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Faith in Action

Objective:

  1. Ignite Hope fellowship members to stand firm in their faith in Jesus Christ.
  2. Encourage the seeker to try the love & faithfullness of the Lord.

Introduction:

How far will you stand for what you believe? Will you cling on your faith when testing comes?

Storyline:

Daniel 3:1 NIV
King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide, and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon.

— in Babylon’s culture, statues were frequently worshippped. King Nebuchadnezzar hope to use the large golden image (90ft high, 90ft wide) as strategy to unite the nation by centralizing worship.

— ordered everyone who heard the sound of the band must fall down and worship the golden image or else you’ll be thrown in the burning furnace

** Would you violate the first comandment for survival – just a little compromise?

Exodus 20:3 NIV
You shall have no other gods before me.

** What would do if you were there? Will you pretend you didn’t hear the sound? Will you bow down but not really worship the image – anyway your life is worth more than any pride. You will still worship the true God in your life.

Daniel 3:8-15 NIV
At this time some astrologers came forward and denounced the Jews. [9] They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever! [10] Your Majesty has issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold, [11] and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace. [12] But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.” [13] Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, [14] and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? [15] Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”

— Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego were put on the spotlight.

— King Nebuchadnezzar was very mad but he gave them another chance to bow down and worship the golden image. Everybody’s eager to find out if they would continue to disobey the king and lost their lives.

** At this point? Would you risk your life? Would you risk your friends’ lives? Would you argue that for sure God would understand?

Daniel 3:16-18 NIV
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. [17] If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. [18] But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. ”

— Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego will not compromise their faith in God. They were pressured to deny God but they decided to remain faithful despite the consequence of disobeying the king’s decree – death by the fiery furnace.

— If God would always rescue those who trusts in Him, then Christians would not need faith. Christianity would hen become the biggest insurance company with many selfish people lining up ready to sign up.  But why do you think Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego managed to stand firm & didn’t  bow down to idols?

Principle #1 – have an eternal mindset to help you put things in God’s perspective. 

Colossians 3:1-2 NIV
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. [2] Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

— Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego have eternal perspective. They put higher weights on their eternal destiny rather than have a temporary earthly gain. They considered God’s glory & honor more important than their earthly lives.

— They made the decision not knowing whether God would rescue them or not. Nonetheless, they are prepared to die for the glory of the eternal God.

Our earthly failure can bring as much glory to God as our earthly success does if we remain obedient to God. Even physical death can bring glory to God in eternal perspective. – Marvin Andrade


Principle #2 – Be aware of the ongoing spiritual battle. The moment you decide to seriously follow Jesus, then the enemy would aggressively attack to discourage you but take heart Jesus has overcome the world.

Ephesians 6:12 NIV
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Daniel 3:19-20 NIV
Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual [20] and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. [21] So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace.

  1. The enemies attitude changed when we become threats to the kingdom of darkness.
  2. The furnace was heated 7x than usual.
  3. The strongest soldiers thrown them to the fiery furnace.

John 16:33 NIV
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

— Do not be afraid of the enemy because we have a God who is able to protect us. Jesus has overcome the world – He is bigger than all our troubles.

— Manny Pacquiao was a womanizer, and a gambler before he personally accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Lord & Savior. When he became a born-again Christian, he was knocked down by his opponent and his mother blame his lost because Manny changed religion.

Galatians 6:7 NIV
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

— Some testings are allowed by God for us to grow in faith. But mostly it’s from the enemy or from our own flesh.

— Watch-out for most people the sufferings we encounter are the consequences of our sins and worldly desires. We can’t mocked God, He knows if we are hiding something bad.

Principle #3. Consecrate your life for God’s divine purpose. Learn in this world as much as you can for the glory of God without compromising our faith. 

Daniel 3:28-30 NIV
Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. [29] Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.” [30] Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.

— God was glorified because Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego stand firm on their faith to God.

— They were promoted by King Nebuchadnezzar.

Daniel 1:8,12,17,20 NIV
[8] But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. [12] “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. [17] To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. [20] In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.

— Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego revolved not to defile themselves with the royal food and wine so God blesed them with knowledge & wisdom that they are 10x better than all the magicians and enchanters of the whole kingdom. They had great positions in this earth even though they didn’t compromise their faith to God.

Principle #4.  Be confident in declaring God’s promises to your life. 

Daniel 3:17-18 NIV
If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. [18] But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. ”

— the three friends knew that their God is able to save them and they claimed that God will deliver them. Observe the word “will” – it means that action will surely take place. The bible didn’t say that God “might” save them but we know for sure from verse 18 that they are not sure yet whether God would intervene or not but still they say in verse 17 with 100% confidence that “God will save them.” Now that is faith!!!
1 John 5:14 NIV
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

— Let us claim God’s promises to our own life according to His will. God is sovereign and we can’t push what we want if it’s not in His grand masterplan. But God is merciful, remember how Abraham bargained with God regarding the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah – from 50-45-40-20-10 righteous people. Also note how the Lord added 15 more years to Hezekiah’s life just because he begged God for mercy (2 Kings 20)

— I claim with confidence that God would bless us with many biological children. God said children are blessings from Him and I want to participate in that. Unless God told me explicitly that I should stop praying for it, I will keep on asking God with a child-like faith until He bestows mercy on me. If that happpens, and it will by faith, all glory belongs to God alone.


Link to my life-verses.

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Ch 3: The Attitude – Why is it important? – part 1

Attitude Axiom #1: Our attitude determines our approach to life. 

Pessimist Bucket – There has never been a life as disappointing as mine. I always leave the well full but I returns empty. 

Optimist Bucket – There has never been such a happy life as mine. I always come to the well empty but I go away full. 

