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Most Reliable (#986)

Most Reliable (#986)

Good morning!  We’re going to talk today about one of the great truths we all know, that God is the most reliable.  Reliability is something we all deal with.  I was explaining earlier that my pretty-nice car that had driven well for the first 226,000 miles, all of the sudden stopped.  The engine just freezed-up for no apparent reason.  It has maintenance, it had been checked, it had been to the shop, it had all its fluids, but it just quit.  And that happens.  Just when you think: ‘this car is indestructible; it will go another 200,000 miles’ it just quit.  And we know that about people.  We all deal with people in business relationships, and with things like a car, do you trust your mechanic, is he reliable?  In your personal relationships; some people are very reliable, some people are totally unreliable, most people are somewhere in between. 

So we enjoy people, but one of the first things that I do is if I’m going to have any kind of interaction with a person that is going to be more than saying hello on the street, is I need to find out how reliable they are and I don’t ask them, because they will tell me whatever that want.  I just sort of watch.  And after awhile you find out this person is always there.  You know I’ve had friends that you didn’t believe they were going to show up until you saw the whites of their eyes.  And once you know that you’re fine.  Because, if they show up – great, and whatever we’re going to do, we can go do.  If they don’t, well, you have a backup plan because they don’t show up have the time.  I have some neighbors that are getting their house redecorated; the guy has been working on it for like a year because he is not very fast.  I hope he’s good and cheap, because he is certainly not fast.  But they have come to live with that; no matter what he says, add a month to it.  And I’ve have places were you go to some building a lot and they say they’re redecorating this or you know they’re refurbishing or redoing part of the building and you come to find out that like a hotel that is near my house, that is an old historic place that they were redoing and when I asked the staff how long it would take to reopen, I usually had to add about three months to it, because I had noticed that whatever they told me it would be going on a couple of months.  So, when they told me it would be done in February, I thought OK; I will come back in May.  And that is about what it took; it got done eventually. 

So, we all have to deal with the concept of reliability.  Is the equipment reliable, are people reliable, are other things reliable?  Sometimes they are, often they are not.  And the more we come to understand that, and not rely on those things, but the less we will be frustrated and upset about our plans falling through.  So, I’m glad I wasn’t planning to visit that; I used to like to plan on going to lunch at that hotel, but I took about six-months off.  But that is OK, there are other places to eat lunch.  So, it is OK, but had I been all upset at them for being slow in their construction, I would have just had a miserable six months, but I didn’t – I just find it very amusing.  Of course, I chose to find most things amusing; it seems easier to live that way.  But God is so reliable we don’t have to have that; we don’t have to have to say: “I’m going to find out if God is reliable, then take it from there.”  You know, adjust.  You know here is a great coffee cup Mary-Rose it says: “Death before Decaf” that’s cute.  Let’s go to II Chronicles chapter 13…

As taught by Bruce Mahone 20200209.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

II Chronicles 13          The children of Judah prevailed, because they relied [Heb. Sha-an: to rest, rely, lean upon, support oneself] upon the LORD God (vs. 18)

II Chronicles 16          Thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied [Heb. Sha-an] on the LORD thy God (vs. 7)

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

Psalms 118:5-9            It is better to trust [Heb. Chasa] in the Lord than to put confidence in man (vs. 8)

Proverbs 3:5                Lean [Heb. Sha-an] not unto thine own understanding

Isaiah 31:1                   Woe to them…stay [Heb. Sha-an] on horses…but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel

Isaiah 50:10-11           Let him trust in the name of the Lord and stay [Heb. Sha-an] upon his God

Daniel 3:28                 God delivered his servants that trusted [Aram. rechats: set one’s trust on] in him

Romans 12:10-14       Patient in mental pressure, continuing instant [steadfastly, faithful, persevering, be constant] in prayer (vs. 12)

II Corinthians 1:8-10   We should trust in God which raiseth the dead

(Titus 1:9                       Holding fast the faithful word)

Teaching

Most Reliable (#986)

God is Never Late (#985)

God is Never Late (#985)

