Relationships – THE WALL

Most people spend all their energy blaming other people for their relational problems.

 

 

Listen to this once a year…

170322_Building the Bridge to Forgiveness.mp3

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/media/daily-broadcast/building-the-bridge-to-forgiveness-pt1

Best-selling author Gary Chapman explains how listeners can work to heal broken relationships by taking personal responsibility and seeking forgiveness. (Part 1 of 2)

Part of the L.U.V.E. — A Five-step Communication Process for Conflict Resolution Series

  1. Listening is the First Step to Conflict Resolution in L.U.V.E.
  2. Understanding is the Second Step to Conflict Resolution in L.U.V.E.
  3. Validation is the Third Step to Conflict Resolution in L.U.V.E.
  4. Empathy is the Fourth Step to Conflict Resolution in L.U.V.E.
  5. Apology is the Fifth Step to Conflict Resolution in L.U.V.E.

Four parts of an apology

The process of a healing apology is made up of four simple statements. Consider how powerful these 12 words can be in helping reach the deepest level of intimacy:

“I was wrong.” These first three words acknowledge that your words or actions hurt your spouse, and they validate his or her pain.

“I am sorry.” These next three words go beyond confession and give you the opportunity to explain that you understand how much you hurt your spouse, and you feel terrible about it. The empathy allows you to feel the remorse necessary for the next statement.

“Please forgive me.” These words inform your spouse that you accept responsibility for your actions and that you want to see your relationship reconciled. You are not demanding anything; instead, you are inviting your spouse to forgive you and to restore the intimacy and connection that was broken. Requesting forgiveness also displays humility from the offender because you have to admit that you have been wrong and you are willing to make things right.

“I love you!” The final three words affirm your love and commitment to your spouse. They say that your love isn’t dependent on whether your spouse forgives you. Instead, you are saying that your love is unconditional and that your heart is fully open.

Conflicts, arguments and offenses are unavoidable, but the inability to forgive can become a person’s personal prison. To remain in a loving relationship, you must grasp the idea that forgiveness is essential.

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/marriage/communication-and-conflict/luve-a-five-step-communication-process-for-conflict-resolution/apology-is-the-fifth-step-to-conflict-resolution-in-luve

 

How to tear the wall down:

  1. Identify your own failures!
    1. Start with prayer – Psalm 139:23-34
      1. Psalm 139:23-24English Standard Version (ESV)
        23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
            Try me and know my thoughts![a]
        24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
            and lead me in the way everlasting![b]
    2. List what God reveals to you, things like:  Where am I failing?  “be ye kind one to another”, “tender hearted” or harsh cold bitter cruel mean, “forgive one another”,   Promises made and never kept.
  2. Confess all the above list to God.  “If we confess our sinS,
    • 1 John 1:9    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
    • Confess just means to AGREE.  To AGREE with God that our sins are wrong.   The opposite of confess is to present God with an excuse that the OTHER person did something first.    Do not let someone else’s bad behaviour be an excuse for me to behave badly.   Confess means to “ACCEPT GOD’s Forgiveness”.
  3. Get and maintain an Empty concience.  Confession to the other person.
    • Acts 24:16   16 So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man.
    • Nothing is more important for mental health and spiritual health than having and maintaining (working on) a clear concience.

 

In you Lord my God I put my trust. My hope is in you all day long.

David saw something that king Saul could not see.  Hope in the lord.

24.24  Andy Stanley – David the Reluctant hero.   David_ The Reluctant Hero.mp3

See clearly.

Act confidently.

Walk humbly.

Recognize that we canNOT control outcomes.  There are too many variables that are outside my control.  Must lean the weight of my life on the Lord who does have control on all variables.

I have no control over all the variables that control outcomes.

In you Lord my God I put my trust.  My hope is in you all day long.

 

Psalm 25:5

Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.

David was and is considered Isreal’s greatest king.  NOT because David was perfect or even near perfect.  David made terrible mistakes.  David was and is David’s greatest king because as king 1) he always put his hope in God.  2) David never confused him self with “THE” king.

Marriage – compatibility – love

“Compatibility is an achievement of love. It cannot be its precondition.” Alain de Botton

Culture (movies and tv) teach us love “happens at first sight”.  No. Love is like fluid poured into a

Nowhere do we realistically teach ourselves and our children how love deepens and stumbles, survives and evolves over time, and how that process has much more to do with ourselves than with what is right or wrong about our partner.

 

Bible Timeline

 

http://biblehub.com/timeline/#ot

 