Our attitude tells our attitude in life – nose up/down. Our attitude and action towards life determines what happens to us. 

Galatians 6:7 NIV
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 

We can’t change the world and circumstances around us, but change can come from within us. 

Philippians 4:4-6 NIV
[4] Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! [5] Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. [6] Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

— Rejoice & be thankful at all times.

Philippians 4:11-12 NIV
[11] I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. [12] I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

— We can learn to tailor-make our attitude to our situation. Paul was in prison but learning contentment, he was encouraging other people to be happy. Happines is a decision that starts fron contentment.

APPLICATION:
What is your attitude now?

  1. Make the world go away. 
  2. Raindrops keep falling on my head. 
  3. I did it my way. 
  4. Oh, what a beautiful morning!

Attitude Axiom #2: Our attitude determines our relationships with people. 

The Golden Rule:
Matthew 7:12 NIV
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

— Christians effective ministry to one another is based on relationships. 

John 10:3-5 NIV
[3] The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. [4] When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. [5] But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”

  1. Relationship to the point of instant recognition (He calls his sheep by name). 
  2. Established relationship built on trust (His sheep hear his voice and come to Him).  
  3. Modeled leadership (He walks ahead of them and they follow Him). 
  • Stanford Research Institute says that the money you make in any endeavor is 12.5% knowledge & 87.5% by your ability to deal with people. 
  • Teddy Roosevelt said “The most important single ingredient to the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people. 
  • 68% of customers do not return because of a bad attitude of one of the employees. 

When the attitude we possess places others first and we see people as important, then our perspective will reflect their viewpoint, not ours. 

APPLICATION:
For one week treat every person you meet, without a single exception, as the most important person on earth.  You will observe they will begin treating you the same way. 

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Ch 2: What is attitude?

Attitude- is an inward feeling expressed by behavior. 

– Fellows, your abilities say “win,” but your attitudes say “lose.”

– A 5th grade with failing grades but has an aptitude test showing he’s intellectually capable was suggested to have a “bad” attitude by his teachers. 

– You have a terrific attitude!

1 Samuel 16:7 NIV
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Jeremiah 17:9 NIV
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

— God looks at the heart but humans often look at outward behavior or appearance. However, human hearts are difficult to understand and human beings normally rely on the outward behavior to determine the person’s attitude. We say the behavior is the window to the soul.  

— Our attitude can be masked outwardly but not for long.  The bible say that there’s a  constant struggle within us. 

Romans 7:19,23-25 NIV
[19] For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. [23] but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. [24] What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? [25] Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Only through obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ we can fully grow spiritually and improve our attitude. Trust & obey. 

John 2:1-10 NIV
[1] On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, [2] and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. [3] When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” [4] “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” [5] His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” [6] Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. [7] Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. [8] Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, [9] and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside [10] and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

  1. You are not in the right place – v2. But to experience God’s blessings we must be obedient to Him even if we are not at the church. 
  2. You have a lot of problems – v3.  Problems should bring us closer to Jesus rather than away from Him. Christian renewal normally jappened when we focused on God’s power rather than our problems. 
  3. You are not encouraged – v4. Despite discouragement, Mary laid hold on the possibility of a miracle. 
  4. You have not walked with Him very long – v5. The servants just met Jesus and disciples had just followed the Lord yet they were expected to obey. 
  5. You have not seen Him work miracles in your life. This is the first miracle of Jesus with no previous account of miracles yet they are all expected to completely obey the Lord. 
  6. You don’t understand the entire process. Doing Jesus’ instruction without fully understanding the whole process – biblical definition of obedience. 

APPLICATION:

  1. Choose a friend and evaluate his attitude. Describe and share to the team. What is his attitude indicator?
  2. Do the same to yourself. 
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The Humble & Expectant Receives

Mark 7:24-30 NIV

[24] Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. [25] In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet. [26] The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. [27] “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” [28] “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” [29] Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.” [30] She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

SINS TO AVOID:

PROMISES TO CLAIM :

  1. Jesus can & will cast out demons or demonic addictions on our love ones. * Asking something in accordance to God’s will persistently and in humble spirit receives by faith. For sure, God doesn’t want anyone demon-possessed or become slaves to any passions. 

EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW:

  1. Seeking help from Jesus for your problems promptly and with action. The woman physically seek Jesus when she heard that He was in town – she looked for Him. 
  2. Be humble in God’s presence – we might be highly educated or have very high position or very rich but God is still above us. We must always remember God’s sovereignty in all things and let us remind ourselves that we are nothing but dust. * The greek woman didn’t argue with Jesus that He called her a dog but continued to plead that even the dogs eat fallen breadcrumbs from the table. The woman is expecting a small mercy from Jesus and she received it by faith. 
  3. Received from the Lord with confidence. When Jesus told the woman that she can go because her daughter was healed, she obeyed immediately without any demand of assurance or proof. This is faith in action. 

COMMANDMENTS TO OBEY :

SOME OTHER TEACHINGS:

  1. Seek God’s presence to experience His power of healing and restoration. * Jesus’ presence in Tyre is well-known but only this woman came to Jesus for help. The other people of the city just talked about Jesus and His miracles but they never experienced one. 

MY REFLECTION:

I humbly ask God for wisdom on how I can live my life to my fullest potential – on what to do that will bring significant positive impact to the Kingdom of God and those around me. I humbly ask and by faith I declare that God will give us baby of our own. It is God’s design for humans to procreate and I claim that God is able to give us one – if He willed it. I believe in miracles & I believe that my God still can do miracles in today. But I also acknowledge God’s sovereignty over this matter, that it is not my will but God’s will be done. At this point, I completely rely on God’s mercy on me. But until He said “No” I will keep on believing and by faith I will declare it to come true in Jesus’ name.