Good morning! Today we’re going to talk about a topic we touch on now and then, but don’t necessarily focus on; which is simply that God is never late. And that sometimes is a hard thing for us to get used to because we’re used to people always being late and often being late ourselves. People are all over the map with this kind of thing. There are those that say they’ll be over at three-o-clock, for them it means that they’ll arrive anywhere between five and nine PM, and there are cultures where that is how they look at time. And there are other people that say three o-clock and they lock the door at 3:01 and won’t talk to you. And people are anywhere in the middle there. Everybody has a different sense of time and what is reasonable. And I was told at one point of my life that if you’re going to a dinner party its polite to show up five minutes late, because if you show up five minutes early, your host might still be scurrying around getting the meal ready. So, it is impolite to arrive early. I have other people say that if you don’t arrive ten minutes early, then that is not good. So, people are all over the map, but God is never late. He always gets us what he promised us when he promised it. But sometimes we have to be very patient until things fall into line. And sometimes there are a lot of things involved that we don’t know about. Sometimes God has to wait on people to be ready and do what they are told; you know what God tells them to do. Because they don’t want to listen to God. There are other times where other circumstances have to fall into place, and other times we just don’t know what is going on.

I always think of that time in Jeremiah where everybody pleaded with Jeremiah to go ask God whether they should stay in Jerusalem or flee to Egypt and God didn’t tell them or Jeremiah for ten whole days. There are other times where Jesus Christ walks into a situation and clearly gets revelation and immediately heals somebody or raises the dead or makes the blind see. So, there are times where God moves very quickly, there are times where God makes people wait awhile. And we don’t always know why (unless God tells you you don’t know why — sometimes He’ll tell you and sometimes He won’t), but what we do know is that for what He has promised He’s never late.

So, we’ll read a few scriptures along those lines and you can read the whole Bible on this topic and virtually every chapter in the Bible would have something that applies to it. I obviously had to pick a few that we could fit into our fellowship schedule so I’ll read a few — and a lot of these are very familiar verses that we read from time to time, but we’re going to look at them from the point of view of God not being late. So let’s start in Psalms 27…

As taught by Bruce Mahone 20200126.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Psalms 27:14              Wait (qawah – expect, look for) on the Lord, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart.

Psalms 37:1-9, 34-37 Vs. 5: Commit thy way – “roll thy way upon” the Lord (vss. 9, 34: qawah – wait with expectation)The end of the perfect man is peace

Vs. 7: Rest in the Lord [be still, silent before the Lord];Wait patiently for him

Psalms 40                  I waited (qawah – vs. 1) patiently (intently – waiting I waited) for the Lord, and he heard

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit (vs. 2).

5 You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you. Were I to proclaim and tell of them, they would be more than can be counted. (NRSV)

Psalms 62:5-8          My expectation is from him (God), vs. 5

(Psalms 130) Forgiveness with God (vs. 4), that he may be feared (revered). I wait (with expectation) for the Lord (vs. 5). Watch for the morning – includes guards, keepers

Ecclesiastes 7:8-10 Better is the patient than proud in spirit (disposition). [patience better than pride]

Isaiah 40:28-31       They that wait (with expectation) upon the LORD shall renew their strength

Lamentations 3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD

II Thessalonians 3:1-5 The Lord direct into patient waiting for [patience of] Christ

Teaching

God is Never Late (#985)

Always Ask (#984)

Always Ask (#984)

