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CHARACTER MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE
(Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

INTRO – FOUND THESE SCRIPTURES MOTHER GAMBLE
* SHE WAS A GODLY WOMAN
* A WOMAN OF FAITH – WHO FEARED THE LORD
* SHE WAS A COMPASSIONATE WOMEN WHO GAVE
TO THE POOR AND RESISTED THE PROUD.
* WHY DID SHE WRITE THESE DOWN?
* DID SHE PREACH FROM THIS PASSAGE?
* IS SO WHAT DID SHE PREACH AND TO WHOM?
PS 1:1 – 2 – THE FORMATION OF CHARACTER
* BLESSED IS THE MAN THAT WALKETH NOT IN THE COUNSEL (ADVISE, WISDOM)
OF THE UNGODLY
* NOR STANDETH (HANG OUT, HANG AROUND WITH ) IN THE WAY OF SINNERS
* NOR SITTETH (IDENTIFY WITH) IN THE SEAT OF THE SCORNFUL
* BUT HIS DELIGHT IS IN THE LAW OF THE LORD …
* NOTE THE PROGRESSION: WALKETH, STANDETH, SITTETH…
* YOU EVENTUALLY BECOME LIKE YOU HANG AROUND WITH
ISA 58:9 – 12 – THE BLESSINGS OF CHARACTER
* THEN SHALT THOU CALL, AND THE LORD SHALL ANSWER
* THOU SHALT CRY, AND HE SHALL SAY, HERE I AM
* IF YOU DO NOT DO THESE THINGS:
==> THOU TAKE AWAY FROM THE MIDST OF THEE THE YOKE (YOU PLACE UPON THE POOR & THE DOWN TRODDEN (PHARISEES))
==> THE PUTTING FORTH OF THE FINGER, (ACCUSATION, BLAME)
==> AND SPEAKING VANITY (PRIDE)
* AND IF YOU DO THESE THINGS:
THOU DRAW OUT THY SOUL TO THE HUNGRY (COMPASSION)
AND SATISFY THE AFFLICTED SOUL (THE DOWN TRODDEN)
JAM 1:27 PURE RELIGION AND UNDEFILED BEFORE GOD AND THE FATHER IS THIS, TO VISIT THE FATHERLESS AND WIDOWS IN THEIR AFFLICTION, AND TO KEEP HIMSELF UNSPOTTED FROM THE WORLD.
* THESE BLESSINGS WILL FOLLOW:
THY LIGHT RISE IN OBSCURITY & THY DARKNESS
BE AS THE NOONDAY (HONOR & RECOGNITION),
THE LORD SHALL GUIDE THEE CONTINUALLY (DIVINE GUIDANCE)
SATISFY THY SOUL IN DROUGHT (SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS) &
AND MAKE FAT THY BONES (PHYSICAL BLESSINGS)
AND THOU SHALT BE LIKE A WATERED GARDEN,
AND LIKE A SPRING OF WATER, WHOSE WATERS FAIL NOT
(YOU SHALL BE A CONTINUAL BLESSING TO YOUR FAMILY & OTHERS).
THESE BLESSINGS WILL CONTINUE INTO FUTURE GENERATIONS:
AND THEY THAT SHALL BE OF THEE (YOUR CHILDREN & GRAND CHILDREN)
SHALL BUILD THE OLD WASTE PLACES (SPIRITUAL & MATERIAL DEVASTATION)
THOU SHALT RAISE UP THE FOUNDATIONS OF MANY GENERATIONS
(A FOUNDATION THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS CAN BUILD UPON)
AND THOU SHALT BE CALLED, THE REPAIRER OF THE BREACH,
THE RESTORER OF PATHS TO DWELL IN.
EZE 22:30 – 31 – THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF CHARACTER
WHO WILL IDENTIFY WITH HIS CAUSE AND INTERCEDE FOR THE SIN AND INIQUITY
* I SOUGHT FOR A MAN AMONG THEM,
THAT SHOULD MAKE UP THE HEDGE, AND STAND IN THE GAP BEFORE ME FOR THE LAND
BUT I FOUND NONE. THAT I SHOULD NOT DESTROY IT:
NO ONE LIKE ABRAHAM INTERCEDED FOR SODOM.
* THEREFORE HAVE I POURED OUT MINE INDIGNATION UPON THEM;
I HAVE CONSUMED THEM WITH THE FIRE OF MY WRATH:
THEIR OWN WAY HAVE I RECOMPENSED UPON THEIR HEADS, SAITH THE LORD GOD.
CONCLUSION – GOD GAVE ADAM SPIRITUAL DOMINION. THE 2ND ADAM SUCCEEDED WHERE THE 1ST ADAM FAILED. WE WERE CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE AND LIKENESS…JESUS WAS THE RESTORER OF THE BREACH (OUR SINFUL CHARACTER)…WE CONTINUE HIS WORK (ONLY AFTER OUR CHARACTER HAS BEEN RESTORED)..

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