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About watchingservant

"Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them." Luke 12:37 NKJV When Jesus returns I desire to be found faithful. More than anything in the world I long to hear the voice of the Lord say, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

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By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

After the temple was destroyed the people were instructed to rebuild it. During the rebuilding the work slowed down and eventually stopped. God moved upon His prophets, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to instruct the people to start the rebuilding process again. The Holy Spirit also moved upon the people to obey.
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God revived the rebuilding process through the work and the power of the Holy Spirit, not by human strength and resources. If it had been done with human strength the people would have stopped again when they were faced with opposition. However through the power from the Holy Spirit the work was accomplished.

Psalm 68:35
“O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!”

God has always given strength and power to His people. To those that believe in Him, Jesus will give them rivers of living water that will fill them with power. This power will give the believer the ability to act or to do something with force or strength. This river of living water given by the Holy Spirit will give us power to speak for God, power to do wonders and signs, and power to be a witness for God.
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Speaking For God By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

Micah 3:8 NKJV
“But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord,
And of justice and might,
To declare to Jacob his transgression
And to Israel his sin.”

The prophet, Micah, was empowered by the Holy Spirit to speak for God. With boldness he confronted the religious leaders about their false ideas of God, and the impending wrath of God because of their sin. Not only did Micah warn the Israelites of coming judgment, but he also spoke of salvation.

Micah 7:18-19 NKJV
“Who is a God like You,
Pardoning iniquity
And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?
He does not retain His anger forever,
Because He delights in mercy.
He will again have compassion on us,
And will subdue our iniquities.
You will cast all our sins
Into the depth of the sea.”

God still empowers people today with the Holy Spirit to speak for Him. We must allow God to fill us with His Spirit so that we can speak for Him, not just about Him. We are to tell the people that we come in contact with about God’s judgment and His mercy.
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Doing Wonders And Signs By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

Acts 6:8-10 NKJV
“And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.”

The leaders in the early church were instructed by the apostles to pick out seven men full of the Holy Spirit to serve in the area of administration.

Acts 6:5-7 NKJV
“And this saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith. And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.”

Stephen was full of the Holy Spirit. This overflowing of the Holy Spirit gave Stephen great wisdom, faith and power. Because of the Holy Spirit within him, Stephen did many great wonders and signs among the people.

Acts 6:8-10 NKJV
“And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.”
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Signs and wonders were, and still are, given by God to confirm His Word. They give credibility to what God says and they cause the people hearing or seeing to respond to God. Signs and wonders validate (support or confirm) the truthfulness of what is being said.

Acts 2:42-43 NKJV
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.”

Acts 5:12 NKJV
“And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people.”

We must allow God to fill us with His Spirit so that we can do great wonders and signs which point people to God.
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Witnessing By The Power Of The Holy Spirit

Acts 1:8 NKJV
“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.”

Before Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days after His resurrection, He promised that He would send the Holy Spirit, the Promise of the Father. The Holy Spirit would fill the believers with power. This power would help them to be a witness for God and it would help them spread the gospel, the Good News, all over the world. After the Holy Spirit filled the believers with power, Peter stood up and spoke to the crowed that had gathered around. After Peter’s sermon many people were saved and baptized.

Acts 2:40-41 NKJV
“And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, ‘Be saved from this perverse generation.’ Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”

The same power is available to us today. We must allow God to fill us with His Spirit so that we can testify of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. With the power of the Holy Spirit we can be a witness and spread the Good News everywhere we go.
During the Feast of Tabernacles, while only a small amount of water was being poured out during the ceremony in the temple, Jesus told the people that if they believed in Him rivers of living water would flow from them. These rivers of living water would be more than enough water to satisfy them and others.

John 7:37-39 NKJV
“On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying,
‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

The Holy Spirit satisfies the believer’s thirst and produces a fountain within them for others. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit the river within us will naturally flow out onto others.

 

Zechariah 4:6 NKJV
“So he answered and said to me: ‘This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.’ ”

As a child of God, He will give us (through the Holy Spirit) power to live for Him, power to speak for Him, power to do wonders and signs, power to work for Him, and power to be a witness for Him. We cannot do any of these things without Him.
In order to access this power we must first have a relationship with God. That relationship starts with accepting Jesus as our Savior and making Him the Lord of our life.
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Review
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1. God moved upon His prophets, by the power of the ___________ ________________, to instruct the people to start the rebuilding process of the temple.
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2. God revived the rebuilding process through the work and the power of the Holy Spirit, not by _______________ strength and resources.
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3. What would have happened if the people relied on human strength to rebuild the temple?
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4. God has always given strength and power to His _______________.
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5. The Holy Spirit will give us _____________ to speak for God, ____________ to do wonders and signs, and _____________ to be a witness for God.
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7. Micah warned of coming _________________ and of salvation.
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9. The leaders in the early church were instructed by the apostles to pick out seven men full of the Holy Spirit to serve in the area of __________________________.
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10. Signs and wonders give ________________ to what God says and they cause the people hearing or seeing to respond to God.
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11. Jesus promised that He would send the Holy Spirit, the _________________ of the Father.
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12. The Holy Spirit fills the believers with power that helps them to be a _________________ for God .
13. God will give us power to ____________ for Him, power to ___________ for Him, power to do wonders and signs, power to work for Him, and power to be a ______________ for Him.
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14. Our relationship with God starts with accepting _______________ as our Savior and making Him the Lord of our life.

