Equipped For More 

 

2 Tim 3:16-17  All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 

 

I started seeking God for more in 2006

 

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE EQUIPPED FOR?

Deeper understand of Him

To be all He created you to be, and do all He created you to do.

To mature as sons and daughters

To work WITH God in whatever He desires

 

Encourage and Empower  myself and others.

(give power to somebody, make more confident or assertive)

 

1 Thessalonians 5:11  Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.– When I encourage others to be all God created them to be, I reap the benefits. I am loving others as I love myself. I am doing to others as I would want them to me. And God will bless me

 

Acts 1:8  But you will receive power (be empowered) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” 

 

I need to seek a lifestyle of being continually filled with the Holy Spirit, reaping the benefits of Him coming upon me and staying.

 

HOW CAN WE ENCOURAGE AND EMPOWER OURSELVES AND OTHERS:

God and the word of God can be our best encouragement

Declare God’s promises of who He is, and who we are

Declare prophecy’s we’ve been given 

Practice making declarations on the spot, in times of need

Keep a journal of what God wants to say to us, and review it from time to time

Have go to verses to counter the enemies attacks

Speak/sing in tongues often - 1 Cor 14:4  One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church.

Love, love, love, love, and love, ourselves and others, in everything we do

 

Tiffany – Chattanooga 

 

 

Why did you become a pastor, or bishop?

 

Can you encourage someone to go way beyond you with their gifts and talents, or is there jealousy?

 

Quicken sons and daughters to walk in their identity.  

(increase in speed, accelerate, stimulate something)

 

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, John 1:12

 

The word quicken is used in the King James Version of the Bible, and it means “revive or make alive.” If something is living, it is “quick”; to “quicken” something is to bring it to life or restore it to a former flourishing condition.

 

Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, And revive (or quicken) me in Your ways. Ps 119:37 NASB

 

 

"For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life (quickens them to life), even so the Son also gives life (quickens to life) to whom He wishes. John 5:21 NASB

 

1 Cor 3:1-2  Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly--mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.

 

WE CAN EITHER STAY AS IMMATURE BABIES WHO ONLY DRINK MILK, OR WE CAN GROW (OR QUICKEN) INTO MATURITY, EATING SOLID FOOD.

 

We as believers, are in an identity crises.       (Sonship vs slavery)

We still live as slaves: 

Fear  (future, finances, failure, health, driving, elevators, trusting God 100%, etc) 

Depression

Worry

Bullying 

 

Alfa males want to be dominate, they use their body to prove how strong they are. Sons of God know who they are and don’t have to prove anything to others.

 

Heb 3:19 –So we see that they were not able to enter [into His rest—the promised land] because of unbelief and an unwillingness to trust in God. - they could not call God their Father because they refused to believe and trust in Him

 

Is there a promised land which God has promised you, that you’ve been unable to enter? 

Is there a rest for your spirit, soul, or body that you’ve been unable to enter? 

Could it be you are still walking in unbelief; could it be you are unwilling to trust God 100%? Could it be you are still walking as a slave or servant, and not a son or daughter?

 

When I truly believe and walk in my identity as a daughter/son of my Father, then I can trust Him 100%, and enter my rest, and my promised land.

 

 

And we have to pursue and seek maturity as sons and daughters. We have to believe who God says we are, and who He says He is for us. We have to believe God’s word and His promises, and not our circumstances.

 

Sonship vs Slavery: We are called to be sons, not slaves. When we allow fear, anger, anxiety, worry, shame, to be a part of our lives, we step out of sonship and into slavery.

 

I’m walking as a child of God, I’m walking as a child of God

I’ve stripped off the chains, I’m no longer a slave

I’m walking as a child of God

 

I have a Father who loves me so

I’ve got His eyes and I’ve got His noise

I’ve got His blood running through my veins

I’m in His heart as He calls my name. He says

YOU are My special Child 3x and I’ve got plans for you.

 

 

Usher in the presence, intimacy and destiny of God.

(Usher: helper, leader, guide, escort, shepherd, attendant) 

 

Just like our identity as God’s children doesn’t just happen, neither does walking in His presence, in intimacy and in our destiny. We have to pursue it, and seek it.

 

Equipping yourself for more isn’t just about knowing more about God, it’s knowing Him on a very personal level. You never really know someone just because you’ve read about them, you only really get to know someone by spending time with them behind closed doors. – Are you the same person behind closed doors as you are teaching/preaching, at work, etc. – would you want everything you say behind closed doors plastered on you like post its, and put on Facebook?

 

God wants us to really know Him:

John 17:3  And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent

 

Jeremiah 33:3  “‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’” (NIV)

 

James 4:8 Come near to God and He will come near to you. 

 

Psalm 95:2  Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.

 

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.

 

We cant have presence, intimacy, or destiny, without making time alone with God a priority.

 

How:

Reading the word to receive

Listening to Him (not doing all the talking)

Worshiping in secret

Asking Him to teach us about His presence, intimacy and destiny

 

 

Instruct Others, (in love) as God instructs us.

