FBC Williams Arizona
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Changing Hearts, Changing Lives, One Soul at a Time

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THE ETERNAL EXTREME MAKEOVER—REVELATION
21-22 (May 19th)
HEAVEN IS A _______________ & SPECTACULAR PLACE
Revelation 21:5— “He who was seated on the throne said, I am making everything new!”
Revelation 5:11, 7:9 & 21:9-21.  Heaven will not be a cramped and cluttered place, it will be glorious beyond description. Heaven would not be heaven if we could define it.
HEAVEN WILL BE FULL OF ______________& SERVICE.
Revelation 22:3— “No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him.”
Revelation 1:6, 4:9-11, 5:8-14, 7:11-15, Matthew 25:14-30.  We will sing and rejoice like never before! It will come from pure and grateful hearts and our service will not be forced or wearisome. Can you imagine that?  Do you really think we will be bored in eternity? 
HEAVEN WILL HAVE ETERNAL _____________________.
Psalm 17:15— “And I—in righteousness I will see Your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing Your likeness!
Revelation 21:27, 22:1-5, Isaiah 66:17-19 & II Peter 3:11-13.  Can you imagine not ever wanting or needing anything to make you content? We will enjoy God like never before and have unhindered and amazing relationships with others!  Nothing or no one will not disturb God’s perfect place!!! 
WE WILL BE THERE _________________THAN WE THINK & WE CAN BE SURE OF GOING THERE!
Revelation 22:6— “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His Angel to show His servants the things that must soon 
take place.”
I John 5:11-13 & Revelation 22:12-21.  Am I ready for that day? Am I helping others become ready?There is only one life and it will soon be past, only what is done for Jesus Christ will last!                Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people!!!
Answers: SPACIOUS, SONG, SATISFACTION, & SOONER
 
GOD’S REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION IN LIFE
(May 20th) Key Verse: Micah 6:8- “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” 
1.   DO WHAT IS ____________IN GOD’S SIGHT.
What does the Lord require of us? First and foremost to act justly.  To live right in a world that has mostly gone wrong! Micah 3 & 7.  Ecclesiastes 12:13-14- “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”
Look up Matthew 5:6, 6:33, Proverbs 14:34, 21:2-3.  We are to think right, speak right, live right, and be right!  Jesus Christ died & rose again for us to put us into right standing with God! Romans 3:10-12, 21-26, II Corinthians 5:21
2.   BE FILLED WITH _____________FROM GOD ABOVE.
The next thing God wants from us is to live a life filled with love.  We are to “love mercy.” Are you kind, loving, and merciful?
Read I Corinthians 13:1-3LIFE– LOVE=NOTHING!
I Corinthians 16:14- “Do everything in love.”  Galatians 5:13- “Serve one another in love.”  I Peter 4:8- “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”  Is love a priority in your life? Are we patient, kind, unselfish, forgiving, faithful and full of His goodness to others? If not, why not? 
3.   DON’T BE BORED, HUMBLY __________WITH THE LORD
The final thing God wants from us is to have a relationship with him! He wants us to walk and talk with him through this life.
Read Genesis 5:21-24, 6:5-9 and James 4:6-10.  Matthew 11:28-30- “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Get away with me and you will recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me-watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn how to live freely and lightly.” ( Message).  We walk humbly with God when we let Him lead us, when we lean on Him and learn from Him. And finally, when we lift Him up!
ANSWERS:  RIGHT, LOVE & WALK
  
