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ONE WHO SERVES

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ONE WHO SERVES

Philippians 2:6-8  “Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death–even death on a cross!”

The Scene: The act of a servant washing the feet of another person.

John 13:3-17 (Read) Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. Their feet came in contact with the earth (the earth representing the world, a dirty, dusty place, sinful). Therefore, washing the feet means to clean up oneself and be separate from the world system and values, i.e., man’s values vs. God’s.

The feet represent ministry. Isaiah 52:7 “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!'”

The bigger picture is one of ministry to others. We are called daily to put on the whole armor of God which includes putting on the shoes/sandals of the gospel. See Ephesians 6:14-18.

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ROOTED IN GOD’S LOVE

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ROOTED IN GOD’S LOVE (AGAPAO)

 

John 15:9-11 ” As the Father has loved me, so have I love you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this : Love each other as I have loved you.”

John Chapter 15  is the love chapter where love is mentioned 9 times, beginning with verse 9.  The Bible number 9= fullness, gifts and fruit of the Spirit, end, conclusion, judgment..

The Scene: Symbolic Tree of Life showing its root system.

God’s children have the fullness of God’s love for us, in us, to share with others who are seeking God’s love.

Hebrews 6:10-11 “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show the same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure.”

We are anchored in God’s love like the root system of a large oak tree. That root system can represent God’s Word, the Holy Scriptures which are truth God cannot lie). He says this in His Word. His Word tells us, “God is love”(1 John 4:8)

1 John 2:5-6 “But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him. Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.”

1 John 4:10-11 “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Dear friends, since God so loved us, we ought to love one another.”

*TYPES OF LOVE (Greek words)

Agapao: God’s love; morally straight, perfect, flawless.

Phileo: brotherly love; friend

Storge: Natural love for kin, familial love, like parent and child, pet, companion

Eros: Worldly love, lust, fleshly; ego based.

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TREE OF LIFE

TREE OF LIFETREE OF LIFE

Proverbs 3:13,17 ” Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding…Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.”

The Scene: Symbolic tree of life, looking like a cross.

Revelation 2:7 ” He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”

Revelation 22:3 “On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing  twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”

Jesus’ cross, on which  he was sacrificed in obedience to His heavenly Father, was a tree of death to many.  But to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the cross is the tree of life for all  eternity, for all humanity who will accept Jesus’ atoning death and resurrection:  John 3:15  “That everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

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IN TIME OF NEED

IN TIME OF NEEDIN TIME OF NEED

Isaiah 41:10 ” So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

The Scene: The Lord’s right hand extended, a sign that He is always available for His children, true believers in Him, Father God, Jesus His Son  and followers of His Word. Habakkuk 3:4 ” His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand,  where his power was hidden.”

Hebrews 13:6 “So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?'”

2 Timothy 4:18 “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

As God’s children, we can extend our hand to Him, asking whatever we think we need. He is there for us anytime of day or night, 24/7/365.

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SABBATH REST

SABBATH REST

SABBATH REST

Hebrews 4:9-11 “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.”

The Scene:  pillows intended as a reminder to take the time to enter God’s rest, from physical and mental stress, which includes spiritual unrest (the battle is the Lord’s).

Genesis 2:2-3 “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”

With this Scripture the pattern is set for all God’s people to follow.

Exodus 35:2  “For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the Lord. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death. Do not light a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day.”

Father God commanded even the land that the people worked, planting and harvesting, must rest:  Leviticus 25: 3-5 ” For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. But in the seventh year the land is to have a sabbath of rest, a sabbath to the  Lord. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. Do not reap what grows by itself or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest.”

God created man in His own image, which includes both labor and resting. We should all listen to God’s holy wisdom.

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CONDEMNATION VS. PARDON

 

CONDEMNATION VS. PARDON

CONDEMNATION VS. PARDON

John 3:17 “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

The Scene: Scrolls; The black one, sin, represents condemnation. The wheat* colored scroll represents  a pardon from God, which covers the sin scroll.

*wheat,  Jesus said,” I am the bread of life.” (John 6:35)

Only our Lord Jesus can save mankind from eternal damnation, Hell. Blessed be the name of the Lord! He paid it all for man’s sin.

Psalm 136:1 ” Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.”

He paid it all for man’s sin.

 

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IN THE SHADOW OF THE ALMIGHTY

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IN THE SHADOW OF THE ALMIGHTY

Psalm 91:1,4 ” He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”

God will not fail those who love Him and are called unto His purpose. (Romans 8:28). God keeps His word.

The Scene: The Cross and Holy Spirit’s winged shadow, extending from the cross arms.

God’s people have God’s favor.

Psalm 90:17 “May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us–yes, establish the work of our hands.”

Psalm 36:7 “How priceless is your unfailing love!  Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.”

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