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Building a House for God

 

“Now, I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God…”

– I Chronicles 29:2 KJV

 

I.                     Building a House for God

 

“Lo, I dwell in a house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord remainth under curtains.” – I Chronicles 17:1b KJV

 

Now, King David had been king of Israel for some time. Whenever he went to worship the Lord God of Israel, he went to a tabernacle made of tents and cloth while he lived in a palace of cedars, fine furniture, and luxury. This began to bother King David that he should live so well and the Lord God of Israel dwelt in tents. He desired more for his God than that. His heart was that God should also have the best of things and a house worthy of His name. So, King David of Israel began to pursue just that.

                Look around your life. Does God, the God of the Holy Bible, the Father of Jesus your Savior, the Gifter of the Holy Spirit; does He have a better place in your life than you do? Is He at least equal? If not begin building Him a house in your life that He might dwell in it.

 

II.                   Preparation

 

“Now, I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God…”

– I Chronicles 29:2 KJV

 

                When King David of Israel made this statement it was many years… years after he first decided he would like to build a house for God. He desired a house for God that would be great and of great fame throughout the world.

 

“… and the house that is to be builded for the Lord must be exceeding magnificent, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it. So, David prepared abundantly before his death.” – I Chronicles 22:5 KJV

 

               

III.                 Counting the Cost

 

King David set out in preparation, before the building of the House of God, all the pieces and craftsmanship needed to build the House. He set aside, in store, all the money needed to start the work and all the detailed plans to build it. This is detailed in I Chronicles 22:14~16, 23: et al, 28:11~18, 21, 29:2~9.

 

IV.                Construction

 

Solomon, after being made king of Israel, returned to King David’s desire to build a house for God. (II Chronicles 2~3) King Solomon pursued the best materials and the best persons he could find to work the materials so that God’s house would be without equal in all the world.

 

V.                  Furnishing

 

King Solomon contracted with the best craftsmen to make exacting and excellent furnishing for the House of God. (II Chronicles 4) In exacting detail, he had his servants craft the instruments, implements, stonework, pillars, and all the utensils for service in God’s House.

 

VI.                Consecrating

 

Once everything was made that needed to be made, once everything was built that needing building, once everything was crafted that needed to be crafted, once everything was in place that needed to be in place; King Solomon called the elders, heads of the tribes of Israel, the chief fathers of Israel, and all the men of Israel to Jerusalem to bring the Ark of the Lord from its resting place in the Tabernacle of David to the House of God, the Temple in Jerusalem. Then, they began to offer sacrifices without number and praise unto the God of Israel. (II Chronicles 5:1~7)

 

“It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying, For He is good; His mercy endureth forever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; so that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.” – II Chronicles 5:13~14 KJV

 

VII.              Living in the House

 

The rest of the history of Israel shows their respect and lack of respect for the House that King David desired and King Solomon built for God. From time to time the kings and the people of Israel returned their hearts back to God and the house that was made for Him. Solomon built a house for God. Zerubbabel and Jeshua rebuilt a house for God. Herod rebuilt a house for God. Let us build a house for God.

Can we build a house for God? The Bible says yes we can.

 

“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost…”

– I Corinthians 6:20a KJV

 

                Using the pattern above (Building the House, Preparing the House, Counting the Cost, Constructing the House, Furnishing the House, Consecrating the House, and Living in the House), let us look at how we can build a House for God in our own lives.

                The house was built for us. David, in the Psalms, shows us how we are “fearfully and wonderfully” made by the hand of God. (Psalm 139:14) We were “predestined” to be with Him. (Ephesians 1:5, 11) We have been given the house that He desires to inhabit. Then, let us accept this habitation and build a life that is pleasing to God. Let us give Him a place where we can sacrifice and make offerings unto our God. Since we have been given a worthy house usable to praise our God, let us begin then the preparation of the house for service to Him.

                How do we prepare for so great an undertaking? King David spent his latter years working out the details for a house he would never build. Many kings and elders after him took it upon themselves to build, rededicate, rebuild, or build anew a house for God. So, how do we prepare? In the same way they did. First, they decided in their hearts they would build a habitation unto God, the LORD GOD of Israel. Then, they set about finding what was needed. You are that building. What do you need in your life to be the habitation of God? What cleansing, what sanctification do you need in your life so that you can be acceptable as a place of meeting, a place of sacrifice, a place of praise and worship unto our God?

                The Bible is the starting place. You must begin with building a firm foundation of the study, knowledge, and understanding of God’s Word, the Holy Bible. From there, let the Words that God speaks from His Bible act as the laver to cleanse you, to sanctify you, to separate you from the things of this world. Prepare yourself with a right understanding and a right humility. Circumcise your heart, cut away the things of this world from your inward being. Walk in separation unto your God, the LORD GOD of Israel.

