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Monday, May 29, 2017

Bible Study Notes from 5/17/17 - Class Is In Session

"Class Is In Session"

1 Corinthians 3:6-7 (5-9)(KJV)

We're moving into a dispensation of time where the people of God are in competition with one another
-Want to outpreach, outprophesy, outexpound, outteach

Prophesy everywhere
-Disguised as an opportunity to grow the church
   *Divide and conquer

Everyone wants to be deep and powerful

Everyone wants to draw a crowd, but who's doing the work to keep them

Who's taking the time to lay the roots?

Who's working with their leaders to draw to God and the kingdom instead of themselves?

We're undercutting true leadership in our own efforts to be great
-God called ME

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-Plucking up the seed before it gets any roots
-Offended when people don't receive us like it's OUR Word
-Take it personal when we're just the mouthpiece

Apollos: A Jew (Acts 18:24)
-meaning: "One who destroys/destroyer"
-Studies show he was a teacher

(Ended up being a part of the class and not the notes LOL)
2 different types of teacher (Office of teacher)
Instructor/Trainer

Instructor: Brings practical application to the lesson to help to understand

Trainer: First partaker of the programs they prescribe

"The Teaching Ministry: An Introduction to The Teaching Office and Gift" by Roderick L. Evans"

(Back to formal notes LOL)

Apollos made his life's work to teach the Words of Christ as the Messiah
-"Bold" speaker
-Didn't back down
 *Probably too aggressive at first

Didn’t even know the extent of the work of the Messiah at first 
-teachings of John the Baptist

Priscilla and Aquilla
-Took the time to teach him the rest of the work

The made sure he knew the extent of what he was teaching
-only so much that John the Baptist could teach/preach on

Full understand
-Accurate teaching

Acts 18:27-28 (KVJ and NIV)

He spoke so accurately and boldly, that it established his reputation was established
-people spoke on his behalf 

He boldly "refuted" the very people he came from
-He didn't just proclaim Jesus, he showed them, in the Word, where the information was
-He studied to SHOW

Can't ask God to put you on a platform when you didn't do the work to build the foundation that the platform sits on

It's easy to preach and get someone excited
-Teach the people something

Difference between Paul and Apollos
-Paul was great in his own right
-without the work of Apollos, he wouldn't have been as effective

5 Fold ministry
-Teachers are the foundation
-typically the least desired office/call

"I planted, Apollos watered"
-Paul acknowledged that the conjoined efforts of their ministries made the impact

Seed planting gets them in the door
-the watering establishes the roots

In order to stet the stage properly, we have to study and know what we're saying

Hosea 10:12

Fallow ground isn't attitude and disposition

Fallow ground -> incorrect teaching

NIV calls it "Unplowed ground"
-Tradition
-Religion

AMP calls it "uncultivated ground"

Message says "till the ready earth"

When ground is tilled, it's literally flipped
-fresh soil on top

Fresh soil cultivates life and growth

The Word gives repetitive requests and admonitions to get into His Word
-Ask
-Seek
-Knock
-Search Me
-Study to show
-Feed My sheep

He wants us to understand the vitality of His Word
-All of it
-Exactly as it's written

Word is a contractual agreement
-Contract in court

Can't paraphrase to fit our case
-verbatim is the stipulated clause

Class action suits

Jury duty
-Take info at face value
-Don't try to reinterpret

His Word governs how He moves

Isaiah 55:11

When you don't study it and misquote it, you nullify it

The very scripture that gives warning to this is the very one that is so often misquoted

"Try the spirits by the spirit"
-Not what it says

1 John 4:1
"...try the spirits, whether they are of God"
-no version says it the other way

References scriptures to this
Jeremiah 29:8
Matthew 24:4-5

*Wisdom component*

Learned/studied
-Don't become dogmatic because you know

"With lovingkindness have I drawn thee" (Jeremiah 31:3)

Balance
-that’s what they brought to each other (Paul and Apollos)

Each role is imperative
-Can't plant and expect a dry seed to grow
-Can't water a seed that's not planted and expect it to grow


Kingdom building is a collaborative effort

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Bible study notes from February 16, 2017

Bible study lesson - Temporary Insanity 2/16/17

Glimpses of someone running through dark halls. Yelling for freedom, but unsure of where to go.  Feeling around don walls and reaching for doorknobs that aren't there.

"Right here" you hear a voice say. You look around like the voice is talking to you, but you realize the voice is talking to the one running through the halls. They stop and their head moves from side to side, trying to hear where the voice is coming from.

"Right here" you hear again. But this time it's more distinct. You're able to distinguish the direction and you look toward the voice and see an open door in the distance. A bright light at the end of the dark hall. So you try to reach for the person that is now in a full out panic. But you can't seem to get to them.

You start to yell for them to find the door. You're completely dumbfounded as to how something so simple is so oblivious.

You watch this horror unfold before your eyes as you see the person that was so frantic, sitting against the wall full of tears. Sitting so close, but apparently so far.

All the while, the voice keeps saying, "Right here" "right here". The light seems to get brighter as you get more frustrated at what you're seeing. The hurt, the frustration, and the try again. Each time, seeming to travel right on the edge of the light. Hunting through the darkness; completely oblivious to the freedom that is right before them.

How in the world are they missing this? How can something so obvious be so hard to find? It frustrates you to watch such a debacle happen before your eyes. You try to figure out a way to help them, but it seems like there is a boundary line between you and them. You watch them to the point that it becomes pure anguish to see. Constantly pacing, panicking, missing the very thing that is right before their eyes.

