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The Strength of God’s Joy


I. Joy
A. We are body, soul, and spirit
1. Our body or flesh is about pleasure
2. Our soul (will, emotions, intellect) is about happiness (self-defined and influenced by the environment, circumstances, external influences
3. Our Spirit (if we have the Holy Spirit) is about joy
B. Nehemiah 8:10 The Joy of the Lord is our strength is about Joy that is of God
C. Source of God’s Joy
1. Eccl 2: 26: God gives wisdom and knowledge along with Joy
2. John 15: 9-11 and 17: 13: Jesus gives us his Joy to make our joy complete or full.
3. Gal 5: 22 fruit of spirit includes joy; Acts 13: 52 fill with Holy Spirit and Joy
D. ask Jesus for the joy (John 16: 24)

II. Use Joy in trials and tribulations
A. James 1: 2-3: count it all joy when testing of our faith for it will produce patience
B. Luke 6: 20-23: Understand that we are blessed when poor; hungry; weeping; reviled and hated because God promises are there
1. Understanding and believing God is in control in these trials
2. We can respond with rejoicing and leaping for joy
C. Acts 5: 41: apostles judged, thrown in jail, commanded not to teach Jesus, and beaten…yet they rejoiced because they were counted worthy to suffer shame for Jesus’ namesake.
D. Hab 3: 17-18: Even when circumstances are dire, use Joy
1. Decide to rejoice
2. Focus on God and the God of our salvation for joy
E. sorrow turned into joy (John 16: 20)

III. Exceeding Great Inexpressible Joy
A. 1 Peter 4: 12-13
1. firey trial: should not surprise us nor should we feel it uncalled for
2. partake in Christ’s sufferings is a reason to joy
3. His glory revealed as we complete suffering trial
4. glad with exceeding joy
B. 1 Peter 1: 6
1. when we stop to recall that God the Father and Lord Jesus Christ placed us with living hope (vs 3) and incorruptible inheritance (vs4) and kept by the power of God (vs5) we greatly rejoice (leap for joy)
2. greatly rejoice while in our various trials
C. 1 Peter 1: 8
1. even when we can’t see Jesus in our situation (though he promises to never leave nor forsake us), we believe
2. we rejoice with joy inexpressible
D. Psalms 68: 3 levels of joy
1. let the righteous be glad (realize their joy)
2. let the righteous rejoice before God (express their joy)
3. let the righteous rejoice exceedingly (uncontained overflowing joy that affects our soul and our body)
E. Psalms 16: 11 there is a fulness of joy – in God’s presence

IV. Strength of God’s Joy
A. we get it from the Father (along with wisdom and knowledge) and the Son (along with abiding in His love) and the Spirit (along with power)
B. we choose, as Habbakuk did, to joy
C. we anticipate our joy to grow from realization to expression to over the top
D. Power of the Holy Spirit with over the Joy (Romans 15: 13)
1. God of hope
2. Fill us with ALL (levels and from all sources) of JOY and peace
3. we believe we will abound in hope
4. we believe this will be with the power of the Holy Spirit
E. Amplified Bible:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises
F. Use joy as a tactical weapon in your spiritual battles and your trials

Tom Goka Our Testimony


I. Revelations 12: 11
A. One of three weapons for us to overcome the enemy
1. Blood of the Lamb
3. Not loving OUR lives unto death
B. A testimony is the equivalent of evidence – to affirm, support, prove
1. a means for us to rise above influences of our past
2. also to rise above our fears
3. provide hope because of what we know God can do
4. remind us what God has done and is capable of doing
5. along with not loving our lives to the death, testimony put to death the past (2 Cor 5: 17)
6. remind us that we are coming out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9)
7. MOST IMPORTANT: to declare the Goodness of God
C. Testimony is not to promote us, what we did, who we are, our ministry.
D. Testimony need not be spectacular, need not be long, need not be historically detailed
E. 1 John 1: 1 in regards to our GOD – what we heard; what we saw; what we understood/comprehended; what we physically experienced

