Stewardship – Part 4

We have been shown how to handle our wealth as stewards (managers) of what we’ve been given, not owners.  We learn to manage what we have and build our treasure in heaven; eternal foundations.  Putting this into practice, cycle’s money back into our hands to do over and over again.  Let’s see how this works.

Scriptures:

Genesis 1: 28a:  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: KJ fruitful- bring increase fruit multiply-  be in authority to bring in abundance; replenish- gather and fill to full;  subdue- conquer; bring in subjection to

Psalm 24: 1:   The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, NAS

Genesis 8: 22:  While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”   ESV

2 Corinthians 9:1-6:   9 Now it is unnecessary for me to write to you about the offering [that is to be made] for the saints [in Jerusalem]; 2 for I know your eagerness [to promote this cause], and I have [proudly] boasted to the people of Macedonia about it, telling them that Achaia has been prepared since last year [for this contribution], and your enthusiasm has inspired the majority of them [to respond]. 3 Still, I am sending the brothers [on to you], so that our pride in you may not be an empty boast in this case, and so that you may be prepared, just as I told them you would be; 4 otherwise, if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we—to say nothing of yourselves—will be humiliated for being so confident. 5 That is why I thought it necessary to urge these brothers to go to you [before I come] and make arrangements in advance for this generous, previously promised gift of yours, so that it would be ready, not as something extorted [or wrung out of you], but as a [voluntary and] generous giftAmp

2 Corinthians 9: 6-9:  6 Now [remember] this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to others] will also reap generously  [and be blessed]. 7 Let each one give [thoughtfully and with purpose] just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift]. 8 And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity. 9 As it is written and forever remains written, “He [the benevolent and generous person] scattered abroad, he gave to the poorHis righteousness endures forever!”  Amp generous/ly-the motive or intention to lay forth something good and well; a matter of a bountiful blessing

2 Corinthians 9: 1-14:   10 Now He who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed for sowing [that is, your resources] and increase the harvest of your righteousness [which shows itself in active goodness, kindness, and love]. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you may be generous, and this [generosity, administered] through us is producing thanksgiving to God [from those who benefit]. 12 For the ministry of this service (offering) is not only supplying the needs of the saints (God’s people), but is also overflowing through many expressions of thanksgiving to God. 13 Because of this act of ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to the gospel of Christ which you confess, as well as for your generous participation [in this gift] for them and for all [the other believers in need], 14 and they also long for you while they pray on your behalf, because of the surpassing measure of God’s grace [His undeserved favor, mercy, and blessing which is revealed] in you Amp

Luke 16: 1-13: 1Now He was also saying to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and this manager was reported to him as squandering his possessions. 2“And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an accounting of your management, for you can no longer be  manager.’ 3“The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig; I am ashamed to beg. 4‘I know what I shall do, so that when I am removed from the management people will welcome me into their homes.’ 5“And he summoned each one of his master’s debtors, and he began saying to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6“And he said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ 7“Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ And he said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 8“And his master praised the unrighteous manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the sons of this age are more shrewd in relation to their own kind than the sons of light. 9“And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by means of the wealth of unrighteousness, so that when it fails, they will receive you into the eternal dwellings. 10He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. 11“Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? 12“And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 13No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”   NAS

Luke 6: 37, 38:  37Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”  ESV


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Stewardship – Part 2

We will continue our study in the Word to understand how every believer is called to be a steward of his money. I used to make plans of what I would do with “my money.” But what does that mean? As a believer, money isn’t mine in the sense I own it; it’s mine in the sense I’m responsible for managing it.  Once we start to see we are stewards we change from an owner to a manager.  That is where real freedom occurs.

Scriptures:

Genesis 1: 28:  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.  KJ fruitful- bring forth fruit; grow, increase; multiply-  be in authority and bring in increase and abundance; replenish- gather to fill and be full of;  subdue- conquer; bring into subjection

Psalm 24: 1:   A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.  NAS

Genesis 2:15:  And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep itKJ

 Matthew 25:14-29:   14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.  20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your  lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ 

26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. 

