07.03.2016 – Ps. Duane White – Armor Up Pt. 1

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This Sunday, July 3rd, 2016, Pastor Duane White began a new series at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas on how to Armor Up with the armor of God.

Armor Up: Belt of Truth

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:10–11, NKJV)

This sentence begins in the “present passive imperative” tense, meaning that present is now and always will be now. What Paul is really saying here (when broken down into the original Greek) is that from now on, be constantly growing superhuman in your strength in the Lord and in the outward manifestation of the divine muscle that is inherent in Him!

So how do you do it?

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”(Ephesians 6:11)

Put On means “enduo” which also means to dress oneself, to hide in, to clothe with. Clothe yourself in it, hide in it, and wrap yourself in it. When you put on the armor of God, it makes you superhuman. In other words, the armor of God is like your super hero costume. Without it, you are just another normal person, but with it, you are a super hero.

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”(Ephesians 6:12, NKJV)

Here Paul is explaining why we need this spiritual armor. We are not in bloody hand to hand combat with humans or anything natural, but we are going face to face with a spiritual enemy.

Paul puts that enemy into four categories:

  1. “principalities” = “arche” – first things; ancient rulers
  2. “powers” = “exousia” – authority; usually delegated
  3. “rulers of the darkness of this age” = “kosmokratos” – world-ruler of darkness (in a given time period)
  4. “spiritual wickedness in heavenly places” = spiritual evil in realms above (or outside) the earth

Remember, the primary battlefield of the enemy is in your mind. 

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:13, NKJV)

Before Paul mentions what each piece of armor is, he is telling them why they need to “Armor Up!” There is a battle, but you have access to the superhuman strength of the living God before you can join the fight.

Pastor Duane then discussed the first piece of armor mentioned in Ephesians 6, the belt of Truth. So what is our belt? Truth is an actual person, and his name is JESUS! He is the centerpiece of the entire armor! Truth was personified in Jesus, but it can be discovered in the Word.

Truth covers and protects our most vulnerable places, and our ability to reproduce spiritually. You can’t cover your own weakness. If you don’t know what the Word says about your vulnerable places, you are uncovered and open to attack.

The Word not only protects your vulnerabilities, but it protects your ability to to reproduce. The Word of God is a seed, but in this sense, it protects your seed.

Truth is the piece on which all of our armor rests. Truth is a foundational garment.

To learn more about how and why you need to Armor Up, watch the full message here:


06.12.2016 – Ps. Duane White – REtell: The Power of a Testimony

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This Sunday, June 12th, 2016, Pastor Duane White unpacked an amazing message at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas, called REtell: The Power of a Testimony.

REtell: The Power of a Testimony

What is a testimony? A testimony is the spoken or written record of anything Jesus has done, specifically in the lives of individuals. Testimonies are a powerful thing, often used for encouragement and inspiration, but the power of a testimony is designed to be much more than that.

Here are a few principles around the whole subject of a testimony:

  • Testimonies create an environment for the miraculous. When we begin to focus on what God is doing, rather than moaning about what is not happening, we create an environment for the miraculous.
  • Testimonies release the prophetic around the area of the testimony.
  • When you testify about Jesus, and simply tell His story, He brings the same anointing and grace again.

“Every detail works to your advantage and to God’s glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise!”(2 Corinthians 4:15, The Message)

When you REtell, God will REdo. If God did it before, He can do it again, and when you REtell what He did, He is present with the same power to do it again! 

Human achievement wears off, but the works of God never wear off. Natural accomplishments wear off, but the works of God live forever. They “prophecy” of what God wants to do again and again and again!

The works of God have a life of their own. They never die. They display His nature, and reveal who He is.

God has done great things, so let’s go tell the world about it all.

“He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.” (2 Corinthians 1:10, ESV)

He delivered us.
He will deliver us.
And our hope is set that He will deliver us again.

 

 

You can watch the full message here:


06.05.2016 – Ps. Alex Vasquez – REwrite

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This Sunday, June 5th, 2016, Pastor Alex Vasquez unpacked an amazing message titled REwrite, at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.

 

REwrite:

This week, Pastor Alex Vasquez began his message by asking three questions that should challenge you, make you think, and hopefully help you move forward from REmembering to REwriting.

