Berean Lamp Memory Verse - Matthew 10:34 - (Nov 9-16)

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Our Memory Verse for this week comes from Matthew 10:34, where Jesus says He came into the world to bring a sword that would cause division between people.  Swords are instruments of war - they cut through resistance and bring judgment upon enemies.   Jesus was referring to the...

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Tags: conviction, cut, discern, divide, fire, flesh, god, hell fire, holy spirit, jesus, mouth, refine, repentant, salvation, sin, spirit, sword, sword of the spirit, test, tongue, unrepentant, word, word of god, words

Fire on the Earth

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“I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled!” (Luke 12:49 NASB) The Holy Spirit is the presence of God on earth (Ex. 33:14).  God’s Spirit was in Eden, and continued to work God’s will in the fallen world to guide His plan of...

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Tags: body, body of christ, church, conviction, divide, division, eden, fire, hammer, holy spirit, israel, jesus, judgment, presence, prophets, righteousness, rock, separate, sin, spirit, sword, temple, test, try, trying, word, word of god

Can the Believer Sin?

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“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). Having correctly understood that the Believer is filled with the Holy Spirit of God, some Christians incorrectly assume that they can no longer commit sin, implying that all their...

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Tags: arrogance, communion, confession, convict, conviction, disobedience, examine, holy spirit, jesus, sin

Berean Lamp Memory Verse - 1 John 1:8 - (Oct 26-Nov 3)

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Our Memory Verse for this week comes from 1 John 1:8.  There are some Christians who claim that having received the Holy Spirit, they can no longer sin. They argue that since they were born-again, they are completely under the direction of the Holy Spirit now. Having made this assertion...

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Tags: abusive, arrogance, communion, confess, continue in sin, forgive, practice sin, pride, sanctification, self-righteous, sin, struggle with sin

Can Man Be Justified Before God?

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“So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men” (Romans 5:18). Satan inspired evil in the first man and incited him to sin against God.  Before man sinned, he...

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Tags: condemnation, death, evil, father, god, gospel, justified, justify, presence, right, salvation, satan, separation, sin, substitution

Berean Lamp Memory Verse - Isaiah 61:1 - (Oct 12-19)

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Our Memory Verse for this week comes from Isaiah 61:1. Here, we're looking at the Biblical context for the good news to all humanity through Jesus Christ for our salvation from death, redemption from slavery to sin, reconciliation to God, and justification before Him. Before the Fall, man was...

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Tags: condemnation, death, eden, eternal life, faith, fall, god, holy, jesus christ, justification, justified, justify, reconciliation, redemption, salvation, separation, sin, law, the law, works

Stand Firm in God's Word - P5

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“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Man’s sin condemns us all to spiritual darkness and death—our nature has been twisted so we cannot help ourselves but to sin against God. By inciting man to sin, satan tried to...

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Tags: believers, disguise, display, faith, god, god's word, holy spirit, incite, jesus, persecute, remnant, salvation, satan, serpent, sin, tempt, the church, victory

Berean Lamp Memory Verse - James 4:7 - (Sep 21-28)

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Our Memory Verse for this week comes from James 4:7.  This is the seventh Memory Verse in our Devotional series looking at God's eternal purpose for mankind and how that relates to Lucifer's fall and his activities as satan, "the accuser" of mankind today.  We've been looking at the...

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Tags: condemnation, deception, devil, disguise, god, humility, jesus, lies, oppression, persecution, salvation, satan, schemes, sin, submit, temptations, incite, exhalt

Jesus, the Savior of Mankind - P5

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“Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).   For the sake of his “splendor” (Ez. 28:17), satan would not serve...

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Tags: angels, condemnation, death, fulfillment, god's word, humility, jesus, judgment, lucifer, presumption, pride, rebellion, salvation, satan, service, sin, wisdom

God's Plan to Exalt the Humble - P4

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“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matt. 23:12). As Lord over all things, God has chosen in His wisdom that among His creation, “the greatest among you shall be your servant” (Matt. 23:11). God had planned this from...

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Tags: angels, god's word, humble, humility, jesus, lucifer, mankind, presume, presumption, rebel, rebellion, satan, sin, strong, weak, wisdom

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