Proverbs 29:25

Hey everyone I was just reading my bible for today and ran across this and it was really encouraging for me and kinda hit me in the face. Kinda slapped me to reality you know. Well I wanted to share it with you also.

Proverbs 29:25 (The Message)

25 The fear of human opinion disables;
trusting in God protects you from that.

Just think about it and see what God will tell you thru the verse.

Ok thats all I got for right now. Oh yeah keep the suggestions coming I got one from Brad that was really good and I plan on discussing it really soon. I’ve pondering it everyday since he posted it.

OH yeah if you haven’t yet sign up for the youth forums I got some plans for them that will be cool.

It’s That Time

Well I haven’t posted in awhile and mainly is cause I have gotten busy, But as time has been coming more available I have more time to write. Problem is what should I write. So this is the suggestion post. Leave me a comment telling me what you would like to know more about or what you would like to know. So let me know.

The Few, The Proud, The Accountable

Ok so I want to talk about accountability. Well more so about accountability partners. I know if your a Christian you know what I am talking about so I don’t need to go into alot of details but what I am going to do is lay down guidelines for it. Like who to look for and what. I am going to show what I have learned.

First off I will say every Christian if they are wanting to grow or go farther in Christ or do amazing things your going to have to have someone to be accountable to. It’s not a question. I have found my self in many situations and I can say that it has been a huge advantage and help to have someone to be accountable to. So I’m gonna lay down points of what you to look for and then I think I will attempt to put points and being someone that someone is accountable to.

Now I am mainly posting for teenagers. Once you hit the age of 30-40 I don’t think some of these restrictions will apply to you.

Finding Your Accountability

1. I believe that the someone needs to be older than you
2. They need to be pushing forward in God
3. They need to be someone that will not be afraid to be real with you
4. You need to be accountable to that person they don’t need to be accountable to you. It works better that way
5. They need to know your goals and your mission in life(That means telling them)
6. You need to be able to go to them for anything physical or spiritual.

Now I might add more to those points later but I think they are good right now. Now for how to be the accountability.

Being The Accountable

1. Be real with them. They didn’t ask you to be there friend( it is good to be friends and hang out) but they asked you to be there accountability. You need to be real with them if you see something or they ask for help. That is your job they asked you to do not to be their friend or to be the vent so they can bash people. You need to be real and tell them how you see the situation or how you think God would see it.

2. Be accountable but don’t get caught up in there problems. Help them out but if they are having problems with a person don’t fall into that problem with them. You are there to lift the burden not carry it.

3. Make sure to always stay on track with God. Keep growing and make sure you are in prayer and studying.

4. You your self cant be someone’s accountability unless you yourself are accountable to someone.

5. Don’t condemn them. You can give insight and help but you are there to help not judge or condemn.
Now its different if you see someone doing something questionable cause your not judging your looking out for them. But once you bring it up its done with. If you keep thinking about it or bug them about it or look different on them or question their christianity cause of it then you are judging.

Well That’s what I got right now and I will add more when I can. But I gave you some points and I hope you use them and they help.

Tell next time.

Much Love ~ Jeremy

My Sermon Tonight

Well my sermon went well I think or atleast as well as I could do with my skill of public speaking. But I wanted to upload my notes and everything so everyone can go over them.

The first link is the sermon and stuff from the leadership stuff from bethel and stuff I added.

The second link is an article I found that I preached some of it so check it out to.

Link 1

Link 2

I hope you all enjoy and get as much as I have gotten out of all this stuff =)

Leadership Part 4

Under Authority

Joshua could not have won the battle without Moses. Moses was his covering and what made him successful. Without his intercession, without his authority Joshua would have been defeated. It was Moses who had the relationship/history with God and he know how to pray.

And from this Israel was to learn the lesson. That in all its conflicts with the ungodly powers of the world, strength for victory could only be procured through the incessant lifting up of its hands in prayer.
(Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament: New Updated Edition)

Those in authority over you have history with God that you do not have – you need it!! And God will bless you when you stay under it!

Exodus 17:8-13
The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”

So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up –one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.

Joshua received authority through Moses.

Numbers 27:18-20 (New Century Version)

18 So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, because my Spirit is in him. Put your hand on him,19 and have him stand before Eleazar the priest and all the people. Then give him his orders as they watch.20 Let him share your honor so that all the Israelites will obey him.