You clearly see the way. You hear the voice, but for some reason, there's missing it. They hear the voice, and they turn to where it sounds like it's coming from. Where it just might be, but they can't find it.

"How do they get out?" you finally ask the Lord. His reply is simple...

"They just have to open their eyes"

Isaiah 29:13-21 (KJV, AMP)

*It's easy to take this piece and equate it to pain and struggle.
 -Pain is familiar
 -hurt is the easy thing

*Bur the wanderer that's frantic in this piece is your anointing and your call
 -Your spirit man
 -your gifting, your calling

*Spent so much time looking at the wrong and the past, that we miss where we are now.

*God has delivered out of the past things and kindled the fire fo our giftings, but we're right of the edge of that light trying to figure out why wer haven't moved to the next phase.

*With all the Word and prophesy that's coming forth, we're running in the moment and telling God that we availing ourselves to Him.
 -But when we get home, our minds have already travelled to the next thing on our agenda (work, school, children, Sunday dinner, etc.)
 -By Wednesday, we don't even remember what was spoken on Sunday.

*We don't want to study or pay
 -So focused on being "new", that we're misssing what the "new" consists of

(End of verse 13)
 (Reverence for me is a tradition...)
 -Church
 -Praying
 -Preaching
 -Teaching
 -Evangelizing
    All on tradition, and we don't even understand the history behind the tradition that we're carrying on with

*We're trying to feel our way through instead of taking the time to see

*Frustrated with the ebbs and flows of ministry and our own anointing
 -This should be easy
 -This is what we do/what we've always done

*Different dispensation of time
 -God is requiring more
 -Requiring a true heart sacrifice
 -"Will you be the sacrifice"

*Focusing on the eyar of 2017 being one of prosperity and excess for the body of Christ
 -missing the objedience of the body too

*We can't depend on what we knew things to be
 -Diffence between the Old and New Testament with this move
 -The end result is the same, but the process is way different

Verse 14-16 (AMP)

*No longer business as usual
 -We've become the founders/elders
 -We've become hte ones that lay the foundation

*Remove the cocoon
 -Step out and spread wings

*It's time to identify who we are in Him
 -Full sacrifice
 -"Ive call you and qualified you for what I've called you to"

*Confused freedom with a place where we don't have to work
 -Myself in cluded
 -Relay Race - we're all 4 legs of our race

*I've overcome! I've made it! I survived!
 -Now what?

*Lord I wanna be great!
 -Sit on our hands with our mouth sealed shut
 -The anointing requires work

*Example of spirit man behind wall
  (Saw a figure standing behind a wall with it's arms out. The image was glowing bright. But there were dark gashes that weren't radiating any light. The Word was floating out of air like bandages and covering the gashes. Gashes and dark spots were complete healed)
 -Dark gashes healed with the Word
 -But still behind the wall

*Removing bricks
 -Takes force
 -Takes Determination
 -Can't tear down with hands
 -Requires machinery to ensure the strength required to do the job.

*Your heart is the wrecking ball to that wall
 -The uniting of the heart with the mouth breaks the barrier

*Hand sitting inbetween hands as you're trying to clap
 -Clapping is sign of praise and adulation
 -Hand between hands prevents a proper praise

*Will you let your heart break the wall

Temporary Insanity

Glimpses of someone running through dark halls. Yelling for freedom, but unsure of where to go.  Feeling around don walls and reaching for doorknobs that aren't there.

"Right here" you hear a voice say. You look around like the voice is talking to you, but you realize the voice is talking to the one running through the halls. They stop and their head moves from side to side, trying to hear where the voice is coming from.

"Right here" you hear again. But this time it's more distinct. You're able to distinguish the direction and you look toward the voice and see an open door in the distance. A bright light at the end of the dark hall. So you try to reach for the person that is now in a full out panic. But you can't seem to get to them.

You start to yell for them to find the door. You're completely dumbfounded as to how something so simple is so oblivious.

You watch this horror unfold before your eyes as you see the person that was so frantic, sitting against the wall full of tears. Sitting so close, but apparently so far.

All the while, the voice keeps saying, "Right here" "right here". The light seems to get brighter as you get more frustrated at what you're seeing. The hurt, the frustration, and the try again. Each time, seeming to travel right on the edge of the light. Hunting through the darkness; completely oblivious to the freedom that is right before them.

How in the world are they missing this? How can something so obvious be so hard to find? It frustrates you to watch such a debacle happen before your eyes. You try to figure out a way to help them, but it seems like there is a boundary line between you and them. You watch them to the point that it becomes pure anguish to see. Constantly pacing, panicking, missing the very thing that is right before their eyes.

You clearly see the way. You hear the voice, but for some reason, there's missing it. They hear the voice, and they turn to where it sounds like it's coming from. Where it just might be, but they can't find it.

"How do they get out?" you finally ask the Lord. His reply is simple...

"They just have to open their eyes"

Monday, January 9, 2017

Hurricane Thoughts (October 2016)

Fears of shame and inadequacy, plaguing the storm of the loud mind and the quiet face.  The end of the storm waits quietly in the ocean of her insides, twisting and turning and raining at will. Waiting on a moment to destroy anything in its path.  But she holds it together, keeping the storm together within the levees of her heart and mind.  All it takes is one thing to poke or hole or pull a sandbag and the floods will come spilling out. The weight won’t be so heavy but it makes for certain destruction. No matter how soft or hard the water comes, it’s treacherous.