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Weekend Review: Week 3 January

What do you do when it is your anniversary?

My wife and I met in 1965 and married in 1968. We started our life young and inexperienced.

However, with God’s help along the way, we have come through storm after storm, and we have come through!

We have three beautiful children and at last count eight grandchildren and now our first great grand child.

Tomorrow is our anniversary, our 51st anniversary! And I am here to thank her for all of you for all the years we have had together. It was tough going for a while, but we made it

Ecclesiastes 9:9 Enjoy life with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun; because that is your reward in life and in your toil because you have labored under the sun.


WEEK 3 JANUARY IN REVIEW

What you have learned this week:

God Loves You, So Keep His Commandments!

Deut. 9-11: “Thou shall, therefore, keep the Commandments and statutes and judgments which I command thee this day to do them.

Are you Sad and Unhappy?

Philippians 4:11-13
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength”

When Shadows Gather What Do You Do?

Psalm 18:4, 6
“The cords of death entangled me . . . I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears”

How do we know if we are following Biblical wisdom?

>James 3:17
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

You have an enemy!

2 Corinthians 11:3
“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ”

As you review these lessons, think about what you learned


Reflect on this message:

1. As you read or hear this message, what does it mean to you?

2. What part of it do you have questions about? Ask God to explain it to you.

3. What should you do now to apply this message to your life?


God loves you so please keep his Commandments

Deuteronomy 7:6-7 + 9-11 has a lot to say about God’s commandments. It is a lesson you and I need to review.

Believe these verses because they will give you hope to believe God for more faith.

“For thou art a holy people unto the Lord thy God. The Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself above all people that are upon the Earth.”

“Know, therefore, that the Lord thy God, He is God the faithful God which keepeth Covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep His Commandments to a thousand Generations.”

“Thou shall, therefore, keep the Commandments and statutes and judgments which I command thee this day to do them.”

Thus, we, as a holy people we are to keep God’s commandments and statutes because God is faithful and has a covenant with us forever.

So what must you do to please God at all times?

So love God, obey his Commandments and you will be a special people a holy people before God.

This is my Word of Hope for you, my friend


Reflect on this message:

1. As you read or hear this message, what does it mean to you?

2. What part of it do you have questions about? Ask God to explain it to you.

3. What should you do now to apply this message to your life?


Are you Sad and Unhappy?


Not all sadness and unhappiness is bad. Sometimes such low times can motivate positive, godly change in our lives.

However, sadness and unhappiness can be the warning sign that we need to make changes in our walk with God-and that can lead to contentment.

We can use our valleys to remind us that only God can fill the emptiness in our lives.

Paul was able to say, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Phillippians 4:11-13).

Only Jesus can move us from sadness and unhappiness to peace and contentment.

Pray: God, I pray that when I am experiencing unhappiness in my life, that I will be motivated to turn back to You.

This is My Word of Hope for You, my friends.


Reflect on this message:

1. As you read or hear this message, what does it mean to you?

2. What part of it do you have questions about? Ask God to explain it to you.

3. What should you do now to apply this message to your life?


When Shadows Gather What Do You Do?

Many times, as problems linger long and sorrows grow tense, we tend to forget that God is right beside us.

But, He has not left us to battle our way through this difficulty alone.

Psalm 18:4-6
“The cords of death entangled me . . . I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears”

George Matheson writes:

O my God, teach me, when the shadows gather, that I am only in a tunnel.

It is enough for me to know that it will be all right someday.

Tell me I am only forced to climb because Thy house is on the hill!

I shall receive no hurt from sorrow if I shall walk in the midst of the fire.

It is true that some of the greatest lessons we will ever learn come from time spent with God in the fires of affliction, trouble and rejection.

If your world seems to be spiraling down, look up! If the heartache seems too much for you to bear, pray and ask your heavenly Father to hold you close. And He will,

Pray: Father, I can see my way through the cloud that has gathered around me. I know You are near because Your Word tells me You will never leave me. Move close to my broken heart, O Lord, and show me how to worship You in this hour of need. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

This is my Word of Hope for you, my Friend.


Reflect on this message:

1. As you read or hear this message, what does it mean to you?

2. What part of it do you have questions about? Ask God to explain it to you.

3. What should you do now to apply this message to your life?


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How do we know if we are following Biblical wisdom?

In the chapter 3rd chapter of James we see eight qualities of godly wisdom:

James 3:17
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

First, godly wisdom is pure and peaceable or peace loving. False wisdom is characterized by bitter envy and selfish ambition; godly wisdom is characterized by purity of motive and love.

Second, it is open to reason and full of mercy. Selfish ambition can start a war, but God’s wisdom can bring Truth and clarity where there is chaos.

Finally, it is considerate without hypocrisy or partiality. You have strength and power, but you have them under control so that when you have the opportunity to hurt someone, you won’t do it.

And because of wisdom, you will always have good fruit. Your life will be blessed.

Pray: Lord, thank You that as I spend time studying Your Word and listening to Your voice, I will find wisdom and enjoy all the benefits it offers me.
I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

This is my Word of Hope for you, my friend.


