Part 2: MOVE 3-29-2015

SERIES: WORKING IT OUT By Pastor Philippi

Part 2: MOVE


You’ve heard the expression, ‘use it or lose it’. Sometimes we wish that person would just shut up. Use your muscles or they atrophy. Even though it may be painful to work out it is to your advantage.


Understand discipleship is more than just coming to church; it’s about being in shape. On the Mayo clinic’s website they gave seven reasons to exercise. They were all spiritual. The Holy Ghost spoke to me and said, “The way I made your body is the same way I made your spirit. The way you work out your body is the way to work out your spirit.”


Advantages to Exercise:

1.   You control your weight. Hebrews says if you run the race you have to lose the weight.

2.   You have better health; better blood pressure, diabetes is favorably impacted, etc. All this world has to offer is extra weight that causes sickness.

3.   It can improve your mood. Some of you need this. You’re happier, not while you work out, but after. Spiritual maturity means spiritual health, not baggage, rather joy.

4.   Your energy improves. You may be tired after you work out, but ultimately you have more energy. The devil in the long run is giving you more spiritual energy.

5.   Your sleep improves.

6.   It improves your love life.

7.   It improves your fun quotient.


Thirty minutes a day can maintain your health. What if we prayed and got in the word 30 minutes every day? You can read two or three chapters in ten or fifteen minutes, you can then spend a few minutes praying over what you read.


If you want to lose more weight or build more muscle you may have to do more exercise. The disciples came across a demon they couldn’t cast out; that type required fasting. You may need to do more to go deeper.


You need to spend time with Jesus. We are the bride of Christ and some of you have a weird marriage. You say you are a Christian married to him, but you are never home. The trend in church now is twice a month. Prayer and seeking God aren’t happening anymore. I can’t help your real marriage simply by speaking over you, you must work at it. Even science tells us that a body that is at rest tends to stay at rest.


Hearing Doesn’t Build the House

Luke 6:46-48 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?

47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like:  48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.  49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”


You have to do, not hear only. He was building a house, building a relationship with God.


We Have to Dig Before We Can Build

Before he builds up, he digs down. He is removing dirt until he can get to the rock. There are things that hinder our relationship that need removed. The lazy guy doesn’t dig it. Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; (NKJV) God is the muscle behind your shovel.


We get impatient and wonder why others are building faster than us. Others don’t live right and seem to be getting blessed. His house and your house may look the same, but he’s ahead. While he’s going up, you’re going down. You’re looking for a rock and he’s looking to look good. You can build on sand and your house may look the same as those on the rock, but the problem is there’s a storm coming. Those who build on the rock will survive the storm. You can build on a lot of things, but if you don’t build on the rock it will not stand. Psalms 127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. (NKJV)


A generation has been taught to name and claim it. They named and claimed that car, but now they don’t know how to make the payments.


Promise Needs Preparation

Everything that is not solid needs to be removed. We must go through the process to remove the sand so we can build on the rock. Where is God? He’s right under your feet, just keep digging.


Hebrews 12:27-28 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.


There are things in your life that cannot be shaken, but the things that can be shaken, if you’re building on them, you must remove them so you will trust in Him instead of them.


It’s time to move. God is giving you a shovel, in fact He is the shovel. God is removing some things. You wonder why you keep having problems with the same kind of people? You need to shovel something out of your life so you can deal with all types of people, including those you struggle with. Some wonder why they can’t find the right man. When you finally shovel that stuff out of your life, Prince Charming will come. Recurring problems are a clue you didn’t shovel the dirt, you didn’t deal with the source of the problem.


God is trying to help you gain energy by working your spiritual muscles. He wants to be more in love with you. He wants intimacy with you! How about finding that work out time with God, those 30 minutes a day? Don’t hate that shovel, love it and the results!

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Part 1: JUST DO IT 3-22-2015

SERIES: WORKING IT OUT By Pastor Philippi

Part 1: JUST DO IT 3-22-2015


Many Need to Get in Shape

How many feel like you need to get in shape? I know I do. I go once a month to Project Fitness whether I need it or not. I keep telling myself I’m going to do it. We all have that desire. We know we would live longer and feel better. My son-in-law runs 100 miles marathons. I run up a flight of stairs. I went to play softball after a long period of time. I used to be really fast and I remember that. I hit the ball and in my head I knew I could get to first in a certain amount of time. My head was ahead of my feet and about ¾ of the way down I fell on my face. My body said, “We’re old and we don’t’ do that anymore.”


