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MOTIVATED TO BUILD

July 1, 2017

Saturday

 

Ephesians 4:12

 

for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

 

 

LESSON

 

The purpose of all these gifted leaders is to prepare the rest of the saints to minister, and so to build up the body of Christ, the church.  The role of these leaders is to minister the Word to the saints in the church, so that the saints can minister the Word in the world. All the saints should participate in service, not just the leaders. One writer cautioned against viewing only the leaders as doing equipping ministry.271 Every Christian has a gift, or gifts, with which he or she can and should serve.

 

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. But before you can become a good teacher/leader, you must become a good servant first.

 

The life of a faithful Christian is characterized by a constant growth process. When one becomes a Christian they begin a lifelong journey of service to God.

 

Memory Verse: 1 Kings 6:9

 

You will never reach your destination if you mind those that are always against you

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MOTIVATED TO BUILD

June 30, 2017

Friday

 

Psalm 127:1

 

Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain.

 

 

LESSON

 

It is foolish, frustrating, and futile to attempt projects without seeking God’s blessing. This applies to building a house and building a household. This also applies to the much larger task of defending a city. Putting in long hours of hard work will only lead to weariness. Conversely, those who trust in the Lord, His beloved, experience rest. Solomon was not denigrating hard work but was advocating dependence on the Lord as one works.

 

Can you imagine building a house without blueprints? Many people try to build their lives without them and life becomes a disaster! Building a life and family without God’s blueprints is a sure fire way to damage those within your family for a lifetime. Those of you raised in a home with no plan and no God know I am being truthful. It is time for all of us to let God be our builder, protector and provider!

 

Memory Verse: 1 Kings 6:9

 

You will never reach your destination if you mind those that are always against you

MOTIVATED TO BUILD

June 29, 2017

Thursday

 

Exodus 27:1

 

“And you shall make the altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide; the altar shall be square, and its height shall be three cubits.

 

LESSON

 

As you get closer to God, the emphasis is on the person of Christ. As you move farther out, the emphasis is on the work of Christ. This bronze altar “received” (i.e., in God’s behalf) the offerings of the Israelites. God met the Israelite where he was, in the courtyard, rather than where He was, within the veil. Nevertheless the Israelite had to make a special effort to approach God, by entering the courtyard to present his offering.

 

The position of the Altar just inside the entrance to the court made it as clear as symbology could that the beginning of fellowship between God and man must be in sacrifice. “It speaks of the cross of Christ, and of the fact that He is actually the One who died in man’s stead. The cross was God’s chosen altar of sacrifice. What is yours?

 

Memory Verse: 1 Kings 6:9

 

You will never reach your destination if you mind those that are always against you

MOTIVATED TO BUILD

June 28, 2017

Wednesday

 

Haggai 1:8

 

“Go up to the mountains, bring wood and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified,” says the LORD.

 

 

LESSON

 

Again the Lord called the people to reflect thoughtfully on what they were doing. They were guilty of having a conflict of interests. He urged them to “go to the mountains” where trees grew abundantly, to cut them down, and to continue rebuilding “the temple”. The completed temple would please and glorify Him. “The important thing is not the size or magnificence of the

house, but the existence of it that they want the indwelling God among them.

 

In the ruins of the temple and in its immediate vicinity were ample stones for building purposes. Because all the timber of the temple was burned in 587 B.C., it was necessary only to obtain large quantities of timber from the forests on the nearby hills surrounding Jerusalem. “When work is gladly done in order to please God it also brings Him glory.

 

Perhaps some of you have abandoned your area of service because your relationship with the Lord is just not where in needs to be. May I encourage you to stop procrastinating, return to the Lord …rebuild that relationship and then return to the work that has been assigned. Whatever the situation, may we come together and agree that now is “The Right Time To Rebuild”.

 

Memory Verse: 1 Kings 6:9

 

You will never reach your destination if you mind those that are always against you

MOTIVATED TO BUILD

June 27, 2017

Tuesday

 

1 Kings 5:17

 

Then the king commanded, and they quarried great stones, costly stones, to lay the foundation of the house with cut stones.

 

 

LESSON

 

Solomon’s temple rested on massive limestone blocks that he had quarried out of the hills

north of Jerusalem. The main emphasis in this chapter is on the favorable response of the Phoenician king, Hiram, with which God blessed Israel through Solomon’s wisdom. Solomon wrote that “when a person’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace

with him”. Such was God’s blessing on Solomon at this time.

 

The king commanded”: that is the beginning of all Holy zeal waits for the king’s orders. But as soon as the command was given there was neither pause nor hesitation. The king commanded, and they moved. Solomon began to build the temple at the foundation. The foundation, in his case, had to be carried to a great height, because the area upon which the temple stood was high above the valley. A lot of the foundation work is out of sight, and the temptation is to pay very little attention to its finish. It was not so with Solomon. I want to urge that all our work for God should be done thoroughly, and especially that part of it which lies lowest, and is least observed by men.

 

Memory Verse: 1 Kings 6:9

 

You will never reach your destination if you mind those that are always against you

MOTIVATED TO BUILD

June 26, 2017

Monday

 

Genesis 11:3

 

They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar.

 

 

LESSON

 

The motivation for building “a city” with its “tower” was to make the builders “a name. Later God would “make a name” for Abram. The object of this endeavor was evidently to establish a center by which they might maintain their unity, achieve God-like authority, and gain world domination, with a one-world government.

 

A defensive wall is the hallmark of a city. Cities in the ancient Near East were not designed to be lived in but were intended for religious and public purposes. God desired unity for humankind, but one that He created, not one founded on a social state. They wanted to “empower” themselves. Both motive and object were ungodly.

 

Pride will result in the very thing that we want to avoid. A man’s pride shall bring him low, but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he shall lift you up.

 

Memory verse: 1 Kings 6:9

 

You will never reach your destination if you mind those that are always against you

AVOIDING BAD ATTITUDES

June 24, 2017

Saturday

 

Ephesians 6:4

 

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

 

 

LESSON

 

Paul addressed “fathers” because they are God’s ordained family heads on whom the

primary responsibility for child-raising rests. When a father is absent in a family, the mother usually assumes this responsibility. In Greco-Roman society, the father’s authority over his children was absolute. “This idea would have been revolutionary in its day; in the first-century

Roman Empire, fathers could do pretty much what they liked in their families. They could even sentence family members to death.

 

Christianity stressed consideration for the feelings of the children in parental responsibility.

Essentially, this command forbids making unreasonable demands on children in the

everyday course of family life.

 

Responsible authority does not wield power; it serves with it. Too many parents nowadays foster the latent mischief by a policy of laissez faire, pampering their pert urchins like pet monkeys whose escapades furnish a fund of amusement as irresponsible freaks of no serious import. Such unbridled young scamps, for lack of correction, develop too often into headstrong, peevish, self-seeking characters, menaces to the community where they dwell, and the blame rests with

their supine and duty-shirking seniors. “There is a ‘discipline of the Lord’ which is the responsibility of the parent, just as obedience ‘in the Lord’ is the duty of the child.

 

Memory Verse: Ephesians 5:20

 

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.