A good doctor prescribes just the right kind of medicine for each individual patient. It fits his needs exactly. When we try to teach those who have spiritual needs we must also be able to give just the right kind of spiritual medicine for each human need.
Jesus must have preached hundreds of sermons during his ministry in Galilee. One of the sermons He preached is called the sermon on the mount. and we are going to begin our study of it in this lesson. It is a kind of summary of Jesus teaching, so it has something for each of us!
It is a very important sermon because in it Jesus gives us basic principles upon which we are to build our Christian lives. Here is Jesus’ prescription for everyone Who wants to know the will of God.
What message did Jesus preach throughout all of Galilee?
Read Matthew 5:1-2. To whom did Jesus preach this sermon?
It is possible to analyze the Sermon on the Mount in to its Nine sections, by doing this we are doing an of it.
Three chapters (5,6,7) of Maatthew are given to the sermon.
So, since each of the three chapters has the same number of groups of statutes in it, (3), we can easily see how many groups of statutes are in the whole sermon.
Group 1 (5:1-12
Read Matthew 5:1-12
There is one word in the first few verses of Matthew 5 which is repeated over and over again. What is this word? How many times is it used?
One word of caution at this point! There is a difference between a Bible translation and a paraphrase of the Bible. Both the Translation and the paraphrase are valuable, but a translation pays closer attention to the exact wording of the original manuscripts of the Bible. A paraphrase is more concerned about putting down the meaning in words which are easy to understand (e.g. Living Bible). The writer may allow his own ideas to show in the paraphrase. For the most part, this man not be a probleem, but what does the writer do about these passages where Bible scholars disagree?
In the TEV (Today’s English Version) the word “Blessed” is translated “Happy.”
Using this translation we can say that the main theme of the first group of statutes in Matthew 5 is .
Here we are comparing the way one translation of the Bible writes a verse in English with the way in which other translations put the verse.
The theme of a passage is the main idea which can be found all the way through the passage. It holds the various parts of it together into one unit of thought. The theme is the subject of the passage. It is this theme (main idea) which gives the passage its structure.
The structure of a passage is the way it is put together. In other words the structure of a Bible passage is the way in which the author has chosen to talk about his theme.
What is the structure (the theme) which holds the first group of statutes in Matthew 5:1-12 together?
The name most often given to this first group of statutes in Matthew 5 is “The Beatitudes”. “Statutes of Happiness” is the title of this group.
Exercise: Write the title “Statutes of Happiness” above Matthew 5:1 in your Bible. Use your Blue pen or pencil.
Read Matthew 5:3. The TEV translation has “those who know they are spiritually poor”. How does the NIV state it?
- According to this verse, in which Kingdom can true happiness be found for those who are poor in spirit?
- True happiness is also available for those who are persecuted. Read Matthew 5:10. Where is this happiness to be found?
Exercise: Underline the word “Kingdom” in Matthew 5:3 and 5:10 using your red pen or pencil.
Read the second beatitude in Matthew 5:4. When you remember that the one requirement for entering the kingdom of heave is true repentance, it is easy to see that this statute is talking about those who mourn because of their spiritual condition (past sins).
Group 2 (5:13-16)
The kingdom of Christ is a kingdom of Happiness. However, the members of this kingdom are not to live only for their own happiness, but they are also responsible for the happiness of their friends and neighbors. keep on reading in Matthew 5 until you find the two symbols that Jesus used to teach us about our responsibility in the world. The first of these symbols is Salt. What is the second one?
Exercise: Take your blue pen or pencil and draw a circle around the following words:
- Salt, in Matthew 5:13-only the first time it appears.
- Light, in Matthew 5:14-only the first time it appears.
Read all of the verses which deal directly with themes of salt and light. There are more than the two we have already mentioned.
One of the main exports of the province of was fish. It was sent from there to Rome and other parts of the empire. In order to ship fish over such long distances, they had to preserve them. Because there was no refrigeration at that time, the fish were kept from spoiling with the use of . So then the choice of as a symbol must have had a special meaning for the disciples Peter, Andrew, James, and John because they were all .
- What symbol did Isaiah use concerning the messianic ministry in Galilee?
- So then, when Jesus said to His disciples, “You are the light of the world.” He was declaring that they too would have a part in His ministry in and later, throughout the whole world.
