- Righteousness, etc.
God was first named Jehovah-Jireh (the Lord will provide) on Mount Moriah after Abraham had bound his son Isaac up as an offering and God intervened and provided a ram to take the place as a burnt offering. Jehova-Jireh, the Lord will provide. When I understand that I can rest knowing He is my sufficiency. He is the final cause of what you get, when you get it, and how you get it.
God is our source and my job is my resource. Most of us get those confused way to often.
When I understand that He is Jehova-Jireh and my resource runs out, than my Source will find me another resource.
He is Jehovah-Jireh.
- Righteousness, etc.
El-Elyon (Ēl ʿElyōn) – the most high God.
He is the first cause of everything. When it seems like everything is out of control, God is still in control. He is the processor of the Heaven and the Earth. He is the every lasting God. The great God. Merciful God. Faithful God. Mighty God. He is truth, justice, righteousness, and Perfection.
He is El-Elyon – the most high God, creater of the Heavens and the Earth.
With somebody like that, you are in Good hands.
Homework: Next time you doubt your capabilities, go have a talk with El-Elyon, the most high God.
It’s been nearly 48 hours since that 2PM start time for the Midlothian Back 2 School Bash and I’m still all giddy like a kid in a candy store with a $100 bill. We wanted to share a message of Hope, Help and God’s Love to our community – and I think they heard it … loud and clear. We were able to connect with over 2,000 people who attended the Back 2 School Bash! Here are some of my reflections from the day:
RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY! That’s not what most people in Texas were hoping for, but when I woke up Saturday morning and it was raining I had flashbacks of last year’s Mud Fest and that was the very one thing I had hoped not to repeat. Let’s just say God had an earful from me that morning, I prayed for the rain to stop over Midlothian and the more I prayed, the more the drizzle continued. It rained incessantly right up to our 2PM start time and within 10 minutes the ground was completely dry, the crowd came out, the cloud cover stayed over us all day, a nice north breeze was blowing and it never got above 84*. I think the whole time I was fretting, God was smiling saying, “Jason, I got this. Trust me.” What a beautiful day we had in Midlothian for the Back 2 School Bash, I think God just wanted to show off for us!
VOLUNTEER REVOLUTION! One of my favorite things to see at our events are our volunteers. They were there in shifts from 8am until midnight – many there the entire time. There is absolutely no way we could have had the success we had without the hundreds of volunteers that gave their most expensive asset … their time. It humbled me to see families volunteering together, teenagers serving, kids helping kids. Everywhere I looked a sea of Panther Blue Volunteer Shirts represented people that smiled and helped and loved people. Our coordinating team was fabulous and you guys made me the proudest pastor in the world!
COMMUNITY SUPPORT! What made the Back 2 School Bash impressive to our guests who attended was the community support. Our goal was to provide an avenue for our community to donate school supplies to Manna House who will do the distribution. Sissy Franklin and her team from Manna House were thrilled at the truck loads of school supplies and cash donations given to make this the best start to a school year ever. It was spectacular to see Midlothian’s Top Hair Stylists all working side by side for six hours cutting children’s hair. Hope Clinic came our with 500 immunizations and with the volunteer support of nurses from all over Ellis County their helped provide immunizations for kids going back to school. The Back 2 School Bash was successful because of our community support!
CORPORATE DONORS! When large national corporations and local business owners heard what we were doing, they couldn’t let an opportunity like this go by without investing. Thousands of dollars were given by businesses and thousands more were represented in the prizes and give-a-ways. We value our corporate donors and than you from the bottom of our hearts for investing in peoples lives!
CITY OF MIDLOTHIAN & MIDLOTHIAN ISD! What a fantastic city we live and what a great school district we have. We appreciate the open door MISD gave us for the use of the parking lot and field at the Midlothian Multi-Use Stadium. And we thank Mayor Boyce Whatley for his support both prior to and out at the Back 2 School Bash. The Parks & Recreation Department and Jim Berman ended a great day with their Movie in the Park. Thank you guys for your investment in Midlothian!
100 HOURS OF PRAYER! God had a huge part in this. In February God birthed the idea to provide help to students going back to school and God continued to open doors as we dreamed and walked in faith. The last 7 days prior to the Back 2 School Bash we challenged our church to invest 100 hours of prayer on top of the hours of prayer that had lead up to this event. We give God the glory for the success the Back 2 School Bash was and the lives that were impacted.
