- Date: December 27, 2012
- Verse: Key Verses: "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." (1 John 1:7)
Don't judge your position by morality, by social behavior, or by temporal accomplishments; but let it be judged by the Word of God. For you to, even for a moment, oppose the Holy Spirit's declaration of the heart of man shows your error, your haughtiness and your need for illumination. It makes us step back and go, "Okay, let's take a look. Let's let the light shine on us. I'm ready and willing to hear what the Word says.
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- Date: October 18, 2017
- Verse: “O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.” (2 Chronicles 20:12)
Let's see if we can grab a few principles that might help us in discovering where we are in relationship to the Spirit of God building this community of faith in our lives. We all have different gifts. We're all placed differently, severally, the Scripture says, as He wills. Regardless, we all have to live by faith, because without faith it's impossible to please Him. We have to get our lives off cruise control, in this abundant, weak society, and get back to seeking God in a way that we don't have a clue where our meal is coming from tomorrow.
- Date: October 16, 2017
- Verse: “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)
Isaac, in his childhood, as he's growing up, saw the hand of God. How many of you would love to have experienced what Isaac experienced personally on Mount Moriah? How many of you would have loved to have been in that situation? Can I see your hands? No, I mean looking back. Looking back, we'd all love it. But we're in that ourselves in different places. God's working that same thing in us, to be able to trust Him as Jehovah Jireh, the provider of all that we need in our lives.
- Date: October 10, 2017
- Verse: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
Isaac, in his childhood, as he's growing up, saw the hand of God. How many of you would love to have experienced what Isaac experienced personally on Mount Moriah? How many of you would have loved to have been in that situation? Can I see your hands? No, I mean looking back. Looking back, we'd all love it; right? But we're in that ourselves in different places. God's working that same thing in us, to be able to trust Him as Jehovah Jireh, the provider of all that we need in our lives.
- Date: October 6, 2017
- Verse: “And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.” (Genesis 26:18)
Isaac heard the stories of faith. "Son, I remember one day-and let me tell you about the God that we serve. Let me tell you about the God that we serve. There was a day when God called me and spoke to me and showed me all of the land that we would inherit. That's going to be yours one of these days. You're going to be walking over this ground one day that you're going to have your encounter with God." He is going to call him and say, "Isaac, walk before Me and be perfect. I'm the God of your father, Abraham.
- Date: October 2, 2017
- Verse: “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5)
One thing this little Book brings out is this, and I think it's something that we need to think about in our lives. We come to service through strict obedience (don't we?) to the commandment, "Don't forsake the assembling." We see that as a commandment and we come in obedience. We don't always want to come. We come because we're commanded to. We come because we do have a heart to do the Word of God, but we don't always encounter God when we get here. You don't encounter God by how good the teaching happens to be that service.
- Date: September 27, 2017
- Verse: “And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.” (Genesis 24:63)
In Genesis 22:9, Isaac allows himself to be offered up, and we know then the story from there. Later, when it's time for Isaac to get a wife, and Abraham sends his servant into the land of their heritage. He wasn't going to have his son marry those that were in the local region, and so they're sending him back to the area that the family had come from. That there would be a wife that would be found there.
- Date: September 25, 2017
- Verse: “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” (Mark 9:23)
So the question that I want to ask is how much faith do you have when someone you know to be a man of God, your parent, an overseer that's been placed by the Holy Spirit, and they tell you, "Here is God's plan." Now, there are other aspects. We're probably going to look at guidance here in just a moment. We're going to talk about the aspect of our unique placing in the body of Christ as it pleases Him, so don't just allow this one statement to be all that you hear in this whole process of Isaac's life, but you need to hear this.
- Date: September 22, 2017
- Verse: “And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.” (Genesis 22:7-8)
Let's look a little bit into Isaac over in Genesis. We know he was the promised child. We know that the name Isaac means laughter. Sarah had laughed at that miraculous promise of God. The Scripture makes it very clear that this miracle had come as part of the testing and the trials that were upon Abraham. In Chapter 22, we find Isaac in one of the greatest, I believe, aspects of faith in his life that we need to grab hold of. Genesis 22, verse 1, "And it came to pass after these things, that God [tested] Abraham..." Just something very practical for us here.
- Date: September 20, 2017
- Verse: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
Hebrews 11 gives us the verse we've been using repeatedly in this teaching because I want this to get into our hearts. Verse 8 of Hebrews 11, the great faith chapter, "By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed." And so we wanted you to get these principles in your notes. "When he was called..." He was called. "For many are called, but few are chosen," the Scripture says. Whosoever will may come. Many are called, but few choose to be the chosen. See, we have the ability to choose. We are free moral agents.