God will take you back.
“If you return to the Almighty, you will be renewed. If you banish injustice from your tent”
Job 22:23 CSB
The parable of the lost son teaches us that God wants a relationship with us. He wants us to have eternal wealth.
“The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.”
We like the son in this parable are wasteful. We are in a time of famine and chaos in our land and it's time to stop starving for attention, money and power, success relationships etc
He got so hungry that pig food looked good.
We can't keep looking at what is pleasing to the eyes and the stomach.
Even when it's something we know we shouldn’t have.
What sin is looking good to you right now? and you know its pig food?
We must come to our senses v17 He remembers that there was an abundance back at the house.
We can go to the Father knowing the he promises blessing from obedience and there is no lack with God
Humility is necessary. He recognized his sin and wanted to be a servant. He wanted a position in the house of God.
Do you want a position in the kingdom of God
V20. He returned back to his father after he decided that he was ready to admit his wrong v18
And the Father was waiting and watching
He saw him coming
The father was filled with love and compassion.
He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.
V21 The son did what he had determined in his heart to do
The father responds with a party
You must see something is wrong
“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”
Romans 3:23 NLT
“It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.”
Isaiah 59:2 NLT
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:23 NLT
Jesus is the only way
“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6 NLT
Confess and respond
“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.”
Romans 10:9-10 NLT
“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.”
John 1:12 NLT
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“God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.”
Matthew 5:10-11 NLT
Persecuted-drive away, run after, press on, in anyway whatsoever to harass, trouble, to be mistreated, on the account of something
The persecuted are blessed for doing right.
“But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.”
1 Peter 3:14 NLT
Being who you ought to be, condition that is acceptable to God, correctness of thinking, feeling and acting
Makarios-When a person is blessed by God, he is approved by God.
The opposite is “woe” not approved and submit to judgement
The spirit of God rest on the persecuted
“If you are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you.”
1 Peter 4:14 NLT
The Kingdom of Heaven belongs to the persecuted
the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. V10
It belongs to the righteous alone.
The persecuted will be mocked, lied on, have evil spoken of them.
Mock-reproach (disapproval,disappointed )
Revile-(verbal abuse-forcefully critically, insult, denounce
Lie-to speak deliberate falsehood, to deceive
-Jesus lets us know the this persecution can and will either be physical,verbal,violet
The persecuted must pray for those who persecute them
“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!”
Matthew 5:44 NLT
The persecuted will suffer for the Godly life.
“Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”
2 Timothy 3:12 NLT
How have you been persecuted?
Whom do you need to pray for that has persecuted you?
Have you been the persecutor and need to seek repentance ?
Living a Godly life leads to persecution.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”
Matthew 5:9 CSB
A peacemaker is a mediator, promotes harmony, resolves conflict between estranged parties
A peacemaker identifies truth, addresses sin, and constructs a bridge between two parties.
A peacemaker is a son of God because He is the Peacemaker, who sent His son to identify the truth, address our sin and construct a bridge for us to God to make peace with Him.
Peacemakers must have peace with God
No one can make peace until he has found peace ..Peace with God.
First you must have a pure heart in order to promote peace.
How can you not be right with God and promote peace?
Peacemakers are led by God’s Spirit
“For all those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons.”
Romans 8:14 CSB
Peacemakers want peace with all men.
“If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
Romans 12:18 CSB
“so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. For he causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
Matthew 5:45 CSB
“But love your enemies, do what is good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High. For he is gracious to the ungrateful and evil.”
Luke 6:35 CSB
Peacemakers cultivate peace
“And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace.”
James 3:18 CSB
“And the seed whose fruit is righteousness (spiritual maturity) is sown in peace by those who make peace [by actively encouraging goodwill between individuals].”
James 3:18 AMP
Peace maker or peace breaker?
Peace receiver becomes a peace diffuser
Throw some peace up in the atmosphere. Diffuse it, Sis!
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“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
Matthew 5:8 CSB
Purity starts in the heart. Your mind and heart must be right to be in the right relationship with God.
Only those whose hearts are right have access to God.
“Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies.”
Psalms 24:3-4 NLT
Those with pure hearts will see Him for who He really is.
“Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.”
1 John 3:2-3 NLT
Because we expect to see Him, we must keep ourselves pure
To keep pure means to keep morally straight, free from the corruption of sin
Peace, Purity, and Holiness
“Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.”
Hebrews 12:14 NLT
If you want to see God you have get rid of sin and obey God.
A pure heart endures to the end. He promises we will see His face.
“And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads.”
Revelation 22:4 NLT
Where is sin blocking my blessing of seeing God?
What do I need to clean from my hands and my heart?
How am I pursuing peace in my relationship with others?
