Love is King – Because God is With Us
Matt 1:23 " they will call him Immanuel" which means, "God with us."
1. Because God is With Us Let’s Keep it Clean - Passing the Lust Test
1 Thess 5:22-24 Avoid every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.
Matt 7:18-20 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
Acts 26:17-18 I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.
Col 1:10-11 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,
Eph 5:26-28 make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any blemish, but holy and blameless
● Satan loves when leaders slack off in prayer and study of the word, he can easily take advantage of them by bombarding them with negative, bitter, fearful, discouraging, lustful and lazy thoughts
John 15:3,4,8 Your already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, so you will be my disciples.
2. Because God is With Us We Prosper in His Vision More and More
Matt 28:18-20 "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Isa 9:7 the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.
● There should always be an increase of His government in our lives
● Discipleship – we must see ourselves as leaders of multitudes
Ps 115:14 The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.
1 Chron 11:9 And David became more and more powerful, because the Lord Almighty was with him.
Deut 7:21-24 Do not be terrified by them, for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a great and awesome God. The Lord your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you.
● The more and more principle - character must match the increase
Gen 39:2,5 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, 5 the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field.