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Saturday, February 25, 2017

How to Be Healthy Proverbs 3: 5-8

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Spiritually and physically

v.5 1. Eliminate the pressure of self reliance.
(Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and)
Recognize who you are and what you may do comes from God.
The I can do it; I will do it statements; I will show you.
Identify evidences of stubbornness, strong self will, cockiness, lust, low view of 
sin, offenses, independence from the Lord, following pride.

v.5 2. Eliminate the consequence of so many human errors.
(and lean not unto thine own understanding.)
God’s word is sure, His ways are right.  Don’t embrace trial and error.
Stop. Ask yourself where this action leads. What is the result?

v.6 3. Eliminate the pressure of questioning decisions made.
(In all thy way acknowledge Him, and)
Rely upon God’s wisdom.
Counter attacks- fear, procrastination, not having prayed and sought God’s
direction first, weak devotional life, not confessing sin.

v.6 4. Eliminate the consequence of human power controlling.
(and He shall direct thy paths.)
antecdote- humility- soft heart-tenderness; fruit of self control, fruit of 
                gentleness; fruit of goodness,--seek for, ask for.

v.7 5. Eliminate the imitation of fleshly wisdom.
(Be not wise in thine own eyes, fear)
anecdote- scripture, scripture, scripture.
Abhor pride and anger. 
Evidences- talk of what you do, can do, your views, me, my, I—This is not
                a servant’s role.

v.7 6. Eliminate placing man above God, including yourself.
(fear the Lord,)
Don’t trust in another man.
Evidence- idols of possessions, things, popularity,

v.7 7. Eliminate contact with evil.
(and depart from evil.)
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. v.8
navel- like a baby receives all its nurture and immunity through the navel.
Abuses in these areas cause sickness.
Abhor evil; avoid appearance of evil.
Avoid covetousness. Avoid attractions of curiosity.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Christ's Teachings-The Changeless Word Luke 16 13-17

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v.13 1. God alone is to be honored.
(No servant can serve two master: for either he will hate the one, and love the
other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve 
                God and mammon.)

v.15 2. God’s word is the measure of all mens’ lives.
(And he said unto them, ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but 
                God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is
abomination in the sight of God.)

v.16 3. God’s word has been declared truth before all men.
(The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God
                is preached, and every man presseth into it.)

v.16 4. God’s word may not be set aside by man’s decisions.

v.17 5. God’s word is applicable as is God’s continuity of creation.
(And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.)

v.17 6. God’s word is applicable in its every expression.

v.17 7. God’s word will not ever be any different.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Security of Our Salvation John 6: 37-40

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v.37 1. Based upon the Father's choice.
(All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me)

v.37 2. Based upon the Son's acceptance.
(...and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.)

v.38, 3. Based upon God the Father's will. 
  39 (For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that
sent  me. )  ( And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which 
                He hath given me)

v.38 4. Based upon the Son's fulfillment.
(For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will but the will of Him that 
sent me.)

v.39 5. Based upon the Son's keeping.
(...that of all which He hath given me I should lose nothing, ...)

v.39 6. Based upon the Son's power of resurrection.
(lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.)

v.40 7. Based upon Christ's eternal promise.
(...and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: ..)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Man's Effort to Quiet Truth Acts 4: 17-21

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v.17     1. Threats.
(let us threaten them)

v.18     2. Intimidation.
               (And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the
               name of Jesus.)

v.18     3. Overrule.
(and commanded them.)

v.18     4. Disloyalty.
(not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.)

v.18     5. Degradation.
(not teach in the name of Jesus.)

v.20     6. Denial.
               (For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.)

v.21     7. Harassment.
                (So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing 
                how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God 
                for that which was done.)

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Invitation Mark 8: 34, 35

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v.34 1. to walk with Jesus. 
(Whosoever will cane after me,) 

v.34 2. to not have to depend upon yourself. 
(let him deny himself) 

v.34 3. to have a mission. 
(and take up his cross) 

v34. 4. to identify with Christ. 
(His cross) 
v. 35 (for my sake)

v.34 5. to not have to chart your own course. 
(and follow me) 

v.35 6. to lose your life to and in Christ.
(but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.) 

v.35 7. to gain His life both now and forever. 
(the same shall save it.) 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Who to Believe Numbers 13: 32, 33

