7 Power Prayers for February 2019

7 Power Prayers for February 2019

 Scripture Ingredient: Job 36:11



“If they obey and serve Him, they will 

spend their days in prosperity, and their 

years in pleasures.”

  1. My head, disobey every satanic law in the name of Jesus Christ.

     (lay your hand on your head).

  1. I receive comprehensive deliverance from my roots and my foundation in the name of Jesus Christ (please spend 10 minutes on this one).

  2. Thou power that breathed life into dry bones in Ezekiel 37, come upon every area of my life in the name of Jesus Christ.

  3. Every generational problem running in my bloodline be terminated by the power of the blood of Jesus Christ.

  4. Every serpent anointed by the enemy to pursue me, be roasted by the fire of divine judgment in the name of Jesus Christ.

  5. O Lord, mobilize heavenly resources to bless me this month in Jesus name.

  6. The day is yours, the night is yours; O LORD, prepare the light and the sun for me in Jesus name.

Remember to thank the LORD for answers to your prayers.

God Loves Selfish People

God Loves Selfish People

Matthew 7:7

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Matthew 18:19

Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 21:22

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Luke 11:9

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

Self·ish (sµl“f¹sh) adj. 1. Concerned chiefly or only with oneself:

  • Know anyone that is selfish?

  • Austin at the pony ride

  • Their only concern is with themselves

  • They rarely put someone else ahead of themselves

  • Taught to share toys

  • Teamwork

Matthew 15:22-28

22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread and to cast it to dogs.

27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.

28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

  • Had no right to ask

  • Heal my daughter

  • Ignored

  • Worshipped Him

  • Help me

  • Vocal rejection

  • Dog food was crumbs

  • She was going to get something from Jesus

  • “Great is thy faith”

Are you satisfied with the condition that you are in?

Are you willing to go home today with the problem not resolved?

TODAY JESUS IS IN THE HOUSE!!!

What are you going to do?

A message only leads you to a place of decision, or commitment!

GOD LOVES SELFISH PEOPLE!!!

  • Blind Bartimaeus

  • Mary at the wedding of Cana

Their action demanded action from God

Mark 5:25-34

25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,

26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

28 For she said If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?

31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.

33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace and be whole of thy plague.

  • 12 yrs.

  • 144 months

  • 4380 days

  • 105,120 hours

  • 6,307,200 minutes

  • 378,432,000 seconds

  • Spent all that she had (yard sales…)

  • Suffered many things

  • Many physicians

  • Grew worse

  • Death was creeping closer with every passing day

  • Heard that it was Jesus

  • OPPORTUNITY

  • Became selfish with her thoughts and actions

  • Time was her enemy, not her ally

  • Longer you go the easier it will be to accept the problem as never getting solved

  • Press behind

  • Touched the hem of His garment

GOD LOVES SELFISH PEOPLE!

 

FIVE THINGS YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE

 

 

 

FIVE THINGS YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE 

TEXT: Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

INTRODUCTION: This is a powerful verse given to Isaiah during a time of trouble for the nation of Israel. I want to tell you that the same promises are ours today to through our New Covenant. There are five things that you don’t have to be that we see in this verse and let’s anchor these things in our New Covenant relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

  1. You Don’t Have to Be Afraid

    Why? Because you are not alone.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

-Over 80+ times in the Bible, the Lord tells us not to be afraid.

-Fear is one of the chief weapons of the enemy and causes us torment.

-I love what I heard one minister say about the word FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real

-Faith in God’s presence with us is the antidote to the fear the enemy releases against us.

-A key is remembering what John wrote in his first epistle ( 1 John 4:8) that perfect love casts away all fear. Knowing God loves you helps you to stay grounded that He is with you.

-Jesus says that he will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

  1. You Don’t Have to Be Dismayed

    Why? Because THIS God is YOUR God

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Here is what the Free Online Dictionary gives as the definition of dismay. This will help us more fully understand what it looks like when it shows up:

dis·may

tr.v. dis·mayeddis·may·ingdis·mays

  1. To destroy the courage or resolution of by exciting dread or apprehension.
  2. To cause to lose enthusiasm; disillusion: was dismayed to learn that her favorite dancer used drugs.
  3. To upset or alarm. n. A sudden or complete loss of courage in the face of trouble or danger.

-We can see that dismay is certain a bedfellow of fear.

-Your courage is targeted, so there is great discouragement that comes.

-Your inspiration and excitement for life is drained.

-You find yourself living life in alarm mode, so your peace is targeted and upset.

-We now have living within us a resident encourager (comforter) called the Holy Spirit.

  1. You Don’t Have to Be Weak

    Why? Because YOUR all-powerful God said He would strengthen you.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

-Remember the strength you have in Christ when you are overcome with tiredness and depletion. You have a source of unending strength in your position in Christ. This is how God strengthens us in our New Covenant. We have within us the same Spirit that filled and energized Jesus and who raised him from the door. We must submit our self-empowered ways of dealing with life and allow the Holy Spirit to release through us divine resources.

