Define It - Three Wishes #5
Opening Scripture: Romans 8:18-25
Planted - “Fruit where you are, Roots where you’re Growing.”
3 Keys to “Roots” (Time, Talking, Tithe)
- Attending - 3 Sunday’s per month. National statistics show active church attendance is 1.8 Sundays a month.
- Inviting - Inviting means Invested. If you won’t invite someone it is because of one of 2 reasons: A Fruit Issue or A Root Issue. You’re Not Producing or You’re Not Planted.
- Invest - Time (Attending), Talent (Fruit or Inviting), Tithe (Financially)
Define It - You won’t Grow if you don’t know.
The Bible meaning and Bible application of Church words. We call it Christianese.
I ran into a wall trying to start this series. We want to define everything so we can move forward in concert but the first thing we need to define is not “a word” but You and Me.
What is real, we do not always feel. What we feel is not always real.
Who I Am In Christ
I am the salt of the earth. (Matthew 5:13)
I am the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14)
I am a child of God. (John 1:12)
I am Christ’s friend. (John 15:15)
I am chosen by Christ. (John 15:16)
I am God’s gift to Christ. (John 17:24)
I am made right in God’s sight by faith. (Romans 5:1)
I am at peace with God. (Romans 5:1)
I am in the place of the highest privilege. (Romans 5:2)
I am confidently and joyfully looking forward to becoming all God has in mind for me. (Romans 5:2)
I am rejoicing in troubles, for through them God is building me up and making me strong. (Romans 5:3-5)
I am reconciled to God. (Romans 5:10)
I am a receiver of God’s grace that far supersedes my worst sin. (Romans 5:20)
I am dead to sin and alive to God. (Romans 6:11)
I am a recipient of eternal life through Jesus Christ. (Romans 6:23)
I am free of condemnation. (Romans 8:1)
I am free from the vicious cycle of sin and death. (Romans 8:2)
I am a son of God; God is spiritually my Father. (Romans 8:14-15; Galatians 3:26; 4:6)
I share in Christ’s inheritance. (Romans 8:17)
I am protected. Who can ever be against me? (Romans 8:31)
I am inseparable from God’s love. (Romans 8:35)
I am more than a conqueror through Christ. (Romans 8:37)
I am God’s dwelling place. His Spirit and life dwells in me. (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19)
I am united to the Lord. (1Corinthians 6:17)
I am a member of Christ’s body – the church. (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 5:30)
I am adequate for anything because my adequacy comes from God. (2 Corinthians 3:5)
I am a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I am reconciled to God and a minister of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
I am a saint. (Ephesians 1:1)
I am blessed with every spiritual blessing. (Ephesians 1:3)
I am forgiven of all my sins. (Ephesians 1:7)
I am God’s workmanship – His handiwork. (Ephesians 1:7)
I am a fellow citizen with the rest of God’s family. (Ephesians 2:19)
I am righteous and holy. (Ephesians 4:24)
I am a citizen of heaven. (Ephesians 2:6)
I am strong in the Lord to fight off all of satan’s attacks. (Ephesians 6:10-17)
I am able to do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
I am filled with God’s power that works mightily in me. (Colossians 1:29)
I am complete in Christ, filled with God, possessor of everything. (Colossians 2:10)
I am chosen by God, holy and dearly loved. (Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4)
I am a son/daughter of light and not of darkness. (1 Thessalonians 5:5)
I am adequate, complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:17)
I am able to come boldly before the throne of grace to find mercy and grace. (Hebrews 4:16)
I am a child of God and I will resemble Christ when He returns. (1 John 3:1-2)
I am loved. (Revelation 1:5)
What is real, we do not always feel. What we feel is not always real.
This is why Define it is so important. If you let your feelings create the definition you will never have what is “Real” about the Kingdom of God.
If we let what is real, the Word of God, define us we may not always feel it but the Fruit is the proof we are looking for and not the feeling.
John 15:16 “that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain…”
We need to have Fruit that remains, but many of us want a feeling that remains.
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Illustration: Aladdin - Movie Clip
To many times we have this view point of our relationship with God. We view him as a Genie in a Bottle appearing in “Poof” and saying “What do you need.”
We must change perspectives and stop think God is in our corner. We need to get in His corner and let Him take the lead.
Hope - Literal Bible - Joyous Expectation; Full of Confidence
Many people have also made the mistake of confusing a Wish and Hope.
When we are making a wish we are limiting God to a Genie in a Bottle.
When it is Hope, we are trusting in the God of the Universe.
How do we distinguish the difference between a Wish and Hope?
Wish says “If it happens…”
Hope says “It is not “if”… just a matter of when.”
Wish is based in “What we want God to do.”
Hope is based in “What God already did in/with/through Jesus.”
Wish sits around and waits.
Hope celebrates and begins to work by faith.
Wish is usually birthed out of Self.
Hope is birthed from the Kingdom of God and His Word.
Romans 5:3-5 (Passion Translation)
3 But that’s not all! Even in times of trouble we have a joyful confidence, knowing that our pressures will develop in us patient endurance. 4 And patient endurance will refine our character, and proven character leads us back to hope. 5 And this hope is not a disappointing fantasy, because we can now experience the endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives in us!
Misplaced hope leads to damaged, injured, and “disappointing fantasy”, which can eventually lead to dead hope or, hopelessness.
When you’re hope is placed in or on Christ, those with misplaced hope will take notice.
Faith - Literal Bible - persuasion or conviction
Life Application - belief unto action
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” KJV
Trying to operate in faith with no hope or misplaced hope is like shooting a gun with blanks. All the same actions but very different results.
Many of us do not have Life Application of faith, belief unto action, because we have misplaced hope and some of us have lost all hope.
Beat Up and Worthless
Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
Video Clip: Aladdin “it just looks like a beat up worthless piece of junk, wait there is something written on it. ”
The Bible to the world looks outdated.
The Bible to the world looks antiquated
The Bible to the world looks like a beat up piece of junk until you read what is written in it.
1. So if faith comes by hearing.
2. The substance of that faith (that comes by hearing) is hope.
3. Then hope founded in the Word of God begins to produce a hope that gives substance to type of faith that can still move mountains.
There is Hope for you and me, not that you’ll have 3 wishes, but you will encounter the God of the universe.
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