Ps Clinton Phillips 5th May 2013 (Isaiah 60:1-17, Leviticus 27:30, Hebrews 7:1-8, Genesis 14:18-20, Psalm 24:1, Psalm 50:7-12, Psalm 89:11, Matthew 5:44-45, 1 Chronicles 29:10-16)

Clinton Phillips, May 5, 2013
Part of the Sunday series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Possessing the Kingdom series
Being a good steward
Cesarean section story
God wants to bless our lives, and add an increase to our lives.
God's word to PC last week: why are you complaining? Lead!
We are building for people's eternal destinies.
Isaiah 60:1-3. Vision of the church: Arise Shine
A command, not a suggestion. Get up! This is why the enemy tries to hide you, tries to block your light.
FLAHG - reaching out to those in darkness
God has a picture and plan for us that is far bigger than we can ever imagine. There is something bigger!
God wants to bring glory to his name through this church.
vs 17: instead of bronze, gold. vs 18: no longer will violence be heard in your land - God's word for us here.
If we don't function, violence rages! Because I have set you there, violence ceases.
We are the people that God has brought from afar, we bring resource to this place.
Lev 27:30, Heb 7:1-8. Tithes are something that belongs to God. We don't so much give tithes to God, but give back what is His. That belongs to God.
The foundation of all giving: tithes, offering, giving - all based on belief and conviction that we are working in partnership with God. Based on a faith thing. Don't do out of obligation, because it robs you. Do it out of belief that everything that we have is God's. The first tenth is Gods. When we do that we engage partnership with God.
Gen 14:18-20 - God owns and possesses everything
Psalm 24:1, Psalm 50:7-12, Psalm 89:11 .God says I have it all, I have complete authority over everything. I don't need your cattle.
Matt 5:44-45. It doesn't matter how much you have. God receives worship 24/7, but He invites us to participate. He dances over us with joy when we come to worship Him. When we engage with that moment, He causes us to see how big He is, so we see that He is bigger than our situation.
1 Chronicles 29:10-16 - You Oh Lord are the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor.

Tags: Possessing the Kingdom, Steward, Tithing

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Isaiah 60:1-17

60:1 Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will be seen upon you.
And nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your rising.

Lift up your eyes all around, and see;
they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from afar,
and your daughters shall be carried on the hip.
Then you shall see and be radiant;
your heart shall thrill and exult,
because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,
the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
A multitude of camels shall cover you,
the young camels of Midian and Ephah;
all those from Sheba shall come.
They shall bring gold and frankincense,
and shall bring good news, the praises of the Lord.
All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered to you;
the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you;
they shall come up with acceptance on my altar,
and I will beautify my beautiful house.

Who are these that fly like a cloud,
and like doves to their windows?
For the coastlands shall hope for me,
the ships of Tarshish first,
to bring your children from afar,
their silver and gold with them,
for the name of the Lord your God,
and for the Holy One of Israel,
because he has made you beautiful.

10 Foreigners shall build up your walls,
and their kings shall minister to you;
for in my wrath I struck you,
but in my favor I have had mercy on you.
11 Your gates shall be open continually;
day and night they shall not be shut,
that people may bring to you the wealth of the nations,
with their kings led in procession.
12 For the nation and kingdom
that will not serve you shall perish;
those nations shall be utterly laid waste.
13 The glory of Lebanon shall come to you,
the cypress, the plane, and the pine,
to beautify the place of my sanctuary,
and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
14 The sons of those who afflicted you
shall come bending low to you,
and all who despised you
shall bow down at your feet;
they shall call you the City of the Lord,
the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

15 Whereas you have been forsaken and hated,
with no one passing through,
I will make you majestic forever,
a joy from age to age.
16 You shall suck the milk of nations;
you shall nurse at the breast of kings;
and you shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior
and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.

17 Instead of bronze I will bring gold,
and instead of iron I will bring silver;
instead of wood, bronze,
instead of stones, iron.
I will make your overseers peace
and your taskmasters righteousness. (ESV)

Leviticus 27:30

30 “Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the Lord's; it is holy to the Lord. (ESV)

Hebrews 7:1-8

7:1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace. He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever.

See how great this man was to whom Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth of the spoils! And those descendants of Levi who receive the priestly office have a commandment in the law to take tithes from the people, that is, from their brothers, though these also are descended from Abraham. But this man who does not have his descent from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior. In the one case tithes are received by mortal men, but in the other case, by one of whom it is testified that he lives. (ESV)

Genesis 14:18-20

18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) 19 And he blessed him and said,

“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 and blessed be God Most High,
who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”

And Abram gave him a tenth of everything. (ESV)

Psalm 24:1

A Psalm of David.

24:1 The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein, (ESV)

Psalm 50:7-12

“Hear, O my people, and I will speak;
O Israel, I will testify against you.
I am God, your God.
Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;
your burnt offerings are continually before me.
I will not accept a bull from your house
or goats from your folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know all the birds of the hills,
and all that moves in the field is mine.

12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for the world and its fullness are mine. (ESV)

Psalm 89:11

11 The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;
the world and all that is in it, you have founded them. (ESV)

Matthew 5:44-45

44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (ESV)

1 Chronicles 29:10-16

10 Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 13 And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.

14 “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. 15 For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding. 16 O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own. (ESV)

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