KENDALLVILLE ASSEMBLY OF GOD THE RESPONSE OF BIBLICAL INTERCESSION 1 TIMOTHY 1:5

I want to talk to you this morning about the Response to Biblical Intercession The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.2 Timothy 1:5 The Point? The clearest demonstration of the Glory of God – is Love! Love for God and for one another – which alone is amazing and should rightfully be declared as our highest expression of success in the Christian life! The Bibilical Basis of Intercession – the Revelation and Declaration of the Character of God. Moses Numbers 14:11-19 The Goal of Biblical Intercssion - The Glory of God revealed upon the earth. Numbers 14:22 The Result of Biblical Intercession – His glory manifested in and through us – Transformation! 2 Corinthians 3:18 This is not job an accomplishment to be achieved but rather to be believed! Beholding.....it is God who made light shine in our hearts to see the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 2 Cor 4:6 Response to Biblical Intercession The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.2 Timothy 1:5 The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.2 Timothy 1:5 The Point? The clearest demonstration of the Glory of God – is Love! Love for God and for one another – which alone is amazing and should rightfully be declared as our highest expression of success in the Christian life!

Shema
The central statement of the Jewish faith, (is) the Shema: "Shema Yisrael, YHVH Eloheinu, YHVH echad — Hear Israel, YHVH is Our God, YHVH is One," declares that hearing is the quintessentially sacred act for Jews. Paradoxically, the name for God used in the Shema is precisely the one Name that cannot be spoken; it is ineffable. Since YHVH is an impossible declension of the verb to be — collapsing past, present, and future tenses into one unpronounceable Name — it is as if Jews are being exhorted to listen for the Presence of Being through infinite forms in time and space...this is not only hearing as we hear sounds with our ears. It is hearing with the heart (1 Kings 3:9)... ( From “Holy Listening: Cultivating a Hearing Heart”, Barbara Breitman Emphasis mine). One of four key passages written in their phylateries with capital letters at the beginning and the end of the reference. And the secret is simply this Christ in you! Yes, Christ in you bringing with Him the hope of all the glorious things to come. Col 1:27b JB Phillips 09/30/12 page 1

KENDALLVILLE ASSEMBLY OF GOD THE RESPONSE OF BIBLICAL INTERCESSION 1 TIMOTHY 1:5
Said in the morning and evening - from the Cradle to the Grave..... Some have described this as the Jews Most Powerful Prayer Shema Hear - LISTEN - Pay attention * While I am not ready to make sweeping statements yet I must say that I believe that the reality of the Christian life is lived out in the listening....hearing the Voice! In the Voice God made plan His leadership.... Iisrael God's People - Pay attention my people.....this is an active individual and corporate call.....Listen... The Lord There is a God....as a Psalmist put it...the Lord is on His throne.... let the earth be silent! There is a God in the Universe and a God in the Earth......God is.... Our God He is the Creator - sustainer and universal CEO.....whether He is Acknowledged or not! The Lord - This same God Is One He is Unity....what He is unfolding in the earth and my life is His Purpose....!

Hashem -

Elokenu -

Hashem Echad -

The Gospel declares – I have been loved eternally by an uncreated God – Amazing! But I cannot become aware of this without the work of the Spirit who gives me faith....Ephesians 2:4-10 Now pause for a moment – if you realize this – you are among a limited number of the population of the planet! By the Spirit I have been enabled to love in response – I have become a lover of God and said yes to partnership with Him! According to Jesus in Mark 12:29-31 it does not get any deeper or powerful than that. This is something that Paul rehearses in I Corinthians 13.... and is the basis of some of the most stunning prayers of the New Testament – Eph3 :16, Col 1:9-11 Beloved I have become convinced that the Shema – in the context of the Gospel – my goodness it reflects all these things The Basis, Goal, Result and Response of Biblical Intercession!