What words did Jesus use to tell His disciples that they would have a part in His ministry in Galilee? “You are the of the .”
Christians sometimes make the mistake of hiding behind the well-insulated walls of their church buildings. They never become involved in the fight against darkness and corruption on in the world around them. But, Jesus taught that His followers have a responsibility to the world around them.
- As the Light of the world we ought to be attacking Spiritual .
- AS the Salt of the earth we are to be working against Spiritual .
Neither Salt nor Light would be of any value if they did not penetrate the area around them and change it,
- Read Matthew 5;13. What good is Salt which is no longer salty?
- What good is a light which is hidden under a box?
- 3. What good is a Christian who never penetrates the world where he/she lives, preaching the Kingdom of God and fighting against corruption and darkness?
Which one of the two words, Darkness or Corruption can be best applied to.
- Immorality in society?
- Ignorance and superstition?
In what ways is darkness manifested in your own culture? Within your own community? What specific steps can you and your church take with the light to attack this darkness?
What kinds of corruption can be found in your culture and in your community? What definite steps can you take, as the salt of the earth, to correct this?
“Statutes of Responsibility” is the title which best expresses the structure.
Exercise: Write the title “Responsibility” over Matthew 5:13 in your Bible with Blue pen or pencil.
One of the main goals of this course is to teach you how to analyze the Bible as you read and study it.
The statutes of the Kingdom are so very important that they need to be read and studied often so that they become a part of our Christian life. Our daily prayer ought to be: “Lord, help me to live out the statutes of your kingdom.”
Anyone who has read my books or heard me speak knows the profound impact William Wilberforce has had on my Christian life. That’s why I refer so consistently to his radical stand for Christ in his culture and why I quote so often from a letter written by John Wesley to Wilberforce – then a recent convert. Wesley, who was to die only days later, commissioned Wilberforce to lead the radical campaign against slavery. I’ve carried this excerpt from Wesley’s letter in my Bible for the past seven years:
“Unless the Divine Power has raised you up to be as Athanasius, contra mundum, I see not how you can go through your glorious enterprise in opposing that execrable villainy which is the scandal of religion, of England, and of human nature. Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils, but if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them stronger than God? Oh, be not weary in well doing. Go on, in the name of the God and in the power of His might, till even American slavery, the vilest that ever saw the sun, shall vanish away before it.”
Wilberforce took his stand, at first but a single, lonely voice against a business that was the mainstay of the lucrative West Indies trade, employing some 5,500 sailors and 160 ships worth 6,000,000 pounds sterling a year. For twenty years the radical Wilberforce … fought the economic and political might of the British Empire. In the end, righteousness prevailed, and for the next half century a might revival swept across England and the Western world.
(From Loving God by Charles Colson)
Throughout trials God provides a place of refuge. God provides stability in a broken world. Find a Christian who works for a worthy cause. Encourage the person. Pray for him or her. Help however you can. Praise God for his faithfulness.
- Complete an analysis of the Sermon on the Mount.
- Explain the relationship between the old Testament law and the teaching and person of Jesus Christ and take part in a discussion of the manner in which Jesus taught that Christians are to keep the Old Testament law.
- Define the meaning of the word hypocrisy and using Jesus’ teaching in the sermon on the mount, tell how you would counsel someone who wishes to overcome this sin.
- Take part in a discussion of the relationship between Jesus’ teaching about “Treasure in Heaven” (Matthew 6:19-21) and his teaching about the eye as the “Lamp of the Body”.
- Identify the sin which is condemned in the statutes of serenity, state the three basic human needs which give opportunity for this sin, and explain how one can help those who have fallen into the sin.
- Briefly explain Jesus’ teaching on humility, prayer and spiritual stability and take part in a discussion of their importance for the Christian Life.
- Explain the way in which we can tell the difference between a false prophet and a true prophet and be able to apply this distinction to examples.
In this third and last group of statutes in this chapter Jesus says that he fulfilled the law and the prophets. Jesus was talking about the Old Testament law of Moses (It was to Moses that God gave the Ten Commandments and the Law of the Old Testament). He fulfilled the law in these statutes, not by the letter, but by the spirit of the law.
Group 3 (5:17-48)
Read Matthew 5:17-20 before continuing.
