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ENDURANCE

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Graduation from United Bible College Newark NJ 1995 (fr Left Evangelist Marlene Simmons, Brother R. Boswell, Evangelist Regina Gainer & Nurse Geraldine Wade of Holy Temple COGIC TomsRiver NJ.
Graduation from United Bible College Newark NJ 1995 (fr left Evangelist Marlene Simmons, Brother R. Boswell, Evangelist Regina Gainer & Nurse Geraldine Wade of Holy Temple COGIC TomsRiver NJ.

Endure: is from two Greek words Hupo-meno, Hupo (under) Meno (remain)

To remain under or bear experience within a certain time or authority.

SCRIPTURE

 

1)  2 Timothy 2:5-6, 8, 10, 12 KJV

5    And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

6    The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.

8    Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according

    to my gospel:

10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes that they may also obtain the

    salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

 

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BIBLE OPENED TO PROVERBS
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POV  (Point of View)  

Something earned has a greater intrinsic value

than that which is acquired illegally.

Verse 6: Paul took pointers from Jesus by using parables (an earthly story with a heavenly meaning) in his letter to Timothy. [FYI: The Husbandman is translated into Farmer in NIV Bibles (commonly used by Gospel writers; John 15: 1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.) also see the Wicked Husbandman Matthew 21: 33, Mark 12:1)]

Verse 8: Identified Christ and told how Jesus was raised from the dead (after the worse of trials, the excruciating pain upon facing Golgotha.  Yet, He endured by carrying the cross up to Golgotha (place of the skull) Mt. 27:32, Luke. 23:26, John. 19:17.  He clung to the old rugged cross bearing its weight after being stripped, tortured spit upon and ridiculed; when just a week earlier the people were singing “Hosanna, blessed be the rock”, and probably saying something like “He’s a jolly good fellow that nobody can deny” Yet Jesus endured saying, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou, wilt” (Mt 26:39).  What endurance!

Verses 10, 12 (see Heroes of Faith)

 

DEFINITION

 

Endurance (to stand, tolerate and continue)

Exemplified in the Bible can be seen by the

HEROES OF FAITH as mentioned in (2) Hebrews 11: 4 – 33

  • Abel offered a more excellence sacrifice
  • Enoch, had this testimony, that he pleased God
  • Noah moved with fear,
  • Abraham obeyed/Sarah received strength
  • Isaac blessed his sons/ Joseph blessed his son
  • Moses mother hid him/Moses chose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season (v. 25).

GIVING UP IS NOT AN OPTION!

Many in the Bible didn’t endure:

  • Vashti, Esther 1:12,
  • the Rich Young Ruler (RYR), Matt. 19:16
  • Judas, John 18:5, etc.

OUR ENVIRONMENT DOESN’T DETERMINE OUR ENDURANCE (Page 313)

3) Galatians 4:9

But now, after that ye have known God or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements where ye desire again to be in bondage.”

 

Paul refers to soldiers (verse 3) while encamped in battle who must be single minded and withstands hardship, rain, cold and fear of the enemy because of the commitment to the people he’s fighting for.  As a Saints of the Most High, The People of God should endure through the fear of God/ the reverence of the Lord.

 

Paul also refers to athletics whom the author (Charles Stanley) says eating, sleeping and socializing is regimented so that on the day of the event perform will be at an optimal level. (Muscles gain stamina muscles have memory)

 

Jesus, Paul and other Gospel writers use the farmer motif often (as mention earlier).

Farmers depend on the elements to receive a good harvest with great weather conditions a good harvest can be received however when catastrophe hits a whole season of work can go unrewarded.  Nevertheless, the elements are only a resource of the grace of God and not to be observed as a source of prosperity as observed by heathens in their various blood sacrifices to terrestrial deities.

 

ENDURANCE INVOLVES ENCOURAGEMENT

FROM OTHERS

4) Hebrews 12:1

 

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us

Great Cloud of Witnesses

  • Ensamples are written in the Bible as ensigns for our spiritual development. “Obey God and leave the consequences to Him” Charles Stanley.

