The Choice And The Challenge Seminar  © 2006

Teaching One

God Is Good

All Points

 Point One– Point Two – Point Three – Pray

 

 

 

 

 

 

God Is Good

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Goal

 

Growing In Trust

 

A Chosen And Precious Cornerstone

 

See I Lay A Stone In Zion

 

A Chosen And Precious Cornerstone

 

And

The One Who Trusts In Him

 

Will Never Be Put To Shame

 

1 Peter 2:6

 

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A Name Of Our God

Our God Is Good

 

The Sounds Of Joy And Gladness

 

The Voices Of Bride And Bridegroom

 

And

The Voices Of Those Who Bring Thank Offerings

 

To The House Of The LORD,

Saying

 

Give Thanks To The LORD Almighty

 

For The LORD Is Good 
   

 

His Love Endures Forever

 

For I Will Restore The Fortunes Of The Land As They Were Before

 

Says The LORD

 

Jeremiah 33:11

 

 

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Point One

 

Learning Obedience

 

 

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As Your Body Needs Food

 

Your Soul Also Needs To Be Nurtured

 

Your Soul Needs To Be Cared For

 

And

Those Of Us Who Are

 

Dealing With Issues Of An Out Of Control Sex Drive

 

Need To Have A Revelation

 

That It Is Our Soul That Must Be Attended To

 

And

Not Our Sexual Appetite

 

 

Therefore

 

The Resolved For Christian Men

 

Who Are

Dealing With An Out Of Control Sex Drive

 

The Resolved Is Two-Fold

 

That Being

Abstaining From The Behavior(Repentance)

 

And

Getting Your Soul Needs Met Legitimately

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Reality Is

 

It Is Only God Who Can Nurture Your Heart (Soul)

 

It Is Only He Who Can Meet The Deep Heart Hungers And Longings  Within You

 

And

This Can Only Take Place As We Abstain

 

From Any Sinful Behavior We Do This In Conjunction With Staying Close

 

To The Cross

 

And

In A Close Active Trusting

 

Intimate Ongoing Relationship With Him

 

 

Why/Because

 

Our God Is For Us

 

And

He Is Very Much At Work In Each Of Our Lives

 

We Need To Always Be Looking To See How

 

He Is Engaged In Every Aspect Of Our Daily Life

 

He Always Wants To Reveal Himself To Us In Some Way

 

Be It

 

  • Comforting Us

 

  • Protecting Us

 

  • Providing For Us

 

  • Teaching Us

 

  • Healing Us

 

  • Rescuing Us

 

  • Being Our Fortress – Where We Can Hide In Him

 

  • Disciplining Us

 

  • DisciplingUs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Truth Is

 

He Is Very Much On Our Side

 

Wanting Only The Best For Each Of Us

 

 

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Let’s Talk About

 

 

One Of The Most Famous Men In The Bible

 

King David

 

 

In Putting A Magnifying Glass On The Life Of King David

 

 

We Know That In Reading The Psalms

 

King David Shows Us His Source

 

For Strengthening His Own Soul

 

 

One Of Many Verses Addressing This Is Psalm 107:8-9

 

 

Let Them Give Thanks To The LORD For His Lovingkindness

 

And

For His Wonders To The Sons Of Men

 

For He Has Satisfied The Thirsty Soul

 

And

The Hungry Soul He Has Filled With What Is Good

 

 

In Looking At King David’s Whole Story

 

 

We See That He Had Many Great Success’s In His Life

 

But Also That He Failed Many Times

 

We See That He Was Greatly Sinned Against

 

And

That He Greatly Sinned Against Others

We Know That At One Point In His Life

 

 

His Out Of Control Sex Drive

 

Led Him Down A Path Where He Committed Adultery

 

Then Because Of That Sin

 

He Actually Had A Good Man Murdered

 

In An Attempt To Try And Hide His Sinful Behavior

 

 

 

