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

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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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Review

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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7. What will keep a person from staying in the manifest presence of God?

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

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9. What does visitation mean?

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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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13. What was happening on the inside of a person carries over to the outside. What does that mean?

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

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15. Admission is __________________ to salvation and to revival.

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16. What does admission mean?

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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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18. What does submissive mean?

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

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20. The body of Christ is to be the restored ____________________ ______ _____________, a place where God is worshiped in spirit and in truth.

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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

Colossians 1:12

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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Review

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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3. How can you point others 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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6. We are the reflective light of Jesus Christ. What does that mean?

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7. If sin comes between you and God, you cannot ______________ Jesus.

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8. We should never hide what God has done for us. Why?

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9. _________________________________ must never effect or alter godly principles, morals, or convections.

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10. Light brings ______________________________ or shows the way.

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

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12. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the _______________ of the Lamb and the ___________ of our testimony.

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13. As the salt of the earth we should affect those around us in a ___________________ way.

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14. We should stir up ____________ in others.

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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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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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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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Born Into God’s Family

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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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* took our ____________________ for our sins upon Him.

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There Shall Always Be Fresh Bread

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Bible Text:

1 Kings 17:8-16

1 King 17:12

1 Chronicles 16:29

1 Kings 17:16

1 Kings 17:10-11

1 Kings 17:13

Psalm 5:7

Psalm 37:25

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1 Kings 17:8-16 NKJV

“Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, ‘Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, ‘Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.’ And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, ‘Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” So she said, ‘As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.’ And Elijah said to her, ‘Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’ So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and her household ate for many days. The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which Hw spoke by Elijah.”

One definition of the word minister is to give something. Ministering to God (giving God the worship that is due unto Him) is not a suggestion or a request- it is a commandment!

1 Chronicles 16:29 NKJV

“Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!”

Corporately and individually we are to minister to God first, then He will take care of our immediate needs and our future needs. Like the widow of Zarephath, we sometimes have our own plans and agendas.

1 King 17:12 NKJV

“….and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”

 

 

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Minister to God first:

Elijah wanted to be taken care of first- he wanted his meal before the widow had hers. He told her, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I might drink…Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” He wanted his needs ministered to first.

When we minister to the Lord first there will be no lack of the Word of God or the presence of the Holy Spirit. God will sustain us until the appointed time that He chooses to pour out the rain of His Holy Spirit.

1 Kings 17:16 NKJV

“The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.”

People will agree upon the importance of giving the first of their money, but many of the same people do not realize the importance of ministering to the Lord first. They do not know what true worship is. Obedience in our worship unto God does bring blessings.

1 Kings 17:10-11 NKJV

“So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.” And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”

Elijah asked the woman to feed him first, even though he could clearly see her situation. Today, God can clearly see our needs. Could it be that our needs go unmet because of our disobedience- we will not minister to God first. God is a jealous god, and He desires (and commands) our worship.

Exodus 34:14 NKJV

“(for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God)”

Psalm 66:4 NKJV

“All the earth shall worship You and sing praises to You; They shall sing praises to Your name.”

The woman and her son would probably have died if she had not been obedient to Elijah’s request (command.)

Psalm 95:6-11 NKJV

“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God,

And we are the people of His pasture,

And the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice: Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion,

As in the day of trial in the wilderness,

When your fathers tested Me; They tried Me, though they saw My work.

For forty years I was grieved with that generation,

And said, ‘It is a people who go astray in their hearts,

And they do not know My ways.’

So I swore in My wrath,

They shall not enter My rest.”

 

 

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God will meet your immediate needs:

In order for the widow to minister to Elijah she had to put aside her plans and her needs, and lay down the sticks in her hand. The widow had to lay aside her knowledge. She knew that there had not been any rain on the land, and that her and her son were starving to death. They needed food. She could clearly see that death was near for both of them. She was a desperate woman.

1 Kings 17:13 NKJV

“And Elijah said to her, ‘Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son.”

 

God will meet your future needs:

Because the widow fed Elijah first, her household was fed also. They too, had plenty of bread. When we minister to God first not only us but our church family will be fed also. Through obedience our needs and the needs of others will be met.

1 Kings 17:15 NKJV

“So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days.”

Something to think about:

Could it be….

…that Elijah represents God (or the presence of God)?

…that the gate represents worship?

…that the widow represents the believer (the church)?

…that the bread represents Jesus, the Bread of Life?

…that the oil represents Holy Spirit (or the work of the Holy Spirit)?

…that rain represents the outpouring of the Holy Spirit?

Like the widow, we too, must put aside our plans and our needs. We must lay down everything and minister to God first. We must lay aside our knowledge and what we see with our natural eyes. We may know that there has not been any rain of the Holy Spirit and that things are dry. We may feel like we are starving to death. We too may need food. Through our eyes it may even look like death is near

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When we gather together it is first for God’s benefit, to worship Him, second for our benefit, that we may receive fresh bread, and third for the benefit of others, that their needs may be met also. Elijah was ministered to first, second the widow and her son, and third her household.

Psalm 5:7 NKJV

“But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.”

