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What Can God Do?

What Can God Do?

Hebrews 11:1 (Voice)

“Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen.”

Hebrews 11:1-2 (TLB)

“What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead. Men of God in days of old were famous for their faith.

Matthew 19:26 (Voice)

“People cannot save themselves. But with God all things are possible.”

 
Q: What Can God Do?
Q: How has God made impossible things happen in your life?
Q: What did God do in your life that brought you to Him?
 

Jeremiah 32:26 (CEV)

“Jeremiah, I am the Lord God. I rule the world, and I can do anything.”

Jeremiah 10:1-16

Psalm 147:5 (TPT)

“How great is our God! There’s absolutely nothing His power cannot accomplish, and He has infinite understanding of everything.”

Romans 4:17 (TPT)

“…He (Abraham) is our example and father, for in God’s presence he believed that God can raise the dead and call into beings things that don’t even exist yet.”

 

God Can Create Something New:

Isaiah 43:19 (VOICE)

“Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it’s happening now, even as I speak, and you’re about to see it. I am preparing a way thru the desert; waters will flow where there had been none.”
 
Q: Is there a desert in your life right now?

Q: Is God creating any rivers?

God Can Keep All His Promises:

Psalm 105:5 (TPT)

“Don’t you ever forget His miracles and marvels. Hold to your heart every judgement He has decreed. V.8-9 For though a thousand generations may pass away, He is still true to His word. He has kept every promise He made to Abraham and to Isaac.”

 

God Can Change People’s Hearts:

Ezekiel 26:26 (NCV)

“I will give them a desire to respect me completely, and I will put inside them a new way of thinking. I will take out the stubborn heart of stone from their bodies, and I will give them an obedient heart of flesh.” (Money won’t change your heart, a new husband or a husband, good grades, the perfect job)
 

What Can Our Faith Do:

Hebrews 3:12 (TPT)

“So search your hearts every day, my brothers and sisters, and make sure that none of you has evil or unbelief hiding within you. For it will lead you astray, and make you unresponsive to the living God. This is the time to encourage each other to never be stubborn or hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.


The Forgotten Quality

This is the quality of heart! John Madden said he figured out why he doesn’t play golf well! He doesn’t care! It bothers him so much when he plays, that he figured out how not to be bothered! Just don’t care! One way that many of us deal with the pressures and challenges of life are to adopt this mentality. We decide that we just won’t care! We lose heart! We become heartless! The effort to restore heart throughout the scriptures is an important one. You might say that time and time again we find that people in the scriptures forget about their heart. It becomes the forgotten quality. This study can help each of us restore it to its rightful place. Proverbs 27:19 “As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.”

David…A Man After God’s Heart

Acts 13:22
“After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ 
I Samuel 16:7
“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Guard Your Heart

Proverbs 4:23
“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”  
Proverbs 28:14
“Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble.

A Resistant Heart

Proverbs 5:12
You will say, “How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!”
Proverbs 12:1
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.
Proverbs 9:7
Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.
Proverbs 9:9
Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.

A Pure Heart

Proverbs 6:25
“Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes,  
Proverbs 17:20
“A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.”
Psalms 51:10
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

The Proud Heart

Proverbs 16:5
The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
Proverbs 18:12
Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
Psalm 101:5
Whoever slanders their neighbor in secret, I will put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, I will not tolerate…
Proverbs 15:25
The Lord tears down the house of the proud…  
Proverbs 21:4
Haughty eyes and a proud heart— the unplowed field of the wicked—produce sin.
Proverbs 3:5-7
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight…Do not be wise in your own eyes.

The Hidden Heart (Unknown Heart)

Proverbs 20:5
The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.
Proverbs 20:9
Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”?
Proverbs 26:23(NLT)
Smooth words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot.
Proverbs 26:24
A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit.
Proverbs 26:25
Though his speech is charming, do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart.

A Learner’s Heart

Proverbs 5:12
“You will say, “How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned correction!”
Proverbs 10:8
“The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.”
Proverbs 22:17
Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,
Proverbs 23:12
Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.
Proverbs 23:19
Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path.
Proverbs 23:26
My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways,
Proverbs 24:32
I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:
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We Have Hope

We Have Hope

Why do large ships on the ocean need an anchor?
Once we were on a ferry boat from Port Angeles to Canada. The ocean waves were so rough, people began falling. We heard over the mic “everyone take your seat” and “hold on.” All you saw was water out the window!! The boat was rocking back and forth so much…..scary moment!
 
What is our anchor…..what keeps our emotions and feelings and faith steady, sure, through tough times…..
 

Hebrews 6:19 NIV

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,”
 
Where is your hope?
What does it mean to have hope in God alone? So easy to put our hope in the things of the world.
-hope I make more money
-hope I get this job
-hope we can buy this house
 
So many things happen in life which can shake the world we live in. They can upset our comfort or rock our confidence.
 
Q: How do you handle life’s problems and challenges? We want to avoid, then run from relationship problems, hurts and disappointments.
Q: How do you handle personal failure, personals sins and guilt?
 
REMEMBER……we were at one time separate from Christ….
Q: How can we be separate from Christ and be at church all time??
 