                Count the cost. What will it cost you to walk this way? What did it cost God to allow you to come near Him? There is a price. In the garden in Eden, Adam’s price of disobedience was spiritual death, tilling the soil, fighting with thorns to be fed from the earth. A further cost was the shedding of blood to cover his nakedness in his flesh. (Genesis 3:21) It will cost you something to be disobedient to God. Because of Adam’s sin and curse, you have to labor for your gain. Under the Law given to Moses, blood had to be shed to cover the sin of Israel. You will have to put out some effort, yes even struggle at times, to get close to God. Jesus shed His blood at the Cross to cover your sins. You must accept that sacrifice and let that blood cover you just as Adam was covered by the shedding of blood and just as Israel was covered by the shedding of blood under the Law. There is a cost, a price.

                Constructing the house of God is laborious. To construct it well, to ensure it will stand for eternity, it will require hard work on your part. You build it and support it with the truths of God; and that only through His Word the Bible, confirmed by His Holy Spirit. To build well, it is a meticulous, detailed, process to change from your base perspectives and understanding to the perspectives and understanding that only God can provide. It is a life-long process. Just as God gifted men and women craftsmen for Moses, David, Solomon, Zerubbabel, and Herod; God will send to you gifted men and women to help you refine your house into a house worthy of God.

                Furnishing your house is through good works. Just as in the world today, there are artists in stone or paint or film that do incredible “works” in their media of choice and finding those, paying for those, and putting them in the right spot takes time and contemplation. Follow the Biblical examples to do good works to fill up your house unto God. Let your house be well furnished with great works that are as exquisite works of art to bless the Lord, your God.

                Consecration means to separate for a specific purpose and no other purpose. Consecrate your life, your house, to the specific purpose of habitation with God, to be a praise and a worship unto Him. And, do no other thing with your life. If there is a thing in this world that you are doing or someone wants you to do but it is not pleasing to God, do not do it. That is no longer a part of your life. Your life is pleasing to God; and God only.

                Living in the house is your daily task. Paul said in Romans 12:1 to present yourself as a living sacrifice. It is your reasonable service. According to God and His reasoning with Paul, this act of daily building a house where God and you can dwell together is your reasonable, logical, acceptable, it makes sense to do it, service – a task not so much for you as the one to whom you are giving it.

                Build for yourself a house unto God.

               

© 2006 Dr. David J. Rogers / Pastor – International Community Church Frisco TX

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God does not lie

 

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? – Numbers 23:19 KJV

 

I.                     God does not lie

 

In the opening text, God shows us several things by what He told Moses. God is not a Man. God does not lie. God does not have the need to repent, turn away from the path He is taking. God does speak. God is able to do what He says.

God’s history with Man is God backing up what He said He would do and teaching us the right way to think, to act, the right attitude to have; and, the consequences of our actions.

In Genesis 4 we see where Cain brought an offering before the Lord but the Lord favored Abel’s over Cain’s, and Cain’s attitude, his heart, was wrong. The Lord spoke to Cain in instruction, wisdom, and warning. Cain did not heed the words of the Lord and it lead to the death of Cain’s brother by Cain’s hand.

God sees more than we do. He sees beyond our current circumstances. He includes all of our circumstances into His vision; the possible outcomes, the desirable outcomes, and our attitude in the midst of those events.

God has no need to deceive. He tells the truth. We may not like the truth He tells us, but God tells the truth. It is His way. God loves us. We are His children, His offspring, and His creation by His own hand for His own sake. Why would He lie? If we are His and are to be like Him, what benefit is there to Him to deceive us? There isn’t. From the simple beginnings in the Garden in Eden to the present day, it has been God’s goal, His objective, to make us into His image, to make us like Him. What profit is there for us to deceive, if we are to be like Him?

 

II.                   God is not a man

 

“God is not a Man that He should lie.” The simple truth here is that Man is not like God. Man deceives. Man deceives himself. Man deceives others. Man has borne false witness. Adam set the pattern, Eve followed it, it was passed on to Cain, and it has followed down through all generations; save Jesus alone.

                Since Adam, Man has explored the “what if…” That is a dangerous place. Man was created in the image and likeness of God, but Man explored the “what if.” Then when that failed, he blamed someone else for that failure. “It wasn’t me. It was the woman you gave me.” “It wasn’t me. It was the serpent. He deceived me.” [Genesis 3] There is a price to be paid when you test the “what if” and the “what if” goes against the word of God. Adam, Eve, and Cain all discovered the price to be paid for going against God’s word.

