There is a difference between power and authority.
Power comes with position; however, the position does not hold the authority.
Authority comes from the people you oversee who accept you as a leader.
There is no point in knowing so much of the Word if you don’t know how to apply it.
Study to show yourself approved. Don’t just study the Word.
Ask yourself how do you apply what it is that you have learned?
When you have options (especially in North America), your level or understanding about prayer becomes “optional” meaning that you will not see prayer as a requirement and will pray whenever you “feel” like it.
As Christians, it is important to know that Prayer is a requirement and if we place it as optional, you will be disappointed when you don’t get the results you were expecting from your prayers. Prayer is your communication line with God.
Matthew 6:1 – “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.
Charitable works are based on the intention of the heart.
Why are you giving what you give?
When we serve him, God wants us to check out intentions. Everything that you do in church is charitable. The church should not be treated as a buffet.
What do we do with the Word that we get?
When Solomon gave 1000 cows as sacrifice it was his form of worship unto God.
Do not let your blessing pass you by because you are focusing too much on your limitations.
- God does not call qualified people, He qualifies the called.
- Do not compare yourself to someone else.
- Everything about you is completely unique.
- Go where God wants you to go.
- Jesus is dealing with the intentions of the heart.
- Pray unto God and not to be seen by men.
The woman with the issue of blood was in a closet and she crawled on the ground all the way to Jesus just to touch the hem of his garment. She pulled virtue from Jesus. God rewarded her for her faith.
We should not practice repetitious prayers.
If an earthly parent can get annoyed if their child asks for the same thing over and over, why do we think that we can be this way to our heavenly father?
Jesus is talking about the intentions of our heart.
People always stop at the daily bread part of the Our Father prayer but people forget to keep God’s name holy.
When you are opening your mouth to pray, check yourself.
Do you keep His name Holy?
As Christians we have to behave in such a way to keep His name holy.
Forgive us as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Forgiveness is not a feeling. However, do you believe?
1 Corinthians 13:1 – Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass of a clanging cymbal.
We need to forgive. Forgiveness releases us from bitterness.
Hebrews 4:10 – Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
If you don’t forgive, God will not forgive you.
How can you obtain mercy if you do not extend mercy?
“Bitterness is sickness to the Bones” – Pastor Monica
Do not keep score of every offense.