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Times and Seasons, A Snow Lady For a Reason

Times and Seasons, A Snow Lady For a Reason

 

If you live in the north, you most likely have dealt with some relentless winters. By midwinter, most everyone I know is whimpering and complaining about the cold and bitter winds, piles of snow, traveling conditions, and more. Just when we think things are getting better, we generally get a blizzard. In spite of this, winter holds many joys and pleasures. Yes, I said, "joys and pleasures!" I simply think we tend to lose sight of the joys of winter, especially when it lingers on longer than we think it should.

On the other hand, you have the winter sports enthusiasts who love the snow! They brave the cold to ski, snowmobile, and snowboard and are charmed by winter's bountiful snowfall.

For those of us who are less than enthused about such sports, winter still holds some great things for us. Who can deny the beauty of fallen snow as it covers the trees and everything else in sight in a thick feathery blanket of pure white? A photographer's dream for sure.

What joy it brings to our children and grandchildren as they express their creativity in sculpting snowmen, snow ladies and snow forts! Snow is a wonderful and plenty medium in winter for little and big artists. Just ask me. I made a snow lady (all by myself) with a pink scarf and pastel cloak. When I was done, I sat back and admired her radiant smile and a look on her face that said, "fun." I laughed heartily because, for some reason, I saw just a glimpse of myself in her. You see, I'm somewhere between middle aged and senior citizen and did something that some people my age would think kind of silly. Yet, I allowed myself a bit of joy and a lot of laughter! Laughter is something I think we all need, more than ever, in the winters of our lives.

When the winter seasons of our lives are lingering on longer than we think they should, we need to find some kind of release. That may mean we have to consciously look for joy! However you do that is up to you. It may mean building a snow person, but it may mean reading a funny book, being creative in some way or perhaps surrounding yourself with people who love you. We all go through trials (winter seasons) in our lives. Yet, we need to somehow find a way to look beyond the trials for joy

 

Faith Bible Study



 

Faith and Reason

An old writer said that Faith and Reason may be compared to two travelers. Faith is like a man in full health, who can walk his twenty or thirty miles at a time without suffering. Reason is like a little child, who can only, with difficulty, accomplish three or four miles.

"Well," says the old writer, "on a given day Reason says to Faith, 'O good Faith, let me walk with you'.

Faith replies, 'O Reason, you could never walk with me!'

However, to try their paces, they set out together, but they soon find it hard to stay together. When they came to a deep river, Reason says, 'I can never ford this, but Faith wades through it singing.

When they reached a lofty mountain, there is the same exclamation of despair; and in such cases, Faith, in order not to leave Reason behind, is obliged to carry him on his back.

Oh, what luggage is Reason to Faith."

FAITH - [HEBREWS 11:1]

Faith is a SURE thing - We will find as we go though this study that without it you can not be saved, you can not even BEGIN to please God! The Bible says it is IMPOSSIBLE! Vicki will like my next statement. One of my favorite hymns is "Faith is the Victory". Have you sung this song and really REALLY listened to it? By faith we accept the FINISHED work of the cross for our Salvation. By faith we can conquer the 'host of night' as this hymn proclaims. Faith brings VICTORY. Faith is important, it enters every aspect of our lives and makes a difference in the decisions we make, it affects our actions and reactions and because of this, the amount of faith we PRACTICE is a very large part of the testimony we live before a lost and dying world. We are going to be looking at faith is many areas of our lives, beginning at Salvation and on through how we as Christians can practice to be Faithful. I want to take a quick second here to thank Nanci for all her help with this. Although I can come up with an outline, and from that write a devotion or study, I have never attempted to do one like this that is interactive. So this is not brought to you by just me, it is a joint effort that we are ALL learning from. We are looking forward to joining hearts and minds through the Word of God. Okay I think we are just about ready to get started.

Always remember to take a few minutes in prayer to ask for the Lord's help before you begin to study God's Word. Ask for His knowledge and understanding. Also, when answering questions use only your Bible, do not blot your thinking by using other commentaries or examples. Remember this is a time of YOUR learning the word and NOT someone else's interpretation of it. Please don't feel silly about your answers, or inhibited about joining in.. the only way to LEARN the Word of God is to perform the DOING of it amen?