A lot of us are out of shape spiritually. It’s not enough to just come to church; this is a lifestyle. People wonder why our prayers aren’t answered. Maybe if we better knew the One who answered prayers we would get better results. If we were in better shape we could do more in the spirit realm. No matter who you are if you don’t exercise you get flabby. Our spiritual life can similarly lose its muscle.


Go above and beyond where you are. God is taking us to greater places so we can do greater things. I don’t want you to be average or mediocre. We all know what to do to get in shape. That Nike slogan speaks well to this, “Just do it!”


Don’t Come Up Short

Heb 4:2, 11  We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith.

11 So let’s keep at it and eventually arrive at the place of rest, not drop out through some sort of disobedience. (THE MESSAGE) They didn’t mix the promises of God with faith.


You don’t appreciate whether you’re in shape until you need it. It’s like the two guys in the woods worried about a bear. “I don’t have to be faster than the bear, I just have to be faster than you.” You may be getting by on what you have now, but when the crisis hits you need that. Do you have enough of God to handle the difficulty? Are you close enough to Him?


Don’t be Afraid

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, (NKJV) This is about winning the race. You know what it is that tries to come back and ensnare you.  Your journey is set, His plan is set. There is victory ahead of you! There are lives you will touch and change if you will just get back in the race.


How do you do it? Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (NKJV) You keep your eye on the finish line, not the crowd. The finish line is Jesus. He is the author, the beginning and the end.


I know exercise is work, but there is joy after the work. There is joy when you work at being a disciple and not just a convert. Christians ought to be happy. I know you’ve seen some with mule faced religion, but here you see joy. What causes it is Jesus. He is the end of the race!


You go in the gym hoping somebody is more out of shape than you. You get in that treadmill next to that person that is at about 2 m.p.h. That’s why Planet Fitness is so successful. It is for average people. That’s what Journey Life Center is for; it’s for everyone to come and get in shape. Scripture is full of this. How do you deal with fear? If you fear God you will fear nothing else.


Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (NKJV) It’s like when you tell the toddlers not to touch the stove. You don’t want them never to use it, but respect it so they won’t get hurt by it.


Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge. (NKJV) The center of His will may not be the easiest place, but it is the safest place.


To Get a Profit You have to Mix What You Hear With Faith; The Profit is What is Left After the Transaction

Hebrews 4:2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. (NKJV) If you don’t put that together, you won’t get the result. The mixing is not an ingredient, it is the process. It is the process you have to go through to get from where you are to where you want to be. Some cake mixes say mix, stirring, whip or blend.


Some of the stuff you’ve been through and have been complaining about or wondering why is an ingredient. But the mixing of it, how you get through it, the process will eventually get you a cake. If you don’t mix it, it prevents it from coming together. You cut the cake and an egg falls out. Don’t despise what you’re going through because the progress is God’s process. What’s left after the trial is your profit.


The problem is we look at the process all wrong. Almost all the time the process involves taking something away so we can get something better. Whatever is left after the trial, give it to God and He will turn it into something better. In every seed is a tree and in every tree is an orchard, we just have to plant and give back to God after the trial. Whatever is left when it is over, it will spread and grow! Mixing is the process.


Start magnifying God even in the bad times. You thank God in the middle of the trial. He will take the profit and make something powerful come of it.


There are three people who got bulletins this morning that in it there is a note from me. It is a sticky tag that says I’ve got something for you up here. There is $20 in each of these envelopes. I was willing to give it, but you didn’t come get it. God owns it all and He’s willing to give it. You just need to mix it with faith and come get it!

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Part 4: A MIRACLE CATCH 3/15/2015

SERIES: GO FISHING By Pastor Philippi

Part 4: A MIRACLE CATCH 3-15-2015


No Going Back

Jesus’ ministry started with Him calling fishermen to Himself. After the resurrection there is a story in John 21:1-7 about fishing and a miracle catch. To me, just to get out on the boat on the lake is good for me. Many Christians are happy to come to church and don’t care about catching fish. This took place after Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead. He had already showed Himself to His disciples twice. Yet see what they did.


