Proclamation for 2020

2020 proclamation

I declare in Jesus’ name…
This is a new Era for me
A decade to declare
I will see what I say in the year 2020
This is the year I have perfect vision
This is the year God shows me His glory
There is a new wine being poured
A new beginning being offered
And I will not miss it
I will taste and see that the Lord is Good
My dreams have no limitations
My vision is clear
My assignment is certain
When I seek I will find Him
When I ask God will answer
And when I knock the door will be opened to me
The Lion will roar in the twenties
And I will see the glory of God
In Jesus name
Let it be!

New Beginnings 2019

NEW BEGINNINGS 2019 – 5779

PASTOR TROY BREWER, OPENDOOR CHURCH

BURLESON, TEXAS

5779 ON THE HEBREW CALENDAR

  • 5 – Grace
  • 77 – The Church or House of God
  • 9 – Fruit bearing or Judgment

2019 ON THE GREGORIAN CALENDAR

  • 20 – Expectancy
  • 19 – Unusual Faith

THREE MAIN THEMES FOR 2019/5779

  • GOLD: Supernatural Presence & Financial Breakthrough
  • FAITH: A new grace for hearing and believing God for things much, much bigger than you
  • FRUIT BEARING: The year your miraculous baby is born

GOLD – 79 – atomic number of gold

  • GOLD IN THE NATURAL MEANS “WEALTH” or “FINANCES” (grandeur and prosperity)
  • GOLD IN THE KINGDOM MEANS “THE MANIFEST PRESENCE OF GOD, HIS MAJESTY AND HIS KINGDOM COME”
  • Which is it? The year of natural or supernatural gold? Good news – it’s on both calendars:
  • 19 is the gematria of the word GOLD
    • 5779 (Hebrew calendar) 2019 (Gregorian calendar)
    • This means it’s both natural and supernatural

“A GOLDEN YEAR”

1) THIS IS THE YEAR OF GOD GRANTING THE POWER TO GAIN WEALTH AND OVERCOMING POVERTY

  • Deuteronomy 8:18 – “But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”
  • Golden age of Hollywood  means the glamorous age of holly wood (witches wand) because of the enormous amounts of money they spent on making it tinsel town. (Tin = dross, waste, worthless)

2) THIS IS A YEAR OF SPIRITUAL MATURITY

  • Golden years is a term that speaks of maturity – 65-85
    • 1 Corinthians 14:20 – Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.
    • 1 Corinthians 13:11 – When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
    • Ephesians 4:14-15 – So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
    • Hebrews 5:12-13 – For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.
    • 2 Peter 3:18 – But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
    • Hebrews 6:1-3 – Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits.

Gold is 50 – Jubilee

3) THIS IS THE YEAR OF GOLDEN OPPORTUNITIES AND KEYS OF ACESS

  • Isaiah 22:22 – “The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder. Then he shall open, and no one shall shut. And he shall shut, and no one shall open.”
  • God said He is going to give His people keys that will unlock unusual, unexpected, unprecedented and unhinged opportunities.
  • A year of knocking (using your favor)
  • A year of hearing Jesus knock (faith)

4) THIS IS THE YEAR OF DOING THINGS THAT MATTER – ENDURING WORKS

  • 1 Corinthians 3:12-14 – “Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare is, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.”

* Be purposed in your heart to be on the right team.

  • Put away childish things
  • Be connected and activated in the things that God has assigned you to

5) THIS IS THE YEAR OF TREATING PEOPLE THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED 

  • Luke 10:25-28 – And one day an authority on the law stood up to put Jesus to the test. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to receive eternal life?” 26 What is written in the Law?” Jesus replied. “How do you understand it?” 27 He answered, ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your strength and with all your mind.’(Deuteronomy 6:5) And, ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ ” 28” You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do that, and you will live.”

6) THIS IS THE YEAR OF BEING CROWNED

AND REWARDED

  • THE LORD WILL BLESS YOUR PURSUIT AND PUT A CROWN ON YOUR HEAD.
  • Psalms 21:1-3 – The king shall have joy in Your strength, O Lord; And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! You have given him his heart’s desire, And have not withheld the request of his lips. You have proffered him blessings of good things, you have set upon his head a crown of fine gold – Psalms 21:1-3

* Be determined to overcome

* Be determined to finish things and complete them with excellence

7) THIS IS THE YEAR OF THE MAJESTY OF THE KING IN YOUR LIFE – HIS KINGDOM COME 

* Gold is majesty

* Gold is manifest presence

* Gold is His divine nature

* Gold is his Kingdom come and His heart fulfilled in our lives!

* Gold is jubilee!

79 IN SCRIPTURE

  • The word “power” is used 79 times in New Testament
  • The word “curse” is used 79 times in Old Testament
  • THIS IS THE GOLDEN YEAR THAT GOD GIVES YOU POWER OVER THE CURSE!

79 IN HEBREW LANGUAGE

Hebrew symbols contain within them pictures and symbols to help us understand what God is saying.

  • 70 – AYIN – EYE OR SEEING WHAT GOD IS SAYING
  • 5779 is the last year – a culmination or fullness – of a decade “seeing” what God is saying.
  • 5780 will be marked with a “Pey” or mouth. It will be a decade of speaking and declaring the Kingdom into the earth.
  • 9 – TALET – SYMBOL OF SNAKE
    • This is the year of overcoming the snake – crushing him under your heel.
    • Remember, the curse was brought on by the snake. DO NOT TALK TO SNAKES!!
    • THIS IS THE YEAR TO IDENTIFY (SEE) THE SNAKE AND REMOVE COMPETING VOICES  OF INTERFERENCE

79th VERSE IN THE BIBLE:

  • God puts Adam to work outside the garden BECAUSE OF THE CURSE
  • Genesis 3:23 – Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
  • THIS IS A HUGE YEAR OF DEALING WITH SNAKES – LIES, OPEN WOUNDS, TOXIC SITUATIONS, DEMONIC INFLUENCE AND COMPETING VOICES THAT TALK US OUT OF OUR FAITH AND IDENTITY.

8) THE VOICE OF GOD IS GOLDEN TO YOU THIS YEAR.

WORDS OF AFFIRMATION AND IDENTITY ARE LIKE GOLD.

  • Proverbs 25:11-12 – A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver. Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.

*FAITH COMETH BY HEARING

  • Romans 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
  • Genesis 3:8 – They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
  • Genesis 3:10 – He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” 
    • GOD SAID, “WHO TOLD YOU YOU WERE NAKED?”

5779 verse in Bible

  • Deuteronomy 32:20 – And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very forward generation, children in whom there is no faith.
  • DON’T MISS YOUR GOLDEN YEAR.
  • DEAL WITH THE SANKES IN YOUR GARDEN THIS YEAR.
  • HEAR THE VOICE OF THE LORD AND HAVE A TREMENDOUS VALUE FOR HIS VOICE AND HIS COUNSEL.
  • INCREASE AND MATURE IN YOUR FAITH IN THIS SHORT SEASON!
  • THE CONVERGENCE BETWEEN THE HEBREW AND THE GREGORIAN CALENDARS IS EXTRAORDINARY BECAUSE IT IS THE 19TH YEAR OF THE 21ST CENTURY AND 19 REPRESENTS UNUSUAL FAITH.

2019 ON THE GREGORIAN CALENDAR

20 – EXPECTANCY

19 – FAITH

  • THE YEAR OF EXTRAORDINARY AND UNUSUAL FAITH
  • THERE ARE 19 PEOPLE LISTED IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 HALL OF FAME OF FAITH
  • The number nineteen and prophecy:
    • The Israelite tribe of Naphtali received 19 cities, with their villages, as part of their inheritance in the Promised Land (Joshua 19:38). Their gift of land, from God, was in the northern most part of what would become Israel. It encompassed the entire western section of the Sea of Galilee. 
    • Isaiah prophesied that the land of Naphtali and Zebulon would someday see a shining beacon in their lands (Isaiah 9:1 – 2). This prophecy, which only the book of Matthew records as being fulfilled, came true during the life of Jesus. Matthew states, “The people who were sitting in darkness have seen a great light; and to those who were sitting in the realm and shadow of death, light has sprung up.” (Matthew 4:16, HBFV)
  • EXTRAORDINARY FAITH AND THE MINISTRY OF JESUS:
  • NOBODY HAD EVER SEEN FAITH LIKE JESUS HAD. THIS IS THE YEAR GOD WANTS TO SEE THAT IN YOU!
  • THIS NEW KIND OF FAITH CAN ONLY COME FROM A NEW WAY OF HEARING GOD SPEAK.  THIS IS WHY WE KILL THE SNAKES IN OUR LIVES THIS YEAR AND RETURN OUR HEARTS TO THE VOICE OF GOD.

2019th verse in Bible

  • Exodus 18:19 – Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward that thou mayest bring the causes unto God…
  • THE 9TH YEAR IN HEBREW IS ABOUT OVERCOMING CURSES AND DEALING WITH SNAKES.
  • THE 9TH YEAR ON THE GREGORIAN IS ABOUT SUPERNATURAL DELIVERANCE, GIVING BIRTH AND FRUIT BEARING.
  • 9 IS FRUIT BEARING – This is the year your deliverance happens!

DELIVERANCE

The Bible lists nine kinds of deliverance

  1. From danger – 1Samuel 17:37 (See also Lk 8:23-24; 2Co 1:9-10; 2Ti 4:17)
  2. From illness – Psalms 103:3; Isa 38:16
  3. From trouble – Psalms 34:17,19; Ps 54:7
  4. From enemies – Jeremiah 38:10-13 (Da 6:19-22; Lk 1:74; 2Th 3:2)
  5. From Satan – Luke 13:16 (Lk 22:31-32)
  6. From the fear of death – Hebrews 2:14-15
  7. From all fears – Psalms 34:4 (Rev 1:17)
  8. From sin – Galatians 1:4 (See also Ps 32:7; 2Th 2:13; Rev 1:5)
  9. From the coming wrath – Luke 3:7 (1Th 1:10; 1Th 5:9)

Deliverance is also a word for giving birth to something.

  • It takes 9 months to have a baby.
  • What has been barren will actually give birth in the year 2019.
  • Where there has been no fruit, there will now be great fruit in 2019.

Audience Notes, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

Pastor Troy Brewer

New Beginnings Conference Night 3 – Faith

FAITH COMES BY HEARING AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD – Romans 10:17

The more you increase in the word, the more your potential to  increase in hearing. The more you increase in hearing, the more potential you have for greater faith.

GOD IS SPEAKING TO YOU, RIGHT NOW, A WORD THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING.

It is a word in direct contrast to what the world is saying and we must develop a huge value for the voice of God.

A HIGHER VALUE HIS VOICE

Premise: Logic, a proposition supporting or helping to support a conclusion.

PREMISE 1 – GOD IS SPEAKING CLEARLY TO ALL OF US RIGHT NOW.

Every Christian can and must hear God speak prophetically.

PREMISE 2  – WITHIN EVERY WORD GOD GIVES TO HIS CHURCH CORPORATELY, THERE IS A  WORD FOR YOU INDIVIDUALLY.

The word of God is singular and plural at the same exact time.

Within every word that everybody has access to, coded within the DNA of that word, is AN INDIVIDUAL WORD SPECIFICALLY FOR YOU.

  • Or another example of plural/singular combination that doesn’t even use a pronoun is Matthew 5.8: Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
  • “the pure in heart” is both a singular and a plural noun and doesn’t even have a pronoun before it.
  • That’s not just how scripture works. That’s how the Word of God works.
  • With every corporate word there is something individually tailored for you, and when you receive it that word comes with a brand new power for break through. The gates of hell shall not prevail against the church founded upon this rock.
  • For every personally tailored word that comes to you, when you give your testimony and preach your word to the masses, it will affect people differently at different levels. 

What did God speak to the seven churches in revelation?

What is God speaking to the church of America?

What did God speak to the world through the events of 9:11 or the Titanic?

What did God speak through the violent death of Princess Diana or the Steve Harvey debacle and the consequent Academy Awards?

God loves it when people become fanatics about hearing him and going after his heart.

Psalms 84:5 – Blessed is the man whose … heart is set on pilgrimage.


Luke 6:38 – “For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Matthew 5:6 – Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.

PREMISE 3 – GOD IS NOT LIMITED TO THE VOICES THAT CARRY HIS WORD OR THE MEANS OF DELIVERY FOR HIS WORD.

God is not limited in any way whatsoever to any one form of delivery.

Thirteen ways God might be speaking to you now: 

  1. Through circumstances & timing     
  2. Through thoughts
  3. Counsel
  4. Cultural events
  5. Peace                              
  6. Supernatural manifestations
  7. People    
  8. The Bible
  9. Dreams & visions                
  10. A whisper
  11. Numbers
  12. The weights and measure of things
  13. Physics and science

GREAT EXAMPLE OF THIS:

  • The first Sunday of January there were 1919 people here.
  • The second Sunday there were 1919 people here.
  • The first night of the conference, the digits in the massive offering we took up were $43,249 add that and it is 19.
  • There were 818 people. That’s Deuteronomy 8:18 – God gives wealth and He is the keeper of covenants through our generations.

AND IN ORDER TO GET INTO DREAM INTERPRETATION WERE GOING TO HAVE TO GET INTO DISCERNING THE WORD OF GOD THROUGH MULTIPLE WATERS OF VOICES THAT CARRY THE WORD 

IF THAT WERE A DREAM, WHAT WOULD IT MEAN?

IN ORDER TO GET INTO THAT, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK AT THE HEAVENLY LANGUAGE OF SYMBOLS AND PARABLES.

AND IN ORDER TO LOOK IN THE SYMBOLS AND PARABLES, WE FIRST HAVE TO LOOK AT HOW GOD SPEAKS, AND WHY WE NEED TO DEDICATE OUR LIVES TO PURSUING HIS WORD AND GOING AFTER HIS HEART.

PREMISE 1  – GOD IS SPEAKING CLEARLY TO ALL OF US RIGHT NOW.

Every Christian can and must hear God personally speak to them. 

EVERYTHING ABOUT PROPHECY IS OFFENSIVE. 

Matthew 16:17-18 – Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.

IT’S BEDROCK CHRISTIANITY.

One of the things that I can’t waste time about is the issue of if God is speaking or not.

God is speaking and its not the ceiling. It’s the floor. It is not the advanced part of walking with God. It is, in fact, a very FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLE 


Hebrews 6:1 – [The Peril of Not Progressing] Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God…

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. Jeremiah 33:3

Amos 3:7 –Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. 8 The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

Numbers 11:29 – …would God that all the LORD’S people were prophets…

1 Corinthians 14:1, 31 & 39 – Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy… 31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. 39  Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy…

And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21

Mark 4:24 – And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.”

But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” Luke 11:28

John 10:27 – My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

Matthew 16:17

Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.

The power to possess breakthrough comes from hearing the word of God.

The church whose foundation is built upon personal revelation of Jesus Christ by the mouth of God Himself is the church with breakthrough power.

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the father.

YOUR ABILITY TO GET PAST THE ENEMY’S BARRIERS (the gates of hell)  IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO YOUR ABILITY TO HEAR GOD SPEAK. 

…and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

THAT DOESN’T JUST MEAN THE CHURCH IS INVADING HELL. It means Heaven is invading earth.

Hearing God speak and obeying what God is telling you gives you authority to bust through things.

Heaven really invades earth when we hear God speak and obey His voice.

I AM GOING TO GIVE YOU FIVE MISUNDERSTOOD AREAS THAT MUST BE CONFRONTED AND FIVE AREAS WE NEED TO HAVE WISDOM IN – THE FIVE OFFENSES OF HEARING GOD SPEAK:

1. JUST BECAUSE GOD IS SPEAKING DOES NOT MEAN YOU KNOW IT.

Job 33:14  – For God speaks once, yet twice, yet man perceives it not.

IF YOU HEARD GOD SPEAK DO YOU THINK THAT YOU WOULD KNOW IT?

      

Psalms 18:13  – The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.

                

In 1 Kings 19, Elijah experienced an incredible wind, a violent earth quake and a horrific fire but he didn’t get scared until he heard the still, small voice.

God does speak in a whisper, but the conditions to hearing the still small voice is that you have to get still and you have to get small.

WE ARE JUST TOO BUSY AND TOO LOUD TO HEAR WHAT GOD IS  LITERALLY  BROADCASTING TO THE WHOLE WORLD.

Spiritual truths may be conveyed in everyday terms with which all are familiar.

In John chapter 12 …..SOME SAID IT THUNDERED

2. JUST BECAUSE YOU KNOW IT DOESN’T MEAN YOU UNDERSTAND IT.

Proverbs 25:2– It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

Psalms 78:2 – I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

TERRIBLE PARABLES

THERE IS A BLESSING IN GETTING IT AND IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO SEEK JESUS, HE IS NOT Willing TO LET YOU IN ON THE BLESSING.

THE PRINCIPLE BEHIND PARABLES

Romans 1:20 – For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse…

REBELLION IS THE REASON GOD SPEAKS IN TYPES AND SHADOWS AND TYPOLOGY AND SYMBOLS

Take a good look at Matthew 13:13 and see why the Lord had to speak in parables then and why He still does today.

Matthew 13:13 – Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Matthew 13:13 (International Children’s Bible) – This is why I use stories to teach the people: They see, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really understand.

The word goes out to everybody, but the word is not for everybody.

DID YOU CATCH IT THAT ITS 13:13? THAT’S THE NUMBER FOR REBELLION.

  • The word rebel is found in 13 verses throughout the Bible.
  • Judas Iscariot has 13 letters
    There are 13 lepers in the Bible There are 13 drunks in the Bible The word carnal appears 13 times The word treason appears 13 times The word dragon appears 13 times
  • If you really want to see rebellion illustrated Biblically through the number 13, you need look no further than the 13 words in the 13th verse of the 13th Chapter of the very first book in the Bible.

Genesis 13:13 – But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

REBELLION IS WHEN YOU DEMAND THE BENEFITS OF THE KINGDOM WITHOUT THE KING

YOU LOVE THE THINGS THAT GOD OFFERS BUT YOU REFUSE TO LOVE GOD

REBELLION IS WHEN YOU SELF IDENTIFY INSTEAD OF CONFORM YOUR LIFE TO GODS TRUE IDENTITY OF WHO YOU ARE.

IT’S BECAUSE OF THAT GOD USES PARABLES, SYMBOLS, TYPES, SHADOWS, PICTURES, ALLEGORIES AND PROPHETIC PIECES THAT MUST BE CHARTED OUT ONE PIECE AT A TIME….

Allow God to speak in what ever arena He chooses.

We need to be able to recognize THE VOICE OF JESUS IN EVERYDAY LIFE   

Psalms 29:3 – The voice of the Lord is over the waters; The God of glory thunders; The Lord is over many waters.

  • JOHN 12:28 GOD SPEAKS IN A THUNDER
  • God is not limited as to how he can speak, sometimes God whispers sometimes his whisper is at the volume of a thunder
  • We need to be willing and ready to hear speak through anything and ANYONE. This is a skillset.

Everything of faith is developmental.

Everything of faith is about maturing, stewarding and skill sets.

Shocking as this may be to some – just because we receive the Lord does NOT mean that: 
  • We automatically become a mature Christian
  • We are automatically skilled in the Word of Righteousness

Hebrews 5:13-14 – “For every one that uses milk is UNSKILLFUL in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe “… but strong meat belongs to them that are of a full age (mature), those who by PRACTICE (reason of use) have trained (exercised) their senses to be able to judge (discern) what is God (good) and what is not (evil).

Someone who is skillful  in discerning God’s word can tell the difference between the good word of God and the evil hurricane that the word of God is hidden in

Mark 4:24 –  And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.”

Pay attention to what you hear. If you are willing to hear in five languages, God will speak to you in five languages.

3. JUST BECAUSE YOU UNDERSTAND

IT DOESN’T MEAN YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH IT.

4. JUST BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH IT DOESN’T MEAN YOU KNOW WHAT THE OUTCOME WILL BE.

5. JUST BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT THE OUTCOME WILL BE DOESN’T MEAN IT WILL AUTOMATICALLY HAPPEN. 

You are either partnering with the Holy Spirit or grieving the Holy Spirit

The Wedding and the War

THE WEDDING AND THE WAR Message 1: I ain’t scared

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

Being a Pastor means having lots of responsibilities.

  • a man of Prayer
  • a man dedicated to a life of Contemplation and Bound and determined to think God thoughts
  • Since I’m a teaching Pastor, a willingness to grow in communicating. I live my life like there is a story in everything and like I have a responsibility to tell that story.
  • A willingness to constantly learn
  • But many of those things are my responsibility as a Christian…
  • My main responsibility is not to do weddings, funerals, hospital visits and personal counseling. I like to do those things, but I just can’t anymore.
  • I have to be a team builder and I have to stay very connected to my team members and pour into their lives.
  • Psalm 68:11 – THE LORD GAVE THE WORD AND GREAT WAS THE COMPANY THAT PUBLISHED IT
  • I have to do a whole bunch of things I didn’t used to have to do but there is one thing I still have a huge responsibility for – one thing I must take very seriously and make sure I carry it out.
  • My main responsibility is to be the chief architect of the culture of the house.

As the Senior Leader and visionary here, I have to constantly upgrade and reevaluate what we make a big deal out of.

  • choosing to a be relational church
  • choosing to be a church that stands with the poor and actually does something about it
  • choosing to stand with Israel
  • choosing to be a light to the nations
  • choosing to be the kind of church that goes after encounters

Values define a team and agreement on what we make a big deal out of define the culture of our house.

  • We embrace the supernatural side of God.
  • We believe in the gifts and in the fruit of the Holy Spirit as a very present reality in our journey in Christ.
  • We want to make a deal out of the prophetic.
  • We want to to make a big deal out and have a huge value for a church that prepares and is made ready for the return of Jesus Christ.
  • WE ARE A PROPHETIC CHURCH THAT BELIEVES IN AND LOOKS FORWARD TO THE GLORIOUS AND IMMINENT RETURN OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.

Over the next  4 or 5 services we are going to be looking at what the Bible calls our “blessed hope.” Because we want to be a church that is watchful, a church that is ready and a church excited about the return of the greatest person ever.   

The position of our heart toward things matters in the Kingdom and qualifies us for supernatural upgrade.

I am going to be somebody who says, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus!” 

“I don’t want to learn about the end times because it’s too scary to contemplate.”

ANY PART OF YOUR LIFE THAT DOESN’T HAVE GREAT HOPE IS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A LIE.

1. You don’t have that luxury! You are part of the end times Church.

  • The challenge I have during this teaching is to absolutely convince you that these are the last days – the end times and that it’s a privilege to live in this day.
  • John Paul Jackson said the best of every blood line is on the earth at this time.
  • You are being trusted with this generation.
  • Romans 13:11 – “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.”
  • In other words, the closer we draw to the second coming of Christ, the more urgent it is that we awake out of spiritual sleep! Indeed, we have entered the fearful end-time years that are the grand climax of human civilization. If ever there was a time to pay attention and get prepared, it is now!

Being prepared for the assignment God has trusted us with should be a top priority.

  • 1 Peter 3:15 – But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness (gentleness) and fear (respect)…
  • Be gentle and respectful, but be confident of your hope.
  • The people who live in our day ARE instructed to be watchful.
  • Luke 21:28  – “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and be watchful, because your redemption draws near.”
  • Jesus brings very strong warnings to the church of our day about the perils of not be ready and prepared.
  • A big part of watching means being actively involved and engaged in this thing.
  • There is a grace for this … God gave us marvelous minds to use — to study, learn, observe, analyze, judge and think.

2. You are a warrior who plays a big part in all this.

  • The return of Jesus is not for wimps.
  • This day is not for wimps and no part of christianity is for wimps.
  • It is true that Jesus Christ is coming back for a bride but the bride that Jesus comes back for is not a frail and freaked out drama queen addicted to happy pills and emotional support groups.
  • Jesus is coming back for a warrior bride

Jesus doesn’t warn to scare us. He warns us to prepare us.

  • John 14:1-4 – “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
  • I am going to use this brief piece of scripture as my reference and talking point as I begin to step into the wonderful but very muddied waters of the glorious return of Jesus Christ.
  • There is a lot of biblical instruction when it comes to believing in the return of Jesus.
  • When it comes to Jesus coming back, the first thing Jesus instructs those of us who are his disciples.
  • Don’t let your heart be troubled…

It breaks God’s heart that we dread the second coming.

  • IF YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO BELIEVE, YOU KNOW WHO TO BELIEVE.
  • John 14:1-2  – “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.”
  • If you don’t know how to believe, you know who to put your trust in. Then he says, “You already know the way…”
  • John 14:5-6 – Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

THE WAY: “The course and how things go on the course.”

way (noun)

: how someone or something does something

: how someone or something behaves, appears, feels, etc.

: a method or system that can be used to do something

: a person’s usual habits, actions, qualities, etc.

Full definition of WAY

: a thoroughfare for travel or transportation from place to place

: an opening for passage this door is the only way out of the room

: the course traveled from one place to another

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.  – Corrie Ten Boom

  • IT MIGHT BE TRUE THAT YOU DON’T KNOW THE MECHANICS OF EXACTLY HOW EVERYTHING WORKS BUT YOU KNOW EXACTLY HOW THINGS GO WHEN JESUS SHOWS UP BECAUSE JESUS HAS ALREADY SHOWN UP FOR YOU OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
  • When times are uncertain, JESUS IS NOT.
  • Psalms 34:8 – Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!                                
  • Tasting is all about personal experience and trusting is all about believing you will not get into trouble for trying.
  • We must be willing to smell the savor of things unexperienced in Christ, instead of holding our nose for the parts of God that are much more common. 
  • We learn to trust God in things we have not experienced by looking at what we have experienced in Jesus
  • When we forget we are supposed to look forward, we settle for what others have experienced.  We assume no responsibility for knowing God’s heart today.
  • We become Bible thumpers instead of Heart listeners. We learn the culture of our denominations instead of the ways of God. 
  • You know how things go when Jesus shows up for you.
  • You know the ways of God.
  • You don’t just know what Jesus does, but you know how He does things.
  • Psalms 103:7 – He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel.

The Wedding and the War

Part 2: Keep it positive but keep it accurate

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

Sunday, March 14, 2019

The dual nature of “The Wedding and the War”

1. The great and terrible day of the Lord

2. The “catching away” and the great return of the King

  • The thief in the night (nobody sees Him)
  • The heavens are peeled back. Jesus enters into the atmosphere with a mighty shout and a trumpet blast. Every eye sees Him.

The reason for the dual nature of the end times: choice.

  • Judgment and reward

The end times world

  • WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE END TIMES AND THE CONDITION OF THE WORLD RIGHT BEFORE JESUS COMES BACK, WE SEE SO MUCH IS WRITTEN ABOUT A BIG, TERRIBLE MESS.
  • Daniel’s vision of the end times: “A PERFECT STORM”
    • Daniel 7:2-3 – Daniel spoke, saying, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea.”
      • Like a hurricane … a perfect storm from everything global, the four beasts from the north, south, east and the west.
  • There is a progressive intensity in everything you can imagine that will continue to progress until Jesus Himself comes back to put a stop to it. Birth pains.

BIRTH PAINS AND ACCELERATION

  • The principles of accelerated time frames belongs to you. Wisdom and the counsel of God is for you to understand –  that the 50s are not returning to America. The new normal is increased major malfunctions.
  • There is also a new level of anointing, a new level of intense outpouring of God’s grace and manifest Glory that answers this present darkness with the goodness of God.

THE PRINCIPLE OF ABOUNDING GRACE

“Where sin abounds, grace does much more abound.”

  • Abounding: growing in abundant supply
  • In a quick Google search, I found at least eight verses in the new testament that clearly state this principle – seven are from Paul and one from James – Romans 5:15, 5:17, 5:20 and so on.
  • You have a grace for the hell you have to fight in the day you are living in and in the day to come.
  • You can focus on the hell that is coming or you can focus on the glorious hope of Jesus being the ultimate answer.
  • You don’t need the Bible to tell you sickness, natural disasters, racial and social unrest is increasing and global unrest is producing unanswerable trouble and conflict. You can watch the news.
  • Within a very short amount of time, in a span of a few months, the abortion movement in the United States has gone from early term abortion to late term abortion to “you can still murder the child during labor” all the way to “even after the child is born we can still terminate the pregnancy” – meaning murder a fully-born baby if they can talk the mama into it and call it reproductive health.
    • Isaiah 5:20  – Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness…

NO AVOIDING THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD

  • Can only choose which side you’re on.
  • You can avoid it in the Bible if you want to, but you can’t avoid it in the day we live in!
  • So, if you saying, “I’m not really into the whole end times thing –  You are already in it!
  • The bad in this world is increasing and it’s not going to stop.
  • The evil in this world is increasing and it’s not going to stop.
  • You don’t just talk about the trouble in the earth. You talk about the great end time revival and the return of King of Jesus.
  • You don’t just talk about the end time revival and the power of the Holy Spirit. You also talk about the reality of all hell breaking loose.
  • Matthew 24:13 – But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

WHEN TALKING ABOUT END TIMES

  • KEEP IT POSITIVE BUT ALSO KEEP IT ACCURATE!
  • Matthew 24:12 – And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.
  • “KEEP IT POSITIVE BUT KEEP IT ACCURATE” is exactly how we should be living in every single part of our life. 
  • Know the truth of what the word of God says about the great and the terrible day of the Lord – about the wedding and the war, and the return of Jesus.

DO NOT BE DECEIVED

  • The narrative matters. You need to know what the biblical narrative says.
  • The greatest threat of the end times is not all the hell that is happening in the world. The greatest threat in the end times is deception!
  • Matthew 24:4 – When will these things happen and what will be the sign of the coming of the end of the age? Jesus answered see to it that no man deceives you. 
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:3 – Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition…
  • Mark 13:22 – …for false christs and false prophets will arise to do signs and wonders to lead astray if possible the elect…

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

1) Learn who Jesus is. Read the red letters. Be fascinated with the character and the person of Jesus and who He is to you.

2)  Learn your identity in Christ. Learn who you are to Him.

3)  Put on the mind of christ

  • Colossians 3:2 – …set your mind on things above, not on earthly things. 
  • 1 Corinthians 2:16 – for who has known the mind of the Lord that He may instruct them but we have the mind of Christ

4)  Put on the helmet salvation from Ephesians 6:17.

5)   Learn the biblical narrative of the end times.

THE WEDDING AND THE WAR 3: Looking for the Day

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

WEDDING AND THE WAR 1: “I Ain’t Scared”

  • Any part of your life that doesn’t have great hope is under the influence of a lie.
  • Jesus doesn’t warn us to scare us. He warns us to prepare us.

WEDDING AND THE WAR 1: “I Ain’t Scared”

  • Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. -Corrie Ten Boom

THE WEDDING AND WAR 2:

  • Keep it positive but keep it accurate.
  • The reason there is a dual nature is because there is actually a choice.

The dual nature of the wedding and the war

1. The great and terrible day of the Lord

2. The catching away and the great return of the King

        * The thief in the night (nobody sees him)

        * The heavens are peeled back. Jesus enters into the atmosphere with a mighty shout and a trumpet blast. 

THE WEDDING AND WAR 2: Keep it positive but keep it accurate.

  • THE PRINCIPLE OF ABOUNDING GRACE
  • “Where sin abounds, grace does much more abound.”
  • Abounding: growing in abundant supply
  • Daniel described the last days “like a hurricane” – a perfect storm from everything global, the four beasts from the north, south, east and west.
  • There is a progressive intensity of everything you can imagine that will continue to progress until Jesus Himself comes back to put a stop to it.
  • The principle of accelerated time frames belong to you.
  • Wisdom and the counsel of God is for you to understand that the fifties are not returning to America. The new normal is increased major malfunctions.
  • But there is also a new level of anointing, a new level of intense  OUTPOURING of God’s grace and manifest Glory that answers this present darkness with the goodness of God.

THE WEDDING AND THE WAR 3: Looking for the Day

  • God gave you time. And time is gift that God has given everyone.
  • Time is something that can be measured, numbered and predicted by common people. Time is an environment God created for our sakes and we need to understand time in order to partner with His purposes for us. 
  • Time is a blessing for the redeemed and a curse for God’s haters. It owns everything that isn’t kingdom and is a valuable tool for the purposes of the redeemed and the Redeemer. Scripture tells us God gives and God takes away. When it comes to time, we need to know the prophetic value of time before we step into eternity.

When people are in synch with God’s heart, they get into synch with God’s timing.

  • God said, “Surely the sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing it to His servants the prophets.” – Amos 3:7
  • God said “nothing,” and He did not exclude Christ’s return. I take Him at His word.

God not only knows the end from the beginning, He tells us that He makes it known!

  • Isaiah 46:10 – “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.”
  • He has already made it known! I personally believe it has been hidden in His Word all along, to be unlocked in His timing.  There is nothing wrong with seeking!  No doubt, it pleases God.
  • Isaiah 48:5 – I have even from the beginning declared it to you; before it came to pass I showed it to you.
  • Jesus said the Holy Spirit “will teach you all things.” – John 14:26
  • He said “all things.” Did Jesus make a mistake, forgetting to exclude when He will return? I don’t think so.

Friends confide in one another.

  • Abraham was called God’s “friend.” (Isaiah 41:8; James 2:23)
  • Genesis 18:17 – And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do.
  • Now, because of Jesus’ atonement, we are called friends of God:
  • John 15:15 – “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends.”
  • The Bible also says that Jesus was crucified so that the blessing of Abraham, part of which was friendship with God, would come upon the Gentiles — us (Galatians 3:14).

FORESHADOWING THINGS TO COME

  • Ecclesiastes 1:9 – What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. 
  • Many Bible students believe that ancient events and dating in the Bible are shadows and clues that foretell the coming of the Lord, even the timing.  An example is the six days of creation, seen as 6,000 years of man’s dominion over the earth, before the return of the Lord and the seventh, or Sabbath Millennium of peace, with Christ ruling in Jerusalem.  According to scholars, we are now at the end of 6,000 years since Adam.
  • There are other such passages. God clearly promised that we would know at least approximately when Christ will return, and even “the day” will not surprise us, as the Holy Spirit reveals through Paul!
    • He gave Noah advance notice of when the flood would be (Genesis 6,7).
    • He told Abraham how long the Israelites would be in Egypt (Genesis 15:13).
    • He revealed to many the very day of Elijah’s rapture (2 Kings 2).
    • He told Jeremiah how long the Babylonian exile would be (Jeremiah 29:10).
    • He told Daniel exactly when Messiah would come the first time (Daniel 9:25-26).

MISSING THE MARK

  • There were many alive during the first appearance of Jesus who totally missed it.
  • Bethlehem may have had more than 10,000 people run it at the time that Jesus was born and only a handful of people knew anything about the greatest promise ever made being fulfilled just feet away and out of their view. 
  • Matthew 23:37 – “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.”
  • See, when Jesus was on trial before Herod and Pontius Pilate, he was not the one on trial. Everybody else who was there was actually on trial. Did they recognize the timing and the appearance of Christ? 

ARE YOU LOOKING?

  • The day of His appearance is also a judgment-based on whether you are expecting Him or not.
  • 1 Peter 2:12 – Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
  • It says that you don’t want to miss your day of visitation and some translations say inspection. The litmus test for where your heart is and the thing that God will inspect is to do you know the timing go His appearance. 
  • Just the question — when? — causes some Christians to cringe, protest, or even scoff! They quickly point out that Jesus said,
  • Matthew 24:36 – But of that day and hour knoweth no man.
  • Some believers criticize other believers who are seeking God’s clues, either from the Scriptures or by personal revelation. It is interesting that it was apparently by personal revelation, not Scripture, that many people knew the exact day of Elijah’s rapture in 2 Kings!  Are there types in the Old Testament?  Do God’s principles repeat themselves?
  • As evidence, many other Scriptures reveal to us that God will reveal at least the approximate time. Even if the “day and hour” restriction is literally valid today, it may be because the Earth is in 24 time zones and always in two different days.
  • Jesus also said, “but my Father only” knows, which pins the statement to His hearers at the time, when Jesus was still on the earth, because surely there are now no secrets in the Trinity between the Father and the glorified Son, who are truly One.
  • Also, in context, He seems to be speaking of heaven and earth passing away (v. 35), not other end-time events. In addition, Jesus said,
    • Revelation 3:3 – If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
  • It is clear that Jesus will not come as a “thief in the night” for watchful believers, because in the very same passage, verse 4, Paul tells us,
    • 1 Thessalonians 5:4 – But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.
  • Jesus rebuked those who did not understand the signs of the times in His day:
    • Matthew 16:3 – O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky, but can ye not discern the signs of the times.
  • Of the end of the age, Jesus said,
    • Luke 21:28 – And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

THE FEASTS OF THE LORD

The Spring feasts have already been fulfilled.

1. Passover — Pointed to the Messiah as our passover lamb whose blood would be shed for our sins. Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation for the Passover, at the same time that the lambs were being slaughtered for the Passover meal that evening.

2. Unleavened Bread — Pointed to the Messiah’s sinless life, making Him the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus’ body was in the grave during the first days of this feast, like a kernel of wheat planted and waiting to burst forth as the bread of life.

3. First Fruits — Pointed to the Messiah’s resurrection as the first fruits of the righteous. Jesus was resurrected on this very day, which is one of the reasons that Paul refers to him in I Corinthians 15:20 as the “first fruits from the dead.”

4. Harvest or Pentecost — (Called Shavuot today.) Pointed to the great harvest of souls, both Jew and Gentile, that would come into the kingdom of God during the Church Age. The Church was actually established on this day when the Messiah poured out the Holy Spirit and 3,000 souls responded to Peter’s first proclamation of the Gospel.

The long interval of three months between Harvest and Trumpets pointed to the current Church Age, a period of time that was kept as a mystery to the Hebrew prophets in Old Testament times.

THE FALL FEASTS

That leaves us with the three fall feasts which are yet to be fulfilled in the life and work of the Messiah. Because Jesus literally fulfilled the first four feasts and did so on the actual feast days, I think it is safe to assume that the last three will also be fulfilled and that their fulfillment will occur on the actual feast days. We cannot be certain how they will be fulfilled, but my guess is that they most likely have the following prophetic implications:

5) Trumpets — (Called Rosh Hashana today.) Points to the Rapture when the Messiah will appear in the heavens as a Bridegroom coming for His bride, the Church. The Rapture is always associated in Scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet (I Thessalonians 4:13-18 and I Corinthians 15:52)

6) Atonement — (Called Yom Kippur today.) Points to the day of the Second Coming of Jesus when He will return to earth. That will be the day of atonement for the Jewish remnant when they “look upon Him whom they have pierced,” repent of their sins, and receive Him as their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10 and Romans 11:1-6, 25-36).

7) Tabernacles — (Called Sukkot today.) Points to the Lord’s promise that He will once again tabernacle with His people when He returns to reign over all the world from Jerusalem (Micah 4:1-7).

Jesus will come back for the rapture of the church at the feast of trumpets  and no man knows the day or the hour because you cant know the day or the hot because it variable from year due to the appearance of the moon

The Wedding and the War 4: The Judgment Seat and the Importance of Eternal Reward

Sunday, March 30, 2019

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

Many in my generation of evangelicals have held dispensational eschatological chart-drawing in such derision that we have been virtually paralyzed in our study of prophecy. For two generations, perhaps, we have failed to study prophecy with anything like the rigor that it deserves. We have been so afraid of being viewed as one of those Zionist, right-wing, antichrist-sniffing, culture-denying, alarmist left-overs from the Scofield prophecy conference era that we give hardly any energy to putting the prophetic pieces together — at least not in public.

So my prophecy is that younger evangelicals who take the Bible seriously will start to feel like the paralysis of my generation was an overreaction to prophetic studies; Chris Tomlin and others will write more worship songs about the second coming; and younger scholars will not be embarrassed to write doctrinal dissertations on Daniel 9 and Matthew 24 and 2 Thessalonians 2, unintimidated by the academic scorn of futuristic possibilities.

– John Piper, April 14, 2015

WEDDING AND THE WAR 1: “I Ain’t Scared”

  • Any part of your life that doesn’t have great hope is under the influence of a lie.

THE WEDDING AND THE WAR 2: Keep it positive but keep it accurate.

  • The reason there is a dual nature is because there is actually a choice.
  • THE PRINCIPLE OF ABOUNDING GRACE: Where sin abounds grace does much more abound.
  • Abounding: growing in abundant supply

THE WEDDING AND THE WAR 3: Looking for the Day

  • Revelation 3:3 – If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
  • It is clear that Jesus will not come as a “thief in the night” for watchful believers because in the very same passage, verse 4, Paul tells us,
    • 1 Thessalonians 5:4 – But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.
  • John 15:15 – I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends.
  • The Bible also says that Jesus was crucified so the blessing of Abraham, part of which was friendship, can be fulfilled.

The Wedding and the War 4: The Judgment Seat and the Importance of Eternal Reward

  • 1 Corinthians 3:5-15 – Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
  • Fire is passion. Passion is zeal.

JUDGMENT IS NOT ALWAYS NEGATIVE

  • Hebrews 9:27 – It is appointed to man to die once, then the judgment.
  • Judgment is where God confronts and punishes evil.
    • Eliott Ness has to make a stand against Al Capone.
    • Melvin Purvis has to chase down John Dillinger.
    • Frank Hammer has to rise up and deal with Bonnie and Clyde.
    • Seal Team Six and Robert J. O’Neil have to take out Bin Ladin.
  • Judgment is where God evaluates and rewards.
    • Romans 14:10,12 – We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ…12 Then each of us shall give account of himself to God.

JUDGMENT IS WHERE GOD REWARDS

  • 2 Corinthians 5:10 – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
  • Rewards: Rewards express how Jesus feels about our love for Him in this life and about our having worked closely with Him in what He calls “precious.” Rewards are not about superiority over others.
    • Matthew 16:27 – “The Son of Man will come…He will reward each according to his works.”
  • Jesus remembers every small act of love, even giving someone a cup of water.
    • Matthew 10:42 – “Whoever gives…only a cup of cold water…he shall by no means lose his reward.”

JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST

  • Paul gave us important details about our most important appointment  – the Judgment Seat of Christ.
    • 1 Corinthians 3:8, 11-15 – Each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor…11 No other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear…it will be revealed by fire… 14 If anyone’s work…endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved.
  • Jesus called us to buy gold by developing our relationship with Him and obeying Him. We “buy gold” by making choices that express our love to Jesus through our obedience to Him (John 14:15).
    • Revelation 3:18 – “I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich.”

“The fear of the Lord”

  • Love what God loves. Hate what God hates.
  • Be passionate about what God is passionate about.
  • Celebrate what God celebrates.

The Wedding and the War 5: The Rewards of Crowns and Garments

Sunday, April 7 2019

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, Texas

Revelation 22:12 – “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

Matthew 16:27 – “The Son of Man will come…He will reward each according to his works.”

Hebrews 9:27 – It is appointed to man to die once, then the judgment.

All judgement isn’t negative.

  • We all know and recognize judgment where God confronts and punishes evil.
    • Eliott Ness has to make a stand against Al Capone.
    • Melvin Purvis has to chase down John Dillinger.
    • Frank Hammer has to rise up and deal with Bonnie and Clyde.
    • Seal Team Six and Robert J. O’Neil have to take out Bin Ladin.

Did you know there is judgment where God evaluates and rewards?

  • Romans 14:10-12 – We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ…12 Then each of us shall give account of himself to God.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:10 – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
  • Rewards: Rewards express how Jesus feels about our love for Him in this life and about our having worked closely with Him in what He calls precious. They are not about superiority over others.
  • Believers differ from one another in the measure of glory expressed in the rewards they receive.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:41-42 – …for one star differs from another star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead.
  • Eternal rewards are given in varying measures. Believers will differ from one another in the measure of God’s glory expressed in and through them. Thus, each will have a varying measure of God’s glory in their garments according to how they lived (Rev. 19:8). The realm of “the resurrection” includes more than our body. It includes garments, thrones, crowns, and more.

NOT ALL ARE EQUAL IN HEAVEN

  • The lifestyle of some in the kingdom will be called “least,” while some will be called “great” (Mt. 5:19).
  • Matthew 5:19 – “Whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments… shall be called least in the kingdom… but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom”
  • Eternal rewards are glorious beyond anything that we can imagine.
  • 1 Corinthians 2:9 – “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
  • We must be careful not to reduce eternal rewards to something that we can easily imagine. They are go along with the glory of the King and the eternal city; they are befitting of royalty and express His beauty. The glory of the daughter in Psalm 45 is symbolic of the Bride of Christ.