(teach, train, educate, initiate)  

 

Teaching to one or to 100’s doesn’t matter to God, what matters is that we do it in love.

 

1 Tim 1:5  But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 

 

Psalm 32:8  I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. 

 

Proverbs 10:17  He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, But he who ignores reproof goes astray. 

 

But before we can even think of instructing or teaching others, we need to make sure we have allowed God to instruct us in every area that He chooses.

 

We may have to be instructed by Him in:

Loving others

Purity of spirit, soul and body

Trusting Him

Our identity as His children

Forgiving others

Not taking offence

Godly living,   Seeking God first

 

REST:        Rest in God’s presence, worshiping Him, thanking Him, just being with Him

Not being in a hurry. Resting until all striving is gone; resting until His peace floods every fiber of your body

 

RECEIVE: Receive from Him what’s on His heart. Allow Him to search your heart and your motives, and be willing to repent if necessary. Just as Jesus received from His Father, so we too can and need to receive from Him. Sometimes what we received is for us alone and not to be shared. But many times He will download a word, or a message to be shared with others.

 

RELEASE: Then and only then can we release it to others. We don’t want to release what we get in the flesh, we want to release, instruct/teach, what we’ve gotten from our Father.

REJOICE: Praise God for the download, for equipping you so you can equip others

REPEAT:

 

Prepare myself and others for the more God has for us.

 

1 Peter 1:13  Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 

 

1 Corinthians 2:9  but just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him.” 

 

2 Timothy 2:21  Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. 

 

We spend at least 12 years being equipped in school, preparing ourselves for our future, for adulthood 

Doctors spend an additional 4-8 years learning to be equipped for their specialty.

 

How do I prepare myself for the more that God has for me?

 

Know His Word, know Him  -    Know who I am in Him

Trust God 100% with my life and the life of my loved ones

Know His word and Obey it

Love others as I love myself

Being disciplined in my journey with Him

Integrity   Honesty    Purity

Treating others how I would want to be treated Matt 7:12 - Bribes

Seeking God first

COMPLACENCY AND COMFORT ARE THE ENEMY’S PLAYGROUND

  

Preparing yourself for the more doesn’t just happen:

 

Walking as mature sons and daughters doesn’t just happen, we have to pursue and seek it.

We are called to pursue: peace, righteousness, building up others, love, godliness, faith, perseverance, gentleness, sanctification, just to name a few.

 

We are called to seek: God, God face continually, refuge, strength, His teachings, good, favor, knowledge, wisdom, justice, humility, God’s kingdom, righteousness, God’s will, God’s glory, things above, just to name a few

 

We are called to put on: The armor of light, the Lord Jesus Christ, the new self, the full armor of God, the breastplate of righteousness, a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, love, breastplate of faith and love, and hope of salvation

SONSHIP VS SLAVERY

 

A slave is accepted on the basis of what he does (workmanship)

A son is accepted and appreciated for who he is (relationship in family)

 

A slave’s purpose is to meet a need.

A son’s purpose is to grow up, find God’s purpose and fulfill it.

                                                                              

A slave seeks comfort, happiness

A son seeks fulfillment

 

A slave starts the day anxious, worried wondering if his work will please his master/boss

A son rests in the secure love of his family.

 

A slave is expected to be successful

A son is expected to be faithful

 

A slave needs to prove his worth

A sons status is secure

 

A slave runs from pain

A son embraces pain strategically

 

A slave gives favors - “you owe me” then expects something in return

A son shows favor and has favor

 

A slave avoids problems

A son sees opportunities in problems

 

A slave talks about self

A son talks about the team - sees bigger picture

 

A slave expects more from others than self

A son personally raises the bar on self

 

A slave is intimidated

A son walks in confidence (not pride)

 

A slave manipulates for recognition

A son rests in his position

A slave seeks supernatural for self (to feel legitimate)

A son uses supernatural for others - compassion

 

A slave seeks immediate gain (caught up in the here & now)

A son sows into future (perseverance to go long term)

 

A slave is directed by commands

A son is directed by love

 

A slave worships because of duty (no heart)

A son worships because of love

 

A slave worships to earn God’s favor

A son worships because he has God’s favor

 

A slaves worship is structured

A sons worship is spontaneous

 

A slave extends honor upwards

A son extends honor downwards

 

A slave obeys orders

A son solves problems

 

A slave sees cost in failure

A son sees benefit in failure and learns

 

(not on the list but also mentioned is a slaves correction is taken as rejection and I have to get it perfect to please God)

 

SUMMARY:  The Spirit of Slavery is driving, striving, working, and performing. It produces burn out in the natural and spiritual. Driven by guilt to perform, not out of love. Slavery comes from a wrong view of who you think God is and a life built on lies. Slaves are spiritually bound up, emotionally hung up, and relationally tied up.

 

Be free to walk in sonship. By Pastors Paul and Cheryl Black - Frederick, Maryland  

 

I’m not to live for God, I’m to live with Him.  

If I’m an employee I work for my boss, if I’m a family member I’m working with my family, I have ownership.

So as God’s beloved daughter I work with Him to accomplish His will on earth as it is in heaven.