From the Heart - Who’s Preaching #1
Opening Scripture: Jeremiah 17:9-10
As we get into the Word of God today can we celebrate the MOM’S for all they do.
This is a series called from the “From the Heart.” In this series I am sharing my heart with you but for you to know God’s heart for you.
The Prophet Jeremiah says this.
Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The heart (inner man) is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? 10 “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”
I hear people say “Just go with your heart.” But what if your heart is not sending you the right message?
Who’s Preaching & What Message are you Listening to?
There are several Preachers in our life.
- I have the preaching of my circumstances.
- Financial - Present & Future
- Pressure that is on me - it is all real, but not all necessary. (expectations, comparisons)
- I have the preaching of my emotions.
- Emotions are great to have but are horrible preachers
- I have the preaching of my perspective. How I see things verses the reality of how they really are.
- How can I be full of the Spirit but so dry and thirsty?
- How can I have received divinity but yet be stuck in desperation?
- How can I have received true love but feel so lonely?
There is preaching that is focused on me which is usually from me; and there is preaching that is coming to me that will transform me.
This means, there is a message coming to me that will recognize where I am at in the moment, but its purpose is to lead me out of the mess.
The preaching that will transform me, it isn’t for the moment it is to get me through the moment. Maybe you’re looking in the wrong place.
There is a preaching that is leading me by faith, that doesn’t always comfort me in my fears.
David had messages coming from him, but he also had a message coming to him. He had to decide what message he would let manifest. Because one message would have made him a victim and the other message would bring victory.
Messages that come from you will always lead to you being the victim and a place of captivity.
II Samuel 5:22-25
22 And the Philistines came up yet again and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim.
Have you ever got a message and it seemed to invigorate giants instead of defeat them?
Rapha - giant
Valley of Rephaim - means valley of Giants
in the sense of invigorating; a giant: giant, Rapha, Rephaim(-s)
It matters where the message comes from. If you look at your life from the Valley of Circumstances you’ll live out your life from the Valley of Criticism.
23 And when David inquired of the Lord,
David asks God “Shall I go up into the land of invigorated giants?
he said, “You shall not go up; go around to their rear, and come against them opposite the balsam trees. 24 And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then rouse yourself, for then the Lord has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.” 25 And David did as the Lord commanded him, and struck down the Philistines from Geba to Gezer.
The message from the Valley was about the giants in front of him. The message from God was about warriors who could march on the tops of trees, going before him.
The message matters. Who is preaching to you? Are we listening to messages from the valley beneath us or the God above us?
God is saying “I’ll face your adversary; you circle around and get the victory.”
What has tried to surround you, is actually being surrounded by you.
But the best part is the is a greater Rapha. This is a word with a duel meaning.
It is like saying, “You are a shrimp” and “I like to eat shrimp.”
Exodus 15:26 “26 saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice (the right message) of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear (hear) to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases (plagues) on you that I put on the Egyptians, (You be defeated like the giants of Egypt) for I am Jehovah Rapha (Giant Restorer).”
Jehovah Rapha - the Lord who restores, heals
I can’t use giant because it is comparative, I use Jehovah, which is authoritative.
How many times doe we fall victim to comparing giants rather than turning to a higher authority?
You have an authoritative power above you, that is going before you, to fight the battle in front of you!
Will you miss the moment or find the right message in the moment? Who is preaching to you?
What is God saying to you right now?
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