Corona Worry

Worry About Corona Doesn’t Work

March 27, 2020 – Pastor George Dupree

 

Amid all of the concerns over the COVID-19 Pandemic I want to encourage you about your thinking during these difficult times.

 

First let’s make a distinction between worrying and concern. Concern is acknowledging a problem and taking steps to correct it. Worrying is going around in circles, fretting, not taking action.

 

Worry is something that nearly everyone is familiar with. Worry can best be defined as a chain of negative thoughts that have to do with fears about the future and regrets about the past.

 

Concern can be useful. Concern can be a method to resolve problems and anticipate and prepare for future events. For example, being concerned about a test will cause you to study, because by studying, you will reduce the negative feeling accompanying the concern. However, rather than solving problems, chronic worriers often simply generate more and more worries.

 

Excessive worry can become a significant problem. Since worry is often accomplished by a mixture of negative emotions, for example tension, fear, apprehension; and physical sensations such as muscle tension, heart palpitations, upset stomach — worrying can have a substantial impact on how you feel both emotionally and physically. Excessive worry can lead to impaired functioning — for example, excessive worry can distract someone from their work, or decrease enjoyment of good things that are happening. It’s been said that approximately 15% of the population spend eight hours a day worrying.

 

Luke 12:25-26 Does worry add anything to your life? Can it add one more year, or even one day? 26 So if worrying adds nothing, but actually subtracts from your life, why would you worry about God’s care of you?

 

Peace Replaces Worry

John 14:27 I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid

 

Have you ever said, “I’m worried sick!”

If you have, there is medical evidence that you’re absolutely right on the mark. Worry can make you sick.

 

Has anyone ever said to you, “Don’t worry about it!” “That’s easier said than done,” you replied. It is hard to stop worrying. That’s because worry is a habit and it is as addictive as chemical abuse. Worry is emotional abuse of the self. It has absolutely no productive or positive qualities and it is always a negative, downward spiral.

 

Trust In God Cancels Worry

Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

 

Prayer Brings Exceptional Peace

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

Are You Worried? Have A Little Talk With Jesus

Psalms 55:22 My LORD, I belong to you.

I tell you what worries me, and you won’t let me fall.

 

 


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How You See God

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20/20 Vision – How You See God

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20/20 Vision – How You See God
Sunday, March 15, 2020 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
Isaiah 33:17 Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar.
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People have different ideas of what God is like, and they communicate with Him according to their perception. Those who think He is rigid and austere keep their distance. Others, who see Him as formal and stiff, usually approach Him in the same way. Yet those who know Him as Father and Friend enjoy the blessing of a close, intimate relationship with Him — where you can call on Him anytime.
 
Luke 19:11-24TPT

11 At this time Jesus was getting close to entering Jerusalem. The crowds that followed him were convinced that God’s kingdom realm would fully manifest when Jesus established it in Jerusalem. 12 So he told them this story to change their perspective:“Once there was a wealthy prince who left his province to travel to a distant land, where he would be crowned king and then return. 13 Before he departed he summoned his ten servants together and said, ‘I am entrusting each of you with fifty thousand dollars to trade with while I am away. Invest it and put the money to work until I return.’ 14 “Some of his countrymen despised the prince and sent a delegation after him to declare before the royals, ‘We refuse to let this man rule over us! He will not be our king!’ 15 “Nevertheless, he was crowned king and returned to his land. Then he summoned his ten servants to see how much each one had earned and what their profits came to. 16 “The first one came forward and said, ‘Master, I took what you gave me and invested it, and it multiplied ten times.’ 17 “ ‘Splendid! You have done well, my excellent servant. Because you have shown that you can be trusted in this small matter, I now grant you authority to rule over ten fortress cities.’ 18 “The second came and said, ‘Master, what you left with me has multiplied five times.’ 19 “His master said, ‘I also grant you authority in my kingdom over five fortress cities.’ 20 “Another came before the king and said, ‘Master, here is the money you entrusted to me. I hid it for safekeeping. 21 You see, I live in fear of you, for everyone knows you are a strict master and impossible to please. You push us for a high return on all that you own, and you always want to gain from someone else’s efforts.’ 22 “The king said, ‘You wicked servant! I will judge you using your own words. If what you said about me is true, that I am a harsh man, pushing you for a high return and wanting gain from others’ efforts, 23 why didn’t you at least put my money in the bank to earn some interest on what I entrusted to you?’ 24 “The king said to his other servants, ‘Take the money he has and give it to the faithful servant who multiplied my money ten times over.’

