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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.”

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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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SPIRIT OF BONDAGE

SPIRIT OF BONDAGE

1 John 2:16 “For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has done and does–comes not from the Father but from the world.”

The Scene: Represents people who are in bondage: hooked on drugs, alcohol, pornography, or any addiction, something that is not God honoring; like being caught in a whirlpool. They stay hooked and the end result is they are sinking deeper into their addiction (sin) as if someone were caught in a whirlpool and drawn in deeper and deeper, then cannot escape the strong current pulling them into the vortex. Their sin has overcome them to the point they are totally lost spiritually and may spend eternity in hell, except when they reach out to Jesus for help and turn their lives over to Him.

1 Corinthians 10:13-14 “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.”

God has given humankind free will; however, it would be better for all to follow God’s plan, which brings success, joy, and true freedom through Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 6:12 “Everything is permissible for me”–but I will not be mastered by anything.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

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FREE AT LAST

FREE AT LAST

Romans 8:1 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”

The Scene: A prison cell with an open door–cold steel, formerly a locked cell, dungeon- like place. While watching the prison door, it sprung open without any earthly help. The Holy Spirit quickened to this writer, that when we follow God’s plan for our lives and have the love of God in our hearts, then the prison door of bondage is opened. When we do the will of Father God we can stay out of our own created prisons.

Galatians 3:22 “But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.”

Isaiah 42:6-7 “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.”

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THE MAZE

THE MAZE

Deuteronomy 1:30-31 “The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

The Scene: A maze–finding the path from earth to heaven.

Like the Israelites of the Old Testament era, the Holy Spirit of God leads His people the right way, passing through this world on their journey to heaven.

God’s people have been programmed (filled with His Spirit). They have been given the map, an outline (the Holy Bible) showing how to get to heaven. The Holy Spiirit will lead us to heaven if we are willing to follow God’s plan for our lives. And we, in turn, can show others who are lost (unsaved) through the maze of life into the right way to the Savior Jesus Christ and to heaven through the Gospels .

John 14:6 “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

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BANQUET TABLE

BANQUET TABLE

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

The Scene: Representation of Jesus’ banquet table set for his Christian people, those whose names are written in the Book of Life. Table is set with silver and gold utensils, linen cloth, food of all kinds along with gourds for decorations, baked goods, meats and china; olive branch design through the center of the tablecloth.

The Holy Spirit enlightens us to say, ‘The banquet table is intended to show that Jesus Christ provides for His people, but also to emphasize that Jesus desires to be with us, drawing us to himself.’

Isaiah 25:6 “On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine–the best of meats and the finest of wines.”

Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”

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SOARING WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

SOARING WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

Psalm 111:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.”

The Scene: Hot air balloon festival–representing Christians and the choices they make throughout their lives. The people on the gondolas/baskets control the flame from the propane gas burners, which provides the heat that fills the balloon with hot air and causes the conveyance to lift off the ground and soar into the air.

Many of the balloons drifted along together, (they had caught the wind of the Holy Spirit). Christians can turn their fire (zeal) up or down. They can drift along in peace with the Holy Spirit or they can get into turbulence or even come down somewhere prematurely, missing out on staying in peace in the presence of the Lord.

They may also miss their blessings, but they can choose to go where God wants them to be spiritually, with opportunities to stay close to our Lord Jesus Christ.

James 1:5-6 “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

Daniel 12:3 “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.”

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