Foregone Conclusions! “a result that can be predicted with certainty” – Isaiah

Foregone Conclusions! “a result that can be predicted with certainty” – Isaiah
Background
Lived 700 years before Jesus Christ
Name means – God is salvation
Son of Amoz a nobleman possible relative to king Mannasseh
Prophesied during the reigns of: Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah
His wife was a prophetess (Isa. 8:3)
Two sons
Shear-Yashub (a remnant will return) (Isa. 7:3)
Maher-shalal-hasbaz (spoil quickly; plunder speedily) (Isa. 8:3; 37:21-23)
Called to ministry – “year King Uzziah died” (740 BC)
Culture: prosperity by oppressing the poor
Assimilation with other cultures/gods (idolatry; immorality)
Alliances with Egypt and Assyria (Isa. 30:2-4)
Samaria captured 722 BC
Hezekiah revolted against Sennacherib (king of Assyria) (2 Kings 18:7)
Contemporary to the prophets Haggai and Zechariah

Background

  • Lived 700 years before Jesus Christ
  • Name means – God is salvation
  • Son of Amoz a nobleman possible relative to king Mannasseh
  • Prophesied during the reigns of: Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah
  • His wife was a prophetess (Isa. 8:3)
  • Two sons
  • Shear-Yashub (a remnant will return) (Isa. 7:3)
  • Maher-shalal-hasbaz (spoil quickly; plunder speedily) (Isa. 8:3; 37:21-23)
  • Called to ministry – “year King Uzziah died” (740 BC)
  • Culture:
  • prosperity by oppressing the poor
  • Assimilation with other cultures/gods (idolatry; immorality)
  • Alliances with Egypt and Assyria (Isa. 30:2-4)
  • Samaria captured 722 BC
  • Hezekiah revolted against Sennacherib (king of Assyria) (2 Kings 18:7)
  • Contemporary to the prophets Haggai and Zechariah

 

Gems from Isaiah

Isa. 1:19 “…Willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land…”

Isa. 1:25 “…I will y purge away your dross and remove all your impurities…”

Isa. 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind resides on You…”

Isa. 26:9 “My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit longs for you…”

Isa. 30:18 “The Lord will wait, to be gracious to you…”

Isa. 33:6 “He will be the sure foundation for your times…”

Isa. 40:8 “…the Word of our God stands forever…”

Isa. 40:29 “He gives strength to the weary & increases the weak…”

Isa. 40:31 “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength…”

Isa. 43:2 “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you…”

Isa. 43:25 “I alone will blot our your sins…and never think of them again…”

Isa. 44:22 “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud…”

Isa. 45:2 “I will go before you and make the crooked places straight…”

Isa. 46:4 “ Even to your old age/grey hairs I am He who will sustain you…”

Isa. 53:5 “…And by His wounds we are healed…”

Isa. 54:17 “No weapon formed against you will prosper…”

Isa. 55:7 “Let the wicked forsake his way & thoughts & return to the Lord…”

Isa. 55:11 “My Word…will not return empty but accomplish what I purpose…”

Isa. 57:1-2 “Those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die…”

Isa. 58:9 “Then… you will cry and He will say, Here I Am…”

Isa. 58:11 “The Lord will guide you and will strengthen your frame…”

Isa. 60:1 “…My ways and thoughts are higher than yours…”

Isa. 66:9 “I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born…”


Verses for Isaiah – Foregone Conclusions

Isaiah 1:19

If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;

Isaiah 1:25

I will turn my hand against you; I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities.

Isaiah 26:3

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Isaiah 26:9

My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.

Isaiah 30:18

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!

Isaiah 33:6

He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.

Isaiah 40:8

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”

Isaiah 40:29

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Isaiah 40:31

but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 43:2

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

Isaiah 43:25

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.

Isaiah 44:22

I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”

Isaiah 45:2

I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.

Isaiah 46:4

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

Isaiah 53:5

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

 

Isaiah 54:17

no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.

Isaiah 55:7

Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

Isaiah 55:11

so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Isaiah 57:1-2

The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.

Isaiah 58:9

Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I…

Isaiah 58:11

The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

Isaiah 60:1

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.