Before we begin write a summary of what faith means to you. Look into your life and list any area's where your faith may be lacking. The reason for writing this before we begin is to watch our growth in faith as we proceed through the study. Oh, one more thing... along with writing in your notebook, set to memory our key verse for this study. Once you have learned it and can say quote it, be sure to test yourself and add it to your notebook. Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

All done? You have it memorized right? Good then let's get started.

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Lesson 1

Father, we come to you with hearts willing to learn. We thank you for a PERFECT BOOK that you have given us to help us understand all that you would have us to know. Lord, we get so busy in the life we live, we hear so much about self-empowerment, 'I can do it myself' promotions - and we know Father as your children You want us to depend on you. O Lord, help our unbelief, enlarge our FAITH. In Jesus name, Amen

Remember you will need to copy paste this lesson- to fill in your answers and send in your responses. We will begin to 'discuss' and study it out together on Thursday! INTRODUCTION: True Bible faith is not an emotional "hope-so"; it is real conviction based on the Word of God (Rom. 10:17). The word substance means "assurance" and the word evidence means "proof'. The writer of Hebrews gives us a definite meaning of what faith is: Hebrew 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Through this study we will learn the true and real meaning of faith in God. We will determine where our faith lies. We will ask ourselves if we have TRUE BIBLICAL faith in God, or if we are riding on the misconstrued concept of "faith in faith" that is being taught which is based on an emotional basis.

I. FAITH THAT IS MATCHLESS

in Eph. 4:5 The apostle Paul writes: One Lord, one faith, one baptism. True faith in God as we can see in these few short words is MATCHLESS to anything else.

Take a look at the following Scriptures (King James Version), EACH scripture gives an example of how faith works in the life of Believers. Look up each scripture and list what role MATCHLESS faith plays in our lives.

1. It_________ us. John 3:16, 36; 5:24; Rom. 5:1

2. It_________ us. Acts 15:9, 26:18

3. It_________ us. Ephesians 6:16

Further questions:

4. The World recognizes many god's - Is there any way possible that anyone besides God Himself can hold these qualities? (ie, buddah, popes, allah, etc.)

5. Is there any doubt in your heart that "#1" & "#2" have been accomplished in your life?

6. Can you think of a time in your life that can testify of "#3"? If so, please write a paragraph to testify of it.

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Lesson 2

Part 2. A FAITH THAT IS MEANINGFUL

(Anything with real meaning we hold dear to our hearts) Read the following scriptures and fill in the blanks and answer the questions according to your understanding of what the Bible says.

1.(II Peter 1:1) Faith is _______________

A. The Bible says in this verse that this Faith comes from the righteousness of God [ie: His way is totally acceptable] and our Saviour Jesus Christ, Open your Bible to Romans 1:17 THIS IS OUR MEMORY VERSE FOR THIS PART OF OUR STUDY.

Ro 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

'The just shall live by faith' -- This phrase is mentioned only 4 times in the Bible. There is a different application in each, however, each tells us what it means in its context. This one verse sets the theme of the book of Romans. In Romans Paul is launching his writing of the entire book of Romans here. It is the plight of man and his purpose. It is the truth of how SIN in our life will spiral us downward. By the 2nd chapter Paul is talking to his Jewish brethren, they thought they were 'special' they had the law, and Paul confronts them. He reminds them that NOW the JUST shall live by FAITH.

In Gal. 3 we find this phrase again, he reminds again that there is no POWER in the law to make us NEW. In contrast by trusting in Jesus and His finished work on the cross by FAITH is the answer.

Say it this way -- The just by faith shall live. It applies to us personally! That is what Paul is saying -- RECOGNIZE that it gives us something more than a new Religion it gives us LIFE. The one that is justified by Faith ALWAYS will live.

Okay let's move on ;)

2. (I Peter 1:5) Faith _________ the saints.

A. What a hot topic eternal security is! Can you find at least 2 other verses that claims that our Salvation is once and for all?

3. Faith Produces 4 things that we will focus on:

Faith Produces: 1. _______________ (Rom. 5:2)

2. _______________ (Acts16:34; I Peter 1:8)

3._______________ (Rom. 15:13)

4._______________ (Isa. 28:16; I Peter 2:6)


What a production!! All four of these mentioned here should be evident in our lives at ALL times! Remember our verse from our last lesson? You better ;) We memorized it right?

