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Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Certainty of God's Time Luke 1: 20

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(And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that 
these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words,
which shall be performed in their season.) 

1. God does have a time for fulfilment of His will, else he wouldn't reveal it.

2. God requires faith of His servants.

3. The opportunity of faith is consequential.

4. God asks His servant only to believe and wait patiently, not to complete
God's will.

5. God is just and clearly reveals His will, his choice.

6. God's words are true from the beginning.

7. Fulfilment is but the arriving of God's time.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Believer Don't Quit on the Lord Luke 1: 57

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(Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she 
brought forth a son.)

1. God’s truth is most sure; contrary circumstances can only have a temporary

2. It is the truths of scripture that remain and give lasting virtue and benefit to
God’s people.

3. God most surely has an honorable and worthy purpose in mind for your
trial of faith.

4. That which seems to bar God’s provision untimately fits into God’s superior
plan and finds it must fit into God’s sovereign dominion.

5. It is the plan of God and that plan alone which God concludes worthy and
to which God is immeasurably and totally committed.

6. The plan(s) of man do not nor cannot refute the plan of God.
A believer should not allow the appearances of man’s plan to deter nor
defer his faith.

7. A believer can only wait on God’s fulfilment; the believer’s hand is
powerless to obtain. Thus, the believer is to wait in firmness of hand and 
sureness of heart.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Secure in God's Hand Genesis 39-50

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God allows two types of trials: 
(1) Those God allows to come into our life to built our faith, 
(2) Those that are the result of our omission of God's instruction or transgression against God. 

39, 40  (Potiphar’s house and prison)
1) God allows tenured testing to build our life. 
It has a season.

2) The presence of struggles doesn’t mean God is not present.
We wil see His presence at work.

3) God's attentiveness is continually present, as is His accompaniment. 
in Potiphar's house, in prison , in Pharaoh's court 

40:8 40:16 
4) God's desire is to enlarge our spiritual borders--of insight, of love, of understanding; of commitment. 

41: 39 (Pharoah’s acknowledgement)
5) Wisdom is a jewel of great price often produced through struggles and challenges of faith.

45:5-8 (God sent me)
6) God's purpose is the only one to stand. 

7)  Godly heritage awaits those willing to abide before God. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christ's Teachings-On the Heart of Giving Luke 21: 1, 2

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v.1 1. Giving is not measured by the capacity and choice of men.
(And He looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the

v.1 2. The gift given is not to please man, but to please God.

v.1 3. The gift is not measured by man’s scales.

v.2 4. The gift is measured by the amount of love depicted and represented.
(And He saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.)

v.2 5. Giving is measured by the size of the heart of the one giving.

v.2 6. Giving is to reveal God as the provider.

v.2 7. Giving is measured by God’s acceptance of the giver.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

What Prayer Changes Nehemiah 1: 6-11; 2: 4, 8, 10, 20

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v.6 1. It changes the consequences that resulted from sin.
(...and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against 

v.9 2. It changes the hearts of God’s people.
(But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, …)

v.9 3. It changes the hopeless to hope.
(Yet will I gather them from there, and I will bring them unto the place that I
                have chosen to set my name.)

v.10, 4. It changes the course of God’s people.
   11 (Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou has redeemed…)
(and to the prayer of thy servants, who delight to fear thy name and prosper I
pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. …)

2:4, 5. It changes the heart of the king.
  8 (so I prayed to the God of heaven.)
(And the king granted me according to the good hand of my God upon me.)

2: 10 6. It changes the impact of opposition.
(Sanballet and Tobiah)

2: 20 7. It changes defeat and ruin to the splendor of victory.
(…The God of heaven will prosper us. therefore we His servants will arise and

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Two Ways for a Believer Luke 17: 13-19

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One way:

v.13, 1. Many benefit from the goodness of a loving Lord.
   14 ( …and it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.)
They were cleansed of leprosy; this does not mean they were converted
to salvation.

v.14 2. God does not necessarily remove His goodness because of man’s omission.
( they were cleansed.)

v.17 3. Not all who seek after Christ  follow after Christ.
(And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are 
the nine?)

v.17 4. Men can gain from Christ temporally without gaining Christ eternally.
(And Jesus answering said, …)

The right way:

v.16 5. A believer who takes up Christ’s way bows his heart in honor and
submission to the holiness of Christ.
(And fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks: and he was a 

v.18 6. The way of true surrender is the way that honors and glorifies Christ.
(There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.)
A Samaritan- only the household of faith gives God glory.
The Hebrew lepers did not return to honor Christ. v.14 identifies the
Hebrews by the command to go show yourselves unto the priests.)

v.19 7. Wholeness accompanies faith that totally recognizes and accepts Jesus as
the Son of God.
(thy faith hath made thee whole.)

Saturday, November 25, 2017

What Touches God's Heart Nehemiah 1: 3-11, 2: 20

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v.3 1. Compassion for God’s people.
(The remnant who are left of the captivity there in the province are in great 
affliction and reproach;)

v.3 2. A genuine heart for God’s work.
(…the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, …)

v.4 3. Willingness to bear a burden for Godliness to be gained.
(...when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, ....and mourned certain
days, and fasted, and prayed.)

v.5 4. Genuine faith.
(I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven, …)

v.6 5. Genuine repentance of sin and turning from it.
(...and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against

v.8, 6. Steadfast assurance in God’s faithfulness.
  10 (Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandest thy servant, Moses, 
(Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou has redeemed…)

1:11 7. A desire for God’s name to be exalted, His work accomplished, His people
2: 20 obedient, His presence acknowledged, His testimony presented, His glory given.
(delight to fear thy name)
(…The God of heaven will prosper us.)