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The Devil

The Devil

  1. Who is the Devil?
    1. The devil was originally known as Lucifer, an angel of light.
    2. The first time we meet him in the bible, he is a serpent, and convinces Adam and Eve to sin. Genesis 3:1-6: Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
    3. Throughout scripture, we see the devil going about seeing what kind of trouble he can stir up, and how he can try and keep God’s people from serving Him. We see a good example of this in Job 1:8-12:  And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord. An important point to take away from this is that the devil can only do to us what God allows him to.

 

  1. What was His Role in Heaven?
    1. Satan, known as Lucifer, the angel of light, was an archangel that lived in the very presence of God. He was a leader of worship in Heaven. He committed the first sin, that of pride. He thought he could overtake the throne of God. Isaiah 14:12-15: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

 

  1. Why is he called the Devil?
    1. This is one of the most popular names for Satan. It only appears in the New Testament. Matthew 4:1: Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
    2. The name literally means “slanderer.” He is called this because he slanders both God and humanity. He is known as the accuser of the brethren, as we see in Revelation 12:10: And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

 

  1. What other Names does he have?
    1. Satan: He is referred to by this name 52 times in scripture.
    2. Day-Star or Son of the Morning: We see this title in Isaiah 14:12: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! The term day-star is translated Lucifer.
    3. and many more.

 

  1. What kind of Power was He Given?
    1. He only has as much or as little power as God allows him to have. Job 1:12: And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.
    2. God sometimes allows Satan to attack us so we will stay humble, and depend on God. 2 Corinthians 12:7: And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

 

  1. The bible says in Hebrews 9:27 – And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. What kind of judgment will this be?
    1. Those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will go to the Judgment Seat of Christ.This is where we will see what we should have done, missed opportunities etc. 2 Corinthians 5:10: For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
    2. Those who have rejected Jesus Christ will experience the Great White Throne Judgment. Revelation 20:11: And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

 

  1. Where will the Christians go, and where will the non-Christians go?
    1. For the Christian, a day is soon coming when we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
    2. For those who do not call upon the name of the Lord and receive salvation, they will not make heaven, but will be in hell forever. Matthew 25:41: Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

 

  1. Who is the god of this world?
    1. The devil is the god of this world. He is the one who blinds people’s eyes to keep them from accepting the gospel message and getting saved. 2nd Corinthians 4:4: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

 

  1. It is said in the bible that there’ll be an all-out battle between God and the devil. What will the final outcome be, and where will he and his followers reside forever?
    1. The Devil, the beast and false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire as it says in Revelation 20:10: And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
    2. The devil’s followers, those who rejected salvation through Jesus Christ, will also be cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15: And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

  1. Conclusion
    1. If you don’t know Christ as your savior, the only God that can save you for eternity, I want you to think carefully about all that we’ve said tonight. Is this the path you’d like to take as a follower of the devil, or would you like to have eternal life with a loving, caring, graceful God who will keep and save you throughout eternity.

 

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He That Winneth Souls is Wise

He That Winneth Souls is Wise.

  1. Introduction: What does this mean?
    1. Proverbs 11:30: The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
    2. What is the fruit of the righteous? Salvation, mercy, grace, forgiveness of sin, peace that passes understanding, joy unspeakable and full of glory, eternal life and an abundant purpose-filled life.
    3. What does it mean to win souls? Winning souls is when you share the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ with others, leading them to the saving knowledge of Christ. When you have won a soul to Christ, you will have led them in a prayer to ask Jesus into their hearts.

 

  1. It says “He that Winneth Souls is Wise.” Why was this said, and who said it?
    1. Let’s look at this verse, along with the 2 before it to get move of the context. Proverbs 11:28-30: He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; but the righteous shall flourish as a branch. He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
    2. God, through King Solomon was writing about the importance of trusting in God, and surrendering your life to Him.
    3. He was telling us not to trust in our own riches, for they will fail, as they certainly have in this time we are living in.
    4. He speaks of the righteous flourishing, and in the midst of this dark time in our world, God’s People are still flourishing. We are still blessed. He is still meeting our needs as we walk close to Him.
    5. He speaks of the fruit of the righteous being a tree of life. If you have the Righteousness of Christ, you have eternal life. As a result, you are wise if you share that life with others, talking to them about God, praying for them, giving, and doing other good deeds. The ultimate purpose is to win them to Christ so they can have that tree of Life that you have.

