Deeper Still, For Real

Session One – Priscilla Shirer

Priscilla taught from 1 Chronicles 14 and made several preliminary statements before she started digging into the text:

– David knew WHOSE he was and WHO he was.
– What if we all remembered WHOSE we are?
– What if we all remembered that we are, like David, ESTABLISHED in Him? Just as God established the Earth (Psalm 119:90), He established each one of us.
– David was anointed as king; an anointing is divine empowerment, an enablement to accomplish God’s purposes in your life.
– 2 Peter 1:3 tells us that at the moment of salvation we receive everything we need for godliness and life.
– As a believer, understand that whatever season of life you’re in is not by chance; God has EQUIPPED and ANOINTED you for it.

(Somebody say, “COME ON, NOW”)

With all that background info in place, Priscilla moved on to the heart of her message.

1. Life is a battlefield. And when the enemy knows that you have recognized what your anointing is, the anointing guarantees opposition.

– David’s first mission was to bring the ark of God back to the center of Israel; David wanted it at the center of everything, literally and figuratively.
– We would do well as believers to call back the ark of God every single day – in every single circumstance.
– Even though David’s attempts to bring back the ark weren’t perfect, GOD HONORED HIS HEART. God doesn’t want perfect; He wants passionate.
– We have a Father whose heart for us is love.
– We have an enemy who seeks to kill, steal and destroy.

2. Anointing guarantees you access to God.

– When David goes out against the Philistines, he goes to God before he makes a single move.
– David knows that before he fights the enemy, he has to go to God.
– Sometimes we hesitate to go to God because we feel guilty or bogged down by our own sin; remember that HE KNOWS ALL OF IT and calls us to Him anyway.
– Prayer is the most potent weapon that you have to fight the enemy.

3. The anointing gives you specific, divine direction from God.

– Even when the situation with the Philistines looked the same – when they raided the valley again – God had different instructions for what David needed to do.
– When we face battles we’ve fought before, God may not want us to approach battles the same way we did the last time. And we can’t know what His specific direction is unless we seek Him through prayer and His Word.
– Romans 1:20 tells us that God’s general revelation is available for all human beings, saved or unsaved.
– 1 Corinthians 2:14 tells us that we cannot receive specific revelations from the Spirit of God unless we have received that Spirit. The natural man cannot understand those things.
– Henry Blackaby said, “The more you know God, the better you can hear God.”
– We must be intentional about spending time in the Word so that we can get to know our God, so that we can recognize His voice.
– Even with weird instructions, David did exactly what God told him to do – because he knew God was speaking to him.

4. We get supernatural results when we obey God.

– The bottom line: if you want supernatural results, BE OBEDIENT.
– (and I thought: we can only obey God if we KNOW His Word.)
– (and I also thought: all too often we rely on how we “feel” about a decision instead of waiting on God to give us a specific answer)

Two final questions:

– Does the anointing live in you?
– If you know the anointing lives in you, are you fully living in it?

And that, my friends, was just the first session.

Session Two – Beth Moore

You should understand from the get-go that Beth mentioned Christy Nockels’ name at the beginning of her session.

It took me several minutes to recover from the realization that Christy was in the arena with us, so my notes at the beginning might be a smidge spotty.

And I’m not saying my behavior was Biblical. I’m just saying that in my notes, above the words “Session Two,” it also says, “CHRISTY NOCKELS” – SO I WOULD REMEMBER THE MOMENT- and y’all know that for a full five minutes after Beth said her name I was scanning the crowd and trying to find Christy’s hair.

I’m just being honest.

And don’t even get me started about how preoccupied I was with Angela Cottrell‘s jeans. Cutest jeans ever. I’m just sayin’.

And seriously: during Beth’s session I took most of my notes in my Bible because she was dealing with some passages that I hadn’t studied much before. Unfortunately, there’s just no way to accurately represent all the circles and brackets and arrows and exclamation points that are in my margins.

Beth taught from 2 Samuel 6 and 7, and she started off discussing the idea of “This Far” Moments with God (2 Samuel 7:18) – times when you can’t believe that, by God’s grace, you’re not where you once were.

A few preliminaries:

– We, as believers, are the HOUSE OF GOD (Luke 2:4, 1 Peter 2:4-5).
– The fresh realization of what God has done for us will be the most astonishing moments we ever have with God (I’m not sure, but I may have said “Amen” after this remark; since I grew up in the Methodist church, I seem to have blocked out the memory).
– When obstacles come, those of us who struggle with fear have to choose: are you going to obey your fear or obey God? (I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it, but fear is my NUMBER ONE spiritual battle. So that question resonated with me just a bit.)
– We have to learn, as believers, to transfer the burden of our probelms to the Word.

And the big questions:

– What can we do to cooperate with God so that our “This Far” enables people to see Him – and what He’s done – more clearly? What does it take for the “house of God” to be evident in our lives?

1. We have to move past our devastation with God.

– We see this with David in 2 Samuel 6.
– When God struck down Uzzah for being irreverent with the ark of God, David was ANGRY with Him and AFRAID of Him. Whether we admit it or not, we have moments like that, too.
– It throws us when God doesn’t “cooperate” with what we think He should do.
– When we distance ourselves from Him, it’s usually because we don’t trust Him.
– The enemy is banking on you never getting over that disappointment with God.
– David was devastated by what God did to Uzzah, but his ultimate ministry was on the other side of that devastation. You can’t let the enemy hold you in a place of anger and fear. (emphasis mine)
– We’re going to trust something…and if we’re not trusting God, what is it?

2. We have to return to wholehearted obedience.

(By the way, most of my notes on this point are in my Bible – and off the top of my head I don’t know the best way to replicate that.)