-Remember 2 Peter 1: 3 says we have already been given all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of him. It is in knowing him and who he is in us that opens the way for his supply to manifest in our lives.

  1. You Don’t Have to Be Helpless

    Why? Because YOUR all powerful and ever present God said He would help you.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

-As I just shared in the last point, Jesus has taught us that the Holy Spirit is now our helper. He lives in us. He gives us what we need.

-The very One who spoke the universe into existence avails Himself to your need. He invites you into His throne room and receives the grace and mercy you need in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Now that’s some help right there!

-Did I mention all the accounts and times when God also sent Angels to help His people? They strengthened Jesus. They delivered Peter from prison. They appeared to the Shepherds to give them some powerful news. They appeared at the tomb to encourage the women. And we are told they help us at times without us even knowing it. Wow, now that’s some help.

  1. You Don’t Have to Be Downfallen

    Why? Because YOUR all powerful and ever present God said He would hold you up with His righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

-The righteous will never be moved. We have been made righteous by the Lord Jesus Christ’s redemptive work. It is our gift. It is now our birthright. We are seated with him at Father’s right hand.

-The right hand is the hand of power and authority.

-There is the old television commercial of the dear lady who has fallen and she is saying, “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” The child of God never has to say that. You may stumble momentarily and began to fall down but your Father is there to uphold you by His right hand. The sense is what Jude tells us that He is able to keep us from falling.

-Jesus has been raised and continues to be raised and we are in him, so we have a solid foundation that our salvation rests upon. What an awesome God we serve and that we can call our Daddy God!

Conclusion: The next time you are feeling the pinch of circumstances or the hot breath of the Devil breathing down your neck, remember this verse out of the ancient book of Isaiah and that we even have better promises resting on a better covenant.

 

Commitment: The Measure Of Maturity

Commitment: The Measure Of Maturity

ICEBREAKER: What was the thing you enjoyed doing most when you were a kid?

EDIFICATION: Read 1Cor. 9:16-18
Once upon a time a farmer, a cow, a chicken and a pig were all having a heated discussion as to who contributes most to the breakfast table. When it seemed that there was no resolution to the debate that evening, it was agreed that the next morning’s meal would bear the answer. When the morning came the farmer was proud to see the wonderful baked goods and biscuits made from the wheat that he had grown. The cow also grinned with delight as large glasses of cold milk were poured and rich creamery butter was placed on the table. The chicken cackled arrogantly as fried and scrambled eggs filled the plates before each of them. The clamor in the room grew as each one boasted of their contribution to the morning feast until they noticed that the pig was not present at the table.. Silence filled the room as they hung their heads in shame as a large plate was set in the middle of the table piled high with ham and bacon. They all realized that they merely gave to the breakfast but the pig committed himself totally.

Ralph Neighbors wrote in his book, “The Shepherd’s Guide Book”, “The extent of a person’s spiritual maturity is the extent of the commitment he or she has to Kingdom activity”. In other words, the more you grow in God the more important the things of God become. Other activities and distractions become less important as the activities of eternal value begin to fill your life.

Jesus gave His life for the kingdom. He was committed to it! Mature
Christians will always feel the same. The apostle Paul wrote in 1Cor.
13:11, that when he was a child he thought, spoke and did as a child,
But when he became a man (spiritually) he put away childish things. Isn’t it time we do the same? To begin to put away lesser things that occupy our time and energy and to invest our lives in the things that are eternal? It’s time to demonstrate the measure of spiritual maturity, commitment

QUESTIONS:
1. (Read.1Cor 13:11) What was Paul referring to as “childish things”? (Childish things is anything that does not have spiritual value or cannot contribute to the kingdom of God. This is not to say that other things have no value at all, but if they are chosen above eternal things, spiritual immaturity may be the cause.)

2. What does being committed to the kingdom of God mean to you?

3. What are some tell-tale signs of Spiritual immaturity? (Poor church attendance* Uninvolvement in Cell Church life* Lack of cooperation with the rest of the body*Neglect of basic Christian disciplines such as prayer, fasting, Bible reading, tithing and giving etc.* Being quickly offended)

4. What are the marks of Christian maturity? (* A firm faith in God * Able to teach and lead others by example * Consistent in their walk with God * Faithfulness in all Christian disciplines* Priority is Christ and others and not self.)

5. (This question is to be directed to the entire group. No answer is expected ) If your closest friend were asked this question about you, “Is he or she a committed Christian?” What would their answer be? Let’s pray for one another that the hope and will of God can be fulfilled in and through us beginning tonight.

