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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Only Obligation Romans 13 8

Read the passage: Romans 13

(Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.)
  1. The focus of the born again heart is to love others.

  2. A believer is not to obligate his spiritual liberty and responsibility to love one another.

  3. A believer is to be free to be an expression of God's love.

  4. To love one another is a spiritual obligation.

  5. To love one another is a debt to be paid.

  6. To love one another fulfills the righteousness pointed to in the law.

  7. The obligation to love one another is a debt never fully paid. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

What God has done for the Heart of a Believer Luke 1 45

Read the passage: Luke 1

 (And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.)
  1. He has freed the heart from its search for fulfilment and meaning; 
    Jesus is the fulfilment and meaning.

  2. He has freed the heart from trying to make its own way; 
    Jesus is the way.

  3. He has freed the heart from its quest for truth and equity. 
    Jesus is the truth, the just one.

  4. He has freed the heart from doubt; only believe in Jesus.

  5. He has freed the heart from worry; because of the faithfulness of Jesus.

  6. He has freed the heart from anxiety and fear; because of the sure promises of God's word.

  7. He has freed the heart to enjoy God designed and God given benefits to the believer. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Living Message John 13 34, 35

Read the passage: John 13

(A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; ...)
  1. Fresh love given. 
    Jesus giving His love.

  2. Fresh love received.
    Our receiving Christ’s love.

  3. Fresh love needed. 
    By all in need.

  4. Fresh love looking for hurts.

  5. Fresh love transferred, shared, transforming.

  6. Fresh love expressed, not stored.

  7. Fresh love providing a ministry. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

From Joseph’s Life-Overcoming Love
Genesis 37-50

45: 4,5 1) Love overcomes a multitude of sins.
        2 )Love is very generous in its forgiveness.
        3) Love cannot be suppressed.
        4) No matter the size of the offenses or the tenure or their existence, love is greater than         that.
        5) Love is of God and has God’s understanding.
        6) Love cannot hide itself.
45:5,6 7) Love is a cooperator with God’s plan. 
45:7,8 8) Love is a gift God always has awaiting.
        9)Love is a gift that has much following it and accompanying it.
45:9- 10) Love is a great healer, a great restorer.
45:18 11) Love has evidence of its generosity.
45:19 12) Love is very inclusive, includes all.
45: 29 13) Love can restore hope; love can be revived.
46: 30 14) Love is very fulfilling.
47:6, 15) God is the author, the appropriator of love; love has God’s reach.
        16) Love is the fertile soil in which God’s people are to increase.
48: 3,4 17) Love is essential to the expansion and fulfillment of God’s plan for His people.
48: 4 18) Love is a generational foundation for building upon.
48:9         19) The blessing of love is the greatest blessing to be given, for it has inherent goodness
          and plentiful measure.
48:11 20) Love is very personally fulfilling.
48: 21 21) Love is filled with bright hope for the tomorrows of life.
49         22) Love’s reach extends beyond man’s weaknesses and impairments; its hope and life 
comes from the giver of love, Jesus Christ.
50          23) Love cannot die, it has God’s life.
50: 15 24) Love first refutes all fear and then removes all fear.
         25) Love is a pattern set before the believer and  generations to follow after.
         26) Love is fellowship with God.
         27) Love is the testimony that the believer understands God’s heart.
         28) Love is the great heritage left behind when one goes to be with Jesus.

How did Joseph learn to love? Did he have it here:

37: 3 1) when he was revered by his father? It is true love must be received before it can be
37: 5 2) when he was rejected? Where love should be present, often it is absent. Hatred is love in
37: 24 3) when he was mistreated? Hatred appears when love is absent and is capable  of great 
           punitive conduct.
37: 27 4) When he is victimized by opportunity seekers? Love cannot come forth from those with
                self benefiting intent.
        5) In any of his many besetting trials? Those who intend to deceive or are lost in them
          selves cannot manifest love.
        6) Those most in need of love cannot qualify themselves to receive God’s great love.
        7) In all the world there is a great vacuum of God’s love, that is it is absent in the 
        hearts of ones in the world.

Perhaps the process of learning:

39: 2 1) The love of God is a great sustaining comfort in time of trial, a testimony of His favor.
39: 3 2) Love is an evidenciary manifestation that God is with you. 
39:11- 3) Love is present when trials ensue; it is a great strengthener and encourager..
39: 20- 4) There is no time nor place where love is not needed; God may be teaching through a
          place where the need is very great.
        5) Love grows out of relationships and events that are oppositional yet have but one
        solution, that  being the need for God’s love.
40         6) Service without loving kindness leaves doors closed rather than open.
40         7) Loving service is like a tool that pries doors open.
40         8) Loving service makes the toil tolerable and meaningful as well as favorable and
41         9) Love is a virtue built strong on the back of adversity and challenge, preparatory for
        the greater opportunities God will bring to the servant of the Lord.
41        10) Love of God enables service with meaningful commitment and substance of faith.
       (famine hasn’t happened yet;  Joseph’s great opportunity still is before him.)
41:16 11) Love will always be loyal to its source, further , it will not hide the source, the love of         God.
41:33 12) Love recognizes the God given opportunity in life events. Its kindness promotes
        correct responses in others who do not understand love.
41: 57 13) Love is not abusive of its power, its influence.
41:54 14)God’s love is the sustainment to the servant of God in the times of trial and testing.
45:5         15) Love is constantly available, but recognizes there are particular special applications          strategic in God’s overall plan.
45:18 16) Love is most understood, most recognized, most blessed within the family of God.
48: 3 17) Love is the story of God appearing to men.
48: 4 18) Love is God’s fruitful field in which the principles of harvest are readily seen.
         (multiplication, fruit that remains, inspiration, spiritual life, tenured commitment, etc.)
48: 19 19) Love is the confidence in spiritual achievement.
48: 15- 20) Love is of increasing, never decreasing, in proportion.
50         21) Love completes its journey. (never faileth)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Right Delight Psalms 110 35

Read the passage: Psalms 119

     (Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.)
  1. The knowledge of God's pathway will be revealed to one genuinely seeking it.

  2. Following God's pathway is to be a desired decision.

  3. God's pathway is clearly followable.

  4. A free heart (spirit filled) will follow God's course.

  5. A free heart gives liberty to God to fashion and form. 
    (Make me ...)

  6. A free heart is enjoying the journey.

  7. A free heart has joy as its reward. 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Love Directed by God Hebrews 13 1-3

Read the passage: Hebrews 13

vs.1 1) Let God's love extend itself. 
(let brotherly love continue.)

vs.2 2) Allow God to direct your love. 
(Be not forgetful to entertain strangers,)

vs.2 3) See the missionary opportunity of love.
(strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.)

vs. 2, 3 4) Realize love is a test as well as a privilege.
( ... for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.)

vs.3 5) Realize the great need others have for God's love. 
(remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; ... )

vs.3 6) Realize the boundless supply of God's love. 
( ... and them who suffer adversity.)

vs.3 7) Do not neglect your own participation in God's love. 
(as being yourselves also in the body) 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Hope of the Redeemed Psalms 126 4

Read the passage: Psalms 126

(Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.(Negev).
  1. In God’s remembrance of His covenant.

  2. In God’s satisfiable act of justice toward His people.

  3. In God’s everlasting mercy.

  4. In God’s forgiveness.

  5. in the need for God’s testimony of blessing upon His people.

  6. In the remembrance of the promises of God. 
    (streams in the south) as in Negev.

  7. In the joy and freedom of time. 
    (Turn again)