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Desired Will and Testimony of

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I, ________________________, resident in the County of ____________________, State of South Carolina being of sound mind, not acting under duress or undue influence, and fully understanding the nature and extent the work of Christ on my behalf, do hereby make, publish, and declare this to be my desired will for my future days.

  1. SIN DEBT

I realize that my debts against God have been forgiven because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. ______

  1. PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE

I understand that Jesus is my Personal Representative. He sits at the right hand of God. He intercedes for me, and He placed His Spirit in me who also intercedes for me. ______

  • CONCERNING MY PERSON

I devise and bequeath my time, talents, and treasure, both real and personal and wherever situated, as follows:

  • I will develop my relationship with Jesus by: ______________________________
  • I will grow in my knowledge of Scripture by:_______________________________
  • I will serve my family by: ______________________________________________
  • I will support my local church by praying:_______________ per _______________
  • I will serve my local church by committing to:_______________________________
  • I will love my neighbor(s) by committing to:________________________________
  1. SINS of OMISSION

To the extent that I am able in both body, spirit, and mind, I will not neglect the good works which I was created according to the purpose of God for my life. _______

  1. SINS of COMISSION

To the extent to which I am washed of my sin, made a new creation in Christ, and empowered by His Spirit, I will avoid the sins which so easily beset me. ______

  1. AFFIRMATION

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1.  I can

 

13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Php 4:13, NLT)

 

2.I have been Formed

 

17 [This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun]! 18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. (2 Co 5:16–19, NLT)

 

3.I have been Filled

 

4 But—When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.  (Tt 3:4–6, NLT)

 

4.I have been Sealed (Secured and Labeled)

 

13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.  (Eph 1:3–14, NLT)

 

5.I have been Sent

 

21 Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you. (John 20:21, NLT)

 

6.I must be poured out

 

6 As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 8 And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing. (2 Ti 4:6–8, NLT)

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  37 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. 2 And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” 4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.” 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8 And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army. 11 Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. 14 And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.” (Eze 37:1–14.)

 

Can Dry Bones Live?

 

1. God  Brings the Dead to Life

 

2. God brings the body together together.

 

3. God makes it strong.

 

4. He fills it with His Spirit

 

5. He turns it into an Army

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If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is (2 Ti 2:11–13, NLT)

 

 

21 When the Canaanite king of Arad, who lived in the Negev, heard that Israel was coming on the Atharim road, he fought against Israel and captured some prisoners. 2 Then Israel made a vow to the Lord, “If You will deliver this people into our hands, we will completely destroy their cities.”  The Lord listened to Israel’s request, the Canaanites were defeated, and Israel completely destroyed them and their cities. So they named the place Hormah.  4 Then they set out from Mount Hor by way of the Red Sea to bypass the land of Edom, but the people  became impatient because of the journey. 5 The people spoke against God and Moses: “Why have you led us up from Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread or water, and we detest this wretched food!” 6 Then the Lord sent poisonous snakes among the people, and they bit them so that many Israelites died. 7 The people then came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you. Intercede with the Lord so that He will take the snakes away from us.” And Moses interceded for the people. 8 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake image and mount it on a pole. When anyone who is bitten looks at it, he will recover.”  9 So Moses made a bronze snake and mounted it on a pole. Whenever someone was bitten, and he looked at the bronze snake, he recovered. (Nu 21:1–9, ESV)

 

 

You need Someone Praying for you.

 

God’s faithfulness is revealedin what Jesus did and what He is doing now.

 

Jesus paid for our sins on the cross.

 

Jesus is praying for us right now.

 

Look to Jesus and be restored.

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This is a trustworthy saying: If we die with him, we will also live with him. 12 If we endure hardship, we will reign with him. If we deny him, he will deny us. 13 If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is (2 Ti 2:11–13, NLT)

 

11 As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me! (Ps 40:11, ESV)

 

JESUS WALKS ON WATER

 

45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. 47 And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, 50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 51 And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, (Mk 6:45–51, ESV)

God is never Surprised or Outmatched

45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.

 

God  reveals His Glory in our Struggle

48 …And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them….

 

God desires to be in your boat. 

50…But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 51 And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded,

 

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God is FAITHFUL.

9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, (Dt 7:8–9, ESV)

 

15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. (Ps 86:15, ESV)

 

God is DEPENDABLE.

11 As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me! (Ps 40:11, ESV)

 

1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! 3 Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! 5 For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. (Ps 100:1–5, ESV)

 

 

God is WORTHY OF OUR TRUST.

This is a trustworthy saying: If we die with him, we will also live with him. 12 If we endure hardship, we will reign with him. If we deny him, he will deny us. 13 If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is (2 Ti 2:11–13, NLT)

 

19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. (Heb 10:19–23, ESV)

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 If God always speaks and He wants me to Hear Him, what is He saying?

 

Listen to what He’s ______________________________.

 

26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.  (Jn 15:26–27, ESV)

 

God speaks so you’ll  ______________________________.

 

6 “As I was on my way and drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone around me. 7 And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ 8 And I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’ ( Ac 22:6–9, ESV)

 

God speaks so you’ll  ______________________________.

 

26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. 27 And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is so he opens not his mouth. 33 In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.”  34 And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. (Ac 8:26–35, ESV)

 

Other Verses Where God Speaks:

Gen 12:1-3 Told Abraham to Go and become a blessing to the world

Ex 3:16 Told Moses to Go and gather the elders of Israel

Josh 1:2 Told Joshua to Go and take the Land

Ac 5:17–21. Told the Apostles to Go and share the Words of Life in the Temple

Ac 9:11–17. Told Ananias to Go and pray for Paul and fill Him with the Spirit

Ac 13:2–3. Told Paul and Barnabas to start their missionary journeys

Ac 16:9–10. Told Paul and Timothy to Go to Macedonia and share the Gospel

Ac 18:9–10. Told Paul to keep speaking and not be afraid

Ac 20:22–24. Told Paul about what awaited him when he got to Jerusalem

Ac 22:20–21. Told Paul to Go to the work he was appointed to do

Ac 23:11 Told Paul to take courage and that he’d testify in Rome also

Ac 27:21–25. Told Paul he’d survive a ship wreck and preach to Cesar

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