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Personal Revival and God’s Steadfast Love

In your steadfast love give me life, that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.  Psalm 119:88

In our pursuit of personal revival as revealed in Psalm 119, we discover the keeping of “the testimonies of your mouth” requires the loving revival action of God.

That I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.

  • There is personal responsibility and delight that flows from the longing of David’s soul. “That I.”
    • The corporate or national we is important, but David’s priority is upon himself.
    • Apparent is an intimacy between “your steadfast love” and “that I may keep.”
  • “Keep” seems a more relational term than “obey.”
  • David’s interest is in keeping the particulars from “God’s mouth.”
    • Hearing the voice of God, as seen in the written the code of law, is a bit more intimate than “may I obey your law.”
    • The emphasis upon God’s mouth” implies a close ear to hear. Maybe a heart to heart idea.
  • This is a prequel to Jesus’ words in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
  • It seems this wording is more than “may I obey what you once said,” but “may I hear and respond appropriately to what you are currently saying.”

For the keeping of the testimonies from God’s mouth to occur, the Psalmist recognizes he needs an abiding personal revival.

  • Quicken me.
  • Cause me to live.
  • God’s action is requested for such a noble “Keeping of the testimonies from his mouth.”

Why would God even consider doing this reviving?

The Psalmist appeals to God’s great, enduring mercy and grace wrapped up “In your steadfast love.”

“Respond to me according to Who you are,” the Psalmist requests.

There are more ways than one can estimate that hinder us from “Keeping the testimonies of God’s mouth.”

Fear of failure and fear of others send us to a direct awareness of our need of God’s unfailing love.

Posted on 12th December 2018 in Wednesday Evenings  •  Comments are off for this post
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Personal Revival: Comfort in Affliction

With our strong longing for God, we are studying personal revival as seen in Psalm 119.

Psalm 119 features at least eight prayers of deep longing for revival.

Today’s text is perfectly timed by the Lord for our post-earthquake reality.

Vs. 50 This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.

• The difficulty is affliction.
• The grace is comfort and life.
• The source is God’s promise.

An affliction is a “cause of persistent pain or distress.” https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affliction

• The author does not minimalize the pain or distress.
• Nor does he deny pain and distress.

Notice Abraham’s total resistance to denial. Romans 4:19-21

19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.

The Psalmist makes it clear, “in my affliction.”

Yet David has a far greater experience to unfold for his readers: “This is my comfort.”

David’s personal experience was “consolation in time of trouble or worry.”

Yes, in David’s affliction he experienced God’s comfort and life through God’s promises.

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her
that her warfare[a] is ended,
that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the LORD’s hand
double for all her sins.
3 A voice cries:[b] “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together,
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
The Word of God Stands Forever
6 A voice says, “Cry!”
And I said,[c] “What shall I cry?”
All flesh is grass,
and all its beauty[d] is like the flower of the field.
7 The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of the LORD blows on it;
surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever.
The Greatness of God
9 Go on up to a high mountain,
O Zion, herald of good news;[e] lift up your voice with strength,
O Jerusalem, herald of good news;[f] lift it up, fear not;
say to the cities of Judah,
“Behold your God!”
10 Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
behold, his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
11 He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.
12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure
and weighed the mountains in scales
and the hills in a balance?
13 Who has measured[g] the Spirit of the LORD,
or what man shows him his counsel?
14 Whom did he consult,
and who made him understand?
Who taught him the path of justice,
and taught him knowledge,
and showed him the way of understanding?
15 Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
and are accounted as the dust on the scales;
behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust.
16 Lebanon would not suffice for fuel,
nor are its beasts enough for a burnt offering.
17 All the nations are as nothing before him,
they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.
18 To whom then will you liken God,
or what likeness compare with him?
19 An idol! A craftsman casts it,
and a goldsmith overlays it with gold
and casts for it silver chains.
20 He who is too impoverished for an offering
chooses wood[h] that will not rot;
he seeks out a skillful craftsman
to set up an idol that will not move.
21 Do you not know? Do you not hear?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
23 who brings princes to nothing,
and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows on them, and they wither,
and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
25 To whom then will you compare me,
that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high and see:
who created these?
He who brings out their host by number,
calling them all by name;
by the greatness of his might
and because he is strong in power,
not one is missing.
27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the LORD,
and my right is disregarded by my God”?
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
God’s promise is the source of HUGE comfort.