Welcome! Our first fellowship of the new year, and as we were kidding each other before I turned the recorder on, 2020 is the year for great vision. And we’re glad we can have such great vision and what we are going to talk about today is something we touch on now and then, but we haven’t had a whole session on it for quite awhile. About the importance of asking. We all know people who like to ask for stuff; I know people that ask me for so many things that frankly they become very annoying. Even if they know I’m not going to give it to them, they will ask me for silly things just to be annoying. So it has its limits, but in general, you have to ask for stuff. ‘You, need help; you ask for help. You’re at the store and can’t find something you ask somebody. If there is something you want to accomplish, some project; and you can’t figure it all out, you ask somebody that knows more than you do. And asking is important. And we know it works with people, we know it works when you want to order a a sandwich at a restaurant, we know it works in many, many categories of life; it also works with God. And some want to people say: God just knows; He’ll just give you stuff, why should you bother. And there are verses that talk about how God knows, the hairs of your head are numbered and God knows what you need. And that is absolutely true, but He also tells us to ask. You go into a restaurant and they may have a hundred things on the menu, but unless you are somebody like me or my parents that always order the same thing, and you got the same waiter every time, they’re generally not just going to put the food down in front of you — you have to ask. And the only reason they do that is because twenty times you did ask for the same thing and they sort of got used to you. But you have to ask and God wants us to ask. We have the freedom of will to ask and He wants us to. God is not going to control your life and decide everything you should have and just throw it in front of you. There are a lot of things He will do for you, but they’re generally because we ask. OK, let’s start in Judges…

As taught by Bruce Mahone.  20200112.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Judges 3:9, 15          When the children of Israel cried unto the Lord (asked), God raised them up a deliverer

I Kings 3:5, 9-10      Solomon asked for an understanding heart (vs. 9)

II Chronicles 20:1-4 All Judah gathered to ask help of the Lord

Psalms 105:40        The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven

aiteo – ask, request, require, demand

Matthew 6:1-8        Your father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him (vs. 8)

Matthew 7:7-11      Ask and it shall be given unto you (Luke 11:9-13 – holy spirit)

Matthew 21:22       And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive

John 14:12-14         If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it

John 15:16               Whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name

John 16:23               We can go right to the source when we ask!

Ephesians 3:20       He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think

James 1:5-6             If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God

I John 3:22               Whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments

I John 5:13-15         If we ask anything according to his will, he heareth…we have the petitions [requests] that we desired

Teaching

Always Ask (#984)

Look Out! (#983)

Look Out! (#983)

This morning we’re going to talk about what to look out for. Sometimes you’re crossing the street, or you’re about to bump your head like I did twice yesterday getting in and out of the crawl space under my house. And somebody says: Look out! And sometimes it is a quick look-out, like: “Duck!” Other times it is looking forward more, like we’re up to New Year’s resolution time and people look forward and say: “well know last year I didn’t do so well in this part of my life so in this coming year I’m determined to do better.” And they talk about New Year’s resolutions. And we kid about it at the Gym because in January there are about twice as many people as the rest of the year. But, by the time to you get to February/March, the New Year’s resolutions have often worn off and it is back to the normal group. And that’s often the case there and I’m sure we’ve all looked forward where we have intentions to do things and sometimes we do them and sometimes we don’t. But we’re all looking out for something, whether it’s not bumping your head, whether its a study project, a work project, an exercise project; we all have things we are looking forward to.

So, we’ll talk about looking out, but not in terms of New Year’s resolutions. But, looking for what God can do for us. So, when we look at the coming year, because we are starting a new year in just a few days as you know, we’re looking forward to the great things God can and will for us. We’re not saying: “oh my gosh, another year where I have to deal with this;” or “another year where I have to wrestle with this problem;” “another year where I have to put up with that person again.” No, no, we do have to address those things, but those should be small noise in the background. The big things in the front of our mind, should; be God will take care of you this year. God will do mighty, wonderful things for me; this will be my best year ever; because God will do such great things for us. That is what we should be looking for. So, we’ll read a few very familiar verses that we’ve read in the last few months and we’ll some that we haven’t read for quite a while. A nice combination of them; something old, something new; it will be very fun. So let’s start in Psalms 27…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20191229.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Psalms 27:14      Wait (qawah – expect, look for) on the Lord, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart.

Psalms 37:1-9, 34-37 Vs. 5:  Commit thy way – “roll thy way upon” the Lord (vss. 9, 34: qawah – wait with expectation) The end of the perfect man is peace.

