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How To Worship God, God’s Way

HOW TO WORSHIP GOD, GOD'S WAY

Memory Verse: Psalm 103:1

 

Life Application: I am to bless the Lord with everything within me.

 

Bible Text:

Psalm 103

Psalm 103:1

Psalm 103:2

1 Chronicles 16:29

Psalm 39:3

Psalm 143:5

Luke 3:15

Psalm 103:3

Titus 2:11

Ephesians 1:7

Psalm 103:12

Psalm 103:3

James 5:16

Isaiah 53:5

Psalm 103:4

2 Samuel 22:31

2 Samuel 22:2-4

Psalm 119:114

Psalm 103:4

Psalm 103:5

James 1:17

John 3:27

Psalm 103:6

Psalm 12:5

Psalm 103:8-9

Deuteronomy 8:5

Hebrews 12:5-11

Psalm 103:13-14

Malachi 4:2-3

John 3:16-17

Hebrews 9:22

1 John 1:7

Romans 3:23

Acts 16:31

1 John 1:9

2 Peter 2:20-22

Luke 9:62

Hebrews 9:14

John 6:37

Psalm 103:15-19

Hebrews 13:8

2 Peter 3:8-9

Psalm 103:7

Psalm 103:8

Jeremiah 31:34

Psalm 130:3-4

Matthew 23:9

Isaiah 63:16

Psalm 103:13

Deuteronomy 31:6

Malachi 2:10

Matthew 6:14

Luke 6:36

Psalm 103:14

Psalm 103:17-18

I Chronicles 16:34

Psalm 52:8

Psalm 100:5

Psalm 103:19-21

Psalm 103:22

Luke 19:40

Romans 10:13

Psalm 103

Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them. The Lord has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all. Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. Bless the Lord, all His works, In all places of His dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!”

Psalm 103 is a psalm of praise unto God for His mercy, grace, love and benefits. This psalm gives us a glimpse of how to worship God’s way.

We are to:

*use every part of us to worship God

*make time to worship God

*remember the things God has done

*realize how wonderful God is and who He is

*bless the Lord

 

I. Use every part of ourselves to worship God / Psalm 103:1

Psalm 103:1 NKJV

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!”

Your enemy, Satan, doesn’t want you to worship God. He will try to get you to use your mouth, your heart, your mind, your hands, your feet, your eyes, and your ears for anything and everything except to honor God. Remember that God gave you your body and mind so you could use them to worship Him and to give Him glory. Use every part of you – hold nothing back.

* You can use your mouth to praise God by telling Him how wonderful He is and how much you love Him.

* You can use your mind to think about God and His goodness.

* You can use your heart to love God for who He is.

* You can use your hands to play songs of worship to God, or lift them in surrender and worship unto Him.

* You can use your feet to take you places where you can worship God in public and in private, or to dance in His presence.

* You can use your eyes to notice what God has done for you (both spiritual and physical eyes).

* You can use you ears (both spiritual and physical) to hear God’s voice.

II. Make time to worship God / Psalm 103:2-14

In our busy world we must make time to worship God. If we do not make time our enemy, Satan, will keep us so busy that we don’t have time to truly worship God and minister to Him.

Psalm 103:2 NKJV

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and forget not all His benefits.”

1 Chronicles 16:29 NKJV

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

You need to remind yourself as David did that you should take time to worship God. Often people think they are too busy to worship God. Yet God made us to worship Him. They work and play and do lots of other things, and then they don’t have time for God. David knew it would be easy to get “too busy” and forget God’s goodness, but he determined he wasn’t going to do that.

 

III. Remember the things that God has done / Psalm 103:3-14

We are to spend time musing the things of God. The things that He has done in our lives and the things that He is going to do. Where He has brought us from and where He is taking us. To muse means to be completely absorbed in thought, to ponder or to meditate.

Psalm 39:3 NKJV

“My heart was hot within me; While I was musing, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue”

Psalm 143:5 NKJV

“I remember the days of old; I meditate on all your works; I muse on the work of your hands. I spread out my hands to You; My soul longs for You like a thirsty land.”

Luke 3:15 KJV

“And all the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not”

We must remember and meditate on God’s benefits. Some of the benefits are forgiveness, salvation, healing, protection, lovingkindness, provision, help, patience, correction, and sympathy. Through Jesus Christ we have been redeemed. We have been bought back – ransomed. During the times that the Bible was written, a person that had been sold into slavery could be bought back, ransomed for a price. Jesus paid our ransom, our forgiveness and salvation with His own blood.

Psalm 103:3 NKJV

“Who forgives all your iniquities,

Who heals all your diseases”

Titus 2:11 NKJV

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men”

Ephesians 1:7 NKJV

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the

riches of His grace”

Psalm 103:12 NKJV

“As far as the east is from the west,

So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

Jesus provided healing for us through His body. Every stripe that He received was for us – for our healing. The price for our healing has already been paid.

