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Ephesians 1 (#968)

Ephesians 1 (#968)

Good morning. We’re going to take a break on our series on where to focus,but you can focus on this information though. We’re going to read Ephesians today.  Typically, I will teach a topic with verses from all over the Bible, but on occasions we just read one chapter at a time of a book in the Bible.

So we’ll start on Ephesians now and see how far we get. I thought about Ephesians being such a great book declaring the great relationship we have with God and what we have through Christ and much of what is available in the mystery of the One Body. And it is just so different than you hear in modern society and in some of the history of the church. I recently ran across some TV documentary that talked about the crusades in the early Middle-Ages, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th century and how the church leaders at the time were promising eternal life if you went and fought in the Middle East. And I thought: how silly that is; we have eternal life though what Christ did. Whether you go fight in the Middle-East is a whole different story; it has nothing to do with your eternal life. And then there are other people you see on the news that say if you don’t live the way we live or follow the moral code we’ve decided, then you’re going to go the hell. And again, whether or not you follow someone else’s moral code or do what some group says, may or may not have a positive effect on your life, but it has nothing to do with your eternal life.  Because that was paid for by Jesus Christ.

So as we go through Ephesians, not only will we learn a great deal about what God has provided for us through the wonderful work of our Lord Jesus Christ, but it will be a great myth-busting situation; where so many of the common myths, the common perceptions, so much of Christianity, just are not based on the scriptures. They’re based on some group, or some minister trying to basically scare people into behaving the way he wants by making all kinds of vain threats: “do what I say or you’ll go to hell.” Or: “If you do what I say, then you won’t go to hell.” Or: “you’ll go to heaven.”  And they have all of these threats and most of them are nothing but hot-air. Because the way we get eternal life, we know from Romans 10:9: ‘you confess with your mouth that Jesus is your lord and you believe that God raised him from the dead, and you have eternal life.’ Its that simple.

It is like there is a train and I’m at the train station, in Washington and there is a train ready to go to New York, and they’re handing out free tickets that somebody decided to donate. Well, somebody else paid for the tickets; I simply have to accept the ticket and get on the train. Then, I’m going.  Well, in the same way, because we have believed in Jesus Christ, we get the salvation he paid for with his blood. We simply accept it. And that is the only way to get eternal life. Picture there were this train going and they weren’t selling tickets, you couldn’t buy one; you either had to get a free one from this rich guy that bought a bunch of them and was handing them out or you couldn’t get on the train. Well, that is sort of the way we are: God is providing great eternal life to anybody who believes in Jesus Christ, and that is how you get it, you accept that or you don’t get it. It is very simple.

So for people to put all these other conditions on what you might have to door not do in order to get eternal life is just hot air. And people have come to believe that if a big enough group or a big enough following believe it, it must be true. Well, it is not true if the scriptures don’t say it is.

So let’s start in Ephesians chapter one…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20190505.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Ephesians 1:1-23

Teaching

Ephesians 1 (#968)

 

Clear Focus, Part 10: Hope (#967)

Clear Focus, Part 10: Hope (#967)

Welcome. Today we’re going to continue the series we’ve been doing since the beginning of 2019 on having a clear focus. Where we talk about what things we can focus on in God’s word. ‘Cause there are so many different topics and today we’re going to focus on hope. Hope is something positive to look forward to; and the great hope we read about in the scriptures is the hope of Jesus Christ’s return. And for him to be able to return, he has to continue to be alive, and for that to happen, he has to have been resurrected. So we’re going to take some time read about his resurrection, which is a very important focus in the scriptures — that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. You know it is interesting, we’ve done a teaching in the past that I’m not going to go into any details on today, but a lot of people will say the most important aspect of Christianity is Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and that is very, very important. Yet, in the book of Acts, the focus quickly moves from his death to his resurrection. Although his sacrifice and giving his blood for us, and dying on the cross is very big, what is even greater is that he was raised for the dead, and then after he was raised from the dead, of coarse, we got the gift of holy spirit. So let’s look here in Matthew chapter twenty-eight…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20190421.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Matthew 28:1-10        He is risen

Luke 24:1-8                  Why seek ye the living among the dead?

