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Saturday, July 30, 2016

A Believer is Fully Protected 1 Peter 5: 8, 9

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v.8 1. A believer is totally secure in Christ.
(your adversary the devil,)

v.8 2. A believer who fears God will not fear the devil.
(as a roaring lion,)

v.8 3. A believer who walks with God will not be a victim of the enemy's entrapment
 of deception.
(walketh about...)

v.8 4. A believer whose focus is upon Christ will continuously have his life 
strengthened and protected.
(seeking whom he may devour:)

v.9 5. A believer who entrusts his life to truth will have a covering of God's promises.
(Whom resist steadfast in the faith,)

v.9 6. A believer who exercises his faith in Christ will be shielded from the enemy.
(Whom resist steadfast in the faith,)    Eph.. 6:  16

v.9 7. A believer is fully protected by the truth in ministry, on God's mission.
(knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in
 the world.)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Christ's Teachings-Prepared for His Return-2 Luke 12: 37, 38

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v.37 1. God will reward those servants watching for His return, with His return.
    (Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when he cometh shall find

v.37 2. Those servants will be invited to sit down with Jesus at the marriage supper
of the Lamb.
(verily I say unto you, that He shall gird Himself, and make them to sit down
to meat, and will come forth and serve them.)
Rev 19: 7

v.37 3. Jesus will remain the faithful servant so clearly depicted throughout the
believer’s earthly life.
(that He shall gird Himself, …and will come forth and serve them.)

v.38 4. The blessings granted to those servants have no likeness of comparison on
(And if He shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and
find them so, blessed are those servants.)

v.39 5. Know that this watching must be with faithful living.
(And this know, that if the goodman of the house had knows what hour the
thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house
to be broken through.)

v.39 6. Know that Jesus will not give a prior announcement at the time of His 

v.40 7. Know that Jesus is not bound to man’s prediction or expectation, but to His
Father in heaven.
(Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye
think not.)
Acts 1: 7

Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Weak Leader Exodus 32: 2-32

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v.2 1. Vulnerable to peoples pressure.
(And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings,)

v.2 2. Hears man without hearing God.
(…and bring them to me.)

v.3 3. Forsakes the integrity of God’s entrustment.
(And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their 
                ears, and brought them unto Aaron.)

v.4 4. Provides an alternate deity for God’s people.
(And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, 
                after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, 

v.4 5. Forsakes the exaltation of God’s name and denies true Godliness.
(These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land 
                of Egypt.)

v.5 6. Enters into personal idolatry, misleading God’s people.
(And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it: and Aaron made 
proclamation, and said, Tomorrow  is a feast to the Lord.)

v.22 7. Refuses accountability.
(And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the
                people, that they are set on mischief.)
not necessarily openly rebellious, but typically  not accountable to God’s
                Holy Spirit.

v.23, 8. Purports a pseudo honor of intent.
   24 (For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as 
                for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we
                wot not what is become of him.)
serious, intent, sincere, but wrong.

v.24 9. Lies about his direct action.
(And I said unto them, Whomsoever hath any gold, let them break it off.
                So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.)
When held accountable no truth to support.
Inasmuch as this leader has not been honoring truth, he has difficulty 
                being accountable.  i.e. Adam and Eve.

v.25 10. Disgraces himself and God’s people.
(for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies.)

v.26 11. Causes division in God’s camp.
(Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord’s 
                side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves 
                together unto him.)

v.28 12. Weak leadership results in destruction of followers.
(And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there 
                fell of the people that day about three thousand men.)

v.31, 13. Endangers the attainment of God’s promises.
    32 (And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a 
great sin, and have made them gods of gold.)
(Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out
                 of thy book which thou hast written.)

v.33:1 14. Is only offset and overcome by a loving, merciful, powerful God.
(And the Lord said unto Moses, depart, and go up hence, thou and the 
                people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land
                which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed
                will I give it.)

In contrast:
Moses was decisive-lined up with God’s truth, was firm and judicious , loved God, 
        loved God’s people, provided Biblical leadership, knew God’s honor, shepherding
        God’s people, pursued God’s promises.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Christ's Teachings-Safeguarding Your Treasure Luke 12: 33, 34

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v.33 1. See the world’s riches for what they are.
(Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not
old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, that faileth not where no thief 
approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.)

