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Downpour lesson this week 2.1.09

In Satan, Saved, Sin on January 29, 2009 at 2:55 pm

This week’s lesson on “Downpour” discusses sin and it’s destruction in our lives. To quote the author sin has an intent, it has a purpose to destroy our lives and worst of all it has a director the accuser. The most potent points he makes are
1. Sin will pursue you!
2. Sin will disappoint you!
3. Sin will trip you up!
4. Sin will enslave you!
5. Sin will expose you!

This week’s study brings me back to the basics of the Christian experience and life, I choose to sin and I hate the consequences I bring on myself. Sin would be defined as failing to conform to God’s standard from his word-in action, in failure to act, or in attitude. Sin is no game and the enemy always tries to get us to justify our “little sins” we’re not that bad look at so and so…. We really have to deal with sin God’s way and God doesn’t play games. When I choose to disobey God I am practicing practical atheism by purposefully disobeying his word. I have to admit this is very difficult for me to accept in my own life. Thank God for Grace and reconciliation without it life would be hopeless; the word has to weigh in on this subject:

Ecc 7:20 For there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin.

Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,

1Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1Jn 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.
Rom 7:18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.

1Ti 5:24 Some people get caught in their sins right away, even before the time of judgment. But other people’s sins don’t show up until later.

Dad used to preach “Satan wants a toehold, then a foothold, to gain a stronghold.” If you read the above versus it describes how sin can overwhelm our lives to create a seared conscience quite literally losing our ability to fell pain. If you feel no twinge of guilt about sin, it could because your conscience has become seared. Eventually some people become hard hearted, pathological, or even criminally evil because they silenced their conscience through repeated sin. This is how we can become calloused as well, for instance 50 million abortions and we become so calloused it seems a distant problem instead of a seething torrent of injustice.

This is pretty deep stuff and if we stay here it seems there is no hope or worse we don’t want to confront our depravity. The word always has hope were there seems to be no hope at all.

Mat 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

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If God dances and sings over us…. what causes it??

In Christianity on January 26, 2009 at 11:25 pm

Faith
Without faith it is impossible to please Him . . . —Hebrews 11:6
Faith in active opposition to common sense is mistaken enthusiasm and narrow-mindedness, and common sense in opposition to faith demonstrates a mistaken reliance on reason as the basis for truth. The life of faith brings the two of these into the proper relationship. Common sense and faith are as different from each other as the natural life is from the spiritual, and as impulsiveness is from inspiration. Nothing that Jesus Christ ever said is common sense, but is revelation sense, and is complete, whereas common sense falls short. Yet faith must be tested and tried before it becomes real in your life. “We know that all things work together for good . . .” ( Romans 8:28 ) so that no matter what happens, the transforming power of God’s providence transforms perfect faith into reality. Faith always works in a personal way, because the purpose of God is to see that perfect faith is made real in His children.

For every detail of common sense in life, there is a truth God has revealed by which we can prove in our practical experience what we believe God to be. Faith is a tremendously active principle that always puts Jesus Christ first. The life of faith says, “Lord, You have said it, it appears to be irrational, but I’m going to step out boldly, trusting in Your Word” (for example, see Matthew 6:33 ). Turning intellectual faith into our personal possession is always a fight, not just sometimes. God brings us into particular circumstances to educate our faith, because the nature of faith is to make the object of our faith very real to us. Until we know Jesus, God is merely a concept, and we can’t have faith in Him. But once we hear Jesus say, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” ( John 14:9 ) we immediately have something that is real, and our faith is limitless. Faith is the entire person in the right relationship with God through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.

Faith is the only that pleases God!!

In Christianity on January 26, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Faith

Without faith it is impossible to please Him . . . —Hebrews 11:6

Faith in active opposition to common sense is mistaken enthusiasm and narrow-mindedness, and common sense in opposition to faith demonstrates a mistaken reliance on reason as the basis for truth. The life of faith brings the two of these into the proper relationship. Common sense and faith are as different from each other as the natural life is from the spiritual, and as impulsiveness is from inspiration. Nothing that Jesus Christ ever said is common sense, but is revelation sense, and is complete, whereas common sense falls short. Yet faith must be tested and tried before it becomes real in your life. “We know that all things work together for good . . .” ( Romans 8:28  ) so that no matter what happens, the transforming power of God’s providence transforms perfect faith into reality. Faith always works in a personal way, because the purpose of God is to see that perfect faith is made real in His children.