 
Would an austere God say this – The LORD says, “Now, let’s settle the matter. You are stained red with sin, but I will wash you as clean as snow. Although your stains are deep red, you will be as white as wool. Isaiah 1:18 (TEV)
 
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YOU FIND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR:
 
A traveler came upon an old farmer hoeing in his field beside the road. Eager to rest his feet, the wanderer hailed the countryman, who seemed happy enough to straighten his back and talk for a moment.
“What sort of people live in the next town?” asked the stranger.
“What were the people like where you’ve come from?” replied the farmer, answering the question with another question.
“They were a bad lot. Troublemakers all, and lazy too. The most selfish people in the world, and not a one of them to be trusted. I’m happy to be leaving the scoundrels.”
“Is that so?” replied the old farmer. “Well, I’m afraid that you’ll find the same sort in the next town.
Disappointed, the traveler trudged on his way, and the farmer returned to his work.
Some time later another stranger, coming from the same direction, hailed the farmer, and they stopped to talk. “What sort of people live in the next town?” he asked.
“What were the people like where you’ve come from?” replied the farmer once again.
“They were the best people in the world. Hard working, honest, and friendly. I’m sorry to be leaving them.”
“Fear not,” said the farmer. “You’ll find the same sort in the next town.”
 
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God Is GOOD
 
1John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
 
Psalm 145:8 The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. 9 The LORD isgood to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.
 
Psalms 107:1 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy
 
Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. 12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in You!
Psalm 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
 

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Seeing Yourself As Generous

20/20 Vision – Seeing Yourself As Generous

We’re so glad you’ve decided to spend part of your day with us at Living Water Church. We pray that the message will inspire and encourage you to be all you can for Christ. 20/20 vision is the hallmark of NORMAL vision. When believers have NORMAL vision they see what God sees and they’re going to see the limitless opportunities for the purposes of advancing God’s Kingdom. Today we’ll talk about how we are created to be generous and how when see ourselves as generous we can begin to grow in generosity…stay tuned to hear a word from God.

 

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20/20 Vision – Seeing Ourselves As GENEROUS
Sunday, February 23, 2020 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
Isaiah 33:17 Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar.
 
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Since we are created in the image of God, who is GENEROUS, we ARE generous. This thing is this…generosity is a matter of the heart. We are all born with a heart and our heart has to grow and be used in order to serve us as designed. In the same way our GENEROUS heart has to grow and be used in order to serve the purpose for which it was created. There are times when we want to be generous; we have the heart to be generous; that’s when there needs to be the actions of generosity to have the desire of our heart fulfilled.
 
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Acts 20:35TPT

35 I’ve left you an example of how you should serve and take care of those who are weak. For we must always cherish the words of our Lord Jesus, who taught, ‘Giving brings a far greater blessing than receiving.’”

 
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2 Corinthians 8:7 But just as you excel in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us — see that you also EXCEL in this grace of giving. (The Passion Translation – make sure that you also excel in grace-filled generosity)
 
We know that grace is the power of God that enables us to live as God designed us to live.
 
Here we see that Paul is encouraging us to live generously by grace. He’s telling us to let God work in us by His grace so that we will become generous everyday in every way.
 
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Before you can EXCEL you need to learn the basics.
 
