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WHAT ARE YOU MAKING?
Isaiah 45:9 “Woe to him who strives with Him who formed him, a pot among earthen pots! Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ or ‘Your work has no handles’?
TEN TIMES THE WORDS "I AM" IS STATED IN OUR Isaiah verses today; I am the Lord, I am God, I am and there is no other, I am and there is no one besides me! God also say's in Isaiah 64:8 "I am the potter and you are the clay". BUT IN OUR VERSE TODAY God say's, "Does the clay say to Him who forms it, what are you making?" AND THE ANSWER IS "NO" or DOES THE clay GIVE SUGGESTIONS TO THE MASTER POTTER 'Your work has no handles'? AGAIN A RESOUNDING... "NO"! GOD SAY'S "I AM"! I AM ALL YOU NEED! I formed YOU, AND I HAVE A handle ON YOUR LIFE! GOD WOULD SAY, 'IF I WANT YOU TO GO HERE, IT IS FOR YOUR GOOD AND FOR MY GLORY!' AND HIM BEING THE POTTER/CREATOR WE ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO HIM AND NEED TO BE OBEDIENT!
Colossians 3:1-4 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
LET US seek the things that are above FOR THAT IS OUR DESTINATION.
GOD SAY'S COUNT OUR DAY'S, WHY? SO THAT EVERY DAY WOULD BE TREASURED AND NOT WASTED. CALCULATE HOW MANY DAY'S YOU HAVE IF YOU WERE TO LIVE TO BE THE AVERAGE AGE OF 80. MAKE EACH DAY A NUMBER ON A SLIP OF PAPER AND PUT IT IN A PILE AND EVERY DAY TAKE ONE PAPER FROM THAT PILE AND PLACE IT IN ANOTHER PILE AND YOU CAN SEE HOW ONE PILE IS GETTING SMALLER AND ONE IS GETTING LARGER... THAT IS ALL THE TIME WE HAVE ON THIS EARTH TO MAKE A LEGACY FOR GOD!
PRAISE the One who will come for me! In the presence of my Father, holds me in His love! Come, now is the time to worship, now is the time to give your heart! Come, just as you are to worship, come just as you are before your God! COME worship the Lord!
LORD COMES WITH FIERCE ANGER
Isaiah 13:9-11, 13, 15 & 16 Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the land a desolation and to destroy its sinners from it. For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be dark at its rising, and the moon will not shed its light. I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant, and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless... Therefore I will make the heavens tremble,and the earth will be shaken out of its place, at the wrath of the Lord of hosts in the day of his fierce anger. Whoever is found will be thrust through, and whoever is caught will fall by the sword. Their infants will be dashed in pieces before their eyes; their houses will be plundered and their wives ravished.
THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO SEE GOD AS A OLD WHITE BEARDED, KIND SOUL (A GRANDFATHER OF SORTS), WHO ONLY GRANTS BLESSINGS AND WOULD NEVER PRONOUNCE JUDGEMENT ON THE UNBELIEVER OR CAUSE THE TRUE BELIEVER DISCOMFORT, SO THEY WOULD WAKE UP TO THE TRUTH OF HIS DIRECTION AND TURN TO HIM. THAT PORTRAYAL OF GOD IS NOT A BIBLICAL RENDITION AND FROM OUR VERSES TODAY WE CAN SEE THIS.
OUR GOD WARNS THE UNBELIEVING SINNER TIME AND TIME AGAIN OF THE JUDGEMENT TO COME, IF THEY STAY IN THEIR SIN, REJECTING THE FREE GIFT OF SALVATION IN JESUS CHRIST. AND IN THE SAME WAY HE WARNS HIS CHILDREN, THOSE WHO MAY BE GOING DOWN THE WRONG PATH, BY WAY OF A GENTLE OR NOT SO GENTLE PRODDING OF THE SHEPARD'S STAFF OR THE BREAKING THE LEG WITH HIS ROD. OUR LOT IS TO... HEAR HIS VOICE AND GET RIGHT WITH HIM, WALKING IN STEP WITH HIS WILL!