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

"The evidence of things not seen" I have seen this explained in many ways .. but in light of the 4 "productions" we have just found in our Bibles in regards to FAITH, I would like to make the application here that when we live by FAITH we are helping the world to see JESUS, He can not be seen but by our actions, by our REACTIONS

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Lesson 3


We have searched and so far have found that The Faith we have through Our Lord Jesus Christ is MATCHLESS, nothing can compare!! We have found that this faith is Meaningful, We realized that it is PRECIOUS, and if we practice it in our life we can have HOPE JOY PEACE and CONFIDENCE. It is up to us ladies.

We learned 2 verses so far: Heb 11:1 -- Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Also: Ro 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

This time we will memorize: Heb 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

NO pleasure, I dont know about you but I suspect that the very thought of this breaks your heart as it does mine. I dont ever want to have God be displeased with me. Not that any of us are perfect, but Praise God we can strive to be holy as He is holy. Le 20:7. Faith is our all and all in our walk here.. The JUST shall live by faith, it is not only Matchless, and Meaningful it MINISTERS to us so that we can obtain favor with our Heavenly Father.

III. FAITH THAT MINISTERS

The Lord gave me 7 ways that Faith Ministers to us as believers, find those and if you know of others with Scripture to support it by all means please post them.

A.__________(Gal. 2:20)

B.__________(Rom. 11:20; II Cor. 1:24)

C.__________(Rom 4:12; II Cor 5:7)

D.__________(Heb. 11:2)

E.__________(I John 5:4-5)

F __________(IPeter5:9)

G.__________(Eph. 6:16)


FAITH THAT MASTERS


F ollowing God; Where He leads I will follow. (Deut. 7:4; Matthew 9:9)

A ccepting God; to receive or take (Exodus 3:8-4:31; Romans 12:2)

I mitating God; to copy or model after (Eph. 5:1; I Corinthians 4:16)

T rusting God; confidence, reliance, committing myself to His care (Dan. 3:28; Psalm 31:14)

H onoring God; to esteem as worthy (Dan. 4:34; I Samuel 2:30)

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Lesson 4

Lesson 4 ... Exercising OUR Faith


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Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

Faithfulness is an attribute both of God and man, implying loyalty, constancy, and freedom from arbitrariness or fickleness. (I Cor 1:18, Gal. 5:22, 2Tim. 2:2)We have looked at the attributes of God's Faith , now let's take a look at how our Faith is to be practiced.

We have found out so far how important it is to have faith and have learned above all else without FAITH we can not trust in Jesus and His finished work at the cross, without FAITH we can not please God. In the Word of God we find many attributes of Faith... here on out we will be looking at some ways WE are to exercise our FAITH:

I. FAITHFUL TO CHRIST In the Bible God tells us to:

A. _______________John 15:4-10

B. _______________John 10:37-38

C. _______________John 8:31, 32

D. _______________Rev. 4:11; Psalm 100:4; 147:7

II. FAITHFUL TO HIS CHURCH It is the greatest institution in the world: The Lord Jesus wants us to be faithful .. . search to find in what ways being faithful is important.

A. _______________Heb. 10:25

B. _______________Ps 27:4

C. _______________Ec 9:10

D. _______________Ps 122:1

E. _______________Pr 14:24a

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Lesson 5

LESSON FIVE --


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FAITHFUL HEBREWS 10:23

First a Review

INTRODUCTION: Faithfulness is an attribute both of God and man, implying loyalty, constancy, and freedom from arbitrariness or fickleness. (I Cor 1:18, Gal. 5:22, 2Tim. 2:2)

I. FAITHFUL TO CHRIST

A. He said to abide in Him aohn 15:4-10) B. He said to accept His works aohn 10:37-38) C. He wants us to accept His Word (John 8:31, 32) D. He wants us to adore Him (Rev. 4:11; Psalm 100:4; 147:7)

II. FAITHFUL TO HIS CHURCH (It is the greatest institution (organism) in the world: The Lord Jesus wants us to be faithful .. .)
A. In our attendance for worship (Heb. 10:25)
B. In our allegiance to the Church (Ps 27:4)
C. In our administrative work in the Church (Ec 9:10)
D. In our appreciation of the Church and her ministry (Ps 122:1) E. In our ability to win others and bring them into the Church (pr 14:24a)

Our MEMORY Verse for this lesson: Ac 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men. Acts 24:16

Now Lesson 5

We have searched out and discoverd in our last lesson (as shown above) that WE are to be faithful of course to Christ, and in doign that we need to be faithful in areas such as His Church, today we will look at 3 other areas :

