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How To Handle Failure

Happy Father's Day! • June 20, 2021 • Pastor Bracken Christian

MIC 7:8 Do not rejoice over me, o my enemy. though I fall I will rise AS A HUMAN BEING WE’RE GOING TO MAKE MISTAKES BUT IT’S HOW WE RESPOND TO FAILURE THAT DETERMINES THE OUTCOME 1. IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN THEN YOUR PLANNING TO FAIL 2. YOU MAY ONLY BE HOURS FROM YOUR BREAKTHROUGH 3. FAILURE IS NOT FINAL KEY: GET THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE ABOUT FAILURE THOMAS EDDISON – INVENTED THE LIGHT BULB HE TRIED OVER 1,000 TIMES TO INVENT THE LIGHT BULB? HEROS OF THE BIBLE WHO FAILED NOAH GOT DRUNK, ABRAHAM LIED, MOSES KILLED AN EGYPTIAN, RAHAB WAS A HARLOT, JONAH RAN FROM GOD, DAVID COMMITTED ADULTRY AND MURDER, PETER DENIED THE LORD, THOMAS WAS A DOUBTER, THE DISCIPLES IN THE GARDEN RAN, IF YOU WANT TO NOT FAIL? THEN DON’T EVER DO ANYTHING FAILING DOESN’T MEAN YOU ARE INFERIOR, IT JUST MEANS YOU ARE NOT PERFECT. FAILING DOESN’T MEAN YOU’VE WASTED YOUR TIME. IT JUST MEANS YOU HAVE A REASON TO START OVER AGAIN. FAILING DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD GIVE UP. IT JUST MEANS YOU SHOULD TRY HARDER FAILING DOESN’T MEAN YOU’LL NEVER MAKE IT. IT JUST MEANS YOU NEED A LITTLE MORE PATIENCE FAILING DOESN’T MEAN GOD HAS ABANDONED YOU. IT JUST MEANS HE HAS A BETTER IDEA FOR YOU IF YOU FAIL – DON’T GIVE UP! GOD CAN TAKE A FAILURE AND TURN IT INTO A SUCCESS. VINCE LOMBARDI – “WINNERS DON’T QUIT AND QUITTERS DON’T WIN” SCRIPTURES ABOUT WHAT GOD HAS TO SAY ABOUT VICTORY IN OUR LIFE Prov 24:16 For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again Job 5:19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. Matt 10:22 But he that endures to the end shall be saved. Eph 6:13 and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, Prov 13:12 hope deferred makes the heart sick: but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. Jer 29:11 for I know the thoughts that think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Phil 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ Gal 6:9 and let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Phil 4:19 but my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Joel 3:10 Let the weak say, I am strong Rom 8:37 nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. 1 Cor 15:57 but thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our lord Jesus Christ. 2 Cor 2:14 now thanks be unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ, 1John 4:4 ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. Heb 12:2 looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith 2 Tim 1:7 for God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind 2 Tim 1:12 for the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. Psa 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: Wait, I say, on the Lord. 1Pet 5:7 casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you 10 SUCCESS KEYS FOR WINNERS 1. HATE THE SIN BUT DON’T HATE YOURSELF 2. BE QUICK TO REPENT 3. BE LEAD BY THE HOLY SPIRIT 4. STOP SAYING NEGATIVE THINGS ABOUT YOURSELF 5. WHEN THINGS GO WRONG DON’T THINK IT’S ALWAYS YOUR FAULT. STOP AND WEIGH THE SITUTION AND JUDGE IT FAIRLY 6. DON’T FOCUS ON YOUR PROBLEMS BUT FOCUS ON YOUR PROBLEM SOLVER 7. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF – BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT 8. NEVER STOP LEARNING – GROW 9. KNOW WHAT YOUR TALENTS, SKILLS AND ABILITIES ARE AND USE THEM FOR GOD. 10. KNOW WHAT YOUR CALLING IN CHRIST IS. PEOPLE FAIL BECAUSE THEY TRY TO DO THINGS GOD DIDN’T WANT.