PRAISE the God who protects us from ourselves... take my heart O God from the sinful state it's in to the state You want it in, for I want to please You! Crucified, laid behind a Stone, You lived to die, rejected and alone and like a rose trampled on the ground, your took the fall and thought of me above all! You came to save me, to show me that Your just a prayer away, my strength is in my faith.
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT OR FRUIT OF THE FLESH?
Galatians 5:22-24 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
AS CHRISTIANS WE ARE TOLD NOT TO JUDGE, BUT WE ARE CALLED TO BE FRUIT INSPECTORS. SO IF I WERE TO GO THROUGH THE CRATES OF FRUIT, WHICH IS YOUR LIFE, WOULD I PULL OUT SOME BAD FRUIT? THAT IS WHAT I WOULD WANT TO DO! NOT TO CAUSE YOU ANY EMBARRASSMENT, FOR I WANT TO PULL OUT ROTTEN FRUIT FROM YOUR LIFE, BECAUSE ROTTEN FRUIT SPREADS. IT GOES TO THE FRUIT NEXT TO IT AND STARTS SPREADING ITS ROTTENNESS.
SO IF A CHRISTIAN COMES AND TELLS YOU THEY SEE BAD FRUIT (SIN) IN YOUR LIFE OR THEY DON'T SEE ANY GOOD FRUIT. DON'T GET MAD, BUT HEAR THEM OUT AND GET ANOTHER OPINION OR SEEK COUNSEL. IF IT IS TRUE AND YOU HAVE SIN IN YOUR LIFE, WE COULD MAKE A PLAN ON HOW TO PURGE IT OUT OR IF I DIDN'T SEE ANY GOOD FRUIT, WE COULD HAVE ANOTHER CONVERSATION, IF YOU WERE SAVED AT ALL AND GET YOU SAVED.
GOD'S CHURCH AND HIS PEOPLE DO NOT NEED ANY MORE ROTTEN THINGS AROUND THEM HINDERING THEM FROM PURSUING GOD'S WILL AND THE PROGRESS HE IS MAKING AT HOME, IN THE CHURCH, THE COMMUNITY, THE COUNTY, THE STATE, THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD.
PRAISE the beautiful Savior, beautiful King, who did a beautiful thing, humbled by Your gracious Gift... forgiveness and grace through Jesus. Who am I that You would be mindful of me! Open the eyes of my heart Lord, I want to see You, see high and lifted up, shining in the light of Your glory! Pour out Your power and Love as sing Holy, Holy, Holy! I can't imagine me without You, will never leave You, I need You!
CONSUMED WITH LOVE NOT LIFE
Isaiah 1:27-31 Zion shall be redeemed by justice, and those in her who repent, by righteousness. But rebels and sinners shall be broken together, and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed. For they shall be ashamed of the oaks that you desired; and you shall
blush for the gardens that you have chosen. For you shall be like an oak whose leaf withers, and like a garden without water. And the
strong shall become tinder,and his work a spark, and both of them shall burn together, with none to quench them.
"those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed" AS MY PASTOR SAID YESTERDAY, "THE NEIGHBORS WHO WAIVED AT ME AS I PULLED OUT OF YOUR DRIVE WAY ON THE WAY TO CHURCH, THEY ARE BETRAYERS!" DO WE CONSIDER THEM BETRAYERS? DO WE RECOGNIZE THEY'RE THE ONES THAT WILL be consumed; IN THE LAST DAYS THE HEAT WILL COME WITH ITS FIERY DESTRUCTION AND THOSE NEIGHBORS WHO WERE PLEASANT ENOUGH AND WAIVED AS THEY WATERED THEIR LAWN, LET THEIR DOG OUT AND PICKED UP THEIR PAPER TO READ, WILL BE CAUGHT UP IN GOD'S WRATH BECAUSE OF THEIR BETRAYAL OF THE LORD.
