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Pentecost Part 4

THE EYES OF JESUS Acts 1:8 (GNT) When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me . . . . to the ends of the earth. Mark 6:34 (NIV) When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them. Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit to meet needs. As Jesus went about…

Pentecost Part 3

THE NEW TESTAMENT TABERNACLE OF WITNESS Numbers 11:29 (NLT) Moses replied . . . “I wish that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit upon them all!” Acts 1:8 (GNT) When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me . . . . to the ends of the earth. In the Old Testament God had the “Tabernacle of Witness.” The Tabernacle was…

Pentecost Part 2

THE PURPOSE OF PENTECOST Pentecost means fifty. The Feast of Pentecost is fifty days after the Feast of First Fruits. On Pentecost, Jesus sent what the Father had promised. Numbers 11:29 (NLT) Moses replied . . . “I wish that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit upon them all!” Acts 2:1-35 (NIV) When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of…

Pentecost Part 1

THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER John 20:19-22 (NIV) When the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and…

Written On Your Heart Part 4

THE TWO TREES OF KNOWLEDGE In the Old Testament, God’s “Spirit” rested over the Ark of the Covenant; leading Israel out of the wilderness into God’s promises. The Ark of the Covenant symbolizes the heart of a believer. Jeremiah 31:33 (NLT) “This is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their…

Written On Your Heart Part 3

THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT God’s law was never the standard for salvation. God’s law is the standard for personal freedom. Romans 13:8-10 (LBP) If you are loving others you are measuring up to the standard that God’s law has always been seeking . . . . If you really love, you will measure up to the whole law without even thinking about it. Jesus saves us, the Holy Spirit fills us, the Father’s love frees us. Romans 5:5 (CEV)…

Written On Your Heart Part 2

THE LAW OF FREEDOM Matthew 5:17 (NIV) “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish [to do away with, deprive of force, annul, or discard] them but to fulfill them.” “Fulfill,” comes from the Greek root “plḗrēs” meaning, “being full of the presence of the Lord (and His provisions), to take possession of one’s heart, and to make complete in every particular.” Jesus didn’t come to remove God’s…

Written On Your Heart Part 1

THE TWO LAWS OF THE BIBLE Legalism abuses God’s law. It says, “Do this or God won’t love you.” A legalist’s favorite verse is: Psalm 7:11 (CEB) God is a righteous judge, a God who is angry at evil every single day. The legalist uses “God’s law” to manipulate and control others for personal gain. The verse they don’t want you to know is: Romans 3:23-25 (NLT) All have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet now God…

Breastplate of Righteousness Part 3

THE SOURCE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS The purpose of righteousness is to put us in a relationship with God that: Inspires confidence. Removes fear. Makes available all God’s blessings and promises. John 3:19-21 (CW) What condemns people is not the fact that they’re in darkness but that they don’t accept the light. People don’t want to be told that their natures are evil [thanatos vs zoe], so they don’t come to the light, because they’re more comfortable with darkness than with light.…