Jesus In Every Book Of The Bible

Part 15 - Daniel • June 16, 2021 • Pastor Bracken Christian

JESUS IS… “THE SEED” IN GENESIS “THE LAMB” IN EXODUS “THE HEAD COVERING OF THE PRIEST (MITRE)” IN LEVITICUS “THE FIRE” IN NUMBERS “THE WORD” IN DEUTERONOMY “OUR FLAG OF VICTORY” IN JOSHUA “THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE” IN JUDGES “OUR KINSMAN-REDEEMER” IN RUTH “THE MOUTH & PROPHETS” IN 1, 2 SAMUEL, 1,2 KINGS & 1,2 CHRONIC “OUR RESTORER” IN EZRA & NEHEMIAH “OUR MEDIATOR” IN ESTHER “A REVELATION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS” IN JOB “THE SON OF GOD” IN PSALMS “WISDOM” IN PROVERBS “THE GREAT SHEPHERD” IN ECCLESIATES “THE LOVER OF OUR SOULS” IN SONG OF SOLOMON. “THE SIGN” IN ISAIAH “THE BRANCH” IN JEREMIAH “THE MAN OF SORROWS” IN LAMENTATIONS “THE LORD IS THERE” IN EZEKIEL DANIEL HE IS SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED ALONG WITH NOAH AND JOB AS A RIGHTEOUS MAN BY GOD IN Ezekiel 14:14,20 Daniel 1:4 DANIEL HAD “No blemish, but will favored, and skillful in all wisdom and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.” (14 & 20) 10X’S BETTER FOUR P’S… PURPOSE, PRAYER, PERCEPTION, AND POWER. DANIEL IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOKS IN UNDERSTANDING END TIMES THE FIRST HALF OF THE BOOK IS HISTORICAL. THE SECOND HALF IS PROPHETIC, IN Matt 24:15 JESUS ATTRIBUTES A QUOTE FROM Daniel 9:27 TO THE PROPHET DANIEL. “God knows the end from the beginning” (Isa 46:10) NEBUCHEDNEZAR HAS A DREAM …. DANIEL GETS CALLED IN. HIS ENTERPRETATION INVOLVED THE GENTILE NATIONS UNTIL THE TIME OF THE RETURN OF JESUS. DANIEL GAINS GREAT FAVOR. HE RULES UNDER 3 DIFFERENT KINGS… DAN 2:20 Daniel answered and said, “let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him. 21 “And it is He who changes the times and the epochs (seasons); He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men, and knowledge to men of understanding. 22 “It is he who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him. 28 “However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has made known to king Nebuchadnezzar what will take place in the latter days. This was your dream and the visions in your mind while on your bed. “A STATUE FULL OF HISTORY”. SEEING ABOUT 500 YRS INTO FUTURE OUR PICTURE OF JESUS IN DANIEL IS “THE GREAT STONE” Daniel 2:34 You continued looking until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were crushed all at the same time and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that not a trace of them was found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. 44 “And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever. 45 “Inasmuch as you saw that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold, the great God has made known to the king what will take place in the future; Daniel 7 SEE’S 4 GREAT BEASTS WHICH ARE BASICALLY THE SAME THING, 4 EMPIRES - BABYLON, MEDO-PERSIA, GREECE & ROME Vs 4 – THE LION – BABYLON Vs 5 – THE BEAR – MEDO-PERSIA Vs 6 – THE LEOPARD – GREECE 4 GENERALS TOOK HIS EMPIRE & IT WAS DIVIDED 4 WAYS Dan. 7:7 “After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and extremely strong; And it had large iron teeth. It devoured and crushed, and trampled down the remainder with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. Rev 13:2 IT SAY’S, THE ANTICHRIST IS LIKE A LION, A BEAR, AND A LEPOPARD. Ch 2 THE ANITCHRIST… 8 “While I was contemplating the horns, behold, another horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots before it; and behold, this horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth uttering great boasts. PAUL WRITING ABOUT THE ANITCHRIST IN 2 Thess 2; SAY’S HE’S GOT A MOUTH AND HE WILL DEFY GOD. HE WILL DO MIRACLES SIGNS & WONDERS AND DECEIVE THE ENTIRE WORLD DURING THE TRIBULATION. Dan 2:11 THE BEAST IS SLAIN… 12 “As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but an extension of life was granted to them for an appointed period of time. 13 “I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven one like a Son of Man was coming, and he came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. 14 “And to him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and men of every language might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed. SOME OF THE GREATEST FAITH STORIES IN THIS BOOK. “DANIEL & THE LIONS DEN” DANIEL HAS 3 CRAZY FAITH FRIENDS…AND THEY GOT THROWN INTO A FIREY FURNACE… THE TRINITY IS SHOWN IN THE BOOK OF DANIEL IN A VERY UNIQUE WAY. Dan 2:47 The king answered Daniel and said, “Surely your God is a God of gods and a Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, since you have been able to reveal this mystery.” GOD IS SEEN IN THE WORDS… “GOD OF GOD’S” JESUS IS SEEN IN THE WORDS… “LORD OF KINGS” THE HOLY SPIRIT IS SEEN IN THE WORDS… “A REVEALER OF MYSTERIES” DANIEL FORESAW THE SECOND ADVENT OF JESUS CHRIST Dan 7:13-14 “I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him. “And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations and men of every language Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed. DANIEL SAW JESUS AS THE COMING MESSIAH Dan 9:24 “Seventy weeks (490 Yrs) have been decreed for your people (Jews) and your holy city (Jerusalem), to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place. 25 So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. THAT MEANS 483 YEARS TO THE POINT JESUS DIED AND SHEAD HIS BLOOD AND THE VEIL WAS RIPPED IN 2 26 Then after the sixty-two weeks (69 Weeks) the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE 70TH WEEK? THAT’S THE TRIBULATION PERIOD Dan 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: And at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. DAINEL HAD ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL VISION OF JESUS Dan 10:5 I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a certain man dressed in linen, whose waist was girded with a belt of pure gold of Uphaz. 6 His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a tumult. Dan 12:13 But go thou thy way till the end be: For thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days. NJB You will rise for your reward at the end of time! THEME VERSE Daniel 2:47 The king answered Daniel and said, “Surely your God is a God of gods and a Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, since you have been able to reveal this mystery.”

Joy Is Not An Option

Part 8 - Brought Out To Stand Out

Rom 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. CHOICES! THE PURPOSE FOR THE WORD IS TO ELICIT A RESPONSE. Ps 105:43 And He brought forth His people with joy, His chosen ones with a joyful shout. 44 He gave them also the lands of the nations, That they might take possession of the fruit of the peoples’ labor, So that they might keep His statutes And observe His laws, Praise the LORD! 1 Pet 2:9 But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY. 1 Thess 5:16 REJOICE ALWAYS Phil 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! REJOICING IS ONE OF THE STRONGEST ACTS OF FAITH MARTIN LUTHER – “the heart overflows with gladness and leaps and dances for the joy it has found in God. In this experience the Holy Spirit is active and has taught us in the flash of a moment the deep secret of joy. You will have as much joy and laughter in life as you have faith in God. (JOY AND BELIEVING GO TOGETHER) “I often laugh at satan and there’s nothing that makes him so angry as when I attack him to his face and tell him that through God, I’m more that a match for him. (THE DEVIL WANTS US CONCERNED…) AMP Nehemiah 8:10 And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold. YOU WILL ALWAYS STOP FORWARD PROGRESS WITH DOUBT, DEPRESSION AND SADNESS… Joel 3:10 “let the weak say, I am strong” REJOICE MEANS: TO CHEER UP OR BRIGHTEN UP! TO BE IN GOOD SPIRITS… TO SPIN AROUND… James 1:2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, Wuest “Be constantly rejoicing, consider it a matter for unadulterated joy.” Ps 1:1 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! 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. HEARTS ARE ALWAYS REVEALED BY DESIRES! Ps 37:23 The steps of a man are established by the LORD, And He delights in his way. NIV The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; ESV The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; Rom 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Ps 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Ps 119 – 176 v’s and most about how much the psalmist loves word Ps 119:16 I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word. 24 Your testimonies also are my delight; They are my counselors. 35 Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it. 47 I shall delight in Your commandments, Which I love. 77 May Your compassion come to me that I may live, For Your law is my delight. 92 If Your law had not been my delight, Then I would have perished in my affliction. 143 Trouble and anguish have come upon me, Yet Your commandments are my delight. 174 I long for Your salvation, O LORD, And Your law is my delight. 162 I rejoice at Your word, As one who finds great spoil.

