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: 05/14/2017

Presenter: Benjamin D. Arazu

Title: Biblical Definition of Life (continued)

Notes:

What a great God we serve! Thank God for Mother's! Appreciate your mother every day, not just one day a year.

Last week we talked about the biblical definition of life. If you have the wrong impression about life you won't love God. Your understanding about life will determine how you interact with people.

A lot of people have quit the church because they had a wrong perception about life. They thought life is about what you have or should have. But this is not life. Life isn't about what you have or don't have (unless of course what you have is a relationship with Christ).

Don't define your life by what you have or don't have. Beware of covetousness (Luke 12:15). Life is not defined by what you have. You don't have life just because you are rich or drive a nice car. God wants our goodness but he doesn't want us to base our life on what we don't have.

To enjoy pleasure is vanity (Ecclesiastes 2:1). You can't define life by your level of happiness. You can't define your relationship with God by your being happy. The world cannot define what life is.

1 John 3:1-3 is emphasizing the highest level of honor. The highest level of honor you possess is that you are called a child of God. That you are called to God's service. We don't have all it takes to be qualified. God gives us the grace to be qualified. On our own, we cannot be. The highest honor is not driving an expensive car or living in a mansion (these things cannot give you true joy).

The world does not know who you are and shouldn't define how you live. The world does not know God. Do not define your joy based on what the world offers. Your life shouldn't be defined by what the world offers, and certainly not by what they sell on television.

There is a difference between happiness and joy (Ecclesiastes 2:2). The world will never understand joy. People are happy because there is money in their pockets, a car in their driveway, and a nice house to live in. But because of this they will not know joy.

Having fun is not a bad thing, but you cannot define your life on having fun. If you don't define life accurately based on the life given, it will affect how you worship. Don't become a Christian Contractor. Don't worship God based on what you are given materialistically or by telling God "if you give me this I will serve you."

If you aren't careful you will not think serving God is fun. But it is. Treasure is what everyone wants to have (2 Corinthians 4:7). Everyone wants treasure. But be careful. Our way of defining treasure should be aligned with the way God defines treasure and not by the worlds definition. The power of the Holy Ghost is a treasure.

God can make a way for you. God will perform miracles for you. Having a miracle does not define your relationship with God. If you trust God for deliverance, he will deliver you but that doesn't define what life is about.

We are troubled on every side (2 Corinthians 4:8) but it can't weigh you down because there is a treasure in you. You are not defined by your troubles. If troubles come they should not define your mood. Jesus is the door of life. If another door closes for you, make sure the door for Christ is open. We can have lots of troubles around us, but we will not be defeated.

You will not have joy if you define your life on what you have. You need to define your life on having God in your life.

Greater is He that is in me than he who is in the world. Every time you give yourself to God, the enemy will try to come against you but you will have victory because you have this treasure. Listen to that small voice in you. You will be able to overcome because there is a treasure in you. Life is not defined by people, but by the treasure in you. If you don't have this treasure, look for it, sell everything to get it (Matthew 13:44).

We, as children of God, do not give up the hope of living even when we are perplexed (when you don't know what to do). Don't allow material things, nor troubles, to affect your relationship with God.

Believe even against hope (Romans 4:18-20) because there is a treasure in you. Believe in hope even when it seems impossible. At this point in Abraham's life he was without hope. He was worried he would have to give his inheritance to his slave but God had other plans. Abraham was not weak in faith and that is what saved him. The treasure we are talking about gives us a way out. You may not have money in your pocket, but the treasure in you will tell you that you are blessed; that there is a way out.

Even though Sarah's womb was dead, there was hope in the treasure. Deep down in Abraham's heart he knew he was going to make it. The treasure will never see impossibility. There is a way out if you have the treasure we are talking about!

There is a treasure in you and that is the power of the Holy Ghost. It will allow you to defeat all troubles and give you victory.

People will try to push you around (2 Corinthians 4:9). When you try to tell them the truth they won't want to hear it. It makes us persecuted, but we are not forsaken because God will never leave us. The Lord is by your side. The only thing you should care about is the glory of God in you. People's opinion do not, should not, matter.

People's opinion do not define who you are. John 9:1-3 is a story of a man who was born blind. People said it was because he was wicked or because his parents sinned. People will have all kinds of opinions about your life. If you listen to them it will affect your worship. It wasn't the unbeliever who was absent. It was the people in the church. People will try to tell you bad things are happening to you because of the way you are behaving. But they don't know you. They don't know your relationship with God.

Some wicked people live longer than Christians (I'm reminded of the expression "only the good die young"). The sinners live longer because God is trying to give them another chance to turn their life around. Don't allow people's opinions to define the way you worship. Don't let the wicked define your life.

Blessed are they that dwell in your house (Psalms 84:4-6). This is trying to tell us about the state of our churches. You are passing through the valley of Baca (means sorrowful). If you have the treasure in you, you will never live in a constant place of sorrow. You will turn it around and it will become a well of praising, a well of worship.

In the midst of the valley of sorrow, whatever you decide is going to happen will be so. God will lift you up and give you strength if that is what you want.