                God is not a Man. There is no deception in Him. There is no need to deceive. There is no need to say one thing and actually do another. Has He said? Will He not do? One of the great values of the Judeo-Christian Bible is the history of God speaking to Man then performing exactly as He said He would. Sadly, the Bible is also a history of Man saying he will do one thing and actually doing another. Or, saying he will do one thing and deceiving himself he does another thing entirely.

 

III.                 Has He said

 

The Judeo-Christian Bible, the canon text we know as the Holy Bible, is replete with examples of God (YHWH Elohim) speaking; and that mostly to His elect. The very simple fact is God, the Lord God of the Bible, speaks. He will talk with us. Whether we want to listen or not, He will speak to us. We can deceive ourselves that He does not speak to us “mortals,” that He no longer speaks to us – His “Church,” that He doesn’t exist therefore cannot speak. We can deceive ourselves that we are too full of sin and therefore unholy and He will not speak to one so vile and unholy.

We can deceive ourselves that the sun does not shine, fire does not burn, snow is not cold, and gravity does not work. We can do that, but… The sun does shine. Fire does burn. Ice is cold. And, gravity does work. It is the same with God. God spoke before all of these things could take place.

 

IV.                Has He not done it?

 

Everything that God has said is surely done as if it has already happened. The entire Bible is full of examples where He said a thing would happen, and then it did. In God’s mind, those things are “so done, they are did.”

Noah builds an ark 100 years before he had children to assist him, just on the word of God. Then, it rains just as the Lord said.

Abram becomes Abraham. Sarai becomes Sarah. And, they give birth to a son in their old age, just as the Lord said.

Isaac sows during a famine and reaps a 100 fold harvest, just as the Lord said.

Moses went back to Egypt, showed God mightier than all the gods and knowledge of Egypt, delivered Israel, carried Israel through the Red Sea, carried Israel through the desert, and showed many mighty deeds from the Lord God; just as the Lord said.

Joshua overcame all the cities, peoples, and the nations he came against and possessed the land promised to Abraham; just as the Lord said.

Samson became strong and punished the Philistines, just as the Lord said.

Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Daniel, and many others spoke the words of the Lord. Many were able to see those words come to pass within their lifetimes. Others did not, just as the Lord said.

Mary, cousin to Elizabeth, became pregnant without assistance of man, just as the Lord said.

John the Baptist went into the wilderness of Judea, preached repentance, and proclaimed the coming of the Lord; just as the Lord said.

Jesus was born, grew to manhood, repented for sins He did not commit, was water baptized by John his cousin unto repentance, preached to good news of the Kingdom of God, and fulfilled those things spoken about the Messiah by the prophets; just as the Lord said.

Peter went the way the Lord said. Paul went the way the Lord said. All of the disciples who became apostles of Jesus’ gospel went and did just as the Lord said.

In my own life, God has said a thing and it has come to pass, just as the Lord said.

 

V.                  In the fullness of time

 

Now, there are things that have yet to occur. I assure you they will in their time because God has said it. But, things must occur in their right timing, in the fullness of time.

Has God said something to you? Has it yet occurred? If not, it will because God has said it.

 

For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. – Isaiah 55:10~11 KJV

 

                God compares His words, the statements that come from Him, to the things of earth that Man has come to know with surety. It rains and snows. They water the earth. Things grow and give seed. Some of those seeds and fruits are taken by Man for food. These things are known as fact, as surety. So is the Word of God. In addition, God commits that His Word will not come back to Him until it has completed that for which He sent it.

                Just as rain and snow are needed by plants for growth, just as plants grow and give their seed in their season, just as Man must harvest the plants for food when it is the right timing; so is the fulfillment of God’s Word in its season. For Man to harvest the fruit and seeds of plants for food we must wait for the fullness of time to gather the harvest; otherwise, the fruit and seeds are useless or harmful to us as food. So is the Word of God. We must wait until all things are ready for His Word to come to pass; otherwise, His Word will not benefit us as fully as it might.

                God can raise you up and make you exceedingly prosperous. He is able to do that. But, if you are not prepared, if those you need are not prepared, if the market demand for your product is not prepared, then you can fail exceedingly well.

God is not interested in a momentary fix; although He can do that too. God is interested in you on an eternal, forever and ever with Him, basis. There are things that He must do. There are things you must do. There are things others must do to allow you to do what He needs you to do. Are you doing what you can do now? Are you waiting on the Lord for His fullness of time? Are you preparing yourself for that thing He said He would do in your life? Are you partnering with Him like Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob / Israel, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, Elijah, Elisha, Daniel, Jesus…?

