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March 16, 2021 6:00 am
What if normal life for you consisted of major breakthroughs and destructive habits and behaviors.
What if victories over anger and greed occurred on a regular basis. What if God were to use you to literally change your neighborhood or part of your community and you begin to think of this is normal.
This is how God works.
If you long to see that happen in your life. Stay with me. That's what we learned today.
Welcome to this Edition of Living on the Edge with children Living on the Edge features the Bible teaching at your finger up helping Christians live like Christians in this program. Ship continues his series breakthrough publishing God's power into impossible situations.
It is going to talk about what it takes to see God regularly do amazing things in your life and your circumstances cover a lot of ground today.
So let's get going adjoining for his message. What's next, making breakthrough your new normal breakthrough it's unleashing God's super natural power into your impossible situation and resetting of something that God wants to do. That's been really interesting. I've gotten emails conversations breakthroughs peoples marriages coming back together a business guy that started something in his company.
I've been praying with a guy for about three years, but a relationship that he has where God's working. Here's the question were praying to an all-powerful, all loving, all knowing God, who says I want to heal on a blast.
I want to restore and he basically said to his disciples, then to us his followers.
Now I expect you to do the impossible, right, he said to his disciples. You feed the 5000 in a row we don't have the resources he says will you bring what you have to me. I want to use you to do the impossible. We pray to the God who says I am the Lord, the God of all flesh.
Nothing is too difficult for me.
We pray to the goddesses asked of me and I will show you great and mighty things that you do not know. We pray to a God who says, his eyes are going to and fro throughout the whole earth, that he might strongly support those whose hearts are fully his. We pray in the name of the one who said all authority and all power is given to me and now I send you out to make followers of every ethnic group on the face of the earth, and not just to share by your words but by your life and meet their deepest needs and by the way, I will be with you 100% of the time to meet every need and help you in anything you need to do and so the question it's come to me is yeah you have to step out and it requires faith and courage. But how do we take what's beginning to happen in many of our lives and make it the new normal. Heidi get where next Monday and the Monday after that on the Monday after that on the Monday, five months from now you wake up, it's time to go to work and you have this expectation that God is going to do something impossible and supernatural in you and through you in everyday life that's working to talk about today. Sometimes I think that a picture is really worth a thousand words and working to take a snapshot of a man's life whom all through his life, God did the impossible.
Through him, the Scripture says, for that which was written earlier time speaking the Old Testament was written for our instruction, but through perseverance and encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. So here's the message I want you picture this agreement. Take a snapshot of a breakthrough person in the Old Testament named David starts as a shepherd boy becomes a king and takes a nation to its pinnacle passes it off to his son and then working to do is working to peek into his personal journal were gonna get to hear what went on inside of his heart. What was the insight journey like how was it that despite his ups and downs, and struggles that God continue to do the impossible. From the time he slayed a giant to the time that he raise millions and millions of dollars to build a temple for his great God.
So with that, let's do little overview of his life.
Many of you be pretty familiar, but some of us didn't grow up in church and never open the Bible tell we were adults, so first of all, David is a unlikely choice. The context is this, that the nation is rejected God as their king.
They said we want to king so they chose their own king named Saul, and Saul had a very good but restart and he became proud he became disobedient, and pretty soon God said you know I can't use him anymore and he said to his prophet Samuel on the to choose my king. I want you to go to this house. The man's name Jesse get his family together and I want you to go there and I'll tell you which one will be the king. And so Samuel goes in. He has his boys line up in a 123456 and the first one is strong big handsome and Sammy goes this must be the want and God says no, that's not the one. Don't look at the height of his stature's appearance because God doesn't see the wind fancies man looks on the outward appearance, but God always. The heart and so each of the sun comes buy-in. God says no no no no no and finally say Mrs. you have any other sons as well. You got one more, but he's the youngest in all by the way, this is the smallest tribe, which is the most insignificant. So now you get to choose the youngest son. I mean, he's not even important enough to make needed. He's out just tending the sheep and say Mrs. were not moving on, until he comes.
So David comes a takes a flask of oil and anoints and even the word are word Christ means the anointed one means chosen in the anointing of God always has the power to do a great task for God and so he takes the most unlikely.
