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2022 Wk 36: Lesson 2

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Generosity Moment

“Growing a Spirit of Generosity”

Generous, joyful giving is a powerful practice which unleashes many blessings from God and offers us the peace of mind that we are obeying Him. It also provides us the opportunity and privilege of watching God work through us to build His Kingdom. Let’s see what the Bible has to say about giving.
Last Week we found in Proverbs 3:5-10, that when we Trust, Seek, Fear the Lord, and Honor God with our wealth—then “God will fill our barns with grain and cause our vats to overflow with good wine.”
This Week let’s uncover another point in Growing a Spirit of Generosity...
Here is a question:
What are some of the practical challenges and heart issues that keep people from being generous givers?
What about you and me?
2 Corinthians 8:1–4 NLT
Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem.
There were over 1900 churches and 580 mosques in Macedonia.
The Macedonians were giving beyond their means. The implication is that they were giving away things they knew they needed. But (this is key)… they gave themselves to God first, demonstrating an incredible level of trust in God's provision for them. And it seems that trust was rewarded as God multiplied their gifts.
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Intro

Have you recently found a good restaurant or bargain of a find that you were totally excited about?

How many people did you tell or show?

How much do we really truly trust God with your life?

What keeps us from being On Mission — to reach others with the Good News of Jesus?
fear
embarrassment
time
my faith is private
“How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize?” ~Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller Magic Duo and Atheist (The Gospel Coalition Blog by Justin Taylor)
Proselytize means
to convert or attempt to convert (someone) from one religion, belief, or opinion to another.
Penn went on to say...
“I’ve always said that I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a heaven and a hell, and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life, and you think that it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward—and atheists who think people shouldn’t proselytize and who say just leave me along and keep your religion to yourself—how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?
“I mean, if I believed, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that a truck was coming at you, and you didn’t believe that truck was bearing down on you, there is a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that.”

Reaching the Other-side with God’s Greatness: Great God

Purpose of today's lesson is: There is no better way to discover what God is like than to look at His names. In these seven Redemptive names we will seek to understand how God cares for us.

New Living Translation (Naham1:7)
The LORD is good,a strong refuge when trouble comes.He is close to those who trust in him.
Key Points

7 Redemptive Names of God

Jehovah-Jireh You are my Provider
Jehovah-Shammah You are Present with me.
Jehovah-Shalom You are my Peace.
Jehovah-Nissi You are my Victory.
Jehovah-Roi You are my Shepherd.
Jehovah- Tsidkenu You are my Righteousness.
Jehovah-Rapha You are my Healer.

Investigate / Application

Jehovah-Jireh You are my Provider
Genesis 22:12–14 NLT
“Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.” Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
The meaning of this name is The Lord Who Provides. The name is literally, The Lord Who Sees, or The Lord Who Will See To It. This is what we long for when we have a need that is personal and special; One who will see to our needs and provide for us. This is what Jehovah-Jireh means; the Lord Who will see to it that my every need is met.
Romans 8:37 NLT
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
Jehovah-Shammah You are Present with me.
Ezekiel 48:35 NLT
“The distance around the entire city will be 6 miles. And from that day the name of the city will be ‘The Lord Is There.’”
John 1:14 NLT
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
Psalm 23:4 NLT
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
The biggest point is that God is Present and Jesus became present for us.
Jehovah-Shalom You are my Peace.
Judges 6:24 NLT
And Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and named it Yahweh-Shalom (which means “the Lord is peace”). The altar remains in Ophrah in the land of the clan of Abiezer to this day.
One of the many problems encountered in living in our world today is the problem of anxiety. Most major disorders of our minds are those related in some way to anxiety. Let's look at some of the promises given to us today by Jehovah-Shalom.
Isaiah 32:17 NLT
And this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever.
Philippians 4:6 NLT
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Practical steps can you take to make Jehovah-Shalom a reality in your life today?
Isaiah 41:10 NLT
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
Jehovah-Nissi You are my Victory.
Exodus 17:8–15 NLT
While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek attacked them. Moses commanded Joshua, “Choose some men to go out and fight the army of Amalek for us. Tomorrow, I will stand at the top of the hill, holding the staff of God in my hand.” So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle. After the victory, the Lord instructed Moses, “Write this down on a scroll as a permanent reminder, and read it aloud to Joshua: I will erase the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” Moses built an altar there and named it Yahweh-nissi (which means “the Lord is my banner”).
The Lord Our Banner desires to give us victory. Read Romans 8 and learn of the victory that is ours over our carnal nature.
Jehovah-Roi You are my Shepherd.
Psalm 23:1–6 NLT
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
This is only one of the three Psalms that are the Shepherd Psalms. Psalm 22 is the Psalm of the Good Shepherd, laying down His life for His sheep. Psalm 24 is the Psalm of the Chief Shepherd.
Jesus the Good Sheperd
John 10:1–16 NLT
“I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep. “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.
Jehovah- Tsidkenu You are my Righteousness.
Jeremiah 23:5–6 NLT
“For the time is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will raise up a righteous descendant from King David’s line. He will be a King who rules with wisdom. He will do what is just and right throughout the land. And this will be his name: ‘The Lord Is Our Righteousness.’ In that day Judah will be saved, and Israel will live in safety.
Though difficult to translate, it has to do with such things as justification, righteousness, and acquittal. When coupled with the name “Jehovah,” it means that all He does is ever and only righteous. He is the sole source of all that is righteous and good.
This has great implications for us. First, how can I stand before One who is always perfect in all holiness and righteousness? I am a hopeless sinner! Thinking of some of our early studies in this ministry, when and how is this possible? How can I, a sinner completely stained by evil, ever think I could stand before a holy God? What would be necessary for this?
Jehovah-Rapha You are my Healer.
Exodus 15:26 (NLT)
26 He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.”
God says in the last part of the verse, "...I the Lord Am Your Healer." Literally, I am Jehovah-Rapha, the Lord Who makes bitter things sweet.

Make it personal

1 Timothy 4:15 NLT
Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress.
In reaching the other side reviewed these compounded names as a
LACK
Jehovah-Jireh You are my Provider
FEELING ALONE
Jehovah-Shammah You are Present with me.
ANXIETY
Jehovah-Shalom You are my Peace.
WEAKNESS
Jehovah-Nissi You are my Victory.
GUIDANCE
Jehovah-Roi You are my Shepherd.
WAYWARDNESS
Jehovah- Tsidkenu You are my Righteousness.
SICKNESS
Jehovah-Rapha You are my Healer.

Closing

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