Secrets of the Secret Place — Love & Lordship

Jason Hubbard

The secret place is developed through a life that is submitted to the Lord and pursues Him wholeheartedly.

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1. If we love Jesus as our Savior, we must also obey Him as our Lord.

John 14:15 NLT – “If you love me, obey my commandments.”

Matthew 7:21-23 BSB – “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness!’”

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2. Jesus must be Lord of all.

1 Samuel 15:13-16, 22-23 BSB – When Samuel reached him, Saul said to him, “May the LORD bless you. I have carried out the LORD’s instructions.” But Samuel replied, “Then what is this bleating of sheep and lowing of cattle that I hear?” Saul answered, “The troops brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the LORD your God, but the rest we devoted to destruction.” “Stop!” exclaimed Samuel. “Let me tell you what the LORD said to me last night.” “Tell me,” Saul replied…But Samuel declared: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obedience to His voice? Behold, obedience is better than sacrifice, and attentiveness is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance is like the wickedness of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He has rejected you as king.”

Acts 3:19-20 BSB – Repent, then, and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped away, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus, the Christ, who has been appointed for you.

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3. Lordship is a blessing, not a burden.

Psalm 28:7-8 BSB – The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart rejoices, and I give thanks to Him with my song. The LORD is the strength of His people, a stronghold of salvation for His anointed.

Psalm 84:11 BSB – For the LORD God is a sun and a shield; the LORD gives grace and glory; He withholds no good thing from those who walk with integrity.

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Joshua 24:15 BSB – But if it is unpleasing in your sight to serve the LORD, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD!”

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Secrets of the Secret Place — An Invitation & Challenge

Jason Hubbard

Love: our motivation – The greatest command is to love the Lord and love one another. Love conditions everything that we do. Our love needs to be evident and contagious.

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Develop a love for the Lord that pursues Him wholeheartedly and is submitted to His Lordship.

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Luke 5:15-16 BSB – But the news about Jesus spread all the more, and great crowds came to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. Yet He frequently withdrew to the wilderness to pray.

Luke 6:12 BSB – In those days Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and He spent the night in prayer to God.

Mark 1:35 BSB – Early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up and slipped out to a solitary place to pray.

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1. Developing your secret place is motivated by a longing heart.

Psalm 63:1-2 BSB – O God, You are my God. Earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You. My body yearns for You in a dry and weary land without water. So I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and glory.

Psalm 42:1-2 BSB – As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul longs after You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, the living God. When shall I come and appear in God’s presence?

Psalm 27:4 BSB – One thing I have asked of the Lord; this is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and seek Him in His temple.

Ezekiel 36:26 BSB – “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”

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2. God promises that He will come close to us when we come close to Him.

James 4:8 BSB – Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

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3. You will need to shut the door.

Matthew 6:6 BSB – But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

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4. You will be challenged to purge sin from your life.

2 Chronicles 7:14 BSB – and if My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.

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5. The Holy Spirit will help you.

Romans 8:26 BSB – In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know how we ought to pray, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words.

Isaiah 11:2 BSB – The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and strength, the Spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord.

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Family Sunday

Ellie Hubbard

Proverbs 15:1 – A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

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Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life is in the power of the tongue.

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James 3:5-6, 9-12 – Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

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What if we all bought into the God idea and Holy Spirit wisdom that says a gentle answer would turn away wrath?

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Fresh Voices

Teagan Bobst

A Kingdom Focused Life Is only possible through a balance of deliberate action and patient preparation.

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Psalm 27:14 – “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”

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As followers of Christ we must be continuously reminding ourselves who we are waiting with and who we are fighting with.

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Waiting on the Lord is a humbling moment of active preparation that allows us to serve God better in our own lives.

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Even though God was a part of Saul’s life he was not involved in his life.

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Prayer (begin every day right) (Matthew 26:41)

Scripture (Psalm 119:105,140; Isaiah 55:11)

Community (God never intended for us to walk alone)(Romans 12:4-5; Hebrews 10:24-25)

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Sheila Taylor

“Surrender (trust) scares us, because we think that if we give up what God is telling us to give to Him – if we hand Him that thing that means too much; if we decide to stop bowing down at the foot of the idols of our own making, we will be lacking something. We reckon that to surrender to God is to relinquish our joy and what an ancient lie that is!  The lie being that once my hands are open and empty, God isn’t big enough or good enough to fill them up again. Our fear of surrender is really our unbelief that God isn’t better than everything God is asking me to give Him. You will give God anything, when you believe He is everything.”  – Jackie Hill Perry (Upon Waking)

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Lamentations 3:55-58 – I called to your name O Lord from the depths of the pit. You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears to my cry for relief!” You came near when I called and you said, “Do not fear.” You have taken up my case O Lord, You redeemed my life.

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The Face of the Father

Jason Hubbard

Numbers 6:22-26 NLT – Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special blessing: ‘May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’”

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1. The Father blesses.

James 1:17 BSB – Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, with whom there is no change or shifting shadow.