Old Testament
Before Time In the Beginning was the Word John 1
Before 4000 BC The Creation Genesis 1
Before 4000 BC The Garden of Eden Genesis 2
Before 4000 BC The Fall of Man Genesis 3
Before 3000 BC Cain kills Abel Genesis 4
Before 3000 BC From Adam to Noah Genesis 5
Before 2500 BC Wickedness Provokes God’s wrath Genesis 6
Before 2500 BC The Great Flood Genesis 7
Before 2500 BC The Flood Subsides Genesis 8
Before 2500 BC Covenant of the Rainbow Genesis 9
Before 2500 BC Shem, Ham and Japheth Genesis 10
Before 2100 BC Job’s Suffering and Faith Job 1 – 42
Before 2100 BC The Tower of Babel Genesis 11
2091 BC God Sends Abram to Egypt Genesis 12
2090 BC The Famine in Canaan Genesis 12:10
2085 BC Abram and Lot Part Ways Genesis 13
2085 BC Abram Promised Many Descendants Genesis 13:14
2084 BC Abram Rescues Lot Genesis 14
2081 BC God’s Covenant with Abram Genesis 15
2081 BC Sarai and Hagar Genesis 16
2080 BC Ishmael Born Genesis 16:15
2067 BC The Covenant of Circumcision Genesis 17
2067 BC God Promises the Birth of Isaac Genesis 18
2067 BC The Destruction of Sodom Genesis 19
2067 BC Abraham, Sarah and Abimelech Genesis 20
2066 BC Isaac Born Genesis 21
2064 BC Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away Genesis 21:8
2057 BC The Treaty at Beersheba Genesis 21:22
2054 BC The Offering of Isaac Genesis 22
2030 BC Death and Burial of Sarah Genesis 23
2026 BC Isaac Marries Rebekah Genesis 24
2006 BC Birth of Jacob and Esau Genesis 25
1991 BC Death of Abraham Genesis 25:5
1978 BC Esau sells his birthright Genesis 25:29
1977 BC Isaac and Abimelech Genesis 26
1929 BC Jacob Gets Isaac’s Blessing Genesis 27
1928 BC Jacob Flees to Laban Genesis 28
1928 BC Jacob’s vision of a ladder Genesis 28:10
1928 BC Jacob Serves Laban Genesis 29
1921 BC Jacob Marries Rachel Genesis 29:28
1921 BC Jacob and His Sons Genesis 30
1916 BC Rachel Bears Joseph Genesis 30:22
1908 BC Jacob Leaves for Canaan Genesis 31
1906 BC Jacob Wrestles with God Genesis 32
1906 BC Jacob Meets Esau Genesis 33
1906 BC Jacob Settles in Shechem Genesis 33:18
1906 BC Shechem Defiles Dinah Genesis 34
1906 BC Jacob Returns to Bethel Genesis 35
1906 BC Jacob Named Israel Genesis 35:10
1906 BC Descendants of Esau Genesis 36
1903 BC Rachel Dies Genesis 35:18
1898 BC Joseph’s Dreams and Betrayal Genesis 37
1898 BC Joseph Sold into Slavery Genesis 37:25
1898 BC Tamar deceives Judah Genesis 38
1898 BC Joseph Prospers Under Potiphar Genesis 39
1889 BC Potiphar’s Wife Accuses Joseph Genesis 39:7
1889 BC Joseph Imprisoned Genesis 39:20
1887 BC The Cupbearer and the Baker’s Dreams Genesis 40
1886 BC Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dreams Genesis 41
1886 BC Joseph Put in Charge Genesis 41:33
1886 BC Seven Years of Plenty Begin Genesis 41:47
1875 BC Famine Begins Genesis 41:53
1875 BC Joseph’s Brothers Sent to Egypt Genesis 42
1875 BC Simeon Detained by Joseph Genesis 42:24
1875 BC The Return with Benjamin Genesis 43
1875 BC Benjamin and the Silver Cup Genesis 44
1875 BC Joseph Reveals His Identity Genesis 45
1875 BC Joseph Sends for Jacob Genesis 45:9
1875 BC Jacob and Family to Egypt Genesis 46
1875 BC Jacob to Goshen Genesis 47
1859 BC Jacob’s Illness Genesis 48
1859 BC Jacob’s Blessing and Death Genesis 49
1859 BC The Burial of Jacob Genesis 50
1806 BC The Death of Joseph Genesis 50:26
1800 BC Jacob’s Family Stays in Egypt Exodus 1
1700 BC Israelites Multiply in Egypt Exodus 1:6
1600 BC Israelites Oppressed by New King Exodus 1:8
1539 BC Pharaoh’s Order to Kill Firstborn Exodus 1:22
1525 BC The Birth and Adoption of Moses Exodus 2
1486 BC Moses Flees into Midian Exodus 2:11
1446 BC Israelites Groan in Slavery Exodus 2:23
1446 BC Moses Sent to Deliver Israel Exodus 3 – 6
1446 BC The Ten Plagues on Egypt Exodus 7 – 12
1446 BC The Exodus Begins Exodus 13 – 18
1446 BC The Isreaelites At Mount Sinai Exodus 19
1446 BC Moses Receives the Commandments Exodus 20
1446 BC Moses Receives the Law Exodus 21 – 24
1446 BC Preparations for the Tabernacle Exodus 25 – 31
1446 BC The Golden Calf and Moses’ Anger Exodus 32
1446 BC The Journey Resumes Exodus 33 – 39
1445 BC The Tabernacle is Erected and Filled Exodus 40
1445 BC Laws for Sacrifices and Offerings Leviticus 1 – 7
1445 BC Aaron and His Sons Consecrated Leviticus 8, 9
1445 BC The Sin of Nadab and Abihu Leviticus 10
1445 BC Laws of Purity Leviticus 11 – 19
1445 BC Punishments and Regulations Leviticus 20 – 22
1445 BC Feasts and Jubilee Leviticus 23
1445 BC Census, Tribes, Duties Numbers 1 – 6
1445 BC Tabernacle Dedication Numbers 7 – 10
1445 BC The People Complain Numbers 11, 12
1445 BC The Twelve Spies Numbers 13
1445 BC People Murmur at the Spies’ Report Numbers 14, 15
1426 BC Korah’s Rebellion Numbers 16
1426 BC Aaron’s Staff Buds Numbers 17
1426 BC Priests, Red Heifer, Cleansing Numbers 18, 19
1407 BC Water from the Rock at Meribah Numbers 20
1407 BC Aaron’s Death Numbers 20:22
1407 BC The Bronze Snake Numbers 21
1407 BC Balaam and the Angel Numbers 22 – 25
1407 BC The Second Census Numbers 26
1407 BC The Daughters of Zelophehad Numbers 27
1407 BC Joshua Chosen to Succeed Moses Numbers 27:18
1407 BC Special sacrifices and holy days Numbers 28, 29
1407 BC Vows of women Numbers 30
1407 BC Conquest of Midian Numbers 31
1407 BC Division of Transjordan Numbers 32
1407 BC Summary of Israel’s Journey Numbers 33
1407 BC Apportionment of Canaan Numbers 34
1407 BC Borders and Cities of Refuge Numbers 35
1407 BC Zelophehad’s Daughters Marry Numbers 36
1407 BC Psalm of Moses Psalm 90
1407 BC Moses’ Summary of Israel’s History Deuteronomy 1 – 4
1406 BC Recapitulation of the Law Deuteronomy 4:44 – 31
1406 BC The Song of Moses Deuteronomy 32