If you really want to be great at something you’ll need to be willing to take some lessons.
 
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2 Corinthians 9:7-11NIV

7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;their righteousness endures forever.” 10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.


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Seeing Myself As Forgiven

20/20 Vision – Seeing Myself As Forgiven

We’re so glad you’ve decided to spend part of your day with us at Living Water Church. We pray that the message will inspire and encourage you to be all you can for Christ. 20/20 vision is the hallmark of NORMAL vision. When believers have NORMAL vision they see what God sees and they’re going to see the limitless opportunities for the purposes of advancing God’s Kingdom. Today we’ll talk about how we need to see ourselves as forgiven…stay tuned to hear a word from God.

 

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20/20 Vision – Seeing Ourselves As Forgiven
Sunday, February 16, 2020 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
Isaiah 33:17 Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar.
 
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We all have things in our lives that can bring Guilt to us.
There is TRUE GUILT & FALSE GUILT or GOOD GUILT & BAD GUILT.
 
True Guilt is when we’ve done something wrong and we feel the remorse or regret.
False Guilt is when something bad happens and we blame ourselves.
 
The feeling we ought to have when we have done wrong is
 
GODLY SORROW
This could also be called Good Guilt. This is to motivate us to come to Jesus Christ for his salvation and forgiveness, to make right the wrongs we have done, and to genuinely repent of (turn away from) this type of action.
 
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2 Corinthians 7:10NIV

10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

 
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CONDEMNATION often comes to us after we repent and are forgiven but it’s not from God. Jesus did not come to bring condemnation
 
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John 3:17NKJV

17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

 
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There Is A Place That Is Free Of Condemnation – It’s in Christ
 
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Romans 8:1NKJV

1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

 
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Because you’ve asked for forgiveness you are forgiven.
 
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Psalms 103:12NKJV

12 As far as the east is from the west,So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

 
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There is an ACCUSER – He’s like a bully but he’s defeated
 
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Revelation 12:10NKJV

10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.

 
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Zechariah 3:4NKJV

4 Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.”

 
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We all need to learn how to forgive ourselves. What that means is we have to learn to accept God’s forgiveness.
 
If we are going to experience the plan that God has for us we, of course, need to be right with Him, not perfect, just right with Him. That comes from repentance. Simply put repentance is a change of heart, a change of mind, a change of direction and therefore a change of actions.
 
Forgiveness is one of the fundamentals of our faith. God tells us that we must forgive. What we sometimes forget is that we have to forgive ourselves.
 
He is FAITHFUL & JUST To Forgive
 
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1 John 1:9NIV

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

 
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Only the blood of Jesus satisfies God’s justice; and He is not looking for any more payment than the Blood of Jesus.
 
Not forgiving yourself is an act of self-hatred and God never intended for us to hate ourselves.
 
Love keeps no record of WRONGS
 
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I Corinthians 13:5NKJV

5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;

 
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If LOVE (God) keeps no record why should I?
 
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Seeing the Unseen

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20/20 Vision – Seeing the Unseen

We’re so glad you’ve decided to spend part of your day with us at Living Water Church. We pray that the message will inspire and encourage you to be all you can for Christ. 20/20 vision is the hallmark of NORMAL vision. When believers have NORMAL vision they see what God sees and they’re going to see the limitless opportunities for the purposes of advancing God’s Kingdom. Today we’ll look at a part of the Unseen World and its inhabitants – Angels…stay tuned to hear a word from God.

 

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20/20 Vision – Seeing The Unseen
Sunday, February 9, 2020 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
Isaiah 33:17 Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar.
 
Angels are ministering spirits
 
Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
 
Angels ministered to Jesus’ humanity in His temptation
Matthew 4:11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
 
Angels Guard Us
 
Psalms 91:1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most Highwill find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
11 For he will order his angelsto protect you wherever you go.
 
Angels Worship God
 
Isaiah 6:1 It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. 2 Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3 They were calling out to each other,“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies!The whole earth is filled with his glory!” 4 Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke.
 
