Drawing Near to God | The Battle of Your Mind

Drawing Near to God Part 10

The Battle of Your Mind

Is. 26:3 – NLT

Phil. 4:8 – NLT

*To draw near to God we must be willing to submit our thoughts to Christ

*The greatest battle you will face in your daily life is the one in your mind.

Mat. 15:19 – NLT

Satan’s 3 step process to victory:

  1. Provoke a thought
  2. Encourage continuous thoughts
  3. Provoke an action

If we wish to be victorious in this battle we must know how to fight!

2 Cor. 10:3-5 – KJV

The most powerful weapon God has designed and provided for us is the Word of God.

Psalm 1:1-3 – KJV

Rehearsing God’s Word guarantees success!

Deut. 6:6-7 – NLT

Eph. 4:27 – KJV

*Victory and Freedom begin in the mind, will you be free?

Drawing Near to God | Freedom from Your Past

“Drawing Near to God” Part 9 “Freedom from Your Past” 6-26-16

Phil. 3:12-14 – NLT

Three areas from our past where we must experience freedom:

  1. Un-forgiveness

*Un-forgiveness is like an invisible umbilical cord that connects us to those we have not forgiven

Mat. 6:14-15 – NLT

What to do about un-forgiveness:

  1. Repent of un-forgiveness
  2. Release the offender from your judgment
  3. Bless and pray for them until your feelings for them change

      *Your feelings are the “caboose” of your walk with Christ not the engine

      II. Generational Sin

      4 steps to deal with “Generational Sin”:

  1. Recognize and identify ungodly behaviors
  2. Forgive relatives that have negatively influenced you
  3. Repent of personal sin
  4. Submit to Christ and His Word

III.Inner Vows

*Mat. 5:33-37 – NLT

Problems with Inner Vows:

  1. They are self-focused and self-serving commitments
  2. They are high level commitments that exclude the Lord
  3. They connect us to a hurt from the past

*John 8:36 – NLT

Let Jesus set you free from your past!   

Drawing Near to God | Hearing God

“Drawing Near to God” Part 8 “Hearing God”

John 10:27-28 – NLT

*God’s voice is one of the greatest treasures of being in a relationship with Him

3 Things that hinder us from hearing God:

1. Unconfessed Sin

Is. 59:1-2 – NLT

Psalm 66:18 – NLT

1 Pet. 3:7 – NLT

2. Rebellion 

*We should never expect God to continue speaking to us if we disregarded Him the last time He spoke to us.

3. Busyness and Distraction

*Most people are just too preoccupied and distracted to hear God speak

5 Ways that God Speaks to us:

1.  By His still, small voice in our hearts

1 Kings 19:11-13 – NLT

2. Through the “Rhema” Word of God

Rom.10:17 – KJV

3. Through a sense of peace

Col. 3:15 – NLT

John 14:26-27 – NLT

4. By open and closed doors

Rev. 3:7 – NLT

5. Through other people

*God is speaking are you listening?

Drawing Near to God | Stewardship

“Drawing Close to God” Part 7 “Stewardship”

Mat. 6:19-26 – NLT

*Jesus says our treasure and our heart are inseparably linked together

*Giving and Stewardship demonstrate our trust in God and reveal where our hearts are

Three Foundations of Stewardship:
1. We do not own anything

Psalm 24:1 – NLT

Luke 14:33 – NLT

*Stewardship begins with the acknowledgement that God is owner

2. The “firsts” belong to God

Psalm 3:9-10 – KJV

Matt. 6:33 – KJV

3. Our life must be surrendered to God

2 Cor. 8:3-5 – NLT

*Stewardship is the expression of trust in a Savior we call “Lord”.

*Will you draw close to God as a steward?

Drawing Near to God | Knowing God through Prayer

“Drawing Near to God” Part 6 “Knowing God through Prayer” 

I Thess. 5:17 – NLT

James 4:8 – NLT

Three types of prayers:

1. Communion & Thanksgiving (Eph. 5:20, 1 John 1:3)

2. Petition (I John 5:15, John 15:8)

3. Intercession (I Tim. 2:1)

*Prayer is communicating with God

Heb. 4:16- NLT

*Our view of God greatly affects the way we approach God

Mat. 6:6-15 – NLT

Heb. 11:6 – NLT

Six ways to pray:

1. Pray privately (vs. 6)

2. Take time for Thanksgiving and Praise (Vs.9)

3. Make surrender and seek direction (Vs. 10)

4. Request Provision (Vs.11)

5. Seek forgiveness (Vs. 12)

6. Seek Wisdom and Protection (Vs.13)

*Drawing Close to God and connecting to Christ can only come through daily prayer

Drawing Near to God | Knowing God through His Word


“Drawing Near to God” Part 5 “Knowing God through His Word”

Psalms 119:105 – NLT

Three things the Word of God can do in our daily lives:

1. The Word of God teaches us what to believe and how to live

II Tim. 3:16 – NLT

The Word of God teaches us what to believe about God, ourselves and our purpose.

