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16 November 2018

Why We Must Not be in a Passive State



1 Peter 5:6-11 WEL So, let yourselves be humbled under God's mighty hand, so he may lift you up at the right time. 7 Cast all your worries on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be clear headed. Be alert, because your enemy, the devil, like a roaring lion, walks around seeking whom he can devour. 9 Resist him, [be] immovable in the faith, realizing that the same kind of afflictions are being faced by your brothers who are in the world. 10 But the God of all grace, who has called us into his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, will mend you, make you resolute, give you strength, and support you. 11 To him [be] glory and supremacy forever and ever. Amen.

A1 Passivity

B1 Defined
C1 My definition of passivity is a person being in a passive state instead of active state. It is the shutting out mental thought and activity. It is termed “by-passing the brain,” “not using your brain,” “quietness,” “stillness,” “silence,” etc.
C2 It is different than a trance.
D1 Bing dictionary: a half-conscious state characterized by an absence of response to external stimuli, typically as induced by hypnosis or entered by a medium.
D2 Wikipedia: Trance is an abnormal state of wakefulness in which a person is not self-aware and is either altogether unresponsive to external stimuli but is nevertheless capable of pursuing and realizing an aim, or is selectively responsive in following the directions of the person who has induced the trance. Compare: Altered States of Consciousness.
C3 Passive mind: Free Dictionary: Receiving or subjected to an action without responding or initiating an action in return: the mind viewed as a passive receptacle for sensory experience.
B2 Passivity (some more)
C1 Defined: Definition of passive (Source)
1a(1): acted upon by an external agency
(2): receptive to outside impressions or influences
C2 In the spiritual sense: Different than finding a quiet place away from noise and distractions, the silence is referring to a stillness of the mind. (Source) [More information can be found in the pdf: The Silence Quotes by LHTrails]
C3 It goes by various names as contemplative prayer, etc. See here and search for passivity, passive, mysticism, etc.
B3 Dangers
C1 Being deceived
C2 Drifting away from true faith
C3 A change in lifestyle from a Christian to a mystical lifestyle
C4 Direct disobedience to the Holy Spirit:
D1 1 Peter 5:8 WEL Be clear headed. Be alert, because your enemy, the devil, like a roaring lion, walks around seeking whom he can devour.
D2 Luke 21:36 GW Be alert at all times. Pray so that you have the power to escape everything that is about to happen and to stand in front of the Son of Man.
D3 Romans 13:11-14 GW You know the times in which we are living. It's time for you to wake up. Our salvation is nearer now than when we first became believers. 12 The night is almost over, and the day is near. So we should get rid of the things that belong to the dark and take up the weapons that belong to the light. 13 We should live decently, as people who live in the light of day. Wild parties, drunkenness, sexual immorality, promiscuity, rivalry, and jealousy cannot be part of our lives. 14 Instead, live like the Lord Jesus Christ did, and forget about satisfying the desires of your sinful nature.
B4 The Scriptures instructions
C1 Verses on being alert, having an active mind, not bypassing the brain or using any form of contemplative prayer
D1 Bible words showing alertness and vigilance is a must.
E1 H4929 מִשׁמָר mishmar diligence
F1 It means diligence.
F2 It is used 22 times in the OT and usually translated as prison.
G1 Proverbs 4:23 NKJV Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it [spring] the issues of life.
G2 Proverbs 4:23 GW Guard your heart more than anything else, because the source of your life flows from it.
G3 Proverbs 4:23 NLT - Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
G4 Comment from JFB commentary on this verse: with all diligence—or, "above," or "more than all," custody (compare Margin), all that is kept (compare Eze 38:7), because the heart is the depository of all wisdom and the source of whatever affects life and character.
G5 Comment from Adam Clarke's commentary on this verse: Keep thy heart with all diligence] "Above all keeping," guard thy heart. He who knows any thing of himself, knows how apt his affections are to go astray.
G6 Comment from Albert Barnes commentary on this verse: Better, as in the margin, i. e., with more vigilance than men use over anything else. The words that follow carry on the same similitude. The fountains and wells of the East were watched over with special care. The heart is such a fountain, out of it flow the “issues” of life. Shall men let those streams be tainted at the fountain-head?
G7 We have to be alert to be able to guard.
E2 H5341 נָצַר natsar
F1 Keep
F2 It is used 63 times in the OT and as keep as in observe carefully and guard. One must be alert to do these things.
G1 Proverbs 4:6 NRSV Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you.
G2 Proverbs 23:26 NRSV My child, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.