II. Testimony can be worship
A. Psalms 105
1. verse 1 …make known His deeds among the peoples
2. verse 2 …talk about His wondrous works
3. verse 5 …remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and judgement of His mouth
B. Psalms 66: 16
1. come hear (those who fear God) — this is to believers
2. I will declare what He as done for my soul
3. testimony to encourage fellow believers who fear our God
C. Psalms 40: 1-3, 5
1. verses 1-3 …is a testimony by David: David cried out to God, knowing God would hear, so David waited: God got David out of the pit and onto solid ground and ordered David’s steps; caused David to sing a new song, a declaration of what God has done lately, to praise God
2. verse 3 …David’s intent of giving this testimony is so many will see it and fear and trust in the Lord
3. verse 5 …God’s wonderful works and thoughst to us are too many to recount every one.

III.. Even Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon thought it would be good to declare the signs and wonders (including Nebuchadnezzar receiving much deserved chastening from God) the Most High God worked in Nebuchadnezzar (Dan 4: 2)
A. This entire chapter tells the prophetic dream of Nebuchadnezzar; its interpretation by Daniel of judgement on Nebuchadnezzar; and the fullfillment of this prophetic dream that resulted in Nebuchadnezzar recognizing the Most High God.
B. Nebuchadnezzar chose to give this testimony; one that did NOT promote him but humbled him to recognize and praise our God

IV. Woman at the well – John 4: 27 —
A. Woman’s encounter with Jesus moved her from religious and habitual behavior to realizing who Jesus is
B. She goes tell the men that Jesus knew what she was and did
C. She invites the men to come see this Jesus, could He be the Christ? (verse 29)
D. Many believed because of her testimony (verse 39)

V. Evidence for believers and unbelievers 1 John 1: 1-3
A. verse 1 …about the Word of Life (Jesus) what we heard, saw, comprehended/understood, and experienced in the flesh
B. verse 2 …declare the eternal life
C. verse 3 …we declare to you
1. to bring you in fellowship with us
2. our fellowship is with God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ
3. in other words, the word of our testimony is to bring you into communion with our God with whom we are in communion

VI. Word of our testimony
A. for warfare to set us and others free
B. for warfare while weary
C. for warfare through worship
D. for warfare for evangelism
E. for warfare be in communion of our Father God

VII. Something Beautiful by Bill and Gloria Gaither
A.Something beautiful, something good…alll my confusion, He understood.
All I had to offer Him was brokeness and strife,
But He made something beautiful of my life.
B. If there ever were dreams
That were lofty and noble
They were my dreams at the start
And hope for life’s best were the hopes
That I harbor down deep in my heart
But my dreams turned to ashes
And my castles all crumbled, my fortune turned to loss
So I wrapped it all in the rags of life
And laid it at the cross.



Tom Goka Praise and Worship as Instructed by Psalms 105

I. Psalms 105: 1-5
A. These are imperative sentences
1. Commands, demands, directive
2. Unless identifed, the commands are directed at the reader/hearer – that be us
3. As we shall see, each of these are givings ways to worship and praise our GOD
B. Psalms = Praise
1. Lyrical and melodic
2. Expressions of emotions; actions of body
3. Hebrew ‘mizmor’ means with pluck of string is translated psalms
C. Beneficial commands
1. When you don’t feel like praising
2. When your environment is difficult
3. When alone and distracted
4. When emotioally or mentally distracted
5. When you want to focus on God and His presence
D. A way we can give our Father the glory for His wisdom, power, goodness, and faithfulness,

