Pastor Rick Mora

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Water Bottle

Water Bottle

Living Water

God is looking for water Boy’s and water Girls to serve

The LIVING WATER

The Lord expects us to water others.

Proverbs 11:25

The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.

2 Timothy 1:1-14

Imagine that we are at a marathon race. Many contestants are lined up at the starting point, but one especially catches your eye.

He’s in his sixties, but he looks much older. You can tell that his body has endured many hardships. The thought goes through your mind that the old guy could die on the course. You wonder, “Why

is he even in the race?”

But as the race gets underway, you’re amazed that the old man holds his own. In fact, he even pulls in front of the pack. And to your utter astonishment, as you stand at the finish line, you see him

Sprinting far ahead of his competitors.

As he comes across the line,

You expect him to collapse in a heap. But, instead, he turns and trots back to an earlier point in the course where a younger man in his late thirties seems to be losing steam.

The older man jogs alongside the younger man, saying, “Come on, you can make it! Hang in there!

Don’t quit!

If that really happened, I would want to know,

What does this old guy have that I lack?” Clearly, the old man knows something about endurance. He is an example of how to finish well.

I didn’t make up that story. It really happened, but in the spiritual race, not in an actual marathon. We read about it in Paul’s second letter to Timothy.

The apostle was in his sixties, but his body bore the marks of much suffering. He was in a cold, damp dungeon in Rome, about A.D. 67, awaiting execution at the hands of Nero.

There were many reasons that he could have been discouraged even quiet the race.

In 1:15, he writes, “all who are in Asia turned away from me.”

In 4:10, he mentions Demas, whom he had formerly called a fellow worker.

But now he had deserted Paul, having loved this present world.

In 2 Timothy 4:14, he warns Timothy about Alexander the coppersmith, who did Paul much harm.

In the Race of Life

God wants to ask you this morning will you refresh others for me.

2 Timothy 1:16

What Refreshed Paul

1 Corinthians 16:15-18

Philemon 1:4-7

2 Timothy 1:16-18

Onesiphorus was one of Paul’s Spiritual Sons and he loved Paul so deeply and unconditionally that he sought him out in his suffering.

2 Corinthians 7:6

Do you see the example here? God uses people to refresh people.

We see this time of Refreshing in the life of David by Jonathan

1 Samuel 23: 16-17

That was all David needed to hear and immediately his Spirit was Refreshed to go on.

Refresh:

The word Refresh means, to make fresh again.

Refresh” in Greek means to “properly cool off or to relieve.” Paul was refreshed by Onesiphorus’ steadfast, consistent presence in his life.

What makes you fresh?

A cold shower

A good night’s sleep

A week’s vacation

All the above are true and more we can add but let me ask you?

What refreshes you spiritually?

2 Timothy 1:16 Paul say’s for he often Refreshed me.

Onesiphorus name means “profit bearer.”

As believers in Jesus Christ, we are called to bring joy and blessing to those around us.

Onesiphorus was interested in the lives of others. We can see in Verse 17 that when he went to Rome, he sought Paul out “very zealously.” His life was not consumed with his own concerns, but was devoted to encouraging others.

We need an Onesiphorus in our lives, and we need to be an Onesiphorus in others’ lives.

Let us seek ways to serve and refresh one another.

Who refreshes you, and will you refresh others?

John 4:6

We see the women at the well, Jesus us there being wearied from his journey, sat by the well

Verses 7-15

The women at the well, will you give me a drink?

Other words Jesus asked the women to bring him some refreshment, even thou it was him who was Living Waters.

Jesus asked us as well to bring him something that will refresh.

God has called us to be reservoirs of his love and flowing rivers of living water.

Proverbs 11:25

The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.

Matthew 25: 31-46

The Lord expects us to water others.

It’s not enough to go through life living for ourselves only.

Proverbs 11:25

Gives a great promise in applying this principle, “And he who waters will also be watered.

One way we can refresh the heart of Jesus is by watering others. Jesus talked about water more than once. He tells us that when we give a drink to others we have done it unto Him.

Let me ask you this Question?

Where are the water boys and water Girls?

John 4:

This woman is considered as a water Girl.

Jesus imparted to her water, that she did not have to draw from an earthly well so that she would never thirst again spiritually.

This living overflowing, refreshing water, gave her the power, the ability, the anointing to serve this LIVING WATER to the entire village of samaria verse 28

The world is saying water boy, water Girl I need a fresh drink of the living water.

The question here again is will you serve the world, the Living water that was given to you, for it will flow out of you, a well of water springing up to eternal life for others.

There are 2 types of people

Those that need the LIVING WATER, and those who will give the LIVING WATER

Which one are you?

Luke 4

Let’s use the verses below to “WATER” ourselves and one another.

MONDAY: And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but

encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is

drawing near.

Hebrews 10:25 (NLT)

Tuesday: But the good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s message and

produce a huge harvest–thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been

planted.” Mark 4:20

(You might want to read the whole parable — Mark 4:1-20

Wednesday: The generous prosper and are satisfied;

those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 (NLT)

Thursday: God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help

each other, passing on to others God’s many kinds of blessings. 1 Peter 4:10 (Living)

Friday: “Bring one-tenth of your income into the storehouse so that there may be food

in my house. Test me in this way,” says the Lord of Armies. “See if I won’t open the

windows of heaven for you and flood you with blessings.”

Malachi 3:10

Pastor Rick


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The Open Door 2010

The Open Door 2010


“That God would open to us a Door for the Word”

Colossians 4:2-6

Colossians 4:2-6

2 Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; 3 meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, 4 that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Verse 3

That God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, 4 that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

God would open to us.

  • Favor
  • A Door
  • Arena
  • Platform

From which he might declare his message,

  • The Gospel

Verse 3

For the Word

We must see that Paul had a Goal,

  • A purpose in mind for an open door.
  • To proclaim the mystery of Christ “Salvation”

Paul had a Goal for The Open Door

That the door to be opened in the lives of unbelievers, that the Gospel message would be clear and powerful through the Door.

  • Do you ever pray for people to have the opportunity to share salvation?
  • To share the gospel with others.
  • That it be clear?
  • Do you pray for opportunities for yourself?

As a church, we’re looking for new opportunities to share the message about Jesus.

Verse 5

5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.

“Outsiders” are people, who aren’t Christians,

  • Who are out-side the kingdom of God.

Paul assumes that the Colossians are hanging out with them, and not avoiding them.

  • And he’s calling us to be wise about our behavior because as followers of Jesus,
  • We’re always on display.
  • We’re always being watched.

The Open Door!!

Act 14:27

27 Now when they had come and gathered the church together, they reported all that God had done with them, and that He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.

1 Cor 16: 8-9

8 But I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentecost. 9 For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

2 Cor 2:12

12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened to me by the Lord,

We need to understand that Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter.

And what does he ask for in Prayer?

Release from Prison? No

A favorable verdict at his coming trial? No

Paul wanted God to open a door for the message,

  • not himself – WOW

The Message, the Gospel is what got him in Jail in the first place.

Paul wants the opportunity to talk to the Guards about Jesus in a way that they will understand.

Paul wants God to Tweak/intervene/Work in the circumstances.

  • To soften their hearts, so they’ll listen to the Message..

Paul’s prayer was that they the Colossians would partner with him in ministry by prayer etc.

In Closing Let Read about how God Moved in Prison, for the MESAAGE/DELIVEANCE/SALVATION

Act 16:16 Example of the open Door!!

Pastor Rick Mora

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