Acts 1:22                       A witness of his resurrection

Acts 4:1-4                      Being grieved that they preached the resurrection

Acts 4:33                        And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and great grace was upon them all

Acts 17:16-21                He preached unto them Jesus and the resurrection

Acts 17:31-32                He hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked

I Thessalonians 4:13-18    Wherefore comfort one another with these words

I Timothy 1:1                  Lord Jesus Christ our hope

Titus 1:2                          In hope of eternal life

Titus 3:7                          Hope of eternal life

Acts 23:6                         Hope & resurrection of the dead

Romans 5:1-5 vs. 2:       Rejoice in hope
glory of God: Rev. 21:23

Romans 12:12                 Rejoicing in hope

Hebrews 6:19                  Anchor of the soul

Hebrews 10:23                Confession of the hope

Teaching

Clear Focus, Part 10: Hope (#967)

Clear Focus, Part 9: Steadfast (#966)

Clear Focus, Part 9: Steadfast (#966)

Good morning. Today we’ll continue our series on on having a clear focus, so we know where to focus our attention and our thinking for the upcoming couple of weeks. So many things to think about in God’s word, its nice to just pick one or two to focus on. And what we’re going to focus on is the concept of being steadfast. We see this in at least two areas; one, God is steadfast in His care for us and that was very clear in the manifestations; He said he would be the constant in our lives, He would always be here to take care of us, and we’ll read a number of versus about that and we’ll read a number of other versus about the importance of us being steadfast to trust God and believe His word and pray. So it will be a great session, I’m very excited about it. As with many of these teachings, we have read these verses before, but not for a couple of years. So, it will be great to look at them and consider them in light of our lives today. Let’s start in the book of Ruth, in the Old Testament…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20190407.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Ruth                                   She was steadfastly minded (determined) [1:18]

Psalms 13:5-6                   I have trusted in thy steadfast love

Psalms 18:46-50               God shows steadfast love to his anointed, and to his seed forevermore

Psalms 23:6                       Surely goodness and steadfast love shall follow me

Psalms 107:1                     O give to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy (steadfast love) endures forever

Psalms 108:1-6, 12-13      Your mercy (steadfast love, lovingkindness) is great above (higher than) the heavens and thy truth (faithfulness) reaches to the clouds (skies) (vs. 4)

Psalms 136                         Mercy: love (NIV), lovingkindness (ASV), steadfast love (NRSV)

Psalms 112:1, 7-8              His heart is fixed (vs 7 – steadfast), his heart is established (vs 8 – steady)

Isaiah 26:3-4                       Stayed on thee – steadfast (Expositors Bible Commentary), well stayed, steady (ICC)

Daniel 6:26                          He is the living God, and steadfast for ever (vs. 26)

Luke 8:15                             Fruit with patience (steadfast perseverance) [by persevering]

Romans 12:10-14               Patient in mental pressure [continuing steadfast, faithful, persevering in prayer]

I Corinthians 15:58             Be ye steadfast unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord

I Peter 5:6-9                          Whom resist, steadfast in the faith

II Thessolians 3:5                 Love of God & Patient (steadfast) waiting

Additional Verses:

II Thessolians 3:3                  The Lord is faithful, who will stablish you and keep you from evil

II Timothy 2:13                       If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful

Titus 1:9                                  Holding fast the faithful word

I John 1:9                                 He is faithful and just to forgive

Teaching

Clear Focus, Part 9: Steadfast (#966)

Clear Focus, Part 8: Think Bigger (#965)

Clear Focus, Part 8: Think Bigger (#965)

