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ALMIGHTY GOD

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ALMIGHTY GOD

Psalm 34:9-10 “Fear* the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”    *FEAR: practical piety, one’s godly character (Unger’s Bible Dictionary)

The Scene: a long row of very large grain storage elevators/silos full of every kind of grain. A sign of “no lack” when asked about God’s** provision for His people.

Psalm 111:5 ” He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.”

Psalm 144:13 ” Our barns will be filled with every kind of provision. Our sheep will increase by thousands, by tens of thousands in our fields.”

Psalm 65:9 You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it.”

**Jehovah Jireh: Jehovah will provide; (Unger’s Bible Dictionary)  He is our Almighty God.

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DIVIDED

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DIVIDED

Mark 3:23-24 ” So Jesus called them and spoke to them in parables ‘How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself that kingdom cannot stand.’ ”

The Scene: Someone cannot say he/she is born-again and continue to live in willful sin.

Mark 3:25-26 ” If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come.’ ”

There is only one truth–the truth of God. The Holy Spirit  gave Jesus Christ  a divine rebuttal to the Pharisees’ charges, showing Godly wisdom.

Luke 16:13 “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. ”

1 Corinthians 10:21 “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.”

Double mindedness, a tool of the devil, creates doubt; it is not acceptable to God’s people, nor to God. It pays negative returns. Our eyes are to be straight ahead, looking down the narrow road that leads to eternal life in heaven.

Luke 9:62  “Jesus replied, ‘No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.’ ”

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5-54 DOUBLE MINDEDNESS

 

 

 

 

CONTRASTS

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Deuteronomy 30:19-20 “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

The Scene: A framed picture of a tree which is half full of life and half dead. The fruit shown on the living tree half–symbolic of those who have shown they live for God and are bearing the fruit given them through the Holy Spirit. (see Galatians 5:22 which describes the fruit of the Spirit.)

Jesus offers everyone the tree of life. Some choose life while others choose the tree of death. 2 Corinthians 5:10  says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”

Father God rewards those who by faith diligently seek Him and choose eternal life with Him in heaven.

Hebrews 11:6 ” And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he  rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

Hebrews 9:27  “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”

 

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5-53 LIFE/DEATH (CHOICES)

 

 

POTENTIAL

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POTENTIAL

Matthew 13:31-32 “He told them another parable: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.’ ”

The Scene: Sequence of the life of a mustard seed.                                                                    The Christian has to grow into a stalwart in the church  developing spiritually from the seed planted in him by the Holy Spirit at salvation.  At first, as an unsaved person, he is watered by the Word (living water) of God. Then as a youth (young Christian) unlearned, he begins to take root and grow as a seedling, growing spiritually, as he takes nourishment from the water of the Word.

Next, over time, he grows into a tree, an adult (mature Christian) and then develops into a tree of service to others.  He can bear the fruit of the Spirit (See Galatians 5:22) and provide food, shade, and shelter to become a place of peaceful rest and grace.  The             needs of the Church are met through service to others. Through study of God’s Word we show ourselves approved unto God, workmen who do not need to be ashamed, who correctly handle the Word of truth.  (See 2 Timothy 2:15)

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5-52 CHRISTIAN GROWTH CYCLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORGIVENESS

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FORGIVENESS

1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.”

The Scene: Crossed double-edged swords representing God’s Word, showing His love and forgiveness for us and all sinners, looking like an “X” cancelling out offenses. God gives us His love–agape love, divine love, unconditional love, and forgiveness without merit.

Swords are offensive weapons–these spiritual swords are used to stop the spirit of offense from controlling us in an evil way–sin–which can cause bitterness, resentment, hard feelings among the body of Christ.

Colossians 3:13 ” Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

Romans 15:1-2 ” We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.”

The mature Christian is to set the example for and teach the youngest, new Christians, just as Jesus Christ our Lord set the example for all of us to follow.

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5-51 FORGIVENESS

 

 

 

EXAMINE THYSELF

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Matthew 7:1-2 ” Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

The Scene: A hand held mirror with a heart being reflected from the mirror–one’s own heart.

Jesus’ lesson is clear; practice piety and holy living before accusing others of sinful living–worse than your own sin.

2 Corinthians 7:1 “Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”

Ephesians 5:1-2 ” Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

Matthew 22:37-39 “Jesus replied:  ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it:  ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’ ”

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5-50 JUDGE NOT

 

SOLID FOOD

SOLID FOOD

SOLID FOOD

1 Kings 17:2-4 “Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: ‘Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there. ‘ ”

The Scene: Elijah beside the brook, resting as the ravens bring him meat and bread.

  • Key verses: 1 Kings 17:5-6 “So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and  bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.”
  • SPECIAL MEANINGS/SYMBOLS: 1) the brook–water (living water) provided by Father God, gave Elijah faith and trust in God’s Word and promises. 2) bread and meat provided by the ravens to Elijah–symbols of spiritual food for growth (mature Christians) as opposed to milk for new Christians (baby food).   Like any good father, Father God wants His children to grow in maturity–become like Him; trustworthy, righteous, truthful…..
  • The widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17:7-9) gave all the food she had to Elijah. She trusted Elijah to make good on his word. (1 Kings 17: 13-14) God’s Word provided more than enough from what would be left over for the prophet, the widow and her son.

As we see in this reading, God means what he says and can be trusted to provide whatever is needed when people trust Him enough to be obedient and obey His commands. When He says something will happen it WILL happen!

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5-49 TRUST