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Live in the House of Wisdom

Live in the House of Wisdom

Proverbs 24:3-4, Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; By knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. 

1 Corinthians 1:30, But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”

“Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young.” (Prov. 1:2-4 NLT)  

Proverbs 9:1(NLT) Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven columns. 2 She has prepared a great banquet, mixed the wines, and set the table. 3 She has sent her servants to invite everyone to come. She calls out from the heights overlooking the city. 4 “Come in with me,” she urges the simple. To those who lack good judgment, she says, 5 “Come, eat my food, and drink the wine I have mixed. 6 Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live; learn to use good judgment.”

In this text, your life is compared to a house. 

Built through wisdom

Established through understanding

Rooms filled with precious and pleasant riches by knowledge 

God provides a place, or a house, for you, for me and to all people, when they need help.  In our text, Solomon gives wisdom the personality of a woman. In fact, wisdom is like the woman who knows how to make a house, a home. She sees the need in people and knows how to meet that need.

Wisdom has a house. Live in it.

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The Good Things the Happen In Your Hidden Season

 

Galatians 1:11, I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.

13 For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. 14 I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased 16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being. 17 I did not go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went into Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus.

18 Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Cephas[b] and stayed with him fifteen days. 19 I saw none of the other apostles—only James, the Lord’s brother. 

 

In this text the Apostle Paul described something that I will call his “hidden season.”  A hidden season is a period of time where God draws you close to Himself to do a work inside of you.

 

It is a hidden season, not because you are hidden and withdrawn from people. It is a hidden season because God is doing something inside of you that no one can see and that no one might know about.

 

It is very important to understand this: Do not make the mistake of trying to copy what God did with Paul or others. If you withdrew from others for three years, it would not be a “hidden season,” it would be season ending with no return.

 

Notice this statement, Galatians 1:11, I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.

 

This is very unique kind of grace reserved for apostles or other servants of God who are willing to be consecrated to God in an unusual ways.  Most of the time we gain knowledge by instruction from others. “Revelation” is an accurate instruction or insights given by God to His servants. Because we have the Scriptures today, we don’t need revelation on Kingdom truth. 

 

However, we do still receive revelation on God’s purposes for our lives. Another caution is to beware of people who say “God told me” but their lives don’t line up with the Scriptures. 

 

Revelation is not something you have to seek, it is something that God does.  Revelation comes to people who serve and seek Him.

 

In Proverbs 8:17 we read, “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.” 

 

John the Baptist blazed the trail for Jesus:

Luke 3:2 during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3 He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,

‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in,

every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all people will see God’s salvation.’”

...15 The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. 16 John answered them all, “I baptize you with[b] water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

...21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” 23 Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph,

 

Notice that the text said the Jesus was 30 years old when he began his ministry. From time he was a child to this day, we know nothing about Jesus’ life. 

 

We only know this about Jesus first hidden season: Luke 2:52, And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

 

Jesus had a second hidden season in the wilderness. 

Luke 4:1, Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted[a] by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”

 

Notice that Paul’s hidden season was also in a wilderness

 

Looking the Jesus’ and Paul’s hidden seasons, let’s learn about some of the good things that came out of those seasons:

 

In a hidden season:

1. You see things you could not see any other way.

2. You experience internal growth 

3. You grow in wisdom and stature 

4. You learn to trust trust God’s timing and become less restless 

5. You learn patience

6. You learn to refocus on an audience of one, God 

7. You gain the endorsement of God and no longer need the endorsement of man, “This is my Son” 

8. You learn to rest in God’s endorsement, and you become less sensitive 

 

Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

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Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done, in Earth as it is in Heaven

 

Matt. 6:5 “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.

Life is lived one way or the other. We can live authentically or inauthentically. For someone who would become a marksman, authentic would NOT BE shooting at targets, then drawing bulls eyes around the the hole. Authentic would look like being trained, practicing and perfecting your craft. 

God’s kingdom provides the foundation and framework for authentic living. One thing I have learned over all these years is the importance of trying do things the right way, even if the right way is not the most popular or most personally gratifying way. 

When we see to follow God’s kingdom, we don’t have to struggle to know the “right way.”

More importantly, when we follow God’s way, we enter into a whole other set of provisions and blessings such as Ephesians 3:20-21

"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen."

The key is to get to this level: “According to the power that works in us.”

The goal is to get to a point where we see God doing above what we ask or think. 

Here is one way to know: Has God ever helped you do something, and you can’t remember how you did it? That’s God’s kingdom and power at work in you.

This is what we think and say: For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

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From Conformed to Transformed

Romans 12:1, Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 

We have read this verse for years. It describes a process at work in you through Christ. It is NOT a “to do” list. God is working with you, where you are, as you are, with what you have now, to TRANSFORM (or transfigure) you! He doesn’t need any other ingredients other than you and Him!

