Testing or Tempting - Part 2

Testing or Tempting - Part 2
Mark 1:40-45
James 1:12-18

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. Psalm

Choices

  • Deuteronomy 30:15-20
  • Choose life!
  • The source of our wisdom will determine the course of our lives.  

Testing or Tempting

Testing or Tempting
James 1:12-18

Choices in James 1:2-8

  • “Consider it all joy” 
    • Choose to set my circumstance in the right category
    • Remember “Joseph in Egypt” and Romans 8:28
  • “let endurance have its perfect result”
    • Romans 5:1-5
  • “let him ask of God” 
    • The wisdom of God’s speaking voice is available to those who draw near to Him, Jesus said “My sheep hear my voice.”
  • “ask in faith without any doubting” 
    • We choose what and who to believe!

Choices in James 1:9-11

  • “But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position” 
    • Trust God and serve Him right where you are
    • James 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.”
  • “the rich man is to glory in his humiliation”
    • Wealth is a responsibility! 
    • Luke 12:48 “Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities!”

Free Will

  • Volitional creatures:
    • Angels (unknown ramifications) 
      • Isaiah 14
      • Ezekiel 28
      • Revelation 12:3-4
  • Volitional creatures:
    • Animals
      • They are limited within creation but affected by it.
      • Design—programmed (ROM) = instinct
      • Romans 8:18-22
  • Volitional creatures:
    • Human Beings 
      • Genesis 1:26 
        •  Made in His image and likeness
      • Genesis 2:16-17
        •  Life or Deat

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. Psalm 1

Tuning In - Part 5

Tuning In - Part 5
Run With It!
Habakkuk 2:1-3

I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved. Habakkuk 2:1

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:1

Cornerstone - We are blessed to be a blessing, and there-fore, are to walk in our destiny with a vision that is generational, relational , and practical.

  • Blessing
  • Destiny
  • Generational
  • Relational
  • Practical

Real courage is applying God’s faithfulness in the past to our dreams of the future, these will determine our decisions for the present.

Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint (NKJV)
Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained (NASB)

Then the LORD answered me and said, “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run.” Habakkuk 2:2

For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay. Habakkuk 2:

Wait For It

So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11

For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 1 Corinthians 13:

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8: 2

Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the LORD tested him. Psalm 105:1

Behold, as for the proud one, his soul is not right within him; but the righteous will live by his faith. Habakkuk 2:

Tuning In - Part 4

Tuning In - Part 4
Dwell
Psalm 91

The Secret Place
Psalm 91

  • Confession: God’s Protection
  • Confidence: God’s Deliverance
  • Conclusion: God’s Salvation

Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. John 10:27-28

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 11:28-29

“Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:15-1

Psalm 91:1-2
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD,
“My refuge and my fortress, 
My God, in whom I trust!”

Psalm 91

Vss 1-3    —Conditions—Confession: God’s Protection
Vss 4-13    —Promises—Confidence: God’s Deliverance
Vss 14-16 — Testimony—Conclusion: God’s Salvation

Psalm 17:8-9
Keep me as the apple of the eye;
hide me in the shadow of Your wings
from the wicked who despoil me,
my deadly enemies who surround me.

Presence = Protection

Psalm 91:14-16

  • Conclusion: God’s Salvation
  • God speaks from His secret place

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 11:28-29

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” John 15:7-1

Tuning In - Part 3

Tuning In - Part 3
Rest
Hebrews 4:1

Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. Hebrews 4:1

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. John 10:27-2

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 11:28-2

Hebrews 4:1-7

  • We have a promise and a blessing
    • an invitation to enter into the presence of  our God.
  • We can come short of receiving what He has for us!
  • We have had good news preached to us.
  • Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”
  • Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things

Walking It Out

  • Matthew 4:4
  • James 3:13-18
    • Earthly – the voice of the mob, the majority, or conventional wisdom
    • Natural – the voice of human reason, the not so common sense
    • Demonic – the satanically inspired voice of deception producing death
  • Psalm 119:11 “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.”
  • Psalm 71:17-21
  • II Chronicles 7:12-15
  • Psalm 91