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Sunday School - June 26, 2011

Affirmation: My ever praising God transforms the negative assault of the enemy into a spring of sweet waters which refreshes me.

Begin your day by walking the floor & worshiping God. You've got to stir up the gift that's within you and get your mind functioning right. (2Tim1:6) - Norvel Hayes

Exercising faith to fulfill your call will always result in permanent spiritual results - "fruit which remains" measured by the lives you have dramatically changed. - Dennis Cramer

"You did not choose me, but I chose you to go and bear fruit - fruit that will last, Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name."

- John 15:16

When we emphasize personal salvation more than a personal Savior, we are asking people to put their trust in an experience rather than in Jesus Christ. - Ros Rinker

 

Affirmation:

Man is free, for he is in the image of divine liberty; and that is why he has the power to choose. - Paul EvdokimovMy identity is truly in the Lord Jesus Christ and my priestly calling is to minister and intercede for others on a daily basis.

It should be our goal every day to see the Lord more clearly, to be more occupied with Him so that He will more fully occupy our heart. - Rich Joyner

Fallow ground is ground which has once been tilled but which now lies waste. It needs to be broken up and mellowed before it is again ready to receive grain. Examine and note the state of your mind - see where you are. Go deep and turn the ground up so that it will all be mellow and soft. Then it will be ready to receive the seed and bear fruit a hundredfold. - Charles Finney

"And other seeds fell into good soil and brought forth grain..."

- Mark 4:9

When you ask yourself, "Do I have enough faith?" you have already put faith as a hindrance between you and Jesus' finished work. The more you focus on your faith, the more faith slips away. But if you focus on the finished work of Christ and see God's grace toward you, God sees that as faith! - Joseph Prince

Pride has a devilish quality that keeps us from sensing our need for God's grace. - Jim Cymbala

Affirmation:

The power that I have been given to testify of the coming Kingdom is the power of life, which is more precious than anything I could ever possess on this earth.

It is not that I will not hear God, but I am not devoted in the right place. I am devoted to things, to service, to convictions, and God may say what He likes but I do not hear Him. - Oswald Chambers

The disciples remembered the "facts" of the two miraculous feedings, but they had forgotten any spiritual lessons they might have learned. Likewise some people can quote scripture or remember what the sermon was about, but they can't perceive the spiritual life in the message. - Andrew Wommack

"And He said to them,

Our expectation causes us to press into God, enter His presence, knowing He will go before us and open up the way. (Micah 2:13) - Barbara Yoder

Intercessors who become weary in their warfare would do well to remember that our victory is already assured. (Rom.16:20) - Dick Eastman

 

"Do you not yet understand?" - Mark 8:21

 

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Sunday School - June 19, 2011

Affirmation: I base my prayers on God's word to bring me through difficulties and give me the victory that is mine.

The Holy Spirit may wake you up at 6:00 AM and tell you to go tell people about Jesus on the city block four streets down. What will your reaction be? - Norvel Hayes

Reality is not found in ritual. True faith is a river of life too powerful to be contained in the weak structures men have tried to construct. The true church is a source of power and life that no building or institution can contain. - Rick Joyner

We can mistakenly think that focusing our our lack and comparing ourselves to others is a posture of humility. Instead of focusing on God's greatness in our lives we are focusing ourselves. We are actually agreeing with the enemy by making our own problems bigger than God's promises. - Bill Johnson

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his great power." - Ephesians 6:10

Every painful event contains in itself a seed of growth and liberation. - Anthony de Mello

Affirmation: I stay in touch with God so that I am nourished in both life and vision.

If you do not forgive those who have hurt you, you will lose a measure of your capacity to love. God will use your forgiveness of others to make you like Christ. - Francis Frangipane

As our transformed heart becomes encased in the regularity of everyday life, we perceive that we are sent to make the all-embracing love of the Father known to people who hunger and thirst for love. - Henri Nouwen

"And this commandment have we from Him, That he who loveth God love his brother also." - 1 John 4:21

Most believers know precious little about priestly ministry beyond the veil. We have been mastering the art of "going to men" for God, but we've never mastered the art of "going to God" for men. - Alice Smith

God doesn't answer prayer, He answers desperate prayer! - Leonard Ravenhill

Affirmation: I cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

God wants to break open the rivers of His counsel in the life of every believer. He wants us to walk in the boundless anointing of the Holy Spirit - all of the time. This river of life is for you, your life, your family, and your destiny. - Keith Miller

Prayer may well be defined as that force which vitalizes and energizes the Word of God, by taking hold of God, himself. By taking hold of the promiser, prayer reissues, and makes personal the promise. - E. M. Bounds

"Let him take hold of My strength, that he may make peace with Me." - Isaiah 64:7

If Jesus would not rely on His perfect flesh but relied instead on the Holy Spirit, how much more ought we to depend on the Holy Spirit? - Watchman Nee

Holy Spirit, make of me a pure channel through which You will flow. Amen - William J. Seymour (May 1908)

 

 

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Sunday School - June 12, 2011

Affirmation: I hunger for and receive revelation as a part of my everyday life. That revelation will help me cary out my earthly assignments with greater precision and wisdom.

