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GOD’S PROVISION

GOD’S PROVISION

1 Timothy 6:17 “Command those who are in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”

The Scene: A large red barn with a black roof–sign of prosperity and provision

2 Corinthians 9:6, 8,10-11 “Remember this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound to every good work. Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Psalm 144:13-15 “Our barns will be filled with every kind of provision. Our sheep will increase by thousands, by tens of thousands in our fields; our oxen will draw heavy loads. There will be no breaching of walls, no going into captivity, no cry of distress in our streets. Blessed are the people of whom this is true; blessed are the people whose God is the Lord.”

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MY PEOPLE

MY PEOPLE

Revelation 21:3 ” And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.’ “

The Scene: A handwritten scroll: God’s people have been entrusted to Jesus Christ our Lord; it will go badly for anyone that wrongs one of His own, the Holy Spirit quickened to this writer.

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

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, eager to do what is good.”

Matthew 24:30-31 “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”

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7-60 CHOSEN OF GOD

7-60 CHOSEN OF GOD

SPIRITUAL WEAPONS

SPIRITUAL WEAPONS

2 Corinthians 10:4 “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

The Scene: A rack of powerful rifles, pistols and other weapons–each weapon representing a prayer for help by those who are born-again Christians, against attacks in the spiritual realm from our enemy, Satan.

Psalm 34:17 “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.” *

*See Matthew 12:29 and Luke11:21-22

We have at our disposal an assortment of weapons (prayers) to fight the enemy–such as prayers to come against temptations and illnesses: physical, mental, or spiritual.

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

We can include in our prayers Scriptures from the Holy Bible, just like Jesus did when tempted by Satan or his strongmen–the Word of God will not fail us. God’s Word is true and everlasting.

Psalm 119:89 “Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.”

When we don’t know how to pray, the Holy Spirit will be there for us and lead us, when we ask Him for help. He will give us the right spiritual weapons (powerful prayers) to say.

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PERFECTION OF GOD

PERFECTION OF GOD

READ: 1 Corinthians 15:12-58 The story of the resurrection life and victory over death.

The Scene: Three rings overlapping each other representing the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). Each circle symbolizes completeness and perfection. The axis about which the rings are set, representing the cross anchored in the Rock, Jesus, who sacrificed His life for us; and His resurrection on the third day after His crucifixion and proven death.

The three rings show Jesus in His rightful place as a part of the Holy Trinity and His oneness with Father God and the Spirit of God.

1 Corinthians 15:55-57 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where , O death is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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7-54 RESURRECTION LIFE

THIS IS NOT MY HOME

THIS IS NOT MY HOME

1 Peter 2:11 ” Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and strangers in this world, to abstain from sinful desires.”

The Scene: A passport and visa depiction of the Christian’s origin, as being from heaven, not earth.

Psalm 119:19 “I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me.”

Our life on earth is only temporary and brief, when compared to eternity in heaven. Our lifetime on earth is like a shooting star or comet zipping across the sky. Seen only for a brief moment in time; heaven is timeless. Our time with God Almighty in heaven will be forever.

2 Corinthians 4:18 “So we fix our eyes on not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is only temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Philippians 3:18-20 “For, as I have often told you before and now say again with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

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WALK IN THE LIGHT II

WALK IN THE LIGHT II

Ephesians 5:11, 14 “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: ‘Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’ “

The Scene: A light shining on part of the track in a coal mine, pitch black except for the light shining from the miner’s hat. This is a representation of our walking along the track (the narrow way) with the light of the world, Jesus Christ, and going one step at a time as He shines His light just ahead of us.

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.’ “

Revelation 21:23 “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of the Lord gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.”

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VALUE OF AFFLICTION

VALUE OF AFFLICTION

2 Corinthians 12:7-9 “To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

The Scene: A picture of a thorn–representing a “thorn in the flesh, an affliction.”

We are reminded of Jesus’ crown of thorns and His trip to the cross, which may make our thorns of the flesh a little easier to bear, in comparison. The thorns in our flesh which God allows are designed to keep us humble, to keep pride from ruling us. Prayerfully we are to remember what Jesus said to the Apostle Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you.”

Romans 12:12 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

God’s grace for us signifies at least two things for Christians: (1) the good works of God in us–His plan– and (2) when we are weak in ourselves, then we are strong in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ to perform whatever His perfect plan and will are at any given time.

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SET MY FACE LIKE FLINT

SET MY FACE LIKE FLINT

Isaiah 50:7 ” Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.”

The Scene: Representation of the “born-again” Christian’s determination, with help of the Holy Spirit, to persevere through whatever Satan throws in front of us to make us stumble in our Christian walk.

Jesus set His face like flint when He decided it was time to go to Jerusalem and ultimately go to the cross and die for the sins of the whole world.

Luke 9:51 “As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.”

For us to follow in Jesus Christ’s footsteps, we must be disciplined and not be moved in our convictions, living for God and not for selfish, earthly rewards.

Deuteronomy 6:4-6 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all you strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.”

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LEVELS OF MATURITY

LEVELS OF MATURITY

Philippians 3:15-16 (AMP) “So let those (of us) who are spiritually mature and full- grown have this mind and hold these convictions, and if in any respect you have a different attitude of mind, God will make that clear to you also. Only let us hold true to what we have already attained and walk and order our lives by that. “

The Scene: Glasses of water, partially filled. Each glass represents levels of (spiritual) Christian maturity–the water in each glass symbolizes the living water of the Word of God. Those who are most mature must forgive and give grace to those who are less spiritually mature than themselves. We must learn to recognize a person’s level of maturity and act accordingly toward that person–that is the Pauline relationship with others in the Church. And we will be rewarded for those acts of love to others in the Church, to those who may not treat us kindly or lovingly.

1 Corinthians 13:11 “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.”

1 Corinthians 14:20 “Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to be evil infants, but in your thinking be adults.”

Ephesians 4:11-13 “It was he who gave some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fulness of Christ.”

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7-53 CHRISTIAN MATURITY

UNITED WITH CHRIST

UNITED WITH CHRIST

Romans 6:4-5 “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.”

The Scene: A welder uniting* (welding) pieces of steel together.

* Uniting: as to be cementing, fusing together, bonding as to make into one piece.

Jesus came to earth so that people could learn about our heavenly Father and Christ Jesus’ relationship with God as His only Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as in three-in-one, but united, joined together, as one God.

John 17:11 “I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name–the name you gave me–so that they may be one as we are one.”

John 17: 22-23 “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? Neither height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Reference Romans 8:35, 39)

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