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YES I CAN!

Moving Forward

Psalm 23:6

Miracle Place Church

June 11, 2017

  1. What I expect is what comes into my life.
  1. Expect good things to happen in your life.
  1. Expect to rise higher, to climb new mountains.
  2. Expect new doors to open, greater opportunities to come your way.
  3. Expect God’s favor and blessing to always come into your life.
  4. Expect God’s favor at work, in your family and home, in everyday life, everywhere you go and in everything you do. God is with you and His favor is upon you.
  5. Expectation gives you hope which brings joy and enthusiasm which in turn causes you to be excited, to look forward to good things taking place in your life.
  6. Hope and anticipation releases faith that causes God to manifest what you believe and hope for. (Hebrews 11:1-3 AMP)
  7. Expectation – hope and anticipation will release God’s goodness and promises and enables you to strive for what you believe. Now you and God are pulling together as one. This is what faith is and how it operates. Ever do anything great without passion?
  8. We believe God, we are confident and trust God in every area of our lives; therefore, we are not fearful of people, building walls of insecurity and defensiveness. Man does not intimidate us because our identity is in God and we are one. God is with me and no one is better than me. I am a King’s child. (I Peter 2:9-10)
  1. Think back and remember the good not the bad.
  1. All of us have done stupid things, made mistakes, had disappointments and things that didn’t go right. We have had death, divorce, demonic attacks, dreams shattered, abuse and deception in our lives.
  1. The enemy will use all the bad things in your life to keep you stuck and keep you from moving forward. How? By our constant remembrance of bad events, failures, set-backs, and disappointments. Focusing on these things will paralyze and kill your faith in God’s promises and goodness. (Jeremiah 29:11)
  2. Many of us have been so hurt and beat up, living from one crisis to another that we can hardly get the bad memories out. But you have got to change what you dwell on from the past, let go of the wounds, change the station on the screen. A set-back is just a set-up for a comeback!
  3. You are not overcome, you are an overcomer! You are not a victim but a victor just by changing what you choose to remember, believe, think, speak, and live. Believe in God’s favor, blessing, power, love, mercy and grace.
  4. Stop looking for bad luck. “Things aren’t working out like always. If I had this or that. If I was you then it would work. If I had your hand then I’d win.” No, life is what YOU make it and you only get what you can believe for. My life is my responsibility. Stop looking for bad breaks, failure, disaster and stop letting people with their negativity talk you out of your God-given blessing. Look at your neighbor and say God will bless us and see us through. We are Deuteronomy 28:1-15.
  5. Guard our mind, heart and mouth. (Proverbs 4:20-27)
  6. What you remember and think on will control your life. Your emotions and feelings will relive over and over all of your bad experiences. Change that by thinking back to something good that has happened, a child being born, a promotion, an accomplishment, coming through a difficult time, conquering a temptation, these things will help you overcome and win the victory. Can you feel it?
  7. Quit remembering sad, bad, hurtful, discouraging things. They are bringing a curse over you.
  1. God says goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. (Psalm 23:6)
  1. Start reliving all the good times in your life. Forgive yourself and don’t come against the only person who can lead you out, and that person is yourself. If you are against yourself, then how could you go forward? (Psalm 103:12)
  2. Use something physical to remember:
    1. Israel placed twelve stones in the Jordan to always remember what God did for them. (Joshua 4:4-7)
    2. The high priest of Israel wore twelve stones on his vesture by his heart to remind him of God’s people and two stones on each shoulder to remind him of his responsibility to take care of God’s people.
    3. The Lord’s Supper reminds us that we have received life and healing. There is power in remembering right.
  3. As David stood up to kill Goliath, he understood the power of remembrance when he spoke about how God used him to slay the lion.
  4. What you remember will either promote you to the next phase and level of your life or it will defeat you and bring you down and keep you from moving forward. What you remember either promotes or defeats you!

Ricky Sinclair: Yes I Can – Moving Forward Pt. 1

YES I CAN!

