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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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6. What was Micah empowered by the Holy Spirit to do?
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7. Micah warned of coming _________________ and of salvation.
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8. Does God still empower people today with the Holy Spirit to speak for Him?
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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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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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Review
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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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Looking For The Presence Of God

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Looking For The Presence Of God

Luke 2:41-46 NKJV
“His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it, but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.”

Under the law men were required to go to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. The people who lived outside of Jerusalem had to make the annual pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The Scriptures tell us that every year Joseph and Mary, along with Jesus, went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover.
After they finished what the law required, Joseph and Mary gathered their things and headed back home. When they had traveled for one day, they began to look for Jesus. They did not find Him with their relatives or acquaintances that were traveling the same way as them.
Is it possible that since Joseph and Mary went to Jerusalem three times a year, year after year, that they had gotten into a routine? If you’ve been to many family gatherings, you will notice that the children always want to ride home with someone other than their parents. Maybe this was true of Jesus also. Maybe it was so routine that His parents assumed He was traveling back with His friends or cousins.
In the natural realm, they had allowed someone else to be responsible for Jesus so many times that when they did not see Him they assumed He was still with their group. They had allowed someone else to be responsible to carry the presence of the Lord. Instead of following along with the people making the journey back home, Jesus stayed in Jerusalem.
According to the Bible, years later, Jerusalem was the place where Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to fill the believers.

Acts 1: 4-5 NKJV
“And being assembled together with them, he commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

Jesus could have sent the believers anywhere to wait on the infilling of the Holy Spirit, but He chose Jerusalem. Jerusalem was a place of worship under the law. Many of the people that worshipped God in Jerusalem had a revelation of God, but not an intimate relationship with Him. When revelation and relationship (intimacy) come together mighty things happen.

Acts 2:1-4 NKJV
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place, And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

It was in Jerusalem that the early believers ministered unto the Lord for many days, and as a result God filled the room where they were with His presence. The people in the upper room were baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. They weren’t just speaking anything-they were praising and worshipping God. They were giving glory to God.

Acts 2:11 NKJV
“Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”

The Holy Spirit will help us worship God in spirit and in truth, just like He helped the early believers. The presence of God brings power and results. After Peter was baptized with the Holy Spirit, he stood up and spoke to the crowd. Because of the anointing upon him and the words that he spoke, many believed.

Acts 2:41 NKJV
“Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand
souls were added to them.”

After the people believed, the Bible tells us, that they fellowshipped in the breaking of bread and in prayers.

Acts 2:42 NKJV
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of
bread, and in prayers.”

This verse does not mean that they sat around eating all their meals together. The early church shared times of corporate worship and prayer as well as communion (breaking of bread). Communion is a very intimate time between you and God, even when taken together as a group.
The are times in our lives that we might be like Joseph and Mary. We happily travel along the
path we choose assuming that Jesus is with us. Once down the road we begin to “look” for the presence of Jesus, but He is no where to be found. Only then do we begin to seek His presence.

Luke 2:46 NKJV
“Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the
teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.”

When Joseph and Mary discovered that Jesus was not with them, they began to look for Him. They returned to Jerusalem, the last place that they had seen Him. Joseph and Mary found Jesus in the temple, a place of worship. When they became desperate for Him they found Him.

Matthew 7:7 NKJV
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

James 4:8 NKJV
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

All across the world, many people are traveling along assuming that the presence of the Lord is with them. They have a form of godliness, but no power.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”

Matthew 23:25-28 NKJV
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but the inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”

Like the early church, we need to rediscover what worshipping God in Spirit and in truth is.

John 4:23-24 NKJV
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

God doesn’t just want you to know who He is, He wants an intimate relationship with you too. Many people know the name of God, but few know Him intimately.

Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

We need to allow our revelation and our relationship to come together- we need to “Return To Jerusalem”. Just like Joseph and Mary, when we become desperate for the presence of God we will find Him, in a place of worship.

