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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Giving Thanks John 6: 11-15

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As illustrated by Jesus:

v.11 1. Thanks for what He has.
(And Jesus took the loaves, …)

v.11 2. Thanks for His Father’s hearing of the matter.
(And when He had given thanks)

v.11 3. Thanks for being able to honor His Father and reveal the greatness of His  
(He distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down?
                and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.)

v.11 4. Thanks for what is yet to take place.
Precedence of need; preceding supply.
Jesus knows the end at  the beginning.
Thanks based upon heaven’s measure, not earth’s measure.

v.14 5. Thanks because of the relationship that exists from being God’s Son.
Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is 
                of a truth the prophet that should come into the world.)
We are God’s child; sons of God are we.

v.12, 6. Thanks commensurate with the fullness of heaven.
  13 (Therefore they gathered together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments 
                of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above to them that had

v.15 7. Thanks for the rule of the Father over life. 
When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take Him by force,
                to make Him a king, He departed again into a mountain Himself alone.)
The Father knew the time of Jesus and protected His ministry.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

What We Owe to Our God Psalms 66: 8-20

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v.8 1. Our genuine blessing and thanksgiving.
(O bless our God, ye people, and make )

v.8 2. Our testimony of His divine goodness.
(and make the voice of His praise to be heard:)

v.9 3. Our absolute security in Him.
(Which holdeth our soul in life, and)

v.9 4. Our rock like stability in Him.
(and suffereth not our feet to be moved.)

v.10- 5. Our refined message through His faithful witness in trial.
  12 (For thou, O God, hast tested us, …)

v.13- 6. Our personal experience of His faithfulness.
  15 (I will go into thy house with burnt offerings; … and my mouth hath spoken, 
when I was in trouble.)

v.16 7. Our witness of encouragement to other believers.
(Come and hear, all ye that fear God, …)

v.17 8. Our exceedingly grateful witness to God.
(I cried unto Him with my mouth, and He was extolled with my tongue.)

v.18 9. A pure heart.
(If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:)

v.19, 10. A grateful blessing for God’s faithfulness.
  20 (Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy
from me.)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

When you Have Found Jesus John 1: 41

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(We have found the Messiah, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.)

1. The search is ended.

2. The promises are manifest.

3. The joy is unequaled.

4. The hope is secured.

5. The truth is resident.

6. The purpose in life is established.

7. The walk is fruitful.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Grateful Partaking Hebrews 13: 20, 21

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v.20 1.Seeing peace that comes only from above.
(Now the God of peace)

v.20 2.Seeing the message and author of life itself.
(that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus)

v.20 3.Acknowledging your need for a shepherd.
(that great shepherd of the sheep)

v.20 4.Counting the blood of Jesus of essential purity.
(through the blood of the everlasting covenant)

v.21 5.Realizing the importance of Godly assignments and the need for His perfection
(make you perfect in every good work to do His will,)

v.21 6.Agreeing with God's choices and initiations for my life.
(working in you...)

v.21 7.Seeing life as purposeless, powerless and empty without Jesus.
(through Jesus Christ,..)

Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Value of a Pure Heart Daniel 1: 8-21

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v.8 1. It holds a genuine desire and commitment to please God.
(But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the
                portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he
                requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.)

v.10 2. It protects the heart from hearing the wrong voice.
(And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who
                hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces 
                worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me
                endanger my head to the king.)

v.12 3. It requires a willing separation from the world, diligently followed.
(Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to
eat, and water to drink.)
We are deceived today.
We think the way to gain is to follow the ways of the world, rather than the ways
of God.
We may not even realize it.
We cannot think like the world, cannot follow after the world, cannot go where
                the world goes, cannot make decisions like the world does.

v.17 4. It adorns the heart with God’s gift of true wisdom.
(As for these four children God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and
wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.)

v.20 5. It brings spiritual insight to bear on problems.
(And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them,
he found them ten times better than tall the magicians and astrologers that were
in all his realm.)
If man’s ideas are followed, it will interfere with the work of God’s choice.
God’s solution is the need.
If we propose anything else, we interfere with what God is doing and cause the
hurts of others

v.21 6. It anchors the future work of God in your life.
(And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus.)
Without God’s anchor, a person grows farther away from God rather than closer 

7. It is never a disappointment.
6: 22
                What did Daniel have when the king asked for an interpretation? a pure heart
When he was falsely accused?  a pure heart

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

When You Have Been With Jesus Luke 9: 17

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(And they did eat, and were all filled and there was taken up of fragments
that remained to them twelve baskets.)

1. There is great provision from heaven.

2. There is opportunity for man to be fed spiritually.

3. Any man can be filled with truth.

4. There is a receiving required by men of what God offers.

5. The testimony of a man’s partaking is his fullness of Jesus.

6. There will always be more of Jesus than man can partake of.

7. The encouragement to the heart of the partaker is to return to Jesus
for more, even to life abundant and that life forever more.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

How to Build Your Home Proverbs 24: 3, 4, 27

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V 3 1) According to God's design 
( Through wisdom is an house builded, ) 
don’t follow man’s plan. Follow God’s.

v 3 2) According to God's capacity 
( Through wisdom is an house bui1ded, ) 

v 3 3) According to God given ability. 
( and by understanding it is established; ) 

v 4 4) Every part in place 
(And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled) 

v 4 5) Every part revealing the master builder's plan. 
(shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. ) 

V 4 6) To enjoy and dwell in 
( filled with all precious and pleasant riches) 

V 4 7) To contain God's treasures 
( filled with all precious and pleasant riches) 

V 27 8) With a sense of right timing 
( Prepare thy work outside, and make it fit for thyself in the field; ) 

v 27 9) With contentment already settled 
( and make it fit for thyself in the field; ) 
The house you hope to build (your expectation) is not your source of contentment. 

V 27 10) With God's blessing 
( and afterwards build thine house. )