In His Life Story King David

 

 

Had Many Difficult

 

And

Complex Issues Throughout His Life

 

A Father

 

Who Ignored HimJesse

 

A Boss

 

Who Tormented HimSaul

 

Enemies

 

Who Wanted To Kill Him  – The Philistines

 

A Wife

 

Who Despised Him – Michal

 

 

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Another Major Tragedy

 

Was King David’s Role As A Father With Some Of His Children

 

 

David

 

Stood By And Watched As Amnon His Son

 

Raped His Daughter Tamar

 

And

Did Little About It (2 Samuel 13)

 

 

Absalom One Of David’s Other Sons

 

 

Killed His Brother Amnon For Raping Their Sister

 

 

Absalom

 

Also Betrayed David

 

Wanting To Over Throw David’s Throne

 

Absalom Himself Was Killed By One Of King David’s Closes Men

 

 

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Our Discussion Here Is About Our Sex Drive

 

So Let’s Set Aside All The Other Issues David Dealt With

 

I Brought Up Some Of King David’s Issues That He Faced In His Story 

 

To Highlight That He (Like Many Of Us) Had A Difficult And Complex Life

 

What I Want You To See Is King David Had An Image Problem

 

Because Of His Sin Of Adultery

 

And

The Blood That Was On His Hands For The Murder Of Uriah The Hittite

 

 

2 Samuel 11

 

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Let Me Explain

 

 

        David Was King – Meaning

 

He Could Have Any Woman He Wanted

 

And

Have Anyone Killed He Wished

 

Just Because He Was King

 

Plus

King David Was Israel’s Spiritual Leader

 

It Seems King David Was Enjoying A Season In His Life

 

Were He Was A Very Popular Guy

 

It Was Likely That He Was Viewed As Having

 

A Great Image – A Great Reputation

 

I Believe That This Was The Core Issue God Was After 

 

His False Image – His False Reputation

 

For The Fact Is That

 

King David Was Successful In Covering Up His Sins

 

                         So Much So That It Took The Prophet Nathan (2 Samuel 12)

 

To Expose Him

 

God Wanted King David To Bring His Secret Past

 

Into The Open

 

 

 

Why/Because

 

 

 

David’s Sins Were Keeping Him

 

From The Relationship God Wanted To Have With Him

 

 

 

 

Again In Looking At The Story Of King David

 

 

We See That He Failed Many Times

 

Throughout His Life

 

We See That He Was Greatly Sinned Against

 

And

That He Greatly Sinned Against Others

 

 

Yet In His God’s Eye’s

 

 

He Was Not A Failure

 

 

This Is Important

 

 

God Separated King David From His Sinful Behavior

 

The Consequences For These Sins Remained With King David

 

But

God Did Not Wash His Hands Of King David Because Of His Sins

 

We See This Also When Moses Killed The Egyptian – Exodus 2

 

 

Why Is This So Important

 

 

Because Our God Views Us The Same Way

 

And

Deals With Us The Same Way

 

      Most Often The Consequences For Any Sins We Commit Will Remain With Us

        

           But God Separates Our Sinful Behavior From Our Identity As His Son

 

In Other Words If You Have Been Sinning In Any Way

 

God Does Not View You As That Sin

 

God Views You As His Son First And Foremost

 

Fact

 

In Our Father God Eyes

 

A Failure In Our Life Is An Event

 

Never Our Identity

 

Back to King David

 

So The Question Must Be Asked

 

Despite All The Sins King David Had Committed In His Life

 

What Did David Do Right

 

To Cause God To Look At Him The Way He Did

 

David’s Mission In His Life

 

It Seems Was To Know His God

 

David’s Quest

 

Was To Celebrate His Close Relationship With His God

 

David Knew

 

That It Was Only God Who Could Meet His Heart’s Hungers And Longings

 

 

David’s Desire

Was To Be In His God’s Presence All The Time

 