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1. According to the second chapter of Luke, why were Jesus and His family in Jerusalem?
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2. How long (how many days) had Joseph and Mary traveled before they realized that Jesus was not with them?
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3. As a group name some reasons why Mary and Joseph might not have realized Jesus wasn’t with them.
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4. One definition of assume is to suppose something or to accept that something is true without checking or confirming it. Have you every assumed something only to later find out that you were wrong?
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6. What did Jesus tell His followers that they would be baptized in?
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7. The people that worshiped in Jerusalem did not have what with God?
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10. What were the people in the upper room doing when they were baptized in the Holy Spirit?
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12. The Holy Spirit filled Peter with boldness and as a result how many people were saved that day?
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16. According to Matthew 7:13-14, how must we worship God?
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18. Has there ever been a time in your life that you were truly desperate for God and His presence?
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19. Write a prayer asking God to draw you closer to Him.
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Revival – “I will raise up the tabernacle of David”

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Revival –  “I will raise up the tabernacle of David”

bible-study-on-watching-servant       Refreshing comes from God, after repentance.

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Bible Text:

Acts 3:19

Acts 3:19-21

Amos 9:11-15

Acts 15:16-17

Joshua 5:13-16

Isaiah 6:1-5

Acts 19: 18-20

Exodus 30:17-21

Leviticus 6:12-13

Psalm 85:6

Isaiah 57:15

Acts 15:16-17

Psalm 95:1-3

Psalm 100

Hebrews 13:15

1 Peter 2:9

John 4:23-24

1 Peter 4:17

Psalm 24

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Revival is a bringing or coming back to life or consciousness; restoration to vigor or health; a bringing or coming back to style, use, activity, etc; an awakening or increase of interest in religion. God desires for there to be a revival of worship to Him, and there will be a great revival of worship to Him before He returns. His glory (the manifest presence of God) will be experienced in a greater measure by the body of Christ (the church) than ever before. The true body of Christ will have a season of refreshing (renewed, restored, made pleasing) before the return of the Lord.

Acts 3:19-21 NKJV

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.”

Before the return of the Lord all the prophesies spoken by the prophets of long ago will be fulfilled..

Amos 9:11-15 NKJV

“ ‘On that day I will raise up

The tabernacle of David, which has fallen down,

And repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins,

And rebuild it as in the days of old; That they may possess the remnant of Edom,

And all the gentiles who are called by My name,’

Says the Lord who does this thing.

‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord,

‘When the plowman shall overtake the reaper,

And the treader of grapes him who sows seed;

The mountains shall drip with sweet wine,

And all the hills shall flow with it,

I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; They shall build the waste cities and inhabit them;

They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them’

They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them.

I will plant them in their land,

And no longer shall they be pulled up

From the land I have given them,’

Says the Lord your God.”

Acts 15:16-17 NKJV

“ ‘After this I will return

And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen

down; I will rebuild its ruins,

And I will set it up; So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,

Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name,

Says the Lord who does all these things.’ ”

It is the desire of God that His glory fill the earth. In the last days when the glory of God is manifest upon His people (the body of Christ) there will be an abundance of provision (material, physical and spiritual) and harvest (souls). However, we have a part to play in seeing that God’s desire is fulfilled. Sin cannot enter into the presence of God. No matter how much someone may say that they want to experience (and stay in) the glory of the Lord, they will not with sin in their life. Man cannot come into God’s presence without going by Jesus. There is a difference between stumbling upon the glory of God and the glory of God staying upon you, just as there is a difference between a visitation of the glory of God and a habitation of the glory of God.

Exodus 3:1-6 NKJV

“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountains of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, ‘I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.’ So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, a God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Then He said, ‘Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.’ Moreover He said, ‘I am the God of your father – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.’ ”

What would have happened to Moses if he had not obeyed God when he came upon where the manifest presence of the Lord was? God expected something out of Moses in order for him to draw closer to Him. He expected Moses to regard Him and the ground that he stood upon as holy. It was set apart by the divine presence of God for His purpose. Moses was told to remove his sandals possibly as an acknowledgement of God holiness and authority. We too, when we come into the presence of God must acknowledge His holiness and authority and submit to Him.

