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.
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1Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 2For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. 3And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. 4Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. 5Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. 6The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD. 7All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory. 8Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows? 9Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee. 10And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. 11Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought. 12For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted. 13The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious. 14The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. 15Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations. 16Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob. 17For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness. (KJV)
30And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD's: it is holy unto the LORD. (KJV)
1For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; 2To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; 3Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. 4Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. 5And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: 6But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises. 7And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better. 8And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. (KJV)
18And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. 19And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: 20And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all. (KJV)
1The earth is the LORD's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. (KJV)
7Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God. 8I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me. 9I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds. 10For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. 11I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. 12If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. (KJV)
11The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them. (KJV)
44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. (KJV)
1 Chronicles 29:10-16
10Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. 11Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. 12Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. 13Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. 14But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. 15For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding. 16O LORD our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own. (KJV)