God is tender with His people.

War is ended.
Iniquity is pardoned.

The wilderness is to be prepared for the Lord. The LORD is entering the wilderness.

Build a straight highway – God is coming to town!

Every obstacle to smooth travel will be removed.

God’s glory will be revealed.

All flesh shall see it together.

FOR THE MOUTH OF THE LORD HAS SPOKEN.

So much in creation and life is temporary.

BUT THE WORD OF OUR GOD WLL STAND FOREVER!

Get on every communication platform and declare with strength, “The might and power of God.”

He will mightily tend his flock like a shepherd.

Haven’t you heard? God isn’t confined to creation as a mere created being.

He sits above creation.

God is so amazing there is nothing to compare with Him.

Haven’t you heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He does not faint or grow weary. What God understands is unsearchable.
He gives POWER to the faint and to the weak He increases strength.

All humans get weary, faint and can fall exhausted.

 

Posted on 5th December 2018 in Wednesday Evenings  •  Comments are off for this post
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Psalm 119:40: Longings and Personal Revival

We are pursuing, with all our mind and might, soul and heart, the Person whom we Love.

The One whose loving kindness is better than life.  He who animates the universe.  Brightens the Alaskan skies with the northern lights.  Who says, “Let there be” and be it is.

He who shalom-ed a troubled teenage Mary’s heart upon her selection to be the mother of our Lord and entrusted her cross broken heart to John, “Woman, behold thy son.”  Or is it He entrusted His best friend into the care of the world’s greatest mother?

We’ve got to experience the One who sent the cloven tongues of fire from Mt. Sinai into Pentecost’s upper room and filled everyone present with the Spirit of the Living God.

Not another day without His strong hand upon our shoulder.  Not an hour without His living Word surging through our veins.  Not a minute absent His approval. Not a second without His aromatic anointing.

We pursue His fresh fire.  His wind of life.  His energetic oil.

We await His hovering, brooding, indwelling, moving, empowering Spirit.

Is it renewal?  Restoration?  Awakening?  Outpouring?  Revival?

Psalm 119 features at least eight prayers of deep longing for revival.

Vs. 25              My soul clings to the dust.  Revive me according to your word.

Vs. 37              Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.

Vs. 40              Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life!

Vs. 50              This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.

Vs. 88              In your steadfast love give me life, that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.

Vs. 93              I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life.

Vs. 107            I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word!

Vs. 149            Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O Lord, according to your justice give me life.

Today we take up the Psalmist’s third outcry for revival.  Psalm 119:40

“Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life!”

This awakening of revival for which we pray is related to our deepest longings.  “Behold, I long for your precepts.”

For some people, the identifiable deep longing is for happiness.  David K. Naugle, in his book Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness states:

Roman philosopher Seneca (c. 5 B.C.-A. D. 65) reminded us: There is not anything in this world, perhaps, that is more talked of, and less understood, than the business of a happy life. It is every person’s wish and design; and yet not one of a thousand … knows wherein that happiness consists. We live, however, in a blind and eager pursuit of it; and the more haste we make in a wrong way, the further we are from our journey’s end.

Naugle calls this misguided longing for happiness as “the everlasting ideal.”

We are in search of the everlasting ideal in education, finances, work, technology, marriage, parenting, friendship, travel, adventure, health, entertainment, recreation, religion, food, drink, sex, and self. Not only is this pursuit exhausting; it also trivializes a once-noble concept, as we have moved from a concern with being and doing good to a fixation on feeling good.

Notice the author points to a movement from “being and doing good to a fixation on feeling good.”

Feelings are part of the image of God imparted to human beings at creation.  It is because God has emotions that we have emotions.  Feelings are a gift from God.

God’s feelings are on full display in Hosea 11:8.

How can I give you up, O Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, O Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
How can I treat you like Zeboiim?
My heart recoils within me;
my compassion grows warm and tender.

