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PROMISE 3

I will send my Spirit

So, salvation and our free access to God’s presence is what God has donefor us through Jesus. The way we receive it, the how, is through the power of the Holy Spirit. God strengthens your life as you rely more and more on his Spirit dwelling in you—especially at times when you simply can’t go on. You can take great comfort in God’s promise: I will send my Spirit.

What could happen if you daily asked God to fill you with his Spirit? What kind of turnarounds could you experience if you stopped trying to turn things around in your own power? What could be different if you asked God to make you feel alive again with his presence and power?

The word often used in the original Hebrew for Spirit, ruach, means breath or wind. God’s Spirit is as close as our own breath. We depend on breath every moment of every day. God’s Spirit is both untamed and principled, powerful and gentle, expansive and immanent, literally “wind” and “breath.” These two symbols suggest dimensions of our atmosphere, from whirling windstorms to peaceful breezes, to the air we breathe. God’s Spirit is present in all of this. When you accept Christ and place your faith in him, he sends you his Spirit. Paul commands believers to “be filled” with the Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you! The Spirit wants to lead you into life, but you need to be willing to follow.

One primary word for Spirit-filled living is surrender. When you feel tired, lifeless, or parched for joy, Jesus shouts, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me. Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart’” (John 7:37-38). He wants to fill you. You don’t have to live feeling out of breath.

Live free in the promise: I will send my Spirit.

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THE RISE AND FALL OF KING SOLOMON

1Cor.10: 1 – 12,“Lord as I run this race of life,Let me be temperate in all things,Put my body in subjection,That I may not be a cast away”

Introduction: Perhaps no man began with more promise than Solomon. Yet a good beginning does not mean a good finish. Solomon drifted and defected — can it happen to us?Yes, but our prayer as we study tonight is that God will make us end well in Jesus name! Amen.

Let us consider one major factor about King Solomon:In 1Kings.1-10, Solomon was literally the king who could do no wrong. But his fatal disease was sin. What caused this disastrous demise in Solomon’s life? In a word, it was COMPROMISE. All his compromises led to a King with an empty heart and a kingdom torn apart.

COMPROMISE: It is the expedient acceptance of standards that are lower than is desirable.

1Kings. 11:1 – 4Compromise is sin and doubles mindedness (Matthew 6:24; James 4:4, 8).

Truth cannot continue in that environment (Galatians 2:4-5). Compromise causes God’s people to be indecisive and faithless (1 Kings 18:21). When one compromises, the heart is turned away from God and one no longer will stand militantly for the truth. Sin and error cannot be met by a soft approach (2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Ephesians 6:10-17). Solomon compromised his life in two crucial areas, all stemming from one sin.

He Compromised His Conduct

At first Solomon had a close walk with the Lord.He built the temple and dedicated it to God (1 Kings 8:14-21).His prayer of dedication is one of the most beautiful in the Bible (1Kings 8:22-53).God continued to remind him of the importance of a daily walk with Him.God told him what he needed to do to receive His blessing (1 Kings. 9:4-9).Yet His greatest error and compromise was with his marriages. An Israelite was not to marry a foreigner, but Solomon had married many (Deuteronomy 7:1-4).a) He had not found one good woman among 1,000 (Ecclesiastes7:28). His problem was that he was around the wrong kind of women.He Compromised His Worship Solomon did not fully follow the Lord (1 Kings 11:5-8). He even built pagan worship centers — no wonder God was angry (Habakkuk 2:18-20).God alone is to be the sole object of our worship (Matthew 4:10).He will not accept second best. We had better be very certain that we do not fall down to the gods of the 21st century.

Conclusion:

Let us not forget 1Kings.11:4, it did not just happen, but when he was old, which means the devil can take long to accomplish his mission, hence, we need to be cautious according to Deut. 8:11.

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PROMISE 2

There is no condemnation in Christ.

Too often, we can slip back into old patterns—the residuals of thinking rooted in guilt and self-condemnation. Sometimes, I fall back into these patterns after I screw up, like when I’m short with my kids or lose my patience in traffic; when I don’t get my way and pout like a two-year-old in a grown-up body; or when I stick to my health plan for a few days only to gorge on chicken nachos instead of hitting the gym. Afterwards, I’m disappointed in myself and guilt and condemnation rise up.

God’s presence may be the promise, but sometimes it feels like I deserve to be cut off from his presence because of my own stupidity. I fear that I’ve disqualified myself from his grace, and selfishness has put me on probation. Can you relate? Do you believe that God forgives others, but you still wonder if he forgives you? Do you get that God loves you, but you still feel like a failure? As a fellow struggler, I can only remind you of what I tell myself: there is no condemnation in Christ.

Nothing—past or future—can cut you off from God’s presence through Jesus. This restoration promise makes it clear that God knows all about the mind games we play and the ways our enemy can exploit them. But God’s gift of grace is a precious gift. Paul describes it as the chain of actions that lead to our salvation.

“For those whom [God] foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified” (Romans 8:29-30 ESV).

