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Today I want to continue our series on Purpose, the purpose of our church and the principles of our church – these are the foundational core values of what makes this place what it is.
We will cover a variety of topics throughout this series
1. Church on Purpose Across the Aisle
2. Church on Purpose Across the Street
3. Church on Purpose Around the World
4. We live purpose
5. We lead up
6. We Aim for 5 Stars
7. We are Audacious
8. We Embrace Truth
9. We Serve
10. We keep it simple
And in each of those you have to choose to do them on purpose. You will not accidently accomplish any of those. It has to be a conscious decision to live a life on purpose.
You will hear us say, we are a church on purpose. A Church left to accidents will accomplish little. However, to purpose in your heart to be on purpose across the aisle, across the street, and around the world, by living purpose, leading people up, aiming for excellence, living and praying audaciously, embracing truth, and then just keep it simple, the main the main thing. If you do that on purpose, with a purpose, and for a purpose, then you along with the church, will accomplish much.
Now today I want to talk about something that you will have to really do on purpose. You really have to Purpose in your heart do this and to do it correctly –
What we say… what We speak…
Now everybody is saying something, but what are you saying.
Much is said about what we listen too, what we watch, where we go, and what we do…
I want to focus on what we say…
Let me start by asking you a few questions
Have you ever heard of
Very few people know these 10 men. Why? People don’t remember the names of the people who say we cannot! However we do remember the names of the people who say we can.
In the story of the 12 spies, all of them believed what they were saying, they were all prophetic. They all received exactly what they said.
1. to utter words or articulate sounds with the ordinary voice; talk: He was too ill to speak.
2. to communicate vocally; mention: to speak to a person of various matters.
3. to converse: She spoke with him for an hour.
4. to deliver an address, discourse, etc.: to speak at a meeting.
5. to make a statement in written or printed words.
1. to make known or state clearly, especially in explicit or formal terms: to declare one’s position in a controversy.
2. to announce officially; proclaim: to declare a state of emergency; to declare a winner.
3. to state emphatically: He declared that the allegation was a lie.
4. to manifest; reveal;
I think one of the most vital things, a quite possibly one of the greatest tools in the arsenal of the Christian is what we speak…and to whom we speak…
We need to have a conversation with God.
It is in our nature to speak, naturally, but even more so in the spiritual realm.
Just look at the creator of all things and look at how God operates.
Look in Genesis, the creation story, and you will find an early indicator that God works through words…
In Genesis 1 – it is recorded that God said 10 times –
That leads me to tell you that God is a verbal God, he communicates.
It is through this that I can also tell you that because God speaks and creation responded, it means that all things that God created, and He created everything, has the capacity to hear.
We also must hear what God is saying so that we likewise will know what to say, and what to do.
Jeremiah had these verbal encounters with God.
18 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: 2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” 3
Then in Jeremiah 29 in another conversation. God said I have heard and Here is my response…
I Know the plans I have…
God is very much about speaking, and he placed into his most prized creation that same ability of communicating with our mouths.
He even tied it to your salvation!
God is very much into speaking to you and hearing you speak.
Communication Brings Salvation!
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. KJV
James talked about that power that is in the member of our body that formulates words, our tongue!
2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.
3 We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. 4 And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. 5 In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.
But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. 6 And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.
7 People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!
When you look at a mighty ship – and you wonder what is steering the mighty vessel and down below you see this little rudder. You wonder how something so small can steer something so large! The same is true in our lives. Our tongue controls something mightier than that ship, it controls your life.
Proverbs 18:21 – life and death are in the power of the tongue…
In your own strength you cannot tame the tongue – you need the Lord to help you control your tongue
Paul stated that our speech must always be seasoned with salt
6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
This means that you can come upon a very serious situation and when you speak you can bring grace and healing to the situation. When you speak about the graciousness of God you insert grace into an otherwise nasty situation.
We all need to come to grips with this fact…that if your words are bitter it’s because your heart is bitter.
The taste of your words is the condition of your heart.
The seasoning of our words is the representation of the taste of our hearts.
Matt 12:34-37 NLT
. 34 You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. 35 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. 36 And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. 37 The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”
Your words will either condemn you or justify you.
8 In fact, it says,
“The message is very close at hand;
it is on your lips and in your heart.”
And that message is the very message about faith that we preach: 9 If you openly declarethat Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
16 But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, “Lord, who has believed our message?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
The word translated “saved” is sozo, which refers not only to being born again, but to the fullness of God’s blessing—to delivering, healing, saving, freeing.
So we speak words that justify
We don’t speak words that condemn us
We speak to be saved
We confess unto salvation
Why do we believe in the heart versus the mind? It is out of the abundance of the heart that a man speaks.
God is after your heart. The mind changes easily, but it is difficult to change the heart.
