Ready, Set, Go!
Ready, Set, Go This month, we’ve been talking about the discipline of meditation. If it’s your first time hearing us teach on meditation, don’t worry, nothing weird is going on… What is meditation? - Put simply - hearing and obeying the voice of God. - The word meditation in the Hebrew (see-yach) means - listening to God’s Word, reflecting on God’s works, rehearsing God’s deeds, or ruminating on God’s law. Sermon in a sentence - You will find your purpose when you begin with a posture of prayer. DON’T STOP THERE - you must begin to put it into practice. Our key scripture is: Philippians 2:12-16 TPT 12 My beloved ones, just like you’ve always listened to everything I’ve taught you in the past, I’m asking you now to keep following my instructions as though I were right there with you. Now you must continue to make this new life fully manifested as you live in the holy awe of God—which brings you trembling into his presence. 13 God will continually revitalize you, implanting within you the passion to do what pleases him. 14 Live a cheerful life, without complaining or division among yourselves. 15 For then you will be seen as innocent, faultless, and pure children of God, even though you live in the midst of a brutal and perverse culture. For you will appear among them as shining lights in the universe, 16 offering them the words of eternal life. Recently, we went through one of my favorite portions of scripture. It’s found in John chapter 15. Jesus explains that He is the vine, we are the branches and our purpose is to bear MUCH fruit. As I was praying about this message, I felt the Lord continue to speak to me, “EQUIPPING”. We’re going to dive into this more. Here’s how I believe He wanted me to explain it, with a time to for prayer afterwards. Ready - This is the preparation phase Here’s the what. We’ve previously said that meditation is deep thinking on the truths in scripture for the purposes of understanding, application and prayer. In fact, we see over and over again in scriptures that we were indeed made to pause and ponder on God’s word. This is perfectly illustrated in Philippians 4:8 8 So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always. Okay, but how?- John 14:15-17 - Isn’t it cool how Jesus tells us how first!? 15 “Loving me empowers you to obey my commands.16–17 And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Savior, the Holy Spirit of Truth, who will be to you a friend just like me—and he will never leave you. The world won’t receive him because they can’t see him or know him. But you will know him intimately, because he will make his home in you and will live inside you. Listen, I used this version so that I could explain the wording a bit. There are two greek words here “allos” and “parakletos” basically - another of the same kind of savior, helper, defense… So, another way to say it is that Jesus’ role was to save us from the guilt of sin. The Holy Spirit’s role was to save us from the power of sin by living through us in fullness! In Aramaic, the word here literally means, “a redeemer who ends the curse”. Set - This is the equipping phase, get into position, (gear up!) - Eph 6 First off, let me say, there is so much here and I encourage you to meditate on what you find here. I am only going to cover a few points. 1 Corinthians chapters 12-14 - read it all! We’re talking about spiritual gifts, then in v 27 you have the ministry gifts(more here - Eph 4). Paul - I don’t want you to be confused about spiritual realities(this is the real deal) - the Spirit distributes 9 gifts Starting in verse 8 8 For example: The Spirit gives to one the gift of the word of wisdom. To another, the same Spirit gives the gift of the word of revelation knowledge. 9 And to another, the same Spirit gives the gift of faith. And to another, the same Spirit gives gifts of healing. 10 And to another the power to work miracles. And to another the gift of prophecy. And to another the gift to discern what the Spirit is speaking. And to another the gift of speaking different kinds of tongues. And to another the gift of interpretation of tongues. 11 Remember, it is the same Holy Spirit who distributes, activates, and operates these different gifts as he chooses for each believer. But why? - unity in the body and glorification of the Father! He tells us in Jn 14 12 “I tell you this timeless truth: The person who follows me in faith, believing in me, will do the same mighty miracles that I do—even greater miracles than these because I go to be with my Father! 13 For I will do whatever you ask me to do when you ask me in my name. And that is how the Son will show what the Father is really like and bring glory to him. We must remember that all of this leads to him speaking about how we abide in Him. It’s all for Him. - Relationships! Phil 2:16 from above - “For you will appear among them as shining lights in the universe, 16 offering them the words of eternal life.” Mt 5:15 - 15 And who would light a lamp and then hide it in an obscure place? Instead, it’s placed where everyone in the house can benefit from its light. Go - This speaks for itself. Do it! I want to remind you HOW Do most trees, vines, etc have 1 branch or many? We are one body, each with a specific function. Listen to what the word says here No Competition for Importance within the Body 21 It would be wrong for the eye to say to the hand, “I don’t need you,” and equally wrong if the head said to the foot, “I don’t need you.” 22 In fact, the weaker our parts, the more vital and essential they are. 23 The body parts we think are less honorable we treat with greater respect. And the body parts that need to be covered in public we treat with propriety and clothe them. 24 But some of our body parts don’t require as much attention. Instead, God has mingled the body parts together, giving greater honor to the “lesser” members who lacked it. 25 He has done this intentionally so that every member would look after the others with mutual concern, and so that there will be no division in the body. 26 In that way, whatever happens to one member happens to all. If one suffers, everyone suffers. If one is honored, everyone rejoices. 27 You are the body of the Anointed One, and each of you is a unique and vital part of it. Cars reference, yes, again! Hebrews 12:1-2 TPT So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us. 2 We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. This makes Jesus’ Great Commission resonate a bit more, huh? 19 Now go in my authority and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 20 And teach them to faithfully follow all that I have commanded you. And never forget that I am with you every day, even to the completion of this age.” Closing Prayer and Equipping