Ps Clinton Phillips 20th October 2019 ()Clinton Phillips, October 20, 2019
Part of the Faith series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Illustration - desire to be filled by God. A Now faith, not a yesterday faith, not a next year faith. What’s my faith level now? Sometimes my faith level drops, if church is the only place you get a boost, it’s not going to be enough. Faith comes by hearing, exercised by hearing God’s word. More than just reading - you need to read God’s word to hear God’s word. Smith Wigglesworth read God’s word out loud. Awaken his body to hearing the word of God. Word of God creates faith, then faith builds up in my life. Need to know His voice. Not just God pouring into us, but us submitting to who He is. As we get into His word, it surrounds me, envelops our whole life.
Awaken your spirit to dream the dream he has given your life. As a result of exercising your faith in those little moments, we trust God, we invest time - we’ll shake our families, schools, workplaces, communities. Go past the stuff, even though you’re still going through stuff.
Heb 11:1 Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.
Story of Langford church. When you’re going through stuff, know that God is with you through that. What’s your Now faith? What is the thing we’re not seeing right now? What is God is saying? Build Connect, not a fence. Christmas spec. Love Langford. It’s given us part of our identity. Our identity is Jesus Christ, but the community sees us as a place that’s home - that’s part of Now faith. God wants to speak to you and I what He sees, and we don’t see.
Heb 10 - Don’t throw away your confidence! Our confidence is that we have access to the throne of God. We have access to the creator of the universe. In prayer. The Word - these are his thoughts! When life comes, it’s so hard to believe, and get through.
Heb 11:1. We have seen the start of what God is doing here. God wants to bless his people. The Hub on the hill vision. So much more that God has for us! We’re just living at level 1! There are families struggling, and we can bring the light! That’s the now faith - God what have you put me here for? Who do you want me to bring out of slavery? God’s our waymaker - he makes a way for you, so you can make a way for others!
The testimony of faith is what previous generations were commended for! Not about our kingdom, but God’s kingdom. Faith empowers us to see that the universe was created by the spoken word of God.
There are dreams inside of people that God wants to give birth to! There are things that are distracting us from that. Isa 65 the church that never sleeps, so that the resource of the Gentiles can be brought in. Resource is not just money, it’s people! Q: What’s that dream on the inside of you? Bigger than us, than we could possibly do. Moses was happy delivering sheep - God wants him to deliver millions?
Be submerged in God’s will - can you imagine where that will take you? Mums? Business people? God knows - he’s speaking to you about it, you need to just uncover it! By faith, living by his word. When we live in that place, we become submerged in his will.
Heb 11:33 Through faith’s power they conquered kingdoms and established true justice. Their faith fastened onto them and pulled them into reality.
Dan 6:1 Darius set over the kingdom 120 satraps - governors. Over these three governors of whom Daniel was one. Daniel represents a man of God in a position of influence. God places people into positions of influence. God is calling you and I to think bigger. He is going to do something bigger than that.
Statistically 20% like you, 60% neutral, 20% don’t like you. The quickest way to forget what God says about you, is by relying on other people’s opinions about you. God has something more to say to you.
Dan 6:6-7 The others don’t like Daniel, find ways to trap him through his faith. There are people who will come against you. The only thing he could find against him was his faith in God. How you respond to things that come against you, determine your outcome. Daniel was a person who never wavered, always stood - Now faith for you! How does Daniel respond?
Vs 10. He continued to pray! Whatever your circumstance, choose to pray! Daniel was a man of prayer. The thing about Now faith causes us to go to prayer.
Vs 11-12,16. “Your God, whom you serve continually, will deliver you.” There’s no sin recorded against Daniel, but he knew the presence of God. A king that wasn’t a man of faith prophesied over the man of God.
vs 20-22. Key verse: My God has sent His angel and shut the lion’s mouth, so that they have not hurt me... O King, I have done no wrong before you. Our commitment is not determined by our circumstances.
Our response: what’s our Now faith response?
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