1406 BC Moses Blesses the Twelve Tribes Deuteronomy 32:48
1406 BC Blessings of Moses Deuteronomy 33
1406 BC The Death of Moses Deuteronomy 34
1406 BC God Commissions Joshua Joshua 1
1406 BC Rahab Welcomes the Spies Joshua 2
1406 BC The Israelites Cross the Jordan Joshua 3 – 5
1406 BC Conquer of Jericho and Ai Joshua 6 – 8
1405 BC Kings Join against Israel Joshua 9
1405 BC The Sun Stands Still Joshua 10
1405 BC Northern Palestine Defeated Joshua 11, 12
1399 BC Land allotted among the Tribes Joshua 13 – 22
1375 BC Joshua’s Farewell Address Joshua 23, 24
1375 BC Micah’s Idolatry Judges 17
1375 BC Danites Settle in Laish, Take Micah’s Idols Judges 18
1375 BC A Levite’s Concubine Degraded Judges 19
1375 BC Israelites Defeat the Benjamites Judges 20
1375 BC Wives for the Benjamites Judges 21
1374 BC Israelites Capture Jerusalem, Hebron Judges 1
1374 BC Israel Rebuked and Defeated Judges 2
1374 BC Israel’s idolatry and Servitude; Othniel Judges 3
1334 BC Eglon Judges 3:12
1316 BC Ehud Judges 3:15
1235 BC Deborah and Barak Judges 4
1235 BC The Song of Deborah and Barak Judges 5
1169 BC Gideon and the Midianites Judges 6 – 8
1140 BC Naomi, Ruth and Boaz Ruth 1 – 4
1129 BC Abimelech Conspires to Become King Judges 9
1126 BC Plot against Abimelech Judges 9:22
1126 BC Abimelech is Slain Judges 9:50
1118 BC Tola, Jair Judges 10
1100 BC Birth of Samuel 1 Samuel 1
1100 BC Hannah’s Song 1 Samuel 2
1097 BC Jephthah’s Covenant with the Gileadites Judges 11
1090 BC Jephthah, Ephraim, Ibzan, Elon, Abdon Judges 12
1090 BC Israel Oppressed by the Philistines Judges 13
1075 BC Samson’s Marriage and Riddle Judges 14
1075 BC Samson Burns the Philistine Crops Judges 15
1075 BC Samson and Delilah Judges 16
1070 BC Battle of Shiloh 1 Samuel 3
1070 BC Philistines Take the Ark 1 Samuel 4, 5
1070 BC Philistines Return the Ark to Israel 1 Samuel 6
1070 BC Ark brought to Abinadab’s House 1 Samuel 7
1050 BC Israelites Repent at Mizpeh 1 Samuel 7:3
1043 BC Saul Becomes King 1 Samuel 8 – 10
1042 BC Saul Defeats the Ammonites 1 Samuel 11, 12
1041 BC Saul’s War with the Philistines 1 Samuel 13
1041 BC Jonathan’s Miraculous Victory 1 Samuel 14
1028 BC Saul’s Disobedience and Samuel’s Rebuke 1 Samuel 15
1024 BC Samuel Anoints David at Bethlehem 1 Samuel 16
1024 BC David Kills Goliath 1 Samuel 17
1015 BC Jonathan’s Friendship with David 1 Samuel 18
1014 BC David Protected from Saul 1 Samuel 19
1013 BC David and Jonathan’s Covenant 1 Samuel 20
1013 BC David’s Psalm of Deliverance (1Sa 20) Psalm 59
1012 BC David at Nob and Gath 1 Samuel 21
1012 BC David’s Psalm Fleeing Saul (1Sa 21) Psalm 52
1012 BC David’s Psalm Before Ahimelech (1Sa 21) Psalm 34
1011 BC David’s Psalm at Gath (1Sa 21) Psalm 56
1011 BC Saul Slays the Priests of Nob 1 Samuel 22
1011 BC David’s Psalms in the Cave (1Sa 22) Psalms 57, 142
1011 BC David Flees Saul 1 Samuel 23
1011 BC David’s Psalm at Keilah (1Sa 23) Psalm 54
1011 BC David Spares Saul’s Life 1 Samuel 24
1011 BC Samuel Dies 1 Samuel 25
1011 BC David Spares Saul a Second Time 1 Samuel 26
1010 BC David Flees to the Philistines 1 Samuel 27
1010 BC Saul and the Witch of Endor 1 Samuel 28
1010 BC Achish Sends David Away 1 Samuel 29
1010 BC David Destroys the Amalekites 1 Samuel 30
1010 BC Saul and His Sons Killed 1 Samuel 31
1010 BC David Mourns for Saul and Jonathan 2 Samuel 1
1010 BC David Made King over Judah 2 Samuel 2
1008 BC Civil War Between Abner and Joab 2 Samuel 2:12
1006 BC House of David Strengthened 2 Samuel 3
1005 BC Joab murders Abner 2 Samuel 3:22
1004 BC The Murder of Ish-bosheth 2 Samuel 4
1003 BC Genealogies of the Israelites 1 Chronicles 1 – 9
1003 BC Saul’s Overthrow and Defeat 1 Chronicles 10
1003 BC David Reigns over All Israel 2 Samuel 5,
1 Chronicles 11
1002 BC David’s Army Grows 1 Chronicles 12
1000 BC David fetches the ark 1 Chronicles 13
1000 BC David’s Family Grows 1 Chronicles 14
1000 BC The Ark is Brought to Jerusalem 2 Samuel 6,
1 Chronicles 15
1000 BC David Plans a Temple 2 Samuel 7
998 BC David Defeats the Philistines 2 Samuel 8
998 BC David’s Psalm of Victory (2Sa 8) Psalm 60
998 BC David’s Psalm of Zion Psalm 15
998 BC David’s Psalm of Glory to God Psalm 24
998 BC David’s festival sacrifice 1 Chronicles 16
998 BC Psalms of Praise (1Ch 16) Psalms 96, 105, 106
997 BC David Purposes to build a Temple 1 Chronicles 17
996 BC David Strengthens His Kingdom 1 Chronicles 18
995 BC David and Mephibosheth 2 Samuel 9
995 BC David Defeats Ammon and Aram 2 Samuel 10,
1 Chronicles 19
995 BC The Capture of Rabbah 1 Chronicles 20
993 BC David and Bathsheba 2 Samuel 11
991 BC Nathan Rebukes David 2 Samuel 12
991 BC David’s Psalm of Repentance (2Sa 12) Psalm 51
990 BC Solomon is Born 2 Samuel 12:24
990 BC Amnon and Tamar 2 Samuel 13
990 BC Amnom Killed by Absalom 2 Samuel 13:23
988 BC The Widow of Tekoa 2 Samuel 14
980 BC Absalom Recalled 2 Samuel 14:21
979 BC Psalms of David Psalms 2 – 145 (Assorted)
979 BC Psalms of Korah Psalms 42 – 44, 84, 85, 87, 88
979 BC Psalms of Asaph Psalm 50, 73, 75 – 78, 80 – 83, 89
979 BC Psalms of Unknown Authors Psalms 1 – 150 (Assorted)
979 BC David Forces a Census 1 Chronicles 21
979 BC Preparation for building the Temple 1 Chronicles 22
979 BC Preparation of Priesthood 1 Chronicles 23
979 BC Divisions of Levites 1 Chronicles 24
979 BC Preparation of sanctuary singers 1 Chronicles 25
979 BC Preparation of gatekeepers, treasurers 1 Chronicles 26
979 BC Preparation of government 1 Chronicles 27
976 BC Absalom’s Conspiracy 2 Samuel 15
976 BC David Flees Jerusalem 2 Samuel 15:13
972 BC David and Ziba, Shimei 2 Samuel 16
972 BC Shimei Curses David 2 Samuel 16:5
972 BC David’s Psalm of Thirst for God (2Sa 16) Psalm 63