THE NO MORE OF WHAT IS IN STORE (May 12th) 
TEXT: REVELATION 21-22
1. NO MORE WAITING TO _________OUR SAVIOR’S FACE.  Revelation 21:1-3
Revelation 22:4- “They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.” Can
you imagine what it will be like to finally see our Lord face to face?
2. NO MORE ____________________BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH.
Revelation 21:2- “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully adorned for her husband.”
Genesis 3:23-24. Paradise was lost through sin, then it will be fully restored because of our Savior! Can you imagine a place of complete unity & no division?
3. NO MORE __________________, SUFFERING & DEATH!
Revelation 21:4- “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Can you imagine never being depressed again? Can you imagine a place with no pain, pressure, panic or paranoia.
4. NO MORE ________________WITH SIN OR SATAN!
I John 3:2- “Dear friends, now we are the children of God, and what we will be has not been made known. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” See Revelation 20:10, 21:27 & 22:3
Can you imagine living without the daily battle with our flesh, Satan, and this evil world system?
5. NO MORE NEED FOR THE LIMITED LIGHT FROM THE_____________& MOON BECAUSE THE GLORY OF GOD WILL SHINE THERE! See Revelation 22:23
Can you imagine seeing the glory & splendor of God shining in
all of its brilliance and being able to endure it?
Answers: SEE, SEPARATION, SADNESS, STRUGGLE, & SUN
 
 
THE RUNAWAY PROPHET– the Book of Jonah (May 13th)
1.   THE REBELLION OF JONAH
Jonah ________from God and refused to do what he was called to do! Look at Jonah 1:1-3 and compare with Psalm 139:1-10
Jonah put others and himself at great ______________by his disobedienceJonah 1:4-17
OUR SIN ALWAYS HAS A RIPPLE OR DOMINO EFFECT.  THOSE NEAREST US WILL SUFFER
FROM OUR SIN.
2.   THE RELEASE OF JONAH
God will do anything to __________________our attention 1:17
Jonah __________________God and reached out to him in
prayer– Jonah 2:1-10 and compare with Psalm 46:10, Hebrews 4:15-16.
“MORE THINGS ARE WROUGHT BY PRAYER THAN THIS WORLD EVER DREAMS OF.”
ALFRED LORD TENNYSON
 3.   THE REPENTANCE OF JONAH
Jonah repented and _______________to his responsibility 3:1-3
Acts 3:19- “Repent, then and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, and times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”
God will _________________our obedience and many others will respond to him as a result! See Jonah 3:4-10 and Acts 1:8, 2:38-47.
OUR OBEDIENCE  ALSO HAS A POWERFUL MAGNETIC ATTRACTION– PEOPLE RESPOND &
GET RIGHT WITH GOD!
4.    THE RANK RESPONSE OF JONAH TO NINEVEH’S REVIVAL
Jonah did not rejoice over Nineveh’s response to God, he ______________________it!
Look up Jonah 4:1-3. Do we desire people to come to Christ or do we hope that they get what they
deserve? Do we pray for our enemies?
God asked Jonah the _____________for his anger and bitterness—Jonah 4:4-10.
Hebrews 12:15- “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble & defile many.”

Am I growing bitter or better as I age? Do I really believe that a bitter root will produce bitter fruit?

ANSWERS:  RAN, RISK, RECAPTURE, REMEMBERED, RETURNED, REWARD, REGRETTED, & REASON
 

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL! (May 5th) 
HEAVEN IS A _________________PLACE.
Matthew 6:9-10- “Our Father who is in Heaven, hallowed by Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”
The word Heaven in its singular form and plural forms occur more than 600 times in Scripture.
II Chronicles 7:14, Psalm 2:1-4, John 14:1-3, Rev. 21-21.  The Scriptures verify it, our Savior did, the Saints have always believed in it and even human culture validates it— See Ecclesiastes 3:1-12.  How real is Heaven to me? 
HEAVEN IS GOD’S HOME WHERE HE __________FROM HIS GLORIOUS THRONE.
Psalm 103:19- “The Lord has established His throne in Heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.”
Isaiah 66:1-2, Revelation 4-5, 6:15-17, 7:9-17.  Heaven is God’s Holy place. He is the King and the center of all attention. He rules over all. Nothing is outside His sphere of influence. Everything is under His control & authority.  It is His-story and its all for His glory!!! Do I trust and submit to
His rule and care?
HEAVEN IS WHERE GOD IS GREATLY _______________AND REJOICED IN.
Revelation 15:3-4- “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages. Who will not fear You, O Lord and bring glory to your name? For You alone are holy.”
Isaiah 6:1-8, Revelation 1:9-18, Psalm 16:11 & Job 19:25-27.  Do I give God the honor, glory and respect He so richly desires and deserves? Do I know for sure I will be there when I die? Do I eagerly
anticipate and desire Heaven? Am I praying for and telling others about this glorious place?  Am I seeking His kingdom first and laying up treasure there?  William Shakespeare said “The love of Heaven makes one heavenly.”
Answers: REAL, RULES, & REVERED
 
