Whatever situation we are in, all we need is the Lord. It is not dependent on anything other than the Lord Jesus. Jesus fulfills our needs.
Jesus needs to become the focal point of our life.
Don’t focus on the gifts/things and what we want but focus on Jesus and being in His presence.
David did this (Psalms). David was concerned that he could remain in the presence of the Lord (Psalm 51:11).
The Lord however in the New Covenant will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), so we do not have to have this concern like David.
Don’t focus on the issue or what we want or need, focus on the fact that Jesus is bigger than the problem or need. Like David did when he faced Goliath.
When the Lord is with you, you will be a success (Genesis 39:2). It doesn’t matter what our standing is in life. Consider what Joesph’s standing was when the Lord said he was a success (Genesis 39:1). He was a slave!
Even Potiphar recognized that the Lord was with him (Genesis 39:3).
While Martha focused on the past and the future when she spoke to the Lord about Lazarus being dead, Jesus focused on the present (John 11:25).
The present help of the Lord, the focus on the Lord led to Lazarus being brought back to life.
Reminds me of when the Children of Israel were on the edge of the Promised Land.
2 of the spies focused on God (Joshua and Caleb) and His ability to give them the Land
10 spies focused on the giants and other aspects of the Land that seemed like great obstacles to them (Numbers 13:27-33)
Cultivate the Lords presence as you would a friend or spouse (Colossians 3:6)
In the presence of the Lord there is rest! (Exodus 33:14, Matthew 11:28)
What we have in Jesus is unshakable and unchanging.
Jesus is wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30) (Proverbs 3:16 – wisdom has two hands. right hand length of days, Left hand riches and honor)
Jesus is righteousness (1 Corinthians 1:30)
Jesus is sanctification (1 Corinthians 1:30)
Jehovah-Jireh (Genesis 22:1–14) – the Lord, Jehovah is Jireh. Meaning Jesus is provision, prosperity and supply.
Jehovah-Rapha (Exodus 15:26) – Jesus is healing, Jesus is health!
Deuteronomy 30:19–20 …therefore choose life, that both you and your descendents may live…and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days…
The Lord Jesus is length of days, the Lord Jesus is life
For the one who has once entered His rest has also rested from [the weariness and pain of] his [human] labors, just as God rested from [those labors uniquely] His own.11 Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], so that no one will fall by following the same example of disobedience [as those who died in the wilderness].12 For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged [b]sword, penetrating as far as the division of the [c]soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.13 And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, and revealed to the eyes of Him with whom we have to give account. 14 Inasmuch then as we [believers] have a great High Priest who has [already ascended and] passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith and cling tenaciously to our absolute trust in Him as Savior].15 For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin.16 Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].
The work is complete, all that we need in life has already been provided by and through the Lord Jesus. As Psalm 23:1 says, “The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me], I shall not want.”
This covers spiritual, physical and natural needs
We should rest and expect all enemies to be brought under the feet of Christ (Psalm 110:1-2). This is because Jesus conquered sin and death
Ephesians 1:20, 22-23
Whatever we need God to do for us has already been done at the cross (just as God had provided the Israelites everything they needed in the promised land)
What is the faith that pleases God that He wants to see in our life?
I think that we have made faith into a formula.
Faith is a walk with God
We are going to see in Hebrews 11 what faith is, the kind of faith that pleases God.
Hebrews 11:5 – 6 (Amplified Bible) 5 By faith [that pleased God] Enoch was caught upand taken to heaven so that he would not have a glimpse of death; and he was not found because God had taken him; for even before he was taken [to heaven], he received the testimony [still on record] that he had walked with God and pleased Him. 6 But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.
Enoch was the first one to experience rapture.
Maybe he was walking with God one day and he had the kind of faith that believed that God is a good God. God is close with me.
Maybe He spoke with God and said that He would not like to die. The bible says that he asked God not to die.
Testimony of Enoch, “He pleased God.”
People have funny ideas of how to please God.
Ask the average person what it means to please God and they will say:
Give money to charity
Do your best
What is the bible way to please God – don’t think about what we want but what pleases God. What pleases God? Faith!
What kind of faith?
We must believe that God is.
That He exists
That God wants to be everything to us.
If we are sick, God is your physician
If you are lacking or broke, God is your supply, your provision.
God wants to be whatever you need in your life.
That God is a rewarder.
For some reason religious Christians believe that we should not be reward minded, that we shouldn’t do something for a reward.
However, my bible tells me that God rewards us for the good things that we do.
How is this reconciled with grace?
Grace has nothing to do with what we do. We must use the grace through faith!
Apostle Paul says this about his success as a minister, and he was the most successful minister ever!
1 Corinthians 15:9 – 10 Amplified Bible (AMP) 9 For I am the least [worthy] of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I [at one time] fiercely oppressedand violently persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the [remarkable] grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not without effect. In fact, I worked harder than all of the apostles, though it was not I, but the grace of God [His unmerited favor and blessing which was] with me.
