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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Christ's Teachings-The Loyalty Demanded of His Disciples Luke 14: 25-29

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(v.25-And there went great multitudes with Him: and He turned, and said
unto them.)

v.26 1. Jesus must be first priority, first love.
(If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and 
children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be
my disciple.)

v.27 2. Total surrender.
(And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my

v.27 3. Totally following Jesus.

v.28 4. Having counted the cost.
(For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and 
counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?)

v.28 5. Committed to finish the course.

v.29 6. Obstacles to completion removed.
(Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.)

v.33 7. Forsaking all else.
(So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath,
he cannot be my disciple.)
Nothing in life may be as vital and important to the disciple as Jesus and
following Jesus.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Power in God's Love Romans 8: 38, 39

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(For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor 
principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor 
height, nor depth, nor any other creation, shall be able to separate us from 
the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.)

1. Nothing can break the hold of Christ.

2. Nothing can impede or halt the flow of Christ's love.
Nothing can cut off the love of Christ.

3. Nothing is greater than the love of Christ.

4. Nothing can dilute or alter the love of Christ.

5. Nothing can usurp Christ's love.
Nothing can take its place.

6. Nothing can imitate Christ's love.

7. Nothing controls nor can control Christ's love.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Always Having What You Need (Who) John 6: 17-35

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v.17 1. Harmed by need of fellowship.
(…And it was now dark and Jesus was not come to them.)

v.18 2. Harmed by uncontrollable circumstance.
(And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew.)

v.19, 3. Harmed by inability to recognize Jesus.
  20 …they saw Jesus walking on the sea, drawing nigh unto the ship, and they 
                were afraid.)

v.21 4. Harmed by trying to place a hold upon Jesus.
(Then they willingly received Him into the ship, …)
Happy when Jesus is what we want Him to be.

v.22- 5. Harmed by uncertainty about God’s will.
  24 (and that Jesus went not with His disciples into the boat, …)(…they also took
                shipping and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.)

v.25 6. Harmed by Jesus’ misunderstood ways.
(…Rabbi, when camest thou hither?)
instead of adoration and worship.

v.26 7. Harmed by selfish interest.
(Jesus answered them and said, Verily, Verily, I say unto you. Ye seek me, not
                because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were 

v.27 8. Harmed by too little knowledge of and too little dependency upon Jesus.
(Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for the meat which endureth unto
                everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: …)

v.28, 9. Harmed by a substitute of intention for believing.
  29 (Then said they unto Him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of 
                God? …)

v.30 10. Harmed by leaning on the visible rather than the spiritual.
(…what sign showest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost 
                thou work?)

v.31 11. Harmed by the lifelessness of tradition alone.
(Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, …)

v.32, 12. Harmed by temporal views of life.
  33 (…Moses gave you not the bread from heaven: but my Father giveth …)

v.35 13. Harmed when there is the gift of life given.
v.35 14. Harmed when fullness is Jesus’ expression.
(And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of  life; he that cometh to me shall
                never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

In Cooperation with the Holy Spirit Ephesians 5: 19-33

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v.191.It leads the heart to honor Christ, to delight in following Him.
(Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and 
making melody in your heart to the Lord;)

v.202.It nurtures full acknowledgment of the Father's will in my life and the Son 
of God's authority in occurrences in my life.
(Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;)

v.203.It frees my heart from the pressure of wrong conclusions.

v.21-4.It guards the heart from reasonings of the flesh.  
30(Wives, submit… husbands, love your wives, …)
The focus of the heart is on obedience, not fairness, not man's standards, … arguments.  I would but he, (she), …)

v.22-5.It brings the heart to honor and reconcilement with the will of God.  
27(That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, …)
Literally equipping the heart,
blessing marriage.

v.22-6.It positions the heart to acknowledge its dependency upon Christ.
  32For apart from the Holy Spirit's work there can be no attainment of God's standards; 
the flesh would work out its resisting rule. 
The feeling of spiritual emptiness would be the result.
The failings of a believer (time apart from being full) encourage the heart's quick return to Christ.

v.23-7.It directs the heart to acknowledge the higher purposes of God and to seek   
the work of the church.
The Holy Spirit is able to deal with any arising circumstance which competes with the 
will of God.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Do you Lack? Psalms 34: 10

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(The young lions do lack and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord
shall not want any good thing.)

