Legacy assignments for Nov. 5

Fruit of the Spirit (pg. 1141)

Galatians 5:22-23

This passage gives us a list of the qualities produced by the Holy Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,

faithfulness, gentleness, self-control – as He works in our lives.

Here are my reflections on how I think God has developed the fruit of the Spirit in your life:

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Related scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:3-11; Ephesians 4:1-3; Colossians 3:12-17

Devotional Thought

Daniel 7:17-18  “These great beasts, which are four in number, are four kings who will arise from the earth, but the saints of the Highest One will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, for all ages to come.”

Today’s news can be oppressive.  According to the Word of God, things will get worse than we can even imagine.  Things will get worse before they get better.  However, these verses tell it all.  Yes, the earth will seemingly be taken over by evil rulers, but in the end the saints of God will receive it all!  So what are the most important things for the saints to do on the earth?  Jesus told us to keep our lamps full of oil, stay in constant fellowship with Christ, and win the lost.

Have a good day!

Prayer Focus

It is easy to watch the news for an hour, or read the paper, or search articles online and come away thinking that we must be nearing the end.  The truth is, this world in which we live, it’s always been nearing the end – but the days in which we live are no different than those the disciples walked nearly 2,000 years ago.  Peter urged those listening to him, “Save yourself from this crooked generation” (Acts 2:40),  just as Paul explained, “Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live” (Galatians 1:4).

The times are indeed still wicked and every moment that passes brings us nearer the climax of time on this earth as we know it!  Thank God for His grace and mercy which rescued you from this evil world. Pray that as His longsuffering continues others will come to know His Son and find eternal life also.

Oct. 26 sermon recording

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Devotional Thought

In reading Jeremiah 48 – 51, we hear the heart of God against many nations.  At various times in history many nations faced upheaval.  One of the interesting elements in these passages is that God calls out a specific god worshipped in the different countries.  For example, of the country of Moab (now part of Jordan), it speaks of Chemosh going into exile together with his priests and his princes.  “The people of Chemosh have perished for your sons have been taken away captive…” (Jeremiah 48:46).  For Ammon (now part of Jordan), God speaks against the god Malcam.   When Babylon would be destroyed, their gods Bel and Marduk would be brought down.  Comparing Ephesians 6:12 with these verses shows a deeper meaning.  Ephesians 6:12 lists four groups of demon spirits.  In the original Greek, here is what it looks like:

Principalities = archas = ancient times = individuals who hold the highest and loftiest positions of rank and authority

Powers = delegated authority

The rulers of the darkness of this world

Spiritual wickedness in high places = wickedness = poneros = something vile, vicious

Could it be that God was taking the ruling gods out of commission as well as the human rulers?  It is good for us to remember that no matter how powerful or organized the enemy is, our God is a consuming fire who “changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings…” (Daniel 2:21).

Legacy assignments for Oct. 29

Telltale Tongues (pg.1196)

Lessons in Endurance (pg. 798)

 

Telltale Tongues:  James 3:1-12

 

In this passage, James discusses the power of words and how difficult it is to control the tongue.

Words can bless or destroy, praise or curse, build up or tear down. Our words reveal who we are.

 

I wish I could have taken back my words when…

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I hope you will remember these words from me:

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Related scripture: Psalm 19:14; Proverbs 10:19-21; James 1:19

 

Lessons In Endurance:  Ezekiel 2:3-5

 

God called Ezekiel to lead people who didn’t want to be led and to teach people who didn’t want

to be taught. Despite being persecuted and ignored, Ezekiel was determined to complete God’s

important work, and he pushed through the times when he was tempted to quit. He faithfully

endured, even when he didn’t feel like it. Like Ezekiel, God challenges us to complete a variety of

demanding tasks in our personal, family and professional lives. Regardless of difficulty or

inconvenience, we are called to endure.

 

I have felt like quitting at these times and during these situations:

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I learned these lessons by pushing through these difficult times:

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Related scripture:  1 Corinthians 4:16-18; Hebrews 12:1-3; James 1:2-4

Prayer Focus

I once read an author that implored Christians to develop a “backbone like a crowbar,” and you know, there is something about that imagery that really resonates with me.  Can I tell you, Church, we live in an age and time of pronounced ungodliness… but this is not a circumstance that is new to the lover of God.

Daniel and his friends were carried off from their home into a foreign land, a land replete with all manner of idol worship and temptation.  Yet, Daniel “resolved not to defile himself” while living amongst the Babylonians [cf. Daniel 1:8].  He was uncompromising in his spiritual values and convictions even if it meant death.  Now that is a backbone like a crowbar!  Daniel and his friends determined to stay faithful to God knowing that God would prove faithful to them.  God did. God does. God always will.

You and I, we need to develop backbones like crowbars so that we might live uncompromising lifestyles.  Let your time of prayer and fasting be heart-and-mind preparation for you to stay true to God.  And then stand firm as God proves true to you.

Oct. 19 sermon recording

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Devotional Thought

Consider one another because it’s not all about “us.”

“…and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24, 25).

What goes through your mind before you gather with believers?

What is one of the purposes of gathering with other believers?  According to Hebrews, it is to stimulate [inspire, kindle] each other to love and to do good deeds; it is to encourage each other.  The author goes as far as to say we should consider [contemplate, ponder] ways to do this.  Let’s remember this when we gather together.  Think about others and how we can inspire them to love and good deeds.

Legacy assignments for Oct. 22

Great Faithfulness (pg.793)

Daniel (pg. 856)

Uncompromising Life (pg. 851)

 

 

Great Faithfulness: Lamentations 3:21-26

 

The beautiful passage in Lamentations 3:21-26 reveals the compassionate heart of God. Jeremiah

wrote what he saw and felt following the devastating fall of his nation. In the midst of his pain and

sadness, he made this incredible affirmation of faith: “Yet this I call to mind…”

 

A time in my life when I felt overwhelmed with sadness, grief, pain and hurt:

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How I experienced God’s faithfulness and mercy at that time:

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Related scripture: Psalm 32:6-7; Habakkuk 3:16-18; Acts 27:20-25; 1 Corinthians 10:11-13

 

 

Daniel:  Daniel 1:12-13

 

What would it mean for you to resolve to hold unswervingly to your values in any situation?

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See article on page 856 of the Legacy Bible.

Related scripture: The book of Daniel

 

Uncompromising Life:   Daniel 1 and 6

 

As a young man, Daniel was taken away from his home and brought to a foreign land. One of the first

challenges to God’s law that he encountered was the foreign diet (see Daniel 1). Later his faithfulness

to the one and only true God was challenged (see Daniel 6). Though Daniel could have compromised,

he took a courageous stand of faith.

 

Times in my life when I have attempted to take a stand based on God’s leading or God’s Word:

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I have seen you take a courageous stand…

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Related scripture:  Esther 4:9-16; Job 2:7-10; Psalm 1; Daniel 3; Acts 4:1-20; Hebrews 11:24-28