Notes - Mexicali, Mexico Special Meetings - March 18, 2018

Kaitlin T. John 11:25, “Jesus said unto her, 'I am the resurrection, and the life. He that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live…'” The difference between the dead and the living is the living can respond. 

 

No one remembers His birth. Something is working in us long before we’re conscious of it. The time comes when we need to decide if we will respond to God’s work.

John 11:38, when the stone was removed, Lazarus had access.

John 8, Jesus showed such kindness to that woman taken in adultery.

Psalms 103:14, “…He remembereth that we are dust.” He’s not touching us to kill or hurt but to heal. Verse 26, the end of His work: “And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die…”

 

Tamara W. John 11:4, “When Jesus heard that, He said, 'This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.'” Our dying, and dying to self (and difficult experiences), can glorify God by His power being shown.

 

Lois A. Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” (Spanish: "Above all things that are guarded, guard your heart, for your life springs from your heart.”)  What we say and do reveals what’s in our hearts. In Gethsemane, we see into the heart of Jesus as the love He had for God and the will of God won the victory and so filled His heart that it crowded out His human will and human fear.

 

Steve P. Imagine if, right now, we had to give account to God of what we’re doing with our lives, what would we say? We’re all born selfish.

Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” We can approach boldly not because we’re worthy, but because of our need—and our need just grows greater with the passage of time.

 

Guard your heart: be careful that what is winning in your heart won’t later break it.

 

We can talk with God about anything. We don’t enjoy people who are controlling, and God is not, but He is the best counselor. A good high school counselor considers your strengths and weaknesses to give you the best advice for your future. God’s counsel has never ruined a life. Our own plans can. Don’t just ask God to bless your own plans when they’re already made!

 

Isaiah 55:6-on, there’s no limit to how high God’s thoughts can lift us or how low our own thoughts can take us. God asked Noah to put pitch on the inside of the ark as well as the outside. There’s more inside that could sink us than outside, thought those waters are also well able to sink us if they get in.

 

Psalms 23, God prepares a table in the presence of my enemies. God arranges so much for our good. John 21, there were things Jesus had to touch in those disciples — but how much we can learn from the Master — even about how to correct! He fed them first, then fanned the embers of their love.

 

There’s a strong current against us, but God can keep us, as Jesus fought to the end to keep us in His hands. God has given us an anchor to resist the current. An anchor doesn’t keep the ship from swaying or feeling the current, but from being carried away by it.

 

(Speaking of human tendencies.) Music can lift us up or awake the basest instincts. Music can inspire, but it can’t feed the soul. Only what comes straight from God can feed our soul; not what passes through the hands of men.

 

Genesis 49 wasn’t all blessing, but knowing the worst about ourselves IS a blessing. Verse 20, Asher - in Spanish, it says, “substantial bread,” and that’s what God gives us, as the bread He provided for Elijah when he was so low took him so far. Depression can hit us, but God provides substantial bread, that keeps providing strength. Even the crumbs from God’s table provide substance for us.

 

PM.

Edith M. James 4:8, “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.” We feel so inadequate to pray, but if we take that first step to draw near, He will respond by drawing near also.

Genesis 18:17-on, how is it that God chose to reveal His plans to Abraham? He wants to include us in His plans. Abraham drew near and was bold to intercede for Lot, and God was so patient. I listening until Abraham finished asking. Keep interceding.

James 5, “16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.”

 

What unites us is not personality, but what God is doing. Confessing to each other opens the door to fixing the problem — to understanding and forgiveness. When we pray for someone who maybe has irritated us, we’re conscious Christ also died or him. We don’t know how to pray as we ought, but (Romams 8:26) “likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities for we know not what we should pray for as we ought but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” We’re learning — God is the One who knows.

 

Jacob wouldn’t let go ‘til he got the blessing. Luke 18:1, “And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint…”

 

Barbara S. Revelations 21:7, “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son.” The covenant (pacto) we made with God. Hebrews 8:6, “But now hath He obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also He is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.” All through the Bible, “I will be their God and they My people.” Deuteronomy 26:17-on, “Thou hast avouched the Lord this day to be thy God, and to walk in His ways, and to keep His statutes, and His commandments, and His judgments, and to hearken unto His voice 18 and the Lord hath avouched thee this day to be His peculiar people, as He hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all His commandments; 19 and to make thee high above all nations which He hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the Lord thy God, as He hath spoken.”

 

The problem: we haven’t kept it. A god is anything we worship — love more than anything. The God of heaven is the only one worthy of our adoration.

Genesis 28:20-22, “And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, 'If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, 21 so that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God: 22 and this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house and of all that Thou shalt give me, I will surely give the tenth unto Thee.” That was a vow with conditions, not a covenant. Years later, God told him to return. He was afraid, and God gave an answer, and favor with his brother. So God met all Jacob’s conditions. Genesis 33:20, now he made a covenant — God will be my God, not just the God of his fathers.

 

Ruth made that same choice, “Thy God will be my God…” Song of Solomon 6:3, “I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine…”

 

A vow is serious. Ecclesiastes 5:2 and 4, “Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few…4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for He hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.”

 

Hebrews 8:6, a better covenant — not natural things but spiritual and eternal. Hebrews 10:16, “'This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days,' saith the Lord, 'I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds, will I write them 17 and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.'” If we keep our part of the covenant, God promised not to remember our sins. It’s a serious thing to take the cup, as Jesus said, “This is the new testament/covenant” — sealed with blood.

 

Mark S. There’s a line of a hymn in Spanish, “divine love that links Thy heart to me…” I served for years before I experienced that miracle. Some haven’t yet. The talents in Matthew 25, “to every one according to their ability…” We’re not all equal, but no one has an advantage for being more faithful or honest or having a right spirit. (Rob Newman telling about his older companion telling him, “You have a problem with honesty” — and since then, he prays for it daily. Honesty is like an onion, with many layers. We can go deeper.)

 

Two men had worked for a railroad company for 20 years. One day, one of them, an executive in the company, invited the other, still a manual laborer, to have tea with him. The laborer wanted to know why the other had gotten so far ahead of him, when they both started at $2 an hour. The executive answered, “20 years ago, you started working for $2 an hour, and I started working for the railroad.”

 

The man with one talent returned it saying, “Lo, there thou hast that is thine.” He spoke without love or respect — no love linking his heart. That’s the difference.

 

(Mark’s experience in school, realizing he did well in classes where he had a relationship with the teacher — a connection.)

 

If we don’t have a living, growing relationship with God, we’ll be like the man with the one talent. It’s so important to meditate on and believe in the love of God. We need to take time for it, though God wants to show us.

 

Revelations 2-3, I keep coming back to the church at Ephesus. So many good things, but… it’s the church that worries me most and makes me fear as time passes, because the problem is not so obvious.