29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’   NKJ

1 Corinthians 10: 26:  For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.  KJ

Luke 16: 1-13:   1 He also said to His disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. 2 So he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’ 3 “Then the steward said within himself, ‘What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.’ 5 “So he called every one of his master’s debtors to him, and said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 And he said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ So he said  to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ 7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ So he said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 8 So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light. 9 “And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when  you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home. 10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?  13 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”  NKJ mammon-wealth or money

 Matthew 6: 19-24:   19 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  22 The eye is the lamp of the body. If your vision is clear, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your vision is poor, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 No one can serve two masters: Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.   Berean

 


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How to Operate in the Righteousness of God

The Bible tells us we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  How do we act and live righteously?  By understanding what true righteousness is, and how true righteousness acts.  

                                             Scriptures:

2 Corinthians 5:14-21:   14  For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.  16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him NKJ righteousness- right, self evident of being holy, innocent, and justified – > right standing with God

Isaiah 53: 4-64 But [in fact] He has borne our griefs, And He has carried our sorrows and pains; Yet we [ignorantly] assumed that He was stricken, Struck down by God and degraded and humiliated [by Him]. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing]; The punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him, And by His stripes (wounds) we are healed. 6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, We have turned, each one, to his own way; But the Lord has caused the wickedness of us all [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing] to fall on Him [instead of us].  Amp


Romans 3: 20-27:   20 For no person will be justified [freed of guilt and declared righteous] in His sight by [trying to do] the works of the Law. For through the Law we become conscious of sin [and the recognition of sin directs us toward repentance, but provides no remedy for sin].  21 But now the righteousness of God has been clearly revealed [independently and completely] apart from the Law, though it is [actually] confirmed by the Law and the [words and writings of the] Prophets. 22 This righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ for all those [Jew or Gentile] who believe [and trust in Him and acknowledge Him as God’s Son]. There is no distinction, 23 since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are being justified [declared free of the guilt of sin, made acceptable to God, and granted eternal life] as a gift by His [precious, undeserved] grace, through the redemption [the payment for our sin] which is [provided] in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God displayed publicly [before the eyes of the world] as a [life-giving] sacrifice of atonement and reconciliation (propitiation) by His blood [to be received] through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness [which demands punishment for sin], because in His forbearance [His deliberate restraint] He passed over the sins previously committed [before Jesus’ crucifixion]. 26 It was to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the One who justifies those who have faith in Jesus [and rely confidently on Him as Savior].  27 Then what becomes of [our] boasting? It is excluded [entirely ruled out, banished]. On what principle? On [the principle of good] works? No, but on the principle of faith.  Amp

Hebrews 2: 5-18:   5 For it is not to angels that He has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. 6 But somewhere it is testified in these words: “What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You care for him? You made him a little lower than the angels; You crowned him with glory and honor 8 and placed everything under his feet.”  When God subjected all things to him, He left nothing outside of his control. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. 10 In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting for God, for whom and through whom all things exist, to make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 For both the One who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. 12 He says:  “I will proclaim Your name to My brothers; I will sing Your praises in the assembly.” 13 And again:

“I will put My trust in Him.” And once again: “Here am I, and the children God has given Me.” 14 Now since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity, so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not the angels He helps, but the descendants of Abraham. 17 For this reason He had to be made like His brothers in every way, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, in order to make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.   Berean Study

 

Ephesians 2:4-6;10:   4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  NKJ


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Power of Prayer – The Power to Believe – Pt. 5

We have been teaching on the power of prayer.  How to have effective prayer and get our prayers answered.  In order to do that, we have learned we must get our hearts right.  We know our hearts constitute our mind, will and emotions.  Our heart is the working center of our entire being.  It controls what we think, what we believe, and how we respond.  Today, we are going to look at how to develop the ability to believe.

