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Taking The First Step

TAKING THE FIRST STEP

Memory Verse: Luke 15:18-19

Life Application: When we spiritually fall we need to arise and go to the Father.

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Bible Text:

Luke 15:17

Isaiah 6:5

Esther 4:7-8

1 John 1:8-9

Romans 3:23

Romans 6:23

Luke 15:18-19

Esther 4:16

John 14:6

Romans 10:9

Acts 16:31

Luke 15:20-22

Esther 4:13

Matthew 27:50-51

Hebrews 10:19-20

1 John 1:9

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The first step to worshiping God is salvation. You cannot truly worship God with sin in your life because worship is a lifestyle that reverences a holy God. It is not just singing a song with your mouth – it comes from within you. Worship involves every part of you. We can follow the examples of the prodigal son, the sinful woman, and Esther to become a child of God. Like them we must:

1. Realize that we are in danger

2. Know who can save us

3.Go directly to the one that can save us

I. Realize That You Are In Danger

As the prodigal son was in the pig pen (the lowest point in his life) he realized that he had sinned against God and against his father.

Luke 15:17 NKJV

“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!’ ”

He had to go through a lot of bad things and hard times before he would admit that he had sinned and that he was in danger.

The woman with the alabaster box knew that she was a sinful woman. She knew the law and the penalty of breaking the law. She had probably been standing among the crowd as Jesus spoke before. In His presence she truly realized that she was in danger spiritually. The Holy Spirit began to convict her of her sin and within (unseen to the eye) her heart began to change. She might have even had thoughts along the same line as Isaiah when He encountered the holy presence of God.

Isaiah 6:5 NKJV

“So I said:

‘Woe is me, for I am undone!

Because I am a man of unclean lips;

And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;

For my eyes have seen the King,

The Lord of hosts.’ ”

Esther was made aware of the fact that the Jews lives were in danger. A plot had been made to kill them. It was a plot that, had it been effective, would have separated her from the king.

Esther 4:7-8 NKJV

“And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries to destroy the Jews. He also gave him a copy of the written decree for the destruction, which was given at Shushan, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her, and that he might command her to go in to the king to make supplication to him and plead before him for her people.”

Every person born is in danger of separation from the King (God) because of sin, Every person has sinned, and every person has an enemy that would love to see them thrown in the lake of fire (away from God’s presence.) The first step to salvation is admitting that you have sinned. Once we take that first step, God is there like the prodigal son’s father with arms outstretched for you.

1 John 1:8-9 NKJV

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and top cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Romans 3:23 NKJV

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Romans 6:23 NKJV

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

II. Know Who Can Save You

The prodigal son knew who could save him. He knew that his father was in a position to help him.

Luke 15:18-19 NKJV

“I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me one of your hired servants.’ ”

The woman with the alabaster box knew who could save her. She had heard Jesus speak before and she knew the message of salvation and hope that He brought. She knew His repetition and that He welcomed everyone into the kingdom of God. Who knows, maybe she had even heard about the woman ‘caught’ in adultery or the woman at the well.

Esther knew who could save her and her people. She knew that the king held the power to save them.

Esther 4:16 NKJV

“Go gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

We must know who can save us. Jesus is the only way we can be saved. It is only through His blood that our sins are washed away.

John 14:6 NKJV

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Romans 10:9 NKJV

“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Acts 16:31 NKJV

“So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

III. Go To The Person That Can Save You

The prodigal son arose from his present lifestyle and went to His father.

Luke 15:20-22 NKJV

“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven

and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.”

The ‘sinful’ woman went to Jesus. The Holy Spirit had already began a transformation in her heart. Quiet possibly alone, at home, the woman experienced convection and true repentance. She had already had a ‘heart change’ before she went to the house to anoint Jesus’ feet. Because of her ‘new heart’ she wanted to let Jesus know how much she loved Him and what He meant to her (worship).

Esther went directly to the king to tell him about the plot to destroy the Jewish people. She did not send a message to him by someone else, she went personally to the king. Esther knew that her life would be put in danger by going to the king personally. At first Esther was not willing to do what she knew that she had to do. She did not want to go to the king. Then Esther realized that if she did not go to the king that she would be separated from his presence forever by death.

Esther 4:13 NKJV

“And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: ‘Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?’ ”

Many times we are like Esther – when the Holy Spirit tries to draw us to the king (God) for salvation, we think of excuses not to go. We are afraid of loosing our own life. But the truth is, if we don’t go to the king (God) for salvation we will be separated from His presence forever.

At Jesus’ death the veil in the temple was torn into (from the top to the bottom) by God.

Matthew 27:50-51 NKJV

“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split.”

Today you are to go directly to God (in prayer) to receive salvation, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. There is no man, church or religion that has the power (or authority) to save you. You can’t send word by someone else that you want salvation. Salvation is a personal thing. You must go directly to the King (God) yourself.

Hebrews 10:19-20 NKJV

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus”

1 John 1:9 NKJV

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

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Review

1. What is the first step to worshiping God?

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2. Worship is a lifestyle. What does that mean?

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3. As the prodigal son was at the _____________ ____________ in his life he realized that he had sinned against God and against his father.

4. Sometimes people have to go through a lot of bad things and hard times before they will admit that they had sinned and that they need God. Why is this?

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5.Who convicts us of sin?

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6. Esther was made aware of the fact that the Jews lives were in danger. What might have happened to her if the plot had been effective?

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7. Every person born is in danger of separation from the King (God) because of _______.

8. Who has sinned?

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9. The first step to salvation is ____________________that you have sinned.

10. How is God like the prodigal son’s father?

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11. The prodigal son ….

* admitted that he had _____________ against his father and against God.

* knew who could ___________ him.

* knew that his ________________ was in a position to help him.

12. Jesus is the only way we can be saved. How is this truth accepted in our world today?

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13. In John 14:6, what did Jesus say?

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14. Esther did not send a _________________ to the king by someone else, she went personally to the king himself.

15. What are some excesses that people give for not accepting Jesus as their Savior?

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16. At Jesus’ death the veil in the temple was torn into (from the top to the bottom) by God. What does this mean for us today?

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17. There is no __________, church or _______________ that has the power (or authority) to save you.

18. What wonderful promise are we given in 1 John 1:9 ?

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Revival – “I will raise up the tabernacle of David”

REVIVAL   Memory Verse: Acts 3:19

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Life Application: Refreshing comes from God, after repentance.

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Bible Text:

Acts 3:19

Acts 3:19-21

Amos 9:11-15

Acts 15:16-17

Joshua 5:13-16

Isaiah 6:1-5

Acts 19: 18-20

Exodus 30:17-21

Leviticus 6:12-13

Psalm 85:6

Isaiah 57:15

Acts 15:16-17

Psalm 95:1-3

Psalm 100

Hebrews 13:15

1 Peter 2:9

John 4:23-24

1 Peter 4:17

Psalm 24

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Revival is a bringing or coming back to life or consciousness; restoration to vigor or health; a bringing or coming back to style, use, activity, etc; an awakening or increase of interest in religion. God desires for there to be a revival of worship to Him, and there will be a great revival of worship to Him before He returns. His glory (the manifest presence of God) will be experienced in a greater measure by the body of Christ (the church) than ever before. The true body of Christ will have a season of refreshing (renewed, restored, made pleasing) before the return of the Lord.

Acts 3:19-21 NKJV

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.”

Before the return of the Lord all the prophesies spoken by the prophets of long ago will be fulfilled..

Amos 9:11-15 NKJV

“ ‘On that day I will raise up

The tabernacle of David, which has fallen down,

And repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins,

And rebuild it as in the days of old; That they may possess the remnant of Edom,

And all the gentiles who are called by My name,’

Says the Lord who does this thing.

‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord,

‘When the plowman shall overtake the reaper,

And the treader of grapes him who sows seed;

The mountains shall drip with sweet wine,

And all the hills shall flow with it,

I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; They shall build the waste cities and inhabit them;

They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them’

They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them.

I will plant them in their land,

And no longer shall they be pulled up

From the land I have given them,’

Says the Lord your God.”

Acts 15:16-17 NKJV

“ ‘After this I will return

And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen

down; I will rebuild its ruins,

And I will set it up; So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,

Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name,

Says the Lord who does all these things.’ ”

It is the desire of God that His glory fill the earth. In the last days when the glory of God is manifest upon His people (the body of Christ) there will be an abundance of provision (material, physical and spiritual) and harvest (souls). However, we have a part to play in seeing that God’s desire is fulfilled. Sin cannot enter into the presence of God. No matter how much someone may say that they want to experience (and stay in) the glory of the Lord, they will not with sin in their life. Man cannot come into God’s presence without going by Jesus. There is a difference between stumbling upon the glory of God and the glory of God staying upon you, just as there is a difference between a visitation of the glory of God and a habitation of the glory of God.