the oaks AND the gardens that THE ISRAELITES desired WERE SETTINGS WHERE THEY PRACTICED IDOLATROUS WORSHIP. INSTEAD OF WORSHIPING OF THE TRUE AND LIVING GOD THEY WENT WHERE THEY WERE COMFORTABLE. I COMPARE THOSE OF THAT DAY WITH THE ONES WHO STAY HOME forsaking GOD BY NOT GOING TO CHURCH... THE BETRAYERS! FOR THEY ARE INVOLVED IN THEIR OWN IDOLATROUS WORSHIP OF FOOTBALL, OR SOCCER WITH THEIR KIDS WHEN THEY SHOULD BE GIVING PRAISE AND HONOR TOO OUR GOD. THEY WILL BE ASHAMED AND EMBARRASSED FOR THE REBELLIOUS CHOICE ON THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT. AND QUITE THE JUDGEMENT THEY WILL HAVE, BOTH THE REBEL AND HIS WORKS WILL PERISH. THIS IS THE FINAL JUDGMENT!
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
WHEN I RECOGNIZE MY OWN SIN, THIS SIN THAT JESUS DIED FOR, I CAN NOT LIVE IN MY SIN ANY LONGER. I HAVE TO BE ALL IN KNOWING AND CONTEMPLATING HOW MUCH HE loves me and THE FACT THAT HE gave himself for me!
PRAISE and exalt the One, with a word created the heavens, the earth and the farthest galaxies. Today I will see Jesus as the Holy One and walk according to His word. Lord I can't deny it, I don't deserve it, but you gave your life to me. I'm alive for His death had won. I exalt Thee oh, Lord how I exalt Thee.
IN THE FAITH? TEST YOURSELF
2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.
THE GREEK GRAMMAR PLACES GREAT EMPHASIS ON THE PRONOUNS "yourselves" AND "you." PAUL TURNED TABLES ON HIS ACCUSERS; INSTEAD OF PRESUMING TO EVALUATE HIS APOSTLESHIP THEY NEEDED TO test THE GENUINENESS OF THEIR faith (SEE James 2:14-26). HE POINTED OUT THE INCONGRUITY OF THE CORINTHIANS' BELIEVING (AS THEY DID) THAT THEIR faith WAS GENUINE AND HIS APOSTLESHIP FALSE. PAUL WAS THEIR SPIRITUAL FATHER (1 Cor. 4:15); IF HIS APOSTLESHIP WAS COUNTERFEIT, SO WAS THEIR FAITH. THE GENUINENESS OF THEIR SALVATION WAS PROOF OF THE GENUINENESS OF HIS APOSTLESHIP.
John MacArthur Bible Study Notes
IN THE SAME WAY TODAY'S CHRISTIANS SHOULD EXAMINE HIMSELF TO see whether WE are in the faith OR THE ABSENCE OF GENUINE SAVING faith. DO WE STEP OUT IN FAITH, BELIEVING HE IS ABLE AND WILL SUSTAIN US, WILL DELIVER US, WILL GUIDE US?
PRAISE and lift up our eyes to see the King has come, light of the world reaching out to us, seated on high, the undefeated One, there is no other name, Jesus Christ our God! Holy is the name of Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! I believe, you'll have ever failure, you'll have every victory!
DAILY PRESSURES, GREATER LABOR, SERVANTS OF CHRIST
Ecclesiastes 12:13 & 14 The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.
WHAT IS HARD FOR A CHRISTIAN? fear God and keep His commandments? FOCUS ON ONE'S RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD!
IN LIGHT OF WHAT PAUL ENDURED (AS STATED IN OUR PASSAGE BELOW), YOU WOULD THINK THIS IS EASY. ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS... ASK GOD TO SEARCH OUR HEARTS (DAILY) AND REVEAL ANY KNOW OR UNKNOWN SIN WITHIN US, AND REPENT! PRAY TO GOD AND ASK FOR DIRECTION... AND WHEN WE HEAR THE ANSWER (ITS PUT INTO OUR MINDS, IF IT IS WITHIN HIS WILL) WE DO IT! IF GOD SAY'S GO HERE (WHATEVER IT IS ~ ATAPAT ~ ANYTHING, ANY PLACE, ANY TIME) GO! STEP OUT IN FAITH AND THAN IT'S ON HIM TO GUIDE AND PROVIDE. WHATEVER MAY BE ONE'S PORTION IN LIFE, HAVE ACCOUNTABILITY TO GOD. LISTEN TO