The youngest teenage boy and says he's going to be the king and you ought to have your mind swirling and realizing there seems to be a theme in the series God keeps choosing unlikely people that no one else thinks can do anything about you that gives me a lot of encouragement will what's his first big breakthrough is an unlikely candidate, but his first impossible thing that he does is he's anointed likely works with us. God speaks to us, but often there's a journey and a time to process and so they're at war with the Philistines. First Samuel 1710. Is there more of the Philistines, they have this giant named Goliath. These 9 feet tall. He's huge and he comes out every day taunting the armies of God and if you picture this Valley on one side of the Israelites and on the other side of the other Philistines, and he comes out of basically says let's have one big war you bring out your best warrior and whoever wins takes all and every time he comes out the king and the warriors tremble in fear and David is on air in his dad's is what you take some grain and take some cheese and to get your brothers are out on the front lines and he takes it NSC gets there. This event happens before his eyes. And you know he's na´ve and idealistic and he doesn't know much, the kind of people. God tends to use and he hears all this and in his mind and heart is going. How can these people stand around when they the things they're saying against great God and if you know the story he ends up volunteering goes to the king and then we find an impossible situation where a teenage boy without any armor just takes what he does have a sling and a stick in the slings that thing and hits them right in the middle the four head and he drops and then he grabs his sword and finishes the job and I mean it's impossible a teenage boy slays this great giant. And so what we see is okay God chooses this improbable person.
He has this amazing event that happens.
Now let's peek into what happens after breakthrough. If you want a very very long this will take a pot of coffee or all afternoon from first Samuel 18 to the rest of first Samuel and all the book of second Samuel is the journey of David's life as you read it.
What you find is that although God does impossible things in and through their sort of the good. And then there's a bad, and there's even some ugly. The good is he's exalted after he kills Goliath. He has fame its position in the Army.
He ends up getting to marry the king's daughter gets respected. There's wealth out of this process he forms maybe the deepest and best relationship of his life with a brother named Jonathan. He has blessing reputation and eventually become scant. The bad is that the king whose carnal gets jealous. Saul, there's betrayal and then he's persecuted. He's running for his life about a tenure. He's hiding in caves he separated from his family.
The king gives his wife to some other guy and so one the reasons I want to choose David is as I prayed for you all and you give me emails and conversations you take the steps of faith and some of you decided you to go to counseling.
Others have flown across the country to apologize or make restitution with the parent and multiple things are happening as you tell me you're taking steps of faith, here's my concern.
Sometimes we have this sort of American notion your life once you do the right thing, that everything's going to be rosy and wonderful right you know I went to counseling will actually usually they dig up a bunch of junk before you get the good stuff in your mate often gets more mad at you and stuff comes to the surface.
Believe me, I've been there done that when you go apologize to someone and say you know I was in church and was thinking I was reading the Bible, God spoke to me and I just want to do your thinking yourself I'm going apologize for my 10%.
I really think it was there 90% and you own your 10% and they go yeah let me tell you about what you think and wait a second, God re-deciding to go public at work and you get ridiculed. All I want you to know is when you take steps of faith and God's favor is poured out, it often gets more difficult before it gets better at, and you need to understand is that that's when a lot of people bail out thinking. All I must've done the wrong thing leading to the right wrong thing, all God's impossible grace into difficult situations are in the context of a hostile environment and it's very very difficult and part of his power and grace is enduring through them and watching them work and so David, he's anointed king, but for 10 years he's dodging spears running for is like eating off the land and then eventually becomes king. He sees God's favor tremendous things happening takes control over all militarily but there's some ugly. He's a great man. He's a great leader great warrior is a great psalmist musician, but he's in the wrong place at the wrong time. One day in a moment of weakness. He takes another man's wife and commits adultery. After commits adultery. Like many of us, his cover-up is worse than a sin and he tries to make it look like the baby is getting be this other man's and he can't get the man to fall for his plan so he has him killed. And so for a year. This great man of God lives with the secret he's committed adultery he's committed murder and then is confronted. What makes David a great man is not his history. Not that he ever did everything right mean those are big but when confronted he owned it, and he was honest and he repented and there were consequences but he was restored by the end of his life. He was a man that had a knowledge of God, and in view of God that he sought to pass on to others that we live with today, and many of them are in the Psalms Scott of his personal journey that he put to music. He wasn't the best father in the world. Getting moments were his pride got in big trouble and in fact one of the things you not to grow as a Christian when I read the Bible.
One of the greatest testaments that is asked of the word of God is. If you are trying to write a book about religion and get people to buy it.
