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but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? There is much confusion in the world ± what is right, what is wrong, who should I follow, my father, my friend, or my God? Which cell phone should I choose? Which channel of TV? One says follow this one, another says follow that one! I really believe that God is not confused and that He is t he one who speaks to us, and when we submit to His Word, He brings order to our lives. 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. 1. God Separates In the beginning God created« and God separated:
1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 And God said, ³Let there be light,´ and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the f irst day.
y So the 1st Day ± God spoke light and separated light from Darkness, he called them Day from Night (And it was good) y The 2nd Day ± God said let there be a spacethat separates the watersof theheavens and the waterson theearth and called the waters above Sky (And it was good) rd Day ± God gathered the waters and let land appear, He separated them y 3 and He called them Earth and Seas. (And it was good) and on the land God said let there be vegetation, plants with seed and plants with fruit, he separated them according to each kind. (And it was good) th Day ± God turned to the Sky and in the night sky he gave lightsto govern y 4 thenight ± and separate lights to govern theday, and he made stars, the moon and the Sun. He again separated days, nights and marked out months, seasons and years.
(And it was good) y Day ± God said let there be birds in the skies, and fish in the seas, he separated them, each according to its kind and God blessed them and said be fruitful! Multiply! (And it was good) th Day ± God said let their be livestock and creatures on the ground and y 6 wildanimals (And it was good) and then: 5th 2. Man!
Then God said, ³Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.´
Wow! God separatedus from all of Creation!!! We are not animals!!! We are made in the image and likes of God! WOW!!! We get to carry His image on the earth!!! But we must remember, we are not God! We are the image of God. He is the Creator, we are the creation! But from God we get so many wonderful things: y Purpose ± There is a plan and meaning and thought towards you!Adventure!!! To explore His creation! He put us here after he made it! y Identity ± We are owned, we are designed, we reflect God y Belonging ± We are not alone, we are cared for. y Security ± He controls & sustains the Universe! y Perspective ± We are not all there is, and what we experience is not the limit, eternity waits! There is so much more! y Relationship ± the potential to communicate wit h God is a great blessing, He is knowable, He speaks, He reveals Himself; yet He hears, sees & acts. (HIM, US, OTHERS, CREATION) y Accountability ± We are not autonomous, we cannot do whatever we like. Because we are created, we are made, therefore we are owned, and God has the right to benevolently tell us how to live. He is good, and even His command for us to glorify Him, means that the greatest and most satisfying and fulfilling good we can experience is in honoring and obeying Him. God knows what is best and in so doing, we preserve and increase our happiness and wellbeing.
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
3. MALE & FEMALE Just Like God has separated so many things in His creation, He has also separated male and female! There should be noconfusion. A man is man because God has made him a man. A woman is a woman because God has made her a woman! Men: Give thanks to God you men, that God has made you in His image to be men! Be men that God has made!!! And also men, give thanks to God for all woman! We are to respect them because they are also made in the image of God! Woman: Give thanks to God you woman, that god has made you in His image to be woman! Be woman that God has made! And also woman, give thanks to God for all men! You woman are to resect men because they are made in the image of God!
And God blessed them. And God said to them, ³Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.´ « And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
4. (WORK & REST) ± 7th Day: God rested.
Genesis 2 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
One more time, God is one who finishes His Work ± we need to be a people who see that God is not lazy, that God does not leave His work unfinished! God finishes everything that He has started! Philippians 1: 6
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
But also Rest from work. God is one who knows how to have peace! Some people work work work work work ± and they think they are better than God ± God rested! We must see that God is one who also enjoys His creation; He enjoys the fruits of His labour! But God does not just rest ± some people rest rest rest rest rest. There is a time for rest and there is a time for work! Make sure that you work hard and that you rest well! Don¶t sleep all your life? Work! Do something meaningful with your hands, do steal steal, work as unto the Lord so that you can give to others. But then also, rest! Rest! Take a deep breath! There is no need to stress, sometimes we need to trust God and rest! Trust that everything He has done will be OK even while you sleep! Psalm 127: 2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. So we have these distinctions between light and dark, sky and land, animals and people, male and female, work and rest, but then we have something, which is so important for us. God is the one who tells us the difference b etween: 5. RIGHT AND WRONG When Solomon became King of Israel he prayed to God andasks: 1 Kings 3:9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?´ When we choose what is right and what is wrong, we get into trouble! I think its right to do this; you think its right to do that. Can I drink beer? Can I get drunk on wine? Should I sleep with my girlfriend? Should I get an abortion? Should I kill a man for doing me wrong? Should I steal money because I haven¶t got any? Some people will say it is right, other people will say it is wrong. So if we listen to the world, we will get very confused?
But God is the one who shows us what is right and what is wrong! It must never come from inside us! It is not my decision. My decision is not God¶s decision! God is the one who gives us right and w rong! He tells us, He teaches us, He preaches to us ± He is good and He wants us to live well and healthy and fruitful! But God gives us a choice, will we decide for ourselves, or will we trust in Him! Genesis 2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ³You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.´
We have been designed to receive instructions from God! Like a telephone, it is designed to receive a call. We have been designed to receive instructions from God! If the telephone stops receiving instructions, it cannot w ork. If it decided to do it-sown thing and follow its own way, it will not be useful. We will let the battery die. The Sad thing is this ± Adam and Even chose to eat the fruit which God told them not to! The devil in the form of the snake tempted them and they fell ± they decided to trust in themselves, to decide forthemselves what is right and what is wrong. And sadly God made another separation : 6. LIFE & DEATH ³If you do not want to obey me, but if you choose rather to look to yourselves, then I must be separate from you.´ This is what it means when God said we would surely die. When someone Dies ± they are separated! Also it is rebellion = Judgment! This is why we have so much trouble, curse, sin, and destruction, pain ± when God who is good is pushed aside, we are left with everything Bad.