Revelation 4:8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:“Holy, holy, holy,Lord God Almighty,Who was and is and is to come!”
 
We Don’t Worship Angels
 
Revelation 22:8 Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. 9 Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”
 
Seeing The Unseen
 
II Kings 6:8 Now the king of Syria was making war against Israel; and he consulted with his servants, saying, “My camp will be in such and such a place.” 9 And the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are coming down there.” 10 Then the king of Israel sent someone to the place of which the man of God had told him. Thus he warned him, and he was watchful there, not just once or twice. 11 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was greatly troubled by this thing; and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show me which of us is for the king of Israel?” 12 And one of his servants said, “None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.” 13 So he said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and get him.”And it was told him, saying, “Surely he is in Dothan.” 14 Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city. 15 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
 
The city is surrounded with horses and chariots from the enemy. It looks bad, very bad. But there is something that Gehazi can’t see. He can clearly see the natural realm. What he can’t see is the supernatural realm. His name means valley of a visionary. His name says he can see, but he can’t. His gifting is to see, but he can’t. What he needs is the word of the Lord. Sometimes we have a gifting but it doesn’t manifest. It needs the release from the prophetic. After Elisha prayed Gehazi’s eyes are opened to see the unseen. He sees that the mountain was filled with horses and chariots, but they were different than the enemy’s horses and chariots, they were made of fire. And they surrounded Elisha.
 
Angels are a part of the unseen world.
 
Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
 
It’s not so important that we see Angels, it’s important to know that they see us!

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Angels

Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty;
your eyes will see a land that stretches afar.

Angels – Do they exist – What’s their purpose – Are they chubby

 

So far this year at Living Water Church we’ve been talking about Seeing How God See’s. We’ve used the premise of 20/20 Vision which is the hallmark for normal vision or eyesight. We’ve said that when a Christian has normal vision they see how and what God see’s. We have to realize that there’s more to life than meets the eye, the natural eye that is. There’s an unseen world that’s described as the super-natural. It may seem strange to us but it doesn’t have to be weird.

 

This weekend we’ll talk about a few of the HUNDREDS of Biblical examples of Angels and we’ll tell a few stories of modern Angel happenings.

 

We hope you’ll set aside some time on Sunday morning to be with us as we look at this fascinating subject from a Biblical perspective. There’s something for your children too, we have Nursery, Kids Church for Pre-K – 6th grade and Youth Group for grades 7 – 12

 

It’s not so important if we’ve seen Angels – It is important that we know that they see us.

 

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See What God Says

20/20 Vision – See What God Says

We’re so glad you’ve decided to spend part of your day with us at Living Water Church. We pray that the message will inspire and encourage you to be all you can for Christ. 20/20 vision is the hallmark of NORMAL vision. When believers have NORMAL vision they see what God sees and they’re going to see the limitless opportunities for the purposes of advancing God’s Kingdom. Today we’ll look at a people who were told something by God but most of them could only see what they were seeing and therefore they couldn’t enter into the promises that God had made…stay tuned to hear a word from God.

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20/20 Vision – See What God See’s
Sunday, January 26, 2020 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
Isaiah 33:17 Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar.
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God told Moses to send 12 men and search the land that He was giving to them.
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Numbers 13:1-2NKJV

1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.”

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GOD SAID He was GIVING the land to the children of Israel.
 
The mistake of the spies was they saw what MAN sees, NOT what GOD sees.
 
The key to seeing what God sees is to know His word and to believe it. It’s funny that sometimes God will call us brave, even when we feel afraid, He says we’re righteous, even though sometimes we don’t feel that way. He’s the God who calls things differently.
 
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Romans 4:17NKJV

17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;

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Moses told them to spy out the land. He wanted to know what the land was like, if the people were weak or strong etc. He said be of good courage and bring back some fruit from the land.
 