Joshua 5:13-16 NKJV

“And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, ‘Are You for us or our adversaries?’ So He said, ‘No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.’ And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, ‘What does my Lord say to His servant?’ Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, ‘Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.’ And Joshua did so.”

Throughout the ages God has manifested Himself over and over. When God shows Himself, He expects something out of us.

Isaiah 6:1-5 NKJV

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!’
And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: ‘Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean; lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.’ ”

When Isaiah encountered the glory of the Lord, he admitted that he was a sinner and sought repentance. Repentance will keep the presence of God upon us and our lives. In the church, as a whole, there are times that God moves in a mighty fashion and His sweet presence (His glory) fills the place. In order for His glory to stay upon us, our lives, and our church we must take His glory home with us! However, God will not share His glory with the world (soulish things or people). When God visits your church (a visitation of His glory), and goes home with you He expects you to do something – He expects you to change. He expects you to go through your house with the Holy Spirit and ask, “Holy Spirit, does this grieve You?” Listen closely for His answer. When He says “Yes,” repent and get ride of it. Don’t keep it around.

Acts 19:18-20 NKJV

“And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver. So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.”

These people showed true repentance and sincerity by burning (getting rid of) their sinful items. What was happening on the inside of them carried over to the outside. When others saw a real change in the ones that had repented the kingdom of God grew.
Many cry out, “Lord, send the fire,” but thy really do not mean it. If they did they would do in the natural what they are asking God to do in the spiritual. Prior to the Passover, the Jewish people would go through their house and search it over from top to bottom for leaven. In the Bible leaven represents sin. If leaven was found, it would be removed. As Christians we need to go through our houses on a regular basis and remove the sin. If we don’t the presence of the Lord will not stay in our homes. The church will be no different than our homes.

When God tells you (through His Word or His Spirit) to get rid of something, get rid of it. The item needs to be destroyed. Don’t keep it around, even boxed up somewhere. If you do, you will eventually pick it up again. And, please do not give it to one of your worldly friends or co-workers.
In Biblical times you could not go into the holy place or the holy of holies (the presence of God) without first going by the outer court and then the laver. The priest would offer a sacrifice on the brazen altar then he would go to the laver and wash before going into the holy place. The laver was made out of looking glasses that the women had brought out from Egypt. The laver was a place of reflection and sanctification. The water in it represented the Word of God. No matter how many times the priest went into the holy place he always had to wash his hands and feet before going in.

Exodus 30:17-21 NKJV

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base also of bronze, for washing. You shall put it between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar. And you shall put water in it, for Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and feet in water from it. When they go into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister, to burn an offering made by fire to the Lord, they shall wash their hands and their feet, lest they die. And it shall be a statute forever to them – to him and his descendants throughout their generations.’ ”

As Christians, we too, must continually look into the Word of God to see ourselves. We must examine ourselves on a daily basis (throughout the day) with the Holy Spirit. Then we must repent of any sin. As long as we are alive, we have a continual need for repentance – a continual need for the washing of the Word.

Leviticus 6:12-13 NKJV

“And the fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not be put out. And the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order on it; and he shall burn on it the fat of the peace offering. Afire shall always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.”

The first step to the refreshing (revival) that God promised is admission. We must humble ourselves and admit that we are asleep (or dead), unhealthy, not useful or disinterested and sinful. We will never be revived if we are too proud to admit that we need it. Just as admission is important to salvation, so is admission important to revival.

Psalm 85:6 NKJV

“Will You not revive us again,

That Your people may rejoice in You?”

Isaiah 57:15 NKJV

“For thus says the High and Lofty One

Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:

‘I dwell in the high and holy place

With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,

To revive the spirit of the humble,

And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.’ ”

God will revive the hearts of people who are genuinely humble and contrite. When we have a humble spirit we will see ourselves as God sees us, know our weaknesses, put others before ourselves and submit to God. When we submit to God, we yield to His power, His control and His authority. Submissive people are obedient people. Obedience is very important to God. When you truly love God you will obey Him.

Repentance is being sorry for having done wrong. It is regretting that you have transgressed against God. It leads to a brokenness in spirit (contrite heart).

