What is true about blessings?

Questions and Answers

Q. When there is much to do, many being saved, but few are harvesting, what should we do?
A. Luke 10:2 = Ask God to send more workers.

Q. Why?
A. Luke 10:2 = God is in charge of the harvest.

Q. Since I’ve been saved, I feel more vulnerable to evil. Is this good?
A. Luke 10:3 = Yes. We are all lambs amongst wolves!

Q. What else makes us feel vulnerable?
A. Luke 10:4 = Being a new believer discovering God’s family and many new believers you will continually meet in your lifetime.
👉 One of the nicest things of belonging to a church family is that even when new folks come to check us out, we have mutual vulnerability to one another with only Jesus as a reference point.

Q. What is good practice when entering someone’s home?
A. Luke 10:5 = Blessing it upon entering.

Q. What is true about blessings?

A. Luke Luke 10:6 = Blessings stand to those who are worthy of them (Jesus’ blood makes people worthy).

Q. What if the recipient of the blessing is not worthy? A. Luke 10:6 = The blessing returns to you—and you are blessed instead!
👉Here we have incentive for blessing everyone!

Q. When doing the Lord’s work, should I be hesitant to accept someone’s hospitality?
A. Luke 10:7 = Not at all.

Q. Why?
A. Luke 10:7 = The Lord’s work is hard! Jesus provides refreshment through hospitable people.

Q. When laying hands on someone for healing, what should I say, if anything?
A. Luke 10:8–9 = “The Kingdom of God is near you now.”
👉 If you can’t say these words, you need to increase your faith. Whenever healing takes place, Heaven and earth are overlapping and we usher in heavenly miracles to people. In fact, whenever God’s workis being done, the Kingdom of Heaven is near!

Q. What if people don’t believe it?
A. Luke 10:10–11 = They are doomed; but still, you warn them that these words are true, whether they believe them or not.

Q. How many disciples did Jesus send out?
A. Luke 10:17 = Seventy–two. They did miracles and cast out demons.

Q. Why did demons have to obey the disciples?
A. Luke 10:18 = They commanded the demons to obey them in Jesus’ name.

Q. What is the best thing about being God’s?
A. Luke 10:20 = My name is registered as a citizen of Heaven.

👉The power we have to DO mighty things in Jesus’ name cannot compare to what has made us citizens of Heaven itself, namely, the blood of the cross. What Jesus did is truly great. We do things in life only because God is great.

Q. Why do people have different views of God?

A. Luke 10:21 =
1) God hides Himself from those who think they are clever and wise
2) God reveals Himself to the childlike.
👉What is characteristicof children?
1) They have nothing to hide
2) they don’t nurse wounds
3) they forgive and forget
4) they trust
5) they accept the simple gospel as true
6) they are undereducated
7) they don’t lie to themselves
8) they are not prejudiced
9) they know they are entitled to be loved for who they are
10) they don’t gossip
11) tey sin openly
12) they repent easily
13) they are vulnerable
14) they love easily
15) they believe easily
16) they rely on others to care for them
17) they feel secure within boundaries
18) they don’t stuff emotions inside
19) they are sponges to learning new things
20) they will ask until they get what they want or need
21) they rejoice easily
22) they don’t uderstand riches or poverty
23) they look up to us

Q. What is characteristic of someone who thinks he is clever or wise?

A. Luke
1) He puts his value as higher than his brother’s value
2) He filters what he knows through childhood experiences
3) He would challenge even God about God’s plan
4) He isolates himself from the ‘average joe”
5) It is beneath him to love a stranger
6) He doesn’t work within God’s design as stated in God’s Manual (the Bible)
7) He thinks he can trust a non–believing society to raise his children God’s way
8) He is a terrible counselor
9) He warps truth
10) He trusts no one
11) He has a fear of intimacy
12) He is a workaholic
13) He sees himself as ‘good’ and so does not see his sin
14) He folds his arms suddenly when protesting against painfully true revelation about himself
15) He quickly denies his character flaws
16) He reminas a babe in Christ
17) His fruit is unripe or non–existent
18) He is self–important
19) He has no real friends
20) He sees his unhappiness is the fault of everyone else
21) Counselors run into brick walls that he erects
22) He has a fear of vulnerability
23) He has a fear of not being perfect
24) He displays false–piety.

Q. Ask yourself this: Do I show any of these attitudes of the clever or wise?
Did my father or mother seem to have these characteristics?
A. If the answer is yes, then speak a blessing to your parents right where you are. Bless them with the opposite of each characteristic you recognize. Go to bat for your folks. Intercede for the generations. Learn how at Cleansing Stream or Elijah House.