II. Dissecting the commands – since these are commands, perhaps we should look more closely at each with the intent to understand so that we can obey the command
A. OH – many ways to speak this word with feeling and emotion.
1. Speak it aloud as you would state it with the statement ‘Give thanks to the LORD’
2. Sometimes to worship, you merely need to remember how you stated the ‘Oh’
3 Give Him thanks for where you are at this moment
B. Call
1. upon His Name
2. What Name for God comes to your mind at this moment.
3. Speak out that name, calling Him by that name, trying to understand what that name means to you right now
C. Make Known to others
1. Recall something God has done and tell someone.
2. What a neat way to praise someone when you tell others what that someone has done, especially for your benefit.
D. Sing
1. to Him….not for us…not the song we want to hear but one we want Him to hear
2. Sing psalms (praises)
E. Talk
1. to other, though this works well to talk to ourselves.
2. Implication here is that this is vocal, aloud, not merely think about it
3. Talk not about what you want or what is wrong, but talk about things He has done that makes you wonder…like how he turned back the shadow on sundial for Hezekiah or met a need you didn’t even realize you had.
F. Glory – exult, feel and show jubilation
1. Get your body involved with a leap, a skip, a whoop with arm raised
2. This is in response to you knowing His identity revealed in His name
3. Imagine the lame begger healed by Jesus as he leaped giving praise to God
G. Those of you who seek the LORD, Let your hearts rejoice
1. Often we don’t realize that we must let our hearts rejoice
2. Understand we don’t let our hearts rejoice because of fear, unforgiveness in our heart, jealousy, lust and many other wickedness of heart
3. If we are seekers of the LORD, we need to learn to Let our Hearts Rejoice
H. And speaking of seekers, we need to Seek
1. Picture a young child who suddenly desires a parent.
a. Child’s heart (emotion, desire) is for parent
b. Child’s mind is focused on single task, find parent
c. Child’s body is put into motion to move to find parent
d. Child uses eyes and hears to search for parent
e. Generally, Child will try to return to last place that the Child remembers being with parent
2. To seek, we need to
a. know whom it is we seek
b. desire and focus
c. put our flesh in motion
d. use our senses to aid us
e. recall last place we were aware of God (prayer, worship, Scripture, fellowship)
3. Seek the Lord and His strength (Eph 3: 16)
4. Seek His face
a. Here face represents both His presence and His attentiveness
b. Like a child that cups your face to be sure you are looking at her
c. Evermore, implies a continued action, rather than a one time event.
I. Remember
1. This is a deliberate choice – decide to remember and then do it
2. Three things to remember
a. His Marvelous Works which He has done – for you directly or indirectly; many things recorded in the bible are marvelous indeed. You can tie this back to making it know among people (verse 1)
b. His Wonders – try to remember the things about Him or His actions that make you wonder. Talk about them aloud (even if only to yourself) verse 2
c.Judgement of His mouth – while we often think of judgements as being against us, He has much more judgements in our favor. He counts our faith in Him unto righteousness; He gives rest to those who labor and come to Him; He gives peace and abundant life. Don’t you remember?

III. Doing these commands places our worship and praise on our Father, our LORD, our Savior, our Redeemer, our Healer, our Righteousness, our Peace, our Strength, our Hope and Comfort…

IV We do this because we are the offspring of Abraham, we are the manipulative sinner whose debts were paid by Jesus before we knew Him, we are the chosen (verse 5)

V. Having done all these steps, how now would you say OH?

Am I an Offense to God Tom Goka



Am I an Offense to God?

I. Offense, in a biblical sense, is a stumbling block, an hinderance, interference, opposition, in the way.
A. Speaking in terms of believers getting in the way of God
B. Can be seen as an adversary or opposition to God’s will
C. Not talking about the heathen or unbeliever or enemy of God

II. Solomon became an offense
A. What do we think about when we think about King Solomon?
1. David’s son and choice for his throne;
2. God visited twice, and first time offered Solomon anything
3. Solomon asked and received wisdom from God
4. Author of a psalms; most of Proverbs; Ecclesiastes; Song of Solomon
5. Built first Temple
6. Blessed and anointed by God
B. In Deut 17, God instructs Israel on requirements for their kings
1. Not to multiply the number of horses nor go to Egypt for horses
2. Not to multiply number of wives
3. Keep and read daily the word of God
C. Solomon failed to keep all 3 (1 King 10: 28 – 11: 10)
D. 1 Kings 11: married foreign wives from people God told Israelites to avoid; loved those wives; they turned his heart from the Lord to foreign gods
E. Got in way of God keeping the nation Israel as a single country
F. Opposed God by building temples for foreign gods
G. Contributed to shortcomings of his son, Rehoboam as king.