The power of the past and the penalty of your sin have been utterly demolished by this golden chain of salvation. You’ve been foreknown, predestined, called, justified, and glorified. Our old habits might keep us feeling caged, but God has blown the door wide open. God’s mercy is new every morning. His grace is fresh every day. Great is his faithfulness! He does not treat us as our sins deserve!

Live free in the promise: there is no condemnation in Christ.

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PROMISE 1

I will be with you.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psalms 23:4 KJV

Recently I read about an incident at the Los Angeles Zoo. An employee named Gary Richmond noticed a cage full of fifteen red-tailed hawks kept in a back room, leftover evidence in a defunct poaching case. They could not be displayed and would likely die in captivity. So, being a rebel at heart, Richmond decided to “accidentally” leave their cage door open and give them a chance to escape back into the wild.

Returning an hour later, he was shocked to see that all of the hawks were still there. So he charged at them like a bear, trying to scare them out. Most of them flew a few feet away but looked back longingly at the cage that had become their home. The hawks got so used to a caged life that they forgot what it meant to be free. Eventually, he gave up and herded them back into their cage.

Each day, we have the opportunity to really trust in God’s true, biblical promises and live in the freedom we have through our relationships with Jesus. We’ve been set free and the cage door is open, but too often we would rather have predictability instead of purpose, boredom instead of bravery, and the empty promise of our cage instead of the unlimited promise of freedom.

God often leads his people into places where they feel overwhelmed. In every case, one promise was given by God himself: I will be with you. Not a promise of comfort, convenience, or construction. He promised to walk with us through overwhelming scenarios.

The promise is spelled out in Isaiah 41:10: “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” John Piper noted the prepositions that come from this passage about God’s presence with us:

“I am your God”… God is over you.

“I am with you” … God is by you.

“I will strengthen you” … God is in you.

“I will help you” … God is around you.

“I will hold you up” … God isunderneath you.

Because his presence to help is over, by, inside, around, and underneath you, your temporary fear and discouragement lose their power. Instead, courage and strength flow into you even when it feels like life’s coming off the hinges.

Live free in the promise: I will be with you.

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The Importance of God’s Words

But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shaltx speak. Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
Jeremiah 1:7‭, ‬9‭-‬10 KJV

Each and every insight that God provides for you is important. Iij result of the revelation will often kbe determined by your reply and response. If you just think on it for a day or two and then let it go, you will probably miss the full effect of the oil on that word. If you write, record, and then go back to it with prayer and seeking strategy, you will keep pressing that word and extract the oil.

Sometimes you are struggling and need a breakthrough. God will send a word to you that contains bondage-breaking power. It may not be a word that has long-term application but is sent for that very moment. Some words frame times and seasons. There have been times in my life that I keep pondering a word over and over, and each time I got more application. It becomes a mission statement for a season of my supernatural journey.

There are other words that are very specific and hold instruction for a particular assignment. All of these things must be prayed out and discerned. This is why rezcorkdinjghg, writing, and praying over ijjikmi revelations is so critoical. Toh liij anj person who walks in the supernatural, you must learn to place emphasis and value on insight and revelation.

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Abide in God

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John 15:5‭-‬7 KJV

Many believers have more faith in the ability of the enemy to deceive them than in their own ability to hear from God. We must understand that hearing from heaven is not something that we do but rather a part of who we are.

Picture a satellite receiver. It receives communication from the primary satellite. You do not have to constantly worry about whether or not it will receive communication. It was made to do just that. You simply connect it to your devices and voilà, there it is—broadcast received, data relayed. There is clear communication without disruption because that is what it was created for.

We are called to abide in God. Part of that abiding is becoming aware of His systems of communication and the fact that revelation is our birthright as children of God. The Father has laid out a unique and blessed path for each one of us; it is our privilege to discover every step. Not only that, but His voice creates light upon the path so we clearly see the way and navigate forward. We are to live lives that are in sync with the thoughts and intents of our Father’s heart. We are to be planted fully and deeply in Him without shame or fear.

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A Supernatural God of Supernatural People

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
1 Corinthians 2:4‭-‬7 KJV

We seem to be trapped in a religious haze. Much of the Western church holds God as an idea that they fit somewhere into their busy lives. He is a concept, an idea, or a theology but not an actual person from another realm who has become their fascination and the central theme of their whole lives.

The reality is this: God is a supernatural God! When we were born again, we became supernatural people called to manifest the kingdom of God.

I have always been a radical. I have never been a half-volume, half-hearted kind of guy. I go in strong, and I go in full force. It is with this personality that I came into the gospel. I was radically set ablaze by the power of God. My life took a bold turn toward the call of God, and I found myself leaving everything that was familiar to step out into the unknown.

You can be effectively led by Holy Spirit. You can know and discern the will of God for your life. You can operate in tremendous miracles and authority. The supernatural life is for you. You are a child of God, born into His kingdom with all the rights and privileges of an heir. Let’s journey deep into the mystery and wonder of our majestic Father.