Psalms 40:1         I waited (qawah – with expectation) [patiently and expectantly] and he heard

Psalms 62:5-8      My expectation [tiqvah] is from him (God), vs. 5

Psalms 71:1-6      Thou art my hope [tiqvah]

(Psalms 130)        There is forgiveness with God (vs. 4), that he may be feared (revered). I wait (qawah) for the Lord (vs. 5). Watch for the morning – would include guards, keepers

Proverbs 23:17-18 Surely there is an end [reward]; and thine expectation [tiqvah] shall not be cut off

Isaiah 40:28-31   They that wait (qawah – with expectation) upon the LORD shall renew their strength (vs. 31)

Jeremiah 29:10-11 To give you an expected [tiqvah] end [an expectation and an end; a future and a hope]

Ephesians 2:4-8    That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus (vs. 7)

Colossians 1:3-5   For the hope which is laid up (NIV: stored up) for you in heaven – vs. 5

I Timothy 1:1         Lord Jesus Christ which is our hope

Titus 1:2                 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised

Titus 3:5-7             Heirs according to the hope of eternal life

I Peter 1:3-5          Begotten (born into it!) us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead – vs. 3. Big S – vs. 5

I John 3:1-2           And we are!

Teaching

Look Out! (#983)

Confidence (#982)

Confidence (#982)

Good morning. We’re going to talk today about confidence, it’s a great thing. Not being a con man; you know, that is where the term con man comes from: confidence man, somebody that gets your confidence and then steals a lot of stuff from you. And we are used to being around people that are confident, and some people who are very confident are just braggarts and they have no basis for their confidence. They’re just sort of cocky and self-confident, but there is really nothing behind it. Whereas our confidence is based on God’s ability to provide for us. So it is a real, real confidence, its not a fake one. Yet, we can easily get talked out of it and that is why we need to read the scriptures about staying confident, because we need to continue to be confident in God, because of what He has promised and what He does, no matter what things look like around us. So, very important. Let’s start in Psalms 27…

As taught by Bruce Mahone 20191215.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes.

Psalms 27:1-8         In this will I be confident (vs. 3)

Psalms 118:1-9       It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man (vs. 8) or princes (vs. 9)

Proverbs 3:13-26   The Lord shall be thy confidence (vs 26) and shall keep thy foot from being taken (caught)

Proverbs 14:26-27 In the fear (reverence) of the Lord is strong confidence

Isaiah 30:1-17         In quietness and confidence shall be your strength (vs. 15)

Isaiah 36:1-10         What confidence is this wherein thou trustest? (vs. 4)

Acts 28:30-31          Teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

Ephesians 3:12       In whom we have boldness and access with confidence (confident access) by the faith of him. Or: we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Philippians 1:1-6    Being confident that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (vs. 6)

Philippians 3           We are the circumcision, which have no confidence in the flesh (vss 3-4)

Hebrews 10:35-36 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great reward.

I John 3:18-24          If our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God (vs. 21)

I John 5:13-15          This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us (vs. 14).

Teaching

Confidence (#982)

Every Morning is a New Day (#982)

Every Morning is a New Day (#982)

Good morning.  We’re going to talk today about how every morning is a new day.  Some days we have so much fun we wish they’d never quit.  Other days we can’t wait for them to be over.  Everyday is a new day and the focus we’re going to have today is that we get a fresh start every day.  You can wake up in the morning and be worrying about what happened yesterday or be worried about what is going to happen tomorrow.  But, what we ought to do is realize everyday is a new day, everyday is a new opportunity.  I remember this with babies, they may scream and yell at night, but boy they wake up in the morning and they’re happy and it is a new day and they’re excited about what’s going to happen.  Well, its that type of child like believing that God wants us to have too.  Everyday is a new day.  It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday; we put the past behind and move ahead.  Let’s go to a very familiar section about this in Leviticus three…

As taught by Brice Mahone, 20191201.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Psalms 59:16-17          I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning

Psalms 5:1-3                 In the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee

Psalms 55:16-17           Evening, morning, and noon will I pray – he shall hear my voice

Psalms 92:1-5               To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning

Psalms 119:145-152    I prevented (preceded) the dawning of the morning – I hoped in thy word

Psalms 143:7-12           Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning

Lamentations 3:21-26 The Lord’s compassions are new every morning

Jeremiah 42                   God provided a new way to live, but they rejected it