Q. To whom has God given authority over everything?
A. Luke 10:22 = Jesus

Q. Who really knows Jesus well?
A. Luke 10:22 = The Father, God.

Q. Who really knows God well?
A. Luke 10:22 =
1) Jesus
2) Any person Jesus chooses to know God
👉Two persons in the Trinity are revealed here. Only Jesus reveals God to us.

Q. Were these Israelite/disciples priveleged to live during Jesus’ time?
A. Luke 10:23 = Very! Their forefathers waited for Messiah and He came during their time. Very exciting!

Q. Who is my neighbor?
A. Luke 10:31–32 =
One who:
1) avoids me when I’m in trouble
2) finds my plight disgusting
3) One who finds my plight unworthy of his mercy
4) One who won’t be inconvenienced to help a needy person
👉 So the rules of friendship apply to me:
1) I should be there for anyone in due need
2) Not judge someone’s plight in any way
3) See all people as deserving of my mercy
4) Be ready to go out of my way to help
5) Don’t hesitate to help.
👉The motives of the heart are what we need to keep in check. This does not mean you should sacrifice your entire lifestyle for the sake of one always in trouble, but find ways to really solve problems—like learning how to be a good counselor and finding permanent solutions that you can offer him—and ones that he can choose or reject!
But if a person is in trouble from taking a beating or has been in an accident, do help every time! Where is your heart when it comes to helping?

Q. What lessons can be learned from the disciple sisters, Mary and Martha?
A. Luke 10:38–42 =
1) Note that Martha invited Jesus to their home, then assumed Mary would help her fix a fancy meal. Don’t start a ministry that you are unwilling to see through alone. Don’t assume control over others just because you began something.
2) Mary saw Jesus for Who He was. Spend time with God’s anointed ones. The fellowship is more important thatn the duties you think necessary to host them in your home. Don’t turn a blessing, maturing time into a club event, busying yourself with party details and missing the purpose of the event.

Q. If others don’t comprehend the awesome blessing you enjoy and receive from God’s anointed, will God lessen the blessing on the event?
A. Luke 10:42 = No way! If yo discover God’s presence in one event, He won’t take it away, even if you are the only one in the room who gets it!

Q. How should we pray?
A. Luke 11:2–4 = With this attitude about everything we do:
1) That God would be honored in it
2) With a focus for God’s coming Kingdom
3) Knowing God provides for all His children, rich and poor
4) That we are forgiven exactly as we forgive others
5) Letting God guide us, even when temptation is strong
6) To persist in asking God for what we want until He answers
7) To keep searching for answers until God reveals them
8) To focus on one goal (knocking) until God answers.

Q. Does God answer prayer? A. Luke 11:10 = Yes.

Q. Is our asking God for specific things tiresome to Him?
A. Luke 11:11–13 = No. Jesus emphasized the importance of asking.
1) We go to God as children who are completely innocent and unbeguiling.
2) We keep asking intently without wavering or giving up.
👉 (Don’t get caught up in the thought of inconveniencing God. He is capable of all things. God is the epitome of power, love, presence, healing, etc. We benefit from that power because God is that essence of all that is good. He is the River of Life we jump into in order to really live. To say that He is too busy is to equate God with man and only capable of limited good. God remains unlimited in all things.

Q. What is true of any kingdom?
A. Luke 11:17 = At war within itself, it is doomed

Q. What is true of any household?
A. Luke 11:17 = Divided, it is doomed.
👉Plenty of divided households barely survive, but what dooms them?
1) The parents disagreeing on their roles
2) On how to raise the kids
3) Priorities mixed up
(God, wife, children, work, respectively)
4) One parent gets saved and gets in high gear, taking the children down a new path and leving the other parent in the dust
5) Internet activities consume time
6) Self–absorption
7) Sin
8) Hobbies that isolate
9) Secrets
10) Infidelities
11) Neglecting church and fellowship
Now, apply this list to thousands that make up a kingdom and you have real chaos!

Q. When did the Kingdom of God arrive on earth?
A. Luke 11:20 = It came with Jesus.

Q. When did Satan lose his power on earth?
A. Luke 11:21–22 = When Jesus came.

Q. How did Jesus assume control of the earth?
A. Luke 11:22 = Jesus attacked and overpowered Satan, stripped him of his weapons and carried off all his belongings, including us!
👉Wow! Then why do people still feeel the effects of Hell’s power?
Only because Satan is not locked up and is allowed to play games as we let him. For instance, don’t ask a demon to identify himself. He is a liar and will take that as permission to speak. Rather, take authority over him and cast him away and ask God to fill the new emptiness with God’s Holy Spirit. Jesus already defeated Satan.
We only need to remind the demon of his impotence. For the sake of a person tormented by Hell, we rebuke and cast away based on Jesus’ conquered work finished a long time ago. We have been carried off into the Kingdom of God.

