http://bible.com/111/psa.27.1-6.niv The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. One thing I ask from the Lord , this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord .
1 Chron 22 - David's declaration about house of the Lord - It will be a House of rest and peace not of war, bloodshed, striving, self-effort or self-righteousness.
We need to build in our hearts a House for the Name of Jesus - atmosphere / environment of peace and rest / where we lack nothing (Psalm 23)
When we live out of this centred House of the Lord the following things result:
The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing....let's be people who are building a house for the Lord in our secret place in our hearts and who live out of that peace and rest!
Building in Secret
1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
1) If you do things in public for the reason of being noticed, then that's all you get!
2) If you do things in secret, God will notice and it will be rewarded.
3) Jesus expects his followers to build in secret.
4) What you build in secret will be manifest in public or what you treasure in your heart, what you prioritise in your internal world, will be what people see, hear and experience.
Prov 23:7 As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.
Matt 12:35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.
The challenge for followers of Jesus today is to make time where we are building in secret. It needs to be a priority because our world needs to see and experience the supernatural touch of God and we are called to manifest Him to them. We need to be building in secret our relationship with God so we know him, are aware of his presence and we can manifest Him.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
1) God has everything we need to live our lives as He designed us - we lack nothing.
2) He wants refresh, renew, restore, revive, lead and feed us.
How aware are we of God's absolute provision for our every need?
What would it feel like to be led in peace and provision?
If we build in secret this kind of awareness of God, then we will live out of that and bring the supernatural touch to the world that results in true, God-honouring impact and influence.
http://bible.com/116/2co.3.5-6.nlt It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.
1) all are ministers of the new covenant.
2) all are qualified by God.
3) what is in your hand?
Small groups - Q. What would it look like for a Church to seek Kingdom first?
1) Seeking is a continuing journey
2) Righteousness is state of being/freely given not earnt