God has said. God will do. Just as He said He would do, He will do. He has no need to say a thing to say a thing. If He says a thing, it will come to pass just as He said it would. God does not lie. If God has not given you a promise of a thing directly, look to His Word, the Holy Bible, for His promises to the children of Israel, for His promises to the Church, for His promises to all of those who will hear Him and walk with Him. Those are His words to you. And, God will speak to you.

 

Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that formed it, to establish it; the LORD is his name; Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

– Jeremiah 33:2~3 KJV

 

                Call to Him, the creator of Heaven and Earth. Call to Him, supp with Him, dwell with Him, and let Him dwell with you. Let Him have every facet of your life and He will give you every facet of His life. It will no longer be what can God do for me today but what can we do together today, Lord? His words are sure. He does not lie. He does not deceive. He has said. It will come to pass.

                I have no greater comparison of the surety of God’s Word than God has said it, therefore it will come to pass.

 


© 2006 Dr. David J. Rogers / Pastor – International Community Church Frisco TX

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Unbelief… Lord, Help My Unbelief

 

And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence. And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? And his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. – Matthew 13:53~58 KJV

 

I.                     Unbelief limits God

 

Jesus, throughout the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John did many mighty miracles and testified of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Yet, when he returned to his home town and gave them the same testimony, they rejected his testimony and did not believe him. They held onto their unbelief.

 

The same God that made the heavens and the earth, that showed himself mighty to Enoch, to Noah, to Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob, to Joseph, to Moses, and to all the children of Israel for forty years in the desert could not do anything for these people… although they were sick, infirm, blind, deaf, afflicted with various sufferings, he could do nothing for them because of their unbelief.

 

Question: What are you doing that limits God from working the miraculous in your life? Are you holding onto your unbelief?

 

II.                   Unbelief limits You

 

Matthew 17:14~20 “Because of your unbelief…”

 

In this passage we see where a father came to the disciples of Jesus asking them to help him with his afflicted son. The disciples of Jesus, those who had been with him, could not relieve this boy’s suffering. Jesus said it was because of their unbelief.

 

You can receive the best instruction. You can be called, anointed, and appointed. But, if you do not believe what is said to you, you can do nothing; even though it was said that you could.

 

Question: Have you received instruction in faith toward God? Are you called, anointed, even appointed but nothing seems to happen? Have you been told you can but you cannot?

 

In verse 21, Jesus said this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. He meant time with God in solemn discussion where your mind and heart are only on him and denying the desires of your flesh to spend time with God. When nothing is more important to you than spending time with God nothing shall withstand you.

 

Question: Do you spend time alone with God? Is God more important to you than everything else?

 

III.                 What are belief and unbelief?

 

The English word belief comes from the Middle English word beleve or beleafe and the Anglo-Saxon word geleafa, to believe. Both roots mean the same, “an acceptance of something as true[1].”

 

The English word unbelief means “un” not + “belief.” Or, not believing; a withholding of or lack of belief. Basically, it is choosing not to believe.

 

Since this is the New Testament we are studying, we should look at the words they were using.

 

Peitho (3892[2]): root verb meaning to convince as by argument; to rely by inward certainty; to believe, have confidence, to trust.

Pistis (4102): persuasion, credence; was used to convey assurance, belief, to believe, faith, or fidelity.

Apistos (571): to disbelieve, an action; to be something untrustworthy.

Apistia (570): faithlessness; disbelief; unfaithfulness, disobedience; unbelief.

 

Belief and unbelief take their roots from a verb, a word used to describe an action. Therefore, we can say to believe or not to believe requires an action. An action in a human requires a decision, a choice to be made. The will is involved.

 

Question: What is your will telling you to believe or not to believe?

 

 

IV.                Lord, help my unbelief

 

Mark 9:14~29 “…and the father of the child cried out…”

 

Again, we see where the father of the stricken child comes to the disciples and cannot find help. He comes to Jesus and Jesus asks him “can you believe?” And, instructs him “All things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately, the father of the child cries out with tears, his heart full of passion for his child, “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.” Jesus immediately responds by action on the request of father of the child. Jesus helps his unbelief by showing the father that God was capable.

 

Jesus’ disciples came to him afterwards and asked Jesus privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” Jesus responded, “This kind can only come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”

 

Question: Where are you in your unbelief?

 

V.                  Simple Math

 

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. – John 14:12~14 KJV

 

The works that Jesus did we can do also, if we believe the things Jesus said are true and do the things Jesus did. It was Jesus’ practice to spend time in prayer and fasting; to spend time with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; doing the things that were pleasing to Him. Jesus trusted (had faith, confidence, trust) what God said was so. It was truth. It was not optional.

 

Question: Do you believe God? Are His words truth to you?

