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1 Where are we going… where have we been?

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3 Once there was an old man that lived in a tiny village. Although poor, he was envied by all; for he owned a beautiful white horse. Even the king coveted his treasure. A horse like his had never been seen before… such was its splendor, its majesty, its strength.

4 People offered fabulous prices for this steed, but the old man always refused. This horse is not a horse to me, he would tell them, its a person. How could you sell a person? Hes a friend, not a possession; how could you sell a friend? This man was poor and the temptation was great, but he never sold the horse.

5 One morning he found that the horse was not in the stable. All of the village came to see him. You old fool, they scoffed we told you that someone would steal your horse.

6 We warned you that you would be robbed. Youre so poor. How could you have ever hoped to protect such a valuable animal? It would have been better just to have sold him. You could have got any price you wanted; no amount of money would have been too high. Now the horse is gone and youve been cursed with misfortune.

7 The old man responded: Dont speak too quickly. Say only that the horse is not in the stable. That is all we know. The rest… is judgment. If Ive been cursed or not, how can you know? How can you judge?

8 The people contested, Dont make us out to be fools.We may not be philosophers but great philosophy is not needed. The simple fact that your horse is gone is a curse!

9 The old man spoke again, All I know is that the stable is empty and the horse is gone. The rest I do not know. Whether it be a curse or a blessing, I cant say. All we can see is a fragment. Who can say what will come next?

10 The people of the village laughed. They thought that the man was crazy. They had always thought that the man was a fool; if he wasnt he would have sold the horse and lived off the money.

11 But instead, he was a poor woodcutter. An old man, still cutting firewood and dragging it out of the forest and selling it. He lived hand to mouth in the misery of poverty. Now, he had proven that he was indeed a fool.

12 After 15 days, the horse returned. He hadnt been stolen. He had run away in the forest. Not only had he returned, he had brought a dozen wild horses with him.

13 Once again, the village people gathered around the woodcutter and spoke; Old man, you were right and we were wrong. What we thought was a curse, was a blessing. Please forgive us.

14 The man responded, once again you go too far. Say only that the horse is back. State only that a dozen horses returned with him…but dont judge. How do you know if it is a blessing or not? You see only a fragment.

15 Unless you know the whole story, how can you judge? If you read only 1 page of a book, can you judge the whole book? If you read only 1 word of a phrase, do you understand the entire phrase? Life is so vast, yet you judge life with only 1 page or 1 word? All you have is a fragment!

16 Dont say this is a blessing. No-one knows. I am content with what I know and I am not perturbed with what I dont.

17 Maybe the old man is right, they said to one another…so they said little. But deep down, they knew he was wrong. They knew it was a blessing.

18 12 wild horses had returned with 1 horse! With a little bit of work, the horses could be broken and trained and sold for much money

19 The old man had a son, an only son. The young man began to break the wild horses and after a few days he fell from one of the horses and broke both of his legs.

20 Once again the villagers gathered around the old man and cast their judgments. You were right, they said, you proved you were right.

21 The dozen horses were not a blessing, they were a curse. Your only son has broken his legs and now in your old age you have no-one to help you. Now you are poorer than ever.

22 The old man spoke again: You people are obsessed with judging. Dont go so far. Say only that my son broke his legs. Who knows if it is a blessing or a curse?

23 No-one knows. We only have a fragment… life comes in fragments.

24 It so happened that a few weeks later the country engaged in a war against a neighboring country, and all the young men of the village was required to join the army.

25 Only the son of the old man was excluded…b ecause he was injured.

26 Once again the people gathered around the old man crying and screaming because their sons had been taken. There was little chance that they would return. The enemy was strong and the war would be a losing struggle. They would never see their sons again.

27 You were right old man, they wept. God knows you were right. This proves it. Your sons accident was a blessing. His legs may be broken but at least hes with you. Our sons, are gone forever.

28 The old man spoke again: It is impossible to talk with you. You always draw conclusions. No-one knows. Say only this…your sons had to go to war and mine didnt.