Jesus In Every Book Of The Bible

Part 14 - “Lamentations & Ezekiel” • June 9, 2021 • Pastor Bracken Christian

JESUS IS… “THE SEED” IN GENESIS “THE LAMB” IN EXODUS “THE HEAD COVERING OF THE PRIEST (MITRE)” IN LEVITICUS “THE FIRE” IN NUMBERS “THE WORD” IN DEUTERONOMY “OUR FLAG OF VICTORY” IN JOSHUA “THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE” IN JUDGES “OUR KINSMAN-REDEEMER” IN RUTH “THE MOUTH & PROPHETS” IN 1, 2 SAMUEL, 1,2 KINGS & 1,2 CHRONIC “OUR RESTORER” IN EZRA & NEHEMIAH “OUR MEDIATOR” IN ESTHER “A REVELATION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS” IN JOB “THE SON OF GOD” IN PSALMS “WISDOM” IN PROVERBS “THE GREAT SHEPHERD” IN ECCLESIATES “THE LOVER OF OUR SOULS” IN SONG OF SOLOMON. “THE SIGN” IN ISAIAH “THE BRANCH” IN JEREMIAH THE PROPHETS… IT HELPS US TO KNOW WHICH PROPHET WORKED WITH WHAT KINGS ISAIAH AND MICAH BOTH PROPHESIED TO THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM WHICH WOULD BE… JUDAH… LAMENTATIONS OUR PICTURE OF JESUS… “THE MAN OF SORROWS” THIS BOOK IS READ ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALL OF JERUSALEM. IT HAS BEEN READ FOR OVER 2000 YRS AT THE WESTERN WALL IN JERUSALEM. IT IS WRITTEN IN AN ACROSTIC STYLE… IN CHAPTERS ONE AND TWO, EACH VERSE BEGINS WITH A LETTER OF THE HEBREW ALPHABET. IN CHAPTER 3 THEY ARE GROUPED IN THREE LINES. PICTURE OF JESUS IN Lam 3:30 “Let him give his cheek to the smiter, Let him be filled with reproach.” THE BOOK ENDS IN DARKNESS. THEME LAMENTATIONS 3:22 The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. EZEKIEL EZEKIEL MEANS “GOD STRENGTHENS” – HE WAS A PRIEST OF THE FAMILY OF AARON. 1:1 Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was by the river Chebar among the exiles, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. 2 On the fifth of the month in the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s exile, 3 the word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and there the hand of the LORD came upon him. SOMETIMES THE CALLING OF GOD IS PRECEEDED BY A VISION FROM HEAVEN. (EZEKIELS WAS SIMILAR TO ISAIAH) THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM HAS GONE INTO CAPTIVITY… BABYLON! EZEKIEL IS 1 OF THEM. HE PROPHESIED THERE DURING THE ENTIRE PERIOD OF HIS MINISTRY. EZEKIEL WAS ASSIGNED AS A PROPHET OF DESTRUCTION TO ISRAEL THE THEME OF THE BOOK IS; THE DEPARTURE OF GOD’S GLORY FROM ISRAEL; AND THE RETURN OF HIS GLORY IN THE FUTURE RESTORATION. THE EVENTS COVERED IN THE BOOK COVER A PERIOD OF ABOUT 21 YRS Chapter 1 IS HIS VISION OF HEAVEN, CH 2 HE GETS THE CALL. CH 3 APPOINTED AS A WATCHMEN OVER THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL. EZEKIELS MOST POPULAR VISION IS “THE VALLEY OF DRY BONES” Chapter 37 – THE REST OF THE CHAPTER IS THE GATHERING OF THE NATION FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. Ch 38-39 ARE PROPHECY ABOUT THE GENTILE ATTACK ON ISRAEL. WAR AND GOD INTERVIENS… CH 40-48 ARE DISCRIPTIVE OF THE MILLINIAL TEMPLE EZEKIEL IS AMAZING BECAUSE HE PROPHECIES WITH VISUALS… 20 DIFFERENT VISUALS THAT EZEKIEL USED THROUGHT THE BOOK ONE OF EZEKIELS JUDGMENTS HE PROCLAIMED WAS TO THE KING OF TYRE… REFERRING TO SATAN 28:12 “Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “You had the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 “You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The ruby, the topaz and the diamond; The beryl, the onyx and the jasper; The lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald; And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets, Was in you. On the day that you were created They were prepared. 14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers, And I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked in the midst of the stones of fire. 15 “You were blameless in your ways From the day you were created Until unrighteousness was found in you. 16 “By the abundance of your trade You were internally filled with violence, And you sinned; Therefore I have cast you as profane From the mountain of God. And I have destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the stones of fire. 17 “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I put you before kings, That they may see you. 18 “By the multitude of your iniquities, In the unrighteousness of your trade You profaned your sanctuaries. Therefore I have brought fire from the midst of you;It has consumed you, And I have turned you to ashes on the earth In the eyes of all who see you. 19 “All who know you among the peoples Are appalled at you; You have become terrified And you will cease to be forever.”’” EZEKIEL WAS GIVEN ONE OF THE GREATEST REVELATIONS OF JESUS. THE LAST WORDS ARE… “THE LORD IS THERE.” (Ez 48:35) (OUR PICTURE) THIS IS “JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH”… (A REDEMPTIVE NAME OF GOD) EZEKIEL WAS THE FIRST TO RECEIVE THIS REVELATION. THEME VERSE Ezekiel 6:10 Then they will know that I am the LORD; THIS STATEMENT IS MADE 70 TIMES IN THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL

Joy Is Not An Option

Part 7 - It's Good Medicine

Rom 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WHERE THE WILL OF GOD IS BEING DONE Matt 18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, 3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. HOW DO WE ENTER INTO RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE AND JOY? LITTLE CHILDREN ARE GOOD RECEIVERS… TO ENTER IN TO THE THINGS OF THE KINGDOM WE NEED TO GET RID OF THE JUNK WE LEARNED BY BECOMING AN ADULT. WE NEED TO BECOME QUICK TO BELIEVE AND RECEIVE. Luke 18:17 Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” Isai 35:10 the ransomed of the LORD will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion, With everlasting joy upon their heads. They will find gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away. EMOTIONS WILL COME, BUT THEY DON’T HAVE TO CONTROL. JOY IS THE LUBRICANT FOR THE BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT. Prov 12:25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad. DEPRESSION DRAINS YOUR STRENGTH Prov 15:13 A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad (BY SORROW OF THE HEART), the spirit is broken. JOY BRINGS YOU UP. GRIEF AND SORROW, ANXIETY BRINGS DOWN 15 But a cheerful heart has a continual feast. TPT Everything seems to go wrong when you feel weak and depressed. But when you choose to be cheerful, every day will bring you more and more joy and fullness. 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones. AMP – “A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing” TRANSLATION SAYS, “A cheerful heart makes a quick recovery” YNG – “A joyful heart does good to the body” BBE “A glad heart makes a healthy body” TJB “A glad heart is excellent medicine, a spirit depressed wastes the bones away” NATURALLY SPEAKING, LAUGHTER, HAPPY EMOTIONS, AND EXPRESSIONS OF JOY RELEASE ENDORPHINS THAT RELIEVE PAIN. LAUGHTER IMPROVES OUR HEALTH, HELPING OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM FIGHT DISEASE, LOWERING OUR BLOOD PRESSURE, AND FIGHTING HEART DISEASE. WE DON’T NEED SOMETHING TO STIR US UP… WE HAVE THAT JOY ON THE INSIDE THAT COMES FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT. THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL PROMPT YOU… IT’S TIME TO LAUGH & REJOICE. Luke 4:18 JESUS SAID, THE SPIRIT WAS ON HIM “To set free those who are oppressed” OR “heal the broken hearted” Nlt Ps 30:11 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, DON’T WEAR THE CLOTHES OF DEATH… SORROW… PUT ON GLADNESS… 12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