 

Study the Word of God, the Holy Bible; reason with God over it; act on it with surety, as if it was truth. It is like simple math. 1+1=2 If God said it (1) and you act on it (+1) then you get the result of that combination (=2). It is that simple.

 

Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. – Matthew 17:19~21

 

(1) Belief (faith, confidence, trust)

Or

(-1) Unbelief (no faith, no confidence, no trust)

 

(+1) Plus the power of the God through Jesus

 

(=) Equals action; that action is dependent upon you.

 

God plus unbelief equals the expected result; exactly what you expected, nothing. 1-1=0

God plus belief equals the expected result; exactly what you expected, whatever it was you believed. 1+1=2

 

Question: What are you in the equation? Are you +1 (belief) or (-1) unbelief?

 

The action of belief or unbelief is yours to make.  The decision is yours only. Without your belief that God is faithful and sure to fulfill (fully fill to the full) His Word, He can do no mighty works in your life?

 

Question: What is it that you want from God? What is it that God said He will do in your life? What seems too impossible to believe?

 

Whatever it is, give it to God. Trust God that He is faithful and just and will do all these things that He said He would, according to His Word, the Holy Bible, and according to what His Spirit has said to you. The Father, the Son, and the Spirit are one and the same, from everlasting to everlasting. Has He said? Will He not do?

 

For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. – Isaiah 55:10~11 KJV


[1] Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary Unabridged, 2nd Edition

[2] Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible

© 2006 Dr. David J. Rogers / Pastor – International Community Church Frisco TX

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Though It Tarry… Wait For It

 

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. – Habakkuk 2:3 KJV

 

I.                     For the just shall live by faith

 

For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith…

– Hebrews 10:36~38 KJV

 

Action and patience are the starting points for any word from God for anything that God has promised you.

 

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” – Romans 1:17 KJV

 

Faith is an action word. If God has said something and you do not act on it, you do not have faith that God is able to fulfill (fully fill to the full) that which He said He would do.

 

But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. – Galatians 3:11 KJV

 

Blind obedience to rules, to traditions will not get you there. You must believe, lay a hold of as true and live it as true, those things that God has said.

 

… but the just shall live by his faith. – Habakkuk 2:3 KJV

 

But, the just shall live by faith. What is faith? How shall you live by it? Faith means hope, confidence, and trust. To have faith is to place your confidence, your trust, yes even your hopes in the words of another that they are true; then, not to turn back from it. Faith means it is so. As far as you are concerned it is as real as a physical thing. It has substance. It is as real and binding, able to be used in testimony as evidence. Its truth cannot be denied.

 

Question: Have you received a promise from God; a vision of things to come? Has it yet arrived? Has God asked you to do something that seems impossible?

 

If God has said a thing you must act on it. If you are just, you must accept it and act on it with all the power at your command, with all of the abilities that you have. And, you must be patient. Many times, your ability to do anything about what God has promised you or shown you is very little to nothing at all. Sometimes, you just have to take God at His word and act within the realm you have.

 

II.                   Abram believed God

 

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him… Genesis 12:1~4a KJV

 

Abram was a Chaldean, just like his father Terah. He left Ur with his father. He helped start the city of Haran. But, one day God spoke to Abram and said go and I will bless you, and through you all the families of the earth will be blessed. Abram heard and acted. Abram did not know where he was going. He was just going with God, because God said go and Abram trusted God that He was able to perform just as He said He would.

 

III.                 Dust of the Earth

 

And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

– Genesis 13:14~17 KJV

 

Abram had grown wealthy and his only heir, his nephew Lot, left him. He now had no one through whom he could fulfill God’s promise. So God encouraged Abram that still his, Abram’s seed shall be innumerable like the dust that covers the earth. And, Abram acted again on the word of God, even though not knowing how God was to bring it to pass.

 

IV.                Stars in the sky

 

And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. – Genesis 15:3~6 KJV

 

When Abram again despaired that he had no heir other than one born in his house, God showed Abram otherwise and promised Abram his own child.

 

V.                  Abraham and Sarah

 

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

– Genesis 17:1~9 KJV

 

Abram trusted God so well that when God changed his name to Abraham, he made everyone call him that. Abram / Abraham had been holding on to the promise of God for 24 years; passed relatives, passed those born in his household, passed the son born of him and his wife’s handmaid. Passed all these things he held on to the promise God had given him.

 

Abraham received the word from the Lord God as truth and acted on it. And in due time, Isaac (laughter) was born to Abraham and Sarah (princess) when he was 100 and she was 90.  

