Winning is A Process
Day – John 21
Night – Proverbs 11
Day – Matthew 26
Night – Proverbs 18
Day – Luke 22
Night – 1 Peter 3
Day – Matthew 4
Night – Mark 1
Day – John 1
Night – Luke 5
This message is for visitors…
Breakthrough has come to faith family church, we have turned a corner, new people are being added to the family. We have had literally hundreds of visitors come through our doors in only 3.5 short years. Generally speaking when people are looking for a church they visit from place to place and from time to time.
Also there are those that come to faith family on a regular basis. I really believe this is a message from the Lord particularly to those that are visitors. I believe I am to show you today from the word of God that every sheep needs a shepherd and how to discover who your pastor is.
>I believe as the Lord sits at the Throne in heaven looking upon the multitudes here in the earth that He is even now moved with the same compassion.
>fainted and scattered as sheep having no shepherd… In various translations its says distressed, weary, helpless and scattered.
>People are often in the condition that they are in simply because they don’t have a pastor.
>To God we are His sheep. Being such He has given to every one a pastor for a very specific purpose.
>Your pastor is a gift from God who is assigned to feed you with knowledge and understanding.
>Matthew 4:4 - Jesus says that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. God uses your pastor to feed you His word.
>Again, your pastor is a gift given to you from God.
>And there is a difference between having a teacher and a pastor.
1 Corinthians 4:15
>You can have a lot of ministers that you listen to and have benefited from, but in your life you’ll have very few pastors.
>Who is the one who watches for your soul?
>Your pastor is tasked with a very specific assignment and will have to give account to God.
>Going to church(es) or watching Christian television is no substitute for having someone in your life that you can obey and submit to.
>Your pastor watches for your soul. That’s not something generic, this is very specific.
1 Peter 5:2-4
>Feed and Watch (over-sight) over it willingly, the NLT says.
>Notice the term Chief Shepherd indicates that there are under shepherds…
1 Samuel 12:23
>This is my most important job as a pastor is to pray for the sheep.
>Because your pastor is assigned to watch and has to give an account, there will often be certain things that he will require in order for him to be a good steward.
>At FFC we ask that you go thru our “membership” class to officially acknowledge that you believe that God has given me to be your pastor.
>You knowing who’s your pastor is important, but also him knowing that he is your pastor is important as well.
>It is possible for God to give you a gift and you not recognize it.
>So it’s important then to learn how to discover - Who’s Your Pastor.
We know that many that come and visit with us are visiting with friends and family. And many may be looking for a good church home. In either case let me encourage you in this…
1. Ask God for His direction. Proverbs 3:6
2. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you. Romans 8:16
3. Take your time. 1 Thessalonians 5:21
4. Walk by faith not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7. There are no perfect pastors. But the one God has chosen for you is perfect for you.
Sis. Tamula Hodo
John 10:10 (NKJV)
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
-This verse lays out TWO different purposes by two different people
-satan whose purpose is to steal, kill and destroy
-Jesus, who came that we might have life and have it more abundantly
-So often we automatically believe we are living the latter, however that is not always the case
John 10:10 (NLT)
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
-Above all, we see three main features of what satan is here to do. (Steal, Kill, Destroy)
-Let’s look a little more closely at these terms
(Definitions according to Webster 1828 Dictionary)
-Steal: To take or carry away feloniously, as the personal good of another
-Kill: To deprive of live, in any manner or by any means
-Destroy: To demolish; to pull down; to ruin; to annihilate; to kill; to slay; to put an end to
-These three terms are used most of the time to describe something that no longer exists or is no longer in your possession.
There is a SHIFT going on, things are becoming a bit more serious for satan; his game is changing.
There was a time when satan was a bit more relaxed about those in his possession.
It’s almost as if you are in a cell full of everything you could have ever desired and the door is wide open. he is so comfortable in what he has provided you with that he leaves the door wide open giving the illusion that you are free to go whenever you wish; however you ARE in a cell. A dressed up one, but cell nonetheless.
So what does he have people comfortable in?
1 John 2:15-17 (NKJV)
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.
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.
And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
-Not, going to pass away, IS PASSING AWAY…
There is a SHIFT going on….
You used to be able to go out and play with satan a little and come back, but satan is now playing for keeps and you should be as well. Let me explain…satan didn’t always feel threatened by the body of Christ and I believe that is changing. Why do I feel that way? Simple, just look at what God is doing here at Faith Family Church.
-Having outreach at store fronts, where we give people Jesus & a hotdog
-Having men & woman rendezvous, where we can become healed, delivered and free
-Holding men camps & Women conference cruises for strengthening and unity
-Mission trips to other countries sharing God’s love and Good News
-Raising up & developing leaders to raise up and develop other leaders
-Praying for and going after God’s men and God’s order
GREAT things are happening, Shifting is happening in the body of Christ.
But know that there is a shifting in satan’s world also.
-People are hurting, starving, dying
-Children are being kidnapped, raped, and even killed
-People are losing their mind’s, killing themselves and each other
-Planes are missing
-Students are missing
-People are without hope, love, & resources
1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV)
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
-We have NO time to be in our pity parties, outside of our purposes, still trying to figure out if that is what God REALLY wants from us.
-He knew what He wanted when He told it to you
It’s time to stop helping satan destroy you, aiding him in stealing from you, because how many of us know it’s not stealing if you give it to someone.
-We are not even guarded anymore
-We go anywhere, participate in anything, say anything, do anything, watch everything, listen to anything, over look too much
The responsibility falls on us.
This is the importance of renewing our minds with God’s Word.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous and have good success.
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things
The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
Time out for “The devil Made Me Do It” Syndrome
We are given so many instructions in the bible
2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly diving the Word of truth
1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time
Romans 12: 1
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
Pray without ceasing
Just to point out a few, but in all of these verses we were given instructions.
Satan is doing what he is supposed to be doing, but are we, or are we helping him in his purpose by not focusing on our own?
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
We can’t flirt with satan and think he has no rights to us.
Today marks something really special in my life. Today I give God a YES, a real one to pursue the purpose he has given to me, and I know that doesn’t have to match what someone else’s ministry or calling looks like. I make a decision not to be the doorway that allows satan place in my life. I encourage you to do the same. Make a decision to not be satan’s aide in destroying or killing anything in your life. That includes, your prayer life, study time, you family, finances, and most importantly your heart and mind.
People are in desperate need of the gifts and callings inside of each us.
Brother C.L. Scott
God, Creator of all
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
1 John 5:7
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
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