Meeting Notes from Large Group Gatherings

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12/11/2016 (Sun) Ransoms by Bishop Alan Bassette
12/18/2016 (Sun) Maturing Disciples by Benjamin D. Arazu
12/21/2016 (Wed) Knowing Who We Are and Who Christ Is by Benjamin D. Arazu
12/25/2016 (Sun) Having a Plan by Wayne Engram and follow up by Benjamin D. Arazu
12/28/2016 (Wed) Study the Word Daily by Brother Benjamin D. Arazu
12/28/2016 (Wed) How Do I Go About a 21 Day Fast? A conversation between pastor and brother
01/01/2017 (Sun) Three Things We Need to Do in 2017 by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/08/2017 (Sun) Who Is Christ? By Pastor Andrew Traub
01/15/2017 (Sun) Things About Grace by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/15/2017 (Sun) Be Knowledgeable in the Word of God and Avoid False Doctrine by Martin Parker with follow up by Benjamin Arazu
01/18/2017 (Wed) Importance of Understanding by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/22/2017 (Sun) Importance of Holy Communion by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/22/2017 (Sun) Importance of Learning by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/25/2017 (Wed) The Identity of Believers by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/29/2017 (Sun) How to Avoid Panicking by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/01/2017 (Wed) The Danger of Religion by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/08/2017 (Wed) The Love of God by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/12/2017 (Sun) Keep the Fire Burning by Wayne Engram with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/15/2017 (Wed) Faithlessness and Discouragement by Bishop Alan Bassette
02/19/2017 (Sun) Bless the Lord by Wayne Engram with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/26/2017 (Sun) The Great Commission by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/26/2017 (Sun) Children's Time: The Blood of Christ by Martin Parker
03/05/2017 (Sun) How to Follow the spirit of God by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/12/2017 (Sun) Knowing the Love of Christ by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/19/2017 (Sun) Walking in God's Love by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/26/2017 (Sun) It is Finished! by Brother Wayne Engram
04/02/2017 (Sun) When did the old covenant end and the new covenant begin? By Benjamin D. Arazu
04/05/2017 (Wed) The Law Written on Our Hearts is not the Ten Commandments by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/09/2017 (Sun) What is the Law Written on Our Hearts? By Benjamin D. Arazu
04/16/2017 (Sun) The Resurrection is a Person, Not a One Day Event by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/23/2017 (Sun) Audio Recording on YouTube entitled 'Activating Prophecy' by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/23/2017 (Sun) The Man in Christ is Fully Forgiven by Brother Wayne Engram
04/30/2017 (Sun) The Man in Christ is a New Man by Martin Parker based on inspiration from Benjamin Arazu
05/07/2017 (Sun) What is Life? By Benjamin D. Arazu
05/14/2017 (Sun) Biblical Definition of Life (continued) by Benjamin D. Arazu
05/14/2017 (Sun) Who is a mother? By Vivian Mommy" Arazu"
05/24/2017 (Wed) "Spirit of Faith" Notes and YouTube Video by Benjamin D. Arazu
05/28/2017 (Sun) Revival is Coming by 3 Guest Presenters
06/04/2017 (Sun) The Spirit of Faith (continued) - The Law of Faith (Notes and YouTube Video) by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/07/2017 (Wed) Spirit of Faith - Prayer in Faith (Notes and YouTube Video) by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/11/2017 (Sun) Spirit of Faith - Prayer in Faith Part 2 (Notes and YouTube Video) by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/14/2017 (Wed) Supernatural Manifestations by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/18/2017 (Sun) (Blessings of) Seeking the Face of God by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/21/2017 (Wed) Spirit of Faith - Releasing Faith Through Prayer by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/25/2017 (Sun) Culture of a Strong Church, a Culture of Prayer by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/28/2017 (Wed) How to Ask Things in Prayer by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/02/2017 (Sun) Worship is an Important Part of Prayer; Pray in Two Dimensions. by Wayne Engram with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/12/2017 (Wed) Two Dimensions to Prayer (cont) by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/16/2017 (Sun) Two Dimensions of Prayer Review and Essence of Godly Knowledge by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/23/2017 (Sun) Believers are taught to know and not to become by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/26/2017 (Wed) Essence of Godly Knowledge by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/30/2017 (Sun) Essence of Godly Knowledge (continued) by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/11/2018 (Sun) Know Your Nature by Benjamin Arazu
03/18/2018 (Sun) Spiritual Growth by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/01/2018 (Sun) Benefits of Resurrection by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/03/2018 (Sun) Righteousness - an ingredient to Spiritual Growth by Vivienna Arazu
07/01/2018 (Sun) Leading of the Spirit by Benjamin D. Arazu
09/16/2018 (Sun) Spiritual Warfare: Importance of Meditation by Benjamin D. Arazu

Date: 05/07/2017

Presenter: Benjamin D. Arazu

Title: What is Life?

Notes:

His presence is everywhere! It is great to be in His presence in church, but we need to remember that He is with us wherever we go - in our schools, in our place of work, in our cars, and in our homes. He is all powerful and fills the air!

