The Big Picture

Luke 24:27 Then Jesus quoted them passage after passage from the writings of the prophets, beginning with the book of Genesis and going right on through the Scriptures, explaining what the passages meant and what they said about himself.

 

Called According to His Purpose: Jeremiah

by Danny Leavitt

 

Introduction Author: Jeremiah around 625 BCE

Through the scribe and friend, Baruch

 

Jeremiah 36:4 So Jeremiah sent for Baruch son of Neriah, and as Jeremiah dictated all the prophecies that the Lord had given him, Baruch wrote them on a scroll.

Historicity

BaruchBulla.jpg

In 1975, a clay bulla purportedly containing Baruch’s seal and name appeared on the antiquities market. Its purchaser, a prominent Israeli collector, permitted Israeli archaeologist Nahman Avigad to publish the bulla.[12] Although its source is not definitively known, it has been identified as coming from the “burnt house” excavated by Yigal Shiloh. The bulla is now in the Israel Museum. It measures 17 by 16 mm, and is stamped with an oval seal, 13 by 11 mm. The inscription, written in the ancient Hebrew alphabet, reads:[13]

Line Transliteration Translation
1 lbrkyhw [belonging] to Berachyahu
2 bn nryhw son of Neriyahu
3 hspr the scribe

 

 

Romans 8:28 Amplified Bible (AMP)

And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.

 

THE CALL

 

Jeremiah 1 (NLT)

These are the words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests from the town of Anathoth in the land of Benjamin. The Lord first gave messages to Jeremiah during the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah.[a] The Lord’s messages continued throughout the reign of King Jehoiakim, Josiah’s son, until the eleventh year of the reign of King Zedekiah, another of Josiah’s sons. In August of that eleventh year the people of Jerusalem were taken away as captives.

Jeremiah’s Call

The Lord gave me this message:

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.
Before you were born I set you apart
and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

“O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”

The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” Then the Lord reached out and touched my mouth and said, “See, I have put my words in your mouth!  Jeremiah

1:10 King James Version (KJV)

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.

 

Excuses

Jeremiah 20:7-10 (MSG)

7-10 You pushed me into this, God, and I let you do it.
You were too much for me.
And now I’m a public joke. They all poke fun at me every time I open my mouth
I’m shouting, “Murder!” or “Rape!”
And all I get for my God-warnings are insults and contempt.
But if I say, “Forget it! No more God-Messages from me!”   The words are fire in my belly, a burning in my bones.  I’m worn out trying to hold it in. I can’t do it any longer!
Then I hear whispering behind my back:
“There goes old ‘Danger-Everywhere.’ Shut him up! Report him!” Old friends watch, hoping I’ll fall flat on my face:  “One misstep and we’ll have him. We’ll get rid of him for good!”

 

The Message

Turn from Sin

Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV)

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.

 

False Religion

Jeremiah 6:13-15 (KJV)

13 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.

 

Jeremiah 2:12-13 (KJV)

12 The heavens are shocked at such a thing
and shrink back in horror and dismay,”
says the Lord.
13 “For my people have done two evil things:
They have abandoned me—
the fountain of living water.
And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns
that can hold no water at all!

Read: Matthew 23

 

The Good News

Jeremiah 23:5-6 (NLT)

“For the time is coming,” says the Lord,
“when I will raise up a righteous descendant from King David’s line. He will be a King who rules with wisdom.  He will do what is just and right throughout the land.
And this will be his name: ‘The Lord Is Our Righteousness.’
In that day Judah will be saved, and Israel will live in safety.

 

Jeremiah 29:11 Living Bible (TLB)

11 For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

True Compassion

Romans 9:3 (CJB)

3that I could wish myself actually under God’s curse and separated from the Messiah, if it would help my brothers, my own flesh and blood,

Romans 11:26  (NLT)

26 And so all Israel will be saved. As the Scriptures say,

“The one who rescues will come from Jerusalem,
and he will turn Israel away from ungodliness.

 

Matthew 12:46-50 (CJB)

46 He was still speaking to the crowd when his mother and brothers appeared outside, asking to talk with him. 47 [a 48 But to the one who had informed him he replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 49 Pointing to his talmidim, he said, “Look! Here are my mother and my brothers! 50 Whoever does what my Father in heaven wants, that person is my brother and sister and mother.”

 

Acts 6:7

So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.

