April 19, 2009 Impact Of The Resurrection

Impact of the Resurrection

What impact did Easter have on your week? 

How did it change your perspectives of life and activities? 

What changes did Jesus’ death for your sin and His resurrection make in the environment where you were? 

Let’s look at how these events changed the disciples who followed Jesus on Earth and before Pentecost.

God’s miraculous sign in the resurrection

The disciples became more confident after Jesus’ resurrection.

  • They realized that every other word from God was true, for He had resurrected Jesus; see Luke 24.44-53.  Jesus ‘opened their understanding’ of the Scriptures; verse 45.  He encouraged them to await expectantly the coming of the Holy Spirit to empower them (and us) for service; verse 49 and John 14.26.
  • They realized that their lives had been forever changed and so must their lifestyles.
    • See John 20.30-21.25.  There is no uncertainty when God leads; walk with confidence!  Jesus’ dialogue with Peter reminded him of His original call; see Mark 1.16-18.  Jesus’ words to Peter about His task for John remind us to keep our eyes focused upon Him, to fulfill His purpose individually; see John 21.22.
    • Change means we cannot go back.  Illustrations in life include joining the military, getting married, and having children.  In 2 Corinthians 5.17, Paul proclaims that we are ‘new creations’ when we accept Jesus as Savior.  In 1 Corinthians 13.11, he infers that we must ‘put away childish things’ and make Jesus Lord.
    • Such iterations of life are working out God’s plan for our lives; see Jeremiah 29.11.
  • They realized that they would have Jesus’ power wherever they went.
    • What gives you confidence?  Money in the bank; knowledge of facts and truth; superior position; close walk with Jesus.
      • See Matthew 28.18 and 20.  Jesus said that He had been given all authority and that He would be with them until the end of time.  Authority trumps power every time.  ‘Authority’ is with us wherever we go.  See God’s promise to Baruch in Jeremiah 45.5 and be strengthened to fulfill Acts 1.8!
    • In Mark 16.20, John reminds us of this reality and ‘authority’ of Jesus with us until the end of the age.  Jesus, actually, does the ‘work’ of the ‘word’ (Jesus) that He commissioned in verses 17-18.  Jesus said this would be His work, in Luke 4.17-21 (see Isaiah 61.1-3).
    • Remember that these ‘good works’ (Ephesians 2.10) were done by Jesus (Acts 10.38) and the Apostles (Matthew 10.7-8; Luke 10.17) and given for us to do (John 17.18).  How do John 5.19-20 and Acts 2.22 add to your understanding of this?
    • Jesus’ power would do the work through them to confirm His name by ‘accompanying signs’.  Paul’s confidence in this is expressed in Philippians 2.11 and 1 Corinthians 2.4-5.  This should be our declaration and lifestyle, too.  See Acts 3.6, 16, and Acts 4.12; 2 Kings 5.3 also.
  • They realized that they would be changing people from the inside out.
    • People follow leaders; for example, Oprah and Buffett and Choptra.  These present popular ideas that answer questions to guide thinking.  Consider these cautions, however: Matthew 15.11, Jeremiah 8.9 and Jeremiah 13.10, Hosea 4.6, and Romans 6.16.  Jesus contrasted truth from lie in Matthew 7.13-14 and John 14.6.
    • Our job is ‘search and rescue’.  Jesus called Paul to retrieve the deceived from satan’s kingdom (Acts 26.16-18 and Ephesians 4.17-24 and Colossians 2.8-9).  These instructions are for us, too.
    • Note what Jesus said in Matthew 28.19-20.  Making disciples, essentially, is ‘making’ people into the image of Christ, as Paul describes in 2 Corinthians 3.18.  A disciple follows a discipline established by the teacher or master, like is described in Matthew 10.7-8. Notice that the challenge is to make disciples of ‘all the nations’, as Jesus repeated in Acts 1.8.  Finally, God would achieve His goal of Exodus 19.6.  Paul restated this in 2 Corinthians 5.20-21.
    • The Holy Spirit crosses our paths with those He is seeking (Isaiah 55.5).  He did this dramatically with Peter and John in Acts 3.1-26.  Faith in the name ‘Jesus’ had healed the paralytic.  The sight of him now walking drew the curious with questions.  Peter answered as Jesus had instructed in Matthew 10.7-8.  See Acts 4.12 also.
    • Signs and wonders convince people of the superiority of Jesus over the demons they have followed. See Acts 2.43 and 1 Corinthians 2.4-5. 
    • Again, in Matthew 28.19, Jesus said to baptize the disciples ‘into’ the ‘name’ of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  One ‘name’ – Jesus (John 17.6, 11-12) – God’s name!  ‘Into’ is best described by Jesus in John 17.20-23; Jesus ‘in’ God and us ‘in’ Jesus; us in God and God in us!  (Light through us into the dark world.) 
    • Baptize is an interesting word, with a deeper meaning than the traditions of most Christian denominations.  Baptizing’ is baptizo, not bapto (Greek); that is, soaking thoroughly, not just washing the outside.  To illustrate, you wash a cucumber to get the dirt off; it becomes a pickle only by being left in vinegar until permeated.  Acts 19.1-7 explains this by illustration. 
    • People would be ‘soaked’ ‘into’ the ‘name’ by being taught to ‘observe to do’ everything Jesus had taught the disciples to do and teach.  Read all of the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ words and deeds to understand what we are to teach by word and deed.  By such, the ‘sheep’ Jesus assigns to us are fed, do not fear, are not dismayed, and will not lack (Jeremiah 23.4).  Like us, they grow from being sheep to becoming shepherds of new sheep.  All of this by imitating Jesus; 2 Corinthians 3.16.
    • The inward change is seen in outward manifestations; see Acts 3.16 and Acts 4.12 and Acts 10.38.  Each generation of new Christians, thus, confirms the connection of Exodus 34.10 to John 15.24 to John 17.18.  And, God continues to be magnified!  See Colossians 3.16-17 and Ephesians 3.20-21.

