MESSAGE NOTES: Crossroads #4

THE DOCTRINE OF BALAAM

Pre-Message: Coronavirus Situation (John G. Lake Story)

I was ministering one time where the bubonic plague was raging. You could not hire people for a thousand dollars to bury the dead. At such times the government has to take hold of the situation. But I never took the disease.

Now watch the action of the law of life. Faith belongs to the law of life. Faith is the very opposite of fear. Faith has the opposite effect in spirit, and soul, and body. Faith causes the spirit of man to become confident. It causes the mind of man to become restful, and positive. A positive mind repels disease.

Consequently, the emanation of the Spirit destroys disease germs. And because we were in contact with the Spirit of life, I and a little Dutch fellow with me went out and buried many of the people who had died from the bubonic plague. We went into the homes and carried them out, dug the graves and put them in.

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MESSAGE NOTES: Healing School Sunday

ANOINTED WITH POWER

Introduction:

  • We have committed this year to monthly ‘lean into’ healing and the supernatural power of God
  • Last month we talked about “Why Healing” and why this was important that we contend for a greater manifestation in this area.

Acts 10:38 (ESV) – how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

  • We see that Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil – as Christians we are called to do the same
  • Jesus did this because he was anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power
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MESSAGE NOTES: Crossroads #3

THE LAW OF G.I.G.O.

Introduction

Deut 30:19 (ESV) – 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,

2 Timothy 2:19-22 (NLT) – 19 But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.” 20 In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. 21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work. 22 Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

  • We have been talking about the power of our choices
  • We talked about how we have a choice as to whether we will be an honourable vessel or a dishonourable one
  • We talked about the key of ’turning away from evil’

2 Timothy 2:22 (NLT) – Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

  • There are some things we need to run from
  • There are some things we need to run after
  • Our ‘companionship’ matters

The Biblical Principle of “Seed Time and Harvest”

MESSAGE NOTES: Crossroads #2

TURN AWAY FROM EVIL

Introduction:

Last week we began to talk about the importance and power of our choices

  • Deut 30:19 (ESV) – 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,
  • We talked about how we have a choice as to whether we will be an honourable vessel or a dishonourable one
  • Joshua 24:15 (ESV) – 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Let’s go back into 2 Timothy where we finished up last week to continue talking about #ChoosingLife

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MESSAGE NOTES: Crossroads #1

CHOOSE LIFE

Introduction

  • This year our themes have included “Holy Ambition”, “Purpose, Destiny, and Calling” and “Pursuing the purposes of God in our Generation”
  • We are also leaning in for healing, signs and wonders… you and I are called to be “naturally supernatural”
  • As we continue on this journey I have felt led by the Lord to talk to us about the importance and power of our choices

God has given you the power to choose!

  • Holy Ambition is a choice
  • Walking in purpose, destiny and calling is a choice
  • Pursuing the Purposes of God in our generation is a choice

Deut 30:19 (ESV) – 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,

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MESSAGE NOTES: Why Healing?

WHY HEALING?

Revelation 3:8 (ESV) – I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

  • Several of the key themes so far this year have been: Spiritual Ambition and Open Doors
  • One of the “Open Doors” I shared with you last week was regarding the call to the Ministry of Healing and the call on TCC to be a “House of Healing”.

In this coming year, and coming decade, I believe that one of the definitive things God wants to do is for us to step into seeing thousands of healings and miracles.

  • This word has been spoken to our church over and over
  • There is a coming move of God in our city and nation and healing will be a big part of it
  • Some would fall into the trap of thinking it will “just happen” but we are not just going to “waltz” into this…

Hebrews 6:12 (ESV) – 12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

  • Healing is a promise 
  • We will inherit this promise through faith
  • We will inherit this promise through patience
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F8 Life Goals


One of my personal disciplines at the start of each year is that I take a fresh look at my goals using something I call the ‘F8 Life Goals’. Basically, F8 Life Goals gives you a lens to look at your life through and identify goals, priorities and areas of focus. I have found it helpful to use it as a framework to make sure I’m looking at my life holistically and planning for personal growth. (Please note: the way I’m wired it works for me to have several goals in each of the eight areas. If that is too much for you feel free to pick one goal in each of the areas or even pick several of the areas to focus on for the coming year) Hope this is helpful.

F8 Life Goals Worksheet

There are many good ways to approach setting goals for your life. At Toronto City Church we have learned/developed an approach we call F8 Life Goals. In this approach, you look at your life through the lens of eight different categories and set goals for each area. The categories are:

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