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FREEDOM THROUGH GOD’S GRACE

December 30, 2013 in Encouragement, Instruction, Teaching

FREEDOM

Freedom through God’s Grace

As we enter into a new year, 2014, we all have goals that we want to achieve but for most of us there are things in the past that weigh us down.  Things such as bad decisions, poor performances, wrong relationships, etc.  Every one of us have to deal with these issues whether we like it or not.  We rank ourselves against others and normally we come out on the “short end of the stick” because we didn’t measure up to someone else’s approval or standards.  Thus, we get burdened down and go into the new year with 2 strikes against us.     The Bible says in Hebrews 12:1-…to lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us….”  This sin that all of us have in common is legalism, i.e., trying to measure up to standards or the standards that others have set for us.  It is impossible to measure up because there will always be one more thing that we need to do.    The Bible tells us in Colossians 2:14 that Jesus – “having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.  And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross…”  The “handwriting of ordinances” was the religious laws that people were expected to do but could not.  Because Jesus fulfilled the law we are free from the law.   Through His work on the cross Jesus has given us the opportunity to live in freedom from trying to meet standards of others because Jesus measured up to the highest standards of all, God’s standards.   Now by trusting in His grace for us, we can walk in freedom from the things that so easily ensnare us, i.e. the law.  The Bible tells us in John 1:14 that Jesus is “full of grace and truth” and by believing and trusting in Him  “of His fullness (of grace) we have all received, and grace for grace”- John 1:16.     

AJN encourages you to take time to seek Him with all of your heart so that He can reveal to you His immeasurable grace and begin 2014 with an expectancy of knowing Him and watching Him work through His grace in your lives.  AJN prays for the LORD’s blessings to be upon you and your loved ones in 2014.  Have a very fruitful New Year. 

OVERVIEW OF GENESIS 41-50

October 23, 2013 in FILL IN THE BLANK, Teaching

THE PAVED ROAD

JESUS PAVED THE ROAD FOR YOU. WHAT ARE YOU DOING? ARE YOU SITTING, WALKING, OR RUNNING TO YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER? WHAT DID JOSEPH DO?

Genesis 41 JOSEPH AT THE RIGHT HAND OF PHARAOH

This chapter is a prophetic picture of Jesus at the right hand of God.

41:1 At the end of two full years, Pharaoh had a dream. Explain the dream.

41:9-13 Who spoke to Pharaoh on behalf of Joseph?

41:17-25 How many dreams did Pharaoh have? Explain them in your own words.

41:33-37 What was Joseph’s advice to Pharaoh?

41:39-45 How did Pharaoh respond?

41:51 Who is Manassah?

41:52 Who is Ephrain?

GENESIS 42 JOSEPH’S TEN BROTHERS GO TO EGYPT

42:1-5 Why did Joseph’s brothers go to Egypt?

42:29-38 What happened when they returned to Canaan?

GENESIS 43 JOSEPH IS REUNITED WITH BENJAMIN

43:11 Jacob sends the best of the land (Canaan) to Egypt. Why?

43:11 What were the six things Jacob sent to Egypt.

43:16 What was Joseph’s response when he saw Benjamin?

43:26, 28 What did Joseph’s brothers do when they saw him again?

43:30 Why did Joseph weep?

GENESIS 44 THE SILVER CUP

44: 1-6 Why was the cup missing?

44:18-34 Why did Judah speak to Joseph?

GENESIS 45 JOSPEH REVEALS WHO HE IS TO HIS BROTHERS

45:3 What is the first question Joseph asks his brothers?

45:16-21 How does Pharaoh respond to Joseph’s family?

GENESIS 46 JACOB RELOCATES TO EGYPT

46:2 What did God say to Jacob?

46:28-34 Joseph is reunited with his father. With this picture in mind, doesn’t this remind you of the heavenly reunion between Jesus and His father?

GENESIS 47 JACOB MEETS PHARAOH

47:5-6 What did Pharaoh say to Joseph?

47:14-20 What did Joseph gather in Egypt during the famine?

47:27 Jacob lived in the land of Goshen for ___years and died when he was ___years old.

47: 29-31 What was Jacob’s request before he died?

GENESIS 48 JACOB BLESSES JOSEPH’S SONS

48:1 What are the names of Joseph’s sons?

GENESIS 49 JACOB FORTELLS THE FUTURE OF THE TWELVE TRIBES

Record Jacob’s last words to each of his 12 sons.