When we forget everything we see with our eyes and hear with our ears, when we forget that we know the routine/schedule and purpose in our heart to minister to the Lord, He will see that we do not go hungry.

Psalm 37:25 NKJV

“I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,

Nor his descendants begging bread.”

God’s children never go hungry, nor do they have to beg. When we minister unto the Lord first there will always be fresh bread in the house. You can always spot desperate and obedient people in a “dry and thirsty” land. They are the ones that never run out of flour (fresh bread) or oil (the work of the Holy Spirit) in their lives.

1 Kings 17:14-16 NKJV

“For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’ So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her

household ate for many days. The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word

of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.”

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Wholeness Through Worship

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Luke 17:11-19

Luke 17:13

Luke 17:14

Leviticus 14:1-9

Leviticus 14:12-17

Leviticus 14:18

Leviticus 14:20

Luke 17:15-16

Luke 17:17-18

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Luke 17:11-19 NKJV

“Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers who stood afar off.”

As Jesus was traveling, ten lepers saw Jesus off in the distance. The recognized Him and they called out to Him. They wanted Jesus to heal them.

Luke 17:13 NKJV

“And they lifted up their voices and said, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ ”

When Jesus saw ten lepers off in the distance, He gave them a command.

Luke 17:14 NKJV

“So when He saw them, He said to them, ‘Go show yourselves to the priests.’ And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.”

Go To The Priest

Jesus told them to go to the priest. Only a priest could declare that a leper was clean (well). The priest would examine them and then begin the ritual for cleansing healed lepers.

Leviticus 14:1-9 NKJV

“Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

‘This shall be the law of the leper for the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought to the priest. And the priest shall go out of the camp, and the priest shall examine him; and indeed, if the leprosy is healed in the leper, then the priest shall command to take for him who is to be cleansed two living and clean birds, a cedar wood, scarlet, and hyssop. And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water. As for the living bird, he shall take it, the cedar wood and the scarlet and the hyssop, and dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water. And he shall sprinkle it seven times on him who is to be cleansed from the leprosy, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose in the open field. He who is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes, shave off all his hair, and wash himself in water, that he may be clean. After that he shall come into the camp, and stay outside his tent seven days. But on the seventh day he shall shave all the hair off his head and his beard and his eyebrows- all his hair he shall shave off. He shall wash his clothes and wash his body in water, and he shall be clean.”

After the cleansing was complete then a wave offering and a trespass offering was to be given.

Leviticus 14:12-17 NKJV

“And the priest shall take one male lamb and offer it as a trespass offering, and the log of oil, and wave them as a wave offering before the LORD. Then he shall kill the lamb in the place where he kills the sin offering and the burnt offering, in a holy place; for as the sin offering is the priest’s, so is the trespass offering. It is most holy. The priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and the priest shall put it on the tip of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot. And the priest shall take some of the log of oil, and pour it into the palm of his own hand. Then the priest shall dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand, and shall sprinkle some of the oil with his finger seven times before the LORD. And of the rest of the oil in his hand, the priest shall put some on the tip of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot, on the blood of the trespass offering.”

Once the trespass offering was made, atonement for the leper was made.

Leviticus 14:18 NKJV

“The rest of the oil that is in the priest’s hand he shall put on the head of him who is to be cleansed. So the priest shall make atonement for him before the LORD.”

 

A burnt offering was to be offered after the atonement was made.

Leviticus 14:20 NKJV

“And the priest shall offer the burnt offering and the grain offering on the altar. So the priest shall make atonement for him, and he shall be clean.”

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1. According to Luke 17:11-19, how many lepers were there?

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2. Did the lepers recognize Jesus?

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3. What did the lepers want from Jesus?

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4. What command did Jesus give to the lepers?

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5. Who was the only person that could declare a leper was clean (well)?

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6. After the priest examined a healed leper, what was the ritual for cleaning healed lepers?

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Jesus Is Our High Priest

Nine of the lepers saw Jesus as a prophet or a man who could perform miracles. But one recognized Jesus as someone much greater. As they walked away, all ten of the lepers were cleansed (healed).

Luke 17:15-16 NKJV

“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.”

All ten of the lepers called upon the Lord and all ten listened for His voice. All ten had captured the attention of Jesus. But only one returned to Him (his and our High Priest) and gave thanks and worshipped Him. Only one had seen Jesus through spiritual eyes. Only one had ministered to Jesus.

Luke 17:17-18 NKJV

“So Jesus answered and said, ‘Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Where there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”

 

Made Whole

Instead of just being healed (cleansed from leprosy), the one leper (the one who ministered to the Lord) was made whole.

Luke 17:19 NKJV

“And He said to him, ‘Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.’ ”

The one leper returned to Jesus to glorify the Lord. He gave thanks to the one responsible for his healing. Because he recognized Jesus for who He was and worshiped Him, he received an even greater blessing. He was made whole – every part of his body that he had lost to the disease (leprosy) was restored. When something is restored it is brought back to a former (normal) condition.

Restore: bring back, establish again, restore order, bring back to a former condition, bring back to a normal condition, give back, put back.

