Staying Focused in the Midst of Blessing

Luke 12:31

"But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you."

Jesus tells the story of a farmer who was rich. One year his harvest was much better than normal. Because of the great harvest, this man decided to build more barns and lay up his harvest to the point that he thought he would have no more cares in his life. This farmer was foolish in the fact that he had no power over the harvest. He became so confident that the harvest was because of what he did that he thought he could do it again. As I look at this parable and Jesus' response throughout the rest of the chapter, I find several lessons that will help to keep us from entering into the foolishness of this farmer.

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Bible Thoughts by Terry Hedderman

Sunday, 11/16/14  Est 6:11-12 Thus shall it be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honor. And Mordecai came again to the king’s gate. After an unexpected, huge blessing, Mordecai simply resumed his duties; he didn’t suddenly feel he was a big shot. There’s a lesson there for us.                             2 Chron 36:15 And the Lord God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place... Because of compassion, God sends preachers to remind us of our sin. He simply wants us to do what’ll make us happy. Are you responding properly?

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Prayer that Changes

Mark 11:24

"Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."

If you have been saved for any length of time, then you have heard of people whose prayer lives were able to make great changes. The disciples saw this first hand with Jesus Christ. Jesus cursed a fig tree because it had no fruit on it, and the next day when they passed the same tree Peter noticed that the tree had withered up and died. That impressed Peter so much that he reminded the Saviour of His words, as if Jesus didn't know this would happen. Jesus then used this opportunity to teach His disciples how to pray so that they also could have a prayer life that changes situations.

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Save Your Piece of Mind

Proverbs 29:11

"A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards."

A person says, "I'm just going to give you a piece of my mind." This is what a person does when they are upset and want to unload their feelings. They want to tell the person with whom they are upset just how angry they are about them and what they did. I often say that you better be careful about giving a piece of your mind because you might not have a mind left after you are done.

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Traditions vs. Commandments

Matthew 15:3

"But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?"

It is amazing how powerful traditions are to many. The scribes and Pharisees were caught up in the traditions of men so much that they ignored the commandments of God. They saw the disciples of Christ eat bread without washing their hands, and they thought that Jesus should rebuke His disciples for doing so. Instead, Jesus took the opportunity to teach the importance of traditions and commandments. Let me show you several things you must learn from Jesus' response.

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Bible Thoughts by Terry Hedderman

Sunday, 11/9/14  Is one of your pastimes “hanging out with friends”? Don’t pray that God’ll bless your actions; do what God blesses (Part 2): Ps 1:1b Blessed is the man that...standeth [not] in the way of sinners. The old saying is still true: “Idle minds are the Devil’s workshop.” And out of the heart proceed evil thoughts...         Gen 17:10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. Some thoughts re: Abraham & circumcision: Why did God institute it? Why a drastic, exterior, somewhat visible sign of identity?  1To identify His people as different;  2as an obedience tester; &  3as a sign of special relationship. Others?  Likewise, it seems that baptism is an exterior rite with no “practical purpose” other than picturing and identifying and obedience. Throughout His word, God has given His people commands to obey “just cuz He said so.” I think of their dietary restrictions, some of their laws re: seed, and clothing and use of animals. Are you a simple enough believer to simply obey “just cuz” or are you stubborn and demand reasons for everything? (You demand your children obey you “just cuz” you say it, don’t you??)

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Overcoming the World

1 John 5:4

"For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith."

The greatest battle that has ever been fought and is continuing to be fought is the Christian's battle over the world. There have been great battles fought throughout history, but this battle will be ongoing until the LORD's return. The difference between the Christian's battle with the world and other battles throughout history is that the Christian's battle is a spiritual battle; it is a battle that is unseen.

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Out of Darkness Unto Light

1 Peter 2:9

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:"

God says about the Christian, "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid." (Matthew 5:14) God says in the verse above that He has called us "out of darkness into his marvellous light." When the Christian got saved, they were called out of the darkness of Satan's power, immorality, powerless living, no hope and eternal punishment. When a person gets saved, they are saved to eternal life, a relationship with God, a blessed hope, an empowered life and a life of purpose.

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