When you do not have God in your life ± you are separated from Him. Our sins have separated us from our God! Isaiah 59 Behold, the LORD¶s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; 2 but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. BUT« God does not want to be separated from us forever. 2 Samuel 14:14 We must all die; we are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God will not take away life, and he devises means so that the banished one will not remain an outcast. This is the way: to put your trust in Him again! To believe in Him again! To say, you will not trust your self, repent, but you will trust God! If God says it, God knows what He is doing and it¶s GOOD! 7. PEOPLE WHO ARE HOLY & COMMON Cain and Abel: Cain thought of himself, He did not trust God enough to give God the best offerings. Abel trusted God and by faith gave acceptable sacrifices to God. Cain got jealous of the favour of God on Abel and killed him! God separated Cain and Abel. Lamech & Seth: Lamech was a ³young strong man´ who thought too much of Himself. He saw that His father Adam has 1 wife, but he chose to have 2. He saw that father Cain was avenged 7 times but Lamech thought if anyone comes for Him, He will avenge 77 times! He made weapons and put his trust in the powe r of his own hand and his own sword. A boy hurt him and He over - retaliated and killed him! But Seth ±³a humble man´ began to call on the name of the Lord. There is a difference ± God separated Lamech and Seth .
There is a big difference between trustin g in yourself and trusting God! When you trust in God ± He calls you His child!Trusting in man ± no salvation. (Abraham & Lot) 8. SAVED BY THE LAW OR SAVED BY GRACE When God gave the Law to Moses it was so that Israel could be a nation that were holy to the Lord ± Separate from all the other nations ± separate from the common. Not idol worshippers, self-worshippers, but God worshippers! HOLY as God is Holy! Israel failed to obey the Law ± in fact, no-one can be declared righteous by the Law. BUT« JESUS NEVER FAILED!!! Jesus was born of a virgin ± that¶s different! Jesus fully God, Fully man! That¶s different! Jesus lived a sinless life! That¶s different! Jesus trusted in God all of His life! Jesus died in our place for our sins, and He rose for us to bring us back to God! y y y y y y y y y y Jesus is the Light of the World ± He takes us out of Darkness Jesus is the Son from Heaven ± He takes us out of the earth Jesus is the Seed of the woman ± He takes away our bareness Jesus is the Lamb slain and humble like no other, yet He is the Lion who rules above all else! Jesus is the Image of God ± He restores us and makes us to shine again! He lifts up our faces to see the Glory of God. Jesus is the Finished Work ± He brings us Rest and stops our striving and our laboring for salvation. Jesus is the Righteous One ± He does what is right and gives us His righteousness when we believe in Him! Jesus is separates us from the World!!! Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life ± He takes us away from death, when we have Him, we will never see Hell! Jesus is the Son of God ± He makes us His brothers and sisters, He adopts us into the Family of God the Father! We are God¶s children!
Trusting in Jesus! Believing in Him and His w ork! His faithfulness and His reward! Far greater than anything that anyone in the World can give! Today! To call on the Name of the Lord means to call on the Name of Jesus:
Act 2:21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.¶ God calls you His children, God calls you His family! God calls you His ambassadors!
Ephesians 2: 11 ± 22 (WHOLE CHAPTER IS AMAZING!!!) One in Christ 11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called ³the uncircumcision´ by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands² 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and w ithout God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
9. HOLY & RIGHTEOUS BY FAITH NOT WORKS! 10. TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD! HOLY SPIRIT IN YOU! (BABEL) 2 Corinthians 6: 14 ± 7:1 The Temple of the Living God 14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,
³I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, 18 and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.´ 7 Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.
We were separate from God ± but Jesus brings us back. IN CHRIST!!! We are no longer in the World ± NEW CREATIONS ± DECLARED ± LET THERE BE LIGHT!!! We are separate, YET we must be inclusive! Romans 8:35 ± 39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
³For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.´ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
11. END OF THE AGE ± SEPARATE EVIL FROM RIGHTEOUS PARABLE OF THE NET Matthew 13:47 ± 50 47 ³Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. 48 When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. 49 So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
THE FINAL JUDGMENT Matthew 25:31 ± 46
³When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, µCome, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.¶ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, µLord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?¶ 40 And the King will answer them, µTruly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.¶ 41 ³Then he will say to those on his left, µDepart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.¶ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, µLord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?¶ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, µTruly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.¶ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.´
12. CALLING - We must Go!!!WHO WILL GO??? HOLY x 3 Romans 10:9 ± 15 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, ³Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.´ 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For ³everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.´ 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are
they to preach unless they are sent? As it i s written, ³How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!´
Prayer: y United to God again! Salvation BELIEVE!!! y Filled with His Spirit so that you can be used by God WITNESSand stay untainted by the World y Unequally Yoked ± forgive of sexual sin and cleanse from sexual sin ± wrong relationships! y Temptation ± overcome by the Freedom of Christ and His Spirit! y Empower to be witnesses for Jesus! y Spirit of Unity to do this together! To reach the City! Not to build a church, but to build the Kingd om! y Pray for strategic appointments! y SHINE LIKE THE STARS!!! y Calling ± God is calling you out!!! Of a bad relationship! Out of a sin! Come to Him! y We are in this World so that we can bring God¶s reign! We are not of this World because we are new creatio ns in Christ!!!
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