Acts 15:16-17 NKJV

“ ‘After this I will return

And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins,

And I will set it up; So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,

Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name,

Says the Lord who does all these things.’ ”

The tabernacle of David was a tent that housed the Ark of the Covenant. The manifest presence of God was seen there. We are to be the earthly tent that houses the manifest presence of God. The people joyfully worshiped God in the tabernacle of David. We too, are to joyfully worship God.

Sacrifices of praise are to be continually offered up from us.

Psalm 95:1-3 NKJV

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God,

And the great King above all gods.”

Psalm 100 NKJV

“Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,

And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting,

And His truth endures to all generations.”

The name David is a Hebrew word meaning beloved. The tabernacle of David is a type of the worship of the bride of Christ, the church. As the bride of Christ we are the beloved of God and we are the earthly house (tent) that should show forth the glory of God. The church is to joyfully offer up sacrifices of worship, praise, thanksgiving.

Hebrews 13:15 NKJV

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise

to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”

1 Peter 2:9 NKJV

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous Light.”

The church , the body of Christ, is to be the restored tabernacle of David, a place where God is worshiped in spirit and in truth.

John 4:23-24 NKJV

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Worship is a spiritual act, while praise is a physical act. The Bible lists seven types of praise and they are all physical activities. Anyone and everyone can praise God, however only the redeemed can worship God in spirit and in truth. When the church removes the sin from within they will be able to worship God in spirit and in truth. Then they will see the glory of the Lord (the manifest presence of God) in their midst. Then the world around them will see the glory of the Lord in them and they too will seek the Lord.

1 Peter 4:17 NKJV

“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God…”

As Christians we must evaluate our lives (our actions, our words our deeds, our attitudes, our thoughts…) and allow the Lord to search us to see if there is anything evil or wicked in us.

Psalm 24 NKJV

“The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,

The world and those who dwell therein.

For He has founded it upon the seas,

And established it upon the waters.

Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?

Or who may stand in His holy place?

He who has clean hands and a pure heart,

Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,

Nor sworn deceitfully.

He shall receive blessings from the Lord,

And righteousness from the God of his salvation.

This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,

Who seek Your face.

Lift up your heads, O you gates!

And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!

And the King of glory shall come in.

Who is the King of glory?

The Lord strong and mighty,

The Lord mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O you gates!

Lift up, you everlasting doors!

And the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory?

The Lord of hosts,

He is the King of glory.”

 

 

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1. What does revival mean?

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2. What does manifest mean?

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3. Prior to Jesus’ return…

* There will be a great revival of ___________ to God.

* The __________________ _______________of God will be experienced in a greater measure by the body of Christ.

* The true body of Christ will have a season of __________________.

* All the _________________ spoken by the prophets of long ago will be fulfilled.

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4. If we repent our sins will be blotted out and ________________ will come from the presence of the Lord.

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5. It is the desire of God that His glory fill the earth. What does “His glory” mean?

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6. In the last days when the glory of God is manifest upon His people (the body of Christ) there will be an abundance of what?

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8. Man cannot come into God’s presence without going by _____________.

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10. What does habitation mean?

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11. What is the difference between a visitation of the glory of God and a habitation of the glory of God?

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12. When we come into the presence of God must acknowledge His ________________ and ______________________, and submit to Him.

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14. We must examine ourselves on a daily basis with the ____________ ____________.

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17. When we have a humble spirit we will …

* see ourselves as ________ sees us.

* ___________ our weaknesses.

* put ___________ before ourselves.

* ______________ to God.

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19. We are to continually offer up _______________ of praise to God.

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Inheritance and Responsibilities

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Christians have a responsibility to represent Christ.

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Bible Text:

Colossians 1:12

Matthew 5:16

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Matthew 5:16

Philippians 2:14-15

Matthew 5:14-16

Matthew 5:14

Philippians 2:14-15

Matthew 5:15

Matthew 5:13-16

Hebrews 10:24-25

Revelation 3:10

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Colossians 1:12 NKJV

“…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

With every inheritance comes responsibilities. Christians have a responsibility to represent Christ everywhere they go and in everything they do.