Mark 1:35                       In the morning, rising up a great while before day

Philemon 3:13-16         Reaching forth unto those things which are before

Teaching

Every Morning is a New Day (#982)

Delightful Direction (#981)

Delightful Direction (#981)

Good morning. We’re going to talk today about — it is called Delightful Direction. We are going to focus on God directing our paths and some aspects of it and what a delightful life that gives us when we look to God and allow Him to direct our paths. And we’ll start with a very well known verse, and of course this is a something we look at from time to time. But I checked the notes, but we’ve not looked at it for quite a while, so it is about time we went back and took a look at this. Here in Proverbs chapter three…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20191117.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Proverbs 3:5,6      He shall direct thy paths

Philippians 4:19    My God shall supply all your needs

Psalms 37:3,4        He shall give thee the desires of thine heart

Proverbs 16:3        Thy thoughts shall be established

James 1:5                It (wisdom) shall be given him

Psalms 1                  His leaf also shall not whither

Malachi 3:11            He will rebuke the devourer for your sakes

Psalms 5:1-3            In the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee

Psalms 27:7-14        Lead me in a plain path (vs. 11), wait with expectation on the Lord (vs. 14).

Psalms 118:1-9        It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man (vs. 8) or princes (vs. 9)

Psalms 139:1-6        Thou compassest my path (vs. 3). Beset: surround, enclose, secure.

Proverbs 3:13-26     The Lord shall be thy confidence (vs 26) and shall keep thy foot from being taken (caught)

Isaiah 30:1-17           In quietness and confidence shall be your strength (vs. 15)

John 16:23-24            In that day ye shall ask me nothing…Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

Ephesians 3:12          In whom we have boldness and access with confidence (confident access) by the faith of him. Or: we may approach God with freedom and confidence (NIV).

Philippians 3             We are the circumcision, which have no confidence in the flesh (vss 3-4)

I John 5:13-15            This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us (vs. 14).

Teaching

Delightful Direction (#981)

Love God with Thanksgiving (#980)

Love God with Thanksgiving (#980)

Good morning! Here we are, another wonderful morning in God’s word with wonderful saints; and today we’re going to look at the importance of Loving God. In the manifestations we just heard, God told us over and over again how much He loves us, and that is wonderful to remember that. Because as we all know, sometimes people love us, sometimes they don’t care about us at all. But whether people love us or are on our side or not, God is always there. What a great treat that is. So we’ll talk about the importance of loving God and doing so with wonderful thanksgiving. Because the more thankful we are; and to me thankfulness is very simple, it is just a matter of remembering what God has done for us. Because we always have good things happening to us, we always have things that are sort of moderate and neutral, and occasionally we have bad things happening to us. And we can sometimes forget what God has done, so thanksgiving is so important. So, Loving God with Thanksgiving, let’s start in Deuteronomy chapter six.

As taught by Bruce Mahone 20191103.  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 13:1-3        To know whether you love the Lord your God (vs. 3)

Deuteronomy 30:15-20    Life and good

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

Psalms 59:16-17                I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning

Psalms 119:97, 113, 163, 165 Thy law do I love

Ecclesiastes 12:13              Whole duty of man: fear God and keep his commandments

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

John 15:9-12                        If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love

Romans 8:28                       All things work together for good

I John 4:19                           We love him, because he first loved us

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

Colossians 3:15-17             Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, and be ye thankful

I Thessalonians 5:16-18     Rejoice evermore, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks

Teaching

Love God with Thanksgiving (#980)

Receiving and Acting on Instruction From God (BD#1)

Receiving and Acting on Instruction From God (BD#1)

Good morning. This is Brian Dundon and Bruce asked me to fill in for him and teach this morning since he is on the road giving another teaching, someplace in this wonderful country of ours.

[Here is a link to Bruce’s teaching: One Lord; Access to God (#979) ]

So I’ll be teaching this morning, and the subject I’m going to be covering is on receiving and acting on instruction from God. So, there are basically three steps for receiving and acting on information from God. Pretty obvious, and I had some training way back when in my military days that introduced us to two concepts; one was called the OODA loop and the other was the general description of communication.