Every Weight & Sin (contrast)

  • Sin is specific (singular)
  • Weight is an encumbrance (plural and maybe mixed with unknown hindrances) and is more subtle and not as easy to see.  An enemy may be fought strategically if you know his tactics but a hidden enemy (encumbrances) are harder to fight.  Yet, Satan’s tactics never change and the Saints are not ignorance to his devices.  Though the phrase is not in the Bible it remains principally a reality that the best trick Satan has is to convince men, women, boys and girls that he doesn’t exist. Therefore, the Word of God is indispensable. Its illuminating qualities lights our path and exposes Satan as we endure the race set before us.
Study Guide for Charles Stanley, Handbook for Christian Living: ENDURANCE  (pg 314)
Study Guide for Charles Stanley, Handbook for Christian Living: ENDURANCE (pg 314)

Post Study for Bible Scholars:

Compare and Contrast: the Work of God (John) and the Works of the Devil (I John).

RECONCILIATION

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Nebuchadnezzar depicted fulfilling  Daniel's prophecy.
Nebuchadnezzar depicted fulfilling Daniel’s prophecy.

DEFINITIONS:

  1. The Process by which God made sinful humankind acceptable to Himself
  2. To reconcile something is to make it compatible with something else
  3. It is the process of bringing harmony between two or more things
    1. It is the process by which God made sinful humankind acceptable to Himself

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SCRIPTURE:

COLOSSIANS 1:19-22 “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.”

 

When Adam sinned fellowship with God was broken!

 

The HUMAN SPIRIT is the faculty that enables man to communicate with God.  With man’s human spirit, he can worship God, and know God intuitively.  

The Human spirit is composed of:

(1) CONSCIENCE: enables us to perceive right from wrong (either condemns us or justifies us).

(2) Through FELLOWSHIP we are able to contact God and commune with Him and

(3) INTUITION through which God imparts to us direct, particular sense or knowledge, which is independent or reason, circumstance, situation, or precedent (John 4:24, Eph. 6:18).

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In our natural state we did not fit with God.

 “Behold, I was shapened in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Psalms 51:5)

.. “Except a man is born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5).

The Means or Method of Reconciliation is Christ’s death.

Man is a creature that uses symbols to communicate therefore the cross is symbolic of the death of Christ.

The wooden cross much like the anointing oil brought for blessing has no power in and of itself but symbolizes the method (the shedding of innocent blood) that became our agent of restored fellowship with God.

..“without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22).

is the first step and is fundamental to Christianity!

 

  1.  Salvation: Reconciliation (Rom. 5:10-11)
  2.  Sanctification: Purification (John 17:17)
  3.  Glorification: the Fullness of Times (Eph. 4:10)

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The Origin of Reconciliation is Love

  1. We were chosen (Eph. 1:19)
  2. Lucifer’s transformed into Satan (Luke 10:18)
  3. Adam Sinned (Gen 3:6)

Nothing is gained by running from responsibility.  Many men of the Bible did such (Adam Moses and Jacob etc.) and tried to cover up their wrong doing.  The intuition and the conscience of man was left intact after fellowship with God  was broken, making repentance the only option for restoring fellowship with God.

  1. Man Restored (John 3:16)

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God is Holy.  We are sinful. And that makes it impossible for the two to dwell together.  Jesus blood brought peace between God and humanity.  Christ death made enemies friends.  God wasn’t changed in the reconciliation process.  We were and are changed however stubbornness and the lack of admission to sin guilt man has a tendency to cover wrong doing, shift blame as Adam & Eve which leads to many  who “change the truth of God into a lie” (Rom 1:25) but the truth is immutable as God’s word.  It is us who must change to conform to God

QUESTIONS (based on scripture):

 1.     When is everything gathered together in one that belongs to Christ?

v.19 Fullness: “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love (6) to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (7) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. (10) That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him” (Eph. 4,6-7, 10).

2.     How is peace made with God?

 

v. 20 Peace: For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” (Romans 5:19).

 

3.     Who are your enemies?

 

v. 21a Enemies:  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; (26) and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” (II Tim 2:25-26)

4.     Where is broken fellowship restored?

v. 21b Reconciled: Man’s spiritual components consist of (a) conscience (b) intuition and (c) fellowship.  When Adam sinned fellowship was broken.

 

5.     What is the goal of a Christian?

 

 

v. 22 Ever conforming into the image of Christ- the state of perfection, maturity, completion; wholeness after repentance (metanoia) onto perfection, ever evolving ever moving, perpetual Holiness.