Ephesians 2:12-13 NIV

“Remember at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
 
Q: What was it like to study Bible to become a disciple?
Remember heart to repent?
Remember the heart to please God?
Remember heart to read and pray?
 
Q: What does it feel like to have no hope…..be hopeless…….“Without hope”?
 

Ephesians 4:17-19 NLT

“With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.
 
Q: Ever talk to someone who is hopelessly confused?
Q: Ever been the person who is hopelessly confused? How does this happen?
 

Psalm 94:18-19 NLT

I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O LORD, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.
 

Psalm 143:4-10 NLT

“I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear. I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done. I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain. Come quickly, LORD, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die. Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, LORD; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.”
 

Dare To Love With All Your Heart

Lamentations 3:21-24 NLT

“Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”
Renew your hope each morning.
Renew your faith every day.
Refresh your spirit with hope in God’s promises.
 

Romans 15:4 NLT

“Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.” The Scriptures give us hope and encouragement! The Scriptures teach us how to be patient and faithful.
When we decide to stop reading the Scriptures….our faith weakens, love stops, hope fades!
 
Never forget when my then college age daughter took me to a U2 concert in Oakland, California. The entire stadium stood for a couple hours singing all their old songs during the concert! The crowd had deep love for their songs and message! They knew ever lyric and still enjoyed singing 20 year old songs!
 
We have been married now over 40 years. Some will say perhaps your love is all worn out…..too many “miles” on the marriage! How can your love grow, deepen and become richer through the years?
 
Have we become “so familiar” with God…..no longer the excitement and thrill? Have you heard the voice that says, “too many prayers unanswered.” “This is old now, I need something new…..something better?” Love deepens….deeper appreciation.
 
Deeper understanding…
 

Mark 12:29-31 TPT

Jesus answered him, “The most important of all the commandments is this: ‘The Lord Yahweh, our God, is one!’ You are to love the Lord Yahweh, your God, with every passion of your heart, with all the energy of your being, with every thought that is within you, and with all your strength. This is the great and supreme commandment. And the second is this: ‘You must love your neighbor in the same way you love yourself.’ You will never find a greater commandment than these.”
 

Dare To Rejoice In Trials

Romans 5:3-6 NLT

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.”
 

Dare To Be Confident In Hope!

Colossians 1:4-6 NLT

“For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News. This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.”


Dare To Love

WHAT DO I REALLY LOVE:

Eccl. 5:10
Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.
 
Psalms 52:3
You love evil more than good and lies more than truth.
 
Psalms 4:2
How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods.
 
Psalms 52:4
You love every harmful word, O you deceitful tongue!
 
Proverbs 17:19
He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.

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Falling In Love With God

We need to develop the LOVE to be a Christian:

One thing Judy and I have realized over the 37 years we have been married: make a decision on what kind of marriage we want to have! Do we LOVE being married? Do we LOVE being married to one another or will we just be roommates, tolerate each other, just exist in a marriage that has become routine, boring, shallow, one that’s lost its fire but “we are still committed!”
  • Loving to be a Christian WHEN we are all by ourselves!
  • Loving to be a Christian when sin tempts us and wants to control us!
  • Loving to be a Christian when we are tested in our faith?
  • Do we love church more than we love our relationship with God?
  • Do you enjoy and “delight” in your relationship w God?
  • Is your day centered around loving God?

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Deep Convictions

1 Thessalonians 1:5

“For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.”
 
Q: What does it mean to have Deep Convictions?
Q: What are things we do that do not require deep convictions? – chores around the house….making your bed each day? – cleaning the house – shopping for food
– others?
Q: What does require us to have deep convictions or a level of convictions to do? – our finances and bills
– serious health issues
– driving on 2 lane road with oncoming traffic

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Never Give Up!

Ever felt like quitting? It’s always easier to quit and give up! We all feel like giving up sometimes. The Bible brings us strength to not give up or give in to our feelings. This list of Scriptures will jumpstart your heart to focus on what God can do, not what you feel like you can’t do.

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Do We Pray?

Luke 11:1 (NLT)

Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
– Why did the disciples ask Jesus this request?
– Why not ask to walk on the water or raise the dead? Why not ask Jesus to teach something more spectacular or more powerful?
– What was so impressive about the prayer life of Jesus that this was the only written request of the disciples?
 

1. Prayer Is Coming Near to God

Deuteronomy 4:7 (NIV)

What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the
Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?
– God says, “When you pray I want to be close to you!” He loves us and wants to be close!
– That’s the reason the Cross took place, the driving force in God was love for us!
– PRAYER – is all about coming NEAR to God!


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Is God Enough?

Psalm 73:1-5 (NCV)

“God is truly good to Israel, to those who have pure hearts.  But I had almost stopped believing; I had almost lost my faith because I was envious of proud people.  I saw wicked people doing well.  They are not suffering; they are healthy and strong.  They don’t have troubles like the rest of us; they don’t have problems like the rest of us.”

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“A Life Worth Living” Together

1. Friends that Pray together stay together

 
“When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” Matthew 18:19-20 (MSG)
– When we pray together two things happen
a. God goes into action
b. God will be with us
– Don’t let pride keep us from praying together – not wanting to be vulnerable with each other or see our need
– Prayer Times together as a house church


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