Archive for July, 2014

Warning! Danger Ahead!!

July 28, 2014

Danger! Bridge Out!  Would you pay attention to a sign like this?  Probably so, but there are many other types of warnings that people routinely ignore.

I.  Warning!  Matthew 26:31-32

Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written:

‘I will strike the Shepherd,
And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

32 But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.”

Jesus knew what as going to happen on the night of his betrayal.  It was, in fact, a fulfillment of prophecy.  It was certainly going to happen.  When we receive warnings through the Word of God, we should take them very seriously.

II.  Pride:  Matthew 26:33-35

33 Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.”

34 Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”

35 Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!”

And so said all the disciples.

Peter, and the rest of the disciples did not believe that they would be made to stumble.  Surely, they would not fall into temptation.

Proverbs 16:18

Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.

I Corinthians 10:12

Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

We should take warnings seriously, recognizing that we too, can fall.

III.  The Fall:  Matthew 26:69-74

Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, “You also were with Jesus of Galilee.”

70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are saying.”

71 And when he had gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, “This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

72 But again he denied with an oath, “I do not know the Man!”

73 And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.”

74 Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!”

Immediately a rooster crowed

Peter did exactly what Jesus had said that he would do, he denied even knowing Jesus, not just once, but three times.

We are all capable of falling, making mistakes, of doing the wrong thing.  That is why it is so important that we listen to warnings, and pray that God will give us wisdom and strength to do the right things.  We do not do what is right in our own power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit.

IV.  Repentance:  Matthew 26:75

. 75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.

True repentance involves both sorrow over the wrong that was committed, and a commitment to do what is right in the future.  It is a ‘turning away’ from sin.  God can give us the power to change, but we must want to change.  It is not necessarily easy, but it is possible.

V.  Restoration:  John 21:15-19

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”

He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”

16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”

He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”

17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?”

And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.”

Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep. 18 Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” 19 This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”

This passage has a number of meanings, but for today, we recognize that Peter had denied Christ three times, and now, three times is asked if he loved Christ.

If we fall away, we can be restored.

That doesn’t mean that we should intentionally fall away, counting on restoration, but it should console us that if we do stumble, we can get back up.

We should pay attention to warnings.  We too, can stumble and fall into sin.  If we do, God is willing to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  We can be restored and we can try again  to live as God would have us live.

These are the sermon notes from 7/20/14.  Any advertisements that may appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them.

The People of God

July 21, 2014

As the people of God, we can expect to be refined and tested.  Our names are written in the Book of Life and we should let our light shine.

I.  Refined and Tested: Zechariah 13:9

 I will bring the one–third through the fire,
Will refine them as silver is refined,
And test them as gold is tested.
They will call on My name,
And I will answer them.
I will say, ‘This is My people’;
And each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”

Silver is refined by heating it until it melts.  The impurities float to the surface and are skimmed off.  As Christians we encounter various challenges in our lives that can cause things to “heat up”.  Areas in our life that need improvement can become exposed during these times.  As we recognize areas that need improvement. the Holy Spirit can help us to change.

We are tested by the challenges of life.  Will we respond in a godly fashion, or in a worldly way?  If we fail, how do we respond to the failure?  If we pass, then we are ready for the next trial, or service.  God is constantly at work, both in us, and through us to accomplish His plan and purpose for our life.

II.  Written in the Book:  Malachi 3: 16-18

Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another,
And the Lord listened and heard them;
So a book of remembrance was written before Him
For those who fear the Lord
And who meditate on His name.

17 “They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts,
“On the day that I make them My jewels.
And I will spare them
As a man spares his own son who serves him.”
18 Then you shall again discern
Between the righteous and the wicked,
Between one who serves God
And one who does not serve Him.

We see this book again in the Revelations.  We certainly want our names to be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  There is a definite difference between those who fear the Lord, and those who do not.  Those who fear the Lord will be spared in the day of judgement.  Let us as the people of God, continue to fear Him, to love and respect Him. to meditate on His name, and to speak to one another words of instruction, encouragement, and hope.

