Women of Destiny and Purpose

The Fundamentals

It’s easy to shout when you don’t have the fundamentals of how to get to new levels in Christ Jesus.

 

Basketball without the concentration on the fundamentals is easy, because you can just dribble any old way, you can shoot any old way.  Once someone gets into the fundamentals of the game, then things get harder.  Well it’s the same in the body of Christ, you have newborn Christians believing that their life is going to be like eating german chocolate cake for desert, after having a good well cooked salmon dinner.  Well once you start to get into the fundamentals, people fall off, disappear, and all of a sudden backsliding occurs.  They start to realize it aint easy being a living for God.  Now want to go over to a new group, I love you newborn Christians, but I have to move over to a new group, the semi-mature Christians, they know some, they understand that Faith without works is dead, so they can do whats necessary to go to new levels (with struggle of self) but they get there slowly (you know). Some may be impatient though, or trying to help God along (ha ha).  You know but they creeping along, going through, hearing the word on Sunday, back to work on Monday, allowing the enemy, no you know what, allowing self to get in the way of what the Lord just spoke into them.  But I love you and I used to be just like that myself.  Now I want to go over to another group the mature or seasoned Christian.  Now these people no what it’s like to shout and the disconnection notice for a bill just arrived, these people no what it’s like to shout and their child is on drugs.  Now I’m not saying that all negativity comes out of being a Christian, so don’t get me wrong, when I mention negative things.  We have a responsibility to be a doer of the word James 1:22-24 says Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.  That in itself is a whole other sermon, but we have a responsibility to live out the word and the fruit of that should show in our lives.  The bible says in  Ephesians 5:22-23 But the fruit of Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.  James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perserverence must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete , not lacking anything.  Now back to those people who know how to shout when the doctors said no,, people that know what it’s like to shout when that job said your not qualified.   The Lord showed me that the groups I just mentioned need each other.  The fundamentals of moving up to higher levels in God come from each one of us, how is it that we learn, yes we hear the word, but we have to do it.  When we do it, others are watching saints, fruit is bore on our trees Psalm 1:3 says E I like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.  Whatever he does prospers.  But you see the fundamentals to get to new levels in Christ aren’t usually celebrated  or talked about. 

The fundamentals are

1. Believing in your heart that Jesus Christ came to give you life

2. Accepting the free gift of salvation

3. Renewing your mind everyday by the washing of the word

4. Making good and godly Choices everyday

5. Continue to stand on what He says to you and about you

Now then you will begin to see and understand that this thang is real and that you are rising to new levels in Him.  Levels that require stronger faith, and you know God is so good, that all He asks is that we have a mustard see of it, (sounds like tithe to me) but He gives you the rest.  Now to all groups in here today, whomever you are, I am here today because God brought me through all these groups, that I have spoke of .  God told me to tell you that you can’t skip the fundamentals and, be up in church shouting, when you don’t even understand the process of your praise.  The process of faith, the process of moving glory to glory in Him.   See the fundamentals are boring, oh my goodness,  I remember sitting in math class and hating it, dreading it, wondering why in the world does anyone have to go through this.  I mean I really felt that way about math, but then my latter life came in college where because I thought I could get away with kind of, lolly gagging through the fundamentals of it, I could get through.  My heart loves to see people be made whole, I always had a heart for social work and counseling, now I see God purposed that in me, from birth, He knew what my parents were like, He knew what I would face, and that I would be able to help someone else.  Well let me tell you right now to this day, in college due to math, it is what has taken me this amount of time to still be in college, fighting to move to the next level.  You see if I hadn’t lolly gagged on the fundamentals and just wrote them off, (yaw don’t hear me), I said if I hadn’t complained, if I hadn’t tried to help God along, if I hadn’t backslid because it was easier to sin, than it was to live for God, if I hadn’t just let my bible catch dust until bible study at church, or Sunday school, or church service.  If I hadn’t lolly gagged in this the fundamentals, my God I could be so far right now.  For me I could have already had my masters degree in social work, my doctorate in divinity.  Now it is awesome that we serve a God that doesn’t say like the school say, all your aid has been revoked due to failure in this class, that we serve a God who doesn’t say oh you just get on my nerves whining and carrying on. That we serve a God who doesn’t say oh you backslidden I can’ t use you.  Let me tell you the God I serve said to me “come home my child”, “come home my daughter Luke 15: 17-24  When he came to his senses, he said, How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!  I will set out and go back to my father and say to him:Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make like one of your hired men. (can’t we talk our selves out of something) But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; (my God) he ran to his son threw his arms around him and kissed him.  The son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son.  But the father said to his servants Quick Bring ( my bible capitalized quick and bring) the best robe and put it on him.  Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  Bring the fatted calf and kill it.  Let’s have a feast and celebrate.  For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. So they began to celebrate.  See we started out talking about the fundamentals, God has given you the beginning opportunity to live for Him, then He showed you the middle part where you think you all that and your doing your thing.  He showed you today that you can’t be no punk and follow Him.  Now He showing you if you need to come back again and start over, it’s alright, no matter what stage your at, even the seasoned ones, need to come back, so you can help the other two groups.   1 Cor 13; 1-4 says If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I an only a resounding gong or clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but I have not love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the the flames. But have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast,it is not proud. It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perserveres.  So all of you seasoned saints you supposed to be discipling the other groups every chance you get.  Don’t allow them to skip the fundamentals, they are necessary if we want greatness in what we do, why do athletes understand that?  The body of Christ needs to understand that.  The fundamentals  church are so important and we have lost our focus.

1. Believing in your heart that Jesus Christ came to give you life

2. Accepting the free gift of salvation

3. Renewing your mind everyday by the washing of the word

4. Making good and godly Choices everyday

5. Continue to stand on what He says to you and about you

Go back to the fundamentals of your faith, and if your up in here and you haven’t taken the first step, do it today, God is speaking to you.  If you need to come back He doesn’t mind, He loves you so much, you don’t even understand how much, so much that He gave His only Son, so you could be standing here today.  It is not by coincidence you are here, (I am not saying that to just say it) take nothing for granted Psalm 139: 15-16 says my frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Jeremiah 29:11 for I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray ot me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and will bring you back from captivity,  I will gather you from all  the nations and places where I have banished you, declares the Lord, an will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.

 

Come and become whole again, come and reintroduce yourself son and daughters of God, He is waiting so He can celebrate and clothe you and hug and kiss you.

 

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