A Time of Pruning…     Lonnie Ellis     August 4, 2012    Blazing Fire Church
Core Values #3 An #3. An atmosphere Father’s Love love.       Atmosphere of the of the Father’s        John 3:16-17; 1John...
Core Values         #3. An atmosphere3:16-17Father’s love.                     John of the                              NK...
Core Values                    John 3:16-17        #3. An atmosphere of the Father’s love.                      The Messag...
A Father’s Love                 Romans 5:8-10                         KKJV8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in...
A Father’s Love                 Romans 5:8-10                       The MessageChrist arrives right on time to make this h...
My message for tonight
A Time of Pruning
A Time of Pruning                  John 15:2                      AMP Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stop...
A Time of Pruningto cut or lop off undesired twigs, branches,or roots from; to trim.to rid, remove or clear of anythingund...
A Time of PruningSometimes we can go through things and wonder what isgoing on, we’re living obedient faithful lives, trus...
Areas of Pruning happening            in my life My words       Letting go of offense  My thoughts   Confrontation (in Lov...
Pruning producesSpiritual maturity, Deeper levels of intimacy, Kingdompromotion, Greater influence in the world around you...
Areas of Pruning needed            In your life Because He Loves you and is for youLets take a few minutes in private pray...
A Time of Pruning    It it time to trade in mediocrity for a life    of consequence?    Do you want to experience the joy ...
A Question to Ponder?
"Do you want God to be the God you want           Him to be in your life                    orARE YOU WILLING to let God b...
Old Joke: God will save meThere was an old man sitting on his porch watching the rain fall. Prettysoon the water was comin...

An hour later the water was up to the roof and a third rescueboat approached the old man, and tried to get him to come wi...
The AWE of God                 Awe:An overwhelming feeling of reverence,admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is ...
The AWE of God   Job 38:1-41       NKJVThe Lord Reveals HisOmnipotence to Job
1   Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:2“Who is this who darkens counsel By words withoutknowledge?...
7When the morning stars sang together, And all the sonsofGod shouted for joy?8 “Or who shut in the sea with doors, When it...
12“Have you commanded the morning since your daysbegan,And caused the dawn to know its place,13That it might take hold of ...
17Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Or haveyouseen the doors of the shadow of death?18 Have you comprehended t...
22“Have you entered the treasury of snow, Or have you seenthe treasury of hail,23Which I have reserved for the time of tro...
27To satisfy the desolate waste, And cause to spring forththegrowth of tender grass? Has the rain a father? Or who has beg...
32Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season? Or can youguide the Great Bear with its cubs?33Do you know the ordinances of ...
37Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who canpour out the bottles of heaven,38When the dust hardens in clumps, And the...
The is     OUR AMAZING DADDYWho is passionately in love with us and for us
The AWE of GodLets never lose sight of it in our lives
"Do you want God to be the God you want           Him to be in your life                    orARE YOU WILLING to let God b...
Core Values  #3 An Atmosphere of the Father’s LoveJohn 3:16-17; 1John 3:1; Jeremiah 31:3; 1Peter 4:8; Ephesians 3:16-199• ...
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"Do you want God to be the God you want Him to be in your life
or ARE YOU WILLING to let God be the God that He wants to be in your life?" Pastor Lonnie Ellis shares transparently about his walk with God - and encourages the rest of us to welcome God's pruning, so that our life will be more fruitful.... The podcast is at www.blazingfire.org for August 4, 2012.

