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Discover the Book - Sept. 26, 2007

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Fruitfulness Explained: Abiding Satisfied

Conclusion Part 6 continued from September 25th

 

FRUITFULNESS EXAMINED IN 2 CORINTHIANS 5:1-10

 

Romans 14:10-13 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.” 12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. 13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.

 

1 Corinthians 3:5-17 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

 

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. 6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. 9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

 

FRUITFULNESS ETERNALIZED REVELATION 19:1-8

 

Revelation 19:7-8 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. (NKJV)

 

Revelation 19:7-8 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. 8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) (NIV)

 

Revelation 19:7-8 “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.”8 And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. (NASB)

 

Casting crowns over and over in the worship scenes

Rewards are command based. Commands or imperatives equal responsibility. We are never commanded to do what only God does. We are commanded to do what we are responsible to allow God to do through us. Never does God's Word says “justify yourself, or impute yourself”. But over and over God tells us “clothe yourself, flee, be not conformed” and so on.

 

FOLLOW ME

 

EXPERIENCE THE LOVING LEADERSHIP OF JESUS

AUTHOR: JAN DAVID HETTINGA

PUBLISHER: NAVPRESS

COPYRIGHT: 1996

Page: 191-192

 

An assumption of superiority.

The need to be more right than anyone else.

The impulse to prove and promote myself.

The tendency to take credit for things that were really the ideas or the work of others.

The ease with which I can hold a grudge over slights that I’ve been guilty of committing myself.

My uncanny ability to rationalize, justify, and excuse what I do and say while at the same time, and even over the same issues, being unsympathetic and judgmental with others.

Leveling behavior; that is, building up myself by tearing others down.

Page: 193-194

 

OTHER STRONGHOLDS

 

Here are some other strongholds you might want to be wary of:

 

·      I need to stay in control because I’m so shy and sensitive.

·      I can’t give God complete control because my marriage partner would take advantage of my submission.

·      I’m oversexed. God’s rules are too restrictive.

·      I’m a fearful person. Losing control scares me most of all.

·      God understands why I can’t surrender.

·      Security and comfort have always been big issues with me. I can’t risk having God take away my support system.

·      My children need my full attention. God can have my life after I get them raised.

·      I like to eat. I can understand why the Israelites complained about the manna. I suspect that if I gave my appetite to God, my life would be boring.

·      In order to “reach my friends” I have to be with them doing the things they enjoy.

·      I’m basically honest. I don’t need help with transparency, integrity, and accountability.

·      My church or parachurch circle is more right, more blessed, and more spiritually powerful than others. I’m okay because I’m with a superior group.

 

Page 218-219

 

UNHEALTHY FEAR (chart)

 

Diagram 24.1

 

Fear of Pain Fear of Abandonment or Rejection

Fear of Death Fear of Losing Control

Fear of Failure Fear of the Future

Fear of Shame and Embarrassment Fear of Strangers

Fear of Loss Fear of What People Think of You

Fear of Aging

 

HOW DOES GOD DELIVER US FROM FEAR?

 

Diagram 24.2

 

With Greater Fear!

Fear of God

 

WHAT IS THE FEAR OF THE LORD?

 

This list is distilled from references to the fear of the Lord that appear throughout Psalms.

Reverence and respect for God as the all-powerful Leader of all else.

Certainty of inescapable accountability for behavior to God

Practicing the presence of a Holy God

Humbly following His leadership by obeying His Word.

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THE POWER OF UN-SELFED LOVE

 

Diagram 25.2

 

Kingdom of Self LOVE Kingdom of God LOVE

Revolved around SELF Revolves around the highest good of GOD

 

My Desires His Desires

My Pleasure His Pleasure

My Happiness His Happiness

My Ownership His Ownership

My Control His Control

My Success His Success

My Needs And the Highest Good of God’s Universe

 

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THE BEAUTY OF KINGDOM COMMUNITY

 

Diagram 25.3

 

Kingdom of SELF Kingdom of GOD

Relationally toxic Relationally healthy

Environment Environment

Egocentric Christocentric

Competing Serving

Conflict Harmony

Breakdown of Relationships Building of Relationships

Alienation Oneness and Togetherness

 

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Mineral Facts online at: http://www.minerals.net/mineral/elements/gold/gold.htm

From the paragraph entitled “Purification” in Chastening, a booklet by James H. McConkey.

Adapted from Secrets of the Vine.

This is the key Greek preposition eis which occurs 711 times translated “in and into” in the Greek New Testament and only 58 times “on”.

McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee, ( Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers) 2000, c1981.

McGee, J. Vernon, The Best of J. Vernon McGee, Volume 1, ( Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 2001, c1988.

Arthur W. Pink, Exposition of the Gospel of John Volume 3. Swengel, Pa.: Bible Truth Depot, 1945, p. 286-289.

Quoted from Wiersbe, Warren W., The Bible Exposition Commentary, ( Wheaton, IL: Victor Books) 1997.

Bruce Wilkinson, Secrets of The Vine. Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Publishers, Inc., 2001,p. 21-35.

Roy Gustafson, In His Land Seeing Is Believing. Minneapolis, Minnesota: World Wide Publications, 1980, p. . 75-78 .

Walton, John H.; Matthews, Victor H.; Chavalas, Mark W., The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament, ( Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press) c2000.

From the paragraph entitled “Purification” in Chastening, a booklet by James H. McConkey.

Walton, John H.; Matthews, Victor H.; Chavalas, Mark W., The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament, ( Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press) c2000.

From the paragraph entitled “Purification” in Chastening, a booklet by James H. McConkey.

Bruce Wilkinson, Secrets of The Vine. Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Publishers, Inc., 2001,p. 39-48.

Bruce Wilkinson, Secrets of The Vine. Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Publishers, Inc., 2001,p. 50-59.

McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee, ( Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers) 2000, c1981.

Warren W. Wiersbe, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the New Testament, ( Wheaton, Illinois: Victor Books) 1992.

A.W. Pink, John, III, 307-309.

Adaptations and quotations from Barclay, William, Daily Study Bible Series: The Gospel of John - Volume 2 Chapters 8-21 (Revised Edition), ( Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press) 2000, c1975.

Drawn from Bryant, Beauford H.; Krause, Mark S., The College Press NIV Commentary: John, ( Joplin, Missouri: College Press Publishing Company) 1999, c1998

Pruning in biblical times was done with pruning hooks (Is 2:4; 18:5). These were small, sickle-shaped knives forged at spearpoint and attached to a short handle. As a tool the pruning hook in the Bible is a physical icon symbolizing prosperity and peace, as suggested by three famous parallel passages that speak of beating swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks (Is 2:4; Joel 3:10; Mic 4:3).

Ryken, Leland; Wilhoit, James C.; Longman III, Tremper, Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, ( Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press) 2000, c1998.

Wiersbe, W. W. 1996, c1989. The Bible exposition commentary. "An exposition of the New Testament comprising the entire 'BE' series"--Jkt. Victor Books: Wheaton, Ill.

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