Jesus feels our feelings.

15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

To sympathize is to “have a fellow feeling with.”  https://biblehub.com/greek/4834.htm

We could restate this verse as follows:  For we have Jesus, our Great High Priest, who has fellow feelings with our weaknesses.  In every respect He has been tempted as we are yet is without sin.

When God created humans in His image He included the ability and desirability of feelings.

Longing for joy, peace, love and happiness can be pleasing to the Lord.

However, these longings are not truly the deepest human longing.

Every human being has always and will always discover their deepest longing is for God alone.

Psalm 62:5-8

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;

Hear the same deepest longing from Psalm 42:1-2

As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?

See Jesus’ promised blessing upon those who embrace their deepest longings for God in Matthew 5.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied.

Psalm 119:40, reveals that revival is connected to our deepest longing for God as revealed in His precepts (guidance).

Consider God’s faithfulness to Isaac because of Abraham’s exceptional longing for obedience to God.

26 Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar to Abimelech king of the Philistines. And the Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you. Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you, for to you and to your offspring I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father. I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands. And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”

Remember this is several hundred years PRIOR to God giving the written and oral Law to Moses.

Abraham’s knowledge of God’s charge, commandments, statutes and laws was 100% by hearing God’s voice.

“This variety of expression seems to be designed to show the universality and exactness of Abraham’s obedience, that he readily complied with every intimation of the divine will.”

https://biblehub.com/commentaries/genesis/26-5.htm

Abraham’s deepest longing for God fueled his obedience to every hint of God’s will.

As we pursue our deepest longing for God, Abraham’s example is a valuable model.

  1. Longing for God, we pre-commit to obey every hint of God’s will.
  2. Longing for God, we expect to hear His voice, both oral and written.
  3. Longing for God, we expect the next generation of our family members to walk in God’s promises to us.
  4. Longing for God, we expect Holy Spirit revival.
Posted on 28th November 2018 in Wednesday Evenings  •  Comments are off for this post
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Psalm 119: Personal Revival part 3

Psalm 119: Personal Revival

Wednesday, November 14

Vs. 37              Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.

We have talked about the need for personal revival as seen in verse 25, “my soul clings to the dust,” and as a response, like Isaiah’s in Isaiah 6:5, to the glorious holiness of God.

Now we turn our attention to Psalm 119:37’s emphasis upon our need for revival because we fill our sight, vision, imagination and contemplations with worthless things rather than with the face of God.

Have you considered what we might call “Godly visual nutrition?”

The challenges of consistently eating healthful nutrition are well known.

  1. I don’t know what is healthful and therefore make poor nutritional choices.
  2. I do know what is healthful and therefore make good nutritional choices.
  3. I do know what is healthful but don’t have the discipline to make good nutritional choices.
  4. I do know what is healthful but don’t really seem to care. At all.

Although never called “Godly visual nutrition” in the Bible, the concept is powerful in the lives of both Bible heroes and villains.

Eve and Adam represented all human beings in the battle for “Godly visual nutrition” in their colossal Genesis 3:6 failure.

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,[b] she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.

David struggled with “Godly Visual Nutrition.”

It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. 2 Samuel 11:2

Achan lost the battle for “Godly Visual Nutrition.”

21 when I saw among the spoil a beautiful cloak from Shinar, and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing 50 shekels,[a]then I coveted them and took them. And see, they are hidden in the earth inside my tent, with the silver underneath.” Joshua 7:21

John warns us about ungodly visual nutrition.

16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life[a]—is not from the Father but is from the world. 1 John 2:16

An entry level dimension of “Godly Visual Nutrition” begins with making a covenant with one’s eyes.

“I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin? Job 31:1

But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.  Daniel 1:8

A second dimension of “Godly Visual Nutrition” includes consuming NO visual junk food.

I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless.  Psalm 101:3

It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful.  2 Samuel 11:2

A third dimension of “Godly Visual Nutrition” includes the Word of God.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.  Deuteronomy 6:4-9

My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.  Proverbs 4:20, 21

A fourth dimension of “Godly Visual Nutrition” is the Person and Presence of God.

One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.  Psalm 27:4

My soul was stirred significantly by an experience Pastor Francis Chan had with a pastor from India.

“Moses went up the mountain to meet with God.  In our generation God invites every Christian to climb the mountain to personally meet with God.  But American pastors are content to stay at the foot of the mountain and take selfies with celebrities rather than climb the mountain of God themselves.”

We have need of Psalm 119 personal revival because:

  1. Our soul clings to the dust. 25
  2. We have seen the extreme holiness of God. Isaiah 6
  3. We have filled our eyes with worthless things. 37

Lord, turn my eyes from worthless things and give me life in your ways.  Vs. 37

 

Posted on 14th November 2018 in Prayer, Wednesday Evenings  •  Comments are off for this post
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Psalm 119: Personal Revival, Part 2

Eleven times the Psalmist prays for personal revival.

Vs. 25              My soul clings to the dust.  Revive me according to your word.

Psalm 44:25

For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our belly clings to the ground.

Psalm 113:7

He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap,

Psalm 103:14

For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.

Personal Revival is anchored, for the Psalmist of verse 25, in “My soul clings to the dust.”

There could be many and various reasons for the Psalmist’s soul to cling to the dust.  “Look at you….”

  • Personal difficulty
  • Depression
  • Disease
  • Strong enemies
  • A guilty conscience

Let us consider a different possibility for you and I to recognize that our “souls cling to the dust.”  Isaiah 6:1-9

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train[a] of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”[b]

And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” And he said, “Go, and say to this people:

There is a, “My soul clings to the dust reality,” that comes not from one’s encounter with the self and all of its challenges, but from an experience with God and His holiness.

Here the soul isn’t saying, “Look at you,” the soul has looked and seen God.

We discover Isaiah’s “Woe is me” is similar to the Psalmist’s “My soul clings to the dust.”

May the Lord create in us a longing for personal revival that flows from an experience with God and His holiness.

Vs. 37              Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.

Vs. 40              Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life!

Vs. 50              This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.

Vs. 88              In your steadfast love give me life, that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.

Vs. 93              I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life.

Vs. 107             I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word!

Vs. 149            Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O Lord, according to your justice give me life.

Vs. 154            Plead my cause and redeem me; give me life according to your promise!

Vs. 156             Great is your mercy, O Lord; give me life according to your rules.

Vs. 159             Consider how I love your precepts! Give me life according to your steadfast love.

Psalm 85

Lord, you were favorable to your land;
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people;
you covered all their sin. Selah
You withdrew all your wrath;
you turned from your hot anger.

Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
and put away your indignation toward us!
Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
Will you not revive us again,
that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.

Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints;
but let them not turn back to folly.
Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
that glory may dwell in our land.

10 Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs up from the ground,
and righteousness looks down from the sky.
12 Yes, the Lord will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him
and make his footsteps a way.

Ten Suggestions for a Personal Revival: “The Size of the Soul (Chapter 5)” A.W. Tozer

  1. Get thoroughly dissatisfied with yourself.
  2. Set your face like a flint toward a sweeping transformation of your life.
  3. Put yourself in the way of the blessing.
  4. Do a thorough job of repenting.
  5. Make restitution whenever possible.
  6. Bring your life into accord with the Sermon on the Mount and such other New Testament Scriptures as are designed to instruct us in the way of righteousness. (Self-examination made on our knees)
  7. Be serious-minded.
  8. Deliberately narrow your interests.
  9. Begin to witness.
  10. Have faith in God (begin to expect).
Posted on 7th November 2018 in Intentional Spiritual Growth, Wednesday Evenings  •  Comments are off for this post
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Wealth Creation and the Beatitudinal Christian

The Lausanne Movement and BAM Global organized a Global Consultation on The Role of Wealth Creation for Holistic Transformation, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in March 2017. About 30 people from 20 nations participated, primarily from the business world, and also from church, missions and academia. The findings will be published in several papers and a book, as well as an educational video. This Manifesto conveys the essentials of our deliberations before and during the Consultation. https://www.lausanne.org/content/wealth-creation-manifesto

The Bible has much to say about material goods, wealth and true riches.

