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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Giving Thanks John 6: 11-15

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As illustrated by Jesus:

v.11 1. Thanks for what He has.
(And Jesus took the loaves, …)

v.11 2. Thanks for His Father’s hearing of the matter.
(And when He had given thanks)

v.11 3. Thanks for being able to honor His Father and reveal the greatness of His  
(He distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down?
                and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.)

v.11 4. Thanks for what is yet to take place.
Precedence of need; preceding supply.
Jesus knows the end at  the beginning.
Thanks based upon heaven’s measure, not earth’s measure.

v.14 5. Thanks because of the relationship that exists from being God’s Son.
Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is 
                of a truth the prophet that should come into the world.)
We are God’s child; sons of God are we.

v.12, 6. Thanks commensurate with the fullness of heaven.
  13 (Therefore they gathered together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments 
                of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above to them that had

v.15 7. Thanks for the rule of the Father over life. 
When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take Him by force,
                to make Him a king, He departed again into a mountain Himself alone.)
The Father knew the time of Jesus and protected His ministry.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

What We Owe to Our God Psalms 66: 8-20

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v.8 1. Our genuine blessing and thanksgiving.
(O bless our God, ye people, and make )

v.8 2. Our testimony of His divine goodness.
(and make the voice of His praise to be heard:)

v.9 3. Our absolute security in Him.
(Which holdeth our soul in life, and)

v.9 4. Our rock like stability in Him.
(and suffereth not our feet to be moved.)

v.10- 5. Our refined message through His faithful witness in trial.
  12 (For thou, O God, hast tested us, …)

v.13- 6. Our personal experience of His faithfulness.
  15 (I will go into thy house with burnt offerings; … and my mouth hath spoken, 
when I was in trouble.)

v.16 7. Our witness of encouragement to other believers.
(Come and hear, all ye that fear God, …)

v.17 8. Our exceedingly grateful witness to God.
(I cried unto Him with my mouth, and He was extolled with my tongue.)

v.18 9. A pure heart.
(If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:)

v.19, 10. A grateful blessing for God’s faithfulness.
  20 (Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy
from me.)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

When you Have Found Jesus John 1: 41

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(We have found the Messiah, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.)

1. The search is ended.

2. The promises are manifest.

3. The joy is unequaled.

4. The hope is secured.

5. The truth is resident.

6. The purpose in life is established.

7. The walk is fruitful.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Grateful Partaking Hebrews 13: 20, 21

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v.20 1.Seeing peace that comes only from above.
(Now the God of peace)

v.20 2.Seeing the message and author of life itself.
(that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus)

v.20 3.Acknowledging your need for a shepherd.
(that great shepherd of the sheep)

v.20 4.Counting the blood of Jesus of essential purity.
(through the blood of the everlasting covenant)

v.21 5.Realizing the importance of Godly assignments and the need for His perfection
(make you perfect in every good work to do His will,)

v.21 6.Agreeing with God's choices and initiations for my life.
(working in you...)

v.21 7.Seeing life as purposeless, powerless and empty without Jesus.
(through Jesus Christ,..)

Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Value of a Pure Heart Daniel 1: 8-21

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v.8 1. It holds a genuine desire and commitment to please God.
(But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the
                portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he
                requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.)

v.10 2. It protects the heart from hearing the wrong voice.
(And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who
                hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces 
                worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me
                endanger my head to the king.)

v.12 3. It requires a willing separation from the world, diligently followed.
(Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to
eat, and water to drink.)
We are deceived today.
We think the way to gain is to follow the ways of the world, rather than the ways
of God.
We may not even realize it.
We cannot think like the world, cannot follow after the world, cannot go where
                the world goes, cannot make decisions like the world does.

v.17 4. It adorns the heart with God’s gift of true wisdom.
(As for these four children God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and
wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.)

v.20 5. It brings spiritual insight to bear on problems.
(And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them,
he found them ten times better than tall the magicians and astrologers that were
in all his realm.)
If man’s ideas are followed, it will interfere with the work of God’s choice.
God’s solution is the need.
If we propose anything else, we interfere with what God is doing and cause the
hurts of others

v.21 6. It anchors the future work of God in your life.
(And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus.)
Without God’s anchor, a person grows farther away from God rather than closer 

7. It is never a disappointment.
6: 22
                What did Daniel have when the king asked for an interpretation? a pure heart
When he was falsely accused?  a pure heart

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

When You Have Been With Jesus Luke 9: 17

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(And they did eat, and were all filled and there was taken up of fragments
that remained to them twelve baskets.)

