FBC Williams Arizona
Friday, April 28, 2017
Changing Hearts, Changing Lives, One Soul at a Time

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 “IF MY PEOPLE…" (April 30th) TEXT: II CHRONICLES 7:14
 THE REAL HOPE FOR HEALING OUR LANd BEGINS WITH GOD’S ______________.
“If my people, who are called by my name…” Exodus 19:1-6, Matthew 5:13-16 & I Peter 2:9
If God’s people will step up to the plate and be light & salt in this dark & dismal world—there is no telling what God may do. Are we just playing church or truly being the church?
 HOPE & HEALING WILL COME IF WE HUMBLY  _________________ AND SEEK GOD’S PRESENCE & PARDON!
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face…”
Psalm 42:1-2, 63:1-3, 85:6, 105:4 & Hebrews 11:6 Are we seeking God’s hand more than His face in prayer?
Are we truly desperate for Him? Have we lost our first love? Have we learned how to walk humbly with Him? Micah 6:8  See also Psalm 34:18, Isaiah 57:15, 66:1-2  There is a blessing in brokenness!
 IF WE RETURN TO _______________GOD WIll BRING TO OUR LAND TRUE LIBERTY.
“If my people...will turn from their wicked ways…”Proverbs 14:34— “Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a disgrace to any people.” Matthew 5:6,8— “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
Am I willing to turn from sin to my Savior? Ask the Lord to give you a hunger for holiness and a passion for purity! If we will seek holiness over happiness, character over comfort, godliness over greediness and life over death, then God will mightily come and heal our lives and our land!!!
Answers: PEOPLE, PRAY & PURITY
 
THE GOD WHO IS  CRAZY ABOUT US! (April 23rd)
Key Verse: Zephaniah 3:17— “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
1. THE PROMISE OF HIS _____________________PRESENCE.
“The Lord your God is with you…”
The angels are with us, God’s family is with us, but best of all—God is with us! Cf. Psalm 23, 139 & Hebrews 13:5-5
We must learn to pursue His presence as well as practice his presence. Learn to Invite Him into all you do. How often in a typical day are you aware of His presence? Read Psalm 16:8 and make it your intentional prayer!
2.  THE PROMISE OF HIS __________________ASSISTANCE. 
“He is mighty to save…”
He alone can save and keep you. He will not fail you, forsake you or forget about you. Jude 24— “To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy.” See Isaiah 40:28-31, Jeremiah 32:27 & Ephesians 1:15-22God’s hand is never too short to reach you & His arms never grow tired of carrying you! Is anything too hard for Him?
3.  THE PROMISE OF HIS __________LOVE THAT TAKES GREAT PLEASURE IN US.
“He will take great delight in you…” 
God not only desires us but greatly delights in us! Isaiah 49:16— “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” We are enveloped in His love and engraved upon His heart. “He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Cf. John 10:27-30 & Romans 8:31-39. Am I trying to earn God’s love or am I learning to rest in and rejoice in it? Am I a channel of this powerful love to lost & lonely people?  See Matthew 9:35-38
Answers: PERSONAL, POWERFUL, PASSIONATE
 
THE CORNERSTONE OF CHRISTIANITY (April 16th)
1.  THE REALITY AND  IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION.
 Henry Morris said— “The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the crowning proof of Christianity.  Everything rises or falls here. Either Christ is a liar, lunatic or Lord
The first proof of the resurrection is the empty__________Matthew 27:62-28:1-20
Another validation of the resurrection is the eyewitness_____________________of over 500 peopleI Corinthians 15:3-8
The final proof for His resurrection lies in the _________________________that took place in the lives of the disciples & the greatest opponent of Christianity—the apostle Paul.
John 20:19-20 & Acts 9:1-22.
 2.   THE RIGHT WAY TO RESPOND TO CHRIST’S RESURRECTION.
 Stop doubting it and ____________________ it! John 20:19-20,24-29
Start really living in a brave and _______________manner!
I Corinthians 15:55-58-“Where O death is your victory? Where O grave is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
Do I have the confidence only Christ can give me in living life and facing death? Will I give myself fully to the work of the Lord?
Finally, let the resurrection of Christ change your ___________________________
Romans 6:4— “Just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
Ephesians 1:17-21 & Matthew 28:18-20 & Philippians 3:7-14
We are no longer victims but victors! It is no longer I but Christ. It is no longer selfishness but servant hood! No longer my will but Thy will be done!  Am I living daily in His resurrection power? If not, why not?
POINT TO PONDER: The resurrection is God the Father’s Amen to Christ’s statement “It is finished.”
 Answers:  TOMB, TESTIMONY, TRANSFORMATION, BELIEVE, BOLD & BEHAVIOR.
 