What is Life?

If you have the wrong perception about life, you will not be living correctly. You can't define life by what you see on television. You may find yourself asking "How can I be victorious as a child of God?" If you have the wrong perception about what life is about then you won't be productive, you won't be able to overcome the powers of darkness, and you won't be filled with the Spirit.

Our discussion today is going to revolve around Psalms 73:1-18. It is a story of a man who was a leader in the church yet still questioned the meaning of life. Perhaps you know someone like this? Somebody can worship the Lord and still not understand who they are worshiping. You can't reign in authority if you don't know the one true God you are serving. This is the Psalm of Asaph.

Asaph was a worshiper in the Kingdom. He was a musician and a young priest for the tribe of Levi. The lesson today is that you will be limited in your service of God if you don't know what He can do. Asaph questioned what God can do.

Asaph knew what being in the house of God was all about. He was a worshiper and a leader. He could make music with cymbals (1 Chronicles 16:5). Asaph played prophetically (1 Chronicles 15:19). Every time Asaph played instruments he prophesied (1 Chronicles 25:1).

Even if you worship God and give all of your tithes and offerings, if you don't understand life, you will not feel fulfilled.

In Psalms 73:2 it says "As for me" - who? A worshiper. Asaph was part of the ministry. He had seen the power of Jesus. "My feet were almost gone." When you define your belief on material things you will not be fulfilled. Commonly heard among many Christians is the statement "Because I serve God I shouldn't have problems [I shouldn't have to suffer], but I have problems [I suffer]." This is incorrect thinking. If we have God we can survive our problems, but problems will come. The question is if you will be prepared to be victorious.

Life is not defined by your net worth (Psalms 73:3). Having God in your life is worth more than all the treasures in the world. One of the problems is that you see what others have without understanding how they got it. Don't allow material things to define who you are.

"I keep praying, but I still have pains" is the sentiment in Psalms 73:4. God says He gives the wicked a long rope to see if they can change. God will bring the righteous home. God takes the righteous when they are ready. Sometimes God protects the wicked so that they can have a second chance.

The devil won't waste his time on the wicked. He won't attack them because they are already his. The devil attacks the righteous to try to turn them from God. The wicked don't get sick because the devil doesn't need to attack them (Psalms 73:5).

Be content in God. Be content with what you have in God (Proverbs 28:4). There is grace and power in the name of Jesus. He is greater than he who is living in the world. If you live on the mentality that you love God no matter what, your victory will come.

The wicked can be violent, fighting against government, police, and those in authority (Psalms 73:6). Often they get away with it. The wicked have everything they want because they go for it no matter what it takes - lying, cheating, even stealing (Psalms 73:7).

The wicked say things as if they are in charge of life (Psalms 73:8). They talk against God and the heavens (Psalms 73:9). The man who made the printing press was against God but God had his way. After the man died, his children used the printing press to print bibles that were affordable to the average person.

The wicked don't think God knows what they are doing (Psalms 73:11). But God knows. Stand firm. God is going to bless you. He is preparing you for higher heights.

The wicked prosper in the world (Psalms 73:12), but you can't define life based on material prosperity and still be truly content. Don't base your life on your material wealth and prosperity. Base your life on your treasures stored up in the kingdom.

Don't feel that you are wasting your life by chasing after God and not material things (Psalms 73:13). Asaph thought he was living his life in vain. He thought paying tithes was in vain. You can be rich, materialistically, without being in the kingdom. But it is the wrong kind of richness. God gave the gospel to the poor because it has more value than any treasures in the world.

Life may not be easy and you may feel plagued at times (Psalms 73:14) but we are fighting for a higher purpose. Your life is not defined by what you don't have in this world.

If you look at all of these things (that the wicked have) and you are not careful, it will bring you pain (Psalms 73:16). It wasn't until Asaph went to the sanctuary that he understood the fate of the wicked (Psalms 73:17). Asaph was a minister in the house of God and it took him effort to understand what life was all about. It wasn't about all those things the wicked have. He finally understood the fate of the wicked people (Psalms 73:18). They will pay for their wickedness. You may never see it, but know that it is true.

Because of covetousness.... (Luke 12:15) when you define life on material things, the spirit of greediness is upon you. You need to rebuke that spirit. A man's life does not consist of what he has in the material world.

Even if you don't have material possessions, you need to lift up your hands and praise His name. Give your life to Jesus. God is worthy of your praise. He wants you to have eternal life, for those riches are greater than anything you can posses in this world.

Jesus is life (John 1:4). Life is not owning a Mercedes or a Lamborghini; it's not your iPhone. Do not base your life on technology. That is not life, and life would go on without it. In Christ there is life. Don't be addicted to the internet. Be addicted to Christ. Be addicted to God.

So now you ask "Why should I have a life in Christ?"

1) You will live a life of contentment.

2) You will not be moved by what people say.

Don't define your happiness on what you don't have. Don't live outside your means. Don't be ashamed of what you have or don't have. Live a contented life in Christ.

People's opinions do not define who you are. You are defined by a life in Christ.

Life is defined by the measure of Christ in you!