Psalm 103:3 NKJV

“Who forgives all your iniquities,

Who heals all your diseases”

James 5:16b NKJV

“…and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”

Isaiah 53:5 NKJV

“But He was wounded for our transgressions,

He was bruised for our iniquities;

The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,

And by His stripes we are healed.”

The Lord is our protection (our shield / our refuge) from danger.

Psalm 103:4 NKJV

“Who redeems your life from destruction…”

2 Samuel 22:31 NKJV and Psalm 18:30 NKJV

“As for God, His way is perfect;

The word of the Lord is proven;

He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”

A refuge is a place of safety and security. The Lord is our shelter, our protection from danger, trouble. He is our safety and security.

2 Samuel 22:2-4 NKJV

“And he said:

‘The Lord is my rock and my fortress and

The God of my strength, in whom I will trust;

My shield and the horn of my salvation,

My stronghold and my refuge;

My Savior, You save me from violence.

I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;

So shall I be saved from my enemies.’ ”

During times of trouble and danger we can take refuge in God.

Psalm 119:114 NKJV

“You are my hiding place and my shield;

I hope in Your word.”

The Lord showers us with love and kindness. His mercy to us is new every day.

Psalm 103:4 NKJV

“…Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies.”

The Lord provides our food as well as many other blessings.

Psalm 103:5 NKJV

“Who satisfies your mouth with good things,

So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s”

Every good gift (and everything we need) comes from the Lord.

James 1:17 NKJV

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father

of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

John 3:27 NKJV

“John answered and said, ‘A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from

heaven.”

When the enemy comes (in whatever form) against you, the Lord is there to help.

Psalm 103:6 NKJV

“The Lord executes righteousness

And justice for all who are oppressed”

The Lord is ready, willing and able to help those that the enemy is coming against in an attempt to depress and oppress.

Psalm 12:5 NKJV

“ ‘For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy,

Now I will arise,’ says the Lord;

‘I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.’ ”

Poor could be describe as any number of things. It could mean having a few things or nothing; lacking money or property; needy, not good in quality, lacking something needed, scanty, insufficient, inadequate, lacking ability, inefficient, not satisfactory; frail; needing pity; unfortunate; not favorable; shabby or worn out. Every person is “poor” in some area of their life and is in need of God’s help and intervention.

Correction is an attempt to change or correct a mistake or error.

Psalm 103:8-9 NKJV

“The Lord is merciful and gracious,

Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

He will not always strive with us,

Nor will He keep His anger forever.”

God is very patient with us and He corrects those that He loves. He desire to help us change our wrong behavior and attitudes.

Deuteronomy 8:5 NKJV

“You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God

chastens you.”

Hebrews 12:5a-11 NKJV

“… ‘My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;

For whom the Lord loves He chastens,And scourges every son whom He receives.’

If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a

father does not chasten ?But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are

illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect.

Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?

For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit,

that we may be partakers of Hid holiness.

Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it

yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

Correction can also be punishment or rebuke. As believers we should be in subjection to the discipline of the Lord. All of God’s discipline is for our good and our benefit. God disciplines us in love because He wants to make us better. He desires for us to be a holy people. The Lord has sympathy on man. He shares our sorrows and troubles – we are not alone.

Psalm 103:13-14 NKJV

“As a father pities his children,

So the Lord pities those who fear Him,

For He knows our frame;

He remembers that we are dust.”

The Lord pities those who fear (respect / reverence) Him. Just as a father feels sorrow for his child’s suffering or distress, the Lord feels for us, His creation.

 

Malachi 4:2-3 NKJV

“’But to you who fear My name

The Sun of Righteousness shall arise

With healing in His wings;

And you shall go out

And grow fat like stall-fed calves.

You shall trample the wicked,

For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet

On the day that I do this’

Says the Lord of hosts.”

Of all the things to remember most, we must remember that a price was paid for our forgiveness. And it was paid out of love. David was especially thankful for God’s promise to forgive his sins. He understood what a wonderful blessing it is to be cleansed and forgiven. God loves you so much that He does not want to be separated from you. Sin separates man from God.

John 3:16-17 NKJV

For God so love 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.”

God is a holy God and sin breaks off our fellowship with Him. It is because God wants to cleanse you and forgive you of your sin that He sent Jesus to die on the cross. God requires that blood be shed to pay for sin.

Hebrews 9:22 NKJV

“And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”

Only the precious blood of Jesus can cleanse us from our sin and unrighteousness, making it possible for us to have fellowship with our holy God. Jesus shed His blood to pay for the sins of everyone. It is up to each of us to either accept the gift of salvation and forgiveness or to reject it.

1 John 1:7

“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.”