Matthew 5:16 NKJV

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Should we not desire for others to be preserved also? It is our responsibility to let others know how they too can be saved. We can do this by letting our lights shine for Jesus.

Just as salt in the natural realm will make a person thirsty, salt in the spiritual realm will make a person thirsty for the living water (the Word of God, Jesus Christ).

Everything we do and say should point people to God. When people look at us they should not see us, instead they should see Jesus shinning through us.

There are people watching each and everyone of us. May what they see be the light that they need to created a hunger for God and the things of God. As the heavenly bodies shine forth in brightness against the blackness of the night, so the lives of true Christians lighten the moral darkness of the world.

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Reflective Light

The dictionary describes light as a brightness that enables us to see. It brings understanding or shows the way. As Christians we are to be a light for Jesus. We are to let our lights shine for Jesus in everything that we do and say. There are many ways that we can let our lights shine for Jesus. God has given each of us gifts that can be used to point people to Him.

Without light we have no way of seeing in the dark. Without the light of Jesus Christ the world has no way of “seeing” in this dark, sinful world. That is why God has called us to be light to the world. The light of Christ within us should penetrate the spiritual darkness around us. As Christians, we do not have any light of our own. We are only the reflective light of Jesus Christ. We are the light of the world as long as we reflect Jesus Christ. We must make sure that nothing comes between us and the light of Jesus Christ. If sin comes between you and God, you cannot reflect Jesus.

Colossians 1:12 NKJV

“…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

Each Christian has been delivered from spiritual darkness. Because of their deliverance from darkness each one has a testimony and they should be ready to give it. We should never hide what God has done for us. Other Christians are encouraged by our testimonies. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.

Just because a person is a Christian it does not mean that they will not struggle with things. What God has delivered you from can help someone else that is faced with the same thing. Your deliverance can be light to someone else.

Matthew 5:16 NKJV

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

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The Light Within Me

In Philippians 2:12-18, Paul exhorts the believers to continue to obey God and to totally submit to Him. He encourage the Christians to become pure and without fault in the midst of a crooked and depraved generation so that they would be able to shine like stars, to stand out and be able to share the Good News.

The Bible challenges us to live godly lives, even when we are going through suffering, trials, temptations, tests, or persecution. Circumstances must never effect or alter godly principles, morals, or convections.

Philippians 2:14-15

“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”

We are to “shine as lights” to two different groups of people, the lost and the saved.

Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

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Light To The Lost

Light is a brightness that enables us to see. Light brings understanding or shows the way.

Matthew 5:14 NKJV

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

Without light we have no way of seeing in the dark. Without the light of Jesus Christ the world has no way of seeing in this dark (sinful) world. We are to be the light of the world.

Philippians 2:14-15 NKJV

“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”

The light within us (the light of Christ) should penetrate the spiritual darkness around us. We do not have any light of our own. We are the reflective light of Jesus Christ. As we behold the glory of the Lord, we reflect it. We are the light of the world as long as we reflect Jesus Christ.

We must make sure that nothing comes between us and the light of Jesus Christ.

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Light To The Saved

Not only are we to be a light to the lost in a dark world, we are to be a light to those in the “house” also. In other words, we are to be a light to our fellow Christians.

Matthew 5:15 NKJV

“Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”

Light indicates deliverance from darkness. Each Christian has been delivered from spiritual darkness. Because of their deliverance from darkness each one has a testimony and they should be ready to give it. We should never hide what God has done for us.

Other Christians are encouraged by our testimonies. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.

Just because a person is a Christian it does not mean that they will not struggle with things. What God has delivered you from can help someone else that is faced with the same thing. Your deliverance can be light to someone else.

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Creating A Thirst

Matthew 5:13-16 NKJV

“You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Salt is a white substance used for seasoning and preserving. Pure salt maintains its flavor. We are to be a seasoning and a preservative for a lost world. There should be something in each one of us that God can use to season each other and to preserve the lost.

In Israel some salt was mixed with other ingredients. When the salt was exposed to (mixed with) these other things, the salt would loose its flavor over time. When this happened the salt was no longer good for (fit for) its intended purpose. It would be thrown out.