2. See what God promised the believer.

3. Desire to display Christ's true riches.
Phil 4: 19    vine branch relationship

4. Seek the real joy of needing Jesus.

5. Know what you need on your heavenly journey.

6. Don’t accumulate worldly weights that beset.

v.34 7. Fix your heart on the Prince of Peace, the redeemer, heaven’s crown-Jesus.
(For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Such a Need Today 1 Peter 3: 5

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v.3 1.For separation from a testimony to the world.
(Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning...)

v.4 2.For a search for inward beauty through Christ.
(But let it be the hidden man of the heart,)

v.4 3.For spiritual beauty that remains.
(in that which is not corruptible.)

v.4 4.For a testimony of quiet surrender to Christ.
(even the ornament of a meek)

v.4 5.For a testimony that radiates its source.
(even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit,)

v.4 6.For God's advantage to be added to life.
(which is in the sight of God of great price.)

v.5 7.For old fashioned faith.
(For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves,...)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Christ's Teachings-Jesus the Priority Luke 12: 29-34

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v.29 1. Don’t doubt God’s ability to provide for basic needs.
(And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of 
doubtful mind.)

v.30 2. Rise above the rudimentary concerns of the world’s peoples.
(For all these things do the nations of the world seek after; and your Father
knoweth that ye have need of these things.)

v.30 3. Credit God with capacity of responding to His compassion and caring.

v.31 4. Make your priority that of seeking God.
(But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.)

v.31 5. Allow God to add His choice of provision to your needs.

v.32 6. Have no fear- relying on God’s good pleasure.
(Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.)

v.33 7. Separate yourself from any distraction of covetousness.
(Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a
treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither
                moth corrupteth.)

v.33 8. Retain heaven’s true riches; they are incorruptible.

v.34 9. Keep your heart affixed on heaven’s true treasures.
(For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)

v.34 10. Live out of the riches of your true heart.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

In Pursuit of God's Will Genesis 24: 14-51

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v.14- 1. Allow God to  lead.
   24 …(Rebekah…)

v.31 2. Allow God to  open the door.
(And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the Lord; wherefore standest thou
without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels.)
It may be better than the servant thinks it will be.

v.33 3. Make God’s mission the priority.
(And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until
I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.)

v.40 4. Continue in what God previously said.
(And he said unto me, The Lord, before whom I walk, will send his angel
 with thee, and  prosper thy way: and thou shalt take a wife for my son of 
 my kindred, and of my father’s house:)

v.42- 5. Allow God’s testimony to mark out its course.
   44 (And I came this day unto the well, and said, O Lord God of my master
Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way which I go:)
(Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when
the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray
thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink;)
(And she say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels, 
let the same be the woman whom the Lord hath appointed out for my 
master’s son.)

v.45 6. Present God’s appearing solution for validation
(And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came 
 forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well,
 and drew water: and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee.)

v.50, 7. God will clearly validate His will.
51 (Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from 
the Lord; we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.)
(Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her and go, and let her be thy 
master’s son’s wife, as the Lord hath spoken.)

God’s will brings harmony, not division; to the household of faith.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Source of Relief John 14: 1-12

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v.1 1. Believing in the vast record of truth already existing.
(Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe ion God)

v.1 2. Believing in the vast amount of truth to be revealed to the child of God by
the Holy Spirit.
(believe also in me.)

v.2 3. Believing there is a place in the Father’s house for the child of God.
(in my Father’s house are many mansions, if)

v.2 4. Believing in the adequacy of Christ’s personal teaching.
(if it were not so, I would have told you. )
v.3 5. Believing in the irrevocable commitment of Jesus.
(And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, )

v.3 6. Believing in the personal standing the believer has with Christ.
(and receive you unto myself: )  Our future is settled.

v.3,4 7. Believing in the eternal privilege of living with Jesus. Following the way
Jesus set. 
                (that where I am, there ye may be also.) (I am the way, …)
v.5,6 8. Believing in the totality of the leadership of Christ- as shepherd, as 
teacher, as guide, etc.
(Thomas saith unto, Lord, we know not whither thou goest: and how can 
we know the way?)

v.6 9. Living a life practicing the truths of Christ in every life encounter.
(I am the way, the truth, and the life)
If we seek to know Jesus, we will know the way.
v.9-12 10.  Overcoming all the many threats of unbelief.
(Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast 
thou not known me, Philip? )

Saturday, July 2, 2016

God's Voice Psalms 93: 1, 2

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v.1 1. Man cannot compete with it.
(The Lord reigneth, He is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with
strength, wherewith He hath girded himself: the world also is established, 
that it cannot be moved.)

2. Man cannot drown it out, no matter how many men.

3. Man cannot ignore it. It is as crushing as the sea waves are.

v.2 4. God’s voice overrules all others.
(Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting

5. God’s voice is a record of truth.
(creation) (flood) (stars) (commands of scripture)(word of prophets) (Christ)
(apostles) (church)

6. God’s voice is unending.

7. God’s voice records eternity’s decision.
though already spoken.