Hebrews 13:17 (New Century Version)

17 Obey your leaders and act under their authority. They are watching over you, because they are responsible for your souls. Obey them so that they will do this work with joy, not sadness. It will not help you to make their work hard.

David did not take the life of Saul, even though Saul was out to kill him. He recognized his position and authority and waited for the Lord to raise him into his position.

Esther listened to her uncle Mordecai, even though it could cost her life and save her people.

A Person of Prayer

All throughout the Scriptures Jesus is found praying. He continually goes aside and has personal time with God. He is also found praying for and with His disciples. It seems everything He does is out of a place of prayer.

Psalms 138:3 (New Century Version)

3 On the day I called to you, you answered me.
You made me strong and brave.

David knew the value of crying out to God, in good times and bad, just as Jesus did. Desperation and hunger attracts God. He will ALWAYS respond.

Matthew 15:22-28 (New Century Version)

22 A Canaanite woman from that area came to Jesus and cried out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter has a demon, and she is suffering very much.”

23 But Jesus did not answer the woman. So his followers came to Jesus and begged him, “Tell the woman to go away. She is following us and shouting.”

24 Jesus answered, “God sent me only to the lost sheep, the people of Israel.”

25 Then the woman came to Jesus again and bowed before him and said, “Lord, help me!”

26 Jesus answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and give it to the dogs.”

27 The woman said, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”

28 Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! I will do what you asked.” And at that moment the woman’s daughter was healed.

It was not the time for Jesus to show Himself to the Gentiles but the cry from this women moved His heart. Her faith caused Him to move. What a compassionate God we have!!
Matthew 20:30-34
Says to blind men were sitting by the road when they heard that Jesus was passing by. Jesus was not intending to stop and heal them. But they cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son OF David!”
Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more. Saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!”

So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sigh, and they followed Him. Do you get that? Jesus was not intending to stop and the resistance of the crowd did not stop them from crying out, in fact it says they cried all the more.. they were desperate…hungry for Jesus to touch the, and heal them. And He did. Again He was moved with compassion.

There are so many examples in the Bible of hungry, desperate people crying out and God responding to them. God hears the cries of His people and moves with power on their behalf. ALWAYS!

Leadership Part 3

Integrity (“wearing yourself inside out” John C. Maxwell)

“Honesty is shaping our words to reality, Integrity is shaping reality to our words. Honesty is telling the truth. Integrity is living the truth.”

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

How many have know someone who has told you what you ‘should’ or ‘should not’ do, yet they do it themselves? What is your response?

• On the other hand, how many of you have someone in your life that you greatly admire?
• Why do you admire them?
• What is it about them that draws you to them?
• People follow people who live who they are – whether it is good or bad.

Everyone is looking for a place to belong, someone they can trust, someone who is who they say they are and those people can be found in the wrong circles also.

Stephen Stoned

Acts 6:8-15 (New Century Version)

8 Stephen was richly blessed by God who gave him the power to do great miracles and signs among the people.9 But some people were against him. They belonged to the synagogue of Free Men[a] (as it was called), which included people from Cyrene, Alexandria, Cilicia, and Asia. They all came and argued with Stephen.

10 But the Spirit was helping him to speak with wisdom, and his words were so strong that they could not argue with him.11 So they secretly urged some men to say, “We heard Stephen speak against Moses and against God.”

12 This upset the people, the elders, and the teachers of the law. They came and grabbed Stephen and brought him to a meeting of the leaders. 13 They brought in some people to tell lies about Stephen, saying, “This man is always speaking against this holy place and the law of Moses.14 We heard him say that Jesus from Nazareth will destroy this place and that Jesus will change the customs Moses gave us.”15 All the people in the meeting were watching Stephen closely and saw that his face looked like the face of an angel.

Creating Positive Change – Making Things Happen
“If you don’t like something – change it. If you can’t change it – change the way you think about it”

Proverbs 23:7:

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”

• Our thoughts have creative ability.
• You cannot have a positive life and create positive change with a negative mind.

How To Get It All Done

Priorities – Putting the first things first

1. Write down your dreams (dreams for your life and dream you dream at night)
2. Write down three areas in life for improvement. (Grades, get along with sister, be on time)
3. Write a plan or one way that you can make that happen – take responsibility for your actions or lack of.
4. Find a friend who is on fire and run with them.
5. Find a person older than you, someone you respect that will help you with your plan. Someone who will encourage you and ‘remind’ you!

