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Saturday, October 29, 2016

What is Not Told us Before We Pray Mark 6: 46

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1) The complete subject

2) The exact answer of God

3) How long our engagement takes 

4) The burden of compassion 

5) The tests which will follow 

6) The fellowship which will result 

7) The exact pathway of victory 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Abomination of the Nations 2 Kings 16: 3

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Progression of wickedness (in the midst of God's people) 

1.Degradation begins when leaders follow the wrong way. 
(walked in the way of the Kings of Israel) 
To purpose to follow the wrong way is to establish a path of future degradation. It is a terrible lapse to be insensitive to sin and evil. It is an abomination to deliberately plan to 
follow the wrong way without care or concern about the outcome. 
Man involves himself unrestrained in the pleasure of his own ways and delights. 
America, a christian nation, has leaders who are following the wrong way. 

2. The wrong way is a way of the heathen, not of Godliness. 
(abominations of nations - heathen) 
Certainly God does not want his people to follow after the abominations and ways of the heathen. 
This is totally and absolutely contrary to the plan of God. It likewise, today is contrary to the plan of God for a christian nation to go the way of the heathen. 
There is no Godliness there, only abominations to God. 
God cannot honor such a choice. Only judgment may follow. 

3. The way of the heathen is specifically forbidden, thus it is a way chosen apart from entering ignorantly. 

God specifically forbid his children to sacrifice their children to false gods. (Lev 18: 21) 
God hates such abomination Deut l2: 31) 
God’s people had to deliberately disobey God's instruction.
This abomination was not committed by accident but by deliberate choice.
What a terrible thing to kill an innocent child.
But even more terrible will be facing the certain judgment of God. 

4. The way of the heathen is a way God removed. 
Thus to reestablish the way of the heathen is to defile God's ways. (whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel) 
God removed the heathen people who did abomination so as to allow for a right relationship of future worship to be possible for His children. 

God never intended for the way of the heathen to be an acceptable way. 
In today's modern world there is the influence of the godless heathen nations. 
God does not want His people to follow the influence of heathens. 

5. The way of the heathen is an abomination to God. 
God cannot take pleasure in abomination. God hates the way of abomination. (Jer 44:4) That which God hates shall be destroyed. That is why God drove out the heathen from before His people. 

He couldn't tolerate their ways. 
God will literally drive away the way of the heathen in the last days for the same reason. 
The heathen cannot please God. (Prov 15:8,9, 26: 21. 27) 

6. The way of the heathen is a way of moral degeneracy. 
The Cannanite morality was so bad God exterminated them. 
(Lev. 18:24 note) (Ps lO6: 37,38)

Things get worse and worse. The abominations of man lead to a moral degeneracy. The seeds are in a society which tolerates heathenism for such degeneracy to exist. 
Previous examples exist in scripture - Noah's day and Sodom and Gomorrah. 
The seeds exist today and if there is not a spiritual check by God's people, moral degradation will continue. 

7. If the way of abomination is not removed, then God removes those who follow that way. 
If man persists in his abominations then man will cease to exist. 
God brings judgment. Psalms 106: 39-42) 
If the way of abomination is removed God will forgive. (Jer 4: 1) 
(Ps 106: 43-45) 

There is however, a final point of judgment that unrepentant abominators (lost man) cannot pass. Rev. 21:27)
Such abominators cannot enter heaven. 
Lest we should feel in America like we do not participate in the abominations listed in scripture because we are too sophisticated to make a son pass through the fire, we need consider the issue of abortion. 
Abortion is murder. Abortion is the willful action of man and or woman whereby they destroy an innocent life. The innocent exercises no defense but is helpless. Such conduct to accommodate the sinful desire of the flesh is an abomination to God. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Open to the Truth 1 Thessalonians 5: 20

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(Despise not prophesyings.)

1.Be open to God's declaration of truth.

2.Deny not your heart its need for truth, to hear from God.

3.Don't reject God's message just because of your particular evaluation of God's messenger.

4.Be attentive to the Spirit of God in communication.
see message Quench not the Spirit.

5.Don't be upset with God's word of correction or reproof.

6.Don't predefine God's message for you.