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Seasoning

A seasoning is something that gives a better flavor (makes better). It is also something that gives interest or character. Salt gives liveliness (full of life and spirit, active, vigorous, exciting, bright, vivid, and cheerful).

As the salt of the earth we should affect those around us in a positive way. We should stir up (provoke) good in others – good works and good behavior.

Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

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Preservative

Preserve is to keep from harm or change, to keep safe, to protect, to keep up, to maintain, keep from spoiling.

As Christians we have been preserved from the things of this world (evil) and from the things to come (the wrath of God, tribulation, judgment).

Revelation 3:10 NKJV

‘Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”

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1. Christians have a __________________________ to represent Christ everywhere they go and in everything they do.

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2. Everything we do and say should ___________________ people to God.

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4. What is light?

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5. God has given each of us _______________ that can be used to point people to Him.

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I Will

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Your life must be an expression of admiration of and worship to God.

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Bible Text:

Psalm 9:1-2

Deuteronomy 6:5

Psalm 9:1

Psalm 111:1

Hosea 10:1-2

Psalm 119:10

Psalm 119:10

Psalm 119:2

Psalm 24:3-5

Psalm 66:18

Matthew 5:8

Deuteronomy 32:3-4

Isaiah 60:1-6

Mark 1:39-45

1 Peter 2:9-10

Psalm 9:2

Psalm 31:7

Isaiah 25:9

Revelation 19:7

Exodus 15:21

1 Chronicles 16:23

Psalm 9:11

Psalm 13:6

Psalm 135:3

Isaiah 12:5

Isaiah 42:10

Psalm 9:1-2 NKJV

“I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.”

According to the above verse we should praise God with our whole heart, we should tell of God’s marvelous works, we should be glad and rejoice in God, and we should sing praises to God.

I. We should praise God with our whole heart.

A. Entire Heart

One definition of whole is entire. An entire heart is one that leaves nothing left out. Without a question God absolutely must have every part of our heart. He desires to be close to us. Things or people will not draw us closer to God.

1.) We are to love God with our entire heart.

Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

2.) We are to praise and worship God with our entire heart.

Psalm 9:1 NKJV

“I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.”

Psalm 111:1 NKJV

“Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.”

B. Undivided Heart

A second definition of whole is undivided. An undivided heart is one that is in agreement with God and of one mind with Him. God created within each of us a “place” or “spot” that only He can fill with His love. The world, or the things of the world, can not fill the place that belongs to God. Trying to fill this spot with other things, or people, only bring heartache and sadness. Our hearts cannot long for God and the world at the same time.

Hosea 10:1-2 NKJV

“Israel empties his vine; He brings forth fruit for himself. According to the multitude of his fruit He has increased the altars; According to the bounty of his land They have embellished his sacred pillars. Their heart is divided; Now they are held guilty. He will break down their altars; He will ruin their sacred pillars.”

God had blessed Israel with many things. Instead of being thankful they failed to express or feel gratitude for all that God had done for them. Instead of worshipping God they turned to idolatry. The Israelites were untrustworthy and hypocritical. The people claimed to worship God, but their actions said something different. Their hearts longed for the things of the world more than they did God.

God want you to long for Him, and Him alone, and to seek Him with your whole heart.

Psalm 119:10 NKJV

“With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!”

Psalm 119:10 NKJV

“With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!”

Psalm 119:2

“Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!”

C. Unimpaired Heart

A third definition of whole is unimpaired. An unimpaired heart is a heart not marred by sin. God is holy and does not tolerate sin (impurities). When God created man (man and woman), they were pure. When sin entered the world man’s purity and innocence was lost. God had intended for us to be pure always, but because of sin we no longer were. We are all born into sin – we have all sinned and been made impure. But, if we accept Jesus and His gift of salvation, He makes us pure again.

1.) If you have sin in you will not receive true and lasting blessings from God.

Psalm 24:3-5 NKJV

“Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.”

2.) If you have sin in your heart God will not hear your prayers.

Psalm 66:18 NKJV

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.”

3). If you have sin in your heart, you will not see God, however if you are pure in heart you will.

