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Saturday, March 17, 2018

A Place to Remember Genesis 28 19

Read the passage: Genesis 28

(And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.)
Bethel means house of God. Luz means turning aside.

1.The place where God overwhelmed your heart.

2.The place where you knew God was communicating to you specifically.

3.The place where God revealed His great plan for His work and ministry in your life.

4.The place where God literally changed your life.

5.The place where you felt God's empowerment.

6.The place where you made a life changing commitment to God and God's will.

7.The place your heart will return to again and again in praise and renewed commitment. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Protection from Error 1 Corinthians 2 13-16

Read the passage: 1 Corinthians 2

v.121.Determining spiritual issue. 
(but the spirit which is of God:)

v.122.Keeping reasonings spiritual.
(that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.)

v.123.Rejecting man centered appeals.
(Now we have received, not the spirit of the world,)

v.144.Relying on discernment of the Spirit rather than external facts.
(But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:...because they are spiritually discerned.)

v.155.Giving consideration to all counsel of scripture. 
(But he that is spiritual judgeth all things,)

v.156.Considering all things in light of truth.
(all information, events, ...)(But he that is spiritual judgeth all things,)

Applying the counsel of scripture to all things.

v.167.Not ceasing until God's mind is clear to the believer and followed by the believer. 
(For who hath known the mind of the Lord,... But we have the mind of Christ.)
A believer with a clean heart can know the mind of the Lord. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Don't be Like Peter, Be Like Peter John 13, 18, 21

Don’t Be Like Peter, Be Like Peter
John 13, 18, 21

13:37 1. Don’t try to do God’s work; do your work.
        (Peter said unto Him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my 
life for thy sake.)

13:38 2. Don’t trust in or rely on just your own ability.
       (Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I 
say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.)
18: 11 Don’t rely on first impulses to be spiritual.
        (Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup 
which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?)
        Peter was acting upon his own understanding.

18: 27 3. Purpose in your heart to be loyal to Jesus, never to deny Him.
        (Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.)

21: 7 4. Don’t be afraid to abandon yourself to and upon Jesus, the rock of your
        salvation. Believe Him for all Jesus says.
        (Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord.
          Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat 
unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.)
        (Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, a
hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the 
net broken.)

21:         5. Receive the fullness of Jesus’ forgiveness, love Him fully, love His people 
15-17, heartily, follow Him wholly.
19         (So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonah, 
lovest thou me more than these? …Feed my lambs.…Feed my sheep.)
        (…Follow me.)

Acts          6. Rely upon the continual presence of the power of the Holy Spirit.
4: 8         (Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye ruler of the 
                        people, and elders of Israel,)

4: 13 7. Let your testimony be that you have been with Jesus.
        (Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that 
        they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took
knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Reach of Man's Faith Romans 4 19

Read the passage: Romans 4

(And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, nether yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb:)
  1. It extends beyond the report of human facts.

  2. It extends beyond human limitations or bounds.

  3. It is not limited by things of physical appearance.

  4. It is not limited by man’s concurrence.
    Others may not agree, but cannot limit faith.
    There are times in which we may not fully agree nor understand, but God is the holder of faithfulness. 

    We hold faith; God holds faithfulness.

  5. It is not dead.

  6. It has no age limitations. what a joy to senior saints.

  7. It extends to God’s bounds. 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Oh to be Clean Isaiah 1 18

Read the passage: Isaiah 1

(Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.)

1. To know that no matter how dark and dreary sin’s tragedies look, there is hope.

2. To have the purity that frees the heart.

3. To know that the stain of sin does not have to remain.

4. To know the blessedness of total forgiveness.

5. To have the conscience cleared of guilt.

6. To know the blessed Savior that cleanses from sin forever.

7. To be white as snow as I walk in the joy and obedience of His forgiveness.
I am totally free from condemnation.
Should I transgress I can be restored quickly to fellowship through the promise of 1John 1:9 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

No Reason to Fear Ephesians 2 4

Read the passage: Ephesians 2

(But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us,)

1. God's gift is evident. 
Psalms 136

2. God's delights in sharing His mercy.

3. God's supply is inexhaustible to those to whom He chooses to share.

4. God's mercy is the expression of His greatness.

5. God's mercy continuously covers our errors of commission and omission. 
We are responsible however, to confess our sins to God.

6. God has plenteous mercy for all who will come to Him for it.

7. God's inexhaustible love is the motive of His mercy. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Message of Genuine Love Mark 14 3-9

Read the passage: Mark 14

v.3 1. Overcome by desire of expression.
(she broke the box, and poured the ointment on His head.)

v.6 2. Demonstrates loving faith.
(She hath wrought a good work on me.)

v.7 3. Captures the opportunity for giving glory to Christ. 
(...but me ye have not always.)

v.6 4. Gains God’s acceptance.
(and Jesus said, Let her alone ...)

v.8 5. Shows Godly understanding. 
(She hath done what she could;)

v.9 6. Captures God’s heart. 
(Verily I say unto you,) ...

v.9 7. Stays in God’s remembrance.
(...this also that she hath done shall be spoken of, for a memorial of her.)