So, first I’ll go over the OODA loop, which was developed during the Korean war shortly after the engagements with the North Korean and possibly the Chinese; or perhaps it was the Vietnam war, I’m not sure? I think it was the Korean war, but I don’t know who they were coming up against. But the American pilots seemed to be a slight disadvantage to the Russian provided MIGs in air-to-air combat, so a study was conducted and what they discovered was that the North Korean or North Vietnamese pilots, I don’t recall which it was, were better trained and equipped than the Americans and they came up with a concept called the OODA loop, which is O, O, D, A and they discovered if they could train the American pilots to get through the OODA loop faster than their opponents they would be more competitive and have a better survivability rate in the air and this was a great accomplishment because it was successful. And what it stands for is Observation, Orientation, Decision and Action. And that is the kind of process that we go through as we take in information in this world: we observe something, we may hear it, we may see it, we may feel it; we experience it in some way. We observe it, we orient it with our understanding and our learning; and for a fighter pilot, where they are spatially in space, coupled with their training. Then they make a decision, they decide how they are going to act on that information that came in, given their experiences and training. And then they act. So, Observation, Orientation, Decision, and Action.

And another concept that I mentioned earlier was the definition of communication. Communication has sender, there is a receiver, there is a medium, and there is a message. Those are the four basic concepts. So the sender is somebody that is sending the message; the message obviously is the content of the message trying to be delivered to the receiver and of course there may be more than one receiver; and the medium is how that message is being conveyed. It may be spoken, it may be written, it may be displayed in way. But those are the four basic components: you have a sender, a receiver, the message and medium. And then you can have some other things that come into play like interference: something may obstruct somebody’s vision; they may have a learning disability that hinders their ability to read or understand complex or even simple concepts, there is all sorts of things; there may be prejudices that come into play, preconceived connotations. We are experience this everyday; we have somebody that says something that may not mean any offense at all, but the receiver takes offense, because, based on their understanding its offensive.

So, with those two things in mind, I want to go through some of the scriptures and take a look at some examples where believers received information from God, how they understood it, how they gained more information and what they did with that information; how they acted upon it. So, if you would, please take your Bibles and turn to II Timothy chapter 3.

Ad taught by Brian Dundon, 20191020.  All Rights Reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

II Timothy 3:16,17         All scripture given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:…

Exodus 3:1-                    Moses and the burning bush, God’s instructions, Moses’ questions, and his actions

Exodus 14:1 –                 Moses at the Red Sea, additional instructions and actions

Numbers 13 – 14           Moses and the 12 Scouting the Promised Land, going beyond the instructions and into rebellion

I Samuel 15:1 -35           Saul’s anointing, God’s directions, and Saul’s disobedience

I Samuel 16:1, 13           David’s anointing

I Samuel 17                     David and Goliath, David pulling from his experience and knowing what to do

I Samuel 24:1-12            David and Saul in a cave.  David’s decision

Matthew 11:1, 10:1-ff    Jesus’ instructions to the 12

John 14:26                       The comforter

I Cor 11:1                          We are to be imitators of Christ and Paul

Summary                          For instruction we have the Scriptures, Holy Spirit, and the examples of Christ and Paul.   God will instruct us, if we don’t understand, we can and should ask questions.  Waiting is an action.

Additional verses not used during the teaching:

Proverbs 1:1-9               Instruction and the respect (fear) of the Lord being the beginning of knowledge

Psalm 25:5, 12               God’s instruction and waiting on it

Teaching

Receiving and Acting on Instruction From God (BD#1)

One Lord; Access to God (#979) [From a Northern IL Weekend in the Word Event]

One Lord; Access to God (#979) [From a Northern IL Weekend in the Word Event]

We’re going to talk about one Lord. And as we all know much about the Lord Jesus Christ and one could spend days, weeks, and months talking about all the great things that he, as our Lord, has done. The aspect that I’m going to focus on today is that Jesus Christ is our means of access to God. One of the many, many, many fine things his ministry accomplished is that he gave us access to God. As you know if you go back to the Old Testament, there are verses like “God made His ways known unto to Moses, but His acts unto the children of Israel. Moses is the only one that really got what was going on, which is why when he went up to the mountain to talk to God and came down, they’d made a golden calf. That they were worshiping. Because most of them really didn’t get it, but Moses did. He was the only one with the spirit of God. An it took his Father-in-Law, Jethro, the priest of Midian to tell him: ‘hey, you need some help’. And so he went to God and ordained about 70 other guys and the spirit of God got on them, and then there were about 70 people who could have the spirit of God. But it was still very rare.

