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CommonGround Church - Tulsa, Oklahoma

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ALIGN                                                                                                       

Align My Dreams With God’s Dream

Jeremiah 29:11   For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.     NIV

Jeremiah 29:11    I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out — plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.     Message

Plans - machashabah (makh-ash-aw-baw') a contrivance, a plan, a dream, an intention;

Contrivance - the use of skill to bring something about or create something, (synonym – plan, tactic, scheme, move or device.)

I have - chashab (khaw-shab');literally to weave or to fabricate; 

 

FIND GOD’S DREAM FOR YOU!!!

Jeremiah 29:11   For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord,…

Psalm 37:4   Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.   NIV

Delight - anag (aw-nag'); to be soft or pliable, 

THE DREAM DOESN’T DIE WHEN I GIVE IT TO GOD. IT GROWS IN POTENTIAL AND IN PURPOSE.

GOD DID NOT GIVE ME MY DREAM TO COMPARE IT BUT TO FULFILL IT. COMPARING IT WILL IT ME DISTRACTED FROM THE DREAM.

GOD’S DREAMS FOR YOU ARE GREAT!!

Jeremiah 29:11   For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.     NIV

Prosper - shalom (shaw-lome'); safe, well, happy, friendly; to have health, prosperity, peace.

Ephesians 3:20    Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,      NIV

Immeasurably more - perissos (per-is-sos'); superabundant (in quantity) or superior (in quality)

 

GOD’S DREAMS FOR YOU AREN’T JUST FOR YOU!!

Genesis 12:1-2   Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”    ESV

Mark 16:15   He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.      NIV

Acts 1:8   But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."      NIV

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ALIGN                                                                                                              Align my Heart with God’s Heart

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)   For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

SURRENDER OUR HEART TO GOD.

Psalm 51:10-12 (NIV)  Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

NIV James 4:7-10 (The Message)   So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. 8 Say a quiet yes to God and he'll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. 9 Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. 10 Get down on your knees before the Master; it's the only way you'll get on your feet.     

BE TRANSPARENT AND DO INVENTORY.

Psalm 139:1-4 (New Living)
O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. 2 You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I'm far away. 3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. 4 You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.

Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT)
 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. 

  

What are some things that are in my life that shouldn’t be?                 _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What are some things that are not in my life that should be?                  _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                         

HATE WHAT GOD HATES AND LOVE WHAT GOD LOVES.

Proverbs 6:16-19 (NIRV)  There are six things the Lord hates. In fact He hates 7 things. 17 The Lord hate proud eyes, a lying tongue and hands that kill those who aren’t guilty. 18 He also hates hearts that make evil plans and feet that are quick to do evil. 19 He hates any witness who pours out lies and anyone who stirs up conflict in the community.

John 3:16-17 (NIV) "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”    

1 John 4:10-12 (NIV) This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.    

GOD LOVES PEOPLE AND WE ARE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT HE LOVES.

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Boom Roasted 

Jesus Vs. The Woman At The Well 

John 4:1-42 NIV

3 Reasons Why Jesus Roasted Her

 

  1. She Was Living In Sin

 

-John 4: 10-14 NIV “10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” 

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 

12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” 

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 

14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

 

-Galatians 5:19-21 NIV “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

 

 

  1. She Needed A Life Change

 

-John 4:16-18 “He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

17 “I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

 

 

  1. Jesus Wanted To Use Her

 

-John 4:28-30 “28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

-John 4:39-42 “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, 

“He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

-Jesus saw greatness in her and wanted to use her for His glory!

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July 29, 2019

Summer at CG - Brad Ross

The Inner Vow 

 - Words are powerful 

Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV)
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. 

Proverbs 13:3 (NKJV) “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” 

Matthew 12:36-37 (MSG) Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.” 

What you are saying today is shaping your tomorrow

The Inner Vow = Self Directed Promise

Whats the big deal?

Matthew 5:33-37 (NKJV)
33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one. 

Why is it evil to swear? 

You just became God in that area of your life. 

Inner vows prohibit learning and growth and they cause extremes.

How to overcome Inner Vows

1. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where you made vows

2. Repent 

3. Submit that area to Jesus

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God is Our Healer - Brian Leonard

 

God heals to increase our faith

 

Luke 17:11-17 Jesus Heals Ten Men with Leprosy

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

 

God Heals so that the works of God might be displayed.

 

John 9 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam”. So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was.

Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”

But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”

10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.

11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”

 

God still heals today

 

John 14;12 – Very Truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name. so that the father may be glorified.

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July 1, 2019

Prayer Week 6

PRAYER – CONVOS WITH GOD                                                              

Ephesians Prayer Part 2

Ephesians 3:14-21    For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.      NIV

In the Ephesians 1 prayer we look at the enlightenment or the eye opening. In the Ephesians 3 prayer we look at the empowerment to do!!!

STRENGTH from God. 

Ephesians 3:16  16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

Strengthen – krataioo (krat-ah-yo'-o);  to empower, increase in vigor, to make powerful.

Power -  dunamis (doo'-nam-is);  force, miraculous power, a miracle itself.

Acts 1:8   But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."     NIV

DEPTH in our relationship with God.

Ephesians 3:17  ..so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,

Dwell - katoikeo (kat-oy-keh'-o) to house permanently, to reside, to be at home.

