What a wonderful Beth Moore simulcast. She was speaking live from Wichita, Kansas to more then 150,000 women. Instead of attending at a local church, I decided to buy the digital pass from Lifeway to watch it from my home computer.
Genesis 25: 19-34 Brothers are born.
- Jacob – his name means ‘supplanter’ because he was grabbing his brother’s heal – as he was born.
- Esau was exhausted and eating red stew. “Score” to undervalue it, with contempt. Esau despised his birthright and sold it to Jacob.
- Who do we have trying to deceive us? The Father of Lies he is not just a heal grabber, he is a foot grabber.
- Esau was exhausted. The enemy can keep us so exhausted, that we are vulnerable to undervalue our birthright. And any stew will do. That’s when we want something that we do not know how to fund…that mindset or comfort that we turn to.
- Any stew will do – whatever works on you. This has gone on so long – I am so tired. Exhaustion makes us hungry – hungry for the stew and the stew keeps us distracted from the value of our birthright.
- The irony is that Esau would have gotten to eat the stew eventually, but he wanted it NOW. That thing that would have been your blessing, becomes your pot of stew.
Romans 8:15 “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back (back again) into fear, but you have received the spirit of adoption, as sons by whom we call Abba Father”.
In most cases, we consider the opposite of slavery to be liberty. Here, the opposite of the spirit of slavery is the spirit of adoption.
Abba Father – knowing who we belong to, knowing our Father, knowing our birthright as sons and daughters. With that will come our freedom to the spirit of fear.
Don’t fall back again into fear. There seems to be no end to the opportunity to FEAR. We gave come here to get some Audacity! These are not days for wimps, but to have Audacity, for individuals and as the church. Audac ity is our legacy.
Setting the day the Lord will return is foolish. When someone sets the day – He’s NOT coming that day. because the bible says: No one will know the day or hour! Ond day sitting beside the Father, Jesuswill hear “son, go get your bride”. Glocal concerns and calamities will spiral the fear and cover the Earth. FEAR can drive a lot of things:
- Anger and rage
A few global things that have happened lately:
- Japan – floods
- Indonesia – volcano
- Nepal – earthquke
- Iraq – Isis attacks
- Syria – civil war refugees
- Green – financial crisis
- Africa – ebola
Fear is going to go viral around this globe, and we cannot go with it. We have a different virus to catch and it’s the Jesus Virus! Have audacity – with the Holy Spirit of the living God. Listen. Courage and Love and Joy will be our calling cards in a day when people will want to hate us. Do you despise your birthright? This is about our witness to the world. Even when they do not like what we stand for, they will still be drawn to us because we are not in fear with the rest of the world. We are not in a state of denial. Yes we know, but we are secure that at some point, this world is going to have to be completely redone, because it is wearing out. This world is groaning because it needs Jesus to come back. This I know, Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is the Prince of Peace. He will set up goverance on this planet. He will renew the earth and the heavens. This knowledge make me secure. I know there is a plan for this globe! No matter how much this globe rocks, He holds it in his hands! We need boldness!
Compare these verses:
In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
2 Timothy 3:1-9
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.
It will be the Best of Times and the Worst of Times! At the exact same time, these things will happen. We don’t know when He is coming, but we know it is soon.
Jesus said, all authority has been given to Him (Jesus). Because of this, we can have Audacity. Now go….
Analogy: We all want to shut ourselves up in church like a bunch of chickens. Chicken Little, “the sky is falling”. The sky is not going to fall! The sky is going to roll back like a scroll ! Every eye will see the Lord of Lords! He has all authority, so we can have Audacity!
Your calling is outside your ability to perform it. Only the Holy Spirit in you can do it.
ex) It is normal not to ever forgive them for what they’ve done but Audacity says I’m not restrained by what is normal.
We can either:
- stay with in the NORM
- step in our BIRTHRIGHT
Intrepid – resolute fearlessness, purposeful resoliving to be fearless.
Audacity is not being fearless, but having the ‘guts’ to do it – through the fear. Have the nerve to do it anyway!
2 Corinthians 3:7-12 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts! 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.
What is AUDACITY? The combination of GUTS and GLORY! Will you have the guts to give your life completely to the outrageous glory of the Lord Jesus? I’ve got the guts to give him glory! For some of us, we’re not afraid, we are asleep. We are busy on social media.
Ephesians 5:14-16 14 This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
Romans 13:11-12 11 Do this because we live in an important time. It is now time for you to wake up from your sleep, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The “night”[a] is almost finished, and the “day” is almost here. So we should stop doing things that belong to darkness and take up the weapons used for fighting in the light.
Arise. Awake. Live purposefully. Sometimes the devil……..roars like a lion. But sometimes, he….sings us a lullaby!