Ephesians 3:20 BSB – Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us,

Acts 1:8 BSB – “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Psalm 34:8 BSB – Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

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2. The Father protects.

Psalm 91 BSB – He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “You are my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the deadly plague. He will cover you with His feathers; under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the calamity that destroys at noon. Though a thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, no harm will come near you. You will only see it with your eyes and witness the punishment of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord your dwelling—my refuge, the Most High—no evil will befall you, no plague will approach your tent. For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. They will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and cobra; you will trample the young lion and serpent. “Because he loves Me, I will deliver him; because he knows My name, I will protect him. When he calls out to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation.”

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3. The Father smiles.

1 Peter 3:12 BSB – For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are inclined to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.

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4. The Father is gracious.

1 Corinthians 10:13 BSB – No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide an escape, so that you can stand up under it.

Matthew 18:21-22 BSB – Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy-seven times!

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5. The Father favors.

Esther 5:1-2 BSB – On the third day, Esther put on her royal attire and stood in the inner court of the palace across from the king’s quarters. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the royal courtroom, facing the entrance. As soon as the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, she found favor in his sight. The king extended the gold scepter in his hand toward Esther, and she approached and touched the tip of the scepter.

Hebrews 4:16 BSB – Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

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6. The Father gives peace.

John 14:27 BSB – Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid.

Luke 1:79 BSB – “to shine on those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

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To receive the benefits of the Father, we must come under His authority and covering. 

James 4:7-10 BSB – Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn, and weep. Turn your laughter to mourning, and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.

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Guest Speakers: Randy & Luisina Mishler

Ephesians 2:10 ESV – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

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2 Corinthians 13:14 – “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all”.

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2 Chronicles 12:14 AMP – “He did evil because he did not set his heart to seek and worship and honor the Lord”.

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Galatians 5:16 AMP – “But I say, walk habitually in the Holy Spirit [seek him and be responsive to his guidance], and then you will certainly not carry out the desire of the sinful nature.

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“I must have a message from heaven that will not leave people as I found them. Something must happen if we are filled with the Spirit. Something must happen at every place”.

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“I appeal to you who have been filled with the Holy Spirit: whatever the cost, let God have his way”. – Smith Wigglesworth

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His Nature — Self-Control

Jason Hubbard

Everything God does is on purpose. He never wastes one moment. Even when we can’t see it, there is a purpose.

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John 11:1-44 BSB – At this time a man named Lazarus was sick. He lived in Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (Mary, whose brother Lazarus was sick, was to anoint the Lord with perfume and wipe His feet with her hair.) So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one You love is sick.” When Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 

1. The primary purpose is always to bring Glory to God.

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John 11:1-44 BSB – Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So on hearing that Lazarus was sick, He stayed where He was for two days, and then He said to the disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” “Rabbi,” they replied, “the Jews just tried to stone You, and You are going back there?”

2. The plan of God is always right on time.

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John 11:1-44 BSB – Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? If anyone walks in the daytime, he will not stumble, because he sees by the light of this world. But if anyone walks at night, he will stumble, because he has no light.” After He had said this, He told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to wake him up.” His disciples replied, “Lord, if he is sleeping, he will get better.” They thought that Jesus was talking about actual sleep, but He was speaking about the death of Lazarus. So Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 

3. God works on the bigger picture.

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John 11:1-44 BSB – Then Thomas called Didymus said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, so that we may die with Him.” Jesus Comforts Martha and Mary. When Jesus arrived, He found that Lazarus had already spent four days in the tomb. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, a little less than two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them in the loss of their brother. So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet Him; but Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give You whatever You ask of Him.” “Your brother will rise again,” Jesus told her. Martha replied, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me will live, even though he dies. And everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” 

4. God is teaching us lessons in the middle of the process.

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John 11:1-44 BSB – “Yes, Lord,” she answered, “I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.” After Martha had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside to tell her, “The Teacher is here and is asking for you.” And when Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to Him. Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met Him. When the Jews who were in the house consoling Mary saw how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there. When Mary came to Jesus and saw Him, she fell at His feet and said, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you put him?” He asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they answered. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!” But some of them asked, “Could not this man who opened the eyes of the blind also have kept Lazarus from dying?” Jesus, once again deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” Jesus said. “Lord, by now he stinks,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man. “It has already been four days.” Jesus replied, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 

5. Death is not the final verdict for the Creator of life.

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John 11:1-44 BSB – So they took away the stone. Then Jesus lifted His eyes upward and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. I knew that You always hear Me, but I say this for the benefit of the people standing here, so they may believe that You sent Me.” After Jesus had said this, He called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The man who had been dead came out with his hands and feet bound in strips of linen, and his face wrapped in a cloth. “Unwrap him and let him go,” Jesus told them.

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Isaiah 40:28-29 BSB – Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary; His understanding is beyond searching out. He gives power to the faint and increases the strength of the weak.

Isaiah 55:9-11 BSB – “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return without watering the earth, making it bud and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat, so My word that proceeds from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please, and it will prosper where I send it.”