Exodus 3:1-6 NKJV

“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountains of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, ‘I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.’ So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, a God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Then He said, ‘Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.’ Moreover He said, ‘I am the God of your father – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.’ ”

What would have happened to Moses if he had not obeyed God when he ‘came upon’ where the manifest presence of the Lord was? God expected something out of Moses in order for him to draw closer to Him. He expected Moses to regard Him and the ground that he stood upon as holy. It was set apart by the divine presence of God for His purpose. Moses was told to remove his sandals possibly as an acknowledgement of God holiness and authority. We too, when we come into the presence of God must acknowledge His holiness and authority and submit to Him.

Joshua 5:13-16 NKJV

“And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, ‘Are You for us or our adversaries?’ So He said, ‘No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.’ And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, ‘What does my Lord say to His servant?’ Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, ‘Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.’ And Joshua did so.”

Throughout the ages God has manifested Himself over and over. When God shows Himself, He expects something out of us.

Isaiah 6:1-5 NKJV

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!’
And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: ‘Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean; lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.’ ”

When Isaiah encountered the glory of the Lord, he admitted that he was a sinner and sought repentance. Repentance will keep the presence of God upon us and our lives. In the church, as a whole, there are times that God moves in a mighty fashion and His sweet presence (His glory) fills the place. In order for His glory to stay upon us, our lives, and our church we must take His glory home with us! However, God will not share His glory with the world (soulish things or people). When God visits your church (a visitation of His glory), and goes home with you He expects you to do something – He expects you to change. He expects you to go through your house with the Holy Spirit and ask, “Holy Spirit, does this grieve You?” Listen closely for His answer. When He says “Yes,” repent and get ride of it. Don’t keep it around. Every church in America could use an old fashioned “spiritual burning.”

Acts 19:18-20 NKJV

“And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver. So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.”

These people showed true repentance and sincerity by burning (getting rid of) their sinful items. What was happening on the inside of them carried over to the outside. When others saw a real change in the ones that had repented the kingdom of God grew.
Many cry out, “Lord, send the fire,” but thy really do not mean it. If they did they would do in the natural what they are asking God to do in the spiritual. Prior to the Passover, the Jewish people would go through their house and search it over from top to bottom for leaven. In the Bible leaven represents sin. If leaven was found, it would be removed. As Christians we need to go through our houses on a regular basis and remove the sin. If we don’t the presence of the Lord will not stay in our homes. The church will be no different than our homes.
I have seen times that God has gripped the heart of young people in a mighty, mighty way only to have it quenched by so called religious adults. Under the convicting power of the Holy Spirit the young people left church services and went home determined to clean out their bedrooms of sinful things. Excited about God they told their parents about what God was doing in their life and what they were going to do. They were going to burn everything they had that could cause the Holy Spirit to grieve. Their sinful (worldly, soulish) CDs, games, tapes, pictures, posters, clothes, books, articles of affection and many other items. More often than not, the parents response was, “No you are not, I paid good money for that.” In order to obey their parents, but still wanting to please God, they would pack the items up in a box and put them in the bottom of the closet or in the back of a drawer somewhere. Time would go by and eventually they would find the box again and begin to take the items back out one at a time. Eventually, the young people were spiritually worse off than they were to start with.

When God tells you (through His Word or His Spirit) to get rid of something, get rid of it. The item needs to be destroyed. Don’t keep it around, even boxed up somewhere. If you do, you will eventually pick it up again. And, please do not give it to one of your worldly friends or co-workers.
In Biblical times you could not go into the holy place or the holy of holies (the presence of God) without first going by the outer court and then the laver. The priest would offer a sacrifice on the brazen altar then he would go to the laver and wash before going into the holy place. The laver was made out of looking glasses that the women had brought out from Egypt. The laver was a place of reflection and sanctification. The water in it represented the Word of God. No matter how many times the priest went into the holy place he always had to wash his hands and feet before going in.

Exodus 30:17-21 NKJV

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base also of bronze, for washing. You shall put it between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar. And you shall put water in it, for Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and feet in water from it. When they go into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister, to burn an offering made by fire to the Lord, they shall wash their hands and their feet, lest they die. And it shall be a statute forever to them – to him and his descendants throughout their generations.’ ”

As Christians, we too, must continually look into the Word of God to see ourselves. We must examine ourselves on a daily basis (throughout the day) with the Holy Spirit. Then we must repent of any sin. As long as we are alive, we have a continual need for repentance – a continual need for the washing of the Word.

Leviticus 6:12-13 NKJV

“And the fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not be put out. And the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order on it; and he shall burn on it the fat of the peace offering. Afire shall always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.”

The first step to the refreshing (revival) that God promised is admission. We must humble ourselves and admit that we are asleep (or dead), unhealthy, not useful or disinterested and sinful. We will never be revived if we are too proud to admit that we need it. Just as admission is important to salvation, so is admission important to revival.

Psalm 85:6 NKJV

“Will You not revive us again,

That Your people may rejoice in You?”

Isaiah 57:15 NKJV

“For thus says the High and Lofty One

Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:

‘I dwell in the high and holy place

With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,

To revive the spirit of the humble,

And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.’ ”

God will revive the hearts of people who are genuinely humble and contrite. When we have a humble spirit we will see ourselves as God sees us, know our weaknesses, put others before ourselves and submit to God. When we submit to God, we yield to His power, His control and His authority. Submissive people are obedient people. Obedience is very important to God. When you truly love God you will obey Him.

Repentance is being sorry for having done wrong. It is regretting that you have transgressed against God. It leads to a brokenness in spirit (contrite heart).

Acts 15:16-17 NKJV

“ ‘After this I will return

And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins,

And I will set it up; So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,

Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name,

Says the Lord who does all these things.’ ”

The tabernacle of David was a tent that housed the Ark of the Covenant. The manifest presence of God was seen there. We are to be the earthly tent that houses the manifest presence of God. The people joyfully worshiped God in the tabernacle of David. We too, are to joyfully worship God.

Sacrifices of praise are to be continually offered up from us.

Psalm 95:1-3 NKJV

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God,

And the great King above all gods.”

Psalm 100 NKJV

“Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,

And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting,

And His truth endures to all generations.”

The name “David” is a Hebrew word meaning “beloved.” The tabernacle of David is a type of the worship of the bride of Christ, the church. As the bride of Christ we are the beloved of God and we are the earthly house (tent) that should show forth the glory of God. The church is to joyfully offer up sacrifices of worship, praise, thanksgiving.

Hebrews 13:15 NKJV

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise

to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”

1 Peter 2:9 NKJV

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous Light.”

The church , the body of Christ, is to be the restored tabernacle of David, a place where God is worshiped in spirit and in truth.

John 4:23-24 NKJV

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who

worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Worship is a spiritual act, while praise is a physical act. The Bible lists seven types of praise and they are all physical activities. Anyone and everyone can praise God, however only the redeemed can worship God in spirit and in truth. When the church removes the sin from within they will be able to worship God in spirit and in truth. Then they will see the glory of the Lord (the manifest presence of God) in their midst. Then the world around them will see the glory of the Lord in them and they too will seek the Lord.

1 Peter 4:17 NKJV

“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God…”

As Christians we must evaluate our lives (our actions, our words our deeds, our attitudes, our thoughts…) and allow the Lord to search us to see if there is anything evil or wicked in us.

Psalm 24 NKJV

“The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,

The world and those who dwell therein.

For He has founded it upon the seas,

And established it upon the waters.

Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?

Or who may stand in His holy place?

He who has clean hands and a pure heart,

Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,

Nor sworn deceitfully.

He shall receive blessings from the Lord,

And righteousness from the God of his salvation.

This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,

Who seek Your face.

Lift up your heads, O you gates!

And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!

And the King of glory shall come in.

Who is the King of glory?

The Lord strong and mighty,

The Lord mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O you gates!

Lift up, you everlasting doors!

And the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory?

The Lord of hosts,

He is the King of glory.”

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Review

1. What does revival mean?

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2. What does manifest mean?

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3. Prior to Jesus’ return…

* There will be a great revival of ___________ to God.

* The __________________ _______________of God will be experienced in a greater measure by the body of Christ.

* The true body of Christ will have a season of __________________.

* All the _________________ spoken by the prophets of long ago will be fulfilled.

4. If we repent our sins will be blotted out and ________________ will come from the presence of the Lord.

5. It is the desire of God that His glory fill the earth. What does “His glory” mean?

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6. In the last days when the glory of God is manifest upon His people (the body of Christ) there will be an abundance of what?

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7. What will keep a person from staying in the manifest presence of God?

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8. Man cannot come into God’s presence without going by _____________.

9. What does visitation mean?

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10. What does habitation mean?

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11. What is the difference between a visitation of the glory of God and a habitation of the glory of God?

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12. When we come into the presence of God must acknowledge His ________________ and ______________________, and submit to Him.

13. What was happening on the inside of a person carries over to the outside. What does that mean?

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14. We must examine ourselves on a daily basis with the ____________ ____________.

