Monday, September 23, 2013

My Back Story, Part 2 - The Power Of A God Encounter

My Back Story-  Part 2-  The Power Of A God Encounter

Theme Verse- “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”  Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)

Encounter-  means to collide with the unexpected.

1.   A God Encounter Positions You To Have A Revelation Of Who He Is.
“And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.  It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”  Acts 9:5 (NKJV)
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."  Matthew 16:16 (NASB)
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”  Hebrews 11:6  *see also Matthew 7:7, Psalm 46:1, Romans 10:13 

2.   A God Encounter Empowers You To Move Past Your Rebellion Into Obedience.  
“So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?”Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do... 8 Then Saul arose from the ground... .”  Acts 9:6,8 (NKJV)
“And without faith it is impossible to please God... he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”  Hebrews 11:6

“We are surrounded by a great cloud of people whose lives tell us what faith means. So let us run the race that is before us and never give up. We should remove from our lives anything that would get in the way and the sin that so easily holds us back. 2 Let us look only to Jesus, the One who began our faith and who makes it perfect...”  Hebrews 12:1-2 (NCV)
  • God Says To Move Past HEDONISM- Lust Of The Flesh 
  • God Says To Move Past MATERIALISM- Lust Of The Eyes 
  • God Says To Move Past INDIVIDUALISM- Pride of Life 
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:15-17 NKJV  (*see Luke 4:1-13)

3.  A God Encounter Equips You To Live The Life That He Has Called You To!
"And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.”  Acts 9:17 (NKJV)

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” (NIV) Psalm 34:8 *see also 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Luke 17:32-33,  Jeremiah 29:11

The devil’s temptation cannot succeed against you when you are conscious of God's love for you. @JosephPrince