 

  1. Can people that are unsaved win souls?
    1. Though God will use anyone and anything to plant a seed in someone’s heart, you can’t give someone what you yourselves have not experienced.
    2. If you listen to 2 people trying to convince you to buy something, and one of them has tried it, used it, and is convinced that it is the best thing ever, and the other person has never heard of it and is only pitching it because it is their job, which one are you most likely to listen to?
    3. Similarly, someone who has experienced the love, peace, forgiveness, and freedom that is available in Christ, is going to have a better chance of winning someone to Him, than someone who has never personally experienced salvation.

 

  1. What must one do to be qualified to win souls, and be considered wise?
    1. You must first be a Christian yourself. Have you heard and accepted the gospel message? At the end of this message, I will give an invitation and lead you in a prayer to accept Christ. This must be the first step. Romans 10:9-13: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
    2. Study God’s Word. Get a print bible and become familiar with it. A lot of people have the bible on their electronic devices but if you are trying to show someone where a passage is, by the time you get past all the notifications and get to the bible app, they are ready to leave and you’ve missed an opportunity. With a printed bible you can quickly flip it open and get right to what you are trying to share. 2 Timothy 2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
    3. Pray for your friends and loved ones. Ask God to send laborers to them. The one who prays is as important in the process as the one that leads them ultimately to salvation.  The laborer God sends could be you, so be ready! Matthew 9:37-38: Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
    4. When God presents an opportunity to share His Love with someone, don’t miss it, but be obedient to share what He has given you to share with them.

 

  1. If I have a PH.D or Masters in Theology, or other education, does this mean I’m qualified?
    1. The Kingdom of God is set up in such a way that we can not boast in our own strength, merit, or education. Like salvation, soul winning is dependent on God. We are His Messengers. He does the saving. A degree does not qualify you to be a soulwinner. Ephesians 2:8-10: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

 

  1. How important is this scripture in your life when you know Jesus as your personal Savior?
    1. Jesus did a lot of things when He walked on the Earth. He made the blind to see, the lame to walk, raised the dead, and brought about many healings and miracles, but His main Mission was to seek and save that which was lost. Luke 19:10: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
    2. As Jesus’ followers, this is also our main mission. We’ve all been given unique ways to go about this, but we are all called to bring souls to Him. Mark 16:15: And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

 

  1. Is this something you would like to be, a soulwinner for Christ.
    1. Would you pray that God would make you this man, woman or child or is this something you’d like to forget about?
    2. We are called to go into the world and preach the Gospel, as we read a minute ago. This is known as the Great Commission. It is something we’re all commanded to do.
    3. Too often, we stay in our church buildings and wait for people to come in. We may get a few stragglers, but for true growth, we need to go out and get the people and bring them in! At the Little House, we often go out and get people, bring them in, and they accept Christ. We give rides to people and help them any way we can, and with great results.

 

  1. Is it enough just to be a Christian, or does this scripture call you out to be more?
    1. What about you? Is this you he’s talking to? If it is, take heed.
    2. Are you one who said a prayer some time ago, and went on your merry way, or are you living for Christ, studying the Word, praying, and sharing Christ as opportunity arises?
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Habakkuk

Habakkuk

  1. Who was Heabakkuk?
    1. We know very little about Habakkuk, other than that he was a prophet. Habakkuk 1:1: The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see. Habakkuk 3:1: The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.
    2. Habakkuk, was a prophet whose oracles and prayer are recorded in the Book of Habakkuk, the eighth of the collected twelve minor prophets in the Hebrew Bible.

