Notes, further readings, & devotionals
“I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.” Ephesians 1:16-18
God made you to multiply.
You have the seed of life in you.
He made you to multiply
God’s first command in creation and Jesus last command on Earth are to multiply together
Multiplication happens through intimacy
Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
Our sin breaks our intimacy. Our intimacy breaks. Our ability to grow and multiply is lost. We no longer multiply life and love and joy, but we multiply lies, distrust, competition, fear and envy.
I heard you coming and I hid.
I saw you drawing closer to me, I’m ashamed of who I am, and so I hid.
Sin breaks intimacy and breads isolation.
We isolate ourselves because we are ashamed of our sin. And in isolation we are prone to sin.
The strongest encouragement:
JESUS HAS SEEN THE DARKEST OF YOUR HIDDEN SHAME AND IT HAS NOT CHANGED HIS LOVE FOR YOU.
We fear other people will treat us because of our brokenness Jesus has already experienced. And in rising from the dead he has already conquered it.
Sharing your sin and need of a savior to another person who can say “me too”
THE DEEPER YOU GO RELATIONALLY THE STRONGER YOU BECOME
The more willing you become to let yourself be known, the more faith you put in Jesus that your sin is really dead and others can know it. The stronger you become.
We think that strength comes for doing it on our own.
We are conditioned to believe that strength is in the individual
But God’s Creation, and Christ’s death is all about coming together.
God’s plan since the beginning of creation has always been God + you + others
They ask Jesus what the greatest commandment is and he says to love God with all you soul, mind, and heart.
AND the second… to love your neighbor as yourself
Jesus lived in three types of relationship
1 . Community
The larger community of Christ Followers - i.e. - the Church
2 . Committed
A dozen disciples
Committed to share life with them
3 . Core
There needs to be 1-3 people that you can be fully honest with
Psalm 51:6 - But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.
1 John 1:9 -But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
You Go to God for forgiveness and you go to others for healing.
Pray for me, listen to me, ask me the tough questions
James 5:16 - Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.