You cannot conceive of what God empowered transformation will do in you, because the process has to be lived. 

Getting into the process of being positively transformed begins with recognizing how you are being negatively conformed. Conformity to unhelpful things is the biggest enemy to transformation in helpful things.

 

Conformed definition: Fashion alike, i.e. conform to the same pattern (figuratively):—conform to, fashion self according to. 

Conformity is often forced upon us or presented as “normal.” Conformity is often the price of acceptance by others.

Jesus faced it:

Luke 4:21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”

The people were astonished at the transformation in Jesus life, but could not accept it because, in their mind, he was only Joseph’s son. They did not know what was inside him. He was more than Jospeh’s son. He was not limited to doing what Jospeh did.

Note that what the people thought and said had no bearing on who Jesus was or what he did. You are the only person who can impose a limit on your transformation. 

Conformed also denotes instability. This verb has reference to that which is transitory, changeable, unstable.

Transform definition: To transfigure, to change into another form

 

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Romans 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

 

Romans 12:1 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. 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 new birth brings new life and a new spirit to our inner man. However, the word “transformation” literally means “a metamorphosis.”  We best understand metamorphosis in what occurs when a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. The caterpillar is the same insect as the butterfly, but it undergoes a complete transformation in form.

 

Let’s look at Romans 12 again, this time from the New Living Translation:

Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think” (Romans 12:1-2, NLT).

 

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

 

Renewing the mind is about changing ones lifestyle (Conversation). The “old man” cannot be changed, he has to be put off. We have to “put on” the new until the change becomes comfortable and “normal.’ Be renewed in the spirit of your mind

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We are going to look at the reality and power of your conscience. There are few things as important as having a clear mind and a clean conscience.
 
“I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did, as I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day" 2 Timothy 1:3  

“I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man” Acts 24:16

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Psalms 100 

1 Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!

2 Serve the Lord with gladness;

Come before His presence with singing.

3 Know that the Lord, He is God;

It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;

We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,

And into His courts with praise.

Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

5 For the Lord is good;

His mercy is everlasting,

And His truth endures to all generations. 

 

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In Christ you have the power, grace, and ability to press forward no matter how short or long the path! The best part is this; you don’t have to use your own strength! You will learn about the principles and strategies for pressing forward in God’s grace and power!
 
On the surface, the phrase “I press” feels like hardship and extreme difficulty on the way somewhere. The level of effort is not the thing to focus on. The thing to focus on is the prize or the goal, which is a higher call in life.

Watch a special lyric video: "I Press" by Fred Hammond.

Philippians 3:13-14
“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,I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”

Philippians 3:14 Good News Translation (GNT)
"So I run straight toward the goal in order to win the prize, which is God's call through Christ Jesus to the life above."

 

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Understanding Authority 

A. What is Authority? 

Authority is defined as “the power or right to enforce obedience; delegated power; or personal influence.” Authority can be divine, human or satanic; wise or foolish; helpful or destructive; or imposed by force. It is not something we take, it is given. 

Whenever one person relates to another positively, they are exercising or receiving authority at a personal level. Human society would cease to operate in any meaningful way if this was not true at almost every level of experience. In fact, without the recognition of personal authority, we could not exist together as a community of people. 

B What is Biblical Authority? 

The most common Greek word translated in the New Testament as au- thority is “exousia”. This word means “liberty to do as one pleases; the ability or strength with which one is endued; the power of authority; the power of rule or government.” 

It can also be thought of as power based on position, though this form of authority may not have the blessing of God 

C. The authority of Jesus 

Jesus authority came because He was acting on behalf of the heavenly Father (John 10:18; John 5:19, 30). He forgave people their sins, healed people, cast out demons, controlled nature, taught the word and more – all in the authority given to Him by God the Father (John 10:34-38; Matt. 4:1-10). 

Jesus spoke and ministered with authority (Mark 1:22, 27; Luke 4:31- 37). 

Because of Jesus’ authority many people willingly and positively responded to HIm, others rejected Him – but He was not ignored. 

D. What the Roman Centurion understood (Matt. 8:5-13) 

1. He recognized and understood the authority of Jesus. As a military of- fer, the centurion derived his authority from the ruling Roman empire itself. 

2. Being an officer allowed the man to rule and control the troops as if it were Caesar himself commanding the troops. 

3. The centurion’s request of Jesus was a confession of faith, because he recognized that Jesus derived His authority from God and so He had the power to heal simply by speaking a word. He knew that Jesus spoke and acted with full divine authority so when He spoke, it was as if God the Father were speaking. 

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Peace at the Center

Message by Patricia A. Hudson, First Lady of New Covenant Church

John 14:27, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

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