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LIFE’S JOURNEY II

LIFE’S JOURNEY II

PROVERBS 4:10-11 “Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many. I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.”

The Scene: A passenger train going through the mountain tunnel. The train represents life’s journey of born-again Christians. The sequence: The train approaches the tunnel where the Christian’s life began from the womb, progressing into the tunnel symbolic of the dark world we live in and must go through. The train proceeds out of the tunnel into the Light of the World, Jesus Christ, and becomes born-again through asking Jesus to forgive their sins, and to dwell within the heart. The Christian’s name is written into the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Phillipians 2:12-13 “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”

The train continues along the track upward bound on the narrow path God has laid out for His people.

Ephesians 1:9-12 “And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment–to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.”

Psalm 119:35 “Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.”

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NEEDS MET

NEEDS MET

PSALM 116:6 “The Lord protects the simplehearted; when I was in great need, he saved me.”

The Scene: An eagle has snatched a fish from the water below, carrying the fish back to its nest for dinner. The eagle’s needs have been met by Father God in this scene. The main thought here is one of provision. Our God will provide all the Christian’s needs.

Philippians 4:19 ” And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

God cares for us, He loves us, much more than He loves the eagle–Father God will meet our needs. His Word tells us this truth when we follow His plan for our lives, and keep His commands.

Psalm 55:22 ” Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fail.”

We need not fear; God is faithful and true to His eternal Word because He is the Word.

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TRUE WISDOM

TRUE WISDOM

Proverbs 24:3-4 “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”

The Scene: A house filled with love, looking similar to a painting by a famous artist–the warm, inviting light is shining out the windows as though inviting those on the outside to come in: those who have not yet committed their lives unto Jesus the Christ–unsaved.

Those who have only worldly wisdom lack Godly wisdom. The red door represents the blood of Jesus–all who want to come in must pass through the doorway of Jesus (find salvation/confession of faith in His name). Some come inside but many just pass by, who will spend eternity in hell separated from the God of love.

Job 28:28 “And he said to man, ‘The fear of the Lord–that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.’ “

Psalm 119:104 “I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.”

2 Peter 1:5;8 “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. v.8 “For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

This leads us to all truth, by His Word, which gives us Godly wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

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.”

John 8:12 “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ “

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IN JESUS’ NAME

IN JESUS’ NAME

John 14:13 “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.”

The Scene: Representation of one of Jesus’ children in prayer, his voice booming out, as though he were using a megaphone.

When Christians pray “IN JESUS’ NAME” to God it is as if we were praying using a megaphone. Speaking “IN JESUS’ NAME” gets the attention of our Lord (and of the enemy, Satan, if the enemy is the problem).

John 16:24 “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”

John 20:31 “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”

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LOVE–A SONG

LOVE–A SONG

“Great is the Measure of our Father’s Love.” A verse from a Christian song, “Think About His Love” by Don Moen.

John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

The Scene: A scale, one side of which holds the symbol of the earth that Father God created, including all that is within and on the earth, plus all mankind. The scale at first is weighed down on the left showing the heaviness of humanity’s sin.

The right side of the scale is symbolic of the hand of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He touches the scale and it comes up into balance–representation of His death on the cross, to take away the sin of the world–which only He could do because He alone, of all who have dwelt on the earth, was sinless. Jesus’ love balanced the scale (sin vs. God’s love). Unlike the scale shown, God’s love cannot be measured.

Psalm 73:25-26 “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Titus 2:13-14 “While we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own to do what is good.”

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COME UP HIGHER

COME UP HIGHER

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

The Scene: A Saturn V rocket, lifting off from the launch pad; pulling against gravity–representing a Christian’s efforts to overcome the flesh (worldliness & the sin nature).

The Holy Spirit said, “The rocket has to overcome gravity to lift off its pad and begin its journey into the heavens.” Our flesh acts like gravity. It (the flesh) pulls, tugs at us as we Christians try to mature spiritually and come up higher, closer to God.