                                             Scriptures:

Matthew 28: 16-2016 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 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, 20 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.” Amen.    NKJ

Matthew 10:1:   And calling His twelve disciples to Him, Jesus gave them authority over unclean spirits, so that they could drive them out and heal every disease and sickness.  Berean Study authority- exousia- outward superhuman power, ability, strength, mastery; influence, jurisdiction

Luke 10: 17-20:   1 After this, the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of Him to every town and place He was about to visit. 17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in Your name.18 So He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”  Berean   authority-exousia-delegated superhuman power and jurisdiction

Revelation 1: 17, 1817 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. But He placed His right hand on me and said, “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last, 18 the Living One. I was dead, and behold, now I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of Death and of Hades.    Berean

Colossians 2: 6-15:  6 Therefore, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him, established in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, which are based on human tradition and the spiritual forces of the world rather than on Christ. 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity dwells in bodily form. 10 And you have been made complete in Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. 11 In Him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of your sinful nature, with the circumcision performed by Christ and not by human hands. 12 And having been buried with Him in baptism, you were raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead.  13 When you were dead in your trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our trespasses, 14 having canceled the debt ascribed to us in the decrees that stood against us. He took it away, nailing it to the cross! 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.    Berean Study  philosophy-philosophia-fond of wise things -> educated intellects

Matthew 21: 28-3228 “But what do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first one and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ 29 ‘I will not,’ he replied. But later he changed his mind and went. 30 Then the man went to the second son and told him the same thing. ‘I will, sir,’ he said. But he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?”  “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in a righteous way and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.    Berean Study

Mark 11: 12-14:  12 The next day, when they had left Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if there was any fruit on it. But when He reached it, He found nothing on it except leaves, since it was not the season for figs. 14 Then He said to the tree, “May no one ever eat of your fruit again.” And His disciples heard this statement.

20-25:   20 As they were walking back in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from its roots. 21 Peter remembered it and said, “Look, Rabbi! The fig tree You cursed has withered.” 22Have faith in God,” Jesus said to them. 23 “Truly I tell you that if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and has no doubt in his heart but believes that it will happen, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  25 And when you stand to pray, if you hold anything against another, forgive it, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your trespasses as well.”  Berean Study mountain-oros-rise or rear above truth

1 John 5:2, 3:  2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.  3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.  And His commandments are not burdensome.  NKJ  keep-tereo- guard from loss by keeping your eye on; hold fast, look closely at

John 14: 15:   If ye love me, keep my commandments.  KJ keep-tereo

1 Corinthians 11: 1:   You are to imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.  Berean Study


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Power of Prayer – The Deceitful Heart – Part 4

We have been teaching on having effective prayer.  A prayer is only as effective as our hearts are toward God and others.  Often our thoughts and attitudes have taken on a life of their own inside our mental world.  We train ourselves to believe our own self-centered ways.  Prayer should always begin with an evaluation of self.  How we think toward and treat others is directly proportionate to how God responds to us.
                                                   Scriptures:

Jeremiah 17: 5-10:   5Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind, who makes the flesh his strength and turns his heart from the LORD.  6 He will be like a shrub in the desert; he will not see when prosperity comes.  He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.  7 But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is Him8 He will be like a tree planted by the waters that sends out its roots toward the stream.  It does not fear when the heat comes, and its leaves are always green.  It will not worry in a year of drought or cease to produce fruit.  9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure—who can understand it?  10 I, the LORD, search the heart; examine the mind to reward a man according to his way, by what his deeds deserve.  Berean heart-leb- feelings, will, mind (intellect)

Proverbs 23: 6, 7:   6 Do not eat the bread of a miser, Nor desire his delicacies; 7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.  “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you. KJ  1. heart – nephesh-breathing bodily person with a mentality of greed; 2. heart-leb-feelings, will, mind

Hebrews 3: 12:  Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. KJ

 Hebrews 3:12:  Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.  NAS heart – kardia-thoughts, feelings; mind

 Psalm 12: 1-4:   Help, O LORD, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men.  2 They lie to one another; they speak with flattering lips and a double heart. 3 May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaks proud things.  4 They say, “With our tongues we will prevail. We own our lips—who can be our master?”  Berean

James 1: 26:    If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.  NKJ  heart-kardia; thoughts, feelings, mind

James 1: 2-8:   2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  5 Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But he must ask in faith, without doubting, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.   Berean   minded-dipsuchos- double rational soul; vacillating in opinion and purpose

