FBC Williams Arizona
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Changing Hearts, Changing Lives, One Soul at a Time

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REST, BE BLESSED AND LESS STRESSED! (Sunday Nov 25th) 
 Proverbs 14:30— “A relaxed attitude lengthens life.” NLT
REST & RELAXATION IS A BIBLICAL _________________________. 
Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 20:8-11, 31:12-17 & Mark 6:30-32
Luke 5:15-16— “Yet the news spread about Him all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed."  Do I realize that getting adequate rest is just as much a part of obeying God as hard work is?
REST & RELAXATION HAS A BIBLICAL _______________________. 
We are to rest from work and from a ________________based Lifestyle
Matthew 11:28-30 & Luke 10:38-42.  Am I on a performance treadmill?
We are to rest from ______________.
Matthew 6:27— “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Cf. Philippians 4:6-7.  The word for worry means to “be pulled in all sorts of directions, to choke or strangle. Do you feel choked by worry?
We are to rest to restore _________________& wonder in our lives
Isaiah 30:15-18, 40:31, 58:13-14.  The word for recreation literally means to “re-create.” If we are all work & no play we will find it harder to pray! 
REST & RELAXATION TAKE ________________________.
The Hebrew word for Sabbath means to take an intermission.  Psalm 46:10— “Cease striving and know that I am God.”  Learn to take time outs every day to sit still and smell the roses so to speak.
Learn to say no more often without feeling guilty.  Learn to choose what is best over what is good.
 Learn to take naps, sleep longer, deep breathe, laugh & exercise more often to cultivate a relaxed attitude toward life.  Remember that we are human beings not human doings!!!  Oswald Chambers said, “We should take 1 out of every 60 minutes to abide in Christ.”
ANSWERS: PRINCIPLE, PURPOSE, WORKS, WORRY, WORSHIP & PRACTICE 
 
THANK YOU THERAPY (Saturday Nov 17th) 
1. THE REASONS TO THANK GOD
    A. Because God is so very great and _______________.
Psalm 145:3,9- “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom. The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made.”
 Psalm 106:1, 107:1,15,21-22,43.  Satan has always tried to get man to doubt God’s goodness– Genesis 3
 
    B. Because God is the ____________of all good gifts.
James 1:17- “Every good and perfect gift is from above…”  II Corinthians 9:15- “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.”
Acts 17:24-28 &I Corinthians 4:7.  What do we have that we did not receive?
    C. Because God is ___________________when we thank him!
Psalm 50:23- “He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so I may show the salvation of God.”  Look up Romans 1:21-32 and Psalm 69:30-31.
Am I grieving God or glorifying Him?
   D. Because we really ____________ in our Christian life when we are thankful!
Colossians 2:6-7- “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thanksgiving.”
2. THE RIGHT WAY TO THANK GOD
    A. Choose to focus on what you have and learn to _________________ your blessings!
Psalm 103:2- “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.”
The words “think” and “thank” come from the same root word! Do you ever stop to really think about His goodness?
    B. Keep your focus on ___________________not on your circumstances!
Philippians 4:4-6- “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again; rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all, the Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God.”
It is really difficult to be anxious and thankful at the same time.
 C. Let God’s Spirit & Word _______________you into a thankful person.
Colossians 3:16- “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”  Ephesians 5:18-20 & Philippians 2:12-16, 4:8-9
ANSWERS: GOOD, GIVER, GLORIFIED, GROW, COUNT, CHRIST & CHANGE
    
