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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Entrusted Resources Matthew 25: 14-17, 28, 29

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V 14 1) God is in possession of true riches. 
(his goods) 

V 14 2) God entrusts His riches to the care of His servants.
 (called his own servants) 

V 15 3) God equips His servants as it pleases Him. 
(and unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, ••• ) 

v 15 4) God knows of the spiritual capacities of His servants.
 (to every man according to his ability) 

v 16,17 5) God desires to increase the capacities of His servants. 

V 15 6) God gives opportunity to His servant to make His claims of faith. 
(and straightway took his journey) 

v 28,29 7) Though resources are entrusted to another’s  keeping, they still belong to the master. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Living in Glad Tidings Luke 1: 45-55

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v.45 1. Living continuously, without interruption, in the land of blessedness.
(And blessed is she that believed: for )

v.45 2. Living continuously in the land of fulfillment of God’s word.
(for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the 
Believer, arm yourself with the generous promises of God’s word.
They provide present life, they provide future life. They provide security.

v.46 3. Living continuously with a heart that is magnified by Christ’s presence and that
magnifies Christ in return.
(And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord.)
This is a light within that cannot be diminished.

v.47 4. Living continuously with joy that does not have its life from you, but is fueled by
the life in you.
(And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
Jesus as Savior is eternal joy to the believer. The believer is to rejoice.

v.48 5. Living continuously with great acceptation from Jesus and the awareness of
meaning and fulfillment brought to your life from and through Jesus.
(For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden: for,)

v.48 6. Living continuously with a reputation and record provided by my relationship to
(for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.)

v.49 7. Living continuously with the knowledge that all things come from the mighty 
                hand of Jesus  and knowing that He is willing to share of His mighty life.
                What He does in and through me is indeed great.
(For He that is mighty hath done to me great things: and Holy is His name.)

v.50 8. Living continuously with the covering of Jesus’ mercy and grace; knowing He 
                will never change.
(And His mercy is on them that fear Him from generation to generation)

v.51 9. Living continuously under the protection and shielding of His great strength.
(He hath showed strength with His arm; He hath scattered the proud …)
not having to fear my weakness

v.52, 10. Living continuously under the sovereignty of His divine equity and justice.
(He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.)
Jesus conquers the proud and acknowledges the humble.

v.53 11. Living continuously fed with the great feast of who Jesus is; tasting of His
goodness, partaking of His great spiritual riches, satisfied and fulfilled.
(He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He hath sent empty

v.54 12. Living continuously under the shelter of God’s divine providence, shielding from
self induced afflictions and shame.
(He hath holpen His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy.)

v.55 13. Living continuously under the shelter and continual provision of God’s truth;
having a secured future indeed.
(As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and to His seed for ever.)

v.55 14. Living continuously with truth which has a record of faithfulness propelling the 
child of God’s interest forward to partake of the truth forthcoming.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Divine Work of the Christmas Story Luke 2: 6-14

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v.6 1. A time of inconvenience for man or a time of God's choosing.
(And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that
she should be delivered.)

v.7, 2. A place ordered of man or a place of God's choosing.
   11 (laid Him in a manger;) (in the city of David)

v.7 3. A circumstance caused of man, or a circumstance chosen of God.
(because there was no room in the inn.)

v.11 4. A night just happening or a night divinely chosen.
(For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ
the Lord.)

v.9 5. A message divinely revealed.
(And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, ...For unto you is born this
day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.)

v.13, 6. A glory divinely displayed.
   14 (And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hos
t praising God, and saying, ...)

v.14 7. A hope for every man divinely granted.
(and on earth peace, good will toward men.)

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Free Hand of God Luke 1: 37

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(For with God nothing shall be impossible.)

1)  God is unbelievable in what He promises and what He does.

2)  God’s hand is not bound by the promisee, but by the promiser.

3)  God time is not bound by the promisee, but by the promiser.

4)  God doesn’t turn loose of His promises.

5)  God is in supernatural control of all needed elements.

6)  God’s provision is precisely as promised, including every aspect that God promised and planned.

7)  God is pleased with His word; He keeps it completely.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

A Heart in Harmony with God's Son Luke 1: 45-55

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v.45 1. Experiencing the blessing of trusting.
(And blessed is she that believed:)

v.46 2. Having a message of the certainty of Jesus to proclaim.
(And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,)

v.47 3. Having overwhelming joy.
(And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.)

v.47 4. Focused on Christ's person as Savior.
(in God my Savior.)

v.48 5. Seeing the blessing of God's indwelling.
(For He hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden:  ...)

v.50- 6. Knowing of the ongoing fruit of Christ's life.
(And His mercy is on them that fear Him from generation to generation.)...

7. Having the pleasure of His fellowship continuing throughout life.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Permission God Gives Luke 1: 45

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

1. The authority of faith, which comes from His revealed word.

2. The privilege of prayer for insight, direction, and specific steps to be

3. The blessing of fellowship with Christ as His word of counsel is sought.

4. A heart given assurance of God's will as the word of God is locked onto or
into the heart of the believer.

5. The privilege of walking with God through the time from God's revealing His
will to the time of God fulfilling His will.