COMMENTS FROM THE CROSS (April 9th)
 "FATHER FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING” —LUKE 23:34

Sin is deceitful in nature—Jeremiah 17:9, John 8:34, Hebrews 3:13, James 1:13-15

It blinds us and ___________ us! It causes us to give in to peer pressure more than to the Prince of Peace.
It causes us like Judas to love money more than the Master. It causes Politicians like Pilate to be more concerned with being popular rather than living by principle.  It causes followers to be fickle. One day singing His praise and a few days later crying out for His crucifixion. Father forgive us, for we do not know what we are doing.
“MY GOD, MY GOD WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”— MATTHEW 27:46

Jesus ___________the sin of the whole world.

He stressed and suffered more than we can imagine because of our sin.  He sweat clots of blood over the strain of carrying the world’s sin and being separated from His Father.  Habakkuk 1:13. He was despised and forsaken so we could be accepted and forgiven—Isaiah 53:3-6.  Since my sin crushed Christ, how can I take it lightly? Lord give me a hatred of sin and a deep love for Jesus!
      “IT IS FINISHED”—JOHN 19:30
The Prince of Peace fully paid the penalty for sin. His death satisfied our enormous sin debt & God’s holiness
It is done. Christ has won! He triumphed over sin and death.
We can now come ___________into His holy presence by the blood of Jesus—see Hebrews 10:19-23.
There is nothing we can do to earn or deserve His love & forgiveness, simply believe & receive it-Luke 23:32-45.  Jesus paid it all. All to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain. He washed it white as snow!
Answers:  BINDS, BORE & BOLDLY. 
  
COMPELLED BY THE CROSS (March 26th)
TEXT: ISAIAH CHAPTER 53
1.   THE __________________ON THE CROSS-VERSES 1-5
     Who is this suffering servant? Jewish scholars puzzled over these passages for centuries. Many considered Isaiah 49-55 to be the most significant part of the Old Testament, and yet they could not agree on what exactly the prophet meant. Look up Luke 24:25-27,44-47 and Acts 8:26-35. Jesus Christ alone fulfills this prophecy! His birth, his humble life, and sacrificial death and resurrection were all predicted in the Scriptures.
2.   THE _____________OF THE CROSS-3-6, 11
     A. First, Christ experienced emotional pain.  Isaiah 53:3- “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”
Christ faced ridicule and rejection from his own family, friends, and nation. In fact, when it came to choices, the nation chose Barabbas, a notorious criminal over Christ!
     B. Next, Christ endured physical pain– verses 5-8  Isaiah 52:14- “Just as there were many who were appalled at him, his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness.”
     Mark 14:53-65, 15:1-20  Flogging or scourging was a ruthless punishment that used a leather whip with multiple ends and sharp bits of bone or metal embedded in the ends. It could leave the back raw and bleeding, sometimes even exposing the bones and organs. Floggings occasionally caused death!
      C. Third, Christ experienced spiritual pain  Isaiah 53:5- “But he was pierced (wounded, broken or slain) for our transgressions, he was crushed (beat to pieces) for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him.”
     Charles Spurgeon said, “If God were to lay his finger on any one of us, we should be struck with sickness, paralysis, and even death. Then think of God smiting! So when he saw our sin laid on his Son, he smote with the blows of a cruel One, until Christ said, ‘My God, my God why have you forsaken me?’”
3.   THE _____________________OF THE CROSS-VERSES 4-12
Why did Christ go through all that emotional, physical, and spiritual pain?
     A. First, he died in our place to save us from sin’s awful penalty. See verses 5-6.  Ezekiel 18:4- “The soul who sins must surely die.”  I Peter 3:18- “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.”
      B. Second, he died to save us from sin’s enslaving power.  Romans 8:1-2- “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.”  I Peter 2:24- “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed."
     C. Third, he died to give us true peace and purpose in life.  Ephesians 2:13-14- “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.”  II Corinthians 5:14-15- “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore, all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”
CLOSING QUESTIONS:
Will I trust this suffering Savior with all my heart?
Since He died such a passionate death for me, will I live a passionate and purposeful life for Him?
Do I realize that by His wounds I am healed?
Will I learn to walk in the freedom Christ purchased for me?

