We’re coming to the end of the GG notes that come out of my notes/ thoughts on Graham Cooke’s visit for Keys to the City – probably just another couple of weeks then I think we’ll start looking at the Beatitudes, following the new EVENING teaching at Ivy. But there’s still plenty to chew on from Graham. By the way i put these nots on a few days in advance so this stuff is for NEXT week.
Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.
Discuss: What do you think Paul meant by this? Is it as easy as saying a phrase then?
GC: It’s not enough to just know Jesus as Saviour - We have to learn him as LORD. This means we come to terms with his supremacy. Jesus is Lord means He rules in every situation.
If you’ve heard my recent talks I’ve been saying there’s a difference between what makes us FAIL (Fixed Attention In Location) vs seeing with the eyes of FAITH (Fixed Attention In The Heavenlies). Read Hebrews 12:1-3
Discuss a situation which seems impossible right now. Then fix your attention on Jesus as LORD of that situation and ask for Him to do what only he can do…
GC: The fruit of the Spirit is a more powerful weapon against the enemy than the gifts. You can exhaust the enemy just by being loved, full of peace, kind. We can overcome him – with goodness. We can trouble him by being self-controlled.We can intimidate him by our mercy!
Look at the List in Gal 5:22
Have you ever thought of these things as ACTIVE like Graham suggested, or do you see them as PASSIVE (i.e. is it just what grows in you). Do you agree that the fruit of the Spirit is weaponry to push back the enemy?).
GC: When you choose to move/ think/speak/act in a negative- you empower the enemy against YOURSELF. This is a key to breakthrough- learn to REJOICE and give thanks in everything. That keeps you in the will of God. Moaning, criticising = the worship language of hell. It’s attracting something wicked to you.
Discuss: Give yourself time to reflect back on the last few days/ week – what words and attitudes have been working AGAINST you? How can you operate differently?
GC: God has made provision for you in the face of your enemy. No weapon that rises against you shall prosper… this is your heritage! Heritage = a value passed down from one generation to another. Teach your kids to turn situations around – to be radiant overcomers. Live in the power of who He is. Never make allowances for defeat. Last time I checked, the Father was undefeated and the Lord always leads us in triumph.
Spend some time imaginatively thinking how to commit this verse to memory: Check yourselves a week on.
2 Cor 2:14 - But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreadsthe fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.