Going Out & Coming In- P.2 (2.24.16)

1 Kings 3:5-10 
[5] In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. [6] And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. [7] And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. [8] And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. [9] Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? [10] And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.

Luke 14:22-23 
[22] And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. [23] And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Revelation 22:17 
[17] And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

1 Kings 3:11-14 
[11] And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; [12] Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. [13] And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. [14] And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.

Exodus 28:3
[3] And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.

Exodus 25:40

Proverbs 3:4
Wisdom is the key

Earth has no problem that Heaven doesn’t have an answer for.

Why would God give us the ability to invision and imagine what is perfect and right and not give us the ability to obtain it? He has given us the ability.

Ezekiel 43:10-11
[10] Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern. [11] And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.

Proverbs 9:1
[1] Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:

Isaiah 11:2

Proverbs 24:3
[3] Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:

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Going Out & Coming In- P.1 (2.17.16)

2 Corinthians 4:1-6
[1] Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; [2] But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. [3] But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: [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. [5] For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. [6] For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Going out to war, coming in with victory.

1 Kings 3:3-7
[3] And Solomon loved the Lord , walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. [4] And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar. [5] In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. [6] And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. [7] And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.

Seek first the Kingdom and all these things shall be added unto you.

The Kingdom is the source of everything we need.

Matthew 6:9

1 Kings 3:8
[8] And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.

Our lives affect other lives…all of those around us.

1 Kings 3:9
[9] Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

The art of faith is to have an ear to hear: HEART
hEARt
HEARt
heART

1 Kings 3:10-13
[10] And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. [11] And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; [12] Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. [13] And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.

1 Kings 3:13-14
[13] And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. [14] And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.

Numbers 27:15-17
[15] And Moses spake unto the Lord , saying, [16] Let the Lord , the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, [17] Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the Lord be not as sheep which have no shepherd.

Some things you can’t enter into until you have come out.

Numbers 27:18
[18] And the Lord said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;

Deuteronomy 31:1-2
[1] And Moses went and spake these words unto all Israel. [2] And he said unto them, I am an hundred and twenty years old this day; I can no more go out and come in: also the Lord hath said unto me, Thou shalt not go over this Jordan.

Are we going out and coming in in a way that represents Jesus and the Kingdom?
Represent
Re/present

Joshua 14:11
[11] As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.

David-
How many of us should have been out when we were in and we got caught in sin because we were not out?

1 Samuel 18:12-17
[12] And Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him, and was departed from Saul. [13] Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people. [14] And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the Lord was with him. [15] Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him. [16] But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them. [17] And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife: only be thou valiant for me, and fight the Lord’s battles. For Saul said, Let not mine hand be upon him, but let the hand of the Philistines be upon him.

The thing God brings you out of will not just be for you.

For the Rest of Your Life- P.2 (2.28.16)

Genesis 2:1-3 
[1] Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. [2] And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. [3] And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Rest – to cease and to celebrate

Isaiah 40:28

Genesis 2:9 
[9] And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Romans 2: we can learn from creation
Rewarding labor deserves rewarding rest. Take time to enjoy what you are working for.

Rest helps to put us in a position to hear from God.

Exodus 20:8-11 
[8] Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. [9] Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: [10] But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: [11] For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is , and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Deuteronomy 5:12-15 
[12] Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee. [13] Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: [14] But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou. [15] And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.

Exodus 8:1
[1] And the Lord spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord , Let my people go, that they may serve me.

Serve is synonymous with worship…God delivered His people to worship Him.

Matthew 4:8-10
[8] Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; [9] And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. [10] Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
There is no worship when there is no ceasing.

When you are truly resting you do not let your future have your present.

Exodus 5:1-7 
[1] And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. [2] And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord , that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord , neither will I let Israel go. [3] And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days’ journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the Lord our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword. [4] And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your burdens. [5] And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens. [6] And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying, [7] Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves.

The “taskmaster” spirit was in Pharaoh. That same spirit exists today. It’s not of God, and it drives the thought that you can’t take a break. People who don’t rest will eventually quit. God doesn’t want you to quit. He just wants you to pause and cease from your labor. Trust that God can do more with you working 6 days, and resting 1, than with you working 7 days a week.

