The Unrighteousness of Forgetfulness II

October 21, 2012

Heb 6:10 This is not about unintentional forgetfulness but a disregard of work and labor of love that they have been shown

1. People who forget are unrighteous

2. People who forget are unrighteous and do not have the nature of God - Heb 6:10 He does not forget those who have labored. - God sees the things that men do not see and rewards them. Eph 6:8. - Also 2 Cor 8:13-14 shows that when we do good to others, we supply for their want that their abundance which is not here now may be for our supply when we are in want later.

3. People who forget are cursed to wither

4. Unrighteous people are not conscious of the dangers of forgetting

5. Unrighteous people forget God when they are rich and they are full

6. Unrighteous people who forget God are often proud - Deut 8:12-14,17 - a lifting up of the heart - Prov 16:18 - pride before destruction - 1 Tim 3:6 - not a novice susceptible to be destroyed by pride - James 4:6 God resists the proud

7. Unrighteous peolpe do not remember anyone when they become wealthy - a product of the pride - Deut 8:18 we must remember that it is God that gives us the power to make wealth - Deut 8:2-3 God prefers to let us see our lack first and know it is Him bringing us into great things that we stop being novice. - Haggai 1:5-6,9

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How to Know Your Enemy

October 9, 2012

Our common enemy - the devil.

We automatically have an enemy in the devil by becoming Christian.

Matt 12:43-45 The enemy is interested in recapturing you back to his own. He also puts obstacles in your way to make it least enjoyable for you to be against him.

A christian must learn to identify these strategies and learn how to stand firm against them.

The devils ways are revealed in his names: understand them and you have more ammo to deal with him. e.g. snakes often use camouflage tactics, hiding in the environment that has the same color as them.

1. devil John 6:70 - ...one of you is a devil? - that is he is a type of devil and not 'the devil.' inhumanly wicked or cruel. extreme wickedness. - refusing to do anything to help a situation is wickedness.

2. Satan - hebrew word meaning adversary Job 1:6

3. adversary - when you encounter a certain level of opposition - 1 Peter 5:8-9 - learn yourself how not to be an opposer. Especially when your idea is not taken or when ideas unlike yours are being used.

4. Accuser of the brethren. Rev 12:10, - Job 1:6-11 Look at v8 how God look at Jon and in v9-11 how the devil sees him - finding ulterior motives and so forth. Like a prosecutor in court.

5. Belial - 2 Cor 6:15 Belial means worthless (Hebrew?) -he causes us to throw away valuable things - young people lose interest in school and things that will add value to them,

6. Angel of the bottomless pit: Rev 9:11

7. The god of this world - blinding people, controlling the course of the world. the value systems etc. That is why many things that are valuable in Christ are not valuable in the world.

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The Gift of a Pastor

October 7, 2012

(KJV)Galatians 6:6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

(KJV)Philippians 4:15-19 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. [16] For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. [17] Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. [18] But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. [19] But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

- Its not about need - Its is received by a man, but it is a sweet smelling savor to God -God wants us to reap maximum benefit from His gifts, and honoring them is one way to handle them with understanding.

1. Your Pastor is a great gift from God Ephesians 4:8,11-14 - The gift is already given. It is up to you to know how to tap them. - God 's mind in giving the gift in v12-14 - A gift can not need bought with money. One day someone tried. Acts8:14-21

2. A Pastor is a source of knowledge and understanding

- Jeremiah 3:15 - And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

3. Your Pastor is a source of strength   Ezekiel 34:2,4

4. A Pastor is a source of healing  Ezekiel 34:2,4; James 5:14-15

5. A Pastor is a source of comfort  Ezekiel 34:4

6. A Pastor is a source of fellowship - gathers the people together  Ezekiel 34:5

7. A Pastor is a source of protection from evil spirits and other destroying factors  Ezekiel 34:5, 8

8. A Pastor helps to avoid wandering Ezekiel 34:6

9. A Pastor is a source if instruction in righteousness  Acts 9: 6, Acts 10:6

10. Your Pastor is a source of rebuke and correction. Everyone needs someone who can rather them. Not everyone. David erred, but had a Pastor who could point out his error - Nathan

11. Your Pastor watches over your soul - Hebrews 13:17  Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

-1 Samuel 12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:

- Travailing prayer, Ephesians 1 prayer, Ephesians 3 prayer

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