 

Your Call _________________________ Seek the lost

Your Message _________________________  The Good News of Jesus

Your People  __________________________  Everyone

 

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The Big Picture

Luke 24:27 Then Jesus quoted them passage after passage from the writings of the prophets, beginning with the book of Genesis and going right on through the Scriptures, explaining what the passages meant and what they said about himself.

 

Called According to His Purpose: Jeremiah

by Danny Leavitt

 

Introduction Author: Jeremiah around 625 BCE

Through the scribe and friend, Baruch

 

Jeremiah 36:4 So Jeremiah sent for Baruch son of Neriah, and as Jeremiah dictated all the prophecies that the Lord had given him, Baruch wrote them on a scroll.

 

Romans 8:28 Amplified Bible (AMP)

And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.

 

THE CALL

 

Jeremiah 1 (NLT)

These are the words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests from the town of Anathoth in the land of Benjamin. The Lord first gave messages to Jeremiah during the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah.[a] The Lord’s messages continued throughout the reign of King Jehoiakim, Josiah’s son, until the eleventh year of the reign of King Zedekiah, another of Josiah’s sons. In August of that eleventh year the people of Jerusalem were taken away as captives.

Jeremiah’s Call

The Lord gave me this message:

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.
Before you were born I set you apart
and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

“O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”

The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” Then the Lord reached out and touched my mouth and said, “See, I have put my words in your mouth!  Jeremiah

1:10 King James Version (KJV)

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.

 

Excuses

Jeremiah 20:7-10 (MSG)

7-10 You pushed me into this, God, and I let you do it.
You were too much for me.
And now I’m a public joke. They all poke fun at me every time I open my mouth
I’m shouting, “Murder!” or “Rape!”
And all I get for my God-warnings are insults and contempt.
But if I say, “Forget it! No more God-Messages from me!”   The words are fire in my belly, a burning in my bones.  I’m worn out trying to hold it in. I can’t do it any longer!
Then I hear whispering behind my back:
“There goes old ‘Danger-Everywhere.’ Shut him up! Report him!” Old friends watch, hoping I’ll fall flat on my face:  “One misstep and we’ll have him. We’ll get rid of him for good!”

 

The Message

Turn from Sin

Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV)

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.

 

False Religion

Jeremiah 6:13-15 (KJV)

13 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.

 

Jeremiah 2:12-13 (KJV)

12 The heavens are shocked at such a thing
and shrink back in horror and dismay,”
says the Lord.
13 “For my people have done two evil things:
They have abandoned me—
the fountain of living water.
And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns
that can hold no water at all!

Read: Matthew 23

 

The Good News

Jeremiah 23:5-6 (NLT)

“For the time is coming,” says the Lord,
“when I will raise up a righteous descendant from King David’s line. He will be a King who rules with wisdom.
He will do what is just and right throughout the land.
And this will be his name: ‘The Lord Is Our Righteousness.’
In that day Judah will be saved, and Israel will live in safety.

 

Jeremiah 29:11 Living Bible (TLB)

11 For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

True Compassion

Romans 9:3 (CJB)

3that I could wish myself actually under God’s curse and separated from the Messiah, if it would help my brothers, my own flesh and blood,

Romans 11:26  (NLT)

26 And so all Israel will be saved. As the Scriptures say,

“The one who rescues will come from Jerusalem,
and he will turn Israel away from ungodliness.

 

Matthew 12:46-50 (CJB)

46 He was still speaking to the crowd when his mother and brothers appeared outside, asking to talk with him. 47 [a 48 But to the one who had informed him he replied, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 49 Pointing to his talmidim, he said, “Look! Here are my mother and my brothers! 50 Whoever does what my Father in heaven wants, that person is my brother and sister and mother.”

 

Acts 6:7

So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.