It was in the consistent performance of Zacharias's duties that his "kairos" time of visitation came, and his prayer for a child (John the Baptist) was answered. Our faithfulness in serving in the portion God has given us and crying out to God for those barren places in our lives can be a catalyst to visitation - when we we least expect to hear from Him. - Chuck Pierce

If you want God's presence in your life, learn to be a praiser. Don't keep silent about His many benefits. Make it your purpose to find something new to sing to the Lord about every day. - Myles Munroe

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.." - Psalm 103:2

Intercession is a daily service we owe to God and our brother. He who denies his neighbor the service of praying for him denies him the service of a Christian. Intercession is not general and vague but a matter of definite persons and definite difficulties and therefore definite petitions. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Petitionary prayer is rebellion against the world in its fallenness, the undying refusal to accept as normal what is pervasively abnormal. - Dwight Moody

Affirmation: Since I stay connected to God for the renewal of my purpose, faith, and strength - I will be able to persevere to victory.

Be open to His leading and make disciples. A baby Christian needs lots of love, affirmation, and direction. We have freely received His love and instruction, so let's freely give as He guides. - Patricial King

Your worship is not perfected when it leaves your lips. It's perfected when it enters His ears. Passion takes imperfect worship and prayers and perfects them in the ear of God. - Tommy Tenney

"Out of the mouths of babes...praise is perfected."

- Matthew 21:16

God yearns and longs for us to pray more passionately than any earthly lover yearns for his beloved to turn her eyes and her attention to him. - Peter Kreeft

God does nothing but in answer to prayer - John Wesley

Affirmation: The Holy Spirit guides me unto all truth; He will inform me about what is to come.

A thought from God is not a part of your thinking process! When God drops or interjects a thought into your spirit, it has nothing to do with your thinking or rationalizing. He puts the thought into your spirit, bypassing the brain. - Steve Sampson

The inheritance is in you, something that is done for you, accomplished by God for you. A work of God wrought out for us by Himself, an inheritance incorruptible. You know your inheritance within you is more powerful than all that is without. - Smith Wigglesworth

"Who in His great mercy gave us new birth into a living hope by the resurrection. The inheritance to which we are born is one that nothing can destroy or spoil or wither. - 1 Peter 1:3,4

Let our worship "in Christ" - in "the beauty of Holiness" - remind us how His cleansing blood has touched us. Not only our tongues but our whole being - "washed in the blood of the Lamb"! - Jack Hayford

Lord, make me a tabernacle for Your Spirit like the tabernacle of old.Fill me with Your Shekinah glory. Amen - W. J. Seymour (December 1906)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Night Bible Study - June , 2011

1. Deeds, Claims and Promises of Jesus.

Read John Chapters 19 & 20

1. Jesus said : Peace be unto you: as my Father has

__________me, even so I send _____________.

 

2. Then He breathed on them and said "Receive the

________________.

 

3. Jesus said: Whosoever sins you remit, they are

______________unto them: and whosoever sins you retain,

they are ___________________.

 

4. Thomas said: Except I shall see in His _________ the

print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His ____________,

I will not __________________.

 

5. And ________________other signs truly did Jesus in the

presence of His disciples which are not written in this_______.

 

6. These things have been written so that you may believe

that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that in that

__________you may have ___________through His name.

 

2. Inheritance in Christ

Read the epistle of 1 Peter

The letter is addressed to believers who had been scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. Harassment from Roman officials had forced Christians to flee to these distant territories. Peter encouraged these suffering believers to follow the example of Christ. His persecution and death -- and subsequent resurrection -- provided assurance and hope of the future.