And the secret is simply this Christ in you! Yes, Christ in you bringing with Him the hope of all the glorious things to come. Col 1:27b JB Phillips 09/30/12 page 2

KENDALLVILLE ASSEMBLY OF GOD THE RESPONSE OF BIBLICAL INTERCESSION 1 TIMOTHY 1:5
The point The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5 – NASB The Response to Biblical Intercession – the Revelation of Love that becomes both our identity – knowing we are loved and have become lovers of God and others. Second becomes our motivation The True Response of Biblical Intercession is Love as our identity and our motivation. Otherwise we can end up a whole lot like John in Luke 9 Jesus said....you have a wrong spirit! Verse 55 In Luke 9 we see John and James....in the heart wrestle....finally ends with them asking Jesus to send fire from Heaven and burn up a village! Really! Here is the same guy that Jesus named....Mark 3:17 – James and John – 'Sons of Thunder' • • • They have some serious passion and zeal. Watch this...They just asked ' we want to sit on the right and left' ( Mark 10:33-41) They have just shut down a bad meeting – willing to demonstrate leadership. Now they are on an errand for Jesus...they did not receive us....'should we fry em?'

Before we get hard on James and John – this is the reality. We can engage in intercession with less than good motives. • I love hearing Prayer Testimonies – encourages my heart. I love it when we connect the dots and we can see as a result of our participation in Prayer the activity of Heaven has come to earth!

Critical that we see this • If we see, judge or discern Intercession on the basis of anything other than the Glory of God in and through us. • • Power Encounter – Special Visions – Insight etc. we can begin to attach our success to something other than the success of the Cross. Potential is to get preoccupied or distracted from the primary reward which is Jesus – potiential for discouragement etc increases.

Shema – the response of Shema – is not lets fry em! But love! Now John gets there – at the end of his life as an old man he in the end writes 5 books of the New Testament but more than that is known as the Apostle of Love!

And the secret is simply this Christ in you! Yes, Christ in you bringing with Him the hope of all the glorious things to come. Col 1:27b JB Phillips 09/30/12 page 3

KENDALLVILLE ASSEMBLY OF GOD THE RESPONSE OF BIBLICAL INTERCESSION 1 TIMOTHY 1:5
John 15:9 ...abide in My love... Back up a bit Chapter 14:18-21 rehearses what had become at that point the comfort, compass heading and response of his life. I have nothing to prove – if I know I am loved by the Father, the Son and love in return! • This is the man that Jesus asks to take care of his own mother John 19:27 yet in the end – 5 times he refers to himself towards the end of his life – as the one that Jesus Loved. Put his head on Jesus in those difficult moments that he did not understand he had learned to rest in love! John 21:20 ends his life saying this over and over – the one who lives in love – knows God! Now this is a man who has been banished in exile – but lives in unoffended love towards God. He goes on to say there is no fear ( tradition says he was boiled in oil and then sent into exile) in love....perfect love drives out fear. This is not some wall saying but reality He sees revelation that no man could even begin to describe (sees the gates of the Holy City – with his name on it....really!) yet as the basis of his description of the Revelation, he reminds us its about the One who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood. Rev 1:5

John went from a wrong spirit about being a 'Son of Thunder' to a transformation into a Son of Thunder in the Spirit! Point • Resting in Love and Responding in Love – remain the clearest demonstration of the Glory of God. • Moving from a wrong Spirit to a right Spirit. • It is also how we experience becoming 'Sons of Thunder' in the Spirit. And participating in the promise of Gods heart – My Glory will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. • Choose to agree with what God says about us! 1. God loves me like He loves Jesus – John 15/17 (vs 22-26). This alone should blow our mind and shatter every insecurity to its core. • Confession ' Jesus you feel about me like the Father feels about You. I am your beloved, your favorite. You delight in me. 2. Jesus knew the greatness of mans brokeness – but he still choose Redemption and in so doing choose us! Your love demonstrated in redemption is greater than any brokeness in humanity. • Confession 'Jesus You desire me. I lean on Your heart because I love you. That is who I am and that is what I do!

And the secret is simply this Christ in you! Yes, Christ in you bringing with Him the hope of all the glorious things to come. Col 1:27b JB Phillips 09/30/12 page 4

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