 

Your Call _________________________

Your Message _________________________

Your People  __________________________

Relationship not Religion

Religion Makes us proud

Give yourselves completely to God—every part of you—for you have been brought back to life, and you want to be tools in the hands of God, used for his good purposes. Romans 6:13 (LB)

Since God has shown us great mercy, offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship. Romans 12:1 (NCV)

RELATIONSHIP COMMITMENT

  1. PERSERVERENCE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD RESULTS IN STRENGTH AND JOY

Those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

Worship the Lord with gladness! Come before him, singing with joy! Psalm 100:2 (NLT)

  1. RELATIONSHIPS ARE GOD’S PLAN

We are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from Christ’s Body as a

whole, not the other way around. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? Romans 12:4-5 (Mes)

Christ brought us together through his death on the Cross. The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility. Ephesians 2:16 (Mes)

Now God had reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation…and the message of reconciliation.  2 Corinthians 5:18-19 (NIV)

3. GOD CAN MAKE YOU RELATIONSHIP PERFECT 

Christ’s Body is fitted TOGETHER perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow . . . Ephesians 4:16 (NLT)

God’s kingdom isn’t about eating and drinking. It’s about pleasing God, living in peace, and experiencing true happiness. All this comes from the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17 (CEV)

  1. YOUR RELATIONSHIPS ARE TO MAKE YOU A BETTER PERSON

Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others. Be good servants of God’s various gifts of grace. 1 Peter 4:10 (NCV)

I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me. Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will find true life. Mark 8:35 (NLT)

Two people are always better than one, because they get more done by working TOGETHER. If one falls down, the other can help him up. But it is bad for the person who is alone and falls, because no one is there to help. If two lie down TOGETHER, they can share the same blanket and stay warm, but a person alone will not be warm. An enemy might defeat one person, but two people TOGETHER can defend themselves. And a rope that is woven of three braids is hard to break. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NCV & LB)

When we work together we:
1. Get more done

  1. Minimize our failures
  2. Pool our resources
  3. YOUR RELATIONSHIPS CAN HAVE AN ETERNAL IMPACT

“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to do everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you . . .” Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) “They gave beyond their ability . . . far more than they could afford. What explains it was that they had first given themselves unreservedly to God. The other giving simply flowed out of the purposes of God working in their lives.” 2 Corinthians 8:3,5 (Mes)

Some videos

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Hello Gathering Devotional  Family,

Today and tomorrow our posts will be a bit different. The amazing Anita who so faithfully blesses us with daily updates is in the mountains for a well deserved break so I am going to post the next two days. Unfortunately I have the flu (please pray for me), so I am going to post some cool video clips that we have made over the years.

Stay blessed

Pastor Danny

“Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man… It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone.”
― C.S. LewisMere Christianity

Philippians 4:13 NIV

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

 

God wants to do things to you, so that He can do things through you.

We are Complicated People: Abraham, Moses, Peter, Paul

An Ancient Prophecy

Ezekiel 36:24 “‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

The Me Generation
19 This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac.

Abraham became the father of Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram[c] and sister of Laban the Aramean.

21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.

23 The Lord said to her,

“Two nations are in your womb,

and two peoples from within you will be separated;

one people will be stronger than the other,

and the older will serve the younger.”

24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25 The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.[d] 26 After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.

Luke 9:25  (NIV)

25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?

Satan wants to do things to you, so that God cannot do things through you.

6 Things Satan Wants For Your Life

(from Newspring.CC)
The enemy has a plan for your life: to steal, kill, and destroy. God calls us to “be alert and of sober mind,” watching out for the schemes of the devil who “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). The devil wants to devour our lives, keeping us from the joy of living in a relationship with Christ. In order to avoid being devoured, be alert of these 6 things that the devil wants to see in your life:

  1. Doubt God

In John 20, the disciples shouted that they had seen Jesus raised from the grave, but Thomas’ doubt kept him from believing in the miracle of salvation. Jesus  appeared to Thomas and said, “Stop doubting and believe” (John 20:27).

When the devil tempts you to doubt God, don’t let your circumstance determine your God; let your God determine your circumstance.

  1. Live in fear

Fear is not the absence of faith, it is the misplacement of it. The devil doesn’t want to rob us of our faith, he wants our faith to be in anything but God. Life in Christ is life not in fear!

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears”  (Psalm 34:4).

  1. Feel insecure

Don’t let the devil tell you that you are unloved or not good enough! You are God’s handiwork (Ephesians 2:10) and, in Christ, we are not only good enough, “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

  1. Skip church

The more uninvolved with the body of Christ you are, the more involved with the world you are. When you, as a part of the body of Christ in the church, leave the community you were made for (1 Corinthians 12), you are destined to be devoured.

  1. Be led astray

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” (Matthew 7:15).

When we rely on the words of men or ourselves in place of God’s word, we can lead others away from Jesus and be led away from His truth ourselves.

