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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 “I Will”

Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. Psalm 9:1-2 NKJV

“I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.”

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2. Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

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3. Psalm 9:1 NKJV

“I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.”

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4. Psalm 24:3-5 NKJV

“Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.”

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5. Psalm 66:18 NKJV

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.”

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6. Mark 1:39-45 NKJV

“And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.
Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”
As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed.
And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once,
and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
However, he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from every direction.”

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7. 1 Peter 2:9-10 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;
who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

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8. Revelation 19:7

“Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”

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9. 1 Chronicles 16:23 NKJV

“Sing to the Lord, all the earth; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.”

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Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “Birthing A Desire For The Presence of the Lord”

Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

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2. Isaiah 60:1-2 NKJV

“Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.”

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3. Hebrews 10:25 NKJV

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

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4. Isaiah 55:2

“Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? And your labour for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.”

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5. Matthew 5:6 NKJV

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

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6. John 4:23 NKJV

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.”

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Abiding In Christ – Children’s Booklet

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God’s Garden

god's garden

Memory Verse: Psalm 92:12

 

Life Application: I grow when I am in rightstanding with God.

 

Bible Text:

Psalm 92:12

John 15:1-6

Psalm 92:12-15

Deuteronomy 6:5

Deuteronomy 11:1

1 Samuel 15:22

John 14:15

Galatians 5:22-23

Matthew 28:19-20

Ephesians 2:10

 

God’s Garden

God wants us to bear fruit in His garden. The goodness or sweetness of our fruit will depend on how much time we spend with God – in prayer and in His Word.

John 15:1-6 NKJV

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”

We must abide in Christ if we desire to bear fruit. The Bible tells us that the righteous will flourish.

 

Psalm 92:12-15 NKJV

“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing,
To declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”

We are known by our fruit and our fruit will be judged.

Matthew 7:15-20 NKJV

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”

 

Fruit

God wants the fruit of our love toward Him.

We are to love the Lord with everything within us.

Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

Deuteronomy 11:1 NKJV

“Therefore you shall love the Lord your God, and keep His charge, His statutes, His judgments, and His commandments always.”

God wants the fruit of obedience in our lives.

Obedience is important to God. He tells us in His Word that obeying is better than sacrifices.

 

1 Samuel 15:22 NKJV

“So Samuel said:

“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,

As in obeying the voice of the Lord?

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice”

Jesus tells us that if we really love Him we will obey His words.

John 14:15 NKJV

“If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

God wants the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

Believers should have spiritual fruit in their lives.

Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

God wants the fruit of reproduction in our lives.

God wants us to win souls for Christ. As a Christian we should “produce” other Christians.

Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age”

We are instructed to go into all the world and make other disciples (followers of Christ), and we are to teach them to obey God’s commands, laws and words.

 

God wants the fruit of good works and deeds in our lives.

Works and deeds do not save us, however our works and deeds will show what we believe.

Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Review

1. According to Psalm 92:12 the righteous will do what?

 

2. What does righteous mean?

 

3. The goodness or sweetness of our fruit will depend on how much time we ___________ __________ ________ .

 

4. We must ______________ in Christ if we desire to bear fruit.

 

5. We are known by our fruit and our fruit will be ________________.

 
6. A ___________ tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a _________ tree bear good fruit.

 
7. What will happen to a tree that does not bear good fruit?

 

8. We are to love the Lord with _______________________ within us.

 

9. What does Deuteronomy 6:5 mean to you?

 

10. What is obedience?

 

11. What did Samuel mean in 1 Samuel 15:22?

 

12. Jesus tells us that if we really ______________ Him we will obey His words.

 

13. Believers should have spiritual fruit in their lives. List the fruit of the Spirit.

 

14. We are instructed to go into all the world and make other disciples. What are we to teach them?

 

15. “For we are His _________________________, created in Christ Jesus for ____________ ___________, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

 

16. What are some good works?

 

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Entire, Undivided, and Unimpaired

Entire, Undivided, and Unimpaired

Memory Verse: Psalm 119:10

 

Life Application: We should love and seek God with our whole heart.

 

Bible Text:

Deuteronomy 6:5

Psalm 9:1

Psalm 111:1

Hosea 10:1-2

Psalm 119:10

Psalm 119:10

Psalm 119:2

Psalm 24:3-5

Psalm 66:18

Matthew 5:8

 

People look everywhere for love. Some people turn to anything or anyone for what the world calls love. They try to fill the part of themselves that only God can fill. God desire for us to love, worship, obey, and serve Him with our whole heart. A whole heart is an entire heart, an undivided heart, and an unimpaired heart.

