Loving the Man Christ Jesus in Everyday Life by Bob Hartley (Part 1)
ADVANCED HOPE REFORMER TOOL
The ‘Flower for One, not the ‘Garden for All’, is so important for you to strengthen yourself .(Psalm 84:10). You must go from ‘strength to strength’ and ‘glory to glory’. You must become better for the sake of others.
You must squeeze the ball of Faith & dig deep into prayer & the Word of God, and keep oil in your lamp (Matthew 25) to love the man Christ Jesus in all of Life. This ACT tool will give you a foundation to succeed, and no one with be able to steal your song of Love for God. This will not happen with a casual lifestyle, you must apply yourself.
“I dreamed that I must hold God’s Hand in order to see Him, amidst the pain & confusion to discover Him. “Sons’ of Issachar, who had understanding of the times” (1 Chron. 12:32); We must contend for Him and His Promises moment by moment. It’s a life or death issue of where the earth is going. We must feel His Heart or we will be swept into the bitterness and the confusion of the world.”
BOB'S 2nd DREAM
“Priest, give me intimacy or I will die!” (Exodus 33:15)
KEY QUESTIONS TO ASK
What makes you successful to God?
What do you really value?
Would you die for intimacy with Jesus?
Our goal to develop Christ in the Day, is to see our whole lives shaped and our thinking aligned with Jesus in all areas of life. Do you want Him to look at you and say that you were unsuccessful? We must come to the reality that our supreme purpose is to know and discover God in all of Life.
Everything changes for the good when we see, all our purposes begin and end in Him. All of Life (and business goals) is to discover Him & His ‘Forgotten Faces’. We must realize; God being our ‘all in all’ is the whole purpose for our existence.
I Cor. 15:28: He will be all in all
Col. 3:4: Christ, who is our life-mystery all summed up in Christ
This reality changes everything about you (what you feel and think, how you do business, etc.) because you see Him and you see yourself as awesome because He wants you, and He is pursuing you! WOW!
1 John 4:19 we love because He loved us first
SOS 6:4 we are beautiful to Him
First, in order for you to walk into a deeper life unto God, you must learn to not only have a general awareness of God, as you go about your days, but you must also have a constant communion, deep joy, and intimacy with God. You must contend for the Presence of Him. This is a major transition of our lives in this hour!
Like the daughters of Jerusalem to the Shulamite: it is time to go . . . from far to near, from duty to delight, and from diligence to devotion!
This is called: Constant Communion!
SOS 1:3-4 – draw us after You and let us run together
How do we contend for Constant Communion??? We must be lost and captured with Jesus all thru the day . . .
Why commit to such arduous processes of cultivating the nearness of God in all of life? Because Jesus is worthy and has 1st Place in ALL!
BIBLICAL PREMISE #1
THE PRINCIPLE & MYSTERY OF CHRIST IS ALL IN ALL”
He is really worthy –Worthy is the Lamb to receive all!
All fountains are in Him! We must contend for Him in all, not just part of of life. He must be our all in all and 1st Place in all things. If not, our Joy & Intimacy in discovering Him is drained.
SCRIPTURE FOUNDATION / JESUS IS ALL IN ALL & 1st PLACE!
Rev. 4 & 5 – Wow! All love Him & all see His worthiness. He is 1stPlace in heaven with the elders, angels, seraphim, and cherubim
Romans: (the purpose of creation is: all of creation groans for God to come forth – (Romans 8) He has first place (sun ashamed / sea clap hands)
Phil. 2:10-11 – “the name of Jesus every knee shall bow/tongue confess He is Lord,”
Is. 45, Zech. 12:10 – weep at his showing love Him or pay homage to Him, He will have first place.
Society & Cities:
Social “societies” cities: Matthew – whoa to Chorazin / Samaria Jerusalem miss day of visitation purpose for them unto God…cities and regions Revelations 7:9-11 – Nations/tribes give Him praise all together
Merchants & Business:
Col 3:23- “Do all things heartily for the Lord and not for man” (work – money)
Luke 16:6 / Is.-merchants will lead) wealth of unrighteousness to him. He has first place.