972 BC Hushai’s Warning Saves David 2 Samuel 17
972 BC David Psalms of Deliverance (2Sa 17) Psalms 41, 55
972 BC Absalom Slain by Joab 2 Samuel 18
972 BC Joab Comforts David 2 Samuel 19
972 BC Sheba Rebels Against David 2 Samuel 20
970 BC The Gibeonites Avenged 2 Samuel 21
970 BC David’s Song of Deliverance 2 Samuel 22
970 BC David’s Last Song 2 Samuel 23
970 BC David’s Psalm of Steadfastness (2Sa 23) Psalm 108
970 BC David Counts the Fighting Men 2 Samuel 24
970 BC David’s last days 1 Chronicles 28, 29,
1 Kings 1, 2
970 BC David’s Psalm of Salvation (1Ki 2) Psalm 37
967 BC Psalm for Solomon (2Ch 1) Psalm 72
967 BC Solomon Asks for Wisdom 2 Chronicles 1,
1 Kings 3
967 BC Psalm of Korah (1Ki 3) Psalm 45
967 BC Solomon’s Wisdom 1 Kings 4
967 BC Solomon’s Preparations for the Temple 1 Kings 5
966 BC The Building of Solomon’s Temple 1 Kings 6
966 BC The Building of Solomon’s Palace 1 Kings 7
966 BC The Ark Brought to the Temple 1 Kings 8
966 BC God’s covenant with Solomon 1 Kings 9
966 BC Solomon Prepares for a Temple and Palace 2 Chronicles 2
966 BC Solomon Builds the Temple in Jerusalem 2 Chronicles 3
966 BC Temple Furnishings 2 Chronicles 4
959 BC Ark Brought into the Temple 2 Chronicles 5
959 BC Solomon’s Prayer of Temple Dedication 2 Chronicles 6
959 BC God’s Glory in the Temple 2 Chronicles 7
959 BC Psalms of Solomon (2Ch 7) Psalms 135, 136
959 BC Solomon’s buildings 2 Chronicles 8
950 BC Solomon Psalm of Blessing Psalm 127
950 BC The Proverbs of Solomon Proverbs 1 – 29
950 BC The Words of Agur Proverbs 30
950 BC King Lemuel’s Proverb Proverbs 31
950 BC Solomon’s Song of Songs Songs 1 – 8
946 BC Mutual Presents of Solomon and Hiran 1 Kings 9:10
946 BC The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon 1 Kings 10,
2 Chronicles 9
939 BC Solomon’s Wives and Idolatry 1 Kings 11
937 BC Ecclesiastes Words of the Preacher Ecclesiastes 1 – 12
931 BC Solomon’s Death 1 Kings 11:40
931 BC The Kingdom is Divided 1 Kings 12, 13
930 BC Israelites Rebel against Rehoboam 2 Chronicles 10
930 BC Rehoboam’s Reign over Judah 2 Chronicles 11
927 BC Rehoboam’s sin 2 Chronicles 12
925 BC Ahijah’s Prophecies against Jeroboam 1 Kings 14
913 BC Rehoboam’s Wicked Reign 1 Kings 14:21
913 BC Abijam’s wicked reign 1 Kings 15
913 BC Civil War against Jeroboam 2 Chronicles 13
913 BC Asa Destroys Idolatry 2 Chronicles 14
909 BC Jehu’s prophecy against Baasha 1 Kings 16
895 BC Asa’s Reforms 2 Chronicles 15
894 BC Hanani’s rebuke 2 Chronicles 16
886 BC Elah, Zimri, Omri 1 Kings 16:5
874 BC Ahab’s wicked reign 1 Kings 16:27
869 BC Jehoshaphat Succeeds Asa 2 Chronicles 17
863 BC Elijah Prays for Drought 1 Kings 17
863 BC Elijah Fed by Ravens 1 Kings 17:3
863 BC The Widow at Zarephath 1 Kings 17:7
863 BC Elijah on Mount Carmel 1 Kings 18
858 BC Elijah Flees Jezebel 1 Kings 19
858 BC Elisha Called 1 Kings 19:19
857 BC Ben-Hadad Attacks Samaria 1 Kings 20
857 BC Ahab Defeats Ben-Hadad 1 Kings 20:14
855 BC Ahab Takes Naboth’s Vineyard 1 Kings 21
853 BC Israel and Judah against Syria 1 Kings 22
853 BC The Vision of Obadiah Obadiah 1
853 BC Jehoshaphat Allies with Ahab 2 Chronicles 18
853 BC Jehosaphat’s deeds 2 Chronicles 19
853 BC War with Ammon and Moab 2 Chronicles 20
852 BC Jehoram’s Wicked Reign in Judah 2 Chronicles 21
852 BC Moab Rebels 2 Kings 1
851 BC Elijah Taken up to Heaven 2 Kings 2
851 BC Elisha Succeeds Elijah 2 Kings 2:12
850 BC Jehoram Meets Moab Rebellion 2 Kings 3
849 BC The Widow’s Oil 2 Kings 4
849 BC Elisha Raises The Shunammite boy 2 Kings 4:8
849 BC The Healing of Naaman 2 Kings 5
848 BC Elisha Floats an Axhead 2 Kings 6
848 BC Elisha Promises Plenty in Samaria 2 Kings 7
847 BC The Shunammite’s Land 2 Kings 8
841 BC Jehu Reigns in Israel 2 Kings 9
841 BC Jehu Kills Joram 2 Kings 9:11
841 BC Ahab’s Family Killed 2 Kings 10
841 BC Baal Worshipers killed 2 Kings 10:18
841 BC Joash escapes Athaliah 2 Kings 11
841 BC Ahaziah Succeeds Jehoram in Judah 2 Chronicles 22
841 BC Jehoiada Makes Joash King 2 Chronicles 23
835 BC Joash Reigns Well 2 Chronicles 24,
2 Kings 12
835 BC The Word of the LORD to Joel Joel 1 – 3
812 BC Joash Orders Temple repairs 2 Kings 12:6
812 BC Jehoahaz’s wicked reign 2 Kings 13
796 BC Amaziah’s good reign 2 Kings 14,
2 Chronicles 25
790 BC Azariah’s good reign 2 Kings 15
790 BC Uzziah Reigns in Judah 2 Chronicles 26
766 BC The Words of Amos Amos 1 – 9
760 BC Jonah Sent to Nineveh Jonah 1 – 4
753 BC Hosea’s Prophecies Hosea 1 – 14
750 BC Jotham Succeeds Uzziah 2 Chronicles 27
742 BC Wicked Reign of Ahaz 2 Chronicles 28,
2 Kings 16
739 BC Isaiah Complains of Zion’s Corruption Isaiah 1 – 5
739 BC Isaiah’s Vision and Commission Isaiah 6
735 BC Isaiah’s Prophesy of Immanuel Isaiah 7
735 BC The Word of the LORD to Micah Micah 1 – 7
734 BC Uriah and Zechariah Isaiah 8
730 BC Isaiah Prophesies a Child Is Born Isaiah 9
730 BC Isaiah Prophesies Judgments Upon Israel Isaiah 9:8
730 BC Isaiah Prophesies Judgment on Assyria Isaiah 10
730 BC Isaiah Prophesies The Root of Jesse Isaiah 11
730 BC Isaiah’s Joyful Thanksgiving Isaiah 12
725 BC Isaiah Prophesies against the Nations Isaiah 13 – 22
725 BC Isaiah’s Valley of Vision Isaiah 22
725 BC Isaiah’s Burden of Tyre Isaiah 23
725 BC Devastation on the Earth Isaiah 24
725 BC Isaiah’s Songs of Praise Isaiah 25 – 27
725 BC Isaiah’s Further Warnings Isaiah 28 – 32
725 BC Isaiah Prophesies a King Shall Reign Isaiah 32
725 BC Isaiah Declares God’s Judgments Isaiah 33, 34
725 BC Isaiah Declares the Joyful Will Flourish in Zion Isaiah 35
725 BC Hoshea the Last King of Israel 2 Kings 17
722 BC Israel Led into Captivity 2 Kings 17:6
721 BC Strange Nations Transplanted into Samaria 2 Kings 17:24
