A Surprise Conversation
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Dr. Murdock has a passion
to teach us the Laws of God
When God does something
good for you, it’s natural to
want to pour it out into others.
Jesus says, “Freely you
have received, freely give.”
We entered the
world as receivers:
We received life
We received love, affection, caring
Somebody held us
Somebody stroked us
Somebody kissed us
and smiled at us
That’s how we
got here this far.
It’s taken the contributions
of many people to develop
you to where you are today.
The more you understand that,
the more thankful you’ll become.
The more thankful you become,
the more you’ll attract good things
from people that’ll want to sow into
where they’ll see a return on their
investment >> ROMI:
Return On My Investment
It’s a very strong
core of God’s view.
It is a philosophy, but it’s one
that you’ll have to understand.
It’s why when Jesus told the
parable of the men with the
talents: one had 10, another
had 5, another 1 — it’s why
God was so angry when He
did not see a return on His
investment [with the one]
Tonight, we’re going to
continue to go over:
<h1>A Surprise Conversation</h1>
You can create it by reaching for God
You can create it when you repent.
God impressed Dr. Murdock that this
Surprise Conversation is so powerful
because it’s believable–it merely takes a mustard-
seed sized bit of faith to move a mountian.
Holy Spirit I thank You today for a magnificent, magnificent, incredible, glorious, glorious world of miracles that we’ve entered into when we accepted You as our Savior, our Master, our Lord. There was instant reaction from You…when we reached for You, You breathed life into us. An indescribable peace. Such a glory, in fact, that some of us were mesmerized, and didn’t know how to resond to You. Some of us wept, and cried. Some of us had prayer-language experiences with You–almost in a trance.
We did not know how to respond to You. All we knew is that there was an unspeakable change in our hearts. Thank You, Holy Spirit for our brethren, for our friends. And I pray for those involved in different belief systems. That’s all they know. They will not know you unless you go and visit them and touch them.
I ask You in the Name of Jesus to breathe fresh air, breathe deep conviction, breathe revelation on every atheist in America between now and April the 9th. I ask you Lord for surprise conversations. Surprise conversations.
Lord it’s up to You–schedule. Lord, stir us to initiate surprise conversations that bring radical changes in our lives. We are puzzled over your interest in us. We’ve been told that its just a psychological reaction of humans. We’re learning how to choose the picture we believe–choose the promise we are wanting in that moment. Lord, give us such a glorious picture of what You want us to become. We want to be authentic. Really true to the original picture You had of us. We’re open–desperate even–to Your Word. We have an intense passion to walk in truth. We want our faith to be contagious. To light up the darkness in us. We want to walk in solidarity, strong, purposeful. Savor ing, tasting the glorious wine of the Spirit–the glorious provision of Your Presence. We’re starved for You ,Lord. We’re receivers of Your blood, mercy, forgiveness, Your warnings, cautions. We’re receivers of the guardian angels You’ve placed around believers. We believe. Amen. Amen. Praise God. Praise God.
Everything God does is through talking.
He called Himself the Word.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue.
The Tongue, A Creative Force by Charles Capps
Speak what God said instead of what you think.
The laws by which we govern our lives is different than just an experience with us.
The “kitchen” is different than the “bathroom”.
>> the “kitchen” of the ministry (TD Jakes)
– Where you create the food is different from where you eat the food.
The Kingdom of God is like that…
There are God encounters that are glorious, wonderful
But the laws of the Kingdom require obedience to receive the fruit of that law
Broken laws have an attraction to the flesh
Psalms 112 (it has been on Dr. Murdock’s mind today…)
This is where God began to show him the laws of God
The Law of Focus
The Law of Relationship
Somebody knows what you don’t know
The business world calls it “networking”
God does everything through conversation
A sermon, confession, prayer — all are conversation
Every conversation is a seed – a seed for faith, or a seed for unbelief
The effect, the fruit of doubt and unbelief is generational
>> you don’t have to get bitten from 1,000 snakes to die
>> you don’t need but 1 lie to go from paradise to the pit
There’s a ludicrous statement that says, “It’ll all just work out.”
Look at what’s happened through conversation.
Look thru history at surprise conversations.
Rosa Parks had a surprise conversation .
She refused to give up her seat.
People came here (to the United States) for freedom of religion
Somewhere along the line it devolved
But we have slavery (not servants, but slaves that were like property, or cattle…)
Somebody started to have a conversation about this.
We got into a Divine conversation and our values, our character radically changed.
Around 1900 on Azusa St in LA, CA
– men found themselves prostrate on the floor, speaking out all these sounds from their lips
What is this
“This is that which was spoken by the prophet, Joel…”
There’s going to be 10 days of surprise conversations
Focus births blindness.
If you’re focused north, you can’t see other directions.
So we need others to help us to see things that we can’t.
God will send somebody with a surprise conversation/confrontation
>> like the prophet who knocked on David’s door about David killing Uriah after sleeping with his wife
Conversations have brought the best out of you
Surprise conversations brought you to Jesus
Surprise conversations brought you into the baptism of the Holy Spirit
Look for them
They’re there to bring you to greatness
There’s been two experiences
One was when he was 8 years old,
And another was 10 years old.
“The horses” that he lied about owning.
“The spelling test” when he was 8.
There were 2-3 words he couldn’t spell.
And he had a piece of paper with those 2-3
words on them in case the teacher asked.
The teacher saw them and said, “Stay after school.”
After school, the teacher said, “I am so disappointed in you
that you would cheat on this spelling test…”
That brought conviction to him, because he realized
he’d lost the teachers favor.
Remember, you’re the CEO of your life.
You are a company.
It’s your decisions that decide your pain, your favor, your life.
You’re the CFO.
You decide what you buy,
Everything is paid for.
The only difference is currency.
You may pay for it in love, time, money, or something else.
And you’re the CIO
It is your responsibility to enter conversation.
What are you willing to learn about, know about?
What are you willing to change?
Who’s conversation helped me to get back to God?
Who helped me to get back on track?
God changes your life by the conversations that you enter.
Who is willing to receive my mentorship?
Who invested in you?
Have you shown honor?
Who brought your life into order?
What conversation have you ignored?
You belittled it.
You showed disinterest.
God keeps those who want to be kept.
What conversations have you been avoiding?
God may send someone to warn you.
Be very, very careful.
Don’t ignore the threats.
The Bible says those who would bless Abraham would be blessed, and those that curse Abraham would be cursed.
Oh God, let me hear the conversations You have ordained for my life.
Whoever You send to talk to me, I will listen.
Get back in line with God’s Word.
God will use a multitude of people to keep us on-track.
Embrace whoever’s voice He uses.
Have you made a vow, a faith-promise to God?
A conversation–a surprise conversation
may awaken you to a promise you’d made.
Don’t ignore the conversations that God sends to you.
You’re one surprise conversation away from changing your life.