 

David Craved

 

For His God

 

David Often

Would Cry Out For His God

 

 

David Was Often Consumed By Thoughts

 

 

Of His God

 

David Was Willing To Be

 

A Fool For His God

David Was Not Ashamed Of His Passion – His Zeal

 

For His God

 

 

 

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Yet It Was None Of These Things That Caused God To Notice David

 

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First We Know That King David Trusted In His God

 

 

For In Psalm 22:9

 

Yet You Brought Me Out Of The Womb 

 

You Made Me Trust In You  Even At My Mother’s Breast

 

 

And In Psalm 25:1-2 He Says

In You LORD My God I Put My Trust

 

I Trust In You

 

Trust Is So Important For Us Wanting To Experience

 

Self Control Concerning Our Sex Drive

 

So The Question Must Be Asked

 

Do You Trust Your God Enough To Be Obedient To Him

 

 

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For Trust Towards Him Must Be In Place In Order For  

 

You To Walk In Obedience To Him

 

 Throughout These Teachings I Will Be Reminding You That

 

Trust Is A Vital Part Of Intimacy (Of Love)

 

What Does Jesus Say In John 14:23-24

 

Jesus Replied

 

Anyone Who Loves Me Will ObeyMy Teaching

 

My Father Will Love Them

And

We Will Come To Them And Make Our Home With Them

 

Anyone Who Does Not Love Me Will Not ObeyMy Teaching

 

These Words You Hear Are Not My Own

 

They Belong To The Father Who Sent Me.

 

 

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Now Let’s See Why Our God Said That King David Was

 

A Man After His Heart

 

 

It Is Also Our Second Word – Obedience

 

We See It In Acts 13:22

 

He Made David Their King

 

He Testified Concerning Him

 

I Have Found David Son Of Jesse

 

A Man After My Own Heart

 

                  He Will Do Everything  I Want Him To Do

 

                Obedience

 

 

 

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It Was King David’s Trust And Obedience To God

 

  That Caused God To Say Of King David

 

He Is A Man After My Heart

 

 

 

What Does The Last Line Of Acts 13:22 Say

 

 

He Will Do Everything

 

                                                                   I Want Him To Do

 

 

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       Like King David All Of Us

 

Can DO Many Things For Our God

 

But

Our God Does Not Want Us To Live With

 

A False Image –  A False Reputation

 

Why/Because

 

Our Hidden Sins Will Keep Us

 

From The Relationship

 

Our Father God Wants To Have With Each Of Us

 

 

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What Is The Take Away From This Point

 

In Acts 13:22

 

It Was Not King David’s

 

Passion Or Zeal

 

It Was Not All The Great Exploits He Did For His God

 

In Acts 13:22 Our God Only Credits King David’s

 

Obedience To Him That Caused Our God To Say

 

David Is A Man After My Heart

 

And

That Is What Will Bring Us Into The Inheritance

 

Our God Has For Each Of Us

 

Inheritance – Peace – Healing – Freedom – Victory

And Most Importantly

 

 

A Close – Active – Trusting  – Intimate Relationship

 

With Our Father God

 

It Is This Relationship Where We Will Need To Trust Our Father God

 

Throughout These Teachings I Will Be Reminding You That

 

Trust Is A Vital Part Of Intimacy (Of Love)

 

 

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Point One

 

Learning Obedience

 

 

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Pray

 

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Goal

 

Growing In Trust

 

A Chosen And Precious Cornerstone

 

See I Lay A Stone In Zion

 

A Chosen And Precious Cornerstone

 

And

The One Who Trusts In Him Will Never Be Put To Shame

 

1 Peter 2:6 

 

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 A Name Of  Our God

 

Our God Is Good

 

The Sounds Of Joy And Gladness

 

The Voices Of Bride And Bridegroom

 

And

The Voices Of Those Who Bring Thank Offerings

 

To The House Of The LORD, Saying

 