 

  1. Date & Time, and When was the Book Written?
    1. Determining the date of the book of Habakkuk is quite a bit easier than dating most books. He spoke often of an imminent Babylonian invasion, an event that occurred on a smaller scale in 605 BC before the total destruction of Judah’s capital city, Jerusalem, in 586 BC. The way Habakkuk described Judah indicates a low time in its history. If the dating is to remain close to the Babylonian invasion, Habakkuk likely prophesied in the first five years of Jehoiakim’s reign (609–598 BC) to a king who led his people into evil.
    2. Habakkuk 1:6: For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not their’s.
    3. Habakkuk 3:16: When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops.

 

  1. Why was Habakkuk Important?
    1. Habakkuk provides us one of the most remarkable sections in the biblee, as it contains an extended dialogue between Habakkuk and God The prophet initiated this conversation based on his distress about God’s “inaction” in the world. He wanted to see God do something more, particularly in the area of justice for evildoers. The book of Habakkuk pictures a frustrated prophet, much like Jonah, though Habakkuk channeled his frustration into prayers and eventually praise to God, rather than trying to run from the Lord as Jonah did.
    2. Habakkuk 1–2: O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!

 

  1. What was His Mission?
    1. The book of Habakkuk offers us a picture of a prideful people being humbled, while the righteous live by faith in God. Habakkuk 2:4: Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
    2. Habakkuk reminds us that while God may seem silent and uninvolved in our world, He always has a plan to deal with evil and always works out justice, eventually. The example of the prophet Habakkuk encourages us to wait on the Lord, expecting that He will indeed work out all things for our good as it says in Romans 8:28.

 

  1. What was his Greatest Word to His People and Us?
    1. One of the favorite writings of Habakkuk is the one found in Habakkuk 2:2-3: And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Has God given you a vision or a promise? Write it down. Share it with others who will pray, believe God, and help you in it. It will come to pass. What God has spoken, He will do.
    2. Here’s another great gem from Habakkuk. This, I believe should be our prayer during this time, as we see God dealing with a world and a nation that has turned away from Him, and at the same time, is trying to raise up an army that will be faithful to His Word. Habakkuk 3:2: O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. I see three important themes in this verse. 1, Habakkuk hears the voice of God and has a fear and respect for God. 2, He prays for revival. This is what we need in our country today, and I believe with all that is going on, God is bringing revival. 3. He prays for God to remember mercy while he is showing His Wrath to an unbelieving world. God is ready and willing to extend mercy to whosoever will bow the knee and ask Jesus into their hearts.

 

  1. What can We Learn from Habakkuk?
    1. Habakkuk asked God the kind of question that so many of us have pondered. Habakkuk 1:3: Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.
    2. We’ve all seen the evidence of evil in our lives. We’ve all been touched by it. And we bear scars at various stages of healing. We are often downtrodden by our poor choices and our fallen world. However, Habakkuk reminds us that no place is too dark and no wall too thick for God’s grace to penetrate in a powerful way.
    3. We see that God often does or allows things to happen suddenly. Just like recently, one day, our country was going along normally, and the corona virus was something on the other side of the world. Then in a short time, it’s here and most of the nation is in lockdown. Habakkuk 1:5: Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be told you. I think this has happened so that people would turn back to God. After 911, the churches were full for a time, but that was very short-lived as we quickly had the falling away as predicted in the bible. I believe things like the corona virus are God’s way of saying “I’m here. Will you keep going your own way, or will you finally bow the knee and turn wholeheartedly to Me.”
    4. I love the way he ends his book. He has just delivered a hard message from the Lord, and as a nation and world, we are experiencing hard times. Will we have the same resolve that he had? Habakkuk 3:18-19: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

 

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Easter

What is Easter Sunday All About according to the bible?

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  1. What is Lent

Lent is a season of 40 days, not counting Sunday, which some say begins on Ash Wednesday, and ends on Holy Saturday.  Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word Lencten, which means Spring.  THe 40 days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness being tempted by Satan in preparation for his ministry.

 

  1. What does holy week mean?
    1. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday which celebrates Jesus ride into Jerusalem. Even though Jesus was welcomed with celebration, not long after he is tortured and sentenced to death on a cross after a betrayal from one of His disciples. Jesus’ death on a cross is commemorated on the day known as Good Friday. 3 short days later, and at the end of Holy Week, we celebrate Easter.

