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Saturday, March 29, 2014

From Joseph's Life- How to Stay on Track Genesis 37-50

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37: 5            1) Allow God to be your starting point.
                       He who hath begun a good work in you shall continue it unto that perfect day.

37: 5            2) Don’t allow your expectations  to define God’s pathway forward.

37: 24          3) Don’t become sidetracked by man’s track.

37: 27          4) Though subject to man’s influence, remember it is God who has made promise
                        to you, not men.

39: 2,3         5) Don’t measure progress by circumstance and trial, but by God’s guiding hand.

39:6            6) Perform well where opportunity to serve is given.

39:11-         7) Expect to be tested, pass the test by God’s standards; seek to uphold God’s way
                      regardless of outcome.

39: 20         7) Accept each new portion in God’s journey as from the Lord.

39: 23         8) Discover how to serve the Lord while serving in man’s confinement.

40: 1-          9) Know God will bring the circumstances which enable spiritual accomplishment
                      to be gained.

40: 5-         10) Anticipate the realm of God’s teaching to you to be the field of practice for you.
40: 8-         11) Loyalty to God is the pathway to achievement.

40: 12-       12) Trust God to be faithful in revealing His will and way to your heart; act on 
                         what God said.

40: 14-       13) Though your heart desires God’s liberty, acknowledge God’s will even if your
                        trials should continue.

40: 15-       14) Leave injustices in God’s hand.

40: 18-       15) Obey God even though the motives of men are impure.

40: 23        16) When it seems God is tarrying, receive from the Lord His strength, 
                       nourishment, and sustainment.

41              17) God will order your steps, just follow Him.

41              18) It becomes obvious God has the power to change hearts and to use men to 
                       bring His will to pass.

41              19) God has inescapable blocks to man’s pathway; perhaps that fits you as well as 
                       men God chooses to use.

41: 14        20) Though your experiences are elongated in trial, remain prepared for God’s 
                         special meeting time and place.

41: 14        21) Rest assured God will have you ready for your service to Him.

41: 16-       22) It may be a new opportunity but God will still use proven truths in your own

41: 16-       23) Have confidence in the Lord. Just walk with Him.

41: 33-       24) Give wise counsel to one facing new challenges.

41: 38-       25) It must be God who validates your time of opportunity.

41: 40-       26) God’s time does catch up with your burdens and pressures to allow a new 
                       view to be inserted.

41: 47-       27) God’s fruitfulness begins to abound.

41: 50-       28) Memories of trials finally fade in the bounty of God’s generosity.

41: 57        29) God takes care of the breadth of ministry.

41:-           30) It was not the players that God used that mattered, but rather the purpose
                      God had.

42: -          31) That for which God has prepared you for unfolds on God’s platform.

43-            32) God’s convincing trials visit other hearts as well and you are already learned
                       and readily available, placed in God’s service.

42: 9         33) The fulfillment of God’s promises does visit your life in God’s time.

45: 1-        34) You realize God’s promises were not meant just for you but for God.

45: 7         35) A much larger vision becomes apparent as a result of the trials you endured.

45:8          36) God was at work on a great plan all along.

45: 9-        37) God’s great generosity is to be shared.

47: 29-      38) God is so good; He truly is a restorer of the breeches of man.

48: 15-      39) The latter blessings exceed the former  ones.            Joel 2: 23-27

48: 20       40) God’s blessings are like seeds that keep reproducing themselves.

50: -         41) Fulfilment in life comes from God’s abiding faithful presence.

50: 25       42) God’s faithfulness is a testimony which remains.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What Binds Man's Understanding John 11: 32

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(Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down
at His feet, saying unto Him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had 
not died.)

1. Not rising above another believer's faith. 
see v. 21

2. Not attributing to Jesus all He is.

3. Not waiting on Jesus to give us our answer, but giving Jesus our answer.

4. Not resting our faith in Jesus.

5. Not sensing Jesus’ greater and higher purpose.
Not seeking to fit in to Jesus' greater plan.

6. Losing hope. Christ, the hope of glory.  
Col. 1:  27

7. Attributing error to Christ.
Damaging to our own faith- to attribute insufficiency to Christ.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Set Up Genesis 38: 18-26

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            Sin is very grievous for God’s child.

v.18     1.A pledge to sin is a foolish pledge.
            ( and he gave it her,....)

v.18     2.A secret delight will become an open confession later.
            ( and she conceived by him,)

v.19     3.Man cannot control the outcome of sin's actions.
            ( And she arose, and went away,....)

