Saturday, March 28, 2009



There is a time for everything, and a season for every
activity under heaven:

A time to be born and a time to die
A time to plant and time to uproot
A time to kill and a time to heal
A time to tear down and time to build
A time to weep and a time to laugh
A time to mourn and a time to dance
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them
A time to embrace and a time to refrain
A time to search and a time to give up
A time to keep and a time to throw away
A time to tear and a time to mend
A time to be silent and a time to speak
A time to love and a time to hate
A time for war and a time for peace

What does the worker gain from his toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on men. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men: yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God.

I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him.

Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-15.

What do you do with your time? And how much of your time belongs to the Lord? Who you are when you are alone, is who you are in God.

More Insights...

Write down your experiences with the fruit of the Spirit that you are trying to live out within your life this week. _________________________________

What is your life verse for the week? ___________

(choose one of the verses in this week’s study to memorize, ponder and put into practice in your life this week)

How has this verse impacted your life this week?

In what way can you share with others how the steps you have taken in your walk with the Lord this week have dramatically affected your personal walk with the Lord? _____________________________

What did you learn this week that you didn’t know before? ___________________________________

How did God bless you this week? _____________

How did you bless someone else this week? ______

Who did you reveal the love, truth, and knowledge of Jesus Christ to this week? __________________


Who do you know that does not know Christ that you need to be a witness to? _________________________

What grace and mercy have you received from Jesus Christ this week? ______________________________

Did you read your Bible this week, if so how often? __________________________________________

Did you lead someone to Christ this week? __________

Did you invite someone to church this week? ________

Did you invite someone to bible study this week? _____

Did you visit anyone this week? ___________________

Did you give proper tithes this week? _______________

Did you pray this week, if so how often? ____________

Did you repent of anything this week, if so what? _____

To Our Disadvantage

To Our Disadvantage

The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value.
Proverbs 10:20

The Lord detests men of perverse heart but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.
Proverbs 11:20

There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil, but joy for those who promote peace.
Proverbs 12:20

A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself, but the heart of fools blurts out folly.
Proverbs 12:23

An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up. Proverbs 12:25

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12

Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy. Proverbs 14:10

The lips of the wise spread Knowledge; not so the hearts of fools. Proverbs 15:7

The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. Proverbs 16:5

A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble. Proverbs 17:20

Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor. Proverbs 18:12

A man’s own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the Lord. Proverbs 19:3

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21

The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out. Proverbs 20:5

Do not eat the food of a stingy man; do not crave his delicacies, for he is the kind of man who is always thinking about the cost. Eat and drink he says to you, but his heart is not with you. Proverbs 23:6-7

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts

were darkened. Romans 1:21

These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Matthew 15:8

They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Ephesians 4:18

So, as the Holy Spirit says: Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me and for forty years saw what I did. That is why I was angry with that generation, and I said, their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways. So I declared on oath in my anger, they shall never enter my rest. See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. Hebrews 3:7-12

So as you can see for those with a heart that is full of sin and wickedness and have not accepted salvation and have not believed, the outcome of their lives is less than favorable.

So the question is then;

Where does your heart lie?

For this week’s homework read Proverbs 2:1-15

According to Proverbs 2:1-15 where does your heart lie?

Do you want what this passage promises? ________

What must you do to obtain these promises? ______

What obstacle of sin will you be working on laying down this week? ____________________________

What fruit of the spirit will you be working on taking up this week? _________________________

(Fruits of the spirit are; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control).

Write down your experiences with this week’s sin that you are trying to give up to God. ___________

To Our Advantage

To Our Advantage

These are affirmations of how God see’s us who are pure in heart, and they are promises and benefits for such.

Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God
Matthew 5:8

But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. Luke 8:15

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your

hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
John 14:27

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence. Acts 2: 26-28

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.
Acts 4:32

However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart or mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”.
1 Corinthians 2:9

Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord. Ephesians 5:19

Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Ephesians 6:6

It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.
Philippians 1:7
Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
2 Timothy 2:22

Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
Hebrews 10:22

This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 1 John 3: 19-20

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
Proverbs 3:3-4

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin. Proverbs 10:8

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30
Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known. Proverbs 14:33

A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. Proverbs 15:13

The Heart Is The Center Of Our Will

3. The Heart Is The Center Of Our Will

Our hearts are able to be hardened to where we will refuse to do what God commands (Exodus 4:21), We have the ability to yield our hearts to God (Joshua 24:23), We can intend to do things in our heart (2 Chronicles 6:7), Our hearts can be devoted to seeking the Lord (1 Chronicles 22:19), We can desire to receive from the Lord in our heart (Psalm 21:1-2), We can have a heart that is turned toward God’s statutes (Psalm 119:36) and also a heart that wants to do something (Romans 10:1). All of these things take place in the human will.

The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. Genesis 6:5-6

I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve. Jeremiah 17:10

The two previous scriptures show us that not only are our hearts wicked without God, but that our hearts will be examined for what they truly are by God himself.

Now that we know what the capacity of our hearts are and we see the evil that they can be and the good that they can be, let’s weigh out both sides between the good and the bad and see what is to our advantage and our disadvantage.

To begin with we must first believe that all scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Because we read in 2 Peter 1:16, that they did not follow cleverly invented stories when they told us about the power and the coming of our Lord Jesus

Christ, but that they were eyewitnesses of His majesty.