GARMENTS OF REWARD

  • Jesus imparts beauty to His people in various ways, including heavenly garments (Isa. 61:1-3). Moses prayed for God’s beauty to be seen on God’s people (Ps. 90:17). Isaiah spoke of putting on beautiful garments (Isa. 52:1) and compared them to a bride adorning herself
  • There are eight references in Revelation concerning “spiritual garments” (Rev. 3:4-5, 18; 4:4; 6:11; 7:9, 13; 19:8, 14).
  • Heavenly garments will be given according to the saints’ obedience and righteous acts (Rev. 19:8). Each believer will receive clothing that expresses the quality of their devotion to Jesus in this life.
  • Isaiah 61:10 – He has clothed me with the garments of salvation…as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
  • Isaiah 61:1-3 – “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me…to give them beauty for ashes.”
  • Psalms 90:17 – Let the beauty of the LORD…be upon us, and establish the work of our hands.
  • Isaiah 52:1 – Awake…Put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments.
  • Revelation 19:7-8 – …and His wife has made herself ready. 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:41-42 – …for one star differs from another star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead.
  • Note the difference in radiance and brightness.
  • You will literally be clothed in how you loved Jesus in this lifetime!!!

CROWNS

  • The eternal rewards that Jesus will give will include crowns that believers may obtain. (1 Cor. 9:25; Phil. 4:1; 1 Thess. 2:19; 2 Tim. 4:8; Jas. 1:12; 1 Pet. 5:4; Rev. 2:10; 3:11).
  • Revelation 3:11 – Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.
  • Receiving a heavenly crown is not synonymous with receiving the gift of eternal life that is freely given to all believers by faith, based on what Jesus did for us. Crowns are given in addition to receiving the gift of salvation and are based on how we respond to Jesus’ leadership in this age.

TWO GREEK WORDS FOR CROWNS

  • The crown of a ruler – Greed word “diadema”
    • This indicates political authority over a region. Our word diadem comes from diadema and speaks of the power to rule. Diadema is the word used for the crown worn by the dragon (Satan; Rev. 12:3), the beast (the Antichrist; Rev. 13:1), and by Christ (Rev. 19:12).
  • The crown of a victory – Greek word “stephanos”
    • A stephanos was given as a prize in athletic games to honor victorious athletes; it is parallel to receiving a gold, silver, or bronze medal in the Olympic Games today. This crown denotes victory (Mt. 27:29; Mk. 15:17; Jn. 19:2, 5; 1 Cor. 9:25; Phil. 4:1; 2 Tim. 2:5; 4:8; 1 Thes. 2:19; Heb. 2:7, 9; Jas. 1:12; 1 Pet. 5:4; Rev. 2:10; 3:11; 4:4, 10; 12:1; 14:14).

Three different kinds of crowns in Bible

  • The Crown of Life: This promise is for any who stay faithful to Jesus in temptation and persecution. Those who refuse to give up in resisting temptation and the fear associated with persecution will receive this crown. It is the only crown that is described twice in Scripture.
    • James 1:12 – Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved [found consistent], he will receive the crown of life…promised to those who love Him.
    • Revelation 2:10 – “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison. be faithful unto death and I will give you the Crown of life.”
  • The Crown of Righteousness:This is about character development and serving God in your character.
    • 2 Timothy 4:8 – …there is…for me the crown of righteousness…[and] all who have loved His appearing.
  • The Crown of Glory: Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory. This crown is promised to anyone who diligently serves in and cares for the church. It’s also for how you serves the people the lord has assigned to you. Service is to be done “eagerly” in nurturing, serving, caring for, and feeding God’s people. Crowns are given to those who labor with a servant spirit and with eagerness.
    • 1 Peter 5:1-4 – I exhort [elders]…shepherd the flock of God…serving…not by compulsion but…eagerly… and when the

Crowns are referred to three times without a descriptive title (1 Cor. 9:5, Rev. 3:11; 4:8).

  • The 24 elders in heaven wear victors’ crowns (stephanos), not a king’s crown (diadema), because they were victorious over temptations. The elders cast their crowns before God as their “love gift” to Him. Their crowns express the reward they received for costly obedience in this life.
  • Revelation 4:4, 10 –  I saw twenty-four elders sitting…and they had crowns of gold on their heads…10 The 24 elders fall down…and cast their crowns before the throne.
  • The fact that some cast their crowns at His feet doesn’t mean that the crowns remain on the ground for millions of years. When they see God’s extravagant generosity in giving a crown as a reward for their “weak obedience,” they cast it at His feet, overcome with gratitude, love, and humility.
  • We can lose our crown by letting teachers seduce us with deceptive doctrines of grace. When Jesus exhorted us not to let anyone take our crown, He did not mean they could take our salvation.

Keep it positive but keep it accurate.

Revelation 3:11 – Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown [stephanos].

Speed of Light

SPEED OF LIGHT 1 – Light Overcomes Darkness

Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, Texas

IF YOU ARE GOING TO FOLLOW JESUS, HE IS GOING TO TAKE YOU TO SCHOOL. 

  • If you are a disciple of Jesus, that means that you are a pupil in His school and you are going to remain teachable for the rest of your life because you are going to follow Jesus for the rest of your life.
  • Be teachable. Successful people are teachable. 
  • Don’t be hard-headed. Don’t be hard-hearted.
  • Judge yourself and if you are not teachable, become teachable.
  • 1 Corinthians 11:31 – For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged…

A HEART DEDICATED TO JESUS IS THE KEY TO KNOWING THIS BOOK.

A huge part of having a heart committed to learning Christ is a heart committed to the book written by Him which testifies of Him.  (John 5:38 says that)

  • John 5:45 – Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures…
  • The study of scripture is to connect our hearts to the One who works wonders.
  • The reason it’s called a Bible is because the word Bible comes from the Greek word “biblios” which means  “the book.” So, what is the book?

Bible Statistics:

The  Old Testament contains 39 books

The  Old Testament contains 929 chapters

The  Old Testament contains 23,214 verses

The  New Testament contains 27 books

The  New Testament contains 260 chapters

The  New Testament contains 7,956 verses

For a total in the Bible of: 66 books

1,189 chapters 

31,170 verses

810,677 words

3,566,480 letters

66 books by 40 authors across 16 centuries

BIBLE: BASIC INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE LEAVING EARTH

  • The Bible contains knowledge, wisdom, the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of the sinner and the happiness of the believer.
  • It’s packed full of blessings and curses, suggestions and commandments. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. It contains food to support you and comfort to cheer you.
  • It is also a light to guide you.
  • God was 2,300 years getting ready to write it – 1,600 years in the making and has spent 1,900+ years fulfilling it.
  • This book, combined with the power of the Holy Spirit, changes lives, changes families, changes lifestyles, changes society, nations and entire generations.

When people get dedicated to finding the heart of the author of this book, things change.

  • Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day
  • Not the beginning of God, but the beginning of the universe where you and I live.
  • GOD IS OVER ALL THINGS BUT HE IS NOT MANIFEST AND PERSONALLY INVOLVED IN ALL THINGS.
    • THIS IS THE PRINCIPLE OF THE KINGDOM
  • There are many things God is patiently waiting to be personally involved in.
  • Luke 6:20 – “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.”
  • Revelation 11:15  – The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.”
  • Colossians 1:12-13 …giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves…

GENESIS 1

  • “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep” – three conditions of any world where Jesus Christ is not involved in: WITHOUT FORM, VOID, DARKNESS
    • “WITHOUT FORM” – LIGHT SHOWS UP AS ORDER
      • Definition of “without form” –  an authoritative direction a condition in which each thing is properly disposed with  harmonious arrangement:
    • “VOID”  – LIGHT SHOWS UP AS LIFE
      • Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God has put eternity in man’s heart.
      • Psalms 63:1 – God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
    • “DARKNESS” – DARKNESS IS NO MATCH FOR LIGHT
      • Darkness can never master light.
      • Joshua 8:14 – Now it happened, when the king of Ai saw it, that the men of the city hurried and rose early and went out against Israel to battle, he and all his people, at an appointed place before the plain. But he did not know that there was an ambush against him behind the city.

SPEED OF LIGHT 2: IT’S RELATIVE TO RELATIONSHIP

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

WHAT IS LIGHT?

  • LIGHT IS WHEN GOD SHOWS UP AND ACTUALLY INTERJECTS HIMSELF INTO A SITUATION.
  • WITHOUT FORM: LIGHT SHOWS UP AS ORDER
  • 1. an authoritative direction a condition in which each thing is properly disposed with  harmonious arrangement:
  • VOID: LIGHT SHOWS UP AS LIFE
  • Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God has put eternity in man’s heart.
  • THERE IS SOMETHING ETERNAL WITHIN YOU THAT CAN ONLY BE ANSWERED BY ETERNAL LIFE.
  • DARKNESS: THE DARK IS NO MATCH FOR LIGHT
  • Darkness can never master light.

18 IN THE NEGATIVE REPRESENTS BONDAGE

18 IN THE POSITIVE MEANS LIFE-GIVING

This symbol, commonly seen on necklaces and other jewelry and ornaments, is simply the Hebrew word Chai (living), with the two Hebrew letters Cheit and Yod attached to each other. Some say it refers to the Living God; others say it simply reflects Judaism’s focus on the importance of life. Whatever the reason, the concept of chai is important in Jewish culture. The typical Jewish toast is l’chayim (to life). Gifts to charity are routinely given in multiples of

18 (the numeric value of the word Chai).

19 REPRESENTS EXTREME FAITH:

19 PEOPLE LISTED IN HEBREWS 11 FAITH HALL OF FAME

Discovered in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls were found east of Jerusalem. Among all the scrolls unearthed over the years, 19 copies of Isaiah the prophet have been identified.

MARY IS IN THE BIBLE 19 TIMES

20 – EXPECTANCY, WAITING ON GOD AND BELIEVING BEFORE YOU SEE IT HAPPEN

21 – I THINK IT HAS TO DO WITH TURNING TO THE FATHER

The word Frankincense occurs 21 times in Scripture, as well as the phrase ‘the Father.’

How is the number 21 related to sin?

In 2 Timothy 3, the apostle Paul writes of 21 actions which show the exceeding wickedness of self and sin.

He begins the chapter with a warning and then starts his list with the words “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will . . .”

    Selfishly love themselves

    Love money

    Brag quite a bit

    Be proud of themselves

    Blaspheme

    Disregard and disobey their parents

    Not be thankful for what they have

    Reject being holy

    Will not have natural affection

    Be uncompromising

    Falsely accuse others

    Lack self-control

    Be fierce

    Hate anyone who does good

    Betray others

    Will act Hard-headed

    Will have exalted, selfish views

    Love pleasure

    Reject loving God

    Will look from the outside as being Godly

    On the inside they will deny God’s power (2 Timothy 3:1-4)

Paul’s advice to Timothy is 2 Timothy 3:5 – “…turn away from these.”

22 LIGHT

  • The Hebrew alphabet is made up of 22 letters, which are used to compose the Word of God. The word of God is called a lamp (Psalms 119:105, Proverbs 6:22), thus it is the light by which we are to live. The word light is found 264 times in Scripture. (12 X 22)
  • God created 22 things in the six days of creation.
  • Light is used 22 times in the Gospel of John.
  • The 22nd time John uses the word, he quotes Jesus: “I have come as a light into the world . . .” (John 12:46).
  • Christians are to walk in the light of Christ (John 3:21), and be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-15).
  • The 22nd word in the Bible when counting the Hebrew words, is “a light” 
  • The 186th word in the Bible when counting the hebrew words is, “a light” 

SPEED OF LIGHT: 186,000 MILES PER SECOND

  • THE ULTIMATE SPEED LIMIT OF THE UNIVERSE .
  • YOU CAN’T GO FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT BECAUSE LIGHT HAS NO MASS.
  • Everything is moving relative to everything else.
  • THERE ARE TWO SETS OF RULES YOU CAN PUT YOURSELF UNDER. ONE IS CALLED GENERAL RELATIVITY AND THE OTHER IS CALLED SPECIAL RELATIVITY.
  • GENERAL RELATIVITY IS JUST HOW THIS SYSTEM WORKS.
  • ISSAC NEWTON CALLED IT “THE THEORY OF MECHANICS.”

RAGING AGAINST THE MACHINE

THINGS LINE UP IN  A CERTAIN WAY

  • Psalm 16:6 – The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance.
  • Tapping into my inheritance is about agreeing with what God has lined up for me.
  • The devil’s line up is a machine.
  • Man against the machine.
  • There is a machine that human beings have to deal with. THE MACHINE IS THE SYSTEM, the economic and cultural, NATIONAL, SOCIAL AND RELIGIOUS structures we all live in. 

The machine is cause and effect.
The machine is you reap what you sow.

The machine is an eye for an eye .

The machine is for every action there is a reaction. 

The machine is the system of checks and balances that make sure things turn out in a certain way.

  • If the enemy can get you to live according to the machine, he will eventually kill you with it.   
  • Blind mechanical, impartial – it’s the way it is and just like the Terminator, it is relentless in coming after you.
  • It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.

The machine says if your poor you can’t live life like other people.

The machine says if you’re a minority you can’t have opportunity.

The machine says if you made bad grades, you can’t further your education.

The machine says if you have been incarcerated everyone will always see you as a convict.

The machine says if your father was alcoholic you will be an alcoholic.

The machine says if you were molested then you will become a pedophile.

The machine says if you’re above the age of 40 nobody will hire you.   

The machine says if you don’t have insurance you can’t get health care.

The machine says if you’ve made bad mistakes it’s too late.

The machine says if you live in a bad neighborhood your kids are going to do drugs.

The machine says if you got pregnant before you were married your kids will do the same thing.

JUST LIKE THE SPEED OF LIGHT, THESE ARE PRINCIPLE MECHANICS

  • JUST LIKE IN THE LAWS OF PHYSICS, THE MACHINE IS CONSTANT AND DOESN’T CHANGE EXCEPT AS WE HAVE LEARNED IN SPECIAL RELATIVITY… EXCEPT FOR SPECIAL CASES.
  • Everything is moving relative to everything else.
  • General relativity vs. special relativity because it applies only to special cases
  • EINSTEIN’S THEORY OF RELATIVITY BASICALLY SAYS RELATIONSHIP TRUMPS THE MACHINE
  • You can first see it in the laws of the universe
  • Einstein’s theory of relativity  http://www.stresswarrior.com/Einstein%20E=Mc2.jpg
  • Everything is moving relative to everything else.

The First Law: The Greatest Commandment

Mark 12:30 – “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD CHANGES YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE RULES.

IN THE KINGDOM, GOD LOVES RESTORATION MORE THAN PUNISHMENT

  • The laws of the universe say I am rebellious against God  but the higher law of relationship with God through Jesus Christ says I am the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ.
  • The machine says I’m filthy, but my relationship with Jesus says I am clean.
  • John 15:3 – Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
  • The rules say if I don’t have tons of money in the bank then I am poor.  But according to the infallible rules of relationship with God through Jesus Christ, I am rich with the inexhaustible riches of Heaven.
  • Alone and by myself, the machine tells me I’m a loser and easily defeated, but because of relationship in Christ, JESUS TELLS ME I AM MORE THAN A CONQUEROR 

                               

Relationship trumps the machine

If I let anything other than my relationship with Him take priority, then the machine wins. If I let relationship take priority over everything then LIFE WINS.

   EVERYTHING IN THE KINGDOM IS RELATIONAL                                         

  • Religion must never replace relationship.
  • Service must never be a substitute for intimacy.
  • Work must never replace worship.
  • Ministry to the people should never be a substitute for ministry to the Lord. 

  

INTIMACT: IN-TO-ME-SEE

Ephesians 3:17  – …that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

THAT YOU MIGHT KNOW THE WIDTH, BREATH, THE HEIGHT AND THE DEPTH OF THE LOVE OF GOD

WE ARE GOING AFTER INTIMACY WITH GOD

Speed of Light 3 – Walk in the Light

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpeDoor Church, Burleson, TX

The 5th chapter of the book of Ephesians is a brilliant study in four parts on how to progress, move forward or in Bible language, walk.

EPHESIANS 5 BREAKDOWN

Walk in Love (1-7)

Walk in light (8-14)

Walk in Wisdom (15-19)

Getting supernatural power into your marriage through serving  (22-33)

WALKING IS THE BIBLICAL TERM FOR LIVING LIFE FORWARD.

THERE IS ALWAYS A FIGHT IN THE WALK.

There is always a fight for forward.

In my book Living Life Forward, the first four chapters are about the fight for the next step forward.

Chapter One: The fight for greatness

Chapter Two: The fight for what can be

Chapter Three: The fight for His heart

Chapter Four The fight for momentum 

I hope I can  encourage you in your hope that there is something better in every part of your life that is found in Jesus.

I want to tell you it is not treason to search out the endless heart of this Creator and to go after Him. You are not stupid for wanting better things.

There are promises in need of adoption, innovation and ideas desperate to be discovered. There are dreams to be realized and passions to be pursued. Vision is exploding anew to be mapped out and legacy is being permanently laid down. I think God wants you and I to be neck deep in in moving forward. That’s what victorious Kingdom living is all about.

So, the biblical term for forward progression is sometimes, on a grand scale, seen as journey but it is always displayed and demonstrated on a small scale through the metaphor of “walking.”

It is often figuratively used to denote a man’s mode of life, or his spiritual character, course, and relations, Ezekiel 11:20. He may walk as a carnal or as a spiritual man, Romans 8:1; with God, or in ignorance and sin, Genesis 5:24, 1 John 5:21; in the fire of affliction, Isaiah 43:2; or in the light, purity, and joy of Christ’s favor here and in heaven, Psalm 89:15, Revelation 3:4.

The book of Psalms starts off like this:

Psalms 1:1 – Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful…

Your walk is how you live and who you walk with is determined by who influences you.

That’s why we are told to walk in the truth, to walk in His judgements and to walk in His ways.

Psalm 116:9

I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

Paul has a lot to say about how we move forward in life. In fact, out of the 412 verses in the Bible that tell us how to walk, 36 of them are penned by Paul himself.

Some of my favorites y’all might recognize are:

2 Corinthians 5:7– For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Galatians 5:16 [Walking in the Spirit] – I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Galatians 5:25 – If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Colossians 2:6 – As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord,

so walk in Him…

So, by the time Paul gets to the 5th chapter in his amazing discourse to the Ephesians, he tells how to walk.

Walk in Light

Ephesians 5:8-14 – For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather [c]expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are [d]exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 14 Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”

Speed of Light 4  – FATHER OF LIGHTS

Pastor Troy Brewer, Burleson, TX

The believer in God’s gospel is justified by faith alone. But God’s gospel never concludes with justification.

  • This process of changing the justified believer’s life-style into the saintly character of Christ Himself is called sanctification. Sanctification means to be set apart for a holy purpose.
  • “SANCTIFICATION”
    • We partner with God in changing our THINKING, FEELINGS & ACTIONS

God: The unchangeable God

  • Jesus the rock
  • He doesn’t change his behavior to match ours.
  • James 1:17  – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
  • The first thing we learn from this verse is that the father side of God is the giving side of God.

GOD THE GIVER

There is a beautiful scene near the end of “The Agony and the Ecstasy,” Irving Stone’s historical novel about Michelangelo. An ailing Pope Julius II visits the nearly completed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo has to help him up the last few rungs of the ladder. He looks above him at Michelangelo’s depiction of God, about to impart the gift of life to Adam. The pope had fought many wars in the name of the church. He has blood on his hands, and he isn’t even sure if his cause had been successful. But as he looks at Michelangelo’s picture of God, a smile comes to his cracked lips.

“Do you truly believe God is that benign?” the pope asks the artist.

Michelangelo: “Yes, Holy Father.”

Pope Julius: “I most ardently hope so, since I am going to be standing before him before long. If he is as you have painted him, then I shall be forgiven my sins.”

In Michelangelo’s painting, the pope saw an image of God unlike the one he had lived with his whole life. This God wasn’t killing life; he was giving life. This God was a giver, even in the face of his sins. Our God is a giver, even in the face of our complaints against him.

God is, in fact, the greatest of all givers.

  • I’m not just talking about how God has given us the world.
  • Psalm 115:16 – “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.”
  • Luke 11:13  – “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”

How can we not love the gifts of the Holy Spirit?

  • Romans 6:23 – “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
    Now when you get to trying to describe the gift that God has given us, you start getting into trouble .
  • 2 Corinthians 9:15 – Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!                                              
  • The word indescribable is interesting because it doesn’t mean that there are no words. It means there are not enough words
  • The reason this gift is indescribable is because we discover new things about the Lord every time we see Him and will continue to walk in newness of life for all eternity.
  • James 1:17  – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

THE FATHER OF LIGHTS

LIGHT IS LIFE

John 8:12 – I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. 

THE FATHER OF LIGHTS

IN RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM AS FATHER, EVERYTHING HE GIVES YOU IS LIFE GIVING.

  • He doesn’t change HIS behavior to mimic your behavior.
  • He is your protection.
  • He is your stability.
  • He is your sanity.
  • He is your refuge.
  • He is there for you. No matter what changes His heart for you, who He is to you never changes.
  • The amplified versions says, “Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse].”

1 John 3:1  – Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!

  • We can know the Heart of the Father.
  • We can have the heart of the Father.
  • The heart of the Father is for people:
  • The Whole World  in John 3:16
  • The lost…people like us.
  • 2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
  • Not willing that any should perish (not just some people)
  • No one is beyond the heart of God.

He is the Father who runs to his children.

  • God searched for Adam in the Garden – Genesis 3:9
  • He runs to his lost sons and daughters – Luke 15:20
  • God is still seeking and saving the lost – Luke 19:10
  • He is still running to you!

Jesus has the heart of the Father – John 1:14

  • John 14:7 – If you have seen me you have seen the Father.
  • “That’s my dad. That’s my father and when I see Jesus, I have seen the Father.”
  • James 1:17  – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Calendars

Jan. 2, 2018

Calendars 1 – Once Upon a Time

PASTOR TROY BREWER, OpenDoor Church, Burleson

PREREQUISITES, PREMISES, LINES OF LOGIC AND THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING THINGS RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING

Now, in order for us to get to the revelation or to the conclusion of this truth that will set us free, we have to go through several premises.

A premise is when you follow a line of logic that will support a conclusion. Basically, the things you have to know in order to come to a mind-blowing revelation. 

The Bible would call it a “therefore.” It’s like when Jesus says, “OK, now that you’ve got that idea, from there, we move forward.” Therefores are all throughout the word.

There are a Titanic 1,220 “therefores” throughout the Bible – 76 in the book of John alone!

John 8:36 – If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

John 8:47 – He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

This is why we need our foundation to be based on the word of God. This is why we need to teach our kids foundational principles, values, scriptures and biblical truth so we can all be Kingdom thinkers.

What’s the conclusion? What’s this world-changing, life-altering revelation?

It’s simple. You do not have to be caged by your timeline or your calendar. You do not have to be enslaved to your past or fearful of your future. You can invite Jesus Christ into your past or future and His redemptive power can change everything in your now.    

Premise 1 – God created time and is not subject or shackled by it in any way.

Premise 2 – God created time for the purpose of works of redemption.

Premise 3 – Redemption changes everything.

Premise 4 – Note the hidden, manifest omnipresence of God throughout your timelines. 

Premise 5 – We are stewards, not owners of our lives. As priests, we apply the blood. As kings, we bring Kingdom dominion into all we steward.

Jesus is a time traveler and we can partner with Him to be made manifest in every moment of our lives. Chains in our current situation will fall off when we displace the enemy with His manifest presence in our past. 

So, I encourage you to take time out to learn how time works and how time can work for you. Learn the powerful prophetic act of redeeming time. Be set free right now and in your future from things that have happened in your past.

You do not have to be a slave to your past.

Jesus Christ is called the “One who was, the One who is, and the One who is yet to come.” 

“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” – Steve Jobs

If you’ve been around for any amount of time, you know time is a common part of everyday, expressive language. We say things like this:   

  • IN THE NICK OF TIME meaning just before time ran out.
  • TIME FLIES meaning accelerated time. 
  • TIME MARCHES ON which says time is unstoppable.
  • TIME ON MY HANDS might mean wasted time or a feeling of more than enough time.
  • A STITCH IN TIME  talks about disciplined time. 
  • TIME OUT is all about stopping the clock.
  • TIME IN restarting the clock and becoming rededicated to the game.
  • PASSING TIME speaks of leisurely waiting.
  • DOING TIME  is a prison term.
  • KILLING TIME could also be called spending time.
  • WASTING TIME is a lot like killing time.
  • LOSING TIME is connected to the anxiety of running out of time.
  • ON TIME means “as scheduled.”
  • FOR THE TIME BEING means right now, but things could change.
  • BIG TIME means super important or influential.
  • THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE speaks of dreams coming true.
  • AND ONCE UPON TIME is a poetic term for a certain time frame in the past.

Oh, we are all about time, but do we really know what time even is?

Pastor Troy’s worldview of time: Time is a gift from God.

God gave you time.

Time is something that can be measured, numbered and predicted by common people. Time is an environment that God created for our sakes and we need to understand time in order to partner with His purposes for us. 

Ecclesiastes 3:1 – To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven…

Time is a blessing for the redeemed and a curse for God’s haters. It owns everything that isn’t kingdom and is a valuable tool for the purposes of the redeemed and the redeemer. Scripture tells us God gives and God takes away. When it comes to time, we need to know the prophetic value of time before we step into eternity.  Let’s unpack this.

I played guitar in a Christian Rock Band throughout the late eighties and a lot of times we played secular sets in bars and clubs because we didn’t want to starve to death. It was also a powerful outreach in the rock community. Our songs would have kingdom themes and, at the end of the night, we would let everybody know we were Christians and offer to share Jesus with them in the parking lot or over at the bar. 

One night in Austin, Texas, I was playing on world famous 6th Street at a place called The Liberty Lunch. As I sat at the bar with a young married couple in the midst of praying for them, I looked up and saw this framed statement. It was in-between pictures of cropdusting airplanes, guitar players and Texas folk art.

“Time is God’s way of keeping everything from happening at once.”    

I had to drive all the way back to Johnson County and I couldn’t get that phrase out of my head. I prayed out loud and asked God, “Sir, why wouldn’t you want everything to happen at one time?”

That night, God began talking to me about time in an ongoing dialogue that is still going on today.

It turns out, God wants us to move from past to future, from dark to light, and from death to life. If He is going to redeem us and move us from history to destiny, time is the only place something like that can happen. Time is a stage where the spotlight can shine on redemption and transformation.   

Let’s look at how the Bible introduces Heaven’s view of time. 

GOD’S GLORY IN TIME

I want to take you back to an ancient setting. Moses, the Jew that didn’t belong in the house of the Egyptians and wasn’t welcome in the camp of his own people, had run away and lived with another group he didn’t belong to – the Midianites. After forty years, he finally found somebody he belonged to – God. After a world-famous, supernatural showdown with the most powerful man on the planet, Moses wanted a deeper walk with God and, like Oliver Twist, dared to ask for more.

Exodus 33:18 – “Show me your glory.”

He wanted to see the “glory” of God.

“Glory” might best be described as the weighty or tangible presence of God, or God’s visible awesomeness.

The relationship Moses had with God was special and so was the revelation God had for him. Upon request, God replied that His awesomeness would not be seen head on. But, still He had a plan.

Exodus 33:17-23 – So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” 18 And he (Moses) said, “Please, show me Your glory.” 19 Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” 20 But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” 21 And the Lord said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. 22 So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. 23 Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.”

In a time long ago, Moses had gone to the top of the mountain and seen the backside of God. In a tiny glimpse of God’s glory, Moses saw the goodness of God from that moment…backward in time past.  All of it. Every good thing God had done and every good way God had been in the past, Moses saw all of it in a game-changing glimpse of God’s backside.

You might not know it, but this is a reference to a timeline.  Everything under the law deals with present/past tense so this is the way God would reveal His glory, or visible awesomeness, to Moses – in present/past tense. 

Present/past tense = The Law

Present/future tense = The Grace of God

So, when Moses put his ancient feather to his animal skin canvas that would become the very first Bible, these were the epic words that he would use to introduce the world to the written word of God. 

Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And that is how he starts off the Bible. A barefoot. ancient man in the middle east comes down from a mountain with a reference to God creating time, space and matter all at once.

In the beginning (TIME)

God created the heaven (SPACE)

and the earth (MATTER)

Genesis 1:1 – says God created time, space and matter. Also in continuum with space and time is matter.

It simply means that time, space and matter are connected in a way that makes them inseparable. That’s what Genesis one actually says!

This amazing truth was written for the world to see 3,500 years before Albert Einstein or Hermann Minkowski first suggested a space-time continuum in 1908. Before those two Jews brought this truth to the world, another Jew – 35 centuries earlier – wrote it down for literally the whole world to see.   

So the Bible starts off by letting us know that God is not subject to time, space or matter. However, time and all that’s in continuum with it, is subject to Him because He is the creator of those things.

Time and creation, at this point, are connected. Time is a created thing. Time was created by God and actually serves God for very specific purposes. Because there are different purposes of God, God has created different kinds of time to fulfill those purposes. 

Ecclesiastes 3:1 – To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven…

Premise 1 – Time is created by God. Time is subject to God. God is not subject to time. 

Time is one of the most amazing features of all God’s creation.

And just like the rest of God’s creation, Jesus Christ rules and reigns over all of it.

He can put His hands on time:

Jeremiah 32:17 – Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. 

He can order time:

1 Corinthians 14:33 NIV – For God is not a God of disorder but of peace–as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.

He can stop time:

Joshua 10:13 NIV – So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies

He can accelerate time:

Amos 9:13 – “…the plowman will overtake the reaper.”

He can even step in and out of time anywhere He chooses as easily as you and I can step on or off a train anywhere along the line.   

He can change time:

Isaiah 38:8  – I will make the shadow cast by the sun go back the ten steps it has gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.

He can change space and distance because they are in continuum with time:

Acts 8:39-40  – Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus.

He can change matter just like when changed water into wine and healed people of leprosy. 

If you can believe God can be with somebody on the other side of the world at the same time He is with you, then it is not much of a leap to believe he can step into your past because space and time are in continuum.

It doesn’t take any more faith for you to believe God can step into your past or your future right now, than it does to believe God can heal the sick because time and matter are in continuum. 

So, all of the systems of time, for God, are like the weather, or world governments or human bodies. He has designed time to run according to certain principles and laws, but He can step into any single time frame and change it the same as he can heal a human body, reroute a hurricane, or unseat a demonic king.

Time, space and matter are part of God’s creation and are in perfect continuum. 

Time is created by God and time is subject to God’s authority –  and that’s the bottom line.   

He is the master and the creator of time. He is uniquely genius in understanding the timing of things.

LOGISTICAL MIRACLES

* The blessing of being on time

* The cursing of not being on time

Deuteronomy 28:67 – In the morning you shall say, ‘Oh, that it were evening!’ And at evening you shall say, ‘Oh, that it were morning!’ because of the fear which terrifies your heart, and because of the sight which your eyes see.

You do not want to be out of synch in your timing.

CALENDARS 22 –  A Word in Due Season

January 13, 2019

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, Texas

Hebrews 1:1-2 – God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds…

God speaks in different ways during different parts of our calendars and timelines.

  • Why? EVERYTHING IN THE KINGDOM IS RELATIONAL BEFORE IT IS
  • THERE IS A VERY SPECIFIC WORD FROM GOD FOR SPECIFIC PEOPLE AT SPECIFIC TIMES
  • 2 Corinthians 6:2 – For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
  • Luke 4:19-20 – …To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
  • Psalms 75:2 (Amplified)  – When the proper time has come, [for executing my judgments,] I will judge uprightly, (says the Lord.)

Sons of Issachar

1 Chronicles 12:32 – And of the children of Issachar, who were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were under their command.

Exodus 32:29 – For Moses had said, “Consecrate yourselves today to the LORD… that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day.”

THERE IS A SPECIAL BLESSING THAT ONLY COMES FROM TIMES OF WHAT THE BIBLE CALLS CONSECRATION.

  • Consecration and contemplation
    • Consecration is about an intentional posture toward God’s presence.
    • It’s about setting yourself apart in a specific way for God to bless you in a specific way.
    • Hearing the trumpet blow.
  • People who live life at a much higher level in Christ live a life committed to consecration.
    • Psalms 16:8  – I have set the LORD always before me…
    • Psalm 34:8 – “O taste and see that the LORD is good.”
  • We only comprehend the goodness of God through personal encounter.
  • When God begins to invite us into encounter with him, we agree and say, “Yes.”
    • Psalms 27:8 – When you said, “Seek my face” my heart said unto you, “Your face, LORD, will I seek.”
    • Psalm 85:5 – Blessed is the man whose…heart is set on pilgrimage.
    • Luke 6:38 – …“For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
    • The other thing we need to be dedicated to is contemplation – that we will take the notes we wrote down in this sermon series and during this upcoming conference and remember the things God is speaking to us. That we will meditate and think on them until we have come to supernatural and holy ghost conclusions that only the lord could take us to.

You have to want to think God thoughts.

  • Psalms 1:2 – [a blessed man] has his delight on the teachings of the lord and he meditates on it day and night.
  • WE WANT TO KNOW THE HEART OF GOD SO WE CAN RECOGNIZE THE VOICE OF GOD, AND WE CAN HAVE THE GUTS AND CHARACTER TO CARRY OUT WHAT GOD IS SPEAKING TO US IN 2019.
  • Knowing God’s heart for us right now.
  • Hearing God’s voice.
  • Becoming empowered to carry out great vision.

GOD IS SPEAKING TO YOU, RIGHT NOW, A WORD THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING.

  • A word in direct contrast to the what the world is saying and we must develop a huge value for the voice of God.
  • HAVE A HIGHER VALUE FOR HIS VOICE
  • Proverbs 15:23 – A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!
  • Proverbs 25:11 – A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.

CALENDARS 3: Signs of the Times

Preach on January 20, 2019

Genesis 1:1

 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth

First day God created light

Second day. God divided the waters

Third day God rose up the land out of the sea

Genesis 1:14-19

Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

A sign is something that proclaims a prophetic message.

A season is a prophetic appointed time.

The promise of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ is a prophetic promise.

There is no end to the ways God can speak to us. There is ONE WORD – the Bible – but no end to the number of methods and sources God will use to convey his prophetic word.

One internationally recognized and undisputed way God speaks prophetically is through astrological events otherwise known signs in the heavens. 

Psalm 19:1-3

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

One of the main reasons God created the sun, the moon and the stars, and positioned them with our perspective in mind was literally for prophetic signs to tell us when we are entering into a new prophetic season. 

Luke 21:25 & 28

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars…Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.

There has never been a time when God has spoken so much and declared so great a things in the heavens as right now. 

2) ECLIPSES ARE A SCIENTIFIC MIRACLE

The physics of an eclipse:

The sun is 400 times larger than the moon. It is also 400 times away from our planet. Therefore, when the earth, or it’s shadow, passes between the sun and our moon to create an eclipse, it creates a perfect “blackout” from our perspective.

From a scientific standpoint, it is literally and astrological miracle.

May be the only place in the universe where all of these things line up and they line up FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE! (FIRMAMENT)

God is literally shouting, “I want you to see this. I Am speaking to you.”

God speaks through both lunar and solar eclipses

The Sun represents the Glory of God – His light.

Therefore, Solar eclipses are a word from God for the natural or creation.

It is seen as male.

It is generally a word for the nations.

The moon has no light, or glory, of her own. She reflects the light of the Sun – it’s glory.

Therefore, Lunar eclipses are a spiritual word.

They are seen as female (moon has 28 day cycle just like a woman)

Lunar eclipses are generally a word for the church.

Very often, they line up with specific feasts on the Jewish calendar.

An eclipse is known as THE ORIGINAL SIGN OF JONAH THE PROPHET

Bursagale eclipse of June 15, 763 BC – AKA: ASSYRIAN ECLIPSE (GRX)

Total solar eclipse. Scared these people to death. Came after famine and plague had decimated the evil, child sacrificing Assyrian people.

A famous prophet who calmed a storm and spent three days in the belly of a fish walks up to the evil people of Assyrian capitol of Ninevah and says, “Repent!”

They repent!!!! He shows up on the first day of the month of Elul it’s 40 days before Yom Kippur and says, “Repent! You’ve got 40 days.”

Modern day Mosul Iraq is biblical Nineveh

ECLIPSES GENERALLY HAVE THE WARNING “REPENT” ATTACHED TO THEM

GOD HAS A RIGHT NOW WORD FOR AMERICA CONCERNING REPENTANCE AND JUDGMENT ON JANUARY 20, 2019 – tonight!

Lunar eclipse begins Jan. 20 and ends Jan. 21

NOT ONLY 1/20, BUT MAGNITUDE OF 1.20

It will last 1 hour and 2 minutes!

120 – testing is finished and BOOM! God shows up.

Completing a process

Graduating to bigger and better things.

It’s when God shows up and changes everything

It took 120 years to build the ark before God showed up, filled it with animals and God Almighty Himself shut the door.

Moses spent forty years in Egypt, forty years as a shepherd and forty years in the wilderness before he died at the age of 120, then everyone else entered into the Promised Land.

There were 120 people in the Upper Room when the Holy Spirit showed up at Pentecost and changed absolutely everything.

From the Autumnal Equinox on September 22, 2018 to January 20, 2019 is 120-days…

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This celestial event happens on a holiday on the Jewish calendar – Tu B’Shevat.

“THE PROPHETIC PROMISE OF FLOURISHING AND BEING FRUITFUL.”

The Lunar eclipse tonight, Jan. 20, 2019, is also a sign of deliverance and a word for the church about our nation.

Jan. 20 second anniversary of Trump inauguration

THE TRUMP SHALL SOUND

There are other eclipses and dates that are uncanny with their timing for President Trump!

According to Donald Trump’s Birth Certificate, he was born on June 14, 1946 at 10:54 am. That coincides within the SAME hour for a Blood Moon Eclipse over the geographic area that would become Israel. The moon was eclipsed at moonrise over Israel.

Donald Trump was born exactly 700 days before Israel became a nation on May 14, 1948!

On Nov 8, 2016 Election Day, when President Trump was elected, Bibi Netanyahu had been in office as Prime Minister of Israel for 7-years, 7-months, 7-days!

The Electoral College margin of victory for President Trump was 304 minus 277 = 77 votes (see the historical chart)!

On President Trump’s first day in office, he was 70-years, 7-months, 7-days of age!

The Great American Eclipse was the solar eclipse that occurred on August 21, 2017 which was exactly 7-months for President Trump in office!

On this year’s Winter Solstice, Israel was 70-years, 7-months, 7-days as a nation and President Trump had been in office for 700-days!

From Donald Trump election day November 8, 2016 to the day Israel dissolved Parliament on December 24, 2018 exactly 777-days

THE JEWS BELIEVE TRUMP TO BE A MODERN-DAY KING CYRUS, ANOINTED BY GOD TO REBUILD THEIR NATION AND BRING ABOUT REVIVAL.

NEW TEMPLE HALF SHEKEL HAS THIS AMAZING IMAGE: (GRAPHIC)

THE 70 WEEKS FROM DANIEL 9:24

DANIEL 9-24 – Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy Place.

From the Rev 12 sign on September 23, 2017 to the day BEFORE the Jan 20 eclipse is 483-days… there are 7-days to a week, so that 483 days is exactly 69-weeks… 7 X 69 = 483.

As of yesterday, the 19th, there were 69 full weeks from the Revelation 12 sign in the heavens that happened on Sept. 23, 2017. Tonight’s eclipse marks the beginning of the 70th week from that sign.

JANUARY 20 in HISTORY – THE WANNSEE CONFERENCE AND THE “FINAL SOLUTION”

On January 20, 1942, 15 high-ranking Nazi Party and German government officials gathered at a villa in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee to discuss and coordinate the implementation of what they called the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question.”

The final solution to exterminate the European Jews was put in place exactly 77 years ago from tomorrow – Jan. 20.

Tonight’s Eclipse spans midnight (EST) and midnight means CRY OUT FOR DELIVERANCE!

In totality from 11:40 pm (EST) Jan. 20 to 12:42 p.m., Jan. 21

Acts 16:25 – About midnight, Paul and Silas began praying and singing songs of praise.

This brought about the redemption of their jailer

Psalm 119:62 – At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.

David used the darkest hour to express gratitude

Acts 27:27 – About midnight, the shipmen deemed they were drawing near some country

Deliverance came at midnight (27 things veiled and unveiled)

Matthew 25:6 – And at midnight, there was a cry made, Behold, the Bridegroom cometh

Our bridegroom is coming soon. He wants us to unify to bring about the repentance and redemption of his lost sheep.

It is a word that judgement is coming to those who hate me and eternal life is coming to those who love me and prepare for my return like a bride makes herself ready for her groom

This is the year of deliverance

This is the year your baby is born

ONE NIGHT AFTER THE 1/20-21 ECLIPSE, JUPITER AND VENUS CONVERGE

Jupiter is seen as male – the King Planet – Jesus

Venus is seen as female – the Church or body of Christ

1) Convergence is a word on UNITY

Unity in marriage

Unity with the Lord

Unity between the races

Unity between Jew and Gentile – the ONE NEW MAN spoken of in Ephesians 2, John 17 and Psalms 133.

2) Convergence is also about INTIMACY

Go after Jesus in this season. Fall in love with the bridegroom.

3) Convergence is also about CONCEPTION & NEW BEGINNINGS

What is God wanting to birth in you and me? REVIVAL

NINE MONTHS TO THE DAY FROM THIS ECLIPSE AND CONVERGENCE IS OCTOBER 20-22 – THE OPENDOOR CHURCH REVIVAL SERVICE.

But wait, there’s more! Let’s step back and look at the

THE GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE OF AUGUST 21, 2017

THE UNPRECEDENTED PRECISION OF THE SCRIPTURES AND THE HEAVENS CONVERGED IN 2017 AND CONTINUE TO AMAZE US TODAY!

The Sign of Jonah the Prophet APPEARED OVER AMERICA – AN AMERICAN WORD

The eclipse only touched our nation (grx)

The last time that happened was in 1776 

There is a sun on the Oregon State Flag (2017 entry point).

There is a solar eclipse on the South Carolina State Flag (2017 exit).

The first big city it hit was Salem, Oregon

Salem means Jerusalem and speaks of covenant and God’s people.

The eclipse went across 7 cities named Salem

SALEM is the Hebrew word for Peace, Wholeness, Wellness, Fullness or Completion, Restitution.

This is word of repentance for the church and for the redeemed. If you’re not sure about that, consider this:

At the same exact time –10:15 a.m. – that America was going dark because an eclipse, Israel was experiencing sunset and they were dark at the same time.

The first of Elul: the month of repentance 

Seven years after the Great American Eclipse of 2017, another total solar eclipse is going to happen across America… and it puts a giant x right across our great nation!  (grx)

April 8, 2024 – the first day of Nissan!!! The biblical new year when the fire came down from heaven.

Also thought to be the exact birthdate of Christ and the day he was crucified 33 years later (says Jonathan Cahn)

X is the the Hebrew letter “TEV” and it means “a sign.”

The intersection is at a place called “Little Egypt.”

God is targeting the hard hearts of Americans – just like Pharaoh’s hard heart.

BUT IF YOU GET IT DOWN TO THE SQUARE FOOT,  IT CROSSES  A STREET IN CEDAR LAKE STATE PARK  CALLED “SALEM  STREET.” (GRX)

My friends, let’s read Luke 21 again.

Luke 21:25 & 28

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars…Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.

Unity, deliverance, redemption, fruitfulness and financial blessing for Kingdom advancement are yours if you go after it. God is literally shouting to us to partner with Him in this prophetic hour.

Get some oil in your lamp. Cry out at midnight and look for your bridegroom to come!

CALENDARS PART 4 – DRAWING A LINE ON TIME

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27

PASTOR TROY BREWER, OPENDOOR CHURCH, BURLESON, TX

This is going to be several different parts and what I am about to talk to about is very controversial and that’s  because

People have drawn their lines in the sand and insist on calling their theories “God.”

I’m going to call this first part “Drawing the Line On Time.”

The Temple of God (1 Peter 2:5)  = We do not budge.

The Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12) = We are always growing & moving.

We have to learn. We have to process. We have to develop. We have to unpack things and go after things, and you and I get into speculation and the wonders of abstract thought. In the the midst of all that, we come up with theories.