Isaiah 29: 13:  Therefore the Lord said: “These people draw near to Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. Their worship of Me is but rules taught by men.  Berean  hearts-leb-feelings, will, mind
Isaiah 29:13:  The Lord said, “These people claim to worship me, but their words are meaningless, and their hearts are somewhere else. Their religion is nothing but human rules and traditions, which they have simply memorized.  GNT

Matthew 7: 21-23:   21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  KJ

1 Samuel 7:3:   Samuel told them, “If you are returning to the LORD with all your heart, get rid of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths that are among you, dedicate yourselves to the LORD, and worship only him. Then he will rescue you from the Philistines.”   CSB  Ashtoreths – god of the Philistines   heart- lebab- feelings,will, intellect

1 John 2: 3, 4, 9,10:  3 By this we can be sure that we have come to know Him: if we keep His commandments. 4 If anyone says, “I know Him,” but does not keep His commandments, he is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 

9 If anyone claims to be in the light but hates his brother, he is still in the darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no cause of stumbling in him. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness. He does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyesBerean keep- guard from loss by keeping eye upon and holding fast to; hates-miseo-to detest, to persecute, to love less  

Proverbs 25: 26:   Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.  Berean

Proverbs 25: 26:   A good person who gives in to someone who is evil reminds you of a polluted spring or a poisoned well. GNT

 Revelation 3: 14-21:   14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16  So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—   NKJ


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Power of Prayer – How to Know God Hears – Part 3

As we continue our study into effective prayer, we have to peel the onions of our souls to find those beliefs, attitudes and thoughts that block our prayers.  In order to get our prayers answered, we must be sure God is hearing us.  How do we know God hears us?  The Word tells us how God hears us.

                                                   Scriptures:

 1 John 5: 1-41 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of Him *(the Father). 2 By this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God and keep His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome, Berean     *emphasis added   keep-tereo-to guard from loss; keep an eye upon; hold fast to; note a prophecy and fulfill it

1 Thessalonians 2:12, 13 12 We encouraged you and comforted you as we urged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.  13 And we continually thank God that in receiving the word of God from us, you did not accept it as the word of men, but as the true word of God—the word now at work in you who believe. Berean

2 Peter 1:16-21:   16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For He *(Jesus) received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.  19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.  NKJ

Hebrews 11:6:  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  NIV

Romans 10: 16, 1716 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of GodNKJ

2 Corinthians 1: 20:  For all the promises of God are “Yes” in Christ.  And so through Him, our “Amen” is spoken to the glory of God.  Berean

1 John 5: 14, 15:    14 And this is the confidence that we have before Him: If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we already possess what we have asked of Him.   Berean

1 John 4: 7, 10, 11:  7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  10 And love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. Berean

Romans 12: 1, 2:  1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.  NIV

Romans 12: 9-21:   9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,  13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. 20 “BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.   NAS

1 Peter 3: 1,2,7:  1 Wives, in the same way, submit yourselves to your husbands, so that even if they refuse to believe the word, they will be won over without words by the behavior of their wives 2 when they see your pure and reverent demeanor. 7 Husbands, in the same way, treat your wives with consideration as a delicate vessel, and with honor as fellow heirs of the gracious gift of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.   Berean

1 Peter 3: 8-12 8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded and sympathetic, love as brothers, be tender-hearted and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech11 He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are inclined to their prayer.  But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”   Berean


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Power of Prayer – Character – Part 2

As we continue our study into effective prayer, we will look at the necessary character a believer must maintain in order for prayer to work. 

1 Timothy 2: 1-6, 8:   Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, 8 I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;  NKJ 

supplications – deesis – root -> to beg or bind oneself with a request; asking or begging earnestly and humbly for something or someone
prayer- proseuche- an oratory; chapel of private worship facing God.  We are the temple of the living God, so we are the chapel of private worship, and we face God when we pray.
intercession– an intermediate between;  action of intervening on behalf of another whether for or against; an interview. 
giving of thanks – give (dosis)- gifting something; thanks- (eucharistia)- grateful language to God as an act of worship. Gifting grateful language to God as an act of worship.