Rock-a-bye Christian, lulled by the world
When the wind blows, all hell will unfurl
stay in your sleep, distracted or scared
so when I wreck havoc, you won’t be prepared!
We are called to be Mighty Women of God! We are called to be Mighty Women of God! We are called to be Mighty Women of God!
Ephesians 6:10 Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might!
There will be a chronicle of the ward that took place on this Earth. The residents of heaven are cheering us on because this is our time – we are warriors. You want to be on that list of and so do I!
6 MIGHTY MAKERS
#1 The audacity to make an unseen savior the supreme romance of your life.
We are in desperate need of the redemption of romance in our day, not only personally but culturally, and also globally. (Our culture has ruined romance with betrayal, infidelity, deception, divorce, abandonment, prostitution, sexual perversion, victimism, someone falling out of love with us, pornography.) Romance retains mystery. When all the mystery is gone…. Why do we put romance out there for the world to see (i.e. putting engagement or marriage cermony on YouTube)? Where is the mystery? Where is the romance?
There was only one human man who was a man after God’s own heart – David. David was in love with God. Read David’s words. It is a sample for us.
This is what the book (Audacious) is about ~ it’s the love thing. Beth’s love affair with God that has purpelled her for 30+ years. If you will let Him – He will ROMANCE you! And you will never ever find Him falling out of love with you or getting bored with you. The best thing you can do for your family is to be in love with God!
#2 The audacity to live in the tension that comes with loving in truth (the nerve to stay in the word).
We may begin to believe that to love, we have to move away from scripture. Jesus loved people. Some say “I just want to love with the love of Jesus.” I do too, but He never loved like that, He loved in TRUTH. The worst thing we can do for our culture is to take away the truth.
In this day, of the unpopularity of Christianity, we have to stand in the tension between love and truth. We will do a huge disservice to mankind to separate love from the truth. There is going to be a big Y in the road and we will see those who walked together: some will go with scriptures and some will separate themselves. Moving away from truth is an avalanche.
The enemy knows that if he can get us to put down the sword of the spirit (God’s word), we will eventually, put down the shield of faith (our faith in God). There is a powerful link between God’s Word in us and answer to prayer.
John 15:7 If you remain in me and follow my teachings, you can ask anything you want, and it will be given to you.
When we have less answer to prayer, we will have less faith, then less answered prayer, then less faith. Do you see where this avalanche goes.
Acts 4:29-30 And now, Lord, listen to their threats. Lord, help us, your servants, to speak your word without fear. Help us to be brave by showing us your power to heal. Give proofs and make miracles happen by the power of Jesus, your holy servant.
His word was meant to be a fire in our bones. We were built for FIRE. You are going to get your fire from someplace. The craving for fire will consume us. We have to have a HOLY FIRE in our bones. The irony of the latter days is that we who are called to be peculiar in this world, to be lights in the darkness will come to look exactly like the world. We will have done it for our sympathy for them. We will honestly convince ourselves that we love them and want to embrace them. The profound deception of the latter days is that we think and convince ourselves that we will be better for the world by being less scriptural. It is proposterous. The first word that will drop out of our vocabulary will be repentance.
Hang onto your Bible with all of your might.
Every word has a phrase.
Every phrase has a scripture.
Every scripture has a chapter.
Every chapter has a book.
Every book has a testament.
Both those testaments form one Bible.
All scripture is God-breathed. Hang onto it with all your might. Lord, call us bak to your word. We are trying to slay demons with a butter knife. We have lost our edge. Get back in the scriptures. Stand with the scriptures – no matter what. We don’t always understand everything or can explain everything. But we love with everything we’ve got and we stand in the trust of God. Call us back Lord, to love, to the greatest romance, and to your word.
#3 The audacity to pray for astonishing works of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 4:29-32 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. 32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.
We want you Jesus! Give us all we can bear.
Remember when we compared 2 Timothy 2:1 and Acts 2:17. There will be great sociological disasters (more than tornados, famine, etc but man in peril) and great spiritual works – at the same time.
The Peril and the Outpouring
You are NEVER going to live bolder than you pray! Prayer is our communication with God. It doesn’t have to have a lot of words. If you begin to have that firey love for Him, no one will have to coax you into talking to Him. Pray boldly for huge outpourings of the Holy Spirit. Pray it over your church. Get plugged in. The enemy goes for the one isolated from the flock. Beth is not at all cynical about what is going on in the church. Raise up those who feel called to share the Word. If you feel this calling, study. There is no teacher who doesn’t love to study. If you don’t, then you love to talk, not teach!
We must have audacity in our prayer life! The enemy cannot read your mind. If you want to say something you want him to hear, say it out loud. Be bold in prayer.
Ask boldly for God’s favor in your life. At the same time as the sacred romance, life on earth continues with dirty laundry and all. Do you have the audacity to deal with them both? People need to see you living life. Things get dirty down here, but are we willing to live sanctified lives down here on earth.