Theories are not the bad guy.

A theory is only bad when we say our theory is God.

Even the word “theory” has the word “Theo” in it, which means “anything relating to God.”

Theology

Theocracy: a system of government where priests rule in the name of God.

Pantheon: was the place where the Greeks worshiped all the Gods – even the unknown God that Paul preached about at Mars Hill in Acts chapter 17.

So, the word “theory” has the word “theo” in it because human beings mistake theory for revelation.

DEVINE REVELATION IS NOT THE SAME AS THEORY.

And humans, both secular and biblical, tend to call their theories “God.”

I’m going to explore a bunch of fun ideas and theories regarding secular and biblical timelines, but first of all,

let me say this: Be set free in the name of Jesus to unpack and process Kingdom truth in non-traditional ways.

Permission granted to be a weirdo.

These chairs indicate a typical biblical timeline that is true:

There are 2,000 years from Adam to Abraham. 

There are 2,000 years from Abraham to Jesus              

and 2,000 years from Jesus to right now.

So, the biblical timeline is a 7,000 year timeline and we are at right at the dawning of the 7th day.

I have a place in Glenrose, Texas and Glenrose is famous for good barbecue and dinosaur tracks. A good example of those dinosaurs tracks is like the one I have here which I found not even 50 yards from my house.

Theropod – it was made by something scientists call an

an acrocanthosaurus at least 65 million years ago.

There are 2 reasons I would like to identify why that is so offensive to Jesus-loving bible thumpers:

1) It obviously goes against our understanding of the Bible. 

It is one thing to challenge your understanding and another thing to challenge your faith.

Know the difference between a challenge to your understanding and a test of your faith. 

I think it’s real important to be honest about what you think you understand, what you’re not sure about, and when you don’t know how to answer something to be honest about that. Just say, “I’ve got nothing for you on that.”

There are all kinds of timelines.

The first of Tishrei serves as the New Year for several purposes, the best known being the New Year for the civil calendar, or “the new year for seasons.”

The second new year is 15 Shevat – the New Year for trees.

The third Jewish new year is 1 Nissan, which corresponds to the season of the redemption from Egypt and the birth of the Israelite nation.

Jonathan Cahn, a messianic Jewish scholar, calculates Jesus was born and died on 1 Nissan making a complete circuit and fulfilling that he is the beginning and end of all things.

The last new year, 1 Elul, is the New Year for the tithing of cattle.

There is also the Ecclesiastes 3 timeline of times and seasons/

Timelines can tell us what time it is, but it can not tell us what time is.

2)  There is an obvious anti-Kingdom bias among atheistic scientists.

Bill Nye the Science Guy

Stephen Hawking

So much of the religion verses science arguments are actually The religion of science verses the faith of Christianity.

When a guy like Carl Sagan says science is not compatible with anything spiritual, he is saying that science has all the answers.

Believe it or not, science has its limits. If you doubt me, I suggest you submit a grant to the National Science Foundation with the following introduction and see how much funding you receive:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty happy that the Founding Fathers didn’t wait to see the results of scientific method of verification called the seven-year democracy pragmatic trials before going forward with the Declaration of Independence. 

Science does not have all the answers and to declare science to be absolute truth is not a study but a religion.

What I am talking about is the difference between theory and truth.

Truth-based theory (an agenda for the Kingdom)

Anti-truth-based theory (an anti-Christ agenda)

Based on a worldview that is not only un-friendly to the idea of Jesus Christ being God, but is actually hostile to the idea of God at all.

You are made to be creative.

You are made to imagine.

You are made to ask questions and search for deep truth.

Whether it’s on timelines or how God thinks about things,

your identity in Christ or the difference you can make and are charged to make – whatever you create or imagine  needs to be with a very real intention.

You are either motivated because of your faith or you  are motivated to pursue something and keep God out of it.

Romans 14:23 (ESV)

“Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.”

Goden Year

A GOLDEN YEAR 1 – CROWNS AND ENDURING WORKS

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, Texas

I think one of the mistakes I’ve made in the past is labor and labor to come up with the prophetic word for the year, but not laboring and laboring to help people carry out the word for the year.

  • James 1:22-25 (NKJV) – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
  • There is a lot of mistaken identity when it comes to not doing the word that you have received.
  • James 2:14-17, 26 – What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.  26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
  • You have to carry out what God tells you. You have to do the thing you are hearing God say He wants you to do.

IT IS ONE THING FOR GOD TO GIVE YOU THE BIG PICTURE.  IT IS ANOTHER THING FOR YOU TO MAKE YOUR LIFE LOOK LIKE THE BIG PICTURE.

  • IT’S ONE THING TO GET PREGNANT. IT’S A WHOLE OTHER THING TO SEE YOUR KID GRADUATE FROM UNIVERSITY.
  • It’s one thing for God to to show you the plan for the tabernacle like He did Moses. It is a whole other thing for you to build the tabernacle according to that plan after you come down from the mountain and you are surrounded by knuckleheads.

YOU HAVE TO WORK OUT YOUR FAITH THROUGH GREAT COMMITMENT AND DEDICATION

James 2:26  – For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Three main themes I am sensing about the year 2019:

  • GOLD: Supernatural Presence & Financial Breakthrough
  • FAITH: A new grace for hearing and believing God for things much, much bigger than you
  • FRUIT BEARING: The year your miraculous baby is born

GOLD

  • 79 – atomic number of gold
  • GOLD IN THE NATURAL MEANS “WEALTH” or “FINANCES”
  • It also signifies grandeur and prosperity

GOLD IN THE KINGDOM MEANS “THE MANIFEST PRESENCE OF GOD, HIS MAJESTY AND HIS KINGDOM COME”

So, which is it? The year of supernatural gold or the year of natural gold?

  • 79 – Atomic number of gold
  • 5779 (Hebrew calendar)   
  • 19 – gematria of the word gold
  • 2019 (Gregorian calendar)
  • I’ve got great news! It’s both!! It’s on both calendars!!
  • This means it’s both natural and supernatural

THIS IS THE YEAR OF BEING CROWNED AND REWARDED

THE LORD WILL BLESS YOUR PURSUIT AND PUT A CROWN ON YOUR HEAD.

Psalms 21:1-3 – The king shall have joy in Your strength, O Lord; And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! You have given him his heart’s desire, And have not withheld the request of his lips. You have proffered him blessings of good things, you have set upon his head a crown of fine gold.

  • Be determined to overcome.
  • Be determined to finish things and complete them with excellence.

THIS IS THE YEAR OF DOING THINGS THAT MATTER – ENDURING WORKS

1 Corinthians 3:12-14  – “Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare is, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.”

  • Be purposed in your heart to be on the right team.
  • Put away childish things.
  • Be connected and activated in the things God has assigned you to.

Supernatural Sanity for Your Messed Up Mind

Luke 25:13-45 The Road to Emmaus

Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. 17 And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”

18 Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?” 19 And He said to them, “What things?” So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 24 And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”

25 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

The Disciples’ Eyes Opened

28 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.

30 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”

40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish [k]and some honeycomb. 43 And He took it and ate in their presence.

The Scriptures Opened

44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

Jesus is there when we don’t know He’s there and when we don’t know it’s Jesus.

  • Jesus pointed out they were sad yet they said their hearts burned within them. So, they had both holy emotions and carnal emotions fighting each other at the same time. 

REBEKAH AND THE STRUGGLE WITHIN

Rebekah struggled with bareness for almost twenty years. This meant she was probably around forty years old when she became pregnant for the first and only time. She had a difficult pregnancy because we read in Genesis that:

  • Genesis 25:22 – “the children struggled together within her.”
    • INSIDE THIS WOMAN WAS BATTLE. THERE WAS A FIGHT GOING ON INSIDE HER BODY
  • In Genesis, it says she cried unto the Lord
    • Genesis 25:2 – “If it be so, why am I thus?”
  • Then we read she “went to enquire of the Lord.” It is a great testament to Rebekah’s faith that when she had a question about her pregnancy, she turned to the Lord for guidance instead of relying on advice from other women or accepting cultural explanations.
  • In reply to her prayer, the Lord gave her a direct and personal revelation. It is one of the few accounts in the Bible that we have of a woman speaking directly with God. He told her,
    • Genesis 25:23 (PTV) – THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT NATIONS INSIDE OF YOU AND THEY WILL ALWAYS FIGHT. That’s the Pastor Troy Version of that verse.

MY STRUGGLE AND YOURS:

  • IF I AM A MAN OF PEACE, WHY DO I HAVE SO MUCH ANGER?
  • IF I AM A MAN OF CONFIDENCE, WHY DO I HAVE SO MUCH ANXIETY?
  • IF I AM ANOINTED TO HAVE COURAGE, WHY DO I HAVE SO MUCH FEAR? 
  • If I am a man of joy and celebration, why do I deal with so much depression?
  • God wants in on the battle within us.
    • God wants in on my thinking – “behold I stand at the door and I knock.” Jesus wants  in.
  • Your soul is made up of your mind, your will, and your emotions.

SOUL VS. SPIRIT

  • Pneuma: Spirit – “The Breath”
  • Psuché: Soul – the mind, will and emotions
  • The soul is your Esau and your Spirit is your Jacob.
  • Your soul, you mind, your will, and your emotions must submit to the Spirit.
  • Sometimes your body and your soul will team up.

Adoration: a disciplined emotional response to the love of God. Adoration involves joy, happiness and laughter. Intentional passion for Jesus.

  • Psalms 122:1 – I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23 – Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

WHEN YOU SUBMIT YOUR SOUL TO YOUR SPIRIT, IT DOESN’T DECLINE. IT ACTUALLY BECOMES ALIVE. IT PROSPERS AND BECOMES WHAT A SOUL IS SUPPOSED TO BE.

  • 3 John 1:2-4  – Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR YOUR PROSPERITY.

  • God’s way of prospering you is to make your soul prosper.
  • Verse 2 says your life prospers when your soul prospers. Verse 3 says your soul will prosper when you walk in truth. So, the way God set it up is like this:
    • As you progress in the mind and the Spirit of God.
    • As you let your mind get in agreement with what God almighty says, you prosper. You advance you go to the next level.
    • You are given more authority and more responsibility.   
    • There are ways Jesus is involved in your life and you don’t have a clue that He’s there at all. There are other places you are giving credit to something that is actually Jesus Himself.

You can talk to your soul from your Spirit:

  • Psalms 42:11 – Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.

These ten basic declarations (confessions) are foundational to the building of my faith. They will increase your expectancy of God’s goodness; and, thus, will increase the manifestation of that goodness in your life.

Jesus said in Matthew 8:13 “According to your faith, so be it.” Say this every day for a month and see what happens to your life. It will be exciting!

1. My prayers are powerful and effective (2 Corinthians 5:21; James 5:16b).

2. God richly supplies all my financial needs (Philippians 4:19).

3. I am dead to sin and alive to obeying God (Romans 6:11).

4. I walk in ever-increasing health (Isaiah 53:3-5).

5. I live under a supernatural protection (Psalms 91).

6. I prosper in all my relationships (Luke 2:52).

7. I consistently bring God encounters to other people (Mark 16:17-18).

8. Through Jesus I am 100 percent loved and worthy to receive all of God’s blessings (Galatians 3:1-5).

9. Each of my family members is wonderfully blessed and called to radically love Jesus (Acts 16:30-31).

10. I laugh when I hear a lie from the devil (Psalms 2:2-4).

Calling Your Tribe

Luke 25:13-45 The Road to Emmaus

Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. 17 And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”

18 Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?” 19 And He said to them, “What things?” So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 24 And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”

25 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

The Disciples’ Eyes Opened

28 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.

30 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”

40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish [k]and some honeycomb. 43 And He took it and ate in their presence.

The Scriptures Opened

44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

Jesus is there when we don’t know He’s there and when we don’t know it’s Jesus.

  • Jesus pointed out they were sad yet they said their hearts burned within them. So, they had both holy emotions and carnal emotions fighting each other at the same time. 

REBEKAH AND THE STRUGGLE WITHIN

Rebekah struggled with bareness for almost twenty years. This meant she was probably around forty years old when she became pregnant for the first and only time. She had a difficult pregnancy because we read in Genesis that:

  • Genesis 25:22 – “the children struggled together within her.”
    • INSIDE THIS WOMAN WAS BATTLE. THERE WAS A FIGHT GOING ON INSIDE HER BODY
  • In Genesis, it says she cried unto the Lord
    • Genesis 25:2 – “If it be so, why am I thus?”
  • Then we read she “went to enquire of the Lord.” It is a great testament to Rebekah’s faith that when she had a question about her pregnancy, she turned to the Lord for guidance instead of relying on advice from other women or accepting cultural explanations.
  • In reply to her prayer, the Lord gave her a direct and personal revelation. It is one of the few accounts in the Bible that we have of a woman speaking directly with God. He told her,
    • Genesis 25:23 (PTV) – THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT NATIONS INSIDE OF YOU AND THEY WILL ALWAYS FIGHT. That’s the Pastor Troy Version of that verse.

MY STRUGGLE AND YOURS:

  • IF I AM A MAN OF PEACE, WHY DO I HAVE SO MUCH ANGER?
  • IF I AM A MAN OF CONFIDENCE, WHY DO I HAVE SO MUCH ANXIETY?
  • IF I AM ANOINTED TO HAVE COURAGE, WHY DO I HAVE SO MUCH FEAR? 
  • If I am a man of joy and celebration, why do I deal with so much depression?
  • God wants in on the battle within us.
    • God wants in on my thinking – “behold I stand at the door and I knock.” Jesus wants  in.
  • Your soul is made up of your mind, your will, and your emotions.

SOUL VS. SPIRIT

  • Pneuma: Spirit – “The Breath”
  • Psuché: Soul – the mind, will and emotions
  • The soul is your Esau and your Spirit is your Jacob.
  • Your soul, you mind, your will, and your emotions must submit to the Spirit.
  • Sometimes your body and your soul will team up.

Adoration: a disciplined emotional response to the love of God. Adoration involves joy, happiness and laughter. Intentional passion for Jesus.

  • Psalms 122:1 – I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23 – Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

WHEN YOU SUBMIT YOUR SOUL TO YOUR SPIRIT, IT DOESN’T DECLINE. IT ACTUALLY BECOMES ALIVE. IT PROSPERS AND BECOMES WHAT A SOUL IS SUPPOSED TO BE.

  • 3 John 1:2-4  – Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR YOUR PROSPERITY.

  • God’s way of prospering you is to make your soul prosper.
  • Verse 2 says your life prospers when your soul prospers. Verse 3 says your soul will prosper when you walk in truth. So, the way God set it up is like this:
    • As you progress in the mind and the Spirit of God.
    • As you let your mind get in agreement with what God almighty says, you prosper. You advance you go to the next level.
    • You are given more authority and more responsibility.   
    • There are ways Jesus is involved in your life and you don’t have a clue that He’s there at all. There are other places you are giving credit to something that is actually Jesus Himself.

You can talk to your soul from your Spirit:

  • Psalms 42:11 – Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.

These ten basic declarations (confessions) are foundational to the building of my faith. They will increase your expectancy of God’s goodness; and, thus, will increase the manifestation of that goodness in your life.

Jesus said in Matthew 8:13 “According to your faith, so be it.” Say this every day for a month and see what happens to your life. It will be exciting!

1. My prayers are powerful and effective (2 Corinthians 5:21; James 5:16b).

2. God richly supplies all my financial needs (Philippians 4:19).

3. I am dead to sin and alive to obeying God (Romans 6:11).

4. I walk in ever-increasing health (Isaiah 53:3-5).

5. I live under a supernatural protection (Psalms 91).

6. I prosper in all my relationships (Luke 2:52).

7. I consistently bring God encounters to other people (Mark 16:17-18).

8. Through Jesus I am 100 percent loved and worthy to receive all of God’s blessings (Galatians 3:1-5).

9. Each of my family members is wonderfully blessed and called to radically love Jesus (Acts 16:30-31).

10. I laugh when I hear a lie from the devil (Psalms 2:2-4).

Mother’s Day

May 12, 2019 – The determination of a Supernatural Mama

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

Determination:

  1. The act of coming to a decision, of fixing or settling a purpose.
  2. The decision or settlement arrived at or pronounced.
  3. The quality of being resolute; firmness of purpose.

The Bible has a lot to say about our responsibility and cooperating with God on our intentions and determinations.

Themes of standing firm, having diligence and persevering through to the end.

  • There are 17 promises in the book of Revelation for Him who overcomes. 
  • Proverbs 12:24  – The hand of the diligent will rule…
  • Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. – James 1:12
  • Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. – 1 Corinthians 16:13
  • Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. – Romans 12:11-12
  • 2 Thessalonians 16-17 – You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you. – 2 Chronicles 20:17
  • May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace, give us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
  • Luke 21:19 – Stand firm, and you will win life.
  • The God-given ability to say things like, “It’s not over,” is part of learning to live a powerful Christian life.
  • “This thing that has happened will not end me! I remember the promises God has given me.”
  • Or “this terrible thing might have happened but the outcome God promised is still the same.”
  • ISN’T THERE A GREAT DETERMINATION IN SAYING
  • Philippians 4:13  – I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

DESPERATION – DESIRE

DESIRE – DETERMINATION

DETERMINATION – DESTINY

Your determination comes from your desires (want life).

Your desires are produced through your desperation.

Adoration is a disciplined emotional response to the love of God.

  • Adoration is passion with intentionality.
  • Affection is the state of being affected by something or the state of affecting something else.
  • You think about things in a way to that you let it affect you.
  • A great word for determination is ABIDING

Abiding means we value and honor our relationship with God above all others.

  • John 15:4 – “Abide in Me, and I in you, as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.”
  • When we keep our consciousness focused on God, our faith increases exponentially.

DIVINE DETERMINATION: SUPERNATURALLY HARD-HEADED

2 Samuel 21:10  – Now Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it for herself on the rock, from the beginning of harvest until the late rains poured on them from heaven. And she did not allow the birds of the air to rest on them by day nor the beasts of the field by night.

11 And David was told what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done. 12 Then David went and took the bones of Saul, and the bones of Jonathan his son, from the men of Jabesh Gilead who had stolen them from the street of Beth Shan, where the Philistines had hung them up, after the Philistines had struck down Saul in Gilboa. 

13 So he brought up the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from there; and they gathered the bones of those who had been hanged. 

14 They buried the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the tomb of Kish his father. So they performed all that the king commanded. And after that God heeded the prayer for the land.

  • A 3-year drought
  • Joshua’s covenant with the Gibeonites
  • The holocaust of the Gibeonites happened 40 years earlier and the Jews had to actually seek the Lord to find out why there was a famine. 
  • Seed sown 2 generations ago had brought a famine into the modern day and they had to deal with it. 
  • She is holding her vigil.

SHE IS STILL DEVOTED TO HER CHILDREN EVEN AFTER IT IS OBVIOUSLY OVER.

(ABIDING)

  • NO MORE SHAME. NOT ON MY WATCH!
  • I couldn’t do anything about that but I can do something about this. There’s gonna be redemption.
  • I will not walk away from children in this shameful place. I will drive off anything – day or night – that would threaten the redemption of my children.   
  • She is devoted and faithful when no one else is.
  • She is still being who she is supposed to me when no one else is.
  • It’s gonna close, but not like this (closure).

HER LOVE FOR HER CHILDREN EMPOWERS HER

TO DRIVE AWAY THE THINGS

THAT WOULD DEVOUR THEM.

(ADORATION) 

  • Her passion for her kids was unexplainable. It didn’t make any sense. People thought that woman was crazy. 
  • She stays at her post from April or May all the way until October. She holds on. She is faithful until the rains come.
  • The rain is coming.

IT IS YOUR DETERMINATION THAT REACHES THE KING

  • God sees your determination!
  • RIZPAH: A BURNING COAL
  • A burning coal is a prophetic picture of redemption 
  • A mama is a catalyst for redemption.
  • A mama is an agent for change and Kingdom transformation.

DECLARATION

King Jesus, I know that my determination will reach you.                     

I’m not giving up. I’m still on my watch. I know that you see me. 

Any place of shame that is in my family will be displaced by honor.

I am a burning coal. I am a catalyst for redemption.

I will never give up and I will see God’s goodness in the land of the living. In Jesus’ name, Amen!   

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May the Fourth Be with You!

Wednesday, May 15, 2018 – May the Fourth Be with You!

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

The Road to Emmaus Story

Luke 24:30-32 

Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”

JESUS IS THERE WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW HE’S THERE.

SOMETIMES IT’S JESUS WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW IT’S JESUS.

Proverbs 21:1

The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turns it wherever he will.

The power of evangelism: I told a reporter that  “If I had my dream place to bring the Gospel it would be the saloon scene in Star Wars.”   

Peter Mayhew – Troy’s cousin Peter played Chewbacca in all the Star Wars movies. Troy landed a ticket to the premiere of one of the movies. Troy was seated in theater 7 of 12 theaters showing the premiere, so he was not with all the big name movie stars. He found himself sitting with the puppeteers – literally the men who ran the puppets in the original saloon scene from the very first Star Wars movie. Because of CGI animation, they were no longer needed. Despite this, Troy was blown away and told the men about this prophetic declaration. They were intrigued and stayed after to let Troy preach to them. Many got saved.

Psalms 126:1

When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

Acts 2:17

And it will be in the last days, God says, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your elders will dream dreams.

This or That

MAY 19, 2019 – THIS OR THAT 1: STABLE IS AS STABLE DOES 

PASTOR TROY BREWER, OPENDOOR CHURCH, BURLESON, TX

 

 

A series on dealing with the contradictions of life and the paradox of living a victorious Kingdom life. 

The Bible says in one place this and in another it’s that. 

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF STABILITY

  • Thoughts on stability in your identity, faith, marriage, finances, health, relationships, hope, goals and dreams  
  • We should be determined to be stable in everything.
  • stable: not likely to give way or overturn; firmly fixed

 

 

FIXING OUR MINDS & OUR EYES

  • Philippians 4:8 AMP – For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].
  • The key to stability in our identity, faith, marriage, finances, health, relationships, hope, goals and dreams is where we fix our minds and our eyes – where we are determined to consistently look at the things of Jesus and the things of the Kingdom. 
  • Hebrews 12:2 says we are supposed to be people who are fixing our eyes on Jesus! 
  • King David says in Psalm 16:8 – I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

 

STABILITY IN EVERYDAY LIFE

  • We are called to be stable in a world that declares it impossible for us to have stability in our faith.
  • In life, we are going to come across things that obviously go against our understanding of the Bible and our understanding of the nature of God’s amazing heart. 
  • This is a part of the human experience and you have got to develop skill sets to pass the things that test you. 

 

 

TESTING 101

  • God will test you. He will not tempt you. 
  • A testing from the devil always comes in the form of accusation and tempting. 
  • Testing from the Father comes in the form of proving and qualifying for reward. Reward is attached. 

 

THIS OR THAT: DOES GOD LEAD US INTO TEMPTATION? 

  • Never. In fact, when He leads us, He delivers us from the self destructing evil that comes from our own enticements.
  • James 1:13 – Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
  • Luke 11:1-4  – 1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. 2  And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. 3  Give us day by day our daily bread. 4  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
  • LUKE 11:4 Pastor Troy Version – …LEAD US AWAY FROM THE PLACES WHERE WE WILL FAIL…
  • Romans 8:14  – For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

 

 

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June 2, 2019

This or That 3: Faith that Works

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, Texas

This is a series on dealing with the contradictions of life and the paradox of living a victorious Kingdom life.

The Bible says in one place “this” and in another, it’s “that.” Some say, “It’s this” and some say, “It’s that.” “This or that?”

This or that 1: Stable is as Stable Does – getting fixed in your faith

  • TESTING 101: God will test you but He will not tempt you.
  • A testing from the devil always comes in the form of accusation and tempting.
  • Testing from the Father comes in the form of proving and qualifying for reward.
  • “And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.”
    • LUKE 11:4 (PTV) …LEAD US AWAY FROM THE PLACES WHERE WE WILL FAIL …
  • So, we’ve got to be fixed in our faith toward the Father.

This or that part 2: The Point of the Blade of Offense

OFF-ENDED: NO LONGER IN A FIXED POSITION 

  • THIS OR THAT?
    • Great judgment comes from the person who offends everybody because offense is bad (Luke 17)
    • King Jesus offends everybody because it is good (Isaiah 8 & 1 Peter 2 )
  • IF YOU OFF-END SOMEBODY WHO IS FIXED ON JESUS AND YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEIR IMMATURITY, GOD WILL HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE.
  • IF GOD OFF-ENDS YOU, IT IS BECAUSE YOU ARE FIXED IN A POSITION THAT ISN’T HIM. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO BE MATURE AND REFIX ON HIM.

THIS OR THAT 3: FAITH THAT WORKS

  • Ephesians 2:1-3 – And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
  • This is the environments in which we see, hear, live and work and the atmospheres and spiritual conditions of our homes, hearts and minds.
  • It’s also about the culture of how we live together at work, in the family, church and in government.          

Control the narrative and force the values.

  • Ephesians 2:4-9 – But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD

  • James 2:14-26 – What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also

ONE KIND OF FAITH

  • Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

ANOTHER KIND OF FAITH

  • Faith without works is dead.
  • James 2:17, 26  – Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead…26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

WHY THE CONTRADICTION?  IT’S NOT A CONTRADICTION.

  • THERE IS THE KIND OF FAITH THAT IS FAITH UNTO SALVATION WHICH IS GOD GETTING YOU INTO HEAVEN
  • THEN THERE IS THE KIND OF FAITH THAT IS A GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – WHICH IS YOU GETTING HEAVEN INTO THIS EARTH
    • That’s a when you become victorious. That’s when you see tremendous change and transformation.
  • One kind of faith is the gift of God toward salvation. That requires the work of Jesus. But the other kind of faith is the gift of God unto the Holy Ghost.
    • In other words, one gift of faith is to get you from this earth into heaven.
    • The other gift of faith is to get heaven into this earth through you.

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Dark Speech

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019

DREAMS & DARK SPEECH

PASTOR TROY BREWER, OPENDOOR CHURCH, BURLESON, TX

Job 33:14-18

For God may speak in one way, or in another,

Yet man does not perceive it.

15 In a dream, in a vision of the night,

When deep sleep falls upon men,

While slumbering on their beds,

16 Then He opens the ears of men,

And seals their instruction.

17 In order to turn man from his deed,

And conceal pride from man,

18 He keeps back his soul from the Pit,

And his life from perishing by the sword.

That was from the Old Testament and the book of Job is thought to be the oldest book in the Bible, written even before Moses penned Genesis.

So, does God still speak to us in dreams today?

Especially today. We’re so busy and distracted, our sleep time is often the only opportunity The Lord has to communicate with us and call us to Him.

DREAMS ARE ALL ABOUT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

Numbers 12:6-8

“Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream. 7 Not so with My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house. 8 I speak with him face to face, Even plainly, and not in dark sayings; And he sees the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant Moses?”

  • The Hebrew word for “Dark Speech” here is CHIDAH – riddle, question, perplexing

  • Chidah, or “dark speech” is the language of dreams.

WHY RIDDLES, PARABLES AND PERPLEXITIES? RELATIONSHIP!

  • Proverbs 15:2 – It is the glory of God to conceal a matter…
  • Proverbs 8:17 – I love those who love me and those who seek me diligently will find me.

UPGRADE FROM DARK SPEECH IS FACE TO FACE: MOSES

Numbers 12:7

Not so with My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house. 8 I speak with him face to face, Even plainly, and not in dark sayings; And he sees the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant Moses?”

Faithfulness

Friendship

Face-to-face

KNOCKING IN DREAMS IS ALSO ABOUT RELATIONSHIP & INTIMACY

Waking up to knocking is common. What does it mean in the prophetic?

Revelation 3:20

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

THIS IS ABOUT ABOUT FREE WILL. JESUS WILL NOT GO WHERE HE IS NOT INVITED OR WELCOME. HE IS A GENTLEMAN.

John 10:7

So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep…”

DOORS HAVE TO DO WITH ACCESS TO JESUS.

  • SO, WHAT’S THE SIGNIFICANCE OF KNOCKING? LET’S LOOK AT SCRIPTURE:

Revelation 3:8

“I know your works: behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it: for you have a little strength, and have kept my word, and have not denied my name.”

THIS IS JESUS SAYING, “BECAUSE YOU HAVE SERVED ME WELL BY SERVING OTHERS SELFLESSLY, I AM GIVING YOU FAVOR THAT NO MAN CAN STOP.

OPEN THE DOOR. LET GOD IN BECAUSE HE WANTS TO TALK WITH YOU!

Knocking on God’s door signifies using your favor.

• Hearing God knock is a word about faith.

This should blow you away: there are 10 scriptures (10 = perfect order) which speak of knocking on doors – spiritual doors. Seven (7 = the Spirit of God) are about knocking and using your favor.

SIGNIFICANCE OF DOORS:

Revelation 3:20

Behold I stand at the door and knock. If any man hears my voice and opens the door…

John 10:7

So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep…”

Isaiah 22:22

“The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder. Then he shall open, and no one shall shut. And he shall shut, and no one shall open.”

ISAIAH 22:22 IS ACTUALLY A PROPHECY OF JESUS!

Unstuck

Wednesday, June 26 – Unstuck

Pastor Jerry Sellers

OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

God is passionate for you to experience, for you to gain all the Freedom that He gave up for you to have. Yet many believers in this process on the road to reach their identity, find themselves time and time again getting stuck. What if that is you? Or what if you know a loved one or friend who is stuck…Let me ask you this…

Do you understand what Jesus was saying in

John 14:6  (NIV)

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 8:31-32 (NIV)

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

Freedom: The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved; to be loosed from bondage or captivity

So if we discover Truth we understand that it’s not limited to a concept but it’s truly found in a person…Jesus is truth…Then truth discovered gets us unstuck.

Heres what would be good for us to understand about being stuck and how discovering Truth get’s us unstuck…

We become enabled

Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…

We become empowered

Ephesians 3:20

…according to his power that is at work within us..

Truth enables us and empowers us to get unstuck in the processes and the ups and downs to our identity. Cause Truth is not a concept it’s a Person.  We have to realize its just not uncovering something new a fresh Revelation, a new teaching or more Bible studies. Those are good and we need to do those things but when advancing in the Kingdom there needs to be a Relational Journey and that this comes in 2 parts

1 There is a great value for knowledge…Truth being made know or aware

2 Then there is encounter…With out a living encounter of the Truth our learning and discovery becomes only Academic and Powerless…which means  no fruit or transformation

Disappointment occurs when our experience of Truth is less or below our knowledge of it. People find themselves stuck when they think Breakthrough requires more understanding, knowledge, study, research ….

No matter how good the material is, even when its the bible the word of God, we still have to have relational encounters with its Author for it to bring life breakthrough movement Freedom.

What if our Bible Studies, small group meetings and studies, Worship services and sermons, conferences…

What if they created

What if they manufactured

What if they spurred you on to an encounter of what you are hearing, reading, studying, signing

These encounters are not to be the end all. They are to open each of us up to Taste…To SEE…To experience…To Understand…To desire….To Want More.

We are to Hope; What is another way to say Hope?

To Expect More…

The Moses Principle: More wants more

I think we can safely say that few human beings have experienced God on this earth to the extent that Moses did. From meeting God in the burning bush, to parting the Red Sea, to watching manna fall from heaven, Moses saw much of God. In fact, after Israel’s escape from slavery in Egypt, God made it clear that Moses was the bearer of a special privilege when it came to God’s presence.

After leading the Israelite people to Mount Sinai through the Red Sea and away from Pharaoh’s army, God met with Moses on top of the mountain in a thick cloud.1 Strict rules were given before God descended upon the peak. These rules prohibited anyone from setting an inch of their person on even the foot of the mountain.2 The penalty for such an action was death. No one was to enter into this unique presence of God except Moses. Like one of those nightclubs with a line of people outside waiting to get in, God unfastened the rope from the stanchion and invited Moses into his presence. This was VIP territory.

The thick darkness of God scorched the top of the mountain like a consuming cloud. The people were terrified. But Moses entered in, and he spent time on the mountain with God. Moses experienced what it was like to behold a level and an intensity of the presence of God that you and I cannot even fathom. But the more of God he got, the more of God he wanted.

Even on the mountaintop, more wants more.

God finished giving Moses some instructions when Moses made a unique and audacious request. “Please show me your glory,” Moses said (Exodus 33:18). What? Hadn’t he seen enough? Had the glory of God not been made manifest to him in manifold ways? Was the staff-to-serpent trick not enough for Moses? What about when God defied nature to push the flat and flooded sea up like walls and dried up the perpetually soaked sea floor so that it was like concrete? Was that not enough glory for Moses to behold?

He entered into the cloud of thick darkness on top of Mount Sinai. He went into the places of God where no human being had ever been. He spoke with God like one human speaks with another. He moved from general presence to relational presence to visible presence. After all this, had he not seen enough of God’s glory? Apparently Moses had not.

This is the Moses Principle: more wants more.

The presence of God had tossed the soul of Moses high into the air, and he wanted to sail higher still. The nearness of God tickled the heart of Moses, and he wanted to laugh more deeply still. The more Moses got of God, the more Moses wanted of God. The more we experience of God in this life, the more of God we will desire. That is the Moses Principle.

Most of us have been conditioned to Expect Less not more. We expect to get stuck in the struggle and come to anticipate that life will be hard and relief is reserved for only when we are in Heaven.

Can I make this clear that is not who the Father is? He is the God of

John 10:10 (NIV)

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV)

‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

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

God is good and He desires us to continue to have Encounter after Encounter with him.

He desires to flood us in Truth (The fullness of Him) and the Truth of who He is to us and to wash away all our concerns and reservations about yourself that doesn’t measure up to how He views and knows us.

What if on our journey there is 100’s of Encounters for us to have in God with God and so far you have only accessed just a few. What if He has been so creative is His expression that we have failed to realize or recognize many encounters where actually Him.

People become Stuck because they don’t see as the Lord does. I wonder if the Lord is inviting you and me to become unstuck and our encounters and experiences with the Lord are vital to bring us through this process.

What if the new Upgrade goes beyond Questions to having encounters. The Bible is full of normal Ordinary people who had extraordinary encounters and became extraordinary themselves in the process. the qualification  or requirement is not bound to age or restrictive to skill or ability or IQ.

Its being receptive at the right place at the right time to discover to be aware new and wonderful in Jesus.

Delight yourself in the Lord share with Him the desires of your heart with the confidence and Joy that it is as stated in

Luke 12:32 (NKJV)

“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

Accept His invitation to become unstuck through your encounters with Him.

So let’s unpack How Encounters and Experiences with God occur and how they don’t. Let’s get an understanding 1st… that it is God who is the initiator of our spirituality. Our devotional life is our response to Him to His invitation.

That means the responsibility for the experiences with the Truth in never on us it rest solely on Him. When other say I try to have God encounters but they never happen the reason they don’t ism found in the word TRY.

There is no trying on our part. When we think the responsibility for connecting with the Father is on our shoulders it turns into a life choking yoke. It’s fruit is stress, discouragement, and burn out.

One of my favorite Truths is so amazing. It’s often that I remind myself that Jerry there is nothing I can do that would make The Father love any more than He already does. And there is nothing that I can do to make Him love me any less.

The Father say’s,”I love you because I love you because i love you because that is what I am like, that is my heart and nature toward you.

It’s the same with our encounters with the Father. He will be the initiator and our part is to be present, aware, looking expecting wanting, and in this place we do it with rejoicing.

By doing this we are cultivating a greater sensitivity to how He is always present with us. And at any given moment an encounter can happen. God is the initiator of all spirituality. It’s completely up to Him how He chooses to make Himself known.

We are the responders meant to live a responsive life to His love, His goodness, and His grace. It’s staying in an attitude of thankfulness. Thanking Him for who He is, rejoicing in His potato, kindness, and faithfulness.

Being still in that place and that posture, focusing on knowing that he is God and is also our Good Father. Knowing that Jesus loves you, me outrageously and that we are the Holy Spirit delight. They are all in it together. Its a complete package reserved for you in the encounters. Can’t you see the encounters is what allows you and I to engage in what He has for us and what He wants us to experience.

Israel and the Coming Revival

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 – ISRAEL AND THE COMING REVIVAL

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, Texas

Troy Brewer

6th generation Texan

16 generation American

The only Jew in me is Jesus

WHAT EXACTLY IS A REVIVAL & HOW DO YOU START A REVIVAL?

  • ARE WE RESPONSIBLE FOR STARTING A REVIVAL?
  • IS A REVIVAL PART OF THE SOVEREIGN WILL OF GOD – MEANING HE HAS GOD ORDAINED CERTAIN SEASONS AND AND CERTAIN NATIONS TO EXPERIENCE AN OUTPOURING OF HIS PRESENCE?
  • OR IS REVIVAL HEAVEN’S RESPONSE TO SOMETHING WE INITIATE?
  • Can we preach or pray ourselves into revival?
  • Is revival both a sovereign move of God and a response from heaven to the people who are crying lout for it?

ONCE REVIVAL HAPPENS, WHAT ARE OUR RESPONSIBILITIES IN MAINTAINING IT?

  • God brings the fire but the priests keep it burning on the altar.
  • God does it but you have to maintain it.
  • How do you maintain the atmosphere that comes with revival that is far greater than the activity of revival.
  • Is there a grace for revival?

The fear of the Lord is coming

  • Habakkuk 3:2 – “O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy.”
  • The apostle Paul, writing in the New Testament, told believers to be “perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).
  • Again, in Ephesians 5:21, Paul instructed believers to be “submitting to one another in the fear of God.”
  • In fact, walking in the fear of God characterized the church in the book of Acts. There we read that the churches were…
  • “walking in the fear of the Lord” (Acts 9:31).

THE PRINCIPLE OF PRIORITY:

  • THE BIBLE IS WRITTEN IN SUCH A WAY THAT EVEN HOW IT IS WRITTEN IS PROPHETIC
  • Matthew 5:18 – For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

REPETITION IMPLIES IMPORTANCE.

  • WHEN THE BIBLE HAS A HUGE EMPHASIS ON SOMETHING, WE SHOULD HAVE A HUGE EMPHASIS ON SOMETHING.
  • The fear of God is so important, that the phrase “fear of the Lord” appears 27 times in the Bible (NKJV), “fear of God” appears 8 times, “fear Him” (with reference to God) appears 23 times, “fear the Lord” appears 33 times, “fear God” appears 17 times, “feared God” appears 5 times, “feared the Lord” appears 10 times, “feared Me” (with reference to God) appears once, “fear Me” (with reference to God) appears 8 times, “fears God” appears 4 times, “fears the Lord” appears 7 times, and “fears Him” (with reference to God) appears once.
  • “THE FEAR OF THE LORD”
    • 144 TIMES
    • 12 X 12
    • That’s at least 144 references to fearing God in the Bible, with 19 of those appearing in the New Testament.

THE FEAR OF THE LORD

  • THE FEAR OF GOD MEANS TO PRIORITIZE WHAT GOD PRIORITIZES.
  • THE FEAR OF GOD MEANS TO MAKE YOUR AGENDA ABOUT THE KINGDOM’S AGENDA.
  • THE FEAR OF GOD MEANS TO MAKE A BIG DEAL OUT OF WHAT GOD MAKES A BIG DEAL OUT OF.
  • THE FEAR OF GOD MEANS TO LOVE WHAT GOD LOVES AND HATE WHAT GOD HATES.

The first reason every Christian should love Israel is simply because Jesus loves Israel.

  • The term “Israel” is mentioned 2,319 times in the Bible.
  • Jerusalem is mentioned 810 times.
  • He judges the nations according to the fruit they bear in how the walked in the fear of the Lord…
  • The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations; Matthew 25:31 – “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’”

Acts of redemption

  • Feeding the hungry
  • Providing clean water
  • Taking personal responsibility for unprotected people
  • Clothing naked people
  • Looking after the sick
  • Having compassion on the imprisoned
  • Matthew 25:37-40 – “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
  • Taking responsibility for the care of Israel the way you would any vulnerable person.

We know that according to Romans 11:14 that the job of Christians is to provoke Israel to jealousy.

  • How God blesses us
  • How God loves us
  • How God speaks to us and  hand his hand upon us

But for those of us who support Israel, we should provoke our brothers and sisters in Christ to jealousy. 

Look at how blessed they are.

  • Look at how much favor they have.
  • Look at the accelerated time frames they walk in.
  • Look at how God gives the simple solutions to complicated issues.
  • Look at the logistical miracles that God performs for them and we should be saying. “Jump in!!!!”

THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES IS FULFILLED

  • It is revealed through scripture that when the times of the Gentiles is fulfilled, the Messiah will return to a Jewish Jerusalem that cries out, “Blessed is he who comes the name of the name of the Lord.”
  • The return of Jesus is not dependent upon a world-wide revival. The return of Jesus is waiting of an Israeli revival.
  • This is the purpose of Jesus so we need to grow from just supporting the nation of Israel because Jesus loves Israel. Actually taking on His agenda to see Israel saved is a much deeper revelation of the FEAR OF THE LORD.
    • IF YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE WHAT JESUS LOVES, YOU ARE GOING TO SUPPORT ISRAEL.
    • IF YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE AND SUPPORT GOD’S PLAN FOR ISRAEL, YOU WILL SUPPORT THE MESSIANIC CHURCH.

I TRULY BELIEVE THE NEXT  & LAST GREAT REVIVAL IS DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO HOW THE CHURCH IS RECONCILED WITH ISRAEL.

  • THE SEPARATION OF JEW AND GENTILE MUST BE ADDRESSED AND WHERE WE CAN REPENT, WE NEED TO SIMPLY REPENT.
  • IF ISRAEL PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN THE END TIME REDEMPTION OF THE WORLD,  THE END TIME GENTILE CHURCH PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN MAKING SURE A REVIVAL CAN HAPPEN IN ISRAEL.
  • SUPPORT OF THE MESSIANIC CHURCH IS VITAL
  • IT’S ALWAYS BEEN IN THE HEAVENS …
    • Psalm 133:1-3 – Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments. 3 It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing—Life forevermore.

Compassion or Judgement

THIS OR THAT: COMPASSION OR JUDGMENT

JULY 7, 2019

PASTOR TROY BREWER, OPENDOOR CHURCH, BURLESON, TEXAS

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THE BOOK OF JUDE

Greeting to the Called

1 Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,

To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ:

2 Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.

Contend for the Faith

3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Old and New Trouble Makers

5 But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; 7 as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

8 Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries. 9 Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 10 But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.

Calling Them as They Are

12 These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; 13 raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.

14 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 15 to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

We Knew They Were Coming

16 These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. 17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19 These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.

Maintain Your Life with God

20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

22 And on some have compassion, making a difference; 23 but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

Glory to God

24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. 25 To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen.

The saved side of the cross vs. the lost side of the cross

“Four at OpenDoor” No. 1: Celebration

Psalm 122:1

“I was glad when they said to me, let us go to the house of the Lord.”

John 4:23-24

“… the Father seeks worshippers… and His worshippers must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”

“Four at OpenDoor” No. 2: Inspiration

1 Corinthians 14:24-25

“But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in… he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all, and the secrets of his heart will be laid bare. So he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, ‘God is really among you!’”

“Four at OpenDoor” No. 3: Preparation

Ephesians 4:11-12

“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”

“Four at OpenDoor” No. 4: Salvation

Romans 10:13-14

“Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But who can ask them to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells Him?”

The Peril of Not Progressing

Hebrews 6:1-3

Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do if God permits.

KEEP IT POSITIVE BUT KEEP IT ACCURATE

Measures of His Presence

Measures of His Presence – July 13, 2019

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, Texas

A lot of people are very uncomfortable about talking about God showing up, His Spirit falling upon us, or the Holy Spirit moving in a meeting, etc. Often, as we get ready to minister to people, we will invite the Holy Spirit to come. The question is, “Why invite God to come when He is already here?” It’s a good question. It makes no sense whatsoever to pray that way unless we understand there are different measures and dimensions of God’s Presence.

Omnipresence  |  Manifest presence 

When He is here, there is always more to come. It’s important to hunger for and invite that increase. Isaiah had a perception of this reality, saying,

Isaiah 6:1-4 – In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” 4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.

The word “filling” implies that His robe filled the temple, but then continued to fill it. He came, but He kept coming. There is always more!

This is at least a partial list of these measures of His Presence; each one is an increase of the previous:

God first inhabits everything and holds all things together.  

  • Colossians 1:17 – And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
  • He is everywhere, the glue that holds His creation in place.