James 1:6-8:   6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. ESV

Acts 1:14; 2: 1:  1  And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. KJ

Acts 8: 5-8:   5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. 6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. 8 And there was great joy in that city.  KJ

 Luke 11: 12, 14, 15:   12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive yoursBerean  debt-opheilema-idea of something owed, under obligation; a fault; something due that is accruing

1 John 4:7, 8:    7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  Berean

1 John 4: 9, 10:   9 This is how God’s love was revealed among us: God sent His one and only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. 10 And love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Berean

1 John 4: 11-13; 16:  11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. KJ

dwelleth– meno- root to stay, abide, remain in a given relation or state

1 John 4: 18-2118 There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. The one who fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because He first loved us.  20 If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21 And we have this commandment from Him: Whoever loves God must love his brother as well.  Berean

Matthew 7: 5-13:  5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose one of you goes to his friend at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6 because a friend of mine has come to me on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him.’  7 And the one inside answers, ‘Do not bother me. My door is already shut and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up to provide for him because of his friendship, yet because of the man’s persistence, he will get up and give him as much as he needs. 9 So I tell you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”   Berean

Luke 11: 6-8:  6 But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.  7 And when you pray, do not babble on like pagans, for they think that by their many words they will be heard. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.   Berean

James 5:16:   Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.   NAS  righteousness-a self evident right of being innocent and holy

Romans 3:22:  And this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  Berean righteousness-  self evident justification of innocence


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Power of Prayer-Setting the Tone-Pt. 1

    

Today we’re going to begin a study on prayer.  Prayer is spoken of by believers often, yet do we really understand the significance of it; the value behind its potential?  Do we understand the power a believing heart has before God; power to change our situations, live quiet and peaceable lives, be whole and healed, and make a difference for others?  Today we are going to set the tone for prayer.  We are going to open our spiritual eyes, change our attitudes and become effective prayer warriors for Christ and His kingdom.
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Matthew 6: 5-85 And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. Truly I tell you, they already have their full reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not babble on like pagans, for they think that by their many words they will be heard. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.  Berean

Luke 11: 1b, 2:  1 …“Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”  2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say:  ‘Father, hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come. NAS

Matthew 6: 9, 10:   9 “Pray, then, in this way:  ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  10 ‘Your kingdom come.            Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.    NAS

Psalm 100: 4:  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and bless his name!  Aramaic

Psalm 95:2:   Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!  ESV

When we come to God for prayer, start out praising Him.  Thank Him for many things, as you begin to thank Him for what He’s done in your life, you will begin to repent.  Find places your attitude is wrong, you’ve complained, haven’t forgiven, lost patience, doubted, were discontent. Once you do this, then state, “Lord, cause Your will to be done in my life.  What do You need me to do for You today.”

Luke 22:42:  “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me. Yet not My will, but Yours be done.”  Berean

Luke 9: 23:   And he said before everyone, “Whoever is willing to come after me, let him deny himself, let him take up his cross everyday, and let him come after me.”  Aramaic

Acts 17: 28“For it is by him that we have life and we move and exist; so also some of the wise men among you have said: “Our lineage is from him.”  Aramaic

 John 1:4:  In him was The Life and The Life is The Light of men. Aramaic
Luke 11:3:  
Give us each day our daily bread.  NAS

Matthew 6: 11‘Give us this day our daily bread.  NAS

Matthew 6: 25-33:   25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28 “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.   NAS

Luke 6: 38:  Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”  NLT

Luke 16: 13:   No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”  Berean

Luke 11:4a:   And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.   Berean

Matthew 6: 12:   And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.   Berean  debt-opheilema-idea of something owed, under obligation; a fault; something due that is accruing

Romans 13: 8:   Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. KJ

Matthew 6: 13:  And lead us not to temptation but deliver us from evil, for yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, for the eternity of eternities.’  Aramaic

Luke 11:4b:   And lead us not into temptation.’”  Berean
James 1: 13-15:   13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.   NAS

 Matthew 6: 13, 14:   14 “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 “But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

 


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The Days Following the Resurrection – Part 6

Today is Pentecost; 50 days since Jesus went to the cross.  Through this study, after Jesus rose, He first appeared to the disciples, chastised them for their unbelief, showed them his hands and side, preached …