Entire Heart

One definition of whole is entire. An entire heart is one that leaves nothing left out. Without a question God absolutely must have every part of our heart. He desires to be close to us. Things or people will not draw us closer to God.

* We are to love God with our entire heart.

Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

* We are to praise and worship God with our entire heart.

Psalm 9:1 NKJV

“I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.”

 

Psalm 111:1 NKJV

“Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.”

 

Undivided Heart

A second definition of whole is undivided. An undivided heart is one that is in agreement with God and of one mind with Him. God created within each of us a “place” or “spot” that only He can fill with His love. The world, or the things of the world, can not fill the place that belongs to God. Trying to fill this spot with other things, or people, only bring heartache and sadness. Our hearts cannot long for God and the world at the same time.

Hosea 10:1-2 NKJV

“Israel empties his vine; He brings forth fruit for himself. According to the multitude of his fruit He has increased the altars; According to the bounty of his land They have embellished his sacred pillars. Their heart is divided; Now they are held guilty. He will break down their altars; He will ruin their sacred pillars.”

God had blessed Israel with many things. Instead of being thankful they failed to express or feel gratitude for all that God had done for them. Instead of worshipping God they turned to idolatry. The Israelites were untrustworthy and hypocritical. The people claimed to worship God, but their actions said something different. Their hearts longed for the things of the world more than they did God.

God want you to long for Him, and Him alone, and to seek Him with your whole heart.

Psalm 119:10 NKJV

“With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!”

 

Psalm 119:2

“Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!”

 

Unimpaired Heart

A third definition of whole is unimpaired. An unimpaired heart is a heart not marred by sin. God is holy and does not tolerate sin (impurities). When God created man (man and woman), they were pure. When sin entered the world man’s purity and innocence was lost. God had intended for us to be pure always, but because of sin we no longer were.

We are all born into sin – we have all sinned and been made impure. But, if we accept Jesus and His gift of salvation, He makes us pure again.

* If you have sin in your heart God will not bless you.

Psalm 24:3-5 NKJV

“Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.”

* If you have sin in your heart God will not hear your prayers.

Psalm 66:18 NKJV

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.”

* If you have sin in your heart, you will not see God, however if you are pure in heart you will.

Matthew 5:8 NKJV

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

 

 

 

 

Review

1. People look everywhere for ___________.

2. Some people try to fill the part of themselves that only ________ can fill.

3. God desire for us to love, _______________, obey, and _____________ Him with our whole

 

4. What is a whole heart?

 

5. An entire heart is one that leaves ________________ left out.

6. Things or _____________ will not draw us closer to God.

7. We are to ________ God with our entire heart.

8. We are to ____________ and ______________ God with our entire heart.

9. An undivided heart is one that is in _________________ with God and of one mind with Him.

10. The world, or the things of the world, can not fill the _______________ that belongs to God.

11. Our hearts cannot long for God and the world at the _____________ time.

12. God wants you to long for Him, and Him alone, and to seek Him with your ____________ heart.

13. An unimpaired heart is a heart not marred by _________.

14. God is holy and does not ________________ sin (impurities).

15. We can have forgiveness when we _______________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________

 

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My Whole Heart

MY WHOLE HEARTMy Whole Heart

This event has a love or heart theme.

Memory Verse: Psalm 9:1-2 

Bible Truth: We are to love and praise God with our entire heart.

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction

People look everywhere for love. Some people turn to anything or anyone for what the world calls love. They try to fill the part of themselves that only God can fill. God desire for us to love, worship, obey, and serve Him with our whole heart. A whole heart is an entire heart, an undivided heart, and an unimpaired heart.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. __________________________________

2. __________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Psalm 9:1-2  NKJV     “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” 

5. Entire Heart

One definition of whole is entire. An entire heart is one that leaves nothing left out. Without a question God absolutely must have every part of our heart. He desires to be close to us. Things or people will not draw us closer to God.

1. We are to love God with our entire heart.

Deuteronomy 6:5  NKJV     “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

2. We are to praise and worship God with our entire heart.

Psalm 9:1  NKJV     “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.” 

Psalm 111:1  NKJV     “Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.”

6. Game-  Musical Chairs

Need: music and chairs (1 less than the number of players)

God desire for us to praise Him with our whole heart. We’re going to play a game of musical chairs. The last person left person left in the game will represent someone who took time to praise, worship, and serve the Lord with their whole heart.