  • Reading about it upgrades to Revelation
  • Revelation upgrades to Experience (Encounter)
  • Experience upgrades to Demonstration
  • Demonstration upgrades to Impartation (Activating)
  • Impartation upgrades to Equipping 

A second measure of God’s Presence is His indwelling Holy Spirit in the lives of those who have been born again.

He specifically comes to make us His tabernacle.

Just like the earth, the Spirit of the Lord being in the life of every believer does not mean He is manifest in ever believer.

A third measure is seen when believers gather in His name. As He promised, He is “there in their midst.” 

  • This is where the principle of exponential increase comes into play.
  • Matthew 18:20 – “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

Exponential Synergy

1 Corinthians 13:9 – For we know in part and we prophesy in part…

A fourth measure, or dimension, occurs when God’s people praise Him. He says He “inhabits the praises of His people” (Psalms 22:3).

  • He is already in our midst but has chosen to manifest Himself upon us more powerfully in that atmosphere.

A fifth measure is seen when the Temple of Solomon was dedicated. God came so profoundly that priests were incapacitated. 1 Kings 8:10-11)

  • 1 Kings 8:10-11 – And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord, 11 so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.
  • No one could even stand, let alone play instruments or sing. They were completely undone at that measure of Presence.
  • I mention these five levels, only as principles, in an effort to give a snapshot of how He longs to increase His manifestation upon His people. The day of Pentecost and the gift of the baptism in the Holy Spirit may, in fact, illustrate all of these principles combined as an entire city came under the influence of God’s manifest Presence.
  • These various measures of Presence are recorded both in history and in Scripture. Reformation and revival history shows us what’s available. The responsibility for the measure of God’s Presence that we carry lies with us. We always have what we earnestly want.
  • We are called into fellowship with God. In this process, He has made it possible for us not only to come to know Him, but also to have Him live inside us and even rest upon us. Everything we could ever want out of life flows from that one privilege. King David understood this concept better than most New Testament believers. He referred to it as the one thing

Psalms 27:4  – One thing I have desired of the Lord,That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.

  • All of life gets reduced to one thing—how we steward the Presence of God.
  • How we make a big deal out of the Presence of the Lord in our life. 
  • Stewarding the Presence of God, hosting the Presence, is the only way these impossible dreams can be accomplished.

  1. We cant be too impressed with inferior things.
  2. We must be impressed with the presence of the Lord. 

  • God wants us to leave a legacy and a big part of your legacy has to do with what people know you have done/
  • MY HISTORY IS HIS STORY
  • Doing exploits and the power of testimony
  • We must have amazing stories  that are passed down for the next generation.

  • YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE FAMOUS FOR WHAT YOU DID NOT BELIEVE.
  • YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE FAMOUS WHAT YOU DID NOT DO.

James 2:18-24  – But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

  • pray unceasingly
  • give sacrificially
  • dream outrageously
  • serve whole heartedly
  • walk innocently
  • believe undoubtingly
  • live powerfully
  • Laugh loudly
  • Confront the impossible
  • chart out the uncharted
  • make hell back down and run off like the cowardly defeated bunch it is
  • astonish somebody, bless somebody impress somebody live like Jesus Christ  is actually resurrected from the dead and like that Power is living in you and do not apologize for it.

Hebrews 11:8-11 – By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.

The chapter divisions commonly used today were developed by Stephen Langton, an Archbishop of Canterbury. Langton put the modern chapter divisions into place in around A.D. 1227.

Hebrews 12:1-2 – Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

One of the mammoth obstacles to Jesus accomplishing His mission was the cross and the shame. He didn’t make as big of a deal out of the shame as He made a big deal out do the glory.

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Go, Grow and Grab It!

Sunday, July 29, 2019

Part 1: The Great Escape

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

God has given you dominion

1 Corinthians 10:11-13 – Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

It can be said the message of the Old Testament is come:

Adam where are you?   Come to Me…

Matthew 28:19 – Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost…

Mark 16:15 – And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

What are the first 2 letters of the Gospel? GO!

Psalm 126:6 – He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

Nothing happens until we go!

You must be set free to go!

The Hebrew word we translate into three English words “Come to me” is in the Bible 2,106 times.

Acts 5:20 – Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.

Jesus said it, and Jesus did it!

Mark 1:38 – And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.

Mark 5:19 [Jesus cast demon out of man…] – Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.

Matthew 13:3 – And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow...

Let’s went! Many used to be in the habit of witnessing, but your get up and go done got up and went!

This old coot is a man by the name of Forrest Tucker. He was a career criminal and was even robbing banks in the 70s.  Known as the “Gentleman Bandit” because he was polite while he threatened your life and robbed you, Tucker stole more than four million dollars from banks through his career.  He dies in 2004 at the age of 83 right here in Forth Worth, Texas. While that’s a big deal, I’m going to tell you something about this man that’s a much bigger deal: He was an escape artist. He escaped from prison. Not once. Not twice, but a total of 18 times

including Alcatraz and San Quentin.

We have to confront the parts of us that crave a cage!

  • Any lie we believe about ourselves can gain the power to keep us in bondage and rob us of hope. It can become a tyrant that oppresses and restrains us.
  • So, how can we resist and overcome such influences when they take root in our lives? Remember the words of Jesus:

John 8:32 – “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

What’s true is what’s real and on-target with what God says.

As a matter of fact, God doesn’t do things — He embodies them.

We live; He is life. We love; He is love. We think; He is knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. We dream; He is the fulfillment of every dream, even ones we are not yet capable of conceiving. He is the One whose power and guidance is what we need to walk unencumbered and free.

Isaiah 55:9 – “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

What freedom do you seek? Is it freedom from addiction? Freedom from financial worry? Freedom from anxiety and fear? Freedom from relationship problems? Freedom from violence and oppression? Freedom from judgement and hate – either self-imposed or from others?

Jesus’ ministry echoes and fulfills the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5:17). We hear proclaimed and see demonstrated the Year of Jubilee (Leviticus 25) when God instructed the people to release their neighbors from the bonds of oppression imposed by generational poverty – regardless of what caused that poverty. Jesus set people free from disease and disorder – regardless of what caused these problems. Jesus set people free from guilt and shame – regardless of the circumstances or complicity of their sin and brokenness.

Luke 4:18 – “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free…”

We need to find ourselves doing a fearless moral inventory. This inventory causes us to look at our entire life, including people, incidents, and whatever triggers emotions. Then we have to share our story with one another.

“The practice of confession, repentance, and forgiveness is huge in learning to be an escape artist.”

If you’re unsure of your dream:

1. Think about who your dream serves. Who is your neighbor your dream will serve? How is the world a better place because your dream is realized.

2. Ask what actions cause you to lean into God because you know you can’t do them on your own.

3. Trust your Father and partner with Him. This means spending time in God’s Word.   How can you be in God’s Word today? How can you wrap your head around who He is to you in this new endeavor you’re going after? Who are you to Him?

4. If a dream keeps burning inside you, keep turning it back to God. Talk to God about it. Have an ongoing narrative with the Lord. Delight yourself in Him and He will guide your steps.

  • Psalms 37:4 – Also delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5. Take baby steps then giant steps. Just go! Remember, there is no finish line.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Part 2: GET UP AND GO! The power of getting up and going

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, Texas

Accepting the command to “take up your bed and walk.”

Matthew 9:6
“But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”

 

Abraham told to Go!
Genesis 12:1
Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family And from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.”

 

Moses told to GO to Pharaoh
Exodus 9:1
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh and tell him, ‘Thus says the Lord God of the Hebrews: “Let My people go, that they may serve Me.”

 

Ananias told to GO to give sight to Saul
Acts 9:11
So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”

 

Philip & the Ethiopian Eunuch
Acts 8:26-40
Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. 27 So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”

30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 The place in the Scripture which he read was this:

“He was led as a sheep to the slaughter;
And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
33 In His humiliation His justice was taken away,
And who will declare His generation?
For His life is taken from the earth.”

34 So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. 36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?”

37 Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”

And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. 39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea.

 

Go south (seeking truth) to Gaza (vague)
Go to the chariot (specific)
Go to Azotus (Supernatural)

August 9, 2019

Part 3: A BIG PICTURE VISIONARY

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, Texas

This challenging message is designed to be empowering, life-giving, and confrontational in a way that convinces you God is who He says He is and you are who He says you are.
Romans 12:1 (NKJV) – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
Romans 12:1 (AMPC) – I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.
Romans 12:1 (PTV) – In light of how merciful God has been to you, I want to urge you – even beg you, brothers – to decide to dedicate your entire life – everything you are responsible for – as a living sacrifice, totally devoted (Holy) and totally dedicated to glorifying God, which is how you rationally and intelligently serve and worship God.
I want to urge you brothers…
The aim of Romans 12:1–2 is that all of life would become “spiritual worship.” Verse 1: “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” The aim of all human life in God’s eyes is that Christ would be made to look as valuable as He is. Worship means using our minds, hearts and bodies to express the worth of God and all He is for us in Jesus. There is a way to live — a way to love — that does that.
How valuable God is to you determines how much your life worships Him. Worship is “worth–ship.”

GOD IS COUNTING UPON YOU TO ACT LIKE YOU’RE SAVED – TO ACT LIKE YOU ARE VICTORIOUS – to act like God is amazing and has made your life amazing.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE KING THAT HIS PEOPLE ARE ENCOURAGED AND EMPOWERED BELIEVERS FULL OF HOPES, DREAMS, FAITH AND CONFIDENCE. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE KING THAT THE PEOPLE IN HIS KINGDOM ARE SO EMPOWERED, THEY TAKE ON HELL WITH A WATER PISTOL AND COURAGEOUSLY MOVE THE KINGDOM FORWARD.
Our mission team just got back from the Amzon jungle where they saw signs, miracles and wonders…
Our prison teams are faithfully serving and courageously preaching the Gospel of freedom in total defiance to the obvious spirit of bondage there.
Our rescue teams are saving nearly 100 girls out of sexual slavery every single month throughout the world.
Our Food Bank is giving away close to 500,000 pounds of food every single month to poor and hurting families, isolated elderly people, and single moms and dads.
And you don’t do that if your scared. You don’t do that if you’re demoralized, depressed, balled up or locked down. You have to be free, full of the Holy Spirit and determined to advance the Kingdom for the sake of the King’s heart!

 

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO HELL THAT YOU ARE DEMORALIZED AND UNWILLING TO ACT.
The Kingdom of hell’s fundamental belief systems are designed to keep you a slave. This is one way to put you in bondage:
Hell says, “It’s somebody else’s responsibility to advance you.”
Just turn everything over to some benevolent pharaoh or worldly king.
1 Samuel 8:10-22 (ESV) Samuel’s Warning Against Kings – So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking for a king from him. 11 He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots. 12 And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. 15 He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. 16 He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men and your donkeys, and put them to his work. 17 He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. 18 And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.” 19 But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, “No! But there shall be a king over us…”

You don’t need another King! King Jesus has appointed YOU to be a king! He’s the King of Kings.
Hell says, “It’s somebody else’s fault you are not successful.”
Jesus says, “Take up your bed and walk!”

 

PROMISED LAND LIVING
Deuteronomy 6:11
Houses you didn’t build or fill up.
Wells you didn’t have to dig.
Vineyards you didn’t have to plant.
“when you have eaten and are full”
This is both a promise and a warning.
Luke 12:48 – …to much who is given much is expected.
You are responsible for having the big picture that your entire life is supposed to glorify God.
Romans 12:1 (PTV) – In light of how merciful God has been to you, I want to urge you – even beg you, brothers – to decide to dedicate your entire life – everything you are responsible for – as a living sacrifice, totally devoted (Holy) and totally dedicated to glorifying God, which is how you rationally and intelligently serve and worship God.
Then the next verse says this:
Romans 12:2 (KNJV) – And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2 (PTV) – Don’t let the world mold, shape and define you. Instead, be transformed and miraculously changed so you can show proof what God’s heart and desire is – whether it’s good, acceptable or completed to the fullest extent.
prove: to throughly examine and confirm its authentic
Embracing whatever is going to happen or embracing the responsibility of making the will of God happen.
We have to understand our role in fulfilling God’s purpose.
I have a role in influencing the results of my life.
That’s why He commands us to not be dismayed or discouraged.

The GOOD will of God is always the beginning stage of God’s heart and desire (will).
THE GOODNESS OF GOD BRINGS MEN TO REPENTANCE AND REPENTANCE IS ALWAYS THE BEGINNING OF THE JOURNEY.
Romans 12:21 – IT IS GOOD THAT OVERCOMES EVIL

 

It’s the tip of the spear when the arrow of the Kingdom comes into some new territory.
We are commanded to overcome evil by displacing it with the goodness of God.
Acts10:38, Jesus went about doing good: Any definition of the sovereignty of God that allows for evil to exist as the will and purpose of God is a blasphemous definition.

THE ACCEPTABLE WILL OF GOD IS DIFFERENT. IT HAS TO DO WITH WHAT GOD IS COMPATIBLE WITH EVEN THOUGH IT’S REALLY NOT COMPLETE – IT’S NOT YET WHAT IT SHOULD BE.
God can only manifest in what He is compatible with.
ACCEPTABLE – “COMPATIBLE WITH GOD’S PRESENCE”
PERFECT DOESN’T MEAN FLAWLESS. IT MEANS “COMPLETED.”
THE PERFECT WILL OF GOD IS WHEN GOD GETS HIS WAY – ALL THE WAY – AND HIS HEART’S DESIRE IS WRAPPED UP AND COMPLETED.
Romans 12:21 (PTV) – In light of how merciful God has been to you, I want to urge you – even beg you, brothers – to decide to dedicate your entire life – everything you are responsible for – as a living sacrifice, totally devoted (Holy) and totally dedicated to glorifying God, which is how you rationally and intelligently serve and worship God.
Romans 12:21 (PTV) – Don’t let the world mold, shape and define you. Instead, be transformed and miraculously changed by letting God give you a new mind so you can show with proof what God’s heart and desire is – whether it’s good, acceptable or completed to the fullest extent.
marriage, finances, ministry, occupation, your want life, your dream life, your family life, your house and how you live, your goals and what you achieve.
Grow, Go and Grab it! It’s not up to anybody but you.
Nobody else is coming to make it happen for you.
You’re not a victim or a slave. You’re a bad motor scooter.
Fight for it. Take up your bed and walk.
Let God give you a fresh and much-greater vision with clear definition that all of your life can and must advance. All of your life belongs to God and you are going to prove how wonderful His heart is by moving forward in every way you possibly can.
The reasonable way I truly show how valuable God is to me or how I worship him is by presenting my entire life as a living sacrifice.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2019

Part 4: THE WILL & THE WAYS OF GOD

PASTOR TROY BREWER, OPENDOOR CHURCH, BURLESON, TEXAS

 

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO HELL THAT YOU ARE DEMORALIZED AND UNWILLING TO ACT
The kingdom of hell’s fundamental belief systems are designed to keep you a slave. This is one way to put you in bondage:
Hell says, “It’s somebody else’s responsibility to advance you.”
Just turn everything over to some benevolent pharaoh or worldly king.
Hell says, “It’s somebody else’s fault you are not successful.”
Jesus says, “Take up your bed and walk!”

PROMISED LAND LIVING
Deuteronomy 6:11
Houses you didn’t build or fill up.
Wells you didn’t dig.
Vineyards you didn’t plant.
“when you have eaten and are full”
This is both a promise and a warning.
Luke 12:48 – …to much who is given much is expected.

You are responsible for having the big picture that your entire life is supposed to glorify God.
Romans 12:1 (PTV) – In light of how merciful God has been to you, I want to urge you – even beg you, brothers – to decide to dedicate your entire life – everything you are responsible for – as a living sacrifice, totally devoted (Holy) and totally dedicated to glorifying God, which is how you rationally and intelligently serve and worship God.
Romans 12:2 – And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
And don’t let the world mold, shape and define. Instead, be transformed and miraculously changed so you can show with proof what God’s heart and desire is – whether it’s good, acceptable or completed to the fullest extent.
prove: to throughly examine and confirm authenticity
Embracing whatever is going to happen or embracing the responsibility of making the will of God happen.
We have to understand our role in fulfilling Gods purpose.
I have a role in influencing the results of my life.
That’s why He commands us to “not be dismayed or discouraged.”
There are 2 Greek words
1) It’s going to happen no matter what.
2) His wish, His heart’s desires

The will of God:
Acts 5:34  – Then one in the council stood up, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in respect by all the people, and commanded them to put the apostles outside for a little while. 35 And he said to them: “Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do regarding these men. 36 For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody. A number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was slain, and all who obeyed him were scattered and came to nothing. 37 After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census, and drew away many people after him. He also perished, and all who obeyed him were dispersed. 38 And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; 39 but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God.”
Gamaliel was a first-century Jewish rabbi and a leader in the Jewish Sanhedrin. Gamaliel is mentioned a couple of times in Scripture as a famous and well-respected teacher. Indirectly, Gamaliel had a profound effect on the early church.
Gamaliel was a Pharisee!
This is what a Pharisee says: “If it’s a God’s will, it will happen. If it not God’s will, it won’t.”

You might need a pharisee-ectomy.
Terrible things happen and the conclusions we come to are not the truth.
Example 1: Somebody got cancer and during that time, the family rallied around each other. We can truly see the goodness of God in the situation so we begin to accept the idea that God brought cancer into that persons life.
Example 2: Somebody commits a terrible crime that really hurts somebody. In prison, that person gets saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. If your not careful, you will begin to think it was God’s will that the person perpetrated the crime and the people were hurt.
God brings His goodness and His purpose into things that are not His goodness and His purpose.
The will of God is also called the “Kingdom of God”
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Kingdom is where the King has dominion
Any definition of the sovereignty of God that allows for evil to exist as the will and purpose of God, is a blasphemous definition.
Any definition of the sovereignty of God that doesn’t allow for my responsibility to partner with Him is lazy theology.
“Mystery and Revelation”

 

There are levels of God’s will just like there are levels of your will – things you prefer or value over other things. “Good, acceptable and perfect will of God.”

The GOOD will of God
Is always the beginning stages of God’s heart and desire (will).
IT IS THE GOODNESS OF GOD THAT BRINGS MEN TO REPENTANCE. REPENTANCE IS ALWAYS THE BEGINNING OF THE JOURNEY.
IT IS GOOD THAT OVERCOMES EVIL (Romans 12:21)
It’s the tip of the spear when the arrow of the Kingdom comes into some new territory
We are commanded to overcome evil by displacing it with the goodness of God.
Acts 10:38 – Jesus went about doing good

 

THE ACCEPTABLE WILL OF GOD IS DIFFERENT.
IT HAS TO DO WITH WHAT GOD IS COMPATIBLE WITH EVEN THOUGH IT’S REALLY NOT ALL THE WAY WHAT IT SHOULD BE.
God can only manifest in what He is compatible with.
ACCEPTABLE: COMPATIBLE WITH GOD’S PRESENCE
PERFECT DOESN’T MEAN FLAWLESS. IT MEANS COMPLETED.
THE PERFECT WILL OF GOD IS WHEN GOD GETS HIS WAY – ALL THE WAY – AND HIS HEART’S DESIRE IS WRAPPED UP AND COMPLETED.

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Sunday August 8th, 2019

Part 5: The Power To Gain Wealth

Today is August the 18th – 8-18 and this is yours to claim this very day.

Deuteronomy 8:18 – “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”

  • WEALTH IS NOT A SIN!
    • If being wealthy was a sin, God would not give you the power to gain it.

Wealth and Riches | Wealthy People and Rich People

  • Riches are the things; the way you get money. Wealth is what you have and how you use it to influence.
  • Rich people are lured and attracted to riches while wealthy people are attracted to making a difference and powerful impact.
  • Rich people are motivated by what they can gain while wealthy people are motivated by what they can accomplish.
  • Wealthy people are motivated by their dreams, purposes or their passions.
  • This is so Kingdom! This is also why you need to have a Holy hatred for poverty. Where there is poverty, there are no dreams, no purpose and no passion.

It is God who gives you the power to gain wealth.

  • Now you have to gain it, but it is God who gives you the power, ability, anointing, and the opportunity to gain it.
  • If you do not Grow, Go and Grab it, you will live life in poverty and never have your dreams fulfilled, your purpose accomplished or your passion vindicated.
  • There and two common lies about wealth the snake will whisper into easily deceived people.
    • Hell says, “It’s somebody else’s responsibility to advance you.”
    • Hell says, “It’s somebody else’s fault you are not successful.”
      • Don’t believe that. Receive the command from King Jesus to take up your bed and walk.

With faith, He gives you the power to gain wealth.

  • Power = vigor + the capacity (means) to do something
    • Power is supernatural strength. Supernatural strength is part of your faith package. Grace is God-given ability to overcome something.
    • The word “power” is in the Bible 263 times.
      • David said in Psalm 62:11: God has spoken once, Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God.
      • Isaiah said in chapter 40:29: He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.
      • Daniel said hundreds of years before Christ in his prophecy of King Jesus: Daniel 2:37 – You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory…
      • Jesus Himself prophesied to the disciples and said Acts 1:8 – “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
      • Acts 4:33 – And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.
    • “Yes” to overcome disease. “Yes” to overcome the grave. “Yes” to cast out demons but know this – it is God who gives you the power to gain wealth!
  • The Hebrew word in Deuteronomy 8:18: Wealth = a force, whether of means or other resources
  • A force means an unstoppable momentum and, in this case, it means finances, records and assets.
    • Deuteronomy 8:18 – “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”
    • Deuteronomy 8:18 (PTV) – And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability, capacity and supernatural power to Grow Go and Grab an unstoppable momentum of finances, assets and influence.
      • THIS IS PART OF HIS COVENANT

I DECLARE IN JESUS’ MIGHTY NAME…

I am a supernatural giver and find joy in generosity.

I can be trusted with worldly wealth and true riches.

I am content with the things I have.

You, God, supply all my needs according to Your riches in glory!

I sow bountifully and will reap bountifully 30, 60 and 100 fold!

My heart is with You, Lord, and so is my treasure.

I am a lender, not a borrower.

You are blessing the works of my hands.

You have brought me streams in the desert and highways in the wilderness.

YOU HAVE GIVEN ME THE POWER TO GAIN WEALTH.

Accelerated timelines and trajectory are mine!

You are advancing me to new heights and obstacles are being removed.

I will not live in poverty!

I am in alignment for my assignment.

I am going after my destiny.

This is your covenant and mine on 8-18 according to Deuteronomy 8:18.

Now release angels for the performance of your word.

I believe it. I believe it! I am ready! I am grateful!

In the mighty name of King Jesus, AMEN!

MORE 8:18 SCRIPTURES TO CLAIM ALL YEAR ROUND!

Proverbs 8:18 – Riches and Honor are from Him

Riches and honor are with me, Enduring riches and righteousness.

Deuteronomy 8:18 – God Gives You the Power to Gain Wealth

And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Joshua 8:18 – Time of financial justice. The return of what was lost or thrown away.

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Stretch out the spear that is in your hand toward Ai, for I will give it into your hand.” And Joshua stretched out the spear that was in his hand toward the city. (The enemy didn’t steal Joshua’s victory at Ai. He defeated himself by not seeking the Lord’s counsel. The in-a-me.)

Ezra 8:18 – Seeking wise counsel leads to upgrade and financial freedom

Then, by the good hand of our God upon us, they brought us a man of understanding, of the sons of Mahli the son of Levi, the son of Israel, namely Sherebiah, with his sons and brothers, eighteen men…

(These eighteen men were all men of understanding. Surround yourself with people going after upgrade and financial freedom.)

2 Chronicles 8:18 – Unbelievers Will Give to Kingdom Projects

And Hiram sent him ships by the hand of his servants, and servants who knew the sea. They went with the servants of Solomon to Ophir, and acquired four hundred and fifty talents of gold from there, and brought it to King Solomon.

Isaiah 8:18 – Unbelievers will see what we have and be drawn into the light.

Here am I and the children whom the Lord has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel, From the Lord of hosts, Who dwells in Mount Zion.

Luke 8:18 – Past Generosity and Stewardship Determines Future Abundance

“Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.”

Psalms 81:8 – Allow Him to advise and urge us on our finances. Humble ourselves to Him so He can lift us up out of debt and circumstances.

“Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you! O Israel, if you will listen to Me!”

Romans 8:18 – Glory will be revealed in this season

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Daniel 8:18 – This is a time of being touched by God in our finances

Now, as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he touched me, and stood me upright.

Zechariah 8:18 – God has spoken to us concerning finances

Then the word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying…

Acts 8:18 – Kingdom upgrade cannot be bought.

And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money…

818th verse in the Bible – Genesis 29:22 – a time to feast

And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.

Words with a gematria of 818. Do these speak to you?

Gather

Cast (time & season to gather the good and cast away what doesn’t work)

Seek

Will

Find (knock and the door will be opened)

Pure

Satisfy

Know

Bid

Renew

Part 6 – WATCH AND REMEMBER

Pastor Troy Brewer

August. 21, 201

OpenDoor Church, Burleson, Texas

Deuteronomy 8:18 “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”
Deuteronomy 8:18 (PTV)And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability, capacity and supernatural power to Grow Go and Grab an unstoppable momentum of finances, assets and influence. 
This is covenant REMEMBERING AND BEING WATCHFUL 
HOW WE ARE REMEMBERED,  MANY TIMES, DEPENDS UPON HOW WE WERE WILLING TO REMEMBER THINGS WITHIN OUR LIFETIME. 
One of the ways we finish well is we MARK VICTORY AND WE GIVE GOD GLORY FOR IT 
WE WE HOOK UP WITH THE SPIRIT HE HELPS US REMEMBER RIGHT THINGS 
John 14:24But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
Remembering the right things will motivate you to win battles. 
Remembering the wrong things discourages you to the point of defeat.

King David is famous for saying Psalms 20:7Some trust in chariots and some in horses but we will remember the name of the lord our God. 
Horse and chariots are what you need for deliverance in the midst of terrible battle. David is saying “All I need for certain deliverance is to remember the name of the Lord.” 
How I know God personally.   
God is such an awesome God that He can choose what He remembers and He can choose what He will never remember again.
He is world famous for His sea of forgetfulness because He chooses to remember His love for us and His covenant with us more than He remembers how we have wronged Him. 
I will not forget.  God is like that. He will not forget you. He will not leave you. He will not forsake you. 
Genesis 9:16,…And the bow shall be in the cloud that I may remember the everlasting covenant…            (a bow of strength) 
Even the thief on the Cross turned to Jesus and said, “Remember me Lord when you enter into your kingdom.” 

Since God refuses to remember what we have done against him and he refuses to forget how much he loves us, we should be people who refuse to forget.  
In the King James, there are 148 verses with the word “remember.” 

DON’T FORGET DON’T FORGET DON’T FORGET Lets look at a few of those on the memorial day 

THE KINGDOM PRINCIPLE OF REMEMBERING 
Remember certain things causes certain things to happen 
1. THE KINGDOM PRINCIPLE OF REMEMBERINGGalatians 4:28 – The promises God has given you  This list will keep you in times of trouble. 
In Galatians 4:28 you and I are called Children of promise 
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.Psalms 27:13
Start off by doing a google or a bing search on scriptures on Gods promises 
Then after that you need to begin to seek the lord and ask God to help you know His specific promises for you personally 
Jeremiah 29:11For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO LIVE WITH HOPE YOU ARE GOING TO LIVE WITH THE CONSTANT MEMORY OF THE PROMISES GOD HAS GIVEN YOU 
2. THE KINGDOM PRINCIPLE OF REMEMBERING The miracles God has done in your life  This list will keep you trusting God
God Almighty warned the people of Israel do not forget the miracles I did for you. Don’t forget how I brought you out of Egypt. Don’t forget. 
You have good reason to trust me. 
I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. Ps 77:11
…for thy testimonies are my meditation.                                                                                                                           Psalms 119:99
IF YOU ARE GOING TO LIVE YOUR LIFE TRUSTING GOD, YOU ARE GOING TO REMEMBER HOW GOD HAS DELIVERED YOU OVER AND OVER AGAIN 
1. THE KINGDOM PRINCIPLE OF REMEMBERING  The privileges and things you love about your life This list will keep you thankful 
John 1:16, NLT From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.
IF YOU DON’T HAVE A LONG LIST ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE THANKFUL FOR, YOU HAVE A LONG LIST OF WHAT YOU GRIPE ABOUT. 
Remembering how blessed you are will cause you to be thankful. 
1. THE KINGDOM PRINCIPLE OF REMEMBERING The prayers God has answered in your life This list will keep you praying.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. – Psalm 145:18
1. THE KINGDOM PRINCIPLE OF REMEMBERING Remember the people God has placed in your life      This list will keep you relational.
Rick Warren writes in The Purpose Driven Life, “I have been at the bedside of many people in their final moments, when they stand on the edge of eternity, and I have never heard anyone say, ‘Bring me my diplomas! I want to look at them one more time. Show me my awards, my medals, that gold watch I was given.’ When life on earth is ending, people don’t surround themselves with objects. What we want around us is people – people we love and have relationships with. In our final moments we all realize that relationships are what life is all about.”
Philippians 1:3-4, NIV I thank God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy.

6.  THE KINGDOM PRINCIPLE OF REMEMBERING   Galatians 2:10 – Remember the poor  This list will keep you humble and keep you effective in the Kingdom 

7.    THE KINGDOM PRINCIPLE OF REMEMBERING 2 Timothy 2:8  – Remember that Jesus Christ is raised from the dead 

REMEMBER that life has slapped death in the face. Remember that JESUS called “The Shot” and prophesied that on the 3rd day he would raise again.  Remember, for those of us who are in Christ, death has no sting and the grave has no victory. Remember, Jesus didn’t just raise from the dead. He was the firstThis is what I remember when I am facing my own mortality. This is what I think of when I begin to feel overwhelmed. I will remember that Jesus Christ is raised from the dead. 
And when I remember that Jesus is raised from the dead is remember that nothing is impossible 
REMEMBERING AND BEING WATCHFUL QUALIFY US FOR ESCAPING TERRIBLE THINGS AND ENTERING INTO WONDERFUL THINGS. 

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019

Part 7: BORN FOR GREATNESS

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson Texas

Luke 15 – The Parable of the Lost Coin

  • The woman described is a poor peasant, and the ten silver coins, are ten days’ wages. They likely represent the family savings. The coins may also have been the woman’s dowry, worn as an ornament. Both theories may be true. Either one explains the urgency her search, and the extent of her joy when the missing coin is found.
  • The woman’s diligent activity in searching may symbolize either Jesus’ own activity or that of God the Father. The rejoicing of the angels is understood to be rejoicing along with God.

GO, GROW & GRAB DESTINY & PREDESTINATION

  • Matthew 22:1-8 (NKJV) – The Parable of the Wedding Feast: And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, 3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. 4 Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”’ 5 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. 6 And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. 7 But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.’
  • Jesus is talking about the amazing invitation, the honor of the host, and the great insult of refusal.
    • The world’s version of destiny and the King’s version of destiny are too completely different things.
      • Webster defines destiny as: the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future.
        • “She was unable to control her own destiny.”
    • the hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future; fate.
        • “He believes in destiny.”

God’s idea of destiny is pursuing what He has prepared for you.

  • He takes it very personal when He calls or invites you into an amazing fellowship with Him. When He invites you into His house, He takes your response extremely personal.
  • Remember, Matthew 22:4-8 says:
    • Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; (to know me personally, experience my house and be part of my family) my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, (a feast of revenue and wealth) and all things are ready. (The very best you never had access to is available.) Come to the wedding.”’ 5 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, (a place obviously inferior to what was being offered) another to his business. (a completely different agenda, worldview and mindset) 6 And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. (turned hostile against the messengers and hated the message) 7 But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.’
      • He calls them “murderers.” You murder your destiny and abort what God wants to birth through you when you refuse the life He has given you.
      • He said, “I had it for them, but they wouldn’t grow, go and grab so they are not worthy. They had no value or worth for the wedding and the proof was they never arrived. They never showed up!

ARE YOU DRESSED FOR THE OCCASION?

  • Matthew 22:9-12 – ‘Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ 10 So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. 12 So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.
  • He showed up but he showed up on his own terms.
    • Like Cain, he didn’t conform his life to the things God had invited him to and God called him out on it.
  • Matthew 22:13-14 – Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Many are called, but few have chosen

  • Many are invited, but few choose to accept the invitation.
  • Many are invited, but He only finds a few who end up in the chosen seat or the incredible place of honor.
  • Your predestination comes in a package that looks like what I might call “Unlimited Opportunity” but it doesn’t automatically happen. It only happens if you accept the call or the invitation.
  • You need to have the audacity, faith, courage, determination and the love for Jesus to Grow, Go and Grab it!

“Whosoever will” and predestination

  • Romans 8:29 “those God foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son.”
  • Ephesians 1:5 – God “predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ.”
  • Ephesians 1:11 – “in him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.”
  • 2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV) – For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
  • He says YES and then we have to say “Amen,” “Let it be,”  “So be it,”  “LET IT BE DONE,” or “LET’S MAKE THIS HAPPEN!”

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Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.
Gordon B. Hinckley

ITS NOT A JOB I HAVE ITS A LIFE I LIVE

 

John 5:16
But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I, too, am working.”

 

LUKE 10:2
Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

 

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

 

Proverbs 14:23
In all toil ( HARD WORK) there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.

 

 

1 Corinthians 10:31
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

 

When man cannot accomplish something it doesn’t mean that God is incapable of accomplishing something.

GOD KNOWS NO IMPOSSIBILITIES.

 

Whenever man’s inability becomes merged with God’s divine ability, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!
Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

 

 

KINGDOM PARADOX ON THIS LABOR DAY
YOU HAVE TO WORK HARD TO ENTER REST
HEBREWS 4:11

 

 

 

Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV)
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am [a]gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

 

The role we have is not fight for peace in Jesus because Jesus gives us that. The role is to not be pulled out of it.

You have to Humble yourself
AN UNYIELDING HEART KEEPS YOU FROM REST
You have to know Gods presence in your life

 

IN HEBREWS FOUR WE LEARN THAT REST IS NOT INACTIVITY

Hebrews 4

Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear ( examine and take serious ) lest any of you seem to have come short of it.

2 For indeed ( IT’S REAL ) the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.

3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:
“So I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest,’”
although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

 

4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; 5 and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”

 

WHEN GOD RESTED
He entered into the wonderful thing He has worked so hard to create

REST IS WHERE THE SUPER MEETS THE NATURAL
AND WHERE YOU HAVE KINGDOM DOMINION
AND NATURAL MASTERY
ITS WHERE YOU ENJOY IT AND LIVE IT

 

6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said:
“Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts.”

 

8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day.

9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

11 Let us therefore be diligent ( labor ) to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience

 

HEBREWS 4:11 (PTV)
LETS WORK HARD TO ENTER INTO THAT REST

Matthew 6 (NKJV)
“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
16 “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Heart for the House

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Part 1: Come and See

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

Last week, we celebrated our 24th anniversary and we made a big deal out of some amazing things God has done with us.

That’s the principle of rejoicing
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
Philipians 4:4

Our God is AMAZING!!!
Our God is WONDERFUL!!!
Our God is RIGHTEOUS!!!
Our God is POWERFUL!!!

Psalm 145:6-8
Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, And I will tell of Your greatness. They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness. The LORD is gracious and merciful.

Last week, we announced that we had rescued 1,765 girls out of sex trafficking. Then this week, we got all the totals for September from our teams throughout the world and we’ve bumped it up to

1,824 liberated and redeemed out of sex trafficking

80 mission trips in 5 years to 23 different nations
Almost 8,000 salvations
We’ve given away almost 25 million pounds of food to nearly 500,000 people

I live in a small Texas town with 2,444 people in it and I don’t even know what half of a million people look like. I do know what the church that does such things looks like:

A beautifully flawed group of men and women of all ages, all races and economic backgrounds coming from all different denominations and expressions of worship.

80 mission trips in 5 years to 23 different nations
almost 8000 salvations
we’ve given away almost 25 million pounds of food to almost 500,000 people

I live in a small Texas town with 2444 people in it and I don’t even know what a half million people look like but I know what the church looks like that does such a thing.

If the church doesn’t work, none of the rest of it works.

Over the next weeks, I’m going to be preaching a sermon series on how this – the Church – is supposed to work, what we can do to be a powerful force on the planet, and what in the wide wide world of sports the church can be to the Kingdom.

As far as biblical models for the proper way to do church, there is very little in scripture.

A far as the biblical model on how to be the church, there is plenty in the Word.

PROVOKE AND INSPIRE EACH OTHER. DO AMAZING THINGS AND BE AMAZING PEOPLE.
Hebrews 10:24-25
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works…

RESPECT AND REGARD THE PRESENCE OF JESUS AMONG US
Matthew 18:20
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

BE ALL ABOUT WORSHIP AND THE WORD OF GOD
Colossians 3:16
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

PRIORITIZE GOD IN GATHERING WITH YOUR TRIBE
Hebrews 10:25
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some; but exhorting and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

GUARD AGAINST DISRUPTION AND CONFUSION
1 Corinthians 14:26 & 33
How is it then, brethren, when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation? Let all things be done unto edifying.

DON’T DISHONOR POOR PEOPLE AND SHOW FAVORITISM TO RICH PEOPLE
James 2

As far as the model of when to gather, how long a service should be, how to teach the Bible, when to do music and worship, and so on, there is not a biblical model for the functional operations of the church.

The word “church” is in the Bible 77 times.
With plural and possessive forms, 111 times

Yet the Bible doesn’t tell us how to do church. Same as it doesn’t tell us what Jesus looked like. The description is not physical, it’s a spiritual and heart thing. We know what His nature and character looked like – goodness.

They did church different. The model changed from church to church, from location to location, from decade to decade.

In Acts 2, Peter preaches for less than 5 minutes under the power and the anointing of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost and 5,000 people got saved.

In Acts 20, Paul teaches so long a guy falls to sleep, falls out the window and dies…

“Come and see” or “Go and tell”

If, like the disciples, who came to the tomb on that first Easter morning, we also “come and see” that Christ has truly risen from the dead, it will change our outlook on everything in life. If the resurrection changes your outlook, you will be compelled to “go and tell” others.
A lot of us do the either/or and we need to keep that from happening here.
It’s kinda like your belly button. Are you an “innie” or an “outie?”

WHEN IT COMES TO “COME AND SEE,” we have to create a model where people can actually come and see. We have changed that model through the years and we will continue to change it as the Lord gives us fresh revelation and insight as to the new wine He pouring out.

Mark 22:2 nobody pours new wine into old wineskins

The wine skin is the structure – the way you do things – the emphasis of vision and calling, the method of teaching the word, the governing structures and the way you bring and demonstrate the heart of Jesus.

If you care about reaching people, if you care about salvation, if transformed lives and people getting saved mean anything to you, you will change the wineskin for the current vineyard.

There’s authentic wine and fake wine. There’s no doubt of that, but a vineyard that yields fruit from year to year is a different vintage. It’s a different batch with a different flavor from season to season.

If it is not, it is fake.

The fishing tactics change from season to season.

COME AND SEE
We Proclaim Him: Weekend Services
Ephesians 3:10
“His intent was that through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known…”

Weekend Services:

There are four things you can expect to happen every time you attend a weekend service. I call these the “Four at OpenDoor.”

Celebration
Psalm 122:1
“I was glad when they said to me, let us go to the house of the Lord.”

John 4:23-24
“… the Father seeks worshippers… and His worshippers must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”

Environment, atmosphere and culture.
The prince of the power of the air.

Inspiration
“But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in… he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all, and the secrets of his heart will be laid bare. So he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, ‘God is really among you!’”
1 Corinthians 14:24-25

SIGNS MIRACLES AND WONDERS (THE PRAYER TEN WITH THE ELDERS )
prophetic
manifest presence

Preparation
Ephesians 4:11-12
“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”

Salvation
Romans 10:13-14
“Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But who can ask them to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells Him?”

Next Sunday, I’m going to be talking about the heart of the Father in the house and the “Go and tell” part of the Heart for this house.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Part 2: Our Intent for Every Service

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

“Come and see” or “Go and tell”

If, like the disciples who came to the tomb on that first Easter morning, we also “come and see” that Christ has truly risen from the dead, it will change our outlook on everything in life. If the resurrection changes your outlook, you will be compelled to “go and tell” others.

A lot of us do the either/or and we need to keep that from happening here. It’s kinda like your belly button. Are you an “inny” or an “outy?”

If the house doesn’t work, nothing we do outside the church works. If it doesn’t happen here, it doesn’t happen in all the other places we stomp around in.

WHEN IT COMES TO “COME AND SEE,” we have to create a model where people can actually come and see. We have changed that model though the years. We will continue to change it as the Lord gives us fresh revelation and insight as to the new wine He pouring out into OpenDoor Church.

COME AND SEE
We proclaim Him: weekend services
Ephesians 3:10 – “His intent was that through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known…”

There are four things you can expect to happen every time you attend a weekend service. I call these the “Four at OpenDoor.”

Celebration
Psalm 122:1 – “I was glad when they said to me, let us go to the house of the Lord.”

John 4:23-24 – “…the Father seeks worshippers…and His worshippers must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”

Environment, atmosphere and culture.
The prince of the power of the air.

Inspiration
1 Corinthians 14:24-25 – “But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in… he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all, and the secrets of his heart will be laid bare. So he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, ‘God is really among you!’”

SIGNS, MIRACLES AND WONDERS (THE PRAYER TENT WITH THE ELDERS & THE FOOD BANK)
prophetic
manifest presence

Preparation
Ephesians 4:11-12 – “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”

Salvation
Romans 10:13-14 – “Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But who can ask them to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells Him?”

SAVED, RESTORED AND REDEEMED
Saved: The lost who have never known God.
Restored: Prodigals who have left that need to come back.
Redeemed: People who have been defined by the hurts of the world.

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Sunday, October 16, 2019

Part 3: Our Intent for Every Service Part 2

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

 

 

Ephesians 1:17 (NKJV)
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him

The Dramatic death of Joshua
Joshua 24:22-29

Joshua 24:31(NKJV)
Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had known all the works of the Lord which He had done for Israel.

“Come and see” or “Go and tell”

If, like the disciples who came to the tomb on that first Easter morning, we also “come and see” that Christ has truly risen from the dead, it will change our outlook on everything in life. If the resurrection changes your outlook, you will be compelled to “go and tell” others.

A lot of us do the either/or and we need to keep that from happening here. It’s kinda like your belly button. Are you an “inny” or an “outy?”

If the house doesn’t work, nothing we do outside the church works. If it doesn’t happen here, it doesn’t happen in all the other places we stomp around in.

WHEN IT COMES TO “COME AND SEE,” we have to create a model where people can actually come and see. We have changed that model though the years. We will continue to change it as the Lord gives us fresh revelation and insight as to the new wine He pouring out into OpenDoor Church.

COME AND SEE
We proclaim Him: weekend services
Ephesians 3:10 – “His intent was that through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known…”

There are four things you can expect to happen every time you attend a weekend service. I call these the “Four at OpenDoor.”

Celebration
Psalm 122:1 – “I was glad when they said to me, let us go to the house of the Lord.”

John 4:23-24 – “…the Father seeks worshippers…and His worshippers must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”

Environment, atmosphere and culture.
The prince of the power of the air.

Inspiration
1 Corinthians 14:24-25 – “But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in… he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all, and the secrets of his heart will be laid bare. So he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, ‘God is really among you!’”

SIGNS, MIRACLES AND WONDERS (THE PRAYER TENT WITH THE ELDERS & THE FOOD BANK)
prophetic
manifest presence

Preparation
Ephesians 4:11-12 – “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”

Salvation
Romans 10:13-14 – “Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But who can ask them to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells Him?”

SAVED, RESTORED AND REDEEMED
Saved: The lost who have never known God.
Restored: Prodigals who have left that need to come back.
Redeemed: People who have been defined by the hurts of the world.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Part 4: The Father’s Heart is Outrageous

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

 

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:5–6, 8–9).

“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature.”

John 12:44-45 – Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. 45 And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.

For Jesus “is the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). “In him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily”

1 John 3:1  – Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!

We’re not called slaves or servants.

We’re not even limited to being called friends because friends don’t receive the inheritance.

Sons and daughters receive the inheritance.

Any time the kids of the King get together, we should honor the King. The heart of the Father is everything.

THE FATHER’S HEART IS DIFFERENT FROM THE WORLD’S HEART.

WE SHOULD BE FASCINATED WITH THE WONDER OF THE FATHER’S HEART.