Getting Unstuck

II Corinthians 1:20

Miracle Place Church

  • Questions
  • What has God called you to do?
  • Why hasn’t it come to pass?
  • Why does it seem like everything always goes wrong?
  • Where is God and if God really ?
  • What is faith and how does faith really work? What does it mean to release your faith?
  • “Without faith it is impossible to please God: for he that comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
  • Our expectations set the limits for our lives.
  • As we believe God for His best, for His good, for His favor, for His blessing then things start to change.
  • The more we believe God and expect God, the more we trust Him and have an anticipation that He will come through for us.
  • The more we look to God and hope in Him, the more favor comes, more doors open, more of the right people connect with me who are tied to my destiny.
  • What happens when we stop complaining, speaking negative, cursing and fussing? It’s amazing! When we start believing God by declaring and decreeing the goodness of God it releases God Himself to move in our lives. Now good breaks start to come, increase starts to manifest, our lives start to go to new levels. God (success) starts to work for us, promotion, new horizons.
  • Whatever we believe is what we get. If we believe and expect little then that is what we receive. Life is what we make it. “I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, love the Lord your God, obey Him, and remain faithful to Him. For He is your life, and He will prolong your life in the land the LORD swore to give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)
  • Every day, all day, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, we must trust God, look to Him, believe in Him and expect, hope, trust, call and decree His favor, blessing, glory, power, and wisdom in and over our lives.
  • Faith is released and activated when we yield to God and allow Him to flow. His presence and power moves in our lives when we think and speak of Him and His goodness.
  • Mountains are being removed, obstacles are disappearing, and problems are becoming opportunities. Our paths are being made straight. (Mark 11:22-25)
  • Confess that good things are happening in your life: “Today is going to be a great day and tomorrow is going to be even better and greater! This year is the year of promotion, protection, and provision. This is the year of the favor of the Lord.”
  • Our expectations work both ways.
  • Israel sent 12 spies out, 10 were negative and two were positive. (Numbers 13:30-33)
  • There are two languages we can choose to speak either NO or GO.
  • The (natural) language of unbelief says: (II Corinthians 5:7)
  • We saw,
  • We are not able,
  • We are not as strong, and
  • We are like grasshoppers up against them.
  • The language of belief says:
  • We are well able,
  • The Lord will,
  • God will give,
  • Giants are bread for us, and
  • Let us go up at once!

GO: Releases God to move – this is faith released.

  • The language of doubts does four things:
  • Disobeys God,
  • Does not believe God’s future or destiny for us,
  • Contaminates people around us, and
  • It kills God’s favor and blessing and leaves us stuck in a rut.
  • Conclusion: when we think right, we believe right, speak right and live right by giving God all the praise and glory and honor and worship every day all day. Now we are releasing God into ourselves, our situations, our circumstances and He is fighting on our behalf and leading us for His glory. Now our lives are no longer natural, but supernatural. Now it’s all about Him and not us. The language of believing God:
  • Determines everything,
  • Determines my approach and relationships with people,
  • Is the difference between success and failure.
  • Turns problems into blessings, and
  • Is a choice; it is life or death, blessing or curse. God’s supernatural or our natural. Will we be successful or fail. Will we live high, or low.

Joshua and Caleb were the only two out of their generation who went into the Promised Land. The rest died in the wilderness and never obtained God’s perfect will with all of His promises. Today, we have a choice. Life or death, blessing or curse, success or failure, NO or GO, doubt and do without, or believe and receive. Please believe God, it’s so much easier.

Ricky Sinclair: Getting Unstuck

April 30, 2017

I. Goal:  To grow children into healthy, productive, happy, well-adjusted adults

II. Essentials:

  1. Access to healthcare
  2. Nutrition
  3. Good schools
  4. Safe neighborhoods
  5. Love
  6. Plenty of encouragement
  7. Great parents
  8. Spirituality – taught to have a relationship with God

III. Why Marriage matters to Children – Research says Children coming from divorce:

  1. Have a higher dropout rate from school
  2. Lower test scores – lower grade averages
  3. Miss more school days and have less of a chance to attend college
  4. Girls have a higher pregnancy rate
  5. Higher substance abuse rate
  6. Twenty to thirty percent more health problems – stress, emotional, psychological and spiritual
  7. Higher rate of molestation

H.Comments from children of divorce:  “My parent left home because of me.”  “Why did they divorce?”  “When will I stop hurting?”  “When will my mom stop hating my dad?”  “Why do I have to be the go-between?”

VI. Recognizing and Raising Individuals

  1. There’s no one like you – Just as every snowflake has a different design, so God has created every person as a unique individual.  Every child has his or her own God-given temperament and personality.  This makes a child his or her own person.

A child’s temperament is made up of character traits, tendencies, gifts and abilities that are unique to him.  A child can be active or passive, strong-willed or flexible.  A parent must be sensitive to their approach in raising their children.  We must never compromise proper training and discipline but must always be mindful of the child’s temperament and personality.  It’s not a “one size fits all” when bringing children up.  We must work with God to shape our kids into unique expressions of God.

  1. The Rhyme and Reason – Really the purpose of life is to bring glory to God.  As we become more like God in His image and likeness we fulfill our purpose.  Many are confused and lack vision and fulfillment in their lives because they are not allowing themselves to become shaped into the image of God.
  1. God has an intended direction in which each child should go.  A way of life reflecting righteousness and faith.  We all have a unique destiny and a place of service. Parents have a responsibility to see that their children receive instruction and training that will prepare them to fulfill these two goals.