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I Won’t Settle For Crumbs

I Won’t Settle For Crumbs

Introduction: Sometimes I have settled for crumbs but it was because I liked them. The crumbs of fried chicken are my favorite. But when it comes to the things of God, I have eaten some crumbs but I wasn’t satisfied, so I always looked for and found the best that God had to offer.
Life can deal us a bad hand and we may think the best is for someone else God can use them and not me. Well, that’s not true God will use anyone who is willing to believe.
But there has always been those that just sit back sick, lost, down and depressed. Whatever life deals them that is the way it has to be.
But I am never going to settle for a little when I know Jesus said in John 10:10…I came that you may have life and have it more abundant.
I’m not just your average type of guy. I know who I am. I know my Father is the almighty God. I do not have to settle for crumbs and I refuse to eat someone’s leftovers.
There was a woman of Canaan and she came to Jesus and told him my daughter is possessed with a devil I need you.
Listen to how she admitted eating crumbs and taking the leftovers of the children of God, but this time she was desperate. It wasn’t about her, it was about her child and this may be her only chance to get any type of help. Listen to the scripture.
Matt 15:22-27
And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying; Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread and to cast it to dogs.
27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
Listen to what Jesus said about her faith.
Matt 15:28
Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
You see it doesn’t matter who you are— when you have faith it moves the Lord to do the unexpected.
The disciples said “send her away for she crieth for us. What they were saying she isn’t one of us she doesn’t deserve what we do.
But Jesus marveled at her faith and reached into the future>> into the dispensation of the Gentiles and pulled out a miracle for her.
 I’m telling you right now there is a miracle waiting for someone that will believe.
 For someone who is tired of eating crumbs
 Someone that can reach past their pride and humble themselves as this woman did.
 Someone who will cause Jesus to marvel at your faith.
Aren’t you tired of always coming to church and saying one of these days I am going to get my healing!
When the Lord has already declared that “By His Stripes, we are healed!” Isa 53:5
Matt 8:8.. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
Matt 8:10…When Jesus heard it, he marveled and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
I believe that Jesus gets excited when someone steps out by faith and challenges Him to healing. Not that they deserve it but they believe him for it.
The centurion humbled himself and said “I am not worthy that you come to my house just say the word”
But now since the Word has already been declared that by his stripes we are healed we ought to expect it to happen!
I had a friend that had a bad car accident in the 60’s and he was paralyzed from his waist down and in a wheelchair. Mind you he wasn’t a Christian. He didn’t serve God he was like the woman from Canaan he wanted something.
The Doctors said, “Rayburn you will never walk.” He had a body cast down to his waist and he began to cut at it until he could get into that wheelchair.
Then he continued until he got on crutches and the doctor still said he couldn’t walk then on his last visit to the doctor with the same grim report “ you will never walk.”
Rayburn jumped off the table and walked out of the doctor’s office; this is what he told me years ago.
He was still walking until the day he died, He worked hard and lived his life.
I don’t know if he asks God for help>> I do know he didn’t live for God any until he got older… but determination made him walk he wouldn’t settle for Crumbs and neither will we!
People that don’t know the Lord have seen miracles happen in their life why can’t we? One reason we don’t we have little or no determination. We settle for crumbs.
Jesus wants us to have this: Luke 12:32 “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Do you think there is sickness in heaven? There isn’t. Do you think there is poverty in heaven and struggling to get by? There isn’t.
Listen to this scripture: 3 John 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. This is God’s will!
You see it is Gods will to heal you and to bless you. But are we willing to give of ourselves and all that we have to receive what he has for us.
Luke 5:12-13 And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
13 And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.
You see it is God’s will to heal you and to bless you!
Multitudes came to him and healed them.
Ps 107:20….He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Matt 4:24… And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. They were desperate and determined to get to Jesus.
Matt 12:15…But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;
Matt 15:30….And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them :
Matt 19:2 and great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.
Matt 21:14….And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.
In his own country, he only did a few miracles but faith still moved him to heal a few:
Mark 6:5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folks, and healed them.
Mark 6:13.. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.
Luke 4:40-41…Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.
41 And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.
Luke 6:19-23 And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.
20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed, be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
Luke 9:11…And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.
Whosoever believed on him he healed them. They were willing to go where he was and stay as long as it took to get what they came for.
We come hoping the service won’t last too long and break for the door as soon as the church is dismissed.
1. We came sick and in need and left the same way time and time again.
2. We came with no expectation and we left with no expectation.
3. We think will I didn’t feel anything tonight so I guess it wasn’t my time.
Let me say this as nice as I can>> you came whining and you left sick.
You came not expecting anything but three songs and a message and that is all you got.
You are not desperate for Jesus…you to have gotten use to being sick and hurting and you pop your pills and get you two-hour relief from a bottle that some man sold to you that didn’t know if it would work or not but you took it anyway
The word of God says BY HIS STRIPES YOU ARE HEALED!! But we won’t take that verse and get it into our system.
I suggest you pop a couple of doses of Psalms 107: 20 into your body it says he sent his word and healed them and saved them from their destruction.
Maybe we need to try some: Ex 15: 26 and call him in the morning:
God told Israel, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
Maybe instead of consulting the doctor, we might check this out Ps 91:9-10…Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
When was the last time he was our habitation? When was the last time you consulted God about your situation;
People will demand the doctor to give them something for pain but we can’t believe God?
We are settling for the crumbs when God wants to give us the kingdom.