49:29-33 Where did Jacob want to be buried?

GENESIS 50 JOSEPH MOURNS THE DEATH OF JACOB

50:19-21 What did Joseph say to his brothers after the death of Jacob?

50:22 How long did Joseph live in Egypt? (Review chapter 37)

50:25 Where did Joseph want to be buried?

The life of Joseph is a picture of all mankind which inherited Adam’s sin nature. However, like Joseph, we too inherited the sin nature but through Jesus we have restoration and sit at the right hand of the Father.  HAVE YOU BEEN RESTORED? IF NOT JESUS IS WAITING…

 

 

OVERVIEW OF GENESIS 37- 40

October 13, 2013 in FILL IN THE BLANK, Teaching

OVERVIEW OF GENESIS 37-40

AS YOU STUDY OUT THE FOLLOWING CHAPTERS YOU WILL BEGIN TO SEE THE THREE STAGES OF JOSHEP‘S LIFE.

GENESIS 37 JOSEPH IS INTRODUCED

 God’s desire is to restore and clothe you in light, color, and beauty, just like Joseph.

37:2 Joseph is 17 years old and is pasturing the flocks with the sons of:

Belhah — What are their names?

Zelpah — What are their names?

37:3 Joseph receives a multi-colored coat – a type of anointing.

Note: Light, when defused, is a prism of color. An example of this type of anointing is found in Exodus 28. The priestly garments were beautifully adorned with jewels and color.                                  

Compare Gen. 37:3 to Exodus 28 The priestly garment

Compare Gen. 37:3 to Isa. 2:5

Compare Gen. 37:3 to Eph.5:2

Compare Gen. 37:3 to 1 John 1:7

37:5, 9 Explain Joseph’s two dreams

37:11 Israel kept the words in his mind, just like Mary.

Compared Gen. 37:11 to Luke 2:15-19

37:13 Joseph goes to Shechem.  Review Gen. 34.

What are your thoughts?

37:23-26 Joseph is stripped of his coat and sold to a caravan of Ishmaelites by his brothers.

Compare Gen.37:23 to Mark 5:28 _are Gen. 37:23 to Luke 23:34

37:26 What is Judah’s idea?

37:28 Joseph is sold for 20 shekels of silver and then taken to Egypt.

Compare Gen.37:28 to Mat. 26:15

37:36 Joseph is sold to Potiphar.

Think about Jesus as He goes from freedom to the cross to the right hand of the Father.   What are your thoughts?

Genesis 38 THE RESTROATION FLOWS THROUGH THE SEED OF JUDAH (BUT IT IS HIDDEN)

Read this chapter carefully to see how God watches over His genealogy line. What do you see?

 Genesis 39 THE BEGINNING OF JOSEPH’S RESTORATION

39:2- The Lord gave Joseph favor and success in everything he did because he wore the invisible coat of many colors. He wore the anointing.

Proverbs 18:16 Joshua 1:8

39:6 Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.

Compare 39:6 to Isa 53

Genesis 40 JOSEPH INTERPRETS THE DREAMS

Note: Prophetic view of Jesus and the two thieves as they hung on the cross, one was saved the other did not repent.

What are your thoughts?

OVERVIEW OF GENESIS 31-36

September 8, 2013 in FILL IN THE BLANK, Teaching

OVERVIEW OF GENESIS  31-36

In the following chapters,  Jacob returnes home after twenty years.

GENESIS 31 THE INSTRUCTIONS TO RETURN

31:3 Jacob was to return to the land of ? Why?

31:13 Compare with Genesis 12.

31:21 Jacob leaves Laban and encounters opposition.

GENESIS 32 JACOB’S NAME CHANGED TO ISRAEL

Note: THIS IS A MAJOR SHIFT

32:1 The angels of God guard his return.

32:3 The enemy, known as guilt, arises in the form of mental opposition and mental intimidation to keep him from entering the land.

32:9-12 What does Jacob do?

32:24-29 Jacob wrestles with God; asked for a blessing and God gave him what?

Note: name changes are part of the overal prophetic picture.

GENESIS 33 JACOB MEETS ESAU

GENESIS 34 DINAH IS RAPED IN SHECHEM BY A HIVITE

Who were the Hivites? Genesis 15:19-20

GENESIS 35 JACOB’S RESPONSE

35:9-12 God appears to Jacob.