Do I keep it holy?
Purity starts in the Heart
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“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”
Matthew 5:7 CSB
Blessed are the merciful...it’s something you have already received
Content, sheltered by God’s promises.
Forgiving and compassionate spirit
Imitate God’s goodness and mercy.
To receive mercy is to get what you deserve, to receive pity instead of just condemnation.
When you are guilty, mercy removes the misery you ought to receive.
“Shouldn’t you also have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’”
Matthew 18:33 CSB
You fellow servant, owes you little compared to what you owe God?
If you fail to give mercy you will fail to receive mercy from God?
“For judgment is without mercy to the one who has not shown mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
James 2:13 CSB
Where have you failed to extend mercy?
If you want mercy from God, you have to be merciful to others.
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““Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [those who actively seek right standing with God], for they will be [completely] satisfied.”
Matthew 5:6 AMP
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
Matthew 5:6 CSB
Hunger-to be hungry, to be needy, crave, seek with eager desire
Thirst -suffer, thirst for a long time,wanting a soul refresh
Filled-but longing for more.
You have to have the right spiritual appetite.
As we sit in our homes, not able to go to fine dining or local restaurants, it's causing us to make meals at home that suit our appetite.
But do you have an appetite for the Lord? Are you craving the things of Christ?
While we are near our snacks during this time, we should feast on the Word of God. Jesus and chips!
““You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.”
Matthew 5:6 MSG
You have to know the food source.
““Come, everyone who is thirsty, come to the water; and you without silver, come, buy, and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without silver and without cost! Why do you spend silver on what is not food, and your wages on what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and you will enjoy the choicest of foods.”
Isaiah 55:1-2 CSB
Come everyone -it's free food
You can’t purchase it because it's free. Something your money can't buy
Jesus offers free salvation as a gift to anyone and everyone who is thirsty and wants to come.
Eat what is good. He is good. Taste and see
What do I hunger for?
Power, success, relationships, comfort, happiness
What is my source when I am hungry ?
Am I spiritually malnourished? What nutrients do I need to add to my diet? More Word, more prayer, more worship?
The Chew: Hunger and Thirst for right living with God
“Blessed are the humble, for they will inherit the earth.”
Matthew 5:5 CSB
““Blessed [inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect] are the gentle [the kind-hearted, the sweet-spirited, the self-controlled], for they will inherit the earth.”
Matthew 5:5 AMP
““You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.”
Matthew 5:5 MSG
“But the humble will inherit the land and will enjoy abundant prosperity.”
Psalms 37:11 CSB
Meekness does not mean weakness @drtonyevans
Meek-learn and submit to the will of God, when you do you inherit what God has for you.
Practicing self control
Breaking your self will
Disregarding your rights and privileges
Its trusting God even when it doesn’t make sense
Confident that God is looking out and will protect our cause .
““Blessed [forgiven, refreshed by God’s grace] are those who mourn [over their sins and repent], for they will be comforted [when the burden of sin is lifted].”
Matthew 5:4 AMP
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
Matthew 5:4 CSB
Do you have personal grief over the sins you have committed?
Are you sad over the things that sadden God?
If it grieves God, should we be grieved?
It’s about having an attitude of repentance.
We should be giving our nation right now. We need to be in repentance.
The blessing of repentance is the comfort received from God. It’s freeing to repent.
Those who mourn are comforted and provided something different.
“to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of our God’s vengeance; to comfort all who mourn, to provide for those who mourn in Zion; to give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, festive oil instead of mourning, and splendid clothes instead of despair. And they will be called righteous trees, planted by the Lord to glorify him.”
Isaiah 61:2-3 CSB
““God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”
Matthew 5:3 NLT
The Beatitudes are our code of ethics. Not Multiple choice.We must follow all. The first is poor. When you are poor, you are in need of something. You seek help. You are humble enough to ask God.
Each one has blessings, requirements, and rewards.
Poor- God, I have nothing to offer you. I’m bankrupt.
Spiritual poverty-spiritual hunger dependent on God
Being desperate for Jesus gets you a blessing
Are you a spiritual beggar?
Are you begging for the worldly desires or begging for the spirit desire?
The World says be independent. You got this!
The Word says be dependent. God’s got this!
Kingdom mindset required to the Kingdom blessing.
Before you can get any of the other blessings of the kingdom you need a King.
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What do we know about Esther
There was a search for a new queen after the old queen was revoked
Esther was fit and fine.
“Mordecai was the legal guardian of his cousin Hadassah (that is, Esther), because she had no father or mother. The young woman had a beautiful figure and was extremely good-looking. When her father and mother died, Mordecai had adopted her as his own daughter.”