“Give Thanks To The LORD Almighty

 

For The LORD Is Good His Love Endures Forever

 

For I Will Restore The Fortunes Of The Land As They Were Before

 

Says The LORD

 

Jeremiah 33:11

 

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The Choice And The Challenge Seminar     © 2006

Teaching One

God Is Good

All Points

Total – Point One – Point Two– Point Three – Pray

 

 

Goal

 

Growing In Trust

 

A Chosen And Precious Cornerstone

 

See I Lay A Stone In Zion

 

A Chosen And Precious Cornerstone

 

And

The One Who Trusts In Him Will Never Be Put To Shame

 

1 Peter 2:6

 

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A Name Of  Our God

 

 

* Our God Is Merciful

 

He Doesn’t Give Us What We Deserve

 

But

Looks On Us With Great Compassion

 

And

Understanding That We Are But Dust

 

*From the book “Beholding the Beauty of God”by Greg Wiley

 

 

 

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Point Two

 

Our God Is For Us

 

 

 

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David Says In 2 Samuel 22 And Psalm 18

In These 2 Identical Chapters

 

 

King David Identifies Many

 

Names – Characteristics – Attributes

 

And Ways

 

Of How God Revealed Himself To David

 

 

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Names – Characteristics – Attributes And Ways

 

 

Like

 

 

My LORD

 

My Rock

 

My Fortress

 

My Deliverer

 

My God

 

My Shield

 

My Help

 

My Salvation

 

My Refuge

 

My Savior

 

My Support

 

My Strength

 

My Lamp

 

My Rescuer

 

Most High

 

David Says

 

That His God Reveals Himself To Him As

 

Faithful

 

Pure

 

Blameless

 

Shrewd

 

Angry

 

In These Two Twin Songs Of Praise

 

 

Concerning Gods Ways And His Word

 

David Says

 

That God’s Way Is

 

Perfect

 

That The Word Of The LORD

 

Is Flawless

 

 

David Goes On To Say To His God

 

 

You Have Freed Me From My Enemies

 

 

You Gave Me Your Shield Of Victory

 

 

You Have Avenged Me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David When Speaking Of His God

 

 

He Rescued Me From My Powerful Enemy

 

From My Foes

 

Who Were Too Strong For Me

 

He Gave Me Great Victories

 

He Showed Me Unfailing Kindness

 

He Delighted In Me

 

 

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Did David Make Wrong Choices Concerning His Sinful Sexual Behavior

 

 

Yes

 

 

Were There Consequences

 

Yes

 

 

Reality Check

 

You And David

 

Are No Different From One Another

 

God Is Just As Involved In Your Life

 

As He Was In David’s Life

 

 

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For The Peace

 

For The Healing

 

For The Victories

 

For The Freedom

 

That You Desire

 

Concerning Controlling Your Sex Drive

 

Your Quest Must Be Like David’s

 

And

You Need To See And Appreciate

 

Your God’s Involvement In Your Life

 

Speaking Of Your Heart’s Desires What Does Psalm 20:4 Say 

 

 

May He Give You The Desire Of Your Heart

 

And

Make All Your Plans Succeed.

 

 

 

  Also It Is In Jeremiah 29:11 Where There Is A Promise Your God Has For You

 

 

For I Know The Plans I Have For You

 

Declares The LORD

 

Plans To Prosper You

 

And

Not To Harm You

 

Plans To Give You A Hope

 

And

A Future

 

 

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Let’s Look At 2 Samuel 22

 

David Was Made Great To The Point Where

 

He Stood Strong

 

So That

 

It Would Be Less Likely

That He Would

Fall Or Stumble

Anymore.

