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Four Scriptural Touches

Four Scriptural Touches

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”   —Ephesians 5:15–16

The Center for Bible Engagement surveyed more than 400,000 people and found that if you’re not reading your Bible at least four times a week or more, then you won’t make significant changes or choices any differently than someone who doesn’t read the Bible.

The survey also found that if you read your Bible four or more times a week, your propensity for pornography goes down 59 percent, and you’ll be 30 percent less likely to struggle with loneliness.

In addition, reading your Bible at least four times a week means you’ll be 228 percent more likely to share your faith with others and 407 percent more likely to memorize Scripture.

The apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Ephesus, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15–16 NKJV). The word redeem means to make sacred and wise use of every opportunity.

A lack of faith causes us to worry, and we won’t grow in faith if we don’t read the Bible. As Romans 10:17 reminds us, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (NKJV). Instead of worrying, read the Bible and believe what it says.

Obviously, it’s very important to read the Bible four times a week. Just four scriptural touches every week can change your life. But it’s even better to read the Bible every day. So let the Word of God bolster your faith. Trade your worry for worship.

Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33 NKJV). So put God first in your priorities, in your marriage or your singleness, in your career, and in your finances. 

Honor the Lord, and let Him have His way in your life.

Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie

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Stop Running Away!

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In the Book of Jonah, we read about God asking Jonah to go and preach in the City of Ninevah warning it against its evil. You probably know the story, Jonah runs away from God’s call upon his life and ends up on a boat in the middle of a storm. After discovering that the storm had been initiated by God, Jonah requests to be thrown into the sea and is swallowed by a great fish. After 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of this great fish, Jonah is spewed out onto dry land and responds to God’s call to preach against the evil of the great city of Ninevah. 

A Great Preacher

Jonah goes down in history as one of the greatest preachers because as a result of his preaching the whole city turns to God… Not bad! The main point of the book of Jonah is God’s heart for all nations to be in relationship with him. As well as this the book of Jonah challenges us of our self-centeredness towards the state of unbelievers separated from God.

God is Pursuing You

But today I want to challenge you to stop doing a Jonah and running away from God and his call upon your life! God is relentless in his pursuit of us. Just as he pursued Jonah, he will pursue you, not because he’s angry with you but because he loves you and has a sovereign plan for your life. God knows what is best for you and he has a group of people for you to touch, impact and solve problems for. 

My Story

I spent many years trying to run away from God and convince myself and everyone else around me that I was called to do something completely different than what God had actually called me to do. Eventually, I found myself in my own storm of emptiness and I was figuratively thrown into the middle of it and swallowed up by God’s grace and love while holed up in the Police Academy. The Police Academy was my great fish that I thought was going to save me from having to answer the call but instead, I ran straight into the call and surrendered my life to God’s sovereign plan for me.

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What about you? Are you running away from something God has asked you to do? Are you trying to convince yourself of something that deep in your heart, you know is just not true? Whatever God has asked you to do, he will not stop pursuing you. Why? Because he loves you. Stop running away!

Lead the Change!

 

https://activatechurch.wordpress.com/2009/07/22/stop-running-away/

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New Wine (feat. Montel Moore & DOE) | TRIBL | Maverick City Music

Official Music Video for ‘New Wine’ featuring Montel Moore & DOE.

‘New Wine’ was written by Brooke Ligertwood. It is from Tribl Records’ newest album, Tribl Nights Atlanta releasing November 12th, 2021.

Tribl is where artists with different stories come to share and experience the genesis of a new worship sound. To worship together with raw, unique, powerful, and authentic praise. This video was captured in Atlanta during several live worship nights in the summer of 2021. It features Maverick City Music artists, the Tribl Choir, and many other Tribl family and friends.

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Lyrics

In the crushing
In the pressing
You are making new wine
In the soil
I now surrender
You are breaking new ground

So I yield to You into Your careful hand
When I trust You I don’t need to understand

Make me Your vessel
Make me an offering
Make me whatever You want me to be
I came here with nothing
But all You have given me
Jesus bring new wine out of me

In the crushing
In the pressing
You are making new wine
In the soil
I now surrender
You are breaking new ground

So, make me Your vessel
Make me an offering
Make me whatever
You want me to be
I came here with nothing
But all You have given me
Jesus, bring new wine out of me
Jesus, bring new wine out of me
Jesus, bring new wine out of me

‘Cause where there is new wine
There is new power
There is new freedom
And the Kingdom is here
I lay down my old flames
To carry Your new fire today
‘Cause where there is new wine
There is new power
There is new freedom
And the Kingdom is here
I lay down my old flames
To carry Your new fire today

I lay down my old flame to carry your new fire (x3)

Where there is new power
There is new freedom
And the Kingdom is here
I lay down my old flames
To carry Your new fire today

I lay down my old flame
I lay down my old flame
I lay down my old flame
I lay down my old flame (Oh)
to carry Your new fire

So just breathe on us
Won’t You breathe on us
Won’t You breathe on me (woah)

Breathe on me (x8)

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Jerome

FACTORS DETERMINING OUR INHERITANCE

Psalms 106 12-13

When we are saved, God gives us eternal life. “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,” Rom 6:23. After we are caught up to being with God in heaven, He will also give us an inheritance. “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ,” Rom 8:16-17.