 

VI.                Abraham and Isaac

 

In Genesis chapter 22, we see where the Lord God again called to Abraham; this time to offer his only son, Isaac, as a burnt offering unto the Lord. Abraham obeyed God. Isaac was Abraham’s only son. Abraham knew he had to do just as God had said. Abraham told his two servants, “I and the boy will go yonder and worship and come again to you.” (verse 5) When asked by his son where the sacrifice is, Abraham replied God will provide.

 

It is important to note Abraham’s thinking. He told his servants, they would come back, so one way or the other Isaac was coming back with him because it was through Isaac that the promise was to be fulfilled.  Whether God would provide His own sacrifice or the boy Isaac was going to be slain and raised from the dead. One way or the other, the promise of God involved it being through Isaac and Isaac couldn’t do that dead.

 

VII.              Though the Vision tarry… wait for it

 

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise

– Hebrews 11:8~9 KJV

 

For what saith the scripture?  Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. – Romans 4:3 KJV

 

For 24 years, Abram believed God for the promise of the land and a seed to give it to. For years, Abraham raised and taught his son Isaac to trust God as he had; even to the point of sacrifice.  The promise was a seed that never came for 24 years. The promise was to be sacrificed even when it was in Abraham’s hand. Yet, Abraham trusted God. Abraham held on to his faith in God that God would do just as He said He would do.

 

Question: What is it that God has told you that seems to take forever to come to pass? Do your circumstances make it seem impossible given your abilities to make it come to pass? Has God given it to you only to ask for it back?

 

Whatever it is, trust God that He can and will bring it to pass, just as He said.

Don’t accept a counterfeit.

Don’t look to a solution you can provide.

Be patient. Learn to wait upon the Lord. Be diligent to rest in confidence. (Heb 4:11)

If He asks for it back, give it to Him and know He is still able to fulfill His promises.

 


© 2006 Dr. David J. Rogers / Pastor – International Community Church Frisco TX

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Prayer:

By Dave Doc Rogers

 

I.                   Opening Prayer

a.       Lord, bless us to receive your word.

II.                Why they call me Doc

a.       A bit about me … pertaining to prayer

III.             Definition of Prayer

– Webster’s New 20th Century Unabridged … 4” thick 😮

      – Door stop thick

a.       Pray

                                                              i.      Verb therefore action is required

                                                            ii.      From Latin precor – to beg

                                                          iii.      To beseech, entreat, implore; to ask very earnestly; to make supplication

b.      Prayer

                                                              i.      Noun

                                                            ii.      From precarius – obtained by begging

                                                          iii.      An earnest request, entreaty, or supplication

                                                          iv.      Spiritual communion with God

c.       Pray – er

                                                              i.      Person; one who prays or supplicates

                                                            ii.      Supplicate … for those who were wondering

1.      From Latin supplicatus – to kneel down, pray,

2.      From Latin supplicare – to fold, double up

Note: Get used to it … Every knee will bow; every tongue will confess Jesus Christ is Lord! [Philippians 2.9-11]

                                                          iii.      Rogers definition:

1.      One who asks from his/her lower or humble position to a higher position, asking from one who could answer and deliver to the request.

IV.             Luke 18.1-8 … Pray and cease not

a.       The relentless widow

                                                              i.      C18v5 TLB “’I fear neither God nor man,’ he [the unrighteous judge] said to himself,’ but this woman bothers me. I’m going to see that she gets justice, for she is wearing me out with her constant coming.”

1.      Be persistent in prayer!

2.      Pray and cease not!

b.      Larry Lea, Will You Not Tarry One Hour

c.       Ken Hagen, Sr.; 10 minutes of prayer

d.      There is no set time frame to pray.

                                                              i.      You wouldn’t have enough time to make a difference anyway!

                                                            ii.      It is about spending time with God.

V.                And when you pray…

a.       Matthew 6.5-8

b.      Don’t look for a ‘religious answer.’ It won’t fit.

c.       It is all about spending time with the one who knows you best and loves you the most.

VI.             Pray in this way …

– Position, Praise, Priority, Provision, Perfection, Protection, Praise

The Lord’s Prayer, Matthew 6, Luke 11

a.       Our Father Who is in Heaven

                                                              i.      Position

b.      Hallowed by Your Name

                                                              i.      Praise

c.       Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven

                                                              i.      Priority

d.      Give us our daily bread

                                                              i.      Provision

e.       Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those that sin against us

                                                              i.      Perfection

f.       Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil

                                                              i.      Protection

g.      For Yours is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory Forever

                                                              i.      Praise

VII.          Lead the Church in concerted prayer for just a few minutes

a.       Prayer Handout – remind them it is theirs to keep and pass on copies

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“GOD is GOD

and

Jesus Christ is Lord”

.

