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Sun, Jun 05, 2016
Duration: 36 mins 31 secs
In Romans and Galatians, Paul gives us some very practical instructions for how to respond to challenges in our lives. Are we facing persecution? Respond with blessing. Are we facing evil? Overcome it with good. Has someone done us wrong? Leave room for God to take care of the situation. When we respond to negative influences in the opposite spirit, we are wielding an important weapon God gives us to fight our daily spiritual battles. And as we submit to His Spirit and walk in step with Him, learning patience and self-control, He will step in and fight on our behalf. Additional Scriptures: Ephesians 4:15, 1 Peter 2:21-24, James 1:19-20, 2 Cor 13:14, James 4:6, Ephesians 5:21-33, John 2:15-17
Sun, May 29, 2016
Duration: 42 mins 2 secs
The Holy Spirit is a Person we can know and have a relationship with. He teaches, guides, loves, comforts and helps. He is God Himself, omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent. How does this affect our daily life? We can ask Him for wisdom for every context (home, work, church, relationships). While avoiding both extremes of either ignoring Him or being focused only on seeking His manifestations, every day we can ask Him for a greater awareness of His presence and the magnitude of His help and counsel, and seek a new in-filling of His strength — we are leaky vessels needing a constant re-filling. Listening for the Holy Spirit’s nudges daily is like locking into power steering for our lives. We need Him to empower us for service to the Lord, leading to a more powerful and successful Christian life. Additional scriptures: Romans 15:30, Ephesians 4:30, Acts 5:3-4, Matthew 28:19, Ephesians 5:18
Sat, May 28, 2016
Duration: 46 mins
Four factors determine your fruitfulness: your character, your God-given skill mix and how you steward it, your connection to God, and your obedience. Are you inviting God to mould your character, including motivation, faithfulness, and a servant heart? Are you stewarding your skill set by practicing it and allowing the Holy Spirit to transform you? Are you staying connected to Jesus, the Vine and looking for how He wants you to release His life on others? Are you ready to do what He asks you to? Doing these things leads to bearing more fruit in your life with the Lord, which brings more joy in Him. Additional Scriptures: Judges 6:34, Judges 7:3, Numbers 17:8
Sun, May 22, 2016
Duration: 32 mins 9 secs
We each have a personal and true story of God’s hand in our lives. Or if we don’t know the story yet, we need to take a closer look, or start the journey with Him! Listen to five ladies sharing a part of their exciting stories, about a passion God gave them to use for Him, deliverance from depression, obeying God’s prompting and seeing the rewards, release from man-made expectations, relying on God’s love and grace and not ourselves, and about the hope and salvation God gives as we ask Him and wait on Him. Additional scriptures: 2 Timothy 1:7, Joshua 1:5, Psalm 50:15, Titus 3:4-6, Acts 17:26-27, John 5:17, Luke 11:31.
Sun, May 15, 2016
Duration: 20 mins 35 secs
The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, or like a precious and costly pearl. Have you found and seen the treasure? Have you bought the pearl, which requires sacrifice? Some stumble across the treasure, while others purposely seek it out. If you’ve found it, do you still feel the incredible value of it, or has your enthusiasm waned? Jesus is our ultimate treasure, worth more than all we have, and He gives joy in our hearts. Will you make way in your life to take hold of the treasure and make Jesus number one, for the first time, or once again? Additional scriptures: Acts 2:1-21, Joel 2:28-32
Sun, May 08, 2016
Duration: 28 mins 1 sec
Does the fact that God loves you still move you? God’s priority is not what we do for Him, but our relationship with Him. He values us knowing Him deeply. Out of our intimate friendship with Him, fruitfulness for His Kingdom flows. In John 15, Jesus gives a command and a promise: remain in Me, and you will bear much fruit. First comes the heart connection with Jesus, then comes the fruit. God interacts with us as a Father with His child, as a Bridegroom with His bride, and as a Shepherd with his sheep. We have one life to live and we want to make it count — but we do that by focusing on knowing Jesus first. Function flows from friendship. Additional scripture: Acts 4:13
Sun, May 01, 2016
Duration: 32 mins 55 secs
We are all in a spiritual battle every day. The devil is real. Under spiritual attack, step one is to submit to God, and step two is to resist the devil with the spiritual weapons given to us by the Holy Spirit. We need to know the Word of God and invite His Spirit to have control of our lives. It is key that we understand our position in God, that we are His chosen and beloved children. What are we doing to draw nearer to God and receive His strength for the battle? As we submit to God, we receive His covering of protection, and as we increasingly give control of our hearts and lives to the Holy Spirit and His fruit, we are better able to resist the devil’s attacks and stand our ground in Christ’s power. Additional scriptures: Galatians 5:22-25, Ephesians 5:21-22, Hebrews 13:17, Ephesians 6:1, 1 Peter 5:8-9, 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, 1 John 5:4, Ephesians 1:5, Romans 8:17, Ephesians 4:26-27
Sun, Apr 24, 2016
Duration: 38 mins 55 secs
Whether we are under spiritual attack from within (our own prideful human nature), or from without (from the devil, our enemy), or whether we are simply receiving fatherly discipline from God, the first step to take is to submit to God. This is unpopular because it is offensive to our pride. Yet the way we show real love for the Father is by obedience and submission. Submitting to God doesn’t enslave us, rather it sets us free. The devil loves it when we don’t submit to God, and we try to do things on our own terms. Submission is a form of trust. When we are under attack, full surrender to God is the first step towards victory. Additional scriptures: Ephesians 5:21-22, Colossians 2:15, 1 Peter 5:8, Ephesians 4:27, 1 Kings 19:1-5, 1 John 2:16, 2 Corinthians 12:7, Hebrews 12:5-6, Matthew 16:21-23, Hebrews 10:10, 1 John 4:4, Psalm 31:20, John 14:15
Sun, Apr 17, 2016
Duration: 29 mins 52 secs
It used to be that people had to go to God through a human representative, like Moses or Ezekiel. But now through Christ, we are invited to have a direct relationship with God, and each of us is responsible to know Him and serve Him personally. We’re compelled by His enormous sacrificial love no longer to live for ourselves but for Him. Having been reconciled to the Father through Jesus, and made blameless in Him, we are now ambassadors bearing the message of reconciliation between sinful humanity and our holy God. We are free from condemnation and have been sent to represent the official view of His Kingdom, with the help of the Holy Spirit. As Christ was sent by His Father, He has now sent us into the world with His message. Additional Scriptures: John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8, John 18:36, 1 Corinthians 1:17, Acts 4:13, Acts 1:8, 2 Timothy 1:14, 1 Thessalonians 2:4, John 17:14-19
Sun, Apr 10, 2016
Duration: 33 mins 55 secs
How do faith and trust interact and work together? God gives us faith as a gift, and we put in into practice, trusting Him more and more as we gain experience and knowledge of walking with Him, and as we increasingly see the evidence of His faithfulness. The Israelites in Egypt trusted that the blood would save them when they actively painted it on their door frames, and as they waited through the night while others around them were perishing. David trusted that God would help him against Goliath, as He had helped him in the past against lions and bears. We at Lift have seen God come through and provide when things were very much in doubt and a lot was hanging in the balance. Are you really actively trusting God, particularly in the area of your finances (in tithing) and in your opportunities to reach someone with the gospel and disciple them? God answers when we call on Him and trust Him. Additional scriptures: Hebrews 11:1, Exodus 12:23, Exodus 13:21, Exodus 14:10-14, 1 Samuel 17:34-36, Luke 21:1-4, Matthew 28:18-20
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