Esther 2:7 CSB
Esther found favor with the king.
“The king loved Esther more than all the other women. She won more favor and approval from him than did any of the other virgins. He placed the royal crown on her head and made her queen in place of Vashti.”
Esther 2:17 CSB
Esther was faithful to her people.
She made sure Mordecai was out there looking crazy.
Although her Jewish background had not been revealed she repped her people
Mordecai reminded her that just because you are in that palace, don't forget where you came from. .
“Mordecai told the messenger to reply to Esther, “Don’t think that you will escape the fate of all the Jews because you are in the king’s palace.”
Esther 4:13 CSB
If you don’t, someone else will.
“If you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will come to the Jewish people from another place, but you and your father’s family will be destroyed. Esther 4:14 CSB
God’s plan doesn't stop because you don’t want to get in position.
God is looking for those who are willing to work for His Kingdom
Although God’s name is not mentioned, Mordecai says who know, maybe this is the reason you are in this position in the first place.
Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.””
Sis, Maybe God has you in your position for a reason for such a time as this ? Are you being faithful to the role He has placed you in?
She was willing to risk her own life for her people. Where do you need to take some risk for others? Where do you need to die to self ?
Mary was a witness to the birth and death of her Son, our Savior
Mary was favored, the Lord is with her.
“And the angel came to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you.””
Luke 1:28 CSB
Imagine being a young finance’ planning your wedding and boom this happens. This does not make you feel favored with the type of message. You are receiving. You have to tell your fiancée that how I’m pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Then only to have your son be murdered for all of humanity
What kind of message is this?
“But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be.”
Luke 1:29 CSB
The Ultimate Gender Reveal..
ITS A KING
Mother of the King
“Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will have no end.””
Luke 1:31-33 CSB
““I am the Lord’s servant,” said Mary. “May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel left her.”
Luke 1:38 CSB
Lessons from Mary
Trust the plans of GOD over your life. Mary was planning to get married and live her new life with her husband. And there was a miraculous change of plans.
Gods’ favor doesn’t mean fame and riches. He could give your humble favor.
Don’t doubt the sovereignty of God. If God can put a baby into a young woman by His Holy Spirit Power, HE CAN DO ANYTHING!
Be ready to serve the Lord wherever He is calling you.
Are you humble and willing?
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Let’s talk about the Adulterous Woman
The religious teachers and the Pharisees bring out the woman who had been caught in adultery.
They put her in the center.
They requested to know what should be done from Jesus. They were trying to set him up because the law was meant to bring both parties and stone them. If Jesus would have agreed he would have been violating the law.
“They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!””
John 8:7 NLT
They left the scene.
THen Jesus and this woman have an encounter.
“Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” ----------”
John 8:10-11 NLT
Who can stand up and stay that they have no sin? If so you are a liar.
Jesus lets her know you are not condemned but don’t do it no more.
⭐️How many times have you judged someone for their sins? How many times have you put someone in the center instead of focusing on your own sin?
⭐️How many times have you prayed in a justified spirit that somehow your sin was less than the other person?
⭐️Where do you need to forgive and have compassion on someone ?
⭐️Are you like this woman? If there something that you need to let go and sin no more?
Jesus is ready to forgive but confession and repentance is necessary turning away and sin no more.
What do we know about Mary Magdalene:
“and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses: Mary, called Magdalene (seven demons had come out of her);”Luke 8:2 CSB
“Afterward he was traveling from one town and village to another, preaching and telling the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him,”
Luke 8:1 CSB
“Many women who had followed Jesus from Galilee and looked after him were there, watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.”
Matthew 27:55-56 CSB
“Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were seated there, facing the tomb.”
Matthew 27:61 CSB
“Early on the first day of the week, after he had risen, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons.”
Mark 16:9 CSB
“Just then Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” They came up, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus told them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.””
So her faith had to be on fire. She witnessed both the death and resurrection of Christ.
What we learn from Mary Magdalene:
We are to support the work of Christ. Women should have a role in ministry and sharing the gospel.
We can witness the gospel by spending time with Jesus.
We can watch from the distance of our laps as we read His Word.
We can see that evidence of His resurrection in the Holy Spirit that he has left for us.
We can wait patiently at the foot and worship as we wait to see Him on that glorious day.
Tamar Genesis 38
Two husbands died...took matter in her own hands by sleeping with her father in law to preserve family.
Two looks: outfit of the day
She took of her widow clothes for a moment to become like a prostitute
And then she put the back on went back to the widow look
“So she took off her widow’s clothes, veiled her face, covered herself, and sat at the entrance to Enaim, which is on the way to Timnah. For she saw that, though Shelah had grown up, she had not been given to him as a wife.”