1. Are you lacking? Are you seeking?

2. Are you seeking? Are you really lacking?

3. What has God provided that you are failing to recognize?

4. What are you looking for that is outside God’s bounds of provision for you?

5. Is what you are seeking after good as judged by God’s criteria?

6. Define you lack. See if it really is real.

7. Give thanks for your sufficient care and presently renew your commitment
to God’s revealed purpose.
The issue is seeking!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Fount of Thanksgiving 1 Chronicles 29: 10-20

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Acknowledgments in thanksgiving: 

v.10 1. God's eternal fatherhood. Matthew 6: 6-8
(Wherefore David blessed the Lord before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel our father, ) 
The personal relationship with God that God allows. 
To the new testament believer it is first with the Son, the Savior.  The Son reveals the Father.

v.10 2. God's uninterruptable rule. 
(our Father, for ever and ever.) 
One rule over eternity.

v.11 3. God's immeasurable greatness and might 
(Thine, 0 Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:) 
Words that uniquely identify Jesus and accelerate our heart in triumphant trust.

v.11 4. God's inexhaustible treasure. 
(for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine;) God's protection from both worry and greed.
God’s ownership, the believer’s security.
v.11, 5. God's indisputable rule and authority. 
12 (thine is the kingdom, 0 Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all,)(and thou reignest over all;) 
Matthew 28: 18

v.12 6. God's unfailing supply. 
(Both riches and honor come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in) 
God does not fail His people.

v.12 7. God's irrevocable hand. 
(and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great and to give strength to all) 
Men look to another man for approving, for reimbursement …
Isaiah 59: 1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save;)

v.13 8. God's matchless name.  The personal manifestation of all the names of God
(Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.) 
John 17: 12 keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

v.14 9. God's overwhelming grace and mercy. 
15 (But who am I , and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort?) 
(For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.) 

v.14, 10. God's abundant supply. 
(for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.) 
God gave so we might give.
John 10: 10 I am come …have it more abundantly.
Jesus can select from His supply, that which matches our need.

11. God's endowment of spiritual gain and blessing. 
(0 Lord our God, all this store that we have prepared to build the a house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own.) 
Teach old testament history and God’s provision of resources. 

12. God's immutable uprightness. 
(I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in 
uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are  present here, to offer willingly unto thee.)
first use of uprightness in this verse is Strong’s 4339- equity, justice, straight , righteous, equal
2nd use of uprightness is Strong’s 3476 honesty, integrity
v.18 keep your people like you.

13. God's infallible word. 
(And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for the which I have made provision.)
We live by His life and by His word.

14. God's timeless throne of perfection. 
(Now David said to all the congregation, Now bless the Lord your God. And all the congregation blessed the Lord God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshiped the Lord, and the King.) 
Revelation 12,  13
We need to worship Jesus.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Freedom God Must Have Philippians 2: 13

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Dealing with Lordship:

1. Only God is to be at work in you.
(For it is God who worketh in you ;)
not self- not the world
don’t listen to self’s arguments

2. God is to be in control in your life.
(God who worketh in you)
We can often tell who is in control by who is making the decisions.
We are not to initiate or determine direction on our own.
God will allow you to be in control and take His hands off-- this is carnality.
Ex. in control of a car

3. God has a purpose for you, a will.
(both to will)

4. God provides a pattern to follow.
( both to will and to do)
What is God up to; tie yourself to Him, agree with Him, pursue Him.

5. God looks for a willing vessel.
(both to will and to do)
not a perfect vessel.

6. God desires to take pleasure through you.
(and to do of His good pleasure)

7. God will complete His work.
(both to will and to do of His good pleasure,)
God is not leaving chapters in our life message incomplete.

What pleases God is His will, His purpose, His pleasure.
If we are following man’s will, God’s will is not being pursued.
His will and His pleasure for me is not necessarily the same as His will and His 
pleasure for another, as to particulars. Overall His will is that I be conformed to
The making of comparisons is not wise. I need seek what His will and pleasure is
for me.
If we are following God, we can trust the events and circumstances in our life
(even tests  and trials) as being according to God’s will and good pleasure.