Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Biblical ABC’s:U is for – yoU

Ladies' Bible Study
Mrs. Rick Jackson 
We have had some trying times since our last meeting.  It is with a great burden that I have been studying for this lesson, and it took me quite some time to know just what to share with you all this evening.  I know I often pray that we set aside our burdens and cares and focus on what the Lord has for us in the lesson of the evening, but tonight, it was with those cares and burdens in mind that I specifically felt the Lord would have us to go slightly “off-course” as we look at “U is for – yoU!”   
We are often weighed down with our cares and sometimes they can cloud our thinking.  I want to give you an arsenal of verses tonight to remind you of how you are viewed in the eyes of the Lord!  I have the verses listed on your sheets, but I want you to open your Bibles and look and see for yourself as we go along – this is for you and me to remember – to take out and review and remind ourselves when Satan wants to use us as whipping posts and try and isolate us from the Truth of God’s Word.  You are Christ’s child.  This is what He says! Are you ready? 
  1.   yoU are begotten 
1 Corinthians 4:15 -- For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 
1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 
  1.   yoU are blessed 
Psalm 118:26Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. 
Acts 3:26 -- Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. 
You know, this verse, speaking of Jesus being raised from the dead and being sent to bless us reminds me of one of the professors at Tennessee Temple.  Rick has spoken about him in church.  When he prayed, he would quote 1 Peter 1:8Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:”  And in his prayer, he would always say, “Father, we are unspeakably blessed, unspeakably blessed!”  I really wanted to use unspeakable as my word this time, but I couldn’t seem to get much farther than that! 
  1.   yoU are called 
Proverbs 8:4 -- Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. 
Galatians 1:6 -- I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 
1 Thessalonians 2:12 -- That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. 
1 Peter 2:9 -- But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 
  1.   yoU are cared for 
1 Peter 5:7 -- Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 
  1.   yoU are chosen 
John 15:19 -- If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 
2 Thessalonians 2:13, 14 -- But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
1 Peter 2:9 -- But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 
  1.   yoU are comforted 
Isaiah 66:13 -- As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. 
Ezekiel 14:23 -- And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord GOD. 
1 Thessalonians 3:2 -- And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith: 
2 Thessalonians 2:16,17 -- Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,     Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. 
  1.   yoU are forgiven 
Ephesians 4:32 -- And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.   
Colossians 3:13 -- Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 
1 John 2:12 -- I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. 
  1.   yoU are indwelt 
Romans 8:9-11 -- But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.     But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 
1 Corinthians 3:16 -- Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 
Ephesians 4:6 -- One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 
Colossians 1:27 -- To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 
Did you take note of Who is in you? 
  1.   yoU are kept 
2 Thessalonians 3:3 -- But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.  
1 Peter 1:4,5 -- To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,     Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 
Jude 1:24,25 -- Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen. 
  1.   yoU are loved 
John 15:9 -- As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 
John 16:27 -- For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. 
  1.   yoU are prayed for 
2 Corinthians 9:14,15 -- And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. 
And what is that UNSPEAKABLE gift?  
Ephesians 1:15-17 -- Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 
Philippians 1:4 -- Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, 
Colossians 1:3 -- We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 
Colossians 1:9 -- For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 
1 Thessalonians 1:2 -- We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; 
2 Thessalonians 1:11 -- Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: 
  1.   yoU are reconciled 
2 Corinthians 5:20 -- Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 
Colossians 1:21,22 -- And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciledIn the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 
  1.   yoU are remembered 
Philippians 1:3 -- I thank my God upon every remembrance of YOU, 
2 Timothy 1:3 -- I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; 
  1.   yoU are sanctified 
Exodus 31:13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and YOU throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify YOU. 
Leviticus 20:8 -- And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify YOU. 
1 Corinthians 6:11 -- And such were some of YOU: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 
1 Thessalonians 5:23 -- And the very God of peace sanctify YOU wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
  1.   yoU are going to be changed! 
1 Corinthians 15:51-53 -- Behold, I shew YOU a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.       For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 
So when you become weighed down with the cares of this world, take out your worksheet and remind yourself of who “yoU are” in Christ!  I recently read a beautiful poem that one of my favorite preachers, Brother Clyde Box, put on his FB page that sums up these thoughts: 
Follow Me and I will make you… 
Make you speak My Words with power, 
Make you channels of My mercy 
Make you helpful every hour. 
Follow Me and I will make you… 
Make you what you cannot be. 
Make you loving, trustful, godly 
Make you even like to ME.

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