III. Interesting that Solomon wrote several verses of wisdom that address the very problem of being an offense to God
A. God made man righteous (upright, virtuous) but man sought out schemes, devious paths (Eccl 7: 28)
B. There is a way that seems right to a man, but it leads to death (Prov 14: 12)
C. The way of a fool is right in the fool’s eyes (Prov 12: 15)
D. Out of the heart comes the issues of life (Prov 4: 23) and with diligence, keep your heart

IV. In Matt 16, we find Peter being an offense to God
A. We learn in verses 16-19, that Peter has a revelation from the Father, receives praise from Jesus, and is blessed by Jesus.
B. Yet, when Jesus reveals God’s plan for His suffering, death, and resurrection, Peter rebukes Jesus (verses 21-22)
C. Jesus ‘s response (verses 23-28)
1. Get behind me satan (one who opposes, obstructs, interferes)
2. Not mindful of God; mindful of the things of man
3. fail to deny self (verse 24)
4. desire is to save your life/lifestyle (verse 25)

V. Many times, the words ‘heart’ and ‘mind’ are used in scriptures to refer to the inner self, the emotions or the rationale of man, i.e. soul
A. Soul (or mind of carnal man) is emnity (hostile opposition) with God (Rom 8:6-7; James 4:4)
B. Cares of the world choke the Word of God in our hearts, preventing it from being fruitful (Matt 13: 22)
C. Out of heart comes what defiles us (Mark 7: 20-23)
D. Out of our hearts springs issues of life (Prov 4: 23)
E. Our soulish response to the blessings, anointings, revelations, intimacy of God often serves to oppose or be an offense to God.

VI. So we could be an offense to God, even when (or especially after) we have had a revelation or blessing or anointing from God, if we fail to be diligent keeping our heart/mind (soul)
A. Take heed to yourself, less your heart be weighed down …cares of this life (Luke 21: 34)
B. Prov 4: 23 keep your heart with all diligence
C. Renew your mind (Rom 12: 2)
D. Set your mind on things above (Col 3: 2)
1. Be anxious for nothing (Phil 4: 6)
2. through prayer, supplications, thanksgiving commune with God
3. focus on the true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, (Phil 4: 8)
4. meditate on that part that has virute, is praiseworthy
E. understand the will of God (Eph 5: 17)







Touch of the Havenly Call

Roy Cypher  Isaiah 6
Touch of the Havenly Call
Isaiah 6 (AMP)
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw [in a vision] the Lord sitting on a throne, high and exalted, with the train of His royal robe filling the [most holy part of the] temple.
Isaiah 6 (AMP)

2 Above Him seraphim (heavenly beings) stood; each one had six wings:
with two wings he covered his face, with two wings he covered his feet,
and with two wings he flew. 3 And one called out to another, saying,

“Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is filled with His glory.”
Isaiah 6 (AMP)
4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out,
and the temple was filling with smoke.

Isaiah 6 (AMP)
5 Then I said,
“Woe is me! For I am ruined,
Because I am a man of [ceremonially] unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”

Isaiah 6 (AMP)
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs.
7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “Listen carefully, this has touched your lips; your wickedness [your sin, your injustice, your wrongdoing] is taken away and your sin atoned for and forgiven.”