 

Questions for contemplation and discussion:

April 5, 2009 Jesus is Coming Back (contd.)

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 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!!!

March 1, 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! 

 

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).

 

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?

 

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!!!

February 22, 2009 Free In Christ, So Why Go Back?

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.

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. 

 

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

 

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.

 

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! 

 

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).

 

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 8.17)

 

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?

 

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!!!

February 15, 2009 Jesus is Lord and satan Is Defeated! (contd.)

Jesus is Lord and satan is defeated!

 

What do you do with the evil spirits you discern influencing your mind or attacking body?

 

Overcome them!

1 Corinthians 9.26-27

Romans 12.1-2

 

What if it’s another person they are influencing and s/he does not want to give them up?

Acts 16.16-18

 

Can this work with institutions?   

[youversion]Proverbs 21.1[/youversion] 

 

Let’s discover what Paul and Solomon knew.   You must see yourself as God sees you.

 

Jeremiah 51 is God’s call of Israel to arms to destroy the influence of wicked Babylon. 

 

Jesus spoke to the Apostle John about the destruction of the world system, called Babylon, in Revelation 18

 

Both Babylons illustrate the truth of

Jeremiah 13.10

 

Thus, Jesus calls His followers to not participate in such wickedness, in Revelation 18.4

 

Literally, you are to become God’s description of Israel in

Jeremiah 51.20-23

 

In this picture, you can see yourself in the hand of God being used against the forces of wickedness in the venues of your life in the world (John 17.15) – from the military and government to the economy. 

 

 

(How does the picture change in the venues within your mind and body?)

 

This is a broadening of God’s call in Jeremiah 1.7-10. 

 

Note, especially, verse 9. 