Are really ready to have some fun? Check out PICS of all the fun stuff coming so that you and your kids can have a great time on Saturday, August 13th at the Midlothian Multi-Use Stadium starting at 2PM and going until the City of Midlothian Parks Department Movie in the Park! By the way … it’s all FREE!
BIG TEX WATER SLIDE with 150 feet of wet sliding distance!
EURO BUNGEE JUMP strapped in to this bungee trampoline you will jump 2-stories high!
POWER MOUNTAIN a 24 foot tall Rock Climbing wall!
INDIANA JONES navigate through two levels of obstacles in this 2-story obstacle course!
DRY GULCH get harnessed in to ride a Zip Line!
BOOTCAMP so everything else is easy, hu? Not this, race against your friends on this military themed obstacle course!
BATTING CAGE come see how good you really are in this inflatable batting cage!
NOAH’S ARK designed for some of our smaller kids and toddlers, this obstacle course will leave them laughing!
TREEHOUSE our little friends will jump and jump in this bounce house!
We want to help you and your kids have the best Back 2 School ever – so we have some of Midlothian’s Best Hair Stylists coming out to give free haircuts and Hope Clinic coming to give immunizations. Please provide two copies of your child’s shot record.
Help MANNA HOUSE by bringing School Supply Donations, Non-Perishable Food Items and Cash Donations to help provide school supplies for students in the Midlothian area. All donations will enter you into drawings to win one of 12 amazing Prize Packages!
Come out and enjoy the Life Church Back 2 School Bash, we want to see you!
- Righteousness, etc.
Over the next few weeks we will study the names of God. My challenge to you is to use God’s names in the specific areas of your life while you pray.
El-Shaddai [shah-dahy] All-Sufficient One, Lord God Almighty of blessings.
This word appears 7 times in the Old Testament. It first appears in Genesis 17:1, “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—`God Almighty.’”
The word El is another name that is translated as “God”. It is used in conjunction with other words to depict God’s character. Shaddai is derived from another word which means breast, which implies that Shaddai is one who nourishes, satisfies, and supplies His people with all their needs as a mother would her child.
When you understand his name – El-Shaddai – The Lord Almighty – it is God who is powerful enough to bless us with and provide for every need in abundance.He is all sufficient!
Homework: How will you use the name of El-Shaddai in prayer?
For months our staff and event planning team has been praying for our Back 2 School Bash – but we don’t want to stop there – will you join us in logging in 100+ hours of prayer this week? If you are logging in an hour of prayer this week, please email us at email@example.com so we can stay in touch.
- Great weather
- Timely set up with all of our vendors and deliveries to arrive in time
- Volunteers full of excitment serving in love
- Volunteers needed for licensed positions: stylists and nurses
- Funding through corporate donations and personal giving to meet goal
- Cooperation with key role players outside of Life Church
- Marketing and event awarness to spread rapidly – the word to get out
- Safety of our guests
- School supplies to be donated in a grand proportion
- Great connections and open doors to share God’s love with our guests
The Church Auditorium will be open from 9AM-4PM each day this week. We will have some of your favorite music to pray to playing as well as some prayer guides. You can pray at church, you can pray at home, you can walk the field at the Midlothian Multi-Purpose Stadium. You choose your hour and your location to pray!
Prayer is not weak. Prayer is not anemic. Prayer is powerful. It’s a nuclear weapon that disarms the enemy’s attack. Prayer acknolwdeges God’s control over nature, over circumstances and over people’s hearts.
If you are logging in an hour of prayer this week, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. We would like to keep a log of our prayer warriors this week and stay in touch with you!
HOW DO YOU SEE PRAYER?
- Some see it as asking for something that couldn’t possibly happen anyway.
- Others see it as their personal vending machine: put in the right combination of currency, push the right buttons, and get what you want.
- There are those who see prayer as a religious exercise.
- And there are those who don’t think prayer is effective at all.