2 Corinthians 11:23-28 Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.
PRAISE the One who fills the earth with His presence, our living hope! Holy Spirit you are welcome here, Your glory God is what our hearts long for, let us experience the glory of your goodness! I'm don't need my name in lights, I'm famous in my Fathers eyes, make no mistake He knows my name, He calls me chosen, forgiven, I am loved. Jesus has conquered the grave and through Him we have as well, "O death where is you sting!" Jesus removed the obstacle/sin now we can be in God's presence. MIGHTY TO SAVE.
DECEIVED OR DEVOTION
2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
PAUL COMPARED THE DANGER FACING THE CORINTHIAN CHURCH TO EVE'S deception BY SATAN. HE FEARED THE CORINTHIANS, LIKE Eve, WOULD FALL PREY TO SATANIC LIES AND HAVE THEIR MINDS CORRUPTED. THE TRAGIC RESULT WOULD BE THE ABANDONMENT OF THEIR SIMPLE devotion TO Christ IN FAVOR OF THE SOPHISTICATED ERROR OF THE FALSE APOSTLES.
THINGS HAVEN'T CHANGED MUCH IN TODAY'S CULTURE... LIKE THE LITTLE BABY IS LURED AWAY WITH SHINNY KEYS AND SWEET CANDY, SO ARE THE ADULTS LEAD AWAY WITH KEYS TO A PRESTIGIOUS AUTOMOBILE AND THE SWEET SEDUCTION OF LUST. INSTEAD OF A BIBLE STUDY OR A SUNDAY CHURCH SERVICE, THEY ARE DRAWN TO HAPPY HOUR AND SUNDAY MORNING FOOTBALL. NO THOUGHT OF GOD... OR THE PAYMENT CHRIST MADE ON THE CROSS FOR THE SIN THEY ARE PRACTICING. AND GOD IS GRIEVED, THAT THEY WOULD TAKE THE LIES AND THE LURE OF SATAN OVER THE SACRIFICE OF HIS SON!
PRAISE the One that never fails and is faithful till the end, Jesus you are my confidence, You made a way when there was no way, Your promise still stands, I'm still in Your hands; I owe all to You, Jesus, You took my sin and shame at the cross, Your love ran red and my sin was washed white, here I bow down, with arms open wide; My Savoir I lift up, because He was lifted up on that cross, buried and rose after 3 days.
DON'T BE AMAZED, BE AMAZED!
Ecclesiastes 5:8 & 9 If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, do not be amazed at the matter, for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them. But this is gain for a land in every way: a king committed to cultivated fields.
AS WE HAVE SEEN AND CONTINUE TO SEE OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN CORRUPT AND IT HAS BEEN CORRUPT FOR A VERY LONG TIME, ALL THE WAY BACK TO BIBLICAL TIMES. OFFICIALS HAVE AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE TO ATTAIN WEALTH. THE GOVERNMENT OWNS THE fields AND LAND. THEY OVER TAX THE PEOPLE AND PUT THE MONEY INTO THEIR POCKETS. THEIR POCKETS SEEM TO BE WITH HOLES, FOR THEY NEVER SEEM TO GET ENOUGH. AND THEY ARE VERY CLEAVER, IN NOT TO LET THE COMMON PEOPLE SEE WHAT THEY ARE DOING, BY CALLING THE TAX ANOTHER NAME OR GRANTING A GOVERNMENT CONTRACT TO SOMEONE THAT WILL BRING A BOAT LOAD OF MONEY TO THEIR DOOR STEP.
DOES GOD SEE THIS? WILL HE ACT?
GOD HAS PUT OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT INTO OFFICE (READ Psalm 75:7) AND CORRUPTION IS BEING EXPOSED. WE CAN SEE IT AND IT IS CAUSING AN UPROAR.
