“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater worksthan these he will do, because I go to My Father.” (John 14:12 NKJV)
❖ GREATER QUANTITY OF QUALITY WORK
1. STOP OBSERVING, START FORWARD THINKING
And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you
saw Him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:10-11 NKJV)
2. START THINKING “IT’S CHANGING”
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV)
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:5 NKJV)
Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? Then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. (Jeremiah 13:23 KJV)
“We love, because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19 NASB)
LESSONS FROM THE DESERT
WHO ARE YOU BECOMING?
"I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life," (Deuteronomy 30:19 NKJV)
1. LOVE DRIVES DEVELOPMENT
"Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins." (Proverbs 10:12 NKJV)
2. RESORT TO LOVE THE UNLOVABLE
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven;”
"What the chewing locust left, the swarming locust has eaten; What the swarming locust left, the crawling locust has eaten; And what the crawling locust left, the consuming locust has eaten." (Joel 1:4 NKJV)
2. WIN THE FIGHT OVER FATIGUE BY:
REMOVE, REST, & RESET
"Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town." (Mark 8:22-23 NKJV)
"let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us," (Hebrews 12:1 NKJV)
Life Group Questions
1. Discuss how "bad form" and "bad vocabulary" can be symptoms of physical, emotional, and spiritual fatigue
2. How does Joel 1:4 compare with what we are experiencing today?
3. How does "removing yourself" and "removing what's on you" help with the fight against fatigue?
"Then the Scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. (John 8:3-4 NKJV)
Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. but what do You say?" (John 8:5 NKJV)
So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first." (John 8:7 NKJV)
When JESUS had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?" She said, "No one, Lord." And JESUS said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more." (John 8:10-11 NKJV)
1. RECONCILIATION HAPPENS WEH MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER RIGHTS
"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV)
2. HEAL THE BROKENNESS OF SELF BY BEING RECONCILED TO...
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and preparea a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself,” (John 14:1-3 NKJV)
1. LIVE AS IF HE’S ON HIS WAY.
“Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
(Matthew 24:44 NKJV)
• JESUS SHOULD NEVER BE AN UNEXPECTED GUEST.
2. REDEEM THE TIME, DON’T WASTE IT.
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5: 15-16 NKJV)
3 WAYS TO “REDEEM THE TIME”
• LESS THERAPY, MORE HUGS.
• LESS FACEBOOK, MORE FACE IN “HIS BOOK!”
• LESS QUANTITY OUT, BUT STAY AT QUALITY IN.
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
(Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT)
1. DON’T ISOLATE YOURSELF FROM OTHERS OR THE CHURCH.
After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go…Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road.
(Luke 10:1, 3-4 NKJV)
2. HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH PEOPLE ON FIRE FOR GOD.
Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the L...
I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you,”
(2 Corinthians 12:7-9 NIV)
HE WILL HELP YOU CARRY THE BURDEN!
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
(Matthew 11:28-30 NASB)
HOW TO FIND RELIEF IN GODLY BURDENS:
1. BRING THE BURDEN BACK TO JESUS.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
(Matthew 11:28 NASB)
2. “YOKE-UP” WITH JESUS.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart...