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Spiritual Vision!
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October 22, 2017 10:02 AM PDT
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cd#17.10.22 “And Elisha prayed, and said, `LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw…” 2Kgs.6:17 SPIRITUAL VISION: 1. IS THE REMEDY FOR THE DISTURBED IN HEART! “And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, `Alas, my master! What shall we do?’” 2Kgs.6:15 • The natural man only sees the physical: “(14) But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (15) But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.” 1Cor.2:14-15 • His sight is darkened: “because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Rom.1:21 • Satan has blinded him: “(3) But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, (4) whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” 2Cor.4:3-4 2. SEES THE INVISIBLE! “So he answered, `Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ 2Kgs.6:16 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Heb.11:1 ><> “Vision is looking at life through the lens of God’s eye.” Chuck Swindoll <>< 3. CAN ONLY BE GIVEN BY THE ONE TRUE GOD! “And Elisha prayed, and said, `LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see…….’ 2Kgs.6:17a ><> “While the preacher imagines that he can do something, he will do nothing. While teachers or parents entertain the belief that there is some innate power in themselves with which they can do God’s work, they are off the right track, for God will not work through those who believe in their own self-sufficiency. But when you say, `I can no more save a soul than I can open the eyes of a man born blind, I am utterly helpless in this matter,’ then it is that you begin to pray; and beginning to pray, you are taught how to act, and God uses you as his instrument, and eyes are opened, opened by you, instrumentally, and God gets all the glory.” Charles Spurgeon <>< 4. IS THE WILL OF GOD, AND HE WILL ANSWER THIS PRAYER! “(17b) …Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (18) So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, and said, `Strike this people, I pray, with blindness.’ And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.” 2Kgs.6:17b-18 “O You who hear prayer, to You all flesh will come.” Ps.65:2 SO WHAT? 1. WE ALL LACK SPIRITUAL VISION UNTIL WE ARE BORN FROM ABOVE! “Jesus answered and said to him, `Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’” Jn.3:3 2. I KNOW I AM BORN AGAIN, BUT I AM FACING A DESPERATE SITUATION! “(16) Then she went and sat down across from him at a distance of about a bowshot; for she said to herself, `Let me not see the death of the boy.’ So she sat opposite him, and lifted her voice and wept. (17) And God heard the voice of the lad. Then the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said to her, `What ails you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. (18) Arise, lift up the lad and hold him with your hand, for I will make him a great nation.’ (19) Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink.” Gen.21:16-19 “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.” Ps.34:17 3. I CAN GROW IN SPIRITUAL VISION! “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Heb.11:1 • Sin hinders growth in vision (Mt.5:8) • Blind spots (planks in the eye) hinder growth in vision (Mt.7:5) • Afflictions prepare us for growth in vision (Jb.42:5) • God answers the prayer for growth in vision (Ps.119:18) • When Christ opens my eyes to a proper understanding of scripture, my heart will be set ablaze with joy, hope, testimony and a desire to minister (Lk.24:31-32) 4. WHO AM I AN ELISHA FOR? “And Elisha prayed, and said, `LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw…” 2Kgs.6:17 “(14) Now this is the confidence that we have in Him that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (15) And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” 1Jn.5:14-15 “Do you not say, `There are still four months and then comes the harvest? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! Jn.4:35 WHAT IS MY NEXT STEP? SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS • The theme of this message is spiritual vision, its importance, and how it is obtained and grown in! 1. What do you do when you are facing a distressing situation? How do you respond? 2. (Read 2Kgs.6:8-18). How did the young servant of the prophet Elisha respond? What did he see? What did Elisha see? What was the difference? What did Elisha pray for? 3. What is spiritual vision (see Jn.3:3)? It is God’s gift to be able to see what (see Heb.11:1)? What does it mean to be born again? How does God give someone eternal life? Look up these verses: • (Jn.3:16) One is born again when he puts his faith in Christ! • (Jn.1:12-13) He receives Christ by the will of God! • (2Cor.5:17) He then becomes in Christ! • (Tit.3:5) He is regenerated and washed by the Spirit! • (1Jn.2:29;3:9; 4:7; 5:1,4, 18) He practices righteousness not sin, he loves, overcomes the world, and he can’t be harmed by Satan! • HAVE YOU BEEN BORN AGAIN? 4. Review #3 of the sermon outline under SO WHAT! What has hindered spiritual vision in my life the most? Has someone ever pointed out a blind spot in my life? How did I respond? What has sparked the greatest growth in my spiritual vison? Share an example! 5. Who am I being an Elisha for? What am I praying for? Is it God’s will for me to pray for spiritual vision for others? Let’s pray right now! DAILY BIBLE READING Mon (2Kgs.6:8-23) Praying for spiritual vision from God Tue (Jn.3:1-3) Spiritual vision and how one receives it Wed (Heb.11:1) Spiritual vision enables one to see the unseen Thu (1Cor.2:14-16) The natural man does not have spiritual vision Fri (Mt.5:8) Sin hinders growth in spiritual vision Sat (Lk.24:31-32) Spiritual vision is imparted when Christ open my understanding of Scripture
Security in an insecure world, Pt.2!
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October 15, 2017 09:37 AM PDT
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cd.17.10.15 October 15,2017 Message by Denny Mashburn