 

  1. What is Maundy-Thursday
    1. (Maundy Thursday, also known as “Holy Thursday,” is the Thursday of Passion Week, one day before Good Friday (the Friday before Easter). Maundy Thursday is the name given to the day on which Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples, known as the Last Supper.

 

  1. What does Good Friday mean?
    1. Why do we call Good Friday “good,” when it is such a dark and bleak event commemorating a day of suffering and death for Jesus? For Christians, Good Friday is a crucial day of the year because it celebrates what we believe to be the most momentous weekend in the history of the world. Ever since Jesus died and was raised, Christians have proclaimed the cross and resurrection of Jesus to be the decisive turning point for all creation., that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was raised to life on the third day.
  2. What is Easter Sunday?
    1. Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his crucifixion. Easter is the fulfilled prophecy of the Messiah who would be persecuted, die for our sins, and rise on the third day.
    2. Remembering the resurrection of Jesus is a way to renew daily hope that we have victory over sin. According to the New Testament, Easter is three days after the death of Jesus on the cross

 

 

 

  1. Where did Easter Come from?
    1. THe earliest Christians celebrated the resurrection on the 14th of Nissan, or March or April, on the day of the jewish passover. Some of the gentile Christians began celebrating Easter in the nearest Sunday to the Passover, since Jesus arose on Sunday.

 

  1. Why do we call it Easter?
    1. The origin of the word easter isn’t certain. The Venerable Bede, an eighth-century monk, and scholar, suggested that the word may have come from the Anglo-Saxon Eeostre or Eastre – a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Recent scholars haven’t been able to find any reference to the goddess Bede mentioned and consider the theory discredited.
    2. Another possibility is the Norse eostur, eastur, or ostara, which meant “the season of the growing sun” or “the season of new birth.” The word east comes from the same roots. In this case, easter would be linked to the changing of the season.

 

 

  1. Was Easter a Pagan Holiday First?
    1. Most historians, including Biblical scholars, agree that Easter was originally a pagan festival. According to the New Unger’s Bible Dictionary: “The word Easter is of Saxon origin, Eastra, the goddess of spring, in whose honour sacrifices were offered about Passover time each year. By the eighth century Anglo–Saxons had adopted the name to designate the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.” However, even among those who maintain that Easter has pagan roots, there is some disagreement over which pagan tradition the festival emerged from
  2. Why is Easter Monday a Holiday?
    1. Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and is a holiday in some countries. Easter Monday in the Western Christian liturgical calendar is the second day of Eastertide and analogously in the Byzantine Rite is the second day of Bright Week.

 

 

  1. In the Eastern Orthodox Church and Byzantine Rite Catholic Churches, this day is called “Bright Monday” or “Renewal Monday”. The services, as in the rest of Bright Week, are quite different from during the rest of the year and are similar to the services on Pascha (Easter Sunday) and include an outdoor procession after the Divine Liturgy; while this is prescribed for all days of that week, often they are only celebrated on Monday and maybe a couple of other days in parish churches, especially in non-Orthodox countries.

Where did the Easter Bunny come from

  1. The exact origins of the Easter bunny are clouded in mystery. One theory is that the symbol of the rabbit stems from pagan tradition, specifically the festival of Eostre—a goddess of fertility whose animal symbol was a bunny. Rabbits, known for their energetic breeding, have traditionally symbolized fertility.
  2. Eggs are also representative of new life, and it’s believed that decorating eggs for Easter dates back to the 13th century. Hundreds of years ago, churches had their congregations abstain from eggs during Lent, allowing them to be consumed again on Easter. According to History.com, in the 19th century Russian high society started exchanging ornately decorated eggs—even jewel encrusted—on Easter.

