March 29, 2009 Jesus Is Coming Back

Jesus is Coming Back

John 14.3       John 20.7

 

Jesus’ Final Return

Revelation 19.11-16            John 12.47-50   

 

Ephesians 6.17

 

Jesus’ Return for Us

1Thessalonians 4.13-18                 2Corinthians 5.8   

 

1Corithians 15.51-53

 

Jesus Arose From the Grave

John 20.1-18    Matthew 12.38-45    Luke 11.29-36    

 

John 15.24       Exodus 34.10                Luke 11.33-36

 

Isaiah 8.20        Psalm 119.105          Matthew 12.43-45

 

Jeremiah 13.10       John 21          

 

Jesus is coming back soon, He said in

John 14.3      

 

REJOICE!!!!!

March 22, 2009 Building The Footstool For Jesus’ Feet

Building the Footstool for Jesus’ Feet

Psalm 110.1        Matthew 22.44            

Mark 12.36         Luke 20.42-43

Acts 2.34             1 Corinthians 15.25    

Hebrews 1.13     Hebrews 10.13

What is a footstool?

A piece of furniture upon which to prop your feet off the floor.

It has either three or four legs for stability.  Without one leg, the footstool wobbles or falls and does not perform its function.

It symbolizes a person at rest.  So, we visualize Jesus at rest.

We rest upon the three truths of Christianity:

Jesus’ virgin birth      Luke 1.30-38

His atoning death     John 12.32-33

                                    Hebrews 10.12-13

His bodily resurrection     Luke 24.1-9

Thus, we rest upon Jesus for earthly and eternal salvation (Acts 4.12).

Who are Jesus’ enemies?

1 John 2.15-17 ‘lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life’

2Corinthians 4.3-4             John 14.6

Matthew 4.1-10                    Ephesians 6.17

Revelation 19.15               1 John 3.8b

Acts 10.38                        Colossians 2.15

How will Jesus’ enemies be made His footstool?

Psalm 110.2         Luke 10.19         

John 17.18                Revelation 12.11

Ephesians 3.10      Ephesians 1.22-23

God is depending upon you to build the footstool with the demons you overcome – sickness, poverty, contentions, etc.  So, overcome satan!!!!!

March 15, 2009 Free In Christ, So Why Go Back (contd.)

Free in Christ, So Why Go Back?

 

Let me frame this lesson with some illustrations of the title.

 

John 5.14 records Jesus’ words to the paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda He had just healed: ‘Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.’

 

In John 8.11, He repeats these words to the adulteress: ‘…go and from now on sin no more.’

 

For these, and us, the ‘game of life’ is tied after Jesus saves us from some deception of satan. 

This is the state of Israel in Isaiah 40.1-2.

 

God says, I give you double blessings for all the trouble that sin brought you.  Yet, Israel went back.  See Proverbs 26.11

 

Jesus explained His words to the paralytic when He addressed some Pharisees and scribes in Matthew 12.43-45.  

 

What made the ‘last state of that man…worse than the first’?

Note the last sentence of verse 45.  The moral: you should expect multiplied worse conditions if you return to the scene of the crime!  Don’t blame God; you asked for it!

 

Why do we go back?

satan never stops his deceptions!  he just waits for our weakness to be revealed! 

Jesus explained this is John 16.33.  See Matthew 10:22 also

 

satan will continue this until he is cast to the ‘the lowest depths of the Pit’ (Isaiah 14.12-15).

 

1 John 2.15-17 tells us that we love this life too much.  

 

What is missing when this happens?

 

Jesus prayed that you would be ‘in the world but not of the world’ (John 17.15-16).

 

Jesus illustrated this in Mark 7.20-23.  See James 4.1-4 and Romans 6.16.

 

Solomon illustrates this in Proverbs 4:14-17 and in Proverbs 6:12-19.

 

Who are your friends?

 

What are their habits?

