TRANSFORM (NOT CONFORM) Series taught by Dr. Rick Mendoza
We asked Pastor to share with us some of the notes from his sermon today. Because he ran out of time, he was not able to share it all. So here are some of the highlights of the final sermon from the series: TRANSFORM, NOT CONFORM.
What was the problem?
a. Disciples: They had power to be able to cast out the demons, but they didn’t have the faith (or authority)
b. Father: Had the faith (even though it was small, which size does NOT matter)
c. For Jesus: He clearly explains what happens: 2
--- verse 28 Afterwards, when Jesus arrived at the house, his disciples asked him in private, “Why couldn’t we cast out the demon?”
29 He answered them, “This type of powerful spirit can only be cast out by fasting and prayer.”
IN OTHER WORDS, IT WAS A MATTER OF FAITH.
---THIS KIND OF TRANFORMATION can ONLY be done BY FAITH through fasting and prayer.
----The disciples saw it, and it says they took Jesus aside and they asked him, "How come we couldn’t do it?" Jesus gave them this profound advice, "This kind only comes out by prayer and fasting.
---Jesus didn't fast for a problem. He fasted into lifestyle.
--- The disciples saw it, and it says they took Jesus aside and they asked him, "How come we couldn’t do it?" Jesus gave them this profound advice, "This kind only comes out by prayer and fasting. “Which I'll talk about in a minute.
For me, the biggest lesson in this story is that when the disciples couldn't bring about a breakthrough, they didn't create a thought theology around what didn't happen.
They didn't look for biblical reasons why it wasn't God's will to deliver that child.
Instead, they took Jesus aside and they asked why not?
I pray the day comes for you and for me that instead of being shocked, when the breakthrough happens, we’re shocked when it doesn't, shocked enough to take Jesus aside and ask him to please explain, why it didn’t work in this occasion.
Jesus said, this kind only comes out with prayer and fasting, but he neither prayed nor fasted.
We know Jesus, the one time we know that he fasted, it was 40 days at the beginning of his ministry.
It WAS LIKE HIS Initiation.
I'm not saying it's wrong, but he just, he didn't fast for a problem. He fasted into lifestyle.
So, Jesus said, "This kind only comes out with prayer and fasting." Then neither prayed nonfasted, and brought deliverance.
--- There are times where you face a situation that is bigger than your unbelief can handle.
There are times where the measure of faith, as compared to all the questions that you keep pondering and keep questioning, keep meditating on, that you keep fueling with the energy of your own soul. It's too big of battle.
When you actually have the faith of God himself, that when it's by itself is more than enough to move the mountain. But because you've allowed it to be planted with other competing things, you're in war he didn't create for you.
---What did Jesus identify as the problem in this story? The seed of Unbelief.
---There are times where you face a situation that is bigger than your unbelief can handle.
---And what happens in prayer and fasting is you discover who he is and you discover who you are.
---THE ONE SEED IN YOUR GARDEN…ONLY FAITH
---LEARN TO WEED OUT THOSE SEEDS THAT ARE CHOKING FAITH.
---Faith comes by what? Hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Faith comes by hearing, hearing by the word of God.
---Faith comes from hearing. It's your connection to the voice of God.
---But the voice of God is activated by your exposure to the word.
---- AND THE REASON WHY MANY OF US WILL NOT TRANSFORM, OR SEMI TRANSFORM, OR MEARLY DON’T CHANGE, IS BECAUSE WE HAVE WAY TOO MANY SEEDS IN OUR GARDEN, THAT IS CHOKING THE ONLY ONE THING THAT SHOULD BE PLANTED:
--- BUT BECAUSE WE HAVE WORRIES, WE HAVE COMPLAINTS, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT OTHERS WE THOSE SEEDS ENTER IN AND CHOKE THE WORD OF GOD AND WHEN THE DEVIL COMES, HE GETS THE VICTORY!!!!
YOU SEE: Fasting is learning to have appetite for things you can't see. And as abstract as that sounds, it is the life of faith. As abstract and as reasonable as that appears, it is where I become anchored in what Paul said, what you can't see is eternal.
What you can see is temporal. So, if my confidence is in this, that I can see, my confidence will crash, it will fail because this is not reliable.
My own human strength, it's not reliable. It can't be on any of those things. It can't be on human talent or skill. It has to be on something that is outside of that that brings influence, a miracle comes. I've watched so many times where a miracle comes, it's hard to explain, but it's in the unseen, and I sea problem, and the miracle just through faith gets released into that situation. I've watched it change before my eyes. I've seen it. I've seen it happen.