 

  1. What does Easter Sunday mean to you?
    1. John 14:6-Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by m It means we have a God that is alive and well. No other faith gives you a god who conquered death and lives today.
    2. 1 Corinthians 15:55-O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The story of Easter is a great reminder that even when things look grim, victory is right around the corner. When Jesus dies, the disciples thought all was lost. They forgot that Jesus said He would die, but rise again on the 3rd day.
    3. Romans 6:4-Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Easter is in the spring time, a time when new life is all around us. When we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we have new life in Christ. His mercies are new every morning. Every day is a new opportunity to serve Him. Let’s remember these three words, and rejoice in their meaning. Christ is risen!
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Habakkuk

Habakkuk

  1. Who was Heabakkuk?
    1. We know very little about Habakkuk, other than that he was a prophet. Habakkuk 1:1: The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see. Habakkuk 3:1: The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.
    2. Habakkuk, was a prophet whose oracles and prayer are recorded in the Book of Habakkuk, the eighth of the collected twelve minor prophets in the Hebrew Bible.

 

  1. Date & Time, and When was the Book Written?
    1. Determining the date of the book of Habakkuk is quite a bit easier than dating most books. He spoke often of an imminent Babylonian invasion, an event that occurred on a smaller scale in 605 BC before the total destruction of Judah’s capital city, Jerusalem, in 586 BC. The way Habakkuk described Judah indicates a low time in its history. If the dating is to remain close to the Babylonian invasion, Habakkuk likely prophesied in the first five years of Jehoiakim’s reign (609–598 BC) to a king who led his people into evil.
    2. Habakkuk 1:6: For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not their’s.
    3. Habakkuk 3:16: When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops.

 

  1. Why was Habakkuk Important?
    1. Habakkuk provides us one of the most remarkable sections in the biblee, as it contains an extended dialogue between Habakkuk and God The prophet initiated this conversation based on his distress about God’s “inaction” in the world. He wanted to see God do something more, particularly in the area of justice for evildoers. The book of Habakkuk pictures a frustrated prophet, much like Jonah, though Habakkuk channeled his frustration into prayers and eventually praise to God, rather than trying to run from the Lord as Jonah did.
    2. Habakkuk 1–2: O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!

 

  1. What was His Mission?
    1. The book of Habakkuk offers us a picture of a prideful people being humbled, while the righteous live by faith in God. Habakkuk 2:4: Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
    2. Habakkuk reminds us that while God may seem silent and uninvolved in our world, He always has a plan to deal with evil and always works out justice, eventually. The example of the prophet Habakkuk encourages us to wait on the Lord, expecting that He will indeed work out all things for our good as it says in Romans 8:28.

 

  1. What was his Greatest Word to His People and Us?
    1. One of the favorite writings of Habakkuk is the one found in Habakkuk 2:2-3: And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Has God given you a vision or a promise? Write it down. Share it with others who will pray, believe God, and help you in it. It will come to pass. What God has spoken, He will do.
    2. Here’s another great gem from Habakkuk. This, I believe should be our prayer during this time, as we see God dealing with a world and a nation that has turned away from Him, and at the same time, is trying to raise up an army that will be faithful to His Word. Habakkuk 3:2: O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. I see three important themes in this verse. 1, Habakkuk hears the voice of God and has a fear and respect for God. 2, He prays for revival. This is what we need in our country today, and I believe with all that is going on, God is bringing revival. 3. He prays for God to remember mercy while he is showing His Wrath to an unbelieving world. God is ready and willing to extend mercy to whosoever will bow the knee and ask Jesus into their hearts.

 

  1. What can We Learn from Habakkuk?
    1. Habakkuk asked God the kind of question that so many of us have pondered. Habakkuk 1:3: Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.
    2. We’ve all seen the evidence of evil in our lives. We’ve all been touched by it. And we bear scars at various stages of healing. We are often downtrodden by our poor choices and our fallen world. However, Habakkuk reminds us that no place is too dark and no wall too thick for God’s grace to penetrate in a powerful way.
    3. We see that God often does or allows things to happen suddenly. Just like recently, one day, our country was going along normally, and the corona virus was something on the other side of the world. Then in a short time, it’s here and most of the nation is in lockdown. Habakkuk 1:5: Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be told you. I think this has happened so that people would turn back to God. After 9\11, the churches were full for a time, but that was very short-lived as we quickly had the falling away as predicted in the bible. I believe things like the corona virus are God’s way of saying “I’m here. Will you keep going your own way, or will you finally bow the knee and turn wholeheartedly to Me.”
    4. I love the way he ends his book. He has just delivered a hard message from the Lord, and as a nation and world, we are experiencing hard times. Will we have the same resolve that he had? Habakkuk 3:18-19: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