Good morning! Here we are back again, ready for a fine, fine time in God’s word. We’ve been focusing since the end of last year, around the Christmas and New Year’s time, on having a clear focus. So we know what to focus our minds on; and obviously there is a lot in the scriptures and we can’t focus on all of it all the time, but we’re trying to look at those topics where God encourages us to raise our vision. Whats it say in Proverbs? “Where there is no vision the people perish.” You have to have vision, you have to have something to look at. Oh, by the way, that is etched into the wall in Science Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. I used to spend a lot of time in hearings in that room and I always got a kick out of seeing that quote from Proverbs: “where there is no vision, the people perish.” We’ll we need vision, we need a way to look forward because if we can’t look up to God and His word (again we’re being figurative, we don’t have to actually look at the sky), but if we’re not looking upward at God and His great promises and His great ability to take care of us, we’ll be looking down at our feet and all the little confusing details around us. And we all have confusing details to deal with, that is part of life. But, if further down the way, we look past them at God’s great ability to take care of us then we’ll have a vision to keep ourselves going. Otherwise, its like being in a tunnel. There is a lot to be said for that saying about the light at the end of the tunnel. As long as somebody says: “as long as its not a freight train coming at you.” But, that is just a joke. Sometimes it feels like you are in a tunnel and its dark and you are groping and you can’t see anything and then all of the sudden we pray and God sheds light on the situation and we see that light at the end of the tunnel and come our victorious. I think of verses, I think in Psalms where it says: “In thy light shall we see light.” And verses like: “have our thoughts on Christ or on things above, not on things on the Earth.” That is what we are trying to do in this series on Clear Focus, and there are many, many topics. As with many things in the scriptures, some will resonate with you, or make sense to you more than others. Not everything in these scriptures will really click with you, but when you find one that really hits your heart and really gives you something to hold on to, then hold on to that one. Memorize the verse. Print it out or make it your screen saver on your computer, or put it on a post-it and put it on your door or on your mirror, or on your dashboard or refrigerator, or wherever you look at stuff. And hold onto that because we all need to find those things in the scriptures that really click for us. And it will be different for different people. And if you are not finding something that really clicks for you, just pray that God will really show you something. Because God has so many words of encouragement, and that is one of the great things about manifestations: God knows what is on our hearts and He can give us the words to meet our need that particular day, that particular moment, with that particular group. So, listen to the manifestations, click with those verses that click with you, and stay with them. Don’t worry about the ones that don’t make sense, because it could be that certain verses will make sense to Mary-Rose and hit here heart, but I don’t get anything out of them. But then, another one will be really great for Brian, but Camille doesn’t get anything out of them. Then maybe the last verse, all of the sudden that hits Camille and she goes: “wow, that is what I needed.” I mean, that is the way life is. I’ve been to so many events where so many people teach and with certain people I get absolutely nothing out of what they teach, but somebody else says: “wow, that is the greatest thing in the world and just what I needed.” And that is OK because we all need different things and we just pray that God will provide everything, everybody needs for it. Alright, well here we go; with that brief introduction let’s get into God’s word. II Chronicles 25, please…

As taught by Bruce Mahone 20190324.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

II Chronicles 25:1-9                The LORD is able to give thee much more than this

II Chronicles 20:1-3, 24-30    His God gave him rest round about

Genesis 22:14                         The Lord will see and provide (Jehovahjireh) [Heb. 11:17-19]

Exodus 16:1-15                       God gave them quail and “what is it” (manna)

Exodus 17:1-7                         God provided water (Meribah = strife, contention)

II Kings 4:1-7                            God provided through the vessels of oil

Acts 16:6-15                             The Macedonian call – God provided needed direction, so His Word could bring deliverance to those hungry for it

II Corinthians 9:8                     God is able to make all grace abound toward you

Teaching

Clear Focus, Part 8: Think Bigger (#965)

Clear Focus, Part 7: Think Big (#964)

Clear Focus, Part 7: Think Big (#964)

Good morning! In today’s session, we’ll continue our series on having a clear focus. Where we try to look at those things in the scriptures that show us where to focus our minds so we don’t get any more scatter brained than we have to. We always have many things to think about, but it is possible to pick one thing to focus on, and we look at the things in God’s word that we should focus on. Today the topic will be: Thinking Big. We tend as people to think small. We have one problem in front of us and we get a little bit fixated on that, and that is all we can see. And it is important to work on issues, challenges, problems before you. But, if all you do is focus on that, you are thinking really small and you are limiting your life. Where if instead we focus on the greatness of God and the many things He can do for us, then it makes whatever challenges in front of us seem much more manageable. Perhaps even insignificant, and may not just matter at all when we see the greater things God can do for us. Picture yourself going on some big vacation, you may have tickets to get on a ship or an airplane or a train and you know you drop one cookie out of the little bag you are munching on; there may be a time, where if you were starving to death that one cookie would be terrible to lose. But, in light of this big event you have going on and everything else, it would probably be rather insignificant. You think of something bigger, and then the challenges of life may not going away, but suddenly they seem much more manageable. So, we’re going to look at thinking big. We’ll to II Chronicles 25….

