For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God…we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10 (ESV)
2. RECORDED IN HEAVEN; THEY ARE THE HARVEST OF SOULS ON EARTH!
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest”. John 4:34-35 (NASB)
My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assig...
“Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, across from the king’s house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house. So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight,”
(Esther 5:1 NKJV)
DECISIONS DECIDE DESTINIES, BUT ACTING ON THEM WILL GET YOU THERE
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
(James 1:22 NKJV)
3 ENEMIES OF ACTION
PROCRASTINATE: Delay or postpone action
PASSIVITY: Acceptance of what happens without active response or resistance
PASSERBY (BYSTANDER EFFECT): Inactivity by assuming responsibility on others
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matt 7:7-8 NKJV
“The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones. He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out.” Ezek 37:1-2 NLT
DISAPPOINTMENTS ARE UNMET EXPECTATIONS!!
1. BELIEVE WHOLEHEARTEDLY THAT GOD WILL EXCEED YOUR EXPECTATIONS!!
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…” Ephes 3:20 NKJV
“So I spoke this message, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley…” Ezek 37:7 NLT
2. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE OF COURAGEOUS FAITH!!
"Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 'Go and gather all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.'” Esther 4:15-16 NLT
1. Fasting can build Faith.
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1 NKJV
2. Fasting can draw us closer to God.
"Set your minds on things that are above, not on the things that are on earth." Colossians 3:2 ESV
3. Fasting can be the first step to Freedom.
"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." John 8:36 NIV
"Its is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand Firm, then and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1
4. We can Fast with Family and Friends for big decisions or deliverance.
THE ATMOSPHERE OF PRAISE ATTRACTS THE MIRACLE WORKER
“But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” (Psalm 22:3 KJV)
“But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened.” (Acts 16:25-26 NASB)
1. THE ATMOSPHERE OF PRAISE IS INTENSIFIED IN TOGETHERNESS
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV)
2. BRING THE RIGHT ATTITUDE OF EXPECTATION TO CHURCH
“I will declare Your name to My brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will prai...
“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 NKJV
I, ________________, WAS MADE FOR THIS MOMENT!!
1. COINCIDENCE LEAVES ROOM FOR CHANCE, BUT DIVINITY MAKES ROOM FOR CHANGE!!
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.” Psalm 139:13-14 NKJV
2. IT’S YOUR TIME TO SEIZE THE MOMENT!!
“Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” Matt 6:27 NLT
“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matt 21:22 NKJV
THIS IS MY DECADE!!
3. THE DESTINY OF OTHERS AWAITS YOUR DECISION TO SAY YES!!
“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I se...
“…two blind men followed him, calling out, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David!’. When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, ‘… ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’. ‘Yes, Lord,’ they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith will it be done to you’; and their sight was restored…” (Matthew 9:27-30 NIV)
ACTION IS THE PROOF OF YOUR BELIEF
“When Jesus saw their faith…” (Matthew 9:2 NIV)
1. BELIEVE GOD HAS PLANNED MIRACLES AHEAD
“And the Lord said to Moses…tell the children of Israel to go forward.” (Exodus 14:15 NKJ)
2. GOD WILL LEAD YOU TO THE PLACE OF YOUR MIRACLE
“And Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today…” (Exodus 14:13 NKJ)
“I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax; it has melted away wit...
Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
(Isaiah 43:18-19 NKJV)
1. THE NEW DELIVERANCE WILL BE GREATER THAN THE FORMER
“The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,” says the Lord of hosts.
(Haggai 2:9 NKJV)
PREPARE TO BE SUPER-AMAZED
Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?
(Isaiah 43:19 NKJV)
FIGHTING IT IS FUTILE
For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?
(Isaiah 14:27 NKJV)
I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
(Isaiah 43:19 NKJV)
2. GOD’S DELIVERANCE WILL FLOW FROM PLACES YOU LEAST EXPECT
"Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving." 2 Corinthians 8:11 (NLT)
1. REVIEW AND REFRESH ALL THAT YOU'VE LEARNED!!
"Joshua then read to them all the blessings and curses Moses had written in the Book of Instruction. Every word of every command that Moses had ever given was read to the entire assembly of Israel, including the women and children and the foreigners who lived among them." Joshua 8:34-35 (NLT)
IT'S AN OPEN BOOK TEST!!
2. PREPARE FOR THE NEW, BY GETTING RID OF THE OLD!! ALL OF IT!!
"You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world...Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him." Colossians 3:7&10 (NLT)
"After seven months, teams of men will be appointed to search the land for skeletons to bury, so the land will be made clean again." Ezekiel 39:14 (NLT)
“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem,”
(Matthew 2:1 NASB)
“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”
(Matthew 2:2 NASB)
1. YOUR WORSHIP IS PRECIOUS CARGO:
• EVERYONE & EVERYTHING WANTS IT
• IT’S GOING TO COST YOU ALL OF YOUR HEART
“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
(Jeremiah 29:13 NASB)
2. GIVE JESUS WHAT MATTERS MOST, YOUR WORSHIP
“After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”
(Matthew 2:11 NASB)
Life Group Questions
1. What precious gift do you possess that you can give to JESUS...