Q. Why are we still here then?
A. Luke 11:22 = To declare it to the nations!

Q. How?
A. Matthew 28:18–20 =
1) Tell them Jesus has been given complete authority in heaven and on earth
2) Our job is to tell everyone the Good News
3) Die in baptism to the flesh and receive life, symbolized in baptism
4) Teach people to obey Jesus’ commands
5) This will last for all eternity
6) Jesus, father, and Holy Spirit are with us forever
👉The gospel is huge, yet simple. I learned to obey the Word, which is not natural to do at salvation. The will needs to be brought under submission to God. The Word of God is packed with counter wisdom to this world’s faulty perspective on wisdom. There is such overwhelming blessing to a family with right priorities as given in God’s Word.

Obeying God’s Word may turn your household upside down from where it’s at now. For instance:
Wife, did you know
1) that God provides all your needs through your husband?
2) that your husband was made to till the earth?
3) your husband learns to rely on God through his labor?
4) that he learns how to lead by his experience in his family in leading?
5) that he will be a good elder some day because he has proven himself at home?
6) if he is not the breadwinner, he will lack in all these things?
7) that if he learns not to rely on God, but on his wife, he will not lead as a result, and he will never be fit to be an elder of the church?

God, give us strong men who will be leaders for You!
Husbands, did you know:
1) that God commanded all wives to be keepers at home?
2) that she is not made to do hard labor and feels like she’s doing two jobs because of her passion for her family?
3) that working brings on incomprehensible guilt and fatigue and ill health?
4) that becoming the Proverbs 31 woman is a worthy achievement?
5) that she feels terrible married to a husband who relies on her income because he lacks faith in God to provide?
6) that she is vulnerable to what you say is right for her?
7) that she will go out there and work, believing what you declare, that you need her to work?
8) that on the weekend, you play after a satisfying work week, while she feels her abandonment of her true calling and tries to compensate for it on her days off and knows she’s doing it badly?
9) that she feels guilty for not being superwoman while you play golf and have more than was allotted to you by God’s provision?
10) that the toll on her life will significantly shorten her life?

Husbands, be ashamed and fix your households! Lead! We need you to lead!

Q. I’m used to a lifestyle of career mom, which takes me away from my family. But now I’m lookig at this verse (“wives are to be keepers at home”) and you are asking me to turn my finances upside down?
A. Luke 11:23 = No, God has commanded it, if you are to receive the full blessing He has for you. Obey Him and see what happens!

Q. But I don’t know how to be a keeper at home. My friends tried it and failed.
A. As all things, we take this dilemma to God in prayer and then wait for Him to move. You nave nothing to worry about. Rather, chasing that career should have convicted you before. Don’t purposefully go against God’s Word. All God wants to do is bless your life.

Q. It’ll be hard to give up all those extra things.
A. You exchange them for peace. Waht wold you rather have?
A knowledge that God provides as per His example in your life now, or to still believe that you have to provide?

Q. What else does it mean to do God’s will?
A. Luke 11:23 = I’m working with God

Q. And if I choose not to?
A. Luke 11:23 = I work against God

Q. So staying at home, I am working, but for God?
A. Luke 11:23 = Yes!

Q. What is important to remember when deciding to obey God about something I previously did not?
A. Luke 11:24–26 = It is important to stop sinning, but that isn’t enough. You need to fill that void with godly activity.

Q. Why?
A. Luke 11:24–26 = Because if you don’t, sin remains, as you are still not doing! Stay home, but fill that time with wholesome things like raising godly kids—read books on godly child –rearing and get ideas from other families who are wholesome.
Plug in now, really plug into your kids, your husbnad too. You haven’t lost your identity—you found it! God made women very creative. Wait on God to see how you can serve Him in everything.

Q. What if I don’t add wholesome things?
A. Luke 11:26 = I am open to new temptations or old ones (like returning to work).

Q. Who is more blessed than Jesus?
A. Luke 11:27–28 = Those who hear the Word of God and put it into practice
👉Women, please allow God to bless you through making the decision to obey God’s Word and staying at home.

Q. I don’t feel important at home.
A. Luke 11:28 = Wait for the blessing that is even greater than the one that was on Jesus’ life!

Q. I don’t really enjoy my kids.
A. Change of perspective is needed here. Children are the future! You have the most important task there is on this earth!

Q. So I work for God in raising my kids for Him?
A. Yes!
👉Just as the Israelites did in Moses’ day, people today drag their sins with them throughout their lives, never giving thought to the fact that their sins alter their lives and handicap their purposes. But Jesus has stated clearly that we are more blessed than He was if we hear the Word and put it into practice.

