Cost

Background

One of Satan’s greatest strength is to play the cost game.

He plays with cost on both ends.

On the upper echelon, he magnifies the cost and says the price is too high.

On the lower echelon, he plays the cost and say the price is not much and you can suffer the insufferable.

 

Defense

Intimacy with God

Beloved, to get a handle on the cost of silence, you want to spend time with God.

Sadness Turned to Joy

John 16

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  1. I have spoken of these matters in figures of speech, but soon I will stop speaking figuratively and will tell you plainly all about the Father.
  2. Then you will ask in my name. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf,
  3. for the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God.
  4. Yes, I came from the Father into the world, and now I will leave the world and return to the Father.
  5. Then his disciples said, At last you are speaking plainly and not figuratively.
  6. Now we understand that you know everything, and there’s no need to question you.
  7. From this we believe that you came from God.”
  8. Jesus asked, “Do you finally believe?
  9. But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone.
  10. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me.
  11. I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.
  12. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.
  13. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.

 

High Priestly Prayer

John 17

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John 17:13-16

  1. Now I am coming to you.
  2. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy.
  3. I have given them your word.
  4. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 
  5. I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 
  6. They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 
  7. Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 
  8. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.
  9. And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.

John 17:26

  1. I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so.
  2. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.

 

Costs of Truth

Scripture

  1. Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind ( John 9 ) [ Link ]
    • Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
  2. The First Christian Martyr
    • Stephen ( Acts 7:54 – 60 ) [ Link ]
      • When they heard these things, they were enraged and gnashed their teeth at him.
      • Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven.
      • He saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
      • He said, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!
      • They yelled at the top of their voices, covered their ears, and together rushed against him.
      • They dragged him out of the city and began to stone him.
      • And the witnesses laid their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul.
      • While they were stoning Stephen, he called out: “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!
      • He knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!”
      • And after saying this, he died
  3. Paul & Slave Girl
    • Paul and Silas Imprisoned ( Acts 16:16-24 ) [ Link ]
      • One day as we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl with a spirit of clairvoyance, who earned a large income for her masters by fortune-telling.
      • This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.”
      • She continued this for many days.
      • Eventually Paul grew so aggravated that he turned and said to the spirit,
      • “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!”
      • And the spirit left her at that very moment.…
  4. Confession
      • Jesus ( Matthew 10:32-33 ) [ Link ]
        • Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father in heaven.
        • But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in heaven.…

 

Quick Points

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

  1. The Pharisees Inquire to Interrogate, Duplicate, and Discredit

 

Stephen

  1. Whenever you gift the truth, it draws you closer to God
  2. God is truth and those who come to him must come in Truth ( John 4:24 )
  3. That does not mean that offering the truth will welcome you into men’s chamber; in fact, it might mean quite the opposite
  4. But, again the Holy Spirit inside of you leaps for joy and it reaches out to God to confirm and comfort you

 

Paul & Slave Girl

  1. Slave Girl
  2. Spirit of clairvoyance, who earned a large income for her masters by fortune-telling. 
  3. Paul grew aggravated
  4. Come Out of Her

 

Confession

  1. Speaking and Confessing the Truth always opens up a channel between yourself and the Godhead
    • Jesus himself says so
  2. And, not speaking in truth, always blocks a channel

Summary

Outline

  1. Truth
  2. Revelation
  3. Love
  4. Difficulty
  5. Testimonial
  6. Have God place teachers over you early
  7. Wear you Out

Truth

Family, if there is anything that holds you to people, weds you to people, other than the truth, you will be shaken in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead.

It is up to you inquire of the Lord as to the reason of the shaken.

 

Revelation

Revelation is through the Holy Spirit.

Love

Love follows Revelation.

Love that precedes Revelation can be misleading.

People may say they Love you; but if it is outside of truth, it may be a coy.

 

Difficulty

There is truth only difficulty can reveal.

 

Testimonial

The line between experiences and testimonies is sometimes awareness and conduct.

Do you understand enough about the situations you find yourself, to discern where the pieces are being moved to trap and entrap you.

 

Have God Place Teachers Over you early

Preserve you teachers.

Pray for them.

As Satan tries to usurp them and assign new teachers, smile.

 

Wear you out

There is not much in life that will wear you out quicker and sooner than people trying to be teachers over you.

They will come up with areas in your life that needs training.

Listen and have the Holy Spirit show you how misguided some of that training really is.

Look and Search out their hearts; in most cases it is not a heart thing, it is a mind thing.

It is simply to Lord over you.

Alhamdulillah, God Willing, God himself, will move them once he shows you how to love, cover, and protect people.

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