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Sunday School - June 24, 2012

Affirmation: I press into God to lay hold of the purpose for which Christ Jesus has saved me and wants me to be.

He invites us to prepare for eternity while living on Earth in the destiny he has purposed in us. - Shawn Bolz

"But lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is there will your heart be also." - Matthew 6:20,21

" Those who have obtained like precious faith with us." - 2 Peter 1:1

We must have this almighty and precious faith within us so that we may move from the ordinary into the extraordinary. We must expect God to come forth in power through us for the deliverance of others. - Smith Wigglesworth

Affirmation: Everything I need is already in me. Jesus put it there....faith is there...power is there....love is there.

We must put on the mind of Christ so that the Spirit of wisdom and revelation is activated in our lives. To do this we need to have faith that God will show us new revelation in a way that we, individually, can receive. Revelation leads us to wisdom, and wisdom gives us strategy. - Chuck Pierce

"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him." - Ephesians 1:17

I am not looking at what I deserve. I am looking at what Jesus deserves. Even right now, Jesus , I thank You that You see me as perfectly righteous. I can expect good not because I am good, but because You are good! Amen! - Joseph Prince

Jesus did not go the the cross so that we would not have to suffer, but rather so we could be victorious in our suffering. - Rick Joyner

Affirmation: I'm not going to wait until I feel stirred up. I'm stepping out by faith and expecting my feelings to follow.

You recall that Jacob wrestled with the Lord all night, until daybreak? THEN it was that the Lord blessed him. Persevere against any and all difficulties which confront you in your seeking the Lords presence in your spirit. Be steadfast until the Lord gives your spirit His blessing. - Michael Molinos

Self-control in our lives is the evidence of the Holy Spirit's control and influence over us. - Bill Johnson

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of self control. - 2 Timothy 1:7

"Koinonia" (communion,fellowship) is what the Father and Son have done from all eternity. Each has existed by beholding the glory of the other. Jesus, on earth, prayed that His followers might also behold His glory where He is. Fellowshipping with Him, beholding Him, can change us into His very image. - Jerry Coulter

All life flows out of relationship. What He wants are the reins of your heart. - Steve Sampson

 

 

 

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Sunday School - June 17, 2012

Affirmation: My salvation has freed me from myself so that I can live for God.

It is easier to serve God without a vision, easier to work for God without a call, because then you are not bothered by what God requires; common sense is your guide, veneered over with Christian sentiment. You will be more prosperous and successful, more leisure-hearted, if you never realize the call of God. - Oswald Chambers

Many do not reach their purpose in Christ because of the tumultuous circumstances that that they yield to. The Lord always has the authority to overthrow that which would keep us from coming into our destiny. As we recognize the authority of God, we can begin to overcome the fears that hit us as a storm rages around us. - Chuck Pierce

"And He awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, 'Peace! Be still!' And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm." - Mark 4:39

By the circumcision of your heart you are made children of Abraham. Like him you must leave your native country and all that is familiar to you and go out without even knowing where you are going. - Francois Fenelon

The less we are manipulated by the expectations of others, the more we are open to the expectations of God. - Richard Foster

Affirmation: I put on Christ and am one spirit with Him.

Is the heart on fire? Is your heart burning with desire for Him? Pursue Him. Quiet your soul before Him! Let your heart pant for Him as a deer pants for the water. - James Goll

Paul considered everything prized by his culture worthless compared with the awesome experience of knowing Jesus. His treasure was in Jesus. Likewise we need to love Jesus above all else. - Shawn Bolz

 

"May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory, that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one." - John 17:21,22

God wants the same communion or "common-union" with you that He had with Jesus. Your prayer life can make you so intimate with God that you will walk around and naturally manifest the works, or thoughts, of God, just as Jesus did. - Myles Munroe

 

We will gain a new sense of security when we wash ourselves clean in the living Word. Adversity, difficulties and the darkness of midnight should draw us closer to God in surrender to His will. Rest at the Lord's feet under His covering. Then He will tell us what to do next. - B. Breathitt

Affirmation: Just as Jesus worked only through the Spirit of God, I do likewise as His agent.

As we get to a point that we no longer recognize the Holy Spirit's Presence but rather a religious form, we have lost our intimate connection with Him. Ask the Lord for eyes that see and recognize Him, as He will come in a form that many may not recognize or receive. - John Belt

A refusal to give ourselves to this work of God's Spirit within us is a sin from which there can be no salvation, no matter how sound our knowledge of every Scripture doctrine. For without this life of God in our souls conforming us to the image of Christ by the control of the Holy Spirit, we are still dead to God. - William Law

"Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin." - Mark 3:29

To be effective we must minister according to His energy, or His power in our lives. - Keith Miller

Unless we prove our readiness to die for God's Kingdom in the trivialities of daily life, we shall not be able to muster up courage in the critical hour of history. - Eberhard Arnold

 

 

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Sunday School - June 10, 2012

Affirmation: The resources I need to complete my assignment are unlimited - the only restrictions are between my ears.