It was in the unseen, but it was released into the visible, into something that was inferior, into something that was damaged, or destroyed, or afflicted, or whatever it might be. It's that connection of the believer between the unseen world and the visible world. And I come as a representative, and that's why we don't beg God for the miracle, he has already decided to do it. We're just learning to cooperate with the way he moves, the way he works, the way he thinks. I’m so thankful for the Lord's Prayer. They taught us to pray, our father who art in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The rest of the prayer, gives this day... Is all petition prayer. But those two statements can be translated like this, will of God be done. Kingdom of God come. They are decrees. It's a part of the prayer life. Their prayer life has woven into it the responsibility to take the heart and mind of God and proclaim it into a given situation. The worlds were made out of him speaking. That's why he wants us to talk, but talk as a yielded vessel to him, because then it's not just good ideas being declared into a situation.
So, he says, this kind only comes out with prayer and with fasting. Do you know what he's telling them? He’s saying, "Listen, the way to deal with unbelief is put your attention on that which is eternal. “There’s something about prayer, I don't understand this. And I find that when I need this kind of praying the most is when I want to do at the least. And it's the prayer that is beyond words. It's the prayer that is beyond words.
Sometimes it's literally just being engaged with the presence of God, with a groaning that's too deep for words. There are no words for what I feel, but I'm not going to leave this engagement. I'm not going to leave this moment. It's face-to-face moment.
I simply want to be shaped by him. I want my heart to reflect his heart. I want my words to reflect his words. And there's these moments where he's just saying, "Listen, the problem isn't the demon. The problem is unbelief. And the antidote, learn to pray beyond convenience. And be willing to skip a meal to anchor into what you can't see. Why? Because that’s where your authority functions from.
Instead of saying, "There's too many seeds planted in my garden. I've got too many options. I've got too many other things to think, too many other things to believe.
“Because according to Jesus's example, on the size of faith, it doesn't take this big of faith to move something as large as a mountain. It just takes this kind of faith. So, when Jesus talks about great faith, greater faith, I don't know that he's talking about greater in a sense of size.
I think he's describing whether or not that faith is by itself. THE ONE SEED IN YOUR GARDEN…ONLY FAITH
It's the only seed in the garden. It's the only seed in the garden. That’s why it's great. It's impacted significance. Its mountain moving weightiness is not in its size, it's in its quality. It's in its ability to stand by itself.
AND LEARN TO WEED OUT THOSE SEEDS THAT ARE CHOKING FAITH.
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Sunday Aug 8, Financial Health (God's promise & providence)
God is using money to test you. He doesn’t just automatically give his blessings to anybody. He tests you first to see if you’re responsible. If he can trust you with material possessions, then he can trust you with spiritual power. But if you’re not even managing your money well, why in the world should he give you the stuff that really matters?Finances are God’s favorite tool to test you. He’s using your money to test several things.
Money shows what you love most.
If you really want to know what’s important to you, look at your calendar and your credit card statement, because how you spend your time and money tells others what you love the most.
Matthew 6:19-21 says, “Don’t store up treasures here on earth . . . Store your treasures in heaven . . . Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be” (NLT). Wherever you want your heart to be, put your money in it, and you’ll get interested in it.
Money shows what you really trust most.
Do you trust in your money for security? Or do you trust in God? Do you trust in your happiness, or do you trust in God for your happiness? Do you trust in money to make you feel good about yourself, or do you trust in God to make you feel good about yourself? Money is the acid test of faith.
The Bible says in Proverbs 11:28, “Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf” (NIV).
Money shows if God can trust you.
Money doesn’t just show if you trust God; it also shows if God can trust you. Luke 16:10-12 says, “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own?” (NLT).
How you handle money determines how much God can bless your life. Once you understand that there is a direct connection between money management and God’s blessing, you will be motivated to get your finances in order so that God will bless you with spiritual power.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- What would you say is the desire of your heart? Does the way you spend your money support your answer?
- If you lost your job today, what would you do? Do you trust God to provide for you?
- How does the way you manage God’s resources reveal the depth of your trust in him?
Join us this Sunday at 10:30a.m.
NOTES FOR THE HEALING SERVICE:
It is God's will that all the sick be healed of all their diseases and afflictions. I find four main reasons for this:
(a) Jesus healed all who came to Him (Matthew 8:16, 12:15, Luke 4:40 6:19) and this was passed on to the ministry of the apostles. (Acts 5:16).