The interpretation that Jesus gave to the law of Moses was so revolutionary that Jesus was accused of wanting to do away with the law. But, according to Jesus’ own words, why had he come? Read Matthew 5;17 and fill in the space below with Jesus’ words.
Verses 17 to 20 are an introduction on to the third group of statutes. Here Jesus makes His own attitude toward the law of Moses very clear. It is shown in three statements He makes.
- Who does Jesus say are the least in the Kingdom of heaven?
- Who does He say will be the greatest?
- What is the relationship between the Law of Moses and the Kingdom of Heaven? The Law is in the Kingdom.
Exercise: The word “kingdom” appears three times in Matthew 5:17-20. Underline it in red each time it is found.
At this point we need to know something about the relationship that existed between the teachers of the law and the Pharisees on the one hand and the teachers of the law and the Sadducees on the other.
A teacher of the law was a person who studied the Law of Moses, carefully counting each word and letter. They taught the many human traditions which were associated with each part of the Law of Moses. It is easy then to see that the ‘teachers of the law” were the friends of the (emphasized the law of Moses) but the enemies of the .
Read Matthew 2:4
- In addition to the chief priests, who did Herod the Great ask about the birthplace of the Christ?
- Why would Herod the Great ask them about this?
In 2 Corinthians 3:6, the Apostle Paul says “for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”
Let’s compare translations of this passage once again. The “Good News for Modern Man” translates Matthew 5:17 as follow:
“Do not think that I have come to do away with the Law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets. I have not come to do away with them, but to give them real meaning. (Matthew 5:17)
In other words, Jesus is saying that He is stating the true meaning of the prophets of the Old Testament and the of .
After this Introduction, Jesus gives six examples of how to find the true meaning of the Law of Moses in the Kingdom of heaven, interpreting it according to the spirit rather than the letter. Each of the examples begins with the two phrases given below. They are repeated six times, like the words of a chorus.
- “You have heard (that it was said…)”
- “But I tell you …”
Exercise: Underline these two phrases in Blue in your Bible in the following verses: Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28, 31-32, 33-34, 38-39, 43-44.
“Statutes of Authority” states the best way the Structure which unites these examples.
Exercise: Write the title “Authority” over Matthew 5:17 with Blue pen or pencil.
Read Matthew 5:21-26
- Was it Moses or was it Christ who said that: a. Murdering another person was wrong? b. Holding anger in your heart is just as bad as murder?
- So then, did Jesus put an end to the Law of Moses or did He fulfill it in a deeper way, a way in keeping with the spirit of the law rather than the letter?
Read Matthew 5;27-30
- Was it Moses or was it Christ who said that: a. Doing evil is sin? b. Even thinking evil in your heart is sin?
- Then, did Jesus put an end to the Law of Moses or did He give them real Meaning?
Read Matthew 5:31-32
Which one, Moses or Christ who said that:
- If the husband no longer wants his wife so long as their is a letter of divorce?
- only because of marital unfaithfulness?
Compare the translation of these verses in the NIV (“fornication”) with the “Good News” (Unfaithfulness) translation.
Read Matthew 5:33-37.
When people in the world make a promise they often use the name of God or something which is believed to be holy as a guarantee that they will keep their promise. By doing this they believe that they are keeping the requirements of moral law. But, the kingdom of Jesus Christ is not based upon oaths, “either by heaven” or “by earth” or “by Jerusalem” or by any similar pledge, not even “by your (own) head”. It is rather based upon complete honesty, without the need of oaths because Jesus Christ rules asking in the heart.
Jesus said that there are two words which are enough in themselves for any member of the kingdom of heaven. They ought to guarantee the fulfillment of any promise. “Yes/No”.
Exercise: using your red pen or pencil, underline the words: 1. “Throne” in Matthew 5:34; 2. “King” in Matthew 5:35.
Read Matthew 5:38-42.
It was a common practice for the Roman soldiers to force the Jewish people to carry their baggage while they passed through an area. Because they hated thee Romans, the Jews resented this forced labor and cursed the soldiers in their hearts. They didn’t dare do it openly.
According to Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5:41 though, when a Roman Soldier forced a member of His kingdom to carry a load for one mile, what were they to do?
