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Saturday, June 29, 2013

If the Foundations Be Destroyed Psalms 11: 1-7

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v.1            1.      The need for tenacious faith is all the greater.
                        (In the Lord I put my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your

v.1            2.      The need for God’s protection is all the greater.
                        (Flee as a bird to your mountain?)

v.2            3.      The need for keen alertness is all the greater.
                        (For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the  
                         string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.)

v.3            4.      The need for building lives in Christ is all the greater.
                        (If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?)
                        1 Corin. 3: 11  For other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid,
                        which is Jesus Christ.

v.3            5.     The need for hope in Christ is all the greater.
                        (what can the righteous do?)

v.4            6.      The need for holiness is all the greater.
                        (The Lord is in His holy temple, the Lord’s )

v.4            7.      The need to remain under God’s authority is all the greater.
                        (the Lord’s throne is in heaven: His eyes)

v.4            8.      The need to be accountable to God is all the greater.
                        (His eyes behold, His eyelids try, the children of men.)

v.7            9.     The need for righteousness is all the greater.
                        (For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness; His countenance)
                        righteousness- purity of heart, justness, equity, upright.

v.7            10.    The need for God’s nearness is all the greater.
                        (His countenance doth behold the upright.)
                        His faithfulness is supreme.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Power in Prayer John 6:11

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(And Jesus took the loaves; and when He had given thanks, ...)

            1.         It acknowledges the heavenly Father as God alone.

            2.         It attributes sufficiency to God's hand.
                        It is not a trumped up, pumped up, power of man.

            3.         It acknowledges the heavenly Father as the source of life- the provider.

            4.         It admits human need.
                        We rule too much on the quality of the need.

            5.         It expresses the petition of a humble heart.
                        Realizing the foundation of grace, the fact God is not a respector of persons,
                        Gods goodness, mercy and forgiveness is present.

            6.         It expresses gratefulness for God's hearing.

            7.         It gains assurance of God's manifestation.
                        Is committed to God’s presiding and Gods outcome.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Focus of Jesus John 11: 8-14

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v.8 1. His focus is on His purpose, not man's.
(...of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?)

v.8 2. His focus is on His ministry, not His preservation.

v.8 3. His focus is on others' need, not His own need.

v.8 4. His focus is on faithfulness, not fear.
(...of late sought to stone thee; ...)

v.9, 5. His focus is upon walking in the light of truth, not in stumbling.
10 (...If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.)

v.14 6. His focus is on life's dominion, not death's hold.
(Lazarus is dead.)

v.25 7. His focus is on the victory of the Father at the cross, revealed forever.
(...I am the resurrection, and the life: ...)