7.Realize God may have something to say that you havn’t thought of as in need of.
He surely knows what is best for you.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Covered by the Word Exodus 13: 19

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1. Honoring the promises of God.
(And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him,)

2. Honoring the integrity of another’s faith.
(for he had solemnly sworn the children of Israel,)

3. Having a present reminder of God’s blessing to come.
(the bones of Joseph)

4. Having reminder of the security in God’s hand.
(God will surely visit you)

5. Having a transferable promise to give encouragement to others through.
(God will surely visit you)

6. Having confirmation of God’s will to move on.
(carry up my bones away from hear.)

7. Having a fixed assignment from the Lord.
(carry up my bones)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

So Be It Joshua 2: 21

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(And she said, According unto your words, so be it.)
1. The heart is brought by God to a point of understanding its part.

2. The heart seeking God is capable of the response God asks for.

3. The heart seeking God is convinced God is essential to life itself and 
without Him there will be no living.

4. The  heart seeking God does not debate nor tarry before obedience.

5. The heart following God counts God’s conditions honorable.

6. Having agreed with God the seeking heart is content with circumstances
to follow.

7. To the seeking heart, there is a covering of assurance for the difficulties
(and she bound the scarlet line in the window.)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

God Keeps His Commitment Acts 27: 24

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(Saying, Fear not, Paul, thou must be brought before Caesar;) 

1. Circumstances may challenge, but cannot rule over what God promises. 

2. God’s promises are backed up by God's own character. 
See v. 25 for Paul’s belief.

3. God is the one in charge of His own promises. 
Man is not in charge of God’s promises.

4. God honors His word. 

5. Neither man nor circumstances can jeopardize God's word. 

6. God will reveal His greater control over any circumstance which threatens the fulfillment of His promises.

7. To possess a promise from God is to be in a position of great security. 
Paul was as safe as he would have been had he  been on land.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

How to Deal With Sin in the Heart Psalms 51: 2-8

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v.2 1. Sin, a man has to be cleansed of it.
(Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.)

v.3 2. Sin is to be acknowledged before God.
(For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.)

v.4 3. Sin is understood to be against God.
(Against thee, thee only; have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: …)

v.5 4. Sin is understood to be an inescapable problem man has to deal with.
(Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.)

v.6 5. The truth of scripture is the only escape and deliverance from sin’s hold.
(Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou
shalt make me to know wisdom.) Ask Jesus for forgiveness.

v.7 6. God makes the repentant whiter than snow; He alone, removes the
discolor of sin. (its wicked nature and effect)
(Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter
than snow.)

v.8 7. Joy and gladness accompany the cleansing of heart.
(Make me to hear joy and gladness; )

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Overruling Power of God 1 Samuel 5

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1)  God’s enemies despise the word of God.
1 And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod.

2)  God’s enemies attempt to cut off the word of God from God’s people and to cut off God’s people from the word of God.
2 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.
They hope to minimize or marginalize the word of God, to attribute powerlessness to God.                                                                                                                 

3)  God’s people may not even be aware of the power of God’s defense on their behalf.
3 And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was
fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again.
4)  The obstinence of the enemy towards God is fully understood by God; God deals with rebellion of the enemy’s heart.
4 And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him. 5 Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon's house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day.6 But the hand of the Lord was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, even Ashdod and the coasts thereof.7 And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god.

5)  Occupying a position of faith, God’s people may rely on God to take care of the enemy.
8 They sent therefore and gathered all the lords of the Philistines unto them, and said, What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel? And they answered, Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried about unto Gath. And they carried the ark of the God of Israel about thither.9 And it was so, that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the Lord was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts.

6)  The promises God makes through His word to His people are real and cannot be halted by any enemy.
11 So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go again to his own place, that it slay us not, and our people: for there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there.

7)  The word of God advances its inherent victories to the children of God, to accomplish that which God has purposed and promised; the enemy is always defeated.  Ch 6, 7

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Attempting to Serve Without Praying Luke 22: 46

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(And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into

1. There are many occurrences to come which the believer cannot presently see.

2. There are matters within the heart of the seeker which are thought to be 
        settled but really are not.

3. There are matters of service that cannot be satisfied without having the
strength of Christ presiding in the heart.

4. It is a mistake to doubt the existence of temptation.

5. It is unwise to believe one can overcome temptation without the power of
  God ruling in his heart.

6. Effective praying cannot come with the servant asleep.

7. Wise praying is to proceed the onward march for Christ.