 

Destroyed By Distraction

Destroyed By Distraction

 

Song 2:15

Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.

 

Amazingly, I have watched through the years and can attest for the fact that there is a tremendous thread of truth to what I want to preach on the morning.

I have watched families, and individuals, as well as, entire churches encounter devastating things that you would have thought would destroy them, but somehow they traversed that rocky terrain and went on to experience victory.

Only then to go on to find themselves losing the battle with something else that one might consider trivial.

It is a fact that often we find ourselves “braced” for the worse during horrific storms and perhaps that is the reason why we find victory in our lives.  We have prepared ourselves for it.

But it is those day to day things that can become a real hindrance.  It is the distractions of life that often overwhelm us.

Some of my favorite scriptures when I am in battle is found in the 91st Psalm.

Ps 91:1-4

1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Also, another portion of that same chapter says…

Ps 91:13

Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

I want to point out three things among what David list as things that God will give us victory over.

In verse three he said… The Noisome Pestilences

We will know this could be anything that is small that is rarely more than just something that becomes a “bother” to us.  While it is a bother, it IS NOT something that is lethal or deadly, etc. Simply small distractions of life!

However, in verse 13, David moves on to list some things that are DEADLY.  He said here that God would give victory over the LION and the ADDER.  Both of these are not merely small and insignificant “bothers” of life!

Ps 91:13

Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

These are things that we face that could inflict serious/deadly wounds!

There ARE some things that we face in the course of life that can and will inflict mortal wounds, however, the Lord promised that He would cause us to walk UPON these circumstances!

So even in the face of SERIOUS situations, we can become over-comers and NOT become distracted!

The next thing listed in verse 13 is…

Psalm 91:13   Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

The DRAGON… this is simply a mythical creature that does not exist.  How often have you known of people that become totally distracted by things that DO NOT exist?

Have you ever heard of the “Interview at Weehawken”?

Aaron Burr, the vice president of the United States, left his home on
Richmond Hill near the southern end of Manhattan at first light on
Wednesday, July 11, 1804.

He carried himself toward the barge on the bank of the Hudson River with the nonchalant air of a natural aristocrat strolling to an appointment with
destiny.

No one can be sure what was in Burr’s mind as a single oarsman rowed him and William Van Ness, his devoted disciple, and protégé, toward the New Jersey Palisades on the other side.

Meanwhile, just north of Richmond Hill, near present-day Wall Street,
Alexander Hamilton was boarding a small skiff with two oarsmen, his
physician, Dr. David Hosack, and his own loyal associate Nathaniel
Pendleton.

They were headed for a duel.

The actual sight of the duel was a narrow ledge, about ten feet wide and
forty feet long, located only twenty feet above the water.

It was a popular spot for duels precisely because of its relative isolation
and inaccessibility.

By prearranged agreement, the Burr party arrived first, just before 7:00 AM.
Hamilton’s party arrived shortly thereafter, and the two seconds, Van Ness
for Burr and Pendleton for Hamilton, conferred to review the agreed-upon
rules of the interview.

It was called an “interview” because dueling was illegal. Burr and Hamilton then met in the middle. They each took ten paces, turned and fired. Two shots rang out. Hamilton’s shot went high lodging into a tree. Aaron Burr’s shot hit its intended target.

The one-ounce ball struck Hamilton on the right side, making a hole two
inches in diameter about four inches above his hip.

The projectile fractured his rib cage, ricocheted off the rib and up through
his liver and diaphragm then splintered the second lumbar vertebra, where
it lodged.

There was no hope.

Hamilton himself recognized his own condition almost immediately.

When Dr. Hosack rushed forward to examine him, Hamilton calmly declared, “This is a mortal wound, Doctor,” these were his last words then lapsed into unconsciousness.

Hamilton died at two o’clock on the afternoon of July 12, 1804.

The funeral two days later was an extravaganza of mourning. The mahogany coffin was trailed by Hamilton’s gray horse, with his boots and
spurs reversed astride the empty saddle.

Behind it marched his widow and children, the political and legal leaders of
the city, the students and faculty of Columbia College, bank presidents,
army and navy officers, local clergy and foreign dignitaries, followed by
several hundred ordinary citizens.

The overwhelming popular opinion was that Vice President Aaron Burr had
murdered Alexander Hamilton in cold blood.

Newspaper editors compared Burr to Benedict Arnold.