Q. What does it tke to hear God’s Word and practice it? A. Luke 11:31–32 =
1) Make personal sacrifices: travel if you must, to hear God’s Word preached
2) Don’t refuse God’s message when you hear it
3) Repent when God reveals your sin through His Word or from the preacher
4) Don’t refuse to repent.

Q. What hinders me from receiving blessings?
A. Luke 11:31–32 = Being too lazy to get up to go to church
2) Poo–pooing God’s Word
3) Refusing to repent of my sins

Q. Why was Jonah swallowed by the whale?
A. Luke 11:29–30 = It was a sign to Nineveh that he was sent by God to them.

Q. Why did Jesus die?
A. Luke 11:30 = It was a sign to the present generation that God sent Him to them.

Q. Why are people deceived?
A. Luke 11:33–36 = They think their darkness is light.

Q. What is a sure sign that someone is deceived?
A. Luke 11:34 =
1) Lack of sunshine in one’s soul; it can be seen in their eyes
2) Refusing the light (the truth)
👉There is no middle ground here. Zero light equals incredible darkness.

Q. How can I make sure the light I think I have is not really darkness?
A. Luke 11:36 = My whole life is radiant as though a floodlight is shing on me
👉 Let others determine that!

Q. Why did Jesus challenge the Pharisees to give up possessions?
A. Luke 11:41 = Their possessions made them filthy because they hoarded things the poor needed.

Q. How does Jesus see the church that doesn’t feed the poor?
A. Luke 11:42 = As leaving something undone.

Q. Is feeding the poor more important than giving to the church?
A. Luke 11:42 = Yes. It is only one of the more important things than giving!

Q. What else is important?
A. Luke 11:44 = Keepig pure so as not to corrupt the congregation with my sins.

Q. What does a bad teacher do?
A. Luke 11:45 =
1) Lays guilt trips on people
2) Teaches that shameful history is really good.

Q. Why did Jesus lay the guilt of all those Pharisees and teachers’ ancestors on them here?
A. Luke 11:50–51 = So that it could be nailed to the cross by their proxy.

Q. The Pharisees and teachers here represented all who sinned in their ancestry?
A. Luke 11:50–51 = Yes.

Q. What else does a bad teacher do?
A. Luke 11:52 = He hides the keys to knowledge from the student.

Q. So they know the truth and willfully hide it?
A. Luke 11:52 = Yes.
👉 The more you get to know God and His Word, the more you understand and see how it all blends, what is important in life and how to really live.
Life is simple, guilt–free and peaceful.
Sinful people represent God as not love, but stern and demanding. They make God like they are instead of wonderful.
We are at fault not to seek after God and uncover those wonderful treasures in the present age, as we all have Bibles—well, most of us do.

Q. What happens when you confront religious leaders with the evils they do?
A. Luke 11:53 =
1) They get furious
2) They try to trap you into saying something that would make you look like a sinner

Q. What does it mean to beware of the yeast of the Pharisees?
A. Luke 12:1 = Beware of false motives. Yeast makes bread rise. What makes the Pharisee rise?
Why is he a Pharisee?
Why do people really become Christians?
Are they touched by God or are they comfortable in religion?
We should be careful to discern those motives. How?
Examine the light in their eyes that shines in their souls!

Q. What if I can see evil motives but no one else can?
A. Luke 12:2–3 = All will be revealed one day.

Q. What should motivate me to watch my mouth?
A. Luke 12:3 = All secrets will be shouted out one day.

Q. What is the truth about fearing threats on my life?
A. Luke 12:4 = A murderer cannot take away my eternity. He can only take away my physical flesh.

Q. Why should I fear God?
A. Luke 12:5 = God can take away both flesh and a good eternity!

Q. But would God kill me?
A. Luke 12:6–7 = No.

Q. Then why boast that He can?
A. Luke 12:6–7 = The pont here is that God is the only one who can save us from the murderer and from Hell as well, yet He loves us and protects us from the murderer and also looks after even the physical details of our bodies. He wants us to know absolutely that He cares for us.
We are sooooooooo valuable to God!

Q. Is this how God wants to be known?
A. Luke 12:8 = Yes. He wants us to acknowledge Him to the world unashamedly as a loving, caring, doing Father.

Q. What happens if I get it into my head that God is in fact like this to the world?
A. Luke 12:8 = Jesus will openly acknowledge me in the presence of God’s angels!

Q. If I don’t acknowledge God as beig so good, what am I doing?
A. Luke 12:9 = I am denying that He is in fact this way.
👉Evangelists—Always present God as wanting to make a loving family of children out of people. Who responds to sermonds of hellfire and damnation?