You can accept the gift of salvation by admitting that you are a sinner, believing in Jesus, asking Him to forgive you, and turning away from sin (forsake sin.) Everyone who wants to receive salvation must admit that they havesinned.

Romans 3:23 NKJV

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

Everyone who wants to receive salvation must believe in Jesus Christ.

Acts 16:31 NKJV

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

household.’ ”

We must believe that Jesus is the Son of God (the deity of Jesus Christ).

We must believe that Jesus came to this earth through a virgin birth.

We must believe that Jesus lived a sinless life while here on earth.

We must believe that Jesus died on the cross, and that His blood was shed for the remission of our sins.

We must believe that Jesus rose from the grave, that He is alive in heaven and that He will return to earth again.

Everyone who wants to receive salvation must confess their sin to God. Today we have direct access to God through Jesus, therefore we do not have to confess our sin to a priest or another person. We can go directly to God with our confession.

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.”

Everyone who wants true salvation must forsake their sin. Once you have experienced the full knowledge of Christ and His salvation, do not turn back. Knowledge of Christ without obedience to Christ can be very dangerous. It is not enough to know that we are to turn from evil, we must do it. Don’t return to your old (sinful) ways.

2 Peter 2:20-22 NKJV

“For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the

Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end

is worse for them than the beginning,

For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than

having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.

But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: ‘A dog returns to his own

vomit,’ and, ‘a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”

God takes the commitment that we make when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior very serious. Once we become part of the kingdom of God we are not to look back, or to return to our old ways.

Luke 9:62 NKJV

“But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit

for the kingdom of God.”

Everyone that experiences true salvation will be received by God. True repentance is being sorry for doing wrong (for going against God), not being sorry that you were caught doing wrong. If we are truly sorry that we have sinned and we go to Jesus for forgiveness, we will receive forgiveness.

Hebrews 9:14 NKJV

“how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself

without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

John 6:37 NKJV

“All that the Father gives me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no

means cast out.”

IV. Believe the promises of God: Psalm 103:15-19

David believed in the promises of God. He knew and believed with all his heart that God’s mercy is from everlasting to everlasting.

Psalm 103:15-19 NKJV

“As for man, his days are like grass;

As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,

And its place remembers it no more.

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting

On those who fear Him,

And His righteousness to children’s children,

To such as keep His covenant,

And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

The Lord has established His throne in heaven,

And His kingdom rules over all.”

David remembered all that God had done for him. He also believed that God would do everything that He promised He would. David was thankful for the past things done and the future promises. We too must remember all that God has done for us and all that He has said that He will do. The Lord is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Hebrews 13:8 NKJV

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

He never changes and He always keeps His promises.

2 Peter 3:8-9 NKJV

“But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand

years, and a thousand years as one day.

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering

toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

V. Realize how wonderful God is and who He is / Psalm 103:7-21

Moses and David served the same God that we do. A God that performed many miracles. A God that is merciful, a God that is our Father, a God that understands our frailties, a God that is everlasting, and a God that is above all things.

Our God is a miracle working God. We serve a God that can and does perform miracles. There is nothing that our God can not do.

Psalm 103:7 NKJV

“He made know His ways to Moses,

His acts to the children of Israel.”

Our God is merciful. We serve a God that no one could stand before if He dealt with us according to our sins.

Psalm 103:8 NKJV

“The Lord is merciful and gracious,

Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.”

God does not keep a count (record) of confessed sin (things that we have asked forgiveness for.)

Jeremiah 31:34 NKJV

“No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the

Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the

Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

Psalm 130:3-4 NKJV

“If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,

O Lord, who could stand?

But there is forgiveness with You,

That You may be feared.”

God is much kinder toward us than justice requires. He is kinder to us than we could ever dream of or expect. His mercy toward us is truly a blessing. Our God is our Father. Every person that has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is a child of God. They have been born (reborn) into the family of God.

Matthew 23:9 NKJV

“…for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.”

Isaiah 63:16 NKJV

“Doubtless You are our Father,

Though Abraham was ignorant of us,

And Israel does not acknowledge us.

You, O Lord, are our Father;

Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.”

Psalm 103:13 NKJV

“As a father pities his children,

So the Lord pities those who fear Him.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV

“Do you thus deal with the Lord,

O foolish and unwise people?

Is He not your Father, who bought you?

Has He not made you and established you?”

Malachi 2:10 NKJV

“Have we not all one Father?

Has not one God created us?

Why do we deal treacherously with one another

By profaning the covenant of the fathers?”

Matthew 6:14 NKJV

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your

trespasses.”

Luke 6:36 NKJV

“Therefore be merciful just as your Father also is merciful.”

Our God understands human frailties. God created us and He knows all about us. He knows our strengths and He knows our weaknesses. He understands us and He is patient and full of mercy concerning our human frailties.