 

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Zephaniah

Zephaniah

 

  1. Who was Zephaniah?
    1. The author, Zephaniah, traces his ancestry back four generations. This is unique among the prophets. Zephaniah 1:1: The word of the Lord which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.

 

  1. Date and Time in which he lived
    1. In the verse we just read, the author places himself during the reign of Josiah, son of Amon, king of Judah (c. 641-609 B.C.)

 

  1. When was the book written?
    1. Many would date the book prior to Josiah’s reforms (622-621 B.C.) which dealt with much of the nation’s idolatry since there are implications of idolatry in Zephaniah’s Judah. We see one reference to this in Zephaniah 1:4-6: I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests; And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the Lord, and that swear by Malcham; And them that are turned back from the Lord; and those that have not sought the Lord, nor enquired for him.

 

  1. Why was Zephaniah important and What was his call?
    1. This book mentions the day of the Lord more than does any other book in the Old Testament, clarifying the picture of Judah’s fall to Babylon and the eventual judgment and restoration of all humanity in the future. In this case, it refers primarily to God’s impending time of judgment on the nation of Judah
    2. Zephaniah saw in the day of the Lord the destruction of his country, his neighbors, and eventually the whole earth. Zephaniah 2:10: This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the Lord of hosts.
    3. Zephaniah wrote that the Day of the Lord was near. Zephaniah 1:14: The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
    4. He wrote that it would be a time of wrath, and of judgment against sin. Zephaniah 1:15 and 17: That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.
    5. He wrote that all of this ultimately would result in the blessing of God’s presence among His people. Zephaniah 3:17-18: he Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.

 

  1. What was his mission?
    1. His mission was to hear the words of the Lord, and deliver them. Some of the words he had to share were tough words of judgment, and some of the words near the end gave hope to the people of Israel. He had to deliver what God gave him. Just like it is my job and that of every pastor to speak the truth of God’s Word today, no matter how hard to hear, or what the consequences might be to us.

 

 

 

  1. What was his greatest word to his people and us?
    1. In Zephaniah’s time, and in our time, God allows and sends judgment because people are not turning to Him. The things that are plaguing our world are because God is dealing with sin, and wanting to show his love and mercy if we will just bow the knee and turn to Him. When we do there’s hope, peace, restoration, and blessings. ,Zephaniah 3:8-11: 8 Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy. For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent. From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering. In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain.

 

 

 

  1. What can we learn from Zephaniah
    1. Those living in Judah had turned the worship of God into a fiasco. Not only had they built their own places of worship to revere other gods (called “high places” in the Old Testament), but they had begun to desecrate the temple, which at that time was the dwelling place of God Zephaniah 1:9: n the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters’ houses with violence and deceit.
    2. As modern-day believers in Christ, we, too, make a mockery of worship when we live in open sin. Do you come before the Lord with a false face, week in and week out, looking the part without acting it? Allow Zephaniah to remind you how seriously God takes your life and your relationship with Him. And if you have failed, remember the message of Zephaniah 3—God is always a God of restoration and hope.
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Tithing

Tithing

 

  1. What is Tithing and what does it mean to tithe?
    1. A tithe is one tenth of annual produce or earnings, formerly taken as a tax for the support of the Church and clergy – a tenth of an individual’s income pledged to the Church.
    2. Tithing is taking the first 10% right off the top and giving it to God. We see this in Leviticus 23:10: Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: The firstfruits means right off the top, not the leftovers.