So We speak, we declare and we believe that what we say matters.
What we declare matters.
Our speech, our prayers, our conversations matter and they dictate the path that we take.
We don’t speak curses, rather we speak blessings!
We don’t speak doubt, rather we speak faith!
We don’t speak death, rather we speak life!
We don’t speak sickness, we speak Healing!
We don’t speak debt, we speak abundance!
We speak, and we speak life and life more abundantly!
We speak faith…
In Luke the disciples were talking with the Lord
5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Show us how to increase our faith.”
6 The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you!
The disciples said, “Increase our faith.”
Jesus said, “Unleash your faith.”
The disciples said, “Expand our faith.”
Jesus said, “Express your faith.
Jesus said the same thing regarding any obstacle before us. He didn’t say, “Pray that the mountain might be removed. He said, “Speak to the mountain itself,” (Mark 11:23).
Why were the disciples told to speak? Because while faith is implanted by the Word, it is unleashed through the lips.…
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:8, 9
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. Psalm 33:6, 9
How did God make the world? He spoke it into existence. So, too, Jesus altered the course of the world and eternity when He spoke…
“Waves, be still” (Mark 4:39).
“Lazarus, come forth” (John 11:43).
“It is Finished” (John 19:30).
“Loose Him and Let Him Go” John 11:44
“Woman thou are loosed from thine infirmity” Luke 13:12
“Thy Son liveth” John 4:53
Out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water – John 3
We are Made in the image of God, we also speak our individual worlds into existence and alter their course with our words.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:8
The Hebrew word translated “meditate” means “to mutter over and over again.”
If you want to be prosperous and successful in that which the Lord has laid before you to do, mutter the Word day and night. The promises of God will be of no effect if they’re simply written in your journal or underlined in your Bible. They only take effect when they’re in your mouth.
With his back to the Red Sea and the armies of Egypt barreling down upon him, Moses cried to the Lord.
God responded – why are you talking to me, talk to them
“Why speakest thou to Me? Speak to the children that they are to go forward,” the Lord answered (Exodus 14:15).
You might be a great student of Scripture. You might even be a prayer warrior. But if you wonder why the Sea isn’t parting, could it be that the Lord is whispering to you, “Why are you asking Me? Speak to the mountain that looms large before you”?
Examples abound in the Word of men who understood the absolutely essential principle that the Word in them had to be spoken by them if they were to see results around them.…
It was when Joshua spoke to the sun that it stood still, giving him time to accomplish a great victory (Joshua 10:12).
It was when Elisha spoke to king Ahab on the basis of Deuteronomy 11:16–17 that there was no rain (1 Kings 17:1).
It was when Zerubbabel spoke to the cornerstone of the temple that the Lord began moving and the project came to completion (Zechariah 4:7).
You can decry the day or you can say, “This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24)! That choice you make will alter the course of your day.
You can either say, “Everything is falling apart,” or you will say, “The Word of God declares that all things are working together for good,” (Romans 8:28).
You can say “We’re not going to make it,” or you will say, “The Word declares that our God will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). Because he blesses the givers!
Of God, the writer of the letter to the Hebrews says,
“For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me,’ ” (see Hebrews 13:5, 6).
God hath said that we may say—not that we may know, not that we may write, not even that we may pray—but that we may say.
• Happy is the people whose God is the Lord (Psalm 144:15).
• The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1).
• The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want (Psalm 23:1).
• The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him (Lamentations 3:25).
I challenge you to write down four or five such promises from the Word on three-by-five cards, put them on your dashboard or on your mirror, and mutter them over and over again. Frame your world and your day with the Word as you speak it forth—and watch what happens.
Meditating on God’s word is the best way to get your faith up, to get your faith working for you.
Romans 10:17 – Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
So I ask you what will you speak, as for this house, we speak life, blessings, salvation, healing, deliverance, and abundance into our lives.
What will you speak? What will you say?
As Paul listed out the works of our flesh, he uses an interesting word, “strife.” The word “strife” comes from the Greek word eritheia. It is very similar to the word eris, which is translated “variance” in the King James Version.
The word eritheia describes a self-seeking ambition that is more concerned about itself and the fulfillment of its own wants, desires, and pleasures than it is in meeting the same needs in others people. When strife (eritheia) is working in someone’s life, it means that taking care of themselves and getting what they want is their principal or primary concern. They’re bent on getting what they want to the extreme that they’re willing to do anything, say anything, and sacrifice any standard, rule, or relationship to achieve their goals. It is a selfish, self-focused attitude that is engrossed with its own desires and ambitions. It is so self-consumed that it is blinded to the desires or ambitions of other people.When someone has this attitude, he is bound to hurt and to offend people.
It is our nature to be self-absorbed and seeking selfish desires! We must yield that nature to God! Then allow the Holy Spirit to create a clean, pure, and right spirit!
