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Breaking New Ground: Do You Know God’s Greatest Desire?

1. God made me from Him- in Genesis we see that God created some things and made others. He creates things from nothing. He makes things from something. He created the heavens and the earth. He made man.

Gen 1:11- and God said let the earth bring forth grass….and it was so.
Gen 1:20- and God said let the waters abound with an abundance of creatures…and let the earth bring forth every living creature..

God calls things out of something, sustains it by that thing, and returns it to that thing when it dies. He called the beasts of the field out if the earth, he feeds them from earth, and returns them to the earth.

Gen 1:26- -let us make man in our own image, according to our likeness.

We came from God, we are sustained by God, and will be returned to God. Our bodies were formed from the earth, and will return to the earth, but God gave us our spirits. So when we die, our spirits return to God.

Separation from what sustains us leads to death. When trees are uprooted by the ground, they die. When we separate ourselves from our sustaining God, we die. He is our nourishment, our pruner, molder, and life giver. We can never be solo.

Eph 2:1- and you, He made alive, who were dead in our trespass and sin..
John 10:10- their comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.

When we stay connected to God, He continues breathing that same breath of life into us.

2. God made me like Him.

Gen 2:20- so God gave names to all the cattle, birds, and beasts, but for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. Then the rib which The Lord had taken from man, He made into a woman….and He brought her to the man.

God knew the desire of Adams heart was to have a companion. That’s what was missing in his life. God knew this because He created us to be His Bride! The symbolism of Eve is that she represents the companion that we were created to be for God.

He created us with free will, not as robots. Therefore when we willingly come to God, it melts His heart.

3. God made me to love Him.

Satan wants our worship. God wants our love.

Jer 24:7- then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am The Lord; and they shall be my people and I will be there God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.

Christianity is a life sustaining relationship where we choose to love God freely. If we passionately go after God, He will passionately come after us!

Breaking New Ground: Time to do Something!

James 2:14- what good is it to say you have faith, but don’t show any actions? What good does it do?….some may argue that some have faith and some have good deed…..I will show you my faith BY my good deeds. Can’t you see that faith without works is dead? You say you believe in God? Good for you, even demons believe this and they tremble. Don’t you remember that father Abraham was shown right with God by his actions when he offered his son on the altar. His actions made his faith complete. And so it happened just as the scriptures say: Abraham believed God and God counted it to him as righteousness. He was even called a friend of God. So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, and not by faith alone. Just as the body is dead without breath, so faith is dead without good works.

-Just believing that God exists does nothing for my day to day life!- anyone can wear a t shirt or have a bumper sticker. That means nothing at all!

-James says we must do something about it!

-the reason we aren’t breaking new ground is not because we don’t want it, but because we aren’t doing anything about it!

James is challenging us to not stop at proclaiming. He is pushing us to put action behind the proclamation.

-there is no divine intervention unit here is human exhaustion. We must do all we can do, then God will do all that He can do.

-God won’t get involved until we get involved.

-in the Bible, we see that God starts out almost every miracle with instructions first.
–examples: water to wine miracle, Lazarus’ resurrection, -in each case, people had a role to play in the miracle.

-God won’t do what we don’t wanna do.

-we need to access the areas of our lives that need to change and do what He says to do.

-stop wrestling with regret and learn from it to start doing your part now! Regret should bring us to repentance and teach us a lesson we don’t want to repeat. But then we must move on. We aren’t called to live with regret for the rest of our lives. Nobody can unlock our chains of regret but us. God has forgiven us if we have asked. We need to open the door and walk out of the cell. We can’t live our past everyday. Let the regret go! Move forward.

Joel 2:25- so I will restore to you the years that the swarming locusts have eaten. – God can restore what was lost. He can do more in one year than the enemy can do in 10! When we make the decision to change and move forward,

Breaking New Ground: it’s time to leave

Genesis 12:1-3- now The Lord had said to Abram: ” get out of your country, from your family,…..and in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed.”

Here God tells a that He wants us to be a great nation. This promise extends to us today. He wants us to be great. But many times we don’t get there, because we curse the things He calls blessed.

There are three things required before we can become a great nation:

1. Come out from your country-you have to take off the barriers that society has put on you and break free.

2. Come out from your family- certain family names automatically put you into a class or status. Break free from what your family is supposed to be. Realize that when we cross over into Christ, our bloodlines change. We become royalty. We are no longer limited by who our family is or is not.

3. Come out from your father’s house. -we can no longer live according to generational curses. We have the power in Christ to break every curse and chain that has been passed down. We have a new bloodline.

We can do all things because of who our Father is! There are no more barriers.

Genesis 3:14-15- so God said to the serpent, “because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle…..and you shall bruise his heel.”

God already had the plan worked out, even before Adam and Eve sinned.

God said that He would put hostility between woman and the snake. Women are so much more spiritually aggressive than men because of this. They stand ready to fight at a momemt’s notice.

Every plan of God begins with a promise.

Gen 1:26- let is make man in OUR image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over all the earth”

When we are born again, we are born in the image of our God.

Galatians 4;1-5- but then the right time came, God sent His Son ……and since you are his child, God has made you His heir.

This means that we can inherit all of the good things that God has promised us. We are heirs of God, created in His image. It’s time for us to stand like it, live like it. Man up and step up!!!

Philippians 3:20- for our citizenship is in Heaven, from which we also eagerly await the savior, Jesus Christ.

Spiritually, we are citizens of heaven. Though we live on earth, we belong to heaven.

We have to know who we are in Christ. Take the limits off! You are the only person stopping you from being all that God has for you.

Breaking New Ground: Is Your Soul Pregnant?

