READY. AIM. FIRE (at your Purpose)
Ready – Aim, aim, aim, aim…. Never fire (“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive but it’s the lightning that does the work”)
Ready – Making all the noises about your faith (Thunder)
Aim – Even quote scriptures (Thunder)
Fire – It’s the “Action” the lightning that counts
Romans 8:28 (NIV) – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Definiteness* of purpose is the starting point of all achievement
– W. Clement Stone
Definiteness = Mind made up; Desire; persistence; not vague.
By Pastor George Lehman
Hebrews 10:21-24 (KJV) – 21And having an high priest over the house of God; 22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.
The Hebrew writer is calling out the church to get active. He gives us a three-step trigger so that we will be armed to live an On Purpose Life.
First: “Let us draw near” (It’s a personal intimate relationship)
- Summed up in a short sentence: Get close to God – Stay close to God.
He says – “Take advantage of this privilege of coming before God.”
Notice : “It’s always your move”
Hebrews 4:16 (NIV) – Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Psalm 73:28 (Amp) – But as for me, it is good for me to draw near to God; I have made the Lord God my refuge and placed my trust in Him, That I may tell of all Your works.
The WARNING: Isaiah 29:13 (NIV) – The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.”
Romans 10:1-2(NIV) – 1Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. 2For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.
Notice: It is possible to have zeal for God and be lost.
James 4:8 (Amp) – Come close to God [with a contrite heart] and He will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; and purify your [unfaithful] hearts, you double-minded [people].
The priests who served in the Temple had to wash their hands and feet before entering the Holy Place.
Drawing near is to become clean to live an on Purpose life.
Secondly: He commanded them to “Hold fast” – “Your profession without wavering”
The Hebrew writer uses as similar phrase five times before this.
They were tempted to drift from the truth and live a compromising life.
They were allowing the world to get them down – They were giving over to “What’s the use.”
Titus 1:16 (NIV) – They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
The encouragement to the church is as Paul told Timothy
1 Timothy 6:12 (NIV) – Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
Your confession (profession) of faith is not simply letting others know that you believe. Confession of faith means you also let others know what you believe.
We must continue, steadfast and unshakable in the faith we profess to have.
¯¯ We need to pay close attention to this! ¯¯
Thirdly: The word “Consider”
Hebrews 10:24 (NIV) – And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
This word has a sharp, pokey edge to it – like “Prodding” (like a cattle prodder)
It’s a word that calls every child of God to live very specific with other believers.
The Hebrew writer says: Stir up, love and good works
Jesus said: John 13:35 (NIV) – By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Paul said: Galatians 6:10 (NIV) – Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Philippians 2:1-4 (NIV) – 1If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
1 Peter 1:22 (NIV) – Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.
Hebrews 10:25 (NIV) – Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
That’s why it’s important not to miss going to church and home cells.
These are great places for encouragement.
Giving special attention to our brothers and sisters circumstances, trails, temptations, weaknesses and needs.
- We need to “fire each other up” or prod one another.
- Promote genuine love for one another
- Take up our common responsibilities by setting a godly example
- Loving, serving, giving and caring
These 3 Triggers must be implemented because they affect the quality of a person’s relationship with God.
We understand we cannot do it without the help of the Holy Spirit’s power in us.
These responsibilities are interwoven – when you drop the ball on one of them, then you probably are dropping the ball on all of them.
Triggers: #1 – Draw Near to God
#2 – Hold fast to our profession
#3 – Consider others
- We need to keep the faith in our own individual lives
- Corporately we need to keep meeting together regularly.
- We must watch out for those who need their faith strengthened, their obedience made complete, and their love made more perfect, their good works increased.
So that we will stand before Jesus one day and hear Him say: “Well Done”