Compassion and Freedom

 

Following are my notes from Christine Caine’s message at Passion 2012, the title of her message was “Compassion and Freedom.” Enjoy!

 

“Surely God wants to use rescued people to rescue people.” <— My favorite quote from her message.

Compassion is never compassion until you go. You might have a heartache for hurting people. But that’s not compassion unless you help them. It’s not compassion until you’re willing to be interrupted.

The Good Samaritan Parable is a great example of this. The men who passed the Samaritan by on the side of the road were good people, they were important people in the church even, and passing the man they might have felt bad for his condition, but were not willing to stop by and help him. However, the Samaritan, the least likely person, sees the wounded man and actually helps him. That’s compassion.

Many people in this world are stripped of their humanity because people believe if they take away their name replacing it with a number, and stick them in a big group of people, they are no longer humans. You can’t identify what’s been deemed a possession, just ‘one more out there.’ We are not just a number, we are human beings created by God with a purpose from Him! There is a force much higher than ‘the facts.’ We aren’t the workmanship of a rape, an out of wedlock pregnancy, etc. We were formed in our mothers womb, wherever that was, by our Father and He made us fearfully and wonderfully! [Psalm 139:14] It doesn’t matter what you’ve been through, Christ is able to rescue you.

Freedom is the point of Christianity, not grace, not love, not hope, but freedom. Christ came to set us free from out bondage to sin. He came to glorify His Father by living a perfect life and dying a death He didn’t deserve, defeating death so that we might have freedom through His life, death, and resurrection.

We don’t need to fear what He defeated. Death is the ultimate statistic, one out of one dies! It is for freedom Christ set us free. Light works most effectively in one place, darkness.

Let your life be interrupted continuously in order for Christ to step in and shine your light amongst the darkness. Go into the world and set people free!

 

More notes to come tomorrow.

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Clean Us

 

Yesterday was crazy busy with school starting, and COR Team emails to answer/send so I completely forgot to post these notes. Please forgive my absent mindedness. Enjoy!

Following are my notes from Beth Moore’s message given on January 3, 2012. It was entitled, “Clean Us.”

“You can not use God up. He is not a dispensable commodity. You are incapable of going unnoticed by God.” <— [My favorite quote from Beth’s message]

Main Text from Luke 8:40-55

Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus’ feet, he implored him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying.

As Jesus went, the people pressed around him. And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.” And when he came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. And all were weeping and mourning for her, but he said, “Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.” And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given her to eat.

In this passage we once again observe that Jesus is not hesitant to interrupt lives for His glory. In vv. 43-48, Christ momentarily pauses His previous journey to Jairu’s daughter [vv. 40-42; 49-55] in order to address the individual need of a woman.

This woman risked making everyone around her unclean just by touching them. By touching Jesus she risked making Him unclean as well. You see, from the Law’s standards, the woman was filthy [cermonial unclean because of her blood discharge] and everything she touched would be defiled. But, this woman knew that if she could just touch the outermost part of Jesus’ robe, she would be healed.

Christ came so that He could be touchable, not just reachable, not just visual, but touchable! He knows exactly what kind of person you are, but He doesn’t turn you away. In fact, He is available; He seeks you out because He cares about you. Have faith enough to reach out and grab onto Him. Be willing to say that you need Him to heal you, in the deepest, most personal way possible. Your deepest, darkest struggle, the one you haven’t told anyone about, He sees and wants to heal.

Let God clean you, because if you don’t you wont draw near to Him and He can’t heal you, He won’t be able to do what He intends to do, unless you come to Him. Come to the cross. Draw close to Him. Let His blood sprinkle upon your heart and cleanse you.

Don’t ever forget what Christ did for you on the cross! You have been cleansed. Draw near with a heart of assurance that He has cleansed away your sins. In order for the woman to say that she was clean, she had to admit to touching Jesus, in front of hundreds of people, people who knew she was unclean because of her blood discharge. However, she proclaimed, in front of all that she was the one who touched Jesus, and He told her to go in peace because her faith had healed her. It’s our faith that heals us, not the act or the motion. It’s only faith, that’s all that’s needed. Have faith.

More notes to come tomorrow!

Life Intersecting Savior

Well, I promised I would share my notes and occasional thoughts about Passion 2012, so here you go! Here’s the first set of notes from Passion 2012, enjoy! 

Following are my notes from Louie Giglio’s message given on January 2, 2012. It was entitled, “The Life Intersecting Savior.”

Passion is more than a conference; it’s a movement. If the Dome doesn’t affect the dorm room, then what’s the point? Passion is about spreading the name of Jesus to the nations!

Main text from Luke 7:11-18

Soon afterward he [Jesus] went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.

In this passage the widow has lost her husband already, and now has lost her only son. In this society, she now has no male supporter, and no one to support her financially. Basically, this woman has lost everything, and is now at the mercy of people’s generosity.

Every person on this planet is walking straight to his or her funeral. Whether it’s because of a relationship you’re trying to justify, a misconception of God, a wound you haven’t let Him heal because you’re too bitter about it, or just sin. Anything that gets between our walk with the Lord leads us to spiritual death. Until Christ interrupts our funeral procession, we are headed straight to a hole in the ground.

The enemy’s only goal is to kill, steal, and destroy. Basically he wants to burry you as deep into the ground because of your sin as possible. Christ came to this earth to do one thing, glorify His Father’s name.

The Gospel at it’s heart is the resurrection of the dead. Christ steps into our lives, just like He did with the young man at the funeral. He tells us to “rise up” or as Paul puts it in Ephesians 5:14, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Christ did everything for our salvation because we were dead and buried in our sins.

This story, however, does not end with the boy and widow being overjoyed because of his resurrection. No, it ends with the news of Jesus being spread to all of the nation. Hundreds of people heard of Jesus because He took time to interrupt a funeral burial, just like He does with us. All of the witnesses of this miracle were exclaiming, “God is back! God is back!” For a nation who hasn’t heard much about a Messiah since Isaiah, this was a huge deal!

Let your life be an exclamation of the truth that God is here and He loves you! He [God] is here. He is going to shine on you. He is going to walk with you. Let Him call you away from your funeral session. Rise up and spread His name to the nations. He’s willing [and already has] to step into your life and the chaos and raise you up out of it.

More notes to follow tomorrow!