  1. What is your story? (Is it a comedy? A tragedy? A drama? A fiction story?)
  2. Who’s holding the pen?
  3. Why me?

It’s easy when we read the stories of all the incredible people in the Bible and say, “Wow. I want to be just like David, or Joshua, Esther, or Ruth,” but most of the time it’s because we see the beginning and the end of the story. If we were to just look at the beginning of the story for most of these people, we would want nothing to do with them.

Here’s the beautiful thing about God: He takes a person who starts with a very ordinary beginning, and then in a way that only He can do, he weaves the extraordinary into you, so that people see your life and say “Wow. That person is no ordinary man.”

There might not be a better example of this than Moses. He was born in an absolutely terrible time in history, when mass genocide was happening to all the Hebrew boys being born.

“At that time Moses was born, and he was no ordinary child. For three months he was cared for by his family. When he was placed outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him and brought him up as her own son. Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action. When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites. He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian. Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. The next day Moses came upon two Israelites who were fighting. He tried to reconcile them by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why do you want to hurt each other?’ But the man who was mistreating the other pushed Moses aside and said, ‘Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’ When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.” Acts 7:20-29

Imagine being the only man or woman in your generation. God has this amazing way – when you entrust him with your life, and when you realize that there’s something inside you that can be awakened by God, He can REwrite your story from the very day you were born.

If you don’t allow God to expand your borders, let you dream new dreams and enter into your imagination, then your soul can harden, and it will feel as if there’s nothing extraordinary about you.

Even when we can’t comprehend or explain it, God is able to REwrite parts of our story that were buried deep, and to create something even better than we could imagine.

“You are God’s instrument for creating the future only HE imagines right now.” – Erwin McManus

God created you to create. He designed you to design. Because you were born no ordinary child.

Just as God himself started this whole story of the universe by creating, He wants to live inside your imaginations, your creations, and REwrite your story – all the way from the beginning, to your last breath and beyond.

 

Watch the full message here:


05.29.2016 – Nate Blouse – REmember: The Power of a Memory Pt. 2

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This Sunday, May 29th, 2016, at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas, our special guest Nate Blouse unpacked part two to our REmember: The Power of a Memory series.

REmember: The Power of a Memory

What is a memory? A memory is the ability of the mind to store and remember information. If you REmember your past, it is your past perception of reality to your present reality hindering and redefining what your future destiny will look like.

Until around the age of 12, your brain is in a mode called alpha mode, or receiving mode, where it is creating a foundation of information through experience that shapes your worldview of how you live life and relate to God.

These foundational experiences are stored as memory files (imaginations) and have three components:

  1. My perceptions of the facts of an experience.
  2. My beliefs about myself and my world based on my perceptions.
  3. The feelings that I felt as I went through the experience.

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Genesis 6:5

An imagination is a series of statements linked together, statement by statement, to form an “intellectual framework” by which the image of the imagination is supported. This framework carries the weight of the image in our souls.

Your memory has three components:

  1. The image that my mind recorded.
  2. The belief statements.
  3.  The emotions that I felt.

As an adult, your mind uses those memories, or imaginations, as a foundation to make decisions and interpret life as it comes to you. If the memory your mind brings to your present situation is positive and truth based, you will make wise choices and interact in a mature way with those around you. If the memory your mind brings to your present situation is negative, and the statements in it are lie based, then you will make wrong choices and interact in an immature way with those around you.

It is these negative foundational memories that we want to focus on. From the beginning God gave us the blue print for mind renewal.

Principles for emotional health:

  1. God is the Creator.
  2. We have a creator who created us in His Image and likeness.
  3. He created us with emotions.
  4. I am allowed to have and feel every emotion that I experience.
  5. My emotions are a state of being.
  6. None of my emotions are right, and none of my emotions are wrong. They just are.
  7. My emotions are not the problem.
  8. My emotions are the indicator and messenger of a problem.
  9. Once I resolve the problem that my negative emotions are attached to, other negative emotions go away.

God created you to feel. And He created us to be like HIM. God changes the look and the feeling of those memories inside. What we do is self-maintenance, and what God does is God-maintenance, and at the end, there is no more maintenance.

The Old Man (Adam) is dead, but the the image remains.

“And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.” 1 Corinthians 15:49

What memory does God want to bring up to you? What memory do you need healing?

Watch the full message here: