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Losing Control

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Doing less allows you to accomplish more

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The Freedom We Have - Being Free From Sin & Shame
True freedom is not being able to do whatever we want, it’s actually being free from Sin and Shame
Example of the YOKE with Jadon and Gabe
Crumby Faith - Taking a Burden of Someone Else to Help Them Receive Their Breakthrough
Intercession - sometimes we need help to get our breakthrough, if our faith is lacking, we can call on our friends to take up the burden with us and intercede for our break through.
We saw a mother that pleaded for the leftovers of the Jewish blessing, and he request was granted
Stones & Temples - The Presence of God is Accessible By Everyone; We Are Actually The Temple of The Holy Spirit
Peter brought to our attention that our bodies are more than just instagram models. We are royalty, a holy nation, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
God’s Spirit was something that used to be accessed by one person one day a year, and if there was any misstep, that person was dead
Are we keeping our temples clean? Can God’s Spirit dwell inside of us?
Breaking Babylon - Selfish Greed Makes You A Slave
Babylon represented man’s way of trying to gain materials to become god-like
The Spirit of Mammon - the god of riches
Money is neutral; you can use it for good or bad
You break greed off your life by being a generous giver
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Tonight we are talking about, LOSING CONTROL <slide on screen>

In or Out of Control?

Trashcan Game: were you in control or out of control?

Baal

DEFINE: The Hebrew noun ba‘al means ‘master’, ‘possessor’ or ‘husband’
Control, Rule, Power
So much through our culture, it has taught us that it is normal and okay to be in control
We hear phrases like, “it’s your life, do what you want”
SUGGESTION: we don’t know how to manage our lives, and left to our own we will run ourselves tired and dry.
Baal in the Bible:
Throughout the OT; specifically when Elijah goes head-to-head with the prophets of Baal and calls fire down from Heaven
Examples of Baal in Our Lives:
Busy Schedules - it’s our life so we’ll do what we want
Trying to control others: Siblings, Co-Workers, Other Drivers
Siblings, Co-Workers, Other Drivers
We buy, build, make things to make us better than others

Losing Control to Gain Control

If Breaking Babylon = Generous Giving
Breaking Baal = Honoring the Sabbath
Extremely Tired: when you are overly tired, you can’t think straight, you might say things you regret, you may do things you regret
This is the extreme case. Most of the time we are tired and make poor decisions, but don’t immediately tie it to how much rest we have had that week.

The Sabbath

Sabbath in the OT
Genesis 2:2–3 ESV
2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
The other six days God called good, but only the seventh did He call Holy.
God took a rest on the seventh day and the Bible tells us a few verses earlier that He made us in His image.
This means we have qualities of God! (we are not God, but we have His qualities. Just how you have qualities of you parents but you aren’t your parents)
Genesis 1:27 ESV
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
If the God of the universe thought it was good to take a rest after six days, don’t you think it is a good idea?
Taking it a step further, God designed our bodies to take a Sabbath
Exodus 20:8–11 ESV
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
The Sabbath is a Gift
God is giving us a day to refresh, replenish our soul, find rest in Him, and HE BLESSES IT!
Sabbath in the NT
Jesus talking to the religious people of the day...
Mark 2:27 ESV
27 And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
The religious people had essentially turned the Sabbath into and idol, but that was never the intention of the Sabbath.
Sabbath = verb; you don’t take a sabbath, you sabbath - you stop and rest

Resting in Our Culture // How to

4 Weeks Ago: Nick Serino, James Polk, Podcast in Email
Move to Wednesdays
Scheduling a day of nothing
Results:
think clearer
recognize fatigue quicker
better family life
better relationships
hear from God better
minister more effectively
Has Baal Affected You?
Struggling personal relationships
“I’ll be there, but I’ll be late” is a common phrase in your life
“I’ll be there, but I can’t stay the whole time” is a common phrase in your life
People you influence are struggling

Breaking Baal // Losing Control

Ceasing
Hebrews
Hebrews 4:9–11 ESV
9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. 11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.
no one = the world
Christians should look and feel more rested than the people of the world - this is not the common case in the world we live in
No Rest in Hell:
Revelation 14:11 ESV
11 And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”
Tithe of the Week:
Tithe of the Week:
168 hours in the week
1/10 of that would be 16.8 hours
16.8 hours is about the time that we are awake during the day
Jewish Sabbath List:
Not working, for wage or non-wage
Not competing for rewards (sports, competitions)
Make time to relax and do nothing
Reading and studying religious materials
Play with the family
Take leisurely strolls
Enjoying meals with friends and family
Talking with each other (with your mouth, turn off your phone)
Attending religious services
Praying Meditating
Worshiping
is a Psalm devoted specifically for the Sabbath
Replenishing
Psalm 23:1–3 ESV
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Bible Reading Plan

Altar Call

Give up control to Jesus - SALVATION
dedicate or rededicate your life - Make Jesus your master & controller
PRAY
Dedicate one day a week to Sabbath
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