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Prideful Opinion or Humble Trust?

Daily Encouragement –

What’s your opinion? What do you think? How much do you value yourself over Me and My word? 

Everyone has a thought or opinion about serious ( and even non-serious) matters, and most of the time you never have to ask for them. Pride and selfishness will raise their ugly heads and let you know what they think about whatever it is rather quickly. The hard part is learning to listen and trust Me over these two demons! Pride makes you think your way is the best no matter what it may be. Selfishness causes you to desire whatever is best or looks best to you. 

Cut these off at the roots and come to Me with humility. My ways are higher than your ways! Come to Me with trust knowing that I have your eternally best interests concerning all things. 

Come to Me! Trust Me! Follow Me! Love Me in all you do! This journey is worth it, and it will take a lifetime to complete. I love you My child!!!

Jeremiah 43:2-4 “…all the proud men spoke, saying to Jeremiah, “You speak falsely! The Lord our God has not sent you to say, ‘Do not go to Egypt to dwell there.’ 3 But Baruch the son of Neriah has set you against us, to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they may put us to death or carry us away captive to Babylon.” 4 So Johanan the son of Kareah, all the captains of the forces, and all the people would not obey the voice of the Lord…”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
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Roll Away The Stones!!!

Daily Encouragement – 
 
Roll away the stones!!! Inside you are stones of unbelief, doubt, pride, selfishness… These stones cover the death in your life, but as you hide it away, you are hiding it from the life I want to bring. I have abundant life to bring to these dark, unseen places. 
 
If you can, believe that I want to heal and bring life instead of judgment and punishment. If you can believe, you will see My glory!!! 
 
My glory is to take the dead, dark places in you and bring them life and healing. My glory is to take broken places in you and cause restoration. It is My glory revealed to make weakness strong, bring the dead to life again, and freedom to captive. 
 
Come and believe and see My glory revealed!!! I love you My child!!!
 
John 11:38-40 “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” 40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

Designed to be Fully Filled

Daily Encouragement – 

I love you My child. I am doing a great work in all the earth, and I need you to be a part! 

You are My chosen vessel, and I will use you as much as you allow Me to. You must empty yourself of all the other things that falsely fill you and give you a fake sense of purpose.  Only I have the things you were designed to be filled up with and used to pour out on others. 

I know it can be hard to love and trust Me with everything you are. It becomes harder the more you love and trust yourself in place of Me. Selfishness and busyness are two of the things that fill your cup the fastest if you let them. 

Give your pride to Me and trust Me more than yourself. Give Me your selfish desires and love Me first and foremost. Watch Me pour out blessings in and through you as you come closer in doing this. I love you My child!!!

2 Timothy 2:21-22 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Pure Unblocked Relationship

Daily Encouragement –

I love you My child. You are the one I want to be closer to than ever before. Come to Me and receive all that you need today. 

I am filling you to overflowing. I am showing you great and mighty things. Your ears are hearing the mysteries of the Kingdom.  How can it make sense that the Creator of the universe loves you enough to die for you?

 I did this so I could have pure unblocked relationship with you. My side is clear of all obstacles. Now, it is time to remove the roadblocks from your side. Take the fear, worry, troubles, and sin and give it all to Me. Remove the doubt, pride, selfishness and let it be burned up in the fire of My love!

I will come as close as you want Me to. I will reveal as much as you want to be obedient to. I will share as much as you are willing to put into use and share with others. Use it all for My glory and pass it on! I love you My child!!!

John 7:37-38 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 

John 15:5, 16 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 

1 John 2:6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Unique and Vital

Daily Encouragement – 

I love you My child. I am pouring My blessings over you right now. My desire is to bless you fully and for you to operate in your place in The Kingdom. 

Your gifts, talents, and abilities make you a unique and vital piece in advancing My Kingdom. Begin to use everything you have for My glory.

What will you do with what you have?

Even as I lead you into new revelation of Me and who you were created to be in Me, I desire for these revelations to bring you to a place of use. Use whatever you have, and all you discover anew, to advance My Kingdom. 

Everything has been given to you for a plan and a purpose not just for your pleasure. None of these things are given for your own pride or selfishness. Use everything you have for My Kingdom so all may benefit in the Body from what has been given to you. 

Someone is missing out on knowing the fullness of The Kingdom as long as you are not stewarding what you have been given. Step up and be who I have called you to be, a Carrier of My Kingdom!!! I love you My child.

1 Corinthians 12:25-31 … there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 
And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 
Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. 
And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. 
Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? 
Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 
But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way. 

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

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!!!