Have the children line up beside the chairs and march around them when the music starts to play. When the music stops each child is to find a chair to sit in. The person who is left without a chair is out. Repeat process until only 1 person is left in the game.

7. Undivided Heart

A second definition of whole is undivided. An undivided heart is one that is in agreement with God and of one mind with Him. God created within each of us a “place” or “spot” that only He can fill with His love. The world, or the things of the world, can not fill the place that belongs to God. Trying to fill this spot with other things, or people, only bring heartache and sadness. Our hearts cannot long for God and the world at the same time.

Hosea 10:1-2  NKJV     “Israel empties his vine; He brings forth fruit for himself. According to the multitude of his fruit He has increased the altars; According to the bounty of his land They have embellished his sacred pillars. Their heart is divided; Now they are held guilty. He will break down their altars; He will ruin their sacred pillars.”

     Our hearts should long for the things of God more than the things of the world. God desires for you to long for Him, and Him alone, and to seek Him with your whole heart.

Psalm 119:10  NKJV     “With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!” 

Psalm 119:2NKJV     “Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!”

8. Game – Pass The Heart Bible Verse  Relay

Need: 2 heart shaped pillow or balloon

Psalm 9:1-2  NKJV     “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.”

     Divide the group into two teams. Each team is to line up in a row. Hand a heart to the first person in each row. They are to pass the heart to the person behind them and so on. When the heart gets to the last person in each row they are to run to the front of the line, say the Bible verse and pass the heart to the person behind them and so on. When the original first person is back in the front of the line the game is over.

9. Unimpaired Heart

A third definition of whole is unimpaired. An unimpaired heart is a heart not marred by sin. God is holy  and does not tolerate sin (impurities). When God created man (man and woman), they were pure. When sin entered the world man’s purity and innocence was lost. God had intended for us to be pure always, but because of sin we no longer were.

We are all born into sin – we have all sinned and been made impure. But, if we accept Jesus and His gift of salvation, He makes us pure again.

1. If you have sin in your heart you will not receive all the blessings that He desires to give you.

Psalm 24:3-5  NKJV     “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.”

2. If you have sin in your heart God will not hear your prayers.

Psalm 66:18  NKJV     “If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.”

3. If you have sin in your heart, you will not see God, however if you are pure in heart you will.

Matthew 5:8  NKJV     “Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

10. Review Game

Need: 15 index cards

Write the review questions on the cards, one question per card.

Divide the group into teams and line the teams up in rows. Place the question cards in a small box. The teams will take turns drawing questions. The first person from the first team will draw a question. If they can answer the question correctly their team will earn 1 point. If the answer is incorrect, place the card back into the box. The first person on the next team will repeat the process. Play until all questions are answered correctly or until time runs out. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

Questions and Answers

1. People look everywhere for ___________.

love

2. Some people try to fill the part of themselves that only ________ can fill.

God

3. God desire for us to love, _______________, obey, and _____________ Him with our whole heart.

worship    serve

4. What is a whole heart?

A whole heart is an entire heart, an undivided heart, and an unimpaired heart.

5. An entire heart is one that leaves ________________ left out.

nothing

6. Things or _____________ will not draw us closer to God.

people

7. We are to ________ God with our entire heart.

Love

8. We are to ____________ and ______________ God with our entire heart.

praise       worship

9. An undivided heart is one that is in _________________ with God and of one mind with Him.

agreement

10. The world, or the things of the world, can not fill the _______________ that belongs to God.

place

11. Our hearts cannot long for God and the world at the _____________ time.

same

12. God wants you to long for Him, and Him alone, and to seek Him with your ____________ heart.

whole

13. An unimpaired heart is a heart not marred by _________.

Sin

14. God is holy and does not ________________ sin (impurities).

Tolerate

15. We can have forgiveness when we _______________________________________________

13. Worship Song – ____________________________

14. Challenge /Altar

Where have you been looking for love?

Have you been looking to the world for love?

What have you been filling that place that belongs to God with?

Have you been loving, worshiping, obeying, and serving God with your whole heart?

Give the children time to pray alone and then pray for each one.

15. Refreshments or a light meal 

16. Crafts 

17. Dismissal

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I Will

I WILLI Will

Memory Verse: Psalm 9:1-2 

Life Application: Our lives must be an expression of admiration of and worship to God.

