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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “God’s Word In Our Heart”

Applying Bible Verses To My Life  COMPASS 1

1. Psalm 119:11 NKJV

“Your word I have hidden in my heart,

That I might not sin against You.”

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2. Psalm 119:105 NKJV

“Your word is a lamp to my feet

And a light to my path.”

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3. Proverbs 6:23 NKJV

“For the commandment is a lamp,

And the law a light;

Reproofs of instruction are the way of life”

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4. Ephesians 5:8-14 NKJV

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things that are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: ‘Awake, you who sleep,

Arise from the dead,

And Christ will give you light.’ ”

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5. 1 John 1:5 – 7 NKJV

“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

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6. John 5:24 NKJV

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”

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7. John 6:40 NKJV

“And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

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8. Ephesians 5:8 NKJV

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light”

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9. Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

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Rosh Hashanah Booklet For Children – From One Christian’s Perspective

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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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From Royalty to Servanthood – From Worship To Works

 

 

FROM ROYALITY TO SERVANTHOODMemory Verse: 1 Corinthians 3:14-15

 

Life Application: Your works must be done out of your love for God.

 

Bible Text:

Ezekiel 44:17-18

Psalm 141:2

Psalm 100:4

Ezekiel 44:10-16

Matthew 7:21-23

1 Corinthians 3:14-15

John 4:23-24

1 Chronicles 16:29

Exodus 5:1-3

Exodus 19:3-6

Deuteronomy 10:8

1 Peter 2:9

Hebrews 13:15

1 Chronicles 16:29

John 17:21

John 17:22

Isaiah 29:13

Mark 7:6-7

Acts 2:11

Acts 2:14

Acts 2:38

Acts 2:41

Worship and intimacy with God did not (and does not) occur in the outer court. Everyone was allowed in the outer court. There was a lot of “work” going on in the outer court. Everyone could see this part of the tabernacle. It was a place of sacrifice and a place of cleansing. The priest “ministered” to the people in the outer court.

Works require your body [Outer Court]

Praise (worship) requires your soul (mind, will, emotions) [Holy Place]

Intimacy requires your spirit [Holy Of Holies]

The holy place was one of two parts of the tabernacle hidden in a tent. In the holy place, the priest walked by the light produced by the holy spirit. The altar of incense was in this part of the tabernacle. The holy place was a place of prayer, praise, worship and communion. Pure and obedient worship took place here. The priest “ministered” to the Lord in the holy place. Only those who were ministering to the Lord were allowed in the holy place. The holy of holies was the second part of the tabernacle that was hidden by a tent. It was there the very presence of God came to dwell. Once a year the high priest went into this part of the tabernacle and God communicated with him. When the priest went in to minister to God, it had to be the way that God had instructed them.

 

Ezekiel 44:17-18 NKJV

“And it shall be, whenever they enter the gates of the inner court, that they put on linen garments, no wool shall come upon them while they minister within the gates of the inner court or within the house. They shall have linen turbans on their heads and linen trousers on their bodies; they shall not clothe themselves with anything that causes sweat.”

The priest could not enter any way he liked. There was a certain way to enter then and now. Today, God does not communicate with us only one time a year. He communicates with us all the time in our spirit. In the holy place the priests ministered unto the Lord by burning a sweet smelling incense. The holy place was not a place for “fleshly” works. The incense represents our prayer, praise and worship rising up to God as a sweet smelling incense.

 

Psalm 141:2 NKJV

“Let my prayer be set before You as incense, the lifting of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”

Many times we lump thanksgiving and praise together. However, thanksgiving and praise are not the same thing.

 

Psalm 100:4 NKJV

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,

And His courts with praise,

Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.”

Enter into God’s gates with thanksgiving….Be thankful to Him.

Enter into God’s courts with praise….Bless His name.

Thanksgiving– A giving of thanks. An expression of thanks.

Thank– To say that one is pleased and grateful for something done.

Praise– Saying that a person is good; words that tell the worth or value of a thing or person; commendation.

Worship– Great honor and reverence paid to someone or something regarded as sacred. Expressing honor and reverence. Great love and adoration. To consider extremely precious; hold very dear; adore.

Servant– A person devoted to a service.

Service– Helpful act or acts; aid; conduct that is useful to others.

At one’s service– Ready to do what one wants. Ready or available for one to use.

Of service– Helpful; useful.