“I’d rather be a failure at something I love than successful at something I don’t”

“You can’t try to do things. You simply must do them”

“Success is not built upon what we achieve, it’s built upon effort.” – Matthew Barnett

Influence – Who’s Following Who?
Peer Pressure (Knowing who you are)

Here is another way to look at it. People don’t follow people who give into peer pressure. They want a leader not a follower. You will never help you friends out or lead them closer to God if all you do is fall into peer pressure or do what they do.

David’s Wife
David did not allow the influence of his wife dissuade him from following the Lord. Micah, David’s wife was embarrassed be her husband and his display in public, worshiping God. Her womb was closed – she was described as the ‘daughter of Saul’, Should’ve been described as the ‘wife of David’.

“Greatness is not what great people say about you. Greatness is what ordinary people, who can benefit you nothing, say about you.” – Matthew Barnett

Forgiveness
To look like Him you have to begin to think like Him

Jesus CHOSE to forgive

1. At the foot of the cross no one seemed very sorry. There was no justice at his trial, His response “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doig” SHOULD BE OURS TOO.
2. A mandate to forgive, it’s not an option.
Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:13
3. Forgiving doesn’t necessarily mean we will want to spend or vacations with them, but it does mean that we release the bitterness in our hearts concerning what they have done.
4. How has the Lord forgiving me? Completely and unconditionally – no strings attached.
5. My sins (MANY) will not be held against me and nobody will even know what I did. (Psalms 103:12)
6. So I should not hold others responsible for what they did to me… I will hold nothing against them.
7. I will not tell other people, not even my closest friends, what they did to me.
Different when you tell ONE person because your are looking for HELP than telling people because you want someone to take sides with you – PUNISH THEM.

1 Samuel 25:32-34
David, before he was made king was ready to take revenge on Nabal. A man who refused to help him in his time of need. But God sent Abigail, just in time to appeal to David.

How man times has God sent someone to you and it only made you mad? They don’t understand, etc.

Matthew 5:7

“Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy”

God is merciful….. God is just.

The heart of the gospel is related to these two characteristics. Because He is merciful, God does not want to punish us; because He is just, He must punish us because we have sinned against Him. So how can both of these side of God be satisfied at the same time?
The answer is the crux of the gospel message: He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for us. “We all alike sheep have gone astray each of us has turned to his own way; an the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” Isaiah 53:6

Because God punished Jesus for our sins, He can now be true to Himself and still be truly merciful to us.

This is how revival will come
This is how freedom comes
This is how the hurt are healed
This is what the world will see and be attracted to

Isaiah 58 (New Century Version)
1 The Lord says, “Shout out loud. Don’t hold back.
Shout out loud like a trumpet.
Tell my people what they have done against their God;
tell the family of Jacob about their sins.
2 They still come every day looking for me
and want to learn my ways.
They act just like a nation that does what is right,
that obeys the commands of its God.
They ask me to judge them fairly.
They want God to be near them.
3 They say, ‘To honor you we had special days when we fasted,
but you didn’t see.
We humbled ourselves to honor you,
but you didn’t notice.’ ”

But the Lord says, “You do what pleases yourselves on these special days,
and you are unfair to your workers.
4 On these special days when you fast, you argue and fight
and hit each other with your fists.
You cannot do these things as you do now
and believe your prayers are heard in heaven.
5 This kind of special day is not what I want.
This is not the way I want people to be sorry for what they have done.
I don’t want people just to bow their heads like a plant
and wear rough cloth and lie in ashes to show their sadness.
This is what you do on your special days when you fast,
but do you think this is what the Lord wants?

6 “I will tell you the kind of fast I want:
Free the people you have put in prison unfairly
and undo their chains.
Free those to whom you are unfair
and stop their hard labor.
7 Share your food with the hungry
and bring poor, homeless people into your own homes.
When you see someone who has no clothes, give him yours,
and don’t refuse to help your own relatives.
8 Then your light will shine like the dawn,
and your wounds will quickly heal.
Your God will walk before you,
and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind.
9 Then you will call out, and the Lord will answer.
You will cry out, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’

“If you stop making trouble for others,
if you stop using cruel words and pointing your finger at others,
10 if you feed those who are hungry
and take care of the needs of those who are troubled,
then your light will shine in the darkness,
and you will be bright like sunshine at noon.
11 The Lord will always lead you.
He will satisfy your needs in dry lands
and give strength to your bones.
You will be like a garden that has much water,
like a spring that never runs dry.
12 Your people will rebuild the old cities that are now in ruins;
you will rebuild their foundations.
You will be known for repairing the broken places
and for rebuilding the roads and houses.