It's Your Move

June 2, 2021 • Pastor John Breshers

Faith Without Works Is Dead Gen 22:1-18  Heb 11:17  By faith Abraham, when he was tested [that is, as the testing of his faith was still in progress], offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises [of God] was ready to sacrifice his only son [of promise]; Heb 11:18  to whom it was said, "THROUGH ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS SHALL BE CALLED." :19  For he considered [it reasonable to believe] that God was able to raise Isaac even from among the dead. [Indeed, in the sense that he was prepared to sacrifice Isaac in obedience to God] Abraham did receive him back [from the dead] figuratively speaking.  1. Abrahams Faith was tested by God - Gen 22:1 2. Abraham Rose up early and didn't delay gathering the wood & the help he needed when God asked him to Offer up his Promise child. 3. On the third day of traveling, Abraham saw the place afar off and Went alone with Isaac and SAID: "I and the Lad will return". 4. Again Abraham SAID: to Isaac "God will provide himself a Lamb for a burt offering". 5. Abraham finished Strong!! He went through with the sacrafice until the Angel of God stopped him. 6. Gen 22:15-18  Then the Messenger of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, "I am taking an oath on my own name, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not refused to give me your son, your only son, 17  I will certainly bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and the grains of sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of their enemies' cities. 18  Through your descendant all the nations of the earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me."  1. As Children of Faith - We are the children of Abraham. He is called the father of our Faith!! We are Blessed by God!!!! We are called to take possession!!! Our Reward comes to us today just as Abrahams reward came to him - As a result of our Faith demonstrated in Obedience. 1. This Life is a Faith Test!! We are the children of a Faith God. Heb. 11:6 Our tests may come often at times, we must remember "This Life is full of opportunities to Grow our Faith. 2. Get the whine out our voice- If we are going to pass some faith tests we have to start by not talking about our hardships and struggles. - Complaining is NOT an attitude of Faith but an Attitude of self pitty and doubt. If you DOUBT, you do WITHOUT!!! this is easier said than done!!! 3. We Need Endurance: Three days into the journey Abraham stayed steady... when we begin to get tired, if we are not determined to finish strong this is where we will begin to fail. Isaiah 40:29 He gives strength to the weary and power to the faint. a. Until you pass the current faith test you cannot graduate to the next level. We need to Stop taking the same test over and over again and get on up to the that next level of the Blessing!!! Pro 24:10  If you faint when under pressure, you have need of courage.  Jas 2:14  What is the benefit, my fellow believers, if someone claims to have faith but has no [good] works [as evidence]? Can that [kind of] faith save him? [No, a mere claim of faith is not sufficient--genuine faith produces good works.] :15  If a brother or sister is without [adequate] clothing and lacks [enough] food for each day, 16  and one of you says to them, "Go in peace [with my blessing], [keep] warm and feed yourselves," but he does not give them the necessities for the body, what good does that do?  Jas 2:17  So too, faith, if it does not have works [to back it up], is by itself dead [inoperative and ineffective].  Jas 2:18  But someone may say, "You [claim to] have faith and I have [good] works; show me your [alleged] faith without the works [if you can], and I will show you my faith by my works [that is, by what I do]."  Jas 2:19  You believe that God is one; you do well [to believe that]. The demons also believe [that], and shudder and bristle [in awe-filled terror--they have seen His wrath]! :20  But are you willing to recognize, you foolish [spiritually shallow] person, that faith without [good] works is useless?  Jas 2:21  Was our father Abraham not [shown to be] justified by works [of obedience which expressed his faith] when he offered Isaac his son on the altar [as a sacrifice to God]? [Gen_22:1-14]  Jas 2:22  You see that [his] faith was working together with his works, and as a result of the works, his faith was completed [reaching its maturity when he expressed his faith through obedience].  Jas 2:23  And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND THIS [faith] WAS CREDITED TO HIM [by God] AS RIGHTEOUSNESS and AS CONFORMITY TO HIS WILL," and he was called the friend of God. Jas 2:24  You see that a man (believer) is justified by works and not by faith alone [that is, by acts of obedience a born-again believer reveals his faith].  Jas 2:25  In the same way, was Rahab the prostitute not justified by works too, when she received the [Hebrew] spies as guests and protected them, and sent them away [to escape] by a different route? Jas 2:26  For just as the [human] body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works [of obedience] is also dead.

Joy Is Not An Option

Part 6 - Everybody Rejoice

Rom 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. THESE ARE CHOICES; JOY IS THE ATMOSPHERE OF HEAVEN. Zeph 3:17 “The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. Col. 1:11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks James 1:2 Consider (COUNT) it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. CONSIDER MEANS; TO THINK… JOY MEANS; CHEERFULNESS, GLADNESS… THE ENEMY IS AFTER YOUR FAITH. THE SUBSTANCE OF HOPE. PAUL ON THE SHIP TO ROME… Acts 27:20 Since neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small storm was assailing us, from then on all hope of our being saved was gradually abandoned. 22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship. 23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, 24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. 25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. SATAN WANTS TO TAKE THE JUMP OUT OF YOUR JOY NLT James 1:2 Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. JOY AND REJOICING STRENGTHENS YOU TO KEEP THE SWITCH OF FAITH TURNED ON. Luke 1:45 and blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. 46 And Mary said: “My soul exalts the Lord, 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. 48 “For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed… Deut 12:5 But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall you seek, and there you shall come: 6 And there you shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks: 7 And there you shall eat before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice in all that you put your hand to, you and your households, wherein the LORD your God has blessed you. THIS WAS A REQUIREMENT… CONCERNING THE FEASTS… Deut 16:10 And You shall keep the feast of weeks unto the LORD thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which you shall give unto the LORD your God, according as the LORD your God has blessed you: 11 And You shall rejoice before the LORD your God, You, and your son, and your daughter, and your manservant, and your maidservant, and the Levite that is within your gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, (EVERYBODY) that are among you, in the place which the LORD your God has chosen to place his name there. THE FEAST OF BOOTHS 13 You shall celebrate the Feast of Booths seven days after you have gathered in from your threshing floor and your wine vat; 14 and you shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter and your male and female servants and the Levite and the stranger and the orphan and the widow who are in your towns. WE ARE TO REJOICE IN HIS GOODNESS… 15 Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast to the LORD your God in the place which the LORD chooses, because the LORD your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you surely rejoice. Deut 26:1 Then it shall be, when you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance, and you possess it and live in it, 2 that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground which you bring in from your land that the LORD your God gives you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place where the LORD your God chooses to establish His name. 10 Now behold, I have brought the first of the produce of the ground which You, O LORD have given me.’ And you shall set it down before the LORD your God, and worship before the LORD your God; and you and the Levite and the alien who is among you shall rejoice in all the good which the LORD your God has given you and your household. THE MORE YOU BELIEVE IN HIS GOODNESS THE MORE REJOICING YOU ARE GOING TO DO…