 

  1. Where else do we find tithing in the bible?
    1. Numbers 18:21 – nd, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.
    2. Proverbs 3:9-10: Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
    3. So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
    4. 2 Chronicles 31:4-5: Moreover he commanded the people that dwelt in Jerusalem to give the portion of the priests and the Levites, that they might be encouraged in the law of the Lord.And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly.
    5. Malacchi 3:8-12: Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.

 

 

  1. Who in the Old Testament gave tithes?
    1. Genesis 14:18-21: And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all. And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.

 

  1. What does the New Testament say about tithing?
    1. Hebrews 7:1-4: For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
    2. In case you think tithing is just old testament law, here’s what Jesus had to say. Matthew 5:17-20: Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

 

  1. Is there a benefit to tithing?
    1. Let’s go back to our passage in Malacchi. Malacchi 3:8-12: Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.
    2. It says prove me now herewith. It is the only place in the bible where we are encouraged to test God.
    3. He said if you do this, he will open the windows of heaven and pour out such a blessing that you won’t have room enough to receive it. That’s a lot of blessing.
    4. He will rebuke the devourer. Does it seem like your finances are being devoured? Maybe a lot of bills and sudden expenses keep coming up? Start tithing and test God on this. He will help you. You may still have tough moments, but He will meet your needs.

 

  1. Should I be a tither?
    1. Looking at the passages we just read, yes, you should be a tither. Tithing shows our level of trust in God. To take 10% right off the top and give it to Him lets Him know we trust Him as our provider and the source of all that we have. Try it. Test and see if you are not more blessed than before.

 

  1. People say we’re just giving money to the preacher. Is there any accountability for tithing?
    1. 2 Kings 12:4-8: And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money of the dedicated things that is brought into the house of the Lord, even the money of every one that passeth the account, the money that every man is set at, and all the money that cometh into any man’s heart to bring into the house of the Lord, Let the priests take it to them, every man of his acquaintance: and let them repair the breaches of the house, wheresoever any breach shall be found. But it was so, that in the three and twentieth year of king Jehoash the priests had not repaired the breaches of the house. Then king Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, and the other priests, and said unto them, Why repair ye not the breaches of the house? now therefore receive no more money of your acquaintance, but deliver it for the breaches of the house. And the priests consented to receive no more money of the people, neither to repair the breaches of the house.
    2. When you tithe to a church or ministry, you are trusting God, and also the leadership of that ministry to handle the funds according to God’s Will.
    3. As a member, you agree with the vision and mission of that ministry and support it with your tithes. If you find they are not using the finances in a godly way, you can bring your concerns to the leadership, and withdraw your support as we see in the passage above.

 

  1. Who was the greatest tither of all.
    1. We read about the greatest tither in Luke 21:1-4: And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.
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Faith – Pastor Wayne

  1. What is Faith?
    1. Faith is complete trust or confidence in someone or something. The Bible says it this way in Hebrews 11:1-Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

 

  1. Why do we need to have faith?
    1. We will never please God without faith. Hebrews 11:6-But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
    2. Without faith, , the wisdom and guidance God offers might not be available to us. James 1:5-6:If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
    3. Romans 3:22-Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: We have no righteousness in ourselves. Another passage says that our righteousness is as filthy rags. If we have faith in Jesus, His Righteousness comes into our lives.

How does faith effect our prayers being answered?

  1. God will do miracles on our behalf if we have faith. Matthew 21:21-22: 21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
  2. Mark 9:23-Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. It doesn’t matter what things may look like. If you have faith and trust in Jesus, all things are possible.

 Is faith necessary for salvation?

    1. Ephesians 2:8-For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: We are saved and born again when we accept the free gift of God’s Grace. We need to have faith to believe and receive.
    2. Romans 5:1-Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

 

 What part do our works play in our life of faith?

    1. Titus 3:5-Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost We can not rely on our own works to get us to heaven. Our good works are from gratitude and obedience, not for
    2. James 2:18-Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. If we claim to walk with God, but have no good works, it is doubtful that we have saving faith. We express the faith we have by our works.

 

  1. How can we increase our faith?
    1. Ask for more. Luke 17:5-5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. It is vital that we exercise whatever level of faith we already have, but it is equally vital that we ask God for more.