Psalm 103:14 NKJV

“For He know our frame;

He remembers that we are dust.”

God’s understanding is without limits, knows no bounds and is extremely great.

Psalms 147:5 NKJV

“Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;

His understanding is infinite.”

Our God’s mercy is everlasting.

Psalm 103:17-18 NKJV

“But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting

On those who fear Him,

And His righteousness to children’s children

To such as keep His covenant,

And to those who remember His commandments to do them.”

God’s mercy (unmerited favor) and love are forever. There is no end or stopping them.

I Chronicles 16:34 NKJV

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!

For His mercy endures forever.”

Psalm 52:8 NKJV

“But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;

I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.”

Psalm 100:5 NKJV

“For the Lord is good;

His mercy is everlasting

And His truth endures to all generations.”

Our God is above all things.

Psalm 103:19-21 NKJV

“The Lord has established His throne in heaven,

And His kingdom rules over all.

Bless the Lord, you His angels,

Who excel in strength, who do His word,

Heeding the voice of His word

Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,

You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.”

When David thought about God’s greatness, he couldn’t help worshiping Him. To worship means to ascribe worth (value) to someone or something. When we worship God we tell Him how much we love Him , how much He means to us, how much we value Him, and how much we admire Him. One way to worship God is to tell Him how much you appreciate His beauty and His goodness. Only as you get to know God in an intimate way and yield to the Holy Spirit will you be able to worship Him the way He deserves to be worshiped. God must be worshiped in spirit and in truth. We must worship God for who He is, and out of love to Him. God gives a special joy to those who minister to Him in worship.

VI. Bless the Lord / Psalm 103:22

Psalm 103:22 NKJV

“Bless the Lord, all His works,

In all places of His dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!”

Like David, we need to bless the Lord. When David remembered all about God, he was so filled with thanksgiving that he felt unable to properly express himself. He called upon the angels and all the other created beings on earth to help him worship God. Worship was not a one time thing with David – he repeatedly offered up thanksgiving, praise and worship. If we do not give praise and worship to God, the rocks and the trees will.

Luke 19:40 NKJV

“But He answered to them, ‘I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would

immediately cry out.”

Everyone and anyone can offer thanksgiving to God, even someone with sin in their life, but it takes clean hands and clean heart to worship God. You must have an intimate relationship with God to truly worship Him. If you have not called upon Jesus for forgiveness, you are ignoring God’s goodness to you and you are denying yourself of an intimate relationship with Him. Both in this world and in the one to come.

Romans 10:13 NKJV

“For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Review

1. Psalm 103 gives us a glimpse of how to __________________ God.

 

2. We are to:

*use _____________ part of us to worship God.

*make ___________ to worship God.

*_____________________ the things God has done.

*realize how wonderful God _______ and who He is.

*_____________ the Lord.

 

3. Satan will try to get you to use your mouth, your heart, your mind, your hands, your feet, your eyes, and your ears for anything and everything except to _________________ ___________.

 

4. God gave you your _________ and ___________ so you could use them to worship Him and to give Him glory.

 

5. How can you use your mouth to praise God?

 

6. How can use your eyes to worship God?

 

7. If we do not make time to worship God what will happen?

 

8. God made us to ________________ Him.

 

9. Why did David determine in his heart t worship God?

 

10. What does musing mean?

 

11. What are some of the benefits that God has given?

 

12. Through Jesus Christ we have been redeemed. What does redeemed mean?

 

13. Jesus paid our ransom, our forgiveness and salvation with His own ______________.

 

14. Jesus provided _______________ for us through His body.

 

15. Jesus is our refuge. What is a refuge?

 

16. God’s _____________ to us is new every day.

 

17. The Lord is ready, willing and able to help those that the _____________ is coming against.

 

18. __________________ is an attempt to change or correct a mistake or error.

 

19. God corrects those that He ___________.

 

20. All of God’s ________________ is for our good and our benefit.

 

21. God loves you so much that He does not want to be ____________________ from you.

 

22. Sin breaks off our fellowship with God. Why?

 

23. Only the precious blood of _______________ can cleanse us from our sin and unrighteousness.

 

 

24. We have ___________ _______________ to God through Jesus.

 

 

25. How does God feel about commitment?

 

 

26. What is true repentance?

 

27. The Lord is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. What does this mean?

 

28. There is _______________ that God can not do.

 

29. God does not keep a record of confessed sin. What is confessed sins?

 

30. God’s ____________________ is without limits, knows no bounds and is extremely great.

 

31. ________________ means to ascribe worth (value) to someone or something.

 

32. If you have not called upon Jesus for forgiveness, you are ________________ God’s goodness to you.

 

 

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Supplement to Arrows Bible Study “It Is Well”

 

COMPASS 1Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. 2 Kings 4:23 NKJV

“… And she said, “It is well.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

2. Deuteronomy 4:29 NKJV

“But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

 

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

3. Psalm 34:10 NKJV

“But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.”