Isaiah 6 (AMP)
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Isaiah 6 (AMP)
9 And He said, “Go, and tell this people:
‘Keep on listening, but do not understand;
Keep on looking, but do not comprehend.’
“Make the heart of this people insensitive,
Their ears dull,
And their eyes dim,
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
Hear with their ears,
Understand with their hearts,
And return and be healed.”

11 Then I said, “Lord, how long?” And He answered,

“Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant,
And houses are without people
And the land is utterly desolate,
The Lord has removed [His] people far away,
And there are many deserted places in the midst of the land.
“And though a tenth [of the people] remain in the land,
It will again be subject to destruction [consumed and burned],
Like a massive terebinth tree or like an oak
Whose stump remains when it is chopped down.
The holy seed [the elect remnant] is its stump [the substance of Israel].”

John 12:41 (AMP)
Isaiah said these things because he saw His glory and spoke about Him.

Matthew 13:14-15 ( NASB)
14 And in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,
‘You shall keep on listening, but shall not understand;
And you shall keep on looking, but shall not perceive;
15 For the heart of this people has become dull,
With their ears they scarcely hear,
And they have closed their eyes,
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
Hear with their ears,
Understand with their heart, and return,
And I would heal them.’

Luke 8:10 (NKJV)
And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God,
but to the rest it is given in parables, that
‘Seeing they may not see,
And hearing they may not understand.’

John 12:40(NKJV)
New King James Version
“He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts,
Lest they should see with their eyes,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.”

Isaiah 52:1(NKJV)
52 Awake, awake!
Put on your strength, O Zion;
Put on your beautiful garments,
O Jerusalem, the holy city!
For the uncircumcised and the unclean
Shall no longer come to you.

Psalms With Tom Goka

I. Introduction
A. Abe Abrams once shared that there is an arrogance to believe current praise and worship songs were more spiritual than earlier songs. The same Holy Spirit has directed song writers through the ages whether it be classical music, hymns, contemporary praise. We should see the evidence found with Psalms.
B. The word Psalms is from the Greek translation of the Hebrew word ‘mizmor,’ which orignally meant to recite along with plucking of string(s). This led to the idea of words being spoken with change in pitch and rhythm or in melodic voice. Thus, mizmor became a word for song or melody.
C. The Hebrew book of mizmor (psalms) is entitled ‘tehillim,’ meaning book of praise.
D. Unlike the other books in the Bible, Psalms is not divided into chapters. It is, rather, divided by songs (mizmors or psalms) and is indicated as such.
E. There is a collection of 150 psalms, written by 7 known authors, with 50 songs with unknown authors. David wrote over 70 of the Psalms. Moses wrote one (90).
F. Since we will sing in this teaching, we’ll start our praise and worship with recitation and enactment of Psalms 100…make a joyful noise.

II. Evidence Pslams are Songs to be sung
A. Psalms are formated in lyrica and poetic fashion
B. Many of the psalms are obviously rhythmical when recited.
C. There are musical terms included in many of the psalms
1. To the music or choir director – a phrase used in superscript of many psalms
2. Shaggaion – Psalms 7 (also found in Habakkuk) instructs that lyrics are to be sung or spoken with impassionate style
3. Gittith or of Gath – Pslams 8 for example; an instrument or a style associated with Gath. Not unlike the idea of Latin music or sounds of the orient
4. Haggaion – Psalms 9: 16 or 92: 4, for example. An instrumental or humming interlude, solemn sounding
5. Maschil – Psalms 32, for example. an understanding or receiving of message necessary to recite
6. Alamoth – Psalms 46, implying for high voices, i.e. women’s or children’s choir
7. Selah – uncertain what it means but understood to be a common musical directive…some thought to mean to pause, meditate or reflect over what has been said before proceeding.
8. Michtam – Psalms 16, 50-60. Only in these Psalms by David. Unknown meaning. Possible root words could suggest it refers to a writing or an engraving.
D. Some superscripts direct the leader to a melody known by other title (Psalms 9, 22)
E. Some superscripts identify instruments to be played with Psalms (Psalms 4, 5, 6)
F. Sadly, the original melody used in the Psalms were lost to us.
G. We have many songs written from verses in Psalms sung today to our melodies