You wouldn't include the stuff coming read about other you know quite what leaders are religious movements humming there bigger than life and you wouldn't say that one of the greatest men committed adultery and murder. But God wants you to know and I know that there's a journey and he does want to do impossible things and supernatural things, but he does it through fallen hurting people who often make some big mistakes but your failure doesn't have to define the rest of your life. In fact, here's David's view near the end of his life. He's realized all that he's been through keys and ask God and the people to join with him to raise some money to build a temple instead of the sort attend that God is living in their worshiping and he said so David bless the Lord its first Chronicles 29 in the side of all the assembly.
David said blessed are you oh Lord God of Israel, and the notice notices perspective. God our father, forever and ever. And this is how he sees God. Yours is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty. Indeed, everything in the heavens and the earth. Yours is the dominion. Oh Lord, and you exalt yourself as head over all, then he looks back on all the stuff of life and all the demands of life both riches and honor come from you. You rule over all and it's in your hands is all power and might and it lies in your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.
Now, therefore, our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name and that's a picture of a man who God has used from a shepherd boy to a king and that's now the view he has of God. In acts 1322 we get the New Testament picture of God's view of him. Nothing can think of where he's been what he's done both the good the bad and the ugly. And when the New Testament writer inspired by the Holy Spirit looks back for I found David, a man after all my heart who do all my will. So with that picture. I want to show you a portion of his journal because here's what I can tell you. God wants to do in you in your home or with your roommate in your neighborhood or apartment complex in this city in your job. What he did in and through David he wants to manifest his power and his presence to heal and restore and love and communicate to people how real he is and how much he loves, and the question were going to ask and answer is how David habitually. That's the key word. How did David habitually unleashed God's supernatural power into impossible situations and is not the only song but I think in this little portion of his journal. We learned five things about who he is and five specific things that he did that I can say in my life, and you can say in years and what I think if I do that I think if I seek to be that kind of person that I can have a journey for the next 10 or 20 or 50 years. However, God gives you and I can habitually make breakthrough the new norm. Let's pick up the story here.
It's Psalm 27 the Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear the Lord is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid when the wicked advance against me and devour me is my enemies and my foes will stumble and fall doing Army beseech me my heart, I will not fear, though a war break out against me.
Even then, I will be confident in what were going to see is from his personal journey exactly who he was. Who was he in this verse, first section, verses one through three. He was a bold risk taker. He was a bold risk taker.
I want you to if you will circle my light, my salvation, my stronghold light is a force that automatically dispels darkness when everyone else was afraid of the giant light dispels the darkness.
When he was hiding for is like like dispel the darkness. When he felt like everything was overwhelming in his family was taken away from them and they were hijacked via a group of people like dispel the darkness in and notice the little word my mind my this is personal. This is in a philosophy. It's not a worldview, God, Yahweh, Jesus is my light but is more than just my life. He's my salvation, and that you might write the word deliver is not speaking of his eternal salvation. Here he saying when I'm in trouble. God rescues me he delivers me he saves me he can save this marriage.
You can save this relationship he can save this business he can save me out of this addiction. That's what David saying and therefore whom shall I fear he's bigger than that. He's bigger than that.
You either have a really big God in small problems you have really big problems in a very small God and he said when stuff comes in. He's my stronghold it's it's a picture of a place where the enemy can't get in. If it's a it's a huge cave with the fortress in front of it is the idea and no one can hurt you there and he's declaring something. This is why God use David P declared by faith. The Lord is my light. The Lord is my stronghold of the Lord is my deliver. I won't be afraid I won't be afraid. And then in your notes onto total box around a few key words because he's not doing this like you writing a nice song put a box around the word wicked, but a box around the word enemies put a box around the word army put a box around the word war wicked enemies Army war. Anybody have any enemies anybody feel like you going against life and it's really hard. Anybody feel like there's foes, visible and invisible circumstances and finances and struggles. What's he saying effective key starts with the wicked, then he goes to some enemies and it is like a whole army the whole army corps of an entire war comes against me. What is he saying I will be confident, wise it can be confident it's not because he thinks he's stronger, better, wiser or more godly because he knows who God is and so when you see God, and know God for who he is. You're a bold risk taker. Now, what did he do.
He trusted God's what he did. How simple it is.
He trusted God.
He trusted God with his future. He trusted God with his wife. He trusted God with the uncertainty of I'm anointed as King. It's been seven years on hiding in caves running for my life, my circumstances don't seem to line up with God's promises anybody in here have that going on in your life. This is hard.