Burr fled the city in disgrace, not stopping until he reached Georgia.

So there you have it:

Hamilton safely buried and assuming legendary proportions as a martyr; Burr slipping out of town, eventually headed toward bizarre adventures in the American West, but already consigned to political oblivion.

But why?

What were these two prominent American statesmen doing on the ledge in the first place?

Granted they were there because Burr challenged Hamilton and Hamilton
concluded he could not refuse the challenge without staining his honor.

But what had Hamilton done to so enrage Burr?

He had made derogatory comments about Aaron Burr. Aaron Burr sent Alexander Hamilton a letter asking him to publicly apologize.

Hamilton snidely refused.

Burr decided that not only did he want Hamilton to apologize for the most
recent slander but for fifteen years of slander.

Again, Hamilton refused stating he couldn’t retract what he thought was
true statements.

Aaron Burr, the vice president of the United States, allowed Alexander
Hamilton’s petty comments to get the better of him.

Song 2:15

Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.

The vineyards, beautiful with fragrant blossoms, point to her covenant of
love, and the foxes, the little foxes, which might destroy those united
vineyards, point to all the threat and little enemies and adverse
circumstances which threaten to gnaw and destroy love in the blossom ere it
has reached the ripeness of full enjoyment.

These little jackals were seldom more than fifteen inches high.

Let the blossoming love of the soul be without injury and restraint.  Let
the rising faith and affection be carefully guarded.

Vines that promised well, spoiled.

Few things are more beautiful than the beginnings of the Divine life.

But few things are more sad than to see all this hopefulness and promise spoiled.  And such things do happen.

Gal 5:7

Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?

How often in our Lord’s ministry had he to bear this disappointment!  Again and again, there would come to hem those about who bright hope might have been cherished – good-natured, well-disposed, warm-hearted, intelligent, pure-minded, generous, much esteemed, kindly, lovable, and beloved.

Such people were irresistibly drawn to him, and for a while, they would follow him, but then after a while we find something offending them, and they go away.

Christ drew their portrait in his parable of the sower, where he likens such to the seed sown on the stony ground.  Quick to spring up and present the appearance of vigorous life, but as quick to wither away when the sun’s scorching heat smote them as it smote all else.

There is yet the spoiling.  The vines are not cut down, they are not hindered from bringing forth any fruit.

What hinders them?

It is not, as the mournful eightieth Psalm states,

Ps 80:13

The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it.

It is not said, as in the sixteenth verse, “It is burned with fire, it is cut down: they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.”

It is not said, as in the twelfth verse of the eightieth Psalm, “Why hast thou then broken down her hedges so that all they which pass by the way do pluck off her grapes?” 

No!  It is the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the tender grapes.

I will not be destroyed by a high-handed, bold, Heaven-defying sin.

But there are other masters of the soul, spoilers of the grapes of God.

“Little,” so we call them.  And “Fox-Like,” for they lie in wait and lurk and
hide; they have as Jesus said, “their holes,” and there they burrow and bury
themselves out of sight.

It has often been pointed out how Daniel might have prayed to God notwithstanding the king’s decree, and yet never have incurred the awful peril of the lion’s den, if he would only have shut his window when he prayed.

But he had to open it, and so, of course, he was seen.  But he would not compromise with what he deemed his duty to God even in so slight degree as this.

And the martyrs, too.  The Roman judges used perpetually to remind the early Christians how trivial was the concession asked for – just sprinkling a
grain or two of incense on an altar, that was all.

And the little foxes grow into great ones.

BIBLE STUDY:Leaving Spiritual Childhood

Leaving Spiritual Childhood

 

Gene 12:5-8  And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan, and into the land of Canaan they came. And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite [was] then in the land.  And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.  And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, [having] Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.

We already studied so far that Abram’s father, Terah, “took him” and went to Haran after God called Abram to leave his family and land and go to a land of promise.

  • He was fearful.

  • He should have left his kinfolk and trust in God, but his fleshly fear caused him to remain spiritually as a little child and let “daddy” lead him, rather than walk but faith himself.

The reason we are studying this is because Abraham, whom Abram later was named, is the Father of the Faithful.

  • And those who WALK IN THE STEPS OF THAT FAITH are children of faith.

  • So in order to walk in the steps of Abraham’s faith, we need to analyze his walk and journey.

  • We find that Abram’s walk is a pattern that all believers go through.

He was afraid to walk into places he had not been before.

  • Afraid to trust God for the first time when all his life he followed his earthly father.

He must have been in Haran for several years because we read:

Gene 12:5  And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan, and into the land of Canaan they came.

He had much possessions and gathered many souls.

  • He had servants.

Terah died and Abram was forced to walk by faith and follow God.

  • Following Terah had only led him to Haran where he simply spent wasted time.

  • He accumulated much wealth, but when people think monetary gain is God’s destination and final place of blessing, they are actually so far from journeying towards the true goal that they are simply wasting time.