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GREEK WORD:

Metanoia: (origin from Greek, repentance) compunction from guilt, including reformation, reversal of decision, denoting change of place or condition, to repent , change the mind, relent, implying feeling of regret and sorrow.  “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” (Matt: 3:11)

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Answer Key

  1. The Fullness of Times
  2. Jesus Christ (by the blood of Jesus)
  3. Possibly yourself and/or the Devil
  4. Human Spirit
  5. Conforming into the image of Christ
Study Guide for Charles Stanley, Handbook for Christian Living: CHILDISH THINGS  (pg 300)
Study Guide for Charles Stanley, Handbook for Christian Living: ACCOUNTABILITY

WILL of GOD

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God’s personal, moral, and providential plan for His Creation

 

Christ Is Risen by Valliegurl Luke 24:1-7
Christ Is Risen by Valliegurl Luke 24:1-7

The Cross and the Skull Mt. 27: 32, Lk. 23: 26-49, Jn. 19: 17-30

Jesus carried the cross up to Golgotha (place of the skull) Mt. 27:32, Lk. 23:26, Jn. 19:17.  This was Satan’s last permanent strong hold in history since after the weekend Christ rose with power over Satan’s strongest weapon, death.  Thus many organizations use Golgotha or the skull as its emblem as do many secret societies and their derivatives.  

A popular image the skull is used prolifically in culture but it symbolizes death (contrast black=dominant color).  The word skull is mentioned 2x in the OT: Sampson-Jud. 9:53, Jezebel-II Kings 9:35.      

  1. Jesus knew of the excruciating pain of the impending trials that he was to face approaching Golgotha.  When he said, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou, wilt” (Mt 26:39).

 

He clung to the old rugged cross bearing its weight after being stripped, tortured spit upon and ridiculed; when just a week earlier the people were singing “Hosanna, blesseth be the rock”, and probably saying something like “He’s a jolly good fellow that nobody can deny” (anon).

 

“He who places his hope in people build upon the sand” (GFIII).

 

The Cross had more of a texture as a tree (rough) than the smooth 2×4 like crosses you see during Christmas. The people compelled, Simon to Help Jesus Carry His Cross.

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  1. When in the Will of God your work will not overtake you.

God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (I Cor. 10:13). 

       2. God always send help even if it has to come from the ones who are trying to kill you.

And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross” (Mark 15:21).

 

Monitor (live right in) prolonged circumstances that seem unbearable and reflect at times to see God’s handiwork.

 

Discerning His will can be a frustrating process.

 

  1. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Tim. 3:12).

 

  1. Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God” Acts 14:22
  1. We glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience”                 Romans 5:3

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Compare & Contrast: N. T.  Phrases and Characteristics

 

God’s Moral Will  

  1. God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith” (Romans 12:3).
  • generalities
  • the first commandment (Mark 12:30)   
  • Holiness
  • Prerequisite for intimacy with God
  • Feeding tip (milk Heb 5:13)

Approach “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander” (anon).

God’s Personal Will

  1. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers” (Eph. 4:11).
  • Specifics
  • The personal application of walking in the Spirit (Gal 5:25)
  • Holiness
  • Intimate relationship with God
  • Feeding tip (meat Heb. 5:14)

Approach “What God has for me is for me” by Miami Mass Choir

 

God wants an Intimate Personal Relationship with you.

 

  1. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6)

Intimacy in Prayer

  • Pray for God’s will   –   Prayer is an exchange.

     While we want information, God wants us to TRUST HIM! 

RELATIONSHIP GOAL

To understanding the voice of God “God does not require us to understand His will, just obey it, even if it seems unreasonable” (pg. 255).

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After Trusting God:

Understanding the Principle of Sowing and Reaping and Wisdom are prerequisites for having an intimate relationship with God.

Sowing and Reaping:       Ecclesiastes. 11:3 

Wisdom:                            Proverbs 4:7 

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Conclusion of the Matter

“The man or the woman who develops a lifestyle in harmony with God’s moral commands will experience God’s guidance in a special way.  When you and I live lives obedient, then we are consistently in step with God’s thoughts and God’s ways.  It makes sense that we are able to discern His voice more easily” (page 253).

 

Study Guide for Charles Stanley, Handbook for Christian Living: CHILDISH THINGS  (pg 300)
Study Guide for Charles Stanley, Handbook for Christian Living: WILL OF GOD (pg 250)