THANKSLIVING (Sunday, Nov 18th)
TEXT: I THESSALONIANS 5:16-18
1.  THANK GOD FOR THE GIFT OF THE ______________.
Psalm 118:24- “This is the day the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Do you allow the past and the future to take the joy out today?
2.  THANK GOD FOR THE GIFT OF HIS_______________.
Hebrews 13:5- “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” What more could we ask for? 
3.  THANK GOD FOR THE GIFT OF HIS_______________.
Psalm 103:2-3- “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits– who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.”
See verses 8-12 and I Timothy 1:12-16. Paul never got over the joy of His salvation! Have we lost that joy?
4.  THANK GOD FOR THE GIFT OF HIS ______________.
Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
See Romans 8:28-30. Have you thanked God lately for His good plan for your life? 
5.  THANK GOD FOR THE GIFT OF __________________.
Philippians 1:3- “I thank my God every time I remember you.”
Our families and friends and fellow believers are all gracious gifts from a gracious God! How often do we thank Him and them?  I Corinthians 4:7- “What do you have that you did not receive?”
Deuteronomy 8:10-18 & Acts 17:24-28. Who is the One behind all our earthly blessings? How often do you thank God for your home, job, car, bike, clothes etc..?
6.  THANK GOD FOR THE GIFT OF _________________.
I Corinthians 4:7- “What do you have that you did not receive?”
Deuteronomy 8:10-18 & Acts 17:24-28. Who is the One behind all our earthly blessings? How often do
you thank God for your home, job, car, bike, clothes etc..? 
7.  THANK GOD FOR A PERFECT _______________IN HEAVEN.
John 14:2- “In my father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (NKJV)
Colossians 3:1-4, I Peter 1:3-6 and Revelation 21-22.  Can you imagine living forever in a perfect place with no more sin, suffering, and Satan to mess with us? Am I heavenly minded?
ANSWERS: PRESENT, PRESENCE, PARDON, PLAN, PEOPLE, POSSESSIONS, & PLACE
 
LIVING WITH AN ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE (Saturday Nov 10th)
JAMES 4:13-5:20 
1. LIFE IS ___________, BE SWIFT, SMART AND DON’T LET OPPORTUNITIES SLIP AWAY!
James 4:14- “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
Psalm 39:4-6, 90:10-12 & Ephesians 5:15-17.  Am I procrastinating? Am I wasting time or investing it? Am I living with an eternal perspective, making every day count? MAKE YOUR PLANS, BUT LET GOD 2. ALWAYS HAVE THE FINAL ___________.
James 4:15- “Instead you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will do this or that.”
Proverbs 3:5-6, 16,1,3,9 & Ecclesiastes 3:1-11.  You can accomplish more in one hour with God than in a lifetime without Him. Is God my CEO or just a consultant to me?  George Mueller said, “I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that is has no will of its own in regard to a matter.” The will of God—nothing more, nothing less.
3. DON’T BE STINGY WITH YOUR WEALTH, BE A GOOD______AND LEARN TO CARE & SHARE.
Acts 20:35— “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
James 5:1-6 & I Timothy 6:6-8, 17-19.  Do I hold on to things tightly or loosely? Where is my treasure? I may have an IRA, but do I have an ERA?  Someone said, “The way we handle money is perhaps the truest indicator of the spiritual condition of my heart.” 
4. CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN & WE WILL ALL _______BEFORE HIM TO GIVE AN ACCOUNT OF OUR LIVES.  
Hebrews 9:27- “Man is destined to die once, and after this to face judgment.”
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, Matthew 24:44 & Romans 14:10-12.  Will my life count for eternity? Will my Master say “Well done.”?  Am I ready for Christ’s return? Would I be confident or ashamed? Let’s all be
ANSWERS: SHORT, SAY, STEWARD & STAND
 
 
DO I LIVE TO EAT OR EAT TO LIVE? (Sunday Nov 11th) 
1. GOD CREATED FOOD FOR OUR GOOD & ALL OF IT IS TO BE RECEIVED THANKFULLY. IT IS         _______________BY THE WORD AND PRAYER.  I Timothy 4:4-5
We were originally designed for more of a vegetarian diet.  Genesis 1:29-31 & 9:3.  This type of diet is more healthy—Daniel 1:8-15.  As a Christian, your diet will not keep you out of heaven, but it may get you there sooner if you are not careful! 
2. EVERY DAY WE HAVE A __________BETWEEN EATING LIVING FOOD AND DEAD FOOD.  
I Corinthians 6:12— “Everything is permissible for me—but not everything is beneficial.”
Everything we put into our mouths has the potential for either life or death. Will this treasure my temple or trash it?  Bad foods are convenient, they appeal to our cravings, they give us comfort, but they have serious consequences to eating them!  Living foods include fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds & nuts. They are beautifully packaged in divinely created wrappers called skins and peels.
3. WE MUST LEARN TO ________OUR PORTION SIZE AS WELL AS OUR PASSION FOR EATING.
Proverbs 23:20-21— Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
Galatians 5:16, 22-23, I Corinthians 6:12-13, 10:31.  Why am I eating this? Is this healthy and honoring to God or am I simply doing it to fulfill a craving & to seek comfort?  Am I letting food control me or the Holy Spirit? Has food become my god and goal?
DID YOU KNOW?
More than 2,000 studies support the fact that a low-caloric optimal nutrition diet can extend life 30-50%.  In 1970, typical Americans spent 6 billion on fast food. In 2000 we spent 110 billion! Lord, help us all!!!