Genesis 38:14 CSB
Two babies: Prez & Zerah
“Judah fathered Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez fathered Hezron, Hezron fathered Aram,”
Matthew 1:3 CSB
Two Truths from the story of Tamar:
God will turn things around from His good. Because of Tamar she had a son named Perez and Perez in the genealogy of Jesus Christ.
When Tamar was plotting, she probably didn’t realize she was doing kingdom work.
God doesn’t accept sin or condone sinful situations but He uses them.
Tamar should not have took matter into her own hands, but she did, and God used her to be part of the covenant.
No matter what you have done, God will use you for his Kingdom.
Where have you felt like God was taking too long to deliver and you took matter in to your own hands? How did it turn out? How Did He use the situation to grow you? Is there a situation that you need to repent and release ?
Chew: Two choices: Your way or God’s way
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“While they were traveling, he entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet and was listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand.” The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.””
Luke 10:38-42 CSB
If Jesus was on the way to your house what would you be doing?
Mary was in position. She was ready to hear from Jesus. She was focused on Him. She was listening.
Martha was serving but distracted. She was multitasking. As women, we are the queens of multitasking
Martha was actually doing a good thing by preparing for Jesus. We can be actually doing great things for Jesus and still be distracted from Jesus.
He wants to serve, but he also wants you to sit.
Your serving shouldn’t take away from the personal time alone with Him.
So Martha complains to Jesus about what she felt like was lack on her sister’s behalf.
Jesus responds: You're worried and upset about many things.
To be anxious, troubled with cares. Upset-disturb (bothered)
He tells her there is one thing to be concerned about and Mary chose that.
He was that one thing.
“My choice is you, GOD, first and only. And now I find I’m your choice!
Psalm 16:5-6 MSG
“I have asked one thing from the Lord; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the Lord and seeking him in his temple.”
Psalms 27:4 CSB
“When Jesus heard this, he told him, “You still lack one thing: Sell all you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.””
Luke 18:22 CSB
What can we learn from these two women :
Who do you identify most with Mary or Martha?
If you are in the Martha spirit of doing , how can you release that spirit and become more like Mary?
Are you bothered? Maybe because you are doing too much?
What need to let go to put Jesus in the position of 1?
Sit then serve
““At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’””
Genesis 2:23 NLT
Eve (1st women in the world, the mother of us all)
We are like her in so many ways. We cheat on God’s blessings for Satan’s messes.
We focus on what we don’t have instead of what we do have. She was only missing fruit from one tree.
She blamed others for her sin.
She was created by God to be Adam’s helper. She was taken from his rib.God took his time with the woman. Adam was dirt with breath. We were taken out of flesh and bone. She was different. She was a part of him(Adam).
Adam gave life to Eve. But Eve gave life to the world. She is at the top of the world’s family tree.
God knew that Adam couldn’t be alone.
The first Christian mingle. God brings her to Adam. (Verse 22)
Just because she was called the helper doesn’t mean she was the “help”.Not a slave mentality or personal assistant.
A partner at the side. Ribs come from the side. She was not taken from the head or the foot. Not for her to control him or under his feet.
We learn from Eve:
Where have you cheated on God’s blessings for some cheap fruit?
How have you lost focus in your garden?
If you are married, are you a good helper?
Have you found yourself being the head or under the feet of man?
Don’t cheat on God’s blessings for Satan’s messes.
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Acts 17:11 (CSB) The people here were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, since they received the word with eagerness and examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
To see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth . NLT
V12 As a result, many believed.
They were ready to hear the Word. There minds were opened
They searched it daily for themselves to seek out the truth.
They didn’t just accept the man (Paul) word. They looked for themselves.
They wanted to see if he was delivering the message of facts and not fluff .
They did it DAILY! To find out! To see if these things were so
And they found the truth and that Paul was legit and many people believed.
Do you receive the Word of God with eagerness?
Do you examine the Scriptures ? How often ?
Do you seek the Scriptures when you have heard a Word from someone to see if it lines up with Scripture>
Search the Scriptures for yourself.
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“Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same understanding — because the one who suffers in the flesh is finished with sin — in order to live the remaining time in the flesh no longer for human desires, but for God’s will. For there has already been enough time spent in doing what the Gentiles choose to do: carrying on in unrestrained behavior, evil desires, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and lawless idolatry. They are surprised that you don’t join them in the same flood of wild living — and they slander you. They will give an account to the one who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. For this reason the gospel was also preached to those who are now dead, so that, although they might be judged in the flesh according to human standards, they might live in the spirit according to God’s standards.”
1 Peter 4:1-6 CSB
The remaining time of your left is all you have left!
Leave your will for His will.
Be free from old life and desires.
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