Stan’s HEAR Revelation 1:17-18

Revelation 1:17-18

When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. He laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid. I am the First and the Last, 18 and the Living One. I was dead, but look ​— ​I am alive forever and ever, and I hold the keys of death and Hades.

Explain

John, while worshiping Jesus on Sunday, who once leaned his head on Jesus’ chest, now has an encounter with Jesus in all His glory!

Apply

When I approach Jesus in my prayer closet, I must do so, realizing His Power, His Glory, His Grandeur, His Holy Presence!

Respond

Lord, little ole me, being loved by The God of the Universe, doing Daddy-talk with me, I am in awe!

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Stan’s HEAR Jude 1:20-23

Highlight

Jude 1:20-23 CSB

[20] But you, dear friends, as you build yourselves up in your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, [21] keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting expectantly for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life. [22] Have mercy on those who waver; [23] save others by snatching them from the fire; have mercy on others but with fear, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

Explain

We must be strong in our faith. It is one thing to lead someone to Christ, another, to pull a believer out of the arms of Satan.

Apply

I need to have on the full armor of God when dealing with wandering Christians.

Respond

Lord, help me to talk to You more often, so I’ll be on the same sheet of music, as You.

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Joe–October 18

READ: John 13:35

DATE: October 18, 2019

TITLE: Known As A Disciple

HIGHLIGHT:

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

EXPLAIN:

This statement of discipleship and the bonding is given in the context of Christ sharing of His departure and death. This setting makes this provocative statement even more compelling. This statement of speaks of three distinctives, which are:

First there is a “Distinctive Christian Mark” which is love. The “mark” or identifying component of Christianity is love. This is truly distinctive. All religions identify or distinguish their followers in some manner by identify clothing, attire, specific activity or so forth. The distinguishing identity of Christianity is love.

Secondly, there is the “Distinctive of Christian Motivation”, which is love. All that a Christian does should be motivated by love. First love for the Father and Son. Second love for other people. This is the essence of Christianity and is found in the Great Commandment of Matthew 22:37-40.

Thirdly, there is the “Distinctive of Christian Manifestation,” which is love in action. Christ said that “everyone will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.” What a manifestation. If each Christian was to live in the reality of this statement, the world would be drawn to Christ. Love should manifest and penetrate everything that the Christian does.

APPLY:

I have to confess and ask forgiveness as these three distinctives of loves does not always motivate, mark or manifest it in my life and ministry. Love is not the primary characteristic that people would use to describe me. I have to confess that I often serve Christ out of a motivation that is not from love, that love does not always my identifying mark or that I manifest love.

RESPOND:

Lord, please forgive me for not living out this commandment. I have fallen very short of this commandment. Please grant me the grace to have love as the identify mark, motivation and manifestation of my life and ministry.

Stan’s HEAR 3 John 1:12

3 John 1:12

Everyone speaks well of Demetrius ​— ​even the truth itself. And we also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.

Explain

Demetrius was a man of Godly integrity, and everyone in his church, knew it.

Apply

My goal is to be a Demetrius at Hillview Baptist Church.

Respond

Lord, help me to not only become a Demetrius, but to disciple others that they may also become a Demetrius.

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Stan’s HEAR 2 John 1:6

2 John 1:6

This is love: that we walk according to his commands. This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: that you walk in love.

Explain

How do we show our love for Jesus? By our obedience.

Apply

I have room for improvement on my obedience to Him!

Respond

Lord, help me to be a more obedient son.

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Stan’s HEAR 1 John 5:14

1 John 5:14

This is the confidence we have before him: If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

Explain

When we pray, We must pray within His will, or He doesn’t listen.

Apply

I sometimes pray in my will, and wonder why I don’t get an answer, go figure!

Respond

Lord, help me to stay close and clean to you, so I’ll know what to pray about.

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Stan’s HEAR John 11:4

John 11:4

When Jesus heard it, he said, “This sickness will not end in death but is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

Explain

Jesus is explaining that the outcome of this situation with Lazarus will result in His glorification.

Apply

I must realize that the results of my circumstances should always bring glory to my Lord.

Respond

Lord, help me to always see you getting the glory from my life’s circumstances.