Battle Plan: Engage
Engage: (verb—action word) To become involved, to join in, to latch on, to hitch, to get on a track or path and stick to it; to commit to do something.
God wants us and expects us as His people to be fully engaged with Him and this kingdom life He has called us to (in prayer and holiness).
1 Timothy 2:1-10
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. 7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.
8 Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. 9 I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.
There’s a battle we need to engage in, but let the enemy not be us, be on the right side of the battle
41 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
He doesn’t want us to be arm chair quarterbacks, but to be in the ball game! To quit criticizing those fully engaged and get in the game!! Be an inspiring force.
1. God’s Chosen
18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.[a] 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
· God chose Abraham and had a plan for him to become great
· Abraham’s path was laid out by God
· God’s path for Abraham included many blessings and promises along the way (as well as sacrifice and pain—garden of Gethsemane—humble surrender in prayer)—Kingdom attitude
· Abraham had to engage as God’s chosen by keeping the way of the Lord, doing what is right and just, directing his children and his household.
· The promises of God were contingent upon Abraham engaging in and embracing his chosen status
· How does this apply to us?
2 Chronicles 16:9a
9 For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”
· God is looking for His chosen people to be fully committed to Him
The humble (posture of prayer / surrender)
· Those are the ones He strengthens
· He wants us to be those people, He chose us to be those people
· Our families and our kids need us to raise up and lead (from our knees)
· The world needs for us to be great examples
23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
· It takes dying to self and our sinful desires (dying to self / humility--produces fruit. We can get so caught up in our life, loving our life and caught up in our own thing that we have no time to die to self let alone live a whole life devoted to Christ, devoted in prayer and humble servitude.
· Email to singles I wrote this week about relationships and poorly attended events
· Humble surrender to the kingdom life
2. Sin Grieves
20 Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”
22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.[b]
· Think about the damage that sin has caused in your life (your own sin and the sin of others)
· Think of how much sin hurts God (He gave His son so we can have a relationship with Him)
· Rebelliousness is the biggest cause of sin—mankind wants to do what they want to do
37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 38 Look, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’[a]”
· God longs to have a relationship with all of us
· Most people are not willing
· Man is not inherently good, but evil
5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.
3. Boldly Speaking To The Lord
The wicked flee though no one pursues,
but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare[c] the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
26 The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
27 Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?”
“If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”
29 Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?”
He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”
30 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?”
He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”
31 Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?”
He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.”
32 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?”
He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”
33 When the Lord had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.
· Abraham had a close walk with God
· What he was asking fell in the area of God’s will that as many people be saved as possible
· Not a selfish, but a Godly desire on Abraham’s part
15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to blot out their name from the earth.
17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;