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"Response to His Agape Love" from Ezra 9:1-15

Points of this chapter: We need to follow what is good not evil and Let us be reminded of His mercy.

We need to protect ourselves in the enemies; the number one is Satan. Satan really cannot be saved.

Deuteronomy 20:17 Completely destroy them—the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—as the LORD your God has commanded you.

They have not kept themselves away, even though how faithful God is to them. Agape love means unconditional love. It's not easy to become a Christian.

Charles Spurgeon says; Be walking Bible. If you always think God's love more than the world, that's the key. Do not follow the lifestyle of the world or enemy. Remember His love.

Mingled means inter mix. Jewish men marrying foreign women. God's people had been contaminated. Why is it that God forbid His people to marry unequally yolk? Is God "kill joy"? God only wants to preserve His people to be holy one and His intention also is that a danger that they would worship t…

"Be Conform to The Likeness of Christ" from Matthew 23:13-39

How do we conform into the likeness of Christ?

Developed through christian character.
God want us to experience Saints spiritual surgery.
Always come to Him.

The pharisees are careful to keep their outside character very clean but God sees the heart. Search your heart what is your motive?
Aim for purity.

How terrible it would be to say you're Holy and Right?

Jesus condemn the pharisees for they have thier own doctrines and ways to enter heaven and by that false teaching prevent man to accept Jesus Christ. It's not about religion, it's about relationship with God.

The most hardest thing to remove to any person are thier tradition and religious beliefs.

We should not copy the example of the pharisees. They keep the people from going to the kingdom of heaven. They can cover up lies.

Know the difference between Sinful anger and righteous anger.

Don't swear anymore. Let your yes be yes and no be no.
Don't break the oath keep the oath you have with the Lord
James 5:12 Above all, my b…

"He Choose You" from Ezra 8:1-36

Can you imagine if Filipinos choose a swimmer who only knew dog style swim to represent our country? No! Just for us Christians we should be really a good representative of God.

God choose you because of His grace and love. Why did God choose Ezra? Overall God is gracious. The Bible tells us that God already choose us before the creation of the world. Isn't we are blessed that God already choose us before we exist.

Romans 8:28-29
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

Strengths and Accomplishment of Ezra:
1. He observe God's word
2. He led the second group of exiles
3. He is concern keeping about the details of commandments of God.

Psalm 1:1-2
1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit…

"Don't Act Like a Pharisees" from Matthew 23:1-12

What should be done:
We should apply what we have learned.
Be a real minister.

The main focus in service to God is to Himself not to you. That's why you don't act like a pharisees.

Moses is the most humble in the mankind of history.

Many people look very good and kind to others but deep inside they are just doing it for a purpose.
What good is it? for they don't have the heart for God.
These people will honor from thier lips but they are far from me.

Luke 11:43 “Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and respectful greetings in the marketplaces.

Whatever that comes out of your mouth make sure you can do it. We should do what we teach.

Ministry not showmistry.

When you pray - with sincerity.
Be careful not to do your act of righteousness to be seen by man for you will not inherit the treasure in heaven.

Even in preaching they preach in envy and rivalry. Be remind do nothing out of selfish ambition.

Phylacteries - boxes containing verses.


"Devote Yourself in The Word of God" from Ezra 7:1-28

The Instruction starts in this chapter. Jeshua means Salvation. Take note that this is in God's calling. Chapter 6 and 7 is between of Esther. The names of Israelites has a meaning on God's word.

Zerahiah means Prince of the Lord. Ezra is a priest and study the the word of God. Especially Ezra was called to be the 2nd to Moses. So just as him, you must study the word of God.

If we have no relationship with God, you will not know that God choose you, and this is the first step to salvation. God's word has a powerful impact in the people around you as you apply it to your life.

Good hand meaning blessed by the Lord. He had practice what he learned.

John 14:15 If you love me, keep my commands.

Acts 13:34 God raised him from the dead so that he will never be subject to decay. As God has said,‘'I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David.’'

The heart in a Christian life is very sensitive in your walk with faith in God.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is…

"He Is The Answer" from Matthew 22:34-46

The Sadducees questioned Jesus regarding the resurection and the Law.
What is the law? In the Bible it was in the first 5 books; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy.

What is the first and greatest commandments?
Love the Lord with all of your heart and all of your mind. You need to have a relationship with God to be able to Love Him whole heartedly. Walk in love. The one evidence of loving God is reading His love letter that is the Bible. Loving with all of your heart and all of your soul.

The first is the spirit, the soul, we have the spirit of God to guide us and teach us. Our soul has only two destination either heaven or hell. To be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord. The Bible is teaching us to Love God with all of our soul.

How to love God with all of your mind?
1) Use your brain for God's glory. Not for your own glory. Example is studying the Bible.
2) Don't boast on what you have learned in the world like you're a doctor or lawyer
Galatians 6:3

"God Is The Blessing" from Ezra 6:1-22

God will allow you to carry on and He will provide your needs. Allow His word to guide you. Don't throw away God's word in your life. Of course God's nature is a blesser, knowing He is providing your needs. Building the kingdom of God will not stop. When we are faithless, God is faithful. Trust in God's word, don't just read it. God's word will never stop into our lives.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

As believers must be a conceit companion of the light of God then we will do His work. Seek the Lord.

Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

It was God who changes the heart of the King of Assyria.