If we can encourage others, we should encourage them. Romans 12:8

Monday, June 9, 2014

Faith and Ken Haley

Ken Haley is a missionary, business owner, and elder at Encourager Church. In this message shared 6/8/14 he discusses taking our rightful place in Christ; and how to avoid the pitfalls of bitterness, generational curses and more.

Taking your place in Christ

Encourager Church Sunday June 8, 2014

Ken expects God to move today.
Each of us will receive something from God today.
Today is Pentecostal Sunday; the birth of the church.
A good day to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Some of you have been experiencing the same thing over and over.
Tormenting spirits can be put to rest today.
Today is the day of salvation.
You can be set free from generational curses.
Expect God to change situations in your life.
It’s not always going to be the same.
God wants to be real in your life today.
Let God change your life.
God has so much for us.
Allow the HS to move in our lives.
Some people here don’t feel like they’re really loved.
God loves you.
God came to heal the brokenhearted.
Some have been brokenhearted, divorced, etc.
You have a life, a future; God has something better for you.
Be open, it can happen to you.
You’re not the only hard case God has to deal with.
Allow Him to do it.
You may be totally broke, not sure where the next dollar is coming from.
God will hear you today.
Test Him.
God I expect You to move in my life.
Jesus can and will meet every need you have.
God is bigger than everything.
1 Corinthians 3:16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?
Dwelling is a place of habitation (not visitation).
The woman at the well didn’t know she was thirsty until Jesus revealed it to her.
God wants to promote you to where you’re supposed to be in Him.
If you know Christ and move in the power of the HS God moves through you and [enables] you to touch people.
Philippians 3:10  I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
Paul’s determined purpose was to know Jesus.
Study the words of Jesus.
Meditate on them.
Ask the Lord, “What did You mean by that Jesus?”
And He’ll build you up.
How much do you want to know Jesus?
In India there are so many false gods.
You can walk and know that you trust in the true living God.
1 John 4:13-14   13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
“God I need to be set free from this…”
God hears you.
We ask God for a lot of things but some things we need to be quiet about.
It’s all about God’s timing.
Paul knew the power of Christ’s resurrection.
Do you know Jesus?
Get to know him more intimately and deeply.
Cancer, etc – the name of Jesus is above all those names.
Ken was in line [at a store] with someone who was cursing the name of Jesus so Ken started praising Jesus.
It quieted things down.
Missionaries in Mexico were being rushed by a dog .
They called on the name of Jesus and that dog stopped in its tracks and fell.
Roman 8:16-17   16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
We’re co-heirs with Christ.
Christ will help you to move and flow in that.
Sometimes we allow our personal worth to be determined by job, family, etc.
We need to agree with what God says about us.
That’s where you get your worth and identity.
If you allow others to influence you they can become idols.
Guard your mind; protect it.
Some of you here are listening to the wrong voice and don’t think you’re worth a lot.
Put your identity in Christ.
That job may not always be there but Christ will.
Galatians 3:27  for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
Matthew 9:20 the woman with issue of blood was healed.
Picture yourself as the one wearing the garment.
We’re supposed to walk like Jesus; imitate Jesus.
Be healed, rise and walk.
People are looking for Christ in you.
So show it to them.
People can be healed through us.
If God is for you who can be against you.
My boss.
Well let him be against you; God is for you.
Maybe the problem in the world is identifying with everyone except Christ.
Jesus says “Stand in my place” (not in everyone else’s place).
1 Corinthians 11:7  A man ought not to cover his head,[a] since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.
As Ken was studying the Lord told him bitterness would hinder people from receiving this word.
Bitterness is a stronghold, a principality.
Hebrews 12:15  See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
It’s like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.
Ken’s wife is named Faith.
The dog got out and they couldn’t find it anywhere.
Faith was so bitter and angry.
Finally they got him and Faith was fussing at him.
She was in the car fussing and the Lord said “The dog is over there napping and you’re still bitter.”
When the bible identifies something as a root then it’s a principality.
6 fruits of bitterness: unforgiveness, resentment, anger, retaliation, hatred  ?
Unforgiveness is a seed that grows.
If you choose not to forgive it grows into resentment.
Then retaliation; keep thinking about it.
Then moves into anger and hatred.
You’re so angry you hate that person.
Look what they did to Jesus; He didn’t hate.
Spirit of offense comes in.
Murder (physical or otherwise).
What do you do?
Repent immediately.
Don’t agree with it.
You’re a Son of God; a joint heir with Christ.
People perish for lack of knowledge.
If you know to repent it’ll save you.
We all have to guard ourselves against the spirit of offense.
It can be difficult to forgive ourselves.
Choose to forgive yourself.
If you can’t like yourself… it’s hard to like somebody else.
“I like myself.”
The principality of bitterness is like this.
Ken had flowering plant.
Forgive me.
Cuts off plant.
But the root is still there.
If we don’t get the root out, the problem will grow back.
Choose to get rid of the root of bitterness.
It’s usually a generational sin.
We didn’t ask for it.
Abraham was a liar.
Lied about his wife.
Isaac did the same thing; same words to the same king.
Isaac’s son Jacob was famous for lying; and went on to have 10 lying sons.
God can still use you but don’t lie.
Generational problems get bigger/worse with each generation.
Break that generational sin in your life.
David lusted after Bathsheba.
David’s son raped his sister.
Solomon also had a lustful spirit.
He had 1000 women he couldn’t satisfy.
Rise up and stop that generational sin.
“I don’t want that passed down to my children and grandchildren.”
You may be orphaned, adopted but you can look in the mirror and see what was passed down.
In India newspaper article said men 18-25 are really into pornography.
It’s an epidemic.
It’s taken the minds of the young people.
Know who you are in Christ.
Know that your heavenly Father is with you.


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