716 BC Hezekiah’s Good Reign 2 Chronicles 29
715 BC Hezekiah proclaims a solemn Passover 2 Chronicles 30
715 BC Idolatry is Destroyed 2 Chronicles 31
712 BC Hezekiah’s Illness and Healing 2 Kings 20,
Isaiah 38
711 BC Hezekiah Shows Treasures 2 Kings 20:12,
Isaiah 39
711 BC Isaiah Prophesies Captivity and Restoration Isaiah 40 – 66
701 BC Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem 2 Kings 18,
Isaiah 36,
2 Chronicles 32
701 BC Korah’s Psalms of Refuge (2Ch 32) Psalms 46 – 48
701 BC Hezekiah’s Prayer 2 Kings 19,
Isaiah 37
697 BC The Vision of Nahum Nahum 1 – 3
687 BC Manasseh’s Wicked Reign 2 Kings 21,
2 Chronicles 33
640 BC Josiah’s good reign 2 Kings 22,
2 Chronicles 34
638 BC The Word of the LORD to Zephaniah Zephaniah 1 – 3
627 BC The Call of Jeremiah Jeremiah 1
627 BC Jeremiah Declares Judah Forsakes God Jeremiah 2 – 6
627 BC Jeremiah’s Message at the Temple Gate Jeremiah 7 – 10
625 BC The Oracle to Habakkuk Habakkuk 1 – 3
622 BC Jeremiah Proclaims God’s Covenant Jeremiah 11, 12
621 BC Josiah Prepares for Temple Repair 2 Kings 22:3
621 BC Hilkiah finds the lost Book of the Law 2 Kings 22:8
621 BC Josiah Celebrates the Passover 2 Kings 23,
2 Chronicles 35
609 BC Jehoiakim’s wicked reign. 2 Chronicles 36
609 BC Jeremiah Proclaims Covenant Is Broken Jeremiah 13 – 20
609 BC Jeremiah Prophesies against Egypt Jeremiah 46
609 BC Jeremiah Prophesies against Philistia Jeremiah 47
605 BC Daniel Refuses the King’s Portion Daniel 1
604 BC Daniel Interprets Nebuchadnezzar Dream Daniel 2
601 BC Rebellion of Jehoiakim 2 Kings 24
597 BC Jehoiachim exiled 2 Kings 24:10
597 BC Zedekiah reigns in Judah 2 Kings 24:18
594 BC Jeremiah Prophesies against Moab Jeremiah 48
594 BC Jeremiah Prophesies against Ammon Jeremiah 49
593 BC Ezekiel’s Prophecy at Chebar Ezekiel 1
593 BC Ezekiel’s Calling and Instruction Ezekiel 2
593 BC Ezekiel Eats the Scroll Ezekiel 3
593 BC Ezekiel Foretells Siege of Jerusalem Ezekiel 4, 5
593 BC Ezekiel’s Vision of the End Ezekiel 6, 7
592 BC Ezekiel’s First Temple Vision Ezekiel 8 – 19
591 BC Ezekiel Sees God Refuse the Elders Ezekiel 20
591 BC Ezekiel Prophesies against Jerusalem Ezekiel 21, 22
591 BC Ezekiel Prophesies against two Sisters Ezekiel 23
588 BC Siege of Jerusalem Begins 2 Kings 25
588 BC Jeremiah’s Conflicts Jeremiah 21 – 33
588 BC Jeremiah Prophesies Judgment on Judah Jeremiah 34 – 45
588 BC Siege of Jerusalem Begins Ezekiel 24
587 BC God’s Vengeance on Ammon and Edom Ezekiel 25
586 BC The Fall of Jerusalem 2 Kings 25,
Jeremiah 52
586 BC Psalms of Desolation (Jer. 52) Psalms 74, 79
586 BC Jeremiah Prophesies against Babylon Jeremiah 50, 51
586 BC Jeremiah’s Lamentations Lamentations 1 – 5
586 BC Ezekiel Pronounces Judgment on Tyre Ezekiel 26 – 28
586 BC Ezekiel Prophesies against Egypt Ezekiel 29 – 32
586 BC Ezekiel the Watchman Ezekiel 33
585 BC Ezekiel Explains Jerusalem’s Fall Ezekiel 33:21
585 BC Ezekiel Foresees Reproof and Restoration Ezekiel 34 – 36
585 BC Ezekiel Sees Resurrection of Dry Bones Ezekiel 37
585 BC Ezekiel Sees Future battle Ezekiel 38
585 BC Ezekiel Sees God’s judgment upon Gog Ezekiel 39
585 BC Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego Daniel 3
582 BC Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream Daniel 4
582 BC Daniel Interprets Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream Daniel 4:19
573 BC Ezekiel’s Second Temple Vision Ezekiel 40 – 48
539 BC Daniel Interprets Handwriting on the Wall Daniel 5
539 BC Daniel Survives the Lions’ Den Daniel 6
539 BC Daniel’s Vision of Four Beasts Daniel 7
539 BC Daniel’s Vision of the Ram and Goat Daniel 8
539 BC Daniel’s Prayer and Gabriel’s Answer Daniel 9
539 BC Daniel Comforted by the Angel Daniel 10
539 BC Daniel Prophesies Overthrow of Persia Daniel 11
539 BC Daniel Prophesies Deliverance for Israel Daniel 12
537 BC The Proclamation of Cyrus Ezra 1
537 BC The Exiles Return Ezra 2
535 BC Temple Work Begins Ezra 3
534 BC Adversaries Hinder Temple Work Ezra 4
534 BC Artaxerxes Orders Work Stopped Ezra 4:17
520 BC Tattenai’s Letter to Darius Ezra 5
520 BC The Word of the LORD by Haggai Haggai 1, 2
520 BC The Word of the LORD to Zechariah Zechariah 1 – 14
520 BC Temple Work Resumed by Darius’ Decree Ezra 6
515 BC Completion and Dedication of the Temple Ezra 6:16
483 BC Queen Vashti Deposed Esther 1
478 BC Esther Becomes Queen Esther 2
478 BC Mordecai Thwarts a Conspiracy Esther 2:21
474 BC Haman Seeks Revenge on the Jews Esther 3
473 BC Mordecai Informs Esther of Haman’s Plot Esther 4
473 BC Esther Prepares a Banquet Esther 5
473 BC The King Honors Mordecai Esther 6
473 BC Haman Is Hanged Esther 7
473 BC Xerxes’ Edict on Behalf of Esther and Jews Esther 8
472 BC Purim Instituted Esther 9
472 BC Xerxes’ Tribute to Mordecai Esther 10
458 BC Ezra Journeys to Jerusalem Ezra 7
458 BC Ezra Commissioned by Artaxerxes Ezra 7:11
457 BC Families Return to Jerusalem with Ezra Ezra 8
457 BC Ezra’s reforms Ezra 9
456 BC Ezra’s Prayer About Intermarriage Ezra 10
445 BC Nehemiah’s Prayer for the Exiles Nehemiah 1
444 BC Artaxerxes Sends Nehemiah to Jerusalem Nehemiah 2
444 BC Builders of the Walls Named Nehemiah 3
444 BC Builders Overcome Ridicule Nehemiah 4
444 BC Nehemiah Abolishes Debt and Bondage Nehemiah 5
444 BC Sanballat’s Plot Nehemiah 6
444 BC Completion of the Wall Nehemiah 6:15
444 BC Census of Returned Exiles Nehemiah 7
444 BC Ezra Reads the Law Nehemiah 8
444 BC Israelites Fast and Repent Nehemiah 9
444 BC Israelites Seal the Covenant Nehemiah 10
444 BC People Settle in Jerusalem Nehemiah 11, 12
432 BC Nehemiah Restores Laws Nehemiah 13
430 BC The Word of the LORD by Malachi Malachi 1 – 4