The gift of eternal life is everlasting. When God gives us Jesus Christ, He gives us eternal life, forever. Our inheritance, on the other hand, is not immediate and it is conditioned upon four factors in our lives after we are saved. There are four major factors God will judge in determining our inheritance.

Today, we’ll study these four factors that will determine our inheritance:

Sin – Eph 5:5 – Our inheritance is something that we have to wait to get. That’s why Christians often forfeit it. They want something now; they don’t want to wait. They can’t see the value of what they are forfeiting, Eph 1:18, “the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.” So they give into the works of the flesh instead of walking with the Spirit, Gal 5:16-23. And thereby, they have no inheritance in the kingdom of God. Like the prodigal son, they spend it up on the flesh. We are supposed to walk in the Spirit. When we walk in the flesh, we can forfeit our inheritance.

Suffering – Rom 8:17-18 – We are “joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.” Paul said that the glory which shall be revealed in us is beyond comparison to the sufferings of this present time. The glory is so far better that you wouldn’t even speak of it in comparison to the suffering. Many of us perhaps experienced a little suffering when we bore reproach with our families or friends.

Some of them cut us off when we told them we are saved and that we want them to be saved. In times past, it is amazing how much God’s people suffered. The stories of the martyrs are both frightful and inspiring. In Rev 2:10, martyrs during the Tribulation will be rewarded with the crown of life. God rewards suffering.

Sacrifice – Heb 13:15-16; Phil 4:15; Lk 12:31-34 – In these three passages, you can see that giving is a spiritual sacrifice that accumulates in heaven as treasure. The spiritual sacrifice of giving results in treasure in heaven. If you are young, you should develop a good habit of giving regularly to the Lord and the Lord’s work. That way, should the catching away still be years away, you’ll have more on the other side in heaven than you do down here. And even if the Lord is coming soon, it’s a good time to lay up some treasure in heaven.

Service – Col 3:22-25 – As a servant to others, like an employee to an employer, you have the opportunity to increase your inheritance when you serve as unto the Lord. “Knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for you serve the Lord Christ.” In any capacity of service, we should serve the Lord and do our very best for Him. How you serve affects your inheritance, whether you’re serving in church or in your job.

Conclusion: If you have one of these works of the flesh that you’ve been dealing with in your life that the Holy Spirit has been trying to get you to quit, remember that He is much stronger than your flesh. Stop it now. Walk in the Spirit, instead. If you have been hiding the fact that you’re saved to avoid reproach, remember that suffering for the Lord partly determines your inheritance. Don’t be afraid of the spiritual sacrifice of giving. That’s how you lay up treasure in heaven. And as an employee or a servant, serve as unto the Lord. These factors determine your inheritance.

Every teacher should realize he is a social servant set apart for the maintenance of the proper social order and the securing of the right social growth. In this way, the teacher always is the prophet of the true God and the usher-in of the true Kingdom of God. – John Dewey

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Blindness that Makes You Crash

 

When you’ve driven as much as I have over the years, you know when it’s time to stop. I’ve been driving along at night, and suddenly I’m enveloped in this thick fog; usually in the mountains. Semis are pulled over to the side of the road, and they’re professional drivers. They know well enough not to go on. It’s definitely time to stop before I hit something. The same thing when I suddenly find myself in one of those driving rainstorms, or I’ve been in a snowstorm. You know, “whiteout” they call it. Those times when you literally can’t see a car length in front of you. It’s like you’re temporarily blind, and you’d better not keep pushing ahead.

I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “Blindness that Makes You Crash.”

Fog can make you temporarily blind. So can rain or snow. And so can your hormones. Yeah, it’s happened even to King David, who God called “a man after God’s own heart.” David’s hormonal blindness, which led to so many devastating crashes, is described in one of the saddest chapters in the Bible. In 2 Samuel 11, beginning with verse 2, our word for today from the Word of God, the Bible says, “One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof, he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her.” Right about here, you feel like screaming at the Bible, “David, don’t do it, man!”

But he did do it. “The man said, ‘Isn’t this Bathsheba…the wife of Uriah the Hittite?'” Uriah, by the way, was one of David’s most trusted, most loyal soldiers. The Bible goes on: “Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her.” Here’s David – God’s man, God’s king, but his sexual desires started pumping, and he followed them all the way to disaster. From these few moments of sexual pleasure will come a baby who dies, David’s murder of his loyal associate to cover up his sin, rape and incest and even an attempt to overthrow him among his own children, and an agony of soul that David could never have imagined that night.

That’s what’s so dangerous about lust, sexual fantasies, about pornography, about flirting with sexual sin – your hormones blind you, just like they did David. You let your lust keep pulling you toward a crash, and it makes you blind to so many things you can’t afford to forget: the consequences, what you stand to lose, who you’re going to hurt, the agony of a broken relationship with God. But you don’t care much about all that; you just care about satisfying your sexual desires, following your passions, meeting your needs.

But God has sent you this way today to send you a wake-up call. Please, consider where your passions and your desires are taking you. Count the cost. Think about all you have to lose if you keep driving down this road. Think about the price that you will pay in your soul – may be the price you’re already paying. Think about the hurt this will cause. And don’t make the deadly mistake that millions of people have made, underestimating the power of sin and overestimating your power to control it.

Sexual desire is blinding. It can blind you like a thick fog. Please, don’t keep going this way. Pullover now and stop before you crash!

 

https://hutchcraft.com/a-word-with-you/your-hindrances/blindness-that-makes-you-crash-9100