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  1. 1. A Time of Pruning… Lonnie Ellis August 4, 2012 Blazing Fire Church
  2. 2. Core Values #3 An #3. An atmosphere Father’s Love love. Atmosphere of the of the Father’s John 3:16-17; 1John 3:1; Jeremiah 31:3; 1Peter 4:8;9• Daddy loves us, not because of what we do or don’t do, butbecause we are His!
• God is in a good mood—He is not mad atus!
• Love wins! People flourish when they are loved!
• We loveeach other as brothers and sisters in one family with the love wehave received from our Father!
• Love is the best indicator of theauthenticity of God’s handiwork
  3. 3. Core Values #3. An atmosphere3:16-17Father’s love. John of the NKJV16 ForGod so loved the world that He gave His only begottenSon, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but haveeverlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the worldto condemn the world, but that the world through Him mightbe saved.
  4. 4. Core Values John 3:16-17 #3. An atmosphere of the Father’s love. The Message"This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, hisone and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need bedestroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole andlasting life. God didnt go to all the trouble of sending his Sonmerely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad itwas. He came to help, to put the world right again.
  5. 5. A Father’s Love Romans 5:8-10 KKJV8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in thatwhile we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Muchmore then, having now been justified by His blood, weshall be saved from wrath through Him. 0 For if when we 1were enemies we were reconciled to God through thedeath of His Son, much more, having been reconciled,we shall be saved by His life.
  6. 6. A Father’s Love Romans 5:8-10 The MessageChrist arrives right on time to make this happen. Hedidnt, and doesnt, wait for us to get ready. Hepresented himself for this sacrificial death when we werefar too weak and rebellious to do anything to getourselves ready. And even if we hadnt been so weak,we wouldnt have known what to do anyway. We canunderstand someone dying for a person worth dying for,and we can understand how someone good and noblecould inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put hislove on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificialdeath while we were of no use whatever to him.
  7. 7. My message for tonight
  8. 8. A Time of Pruning
  9. 9. A Time of Pruning John 15:2 AMP Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takesaway); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit
  10. 10. A Time of Pruningto cut or lop off undesired twigs, branches,or roots from; to trim.to rid, remove or clear of anythingundesirable.Allowing God in to deal with areas in yourlife that He is highlighting
  11. 11. A Time of PruningSometimes we can go through things and wonder what isgoing on, we’re living obedient faithful lives, trusting inGod, knowing Him, reading the Word, yet things are hardand times testing.Take heart. You are being pruned to create more andmore fruit.It wasn’t that you weren’t fruitful it is that there isopportunityfor more fruit. Pruning involves cutting and breaking ofbranches. That can hurt. But growth comes. Pruning isdone with tender care by the master gardener who knowswhat to do to produce the best crop, the best growth.Allow him to shape you.
  12. 12. Areas of Pruning happening in my life My words Letting go of offense My thoughts Confrontation (in Love) My eyes My teeth and body weight Writing Deeper Forgiveness
  13. 13. Pruning producesSpiritual maturity, Deeper levels of intimacy, Kingdompromotion, Greater influence in the world around you,People drawn to you, Humility, Meekness, and much,much more… Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
  14. 14. Areas of Pruning needed In your life Because He Loves you and is for youLets take a few minutes in private prayer and invite Holy Spirit to show us any areas in our lives or hearts that He might want to start the pruning process
  15. 15. A Time of Pruning It it time to trade in mediocrity for a life of consequence? Do you want to experience the joy of making maximum impact for God? Join Bruce Wilkerson for a journey through John 15.
  16. 16. A Question to Ponder?
  17. 17. "Do you want God to be the God you want Him to be in your life orARE YOU WILLING to let God be the God that He wants to be in your life?" quoted by: Lonnie Ellis
  18. 18. Old Joke: God will save meThere was an old man sitting on his porch watching the rain fall. Prettysoon the water was coming over the porch and into the house.

The oldman was still sitting there when a rescue boat came and the people onboard said, "You cant stay here you have to come with us."

The oldman replied, "No, God will save me." So the boat left. A little while laterthe water was up to the second floor, and another rescue boat came,and again told the old man he had to come with them.The old man again replied, "God will save me." So the boat left him
  19. 19. 
An hour later the water was up to the roof and a third rescueboat approached the old man, and tried to get him to come withthem.