G3 Jeremiah 31:6 NRSV For there shall be a day when sentinels will call in the hill country of G3 Ephraim: "Come, let us go up to Zion, to the LORD our God."
E3 G1127 - γρηγορεύω grēgoreúō (info below is Strongs).
F1 To keep awake, i.e. watch (literally or figuratively):—be vigilant, wake, (be) watch(-ful).
F2 It is used 23 times in the NT.
G1 Matthew 24:42 Therefore be on the alert, because you do not know what day your Lord is coming!
G2 Matthew 25:13 Therefore be on the alert, because you do not know the day or the hour!
G3 Mark 13:33 Watch out! Be alert, because you do not know when the time is!
G4 Mark 13:34 It is like a man away on a journey, who left his house and gave his slaves authority—to each one his work—and to the doorkeeper he gave orders that he should be on the alert.
G5 Mark 13:35 Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or early in the morning
G6 Mark 13:37 And what I say to you, I say to everyone: Be on the alert!
G7 Luke 12:37 Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he returns! Truly I say to you that he will dress himself for service and have them recline at the table and will come by and 19 serve them.
G8 Luke 21:36 But be alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.
G9 Acts 20:31 Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning each one of you with tears.
G10 1 Corinthians 16:13 Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act courageously, be strong.
C11 Ephesians 6:18 with all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the Spirit, and to this end being alert with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
G12 Colossians 4:2 Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving,
G13 1 Thessalonians 5:6 So then, we must not sleep like the rest, but must be on the alert and be self-controlled.
G14 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober; be on the alert. Your adversary the devil walks around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
G15 Revelation 3:2 Be on the alert and strengthen the remaining things that are about to die, for I have not found your works completed before my God.
G16 Revelation 3:3 Therefore remember how you have received and heard, and observe it, and repent. If therefore you are not on the alert, I will come like a thief, and you will never know at what hour I will come against you.
G17 Revelation 16:15 (Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who is on the alert and who keeps his clothing, so that he does not walk around naked and they see his shamefulness!)
E4 νήφω nḗphō, G3525
F1 Thayer’s: to be sober; in the N. T. everywhere tropically, to be calm and collected in spirit; to be temperate, dispassionate, circumspect.
F2 It is used 6 times in the NT.
G1 Thessalonians 5:6-8 WEL Therefore, let us not sleep like others do, but let us be alert and be clear headed. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who are drunk, are drunk at night, 8 But let us who are of the day, be clear headed, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.
G2 2 Timothy 4:5 WEL Instead, you need to clear headed in everything, endure troubles, do the work of an evangelist. Make full proof of your ministry.
G3 1 Peter 1:13 WEL Therefore, have your minds constantly ready for action, be clear headed, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revealing of Jesus Christ.
G4 1 Peter 4:7 WEL But the end of everything is near. Therefore be clear headed and attentive in prayer.
G5 1 Peter 5:8 WEL Be clear headed. Be alert, because your enemy, the devil, like a roaring lion, walks around seeking whom he can devour.
F3 In summary: the Greek word for be clear headed is G3525 νήφω. Of uncertain affinity; to abstain from wine (keep sober), that is, (figuratively) be discreet: - be sober, watch. It is used 6 times in the NT. One example: 1 Peter 5:8 WEL Be clear headed. Be alert, because your enemy, the devil, like a roaring lion, walks around seeking whom he can devour.
E5 G1864 ἐπαγωνίζομαι epagonizomai
F1 It means to fight for.
F2 It is used one time in the NT.
G1 Jude 1:3 NKJV Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.
G2 A person needs to be alert in order to fight.
E6 The Greek word for watch is G991 (Strong’s) βλέπω. A primary verb; to look at (literally or figuratively): - behold, beware, lie, look (on, to), perceive, regard, see, sight, take heed. It is used 135 times in the NT. One example: Mark 13:32-33 WEL 32 "But, concerning that day and hour, no one knows, no, not even the angels who are in heaven, nor the Son, only the Father. 33 "Watch, be alert and pray, for you do not know when that time is.
E7 The Greek word for watch is G69 (Strong’s) ἀγρυπνέω: To be sleepless, that is, keep awake: - watch. It is used 4 times in the NT. One example: Mark 13:32-33 WEL 32 "But, concerning that day and hour, no one knows, no, not even the angels who are in heaven, nor the Son, only the Father. 33 "Watch, be alert and pray, for you do not know when that time is.
C2 In summary: All the above clear instruct Christians to be alert, watchful, awake, having your eyes open, etc. These words do not teach an used mind, silence, contemplative prayer, passive states, etc.

