Trials and Hope

Preacher: Chenoa Zacchaeus
Editor: Emmanuel

Glory in tribulation means praising God in the midst of the tribulation. When we are in tribulation, the first thing we do naturally is to complain. Tribulation comes from the Greek word Thlipsis. It means pressing together or pressure that hurts.
We all don’t like being pressured but pressure helps us grow
Perseverance
Hope
Romans 5:3-4

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Preacher: Chenoa Zacchaeus

A Winning Attitude

Preacher: Pastor Trevor
Editor: Precious Adams

Winning attitude means to be an overcomer in every situation. Change your attitude and God will change the situation
God has a plan and a purpose for us.

1 Corinthians 15:58
“Always give yourself fully to the lord…your labour in the Lord is not in vain.”
Numbers 13:31-33
Each time you have a negative attitude you not only destroy yourself, you destroy the people around you. God will never leave you nor forsake you
It’s not about your strength it’s about God
Philippians 3:7-8
In order to gain Christ you need to lose things of the world. God is a giver of good things therefore he will sustain you

Philippians 3:9
Many of us want to grow spiritually but we want to grow by the law/grow through the law
You can only grow in the Lord if you invest time to study his word
Pray in any challenges that you face.
Get rid of your defeated attitude and get in the mindset of your absolute truth thinking
God will fight your battles. He is your hope
God will make you soar on wings like eagles

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Preacher: Pastor Trevor

The Anointing

Preacher: Pastor Trevor
Editor: Precious Adams

Isaiah 10:27
“….the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing”
A yoke is a symbol of slavery, bondage and control.
However, Jesus said: my yoke is easy and my burden is light
Matthew 11:30
The anointing is what breaks things in our lives and sets captives free.
The anointing does not make the difference…the anointing IS the difference.
God does not have power….he IS the power

What is the anointing?
1) God’s favor
2) God’s approval
3) God’s presence
4) God’s power
Luke 4:18-19
We are anointed with God’s holy spirit
Zachariah 4:6
Not by might, nor by power,but by my spirit, says the Lord of hosts

The agitation of the anointing
Ecclesiastes 10:1

What are some dead flies in your life
1) A critical spirit
2) Unforgiveness
3) Lack of joy (depression)
4) Murmuring and complaining
5) Pride and stubbornness
1 Samuel 15:23
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft
6) Easily offended
Psalms 92:10
All these dead flies must be put out so we can enjoy the anointing. God anoints us with fresh oil.

We are the ambassadors of God’s anointing

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Preacher: Pastor Trevor

Spiritual Maturity Part 2

Preacher: Pastor Trevor
Editor: Precious Adams

God doesn’t want us to live by rules but he wants us to have an intimate relationship with him.
He wants us to have an understanding of his heart. God wants us to appreciate the relationship we have with our heavenly father. This can only come through a spiritual maturity.

Factor that hinders spiritual growth
1. Self Esteem (high or low): internal feeling based on perceived self image

Self esteem does not equate to how God sees you. Number 13:31-33
The consequence of low self esteem will cause anxiety, and fear
God sees you with dignity. Gen 1:26
The Bible is a declaration not an explanation
We have dignity through the precious blood of Christ
Titus 3:5, 1 Corinthians 5:17
God looks at you so worthy that he decide to die for us

Do not have a self image but a God image

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Preacher: Pastor Trevor

The love of God

Preacher: Pastor Neil Thomas
Editor: Precious Adams

Make sure you have the right currency to get you to where you want to go in life.
1 Corinthians 13:8
Love never fails. The love of God gets us the one way ticket to heaven.
Luke 11:42
Let the love of God be your motivation
1 John 5:3
If we have the love of God, it will be easy to be righteous
1 John 3:16
What is in you cup?
What is in you is what people see when you are under pressure

Tips for filling our cup with goodness

1. You have the responsibility of loving others like God loves you
2. Let God through your defensive wall
Ephesians 4:32
3. It’s never too late to ask for forgiveness
Forgive one another and choose to be unoffendable
4. Don’t take the bait train yourself to let God deal with the situation
1 Corinthians 13
5. Gratitude and anger cannot co exist
Your life will become much easier if you step away from anger and offensiveness

When the fire of love is lit, the flame of anger will go out
It’s who we are not what we are that determines our entitlement to the ticket to heaven
1 John 2:5, 2 Thessalonians 3:5
The response that we have during difficult times should be filtered through the love of God

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Preacher: Pastor Neil Thomas