Again the old man refused to leave stating that, "God willgrant a miracle & save me." So the boat left him again.

Soonafter, the man drowns and goes to heaven, and when he seesGod he asks him, "Why didnt you save me? I thought you wouldgrand me a miracle and you have let me down."

God replied,"You idiot, I dont know what youre complaining about. I sentthree boats after you!!"
  20. 20. The AWE of God Awe:An overwhelming feeling of reverence,admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like: in awe of God
  21. 21. The AWE of God Job 38:1-41 NKJVThe Lord Reveals HisOmnipotence to Job
  22. 22. 1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:2“Who is this who darkens counsel By words withoutknowledge?3Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and youshall answer Me.4“Where were you when I laid the foundations of theearth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding.5Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or whostretched the line upon it?6To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid itscornerstone,
  23. 23. 7When the morning stars sang together, And all the sonsofGod shouted for joy?8 “Or who shut in the sea with doors, When it burst forthandissued from the womb;9 When I made the clouds its garment, And thick darknessits swaddling band;10 When I fixed My limit for it, And set bars and doors; When I said, ‘This far you may come, but no farther,11And here your proud waves must stop!’
  24. 24. 12“Have you commanded the morning since your daysbegan,And caused the dawn to know its place,13That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And thewicked be shaken out of it?14 It takes on form like clay under a seal, And stands outlike a garment.15From the wicked their light is withheld, And theupraised arm is broken. “Have you entered the springs of the sea? Or have you16walked in search of the depths?
  25. 25. 17Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Or haveyouseen the doors of the shadow of death?18 Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth? TellMe,if you know all this. “Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness,19where is its place,20That you may take it to its territory, That you may knowthe paths to its home?21Do you know it, because you were born then, Orbecause the number of your days is great?
  26. 26. 22“Have you entered the treasury of snow, Or have you seenthe treasury of hail,23Which I have reserved for the time of trouble, For the dayof battle and war?24By what way is light diffused, Or the east wind scatteredoverthe earth?25“Who has divided a channel for the overflowing water,Or a path for the thunderbolt, To cause it to rain on a land where there is no one, A26wilderness in which there is no man;
  27. 27. 27To satisfy the desolate waste, And cause to spring forththegrowth of tender grass? Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of28dew?29From whose womb comes the ice? And the frost ofheaven, who gives it birth?30The waters harden like stone, And the surface of thedeep is frozen.31“Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, Or loose thebelt of Orion?
  28. 28. 32Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season? Or can youguide the Great Bear with its cubs?33Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can youset their dominion over the earth?34“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, That anabundance of water may cover you?35Can you send out lightnings, that they may go, And sayto you, ‘Here we are!’?36Who has put wisdom in the mind? Or who has givenunderstanding to the heart?
  29. 29. 37Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who canpour out the bottles of heaven,38When the dust hardens in clumps, And the clods clingtogether?39“Can you hunt the prey for the lion, Or satisfy theappetite of the young lions,40 When they crouch in their dens, Or lurk in their lairs tolie in wait?41Who provides food for the raven, When its youngones cry to God, And wander about for lack of food?
  30. 30. The is OUR AMAZING DADDYWho is passionately in love with us and for us
  31. 31. The AWE of GodLets never lose sight of it in our lives
  32. 32. "Do you want God to be the God you want Him to be in your life orARE YOU WILLING to let God be the God that He wants to be in your life?" quoted by: Lonnie Ellis
  33. 33. Core Values #3 An Atmosphere of the Father’s LoveJohn 3:16-17; 1John 3:1; Jeremiah 31:3; 1Peter 4:8; Ephesians 3:16-199• Daddy loves us, not because of what we do or don’t do, butbecause we are His!
• God is in a good mood—He is not mad atus!
• Love wins! People flourish when they are loved!
• We loveeach other as brothers and sisters in one family with the love wehave received from our Father!
• Love is the best indicator of theauthenticity of God’s handiwork
  34. 34. Ministry Team

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