Nine of the lepers went to the priest, one of the lepers went to the great high priest (Jesus). Nine went to participate in a ritual that pointed to the Messiah. One went to the Messiah, himself.

Just like the one leper, we should worship the Lord before we see the victory. We worship the Lord for who He is, not what He’s done. The one leper came back to worship Jesus before he was made whole (before restoration). When we worship the Lord and minister to Him for who he is

(our High Priest) we too can be made whole. We too, can be restored. Everything that the enemy has tried to take from us can be returned (restored). We serve a God of restoration.

 

8. Nine of the lepers saw Jesus as a ______________ or a man who could perform miracles.

9. . As they walked away, all ten of the lepers were _______________________(healed).

10. Only one leper returned to Jesus and gave ____________________ and worshipped Him.

11. Instead of just being healed the one leper was made __________________.

12. Every part of the one leper’s body that he had lost to the disease was ________________.

13. Who is our High Priest?

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14. We should worship the Lord ____________________ we see the victory.

15. We worship the Lord for __________ _______ _______, not what He’s done.

16. Everything that the ___________________ has tried to take from us can be returned.

17. We serve a God of _______________________.

 

Intimacy Restored

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Bible Text:

1 Thessalonians 4:7

Psalm 24:3-4

Romans 3:23

John 3:16

Matthew 27:50-51

John 14:6

Hebrews 10:12

Hebrews 10:19-22

James 4:8

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When sin entered the garden, it stood between man and God. Man could no longer enjoy the intimacy that he once had with God. God still loved man, and desired for the intimacy He once had with man to be restored. He was desperate for intimacy with us. He longed to fellowship and commune with man, but sin stood in the way. God is a holy God and sin cannot come into His holy presence. Those who approach God in worship must do so in righteousness.

1. When sin entered the garden what did it cause?

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2. What stands in the way of man from having intimacy with God?

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3. God desires for what to be restored with us?

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4. What can not come into the presence of God?

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5. Those who desire to approach God in worship must do so in what?

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1 Thessalonians 4:7 NKJV

“For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.”

6. According to 1 Thessalonians 4:7 what did God call us to?

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What does that mean to you personally?

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Psalm 24:3-4 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.”

7. Psalm 24:3-4 states, “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.”

These verses speak of a special intimacy with God, both now and in the future. Does God really mean that if we want to enter into His presence that we must have clean hands and a pure heart?

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8. How does your life, both publicly and privately line up with Psalm 24:3-4?

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Adam and Eve could no longer experience the glory of the Lord, manifest presence of God, because of sin. The same is true today.

9. Why couldn’t Adam and Eve experience the glory of the Lord, manifest presence of God, anymore?

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Romans 3:23 NKJV

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

10. According to Romans 3:23 all have sinned and fall short of what?

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Jesus Christ, God’s own Son, left His place in glory to come to a sin filled world because of God’s great love for man.

John 3:16 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.”

11. Jesus Christ left His place in glory to come to earth because of God’s great what for man?

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12. Prior to the crucifixion man did not have direct access to what?

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Jesus came to this world, led a sinless life, was rejected by men, beaten, crucified and died for man. Prior to the crucifixion, man did not have direct access to the manifest presence of God. Man was separated from the glory of the Lord by a thick veil.

Matthew 27:50-51 NKJV

“ And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”

At the moment of Jesus’ death, the veil between the holy place and the holy of holies was torn into. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we now have direct access to the very presence of God. The blood of Jesus Christ is our access to God. It’s up to each individual to use the access or to reject the access.

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John 14:6 NKJV

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

15. According to John 14:6 Jesus is what?

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The blood that Jesus shed was for man’s sin. His precious blood provides atonement for our sins. Through His blood we can be restored into right fellowship with God. Because of His sacrifice we can once again experience the intimacy with God that He desires to have with us.

16. Jesus’ blood provides atonement for our sins. What does atonement mean?

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17. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice we can once again experience what with God?

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Jesus Christ did not stay dead. He rose from the grave, is alive today, and is sitting at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us.

Hebrews 10:12 NKJV

“But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.”

One day the true believers will be in glory experiencing a special intimacy with and worshiping our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. But for now, God has provided a way that we can still enjoy a portion of the intimacy and fellowship that we were created to have with Him.

18. When the true believers go to heaven they will be doing what?

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God sent His Holy Spirit to teach us, strengthen us, comfort us, guide us, direct us, to pray through us and to help us draw closer to Him. God sent His Holy Spirit to help us worship Him. When we allow the Holy Spirit, He will worship God through us. We can experience the glory of the Lord, the manifest presence of God, right here on earth, if we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us and worship through us.

19. God has provided a way that we can enjoy a portion of the intimacy and fellowship that we were created to have with Him. What is that way?

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20. When we allow the Holy Spirit He will do what through us?

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Wherever desperate people are, there God will be in the mist of them. If you are desperate for a greater intimacy with God, reach out to God and begin to worship Him. God will draw close to you, if you draw close to Him.

21. God is in the midst of what kind of people?

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Hebrews 10:19-22 NKJV

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”

James 4:8a NKJV

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…”

22. If you are desperate for a greater intimacy with God what should you do?

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23. What does holiness mean to you?

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