15. Admission is __________________ to salvation and to revival.

16. What does admission mean?

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17. When we have a humble spirit we will …

* see ourselves as ________ sees us.

* ___________ our weaknesses.

* put ___________ before ourselves.

* ______________ to God.

18. What does submissive mean?

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19. We are to continually offer up _______________ of praise to God.

20. The body of Christ is to be the restored ____________________ ______ _____________, a place where God is worshiped in spirit and in truth.

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God’s Presence And Faithfulness

GOD'S PRESENCE AND FAITHFULNESS

Memory Verse: Romans 12:1

Life Application: I am to offer my best to God.

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Bible Text

Romans 12:1

1 Peter 2:11

Luke 12:31

John 14:1-3

James 2:17

Romans 12:1

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The Feast of Tabernacles is a week long autumn harvest festival. The festival is also known as: The Feast of Ingathering, The Feast of Booths, Sukkoth, Succoth, or Sukkot (pronounced “Sue-coat”). In biblical times this feast was the most important holiday of the year. The word Sukkoth means booths, and refers to the temporary dwelling that the Jewish people were commanded to live in during this holiday, just as the Jewish people did in the wilderness after they left Egypt.

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This holiday commemorates the desert wanderings of the Jewish people on their way to the promised land. The people were caused to wander about through disobedience, but God was still with them. During this time God still protected them and provided for them. The people were commanded to build temporary dwellings (tabernacles or booths) each year to live in during Sukkot. This was to remind the people of God’s presence and His faithfulness as a provider and protector. Today the Jewish people still build a sukkot for this festival. Almost any building material will do for the sides as long as they are not of a permanent nature. The top is loosely covered with branches so that you can still see the stars through parts of it. Meals are eaten in the sukkot, accompanied by singing and rejoicing. Some families sleep in their sukkot. It is a place to discuss and meditate on God’s goodness God has redeemed us from a life of bondage to sin and brought us freedom.

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Offer Your Best

Sukkot is a season of joy and rejoicing. The men carry a citron and a lulav to the synagogue to wave as they rejoice before the Lord. The lulav has three branches tied together: a palm, a willow, and a myrtle. The citron is a citrus fruit that smells like a lemon. The lulav and the citron are symbolic of how are lives are to be spiritually. The people took great care in picking out the citron and the items for the lulav. They were careful with what they offered to God. We too should be careful with the quality of the “fruit” that we are offering to God.

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Palm

We should not be like the palm. It is not fragrant (spiritual blessings).These people live by the letter of the law but they have no love or compassion, for themselves or others.

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Myrtle

We should not be like the myrtle. It is only fragrant, but does not bear fruit. These people are sweet people, but their lives do not produce any real or lasting fruit.

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Willow

We should not be like the willow. It does not produce fruit or fragrance. We should not be like the willow. It does not produce fruit or fragrance. These people are blown around by every wind of doctrine and never really know where they are spiritually.

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Citron

We should be like the citron. It produces fruit and fragrance. These are God’s steadfast believers who live a balanced life in wisdom before God and man.

Temporary Home

We are strangers in this land ! This world is not our permanent home – it is only temporary. Any time we, as God’s people, become comfortable where we are at it spells problems.

1 Peter 2:11 NKJV

“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul”

As people in a land temporary, we must not hold on to things too tightly. Things can control and manipulate us. Things can become our gods (idols) when we begin to hold on to them too tightly. When things become your god, you turn away from the only true and living God. God gave the Feast of Tabernacle as a reminder to people of who He is. We need to seek God’s kingdom, not earthly comfort. As we seek God’s first the kingdom of God, our material needs are provided for by the Lord.

Luke 12:31 NKJV

“But seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you”

When the Israelites were wandering in the desert they all lived in tents. It did not matter how rich or poor. All men are equal before God. During Sukkot each one sits in his flimsy sukkah and considers God, not his own status or wealth.

The Feast of Tabernacles gives each person an opportunity to reflect on God’s great love and majesty. The tabernacle was a flimsy tent where the people would sit and reflect on God’s majesty. As a Christian we are a flimsy tabernacle that should reflect God’s majesty! We must be able to move when God moves. We should not get so involved with the things of the world that it prevents us from moving when God tells us to. The tabernacle (sukkah) is a flimsy structure and can be taken down and put up in a very short period of time. The sukkah was sensitive to the wind, just as we are to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. The sukkah is open to heaven – it can not be closed off. We too are to be open to God. We should never close God out of our lives. The lifetime of the sukkah is short. When the sukkah is first put up it is fresh and green. As the days go by the leaves begin to dry. Soon they are falling off as the wind blows. Our life here is short, but our hope is not in this world. God has provided a better place for His people.

John 14:1-3 NIV

”Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me.”

Inside our homes it is easy to begin to feel permanent and self-sufficient and loose sight of our brief time on the earth. Since we live for only a short period of time we must use every opportunity to tell others about Jesus and the kingdom of heaven.

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Faith and Obedience

Preparing the sacrifices for the Feast of Tabernacles was costly and time-consuming. It required much commitment to God. It also required faith and obedience. Without faith and obedience the work of Jesus on the cross is of no avail. It is not enough to know the facts of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We must have a personal relationship with Him.

James 2:17 NKJV

“Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead”

We must personally act upon it by faith, then we will have the promised salvation. We have to receive it and live it.

Romans 12:1 NKJV

“I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service”

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Every believer has much that they can give to the Lord:

1. You can give your lives to Him in service.

2. You can use what He gives you (income, food, clothing, shelter) for use in His service.

3. You can us your talents for God’s service.

4. You can share the message of God’s love and salvation with others.

5. You can allow the fruit of the Spirit in you to overflow on others.

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Sukkot is a time to consider that we are God’s creation. We are to celebrate by giving ourselves in God’s service. The message of Sukkot is total commitment to the Lord and to His work.

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Review

1. The Feast of Tabernacles is a week long autumn harvest festival. What other names is it known as?

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3. The sukkot was to remind the people of God’s ________________ and His faithfulness as a provider and protector.

4. God has redeemed us from a life of ________________ to sin and brought us freedom.

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6. Sukkot is a season of joy and ___________________.

7. What are the three branches used in making a lulav?

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8.The lulav and the citron are __________________ of how are lives are to be spiritually.

9. The people took great care in picking out the citron and the items for the lulav. How does that relate to your life?

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10. We should show love and compassion for ourselves and _______________.

11. We should ________ lasting fruit.

12. We should not be blown around by every wind of ___________________ and we should know where we are spiritually.

13. We should live a ________________ _________ in wisdom before God and man.

14. We are strangers in this land ! This world is not our permanent home. What does that mean to you?

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16. As we seek the kingdom of God , our material needs are _______________ for by the Lord.

17.. As a Christian …

* we are a flimsy ____________________ that should reflect God’s majesty!

* we must be able to _________ when God moves.

* we are to be _______________ to the Holy Spirit.

* we should never ___________ God out of our lives.

* we must use every opportunity to tell ______________ about Jesus and the kingdom of heaven.

18. Without faith and obedience the work of ___________ on the cross is of no avail. We must have a personal relationship with Him.

19. What is a personal relationship?

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Feast of Pentecost

FEAST OF PENTECOST   Memory Verse: Acts 1:4

Life Application: I should desire the promise of the Father.

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Bible Text

Leviticus 23:15-21

Exodus 19:1-11

Exodus 19:14-19

Exodus 20:18-21

Jeremiah 31:33

Acts 1:4

Acts 2:1-4

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The Feast of Weeks or Shavuot is also know as the Feast of Pentecost. Pentecost is a Greek word for fifty. Sometimes this feast is also called the Feast of the Harvest. It is held on the first day of the week, fifty days after the Sabbath that preceded the Feast of the First Fruits. Pentecost occurs fifty days after the day of First Fruits – fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus. In Biblical times all men were required to travel to Jerusalem for this feast.

Leviticus 23:15-21

“And you shall count for yourselves from the day after Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave

offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord. You shall bring from your dwelling two wave loaves of two-tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven. They are the firstfruits to the Lord. And you shall offer with the bread seven lambs of the first year, without blemish, one young bull, and two rams. They shall be a burnt offering to the Lord, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet aroma to the Lord. Then you shall sacrifice one kid of the goats as a sin offering, and two male lambs of the first year as a sacrifice of a peace offering. The priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits as a wave offering before the Lord, with the two lambs. They shall be holy to the Lord for the priest. And you shall proclaim on the same day that it is a holy convocation to you. You shall do no customary work on it. It shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.”

The Feast of Weeks celebrated the wheat harvest. The people would bring two loaves of leavened bread to give as an offering. The two loaves of bread are a picture of the Jews and Gentiles in the early church. The grain for the offering was not fresh flour composed of individual particles, but grain that had been transformed into new, unified whole-baked loaves. The offering symbolizes the special unity of the church as a body knit together by the Holy Spirit. The use of leaven in the baking reminds us that the church is not perfect.