  • We practice the presence of God and prepare the way of the Lord by being sold out to the Fathers heart!

  • God’s love is not logical. God’s love is not reasonable. It’s outrageous and doesn’t make sense.

CHILDLIKE FAITH COMES FROM CHILDLIKE WONDER.

Matthew 18:3 – “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Mystery and Faith / Revelation and Wisdom

Ephesians 1:17 – …that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.

  • It’s outrageous how God loves us.

  • Getting involved in the messes of life.

  • Helping people when it’s questionable if we should help them or not. 

  • If we have the ability to help, we need to help:

    • Hebrews 13:16 – But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

  • Let your yes be yes and your no be no. 

“Brandt Jean’s Act of Grace Toward His Brother’s Killer Sparks a Debate Over Forgiving” (video)

  • He blew everybody’s mind with the love of God.
  • He answered the evil that had come to him with a different perspective of the goodness of God.
  • He elevated the name of Jesus in the midst of horrible personal suffering.
  • He showed the entire world there is a different way to live and there is something else here that matters: the Father’s heart – and people hate him for it!!!!
  • Jesus on the Cross blew everybody’s mind when he said, “Father forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.”

“He needs a company of people that He can use as a visual aid to the earth. He is looking for a prototype. I believe that God is building prototype churches all over the world right now. That His people, who will no longer be business as usual, who are after something more.” – Graham Cooke 

We can know the Heart of the Father. We can have the heart of the Father.

The heart of the Father is for people: The whole world (John 3:16)

  • The lost…people like us.
  • Not willing that any should perish (not just some people)
  • No one is beyond the heart of God.

He is the Father who runs to his children

  • God searched for Adam in the Garden (Gen 3:9)
  • He runs to his lost sons and daughters (Luke 15:20)
  • God is still seeking and saving the lost. (Luke 19:10)
  • He is still running to you!

He is a responsible Father: Creator – Savior

  • He is saving the world he created!
  • We are his children (we are responsible)
  • We need the Heart of the Father

REPEAT: Father, I belong to You.

Jesus has the heart of the Father – John 1:14

“If you have seen me, you have seen the Father” – John 14:7

  • He emptied himself (Philippians 2:7)
  • He wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44)
  • He had compassion on the multitude (Mt 9:36)
  • He came from the bosom of the Father (John 1:18)
  • He left the glory of heaven for us!

John 14:6 – One way to the Father

…the Heart of the Father…He gets personally involved in our mess!

Now we can have the heart of the Father in Christ

  • We are complete in Him (Col 2:8-10)

We are seated with Christ….

  • Because we belong to Him
  • Because we know we are loved by Him
  • Because we know Him… we can share His heart
  • I know whom I have believed in – 2 Tim 1:12

REPEAT: I AM COMPLETE IN HIM!

Our Problem: “Sin goes way beyond disobedience. The deepest problem of sin is that it makes us incapable of knowing the Father…we cannot know the Father’s heart. It makes us so blind that it is impossible for us to see the Father’s face.” – C. Baxter Kruger

We can stop living for love, and live in His love

  • Stop looking for love in all the wrong places.
  • Hug your children!
  • Love your dad.

Conclusion: We can know the heart of the Father, that we belong to Him, and love others because we are not living for love. We are living in His love, in the heart of the Father.

  • Do we hear the sound of heaven…weeping for people?
  • Why should I share the Gospel? I know who I have believed.
  • Who are we running to? Who are we weeping for?

We say “I give you my heart…” Maybe we should say, ”Give me your heart.”

Let my heart beat with the heartbeat of God.

Let my heart be broken by what breaks His heart.

God is chasing you. Will you come to Him?

You need a heart transplant – He wants to give you His heart!

Let Him wrap His loving arms around you…and give you His heart.

Prayer: Father, You love us! Give us your heart of love.

THE VERY LAST WORD OF THE OLD TESTAMENT IS THE WORD CURSE, AND GOD DECLARES THAT WHEN THE HEARTS OF THE CHILDREN ARE AWAY FROM THE HEART OF THEIR FATHER, EVERYTHING IS CURSED.

But that’s not going to be the end of your book.

THE VERY LAST VERSE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT IS A BLESSING THAT SAYS, “MAY THE GRACE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST BE YOU ALL, AMEN.”

And there is a grace for us to yield our hearts toward. Not only do we choose to give our hearts to God, we choose to received His heart into our lives. This  changes every part of our life from cursed to blessed.

That’s my dad. That’s my Father and when I see Jesus, I have seen the Father.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Part 5: The voice of women in the house

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

Proverbs 14:1-2 (NKJV)

The wise woman builds her house,

But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.

2 He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord,

But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him.

If God offers you righteousness, the way you walk in it is to love what He loves and hate what He hates.

Proverbs 14:3

In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride,

But the lips of the wise will preserve them.

A rod is about destruction and causing pain.

Proverbs 14:4

Where no oxen are, the Stall is clean;

But much increase comes by the strength of an ox.

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A MESS-LESS UPGRADE.

Proverbs 14:5

A faithful witness does not lie,

But a false witness will utter lies.

A FALSE WITNESS IS ABOUT having an agenda to destroy somebody and these always run static, like interference and distortion of truth. It manifests in all parts of their life.

Proverbs 14:6

A scoffer seeks wisdom and does not find it,

But knowledge is easy to him who understands.

A scoffer or a mocker is somebody who has a different agenda than the Kingdom.

Proverbs 14:7

Go from the presence of a foolish man,

When you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.

Don’t listen to knuckleheads. Get out from under the influence of people who don’t walk in the Spirit.

Proverbs 14:8

The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way,

But the folly of fools is deceit.

“The way” is how you live your life. It’s your journey in Christ. It’s all about knowing your assignment, mandate and calling.

prudent: acting with or showing care and thought for the future.

Proverbs 14:9

Fools mock at sin,

But among the upright there is favor.

Do you see this trend in Psalms 14?

  • Wisdom and foolishness
  • Favor and judgment
  • The faithful and the false
  • The way of life and the way of death

Proverbs 4:1

The wise woman builds her house,

But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.

THIS IS A GENDER SPECIFIC SCRIPTURE.

There is no innate inequality and injustice built into the Kingdom. The Bible is clear on gender equality. It is also clear on gender specific.

There is a feminine voice in the masculine landscape of scripture.

When you have a value for the Kingdom of heaven invading this earth, you have a value for roles and assignment. There are specific roles to be played out by men and specific roles to be played out by women.

A wise man builds his house on the rock.

When a man builds a house, he thinks about the structures.

  • Physical structures
  • Spiritual structures
  • The pecking order of the relational structures

That’s why Jesus said a wise man builds his house upon a rock.

A metal barn is a big giant garage to work in and store a boat and man toys.

Barndaminiums

When a woman builds a house, she thinks about relationships and atmosphere. 

A woman builds with her hands.

PERSONAL TOUCH

Your uniqueness

unique [juːˈniːk] adj

1. being the only one of a particular type; single; sole

2. without equal or like; unparalleled

3.  very remarkable or unusual

4. (Mathematics) Maths

a.  leading to only one result the sum of two integers is unique

b.  having precisely one value the unique positive square root of 4 is 2

[via French from Latin ūnicus unparalleled, from ūnus one]

  • Precisely valuable
  • Unparalleled
  • There is only one you – UNIQUE
  • One thing you can do better than anyone else, is be yourself.

NOW THAT DIDN’T JUST HAPPEN. IT HAPPENED BY GODS DESIGN BECAUSE GOD LOVES THE UNIQUE PART OF YOU. God has a huge value for unusual and unique things. He doesn’t think like a poor person. God thinks like somebody who is rich and He treasures things that are priceless because they are unique.

The part of you that isn’t like anybody else is extremely valuable and useful and purposeful to God.

The women in Solomon’s house tore it down.

There is a feminine voice in the masculine landscape of scripture. Female images of God in the Bible.

Genesis 1:27 – Women and Men created in God’s image

“MAN (Humankind) was created as God’s reflection: in the divine image God created them; female and male, God made them.”

Hosea 11:3-4 – God is described as a mother

God: “Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I who took them up in my arms; but they did not know that I healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them.”

Hosea 13:8 – God described as a mama bear

“Like a bear robbed of her cubs, I will attack them and tear them asunder…”

Deuteronomy 32:11-12 – God described as a mother eagle

“Like the eagle that stirs up its nest, and hovers over its young, God spreads wings to catch you, and carries you on pinions.”

Deuteronomy 32:18 – God who gives birth

“You were unmindful of the Rock that bore you; you forgot the God who gave you birth.”

Isaiah 66:13 – God as a comforting mother

God: “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”

Isaiah 49:15 – God compared to a nursing mother

God: “Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”

Isaiah 42:14 – God as a woman in labor

God: “For a long time I have held my peace, I have kept myself still and restrained myself; now I will cry out like a woman in labor, I will gasp and pant.”

Psalm 131:2 – God as a Mother

“But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.”

Psalm 123:2-3 – God compared to a woman

“As the eyes of a servant looks to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to you, YHWH, until you show us your mercy!”

Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34 – God as a Mother Hen

Jesus: “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!”

Luke 15:8-10 – God as woman looking for her lost coin

Jesus: “Or what woman having ten silver coins, is she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

GOD UNDERSTANDS WOMEN BECAUSE THE FEMININE PART OF YOU DOESN’T COME FROM YOU. THE FEMININE PART OF YOU COMES FROM GOD.

Ladies do not lose your feminine voice.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Part 6: The House of Prayer

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

Prayer is powerful because it’s relational. Prayer is powerful because it’s relational. Everything in the Kingdom is relation before it’s functional. 
RELATIONAL CHRISTIANITY IS THE FOUNDATION OF THE CHURCH JESUS IS BUILDING.
As people of destiny, we are called to influence everything that happens through our interactions with God. 
We are the House of God – the family of God. We are the community where God proves to the world we are not living powerless lives. We stand in strategic authority as a house of prayer. 
“Of what infinite importance is the place the intercessor holds in the Kingdom of God!” – E.M. Bounds
Jesus was quoting Jeremiah 7:11 when he said in Matthew 21:3 
“It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”
Everybody gets robbed when the House is not a house of prayer.
Isaiah 56:7 (NKJV)“Even them I will bring to My holy mountain,And make them joyful in My house of prayer.Their burnt offerings and their sacrificesWill be accepted on My altar;For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
We no longer offer a sacrifice of blood. Today we offer the sacrifice of praise.
In the New Testament, sacrifice looks like PRAYER, PRAISE, AND THANKSGIVING.
Prayer, praise, and thanksgiving are almost inseparable, and they are most often offered together. Thankfulness is a peace offering (Leviticus 7:11-13). It produces peace (I Timothy 2:1-2).
Psalm 141:2Let my prayer be set forth before you as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. 
⦁ IF YOU ARE NOT IN OVER YOUR HEAD, you will never be desperate.⦁ IF YOU ARE NOT DESPERATE, you will never be broken. ⦁ IF YOU ARE NOT BROKEN, you will never be willing to sacrifice and give all.⦁ IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO SACRIFICE, there will be nothing for the Fire of God to fall upon on. ⦁ FIRE FALLS UPON SACRIFICE.
Matthew 6:5-8“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”
A public church, community, family and house of prayer is full of people who pray. 
Matthew 6:7-13And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore, pray:10 Our Father who is in heaven,Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come.11 Your will be doneOn earth as it is in heaven.12 Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our debts,As we forgive our debtors.13And do not lead us into temptation,But deliver us from the evil one.For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
This is a blueprint. What Jesus teaches us is both a privilege and an opportunity.
Jesus knew the pleasure of God’s company. WHEN YOU GET ALONE WITH GOD, THIS IS THE KIND OF STUFF THE FATHER WANTS TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT.  
Our Father in heaven,Hallowed be Your name.
It’s Holy How I know you. Make yourself famous for how good You treat me. 
Matthew 6:10Your kingdom come.Your will be doneOn earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:11Give us this day our daily bread.
LAMENTATIONS 3:22-24Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,“Therefore I hope in Him!
Provision 
Matthew 4:4But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
John 6: Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger…”
THE TABLE OF SHOW BREAD How God shows up is bread – the bread of His presence.
Psalm 37:25I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.
Matthew 6:12And forgive us our debts,As we forgive our debtors.
How we treat each other matters. Our mindset toward each other matters.
God wants to talk to you about how you deal with other people. 
Matthew 6:13And do not lead us into temptation,But deliver us from the evil one.

Lead me not into temptation: ⦁ God will always you lead you to where you have an option, but He will not lead you to temptation. ⦁ Lead me away from places you know I will fail and into places where you I will overcome. ⦁ God is a freedom fanatic. He will always lead you into places where you are free to choose. ⦁ The Holy Spirit will lead you into a conflict, but only the ones you can win. 

Matthew 6:13For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
This model prayer starts with knowing how awesome God is and finished by knowing how awesome God is. 
We are praying over our lost ones today. We are believing for salvations. We are believing for transformed lives.

Pray that God would give them a heart to know Him.(Jeremiah 24:7)
Pray that God would give them a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 11:19)
Pray that God would put his Spirit within them. (Ezekiel 36:27)
Pray that God would open their hearts to believe the gospel. (Acts 16:14)

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Part 7: Leave it Behind

Bryan Schwartz, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

John 14:9 (ESV)
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

 

Mark 10:46-52 (ESV)
And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” 50 And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.

 

Isaiah 50:10-11 (ESV)
Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of his servant?
Let him who walks in darkness and has no light
trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.
11 Behold, all you who kindle a fire, who equip yourselves with burning torches! Walk by the light of your fire, and by the torches that you have kindled! This you have from my hand: you shall lie down in torment.

Psalm 139:8 (ESV)
If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!

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Prophetic phrases for the year 2020


Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, Texas
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2019

There are certain keys to living a prophetic lifestyle. One of the simplest to understand and easiest to engage has to do with recognizing what God is saying and how He says it.
Then, you need to live that out. You fear the Lord and begin to prioritize what you say and how your day is according to His heart and His word.

James 1:26 (ESV) –If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.

Proverbs 18:21 (ESV) – Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

 

PROPHETIC PHRASES
Strategies, plans and accomplishing vision
Accelerated time frames
Supernatural upgrade and advancement
Kingdom abilities and skill sets
Wisdom, wonder and extraordinary faith

 

I DECLARE THINGS LIKE
No weapon formed against me shall prosper.
When I pray for people, they are healed.
When I speak to people, they are transformed .
When I demonstrate the Father’s heart, they see Jesus.
I am the head and not the tail, above and not beneath and highly favored of the Lord.

“Virtually all of the Bible leads us to praise God, thank God, cry to God, and confess to God.”
When you pray, use your prayer book – the Bible.
“My hope will not be cut off.” (Proverbs 23)
“Lord, guard my heart and my mind with the peace of God that passes understanding.” (Philippians 4:7)
“Teach me, God, to acknowledge you in all my ways. Make my paths strait and clearly defined.” (Proverbs 3:6)

This is what you need to know about 2020 and the next ten years:
THIS IS THE DECADE TO DECLARE!

There are 22 Hebrew letters and all 22 letters have three different values:
Phonetic sound  | Numerical Value  | Prophetic Picture 
* Prophetic numerical values of letters graphic 
* Prophetic pictures graphic 

MOVING FROM HEBREW DECADE OF 70s INTO 80s
70 – a prophetic picture of an eye
80 – a prophetic picture of a mouth 
5780 will be a year and a decade marked with a “Pey” or mouth. 

THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT 2020:

THE WORD CREATES AND RE-CREATES
The Bible tells us that Christ is the WORD of God made flesh (John 1:14). That is, the spoken WORD became flesh and made His dwelling among men.
The WORD of God has creative powers. As we declare the WORDS in faith, over time, those words create the realities we declare.
For instance, as you continuously declare God’s WORDS of healing, over time, those words create the healing reality over your body. If there is a dead cell or tissue, the WORD recreates it.
This doesn’t have anything to do with how you feel.
Our relationship with God is not based or judged on feelings. I could be feeling awful and unspiritual, but it doesn’t change the authenticity of the WORD I declare.
Sometimes, I feel my prayers and declarations aren’t getting above the ceiling. I feel I need to shout a bit more or look more spiritual and pious. In reality, that iswhat they are – feelings. They don’t have anything to do with the WORD of God. The WORD still works at the right time despite my feelings.
In fact, don’t let your feelings decide how you handle the WORD. Let the WORD take care of how you feel.

 

WE HAVE ENTERED INTO A NEW ERA, NOT A NEW SEASON
5780/2020
We have moved from the the 70’s into the 80’s on the Hebrew calendar and from the teens into the twenties.

The difference between times and seasons
Times are linear – timeline.
Seasons are cyclical – they come back around.

THIS DECADE IS PROPHETICALLY “THE ROARING TWENTIES.”
ROARING IS A TRIUMPHANT DECLARATION.

 

COMPETING VOICES – THE ENEMY ROARS LIKE A LION
The enemy has a roar but his desire is to intimidate you and make you believe you are alone and conquered.
The roar of impending doom – the scary thing that you don’t see but you hear.
1 Peter 5:8 (KJV) – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
The outright full-frontal attack of the enemy against what God is doing in your midst
Psalm 74:4 – Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.

20/20 IS PERFECT VISION
2020 IS THE YEAR YOU “TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD.”

 

“HINDSIGHT IS 20/20” – ASK FOR GOD TO SHOW YOU HIS GLORY.
Exodus 33:18-23 (NKJV) – And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” 19 Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.”

Exodus 33:18-23 (NKJV) – And the Lord said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. 22 So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. 23 Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.”

 

2020 IS THE YEAR YOU ENTER INTO THE HOLY OF HOLIES
2 Chronicles 3:8 NIV – He built the Most Holy Place, its length corresponding to the width of the temple–twenty cubits long and twenty cubits wide. He overlaid the inside with six hundred talents of fine gold.

Read all about it!


Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX
Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020

The miracle of the Bible, our study and why it matters.The miracle of the Bible, our study and why it matters.How to pray the word of God.
The Bible has influenced, transformed and left it’s mark forever on the lives of millions. The cultural influence of the Bible, specifically the King James Version, even impacted even the English language.
The King James Version of the Bible has a special history because it was a common English version that was popular for many centuries, spanning from when it was first printed in 1611 to still being used extensively up through the 20th Century.
The following common English phrases find their origins in Scripture, mostly from the King James Version.
Bite the Dust – Psalms 72:9 The Blind Leading the Blind – Matthew 15:1By the Skin of Your Teeth – Job 19:20.  Broken Heart – Psalms 34:18Cast the First Stone – John 8:7, Drop in a Bucket – Isaiah 40:15Eat, Drink, and Be Merry – Ecclesiastes 8:15, Eye for Eye, Tooth for tooth – Matthew 5:38,Nothing but skin and bones – Job 19:19-20, The Powers that Be – Romans 13:1 Fall From Grace – Galatians 5:4Fly in the Ointment – Ecclesiastes 10:1 Forbidden Fruit – Genesis 3:3
“Go the extra mile”Matthew 5:41 – “And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.”
Good Samaritan – Luke 10:30-37How the Mighty have Fallen – 2 Samuel 1:19, Proverbs 16:18Put words in one’s mouth – 2 Samuel 14:3Rise and shine – Isaiah 60:1The Root of the Matter – Job 19:28See eye to eye – Isaiah 52:8Sign of the times – Matthew 16:3 Strait and Narrow – Matthew 7:14
“Twinkling of an Eye” 1 Corinthians 15:52 – “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
Wit’s End Psalm 107:27 – “They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.”
This Psalm is not referring to the Whit’s End and the Imagination Station from Adventures in Odyssey!
Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing – Matthew 7:15
The Writing’s on the Wall – Daniel 5.  “The writing is on the wall” is a popular idiom for “something bad is about to happen.”

 

THE BIBLE AS PROPHETIC PHRASES⦁ “My hope will not be cut off.” (Proverbs 23) ⦁ “Lord, guard my heart and my mind with the peace of God that passes understanding.” (Philippians 4:7) ⦁ “Teach me, God, to acknowledge you in all my ways. Make my paths strait and clearly defined.” (Proverbs 3:6)

I DECLARE THINGS LIKE ⦁ No weapon formed against me shall prosper. ⦁ When I pray for people, they are healed.⦁ When I speak to people, they are transformed.⦁ When I demonstrate the Father’s heart, they see Jesus. ⦁ I am the head and not the tail, above and not beneath, and highly favored of the Lord.

“Virtually all of the Bible leads us to praise God, thank God, cry to God, and confess to God.” When you pray, use your prayer book – the Bible.

So what about Prayer? What can we expect when we pray
2 Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
The body of Christ has a task and a responsibility to pray.We want to change the world for Christ. It’s a huge task for all of us, but we do it one life at a time. We are all in this together. We want to see people’s lives changed all over the world before Jesus’ return to earth, but the task is huge, and we need the right tools to do it. The most essential tool is prayer. Only through prayer can we get the job done. There is strength and power in prayer that can change the world.

The King’s SpeechOn May 27, 1940, King George VI called for a national day of prayer following the realisation that the British troops in Northern France were at risk of ‘total annihilation’. Three extraordinary events occurred following that day of prayer.
First, Hitler overruled his Generals and halted the advance of his troops (something that has never been fully explained).
Second, a storm of unprecedented scale grounded the Luftwaffe that was poised to attack the evacuating troops.
And third, despite the storm, a serene calm settled over the Channel days later which enabled a vast armada of boats to come and rescue the escaping men. Either this is an extraordinary set of coincidences, or this was the hand of God in response to a nation on its knees praying.
Prayer has the power to make a huge difference to our lives and the world around us.
Prayer changes circumstances, people even history.
Psalm 34:17  – When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
We exercise our authority in prayer.God responds to our prayers.

Philippians 4:6  – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Pray more worry less
Mark 11:24  – Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
John 15:7 – If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray without ceasing

On Paul’s second missionary journey, he visited city after city to establish the Gospel. It seemed he was doing everything right. Churches “increased in number daily” (Acts 16:5). It was everything he could have hoped for. But one night, that changed. During the night, Paul had a vision. In it, he saw a man of Macedonia, hundreds of miles away from where Paul was. The man looked to Paul and said, “Come over into Macedonia, and help us” (Acts 16:9). Paul realized he needed to get to Macedonia and help this man and others who were praying for him to come. He went immediately, and there he performed miracles and baptized many. It was because this man was praying that Paul had this night vision.

Pray the prayers and do the proclamations of the BATTLE CRY PRAYER CARDS

This is what you need to know about 2020 and the next ten years:THIS IS THE DECADE TO DECLARE!

2020 proclamation 
 
declare in Jesus’ name…
This is a new Era for me
A decade to declare 
I will see what I say in the year 2020
This is the year I have perfect vision 
This is the year God shows me His glory
There is a new wine being poured
A new beginning being offered 
And I will not miss it
I will taste and see that the Lord is Good 
My dreams have no limitations
My vision is clear
My assignment is certain
When I seek I will find Him
When I ask God will answer 
And when I knock the door will be opened to me 
The Lion will roar in the twenties 
And I will see the glory of God
In Jesus name
Let it be!

Combat the fake news
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX
Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020

The news media landscape has changed dramatically over the past few decades. Trust and confidence in the news has plummeted. The news media landscape has changed dramatically over the past few decades. Trust and confidence in the news has plummeted. 
BEHIND THE LOSS OF TRUE JOURNALISM IS A MINDSET.BEHIND THE MINDSET IS A SPIRIT.

People are very aware there is something bad wrong.The Gallup Poll asked a number of Americans over the past two decades how much trust and confidence they have in mass media reporting the news fully, accurately, and fairly. The percentage of people saying they had a great deal or fair amount of trust dropped from 53 percent in 1997 to 32 percent in 2016.
It’s somewhere in the mid-20 percent now in 20/20.

I remember in the early 90s, Pat Robertson and our friends at the 700 Club giving away bumper stickers saying, “I do not believe the liberal media.” 
I remember the first time I became aware of the bias. It was when Tom Brokaw refused to refer to us as “pro-life” and insisted on the term “anti-women rights.” 
People no longer trust the news media because of something called FAKE NEWS. 
Fake news is news, stories or hoaxes created to deliberately misinform or deceive an audience. 
Usually, these stories are created to either influence people’s views, push a political agenda or cause confusion. They are often profitable business for online publishers. Fake news stories can deceive people. 
Click baitThere’s an actual business model to this. Trump making billions of dollars off of 

Fake news ⦁ Fatty Arbuckle – silent film star from the 1920s⦁ Richard Jewel⦁ The hoax of the whistleblower⦁ The hoax of the impeachment ⦁ The hoax of the Jussie Smollett scandal ⦁ The hoax of the Covington Catholic High School boys from Kentucky
After a trial, CNN just paid millions of dollars – maybe up to $275 million – to that boy they portrayed as a racist and a hater. 
It’s not just sloppy journalism. It’s a lie and it’s intentionally misleading. 
Everyone has a responsibility to combat the scourge of fake news. This ranges from supporting investigative journalism, reducing financial incentives for fake news, and improving digital literacy among the general public.
Be determined to KNOW THE TRUTH. ⦁ False information is dangerous. ⦁ “Such situations can enable discriminatory and inflammatory ideas to enter public discourse and be treated as fact. Once embedded, such ideas can, in turn, be used to create scapegoats, normalize prejudices, harden “us-versus-them” mentalities and even, in extreme cases, to catalyze and justify violence.”⦁ John 8:32 – And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

JESUS WARNED US TO BE AWARE OF FAKE NEWS IN THE LAST DAYS Matthew 24:24 – For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

THE CATEGORIES OF MESSIAH AND PROPHET ARE NOT JUST RELIGIOUS.
A false messiah is a leader that rises up and promises “the answer is here.” He or she is a face of a movement that deceives you away from truth into something demonic and false. 
A false prophet is somebody who projects the future or trends that point to, or validate, that false messiah.
Socialism has a different face. Its doesn’t look horrible and ugly like Lenin, Marx or Castro. 
It comes in the form of beautiful women like AOC, Ilhan Omar and little girls like Greta Thunberg.  

There is a spirit that goes behind Fake NEWS.⦁ With every prophetic medium (news media) there is a spirit behind it. ⦁ 1 John 4:1-6 – Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, (a false messiah or leader who wants us to get behind his revolution for an anti-kingdom agenda) which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

The Latin roots for “deceived” or “deception” are de- (from) + capere (to take or carry away). The Greek word in the New Testament that is translated as “deceived”  is πλανάομαι Planaomai.⦁ Planaomai literally means “to be carried off” or “to be led astray.”⦁ Those who are deceived are those who have been carried off or carried away by false teachings, trends, or the ways of this world.

The whole thing about fake news is really about who defines the narrative. Who will shape the way we think as a society? Who will form the values of the culture we live in? 

TRUST AND CONFIDENCE vs. LIES AND ANXIETY
I’m going to give you a prophetic voice that denies Jesus is the answer and one God is calling His people to turn away from:
The Roar of a False Lion ANXIETY, THREATS & IMPENDING DOOM 1 Peter 5:8 –Be sober (INTENTIONAL), be vigilant (WATCHFUL) because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

The Roar of the True Lion TRIUMPHANT DECLARATION OF VICTORYAmos 3:7-9 – Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?
Proverbs 28:1 –The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion.

Hosea 11:10 – “They shall walk after the Lord. He will roar like a lion. When He roars, then His sons shall come trembling from the west…”

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Combat the fake news Part 2
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX
Sunday, Jan. 15, 2020

JESUS WARNED US TO BE AWARE OF FAKE NEWS IN THE LAST DAYS JESUS WARNED US TO BE AWARE OF FAKE NEWS IN THE LAST DAYS Matthew 24:24 – For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
THE CATEGORIES OF MESSIAH AND PROPHET ARE NOT JUST RELIGIOUS.
A false messiah is a leader that rises up and promises “the answer is here.” He or she is a face of a movement that deceives you away from truth into something demonic and false. 
A false prophet is somebody who projects the future or trends that point to, or validate, that false messiah. 
There is a spirit that goes behind Fake NEWS. With every prophetic medium (news media) there is a spirit behind it. 
1 John 4:1-6 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, (a false messiah or leader who wants us to get behind his revolution for an anti-kingdom agenda) which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

PAUL WARNED TIMOTHY OF FALSE TEACHERS AND A SPIRIT OF APOSTASY IN THE END TIMES. 
Apostasy: the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief
These are people who know the word of God, maybe have even preached the word of God, but have fallen away. These people are way more dangerous than non-believers because they know enough of the truth to get into your head and plant a lie.
1 Timothy 4:1-4Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving;
Can anyone think of people who run after deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons? The Church of Satan is growing. Google it. Here’s one headline from The Guardian:
Hell freezes over: How the church of Satan got cool
That same article says, “Satanism is attracting counter-cultural Californians because it is seen as a community-based response to the Trump era.”
Who can think of anyone forbidding people to marry? Catholic priests &Buddhist monks – both have history of child molestationIf you’re gay, you can get married in the eyes of the law in most states, but not in the eyes of God.
Can you think of anyone who is commanding folks to abstain from the good foods God created for us to enjoy?
Doctors, nutritionists, and diet & fitness gurus telling us to be thin with this pill, that exercise or this diet.⦁ Keto⦁ Paleo⦁ Atkins⦁ Low-Fat⦁ Low- Sodium⦁ Low-Carb⦁ Bariatric surgeries that limit food intake⦁ WE COULD TALK ABOUT THIS ALL NIGHT!
Then there’s the health scare of the week. This week butter is bad for you and you need to stop eating it right away. Next week, some researcher says butter is awesome and you should eat more of it.
Case in point – milk
I grew up drinking milk and was told calcium was good for me. It made for strong bones and teeth. Today, there are all kinds of reports from nutritionists, real and fake, that say cow’s milk is the devil. 
We’ve seen the rise of 10 different kinds of “milk” – almond milk, rice milk, soy milk, cashew milk – but none of them are really milk. You can’t get milk from a nut.
It’s all about money and marketshare and people believe it. They’re paying big bucks for these alternatives. Meanwhile, dairy farmers are committing suicide in alarming numbers because they’re losing their family farms.Borden Dairy here in Dallas just filed bankruptcy. 
These competing voices are not harmless!! It is about control and it’s dangerous.
DO NOT JOIN A MOB. STAY OFF THE BANDWAGON. YOU WILL NEVER FIND JESUS IN THE MOB!

JUDE ALSO WARNED OF FALSE TEACHERS AND “APOSTATES” DECEIVING PEOPLE IN THE LAST DAYS.
Jude 8-13Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries. 9 Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 10 But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; 13 raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
Can anyone think of any “stars” that might be wandering here and there leading people away from God’s camp?
⦁ Movie Stars⦁ Hollywood⦁ Popular culture and reality TV⦁ YouTube celebrities 
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
Jude 16-19 These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. 17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19 These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.

WHAT SHOULD BELIEVERS BE DOING TO KEEP FROM FALLING FOR THESE WOLVES IN SHEEPS CLOTHING?
Jude 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And on some have compassion, making a distinction; 23 but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

Headlines 6 GOD IS SPEAKING Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX
Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020

If you want to have a real relationship with God, you have to have real dialogue. Communication is key to any relationship and God wants you to hear Him speak. If you want to have a real relationship with God, you have to have real dialogue. Communication is key to any relationship and God wants you to hear Him speak. 
God designed human beings to learn communication skills and language. 
It’s not a joke when God says we wants us to know Him. 
TO KNOW THE HEART OF GOD SO WE CAN RECOGNIZE THE VOICE OF GOD AND TO HAVE THE GUTS AND THE CHARACTER TO CARRY OUT WHAT GOD IS SPEAKING  IS EVERYTHING IN 2020.  

GOD IS SPEAKING TO YOU, A RIGHT NOW WORD THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING. A word in direct contrast to what the world is saying and we must develop a huge value for the voice of God. 

A big part of the church doesn’t even have a grid for the supernatural. 

THE CONTROVERSY OVER HEARING GOD SPEAK IS REALLY A NOT ABOUT THAT AT ALL. IT’S ABOUT TWO CAMPS IN THE CHURCH .⦁ THOSE WHO EXHIBIT GOD ⦁ THOSE WHO EXPERIENCE AND ENCOUNTER GOD 

I don’t believe the church of Jesus Christ should be a Holy museum but a living example. We are supposed to walk in full demonstration of the Lord. 

Should we exhibit God?
The Spirit of the Lord is being poured out into your life.

One of the things I can’t waste time about is the question of “is God is speaking or not?” Yes. Of course, God is speaking and it’s not the ceiling. It’s the floor. It’s not the advanced part of walking with God. It is, in fact, a very FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLE.  
Hebrews 6:1 – [The Peril of Not Progressing] Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God…
A very foundation principle is found in Matthew 16:17–18  – Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”
IT’S BEDROCK CHRISTIANITY.   IT’S CHRISTIANITY 101. 
The church whose foundation is built upon personal revelation of Jesus Christ by the mouth of God Himself is the church with break-through power. 
YOUR ABILITY TO GET PAST THE ENEMY’S BARRIERS (the gates of hell) IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO YOUR ABILITY TO HEAR GOD SPEAK.  
…and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. THAT DOESN’T MEAN THE CHURCH IS INVADING HELL. It means Heaven is invading earth. 
Hearing God speak and obeying what God is telling you gives you authority to bust through things. Heaven really invades earth when we hear God speak and we obey His voice.   
I am not sure I’m that church. 
Psalm 23:1-3  – The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake
Is the Lord your shepherd? Are you part of that church where the Lord is your shepherd? ARE YOU A FOLLOWER OF JESUS? 
John 10:27 – My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me

ARE YOU THE FRIEND OF GOD?The first understanding of being a friend of God is that you relate to the fact that Jesus died for you.   
John 15:13  – Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 
The 2nd understanding of what it means to be the friend of God is that you lay down your life for Him. 
John 15:14  – You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 
FRIENDS, KNOW WHAT THE FATHER IS SPEAKING. 
John 15:15 – No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.

Are you a child of God? Romans 8:14 – For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Galatians 3:26 – For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus
Everything of faith is developmental. 

Shocking as this may be to some – just because we receive the Lord does NOT mean   • we automatically become a mature Christian.  • we are automatically skilled in the Word of Righteousness.
“For every one that uses milk is UNSKILLFUL in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe … but strong meat belongs to them that are of a full age (mature), those who by PRACTICE (reason of use) have trained (exercised) their senses to be able to judge (discern) what is God (good) and what is not (evil). [Heb: 5:13-14]

There are things we can do TO INCREASE GOD’S VOICE IN YOUR LIFE. 

Set an Appointment (Exodus 19:10–11, 19) 
 Exodus 32:29 – For Moses had said, “Consecrate yourselves today to the LORD,….. that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day”.
THERE IS A SPECIAL BLESSING THAT ONLY COMES FROM TIMES OF WHAT THE BIBLE CALLS CONSECRATION.
Consecration is about an intentional posture toward God’s presence. It’s setting yourself apart in a specific way for God to bless you in a specific way. 
We only comprehend the goodness of God through personal encounter.Psalm 34:8 – O taste and see that the LORD is good.

Psalm 84:5 – Blessed is the man…whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
Luke 6:38 – “…For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Your value for the voice of God is in tandem with your value for the WORD OF GOD. 

Your value for the voice of God is in tandem with your value for THE HEART OF GOD. 

Your value for the voice of God is in tandem with your value for THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

Final Edition
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX
Sunday, Feb. 02, 2020

Basic setup for how this works: Basic setup for how this works: 
God is speaking extraordinary words through the common events of your life – right now. 
The Lord is really involved in your life in a very personal way. 
There’s a strange word in the Bible that we find 15 times throughout scripture. Its a word called “firmament.”

Genesis 1:6-8And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
If you want to see Heaven, you will find the details of the Kingdom in your firmament. 
Well, I don’t know what my firmament is.fir·ma·ment – noun* the heavens or the sky, especially when regarded as a tangible thing.* a sphere or world viewed as a collection of people.
Your culture, your family, your tribe, your co-workers, your church, your media, your entertainment
He literally puts His word and displays His character through the things going on in your life. His attributes, what He thinks, How He is and His Heart toward you can be seen though the world you are viewing.
Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse…
Everything in the Kingdom is relational before it is functional and your functional ability to hear God speak is directly related to your personal relationship with God. 
We will get back to that in just a minute.
Psalms 39:6Surely every man walks about like a shadow; Surely they busy themselves in vain; He heaps up riches, And does not know who will gather them.
Bruce AlmightyLord gave me a signal (caution ahead) God please show me a sign (a giant truck pulls right in front of him with a ton of signs in it) 
He screams answer me!His pager goes off with 555-0123. It’s God saying, “Call me” and he says, “Sorry, don’t know you.” 
God speaks relationally through prophetic type, shadow and parables. 
Romans 5:14Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
Hebrews 10:1For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. 

 

Matthew 13:9-16 (NKJV)”He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”The Purpose of Parables10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the [a]mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; 15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed,Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,So that I should heal them.’ 16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear…

 

One of the ways you learn how God is speaking through ordinary things is to learn to steward the word and search out the matter through extraordinary events. 
Titanic
Last World War I Combat Veteran Dies At his death, Harry Patch of Great Britain, was 111 years, one month, one week, and one day old.
Jeremiah 1:11Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”
The California quake in the World Series ⦁ CANDLESTICK…6.9⦁ Oakland A’s vs. San Francisco Giants ⦁ Oct. 17, 1989 in Candlestick Park⦁ 6.9 earthquake shook San Francisco for 17 seconds ⦁ Headlines read “The Sound of Fear” and “Series of Shaking” 
ALSO ON THAT DAY:
Televangelist Jim Bakker was sentence to 45 years in prison for fraud in his television ministry⦁ The baker in the dungeon lost his head⦁ God will not put up with his anointed preachers ripping off their flock
Movie star Zsa Zsa Gabor was sentenced to four months in jail for slapping the police officer who pulled her over for driving without a license and drinking Jack Daniels while driving her $215,000 Rolls Royce. God will not put up with anyone slapping the law in the face.
WHAT COULD GOD BE SPEAKING THROUGH THESE EVENTS ON 10/17?
Deuteronomy 10:17  (October 17) For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.

PRINCESS DIANA’S DEATH⦁ Diana – goddess of sex and female empowerment⦁ Princess Diana is the most photographed woman in history⦁ August 31, 1997 being chased by the paparazzi in Paris, crashes into the 13th pillar in a tunnel and dies.⦁ She was 36 years old ⦁ 2X18 REPRESENTS 2 LIVES⦁ Was with boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed (Egyptian Muslim) in her “second life”
PRINCESS DIANA DEAD AT 36 WAS THE HEADLINE FOR 7/31/1997. GOD HAS A FEW HEADLINES OF HIS OWN:
1 Corinthians 7:31 …For this world in its present form is passing away.
BRUCE JENNER ON THE COVER OF VANITY FAIR SAYS “CALL ME CAITLIN”

PRESIDENT TRUMP MOVES AMERICAN EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM⦁ Promises Made, Promises Kept⦁ Dec. 6, 2017⦁ MY BIRTHDAY AND A DAY SYNONYMOUS WITH FREEDOM
WONDER WOMAN – HER TIME HAS COMEAugust 2017 when the Great American Eclipse and the Revelation 12 sign in the heavens were about to show up
The Virgin woman in Revelation 12 is Israel When Israel is having birth pangs, it means the time of the gentiles has been fulfilled and the time for Jerusalem to rise and receive her messiah has come.  Luke 21:24 – And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.⦁ 70 YEARS FROM THIS SIGN, ISREAL BECAME A NATION ⦁ 50 YEARS (ONE JUBILEE CYCLE) PRIOR TO THIS SIGN’S APPEARANCE, JERUSALEM CAME BACK INTO THE POSSESSION OF THE JEWS ⦁ THE TIME OF THE GENTILES IS ALMOST FULFILLED 
Revelation 12:1-2 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
Wonder Woman (God speaking through pop culture)⦁ A Jew named Gal Godot played wonder woman ⦁ She represented Israel as Miss Israel in the Miss Universe Pageant⦁ She was pregnant when she was filming the movie ⦁ The movie promotions say “Her Time has come” – Israel’s time has come. The time of the Gentiles is almost over.

Revelation 3:22“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

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Lead Follow or get Out of the Way

The Power and Principle of Partnership
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

We are going to learn how to position ourselves in His presence and how to position ourselves from His presence.

Psalms 139:5 – You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me

LEAD FOLLOW OR GET OUT OF THE WAY 1
The High Priority & Principle of Partnership

Pray. “The spirit of wisdom and revelation” Ephesians 1:17
“Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.” Matthew 13:52

Genesis chapters 1 and 2 – The History of Creation
Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning (Time) God created the heavens (Space) and the earth (Matter)

31,102 verses in the Bible
EVERYTHING IN THE REALM OF CREATION FALLS INTO THE MODEL OF TIME, SPACE AND MATTER. Time, space and matter are in continuum meaning you can’t separate them. If you get rid of one, you have to get rid of the other two. If you introduce one, you have to introduce the other two.
“Time is God’s way of keeping everything from happening at Once.”
Space is God’s way of keeping everything from being in the same place.
Matter is God’s way of keeping everything from being the same thing.

Why? Because He wants a process. He wants things to be worked out. He wants things to be developed. Why? Because He wants relationship.

EVERYTHING IN THE KINGDOM IS DESIGNED TO BE RELATIONAL BECAUSE THE CREATOR DESIRES RELATIONSHIP.

 

Genesis 1:2 – The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

THIS IS HUGE AND A MAJOR FUNDAMENTAL PREMISE OF UNDERSTANDING THE PRIORITY AND PRINCIPLE OF PARTNERSHIP.

When God created the world, all the worlds,
*As of 13 February 2020, there are 4,126 confirmed exoplanets, the majority of which were discovered by the Kepler space telescope.
Everything in time, space and matter – He created it in a state that was a long way from being finished. It was not fully developed or filled in with the stuff that would demonstrate how awesome He was and what He had for us.
* It was without form and void.
* Darkness was on the face of the deep. (The vast majority of what God was going to do was hidden and would not be unveiled for a long time after multiple stages of revelation, manifestation and continued creation and development.
* The Spirit of the Lord hovered above the waters.
God’s presence was over this unfinished creation, but He was not fully engaged in it. He had started something and the Word hovering here is brooding like when a mama hen broods over her unhatched eggs.

“It was Good”
14 times in Genesis 1-3
778 times throughout Scripture

 

It was not perfect. It was good.
Romans 12:2 – And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

 

As we come to back to the story of creation, we find a remarkable truth: God not only created humankind to be his creatures, but also to be his partners in the creative process of causing the world to flourish or to go to the next level. In Genesis chapter one, we find a summary of the six days of creation. In chapter two, we find a little more detail about day six. After describing the creation of the man and the garden (vv. 7-14), verse 15 says,

 

Genesis 2:15 – Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden (walled or guarded place) of Eden to tend and keep it.
“Cultivate and protect it as a steward.”

 

Definition of cultivate
1: to prepare or prepare and use for the raising of crops
2: to foster the growth of something (cultivate vegetables,
cultivate coffee)
3: to improve by labor, care, or study; to fully develop by management

 

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to cultivate, manage, possess and improve it, and to fully develop it.

The idea is that, in relationship with God, Adam would fully develop into the man God had created Him to be. He would improve in His wisdom, favor and stature.
( Luke 2:52 )
He would develop in His abilities, gifts and skill sets. He would bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit (John 15:8).

 

God created the universe where we do not have dominion to be self sustaining.
God created the “garden” or “the Promised Land” He trusted you with to require you to cultivate and keep it.

He created humans to “work” the garden and to “take care” of the garden with the idea of making it flourish.

Verse 5 sheds an interesting light on this:

Genesis 2:5 – …before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; 6 but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.
7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being (living soul).

You’ve got wet places and dry places.
Adam was formed out of the self-sustaining wet places where the mist of God watered the ground. He was formed out of the dry places that needed somebody to cultivate. God places His Spirit and His life in that man so he would be more like Him rather than the place where he stood. And God began to introduce Adam to the world, Himself to Adam and it was good!

Adam grew in relationship with God and it was good. He took on the responsibility of cultivating and protecting things things within the Garden.

God brought him the things he wanted.

 

Genesis 2:19-20 –  Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field.

He had no idea he needed, wanted and desired and would be fulfilled with a woman until God brought her to him.