35:29 What does the Bible say about Isaac’s death? How old was he?

 REVIEW: In chapters 12-25 Abraham is seen as a man of faith and quick to respond to God’s commands. In chapter 21 Isaac’s position as the only son is established. In chapter 29 Jacob’s servant heart is developed. In all of this, the hand of God is actively seen guiding His family towards total restoration.

Chapters 36 THE WIVES OF JACOB AND ESAU

Compare Esau’s and Jacob’s wives. Gen. 28: 6-9.

Esau married three women: a Hittite, Hivite, and Ishmael’s daughter.

What does the Lord say in Gen. 15:19-21 and Exodus 23:21-23?

What does the Lord say in Joshua 24:11?

Who is Esau? Gen. 36:8

Note: A MAJOR SHIFT HAPPENS IN CHAPTER 37. JOSEPH IS INTRODUCED.  HE POSSESES THE FAITH OF ABRAHAM, THE SONSHIP OF ISAAC, AND THE SERVANT’S HEART OF JACOB.

Until next week be blessed, stay focused, and possess the heart of a lion.

OVERVIEW OF GENESIS 26-30

September 2, 2013 in FILL IN THE BLANK, Teaching

 

OVERVIEW OF GENESIS 26-30

GENESIS 26 THE RESTROATIONS FLOWS THROUGH THE SEED OF ISAAC

“I Wills….” To Isaac

26:2 The Lord ___________ to Isaac.

26:3-4   I will ___________

I will _________________

I will _________________

I will _________________

26:22 “THE LORD has made room for us:” Compare this scripture with Luke 2:7.

26:24 What does THE LORD say to Isaac?

26:28 The enemy “sees” THE LORD is with Isaac.  Can the enemy “see” God is with you?

GENESIS 27 THE RESTORATION FLOWS THROUGH JACOB

THE BLESSING GOES TO JACOB

27:28-29 To explain the blessing, review Genesis 12

27:41 Esau bore a grudge against Jacob. Compare with Genesis 4 Cain and Abel.

GENESIS 28 JACOB’S DREAM

28:14-15 God repeats the promise

28:19 Name change of city from _________ to _____________ (GENESIS 35:15)

Location of the land of Canaan is about 20 miles north of Jerusalem.

Compare 2Kings 12:28-33 and 2Kings 23:15-20 with Genesis 28:19.  What happened?

29 THE TWELVE TRIBES OF ISRAEL

From Leah

: 32

: 33

: 34

: 35

30 THE TWELVE TRIBES (cont.)

From Belhah (Rachel’s maid)

: 6

: 8

From Zelpah (Leah’s maid)

: 11

: 13

From Leah

: 18

: 20

From Rachel

: 24

35:18

The Lord made room for you…have you made room for HIM?

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OVERVIEW OF GENESIS 16 – 20

August 18, 2013 in FILL IN THE BLANK, Teaching

OVERVIEW OF GENESIS 16-20

 

Genesis  records man’s response to the instructions given by God. For example in chapter 12 Abraham is given the instruction, from God, to leave all that was familiar to him. We also see Abraham’s faith and immediate response to God’s instructions. This should be the goal for all of us today.  Since the book of Genesis is overflowing with excellent illustrations of man’s response to the instructions of God, why choose rebellion? Instead, choose obedience to the instructions of God.

Are you following what God is saying He will do?

GENESIS 16 HAGAR AND ISHMAEL

16:7-12 Ishmael’s future

16:16 How old is Abram when Ishmael is born?

GENESIS 17 NAME CHANGES AND 14 “I WILLs…”

17:1 The Lord appears to Abram.

17:1b-8 The instructions and the promises are:

17:2 I WILL

17:2 I WILL

17:6 I WILL

17:6 I WILL

17:7 IWILL

17:8 I WILL

17:8 I WILL

17:5 ABRAM-ABRAHAM Why is the name change important?

17:11-14 The instructions on circumcision.

17:15-16 SARAI AND THREE “I WILLs…”

17:16 I WILL

17:16 I WILL

17:16 I WILL

17:19 I WILL establish my covenant with Isaac (and restore MY  family.)

17:20 I WILL… (to Ishmael)

1)

2)

17:21 But, I WILL establish my covenant with Isaac (and restore My family.)

Isaac’s position of sonship, “the only son” is established.

