Aug 21, 2022
Refocus – Susan Allen
REFOCUS 8/21/22 susan allen   Rom 4:17- KJV 17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.18 Who against hope believed in hope (confident expectation), that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb:20 He staggered not (wavered not, opposed not) at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith (strengthened in his faith, empowered), giving glory to God;21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.   HE WAS STRONG in faith because -AGAINST HOPE, HE CONTINUED TO BELIEVE IN HOPE- that he might BECOME who God said HE WAS BUT: Used to introduce a phrase or clause contrasting with what has already been mentioned. John Wesley “The devil has given to the church a substitute for faith that looks and sounds so much like faith that people can’t tell the difference.” What do you do when you realize you are weak in an area? Heb 12:2 KJV 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. NIV 1.Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. AMP 2 Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  [Ps 110:1.] 3 Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds.   What has my attention? REFOCUS on the author and the PERFECTER of your faith. CONSIDER HIM. LOOK TO HIM.   Num 21:7 kjv  Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. 8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. 9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.  
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  • Aug 21, 2022Refocus – Susan Allen
    Aug 21, 2022
    Refocus – Susan Allen
    REFOCUS 8/21/22 susan allen   Rom 4:17- KJV 17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.18 Who against hope believed in hope (confident expectation), that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb:20 He staggered not (wavered not, opposed not) at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith (strengthened in his faith, empowered), giving glory to God;21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.   HE WAS STRONG in faith because -AGAINST HOPE, HE CONTINUED TO BELIEVE IN HOPE- that he might BECOME who God said HE WAS BUT: Used to introduce a phrase or clause contrasting with what has already been mentioned. John Wesley “The devil has given to the church a substitute for faith that looks and sounds so much like faith that people can’t tell the difference.” What do you do when you realize you are weak in an area? Heb 12:2 KJV 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. NIV 1.Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. AMP 2 Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  [Ps 110:1.] 3 Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds.   What has my attention? REFOCUS on the author and the PERFECTER of your faith. CONSIDER HIM. LOOK TO HIM.   Num 21:7 kjv  Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. 8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. 9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.  
  • Aug 17, 2022The Heart Of Prayer – Susan Allen
    Aug 17, 2022
    The Heart Of Prayer – Susan Allen
    Series: In Depth
  • Aug 14, 2022Wisdom, Faith & Finances Pt 4 – Susan Allen
    Aug 14, 2022
    Wisdom, Faith & Finances Pt 4 – Susan Allen
    Wisdom, Faith & Finances part 4 8/14/22 susan allen   Prov 13:22 AMP A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, and the wealth of the sinner [finds its way eventually] into the hands of the righteous, for whom it was laid up. (in reserve, stored up)   Ps 145:14 AMP The Lord upholds all those [of His own] who are falling and raises up all those who are bowed down. 15 The eyes of all wait for You [looking, watching, and expecting] and You give them their food in due season. 16 You open Your hand and satisfy every living thing with favor. 17 The Lord is [rigidly] righteous in all His ways and gracious and merciful in all His works. 18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him sincerely and in truth. 19 He will fulfill the desires of those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him; He also will hear their cry and will save them.   Ps 1 AMP    BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather. 2 But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. 3 And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].  4 Not so the wicked [those disobedient and living without God are not so]. But they are like the chaff [worthless, dead, without substance] which the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked [those disobedient and living without God] shall not stand [justified] in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous [those who are upright and in right standing with God]. 6 For the Lord knows and is fully acquainted with the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly [those living outside God's will] shall perish (end in ruin and come to nought).   Isa 12:2 AMP  Behold, God, my salvation! I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and song; yes, He has become my salvation. 3 Therefore with joy will you draw water from the wells of salvation. Prov 2:1-NIV  My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, 3 and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.  6 For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, 8 for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. 9 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair — every good path. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. 11 Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.   Prov 20:5 NIV The purposes (plans, advisement, counsel) of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.                                 ^skillful wisdom, inclining your mind to understanding   John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.    
  • Aug 7, 2022Wisdom, Faith and Finances Pt 3
    Aug 7, 2022
    Wisdom, Faith and Finances Pt 3
  • Jul 27, 2022Defining Morality
    Jul 27, 2022
    Defining Morality
    Series: In Depth