v.20    4.Man's efforts to cover up his sin will not work.
            ( And Judah sent the kid by the hand of his friend but he found her not.)

v.21     5.A sinner looks foolish when he attempts to free himself.
            ( ... and they said, there was no harlot in this place,)

v.23     6.A sinner fearing shame has already borne shame.
            ( and Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed.....)

v.25,    7.Sin is so clearly identified with the guilty offender that there is no
    26        escape.
               ( whose are these, the signet, .... and Judah acknowledged them,)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

When We Petition God John 11: 22

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(But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it

1. Some things are already settled.

2. Asking God to reveal His will is appropriate.

3. Contentment is in having God's presence, not only in having God's 

4. Allow Christ to fully express Himself.

5. Complete trust in Christ is to be fixed.

6. Praise and thanksgiving is in order.

7. Quietly observe the greatness of God.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A More Sure Word 2 Peter 1: 19

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1.The believer's anchor.
(we also have a more sure word of prophesy,)

2.The believer's admonition.
(unto which ye do well that ye take heed,)

3.The believer's choice.
(that ye take heed,)

4.The believer's assurance.
(a more sure word…that ye take heed,)

5.The believer's light.
(as unto a light that shineth in a dark place,)

6.The believer's hope.
(until the day dawn,)

7.The believer's fulfillment, victory.
(and the day star arise in your hearts;)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Wisdom of Jesus John 11: 4

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(When Jesus heard that, He said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.)

1. He knows God's higher purpose.

2. He knows of the Father's glory.

3. He knows the conclusion of things.

4. He knows the need of man is for God to do a work.

5. He knows the bounds of death.

6. He knows the bounds of time.

7. He knows the power in His hand.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Surrendered or Stubborn Exodus 14: 12-18, 27

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v.10,            1.       Fear or faith.
   13                        (v.10-And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their
                               eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore 
                               afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.)

v.12,            2.      My priority or God’s.
  13                        (v.12- Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone,
                              that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the
                              Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.)

v.11,            3.      What pleases me or God.
   13                        (v.11-And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt,
                               hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? Wherefore hast thou dealt
                               thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?)  (Is not this the word…)

v.12,            4.     My choice or God’s.
  13                        (v.13-And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the 
                              salvation of the Lord, which He will shew to you to-day: for the Egyptians
                              whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more for ever.)

v.12,            5.     To complain or to cooperate.

v.15,            6.      Easy for me or honorable to God.
  18                        (v.15- And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak
                              unto the children of Israel, that they go forward.)
                              (v.18- And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gotten
                              me honor upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.)

v.12,            7.      Defeat or victory.
   27                       (v.12- …that we may serve the Egyptians …)
                              (v.27- And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea  
                              returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians
                              fled against it; and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

What Gives God Glory John 11: 4

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(....This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, ...)

In principle:

1. When a believer has a need greater than his own power.

2. When a believer has a need he cannot overcome.

3. When a believer's need is hopeless.
One day the messenger travels from Bethany; Jesus tarries two; the next day
Jesus travels to Bethany.  Lazarus had been dead 4 days.  Jesus did not tarry
waiting for him to die.  

Some Jews believed the soul hovered near the body for three days hoping to
reinhabit the body.  By the fourth day it abandoned hope and left.  Perhaps 
                Jesus tarried so they would not argue against his resurrecting Lazarus.
4. When a believer has a need and looks only to Jesus for supply.

5. When a believer fits into the eternal plan of God.

6. When a believer allows Christ to fully rule.

7. When Jesus does what only Jesus can do.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Lord is Not Troubled Exodus 14: 8, 13, 25, 27

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                1.     The enemy never was in control; God had been all along.
                          (in Egypt.)

                 2.     God’s people never belonged to Egypt, they belonged to God.

                 3.     The enemy didn’t let God’s people go; God did.
                          (13: 17)  (14: 5)

v.8            4.    The enemy couldn’t find God were it not for God’s people to pursue.
                           And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt and he 
                           pursued after the children of Israel:)

v.13            5.  God’s hand is never shortened.
                           (see the salvation of the Lord which He will show to you today;)

v.20            6.  God’s bounds are appointed over the enemy, that the enemy cannot pass.
                           And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and
                           it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by the night to these: 
                           so that the one came not near the other all the night.)

v.27            7.  God is free to exercise His dominion.
                           (And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to
                           its strength when the morning appeared; …)