Spiritual Maturity

Preacher: Pastor Trevor
Editor: Precious Adams

When testing comes, it test how rooted you are in God. If you don’t know how to use all the information we have, we will misuse things.
The purpose is more important that what you do. The small goals help achieve the ultimate goal.
Most of us are situation-driven Christians.
Our Ultimate goal is to be like Jesus
Consistency in the small goals makes you achieve the ultimate goal
Luke 6:40
Do not take the privilege that Jesus has given you ( salvation) for granted
A bad experience in life shouldn’t stop you from reaching your ultimate goal
Romans 8:29, 2 Corinthians 3:18
God is conforming us, then transform us in the image of Jesus Christ
For you to grow spiritually, you need to have faith in the knowledge of Jesus Christ
You can be a believer but ignorant of the word of God. Such believers are pathetic
2 Peter 3:18, 2 Peter 1:5-10
Matured believer are diligent. Gal 6:7-9

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Preacher: Pastor Trevor

Spiritual Growth

Preacher: Pastor Trevor
Editor: Precious Adams

Hope brings spiritual growth within us.
Don’t take the word of God casually or you will become a casualty.
Move from the foundation to the bigger things. Match your agenda with God and walk with Christ
(Colossians 2:6-8)
Meditate on the word of God day and night and then you shall be prosperous. You cannot be spiritually matured until you have the knowledge of God.
Many can be built but few can be established. When you are established in God nothing can shake you
Matthew 25:21
Be faithful in the little things and God will make you faithful over much
2 Timothy 4:3-4

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Preacher: Pastor Trevor

Hope, a confident expectation

Preacher: Pastor Trevor
Editor: Precious Adams

We can say we trust in God but our hope can be in something else
Our actions and hope don’t usually meet
Heb 10:35
Greek word for confidence = Parresia = boldness
When we throw away our confidence, we become timid
Ephesians 6:16
Confidence becomes our shield of faith. When you don’t have the spiritual shield of faith, it leaves a hole and we become discouraged
Hope = feeling of expectations
Hope biblically = confident expectations
Heb 11:11
Greek word for substance is Hypostasis = that which has foundation, is firm, that which has actual existence, a substance, real being

When intensity grows, you are close to your victory
Zar 9:12
We can become prisoners of fear instead of prisoner of hope, prisoner of doubt, anxiety etc. But God wants us to be prisoners of hope not of fear.
Romans 5:5
Hope in Jesus Christ will not put you to shame
2 Corinthians (walk by faith)

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Preacher: Pastor Trevor

Hope when everything looks hopeless

Preacher: Pastor Trevor
Editor: Precious Adams

Speak hope no matter how bad the situation is.
Romans 5:3
Sufferings will bring in perseverance, perseverance brings character, character brings hope and hope does not disappoint

Ways to find hope when everything looks hopeless
1. Rely on God’s presence:
God is doing a redemption within us
Through your suffering God is doing a redemption within you and shaping your character
Psalm 23:4
God will ways be there with you

Blessed are the ones whose transgressions are forgiven whose sins are covered
God’s love is not based on circumstances, it’s based on the cross of Calvary

2. Rely on God’s provision:
2 Corinthians 12:7
God doesn’t give you all that you want, he gives you all that you need.

3. Rely on God’s power
God will never let any hurt or disappointment go to waste
2 Corinthians 12:9
In our weaknesses God’s strength is made perfect and it will rest upon us
God brings hope in a hopeless situation

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Preacher: Pastor Trevor

Universe = Time + Space + Matter

Preacher: Bro. Joseph
Editor: Precious Adams

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth
Col 1:15, Hebrew 11:3
All living things were not randomly made but they were designed.
God is an engineer and an artist
No surgery can change the chromosome of a male and female besides God

In Chinese character, there is no “hand” in the word create because God only spoke
John 5:19
The word become flesh. Jesus does everything his father does.
Jesus is the word come alive

John 12:48. Say the word
Obedience over logic
Luke 5:1
Simon was a great fisherman however, he listened to the word of Jesus rather than using his logic.
Matthew 8:5-9, Hebrew 1:3
Jesus uses his word to uphold us to this day. Angels perform his word
Psalm 103:19
The angel obeyed God’s word. God makes sure his word comes true
“If God exists I want to know what he thinks” — Albert Einstein
Even one of the smartest men on earth wanted to know what God thinks.
John 6:63
Our brain helps us make physical decisions. The spiritual decisions are what matters
Use Jesus’ word as your GPS
Matthew 24:35
Feelings change but God will never change
1 John 2:17
The will of God and the word of God are forever.
Mark 1:15
Repentance does not mean judgement. Repentance means to ask God for forgiveness in order to escape from punishment.
God’s kingdom is here on Earth
Mark 4:26
When we read the word of God we don’t know how it’s works but it creates a difference. Therefore we should read the word of God.

Romans 12:2
God’s will is perfect. Nothing is better than perfect
When you pray for God’s will, it’s the perfect prayer
1 John 5:14
Prayer does not change God’s will but it changes the circumstances
Romans 14:17-18
When you have righteousness you will have peace and joy

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Preacher: Bro. Joseph