Archive for June 2019

The Master Key: The Things God Has Prepared For Your

1 Corinthians 2:6 (NLT) Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. 7 No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. 8 But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. 9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 

10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. 

13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. 14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15 Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. 16 For, “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.

God always opertates on plans and purposes. In this world, people usually operate on self-gratification and selfish ambition.

When the text speaks of God’s “plan,” it can only be understood in light of His plans and purposes. The plan that was previously hidden and now revealed is God plan of redemption through Christ birth, life, death, burial, and resurrection.

The purpose of the plan is stated: “He made it for our ultimate glory before the world began”

MASTER KEY: Your relationship with the Lord is the key to knowing the wonderful things God has freely given us.

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Fathers in 3D 

Our Destiny, Our Design, Our Duty

 

Psalm 103:13 ESV As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

 

Proverbs 17:6, Children's children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their father.

Proverbs 1:8, My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother;

 

A. A Father’s Destiny (Purpose)

Fathers instruct, mothers impart the law of God. Instructions and principles form the basic tools for building anything, including a life. “Law” speaks of what to do. “Instruction” speaks of how to do.

 

1. He is destined to bring correction and Instruction. Correction from a father prepares children to accept God’s correction

Hebrews 12:9, “Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?”

 

2. He is destined to be admired by his children and grandchildren.

 

B. A Father’s Design

Fathers, like Adam, the “father” of Eden, are developed by divine instruction and maximized (brought to fullness) through action in divine purpose.  Gen. 1:26, 2:8-15

 

1. He is designed to reflect Father God’s: 

Image (Character)

Likeness (Manner)

Dominion (Action)

 

2. He is designed to cultivate (tend and keep) the purpose of God in sons and daughters

Ephesians 6:4, And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

 

3. He is designed to Reflect Christlikeness and Remove any curse

Galatians 3:13, Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"[2] ), 14that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. 

 

 

C. A Father’s Duty

Fathers are gateways to provision, protection and power. “In the gates…”

Jeremiach 17:19, Thus the LORD said to me: "Go and stand in the gate of the children of the people, by which the kings of Judah come in and by which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem; 20and say to them, "Hear the word of the LORD, you kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, who enter by these gates.

 

1. His duty is to lead the way (Not like Samuel 1 Sam. 8:1-3 “Our father which art inactive”)

 

2. His duty is to overcome obstacles and build for the future 

Nehemiah 4:14,  “And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, "Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses."

 

3. His duty is to set standards that children and others should follow

    PRO 22:28  Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set.

 

Our responsibility to our Fathers is to:

 

Listen to him

Learn from him

Lean on him

Love him

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Isaiah 40:31  But those who hope in the Lord will renew [exchange] their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 

Exchange is a part of life. We all need renewal and refreshing on a regular basis. One of the best examples of that principle is sleep. Isn’t it interesting that we have to sleep 5-8 hours out of every 24 hours.  (Watch Video, "What Happens When You Sleep: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTgNgGO_bLs)

Sleep is involuntary, but there are exchanges that we should make voluntary.

The normal activities and challenges of life take a toll. There are also circumstances that require exchange for us to cope and make progress in life. Situations like the passing of loved ones or unexpected setbacks on life are among the biggest examples.

 

Whatever the situation, God has made a provision through His grace. The grace of God is everything He has that He makes available to us. And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. (John 1:16)

An Exchange was the basis of our Salvation

1 John 2:2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

MASTER KEY: “The Great Exchange” is God’s method for our renewal of strength.

This is nothing new. It is a very old and biblical understanding of our God works in our lives. We cannot change ourselves using our own strength. We can make superficial adjustments, but deep and lasting change much come from our Creator. 

Sometimes an exchange is necessary to undo a bad exchange.

Matthew 16:25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 

MASTER KEY: PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR EXCHANGES

We are always giving up one thing for another. That’s a part of life, but be mindful of what you are exchanging.

Romans 1:24, Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.

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1 Corinthians 13:4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.

Galatians 5:13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

MASTER KEY: Love never fails because the love walk is consistent.

We underestimate or fail to understand the power of the God kind of love. Love is one of the most commonly used, but least understood words in our language. Love has a lot of meanings and is used and defined in many different ways.

John 3:16 is the best definition of love, “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.”

This is what we call the “God kind of love.”

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