Jesus In Every Book Of The Bible

Part 13 - Isaiah & Jeremiah • May 26, 2021 • Pastor Bracken Christian

JESUS IS… “THE SEED” IN GENESIS “THE LAMB” IN EXODUS “THE HEAD COVERING OF THE PRIEST (MITRE)” IN LEVITICUS “THE FIRE” IN NUMBERS “THE WORD” IN DEUTERONOMY “OUR FLAG OF VICTORY” IN JOSHUA “THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE” IN JUDGES “OUR KINSMAN-REDEEMER” IN RUTH “THE MOUTH & PROPHETS” IN 1, 2 SAMUEL, 1,2 KINGS & 1,2 CHRONIC “OUR RESTORER” IN EZRA & NEHEMIAH “OUR MEDIATOR” IN ESTHER “A REVELATION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS” IN JOB “THE SON OF GOD” IN PSALMS “WISDOM” IN PROVERBS “THE GREAT SHEPHERD” IN ECCLESIATES “THE LOVER OF OUR SOULS” IN SONG OF SOLOMON. THERE ARE MAJOR PROPHETS AND MINOR PROPHETS… ISAIAH, JEREMIAH, EZEKIAL, & DANIEL… ISAIAH AND MICAH BOTH PROPHESIED TO THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM WHICH WOULD BE… JUDAH ISAIAH ONE THE KINGS THAT ISAIAH PROPHESIED TO WAS UZZIAH. ISAIAH IS THE LONGEST BOOK IN THE BIBLE. 66 CHAPTERS ISAIAH IS A PICTURE OF THE WHOLE BIBLE! Isaiah 53 IS THE PICTURE OF JESUS… OUR PICTURE OF JESUS IN ISAIAH IS “THE SUBSTITUE” Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. ISAIAH MEANS “THE SALVATION OF JEHOVAH.” ISAIAH LIVED A LONG TIME; MINISTERING TO UZZIAH, JOTHAM, AHAZ, HEZEKIAH, AND MANASSAH… (MANASSAH CUT HIM IN TWO) ISAIAH’S WORK LASTED 63 YEARS. ISAIAH IS QUOTED FREQUENTLY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT WITH THE STATEMENT, “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken…” ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS QUOTES WAS THAT OF JOHN THE BAPTIST, “I AM THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, MAKE STRAIGHT THE WAY OF THE LORD.” (John 1:23) THEME VERSE Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool. JEREMIAH JEREMIAH MEANS “YAHWEH ESTABLISHES, APPOINTS, OR SENDS” HE WAS A PRIEST AS WELL AS A PROPHET. HE WAS JUST A YOUNG MAN WHEN GOD CALLED HIM. Jer 1:6 Then I said, “Alas, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, Because I am a youth.” GOD ACTUALLY COMMANDED HIM TO NOT MARRY. 16:2 “You shall not take a wife for yourself nor have sons or daughters in this place.” HE IS CALLED, “THE WEEPING PROPHET” JEREMIAH GETS A REVELATION OF JESUS. JEREMIAH CALLED JESUS “THE BRANCH” Jeremiah 23:5 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; And He will reign as king and act wisely And do justice and righteousness in the land. 33:15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch of David to spring forth; and He shall execute justice and righteousness on the earth. JEREMIAH PROPHESIED TO THE PEOPLE WHO WERE GETTING READY TO GO INTO CAPTIVITY. JEREMIAH PROPHESIED BEFORE THE FALL OF JERUSALEM, DURING THE FALL OF JERUSALEM, AND AFTER THE BABYLONIAN DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM. THE GENERAL THEME OF JEREMIAH IS THE BACKSLIDING OF GOD’S PEOPLE IN THE DAYS OF APOSTASY. THEME VERSE Jeremiah 7:23-24 But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.’ Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward.

Joy Is Not An Option

Part 5 - Don't Lose Your Jump • May 23, 2021 • Pastor Bracken Christian

Rom 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. JOY IS THE ATMOSPHERE OF HEAVEN. Psalm 16:11 You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? 2 When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell. 3 Though a host encamp against me, My heart will not fear; Though war arise against me, In spite of this I shall be confident. 4 One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple. 5 For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. 6 And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD. Ps 5:11 But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You. Eph 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Phil 1:25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, 2 Cor 1:24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for your joy; for in your faith you are standing firm. Prov 12:25 A good word makes the heart glad… Rom 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Matt 14:27 Jesus said, be of good cheer… “It’s me”.. JOY HELPS US TO PROGRESS AT THE MOST UNUSUAL TIMES. 1 Pet 4:12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. James 1:2 Consider (COUNT) it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. PAUL ON THE SHIP TO ROME… Acts 27:20 Since neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small storm was assailing us, from then on all hope of our being saved was gradually abandoned. 22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship. 23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, 24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. 25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. SATAN WANTS TO TAKE THE JUMP OUT OF YOUR JOY NLT James 1:2 Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. JOY AND REJOICING STRENGTHENS YOU TO KEEP THE SWITCH OF FAITH TURNED ON. HEAVEN DOES ITS MOST SERIOUS WORK IN THE ATMOSPHERE OF JOY DO WHAT MARY DID WHEN IT COMES TO ACTING ON THE WORD. Luke 1:45 and blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. 46 And Mary said: “My soul exalts the Lord, 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. 48 “For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed… IN THE OLD TESTAMENT THE LORD DIRECTED HIS PEOPLE TO MEET AT LEAST 3 TIMES A YEAR. Deut 12:5 But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall you seek, and there you shall come: 6 And there you shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks: 7 And there you shall eat before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice in all that you put your hand to, you and your households, wherein the LORD your God has blessed you. IT WAS A REQUIREMENT… CONCERNING THE FEASTS… Deut 16:10 And You shall keep the feast of weeks unto the LORD thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which you shall give unto the LORD your God, according as the LORD your God has blessed you: 11 And You shall rejoice before the LORD your God, You, and your son, and your daughter, and your manservant, and your maidservant, and the Levite that is within your gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the LORD your God has chosen to place his name there. A MEETING WITH NO REJOICING IS UNACCEPTABLE TO GOD. THERE ARE NO DESIGNATED REJOICERS AT CHURCH. THE FEAST OF BOOTHS 13 You shall celebrate the Feast of Booths seven days after you have gathered in from your threshing floor and your wine vat; 14 and you shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter and your male and female servants and the Levite and the stranger and the orphan and the widow who are in your towns. 15 Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast to the LORD your God in the place which the LORD chooses, because the LORD your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you surely rejoice. WHAT ABOUT WHEN WE TITHE? Deut 26:1 Then it shall be, when you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance, and you possess it and live in it, 2 that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground which you bring in from your land that the LORD your God gives you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place where the LORD your God chooses to establish His name. 10 Now behold, I have brought the first of the produce of the ground which You, O LORD have given me.’ And you shall set it down before the LORD your God, and worship before the LORD your God; and you and the Levite and the alien who is among you shall rejoice in all the good which the LORD your God has given you and your household