God gave the children of Israel bread daily in the wilderness. On the 6th day He gave them double so that they could rest on the 7th day.

Exodus 16:21,25-30 
[21] And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted. [25] And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a sabbath unto the Lord : to day ye shall not find it in the field. [26] Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none. [27] And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. [28] And the Lord said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws? [29] See, for that the Lord hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. [30] So the people rested on the seventh day.

Mark 2:27-28
[27] And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: [28] Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
Enjoy the moment you are in rather than being anxious about the next.

Luke 5:1-6 
[1] And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, [2] And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. [3] And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. [4] Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. [5] And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. [6] And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.

Cease from what we are doing and celebrate what has been done.

For the Rest of Your Life- P.1 (2.21.16)

Mark 2:23-28 
[23] And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. [24] And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful? [25] And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? [26] How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him? [27] And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: [28] Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

Colossians 2:16-17
Your body will make you sleep, but your body will not make you rest.

Exodus 20:8-11
[8] Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. [9] Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: [10] But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: [11] For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is , and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Isaiah 40:28
God created Heavens and the Earth and rested on the 7th day.

Rest is taking time for recreation. Glory in what’s been created. Reflect and enjoy the fruit of your labor.

Rest to remind yourself why you work.

Romans 8:18-22
Some don’t know the reward of work because they haven’t worked. Others don’t know the reward of work because they haven’t rested.

Matthew 6:19-20,24-25,33 
[19] Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: [20] But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: [24] No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. [25] Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? [33] But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Slow down and look at all of creation and what God has done.
Take time to do what you enjoy.

Genesis 2:2 :’rested’ is translated to mean, “to cease from labor”.

Deuteronomy 5:12-15
[12] Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee. [13] Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: [14] But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou. [15] And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.

Matthew 11:28-30 
[28] Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [29] 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. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

RESToration- You can’t have restoration without rest.

SUNDAY November 29th, 2015

THE SHEPHERD: 4 NEEDS MET BY JESUS PART 1
1. Acceptance
2. Identity
3. Security
4. Purpose
Luke 5:17,31-32 KJV
[17] And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.

[31] And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.
[32] I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

NOTE: The power of the Lord was present to heal. Yet the Pharisees didn’t recognize their need for healing.
NOTE: In the process of these needs being met, we develop Intellectually, Physically, Socially & Spiritually.

I. ACCEPTANCE

PSALMS 23:1
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Ephesians 1:6 KJV
[6] To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Isaiah 42:3
A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.

Matthew 12:20
A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

Deuteronomy 7:6
For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God:the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

NOTE: The Shepherd would “ear mark” his sheep signifying ownership.

John 8:47 KJV
[47] He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

Hebrews 4:12 KJV
[12] For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

John 10:27 KJV
[27] My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Psalm 95:7 KJV
[7] For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,

II. IDENTITY

PSALMS 23:1, 3
[1] The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
[3] He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Psalms 139:14
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Jeremiah 1:5

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

SUNDAY November 8th, 2015

KINGDOM STEWARDSHIP PART 3: PUTTING GOD FIRST

Matthew 6:21,24,33 KJV
[21] For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. [24] No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

[33] But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Deuteronomy 8:2-3 KJV
[2] And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
[3] And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.

— 3 Things HIs Word will do:
1. humble thee, 2) prove thee, 3) to know what was in their heart

(See Matthew 4:4)

THE SPIRITUAL LAW OF “FIRSTS”

Genesis 4:2-3 KJV
[2] And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. [3] And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.

— Cain gave “in the process of time”
— Abel gave “firstlings” to the Lord

— “First” mentioned and/or commanded 24 times specifically in the Old Testament.
— “First born” mentioned 16 times
— “First born” had to offered or redeemed (clean or unclean)

Exodus 13:12-13 KJV
[12] That thou shalt set apart unto the Lord all that openeth the matrix, and every firstling that cometh of a beast which thou hast; the males shall be the Lord’s . [13] And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break his neck: and all the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou redeem.

— Example: Abraham, Isaac – Genesis 22
— Isaac was redeemed by the lamb that God provided (a picture of Jesus).

Exodus 12:12-13 KJV
[12] For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord .
[13] And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are : and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you , when I smite the land of Egypt.

