SERIES: JUBILEE By Pastor Philippi
Part 3: SET YOUR FAT ON FIRE 8/2/2015
We have talked about connecting, now we’re going to talk about growing. All plants and animals need time to put down roots; it’s called winter. All year long the bears live on what’s out there, but in the winter they live on what’s inside. In the hard times you’ve got to know how to live on what’s in you. It’s in the wilderness times that you live off the fat.
I’m getting you ready for jubilee, for downpour. God told me, “I am sending rain. It will rain on Journey Life Center. But if the ground isn’t plowed and the seeds are not in the ground, the rain is wasted.” Judah plows, praise plows.
Offering Your Fat (Best) to God
When the priests made a sacrifice to God they were to be sure to burn the fat. In the natural the fat isn’t good. In the Hebrew mind of the Old Testament, the fatty parts in the animal are the best parts. God said the best parts of the animal need to go to God. We typically give God left overs. A tip is 15% and that’s more than the tithe.
Leviticus 3:9-10 ‘Then he shall offer from the sacrifice of the peace offering, as an offering made by fire to the Lord, its fat and the whole fat tail which he shall remove close to the backbone. And the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat that is on the entrails, 10 the two kidneys and the fat that is on them by the flanks, and the fatty lobe attached to the liver above the kidneys, he shall remove; NKJV
The fat represents the best part. We must give God our best. Sometimes we serve God to see what we can get instead of give.
God considers the fat to be a sweet savor. Steak smells better than hot dogs. Giving God the best pleases Him and attracts God! Leviticus 3:16 and the priest shall burn them on the altar as food, an offering made by fire for a sweet aroma; all the fat is the Lord’s. (NKJV)
When You Give the Fat He Returns the Fat
Isaiah 55:1-2 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance (fat). (NKJV)
Psalms 92:13-14 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing (fat), (NKJV) I want to pastor a fat church
God is giving all that He has for you. He’ll kill the fatted calf for you. Some settle for road kill.
Stewards of God’s Fat (Abundance)
We are stewards (1 Corinthians 4:1-4). He left us in charge. We need to be good stewards in what He has given us. Luke 16:11 if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? (NKJV) If you can’t handle a few dollars, you sure can’t handle a lot.
Mammon is an actual demon. Money’s not evil, the love of it is. There is a progression in these scriptures. If we’re found faithful in little, then we’ll be judged on material things (natural things, things on the earth), then judged on another man’s things. You will be tested in little things, then earthly things, then another man’s things.
Invest in What God has Given You
God left us in charge. Matthew 25:14-15 tells the story of the talents. The one who did poorly buried his. The master in the story said that man was wicked and lazy. Wicked includes being hurtful or causing pain. Not investing in the kingdom is hurtful.
We should invest the treasure and the talent (Matthew 25:27). What have I invested in the kingdom? I’ll wait while you answer. We need to internalize the message. What have you given back?
Matthew 25:23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ (NKJV) You ought to read Matthew 25 once a month. Jesus said when you do good things to the least of these (others), you do it to Him (25:40). Who do you know that is least in your life? I’ve pastored long enough to see a lot of those least become great. When we got saved we were least.
You know about the scripture that you might be entertaining angels when you help others? Some think, ‘What are the chances?’ Every time you do it, you’re entertaining Jesus!
How Much Fat are You Willing to Burn?
The Good Samaritan in Luke 10:33-35 helped the one in need. Who are you willing to put on your tab? You can’t delegate compassion. Who’s your brother? The one lying in front of you. Are you giving of the best part of you?
This may not be an exciting message, but it will change your world and the people in your world.
You are an amazing group of people. You’re the best. You’re real. People are constantly coming here. They are telling us, “I know if I come to Journey Life Center I will be fed and filled here.” I believe we’re giving God the fat and that’s why He’s pouring the rain on us.
Do you feel my heart? God deserves the best. He’s already given us the best, so why not give Him back the best?