This is going to sound legalistic. Ladies, we’ve got to have active prayer lives! I hear all the time, “but I need my sleep”. Yes, I know you do, but hell has come for your family, but nevermind, go ahead and sleep 45 extra minutes because you need your sleep. Hell has come for your church, your marriage, your life.
Romans 8:15 And so we should not be like cringing, fearful slaves, but we should behave like God’s very own children, adopted into the bosom of his family, and calling to him, “Father, Father”. NLT
The cry of Abba Father is full of fervor.
#4 The audacity to forgive and live forgiven.
Acts 7:54-60 54 The Jewish leaders were stung to fury by Stephen’s accusation and ground their teeth in rage. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily upward into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at God’s right hand. 56 And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and Jesus the Messiah standing beside God, at his right hand!” 57 Then they mobbed him, putting their hands over their ears, and drowning out his voice with their shouts, 58 and dragged him out of the city to stone him. The official witnesses—the executioners—took off their coats and laid them at the feet of a young man named Paul. 59 And as the murderous stones came hurtling at him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 And he fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” and with that, he died.
You have never done anything as powerful as to forgive them. It is our birthright. How to forgive? Be full of the Holy Spirit. There is a trusting innocence in these words of Stephen. The children were taught to pray at bedtime. “Into your hands I commit my spirit.”
Ancient Jewish Prayer. Psalm 31:5 Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.
Luke 23:34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
Charis = grace. Do not hold their sins against them. Unforgiveness is pushing the “thing” taht is between you at arms length against their chest to keep that person away from you. It is between you and them.
Revelation 2:1-4 To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. 2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. 3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. 4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.
What makes for certain that we will step into the life we were born to live is…. the person that is in you when you are fired up with a love for the Lord Jesus Christ, when you love Him more than anything you can see, touch, or feel, THAT is the truest you that will ever be!
In some cases, your first love is your hate. The ferver that it takes for hate is taking the space that was there for your first love. Your unforgiveness is taking up the space of your first love for Jesus. Can’t have both first love for Jesus and unforgiveness at the same time! To enbrace first love, we have to give up our unforgiveness. But to embrace your unforgiveness is to give up your first love for Jesus. You cannot have both! We have let our feeling be hurt and we are allowing it to stand in our way. All of us have our hands full with something.
Unforgiveness vs. First Love for Jesus
Shame does not honor God in any way. If you believe God, you would come to broken-hearted repentance, and accept His forgiveness. Jesus went to all that trouble. Are we not going to live unforgiven? The Son of Man has the authority to forgive all sin.
Luke 5:24 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”
Do you have chronic regret? Beth has only found one good remedy…. lose faith in yourself and put your faith in Christ. Luke 7 says, those who have been forgiven much, have a jump start to love much. Don’t let it be in vain. Love Him with everything you have got.
Colossians 2:13-15 13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
Everyone one of our sins were nailed to that cross.
Everything we have suffered here…..is nothing compared to the glory of what is coming.
#5 The audacity to hold tight with all your might to Romans 8:18
Romans 8:18 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
All that you have suffered, all the heartbreak…… You are not just going to be ‘alright’. You are going to live happily ever after. I’m going with you Father. You are my destiny. Jesus is everything!
#6 The audacity to walk in humility.
Whatever would cheat you of Jesus, lay it down.
We are living in a day of rampant narcissism so it will take audacity to walk in humility. This is audacity…..
Put 0% confidence in the Flesh.
And put 100% confidence in the Holy Spirit.
In God’s economy, the way up is DOWN! Out might is in our humility, because our height is in our Humility. The audacity to foresake jealousy. Jealosy is rooted in pride. It takes audacity.
Phillippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.
Of no reputation? Umm, we want our “follows” , our “likes”.
It takes Audacity to go last and put others first. The audacity to trust God when it looks like someone is getting away with something. Have the audacity to trust him on this and not to tell somebody off when we want to in the worst kind of way.
We are wearing the shield of Christ on our foreheads. No longer a slave, I am a child of God.
It’s time to be big-girls and live Audaciously! Enter into the holy and sacred romance of our lives. To do this – let go of some things. We give ourselves to you Father. Take it Father, we give it to you. Romance and woo us Lord. I receive you and I want you Lord to be the supreme romance of my life! I don’t know how to do it, but I want it more than anything in this world.
Get over it and get on with it. Have the Audacity to live with all your heart, what scripture blatantly promises, that no suffering here, compares with the glory we will see there! You are not tragedy girl, you are miracle girl. Love in truth and have the audacity to serve with complete humility with zero confidence in flesh and 100% confidence in Christ’s ability. All authority is given to Jesus.
Therefore sister, GO, DO WHAT YOU WERE CALLED TO DO!!!