NOTES TAKEN FROM SERMONS BY PASTOR R. BRUCE MILLER
Keep Moving Forward
Keep Moving Forward
Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
Then shall we know if we press on to follow.
Be careful not to forget three things before we continue to grow and be fruitful.
Increase in faithfulness, obedience and love for the lord.
There has been a deeper, more intense attack against heart and soul of believers
because iniquity abounds, but where sin abounds grace much more abounds
Proverbs 24:10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. If you faint in the day of distress, how small is your strength!
Jeremiah 12:5 If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?
*Don’t come to a standstill,
*Don’t back off your stance in the word of God.
*Have an aggressive response to anything not of faith
Who has believed the report of the lord?
We are challenged to stand amid so many reactions.
Some back up, backslide, not moving forward
Some sit and don’t pray or fellowship, are not involved, scornful, angry, frustrated.
Digression comes when we lose our delight and joy in the Lord and lose our desire to be worshippers
Many are no longer walking or standing, just seated.
No longer desiring the things of God
Be ye steadfast, always abounding!
It is easy to get distracted.
If we faint in the day of adversity, our strength is small.
Ephesians: sit walk, stand (opposite order of Psalm 1)
Paul was speaking to new converts in Ephesus
pray for one another. The strong should bear the infirmities of the weak
the old saints would say, “pray my strength in the Lord”
Paul’s prayer in Ephesus
What it means to be a Christian
Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
the God of our Lord…
be enlightened with the spirit of wisdom and revelation of the knowledge of Him
The word revealed is Rhema causes you to be transformed.
1Cor 2 not with enticing words of man’s wisdom
1Cor 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
The faith of God’s word is only revealed by Holy Spirit, the spirit of truth
He causes the word to come alive in us.
The spirit of God breathes life!
He gives wisdom of the word, how to walk it out.
wisdom that the holy ghost teaches
He reveals it to your spirit and causes you to be transformed
My words they are spirit ad truth
delight in the word, in the truth that we may know Him.
without faith in Him we cannot please Him
He rewards those who diligently seek Him
He gives an expected end to be performed in your life
He set this up before the foundation of the world.
By grace were you saved and created unto good works.
This is the hope of your calling: He had a plan in place for our salvation
The hope of your calling: The riches of the glory of inheritance in the saints.
Resources are necessary to get it down
provision for the vision
He meets all of our needs according to his riches in glory
the exceeding greatness of his power.
Luke 10:19,20 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
This is a reminder of our position in Christ.
The purpose God has ordained
Psalm 1 ends with sitting while Ephesians starts with sitting
God’s riches in mercy…raised us up together and seated us in heavenly places with Christ Jesus
seated, entered in to his rest
not by our might or by our power
learn best when we are seated in the presence of the lord
we receive direction
we are seated in a place of authority, privileged
King David seated Mephibosheth at his table
When we were aliens he invited us so we are seated together in heavenly places,
according to Hebrews 12 we are seated at the right hand of God.
Our position in the Lord:
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus
Ephesians 6 tells us how we are to stand
be strong in the lord, put on the whole armor of God…
having done all to stand, stand
2Chronicles 20:17set yourselves, stand ye still and ye shall see the salvation of the lord
Psalm 46:10,11 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth…
sitting denotes position, standing denotes power
Ephesians 4-5 speak of walking, “not standing in the way of the ungodly
Ephesians 6 speaks of how to stand
walk in the spirit, be led by the spirit
walk in the light as he is in the light.
have fellowship with him
Order my steps in your word
Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
The steps of a goodman are ordered by the Lord.
There is no occasion of stumbling.
there are no traps you cannot see ahead of time
Walk in love, let your love be shed abroad.
Walk by faith, not by sight.
Trust the word of God with faith and obedience
By faith we receive
We believe the report of the Lord.
Truth overrides facts!
Stand on it!
Walk in the light, Walk worthy of the vocation.
Be a light, an example with all lowliness and meekness and longsuffering
Walking as a light, a person of integrity having a servant’s heart,
endeavoring to keep the spirit of unity in the bond of peace
Unto every one of us is given grace.
By all means keep moving.
We see an incline in Ephesians while a decline in Psalms(sitting, standing, walking - incline)
the eagles’ flight!
walk, run, soar
run the race with patience, run strong and hard
the finish line is just ahead
we gain a second wind near the finish line
run with all your might!
Soar, eagle saints!
the eagle has 2 eyelids. one to look down at the target/prey
the other to look upward, directly into the sun
soar like an eagle. Allow the wind of the Holy Spirit to take you higher
You are on a new level now.
Isa. 40:28 The everlasting God…increases strength, determining He will increase our strength
They that wait upon the lord will renew their strength
they will run and not be weary, walk and not faint
keep your eyes upon the written word
He is strong and mighty as our healer and deliverer
Our delight is in the law of the Lord.
We are trees of righteousness and whatever we do prospers.
We are more than conquerors.
Don’t bend. Stand firm, stand strong, continue to soar!
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