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vs.32 l) Where truth is reported there will be someone bearing a conflicting report.
                   Who will you believe? 
           (and they brought up an evil report of the land,) 

vs.32 2) The result of man's search will be reported based on faith or fear. 
                    Who will you believe? 
            (which they had searched, unto the children of Israel)

vs.32 3) Some will report the result is not worth it; truth will count no cost for
                    Godliness too great. 
            Who will you believe? 
            (the land, through which we have gone to search it,…  ) 

vs.32         4) Some are afraid of the consumption of living; truth seeks the consumption of
            Who will you believe? 
            (it is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof;) 
            Consumed in the giving of himself 

vs.32         5) Some see man extended; truth sees God not tested. Who will you believe? 
           (all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature.) 
           The giants were seen as bigger than their God. 
           Joshua and Caleb saw how big God was--bigger than the "ites" and the giants. 
vs.32         6) Some men are looking for trouble; truth looks for victory. 
                    Who will you believe? 
           (and there we saw the giants ••• ) 
           Victory doesn't come without a challenge to face, a battle to fight. 

vs.33 7) Some men see promises through their own eyes; truth sees promises through
                    God's eyes--eyes of faith. Who will you believe?
            (and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their 
            The problem-obstacle was the same for all twelve. 
            10 saw the giants bigger, 2 saw the giants smaller. 
            The  contrast is the presence of faith or fear. 
            Seeing through their own eyes discredits faith. they can't see how it will
            Joshua and Caleb saw themselves mighty in God= a picture of a believer,
                    mighty in Christ.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

God Dealing with Sin 2 Samuel 12: 1-14

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1) God's word exposes sin. V.1
(the Lord sent Nathan to David ... ) 

2) The unjustness of sin is exposed by the justness of God. v.2-4

3) It is easier for a sinner to see another’s sin than his own. V.5

4) Restoration is a part of the cleansing from sin. V.6
(he shall restore the lamb fourfold) 

5) God’s word exposes the sinner. V.7
 (Thus saith the Lord) 
The Holy  Spirit convicts of sin. John 16: 8,9

6)A sinner cannot escape accountability for his sin. v.7 
(thou art the man) 

7) Every believer is accountable to the truth of God’s word-what he does with the Word of God. 
v.7 (I annointed thee) 

8) Every believer has been delivered from sin, thus is without excuse. 
v.7 (I delivered thee)

9) Every believer has Christ’s sufficiency, thus no need to look elsewhere. V.8
(I gave thee ... ,I would have given thee ..• )

10) God views a choice to sin as a despite to His grace and truth. V.9
(despised the commandment of the Lord) 

11) Sin is not without wages. V.10
(sword shall not depart from thine house) 

12) Failure to live by truth will result in a continual visitation of God’s chastening or judgment. V.10
(sword shall not depart) 

13) Sin cannot be made acceptable to God, who is Holy.
V.10,11 (Now therefore ... ) 
Sin can be forgiven, however.

14) Sin has to be dealt with by God.
v. 11 (Thus saith the Lord ... ) 
God loves His own too much to allow them to get by with sin and draw wrong conclusion. 

15) Sin exposes a be1iever’s family to sins wages.
v. 11 (against thee out of thine house, take thy wives ... )

16) God may choose to use man’s sinful pleasure as His judgment. V.11

17) Sin disgraces a believer as well as God. v.11

18) Sin cannot be covered up (hidden) from God. v.12
(thou didst it secretly) 

19) God is interested in protecting His people from sinning, thus sin will often be reproofed before others. V.12
(before all Israel) 

20) God may choose to expose his children's sin before the world in order to uphold His standard of righteousness. V.12
(and before the sun) 

v13 21) God seeks a believer's acknowledgment of sin. V.12
(I have sinned) 

22) God wants a believer to understand the transgression of sin. V.13  
(against the Lord) 

23) God wants to cover a believer with His everlasting mercy and grace. 
v.13 (The Lord hath put away thy sin) 
God's forgiveness breaks sin's eternal wages. 

24) God wants a believer to see that to sin is to bring delight to the enemy. V.14
(gives great occasion to the enemies of the Lord ... )

25) God wants His children to love and uphold the integrity of God's name and word. 
v.14 ( ... enemies ... to blaspheme) 

26) God wants His children to see sin has present wages. V.14
(son shall surely die)

27) God wants a believer to put sin under God’s authority and be free to enjoy God's fullness. 

28)  God wlll defend and deliver His child from sin.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Out into the Deep Luke 5: 4

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(Launch out into the deep,)

1. There is a provision of God for the needs of His own that only God knows 

2. God is willing to reveal to His servants the superiority of His supply for the
needs of His servants.

3. The abundant and generous supply of God is not available in man’s
shops and merchandising centers.

4. The abundant and generous supply of God comes to the believer in the
same channel as does salvation- through grace.
The believer is not required to put up exchange mammon.

5. The place of God’s provision is truly very deep; deep in terms of capacity,
but deep in terms of required access through faith.

6. God is the custodian of the deep- the depth of His love, the depth of His
wisdom and riches.
i. e. Rom. 8: 39,  11:33;   Eph 3: 17-19

7. The true riches of God are boundless and limitless, and available through
the reaches of faith and surrender to Christ.