After the destruction of the temple, the Jewish people were not able to celebrate this feast by taking the two loaves of bread to the temple. Since that time they celebrate God giving the Ten Commandments to Moses. Fifty days after the Hebrews deliverance from Egypt (the crossing of the Red Sea), God desired to fill His people with His Spirit. However, because of the people‘s fear, He could not.

Exodus 19:1-11 NKJV

“In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the

Wilderness of Sinai. For they had departed from Rephidim, had come to the Wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness. So Israel camped there before the mountain. And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the

mountain, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of

Israel.’ So Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before them all these words which the Lord commanded him. Then all the people answered together and said, ‘All that the Lord has spoken we will do.’ So Moses brought back the words of the people to the Lord. And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Behold, I come to you in the thick

cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever.’ So Moses told the words of the people to the Lord. Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let then wash their clothes. And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.”

Moses was instructed to call the people together. They were to prepare themselves for when God would come to speak to them.

Exodus 19:14-19 NKJV

“So when Moses went down from the mountain to the people and sanctified the people, and they washed their clothes. And he said to the people, ‘Be ready for the third day; do not come near your wives.’ Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice.”

The people assembled as they were instructed to do. God began to speak, giving them the Ten Commandments. As the people heard God they became afraid of Him. They asked Moses to speak to God for them.

Exodus 20:18-21 NKJV

“Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking;

and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. Then they said to Moses, ‘You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.’ And Moses said to the people, ‘Do not fear; for God has come to

test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin’ So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was.”

Because the people were afraid they did not receive everything that God had for them. God was not able to write His law on their hearts. They only knew the law in their heads, and because of this they were disobedient. On the day that God gave the Ten Commandments three thousand people were destroyed because of sin (disobedience).

Pentecost is not only a time to remember the first giving of the law written on tablets of stone, but it is also a time to remember when, on the same day many years later, the giving of the Holy Spirit, when the law of God was written in the heart of the believers.

Jeremiah 31:33 NKJV

“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Before Jesus’ ascension, He told His disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit. Jesus commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise.

Acts 1:4 NKJV

“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father…”

Fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus, the Holy Spirit came to dwell in believers. It was during the Feast of Weeks that the Holy Spirit was given to believers.

Acts 2:1-4 NKJV

“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house were they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

Thousands of Jews had journeyed to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Weeks. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit occurred on the very day that the Jews were offering the two wave loaves to God, representing their reliance on Him. During this time the followers of Jesus were in an upper room waiting and praying. The Holy Spirit filled the upper room where the early believers were waiting. They began to worship God in foreign languages that were spoken and understood by the Jews that had come to Jerusalem for the feast. The apostles were empowered to witness as the Holy Spirit came upon them. On this day three thousand souls were saved.

As a believer we should not be afraid to receive all that God has for us. God gives His Spirit to every believer that asks to be filled. When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, God writes on your heart and in your mind. The Holy Spirit will help you be a better “you”. Being filled with the Holy Spirit will give you the power to live a victorious Christian life. Every believer should desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit. It is a gift sent to each and every believer by Jesus Christ.

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All that you, as a Christian, need to do to be filled with the Holy Spirit is to:

Believe that the Holy Spirit is a gift from God to You.

Ask God for the gift (Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit).

Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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Review

1. The Feast of Weeks or Shavuot is also know as the Feast of __________________________ or the Feast of the Harvest.

2. Pentecost is a __________________ word for fifty.

3. Pentecost occurs fifty days after the day of First Fruits – fifty days after the ___________________________ of Jesus.

4. What harvest did the Feast of Weeks celebrate?

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5. The people would bring two loaves of ____________________ ___________________ to give as an offering.

6. The two loaves of bread are a picture of the _____________ and __________________ in the early church.

7. The offering symbolizes the special unity of the church as a body knit together by the _____________ _______________.

8. The use of leaven in the baking reminds us that the church is not __________________.

9. Since the destruction of the temple the Jewish people celebrate God giving the _________ _____________________________ to Moses instead of the Feast of Weeks.

10. Fifty days after the Hebrews deliverance from Egypt God desired to fill His people with His Spirit. Why couldn’t He?

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11. The people assembled and as God began to speak, giving them the Ten Commandments, they became _________________.

12. The peoples fear caused …

* them to not receive ____________________________ that God had for them.

* God to be unable to write His law on their _________________.

* them to only knew the law in their ________________ .

13. Since the people only knew God‘s commands in their heads what happened?

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15. Pentecost is a time to remember what?

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16. Jesus told His disciples to wait for what?

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17. What happened fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus?

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18.. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit occurred on the very day that the Jews were celebrating the ____________ of _______________.

19. The apostles were ______________________ to witness as the Holy Spirit came upon them.

20. God gives His Spirit to every believer that _____________ to be filled.

21. The Holy Spirit …

* will __________ you be a better “you”.

* will give you the ____________ to live a victorious Christian life.

* is a _________ sent to each and every believer by Jesus Christ.

22. All that you, as a Christian, need to do to be filled with the Holy Spirit is to:

* _______________ that the Holy Spirit is a gift from God to You.

* ________ God for the gift (__________ God to fill you with His Holy Spirit).

* ____________ the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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The Owner Of The House

THE OWNER OF THE HOUSE

Memory Verse: 2 Corinthians 6:16

Life Application: Christians belong to God.

Bible Text:

2 Timothy 1:7

James 1:13-14

Matthew 17:14-18

Luke 8:27-33

John 8:42-44

Psalm 17:4

Colossians 2:15

Luke 10:17-20

Exodus 20:4

Psalms 37:23

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

1 Corinthians 3:16

Romans 8:9-11

Luke 4:33-35

II Corinthians 6:14-16

2 Corinthians 6:16

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We have only to look around at the world in which we live to know that Jesus will be returning soon. Satan knows it too. Since he knows that his time is short, he, along with the other fallen angels (demons), are working very hard. They have invaded our homes, schools, government, churches, television / movies, music, literature. Their mission is to kill, steal, and destroy. Satan hates God, therefore he hates you because God loves you.

Today there is a lot of discussion concerning demon oppression, demon possession, the occult, and the supernatural.

Possession –

ownership: the act or state of owning or holding something

something owned: something owned or held

state of being controlled: the condition of being controlled by or appearing to be controlled by a supposed supernatural force

Oppression-

dominate harshly: to subject a person or a people to a harsh or cruel form of domination

inflict stress on: to be a source of worry, stress, or trouble to somebody

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controlling power: control, power, or authority over others or another.

Demon oppression involves a demon attacking a person spiritually. Demons will try to cause a person to worry or fear. The Bible is very clear about where worry and fear come from – they do not come from God.

2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”

Sometimes, a demon might encourage someone into sinful behavior. However, more often than not, we are drawn into sinful behavior because of our own desires.

James 1:13-14 NKJV

“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”

Demon possession involves a demon having direct and complete control over a person’s thoughts and actions. There are several accounts of Jesus rebuking demons (evil spirits) that were possessing people in the Bible.

Matthew 17:14-18 NKJV

“And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.”

In the above passage the disciples were trying to heal the boy of a disease, but in reality the boy was possessed, not sick.

Luke 8:27-33 NKJV

“And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!” For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness. Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss. Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them. Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned.”

Some important truths to remember are: Satan and the other fallen angels (demons) do not have power over a Christian, Jesus has already triumphed over Satan and the other fallen angels (demons), and Christians are God’s possession – the Holy Spirit will not live with Satan.

I. Satan and the other fallen angels (demons) do not have power over a Christian.

Satan works in the sons of disobedience, not in Christians, and will continue to do so until he is bound by God. Satan is a deceiver, a destroyer, and the father of lies. He will lie to us and try lead us into sin.

John 8:42-44 NKJV

“Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”

If we allow Satan, he will deceive us and lead us to destruction.

Psalm 17:4 NKJV

“Concerning the works of men, By the word of Your lips, I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer.”

We have a free will, and the choice is ours as to if we will listen to Satan’s lies or resist them. The Holy Spirit has been given to us and He is able to keep us from falling into the enemy’s lies and schemes, however we must allow Him (the Holy Spirit) total access into our lives.

II. Jesus has already triumphed over Satan and the other fallen angels (demons).

The fate of Satan (devil) and the other fallen angels (demons) is already sealed. However, they will be allowed to continue to roam free until the appointed time when they will be bound by God.

Colossians 2:15 NKJV

“Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”

All demons are subject to Jesus – they must obey Him.

Luke 10:17-20 NKJV

“ Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

III. Christians are God’s possession.

Possession of something can be described as something owned, held or controlled. A Christian is owned by God. Christians are the sole property of God. God does not share ownership or have joint custody. God tells us that He is a jealous God. One definition of jealous is possessively watchful. What God possess, He will not share.

Exodus 20:4 NKJV

“…For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God…”

A Christian’s future is held by God. The steps of a righteous man are ordered by God. God sustains and protects His children. Not only does God save us, but He has the power to keep us also.