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PRAYING MATTHEW 10:7-8

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PRAYING MATTHEW 10:7-8

Dear Father,
May we walk in the power and authority that You have given us each and every day. May we never forget the power and authority that has been granted unto us to do Your work. Stir within us a fresh desire to go out and spread Your Word.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

 

Matthew 10:7-8 NKJV
“And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”

 

PRAYING PSALM 140:1-5

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PRAYING PSALM 140:1-5

Father,
Deliver me, O Lord, from evil and mean men. Preserve me from violent men who plan evil things in their hearts. They gather together for war, they sharpen their tongues like a serpent, with poison on their lips. Keep me from the hands of the wicked. Preserve me from violent men.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

 

Psalm 140:1-5 NKJV
“Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men, Who plan evil things in their hearts; They continually gather together for war. They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; The poison of asps is under their lips. Selah
Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; Preserve me from violent men, Who have purposed to make my steps stumble. The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords; They have spread a net by the wayside; They have set traps for me. Selah”

PRAYING PSALM 27

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PRAYING PSALM 27

Abba Father,
You are our light and salvation. Whom shall we fear? You are the strength of our lives. Of whom shall we be afraid? When the wicked and the evil one comes against us to eat up our flesh, our enemies and our foes will stumble and fall. Though an army may encamp against us, our hearts shall not fear. One thing we have desired of You, O Lord, is that we will seek You and that we may dwell in Your house all the days of our lives, to behold Your beauty. For in the time of trouble You shall hide us in Your pavilion. In the secret place of Your tabernacle You shall hide us. You shall set us High on a rock. Our heads shall be lifted up above our enemies. We shall sing praises of joy in your tabernacle. We shall sing praises to You, O Lord. Hear, O Lord, when we cry with our voices.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

 

Psalm 27
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell. Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident. One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.
And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord. Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Do not hide Your face from me; Do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the Lord will take care of me.
Teach me Your way, O Lord, And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies. Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence. I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”

PRAYING ISAIAH 35:1-8

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PRAYING ISAIAH 35:1-8

Heavenly Father,
The barren land shall be glad for Your people, Your remnant. The desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose. All of our city shall blossom abundantly and rejoice. Even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon, and the excellence of Carmel and Sharon shall be given to our city . We shall see the glory of the Lord, the excellency of You, O Lord, our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. We will be strong and not fear. You, O God, will come with vengeance and will save our city. The eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. The lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb will sing. Waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Isaiah 35:1-8 NKJV
“The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose; It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, Even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, The excellence of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, The excellency of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, And make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert. The parched ground shall become a pool, And the thirsty land springs of water; In the habitation of jackals, where each lay, There shall be grass with reeds and rushes.”

PRAYING ISAIAH 12

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PRAYING  ISAIAH 12

Dear Father,
In that day our city will say: “O Lord, I will praise You.” Your anger is turned away from us, and You comfort us. God, You are our salvation. We will trust and not be afraid. You, O Lord, are our strength and song. You are our salvation. With joy we will draw water from the wells of salvation. We will praise You, call upon Your name and declare Your deeds. For You have done excellent things. Great are You, O Lord, in the midst of our city.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Isaiah 12 NKJV
“And in that day you will say: “O Lord, I will praise You; Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’” Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation. And in that day you will say: “Praise the Lord, call upon His name; Declare His deeds among the peoples, Make mention that His name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, For He has done excellent things; This is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion, For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”

Take Heed

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Take Heed

Joshua 22:5 NKJV
“But take careful heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

Moses warned the Israelites to love God with everything in them. The people were to be devoted to God. Throughout the Bible we are told to worship God. Everyone is instructed to offer true worship to God. Everything that we do must flow out of our love for God. God looks at our heart to see the motive behind everything that we do.

1 Corinthians 16:14 NKJV
“Let all that you do be done with love.”

* You must follow God out of your love for Him.
* You must keep God’s commandments out of love.
* You must hold fast to the things of God out of your love for Him.
* You must worship (minister to) God out of your love for Him.

Matthew 22:37 NKJV
“Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment

I. Walk In God’s Ways:
We must conduct ourselves in godly ways. Our behavior must be that of Jesus. A believer’s life should match, or line up with the Word of God. We should live in a way that the things we do, say and think measure up to the God we serve.