Established - themelioo (them-el-ee-o'-o); to lay a foundation. 

 

FULLNESS of God’s love.

Ephesians 3:17-19   And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Grasp - katalambano (kat-al-am-ban'-o); to take eagerly, to seize, possess. 

Filled - pleroo (play-ro'-o); literally to cram, level up, satisfy,  finish. 

 

GREATNESS of God’s ability.

Ephesians 3:20  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

Ephesians 3:20   God can do anything, you know — far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.     Message

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June 27, 2019

Prayer Week 5

PRAYER – CONVOS WITH GOD                                                            

Ephesians 1 Prayer

Ephesians 1:15-21     For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. NIV

Ephesians 1:18  I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened…

Enlightened -  photizo (fo-tid'-zo);  to shed rays, i.e. to shine or to brighten up.

ENLIGHTENMENT COMES FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT.

Ephesians 1:17  I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation.

ENLIGHTENMENT COME TO OUR HEART.

Ephesians 1:18  I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened…

OPEN MY EYES TO….

KNOW GOD BETTER.

Ephesians 1:17  I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

 

KNOW HIS CALLING.  

Ephesians 1:18  I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you,  

 

KNOW HIS INHERITANCE.   

Ephesians 1:18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,

 

KNOW HIS POWER. 

Ephesians 1:19   and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

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June 17, 2019

Prayer Week 4

PRAYER – CONVOS WITH GOD                                                              

BOOK OF ACTS PRAYER

Acts 12:1-18    It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 2 He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 3 When he saw that this pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. 4 After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.    5 So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.  6 The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. 7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. "Quick, get up!" he said, and the chains fell off Peter's wrists.  8 Then the angel said to him, "Put on your clothes and sandals." And Peter did so. "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me," the angel told him. 9 Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.  11 Then Peter came to himself and said, "Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from Herod's clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating." 12 When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. 13 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. 14 When she recognized Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, "Peter is at the door!"  15 "You're out of your mind," they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, "It must be his angel."  16 But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 17 Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. "Tell James and the brothers about this," he said, and then he left for another place.  18 In the morning, there was no small commotion among the soldiers as to what had become of Peter.         NIV

Ingredients of Effective Prayer 

1. Where there is pressure, prompting or pain. 

Psalm 18:6   In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.     NIV

2. With passion. 

Hebrews 5:7-9   During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.     NIV

 3. With persistence. 

Jonah 2:1   From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God.    NIV

 4. In partnership with others. 

Matthew 18:19    Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.     NIV

5. Focused on Jesus Christ. 

John 14:13   You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.        NIV

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PRAYER – CONVOS WITH GOD

THE PRAYER OF THE SHEEP

Psalm 23   The Lord is my shepherd,  I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  NIV

YOU ARE MY SHEPHERD.          JEHOVAH-RAAH                                           

John 10:14   I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—      NIV  

YOU ARE MY PROVIDER.          JEHOVAH-JIREH                                       

Philippians 4:19   You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.     Message

YOU ARE MY PEACE.          JEHOVAH-SHALOM                                                                                  

John 14:27   Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.      NIV

YOU ARE MY HEALER.          JEHOVAH-RAPHA                                                                              

1 Peter 2:24-25   He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. 25 Once you were like sheep who wandered away. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.     New Living

YOU ARE MY RIGHTEOUSNESS.          JEHOVAH-TSIDKENU                                                               

1 Peter 1:14-15   So you must live as God's obedient children. Don't slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn't know any better then. 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy.    New Living 

YOU ARE MY CONSTANT COMPANION.          JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH                                                  

Hebrews 13:5-6  Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."  6 So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"       NIV

YOU ARE MY DEFENDER.          JEHOVAH-NISSI                                                                        

2 Thessalonians 3:3   But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.     NIV

YOU ARE MY SANCTIFIER.          JEHOVAH-M’KADDESH                                                                       

1 Peter 2:4    But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God's very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.     New Living 

 

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PRAYER – CONVOS WITH GOD
The Prayer of Jabez

1 Chronicles 4:9-10   Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.      NIV

1. Pray for blessing. 

1 Chronicles 4:10    Oh that you would bless me…”    NIV

Psalm 18:35   You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great.   NIV  

Genesis 12:2  I will bless you…and you will be a blessing to others.    New Living

“Lord, bless me so that I can be a blessing to others.”

 

 2. Pray for influence. 

1 Chronicles 4:10     “…enlarge my territory…”       NIV

Ephesians 1:18   I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.      NIV

Psalm 2:8    Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.      NIV

“Lord, show me your purpose for my life so I can live a life bigger than my own.”

 3. Pray for presence. 

1 Chronicles 4:10     “Let your hand be with me…”        NIV

Acts 11:21    The Lord’s hand was with them and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.      NIV

Exodus 33:15-17    Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked.”     NIV

“Lord, be with me  for what you have called me to do is too big for me.”

 

4. Pray for protection. 

1 Chronicles 4:10   “…and keep me from harm.” NIV

1 Peter 5:8   The devil is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.   NIV

Romans 8:35-37   Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.    NIV

Lord, strengthen me in and protect me from every attack of the enemy. 

Prayer isn’t about God moving toward us. Prayer is about us moving toward God.

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