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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Directed Steps Proverbs 16: 9+

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                        (A man's heart deviseth his way:  but the Lord directeth his steps.)

            1.          A believer is tempted to apply his reason apart from God's leading.
                         Time tempts us to try to gain human understanding rather than to wait in faith.
                         Human reasoning positions us in the driver’s seat, expecting God to justify His 
                         decisions for us.

            2.          A believer's reasoning can be sound from man's point of view, but very
                         wrong from God's understanding.

            3.          A believer may think he can convince God to switch His thinking.
                        God doesn’t need our agreement to validate His rightness, but He does ask for
                        our obedience to comply with His rightness.

            4.          A believer may falsely think God will still honor the believer's plan.

            5.          A believer must not follow self directed plans.

            6.          Because of a believer's limited understanding, he must allow the Lord to 
                         direct his way.

            7.          God will be right, for He knows the way, Jesus is the way.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Spiritually Confident Heart Psalms 52: 9

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(I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy
name; for it is good before thy saints.)

1. The record of God’s accomplishment is in His name.

2. The assurance of God’s commitment is in His revealed word.

3. The assurance of God’s performance is in His promise.

4. The time of God’s involvement is from the beginning.

5. The length of God’s commitment is till the ending.

6. The appropriate time for praise is now.

7. The time for an assured heart is present when the word is given to the 

8. It is most appropriate to declare God has done it, even before it can be
seen with the natural eye.

9. Waiting, with an assured heart, is much easier than waiting with a 
heart that is just hoping it will work out.

10. There is no other name in which the believer will find confidence and
assurance for the heart’s need.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Promise That Brings Great Peace 1 John 4: 4

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(Greater is He that is in you, than He that is in the world.) 

1) There is nothing in life that can overcome God. 

2) There is never any threat to God. 

3) There is none that has great wisdom as God does. 

4) There is none that can lay claim to God's property. 

5) There is none to reverse God's decisions. 

6) There is none to refute God's truth. 

7) There is none to wrest God's control away. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Privilege of Abiding John 15: 7

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(If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.)You shall or shall be:

1.experience the presence of Jesus.

2. enlightened by the power of the word.

3.encouraged in your faith.

4.endowed with great privilege and liberty.
(what ye will,)

5.enriched with great promise.
(it shall be done)

6.enjoying the relationship of abiding.
(unto you)

7.ever continuing in Jesus.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Great Error of God's People Amos 8: 11-14

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v.11            1.   Thinking they can live by bread alone.
                         (Behold, the days come,saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the
                          land, not a famine of bread, not a thirst for water, but of hearing the words
                          of the Lord:)

v.11            2.   Thinking they can live without God’s counsel.
                          People of God follow thinking of world.

v.11            3.   Thinking they can support their own conclusions and sustain their own lives; 
                         that it all comes from men.

v.12            4.   Thinking they can always come up with spiritual solutions if they really had
                        (And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east,
                        they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.)

v.12            5.   Thinking the word of God is like commerce, available anywhere and 
                         everywhere, at the whim of man’s disposal.
                        (to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.)

v.13            6.   The young and unlearned shall faint because they know not and have not the
                        essentials to sustain life.
                        (In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.)

v.14            7.   All idols are powerless to give life, obvious when God removes His life
                         sustaining nourishment. No help in famine.
                        (They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan liveth;
                        and The manner of Beersheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise
                        up again.)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fearing and Seeking Psalms 34: 9, 10

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v.9 1. One who fears God will seek Him.
(...for there is no want to them that fear Him.)
(they that seek the Lordshall not want any good thing.)

v.10 2. One who seeks the Lord is diligent in his seeking
(they that seek the Lord...)

v.10 3. One who seeks the Lord believes that he will find.
(they that seek the Lord...)          Heb. 11:  6

v.10 4. One that seeks the Lord is looking for God's solution

.v.9 5. One that fears the Lord desires nothing different than what God wants.
(O fear the Lord, ...)

v.10 6. Those that fear and seek the Lord have no want.
(for there is no want to them that fear Him.)
        (they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.)

v.10 7. Those that fear and seek the Lord are satisfied.
(...shall not want any good thing.)
They will be well stocked with God's goodness.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Mothers Be Encouraged Judges 13: 5

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(For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the 
child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel
out of the hand of the Philistines.)

            1.         Be inspired by God’s great reward and hope.   
                        (a son)

            2.         Be inspired by God’s great miracle.

            3.         Be inspired by God’s great commitment.
                        (from the womb)

            4.         Be cooperative with God’s great plan.
            5.         Be cooperative with God’s granted vision.

            6.         Be encouraged by God’s initiation. This is God’s work.

            7.         Be encouraged by God’s sustainment and fulfillment.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Opened Eyes Psalms 119: 18

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(Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.)

1. There is a willingness to see what God wants to reveal.

2. There is a petition for God's initiation.

3. There is a knowledge that there is more to my circumstances than I
presently see.

4. There is a desire to gain God's insight.

5. There is an expectation of God's goodness.

6. There is an acknowledged accounting to God's boundaries.

7. There is more to respond to, to obey.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Heart of Love 1 Corinthians 13

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accompanying grace- 2 Corin. 9: 8 God able to make all grace abound to you; 12: 9 grace sufficient; 2 Peter 3: 18 grow in grace;--goes back to saving grace.

v.1 1. Love is empowered by God’s goodness and grace.
(Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not
  charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.)

v.2 2. Love is enlightened by God’s understanding.
(And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, 
  and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove
  mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.)

v.3 3. Love is equipped with God’s generosity.
(And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give
  my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.)

v.4 4. Love endures with God’s capacities.
(Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth
  not itself, is not puffed up.)

v.5 5. Love is guided by God’s Spirit.
(Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily
  provoked, thinketh no evil;)

v.6,7 6. Love is upheld by God’s truth.
(Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;)
(Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all

v.8 7. Love is unending; it has no lapse nor failing.
(Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail,
  whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge,
  it shall vanish away.)

v.9 8. God’s heart is love’s capacity; not the heart of the one loving in and of
(For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.)

v.10 9. Love is founded upon Christ’s perfection; emanating from Jesus.
(But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall
  be done away.)

v.11 10. Love is the virtue of maturity in a believer.
(When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I 
  thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.)

v.12 11. Love is the clarity of a child of God’s vision.
(For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I
  know in part; but then  shall I know even as also I am known.)

v.12 12. Love is the view of a child of God’s hope.

v.13 13. Love is the anchor of a child of God’s life.
(And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of
  these is charity.)

v.13  14.  Love is God's expression of equality.