(b) Jesus healed any and every different kind of affliction (Luke 4:40, Matthew 4:24)
(c) Jesus' Kingdom is a Kingdom that has good health and great hospital care! In Heaven there will be no sickness or crying or pain. When we ask 'Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven" we are, among other things, asking for a healed world. When we say "Thy Kingdom come" we are talking about a realm of healing, restoration and authority over disease, demons and afflictions. (Luke 10:1)
(d) God is a loving heavenly Father and we are in His image. Any earthly father wants their child healed of any and every disease and affliction. This is implanted in all people and in all cultures and is thus part of the image of God and the heart of God, thus we can deduce that we have a compassionate, kind and merciful God whose natural tendency is to heal which was Jesus' (God in human flesh) response whenever He saw illness. (Matthew 14:14 NKJV) And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
Since healing is embedded in the nature of God, the conditions of the heavenly realms and the Lordship of Jesus Christ in His Kingdom then we can expect healing whenever the kingdom of God is manifest today for Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) Jesus can heal, here, now, and today.
It’s the name of Jesus that heals not Peter or John or Paul or the pastor. (Acts 3:12 NASB) But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people, "Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk? We have no problem with saying its "not our power" but "not our piety" really hurts!
The name of Jesus operates in combination with "the faith that comes through Him". (Acts 3:16, 14:9) Jesus (not us) is the source of healing faith as well as healing power. Faith is a gift that comes through humility (Luke 17:5-10) hearing God's word to us (Romans 10:17) and asking for it as a free gift. (Ephesians 2:8).
Join us wed. for our Bible Study as we go deeper in this incredible subject.
NOTES FOR PHYSICAL HEALTH
Here is our memory verse for the next two weeks:
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1- First and foremost: Grandview Christian Center believes in HEALING. God's will is for us to be whole spiritually and physically. "Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well." 3 John 1:2
"Healing and deliverance from sins were never supposed to be separate" says Dr. Rick Mendoza who is conducting this sermon series this summer at G.C.C. "Throughout Scripture (including Mark 2) healing and deliverance always worked hand in hand. We were never supposed to have evangelistic ministry, brings people to Christ, and then over here on the side, pray for the sick with trepidation. It was never meant to be separated. As I see the ministry of Jesus in the Bible, healing is as much of the Gospel as is the message of forgiveness.”
2- Sunday June 27, we will have a Family Nurse Practitioner speaking to our church on the pragmatically and perspectives of being transformed in your physical health.
3- That Sunday we will dig in a little deeper in the scriptures to lay a foundation on healing and on physical healthiness. (see notes below)
4- On July 4, we will have a worship and healing service. We will enter the presence of God through worship and pray for the sick. Independence Day will be special as we pray for freedom for our physical lives.
5- Join us on Wednesday nights (online- text GRANDVIEW to 48484 to get a link) as we unpack what was taught on Sunday.
Here are some of the sermon notes:
1. God is the healer (Great Physician) not us Exodus 15
2. The redemption that is in Jesus is total, involving every aspect of the person - body, soul, will, mind, emotions, spirit. Isaiah 53:5-6 & 1 Peter 2:24
3. God Established a Right Way of Living Psalms 119:93
4. God also uses modern medicine and medical treatment 2 Kings 20:1& 2 Chr. 16:12
5. God brings healing through miracles Luke 4:40 & John 14:12
For next week: We will be praying for the sick based on: James 5:14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.
Please contact us for any questions.
TRANSFORM, NOT CONFORM:
Each week we will discover practical applications of our week's discussion (by having resident experts speak on that topic...for example, for the week of Physical health, we have a physician) then we will have Dr. Rick Mendoza give us some Biblical foundations on each topic based on the week. Here is an example of the topics for each week:
1- Spiritual health
2- Physical health
3- Mental & emotional health
4- Relational health
5- Financial health
6- Vocational health
Every Sunday we will go through these different topics and every Wednesday, we will have our online bible study that we will all go through TOGETHER- (Using the binder and notes that we will give to you free. Please request your binder or you can pick one up at the Church on Sundays) During these Bible studies we will dig deeper on the week's topic. To sign up for these interactive Bible Studies, please text: GRANDVIEW to 484848 to get your link.
Each week, we will be challenged to memorize a verse.
WEEK ONE verse is:
ANYONE WHO BELONGS TO CHRIST HAS BECOME A NEW PERSON. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17
The further away you get from God, the more your life is troubled
The closer you get to God, the more your life is transformed.
See you this Sunday at 10:30a.m. at Church.
If you are unable to attend, watch our service by texting: GRANDVIEW to 484848