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05/04/2010 – “Ingredients of Our Obedience” III – Characteristics of an Obedient Spirit

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDIES
Faith for Completing Your Life’s Assignment
Tuesday in the Truth
May 4, 2010

Ingredients of our Obedience III
(Characteristics of an Obedient Spirit)
FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS
A. Jeremiah 1:5-10
B. Acts 10:34
C. St. Mark 11:22-23
• Supportive Texts
a. Hebrews 12:9
b. Galatians 3:13-14
c. St. Mark 11:12-14
d. St. Mark 11:20-23
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A. Disobedience as a Cause for the Curse
1. What is disobedience?
a. Disobedience is a refusal to comply with the instructions of the Lord.
b. Disobedience is also not operating according to the spiritual principles outlined by the Word and somehow expecting godly results.
c. When you disobey the parameters of the Word, you set in motion a cause for a curse.
d. A curse will come to your life, but like the bird, without a cause, it cannot remain. (Proverbs 26:1-2)
2. What is a curse?
a. A curse is the opposite of the blessing.
1. The blessing increases, gives the advantage, uplifts.
2. The blessing is an immaterial impartation that materializes into tangibility.
3. The blessing is a status changer; the blessing changes the status of an individual.
b. The curse changes the status of the blessing; it’s the other side of the blessing.
c. For example, if you are not speaking the Word to your “mountain”, you are giving the curse a cause to remain in your life.
B. Reaching the Place of “Full Persuasion”
1. “Full persuasion” is, with the influx of new information from the Word, you become convinced that the Lordship of God is larger than any problem you face.
2. The curse lifts off Abram’s life when he declares what God says about him.  In other words, Abram had to become active with his role in the faith process. (Romans 4:17-21)
C. Observations from Deuteronomy 28
1. The blessings of Deuteronomy 28:1-14
2.    The curses of Deuteronomy 28:15-68
a. Several indicators of a curse and the words we speak that cause the curse to remain:
1. Mental or emotional breakdowns on a regular basis
a. “This is driving me crazy.”
b. “I just can’t take this anymore.”
c. “It makes me so mad every time I think about …”
2. Repeated or chronic sickness particularly if it is hereditary
a. “Whenever there is any kind of bug, I catch it.”
b. “I am sick and tired.”
c. “It runs in my family.  I guess I am next.”
3. Barrenness, the tendency of miscarriage or related female problems
a. “I don’t think I will ever get pregnant.”
b. “I know I will lose this one, I lost the last one.”
4. Continuous financial insufficiencies
a. “I can never make ends meet.”
b. “My parents never had enough.  I suppose am I bound to be just like them.”
c. “I hate rich people; they always get exactly what they want.  It never happens to me.”
d. “I can’t afford to tithe.  “I can’t afford to give like them other people at New Life.”
5. A breakdown of marriage and family alienation
a. “They always said my spouse would leave me.”
b. “My horoscope said I would end up without my spouse.”
c. “My family always fight like cats and dogs, that just how we do.”
6. Being accident prone
a. “This kind of thing always happens to me.”
b. “I knew there was trouble coming.  I am such a clumsy person.”
7. A history of suicides, unnatural and untimely deaths
a. “What’s the use in living?”
b. “Over my dead body.”
c. “I’d rather die than live the way I am.”

• Additional Scripture References
1. Romans 10:9-10
2. St. Matthew 4
3. Joshua 1:8
4. Proverbs 26:1-2
5. Romans 4:17-21
6. Deuteronomy 28

 

 

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