Those who don’t know God as so precious a Father as to look after us so meticulously. Who preaches hellfire and damnation? Those who don’t know this passage?
👉 We get excited about God’s ways and frustrated with the world’s influence. We wish our exhorting would get through, but only my repititions of God as being so loving will make people see Him rightly and change accordingly. It is a lack of patience with God’s timing that prevents me from being effective. God, forgive us! He want to evangelize only in Your way!

Q. What is the only unforgivable sin?
A. Luke 12:10 = Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

Q. What is blasphemy?
A. Luke 12:10 = To speak against something; to deny its very essence. To say that what this essence is, is not true.

👉What are the attributes of the Holy Spirit according to God’s Word?

1) We baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is as equal with God as is Jesus.
2) The Holy Spirit is the Helper, who gives us courage, discernment, and the abilty to love and forgive God’s way.
3) We are baptized with Holy Spirit fire
4) He anointed us to preach the Good News to the poor, release to the captives, miracles, salvation
5) He came down like a dove onto Jesus upon His baptism and at the beginning of the salvation road for us.
6) He anoints us to recover sight to the blind, spiritually and physically
7) He anoints us to set up liberty to those who are oppressed
8) He anoints us to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

Q. So basically, denying and rejecting the Holy Spirit is denying His authority to empower God’s people to do God’s Kingdom work on earth?
A. Luke Yes. When we reject the Holy Spirit, we reject our own salvation.

Q. I’m excited about all that God is doing in the Holy Spirit! The gospel is so simple and portrays God as so loving and merciful. Why doesn’t everyone love this?

Ans: If you want to know God (the awareness of God is in your heart, as God Himself has put it there), then you’ll seek after Him. From birth, you have the choice to seek God. But you don’t seek until God calls you! In that quest are many wrong paths.
At the beginning of the right path is God’s Word in His Bible. If you follow it, read it from cover to cover, you will get an overview of human history until 2000 years ago. Don’t worry about thereafter; it is just a rerun of the last 2000 years! Now, decide that the Bible is the final truth and everything that you hear and see must conform to God’s Bible, including all the religious books ever written. Find a church that believes this and also practices it. Interview the pastor and make sure what he says agrees with what you see on Sunday morning! His congregation should be excited about God’s Word, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
No perfect people are present, just those who are really anchored in the Word and its truth. They should be actively feeding the poor! God’s attributes of loving, caring, and protecting should burst forth from them by the power of the Holy Spirit. If done in the power of the Holy Spirit, there is no exhaustion.
God’s yoke is easy; His burden, light. Most of all, there will be genuine joy present. Church is not a club! It is alive and gracious to its community; unafraid of people from any background and allows gifts and talents to blossom.
Elders should have great, godly families. These are just some signs of church health.