A2 Demons Or Unclean Spirits

B1 Hebrew words
C1 Devil (H7700): שֵׁד shêd shade From H7736; a daemon (as malignant): - devil. (Strong’s). It is used 2 times in the OT.
D1 Deuteronomy 32:17 NRSV They sacrificed to demons, not God, to deities they had never known, to new ones recently arrived, whom your ancestors had not feared.
D2 Psalms 106:37 NRSV They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons.
C2 H8163:שָׂעִר שָׂעִיר śâ‛ı̂yr śâ‛ir saw-eer', saw-eer'
From H8175; shaggy; as noun, a he goat; by analogy a faun: - devil, goat, hairy, kid, rough, satyr. (Strong’s). It is used 59 times in the OT.
D1 Leviticus 17:7 NKJV They shall no more offer their sacrifices to demons, after whom they have played the harlot. This shall be a statute forever for them throughout their generations.
D2 2 Chronicles 11:15 NRSV And had appointed his own priests for the high places, and for the goat-demons, and for the calves that he had made.
C3 אוֹב 'Ôb obe From the same as H1 (apparently through the idea of prattling a father’s name); properly a mumble, that is, a water skin (from its hollow sound); hence a necromancer (ventriloquist, as from a jar): - bottle, familiar spirit. (Strong’s). It is used 17 times in the OT.
D1 Leviticus 19:31 NKJV 'Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.
D2 1 Samuel 28:7 NKJV Then Saul said to his servants, “Find me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “In fact, [there is] a woman who is a medium at En Dor.”
B2 Greek words
C1 G1139 δαιμονίζομαι daimonizomai Middle voice from G1142; to be exercised by a daemon: - have a (be vexed with, be possessed with) devil (-s). (Strong’s). It is used 13 times in the NT. Verse: Matthew 4:24 GW The news about Jesus spread throughout Syria. People brought him everyone who was sick, those who suffered from any kind of disease or pain. They also brought epileptics, those who were paralyzed, and people possessed by demons, and he cured them all.
C2 G1140 δαιμόνιον Daimonion Neuter of a derivative of G1142; a daemonic being; by extension a deity: - devil, god. (Strong’s). It is used 60 times in the NT. Verse: 1 Corinthians 10:20-21 GW Hardly! What I am saying is that these sacrifices which people make are made to demons and not to God. I don't want you to be partners with demons. 21 You cannot drink the Lord's cup and the cup of demons. You cannot participate at the table of the Lord and at the table of demons.
C3 G1142 δαίμων Daimōn From δαίω daiō (to distribute fortunes); a demon or super natural spirit (of a bad nature): - devil. (Strong’s). It is used 5 times in the NT. Verse: Revelation 16:14 GW They are spirits of demons that do miracles. These spirits go to the kings of the whole world and gather them for the war on the frightening day of God Almighty.
C2 G1228 διάβολος Diabolos From G1225; a traducer; specifically Satan (compare [H7854]): - false accuser, devil, slanderer. (Strong’s). It is used 38 times in the NT. Verse: Revelation 20:2 GW He overpowered the serpent, that ancient snake, named Devil and Satan. The angel chained up the serpent for 1,000 years.
B3 See 4132 malevolence of demons.
B4 See 4133 possession by demons
B5 See 4135 Jesus Christ’s authority over demons
B6 Some character traits
C1 Evil (Judges 9:23; 1 Samuel 18:9-10).
C2 Intelligent and wise (1 Kings 22:22-24; Acts 16:16).
C3 Powerful (Mark 5:1-18).
C4 They have knowledge (Matthew 8:29; Luke 4:41; Acts 19:15).
C5 They have feelings (Matthew 8:29; Mark 5:7).
C6 They have emotions (Acts 8:7).
C5 Seducing spirits (1 Timothy 4:1).

