ARCI – 2020 Feb 23: The Rest of God. Word as a mirror to life. Abigail – ignores the fool & speaks to the King in David! Power of the tongue:for Life or Death.

ARCI – 23 February 2020

1st Service Teaching Notes
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Prayer

  • May the Spirit of God use me to be a blessing to your people
  • Grant us the Spirit of wisdom & revelation in the knowledge of Christ
  • And may we open our hearts to receive the Word
  • …may it find fertile ground in us to take root and bear fruit
  • … to be a blessing to us and others around us
  • …for the kingdom & glory of God
  • Amen!
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Thank God
  • I may not be sure of what I am doing or supposed to do
  • But one thing is for sure
  • … God is doing something with my life
  • I may not be able to see it myself
  • …the why, what, where  or how
  • But I am slowly learning that with the things of God
  • …It is just for me to be willing, obedient & faithful 
  • >> The Lord declares that His plans for me are always good, not for bad, to give me a future and a hope…Jeremiah 29:11
  • I need to make ever effort to enter into His rest
  • >> For whoever enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from His…Hebrews 4:10
Rest defined for me as …
  • Being aligned to what God made me to be and to do
  • Just like an eagle flying against the wind & looking directly at the sun,
  • … it just spreads its wings and soars & sun does not affect its eyes
  • …because that is the way it was designed to operate
  • …may be a struggle / labor for another animal …
  • …but it is rest for the eagle…it is in its element for progress & prosperity

I therefore need to enter into the rest of God

  • … where I rest from trying to figure out or do the things of God myself and rest in (trust in / have confidence in / lean on ) God to do it through me ( not necessarily for me)

Some elements to enter into God’s rest…

>> I need to labor to enter into wholeness (holiness) & right standing (righteousness ) with God in all aspects of my life
  • Being whole (Holy) >> I am what and who God made me to be – transformed into the image and likeness of Christ
  • Right standing (righteousness) >> I am in the right place, at the right time doing the right thing that I am designed or made to do for the Kingdom & Glory of God
# My prayer and declaration
Romans 8:28-30 (NKJV)
  • God works all things together for my good so long as I love Him and are called according to (or pursuing) His purposes
  • For those God foreknew He predestines in Christ
  • Then calls, justifies & glorifies
Basically
>> God provides the Grace for the Race He has appointed for us
… He predestines, calls, justifies & glorifies
… Its all about Him, not about me but as for just being a willing obedient and faithful servant.
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  • And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work….2 Corinthians 9:8 (NKJV)
  • And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus….Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)
>> God provides provision for His vision
>> What God creates, He sustains
>> What He Authors, He Finishes or Perfects 
Not only the grace (ability)  but also provides the enablement or power to do so
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Ephesians 3
  • That out of His glorious riches
  • He strengthens me by His Spirit with mighty power
  • …in my inner being ( spirit + soul = heart?? / spirit man??)
  • Enabling me to do much more than I can ask, think or imagine
  • …but according to His power that is at work within me…Ephesians 3:20

There has to be something of God in me that the Spirit of God can work with

= His Word
  • For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner  (judge) of the thoughts and intents of the heart...Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)
>> The Word: It is a mirror / standard to which we measure our life against and see where we have fallen short of the divine standard / glory of God
  • >> S-Word = Spiritual Word >> For the Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God…Ephesians 6:17
  • … Cuts or Judges both the good & the bad in us relative to the divine standard = Truth
  • >>Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth….John 17:17 (NKJV)
>> The Word: It either judges us or cleanses us depending on what it finds in us
…level or alignment to Truth or the Word
…which may possibly determine whether pruning or destruction takes place??
  • Relative to the thoughts & intentions of our heart
  • judging not only our action, but more serious even our thoughts
  • >> just thinking or having the wrong intentions
  • >> But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart….Matthew 5:28 (NKJV)

 

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Possibly…

  • Thoughts are our thinking & is from the mind
  • Intentions are possibly the motivation behind the thoughts that lead to an action
  • >> & is from the heart ( heart = soul + spirit??)
  • >> so possibly intentions include
  • …. the spirit behind the decision that influenced the soul to take a particular action
  • >> …Soul = mind + will + emotions ??
  • >>… Good spirit = influence of the Holy Spirit characterized by its fruit ( love, joy, peace…Galatians 5:22-23
  • >>… Other (not of the Spirit of God) = influence of (e.g. flesh) and characterized by its fruit ( jealousy, immorality, idolatry….Galatians 5:19-21

Soul = mind (thoughts) + will (action influenced by heart) + emotions ( fruit produced /   product of the heart / what the action produced in me or from me… from the exercise of my will ??)