  • Wealth can be in all areas – physical, mental, material and spiritual.
    • Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3 John 2
      • All may go well
      • Good health
      • Healthful soul
    • If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? Luke 16:11
  • All resources are sourced in God.
    • The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,[a]
      the world and those who dwell therein,
      for he has founded it upon the seas
      and established it upon the rivers.  Psalm 24:1, 2
    • You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.  Deuteronomy 8:18
  • We are stewards entrusted with caring for God’s resources.

 

  • The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.  Genesis 2:15

“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. 25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 26 For “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.”  1 Corinthians 10:23-26

  • As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: I Peter 4:10

 

  • We steward God’s resources for God’s purposes. 17

 

  • We steward God’s resources to become rich in good works, generous and ready to share. 18

 

  • We steward God’s resources to build a good foundation for the future so that we may take hold of that which is truly life. 19

 

  • In stewarding God’s resources, we experience joy. 17

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. 1 Timothy 6:17-19

 

  • Stewardship indicates our treasure is God and not His resources. We do not trust in resources, but in God Himself.  Luke 12:34

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12:34

  • Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf. Proverbs 11:28

The following affirmations and appeal are from https://www.lausanne.org/content/wealth-creation-manifesto

Affirmations

  1. Wealth creation is rooted in God the Creator, who created a world that flourishes with abundance and diversity.
  2. We are created in God’s image, to co-create with him and for him, to create products and services for the common good.
  3. Wealth creation is a holy calling, and a God-given gift, which is commended in the Bible.
  4. Wealth creators should be affirmed by the Church and equipped and deployed to serve in the marketplace among all peoples and nations.
  5. Wealth hoarding is wrong, and wealth sharing should be encouraged, but there is no wealth to be shared unless it has been created.
  6. There is a universal call to generosity, and contentment is a virtue, but material simplicity is a personal choice, and involuntary poverty should be alleviated.
  7. The purpose of wealth creation through business goes beyond giving generously, although that is to be commended; good business has intrinsic value as a means of material provision and can be an agent of positive transformation in society.
  8. Business has a special capacity to create financial wealth, but also has the potential to create different kinds of wealth for many stakeholders, including social, intellectual, physical and spiritual wealth.
  9. Wealth creation through business has proven power to lift people and nations out of poverty.
  10. Wealth creation must always be pursued with justice and a concern for the poor, and should be sensitive to each unique cultural context.
  11. Creation care is not optional. Stewardship of creation and business solutions to environmental challenges should be an integral part of wealth creation through business.

Appeal

We present these affirmations to the Church worldwide, and especially to leaders in business, church, government, and academia.

  • We call the church to embrace wealth creation as central to our mission of holistic transformation of peoples and societies.
  • We call for fresh, ongoing efforts to equip and launch wealth creators to that very end.
  • We call wealth creators to perseverance, diligently using their God-given gifts to serve God and people.

Ad maiorem Dei gloriam – For the greater glory of God

Posted on 3rd October 2018 in BAM, Uncategorized, Wednesday Evenings  •  Comments are off for this post
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The Rushing Spirit and the Suddenly’s of God

I am investigating every mention of the Spirit in the Old Testament.  These notes are for the usage of the word “Spirit” in Judges through 1 Samuel 16.

The emphasis in these verses upon “The Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him,” caught my attention.  Upon further thinking, I also see that Luke, in Acts, places special emphasis upon the Spirit doing things “suddenly.”

May the Spirit RUSH upon you SUDDENLY with God’s ministry to you.

Judges 14:5-6, 19; 15:14

The Experience with the Spirit:         The Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him,

The Expression:                                  although he had nothing in his hand, he tore the lion in pieces

Then Samson went down with his father and mother to Timnah, and they came to the vineyards of Timnah. And behold, a young lion came toward him roaring. Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and although he had nothing in his hand, he tore the lion in pieces as one tears a young goat

1 Samuel 10:6, 10

The Experience with the Spirit:         The Spirit of the Lord will rush upon you

The Expression:                                  you will prophesy and be turned into another man

Then the Spirit of the Lord will rush upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.

