The Lord will not… (His vengeance and punishment-Isa 13:11)
1. v.9-He will not…..nor will He
2. v.10-He has not…..Nor punished
The Lord is… (Patient - v.8-Ps 18:30, Ps 34:8)
1. Merciful – (Deut 4:30-31)
2. Gracious – (Ps 86:15)
3. Slow to anger (Neh 9:17)
4. abounding in mercy (Matt 5:7, Lk 6:36, Lk 18:13b)
Questions for your personal Study.
How has God been merciful to you?
How has God been gracious to you?
How has God been long suffering (slow to anger) with you?
How has God shown you mercy?
Actions of the Lord (His mercy- Psalm 4:1)
1. v.6-The LORD executes righteousness and justice
2. v.7-He made known His ways…His acts (Job 36:22)
3. v.12-He removed our transgressions
4. v.13-the LORD pities
5. v.14-For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.
6. v.17-the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
7. v.19-The LORD has established His throne in heaven
Questions for your personal study.
How does God show His love, pity, and mercy today?
How does God forgive us of our sins today?
How does God make known His ways today?
Questions from previous study – “He is our everything”
In Christ we what? We move
In Christ we what? Have our being
God & His Benefits
I. God’s Benefits
A. Who… (His Power-Psalm 68:35, Jeremiah 32:17).
1. verse.3-Who forgives & who heals
2. verse.4-Who redeems & who crowns
3. verse.5-Who satisfies
Questions for your personal study.
How do the benefits of God in verse 3-5 compare to what the world has to offer?
A. Promise of eternal rest.
1. Christ tells us over and over the faithful will be with Him (Rev 7:13-17)
2. No doubt this is the greatest promise of all-time made to the faithful throughout all
the world and all time(past, present & future).
B. Promise of repayment to evildoers.
1. God no doubt will take care of those who persecuted the church (Rom 12:19)
A. God sacrificed for us.
1. God sacrificed His Son for all mankind (Jn 3:16).
2. God love the whole world enough to send His Son (Isa 53:11)
B. Christ obeyed His Fathers will.
1. Christ did it all…for us (Isa 53:3-5)
See you next time on August 30th.
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Our new study is entitled “He is my Everything”.
This study is designed to remind us of how God should be everything to us, He is the most important person in our lives.
In order for God to be our everything we must realize the importance of His word.
First, let’s notice how His word provides everything we need in life.
“as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue”
2 Peter 1:3
His word guides us in every avenue and phase of life (Obeying parents, marriage,
money, etc) His word cuts through the ideas and deceitfulness of this world and guides us to real truth. While the world has various ideas of what we need or should desire Christ cuts to the heart of it all.
“And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
Next, notice His word gives us the greatest guidance of all.
Christ guides us to the path that leads to life, if we will follow Him.
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
Christ tells of only two paths in life. Only one leads to eternal life with Him, all others bottle neck to the same broad path that leads to destruction.
Christ’s words will be encouraging to us if we listen closely.
“You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.” Revelation 3:4
These are worthy because they have listened and obeyed, thus they are clothed in white and are worthy.
Let’s also notice that if God is our everything we will follow the example He has given us in Christ.
Christ is our example of how to overcome temptation.
Christ shows how to overcome the greatest tempter of all time who came to Christ with the greatest temptations of all time in Matthew 4.
Christ & the Father possess wisdom that surpasses man’s wisdom. Thus we can learn from there wisdom and example.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.”
Next notice that Christ shows us by example how to handle any situation.
Christ can see the truth and hypocrisy in any situation.
“Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. 7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
Christ was the example of how we ought to live, a life that puts God first and doing His will and always putting His will above our own. This we must do if we ever hope to be pleasing to God.
“saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”
Join me again for part 2 on August 9th.
Another important aspect of happiness is not dwelling on the past.
And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? Luke 12:25
Christ reminded us that worrying does not help the Christian. We ought not to worry about what may or may not happen and it is foolish to worry about that which has already taken place. It cannot be changed so worry cannot change it.
The Past is the Past
No matter how hard we try we cannot change the past. If it is sin that haunts us, we should know that if we repented then God has removed that blot from our lives.
As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
We learn from our mistakes and errors but we gain little by dwelling on our past mistakes.
If it’s the joys of the past that we miss….
We cannot relieve the past, we must live “in the now”. We must focus on today. If we want to have a happy life now we cannot live backwards, we cannot continue to live in the past.
Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 2Pe 3:13-14
If it is the passing pleasures of sin we miss we ought to repent. A Christian should
have no desire to turn back to sin, back to the world.
3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles —when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. 1Pe 4:3
Make God Your #1 Priority
We should pray more-we can never pray enough. Prayer is probably the most unused avenue that the Christian has.
pray without ceasing, 1Th 5:17
We are commanded to pray for one another and those who have sinned
16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Jam 5:16
Attend the Services of the Saints
One of the most basic ways to show our faith in God is also the most neglected
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Heb 10:24-25
Though the many find excuses to not attend as they should (“as is the manner of some”);
those who truly love the Lord find the first day of the week to truly be the best day of
In conclusion, we can be happy if we pursue it in a godly manner.
We can be happy. Christians have more reasons than any to be happy. To be truly happy we must be on the Lord’s side 100%.
then Moses stood in the entrance of the camp, and said, "Whoever is on the Lord's side— come to me!" And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to him. Exo 32:26
Are you pursuing happiness in a way that is pleasing to God?
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When striving for happiness it’s important to count your blessings.
It’s important to keep in mind that the word blessed means happy.