THIS HAPPENED WHEN JESUS CAME OUT AGAINST THE CORRUPTION OF THE CHURCH. THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS SAW THE THREAT AND NEEDED TO SQUASH IT AND SQUASH HIM! THIS WAS GOD'S PLAN AND WILL TO FULFILL PROPHECY AND BRING ABOUT SALVATION TO ALL THAT WOULD HAVE FAITH IN HIS PLAN AND REPENT FROM SIN.
COULD THIS BE GOD'S PLAN TODAY? TOO START CIVIL WARS, BRING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT CAUSING OUR MONETARY SYSTEM TO BECOME WORTHLESS AND IMPLEMENT THE CHIP, A ONE WORLD MONETARY SYSTEM AND ONE GOVERNMENT? ALLOWING THE ANTICHRIST TO REAR HIS UGLY HEAD? THAT IS A LOT TO EXPECT FROM THIS ONE OR EVEN TWO TERM PRESIDENCY, BUT WE ARE CERTAINLY MOVING IN THAT DIRECTION.
KNOW THIS FROM SCRIPTURE... GOD IS IN CONTROL. HE KNOWS THE ENDING FROM THE BEGINNING. BEFORE THE ANTICHRIST COMES HE WILL HAVE TAKEN HIS CHURCH OUT OF HARMS WAY! PRAISE BE IT TO THE LORD!
PRAY: 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “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 will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
PRAISE and seek the One whose sorrow and blood flowed down on the wonderful cross. Love so amazing, so divine belongs my debt, my life and my soul. He came and died so I could find that I could truly live! Would you take the place of this Man, (the wrath of God) would you take the nails from His hands? The depth of His grace, for He knew for this is why he came! He showed just how much He cares.
IT IS WISE TO PLEASE GOD, IN EVERYTHING!
Ecclesiastes 2:26 For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.
THE PROCLAIMED WISEST MAN IN THE WORLD, WAS WISE ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT OUTSIDE OF GOD HE COULD NOT eat OR HAVE enjoyment. HE OBVIOUSLY DID NOT HAVE JESUS IN WHICH HE COULD TELL OTHERS ABOUT AND HAVE THIS PURPOSE IN HIS LIFE, BUT HE DID SAY, "For the one who pleases God" WOULD BE "given wisdom, knowledge and joy."
SALOMON KNEW wisdom IS TO please God IN ALL HE THOUGHT, ALL HE SAID AND ALL HE DID FOR HIM! knowledge IS TAKING WHAT WE'VE LEARNED FROM GOD AND APPLYING IT (THE SPREADING OF THE GOSPEL) and BY DOING THIS, IT IS NOT VANITY, BUT joy AND PURPOSE WILL COME INTO OUR LIFES!
Ecclesiastes 3:21 & 22 Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth? So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot. Who can bring him to see what will be after him?
WE ALREADY ESTABLISHED THAT SALOMON WAS WISE, FOR HE DID NOT SAY IF HE KNEW whether the spirit of man goes upward (TO HEAVEN), BECAUSE MAN CAN NOT SEE THE HEART TO DETERMINE ONES ETERNAL HOME WITH CERTAINTY. BUT SALOMON COULD TELL THAT MAN WAS DIFFERENT, FROM ANIMALS IN THAT God HAS MADE MAN ETERNAL. AND SALOMON HAD THE NEW TESTAMENT HE WOULD KNOW A, REPENTANT AND FAITH FILLED MAN OR WOMAN WILL BE WITH GOD IN HEAVEN WHEN THEY TAKE THEIR LAST BREATH HERE ON EARTH.
BECAUSE SALOMON CALLED THE WORK OF MAN vanity PREVIOUSLY, HE MUST HAVE MADE THIS STATEMENT "there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work" IN LIGHT OF KNOWING GOD PERSONALLY, AS HE CONVINCINGLY STATES ABOVE IN CHAPTER 2, VERSE 26.