 

God warned the wandering Hebrews about this in Leviticus 18.1-30.  Verses 6-23 read like scenes from television soap operas and comedies and motion pictures.  This is the love of the world!  Verses 1-5 and 24-25 are a warning and encouragement.

 

In Leviticus 20.1-27, God repeats the offense and its proper punishment.

 

God wants you to go back, but to be holy, like Him. 

See Leviticus 19.1-2 and Leviticus 20.7-8, 24, 26

 

You must conquer sin!

These were God’s words to Cain in Genesis 4.7. 

 

Sin greets you with every turn of our paths, for reasons explained above. 

 

But, God says you are to conquer it! 

Revelation 2.1-29   Revelation 3:1-22   Revelation 12:11

 

Don’t ask Him to do it! 

 

Remember Luke 10.19  

 

He wants you, too, to see the wake of satanic debris described in verse 17. 

 

Remember, also, Jeremiah 51.20-23.

 

Jeremiah 6.16 encourages you to stop when you sense satan offering a tantalizing morsel to a fleshly lust; don’t go there! 

 

Paul gives us thoughts to think in Philippians 4.8-9 and explains why in Romans 6.14 (and Romans 5.20-21).

 

Pretend that you are Solomon’s son/daughter listening to Proverbs 4:23

 

Note the last instruction in Psalm 110.1-2. 

 

Does God want to make His enemies His footstool through your conquering sin? 

 

Consider Ephesians 2.10 and Luke 19.13 (King James Version: ‘Occupy ‘till I come!’)

 

‘Free at last, free at last; thank God Almighty I’m free at last.’

(Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King)

 

I expect that Galatians 5.1 was a text for Dr. King’s statement.

 

What a declaration for us! 

Paul goes on to discuss ‘yokes’ which may ‘entangle’ you again. 

 

But, Christ has made you free! 

Could this have been a second intention of Dr. King’s statement?

 

What is the foundation that Jesus established for your freedom in John 8.31-32? 

See Psalm 119.45 also. 

 

Where does truth come from?  Romans 10.17

 

How do Jesus’ words in John 15.7 illustrate His statement about freedom? 

 

Is Deuteronomy 8.18 the same message?

 

The Apostle Paul, again, states your freedom in Romans 8.1-2. 

 

What shackle is thrown off when you become free? 

 

How important is that to you?

 

How do Jeremiah 23.28-30 and Psalm 119.99 give the same warning and encouragement regarding freedom?  Consider also Psalm 1:1-6

 

Is it true – no more struggles with sin?

Jesus seems to be stating this in Matthew 11.28-30. 

You struggle against satan and his sin in your own power and will fail. 

But, walking with Jesus results in freedom and rest, even while overcoming the enemies along your paths. 

Compared to the weight of sin, His ‘yoke’ and ‘burden’ are feathers!  (No bad after-taste and no harmful side-effects!)

I like Isaiah’s acknowledgement in Isaiah 26.3. 

 

How practical is Isaiah 26.12 for your daily life?

 

Jeremiah 9.23-24 and Matthew 6.33 say the same thing about your struggle with sin.  How will this change your life style and to conquer?

 

Free at last!  No going back!  Praise God!!!

March 8, 2009 Free In Christ, Why Go Back? [contd]

Free in Christ, So Why Go Back?

 

Let me frame this lesson with some illustrations of the title.

 

John 5.14 records Jesus’ words to the paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda He had just healed: ‘Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.’

 

In John 8.11, He repeats these words to the adulteress: ‘…go and from now on sin no more.’

 

For these, and us, the ‘game of life’ is tied after Jesus saves us from some deception of satan. 

This is the state of Israel in Isaiah 40.1-2.

 

God says, I give you double blessings for all the trouble that sin brought you.  Yet, Israel went back.  See Proverbs 26.11

 

Jesus explained His words to the paralytic when He addressed some Pharisees and scribes in Matthew 12.43-45.  

 

What made the ‘last state of that man…worse than the first’?

Note the last sentence of verse 45.  The moral: you should expect multiplied worse conditions if you return to the scene of the crime!  Don’t blame God; you asked for it!