 

A popular teaching going around in the Christian world is that “worship is works” and “works is worship”. Not so, works (that won’t be burnt up) are a “by product” of intimacy. Worship (ministry to God) and works (ministry to people) are not the same thing. Worship is expressing great love to God. Out of the intimacy of our worship will come works. A person can work for God and not worship Him at the same time. People can work for God with sin in their life. People can even work for God and not love Him.

 

Ezekiel 44:10-16 NKJV

“’And the Levites who went far from Me, when Israel went astray, who strayed away from Me after their idols, they shall bear their iniquity. Yet they shall be ministers in My sanctuary, as gatekeepers of the house and ministers of the house, they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall before them to minister to them. Because they ministered to them before their idols and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity, therefore I have raised My hand in an oath against them,” says the Lord God, ‘that they shall bear their iniquity. And they shall not come near Me to minister to Me as priest, nor come near any of My holy things, nor into the most holy place; but they shall bear the shame and their abominations which they have committed. Nevertheless I will make them keep charge of the temple, for all its work, and for all that has to be done in it. But the priests, the Levites, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from Me, they shall come near Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me to offer to Me the fat and the blood,’ says the Lord God. ‘They shall enter My sanctuary, and they shall come near My table to minister to Me, and they shall keep My charge.’”

In the above passage we see that there are two different types of ministry. One ministry is to people (works) and the other one is to God (worship). One day there will be people standing before God who have done many wonderful “works” for Him, but who did not have an intimate relationship with Him. They did not know Him and He did not know them.

Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ ”

Some Christians will have their “works” burnt up in the end. Some good work is actually not work that will stand in the end. What was the motive behind the work? Did you do it out of love for God, or to please yourself or man?

 

1 Corinthians 3:14-15 NKJV

“If anyone’s work which he has build on endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”

God is looking for people who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. God is not seeking people to “worship” Him with their mouths or even with their hands. Worship is a matter of the heart.

 

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 to God was not a suggestion from God, but rather a commandment.

 

1 Chronicles 16:29 NKJV

“Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!”

The Hebrews were delivered from captivity so that they could worship God. We too, are delivered from captivity so that we can worship God.

 

Exodus 5:1-3 NKJV

“Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel: Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.’ And Pharaoh said, ‘Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go.’ So they said, ‘The Lord God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please, let us go three day’s journey into the desert and sacrifice to the Lord our God, lest He fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.’”

God desired that all the people delivered from captivity (Egypt) would be priests unto Him.

 

Exodus 19:3-6 NKJV

“And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountains, 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.”

Because of disobedience and sin, not all of the people were allowed to become priests that ministered unto Him. God chose the tribe of Levi to minister unto Him.

Deuteronomy 10:8 NKJV

“At that time the Lord separated the tribe of Levi to bear the ark of the covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to minister to Him, and to bless in His name, to this day.”

At the moment of the death of Jesus, the veil between the holy place and the most holy place was torn into. From that moment on we all have access to the Father through the Son. Each believer became a “priest” at Calvary.

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.”

We were chosen by God to be a priest. We were chosen to be His own special people. As a priest we are to proclaim His praises. We are to offer up sacrifices of praise.

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 Chronicles 16:29 NKJV

“Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!”

To say that worship and works are the same thing is like saying that marital intimacy and children are the same thing. They are not. The way God created it, marital intimacy is a very beautiful, intimate relationship between a man and his wife. Out of that relationship children are produced. When a Christian has an intimate relationship with God something will be produced (fruit / works / service ), if we do not abort it. When a man and woman have an intimate relationship with each other they become one. When Jesus prayed in the garden, He asked that we might become one with God like He was.

John 17:21 NKJV

“…that they may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You: that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”

Jesus did not pray that we would do “works” for God- He prayed for us to have the same intimate relationship with God that He had. Jesus and God had a very intimate relationship.

John 17:22 NKJV

“And the glory which You gave me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one.”

When a Christian has an intimate relationship with God, they become one with God. They do not become God- they take on God’s heart. They love what God loves and hate what God hates. They receive God’s burden for souls. They desire to have “spiritual births.” They desire to bear good fruit. They desire to do things (works) out of love, because they see the need or the person through God’s eyes. God will place a “seed” within you when you have an intimate relationship with Him.