Q. What if I’m in an unhealthy church?

A. Luke Here is a comparison chart:
👉You can make your own to evaluate your prospective churches)
Healthy Unhealthy

  1. The Bible is constantly referred to in its functions (counseling, teaching, exhorting, encouraging)
  2. Many anecdotes are used and little reference to God’s Word is made. Man’s cleverness is taught (psychology, philosophy)
  3. The pastor is excited about and studies the Word most of His week
  4. The pastor puts together last–minute sermons regularly and admits it happily.
  5. They believe God’s Word is the final truth and everything that they see and hear must conform to God’s truth. Pastor teaches this to his sheep.
  6. They believe there are many answers and will not enforce God’s Word as the perfect guide and answer.
  7. Everhthing the pastor does, he encourages and trains his flock to do too (study, counsel, lead)
  8. Pastor think he is the only shepherd and isolates himself from everyday people
  9. Pastor sees himself as just one part of the body of Christ and mingles with everyone
  10. Pastor surrounds himself only with other pastors and so doesn’t receive refreshment from anointed encourages amongst his flock
  11. Pastor doesn’t judge God’s people of any place in life. He teaches God’s Word every week.
  12. Pastor believes all Christians are meant to be financially wealthy. He teaches this doctrine instead of bible study so the flock starves as a result.
  13. Pastor teaches giving as a thankful expression to God. Rich folks give and poor folks benefit (Acts).
  14. Pastor teaches Old Testament tithing as a command of God for today. People give in poverty, then leave the church out of shame for going broke. This happens regularly.
  15. teaches Hebrews 12 faith: “The assurance of things not seen, the conviction of things to come.”
  16. Equates tithing with faith, i.e., the more you give, the more faith you have. Therefore, immature, unqualified people are made elders and leaders. They don’t know the will of God, but they tithe!
  17. People admire God.
  18. People admire pastor.
  19. Pastor relies on the wisdom of others to make decisions
  20. Pastor runs the church. All decisions are his alone.
  21. Ministry to the poor exists with volunteer workers.
  22. No ministry to the poor exists because pastor teaches prosperity doctrine; sheep have no compassion for the poor.
  23. Youth group mingles with elderly and other ages 12. Youth group is isolated from all other ages.
  24. Ministry is awarded to those called by God to do it. 13. Ministry is awarded to tithers exclusively
  25. Outreach to community is a natural ministry.
  26. Sheep are afraid of unwashed or non–believing, non–churched folks.
  27. The church grows.
  28. The few tithers who lead burn out.
  29. Good leaders are installed according to 1 Timothy. No whining—encouraging the church’s unique calling
  30. Bossy, immature leaders are installed who whine about wanting to be just like another particular church.
  31. Pastor trusts in God for his daily bread.
  32. Pastor has his own money.
  33. All the fruit of the Spirit is seen within the church. 18. Lack of the fruit of the Spirit is evident.
  34. The Holy Spirit is invited to church on Sunday morning, along with God and Jesus.
  35. The Holy Spirit is quenched.
  36. People mature and really benefit, learning coping skills and using them in their everyday lives.
  37. People are Sunday believers only. They fall apart the rest of the week.
  38. Pastor’s children are believers.
  39. Pastor’s children are not believers.
  40. Matching of gifts and talents in ministry.
  41. Mismatching of gifts and talents in ministry.
  42. Well–placed, gifted Sunday school teachers effectively teach children about God’s love for them. 23. The children are frustrated in Sunday school and want to leave because of mismatched teachers.
  43. Sunday school teachers have adult friends and are very friendly to all.
  44. Immature adults teach Sunday school; they don’t have adult friends in church (very unhealthy!).
  45. Counselors practice what they preach.
  46. Counselors may be trained, but not using learned counseling skills in their own lives.
  47. Counselors are qualified to give advice.
  48. Counselors are uqualified to give advice.
  49. Pastor protects and defends the flock to the death.
  50. When a conflict comes, the pastor shrinks away from handling it.
  51. Pastor is a strong person.
  52. Pastor is a weak person.
  53. Sheep are worshipers. 29. People are gossipers.
  54. People encourage one another.
  55. People are carnal.
  56. There is freedom to lead.
  57. Micromanagement is present.
  58. All sheep are held accountable for their behavior.
  59. Pastor and leaders are not held accountable for their behavior.
  60. Pastor knows his church is a part of a much bigger body of Christ.
  61. Pastor thinks they are the only chosen church.
  62. Encourages families to spend quality time together. 34. Demands 24/7 meetings of all members (cultish behavior).
  63. Prison ministry is effective.
  64. No prison ministry or else has a weak one.
  65. Intercessory prayer is effective.
  66. Intercessory prayer attracts people who really need counseling for loneliness.
  67. Church is the glory of God, the Bride of Christ
  68. Church is a club of businesses.
  69. People function in their gifts.
  70. Whoever is available is guilted into menial tasks and their gifts are not even considered.
  71. Giving is secret.
  72. Giving is public; even making sermons out of one’s giving!
  73. Prayers are directed by the Holy Spirit.
  74. Prayers are preplanned and read in the pulpit.
  75. People get absolution from regularly confessing their sins to one another.
  76. People live in quiet desparation.
  77. Church services go on until the glory of the Lord departs.
  78. Church services are timed.
  79. Music is worshipful.
  80. Music is loud or else ethereal.
  81. The sanctuary is respected as a holy place. 44. The sanctuary is run over with loud, burping, noisy sheep.
  82. Respect and honor of parents are most important teaching to all children.
  83. Children are taught that their parents are wrong—or contrary based on complaints of children.
  84. Respect and honor of authority are taught to all sheep.
  85. Sympathizes with antisocial behavior because of ‘oppressive’ authority.
  86. Adults are involved in praying for the youth.
  87. Adults have no idea what goes on with the youth.
  88. All conflicts or problems are examined under the bright light of God’s Word. 48. All conflicts or problems are solved inadequately and not according to God’s Word.
  89. Youth pastors don’t isolate themselves from youth parents.
  90. Youth pastors isolate themselves from youth parents.
  91. Archetypes are destroyed in the time of discovery.
  92. Archetypes are tolerated.
  93. God–esteem is high while pride is low.
  94. Self–esteem is high while pride is high.