 

New Testament
6 BC Birth of John the Baptist Luke 1,
John 1:6
6 BC Augustus Taxes the Roman Empire Luke 2
5 BC Birth of Jesus Matthew 1,
Mark 1,
Luke 2:6,
John 1:14
5 BC Visit of the Magi Matthew 2
5 BC Escape to Egypt Matthew 2:13
4 BC Slaughter of Infants Matthew 2:16
4 BC Return to Nazareth Matthew 2:23
8 AD The Boy Jesus at the Temple Luke 2:41
26 AD John the Baptist Prepares the Way Matthew 3,
Mark 1:4,
Luke 3,
John 1:15
26 AD The Baptism of Jesus Matthew 3:13,
Mark 1:9,
Luke 3:21
27 AD Temptation of Jesus Matthew 4,
Mark 1:12,
Luke 4
27 AD Jesus Calls his First Disciples Matthew 4:18,
Mark 1:16,
Luke 5
27 AD Wedding at Cana John 2
27 AD Jesus Teaches Nicodemus John 3
27 AD Jesus Testifies to the Samaritan Woman John 4
27 AD Sermon on the Mount Matthew 5 – 7
28 AD Instructions on Prayer Luke 11
28 AD Jesus Ministers in Galilee Matthew 8,
Mark 2,
Luke 4:14
28 AD The Pool of Bethesda John 5
28 AD Jesus Lord of the Sabbath Matthew 12,
Mark 3,
Luke 6
28 AD Jesus Answers John’s Disciples Matthew 11,
Luke 7
28 AD Jesus Speaks Many Parables Matthew 13,
Mark 4,
Luke 8
28 AD Jesus Heals a Demoniac Matthew 8:28,
Mark 5,
Luke 8:26
28 AD Jesus Heals a Paralytic Matthew 9
29 AD Jesus Sends out His Twelve Apostles Matthew 10,
Mark 6
29 AD John the Baptist Beheaded Matthew 14,
Mark 6:14
29 AD Jesus Feeds the 5,000 Matthew 14:15,
Mark 6:30,
Luke 9,
John 6
29 AD Teachings on Clean and Unclean Matthew 15,
Mark 7
29 AD Peter’s Confession of Christ Matthew 16,
Mark 8,
Luke 9:18
29 AD The Transfiguration Matthew 17,
Mark 9,
Luke 9:28
29 AD Greatest and Least in the Kingdom Matthew 18
29 AD Jesus Sends out the Seventy-two Luke 10
29 AD Jesus Teaches at the Feast of Tabernacles John 7
29 AD The Woman Caught in Adultery John 8
29 AD Jesus Affirms He is the Son of God John 9
29 AD The Shepherd and His Flock John 10
30 AD Jesus Speaks More Parables Luke 12 – 16
30 AD Jesus Cleanses the Ten Lepers Luke 17
30 AD Jesus Raises Lazarus John 11
30 AD Final Journey to Jerusalem Matthew 19, 20,
Mark 10,
Luke 18
30 AD The Triumphal Entry Matthew 21,
Mark 11,
Luke 19,
John 12
30 AD Closing Ministry in Jerusalem Matthew 22 – 25,
Mark 12, 13,
Luke 20, 21
30 AD Thursday Before Passover Matthew 26,
Mark 14,
Luke 22,
John 13
30 AD Jesus Comforts His Disciples John 14
30 AD Jesus the True Vine John 15
30 AD Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit John 16
30 AD Jesus’ Intercessory prayers John 17
30 AD Jesus’ Betrayal, Trial, Crucifixion Matthew 27,
Mark 15,
Luke 23,
John 18, 19
30 AD Jesus’ Resurrection Matthew 28,
Mark 16,
Luke 24,
John 20, 21
30 AD The Ascension Acts 1
30 AD Matthias Chosen by Lot Acts 1:12
30 AD The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost Acts 2
30 AD Peter Heals and Preaches Acts 3
30 AD Peter and John Arrested and Released; Acts 4
30 AD Believers Share All Acts 4:32
30 AD Deaths of Ananias and Sapphira Acts 5
30 AD Apostles Preach and Heal Acts 5:11
31 AD Stephen’s Speech, Stoning and Death Acts 6, 7
31 AD Saul Persecutes the Church Acts 8
31 AD Philip in Samaria Acts 8:3
31 AD Simon the Sorcerer Acts 8:9
31 AD Philip and the Ethiopian Acts 8:26
34 AD Saul’s Conversion Acts 9
37 AD Peter Preaches to the Gentiles Acts 10, 11
42 AD Barnabas Sent to Antioch Acts 11:22
42 AD Peter Led from Prison by the Angel Acts 12
44 AD Herod Agrippa Dies Acts 12:20
45 AD James Writes his Letter James 1 – 5
48 AD Paul’s First Missionary Journey Acts 13
48 AD Paul preaches in Pisidian Antioch Acts 13:14
48 AD Paul and Barnabas in Iconium Acts 14
48 AD Paul and Barnabas in Lystra and Derbe Acts 14:8
48 AD Paul and Barnabas Return to Syrian Antioch Acts 14:21
48 AD Return to Syrian Antioch Acts 14:24
48 AD The Council at Jerusalem Acts 15
49 AD Paul’s Second Missionary Journey Acts 15:36
49 AD Paul in Philippi Acts 16
49 AD Paul in Thessalonica, Berea, Athens Acts 17
51 AD Paul in Corinth Acts 18
51 AD Paul Writes to the Thessalonians 1 Thess. 1 – 5
52 AD Paul Writes again to the Thessalonians 2 Thess. 1 – 3
54 AD Paul in Ephesus Acts 19
54 AD Paul Writes to the Corinthians 1 Corinthians 1 – 16
54 AD Paul Writes to the Galatians Galatians 1 – 6
57 AD Paul in Macedonia and Greece Acts 20
57 AD Paul Writes to the Romans Romans 1 – 16
57 AD Paul Writes again to the Corinthians 2 Corinthians 1 – 13
59 AD Paul Returns to Jerusalem Acts 21 – 23
60 AD Paul imprisoned in Caesarea Acts 24
62 AD Paul Before Festus Acts 25
62 AD Paul Before Agrippa Acts 26
62 AD Paul Sails for Rome Acts 27
62 AD The Shipwreck Acts 27:13
62 AD Paul Ashore at Malta Acts 28
62 AD Paul Preaches at Rome Acts 28:11
62 AD Paul Writes to the Ephesians Ephesians 1 – 6
62 AD Paul Writes to the Philippians Philippians 1 – 4
62 AD Paul Writes to the Colossians Colossians 1 – 4
62 AD Paul Writes to Philemon Philemon 1
63 AD Paul Writes to Timothy 1 Timothy 1 – 6
64 AD Peter Writes his First Letter 1 Peter 1 – 5
66 AD Paul Writes to Titus Titus 1 – 3
67 AD Paul Writes Again to Timothy 2 Timothy 1 – 4
67 AD Peter Writes his Second Letter 2 Peter 1 – 3
68 AD Letter to the Hebrews Hebrews 1 – 13
68 AD Jude Writes his Letter Jude 1
90 AD John Writes his First Letter 1 John 1 – 5
92 AD John Writes his Second Letter 2 John 1
94 AD John Writes his Third Letter 3 John 1
95 AD John’s Revelation on Patmos Revelation 1 – 22