WARNING– PRIDE WILL CAUSE YOU AND GOD TO COLLIDETHE BOOK OF OBADIAH (May 6th)
1.   PRIDE CAN LEAD TO __________________________.
Obadiah verse 3- “The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground.?”
Pride deceives us, and makes us more daring than we should be. It causes us to think we are indestructible.  Look up Romans 12:3 and Revelation 3:14-20.  Do I think of myself more highly than I should? Do I have an unhealthy self-confidence?
2.   PRIDE CAN LEAD TO _____________________________.
Look up verses 10-14 and compare with Matthew 7:1-5, Luke 18:9-14 & James 2:1-9
James 2:1- “My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism.”
Do l look down on others? Do I treat certain people better than others? Do I realize the ground is level at the cross?
3.   PRIDE WILL ALWAYS BE ________________________.
See verses 4-8, 18.
Verse 15- “The day of the Lord is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.”
Consider the falls of these people who were puffed up with pride:
Satan– look up Isaiah 14:12-15 & I Timothy 3:6.
Adam and Eve– Genesis 3:1-7.
King Nebuchadnezzar- Daniel Chapter 4
Proverbs 16:5,18- “The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: they will not go unpunished. Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
AM I HEADING FOR A FALL? 
ANSWERS:  PRESUMPTION, PREJUDICE & PUNISHED
 
“IF MY PEOPLE…” (April 28th)
TEXT: II CHRONICLES 7:14 
1. 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? 
2. 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! 
3. 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
 
AM I WALKING WITH GOD OR ALONE? (April 29th)
TEXT: THE BOOK OF AMOS
1. AM I WALKING WITH GOD OR ______________FROM HIM?
Amos 3:3- “Do two walk together unless they are agreed to do so?  
Amos 4, Micah 6:8 & Genesis 5:24, 6:9.  Walking with God is a calling, a choice, & takes commitment! Am I walking with God, away from Him or ahead of Him?
2. AM I JUST RELIGIOUS OR DO I HAVE A ______________RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD?
Matthew 7:21-23- “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of Heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out many demons and perform many miracles?” Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”  
Amos 4:4, 5:4-6, 21-23, John 5:38-40, Jeremiah 9:23-24.  Do I profess to know God, but don’t really possess Him? I am either seeking self, satisfaction, success, stuff, or someone else, but true life is found in seeking the Savior.
3. DO I __________________FOR HOLINESS & HATE EVIL?
Amos 5:14- “Seek good, not evil, that you may live.”  
Amos 5:7-27, Psalm 23:3, Matthew 5:8, & James 1:26-27.  What do I crave—what is right or wrong? Ask God to give us a holy and healthy appetite.  What is my speech saying about me? James 3:1-12 
4. AM I RIGHT WITH GOD & ______________TO MEET HIM?
Amos 4:12- “Prepare to meet your God, O Israel.”  
Hebrews 9:27, Romans 14:10-12 & Revelation 20:11-15.  Am I prepared to stand before the Lord? Am I afraid of death or ready to graduate to Glory?  Am I ready for His Return? Am I laying up treasure in Heaven?  Will I hear Him say one day “Well done, you good and faithful servant.”?
ANSWERS: AWAY, REAL, HUNGER, & READY