Sunday, January 14, 2018

Weekly Reading Assignment:

(Acts 21-22)

 

I have read this week's reading assignment! I enjoyed it!

 

Ending Prayer:

 

Father God, Your grace and mercy has set me free from holding unforgiveness in my heart. I want to praise You and thank You too. I pray for everyone in this community to come to You when they need forgiveness and when they need to forgive, so they can make that connection with You. Glory to God! God, help us to know we need You more than we need anyone else.  Thank You, God, that you offer redemption for all of us for our hearts, our life, and our circumstances. Help us to trust You fully in the redemption process so that we can enjoy the benefit of forgiveness in this life, which has been changed by You. We can not forgive if You did not help us, Lord. In our weakness, Lord, be our strength. Reveal Yourself through us in this community so that we can join You in accomplishing Your work. We praise You, Lord Jesus Christ. Grant us the healing hearts to always forgive others as You have forgiven us. In Jesus' name we pray,  AMEN.

Let’s Hallow His name by rehearsing Who He is:


Names:              Jehovah-EL-ELyon

 

Most High" (Deuteronomy 26:19) – derived from the Hebrew root for "go up" or "ascend," so the implication is of that which is the very highest. El Elyon denotes exaltation and speaks of absolute right to lordship. Yes, the Lord deserve our praise and we are to honor Him and give Him all the glory, all the praise, because the Kingdom is His.

Weekly Praise:

     

Praise You, Jesus, You are the Mountain Refuge. Praise You, Jesus, You are the Bread of Life. Praise You, Jesus, You are the Font of all holiness. Praise You, Jesus, You are the Living Water. Praise You, Jesus, You are the True Vine. Praise You, Jesus, You are my Spouse. My Maker. Praise You, Jesus, You are our Fortress.

 

Praise You, Jesus, You are the Deliverer. Praise You, Jesus, You are our Victory. Praise You, Jesus, You are our Salvation. Praise You, Jesus, You are our Righteousness. Praise You, Jesus, You are our Wisdom. Praise You, Jesus, You are our Sanctification. 

Another Song: Rebecca St James;

Forgive me:

 

For all the times I've failed You, Lord
Forgive me
For all the ways I've fallen short
Lord, forgive me now
God, I'm so in need of grace
I fall upon my face
Forgive me

You see the tears fall down my face
Forgive me
Take my fear, Lord, take my shame
Lord, forgive me now
Purify me, make me new
Like only You can do
Forgive me now

Lord, we come to honor You
We are forgiven
We bring our love and thanks to You
We are forgiven now

God we praise You for Your grace
Before You we are raised
Forgiven
God we praise You for Your grace
Before You we are raised
Forgiven
Forgiven

Weekly Song:

Mercy Seat     

 

In the darkness, where everything is unknown
I faced the power of sin on my own
I did not know of a place I could go
Where I could find a way to heal my wounded soul

He said that I could come into His presence without fear
Into the holy place where His mercy hovers near
I'm running, I'm running, I'm running to the mercy seat
Where Jesus is calling, He said His grace would cover me
His blood will flow freely, It will provide the healing
I'm running to the mercy seat, I'm running to the mercy seat

Are you living where hope has not been
Lost in a curse of a lifetime of sin
Look, the illusions, they never come true
I know where there's a place of mercy for you

He said that you could come into His presence without fear
Into the holy place where His mercy hovers near
Come running, come running, come running to the mercy seat
Where Jesus is calling, His grace will be a covering
His blood will flow freely, It will provide the healing
Come running to the mercy seat

Prayers from the Bible:

Ezra

 

And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the Lord my God,

And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.

Since the days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass unto this day; and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and our priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to confusion of face, as it is this day.

And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.

For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

10 And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy commandments,

11 Which thou hast commanded by thy servants the prophets, saying, The land, unto which ye go to possess it, is an unclean land with the filthiness of the people of the lands, with their abominations, which have filled it from one end to another with their uncleanness.

12 Now therefore give not your daughters unto their sons, neither take their daughters unto your sons, nor seek their peace or their wealth for ever: that ye may be strong, and eat the good of the land, and leave it for an inheritance to your children for ever.

13 And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this;

14 Should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these abominations? wouldest not thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping?

15 Lord God of Israel, thou art righteous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because of this.

ANSWERS

Questions:

 

1).     What is the basic reason we must forgive others?

I believe it's so God can forgive us our sins.

2).    What is the greatest challenge for you when forgiving someone who has hurt you?

Giving into fleshly desire of revenge, and feeling sorry for myself; "I don't desire this!"

3).    How does delaying forgiveness to another impact your own relationship with God?

 I believe unforgiveness is sin!  This can break our relationship with God. We must forgive in order to be forgiven, and to have a good relationship with God.

4).    If you sin against God while withholding forgiveness from another, what immediately comes to mind when you go to seek forgiveness from God?

I must ask God to forgive me for not forgiving that person, then ask for a new heart to forgive. Forgiveness is a hard thing, but we can do it through God.

5).    If you do not have the strength to forgive someone who has hurt you, what steps should you take toward restoration?

I believe you should pray to God first, then make steps in action toward that person who need your to forgive them.

6).    In what manner are we to forgive others?

We must forgive with a forgiving heart, so God's love can flow to others. We can forgive in our prayer time before any hurt comes our way.

7).    When should we forgive?

Forgive before you need to be forgiven; it's the heart that matters.

8).    Write down the truths about pride and forgiveness from these verses:

Proverbs 13:10 "pride bring contention"

18:12; "pride brings destruction"

19:20-21 "you will not receive instruction if you are pride"

James 3:12-14). "wisdom comes from a pure heart, but pride bring bitter envying and strife in a heart."

 

9).    What insights on forgiveness are found in the following Scripture references? 

Luke 6:37; "forgive and you shall be forgiven"

Ephesians 4:32 "God forgave, and we should forgive too for Christ's sake"

Colossians 3:13) "we must forbear and forgive, even if we have a quarrel with someone."

10).  What is the key to God's forgiveness of our sin?

Romans 4:7-8 "justification is provided"

Ephesians 1:7 "it is given according to the redemption through Jesus' blood and to the riches of His grace."

11).   What do Psalm 103:12 says?

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

12).  What is the only basis of forgiveness?

The only basis of forgiveness is in the death of Christ upon the cross for our sin to be removed.

13). What do the Mercy Seat means?

The mercy seat concealed the people of God from the ever-condemning judgment of the Law.  What is the significance of this? In the New Testament, Christ Himself is designated as our "propitiation." Paul explains this in his letter to the Romans: "Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed" (Romans 3:24-25 NKJV). Our forgiveness comes through this!

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