Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Unstoppable, Part 3
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Luke 1:32-34, says, "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."
God has a Kingdom that will never end, it is UNSTOPPABLE! He invites you & I to be a part of that Kingdom.
Key Thought- WHEN YOU ARE ALIGNED WITH THE KING (Jesus), YOU HAVE AN ASSIGNMENT FOR THE KINGDOM, & YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE. (Phil. 4:13, Matthew 6:33)
From time to time we get discouraged & face difficulties in life. In those moments we need to remember our alignment & our assignment. We are aligned with the king & have an assignment for His kingdom! WE NEED TO KEEP A KINGDOM SPIRIT so that we will fulfill our destiny!
1. KINGDOM SPIRITED PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE WHO GIVE ALL & NEVER GIVE UP!
Peter & the early disciples left everything to follow Jesus. Jesus when he was dying on the cross, gave up his Spirit, but he never gave up. Stephen followed in his Savior's footsteps & gave up his spirit but he never gave up! He had an unstoppable Spirit & shared the message of Jesus even as he was being put to death!
Peter said to him, "We have left everything to follow you!" Mark 10:28
Acts 6, says, "57At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him (Speaking of Stephen), 58dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." 60Then he fell on his knees and cried out, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he fell asleep."
2. KINGDOM SPIRITED PEOPLE GIVE LOVE TO THE UNLOVEABLE
Ananias was called by God to reach out to a man that was hurting & killing his friends! God calls us to love the unloveable!
Acts 9:1-18, says,"...In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, "Ananias!" "Yes, Lord," he answered. 11The Lord told him, "Go to... Saul, for he is praying. 12In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight." 13"Lord," Ananias answered, "I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. 14And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name." 15But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go!... Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit."... He got up and was baptized, 19and after taking some food, he regained his strength."
3. KINGDOM SPIRITED PEOPLE FOLLOW GOD’S SPIRIT, NOT THEIR OWN.
People normally ask questions of graduates like, “what do you want to do when you graduate?” Those kinds of questions are common but they are the wrong question. The question is, “what does God want you to do?” Paul's had a vision of a man from Macedonia needing help. He changed his life plans immediately to travel to this region & share the good news of Jesus!
Acts 16:6- 15, says, "Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. 8So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. 9During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." 10After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them..."
4. KINGDOM SPIRITED PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE WHO PRAISE PAST THEIR PROBLEMS
Paul and Silas were unfairly & unjustly beaten & thrown in prison. They responded differently that we normally do when we encounter difficulties. They praised in spite of their circumstance & God brought the breakthrough!
Acts 16:16-34 says, "...The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. 23After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them."
THIS WEEK, KEEP A KINGDOM SPIRIT & REPRESENT GOD WELL WITH YOUR LIFE!