When they came to Gibeah, behold, a group of prophets met him, and the Spirit of God rushed upon him, and he prophesied among them.           

1 Samuel 11:6

The Experience with the Spirit:         The Spirit of God rushed upon Saul

The Expression:                                  and his anger was greatly kindled.

And the Spirit of God rushed upon Saul when he heard these words, and his anger was greatly kindled.

1 Samuel 16:13

The Experience with the Spirit:         The Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward.

The Expression:                                  Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers.

Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.

The Holy Spirit and Luke, in the book of Acts, place enormous emphasis upon the urgent rushing of the Holy Spirit into and upon people and situations.

Acts 2:2

Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.

Acts 8:39

When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.

Acts 9:3

As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.

Acts 10:30

Cornelius answered: “Three days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me

Acts 12:7

Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.

Acts 12:10

They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.

Acts 16:26

Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.

Acts 22:6

“About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me.

Malachi 3:1-2

 “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.

 

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The Holy Spirit and Me

The Holy Spirit and Me: Experience and Expression

Genesis 1:1-5

Experience with the Spirit:    The Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters

The Expression:                      And God said, “Let there be light.

 

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Genesis 6:1-8

Experience with the Spirit:    Every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

The Expression:                      My Spirit shall not abide in man forever.

When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in[a] man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim[b] were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

 

 

 

Genesis 41:16 24, 25, 37

Experience with the Spirit:    The interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream

The Expression:                      It is not in me: God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer

“Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?” 38

 

Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”[a] 17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Behold, in my dream I was standing on the banks of the Nile. 18 Seven cows, plump and attractive, came up out of the Nile and fed in the reed grass. 19 Seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and thin, such as I had never seen in all the land of Egypt. 20 And the thin, ugly cows ate up the first seven plump cows,21 but when they had eaten them no one would have known that they had eaten them, for they were still as ugly as at the beginning. Then I awoke. 22 I also saw in my dream seven ears growing on one stalk, full and good. 23 Seven ears, withered, thin, and blighted by the east wind, sprouted after them, 24 and the thin ears swallowed up the seven good ears. And I told it to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me.”

25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do.

37 This proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants. 38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?”

 

 

Exodus 31:1-11

 

The Experience with the Spirit:         I have filled him with the Spirit of God

The Expression:                                  with ability and intelligence, knowledge and al craftsmanship, devise artistic designs, work in gold, silver, and bronze, cutting stones for setting, and carving wood.

 

The Lord said to Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft. And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you: the tent of meeting, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is on it, and all the furnishings of the tent, the table and its utensils, and the pure lampstand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin and its stand, 10 and the finely worked garments,[a] the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons, for their service as priests, 11 and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense for the Holy Place. According to all that I have commanded you, they shall do.”

 

Numbers 11:24-30

 

The Experience with the Spirit:         Took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. Two outside the camp, Eldad and Medad.

The Expression:                                  They prophesied.

 

24 So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. 25 Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it.

26 Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27 And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them.” 29 But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” 30 And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.

Numbers 24:1-3

 

The Experience with the Spirit:         And the Spirit of God came upon him

The Expression:                                  and he took up his discourse and said…

 

When Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not go, as at other times, to look for omens, but set his face toward the wilderness. And Balaam lifted up his eyes and saw Israel camping tribe by tribe. And the Spirit of God came upon him, and he took up his discourse and said,

Numbers 27:1-3

The Experience with the Spirit:         Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit and lay your hand on him

The Expression:                                  You shall commission him in their sight.  You shall invest him with some of your authority…

So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him. 19 Make him stand before Eleazar the priest and all the congregation, and you shall commission him in their sight. 20 You shall invest him with some of your authority, that all the congregation of the people of Israel may obey. 21 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the judgment of the Urim before the Lord. At his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he and all the people of Israel with him, the whole congregation.”

Deuteronomy 34:9

And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him and did as the Lord had commanded Moses.

 

Judges 3:9-11

 

The Experience with the Spirit:         The Spirit of the Lord was upon him

The Expression:                                  When the people cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer… the Spirit of the Lord was upon him, and he judged Israel.

