Sister Arlene Williams
PREPARE FOR MORE, PREPARE FOR MORE:
God is doing a great thing here at FFC and He wants to do even Greater.
Prophecy spoken over the church:
1. Breakthrough has come to FFC, We have turned a corner; More people are being added, prepare for more, prepare for more, prepare for more
2. Isaiah 54: 1-5
God sends people in need, to the place where He has made preparations for them:
1. God sent Elijah to the widow’s place because he had made preparations for him : 1Kings 17:8-9
It was no surprise to the Widow when he came to her
Sustain: nourish somebody: to provide sobebody with nourishment or the necessities of life
2. God told Jesus to prepare a place for us: John 14:1-3
3. And God has told us: Prepare for more, prepare for more
However, are we really prepared to receive people who will be in need?
Or are we still needy ourselves?
Are we looking at our situation and complaining about ?
Are we s procrastinating in preparing?
Have we done what God has told us to do in order to prepare?
Are we being Stubborn?
Are we hoping that someone else will do it?
How do I prepare for more? U/nderstand that preparing to sustain someone will be different for everyone, but as we all prepare it empowers the assembly as a whole
1. Seek God’s advice/ counsel/ instructions yourself: Lord what do you want me to do? A. Jesus tells us to seek FIRST (1st Priority) God’s Kingdom, God’s Righteousness :Matthew 6:33
B. God says seek Himh early and while He is near by: Isaiah 55: 6 -9
1. Not doing it your way of doing/thinking
2. Return to The Lord
C. In order to find something, you have to be looking for it:
D. Solomon got God’s advice First on how to rule Israel: I Kings 3: 3-14
1. Becaue he did God gave him more than what he asked for
2. Listen to/Consider what- the Lord is telling you to do and trust that what He is telling you, and the way He is telling you to do it is true.
A. Trust The Lord Completely: Proverbs 3:5-6
1. Don’t depend on your way of thinking (how you would do it)
2. Acknowledge The Lord / Respect Him
3.Once you get the answer from God on how to prepare, act immediately. procrastination doesn’t cause you to change your mind. Don’t allow the enemy/ your way of thinking stop what God has told you to do:
Joshua asked the Israelites: How long will you halt between two opinions?
If God be for you, then serve Him
If you know what to give don’t wait and tell them to come back tomorrow. Give it to them now.
How do I position myself to walk in greatness:
Matthew 9 17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.
38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.
39 No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.
First understand that it is a process: A person set in their old ways; is not going to immediately desire/ accept a new way
It is a process
Be as your MASTER
Luke 6: 40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.
Jesus points out that we as His servants will not be greater than Him; but if we are going to be great, we will be just like Him: Jesus sets the bar to greatness
Know The Master’s Intent (Think Like The Master)
Mark 12:30-31 King James Version (KJV)
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Walk Like The Master
1 John 2
3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
2 John 1
5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in IT.
35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. 36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.
Change your way of thinking /Renew your Mind
Renewing- a renewal, renovation, complete change for the better
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Meaning, the things you have learned: do it
” ” received: do it
” ” heard : do it
” “seen in me: do it
Last but not least: Remember that it is a process
2. Remember what God has done for you in that situation:
II Peter 1
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
What has God instructed Faith Family as a whole to do that we have not done yet?
God is not going to promote us an we are still closefisted.
God doesn’t love like that neither should we.