"And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous--to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
(Jesus has eternal authority and power.)
(God sees and takes action against our hidden pride and our pursuit of
BLESSINGS Peace REPENT JESUS Life
(Repentance brings life and peace through Jesus.)
Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed."
REPENT APPLY Not Easy JUDGEMENT By Christ
(Repentance is shown by how we try to apply the principles. God will throw those who refuse to repent into unquenchable fire. Those who repent will be cleansed by and given life in the Holy Spirit, but will also pass through trials.)
(After defeating Satan, Jesus came back in the power of the Spirit to heal us and set us free from the harm that imprisons and oppresses us.)
BELIEVE Save CARRY GOSPEL
HELPS BELIEVE Humility REPENT
(Miraculous power available to the humble believer who repents of his sin (harmfulness); use that power to save people.)
(Jesus makes people clean, and it doesn't take Him long to do it. Jesus balanced teaching and healing crowds of people with getting away to pray.)
But Jesus often withdrew ASK GOD
"I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
PERSECUTION Love the Harmer LOVE NEIGHBOR PERSECUTION Love the Harmer LOVE NEIGHBOR Mercy LOVE NEIGHBOR Not Judge RELATIONS Forgiving APPLY Give APPLY Can't Fool
(Love, give and do good to, bless and pray for your enemies, those who hate you,
curse you, and mistreat you. Do to others as you would have them do to you. Then your
reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. Be merciful to people and do
not judge or condemn them; forgive them. Give, and a good overflowing measure will be
poured back to you. Doing what Jesus says will make you solid as a rock, disregard and at
some point you will be quickly destroyed.)
OVERCOME YOUR HARMFULNESS Our Frailty
"Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven--for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little."
OVERCOME YOUR HARMFULNESS Money & Worldly Things
"The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature."
"Don't be afraid; just
believe, and she will be healed."
BELIEVE No Fear
PERSECUTION Death JUDGEMENT Which Group
(Better to deny yourself daily, unashamedly tell the gospel, and be persecuted than to gain the whole world and be eternally condemned.)
BELIEVE Bring God
"O unbelieving and perverse generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here."
OVERCOME YOUR HARMFULNESS Bad To Do
(Leave the lifeless and go to your Savior, never looking back. Then you will be ready to serve in the kingdom of God.)
(Evil spirits and some unbelievers are enemies to the believers, seek to harm the believers sent out amongst them, but believers have power to overcome their power.)
UNBELIEF Evil Beings
On one occasion an expert OVERCOME YOUR HARMFULNESS Love the Lord JUDGEMENT Which Group
(Love the Lord (to love Him you have to believe in Him) and your neighbor, seeking their good, offering help to relieve their suffering, and you will be judged to live.)
"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered,
"you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has
chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away form her."
OVERCOME YOUR HARMFULNESS Our Frailty
(Ask God to lead us not into temptation, and to help us find the good life that He wants us to have. He will give the Holy Spirit to His children who ask him.)
APPLY Can't Fool
UNBELIEF Deceit UNBELIEF Deceit UNBELIEF Deceit
(Obey the word of God and be blessed. Though men may not see your true
motivation, the Lord sees it in everything you do, and knows if you obey from the heart or
(Some unbelievers deceive people away from the truth, from God Himself. They and their followers will be exposed and judged unfavorably, and what they did in private will be proclaimed to everyone. As for open harmfulness, God will take away the life of anyone who is greedy for possessions and a life of leisure. Give a large portion of your wealth to the poor, and don't wait (see also LK 19:1-10). Be ready to meet the Lord. We all must repent or perish. Though the Lord is patient, our time does have a limit.)
OVERCOME YOUR HARMFULNESS Money & Worldly Things OVERCOME YOUR HARMFULNESS Money & Worldly Things
APPLY Give OVERCOME YOUR HARMFULNESS Money & Worldly Things APPLY Don't Wait APPLY Don't Wait
REPENT APPLY Don't Wait
HELPS BELIEVE Narrow
"Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.
(Have mercy on people around you who are poor and in unfortunate circumstances. Don't make excuses in order to refuse God's invitation to you, or you will find yourself apart from God's goodness.)
LOVE NEIGHBOR Mercy
KEEPS FROM BELIEVING Refusing KEEPS FROM BELIEVING Refusing
(Give up having your closest relationships with family outside Christ, and be willing to suffer abuse and even death for Him, though this is difficult, or you can't be His disciple.)
OVERCOME YOUR HARMFULNESS Money & Worldly Things APPLY Starts Small
(To begin with, Repent, Repent, Repent of things like your preoccupation with money and worldly things. Turn, and forcefully do some small thing in the other direction, toward the Lord. Recognize the harmful desires in your heart and value overcoming them (even though people may approve of them), showing the Lord you care about Him and His way of life, his everlasting principles. Divorce and re-marriage is adultery; don't be insensitive to what Jesus says. Don't cause others to sin; there is a heavy price to pay. Forgive your brother when he repents. Humble serving is our duty.)
OVERCOME YOUR HARMFULNESS Harm From Within HELPS HELPS BELIEVE Force PRINCIPLES RELATIONS Divorce KEEPS FROM BELIEVING Insensitivity
LOVE NEIGHBOR Not Cause Sin RELATIONS Forgiving
(Jesus teaches during the heat of conflict, using it to show the reality of the teaching.)
(God is inside us, don't believe otherwise, don't give up asking because He hears since He's right there inside you the whole time; ask boldly in faith, and yet humbly, asking for mercy.)
To some who were confident of their own
BELIEVE Humility HELPS BELIEVE Humility
APPLY Not Easy
(It's not easy to give a large portion of your wealth to the poor. God expects us to at least start by putting what we have to work in His service in some small way.)
APPLY Starts Small
"They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God's coming to you."
KEEPS FROM BELIEVING Insensitivity
And astonished by his answer, they became silent.
SERVING Humility PERSECUTION Journeying PERSECUTION Love the Harmer
(It is greater to serve, and one can lead from there. Satan may persecute you for a while, but Jesus helps you stay faithful. Loving your enemies can be quite different from defending yourself from someone who is trying to kill you. Pray that you will not fall into temptation.)
ASK GOD OVERCOME YOUR HARMFULNESS Our Frailty
One of the criminals who hung there HELPS BELIEVE Humility
(Humility helps people find Jesus even while dying.)
KEEPS FROM BELIEVING Insensitivity
(Jesus is our Life! Through His death on the cross and resurrection three days later we receive forgiveness of our sins and eternal life, when we repent and believe in Him as the Christ, the Son of God. Then God lives in us! Go tell others the gospel so they can have Him too! Don't be afraid! God will enable you and bless you with peace, so have no fear. Don't be insensitive to His words!)
BLESSINGS Peace BELIEVE No Fear NEED GOD He Enables REPENT BELIEVE Save JESUS Life CARRY GOSPEL Tell About Jesus GOD IN US