 

Intercession:

          Take up for yourself their case

          Take their place in prayer

          Advocate for them

 

Isaiah 46.9-10 NIV

“Remember the former things, those of long ago; I AM GOD, and there is no other: I AM GOD, and there is none like ME. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.”

 

Jeremiah 29.11 NIV

“For I know the plans I have made for you, “ declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

 

John 17.20-21 NIV

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.”

 

Intercessory Prayer:

GOD:

          Be GOD, YHWH El-Shaddai, El-Shammah, El-Adonai

          Isaiah 46.10 be done today and everyday, through out time.

          Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who have sinned against us.

          Be Lord and GOD All Mighty.

          Do YOUR WILL over and above all other prayers. Turn a deaf ear or return correction, but DO NOT HEED other than Your Word or Will.

 

The Church, The Body of Christ:

          Open the eyes blinded to Your Gospel.

          Put a hunger for You above all other things deep in their spiritual hearts, a desperate hunger.

          Draw them together, a mighty flood.

          Raise up to Yourself righteous shepherds, wise and full of valor, for Your people.

The Church continued –

          Cause them to love one another as You have loved them.

          Fill them all wholly and completely with Your Holy Spirit.

          Present them before Yourself a Holy Nation, without spot or wrinkle.

          Show me Your heart concerning Your people that I might pray for them.

 

 

 

 

As you pray, pray this way

 

Our Father Who is in Heaven, hallowed be Your Name …

          Praise GOD your Father through the shed blood of Jesus and the Cross at Calvary.

o        Jn 20.17

o        Gals 4.4-9

          Praise Him for:

o        Sins forgiven 1Jn 1.9; Ti 3.5

o        Righteousness – YHWH Tsidkenu

o        Sanctification – YHWH M’Kaddesh

o        His Spirit Mt 28.20; Heb 13.5-6

o        Peace – YHWH Shalom

o        Presence – YHWH Shammah

o        He gives health, vitality, soundness

Jn 10.10; 1Pe 2.24

o        Healing – YHWH Rophe

o        The Lord Provides 2Co 8.9; 2Co 9.8-11; Ep 3.20; Ph 4.19

o        Provision – YHWH Jireh

o        Security and protection Jn 10.1-30

o        Shepherd – YHWH Rohi

o        The One Around Whom We Rally

Is 11.12; 13.2-3

o        Banner – YHWH Nissi

 

Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done on Earth as it is done in Heaven …

          Seek first His kingdom and righteousness Mt 6.33

          The will of the Father Jn 6.40

          Life, and life to the fullest Jn 10.10

          God’s will is eternal life. 2Pe 3.9

          Pray HIS Will and Kingdom over:

o        Yourself

o        Family

o        Church

o        The pastor, staff, leadership, grounds, property

§         And their families

o        Your nation, state/province, local governments

o        For wisdom, peace, right minds, and salvation

o        For strength and courage to do what is right

o        For right government

§         And for their families

o        For the Harvest: N, S, E, & W

o        For all who are not yet in Jesus Christ

 

Give us today our daily bread …

          The Lord is my provision! Is 55.1; 2Co 9.8; Ep 3.20; Ph 4.19

          Believe it is GOD’s will to prosper you. Dt 28.1-14

Je 29.11

          Be specific of your known needs. Ph 4.6

          Be tenacious, be persistent. Pray and do not give up! Lk 18.1

          Believe it is GOD’s will to redeem you.

Joel 2.19, 23-27

          ONLY BELIEVE! Mk 5.36; 9.23; 11.22-24

 

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who have sinned against us …

          Forgive to be forgiven. Mt 6.14-15

          Pray the LORD search you out. Ps 139.23-24

          Confess your sin, repent, and be forgiven. 1Jn 1.9

          Make it your will to forgive others just as the Father has forgiven you. Jn 5.19-20

 

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil …

          Pray, lest you enter into temptation. Lk 22.40

          GOD protects your way. Pr 2.8-9

          The LORD upholds you and makes your way firm. Ps 37.23-24

          Jesus prayed you would be protected. Jn 17.15

          Put on the WHOLE armor of GOD, put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Ep 6.14-19

          Belt of Truth Jn 14.6; 17.17

          Breastplate of Righteousness 2Co 5.21

          Feet shod with the Gospel Is 61.1-2a; Lk 4.18-19

          Shield of Faith Ro 10.17; Ga 2.20; He 11.6

          Helmet of Salvation Ps 140.7; He 5.9

          Sword of the Spirit Jn 1.14; He 4.12

          Put on the LORD Jesus Christ! Ro 13.14

          Pray a hedge of protection around yourself.