 

But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the people of Israel, who saved them, Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. 10 The Spirit of the Lord was upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the Lord gave Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand. And his hand prevailed over Cushan-rishathaim. 11 So the land had rest forty years.

 

Judges 6:28-34

 

The Experience with the Spirit:         The Spirit of the Lord clothed Gideon.

The Expression:                                  The destruction of altars of Baal and the Asherah poles

 

28 When the men of the town rose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was broken down, and the Asherah beside it was cut down, and the second bull was offered on the altar that had been built. 29 And they said to one another, “Who has done this thing?” And after they had searched and inquired, they said, “Gideon the son of Joash has done this thing.”30 Then the men of the town said to Joash, “Bring out your son, that he may die, for he has broken down the altar of Baal and cut down the Asherah beside it.” 31 But Joash said to all who stood against him, “Will you contend for Baal? Or will you save him? Whoever contends for him shall be put to death by morning. If he is a god, let him contend for himself, because his altar has been broken down.” 32 Therefore on that day Gideon[c] was called Jerubbaal, that is to say, “Let Baal contend against him,” because he broke down his altar.

33 Now all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the East came together, and they crossed the Jordan and encamped in the Valley of Jezreel. 34 But the Spirit of the Lord clothed Gideon, and he sounded the trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called out to follow him.

Judges 11:29-30

 

The Experience with the Spirit:         The Spirit of the Lord was upon Jephthah.

The Expression:                                  Non-Spirit inspired, tragic vow

 

29 Then the Spirit of the Lord was upon Jephthah, and he passed through Gilead and Manasseh and passed on to Mizpah of Gilead, and from Mizpah of Gilead he passed on to the Ammonites. 30 And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord and said, “If you will give the Ammonites into my hand, 31 then whatever[a] comes out from the doors of my house to meet me when I return in peace from the Ammonites shall be the Lord’s, and I will offer it[b] up for a burnt offering.”

 

Judges 13:25

 

The Experience with the Spirit:         The Spirit of the Lord

The Expression:                                  began to stir him

 

25 And the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him (Samson) in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.

 

Judges 14:5-6, 19; 15:14

 

The Experience with the Spirit:         The Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him,

The Expression:                                  although he had nothing in his hand, he tore the lion in pieces

 

Then Samson went down with his father and mother to Timnah, and they came to the vineyards of Timnah. And behold, a young lion came toward him roaring. Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and although he had nothing in his hand, he tore the lion in pieces as one tears a young goat

 

1 Samuel 10:6, 10

 

The Experience with the Spirit:         The Spirit of the Lord will rush upon you

The Expression:                                  you will prophesy and be turned into another man

 

Then the Spirit of the Lord will rush upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.

 

When they came to Gibeah, behold, a group of prophets met him, and the Spirit of God rushed upon him, and he prophesied among them.

1 Samuel 11:6

The Experience with the Spirit:         The Spirit of God rushed upon Saul

The Expression:                                  and his anger was greatly kindled.

 

And the Spirit of God rushed upon Saul when he heard these words, and his anger was greatly kindled.

 

1 Samuel 16:13

 

The Experience with the Spirit:         The Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward.

The Expression:                                  Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers.

 

Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.

 

1 Samuel 16:14

The Experience with the Spirit:         The Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul

The Expression:                                  and a harmful spirit from the Lord tormented him.

 

Now the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a harmful spirit from the Lord tormented him

 

Posted on 19th September 2018 in Wednesday Evenings  •  Comments are off for this post
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The Holy Spirit and Me: Experience AND Expression

My longing for both the theology of the Holy Spirit and the real time moving of the Holy Spirit is intense and growing.  Many of us have heard the expressions of belief and even stories of past demonstrations of the presence of the Spirit.

Yet today I deeply desire both the experience and expression of the Holy Spirit.

I have become even more fascinated with the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life and ministry of Jesus.

  • Acts 1:1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teachuntil the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
  • Acts 2:33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
  • Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

This teaching series, we have been investigating and journeying through the book of Acts in search of clues to personally living a more effective and productive life through the Spirit.   2 Peter 2:8

Matthew and Luke report the Spirit’s activity upon Joseph and Mary at the birth of Jesus.