As taught by Bruce Mahone 20190310.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

II Chron. 25:9                         The LORD is able to give thee much more than this

II Chron. 32:13-15; 22-23     Hezekiah

Daniel 3:16-18                       Our God is able

Daniel 6:18-23                       Is your God able?

Acts 20:25-32                        The Word of His grace is able

Romans 8:38-39                   Nothing is able to separate us

II Corinthians 9:8                  God is able to make all grace abound

Ephesian 3:20                        Able to do exceedingly abundantly above

Romans 4:20, 21                   Fully persuaded – He was able to perform

Hebrews 7:25                        Jesus Christ is able to save to the uttermost

(II Corinthians 1:4 -Able to comfort)

(II Corinthians 3:6 – Able ministers)

(Ephesians 6:11-18 – Armor of God)

Teaching

Clear Focus, Part 7: Think Big (#964)

Clear Focus, Part 6: Keep Seeking (#963)

Clear Focus, Part 6: Keep Seeking (#963)

Good morning! We are going to continue our series on having a clear focus for the year. We started this just before the new year began and we’ll keep it up for a number of more sessions. And the purpose of this is, so as we go about our daily lives, where there are so many distractions. We, each week, at least have at least one thing were we can clearly focus on God and His word. And there are obviously many things in God’s word, but it is hard to think of them all at once. So we try to have one or two things to think about and focus on, that we know are worthwhile and are godly. Then if everything else in life goes great, hallelujah. If things aren’t going the way we want, at least we have one thing worthwhile, biblical, and godly to focus on. And the topic this week will be to keep seeking God. And I checked back in my notes, because I have notes from several decades of teaching these Sunday morning fellowships and this is a topic I seem to teach about every other year, on average. Its just such an important one that keeps coming back. And there are many things like that in God’s word, that although we may have read about them, we sometimes get a little distracted and forget them. And to just go back and look at it again and see what else we can learn, because every time we look at something in the scriptures, we’ve grown; we have a slightly different perspective, so we see it a little different way because of the understanding of life. And, even if it comes out the same way in our minds, its still worthwhile to look at it again. So, we’re going to talk about continuing to seek God; just keep seeking. So we’ll start in Deuteronomy chapter four in verse 23.

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20190224.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Deuteronomy 4:23-31      If you seek the Lord, you will find him (vs. 29)

I Chronicles 16:10-12        Seek the LORD and his strength

Psalms 9:9-10                     Thou hast not forsaken them that seek thee

Psalms 34:10                       The young lions do lack and suffer hunger, but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing

Psalms 34:22                       None of them that trust [Heb. Chasa: seek refuge, flee for protection, put trust in, confide or hope in] in him shall be desolate [guilty, offended]

Psalms 63                            Early [diligently] will I seek thee (vs. 1).

Marrow & fatness (vs. 5): the richest of foods (NIV), a rich feast (NRSV)
A portion for foxes (vs. 10): food for jackals

Proverbs 8:12-21                Those that seek me (wisdom) early [diligently] shall find me (vs. 17)

Jeremiah 29:10-14              Ye shall seek me and find me (vs. 13)

Matthew 7:7-8                     Seek, and ye shall find (vs. 7)

Colossians 3:1-3                 Seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth (vs. 1)

Hebrews 13:14                   Here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come

Teaching

Clear Focus, Part 6: Keep Seeking (#963)

Clear Focus, Part 5: Love God (#962)

Clear Focus, Part 5: Love God (#962)