THEY SAID – we can’t
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Numbers 13:27-33NKJV

27 Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” 30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” 31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” 32 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. 33 There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

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So they went to spy out the land and then they came back with a bad report, it was bad because it was contrary to what God had said.
 
They compared themselves to their enemy and they saw themselves as small and weak and then they were like grasshoppers in their own sight…
 
If we want to see what God sees we have to hear what He says.
 
Then we have to be doers of what He has said for us to do.
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James 1:22-26TPT

22 Don’t just listen to the Word of Truth and not respond to it, for that is the essence of self-deception. So always let his Word become like poetry written and fulfilled by your life! 23 If you listen to the Word and don’t live out the message you hear, you become like the person who looks in the mirror of the Word to discover the reflection of his face in the beginning. 24 You perceive how God sees you in the mirror of the Word, but then you go out and forget your divine origin. 25 But those who set their gaze deeply into the perfecting law of liberty are fascinated by and respond to the truth they hear and are strengthened by it—they experience God’s blessing in all that they do! 26 If someone believes they have a relationship with God but fails to guard his words then his heart is drifting away and his religion is shallow and empty

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If we are going to posses all that God has for us we must
 
Believe His Report
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See Ourselves As He Sees Us

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2020 Vision Seeing What God Sees 2

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20/20 Vision Seeing What God Sees (2)

We’re so glad you’ve decided to spend part of your day with us at Living Water Church. We pray that the message will inspire and encourage you to be all you can for Christ. 20/20 vision is the hallmark of NORMAL vision. When believers have NORMAL vision they see what God sees and they’re going to see the limitless opportunities for the purposes of advancing God’s Kingdom. Today we’ll look at a people who were under attack by armies that they could never defeat…that’s what they saw, but God saw something different and He wanted them to see what He saw, they just had to position themselves and be still before Him…stay tuned to hear a word from God.
 

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20/20 Vision – Seeing What God See’s
Sunday, January 19, 2020 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
Isaiah 33:17 Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar.
 
It May Look Like I’m Surrounded But I’m Surrounded By You!
 
In the days when Jehoshaphat was king in Judah the people were living in peace, there was prosperity in the land, Jehoshaphat was a king who honored God and he taught the people do the same. There was a time when he was placing judges in the land to lead the people and he told them to honor the Lord in all they did.
2Chronicles 19:4 Jehoshaphat lived in Jerusalem, and he went out again among the people from Beersheba to the hill country of Ephraim and turned them back to the LORD, the God of their fathers. 5 He appointed judges in the land, in each of the fortified cities of Judah. 6 He told them, “Consider carefully what you do, because you are not judging for man but for the LORD, who is with you whenever you give a verdict. 7 Now let the fear of the LORD be upon you. Judge carefully, for with the LORD our God there is no injustice or partiality or bribery.”
 
That’s what leaders who love God do; they lead people to God. Leaders who love God lead people who have wandered from God back to Him. They speak the truth in love even if it’s not popular.
 
One day enemies gathered against Judah – notice that it says
 
AFTER THAT – after what? After the king made sure the people honored the Lord – the devil was now stirred up against Judah.
 
2Chronicles 20:1 It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat. 2 Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria; and they are in Hazazon Tamar” (which is En Gedi). 3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4 So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD. 5 Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, 6 and said: “O LORD God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? 7 Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? 8 And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, 9 “If disaster comes upon us—sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine—we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’ 10 And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir—whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them— 11 here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit. 12 O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” 13 Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the LORD. 14 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. 15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz (GLISTENING), and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel (FOUNDED BY GOD). 17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.” 18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the LORD, worshiping the LORD. 19 Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with voices loud and high. 20 So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa (TRUMPET); and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” 21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:
“Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever.”
2Chronicles 20:22 (CEV) As soon as they began singing, the LORD confused the enemy camp, 23 so that the Ammonite and Moabite troops attacked and completely destroyed those from Edom. Then they turned against each other and fought until the entire camp was wiped out! 24 When Judah’s army reached the tower that overlooked the desert, they saw that every soldier in the enemy’s army was lying dead on the ground.
 