Like the Saturn V rocket we can overcome the flesh when we exert the energy to learn God’s way and try to follow His commands. Read His Word daily and do what it says. The more we mature spiritually the less inertia the flesh will have on us, as we follow after righteousness as overcomers.

2 Timothy 3:2-5 “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God–having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.”

1 Thessalonians 5:8-9 “But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

8-106 SPIRITUAL MATURITY

DEPTH OF THE WORD

DEPTH OF THE WORD

Hebrews 5:7-14 “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek. We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”

The Scene: An ocean beach scene, looking down from a high cliff. The far end of the bay (top of picture) has calm waves coming ashore, representing shallow water (immature Christians). The nearer end of the bay (bottom of picture) darker blue waters, with higher waves breaking against the shore, representing mature Christians. The water is deep near the shore (symbolic of the depth of the Word).

Ephesians 4:14-15 “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”

Small waves; shallow learning (spiritual) and large waves; large changes in one’s spiritual life, maturity. Whether shallow or deep seas they both represent, symbolically, each person’s commitment to reading, studying, heeding God’s Word daily—the washing with water, the reading of the Word (the living Word).

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GOD’S FOREST (HIS PEOPLE)

GOD’S FOREST (HIS PEOPLE)

Isaiah 61:1-3 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the the year of our Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”

The Scene: A mighty oak tree, representing God’s people. It grew from a sapling to a full sized tree. The root system* grew more rapidly from the acorn (representing a firm foundation, developed by God’s people through reading of His Word.) * The life blood of the tree, a firm foundation needed for the tree to survive.

2 Timothy 2:19 “Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: ‘The Lord knows those who are his, and, ‘Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.’ “

Rain came in a timely manner (Jesus’ living water–His Word) causing the sapling to grow upward (representing the Christian growth in spiritual maturity). The sun shone on the plant (the light of His Word) and caused the leaves to sprout (born-again experience of believers) and the color green was pleasing to the eye, causing the unsaved to come near the tree and enjoy the shade. (The unsaved are brought to salvation.)

Proverbs 9:9-10 “Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”

8-107 SOLID FOUNDATION

HE GOES BEFORE US III

HE GOES BEFORE US III

Exodus 14:14 ” The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

The Scene: Three jet fighter aircraft in attack mode–tracking down the enemy; representation of the Holy Trinity going before God’s people to protect them from our enemy (Satan) and Satan’s strongmen (demons).

Psalm 18:3 “I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.”

Proverbs 30:5 “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.”

John16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I [Jesus Christ] have overcome the world.”

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JEHOVAH NISSI

JEHOVAH NISSI

Song of Solomon 2:4 “He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love.”

The Scene: Jehovah Nissi (the Lord my Banner); a scene of Moses at the battle with the Amalekites at Rephidim.

Joshua led the battle for the Israelites. The Israelites were winning as long as Moses held up his hands, as though he were holding up a banner. The Holy Spirit added to this vision the banner “Jehovah Nissi.” The Israelites had been attacked by the Amalekites and Moses ordered Joshua to counterattack. When we give God the glory due His name for victory in any spiritual battle, our (and His) ministry continues.

Exodus 17:15-16 “Moses built an altar and called It the Lord is my Banner. He said, ‘For hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord.’ The Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”

1 Samuel 17:47 “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you unto our hands.”

Psalm 20:1,5 “May the Lord answer when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.”

The Israelites carried banners into battle to show their divisions or clans; the banners were used as rallying points so that the troops could identify each other during an attack by their enemies. Each group had a designated banner carrier; if he fell wounded or dead someone else would pick up the banner and continue onward.

Isaiah 13:1-3 “An oracle concerning Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw: Raise a banner on a bare hilltop, shout to them; beckon to them to enter the gates of the nobles. I have commanded my holy ones; I have summoned my warriors to carry out my wrath–those who rejoice in my triumph.”

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8-116 VICTORY IS THE LORD’S