Matthew 1:18-25 (Written from the perspective of Joseph)

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[a]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[b] did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[c] because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[d] (which means “God with us”).

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Luke 1:26-35 (Written from Mary’s perspective)

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God.

Matthew

  • Pregnant of the Holy Spirit
  • Is from the Holy Spirit

Luke

  • The Spirit will come on you
  • The power of the Most High will overshadow you

These concepts are reminiscent of Old Testament experiences.

  • When Balaam looked out and saw Israel encamped tribe by tribe, the Spirit of God came on him…Numbers 24:2
  • 10 The Spirit of the Lordwas upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the Lord gave Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand. And his hand prevailed over Cushan-rishathaim.  Judges 3:10
  • The Spirit of God came[a]upon Azariah the son of Oded..2 Chronicles 15:1

For Isaiah, 32:15, the barrenness of Israel continues… “until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is deemed a forest.”

Luke reports the angel informs Mary, “the power of the Most High will overshadow you.”

The angel’s wording is Exodus 40 Tabernacle terminology.

34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.35 And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36 Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. 37 But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up. 38 For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.

The angel’s wording is Psalm 91:4 protection by God’s presence terminology.

He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

The angel’s wording is Psalm 140:7 empowered by God’s presence terminology.

O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation,
you have covered my head in the day of battle.

“There in the old testament the verb overshadow symbolized the power and presence of the Almighty with and for His people”[1]

“As the tabernacle was full of, contained, the Shekinah glory, so Mary was to carry within herself the Son of God, the glory of God’s people Israel.”[2]

For us today, let’s consider 2 Peter 1:16-21

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son,[i] with whom I am well pleased,” 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

[1] The Power and the Presence: The significance of the Holy Spirit in the life and ministry of Jesus, page 72

[2] The Power and the Presence: The significance of the Holy Spirit in the life and ministry of Jesus, page 72

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God Communicates through Signs and Wonders: Deuteronomy and Acts

Signs and Wonders, Part Four

Throughout the Bible God communicates through signs and wonders.

Before one takes up the question, “Can people, under the power of the Holy Spirit, accomplish signs and wonders?” we must recognize that GOD communicates through signs and wonders.

Consider signs and wonders (collocation) in the book of Deuteronomy.


Deuteronomy 4:34

“Or has any god ever attempted to go and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders, and by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and by great deeds of terror, all of which the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?”

Others, in both the Old and New Testaments, understand God’s communication through a “…mighty hand and an outstretched arm…”

In this passage signs and wonders are about God taking “a nation for himself from the midst of another nation…”

Israel was the beneficiary of God’s action: “All of which the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes.”

Luke especially features God’s communication in this manner.  Acts 4:30

Deuteronomy 6:22

“And the Lord showed signs and wonders, great and grievous, against Egypt and against Pharaoh and all his household, before our eyes.”

These signs and wonders were against those resisting God’s wishes.

Deuteronomy 7:19

“the great trials that your eyes saw, the signs, the wonders, the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm, by which the Lord your God brought you out. So will the Lord your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid.”

God’s signs and wonders of Israel’s recent past are a recognition of His future work among them.  “So will the Lord your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid.”

Deuteronomy 26:8

“And the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great deeds of terror, with signs and wonders.”

This passage views the signs and wonders from the experience of Israel.  “And the Lord brought us out of Egypt…”

Deuteronomy 29:3

“the great trials that your eyes saw, the signs, and those great wonders.”

Your own eyes have seen God’s signs and great wonders, but you are not yet responding properly.

Deuteronomy 34:11

“none like him for all the signs and the wonders that the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land,”

Moses is honored as a man especially accredited by God.  Notice the author informs us that the Lord sent Moses to do these signs and wonders.  God sent.  Moses accomplished.

Signs and Wonders Tour of Acts 

Paul rebukes the Magician                             Acts 13:8-12

Unnamed Signs and Wonders                        Acts 14:3

Paul heals a lame man                                    Acts 14:8-10

Paul left for dead, lives                                   Acts 14:19-20

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