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Pastor / Teacher James H. Rickard Thursday, September 25, 2008. Grace Fellowship Church www.GraceDoctrine.org. Memory Verse Phil 4:13, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”. The Upper Room Discourse John 13-16.
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Pastor / Teacher James H. Rickard Thursday, September 25, 2008 Grace Fellowship Churchwww.GraceDoctrine.org
Memory Verse Phil 4:13, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
John 13:18 3) God's Omniscience does not hinder or violate human volition.
9. The 10 Problem Solving Devices for protection or recovery from betrayal.
B. The Believer's Protection and Recovery through the 10 Problem Solving Devices.
1) Rebound - The confession of our sins2) Filling of God the Holy Spirit3) Faith Rest 4) Doctrinal Orientation5) Grace Orientation6) Personal Sense of Destiny7) Personal Love for God the Father8) Impersonal and Uncond. Love for Man9) Sharing the Happiness of God10) Occupation with the Lord Jesus Christ
a) Love bears all things: STEGO - cover closely (so as to keep water out), to bear up under, to preserve, to keep a secret, cover the errors and faults of others.
It means not to betray a confidence and to cover the sins of others. 1 Cor 9:12; 1 Thes 3:1-5; w/ Gen 9:20-27; 1 Peter 4:8
1 Peter 4:8,“Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.”See also Prov 10:12.
b) Love believes all things: PISTEUO - to believe or entrust, to think to be true, to be persuaded of, or place confidence in.
It is the conviction and trust we have in God, based on His Spirit and Word in our soul, in regards to all people and life's situations, PSD #3.Mat 21:22; Rom 9:33; 14:2; 15:13; 1 Peter 2:6
Rom 14:2,“One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only.”
Rom 9:33 and 1 Peter 2:6,“For this is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.””
Mat 21:22,“And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Rom 15:13,“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
c) Love hopes all things: ELPIZO - to expect or to hope, having confident expectation PSD #6, a Personal Sense of Destiny.
In AGAPE love we are to have confident expectation in all situations, including confidence in the future and God's dying grace blessings.
We should never have the mental attitude of being in a hopeless situation, even when betrayed.
Heb 4:16,“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Confident and absolute expectation regarding the present and the future, no matter the people, thought, system or disaster testing you may face.
d) Love endures all things: HUPOMENO - to stay behind, to await or endure.It is related to undeserved suffering - suffering for blessing.
Through Doctrinal and Grace Orientation; to be relaxed while in or under pressure, to have inner happiness, peace and contentment in the midst of pressure. Heb 10:32-36
Mark 13:13,“You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.”
2 Tim 2:10, “For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory.”
James 1:12, “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”
James 5:11, “We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.”
Summary of verse 7; Love covers, trusts, confidently expects and perseveres under pressure in regards to all things.
a) Love never fails: Never - OUDEPOTE - "not once", "not ever" or "never".
PIPTO - to descend from a higher place to a lower place, to fall as in death, in prostration, etc., or to fail.
AGAPE will always be there, it will always be successful, it will never fail, just as our Lord will never leave us nor forsake us, Heb 13:5. So too, AGAPE love will never fail us, it will always hit its mark. Rom 13:8-14
Luke 16:17,“But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law (speaking of the entire Bible here) to fail.”
Rom 14:4,“Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.”
1 Cor 13:13,“But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is AGAPE love.”
Love is:A Relaxed Mental Attitude, Grace Oriented; not jealous of others, not egocentric, not an arrogant wind bag, not dishonorable, not lustful, not quick to anger, nor hold grudges and stick its nose into others business, nor rejoices in the carnal life, but rejoices in the spiritual life. Love covers a multitude of sin, Faith Rests, confidently expects, and perseveres under pressure in regards to all things because LOVE NEVER LEAVES YOU NOR FORSAKES YOU.
Grace Fellowship ChurchThursday, September 25, 2008 Tape # 08-068 Betrayal, Pt 16 Upper Room Discourse, Pt 210 John 13:18; 1 Cor 13:7-8; Rom 13:8-14 James H. Rickard Bible Ministries 2008