In other words it is possible for God to give you grace for something and it is given in vain as far as you are concerned, because you do not utilize the grace given.
For example, God gives you the grace and even the desire to work with children, but you do not act on it. The bible says, “13 For it is [not your strength, but it is][a] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)
So even the willingness is from God. God will never tell you to work with children if you have no desire or even hate children.
If God gives the grace and the desire and you do not act on it, God will find someone else – God is not hard up. It is a privilege for us when God moves in our hearts.
If you utilize the grace that God gives you it will result in a good outcome. Your works reflect whether you are using the grace.
When you use the grace, you will bear fruit.
Look at Jesus encounter with Jesus in Luke 5:1-9 “So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret,2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. 4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” 9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken;” (NKJV)
When the Lord comes to your boat it is because He is favoring you.
Why only let down a net? Maybe because he was a fisherman and Jesus a carpenter.
Gods vision for you is always greater than what you have for yourself
You want a position; God wants you to have a career.
The boat attracted the fish because he gave the boat to Jesus.
You can never give anything to Jesus anyway because He gave it to you in the first place.
David said, “Both riches and honorcome from You, and You rule over all. In Your hand is power and might; and it is in Your hands to make great and to give strength to everyone. 13 Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.” “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from You, and from Your own hand we have given to You. (1 Chronicles 29:12-14)
Remember grace is unearned and undeserved favor.
But when you use the grace God gives you, God rewards you for using the grace that He gave you. What a good God!
Reason why God gives you more than enough supply is because he wants you to bless others.
They called the other boat over to take some of the fish so that both boats began to sink!
Peter fell down and said “I am a sinful man oh Lord”
I want to announce to Pastors and Leaders, under the New Covenant it is the goodness of God that leads people to repentance
Jesus just blessed Peter; He never spoke about his sin.
Why don’t we just bless people and then tell them that when good things happen to you it is my God that is blessing you.
Story of Ruth – she was a Moabite – – present day Jordan a gentile
Famine in Bethlehem
Father brought wife and two sons to Moab – sons married two girls. In matter of time father and sons died.
Naomi and daughter-in-laws were only ones left.
One daughter-in-law went back to her family and gods
Ruth stayed and said “your God will be my God”
Boaz is symbolic Jesus in story
Ruth helped mother by gleaning
Boaz told men to leave her more to pick up
She found favor in Boaz site – “Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Listen carefully, my daughter. Do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but stay here close by my maids. 9 Watch which field they reap, and follow behind them. I have commanded the servants not to touch you. And when you are thirsty, go to the [water] jars and drink from what the servants draw.” 10 Then she kneeled face downward, bowing to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes that you should notice me, when I am a foreigner?” 11 Boaz answered her, “I have been made fully aware of everything that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people that you did not know before. 12 May the Lord repay you for your kindness, and may your reward be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”” (Ruth 2:8-12)
Then she said “why have I found favor in your sight?” However, at the beginning of the chapter she told her mother-in-law that she would find favor.
Lost time to give your boat to Jesus
When you give something to Jesus He is a rewarder
Even when we come to God for help there is a blessing! A reward for running to God for protection! 11 Boaz answered her, “I have been made fully aware of everything that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people that you did not know before. 12 May theLordrepay you for your kindness, and may your reward be full from theLord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.””
Hebrews 11 says, “He who comes to God must believe He is a rewarder of persons”
God gives us a desire and He rewards us when we do it.
Even the reward is because of the grace that He has given us.
John 21, after Jesus rose from the dead. Disciples went fishing and caught nothing.
4 As morning was breaking, Jesus [came and] stood on the beach; however, the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.5 So Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish [to eat along with your bread]?” They answered, “No.” 6 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat (starboard) and you will find some.” So they cast [the net], and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great catch of fish. 7 Then that disciple (John) whom Jesus loved (esteemed) said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer tunic (for he was stripped for work) and threw himself into the sea [and swam ashore]. 8 But the other disciples came in the small boat, for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards away, dragging the net full of fish. 9 So when they got out on the beach, they saw a charcoal fire set up and fish on it cooking, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three [of them]; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. (John 21:4-11)
The resurrected Jesus having conquered death makes breakfast!
Jesus said bring some of the fish that you have caught!
All night without Him they caught nothing
He gave them the power and the word and all the fish came into the net.
So He is the reason they caught the fish, yet He gives them the credit!
Bring now the fish you have caught
Jesus says to us “you faith have made you well!” and yet He gives us the faith!
When we look to Jesus, faith springs up!
Hear a sermon and faith comes up.
When He gives us the credit, don’t think it has anything to do with us; we should give Him the credit!
Without His grace we can do nothing, always give Him the praise and the glory!