  • God does bless financially, but our goal is not “to be blessed,” but “to be BLESSERS.”

  • God wants to live through the vessels of our lives and manifest His nature through us.

  • The entire New Testament points to that.

  • And in doing so He will make us “blessers.”

Abram was 75 years old when he finally got on with the journey and left Haran.

  • It was like the Laodicean church.

  • Increased with goods and wealthy, but in God’s eyes they were wretched, naked and poor, and were so blind spiritually that they had to have eyesalve that they might see.

Reve 3:17-18  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Real gold and wealth is FAITH, as GOLD tried in the fire.

  • Real robes of linen are righteousness of Christ.

Once Abram learned to walk by faith for himself, and personally trust God, we read a wonderful thing.

  • He passed through the land of Promise!

  • And he came into SICHEM.

  • Look at what “Sichem” means in English.

 “back” or “shoulder”

The shoulder and back in the Bible represents STRENGTH.

  • One carries the largest loads on one’s back or shoulder.

  • So Abram came into a place of strength

  • Use your muscles and they become stronger.

  • Use your faith and it becomes stronger.

  • Learn how to walk by faith for yourself and it pays off!!

Face your fear of the unknown, for God is with you.

  • (Remember the Exodus?) Israel, walk into Canaan, regardless of how many giants are there, and see them defeated!

He immediately went into a place of strength.

  • Until you learn to live by faith, you will always be weak.

Roma 4:20   He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

And he came to a place called the PLAIN OF MOREH in Sichem.

Now, this is interesting.

  • The Hebrew term for PLAIN here is actually better translated as follows:

  • “A GREAT TREE”

Get this:

  • Abram learns for the first time to finally walk by faith and not follow daddy.

  • And he then enters a place called STRENGTH, where also he entered a place called TREE of MOREH.

  • Now, here is what MOREH means in English:

  • “TEACHER”

  • PLACE OF STRENGTH and TREE OF TEACHING.

This is saying that when we learn to walk by faith, we will enter into a place of strength in God and it will all be found at a THE TREE OF TEACHING.

  • The TREE gives a foreshadow or “type” of the CROSS in the Bible.

  • You will be TAUGHT things concerning the CROSS that will STRENGTHEN your faith and walk!

Abram came to a place of strength where the tree of teaching stood.

  • Teaching is so needed in these last days.

  • My pastor always said that God would raise up teachers in these last days.

  • With so many false prophets in the last days, we certainly need teachers who teach the truth.

The cross has a lot to teach you.

  • So much more than simply saying, Jesus, died for you, and you must believe it or go to hell.

  • You must begin to learn about your UNION WITH CHRIST now.

  • Learn about the POWER of God INSIDE YOU now.

  • Learn about your position IN CHRIST and what it can do for everyday trials and troubles.

  • Learn about WHO YOU ARE.

  • Do you know where you are seated right now?

  • People say we must “die daily”, and they misunderstand what Paul said about that in 1 Cor 15.

  • The truth is we died ONCE to sin already, and not only that are buried and resurrected AND ASCENDED WITH HIM, SEATED TOGETHER IN HEAVENLY PLACES far above all powers and enemies!!

  • You do not understand that when you are first saved.

1Joh 2:12  I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.

All that a newborn child of God understands is that their sins are forgiven them and they are on their way to heaven.

  • But when you come from that stage of growth into the next stage and become what John called “young men”, there is more you begin to realize.

  • There is not just a heaven awaiting us, but there is heaven on earth in the power of God’s grace!

  • Victory over sin, Satan and temptation.

  • But you have to learn that and understand it.

  • You need to go to the tree of teaching.

  • The cross has a lot to tell you now.

  • What that means is that the death of Jesus Christ on the cross did a lot more for believers than simply saving them from hell.

We need to learn that our weak lives that we lived away from God are now gone.

  • Old things have passed away, and all is now new!

  • We are new creatures.

  • We are children of God compared to sinners.

  • Children of God have all of God’s power in heaven and earth at their disposal by faith.

  • Children of God can overcome anything.

  • But if these children do not understand that, then they will still think they are weaklings and will live a lot of unnecessary struggling.

1 John 2:14b…  I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

Young Men is the second stage of growth.

  • Much like Jesus is said to have been.

  1. A little child when born and endangered by Herod’s massacre,

  2. a young man when 12 and astounding the doctors of law in the temple,

  3. and a spiritual “father” at 30 years of age when He began His ministry.

Abram entered a stage of strength,

  • Notice that John said the young men ARE STRONG.

  • Exactly what SICHEM implies in English.

  • And notice the thought of TEACHING is present here because we read the young men have the WORD OF GOD ABIDING IN THEM.

How do we become strong?

  • Get the word of God into you.

  • LEARN at the CROSS OF TEACHING.