2 Corinthians 9:6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”
WE ARE AT A CROSSROAD, IF WE HOLD ONTO OUR MONEY AND DO AS SALOMON SUGGESTS IN Ecclesiastes 2:18 & 19 IN SHORT... "I WORKED TIRELESSLY ALL OF MY LIFE, USING THE WISDOM GIVEN ME AND BUILT UP WEALTH, TO DIE AND LEAVE IT ALL, TO SOMEONE THAT MAY BE wise IN ITS SPENDING or a fool IN GIVING IT AWAY," OR DO I sow bountifully IN THE LORD AND INVEST IN THE WORK THAT HE IS DOING, also reaping bountifully WHEN I ARRIVE AT MY HEAVENLY HOME? I STRONGLY SUGGEST THE LATTER.
PRAISE our God who was nailed to a tree a living sacrifice for me. Who the Son sets free is free indeed, my salvation, His love poured out over me, my soul cries out hallelujah, He is risen from the grave, praise and honor unto Him. I'll stand my soul surrendered for the One that gave it all, all I am is Yours, Jesus. We trust the name of Jesus, He is the only King forevermore, O mighty God we lift You higher, You are victorious!
WHAT ARE YOU CRYING OUT FOR?
Proverbs 21:13 Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered. 22:9 Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor. 26 All day long he craves and craves, but the righteous gives and does not hold back.
THE HOMELESS HAVE MANY REASONS THEY ARE WITHOUT A DWELLING PLACE. TWO OF MANY ARE DRUGS AND ALCOHOL. SHOULD THIS STOP US FROM GIVING TO THE MAN OR WOMEN ON THE STREET CORNER WITH A "HUNGRY" SIGN? NO, IT ACTUALLY OFFENDS THE CREATOR WHEN ONE NEGLECTS THE POOR, WHO ARE PART OF HIS CREATION. IF POSSIBLE WE SHOULD FIND OUT A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THEM BEFORE WE HELP IN THEIR FLIGHT.
WITHOUT PUTTING ONES SELF IN DANGER (BECAUSE MENTAL ILLNESS IS REAL) WE CAN GIVE TO ORGANIZATIONS WHO ARE DOING THE GOOD WORK IN JESUS NAME, GIVING ALL THE GLORY TO GOD!
Proverbs 23:35 “They struck me,” you will say, “but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake? I must have another drink.”
LIQUOR IS A DECEIVER AND I CAN HEAR HOMELESS PEOPLE SAY THESE WORDS AFTER A FIGHT COMING OUT OF A DRUNKEN STUPOR... "When shall I awake?", CRYING OUT, "I DON'T WANT THIS ANY MORE!" BUT WITH NO GUIDANCE AND NO GODLY POWER SAY, "I must have another drink."
I PRAY... GOD TO HELP THEM SEE THAT JESUS IS THE ANSWER TO THEIR NEEDS. BIND THE DEVIL, FOR HE HAS THESE PEOPLE EXACTLY WHERE HE WANTS THEM, DEPENDENT ON SUBSTANCES RATHER THEN YOU JESUS, THE SUBSTANCE OF GOD'S BEING AND THE CLARITY THEY NEED! WAKE THEM UP, HAVE THEM CRY OUT TO YOU, LET THEM SEE THE LIGHT AND STEP OUT OF THE DARKNESS.
2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
GOD IS THE POTTER WHO MOLDS AND SHAPES US, THE clay, INTO WHATEVER HE CHOOSES, IF WE ALLOW HIM.
Proverbs 24:30-34 I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.
A MAN SAVED BY GRACE THAT DOESN'T SEEK GOD TO BE USED, IS CONSIDERED A SPIRITUAL sluggard (a person who is habitually inactive or lazy) WHO LETS THE THINGS OF THE WORLD GROW OUT OF CONTROL; LIKE WEEDS UP A stone wall AND THE WEEDS OF THE DEVIL BREAK DOWN THE STRUCTURE OF GODS WALL AND BECAUSE SIN BREAKS DOWN THE INTEGRITY OF A MAN OF GOD/GOD'S WALL AND CORRODES IT, THE WALL EVENTUALLY FALLS AND SPIRITUAL poverty comes upon THEM. AND AT THE END OF THEIR LIFE, BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT BUILT ON THE SOLID ROCK (USING THE GIFTS GOD HAS GIVEN THEM FOR HIS GLORY) THERE ARE NO REWARDS IN HEAVEN FOR THEM WHEN THEY ARRIVE.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
IF THE new HAS COME, THE GOOD WORKS OF GOD SHOULD BE APPARENT IN THE CHRISTIAN'S LIFE AND THE old THINGS, THE SINFUL THINGS, SHOULD BE DONE AWAY WITH... REMOVED. WE CRY OUT TO YOU GOD, PLEASE TAKE THE old WAYS, THE SINFUL PRACTICES AND REPLACE THEM WITH new THINGS, new GOOD WORKS FOR YOUR GLORY!
