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Fear Not, Be Still

Fear Not, Be Still

Isaiah 35:4 ESV “Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; *fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”
 
Exodus 14:13-14 NCV “But Moses answered, “Don’t be afraid! Stand still and you will see the Lord save you today. You will never see these Egyptians again after today.You only need to remain calm; the Lord will fight for you.”
 
Romans 4:18
“When there was nothing left to hope for, Abraham still hoped and believed…”
  • Remaining calm can be difficult but God always encourages us to be still and let him save us.
  • God fights for us
  • Standing still means to control your emotions and let God take control.
  • It means being able to calm yourself with God’s spirit in you and trusting God to save you.
  • It means that you have a relationship with God that can help you calm your emotions which means that we have to have conviction that we need God every day.
  • It means you actually “value” your relationship with God
  • Do you see a daily need for devotion to God?
  • How is your walk with God going?
  • Signs it’s going well.. -it’s consistent, daily -there’s actual bible study -there’s real prayers -there’s faith with action -there’s a God focus (not man) -there’s conviction overflow -there’s an outward focus
 
Psalm 42:5-6
“Why am I so overwrought? Why am I so disturbed? Why can’t I just hope in God? Despite all my emotions, I will believe and praise the One Who saves me and is my life. My God, my soul is so traumatized; the only help is remembering You, wherever I may be…”
  • How much do your emotions interfere with your relationship with God..reading and praying every day?
  • Our emotions should lead us to God not away from him.
Ex. Seeing God answer prayers increases our faith and draws us closer to him!
 
1 Samuel 12:16 NCV “Now “stand still” and see the great thing the Lord will do before your eyes.”
 
Isaiah 65:24 NCV “I will provide for their needs before they ask, and I will help them “while they are still asking” for help.”
  • God knows what we need and is willing to answer even before we pray

Lots of kinds of anxiety

Psalm 127:2 ESV “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”
  • Anxious toil -anxious heart -anxious striving
  • Signs of anxious toil; -nervous sleep, nervous work
  • We should be able to sleep in peace because we ultimately trust God.
  • Fear and control can replaces a relationship with God.
  • Fear strangles us, it cuts off the oxygen to our faith.
  • Fear stifles the Holy Spirit
  • We must surrender all our fears to God

Fear Not…be still

Ecclesiastes 11:4 ESV “He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.”
  • Fear is distracting & paralyzing.
  • It keeps us from moving forward in our life.
  • “Fearful strife” and “control” “nervous working” wears us out.
  • How much are you being lead by fear verses God’s spirit?

Still not Spiritual……….Reflects our walk with God

1 Corinthians 3:3 NCV “You are still not spiritual, because there is jealousy and quarreling among you, and this shows that you are not spiritual. You are acting like people of the world.”
 
Signs of being worldly
  • What does the bible say makes us not spiritual?
  • Jealousy, quarreling?
  • Competing with one another instead of loving one another. -This is a sign of not having a deep love for God or conviction about your walk because we are more focused on men than pleasing God.
  • Who do we compete with?
  • Who are we jealous of?
  • Who are we quarreling with?
Are you more Motivated by God or other people? Are you more Fleshly or spiritual? Are you more Secure or insecure? Are you more Controlling or trusting?
 

Anxious Fears

Psalm 34:4 MSG “God met me more than halfway, he freed me from my anxious fears.”
  • Fears…..They stay with you. They stick to your heart and it’s hard to let go or shake it off.
  • Fears…..They steal your faith
 
Jeremiah 17:7-8 GW “Blessed is the person who trusts the LORD. The LORD will be his confidence. He will be like a tree that is planted by water. It will send its roots down to a stream. It will not be afraid in the heat of summer. Its leaves will turn green. It will not be anxious during droughts. It will not stop producing fruit.”
 
Daniel 7:15 ESV “As for me, Daniel, “my spirit” within me was anxious, and the visions of my head alarmed me.”
 
Psalm 42:6 Voice “My God, my soul is so traumatized; the only help is remembering You wherever I may be.”
  • “anxious spirit” or a “traumatized soul”
  • Instead of peace, calm or trust
  • Our relationship with God is the only thing that can rescue us from an anxious spirit.
  • When we lack conviction about walking with God or putting God first we will automatically give way to fear and anxiety
Matthew 6:25 ESV “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”
  • Anxious about material needs
  • Anxious about your life
  • Will I get a house?
  • Will I get a 401k?
  • Will I get furniture?
  • Will I get ——-fill in blank?
  • Will I get to travel?
  • Idolatry?
 
Psalm 37:7-8 NIV “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.”
 
Matthew 6:27 ESV “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”
  • Anxious about present life
  • We can’t add anything to your life by worrying about it.
  • Therefore worry is destructive.
 
Matthew 6:31 ESV “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?'”
 