Now we can say the devil made us do this. He made us cause strife, the reality is it’s us, our flesh! You cannot “cast out” flesh. You must repent and then turn from this behavior!
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Revelation 4:2 TH
And immediately I was in the spirit…
I don’t know how things are at your house, but at my house there’s a whole lot of flesh at times. Just getting up in the morning and dealing with Jason is a challenge. Physically it sounds like a bowl of Rice Krispies, snap, crackle, and pop is the normal morning song. Because of that
I’m really looking forward to being in the spirit, to being immediately changed. Spiritually, I have to constantly keep my natural man in check. He always wants to be in charge. How many of you today found yourself allowing the “man” to be in charge. We all struggle with this battle constantly. We all fail continually. However, there’s coming a day when we will no longer struggle with the flesh because when we see Him, we shall be like Him (1 John 3:2).
… and behold, a throne set in heaven,…
Now that John has been caught up in the spirit to witness the things that shall happen hereafter. He enters into the throne room. There the first thing that captures John’s eye is a throne set, or literally “planted” in heaven. Why, would this be so important. Considering who John was writing to it was vitally important. They were under terrible persecution and seeing a throne set as John saw Would bring them hope as it should us as well. Many of the altars or god’s of the old testament could be picked up and moved from one “grove” to the next. They’re gods were fleeting, had variance, and always changing. The altars of Baal and other gods were portable. The scene of a throne planted, unmovable and unshakeable would give them comfort.
He’s unmovable, unshakable, He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever, yet get’s better and better. As the old timers used to say He gets sweeter as the days go by.
…and one sat on the throne.
Hebrews 10:11-14 – He sat down…
Revelation 4:3 (a)
And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper…
The jasper stone was a clear stone—probably a diamond—and speaks of light, holiness and purity. Because God is light (1 John 1:5). His light dispels darkness. Maybe this week a word of disappointment hit your life and brought darkness. Maybe it was a medical report or a friend and a word from the hit your life. It may have surprised you because you weren’t expecting it. You were in the dark so to speak. However, God’s not in the dark about your disappointment. What often happens is we want to know, if God knows about it, why doesn’t He do something about it?
The answer to that is that He has.…
… and a sardius stone in appearance
A sardius stone was most likely what we call a ruby. As soon as we here of that stone the ruby, a color comes to mind. Which of course, is red. It’s the blood of Christ that was shed for us on Calvary, that is the solution to all of life’s problems. The blood flowed from His veins as the nails pierced His hands, as the crown of thorns was clubbed into His skull, as the spear sliced into His side.
And through it all, He would declare, His great love for us, in spite of who we were and who we are. God loves us. ( Romans 5:8). Tell me what else could God possibly do to show you He’s in love with you and wants the best for you? He laid everything on the line and was crucified in your place all the while with you on His mind and on His heart.
Exodus 28, tells us that the high priest wore a breastplate upon which were twelve stones—one for each tribe. The first of the twelve sons of Jacob was Reuben. Reuben’s name means “behold” or “see, a son.” His stone was the sardius stone. The last of the twelve sons was Benjamin, whose name means “son of my right hand.” Benjamin’s stone was a jasper.
Therefore, this One on the throne is, “Behold, the Son of My right hand.” It’s Jesus.
Revelation 4:3 (c)
and there wasa rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.
We’ve been conditioned that the throne room of God is a dangerous, scary, and intimidating place. Two verses down it states that there is lightning and thunder coming from the throne. It gives a visual of a massive storm around the throne. So you would have to fight through the storm to get to the Throne of Grace. We have been trained, cautioned, and instructed that when a storm is approaching we should evacuate or take cover. The issue is two-fold. First, we have already been covered. We have been covered by the blood of Jesus and through that we gain access to enter the throne room of God. Not only to enter but enter boldly.
Secondly, it’s the wrong view of the throne. The throne of God is not surrounded by danger signs or warning lights. It’s surrounded by a rainbow which is an sign of grace (Genesis 9:16). That is why we are not instructed to come boldly unto the throne of service, intense worship, or even clean living. We are invited to come boldly unto the throne of grace(Hebrews 4:16).
4 Around the throne weretwenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads.
Here are two different views of the identity of the twenty-four elders.
The Old Testament priesthood was divided into twenty-four groups (1 Chronicles 24), and because the church is called a kingdom of priests (Revelation 1:6), some suggest that the twenty-four elders speaks of the church, with their white garments symbolizing the righteousness given to us in Christ.
Another view, which I am more inclined to agree with, is that the twenty-four elders refer to the twelve patriarchs and the twelve apostles because on each of the twelve gates into the New Jerusalem is the name of one of the patriarchs; and on each of the foundations is the name of an apostle (Revelation 21).
