Ezra 8 - Pastor David McGee

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Pastor David McGee

Date Taught: September 13, 2012

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Life Lessons Referenced
Life Lesson (Ezra 8:1)

If you have been born again, you are qualified for service based upon God's grace.

Life Lesson (Ezra 8:1)

We need to regularly do (or practice) the right things and not do (on a regular basis or practice) the wrong things.

Life Lesson (Ezra 8:15)

It is part of a spiritual leaders role and a family leaders role to encourage people to serve and to give.

Life Lesson (Ezra 8:15)

Spiritual crisis reveals spiritual leaders.

Life Lesson (Ezra 8:15)

When we don't serve or don't minister, it puts much more pressure on those who do.

Life Lesson (Ezra 8:15)

Lack of service gives place to not caring (apathy) for others and leads to spiritual confusion.

Life Lesson (Ezra 8:18)

When we begin serving, we go from hearing the Word of God to doing the Word of God.

Life Lesson (Ezra 8:22)

When we walk in maximum obedience, we are walking in maximum blessings.

Life Lesson (Ezra 8:36)

We need to serve and support the house of God.

Verses Referenced and Teaching Notes
Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV
21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' 23 And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'
Ezra 8:15 NLT
I assembled the exiles at the Ahava Canal, and we camped there for three days while I went over the lists of the people and the priests who had arrived. I found that not one Levite had volunteered to come along.
Haggai 1:9 NKJV
"You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?" says the Lord of hosts. "Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house.
Exodus 32:26 NKJV
then Moses stood in the entrance of the camp, and said, "Whoever is on the Lord's side - come to me!" And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to him.
Numbers 3:40-41 NKJV
40 Then the Lord said to Moses: "Number all the firstborn males of the children of Israel from a month old and above, and take the number of their names. 41 And you shall take the Levites for Me - I am the Lord - instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the livestock of the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the livestock of the children of Israel."
Numbers 35:6-7 NKJV
6 "Now among the cities which you will give to the Levites you shall appoint six cities of refuge, to which a manslayer may flee. And to these you shall add forty-two cities. 7 So all the cities you will give to the Levites shall be forty-eight; these you shall give with their common-land.
Ezra 6:18 NKJV
They assigned the priests to their divisions and the Levites to their divisions, over the service of God in Jerusalem, as it is written in the Book of Moses.
Luke 10:30-37 NKJV
30 Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.' 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?" 37 And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
John 1:19 NKJV
Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?"
James 1:22 NKJV
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
James 1:22 NLT
But don't just listen to God's word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.
Matthew 17:20-21 NKJV
20 So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."
Acts 10:30-31 NKJV
30 So Cornelius said, "Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, 31 and said, 'Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered in the sight of God.
Acts 10:31 NLT
He told me, 'Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your gifts to the poor have been noticed by God!
Acts 13:2-3 NKJV
2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." 3 Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.
Acts 14:23 NKJV
So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
2 Chronicles 16:8-9 NKJV
8 Were the Ethiopians and the Lubim not a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you relied on the Lord, He delivered them into your hand. 9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars."
Luke 16:11-12 NLT
11 And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? 12 And if you are not faithful with other people's things, why should you be trusted with things of your own?
Luke 12:34 NKJV
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Isaiah 54:17 NLT
No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,"
Says the Lord.
2 Timothy 1:6-7 NKJV
6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
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