Psalms 37:23 NKJV

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.”

A Christian is controlled by God. God has power and authority over Christians. Satan does not have the right or power to enforce rules or give orders to a believer.

IV. One house, one owner -the holy spirit will not live with Satan.

When a person accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in them.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

1 Corinthians 3:16 NKJV

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

Romans 8:9-11 NKJV

“But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

Demons cannot dwell in the same house with the Holy Spirit. Throughout the Bible were are given examples of demons fleeing when they encounter Jesus. They could not stay where He was.

Luke 4:33-35 NKJV

“Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him.”

Light and dark do not mix. Light always rules over darkness. The Holy Spirit is light and Satan is the dark. They will not live or abide in the same house.

II Corinthians 6:14-16 NKJV

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.”

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1. Why does Satan hate you?

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3. Usually we are drawn into sinful behavior because of our own ______________.

4. Satan and the other fallen angels (demons) do not have _____________ over a Christian.

5. Jesus has already __________________ over Satan and the other fallen angels (demons).

6. Christians are God’s possession – the Holy Spirit will _______ live with Satan.

7. Satan is a deceiver, a destroyer, and the father of lies. He will lie to us and try __________ us into sin.

8. What does deceive mean?

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9. What is a free will?

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10. All demons are subject to Jesus – they must _________ Him.

11. God is a jealous God. What does jealous mean?

12. The _________ of a righteous man are ordered by God.

13. God sustains and protects His ____________.

14.Satan does not have the right or power to enforce rules or give orders to a _______________.

15. When a person accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit does what?

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16. Light and dark do not ______.

17. How does “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers…” apply to your life?

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18. What does lawlessness mean?

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19. “For _____________ are the _______________ of the ____________ ___________. As God has said: “I will ________________ in them And _____________ among them. I will be their __________, And they shall be My ______________.” 2 Corinthians 6:16 NKJV

20. How does the statement, ‘Christians belong to God’ give you comfort?

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Josiah Humbles Himself

JOSIAH HUMBLES HIMSELF

Memory Verse :2 Chronicles 34:19

Life Application: When convicted of sin we must humble ourselves.

Bible Text:

2 Chronicles 33:1-2

2 Chronicles 33:12-13

2 Chronicles 33:22-23

2 Chronicles 34:1-33

Deuteronomy 31:24-26

Josiah was eight years old when his father, King Amon, died, and he became king. Josiah’s father, Amon, had not followed God. He practiced idolatry and he would not repent from his evil.

2 Chronicles 33:22-23 NKJV

“But he did evil in the sight of the Lord, as his father Manasseh had done; for Amon sacrificed to all the carved images which his father Manasseh had made, and served them. And he did not humble himself before the Lord, as his father Manasseh had humbled himself; but Amon trespassed more and more.”

Josiah’s grandfather was also very wicked, but he finally turned to God later in life during an affliction.

2 Chronicles 33:1-2 NKJV

“Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. But he did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel.”

2 Chronicles 33:12-13 NKJV

“Now when he was in affliction, he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God.”

For the first eight years of his life Josiah had watched his father and the wicked life he led. Even after the death of his father the people around Josiah continued to worship idols and do evil in the sight of the Lord.

It would have been easy for Josiah to do what everyone else was doing. However, Josiah was a leader who took a stand for God. When he was 16 years old he began to seek God. At around the age of 20 years old, he chose to follow after King David, his Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather. Josiah sought God and then he began to remove or destroy the wooden, carved, molded images in his kingdom. Also the altars of Baal and the incense altars were destroyed.

2 Chronicles 34:1-7 NKJV

“Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem.
And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David; and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the wooden images, the carved images, and the molded images. They broke down the altars of the Baals in his presence, and the incense altars which were above them he cut down; and the wooden images, the carved images, and the molded images he broke in pieces, and made dust of them and scattered it on the graves of those who had sacrificed to them. He also burned the bones of the priests on their altars, and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem. And so he did in the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon, as far as Naphtali and all around, with axes. When he had broken down the altars and the wooden images, had beaten the carved images into powder, and cut down all the incense altars throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to Jerusalem.”

Josiah wanted the people to worship God so he sent some men to repair the temple, which had been neglected for a long period of time. The people worked faithfully on repairing the temple.

2 Chronicles 34:8-13 NKJV

“In the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land and the temple, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the Lord his God. When they came to Hilkiah the high priest, they delivered the money that was brought into the house of God, which the Levites who kept the doors had gathered from the hand of Manasseh and Ephraim, from all the remnant of Israel, from all Judah and Benjamin, and which they had brought back to Jerusalem. Then they put it in the hand of the foremen who had the oversight of the house of the Lord; and they gave it to the workmen who worked in the house of the Lord, to repair and restore the house. They gave it to the craftsmen and builders to buy hewn stone and timber for beams, and to floor the houses which the kings of Judah had destroyed. And the men did the work faithfully. Their overseers were Jahath and Obadiah the Levites, of the sons of Merari, and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to supervise. Others of the Levites, all of whom were skillful with instruments of music, were over the burden bearers and were overseers of all who did work in any kind of service. And some of the Levites were scribes, officers, and gatekeepers.”

While cleaning the temple, Hilkiah, the high priest, found the Book of the Law. At one time the scroll was kept beside the ark of covenant.

2 Chronicles 34:14 NKJV

“Now when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of the Lord, Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the Lord given by Moses.”

Deuteronomy 31:24-26 NKJV

“So it was, when Moses had completed writing the words of this law in a book, when they were finished, that Moses commanded the Levites, who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord, saying:
“Take this Book of the Law, and put it beside the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there as a witness against you”

During the reign of one of the kings that did not follow God the scroll must have been removed or misplaced.

Hilkiah gave it to Staphan the scribe. Staphan went to the king to give a report concerning the work that was being done in the temple. He took the scroll with him and showed it to the king, then he read it to King Josiah.

While listening to Staphan read, Josiah heard a portion of Scripture that was a warning from God. God had said that He would punish the Israelite by sending great trouble on them if they did not do all that was written in the Law.

2 Chronicles 34:15-18 NKJV

“Then Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan. So Shaphan carried the book to the king, bringing the king word, saying, “All that was committed to your servants they are doing. And they have gathered the money that was found in the house of the Lord, and have delivered it into the hand of the overseers and the workmen.” Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king.”

Josiah was grieved at what he heard because he knew Judah had disobeyed God. He was very sad and he wept before God. He tore his clothes as a sign of mourning unto God and the people.

2 Chronicles 34:19 NKJV

“Thus it happened, when the king heard the words of the Law, that he tore his clothes.”

2 Chronicles 34:27 NKJV

“because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants, and you humbled yourself before Me, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says the Lord.”

Josiah loved his people and did not want to see them go through such punishment. Josiah wanted his people to turn to God so they would be spared the punishment for their sin and disobedience.

God had said, in the scroll, that great “calamity, trouble, would come on the country and the people. Josiah instructed Hilkiah, Ahikam, Abdon, Shaphan, and Asaiah to go and inquire of the Lord concerning their situation. They went to talk a prophetess named Huldah that lived in Jerusalem.

Huldah told them that the Lord was going to bring calamity and curses on Judah and its people because they had forsaken Him. They had turned away from God and turned to false idols and false gods.

2 Chronicles 34:20-25 NKJV

“Then the king commanded Hilkiah, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Abdon the son of Micah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king, saying, “Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for those who are left in Israel and Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found; for great is the wrath of the Lord that is poured out on us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the Lord, to do according to all that is written in this book.” So Hilkiah and those the king had appointed went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tokhath, the son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe. (She dwelt in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter). And they spoke to her to that effect. Then she answered them, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Tell the man who sent you to Me, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will bring calamity on this place and on its inhabitants, all the curses that are written in the book which they have read before the king of Judah,
because they have forsaken Me and burned incense to other gods, that they might provoke Me to anger with all the works of their hands. Therefore My wrath will be poured out on this place, and not be quenched.’”

Huldah also told them that the Lord would not bring the calamity and curses on Judah and Israel during the lifetime of Josiah because he had truly been sorry for their sin.

2 Chronicles 34:26-28 NKJV

“But as for the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, in this manner you shall speak to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel: “Concerning the words which you have heard—because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants, and you humbled yourself before Me, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says the Lord. “Surely I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace; and your eyes shall not see all the calamity which I will bring on this place and its inhabitants.”’” So they brought back word to the king.”

Josiah wanted the people to hear what God had instructed so he gathered all the people together for a public reading of the Book of the Law.

2 Chronicles 34:29-30 NKJV

‘Then the king sent and gathered all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. The king went up to the house of the Lord, with all the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem—the priests and the Levites, and all the people, great and small. And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant which had been found in the house of the Lord.”

Josiah promised, made a covenant, to follow the Lord and he led his people to make the same promise. Josiah said that he would keep God’s commandments, testimonies, statutes with all his heart and soul. He also said that he would do, perform, what was written in the Book of the Law.