  • Eat the MEAT of the Word — in depth teaching about who you are in Christ.

  • Receiving teaching about the cross causes us to overcome.

  • …ye have overcome the wicked one.

When first saved, you know nothing about the power of God that rest s upon your life.

  • You know how great Jesus is, but then you begin to LEARN that you are UNITED to Jesus Christ.

  • That is what the Bible means when it says so often you are “in Christ.”

  • Thank God for teachers and pastors who are specifically called to help new believers understand the truth about who they now are as born again Christians!!

Young men — ye have overcome the wicked one.

  • There is no need to fight and fight the devil.

  • We HAVE overcome the wicked one.

  • It is FINISHED.

  • Notice that is the phrase Jesus said just as He died on the cross.

  • ON THE CROSS.

  • This is the truth!

  • We overcame the wicked one, the battle is finished, because of what Jesus did ON THE CROSS.

  • The tree of teaching teaches you that His death destroyed the power of the devil against anyone who will believe in that crucifixion as the only means to free us from sin.

Satan is defeated “through Christ.”

  • You will often read of “in Christ” and “through Christ”.

  • Through the work of Jesus who died on the cross, Satan is defeated in our lives.

  • Our faith in Jesus’ necessary death for us on the cross leaves Satan already overcome!

In the parable of the sower and the seed, we read a reference to the WICKED ONE mentioned in the words to the young men:

Matt 13:4  And when he sowed, some [seeds] fell by the wayside, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

This was interpreted as follows:

Matt 13:19  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth [it] not, then cometh the wicked [one], and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the wayside.

 The WICKED ONE comes to catch away the WORD OF THE KINGDOM from the hearts of those who DO NOT UNDERSTAND IT.

  • Think about this.

  • Not understanding the word of the Kingdom makes the devil move quickly to remove that word from your hearts.

Why does the wicked one care if you get saved?

  • Why does he care if you understand the Word of the Kingdom?

  • Why not just leave it in such a person’s heart?  They do not understand it anyway.

Obviously, he is afraid of seeing you come to an understanding of the WORD OF THE KINGDOM.

  • There’s the hint!

  • The word of the KINGDOM.

  • God’s KINGDOM opposes Satan’s KINGDOM.

  • All that satan needs is another person who learns that since God is certainly far greater than him, those who are born into that KINGDOM, who are aware of the power of that KINGDOM, are simply going to be enemies he cannot defeat!

  • When we are born into GOD’S KINGDOM, we are born into the greatest POWER in the universe.

  • We have so much power on our side that Satan simply is already overcome.

  • But unless we LEARN about that, we will still think like we did before we were saved and will FEAR the devil.

  • So when we do not UNDERSTAND THE WORD OF THE KINGDOM, Satan goes to work to get that out of your heart as soon as possible, before it perhaps SINKS IN AND TAKES ROOT, and YOU LEARN who you are!!

I used to think that Satan simply wants to hurt God the worst way possible, so he hurts mankind, God’s image.

  • But it is more serious than that.

  • The book of Revelation tells us that the devil has great wrath knowing his time is short.

  • And Romans says that God will SHORTLY bruise Satan under YOUR FEET (Ro. 16:20).

  • Satan is afraid for himself!

  • He attacks us so that we will lay off of him.

He goes after the “little children” believers so that they will quit and never learn about their power and heritage!

  • So STICK WITH IT!

  • LEARN WHO YOU ARE NOW.

  • Get out to Bible Studies.

1Joh 3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

This is a head-on collision with Satan, to pulverize his kingdom and he is afraid.

  • We are to grow into a maturity where the little child, who only knew his sins were forgiven, learns and begins to become STRONG.

  • The CROSS of TEACHING has strengthened that believer.

  • The BLOOD of JESUS, shed on the cross, is seen to be as powerful as it really is!

  • This means that the event of the DEATH OF CHRIST simply devastated Satan’s entire power over a born again believer.

Strange talk about believers becoming “strong”.

  • But it is connected with the phrase YE HAVE OVERCOME THE WICKED ONE.

  • Abram came to the TREE OF TEACHING.

  • The CROSS OF TEACHING.

  • The WORD makes the young man strong.

  • (Abram left spiritual childhood when he walked by faith and came to SICHEM – STRENGTH.)

  • This means that the INFORMATION we receive regarding what the death on the cross accomplished causes us to be a force against the devil that destroys him and his works.

When we read that the Son of God was manifested to destroy the works of the devil we are reading a reference to the purpose of Jesus to BE CRUCIFIED.

  • The Romans who crucified him did not know this, but God had this all planned that Jesus would DIE as a sacrifice.

  • And that sacrifice would destroy the works of the devil.

Jesus said, “THY WORD, FATHER, IS TRUTH.”

  • And we know Satan is a liar.

  • How else could the devil be such a worry to Christians when they have a God who is greater than the devil, unless the devil gets by through LYING TO THESE CHRISTIANS and they BELIEVE IT?