 

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

4. Numbers 23:19 NKJV

“God is not a man, that He should lie,

Nor a son of man that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

 

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

5. Titus 1:2 NKJV

“In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.”

 

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

6. Malachi 3:6 NKJV

“For I am the Lord, I do not change…”

 

How does this verse apply to my life?

7. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.”

 

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

8. Proverbs 18:21 NKJV

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue,

And those who love it will eat its fruit.”

 

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

9. Psalm 18:30 NKJV

“As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”

 

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

10. Philippians 1:6 NKJV

“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

 

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

 

 

 

11. Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

 

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Bulldog Desperation

BULLDOG DESPERATION  Bulldog Desperation

Memory Verse: 1 Peter 2:21 

Life Application: My character and attitude should be that of Jesus.

     When we hear the word “bulldog” the first thing that comes to mind is a little dog with a smashed in face – a dog that when it bites into something  it won’t let go. While that first thought has some truth to it, there is more to a bulldog than meets the eye. In the past, I always thought of a bulldog as an ugly, mean little dog. To a breeder, someone who knows all about bulldogs, that is far from the truth.

I found ten things that breeders look for in the character and attitude of a bulldog. As I read over these things, I thought that it would be wonderful to have a church full of “spiritual bulldogs.” People that have bulldog desperation for the presence of God.

I. Bulldogs have a loving disposition.

Bulldogs act in a loving way toward others. They have a loving way in which they think about things. Their very nature exhibits love. As a refection of Christ, we too should have a loving disposition. Our very nature should exhibit love. If we are desperate for the presence of the Lord in our life and in our church we must have a loving disposition.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8  NKJV     “Love suffers long and is kind: love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek it’s own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”

     The way we think about things (and the way we think about God) should be different than the way the world thinks. We should have a loving way in which we think about things and people.

John 13:34-35  NKJV     “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

     We should show the love of Christ in everything that we do and say. When people look at us our very disposition should show that we are disciples of Christ.

1 John 4:7  NKJV      “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”

     Our very nature will show if we really know God or not. If you are truly born again you will habitually show the love of God.

II. Bulldogs have great stability.

Bulldogs have great steadfastness in their character and purpose. They have a great ability to maintain their position.

2 Peter 10:14  NKJV     “Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless”

     If we are desperate for the presence of the Lord in our life and in our church we must be steadfast in our service, in our faith, in our growth in Christ, and in our perseverance.

* Steadfastness in service.

1 Corinthians 15:58  NKJV     “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

     We should press on to fulfill God’s calling on our lives. Every believer is called by God to minister to Him, then to the saints, then to the world. Every person bought by the blood of Jesus Christ is called by God, every person has a ministry. Ministry can be wearing on your body, soul and spirit. We must rely on the Holy Spirit to work (minister) through us. By allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us we will not grow weary in well doing.

2 Thessalonians 3:13  NKJV     “But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.” 

* Steadfastness in our faith.

Colossians 2:5  NKJV     “For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and steadfastness of your faith in Christ.”

     Things of this world and things of the enemy should not shake our faith. We, as Christians, have a solid foundation. We have Jesus as our cornerstone.

1 Peter 5:9  NKJV     “Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”

     When we are steadfast in our faith we are stable. True victory comes when we are steadfast in our faith and remain committed to God no matter what we are facing (in all situations). We are not easily disturbed or likely to all apart when trouble comes our way. Stability is a sign of maturity.

* Steadfastness in growing in Christ.

2 Peter 3:18  NKJV     “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” 

1 Thessalonians 3:11-14  NKJV     “Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.”

     It is important that we grow (mature) individually and as a body. If we remain “children” we are vulnerable and gullible. Many new believers are drawn away from the faith when they do not mature (grow) properly. Also there are some churches that close their doors because they refused to grow (spiritually). When proper growth is not taking place in a believer’s life (or church) they are injured easily, open to attacks, sensitive to criticism, temptations and influences.

Ephesians 10:14-16  NKJV     “That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ – from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”

     We should mature in all aspects of our relationship with Christ. Maturity comes from practice. You must practice (put in action) what you are taught.

Hebrews 5:12-14  NKJV     “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

* Steadfastness in perseverance

God has commanded us to stick to our calling in Christ Jesus. We are to hold fast to the things of God that we have been taught.

Revelation 3:10  NKJV     “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on earth.”

     When facing trials, tribulations (hardships, suffering, distress) or desperate situations, we must not give up or give in. We must stand firm in our faith and persevere. We must remember what God has told us and stand firm on His Word.

Romans 5:3-4  NKJV     “And not only that, but w also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” 

     We are counted as blessed (enjoy the favor of the Lord) when we endure what God has allowed to come against us.