Josiah set out to do what he had promised by removing all the abominations from the country. The people followed God as long as Josiah lived.

2 Chronicles 34:31-33 NKJV

‘Then the king stood in his place and made a covenant before the Lord, to follow the Lord, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant that were written in this book. And he made all who were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin take a stand. So the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers. Thus Josiah removed all the abominations from all the country that belonged to the children of Israel, and made all who were present in Israel diligently serve the Lord their God. All his days they did not depart from following the Lord God of their fathers.”

Josiah wanted his people to follow God, and he was not afraid to take a stand. He set an example for all Judah. His leadership encouraged the people to follow God, too.

Review

1. Josiah was ________________ years old when his father, King Amon, died, and he became king.

2. Describe Josiah’s father, Amon.

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3. The people around Josiah continued to worship idols and do ________ in the sight of the Lord.

4. Josiah …

* was a leader who took a __________ for God.

* began to seek _________ when he was 16 years old.

* chose to follow after ________ __________ at around the age of 20 years old.

* began to ______________ or ______________ the wooden, carved, molded images in his kingdom.

* wanted the people to worship ________.

* sent some men to _____________ the temple.

5. Who was Josiah’s Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather?

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6. While cleaning the temple, what did Hilkiah find?

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7. The scroll read to King Josiah. What portion of the scroll stood out the most to Josiah?

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9.. Josiah wanted his people to turn to God so they would be spared the ______________________ for their sin and disobedience.

10. Josiah promised, made a __________________, to follow the Lord and he led his people to make the same promise.

11.The people followed God as long as ______________ lived.

12. Josiah set an _______________ for all Judah.

13. Josiah’s leadership ___________________ the people to follow God, too.

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Born Into God’s Family

born into God's family 

Bible Text:

John 1:12

2 Corinthians 5:17

John 3:3

John 19:38-42

Romans 3:23

John 3:16-17

John 1:12

Romans 12:2

Matthew 12:33-37

Ephesians 5:3-5

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Made New

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we become a new creation. We are restored by Jesus to what God had originally created us to be. Everything about our lives change, because we are transformed into the likeness of Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Just like a caterpillar changes into a butterfly, we too are changed when we accepted Jesus as our Savior. God transforms a person from being a sinner who does not know God and who does wrong into a person who loves God and wants to do right. Instead of doing and living the way we what to, we live to be like Jesus. Our desire is to please Him. Instead of looking at people, things and the world through our eyes we see everything through the eyes of Jesus. Everything about us becomes new!

Born Again

Late one night one of the religious leaders named Nicodemus went to speak to Jesus. Nicodemus recognized Jesus as a teacher sent from God. As Jesus was explaining the Scriptures with him, He said something Nicodemus did not understand. Jesus told Nicodemus that no one can see the kingdom of God unless they have been born again. Nicodemus did not understand what Jesus was talking about. How could a person be born again?”, he wondered. People today still ask that same question.

John 3:3 NKJV

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ ”

Nicodemus had never heard about “being born again.” Jesus explained to Nicodemus that you must be spiritually born again. He had a hard time fully understanding that it isn’t enough just to know God. Jesus told him that he had to begin a new life by being “born again.” Jesus continued to explain to Nicodemus who He was and what was going to happen to Him and why. Nicodemus listened very carefully to Jesus as He spoke. After the things that Jesus spoke about came true (after Jesus’ crucifixion) Nicodemus helped prepare the body of Jesus for burial.

John 19:38-42 NKJV

“After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus. And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds.

Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury.

Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.”

Nicodemus had believed the things that Jesus told him and he was born again! Like Nicodemus we must believe in Jesus in order to be born again.

New Life In Christ

In the beginning God made everything and it was good. God would come down from heaven and walk with Adam and Eve in the evening. Man enjoyed a very intimate (close) relationship with God. Everything was perfect until sin entered into the picture. Because of the sin man could no longer enjoy the intimate relationship with God. God is a holy God and sin cannot come into His presence. Sin had separated man from God and it brought spiritual death into the world.

Romans 3:23 NKJV

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Everyone has sinned and that means that we have been separated from God and are spiritually dead. We must experience new life in Jesus if we want a relationship with God – we must be born again. God loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus to pay our penalty for our sins. As Jesus hung on the cross, God laid on Jesus the sins of the whole world upon Him – all our sins were put on the sinless Son of God. Jesus suffered much on the cross then He died. Jesus took our punishment for our sins upon Him and the blood that He shed made a way for us to be forgiven.

John 3:16-17 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

Each one of us must be born again (to have our sins forgiven). We must experience the new birth that we receive when we admit that we have sinned and ask Jesus to forgive us. When we experience this new birth we become part of the family of God – we are born into His family.

John 1:12 NKJV

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”

The first thing that we must do is admit that we have sinned against a holy God. Then we must be willing to turn from our sin and believe that only Jesus can forgive us of our sins. When we admit that we have sinned, believe that Jesus can forgive us of our sins and confess our sins to Him, God will forgive us and we will experience a new birth. We are not the same – we are changed by the power of God.

Transformed By The Word

God’s Word shows us how we really are and how we should be. We must allow the Word of God to transform us into the image of Christ. When we look at ourselves through the mirror of God’s Word and submit ourselves to the work of the Holy Spirit, we are gloriously transformed more and more into Christ’s image.

Romans 12:2 NKJV

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Christians must not allow the world to set their standards or morals. They are to be transformed by the renewing of their minds. All Christians are called to lives of holiness. It is a commandment from God – not a suggestion. Holy living shows our true identity. After a person accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior they are no longer of this world – they belong to God. Each person will stand before God and give an account for the way that they lived. For the things that they did, didn’t do.

Fellowship With Christ

Just as fruit is produced on the branches of a healthy tree or vine, so spiritual fruit comes from the life of a believer in close daily fellowship with Jesus. If we desire to have good fruit in our lives we must remain in Christ.

Matthew 12:33-37 NKJV

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you , being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasures of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasures brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment, and by your words you will be condemned.’ ”

Ephesians 5:3-5 NKJV

“But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”

The goodness of our fruit depends on how spiritually healthy and strong we are. The Holy Spirit who lives inside of the believer desires to produce good fruit in us and through us, however we must submit to Him in order for this to take place.

Memory Verse

John 1:12 NKJV

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”

Life Application

When I receive salvation I become a child of God.

Review

1. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we become a __________ ______________.

2. At salvation we are transformed into the likeness of Christ. What does that mean?

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3. “Therefore, if anyone is in ____________, he is a new creation; old things have _____________ ________ ; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

4.Late one night one of the religious leaders went to speak to Jesus. What was his name?

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8. Sin __________________ man from God and it brings spiritual death.

9. What must we experience if we want a relationship with God?

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10. On the cross, Jesus…

* paid our ______________ for our sins.

* suffered much then He __________.

* took our ____________________ for our sins upon Him.

* shed His ______________ to make a way for us to be forgiven.

11. At salvation a person is born into ________ family

12. We must admit that we have sinned against a holy God. What does that mean?

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13. God’s __________ shows us how we really are and how we should be.

14. Christians must not allow the world to set their standards or morals. What does that mean to you personally?

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16. Each person will stand before God and give an ________________ for the way that they lived.

17. The Holy Spirit who lives inside of the believer desires to produce good fruit in them. What does “good fruit” mean?

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The Beatitudes

BEAUTITUDES

Memory Verse: Matthew 5:1-2

Life Application: Jesus taught about blessings.

Bible Text:

Matthew 5:1-12

Luke 6:20-22

Matthew 5:1-12

Isaiah 57:15

Psalm 37:11

2 Corinthians 5:21

1 John 2:29

2 Samuel 22:26

Matthew 23:25-26

1 John 1:9-10

Psalm 51:10

John 14:27

Psalm 34:14

Hebrews 12:14

1 Peter 2:21

Romans 8:18

A beatitude is a pronouncement of some blessing that we will receive when we follow Jesus’ example and allow God to shape our thoughts, words, and actions. It should bring joy to us when we know that God is pleased with us. The world would have us to believe that we are blessed if we are happy and have a lot of things. But God says that we are blessed if we relinquish our pride, have a mindset characterized by meekness, and look to Him for spiritual significance. True blessings come from being like Jesus – gentle and humble.

Matthew 5:1-12 NKJV

“And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.
Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

God will bless those who are poor in spirit.

When a person is poor they are lacking or in need. When we realize that we are poor in spirit and that we are dependent on God, His mighty power is available to us, and we find favor with Him! God desires that we realize that we are dependant upon Him

Matthew 5:3 NKJV

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

God will bless those who mourn.

When we mourn we feel or express sorrow or grief.

Isaiah 57:15 NKJV

“For thus says the High and Lofty One

Who inhabits eternity,

Whose name is Holy:

‘I dwell in the high and holy place,

With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,

To receive the spirit of the humble.