 

Psalm 9:1-2  NKJV     “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” 

     According to the above verse we should praise God with our whole heart, we should tell of God’s marvelous works, we should be glad and rejoice in God, and we should sing praises to God.

I. We should praise God with our whole heart.

A. Entire Heart

One definition of whole is entire. An entire heart is one that leaves nothing left out. Without a question God absolutely must have every part of our heart. He desires to be close to us. Things or people will not draw us closer to God.

1.) We are to love God with our entire heart.

Deuteronomy 6:5  NKJV     “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

2.) We are to praise and worship God with our entire heart.

Psalm 9:1  NKJV     “I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.”

Psalm 111:1  NKJV     “Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.”

B. Undivided Heart

A second definition of whole is undivided. An undivided heart is one that is in agreement with God and of one mind with Him. God created within each of us a “place” or “spot” that only He can fill with His love. The world, or the things of the world, can not fill the place that belongs to God. Trying to fill this spot with other things, or people, only bring heartache and sadness. Our hearts cannot long for God and the world at the same time.

Hosea 10:1-2  NKJV     “Israel empties his vine; He brings forth fruit for himself. According to the multitude of his fruit He has increased the altars; According to the bounty of his land They have embellished his sacred pillars. Their heart is divided; Now they are held guilty. He will break down their altars; He will ruin their sacred pillars.”

     God had blessed Israel with many things. Instead of being thankful they failed to express or feel gratitude for all that God had done for them. Instead of worshipping God they turned to idolatry. The Israelites were untrustworthy and hypocritical. The people claimed to worship God, but their actions said something different. Their hearts longed for the things of the world more than they did God.

God want you to long for Him, and Him alone, and to seek Him with your whole heart.

Psalm 119:10  NKJV     “With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!”

Psalm 119:10  NKJV     “With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!”

Psalm 119:2     “Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!”

C. Unimpaired Heart

A third definition of whole is unimpaired. An unimpaired heart is a heart not marred by sin. God is holy  and does not tolerate sin (impurities). When God created man (man and woman), they were pure. When sin entered the world man’s purity and innocence was lost. God had intended for us to be pure always, but because of sin we no longer were. We are all born into sin – we have all sinned and been made impure. But, if we accept Jesus and His gift of salvation, He makes us pure again.

1.) If you have sin in your heart you will not receive true and lasting blessings from God.

Psalm 24:3-5  NKJV     “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.” 

2.) If you have sin in your heart God will not hear your prayers.

Psalm 66:18  NKJV     “If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.” 

3). If you have sin in your heart, you will not see God, however if you are pure in heart you will.

Matthew 5:8  NKJV     “Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

II. We should tell of God’s marvelous works.

God does many wonderful and marvelous things (acts and deeds.) We should proclaim to others what He has done. Tell means to relate events or facts, to give an account in speech or writing of events, express something, to express a particular thing in speech, inform somebody, to inform somebody of something, express something in words to somebody, to express thoughts or feelings to somebody in words

Works – acts. deeds or actions

Marvelous – amazingly impressive, extraordinarily wonderful,  extremely good

Deuteronomy 32:3-4  NKJV     “For I proclaim the name of the Lord: Ascribe greatness to our God.
He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.”

Isaiah 60:1-6  NKJV     “Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; Your sons shall come from afar, And your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you. The multitude of camels shall cover your land, The dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; All those from Sheba shall come; They shall bring gold and incense, And they shall proclaim the praises of the Lord.”

Mark 1:39-45  NKJV     “And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons. Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” However, he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from every direction.”

1 Peter 2:9-10  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; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

III. We should be glad and rejoice in God.

Our attitude to God concerning His mercy for us and  the things that He has blessed us with should be gratitude.

Glad – delighted, happy and pleased, grateful, appreciative of or grateful for something .

Rejoice – be happy, to feel very happy or show great happiness about something.

Rejoiced in – have something desirable: to be lucky enough to have or own something.

Psalm 9:2  NKJV     “I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” 

Psalm 31:7  NKJV     “I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, For You have considered my trouble”

Isaiah 25:9  NKJV     “And it will be said in that day: “Behold, this is our God; We have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; We have waited for Him; We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”

Revelation 19:7       Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”

IV. We should sing praises to God.

Everywhere we go, and in everything that we do, we should praise God. We must live a life of praise. Our lives must be an expression of admiration of and worship to God.

Tell – tell about something, to praise somebody or proclaim something, especially in verse, be happy: to rejoice or be extremely happy

Praises – expression of admiration, words that express approval or admiration, e.g. for somebody’s achievements or for something’s good qualities, worship and thanks to God.