Remember that time when Jehoshaphat was out there and they were attacked by three armies and they prayed and didn’t know what to do? God put the spirit of God on one fellow in the audience, in the crowd, in the congregation and he’s the one God talked because he had the spirit of God and he told them what to do. And of course they went out the next day and they didn’t even have to fight in the battle because all the enemy soldiers had killed each other. But it is different today, we all have access to God. Its not just Moses. Which is why it wonderful, as Charlie was saying that as you guys are set up here as an organization, that everybody has input. There is safety in a multitude of counselors. Now a lot of Christian groups, and we’ve been involved in some of them, not all of them, set themselves up like they have an Old Testament prophet, who is the only guy with the spirit of God. So the only thing that matters is what that one guy or woman says. But, that is not the case today. We all have the spirit of God. Now it is true that there are ministries in the body and God may put somebody in charge and that person may have a little bit of a stronger voice. But to say one person, and there is only one person who can talk to God, is just not true. And the reason is, we all have access to God. Because we have one Lord Jesus Christ, who because of him, we received the spirit of God and through him we have access to God. So as Brian was saying earlier today, no one of us has more spirit than the others. And in the same way, no one of us has more access to God than somebody else.

And you got to realize I worked in downtown D.C. for 30 years and access is what is all about. That is much of the fights going on in D.C. today that we don’t need to get into, argue over access to people with power and what ways to obtain that access are legal and ethical and what ways are not legal and ethical. And that is the basis of the fights you hear in the news today. I’m not going to get into what side of the argument you want to be on, but the point is access is very important. If you can call somebody up and have them help you do something that helps whatever cause your doing and you can do it legally, you get stuff down in Washington. If you haven’t done your homework and you don’t know who to call and you don’t know how to legally approach them, nothing will happen. And that is just in Washington. The same is true; I was sitting on the airplane coming here yesterday and talking to a guy who sells IT systems. Well, if he can’t get his customers to answer the phone and buy stuff, he’s going to have a bad month in sales. It is true in any field, you have to know how to get access to the people you want to deal with. And that is important, and in certain parts of government, in business, and in personal relationships having access to people is hugely important.

How much greater having access to the one true God? And knowing that He’ll listen when you call, He’ll pick up the phone. There are many verses in the Old Testament that say: ‘If you seek the Lord, you will find him.’ He’s not hiding. And that was even before Jesus Christ gave us access to God. So, God’s always been available, He’s just a lot more available to a lot more people now that the Lord Jesus Christ has provided that access. So let’s read about it, John 16…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20191019 at a N. IL Weekend Event.  All Rights Reserved.

Verse Listing and Note

John 16:23-24           In that day ye shall ask me nothing…Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

Romans 5:1,2            Peace with God, justified by believing (cf. Rom. 14:20-25). Righteousness – being right with God, so that you can stand before him with no consciousness of shortcoming. Justification – freedom from guilt, “just as if…”

I Corinthians 8:6        One God…and One Lord Jesus Christ

Ephesians 2:18-19     Through Jesus Christ, we have access to God

Ephesians 3:12           In whom we have boldness and access with confidence (confident access) by the faith of him. Or: we may approach God with freedom and confidence (NIV).

Colossians 3                Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and (even)* the Father by him (vs. 17)

Hebrews 4:16              Come boldly to the throne of grace (cf. vss. 14-15)

Hebrews 7:24-25        He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him – vs. 25

I Peter 3:18                  That he (JC) might bring us to God

I Timothy 2:5               For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men

Teaching

One Lord; Access to God (#979)