Matthew 6:34 ESV “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
  • Anxious about the future
  • Always planning(controlling) your future
  • Always thinking about tomorrow
  • Better to live in and be grateful for present.
  • To Enjoy what God has given you today
 
Ecclesiastes 5:19-20 NIV “Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.”
Mark 13:11 ESV
“And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.”
  • Anxious about speaking
  • Not wanting to do God’s will
  • Not wanting to lead
  • Not wanting to grow or extend yourself
Luke 10:41-42 ESV “But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
  • Anxious about responsibilities
  • Are you Being Anxious and controlled about many things?
  • Nervous responsibilities?
 
Philippians 2:27-28 ESV “Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have *sorrow upon sorrow. I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.”
  • Anxious about our concern for others
  • Anxious sorrow
Philippians 4:6-7 ESV “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
  • God simply says do not be anxious but to pray and be thankful
  • This is easier said than done. Many times we go over that pretty quickly but we don’t actually question ourselves
  • Do I control my emotions with my relationship with God and able to calm myself and be still and trusting God no matter what?
  • Am I Actually devoted to prayer every day?
  • How much I’m actually praying through things
  • Am I grateful for every day
  • Do I have a deep conviction about relationship with God?
 
Psalm 46:10 NIV “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
 
How much Does anxiety lead my family? my husband? affect my children? and mostly steal my relationship with God as it replaces faith then God’s peace will guard your heart, mind and emotions in Christ.
 
Psalm 34:4 MSG “God met me more than halfway, he freed me from my anxious fears.”
  • God promises that he can free us from all our anxious fears
  • What does it mean when God says he met me more than halfway?
 
Exodus 14:14 NIV “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
 
Psalm 4:3 ESV “But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him.
 
Psalm 46:10 NIV “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
 
Jeremiah 9:23-24 NLT “This is what the LORD says: “Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the LORD, have spoken!”
 


Freedom In Christ

Q: Anyone remember movie Shawshank Redemption?
Q: When in your life have you felt what it means to be FREE?
Q: What kind of freedom did Jesus bring to us? Jesus came to set us FREE so we would experience the abundant life!
Luke 4:18-19 NIV
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
John 8:34-36 NIV
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
 

FREE FROM SIN

Romans 6:7,20,22 NIV
[7] because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. [20] When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. [22] But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
-let me help you get free from sin!
-You’re carrying too much guilt, too much sin, too many burdens
Galatians 5:13 NIV
[13] You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
2 Peter 2:17-20 NLT
[17] These people are as useless as dried-up springs or as mist blown away by the wind. They are doomed to blackest darkness. [18] They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting. With an appeal to twisted sexual desires, they lure back into sin those who have barely escaped from a lifestyle of deception. [19] They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you. [20] And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before.
Romans 7:24-25 NLT
[24] Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? [25] Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.
Romans 8:2 NLT
[2] And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
 

FREE TO SERVE

Galatians 5:13 NIV
[13] You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature ; rather, serve one another in love.
1 Peter 2:16-17 NIV
[16] Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. [17] Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.
-using your freedom as a cover up for evil
 

FREE TO APPROACH GOD

Ephesians 3:12 NIV
[12] In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
 

FREE TO GIVE

1 Chronicles 29:9 NIV
[9] The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly.
Proverbs 11:24-25 NIV
[24] One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. [25] A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
Matthew 10:8 NIV
[8] Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
 

FREE TO WIN AS MANY AS POSSIBLE

1 Corinthians 9:19,22 NIV
[19] Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. [22] To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.
 

FREE TO OPEN YOUR HEART

2 Corinthians 6:11-13 NIV
[11] We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. [12] We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. [13] As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.
 

FREEDOM IN WORD OF GOD

James 1:25 NIV
[25] But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.
Psalm 119:45 NIV
[45] I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.
 

FREE FROM FEARS

Hebrews 2:15 NIV
[15] and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
 

FREE TO BE CONTENT

Hebrews 13:5-6 NIV
[5] Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” [6] So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”


The Vine and the Branches

LIFE ON THE VINE  Jesus says in John 15:7, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” I have been on a quest to understand this promise of asking and have concluded that Jesus is referring to the prayers of the vine: prayers that are instinctively in alignment with God’s will because remaining on the vine is the one and only object of one’s desire. Notice how many times Jesus says the word remain in these verses. John 15:5-7 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

Jesus uses beautiful imagery to help us understand how we can have a divine partnership
 
 

