Pastor David McGee's teaching references for 09/20/2012

Ezra 9

Life Lesson (verse Ezra 9:1)

Christians (the real deal, born again variety) are supposed to be different than other people in the world.

Life Lesson (verse Ezra 9:4)

We should be bothered more by our own sin than the sins of others.

Life Lesson (verse Ezra 9:4)

We should each have a personal commitment to attend church.

Life Lesson (verse Ezra 9:6)

We should go to the Lord FIRST when bad things happen to us, our loved ones, or our country.

Life Lesson (verse Ezra 9:7)

Good leaders share the blame when things go wrong around them. Good Christians share the blame when things go wrong in their country, their church, their companies, their schools and their families.

Life Lesson (verse Ezra 9:13)

God, in His grace, will keep us from reaping all the bad we sow and will bless us abundantly for the good that we do.

Life Lesson (verse Ezra 9:15)

God offers each of us forgiveness based upon the cross. The offer still stands.

1 John 4:4-6 NKJV

4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Ezra 9:2 NLT

For the men of Israel have married women from these people and have taken them as wives for their sons. So the holy race has become polluted by these mixed marriages. Worse yet, the leaders and officials have led the way in this outrage."

2 Corinthians 6:14 NKJV

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

2 Corinthians 6:14 NLT

Don't team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness?

1 Kings 19:9-10 NKJV

9 And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" 10 So he said, "I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life."

1 Kings 19:13-14 NKJV

13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" 14 And he said, "I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life."

1 Kings 19:15-18 NKJV

15 Then the Lord said to him: "Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria. 16 Also you shall anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi as king over Israel. And Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place. 17 It shall be that whoever escapes the sword of Hazael, Jehu will kill; and whoever escapes the sword of Jehu, Elisha will kill. 18 Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him."

Ezra 9:4 NLT

Then all who trembled at the words of the God of Israel came and sat with me because of this outrage committed by the returned exiles. And I sat there utterly appalled until the time of the evening sacrifice.

Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT

24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Psalms 38:4 NKJV

For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

Psalms 38:4 NLT

My guilt overwhelms me--it is a burden too heavy to bear.

Psalms 38:15 NKJV

For in You, O Lord, I hope; You will hear, O Lord my God.

Psalms 39:7 NKJV

"And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.

Psalms 40:1-3 NKJV

1 I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. 2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. 3 He has put a new song in my mouth - Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord.

Ezra 9:8 NLT

"But now we have been given a brief moment of grace, for the Lord our God has allowed a few of us to survive as a remnant. He has given us security in this holy place. Our God has brightened our eyes and granted us some relief from our slavery.

Ezra 9:8 KJV

And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.

Psalms 119:97 NKJV

Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.

Psalms 119:98 NKJV

You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; For they are ever with me.

Psalms 119:105 NKJV

Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

Psalms 119:130 NLT

The teaching of your word gives light, so even the simple can understand.

Psalms 119:140 NLT

Your promises have been thoroughly tested; that is why I love them so much.

Psalms 119:165 NKJV

Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.

Matthew 22:36-40 NKJV

36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" 37 Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."

Psalms 118:8 NKJV

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

Galatians 6:7-10 NKJV

7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Romans 3:10 NKJV

As it is written:
"There is none righteous, no, not one;

Romans 3:23 NKJV

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

1 John 1:9-10 NKJV

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

2 Corinthians 6:2 NKJV

For He says:
"In an acceptable time I have heard you,
And in the day of salvation I have helped you."
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

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