– 1 Chronicles 15:12-15: He said to them, “You are the heads of the Levitical families; you and your fellow Levites are to consecrate yourselves and bring up the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel, to the place I have prepared for it. It was because you, the Levites, did not bring it up the first time that the LORD our God broke out in anger against us. We did not inquire of him about how to do it in the prescribed way.” So the priests and Levites consecrated themselves in order to bring up the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel. And the Levites carried the ark of God with the poles on their shoulders, as Moses had commanded in accordance with the word of the LORD.
– In order for the “house of God” to be evident in our lives, we have to do what God asks us to do.
– Devastation not dealt with can turn into disobedience.
– We have to remember Psalm 126:5-6: Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.
– Song of Songs 6:12 – one expositor’s translation says, “I knew not my heart; it made of me the chariots of Ammi-nadab.” When we pull back our passions from Him, those passions will end up on a “new cart,” so to speak.

3. We have to have the courage to see the fulfillment of God’s promises to us.

(Notes are in my Bible again)

– 2 Samuel 7:20-29: “What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Sovereign LORD. For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.

“How great you are, O Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears. And who is like your people Israel—the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, and to make a name for himself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations and their gods from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt? You have established your people Israel as your very own forever, and you, O LORD, have become their God.

“And now, LORD God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised, so that your name will be great forever. Then men will say, ‘The LORD Almighty is God over Israel!’ And the house of your servant David will be established before you.

“O LORD Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to offer you this prayer. O Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your words are trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, O Sovereign LORD, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.”

– We can leave a legacy of faith and obedience that will make the house of God evident and be a testimony to our “This Far.”
– We have to remember that God has GOOD THINGS for us. That doesn’t mean those things will be painless – but they will be good.

Session Three – Kay Arthur

Kay focused on the story of David and Bathsheba, using it as an illustration of the importance of seeking God at the different crossroads in our lives. And she started with a strong passage from Jeremiah 18:11-13: Now therefore say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, “This is what the LORD says: Look! I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.” But they will reply, “It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; each of us will follow the stubbornness of his evil heart.”

Here are some preliminary remarks she made:

– Something is terribly wrong with Christendom in our country…we’re a nation who has no idea what or who it believes.
– In our weariness, we can be tempted to let our guard down and indulge the flesh.
– When we find ourselves at a crossroads, we can make a CHOICE to go one of two ways: 1) our way 2) Deeper Still into God’s Word and God’s way.
– David’s story shows us that you can’t try to hide your sins from God and expect to prosper; and we have to remember that God knows it all anyway.
– What do we miss from God at the crossroads when we start walking our own way, doing our own thing?

Five Things About Sin

(Miss Kay used illustrations from her own life for each of these points; she’s very candid about the fact that even though she knew the Lord as a young woman, she did not always choose to walk in the light of Truth. But since is the INTERNET, I’m not going to share all the details…plus, they’re her stories to tell, not mine. But if you ever get a chance to hear her speak in person, you should RUN – not walk – to the event. She is phenomenal.)

1. Sin not dealt with will take you farther than you ever wanted to go.

– David didn’t do what he was supposed to do in 2 Samuel 11. And at every crossroads, he made a decision to cover sin with sin. He initially shirked responsibility; but as he tried to cover his mistakes more and more, descended into sin far greater than he could have ever imagined. He became a murderer.

2. When you sin, you are despising God and His Word.

– Books are not God’s Word, yet people want to read books about the Bible instead of the Bible itself.
– TV is not God’s Word.
– Honor God’s Word above everything else.

3. Sin is evil.

– James 4:17
– 1 John 3:4
– 1 John 3:17
– Romans 14:23

(And while I know she didn’t do this for show, I just want to mention that Miss Kay recited every one of these verses from memory; God’s Word just POURS out of her. She is an inspiration.)

4. The temptation to sin is not more than you can bear.

– 1 Corinthians 10:13 lets us know that God will always, ALWAYS make a way of escape.
– We need to remember that the flesh will always say “gimme” – but the Spirit is always holy.

5. Sin costs you more than you ever expected to pay.

– Numbers 32:23 tells us that our sin will find us out. There’s no use trying to hide sin from God – HE KNOWS.
– We need to confess the sin in our life so that we don’t fall into the same pattern that David did.
– Sin will take you farther, keep you longer, and cost you more than you ever expected.

6. Sin will cause the enemies of God to blaspheme His name.

But we must also remember the grace of God.

David goes “Deeper Still” into the grace of God by confessing His sin.

Psalm 51:17 – God will not despise a broken and contrite heart.

And if God has forgiven you, that instance of sin is OVER. Moaning and groaning about your sins is an affront to the grace of God. Live in the guilt and be worthless or accept God’s graciousness and move on. (COME ON, NOW)

So what is grace?

1. Grace is favor (benefit, kindness, charis). It’s available because God is (Psalm 84:11).

2. Grace is power. (2 Corinthians 12)

3. Grace is previous. (Ephesians 1:3, 1 Chronicles 29:14)

*Grace is not license to sin but the power to overcome it.*

God restored David’s joy and gave him the plans for the house of God. Accept God’s grace – and USE IT FOR HIS GLORY because HE WILL REDEEM YOUR SIN.

One more thing:

During the question and answer session (which was hilarious, by the way), someone asked a question about how you know when God is calling you into ministry. Two comments really stood out to me. Kay Arthur said, “Don’t aspire to ministry; aspire to obedience” (isn’t that HUGE?) and Beth Moore said, “As you serve wherever you’re called, make sure to talk to your children about what you’re doing; let them know that there is no greater joy than serving the Lord.”

And the people said: AMEN.

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