Reflect on this message:

1. As you read or hear this message, what does it mean to you?

2. What part of it do you have questions about? Ask God to explain it to you.

3. What should you do now to apply this message to your life?


You have an enemy!


Do you understand that we have a formidable enemy-one that has an ultimate goal of defeating and overthrowing the body of Christ?

2 Corinthians 11:3
“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ”

Many believers are blind to the invisible war taking place around them.

They are not equipped to fight a spiritual battle, let alone win the war.

Consequently, Satan often uses born-again, Spirit-filled believers as his emissaries to do his bidding, in order to destroy God’s work.

These doors are labeled hatred, bitterness, rebellion, jealousy, sexual lust, greed, and more.

If left unbolted and wide open, these doorways provide a passageway for the enemy to gain access to your life.

Take a moment and ask God to reveal to you any doors in your life that you have left open to the enemy.

Whatever doors are open in your life, confess these strongholds before the Lord!

Pray: Father, help me to make sure that no door in my heart is left unattended or open for the enemy to enter.

This is my Word of Hope for you, my friend.


Reflect on this message:

1. As you read or hear this message, what does it mean to you?

2. What part of it do you have questions about? Ask God to explain it to you.

3. What should you do now to apply this message to your life?


Are Your Living a Godly Life?

2 Peter 3:11
“You ought to live holy and godly lives”

The greatest gift you can give the Lord is not a full schedule that includes one meeting after another.

Immorality can steal and rob us of a beautiful relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, but busy-ness can also prevent us from getting to know God in a personal way.

We should not allow anything we are doing for God to prevent us from getting closer to God.

Realize that God loves us with an unconditional love.

No one will ever care as much for us as the Savior does.

Christ died so that we might have eternal life.

His grace is a gift that cannot be purchased through good works or outstanding behavior.

We are victorious only through faith in Jesus Christ. Let yours be a faith that is built and maintained through love and devotion to God’s Son.

Pray: God, help me to live a godly life that honors You. I pray in the name of Jesus.

This is my Word of Hope for you my friend.


Reflect on this message:

1. As you read or hear this message, what does it mean to you?

2. What part of it do you have questions about? Ask God to explain it to you.

3. What should you do now to apply this message to your life?


Weekend Review: January Week 2

What you have learned this week:

Are You Living a Godly Life?

2 Peter 3:11
“You ought to live holy and godly lives”

Are You Asking for Wisdom?

James 1:5
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

When Shadows Gather What do you do?

Psalm 18:4, 6
“The cords of death entangled me . . . I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears”

How do we know if we are following Biblical wisdom?

James 3:17
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

You have an enemy!

2 Corinthians 11:3
“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ”

As you review these lessons, think about what you learned


Reflect on this message:

1. As you read or hear this message, what does it mean to you?

2. What part of it do you have questions about? Ask God to explain it to you.

3. What should you do now to apply this message to your life?


Allow God to Open Your Eyes

“If God is so loving, why is there pain in the world?”

People ask this question out of deep hurt, longing for God to reveal Himself, or from a place of bitterness because they feel He hasn’t.

Every human being is born spiritually blind. We are all born blind to the fact that nothing can truly satisfy us apart from Jesus.

Ask Jesus to open your eyes. Only then will you see who you really are–a sinner in desperate need of forgiveness. It is then we see who Jesus is–the King of kings, our only hope, the Redeemer of our souls.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe” (Ephesians 1:18-19).

Although the world is fallen and there is not always an explanation for the pain we face, God is big enough to bring healing and renewal.

We do not always know the reasons for darkness, but we do know that God’s light overcomes it.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for bringing beauty out of ashes. I pray You will be glorified in my life in every circumstance. I pray in the name of Jesus.

My Word of Hope for you, my friend.


Reflect on this message:

1. As you read or hear this message, what does it mean to you?

2. What part of it do you have questions about? Ask God to explain it to you.

3. What should you do now to apply this message to your life?


Are You Asking for Wisdom?

James 1:5
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

Think about this: God will not only give us wisdom in our moments of need; He will give it generously.

A man can go his whole life living by worldly wisdom only to become a sudden prayer warrior when he gets cornered in a crisis.

However, God’s wisdom is not like a bolt of lightning — it’s the kind of wisdom that grows in your spirit on a daily basis as you feed yourself on the Word of God, drawing near to Him.

Receiving wisdom is simple: You ask for it, God gives it to you, and then you practice it.

Ephesians 1:17
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better”

When you ask for it, He gives it to you. You practice it. And before you know it, you are living by God’s wisdom, not the man’s natural wisdom.

Instead of waiting to seek God’s wisdom when the next crisis comes, commit to seeking His wisdom every day.

Pray Lord, give me Your wisdom. I know You are a generous God, and here I am, ready to obey. May Your Spirit make my heart willing to follow You at all times so that I might practice Your wisdom throughout my life.

This is my Word of Hope for you, my friend.


Reflect on this message:

1. As you read or hear this message, what does it mean to you?

2. What part of it do you have questions about? Ask God to explain it to you.

3. What should you do now to apply this message to your life?