28 June 2015 - Pastor Lian Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online - How to Stay Young and Be Free from Shame!
We love because He first loved us.
Joshua 14:10-13 - Caleb stayed young despite him being eighty-five years old.
"And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the LORD spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the LORD spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the LORD will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the LORD said.” And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh as an inheritance." (Joshua 14:10-13 NKJV)
Fear, condemnation, doubt, and shame wrinkles our souls, and weakens our hearts and minds.
Numbers 13:30-33, 14:1-2,8-9 - We will stay young when we know that the Lord delights in us. We will not shrink when faced with a challenge.
"Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants ( the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
"So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! ... If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them.”" (Numbers 14:1-2, 8-9 NKJV)
Number 14:24 - Caleb had a spirit of faith. When we follow the Lord, we will stay young. Following the Lord means practicing the presence of the Lord. Emmanuel - God with us.
"But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it." (Numbers 14:24 NKJV)
Be brave and have the faith take you can take the hill. We are a generation of believers that are meant for mighty exploits.
Acts 4:13 - We are different from the world because we have been with Jesus. We are not over the hill, but we will take the hill.
"Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus." (Acts 4:13 NKJV)
In Christ, you may have failed, but you're not a failure. You may have lost a few skirmishes in life, but you're not a loser.
Shame can only be removed by the blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus bore all our shame at the cross.
The devil will tell you that you cannot walk with your head held high unless you already see your breakthrough. That is a lie! You already have your miracle. Just keep walking until it manifests.
Isaiah 61:7 - This year we will have double honor for our shame.
"Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs." (Isaiah 61:7 NKJV)
Shame prevents you from walking under an open heaven.
John 21:15-17 - The Lord doesn't want us to bury our shame. The Lord wants us to know what He has done with our shame! Whatever extent of love we have for God, He still loves and values us. God wants us to know that like Peter, we are perfectly restored.
"So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep." (John 21:15-17 NKJV)
If we fall into sin, grace will superabound in that area until we are able to overcome that sin.
Even when we are faithless, God is always faithful towards us.
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