According to the Bible, we can be confident that our prayers will be answered. Jesus many times lets us know that it is faith and belief that are key to answered prayer. Look at these verses…
“Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”” (Mark 9:23)
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9)
“If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:14)
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7)
Our prayers are more than wishes and hopes – but only if we pray with believing, faith-filled hearts. That is the kind of prayer that moves mountains. I’m excited about our series on Prayer. What we will learn, what we will apply and the hundreds of hours that will be going in to both private and corporate prayer.
Mark 1:16-20 – As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 8At once they left their nets and followed him. 19When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
Jesus did not put up a sign up sheet in the carpenter’s shop that said Interested in following me sign up here. Jesus takes the initiative by seeking out followers to come and follow.
Jesus did not ask for volunteers to be a part of the kingdom expansion. He simply asked people to follow him. What is interesting is that these men had no special preparation. Jesus did not choose the socially prominent; the best trained or even the most religiously devout. He did not find them in a synagogue he simply was walking by and he called them to follow him.
Jesus gave them a call to action. Jesus did not call them to go to the temple and learn about him. He called him to follow him so that they could do something. Answering the call of Jesus does not mean you simply come to church, sing a few songs, help out around the church from time to time and give an offering. Answering the call of Jesus is a call to action. Jesus requires absolute obedience and sacrifice.
Discipleship is not a part-time hobby done on Sundays, but a lifetime commitment. You must be prepared to leave everything behind to follow him. Following Jesus is not about mastering the facts of his word; it is about being a part of his mission. Look at verse 17 again, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Jesus was not calling his disciples to be a part of a study group he was calling them to be a part of his mission.
My friend and I were traveling together, and he seemed a bit frazzled. When we got to the airport, he forgot to have his identification readily available and couldn’t find his record locator number. The ticket agent waited patiently, smiled, and then helped him at the “self” check-in. After receiving his ticket, he asked, “Where do I go next?” The agent smiled again, pointed at me, and said to him, “Stay close to your friend.”
That can be good advice for all of us when our lives get frazzled—stay close to your friends. Although Jesus is our best friend, we also need relationships with fellow believers to help us survive in this life.
In his first epistle, Peter was writing to believers who needed one another because they were suffering persecution for their faith. In a few short sentences in chapter 4, Peter mentioned the need to receive and give “fervent love,” prayer, and hospitality (vs 7-9). He also included the need for believers to use their spiritual gifts to minister to one another (vs 10). In other passages, we’re encouraged to comfort each other with the comfort we’ve been given by God (2 Cor. 1:3-4) and to build each other up in love (1 Thess. 5:11).
When life gets difficult and we get frazzled, staying close to our Christian friends will help us to get through. Who do you have in your life that is a friend that helps you when life seems to unravel?
Numbers 13:25-33, “At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land. 26 They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. 28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”
30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. 33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
So many people in this life want everything without any effort.
We see that doctors home and say “I’d sure like to have a home like that” – but we don’t want to go to school for 15 years.
We see a young man walking through the mall, it looks like his muscles are about to bust out of his shirt, and we say “man I’d like to have muscles like that” – you can if you go to the gym 5 times a week and pump iron till it feels like your arms and legs are gonna fall off.
Many believers have the attitude that just because they are saved and in the family of God, that now God is supposed to be this Genie in a Bottle and give them everything they ever dreamed of without any effort, or work or discipline on their part.
The fact is to win the victories that God has for us it costs something, and the cost never goes on sale.
Sometimes you have to struggle, Sometimes you have to fight. There is something in the struggle that is necessary to become what God has ordained you to be.
God left giants in the promised land on purpose.
- Because they needed to learn how to fight. God is a God of process, and in order for them to be prepared to lead at the next level they had to learn how to fight. God is preparing you to lead at the next level.
- Because giants distinguish the difference between professors and possessors. It’s one thing to confess the promises of God, it’s another thing to strap on your sword and go toe to toe with your giants and possess your promises.
- You get to know yourself in the struggle. The real you comes out under pressure.
- You get to know your God, you realize that God is your only help. You see how big and powerful God is.
- The struggle produces thankfulness. Watch the news, when someone survives a tornado, their house is gone their car is gone but they are so thankful that they are still alive, the family is together.
Some of you may be in a struggle right now. Can I tell you that there is strength in the struggle. And the good news is that God promises to never leave you alone in the struggle. He was with the Israelites, and He will be with you.