PRAISE the Great I AM, the Good, Good Father its who You are and I'm loved by You, it's who I am, You are perfect in all of Your ways; Christ is enough for me, everything I need is in You, Christ the joy of my salvation, my hope will never fail; the cross before me, the world behind me, I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back; Joyfully I lift my voice, in praise to the, Your majesty gently washes over me, makes my heart begin to see!
HEY, I WAS SLEEPING!
Proverbs 20:13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
IT WAS ABOUT 7:00AM THIS MORNING AND A GROUP OF PEOPLE WALKED QUICKLY BY OUR BEDROOM WINDOW TALKING LOUDLY, WAKING US UP FROM A SOUND sleep.
DID I BLESS THEM AS THEY BRISKLY WENT BY? NO, I SHOUTED OUT, "SLEEPING!", SO THEY WOULD HEAR ME AND CONSIDER A DIFFERENT ROUTE TOMORROW.
THEY OBVIOUSLY DID not love sleep, BUT I WAS QUITE ENJOYING IT! SO WHAT DOES GOD MEAN?
IT'S A WARING AGAINST LAZINESS!
SO UP AND OUT ON MY WALK, STARTING MY DAY, FOR I NEED TO CONSIDER MY OWN poverty; LOOKING FOR GODS DIRECTION IN HOW TO GENERATE INCOME FOR MY HOUSEHOLD. LORD, PLEASE DIRECT MY STEPS AND I THANK YOU FOR WAKING ME UP THIS MORNING.
Proverbs 20:5 The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.
LORD, DIRECT MY HEART TOWARDS YOU AND GIVE ME KEEN DISCERNMENT, REACHING TO MY heart FOR YOUR deepest INTENTIONS. THAT MY heart WOULD GRAB A HOLD OF YOUR WISE COUNSEL AND PURSUE YOUR WILL!
OBEDIENT IN EVERYTHING
2 Corinthians 2:9 For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything.
IT CERTAINLY WOULD BE A HARD TO HEAR THE DOCTORS SAY, "WE HAVE TO AMPUTATE ONE LIMB," BUT TO HEAR THE DOCTORS SAY, "WE HAVE TO AMPUTATE ALL FOUR?" I REALLY CAN'T IMAGINE HOW I WOULD FEEL OR REACT TO THAT NEWS! BUT I DO KNOW SOMEONE WHO HEARD THOSE WORDS AND THOUGH TRAGIC AND HARD TO COMPREHEND, SHE HASN'T LOST HER JOY. FROM THE BEGINNING, WITH BLACKENED, HANDS RAISED HIGH, BEING WHEELED INTO SURGERY AND PRAISING GOD THROUGH THE PAIN IN THE AFTER MATH, SHE HASN'T LOST THE CONFIDENCE IN GOD REGARDING HER FUTURE.
WHO CAN DO THAT? THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO CAN DO THAT ARE PEOPLE WHO'S FAITH IS SO STRONG AND THEIR CONFIDENCE IS SO SURE IN A GOD, WHO KNOWS THE PLANS HE HAS FOR HER LIFE! THAT SHE WOULD SAY, "GOD, IF IT IS A LIFE WITHOUT HANDS AND FEET, SO BE IT, I WILL BE obedient in everything, EVERYTHING!