Read Matthew 5:43-48
Moses taught that you should love your brother (neighbor), but Christ interprets the law of love, not by the letter but by the spirit, adding to it that we should not only love our neighbor but also our
Read Matthew 7:29
What did Christ’s teaching have which was lacking in the teaching of this group?
You feel unsafe, unsure.
You don’t like to be alone.
You’re frightened, and fear limits the joy you experience in your life. You’re trapped in an adventureless existence. What are you afraid of? Pain? Rejection? Are you afraid of making a mistake? Of getting hurt? Of being robbed or killed? Of getting a disease?
…Did you know I am never afraid, worried, frenzied or never driven with terror? Did you know that your Lord is at peace always? Did you know my Spirit – the same as in Me – lives in you?
I have built a wall of protection around you so that the invisible dragons of the night will not harm you….
I save you from the troubles and dangers of the daytime. I am for you. Who can be against you? But you worry.
You worry because of past experiences when you were hurt. You are afraid to be hurt again. You are afraid I won’t keep my word. You are afraid I don’t care about you. But I do care. Every hair on your head is numbered.
…See Me surrounding you and keeping you from evil. See Me bringing you up out of a horrible pit, lifting you gently out of the miry clay of fear and worry. See yourself completely safe, with your feet upon a rock, established in the ways of God.
(From His Thoughts Toward Me by Marie Chapian)
God fights on behalf of His children. When you face battles in life, write them in a prayer journal. Wait on your Defender and record his victory in your journal. This will build your faith.
Purpose: To discover the importance of how we view our work and career.
Go to any gathering of new people and changes are their second question (after “What is your name?”) will be “What do you do for a living?” or “Where do you work?” In our society, a large part of a person’s identity is connected to what they do. We all want a job or a career which pays us a lot of money, allows us flexibility and fulfills us as individuals.
But many Americans find that their jobs do not fulfill these desires. In a survey by James Patterson and Peter Kim (reported in their book, The Day America told the Truth), only one American in ten reported being satisfied with his or her work. Only one in four said they gave their work their best effort. Why is their this disparity between what we want in work and what we experience? Part of it may be our attitude. We need to see our work as more than a paycheck – we need to see it as a true “vocation”; that is, God’s calling to use our talents to enrich God’s children and God’s world. When we can’t see our work in this way, it brings stress to our life and that in turn can affect our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. This session will help us to see our work as vocation.
We will study the life of the Apostle Paul. We learn of Paul’s dramatic conversion and subsequent change in vocation. In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, Paul describes how his conversion affected other areas of his life.
Read Acts 9:1-19
This is the story of the Apostle Paul receiving his call.
How would the medical profession today explain what happened to Saul (the Apostle Paul) on the road to Damascus?
How would a career counselor today explain what happened to Paul on the road to Damascus?
If you were Paul, how would express the anxieties you might have had about the impact of this experience on your career?
What is the closest you’ve come to Paul’s experience, when your entire focus in your career changed?
There was a person that God sent to Paul to help him sort out what he was experiencing. In your own career formation, who is the “Ananias” that helped you to sort out what you were experiencing?
If you had to compare where you are right now in your career to Paul’s experience in this story, where would you be?
As you look at your vocational future, what “scales” might block your vision of what God wants you to do?
We have examined the transformation in the vocational part of Paul’s life. This is often described as his “conversion.” But it was more than a spiritual conversion. It was a radical new calling in his vocational life accompanied by physical, emotional, and psychological transformation.
Read Galatians 1:11-2:2
We will look back at this transformation in Paul’s life in his letter to the Galatians. Here he defends his calling to those who tried to discredit his authority.
From Paul’s account, how long do you think it took him to really know what God wanted to do in and through his life?
Paul said he was “advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews my own age.” In what areas do you feel you have advanced beyond other people you know?
What do you look for in choosing a job?
If I knew that I could not fail, I would like to try
For my present job to be a calling from God, I need to
To do the job Jesus has called me to, I need to
What is one thing you want to change this week in order to bring a sense of wholeness to your vocation?
If you developed a sense of vocation as strong as Paul what would you do differently?
In verse 15, Paul states that God “set me apart from birth… that I might preach (the gospel).” How would you apply that statement to your life?
When have you felt like you were “running your race in vain,” in terms of your vocation?
Paul provides his work history to show how his conversion experience changed him in dramatic ways. If you had to explain the reality of the gospel by giving one example of how faith in Christ has changed you, what would you share?