(29) For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. (30) Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
Rom.8:29-30

AS A CHRISTIAN, MY SECURITY IS:

1. GUARANTEED BY GOD’S PROMISE!

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Rom.8:28

<>“To the sinner, all things work together for evil. Is he prosperous? He is as the beast that is fattened for the slaughter. Is he healthy? He is as the blooming flower that is ripening for the mower’s scythe. Does he suffer? His sufferings are the first drops of the eternal hailstorm of divine vengeance. Everything to the sinner, if he could but open his eye, has a black aspect….(to the Christian) Did you ever hear of a man who got his health by being sick? That is a Christian. He gets rich by his losses, he rises by his falls, he goes on by being pushed back, he lives by dying, he grows by being diminished, and becomes full by being emptied. Well, if the bad things work him so much good, what must his best things do? If he can sing in a dungeon, how sweetly will he sing in heaven!”
Charles Spurgeon<>

2. ORDAINED BY GOD’S PURPOSE!

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
Rom.8:29

A. I am foreknown: (proginos’ko- “to know before) it combines the ideas of intimate knowledge and deliberate choice!

• (1Pet.1:20) “He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.”
• (Acts 2:23-24) “(23) Him being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; (24) whom God raised up because it was not possible that He should be held by it.”

B. I am predestined: (proori’zo- to determine beforehand, appoint) it means my eternal destiny is predetermined!

C. My destiny: “to be conformed to the image of His Son.”

• Conformed bodily and spiritually (perfection)

D. To glorify His preeminent Son: “that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

3. ASSURED BY GOD’S GRACIOUS PROCESS!

“Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
Rom.8:30

A. I am called- (kale’o-call) can be an outward or inward call, here it refers to the inward call of God to those ordained to eternal life: “who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.”
2Tim.1:9
B. I am justified- (di’kaios-to declare righteous, not guilty): “Therefore having been justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Rom.5:1
C. I am glorified- (doza’zo-to honor, make glorious): “to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2Thes.2:14

SO WHAT?

1. Oh, bless His name, He chose me: “(3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (4) just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.”
Eph.1:3-4
2. God’s sovereignty in salvation means I am secure: “(4) just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.” Eph.1:4

3. God’s sovereignty gives purpose to my sufferings: “(4) who comforts us in all our tribulation that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2Cor.1:4

4. God’s sovereignty makes evangelism hopeful: “(14) How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? Rom.10:14

5. God’s sovereignty motivates me to holy living: “who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according tour works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.” 2Tim.1:9

6. God’s sovereignty humbles human pride: “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.” Jn.6:44

7. But is this fair? “(19) You will say to me then, `Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?’ (20) But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, `Why have you made me like this?’ (21) Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?”
Rom.9:19-21

8. But what about my loved ones? “So they said, `Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:31

9. But what if He hasn’t chosen me? “(16) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life…(18) He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Jn.3:16, 18

NOW WHAT?

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is security in an insecure world for those who follow Christ!

1. Evangelist Paul Washer said: “I have given God countless reasons not to love me. None of them have been strong enough to change Him!” How do I respond to his testimony? Who should get the glory in my salvation?
2. Read (Rom.8:28-30). Do I find security in these verses? If God foreknew me, predestined me, called me, justified me, and one day will glorify me, should that make me feel secure? Discuss.
3. What does (Rom.3:9-11) teach me about every human being and their response to God? Does God have to do something in order for a sinner to come to Him? What is it? (see Jn.6:35-45).
4. Read (Jn.3:17-18). God’s predestined purpose does not send sinners to hell, but according to these verses what does?
5. Read the 9 responses under the So What of the sermon outline. Which one got my attention? Why?

Daily Bible Reading

Mon (Rom.8:28-30) I am secure in the purpose of God
Tue (Rom.3:9-11) No one seeks after God
Wed (Jn.6:35-45) The Father gives the sinner to the Son and then draws
him to Christ
Thu (Jn.3:17-18) God’s predestined purpose does not damn the sinner,
the sinner’s unbelief does and he gets what he
deserves
Fri (2Tim.1:9) The calling of salvation motivates me to holy living
Sat (Eph.1:3-4) The sovereignty of God in salvation should humble me
and motivate me to praise His name

Security in an insecure world!
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October 08, 2017 09:30 AM PDT
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cd.17.10.08 October 8, 2017 Message by Denny Mashburn

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Rom.8:28

SECURITY IN AN INSECURE WORLD IS:

1. A CERTAINTY!

“And we know…… Rom.8:28

2. IN EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE!

“…that all things…. Rom.8:28
• In all my days: “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.”(Ps.139:16)
• In suffering: “And He said to me, `My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2Cor.12:9
• In temptation: “(24) O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? (25) I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.” Rom.7:24-25
• In sin: “(19) Joseph said to them, `Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? (20) But as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” Gen.50:19-20

3. BECAUSE OF DIVINE SYNERGISM!

“…work together for good…. (Rom.8:28)

4. FOR THOSE WHO LOVE GOD!

“….to those who love God….. (Rom.8:28)

• Because He loved me first: “We love Him because He first
loved us.” 1Jn.4:19
• Because I am born of God: “(7) Beloved, let us love one
another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God
and knows God.” 1Jn.4:7
• Because it is a fruit of His Spirit: “But the fruit of the
Spirit is love…..” Gal.5:22
• Because it manifests in obedience: “If you love Me, keep
My commandments.” Jn.14:15
• Because He called me to love: “to those who are the called
according to His purpose.” Rom.8:28

5. BECAUSE OF THE CALL OF GOD!

“….to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Rom.8:28

“(29) For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the
image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. (30)
Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called,
these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
Rom.8:29-30

SO WHAT?

