Sunday, December 24, 2017

God's Potential Affirmation

We met with Loni and Rodney and family at

I preach week to week. Whatever comes into my head on Thursday. 

Luke 1 In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,  The angel came to her and said, "Greetings, favored one, the Lord is with you!"  So the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God! Listen: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.
Luke 1:26‭, ‬28‭-‬28‭, ‬30‭-‬31 NET
The angel talked to her. At age 12 the parents would arrange a marriage. They would get married at age 16 or 18.
Who says Greetings, favored one to a teenage girl?

Gideon was a hiding coward. 
The Lord's messenger appeared and said to him, "The Lord is with you, courageous warrior!"
Judges 6:12 NET

God speaks into these people with honor and hope and potential. 
God sees the potential and calls it out. 
God calls into existence things that are not. 

God corrects us with hope. Guilt is feeling bad and I make it right. Unconditional sorry. Condemnation is depressing and can't say sorry. It makes you feel bad. There is sorry. 
God doesn't condemn. We need to hear God speaking affirmation to us. God loves you. It starts there.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how we should pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings.
Romans 8:26 NET

This is who you are. You are God's child. If you think you are feeling worthless get God's DNA with his Spirit. 

The first step is to hear God's affirmation. He is speaking affirmation to you right now. Why do some people not hear it? 
Unbelief is the main problem. We are not open to hear God. We think the affirmation can't be true. 
Mary had a tough time hearing the affirmation. She was greatly troubled. Why? That bothered her. She couldn't take the compliment. She tried to discern. She can't accept it. 
At some point we need to learn to make the choice to accept affirmation. When is the last time you heard affirmation from God. 
From your spouse? Affirmation is a language of love. Kids need to hear affirmation regularly. 
Is God our father? He is much better father and gives affirmation regularly. 
I asked son Charlie if I could tell this story. Calling out the good. We say stop don't smarten up. We should compliment. 
Only and at all times we should encourage the good. The kids were bickering and fighting badly at breakfast. Yelling. How can you encourage a mad kid? Sit down beside him and talk. As he calms down he feels shame. Charlie what's amazing is you didn't hit your brother. I'm proud of you. 

Thankful that God is changing me. He's like that all the time. He says I don't see a failure. 
Affirmation leads to Assignment. Act. You will conceive. 

You are an encourager. He wants to change you. 
Affirmation leads to adoration.
Allow God to speak affirmation into your life. Do it to other people. Quit nagging. It doesn't make people better. 
Speak affirmation to others. Find out what Jesus thinks about your spouse or kid. That will change them and you. 
Fast from nagging and pray over people close to you. Write down the affirmation you want to give them. 

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