Well, welcome everybody. Here we’re going to continue our series on having a clear focus, which we want to have for this great year in 2019. We want to know what to focus on, so our brains don’t get more scattered than normal. And the last couple of sessions have focused on the love of God. One session we talked about how God loves us, another session we talked about how we should love others, and the focus today will be on the importance of us loving God. And I just remember so many times in my life just sitting there, by myself with nothing going on, and how happy I was just because I knew how much I loved God and He really loved me. And that’s really about all that mattered, because there are many other things in life besides that, but if you have that as your foundation: that you really love God and that you know He really loves you, you can get through about anything. Because so many other things in life are going to change, so many other things in life you have no control over. You know, like look at all the great political fights going on in our nation and around the world; we can have opinions on it, but we really have no control over it. So why let myself get so upset about it, because if the politics go one way or the other, I’m just going to be miserable. And, whenever any of us listen to the news, some things we’re happy about, some things we’re mad about, but we can’t do anything about it. So, we might as well be glad that God really loves us and we can really love God. And if we have that as the basis of our lives, then everything else just fits.

I got a text from somebody this week from somebody that that is going through some challenges and just said: “I’m so angry” and then she said: “how do I forgive people?” And I just told her some very simple things: well, remember how God has forgiven you; remember that Jesus Christ gave his life and shed his blood for you; but most of all, pray that God will direct your paths, so you can move on with the rest of your life. Because what has happened in the past and what other people do, you really have no control over. Because there is always stuff in the past we don’t like and there’s always people doing things we don’t like. That’s life. But, we can certainly pray that those thing will work out, but we have no control over them. So, if I decide that I’m going to have a miserable day because someone is doing something don’t like, or because something happened in the past I don’t like, I’m just going to be miserable. But if I decide that God loves me and I can love God and that is the foundation of my life, that’s always with me and nobody can take that away. I can chose to let it go out of my life, if I don’t want to focus on loving God, and I don’t want to focus on how much he loves me, but nobody can take that away.

There are a lot of other things people can take away; I’ve had jobs where the boss took it away, transferred me to a different project, laid me off, gave somebody else my job. We’ve all had that kind of thing. Or, there is a person you really like doing something with and then one day they decide that they don’t want to do that with you anymore. We’ll, that’s over. And you can get all mad about it, but it is over. So you can decide that: I’m miserable because of what that person did, or you can say: “so what, God will provide something else for me.” Look at Elijah when God told him to go tell the king, king Ahab that it wasn’t going to rain. And Ahad sent the whole army after him. We’ll God sent him out to the wilderness, by a brook; and He had the ravens cater his food for, I don’t know how long it was, for weeks of months. But then the brook ran dry, and the ravens didn’t bring food. So, what’s he going to do? He didn’t have to give up; God told him to go find that widow woman in Sidon. He went there and they had a little, a very small portion of meal, and they managed to eat off of it. He, the woman and her son for many days. God came through.

And there is always things changing in life. And obviously we want to try very hard to try to get things to go the way we want to in life and sometimes we can and a lot of times we can’t. But, what we can do is we can always love God. And we can know God always Loves us. So, that is what we’re going to have a very clear focus on today and in the weeks ahead of loving God. So, let’s start in Deuteronomy, Deuteronomy chapter six…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20190210.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Deuteronomy 6:4-5           Love the Lord thy God

Deuteronomy 7:7-9           Them that love him

Deuteronomy 10:12-16     Love him and serve

Deuteronomy 11:1-25       Love the Lord

Deuteronomy. 30:15-20    Life and good

Joshua 22:1-5                       Be diligent to love the Lord your God

I Chronicles 10:1-14            How did Saul die?

Matthew 22:34-40               First and great commandment: love God

Romans 8:28                        All things work together for good

I John 5:2-3                           For this is the love of God

Teaching

Clear Focus, Part 5: Love God (#962)

Clear Focus, Part 4: Love Others (#961)

Clear Focus, Part 4: Love Others (#961)

