-changing moments throughout the Bible and even to modern day history.  At the time, they do not even seem to be that important, but because God was able to infuse Himself into the obedience of His people, miraculous things took place and a supernatural legacy was brought about.  Think about Abraham who left everything behind to follow the Lord, and his willingness to give up his most precious son Isaac, we are his inheritance.  Moses gave up the pleasures of the palace and the solitude of the wilderness to speak the words of truth to Pharaoh, and he became the leader of God’s chosen people.  After much resistance, Jonah spoke a word of destruction to Nineveh that saved the entire city.  The Bible is made up of simple individuals like you and I (Elijah was a man with a nature like ours… James 5:17) who chose to follow and obey the Lord and this changed history!!!

This is who you are!!!  This is your inheritance!!!  This is your destiny!!!  God calls you as His own to walk in faithful obedience to Him.  As you walk out the simple mundane acts of obedience, it allows God to inject His Spirit into the situation so that the miraculous can occur. At the time, you may not see, realize, or feel anything special.

One “little” word or one “small” act of obedience will change the world when God is the one leading and directing!!!

A tiny word can change, save, or set a life free when spoken out of Obedience and Truth!!! 

A simple act can affect a person, a nation, or all of eternity if we are walking with the Spirit!!!

One moment in time changes everything!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Faith That Brings Healing

Monday, March 24, 2014

God has taken us to Northeastern India to a state called Mizoram.  We have the privilege of joining our friend and his team from YWAM in doing ministry here.  Our friend and his team have been here leading a Worship and Intercession Seminar and it was exciting to join them after just hearing of the amazing healings and testimonies from their first night.

Mizoram map

Mizoram Map

We have never been to Mizoram before and we found that upon arriving in the small airport set in the middle of the jungle on Friday, what we imagined Mizoram to be was nothing like what it truly is.  Mizoram seems like a different country.  The Mizos are Indian, but they have an Asian ancestry since they border China.  A brief history of the Mizos is that they used to be head hunters.  But some British people answered the call of the Lord to “Go!”, and they took the Gospel of Jesus to this intimidating and murderous unreached people group.  Jesus became and is now the foundation of the Mizos.  Just in being in the first meeting, it was amazing to see the love for the Lord that the people have!  I became so excited for what God is doing in Mizoram and couldn’t wait to see what all He has planned here.

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Worship and Intercession Seminar in Mizoram

Saturday, Jeremiah spoke during the morning service about the importance of intercession. Following this session, there was great unity among the people as they repented and prayed for their Burmese neighbors of whom they had great prejudice against.  During the evening service, we worshipped and broke out into praying for people.  This was the first time I had been in a setting where the Holy Spirit was moving and I was seeing healings take place before me as I prayed for people.  The first man that came to me came for salvation and to be healed from intestinal problems.  The second came and wanted healing from problems with his nervous system.  A young girl came forward who has struggled with irregular periods and issues because of that.  The Holy Spirit healed each one and filled them.  One by one, people came forward for healing or just wanting more Holy Spirit.  During that night, people who had been prayed for had legs grow out, stomachs, back pain, and elbows were healed, and blind eyes were opened!

Jeremiah preaching about original design

Jeremiah preaching about original design

On Sunday, Jeremiah and I shared about original design.  I shared part of my original design of God calling me to be a mother and how the enemy has tried to kill me through infirmity and take away from that word being true.  The enemy would do anything he can to rob us of our God-given destiny but God’s plan for us is to walk in the Truth of who He says we are.  So many people came forward for prayer to know their identity in Christ as well as for healing.  I prayed for a girl with Hepatitis C, people with headaches, stomach ulcers, eye problems, and nervous system issues were all healed!  I was able to speak prophetically over people through their healing and every person I laid hands on was overcome by Holy Spirit and fell down.