If this is the case, the twenty-four elders would symbolize God’s people in entirety—the patriarchs representing the Old Testament believers, the apostles representing the New Testament believers.
That’s my opinion regarding the identity of the twenty-four elders.
However, we can be certain of their ministry, for as the Book of Revelation progresses, we’ll see what these twenty four elders do in heaven. It’s a great example of what elders should be doing in the church.
First we see the elders sitting in the presence of God.
In the next chapter, the elders seek out John, saying, “Weep not. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah has prevailed.”
Later, we see an elder ask John questions to open a spiritual discussion, they provide information and revelation. You’ll also see the elders singing a new song.
I believe that elders, ministers, and those serving in the church here on earth, must be those who sit in God’s presence, those who seek out people who are hurting and point them to the Lord. We must be those who share truth; and those who sing a new song of something God is doing today, in this hour.
And from the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices…
When you see lightning and hear thunder, you know a storm is coming. Keep in mind that John is addressing people going through terrible times and dark days. Just like you and I when we are going through tough times. We want to know when the enemy of our soul gets what’s coming to him. You might not sense it, feel it or know it. However, there’s a storm of justice coming to your enemy that old serpent the devil. God will repay him for everything that he has done.
…seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
See Isaiah 11:2 this speaks of the seven-fold nature of God’s Spirit.
And before the throne there was a sea of glass like crystal…
When you get to heaven, the throne will catch your eye, seeing Jesus will impact your heart and life, and the crystal sea before the throne will bring you peace. However, this is a lesson for us now. When life is tough and difficult, we should pursue the throne of God. Often we want to go out and rectify the situation. Instead, we should head towards the throne, and while we are on our way, we will encounter the peace of God, even before we get to the throne.
…and in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, werefour living creatures full of eyes in front and in back
The Greek word translated “beasts” which is how It appears in the King James Version, actually means “creatures.” These living creatures are described in greater detail in Ezekiel 1 and 10, where we are told they are cherubim. We come into the Cherubim first in the Garden of Eden. God commissioned cherubim with flaming swords to keep Adam and Even from eating of the tree of life and living forever in their fallen condition (Genesis 3:24).
In the Book of Exodus, cherubim are then seen again on the mercy seat. (Exodus 25:17)
7 The first living creature waslike a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature waslike a flying eagle.
Since the early days of church history, many of stated that the four faces of these cherubim correspond with the four Gospels:
Matthew presents Jesus as King, typified by a lion.
Mark presents Him as a Servant, the ox representing a servant.
Luke presents Jesus in His Humanity, seen in the face of a man.
John presents Jesus as the Son of God, pictured by the eagle who not only soars higher than any other creature, but is the only animal able to look directly into the sun, even as only the Son of God beholds the glory of the Father.
Now when we are talking about a four faced creature, if I were to come in contact with it and not have understanding, I would have fear. Knowledge eliminates the fear and in its place should be peace. Understanding these four faces, having revelation brings peace to our lives. Dig a little deeper and we can get revelation about these four faced creatures.
In chapters 1 and 2 of the Book of Numbers, God declares that His people were to camp in a certain order as they traveled through the wilderness. He told the Levites to surround the tabernacle on the north, south, east, and west sides.
Numbers 2 goes on to say that on each of the four sides were to be three tribes.
Judah, Issachar, and Zebulon, numbering 186,400, were to camp on the east side and were known as the Camp of Judah.
What is the symbol of Judah? The Lion. Why were they on the east side? Because when Jesus comes back, roaring with authority, (I Thessalonians 4:15-18) He’s going to come from the East.
Ephraim, Manasseh, and Benjamin, numbering 108,100, were to camp on the west side, and were known as the Camp of Ephraim. Their symbol was an ox.
Reuben, Simeon, and Gad, numbering 151,400, were to camp on the south side and were known as the Camp of Reuben, whose symbol was a man.
Dan, Naphtali, and Asher, numbering 157,600, were to camp on the north side and were known as the Camp of Dan, signified by an eagle.
With the largest number of people camped on the east, the smallest number on the west, and an almost identical number of people on the north and south sides of the tabernacle, the configuration is that of a Cross. which is as applicable practically as it is significant spiritually.…
Balak, king of Moab, hired a prophet named Balaam to pronounce a curse upon the people of Israel. Balaam had to think this was easy money. After all the people of Israel were idolatrous and rebellious, ungrateful and immoral. Surely God will curse them or even destroy them.
Balaam was completely wrong in thinking God was angry with His people. When Balaam attempted to utter a curse over them, all that came out of his mouth was a blessing (Numbers 23–24). Why? Because he was looking over the camp of Israel from a high place of a false god named Baal. The image that Baal was seeing, was the image of the cross. (see images 1-3)