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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

God's Sovereign Rule Over the Enemy Numbers 23: 27-30

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1) All of the enemy's persistence and scheming shall not prevail against God's will. V.27
(and Balak said unto Balaam, ••• ) 

2) All the enticements the enemy offers to human instruments shall not prevail against God's
will. V.28
(and Balak brought Balaam unto the top of Peor, •.• )

3) All the foolish tarrying before obedience shall not halt the success of God's will. V.29
(and Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.) 

4) All the vain professions of commitment shall not persuade nor influence God's will. V.30
(and Balak did as Balaam had said,) 

5) All the much vain sacrifice of man shall not persuade nor influence 
God's will. V.30
(and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar) 

6) God persists in His expression of His will for His people. 24:1
(and when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel,) 

7) The enemy shall not prevail against God's sovereignty over His people. 
Even where there is seasonal influence--see vs. 22 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Absolute Sufficiency of the Word Matthew 4: 4-7,10

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vs. 4 1) God's word has an answer for the foolishness of satan.
 (It is written ••• )
Jesus response in his humanity- he hungered.

vs. 4 2) God's word recognizes all needs as of spiritual consequence and provides precise
spiritual answers for those specific needs.
(man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth
 of God.)

vs. 4 3) God's word is absolutely necessary for meaningful life.
 (man shall not live by bread alone, but by •.• )

v 7 4) God's word is perfect, having no error.
( ••• not put the Lord, thy God (nor His word) to the test)

v 10 5) God's word causes satan to flee!
(Be gone satan)

v 10 6) God's word recognizes and upholds only one sovereign rule.
(Thou shalt worship the Lord, thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve)

       7) God's word is final and settles all issues. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Temptation to Settle for Less Numbers 23: 25, 26

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1) The enemy will bargain for a portion of his way if he can't get his way. V.25
(Balak said unto Balaam, .•. ) 

2) In serving the Lord the temptation will be brought to compromise what God has said. 
(Balak said unto Balaam, ••• ) 

3) The argument of concession for one serving the Lord is a pathway of compromising 
(Balak said unto Balaam, •.• ) 

4) The temptation to have compassion on evil is not a work of truth. 
(Balak said unto Balaam, ••• ) 
Have compassion toward the lost but don't agree with their deeds. 

5) Compromise takes away strength from the witness of God's word in our lives. V.25
(Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all) 

6) The servant of the Lord must hold his ground and be true to God's word. v.26
(But Balaam answered and said unto Balak, Told not I thee, saying, 
all that the Lord speaketh, that I must do?) 

7) Contending for God's revealed will gains the reward of Godly treasure; therein is no lack. 
v.26 (All that the Lord speaketh, that I I must do!) 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Witness of God's Spirit Acts 4: 8-10, 12

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                        (Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost…)

v.10                1.            It identifies Christ as the authority.
                                       (by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth)

v.10                2.            It declares Christ to be the author of truth.
                                       (by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth)

v.10                3.            It exalts the name of Jesus.
                                       (Jesus Christ of Nazareth)

v.10                4.            It honors the Father's delight.
                                       (whom God)

v.10                5.            It witnesses the Father's power.
                                       (whom God raised from the dead.)

v.10                6.            It validates Christ's unique work.
                                       (even by Him doth this man stand here before you well.)

v.12                7.            It provides no other reason.
                                       (Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name
                                       under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Testimony Is Sure Numbers 23: 20-24

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1) The testimony of God's intention is a sure record of that which is to come. V.20
(Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; ) 

2) God's testimony cannot be reversed by man; it is a sure word.
 (and I cannot reverse it) 

3) God's testimony of loving forgiveness is a sure expression toward His people. 
(He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath He seen perverseness in Israel: ... ) 

4) The testimony of God's presence is a sure work of comfort to God's people. V,21
(the Lord, his God, is with him, and the shout of a king is among them. ) 

5) The testimony of deliverance from oppression is a sure testimony to God's mercy. V.22
(God brought them out of Egypt; ... ) 

6) God's protection against evil's impurity is a testimony of God's purity and righteous
v.23 (surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against

7) God's extended testimony is one of completed victory. V.23,24
( ... it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!) (Behold, the people
shall rise up as a great lion, ... ) 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Inspiration to the Heart Psalms 59: 16

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                        (But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the
                        morning: for thou hast been my defense and refuge in the day of my

            1.         The need of any believer must be met by the power of God’s hand.

            2.         The difficulty of a spiritual trial precludes  satisfaction by the believer’s  
                        natural faculties.

            3.         Joy visits the heart in trial when it is fully trusting in God’s power.

            4.         Protection is extended to the heart that ceases from its own attempted
                        influence and attempts to fulfill God’s promise.

            5.         The believer in pursuit of God’s will is adequately covered and safeguarded
                        by God’s great and tender mercy.

            6.         God’s defense for every need is present and sufficient to the one
                        trusting in God.

            7.         The strength of a believer in waiting does not diminish; it is enough to
                        accompany faith and to support generous praise of God for His strength.
                        (Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defense, and the God
                        of my mercy.)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Uniqueness of God Numbers 23: 19

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1. God will not be judged by man’s standards.
(God is not a man, that)

2. Truth is incapable of a lie.
(that He should lie; neither)

3. Sinlessness needs no repentance.
(neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath)

4. God’s intent is not without commitment.
(hath He said, and shall He not do it? or)

5. God’s hand is not over powerable; may not be overpowered by any other
(and shall He not do it?)

6. God’s word is intentional.
(or hath He spoken, and shall)

7. God’s word is honorable.
(and shall He not make it good?)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Year Desire Psalms 51: 2-17

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                1.            To live without yielding to sin.
                               (Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.)

v.6           2.           To hide the Truth  deep within the heart, that I might have wisdom.
                                (Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou
                                shalt make me to know widsom.)
                                Conformity to truth within, fashioned by truth on the inside first.

v.7           3.            To show forth a vessel revealing the continuity of Christ’s rule.
                                (Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be
                                whiter than snow.)
                                Characteristic of a life where Christ is in rule is cleanness.

v.8,           4.           To have a life filled with joy and gladness.
12                             (Make me to hear joy and gladness;) (Restore unto me the joy of my

v.10          5.           To live with a right spirit influencing my every condition- staying in tune
                                  with God.
                                  (Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.)
                                  It comes from God’s work in my heart.

v.13,          6.           To pursue a fulfilling ministry, one authored and empowered by the living
  14                             Christ.
                                   (Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted
                                   to thee.  Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, )

v.17           7.           To stay current in sacrifice; having a heart empty of self.
                                  (The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: …)
                                  To not be lacking in sacrifice- continually presenting my heart to God.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Have you Seen the Lord? John 20: 16-18

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v.16 1. It changes your whole outlook.
(Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto Him, 
Rabboni; which is to say, Master.)

2. It renews your hope.

3. It restores your heart.

4. It extends your faith.

v.18 5. It gives a new message to tell.
(Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord,
and that He had spoken these things unto her.)

6. It creates a desire to see Jesus more.

7. It increases your compassion.