 

For every detail of common sense in life, there is a truth God has revealed by which we can prove in our practical experience what we believe God to be. Faith is a tremendously active principle that always puts Jesus Christ first. The life of faith says, “Lord, You have said it, it appears to be irrational, but I’m going to step out boldly, trusting in Your Word” (for example, see Matthew 6:33 ). Turning intellectual faith into our personal possession is always a fight, not just sometimes. God brings us into particular circumstances to educate our faith, because the nature of faith is to make the object of our faith very real to us. Until we know Jesus, God is merely a concept, and we can’t have faith in Him. But once we hear Jesus say, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” ( John 14:9  ) we immediately have something that is real, and our faith is limitless. Faith is the entire person in the right relationship with God through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.

7 Questions on Wisdom

In Christianity on January 26, 2009 at 8:20 pm

7 Questions on Wisdom

And knowing God’s Will

 

1.    Will it be helpful?

2.    Will it enslave me?

3.    Will it honor the Lord (1Cor)?

4.    Is it a stumbling block?

5.    Is it Doubtful?

6.    Will it cause me to love Jesus more or love the world more?

7.    Will it win the lost or keep them lost?

 

 

I wonder what would happen if we used this criteria for seeking what God wants from us everyday.  

Spritual Downpour this weeks lesson

In Christianity on January 14, 2009 at 1:08 pm

We Need a Downpour

Hosea 6:1-3

 

Hos 6:1  Come and let us return to Jehovah. For He has torn, and He will heal us; He has stricken, and He will bind us up.

Hos 6:2  After two days He will bring us to life; in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight.

Hos 6:3  Then we shall know, if we follow on to know Jehovah. His going out is prepared as the morning; and He shall come to us as the rain, as the latter and former rain to the earth.

(MKJV)

 

John Gill wrote (Exposition of the Entire Bible)

 

This chapter gives an account of some who were truly penitent, and stirred up one another to return to the Lord, encouraged by his power, grace, and goodness, Hos_6:1; and of others, who had only a form of religion, were very unstable in it; regarded more the ceremonial law, and the external sacrifices of it, than the moral law; either that part of it which respects the love of the neighbour, or that which concerns the knowledge of God; and dealt treacherously with the Lord, transgressing the covenant, Hos_6:4; particularly the city of Gilead is represented as full of the workers of iniquity, and is charged with bloodshed, Hos_6:8; yea, even the priests were guilty of murder and lewdness, Hos_6:9; and Israel, or the ten tribes in general, are accused of whoredom, both corporeal and spiritual, with which they were defiled, Hos_6:10; nor was Judah clear of these crimes, and therefore a reckoning day is set for them, Hos_6:11.

 

Based on the lessons we covered the last two weeks let’s look at the application and how it effects on us!

 

What single word would you use to describe your heart?

 

Why?

 

Rate your spiritual life on a scale from parched to refreshed.

 

Is the word Revival in the Bible?

 

The writer of this series defines revival as renewed interest after a period of indifference or decline. Revival is getting back on the path, getting the goal in view again, and pursuing with new passion the One who can make our life more!!

 

Main Entry: re·viv·al Function: noun Date: 1651

1: an act or instance of reviving : the state of being revived: as a: renewed attention to or interest in something b: a new presentation or publication of something old c (1): a period of renewed religious interest (2): an often highly emotional evangelistic meeting or series of meetings 2: restoration of force, validity, or effect (as to a contract)

1st things 1st – You can’t be RE-VIVED unless you have been VIVED!

 

Sometime this week put your conversion experience on paper in less than 2 paragraphs. If you have a problem putting to paper your transformation from death to life call me, Mike, Jack, email, text, what ever it takes. We have to do business with Jesus before we can do anything else. Just remember the prrof of salvation is in the shadow of the cross, if there isn’t a time it’s shadow feel over you maybe you need to kneel before it and see you place in Grace!

 

Hos 6:1

 

(ASV)  Come, and let us return unto Jehovah; for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

 

(BBE)  Come, let us go back to the Lord; for he has given us wounds and he will make us well; he has given blows and he will give help.

 

(DRB)  In their affliction they will rise early to me: Come, and let us return to the Lord.

 

(ESV)  “Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.

 

Is God dealing with you today?

 

God can only use broken people for his kingdom – how is he breaking you?

 

There are several prayers printed in the lesson and some great personalized scriptures to pray back to God. If true spiritual growth and revival is your passion. The one place to meet god every day is his word!

 

How can we in this class impact the church? The City? The State? The Country? The world?