Matthew 5:8 NKJV

“Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”

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1. We should praise God with our whole heart, we should tell of God’s _________________ _________, we should be glad and _______________ in God, and we should sing praises to God.

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II. We should tell of God’s marvelous works.

God does many wonderful and marvelous things (acts and deeds.) We should proclaim to others what He has done. Tell means to relate events or facts, to give an account in speech or writing of events, express something, to express a particular thing in speech, inform somebody, to inform somebody of something, express something in words to somebody, to express thoughts or feelings to somebody in words.

Works – acts. deeds or actions

Marvelous – amazingly impressive, extraordinarily wonderful, extremely good

Deuteronomy 32:3-4 NKJV

“For I proclaim the name of the Lord: Ascribe greatness to our God.
He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.”

Isaiah 60:1-6 NKJV

“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.
The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.
“Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; Your sons shall come from afar, And your daughters shall be nursed at your side.
Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.
The multitude of camels shall cover your land, The dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; All those from Sheba shall come; They shall bring gold and incense, And they shall proclaim the praises of the Lord.”

Mark 1:39-45 NKJV

“And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.
Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”
As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed.
And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once,
and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
However, he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from every direction.”

1 Peter 2:9-10 NKJV

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”

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8. What does tell or proclaim mean?

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9. How can I personally tell or proclaim about God and His goodness?

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What examples from my life can I give?

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III. We should be glad and rejoice in God.

Our attitude to God concerning His mercy for us and the things that He has blessed us with should be gratitude.

Glad – delighted, happy and pleased, grateful, appreciative of or grateful for something .

Rejoice – be happy, to feel very happy or show great happiness about something.

Rejoiced in – have something desirable: to be lucky enough to have or own something.

Psalm 9:2 NKJV

“I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.”

Psalm 31:7 NKJV

“I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, For You have considered my trouble”

Isaiah 25:9 NKJV

“And it will be said in that day: “Behold, this is our God; We have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; We have waited for Him; We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”

Revelation 19:7

Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”

IV. We should sing praises to God.

Everywhere we go, and in everything that we do, we should praise God. We must live a life of praise. Our lives must be an expression of admiration of and worship to God.

Tell – tell about something, to praise somebody or proclaim something, especially in verse, be happy: to rejoice or be extremely happy

Praises – expression of admiration, words that express approval or admiration, e.g. for somebody’s achievements or for something’s good qualities, worship and thanks to God

Exodus 15:21 NKJV

“And Miriam answered them: “Sing to the Lord, For He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!”

1 Chronicles 16:23 NKJV

“Sing to the Lord, all the earth; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.”

Psalm 9:11 NKJV

“Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion! Declare His deeds among the people.”

Psalm 13:6 NKJV

“I will sing to the Lord, Because He has dealt bountifully with me.”

Psalm 135:3 NKJV

“Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant.”

Isaiah 12:5 NKJV

“Sing to the Lord, For He has done excellent things; This is known in all the earth.”

Isaiah 42:10 NKJV

“Sing to the Lord a new song, And His praise from the ends of the earth, You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, You coastlands and you inhabitants of them!”

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11. When and where should we praise God?

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12. Our lives must be an ___________________ ______ ___________________of and worship to God.

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Born Into God’s Family

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Born Into God’s Family

When you receive salvation you become a child of God.

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Bible Text:

John 1:12

2 Corinthians 5:17

John 3:3

John 19:38-42

Romans 3:23

John 3:16-17

John 1:12

Romans 12:2

Matthew 12:33-37

Ephesians 5:3-5

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Made New

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we become a new creation. We are restored by Jesus to what God had originally created us to be. Everything about our lives change, because we are transformed into the likeness of Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Just like a caterpillar changes into a butterfly, we too are changed when we accepted Jesus as our Savior. God transforms a person from being a sinner who does not know God and who does wrong into a person who loves God and wants to do right. Instead of doing and living the way we what to, we live to be like Jesus. Our desire is to please Him. Instead of looking at people, things and the world through our eyes we see everything through the eyes of Jesus. Everything about us becomes new!

