A victorious Christian life

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    I am already posting my notes for my Wednesday night Bible Studies,

    And today, the Lord laid it upon my heart, to post my notes from my morning message from yesterday.......


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    July 17, 2011 -LIVING A VICTORIOUS CHRISTIAN LIFE-
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    GRAB YOUR BIBLES Proverbs 24:10-12
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    Today my message is going to be about.....STRENGTH and COURAGE!
    (These two issues..are at the heart of a “Victorious Christian life”:)
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    Every Christian that isn’t what they are suppose to be:
    Are that way because they are...”cowardly” & “weak”!
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    LETS READ THE TEXT Proverbs 24:10-12
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    V.10A “[If] thou faint”
    -A MISTAKE......THAT SPOILS A CHRISTIAN’S LIFE-
    (Fainting:)
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    Giving up....on doing the right thing:
    And on.....living for the Lord!
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    V.10B “in the day of adversity,”
    -THE TRIALS......THAT WE ALL FACE IN LIFE-
    (That all of us...must learn to overcome:)
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    But “weak Christians”...give up:
    At even the “hint” of trouble!
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    V.10C “thy strength [is] small.”
    -A SIMPLE PROBLEM....THAT ANY CHRISTIAN CAN ADDRESS-
    i.e. ("Having little faith:")
    Remember......Romans 10:17
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    -REMEMBER....”THE THREE KEYS OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH”-
    (1) Constant Prayer
    (2) Regular Bible study
    (3) Regular Church attendance:
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    These will knock this problem...right between the eyes!
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    V.11A “If thou forbear”
    -THE KIND OF MISTAKES.....WEAK CHRISTIANS MAKE-
    (They hold back...from doing the right thing:)
    “forbear” Lit. (To hold back)
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    Refusing to take a stand:
    Because...of the price they will have to pay:
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    -THE TRUE COST.........OF “TAKING A STAND”-
    (1)You might lose some friends:
    (2)You might be mocked & ridiculed :
    (3)You might get.....a reputation!
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    You would be surprised how many people:
    Foolishly care about these things:
    And would deny the Lord to avoid them!
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    V.11B “to deliver”
    -ONE OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES....EVERY CHRISTIAN HAS-
    (To care for others enough to “do something”:)
    Just like the good Samaritan:
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    -THE WISDOM THAT IS NEEDED.....IN DEFENDING THE INNOCENT-
    To know “the LORD’s will” before you act:
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    It may not always be the Lord’s will:
    To stop and help someone in trouble!
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    -THE WISDOM THAT IS NEEDED.....IN EVERY KIND OF MINISTRY-
    The Lord may not always want us to help others:
    By correcting them.
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    Because some people don’t want to be corrected!
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    V.11C “[them that are] drawn unto death,”
    -HUMAN LIFE IS PRECIOUS TO GOD........AND SHOULD BE PROTECTED-
    (And He wants us to take action to deliver them:)
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    (1) When He is enabling us to act:
    (2) And when He gives us a peace about acting.
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    -LEARNING TO BE SENSITIVE.....TO GOD’S PEACE IN YOUR HEART-
    (This is the first thing....young Christians should learn how to do:)
    Qt. Col.3:15 "And let the peace of.....”
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    This is the first step to learning:
    To listen to the Lord’s still small voice!
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    V.11D “and [those that are] ready to be slain;”
    -HOW COMPLICATED.......THIS ISSUE HAS GOTTEN IN THESE LAST DAYS-
    (When “the Law”...is protecting killers:)
    And allowing the innocent to be killed:
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    Plus all the side issues involved:
    E.G. (Catholics taking a stand against it!)
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    -ONE ACTION......THAT IS NOT COMPLICATED AT ALL-
    We need to always “Take a stand”, for the “right thing”:
    At any cost!
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    V.12A “If thou sayest,”
    -THE EXCUSES THAT WILL BE MADE.........FOR NOT TAKING A STAND-
    (Because people didn’t want to take the heat:)
    For standing up for the right thing:
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    Note: There will always be “HEAT”!
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    V.12B “Behold, we knew it not;”
    -THE FAVORITE EXCUSE.......THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO USE-
    (“We didn’t know about it”:)
    “Or....we would have done something:”
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    People already used this excuse today!
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    V.12C “doth not he that pondereth the heart consider [it]?”
    -SOMETHING TO CONSIDER.....THE NEXT TIME WE NEED TO TAKE A STAND-
    (The LORD is pondering our thoughts:)
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    And knows all the excuses we are going to make:
    For not taking a stand for the right thing!
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    V.12D “and he that keepeth thy soul,”
    -YET ANOTHER REASON.......TO ALWAYS TO THE RIGHT THING-
    (Because we are in the Lord’s hands:)
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    He is protecting us from this same dangers:
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    And might see fit to stop protecting us!
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    V.12E “doth [not] he know [it]?”
    -WHAT GOES AROUND.....DOES COME AROUND-
    (Because God is a righteous judge:)
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    And sometimes he allows things to happen:
    To teach us a lesson!
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    V.12F “and shall [not] he render to [every] man according to his works?”
    -THE PLACE OF GOD’S MERCY......IN ALL OF THIS-
    (Regardless of what God allows to happen to you:)
    Because you fail to do the right thing:
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    Remember all the sin...God has forgiven you for!
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