On a scale of 1-10, how would you evaluate the degree of meaning you get out of work.
On a scale of 1-10, how would you evaluate the amount of time and emotional energy you give to work?
On a scale of 1-10, how sure are you that God is directing you vocationally?
Bart decided to ask God to shape his character. He surrendered his own will to the will of God. At the time, Bart’s business floundered on the verge of failure. “Should I throw in the towel, or keep trying to hang on?” Bart wondered.
God replies, “You need to persevere.” After we have done the will of God, then we will receive our reward. God’s will is for us to demonstrate to a hurting world how wonderfully His power can work within the person who perseveres.
Certainly, there are days when we feel like we will die, or maybe even wish we could, but we keep going. Why? Why do we keep going? Because when we have done the will of God we will receive what He has promised.
Will persevering guarantee we will succeed in the worldly sense of success? Is that what He has promised? Does it mean we will not go out of business if we hang on? No, but we can state emphatically that if we don’t persevere we will not succeed in any sense. Not persevering guarantees we will fail….
Beyond succeeding in a worldly sense, though, God want our character to succeed. He will adjust our circumstances in such a way that our character eventually succeeds, for that is His highest aim, His will.
(From Walking with Christ in the Details of Life by Patrick Morley)
Seek God even in times of discouragement, and he will provide hope. Do you feel distant from God? Remember, God remains as close as a prayer.
TES:Testimony of Mark Mulvey
As far back as I can remember, I would (at least periodically) look for some purpose, some meaning for life. Besides making mud pies and hunting frogs, snakes, mice, and crayfish, a friend and I had some interest in searching for artifacts of past ages. There was an older boy in the neighborhood who had a rich collection of Indian arrow heads. My Grandfather had also given my dad some Indian artifacts. These objects would bring out much curiosity in me. I would search in the fields of my village for ancient relics and fossils. I once found a perfectly preserved fossil of a Trilobite; an extinct marine creature. This one was oval shaped and about two inches long. Of course I was no scientist; I was a curious boy. Where did such things as this Trilobite come from?
School was interesting to me as a young boy, but as I grew older, my interest began to wane, as did much of my interest that had been growing in what could be called, a crude form of archaeological research. My greater interest clearly became following the Green Bay Packers, and later included the Milwaukee Brewers. Grades in school fell steadily after the seventh grade. I graduated in the class of Seventy five after finishing in summer school. Now the question came. What was I going to do with my life? It was as though I was thinking that things would begin to happen when the time came. As though things would just sort of evolve. My life continued to degenerate further. I soon became involved with people who spent most of their time either partying, or preparing for one.
At the age of nineteen I was bar-hopping and began to smoke pot.
One afternoon I was over at the house of a party friend; and as we were listening to the latest on the rock music scene, there was a knock at the door. There was a young man at the door accompanied by his mother. My party friends mother answered the door and let them into the house. He kindly greeted us. I was soon to find that he had something to say about God. I was interested in hearing him at the time to be sure. Jeff had a Bible with him and the best I can remember, he was fielding questions from Mark W. and I. I was interested in finding out more of what he had to say. He befriended me and would often make arrangements to meet with me and talk with me about God.
At his church he presented me with a box of various Bibles and New Testaments. He told me to choose one that I would like to read from. I remember choosing the Amplified New Testament. The only other Bible that I had any awareness of before this was the Catholic Bible that my parents kept in their bedroom.