Born Again

Late one night one of the religious leaders named Nicodemus went to speak to Jesus. Nicodemus recognized Jesus as a teacher sent from God. As Jesus was explaining the Scriptures with him, He said something Nicodemus did not understand. Jesus told Nicodemus that no one can see the kingdom of God unless they have been born again. Nicodemus did not understand what Jesus was talking about. How could a person be born again?”, he wondered. People today still ask that same question.

John 3:3 NKJV

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ ”

Nicodemus had never heard about “being born again.” Jesus explained to Nicodemus that you must be spiritually born again. He had a hard time fully understanding that it isn’t enough just to know God. Jesus told him that he had to begin a new life by being “born again.” Jesus continued to explain to Nicodemus who He was and what was going to happen to Him and why. Nicodemus listened very carefully to Jesus as He spoke. After the things that Jesus spoke about came true (after Jesus’ crucifixion) Nicodemus helped prepare the body of Jesus for burial.

John 19:38-42 NKJV

“After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus. And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds.

Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury.

Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.”

Nicodemus had believed the things that Jesus told him and he was born again! Like Nicodemus we must believe in Jesus in order to be born again.

New Life In Christ

In the beginning God made everything and it was good. God would come down from heaven and walk with Adam and Eve in the evening. Man enjoyed a very intimate (close) relationship with God. Everything was perfect until sin entered into the picture. Because of the sin man could no longer enjoy the intimate relationship with God. God is a holy God and sin cannot come into His presence. Sin had separated man from God and it brought spiritual death into the world.

Romans 3:23 NKJV

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Everyone has sinned and that means that we have been separated from God and are spiritually dead. We must experience new life in Jesus if we want a relationship with God – we must be born again. God loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus to pay our penalty for our sins. As Jesus hung on the cross, God laid on Jesus the sins of the whole world upon Him – all our sins were put on the sinless Son of God. Jesus suffered much on the cross then He died. Jesus took our punishment for our sins upon Him and the blood that He shed made a way for us to be forgiven.

John 3:16-17 NKJV

“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. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

Each one of us must be born again (to have our sins forgiven). We must experience the new birth that we receive when we admit that we have sinned and ask Jesus to forgive us. When we experience this new birth we become part of the family of God – we are born into His family.

John 1:12 NKJV

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”

The first thing that we must do is admit that we have sinned against a holy God. Then we must be willing to turn from our sin and believe that only Jesus can forgive us of our sins. When we admit that we have sinned, believe that Jesus can forgive us of our sins and confess our sins to Him, God will forgive us and we will experience a new birth. We are not the same – we are changed by the power of God.

Transformed By The Word

God’s Word shows us how we really are and how we should be. We must allow the Word of God to transform us into the image of Christ. When we look at ourselves through the mirror of God’s Word and submit ourselves to the work of the Holy Spirit, we are gloriously transformed more and more into Christ’s image.

Romans 12:2 NKJV

“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.”

Christians must not allow the world to set their standards or morals. They are to be transformed by the renewing of their minds. All Christians are called to lives of holiness. It is a commandment from God – not a suggestion. Holy living shows our true identity. After a person accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior they are no longer of this world – they belong to God. Each person will stand before God and give an account for the way that they lived. For the things that they did, didn’t do.

Fellowship With Christ

Just as fruit is produced on the branches of a healthy tree or vine, so spiritual fruit comes from the life of a believer in close daily fellowship with Jesus. If we desire to have good fruit in our lives we must remain in Christ.

Matthew 12:33-37 NKJV

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you , being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasures of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasures brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment, and by your words you will be condemned.’ ”

Ephesians 5:3-5 NKJV

“But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”

The goodness of our fruit depends on how spiritually healthy and strong we are. The Holy Spirit who lives inside of the believer desires to produce good fruit in us and through us, however we must submit to Him in order for this to take place.

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1. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we become a __________ ______________.

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3. “Therefore, if anyone is in ____________, he is a new creation; old things have _____________ ________ ; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

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* suffered much then He __________.

* took our ____________________ for our sins upon Him.

* shed His ______________ to make a way for us to be forgiven.

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