III.  Let Your Light Shine:  Matthew 5:13-16

 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

As the people of God, there should be something different about us.  We should not live as people of the world.  There should be a difference in what we do, what we say and in our very attitudes.  May people see the difference that Christ makes in our life and give glory to God.

Is God at work in your life, refining and testing it?

Is your name written in the Book of Life?

Is the light of Christ shining through your life by your actions, words, and attitudes?

Are you a part of the people of God?

If not, simply call upon the name of the Lord Jesus, and He will begin His work in you.

These are the sermon notes from 7/6/14.  Any advertisements that may appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them.

 

God’s People, Plan & Power

July 3, 2014

As the people of God, we do not fulfill the plan of God in our own power, but in the power of God.

I.  By My Spirit:  Zechariah 4:6

So he answered and said to me:

“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’
Says the Lord of hosts.

For those of you familiar with the Pentecostal Evangel this verse is found on the cover.  It is a central verse for the Assemblies of God.  We recognize that the work that we do, is not done in our own strength, but in the strength that comes from the power of God.  We attribute success to God.

II.  Gideon:  Judges 7:2-7, 20-22

And the Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ Now therefore, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead.’” And twenty-two thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained.

But the Lord said to Gideon, “The people are still too many; bring them down to the water, and I will test them for you there. Then it will be, that of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ the same shall go with you; and of whomever I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ the same shall not go.” So he brought the people down to the water. And the Lord said to Gideon, “Everyone who laps from the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set apart by himself; likewise everyone who gets down on his knees to drink.” And the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men; but all the rest of the people got down on their knees to drink water. Then the Lord said to Gideon, “By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the other people go, every man to his place.”

Please note that God did not want the people to think that they had achieved success on their own strength.  The Midianite army numbered 135,000 men.  God did not want the Israelites to think that they could take on those kind of odds by themselves.  They could have thought they were extremely tough warriors, able to take on those kind of odds.  Reduced to 30o men, no one will doubt that it was the Lord who fought for them.

Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers—they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing—and they cried, “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!” 21 And every man stood in his place all around the camp; and the whole army ran and cried out and fled. 22 When the three hundred blew the trumpets, the Lord set every man’s sword against his companion throughout the whole camp; and the army fled to Beth Acacia, toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel Meholah, by Tabbath.

Once the number of soldiers had been reduced, God revealed His plan to Gideon.  The men were divided into three groups.  Each man carried a pitcher, a torch and a trumpet,  They surrounded the camp at night; on signal they broke the pitchers, held up the torches, blew on the horns, and shouted.  The camp awoke in confusion and turned on each other.  God had given His plan, to His people, and by His power, it worked.

We too, can be the people of God.  We should seek to maintain a right relationship with Him.  He is more than our God.  He is our heavenly father.  We are His children.

We too, can be a part of the plan of God.  God desires to use us.  He will reveal His plan to us if we will ask Him for direction.  Do we ask Him for direction, or do we simply do things our own way?

If we are the people of God, doing the plan of God, then we can be assured that we will receive the power of God.  God will not tell us to do something that He does not then supply the power to complete it.  God is faithful.  He is our strength.

III.  Prepared:  Proverbs 21:31

The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
But deliverance is of the Lord.

This has been one of my favorite verses since I was a teenager.  We are to do our part, but God is the one who gives success.  The people with Gideon had to follow through on the plan in order to see the deliverance of the Lord.  We too, are to follow through on the plan that God reveals to us, then we will see victory.  Not because of what we have done, but because of what God does through us.  To Him be the glory.

God’s people, following God’s plan, will surely have the power of God and will be victorious.

These are the sermon notes from 6/29/14.  Any advertisement that accompanies this blog is placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any payment from them.