Spirit- redeemed at salvation
Soul- In process of redemption
Body- redeemed in Heaven

Gal 5;16-17- walk in the spirit and you will not fulfill the desires of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.

Your flesh will always try to lead you against God. The Spirit does the opposite. This is a never ending conflict. We can never stop fighting.

-Just because I have wrong feeling doesn’t mean I’m bad, because the flesh will always desire the old habits and things. I have to realize this and fight against them. We often condemn ourselves because of what we think. As a Christian, our job is to take those feelings and place the under subjection to God. Take captive ever bad thought to the Spirit of God. We have the power. W have to do it.

-We try to justify our flesh. We compare how we think that we are doing in our flesh as opposed to another time. This makes us callous and ignorant to our true condition. Many times we don’t allow our everyday sin to bother us. If sin in our live doesn’t bother us, we have allowed ourselves to be ruled by our flesh.

James 1:18-21- of his own will, he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might b. kind of first fruits of his creatures. So then, my bellowed brethren, be swift to hear…..therefore Lu aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word

-God will always impregnate me first, then give me the baby later. It doesn’t happen right away. You receive the word first, then see the fruit later. Our problem is that we want to hold the baby without going through the pain and trials of the pregnancy. We don’t wanna understand the hardships that come along with the process. We give up way to easily.

-How do we get pregnant? By the word of God sticking to our spirits. God wants to impregnate us o that he can bring forth fruit.

Heb1:3- whatever God speaks, He upholds it by His power.

Gen 1:3 God said let there be light…day 1
Gen 1:16- God made 2 great lights

Th first words that God spoke are still being upheld by His power.

-if God spoke something to my spirit, IT’S STILL ON!!!!

Breaking New Ground: Do You Shut the Door on Your Flesh?

We all have issues that we struggle with. We all have at least one thing that we struggle with, but struggles are a good sign. It means that our spirit is battling with the thing that God wants to get out of our lives. God has already revealed his direction or my life, so when there is struggle, it is god bringing alignment back to our lives. The danger is in saying that we don’t have a struggle. We should have struggles!!!

What better place to admit our struggles than in church. Too many times we try to act like we are super Christians. We always have things that will need to be aligned. If we aren’t careful, our flesh will rule us.

Have you ever rebuke the devil and he didn’t flee? In that case, is it the devil or my flesh? The word says that if we rebuke the devil, he must flee. So if we still struggle, it’s our flesh. By managing our flesh, we can have the abundant life.

My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, so we are to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice. It’s hard. But it is also what is required of us.

Gal 5:16-18- I say then, walk in the spirit and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Of the flesh lusts against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh. And these things are so tarry to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish….

Your flesh and spirit hate each other! They are completely unaligned.

Gal 5:19-21- when you follow the desire of your flesh, the results are very clear; sexual immorality, impurity, lustful,pleasure, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again…..anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Verse 19- sexual sins
Verse 20-21 sins of rebellion

Notice that it didn’t say that the people who struggle with this will not make it to heaven. It just means that when we let our flesh rule us, it takes us out of Gods will. We can’t be blessed when we allow our flesh to rule our lives like this. Quit blaming it on a demon and take personal accountability.

Eph 4:1- therefore I….beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God!

Fight your flesh! Live a life worthy of God’s kingdom. Act like it. Speak like it. Serve like it.

Spirit- already redeemed
Soul- being renewed as my mind is renewed
Body- not redeemed until Christ returns

Rom 13:14- put on The Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lust.

Breaking New Ground: Managing Our Flesh

our flesh is disobedient and difficult to manage. In order to break new ground, we need to manage our flesh. Many times,it’s not a spirit that has come upon us, its just our flesh that needs to come under subjection to Christ.

We must learn to manage our flesh. Our bodies and minds must be controlled by Christ.
Quit blaming everything on evil spirits.

1. Cor. 2:9-11- ….but it was to us that God revealed these things by His Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except His own Spirit.

When we tap into His Spirit, He reveals things about us to us; unknown things.

1. God sees things in 3-D. God sees our lives in height,width, and depth. He can see far into the future of our lives. It’s is why God doesn’t panic during our crises. He sees us coming through our trials and knows that we will be alright.

When He said on the cross that it is finished, He meant EVERYTHNG!!!

The spirit in you has already seen your future and bears witness with the Holy Spirit.

1 Cor 2:12- we have received Gods spirit,so that we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us

1 John 2:20- but you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.

Our spirit already knows everything God wants to do in our lives, but its our mind that struggles with it. Sometime we can’t connect with God because our hearts and minds don’t believe it. It doesn’t resonate.

Don’t be like the Beverly hillbillies. They were rich but still lived like they were poor. We can’t our minds to dictate who we are. Our identities should be based on what God has said.

1 Cor 2:13- when we tell you these words, we do not use words that come of from human wisdom…..instead, we speak words given to us from the Spirit, using truths from the Spirit.

Sometimes you will have to speak what the Spirit knows is real, even when nobody else believes it. People will often see us as we were, and not as who God created us to be. Speak it out loud! Release your faith! Carnal minded people will never understand the vision.

Our spirit wants to rejoice now for what he sees is ahead. As you speak out your destiny, it forces your mind and flesh to buy in.

1 Cor 2:14- but people who aren’t spiritual cannot receive these truths…..for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.

A carnally minded person is one who is not spirit lead.

Why must I speak out my destiny?
1. My destiny only recognizes my voice!-I have authority to speak to my destiny and it recognizes my voice. It takes root in our lives when we speak out over our flesh what God has confirmed in our spirits. My flesh will only obey what my mouth speaks.
2. My dream is voice activated. -they don’t start until they hear my voice!