Name them “one by one”
We often sing “count your blessings, name them one by one”
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Eph 1:3
God because He loves us has blessed us, that is made us happy, with spiritual gifts from him.
God blesses us with mercy and comfort
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2Co 1:3-4
The mercy and comfort from God will bless us. Thus, His mercy and comfort will bring happiness to the Christian.
Blessing when counted, outweigh our troubles
God’s compassion and mercy for us is new every morning
Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. Lam 3:22-23
Blessings many times are things we don’t even think about.
Another important factor to happiness is spending time in the Word of God.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man 's all. Ecc 12:13
Keeping God’s commands is a must in order to be happy.
The Bible tells us God’s commands and what desires from us. By obeying his commands and doing what He desires will bring happiness to the life of the Christian.
3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 2Pe 1:3
The Bible is a great encourager
Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope. Psa 119:116
The word of God reminds us of how blessed we are as Christians. It reminds us of the many reasons that the Christian has to be happy.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Rom 5:8-10
We are blessed that God’s love is shown in his sacrificing of His son. Without such love, such a blessing, we would be without hope.
The Bible tells us where to find happiness
We can find happiness in God correcting us, His correction is because of His love for us. "Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty. Job 5:17
Behold, thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the Lord. Psa 128:4 – The man who fears the Lord will be happy.
Happiness is not based on material possessions nor is it a destination to be reached. Happiness comes from contentment and a peaceful state of mind. The Christian can have such because, as the Bible reveals, only God can bring such peace, thus only God can bring true happiness.
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phi 4:7
Join us next time as we conclude or study of how to happy.
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Everyone wants to be happy. I’ve never known or met anyone who wants to miserable. So how can a Christian be truly happy? Does God provide such happiness? Let’s study together!
The Christian will learn that first that the key to happiness is not found in the world but in God. Thus, in order to find happiness as a Christian one must look to God and stay close to Him.
The hope of eternal life in Christ should keep the Christian happy.
20 that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them." Deu 30:20
Underline the phrases “love the Lord your God”; “obey His voice” & “cling to Him”
Highlight in green the phrase “He is your life and the length of your days”. This is a promise of God.
We find several commands in this verse.
First, we are to “love the Lord your God”. This is shown by our dedication and attitude towards God.
Second, to “obey His voice”, this is simple, those who love Him will obey Him.
Third, that you “cling to Him:, this is a sign of faithfulness and great love that causes the Christian to love Him.
Fourth and lastly, “He is our life and the length of our days”. That is to say He, and He alone is our only hope of life eternal.
NO matter how hard this life may seem, when it is over we (the faithful of God) will be with the Father. This is promised in scripture many times.
who "will render to each one according to his deeds": 7 eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;
Highlight the phrase “eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good” in green. This is a promise of God.
Knowing that God cares about our troubles and concerns should make us happy.
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Mat 11:28
This is another promise of God of rest for the faithful, which should bring us happiness also.
Highlight in green the phrase “I will give you rest”.
In order for us to find this happiness we must first come to Christ.
Underline the phrase “come to me”. Also note the cross reference 1 Peter 5:6-7.
Being saved by the Lord should bring happiness, and it will when our attitudes and our priorities are righteous.
29 Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, The shield of your help And the sword of your majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you, And you shall tread down their high places." Deu 33:29
Underline the phrase “Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord,”
The Christian will do well when he or she realizes happiness is not found in the world.
Christ reminds us of such in Luke 12:15. When He reminds us there are more important aspects of life than just things.
15 And He said to them, " Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses." Luke 12:15
Highlight in yellow the phrase “take heed and beware of covetousness” this is something the Christian is being warned about.
Underline the phrase “one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
The scripture reminds us time and time again that happiness is only found in God.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped…
Underline the phrase “My heart trusted in Him”. Trust in God will bring happiness.
Join us next time as we continue our study “How to be Happy”!
Everyone has a way of walking. In this life there is the walk of the Christian or the Righteous but, there is also the walk of the wicked or the worldly.
In Psalm 1:4-5 we have a contrast of the righteous and wicked.
In Psalm 1:4 we see that the ungodly walks in their own path. Underline the phrase “The ungodly are not so”. Also note the cross-reference of Psalm 14:1. The ungodly is not like the tree mentioned previously.
The ungodly are not founded in the firm foundation. Also note the cross-reference of Matthew 7:26 and following.
The ungodly in verse four are like the chaff. Note the cross-reference of Matthew 3:12. They are easily blown away and separated from God. Also note the cross-reference of Job 21:17-18. They have not roots, note the cross-reference of Matthew 13:6,21.
In verse five we see that the ungodly will not remain in the in the presence of righteousness. No more than the chaff and wheat. When it comes time for judgment the wicked will have nothing to stand on. Everything they have done will be brought into judgment. Also note the cross-reference of Ecclesiastes of 12:14.
In Psalm 1:6 we see a promise is made, for the righteous and the unrighteous.
Highlight in BLUE the phrase “For the Lord knows the way of the Righteous”.
Of the righteous – the Lord knows and will remember. The Lord knows His relationship with the Godly. He know of their faith and their love for Him.
Of the unrighteous – They shall perish. He knows of their sins. He knows of their rejection of Him, His laws, and His ways.
So, where does the man of God focus their attention? Notice Matthew 6:24,33.
How does God bless those who are obedient to Him? Notice Ephesians 1:3 and Romans 8:28. What association does the righteous have with the unrighteous? Notice 2 Corinthians 6:17.
Join us in March for another Study in God’s Word!