Jesus In Every Book Of The Bible

Part 12 - Proverbs, Ecclesiastes & Song of Solomon

THE 1ST 10 NAMES OF THE BIBLE REVEAL THE ENTIRE PLAN OF REDEMPTION… ADAM – MAN SETH – APPOINTED ENOSH – MORTAL KENAN – SORROW MAHALALEL – THE BLESSED GOD JARED – SHALL COME DOWN ENOCH – TEACHING METHUSELAH – HIS DEATH REIGNS LAMECH – DISPARING NOAH – REST PUT IT ALL TOGETHER; MAN IS APPONTED MORTAL WITH SOROW THE BLESSED GOD SHALL COME DOWN TEACHING THAT HIS DEATH BRINGS THE DISPARING REST. JESUS IS… “THE SEED” IN GENESIS “THE LAMB” IN EXODUS “THE HEAD COVERING OF THE PRIEST (MITRE)” IN LEVITICUS “THE FIRE” IN NUMBERS “THE WORD” IN DEUTERONOMY “OUR FLAG OF VICTORY” IN JOSHUA “THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE” IN JUDGES “OUR KINSMAN-REDEEMER” IN RUTH “THE MOUTH & PROPHETS” IN 1, 2 SAMUEL, 1,2 KINGS & 1,2 CHRONIC “OUR RESTORER” IN EZRA & NEHEMIAH “OUR MEDIATOR” IN ESTHER “A REVELATION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS” IN JOB “THE SON OF GOD” IN PSALMS JESUS IS “WISDOM” IN PROVERBS 1 Kings 4:32 He (SOLOMON) also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005. YOU BUILD YOUR WORLD WITH WORDS. Prov 18:21 3 KINDS OF WISDOM IN PROVERBS SOPHIA – THE BIG PICTURE. PHRONESIS – THE HOW TO SUNESIS – NETWORKING; PUTTING TWO AND TWO TOGETHER Vs 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom WISDOM WILL ENTER INTO YOUR HEART Prov 2:2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding; 3 For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; 4 If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; 9 Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity and every good course. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; THE WISDOM OF GOD IS SPIRITUAL… IT MUST BE SOUGHT AFTER. WE SEE JESUS AGAIN AND AGAIN IN PROVERBS… Prov 30:4 Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son’s name? Surely you know! THEME VERSE Prov 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. ECCLESIASTES ECCLESIASTES IS A BOOK OF WISDOM. ECCLESASTIES MEANS “A PREACHER” THIS IS SOLOMONS TESTIMONY, BECAUSE HE TRIED ALL KINDS OF THINGS. HE WAS THE WISEST MAN EVER AND THE WEALTHIEST MAN EVER ECCLESIASTES SHOWS THE FALLACY OF THINKING THAT EARTHLY SINS, PLEASURES, AND PURSUITS ARE THE CHIEF END IN LIFE AND THE SOURCE OF HAPPINESS. JESUS IS “THE GREAT SHEPHERD” IN ECCLESIATES. Eccl 12:11 The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd. 9 TIMES THIS BOOK TEACHES YOU HOW TO ENJOY LIFE. YOUR WIFE, YOUR MARRIAGE, YOUR WORK… ETC. THEME VERSE Eccl 12:13 The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. 14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil. SONG OF SOLOMON JESUS IS “THE LOVER OF OUR SOULS” IN SONG OF SOLOMON. THIS WAS WRITTEN AS A FIVE ACT PLAY. WITH 3 MAIN CHARACTERS, SOLOMON, THE SHUNAMITE WOMAN & SHEPHERED SONG OF SOLOMON OPENS WITH THE SHULAMITE WOMAN SPEAKING OF THE KISSES OF HER SHEPHERD-LOVER (1:2) THIS SONG, ILLUSTRATES THAT GOD HAS DESIGNED ONE MATE FOR EACH OF US. GOD DESIGNED THE SHEPHERD-LOVER FOOR THE SHULAMITE WOMAN. GOD HAS ALSO GIVEN US ONE LORD TO RULE AND REIGN IN OUR LIVES – THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. THIS IS A BOOK ABOUT INTIMACY. THEME VERSE Song of Solomon 1:3 Your oils have a pleasing fragrance, Your name is like purified oil; Therefore the maidens love you.

Joy Is Not An Option

Part 4 - Joy Unspeakable • May 16, 2021 • Pastor Bracken Christian

Rom 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. JOY IS THE ATMOSPHERE OF HEAVEN. C.S. LEWIS SAID, “GOD DOES HIS MOST SERIOUS WORK IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF JOY”. THE APOSTLE PAUL KNEW SOMETHING ABOUT JOY! Rom 5:10 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. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. TPT Rom 12:11 Be enthusiastic to serve the Lord, keeping your passion toward him boiling hot! Radiate with the glow of the Holy Spirit and let him fill you with excitement as you serve him. 12 Let this hope burst forth within you, releasing a continual joy. Don’t give up in a time of trouble, but commune with God at all times. MSG “Stay cheerfully expectant” 1 Thess 5:16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. MSG – Be cheerful no matter what BBE – Have joy at all times Rom 12:8 show mercy with cheerfulness FAITH AND JOY GO HAND IN HAND. Phil 1:25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, 2 Cor 1:24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for your joy; for in your faith you are standing firm. BBE but we are helpers of your joy: for it is faith which is your support. PAUL USES THE WORD JOY AND REJOICE 16 TIMES IN PHILIPPIANS Phil 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, rejoice! TPT Be cheerful with joyous celebration in every season of life. Let joy overflow, for you are united with the Anointed One! Hab 3:17 Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, 18 Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. 19 The Lord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, And makes me walk on my high places. AMP “He causes me to make progress in my times of suffering” Psalm 30:5 Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning. THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES – “THE TIME OF OUR JOY” A COMMAND TO REJOICE FOR 7 DAYS… STRONGS CONCORDANCE FOR REJOICE… To joy, rejoice, be glad, be joyful. The word contains a suggestion of dancing for joy, Leaping for joy. Since the verb means to spin around with intense emotion; This lays to rest the notion that the biblical concept of joy is only a quiet, inner sense of well-being. NOTICE THE SEASON FOR GREATLY REJOICING! 1 Pet 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible (unspeakable) and full of glory, 9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. JOY IS THE BRIDGE BETWEEN BELIEVING AND RECEIVING YOUR CELEBRATION IS A DEMONSTRATION OF YOUR EXPECTATION REJOICING IS A DEMONSTRATION OF YOUR TRIUMPH IN CHRIST REJOICING IS A PIPELINE TO THE GLORY OF GOD. JOY AND REJOICING IS A CONTAINER FOR THE GLORY. Ps 30:11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, TPT Then he broke through and transformed all my wailing into a whirling dance of ecstatic praise! He has torn the veil and lifted from me the sad heaviness of mourning. He wrapped me in the glory garments of gladness. JOY COMES AS AN ACT OF FAITH.