 

Man in the Middle! – Job

Man in the Middle! – Job
Ever get “caught in the middle” or were “Between a rock and a hard place”. Job was a man in the middle. He didn’t even do anything wrong! (Job 1:1,5)
Between God and Satan

Ever get “caught in the middle” or were “Between a rock and a hard place”. Job was a man in the middle. He didn’t even do anything wrong! (Job 1:1,5)

  1. Between God and Satan
  • Round 1 Take His Stuff
  • Job the trophy (1:8)
  • Job the favorite (1:9-11)
  • Job the righteous (1:22)
  • Round 2 Take His Health
  • Job still the trophy (2:3)
  • Job just a man (2:4)
  • Job the treasure (42:12, 16-17)
  1. Between status and his wife
  • Cheapen Integrity (2:9)
  • Cheapen God (2:9)
  • Cheapen Life (2:9)
  • Foolish/Wise Perspective (2:10)
  • Between Sin and his “friends”
  • Eliphaz the Temanite (Edomite – “God is his strength”)

Suffering is the consequence of sin and God punishing

Application: innocent suffer. God uses suffering to strengthen His children and change life

  • Bildad the Shuhite (Chaldean – “Bel has loved”)

Suffering is always the result of doing wrong

Application: God does allow suffering in His plan and Job was not to blame for the trials

  • Zophar the Naamathite (Arabian – “Chirping; Rising early”)

Application: Judging severity of sin perverts the accuser because they are not God

  • Elihu the Buzite (Relative? – youngest “God with him is He”)

Sin is wrong; God is just and great

Application: keep the issues real; support don’t condemn; don’t say you’re righteous; respect God first and your elders

  1. “Diamonds” through the Process

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(Job 5:17)_______________________________________________________

(Job 13:15)______________________________________________________

(Job 19:25)______________________________________________________

(Job 22:21)______________________________________________________

(Job 23:10-11)____________________________________________________

(Job 33:4)_______________________________________________________

(Job 33:28)______________________________________________________

(Job 36:21)______________________________________________________

(Job 42:2)_______________________________________________________


Verses for Job – Man in the Middle

Job 1:1

In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.

Job 1:5

When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.

Job 1:8

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

Job 1:9-11

“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

Job 1:22

In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Job 2:3

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”

Job 2:4

“Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life.

Job 42:12, 16-17

The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part…After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. And so Job died, an old man and full of years.

Job 2:9

His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”

Job 2:10

He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

Job 1:21

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”

Job 5:17

“Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.

Job 13:15

Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face.

Job 19:25

I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.

Job 22:21

“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.

Job 23:10-11

But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside.

Job 33:4

The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

Job 33:28

God has delivered me from going down to the pit, and I shall live to enjoy the light of life.’

Job 36:21

Beware of turning to evil, which you seem to prefer to affliction.

Job 42:2

“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.


 

Defining Moments for Esther!

Defining Moments for Esther!
Are there specific instances or circumstances that have “molded” you into the person you are today? These need to be character building, life altering, belief system confirming instances. Each person will choose different events or conversations. God uses these and other means to corroborate principles, concepts, and commands found in His Word. What made you…you?!

Are there specific instances or circumstances that have “molded” you into the person you are today? These need to be character building, life altering, belief system confirming instances. Each person will choose different events or conversations. God uses these and other means to corroborate principles, concepts, and commands found in His Word. What made you…you?!

  1. Defining Moments for Esther
  • Queen Deposed Chap 1 (crime v.12; result v.19-20)
  • Queen Prepared Chap 2 (favor v.9,17)
  • Conspiracy Discovered Chap 2 (humility v.23)
  • Villain Identified Chap 3 (Amalekite v.5)
  • Queen Entreated Chap 4 (destiny v.14)
  • Queen Prepares Chap 5 (patience v.3, 8)
  • Villain Prepares Chap 5 (pride v.12, 14)
  • Conspiracy Revisited Chap 6 (v.7-9; 12)
  • Queen-Villain Revealed Chap 7 (v.3; 5-6)
  • Queen Triumphs Chap 8 (v.5, 17)

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  1. Our Defining Moments
  • Our birth Ps. 71:6
  • Our Youth 1 Tim. 4:12
  • Our Education 2 Tim. 2:15
  • Our Occupation Jas. 4:13-15
  • Our Salvation 1 Pet. 1:22-23
  • Our Church Eph. 5:25-27
  • Our Service Ps. 100:1-3
  • Our Death Ps. 116:15

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Moment by Moment (p.545)

“Dying with Jesus by death reckoned mine; Living with Jesus a new life divine

Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine; Moment by moment O Lord I am Thine”

 “Never a trial that He is not there, Never a burden that He doth not bear;

Never a sorrow that He doth not share; Moment by moment I’m under His care”

“Never a weakness that He doth not feel; Never a sickness that He cannot heal;

Moment by moment, in woe or in weal, Jesus my Savior abides with me still”


Verses for Esther – Defining Moments

Esther 1:12

But when the attendants delivered the king’s command, Queen Vashti refused to come. Then the king became furious and burned with anger.

