The praise team today was outstanding. Led by LaRue Howard the atmosphere was so charged. In the second service Chasing After You brought about a shift that everyone could feel in their soul. LaRue took a moment to mention Matthew 7:9-11
Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (NIV)
Think about it, if an evil man will give their child what they ask what will God do for you? If you would ask more of Him, to be closer to Him…He will give you everything else. In singing this verse, you understand what she is saying:
“I’m chasing after You,
No matter what I have to do
Cause I need you more and more”
Praise the Lord through your situation, through all of your mess and you will get closer to God so he can fix everything.
This anointing carried over into the Baby Dedication. At New Beginnings, Baptism are for people old enough to understand the decision that they are making in choosing to be renewed in Christ. As a child, he or she doesn’t understand, but what we can do is dedicate our kids to God. Pray that a hedge of protection will stay with them all the days of their life. Pray that the child’s parents, god parents, grandparents and church family will help to raise that child in the way they should go so that when that child is of age he or she will not stray from it. Pastor Shauna gave a prayer that resonated through the sanctuary.
With the atmosphere charged, Pastor Howard came in with a sermon that had people shouting in agreement. To do it justice we need to recap from Part 1. He began with a narrative about Durk Nowitski of the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA Finals. Durk after every game went straight into the locker room. When people were celebrating he wouldn’t do it he remained focused on his vision to finally get that ring. Proverbs 29:18:
Where there is no vision,
the people perish:
but he that keepeth the law,
happy is he. (KJV)
If people can’t see what God is doing,
they stumble all over themselves;
But when they attend to what he reveals,
they are most blessed. (MSG)
Vision drives those that are hungry. Vision determines how hard you run and practice determines how much they understand the vision before them. Matthew 21:10-17 tells us how Jesus entered the temple courts of Jerusalem and drove the people out who were buying and selling there, saying:
“It is written, My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers”
Point #1: Have to Drive it Out
God had a vision for his house. There are some things you have to clean out of your life so that you stay focused on your vision. There are people, TV shows, and music in your life that put negative things on you to pull you away from your vision.
While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”
Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, ” Don’t be afraid; just believe”
Point #2: Find what God is Saying is saying about you
If you know this story, you know that Jairus received a vision that Jesus was going to cure his daughter and he went to find Jesus. After Jesus decides to come with him a woman comes along and touches Jesus’s robe to be cured and slows Jesus down from getting to his daughter on time.
There are times when we have to get desperate for our situation and for the things of God. Jairus searched out to find Jesus. There are times when the process is impeded but we have to remember the vision. The woman touching Jesus’ robe. Then there are times when you have to ignore what people are saying and what people are speaking to your situation. At these times we may lose sight of the vision God has given us, don’t let it happen. Jesus kept to the vision and told Jairus ” Don’t be afraid; Just believe.”
We have to stay hungry by feeding off our vision. How do we do that? Write it down. When the enemy tries to bring you down and stop you from seeking your vision you can go back to read and feed off your vision.
When we were children our parents would say that we couldn’t eat junk before dinner because it would spoil our appetite. We can’t eat what isn’t good for us right now because it will kill the appetite for the good things God has foy you. If you do you will no longer hunger for the things of God and will settle for anything. You forget about the calling on your life.
What is the enemy having you settle for?
Point#3: Speak Life to your situation
It is written that you are the head and not the tail…above not beneath. When the devil comes in and tries to steal your vision remember the word of God, read your vision and never put yourself in a position of doubt.
When Jesus heard their words he came back with his words (Mark 5:35-36). When people try to put you in a position of doubt you have to open up your mouth and speak life into the situation. Change the atmosphere.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us (NIV)
Children crying because they always hear their parents arguing…Open your mouth…Women in relationships that don’t seem to be going anywhere…Open your mouth. Pray and speak life.
Part 2. Vision keeps you hungry and thirsty. Vision has a tendency to grow faster in adversity. It attracts opposition which in turn fuels the vision. A vision from God will even outlive death. If you look at the vision of Gandhi and that of Martin Luther King, they are still going on today. Never tolerate those who oppose your vision. Even though your vision protects itself, you have to also protect yourself so that won’t stifle your vision.
Some definitions to understand:
Vision is a daydream inspired by God and planted in your heart.
Inspire is to fill something with your own resources and expect something in return
Bible is the inspired word of God
God has given you a word, a vision, and is looking for a return on his word.
so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it
Inspiration means to breath into.
When you blow into a balloon it is inspiration and it is filled with whatever is in you and when you suck the air out it is expiration.
When someone is speaking into you you they are filling you with all that’s in them. So if you have nasty people around you, you will be filled with nasty. You will be full of what you are connected to.
Just like people we are connected to, those who are connected to God are filled with what God breaths into us.
Whatever you blow into the balloon determines the shape of the balloon but when that balloon is squeezed the atmosphere will be affected by what comes out of that balloon. When you are squeezed what is coming out of you? When the pressures of this world squeeze on you, what will come out of you?
If you are a worshipper we hope that when you are squeezed praises will come out of you like never before. If you are filled with giving we pray that the pressures of the world bring for giving likes of which we have never seen.
How do you stay hungry for the righteousness of God? By keeping your vision.
Now if you hold on to the earthly perspective you would ask how do you stay hungry if you eat something, aren’t you satisfied once you eat? So how do you stay hungry? If you look at the spiritual perspective when you feed of a vision you get a glimpse of the greatness God has for you and you want more. The more you feed off of your vision the hungrier and thirsty you get. You stay hungry and thirsty for the things of the Lord.
If you don’t you’ll find yourself in situations of panic and doubt.
Are you still hungry?
How many can relate to the teaches of this sermon? How many of you receive visions from God and allow people and circumstance to hinder you from seeking your vision? God wants you to succeed in achieving your vision. He wants you to succeed. He wants you hungry for him and his word. That is the only way you will receive blessing beyond anything you could ever imagine. Give God a chance to show off in your life. Bring to him all your problems, your hurts, your junk and watch him turn it around.
There is such an anointing in New Beginnings. You don’t want to miss out on the word God is giving you through Pastor Howard and through the people who come into the house of the Lord to share His word. Don’t miss the next service…Next Sunday at 10am & 12pm.