A3 4 Conditions of Escape

B1 Not sleeping: 1 Thessalonians 5:6-8 NRSV So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; 7 for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.
B2 Being alert: Matthew 24:42-51 NRSV Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour. 45 "Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves their allowance of food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put that one in charge of all his possessions. 48 But if that wicked slave says to himself, 'My master is delayed,' 49 and he begins to beat his fellow slaves, and eats and drinks with drunkards, 50 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour that he does not know. 51 He will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
B3 Be clear headed: 1 Peter 5:8-9 WEL Be clear headed. Be alert, because your enemy, the devil, like a roaring lion, walks around seeking whom he can devour. 9 Resist him, [be] immovable in the faith, realizing that the same kind of afflictions are being faced by your brothers who are in the world.
B4 God’s armor:
Ephesians 6:12-18 WEL For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against the highest spiritual forces, powers, rulers of darkness of the world, and spiritual wickedness in the heavenlies. 13 Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to resist on that evil day, and after doing everything possible to still stand. 14 Therefore, stand having truth fastened around your loins and having the breastplate of righteousness on, 15 And your feet shod, prepared by the Gospel of peace. 16 Most importantly taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts from the wicked. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. 18 Always be praying in the spirit with all prayer and requests, and be alert in the same with full perseverance and request for all the saints.
C1 Resist
D1 1 Peter 5:8-9 WEL Be clear headed. Be alert, because your enemy, the devil, like a roaring lion, walks around seeking whom he can devour. 9 Resist him, [be] immovable in the faith, realizing that the same kind of afflictions are being faced by your brothers who are in the world.
D2 To resist is to stand for the Christian faith in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds. 1 Corinthians 15:58 WEL Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch, as you know that your labor in the Lord is not futile.
D3 God gives grace. 2 Timothy 2:1 NRSV You then, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
D4 God gives wisdom. James 1:5 WEL If any of you lack wisdom, then ask the God, who gives to all profusely and doesn't scold, and it will be given to him.
D5 God gives the strength we need. 2 Corinthians 12:9 WEL He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is perfected in weakness." Therefore, I would rather gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ might rest in me.
D6 God forewarned us this would happen. 2 Timothy 3:12 WEL Indeed, all who choose to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
D7 God promises us that He will not leave us. Hebrews 13:5 WEL Let your conduct be without covetousness. Be satisfied with what you have, because he has said, "I will never leave you, nor forsake you.
C2 Stand
D1 Stand has the idea of not just walking around but to stand in the face of opposition, whether mild or fierce.
D2 1 Corinthians 16:13 WEL Be on the alert; be firmly standing in the faith; don't be cowardly; be strong.
C3 Truth
D1 The Bible understands truth to be according to the correspondence theory, that is, reality. An example: John 4:17-18 WEL The woman answered and says, "I have no husband." 18 Jesus says to her, "You answered honestly that you have no husband, for you have had five husbands, and the present one you have is not your husband, you have told the truth in this.
D2 The importance of truth is God wants us to know, so He tells the truth. Otherwise, we will not know what to believe or how to live.
D3 Safety in truth
E1 John 17:17 WEL Sanctify them by your truth. Your word is truth.
E2 Truth keeps us from being deceived.
C4 Righteousness
D1 Righteousness is thoughts, desires, words, and deeds according to God’s thoughts, desires, words, and deeds. It is God’s standard. 1 John 2:29 WEL If you know that he is righteous, then know that everyone who is doing righteousness is born of him.
D2 Our Christian life should be a righteous life: 1 Peter 2:24 NRSV He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
D3 We learn this from the NT Scriptures: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NRSV All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.
C5 Gospel
D1 There is only one Gospel from Genesis to Revelation.
D2 We must personally belief God’s Gospel or we will go to eternal conscious torment.
D3 A link to know the Gospel: Are You a Good Person?
C6 Faith
D1 Faith is believing God.
D2 Believing God from Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22:21
D3 Believing God is more important than believing ANY teacher.
C7 Salvation
D1 This is related to the Gospel above.
D2 Ephesians 1:13-14 WEL In whom you also trusted, after you had heard the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your salvation. In whom, after you believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 Who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of [God's] purchased possession, to the praise of his glory.
C8 Scripture
D1 We must know it.
D2 To know it we must study it.
D3 In studying it, we must believe it.
D4 If we really believe it, we will live it.
C9 Prayer
D1 Prayer is talking to God.
D2 No one can manipulate God. There are no special words, chants, actions that can guarantee the answer we want.
D3 Answers are according to God’s will. 1 John 5:14 WEL This is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
D4 Known, unconfessed sin, continuing in sin, etc. will cause prayers to NOT be answered. Psalms 66:18 GNB If I had ignored my sins, the Lord would not have listened to me.