Ephesians 4:1 NKJV
“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.”

1 Thessalonians 2:12 NKJV
“That you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.”

Colossians 1:10 NKJV
“That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

God has called us to His standards, and He will empower us by His Holy Spirit.

Colossians 1:11 NKJV
“Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy”

The standards of the world are not the standards of God. No matter where you live in the world, no matter what your culture is nor what your traditions are, God’s standards are always the same. They never change.

Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV
“’For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’ ”

God never intended for the church to become like the world in order to reach the world. He has called the church to a higher standard -His standard. We cannot walk in God’s ways if we try to compromise or water down the standards of God. When we allows the world, or the area they live in, to set the standards we are on very dangerous ground. They are no different than the church of
Pergamos -the compromising church or the church of Thyatira- the corrupt church. Both of these churches allowed immorality and idolatry to creep in. They exchanged God’s standards for the world’s standards, thus they were found lacking in the sight of God. Jesus is coming back for a bride (church) that is spotless, not a bride (church) that is stained with compromise.

Ephesians 5:26-27 NKJV
“That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”

II. Keep God’s Commandments:
According to the dictionary keep means to: have for a long time or forever, to have and not let go, to have and take care of, to have; to hold, to maintain in good condition; preserve, to observe, to be faithful to. Jesus tells us that if we love Him we will keep His commandments. You cannot separate love and obedience. In other words, if we love Jesus we will be faithful to observe and preserve the commandments of God forever. We will not let go of the Word of God for anything or anyone.

John 14:15 NKJV
“If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

No one will be able to stand before God and say that they didn’t know His commandments. God gave us His Word, the Holy Bible. It’s up to every person to read it and to obey it. Obedience brings blessings and rewards, and disobedience brings curses and punishment.

Jeremiah 7:23 NKJV
“But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.’

2 Thessalonians 1:8 NKJV
‘..in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Hebrews 5:9 NKJV
“And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him”

III. Hold Fast To God:
We need to be firm, secure, loyal and steadfast to God, and to the things of God. We should not allow the things of this world and the cares of life to have a negative effect on our love for God.

Psalm 57:7 NKJV
“My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise.”

Our love for God must not be swayed by every doctrine of man that comes along.

1 Corinthians 16:13 NKJV
“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.”

Philippians 1:27 NKJV
“Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am
absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.”

Revelation 3:11 NKJV
“Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.”

IV. Minister To God With All Your Heart And Soul:
Worship (ministry to God) must come before service.

Luke 10:38-42 NKJV
“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His Word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about
many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Jesus did not rebuke Martha for serving, but for putting the wrong priority on serving. Worship to God must come before serving. After we worship and minister to God, then we will have the power to go out and minister to others. You cannot give what you do not have. You must spend time in the presence of God to effectively minister the way God wants you to.

Revelation 2:5 NKJV
“Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place- unless you repent.”

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1. Look up the definition of the word heed. What does it mean?
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2. Read Joshua 22:5. Joshua told the people to take careful heed to what Moses had commanded. Moses commanded the people to do five things. What were these commands?
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3. Moses warned the Israelites to love God with everything in them. According to Deuteronomy 6:5 how should we love God?
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4. If we are a child of God, He has delivered us from “Egypt” (bondage to sin). Read 2 Kings 17:36. What should we do if God had delivered us from “Egypt”?
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5. What kind of sacrifices are we to offer to God?
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6. Everything that we do must flow out of our love for God, not out of a sense of duty or habit. God looks at our heart to see the motive behind everything that we do. When God looks at your heart what does He see?
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Do you serve God out of duty or out of love?
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7. Read Matthew 22:37. What is the greatest commandment?
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8. Look up the definition of the word “imitate”. What does it mean?
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9. Who are we to pattern our life by?
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10. What does walk worthy of God mean?
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11. A standard is a principle or value that governs a person’s behavior. The standards of the world are not the standards of God. Do God’s standards ever change?
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12. We cannot walk in God’s ways if we try to compromise or “water down” the standards of God. What are areas in your life that you struggle with compromise in?
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13. Why were the churches of Pergamos and Thyatira found lacking?
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14. What will the bride that Jesus returns for look like?
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15. According to the dictionary keep means to what?
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16. Jesus tells us that if we love Him we will keep His commandments (John 14:15). Can you separate your love for God from your obedience to God?
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17. We should not allow the things of this world and the cares of life to have a negative effect on our love for God. What are some things that could cause a negative effect on our love for God and our relationship with Him?
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18. Read 2 Chronicles 15:2. This verse contains a wonderful promise while at the same time gives a warning. What is the promise? What is the warning?
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19. The story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42 tells us that worship to God must come before our work for Him. Jesus did not rebuke Martha for serving, but for what?
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