http://biblehub.com/timeline/#ot

Isaac Lidsky – FEAR

 

http://www.lidsky.com/about/

Reality isn’t something you perceive; it’s something you create in your mind. Isaac Lidsky learned this profound lesson firsthand, when unexpected life circumstances yielded valuable insights. In this introspective, personal talk, he challenges us to let go of excuses, assumptions and fears, and accept the awesome responsibility of being the creators of our own reality.

Isaac states that “your fears distort your reality.” Fear lulls us into inaction. When Isaac was diagnosed with his disease, he “knew” that blindness meant that he would live an unremarkable life. What he”knew” was also a lie, and a fiction born of his beliefs and fears.

Had he not confronted the reality of his fear, he believes that he “would have lived it.” A self-perpetuating alternate universe of fear.

So how can we live “Eyes Wide Open?” Isaac believes that “It can be taught” that our reality “is learned” and that “it can be practiced.”

He shared nine ways we can create our own reality:

1. Hold yourself accountable for every moment, every thought, and every detail.

2. See beyond your fears & recognize your assumptions.

3. Harness your internal strength.

4. Silence your internal critique.

5. Correct your misconceptions about luck and about success.

6. Accept your strengths and your weaknesses (and know the difference)

7. Open your hearts to your bountiful blessings.

8. Choose to see through your fear.

9. Know that “you are the creator of your reality.”

Isaac shared that he “chose to step out of his fear’s tunnel into terrain unchartered and undefined.” To share his life with his lovely wife and four children.

He concludes by challenging us.

  • What do you fear?
  • What lies do you tell yourself?
  • How do you embellish your truth and write your own fictions?
  • What reality are you creating for yourself?

Isaac believes that his “blindness gave me vision.” Concluding, “I hope you can see what I see.”

http://www.inc.com/chris-dessi/9-ways-to-create-your-own-inspiring-reality-according-to-this-profound-ted-talk.html

Worldview

When we work backwards from decisions people make it reveals pieces of their worldview.

  1. Have an experience
    • hear something
    • see something
  2. Have a Feeling
  3. Comtemplate/think/try to understand
    • To understand we often create a narrative or story
  4. Form a understanding of reality – WORLDVIEW
  5. We need to do something – decision
    • decisions we make are based on our belief (truth)
  6. Take action
  7. We have an experience (loop starts again)

Harder to UNlearn a WORLDVIEW then it is to learn a worldview because our pre-existing worldview colors what we see and hear.

Before we can be sure of belief and put faith in our percieved “truth” we must examine more than just our WORLDVIEW but the foundational truth that formed that WORLDVIEW.

 

http://www.allaboutworldview.org/worldviews.htm

Worldviews – What’s Your Worldview?
Have you ever thought about your own worldview? Have you ever really examined it, tested it, and poked holes in it? What’s your personal worldview?

In the Foreword to Making Sense of Your World, Dr. Norman Geisler declares: “The truth is that a worldview is like colored glasses; it colors everything at which we look. It is a grid through which one views all of life. As such it helps form our thoughts, values, and decisions. The tragedy is that most people do not even know what their worldview is, how they got it, and how important it is in their lives.”3

At Summit Ministries, they help us understand our worldviews by examining our core beliefs across ten major categories of thought: (1) Theology, (2) Philosophy, (3) Ethics, (4) Biology, (5) Psychology, (6) Sociology, (7) Law, (8) Politics, (9) Economics, and (10) History. Your collection of views across these ten categories will help you understand your overall worldview, whether Christian Theistic, Secular Humanist, Cosmic Humanist (Eastern Philosophy and/or Western New Age), Islamic, Marxist-Leninist, or Postmodern.4

Worldviews – Your Answers to Basic Life Questions
Another way to start understanding your personal worldview to see how you answer key life questions. James Sire uses seven central questions to get to the heart of anyone’s worldview:

  1. What is prime reality – the really real? To this we might answer God, or the gods, or the material cosmos.
  2. What is the nature of external reality, that is, the world around us? Here our answers point to whether we see the world as created or autonomous, as chaotic or orderly, as matter or spirit, or whether we emphasize our subjective, personal relationship to the world or its objectivity apart from us.
  3. What is a human being? To this we might answer a highly complex machine, a sleeping god, a person made in the image of God, a “naked ape.”
  4. What happens to a person at death? Here we might reply personal extinction, or transformation to a higher state, or reincarnation, or departure to a shadowy existence on “the other side.”
  5. Why is it possible to know anything at all? Sample answers include the idea that we are made in the image of an all-knowing God or that consciousness and rationality developed under the contingencies of survival in a long process of evolution.
  6. How do we know what is right and wrong? Again, perhaps we are made in the image of a God whose character is good; or right and wrong are determined by human choice alone or what feels good; or the notions of simply developed under an impetus toward cultural or physical survival.
  7. What is the meaning of human history? To this we might answer, to realize the purpose of God or the gods, to make a paradise on earth, to prepare a people for a life in community with a loving and holy God, and so forth.5

Worldviews – Conclusion
Whether we realize it or not, worldviews are fundamental. A cohesive worldview provides the foundation for our moral values and corresponding actions. Our worldview provides the holistic perspective from which we interpret ambiguous evidence. When confronted with more than one plausible interpretation, we always interpret evidence in a manner consistent with how we already see the world.

But remember, worldviews can be conscious or subconscious — consistent or inconsistent — true, partially true, or entirely false. Therefore, a seemingly rational worldview can be terribly wrong. Even the most educated person alive can hold a false view of reality. So, we ask again, have you really examined your worldview lately? Is your belief system really supported by reality?

Why a small church is best.

MR. PETERSON: That’s true. We go to a small church. When I was a pastor of a congregation, people would leave and say, “How do I pick a church?”

MS. TIPPETT: Yeah.

MR. PETERSON: And my usual question, my usual answer was go to the closest church where you live, and the smallest. And if after six months it’s just not working, go to the next smallest. [laughs]

MS. TIPPETT: [laughs] OK, so what is it about small rather than big?

MR. PETERSON: Because you have to deal with people as they are. And you’ve got to learn how to love them when they’re not loveable. And we go to a church now that’s — I’m a Presbyterian, but it’s a Lutheran church. And most of the people are my age. And our pastor is young. And he’s a really good pastor. But I don’t go to church — I mean, I go there to be immersed in what I don’t know about. And these people. I mean, there’s 80 people in church, and I don’t — I know some of them quite well. I grew up with many of them. I would just — they still treat me like a little kid.

 

So the most valuable thing in the world is the human experience.

  1. Human experience is a gift from God
  2. Human experience is a squaredance – Father, Son, Holy Spirit + Me
  3. Human experience is not designed to be done alone
  4. The best possible human experience is characterized by an order of loves
    1. Love God First
      • love wife
      • love kids
      • love family
      • love people from church
    2. Love neighbour
  5. We are given a purpose and a promise from God
    1. Glorify God
      • Keep his loves in correct order
      • Fulfill his plan – best possible human experience for each and every person
      • we are God’s hands
      • To fulfill his plan we must learn – Because you have to deal with people as they are.   Best done in a small church, small community, small group
  6. God’s promises
    • Love rules all.   Main thing is LOVE:
    • Love is patient and kind.
    • Love does not envy or boast
    • Love is not arrogant or rude
    • Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful.
    • Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing
    • Love rejoices with the truth.
    • Love bears all things
    • Love believes all things
    • Love hopes all things
    • Love endures all things.
    • Love never ends

 

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.   And it is because of LOVE (in the right order) that we have other promises:

  • Peace on earth and goodwill – Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased”
  • Justice
Addictions
And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

 

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

 

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

 

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

 

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

 

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

 

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

 

Deliverance from demonic harassment
The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

 

For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

 

Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

 

And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

 

And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

 

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

 

Depression
The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

 

The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

 

Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.

 

Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

 

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

 

For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.

 

It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

 

Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 

Family
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

 

But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;

 

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

 

The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.

 

For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:

 

But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.

 

And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers…

 

Fear
The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

 

And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

 

I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

 

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

 

For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

 

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

 

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

 

Filling of Holy Spirit
Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

 

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

 

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

 

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

 

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.

 

That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

 

Finances / Jobs
The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

 

He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

 

Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

 

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

 

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

 

Forgiveness
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

 

Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.

 

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

 

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

 

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Guidance
And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

 

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

 

What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.

 

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

 

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

 

And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:

 

And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

 

Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

 

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

 

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

 

Health
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

 

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 

Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

 

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

 

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

 

Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.

For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD…

 

But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

 

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he hath committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

 

Marriage / Companionship
And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

 

Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

 

God setteth the solitary in families…

 

Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

 

For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

 

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

 

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

 

Salvation / God’s Love
I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.

 

And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible.

 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

 

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

 

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

 

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

 

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

 

Strength to do God’s will
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

 

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

 

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

 

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

 

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

 

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

 

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Jesus said in John 10:27, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

Perhaps the hardest part of listening prayer is clearing your mind. With all the noise of life regularly cascading through your mind, it can be hard to hear God’s voice. There’s no formula, but let me share a few principles that have worked for me:

  1. Set aside at least half an hour to start. When you are ready, quiet yourself. If stray thoughts come through your mind, write them down on a separate piece of paper.
  2. Read some scripture. Ask the Lord to speak to you through it in a way that you can understand. Ask God to protect you in Jesus’ name from deception.
  3. Then write down your question for prayer. Pause. This is where you wait and listen. God may direct you to another passage of Scripture. He may share a tender word. Whatever you feel he may be saying to you, write it down.
  4. Ask him to confirm anything he shared with you.

Simple Strategies for Better Prayer Times

  1. Use a journal; it will help you focus. Plus it’s a great resource to look back and see the journey the Lord took you on. It also helps fine-tune your spiritual ears to better hear him. Writing down your impression of the Lord’s responses creates in you an expectancy that he will respond.
  2. Use two different pens. I like to use the first color to record my thoughts and the second pen to record what I sense God is saying. The different colors clarify “who’s talking.”
  3. If, when you sit down to pray, you often have a to-do list pop up in your head, then have another piece of paper handy to make a list with any other thoughts that pop up. It’s okay and it’s natural. Just let them come out so you can focus.

Questions To Test What you Hear from God

  1. Was it a clear word or just an impression? God may give us different degrees of confidence in what he has said. We therefore need to humbly admit our fallibility. Get someone you trust to check your impression and to confirm it or not.
  2. Does it exalt Christ? (John 16:14)
  3. Is it scriptural? Scripture is our authority. God does not contradict himself. (Proverbs 30:5-6)
  4. Do other Christians confirm it? (Proverbs 20:18, Proverbs 15:22)
  5. Does God cause it to actually take place? (Isaiah 55:11, Deuteronomy 18:21-22)