A4 Other verses

B1 Genesis 3:15 GW I will make you and the woman hostile toward each other. I will make your descendants and her descendant hostile toward each other. He will crush your head, and you will bruise his heel.
B2 2 Corinthians 2:11 11 WEL Fearing that Satan would take advantage of us, for we are not ignorant of his plans.
B3 Ephesians 4:27 WEL 27 Don't give an opportunity to the devil.
B4 James 4:7-8 WEL 7 Therefore, place yourselves under God’s authority. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse [your] hands, sinners, and purify [your] hearts, double minded.
B5 1 Peter 5:8 WEL Be clear headed. Be alert, because your enemy, the devil, like a roaring lion, walks around seeking whom he can devour.

A5 Days of Praise

October 28, 2018
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3)

The magnificent book of Genesis sets the foundation for Scripture, revealing the “Roman numerals” upon which the rest of the Bible’s message is built. Apart from the actual events of the creation week, the fall of Adam and Eve, and the subsequent horrific growth of sin and the awful judgment of the Flood, the gospel message would make little sense.

Paul’s warning showcases the importance of Satan’s strategy to ensnare humanity in the same trap. The Devil’s tactics change with time and culture, but the strategy remains the same.

First, Satan always attempts to make us doubt the Word of God (Genesis 3:1). If we question the accuracy, the meaning, the authenticity, the historicity, or any other shade of “all scripture” (2 Timothy 3:16), then we begin edging onto a slippery slope that will only lead to the next stage.

Second, Satan always confronts the doubter with a denial of the Word of God (Genesis 3:4). When one begins to deny the authority, the capability, or the will of God to carry out His Word, the slide into the final phase is inevitable.

Third, Satan ultimately heaps denigration on the Person of God Himself (Genesis 3:5). Once one embraces the thought that the Word of God is not trustworthy and that God either will not or cannot do what He says, it absolutely follows that God is either a liar, a hypocrite, or a capricious and whimsical ogre.

May God protect us from the “wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). HMM III


04 July 2018

Taste and See




Theme: A song of thanksgiving

Scripture: Psalm 34

Objectives: (From the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson book)
Know: David praised and blessed the Lord for His constant presence and deliverance in his life.
Think: I can live in the assurance that God is always with me and will deliver me in His timing.
Do: Turn from all sin and do what is right, praising God for His goodness.