III. FAITHFUL IN OUR CONVICTIONS
A. __________Pr. 30:5
B. __________2 Tim 1:12
C. __________PS 101:2

IV. FAITHFUL TO OUR COMPANION
A. Faithful to __________Eph 5:25, Eph 5:22
B. Faithful to __________ps 116:12)
C. Faithful to __________Matt 11:15
D. Faithful to __________ps 119:2

V. FAITHFUL TO OUR CONSCIENCE (Acts 24:16) (I found 7 stages of the conscience)
A. An _________conscience Heb. 10:22
B. A __________conscience John 8:9
C. A __________conscience Heb. 9:14
D. A __________conscience Acts 23:1
E. A __________conscience I Tim. 3:9
F A __________conscience I Cor. 8:12 G. A __________conscience I Tim. 4:2

Choose one of our A-G answers here and expound on it a bit, your choice!

Character of God

GENESIS

In the beginning, God created ...

INTRODUCTION

As we study the book of Genesis we are exposed to the general character of God and

what He intended man's purpose to be on this earth. We learn of His love and desire

for fellowship, we are introduced to basic biblical teachings, and we see a universal

setting for God's revelation.

As we study Genesis we find that this book focuses on 5 principle subjects:

- Universal creation

- Rebellion

- Punishment

- Restoration

- God's choice of a particular family through whom he promises to bless the nations.

Our first study will focus on Universal Creation.

Scripture References:

Genesis 1:1-31; 2:1-3

As we study the scriptures it is my prayer that we will evaluate our own character and

where we rank in the following areas:

- Universal Creation: Be Creative

- What we speak: The Power of the Tongue

- Following through on what we speak: The “Action” Behind the Words

- Assessing our work: Representing God

- God's blessing of Abundance: Prosperity is NOT a Sin!

*Note: I have designed a “Creation” chart on the next 2 pages to help guide us through

the topics outlined in this particular lesson.

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God said ... God saw ... God did ... God called ...

DAY 1 Let there be light, and

there was light. (Gen. 1:3)

That light was good.

(Gen. 1:4)

He divided light from

darkness. (Gen. 1:4)

The light “Day”, and the

darkness “Night”.

(Gen. 1:5)

DAY 2 Let there be a firmament

in the midst of the waters

to divide water from water.

(Gen. 1:6)

He made the firmament

and divided the waters

which were under the

firmament, from the waters

which were above the

firmament. (Gen. 1:7)

The firmament “Heaven”.

(Gen. 1:8)

DAY 3 Let the waters under the

heaven be gathered

together unto one place,

and let the dry land

appear.

(Gen. 1:9)

Let the earth bring forth

grass, the herb yielding

seed, and the fruit tree

yielding fruit after his kind,

whose seed is in itself,

upon the earth. (Gen.

1:11)

That it was good.

(Gen. 1:10, 12)

The dry land Earth; and

the gathering together of

the waters, He called

Seas.

(Gen. 1:10)

DAY 4 Let there be lights in the

firmament of heaven to

divide the day from night;

and let them be for

seasons, and for days, and

years. And let them be for

lights in the firmament of

the heaven to give light

upon the earth.

(Gen. 1:14-15)

That it was good.

(Gen. 1:18, 21)

He made two great lights;

the greater light to rule the

day, and the lesser light to

rule the night. He made

the stars also. And God

set them in the firmament

of the heaven to give light

upon the earth, and to rule

over the night, and to

divide the light from the

darkness. (Gen. 1:16-18)

DAY 5 Let the waters bring forth

abundantly the moving

creature that has life, and

fowl that may fly above the

earth in the open

firmament of heaven.

(Gen. 1:20)

Be fruitful, and multiply,

and fill the waters in the

seas, and let fowl multiply

in the earth. (Gen. 1:22)

He created whales, and

every living creature that

moves, which the waters

brought forth abundantly,

after their kind, and every

winged fowl after his kind.

(Gen. 1:21)

God blessed them.

(Gen. 1:22)

God said ... God saw ... God did ... God called ...

DAY 6 Let the earth bring forth

the living creature after his

kind, cattle, and creeping

thing, and beast of the

earth after his kind.

(Gen. 1:24)

Let us make man in our

image, after our likeness:

and let them have

dominion over the fish of

the sea, and the fowl of the

air, and over the cattle,

and over all the earth, and

over every creeping thing

that creepeth upon the

earth.