The calling of Christ will modify the way we make life choices, the job we do, and the priorities we set. -- Charles Ringma

A Christian will backslide when he does not function in his calling, just as a muscle atrophies with lack of use. An idle believer isolates himself, becoming easy prey for the enemy. - John Bevere

If the illumination of the Holy Spirit, as a present work among men is denied for today, then nothing is left but the fleshly work and carnal wisdom of the old man. - William Law

Affirmation: I have the anointing of God's Word. My circumstances don't hear me talking anymore; they hear Jesus talking.

The Word is a flame of fire! It may burn in your bones. It may move every tissue in your life. - Smith Wigglesworth

"For thou has exalted thy word above all thy name." Psalm 138:2

If our spiritual life is healthy (under the power of the Holy Spirit) PRAYING AT ALL TIMES will be natural. - Andrew Murray

Pray. Pray. Pray. Teach people to pray. Prayer and prayer alone, much prayer, persistent prayer, is the door of entrance into the heart of God. - John Lake

Our conversation with God should be utterly free and familiar, because God is the only person who will never, ever misunderstand us or reject us, hate us, ignore us, or be indifferent to us. These are the reasons we hide from other people, even our friends, even our parents, and the reasons we should never hide from God. - Peter Kreeft

"For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me up." - Psalm 27:10

Affirmation: My purpose is eternal. Having an eternal perspective changes the way I daily interact with others and my mundane chores.

Personal fulfillment can become an idol; it can develop into such an obsession that we are living for happiness more than living for God. Part of our salvation includes having our desires prioritized by Christ. - Francis Frangipane

"To have no opinion of ourselves, and to think always well and highly of others, is great wisdom and perfection." - Thomas a Kempis

"If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." - Mark 8:34

Our difficulty is due primarily to the fact that we have failed to understand Jesus' teaching that the way to self-fulfillment is through self-denial. To save the life is to lose it; to lose it for Christ's sake is to save it (Mark 8:35). - Richard Foster

Make me a captive, Lord, And then I shall be free. - George Matheson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday School - June 3, 2012

Affirmation:

My faith in God's Word is not just an abiding faith; it is active -- it is aggressive by nature; it has focus and purpose.

 

Each of us has a cup to drink en route to our destiny. We will swallow the full dregs, and though it kills us, we shall live. Yet it shall not be us, but Christ living in us. - Francis Frangipane

"Come forth" are two words oozing with power, direction and meaning. These are all-encompassing words. They mean, "Hey, you! Yeah, you in that tomb. Get out now! Walk straight ahead, drop your death and come into the life!" - Mario Murillo

"He cried with a loud voice, 'Lazrus, come forth.'...Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go.'" - John 11:43,44

 

God has recently taken many Believers to the farthest regions of their faith. This trek has been long and challenging. This has been a time of testing and, in some cases, doubt and discouragement. Could it be that God has brought you to this place and positioned you in the midst of all the world has to offer, so you can make a declaration about Jesus? - Garris Elkins

God takes things to another level as we press through into a new place in Him. Transitions are healthy and good for us. When we allow ourselves to be stretched into a new place, we will experience fresh joys on the other side. - John Belt

Affirmation:

I don't cave in, I don't faint; instead I go boldly to the throne of grace in the name of Jesus and get the help I need.

We need to set our sights high and refuse the traditions of men who say that it is impossible to do as Jesus instructed us. - John Lake

We are a "royal priesthood", meaning that we are all priests ministering to Jesus, our great High Priest. The primary function of priests is intercession for the people of God. - Che Ahn

"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people. that you may declare the wonderful deeds of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. - 1 Peter 2:9

As long as one is satisfied with those things that the world offers, they are not satisfied with Christ. - Watchman Nee

We fail to reach into God enough. As Christians, we need to spend more time listening to God than anything else. When we do hear the Lord, creative power and life flow through His words. - Steve Sampson

Affirmation:

Determine in your heart that you want to reach the highest place in God. By that, I mean, learning how to live each day in pure, loving oneness with Him. And once you have set your heart on this upward path, you will have to choose it every day. - John of the Cross

Walking in God's ways and serving Him in all things is a privilege, not a hindrance. Sometimes we assume that coming to church and giving God our full attention is an imposition rather than a blessing - we begin to tire from standing during the praise and worship time. - Myles Munroe

"But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve...But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." - Joshua 24:15

The desire to meditate, and the grace to begin meditating, is the only thing that will keep us moving forward on the inward journey. - Richard Foster

As I could not make reflection with my understanding, I contrived to picture Christ within me. - Teresa of Avila

 

 

 

 

I make a fresh commitment to walk in union with God; I give attention to His Spirit in my inner man.

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