In the natural realm there are some people that bypass the intimate relationship required to produce, and they adopt. It is true in the spiritual realm also. In the spiritual realm there are people who don’t want an intimate relationship with God. They don’t want to “become one” with God. They don’t want to spend the necessary time in God’s presence to become “pregnant” with God’s burdens and to “birth” what He has placed within them. These people work for God, but they do not know God. Some people are married “in name only” and they never experience the intimacy required to become pregnant and birth children. There are some people that are Christians “in name only.” They never experience the intimacy that God desires to have with them.

There are times that a man and his wife cannot bear children together. When this occurs, usually there is some unseen physical or even emotional condition that interrupts or stops the natural process of producing. There are some people (and churches) who enjoy intimate times with God, but they do not allow the “seed” that He places within them to grow.

These people (and churches) abort what God places within them. They are not barren, they are wasteful. When you are barren you cannot produce, but when you are wasteful you choose not to produce.

When a person becomes “one with God” the natural process is to produce (good fruit/works/service). When a Christian does not produce there is something wrong. Usually it is a “heart” problem. “Heart” problems will cause people not to spend time in true intimacy with God. A “heart” problem can temporarily interrupt or totally stop the spiritual process of producing. We were not saved to serve or work. We were saved to love. God saved us so that we could have an intimate relationship with Him. Out of that intimate relationship He will place in us a desire to be His hands, His feet, His mouth to a dying world. In the tabernacle, in the Old Testament, there were many people “working” in the outer court, but their hearts were far from God.

 

Isaiah 29:13 NKJV

“Therefore the Lord said: ‘Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths

And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me,

And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men’ ”

Mark 7:6-7 NKJV

“These people honors Me with their lips

But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me,

Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men”

God wants your heart so He can give you His. In Acts we see an important truth. When we worship (minister to God), He will put His desires and burdens within us. Then He will fill us with the desire to work (minister to others), and He will give us the words to say. Then the Holy Spirit will bring in the harvest. The people converted will have an encounter with the Holy Spirit, not with man.

* The Holy Spirit filled the believers to praise God.

Acts 2:11 NKJV

“…we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”

*The Holy Spirit filled Peter with a desire to preach a sermon. The Holy Spirit

put His words in Peter’s mouth.

Acts 2:14 NKJV

“But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, ‘Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be know to you, and heed my words.”

Acts 2:38 NKJV

“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

*The Holy Spirit brought forth conversions.

Acts 2:41 NKJV

“Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”

As you fulfill your royal priesthood duties, ministering to God, He will fill you with a desire to be His servant, to minister to others. As you do your part, ministering to others, the Holy Spirit will do His part. He will bring fourth true conversions.

Review

1. Worship and intimacy with God did not occur in the __________________ court.

 

2. What went on in the outer court?

 

3. The _______________ place was a place of prayer, praise, worship and communion.

 

4. The priest “ministered” to the _______________ in the holy place.

 

5. God came to ________________ in the holy of holies.

 

6. What did the priest do once a year in the holy of holies?

 

7. God communicates with us all the time in our _____________________.

 

8. In the holy place the priests ministered unto the Lord by burning a sweet smelling _____________________.

 

9. The incense represents our ________________, _________________, and ___________________ rising up to God as a sweet smelling incense.

 

10. What is ministry to people?

 

11. What is ministry to God?

 

12. Some good work is actually not work that will stand in the end. Why not?

 

13. God is not seeking people to “worship” Him with their mouths or even with their hands. Worship is a matter of the _________________.

 

14. What is a commandment?

 

15. The Hebrews were delivered from captivity so that they could _________________ God.

 

16. At the moment of the death of Jesus, the veil between the holy place and the most holy place was torn into. What does that mean to us?

 

17. Believers…

* were ______________________ by God to be a priest.

* were chosen to be God’s own ____________________ people.

* are to _________________ God’s praises.

* are to offer up ____________________ of praise.

 

18. Jesus prayed for us to have the same ______________________ __________________________ with God that He had.

 

19. When a Christian has an intimate relationship with God…

* they become __________ with God.

* they take on ______________ heart.

* they love what God _______________ and hate what God hates.

* they receive God’s _________________ for souls.

* they ___________________ to have “spiritual births.”

* they desire to bear ______________ ________________.

* they desire to do things (works) out of love, because they see the need or the person through ____________ eyes.

 

20. God ____________________ us so that we could have an intimate relationship with Him.

 

 

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Never Thirst Again

NEVER THIRST AGAINMemory Verse: John 4:14

Life Application: Jesus supplies our spiritual need forever.