No matter what is happening remember that God is with us and He will fight for us. We need to believe Him and His Word. When we do we will be established and prosper. Like David said in Psalm 23 we will be so prosperous that our cup will overflow. Malachi said that God would pour out such a blessing that we wouldn’t have room enough to contain it!
 
God wants to give us things so we can give them away!

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20/20 Vision – Seeing What God Sees

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20/20 Vision Seeing What God Sees

We’re so glad you’ve decided to spend part of your day with us at Living Water Church. We pray that the message will inspire and encourage you to be all you can for Christ. 20/20 vision is the hallmark of NORMAL vision. When believers have NORMAL vision they see what God sees and they’re going to see the limitless opportunities for the purposes of advancing God’s Kingdom. It’s like a fulfillment of the prayers Jabez when he asked for enlarged territory.

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20/20 Vision – Seeing What God Sees
Sunday, January 5, 2020 – Pastors George & Joel Dupree
 
Isaiah 33:17 Your eyes will see the king in all his splendor, and you will see a land that stretches into the distance.
 
20/20 Vision is the hallmark for normal eyesight.
 
20/20 Vision – this is our Vision for the New Year and the New Decade beginning January 1, 2020, our 42nd Anniversary as the Church known as Living Water Church.
 
20/20 vision is the hallmark of NORMAL vision. When believers have NORMAL vision they see what God sees and they’re going to see the limitless opportunities for the purposes of advancing God’s Kingdom. It’s like a fulfillment of the prayers Jabez when he asked for enlarged territory.
 
 
1 Chronicles 4:10 “Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked.”
Hindsight is 2020 – that means that it’s easier to see something after it has happened. With that saying goes this one “learn from your mistakes” That staying can’t stand alone… We also have to learn from our successes.
 
In this new 20/20 series we’ll be looking at these things:
 
How do you see God – Always with us
Genesis 28:16 Surely the LORD is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it.
 
How do you see yourself – As a masterpiece
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago
 
How do you see the world – A world of opportunities
Ephesians 5:16 Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days
 
How do you see the Church – A place of God’s Glory & Power
Ephesians 3:21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
 

The Church We Want To Be:

 

1 – A Church that is vibrant and full of people

2 – A church that allows God into the church by opening the door to the heart of Him

3 – A Church that is just as alive and vocal in the community as we are in the sanctuary

4 – A Church that explodes with expectation and excitement for the WORD of God

5 – A Church that is growing because God is sending in people because we are inviting people.

6 – A Church where the youth and children’s ministries are exploding with growth. Where these ministries are no longer struggling but become a key factor in all that God is doing in this place.

7 – A Church full of people who love to be at church.

8 – A Church that develops leaders.

9 – A Church where leaders take responsibility and lead; they lead in order to fulfill the vision that God has given to the set man or Lead Pastor.

10 – A church that allows God into the church by opening the door to the heart of Him
 

11 – A Church that will guard and maintain unity, both in the leadership and the members. If a Church does this they will experience revival.

12 – A Church that puts the salvation of the lost front and center. 13 – A move of God will follow the desire to see people saved.

14 – A Church where families are growing stronger every single week.

15 – A Church that has to hire more staff members because of growth otherwise the staff won’t be able to keep up.

16 – A Church that has to make room for multiple weekend services because we are overflowing.

17 – A Church that has to build to accommodate the growth of our children’s and youth departments.

18 – A Church that worships from the heart

19 – A Church where teenagers are on fire for God and they play an integral part in our Church

20 – A Church that helps the poor within and outside of our community.

21 – A Church that raises up leaders outside of our community

22 – A Church that takes part in planting other Churches

23 – A healthy Church.