 

“PARTNERSHIP” – Fellowship in fulfillment of accomplishing vision

 

To answer this need, the following verses talk about the creation of Adam, the garden, and the reason for the creation of Adam, being “to work and take care of it (the garden).” Remember after God created male and female in His image, Genesis 1:28 says, “God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.’”
I wonder if, while God had finished all the work He was going to do, all the work He wanted done was not yet finished. Creation was “good” (actually “very good” – Gen 1:31) but not yet complete. I wonder if perhaps what God is saying to Adam is, “Here is what I’ve made (the garden) and it’s very good. Now you go and make the rest of the world look like this.”
Then, of course, we have the creation of Eve to join Adam. Join him to do what? Join him to “be fruitful, increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it, work the garden and take care of the garden.” To partner with God by taking what God had created in the garden and making the rest of the world look like that. Cause it to flourish and to be beautiful, providing for the needs of every human who would subsequently be born into it.
Now, we know sin enters in Genesis 3 and makes God’s charge a lot more difficult than it was originally intended to be, but does it do away with God’s initial design and charge to humankind? I don’t think so. I think the same charge is given to each of us today, to partner with God to cause our “garden” to be fruitful and multiply, to work it and take care of it and cause it to flourish so the needs of humanity are met.
Is that why Paul, speaking to “workers” in Colossians 3:23-24, says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
I can’t tell you the number of times over 25 years of serving on a church staff, people have said to me something like, “I wish I was in the Lord’s work.” I finally started responding by saying, “Why aren’t you?”
According to Col. 3:23-24 you actually are “in the Lord’s work” if you are a follower of Christ. He is your boss no matter your job. Granted, there are some ways of making money in this world that could never be seen as glorifying to God and should be avoided by Christians. But if you are a follower of Jesus, there is no sacred-secular divide. The job you do that produces flourishing for your family and other people, as a result of the great economic network we are all part of, is to be done for the glory of God according to 1 Cor. 10:31.

The Power and Principle of Partnership Part 2
Wednesday, march 4, 2020
PASTOR TROY BREWER, OPENDOOR CHURCH, BURLESON, TX

Psalms 139:5 – You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me.Psalms 139:5 – You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me.
The History of CreationGenesis 1:1 – In the beginning (Time) God created the heavens (Space) and the earth (Matter)
31,102 verses in the Bible ⦁ EVERYTHING IN THE REALM OF CREATION FALLS INTO THE MODEL OF TIME, SPACE AND MATTER. Time, space and matter are in continuum meaning you can’t separate them. If you get rid of one, you have to get rid of the other two. If you introduce one, you have to introduce the other two. ⦁ “Time is God’s way of keeping everything from happening at Once.”⦁ Space is God’s way of keeping everything from being in the same place. ⦁ Matter is God’s way of keeping everything from being the same thing.
Why? Because He wants a process. He wants things to be worked out. He wants things to be developed. Why? Because He wants relationship.
EVERYTHING IN THE KINGDOM IS DESIGNED TO BE RELATIONAL BECAUSE THE CREATOR DESIRES RELATIONSHIP.

Genesis 1:2 – The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
THIS IS HUGE AND A MAJOR FUNDAMENTAL PREMISE OF UNDERSTANDING THE PRIORITY AND PRINCIPLE OF PARTNERSHIP.
When God created the world, all the worlds, *As of 13 February 2020, there are 4,126 confirmed exoplanets, the majority of which were discovered by the Kepler space telescope.Everything in time, space and matter –  He created it in a state that was a long way from being finished. It was not fully developed or filled in with the stuff that would demonstrate how awesome He was and what He had for us.  * It was without form and void. * Darkness was on the face of the deep. (The vast majority of what God was going to do was hidden and would not be unveiled for a long time after multiple stages of revelation, manifestation and continued creation and development. * The Spirit of the Lord hovered above the waters. God’s presence was over this unfinished creation, but He was not fully engaged in it. He had started something and the Word hovering here is brooding like when a mama hen broods over her unhatched eggs.
As we come to back to the story of creation, we find a remarkable truth: God not only created humankind to be his creatures, but also to be his partners in the creative process of causing the world to flourish or to go to the next level. In Genesis chapter one, we find a summary of the six days of creation. In chapter two, we find a little more detail about day six. After describing the creation of the man and the garden (vv. 7-14), verse 15 says,
Genesis 2:15 –  Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden (walled or guarded place) of Eden to tend and keep it.“Cultivate and protect it as a steward.”
HEBREW WORD FOR TEND IS “ABAD” WHICH MEANS “TO TAKE GODLY DELIGHT IN WORK” WORD FOR “KEEP” IN HEBREW IS “SHAMAR” WHICH MEANS “HEDGE WITH THORNS” HERE IN TEXAS THAT WOULD BE A BARB WIRE FENCE.
Definition of cultivate:1. to prepare or prepare and use for the raising of crops2. to foster the growth of something (cultivate vegetables,cultivate coffee)3. to improve by labor, care, or study; to fully develop by management

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to cultivate, manage, possess and improve it, and to fully develop it.
The idea is that, in relationship with God, Adam would fully develop into the man God had created Him to be. He would improve in His wisdom, favor and stature. ( Luke 2:52 )He would develop in His abilities, gifts and skill sets. He would bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit (John 15:8).

God created the universe so we do not have dominion to be self-sustaining.God created the “garden” or “Promised Land” He trusted you with to require you to cultivate and keep it.
He created humans to “work” the garden and to “take care” of the garden with the idea of making it flourish.
Verse 5 sheds an interesting light on this:
Genesis 2:5-7 – …before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; 6 but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground. 7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being (living soul).
You’ve got wet places and dry places. Adam was formed out of the self-sustaining wet places where the mist of God watered the ground. He was formed out of the dry places that needed somebody to cultivate. God places His Spirit and His life in that man so he would be more like Him rather than the place where he stood. And God began to introduce Adam to the world, Himself to Adam and it was good!
Adam grew in relationship with God and it was good. He took on the responsibility of cultivating and protecting things things within the Garden.
God brought him the things he wanted.
Genesis 2:19-20 – Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field.
He had no idea he needed, wanted and desired and would be fulfilled with a woman until God brought her to him.
“It was Good”14 times in Genesis 1-3778 times throughout Scripture
It was not perfect. It was good. Romans 12:2 – And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

“PARTNERSHIP”Fellowship in fulfillment of accomplishing vision

The Compassion of JesusMatthew 9:35-38 – Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

GOD IS SEEKING AND SENDING CO LABORERS OR PARTNERS Ezekiel 22:30 – So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.

John 4:23 – “The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.”
Notice the shift in categories. The woman wants to know what she can do: “Where is the right place to offer a sacrifice?” But Jesus answers in terms of what God wants her to become!
God is looking for people who will worship him “in spirit and in truth.” What does that mean? To worship “in spirit” means to worship from the heart—to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength; to find your joy, your hope and your peace in him. To worship “in truth” means to worship through the one true way of access to God (through Jesus himself). He said, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6). It is through Him that you become the kind of worshipper the Father seeks.
True worshippers worship the Father in spirit and in truth.
Here is a great definition of worship from William Temple: “Worship is the submission of all our nature to God… the quickening of conscience by his holiness; the nourishment of mind with his truth; the purifying of imagination by his beauty; the opening of the heart to his love; the surrender of will to his purpose.” – William Temple

True partnership with God means observing, learning and doing the will of God.His character, His design, His almighty direction, His word, His covenant
The will of God is sent out in two categories1. The Decree of God (His sovereign purpose) THESE CANNOT BE BROKEN & WILL HAPPEN NO MATTER WHAT
2. The Command of God (His heart, His desire or His wish) THESE CAN BE BROKEN AND NEVER HAPPEN
If you are abused as a child you can confidently say it is not the will of God.
If you know somebody who is in Jail or wrapped up in pornography or addiction you can say It is not the will of God. It is Gods will that I partner with Him or co labor with Him to
Luke 4 :18-19“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,Because He has anointed MeTo preach the gospel to the poor;He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,To proclaim liberty to the captivesAnd recovery of sight to the blind,To set at liberty those who are oppressed;To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

TRUE PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD IS THE ROLE OF THE BRIDE OF CHRIST.
The bride is created for the fulfillment of the the life of the husband
The bride is created to be helper or a helpmeet for the husband
The bride is created to build the house with her hands
The bride is created for intimate fellowship
The bride is created to receive the name and the inheritance and the authority of her husband
The bride is created to carry the baby of the husband to deliver the baby and to help in the nurturing development of the child
Romans 15:7 (The Passion Translation) – You will bring God glory when you accept and welcome one another as partners, just as the Anointed One has fully accepted you and received you as his partner.

2 Corinthians 2:14 (The Passion Translation) – God always makes his grace visible in Christ, who includes us as partners of his endless triumph. Through our yielded lives he spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere we go.

The Principle of Respondability
Wednesday, march 8, 2020
Jamie Galloway, OPENDOOR CHURCH, BURLESON, TX

 

The Big Deal of Being a Follower
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Pastor Troy, OPENDOOR CHURCH, Burleson, TX

Psalm 139:5-6 (NKJV)  – You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.Psalm 139:5-6 (NKJV)  – You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.
EVERY LEADER IN THE KINGDOM IS A FOLLOWER 
dis·ci·plenoun:(1) a personal follower of Jesus during his life, especially one of the twelve Apostles.(2) a follower or student of a teacher, leader, or philosopher.
FAN: AN ENTHUSIASTIC ADMIRER
Fans are fair weather friends 
Being a fan will cost you nothing. 
Fans often confuse their admiration for devotion. 
A fan has no responsibility in the relation and puts all the responsibility of performance upon WHOM they enthusiastically admire. 
When he offers you forgiveness you have to offer him repentance. 
When he offers you salvation you have to offer him surrender. 
When he offers you happiness, you offer him brokenness.
When he offers you life you offer to lay down your life. 

KYLE IDEMAN, In his extraordinary book called NOT A FAN, has a whole chapter dedicated to the importance of what he calls the DTR moment of every relationship.
DETERMINE THE RELATIONSHIP Is it casual or committed Is it exclusive?Is it something we want everyone to know about 
It starts off with a decision then it moves into commitment
Is it exclusive: are you separated unto me? 
Song of Solomon says, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” Is that they way it is? We will let Jesus call us a way? Fans don’t do that, but followers do. 
⦁ Justification, Sanctification and Consecration ⦁ Justification means that Jesus took care of every legal thing that needed to be taken care of. ⦁ Sanctification  is about how we God  has set us apart for His Kingdom, for His use and for made us to be his.  There is an ongoing partnership between you and I in not letting the world have what God has set apart as his. our minds, our want life, our thought life, our marriages, our finances, our hope, our children our legacy.⦁ Consecration is about how seriously we respond to the invitation for something much more powerful ⦁ Consecration means dedicated to a sacred purpose 
Leviticus 20:7 – “You shall consecrate yourselves therefore and be holy, for I am the Lord your God”

⦁ Consecration is about an intentional posture toward God’s presence. Setting yourself apart in a specific way for God to bless you in a specific way. ⦁ Consecration is about how we are willing to respond to God when he calls us away and into a different environment.⦁ Consecration is what we do and the level of dedication we have toward having something very special and powerful going on between us and God. ⦁ Justification is what God does to officially make us right in every way. ⦁ Sanctification is how we partner with God to live as his family in a very messed up world. 

We only comprehend the goodness of God through personal encounter. Psalm 34:8 – O taste and see that the LORD is good
Psalms 84:5 – Blessed is the man whose …Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
Luke 6:38 – …For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
Exodus 32:29 – For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves today to the LORD,… that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day.
Times of consecration lead to a consecrated life. A life of consecration leads to power and victory and overcoming everything that is thrown at you because you are overwhelmed by God’s goodness

Fear no Evil
Wednesday, March 15, 2020
Pastor Troy, OPENDOOR CHURCH, Burleson, TX

“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

FDR 32ND PRESIDENT OF THE United States of America

 

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

 

Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

 

Zecariah 2:5For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.

 

PHILIPIANS 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things

 

 THE PRINCIPLE OF DISPLACEMENT 

 

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 

 

Romans 8:15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

 

 

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

 

Psalm 27:13I would have fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living 

 

HOPE: THE JOYFUL ANTICIPATION OF GOOD 

 

HOPE IS A CHOICE 

ANY AREA OF YOUR LIFE WHERE THERE IS NO HOPE IS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A LIE 

 

Your not full of hell you are full of Heaven and heaven is full of Hope 

 

The same resurrection power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you 

 

I pronounce a Psalms 91 hedge of protection around you 

Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way 6 – Get Out of the Way
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX
Sunday, March 22, 2020

 

On Wednesday morning this last week, a powerful 5.7 earthquake hit Salt Lake City and rocked the Mormon Temple. On top of the temple is a golden idol, or a statue, of the fabled MORONI blowing a trumpet. The shaking actually broke the trumpet! If that was a dream do you know what that would mean? In case you don’t know, remember the earthquake was 5.7.

Deuteronomy 5:7 – ‘You shall have no other gods before Me.’

“PROPHETIC WEDNESDAY” – FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE @ 12 NOON CST

 

A few weeks ago, I taught a message called “Dreams that Get Your Attention” and I was talking about the importance of partnering with God in the midst of a terrible disturbance.

On Tuesday, the City Council voted to diminish assemblies to 125 and then Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order limiting public gatherings to 10 people, shutting schools, prohibiting visitors to nursing homes and retirement communities, and limiting bars and restaurants to take-out through April 3. All this was done in an effort to slow the spread of the Wuhan Corona Virus.

We didn’t know if that included churches or not. Is it 50 or 10 or 125? Outside in the parking lot, we are being the hands and feet of King Jesus… Dream interpretation, communion, prayer ministry and declarations are happening from car to car.

THE WINESKINS HAVE CHANGED IN EVERY CHURCH THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

“A tsunami is coming that is unstoppable and will change landscapes!”
– Prophetic Word we have been speaking since 2018

We’ve been saying the next revival will not look like past revivals

“A tectonic shift is taking place!”
– Asher Intrater on the day of Pentecost 2018, Jerusalem Israel

 

When God rearranges things biblically, that’s called a shaking. The nations have been shaken and when the nations are shaken it’s a God thing.

Psalm 82:5 – They do not know nor do they understand; They walk about in darkness; All the foundations of the earth are shaken.

Haggai 2:6-7 – For thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land.
‘I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD of hosts.

Haggai 2:21 – “Speak to Zerubbabel governor of Judah, saying, ‘I am going to shake the heavens and the earth.'”

Isaiah 13:13 – Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken from its place…

The voice of the Lord is upon the shaking of things.

Hebrews 12:26 – And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.”

 

Psalm 29:8 – The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; The LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

WHEN THERE IS A SHAKING OF THE NATIONS, IT IS A GOD THING AND THE VOICE OF GOD IS UPON IT.

Isaiah 6:4 – And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke

SUBMIT TO GOD BY RESTING IN HIM
The land is being forced to rest!

The Sabbath year is defined in Leviticus 25:1-7. For six years Israel could plow, plant, and harvest. But the seventh year was to be different. On the seventh year you were not to plant your fields. Neither were you supposed to harvest them. Nor could you tend or harvest your vines. The land was not to be worked at all. You could, however, pick and eat what the land produced by itself.

Rest is partnership with God and an intentional posture of Trusting instead of trying

Rest is when you cast your cares and anxieties upon him as 1 Peter 5:7 says,

1 Peter 5:7 – …casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

 

“Trusting God means we give up worrying, reasoning, and anxiety and we enter into His rest with simple childlike faith—we live by grace through faith,” author Joyce Meyer

Change your wineskin by allowing God to change your priorities, methods and structures.

Jesus constantly challenged religious practices gone stale, their original meaning long forgotten and they’ve now become simply public ritual.

“You can’t put new ideas into old mind-sets. You can’t get new results with old behaviors.”

A new move of God will not be poured into old structures and models of ministries.

GET OUT OF THE WAY!
THIS IS NOT SOMETHING YOU REBUKE. IT’S SOMETHING YOU REPOSITION YOURSELF FOR.

See this shipwreck as buried treasure!

Vice President Mike Pence went on to offer some advice for Americans on the matter. “No. 1 is spend more time on your knees than on the internet,” he said. “Forgiveness is a great gift.”

This Friday March 27 from 6 pm til 6 pm Saturday, OpenDoor Church is leading a 24-hour time of prayer and fasting where every hour on the hour we will have different leaders leading the prayer here. We are asking families and other churches to join us throughout the world. We already have churches in 24 states joining us now and many more will follow suit as we promote and invite people to this event.

Go to OpenDoorExperience.com/events to be involved in this strategic time of prayer.

2020 Declaration:
I declare in Jesus’ name…
This is a new Era for me
A decade to declare
I will see what I say in the year 2020
This is the year I have perfect vision
This is the year God shows me His glory
There is a new wine being poured
A new beginning being offered
And I will not miss it
I will taste and see that the Lord is good
My dreams have no limitations
My vision is clear
My assignment is certain
When I seek I will find Him
When I ask God will answer
And when I knock the door will be opened to me
The lion will roar in the twenties
And I will see the glory of God
In Jesus name
Let it be!

Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way 7 – SUPERNATURAL SANITY
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX
Sunday, March 29, 2020

 

Three keys to King David’s long-term stability and supernatural sanity
1. Psalms 16:8 – I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

 

Three keys to King David’s long-term stability and supernatural sanity
2. 1 Samuel 30:6 – And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.

 

Three keys to King David’s long term-stability and supernatural sanity
3. Psalms 27:13-14 – I would have fainted, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
14 Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord!

 

Your emotional stability matters! Your supernatural sanity matters!

Maintaining Passion
Revelation 2:4 – Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love

Maintaining Passion
Romans 12:11 – …not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord

Lack of passion is fatal
Lack of passion is evil
Lack of empathy is the essence of evil

Psalms 51:17 – My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise

 

When your spirit is right, when your attitude and emotional well being is right, it’s like sweet perfume to the Lord and He cannot resist it!

People who are not fired up about the RIGHT things are typically fired up about the wrong things.
Emotionally health and emotional stability are the greatest ways we actually serve the Lord.

Self-control is not the lack of passion.
Self-control is the rule of passion.

God wants us to be zealous

The Lukewarm Church
Revelation 3:14-22 – “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write,
‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”

 

I’m not supposed to not be mad. I am supposed to be mad.
“Be ye angry and sin not.”

There is a discipline of living by the spirit AND A BIG PART OF IT IS YOU AND ME BEING DETERMINED TO BE HARD CORE PASSIONATE ABOUT LOVING LIFE.

I want to love God and love people so much that people call it irresponsible and reckless.
Set a fire down in my soul.
How do I maintain my passion?
1. PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT
THIS IS WHY I GO ON MISSION TRIPS, DO THE FOOD OUTREACH AND GO INTO PRISONS. BECAUSE I NEVER WANT TO LOSE TOUCH WITH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN THE TRENCHES. SEEING THE FRUIT IS SO IMPORTANT. HAVING THE THE STORY TELL IS SO IMPORTANT

2. SUPERNATURAL ENCOUNTER

3. MAPPING OUT GOD’S HEART
Acts 13:22 (NKJV)
And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.

CHILD-LIKE WONDER AND FASCINATION WITH THE HEART OF THE FATHER, POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING ABOUT KING JESUS.

Road to Redemption

ROAD TO REDEMPTION 1: Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

“When it comes time, The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
– Mark Twain

THIS IS THE FIRST OF THREE PARTS. TODAY WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT
What Redemption is and how redemption works.
What redemption changes and transforms.
The exchanging power of redemption.
How redemption interacts with time.
How God changes the timing of things influenced by relationship.
Redemption changes the order of things.
How redemption changes time, space and matter.
The benefits of redemption.
How we access redemption through faith.

 

If you are going to glorify the Lord, you need to have next-level understanding of what redemption is, how it works and what it does. Allow yourself to learn and appreciate redemption the way you would if someone gave you a giant mansion. Explore redemption and celebrate it. This segment will help you do that.

It’s the center theme of the entire Bible. It’s the prophetic story of heaven declaring to the glory of God. It’s what Jesus Christ came to bring and who He himself became: REDEMPTION

Redemption is the act of buying something back; paying a price; ransom; to return something to your possession.

Redemption is the English translation of the Greek word agorazo, meaning “to purchase in the marketplace.” In ancient times, it often referred to the act of buying a slave. It carried the meaning of freeing someone from chains, prison, or slavery.”
(Jack Zavada at ThoughtCo.com)

 

REDEMPTION CHANGES EVERYTHING. Not just over time, but for ALL time.

Psalms 103:12 – As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from you.

Time and space (distance) are in perfect continuum. When God says He has removed our transgressions from all distance, (East to west) He is also saying redemption overcomes all time, from the beginning to the end.

NORTH AND SOUTH HAVE AN ENDING POINT – THE POLES. EAST AND WEST HAVE NO ENDING POINT.

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.

Redemption changes ownership and when things move from the Kingdom of hell to the Kingdom of Heaven, the King of Kings gets to have His glorious dominion and his will on earth as it is in heaven.

Redemption is beautiful because our redeemer is beautiful.

Redemption is an awesome power God brings to the table. The power to buy back those of us enslaved isn’t bought with money. Redemption is when Jesus brings Jesus to the table.

Only Jesus could redeem us.

Psalms 49:6-9
Those who trust in their wealth
And boast in the multitude of their riches,
7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother,
Nor give to God a ransom for him—
8 For the redemption of their souls is costly,
And it shall cease forever—
9 That he should continue to live eternally,
And not see the Pit.

Redemption is the single-most wonderful and precious “thing” inside or outside the created universe.

It is the spotless and pure LIFE of Jesus Christ.

The blood is the life. (Leviticus 17:11)
His blood is the essence of His life and it was spent and poured out to pay the terrible price of our filth so we would no longer be slaves to sin.

1 Peter 1:18-19 – Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

 

THE REDEEMER BRINGS IT
At His very first sermon, Jesus quoted the prophet Isaiah and delivered His mission statement of bringing redemption.

Luke 4:18 – The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised…

When the Spirit of the Lord is upon you, that IS different than being with you or in you. The Spirit upon you is an anointing for a specific action to accomplish something or to do something amazing.

What was Christ, which means “anointed one,” anointed to do?

1. Reach the poor; people who had never been granted access, by redemption.
2. Heal the broken hearted; bring hope and love of life to people who had been broken, by redemption.
3. Set captives free by redemption.
4. Restore sight and understanding to the blind by redemption.
5. To set people free from the things that beat them up, or as the King James boys say, “to set at liberty them that are bruised.” Bruised is when you are beat up on the inside and wounded is when you are beat up on the outside.
All this by paying a price that only He could pay.

 

The New Bible Dictionary gives this definition
“Redemption means deliverance from some evil by payment of a price.”

Now think about that amazing definition for a bit. “Deliverance from some evil by payment of some price.”

It’s all about confronting the things that own us.

BUYING SLAVES
I run an organization called ANSWER INTERNATIONAL and in the past 38 months we have had the privilege of redeeming thousands of girls out of sexual slavery and restoring them to a life of freedom and hope.

I know something first-hand about the power of redemption.

This is what redemption does. After redemption makes it’s transaction, freedom, transformation and renewal will follow.

Take another biblical look at what redemption brings so you can learn to walk in the gifts the redeemer has given you.

THE EXCHANGE OF REDEMPTION
If redemption declares we are not guilty, that means none of the penalties of sin or lawlessness are allowed to chain us or enslave us. No shame, guilt or feeling the horrible dishonor of deserved judgement belongs to us once redemption comes.

Christ’s redemption has freed us from guilt, being “justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:24)

At the same time, another declaration is proclaimed. Redemption also declares we are worthy of the gifts, rewards and benefits of being holy.

The benefits of redemption include:
Eternal life (Revelation 5:9-10)
Forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7)
Righteousness (Romans 5:17)
Freedom from the law’s curse (Galatians 3:13)
Freedom from guilt and shame (Romans 3:24)
Freedom from accusation (John 8:11)
Complete justification (Romans 3:24)
Adoption into God’s family (Galatians 4:5),
Deliverance from sin’s bondage (Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 1:14-18) Peace with God (Colossians 1:18-20) and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

 

To be redeemed, then, is to be forgiven, holy, justified, free, adopted, and reconciled. (Psalm 130:7-8; Luke 2:38; Acts 20:28)

You have to make a big deal out of redemption.
If you are going to have a true revelation of God’s heart toward you, you must have a true revelation of God’s gift and acts of redemption toward you.

 

Psalm 103:2 – Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.

Redemption is the ultimate game-changer. Redemption is God’s plan for transforming all created things. Redemption is what Jesus brings when invited into place and it changes everything.

What this means to you:
If you can believe in the power of redemption, you can believe in the power of transformation.

The act of changing common well water into the best wine you ever tasted is exactly what an act of redemption looks like.

This, the very first miracle of the 34 biblically recorded miracles of King Jesus, shows us exactly what Jesus was supernaturally commissioned or anointed, to bring into our lives.

He changed something common into something extraordinarily marvelous. He changed a place and a time of sadness into place and time of great joy. He changed a situation from being not near enough into way more than enough.

He changed a shameful situation of lack and disappointment into a highly honorable situation of opulence and dreams coming true. And all this at the setting of a covenant wedding.

 

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Red Letters

RED LETTERS 2 – The Power of Personal Prophetic Words
Sunday, April 19, 2020
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson

 

CHRISTIANS ARE ACTUALLY PROPHETIC PEOPLE.
IT’S BEDROCK CHRISTIANITY – CHRISTIANITY 101.

EVERY CHRISTIAN HAS AN OPEN INVITATION TO HEAR WHAT OTHERS DO NOT and to see what others do not.

God is speaking incredible things to us and we can’t miss them. All of us children of God not only have a calling, we actually have a duty to answer the calling to people chasing after God’s own heart and living a prophetic lifestyle.

Of course God is speaking and it’s not the ceiling or the really high up things. It’s not the advanced part of walking with God. It is, in fact, the floor – a very FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLE.

So don’t bother arguing with anyone over the legitimacy of you hearing God speak.

Hebrews 6:1
[The Peril of Not Progressing] Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God…

 

God spoke through the prophet Jeremiah, “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”

 

Amos 3:7 – Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?

Moses cried out as recorded in

Numbers 11:29 – …would God that all the LORD’S people were prophets…

 

Paul put it this way:
1 Corinthians 14:1 – Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

PROPHECY IS NOT THE FORETELLING OF THE FUTURE AS MANY BELIEVE. THAT’S JUST A PART OF PROPHECY. TO PROPHESY MEANS TO SPEAK GOD’S WORDS TO PEOPLE IN NEED OF THE TRUTH.

1 Corinthians 14:3 – But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.

PROPHECY IS SPEAKING IDENTITY, PURPOSE AND DESTINY INTO PEOPLE.

1 Corinthians 14:31 – For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged.

1 Corinthians 14:39 – Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy…

 

Prophecy is something you are supposed to pursue!
Paul said we are supposed to want to go after it.

 

Isaiah 30:21 – And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.

Mark 4:24 – King Jesus himself said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.

Luke 11:28 – But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

John 10:27 – My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me

 

It’s a done deal. It’s a finished matter that we are to know God, not in theory, but in reality. There is no such thing as an intimate relationship where the two do not communicate.

 

Let’s go go back to that amazing meeting between Jesus and peter.

 

Matthew 16:17-18
Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.

 

The power to possess breakthrough comes from hearing the word of God.

The church whose foundation is built upon personal revelation of Jesus Christ by the mouth of God Himself is the church with breakthrough power.

Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Father.

 

YOUR ABILITY TO GET PAST THE ENEMY’S BARRIERS (the gates of hell) IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO YOUR ABILITY TO HEAR GOD SPEAK.

…and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

THAT DOESN’T JUST MEAN THE CHURCH IS INVADING HELL. It means Heaven is invading earth.

 

This is a time of finishing things.

 

2 Corinthians 8:11 – Now therefore perform the doing [of it]; that as [there was] a readiness to will, so [there may be] a performance also out of that which ye have.

 

Philippians 1:6 – Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ:

 

Ecclesiastes 7:8 – Better [is] the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: [and] the patient in spirit [is] better than the proud in spirit.

 

Revelation 3:2 – Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

John 4:34 – Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

 

 

“This is a time of unobstructed view”

 

1 Samuel 12:16 – Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes!

2 Samuel 10:12, 1 Chronicles 19:13 – The LORD will do what is good in His sight.

2 Chronicles 7:14-16 – If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that My name may be there forever. My eyes and My heart will always be there.

Psalm 19:14 – May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 27:4 – One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in His temple.

Psalm 34:8 – Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.

Red Letters 3: Becoming a Red Letter Christian
Sunday, April 26, 2020
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

 

Matthew 5, 6 and 7 give the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes – which comes from the Latin word for “blessed.” Here, it actually means “beautifully blessed.”

“Beautiful blessed is the life”
There are eight blessings and promises to make your life beautiful >

 

The Beatitudes
Matthew 5:3-12
Jesus said:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

 

Matthew 5:13-19
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

 

Becoming a Red Letter Christian
1. Living according to the words of Jesus

Jesus is the fulfillment of the written word of God. He is the personification of the spoken word of God and He is the power of the Living word of God. When we live according to the words of Jesus we have…

 

Becoming a Red Letter Christian
2. Living according to the values of Jesus
To love what Jesus loves and to hate what Jesus hates is to have a huge value for Jesus says is important.
That is also called “the fear of the Lord.”

 

Becoming a Red Letter Christian
1. Living according to the priorities of the Kingdom

The Kingdom is any place where the King has dominion.

My highest priority should not be to avoid criticism or to play it safe.

You can tell by how people are reacting in fear that though they might be Christians, they are not Kingdom people.

 

Becoming a Red Letter Christian
4. Living a life that not only demonstrates the Father’s hear, but what Jesus says.

 

Is Christ your life? Is He your daily passion? Is He your hope for the future? In Philippians, we get the opportunity to watch and study a mature Christian—Paul. He is somebody we should be modeling. In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul says, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.”

 

Welcome Home

Sunday, May 10, 2020 – Welcome Home 1
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, Texas

 

PSALM 118 – THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE

According to independent research, the King James Version (KJV) of the  Holy Bible contains 1189 chapters; Psalm 117 is the 595th; there are 594 chapters before Psalm 117, and 594 after it. Thus, it is 117, not 118,  that is the center chapter of the Bible.

The KJV has an even number of verses (31,102) and, thus, does not have a single middle verse.

The “middle verses” are Psalm 103:1-2, with 15,550 verses before and after.
Psalms 103:1-2 (A Psalm of David)
Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits

 

Psalm 118 does not name an author in its title, but there is reason to believe it was King David, the Sweet Psalmist of Israel. Ezra 3:10-11 suggests that Psalm 118 was sung at the founding of the second temple, and when they sang it, they attributed it to David (“according to the ordinance of David King of Israel,” Ezra 3:10).

“Most probably David was the author of this psalm… It partakes of David’s spirit, and everywhere shows the hand of a master. The style is grand and noble; the subject, majestic.” (Adam Clarke)

 

Psalms 118
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
2 Let Israel now say, “His mercy endures forever.”
3 Let the house of Aaron now say, “His mercy endures forever.”
4 Let those who fear the Lord now say, “His mercy endures forever.”
5 I called on the Lord in distress;
The Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.
6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
7 The Lord is for me among those who help me;
Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me.
8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
9 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.
10 All nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.
11 They surrounded me, Yes, they surrounded me;
But in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.
12 They surrounded me like bees;
They were quenched like a fire of thorns;
For in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.
13 You pushed me violently, that I might fall,
But the Lord helped me.
14 The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.
15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.
16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted;
The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.
17 I shall not die, but live,
And declare the works of the Lord.
18 The Lord has chastened me severely,
But He has not given me over to death.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness;
I will go through them, and I will praise the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord,
Through which the righteous shall enter.
21 I will praise You, for You have answered me,
And have become my salvation.
22 The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This was the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save now, I pray, O Lord;
O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity.
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
We have blessed you from the house of the Lord.
27 God is the Lord, and He has given us light;
Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will praise You;
You are my God, I will exalt You.
29 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.

 

Though this was likely David’s psalm, it was also Jesus’ psalm. “This is pre-eminently the triumph song of the Christ, He the ideal Servant, He the perfect Priest, He the Leader of the people. How much all these words meant to Him as He sang them on that night in the upper room.” (G. Campbell Morgan)

Matthew 23:39
“…for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

The Hebrew for “blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord” is the official Godly welcome of Israel.

THE PRINCIPLE OF
THE OFFICIAL WELCOME MATTERS
AS A PROPHETIC ACT

 

Jesus told Simon the Leper because he didn’t welcome him correctly and because Mary the sister of Lazarus did, that all the attention would go to her and the whole meeting was about what she was doing. (Matthew 26)

 

Jesus said in Mark 9:37
“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

We have to learn how to welcome the things, the ways and the person of God into every single part of our life.

Definition of welcome
transitive verb: to greet hospitably and with courtesy or cordiality

 

THE WORDS WELCOME HOME ARE INTERESTING WORDS TO ME

I LOVE WORD ORIGINS AND THE MARVEL OF LANGUAGE

 

The word Window – Wind hole you build in the wall.

Thresh hold – the things you put at the bottom of the door to keep your hay on your dirt floor

GEEK– IN THE 1800S A GEEK WAS A SIDE SHOW CIRCUS FREAK THAT BIT THE HEAD OFF OF ANIMALS. While that was going on, another geek would be working the crowd. That were superior marketing people who knew what the world didn’t know in promoting the buying of circus products. AND THAT’S WHY IN 2020 THE WORD GEEK MEANS SOCIALLY AWKWARD AND TECHNICALLY SAVVY.

The origins of the word ‘language’ meaning ‘expression of word’ comes from “lingua” or “the tongue.”

Revelation 7:9
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, Kindreds, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands

A unified mass of humanity before the throne that John could not imagine the number of people or the diversity in that redeemed crowd. Yet they were unified, all clothed in white, all of them righteous and all of the worshipping Jesus with palm branches in their hands.

It gives 4 different categories of human beings
4 is the number for creation
4 lunar cycles
4 seasons
4 elements
4 directions
4 Gospels to all creation
On the 4th day God created the material universe on the 4th day

Nations: “ethnos” or racial ethnic groups
Kindreds: tribes and variations of every race
Peoples: great variation of classes, skills and abilities
Tongues: languages and accents

 

Everybody belongs there. That’s what Home is all about. See, Heaven is not the place you go after you leave home. Heaven is the home you go to after you leave this place.

But that brings me to the language of this brand new teaching series “Welcome HOME.”

 

The language in the title

Middle English, alteration of wilcume, from Old English, from wilcuma desirable guest (akin to Old High German willicomo desirable guest); akin to Old English willa, will desire, cuman to come — more at WILL, COM

“I will you come.”

WELCOME: to accept with pleasure the occurrence or presence of somebody

“Welcome Home” is the phrase so let’s look at the word “Home”

Homes comes from the original understanding of belonging.

Middle English hom, hoome “dwelling, building, one’s native town or land,” going back to Old English hām “landed property, estate, dwelling, house, inhabited place, native land,” going back to Germanic *haima- “dwelling” (whence also Old Saxon & Old Frisian hēm “home, dwelling,” Middle Dutch heem, heim “dwelling,” Old High German heima “dwelling, homeland,” Old Norse heimr “abode, land, this world,” Gothic haims “village, countryside, [in compounds] home”), of uncertain origin

 

Haim Ham. Ham changed to HOM. Hom changed to
“at home.” So home is either what belongs to you and what you belong to.

 

When you say WELCOME HOME you are actually saying

Welcome Home
“I am so willing… for you to come here… and belong here.’

Friends I say that to you, and the staff and team say that today, because this is what the heart of Jesus is all about. This is what He says to all of us. Welcome home!

After several months of not having the freedom to gather as Christians or assemble together, we have finally been given back our rights to love God, to love each other, and join together in the same place, in a public setting and in broad daylight.

Welcome Home my friends!!!

Genesis 24:31a
And he said, ‘Come in, O blessed of the Lord! Why do you stand outside? For I have prepared the house, and a place for you…’

Jesus says he goes away to prepare a place for you.
Don Piper in his amazing account called “90 Minutes in Heaven” says that when he died and went to heaven, every person who had influenced him for the kingdom or was instrumental in his faith met him at the gate and welcomed him into heaven.

Philippians 2:29
“Welcome him joyfully in the Lord.”

We are supposed to actually be happy to be together.

Hebrews 13:1-2
Let brotherly love continue. 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.

 

1 Samuel 25:6
And thus you shall say to him who lives in prosperity: ‘Peace be to you, peace to your house, and peace to all that you have!’

Romans 15:7
Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.

 

AS MUCH AS WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE WELCOME HERE, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT JESUS IS WELCOME HERE.

 

The welcoming of the God the Father
Father your Kingdom come and your will be done
The welcoming of King Jesus
We seek the King and Kingdom and we officially and cordially welcome you here, Sir.
The welcoming of the Holy Spirit

SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2020
WELCOME HOME 2: HOUSE RULES
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

 

This year, we are celebrating 30 years of the OpenDoor Food Bank and 25 years of OpenDoor Church.
THERE WILL NEVER BE A MAJOR CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE UNTIL THERE IS A MAJOR CHANGE IN YOU.
My job and my role – and my understanding of my job and my role – has changed, developed, morphed and become more clear as I have grown and changed, and as our church and tribe has changed through the years.
I have changed a lot in how I teach and preach the Gospel, but I continue to tell my own story and not somebody else’s story. I really think that’s a good thing.

John 4:14 – “…but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
A well springing up. A fountain of living water – I think, meaning that we GIVE life, PREACH life and DEMONSTRATE life out of our overflow. If you don’t have it, you can’t give it.

Acts 3:6 – Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
So, if you’ve got it, flaunt it. Especially if there’s any victory in your life because of King Jesus.

Revelation 12:11 – And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death
I do tell my own stories, but my stories don’t make me the hero. My stories make Jesus the Hero.
Yes, I’ve got a revelation, but I’m not highly educated. Yes, I’ve got success, but I’ve got a rap sheet of failures that should have killed me.
I’ll tell you what I’ve learned that is much greater than success in the Kingdom, and that is Fruit.
God has not called you to be SUCCESSFUL in all things. He has called you to be FRUITFUL in all things.
So, get up and show people the fruit.
If you’re going to tell your own story, you have to be real. You have to vulnerable and you have to also understand that people need to know what’s perfect in your life is not your humanity.
You do and you will make mistakes. You don’t have it all figured out. You are still being transformed by the renewing of your mind. There are still problems and challenges and things you have to deal with.

HOUSE RULE #1
Only flawed people are allowed to operate in this house.
You will never do that if you want to be famous. If you’re famous, you are known for something. You can never disappoint the people who look at you.

HOUSE RULE #2
Don’t be famous; be influential. Be a leader.
Yes, there is a harvest and I’m going to tell you about it, but don’t think there’s no weeds in it. Show people your resolve to be more about the fruit than you are about the weeds.
So, in talking about my role as the leader of OpenDoor means that I have to be the senior person of influence.
The face, the voice and the attitude of how OpenDoor demonstrates the heart of King Jesus.
The chief architect of the culture of the house and definer of goals, finish lines and victory dances.
Culture: How we do things around here.
All of the parables where Jesus said, “The Kingdom of heaven is just like that” are times when Jesus is teaching us the culture of Heaven.
I’m going after something perfect and fully-formed, but I’m not presenting my life or our church as flawless.
This means a big part of our house rules has to be about grace.
“Grace is favor. The free and undeserved help God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God, adoptive sons, partakers of the divine nature and of eternal life.” It is understood by Christians to be a spontaneous gift from God to people “generous, free and totally unexpected and undeserved” – that takes the form of divine favor, love, clemency, and a share in the divine life of God.

 

HOUSE RULE #3
We love and celebrate the GRACE OF GOD in this house.
If you come from another house or a history that is suspicious of people who live in the grace of God, I want to invite you to embrace grace!
The Bible gives us 159 definitive verses on the grace of God.
The gift of the grace of God manifests in some many different ways, such as unmerited favor.

GRACE
1. God-given ability to overcome
2. Endless second chances

You can approach the presence of God anytime, in any condition under grace. You don’t have to live a powerless life because of Grace. You don’t have to hang your head or run off the reservation because of Grace. You don’t have to be a slave. You can a child of God and walk in true fellowship with Him because of Grace.

 

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS MINIMAL GRACE. I HAVE NEVER KNOWN ANYBODY WHO JUST NEEDED A LITTLE BIT OF GRACE.

THE GRACE TO ACCEPT THE KINGS INVITATION TO SIT AT HIS TABLE IN HIS HOUSE
2 Samuel 9:1-5 – And David said, “Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2 And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he. 3 And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet. 4 And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar. 5 Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar.
Several years earlier, David had made a covenant with his friend Jonathan. Jonathan was the son of Saul and the heir apparent to the throne, but God had rejected Saul as king over Israel and had chosen David. It was during this time that David remembered the covenant he had made with his best friend, Jonathan.So, David sent for a man named Ziba, who once served Saul. David asked him to see if there were any survivors of Saul’s family (v.3)
2 Samuel 9:3 – Then the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, to whom I may show the kindness of God?” And Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan who is lame in his feet.” 
Now, it is as if Ziba is saying to David, “You know king, you should think twice about sending for this guy. He is going to be no use for you because he’s lame.” But that didn’t matter to David. David sent for Mephibosheth that he might show kindness to him for Jonathan’s sake.
Now, the first mention of Mephibosheth is in 2 Samuel 4 where we are told how he came to be LAME IN HIS FEET.
When David takes the throne of Judah, Saul’s son Ishbosheth is ruling in Israel with Abner, his general. The rule of Ishbosheth collapses and Abner is killed. At this time, Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son, was 5 years old. When Mephibosheth’s nurse heard that Abner was killed, she panicked, grabbed the boy and ran thinking if David found him, he was dead. Why? Because it was the practice in that time for a new king to seek out any survivors of the previous dynasty for the purpose of WIPING them out.
All potential rivals were put to death.
History records that in some of the neighboring cultures the new rulers would seek out the surviving rivals and have them skinned alive.
They would take the skins of those people and make couches or chairs out of them.
So, the nurse was AFRAID of King David. She took Mephibosheth to flee from him and Mephibosheth fell, perhaps injuring his spinal column or breaking his ankles.

MESHIBOSHETH MEANS “SHAMEFUL ONE”
He could not walk because of a fall.      
THAT is us. We CANNOT walk right because of a fall. WE are lame as the result of the fall in the Garden that has affected ALL of us.
Intimacy with God was broken. The ability to live a righteous life became impossible.
No use to God. Unable to walk with God. Unable to serve God all because of the fall.  Sin, separation and death.
Remember, the name Mephibosheth means “Shameful One”
A perfect name for us. WE are shameful.
I DO NOT mean to pop anyone’s bubble today, but we need to see ourselves in the light of Scripture. Mankind is LAME and shameful. 

2 Samuel 9:8-7 – And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. 8 And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?

2 Samuel 9:13 – So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king’s table; and was lame on both his feet.

THIS IS HOW THE HOUSE RULES WORK FOR THE HOUSE OF THE KING.
He was still lame and he was still flawed, but he belonged at the honored place of the King’s table.
Table is family.

 

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Sunday, May 24, 2020 – Memorial Day 2020: Things Worth Remembering

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, Texas

UNCLE JOHNNY

In the entrance of the CIA headquarters looms a huge marble wall into which seventy-one stars are carved–each representing an agent who died in the line of duty.  At the base of this wall lies “The Book of Honor,” in which the names of these agents are inscribed–or at least thirty-five of them.  

Beside the dates of the other thirty-six, there are no names.  The identity of these “nameless stars” has been one of the CIA’s most closely guarded secrets for the fifty-three years of the agency’s existence.  Even family members are told little. In some cases, the agency has denied the deceased were covert operatives at all.

But just a few years ago, a name was written in the book that identified the star put there back in 1972.

“John W. Kearns”

(code name LONE STAR) and the Cold War in Laos

Kearns was one of the young Turks in Laos who wanted to take the fight directly to the NVA.

He oversaw all phases of these operations; planning, training, team leadership and motivation – command and control – and post mission debriefing and analysis.   

He was considered fearless by his peers.

Once, despite suffering a high fever from malaria, he insisted on flying over dangerous terrain to support one of his teams in securing a helicopter landing zone for a major troop infiltration behind enemy lines.

Kearns volunteered to try a cable landing from a helicopter to search for the missing crew of a crashed aircraft. He made it down but had only 10 minutes on the ground due to shortage of fuel. He extracted the body of the copilot and called out in vain for survivors.

Kearns sent action teams against North Vietnamese installations deep in enemy-held territory.

