Friday, August 31, 2012

Remember the Victories

Saul tried to put his armor on David as he went to fight Goliath.  David refused because it didn't fit.  David's confidence was not in the devices of man but in the ability of His God.  As David is going to battle, he is recalling the times he had seen the deliverance of God.  He knew that the God who had saved him from the lion and the bear would be with him as he battled the giant.  It is important for us to remember what God has done in our lives.  It gives us the confidence to face and conquer giants.  Take a few minutes and remember how your God has delivered you.  Write these victories down on a card.  The next time you face a giant, read that card to get the confidence you need for the battle.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Faithful in the Small Things

David was faithfully fulfilling his duty of taking food to his brothers when God used him to bring down Goliath.  God uses people that are being faithful in the small things.  God called Moses when he was tending sheep.  David was almost overlooked when Samuel was looking for a king because he was watching the family's sheep.  Joseph was being a good prisoner, and God used him for the salvation of his family and Israel.  Daniel excelled as a slave, and God gave him wisdom.  Throughout the Bible, you see God call on those who are faithfully serving in tasks that weren't glamorous.   Maybe your current place in life isn't very exciting.  If that is the case, be faithful and hold on because you are in the right place to be used by God.  

Friday, August 24, 2012

Seen Any Giants?

Goliath was a giant.  He stood over nine feet tall.  That is over two feet taller than the biggest NBA players.  They were terrified of Goliath (1 Samuel 17).  Do you have any giants that cause you to be afraid? I am not talking about human opponents, but things like addictions, financial challenges, marriage struggles, kids gone wild, etc.  David will show us how to bring down those giants.  As you read 1 Samuel 17, notice how many times David mentions God and how many times he mentions Goliath. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

God is Greater

It was an incredible Sunday as we focused on the greatness of our God in our singing and from looking in the Word of God.  Nothing is too hard for our God (Jeremiah 32:17).  If our God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31)?  Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4). We will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11)  As we prepare for the battle, we must remember that our God stands with us.  Keep praying that God will open the eyes of our hearts to His power that is within us (Ephesians 1:18-19).

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Pray for Protection

Pray for the leaders of Northridge!  Because we have proclaimed war, satan will attack the staff and elders of the church.  He fights dirty!  We know he will even stoop so low that he will attack the families of our leaders.  Please take time to pray for the leadership of Northridge.  Ask our Father to protect them and their families as we march to victory.  

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Never pick a fight you can't win!

Never pick a fight you can't win!  That is some advice my father gave me.  As we begin this new series called MAKE WAR, those words ring in my ears.  By taking a stand and proclaiming that we are ready to make war against the evil one, we are picking a fight.  We don't have to win this war because it has already been won for us when Christ conquered death. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Do we really need to make war?

Somebody commented on Sunday that MAKE WAR sounded very intimidating and violent. They questioned if this bold proclamation was really necessary. Let me give you a few reasons why I think war is necessary.
  • Satan has declared war against the church, and he is doing everything he can to bring us down. We can't sit back and let him destroy our churches. Churches are closing at a rate of over 3000 a year in America.
  • Many friends and family members have been taken captive by satan through addictions to alcohol, drugs, pornography, etc. These people need to be set free. 
  • Satan has been allowed to have his way for too long. It is time that we enforce the victory that was won when Christ rose from the dead and celebrate the win. 
  • God commands us to take a stand and fight in Ephesians 6:10-18. That should be enough said.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Prepare for War

This Sunday, we start a new series called "MAKE WAR".   We will be declaring war on satan.  Instead of sitting back and watching the devil have his way, we will be calling the church to action.  We want to take back territory the evil one occupies.  It is our goal to see captives  set free.  The first two weeks of "MAKE WAR" will be to prepare us for the battle.  Then on August 26, we will declare war.  

Friday, August 3, 2012

Don't Worry-Trust God

We all have times when we worry, get stressed, or become afraid.  In Psalm 56:3-4, David shows us the proper way to deal with the times when we are troubled.  It says, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?”  David admits that there will be anxious times.  When those times come, we must intentionally and consciously stop and put our trust back in God.  David makes it obvious that God’s Word is a part of chasing away our worries.  The daily reading of God’s Word will help with our concerns.  It is also a place to turn when the cares of this world overwhelm.  The Word of God will focus our eyes and heart back to God and remind us that man cannot harm us.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Fruit Inspectors

The Sermon on the Mount tells us not to judge.  Judging means that we condemn.  I like what John Stott says. “We have a rosy view of ourselves and a jaundiced view of others. Indeed, what we are doing is seeing our own faults in others and judging them vicariously.  That way, we experience the pleasure of self-righteousness without the pain of penitence.”  Later in the sermon, it tells us to inspect fruit.  We are to look at the fruit/actions and determine if that person is worth following, but we are not to pass judgment or condemn them.  We don’t have the wisdom or ability to judge someone’s relationship with God.  However, we can check the fruit and decide if they are helping us take a step closer to Jesus or away from Him.