Wednesday, April 06, 2005


Johnson relational paraphrase: who adheres to the doctrines of another, but to be a disciple in the Christian sense involves much more than accepting a doctrine. It involves experiencing Christ, alive in us, utilizing all the dimensions of our person to communicate His love and care for others. [Webster’s says to comprehend.] who is able to take on the role if the lead actor is not physically present. The understudy doesn’t simply mimic or imitate; he fulfills the role...

Luke 14:25-27
cross = [gr] stake or pole
--this is could mean to pull up your stakes--something that holds you down. Reminds me of Exodus when cloud/pillar moved & Israel broke camp & followed. Others were asked to follow, but...they didn’t
Oswald Chambers: Are we prepared to pay the cost of sanctification? The cost will be a deep restriction of all our earthly concerns, and an extreme cultivation of all our godly concerns. SANCTIFICATION means to be intensely focused on God’s point of view. It means to secure and to keep all the strength of our body, soul, and spirit for God’s purpose alone.

Most of us came into the kingdom of God with excess baggage.
Holy Spirit wants to clean us up.
James 1:27
2 Cor 7:1 TEV/Message (...things that distract us)
2 Cor 2:20-21 TEV/LB (vs 21)

God has a great work to be done through us who are COMMITTED, FAITHFUL, & OBEDIENT
Web = to give in charge or trust; deliver for safekeeping; entrust; to put officially in custody; to hand over or set apart to be disposed of or put to some purpose; the delivery of a person or thing into the charge or keeping of another...SOMEONE WHO HAS GIVEN UP EVERYTHING FOR THE SAKE OF ANOTHER.
Matt 6:21 Johnson C Wherever you place your highest values, you will be motivated to propel your life in that direction
Matt 15:18 Johnson C But a person=s behavior arises out of his basic motivation, and it is a person=s basic motivation which determines whether he is fulfilling God=s purpose and plan

what do we commit ourselves to?
--prayer & fellowship with God
--God's plan, purpose & work
--Holy Spirit & anointing & gifts
--body of Christ
--local body including ministry gifts (Eph 4)
--wife & family
Paul’s commitment
Phil 3:10-15 (Johnson's) I want to demonstrate Christ’s style of life-to experience the energy of His resurrection, to participate in human suffering, to die as He did to my old style of life. And I hope to experience resurrection from death as He did. This is my desire. And though I have not experienced Christ as completely as I can describe my vision of this life’s fulfillment, I keep on pursuing the vision so that I will eventually experience Christ as completely as He has experienced me. But I am under no illusions that I have reached this goal. I have however adopted on rule - I turn my back on the past & focus on my one clear objective@ the fulfillment of my calling by God through Jesus Christ. Every mature person should identify this same goal as the central purpose of his or her life.
vs 12-16 (Message)

web=full of faith; keeping faith; maintaining allegiance to someone or something; constant; loyal; continued steadfast adherence to a person or thing to which one is bound by an oath, duty, obligation...
without commitment, faithfulness will have nothing to grab onto
it is a by-product of commitment

web=submissive; giving in to orders or instructions of one in authority or control.
Submit [web]=to refer to others for decision; to yield to the action, control or power of another; to defer to another’s judgment or decision.
Jesus was obedient even to death
Obedience C the key to God’s blessings
Deut 28:1
Josh 1:8
Ps 1:1-3
Is 1:19
Ps 112
Matt 7:13-27 Message


Kenneth Hagin: When the Lord instructed me to teach the move of the Spirit, He said in the last days there will arise a company of believers who will walk in the Word & learn to walk in the Spirit. Through faith in the Word, and by the power of the Spirit, this company of believers will fulfill the will of God according to the plan of God, and bring in the harvest. The harvest will be brought about in 3 ways:
1--We must have prayer.
2--The seed has to be sown.
That is accomplished by teaching & preaching the Word.
3--The rain must fall. You can’t have a harvest without rain. The Holy Ghost is likened unto rain.
Now, we are the ones anointed to finish the works of the Master, because the work of the Lord is carried out through the body of Christ, which is the Church.
The whole body needs to be enlightened & know that we are already equipped to carry out His plan, or His will. That is how this last day's revival, this end-time harvest, will come about. Directions from the Head will be carried out through the body.
God’s plan is always carried out through the Body of Christ. So, He is equipping us today, praise God, to flow with the Spirit. It is by the power of the Spirit that we will carry out the will of God, the plan of God & the purpose of God to the praise, honor, & glory of God.
[Feb 98, Believers Voice of Victory]

Phil 1:6 Johnson

God Wants You Well!

I taught at our church on Thursday night, March 31st, 2005
Rom 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Salvation is:
soteria and has its root in SOZO
rescue, safety, deliver, health, salvation, save, saving.
to save, that is, deliver or protect, heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be or make whole.

Both words include: salvation, deliverance, health, help, welfare, safety, victory, saviour, defend, avenge, rescue, preserve, freedom

The Heb. and Greek: safety, preservation, healing, and soundness. Salvation is the great inclusive word of the Gospel, gathering into itself all the redemptive acts and processes: as justification, redemption, grace, propitiation, imputation, forgiveness, sanctification, and glorification.

IS 26:3 (literal)
You will guard him and conceal him in SHALOM whose purpose & imagination is propped up on, taken hold of, rests upon, established & sustained on You - because he trusts in You.

“Before you can get SOZO’d, you have to know some things…”

2 Peter 1: 2-4
Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge
of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power
hath given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness,
through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and
virtue: Whereby are given to us exceeding great and
precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of the
divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the
world through lust.

Rom 5: 1-5 (LB)
So now, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith in His promises, we can have real peace with Him because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. For because of our faith, He has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials for we know that they are good for us -- they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. Then when that happens, we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.

Rom 4:16-21 (LB)
So God's blessings are given to us by faith, as a free gift; we are certain to get them whether or not we follow Jewish customs if we have faith like Abraham's, for Abraham is the father of us all when it comes to these matters of faith. That is what the scriptures mean when they say that God made Abraham the father of many nations. God will accept all people in every nation who trust God as Abraham did. And this promise is from God Himself, who makes the dead live again and speaks of future events with as much certainty as though they were already past! So, when God told Abraham that He would give him a son who would have many descendants and become a great nation, Abraham believed God even though such a promise just couldn't come to pass! And because his faith was strong, he didn't worry about the fact that he was far too old to be a father, at the age of one hundred, and that Sarah his wife, at ninety, was also much too old to have a baby. But Abraham never doubted. He believed God, for his faith and trust grew ever stronger, and he praised God for this blessing even before it happened. He was completely sure that God was well able to do anything He promised.vs 20-21 (Amp) No unbelief or distrust made him waver or doubtingly question concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God, fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.