*Apart from the Word of God truth, values and morality are subjective and circumstantial

2. The Word of God renews our minds to think as we should

Rom. 12:2 – NLT

Eph. 4:21-23 – NLT

3. The Word of God empowers us for victory over the devil

Eph. 6:17 – NLT

Eph. 6:12 –NLT

How do we draw near to God through His Word?

1. By Reading or Hearing the Word of God

2. By Memorizing the Word of God

3. By Meditating on the Word of God

4. By Practicing the Word of God

May we all draw near to God through His Word!

Drawing Near to God | The Church and Christian Fellowship

“Drawing Near to God” Part 4 “The Church and Christian Fellowship”

Heb. 10:24-25 – NLT

Acts 2:42 – NLT

*Our relationships with others will affect our relationship with God

1 Cor. 15:33 – NLT

What I don’t want in a “best friend”

1. I don’t want a best friend that can’t pray for me

2. I don’t want a best friend that influences me to violate my convictions

3. I don’t want a best friend that does not share my values

Prov. 27:17 – NLT

2 Cor. 6:14-15 – NLT

Steps to find and maintain Christian friendships:

1. Don’t look for perfection but look for sincerity and adherence to scripture

2. Be a part of “big church” and “small church” (Acts 2:46)

3. Don’t let fear of your weaknesses keep you from church or fellowship

4. Don’t let offenses or disappointments cause you to separate from church or friends

5. Don’t let the “busyness” of life keep you from church or Christian fellowship

Mark 4:18-19 – NLT

Drawing Near to God | Holy Spirit Baptism

“Drawing Near to God” Part 4 “Holy Spirit Baptism”

Acts 1:4-8 – NLT

Luke 24:49 – NLT

*Who can receive this experience? Answer: All Believers

Acts 2:39 – KJV

Why do I need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit?

1. Because Jesus tells me I should (Luke 24:49)

2. It will help me to be a stronger witness for Christ (Acts 1:8)

3. It will help me to learn Christ more intimately (John 14:26, John 16:13-14)

4. It will enable me to pray in the Spirit (Tongues) (I Cor. 14:15, Rom. 8:26)

5. It gives me access to the gifts of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 12:7-11)

How do I receive the Holy Spirit?

1. Be assured by the scriptures that the gift is for you

2. Ask in faith

3. Be willing to yield to the Holy Spirit

4. Receive by faith

What things can hinder a person from receiving the Spirit?

1. Fear and unbelief

2. Unforgiveness and unconfessed sin

3. Not yielding

Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed?

Drawing Near to God | Water Baptism & Communion

“Drawing Near to God” Part 2 “Water Baptism & Communion”

Mat. 28:18-20 – NLT

Rom. 6:3-6 – NLT

I. The Mandate of water baptism

Mandate: an order or command

*Nowhere in scripture do we get the impression that water baptism was somehow “optional” for believers.

II. The Method of water baptism

III. The Meaning of water baptism

A. It identifies us with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus

B. It signifies our commitment to Jesus Christ as both Savior and Lord

C. It signifies the cleansing we have experienced by the blood of Jesus

D. It signifies the offering of our lives in service to Jesus Christ

I Cor. 11:23-26- NLT

I Cor. 10:16-17 – NLT

Four “looks” from the Lord’s Table:

1. We look back – vs. 26

2. We look within – vs.28

3. We look around – 10:17

4. We look ahead – vs.26

Mat. 26:29 – NLT

Are you drawing close?

Drawing Near to God | Born Again

“Drawing Near to God” Part 1 “Born Again”

John 3:1-7- NKJ

James 4:8 – NKJ

*Being “born again” means a person has gone from spiritual death to spiritual life

Eph. 2:1 – NKJ

Rom. 5:17 – NKJ

2 Cor. 9:15 – NKJ

John 1:12 – NKJ

Eph. 2:8 – NKJ

*Being born again is a decision from your heart to embrace the Lordship of Jesus in your life

1 Cor. 12:3 – NKJ

Mat. 4:19 – NKJ

How do I become born again?

  1. Repent of sins and rebellion against God (Act. 2:38)
  2. Believe in and confess Christ (Rom.10:9-10)
  3. Put complete faith in Christ (Gal.3:26)

When we are born again God…….

  1. Forgives our sins (I John 1:9)
  2. He declares us His children (Adopted) Rom. 8:15
  3. Places us in His body (I Cor.12:13)
  4. Sanctifies and Justifies us (1 Cor.6:19)
  5. Makes us a New Creation (2 Cor.5:17)

*In order to draw near to God we must first be born again