James 5:11  NKJV     “Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord – that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.”

III. Bulldogs are full of vigor.

Vigor is active strength or force, healthy energy or power. Bulldogs are full of vigor. They are strong and active. They are energetic and forceful. When a bulldog encounters a fight (war) it wages a vigorous war against the enemy.

Isaiah 59:19  NKJV     “So shall they fear

The name of the Lord from the west,

And His glory from the rising of the sun;

When the enemy comes in like a flood,

The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.”

     If we are desperate for the presence of the Lord in our life and in our church we must be full of vigor. When the enemy comes against us the Lord will judge the enemy (person or thing). He will wage war against the enemy. Our part is to be full of the power of the Holy Spirit, and He will help stand firm in the face of the enemy. He has armed us with strength for the battle.

Psalm 18:39  NKJV     “For You have armed me with strength for the battle;

You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.”

     The battles that we go through do not belong to us. They belong to the Lord. We should not try to fight the battle for God.

1 Samuel 17:47  NKJV     “Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

     Unlike a bulldog, our vigor (strength, force, power) does not come from the physical. It is supernatural. It only comes from the Spirit of God.

Zechariah 4:6  NKJV     “ ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’

Says the Lord of hosts.”

Philippians 4:13  NKJV     “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

IV. Bulldogs have great strength.

A bulldog is strong, powerful and forceful. It has the power to resist force. If we are desperate for the presence of the Lord in our life and in our church we must have great strength. We must rely on God’s power for our strength. God’s power is limitless. The resurrection of Jesus from the grave was an example of God’s power.

Ephesians 1:19-20  NKJV     “And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ Jesus when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.”

     When (not if) the enemy comes against us we must stay strong. We must stand fast under pressure.

James 1:2-4  NKJV     “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

     Believer’s have the power of Christ in them. That power is greater than any other, therefore we are able to resist whatever the enemy attacks us with.

1 John 4:4  NKJV     “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

V. Bulldogs are equable.

A bulldog’s disposition and temperament changes little. It is not easily disturbed or angered, it remains calm.

Malachi 3:6  NKJV     “For I am the Lord, I do not change”

     If we are desperate for the presence of the Lord in our life and in our church we must be equable. God does not change. His mercy toward us is continuous (it never ends). He is fair and He is impartial. He does not show favor to one person over another.

Acts 10:34  NKJV     “ Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.’ ”

     God is fair and just. God loves us very much and He is not easily disturbed or provoked.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7  NKJV     “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

     We should be not given to change. Our disposition and temperament should vary little (be even). We should not be easily disturbed or angered, but remain calm.

Proverbs 24:21  NKJV     “My son, fear the Lord and the king; Do not associate with those given to change.”

     As followers of Christ, we too, should be fair and impartial. God requires for us to show absolute fairness in all aspects of our lives. There is to be no partiality (favoritism) in our lives.

James 2:8-9  NKJV     “If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scriptures, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you do well; But if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.”

VI. Bulldogs are kind.

A bulldog is genuinely kind. It’s kindness is natural and sincere.

Ephesians 4:32  NKJV     “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

     As the body of Christ, we should strive to be genuinely kind. The kindness that is shown must be natural (instinctive) and sincere (honest), free from pretense or deceit. We are to be friendly, gentle, gracious, sympathetic, and considerate toward others. Even to the unthankful. God, Himself, is the model of kindness for us.

Luke 6:35  NKJV     “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.”

VII. Bulldogs are resolute.

A bulldog is determined and bold. If we are desperate for the presence of the Lord in our life and in our church we must be resolute (determined and bold). The body of Christ has been commissioned to go into all the world and make disciples. We must be determined and bold to fulfill what God has instructed us to do.

  Ephesians 6:19  NKJV     “and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.”

     Our heart must be the same as Paul’s. He desired to proclaim the Gospel courageously. He was a faithful witness for the Lord.

VIII. Bulldogs are courageous.

A bulldog is full of courage, brave and fearless.

          1 Corinthians 16:13  NKJV     “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.”

     If we are desperate for the presence of the Lord in our life and in our church we must be courageous.

Psalm 27:1  NKJV     ‘The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?”

     With the Lord on our side we can be courageous. Danger (and opposition) can be met  without fear. Courageous people will follow their convictions. When we get to a place where we are desperate for the presence of the Lord we will do whatever has to be done without fear.

2 Chronicles 15:8  NKJV     “And Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Obed the prophet, he took courage, and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities which he had taken in the mountains of Ephraim; and he restored the altar of the Lord that was before the vestibule of the Lord.”

     Desperate circumstances can be endured with a firmness of spirit by courageous people that are looking to the Lord for their help.

2 Chronicles 32:7-8  NKJV     “Be strong and courageous; do not fear nor be dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.”