GENESIS 18-19 THE APPOINTED TIME FOR ISAAC

THE JUDGEMENT OF SODOM & GOMORRAH

GENESIS 20 ABRAHAM IS CALLED BY GOD “A PROPHET”

Time to consider what God is saying to you! Are you listening???

 

OVERVIEW OF GENESIS 12-15

August 16, 2013 in FILL IN THE BLANK, Teaching

OVERVIEW OF GENESIS 12-15

 

 

GENESIS 12 THE RESTORATION FLOWS THROUGH THE SEED OF ABRAHAM

12:1 The Lord speaks to Abram.

What was Abram called to do?

12:2 The five “I WILLs…”

1) I WILL

2) I WILL

3) I WILL

You shall be a blessing

4) I WILL

5) I WILL

12:4 Abram is 75 years old    KEEP TRACK OF ABRAM’S AGE

12:7 The Lord appears to Abram.

12:10-20 The famine in the land, the fear, and the lie of Abram.

GENESIS 13 STRIFE AND DIVISION

13:1 Does Abram obey the instructions of the Lord?

13:7 The strife and division between Abram and Lot are described.

13:10 Lot lifts his eyes toward Jordan. What does he see?

13:11-13 Lot chose the best for himself (carnal view spirit of Cain). What was the condition of the city and the people?

13:14-17 THE LORD SPEAKS TO ABRAM AFTER HE SEPARATES FROM LOT.

List the three “I WILLs…”

13:15

13:16

13:17

GENESIS 14 THE CLASH

14:1 The four kings are descendants of Shem and they represent carnality.

14:2 The five kings are descendants of Ham and they represent the world.

14:1-12 Lot is taken captive.

14:13 Abram “the Hebrew” is living in peace. Where?

14:17-24 Melchizedek strengthens Abram with what and why?

Note: The tempter came when Jesus was hungry, thirsty, and  tired. (Mathew 4)

The tempter will do the same to all mankind. 

14:21-24 Abram refuses any fellowship or gifts from the King of Sodom, the descendants of _______   because they represent what?

GENESIS 15 THE VISION

15:1 The Lord ___________ to Abram in a vision.

15:4 Abram is reminded of the promise of the seed.

15:7-18 The promise of the land is between _________ and ________?

15:18 On that day the Lord ____________ with Abram.

15:19-21 List the 10 nations Israel was to conquer.

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OVERVIEW OF GENESIS 5-11

July 29, 2013 in FILL IN THE BLANK, Teaching

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GENESIS 5 RESTORTION FLOWS THROUGH THE SEED OF SETH

5:1-2 Reviews Gen. 1:26.

Reconstructing the time line of Seth’s descendants can be done by following the simple diagram below.

There are ten generations from Adam to Noah.

NAME

YEAR BORN

AGE AT TIME

SON IS BORN

YEARS LIVED

YEAR DIED

 

ADAM

CREATED

130

930

930

SETH

130

105

912

1042

ENOSH

235

90

905

1140

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOAH

1056

500

950

2006

 

 TO FIGURE OUT THE YEAR OF BIRTH: ADD THE PREVIOUS LINE OF YEAR BORN + AGE AT  THE TIME SON IS BORN = YEAR BORN  for example Enosh: 130+105=235.

                                                                                                                                             

TO FIGURE OUT THE YEAR AT TIME OF DEATH: ADD YEAR OF BIRTH+YEARS LIVED = YEAR HE DIED. For example Enosh: 235+905=1140.

GENESIS 6 RESTRORATIONS FLOWS THROUGH THE SEED OF NOAH

 Note: Take a close look at the condition of the world.

6:1 The people begin to multiply.

6:2 The spiritual men marry carnal women.

6:8 Noah finds favor in the eyes of the Lord. He is described as:

1) Righteous

2) Blameless

3) A man who walked with God

What does l Peter 3:20 and ll Peter 2:5 say about Noah?

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God’s instructions to Noah on how to build the ark concludes the chapter.

GENESIS 7 NOAH ENTERS THE ARK         

Reconstruct, on a separate piece of paper, the time line of Noah entering and leaving the ark.

This will cover chapters 7 and 8.

GENESIS 8 NOAH LEAVES THE ARK

8:22 “…while the earth remains…” Was he referring to day 4 Gen.1:14-19?

What are your thoughts?_____________________________________________

GENESIS 9 THE LORD TRANSFERS POWER TO NOAH 

Can you see how God is guiding His family back to restoration?