 

 Read God’s Word. Psalm 119:40-41: Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word. Reading the Bible with the Holy Spirit’s guidance is one of the best methods for building your faith; and more so, reading the Scriptures aloud will build your faith when you hear God’s Word spoken – even if it’s just your own voice you’re hearing.

  1. Worship and Praise Him. Psalm 29:2-Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Through praise and worship, the faith level of His children is raised, and God’s love and blessings are released. Worshipping the Lord with love and adorations in our hearts inevitably increases our faith!
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Encouragement – Pastor Wayne

Encouragement

  1. Definition of Encouragement

    1. Encouragement is the action of giving someone support, confidence, or hope

  1. Who did God encourage in the bible (5)

    1. Joshua in Joshua 1:6: Joshua in Joshua 1:5 and 6 – There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.

      Isaac in Genesis 26:24: nd the Lord appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.

    2. The nation of Israel in Isaiah 41:10: Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

  1. Why do we need encouragement? 

    1. We need to be encouraged so we are not hardened by sin’s deceitfulness – Hebrews 3:13 – But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

    2. Encouragement helps us overcome trials, and the attacks of the enemy John 16:33b – In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

    3. Ephesians 6:12 – For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

    4. Encouragement helps us to love people as Jesus did John 13:34-35 – A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

  2. How did Jesus encourage the disciples?

    1. He encouraged them and us to come to him: Matthew 11:28-30 – Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

    2. He encouraged and tought them to pray, using the pattern found in Matthew 6:9-13 – After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

    3. He encouraged Peter to step out in faith: Matthew 14:29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

 How to encourage others?

  1. We can encourage others in our conversation: Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

  2. We can encourage others by spending time with them: Hebrews 10:24-25 – 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

  3. We can encourage others by reminding them of Jesus’ soon return: 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 – 6 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

  1. How to encourage yourself?

    1. Encourage yourself by singing songs of praise to the Lord: Put Christian music on or sing to the Lord yourself. You’ll find as you do this, that you will be encouraged and your faith and trust in Him will increase

    2. Remember your victories, times when God has helped you etc. There are many instances of God reminding His People of what He had done for them before as a way of encouragement.

    3. See things from God’s viewpoint. Until you get God’s perspective on your life, you will always be overwhelmed with the impossibilities. Get rejuvenated with a fresh outlook from the throne of the Almighty.

    4. Rekindle your passion for a closer walk with God: A relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit will bring a renewed sense of significance to your life. He loves you. He is for you, not against you. When He is for you, no one else can be against you. You are God’s very own possession, bought and paid for with the sacrifice of His

 

 

 

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Hope – Pastor Wayne

Hope

  1. Definition of Hope

    1. “Hope” is commonly used to mean a wish : its strength is the strength of the person’s desire. But in the Bible hope is the confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in His faithfulness.

  2. Why Do we Need Hope?

    1. You don’t know what the future holds: Proverbs 27:1-Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

    2. You’re not even guaranteed a tomorrow: James 4:14-Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

    3. Without hope, we’d live for ourselves and what we can get here and now. We’d be like the rich farmer in Luke 12:16-20 “And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?” 

  1. How did Jesus give Hope to His Disciples including us?

    1. He gave the hope of Eternal Life/Salvation: John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

    2. He will be with us always. Jesus was giving us the great commission and said this in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

    3. He gave the hope that God will provide and meet your needs: Matthew 6:31-32 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

  1. How to Share Hope with Others?

    1. Let them know God loves them and wants to have a relationship with them. Share with them Jeremiah 31:3 – The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

    2. Let them know God has a plan for them: Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

    3. Share with them what God has done for you. Your testimony. Revelation 12:11 – And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

  2. How to have Hope in God?

    1. Seek first the Kingdom of God, and all you need will be provided. Matthew 6:33 – But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

    2.  Meditate on the Promises of God. They are yes and amen: 2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

    3. Praise God and remember what He’s done for you in the past. Psalm 103:2 – Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

 

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