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Vision: God’s Plan for Your Life

Pastor Derry L. Moten

God’s Plan for your Life

Foundation Scripture: Proverbs 29:18

Key Scriptures: Genesis 1:26-28; Jeremiah 29:11-13; Psalm 127:1-2; Matthew 6:33; Jeremiah 33:1-3 

Supplemental Scriptures: Genesis 17:4-5; 1 Kings 19:12; Proverbs 23:5; Genesis 3:17; Exodus 4:2-5; Ephesians 3:20; Psalm 51:16-17; John 6:54,56; Genesis 3:8-10 

Last Sunday we learned in Proverbs 29:18, that when the people have no vision, they perish.  When we can not see God’s vision for our lives we cast off good judgment and rely on ourselves, which leads ultimately to death. Revelation is something revealed that has not previously been seen, but God wants us to see it! Although we have been born in sin and predisposed to desiring sin, God, knowing our flaws, wants to make us perfect in Him! Is there really anything that can make us perfect? Yes! God, through Christ, makes us perfect!

 

We also learned last week that the Old Testament Prophet Elisha’s response and relationship to his predecessor Elijah, is a shadow of how our (the Church’s) response and relationship should be to Christ Jesus. The Power and anointing of Elijah was upon Elisha, just as the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit of Christ is on us! Be in a position to receive it!

 

Today’s message is about God’s plan for our lives; before the foundation of the world, God had a plan for each of us but in order to discover that plan, we have


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Vision: Receiving the Mantle of God

Message by:  Pastor Derry L. Moten

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Receiving the Mantle of God

Key Scriptures: Proverbs 29:18; 2Kings 2:1-15; Acts 1:8-9, 2:38-39

Supplemental Scriptures: John 20:22

Proverbs 29:18 teaches us that where there is no vision/revelation, the people will perish or run wild!  If that’s the case, how and where are we to get this vision/revelation so that we can stay in tune to what God wants to do in our lives?

In this particular passage in Proverbs, however similar, there is a distinction between the usage of the words “vision” and “revelation” – revelation as something God Himself discloses or communicates directly to us, while vision is what we see supernaturally and in anticipation of the thing God shares/reveals to us.  Thus, without God revealing a thing to us, God’s vision cannot fully be comprehended by us.

In today’s message, we learn how important it is to receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit and His fullness in our lives as we remain persistent and diligent in seeking to fulfill God’s mission and vision in our lives.

Just as Elijah’s mentee Elisha served him and followed him more closely than all the others who honored Elijah, and as the remaining 11 disciples followed Jesus more closely than everyone else who loved Jesus- those that remained the closest received from God, that which only He could give; His anointing and Holy Spirit.

So what’s the correlation of these two passages of scripture about Elijah and Elisha and Jesus and his disciples?

In the Old Testament, Elijah represents Jesus, just as Elisha and the other prophets represent the Church. The mantle that Elijah passes to Elisha as he ascends into heaven represents the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.  This is in fact, a shadow of what we see Jesus say and do before He ascends to heaven before His disciples.

In 2 Kings 2, there were at least fifty prophets who stood and watched from a distance when Elisha receive the mantle as Elijah went up to be with the Lord and there were hundreds of followers of Jesus who were too distant at the time Jesus breathed on them and said “receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20).

Let’s not be like those who stood and watched from a distance and did not receive the mantle/anointing of the Holy Spirit.  Let’s be the ones who refuse to leave our Lord’s presence, staying as close as possible to receive His full anointing and thus being able to accomplish even greater things in Christ as a result!

Questions to Consider

What is keeping you from following the Lord more closely?  What may be keeping you from asking the Lord for a greater anointing? Do you believe that God wants this for your life?



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One MindThe United Negro College Fund has the saying, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste”.  The statement is true.  For many Christians it is one of the most neglected and misunderstood elements of their lives.  The mind is one element of the soul.  The soul is the seat of human personality and governs the activity of the physical body.  The spirit is the part of man that establishes connection with God and allows us to manifest the presence of God through spiritual operations like prayer, inspiration, intuition, and spiritual gifts.

3 John 2,  Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. NKJV


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Pray Without Ceasing Sermon PowerPoint TemplateThe simple definition of Prayer is:
  • Talking to God
  • Listening to God
  • Partnering with God.
  • One of the ways we can talk to God and listen to God is through the use of declarations.  There are many types of declarations, but the declarations that we are talking about are ones that are created from scripture; we refer to them as Scriptural Declarations.


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    Abundant Life Worship Center (ALWC) is a non-denominational Christian ministry established by Pastors Derry and Tammie Moten. Our prayer is that you would be blessed and strengthened by the power of Jesus Christ and that you will live a life of abundance in fellowship, joy and liberty.  Abundant Life Worship Center is not a traditional church. It is a fellowship of believers coming together to declare the glory of the Lord and celebrate Jesus as King. We study the Word (Bible), practice what we learn and in the process grow together. May God richly bless you!



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    It’s simple. It’s short. Yet it’s incredibly powerful. Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of the most familiar passages in the Bible–with good reason. It sets forth a life-changing truth that is worthy of our attention. Spend three minutes reading this article, and see if you agree.

    Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
    In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

    Let’s break down this life-changing truth to make sure we understand it.


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    Read part 1 first, Trust In The Lord.

    Proverbs 3:5-6
    Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
    In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

     

    Don’t Lean on Your Understanding

    The verse involves a positive–something you must do. But it also involves a negative–something you must not do. Don’t lean on your own understanding. Basically, the verse is telling us that we ought not to be self-reliant. We cannot pursue a course of action, a financial decision, a business move, a relationship, or an educational choice, simply based on our own understanding. It must be founded in our trust in God.


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