 

 

He Was Given

The Shield Of Victory

 

 

And

 

His Way Was Made Perfect

 

He Was Strengthened

 

He Was Trained For Battle

 

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Again

 

David Became Known As A Man After God’s Heart

 

 

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Our God Is For Us

 

And

 

Our God Is Very Much At Work In Each Of Our Lives

 

 

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Point Two

 

Our God Is For Us

 

 

 

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Pray

 

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Goal

Growing In Trust

 

A Chosen And Precious Cornerstone

 

See I Lay A Stone In Zion

 

A Chosen And Precious Cornerstone

 

And

The One Who Trusts In Him

 

Will Never Be Put To Shame

 

1 Peter 2:6

 

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 A Name Of  Our God

 

* Our God Is Merciful

 

He Doesn’t Give Us What We Deserve

 

But

Looks On Us With Great Compassion

 

And

Understanding

That We Are But Dust

 

*From the book “Beholding the Beauty of God”by Greg Wiley

 

 

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The Choice And The Challenge Seminar     © 2006

Teaching One

God Is Good

All Points

Total – Point One – Point Two – Point Three– Pray

 

 

Goal

 

Growing In Trust

 

A Chosen And Precious Cornerstone

 

See I Lay A Stone In Zion

 

A Chosen And Precious Cornerstone

 

And

The One Who Trusts In Him Will Never Be Put To Shame

 

1 Peter 2:6

 

*          *         *          *          *

 

A Name Of  Our God

 

 

*Our God Is Gracious

 

In Spite Of Our Many Failings

 

He Delights In Us

 

And

Gives Us Far More Than What We Deserve

*From the book “Beholding the Beauty of God”by Greg Wiley

 

 

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Point Three

 

He Wants To Give Us Our Hearts Desires

 

Take Delight In The LORD

 

And

He Will Give You The Desires Of Your Heart

 

Psalm 37:4 

 

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Let’s Look At A Few Bible Stories

 

Concerning Men Who Had An Anointing On Their Lives

 

And

How They HandledTheir Sex Drive

 

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The Perfect Story Would Be Joseph’s

 

           And The Wife Of Potiphar

 

Joseph Was A Man Greatly Blessed By God

 

After A Season Of Testing And Character Development

 

Had Taken Place In His Life

 

The Word Success

 

Is Very Much In Play Throughout Genesis 39

 

He Counted The Cost Concerning Potphifer’s Wife

 

And

He Made The Right Choice

 

 

She Caught Him By His Cloak

And Said

 

Come To Bed With Me

 

But He Left His Cloak In Her Hand

 

And

Ran Out Of The House

Genesis 39:12

 

 

As You Read His Story

 

 

He Was Continually Given

 

Great Success

 

Throughout His Life

 

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The Next Story Has A Good Ending

 

Nevertheless It’s A Story About

 

How Making Wrong Choice’s

 

Destroyed A Very Anointed Man Of God

 

 

Samson

 

 

The Words

 

 

Strength And Power

 

Are Laced Throughout This Story

 

He Took Out 1,000 Philistines

 

With A Donkey’s Jaw

 

He Took Out

 

At Least 3,000 Philistines When He Died

 

His Life And Ministry Were Cut Short

 

                                             For This Man Of God

 

                          It Took Just One Woman To Cut His Life Short

 

 Judges 13-16

 

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Now This Story

 

Is A Sad – Sad One

 

 

It’s The Story About

 

The Wisest And Wealthiest Man That There Ever Was

 

Yet


It Is Clear That His Down Fall Was His Appetite For Woman

 

Solomon

 

The Key Words Throughout Most Of His Life

 

Wisdom And Wealth

 

But In 1 Kings11:3 We Read

 

 

He Had Seven Hundred Wives Of Royal Birth

 

And

Three Hundred Concubines

 

And

His Wives Led Him Astray

 

 

Ironically Solomon Penned The Book

 

The Song Of Solomon

 

I Believe This Was His Heart’s Love Story

 

And

If He Had Made The Right Choices

 

This Was The One Woman

 

That God Wanted For Solomon

 

It Took 1,000 Woman

 