Holy Spirit bringing healing

Holy Spirit bringing healing

This was all so exciting for me and was the moment where the measure of my faith was made evident.  Each time Jesus healed people, He had faith.  The disciples were unable to cast out demons and asked Jesus why.  He replied that they were faithless and corrupt people, and then with one statement, set free the demon-possessed boy.  I have been in a season of believing for my healing and contending for it from a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis from when I was young, but also from a diagnosis of poly cystic ovary syndrome, both of which are said to be chronic, lifelong things that can/will rob me in my life.  In the world’s eyes, these things look irrepairable, but in the eyes of Jesus, they amount to nothing compared to the power of God.  Jesus told me that if I don’t have the faith to believe for my healing, then how can I have the faith it takes to believe for the healing of each person I laid hands on?  I always wanted to be used to bring forth healing and breakthrough in people but I let the enemy bring in the lie that I wasn’t worthy enough to be used by God in this way.  It wasn’t until I chose to have the faith Jesus called the disciples to have, that I was able to see these miraculous things happen before my eyes and through my hands.

Romans 4:20-22 says, “Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise.  In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.  He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever He promises.  And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous.”  Just as Abraham refused to believe anything but what God promised, God was able to move freely and powerfully in his life.  We were all a dream in God’s heart before the foundation of the earth.  If you don’t know who God says you are, I encourage you to ask Him, because you are fearfully and wonderfully made!  If there are any areas in your life where you believe anything other than the good things that are from Him, I urge you to give it up to God so that blessings may be unlocked and released in your life; and the power of God can flow through you in these incredible ways!

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh!!!

Follow Me!!!

As my new life with Katie was getting closer and closer to beginning and still without any specific word of direction, I  began to seek the Lord harder than ever for a specific word of direction.  As I said before, it seemed like every door was closed to me and I was getting no answer from the Lord.

Finally, about one month before the wedding, God spoke an ultimate word of direction that I knew was from Him and felt without a doubt that He was calling me to do.  He said “Follow Me!!!”  Now, when asking for a word, I am always full of joy when the Lord speaks.  However, when I am looking for a specific word, and I get such a general word that we all should be doing anyway, I am not so happy.  I mean what was God saying through this?  Aren’t we all called to become followers of Him and walk just as He walked?

As I began to investigate this more, this is the universal call that He commands all of us to do, but sadly many of us have forgotten.  This is the same call to obedience and to “take up our crosses daily” (Luke 9:23).  Not only are we supposed to be obedient, but we are to begin to look more like Jesus, talk more like Jesus, think more like Jesus, act more like Jesus… Following Him is a simple command, but it is a lifelong adventure that will continue forever!

Abraham was called to “Go out from His country, family, and father’s house” (Gen 12:1) and not even given a destination.  I can almost imagine God speaking the word “Go” to Abraham and then Abraham asking “Okay, Where?”.  I can almost see God smiling and pointing a direction and saying “Go that way until I say stop!”  What was it in Abraham that gave him the faith to follow this command?  I believe that He obeyed, because he had truly come to know the One giving the command!!!  His desire was to please the Lord in all things, and this gave him the faith to be recklessly obedient!!!

No matter what God is speaking to us, we must be fully and completely obedient!!!  The more we know Him, the more we will be able to trust Him and that He will not only take care of us, but abundantly bless us as we go.  I encourage you to examine your life right now. Is the Lord speaking to you?  What is the Lord telling you to do?  Have you been completely obedient to Him?  If not, why?

If there is any place in your life where you do not hear the Lord speaking or you are not being fully obedient to Him, this is the time you need to be spending getting to know Him!  You need to know His voice and who He is so as He speaks you hear and are able to be obedient no matter what He is speaking!!!

I do not say this from a place where I have always been completely obedient, but I am learning that the best things in life come from being obedient!!!  Obediently, I went to YWAM and God used this to prepare me for marriage and ministry.  I was obedient in my waiting for God’s Best and He opened my eyes to the treasure in front of me, my Beloved!  Now, I must continue to be obedient in stepping into the ministry that He has created for me.  The best things is that it is better than I could have dreamed or asked for!!!  He knew not only what I wanted, but what I was designed to do.  He prepared me with everything I would need (including the best ministry partner ever!!!).  As both of us continue to grow in being obedient, we are growing into the people that He created us to be!!!

I bless you with knowing who you are, Whose you are, and growing into the perfectly designed plan that He has created just for you!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!