(Proverbs 29:18 NIV) Where there is no revelation (VISION\ our why) , people cast off restraint; . . .
(Proverbs 29:18 MSG) ‘If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.
(2 Peter 1:4-5 NLT) … He has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.. . . make every effort to respond to God’s promises. . .
√ I need to KNOW, UNDERSTAND, & PURSUE His promises.
(Numbers 23:19 NLT) God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?
(Exodus 6:6-7 NIV) Therefore, say to the Israelites: “I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians
“I will bring you out.” — God promise is SALVATION.
(Titus 3:7 NLT) Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that wewill inherit eternal life.”
√ Knowing God settles your ETERNITY.
“I will free you.” — God promises me FREEDOM.
(Romans 7:25-8:2 NIV) So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
√ Finding Freedom is about QUALITY of life on earth.
“I will redeem you.” — God promises me RESTORATION.
(Ephesians 1:11 NLT) … because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.
√ Know your DESIGN by knowing the DESIGNER.
“I will take you as my own people.” — God promises me FULFILLMENT.
(John 10:10 NIV) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Our Why What's Next 2020
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I’m with Joy
(Philippians 1:3-6 NLT) Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, . . .
(Philippians 1:3-6 NLT) . . .for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
√ JOY is different from HAPPINESS.
√ Happiness is EXTERNAL.
√ Joy is INTERNAL.
(2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV) For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
√ Happiness is based on CIRCUMSTANCE.
√ Joy is based on CHRIST. (Philippians 4:11 NIV) . . . for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
√ Happiness is based on CHANCE. √ Joy is based on CHOICE.
(Philippians 1:12 NIV) Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.
√ Stop asking WHY?
“Don’t die in the why”
Bad devil & Good God
√ Start asking WHAT?
(Romans 8:28 NLT) And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Philippians 1:13-14 NIV) As a result (prison guards)… because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.
√ Refocus on WHAT REALLY MATTERS.
(Philippians 1:18 NIV) But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,