 

 

 

 

 

5 Specific Areas I need Growth in, & You?

In Christianity on January 10, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Spiritual Training

1/11/09

Eph 4:17-24

Review from last week  

A.     Putt off             B. Be renewed       C. Put on

Put off the old man in light of the cross and what it means for salvation. Be renewed actually the Bible commands us to keep being continually renewed and filled with the Sprit. Put on “the new self” use the story of Elephant training. When they are young handlers put chains and stakes that hold the elephant in place till they learn they can’t escape then when they are older the memory has taught them how to be captive and submissive long after they have the ability to escape the stake as adults so all it takes to hold them is a small stake and rope. Sound familiar maybe this applies to us as Christians.

The actually shows us the 5 basic areas we need to be open for training in, from the Holy Spirit.

Eph 4:24- 32 (ESV)  and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,  and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.   Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

5 Specific Areas

1.    Personal Integrity-Honesty

2.    Emotional Control

3.    Financial Stewardship

4.    Speech Patterns

5.    Private Attitudes

 

1.    Personal Integrity-Honesty (vv-24-25)

Eph 4:24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Eph 4:25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

 

3lie Function: verb Inflected Form(s): lied; ly·ing Etymology:

Middle English, from Old English lēogan; akin to Old High German liogan to lie, Old Church Slavic lŭgati

Date: before 12th century

intransitive verb 1 : to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive 2 : to create a false or misleading impression transitive verb : to bring about by telling lies <lied his way out of trouble>

synonyms lie , prevaricate , equivocate , palter , fib mean to tell an untruth. lie is the blunt term, imputing dishonesty <lied about where he had been>. prevaricate softens the bluntness of lie by implying quibbling or confusing the issue <during the hearings the witness did his best to prevaricate>. equivocate implies using words having more than one sense so as to seem to say one thing but intend another <equivocated endlessly in an attempt to mislead her inquisitors>. palter implies making unreliable statements of fact or intention or insincere promises <a swindler paltering with his investors>. fib applies to a telling of a trivial untruth <fibbed about the price of the new suit>.

How often do we lie to others?

Most people lie to others once or twice a day and deceive about 30 people per week. The average is 7 times per hour if you count all the times people lie to themselves. We lie in 30 to 38% of all our interactions. College students lie in 50% of conversations with their mothers.

– 10,000,000 people lie to the IRS each year.

– 80% of us lie on our resumes.

– 70% of all doctors lie to insurance companies.

– 100% of dating couples surveyed lied to each other in about a third of their conversations.

– 20% – 30% of middle managers surveyed had written fraudulent internal reports.

– 95% of participating college students surveyed were willing to tell at least one lie to a potential employer to win a job, and 41% had already done so.

We are lied to about 200 times each day.

Unfortunately, many Christians have developed patterns of dishonesty that seems harmless but become roots of denial, rationalization, compromise, and self-delusion. Going into training means eliminating little lies, white lies, or partial truths it means little by little you make progress. One of the ways we can train ourselves in building integrity is when we exaggerate, or tell someone a lie we go back immediately and confess it then ask for forgiveness. Once we establish our integrity in this foundation area it becomes a launching pad for tremendous growth in the other areas of our life.

 

2. Emotional Control

 

Eph 4:26-27  Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.

 

Not All anger is sin, anger in and of itself not inherently evil. It’s what we do with our anger that makes the difference.

1.    Anger defined  2anger Function:  noun  Etymology: Middle English, affliction, anger, from Old Norse angr grief; akin to Old English enge narrow, Latin angere to strangle, Greek anchein  Date: 14th century

1 : a strong feeling of displeasure and usually of antagonism 2 : rage synonyms anger , ire , rage , fury , indignation , wrath mean an intense emotional state induced by displeasure. anger, the most general term, names the reaction but in itself conveys nothing about intensity or justification or manifestation of the emotional state <tried to hide his anger>. ire, more frequent in literary contexts, may suggest greater intensity than anger, often with an evident display of feeling <cheeks flushed dark with ire>. rage suggests loss of self-control from violence of emotion <screaming with rage>. fury is overmastering destructive rage that can verge on madness <in her fury she accused us all of betrayal>. indignation stresses righteous anger at what one considers unfair, mean, or shameful <a comment that caused general indignation>. wrath is likely to suggest a desire or intent to revenge or punish <rose in his wrath and struck his tormentor>.

Three Greek words are often translated “anger”: thumos, parorgismos, and orge.a) Thumos refers to a fury out of control. It sometimes refers to something that went up in smoke.b) Parorgismos is an internal seething, a fuming resentment that most often arises out of jealousy.c) Orge refers to anger based on a settled conviction. People have certain priorities they’re committed to, and when something violates those priorities, they respond. For example, you love your children with all your heart, but if someone hurts them, you will be angry.

