I. They were dependent upon one another.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34–35
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24–25
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9–12
If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. 1 Corinthians 12:26
· The women who are spoken of often throughout the new testament. Mary Magdelene? Mary and Martha? Those that remained near the cross. Joanna, Mary the mother of James.
· Mary, Godly virtous woman who God chose to be the mother of Jesus. Yet, she was also a sinner in need of Savior. She was not the one to who the early Christians turned but she joined with the early Christians to go to God in prayer.
· Jesus’ brothers – James, Joses, Judas (Jude), Simon. Mark 6:3 His brothers were skeptical at best of Jesus worried about His sanity. But after witnessing His death and resurrection they no longer thought of Jesus as their biological half-brother but as their Savior and the one whom they served. James would become the leader of the church in Jerusalem. He wrote the book of James, “A Servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Jude would write the small book their bears his name. “A servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James.”
· We ne need godly influences in our life. Positive Peer Pressure. Godly leaders.
· You need God’s people in your life.
II. They were desperate for God.
As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? Psalm 42:1–2
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. Psalm 63:1–4
· More than the good things God brings into our life, we need God. More than water we need the one who gives water. More than air, we need the one who gives air. More than the gift we need the giver of Gifts.
· Don’t just seek God for stuff, seek God for God’s sake.
· We don’t appreciate when people use because of things we can give them or do for them. But we enjoy blessing those who want to simply be a friend to us.
· We seek God because we need Divine intervention.
· We are desperate from God because we have a reall enemy is Satan who wants to destroy our life. John 10:10, 1 Peter 5:8. 1 John 4:4
· You need God!
III. They were directed by the Word.
The Bible is the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God.
· Inspired: God-breathed
· Infallible: Certain not to fail
· Inerrant: Containing no mistakes
The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. Psalm 19:8-9
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16–17
And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:19–21
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5–6
How to make choices:
1. Seek God’s leadership in His Word.
2. Apply Wise, Godly principles as the Holy Spirit Leads.
3. Ask God to providential work for His glory and our good.
a. Omniscient – knows all things, even the hearts of men
b. Omnipotent – all powerful, controls all things.
4. Trust that God has a specific plan