1. There is great provision from heaven.

2. There is opportunity for man to be fed spiritually.

3. Any man can be filled with truth.

4. There is a receiving required by men of what God offers.

5. The testimony of a man’s partaking is his fullness of Jesus.

6. There will always be more of Jesus than man can partake of.

7. The encouragement to the heart of the partaker is to return to Jesus
for more, even to life abundant and that life forever more.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

How to Build Your Home Proverbs 24: 3, 4, 27

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V 3 1) According to God's design 
( Through wisdom is an house builded, ) 
don’t follow man’s plan. Follow God’s.

v 3 2) According to God's capacity 
( Through wisdom is an house bui1ded, ) 

v 3 3) According to God given ability. 
( and by understanding it is established; ) 

v 4 4) Every part in place 
(And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled) 

v 4 5) Every part revealing the master builder's plan. 
(shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. ) 

V 4 6) To enjoy and dwell in 
( filled with all precious and pleasant riches) 

V 4 7) To contain God's treasures 
( filled with all precious and pleasant riches) 

V 27 8) With a sense of right timing 
( Prepare thy work outside, and make it fit for thyself in the field; ) 

v 27 9) With contentment already settled 
( and make it fit for thyself in the field; ) 
The house you hope to build (your expectation) is not your source of contentment. 

V 27 10) With God's blessing 
( and afterwards build thine house. ) 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Time and Judgment Ecclesiastes 8: 5-8

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1)  Time and Judgment are relevant fixtures in life circumstances.
5Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment.

2) In every situation timing is an important element.
6Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.

3)  Failure to manage time and judgment properly can be costly.

4)  Man cannot control outcomes nor guarantee them.
7For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?

5)  Man cannot control the Holy Spirit.                      
8There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.

6)  Man cannot say no to death’s advancement.

7)  Wickedness has no power to deliver;  man’s steps must be carefully weighed.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Lord Will Perfect Psalms 138: 2-8

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v.2 1. God cares for His word.
(for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.)

v.2 2. God cares for His word in me.
(for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.)

v.3 3. God cares about my challenges and struggles.
(in the day when I cried, thou answeredst me,)

v.6 4. God cares about my ministry of reconciliation.
(Though the Lord be high, yet hath He respect unto the lowly:)
2 Corinthians

v.7 5. God cares about my spiritual opportunity to seek and to know Him.
(Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt)

v.8 6. God will bring to pass that which pleases and honors Him in my life.
(The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me:)

v.8 7. God will keep me in His work.
(The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me.  Thy mercy, O Lord,
endureth forever:  forsake not the works of thine own hands.)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Life's Seasons Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

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1)  A time to fulfill purposes.
 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2)  A time for living.
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3)  A time for doing

4)  A time for health.
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

5)  A time for constructive increase.

6)  A time for feeling.
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

7)  A time for reconciliation.                                                
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

8)  A time to secure.
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

9)  A time to capture opportunity.

10)  A time to invest.                                                                                           
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

11)  A time to be prudent.

12)  A time for virtue.
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

13)  A time of changing security.

14)  Only God can add stability in life.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Wisdom in Trial Luke 15: 18-24

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v.18 1. Don’t stay in defeat.
(I will arise and o to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned
against heaven, and before thee,)

v.18 2. Don’t  refuse to repent.

v.18 3. Return to the Father’s house.

v.18 4. Acknowledge your sin against the Father and His Son.

v.19 5. Acknowledge your unworthiness before/to God.
(And an no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired

v.19 6. Humble your heart before God.

v.19 7. Desire the place of service to/before God.

v.20 8. Make an action out of your intention.
(And he arose, and came to his father. But when)

v.20 9. Fall on the Father’s loving grace and into His loving hold.
(But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had 
compassion and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.)

v.21 10. Tell the story of a repentant heart and confess sin.
(And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in
thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.)

v.22 11. Leave with the Father His response but enjoy the Father.
(But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:)

v.23 12. Receive the Father’s restoration.
(And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:)

v.24 13. Stay, never to leave again, before the Father in His house.
(For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.
                And they began to be merry.)

v.24 14. Live on in the strength of the Father’s fellowship.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Unredeemed Time-II Numbers 13: 31, 32

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(But the men that went up with him said, we be not able to go up against
the people; for they are stronger than we.)
(And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched 
unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to
search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people
that we saw in it are men of a great stature.)

1. Time is a precious resource,greatly needed in the service to God.

2. Truth is the preserver of time.
When God’s people choose to walk in truth they will have time redeemed.

3. Sin is the great waster, the thief of time for the believer to follow God.

4. God gives time for meditation and choosing, but there is no reward of time
for saying no to truth.

5. God’s pathway is always the shortest one.
The wise child of God just accepts that.

6. A disregard for God’s time and God’s way will lead to regrettable and
irreversible conclusions.
(14:23- Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers,
neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:)

7. Redeemed time provides protection for many; wasted time provides an
example and a setback for all of God’s family.
(14: 32, 33-But as for you, your carcasses they shall fall in this wilderness.)
(And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years,)