To Bring About His Down Fall

 

 

 

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So We See That Joseph Always Believed That He Would Live A Life Of

 

 

Success

 

 

Plus Samson’s Story In Part Was About His Gifting’s Of

 

 

    Strength And Power

 

 

And You Cannot Read Solomon Story Without Being  Shocked And Awed By His

 

 

Wisdom And Wealth

 

 

In The First Two Points Of This Teaching I Referenced King David A Lot

 

                                                             And

                                    I Will Include Him In This Point Also

 

Acts 13:22

 

                                     Tells What God Said About King David

 

                                                              But

                                        Do You Know What King David

 

                                              Wanted From His God

 

 

Well David Wanted One Thing

 

 

One Thing I Ask Of The LORD

 

This Is What I Seek

 

 

That I May Dwell In The House Of The LORD

 

All The Days Of My Life

 

To Gaze Upon The Beauty Of The LORD

 

And

To Seek Him In His Temple

 

Psalm 27:4

Then In Just 10 Psalms Further Down The List In Psalm 37:4 King David Says

 

 

Take Delight In The LORD

 

And

He Will Give You The Desires Of Your Heart

 

 

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Nathan Rebukes David

 

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This Is When Nathan Confronted King David

 

About His Adulterous Affair

 

And

The Murder Of Uriah The Hittite

 

 

If All This Had Been Too Little

 

I Would Have Given You Even More

 

2 Samuel 12:8

 

 

I Believe That The Statement

 

 

If All This Had Been Too Little

 

Meant

 

Success

 

Strength And Power

 

Wisdom And Wealth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Each Story Within This Point If You Look Closely

You Will Be Able To See The Finger Prints Of Our God

And The Fingers Prints Of Satan Also

 

With Joseph Satan Gave It His Best Shot

 

And

With King David

 

Well – David Repented And Was Restored

 

With Samson And Solomon 

 

Be It One Or One Thousand Tempations

 

Satan Will Not Let Up

 

Therefore

We Need To Be Trained For Battle Like King David Was   

 

Did David Receive The Desires Of His Heart

 

 

Yes

 

 

Why/Because

 

David Repented

 

Question

 

Whose Fingerprints Do You Want All Over Your Story

 

 

Our God Wants To Give You An Abundant Life

 

 

Satan’s Fingerprints

 

The Thief Comes Only To Steal And Kill And Destroy

 

Jesus’ Fingerprints

 

I Have Come That They May Have Life, And Have It To The Full

 

John 10:10

 

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Our God’s Intent Is To Give Us

 

The Desires Of Our Hearts

 

If We Choose As King David Did In Psalm 27:4

 

Our God Will Give Us An Abundant Life

 

Will We Have

 

Success

 

Strength And Power

 

Wisdom And Wealth

 

For Sure In The Spirit Realm

 

And

 

We Will Be Satisfied Fulfilled And Content

 

And

With That We Will Be Strengthened In Our Lord

 

 

 

 

How

 

 By A

 

Close

 

Active

 

Trusting

 

Intimate

 

Ongoing Relationship With Our God

 

 

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Point Three

 

He Wants To Give Us Our Hearts Desires

 

 

May He Give You The Desire Of Your Heart

 

And

Make All Your Plans Succeed

 

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Pray

 

*          *          *          *          *

 

Goal

 

Growing In Trust

 

A Chosen And Precious Cornerstone

 

See I Lay A Stone In Zion

 

A Chosen And Precious Cornerstone

 

And

The One Who Trusts In Him

 

Will Never Be Put To Shame

 

1 Peter 2:6

 

*          *          *          *          *

 A Name Of  Our God

 

*Our God Is Gracious

 

In Spite Of Our Many Failings

 

He Delights In Us

 

And

Gives Us Far More Than What We Deserve

 

*From the book “Beholding the Beauty of God” by Greg Wiley

 

 

 

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