And to receive the heart of the contrite ones’ ”

Contrite means that we are broken in spirit by a sense of guilt. It also means showing deep regret and sorrow. When we are truly sorry that we have sinned against a holy God, God will receive us, comfort us, and forgive us. When we receive salvation the Holy Spirit (the comforter) comes to live in us. He will be our companion and help us in times of trials and troubles.

Matthew 5:4 NKJV

“Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.”

God will bless those who are meek.

When a person is meek they are not easily angered, are patient and are yielding. We must not get being meek mixed up with being weak. They are two totally different things. When we see ourselves the way that God sees us it will cause us to be meek. We will no longer focus on ourselves, instead we will focus on God and others. God will bless us when we put Him first.

Psalm 37:11 NKJV

“But the meek shall inherit the earth,

And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”

Matthew 5:5 NKJV

“Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.”

God will bless those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.

Righteousness means always thinking and acting in a way that is just, right, and good. When we have a very strong desire (need) to live in such a way that pleases God and brings glory to Him we will be filled. When we are filled with God and the things of God there will not be room for anything else. When we hunger and thirst for righteousness we will want more of God. This desire will cause us to spend more time in prayer, reading the Bible and in worship.

2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

1 John 2:29 NKJV

“If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.”

When we receive Jesus as our Savior we receive His righteousness, and with it comes the power to live right (to think and act in a way that is just, right, and good).

Matthew 5:6 NKJV

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.”

God will bless those who are merciful.

Mercy means not to punish someone when they deserve it. The dictionary describes mercy as more kindness than justice requires; kindness beyond what can be claimed or expected; kindly treatment; pity; something to be thankful for. Merciful means having, showing, or feeling mercy; full of compassion. When we forgive others and show them kindness when they don’t deserve it we are being merciful. God has been merciful to us by giving His Son, Jesus, to take our punishment for our sin. Because of the great mercy that was shown to us we must also be merciful to others, even when they disappoint us or hurt us.

2 Samuel 22:26 NKJV
“With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful;

With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless.”

A person that is merciful will also reach out to help others in need. When we show mercy to others we will be blessed with God and others being merciful to us.

Matthew 5:7 NKJV

“Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.”

God will bless those who are pure in heart.

Pure means not mixed with anything else, genuine, perfectible clean, spotless, without defects, correct, with no evil, without sin, or, chaste (virtuous, decent, or modest). God wants us to be pure in heart. We cannot be pure in heart if we try to mix the things of God (and our relationship with Him) with evil or sinful things of the world. When we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord we become the temple of God. God will not share His house with evil, therefore we must be pure in heart. It is more important to be clean on the inside (pure heart) than it is to be clean on the outside.

Matthew 23:25-26 NKJV

“Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisees, first cleanse the inside of the cup and the dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.”

People can only see us our outside, but God see us on the inside. Being clean inside where God sees and being clean outside where people see are both important to God. He wants us to take good care of ourselves, but being clean on the inside where only God sees is most important to Him. No matter how good we try to be on the outside, without God’s forgiveness we are still dirty and impure on the inside.

1 John 1:9-10 NKJV

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

The first thing we need to do to become pure at heart is to realize and admit that we are not. After we realize that we need to be pure at heart, all we have to do is ask God to forgive us ) and cleanse us.

Psalm 51:10 NKJV

“Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

The Bible tells us that “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”. God will give a pure heart if we ask Him to.

Matthew 5:8 NKJV

“Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

God will bless those who are peacemakers.

A peacemaker is a person who makes peace. The dictionary describes peace as freedom from strife of any kind; condition of quiet, calm, order, and security. Peace is also described as an agreement between contending parties.

John 14:27 NKJV

“Peace, I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

We have peace with God because of Jesus’ sacrifice. When we accept Jesus as our Savior we receive a special type of peace that only God can give and we become a child of God. We will put on a spirit of calmness and tranquility because Jesus’ peace removes dread and fear from our heart. As a child of God we can tell others how they can receive the same peace that we have. When we tell others that they can have peace with God through His Son, Jesus, we are being a peacemaker.

Psalm 34:14 NKJV

“Depart from evil and do good;

Seek peace and pursue it.”

Hebrews 12:14 NKJV

“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”

Not only does God desire for us to live at peace with Him, He desires for us to live at peace with others. When a person is at peace with God and other people it will bring blessings.

Matthew 5:9 NKJV

“Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God”

God will bless those who are persecuted falsely because of Him.

Persecuted means to suffer repeatedly because of what you believe or because of your principles. There are people all over the world that are caused to suffer repeatedly, harmed, oppressed, annoyed and harassed for righteousness sake. When people oppress a child of God because of the stand that they take for God, He will bless them.

1 Peter 2:21 NKJV

“For to this you were called because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example , that you should follow His steps.”

When we begin to feel like we are persecuted for righteousness sake we must remember that it (the persecution) will not last forever. We must also remember to follow Jesus’ example of handling persecution.

Romans 8:18 NKJV

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present times are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

The persecution and troubles that we face here on earth are nothing compared to our time in eternity with God.

Matthew 5:10-12 NKJV

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Review

1. A beatitude is a ______________________________ of some blessing that we will receive when we follow Jesus’ example.

2. We are blessed if we relinquish our ___________________, have a mindset characterized by ___________________ , and look to God for spiritual significance.

3. True blessings come from what?

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4. God will bless those who are _______________ in spirit.

5. God will bless those who __________________.

6. God will bless those who __________ ______________.

7. God will bless those who ________________ and thirst for righteousness.

8. God will bless ___________ _________ _____________ merciful.

9. God will bless those who are _______________ in heart.

10. God will ______________ _______________ who are peacemakers.

11. God will bless those who are persecuted _________________ because of Him.

12. What does mourn mean?

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13. When a person is ______________ they are not easily angered, are patient and are yielding.

14. ___________________________ means always thinking and acting in a way that is just, right, and good.

15. When we receive Jesus as our Savior we receive His righteousness, and with it comes the ________________ to live right (to think and act in a way that is just, right, and good).

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17. Give examples of showing mercy?

18. No matter how good we try to be on the outside, without God’s ___________________________ we are still dirty and impure on the inside.

19. God will give a pure heart if we ________ ____________ to.

20. What is a peacemaker?

21. Give examples of when you have been a peacemaker?

22. What does persecuted mean?

23.The persecution and troubles that we face here on earth are nothing compared to our time in _____________________ with God.

24. Have you been persecuted because of what you believe or because of your principles?

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A Song Of Praise

A SONG OF PRAISE

Memory Verse: Mark 14:26

 

Life Application: I should offer worship to God, even when facing uncertain times.

 

Bible Text:

Matthew 26:30

Mark 14:26

Psalm 113

Psalm 114

Isaiah 26:3

Psalm 115

Proverbs 3:5

Psalm 94:22-23

Psalm 116

Psalm 18:6

Psalm 117

Psalm 100:5

Psalm 118:1-9

Psalm 56:3-4

2 Timothy 4:17-18

Psalm 118:14-18

Exodus 15:2

Isaiah 12:2

Psalm 118:22-24

 

 

The word “hymn” is mentioned very few times in the Bible. Hymn means a song of praise or honor to God, also to praise or to extol (praise highly, commend.) A hymn is addressed directly to God. Psalm 113-118 are known as the hallel. Hallel is the Hebrew word for praise. The word hallelujah comes from the word hallel. Psalm 113-118 were sung as a hymn at every Passover and parts of these Psalms were sung at other Jewish holidays. Jesus would have sung these Psalms at the Passover prior to going to the Mount of Olives on the night of His arrest. Like Jesus, when I am facing difficult situations and uncertain times, I too, should offer worship to God.

Matthew 26:30 NKJV

“And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

Mark 14:26 NKJV

“And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

 

Psalms are a collection of songs, prayers and poetry, plus other psalmlike poems.. The Psalms were the “songbook” of the early church. The Psalms express praise to the Lord. Hymns are compositions addressed directly to God. Not about God, but TO God. Spiritual songs are songs about your Christian experience. They are also songs that praise God. As we offer hymns to God we must acknowledge who God is, how we feel about Him, and His authority. When we look at the hallel (Psalm 113-118) we see that the Lord‘s name is above all names, that He is always with us, that He is trustworthy, that He will deliver, that He is worthy of praise, and that He is the Great I Am.

THE LORD’S NAME IS ABOVE ALL NAMES.

Psalm 113 is a praise to God’s for His greatness and His grace.

Psalm 113 NKJV

“Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord,

Praise the name of the Lord! Blessed be the name of the Lord

From this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its going down

The Lord’s name is to be praised. The Lord is high above all nations,

His glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God,

Who dwells on high,

Who humbles Himself to behold

The things that are in the heavens and in the earth? He raises the poor out of the dust,

And lifts the needy out of the ash heap,

That He may seat Him with princes- With princes of His people.

He grants the barren woman a home,

Like a joyful mother of children.

Praise the Lord!”