1. Do I love God? “He who has My commandments and keeps
them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by
My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
Jn.14:21

2. Am I secure today? “And we know…….” Rom.8:28

3. I need to learn to answer the question “why
did God let it happen” with questions based
on the truth of Romans 8:28!

a. (Gen.37-50) Why did God let Joseph suffer?

• (Gen.37:3) Favored by his father Jacob!
• (Gen.37:5) God gave him a dream!
• (Gen.37:4-5) His brothers hated him!
• (Gen.37:23) Stripped of his coat (sign of father’s approval)!
• (Gen.37:20) Brothers plotted to kill him!
• (Gen.37:28) Brothers sold him into slavery into Egypt!
• (Gen.39:1-5) Sold as a slave in Egypt!
• (Gen.39:2) Yet, the Lord was with Joseph in every situation!
• (Gen.39:7) Severely tempted with moral impurity!
• (Gen.39:20) Falsely accused of attempted rape and imprisoned!
• (Gen.41:41) Joseph miraculously rises to power in Egypt!
• (Gen.45:1-4) Joseph reveals himself to his brothers!
• (Gen.46:29) Joseph is reunited with his father!

“(19) Joseph said to them, `Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?
(20) But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for
good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”
Gen.50:19-20

b. Questions to ask when I face the “why did God let it
happen” challenge?

1. Did this event humble me? (Jam.4:6)
2. Did this event weaken me and make me more dependent on Christ?
(2Cor.12:9)
3. Did this event motivate me to pray more and learn to love Christ
more? (Ps.116:1)
4. What character qualities of Christ has this built into me?
(Rom.5:3-5)
5. Has this event caused me to hate my sin and return to God in
obedience? (Ps.119:67, 71)
6. Did this event equip me with comfort and a desire to help other
people facing the same situation and show them the love of Christ?
(2Cor.1:3-6)
7. Has this event helped me to love Christ more? (Phil.3:10)
8. Has this event brought glory to God? (Gen.50:20)

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is God’s promise of security in every
event of life for those who follow Him!

1. (Read Rom.8:28). Is this the greatest promise in
Scripture for Christians? Why or why not?
2. Paul said, “And we know…” What am I certain
about in the Christian life? Why was Paul so certain
about the truth of Rom. 8:28?
3. Sodium and chloride if taken separately are
poisonous. Put them together and I get salt? So
what? Have I seen divine synergism (God taking
separate events in my life as a whole) at work in my
life for my good and His glory? Share an example
with the group? What has it taught me?
4. (Read Gen. 50:19-20). Why did God let all that
suffering happen in Joseph’s life (see #3a on the
sermon outline)? Did God work it all together for
Joseph’s good and God’s glory? Why did God allow
the suffering to happen in the life of Jesus (Isa.53:4-
6; Acts 4:27-28)?
5. Have I ever asked myself the “why did God let it
happen” questions when confronted with a heart-
breaking experience (see #3b on the sermon outline)?
These questions help me see my trials from God’s
point of view in light of (Rom.8:28-30). Was it
helpful? Do I need to ask these questions right now?

DAILY BIBLE READING:

Mon (Rom.8:28) My security in every event!
Tue (Rom.8:29-30) My security in salvation!
Wed (Rom.8:29) God’s ultimate goal for me!
Thu (1Jn.4:19) I love God because He loved me!
Fri (1Jn.4:7-8) I love God because I have been born again!
Sat (Jn.14:15) I demonstrate my love for God by my
obedience to His commandments!