  1. Fail

The devil wants to destroy us. He wants us to settle for what the world has given us and accept our lots. 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 says, “We are hard pressed on every  side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”  When you feel like you’re going to lose, take heart, Christ already won for you!

Don’t want to be devoured? It’s simple: “Stop doubting and believe” (John  20:27).

God wants to trim away the bad stuff

John 15  (NIV)

5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

Romans 12

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Love in Action

9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

The Result of God Doing things To You
Galatians 5:3

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

God wants to do things to you, so that He can do things through you.

 

Welcome

The Gathering in Denver

April 19, 2015

We Must Go

Tim Hughes – God Of Justice

God of Justice, Savior to all

Came to rescue the weak and the poor

Chose to serve and not be served

Jesus, You have called us. Freely we’ve received

Now freely we will give

We must go, live to feed the hungry

Stand beside the broken, we must go

Stepping forward, keep us from just singing

Move us into action, we must go

To act justly everyday, loving mercy in every way

Walking humbly before You God

You have shown us what You require

Freely we’ve received

Now freely we will give

Fill us up and send us out!

Mark 5:5  (NIV)

Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man

5 They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes.  2 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4 For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.

6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. 7 He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” 8 For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”

9 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.

11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.

14 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.

18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis  how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

John 9:4 NIV

As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.

Acts 10:38

how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

John 9:4 NIV

As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.

John 6:27  NIV

Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

Colossians 1:23 MSG

21-23 You yourselves are a case study of what he does. At one time you all had your backs turned to God, thinking rebellious thoughts of him, giving him trouble every chance you got. But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence. You don’t walk away from a gift like that! You stay grounded and steady in that bond of trust, constantly tuned in to the Message, careful not to be distracted or diverted. There is no other Message—just this one.

 

 

1 Peter 1:6-7

I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.

The Gathering in Denver

April 12, 2015

Gathering to Worship

What is Worship?

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  1. To adore; to pay divine honors to; to reverence with supreme respect and veneration.
  2. To respect; to honor; to treat with civil reverence.
  3. To honor with extravagant love and extreme submission; as a lover.
  4. To perform acts of adoration.
  5. To perform religious service.
  6. Chiefly and eminently, the act of paying divine honors to the Supreme Being; or the reverence and homage paid to him in religious exercises, consisting in adoration, confession, prayer, thanksgiving and the like.

Lucifer created and anointed Ezekiel 28: 13-19                  

  1. You were in Eden, the garden of God. Your clothing was adorned with every precious stone–red carnelian, pale-green peridot, white moonstone, blue-green beryl, onyx, green jasper, blue lapis lazuli, turquoise, and emerald–all beautifully crafted for you and set in the finest gold. They were given to you on the day you were created. 14. I ordained and anointed you as the mighty angelic guardian. You had access to the holy mountain of God and walked among the stones of fire. 15. “You were blameless in all you did from the day you were created until the day evil was found in you.
  2. Your rich commerce led you to violence, and you sinned. So I banished you in disgrace from the mountain of God. I expelled you, O mighty guardian, from your place among the stones of fire. 17. Your heart was filled with pride because of all your beauty. Your wisdom was corrupted by your love of splendor. So I threw you to the ground and exposed you to the curious gaze of kings.
    18. You defiled your sanctuaries with your many sins and your dishonest trade. So I brought fire out from within you, and it consumed you. I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching. 19. All who knew you are appalled at your fate. You have come to a terrible end, and you will exist no more.”

Lucifer Created and anointed

Before the creation of man, we see the angelic creation praising and worshipping God (Job 38:7). While the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?

In Ezekiel 28:13-19, we see that God created and anointed Lucifer, the Messianic Cherub to minister praise in heaven. He was adorned in all and had everything and according to Ezekiel 28:13, God equipped him with some serious pipes!

He was given the power to bring worship on God with his voice. The Bible calls them pipes referring to his voice and was every instrument. If every instrument in all the world was playing in harmony, there’d be nothing like him. Not even your best worship songs combined could compete.

He was so big, powerful, wonderful and good looking that even Michael the archangel was afraid to say anything to him. He got a big head and started listening to his own voice. He had it all but wanted the very thing that belonged to God alone. He coveted God’s praise and worship and adoration. His pride caused him to make a run at the third heaven in attempt to be seated in the midst of God’s praise.