B1 Setting: 1 Samuel 21
B2 Outline
C1 Praise Psalm 34:1-3
C2 Answered prayer Psalm 34:4-7
C3 The goodness and fear of God Psalm 34:8-14
C4 God’s standards Psalm 34:15-16
C5 God’s mercy and deliverance Psalm 34:17-18
C6 God’s protection Psalm 34:19-20 (verse 20 is a Messianic prophecy—John 19:36)
C7 Righteous and unrighteous contrasted Psalm 34:21-22
B3 The Sunday School lesson author makes a good point: The basic concept of “to bless” here means to praise or to speak a good word. When we ask God to bless someone, He “speaks a good word” over that person or perhaps speaks good into that life. When we bless God (as David did in this verse), we are speaking a good word about God, specifically about His goodness, kindness, generosity, and faithfulness.
B4 Praise Psalm 34:1-3,
C1 Why is David so thankful?
C2 Why should we be quick to be thankful, too?
C3 Psalm 34:2, what type of people is David speaking about?
C4 Psalm 34:3, what does David want others who have experienced similar things to do?
B5 Psalm 34:4-7,
C1 What was David afraid of?
C2 What was the first thing David did, when he was afraid?
C3 After God helps us, what should we do? 2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT - He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
C4 In verse 5, it is mentioned that their faces are never covered with shame (NIV). Why? People seek many things. What are some dangers of seeking the wrong things? Name some wrong things?
D1 Isaiah 44:11 NLT - All who worship idols will be disgraced along with all these craftsmen--mere humans--who claim they can make a god. They may all stand together, but they will stand in terror and shame.
D2 Isaiah 49:23 NLT - Kings and queens will serve you and care for all your needs. They will bow to the earth before you and lick the dust from your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD. Those who trust in me will never be put to shame."
C5 Matthew Henry writes in his commentary on Psalm 34:5: It has wonderfully revived and comforted them; witness Hannah, who, when she had prayed, went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad. When we look to the world we are darkened, we are perplexed, and at a loss; but, when we look to God, from him we have the light both of direction and joy, and our way is made both plain and pleasant. These here spoken of, that looked unto God, had their expectations raised, and the event did not frustrate them: Their faces were not ashamed of their confidence.
C6 Psalm 34:6,
D1 It is said God delivers from all our troubles. So shouldn’t Christians have their best life now?
E1 Suffering and affliction are part of the Christian life.
E2 It is for
F1 Testing our faith, to see if it is genuine
F2 Strengthening our faith
F3 Comforting our faith to share His comfort with others
F4 Witnessing to others of our faith
F5 What else?
D2 In our suffering, we should know: Jesus the Messiah has always been Messiah, is Messiah, and will always be Messiah. There is no other Messiah.
C7 How is King David the poor man? (Humility)
C8 God’s protection: 1 Peter 2:25 NRSV For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls. The word guardian is also translated overseer.
B6 Psalm 34:8-14,
C1 God, through David, gives us some commands
D1 Taste and see God's goodness, which yields God's blessing.
E1 God gives courage
F1 Psalms 27:14 NKJV Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!
F2 In another translation: Psalm 27:14 NLT - Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.
E2 God has love: Psalms 69:16 GW Answer me, O LORD, because your mercy is good. Out of your unlimited compassion, turn to me.
E3 God has mercy: Psalms 109:21 NKJV But You, O GOD the Lord, Deal with me for Your name's sake; Because Your mercy is good, deliver me.
E4 God forgives our sins: 1 John 1:9 NKJV If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
E5 God gives fellowship with us: 1 John 1:7 NKJV But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
E6 God frees us and heals our broken hearts: Luke 4:18 MKJV The Spirit of the Lord is on Me; because of this He has anointed Me to proclaim the Gospel to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim deliverance to the captives, and new sight to the blind, to set at liberty those having been crushed.
E7 What else can you think of?
D2 Fearing God yields no want
E1 Name some needs people have.
E2 Why should God want to help anyone?
D3 Seeking the Lord yields contentment and satisfaction
D4 Coming to a believer (David in this case) yields a teaching moment
D5 Watching what we say yields a longer life
E1 We have to know truth, think the truth, speak the truth, and live the truth.
E2 How can we know what love is unless we know truth?
F1 True love. This is a choice. Its characteristics are noted in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
F2 False love. This is of 2 types.
G1 The narcissist love bombs.
H1 The narcissist knows what he/she is doing, but the victim does not.
H2 Some examples (Source)
  • I can’t believe I’ve finally found you.
  • I’ve never felt so comfortable in someone’s company before.
  • No one understands me like you do.
  • You’re the most beautiful woman/man I’ve ever seen.
  • You have the most attractive __________ (eyes, hair, body shape, smile, dimples).
  • My Ex was a psycho, drug addict, alcoholic, schizoid, cheater, etc.
  • You’re the best partner I’ve ever had.
  • I think I love you. I think I want to marry you.
  • I never got married before because I haven’t found the right person yet.
  • We have so much in common.
  • He/she pressures you into becoming intimate in a short amount of time.
H3 A quote from the same source: Black Hole of False Love: Love Bombing includes not only the above phrases, but also over-the-top gestures of attention. This plays out in the form of constant calls and text messages, gifts, flowers, invites to meet his family, requests to move in together, and splashing your social media sites with cutesy, flirty messages. Of course, these are all behaviors of people who are courting one another…but not after one date.
G2 The cult
H1 The leader may know, but his/her followers do not. They (the followers) believe they are showing true love when recruiting, which if successful will result in spiritual death and bondage.
H2 Some examples
H3 Some pastors and denominations advocate love, love, and more love—love bombing. For a discussion on this see here (Take note: I know nothing of this website except this article). The following link discribes how cults recruit: https://www.watchman.org/articles/cults-alternative-religions/cult_recruiting-methods/
F3 Hate
F4 Freedom from the false is to know the truth. Truth must be foremost for the Christian. We must read and study the only source of 100% truth—the Bible.
D6 Stop doing evil and start doing good
D7 Seek peace, yes, chase it.
B7 Psalm 34:15-22,
C1 Two groups of people of mentioned here. Identify them.
C2 How does God help the righteous?
C3 What does God do for evil doers?
C4 Why does God care for the brokenhearted?
D1 How would you encourage this person? Psalms 69:19-20 GW You know that I have been insulted, put to shame, and humiliated. All my opponents are in front of you. 20 Insults have broken my heart, and I am sick. I looked for sympathy, but there was none. I looked for people to comfort me, but I found no one.
D2 Are we believers ever left alone? John 16:32-33 GW The time is coming, and is already here, when all of you will be scattered. Each of you will go your own way and leave me all alone. Yet, I'm not all alone, because the Father is with me. 33 I've told you this so that my peace will be with you. In the world you'll have trouble. But cheer up! I have overcome the world."
D3 Will God’s love leave us? Romans 8:38-39 GW I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love which Christ Jesus our Lord shows us. We can't be separated by death or life, by angels or rulers, by anything in the present or anything in the future, by forces 39 or powers in the world above or in the world below, or by anything else in creation.
D4 This is why Christians can survive: 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 GW Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Father who is compassionate and the God who gives comfort. 4 He comforts us whenever we suffer. That is why whenever other people suffer, we are able to comfort them by using the same comfort we have received from God. 5 Because Christ suffered so much for us, we can receive so much comfort from him.
B9 Next week:
C1 When we can’t find God
C2 Theme: A song of Distress
C3 Scripture: Psalm 44