Bible Text:

John 4:14

John 7:37-38

John 4:1-6

John 4:7-11
John 4:12-16

John 4:17-26
John 4:27-42

Rivers Of Living Water

During the temple times the custom was to draw water from the Siloam spring as a ‘libation” to accompany the offerings. This was done with great rejoicing and expressions of thanksgiving. It was on this day that Jesus told the people if they were thirsty to come to Him and drink. Jesus declared Himself to be the source of the spring – that He was the source of living water.

John 7:37-38 NKJV

“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ”

Jesus told the people that were gathered, as the High Priest poured water from the pool of Siloam into the basin, that if they believed in Him rivers of living water would flow out of them. By this Jesus was referring to the Holy Spirit. The water the High Priest would pour out was just a symbol of God’s Spirit but Jesus offered them the real thing, the Holy Spirit (rivers of living water).

In the natural realm when a person is thirsty they have a desire or need for drink. They have a strong desire to quench their thirst. The same is true in the spiritual realm. When we are spiritually thirsty we have a need for living water. Jesus invites every person that is thirsty to go to Him, the only one that can truly satisfy their thirst.

 

Never Thirst Again

Jesus and His disciples visited a city in Samaria. Jesus was a Jew and usually Jews and Samaritans did not like each other. Many Jews would travel far out of their way to avoid going through Samaria. But Jesus loved the Samaritans, so He took His disciples to visit them. Just outside the city, Jesus sat down to rest near a well while His disciples went into the town to get something to eat.

John 4:1-6 NKJV

Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John
(though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria.
So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.”

While resting, Jesus met a woman who needed “living water.” This woman, a Samaritan woman, came to the well and Jesus asked her to give Him a drink. The woman was surprised that Jesus had spoken to her. The customs of the area prohibited public conversations between men and women who were strangers. The woman asked Him why He asked her, a Samaritan to give Him a drink. Jesus responded to her question by telling her that if she knew who He was she would have asked Him for a drink. Jesus continued to talk to the woman about living water.

John 4:7-11 NKJV

“A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

After a period of time the woman asked Jesus to give her the water that He was talking about. At this point Jesus began to tell her about her life. Jesus challenged the woman to consider her own sinful condition by telling her to bring her husband to Him.

John 4:12-16 NKJV

“The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”

Before the woman could believe in Jesus as the One who could give her living water she had to recognize that she was a sinner. Thinking that Jesus was just a prophet she began to discuss worship to God with Him.

John 4:17-26 NKJV
“The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’
for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”
The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 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.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

As Jesus talked to her about God the woman realized who Jesus really was and she believed Him. She ran back to the city and began to tell everyone about Jesus. She asked them to come with her and she would show them the “man who knew everything I did.” Because the woman told people about Jesus, many of the people of the city went out to meet Jesus for themselves. When the people had listened to Jesus, they also believed Jesus as the Messiah, the Savior of the world.

John 4:27-42 NKJV
“And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?” The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” Then they went out of the city and came to Him. In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?”
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.
Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’
I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”
And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His own word. Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”

Review

1. During the temple times the custom was to draw water from the Siloam spring. Why?

 

2. What did Jesus tell the people?

 

3. Jesus declared Himself to be the source of the spring – that He was the source of _______________ ______________.

 

4. When Jesus spoke of living water, whom was He speaking about?

 

5. What is a symbol?

 

6.Why did the Jewish people travel far out of their way to avoid going through Samaria?

 

7. Just outside Samaria, Jesus sat down to rest near a ______________ while His disciples went into the town to get something to eat.

 

8. While resting, Jesus met a ______________ who needed _______________ ________________.

 

9. What did Jesus ask this woman for?

 

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10. The woman was surprised that Jesus had spoken to her. Why?

 

11. What did Jesus talk to the woman about?

 

12. Jesus challenged the woman to consider her own sinful condition by telling her to bring her to do what?

 

13. Before the woman could believe in Jesus as the One who could give her living water she had to recognize that she was a _______________________.

 

14. The woman thought Jesus was a prophet so she began to discuss ____________________ to God with Him.

 

15. The woman realized who Jesus really was and she believed Him. What did she do?

 

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16. Many of the people of the _________________ went out to meet Jesus.

 

17. When the people had listened to Jesus, they also believed Jesus as the ________________, the _______________ of the world.

 

18. Jesus supplies our spiritual need _________________.

 

 

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