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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
Sun, Apr 03, 2016
Duration: 44 mins 26 secs
There are so many places in scripture that we see that “the few” are important to Jesus: the one lost coin, the one lost sheep, the one pearl of great price, the one thing Mary chose to spend time on, the two coins of the widow, the four things the early church focused on. Are we focused on and chasing many things like those who don’t know the Lord, or are we listening to God about the few important things that we need to give ourselves to more fully? What has God made us uniquely suited to do? Craig Meyer challenges us to take just one step up in obeying God’s call to “the few” He has specifically for each of us. Additional Scriptures: Numbers 13:1-33, Luke 10:38-42, Luke 21:1-4, Luke 15:4-10, Matthew 13:45-46, Ezekiel 22:30, Jonah 4:2-3, Judges 7:2-4, 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 1 Corinthians 9:24.
Sun, Mar 27, 2016
Duration: 41 mins 8 secs
If anything proves the Kingship of Jesus Christ, it is His resurrection from the dead. The resurrection is a radical happening, with implications for everything Jesus claimed about Who He is. It demands a radical response from people of integrity. Both His death and His resurrection are central and crucial. Christianity is deeply miraculous and supernatural -- not a theory or a religion, but a radical lifestyle of following Christ. If you believe Jesus rose from the dead, it changes everything. Love triumphs over hatred. Suffering does not have the final word. If Jesus rose from the dead, we need to listen to Him. His radical message, that He is the only way, the only truth, the only source of true life, requires a radical response. Let us “go and tell” what Jesus has done for us, and then love and pray for the curious, that they may change from curious to convinced, and then to committed, loving the truth that transforms. Additional scriptures: Colossians 3:1, Isaiah 41:10, Mark 8:31-33, Luke 22:42-43, John 11:25-26, John 14:6, John 2:19-22, 1 Corinthians 15:17-20
Fri, Mar 25, 2016
Duration: 34 mins 57 secs
How do you explain Good Friday? Why is it still so significant today? Jesus’ life for ours, Jesus’ life in ours, and our life for others. Jesus is the spotless Lamb who was offered for the sins of mankind. He died not as a martyr, but as a Savior, as a substitute, as a sacrifice on our behalf. He took the shame, received judgment in our place, and freed us from the curse of breaking the law, and from the sting of death. This divine exchange took away our sins and gave us His holiness instead. We sinned, but His righteousness is credited to us through faith in Him. As a result of the cross, we are free and no longer under judgment, but under God’s grace and favour. God now smiles on us because of Jesus, and adopts us as His sons and daughters, when we acknowledge Him as Lord. Additional Scriptures: Isaiah 53:5-7, Matthew 27:46, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 8:3, John 3:16, Romans 6:22, Colossians 1:22-23, 28-29
Sun, Mar 20, 2016
Duration: 36 mins 51 secs
The account of Mary and Martha teaches us the priority in worship: whilst we take the gospel out to others and minister to the less fortunate, we must prioritise our personal worship of Jesus, and learn from Him. All other "good acts of worship” must flow out of our worshipful relationship with Jesus. Preparations and service are good and necessary, but we must take care not to let them become distractions from our relationship with the One we are serving. Let us deal with our worries and distractions, turn them around and submit them to the Lord in faith, instead of comparing, complaining and taking offence. Only then can we, like Mary with her costly perfume, give our extravagantly loving and sacrificial Lord the extravagant worship He deserves. Additional scriptures: Joshua 4:10-11, Matthew 14:32-33, Luke 10:1-2, Luke 10:36-37, Acts 17:6, Revelation 3:15-16
Sun, Mar 13, 2016
Duration: 31 mins 18 secs
Worship starts when God breathes His life into our spirits and opens the eyes of our understanding about the true identity of Jesus. Worship is an outward sign testifying to an inner work of God, and thus is not about a place, but about a heart relationship. We all worship something, and we start to become more like what we worship. Where is God on our priority list? Enemies to worshipping the Lord can include comfort, convenience, apathy, fear, doubt, insecurity, arrogance, and overfamiliarity. If we recognise these factors in ourselves and turn them around to present them to God, we can get deeper into true worship. The disciples in the boat were at first terrified and doubtful, but when their eyes were opened to Jesus' identity as the Son of God, their response was heart-felt worship. The more important Jesus is to us every day, the more genuine our worship will be. Additional Scriptures: Hebrews 13:15, Matthew 10:32, John 4:21-26, Joshua 3:8-17, Matthew 14:6-21, Hebrews 8:6
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