V. Why Young People Act Like They Do

A. Peer Pressure – Many kids are pressured to act a certain way or they put on a mask to fit in. The reason they act like this is because they are looking for acceptance, approval, and affection. For young girls, the need for male affection should be appropriately met by her father. Many times if a young girl doesn’t receive affection from her father she will seek to find it in a boyfriend. As a result, the boy misunderstands her thinking that she is looking for something else. Many young girls end up hurt, belittled, and let down as they are taken advantage of.

B. Hormones – The human chemistry in young people is in a state of imbalance for a few years. This can cause agitation, outburst, depression, and many other character traits that seem to make no sense. You may see a lack of self-discipline, risk taking, and goofiness. But, parents be patient, knowing that this is just a phase.

C. Role Models – Every kid  is searching and seeking to develop their own individual personality, therefore, they are looking at different people to see who they are and what they are so that they can figure out how to form their own personality. Most of the time they will look to older kids. That is why it is so important for parents to make sure their children are hanging out with people who are living right and doing right, providing a good example and influence in their children’s lives. “Be not deceived, evil communications corrupts good manners.” (I Corinthians 15:33)

Young people remember, whoever you associate with is what you will become. If you want to soar with the eagles, you can’t scratch with the chickens. “You shall make no covenant (agreement) with them, nor with their gods. They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against me for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare (trap) unto you.” (Exodus 23:32-33) Don’t let anyone trap you!

Parents no matter what’s going on around your children or how they may appear to stray, always remember that you are their strongest defense and the ones they are actually watching. What you do and say matters!

Ricky Sinclair: Family Matters

Revelation 12:2-17

 

Today we are dusting for Satan’s fingerprints.  Satan will try to pit mom and dad against each other or one family member against the other.

  1. Satan is a Snake – His nature is revealed as:
    1. An Accuser – Job 1:6-12
    2. Deceiver – II Corinthians 2:11
    3. Liar & Murderer – John 8:44
    4. Tempter – Matthew 4:3
    5. Thief – John 10:10

With his deceitful nature, he bases his lies on half-truths.

  1. Satan Attacks – How he operates:
    1. Eve was deceived in the garden (Genesis 3:1-7).  Adam sinned with his eyes open when he followed Eve.  Satan knew Adam’s weakness- woman.
    2. King David experienced one of the worst defeats of his life at Ziklag.  While he and his men were out, the Amalekites took his wives, kids and all of their goods.  They wept until there was no more power to weep.

Then the devil whispered to David’s men that they should stone him.  Think about it.  David was called and led by God.  David was their ticket to victory and success.  David prayed and they pursued and they prevailed.  They got their families back plus all the spoil of their enemies.  In a moment of tension, mourning their loss, inundated with emotions, listening to others complain, they almost lost it all.  But in their willingness to trust King David, to follow the leader, like the Apostle Paul’s crew in crisis stayed with the ship, they not only experienced God’s miracle and prosperity, but also fulfilled their goals and achieved their dreams (I Samuel 30:1-20; Acts 27:10-44, 28:1-10).

The voice of Satan will tell you that God is unfaithful, that God is the source of your problems or that God is going to abandon you.  That, my friend, is deception.

    1. Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers.  God raised him to be the number two man of power in Egypt.  Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt for food and found Joseph free, safe and second in command of Egypt.  They freaked out with fear.  But Joseph said, “You thought evil against me, but God meant it unto good, to save much people.”  (Genesis 50:20-21)

God will take your mess and give you a message.  He’ll take your test and give you a testimony.  God’s transcendent power will take things meant for evil and make them work for our good (Romans 8:28).

  1. Warfare is Inevitable – Ephesians 6:10-18
    1. It is in war that you become a skilled soldier.  It is in war that you put into practice all that you have learned.  If you choose to take a stand you will find yourself in attack mode at some point in time.  Get ready, get ready, get ready, it’s not a matter of if, it is a matter of when.  The Bible states that we are not to be ignorant of the wiles or tactics of the devil (Ephesians 6:11).  Look around at your mess and I promise, somewhere in the evidence you will find the fingerprints of Satan.
    2. The good news is that God has given us all that we need to conquer in righteousness.  In His Word we find provision for every circumstance.  Failure is not fatal, attacks can be overcome, we are well able to take the land and be all that God has called us to be.
    3. Protection in Warfare – I Peter 5:5-9
      1. Younger submit yourselves to the older.
      2. Be subject one to another.
      3. Clothe yourself with humility.
      4. Humble yourself before God.
      5. Cast all of your care on Him.
      6. Be sober (mentally strong).
      7. vii.Be vigilant (alert, aware of your surroundings, always watching).
      8. viii.Resist the devil (you have to fight).

Whatever you are walking through right now, just know that God is faithful.  He wants to walk with you and maybe even carry you through the hard times.  It is important that we stay focused on Him so that we remain in faith and peace.  We love you.

Bishop Ricky & Jeannie

Ricky Sinclair: Satan the Accuser of the Family