29 No-one knows if it is a blessing or a curse. No-one is wise enough to know… ONLY GOD KNOWS!

30 The old man was right. We only have a fragment. Lifes mishaps and horrors are only a page out of a grand Book. We must be slow about drawing conclusions. We must reserve judgments on lifes storms until we know the whole story.

31 I dont know where the woodcutter learned his patience, but perhaps it was from another woodcutter in Galilee. For it was the Carpenter that said it best: Matthew 6:34 – Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

32 Blessings and Cur singsBlessings and Cur sings Where are we going… where have we been?

33 Application : Historical Devotional (Inspirational) Doctrinal (Prophetical)

34 W here are we going … where have we been? -Growing Out and Growing Up - Bearing and Baring - Right Rave and Left Love - Hype and Hypocrisy - History and His Story - Acts and Actions -Revealed and Revealing -Fully Purposed and Fully Positioned -Exposed and Exposure Ephesu s Ephesu s

35 Smyr na Smyr na

36 Commissio n Character Commenda tion Condemnat ion Correction Call Challenge Smyr na Smyr na

37 Commiss ion Smyr na Smyr na The name SmyrnaThe name Smyrna

38 Commissi on Smyr na- Myr r h (Bitterness/Death) Smyr na- Myr r h (Bitterness/Death) The name SmyrnaThe name Smyrna

39 and myrrh Matthew 2:11 – And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

40 mixture of myrrh John 19:39 – And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.

41 Myrrh

42 Commiss ion Smyr na Smyr na The church in SmyrnaThe church in Smyrna

43 Commiss ion Smyr na Smyr na The city of SmyrnaThe city of Smyrna

44 Commis sion Charact er Smyr na Smyr na

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47 Commis sion Charact er Smyr na Smyr na The First and the LastThe First and the Last

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50 Commis sion Charact er Smyr na Smyr na The First and the LastThe First and the Last

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52 Johns Reaction to Jesus

53 Jesus' Reaction to John

54 Commis sion Charact er Smyr na Smyr na The First and the LastThe First and the Last

55 UNDER HIS FEET When Simon Peter walked abreast putting his faith unto the test, he said master will thou bidst me come unto to thee, Jesus said come, so Peter went, and when the faith he had was bent, Peter sank low, but Jesus had waves roll under his feet. (CHORUS) Under his feet, under his feet, there's not a problem that you'll face he can not meet, when ever you've waded out to far in waters to deep, remember when waves are over your head they're under his feet Often we faint in trials sore, can't face our problems anymore, forgotten where ever we may go he's been there before, we should look up and praise the Lord, he rules the waters and the shores, the Heavenly breeze and the thundering seas are under his feet

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57 Colossians 1:27 – To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of gloryColossians 1:27 – To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory

58 Commis sion Charact er Smyr na Smyr na was dead, and is alivewas dead, and is alive

59 Romans 8:11 – But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

60 2nd Corinthians 5:8 – We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

61 Philippians 1:21 – For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Galatians 2:20 – I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

62 Commis sion Charact er Smyr na Smyr na The First and the LastThe First and the Last was dead, and is alivewas dead, and is alive

63 Blessings and Cur singsBlessings and Cur sings Where are we going… where have we been?

64 Commis sion Charact er Smyr na Smyr na The First and the LastThe First and the Last was dead, and is alivewas dead, and is alive

65 At the feet of Jesus John Revelation 1:17 Jairus Mark 5:22, Luke 8:41 Mary John 11:32 Mary Magdalene Luke 7:38

66 At the feet of Jesus He was a Samaritan Luke 17:16 A Certain Woman Mark 7:25 Great Multitudes Matthew 15:30

67 Isaiah 46:9-10 – Remember the former things of old:, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:… Isaiah 46:9-10 – Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:…

68 The old man was right. We only have a fragment. Lifes mishaps and horrors are only a page out of a grand Book. We must be slow about drawing conclusions. We must reserve judgments on lifes storms until we know the whole story.


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