Why? Lord this just doesn’t make sense!
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October 01, 2017 09:37 AM PDT
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cd17.10.01 ><> SCRIPTURE READING “(1) The burden which the prophet Habakkuk saw. (2) O LORD, how long shall I cry, and You will not hear? Even cry out to You, `Violence!’ and You will not save. (3) Why do You show me iniquity, and cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; there is strife, and contention arises. (4) Therefore the law is powerless, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds. (5) Look among the nations and watch--- be utterly astounded, for I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you. (6) For indeed I am raising up the Chaldeans, a bitter and hasty nation which marches through the breadth of the earth, to possess dwelling places that are not theirs. (7) They are terrible and dreadful; their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves…(13) You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness. Why do You look on those who deal treacherously, and hold Your tongue when the wicked devours a person more righteous than he? Hab.1:1-7, 13 (NKJV) <>< “You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness. Why do You look on those who deal treacherously, and hold Your tongue when the wicked devours a person more righteous than he? Hab.1:13 <><><> “The abundance of evil, and the extent to which so much of it seems apparently gratuitous, compels the thinking person to question the coexistence of a good God with a world of evil. Which of us has not looked at a deformed child, swallowed hard with pity, and pondered the purpose behind it? Which of us has seen a mother who has lost her child and not wondered why? To live is to sooner or later experience or witness pain and suffering. To reason is to inevitably ponder `why?’ I do not know of any question that is asked more nor of any obstacle to belief that is more persistent.” Ravi Zacharias <><><> DOES IT MAKE SENSE: 1. WHEN GOD SEEMS INDIFFERENT TO HEARTFELT PRAYER! “(1) The burden which the prophet Habakkuk saw: (2) O LORD, how long shall I cry, and You will not hear? Even cry out to You, `Violence!’ and You will not save. (3) Why do You show me iniquity, and cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; there is strife, and contention arises. (4) Therefore the law is powerless, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds….(13) You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness. Why do You look on those who deal treacherously, and hold Your tongue when the wicked devours a person more righteous than he? Hab.1:1-4; 1:13 2. WHEN GOD DISCIPLINES HIS PEOPLE WITH STRANGE INSTRUMENTS! “(5) Look among the nations and watch--- be utterly astounded, for I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you. (6) For indeed I am raising up the Chaldeans, a bitter and hasty nation which marches through the breadth of the earth, to possess dwelling places that are not theirs. (7) They are terrible and dreadful; their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves.” Hab.1:5-7 3. WHEN GOD JUDGES THOSE SAME STRANGE INSTRUMENTS! “(2) Then the Lord answered me and said: `Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. (3) For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry….(6)…woe to him who increases what is not his---how long?...(9) woe to him who covets evil gain for his house…(12) woe to him who builds a town with bloodshed, who establishes a city by iniquity!...(15) woe to him who gives drink to his neighbor, pressing him to your bottle, even to make him drunk, that you may look on his nakedness!...(19) woe to him who says to wood, awake! to silent stone, `Arise! It shall teach!’ Hab.2;2-3, 6,9,12,15,19 4. THAT SAVING FAITH IS THE ONLY ANSWER WHEN LIFE MAKES NO SENSE! “Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith.” Hab.2:4 SO WHAT? 1. The best of God’s servants have asked why: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are You so far from helping Me, and from the words of my groaning?” Ps.22:1 2. Saving faith is a faith that carries me through difficult times: “Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith.” Hab.2:4 3. It is a faith that provides for rest in the day of trouble: “When I heard, my body trembled; my lips quivered at the voice; rottenness entered my bones; and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble. When he comes up to the people, He will invade them with his troops. Hab.3:16 4. It is a faith that requires knowledge: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Rom.10:17 <><><> “Our joy is in proportion to our trust. Our trust is in proportion to our knowledge of God!” G. Campbell Morgan <><><> 5. It is a faith that answers the why question by accepting God’s point of view: A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, on Shigionoth. (2) O LORD, I have heard Your speech and was afraid; O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy…(16) When I heard, my body trembled; my lips quivered at the voice; rottenness entered my bones; and I trembled in myself that I might rest in the day of trouble. When he comes up to the people, He will invade them with his troops. (17) Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls— (18) Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. (19) The Lord God is my strength….” Hab.3:1-2, 16-19 • A humble faith which rejects my illusion of omniscience and responds to God’s word! • A meek faith which surrenders to God’s will! • A comforting faith which expects rest in the midst of trouble! • A rejoicing faith which trusts in God’s character when all else fails! • A wise faith which accepts a change of perspective even though circumstances may not change! <><><> “God doesn’t always change the circumstances, but He can change us to meet the circumstances. That’s what it means to live by faith.” Warren Wiersbe <><><> NOW WHAT? SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is what do I do when the pain and suffering of life don’t make sense and cause me to question the purpose and maybe the existence of God. 1. What is the biggest event in your life which motivated you to cry out why to God? How did you deal with it? 2. Read (Hab.1:1-6, 12-13). The best of God’s servants have struggled with the “why” question. Look up these examples in scripture: • (Ps.22:1-2) David cries out to God, why? • (Jer.12:1) Jeremiah cries out to God, why? • (Matt.27:46) Jesus cries out to God, why? 3. (Read. Hab.2:4). What was the key to Habakkuk dealing with his perplexing situation? Is the faith that saves me the same faith that equips me to deal with the mysteries of life? 4. What are the qualities of this faith that give me victory in the midst of mysterious pain, suffering, and when life just doesn’t make sense (see Hab.3:1-2, 16-19)? • A humble faith that rejects the illusion: “I know better than God!” • A meek faith that surrenders to God’s will! • A comforting faith which finds rest in the midst of trouble! • A rejoicing faith which trusts in God’s character! • A wise faith which is willing to see things from God’s point of view! 5. What were my thoughts as I listened to Chad Carroll’s testimony? The two characteristics of faith which carried him through his trial were the character of God and surrender to God’s will. Will these give me rest when I face struggles that make no sense? Do I need to exercise this kind of faith right now about a situation in my life? DAILY BIBLE READING Mon (Hab.1:1-6, 12-13) Why Lord? Tue (Hab.2:4) Answers to why come through faith! Wed (Hab.3:1-2) A faith that is humble in the face of adversity! Thu (Hab.3:1-3) A faith that surrenders to the will of God! Fri (Hab.3:16) A faith that secures rest in the midst of trouble! Sat (Hab.3:17-19) A faith that trusts the character of God!
A Nation Begging For Destruction, Pt.2 (A message by Dr. David Reagan)
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September 24, 2017 10:46 AM PDT
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cd.17.09.24 September 24, 2017 Denny Mashburn

