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STOP–ASSESS, MEDITATE, SERVE

STOP–ASSESS, MEDITATE, SERVE

Psalm 4:4 “In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.”

The Scene: A large STOP sign.

Meditate on the will of the Father each day–as CHRISTIANS we are to follow Jesus’ example and do the will of the Father.

Psalm 1:2 “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”

Joshua 24:15 “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

1 John 3:6 “No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.”

“Jesus is Lord,” we say. As such, we must be obedient to His commands and will and stop sinning.

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6-40 STOP sinning

WONDERFULLY MADE

WONDERFULLY MADE

Isaiah 64:8 “Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”

The Scene: A clay pot (hand made) representing each person God has made.

A word from the Lord: “Stop fretting, I have made you. My children have been molded by the Master’s hand. Do not let the enemy bring you down; you are mine.”

Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

2 Corinthians 4:6-7 “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that the all- surpassing power is from God and not from us.”

Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

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6=39 THE POTTER’S HAND

STAIRWAYS TO HEAVEN

STAIRWAYS TO HEAVEN

John 1:50-51 “Jesus said, ‘You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that.’ He then added, ‘I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.’ “

The Scene: Stairways to heaven: the steps rising from earth represent Jesus’ humanity; while the stairways reach the clouds, the top represents access to the throne of heaven.

Without a personal faith in Jesus the Christ of Nazareth, humankind has no way to get to the Father in heaven. Smoke is rising in front of the stairways–symbolic of prayers of the saints reaching heavenly realms.

Proverbs 15:8 “The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.”

Revelation 8:3-4 “Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand.”

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6-38 PRAYERS

ABOMINATIONS

ABOMINATIONS

Isaiah 66:3b-4 “They have chosen their own ways, and their souls delight in their abominations; so I also will choose harsh treatment for them and will bring upon them what they dread. For when I called, no one answered, when I spoke no one listened. They did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me.”

The Scene: A representation of the Badlands, South Dakota, USA which has a harsh looking environment (symbolic of sin in the world) as compared to the green trees and grasses in the surrounding areas, representing righteousness through Christ our Lord.

“The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,” the Holy Spirit spoke out.

Proverbs 15:9 “The Lord detests the way of the wicked but he loves those who pursue righteousness.”

Psalm 34:15 “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry.”

Romans 14:17-18 “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.”

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6-37 RIGHTEOUSNESS

CONTRASTS II

CONTRASTS II

Romans 13:12 “The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”

The Scene: Contrasts represented by, scarlet (sin) and white (righteousness).

Where righteousness resides the darkness cannot prevail.

Genesis 1:4 “God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.” (A type and shadow)

Ephesians 5:8 “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.”

Isaiah 1:18 ” ‘Come now, let us reason together.’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’ “

Matthew 6:22-23 ” The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, you whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness’s, how great is that darkness!”

Spiritual blindness leaves a person exposed to the enemy, Satan. We are called to stay in the light. Read God”s Word daily. Call on the Holy Spirit to guide you in all righteousness.

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6-35 LIGHT

PRESENCE OF THE LORD

PRESENCE OF THE LORD

Job 36:26-27 “How great is God–beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out. He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams.”

The Scene: A passing thunderstorm (God’s power through storms, thunder, lightning, hail). The clouds are a covering of the Lord. The thunder represents His power. The lightning, symbolic of the justice of the Lord and hail, which can be a judgment.

Job 36:28-30 “The clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind. Who can understand how he spreads out the clouds, how he thunders from his pavilion? See how he scatters the lightning about him, bathing the depths of the sea?”

Job 36:31-33 “This is the way he governs the nations and provides food in abundance. He fills his hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark. His thunder announces the coming storm; even the cattle make known its approach.”

Exodus 9:25 “Throughout Egypt hail struck everything in the fields–both men and animals; it beat down everything growing in the fields and stripped every tree.”

Our God is a mighty God! He created all things for His use and pleasure.

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6-36 RIGHTEOUSNESS

TRUST NOT IN IDOLS

TRUST NOT IN IDOLS

Isaiah 44:9 “All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame.”

The Scene: A hand-made wooden idol–trust not in idols, whether wood, silver, gold, or money. “Trusting in false idols leads to ignorance, shame, and ruin,” said the Holy Spirit through His Word.

Isaiah 44:10-11 “Who shapes a god and casts an idol, which can profit him nothing? He and his kind will be put to shame; craftsmen are nothing but men. Let them all come together and take their stand; they will be brought down to terror and infamy.” Also read v v.12-21 for better understanding.

Man uses his resources for many things, including making idols–people who fashion or trust in idols have no understanding of what they do.

Psalm 20:7 “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

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6-34 IDOLS

GOD’S PLAN

GOD’S PLAN

Genesis 45:3-5, 7-8 ” Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am Joseph! Is my father still living?’ But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence. Then Joseph said to his brothers, ‘Come close to me.’ When they had done so, he said, ‘I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.’ “

The Scene: Clock and calendar showing the passage of time.

God has a plan for every life–the story of Joseph and his brothers exemplifies this point. (Read Genesis 45 for complete understanding.)

Satan wants to put fear into everyone to thwart God’s plan for our lives. God’s people are required to stay steadfast in their faith. Joseph remained sure in his faith in God, rising to be second in command over the Egyptian nation under Pharaoh.

Ecclesiastes 3:17. “I thought in my heart, ‘God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed.’ “

Because Joseph was faithful to God, Father God was able to use Joseph to save the Israelites (a remnant). Joseph is seen as a type of Christ because of his role as a savior.

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6-32 TIME

COMPLETE IN HIM

COMPLETE IN HIM II

John 9:4 ” As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.”

The Scene: A flower in full bloom and complete.

Like this flower, our Lord tells us we, too, are complete in Him. We have been given everything we need to grow spiritually in this world, living a life of godliness, through our knowledge of Him, Jesus Christ.

Filled with the Holy Spirit, we who are born-again Christians are equipped to do whatever tasks God has for us. “You are well able,” said the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 37:3-6 “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”

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6-31 EQUIPPED FOR SERVICE

FENCES/WALLS

FENCES/WALLS

Ephesians 2:14 ” For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace.”

The Scene: A fence or wall–a barrier erected by fearful people.

People build fences or barriers,* both physical and mental, quickened the Holy Spirit. “They try to close themselves in and the world out; at the same time they have closed out the great I AM. John 1:11 “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.” *Barriers are erected because of social status, religion, ethnic background, etc.

John 16:33 “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 have overcome the world.”

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6-30 BARRIERS