13 “You must obey God’s law about the Sabbath
and not do what pleases yourselves on that holy day.
You should call the Sabbath a joyful day
and honor it as the Lord’s holy day.
You should honor it by not doing whatever you please
nor saying whatever you please on that day.
14 Then you will find joy in the Lord,
and I will carry you to the high places above the earth.
I will let you eat the crops of the land your ancestor Jacob had.”
The Lord has said these things.

Matthew 4:17:
….

”Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

• Repent = to think differently
• At hand = to draw near
• Change you thinking because Heaven is right here. But you cannot see it if your thinking doesn’t change.

Leadership Part 2

Dreaming – Vision

DO NOT GIVE UP
David was anointed King, killed Goliath, worked for Saul and killed tens of thousands – he was having a good day and then God put him in the training field. Saul wanted to kill David – jealousy…. David did not waiver in his knowledge that the Lord had called him to be King. He let the trials drive him deeper into relationship with God.

David knew the call of God on his life… do you? Most of us don’t know exactly what we are called to but… is there something in you that KNOWS…. I WAS BORN TO CHANGE THE WORLD?

“Great men are ordinary men who never give up.” – Matthew Barnett

Attitude & Self Discipline
• Determines what you see and how you handle your feelings.
• You are the only person you can control. Most leaders who fail, fail because of self control.
• Tackle little by little, not all at once.
• Take responsibility for yourself and your actions.
• God is happy to show you areas in your thinking that need to change to line up with his. Until we see the way He sees, life is overwhelming.
• We need to see from Heaven to Earth instead of Earth to Heaven.

How Do You Know What To Do? How Do You Change?
First of all, I believe that ALL young people have a desire in their heart to obey God. From that desire we cry out, “God I love you… I just want to live for you…. My life is yours God, etc.” And then God responds… because He believes what we say… so He starts the process.

“Young people, don’t spend your lives worrying about what you will do, what you will be, what you will accomplish. Wit for Him and He will supply all that you need. God will take care of every need if you put Him first.” – Matthew Barnett

And that’s where it all seems to fall apart! If you don’t understand how God moves in your life and why, you will spend most of your time fight Him and blaming others.

God promised to send us the “Helper” when He left and He did. The Holy Spirit is here to guide us into God’s presence, making us more like Him, our ultimate goal, if we will let Him.

John 14:26-27 (New Century Version)

26 But the Helper will teach you everything and will cause you to remember all that I told you. This Helper is the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name.

27 “I leave you peace; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world does. So don’t let your hearts be troubled or afraid.

Question…
• How many of you at least once a day complain of the way someone has treated you?
• Blame your bad mood on someone else?
• Blame your teacher for your grades or your boredom in school?
• Do you blame those around you for not doing your homework? “He Made Me”
• Why are you sad? Why are you mad? Do you hear yourself saying “They just don’t understand me?”
• Feelings are themselves are not wrong.. what do you do with them? Poor me? Or does it drive you closer to Jesus? If it does not – you WILL go around that mountain again.

The Israelites grumbles and complained – got to wander in the wilderness for 40 years – they did not believe the reports of the men of God.

If You’re Going To Change… You First Have To Know What You’re Supposed To Look Like!

Get in your Word!!!! If you do not read the ‘Manual’ – then how will you know what you are building.

Ever tried to build a swing set with the directions?

Imitators of Christ

Ephesians 5:1-13 (New Century Version)

1 You are God’s children whom he loves, so try to be like him.2 Live a life of love just as Christ loved us and gave himself for us as a sweet-smelling offering and sacrifice to God.

3 But there must be no sexual sin among you, or any kind of evil or greed. Those things are not right for God’s holy people.4 Also, there must be no evil talk among you, and you must not speak foolishly or tell evil jokes. These things are not right for you. Instead, you should be giving thanks to God.5 You can be sure of this: No one will have a place in the kingdom of Christ and of God who sins sexually, or does evil things, or is greedy. Anyone who is greedy is serving a false god.

