Ps Clinton Phillips 3rd February 2019 ()Clinton Phillips, February 3, 2019
Part of the Shift series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
John 1:1-2 in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Don’t just focus on the word Shift, shift only happens through God’s word. Something about word of God that he wants to speak to each one of us. More than an obligation to read bible each day. Wants to reveal himself to us, and who we are in him. Specific to everyone of us. God is speaking to us! Establishing the foundational thing - His Word.
His word will never pass away. He will send His word, to accomplish all he will accomplish. (Isa 55:12) Jesus was right there at the beginning, now seated at the right hand of God interceding for us! Start the year with fasting and prayer.
Vs 3 through him all things were made - the creative side of God! He’s the same yesterday, today, forever. There are things not made in our lives, but that same Jesus can speak life into our darkness. He’s going to reveal the opposition against our lives. Shift us out of relationship, into relationship with him and others.
Vs 4. In Him was life. Establish ourselves in the word of God, so we are not led by circumstances, but by the Spirit of God. A shift is coming - don’t stay where you are! It’s not about church! Go deeper! Where God speaks to us on a daily basis.
Vs 14. The Word became flesh, and made his dwelling among us. John is speaking from firsthand. Jesus was able to defeat death, heal lepers. That’s the Jesus we serve.
John 14:6. I am the way, the truth and the light. Jesus says I am going to prepare a place for you. If you want to know God’s presence - through Jesus Christ. If you want to be a worshiper, a praiser. It’s easy to come to church and complain about what isn’t right. This is what makes us worshipers - knowing Jesus is the way. Every area of your life is better knowing Jesus. I am the way, the truth, the life - you can’t get to God except through Jesus. Invivation to launch out into the deep, where we encounter God himself. Full circle.
John 14:15-17. If you love me, you will obey me. I will give you another counsellor, the Spirit of truth. He lives with you and will be in you. That’s the shift - the spirit of God will reveal Jesus in us.
Vs 23 If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. Key: Obedience! Living holy, short chain. He doesn’t want us to get away with a lot. He wants us to move closer to him. Some of that stuff that you’re living in and with has to go. Clean hands and clean heart. Obedience is the key. Not just not doing wrong, but to step out and pray for people, pay for stuff for others. God will ask us to step out.
My Father will love him - the revelation of that love will be revealed, uncovered. God will break the bondage of fear!
Vs 23 we will come to him and make our home with him. If you will obey my word, I will unlock it.
Story - 2 Kings 7:3. Lepers outside city, stuck. So let’s go - over to the camp of the Arameans and surrender. Are there people here today with no hope?
Vs 6. The Lord caused the Arameans to flee.
2019 is just getting up, get up, let’s go, shift. Go toward the enemy. If God delivers us, He delivers us. If we die, then we die. So they got up. There is at our disposal of the armies of heaven.
Vs 8 ate and drank and carried away gold and clothes.
Vs 9. We’re not doing right - this is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. Let’s go now and report this!
Start this year saying God we’re going to seek you!
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