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Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Secured Heart Psalms 57: 7

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(My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.)

1. It acknowledges that God is greater than the threats of men.

2. It rejoices in the wealth of the presence of God.

3. It is secured by the promises of God’s word.

4. It is anchored by the wealth of God’s supply.
mercy and goodness- Ps. 23

5. It is anchored by irreversible conclusion of God’s faithfulness.

6. It is enabled to see the majesty of heaven’s glory- the Son of God.

7. It cannot help but praise this God of all glory.
(v.11- Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above
all the earth.)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Reward of Repentance 2 Chronicles 7: 14-16

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v.14 1) Heaven's hearing 
( then ) ( will I hear ) 

v.14 2) Heaven's presence 
( from heaven ) 

V 14 3) Heaven's forgiveness 
( and forgive ) 

v.14 4) Heaven's cleansing.
  ( their sin) 

v.14 5) Heaven's healing 
( will heal ) God wants to 

V 14 6) Heaven's restoration 
( their land) God wants to 

v.15 7) Heaven's attention 
( Now mine eyes shall be open and mine ears attentive unto the prayer that is made in
          this place. ) 

V 16 8) Heaven's reflection 
( for now have I chosen ) 

V 16 9) Heaven's preparation 
( sanctified this house ) 

V 16 10) Heaven's name 
( that my name may be there forever ) 

V 16 11) Heaven's watchfulness 
( and mine eyes... shall be there perpetually ) 

V 16 12) Heaven's enlightenment 
( light ) ( and mine eyes ... ) 

V 16 13) Heaven's heart 
( and mine heart shall be there perpetually ) 

V 14 14) Heaven's generosity 
( then ) 
God doing what He really wanted to do all along. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Uniting Work of God's Spirit Acts 4: 32

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(And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither 
        said any of them that aught of the things which he possessed was his own; but they
        had all things common.)

    1. It brings souls to Jesus.
(Them that believed)

    2. It brings hearts together.
(were of one heart.)

    3. It causes brothers to think alike, to desire alike.
(and of one soul)

     4. It brings great awareness of where everything comes from, who owns it all.
(Neither said any of them that any of the things which he possessed was his own.)

    5. It brings great spiritual liberty.
(but they had all things common)

    6. It brings genuine love.
(but they had all things common.)

    7. It testifies of Christ.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Link of Humility and Prayer 2 Chronicles 7; 14

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Note: These are God's conditions outlined. The hardest war we fight.
So many things in life today promote self and lead to pride. 
God resists the proud. 

1) Humility is expected of God's people. 
( If my people, ... ) 

2) Humility is the testimony of Godly surrender. 
( Which are called by my name )  

3) Humility precedes effective prayer. 
( shall humble themselves, and pray, ) Gets self out of the way. 

4) Humility enthrones Christ. 
( shall humble themselves, and pray, ) 

5) Humility encourages honor in prayer. 
( and pray. ) 

6) Humility is a willing expression of a desire to know God. 
( and seek my face, )  

7) Humility gets honest before God and lets God work in the life of His people. 
( and turn from their wicked ways, then ... ) 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A Mother's Delight Luke 1: 41

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(And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the 
babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:)

to be filled with God’s Spirit as a mother:

1. To give Godly influence on a life within.

2. To respond right to the joy within.

3. To ready the heart.

4. To keep the heart soft and pliable before God.

5. To sense the necessary life commitment required to follow.

6. To know the certainty of God’s favor.

7. To direct the heart of the child to God.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Prayer Obstruction 2 Chronicles 7: 14

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1) God has given sufficient instruction regarding prayer obstruction. 
( If my people, ... ) 

2) God is listening for right praying. 
( then will I hear from heaven ) 

3) God desires His people be accountable unto righteousness. 
( turn from their wicked ways ) 

4) God desires to forgive His people of their sin. 
( and will forgive their sin ) 

5) God knows the blockage caused by sin. 
( their sin ) 

6) God allows sin's blight to come against God's erring people. 
( heal their land ) 
Implication is the land needs healing  

7) God desires living which is free of encumbrance and division.  
( heal their land ') 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Touch of Renewal Matthew 9: 18, 19, 23-25

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v 18 1) Worship prepares man's heart in his appeal to God. 
(worshipped Him) 

v 18 2) The appeal for the master's care is one of humility.
(come and lay thy hand upon her) 
self removed 

v 18 3) The appeal for the master's care is one filled with expectancy of faith. 
(and she shall live) 

v 19 4) Christ goes where there is need for and faith to receive renewal of life. 

v 23 5) Since man cannot change circumstances, he attempts to make them more palatable, acceptable, 
( ••• musicians ••• ) 

v 23 6) Man's efforts end up only with disorder and confusion. 
(the people making a noise) 

v 24 7) Christ sees present circumstances as events as yet unchanged by truth. 
( ... for the maid is not dead) 

v 24 8) The faithless are bound up in hopelessness by their own circumstances. 
(and they laughed him to scorn) 

v 25 9) The faithless hinder the work of faith and are set aside by Christ. 
moved out of the way so they cannot hinder 

v 25 10) The touch of Christ is one of renewal to those of faith (ruler) and to those in faith (daughter) 
(and took her by the hand, and the maid arose) 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Never Too Late for Jesus Mark 5: 35, 36, 38-42