I WILL NOT LEAVE OUT THE FAITH AND STRENGTH OF THE HUSBAND; MANY HAVE AND WILL WITNESS THE testing OF GOD AND HOW A TRUE obedient SERVANT OF CHRIST SHOULD RESPOND IN ADVERSITY, AND HER HUSBAND IS THE EXAMPLE. HE IS A TRUE SERVANT UNTO GOD AND ONE SHE NEEDS NOW AND WILL NEED IN YEARS TO COME. HE HAS AND WILL, BY GODS GRACE, OVERCOME THE test OF GOD IN LIFE'S CATASTROPHE. HE HAS BEEN AN EXAMPLE, NOT ONLY TO CHRISTIAN MEN, BUT TO THE NONE BELIEVING HUSBANDS WHO WOULD THINK TWICE ABOUT THEIR FUTURE ROLE IN THEIR WIVES CARE. HE HAS BEEN BY HER SIDE, DAY IN AND DAY OUT, CARING AND DEFENDING HIS WIFE AND NO DOUBT IS WILLING TO GIVING UP HIS CAREER AND everything IN ORDER TO MAKE HIS WIFE COMFORTABLE IN THEIR NEW LIFE TOGETHER!
A WILLING SERVANT DOES NOT TELL HIS MASTER WHAT HE WILL DO, BUT LISTENS AND obeys WHAT THE MASTER REQUESTS OF HIM. JESUS IS THAT MASTER, who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24a
GOD HAS USED THIS WOMAN AND HER HUSBAND MIGHTILY THROUGH THE test AND NO DOUBT WILL CONTINUE TO USE THEM BOTH AS A WITNESS TO OTHERS, NOW AND MANY YEARS DOWN THE ROAD, IF JESUS SHOULD TEARY.
PRAISE the Giver of amazing grace, my chains are gone, I've been set free, My God my Savior has ransomed me, and like a flood his mercy reigns, unending love, AMAZING GRACE, You are forever mine! Your my life, let your love take me deeper, draw me closer to where You are, l I want is more of You, Jesus I belong to You, Lord, my only desire is to worship at Your feet, at the Cross is where I belong!
DON'T HOLD BACK, THAT WHICH IS GIVEN FREELY
Proverbs 11:24-28a One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it. Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to him who searches for it. Whoever trusts in his riches will fall...
holding back FUNDS THAT WE WILL LEAVE HERE ON EARTH IS NOT WISE, ESPECIALLY IF WE CAN USE THAT MONEY TO BRING FORTH MUCH FRUIT FOR GOD'S GLORY. THINK OF THIS... WE CAN ONLY LIVE IN ONE HOUSE, DRIVE ONE CAR, AND SPEND SO MUCH AND THESE THINGS DO NOT TRANSFER TO OUR ETERNAL HOME. WE SHOULDN'T trust IN THESE THINGS FOR THEY ARE LEFT FOR SOMEONE ELSE WHEN WE DIE. ONLY WHAT WE give TO GOD, TO bless OTHERS WILL TRANSFER TO OUR ETERNAL HOME, THESE OUR OUR REWARDS IN HEAVEN. LET US USE THE blessings GOD HAS GIVE US TO PURCHASE MUCH grain, THAT THE grain OF THE GOSPEL (THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST) WILL BE SPREAD FAR AND WIDE FOR GOD'S GLORY. THERE ARE SO MANY MINISTRIES THAT ARE HONESTLY USING THE FUNDS GIVEN TO BRING THE GOSPEL INTO PEOPLES LIVES AND HEARTS, TO GERMINATE, IN THE HOPE THEY WILL SPROUT UP INTO ETERNAL LIFE.
IF WE HOLD BACK THE grain OF THE GOSPEL, THE BLESSING IS WITHHELD FROM US. IT'S good AND WISE to give freely THAT WHICH HAS BEEN freely given TO US, ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH THE SON, JESUS CHRIST.
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
THE HOPE OF RESURRECTION MAKES ALL THE EFFORTS AND SACRIFICES IN THE LORD'S work WORTH IT. NO WORK DONE IN HIS NAME IS WASTED IN LIGHT OF ETERNAL GLORY AND REWARD.
John MacArthur Bible Study Notes