— The Israelites were saved from death by the blood of the Passover Lamb (a picture of Jesus) and their first born were redeemed.

Exodus 23:19 KJV
[19] The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk. [baby goat ritual, poured out on the fields]

Joshua 6:18-19 KJV
[18] And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. [19] But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the Lord : they shall come into the treasury of the Lord .

— Jericho was the first city in promised land. Because it was the first city taken, it was consecrated unto the Lord.
— Note: Rahab was “redeemed” by faith (the red scarlet was a token of covenant).

2 Chronicles 31:5 KJV
[5] 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.
[v.6 they brought the tithe]

Jeremiah 2:3 KJV
[3] Israel was holiness unto the Lord, and the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the Lord .

JESUS TAUGHT THE CONTRAST BETWEEN FIRST & LAST

See Matthew 6:19-33.

— The answer to the concerns of life (v. 19-32) are found in putting God first. It is then that “all these things shall be added unto you” (v.33).

Matthew 16:25 KJV
[25] For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

— The person who puts themselves first in life, loses in life. The person who surrenders first place to God, finds life.

Matthew 19:29-30 KJV
[29] And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
[30] But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

— Verse 30 is in relation to verse 29.

Luke 9:59,61 KJV
[59] And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
[61] And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.

— these men wouldn’t put Jesus “first.”

1 Corinthians 16:1-2 KJV
[1] Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. [2] Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

— Our giving should be based on “as God hath prospered” and it should be “first” [before anyone or anything else].
— Recall Genesis 4:3-4, Cain gave in the “process of time”, not first.

Genesis 4:3-4 KJV
[3] And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord . [4] And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

Romans 11:16 KJV
[16] For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy : and if the root be holy, so are the branches.

— Whatever is “first” controls the rest. This is the law of firsts.
— The law (principle) of “firsts” existed before during and after the Law.

Proverbs 3:9-10 KJV
[9] Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: [10] So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

— If something was right under the Old Testamant/Law, does that make it wrong in the New/Grace?
— If something was wrong under the Old Testament/Law, does that make it right in the New/Grace?

2 Corinthians 8:5,8 KJV
[5] And this they did , not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. [8] I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.

— This chapter deals with giving. These believers were “first gave their own selves to the Lord.”

LAW VS. GRACE:

Matthew 5:19 KJV
[19] 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.

— Doing and teaching the least of God’s commandments is to be the great in the Kingdom.
— Breaking the least of the commandments and teaching others to do so is to be the least in the Kingdom.

Matthew 5:21-22,27-28 KJV
[21] Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: [22] But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. [27] Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: [28] But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

— We are saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). This does not mean that we have no respect to God’s commandments or laws. Jesus taught that are hearts should amplify in sensitivity to His word under grace.

Romans 6:1-2
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

WEDNESDAY November 4th, 2015

Faith > Fear Part 3

Psalm 91:2,5,11,16 KJV
[2] I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. [5] Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
[9] Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
[11] For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. [16] With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

NOTE: Verse 9 is in response to verse 2. All the benefits listed in this Psalm are based on the proclamation of verse 2, “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge…”

NOTE: It is Jesus speaking from verses 3-13. He is the High Priest of our profession according to Hebrews 3:1. We see Him mediating the words spoken in verse 2 before the Father.

NOTE: Verses 14-16 convey the words of the Father in response to the words of the believer (v.2) and the Son [Jesus] in verses 3-13. His Word will not return unto Him void (See Isaiah 55:11, John 15:7).

Hebrews 2:1,3 KJV
[1] Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. [3] How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

NOTE: The “Therefore” is in response to the previous verse —Hebrews 1:14.

Hebrews 1:14 KJV
[14] Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

Luke 12:8 KJV
[8] Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:

NOTE: When one is saved, Jesus informs the angels. We are appointed angels at salvation —ministering spirits according to Hebrews 1:14

Psalm 103:2,4, 20 KJV
[2] Bless the Lord , O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: [4] Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; [20] Bless the Lord , ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

NOTE: Angels have been created to respond to the “voice of his word.” We have the power to “voice” His word when we declare it over our lives (Psalms 91:2).

Daniel 10:12 KJV
[12] Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.