  • But when we learn through the TRUTH of God’s WORD what the real picture is, we see Satan’s lies pop like air-filled balloons, and he cannot deceive us anymore.

  • Satan lies to your minds, you who are struggling.

We LEARN about our power THROUGH CHRIST.

  • All our power is IN HIM.

  • We learn from the Bible that overcoming the devil is a past thing since we are UNITED TO CHRIST.

Revelation 12 says that we overcame the devil by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony.

  • A combination of two things.

  • The blood of the lamb refers to the DEATH OF JESUS ON THE CROSS.

  • It did not say we overcome because of Jesus’ continual efforts to stay on top of things since He won a battle at the cross.

  • It did not say that Jesus is continually fighting battles to help us overcome.

  • It said we overcame (past tense) by the BLOOD OF THE LAMB.

  • That means that the single solitary event of the crucifixion did the work!

  • That is why we read:

Hebr 10:12  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

All enemies that will ever exits have already been conquered by the cross, but it is just taking TIME for the chain reaction to complete itself at the end of the world.

  • What a powerful work was done in the death of Jesus Christ!

  • No more work to do.

  • It is finished.

  • He sat down after the job was done, and just waits now.

  • Waiting for us to learn about it.

  • Waiting for us to stop messing around in low self-esteem and to get with it and claim the power paid for 2,000 years ago!!

Then it did not say, either, that we overcome by the blood and an ever-necessary fighting, using our weak strength.

  • It said we overcome by HIS BLOOD, and THE WORD OF OUR TESTIMONY.

  • That’s it!!!

Sounds too good to be true?

  • You must not have been at the TREE OF TEACHING YET!

  • The CROSS OF TEACHING has a lot to inform you about VICTORY!

  • WORD OF OUR TESTIMONY is the very same thing that the devil tries to catch away from little children’s hearts – THE WORD OF THE KINGDOM.

  • TRUTHS.

  • Truths we can claim as OUR TESTIMONY.

  • The Bible is the MIRROR of the Child of God.

  • It shows the child of God what that child really is.

  • It shows you that you are dead with Christ, if you are born again.

  • It shows that you are buried and resurrected because it shows you that you were united to Jesus through faith His death for you.

  • And since you are in Christ, united to Him, it shows you that you are also ASCENDED with Him, far above all powers.

  • Talk about strengthening your faith!!

  • God is telling you, “You are at my right hand of power, now use that power of my name and watch the devil flee!”

  • Wow!

Truth is a weapon against the liar Satan.

  • Even Jesus was shown to grow into this stage.

Luke 2:40  And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

Ephesians chapter 1 tells us that God raised Christ to be seated far above all principalities and powers.

  • And then chapter 2 tells us that we are ascended together with Him!

  • In the same place of power.

  • Then we read:

Ephe 6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT.

  • How can we be strong in the power of HIS MIGHT?

  • It is HIS might.

  • But we are UNITED TO HIM.

  • We are IN CHRIST.

  • He is IN US.

  • We are ONE.

  • And the WORD teaches us that.

  • We united to Him in His death, since that is the first part of the Gospel that you must believe.

  • DEATH, BURIAL, and RESURRECTION.

  • You DIED with Him.

  • And since He DIED on the CROSS, the TREE or the CROSS of TEACHING is the first place you must come to if you want to be strong.

  • There you learn of UNION to Him.

  • Since YOU DIED WITH HIM by faith, you are now united to Him and also ascended with Him.

  • Wherever He is, you can be if you will begin at the death.

Roma 6:7  For he that is dead is freed from sin.

All who turn their entire lives to Jesus and ask Him to forgive them of all their sins, and forsake all the old lifestyles of sin, are united to Him in His death.

  • Then you are BURIED WITH HIM, after dying with Him, by being baptized in His Name.

  • Death broke sins’ hold on us.

  • It is like WE DIED, as far as God is concerned, when we agreed that Jesus had to die as our only means of being freed from sin.

  • And since we died, in God’s eyes, we are freed from sin, for he that is dead is freed from sin.

It’s so good to God that He marked it down in His account book that we actually died to sin in CHRIST, and who can argue with that?

God gives us His Spirit since we were connected to Christ’s death, and we are as much of a group of overcomers as He is, because we are united to Him.

Abram left spiritual childhood and came to STRENGTH, to the CROSS OF TEACHING.

  • And we read THE CANAANITE WS THEN IN THE LAND.

  • The very land God wanted him!

  • Well, would not the devil pitch tent in the very place you must come to so that you will conquer him and smash his works wherever you go, to keep you out?

  • The Canaanite is in the land.

  • That means this PLACE OF FAITH is where you come and make the devil really sweat.

  • Don’t back down now.

  • Live what you LEARNED.

  • DRIVE HIM OUT and win the day!