Q. What actions should I take when falsely accused? A. Luke 12:11–12 =

1) I’m not to worry
2) The Holy Spirit will give me words to speak.
👉 Notice that first, I have to reject all worry and fretting about the awful predicament I am in. If I will do that (it is a choice), then the Holy Spirit will be able to get through to me. See the chart below:
Holy Spirit
Waits for me to come to Him for help
skip the worrying
👉 The Holy Spirit is there to:
1) Give me wisdom
2) Explain truth in detail
3) Bring the appropriate verse to mind
4) Deepen my intercession
5) Make miracles happen on my behalf
Worry is such a stumbling block in accessing God’s awesome power!

Q. What do Christians and/or their leaders worry about?

1) Church growth
2) Being right
3) Being wrong
4) Unanswered prayers
5) Offensiveness
6) Defensiveness
7) Money
8) Retirement (especially pastors)
9) Exhaustion
10) Overcommitment
11) Neglecting families
12) Making the tithe
13) Balancing priorities
14) Keeping big members happy
15) Micromanaging leaders
16) Quality time in ministry and with family

Q. What is the point?
A. Luke 12:11 = You will be dragged before the courts because you are right, while sticking fast to God’s Word. Persecutors may not even know why they are persecuting you.

Q. This persecutor is most often my brother. Why would he do such a thing to me?
A. Luke 12:11 = Sin is a funny thing. When my brother has undealt with issues, they tend to haunt him just underneath the surface, like a land mine! You become the catalyst, stepping on that mine and causing an unstoppable, uncontrollable emotional reaction in him.
Next time a crisis comes into your life, ask God if your own sin or issues are surfacing. Here’s a hint:
If you are offended by someone’s behavior, ask yourself if the behavior was malicious or just careless. Either way, you should be able to let it go. If you can’t, it’s you. The good news is that because it’s you, you can deal with it right there.

Q. What is true about life?
A. Luke 12:15–19 = Real life is not measured by how much we own. Life isn’t about storing up wealth for retirement.

Q. What do people give up in favor of becoming wealthy? A. Luke 12:21 = A rich relationship with God.
👉Maybe not all people neglect God to become wealthy, but I haven’t met one person who did both well! When there is much preaching in the pulpit about God wanting to make millionnaires, teaching the Word suffers with little or no notice. The ones who do notice have no say–so because they have no wealth!

Q. Why do people worry about money?
A. Luke 12:25–26 = They think they have to provide. But only God provides.

Q. Who is a better dresser than Solomon?
A. Luke 12:27 = The lily flower.

Q. What is true about provision?
A. Luke 12:30–32= If we put God first, He’ll provide our daily needs, which is His Kingdom.

Q. What is true of my thoughts and heart?
A. Luke 12:34 = My treasure dwells with my heart and thoughts.
👉Where is your heart today?

Q. So if I am preoccupied with making money, my heart and thoughts have to be about money?
A. Luke 12:34 = Yes.

Q. And if I’m preoccupide with God’s Word, my heart and thoughts have to do with God’s Word?
A. Luke 12:34 = Yes. Jesus is very clear about money. It is a harsh taskmaster and not to be our master. If we chase money, it will steal God’s time away—all life long!

Q. If I have money, what should I do with it?
A. Luke 12:33 = Share it. Sharing stores it in Heaven.

Q. How should all believers behave?

A. Luke 12:35—47 = .1) Ready to serve others
2) Anticipating Jesus’ return
3) On guard for my family
4) Managing my household well
5) Feeding my family
6) Loving my brother
7) Not partying
8) Being faithful
9) Paying attention to my duties as a servant of God and man.

Q. How do lazy believers behave?

A. Luke 12:35—47 =
1) Unprepared for service to God and man
2) Allowing my house to be broken into
3) Lacking sense
4) Running the house irresponsibly
5) Mismanaging money
6) Not feeding my family
7) Oppressing my brethren
8) Partying
9) Getting drunk
10) Being unfaithful
11) Refusing to do what my duties state clearly in God’s Word
12) Being totally aware that I do wrong.
👉If you think you are beyond any or all of these misbehaviors as stated above, think again. We are all capable of turning into complete idiots with the right trigger activated. Be humble, admit your vulnerability and nail it and its negative potential to the cross every day. Saying no to self suddenly doesn’t seem such a sacrifice, does it?

Q. Does God punish people sinning in ignorance?
A. Luke 12:48 = Yes, but sinning in ignorance carries with it lighter punishment.

Q. Who is God most likely to punish?
A. Luke 12:48 = Those who know what the sin is and defy God, doing it anyway.

Q. What does Jesus mean by, “To whom much has been given, much will be required”?
A. Luke 12:48 = People have different amounts of revealed knowledge. Some study the Word more than others, by choice or by vocation. God reveals Himself to those who seek Him, so they know better how horrible and defiling rebellion is to God. They are “aware.” But to be aware and sin anyway is rebellion at its worst. The sin is made clear to them by the Holy Spirit and a sense of God’s holiness is also revealed at once.
Why turn on God? The right temptation designed by Hell rises up out of the pit to test you and you succumb. That’s all there is to it. Wherever you are in your pilgrimage, know that you can stop sinning with a simple declaration: “This stops now!” Hallelujah!