Nowadays I read the King James version (kjv). After getting that New Testament, I read through it in a few days. I was intensely interested in the person of Jesus Christ. In his earthly ministry he was pure, undefiled, humble, innocent,and loving. I know that there are many other gracious words that could be used to point to his character. And it was obvious that he was more than a man. Yes, what a man he was! A man’s man. A perfect man. And he was God! (1 Tim. 3:16) One evening, about the month of April in 1977, Jeff took me to an evangelistic meeting in Zion Illinois. At the close of this meeting the question was asked the people at the meeting. “If you were to die today, or tomorrow, do you know that you would go to heaven?” !you are not sure, Please raise your hand so that someone can help you.” I realized that I simply was not sure that I would go to heaven in the event I died. I raised my hand. Soon afterwards, a man was explaining to me that I needed to call upon the name of the Lord to be saved from my sin. Jesus had suffered and died in my place and he was buried, and he rose again for my justification. I asked Jesus to come into my heart and save me and I know that he did. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, his a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Now that I had received Jesus Christ as my Savior, I had a whole new life to live and a purpose to live for. But the change in my life did not appear to be a radical one. I was not drinking nearly as much and was staying at home more often. I don’t remember if staying home was due to wanting to stay home or if it was because of my drivers license being suspended for six months, starting around the month of April in ’77. I had my stereo in my room and I hadn’t given up rock music; Not yet. I continued reading the Bible but not consistently. As far as church attendance- I wasn’t attending a church any where. Jeff had been coming around with less frequency. He attended an Assembly of God church at that time. I had been raised Catholic. My Dad no longer required me to attend the mass by the time I had reached about 16 years of age, and I took full advantage of the privilege to abstain from attending. Even so, my emotional attachment was still with the system of religion that I was raised under. There was something revolving in my mind that was notable for that time. It was a sense of need to be busy doing something, and to be responsible for providing for the basic material needs that I had.
What was I going to do now? I had lost my last job and I had no drivers license. I had sold my car. Television was a big attraction for me. Sometimes I didn’t know what else to do with my time. Back then there was always a commercial sponsored by the U.S. Navy with the slogan, ” The Navy, It’s Not Just a Job, It’s an Adventure.” That may have given impetus to the idea of going to the armed forces for work. When I walked into the recruiting station, the first person that I met was the man that I bumped into in the hallway. The navy recruiter. Shortly after this time I enlisted.
The day before I left for bootcamp in Orlando Florida, I attended mass. It was the first time that I had been there for probably a year or more. Once in bootcamp, I found that chapel services were held every Sunday; Catholic and Protestant. I’m not sure that I knew what Protestant was. I continued to attend the mass. After being in the Navy about half a year, it came to my attention that the Protestant chaplain was holding a Bible study and all were welcome to attend. I was persuaded to go since I didn’t think that I could go wrong by attending a study of the Bible (Gods Holy Word). Through these meetings I met some former enlisted men who were involved in a ministry to sailors and marines called the Navigators ministry. This was in Long Beach California, where I was stationed for about a year while the ship that I was assigned to was in dry-dock. These men operated a service-men’s center in town. I had the freedom to spend much of my free time with them and was helped tremendously. It was as if I had found a pool of cool water after wandering in the middle of a desert. They encouraged scripture memorization (the right thing to meditate on) and helped me to see the evils of such things as rock music more clearly. I also had the privilege to attend, along with these men, the Bill Gothard seminar (Institute of Basic Youth Conflicts).
About December of “78, the USS Bagley was restationed in San Diego; About 100 miles south of Long Beach. On the weekends I would take the bus back to Long Beach to have fellowship with my new found friends. They encouraged me to take root in San Diego after a couple of months or so. I I looked through the phone book for a church to attend in San Diego. I found a Baptist that I attended the last 3 years of my enlistment.
The church of my choice did not have high standards that a Bible believing, Christ honoring church ought to have. I never did think that the Christian rock bands (so-called) were edifying for a blood bought, will-of-God-seeking, sin hating child of God. One group of musicians began with the “Praise” type songs and subtly progressed to “hard” rock. It was troubling to me. There didn’t seem to be anyone in the church who thought it should be stopped, although there probably was.I don”t know that there weren’t people leaving because of a lack of standards, but it was a very big church and it wasn’t noticeable to me.
Today I am happy to say that I am serving God in a God-fearing, Christ-honoring church, with real standards. I believe that my love for God and my understanding of his dealings with me is due in a large part to the ministry of Henry Stiller whom I’ve known for about 4 years now, and a preacher that pastor Stiller has joined in the Lords work with, Pastor Williams. And there are others that have been a real blessing to me. I don’t want to mention more names because I wouldn’t want to leave one out. I’m thankful for all the help I’ve gotten. There is another person though that I ought to acknowledge and express a debt of gratitude. That is The Holy Spirit, whose operation is always consistent with the revealed word of God. I also believe that I I realize now more than I ever have before that no man is an island. No man is a self-made man. If a man is going to amount to any thing for God, it is the result of godly men that have fought and have gone before him, and for godly men that have with him and beside him.