Exodus 15:21  NKJV     “And Miriam answered them: “Sing to the Lord, For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!” 

1 Chronicles 16:23  NKJV     “Sing to the Lord, all the earth; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.”

Psalm 9:11  NKJV     “Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion! Declare His deeds among the people.”

Psalm 13:6  NKJV     “I will sing to the Lord, Because He has dealt bountifully with me.”

Psalm 135:3  NKJV     “Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant.”

Isaiah 12:5  NKJV     “Sing to the Lord, For He has done excellent things; This is known in all the earth.”

Isaiah 42:10  NKJV     “Sing to the Lord a new song, And His praise from the ends of the earth, You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, You coastlands and you inhabitants of them!”

Review

1. We should praise God with our whole heart, we should tell of God’s _________________  _________, we should be glad and _______________ in God, and we should sing praises to God.

2. God absolutely must have ____________ part of our heart.

3. Will things or people draw us closer to God?

4. God created within each of us a place that only He can fill with His   ________________.

5. When __________ entered the world man’s purity and innocence was lost.

6. What does Psalm 66:18 say about sin in your life and prayer?

7. We should ___________________to others what God has done.

8. What does tell or proclaim mean?

9. How can I personally tell or proclaim about God and His goodness?

What examples from my life can I give?

10. What should our attitude be toward God concerning His mercy and grace?

11. When and where should we praise God?

12. Our lives must be an ___________________  ______  ___________________of and worship to God.

13. What does entire mean?

How can I personally worship God with an entire heart?

14. What does undivided mean?

How can I personally worship God with an undivided heart?

15. What does unimpaired mean?

How can I personally worship God with an unimpaired heart?

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Birthing A Desire For The Presence Of The Lord

    Birthing A Desire For The Presence Of The Lord

Memory Verse : John 4:23 

Life Application: God has a remnant of true worshippers.

 
I. Intimacy With God

Man was created to have intimacy with God. God desires for us to be devoted to Him.

Deuteronomy 6:5  NKJV     “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

Deuteronomy 30:6  NKJV     “And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.”

     We were created to worship and minister unto God. He desires for us to have a personal relationship with Him. When we have an intimate relationship with God, we will reflect the light of Jesus Christ.

Luke 1:35  NKJV     “And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One is to be born will be called the Son of God.”

     Just as the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary and placed a “seed” within her, He is overshadowing a remnant and placing within them a “seed” for spiritual awakening. A desire for a deeper intimacy with God has been placed within. A desire for the manifest presence of God (the glory of the Lord) is growing within them.

Isaiah 60:1-2  NKJV     “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.”

II. The Glory Of The Lord – God’s Manifest Presence

As the days of this earth draw to a close, we are instructed to draw closer and closer to God. He desires for us to be surrounded with His glory- His manifest presence. He desires for us to have a greater intimacy with Him, because He loves us so much. The glory of the Lord will be our defense. Our intimacy with God and our worship to Him will be our only shield (protection / strength) from the things that are going to usher in the end-times.

Hebrews 10:25  NKJV     “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

     There was great persecution in the early church, and there will be great persecution at the end of the church age. The early church grew and prospered despite great persecution and opposition because the glory of the Lord was upon them. They experienced the power of the “breaking of the bread” and corporate worship. They were truly in love with God.

II. God’s Remnant

One definition of remnant is a small isolated group of people. God has a group of people that have been like Mary. They have sat at His feet and worshipped Him. God has a remnant, of true worshippers.

Isaiah 1:8-9  NKJV     “So the daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard, as a hut in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. Unless the Lord of hosts had left to us a very small remnant, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been made like Gomorrah.”

Isaiah 10:21-23  NKJV     “The remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the Mighty  God. For though your people, O Israel, be as the sands of the sea, a remnant of them will return; the destruction decree shall overflow with righteousness. For the Lord God of hosts will make a determined end in the midst of all the land.”

Ezekiel 6:8  NKJV     “Yet I will have a remnant, so that you may have some who escape the sword among the nations, when you are scattered through the countries.”

     No matter how bleak or bad things seems, God always has a remnant. Even in the driest, most desolate places God has a remnant.

Jeremiah 15:11  NKJV     “The Lord said: Surely it will be well with your remnant; surely I will cause the enemy to intercede with you in the time of adversity and in the time of affliction.”

