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Sunday, October 8, 2017

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From the very beginning, God has tried to establish a very simple foundational truth. In Genesis 1 we see that every seed produces according to its kind. Apples produce apples, bananas produce bananas, monkeys produce monkeys, and people produce people.  Every seed produces fruit according to its nature.
Galatians 6:7 warns us not to be deceived, whatever a man sows, that he will reap.
1 John 3:7 also warns us not to be deceived: “Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this:  When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous.”

When Adam sinned, man became corrupted with the seed of sin. Everyone born after Adam was born into sin.  Everyone except Christ. He was born of a virgin.  No man’s seed corrupted His being. In John chapter 3 He said that we needed to be born again.  Why?  Because we must put to death the old man born into sin, and be born by the Spirit of God. Everyone who is born of the Spirit does not sin. Read 1 John – especially chapter 3.  Anyone who continues to sin doesn’t understand who Jesus was and is or why He came (1 John 3:6)

Matthew 7 again warns us not to be deceived about this law of each seed producing after its own kind.  Every good tree produces good fruit, and every bad tree produces bad fruit.  Then Jesus gives us a promise. In the teaching of the wise and foolish man, He says that anyone who follows His teaching will stand.  When the circumstances of life come against us, we will stand and produce the fruit of righteousness.  It is His promise.  But in order to inherit the promise we must understand this foundational truth that each seed produces after its own kind.

1 John 3:7  (NLT)  Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.
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What a morning!   Our children were home from kid’s camp.  They learned about God, but also how to handle themselves in relationships where they didn’t felt accepted.   God directed their thoughts and their words.  This is how we know God is working in our lives when we respond to negativity with God’s love.

Pastor Kevin shared:   The enemy feeds off of every negative thought so he can manifest!   He suggested we starve the sucker!   Fast from negativity!  (6 months!  Forever!)

Jeremiah 33 was our insight for the day.

Jeremiah is in prison and the city was being attacked when God said to him…..Jeremiah call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.  (Oh how God wants to talk with us)

God showed Jeremiah that his love was still for them and how God would restore them.   Verse 19-26   People were saying, God is throwing away His chosen people.  BUT – God said, “If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with the night so that there will not be day and night in their season then My covenant may also be broken with David My servant,……”

God is drawing His people up!  Whatever life looks like, our thoughts need to be on Him.  Not on the negativity that we feed on.  God still has a plan, a purpose.

It takes work to climb a mountain.  Let’s prepare our assent by fasting negativity!  God will never break His covenant with us.  Our covenant was established with the blood of His Son, Jesus (our Savior), and it will never be abolished or broken!

This is a great reason to starve the negativity in our lives!  We want to look like Him!

 

 

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Mark 8:22-25  Jesus heals a blind man.   When Jesus prayed for him the first time, the man saw men walking as trees.  JESUS HAD TO PRAY A SECOND TIME!   This time the mans understanding and perception was renewed so he could see men clearly.

We all need to have our understanding updated at times.  Our perception is distorted.

John 6 –  Jesus fed 5,000 people.  They follow Jesus to the other side of the sea.  Jesus says you are not following me for the signs but because they wanted Him to feed them.  Like Moses fed the people in the wilderness.  Jesus says He is the true bread which came from heaven and if they eat His flesh and drink His blood they will live.  They couldn’t handle what He said and many left because of an they were offended.  Jesus asks the disciples – will you go away too?  Peter’s response is, “Where can we go?  You have the words of eternal life.  And we have come to believe and know that you are the Christ the Son of the living God.”

We must come to that conclusion also.  There is no where else to go.  Jesus is our life.  Perception change –  Man doesn’t live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  (Matt. 4:4)

Book of Acts there were many perception changes taking place.  They were filled with the Holy Spirit and the scriptures they knew were now becoming real.  Their hearts changed, so much that they were willing to share whatever they had with each other.  The church grew because they saw something in the people they hadn’t seen before.  People were repenting and getting baptized.  Their purpose was to follow Jesus, this man who was crucified and risen from the dead and was doing amazing signs, wonders, healings.

With all of the funds that were brought, Peter and John didn’t start a home for the lame man in Chapter 3.  Instead they said we don’t have silver or gold but what we do have we will give you –  In the name of Jesus Christ, rise up and walk.  The man did.  It caused such a stir that Peter and John were put in prison and commanded not to talk about this Jesus again.   They prayed for more boldness instead of becoming quiet.

Acts 5, people are selling land and bringing the money.  Ananias and his wife Sapphira sell some land.  But instead of just giving some of the money they decided to say they were giving all the money!  They both fell down dead!  OH MY!  Why?  What is the perception change?  In Genesis we all have suffered the consequence of Adam and Eve eating of the tree they were told not to.  In Joshua all of the people were punished when Achan took something from the battle at Jericho.  But now…….Only Ananias and Sapphira suffered their punishment for lying to the Holy Spirit.  It was about their heart, they lied the rest of the people grew in their faith.

The people’s perception changed and they wanted to  join together in unity with those who were believing what they were learning. (Acts 2:42-46)  Learning, eating together, sharing communion with each other, they had gladness and simplicity in their heart.

Jesus what am I not seeing clearly?  May I have a perception change. Help me to see more clearly as you did the blind man.  May my understanding be clarified. May my perception change toward your people.  May I understand I can pray and see people healed.  May I have boldness to speak of Christ.  May I have a perception change about stuff and things and have a giving heart.   May I be filled with your Holy Spirit.

A perception change from the Holy Spirit is uplifting.  An offense from the enemy is depressing!  Go with the upgrade of perception change –  Fill us Holy Spirit!

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So, we’ve had some questions about how to download a sermon from our site so you can listen to it on your mobile device, mp3 player or burn it to a CD.  Here’s a quick tutorial on how to do just that.

  1. Click on the following link:  iTunes.
    (Or look at the top of the Sermons page for the section that says Subscribe to Podcast, and click on iTunes.)
  2. The page will open in a new window.
  3. The page will have a list of the latest sermons.
  4. Under each sermon title will be a grey box titled Media Files followed with a web address.
  5. Right click on the web address and choose Save Link As.
  6. After that it will bring up the explorer for your computer and you can save the mp3 file on your computer.

That should do it!  If you get stuck or need some help just shoot us an email to:  mitch@hanover4square.org.

 

 

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