6. Witnessing the awesome power of God's hand.

7. Just abiding in Christ, following Him while He does His work.
The believer's focus is just as assigned by God.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

God's Supply Ephesians 3 16-20

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v.16 1. It comes by God's granting.
(That He would grant you, ...)

v.16 2. It comes from God's supply and riches.
(...according to the riches of His glory,)

v.17 3. It comes by God's abiding presence.
(That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith;)

v.17 4. It comes by God's proving- grounding.
(that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,)

v.18, 5. It comes by God's capacities.
   19 (And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, ...)

v.20 6. It comes by God's exceeding greatness.
(Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or 

v.20 7. It comes by God's power of deliverance.
(according to the power that worketh in us,)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Christ's Teachings-The Loyalty Demanded of His Disciples Luke 14: 25-29

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(v.25-And there went great multitudes with Him: and He turned, and said
unto them.)

v.26 1. Jesus must be first priority, first love.
(If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and 
children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be
my disciple.)

v.27 2. Total surrender.
(And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my

v.27 3. Totally following Jesus.

v.28 4. Having counted the cost.
(For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and 
counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?)

v.28 5. Committed to finish the course.

v.29 6. Obstacles to completion removed.
(Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.)

v.33 7. Forsaking all else.
(So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath,
he cannot be my disciple.)
Nothing in life may be as vital and important to the disciple as Jesus and
following Jesus.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Power in God's Love Romans 8: 38, 39

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(For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor 
principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor 
height, nor depth, nor any other creation, shall be able to separate us from 
the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.)

1. Nothing can break the hold of Christ.

2. Nothing can impede or halt the flow of Christ's love.
Nothing can cut off the love of Christ.

3. Nothing is greater than the love of Christ.

4. Nothing can dilute or alter the love of Christ.

5. Nothing can usurp Christ's love.
Nothing can take its place.

6. Nothing can imitate Christ's love.

7. Nothing controls nor can control Christ's love.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Always Having What You Need (Who) John 6: 17-35

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v.17 1. Harmed by need of fellowship.
(…And it was now dark and Jesus was not come to them.)

v.18 2. Harmed by uncontrollable circumstance.
(And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew.)

v.19, 3. Harmed by inability to recognize Jesus.
  20 …they saw Jesus walking on the sea, drawing nigh unto the ship, and they 
                were afraid.)

v.21 4. Harmed by trying to place a hold upon Jesus.
(Then they willingly received Him into the ship, …)
Happy when Jesus is what we want Him to be.

v.22- 5. Harmed by uncertainty about God’s will.
  24 (and that Jesus went not with His disciples into the boat, …)(…they also took
                shipping and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.)

v.25 6. Harmed by Jesus’ misunderstood ways.
(…Rabbi, when camest thou hither?)
instead of adoration and worship.

v.26 7. Harmed by selfish interest.
(Jesus answered them and said, Verily, Verily, I say unto you. Ye seek me, not
                because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were 

v.27 8. Harmed by too little knowledge of and too little dependency upon Jesus.
(Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for the meat which endureth unto
                everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: …)

v.28, 9. Harmed by a substitute of intention for believing.
  29 (Then said they unto Him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of 
                God? …)

v.30 10. Harmed by leaning on the visible rather than the spiritual.
(…what sign showest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost 
                thou work?)

v.31 11. Harmed by the lifelessness of tradition alone.
(Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, …)

v.32, 12. Harmed by temporal views of life.
  33 (…Moses gave you not the bread from heaven: but my Father giveth …)

v.35 13. Harmed when there is the gift of life given.
v.35 14. Harmed when fullness is Jesus’ expression.
(And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of  life; he that cometh to me shall
                never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

In Cooperation with the Holy Spirit Ephesians 5: 19-33

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v.191.It leads the heart to honor Christ, to delight in following Him.
(Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and 
making melody in your heart to the Lord;)

v.202.It nurtures full acknowledgment of the Father's will in my life and the Son 
of God's authority in occurrences in my life.
(Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;)

v.203.It frees my heart from the pressure of wrong conclusions.

v.21-4.It guards the heart from reasonings of the flesh.  
30(Wives, submit… husbands, love your wives, …)
The focus of the heart is on obedience, not fairness, not man's standards, … arguments.  I would but he, (she), …)

v.22-5.It brings the heart to honor and reconcilement with the will of God.  
27(That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, …)
Literally equipping the heart,
blessing marriage.

v.22-6.It positions the heart to acknowledge its dependency upon Christ.
  32For apart from the Holy Spirit's work there can be no attainment of God's standards; 
the flesh would work out its resisting rule. 
The feeling of spiritual emptiness would be the result.
The failings of a believer (time apart from being full) encourage the heart's quick return to Christ.

v.23-7.It directs the heart to acknowledge the higher purposes of God and to seek   
the work of the church.
The Holy Spirit is able to deal with any arising circumstance which competes with the 
will of God.