31 May 2018

With Eternity in Mind




Theme: The believer’s quest

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:1-18

Objectives: (From the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson book)
Know: We can persevere in living for and serving God, knowing glory awaits us in Heaven.
Think: I let an eternal perspective guide my attitudes, choices, and actions.
Do: Live for and serve God with integrity, proclaiming Christ as Savior and Lord.

B1 Integrity
C1 Hebrew words
D1 תֹּם, tome which means integrity, innocence, and completeness
E1 Genesis 20:5 NKJV - "Did he not say to me, 'She is my sister'? And she, even she herself said, 'He is my brother.' In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands I have done this."
E2 Proverbs 10:29 NLT - The way of the LORD is a stronghold to those with integrity, but it destroys the wicked.
D2 תֻּמָּה, toom-maw' which means integrity, innocence.
E1 Job 2:9 NLT - His wife said to him, "Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die."
E2 Proverbs 11:3 CSB - The integrity of the upright guides them, but the perversity of the treacherous destroys them.
C2 Greek word is ἀφθαρσία aphtharsía which means incorruption, purity, sincerity, honesty, etc. 1 Corinthians 15:53-54 CSB - For this corruptible body must be clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body must be clothed with immortality. When this corruptible body is clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body is clothed with immortality, then the saying that is written will take place: Death has been swallowed up in victory.
C3 Another Greek word translated integrity is ἀδιαφθορία adiaphthoria meaning incorruptness: Titus 2:7 (WPNT) in all things presenting yourself as an example of good works: showing integrity, dignity and incorruptibility in your teaching.
B2 2 Corinthians Chapter 4:1-6,
C1 What kind of man was Paul before he was born again?
D1 Acts 22:3-5 NKJV - "I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, taught according to the strictness of our fathers' law, and was zealous toward God as you all are today. "I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women, "as also the high priest bears me witness, and all the council of the elders, from whom I also received letters to the brethren, and went to Damascus to bring in chains even those who were there to Jerusalem to be punished.
D2 Philippians 3:4-6 NKJV - though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
C2 What did he do in the name of Judaism to the Christians?
D1 Acts 8:3 NKJV - As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.
D2 1 Corinthians 15:9 NKJV - For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
D3 Galatians 1:13 NKJV - For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.
D4 Philippians 3:6 NKJV - concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
D5 1 Timothy 1:13 NKJV - although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
C3 How did God’s grace affect him at the time he wrote to the Corinthians?
C4 Why doesn’t Paul become discouraged?
C5 What are some things Christians hide?
C6 What is the main problem with deception in a Christian?
D1 It is listed as arising from the heart, the inner person of all humans: Mark 7:21-22 NKJV - For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, "thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.
D2 It is incurably wicked: Jeremiah 17:9-10 CSB - The heart is more deceitful than anything else, and incurable—who can understand it? I, the LORD, examine the mind, I test the heart to give to each according to his way, according to what his actions deserve.
D3 God hates it: Jeremiah 17:9-10 CSB - The heart is more deceitful than anything else, and incurable—who can understand it? I, the LORD, examine the mind, I test the heart to give to each according to his way, according to what his actions deserve.
D4 False prophets and false teachers have:
E1 Jeremiah 23:26 NKJV - How long will this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart.
E2 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 CSB - For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no great surprise if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will be according to their works.
D5 The Lord Jesus never did: 1 Peter 2:22 NKJV - Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth.
D6 How can we discern one is a false teacher?
C7 Name some examples of “handling the Word of God deceitfully?”
D1 1 Timothy 2:3-4 NKJV - For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
E1 Does God desire all humans to be saved, or does He desire most to go to hell to be roasted, barbecued, and tormented forever?