What does it mean to remain? One Definition:   To stay behind in the same place.   Imagine a young girl standing on a street corner with her mother.  The mother has her hand gently planted on the child’s shoulder.  They are waiting for the light to turn green so they can cross the street.  The girl does not see any cars coming from either direction and flexes with the intention to run across the street.  Just then a car zooms by and the child is startled but then remains as she realizes the boundaries set by the light and her mother have protected her.  Just like this child who has learned a valuable lesson of remaining on that street corner until the signal indicates she can cross, I want to explore and obey the deep truths Jesus teaches about remaining on the vine. How do we go ahead of God?  2nd Definition:  to be left after the removal, loss, destruction of all else.  This aptly describes what happens after pruning.  Have you ever felt like God pruned your branch down to the nub where there as practically nothing left?  When has God pruned you? We need to recognize when we are in the pruning season. Loss of finances, possessions, loss of influence, position or opportunity are times to refocus rather that retreat.  God is redirecting us.   For the physical vine, the gardener’s pruning requires the removal of dead, diseased or damaged stems.  Dead stems attract insects and invite diseases to develop.  Pruning cuts, rids and removes anything superfluous or undesirable.   For the spiritual vine, God’s Word helps remove all the dead and diseased thought patterns from our lives because these thought patterns cause our hearts to become diseased:  thoughts full of bitterness, complaints, discouragement, disbelief, cynicism, jealousy, pride, unforgiveness, competition, lust, greed, lack of love, apathy and the list goes on.  Colossians 3:8-14 Pruning cuts out the bad so that new growth can occur.  This process puts life back into us.   Read Hebrews 4:12-13 However, just like too much pruning can stress the vine and cause it to die, over pruning in our lives can cause harm to our faith and hearts.   This is where God’s mercy comes in. God’s pruning of those who are remaining on the vine is for the purpose of stimulating growth in sparse areas and to restrict growth where too much growth is undesirable. If you allow God to prune you, your life will be in perfect balance – even during a trial or in the middle of your pain. The good will be so good and the difficult will be full of purpose in your life.   God is intentional, appropriate and timely in his pruning of each soul on the vine.  Consider these verses when you think of why God prunes us with mercy.   Psalms 103:13-14 13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; 14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. 1 Corinthians 10:13 13 No temptation (The Greek for temptation can also mean testing and tested) has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. Why does God prune us? God prunes us so that He can answer more of our prayers.  When we are pruned on the vine we learn to abide in Christ, which in turn results in the freedom to ask God “whatever you wish, and it will be done for you (John 15:7).   God prunes us so that we will bring glory to Him.  Giving glory to God is impossible in the heart of the person who does not have in mind the things of God but rather the things of men.  But when remaining in Christ is your highest desire, then bringing glory to God is your main concern and in doing so God will lift you up.  1 Peter 5:6 God prunes us so that we will bear more fruit.  Galatians 5:22-23. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. All of these attributes are so intricately woven into your mind and heart that they persist during the very difficult seasons of your life.  God prunes us to strengthen our salvation.  When we choose to remain on the vine, the pruning of God strengthens our assurance of salvation and our heavenly inheritance from the Father.  Hebrews 12:7-8 7 says that God’s discipline of us proves He is our father. 

  1. Are you remaining on the vine and receiving the life-giving benefits of abiding in Christ?
  2. Are you grateful for merciful pruning that God is doing in your life or do you resist it?
  3. What can you name in your life today is an example of God pruning you so that you will be even more fruitful?


Parents Build Spiritual Homes

Parents Build Spiritual Homes

1.Setting A Standard In Your Home

Joshua 24:15 NIV “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
 
2 Timothy 1:5 NIV I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
 
Q: Have you made a statement of faith to your family and set a standard? Q: How united are you and your spouse on setting a spiritual standard?
 
Psalm 127:1-4 NIV “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves. Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.
 
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NLT “Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
 
Psalm 101:2-7 NIV I will be careful to lead a blameless life—when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart. I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it. The perverse of heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with what is evil. Whoever slanders their neighbor in secret, I will put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, I will not tolerate. My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; the one whose walk is blameless will minister to me. No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.
 
Q: What convictions will you have and hold to in your home? Q: What are the spiritual areas of compromise and neglect in your home?
 

2.Marriage Comes First

Genesis 2:24 Voice Now this is the reason a man leaves his father and his mother, and is united with his wife; and the two become one flesh.
 
Hebrews 13:4 NLT Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.
 
Q: How do you know when your marriage is neglected and kids become top priority?
 
Ephesians 5:25-29 NLT For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church.
 
Proverbs 3:33 NLT The LORD curses the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the upright.
 
 


What Prayer Can Do!

Luke 11:1

“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 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?

Prayer Is Coming Near To God

Deuteronomy 4:7   “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! PRAYER – is all about coming NEAR to God!

Prayer Is Priority

Jesus made prayer the priority in his life because he made his relationship with God priority! Mark 1:35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”

  • Prayer gives clarity – spending time with God should make you more aware, focused and clear-minded on what you need to do

Hebrews 5:7(NLT) “While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God.”

Prayer Is Hindered When We Cherish Sin

Psalms 66:16-18 ”Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me.  17 I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue.18 If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened

  • “Cherished Sin” – it’s not the sins we do as much as maybe the sins we want to do that get in the way of our prayers!

Prayer Impacts To God

Acts 10:1-2 “At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.”

  • Prayer matters to God! Prayer impacts God! He doesn’t forget your prayers and good deeds – he will make good on things.

What Inspires Us To Pray?

  • We Find Peace: We Can Relieve Fear and Anxiety When We Pray!  [Philippians 4:6-7]
  • We Find Our Destiny: Assurance God Out To Help Us!   [Jeremiah 29:11]
  • We Break Free From Human Limits: Things Change When Believe In Prayer. [James 5:17-18]


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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