God's Exquisite Garden


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The word unsearchable means that which cannot be investigated or fully understood.

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!
Romans 11:33

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Our riches (material wealth) might have come from accomplishments. We will speak of spiritual riches in this lesson.

And He said to them," Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life
does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses."
Luke 12:15

..attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God,
both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Colossians 2:2-3

When we were children, we wanted to receive gifts, so we were good and not bad. Most of us have read a book or have seen or heard some form of show about good versus evil. Now we are grown, and we see the necessity to obey God's will.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child;
but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
1 Corinthians 13:11

Many need to check their priorities. So often, people want to continue adding to their material possessions. Our spiritual welfare could be in jeopardy as we labor at attaining the 'finer' things in life.

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare,
and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.
1 Timothy 6:9

So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. Luke 12:21

We can easily allow financial wealth to take the place of our Lord. People in this world are inclined to appreciate certain features in others . These four features are compassion, might, orderly conduct, and possessions. Separately, they are regarded highly. Our Lord places a much higher precedence on living a life reflective of His teachings and genuinely knowing Him.

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith
in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

See 1 Timothy 6:7-21

The Biblical example used in this lesson is that of the rich young ruler. His story is inMatthew 19:16-22

Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me. "
But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Matthew 19:21-22

We can view this in comparison with a filled treasure chest. Each of the spiritual riches we need to incorporate into our lives is figuratively represented by a treasure that has been found. Christ Jesus demonstrated them in His life.

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A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things,
and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.

Matthew 12:35

I traverse the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice, that I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, that I may fill their treasuries. Proverbs 8:20-21

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34

Our habits should be good and gracious ones. The good habits we have should exemplify the Lord's teachings. The conduct in our lives should be in harmony with the Lord's teachings. If need be, we might need to conform our values so they will be in accordance with the Lord's will.

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,
to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,
to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound,
you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:5-8

The Lord tells us of the works of the flesh and the forms of conduct that He does not want in a Christian.

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,
idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions,
heresies, envy,murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand,
just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:19-21

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived.
Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.
All these evil things come from within and defile a man.

Mark 7:21-23

These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look, A lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies,
and one who sows discord among brethren.

Proverbs 6:16-19

Here are a few of the characteristics our Lord desires us to have. How certain we need to be that the qualities we place in our lives are in accordance with God and His word.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true,
whatever things are noble, whatever things are just,
whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely,
whatever things are of good report,
if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:8-9

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12: 2

Discussion and Study Questions:
1. What is 'genuine' wealth?
2. What do you want people to highly regard in your life and why?
3. How can wealth separate us from God?
4. Name the forms of behavior the Lord forbids.
5. What are the attributes that are in accordance with the Bible?
6. Why would it benefit someone to conform their ways to Gods' way?

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The Mind of Christ

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Imitate Christ

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Taming the Tongue

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Our Legacy

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Improper Language

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Strength to
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Lesson 20
Grieve Not
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Purity in Heart

Lesson 25

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Inner Peace

Lesson 31

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Our Example

Lesson 33

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Testing Of Our Faith

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Problems Concerning

Lesson 39
Practical Results

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Lesson 40
Good Works

Lesson 41
Women Teachers
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Women Teachers

Lesson 43
Good Friends

Lesson 44
Choosing a Husband

Lesson 45
Choosing a Wife

Lesson 46
The Exemplary Daughter
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Lesson 47
The Exemplary Daughter
Part 2

Lesson 48
The Ideal Mother
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Lesson 49
The Ideal Mother
Part 2

Lesson 50
The Home As God
Would Have It
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Lesson 51
The Home As God
Would Have It
Part 2

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Lesson 53
Marriage As God
Would Have It
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Lesson 54
Marriage As God
Would Have It
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Lesson 55
The Virtuous Woman
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Lesson 56
The Virtuous Woman
Part 2

Lesson 57
The Virtuous Woman
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Pride & Haughtiness

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Infinite God

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Holiness of God

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