“For thus says the Lord, `Your wound is incurable, and your injury is serious.” Jer.30:12 (NAS)

THE POINT OF NO RETURN!

• Remedial judgments----Destruction
• God’s warned Judah: (Jer.30:12)
• God’s warned Nineveh: (Nah.3:19)

“As for you, do not pray for this people, and do not lift up cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with Me; for I do not hear you.” Jer.7:16 (NAS)

1. The prophetic voice of Albert Moehler:
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<>“Men have forgotten God!”
Alexander Solzhenitsyn<>

2. The prophetic voice of Jonathan Cahn:
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3. The prophetic voice of Robert Jeffress:

<>“Right now we are simply living between that time of the explosions that have weakened our basic foundation and the coming implosion.”
Dr. Robert Jeffress<>


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4. The prophetic voice of Erwin Lutzer:
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<>“Militant secularists will not be satisfied until God is expunged from every fact of American life.”
Dr. Erwin Lutzer<>


5. The prophetic voice of David Jeremiah:
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<>“The truth is, we can echo the words of Pogo in the old Walt Kelly comic strip, `We have met the enemy and he is us!’ We have allowed the world to conform us to its image instead of allowing the Holy Spirit and the word of God to transform us into the image of Christ.”
Dr. David Jeremiah<>


6. The prophetic voice of Don Wildmon:
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<>“God did not call me to win, He called me to stand. We will not win until Jesus returns. But in the meantime, we must stand.<>


7. The prophetic voice of Franklin Graham:
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<>“The greatest problem in America today is 300,000 silent pulpits.”
Rev. Don Wildmon<>

“(15) And the Lord God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. (16) But the mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy.”
2Chron.36:15-16

“Do not trust in these lying words, saying, `The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are these.”
Jer.7:4

IS THERE HOPE?

A. Yes, for the faithful one who trusts in God: “And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you, He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deut. 31:8

B. Yes, for the rapture of true believers: “(51) Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—(52) in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.” 1Cor.15:51-52

C. Yes, for unbelievers: “…believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Acts 16:31
D. Yes, when things are falling apart: “(38) For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, (39) and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be… (44) Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Matt.24:38, 44

Putting the deeds of the flesh to death! (Pt.2)
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September 17, 2017 09:22 AM PDT
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cd.17.09.17 September 17, 2017 Message by Denny Mashburn

“For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” Rom.8:13

VICTORY OVER THE FLESH:

1. IS POSSBILE ONLY FOR THOSE IN CHRIST!

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ
Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit…….” Rom.8:1

A REVIEW OF 10 KEY TRUTHS (Rom.8:1-12):

A. Victory is possible only for those in Christ!
B. In Christ means to be united with His death, burial, and resurrection by faith!
C. Unbelievers are not in Christ, therefore they live according to the flesh!
D. Since I am in Christ, I am no longer condemned!
E. Since I am in Christ, His Spirit lives in me!
F. Since I am in Christ, I am free from the condemning and controlling power of sin and death!
G. Since I am in Christ, I can now walk in the Spirit!
H. Since I am in Christ, walking in the Spirit gives me life and peace!
I. Since I am in Christ, I now have the power to confront my biggest enemy, my unredeemed flesh!
J. Since I am in Christ, I now have the responsibility to put to death the deeds of my unredeemed flesh!
“(3) For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (4) When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (5) Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (6) Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, (7) in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.” Col.3:3-7

IS BY THE SPIRIT THROUGH FAITH:

“(3) Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?.....(5) Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?---(6) just as Abraham `believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Gal.3:3, 5-6

1. By faith, lock and load! “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Eph.6:17
• As a Christian, I fight from victory, not to obtain victory!
• As a Christian, I must by faith wield the sword!