Good morning. We’re going to continue this series we’ve done for the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 on what we call clear focus; what should we focus on?  There are so many things in life, so many topics in the scriptures, so many things going on in society, so many things in each of our individual lives; sometimes we have a hard time figuring out where we should put our attention. So, to help with that, we have a series of teachings we’re part way through, and we’ll continue for a number of more sessions, called Clear Focus. Where God tells us specific things to focus on. And last week we focused on the topic that God loves us and we read many wonderful scriptures talking about God’s tremendous love and care for us and realizing that is always there. Other things may come and go in life, hopefully we want the good things to stay and the bad things to go, but no matter what we do things change in life. And, sometimes we can do something to help it sometimes we can’t. But, we always know that God loves us; that is a constant in our lives that we should focus on. And I know I’ve had a great couple of weeks thinking about that, during the day as I pray, thinking about life, just remembering just how much God loves us. Now, today we’re going to sort of look at the other side of the same coin, on the importance to us to love others. As you know when the Pharisees challenged Jesus Christ about what was the most important law in the Old Testament law, he said that simply ‘Love God and love your neighbor.’ Those were the two focuses. And last time we read about God loving us, now we’re going to talk about how we should love others. And this is such a great point in life. I can just think of so many times in my life where this has been critical. I remember I had a job once where the office politics were just killing me. Everybody was making my life difficult, and I just wanted to go screaming down the hall the boss and make noise and cause a raucous, but instead I just prayed and asked God what to do and He just said: “walk in love.” So instead of spending all day being mad at my coworkers and my supervisors, I just decided to be a kind as I could to everybody. And I don’t even remember what the problem was at work, but whatever it was it went away in like two days. It had been bugging me for weeks. And that still happens to me today, I read the Bible in the morning and I pray for a lot of people; so many times I’m praying for someone and God just says: “love them.” Love them, you know it’s not that I have to do some big complicated thing, I just have to walk in love. And it is such a big part of life. The more we can just walk in love; that just solves so many things. There is a verse that I don’t think is in the list of verse we are going to read today, but it says somewhere in I think the epistles it says ‘love covers a multitude of sins,’ it really does. You can do all kinds of things wrong and we all do, we are not perfect, but when we walk in love; that love just covers a multitude of sins. People don’t worry so much about this, that, and the other thing if they know that they are loved. And, it is just the greatest thing in the world. So, there are many, many things that we’ll focus on as we go through these sessions in the weeks to come. But, knowing that God loves you and knowing that you should love others are two very big ones. So, we’ll start in Proverbs 15…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20190127.  All Rights Reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Proverbs 15:17          Better is a dinner of herbs than a stalled ox

Proverbs 17:9            He that covereth a transgression seeketh love

Proverbs 17:17          A friend loveth at all times

Matthew 5:43-46       Bless them that curse you

Matthew 18:21-22     Forgive seventy times seven

Matthew 22:37-40     Love thy neighbor as thyself

Mark 12:28-34            More than all whole burnt offerings

Luke 6:27-38               Be ye therefore mericful, as your Father also

Luke 7:36-50               To whom little is forgiven, loveth little

John 13:34-35             By this shall all know that ye are my disciples

John 15:9-13 (-19)      If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love – greater love hath no man than that he lay down his life for his friends

Teaching

Clear Focus, Part 4: Love Others (#961)

Clear Focus, Part 3: God Loves Us (#960)

Clear Focus, Part 3: God Loves Us (#960)

God bless you, wonderful saints. We’re here again for another wonderful session in God’s word. I may be teaching, but obviously what we are focusing on is God and His word; I’m just the guy reading it to you and making a few comments. God’s word is where the power and the strength lies.

We started in December on a new topic called: “Clear Focus.” We have to know where to focus our thoughts, there are so many things to think about everyday. Just think about it, tomorrow is a new day; some people are going to school, some people are going to work, some people are working at home, some people just have a big long to-do list that takes them all over the place. Everybody’s got a little bit different situation, but tomorrow’s a new week and the way of the world and our adversary is to get us to focus on many negative things that tend to get us negative, perhaps scared, but God wants us to focus on Him and His ability to take care of us. We’ve already had a few sessions on having a clear focus and we’ll have several more where we’ll focus on different aspects of what God’s word wants us to think about. And today we have a very, very, simple, wonderful focus that’s at the basis of really everything we do, which is acknowledging that God loves us. And that’s very important to focus on, because in the days ahead you will be around people that don’t love you very much. It could be that they’re just neutral and don’t care and don’t want to help you, it could be they’re actively working against you, we run into both of those things from time to time. But, we want to focus on how much God loves us, and it is good to remember that. So, when you’re in one of those situations where perhaps the people around you aren’t quite as nice as you’d like, you can remember, and at least focus on God’s love.