E2 Calvinist: I have often times heard people quote 1 Timothy 2:4 to dismiss, out of hand, the biblical teaching on Sovereign grace or Divine election. In quoting the verse they have told me that God has no interest in electing certain people to salvation but that His desire is for every person to be saved. Yet, we must remember that the word "all" always has a context. It can sometimes mean all people everywhere - many times it does - but it sometimes means "all" in the sense of "all kinds" or "all classes, types" of people or at other times it refers to all within a certain type or class.. For instance, we do the same thing in our English language when a school teacher in a classroom may ask the question, "are we ALL here?" or "is EVERYONE here?" She is not asking if everyone on planet earth is in the classroom, but because of the context in which the question is framed (the school teacher's classroom) we understand she is referring to all within a certain class or type - in this case, all the students signed up for the class. (Source).
E4 Non-Calvinist: Jamieson-Fausset-Brown: Since He wishes that all should be saved, do you also wish it; and if you wish it, pray for it. For prayer is the instrument of effecting such things [Chrysostom]. Paul does not say, "He wishes to save all"; for then he would have saved all in matter of fact; but "will have all men to be saved," implies the possibility of man's accepting it (through God's prevenient grace) or rejecting it (through man's own perversity). Our prayers ought to include all, as God's grace included all. (Source).
E5 Even their interpretation works against them for all kinds would refer to everyone. God who inspired the Bible writers (overseeing them) knows how to communicate perfectly. Why shouldn’t we believe God and take the plain, normal sense. See here for further and more detailed information.
C8 How would satan blind someone to the Gospel?
C9 How do people preach themselves instead of Jesus Christ?
C10 Who sends the light?
B3 2 Corinthians 4:7-18,
C1 2 Corinthians 4:7-10—were the Christians having a good time? Why can the Christian life be rough? Should we warn new Christians?
D1 Jesus foretold that His followers would face this, just because they follow: Luke 21:16-17 NKJV - You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. "And you will be hated by all for My name's sake.
D2 It is a condition of service: 2 Timothy 1:11-12 NKJV - to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
D3 What other reasons can you think of?
C2 Why are Christians always delivered into death? Who hates Christians? Why are Christians hated? The NLT has 2Co 4:11 NLT Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies.
C3 Why are Christians still motivated to live and preach Jesus even when under constant danger?
C4 What power in 2 Corinthians 4:7 is Paul speaking of? Consider: Ephesians 3:20 NKJV - Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.
C5 How does Paul not get distressed when the situation is very hard? Consider this encouragement from HandFuls on Purpose, Smith/Lee Psalm 27:13-14: A Threefold Encouragement.
1. TO BELIEVE. "I had fainted unless I had believed." Troubled on every side, yet not distressed (2Co 4:8-10), because our faith is in God. Peter fainted while on the water because he doubted.
2. TO WAIT. "Wait on the Lord." Wait on Him because the expectation of faith is from Him (Psa 62:1-5). All who truly wait on Him will yet be able to say, "Lo, this is our God" (Isaiah 25:9).
3. TO WORK. "He shall strengthen thine heart, be of good courage." "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it" (Ecc 9:10), for His strength is made perfect in weakness.
C6 Have you ever been perplexed by things happening in your life? How does Paul handle this?
C7 How can we survive persecution without feeling forsaken?
C8 How do Christians carry the death of the Lord Jesus in their lives?
C9 What hope does Paul have the 2 Corinthians 4:14? How does that give Paul strength and rest?
C10 How does the resurrection strengthen our spiritual life:
C11 How does God’s grace increasing more and more result in more and more thanksgiving to God?
C12 Why do some people give up the Christian faith?
C13 How do we keep our eyes on the eternal things of God? Consider: Matthew 6:19-21 CSB - Don't store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. "But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don't break in and steal. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
B4 Next week:
C1 Great Expectations
C2 Theme: The Believer’s Identity
C3 Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:1-21