6 Do not let anyone fool you by telling you things that are not true, because these things will bring God’s anger on those who do not obey him.7 So have nothing to do with them.8 In the past you were full of darkness, but now you are full of light in the Lord. So live like children who belong to the light.9 Light brings every kind of goodness, right living, and truth.10 Try to learn what pleases the Lord.11 Have nothing to do with the things done in darkness, which are not worth anything. But show that they are wrong.12 It is shameful even to talk about what those people do in secret.13 But the light makes all things easy to see,

Shaking
You do not know what is inside of you until you get squeezed! When you squeeze an orange you should not get lemon juice. If you went to the store and bought a carton of milk to take home and make chocolate milk with. You get home and discover that inside the carton it’s buttermilk – and you CANNOT make chocolate milk with buttermilk! It’s the same with us, you will not know what’s inside you until God begins to shake you/open you up and you discover areas that have ‘buttermilk’ in them! He needs you to look at those areas because they will keep you from getting close to him and/or they will keep you from getting close to or loving the people He needs you to.

Hebrews 12:25-29 (New Century Version)

25 So be careful and do not refuse to listen when God speaks. Others refused to listen to him when he warned them on earth, and they did not escape. So it will be worse for us if we refuse to listen to God who warns us from heaven.26 When he spoke before, his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once again I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”[a]27 The words “once again” clearly show us that everything that was made—things that can be shaken—will be destroyed. Only the things that cannot be shaken will remain.

28 So let us be thankful, because we have a kingdom that cannot be shaken. We should worship God in a way that pleases him with respect and fear,29 because our God is like a fire that burns things up.

• Because He hears our prayers and knows our hearts and deeply wants us to be able to come close to Him, He begins to shake us.
• Remember God shakes our lives to expose things that are not from Heaven, those things that are keeping us from coming closer to Him.
• We cannot see a lot of those things for ourselves… “finding out what is acceptable to the Lord”.
• Shaking has a thousand forms, according to what is needed for each of us.

Thoughts

Isaiah 55:8-9 (New Century Version)

8 The Lord says, “My thoughts are not like your thoughts.
Your ways are not like my ways.
9 Just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

• In the midst of our shaking and wrestling God is reminding us that our ways are not His ways.. He thinks differently than we do and He takes care of things different than we do.

Wrestling

Genesis 32:24-30 (New Century Version)

24 So Jacob was alone, and a man came and wrestled with him until the sun came up.25 When the man saw he could not defeat Jacob, he struck Jacob’s hip and put it out of joint.26 Then he said to Jacob, “Let me go. The sun is coming up.”

But Jacob said, “I will let you go if you will bless me.”

27 The man said to him, “What is your name?”

And he answered, “Jacob.”

28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob. Your name will now be Israel,[a] because you have wrestled with God and with people, and you have won.”

29 Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.”

But the man said, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed Jacob there.

30 So Jacob named that place Peniel,[b] saying, “I have seen God face to face, but my life was saved.”

• Jacob wrestled so fiercely and long that his hip was dislocated!! How desperate are you for God to change your life, your identity?
• Ouch! Not a fun time… but Jacob wanted his blessing… he knew it was his time!
• He would not quit because of the pain. (prevailed doesn’t mean he beat God but he held onto God through the pain to get his blessing and identity.)
• He got his new identity! And a limp to go with it… marked by God
• Are you willing to walk with a limp? Are you willing to hold on to Him in the pain? Or do you care more about how you look to others? Being respectable!

The question is: Do you know when you’re wrestling with God? Are you willing? The greatest of the apostles had to learn how God worked and moved in their lives…

Even The Great Men And Women In The Bible Had To Go Through Training.

If you will look at the different characters in the Bible you will learn much in the way God trained them

Paul/Saul
• Persecuted Christians until God encountered him on the road
• Was a devout Jew, even brilliant, well respected – thought he knew God but
• He didn’t recognize Jesus. Jesus had to blind him to get his attention
• He was trained for some 13 years before he came out preaching and teaching.
Peter
• Cut of the guards ear and denied Christ. (Remember? Not me Jesus, I’ll never deny you – it must be the other guys – He didn’t know his own heart)
David
• With the sheep
• Chased by a crazy king,
• Lied, murdered and still called “a man after God’s own heart.” Why? He understood God.
• When he murdered Uriah and the prophet Nathan brought him a word from God, he understood that God had to bring judgment. He didn’t question God and whine. He understood God’s ways because he KNEW HIM. He took responsibility for his own actions and did not blame God.