The Word of God ( Jesus Christ)…

>> therefore acts as a mirror / standard / gauge of the totality of my life relative to the divine standard ( Glory of God)

  • It is living and powerful
  • It is sharp ( can break down or cut through all or any aspect of my life)
  • Divides ( looks in between) the soul & spirit
  • …(as it) discerns ( judges ) the thoughts & intents of  my heart

 

Jeremiah 17:9-10   (NKJV)

  • “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
  • I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,…Romans 3:23 (NKJV)

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The Word of God…
It Judges…
  • …as an all consuming fire…
  • ….“Is not My word like a fire?” says the LORD, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?…Jeremiah 23:29(NKJV)
  • …  “He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day….John 12:48(NKJV)
It Cleanses
  • that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,…Ephesians 5:26 (NKJV)
  • You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you….John 15:3 (NKJV)
When the Word is active in my life >> living and powerful
  • It is judging or cleansing something in me
  • It is changing something in me
  • According to His power at work in me…Word level in my heart, not mind / intellectual
  • >> For even the devil knows the Word but has not put it in his heart for it to change him
The Spirit of God looks for His Word so as to activate His life and His power over it
… to first change me and then change my situation to conform with / align to that Word (which is Christ)
.. >> I need to be changed before my situation so that I can contain & sustain the changed situation.
…>> Indeed God is more interested in changing me than in changing my situation (~ Apostle P. Williams??)
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God watches over His Word to perform it …Jeremiah 1:12
  • The woman with the issue of blood >> Luke 8
  • >> Word:  But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings;…Malachi 4:2 (NKJV)
  • When the lady touched the border of the garment of Christ (wings of the Sun of Righteousness??) she was immediately & automatically healed
  • Jesus perceived that virtue or power had gone out of Him…Luke 8:46
With the Word that carries  His power that is at work within me…Ephesians 3:20
  • The Word has the ability to perform itself
  • Like a seed, it has all it needs to be and do what it was programmed / made to do
  • My part or participation: >> put an enabling environment to activate it
  • >> My faith in that word is proved by my act or action that demonstrates my faith
  • … otherwise, just like the seed, the Word of God  would be dead (dormant) in me
Through the Word of God revealed in me through the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ…Ephesians 1:17
>> I have all I need to live life in abundance in both things physical  & spiritual 
  • as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,…2 Peter 1:3 (NKJV)
Walking in the revelation of God’s Word inside me leads into the manifestation of the abundant life in Christ
# Summary
Spirit of God activates / works with what we have of God inside us…
  • According to His power…
  • Spirit looks for the Word that is inside me – in my heart not my mind
  • …so that the spiritual circuit can close
  • … >> my heart connected to the Heart of God 
  • … power is automatically released
  • >> such as with the woman with the issue of blood
  • For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. ….; …2 Chronicles 16:9 (NKJV)

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  • God watches over His Word to perform it …Jeremiah 1:12
  • >> The Lord is therefore eager to perform His Word / show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is filled with His Word (that contain His ways, His Heart, indeed His beloved Son).
  • Possibly, those counted as loyal are those that contain and maintain His Word in all aspects of their lives

The level of faith in me is determined by the amount of the Word in me

  • That I have heard and stored in my heart
>> Where my pleasing faith is determined by my belief in God and His rewards for those who earnestly seek Him (that include His ways??)…Hebrews 11:6
  • The Word should be taken to heart…
  • … not just intellectual
  • For…Out of the heart flows the issues of life…Proverbs 4:23
  • >> what you plant in your heart, you will reap in your life
  • Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks …Luke 6:45
  • >> We speak what is in our hearts
  • Words determine the path of our lives
  • Life & death are in the power of the tongue, whoever loves it shall eat its fruit…Proverbs 18:21
  • What we speak determines the course of our lives
Just to encourage those weak and foolish like myself
  • … That the Lord is using to confound the strong and the wise…
  • God may not be looking for those able or capable by their own strength
  • … but more so those willing, obedient & faithful minus their own strength
I have come to accept what God says over my life
  • For me to yield myself as a willing vessel
  • Willing, obedient & faithful
  • For God to do what He want to do for His will, purposes & plans
  • It is His grace & His power that will work in me & through me for His kingdom and for His glory
It is just for me to…
  • Let me hear >> build my faith …on what God says over my life
  • Let me declare 
  • >> put life into it by the power of my tongue
  • >> sinks it into / imprints it on my heart
  • Submit it to God
  • >> The author and Finisher/ perfector
  • >> Gives it life and life in abundance- to its fullest
  • >> … Abraham submitted Isaac
  • & act on it >>  as a demonstration of my faith in the Word
  • >> An act of faith… faith without action is dead
Not by power, nor by might but by the Spirit of God
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  • … May the Lord increase and I decrease (….John 3:30)
  • … so I can make room for Him to accomplish His will, purposes and plans in me and through me
  • … without me getting on His way!
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Amen!
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Story of Abigail & David >> 1 Samuel 25