(Gen. 1:26)

Be fruitful, and multiply,

and replenish the earth,

and subdue it: and have

dominion over the fish of

the sea, and over the fowl

of the air, and over every

living thing that moveth

upon the earth.

(Gen. 1:28)

I have given you every

herb bearing seed, which

is upon the face of all the

earth, and every tree, in

which is the fruit of a tree

yielding seed; to you it

shall be for meat. (Gen.

1:29)

To every beast of the

earth, and to every fowl of

the air, and to every thing

that creepeth upon the

earth, wherein there is life,

I have given every green

herb for meat. (Gen. 1:30)

That it was good.

(Gen. 1:25)

That every thing that He

had made was very good.

(Gen. 1:31)

He made the beast of the

earth after his kind, and

cattle after their kind, and

every thing that creepeth

upon the earth after his

kind. (Gen. 1:25)

He created man in His own

image, in the image of

God created he him; male

and female created he

them.

(Gen. 1:27)

God blessed them.

(Gen. 1:28)

UNIVERSAL CREATION

Be Creative

Read Genesis 1:1-31

For Quick Reference, refer to our chart under the column heading "God Did".

Day 1 - He divided light from darkness (Gen. 1:4).

Day 2 - He made the firmament dividing the waters above from the waters below

(Gen. 1:7).

Day 4 - He made the sun, the moon and the stars (Gen. 1:16).

Day 5 - He inhabited the seas and the sky with fish and fowl (Gen. 1:21)

Day 6 - He made creatures and animals to inhabit the earth (Gen. 1:25); He made man.

(Gen. 1:28)

From reading what God did during the days of creation, we can see that He is not only

"creative", but He is orderly about the way He creates things. For example, He didn't

create life forms prior to creating light, land, plants and trees.

He knew that each creature would require these things to thrive so He created them in

advance confirming for us His omniscience (all-knowingness), and His awesome power

of provision.

He knew that light and darkness could not co-exist simultaneously, and one would

dominate the other so He graciously gave them each a space of time independent of

one another to represent the passing of days, weeks, months, years and seasons.

What an awesome God of provision He is, for He knew that we would need some form

of light at all times, thus creating a greater light for the day (sun), and a lesser light for

the night (moon), as well as the stars.

As creatures designed in the likeness of God, we too are creative beings. We have

been equipped with the ability to design, create and organize things that will glorify God

and prove to be useful for others.

I don’t think we always maximize our creative potential because of low self-confidence

and fear of failure. But when God created us, He put something unique within each

one of us for the sole purpose of "creating" and "producing", and if we’ll trust His

creative abilities, seek His guidance and surrender to Him completely, we can let Him

be creative through us. There is no failure in Him!

Life Application:

Take a moment to think about what your natural gifts and talents are, then write them

below:

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Are you willing to let God utilize your natural gifts and talents to create something that

will glorify Him and benefit others?

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WHAT WE SPEAK

The Power of the Tongue

Read Genesis 1:1-30

For Quick Reference, refer to our chart under the column heading "God Said".

As we read the first chapter of Genesis we see God “speaking” His creations into

existence.

When He says, “Let there be ...” there is!

God created us with the ability to “speak” things into being.

“A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his

lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love

it shall eat the fruit thereof.” (Proverbs 18:20-21)

One definition for the word fruit is: The effect or consequence of an action or

operation: a product or result.

So these scriptures could very well be paraphrased as, “A man’s belly shall be satisfied

with the effect or consequence of what is spoken out of his mouth; and with the

increase of what he speaks shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the

tongue; and they that speak death shall reap the consequences of death; they that

speak life shall reap the effects of life.

When we speak, we plant a seed into the atmosphere. Just like natural seeds that are

planted, our words can bring forth satisfying fruit and produce a harvest of abundant

blessings and a prosperous life, as well as curses, poverty, sickness and death. We

must take care not to minimize the power behind the seeds that we sow with our

tongues, for our words can determine the type of harvest we reap in due season.

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Life Application:

What am I speaking out of my mouth? Are my words fruitful? Am I speaking words of

blessings or curses? Death or Life? Sickness or health? Prosperity or poverty?

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FOLLOWING THROUGH ON WHAT WE SPEAK

The “Action” Behind the Words

For Quick Reference, refer to our chart under the column heading "God Did".