          He is my refuge, my fortress. Ps 91.2-3

          He will keep me. Ps 91.14

          He is my strong tower. Pr 18.10

          Pray in the Spirit on all occasions. Ep 6.18

 

For Yours is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory forever

          Praise GOD, our Father, because through Jesus Christ you can call Him Abba [Daddy] Father.

Ro 8.15-16

          In praise of GOD Who is YHWH, the Eternal Self-Existent GOD

o        Todah: Hands extended in thanksgiving

o        Yadah: Hands extended in worship

o        Hallel: Shout out to the Lord in celebration!

o        Zamar: Praise GOD with song and instruments

o        Barak: Declare GOD is your source!

o        Tehillah: Sing in the Spirit

o        Shabach: Shout the praises of GOD

          Praise GOD:

o        You are part of the Kingdom. Lk 12.32; Lk 13.32

o        You are brought into GOD’s Kingdom. Co 1.13-14

o        You are invited. 2Ti 4.18

o        He gives power to the faint. Is 40.29

o        He gives you the ability to get wealth

Dt 8.18

o        His power keeps you and us. 1Pe 1.5

o        He will raise you up by His Power.

1Co 6.14

o        He gives you power over the enemy.

Lk 10.19

o        He gives you His Holy Spirit. Ac 1.8

o        He moves you from sin to glory.

Ro 3.23; 2Co 3.18; He 2.9-10

o        You and He are co-partners and His heirs.

Ga 3.26-29, 4.1-7

o        He is the Alpha and Omega. Re 22.16

o        HE IS, WAS, AND IS TO COME ALL MIGHTY! Re 1.8

o        He is El-Adonai, YHWH. Amen!

 

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What is Prophecy? 

From Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary – Unabridged, the word prophecy came from the Greek word prophetes, a prophet. The English definition of the word is “prediction of the future under the divine guidance; act or practice of a prophet.” The Greek word prophetes came from pro – before and phanai – to speak. Literally, a prophet is one who speaks a thing before it comes to pass. Webster defines prophet as a person who speaks for God… as though under divine guidance.

The prophets of the Bible were men and women who had ongoing relationships with God, YHWH Elohim. And, at times, God had these men and women speak for Him. God has chosen from time to time men and women to speak to kings and princes, to governments and governors, and to the people in the world. Moses was a prophet to the children of Israel. Jeremiah was called to be a prophet to nations. God gave gifts to the Church. One of those gifts was the office of the prophet. God gave the gifts of word of prophecy, word of knowledge, word of wisdom, and the discernment of spirits.

The Biblical prophet did not only speak of things yet to come, but spoke of things currently happening. God is concerned with every aspect of our lives; the things that are and the things that are to come. God has used, and is using, persons in the office of the prophet to proclaim nationally and internationally those things that He wants to come to pass, to prepare us all. God uses prophets to confirm what God is speaking into our hearts. God uses prophets to speak confirming words to those who deny Him or who are in need of comfort. 

Do not desire to be a prophet. Your life becomes forfeit. Your will becomes forfeit. A true prophet of God must walk in the steps that God has appointed him or her. They speak the will and words of God. A false prophet or one who claims to speak for God but speaks for themselves or their own profit lays a judgment upon themselves. God will meet out the judgment in the fullness of time. I caution you, be sure that a thing is from God, of God, before uttering it. Desire not the office, but the officiator. The blessing in the life of someone called to be a prophet, a true prophet of God, is the close walk with God; the close relationship with God. Moses spoke with God face to face. Elijah spoke with God in a whisper. Isaiah spoke with God from a sinner’s fear. God (YHWH Elohim) alone is God, and there are no other gods (elohim).

God’s words do not contradict. Anything that God will say through His prophets will compliment and match what He has said through His earlier prophets. God’s prophetic words will not contradict His earlier testimonies, the Bible. What God has said will come to pass. Those things that He has said do not come back to Him unless they have accomplished that which He purposed them to do. If you do not know what God has said previously, you have no way of verifying the “prophetic” word that was given. If you have not taken to yourself the habit of studying God’s Word, the Bible, you may find yourself tossed about on every wind and wave of doctrine, floundering like a cork in a rough sea. Let every word of prophecy be established. Weigh it against the Bible, time, and prayer. If additional confirmation is needed, God will confirm His word. The Bible, in both Old and New Testaments, shows that any testimony or word should be established by two or three witnesses.  

Pursue God, YHWH Elohim. Establish Him in your own heart. Pursue Him, a right relationship with Him, and His wisdom; and you may not need the prophetic, because He has established Himself in you and with you. But, because God is God, and no other is like Him, He just may sovereignly announce things out loud just because He is God and declares a thing before it comes to pass so that you and the world may know He alone is God.

Amen (so be it!)

© 20060813 Dr. David J. Rogers

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