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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Covered by the Word Exodus 13: 19

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1. Honoring the promises of God.
(And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him,)

2. Honoring the integrity of another’s faith.
(for he had solemnly sworn the children of Israel,)

3. Having a present reminder of God’s blessing to come.
(the bones of Joseph)

4. Having reminder of the security in God’s hand.
(God will surely visit you)

5. Having a transferable promise to give encouragement to others through.
(God will surely visit you)

6. Having confirmation of God’s will to move on.
(carry up my bones away from hear.)

7. Having a fixed assignment from the Lord.
(carry up my bones)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

So Be It Joshua 2: 21

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(And she said, According unto your words, so be it.)
1. The heart is brought by God to a point of understanding its part.

2. The heart seeking God is capable of the response God asks for.

3. The heart seeking God is convinced God is essential to life itself and 
without Him there will be no living.

4. The  heart seeking God does not debate nor tarry before obedience.

5. The heart following God counts God’s conditions honorable.

6. Having agreed with God the seeking heart is content with circumstances
to follow.

7. To the seeking heart, there is a covering of assurance for the difficulties
(and she bound the scarlet line in the window.)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

God Keeps His Commitment Acts 27: 24

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(Saying, Fear not, Paul, thou must be brought before Caesar;) 

1. Circumstances may challenge, but cannot rule over what God promises. 

2. God’s promises are backed up by God's own character. 
See v. 25 for Paul’s belief.

3. God is the one in charge of His own promises. 
Man is not in charge of God’s promises.

4. God honors His word. 

5. Neither man nor circumstances can jeopardize God's word. 

6. God will reveal His greater control over any circumstance which threatens the fulfillment of His promises.

7. To possess a promise from God is to be in a position of great security. 
Paul was as safe as he would have been had he  been on land.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

How to Deal With Sin in the Heart Psalms 51: 2-8

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v.2 1. Sin, a man has to be cleansed of it.
(Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.)

v.3 2. Sin is to be acknowledged before God.
(For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.)

v.4 3. Sin is understood to be against God.
(Against thee, thee only; have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: …)

v.5 4. Sin is understood to be an inescapable problem man has to deal with.
(Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.)

v.6 5. The truth of scripture is the only escape and deliverance from sin’s hold.
(Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou
shalt make me to know wisdom.) Ask Jesus for forgiveness.

v.7 6. God makes the repentant whiter than snow; He alone, removes the
discolor of sin. (its wicked nature and effect)
(Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter
than snow.)

v.8 7. Joy and gladness accompany the cleansing of heart.
(Make me to hear joy and gladness; )

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Overruling Power of God 1 Samuel 5

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1)  God’s enemies despise the word of God.
1 And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod.

2)  God’s enemies attempt to cut off the word of God from God’s people and to cut off God’s people from the word of God.
2 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.
They hope to minimize or marginalize the word of God, to attribute powerlessness to God.                                                                                                                 

3)  God’s people may not even be aware of the power of God’s defense on their behalf.
3 And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was
fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again.
4)  The obstinence of the enemy towards God is fully understood by God; God deals with rebellion of the enemy’s heart.
4 And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him. 5 Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon's house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day.6 But the hand of the Lord was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, even Ashdod and the coasts thereof.7 And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god.

5)  Occupying a position of faith, God’s people may rely on God to take care of the enemy.
8 They sent therefore and gathered all the lords of the Philistines unto them, and said, What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel? And they answered, Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried about unto Gath. And they carried the ark of the God of Israel about thither.9 And it was so, that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the Lord was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts.

6)  The promises God makes through His word to His people are real and cannot be halted by any enemy.
11 So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go again to his own place, that it slay us not, and our people: for there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there.

7)  The word of God advances its inherent victories to the children of God, to accomplish that which God has purposed and promised; the enemy is always defeated.  Ch 6, 7

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Attempting to Serve Without Praying Luke 22: 46

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(And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into

1. There are many occurrences to come which the believer cannot presently see.

2. There are matters within the heart of the seeker which are thought to be 
        settled but really are not.

3. There are matters of service that cannot be satisfied without having the
strength of Christ presiding in the heart.

4. It is a mistake to doubt the existence of temptation.

5. It is unwise to believe one can overcome temptation without the power of
  God ruling in his heart.

6. Effective praying cannot come with the servant asleep.

7. Wise praying is to proceed the onward march for Christ.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Reward of Prayer Acts 12: 12

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(And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the
mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered
together praying.)

1. Fellowship with our heavenly father.
With Christ, His prayer evidence of oneness;  fellowship with His Father.

2. Fellowship with one another.

3. An endearing dependency on Christ.
Nothing endears the heart like God’s proven sufficiency.
Nothing exposes the heart to God’s sufficiency like prayer.

4. An increasing faith in Christ.
5. A defined priority.
Locks in-targets-stays on

6. An intense burden.
The sobriety of prayer.

7. A real life answer of release.