2. By faith, wield the sword and kill pride!

“For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” Rom.8:13

<>“When a child of God cannot conquer a besetting sin of the flesh, it is usually because God is after something else, that person’s pride.”<>

• Stop grieving Him with sin! (Eph.4:30)
• Stop quenching Him by ignoring His leading! (1Thes.5:19)
• Strengthen my prayer life! (Matt.26:41)
• Bring my secrets into the light! (Pr.28:13)
• Confess my faults to another believer! (Jam.5:16)

3. By faith, wield the sword and TRANSFORM THE WAY I THINK!

“(1) I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Rom.12:1-2

• The word: has liberating power (Ps.119:11), cleansing power (Ps.119:9), illuminating power (Ps.119:105), creative power (Ps.51:10), sustaining power for spiritual life (Deut.8:3), rejoicing power (Jer.15:16), growing power (1Pet.2:2), purifying and breaking power (Je.23:29), life giving power (Eze.37:7), saving power (Rom.1:16), defensive power (Eph.6:17), discerning/probing power (Heb.4:12), freeing power (Jn.8:31-32)

4. By faith, wield the sword and STARVE EVIL DESIRES!

“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” Rom.13:14

• By starving what my eyes see! (Ps.101:3)
• By starving myself of potential evil situations! (Pr.22:3)
• By starving myself of evil friends! (1Cor.15:33)
• By starving the flames of evil passions! (Pr.26:20)

5. By faith, I can expect the deeds of the flesh to no longer DOMINATE ME!

“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace! Rom.6:14

<>“TRUST AND OBEY FOR THERE IS NO OTHER WAY!”
Daniel Towner<>

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is how to put the flesh to death in my life!

1. As I listened to this message, which story, fact, or truth stuck out to me? Why do I think it stuck out to me? Could this be the work of the Holy Spirit?
2. Read (Rom.8:13). Who is my biggest enemy in life? Is it the world, the devil, or the unredeemed flesh left in me? If I did not have fleshy desires still in me, could the world or the devil pose any attraction for me? What does (Jam.1:14) teach me about why temptation has power with me?
3. Read (Eph.6:17). What is the importance of these two pieces of spiritual armor in winning the battle over the flesh? Can I have consistent victory if I have doubts about my salvation? Can I have consistent victory if I neglect God’s word?
4. Of the last 3 truths about putting the deeds of the flesh to death by the Spirit: wield the sword of the Spirit and kill pride, wield the sword of the Spirit and transform the way I think, and wield the sword of the Spirit and starve evil desires, which one gets my attention? Why?
5. What does (Ps.119:11) promise? What would happen in my life if I memorized: (Rom.8:13; Eph.6:17; Rom.12:1-2; Rom.13:14) and proceeded to obey them? God says this will happen (Rom.6:14)!

Putting the deeds of the flesh to death!
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September 10, 2017 09:20 AM PDT
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cd.17.09.10 September 10, 2017 Message by Denny Mashburn

<>“Can you help me pastor, I have a problem with pornography?”<>

“For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” Rom.8:13

VICTORY OVER THE FLESH:

1. IS POSSIBLE ONLY FOR TRUE CHRISTIANS!

“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors---not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.” Rom.8:12

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
Rom.8:1

THE BLESSINGS OF BEING IN CHRIST:

A. (v.1) I am united with Christ
B. (v.1) I am forgiven (past, present, future)
C. (v.1) I walk now with Christ’s Spirit in me
D. (v.2) I live by the law of faith which frees me from the law of sin and death (see Rom.3:27)
E. (vs.3-4) I am perfect regarding the righteous requirements of the law in Christ
F. (v.5) I set my mind on the things of the Spirit
G. (v.6-8) I have life and peace because I please God
H. (vs.9-11) I have the power to conquer indwelling sin

2. IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR UNBELIEVERS!

“For if you live according to the flesh you will die….” Rom.8:13a

“(5) For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” Rom.8:5

“(19) Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, (20) idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, (21) envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Gal.5:19-21

“(9) Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. (11) And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” . 1Cor.6:9-11


3. COMES AS I ALLOW THE SPIRIT
TO CONTROL ME!

“…but if by the Spirit….” Rom.8:13b

<>“It is not enough to have the Spirit; the Spirit must have us! Only then can He share with us the abundant, victorious life that can be ours in Christ.”
Warren Wiersbe<>

4. COMES AS I COOPERATE WITH
THE SPIRIT TO KILL THE DEEDS OF MY UNREDEEMED FLESH!

“….you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” Rom.8:13c

(15) For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. (16) If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. (17) But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. (18) For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh), nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find…. (21) I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good…. (25) I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.” Rom.7:15-18, 21, 25
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.HOW DO I KILL THE DEEDS OF THE FLESH BY THE SPIRIT?

1. By faith LOCKED! “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Eph.6:17

2. By faith kill pride with HUMILITY!

<>“When a child of God cannot conquer a besetting sin, it is usually because God is after something else, that person’s pride!”<>

• Admit you need Him! (Rom.8:13b)
• Stop grieving Him! (Eph.4:30)
• Stop quenching Him! (1Thes.5:19)
• Bring secrets into the light! (Prov.28:13)
• Watch and pray! (Matt.26:41)
• Submit to spiritual accountability! (Jam.5:16)
• Start anew with confession! ( Rom.10:9; 1Jn.1:9)

3. Take a step of faith right now by the power of the Holy Spirit!

• Life in the Spirit is a life of faith! (Rom.3:27)
• To trust Christ as your Lord and Savior! (Rom.10:9)
• Humble myself and get back in the fight! (Rom.8:13)

Small Group Discussion Questions!

• The theme of this message is how to put the flesh to death in my life!

