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A blog of all of the resources generated by Pastor Craig Smee. Recorded at multiple locations but with special thanks to Victory Life Church.

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A blog of all of the resources generated by Pastor Craig Smee. Recorded at multiple locations but with special thanks to Victory Life Church.

    Filled and Leveled – Straightened and Smoothed

    Filled and Leveled – Straightened and Smoothed

    Filled and Leveled – Straightened and Smoothed



    Prepare the way of the Lord



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    Favorite Scriptures:



    Isaiah 40:3-5



    3 Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting,



    “Clear the way through the wilderness



        for the Lord!



    Make a straight highway through the wasteland



        for our God!



    4 Fill in the valleys,



        and level the mountains and hills.



    Straighten the curves,



        and smooth out the rough places.



    5  Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,



        and all people will see it together.



        The Lord has spoken!”[a]



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    John the Baptist had to do the same back in his day…



    He had to ready the hearts and the minds of people so that as many as possible would receive Jesus!



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    Luke 3:3-6



    3 Then John went from place to place on both sides of the Jordan River, preaching that people should be baptized to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven. 



    4 Isaiah had spoken of John when he said,



    “He is a voice shouting in the wilderness,‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming!    Clear the road for him!



    5 The valleys will be filled,    and the mountains and hills made level.The curves will be straightened,    and the rough places made smooth.



    6 And then all people will see    the salvation sent from God.’”[c]



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    This World needs Jesus!



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    ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! 



    We need to prepare, ready, help others understand, focus minds on the possibility, be ready to receive, teach people what to expect…



    Do we know what that is?



    If we believe that this world needs Jesus, what is it that He will bring that this world needs so much? And how do we ready the world for Jesus’ return?



    … Verse 4 – What we need to do



    …Verse 6 – The Results of What We Do



    …The answer lies in verse 5



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    1. Jesus restores value to the human soul.



    The valleys will be filled – Lack of Self Worth



    The difference between real humility and false humility?



    Real humility – I can’t but Jesus can – Enabling



    False Humility – I can’t and I will never be able to – Disabling



    What do you display?



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    2. Jesus restores the balance of true authority



    …and the mountains and hills made level. – Pride



    Next to Jesus – pride always flee’s



    Peter, Pontius Pilate, The Pharisees



    You can’t have authority unless you are under authority.



    Matthew 8:5-13 The Faith of the Centurion



    The world has taken on authority over matters they do not have jurisdiction. Humanity behaves as if they are the only authority. (Rights)



    What do you display?



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    3. Jesus simplifies with Truth



    The curves will be straightened… – Confusion



    You can’t see the beginning and the end when there is a curve in the way. 



    Theories, opinions, constructs, hypothesis – all to confuse the simplicity of a life with Jesus.



    What do you display?



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    4. Jesus brings grace to all situations



    …and the rough places made smooth. – Grace



    Wrong and right is an argument that was initiated at humanity worse moment.



    Grace is so much more effective at creating unity, understanding and displaying the divine quality of love…



    We even have grace to journey through difficult times… 



    How we take on challenges could be an attribute of the preparation we are making for Jesus’ return.



    What do you display?



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    The Story of the Vir

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    Don’t Forget the Sandwiches

    Don’t Forget the Sandwiches

    YOUR MOVE



    Don’t Forget The Sandwiches



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    Revival, Consequences and Your Next Move



    Revival is the unbridled expression of your relationship with God!His promises are His unbridled expression of His relationship with us…The highest form of expression of your relationship with God is your immediate obedience to His promises…



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    The promises of God are His prophetic Word over your life and every nuance of it!



    Every word in Scripture is God speaking a word of divine knowledge and divine wisdom over your life. Just like He did over Jesus!



    2 Timothy 3:16-17 The Passion Translation (TPT)



    Every Scripture has been written by the Holy Spirit, the breath of God. It will empower you by its instruction and correction, giving you the strength to take the right direction and lead you deeper into the path of godliness. Then you will be God’s servant, fully mature and perfectly prepared to fulfill any assignment God gives you.



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    Obedience to His promise – not the law…



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    Revival breaks out where people are obedient to the promises of GodReligion breaks out where people attempt to be obedient to the law of God…Rebellion breaks out when people choose for themselves what they prefer to obey or disobey.



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    Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil vs. Tree of Life (Genesis 2:15-17)



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    Having to make the choice is stressful – it has consequences that we can not even begin to imagine – that’s why I don’t choose free will I choose Gods will because it has much better long term effect.



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    The world has made disobedience acceptable. It’s all about having the right to choose; they call disobedience “self expression” and “being true to yourself”.



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    If I want real life, my next move is seeing revival break out by being true to the promises of God. I want to honor those promises because they are the highest level of regard that God can show me!



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    Hebrews 11:1 – Assured expectation of things not yet beheld…



    We are not obedient because we get to see the promises and the blessings. Thats just not faith – it’s seeing is believing.



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    We are obedient because we can not see them except through faith which is knowing the unseen promises of God are true – that’s believing is seeing.



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    Not a contract (mosaic law) this is a relational request from God (grace).



    Eg. We don’t give to a cause (understanding choice); we give because… it honors God.



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    Your Move – Expect Revival Through Obedience to the Life Giving Promises of God…



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    Know, Expect and Obey the Promises of God…



    God is one big giant promise…



    He promised mankind a purpose and authority



    He promised Jesus in the garden of Eden



    He promised healing in and through Jesus



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    Promises over you – Pastor Mark already used:



    Psalms 139:15-16 I set up apart before you were even born…



    Jeremiah 1:5-8 – I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.



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    God has made His move by speaking prophetic word over you. We need to make our move by living those promises out out….



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    Obedient to the promises? 



    Live our life in r

    • 47 min
    Thankfulness

    Thankfulness

    Gratitude is formed in a heart of contentment.
    Thankfulness is found amidst peace and satisfaction.

    How To Neighbor?

    How To Neighbor?

    Being a Christian is loving the person in front of you the way Jesus first loved the soul inside of you.

    Fierce – Part 2 – Courageous Obedience

    Fierce – Part 2 – Courageous Obedience

    Pray when you don’t see answers Show up when you think no one will miss you Give when you don’t see the provision.

    Fierce – Part 1 – Carry On

    Fierce – Part 1 – Carry On

    Pray when you don’t see answers Show up when you think no one will miss you Give when you don’t see the provision.

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