In his book, “A Look Over My Shoulder: My Life in the Central Intelligence Agency,” Richard Helms writes:

“Although Kearns was seriously wounded in the mortar attack, he directed counter battery fire, led others to safety and supervised as much of the evacuation of the wounded by helicopter as he could before being evacuated himself. Kearns died en route to the hospital. A mortar fragment had pierced his aorta…”

On this Memorial Day, choose carefully what you remember because not everything is worth remembering.

My Uncle Johnny is also mention is a book called “Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA” by John Prados.

“The CIA’S deaths now included Louis Ojibway, Wilbur Greene, Wayne McNulty, John Kearns, and John Peterson.”

  • One of the key components of living a victorious spirit-filled life is learning and having complete victory in what we do and what we do not remember.
  • God is such an awesome God that He can choose what He remembers. He can choose what He will never remember again.
  • THERE IS A KINGDOM PRINCIPLE IN MEMORIAL
    • Remembering certain things causes certain things to happen.
    • Forgetting certain things causes certain things to happen.

Psalms 42:6-7 – My soul is downcast within me;

therefore I will remember you

from the land of the Jordan,

the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.

Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me

THIS IS THE SPIRIT THAT BELONGS TO GOD’S PEOPLE.

  • A great big part own the fruit of the Holy Spirit is called SELF-CONTROL.
  • It’s a Philistine spirit that wants us to remember things not worth remembering/
    • The word “Philistine” means “to roll in the dust” or to “woller in self.”
  • Self-pity, self-promotion, self-righteousness, self-preservation – these are all selfishness.
    • Self-preservation is the first order of all things fleshly. That’s why we have something like Memorial Day where we remember those who have laid down their lives for the sake of our freedom.
  • There are things we must be willing to forget. Things we must say, “I’m not going to make a big deal out that anymore because every time I make a big deal out of that, I woller and roll around in self-pity or self-indulgence and I become toxic.”
  • Philippians 3:7-15 – But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind;
  • Maturity brings a God-given ability to be selfless in how we live and in how we think.

THIS IS WHAT GOD DOES AND HE INVITES US INTO THIS FREEDOM

GOD WILL REMEMBER YOU

Isaiah 49:14-16 – But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me.” 15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. 16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.”

GOD WILL REMEMBER YOU

Hebrews 6:10 – For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

GOD WILL REMEMBER YOU

Luke 23:42-43 – Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” 43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

GOD WILL FORGET YOUR YOUR SINS

Hebrews 8:12 – For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

THERE IS A SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLE OF MEMORIAL

  • Things change when we remember certain things.
  • Psalms 20:7 – Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will remember the name of the lord our God.
  • Horses are the strength of man and chariots are the clever inventions of man. David is saying, “All I need for certain deliverance is to remember the name of the Lord. How I know God personally.”   

1. REMEMBER the promises God has given you.

  • This list will keep you in times of trouble.
  • There are over 3,000 biblical promises.
  • The Father always keeps His promises—the same today as He did in the days of the Bible.
  • Some promises are conditional. For example, the guarantee of Psalm 37:4 requires obedience and partnership
  • Psalm 37:4 –  “Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
  • 2 Corinthians 1:20 – For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

2. REMEMBER the miracles God has done in your life.

  • This list will keep you trusting God.
  • 2 Samuel 22:31 – He is a shield to all who trust in Him; All those promises of rescue, deliverance and redemption.
  • LIVING IN A CONSTANT AWARENESS THAT NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE

3. REMEMBER the privileges and things you love about your life. This list will keep you thankful.

  • DO YOU REMEMBER HOW BLESSED YOU ARE? 
  • Zephaniah 3:17 says he will take great delight in us and quiet us with his love, he will rejoice over us with singing. Believers are special and God has given us many great and wonderful privileges.

What are our privileges as saints of God?

  • Believers have the privilege of continually coming into the presence of Christ. Let us avail ourselves of this daily through prayer, study of the Word, and the Christian community. This is our greatest honor.
  • Believers have the privilege of being built into a house of God. We need one another, a brick has very little usefulness by itself. Also, because we are the house of God, we should be a holy place, set apart for God’s worship. Everything we do can be worship because we are his temple.
  • Believers have the privilege of being priests that offer spiritual sacrifices. We should labor in prayer for others; we should serve others as priests in order to please and honor our God.
  • Believers have the privilege of sharing in the honor of Christ. The glory given to Christ by God has been given to us (John 17:22). Though rejected by the world, along with Christ, we must rejoice in the coming honor and glory. We are co-heirs with Christ, and therefore, recipients of the coming kingdom. This honor shines even brighter against the destiny of the lost.

King James Bible: Psalms 16:6 –The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

  • New American Standard Bible: The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.
  • The New Living Translation: The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance!

REMEMBERING HOW YOUR LIFE IS BLESSED WILL KEEP YOU THANKFUL

4. REMEMBER the prayers God has answered in your life.

This list will keep you praying.

5. REMEMBER the people God has put in your path who teach you, encourage you and have helped you become closer to the Lord and more solid in your walk.

This list will keep you humbly connected and ward off an independent spirit.

The value of healthy relationships

  • Everything in the kingdom is relational before it is functional
  • THIS LIST WILL KEEP YOU RELATIONAL
  • Remember what God has saved you from.

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MIC DROP 1 – The BOOM of His Words

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, Texas

If you study history, which to me is really the study of human beings in the midst of the circumstances of history. And if you were to look at King Jesus through the lens of His humble humanity, it might make you miss how great He really is.

He was born in an obscure village, the child of a teenage peasant girl. It was rumored he born outside of wedlock.

His family were refugees in Egypt, then refugees from Egypt where He grew up in another village, Nazareth. Here, He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. 

Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. 
He never wrote a book. 
He never held an office. 
He never had a family of His own or a home. 
He didn’t go to college. 
He never travelled more than two hundred miles from the place where He was born. 
He did none of the things that usually accompany greatness. 
He had no credentials but Himself. 
He was only thirty-three when the tide of public opinion turned against Him. 

His friends ran away. 
One of them denied Him. 
He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. 

He was forced to walk naked through a horrible crowd in the streets of Jerusalem.
He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. 
While He was dying, His executioners gambled for His garments – the only property He had on earth.

When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. 

Why would a bunch of Texans be totally fascinated and living in jaw-dropped wonder of a poor, jewish guy who lived in Roman-occupied Israel some 2,000 years ago?

Because, He is simply the greatest human being who has ever lived and He is still alive 2000 years later!

There is nobody like my Jesus!

Centuries have come and gone, and today He is the central figure of the human race despite His humble humanity.

“All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not effected the life of man on this earth as much as that One Solitary Life.”

Jesus was the only person in history who did everything right—not only in saving the world but also in daily life. He brought significance into everything he did. Jesus was the greatest leader and the most influential person ever. We actually know Him personally because, again, He is alive today.

Not only did He Master life but He mastered death and overcame it. Not only did He overcome death, He rose up and slapped death in the face for the rest of us. Then He took the chains of death off of us an threw them back into hell where they belonged. 

EXCUSE ME FOR BEING EXCITED AND OVER-THE-TOP, BUT WHEN WE SAY WE LOVE JESUS, WE MEAN WE LOVE JESUS.

He accomplished everything He ever tried to accomplish. He fulfilled impossible prophesies and answered unspeakable prayers.

The heavy WEIGHT of the person of Jesus is that there could be no greater influence a person could have in their life because He is God almighty in the form of a human being.

The WEIGHT of Jesus…

The WAYS of Jesus…

The WONDERS of Jesus…

The WISDOM of Jesus…

The WORKS of Jesus…

The WORDS of Jesus…

Jesus would open up His mouth and the weight, ways, wonders, wisdom and works of God would suddenly be communicated with such power and authority through the words He spoke. People would just stand there and go, “We have never heard or even imagined anything like this.”

You could ignore it because it didn’t come from the middle east. It came from heaven.

You couldn’t deny it because you could forget it. You couldn’t un-hear it.

When Jesus Christ spoke, it changed absolutely everything and that’s what I call a Holy Ghost mike drop.

“MIC DROP”

Luke 2:41-52 – (The Boy Jesus Amazes the Scholars) His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. 43 When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; 44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. 46 Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. 48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”

49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” 50 But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.

Jesus Advances in Wisdom and Favor

51 Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

MIC DROP #1

“Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”

“MIC DROP”

John 19:28-30 – After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His Spirit.

MIC DROP #2

“It is finished!”

“MIC DROP”

Matthew 9:1-8 –1 So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. 2 Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”

3 And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”

4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” 7 And he arose and departed to his house.

8 Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

MIC DROP # 3

Matthew 9:5 – For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’?

IF YOU CAN SEE MY POWER IN HEALING, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO SEE I HAVE POWER TO BRING  PEOPLE INTO TOTAL FORGIVENESS.

The reason He has power over your sins is that He had the power over all sin, and that include the sins that tempted Him.

“MIC DROP”

Luke 23:32-34 – There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. 33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

MIC DROP # 4

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

“MIC DROP”

John 8: 2-12 – Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”

11 She said, “No one, Lord.”

And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

MIC DROP # 5

“He who is without sin among you,

let him throw a stone at her first.”

MIC DROP # 6

“Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

MIC DROP # 7

“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

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MIKE DROP 2: OWN THE IMPACT

Sunday, June14, 2020

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

Have you seen the ELEPHANT ?

In the middle of the 19th century, the popular phrase “I have seen the elephant” referred to overcoming the adversities and hardships in one’s life. A fable revolved around a farmer who heard that the circus was coming to town. He had never seen an elephant, and headed to town with his produce to see the elephant. On the road, he encountered the elephant. Unfortunately, the farmer’s horse had never seen an elephant, either. The horse spooked, upset the cart, and ran off, destroying the farmer’s produce. Even so, the farmer declared “I don’t care, for I have seen the elephant.”

Most immigrants rushing to California by land or by sea had seen the elephant, “from the tip of his trunk to the end of his tail” by the time they arrived in California. For any who hadn’t, two or three weeks in California were certain to bring on the vision

Have you seen the elephant? Have you seen something that blew your mind? Something that most would have a hard time believing if you told them?

It was one of the things people wanted to talk to the 49ers about and what Texas Cowboys would brag about for years and years to their friends. That’s why every old west town has a white elephant saloon in it, and the bars and even fountain heads had elephants of brass at the bar.

It’s the question people should be asking you and I as Christians.

What have you personally experienced in the Kingdom that would be hard to convince me its real? What have you seen and heard that blew your mind and changed everything? What have you experienced that made such an impact you were never the same again?

Just like the elephant, it’s one thing to believe it exists. It’s a whole other thing for you have a personal experience that impacts you so much that you are never the same after that.

When it comes to the MIC DROP of the word of God and the presence of God, The Lord has designed it so the impact is completely on us.

WE HAVE TO OWN THE IMPACT.

Hebrews 2:3 …how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation…

There’s a funny term in the Bible for people who can’t be impacted: – STIFFNECKED.

Exodus 32:9 – And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:

Unteachable, hard hearted, super formal and dignified. We can’t be hard hearted or stiff necked.

Acts 9:4-6 – Saul’s encounter with Jesus

Jesus to Paul, “Is it hard for you to kick against the pricks?” Have I got your attention now?

When the word doesn’t impact us, IT HURTS us! To be hurt by resistance.

Acts 9:4-6 (The New Life Version) – “Saul, Saul, why are you working so hard against Me?” 5 Saul answered, “Who are You, Lord?” He said, “I am Jesus, the One Whom you are working against. You hurt yourself by trying to hurt Me.”

When we resist the impact, it hurts us and then we get mad at God for hurting us. That’s why religious churches are full of mad, hacked off people: because they have been taught that it’s Godliness to not let anything impact them. They develop a religious system of not responding and not believing. They become known for what they don’t do and what they don’t believe in. It’s why they are the church of the “chosen frozen.”

In Paul’s case, it changed everything for him. It changed his world view, his identity, his direction, his purpose and even his name from Saul to Paul.

WHEN WE LOSE OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BE IMPACTED, WE LOSE OUR ABILITY TO IMPACT THE WORLD WE LIVE IN.

A great example of a MIC DROP moment where Jesus spoke something and changed everything is when the modern media was trying to catch him in a gotcha moment. I’m sorry! I mean when the Pharisees were questioning Jesus.

Matthew 22:34-36 – But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

What denomination are you?

Matthew 22:37-40 – Jesus said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

I don’t care what denomination you are, this is the priority of people who truly follow after God.

Think of all the different ways people responded or reacted to what Jesus just said. Think about the powerful, world-changing impact it had on some and how some others just went about their business continuing with their evil agenda.

If you are going to be the kind of person who walks away changed and highly impacted by this world-changing MIC

DROP, you’ve got to learn to capture phrases and language in everyday life. Every day. That’s a MIC DROP.

The first time I heard T.D. Jakes:

“IT IS ONE THING FOR GOD TO REVEAL TO YOU HIS PLAN. IT’S IS ANOTHER THING FOR YOU TO CONFORM YOU LIFE TO THE IMAGE OF THAT PLAN.”
– T.D. Jakes

Or the first time I heard Graham Cooke:

“EVERYTHING IN THE KINGDOM IS RELATIONAL BEFORE IT IS FUNCTIONAL.”
– Graham Cooke

Joseph the prophetic dancer:

“My main responsibility as the senior pastor is to be the chief architect of the culture of the house.”
– Erwin McManus

God tells brother Mario Murillo to steal a bike…

Romans 12:2 – And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

THE IMPACT IS EVERYTHING!

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School of Ministry

Sunday, October 30, 2019

Solving Problems

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

 

DISCOVER THE PROBLEM
You are a supernatural problem-solver.

 

You tap into this By personalizing the fact that God has solved the greatest problem of all.
1. Man’s greatest problem is sin.
2. God has solved the greatest problem of all! God sent His beloved Son to be our substitute and to die in our place. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

But we have to develop huge skill sets in problem solving.

* Favor and increase come from your ability to solve problems

Joseph became the second in command of a great world empire because of his ability to solve problems.

Daniel had influence over world leaders because of his ability to solve problems.

Nehemiah became a savior of generations of Jews because he had the God-given ability to solve problems.

 

* Your value in the workplace is determined by your ability to solve problems.

You have to make sure you are not a part of the problem.

 

Luke 17:3-4
“Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

 

 

“WHATEVER THE PROBLEM IS,
IT’S NOT GOING TO BE ME.”
– Pastor Troy

 

 

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Prayer is the exchange between you and heaven It goes two ways. It’s angels ascending and defending upon the ladder of Jesus.

Supplication is the thing you present to God from your world that you don’t have a clue where God is on the subject.

 

It is the plan of the enemy to make every mole hill into a giant mountain in your life.

We call that “drama.” Drama displaces truth.

Identifying what is real and true is one way we determine in our hearts to partner with God in our thinking.
“Whatsoever…”

 

Generating alternatives.
Evaluating and selecting alternatives.
Events Trends Systems Mental models

6-7-1

 

Understand the problem by observing and listening.

The phrase “divine council” comes primarily from Psalm 82:1 (“God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment”; ESV).
The words “God” and “gods” in this verse are both the Hebrew word “Elohim.” The first instance must be singular because of the Hebrew grammar. The verb translated “has taken his place” is grammatically singular, while the second instance must be treated as a plural since it is preceded by “in the midst of” (prepositional phrase beqereb).
The gods (plural “elohim”) of Psalms 82:1 are called “gods” and “sons of the Most High” (the God of Israel) later in verse 6 of the same psalm.

 

COME UP WITH A SOLUTION AND EXPECT OPPOSITION.

 

Nehemiah 6:3 (NKJV)
So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?”

 

TAKE THE PROBLEM FROM “ME” TO “WE.”

 

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Adorned Ladies Conference

Sunday, November 6, 2019

Night 3

Pastors Troy and Leanna Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

 

HOW DO WE ADORN OURSELVES?

 

Isaiah 61:10

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

 

Job 29:14

I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; My justice was like a robe and a turban.

 

Psalm 30:11

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness…

 

In New Testament, we are told to “Put On” or get decked out in the following things:

  • Love
  • Forgiveness
  • A tender heart
  • Humility
  • Esteeming others
  • Brokenness
  • Honor & Authority
  • Submission
  • Obedience
  • Patience
  • Gratefulness
  • Contentment
  • Praise
  • Trust
  • Self Control
  • Our Speech & thoughts
  • Sincerity
  • A good work ethic
  • Compassion

 

ADORNED SCRIPTURES:

 

CHRISTIAN WOMAN TO ADORN THEMSELVES IN HUMILITY

1 Peter 3:5

For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands…

 

NEW JERUSALEM

Revelation 21:2

Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

 

That’s how we are supposed to be adorned on the outside but I’m going to give you the word for how we are are decked out on the inside 

Adoration 

 

Adoration is a  disciplined emotional response to the love of God.

Adoration, after all, is passion with intentionality. 

 

Affection is state of being affected by something or the state of affecting something else. 

 

You think about things in a way to where you let it affect you

James 5:16 

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

Effectual: things that effect you; successful or producing an intended result

 

Avails: help, benefit; an opportunity or available resources

but a great word for determination  is ABIDING 

 

Abiding means we value and honor our relationship with God above all others.

 

 Abide in Me, and I in you,” Jesus said in John 15:4. “As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.” 

 

When we keep our consciousness focused on God, our faith increases exponentially. 

 

DEVINE DETERMINATION 

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Guest Speakers

Sunday, November 18, 2019

Pastor Jerry Sellers,

OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

 

The book of Philippians is written to the believers that where in Philippi. They where greatly persecuted to the point that many where dispersed and where running for their lives. They had to leave homes, their lively hood, families because of their faith.The book of Philippians is written to the believers that where in Philippi. They where greatly persecuted to the point that many where dispersed and where running for their lives. They had to leave homes, their lively hood, families because of their faith.
Philippians 4 — — full of transformational scripture
Vs4 – Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say RejoiceVs6 – Don’t worryVs7 – Peace of God will guard your heart and mindVs9 – God of Peace will be with youVs19 – my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches
There is one scripture that I believe releases us to be extraordinary, supernatural, an overcomer, to go after the atmosphere of Heaven, to walk in signs miracles and wonders, to break free from the mistakes of the past.
To life a life of victory, to be a winner, to be an overcomer
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christwho strengthens me.
Say it with me. It all starts with our minds, how we think.
Proverbs 23:7 (TPT)For as he thinks within himself, so is he.
The power of transformed thinking.
You have to learn to think right.
The Bible says
Philippians 4:8 (TPT)So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.
Philippians 2:5 (KJV)Let this mind be in you,which was also in Christ Jesus.
We need to learn to think the way Jesus does. We honestly have to work at having a right mind.

Romans 12:2  (TPT)Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.
It’s-a choice to Think optimistic thoughts or positive thoughts
Difference between a Positive thinker and a Negative thinker is how we learn to handle self-talk.
Part of the challenge of self-esteem, part of the challenge of finding out and discovering our identity, part of the challenge of learning how to love ourselves, part of the challenge of thinking positively is dealing with the self talk that goes on in our head.
There has been studies from psychologist and in these  studies they discuss self talk and self-love. The reset the research shows that if you’re alive, then you’re involved in self talk. Another words you talk to yourself and in the research it says that you talk to yourself more than you talk to anybody else.
We speak to our self 9000 to 50,000 words every day. 9000 is the men 50,000 is the women.

Psychologist tell us that 80% of our self talk is negative it’s destructive. We have an enemy in fact in Revelation 12 it talks about the accuser and this accuser accuses us day and night before the father. When we don’t like ourselves, when we allow these negative thoughts to linger and to take root in the soil of our minds, we then begin to embrace the accusers revelation of ourselves and we begin to struggle even liking ourselves.
Does any of this sound familiar? what we are doing is We are partnering with the negative thoughts that bombard our minds day in and day out.
That’s self talk. Why is that self talk? We are breeding the accuser’s the devil’s revelation into our souls because we don’t like ourselves and we are embracing his commentary on us and not believing God’s commentary about us.
When we learn to have the mind of Christ, when we learn to renew our minds, when we learn to transform our minds then we learn to reject the enemies commentary the negative thoughts about ourselves and we jump into what God says about us and we learn to love us.
We say no I am a child of the king I am a son of God I am the beloved I am the one that he created. I am washed in the blood of Jesus Christ and by the way have a new heart and I knew mind I am a new creation. I have a brand new nature his righteousness has been inputted into me he lives in me I live in him and I stand before God the father has justified.
ILL. a little ponyMeadowlark Lemon – 1950s

1. I CAN – Make A Resolution
So much of us discovering and stepping into our true identity is being. It’s believing what the Father is about us who we are and who we are becoming. it’s having faith
We have to believe before we can upgrade to achieve:                                         blessing anointing healing provision forgiveness
How many times did Jesus speak this?42 times in the Gospels alone.
ILL greatest baseball player in the world

 

Hebrews 11:6-8  (KJV) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 

Winning walks with Jesus, victories, overcome.You have to believe, what is it that you want from God? What is the desire of your heart – believe, apply faith to it.
Say with me “ I can” “Do all things”
2. “DO ALL THINGS” Be Ready To Walk Out Our Faith
what we believe
You can’t just sit on your butt and expect things to happen.
Through the years some have disguised desire for what they want under the banner of Faith.
Family salvation – believe, faith, seek the Lord, invite to church, live a life that glorifies God.
Become what you believe:
John 14:12 (NIV)12Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

 

 

Matthew 10:7-8And as you go, preach this message: ‘Heaven’s kingdom realm is accessible, close enough to touch.You must continually bring healing to lepers and to those who are sick,  and make it your habit to break off the demonic presence from people,  and raise the dead back to life. Freely  you have received the power of the kingdom, so freely release it to others.

Love is an action; that means there’s something to do. James said faith without works is dead. Jesus said if you love me keep my commandments.
Jehovah – Father is a God of Action told the disciples to go, live; not just believe, not just have faith. A lot of Believers are just sitting, and waiting for his return. Jesus said occupy till I come…Do business
Look at many of the miracles recorded in the Bible involving action (feeding 5000, Jerico, Peter walking on the water, the woman who had the issue of blood, Elijah and the widow, Moses Aaron and Hur, the catching of the 153 fish).
There is something to do. Are you serving? Do you volunteer in a specific ministry? What fruit are you producing? Well Jerry I’m just to busy….We all have a Kingdom assignment listen oThe only thing that you will do that will outlast you is serving and doing Kingdom assignments. You can greet, children’s or youth, media, usher, prayer teams, alter teams, teach, help cook team food bank what is it that he Father has specifically created you for?
3. “Through Christ who strengthens me” Rely On Jesus Christ
When we get Jesus involved ALL things are possible; without Him the impossible stays impossible
Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
Hebrews 12:2 (NKJV)2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…

 

He is the Power – Dynamos  – Dynamite
He is our Strength…..The joy of the Lord is our strength.
ILL little boy and a rock
I CAN: faith; hope; believingDO ALL THINGS: feet ??, action, work; fighting for you?????THROUGH CHRIST: foundation; force, fuel of God
I can do all things through Christ – proclamation, performance, power
What can you do through Christ?
Live an anointed lifeLive victorious today and can be free from the pastReceive a 100-fold blessingWalk in the healing love of Jesus See salvation come to your entire familyProvide for your familyBe a powerful witnessLove your enemiesDo good to those who do evilLight in the darknessBe a powerful giver – I have nothing then get to workBreak addictionsWalk in favorLive abundantly Resist the devilMake a differenceA great husband, wife, daddy, momma, son, daughterYou can have eternal life

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Ron Cantor,

OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

 The Prophetic Timeline of Israel
How much Greater Richness will Israel fullness bring?

Acts 1:6-8 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

John Calvin There are as many errors in this question as words. But are there?

Notice! He does not rebuke them. at this time! the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But … for 2,000 years do this — and then…

 

Greater Riches Revival But if [Israel’s] transgression means riches for the world, and [Israel’s] loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will [Israel’s] full inclusion bring! …For if [Israel’s] rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will [Israel’s] acceptance be but life from the dead? (Romans 11:12, 15) Jewish acceptance of Jesus is connected to world revival!

 

John 4 John 4 is a prophetic picture He starts in Jerusalem He stops for ? days in Samaria A day to the Lord they welcome him in Galilee There is nothing in future prophetic history that has not been prophesied.

 

2,000 There was a pause to God’s plan — Romans 11:11 Constantine Crusades Inquisition God could not fulfill his final plan with Church hating Jews.

 

Things begin to Change Christians begin to pray for Israel’s restoration Zinzendorf: 100 years of prayer Charles Simeon 1903 American evangelist and Christian Zionist William E. Blackstone sent Theodor Herzl a Bible with all the passages about Israel’s restoration highlighted.
-Theodore Herzl, Father of Zionism image

 

Charles Simeon At one missionary meeting Simeon has seemed so carried away with the future of the Jews that a friend passed him a slip of paper with the question, “Six millions of Jews and six hundred millions of Gentiles—which is more important?” Simeon at once scribbled back, “If the turning of the six is to be life from the dead to the six hundred, what then?”

 

Things begin to Change
Christians begin to pray for Israel’s
restoration
Zinzendorf: 100 years of prayer
Charles Simeon
1903 American evangelist and
Christian Zionist William E.
Blackstone sent Theodor Herzl a
Bible with all the passages about
Israel’s restoration highlighted.
-Theodore Herzl, Father of Zionism image

 

Tongues // Hebrew Ben Yehuda comes to Israel 1882 Beginning of Modern “tongues” movement. Late 1880s Herzl and Azuza Street
-Eliezer Ben Yehuda Resurrected Hebrew image

 

Agnes N. Ozman Quote

 

Tongues // Hebrew Ben Yehuda comes to Israel 1882 Beginning of Modern “tongues” movement. Late 1880s Herzl and Azuza Street
-Eliezer Ben Yehuda Resurrected Hebrew Image

 

1948 Israel becomes a nation Latter Rain Revival: begins in 48 with Billy Graham and Oral Roberts

 

1966 A previous article, from October 1965, had investigated a trend among 1960s theologians to write God out of the field of theology … Modern science seemed to have had eliminated the need for religion to explain the natural world, and God took up less and less space in people’s daily lives.
-Is God dead time mag image

 

1967 April 8th, 1966 “Is God Dead?” June 5th, 1967 — Six Day War Jesus Revolution 1971 Jesus Revolution 1973 TIME COVER

 

Russian Exodus 1991—1 Million Russian Speaking Jews comes out of FSU. 1993/95—Toronto Blessing/Brownsville Revival Jewish Awakening in Russia and Ukraine

 

From Luther to 10 Jubilees 1517—Beginning of the Reformation 1917—Balfour Declaration 1967—Jerusalem Restored 2017—Trump Recognition of Jerusalem/Move Embassy summer of “hell” to booming economy Recognition: Dec. 6 >> Tax Bill passed Dec. 20

Becoming a Epic Dreamer
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2019
Rabbi Jason Sobel, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

Genesis 37:1-10 (TLV)
Parashat Vayeshev
Joseph, Favored Son
Now Jacob dwelled in the land where his father had sojourned, in the land of Canaan. 2 These are the genealogies of Jacob.

When Joseph was 17 years old (he was a youth), he was shepherding the flocks with his brothers—with the sons of his father’s wives Bilhah and Zilpah. Joseph brought back a bad report about them to their father.

3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his other sons because he was the son of his old age. So he had made him a long-sleeved tunic. 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak to him in shalom.

5 Then Joseph dreamed a dream and told his brothers—and they hated him even more. 6 He said to them, “Please listen to this dream I dreamed. 7 There we were binding sheaves in the middle of the field. All of a sudden, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.”

8 “Will you truly be a king over us?” his brothers said to him. “Will you really rule over us?” So they hated him even more because of his dreams and because of his words.

9 But then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers, saying, “I have just dreamed another dream. Suddenly, there was the sun and the moon and the eleven stars bowing down to me!” 10 He told it to his father as well as his brothers.

Then his father rebuked him and said to him, “What’s this dream you dreamed? Will we really come—your mother and I with your brothers—to bow down to the ground to you?”

Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020
Mark Crawford, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

“From the moment John stepped onto the scene until now, the realm of heaven’s kingdom is bursting forth, and passionate people have taken hold of its power.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:12‬ ‭TPT‬‬

 

““Sing, O barren, You who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, You who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate Than the children of the married woman,” says the LORD. “Enlarge the place of your tent, And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, And strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left, And your descendants will inherit the nations, And make the desolate cities inhabited.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭54:1-3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

 

Your HEART in HIS rhythm

Other Sermons

Red and Green Lights
Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, Texas
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019

Simon says…

Matthew 7 has a common theme – abundant life, living life forward and principles of breakthrough

MATTHEW 7:7-12 IS ALL ABOUT THE LIFESTYLE OF ASKING AND HOW IT WORKS
* “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. – Matthew 7:7-12

MATTHEW 7:13-14 IS ALL ABOUT SEEKING OR ENTERING IN
The Narrow Way
* “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. – Matthew 7:13-14

Choices, options, decisions:

MATTHEW 7:15-20 IS ALL ABOUT KNOCKING OR PRODUCING FRUIT
* You will know them by their fruits
* “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them. Matthew 7:15-20

* IF YOU BELIEVE IN BREAKTHROUGH AND ACCOMPLISHMENT, YOU NEED TO BELIEVE IN A SPIRIT AND ATTITUDE OF BREAKTHROUGH AND ACCOMPLISHMENT.

 

There are different levels of scripturally–defined concepts of breakthrough faith.

 

BREAKTHROUGH

ONE LAYER OF REVELATION: BREAKTHROUGH IS A MILITARY CONCEPT
* A breakthrough is a military concept. When one army is able to weaken its enemy’s forces to the point of collapse, a breakthrough occurs, allowing that army to invade and take its enemy’s territory.
* We know that we serve a God of conquest
* …we know that since the days of John the Baptist, people of the kingdom take new territory through violence and by force – Matthew 11:12

OUR BREAKTHROUGHS ARE OPPOSED BY POWERFUL FORCES
* For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 6:12
* Whether we’re battling for breakthroughs against our own stubborn sin, the unbelief of a loved one or breakthroughs in the missional advance of our local church, reaching unreached peoples, rescuing persecuted believers, orphans, sex slaves, or the unborn, we are up against “spiritual hosts of wickedness or spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” – Ephesians 6:12
* BREAKTHROUGH IS ABOUT A BIRTH (New Beginnings)
* Birth of nation, birth of a company, birth of a dream

BREAKTHROUGH HAPPENS FOR THE PURPOSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT
Biblical Keys to Goal Setting
* Characteristics of Kingdom people for goal setting and accomplishing vision
* Faith – We serve a big God who can accomplish the impossible. There is nothing He can’t do. We can believe He journeys with us and always has our best in mind. He is trustworthy and faithful.
* Humility – We never want to be in a position of demanding that things work out or that all our goals are accomplished exactly as we say. The Lord’s will always trumps our own. We need to be sure our attitude is one of humility before our holy and mighty God.
* Commitment – We need to commit ourselves to the tasks at hand.
* Diligence – Goals often require hard work. We need to be diligent in our effort.
* Perseverance – We will face set backs and disappointments, but need to persevere through rough times. Don’t give up!
* Alignment with God’s Word and Will – As we mentioned above, are we within the parameters of God’s Word and His character?
* Forethought & Planning – Have we done the appropriate homework before starting our task? Have we counted the cost?
* Motivation – We need to ask the hard questions. What is our goal and why? Do we have selfish motives or are we operating with a healthy heart.

WE PARTNER WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT BY ANSWERING THE CALL FOR A BREAKTHROUGH–DETERMINATION

* This is a call for holy determination. Keep praying and don’t lose heart (Luke 18:1).
Just like in any large-scale war, there are many battles. Some breakthroughs are achieved relatively quickly; others require long, persevering endurance. But either way, breakthroughs require a determination to keep up the assault.

SPIRIT OF “HALT”
If you are not sure or not determined, that’s when you begin to partner with a spirit of halt.

1 Kings 18:21
Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you HALT between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing.

 

Philippians 1:3
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ…

 

Revelation 12 – The dragon and the woman scripture
Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. 2 Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth. 3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. – Revelation 12:1-4

 

The yoke of Jesus is easy.

 

HOPE DEFERRED MAKES THE HEART SICK
Proverbs 13:12
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.

 

SPIRIT OF HALT / DESIGNED DELAY

It’s the simple understanding of releasing certain things at certain stages so you achieve certain goals.

Strategic planning requires strategic timing.
There’s a value for every stage.

 

You do not deploy the parachute inside the airplane or you will fall to you death after you jump out.

You do not introduce sexual ideas to children
you don’t provide sexual education to 3rd graders and bring in drag queens to read story books to your babies unless you
have an agenda for catastrophic failure.

DESIGNED DELAY IS PART OF THE BLUEPRINT AND STRATEGY TO PREVENT DISASTER AND ACCOMPLISH DESIRED OUTCOMES

Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP)
For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

 

In the kingdom, there is certain revelation that must be released before other revelations.

There’s a plan.

When Israel graduated from the wilderness and crossed the Jordan into the promised land God took them to the city of palms
(Jericho)

After you get your diploma
A comprehensive examination is required

Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TexasTroy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TexasSunday, Nov. 24, 2019

The book of James is the “put up or shut up” book of the New Testament.   
It’s the book that says, “If you say you have it in your heart, the rest of us should be able to see it in your life.” 
When James gave his credentials, he could have said, “I am the half brother of the Lord Jesus Christ.” 
He could have said, 
“I was there when the angel busted Peter out of Prison”(Acts 12:17)  
“I made the deciding speech at the Jerusalem Council” (Acts 15:13–22) 
“I am one of the pillars of the Church”(Galatians 2:9)  
“I was one of the select individuals Christ appeared to after his resurrection” (1 Corinthians 15:7)

“When Paul got saved, I was the first guy he came to see for verification”  (Galatians 1:19)
As a matter of fact, Paul did the same on his last visit to Jerusalem (Acts 21:18) “When my brother Jude wrote his book, his highest credential was that he was my brother. In other words, he said, ‘My brother, James, can vouch for me'”  (Jude 1:1)

James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,James 1:1 

Serving is not your identity. Your identity is a son or a daughter of God. Your highest credential of identity is that you are part of the family of Jesus Christ. 
Your highest credential for authority is that you serve. See, Jesus qualified you for family at the cross through His precious blood. 
But you and I qualify ourselves for authority through serving. JESUS SAID

Matthew 23:11 – But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.
The angel Gabriel presented his badge of authority to the daddy of John the Baptist this way … 
Luke 1:19  – And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings.” 
What Gabriel is saying is, “I stand in His presence, watching and waiting on him. I serve Him night and day. I wait on Him hand in foot so if I say it’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen. I’ve got awesome authority so do not contradict me.” 

FAMILY is who you get to be. FREEDOM is what you get to walk in. SERVING is what you get to do. 

PAUL PUT IT THIS WAY:

1 Corinthians 13:13 – And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

LOVE IS WHEN YOU LAY DOWN YOUR LIFE. LOVE IS WHEN YOU SERVE.

We are not talking about works. We are talking about “Acts.” 
Works are when you do something in the hope it will make you saved. Acts are when you do something because you know you are saved. 

Works are something you do because you have no faith. Acts are something you do because you do have faith. 
The fifth book of the New Testament is not called, “the thoughts of the apostles” or “the supernatural gifts of the apostles.” It’s not called “the philosophies or opinions” of the apostles. It’s called THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES. 
The first century church HAD A REPUTATION FOR CHANGING EVERYTHING. They had a reputation for revolution. 
Acts 17:6 – “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also…”

A church that changes the world is full of ACTS. 
A world-changing Church is something that actually moves forward and lives life as if Jesus Christ really is the answer. 
A Christian who is full of the Holy Spirit is just like the book that introduces us to the Holy Spirit.
Not every Christian acts.Not every church acts. 
Acts 5:12 – The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. 
God did extraordinary miracles through Paul.(Acts 19:11)

THE POWER OF GOD IS ASSOCIATED WITH ACTS OF SERVICE 

TRANSFORMATION AND REVOLUTION HAPPEN THROUGH ACTS OF SERVICE 

One of the greatest reasons Christians don’t become world-changers is because they don’t know who they are or what their purpose is. 
I tell you this: you will not discover who you are unless you give yourself away.  
YOU DISCOVER YOUR CALLINGS THROUGH SERVING.  
Identity: Who God says you are Purpose: What God says you are here for Destiny: How you contribute and change things 
Christianity is a VERB”SERVOLUTION” It’s a lifestyle of standing on the promises of God,following hard after the King of Kings, and going into highest potential of our own callings. 
When Christianity is a noun it is ugly. Christ is a noun. Christianity is an action based upon thedemonstration of the heart that has been given to each of us. 

The only way we can see our lives, our families, our communities or our generation transformed is through selfless acts of redemption

The Missing Link
Jerry Sellers, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, Texas
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2019

The Missing Link

Jesus never said make Christians he said make disciples. It seems like today in 21st century Christianity the culture of the church that it’s focus has shifted to getting as many as possible to the door.

 

Revelation 3:20
Behold, I’m standing at the door, knocking. If your heart is open to hear my voice and you open the door within, I will come in to you and feast with you, and you will feast with me.

 

It seems that what Jesus said in

Matthew 28:18-20
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 

May have not been forgotten but definitely has lost its priority. Have we possibly confused and rearranged what His intent was. Hear me Salvation is important (duh Jesus died to redeem us back to the Father, so that our sins would be completely forgiven,) but hear me when I make this next statement…that just the beginning. It’s just the starting point. It’s become our focus. Remember a couple weeks ago I said what we focus on we give our power too. Well it seems that the church has put majority of its focus on the destination… on Heaven, on Salvation when all along the

Fathers Focus has been on Transformation

And I believe that’s comes from
obedience…doing what we know
relationship…with Holy Spirit and others who pour into you
partnership…With Holy Spirit and others you pour into

Salvation, by faith receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior is the wedding it’s not the marriage.

Let’s not forget our Vision/Mission the Great commandment which partners with the Great Commission

 

If you follow what Jesus commanded the disciples and then studied how they walked out what Jesus said in the early church you will see their focus was too bring others into connection and community.

Connection with people and connection with the Holy Spirit was paramount

Relationship was a priority that you was connected to someone who knew God cause 1st century Christ followers didn’t have what we have today.

Understand that connection was everything because they didn’t have the Bible and only heard portions if they went to the temple. They didn’t have books and didn’t have a printing press. Only the priest had access to portions of Old Testament scripture and for the common man and women they would have to go to the Temple to hear anything from the Bible.

So when Jesus said make disciples he wasn’t saying teach them to read God’s word cause they didn’t have it.

What they did have was modeled by Jesus and that was bringing others into connection and community and that produced transformation.

But in todays culture Christianity is not the same or means the same as following Jesus.

Can I suggest a thought or two?

How many people have you personally talked to that say they are Christian, they believe in God, or they prayed a prayer. But their life bears no fruit of any transformation.

 

 

2 Corinthians 5:17
Now, if anyone is enfolded in Christ, he has become an entirely new person. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new.

You can’t live in sin and follow Jesus cause Jesus isn’t going that way.

Mark 8:34 (NIV)
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Can I live with my girl friend and be a Christian yes but you can’t love with your girlfriend and follow Jesus cause he’s not going that way.

It seems that Christianity doesn’t mean following Jesus anymore.

Could it be that we are making Christians but not making disciples

Acts 2:42
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

 

They were in community

Look at the order
Apostles teaching…remember they didn’t have a bible. (Sidenote I wonder maybe that’s why Paul said I would that you all prophecy)
Fellowship
Breaking bread
Prayers

Isn’t it odd that Luke noted fellowship and breaking bread before prayer

Another words what they were committed to was having meals together, hanging out together listening to the apostles teaching and then praying about. The different e was they were in community.

Who are you in community with?

What would have happened if we worked at getting into community the 1100 salvations we have had this year?

Acts 9:26-27 (DLNT)

And having arrived in Jerusalem, he was trying to join the disciples. And they all were fearing him, not believing that he was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas, having taken-hold-of him, brought him to the apostles and related to them how he saw the Lord on the road, and that He spoke to him; and how in Damascus he spoke-boldly in the name of Jesus.

Discipleship is about Belonging

 

Barnabas and Paul 13 years

Then Barnabas and Mark
He mentors Mark

Barnabas writes no books in the Bible but takes ahold of a former Pharacie and he mentors him for 13 years. And that man becomes the great apostle Paul and writes 13 books of the New Testament. Then Barnabas and Paul spilt over John Mark and Barnabas takes a hold of Mark and mentors him for another 14 years and he in turn writes the book of Mark.

Without Barnabas 14 books of the New Testament may have not been written.

So what am I trying to say…Most of us are one Barnabas short of being a Miracle.

This is what it means to Disciple

We take a hold of them…You belong to Me

Belong
Believe
Behave

Belonging Your saying I care about you; what happens to you matters to me; I’m here for you.

Well I don’t know how to do that….Do you know how to love people yeah well then do that. We are talking about being there in times of need, caring for someone, picking up a phone and checking on them, giving advice, letting them know they matter. Belonging and connection and community.

Discipleship Is not just teaching people things its reproducing yourself

David and his mighty men 1SAMUEL 22(36:00)
DAVID IS A GIANT KILLER AND HE REPRODUCES GIANT KILLERS
At the end of his life it says these are the men who belonged to David.

Who do you have that belongs to you and who do you belong too?

Luke 6:40
The Student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher

The goal is not that you would know what I know the goal is that you would be who
I am

1 Corinthians 4:14-21

 

What is the goal of teaching? To know what I know

What is the goal of Fathers? That you would become who I am(44:49)

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

The beginning of the Christmas story is laid out in a conversation between an angel named Gabriel – which means “God is my strength” – and a teenage girl named Mary.

Luke 1:26-38
“Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth. 27 To a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; Blessed are you among women!” 29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His Kingdom there will be no end.” 34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” 35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.” 38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.”

The Bible says Mary didn’t think too much of herself.

She was excited about this time in her life because she was in the engagement process, about to be married. She and Joseph are already betrothed, which means she’s 100% committed to him and everyone knows they’re going to get married.

It’s in this interim time that Gabriel shows up and says these amazing things to her.

The Bible says “she cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.” Literally she’s thinking the brother has the wrong address.

He tells her how blessed she is and how awesome she is that God has chosen her, in fact, she’s the most highly favored woman the world has ever seen.

Now Mary has to be totally confused. She’s a poor girl in a poor village in an occupied nation that is terribly oppressed by the Romans. She’s literally nobody, yet this angel says she’s the most highly blessed of all women.

Isn’t that the way it always is? The Lord will show up and He’ll tell us something amazing about who we are and what our purpose is, and we always think He’s mistaken us for somebody else.

When God is calling us into greatness we always think that He’s mistaken us for somebody else. In fact, we are mistaking ourselves for somebody less. We’re mistaken in our identity.

 

To deal with this issue, Gabriel calls Mary by name. Then he tells her that he’s got great news, she’s going to get pregnant. She points out the issue that she’s never known a man and it’s impossible for a virgin to become pregnant. And he responds that the Holy Spirit is going to take care of all of that and that’s how she’ll know that the child is a supernatural child.

Then she says this amazing thing:

“Behold, the maidservant of the Lord.”

She was ready to get with the program although she didn’t fully understand it and knew it was going to be very, very difficult. That is an amazing response.

The next thing she says is even more amazing: She says,

“Let it be as the Lord has spoken unto me.”

You need to be able to say that. Whatever the word of God is concerning your life, you need to be able to say ‘let it be as the word of God has spoken for me.’

We need to be very careful that we don’t use our own words to be against what God Almighty has spoken to us. Our words do not need to contradict what God Almighty says.

“Let it be as the word of God has spoken for me.“ Start practicing that right now.

Here is Mary, a teenager who probably didn’t have any next-level counsel in her life, yet she gives a next-level response.

She doesn’t argue or try to talk the angel out of anything. She simply asks, “How can this be?” Mary had a next-level heart.

IF MARY HAS A NEXT-LEVEL HEART, JOSEPH HAS THE HONOR OF A KING

Now Mary has to go to Joseph and tell him she’s pregnant but it’s a God thing. And Joseph thinks that’s wack. These were not Marvel comic superheroes, these are people just like us.

Can any man imagine if you were engaged to somebody and she showed up pregnant and says she didn’t cheat on you, that it’s a God thing?

I can’t imagine the disappointment in Joseph’s life. He thought he knew Mary. He could have thrown a fit, pointed his finger and made a public spectacle, bu the Bible says Joseph “sought to put her away privately.”

