Sunday Sermon Share Day: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3/2/14

Welcome to Sunday Sermon Share Day for 3/2/14
 Today’s sermon comes from Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church in Marietta, Georgia. Taught by Founder/Senior Pastor, Bryan E. Crute.
 Today’s Subject is: Have You Seen the Son of God?
 Today’s Scripture Selections are From:
 2 Corinthians 4:4 (NIV)
 John 11:38-40 (NCV)
 John 6:40 (MSG)
 John 14:5-7 (GW)
 Colossians 2:6-7 (NLT)
 Highlights From Today’s Sermon:
 2 Corinthians 4:4 (NIV)
 Ask God to shake you up, to put a defibrillator on you and jump start your heart, and bring you back to Him.
 When was the last time you saw the son of God?
 Where is Jesus in your life? Is Jesus trending on your timeline? What are you watching on TV? Who influences your life and decisions?
 Are we so fixated on everything else in the world, instead of what God wants us to do and say?
 We are to love our brothers and sisters from the LGBT community, just as Jesus loves them.
 Who is the decision maker that thinks it’s okay to keep broadcasting the professional athletes who ‘come out of the closet’ and admit to being gay? Who is the decision maker who feels it’s okay to probe these people’s lives, to hold numerous interviews with other athletes, broadcasters, reporters, owners and managers of the athlete’s team (and his competitors teams)?
 All sports fans want to know is “can the athlete deliver what they promised to the team and fans on the field, court, etc?” All sports fans want to know is, “can he/she help us win this season and throughout his/her contract?”
 I know I’ve seen Him if I…
 1. Believe the Word of God

 John 11:38-40 (NCV)
 John 1:14 (NIV)
 Story of Lazarus being raised from the dead. A great friend of Jesus’s. Jesus was hurrying to get to him. The community is in an uproar over Lazarus’ death, and when Jesus got to the tomb where Lazarus’ dead body he told them to remove the stone that covered the tomb.
 Martha was Lazarus’ sister and a student of Jesus. She tried to stop Jesus from resurrecting her brother. She was fearful of the application to the theory she had been hearing about in her teachings. She would “amen” the teachings in class, but now was fearful.
 It’s something else when you step outside of the classroom and put into practice what you said “amen” to.
 Have values been placed in a tomb with a stone over it?
 There used to be a fear of God. But now we’re just going through the motions. Now we’re substituting God for other things. Now we’re making up our own rules, and versions of what we see as obedience to God.
 When a culture begins to create its own gospel, it creates it’s own savior. When the savior isn’t Jesus Christ then what are you accepting and embracing? What are you ingesting and taking in as your reality?
 What does God think about your behavior?
 We used to call it wrong, sin—now we call it an ‘opinion’ which is a manmade principle. Now no one is feeling or being held accountable for their actions.
 Adultery used to be called out as a sin. It was admonished. Now we make excuses for its practice.
 Believing the Word is not what is being said, but who is doing the talking. The Holy Spirit moved along the lives of men and touched them to pen the Bible.
 So knowing and believing this, then you should be confident saying this outside of the church. There should not be venom in your approach but you should not be shaken from what you know.
 If you could get a 1.25 hour meeting with Warren Buffet each week would you go to the meetings? Would you go each week and learn (and apply) over time what was needed for financial wealth attainment? Or would you say no because you don’t want to meet him long-term because it will take too long to get rich, and you feel rushed to get to wealth immediately, even though you didn’t go broke in one day?
 Why would you sit with him? Because he’s a subject matter expert.
 If you could meet with Michael Jordan weekly to have your child be trained by him in basketball, would you? Why? Because he’s a subject matter expert. Because he’s said to be the greatest basketball player to have ever played.
 So why wouldn’t you want to be taught by Jesus, who is a subject matter expert?
 Haven’t you seen his glory? We’ve taken the glory of God and substituted for the glory of man, and called it “celebrity”.
 Whenever you see someone who looks stunning you say, “wow”. You have an image of what beauty is, what a celebrity must look, smell, dress, and act like. You see no flaws in a celebrity until you see them not airbrushed, not reading a script, not buffered by a team of professionals.
 There are a lot of people who have decided to play around with what God created. There are a lot of people with botched plastic surgery. There are a lot of people with bad Botox.
 God never endorses beauty from the outside in. He endorses beauty from the inside out.
 I know I’ve seen Him if…
 2. Embrace the Will of God.

 John 6:40 (MSG)
 Having, accepting, and obeying must all come together. A full integration of practice and principles. You can’t have principles without practice. Without practice Jesus says, “you don’t love me“.
 That’s the culture that we’re in. We know a lot more than what we do.
 To align with Jesus you must obey him. Life doesn’t begin until there’s an integration.
 If you’re wondering why this “kingdom stuff” isn’t working for you, then maybe you need to look at what you’re doing. You can’t say, “I‘m a Christian, but not one of those Christians…” You can’t be a conditional Christian picking and choosing which of God’s laws you want to keep. You can’t be a Christian in church and then flip outside of the church.
 You have to read, study, and know the Bible. You have to be committed. What comes from you should be Him. You have to be all-in.
 I know I’ve seen Him if…
 3. Follow the way of God

 John 14:5-7 (GW)
 Colossians 2:6-7 (NLT)
 Thomas said to Jesus that they didn’t know where he was going, so how did they know the way. Jesus replied that he was the way.
 Jesus told his disciples not to let their hearts be troubled.
 Jesus knew Judas would betray him, Peter would deny him 3 times, that he was going to be crucified and killed, and that satan was working against him and the disciples. He spared them of all of this, and instead told them not to worry about things.
 Everybody doubts at some point in your life. You shouldn’t be proud of it. How can we doubt a God who saved us, cleaned us up, and got us out of mess?
 The way of God is an established course or path that takes us to where we need to be. It has good and bad, success and failure, rain or sunshine, even two inches of snow (joke for Atlanta, GA)—there are options and you have to choose which direction you want to take.
 A true shepherd takes care of their flock, each individual sheep. Shepherds would (and some still do) know each individual sheep they had, and they would name them. Impostors would hear a shepherd calling his sheep by name, they would try to emulate the shepherd and call out to the sheep. But the sheep wouldn’t respond and come to the imposter because they didn’t recognize the voice.
 We have a lot of impostors in the world calling out your name, you have to decide if you go to them or ignore them because you know that’s not the voice you were born to hear.
 A child raised to hear and respond to their parents voices will not come to an imposter calling out to them.
 You haven’t learned God’s voice yet if you allow yourself to be led astray.
 Don’t look for the smooth path. It doesn’t exist. Don’t continue to be biblically ignorant. You learn Jesus’ voice by reading his word.
 ‘Just as you accepted Christ Jesus (believe him), follow him (follow the way), let your roots grow down into him and be built on him (embrace him), then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.’ [paraphrased Colossians 2:6-7]
 The true litmus test for a person who has seen Christ? Thankfulness.
 How can you be thankful and not share Jesus with others.
 It’s not about “us four and no more” any longer. It can’t be.
 We need to flip making people’s private decisions public and public decisions private.
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 Have an amazing week family. Remember that you know you have seen Jesus if you believe the Word of God, embrace God’s will, and follow the way (Jesus) to God.
 Love always,
 Copyright 2013-2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant unless otherwise noted. Copyright 2009-2013 under Natasha L. Foreman, unless otherwise noted.
 Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

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