Q. Why do Christians homeschool their children? A. Luke 12:48 = They have been given “much more.”

Q. So the church has different levels of knowledge of God as God reveals it to them in His Word?
A. Luke 12:48 = Yes. According to the commitment to God a person has, his commitment to studying His Word to know Him better, and the closer God brings a person to Himself because of it.

Q. How do homeschooling families integrate into the church?
A. Luke 12:48 = Sometimes on a very frustrating level! It is one–sided, being frustrating to the home schooling family.

Q. Why?
A. Homeschoolers are Genesis parents. They teach their children as God commanded Abraham—as their children lie down, as they walk along the way, etc. They teach required subjects according to the demands of their state, but their children are grounded in God’s Word and are missions–minded.
Instead of cheerleading, they are feeding the poor. They don’t have the backwash of many types of traditional school teachers, so they are more balanced, which may look to the other families in church (and out) like antisocialism.
All children revbel, sneak out, isolate; right? Homeschool kids do that on a much milder level, neither are they preoccupied with the opposite sex as a result of liberal teaching about it in school.

Q. This seems like a good thing! Why do homeschool parents get frustrated at church?
A. Their kids are judged for focusing on Christ–based studies, and spend their time learning very different things than other Christian kids. Espcially high school homeschool kids! It can be a little frustrating to stand out, though his education is much more valuable to him in the long run.

Though judging is always wrong, it is a basic weakness of every believer. He sees people and measures them against his own experience instead of by God’s Word. Like any person preoccupied with judging his brother, he needs counseling on how to trust God with His own.
A homeschooler should consider the source and offer a blessing to the judge and his family, for it is his time for reflection! Don’t mess it up by judging in return! Know that God has really revealed more to you and your family and glory in that knowledge!

Q. I want “much more.” How do I get it?
A. Luke 12:48 = Get into God’s Word and pray. Learn to see TGod’s Word as precious treasure to be discovered and then go after it. Look how different Solomon was! He asked God only for wisdom. Having more wisdom didn’t afford Solomon more resolve not to sin (as his life showed), but God still have him such wisdom every time he needed it. Be open to the things of God. Don’t get wrapped up in religion; in business.
Get alive in God’s Word! Thn practice it!

Q. Did Jesus know He would die?
A. Luke 12:50 = Yes. He always knew.

Q. Which response would this knowledge cause in people?
A. Luke 12:51 = Strife and division!
👉 Within the Israelite people only, Jesus would be rejected.

Q. Who would understand the truth about Jesus?
A. Luke 12:48 = Those who looked in the prophesies given to confirm the truth Jesus spoke of.

Q. And those who confirmed the truth about Jesus got what response?
A. Luke 12:52 = Division within the Israelite family, for only those who are committed to God’s Word have awareness.
👉 You know, if we all could agree that God’s Word is the final truth, we would unite. But people are fallen and they don’t walk closely with God as they should. The more we know God, the less fearful we are of His ways! Of His mission!

Q. Is it easy to see that Jesus is God?
A. Luke 12:54–56 = Yes. Miracles and Scripture teachings confirmed Jesus is God.

Q. Is it okay for people who have heard the Good News to delay salvation?
A. Luke 12:57–59 = No. Jesus expects us to make a common sense decision based on the facts He has provided in His Word.

Q. How hard is it to make a decision to follow after God?
A. Luke 12:56 = As easy as it is to predict the weather by preceding signs.

Q. What do delays result in? A. Luke 12:58–59 = Heavenly discipline, which can take up your lifetime if you don’t repent!

Q. What is Jesus’ teaching about lawsuits?
A. Luke 12:58–59 = Settle out of court.
👉 If you find yourself going to court, it should be because it was impossible to settle out of court. There are some cheaters who will not stop cheating you until sued. The judicial system is for them. If you loaned someone money or things, you do not need the courts. You need to forgive the debt. Then don’t lend again! Never loan something you cannot do without.
That way, if it is repaid, you’ll be blessed, and if not, you don’t suffer loss.

Q. Does this go for both parties?
A. Luke 12:58–59 = Yes. Jesus reminds us that we are able to decide right from wrong, so we should use our brains to settle accounts. Even with cheaters!

✍️🌺Mrs. Kalaiselvi Balakrishnan in Jesus Christ 🌺✍️