Some of the main themes of the epistle:

a. The basis of the believer's hope is Jesus Christ and His resurrection from the dead. He alone provides salvation and the promise of eternal life.

b. Jesus is the living stone who serves as the foundation for the faith of believers. Those who place their faith in Him are delivered from their sins. They become part of God's "royal priesthood, an holy nation" that bears witness of Him and His kingdom to others.

c. Believers are to use Jesus and His suffering to endure persecution for His sake with a willing and joyous spirit.

d. Respectful and humble behavior by wives might lead their unbelieving husbands to the Lord.

e. Believers are to be united in the Lord, to practice humility and love, and to resist the temptation to seek revenge against those who are causing them pain and suffering.

f. The reason for His suffering was "that He might bring us to God." He is now exalted at God's right hand. All earthly powers and authorities are subject to Him (Rev.19:1-6).

g. Peter appeals to believers to practice love and hospitality toward others, thus serving as "good stewards of the manifold grace of God."

h. It should not surprise Christians that they are called on to suffer persecution for their faith. According to Peter this is actually a badge of honor (Hebrews 12:3-11). Just as Christ's suffering was the prelude to His glorification with the Father, so it will be for all believers.

Affirmations (Repeat and Meditate on These as You Go throughout the Day)

 

 

Christ personally bore my sins in His own body on the cross , so that I might cease to live for sin and begin to live for righteousness. It was the suffering which he bore which has healed me. (1 Peter 2:24)

I have received a spiritual gift to serve others faithfully, administering God’s grace. When I speak I speak words that seem to come from God; I help as though every order was done at God’s orders, so that in everything God may receive the glory through Jesus Christ since to Him belongs all glory and power for ever and ever. (1 Peter 4:10,11)

 

3, Dunamis Life

They Shall Be Filled

1 Corinthians 15:4,6 -- And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures. After that, He was seen of above five hundred brethern at once.

 

4. The Deeper Life

Read, pray, and meditate on the following: http://mltp.ly/4Ejlq8U

5. Quiz Answers

 

2. Holy Spirit

3. remitted, retained

4. hands, side, believe

5. many, book

6, in faith, life

1. sent, you


Before you can receive the fire of the Spirit, you must want it. Perhaps that is why only 120 appeared out of 500 brethern in the upper room.


Into Action

Name 3 things that you do daily to pursue the action of the Holy Spirit in your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday School - June 5, 2011

Affirmation: When my faith is challenged I fight the good fight of faith. I stay on course until the fight is finished.

What has imprisoned you from unleashing your God-given dreams? Only through forgiveness of offenses can we receive the faith to overcome barriers and move into a miracle-filled life. - Steve Munsey

Jesus waits for us to say what He is. Preach Him as the Savior and He saves. If you don't, He can't! Preach Him as a healer and He Heals. If you don't, He doesn't! Preach the gospel, and the gospel happens. - Reinhard Bonnke

"So then faith comes by what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ." - Romans 10:17

Eventually you may come to a place where you find yourself unable to go on with an intelligent prayer life -- you will begin to desire to lay aside such prayer. This inclination to lay aside a more outward prayer is the natural end of seeking, and hungering for something deeper. - Michael Molinos

When I feel how imperfect my prayer is, I may bow before God in the confidence that His Holy Spirit will teach me to pray. - Andrew Murray

Affirmation:

I come into agreement with the Father to release me into the things He has predestined me for since before the beginning of the world.

If a person's identity is wrapped up in world pursuits (even noble ones), it will be easy to give in to a lesser love than God. Compromise occurs when we substitute God's offer with a less satisfying earthly role, lifestyle, or relationship. Substituting a person for God can be spiritually costly. - Shawn Bolz

Quietness is the incubator for the Spirit of revelation. Do you want to hear God better? Do you want to commune with Him more? Silence is golden indeed in which the Holy Spirit meets with the souls of his saints. - James Goll

"He leadeth me beside the still waters." - Psalm 23:2

When the supreme desire of your heart goes out to God, and all the spiritual energy of your nature and the powers of God come to you, there comes by the unconscious creative exercise of faith into being that which your soul calls for. Pray that you may become hungry. - John Lake

I wonder whether God could make us understand all that happened there at the cross. - A. W. Tozer

Affirmation: The deep things of God are revealed to me by His Spirit.

The question is, how much intimacy do we want? Just how passionate for Jesus do we want to be? We are the ones who set those limits,not God. - Mike Bickle

God wants you right now, in whatever area you are barren, to start rejoicing as if the fruit or yield you want to see has already come. He wants you to start thinking, speaking, and acting as if the barrenness is no more. - Joseph Prince

"Rejoice, O barren, you who do not bear! Break forth and shout, you who are not in labor...." - Galatians 4:27

To hear from God is living with expectation toward Him. Expectation places a demand on the Holy Spirit. - Steve Sampson

Jesus, help me rejoice with others in the body, and comfort others when they suffer. Amen. - William J. Seymour (January 1907)

 

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