IV. Worshipers Should Produce Worshipers

God’s remnant is called to be fruitful and increase. In the natural realm fruitfulness and increase comes through reproduction. God desires His remnant of worshipers to produce other worshipers. You produce what you are.

Jeremiah 23:3-4  NKJV     “But I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to the folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the Lord.”

     Pregnancy (reproduction) causes changes in the natural and in the spiritual realm. There will be a change in appetite, nutritional needs, and activities. There will also be an increase of danger.

V.  A True Worshiper’s  Appetite Should Be Different

The things that you use to desire are no more. The things that gave you pleasure before no longer do. You have new cravings and desires. The remnant is hungry for the things of God. Their appetite for holiness can’t be quenched. They become hungrier for the glory of the Lord. Worldly pleasures hold no attraction for them. Just as a woman who is physically pregnant plans most of her activities around the expectant birth and new addition, so does that of true worshipers. The remnant of true worshippers’ life style is one of love, worship and devotion to God. It should be their goal to reproduce what they are. Their activities should be planned with the goal in mind.

VI.  True Worshipers Have Different Nutritional Needs

When an woman is pregnant they have different nutritional needs. Their body cannot get enough milk- their body needs more and more nourishment, including an increase of milk. When God is trying to “birth” desperation for worshipping Him through you, you need more spiritual nourishment.

God’s remnant can’t get enough of the Word. Shallow sermons and sermons designed to tickle the ear leave them hungry and wanting. Only the meat (fatness) of the Word will satisfy them.

Isaiah 55:2     “Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? And your labour for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.”

Isaiah 55:1-2  NKJV     “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance.”

      God’s remnant hungers and thirst after righteousness.

Matthew 5:6  NKJV     “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”

VII.  Activities Are Different For True Worshipers

When a woman is pregnant there will be a change in their activities. Their activities are different. If they are not, they should be. They are carrying something precious inside of them. They must take precautions to protect the new life growing inside of them.

So it is with the remnant also. Their activities should be different than the rest of the world. They should allow the Holy Spirit to guide them concerning their activities. The Holy Spirit is their teacher.

John 16:13  NKJV     “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

     We could also say that the Holy Spirit is their “birthing coach.”

VIII. True Worshipers Should Be Aware Of Dangers

When a woman is pregnant there is an increase of danger to their body. Sometimes in the early stages of pregnancy, a woman will not realize that she is pregnant. There is danger in not knowing that you are pregnant. Your dangerous lifestyle might not change, or you might not receive the proper nourishment that your baby needs in the early stages of development. You might not seek the attention and care of a physician, thus jeopardizing your life and that of the unborn.

There is danger when the remnant of true worshippers don’t know that they are pregnant. When God’s worshippers are oblivious to the fact that they are  to “birth” a desperation for God into the body of Christ the church is in trouble. When we don’t seek the attention of the Great Physician we are jeopardizing our life, the life of the body, and the unborn spiritual awakening. Satan looks for every opportunity to abort the birth of desperation for God.

Joel 2:32  NKJV     “And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the remnant whom the Lord calls.”

     Now is the time for the remnant of true worshippers to call out to God like never before.

IX. True Worshipers Must Listen To The Holy Spirit

We need to listen close for the Holy Spirit to say, “PUSH!” As a woman goes into labor, she will begin to feel her muscles contract. She must work with her muscles and push at the right time. She should not try to hold the baby back because it could cause damage or even death to the unborn baby. When the Holy Spirit is telling us to push (to birth) what has been placed in us, we must work with Him. We must be obedient. If we try to “hold in” or “hold on to” what God has placed in us we can kill it. The remnant of true worshippers is “pregnant” with a desperation to worship the Living God. They long to look upon the face of their Bridegroom. They long to feel His embrace, and to smell His fragrance. The remnant of true worshippers is lovesick and pregnant. We long for His presence because of who He is! Now is the time for the true worshippers to rise up and cry out to God. God is looking for a people that will worship Him in Spirit and  in truth.

John 4:23  NKJV     “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.”

     If a natural family doesn’t birth new life, the family will die out. So it is with the church. If the remnant doesn’t birth a desire (desperation) for intimacy with God it will die out. The church will cease to be what God desires. Religion will replace intimacy.