You can be angry and sin or be angry and not sin. Your motive is the issue.

a) Unrighteous anger

Thumos is never to characterize a Christian. In the New Testament it refers to unregenerate men or someone engaging in sin. It’s also used of Satan (Rev. 12:12) and God’s ultimate wrath on sinners (Rom. 2:8). Only God can go to the extreme end of anger and still be righteous because He is always under control. But to us thumos is unrighteous because we are unable to control it.

b) Righteous anger

Sometimes parorgismos and orge can rightfully characterize a Christian as long as the anger is for other than selfish reasons. We can be angry over what grieves God and hinders His causes. But we are not to be so angry that it results in sin. Don’t be angry for your own causes. Don’t get angry when people offend you. Don’t let your anger degenerate into personal resentment, bitterness, sullenness, or moodiness. That is forbidden. The only justifiable anger defends the great, glorious, and holy nature of our God.

(1) Exemplified by Jesus

In John 2:13-17 we see the majestic indignation of Christ on display as He cleanses the Temple. God’s holiness was at stake, so Jesus took decisive action against the unrighteousness He found in the Temple.

John 11:33 says Jesus “groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.” It’s quite possible that Jesus was experiencing inner fury over the consequences of the Fall when He saw that His friend Lazarus was dead. Seeing Lazarus may have brought to mind the terrible things He would endure on the cross when He bore the sins of the world in His own body. Jesus was angry about sin–and He had a right to be.

2) Exemplified by Paul

The apostle Paul became angry with the Corinthians because they didn’t get angry over sin in their congregation (1 Cor. 5:1-2). They tolerated incest in their fellowship and didn’t become angry about it when they should have.

In 1 Timothy 1:20 Paul apparently was so angry at Hymenaeus and Alexander that he threw them out of the church and delivered them over to Satan.

B. The Commitment (vv. 26b-27)

1. To deal with sin (v. 26b) “Let not the sun go down upon your wrath.”

That refers to the wrong kind of anger. If our anger has become sin, we are to deal with it now and not sleep on it. The New Testament continually exhorts us to face sin and deal with it now by confessing and repenting of it. If we don’t and we harbor an unforgiving spirit, Satan will “get an advantage of us” (2 Cor. 2:11).

 

2. To deal with Satan (v. 27)  “Neither give place to the devil.”

The Greek word translated “devil” (diabolos) means “slanderer.” Anger will inevitably lead to slander–either in speech or thoughts. That gives a place to the slander. As John 8:44 indicates, when a person constantly lies he gives evidence that his father is the devil. Similarly, people who are continually angry reveal that they too belong to him.

3. Financial Stewardship

Eph 4:28  Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

 

Most of the tine we all want to “signup for the marathon one day and win it the next” without putting in the time it takes to train and prepare. Over 2/3 of all lottery winners are broke after 5 years and many have lost family, friends and self respect.

Employee Theft Is No. 1 Problem Facing Today’s Busy Retailers

For the past few years, retailers in general often report that they believe the problem of internal theft to be responsible for the greater portion of inventory shrinkage. In more recent surveys, the participating retailers reported that they estimate employee theft to account for between 38% and 43% of total inventory shrinkage. Whatever the amount, employee theft is believed by many to be the No. 1 problem facing retailing.

The FBI calls employee theft “the fastest growing crime in America!”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that 75% of employees steal from the workplace and that most do so repeatedly.

One third of all U.S. corporate bankruptcies are directly caused by employee theft.

Col 3:22- 25 Slaves, obey your masters according to the flesh in all things; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing God.  And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men; knowing that from the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance. For you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong shall receive justice for the wrong which he did, and there is no respect of persons.

 

4. Positive Speech

 

Eph 4:29  Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Eph 4:30  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

 

The way we talk to others can grieve the Holy Sprit. It breaks God’s heart when something comes out of our mouths that reduces another person.

Bible Time: Proverbs 10:11,15:1-4,16:24,28-28. Luke 6:45

Jas 1:19- 20 Therefore, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. For the wrath of man does not work out the righteousness of God.

5.    Private Attitudes

Eph 4:31- 32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

 

I’ll forgive but I’ll never forget!

It’s not done till we’re even!

Do unto others before they do unto you!

Don’t get mad get even!

 

How do we overcome a lie and sin in our lives with the truth of the word of God.

 

How can we be kind to one another?

How do we express tenderheartedness?

Forgiving =?

 

In closing:

 

We put off the Old man (woman)

We renew our hearts and minds (the Word)

We put on the new man (mind of Christ)

 

 

 

 

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