There are things that have happened to you that have changed you for the rest of your life. We can’t ever go back. You may not know how to go forward sometimes, but I’m never going back. I may lose my way, but I’m not going back. There are things so powerful in your life that no matter what you face or go through, or how hard it is, those things guarantee you will never go back.


Peter, the ring leader, and eight of the twelve disciples went back to fishing. We may dabble in things we shouldn’t or think things we shouldn’t, but they saw Him twice after being raised, but decided to go back.

 

These fishermen knew when to fish and how to fish. But what used to work when you lived in sin doesn’t work any more. What used to be fun isn’t fun any more. The source of our previous popularity won’t work after knowing God. You can’t get out of God’s will and think you’ll be successful; they caught nothing.


Fish God’s Way, Use a Net Not a Pole

Jesus was on the shore and they didn’t recognize Him. Sometimes we don’t recognize when Jesus is in our lives because we’re doing things we used to do. How are things working for you when you’re outside of Jesus? He told them to cast the net on the right side.


We used to fish for blue gill. I was hoping for Northern Pike and my father pointed out to me we were using the wrong bait and the wrong size line. A lot of churches are rod and reel churches; they are only fishing for what they want. Some go for the rich folk or just those who look like them. Some only fish for white fish or black fish. Don’t look at me in that tone of voice. Some only fish for people from Kentucky.

 

Every Fish Counts

God said to put the net out there. When you put the net in the water you catch whatever comes your way. I want a church that catches whatever comes our way, I don’t care your color or if you’re in trouble. You don’t need to decide who to catch, catch anyone willing to be caught, whosoever will. I’m glad they didn’t throw me back when they caught me. This one’s too much trouble to clean, not pretty enough, doesn’t have enough money. I don’t need a certain kind of fish, I just like fish.


John noticed it was the Lord…duh. Peter puts on his outer garment and plunges in. If you’re going to swim to Jesus you need to be clothed in glory. Jesus doesn’t need you to prepare a meal or catch fish. He already had fish on the fire. They caught 153 large fish. I read that of all the different kinds of fish in the Mediterranean there were exactly 153 species of fish, one from every nationality; they were all there. No one is left out! Other people may label you, but you are called and you are loved by Him.


A River That Brings Life

A miracle catch is coming. There are no fish in the Dead Sea, but Ezekiel 47:8 says His river brings death to life. Ezekiel 47:8-9 Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. 9 And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. (NKJV)

You are that river, full of the Holy Ghost and power; witnesses of His glory. Jesus comes to those who need Him most. God is drawn to need. He loves those people you are trying to witness to.


Ezekiel 47:10-11 It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many. 11 But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt. (NKJV) There are going to fish in the Dead Sea and more will be caught than they could in the Mediterranean. Many are coming from dead places.


There will be puddles here and there. A puddle is caused by no input and no output. The puddles will be dead. We have too many Christians who are puddle Christians, Christians who are puddles, but not rivers. Puddles get swept up into the flow. We are a mess when the water level goes down. When the presence of God is in our life our puddle becomes a part of the flowing river. Jump in the river!


Ezekiel 47:12 Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.” (NKJV) Life and healing is along the river.


A Challenge to Commit

I commit to stay on the journey, to connect, grow and serve. Therefore I promise to be affirming, loving God with my whole heart, mind, soul and strength, and my neighbor as myself. I will talk to you and not about you. I will affirm you for who you are and what you will become. I will reach out to you and to the world with God’s hospitality.


I promise to be accountable. You have the right to expect growth from me, I will faithfully and generously invest my time by being regular, talent by being involved, and treasure by giving tithes and offerings to the mission of God’s hospitality toward the world. I promise to be available; I will faithfully attend worship times and consider them to be of highest priority on my schedule. I will offer my gifts, talents, and service to His church as God calls me.

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Part 3: FISHING BUDDIES 3/1/2015

SERIES: GO FISHING By Pastor Philippi

Part 3: FISHING BUDDIES 3/1/2015

 

Text: John 1:41-50


Come and See

As you go through life you find divine fishing opportunities, you don’t have to go door to door. Philip simply told Nathanael that he had found Jesus. He didn’t tell him he found a doctrine, He found the person Jesus.


“Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” was his response. The USA Today says that Mansfield is the fifth quickest shrinking city in America. We need to pray and ask God to change things. Philip told him to come and see Jesus for himself.


Jesus utilized prophetic evangelism. That is when you see greatness and opportunity in people’s lives. Jesus saw Nathanael. We need to speak into people’s lives. The tenth gift is not finding faults in others. We need to look for the potential in people.


The devil has a photo memory. God has a prophetic memory. The devil catches you at your worst and takes a picture and places that on the bulletin board of your memory as evidence you will never change. God takes a picture of who you will be. He has a prophetic picture of you that you need to catch.


He tells him, “Follow me.” If you will follow you will become something; a fisherman. Fishermen get fish and get blessed.


Good News to Share

Some people get saved by being scared out of hell. But learning of the goodness of God will keep you. Be thankful for what He has done for you and how He loves you. When you’re testifying don’t be negative and frown, this is good news! Approach others with the good news mentality. Tell people what Jesus did for you.


You may say, “Jesus is the answer.” And they may respond with, “What’s the question?” Fish don’t always bite, but the response needs to be, “Come and see.” An atheist means: a – no, theist – God. In other words, no God. But everybody prays in a fox hole. If things get bad enough they will look up.


It’s All About Your Purpose

A general purpose we all share is Jesus called us to be fishermen. Some have that calling of sharing, but everybody has their own story.


The greatest fish story in the scriptures is Jonah and the whale. He was supposed to go to Ninevah and instead he goes to the Tarshish Travel Agency. He decided to take a cruise. You may be doing things that you want to do, but if it’s not your purpose there is a storm heading your way. When a ship sinks, what part of the ship fills up first? Where are the life boats? Why is he asleep in the bottom of the boat? Because he’s depressed. You may think you are headed to Tarshish for a free cruise, but when you are not in your purpose you will soon get depressed.


When Jezebel came against Elijah he just gave up. We may feel like this boat is going down and I might as well go to the bottom and just sleep. He wasn’t sleeping like Jesus was, Jesus slept with confidence. He was sleeping from depression. I’m here to tell you Jesus is in your boat whether you feel it or know it. He is in your boat and you’re not going to sink. We have to get in our purpose. Jonah is avoiding his and running from challenges. The mission is always challenging, but it’s worth going to Ninevah. You have to get over your fears and understand this isn’t something you do; this is who Jesus made you to be.


If you don’t become who He made you to be you will not be content. Jonah was swallowed by the very thing he was supposed to fish. Instead of fishing for men, a fish swallowed him. He was in the belly of a whale and yet he turned toward Jerusalem and prayed. We can get confused, but God has put a GPS in you that no matter how lost you feel, you will always know where your Jerusalem is, where your God is. Whenever I needed Him I knew which way to turn. He has always been there.


The choice was Jonah’s. Was he going to be birthed from the fish or die in it? Your troubles will either bury you or birth you. According to ancient Jewish wisdom Jonah was the son of the widow who Elijah raised from the dead. The widow makes a meal from the last of her food for the prophet. In 1 Kings 17 her son dies. Elijah stretches himself on the boy and breathes three times into him to bring him back to life.


Jonah had already been saved once and knew what was possible, but was not on his mission. Once he did get into his purpose an entire city, the largest most prestigious city in the world at that time got saved.


Life and Fishing Work Better with a Buddy

It’s about your purpose, but you’re not alone. There are others you need to connect with. If you both love Jesus you should be able to work together. Keep the horse in front of the cart; we all love Jesus. When you put doctrine ahead of unity you’ve gone wrong.


This scripture in Matthew 18:18-19 is taken out of context. “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven…where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there in the midst of them.” In this chapter Jesus is talking about when people in the church don’t get along. If you have a problem go to your brother, to others, then to the church. He is talking within the context of agreeing. “If you come together and agree I will be in the midst of you.” This is not about prayer, it’s about the power of fishing together; working together, and yes, praying together. If we can find some buddies, if it’s only a praying buddy; somebody ought to be praying for you and you for another. What we need is to agree for our families and friends. Who will have the passion for them like you do?


Philip reached Nathanael and it grew. In the back Tammy brought April and she brought Luke. Luke got busy and then Lea came. Everyone has a testimony. That’s how it works.

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