1) Be fruitful

2) Multiply

3) Fill the earth

What are the 5 parts to Gen. 1:28? ____________________________________
_________________________________________________________________

 

9:8 God speaks to Noah and his sons about the covenant.

Establishes the covenant

Sets the rainbow in the sky

Noah dies

GENESIS 10 THE RESTORATION FLOWS THROUGH THE SEED OF SHEM

 GENEALOGIES OF SHEM, HAM, AND JAPHETH

GENESIS 11 CONDITION OF THE EARTH

What is the condition of the earth? __________________________________________

11:1 The whole earth used one language. Compare with Acts 2

11:7 All languages are confused. What do you think happened? ______________
__________________________________________________________________

11:8 The people are scattered.

11:10 The genealogy leading to Abram.

11:30 Sarai is barren. What does the Bible say about being barren? Gen. 1:28

__________________________________________________________________

Once again, the restoration of God’s family is seen in these chapters.

 

OVERVIEW OF GENESIS 4 TWO MIND SETS

July 20, 2013 in FILL IN THE BLANK, Teaching

OVERVIEW OF GENESIS 4

OVERVIEW OF GENESIS 4 TWO MIND SETS

 

FILL IN THE BLANKS THIS IS A TIME OF REVIEW

 

Gen. 4 TIME BEGINS

Two mind sets: Cain = carnally mind and Abel= spiritually minded

4:7 Sin is at your door…you must master it.

Compare this to Rev. 3:20____________________________________________

4:8 Violence; first murder; blood spilled.

Compare to Mat. 27:4________________________________________________

4:10 blood has a voice.

Compare to Mark 14:23-24 and Luke 23:39-43____________________________

__________________________________________________________________

4:11 ground (earth) opens its mouth.

Compare with Jesus’s blood John 19:30__________________________________

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Luke 22:20, 44______________________________________________________

4:13 Cain sees himself as a victim; does not repent.

Find New Testament scriptures on repentance____________________________

4:15 The Lord appointed a sign.

Compare to Rev.16:2_________________________________________________

THE GENEALOGIES OF CAIN

4:17 built cities

4:19 man with two wives

4:20 men dwelt in tents

4:21 played musical instruments

4:22 began using bronze and iron

4:23 second murder

 

WHAT IS YOUR MIND SET? DO YOU DESIRE TO FOLLOW CHRIST? TAKE TIME TO SEEK  JESUS AND HIS WORD.

 

 

THE CRY OF YOUR HEART

June 12, 2013 in Encouragement, JUST A QUESTION, Teaching

THE CRY OF YOUR HEART

 THE CRY OF YOUR HEART

What is the cry of your heart? What is the first thing that comes to your mind when something goes wrong? Is it, Lord help me? Or is it, what am I going to do? These questions are something everyone ought to be asking themselves, especially in these turbulent days. In today’s world, the most common thread that is woven throughout society is, “what am I going to do?”  Perhaps, it is time to go back to the very beginning when you first asked Jesus into your heart and were born-again. Do you remember how your heart cried out to Him?  Do you remember how you ran towards Him and enjoyed the overflowing love of His presence?

Throughout time, beginning with Adam, people have been making choices which result in a blessing or a curse. One of those people was Joseph. He was the favored of Jacob but was despised by his brothers. He chose to focus on the calling of his life rather than the circumstances. In the end, he was rewarded by God and his brothers and their families were spared the famine of the land. Another example is Mary Magdalene. She was a woman greatly loved by Jesus but despised by society. She was a woman who accepted Jesus as “Lord,” accepted her forgiveness, and was born again. In the end, it was Mary who was given the assignment “go and tell…” There are others who have chosen not to follow God. Their choices resulted in misfortune or torment. One example is Naomi, Ruth’s mother in-law. She lived in Bethlehem the place of favor and reward, provision and blessing. But because of the famine they chose to leave and go into Moab which was enemy territory. The result was the loss of her husband and two sons. It also cost her about eleven years of her life.  In the end, she returns and God restores her. Another person who chose wrong was Judas. Motivated by greed, which is idolatry, betrayed Jesus for money. In the end, he takes his life; there is no record of repentance.  So choices matter. Choices have consequences.  Choices can result in a blessing or a curse. You must choose right!

Next time you are confronted with a situation and you do not know what to do… seek HIM! Seek Jesus! Search the scriptures … you will find the answer. He is waiting… to hear the cry of your heart.