Thursday, November 27, 2014

1 Samuel 3: Notes on Attitude

1 Samuel 3
Notes on Attitude

ATTITUDE - 1). Samuel did exactly as Eli had directed. (v.9,10) He laid down and responded to God when called upon. Obedience is a sign of a faithful servant. We should diligently obey all that God tells us to do through the Godly leaders He's placed over us. 2). Samuel was afraid. (v.15) He loved Eli and had just heard a condemning message from God. He didn't want Eli to become angry with him, the messenger. God's first message to Samuel was a tough one, to teach him not to be afraid to deliver God's words, good or bad. Sometimes, God will ask us to do things that make us want to be afraid, but we still must follow through and do them. 3). Samuel told Eli everything God had given him to speak. (v.18) He was afraid to anger Eli, but he still was obedient to God and delivered the message. His fear of the Lord was more than his fear of man. As leaders, we've got to get our eyes off of man, and do what God has called us and empowered us to do for His glory. 4). Eli accepted the word of the Lord. (v.18) He also accepted his transition from power, for God is now speaking to Samuel instead of him. This had to be a shock - Eli had gone to bed that evening just like every other evening, not realizing he was about to be demoted. And it must have been difficult to be replaced by someone so young, even younger than his own children. But Eli was humbled and couldn't do anything but agree with God and his will.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

1 Corinthians 3: Notes on Relationships

1 Corinthians 3
Notes on Relationships

RELATIONSHIPS - 1). The people were fighting amongst themselves. (v.3,4) The quarreling was based out of jealousy and pride and this was keeping them from growing in God. When we have our eyes on each other, we will tend to notice our weaknesses and get caught up in positional struggles. When we keep our eyes on God, we will avoid the worldliness that comes from fighting and treat each other the right way. Positional competition has no place in the church. 2). We are all on the same team. (v.21-23) It’s pointless to compete against each other, or profess loyalty to one person over someone else. We are all wearing the same jersey and fighting for the same cause. The more we come together in unity, the more we can accomplish for God and His kingdom.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Matthew 3: Notes on Sin

Matthew 3
Notes on Sin

SIN – 1). John preached ‘make straight paths (for the Lord).’ (v.3) God has called us to walk a straight path, not crooked rabbit trails that lead to evil actions and death. We need to walk a straight path, and show others the way as well. The best way to help others live right is to show them by the way we live. 2). John confronted the Pharisees and Sadducees. (v.7-10) He called them a brood of vipers because they weren’t producing good fruit, or rather, they weren’t living up to the teachings they taught others. If we have repented, we must live according to our new code of conduct on life.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Exodus 3: Notes on Worship and Passion

Exodus 3
Notes on Worship and Passion

PASSION - God instructed Moses to take off his sandals because the place was holy ground. (v.5) He wanted Moses to touch the holy ground and make contact with Him, with God. Nothing should come between us and our relationship with God. We need to remove anything that tries to keep us separated from God our Father.