1. If someone called me and confessed to a problem with pornography and asked for my help, how would I answer them?
2. Read (Rom.8:1-14). After all God has done in Christ to save me, why would he leave my flesh unchanged to battle against every day (see v.13)? Is the battle a daily battle? (see Gal.5:16-17). Is it good?
3. What are two key pieces of spiritual armor identified in (Eph.6:17) that I need in the battle against the flesh? Why are these two pieces so important? Can I walk in the Spirit if I am unsure about my salvation? Can I walk in the Spirit if I neglect God’s word? (see Gal.5:16-17)
4. Is pride a hindrance to putting the flesh to death (see Rom.8:13)? What are some ways the Spirit directs me to humble myself in the battle with the flesh? (see #2 under HOW DO I KILL THE DEEDS OF THE
FLESH BY THE SPIRIT).
5. (Rom.3:27) tells me life in the Spirit is a life of faith. What steps of faith does the Spirit want me to take right now in my battle with the deeds of the flesh?

Daily Bible Reading

Mon (Rom.8:1-14) Putting the flesh to death
Tue (Rom.7:15-25) The daily battle with the flesh
Wed (Lk.4:1-12) How Jesus walked in the Spirit
Thu (Gal.5:16-25) How I am to walk in the Spirit
Fri (Eph.4:30) I must not grieve the Spirit
Sat (1Thes.5:19) I must not quench the Spirit



Message by Jorge Oliva
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September 03, 2017 09:25 AM PDT
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cd.17.09.03 September 3, 2017