Because He always loves you. People are going to come and go; sometimes you’ll be surrounded by wonderful people that love you and take care of you, sometimes you’ll be surrounded by people that are just neutral, they don’t care about you one way or another and may ignore you; sometimes you’ll be around people actively antagonistic towards you. We will have all three happen to us. It depends on the week and the day and who you are and who you are around; its not always going to be consistent, but all three of those will happen. But the great thing is that no matter whether you’re surrounded constantly by people that love you, which is the best. Or constantly surrounded by people who hate you, which is the worst. Or like most people where its somewhere in between; some people are very kind and helpful, some people ignore you, other people are somewhat antagonistic. It doesn’t matter, because God loves you and He’s always there. Enjoy it when people love you and help you, and when they don’t, just realize, God is still there and He still loves you and He will help you though whatever challenges you might have.

So, we know this, we’ve read this, but we tend to forget it sometimes and our minds get dragged off to focus on other things in this world that aren’t as positive and uplifting, which is why we’re going to read several scriptures today about God’s love for us. Let’s start with a very favorite one we read all the time in Deuteronomy; Deuteronomy chapter seven…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20190113.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Deuteronomy 7:8        God’s motives

Deuteronomy 23:5      God turned the curse (of Balaam) into a blessing, because He loved

Psalms 13:5-6               I have trusted in thy steadfast love

Psalms 34:8-10             O taste and see that the Lord is good; they that seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing —

Psalms 36:7-9               How excellent (precious) is thy lovingkindness

Psalms 92:1-2               To shew forth (declare) thy lovingkindness in the morning

Psalms 119:165            Great peace have they which love thy law, and nothing shall offend

Jeremiah 9:23, 24         He knoweth the Lord which exercises lovingkindness (vs 24)

Jeremiah 31:3                With lovingkindness He drew us.

Romans 8:28                 All things work together for good

Romans 8:38, 39           Nothing can separate us

Ephesians 1:4-6             Holy and without blame, lovely and acceptable

I Thessalonians 4:9-12  You are taught of God to love one another (vs. 11 – aspire to lead a quiet life, aspire to live quietly, let it be a point of honor with you to keep calm)

Teaching

Clear Focus, Part 3: God Loves Us (#960)

 

Clear Focus, Part 2 (#959)

Clear Focus, Part 2 (#959)

We’re going to continue our series here on Clear Focus, what to focus on. And, this is part two and as this is our last teaching in 2018, since it is December 30th, I hope it gives us a vision of how to look to God in the coming year. Because we all have different challenges this year, everybody has projects and goals and challenges, and somethings easy and fun and somethings more challenging and difficult; that’s just part of living. And, no matter what 2019 looks like for you, one of the things that will help you prosper in 2019 and do well is focusing on God and His word and His deliverance, instead of focusing on the circumstances and the problems. You have to focus on the circumstances and the problems to the point where you deal with them the best you can, but you don’t want to fixate on them and have them be the only thing you think about. You need to continue to look to God and trust him. So here we go, we’ll start in second Kings chapter six…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20181230. All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

II Kings 6:8-23                      Chariots of fire

Psalms 23 (esp vss 3-4)      I will fear no evil

Isaiah 55:8-11                      God’s thoughts are not our thoughts

II Corinthians 4:(1-)18         Look not at those things which are seen

Romans 11:33                      Depth of wisdom & knowledge

I Corinthians 1:25                Weakness of God stronger than men

Colossians 3:1-3                   Seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth (vs. 1)

Hebrews 11:1-3                    Things which are seen were not made of things which do appear
Hebrews 11:7                        Warned of things not seen (e.g. rain)
Hebrews 11:8-14                  He looked for a city
Hebrews 11:39-40                Something better for us
Hebrews 12:1-4                    Looking unto Jesus

I John 3:1,2                            As he is

Teaching

Clear Focus, Part 2 (#959)