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Re-Gifting Christmas

Re-Gifting Christmas

We’re so glad you’ve decided to spend Christmas Eve with us at Living Water Church. We pray that the message will inspire and encourage you to be all you can for Christ. Today we’re talking about Re-Gifting – maybe you got a Christmas gift last week and you’ve decided to give it to someone, that’s Re-Gifting. But today we’ll talk about Re-Gifting Christmas. Re-Gifting – the act of giving a gift that someone gave you. God gives us a GIFT; He gives us Jesus. 2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for (Jesus) His indescribable gift!

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Re-Gifting Christmas
Sunday, December 29, 2019 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
Re-Gifting – the act of giving a gift that someone gave you.
 
People do it; I’ve done it. Not to you!
 
So, is re-gifting OK?
 
Here is what etiquette experts have to say:
• Emily Post: The Emily Post Institute’s stance is that re-gifting is all right, but totally depends on context. They suggest that one should only re-gift if the item is brand new and in its original packaging, and if it will not create awkwardness with the sender or recipient. They emphasize that the gift must be something that the recipient actually wants.
 
• Jacqueline Whitmore: Ms. Whitmore, a business etiquette expert, gives the go-ahead for re-gifting, but reminds readers to “consider the taste” of the receiver and to destroy all evidence that the item is being re-gifted. She wisely suggests that if a gift is expired or really not desirable, just chuck it; don’t re-gift it.
 
Well, it’s just four days after Christmas so I’ll talk today about re-gifting, Christmas that is.
 
Because of Christmas we’ve gotten some wonderful gifts, the most important one is Jesus, God’s gift to everyone.
 
God gives us a GIFT; He gives us Jesus.
• 2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for (Jesus) His indescribable gift!
 
Just as God is a giver, He wants us to be givers. The Apostle Paul said this –
• Acts 20:35 remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
 
God blesses us so we can bless others.
 
God gives us Hope – let’s re-gift that.
For someone stuck in a dark place the greatest comfort would be light. The light would bring hope.
• Isaiah 9:2 says – The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined. ​
 
Psalms 119:49 Remember your word to your servant,
in which you have made me hope. 50 This is my comfort in my affliction,
that your promise gives me life.
 
Because of God’s WORD or HIS PROMISES we can have HOPE & COMFORT. In uncertain times we’ll find confidence, comfort & hope from the Bible along with remembering what God has done in our life and the life of others we know. Revelation tells us we OVERCOME by the blood of the Lamb (the death of Jesus) the WORD (logos) (Jesus) of our testimony and that we love not our lives even unto death, that’s like saying “I’ll believe even if it kills me!
 
You could give hope to a child who has no food, that’d be a great re-gift.
God gives us Peace – let’s re-gift that.
 
Peace with God – God forgives us of our sins
• Romans 5:1 Now that we have been put right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Peace Within – We receive His forgiveness and know we are accepted by Him
• Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.
 
Peace with Others – We offer forgiveness and we are able to be healed and free.
• Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
 
You could share a testimony if God ever gave you peace; He did if you’re born again.
 
God gives us Joy – let’s re-gift that.
Luke 2:8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
 
We can tell people who are sad or discouraged that Sorrow doesn’t have to last forever
• Psalms 30:5 … weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
 
God gives us Love – let’s re-gift that.
God GIVES Us His Love
• John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
 
God DEMONTRATES His Love To Us
• Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
How has God ever demonstrated His love to you? You can re-gift it by telling your story or by sharing His Love with someone.
 
God’s Gift To You Is Not Only A Present For The Present – It’s A Present For Eternity!
 
Jesus didn’t come to give you religion, he came to give you a life – so unwrap the gift and enjoy all that Jesus came to bring to you.
 
If you have never received the gift from heaven do it today.
 
I pray that the LORD will bless and protect you, and that he will show you mercy and kindness. May the LORD be good to you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24 – 26
 
Now, may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in Hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ROMANS 15:13

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