QUOTE TO CONSIDER:  Dale Evans said, “All of my life, I have been looking for a pot of gold at the foot of the rainbow, and I found it at the foot of the cross.”

Anwers:  PERSON, PAIN & PURPOSE.

THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD ABOUT GRACE
(March 19th)  TEXT: Luke 15
THE YOUNGER SON WAS SELFISH, ________________AND TOOK EVERYTHING HE HAD FOR GRANTED!
Jeremiah 17:9— “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (NKJV)
Luke 15:11-13, Mark 7:21-23, Romans 1:21-32, Colossians 3:5-6, Proverbs 14:12.
This young man was discontented, disrespectful, deceived and headed for a dead end road! We have all been there!!!  When we realize how good God is and that it will never pay to disobey? Am I being wild and wasteful in my life?
THE OLDER SON WAS SELF-RIGHTEOUS, JUDGMENTAL AND DIDN’T_____________GRACE!
Hebrews 12:15— “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”

Luke 15:1-2,25-32 & Luke 18:9-14.

Do I look down on others in self-righteous pride? Do I realize that if it were not for the grace of God, there go I?  Why am I serving God? Am I trying to earn His favor or do I serve Him out of gratitude for His amazing grace?  Is there a bitter root in my life producing bitter fruit?

THE FATHER IS SO _________________IN GRACE, GENEROSITY, PATIENCE AND FORGIVENESS!!!

Romans 5:8— “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Luke 15:20-24, 31-32 ,Titus 3:3-7 & Romans 12:1-2.

The Father is mentioned 12 times in 20 verses!  Our loving heavenly Father has a huge heart for the hurting and hopeless ones. He loves the prodigals as well as those who don’t realize they have strayed too!  The Father waits to rescue, reconcile and restore us in His matchless and amazing grace!  Why would I ever want to wander from Him? Can God really be like the Father in this story? You betcha!!!
Answers: GREEDY, GRASP & GREAT.
 
WALKING HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD
(March 12th) TEXT: I PETER 5
SPIRITUAL LEADERS WALK HUMBLY WHEN THEY LEAD AS_______________SHEPHERDS WHO SET AN EXAMPLE FOR THE FLOCK TO FOLLOW.

Hebrews 13:7— Remember your leaders who spoke the Word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.”

I Peter 5:1-6, Matthew 20:20-28 & John 21:15-17.  True Shepherds will lovingly lead and feed the flock in humility.  What kind of example am I? Am I ministering and mentoring others with a willing spirit, clothed in humility?

WE WALK HUMBLY WHEN WE _________________ALL OUR STRUGGLES  WITH OUR SAVIOR.
I Peter 5:7— “Cast all our anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
Psalm 55:16-17,22, Matthew 11:28-30 & Philippians 4:6-7.  Why worry when you can pray? What matters to you is a real concern to Him!!!  Worry is often a form of pride.  Give your burdens to the Lord and He will lessen your stress and your life greatly bless!!!

WE WALK HUMBLY WHEN WE ARE ______________AND SELF-CONTROLLED & TAKE OUR STAND AGAINST  SATAN!

Ephesians 6:10— ‘Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.”
I Peter 5:8-11 & Ephesians 6:10-20.  We need to be aware that Satan is there and avoid his every snare!
Am I daily dressing in God’s armor? Am I fighting with His army? Is He my strength and shield?  Satan doesn’t fear our personalities, preaching, and programs, but he trembles when he finds the weakest saint on their knees crying out to the God of their salvation.
Answers:  SERVANT, SHARE & SOBER.