Matthew 16:6  NKJV     “Then Jesus said to them, ‘Take head and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.’ ”

     What was the sin (leaven) of the Pharisees and the Sadducees? Just like the Hebrews that left Egypt, they had replaced a personal relationship with the Living God to just knowing about Him. God’s number one reason for bringing them out of bondage was so they could worship Him. He longed to have an intimate relationship with each of them. He desired for all the people, not just the tribe of Levi, to minister unto Him. He longed for His glory to overshadow each of them personally. When religion replaces intimacy we will raise up a generation that knows all about Jesus, but does not know Jesus personally.

Matthew 7:23  NKJV     “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”

     Religion kept the Israelites in bondage to the world (and sin), thus they never saw the promised land. The people never experienced the manifest presence of God on a personal level. God has entrusted His remnant to birth a desperation for Him.

As a remnant we need to:

a) Be aware of the appetite that God has put within us.

b) Receive the proper nourishment.

c) Line our activities up with the Holy Spirit.

Review

1. Man was created to have _________________ with God.

2. We were created to __________________ and ___________________ unto God.

3. When we have an intimate relationship with God, we will _______________   ______   ___________  of Jesus Christ.

4. We are instructed to draw closer and closer to God as the days of this earth draw to a ____________,

5. When the Bible refers to the “glory of the Lord”, what does that mean?

6. What does manifest mean?

7. As the world becomes more and more evil, the glory of the Lord will be our ______________.

8. Our intimacy __________ God and our worship _______ Him will be our only shield (protection / strength) from the things that are going to usher in the end-times.

9. What does forsake mean?

10. What does Hebrews 10:25 mean?

11. The early church grew and prospered despite great ______________________ and opposition.

12. What is the definition of remnant?

13. What has God’s remnant been doing?

14. According to Isaiah 1:8-9 , what would have happened if God had not had a remnant?

15. According to Ezekiel 6:8, what was the purpose of the remnant?

16. According to Jeremiah 23:3-4, what has God’s remnant been called to do?

17. In the natural realm fruitfulness and increase comes through _____________________________.

18. You produce what you __________.

19. Our appetite should be different. What does appetite mean?

20. As a Christian, the sinful things that gave us ________________ before, should  no longer be a desire.

21. Worldly pleasures must not be anoverwhelming  _____________________ for God’s remnant.

22. What does attraction mean?

22. The remnant of true worshippers’ life style is one of _________, _______________ and __________________ to God.

23. God’s remnant can’t get enough of the __________.

24. God’s remnant hungers and thirst after _________________________.

25 The activities of God’s remnant should be _________________ than the rest of the world.

26. God’s remnant should allow the Holy Spirit to guide them concerning their __________________.

27. According to John 16:13, what is the Holy Spirit?

28. When God’s worshippers are oblivious to the fact that they are  to “birth” a desperation for God into the body of Christ the church is in ______________.

29.  According to Joel 2:32, when the remnant calls upon God, what will happen?

30.According to John 4:23, what is God looking (seeking) for?

31. Read Matthew 16:6. What was the sin (leaven) of the Pharisees and the Sadducees?

32.  When religion _________________ intimacy we will raise up a generation that knows all about Jesus, but does not know Jesus personally.

33. Religion kept the Israelites in ________________ to the world (and sin), thus they never saw the promised land.

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Take Heed

Memory Verse:  Joshua 22:5

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 Life Application: We must be careful to obey God’s Word.

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Joshua 22:5  NKJV    

“But take careful heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

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Deuteronomy 6:5  NKJV    

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

     Moses warned the Israelites to love God with everything in them. The people were to be devoted to God. Throughout the Bible we are told to worship God. Everyone is instructed to offer true worship to God. Everything that we do must flow out of our love for God. God looks at our heart to see the motive behind everything that we do.

1 Corinthians 16:14  NKJV    

“Let all that you do be done with love.”

*   You must follow God out of your love for Him.

*   You must keep God’s commandments out of love.

*   You must hold fast to the things of God out of your love for Him.

  •   You must worship (minister to) God out of your love for Him.

Matthew 22:37  NKJV    

“Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and  with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment”

I. Walk In God’s Ways:

We must conduct ourselves in godly ways. Our behavior must be that of Jesus. A believer’s life should match, or line up with the Word of God. We should live in a way that the things we do, say and think measure up to the God we serve.

Ephesians 4:1  NKJV    

“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.”

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1 Thessalonians 2:12  NKJV    

“That you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.”

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Colossians 1:10 NKJV    

“That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

     God has called us to His standards, and He will empower us by His Holy Spirit.

Colossians 1:11  NKJV   

  “Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy”

     The standards of the world are not the standards of God. No matter where you live in the world, no matter what your culture is nor what your traditions are,  God’s standards are always the same. They never change.