  • Power of Words – life & death
  • Let me not be cursing my blessings
  • …but speaking life into my situations
  • … with the Word that has life & power to change my situations
>> Story of David, Nabal & Abigail
  • David goes to seek assistance from wealthy but arrogant  Nabal who is having a feast
  • Nabal refuses and insults David
  • David is furious and sets out to kill Nabal & his household
  • Abigail, Nabal’s wife, is told and sets out with provisions to appease a furious David
1 Samuel 25: 23-35   (NIV)
23 When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed down before David with her face to the ground. 24 She fell at his feet and said: “Pardon your servant, my lord, and let me speak to you; hear what your servant has to say. 25 Please pay no attention, my lord, to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name—his name means Fool, and folly goes with him. And as for me, your servant, I did not see the men my lord sent. 26 And now, my lord, as surely as the Lord your God lives and as you live, since the Lord has kept you from bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hands, may your enemies and all who are intent on harming my lord be like Nabal. 27 And let this gift, which your servant has brought to my lord, be given to the men who follow you.
28 “Please forgive your servant’s presumption. The Lord your God will certainly make a lasting dynasty for my lord, because you fight the Lord’s battles, and no wrong doing will be found in you as long as you live. 29 Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life, the life of my lord will be bound securely in the bundle of the living by the Lord your God, but the lives of your enemies he will hurl away as from the pocket of a sling. 30 When the Lord has fulfilled for my lord every good thing he promised concerning him and has appointed him ruler over Israel, 31 my lord will not have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged himself. And when the Lord your God has brought my lord success, remember your servant.
32 David said to Abigail, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me. 33 May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands. 34 Otherwise, as surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, who has kept me from harming you, if you had not come quickly to meet me, not one male belonging to Nabal would have been left alive by daybreak.”
35 Then David accepted from her hand what she had brought him and said, “Go home in peace. I have heard your words and granted your request.”
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Within every man lies a king or a fool,  (~ Mike Murdoch ??)
  • …light or darkness
  • … blessing or curse
  • … life or death
The one you speak to / cultivate / nurture …. will manifest / talk back to you
>> because what you reap, you sow…
  • What (Who) you talk to from the heart, you bring it to life (bring it to the surface, is the one that responds) >> power of the tongue
  • Abigail spoke to the king in David  through the Word of God
  • … The king in David responded to the Word of God through Abigail
  • … and it brought life into a situation that had the spirit of death all over it – stealing, killing and destruction

 

  • >>  Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord….Romans 12:19 (NKJV)
  • >>  Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; Their foot shall slip in due time; For the day of their calamity is at hand, And the things to come hasten upon them.’…Deuteronomy 32:35(NKJV)

The Word of God has power to changes us…

Living and powerful…discerner or judge of the thoughts & intentions of the heart
  • For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart….Hebrews 4:10 (NKJV)
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David was made to look into a mirror and consider whether what he was about to do was in line with the divine standard ( or fell short of the glory of God)
  • ( A story for another day…what Abigail spoke of Nabal the husband (the negative or death through her tongue ) came to pass soon after)
The Word of God Changes
  • The fool in me into the king ( God made me to be – ruling & reigning)
  • The darkness in me into light ( in, near and to the world around me)
  • The curse in me into a blessing (to me & those around me)
  • Death in me into life ( & life in abundance …to its fullest)
For whatever a man sows, that will he surely reap …Galatians 6:7

What am I sowing in different aspects of my life?

Have I run my thoughts, words or actions  through the mirror / standard of the Word to see if it can hold up to the divine standard?

Is the (negative?) condition of my life a reflection of what has been sown into it?

My children >>What words am I sowing into their life??
  • >> life, light or blessing
  • >> death, darkness or curses
  • do I need to ignore ( not focus on ) the fool in them but speak to the king or queen in them so that that aspect manifests in them??
  • …same for my spouse??
Myself>> what words am I sowing into my life??
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My relationships with spouse, parents, siblings, relatives >> what words am I sowing??
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Am I part of the problem (fanning the negative flames of death) or part of the solution (sowing positive words of life)  with my words on political or religious leadership & situations??
  • Like the Shunammite woman in 2 Kings 4
  • >> She declared a positive (life) into a situation that had already manifested death
  • We too, as ambassadors of the King that came to bring life and life in abundance
  • >> need to have pleasing faith and declare (words of )  life and life in abundance into seemingly dead situations that are affecting our political or religious leadership
Prayer
  • Repentance for sowing bad seed that is producing bad fruit in, near or around me
  • Create in me a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me
  • May I sow good seed so as to harvest the fruits of the Spirit of God:
  • >> seeds of love so that I can reap joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness & self control
  • >> in all my relationships
  • >> especially those of my close family – spouse and children

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