 

Why do we go back?

satan never stops his deceptions!  he just waits for our weakness to be revealed! 

Jesus explained this is John 16.33.  See Matthew 10:22 also

 

satan will continue this until he is cast to the ‘the lowest depths of the Pit’ (Isaiah 14.12-15).

 

1 John 2.15-17 tells us that we love this life too much.  

 

What is missing when this happens?

 

Jesus prayed that you would be ‘in the world but not of the world’ (John 17.15-16).

 

Jesus illustrated this in Mark 7.20-23.  See James 4.1-4 and Romans 6.16.

 

Solomon illustrates this in Proverbs 4:14-17 and in Proverbs 6:12-19.

 

Who are your friends?

 

What are their habits?

 

God warned the wandering Hebrews about this in Leviticus 18.1-30.  Verses 6-23 read like scenes from television soap operas and comedies and motion pictures.  This is the love of the world!  Verses 1-5 and 24-25 are a warning and encouragement.

 

In Leviticus 20.1-27, God repeats the offense and its proper punishment.

 

God wants you to go back, but to be holy, like Him. 

See Leviticus 19.1-2 and Leviticus 20.7-8, 24, 26

 

You must conquer sin!

These were God’s words to Cain in Genesis 4.7. 

 

Sin greets you with every turn of our paths, for reasons explained above. 

 

But, God says you are to conquer it! 

Revelation 2.1-29   Revelation 3:1-22   Revelation 12:11

 

Don’t ask Him to do it! 

 

Remember Luke 10.19  

 

He wants you, too, to see the wake of satanic debris described in verse 17. 

 

Remember, also, Jeremiah 51.20-23.

 

Jeremiah 6.16 encourages you to stop when you sense satan offering a tantalizing morsel to a fleshly lust; don’t go there! 

 

Paul gives us thoughts to think in Philippians 4.8-9 and explains why in Romans 6.14 (and Romans 5.20-21).

 

Pretend that you are Solomon’s son/daughter listening to Proverbs 4:23

 

Note the last instruction in Psalm 110.1-2. 

 

Does God want to make His enemies His footstool through your conquering sin? 

 

Consider Ephesians 2.10 and Luke 19.13 (King James Version: ‘Occupy ‘till I come!’)

 

‘Free at last, free at last; thank God Almighty I’m free at last.’

(Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King)

 

I expect that Galatians 5.1 was a text for Dr. King’s statement.

 

What a declaration for us! 

Paul goes on to discuss ‘yokes’ which may ‘entangle’ you again. 

 

But, Christ has made you free! 

Could this have been a second intention of Dr. King’s statement?

 

What is the foundation that Jesus established for your freedom in John 8.31-32? 

See Psalm 119.45 also. 

 

Where does truth come from?  Romans 10.17

 

How do Jesus’ words in John 15.7 illustrate His statement about freedom? 

 

Is Deuteronomy 8.18 the same message?

 

The Apostle Paul, again, states your freedom in Romans 8.1-2. 

 

What shackle is thrown off when you become free? 

 

How important is that to you?

 

How do Jeremiah 23.28-30 and Psalm 119.99 give the same warning and encouragement regarding freedom?  Consider also Psalm 1:1-6

 

Is it true – no more struggles with sin?

Jesus seems to be stating this in Matthew 11.28-30. 

You struggle against satan and his sin in your own power and will fail. 

But, walking with Jesus results in freedom and rest, even while overcoming the enemies along your paths. 

Compared to the weight of sin, His ‘yoke’ and ‘burden’ are feathers!  (No bad after-taste and no harmful side-effects!)

I like Isaiah’s acknowledgement in Isaiah 26.3. 

 

How practical is Isaiah 26.12 for your daily life?

 

Jeremiah 9.23-24 and Matthew 6.33 say the same thing about your struggle with sin.  How will this change your life style and to conquer?

 

Free at last!  No going back!  Praise God!!!