     The body of Christ must be able to face danger (opposition) boldly and with determination that with the Lord on their side they will overcome.

Deuteronomy 31:6  NKJV     “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

IX. Bulldogs are not vicious or aggressive.

A bulldog is not evil or wicked. It does not have bad habits or a bad disposition. A bulldog is not spiteful or malicious. A bulldog does not start a fight (war) or a quarrel- it does not have an “attacking” nature. Vicious is evil or wicked, having bad habits or a bad disposition, spiteful or malicious. To take the first step in a war or quarrel, attacking, quarrelsome is to be aggressive. If we are desperate for the presence of the Lord in our life and in our church we must not be vicious. We must turn from our wicked ways.

2 Chronicles 7:14  NKJV     “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

     The above passage is not talking to the world – it is talking to the church (the body of Christ).  His people, called by His name.

Nehemiah 9:35  NKJV     “For they have not served You in their kingdom,

Or in the many good things that You gave them,

Or in the large and rich land which You set before them’

     We must turn from (lay aside) every evil work and abandon evil practices.

Ephesians 4:31-32  NKJV     “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

Colossians 3:5-8  NKJV     “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked you lived in them. But now you yourselves are put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.”

1 Corinthians 14:20  NKJV     “Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.

1 Peter 2:1  NKJV     “Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking”

X. Bulldogs have a pacific and dignified demeanor.

A bulldog shows honor by the way it acts (behaves) in a peaceful, loving and calm manner.

Matthew 5:9  NKJV     “Blessed are the peacemakers,

For they shall be called sons of God.”

     If we are desperate for the presence of the Lord in our life and in our church we must have a pacific and dignified demeanor. God has called us to peace.

Hebrews 12:14  NKJV     “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”

Psalm 34:14  NKJV     “Depart from evil; and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.”

Conclusion:

Each of the above characteristics and attitudes should be countenanced by a Christian’s expressions and a Christian’s behavior. Especially by one that is desperate for more of the Lord. Their character and attitude should be that of Jesus.

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”

Review

1. What does disposition mean?

2. How can I show a loving disposition?

3. The way we think about things and God should be ____________ than the way the world thinks.

4. What should our disposition show?

5. What does stability mean?

6. What does steadfast mean?

7. What are some things that we must be steadfast in?

8. What does vulnerable mean?

9. Why are many new believers drawn away from the faith?

10. What does vigor mean?

11. How will being full of the Holy Spirit help when the enemy comes against us?

12. What does strength mean?

13. Where does our strength and power come from?

14. Does this power have limits?

15. What does equable mean?

 

16. We should be not given to change. Our _____________________ and temperament should vary little. We should not be easily disturbed or ________________, but remain calm.

17. What does kind mean?

18. What does friendly mean?

19. What does gentle mean?

20.What does gracious mean?

21.What does sympathetic mean?

22. What does considerate mean?

23. Give examples of how you can be kind, friendly, gentle, gracious, sympathetic, and considerate?

24. What does resolute mean?

25. What does resolve: mean?

26. What does determined mean?

27. What does constant mean?

28. What does bold mean?

29. How can you be determined and bold in fulfill what God has instructed you to do?

 

30. What does courageous mean?

31. How can desperate circumstances  be endured with a firmness of spirit ?

32. What does pacific mean?

33. What does dignified mean?

34. What does demeanor  mean?

35. How can a person show a pacific and dignified demeanor?

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It Is Well

It Is Well

Memory Verse: 2 Kings 4:23

Life Application: Be careful what you speak about a promise from God.

When you are desperate you must seek God’s Promise. We have been given a promise for every situation and circumstance that we face. God already has the answer (promise) even before we know that we have a problem or situation.

Deuteronomy 4:29  NKJV     “But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

     When you seek something you search, hunt, for it. You make an honest attempt to look for it.

Psalm 34:10  NKJV     “But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. 

     The Bible is full of the promises of God. It is up to each one of us to read it and search out the promises that God has given us. When you are desperate you must believe God’s promise. The prophet, Elisha, gave the Shunammite woman a promise under the authority of God (2 Kings 4:8-16). He spoke for God. Elisha told the woman that she would have a son within a year. She knew that Elisha was a man of God, a prophet, but she still did not believe in her heart that she would have a child.

2 Kings 4:17  NKJV     “But the woman conceived, and bore a son when the appointed time had come, of which Elisha had told her.”

     God had promised the Shunammite woman a son (through Elisha) and she had him. God does not lie and He does not take back His promises.

Numbers 23:19  NKJV     “God is not a man, that He should lie,

Nor a son of man that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He

not make it good?”

Titus 1:2  NKJV     “In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.”

     What God says is true and His Word is truth. God is not like us. He does not change. He is always the same and His Word is always the same.