Jesus In Every Book Of The Bible

Part 11 - Psalms & Proverbs • May 12, 2021 • Pastor Bracken Christian

JESUS IS… “THE SEED” IN GENESIS “THE LAMB” IN EXODUS “THE HEAD COVERING OF THE PRIEST (MITRE)” IN LEVITICUS “THE FIRE” IN NUMBERS “THE WORD” IN DEUTERONOMY “OUR FLAG OF VICTORY” IN JOSHUA “THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE” IN JUDGES “OUR KINSMAN-REDEEMER” IN RUTH “THE MOUTH & PROPHETS” IN 1, 2 SAMUEL, 1,2 KINGS & 1,2 CHRONIC “OUR RESTORER” IN EZRA & NEHEMIAH “OUR MEDIATOR” IN ESTHER “A REVELATION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS” IN JOB WE ARE IN THE POETRY BOOKS. PSALMS ARE FULL OF JESUS… HE IS “THE SON OF GOD” IN PSALMS MANY AUTHORS: 73 FROM DAVID, 12 FROM ASAPH, 12 FROM THE SONS OF KORAH, 1 TO HEMAN, 1 TO ETHAN, 2 TO MOSES, 2 TO SOLOMON, AND THE OTHERS ARE ANONYMOUS. PSALMS IS A SONG BOOK. IT’S DIVIDED INTO 5 SECTIONS LIKE THE PENTATEUCH, BOOK 1 - Psalm 1-41 ARE CALLED GENESIS PSALMS. SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD BOOK 2 – Psalm 42-72 ARE CALLED EXODUS PSALMS. REDEMPTION OF GOD. BOOK 3 – Psalm 73-89 ARE CALLED LEVITICUS PSALMS. SANCTURARY OF GOD. BOOK 4 – Psalms 90-106 ARE CALLED NUMBERS PSALMS. HISTORY OF GOD BOOK 5 – Psalms 107-150 ARE CALLED DEUTERONOMY PSALMS. WORD OF GOD. PSALM 1 THE INTRODUCTION TO THE WHOLE BOOK, PSALM 150 IS THE DOXOLOGY OF THE WHOLE BOOK. BOOKS ONE AND TWO OF PSALMS WERE COMPILED BY DAVID. BOOK THREE WAS COMPILED BY HEZEKIAH, AND BOOKS FOUR AND FIVE WERE COMPILED BY EZRA. THE PSALMS ARE ALSO GROUPED ACCORDING TO THE USES OF THE NAMES OF GOD. PSALMS 1-41 ARE JEHOVAH PSALMS PSALMS 42-83 ARE ELOHIM PSALMS PSALMS 84-150 ARE JEHOVA PSALMS THE NEW TESTAMENT QUOTES FROM PSALMS MORE THAN ANY ONE BOOK OF THE BIBLE. DAVID, THE GREATEST PSALMIST, PSALMED ON HIS SPECIAL OCCASIONS; HE PSALMED DURING CRISIS, HIGHLIGHTS OF HIS LIFE, AND WHEN HE DESPERATELY NEEDED ANSWERS FROM GOD. THE STORY OF KORAH - THE GUY WHO REBELLED AGAINST MOSES AND AARON’S LEADERSHIP. HE WAS TO BE OVER ALL THE WORSHIP. ***** THE CHILDREN OF KORAH DID NOT STAND WITH HIM. THE SONS OF KORAH BECAME THE WORSHIP LEADERS. THEY WROTE 9 PSALMS AND ONE OF THEM IS Psalm 42:1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God? JESUS IS CLEARLY SEEN IN Psalm 22 WHERE THE VERY WORDS THAT HE UTTERED ON THE CROSS WERE PROPHESIED OVER A THOUSAND YEARS BEFORE HE UTTERED THEM. “My god, my God, why have you forsaken me” THEME VERSE Ps 1:3 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. PROVERBS JESUS “IS WISDOM” IN PROVERBS Prov 8:30 Then I was beside Him, as a master workman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him, 31 Rejoicing in the world, His earth, And having my delight in the sons of men. 1 Cor 1:30 by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, THERE ARE 31 CHAPTERS IN PROVERBS… 1 FOR EVERY DAY 1 Kings 4:32 He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005. THERE ARE 3 KINDS OF WISDOM IN PROVERBS THE FIRST KIND IS – SOPHIA IT MEANS; THE WISDOM OF ULTIMATE THINGS, SEEING THE BIG PICTURE. Eph 1:16 do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, THE 2ND KIND OF WISDOM IS PHRONESIS WISDOM – THE HOW TO THE 3RD KIND OF WISDOM IS SUNESIS – NETWORKING; PUTTING TWO AND TWO TOGETHER

Joy Is Not An Option

Part 3 - He Has Made Me Laugh • May 9, 2021 • Pastor Bracken Christian

Rom 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. C.S. LEWIS SAID, “GOD DOES HIS MOST SERIOUS WORK IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF JOY”. Psa 63:1 O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water. 2 Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. 3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. 4 So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. 5 My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips. 6 When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches, 7 For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. THE APOSTLE PAUL KNEW SOMETHING ABOUT JOY! Phil 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! MSG Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! TPT Be cheerful with joyous celebration in every season of life. Let joy overflow, for you are united with the Anointed One! AMP Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice! (YOU HAVE CHOICE TO CHEER UP) PAUL LIVED HIS LIFE IN JOY. Acts 20:24 “none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace OF God”. 2 Cor 1:24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for your joy; for in your faith you are standing firm. BBE but we are helpers of your joy: for it is faith which is your support. John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. PAULS INSTRUCTIONS TO THE PHILIPPIANS CONCERNING HIS PURPOSE IN THEIR LIFE. Phil 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; 24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, JUST LIKE FAITH AND LOVE WORK TOGETHER, FAITH AND JOY WORK TOGETHER. Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Heb 11:1 faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. FAITH IS A CONFIDENT EXPECTAION! JOY AND PEACE ARE THE GLUE THAT HOLDS YOU TO YOUR EXPECTED END. Psalm 43:4 Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy… 5 Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. 1 Sam 1:1-18 THE STORY OF HANNAH 7-8 It happened year after year, as often as she went up to the house of the LORD, she would provoke her; so she wept and would not eat. Then Elkanah her husband said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep and why do you not eat and why is your heart sad? Am I not better to you than ten sons?” 10 SHE IS GREATLY DISTRESSED AND SHE WEPT AND PRAYED 11 SHE MAKES A VOW AND CONTINUES TO PRAY 17-18 Then Eli answered and said, “go in peace; and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him.” She said, “let your maidservant find favor in your sight.” So the woman went her way and ate, and HER FACE WAS NO LONGER SAD. Gen 18 THE ANGEL OF THE LORD APPEARS TO ABRAHAM AND TELLS HIM THAT SARAH WILL HAVE A CHILD AT THIS TIME NEXT YEAR 13THE LORD SAID, “WHY DID SARAH LAUGH, SAYING, “SHALL I HAVE A CHILD WHEN I AM OLD?” 14 IS ANYTING TOO DIFFICULT FOR LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” Sarah denied it however, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. and He said, “no, but you did laugh.” Heb 11:11 By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised. WHEN YOU BELIEVE THE WORD CONCEPTION CAN OCCUR. Gen 21:2 So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him. 3 Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac. ISAAC MEANS LAUGHTER. 5 Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. 6 Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.” Psa 126:1 When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion, We were like those who dream. 2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter And our tongue with joyful shouting; Then they said among the nations, 3 “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us; We are glad. FAITH LAUGHS AT IMPOSSIBILITES! NLT Prov 31:25 She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. TPT Bold power and glorious majesty are wrapped around her as she laughs with joy over the latter days. ATTACK EVERY SITUATION WITH A LAUGH… “I love to laugh, loud and long and clear. I love to laugh, so everybody can hear. The more I laugh, the more I’m filled with glee The more the glee, the more I’m a merry me.