ANSWERS: CONSECRATED, CHOICE & CONTROL

DRAWING NEAR TO GOD (Saturday Nov 3rd)
TEXT: James 3:13-4:10
1. GOD WANTS US TO SURRENDER OUR _______________ AMBITION AND ARROGANCE—James 3:13-16, 4:1-5
James 4:6- “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” God sends no one away empty—only those who are full of themselves— Isaiah 14:12-15 & Proverbs 16:5,18.  God calls us to REPENT-to turn from our sins and turn to our Savior—James 4:7-10, Isaiah 55:6-9 & Revelation 2-3
A Christian must never stop repenting because in this life we never completely stop sinning-see Proverbs 24:16.  Many people use mighty thin thread when mending their ways!
2. GOD DESIRES THAT WE __________________TO HIM AND SAY NO TO SATAN.
James 4:7- “Submit yourselves then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
God wants us to rank ourselves under His Lordship. Many want to serve God, but only in an advisory capacity.  He wants us to learn to say yes to Him in everything.  Luke 6:46- “Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not do what I say?”  
Who is calling the shots in my life? Am I in the wrong seat?  
John 14:15- “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” See also John 14:21, 23 
3. GOD WANTS US TO SINCERELY _______________HIM IN ALL OF OUR WAYS.
James 4:8- “Come near to God and He will come near to you.”
Psalm 105:4- “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.”
God draws us to Himself with His unfailing love and great goodness—Jeremiah 31:3, John 6:37, & Revelation 3:19-20.  When we seek God first and foremost—we find everything we are really looking for—salvation, strength, satisfaction, significance and security!  Former Missionary to Burma (now Myanmar) Adoniram Judson said, “The motto of every missionary, whether preacher, printer, or schoolmaster, ought to be ‘Devoted for life’.”

ANSWERS: SELFISH, SUBMIT & SEEK

BODILY EXERCISE PROFITS A LITTLE  (Sunday Nov 4th)
Memory Verses: I Timothy 4:7-8— “Train yourself to be godly. For bodily exercise is of some value, but godliness has value for all things…”
Question to consider: What happens when water sits still for a long time in a cup, puddle or pond? 
Point to Ponder: We need to stir the waters so to speak in our bodies. Exercise refreshes our bodies by clearing it of toxins and cellular garbage.
FUN FACTS
In Biblical times people lived in ________________motion.
Shepherding and farming were the main sources of income. Jesus is estimated to have walked around 21,000 miles during His brief 33 years of life. According to juststand.org the average person is sitting up to 12 hours a day putting them at serious health risk.
THE BLESSINGS OF EXERCISE 
Exercise helps prevent _____________and heart disease.
Research indicates that 1/3 of cancer deaths can be linked to diet and a sedentary lifestyle. People who exercise regularly have a slower resting heart rate which saves the heart of a lot of work through our lifetime.  Regular exercise has been shown to reduce weight, diabetes, depression, anxiety, insomnia, sickness and even reduces pain. It strengthens our muscle mass, bone density as well aiding in digestion and elimination.
SPIRITUAL APPLICATION 
Christ-like _______________is more valuable than exercise.
I Corinthians 9:24-27, and Hebrews 12:1-2
Are we running the race God has marked out for us?  Do we realize others are watching and can be greatly influenced by our race?  Are we running the race with 100% of our effort, or are we just coasting in life? Isn’t the prize worth the price?  See Philippians 3:7-21
ANSWERS: CONSTANT, CANCER & CHARACTER