Malachi 3:6  NKJV     “For I am the Lord, I do not change”

     We must place our trust in God and believe in Him and His promises.

Proverbs 3:5-6  NKJV     “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.”

     When you are desperate you must hold on to God’s promise. No matter what you see with your eyes or what people say to you concerning your situation, keep your eyes on God and the promise that He has given you. You can be confident that God  will finish what He has begun.

2 Kings 4:18-20  NKJV     “And the child grew. Now it happened one day that he went out to his father, to the reapers, And he said to his father, ‘My head, my head!’ So he said to a servant, ‘Carry him to his mother.’ When he had taken him and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.”

     The son that the woman was promised now lay dead in her arms. If she had looked at things through her natural eyes she would have accepted the death of her child. But she knew that God had promised her a son and she knew that her promise was still alive.

2 Kings 4:21-23  NKJV     “And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him, and went out. Then she called to her husband, and said, ‘Please send me one of the young men and one of  the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and come back.’ So he said, ‘Why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath?’ And she said, ‘It is well.’

     The woman took her promise that was ‘dead’ and put it in a room where no one would see it and shut the door. She determined that she would go to the man of God on behalf of her ‘dead’ promise.

2 Kings 4:32-33  NKJV     “When Elisha came into the house, there was the child, lying dead on his bed. He went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the Lord.”

     Sometimes God gives us a promise and it seems like the promise is ‘dead’. We need to be like the Shunammite woman- we need to shut out the things (and people) that might keep our promise ‘dead’. We must be very careful what we hear and listen to concerning our promise. There is life and death in our words. Every word that comes out of man’s mouth either brings life or it brings death.

Proverbs 18:21  NKJV     “Death and life are in the power of the tongue,

And those who love it will eat its fruit.”

     The words we say are very powerful. They will either bless a situation or curse it.

James 3:10  NKJV     “Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing.”

     By putting the son in the room away from everyone she was protecting her promise from words of death. We too, must hold on to the promise that God has given us and shield it (and ourselves) from negative words and negative people. During these times we must only listen to (and trust in) what God has to say, not man.

Psalm 18:30  NKJV     “As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”

     We serve a God of completion. He never leaves things half done or undone. And He never gives us something just to take it away again!

Philippians 1:6  NKJV     “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” 

     We must not waver in our faith even when we do not see the answer with our eyes.

Hebrews 11:1  NKJV     “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of thing not seen.”

     When you are desperate you must rejoice In God’s Promise.

Psalm 119:162  NKJV     “I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure.”

     No matter how bad things look or how negative the report is, you should still rejoice. Not at what you are going through, but at the fact that the Lord God Almighty is on your side.

Psalm 5:11  NKJV     “But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those who love Your name be joyful in You.”

     We can rejoice in knowing that God will never leave us or forsake.

Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV     “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.”

     We must be like the Shunammite women and say, “It is well”  (2 Kings 4:23, 26). Yes, she could see  that her son was dead, but she knew the promise that she had been given. And she knew who to go to on behalf of her promise. She knew that the Lord would never leave her or forsake her, and that He was on her side.When God gives us a promise we must have faith that it will come to pass. There may be times that we think that our promise is ‘dead’, and we may be tempted to give up on our promise. During these times we must go directly to God and allow the Holy Spirit hover over our promise and to breath new life into it.

2 Kings 4:34-35  NKJV     “And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands; and he stretched himself out on the child, and the flesh of the child became warm. He returned and walked back and forth in the house, and again went up and stretched himself out on him; then the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.”

Review

1. We have been given a _____________________ for every situation and circumstance that we face.

2. Elisha told the Shunammite woman that she would have a __________ within a year.

3. We must place our trust in God and ______________   _______   __________ and His promises.

4. The son that the woman was promised now lay dead in her arms, but she knew that God had promised her a son and she knew that her promise was still _______________ .

5. We must be very careful what we ____________  and  ______________  to concerning our promise.

6. Every word that comes out of man’s mouth brings what?

7. Our ______________  will either bless a situation or curse it.

8. We must hold on to the promise that God has given us and shield it from ____________________  words and _________________  people.

9. God never ________________ things half done or undone.

10. God ______________  gives us something just to take it away again.

11. According to Philippians 1:6 what will God do?

12. We must not ______________ in our faith even when we do not see the answer with our eyes.

13. What does waver mean?

14. No matter how bad things look or how negative the report is  you should still do what?

15. We can rejoice in knowing that God will never _______________   ________  or forsake.

16. What does Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us to be _________________ and of good _________________________.

17. When God gives us a promise we must have faith that it will come to _____________.

18. There may be times that we may be tempted to ____________   _______ on our promise.

19. When we are tempted to give up on a promise we must go directly to God and allow the Holy Spirit hover over our promise and do what?

20. What is a special promise that God has given you?

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