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v.35 1.Man often gives his report before Christ's work is completed.
(…certain who said, Thy daughter is dead.)

v.35 2.There are some conditions which man is tempted to conclude the Master cannot 
(Why troublest thou the Master any further?)

v.35 3.It is never a bother for the Master to do what He came to do.
(Why troublest the Master)

v.35 4.Men should allow the Master to choose His work.
(the Master any further?)

v.36 5.Christ is not troubled by the besetting news of men.
(As soon as Jesus heard…He saith…, Be not afraid, only believe.)

v.38 6.Christ is not beset by the faithless expressions of men's hearts.
(and seeth the tumult, …)

v.39 7.Christ is not beset by man's interpretations, rather He reveals the true condition of need.
(…The child is not dead, but sleepeth.)

v.40 8.Christ is not beset by men's scorn and ridicule.
(and they laughed Him to scorn …)

v.41 9.Christ is able to bring change to circumstances bearing defeat.
(…I say unto thee, arise…)

v.42 10.A believer with any need should wait on Christ's final report.
(And straightway the child arose, and walked;)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Too Good to be True Acts 12: 7-11

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v.7 1. When God does the seemingly impossible in your life.
(And his chains fell off from his hands.)

v.9 2. When God’s action passes all human boundaries.
(And he went out, and followed him;)

v.9 3. When your faith is insufficient but God moves anyway.
( and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel;)

v.9 4. When God’s purpose is not seen as clearly as God sees it.

v.10 5. When you are being literally led by God’s all seeing eye.
(When they were past the first and the second ward, …)

v.9, 6. When you discover the reality of God’s powerful presence.
   11 ( but thought he saw a vision.)
(And when Peter was come to himself, he said, …)

v.11 7. When you discover the superiority of God’s hand upon you.
(he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath 
delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the
people of the Jews.)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

God's Supply Genesis 37: 5

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vs.5 1) While God's children are engaged in present activity God has already worked out a future plan. 
(and Joseph dreamed a dream) 

vs.5 2) Present attempts on our part to work on God's plan only result in God working on us. 
(he told it to his brethren.) 

vs.5  3) There is always plenty to obey to occupy us with that we don't need to be trying to help God out. 
(he told it to his brethren)

4) Present obedience extends our life into His future plan. as observed in Joseph's life 

5) We will gain the benefit of God's plan and see His wisdom. 

6) We will learn that our successes in life came from following God precisely/even though 
God may have shared some special truth with us early on in life. 

7) We cannot live a fulfilled spiritual life without God's keeping His covenant and promises. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Working Presence of Truth Psalms 119: 41-44

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v.41 1. God's being merciful to me in time of challenge.
(Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even)

v.41 2. The fruit of salvation working in my life.
(even thy salvation, according to thy word.)

v.42 3. The spirit of meekness in responding to false accusation.
(So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in 
thy word.)

v.42 4. Trust that God's word will be there as I need it.
(for I trust in thy word.)

v.43 5. Having the word ready to speak in response.
(And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for)

v.43 6. Previous preparation in study and storing up of God's truth.
(for I have hoped in thy judgments.)

v.44 7. Continued discipline in faith of scripture.
(So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Comfort of God's Word Genesis 21: 1-3

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v.1 1. It is fitly spoken.
( And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said,.... )

v.1 2. It rejoices the heart.
( .... as He had said, )

v.1 3. It is great encouragement to know you have a place in the plan of God.
( and the Lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken.)

v.2 4. It is a peaceful relief to leave timing and manner in God's hand.
( For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age,....)

v.2 5. Marital harmony and blessing is truly God given.
( And bare Abraham a son in his old age,)

v.2 6. God's fulfillment is on time;  it isn't late.
( at the set time of which God had spoken to him.)

v.3 7. God's promises bring treasured blessing for a long time to come.
( .... Isaac. ) ....

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Barrenness of the Cross Matthew 27: 28-35

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v.28 1. Humiliating, degrading.
(and they stripped Him,)

v.28 2. Honorless.
(and put on  Him a scarlet robe)

v.29 3. A crown of provocation.
(And when they had plaited a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head,)

v 29 4. Disdaining His rule.
(and a reed in His right hand 

v.29 5. Mocking His deity.
(and they bowed the knee before Him, and mocked Him, saying Hail, King of the Jews!)

v.30, 6. Despising His person.
(And they spit upon Him, …)

v.35 7. Disregarding totally His message.
(And they crucified Him,_)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Challenge of the Believer Psalms 46: 10, 11

v.10 1. To master time to spend knowing God.
(Be still)

v.10 2. To know God by His report.
(And know that I am God:)

v.10 3. To know God by inward conviction.
(And know that I am God:)

v.10 4. To fully believe His victorious position, both presently and to come.
(I will be exalted among the heathen,)

v.10 5. To personally reverence God above all else.
(I will be exalted in the earth.)

v.11 6. To glory in His presence.
(The Lord of hosts is with us:)

v.11 7. To rest in His defense.
(The God of Jacob is our refuge.)