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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Believer is Accountable Psalms 139: 7-12

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v.7 1. A believer cannot go beyond the Holy Spirit’s knowledge.
(Whither shall I go from thy spirit: or )

v.7 2. A believer cannot escape God’s view.
(or whither shall I flee from thy presence?)

v.8, 3. A believer cannot go where God is not.
  10 (If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, 
thou art there.
(Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.)

v.9, 4. A believer cannot find his own freedom.
  10 (If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the
(Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.)

v.10 5. A believer cannot get out of God’s hand.
(Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.)

v.11, 6. A believer cannot hide himself from God.
  12 (If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light 
about me.) (Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as
the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.)

v.12 7. A believer cannot go where God is not in charge.
(the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Is Anything Too Hard for the Lord Genesis 18: 14

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( Is anything too hard for the Lord?......)

1. God knows nothing too hard.

2. God sees only His plan.
He looks at His perfect word;  His word in our lives.
Opposition is not real in that it is not founded upon truth.

3. God sees circumstance as reconcilable to His will.   
                as in Jesus calming the sea.

4. God sees the tomorrows in His plan.   
                as in the order, the progression daily

5. God sees no opposition to stay His hand.

6. God knows only fulfillment,fulfilled in His time.

7. God knows only completion.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Truth Marches On Luke 1: 45

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(for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.)

1. It follows God's prescribed course.

2. It needs no approving of man; although men may be involved.

3. Its march does not have to be visible, although its outcome will be.

4. Men may try to give influence, but when God has spoken, it is as God has said it will be.

5. Those under the security of the word's promise have a sure position.

6. God may be relied upon to work out all necessary elements for the gain of His will.

7. In the fullness of God's time, God's fulfillment is manifest.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

God's Eternal Security Genesis 7: 1-17

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7:1 1. God extends the invitation, man must come in response.
(and the Lord said unto Noah, Come ... ) 

v.7 2. God will protect from the storms of life, man must enter into God's ark of
                safety. (and Noah went in, … ) 

v.16 3. Man enters God's ark of safety, but security must come from the Lord.
        (and the Lord shut him in.) 

v.17 4. God raises man above life destruction-the wages of sin. 
(and the waters increased and bore up the ark, and it was lifted up above 
the earth.) 

v.16 5. God's hand of grace shuts out judgment. 
               (and the Lord shut him in.) 

v.16 6.  God protects His purpose through preserving His children. 
(and the Lord shut him in) (and God remembered Noah, … ) 

7. God's eternal purposes are established by His firm hand. pictured in 
                Noah's going forth to be fruitful. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Disloyalty of a Divided Heart Judges 14: 16, 17

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v.16 1. May be manipulated.
(And Samson’s wife wept before him, and said, Thou dost but hate me, and
lovest me not: )

v.16 2. Uses the appeal of emotion or reason to a man’s natural side of life, not a
spiritual influence.
(And Samson’s wife wept before him, and said, Thou dost but hate me, and
lovest me not: )

v.16 3. Accuses of disloyalty to the one appealing.
(thou hast put forth a riddle unto the children of my people, and hast not told
it me.)

v.16 4. Has divided loyalty, really is loyal to the closest ally.
(the children of my people,)
In this case the unrighteous.

v.16 5. Has no regard for privileged relationships, nor values their honor.
( And he said unto her, Behold, I have not told it my father nor my mother,
and shall I tell it thee?)

v.17 6. Uses pressure to obtain the desired outcome.
(And she wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted: and it
came to pass on the seventh day, that he told her, because she lay sore 
upon him:)

v.17 7. Quickly betrays the one supposedly loyal to.
( and she told the riddle to the children of her people.)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Silenced Matthew 22: 42-46

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vs.42,43 1) The wisdom of God refutes the presumption and supposition of man. 
(the son of David) (how then ••• )

vs. 43 2) Spiritual knowledge cannot be imitated. 

vs. 44 3) Spiritual truth exposes the proud and pretentious. 

vs. 45 4) Spiritual truth breaks down human reasoning. 

vs. 46 5) Only truth can respond to truth (no man was able to answer). 
To communicate with God requires truth as the vehicle. 

vs. 46 6) The foolishness of man is silenced by the resounding declaration of truth. 
(no man was able to answer ••• ) (neither dared any man) 

vs. 46 7) Man has nothing to add to truth's message. It is complete in every respect. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Thirsting for God Psalms 42: 1, 2

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(As the hart panteth after the water brooks,s o panteth my soul after thee, O 

1. Because conditions about have caused dryness.
drought, seasonal changes.

2. Because of the chase of an enemy.

3. Because of normal exercise. (spiritual)

4. Because of need for replenishment.

v.2 5. Because of the satisfying taste.
(My soul thirsteth for God,)

v.2 6. Because of its life sustaining value.
(for the living God;)

v.2 7. Because of present limited capacity.
(When shall I come and appear before God?)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Tempest in our Life Jonah 1: 4-15

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The real tempest comes from God, not from man.

v.4 1. Because we have heard God but not yielded to His call.
(But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.)

v.7 2. Because of an out of balance conscience.
(And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.)

v.3,9 3. Because we have misrepresented the truth before others.
(So he paid the fare,) ( And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.)

v.12 4. Because in our midst is one running from God.
(And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be
  calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.)
There is at least a parallel illustration here of the way the body of Christ must fit together. 
If a member is denying God it may very well affect the mission of the body.

v.13 5. Because we attempt to protect the guilty.
(Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.)

v.14 6. Because we are working against God.
(Wherefore they cried unto the Lord, and said, We beseech thee, O Lord, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee.)

v.15 7. Because we have not abandoned ourselves to God.
(So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceasedfrom her raging.)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Entreating God Psalms 106: 3-5

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v.3 1. Follow His wise judgments.
(Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he)

v.3 2. Honor His righteous standard.
(and he that doeth righteousness at all times.)

v.4 3. Acknowledge your need for God’s favor.
(Remember me, O Lord, with the favor that thou bearest unto thy people: O)

v.4 4. Seek God’s personal visitation upon your life.
(O visit me with thy salvation;)

v.5 5. Desire God’s reward for the faithful.
(That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I)

v.5 6. Pray for the reward of righteousness upon the nation.
(that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I)

v.5 7. Treasure the blessing of God’s heritage.
(that I may glory with thine inheritance.)