Romans 5:6 BSB – For at just the right time, while we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

Romans 8:28-32 BSB – And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers. And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified. What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things?

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His Nature — Gentleness

Jason Hubbard

Meekness: strength under control

Humility: accurate estimation of yourself

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1. A key to Jesus’ life of meekness was that He was sure of His identity.

Mark 1:9-11 BSB – In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. As soon as Jesus came up out of the water, He saw the heavens breaking open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”

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Luke 4:1-13 BSB – Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days He was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they had ended, He was hungry. The devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” But Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” Then the devil led Him up to a high place and showed Him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. “I will give You authority over all these kingdoms and all their glory,” he said. “For it has been relinquished to me, and I can give it to anyone I wish. So if You worship me, it will all be Yours.” But Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’” Then the devil led Him to Jerusalem and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple. “If You are the Son of God,” he said, “throw Yourself down from here. For it is written: ‘He will command His angels concerning You to guard You carefully; and they will lift You up in their hands, so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’” But Jesus answered, “It also says, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time.

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2. He showed meekness in restraint.

Mark 14:57-62 BSB – Then some men stood up and testified falsely against Him: “We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this man-made temple, and in three days I will build another that is made without hands.’ ” But even their testimony was inconsistent. So the high priest stood up before them and questioned Jesus, “Have You no answer? What are these men testifying against You?” But Jesus remained silent and made no reply. Again the high priest questioned Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” “I am,” said Jesus, “and you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power and coming with the clouds of heaven.”

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3. Meekness empowered Jesus to go to the cross and humility kept Him on the cross.

Mark 15:29-32 BSB – And those who passed by heaped abuse on Him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, come down from the cross and save Yourself!” In the same way, the chief priests and scribes mocked Him among themselves, saying, “He saved others, but He cannot save Himself! Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, so that we may see and believe!” And even those who were crucified with Him berated Him.

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Jesus’ gentleness is His invitation to us.

Matthew 11:28-29 BSB – Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

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His Nature — Find Joy in the Faithfulness

Ellie Hubbard

1. Faithful to save.

Exodus 14:10-12 BSB – As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up and saw the Egyptians marching after them, and they were terrified and cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us into the wilderness to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Did we not say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone so that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”

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Exodus 14:13-14 BSB – But Moses told the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the Lord’s salvation, which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

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Exodus 14:18-20 BSB – The Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I am honored through Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.” And the angelc of God, who had gone before the camp of Israel, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from before them and stood behind them, so that it came between the camps of Egypt and Israel. The cloud was there in the darkness, but it lit up the night. So all night long neither camp went near the other.

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2. Faithful to provide.

Exodus 16:1-3 BSB – On the fifteenth day of the second month after they had left the land of Egypt, the whole congregation of Israel set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai. And there in the desert they all grumbled against Moses and Aaron. “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in the land of Egypt!” they said. “There we sat by pots of meat and ate our fill of bread, but you have brought us into this desert to starve this whole assembly to death!”

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3. Faithful to refresh.

Exodus 17:1-2 BSB – Then the whole congregation of Israel left the Desert of Sin,a moving from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. So the people contended with Moses, “Give us water to drink.” “Why do you contend with me?” Moses replied. “Why do you test the Lord?”

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4. Faithful to fulfill.

Jeremiah 31:31-34 BSB – Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant they broke, though I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord. “But this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord. I will put My law in their minds and inscribe it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they will be My people. No longer will each man teach his neighbor or his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquities and will remember their sins no more.”

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John 14:12-14 BSB – Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I am doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me for anything in My name, I will do it.

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What if the gap between biblical promise and my personal experience is a gap God longs to close?

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His Nature — Goodness

Jason Hubbard

Exodus 33:18-19 BSB – Then Moses said, “Please show me Your glory.” “I will cause all My goodness to pass before you,” the Lord replied, “and I will proclaim My name—the Lord—in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”

God’s goodness is the expression of His glory.

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God is entirely good and His goodness is all encompassing.

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Exodus 34:5-7 BSB – And the Lord descended in a cloud, stood with him there, and proclaimed His name, the Lord. Then the Lord passed in front of Moses and called out: “The Lord, the Lord God, is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in loving devotion and faithfulness, maintaining loving devotion to a thousand generations, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin. Yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished; He will visit the iniquity of the fathers on their children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.”

Seven Attributes of the Goodness of God

1. The goodness of the Father is compassionate.

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2. The goodness of the Father is gracious.

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3. The goodness of the Father is slow to anger.

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4. The goodness of the Father is abounding in love and faithfulness.

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5. The goodness of the Father maintains love and faithfulness.

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6. The goodness of the Father is forgiving.

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7. The goodness of the Father includes discipline.

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“With the goodness of God to desire our highest welfare, the wisdom of God to plan it, and the power of God to achieve it, what do we lack? Surely we are the most favored of all creatures.” — A.W. Tozer

Hebrews 6:16-18a NLT – Now when people take an oath, they call on someone greater than themselves to hold them to it. And without any question that oath is binding. God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie.

Who our good Father says He is, is exactly who He is.

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