 

Matthew 1:19
“Then Joseph her husband, being a just man and not willing to make her a public example, He sought to put her away privily.”

Joseph had the legal right to tell everyone that his betrothed showed up pregnant with a child he didn’t father.

The Sanhedrin counsel, Pharisees and his family would have put her up against the wall and stoned her and her unborn baby to death.

He could have stood back and justified it as the only way to have honor in his life, but he didn’t.

That is the mark of an awesome man of God. He wasn’t going to form a mob or get on Facebook and say, “look at this horrible thing this person has done,” or tell everyone how stupid Mary was.

When you walk in the love of God you tend to cover up the sins of people. You tend to try and make things right and that’s exactly what he did.

That’s a good word especially for this Christmas season. Do not uncover the weaknesses, faults and problems of those around you – especially your family. Stay of off Facebook.

 

So the angel of the Lord shows up to Joseph, not in person but in a dream.

That’s very interesting because the angel of the Lord showed up to Mary in person but he showed up to Joseph in a dream.

The angel tells Joseph that Mary is telling the truth and he needs to get with the program. Boom. He wakes up and goes, ‘this is real, I got it.’

Again, the character of Mary and Joseph is so different. God doesn’t have to perform a hundred miracles for them to get with the program.

They immediately recognize what and where God is. He knows He can trust them with this amazing assignment.

Can God trust you like that? Or does He have to jump through a thousand hoops to get you to cooperate with Him?

Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

Last week we talked about how Mary thought the angel Gabriel had the wrong address.

 Last week we talked about how Mary thought the angel Gabriel had the wrong address. 
We also talked about how she embraced the plan God had for her life despite the fact it could cost not only her reputation, but her life. Mary had a next-level heart.
And if Mary had a next-level heart, Joseph had the honor of a king. He could have publicly humiliated Mary and even had her stoned for being pregnant with a child that wasn’t his. He could have thrown a galactic fit, but he didn’t. He sought to quietly divorce her and save her life. Then an angel showed up and told him Mary wasn’t lying. Like Mary, Joseph got with the program. 
Like I said, he had the honor of a king. Do you know why? Because Joseph should have been the rightful King and Mary was also of royal blood – fit to be a queen.
MATTHEW’S GENEALOGY
Matthew 1:1-16 – The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:2 Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. 3 Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. 4 Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. 5 Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, 6 and Jesse begot David the king.David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah. 7 Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abijah begot Asa. 8 Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah. 9 Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah. 10 Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon, and Amon begot Josiah. 11 Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon.12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. 13 Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor. 14 Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud. 15 Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob. 16 And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.
It’s important you understand that Jesus was in the line of David through Solomon. That was the kingly line. 
That means Jesus was not only a “Son of David,” his daddy Joseph was also a “Son of David.”
But Pastor Troy, what about the genealogy in Luke. It says it’s the bloodline of Joseph, but it’s not the same as the genealogy in Matthew. This is a contradiction.

LUKE’S GENEALOGY
In Luke 3:23, it gives the bloodline of the Lord Jesus Christ beginning at Joseph then backing up all the way to Adam – 77 generations. 
Luke 3:23-38 – Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli… the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz…34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham… the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalalel, the son of Cainan, 38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.
77 is the number of the Church.  77 generations from Adam to Jesus who starts the church. Look at verse 38. What does it call Adam? 
Luke 3:38 ≠ …the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

While Luke’s genealogy says “Joseph” and traces Jesus’ lineage back to David’s son Nathan, THIS IS NOT A CONTRADICTION AND THIS IS NOT JOSEPH’S GENEALOGY. It’s Mary’s. 
Daughters could not inherit anything from their parents, and it seems Mary is their only child. Because of this, her husband, Joseph, is legally listed in the place of inheritance and his name is on the genealogy.

THE BIG RIPOFF – Joseph should have been the king of Israel and Mary was also of royal blood. 
Nobody knows Joseph or Mary – it traces back from both Mary and Joseph that they were both royalty and nobody knew who they were. 

WHO WAS THE KING AT THE TIME JESUS WAS BORN?Herod He wasn’t even a Jew.He was an Edomite, a son of Esau.Esau cared so little for his father’s inheritance and the blessing of God that he sold his birthright to his brother, Jacob, for a bowl of beans.The Bible says God literally hated Esau for this.

Malachi 1:2b-3 – “Yet Jacob I have loved; 3 But Esau I have hated, and laid waste his mountains and his heritage for the jackals of the wilderness.”
Esau rejected the Lord and His righteous ways. His descendants did not receive the promise and are NOT JEWS. 
HOW DOES AN EDOMITE – SOMEONE WHO’SE NOT EVEN A JEW – BECOME THE KING WHILE THE TRUE SON OF DAVID IS AN UNKNOWN CARPENTER IN A BACKWATER TOWN?
Nothing was as it should be. IDENTITY THEFT
THINGS WERE SO BAD, THAT EVEN JOHN THE BAPTIST WAS GETTING RIPPED OFF.
Luke 1:5-13 – There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years.8 So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 10 And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense. 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 

John was the son of Zacharias, high priest in the division of Abijah. They were of the priestly line of Levi.
The priesthood is passed down through the bloodline. John should have been the high priest.

LOOK AT THIS CONVERSATION BETWEEN HIM AND THE PHARISEES.
John 1:19 – Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”

THE HIGH PRIESTS DID NOT ASK JOHN WHO HE WAS BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T KNOW. THEY KNEW EXACTLY WHO HE WAS – THE RIGHTFUL HIGH PRIEST.
THEY ASKED JOHN WHO HE WAS TO SEE IF JOHN KNEW.
John was another victim of identity theft but his is a story for another time.

 

IDENTITY THEFT: WHEN GOD’S ORIGINAL PLAN FOR WHO YOU ARE IS STOLEN BY THE ENEMY.

Mary and Joseph – even John in later years –  are people heaven celebrates that the world doesn’t.
Jesus was born through people who should have been royalty, but because things were so confused, backward and upside down, they were some of the poorest, most insignificant people in the eyes of man. 
You are somebody heaven celebrates even if the world has no idea who you are, heaven knows who you are. 
Like Mary, it’s very important for you and I to line up our mouths, minds and hearts with the heart of the King and what God says – just like Mary said, “Let it be as the word of the Lord has spoken unto me.
1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) – But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 

Revelation 1:6  –…and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX
Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020

Revelation 3:7 (The Faithful Church) “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”…

THIS IS THE YEAR 2020. THAT IS DOUBLE GATES THAT WILL NOT BE SHUT, WHICH SPEAKS OF KING CYRUS OF BABYLON

Isaiah 45:1
[Cyrus, God’s Instrument] “Thus says the Lord to His anointed, To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held— To subdue nations before him And loose the armor of kings, To open before him the double doors, So that the gates will not be shut:

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS THE 45TH PRESIDENT. THE JEWS NOT ONLY CALL HIM A CYRUS – A FOREIGN KING WHO GOD USES THE BLESS ISRAEL – THEY MINTED A COIN OF TRUMP AND CYRUS TOGETHER!

Is this a double door – 2 terms – that no man can shut? Let’s partner with God, get up and VOTE!!!!

 

26 instances in scripture when a door is shut

 

GOD CLOSED THE DOOR TO THE ARK – WHICH LITERALLY MEANS “SAFETY BOX.” HE DOES THIS TO SHOW HIS JUDGMENT IS FINAL AND THOSE INSIDE THE ARK WILL RECEIVE HIS PROMISE.

Genesis 7:16
So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in.

 

JUST LIKE THAT, SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO SHUT THE HELL OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR OUT AND THE ANGELIC PRESENCE TRYING TO RESCUE YOU IN. THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED TO LOT:

Genesis 19:6-10
So Lot went out to them through the doorway, shut the door behind him, 7 and said, “Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly! 8 See now, I have two daughters who have not known a man; please, let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this is the reason they have come under the shadow of my roof.”

9 And they said, “Stand back!” Then they said, “This one came in to stay here, and he keeps acting as a judge; now we will deal worse with you than with them.” So they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near to break down the door. 10 But the men reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door.

THE ANGELS WERE WARNING LOT OF IMPENDING DOOM.
GOD NEVER LEAVES US WITHOUT A WARNING. HE WARNED NOAH. NOAH WARNED THE PEOPLE. HE WARNED LOT AND HE’S WARNING YOU AND ME RIGHT NOW!

JESUS WARNS OF AN EXPIRATION DATE ON GETTING INVITED TO THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB. JESUS NEVER LEAVES US WITHOUT WARNING.

Matthew 25:10
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

Luke 13:25
When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’

 

THE LORD WILL SHUT THE DOOR ON YOUR ENEMY AND CAUSE HIM TO BE DESTROYED LIKE HE DID FOR MOSES AND THE ISRAELITES WHEN THEY WERE FLEEING PHARAOH’S ARMIES AT THE RED SEA:

Exodus 14:26-29
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen.” 27 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28 Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained. 29 But the children of Israel had walked on dry land in the midst of the sea, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

 

SOMETIMES THE MIRACLE NEEDS TO HAPPEN BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Elisha and the Widow’s Oil – Elisha blessed the wife of a prophet who had been murdered by bringing her enormous wealth in the form of oil – which is about the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

2 Kings 4:3-5
Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. 4 And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” 5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out.

 

DEAD THINGS COME TO LIFE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. JUST ASK
ELISHA AND THE BARREN SHUNAMMITE WOMAN IN 2 KINGS 4.

This old woman blessed Elisha by giving him food and shelter whenever he came through her town. He rewarded her by prophesying she would have a son by the same time next year. Well, she did, but as Elisha was coming to visit, he found out the child had just died and that old woman was heartbroken.

2 Kings 32-34
When Elisha came into the house, there was the child, lying dead on his bed. 33 He went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the Lord. 34 And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands; and he stretched himself out on the child, and the flesh of the child became warm.

THE THEME OF RAISING THE DEAD BEHIND A CLOSED DOOR CONTINUES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT WITH JAIRUS’ DAUGHTER.

Luke 49-56
While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.”

50 But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” 51 When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl. 52 Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.” 53 And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead.

54 But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” 55 Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat. 56 And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.

 

THE SECRET PLACE REQUIRES A SHUT DOOR

Matthew 6:6
But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly

 

THE GOOD NEWS IS – JESUS CAN SHUT DOORS NO MAN CAN OPEN AND OPEN DOORS NO MAN CAN SHUT.

John 20:19 – Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

 

John 20:26 – And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!”

 

Ezekiel 44:1-2
Then He brought me back by the way of the outer gate of the sanctuary, which faces the east; and it was shut. The LORD said to me, “This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no one shall enter by it, for the LORD God of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut.”

The Faith of Noah as we live in the Days of Noah
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX
Wednesday, Feb. 05, 2020

It is possible Paul wrote the book of Hebrews. There are a couple reasons why this might be the case.It is possible Paul wrote the book of Hebrews. There are a couple reasons why this might be the case.
First, in the earliest manuscripts of the New Testament books, Hebrews is included after Romans among the books written by the apostle Paul. This was taken as evidence that Paul wrote it. Some Eastern churches accepted Hebrews as canon earlier than in the West.
Second, both Clement of Alexandria (c. AD 150 – 215) and Origen (AD 185 – 253) claimed a Pauline association for the book but recognized Paul himself probably did not put pen to paper for this book, even though they did not know the scribe’s name. SCRIBES WERE COMMON! IT IS THOUGHT THAT PAUL HAD POOR EYESIGHT (THORN IN HIS SIDE) AND A SCRIBE WOULD BE NEEDED.
Clement of Alexandria suggests that Paul wrote the book originally in Hebrew and Luke translated it into Greek,

Paul’s Progression of Humility:Galatians 1:1   – Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead…)                             Seven years later:1 Corinthians 15:9 – For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.                            Four or five years later:Ephesians 3:8   – Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;                             
At the end of his life:1 Timothy 1:15 – the chief of sinners   

Risk-taking faith. 
Love-based faith that is selfless. 
Action-based faith that is courageous. 
Prophecy-based faith of being a seer way before you actually see it. 
Enduring faith that presses through suffering and hardship. 
The remarkable reality of having joy in the midst of great sacrifice.
The Hebrews 11 Hall of Fame of Faith is not full of flawless saints but a mess of humanity and common people who God did incredible things through. 

 

Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 
New International Version puts it this way: Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
New Living Translation says: Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.
Hebrews 1:11 (PTV) – Faith comes to substance and reality from what you hoped for and your confidence is the evidence of faith while it is still unseen 

Hebrews 11:2-7 – For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. 4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. 5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. 7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
There’s a lot of vindication that comes to you through faith. 
The Last Days are “as the days of Noah.” Jesus said that in Matthew 24.
Genesis 6:5 tells us what was going on in the days of Noah. Genesis 6:5 – “God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
Genesis 6:7 – By faith Noah, (divine persuasion) being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved (took action) with godly fear,  (awe of God) prepared an ark for the saving of his household.
Energama: the working of faith, the working of the Spirit Motion activated like the paper towel machines 
Larry Randolph’s life message: ⦁ The coming flood – God storms, great revivals, shaking the heavens and moving the fountains of the deep.⦁ Genesis 7:11  – In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights. ⦁ WE FOCUS ON THE RAIN AND FORGET THE UNDERGROUND EARTHQUAKE THAT STARTS THE TSUNAMI!
Pouring out His Spirit ⦁ This is a huge year of God pouring out His Spirit. ⦁ Who are the arks God is raising up from every nation?⦁ A level of preparation is involved – being a head of the curve ⦁ Running ahead of the rain like Elijah did. ⦁ A Noah anointing on me to prepare for what is coming. ⦁ OpenDoor is one of the arks God is raising up for this next great flood.  Larry believes there are 7 of them. ⦁ Noah “being moved” took action. ⦁ Build the baby room before the baby comes. ⦁ Moved with Godly fear. Moved with awe. 
The more lines you have out, the more likely you are to catch a fish. ⦁ THEY CAST NETS IN JESUS’ DAY. A PICTURE OF PRAYING WITH OTHERS FOR THE SALVATION OF ONE.⦁ The measure of your preparation is in direct proportion to the outpouring that is coming. ⦁ He has to have the materials and the resources coming to the “Noah’s” in the last days ⦁ The more determined you are to build this ark…⦁ The large arks – media and social media 

State of the OpenDoor Union
Pastors Troy and Leanna Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX
Sunday, Feb. 09, 2020

The state of the union last Tuesday night was one of the most dramatic and very best I have ever seen in my lifetime. The state of the union last Tuesday night was one of the most dramatic and very best I have ever seen in my lifetime.
This year, we will celebrate 25 years at OpenDoor Church. On the 25th, we will celebrate 31 years of marriage.
My old age plan used to be to eat until I filled in the wrinkles, but I have had to come up with a different plan. The best plan for maturing is learning the art of letting go of what doesn’t work in this season and embrace what does work.
1 Corinthians 13:11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.

 

The reason we don’t want to let go of things that no longer fit the season is because we want to deny the new season we are moving into.
DON’T BE AFRAID OF MATURITY
One of the great things people don’t tell you about getting older is that it is such a nice change from being young.
We have to grow up. We have to embrace maturity and going to the next level.
You need a lifestyle of dying daily so that you do not waste your life trying not to lose anything.
YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO WASTE YOUR LIFE.       A life not wasted is a life that embraces Jesus and recklessly goes after the goodness of God.
You don’t have to hang onto the past to hang onto great things. Jesus is your life!

There is a huge word about being in sync with the Holy Spirit in the hour and day we are living in.
The mark of cursed people is to miss the day and season they live in.
Deuteronomy 28:67In the morning you shall say, Would God it were even! and at even you shall say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of your heart with which you shall fear, and for the sight of your eyes which you shall see.
WAYS YOU ARE CURSED BY BEING OUT OF TIMING:You don’t put inline skates on your walker. A nose ring and bifocalsSpiked hair and bald spotsA pierced tongue and denturesMiniskirts and support hoseAnkle Bracelets and corn padsSpeedo’s and celluliteA belly button ring and a gall bladder surgery scarUnbuttoned disco shirts and a heart monitor The whole point of maturing is not about getting old and feeble.
The point of maturing is all about mastering your life. It’s about overcoming and not being victimized by things in this world
You have to grow in discipleship.As you grow in discipleship, you have to mature. As you mature, you are going to grow into excellence. As you grow in excellence, you will grow in fruitfulness or the manifestation of the Spirit.
(prayer answered and dreams coming true and heaven invading earth)
MATURITY = EXCELLENCE = FRUITFULNESS Philippians 1:9-11
There is always a price in maturity – in growing. There is always a price in bearing fruit.

YOU MUST BE WILLING TO SURRENDER TO GOD’S CHANGE FOR YOUR LIFE: AN ISSUE OF TRUST
The biblical term for surrendering your life to the way God wants to change you is called “dying”

John 12:24Verily Verily I say unto you (King James Version) …unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains what it was–a single grain; but that if it dies, it yields a rich harvest. (Weymoth New Testament version)
IF YOU REMAIN THE SAME, YOU WILL NEVER SEE THE HARVEST.

YOU HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO prioritize God’s life over your life. Every day you die a little bit more and every day you are resurrected a little bit more.
You and I must learn the skill and power of radically trusting God.

EXPERIENCE, CONFIDENCE AND TRUST

 

The Webster definition “to trust”1.  Reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.2.  Confident expectation of something; hope.3.  Confidence in the certainty of something… 4.  A person on whom one relies: God is my trust.

 

1 John 5:14–15 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

Philippians 4:13I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Romans 8:37Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Proverbs 3:26For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.
There is a transition for every part of our lives where God becomes our confidence.

You have to develop, map out and make a big deal out of your own personal history with God.
On Wednesday night, I taught on the power of impartation and the fundamental principle of laying our hands on people when we pray….
The Holy Spirit can impart gifts, anointing and breakthrough into your life. * I can give you whatever God is releasing through me,  but I cannot impart my history into your life.  Trusting and having confidence in God doesn’t mean having God figured out as far as what He does.
Trusting and having confidence in God means having God figured out as far as the kind of heart He has.
You don’t have to understand God’s hand to trust Him. You have to understand God’s heart toward you to trust Him.
1. I MUST GROW IN RADICAL TRUST. RADICAL TRUST COMES FROM RADICAL EXPERIENCE WITH GOD.    2. THE KEY IS TO TRUST GOD SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU SURRENDER TO HIS MAGNIFICENT AND HOLY HEART, NOT BECAUSE YOU HAVE HIM FIGURED OUT.  4. THERE ARE MANY TIMES I DON’T HAVE A CLUE ABOUT GOD’S HAND.  BUT BECAUSE OF MY HISTORY WITH HIM, I HAVE BEGUN TO KNOW HIS HEART.

Dreams that get your Attention
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

It’s very embarrassing for a guy like me to get lost. I don’t know why, but I’m always convinced I’ll get to the right place and I tend to get mad at the road if it doesn’t cooperate with me.

If I do get lost, it’s usually because I’m talking on the cell phone. I miss exits and outright drive to wrong cities if I stay on the phone long enough. I’ve been known to hang up, look up and say, “How did I get here?”

The same thing happened to Commander George P. Ryanway. On Nov. 23, 1877, the last of the great naval steam ships, the USS Huron, left port and headed south toward Cuba captained by the best and brightest West Point had to offer.

Because he was acutely aware of his education, Ryanway ignored warning after warning of upcoming storms. He was confident his compass and his knowledge could help him weather any gale or wave.

However, he failed to realize there was a tiny 1-degree error in the ship’s compass. The further it headed south, the closer the USS Huron would edge toward the reefs of the east coast. Within 24 hours, the Huron sank just 200 yards off the coast of Virginia and 98 men lost their lives.

Ryanway’s last recorded words were, “My God, how did we get here?”

Ever look up from your busy life, see the wreck about to happen and ask the same question? I have, many times, and I know you have too.

Ryanway was lost because what he trusted wasn’t true. I was lost because I was distracted. Sometimes, we’re lost in a fog of pain, despair or doubt. Whatever the reason, it’s a very bad thing to be lost.

Father God knew that. That’s why He sent Jesus.

Luke 19:10 – “…for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

 

Job 33:14-28
For God may speak in one way, or in another,
Yet man does not perceive it.
In a dream, in a vision of the night,
When deep sleep falls upon men,
While slumbering on their beds,
Then He opens the ears of men,
And seals their instruction.
17 In order to turn man from his deed,
And conceal pride from man,
He keeps back his soul from the Pit,
And his life from perishing by the sword.
19 “Man is also chastened with pain on his bed,
And with strong pain in many of his bones,
So that his life abhors bread,
And his soul succulent food.
His flesh wastes away from sight,
And his bones stick out which once were not seen.
22 Yes, his soul draws near the Pit,
And his life to the executioners.
“If there is a messenger for him,
A mediator, one among a thousand,
To show man His uprightness,
24 Then He is gracious to him, and says,
‘Deliver him from going down to the Pit;
I have found a ransom’;
25 His flesh shall be young like a child’s,
He shall return to the days of his youth.
He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him,
He shall see His face with joy,
For He restores to man His righteousness.
27 Then he looks at men and says,
‘I have sinned, and perverted what was right,
And it did not profit me.’
He will redeem his soul from going down to the Pit,
And his life shall see the light.

 

God has made designed things in such a way that if something is being built in your life that is God, its needs to be disturbed. Its the reason you brush your teeth. Plaque can’t build up if it’s disturbed. Its the reason God gave us the majesty of tides on all our oceans. The working of the waves and the refraction from bouncing off of the coasts keep our oceans clean. It’s all a picture of a simple Kingdom principle.

IN ORDER TO KEEP THE ENEMY FROM BUILDING UP IN OUR LIVES, WE MUST OCCASIONALLY – BETTER YET, REGULARLY – BE DISTURBED

Sometimes we are on a powerful trajectory in life that is either way off or just a little off. If we are not disturbed, we will hit the wrong target.

We need to welcome the interruptions that God brings into our lives even if they are sometimes disturbing interruptions.

We need supernatural bells and whistles on our spiritual dash boards.

The joints of his loins were loosened scripture
Daniel 5:6 – Then the king’s countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.

 

You can pray attention getting dreams into people lives.

You can interpret the bad dreams of others with a way of redemption.

SPECIAL DREAMS

What if you prayed a dream for a different time frame?

Ask God to give your kids dreams about the timing of when they get married and pray for the spouse years before you know who their spouse is.

Ask God to speak to go back in time and speak to your grandfathers before they got caught into dark places.

The details of what Joseph, Jesus’ stepfather, dreamt on three different occasions is recorded in the New Testament.

Matthew 1:20-23, This is legit
Matthew 2:13, Flee to Egypt

Matthew 2:13-15 – Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” 14 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, 15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

 

A fourth dream, where he is warned not to live in Judea, is also referenced

Matthew 2:19-23 – Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.” 21 Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”

 

The wise men who came to worship Jesus dreamt of being told not to visit Herod the Great on their way back home (Matthew 2:12)

Matthew 2:12  – Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.

And Pilate’s wife had a disturbing dream about her husband’s judgment of Christ (Matthew 27:19).

Matthew 27:19 – While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.”

Acts 2:17 – ‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.’

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Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, Texas

Judges 6:11 Judges 6:11 Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”

Gideon is learning to confirm the word of the Lord 
The Sign of the FleeceJudges 6:36-40So Gideon said to God, “If You will save Israel by my hand as You have said— 37 look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said.” 38 And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water. 39 Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.” 40 And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground.

The army dwindled down to 300.

Judges 7:2-22 And the Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ 
3 Now therefore, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead.’” And twenty-two thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained.

5 So he brought the people down to the water. And the Lord said to Gideon, “Everyone who laps from the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set apart by himself; likewise everyone who gets down on his knees to drink.” 
6 And the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men; but all the rest of the people got down on their knees to drink water. 7 Then the Lord said to Gideon, “By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the other people go, every man to his place.”
 8 So the people took provisions and their trumpets in their hands. And he sent away all the rest of Israel, every man to his tent, and retained those three hundred men. Now the camp of Midian was below him in the valley.
9 It happened on the same night that the Lord said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have delivered it into your hand. 10 But if you are afraid to go down, go down to the camp with Purah your servant, 
11 and you shall hear what they say; and afterward [b]your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp.” Then he went down with Purah his servant to the outpost of the armed men who were in the camp. 
12 Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude.
13 And when Gideon had come, there was a man telling a dream to his companion. He said, “I have had a dream: To my surprise, a loaf of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian; it came to a tent and struck it so that it fell and overturned, and the tent collapsed.”
14 Then his companion answered and said, “This is nothing else but the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel! Into his hand God has delivered Midian and the whole camp.”
15 And so it was, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, that he worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel, and said, “Arise, for the Lord has delivered the camp of Midian into your hand.” 
16 Then he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet into every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and torches inside the pitchers. 17 And he said to them, “Look at me and do likewise; watch, and when I come to the edge of the camp you shall do as I do: 
18 When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are with me, then you also blow the trumpets on every side of the whole camp, and say, ‘The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!’ ”
19 So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outpost of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just as they had posted the watch; and they blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers that were in their hands. 
20 Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers—they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing—and they cried, “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!” 
21 And every man stood in his place all around the camp; and the whole army ran and cried out and fled. 22 When the three hundred blew the trumpets, the Lord set every man’s sword against his companion throughout the whole camp; and the army fled…

 

CORONA = CROWN  •In Bible 77 times  •77 is the number for the church / House of God •PROPHETIC PLAGUE AGAINST THE KINGDOM

• Signet of a king • Top – crown of head or crowning achievement • Reward
Corona Virus PANDEMIC • Pan ancient Greek god of the wild, shepherds and flocks.  • WILD & UNABLE TO BE DOMESTICATED.  • HE’S THE ESAU OF THE GREEK WORLD.  
Matthew 16:17-19 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Pan is the god of theatrical criticism. WORTHLESS DRAMA
PANIC
MEDIA PANICDaniel 12:4 – “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
• 81,280 infected – 2,770 deaths worldwide • 646,000 die of the flu every year worldwide – 56,000 in the US alone
STOCK MARKETS ARE DOWN AS THERE IS SPECULATION THAT TECH INDUSTRY WILL BE HARD HIT BY THE “EPIDEMIC.”
Corona virus– Gematria of 1303 • 13 Rebellion • 3 Fullness, completion • 13×3= 39  • 39 STRIPES – by his stripes we are healed…

WORDS WITH A GEMATRIA OF 1303Washing – corona virus is airborne and by touchcasthardenaccomplishment

VERSE WITH A GEMATRIA OF 1303
Proverbs 21:13 Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be heard.

1303 VERSESProverbs 13:03 He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.
Luke 13:03 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
Romans 13:03  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.
1 Corinthians 13:03 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Hebrews 13:03 Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.

 

KING JAMES BIBLE REFERS TO THE SICKNESS THAT JESUS HEALED AS PLAGUESMark 3:10 – For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues.
Luke 7:21 – And in that same hour he cured many of [their] infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many [that were] blind he gave sight.

Sunday, April 26, 2020 – Word for Huguley Hospital
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

Like fireman running into the a fire while everyone else is running away.

Like police officers charging into a battle while everyone else is retreating.

All of us have seen the brave men and women of the medical field running to the front lines of the corona virus pandemic while every one is running away and today we want to honor them.

 

Church will you join me in welcoming the whole entire world to a special Sunday serving honoring our healthcare heroes.

Hello everybody and welcome to a very special edition of “The OpenDoor Experience” as we gather together in the parking lot of Texas Health Resources Huguley Hospital in southern Fort Worth, Texas

This place represents the very front lines of the war against what President Trump calls the “Invisible Enemy.”

And while the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, they are mighty to the pulling down of strongholds.

For the past seven weeks, our nation’s medical teams and brave first responders have selflessly dealt with the extraordinary strain of exposure to the virus, and the anticipated threat of being overwhelmed. Many have had to separate themselves from their spouses and their families because of the constant exposure. They have battled long hours and fatigue, heavy stress and no doubt loneliness.

Well, we’re here to say that you are not alone. We stand with you and see you. We are also here to say that God Almighty has an unobstructed view of your selfless and courageous dedication.

Honoring the bravery, the risk and the sacrifice of selfless people dedicated to the welfare of others – specifically the doctors, nurses, and medical support staff of this and so many more great hospitals – is what we are supposed to do!

Jesus instructed us to give honor to whom honor is due.

1 Peter 2:17 tell us that honoring people is part of the principle of the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord is when you love what God loves and hate what God hates. It’s when you prioritize the things that are important to God.

Honoring selflessness is a Kingdom of Jesus principle

Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV)
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

We see you, appreciate you and we celebrate you! We applaud you and thank God for you with hearts full of great hope.

1 Peter 3:15
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts and we ready always to give an answer to every man that I ask you a reason for the hope that is in you with meekness and with fear. To the reason of your hope…

I’ve got great news! We are not demoralized. We are not fearful. We are full of hope! We have great hope for everyone who has been affected by this plaque and the fearful response of the world.

We have great hope for the staff of this hospital and for the families of those who are suffering this tragedy in total isolation – away from the people they want to be with most.

Jesus is alive. And as long as Jesus is alive, we have great reason to hope.

Psalm 126:5
“Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.”

No matter how dire the situation, we serve a God who specializes in bringing beauty out of ashes—even death does not have the last word. Paul encourages us,

Philippians 4:8
“…Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

Never stop flexing your hope muscle.

I thank God for people who are willing to work for a living and for people who are blessed to be able to work for living. As difficult as a time as this has been, I want to encourage our medical professionals that this is also a time to be thankful. I thank God that while literally billions of people are out of work across the globe, that’s not the case for the hard-working people here.

Be thankful. Be full of hope. Be full of life for the people you are serving and do not bow your knee to the crown of the corona virus. Bow your knee to the King of King and the Lord of Lords.
He’s the prince of Peace and He sent us here today to bring a word of life and a demonstration of His heart toward you.

 

“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States

 

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

 

THE PRINCIPLE OF DISPLACEMENT

 

ISREAL WAS SENT INTO THE PROMISED LAND TO DISPLACE THE ENEMY AND TO OCCUPY THE PROMISE GOD HAD GIVEN THEM.

 

1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

Perfect love casts out (displaces) all fear.

The mission of Christ was to bring a demonstration and a revelation of God’s love.

A revelation of God’s love is our true source of power over any and all things.

Once you step into the spirit of adoption, you step into this lavish love of God that says, “I’m not an orphan. I’m a son or a daughter of God and I am loved.”

 

Romans 8:15
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

 

1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

Psalm 27:13
I would have fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living

We need to be full of hope. BEING FULL OF THE GOODNESS OF GOD

HOPE: THE JOYFUL ANTICIPATION OF GOOD

HOPE IS A CHOICE

I AM DETERMINED TO PROTECT MY HEART FROM EVIL REPORTS.

ANY AREA OF YOUR LIFE WHERE THERE IS NO HOPE IS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A LIE

 

There is a Christian nurse by the name of Brie and she listed 5 biblical truths she stands upon as a nurse:

 

1. Remember where your strength comes from.
Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

We know you have a hard job and the Lord is your strength –

specifically, the Joy of the Lord is your strength/

 

2. Remember why you’re doing what you do.
Colossians 3:23
And whatever you do, do it with all your heart, as to the Lord and not to men…

God sees you. Every task you perform is for his honor and his glory.

In essence, everything I do should be done unto him, in his honor, and for the furthering of his kingdom.
What I do matters, whether it’s wiping someone’s bottom, holding a frightened woman’s hand, dispensing dangerous cardiac medications, or even charting, I am doing it for the Lord. I am serving his people, and I would like to think that makes him proud.
In this regard it only makes sense that I try and do what I do with a joyful heart. This isn’t always easy, and I fall short often, but that’s why it’s a good reminder. It’s a great thing to keep in mind that my actions are working according to his purpose, that my attitude represents his kingdom, and that God can use even little ole me to accomplish wonderful things. Now that’s encouraging.

3. Remember that fear isn’t necessary.
Psalm 118:6
The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

4. Remember God has you where He wants you for a reason.
Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

It’s easy to get frustrated at times in our career. You can begin to question if you’re in the right setting or field altogether. It’s easy to become discouraged, and in those instances it’s imperative to hold tightly to the calling God placed in your heart in the beginning.

Sometimes, we are where we are for a season, or we must transverse a difficult, dry patch to get to the other side. But whatever the situation you can always trust that God has control of your destiny. He will open doors, and he will close others.

He will guide us to new places if and when it is his will, but he will always provide us with what we need for where we are. And his purposes are always fulfilled where he has placed us. Even when we cannot see, we just have to trust that he is working it all towards our good, in His perfect knowledge and time.

5. Remember who’s in control.
This is a hard one for nurses. Nursing is a field where your actions and decisions are a huge deal, and in reality they can mean life or death for someone. In that line of thinking it’s easy to become stressed out as you feel you must manage and control everything. But when it comes down to it you don’t have control. You just don’t.
While this is a hard thing to admit, I find it’s actually easier when I can remember the outcome of my patient isn’t really in my hands. I can do the best I can do but in the end, I have to surrender my performance into the Lord’s hands. And when I do that I can actually catch my breath. He’s in control; he’s got this! Thank God.

Isaiah 55:8-9
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

 

 

Sunday, May 31, 2020 – Pentecost Sunday

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, Texas

50 days after the Passover exactly 3333 years ago, God showed up on Mt. Sinai in the form of a cloud, and fire and smoke to give the beginning of the Torah that you and I would call the Ten Commandments.

The Christian holiday of Pentecost, which is celebrated the 49th day (the seventh Sunday) after Easter Sunday, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks. It’s described in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:1–31).

Acts 2:1-21 – When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.

3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.

7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born?

9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”

12 So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?”

13 Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.”

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words.

15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,

That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;

Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

Your young men shall see visions,

Your old men shall dream dreams.

18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants

I will pour out My Spirit in those days;

And they shall prophesy.

19 I will show wonders in heaven above

And signs in the earth beneath:

Blood and fire and vapor of smoke.

20 The sun shall be turned into darkness,

And the moon into blood,

Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.

21 And it shall come to pass

That whoever calls on the name of the Lord

Shall be saved.’

We had a very real Passover this year.

People worldwide were quarantined against the plague.

There’s no reason not to believe that we will will have anything other than a literal Pentecost.

A lot of people are very uncomfortable about us talking about God showing up and His Spirit falling upon us, or the Holy Spirit moving in a meeting, etc.

Often, as we get ready to minister to people, we will invite the Holy Spirit to come

The question is, “Why invite God to come when He is already here?” It’s a good question.

It makes no sense whatsoever to pray that way unless we understanding that there are different measures and dimensions of God’s Presence.

There is a difference between saying “God is everywhere,” and saying, “God is here.” The former is the default category for most Christians.

We talk about God’s presence being inescapable and that He is “everywhere present”

(Ps 139:5-12; 1 Kings 8:27).

But it seems Scripture is more concerned with His presence manifest in relationship and redemption.

Everywhere Presence vs. Manifest Presence 

Omni-Presence or the On-Me Presence

When He is here, there is always more to come.

Isaiah 9:7 – Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

It’s important to hunger for and invite that increase. Isaiah had a perception of this reality, saying,

Isaiah 6:1-4 – In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” 4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.

The word filling implies that His robe filled the temple, but then continued to fill it. He came, but He kept coming. There is always more!

People come to the ocean of the presence of God with a tiny thimble and it’s very unimpressive.

THERE ARE DIFFERENT MEASURES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND GOD’S FAVORITE IS FULLNESS OR “WITHOUT MEASURE”

Here is at least a partial list of these measures of His Presence; each one is an increase of the previous:

God first inhabits everything and holds all things together.  

Colossians 1:17 – And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

He is everywhere – the glue that holds His creation in place.

A second “Dimension of God’s Presence” is His Holy Spirit indwelling the lives of those who have been born again.

He specifically comes to make us His tabernacle.

And just like the earth, the Spirit of the Lord being in the life of every believer does not mean that He is manifest in ever believer

A third dimension is seen when believers gather in His name. As He promised, He is “there in their midst.”  This is where the principle of exponential increase comes into play.

Matthew 18:20 – “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

A fourth measure or dimension occurs when God’s people praise Him, for He says He “inhabits the praises of His people” (Ps. 22:3). He was already in our midst but has chosen to manifest Himself upon us more powerfully in that atmosphere.

A fifth measure is seen when the Temple of Solomon was dedicated: God came so profoundly that priests were incapacitated (see 1 Kings 8:10-1).

1 Kings 8:10-11 – And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord, 11 so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.

No one could even stand, let alone play instruments or sing. They were completely undone at that measure of Presence.

I mention these five levels, only as principles, in an effort to give a snapshot of how He longs to increase His manifestation upon His people. The day of Pentecost and the gift of the baptism in the Holy Spirit may, in fact, illustrate all of these principles combined as an entire city came under the influence of God’s manifest Presence.

These various measures of presence are recorded both in history and in Scripture. Reformation and revival history shows us what’s available. The responsibility for the measure of God’s Presence that we carry lies with us. We always have what we earnestly want.

We can’t be theologically lazy, biblically illiterate, or so primitive in our faith that we are unwilling to engage with God in the mere chance of more of His presence.

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Matthew 5:8 – “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

Jeremiah 29:13 – You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

Psalm 16:11 – “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Times of refreshing come from the presence of the Lord

Living for One Thing

We are called into fellowship with God. In this process, He has made it possible for us not only to come to know Him, but also to have Him live inside us and even rest upon us. Everything we could ever want out of life flows from that one privilege. King David understood this concept better than most New Testament believers. He referred to it as “the one thing.”

Psalms 27:4  – One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.

“All of life” gets reduced to “one thing”—how we steward the Presence of God.

How we make a big deal out of the Presence of the Lord in our life is indeed a big deal.

Stewarding the Presence of God – hosting the Presence – is the only way these impossible dreams can be accomplished.

We can’t be too impressed with inferior things.

We must be impressed with the presence of the Lord.

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June 21, Father’s Day 2020
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

 

1 John 3:1
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!
IT’S HIS CHOICE TO BE YOUR FATHER

You don’t have to beg Him to treat you right.
You don’t have to try and be liked by Him.
You don’t have to wish He cared about you.

HIS HIGHEST CHOICE FOR YOU IS NOT TO BE HIS SERVANT, NOT EVEN JUST TO BE HIS FRIEND, BUT TO BE HIS KID.

So you can live in His house, receive His name and His inheritance that He has reserved for you.

 

When your flesh keels over and assumes room temperature, the place you will go is to His house. Why? Because His house is your house and your house is His house.

Why would God do that? Because it make Him happy. It brings Him pleasure to choose you as His child.

 

Luke12:32
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.”

We LEARN FROM HIM

WE FOLLOW HIM

WE CONFORM TO HIM

TODAY IS FATHER’S DAY

If the church is going to play a fatherly role in our society at large or community at home, we need to take on the heart of the Father.

OPENDOOR CHURCH SHOULD BE
THE HEART OF THE FATHER
IN THE HEART OF THE CITY

Three different layers all at the time and all of the characters traits I am about to define are True.

As God the father

As a good natural father

And as a church that takes on a fatherly role of influence in any community throughout the world

F-A-T-H-E-R: The Six Attributes of a Godly Father:
F-A-T-H-E-R
The “F” in father stands for Faithful.
Good Fathers are Faithful

FAITHFUL
“true or trustworthy in the performance of duty, the fulfillment of promises or obligations”

 

WHEN A FATHER IS FAITHFUL HE DOES WHAT HE SAYS HE IS GOING TO DO.
etc; constant”, and as “worthy of belief or confidence”.

In the Old Testament, ‘emunah,’ Strong’s # 530, means firmness, security, steadiness. The word has as its key idea faithfulness or certainty.

 

Vine’s defines it as “faithfulness, stability” and says it “exhibits God’s character as worthy of the love and confidence of man and assures us that He will certainly fulfill His promises as well as execute His threats against SOMETHING ELSE.”

When we say God is faithful, we mean that we can trust Him, rely on Him, depend on Him totally and without reservation. He will do what He says. He is constant and does not change.

TOTALY COMMITTED
SO YOU CAN TOTALLY COMIT BECAUSE HE IS TOTALLY COMMITTED AND YOU CAN PUT YOUR FAITH IN THE ONE WHO IS FAITHFUL.

 

Another important word in this connection is “chesed,” Strong’s # 2617. Literally it means “kindness” or “mercy”, but it is often used in the sense of “steadfast love”, “unfailing love”, and thus has a strong connotation of faithfulness.

The Bible is a story of God’s faithful work in His people.

Good fathers are faithful people. They are first faithful to God and trust God with their whole heart, soul, and mind. Good fathers believe in God’s promises, that God will preserve their families, and that our good Lord will provide their families everything needed for salvation.

Good fathers are reliable, responsible, and consistent. They work hard to “bring home the bacon” and provide for their family’s needs. Good fathers are also helpful in times of crisis.

I tell you something that is going on behind the scenes in every good father’s life.

They are dads when it is cool and when it is not cool.

Dads have to make hard choices and realize that popular decisions are not always the best decisions.

Philippians 1:6
Being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ…

 

F-A-T-H-E-R
The “A” in father stands for Action
Good fathers are people of action

Good dads know how to get things done; they solve problems, and always rise to the occasion.

 

IF WE, AS A CHURCH, ARE GOING TO PLAY A FATHERLY ROLE IN OUR COMMUNITY THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE SHOULD BE KNOWN FOR.
GETTING THINGS DONE, SOLVING PROBLEMS AND RISING TO THE OCCASION.

THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT GOD THE FATHER DOES.

1 Thessalonians 5:24
The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

Good fathers are involved in their children’s lives looks out for their best interests.

 

Good fathers also instill a good work ethic in their children and teach by example. Children need to see hardworking fathers and good fathers challenge their children to learn through activity. Good fathers watch over their children and give them space to learn, grow and achieve.

 

JAMES ASKS THIS:
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works (ACTIONS)

1 Peter 1:13
Therefore gird up the loins of your mind

IT MEANS WE SHOULD PREPARE OUR MINDS FOR ACTION

We have a responsibility to get things done and to make a difference.

Responsibility isn’t a curse, it’s a blessing.

Newspaper columnist Abigail Van Buren wrote, “If you want your children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.”

“Few things help an individual more that to place responsibility upon him and to let him know that you trUst him.” – Booker T. Washington

 

Good fathers are active and engaged parents.

F-A-T-H-E-R
The “T” in father stands for Teacher
Good fathers are teachable teachers

 

Good fathers are teachers and prepare their children to enter adulthood and face the tough world around them. This means fathers give their children survival skills that will help transform them into successful adults. Unfortunately, most children do not listen to the advice of their fathers. In order to be good teachers, fathers must be credible and earn their children’s trust and love.

 

Ephesians 6:4
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”

 

F-A-T-H-E-R
The “H” in father stands for Hope
Good fathers offer hope to their families

Good fathers are a source of hope and inspiration for their families. Dads are the family’s pillar of strength and they are the ones who tell us things will be all right when tough times are around the corner. Even though dads complain, good fathers are optimistic and resilient because they trust God.

 

IN A CULTURE OF HOPE
HOPE FANATICS
GOOD THINGS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN

Constantly encourage them to pursue their passions, fulfill their dreams, and plan for their future.

“Where there is no faith in the future, there is no power in the present.” – Clare Booth Luce

 

In contrast, good fathers are like the Father found in the Parable of the Prodigal Son; good fathers are forever hopeful and inspire their families to push beyond themselves.

F-A-T-H-E-R
The “E” in father stands for Eternity
Good fathers think about the biggest picture of all

WORLD VIEW

WE NEED TO LEARN AND DEVELOP SKILL SETS OF LIVING WITH AN EVER GROWING ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE

Although we live in time now, God created us for eternity. The writer of Ecclesiastes put it this way:

Ecclesiastes 3:11
“He has also put eternity in their hearts”

Therefore, we must learn to live for eternity, not for time. We are to live our lives in time with eternity as the backdrop. Because God is eternal, we cannot serve Him thinking in terms of time alone. And Scripture reminds us that our time on earth is brief:

An eternal perspective affects our priorities and our actions.

There is a reward coming!

If I don’t believe that, my hope is only in material treasures instead of heavenly treasures.

David, knowing he was tempted to hope in the material treasures of this life, asked God to remind him of this reality, to remind him that our lives are extremely short. Our lives are so tiny that David uses words like “fleeting,” “nothing,” “breath,” and “phantom” to describe man’s life.

 

F-A-T-H-E-R
The “R” in father stands for REPENTANT
Good fathers demonstrate repentance and turn from evil

 

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