Is 60:11 – Kings
Ps 2:8: nations are His footstool
Is 9:6: rest on his shoulders. He lifts up and brings down kings.
Proverbs: Lord master of leaning first place / Hebrew vs. Greek way of thinking.
Eph 3:15: He’s the head of all families / first place in all families
Ecc 5:12, Ecclesiates 10:17: Do unto the Glory of God…He’s first place
Deut. 13:11: Good friends lead to God…others die! First place in all relationships is Him.
Church: Eph 4:13: all grow up to stature and knowledge of him. First place in church…Is 62 will have a spotless Bride!!
All activity & arenas of Life – were created for Him.
BIBLICAL PREMISE #2
PRINCIPLE OF THE GLORY OF OUR SEARCH TO GIVE ALL TO FIND HIM
It takes tremendous focus to cultivate a life in God and be a forerunner of constant communion in Him in the marketplace (one who of God’s presence & joy in all.)
Job 42: 5-6, 1 Thes 5:17, Romans 12:12, Luke 18:8, Daniel 6:10, Psalm 119, 1 Sam 2, 1 Kings 10, Acts 10:42
Prov. 25:2 – Glory of King to search a matter out…Happens
MT 13:45-46 – Pearl of great price/ must search and give up all
MT 11:12: the violent take the kingdom by force
SOS 1:3 and 4/ SOS 1:8/ 3:2: are where he’s at…must search!!! Focus our effort to the place where he is…
You become expectant and you discover and experience God when you have an expanded view of Him.
Examples of Missing the “True” Focus . . . .
Luke 19:41-44 – Jerusalem did not recognize day of visitation because of lack of searching and investigative heart…
Gen 28:16 – Bethel- was not sharp in the search. God was in this place & I didn’t even know it!
BIBLICAL PREMISE # 3
THE SECRET BREAD PRINCIPLE
CONTENDING FOR CHRIST IN THE DAY & HIS DAILY AROMA
Lamentations 1: Not consider destiny inside and outside. Miss the “Secret Bread” and will be backslidden at 50’s without this.
MT 6:6 – seek contend for him in the secret areas…work, etc. Where no one does or expects Him to be and you will find Him and be rewarded with Him. Develop this over 5-10, 15-20 years…Wow! The beauty of where you’ll be! You will be rewarded with John 3:29: His Voice, Heart and Nearness…God’s Dream (unbelievable!).
You are rewarded with the reality of being “God's Transformed Forerunners”& His Presence Carriers of Joy. His Presence happens to those who by their very presence cause others to long for Him and others experience Him in them…
You will be a bringer of Peace, Love, Delight. You will have delectable feelings and divine thoughts. There is Honey within a Transformed Life…
Daniel 6:3 – The spirit of excellence
Daniel 6:10 – Prayed 3 times a day
David: I Samuel 17 – Passion reflected and burning in focused love
Samuel: None of His words fail/ the prophetic comes forth…names/places…
Exodus – Moses face shined with God's Presence & the people followed
SOS: The Aroma of Him (Mary of Bethany) – Those who smell like Jesus, the one’s with the oil they have stored – Matt 25:10
THE PRINCIPLE – TO BE ABLE TO HANDLE THE ‘CURVE-BALL’
TO FIND AND DISCOVER CHRIST IN ALL SITUATIONS
ASK THE RIGHT JOHN 1:38 QUESTIONS
The right questions lead us to finding Christ in all things.
Do not ask:
Who am I? What do I do? What am I called to?
Ask the right questions:
Where is God for me?
Ruth is a great bible example – “where you go, I go . . .”
Jeremiah 20:7: deceived but better. Place of God and plan of God…So Good!
Act’s 13:36: David serves purpose of God in his generation…King vs. Building the Temple
CURVE BALLS COME WITH GRACE & DESIRE!
They come strong & hard…but they are good! They do not make things easier but better!
Arrogance is the issue & Surrender is the key
Most people get thrown 2-3 curve balls and strike out.
We must choose a lifestyle of response to Him in All of Life!