Coveting God’s glory and the praises of God’s creation to be worshipped as the king is the central motive behind the fall of Lucifer. He wanted to be God and to take the glory that only God deserves.

God cast him out of heaven!!

When was Satan cast out of heaven like LIGHTNING and made to FALL to earth?

Luke 10:18 Jesus stated he personally witnessed this momentous event which occurred with all the quickness and power of lightning. He Stated “ I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven”.  Satan was literally ejected from God’s throne long before what happened in Genesis 1:2 took place. Satan’s revolt took place when he was on the earth. Our Maker states, in Isaiah 14, that he planned to ASCEND to the third heaven where his throne resided (meaning he was not already there!). And what would our Father’s adversary DO once he arrived at the very center of all power and authority? He would mount on all-out assault, with his army of demonic followers, to FORCIBLY take control of God’s throne so that he could rule everything!

(Isaiah 14:13 – 14)!  You said in your heart, “ I will ascend to the heavens: I will raise my throne above the stars of god; I will sit enthroned on the mount of the assembly, on the utmost heights of mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the most high.”

In the Old Testament worship is portrayed as
an act of homage anddevotion to God.
It always took place at certain times and places.
Jerusalem was the center of Jewish worship.
(John 4:20) Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
Some have suggested that to worship in spirit
and truth is simply to have the right attitude before God.

Is that true?    Psalm 51:10 states “ Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

The above statement regarding worship occurring only in certain places and at certain times, hardly does justice to the context of the passage and the choice of words. It means much more than that. Jesus was stating that the time had come when there would no longer be any special place or time for worship. Since God is a Spirit and is omnipresent (and He was about to pour His Spirit upon all believers), He can be worshiped anywhere and anytime. Thus true worship comes from the heart, and is tempered by the state of your heart!

Where is our heart right now???  Is it ready in season and out of season to worship the Lord?

Worship is not a matter of outward action but a spirit-to-spirit
devotion to God. We worship from our spirits but there is always an outward response.

To worship in spirit and in truth means to sincerely worship the true God through Jesus Christ from our inner beings. Worship is the occupation of the heart, not with its needs, or even its blessings, but filling it with God himself.

“Feeling the presence of God”

Worship cannot be separated from our service. Everything we do ought to be for God’s glory. That is true worship. This can be done in our service to God and others, in our time of devotion and giving (Tithes and offerings).

(Philippians 4:18), I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.

  • Totally absent from the Bible is any indication that believers can physically feel God’s presence. What some people feel is their response to an increased awareness of God’s ever indwelling presence, oftentimes in the form of “goose bumps”. Surely one does not need to be a spiritual giant to experience that.
  • Others perform acts of worship as a religious duty once a week. True worshipers worship God with tlife and seek to glorify Him in all they do.
  • Everyday life is an act of worship. Are we making it worthy?
  • What can we do to make it better?

The Heart of worship

Psalm 139:12-14  (NIV)

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;  the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well

True worship “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”  JN 4:24

Isaiah 29:13 The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.

Romans 12:1 “[ A Living Sacrifice]

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

Hebrews 12:28 “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,”.

ACTS of worship… Make it personal!

Acts of concern for others’ well being.

(Romans 14:8), If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

Caring for one another

We should love one another as acts of worship and obedience unto God. By this do we honor adore and worship God.

  • 1 Timothy 5:4 “But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God”.
  • James 3:17 “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
  • Hebrews 13:1 “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters”.

Congregational Worship

  • David and his men praised God with dancing, singing and musical instruments. The basic principle is that God is to be praised with whatever means we have. There are no rules that say praise must follow certain guidelines or has to happen any certain way!
  • The proper attitude in worship is recognizing that God is the sole object of our worship, and thus can be practiced by exercising that attitude in all we do.

 

Psalms 150: Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

Worshipping together

Psalm 96:1-3 “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.”

Our corporate prayer for today:

“Lord, I choose to praise and worship You today. You know how to break through the difficulties in my life. I choose not to be overwhelmed with circumstances, but instead I choose to behold your beauty and greatness. I choose to say blessed be Your name. You are my victorious God. I will praise Your name and proclaim Your salvation day after day. I will declare Your glory among the nations, Your marvelous deeds among all peoples (Psalm 96:1-3). I will sing to the Lord a new song.   

Psalms 63:3-4 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

Psalms 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

Psalm 25:10 “All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant”.