 

Here you see part of the explanation of the Apostle Paul’s encouragement in

2 Corinthians 10.3-6.

 

As God’s ‘battle axe’, your weapons are mightier than those of the flesh and include God’s words in your mouth. 

 

 

How is this like the description of Jesus in Revelation 19.15?

 

What other weapons, in addition to His word (Ephesians 6.17 and Hebrews 4.12-13),

 

do you have which are ‘mighty in God’? 

Ephesians 6.10-18

1 John 5.4

Acts 4.12

Philippians 2.9-11

John 16.24

Matthew 28.18

Luke 10.19

James 4.7

James 5.16b

1 Kings 17.1

1 Kings 18.41-46.

 

What is the result of your fight with God’s mighty weapons? 

 

Look at what you will have done in

 

2 Corinthians 10.5.   Ephesians 4.14-15   

2 Peter 1.2-4           1 Corinthians 10.12-13

 

What picture did Jesus paint of this in Matthew 16.18?

 

God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt illustrates the fight and your victory.

Exodus 3.7-10

Exodus 6.1-3             

Exodus 9.13-16

 

Exodus 10.1-2 God is El-Shaddai and Lord. 

He provides for your every need, and He is overcomes through you.

 

Tell everyone!

 

What evidence of these two points and of Exodus 12.12 do you see in the Red Sea crossing in

Exodus 14.1-31           Philippians 2.12-13

February 8, 2009 Jesus is Lord and satan is defeated!

Jesus is Lord and satan is defeated!

What do you do with the evil spirits you discern influencing your mind or attacking body? 

Overcome them!     1 Corinthians 9.26-27         Romans 12.1-2

What if it’s another person they are influencing and s/he does not want to give them up? Acts 16.16-18

Can this work with institutions?      [youversion]Proverbs 21.1[/youversion] 

Let’s discover what Paul and Solomon knew.        You must see yourself as God sees you.

Jeremiah 51 is God’s call of Israel to arms to destroy the influence of wicked Babylon.

Jesus spoke to the Apostle John about the destruction of the world system, called Babylon, in Revelation 18

Both Babylons illustrate the truth of Jeremiah 13.10

Thus, Jesus calls His followers to not participate in such wickedness, in Revelation 18.4

Literally, you are to become God’s description of Israel in Jeremiah 51.20-23

In this picture, you can see yourself in the hand of God being used against the forces of wickedness in the venues of your life in the world (John 17.15) – from the military and government to the economy.  (How does the picture change in the venues within your mind and body?)

This is a broadening of God’s call in Jeremiah 1.7-10.  Note, especially, verse 9. 

Here you see part of the explanation of the Apostle Paul’s encouragement in 2 Corinthians 10.3-6.

As God’s ‘battle axe’, your weapons are mightier than those of the flesh and include God’s words in your mouth.   How is this like the description of Jesus in Revelation 19.15?

What other weapons, in addition to His word (Ephesians 6.17 and Hebrews 4.12-13), do you have which are ‘mighty in God’?  Ephesians 6.10-18          1 John 5.4   

Acts 4.12                      Philippians 2.9-11

John 16.24                    Matthew 28.18

Luke 10.19                        James 4.7

James 5.16b                1 Kings 17.1

1 Kings 18.41-46.

What is the result of your fight with God’s mighty weapons?

Look at what you will have done in 2 Corinthians 10.5.

Ephesians 4.14-15      2 Peter 1.2-4   1 Corinthians 10.12-13

What picture did Jesus paint of this in Matthew 16.18?

God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt illustrates the fight and your victory.

Exodus 3.7-10          Exodus 6.1-3            Exodus 9.13-16

Exodus 10.1-2 God is El-Shaddai and Lord.  He provides for your every need, and He is overcomes through you.  Tell everyone!

What evidence of these two points and of Exodus 12.12 do you see in the Red Sea crossing in

Exodus 14.1-31              Philippians 2.12-13