Esther 1:19-20

“Therefore, if it pleases the king, let him issue a royal decree and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media, which cannot be repealed, that Vashti is never again to enter the presence of King Xerxes. Also let the king give her royal position to someone else who is better than she. Then when the king’s edict is proclaimed throughout all his vast realm, all the women will respect their husbands, from the least to the greatest.”

Esther 2:9

She pleased him and won his favor. Immediately he provided her with her beauty treatments and special food. He assigned to her seven female attendants selected from the king’s palace and moved her and her attendants into the best place in the harem.

Esther 2:17

Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.

Esther 2:23

And when the report was investigated and found to be true, the two officials were impaled on poles. All this was recorded in the book of the annals in the presence of the king.

Esther 3:5

When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged.

Esther 4:14

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

Esther 5:3

Then the king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you.”

Esther 5:8

If the king regards me with favor and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, let the king and Haman come tomorrow to the banquet I will prepare for them. Then I will answer the king’s question.”

Esther 5:12

“And that’s not all,” Haman added. “I’m the only person Queen Esther invited to accompany the king to the banquet she gave. And she has invited me along with the king tomorrow.

Esther 5:14

His wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, “Have a pole set up, reaching to a height of fifty cubits, and ask the king in the morning to have Mordecai impaled on it. Then go with the king to the banquet and enjoy yourself.” This suggestion delighted Haman, and he had the pole set up.

Esther 6:7-9

So he answered the king, “For the man the king delights to honor, have them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on its head. Then let the robe and horse be entrusted to one of the king’s most noble princes. Let them robe the man the king delights to honor, and lead him on the horse through the city streets, proclaiming before him, ‘This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!’”

Esther 6:12

Afterward Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman rushed home, with his head covered in grief,

Esther 7:3

Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request.

Esther 7:5-6

King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, “Who is he? Where is he—the man who has dared to do such a thing?” Esther said, “An adversary and enemy! This vile Haman!” Then Haman was terrified before the king and queen.

Esther 8:5

“If it pleases the king,” she said, “and if he regards me with favor and thinks it the right thing to do, and if he is pleased with me, let an order be written overruling the dispatches that Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, devised and wrote to destroy the Jews in all the king’s provinces.

Esther 8:17

In every province and in every city to which the edict of the king came, there was joy and gladness among the Jews, with feasting and celebrating. And many people of other nationalities became Jews because fear of the Jews had seized them.

Psalm 71:6

From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you.

1 Timothy 4:12

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

2 Timothy 2:15

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

James 4:13-15

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

1 Peter 1:22-23

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

Ephesians 5:25-27

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

Psalm 100:1-3

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Psalm 116:15

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.


 

God’s Wall – Who is Involved – Nehemiah

God’s Wall – Who is Involved
Can you name any “famous” walls?! There are many different questions that are discussed, argued, and fought over as people ponder a wall. We will look at these questions over the next few weeks as they relate to the Book of Nehemiah and our church today. They include: who, what, when, where, why, and how. We will begin with who…the types involved in God’s Wall; Jerusalem then and the Church now.

Walls are a topic of conversation today. Can you name any “famous” walls?! There are many different questions that are discussed, argued, and fought over as people ponder a wall. We will look at these questions over the next few weeks as they relate to the Book of Nehemiah and our church today. They include: who, what, when, where, why, and how. We will begin with who…the types involved in God’s Wall; Jerusalem then and the Church now.

Background Then

Jerusalem is destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar around 6th century BC

Approximately 70 years go by where the desolation is untouched

God directed Ezra to rebuild worship of Him in the ruins of Jerusalem. (Isa. 61:2-3)

Ezra followed God’s direction and a remnant was beginning to seek God again. (Jer. 29:13)

Issues internal/external caused apathy to stop building. (Heb. 12:1)

God calls Nehemiah to continue the rebuilding process. (Isa. 61:1 cf. Ezek. 22:30)

Background Now

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Remnant/Outsiders Then

Survival over spiritual (1:3) (Mk. 4:19)

Content to worship in ruins (1:3) (2 Sam. 7:2)

Followers not leaders (2:17) (Heb. 5:11-12)

Preying on the weaker (5:7) (Rom. 16:17-18)

Required constant supervision/motivation (Chap. 13) (Gal. 1:6-7)

Remnant/Outsiders Now

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Nehemiah/Nahum Then:

Name means: “Yahweh comforts” (2:8) (2 Cor. 1:3)

Cupbearer to Artaxerxes, King of Persia (1:11) (1 Cor. 10:31)