We’ve determined that when God says something, it comes to “be”, Amen? God is

also faithful about “doing” something with what He “speaks”.

In Genesis 1:3, God spoke, “let there be light”, and then in Genesis 1:4, He did

something -- He divided the light from darkness.

He spoke, “let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters” (Genesis 1:6), and then

He did something -- He made the firmament, and divided the waters above from the

waters below it. (Genesis 1:7)

He spoke that He wanted lights in the firmament to divide day from night (Genesis

1:14), and then He did something -- He made two great lights to rule the day and night;

and, He made the stars also. (Genesis 1:16)

Not only does God produce things with the Words that He speaks, but He backs His

Words up with “action”. We can do the same thing because we are made in the image

of God.

For example: If you’re feeling sick, speak a word of healing upon yourself in Jesus’

name and then act on the word that you’ve spoken by getting out of bed and

functioning as though you are well. Feel me?

Act on your words -- do something with what you speak.

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Life Application:

Do you follow through with the words that you speak out of your mouth?

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ASSESSING OUR WORK

Representing God

Refer to our chart under the column heading "God Saw".

In Genesis 1:4, 10,12, 18, 21 & 25, it is evident that God evaluated His own work

because He made a determination that it was “good”. In Genesis 1:31, after

considering all He had made, He determined that it was “very good”.

When we take on and complete a task, we are to check it over, evaluate our

performance and should be able to conclude that our work is “good ... very good”.

As creatures made in the image of God, I can’t help but believe that He intended for us

to do our very best at all times as opposed to being slothful, lazy, putting forth half an

effort and leaving tasks incomplete.

Why?

Because He lives in us; therefore, we represent Him in all that we do. So let’s ask

ourselves the question: How are we representing God?

Life Application:

When you consider the tasks that you take on each day, do you complete them? Do

you do your best at all times? Can you rate your performance as “good”? Would God

rate it as “good”? Do you glorify God with your performance?

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GOD’S BLESSING OF ABUNDANCE

Prosperity is NOT a Sin!

Refer to our chart under the column headings "God Said" and “God Did”.

From the creation of the herb yielding seed, to the creation of mankind, God indicates

His desire for us to have abundant provision:

·  The herbs and fruit trees were designed to yield seeds so that we could replant,

replenish and multiply our fruit supply. (Genesis 1:11)

·  God commanded that the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that

has life and the birds that fly in the air. (Genesis 1:20) He blessed them with His

Divine words of flourishing and filling the earth with their kind by saying “be fruitful,

and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.”

  (Genesis 1:22).

·  He blessed man with the same words of being fruitful and mulitplying, but He went

a step further by not only speaking that man flourish, but that he be blessed with

dominion [supreme authority] over the other earthly creatures (Genesis 1:28).

Many Christians consider it sinful to prosper and enjoy abundance, but from the very

beginning God desired for us to be abundantly blessed. As we study the words of

blessing He spoke upon the creatures of the sea, the beasts of the earth, and man, we

read phrases like: “bring forth abundantly”; “fill the waters”; “be fruitful and multiply”.

FILL: To put into as much as can be held; to supply with a full complement; to swell or

billow; to complete or plug up.

ABUNDANCE: An ample quantity; plentifulness; a wealth of.

FRUITFUL: Abundantly productive.

MULTIPLY: To increase in number or amount.

He didn’t “suggest” increase or “hint” at abundance. He blessed us with it. It is our gift

from God -- it is what we are to “be”. He said, “BE fruitful and multiply”; “FILL the

waters and the earth”!!

I think people associate abundance with greed, but when you think about it, the term

“greed” is usually associated with man’s “carnal desires” for himself. Abundance and

fruitfulness are more commonly associated with “God’s desires” for us.

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they

might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

God wants abundance for us -- He wants us to water, fertilize and nurture the seed of

His Word that He has planted inside of us to be fruitful [abundantly productive], and

yield a harvest of life that is plentiful. “Pressed down, shaken together and running

over”!! It is not God’s will that we are lacking in any area of our lives. He desires that

we bear fruit ... most importantly, Spiritual fruit.

Life Application:

Am I living the abundant life that God has purposed for me? Am I tapping into every

resource that He has made available in His Word? Am I fruitful/productive in Spirit?

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Have I sought God’s guidance and blessing about the plans that I desire to implement?

Are my plans in agreement with His plans for me?

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