The Lord Jesus reversed the perceptions of the disciples, teaching them that giving is a window into our hearts.
Some people make a big production about giving a lot, yet they remain quite comfortable, having a lot left over. (v.41)
Other people quietly and joyfully give to God sacrificially, knowing that God will take care of them. (v.42)
Jesus sees why we give. (v.43-44)
How much was God's gift to us? 2 Cor 9:15
What religion is pure and undefiled before God? James 1:27
Who is rich towards God? Luke 12:21, James 2:5
Where does God look when measuring? 1 Sam. 16:7, Mt. 6:21
We need to realize thatwe are under a deception of the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4). . Our walking with sight in this world shows darkness in the Spirtual world, because this whole world lies in darkness and loves the dark. We need a light bringer to open our blind eyes that we may really be able to see with comprehension and understanding.
The perception of truth; confidence in Christ; hope in Christ. What are all these founded in? In Psalm 91, we see many topics sorted, but none as much as the foundation of our confidence. Security is not found in the beliefs of others or membership at a church; but rather it must be found in knowing that God is strong enough, you're too weak to protect yourself, and the truth holding you to the holiness of God.
"But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day."
King James Version
Children when being raised are learning facts every day. Parents, in turn, are showing them how to process those. But how much does this really matter? How facts are received and processed is the beginning of how they define something important: truth. Showing them how to live and showing how to perceive truth are two different things. We must stress the correct way to receive and apply truth and not simply how to live in our walk so that they will know how to live and perceive Truth itself: God Almighty, for He is Truth.
What are some common ways our perception of spiritual realities becomes distorted? See Matthew 13:15; Jeremiah 17:9; Psalm 36:2.
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The devil is a lord of illusions. He seeks to change and control your perception. This message explains how the illusions of the devil are used to deceive people. We also explain how you can cut through these illusions and have the right perception.
I. A THEMATIC OUTLINE OF THE CHAPTER
A Doctrinal Statement, vv1-6
A Devotional Exhortation, vv7-19
II. A THOUGHTFUL OBSERVATION OF KEY PARTICULARS
A. Context of Moses in Jewish Thinking
--- 1. "To speak of Moses to the Jews was always a very difficult and delicate matter. It is hardly possible for Gentiles to understand or realize the veneration and affection with which the Jews regard Moses, the servant of God. All their religious life, all their thoughts about God, all their practices and observances, all their hopes of the future, everything connected with God, is with them also connected with Moses."
----- a. Jude 9; Acts 7:22; John 9:27-28
----- b. Ex 2:1-10; 3:13-14 (cf. 6:2-3); 14:21; 16:4-6 (cf. Jn 6:32-33); Lev 4:1; Num 12:3-8; Deut 18:15-19
Pastor teaches his family a selection from "the Proverb of the day." In these four verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that out of the Word-kept heart must flow Scripture-sanctified speech, righteous use of our eyes and righteous perceptions, and righteous living.
Balance in the Christian life isn't something that is optional, it is absolutely necessary. Even as we recognize that our time is short, we are not excused from the need to be balanced Christians. A balanced Christian will be right in following areas.
Habakkuk saw the desperation, the destruction and degradation of Judea through the eyes of truth.
What the people of Judea learned to accept as being "okay" was unacceptable to Habakkuk, the prophet. But to Habakkuk what God said made no sense to him. What God did not do made no sense. What God was going to do made no sense.
He had to learn to embrace the Lord by faith even when he perceived that God made no sense to him whatsoever.
Vengeance • Flames • Death
"...in flaming fire taking vengeance upon those who do not SEE God [in Jesus] and do not LISTEN to JESUS and His message." (2 Thessalonians 1:8)
It's a simple but straightforward word from Acts 3 and Acts 7. Three different times God speaks this through His people... and it was three times in the Newer Testament that we hear God saying about His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, "Hear Him..." ; "Hear Him..." ; "Hear Him..." We can't miss this and we can't fail to ensure everyone has an opportunity to hear and humbly respond to Jesus on "ALL THINGS, WHATEVER HE SAYS..." (Acts 3:22-23)
What then is the urgency of the message? Hearing, heeding and honoring the message and testimony of Jesus.
Moses said it like this: "The Lord your God will raise up FOR YOU a Prophet [speaking of Jesus] like me from your brethren, Him [Jesus] you shall hear in ALL things, WHATEVER He says to you" (Acts 3:22).
What's the cost for a person that does NOT give their FULL attention, affection and adoration to hear, heed and honor the word of Jesus?
"And, it shall be that EVERY soul who will NOT hear Jesus will be utterly destroyed from among the people [that do hear Him]" (Acts 3:23).
There's NO salvation in any other, for there is NO other name under heaven, given among men, by which we MUST be saved. There is ONLY one name given unto men to hear, heed and honor. And if ANYONE is not hearing, living and proclaiming His message... they will perish and be destroyed without Him and His grace. (Acts 4:11-12)
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