12 Now the Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of [a]Egypt,2 “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you.3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a [b]lamb for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, a [c]lamb for[d]each household.4 Now if the household is too small for a [e]lamb, then he and his neighbor nearest to his house are to take one according to the [f]number of persons in them; according to [g]what each man should eat, you are to [h]divide the lamb.5 Your [i]lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats.6 [j]You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it [k]at twilight.7 Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel [l]of the houses in which they eat it.8 They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread [m]and bitter herbs.9 Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but rather roasted with fire, both its head and its legs along with its entrails.10 And you shall not leave any of it over until morning, but whatever is left of it until morning, you shall burn with fire.11 Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste—it is the Lord’s Passover.12 For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments—I am the Lord.13 The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you [n]live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you [o]to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
Feast of Unleavened Bread
14 ‘Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as[p]a permanent ordinance.
Beginning of Months (Exodus 12 vs 1)
Passover season is a new beginning
Passover is the first month of the new year
Jewish people have spiritual and civil calendar
Civil calendar begins in September.
When you put your trust in Jesus it is a new beginning
10th of the month to take a lamb – 1 lamb per house
When God sent His son He meant for your entire family to be saved
Because of your belief there is an open door for all heaven to flow into your family, despite what they think of your faith. Don’t be discouraged or disheartened. Because of you, your parents will see Jesus.
Thief on cross only said, Lord Jesus “remember me” and he was saved. It doesn’t take a lot to be saved. Only believe and you will be saved. This does not mean it wasn’t costly for us to be saved.
If lamb is too big for house share between houses
The lamb is too large for the house
Jesus is too big
Jesus has more resources than you have problems
Jesus has answers before you have questions
When He fed 5000 He made too much food, there were 12 baskets full left over
Like the catch of fish that Peter experienced, it is a wonderful day when you call for help because the blessings of God are too big
If God blesses someone else it doesn’t mean you get less. God has enough to bless everyone.
Your heart doesn’t need to be stingy, be a giver, be a blessing. This will enlarge your heart to be able to receive more from God
Exodus 12 Vs 5 – Lamb without blemish
It has to be perfect since it is a symbol of Gods son. He was perfect, therefore the lamb must be perfect
Male of 1st year is cute and adorable – why doesn’t God choose a mature lamb?
God made lamb stay with them. Taken on 10th and killed on 14th
The lamb bonded with the children
On 5th day, father has to kill it
God gave us His adorable son to dwell with us
We beheld His glory
Jesus was examined 5 days in the temple before He was crucified and no fault was found in Him
Exodus 12 Vs 7 – Blood on door posts
Blood on door posts and lentil – sign of the cross
It is not inside but outside the house
God sees it not family
It is for God to see
We need to have faith and believe in the blood
Vs 13 – God pass over when he sees blood
Not when He sees good family name
Not when He sees works
Jews had covenant with God but still needed the blood
Not about you or what you do, it is about Jesus
Eat meat roasted in fire (Exodus 12 vs 8-9)
Mixed multitude that joined the Jews that night
Egyptians joined the Jews that night some were saved
When Jesus hung on cross He carried everything (all our sin, transgressions, etc)
Jesus bore wrong doings,
God’s fiery indignation fell on Jesus at the cross
If we feel guilty it is wrong since Jesus already was punished for what we did wrong. It fell on Him for every single sin.
For us to take our sin on ourselves is for us to try to become our own Savior. This is pride.
Psalm 105:37 – “He brought them out with silver and Gold and there was none feeble.”
If the Israelites can have that, how much more can we have who have the true lamb of God, the Lord Jesus – none sick amongst us
We should have super health and super prosperity.
Is there a promise of prosperity?
Yes, He brought them out with silver and gold!
There were those in 80s and 90s, but none feeble. God renewed their youth like the eagles.
Exodus 12:10-11 – eat belt on waist, sandals on feet and staff in hand
What does this mean?
How we are to take the Lords supper
God is saying to Israelite’s “Get ready to get out of Egypt (physical deliverance)”
Every time you take Lord’s Supper are you expecting your physical deliverance?
Exodus 12 (vs 14) – Jesus walked into temple 5 days before He was crucified
He was examined and found without blemish
Jesus took Passover on an earlier night (this was allowed)
He was arrested after this and taken to temple on Passover morning
Jesus died on Passover
As Passover lamb was brought to temple up a ramp to altar by Priest, Jesus carried the cross up to Golgotha
Jesus fell as He fell so that we could raise higher
Priest tied the lamb to the post at 9 AM at same time Jesus was nailed to the cross
At this time there was a loud blast of the Rams horn
All in Jerusalem knew lamb was bound
At noon darkness fell over the earth (noon-3 pm). This darkness is recorded by Chinese historians
At 3 PM Priest carried knife up to the lamb and killed it
At 3 PM end of darkness Jesus cried “it is finished”
At same time the Priest cried “it is finished”
Rams horn was sounded
When rams horn was sounded all Jerusalem knew that the lamb had died
The Rams horn is the preaching of Jesus, proclaiming you have been redeemed by Jesus
Jubilee starts the moment the Rams horn is sounded – debt is cancelled
All sin is cancelled by Jesus death – you have truly been redeemed
You have no right to feel guilty, judge yourself or others
Stop complaining and look at all the blessings, receive the gift of no condemnation for yourself and others
Be more merciful
We judge others by their actions but we judge ourselves by our intentions