This is difficult.
This is painful.
This is unreasonable. This doesn't feel like God loves me, he had over a decade of that, but he trusted God question for you. Are you trusting God or paralyzed by fear.
He refused to let his fears determine his life is refused my fear of people with your work by fear stepping out my fear what other people think he was confident, not in his power, he was confident in God's you might jot if you would Hebrews 11 for six it keeps coming back to this without faith it's impossible to please God and he that comes to God or she that comes to God must believe two things. Number one that he exists not theoretically that he exists. He is the key. The all-powerful, all-knowing, sovereign King lover just one of the universe who created all that there is he exists and hears. Then the second part and he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. God's blessing these impossible things, the supernatural power. It doesn't happen. Everybody it happens to people who believe God to the point that they step out even though they're afraid David was simply a bold risk taker. He trusted God question are you a bold risk taker. Are you bold risk taker and your relationships are you a bold risk taker at work. Are you a bold risk taker in your neighborhood. Second thing in the next section were to learn that he was a passionate worshiper. That's who he was. Number two, a passionate worshiper is able to port you get that look at verse 41 thing I ask from the Lord. This only do I seek that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. He's declared, I'm not going to live in fear and now is going to say this is my personal number one priority in life. One thing one thing one thing do I seek and what is that I may dwell in the house of the Lord will what he can do to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple will why because in the day of trouble. He will keep me safe in his dwelling. He will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and he will set me high on a rock in the result then my head will be exalted above my enemies who surround me at his sacred tent will I sacrifice with shouts of joy. I will sing and make music to the Lord. David was a passionate worshiper and what did he do he pursue God he pursued God. Did you see the word seek seek seek. It's like he's trying to find different words at this point in Israel's history, but they worship in the tabernacle. He says dwelling sacred tent sacred tent temple. He takes three or four different words and says when I corporately come with God's people into the presence of God, and he manifest his Shekinah glory in his power and his presence and his beauty and when I'm up on the rooftop, or when I'm meditating on my bed or like I had this thirst like a deer panting for water when I long to hear God's voice in heaven speak to me.
He said that's the number one priority of my life's passion was for a person not for prosperity is number one passion was for God himself, not what God can give him any. He arranged his time and he arranged his energy around pursuing God listening to part one of Jeff's message. What's next, making breakthrough your new normal.
From his series breakthrough unleashing God's power into impossible situations when you need a supernatural intervention. The series is a powerful resource that will help you find the direction you're looking for from the first step to a new normal breakthrough is a life-changing series. Not to be missed to get all the messages and really dig in. There are both audio and video options for you including online streaming with a study guide for previews and ordering details, check out firstname.lastname@example.org special offers on the chipping remap or give us a call at AAA 83336003 that's AAA 333-6003.
Now here's chip with a quick thought. I'll be right back to talk about breakthrough in your life. But before I do. I'm thinking of Jesus words were he said freely you have received, freely give. And you know it's interesting, I have people sometimes ask me like how much money do the radio stations pay Living on the Edge to be on their stations and I kinda smiled. I say actually it's the other way around. We pay the radio stations to be on them and LI realizes that Jesus said that we receive the gospel freely.
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Now here's chip with his application. As we close today's program. The temptation with everything we've talked about in this series is to very unconsciously think what will this is for someone else.
I mean it's, you know, yeah, God does this.
In Scripture, he does it for someone who's smarter than me more holy than me knows the Bible more than me etc. etc. etc. and the reason I walk through David's life is to remind you that David was an unlikely choice to remind you that David actually did the impossible. While still a teenager to remind you that David's life after breakthrough was good and that it was bad. And then there's danger. It got ugly and then finally that there was recovery and he left a legacy for us where God will look back on David's life and say now there's a man after my own heart and it wasn't because it was morally perfect for sure it wasn't because he had it all together. I want to remind you today breakthroughs supernatural unleashing of God's power is for ordinary people, would you be willing to trust and believe that can happen in your life and say God we you show me whatever you show me, I'll take the next step and if you do, God will work it all.
A great way to stay engaged and connected to chip and Living on the Edge is with the chipping remap will get free access to all of Chip's recent messages is message notes and much more. Not only that, but it couldn't be easier to call or email directly from the app will be with us again next winter continues a series breakthrough. Until then, this is Dave Drury saying thanks for listening to this edition of living on VH