Sunday, June 28, 2020
MIC DROP 3 – An Amplified Whisper
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, Texas
Micah 6:1 – Hear now what the Lord says:
“Arise, plead your case before the mountains,
And let the hills hear your voice.
2 Hear, O you mountains, the Lord’s complaint,
And you strong foundations of the earth;
For the Lord has a complaint against His people,
And He will contend with Israel.
3 “O My people, what have I done to you?
And how have I wearied you?
Testify against Me.
4 For I brought you up from the land of Egypt,
I redeemed you from the house of bondage;
And I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
5 O My people, remember now
What Balak king of Moab counseled,
And what Balaam the son of Beor answered him,
From Acacia Grove to Gilgal,
That you may know the righteousness of the Lord.”
6 With what shall I come before the Lord,
And bow myself before the High God?
Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings,
With calves a year old?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
Ten thousand rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly, (work justice)
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
Do justice. Justice is “fairness or reasonableness, especially in the way people are treated or decisions are made.”
Love mercy. Mercy is “compassion, kindness or forgiveness shown especially to someone a person has power over.”
Twined together these commands lead us to holistic involvement.
Proverbs 3:3 – Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart…
Divorced they become deformed. Mercy without justice degenerates into dependency and entitlement, preserving the power of the giver over the recipient. Justice without mercy grows cold and impersonal, more concerned about rights than relationships. The addict needs both food and treatment. The young woman needs both a safe place to sleep and a way out of her entrapping lifestyle. Street kids need both friendship and jobs.
If your going to hear the still small voice of God, If your going to Know what God isn whispering in the thunderous events of the mess of a world we are living in. You have to have a value for amplifying the voice of those little people who never have a voice.
Proverbs 31:8-9 – “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
And you need to know that God takes it personally
Proverbs 14:31 – He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
In terms of making things seen that otherwise wouldn’t be seen, we call that magnification.
Remember to magnify His work, of which men have sung
There are 7 different times in scripture we are told to magnify –
to blow up to, make seen and to make a big deal out of.
Part of the role of redemption is to change little things into big things. To make a big deal out of little things that heaven celebrates and the world does not. To put light on those under the shadow of something that is not the heart of God.
When it comes to the sound of things that need to be heard, we call that amplification.
To pump up the volume of those who have no voice and to give them amplification.
DANGEROUS COMPASSION will make you change your focus and your wineskin.
Compassion gives you a different lens.
Compassion beckons us into unexplored territory. Often it ushers us into a world of pressing human need—the destitute needing food and clothes, the homeless needing shelter, the refugee needing a connected friend.
Treacherous mercy is when you are bound and determined to have a much greater value for restoration rather than punishment. A hatred for shame and a passionate disdain for failure.
Savage redemption is when you want to displace dishonor with honor and reward. You’re looking to bring hope and a future to everything that screams loss and history.
There is nothing created that redemption doesn’t change.
Redemption is what happens when Jesus steps onto any scene and has His amazing way. It’s what He brings every time to everything in time.
Redemption changes lost people to family, hated people to celebrated, wicked people to Holy. Redemption changes leprous bodies to perfect human specimens. Redemption brings enslaved people into freedom and transforms dead things into living things.
Through the transformational power of redemption, messed up minds become gifted for learning, shameful and pitiful people become honored and confident.
I cannot tell you how much I love redemption.
STAY FOCUSED ON THE HEART OF JESUS,
THE ROLE OF WHO YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE,
THE MISSION AND THE GOALS GOD HAS GIVEN YOU.
DO JUSTLY, LOVE MERCY AND WALK HUMBLY
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