Secondly we must believe that beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great:

• He appeared in a body
• Was vindicated by the Spirit
• Was seen by Angels
• Was preached among the nations
• Was believed on in the world
• Was taken up in glory

As stated in 1 Timothy 3:16 and affirmed in the gospel of John 1:1-4, 14

Thirdly, if we believe these things to be true then as in Romans 10:9 we must confess with our mouths that “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in our heart that God raised him from the dead, and we are saved.

The Heart Is The Center Of Emotion

2. The Heart Is The Center Of Emotion

What conditions of the heart does scripture mention in the following verses?

Exodus 4:14_____________________________

Deuteronomy 6:5 _________________________

Joshua 5:1_______________________________

Psalm 27:14_____________________________

Psalm 51:17_____________________________

Proverbs 12:25___________________________

Proverbs 19:3____________________________

Isaiah 57:15_____________________________

Jeremiah 4:19____________________________

Romans 9:2______________________________

Jeremiah 15:16___________________________

Lamentations 2:18________________________

Matthew 11:29___________________________

Luke 24:32______________________________

John 14:1_______________________________

It's A Heart Condition


Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.
Proverbs 4:23

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
Jeremiah 17:9

Jesus said that “what comes out of a man is what makes him unclean. For from within, out of men’s hearts come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man unclean. Mark 7:20-23

The Bible tells us three things about our hearts.

1. The Heart Is The Center Of Intellect

In Deuteronomy 8:5 God tells us to _________in our heart.

In 1 Samuel 1: 12-13 Hannah ______________ in her heart.

In Psalm 19:14 David ____________________in his heart.

In Psalm 119:11 the psalmist ___________God’s
Word in his heart.

In Proverbs 4:20-21 we are told to ___________
____________ in our heart.

In Mark 2:8 we are told that men ___________in
their hearts.

In Mark 11:23 it says that we ______________in our hearts.

In Luke 2:19 Mary __________________in her heart.

In Romans 10:9 it says that man _____________ in his heart.

In Ephesians 5:19 man ____________________ from his heart.

All of these actions of the heart involve the mind.

Self Check List

Here’s a self check list for when you feel like you are running on empty.

• Do I have any known sin in my life, and if so I am not walking with Christ and must confess it by name.
• Admit I am a sinner, confess my sin and claim His promise
• Do I obey His commands?
• Do I walk as He walked, am I an example, am I being the salt making others thirsty for Christ?
• Do I love others to the point that I am concerned about their soul? Do I have lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes or pride of life?
• I cannot love the way of the world or the things in it.
• I must live righteously I cannot keep on practicing sin.

Father I come before you this day, and I lay down my sins at the foot of the cross, where you bore and gave yourself up for me. I deny Father the desires of my own flesh today, and ask that you bless me in spite of myself, that you go before me and lead the way. Cut a path through the torrents of rain in this life on this day. Stand from behind me and tell me that this is the way, walk in it, so that I can continually feel your presence behind me for me to lean upon and put a hedge of your angels around me at my left and at my right, and command them concerning me and give them charge over me.

Let my thoughts be yours, the words of my mouth be yours, the deeds of my hands be yours, and the steps that I take be that which you have ordained for me today. In Jesus’ name Amen.

Life's Answers-The Journey Together


We may not know what the future holds but we do know who holds the future.

Life comes with its many twists and turns, its joys and fears, its laughter and mourning, its ups and downs, its questions and answers.

We are going to focus on those answers. There are a lot of instruction manuals in publication today for a variety of things from A to Z.

But the most important instruction manual ever published and with the most sold copies, is also the most ignored when life is handing us trial after trial.







The above acronym is one made up in Sunday school, however Webster’s dictionary terms it as being both the collection of sacred writings of the Christian Religion, or in lower case, any book, reference work, periodical, etc., accepted as authoritative, informative and reliable. Which shows us first, it being of the Christian faith is recognized, secondly, any work apart from that is only entitled in lower case, giving the Bible superiority, and thirdly, the world recognizes it to be authoritative, informative and reliable, by its own definition.

Life without God is like an unbalanced wheel on a vehicle. It’s shaky, wobbly, frustrating and chaotic. And life with God can also be the same, unless we learn to live our lives with finely balanced wheels.

Prayer, Bible Study, Witnessing and Fellowship are the spokes of any well balanced Christian life. But there are many areas that may be in need of a tune up in order for all four spokes to operate smoothly with Christ being the center of the hub.

Life’s Answers is designed to take you from the very beginning of your commitment to God, all the way through your developing relationship with him. To provide for you a guide line of those four spokes of balance within the Word of God, to be carried over into your life with God.

The answer to every situation in life is buried deep within the Word of God as though it were a treasure of silver and gold for you to seek out.

If you have ever sought out purpose in your life, then delve into the Word of God with hunger and thirst, for it is your bread, your water and your life. And by it, you will thirst no more for what the world has to offer.

Deuteronomy 8:3b tells us that, “man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” How incredible is that?

The question is, would you like to be prosperous and successful in everything that you do? If so, Joshua 1:8 tells us, “Do not let the book of this law depart from your mouth, meditate on it day and night being careful to observe all that is written in it and you shall be prosperous and successful.”

So let us take this incredible journey together into Life’s Answers.