During Biblical times there was a close association between a person’s name and their identity. When you praise (bless) the name of the Lord you set your thoughts upon His character. The Lord is King of all. He has supreme power and authority. He is the God over all. He is not limited to a certain group of people or a certain area. He is supreme over all the earth and over all the heavens. There is no one or nothing that compares to the Lord God. God does not have to draw close to us, He chooses to draw close to man. Desperate people (the poor, needy, lost and sorrowful) have a special place in God’s heart. In the natural realm a good father will stoop down and pick up his child when it is hurting. God is a good Father to each of us. When we are hurting, He stoops down and picks us up. God always hears the cries of His children. The Lord will always respond to injustice and religious persecution of His people. God will avenge His people, in His time.

THE LORD IS WITH US

Psalm 114 is a praise to God’s for His deliverance with miraculous intervention. No matter what we are facing, God is with us. We are not alone.

Psalm 114 NKJV

“When Israel went out of Egypt,

The house of Jacob from a people of strange language,

Judah became His sanctuary,

And Israel His dominion. The sea saw it and fled; Jordan turned back.

The mountains skipped like rams,

The little hills like lambs. What ails you, O sea, that you turned back?

O mountains, that you skipped like rams? O little hills, like lambs?

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,

At the presence of the God of Jacob,

Who turned the rock into a pool of water,

The flint into a fountain of waters.”

The presence of the Lord is more important than “things”. When God’s presence is with us nothing else matters. Nothing else is more important. God is in the midst of His people no matter where they are or what they are going through. We do not serve a God that is far away or that is sometimes present. He is with us always. He lives with us, and His protection can always be counted on. He is our defense. God can step into every situation and change it. His presence is truly awesome. He is our refuge. We can have peace knowing that God is present with us.

Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

“You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.”

Believers have a special relationship with God. The Holy Spirit is living in them and they are God’s dwelling place. We can be at perfect peace, knowing that God is with us, even in the midst of troubles. God delivers His people from bondage and He provides for their needs.

 

THE LORD IS TRUSTWORTHY

Psalm 115

“Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, But to Your name give glory, Because of Your mercy, Because of Your truth.
Why should the Gentiles say, “So where is their God?”
But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.
Their idols are silver and gold, The work of men’s hands.
They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see;
They have ears, but they do not hear; Noses they have, but they do not smell;
They have hands, but they do not handle; Feet they have, but they do not walk; Nor do they mutter through their throat.
Those who make them are like them; So is everyone who trusts in them.
O Israel, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield.
O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield.
You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield.
The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron.
He will bless those who fear the Lord, Both small and great.
May the Lord give you increase more and more, You and your children.
May you be blessed by the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; But the earth He has given to the children of men.
The dead do not praise the Lord, Nor any who go down into silence.
But we will bless the Lord From this time forth and forevermore. Praise the Lord!”

Psalm 115 is a prayer to God to vindicate His honor by delivering His people. The Lord is the only true God and the only God deserving of our praise and worship.

Proverbs 3:5 NKJV

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding.”

The Lord is worthy of out trust and He will always bring salvation and deliverance to people who put their trust in Him. Believers we must place their trust in God alone. God protects and cares for His people. He is our help, refuge and shield.

Psalm 94:22-23

NKJV “But the Lord has been my defense,

And my God the rock of my refuge. He has brought on them their own iniquity,

And shall cut them off in their own wickedness; The Lord our God shall cut them off.”

THE LORD IS OUR DELIVERER

Psalm 116 is a praise to God for prayers answered in the past and for deliverance from imminent danger of death.

Psalm 116 NKJV

“ ‘I love the Lord, because He has heard

My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live. The pains of death surrounded me,

And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow.

Then I called upon the name of the Lord: O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!” Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful

The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.

Return to your rest, O my soul,

For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. For You have delivered my soul from death,

My eyes from tears,

And my feet from falling. I will walk before the Lord

In the land of the living.

I believed, therefore I spoke,

I am greatly afflicted.’ I said in my haste, ‘All men are liars.’

What shall I render to the Lord

For all His benefits toward me? I will take up the cup of salvation,

And call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord

Now in the presence of all His people. Precious in the sight of the Lord

Is the death of His saints. O Lord, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have loosed my bonds. I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving,

And will call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord

Now in the presence of all His people,

In the courts of the Lord’s house,

In the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!”

The Lord hears our cries and our prayers. God always meets the needs of His people. When we are surrounded by the enemy, and overtaken by trouble and sorrow we must remember to cry out to the one who can deliver us.

 

Psalm 18:6 NKJV

“In my distress I called upon the Lord,

And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple,

And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.”

We must determine in our heart to praise the Lord at all times. Praise Him for the times that He has delivered you in the past and for the deliverance that He is providing in your present situation.

Psalm 146:1-2 NKJV

“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!

While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.”

THE LORD IS PRAISE WORTHY

Psalm 117 is a praise to God for His love and His truth.

Psalm 117 NKJV

“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you people!

For His merciful kindness is great toward us,

And the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!”

We are to “laud” or to speak well of God. Also we are to praise and extol God. As Christians we are to sing a song or hymn of praise to God. Paul knew of God’s great love and merciful kindness toward him. He had experienced firsthand God’s faithfulness to His covenant promises. He knew the truth about God. He knew that God is our loving creator and that He deserves our worship and praise.

Romans 1:18 NKJV

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”

God’s Word always remains true. If God has told you that He will do something for you, He will. His Word is truth.

 

Psalm 100:5 NKJV “

For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting,

And His truth endures to all generations.”

THE LORD IS THE GREAT I AM

We must recognize the Lord for who He is. He is the Great I Am. Whatever you need, He is it. Whatever you have need of, the answer is found in Him. We must acknowledge that God is our true source. Our help is not found in man, only in our God, our Father. With God Almighty on our side what do we have to fear? Even when we are surrounded with impossible circumstances, we can proclaim with confidence, “the Lord is on my side!”

 

Psalm 118:1-9 NKJV

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let Israel now say, ‘His mercy endures forever.’ Let the house of Aaron now say, ‘His mercy endures forever.’ Let those who fear the Lord now say, ‘His mercy endures forever.’ I called on the Lord in distress; The Lord answered m and set me in a broad place. The Lord is on my side;

I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is for me among those who help me; Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me. It is better to trust in the Lord

Than to put confidence in man.”

With God on our side what can man do to us? When our trust is in the Lord, we do not have to fear the enemy. When storms are raging all around us and even when we are in the chains of the enemy, we can have an abiding confidence that God is on our side.

 

Psalm 56:3-4 NKJV

“Whenever I am afraid,

I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word),

In God I will put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?”

God is not against us. Even when it might seem like we are alone, God is still with us. The Lord will destroy our enemies. Even when we are completely encircled by our enemies, we can rest in the peace of knowing that our Lord will triumph over our enemies. Our help comes from the Lord. Because of His help we will triumph. No matter how difficult the circumstance, God will empower us and give us strength to triumph over our adversary.

 

2 Timothy 4:17-18 NKJV

“But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and forever. Amen!”

The Lord is our song of strength. He will deliver us and that we may declare the works of the Lord.

 

Psalm 118:14-18 NKJV

“The Lord is my strength and song,

And He has become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation

Is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. The right hand of the Lord is exalted; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. I shall not die, but live,

And declare the works of the Lord. The Lord has chastened me severely,

But He has not given me over to death.”

Exodus 15:2 NKJV

“The Lord is my strength and song,

And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will exalt Him. My Father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”

Isaiah 12:2 NKJV

“Behold, God is my salvation,

I will trust and not be afraid; For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song;

He also has become by salvation.”

The Lord is our chief cornerstone. God can turn rejection into direction. When people refuse to believe you or believe in you, God can turn the situation around. When faced with rejection for Christ’s sake we can still rejoice because we know that God will use it for His glory, if we keep our eyes on Him.

 

Psalm 118:22-24

“The stone which the builders rejected

Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Review

1. Hymn means a song of _____________ or _______________ to God.

 

2. A hymn is addressed directly _______ God.

 

3. As we offer hymns to God we must __________________________ who God is, how we feel about Him, and His authority.

 

4. Psalm 113 is a praise to God’s for His _____________________ and His grace.

 

5. During Biblical times there was a close association between a person’s _________________and their identity.

 

6. God is _____________________ over all the earth and over all the heavens.

 

7. Desperate people have a special place in God’s __________________.

 

8. Psalm 114 is a praise to God’s for His deliverance with ______________________ intervention.

 

9. God is in the __________________ of His people no matter where they are or what they are going through.

 

10. What does Isaiah 26:3 say about peace?

 

11 The Lord is trustworthy. What does that mean?

 
12. We should trust God with all our heart and lean not on our own ___________________________.

 

13. What is a refuge?

 

14. Give some examples of when God has delivered you from various situations.

 

15. We must recognize the Lord for who He is. Who is God to you?

 

16. What does confidence mean?

 

17. God can turn rejection into direction. Have there been times that you have been rejected by man?

 

 

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