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The Power of Your Testimony

The Power of Your Testimony

Hebrews 3:4 For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God. 5 And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, 6 but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.

Revelation 19:9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.” 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Everyone has built his or her “house.” Your house is your scope of responsibility, authority, ministry, jobs, and possessions. The Bible says that Moses was faithful in his house. His faithfulness became his testimony. Your testimony, like the chapters of a book, is written every day by your words and deeds of faith in obedience to God.

2 Corinthians 1:12, "For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you."

A good testimony is:

1) Clear conscience

2) Simple and sincere conduct in in clear view others (no hidden agendas)

3) Operating by grace, not by carnal (flesh-ruled) wisdom

4) Other-focused

“Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

God’s prophetic purposes have been, and are being fulfilled, in your life!

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Grace: Everything You Need

Hebrews 12:18 For you have not come [g]to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, 19 and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore.
 
22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
27, Now this, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28] Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.
 
We live in an unstable world, full of unstable and changeable people. Even the things in our lives are subject to shaking, only to reveal what cannot be shaken.
 
Things that can be shaken were either not part of the original design and were added. At the car wash there is a sign that provides a warning about taking a car through the car wash with accessories added.
 
Grace provides everything we need.
 
God designed us. He knows what and who we are. He knows everything that belongs in us and on us. He has given me everything I need. Sometimes, I create a sense of need by adding something He didn’t ordain for me.
 
Over time, we add stuff, like cheap car "mods"--things we don't need and that don't help. God's does us a service by allowing fake stuff to be shaken off of us to reveal His "original" equipment! We can live a "bling free" life!
 
In a time of shaking, when something comes off, I feel like it is a loss....but it is actually a gain. Something unnecessary is coming off of my life.
 
How stuff gets added: Conformity to social fads and trends adds behaviors, beliefs, and baggage that we don’t need.
 
Matthew 11:16 "But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions, 17] "and saying: 'We played the flute for you, And you did not dance; we mourned to you, And you did not lament.'
 
We have received a kingdom which cannot be shaken. You can rest in what God has given you. You can rest in your unique S.H.A.P.E.
 
Spiritual Gifts
Heart
Abilities
Personality
Experience
 
God’s kingdom is grace empowered. Grace is the hub of our lives. No Barcode labels
 
Living this way allows us to serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
 
Grace allows us to consider the higher, more powerful, unshakeable, eternal realities of the kingdom of God.
 
Heb 13:9, Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace.
 
2 Peter 1:12, Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
 
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My lesson today will be, “Grace: An Empowered Life, Not Barcode Religion” We will study from 1 Peter 4:10-11 reads, "As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen."

We are never at the mercy, and weakness, of operating in our own strength. We can rely on the ability of God through grace in every endeavor of life. Our faith in God is not like a barcode (you will have to hear the teaching about that one!)

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My lesson today will be, “Stand: Grace to Stand and not Stumble.” We will study from 2 Peter Chapter One,  that says in part, “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue…” (v. 2-3)
 
The conclusion of the text reads, “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble….” (v. 10)
 
We are going to do a “deep dive” into understand how God’s grace and faith work together to cause us to stand strong and victorious in every circumstance.
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2 Peter 1:3, As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the [a]corruption that is in the world through lust 5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,

Ezekiel 22:29 The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the foreigner, denying them justice. 30 “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.

Nehemiah 4:6-8 New International Version (NIV) 6 So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart. 7 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. 8 They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it.

Think about gaps in three ways: 1) Closing the distance, 2) Removing dangers, 3) Helping others and receiving help.

In life there are a lot of things that do not need dramatic change. Much in life is already better than we think it is. The old saying is that “perception is reality” is mostly inaccurate because our limited perception is not capable love and bracing the entire reality of any situation. For example, a sad looking expression on someone’s face does not necessary mean that a person is sad, we only have a perception of sadness.

“Greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

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