III. Superscripts
A. Most but not all the Psalms have superscripts
B. Some give musical direction and are directed at the music director as noted above. Includes identifying another song for the melody.
C. Some identify authorship (Psalm 15)
D. Some give historical information or explanation for when Psalm written (Psalm 7, 18)

IV. Psalms is really 5 books
A. There is nearly 1000 years between the earliest psalm and the last psalm.
B. At sometime in the last half of that interval, psalms were collated into a group. This was not done by date, author, topic, or any known criteria. It is speculated that this occurred shortly after King David’s reign (book 1) and between Hezekiah’s and Josiah’s reigns (book 2 and maybe book 3).
C. The latter two books appear to have been organized during or after the return of the exiles in Babylon, during or after the time of Ezra and Nehemiah.
D. All end with a doxology

V. Book 1 (Psalms 1-41)
A. These Psalms are mostly David’s, speaking of his interactions with God.
B. Sort of a collection of songs dealing God’s relationship as individuals.
C. Some Hebrew scholars believe these songs go along stories of Genesis as God relates to individuals.
D. Interesting to note that most places refer to God as Jehovah (YWHW)
E. Singing Psalms 18: 3, 8 – The Lord Liveth
F. Doxology Psalms 41: 13

VI. Book 2 (Psalms 42-72)
A. Mostly authored by sons of Korah
B. God interaction with people through eyes of 2nd and 3rd person.
C. Thought to been assembled into book during Hezekiah or his sons reign
D. Some believe it corresponds to Book of Exodus
E. Singing Psalms 46: 1-3 – God is my Refuge and God is my Strength
F. Doxology Psalms 72: 18-19. Verse 20, an interesting statement to close Book 2

VII. Book 3 (Psalms 73-89)
A. A variety of authors, including David
B. God’s desire for peoples and their shortcomings
C. Thought that these 17 books put together in latter years of Judah Kingdom
D. Associated with Leviticus because worship (expectations & failures) often addressed
E. Singing Psalms 4 – How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place
F. Doxology Psalms 89: 62

VIII. Book 4 (Psalms 90-106)
A. A variety of authors; Moses wrote Psalms 90, the oldest Psalms in the Book of Psalms.
B. God is put forth as the King, Judge, Priest for His people
C. It is thought that these psalms were collated after Babylonian exile…perhas beginning during time of Ezra and Nehemiah.
D. Historically associated with Book of Numbers of the Torah
E. Singing Psalms 97: 1,3,5,6 – The Lord Reigns
F. Doxology Psalms 106: 48 It is worth noting that though the word Hallelujah has become an accepted expression of praise, . . here in this doxology, it is intended to be an imperative (command) to go forth and praise God.

IX. Book 5 (Psalms 107-150)
A. Contains the shortest (117) and longest (119) ‘chapters’ of the Bible as measured by verses (2) and (176), respectively
B. Theme could be God is with us, as been with us, and will be with us.
C. Put together after Babylonian exile
D. Tradition associates this book of psalms with Deuteronomy
E. Singing Psalms 147: 2-3 – The Lord is building Jerusalem
F. Doxology is thought by some to be the last 5 psalms (146-150) or all of Psalms 150 or Psalms 150: 6 Againg we end the Book with the imperative “Hallelujah”

X. In Conclusion
A. You will find Psalms to be lyrical, poetic, full of praise and worship
B. Also it gives history, wisdom, and understanding
C. It is prophetic
D. It is messianic
E. You may have also discovered that it is strategic and weaponary for spiritual warfare
F. It is also imprecatory – Invoking God to act against enemy (e.g. Psalms 35: 4-8)
G. Most believers can give a testimony based on a psalm.