Administrator/Governor of Jerusalem for 14 years 5th century BC (5:14)

Character included: courage (2:20)(Deut. 31:6), compassion(5:7)(1 Pet. 3:8), integrity (5:15-16)(Ps. 26:1), Godliness (1:4)(1 Tim. 6:6), selflessness (4:23)(Rom. 6:6), thorough (2:17)(2 Tim. 3:16-17)

Called Ones Now:

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The Enemy Then

Specifically named

Sanballat (Horonite-Moabite): 15 K NW of Jerusalem, married into the high priest family (Joiada – Neh. 13:28), name means “may sin give him life”

Tobiah (Ammonite): descendant of Lot, a slave (Neh. 4:1), name means “The Lord has been gracious”, ally of Eliashib (high priest), lived in rebuilt temple while Nehemiah was gone

Geshem (Arab) one of the pagan tribes between Jerusalem and Egypt, accused Nehemiah of conspiracy to Artaxerxes.

Specific Issues: anyone would help the project (2:10; 2:19)

Specific Tactics: intimidate (1 Pet. 3:14), mock/ridicule (1 Pet. 4:14), lie (Prov. 6:16-19), threaten (Acts 4:19-21)

The Enemy Now

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Verses for Gods Wall – Who is Involved

Isaiah 61:2-3

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.

Jeremiah 29:13

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

Isaiah 61:1

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners

Ezekiel 22:30

“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one

Mark 4:19

but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

2 Samuel 7:2

he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”

Hebrews 5:11-12

We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!

Romans 16:17-18

I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.

Galatians 1:6-7

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.

2 Corinthians 1:3

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,

1 Corinthians 10:31

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

1 Peter 3:8

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.

Psalm 26:1

Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.

1 Timothy 6:6

But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Romans 6:6

For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin

2 Timothy 3:16-17

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

1 Peter 3:14

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”

1 Peter 4:14

If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

Proverbs 6:16-19

There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Acts 4:19-21

But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened.


 

Redefining Freedom!

Redefining Freedom!
This Tuesday is July 4th. The word “freedom” seems to be undergoing a redefinition. The word “freedom” has changed from what our forefathers had envisioned. “Freedom” includes, “liberation, independence, exemption and ease.” Unfortunately, its use has become selective. It is now an excuse for tolerance only of one’s own belief over all others. A “collective good” or “freedom” is under attack.
Here is what some famous people thought about freedom:

This Tuesday is July 4th. The word “freedom” seems to be undergoing a redefinition. The word “freedom” has changed from what our forefathers had envisioned. “Freedom” includes, “liberation, independence, exemption and ease.” Unfortunately, its use has become selective. It is now an excuse for tolerance only of one’s own belief over all others. A “collective good” or “freedom” is under attack.

  1. Here is what some famous people thought about freedom:

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance” Thomas Jefferson

“We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing” Abraham Lincoln

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth” JFK

“It is when a people forget God, that tyrants forge their chains” Patrick Henry

“The world has never possessed a good definition of the word “freedom” Abraham Lincoln

“Freedom is never given; it is won” A Philip Randolph

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  1. God’s principles concerning freedom:
  • Freedom includes God’s Word – Ps. 119:45
  • Freedom comes from God’s Spirit thru God’s servants – Isa. 61:1
  • Freedom includes a contract between God and us – Jer. 34:8
  • Freedom came thru Jesus Christ – Lk. 4:18
  • Freedom will include release from sin for all Creation someday – Rom. 8:21
  • Freedom includes service to others – 1 Cor. 9:19
  • Freedom means we can but questioning if we should – 1 Cor. 10:23
  • Freedom is where the Spirit of the Lord is – 2 Cor. 3:17
  • Freedom is not license to live with no boundaries – Gal. 5:13
  • Freedom allows us to approach God directly – Eph. 3:12
  • Freedom keeps us from other people’s judgement – Col. 2:16
  • Freedoms comes by intently viewing self thru God’s Word instead of ignoring it – Jas. 1:25
  • Freedom is not a cover for evil (an illusion); we are God’s slaves – 1 Pet. 2:16

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The First Amendment

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech; or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”


Verses for Redefining Freedom

Psalm 119:45

I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.

Isaiah 61:1

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners

Luke 4:18

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,

Romans 8:21

that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

1 Corinthians 9:19

Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.

1 Corinthians 10:23

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.

2 Corinthians 3:17

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Galatians 5:13

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

Ephesians 3:12

In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Colossians 2:16

Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.

James 1:25

But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

1 Peter 2:16

Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.