Abundant Life
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August 27, 2017 09:27 AM PDT
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cd17.08.27 ><> SCRIPTURE READING “(1) Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. (2) But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. (3) To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. (4) And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. (5) Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. (6) Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them. (7) Then Jesus said to them again, `Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. (8) All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. (9) I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. (10) The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (11) I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. (12) But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. (13) The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. (14) I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. (15) As the Father knows Me even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. (16) And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd. (17) Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. (18) No one takes if from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father. (19) Therefore there was a division again among the Jews because of these sayings. (20) And many of them said, `He has a demon and is mad. Why do you listen to Him?’ (21) Others said, `These are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?’” Jn.10:1-21 (NKJV) <>< ABUNDANT LIFE: 1. IS A GIFT FROM THE TRUE SHEPHERD! A. FALSE SHEPHERDS CAN’T GIVE IT “(1) Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.” Jn.10:1 B. FALSE SHEPHERDS STEAL, KILL, AND DESTROY ABUNDANT LIFE “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy….” Jn.10:10a C. JESUS, THE TRUE SHEPHERD, IS THE ONLY SOURCE OF ABUNDANT LIFE “(2) But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. (3) To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. (4) And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. (5) Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. (6) Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them. (7) Then Jesus said to them again, `Most assuredly I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. (8) All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. (9) I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” Jn.10:2-9 2. IS LIFE ABOVE THE ORDINARY! “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Jn.10:10 3. IS EXPERIENCED THROUGH THE MINISTRY OF THE HELPER! “(15) If you love Me, keep My commandments. (16) And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—(17) the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. (18) I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” Jn.14:15-18 SO WHAT? 1. What is the difference in the life of this disciple? “Then he (Peter) began to curse and swear, `I do not know the Man!” Matt.26:74 “Then those who gladly received his (Peter) word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.” Acts 2:41 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 <><><> “We cannot pretend that we can see things perfectly from God’s perspective. But we can plead with him to give us a glimpse of the world from a loftier vantage point. Few of us are tempted today to dream too big. Rather, our vision shrinks to the size of our limited experience. Yet all things are possible for those who believe in the God who created the heavens and the earth. In our disbelief, we can ask God for inspiration to believe. Then He may give us a vision of divine size.” Collin Hansen and John Woodbridge <><><> “(12) Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. (13) And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (14) If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” Jn.14:12-14 2. I must not grieve the Holy Spirit! “(25) Therefore, putting away lying, `let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,’ for we are members of one another. (26) `Be angry, and do not sin’: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, (27) nor give place to the devil. (28) Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. (29) Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. (30) And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (31) Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. (32) And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another even as God in Christ forgave you.” Eph.4:25-32 3. I must not quench the Holy Spirit! “Do not quench the Spirit.” 1Thes.5:19 4. If Jesus is not your Shepherd, the Spirit is drawing you to Him right now! “(13) However, when He the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. (14) He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.” Jn.16:13-14 SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is understanding and experiencing the abundant life offered in Jesus Christ! 1. When I hear the term abundant life, what do I think of? 2. Read (Jn.10:1-10). Jesus promised to give those who followed Him abundant life. What is the abundant life (see #2 in sermon outline)? Is it health, wealth, and ease, or something much more valuable? 3. Compare (Matt.27:74) with (Acts 2:41). What made the difference in Peter’s life? (See Acts 1:8). Does the Holy Spirit promise to empower every believer? 4. Read (Eph.4:25-32). What does it mean to grieve the Holy Spirit? What are some sins in this passage that grieve the Spirit? What happens if I don’t cooperate with the Spirit and put these things away in my life? 5. Read (1Thes.5:19). Quench pictures the Spirit as fire. As one commentator put it: “When the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives and churches, we have the warmth of love in our hearts, light for our minds, and energy for our wills.” What has the Spirit been prompting me to do but I have been quenching Him? What has the Spirit been prompting me to do and I have been obedient? What is He prompting me to do right now? DAILY BIBLE READING Mon (Jn.10:1-10) Abundant life in Christ Tue (Jn.15:15-18) The Spirit empowers the abundant life Wed (Eph.4:25-32) Sin cripples the abundant life Thu (1Thes.5:19) Unbelief quenches the abundant life Fri (Jn.14:12-14) Abundant life and the promise of greater things Sat (Eph.3:20) Abundant life and the promise of God is able to help me go further than my present experience
The Solar Eclipse: When God Turns Out The Lights!
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August 20, 2017 09:16 AM PDT
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cd#17.08.20 ><> SCRIPTURE READING “(14) Then God said, `Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; (15) and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth’; and it was so. (16) Then God made two great lights the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. (17) God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, (18) and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. (19) So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.” Gen.1:14-19 (NKJV) <>< <><><> “On August 21, sky-watchers across America will see the face of the sun disappear behind the moon’s disk, turning day light to darkness, and allowing the planets and stars to suddenly reveal themselves against an otherworldly false night. Temperatures will noticeably drop, crickets will begin to chirp, and perplexed birds will retreat to their nests. The gossamer jets and streamers of the sun’s corona will suddenly be visible to the naked eye, and all 360 degrees of the horizon will glow like an eerie sunset. On that date, a 70-mile-wide path spanning from Oregon to South Carolina will experience the `Great American Total Solar Eclipse.’ The event will mark the first solar eclipse to darken the U.S. mainland since 1979, and the first in 99 years to cross over the country from coast to coast.’ One has said, `I believe it is a prophetic sign…’ Another said the fact that the eclipse’s path falls exclusively on the United States means it is a sign that God’s judgment is coming to America.” Jeremiah Jacques <><><> “(14) Then God said, `Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons and for days and years; Gen.1:14 “(30) And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth; blood and fire and pillars of smoke. (31) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.” Joel 2:30-31 • (Isa.13:10) God judges Babylon “sun will be darkened” • (Eze.32:7) God judges Egypt “I will cover the sun with a cloud” • (Amos 8:9) God judges Israel “I will make the sun go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in broad daylight” WHEN GOD TURNS OUT THE LIGHTS ON MONDAY, REMEMBER: 1. GOD TURNED OUT THE LIGHTS WHEN HE JUDGED EGYPT! “(21) Then the LORD said to Moses, `Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt.’ (22) So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. (23) They did not see one another; nor did anyone rise from his place for three days. But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.” Ex.10:21-23 2. GOD TURNED OUT THE LIGHTS WHEN HE JUDGED HIS SON! “(45) Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. (46) And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, `Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, `My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’” Matt.27:45-46 3. GOD WILL TURN OUT THE LIGHTS AT HIS SECOND COMING! “(29) Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (30) Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (31) He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Matt.24:29-31 SO WHAT? 1. When it gets dark on Monday, remember one day my lights will be turned out! “(9) In whose (God) hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:10 2. When it gets dark on Monday, remember God is going to judge me one day! • As one of His own: “(9) Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. (10) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” 2Cor.5:9-10 • Or, as an unbeliever: “(11) Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. (12) And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. (13) The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged each one according to his works. (14) Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (15) And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Rev.20:11-15 3. When it gets dark on Monday, remember God has made a way for me to be saved! “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Rom.10:9 4. When it gets dark on Monday, remember God is already judging America! “…for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” Rom.1:18 5. When it gets dark on Monday, remember to ask myself, am I focused, faithful, watching, and being a good steward of what God has given me? SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is the solar eclipse and what signs in the heavens are given as markers to prepare us to meet the Lord! 1. What did I think about when everything went dark on Monday during the solar eclipse? 2. Read (Gen.1:14-18). What are the five purposes of “lights in the firmament of the heavens” noted in verse 14. What kind of signs do the heavens and lights in the heavens give us as shown in these verses: • (Matt.16:1-2) • (Matt.2:1-2) • (Ps.19:1) • (Joel 2:30-31) 3. Do I believe the solar eclipse on Monday was a sign God is judging America? Why or why not? Look up (Rom.1:18-32) and read together. How is God already judging America? 4. How does the judgment of Christians (2Cor.5:9-10) differ from the judgment of unbelievers (Rev.20:11- 15)? What did Jesus do in my place so that I would not be judged for my sin (see Isa.53:4-5)? How does the judgment of Christians (2Cor.5:9-10) differ from the judgment of unbelievers (Rev.20:11-15)? 5. Look up (Job 12:10). Who holds my breath in His hand? If He took my breath away today, would I be ready to meet Him? Look up (Titus 2:11-13). How should I be living in light of Jesus’s soon return? DAILY BIBLE READING Mon (Gen.1:14-18) Creation day 4: lights in the firmament for signs Tue (Matt.16:1-2) Signs of the weather Wed (Matt.2:1-2) Signs that give direction Thu (Ps.19:1) Signs of God’s glory Fri (Joel 2:30-31) Signs of impending judgment Sat (Matt.24:27-31) Signs of the Second Coming

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