Jesus In Every Book Of The Bible

Part 10 - Job • May 5, 2021 • Pastor Bracken Christian

Jesus is… “the seed” in Genesis “THE LAMB” in exodus “the head covering of the priest (MITRE)” in leviticus “THE FIRE” IN NUMBERS “THE WORD” in DEUTERONOMY “our flag of victory” in Joshua “the righteous judge” in judges “OUR KINSMAN-REDEEMER” IN RUTH “THE MOUTH & PROPHETS” IN 1, 2 SAMUEL, 1,2 kings & 1,2 ChroNIC “OUR RESTORER” IN EZRA & NEHEMIAH “OUR MEDIATOR” IN ESTHER WE ARE STARTING INTO THE POETRY BOOKS. JOB, PSALMS, PROVERBS, ECCLESIASTIES AND SONG OF SOLOMON JOB WAS WRITTEN TO BE A PLAY. PSALMS WAS A SONG BOOK. PROVERBS TO BE SUNG AS WELL. SONG OF SOLOMON WAS AN OPERA. ECCLESIASTIES THE PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF SOLOMON. JOB OUR PICTURE OF JESUS IN THE BOOK OF JOB IS “A REVELATION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.” Job 19:25 As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth. 26 “Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God; 27 Whom I myself shall behold, And whom my eyes will see and not another. My heart faints within me! THE AUTHOR MOSES WROTE THE BOOK OF JOB. WE SEE THE KIND OF MAN JOB WAS. Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil. (Vs 5 we see Job was into works) THE FIRST TWO CHAPTERS GIVE US A RARE GLIMPSE OF THE SPIRIT REALM. SATAN CAN’T LIVE IN HEAVEN BUT HE HAS ACCESS AND CAN GO AND ACCUSE… (Rev 12:10) SATAN MEANS “THE ADVERSARY.” SATAN ENDED UP GETTING ACCESS. BECAUSE JOB HAD A DOOR OF FEAR. “The thing I’ve feared has come upon me” (Job 3:25) FEAR OPENS THE DOOR FOR THE ENEMY. FAITH IS THE OPPOSITE OF FEAR… FAITH OVERCOMES. (Rev 12:11) GOD PERMITTED SATAN TO ATTACK JOB IN 3 WAYS! HIS SUBSTANCE, HIS 10 KIDS (FAMILY) AND HIS HEALTH. Ez 22:30 I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me THESE 3 FRIENDS ARE FOR THE PURPOSE OF STANDING IN THE GAP… ANOTHER FRIEND COMES ON THE SCENE NAMED ELIHU. GOD COMES ON THE SCENE AND HE ASKS JOB OVER 100 QUESTIONS I’VE NOTICE THAT WHEN GOD DEALS WITH PEOPLE IN THE BIBLE THAT ARE WRONG… HE AKS THEM QUESTIONS TO REASON IT THROUGH. THEN GOD HAS JOB PRAY FOR HIS FRIENDS… HIS ACCUSERS GOD ENDED UP GIVING JOB DOUBLE OF EVERYTHING. THERE’S SOMETHING TO LEARN ABOUT THE VALUE OF PATIENCE JAMES 5:10-11 As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful. THE NAME ALMIGHTY GOD (EL SHADDAI) IS USED 28 TIMES. JOB IS COMPLIMENTED AS A MAN OF PRAYER IN Ezekial 14:14,20 THEME VERSE Job 4:3 Behold you have admonished many, And you have strengthened weak hands. “Your words have helped the tottering to stand, And you have strengthened feeble knees.

Joy Is Not An Option

Part 2 - Joy For the Journey • May 2, 2021 • Pastor Bracken Christian

Rom 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. JOY IS THE ATMOSHPHERE OF HEAVEN. IT IS A FLOW OF THE SPIRIT. JOY IS A FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT (Gal 5:22) 50 MILLION PEOPLE A YEAR SUFFER FROM ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION! ONE OF SATAN’S STRATEGIES IS TO MISREPRESENT THE CHARACTER OF GOD AS ONE WHO LACKS COMPASSION AND TRIES TO MAKE PEOPLE THINK HE’S HARSH AND UNFORGIVING. Luke 15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS Matt 25:23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ TPT Isaiah 61:10 I will sing and greatly rejoice in Yahweh! My whole being vibrates with shouts of joy in my God! For he has dressed me with salvation and wrapped me in the robe of his righteousness! SO MANY HAVE NOT BEEN TAUGHT HOW TO ACT. HOW TO RESPOND TO LIFES CHALLENGES. John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” THE WORD CHEER MEANS; COURAGE AND BOLDNESS. C.S. LEWIS SAID, “GOD DOES HIS MOST SERIOUS WORK IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF JOY” JESUS WAS ANOINTED WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS. NOW WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE SAME ANOINTING. (Ps 45:7, Isaiah 61:3) AN ANOINTING IS ACTIVATED BY FAITH. THE MANTLE OF PRAISE IS SOMETHING WE PUT ON. JOY IS A HEAVENLY OIL THAT ANOINTS A BELIEVER FOR VICTORY. Psalm 92:10 I have been anointed with fresh oil. TPT You’ve empowered my life for triumph by pouring fresh oil over me. Nehimiah 8:10 The joy of the Lord is your strength. STRENGTH MEANS; A SAFE PLACE, A FORTIFIED PLACE, A DEFENSE AND A PROTECTION. JOY ENABLES A PERSON TO REMAIN STEADFAST. Acts 13:52 And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. IT WAS THE SECRET TO PAUL’S SUCCESS AND PRAYER LIFE. JOY IS A CARRIER OF PRAYER. “Always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all” (Philippians 1:4). PAUL WROTE TO THE CORINTHIANS ABOUT HIS PURPOSE IN WORKING WITH THEM FOR THEIR JOY. 2 Cor 1:24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for your joy; for in your faith you are standing firm. NLT We want to work together with you so you will be full of joy, for it is by your own faith that you stand firm. BBE but we are helpers of your joy: for it is faith which is your support. FAITH AND THE FORCE OF JOY ARE POWER TWINS FOR WINNING IN LIFE. HIS INSTRUCTIONS TO THE PHILIPPIANS CONCERNING HIS PURPOSE IN THEIR LIFE. Phil 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; 24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, “but none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace OF God” (Acts 20:24). JOY IS THE STRENGTH OF A BORN-AGAIN BELIEVER. JUST LIKE FAITH AND LOVE WORK TOGETHER, FAITH AND JOY WORK TOGETHER. Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Heb 11:1 faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. JOY AND PEACE ARE THE GLUE THAT HOLDS YOU TO YOUR EXPECTED END. TPT Rom 12:11 Be enthusiastic to serve the Lord, keeping your passion toward him boiling hot! Radiate with the glow of the Holy Spirit and let him fill you with excitement as you serve him. 12 Let this hope burst forth within you, releasing a continual joy. Don’t give up in a time of trouble, but commune with God at all times. MSG “Stay cheerfully expectant” Rom 5:10 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. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

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