UNFORGIVENESS

UNFORGIVENESS

Mark 11:25 “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

The scene: A green shoot emerged from the ground and grew into a beautiful flower, representing God’s children.

A vine then came out of the ground right next to the flower’s stem. The vine grew upward wrapping itself around the flower stem and began to strangle the life from the flower–the vine symbolizing the sin of unforgiveness.

“Many Christians are caught up in the sin of unforgiveness,” said the Holy Spirit, “And need to repent.” Near the end of this vision appeared the hand of the Lord that pulled the weed from the ground at the root, thus signifying a prayer of repentance which had been said by the person represented by the flower. The Christian is showing growth in Christian walk and in spiritual maturity. Our Lord is a forgiving God to us when we forgive others.

Matthew 6:12-15 ” ‘Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.’ “

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7-30 FORGIVENESS

FELLOWSHIP OFFERING

FELLOWSHIP OFFERING

Deuteronomy 27:4-9 “And when you have crossed the Jordan, set up these stones on Mount Ebal, as I command you today, and coat them with plaster. Build there an altar to the Lord your God, an altar of stones. Do not use any iron tool upon them. Build the altar of the Lord your God with fieldstones and offer burnt offerings on it to the Lord your God. Sacrifice fellowship offerings there, eating them and rejoicing in the presence of the Lord your God. And you shall write very clearly all the words of this law on these stones you have set up.”

The Scene: The altar built to the Lord of natural stones and set one upon the other, with grout in between the stones.

A fellowship offering was then presented to the Lord* *See: Leviticus 7:11-27: A description of how the altar was to be built and the sacrifice to be eaten, in God’s presence. The fellowship offering of thanksgiving provided to the people by Father God was offered by the priest, given back to God virtually, and then shared by that priest with God’s people.

Exodus 20:24 “Make an altar of earth for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, your sheep and goats and your cattle. Wherever I cause my name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you.”

Hebrews 10:5-7 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased.’ Then I said, ‘Here I am–it is written about me in the scroll–I have come to do your will, O God.’ “

Father God gave His people rules for their own good, bringing blessings to those who choose to honor and serve Him. So give God your best and He will give you His best–His Son, Jesus Christ, Savior.

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6-46 GOD’S BLESSINGS

GENTLE IS OUR GOD

GENTLE IS OUR GOD

The Scene: Large breaking waves near shore, rolling in, one after another. Then the wave flattened out and continued to roll onto the shore, gently caressing the sandy beach.

Psalm 89:9 “You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them.”

Sometimes the large waves seem the only way people see God–a God of awesome power. The people fear Him. But if His people would focus on who our Holy God really is they will see His gentleness, like the waves as they gently stroke the sandy shores.

Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

We receive rewards from God when we listen to His voice, spoken through His Holy Spirit, and follow His will, rather than our own.

Psalm 107:29-31 “He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.”

Psalm 136:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.”

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5-159 GENTLE GOD

BE NOT ENTANGLED

BE NOT ENTANGLED

Hebrews 12:1-2 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

The Scene: Rolls of barbed wire stretched out along the ground as a trap/ensnarement.

Many times God’s people entangle themselves in entrapments of their own making (sin) created by their own words and deeds.

God’s children can help themselves by listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit and reading the the Holy Scriptures, doing what Jesus Christ says is the right way to live.

James 1:22-25 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does.”

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OUR HELP

OUR HELP

Psalm 121:1-2 “l Lift up my eyes to the hills–where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

The Scene: A picture of a vast landscape of rolling hills–a mix of gold and green.

Isaiah 41:10 ” So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.*”

* Note In the Holy Scriptures “my righteous right hand” is Father God’s Son, Jesus the Christ, the Savior of all who will trust in Him for salvation.

Our Holy Spirit said, ” I will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Isaiah 46:4 “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

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7-25 HELP

TEST OF FIRE

TEST OF FIRE

Hosea 6:1-3 “Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”

The Scene: A vision of the spring fires that burn off the old grasses and chaff of the last season– symbolic of the Christian’s test of fire by our Lord.

After the spring burn off there appears new growth coming up out of the scorched earth (new beginnings).

When Jesus was put on the cross and killed, many of His followers were discouraged and depressed. It appeared that the Church had been stopped in its tracks. Then after a short while (50 days) Pentecost occurred- -the Church’s spirit was reignited by the Holy Spirit and the Church began to grow, once again, with new vigor and promise.

The new growth in the scene is like the Church in its infancy.

The fires of hell came and tried to kill both Jesus and the Church, but they both were raised, restored and now flourish, like root structure of the grasses that have been burned. The fires of hell will not prevail against the Church of Jesus Christ our Savior and Messiah.

Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to baptize us with fire.

Luke 3:16 “John answered them all, ‘I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit* and with fire.’ ” *for cleansing of the soul.

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7-27 BAPTISM BY FIRE

GET RID OF OUR BURDENS

GET RID OF BURDENS

Ephesians 4:31-32 ” Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

The Scene: A born-again child of God walking up a rise, representing his coming up higher in the Spirit (maturity). As that person matures in his spiritual walk, he is dropping off the boxes, symbolic of sins.

We are called to get rid of the burdens from our mortal bodies through repentance and becoming born-again through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:4 (AMP) “For while we are still in this tent, we groan under the burden and sigh deeply–weighed down, depressed, oppressed, not that we want to put off the body (the clothing of the Spirit) but rather that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal (our dying body) may be swallowed up by life (after the resurrection).”

We now desire to be more Christ-like, casting off our burdens from the “old person” of sin.

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

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7-24 RID BURDENS

CHOOSE LIFE

CHOOSE LIFE

John 7:17 “‘ If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.’ (Jesus Christ speaking.)

The Scene: A fork in the road, an illustration that all mankind must make an eternal choice, one day, before he/she dies.

Throughout our lives we have to make choices that take us either down the “road to life” or down the “road to destruction.”

Deuteronomy 30:19 “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life so that you and your children may live.”

Proverbs 8:10-11 “Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.”

Proverbs 4:7 “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it costs all you have, get understanding.”

God’s Word is clear: there are no shades of gray in the Holy Bible and He does not confuse us. He gives us His Word of Truth.

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7-23 RIGHT ROAD

BLACK AND WHITE

BLACK AND WHITE

Mark 12:28-31 “One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, ‘Of all the commandments, which is the most important?’ ‘The most important one,’ answered Jesus,’is this: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord your God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is this, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no commandment greater than these.’ “

The Scene: Two contrasting patches: one black, one white–God’s Word is clear, no confusion about His Word’s meanings. When the Lord’s Word tells us how to stay in peace, ‘ We can take it to the bank,’ as some people might say.

James 1:22 “Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

Proverbs 15:19 ” The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.”

Proverbs 16:17 “The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life.”

Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

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7-22 NARROW ROAD

BEAUTIFUL LORD

BEAUTIFUL LORD

Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

The Scene: “A kaleidoscope–a tube made of mirrors and pieces of colored bright glass, paper or stone, whose reflections produce changing patterns, as the tube is turned/rotated.

This author watched this vision of a spinning kaleidoscope; changing patterns of many colors rotating to the center and back out to the outer edges over and over again. While pondering this scene, the Holy Spirit quickened that this picture was a symbolic representation–a very small glimpse of Father God’s nature. He is “Kalos” (Greek word for beautiful).

The pieces of colored glass represent the many facets of God. The movement of the colored chips is symbolic of God’s blessings going out to His people. The return toward the center of the disk represents the praises of God’s people coming back to Him.

Psalm 67:3 “May the people praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you.”

Psalm 48:1 “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his holy mountain.”

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8-xx PRAISE