Isaiah 55:8-9   NKJV    

“’For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’ ”

     God never intended for the church to become like the world in order to reach the world. He has called the church to a higher standard -His standard. We cannot walk in God’s ways if we try to compromise or “water down” the standards of God. When we allows the world, or the area they live in, to set the standards we are on very dangerous ground. They are no different than the church of Pergamos -the compromising church or the church of Thyatira- the corrupt church. Both of these churches allowed immorality and idolatry to creep in. They exchanged God’s standards for the world’s standards, thus they were found lacking in the sight of God. Jesus is coming back for a bride (church) that is spotless, not a bride (church) that is stained with compromise.

Ephesians 5:26-27  NKJV    

“That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”

II. Keep God’s Commandments:

According to the dictionary “keep” means to: have for a long time or forever, to have and not let go, to have and take care of, to have; to hold, to maintain in good condition; preserve, to observe, to be faithful to. Jesus tells us that if we love Him we will keep His commandments. You cannot separate love and obedience. In other words, if we love Jesus we will be faithful to observe and preserve the commandments of God forever. We will not let go of the Word of God for anything or anyone.

John 14:15  NKJV    

“If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

     No one will be able to stand before God and say that they didn’t know His commandments. God gave us His Word, the Holy Bible. It’s up to every person to read it and to obey it. Obedience brings blessings and rewards, and disobedience brings curses and punishment.

Jeremiah 7:23  NKJV    

“But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.’ ”

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2 Thessalonians 1:8  NKJV   

‘..in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Hebrews 5:9  NKJV   

“And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him”

III. Hold Fast To God:

We need to be firm, secure, loyal and steadfast to God, and to the things of God. We should not allow the things of this world and the cares of life to have a negative effect on our love for God.

Psalm 57:7  NKJV   

“My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise.”

     Our love for God must not be swayed by every doctrine of man that comes along.

1 Corinthians 16:13  NKJV   

“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.”

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Philippians 1:27  NKJV   

“Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.”

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Revelation 3:11  NKJV   

“Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.”

IV. Minister To God With All Your Heart And Soul:

Worship (ministry to God) must come before service.

Luke 10:38-42  NKJV   

“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His Word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

     Jesus did not rebuke Martha for serving, but for putting the wrong priority on serving. Worship to God must come before serving. After we worship and minister to God, then we will have the power to go out and minister to others. You cannot give what you do not have. You must spend time in the presence of God to effectively minister the way God wants you to.

Revelation 2:5  NKJV    

“Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place- unless you repent.”

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Review

1. Look up the definition of the word “heed”. What does it mean?

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2. Read Joshua 22:5. Joshua told the people to take careful heed to what Moses had commanded. Moses commanded the people to do five things. What were these commands?

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3. Moses warned the Israelites to love God with everything in them. According to Deuteronomy 6:5 how should we love God?

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4. If we are a child of God, He has delivered us from “Egypt” (bondage to sin). Read 2 Kings 17:36. What should we do if God had delivered us from “Egypt”?

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5. What kind of sacrifices are we to offer to God?

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6.  Everything that we do must flow out of our love for God, not out of a sense of duty or habit. God looks at our heart to see the motive behind everything that we do. When God looks at your heart what does He see?

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Do you serve God out of duty or out of love?

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7. Read Matthew 22:37. What is the greatest commandment?

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8. Look up the definition of the word “imitate”. What does it mean?

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9. Who are we to pattern our life by?

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10. What does “walk worthy of God” mean?

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11. A standard is a principle or value that governs a person’s behavior. The standards of the world are not the standards of God. Do God’s standards ever change?

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12. We cannot walk in God’s ways if we try to compromise or “water down” the standards of God. What are areas in your life that you struggle with compromise in?

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13. Why were the churches of Pergamos and Thyatira found lacking?

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14. What will the bride that Jesus returns for look like?

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15. According to the dictionary “keep” means to what?

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16. Jesus tells us that if we love Him we will keep His commandments (John 14:15).  Can you separate your love for God from your obedience to God?

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17. We should not allow the things of this world and the cares of life to have a negative effect on our love for God. What are some things that could cause a negative effect on our love for God and our relationship with Him?

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18. Read 2 Chronicles 15:2. This verse contains a wonderful promise while at the same time gives a warning. What is the promise?

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19. The story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42 tells us that worship to God must come before our work for Him. Jesus did not rebuke Martha for serving, but for what?

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